Is it possible to set an entire film on a computer screen? Yes! In the new thriller Open Windows, Elijah Wood plays a blogger obsessed with an actress named Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey) who is persuaded to spy on the star by an unseen but seemingly helpful third party. The twist? Well, there are a few of them in this film from Timecrimes director Nacho Vigalondo. But the most obvious is that the movie does, indeed, all take place on a computer screen.
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While Magic Mike XXL‘s cast has grown over the last several weeks,there’s still the matter of filling the film with extras. Set to revolve around a few stripper conventions, XXL will include plenty of risqué shows that will require live audiences. And star Channing Tatum is giving one fan a chance to see his and his costars stripping prowess live.
Tatum announced on his Facebook page on Sept. 19 that fans can enter a contest in the hopes of winning a visit to the set and a role as an extra during one of the film’s “crazy” performances. Entrants need to create a photo or video showcasing their love for Magic Mike and why they would want to be in the film.
All of the rules can be found at the contest’s official site, and the contest is open until 12:00 PT on Sept. 29. Tatum promises that the sequel’s dance numbers are “crazy this time,” which makes sense considering stripper conventions are presumably not very tame gatherings.
During the jazz scene of the 1960’s and 1970’s, pianist Joe Albany struggled with drug addiction. His struggle was then captured by the memoir of his daughter, Amy-Jo Albany.
Now, Jeff Preiss is capturing it all on film. Starring John Hawkes as Joe and Elle Fanning as Amy-Jo, Low Down tells the pianist’s story through the eyes of his daughter. The film also stars Glenn Close, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, and more.
Who on earth would set a high-octane, high-body count, bulletfest of an action movie in a single room? The answer is director Joe Lynch. The filmmaker’s new film, Everly, stars Salma Hayek as a prostitute who must kill a small army of assassins sent to murder her at an apartment by a yakuza crime boss. At Christmas.
Magic Mike XXL has already begun filming, and the final cast has been slowly revealed: Matthew McConaughey is out. Andie MacDowell is in. And now, another female lead has been cast for the sequel. Amber Heard has been hired as one of the film’s new leads, EW has learned.
Details remain unknown about Heard’s character, but she joins a continually growing cast that also includes returning lead Channing Tatum for what has been described as an “on-the-road adventure.”
Heard can next be seen alongside her Friday Night Lights costar Billy Bob Thornton in London Fields, while XXL will arrive just in time for Independence Day when it hits theaters on July 3, 2015.
When news broke that Dax Shepard was writing, directing, and starring in a remake of CHiPs, the popular television series that ran from 1977 to 1983 and followed two California patrol officers, fans immediately wondered what a “more serious” take on the story would look like. And according to Shepard, it will add the FBI to the mix, but retain a few things from the original (namely, the tight pants).
EW caught up with Shepard to get some details on the upcoming remake.
EW: So CHiPs might have been my favorite show growing up.
DAX SHEPARD: Really? Did you have a major crush on Poncherello?
Actually, I had a major crush on Jon.
That’s so counterintuitive. Most gals were obsessed with Ponch. Your dad must’ve been a really sweet man.
He was. Well, he is.
Yeah, that explains that. I think the litmus test is, if you’re attracted to Jon, you had a really nice father, and then if you’re attracted to Ponch, your dad was probably not around as much and was maybe a little more you know risque. But I’m going to play a little bit more dangerous version of Jon. My version of Jon is a little scarier.
So it’s for people whose dad was sort of around?
My dad, who was a car salesman who spent a lot of time at the bar and drove a Corvette.
The only thing I’ve really heard is that it’s a more serious take on the series, but what can you tell me about the angle you’re going for?
Yeah, that’s exactly it. It’s not the spoof version at all, and it’s not the comedy-first version. It’s the action-first version. It’s way more tonally in keeping with Lethal Weapon or Bad Boys. I’m super, super into motorcycles. It’s something that I take absurdly seriously, so my commitment to it being a very kick-ass motorcycle movie is No. 1. And then I doubt you saw Hit and Run, but if you saw Hit and Run, my other commitment being to, you know, authentic dialogue that maybe isn’t expositional in nature but more slice-of-life in nature. So it’s not set-up jokes. The comedy I’m trying to mine is the intricacy of male relationships and how awkward those are at the beginning—and then once they take off, how kind of funny and satisfying.
Where are you in the process?
I’ve already written it. I’m really, really happy with it. I was a tiny bit intimidated. It has a legit crime plot to it, and I had never tackled that kind of a plot. I guess Hit and Run was also a crime plot, but not, “Oh, there’s clues and they’re uncovering things and they’re discovering things.” So the mechanics of that were slightly intimidating to me. I spent more time writing this than anything else I’ve written, but the end result, I was really happy with. I feel like it actually has a really good engine, a really good plot to it.
So does it have one central crime?
There’s a series of crimes happening, and it seems quite evident to the FBI that one or more people in the CHP is complicit in this or involved in it, so the movie starts with Ponch, who’s an FBI agent, getting sent to the CHP undercover.
That’s a twist.
I kind of wanted to acknowledge the funny fact that Poncherello is an Italian name and was originally, in the series, written for an Italian guy, but Erik Estrada came in and crushed an audition and they cast a Mexican lead, which was not happening a ton at that time. I think it’s really funny and cool, that you have this Mexican guy playing what was conceived of an an Italian guy, so I wanted to acknowledge that in our script—like, why is this guy playing an Italian? So the fact that he’s undercover explains that.
Anything you definitely want to keep from the original?
I will keep the pants tight. I promise to keep the pants tight from your childhood show.
Thank you. I appreciate that. Wait, wait. Are you going to be wearing different color aviators?
Why do you ask that?
That was always crucial to me. Jon had the lighter, yellow aviators and Ponch had the darker, black aviators.
Well you know what’s so bizarre, by pure coincidence, I shot a teaser for the studio of [Michael] Pena and I, and in the teaser, I’m wearing blue aviators and he’s wearing red aviators.
So they’re different but not the exact same as the original.
I like it.
And that’s a coincidence, I’m glad you just pointed that out to me. It makes me feel like I really stayed true to something that escaped me.
Now you can tell people that’s a little homage to the original.
Yes, this was a conscious choice. Yeah, but in the teaser we’re in red and blue. Which I just liked because those are police-siren colors.
Calling 20,000 Days on Earth “a documentary about Nick Cave” is both accurate and deeply reductive. Yes, its primary focus is a walk through Cave’s life and career and zeroes in on the creation of his last album, 2013’s Push the Sky Away, but it is so full of stunningly considered ideas and cheeky surrealism that it is unlike any rock doc ever made.
That was the point, according to Cave. “Music documentaries are often very similar to meeting a hero, you know? You love the person’s music but you wish you never met them,” he told EW during a discussion of the film. “They often do more damage than good, I think. They attempt to make the subject of the documentary human, and that’s not really what we want to see.” READ FULL STORY
London Has Fallen is down a director.
Fredrik Bond, a commercial director who also helmed the Shia LaBeouf pic Charlie Countryman, has stepped down from the project, EW confirmed Thursday.
The sequel to 2013’s box office hit Olympus Has Fallen was set to begin shooting in just six weeks, with original cast members Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman set to return. According to The Hollywood Reporter, who first reported the news, the split was due to creative differences that may have stemmed from the accelerated production schedule. Bond only boarded the project in August.
Ang Lee never met a literary adaptation he couldn’t tackle, it seems. The multi-Oscar winner, who’s been largely absent since winning Best Director for Life of Pi, has picked his next project: Ben Fountain’s celebrated 2012 novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, about a group of Iraq war vets, including 19-year-old Billy Lynn, who must endure a Thanksgiving Day football game in Texas on their exhaustive “Victory Tour” before they return to the war. TriStar Productions and Film4 announced the news Thursday.
“I am very excited to be going back to work and to be collaborating with my old friend Tom Rothman,” Lee said in a statement. “The most important thing to me is storytelling and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is a story that immediately gripped me. I look forward to starting the creative process with this extraordinary team of collaborators.”
Lee collaborated with Tom Rothman during his Fox days to bring the “unfilmable” Life of Pi to the big screen. The film went on to win four Oscars and gross over $600 million worldwide.
Rothman, now at TriStar, is credited with orchestrating the deal with Lee. “Ang Lee is constitutionally incapable of repeating himself. His very DNA requires him to always find new challenges. ‘More of the same’ may be the film fashion these days, but thankfully not for this exceptional artist,” he said in a statement. “Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn will be a true original, and TriStar is in the business of investing in originality, here combined with innovation. Big movies come from such combinations, as witness Life of Pi.”
Ink Factory’s Stephen Cornwell, Rhodri Thomas and Simon Cornwell, and Film4 (who first optioned the book) will produce the film along with Lee. Simon Beaufoy, who won an Oscar for adapting Slumdog Millionaire, wrote the script and production is planning on a Spring start.
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