There are documentarians and then there are documentarians. Frederick Wiseman has spent almost half a century painstakingly detailing institutions, the people who work for them, and those who depend on them in films such as 1967′s Titicut Follies, which portrayed conditions at the State Prison for the Criminally Insane in Bridgewater, Mass., and 1975′s Welfare, about the travails of welfare workers and their clients.
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Casting Net: Lee Pace boards Lance Armstrong pic; Plus, Chris Pratt in early talks for 'Jurassic World', more
• Lee Pace, who plays Thranduil in The Hobbit, has joined director Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong movie. Ben Foster (Lone Survivor, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) is set to play Armstrong in the movie, based on David Walsh’s book Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong. Bridesmaids standout Chris O’Dowd will portray Walsh. Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad) and Guillaume Canet (The Beach) also star. [The Wrap]
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, involves marking your calendars for the Dec. 25, 2015 release of the fifth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise. Paramount Pictures confirmed the Christmas Day release on Wednesday.
Tom Cruise will reprise his role as Ethan Hunt in the film, which will find the actor re-teaming with his Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie. Drew Pearce, who co-wrote Iron Man 3 with Shane Black, is writing the script.
Mark Wahlberg blasts Hollywood privilege at 'Lone Survivor' premiere: 'I'm sorry for losing my sh-t'
Mark Wahlberg has never been one to shy away from the truth.
Even so, at the premiere of Lone Survivor at the AFI Fest Tuesday night in Los Angeles, the veteran actor and producer shocked the audience with his candor about his role in Lone Survivor, an adaptation of Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell’s account of his Navy SEALS mission in Afghanistan in July of 2005, which director Peter Berg recreates with harrowing, explicit, and relentless precision.
When Wahlberg took the stage with Berg and Petty Officer Luttrell after the credits rolled for a brief Q&A, he looked distraught and distracted. After Luttrell explained how he and Berg teamed up for the film, the moderator, Festival Director Jacqueline Lyanga, turned to Wahlberg to ask about his rigorous training and the rough shoot. Wahlberg looked visibly pained by the question and started on what would become an almost five-minute monologue. “For actors to sit there and talk about ‘oh I went to SEAL training’? I don’t give a f-ck what you did. You don’t do what these guys did. For somebody to sit there and say my job was as difficult as being in the military? How f-cking dare you, while you sit in a makeup chair for two hours,” Wahlberg said.
• Sports Illustrated cover model Kate Upton is reportedly being eyed for a lead role in the Entourage movie. Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, and Kevin Dillon are all set to reprise the roles they originated in the HBO series. Although the 21-year-old Upton is best known for her modeling work, she has appeared in a few films, including Tower Heist and The Three Stooges. Upton recently wrapped the adultery comedy The Other Woman (out April 25, 2014) with Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann. [The Wrap]
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• Idris Elba (Thor: The Dark World) has signed on to star in the thriller Bastille Day, which finds a young artist and a former CIA agent teaming up on an anti-terrorist mission in France. Baran bo Odar (The Silence) is set to direct. Andrew Baldwin (The Outsider) penned the script. Elba can be seen next as Nelson Mandela in the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (out Dec. 18). [Variety]
There’s no such thing as a sure path to success in Hollywood, but the Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting is as close as you’re going to get. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the five 2013 finalists just over two weeks ago, and already the honorees are fielding calls from agents, managers and studios eager to work with them. At least one has already signed with an agent and a manager.
The program, now in its 28th year, allows aspiring screenwriters who have never earned more than $25,000 writing fiction for film or television to submit an original script for the chance to win one of five $35,000 fellowships, intended to allow the recipients the time and money to produce another original script in the next calendar year.
In years past, the Nicholl Fellowships Committee, chaired by Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, held a dinner for the finalists before sending them off to craft their next scripts, but this year the Committee wanted to do something a little more special. So Thursday night, the Academy hosted an event at their headquarters in Beverly Hills for both Academy members and the public, and invited notable actors to read scenes from each of the finalists’ scripts. “This is something we’ve wanted to do for years,” said Hurd. Rodrigo Garcia (Albert Nobbs), directed the live reading, Julie Lynn produced, and actors Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), Elle Fanning (Somewhere), Anthon Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness), and Taraji P.Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) perform for an audience of 1,500.
“These are new screenwriters, all of whom are so fantastic and imaginative and haven’t yet had their creative edges knocked off of them by the torturous development process,” Isaacs told EW at a reception before the reading. “All the scripts are original and interesting and have an optimism and a zing that you rarely find with someone who’s been here for too long. We need new blood and new stories and new imaginations to prop up this town. Things, and people, get stale here very quickly. We need a constant injection of fresh approaches, and every single one of these scripts has it.”
For the five finalists, it’s a pretty significant jolt from anonymity into a promising new career path, made possible partly by the pedigree and promise of previous fellows. Alums include Jeffrey Eugenides, a 1986 Fellow who won the Pulitzer for his novel Middlesex, Susannah Grant, a 1992 Fellow who picked up an Academy Award nomination for Erin Brockovich, Destin Daniel Cretton, a 2012 Fellow whose Short Term 12 wowed critics and festival audiences this year, Mike Rich, whose Nicholl script was made into Finding Forrester, Andrew Marlowe, a 1992 Fellow who created the series Castle, and many others. ”One of last year’s winners, James DiLapo, said in his speech last year that he would sell his kidney to write Star Wars VII,” said Academy Nicholl Fellowship director Greg Beal. “That didn’t come about but earlier this year he signed a two picture deal with Warner Bros. The first picture was to adapt The Odyssey…in space.”
• Oscar-winners Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) and Robert De Niro (Raging Bull, The Godfather: Part II) are in negotiations to star in The Intern for writer-director Nancy Meyers (It’s Complicated). In the story, the founder of a thriving fashion website (Witherspoon) clashes with a man in the company’s Senior Internship Program (De Niro). Despite the generational differences, the two eventually bond. None have worked together on a feature film before. Tina Fey was attached to star in the project in 2012. [Deadline]
Casting Net: Robert Pattinson heads to the 'Lost City of Z'; Plus Taylor Kitsch turns sadistic, more
• Robert Pattinson is reportedly set to star in the long-gestating adaptation of David Grann’s The Lost City of Z about the British explorer Percy Fawcett, who will be played by Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness). The report did not specify who exactly Pattinson would be playing in director James Gray’s (We Own the Night) adaptation. Brad Pitt, who was originally set to star as the explorer, is now just attached in a producing capacity. Pattinson can be seen next in The Rover and David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, and is currently gearing up to work with Werner Herzog to play T.E. Lawrence in Queen of the Desert. [The Wrap]
• Michael Caine (The Dark Knight Rises) will star in the secretive project In The Future from Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty). The two-time Oscar winner (for Hannah and Her Sisters and The Cider House Rules) is currently working on Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi adventure Interstellar. Caine also has a part in Brad Anderson’s Eliza Graves (based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story) with Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, and Ben Kingsley. [Variety]
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