DANNY COLLINS Trailer and Images: Al Pacino Receives a Letter from John Lennon

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The first Danny Collins trailer has been released for the upcoming comedy-drama from Crazy, Stupid, Love. scribe Dan Fogelman.  Previously titled Imagine, the film stars Al Pacino as an aging 1970s rocker who uncovers a 40-year-old letter written to him by John Lennon, which spurs him to try and reconnect with his family.  Fogelman is making his directorial debut with the picture, which also includes some of Lennon’s songs, and it looks like a perfectly nice movie.  The cast is certainly impressive—especially Christopher Plummer and Bobby Cannavale—and the lead role seems like a solid fit for Pacino.  The trailer’s not particularly noteworthy or anything, but it looks like it could be a sweet film.

Check the first Danny Collins trailer and images after the jump.  The film also stars Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Josh Peck, and Nick OffermanDanny Collins opens in theaters on March 20, 2015.

Jennifer Garner Talks MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN, Getting Cast on an Airplane, Jason Reitman’s Script, IMAGINE with Al Pacino, and More

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Now playing in limited release is director Jason Reitman’s (Up in the Air) latest feature, Men, Women & Children.  Starring Ansel Elgort, Dean Norris, Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy GreerJ.K. SimmonsElena Kampouris, Timothée ChalametOlivia CrocicchiaDennis Haysbert, and the voice of  Emma Thompson, the drama follows the loosely connected stories of a group of teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate life in the digital age.  Loaded with great performances and a smart script, Men, Women & Children is able to tap into the zeitgeist of our tech-obsessed culture yet it doesn’t feel pedantic or forced.  It was definitely one of my favorite films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.  For more on Men, Women & Children, read Matt’s review, watch some clips or the trailer, or click here for all our previous coverage.

While at TIFF, I landed an exclusive video interview with Jennifer Garner.  She talked about the cool way she was cast, how the film isn’t preachy and captures what’s going on right now, if the story/script changed during production, her great run of films at TIFF, working with Al Pacino in Imagined (which now might be called Danny Collins), and more.

Lake Bell Inherits EMPEROR’S CHILDREN From Noah Baumbach

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This is the kind of news that keeps me excited about movies.  Lake Bell, who directed and starred in In a World last year (along with a litany of other impressive acting appearances) is set to direct Emperor’s Children from a script by Greenberg and Frances Ha writer/director, Noah Baumbach.  I love Baumbach’s work and was quite impressed with In a World, so this project is already one of my most anticipated of next year.

The story, adapted from the Claire Messud novel of the same name, sounds like it is very much in Baumbach’s wheelhouse of smart, damaged characters.  It takes place in the literary world in the months before and after 9/11.  Baumbach spoke to us about the project a few months back, and I’m glad its finally moving forward.  Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins from Imagine are producing.  Hit the jump for more on Emperor’s Children.

Ryan Reynolds to Star in MISSISSIPPI GRIND, Joel Edgerton Eyes Jeff Nichols Pic and Christopher Plummer Replaces Michael Caine in IMAGINE

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Check out the latest casting news below:

  • Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern) is set to star in writers-directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s gambling pic, Mississippi Grind, along with Ben Mendelsohn (Killing Them Softly).
  • Joel Edgerton (Warrior) is eyeing the new untitled picture from writer-director Jeff Nichols (Mud) which co-stars Michael Shannon (Man of Steel).
  • Christopher Plummer (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) will replace Michael Caine (The Dark Knight) in Imagine, the directorial debut of screenwriter Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love) that stars Jennifer Garner, Al Pacino, Annette Bening and Bobby Cannavale.

Hit the jump for more on each picture.

Ed Helms Joins Joe Carnahan’s STRETCH, Holliday Grainger in Talks for Disney’s CINDERELLA and Josh Peck May Join Al Pacino in IMAGINE [Updated]

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Ed Helms (The Hangover) is set to star in director Joe Carnahan’s low-budget comedic thriller, Stretch, starring Patrick Wilson and Chris Pine.
  • Holliday Grainger (The Borgias) is in talks to star in Disney’s live-action Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Lily JamesRichard Madden and Cate Blanchett.
  • Josh Peck (Red Dawn) is in negotiations to star opposite Al Pacino in Dan Fogelman’s directorial debut, Imagine, starring Bobby Cannavale, Jennifer Garner and Michael Caine.

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

Michael Caine and Jennifer Garner Join IMAGINE, Samuel L. Jackson to Play the President in BIG GAME, Trio Set for Charlie Kaufman’s ANOMALISA

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We’ve got a few casting stories to share today.  Briefly:

  • Michael Caine and Jennifer Garner have boarded the aging rock star film Imagine, joining Al Pacino, Annette Bening, and Bobby Cannavale in the cast.
  • Samuel L. Jackson will play the President of the United States in the actioner Big Game.
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh (Weeds), David Thewlis (Harry Potter), and Tom Noonan (Heat) will reprise their roles from the stage play version of Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa in the animated feature film adaptation, which Kaufman is co-directing.

Hit the jump for more on each of these projects.

Annette Bening and Bobby Cannavale IMAGINE; Leighton Meester and Gillian Jacobs Are LIFE PARTNERS; DRACULA, HERCULES Cast Female Leads

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Three first-time directors and a Brett Ratner did some casting today:

  • Annette Benning and Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire) are in negotiations to star opposite Al Pacino in Imagine, the directorial debut of writer Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love).
  • Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) and Gillian Jacobs (Community) star as two opposites in a co-dependent friendship in Life Partners, the directorial debut of Susanna FogelAdam Brody, Gabourey Sidibe, Abby Elliott, and Beth Dover co-star.
  • Sarah Gadon (Cosmopolis) is in negotiations for the female lead in Dracula. Luke Evans stars in Gary Shore‘s directorial debut.
  • Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (Chernobyl Diaries) landed the female lead in Ratner’s HerculesDwayne Johnson plays the titular Greek hero.  Ian McShane and Joseph Fiennes co-star.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Screenwriter Dan Fogelman Talks THE GUILT TRIP, LAST VEGAS, THE NEIGHBORS, Being on the 50 SHADES OF GREY Shortlist, and More

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This holiday season, you can celebrate family at the movies with The Guilt Trip, which tells the story of Andy Brewster (Seth Rogen), as he embarks on a cross-country road trip with his mother, Joyce (Barbra Streisand), to turn one of his inventions into a success. With both funny and poignant moments on their mother-son adventure, each realizes that they just want the other to be happy.

At the film’s press day, writer/executive producer Dan Fogelman spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about taking a road trip with his own mom to inspire the script, that Barbra Streisand was his mom’s hero, making sure everything in the film came from a place of love, the scene he was most looking forward to seeing brought to life, why mother-son relationships are rarely explored in film, and how he loves it when actors improvise.  He also talked about how cool it is to have Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline make up the cast for Last Vegas, which he wrote with Jon Turteltaub directing, what made Imagine (with Al Pacino, Julianne Moore and Jeremy Renner) the right film for him to make his directorial debut with, how much he’s enjoying the success of the ABC comedy series The Neighbors, which he created, and what interested him in the possibility of writing the 50 Shades of Grey movie (he was on the shortlist).  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Al Pacino, Julianne Moore, and Jeremy Renner Team for IMAGINE

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Quite the ensemble cast has been put together for the rocker drama ImagineTHR reports that Julianne Moore, and Jeremy Renner have joined Al Pacino star in the pic, which will mark the directorial debut of Crazy, Stupid, Love. scribe Dan Fogelman.  The story centers on an aging 1970s rocker (Pacino) who discovers an undelivered letter written to him when he has 19 by John Lennon that spurs him to straighten his life out and connect with the son (Renner) he’s never known.  Moore will play the owner of a small New Jersey hotel where the rocker takes up residence.

It’s certainly a different kind of role for Pacino, but with talent like Moore and Renner aboard one assumes the story isn’t too schmaltzy.  Steve Carell was previously attached to the Renner role when the project was set up at Warner Bros., but the pic will now be shopped to foreign buyers at the upcoming American Film Market.  A Spring 2013 productions start date is planned.

Al Pacino Circling Dan Fogelman’s IMAGINE

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Apparently intrigued by the prospect of playing an aging rock star, Al Pacino is currently in talks to star in Dan Fogelman’s directorial debut Imagine. According to 24 Frames, the potential turn would see Pacino’s character attempt to turn over a new leaf shortly after receiving a letter that his idol John Lennon had sent him forty years prior. Landing the legendary Pacino would be par for the course for the budding Fogelman who has experienced a ton of recent success having penned hits such as Cars and Tangled. Additionally, the scribe-turned-director also wrote Crazy, Stupid, Love. starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone, as well as My Mother’s Curse starring Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand.

As for Pacino, the iconic actor has been absent from the silver screen since 2008′s Righteous Kill. In addition to possibly joining Imagine, he has also signed on to play crime boss Neil Dellacroce in Gotti: Three Generations and can be seen alongside Ray Liotta, Juliette Binoche, and Channing Tatum in the crime/thriller The Son of No One which is still searching for a release date. Finally, while I’m all for Pacino taking on Imagine I can’t help but think of what might have been. As late as last month, Carell was still attached to the project to play the estranged son of Pacino’s rock star character. Unfortunately, scheduling conflicts have forced Carell off of the project (he remains a producer, however) essentially robbing moviegoers of the opportunity to see what type of screen dynamics the pair may have had.

Clint Eastwood Will Direct HOOVER, Biopic of the Infamous FBI Director Scripted by MILK’s Dustin Lance Black

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clint_eastwood.jpgLast week we reported that Dustin Lance Black, the boyish screenwriter behind the Oscar-winning screenplay for Milk, has scripted the biopic of J. Edgar Hoover, the director of the FBI from its 1935 founding to his 1972 death.  Like Milk, the film is going by the surname-only title Hoover.  And just as Black’s Milk script caught the eye of arthouse A-lister Gus Van Sant, the Hoover screenplay has entrapped a director of comparable stature, one Clint Eastwood.  That combination–under Ron Howard’s Imagine banner no less–is sure to guarantee awards attention come Oscar season 2011.

EW reports that the distributing studio is still to be determined, but if Eastwood comes aboard then Warner Bros.–his directorial home of the last four decades–seems the likeliest candidate.  Up next for the prolific Eastwood is Hereafter, the supernatural drama starring Matt Damon and Bryce Dallas Howard, slated for a December 2010 release.

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