THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY Featurette: Producers Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey Discuss Fusing Two Opposite Cultures

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DreamWorks has released a new The Hundred-Foot Journey featurette for director Lasse Hallström’s (Chocolat) adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel of the same name.  The story centers the rivalry between an Indian restaurant that is 100 feet away from a three-Michelin-star restaurant in France, with the eccentric French chef (Helen Mirren) reluctantly forming a bond with the young Indian boy (Manish Dayal) whose family owns the quaint Indian restaurant.  Based on the trailer, the pic looks to be a nice, international story in the vein of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with a bounty of food porn to boot—and I’m perfectly fine with that.  Not everything needs to be deadly serious or colorfully explosive, and as producers Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey explain in this featurette, the film also touches on the great gaps that surface between cultures and how there’s more that unites us than divides us.

Hit the jump to watch the Hundred-Foot Journey featurette, which is anchored by Spielberg and Winfrey discussing the pic.  The film also stars Om Puri and Charlotte Le Bon and opens on August 8th.

Kristen Wiig Joins Zach Galifianakis Comedy; Aaron Paul and Helen Mirren Join EYE; Dave Franco Leads INTERN’S HANDBOOK, and More

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We’ve got a number of casting stories to attend to.  Briefly:

  • Kristen Wiig has joined Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson in an untitled Relativity comedy from Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess.
  • Aaron Paul and Helen Mirren are joining Colin Firth in the military drone drama Eye in the Sky.
  • Sony is developing an adaptation of The Intern’s Handbook as a star vehicle for Dave Franco.
  • Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) will play Bonnie and Clyde in Go Down Together.

Hit the jump for more on the casting.

Chiwetel Ejiofor to Lead SECRET, Tatiana Maslany in Talks for WOMAN IN GOLD, Anthony Mackie Joins Christmas Comedy, and More

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We’ve got quite a bit of casting announcements to attend to as the Cannes Film Festival and market are getting underway.  Briefly:

  • Chiwetel Ejiofor and Gwyneth Paltrow will lead the crime thriller The Secret in Their Eyes, which marks the directorial debut of Billy Ray.
  • Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany is in talks to join Helen Mirren in the Holocaust drama Woman in Gold.
  • Anthony Mackie is in talks to join Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in an untitled Christmas comedy.
  • Benjamin Walker has replaced Armie Hammer in the psychological thriller 2:22.

Hit the jump for more details on the aforementioned casting.

First Trailer, Poster, and Images for THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY Starring Helen Mirren and Produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg

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DreamWorks has released the first trailer, poster, and images for the drama The Hundred-Foot Journey.  The story centers on the Kadam family, who set up an Indian restaurant in a small village in the south of France, and begin a rivalry with the nearby classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren).  However, this rivalry eventually turns into friendship as the two establishments begin to learn and appreciate the other’s cuisine.  If the film looks like it’s based on an Oprah-approved book, that’s because it is.  She’s producing the film along with Steven Spielberg, who previously worked with Winfrey on The Color Purple.  As for the film, it looks like it could be this year’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, i.e. a nice movie for older people.

Hit the jump to check out The Hundred-Foot Journey trailer, poster, and images.  The film opens August 8th, and also stars Manish Dayal, Om Puri, and Charlotte Le Bon.

Helen Mirren Eyes TRUMBO; Jaden Smith and Liev Schreiber to Lead GOOD LORD BIRD; Sharon Stone Joins AMERICAN ULTRA

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We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Helen Mirren is in talks to join Bryan Cranston in the promising biopic Trumbo, which tells the story of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.
  • Jaden Smith and Liev Schreiber are in line to lead the slavery drama The Good Lord Bird.
  • Sharon Stone has joined the ensemble cast of the action comedy American Ultra.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned projects.

Helen Mirren in Early Talks for THE GOLDEN LADY; Jessica Alba in Negotiations for THE VEIL; Brittany Snow Returns for PITCH PERFECT 2

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Here’s a look at today’s latest movie casting news:

  • Helen Mirren is in early talks to star in The Golden Lady, written by Alexi Kaye Campbell and directed by Simon Curtis.
  • Jessica Alba is in negotiations to star opposite Thomas Jane in Phil Joanou’s horror-thriller, The Veil, scripted by Robert Ben Garant.
  • Brittany Snow is set to reprise her role in Elizabeth Banks’ singing sequel, Pitch Perfect 2, which stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson.
  • Fiona Dourif (True Blood) will star in writer-director Stuart Sauvarin’s indie psychological thriller, Origami Fox.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

AMERICAN HUSTLE Wins SAG Best Ensemble Award; Matthew McConaughey, Lupita Nyong’O, and Jared Leto Take Home Trophies

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The Screen Actors Guild Awards took place earlier this evening, and the performance-centric American Hustle won the big Best Ensemble prize.  That wasn’t a huge shock given the amount of talent on display in David O. Russell’s film and the fact that Hustle landed an Oscar nomination in every single acting category.  Elsewhere at the SAGs, Matthew McConaughey continues to look more and more like an Oscar winner with another Best Actor trophy, 12 Years a Slave breakout Lupita Nyong’O won Best Supporting Actress, and Cate Blanchett and Jared Leto won their umpteenth Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor awards, respectively.  On the TV side of things, Breaking Bad won Best Dramatic Ensemble and Modern Family won Best Comedic Ensemble.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners, and take note in your respective Oscar pools.

RED 2 Blu-ray Review

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Red 2 is a very obvious film.  It’s pleasant enough, but you know what you’re getting, which is old actors engaging in Bond-esque behavior.  It’s all fluffy and light, and seems geared towards Sunday afternoon cable viewing.  On that level it delivers.  But whether it’s demeaning or charming that so many talented performers are doing something so beneath them is up to the viewer.  Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren lead the cast and my review of Red 2 follows after the jump.

Production Begins on THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY Starring Helen Mirren

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DreamWorks announced today that filming is now underway in southwest France on director Lasse Hallström’s (Chocolat) adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel The Hundred-Foot Journey.  The film centers on the rivalry between an Indian restaurant that is 100 feet away from a three-Michelin-star restaurant in France, with the eccentric French chef reluctantly forming a bond with the young Indian boy whose family owns the quaint Indian restaurant.  Helen Mirren is set to play the aforementioned chef, while Manish Dayal (90210) will play the Indian boy.

Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) wrote the script, and the film is being produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake.  The cast also includes Charlotte Le Bon and Om Puri, and the film is slated for release on August 8, 2014.  Hit the jump to read the full press release, which includes the official synopsis.

Helen Mirren Talks RED 2, Filming the Action, What She Collects, Future Projects, and More

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Dean Parisot’s (Galaxy Quest) action-comedy sequel Red 2 opens this weekend.  The follow-up pits ex-CIA operative Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) against Victoria (Helen Mirren) when MI6 greenlights his assassination as Interpol’s “Most Wanted.”  All the while, Moses and his team must work to track down a missing nuclear device.  For more on the film, watch these six clips and the trailer.  Red 2 also stars John Malkovich, Mary-Louise ParkerCatherine Zeta-JonesByung Hun Lee, and Anthony Hopkins.

At the recent New York City press junket, I landed an exclusive video interview with Helen Mirren.  She talked about filming the action scenes, the way she prepares for a role, what she collects, future projects, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Helen Mirren Confirmed for THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY; Manish Dayal to Co-Star

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Casting is firming up for DreamWorks’ adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel The Hundred-Foot Journey.  The film centers on the rivalry between an Indian restaurant that is 100 feet away from a three-Michelin-star restaurant in France, with the eccentric French chef reluctantly forming a bond with the young Indian boy whose family owns the quaint Indian restaurant.  When we first reported that Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat) was going to direct, we learned that Helen Mirren was circling the role of the French chef Madame Mallory.  Now Variety confirms that Mirren has indeed signed on to star in the pic, with Manish Dayal (90210, Switched at Birth) set to play the Indian boy.

Hallstrom is directing from a script by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises), and the film boasts Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake as producers.  DreamWorks recently dated the pic for release on August 8, 2014, so one expects filming should get underway either later this year or early next year.  Hit the jump to read a synopsis for the book.

Watch 6 Clips From RED 2 Starring Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Helen Mirren

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With the Red 2 press junket happening in New York City this weekend, Summit has provided us with six clips for director Dean Parisot’s (Galaxy Quest) upcoming action-comedy sequel.  The spy follow-up pits ex-CIA operative Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) against Victoria (Helen Mirren) when MI6 greenlights his assassination as Interpol’s “Most Wanted.”  All the while, Moses and his team work to track down a missing nuclear device.  The new clips continue to make the film look like a lot of fun, especially with regards to the very promising interplay between the pic’s talented cast members.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also stars John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung Hun Lee, and Anthony HopkinsRed 2 opens on July 19th.

7 Clips and 13 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from MONSTERS UNIVERSITY; Watch the Cast Record Their Lines

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Monsters University will be here soon, and I like what I’m seeing.  I like it so much that I’ve seen enough.  Even though we post plenty of trailers, clips, and featurettes on the site, I don’t watch all of them if I’m already interested in the film.  That stuff is for the people who need more convincing.  So if you’re still unsure about Monsters University, we have seven clips and 13 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage featuring the cast from Pixar’s upcoming prequel recording their lines.

Hit the jump to check out the clips and behind-the-scenes footage.  The film features the voices of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, John Krasinski, Nathan Fillion, Bonnie Hunt, Dave Foley, Sean Hayes, Joel Murray, Peter Sohn, Aubrey Plaza, Tyler Labine, Bobby Moynihan, Julie Sweeney, Alfred Molina, Beth Behrs, and of course, John RatzenbergerMonsters University opens in 3D on June 21st.

Lasse Hallstrom to Direct THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY; Helen Mirren May Star

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Movies about chefs seem to be all the rage at the moment.  Bradley Cooper and Jon Favreau are currently prepping two separate films about professional cooks, both called Chef, and now Chocolat director Lasse Hallstrom has been tapped to direct an adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel The Hundred-Foot Journey for DreamWorks.  The story centers on the rivalry between an Indian restaurant that is 100 feet away from a three-Michelin-star restaurant in France, with the eccentric French chef reluctantly forming a bond with the young Indian boy whose family owns the quaint Indian restaurant.  Casting has yet to be confirmed, but Deadline reports that Helen Mirren will be playing the French chef Madame Mallory.

Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) wrote the screenplay adaptation and the film boasts Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake as producers.  Hallstrom most recently helmed the Nicholas Sparks adaptation Safe Haven, but the Cider House Rules filmmaker certainly knows his way around a touching dramedy.  Hit the jump to read a synopsis for the book.

Final Trailer for Pixar’s MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

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Disney-Pixar has released the final trailer for Monsters University. The prequel shows how Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) became best friends during their time at college. I’ve been a bit wary about the prequel, but this trailer put those doubts to rest. The film looks incredibly funny but also has heart. This goes along with the positive buzz I’ve been hearing, and it looks like Monsters University could be the movie that gets Pixar back on track to the high quality we’ve come to expect from them.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also features the voices of Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, John Krasinski, Nathan Fillion, Bonnie Hunt, Dave Foley, Sean Hayes, Joel Murray, Peter Sohn, Aubrey Plaza, Tyler Labine, Bobby Moynihan, Julie Sweeney, Alfred Molina, Beth Behrs, and of course, John Ratzenberger. Monsters University opens in 3D on June 21st.

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