For the minions of Despicable Me, there are two time periods—Before Gru and After Gru. While there have been two films full of the tiny yellow guys while they worked under Steve Carell’s villain in reform, the first trailer for Minions shows what life was like all the way back in 1968.
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• Joaquim de Almeida (Fast Five) has signed on to play the male lead opposite Sandra Bullock in David Gordon Green’s Our Brand Is Crisis. Zoe Kazan (What If) has also signed on for the political dramedy. In addition to Bullock, they’re joining Scoot McNairy, Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, and Ann Dowd. The film is based on Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary of the same name, which explored American political campaign strategies in Bolivia. Green’s film stars Bullock as “Calamity” Jane Bodine, a retired American political consultant, with de Almeida as Castillo, the former president of Bolivia who is running for office again. Kazan will play a young woman who uncovers the secrets of political candidates. Peter Straughan wrote the script. Smokehouse partners George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing. Bullock is executive producing. Warner Bros. executives Courtenay Valenti and Racheline Benveniste will supervise the project for the studio. Our Brand Is Crisis kicks off production this fall. [The Wrap]
• Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels) is heading to Mr. Right. Paco Cabezas is directing from a script by Max Landis. The action romance tells the story of a girl (Anna Kendrick) who finally lands her dream guy (Sam Rockwell); problem is he’s a hit man. Mount will play New Jersey crime syndicate member Richard Cartigan. Michael Eklund (Bates Motel) also joins the cast as thug Johnny Howl, and Katie Nehra (Alex of Venice) joins as Kendrick’s nerdy roommate, Martha. Michael Helfant, Bradley Gallo, Lawrence Mattis, and Rick Jacobs are producing the Amasia Entertainment and Circle of Confusion film. Stephen Emery and Landis are executive producing. [Deadline]
• Olivia Thirlby (Juno) and Nelsan Ellis (True Blood) have been cast in The Stanford Prison Experiment. With Kyle Alvarez at the helm, the film tells the story of the 1971 psychological exercise that divided students into prisoners and prison guards. The film stars Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, and Billy Crudup as Dr. Philip Zimbardo, the Stanford professor who later wrote a psychology book on good and evil behavior. Thrilby will play Zimbardo’s wife, Christina, also an academic. Ellis will play Jesse Fletcher. Other castings include: Tye Sheridan as prisoner Peter Mitchell, James Frecheville as guard Townshend, Johnny Simmons as prisoner Jeff Jansen, and Ki Hong Lee as prisoner Gavin Chan. Tim Talbott wrote the script. Sandbar Pictures and Abandon Features financed the film. Coup d’Etat Films’ Brent Emery is producing alongside Lizzie Friedman, Greg Little, Brian Geraghty, and Lauren Bratman. [Deadline]
Sandra Bullock is set to star in David Gordon Green’s Our Brand Is Crisis, sources have confirmed. The film, written by Peter Straughan, is based on the 2005 documentary of the same name. The doc followed American political campaign marketing tactics in the 2002 Bolivian presidential election, which saw Evo Morales lose to Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada.
According to Variety, which first reported the news, Bullock has been in talks for the political dramedy for months now. Bullock will also serve as an executive producer on the film alongside George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures.
• Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has reportedly signed on to play former CIA agent Edwin Wilson in The Company Man. The film, written by Andrew Cypiot, will tell the true story of Wilson, who was convicted in 1983 of illegally selling weapons to Libya, but had all charges overturned in 2003 after years of imprisonment. The True Detective Emmy nominee is said to also be in the process of finding a director for the film. [Deadline]
• Sandra Bullock is about to throw one big Tupperware party. The Oscar winner will star as Brownie Wise in Tupperware Unsealed, based on writer Bob Kealing’s non-fiction book about the marketing maven who created the Tupperware home party strategy, thus making the household item a household name. The Help director Tate Taylor will write and direct the film for Sony Pictures. [The Wrap]
• Michael Caine has joined Vin Diesel and Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) in the supernatural action film The Last Witch Hunter. Based on a pitch by Cory Goodman (Priest), the film follows an immortal witch hunter partnering with his natural enemy, a female witch, to stop a plague on humanity. Breck Eisner (Sahara) will direct for Lionsgate, with a script by Matt Sazama (Gods of Egypt) and the additional help of D.W. Harper (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) and Melisa Wallack (Dallas Buyers Club). [THR]
• Naomi Watts is in talks to join Jake Gyllenhaal for Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallee‘s next film, Demolition. Watts would play a single mother who begins a relationship with Gyllenhaal’s character, a young investment banker struggling to deal with the tragic death of his wife. Bryan Sipe (Alpha Mail) will pen the script. [The Wrap]
• Idris Elba may reunite with his RocknRolla director Guy Ritchie for Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur. The reimagining of the English myth from Warner Brothers will feature a script from Joby Harold (Awake) with the title role yet to be cast. The Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom star will reportedly play Bedivere, Arthur’s father’s right-hand man who teaches the future King to lead an army. [THR]
• Former TV wrestling diva Trish Stratus and veteran Canadian actor Saul Rubinek (Unforgiven) have both joined the cast of the Canadian action-thriller Gridlocked from director Allan Ungar (Tapped Out), playing a lead SWAT team member and Hollywood agent respectively. [THR]
'Speed' 20th anniversary: Screenwriter Graham Yost looks back on 'the bus movie' that became a classic
Screenwriter Graham Yost, now the showrunner of FX’s Justified, admits that the plot of Speed sounds ridiculous: A bomb on a bus will detonate if the bus travels below 50 mph. But when the movie was released June 10, 1994, a funny thing happened: It became a hit with moviegoers and critics alike. To quote EW’s grade-A review: “The film takes off from formula elements — it’s yet another variation on Die Hard — but it manipulates those elements so skillfully, with such a canny mixture of delirium and restraint, that I walked out of the picture with the rare sensation that every gaudy thrill had been earned.”
Here, on the 20th anniversary of the film’s release, Yost looks back on early script changes (Jack’s partner, Harry, was supposed to be the bad guy), casting picks (Ellen DeGeneres?), the twist he’s most proud of (it was just cans!), classic lines (thank you, Joss Whedon), and the dark night when he thought the movie had been ruined. READ FULL STORY
• Sandra Bullock is circling the role of Brownie Wise in an untitled pic about the rise of Tupperware. Wise was the saleswoman who helped the airtight containers succeed in the ’50s thanks to her innovative “party plan” marketing scheme. The Help‘s Tate Taylor is attached to direct the movie, which will be based on Bob Kealing‘s non-fiction book Tupperware Unsealed. [THR] READ FULL STORY
Talk to Sandra Bullock on the morning of her Best Actress Oscar nomination for Gravity and the first thing you hear is “Brush your teeth….now are you really going to brush your teeth?” That’s the 49-year-old Oscar winner encouraging her four-year-old son Louis through the paces of their morning routine. “You got to brush your teeth!” she tells EW with a laugh. “I don’t care who’s been nominated. Even the President has to brush his teeth.” Bullock is one of the few actors who wasn’t woken by a publicist or the television but rather her young son. “Yep,” she says happily. “It’s allergy season out in LA so we have big bouts of coughing and the inhaler at the crack of dawn.” READ FULL STORY
Three more boldfaced names have been added to Sunday’s Golden Globes lineup: Sandra Bullock, Emma Stone, and Zoe Saldana, People reports.
Bullock, a current nominee for her work in Gravity, has one Globe under her belt already (for The Blind Side) and four additional nominations total. The other two also have connections to the awards show: Stone was nominated for a Best Actress in a Comedy Globe in 2010 for Easy A, while Saldana was one of three actors who announced this year’s nominees last month.
Bullock, Stone, and Saldana join a star-studded lineup of previously announced presenters including Jennifer Lawrence, Robert Downey Jr., Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Julie Bowen, Laura Dern, Colin Farrell, Mila Kunis, Uma Thurman, Reese Witherspoon, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick — whose daughter, Sosie Bacon, is this year’s Miss Golden Globe — and, of course, hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who are more than ready to helm Hollywood’s party of the year.
The Globes air 8 p.m. ET Sunday, Jan. 12, on NBC.
As awards season heats up, the biggest films of the year are revving their Oscar engines. Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, has already claimed several early honors and in the behind-the-scenes featurette below, director Alfonso Cuaron shows us why.
The inside look from Warner Bros. at how they filmed the genre-bending outer space film features Bullock practicing space choreography in her now-infamous tank top on a soundstage, Clooney discussing the screenplay, and the producers talking about the visual effects and technology the film uses so seamlessly.
Check out the making-of video below: READ FULL STORY
The joy Alfonso Cuarón feels at Gravity‘s Golden Globes showing — four nominations, including one for Cuarón as director and Best Drama — can probably be felt from space. “I’m absolutely thrilled,” he says. Making the movie meant spending “four and a half years in a cave — and the predictions were a little grim early on in the process.”
Now, though, he’s reached the blazing light at the end of the tunnel — which is all the more impressive considering the caliber of movies released in 2013. “I think this is an amazing year in cinema,” Cuarón continued. “And there’s a comeback of that kind of cinema that we were all afraid was getting lost in terms of the mainstream American or Hollywood context — that is, these mid- to low-budget films, a lot of them dramas… Or even a film like Gravity, that is not a sequel or a franchise.”
Read on for more on Cuarón’s Globes thoughts — and the one Gravity inaccuracy he says nobody’s caught onto yet.
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