Matthew McConaughey May Be THE COMPANY MAN; Four More for Spielberg & Hank’s UNTITLED COLD WAR THRILLER; Naomi Watts Joins DEMOLITION

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A few casting items crept up in today’s second half.  In short:

  • Mathew McConaughey is said to be in talks to join The Company Man.  The former Black List script is currently looking for a director.
  • Amy Ryan, Eve Hewson, Alan Alda and Billy Magnussen look to be joining Steven Spielberg’s Untitled Cold War Thriller starring Tom Hanks.
  • Speaking of talks, Naomi Watts is apparently in them to join Jake Gyllenhaal in Demolition, the new picture from Dallas Buyers Club-director Jean-Marc Vallée.

Hit the jump for more on each announcement.

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.

Steven Spielberg’s UNTITLED COLD WAR SPY THRILLER Set for 2015 and THE BFG Lands a 2016 Release Date

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It’s been nearly two years since the release of Lincoln, but Steven Spielberg has already firmed up his next two projects, which will essentially shoot back-to-back.  We previously reported that Spielberg had signed on to helm an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book The BFG with production poised to begin in early 2015, but it was noted that the filmmaker was looking to possibly shoot a smaller-scale film first.  That project firmed up as an untitled Cold War thriller that will see Tom Hanks playing an American attorney who slips under the Iron Curtain in order to negotiate the release of a captured U-2 spy plane pilot.

With these two DreamWorks projects set as Spielberg’s next films, release dates have now been firmed up.  The untitled spy thriller will open in theaters on October 16, 2015, while The BFG is slated for release on July 1, 2016.  Hit the jump for more on both films and what competition they’ll face at the box office.

Mark Rylance Joins Spielberg’s Cold War Thriller; Dave Franco Joins THE ROOM Movie; Marion Cotillard in MAL DE PIERRES; Duo Set for INSURGENT

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We have a few casting stories to attend to this evening.  Briefly:

  • Stage actor Mark Rylance is the second actor to join the cast of Steven Spielberg’s next film, a Cold War thriller fronted by Tom Hanks.
  • Dave Franco is set to star opposite his brother James Franco in the film about the making of The Room, titled The Disaster Artist.
  • Marion Cotillard will lead the period romance Mal de Pierres.
  • The roles of Uriah and Lynn have been filled for the sequel The Divergent Series: Insurgent.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting.

Steven Spielberg Wants Bryan Cranston to Bring ALL THE WAY to TV with a Miniseries [Updated]

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Fresh off a Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play in All the Way, actor Bryan Cranston may be bringing his buzzworthy performance as President Lyndon B. Johnson to the small screen.  Deadline reports that Steven Spielberg is in the process of optioning the stage play for a miniseries adaptation through his Amblin banner, and he wants Cranston to reprise the lead role.  Cranston has been drawing raves on the stage for his performance as LBJ in a story that spans the first year of Johnson’s administration, and it appears that Spielberg sees great potential in bringing the story to a wider television audience.  More after the jump.

[Update: Deadline reports that the deal indeed came through, as HBO Films will produce a feature film adaptation of All the Way for HBO with Cranston reprising the lead role.  Robert Schenkkan will write the screenplay, while Steven Spielberg will executive produce.]

Coen Brothers to Pen Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ Untitled Cold War Thriller

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Well, now this is interesting.  Remember that Cold War-era thriller in development with Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks attached?  Now it seems as if Joel and Ethan Coen will draft the screenplay.  That’s a lot of Oscar-winning talent right there, enough to land the project on an incredibly early awards watch long before it even has a title.  The picture aims to tell the true story of James Donovan, “an attorney who was thrust into the center of the Cold War when he negotiated with the KGB for the release of downed U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers.”  Perhaps the news that the Coens are taking a crack at Matt Charman’s initial script will add enough heat to the project to make it Spielberg’s next directorial feature.  Hit the jump for more.

HALO 5: GUARDIANS and Steven Spielberg’s HALO TV Series Set for Fall 2015

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Halo is one of the biggest video game franchises around, and now that the Xbox One is finding its way into more and more homes (and you no longer have to buy one that watches you sleep), there will eventually be enough of a base to make Halo 5 a smash hit.  Today, Microsoft announced that the fifth Halo game, entitled Halo 5: Guardians, will be released fall 2015.  In a statement from Bonnie Ross, the General Manager of 343 Industries (the studio behind Halo 5) the upcoming sequel will run “at 60 frames per second, on dedicated servers, with the scope, features and scale we’ve been dreaming of for more than a decade.”  Just think how crisp and clear tea-bagging your opponent’s corpse will be.  It will bring a tear to your eye.

Hit the jump for more Halo 5 details on Steven Spielberg‘s Halo TV series, which is also set for fall 2015.

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.

ABC Renews ONCE UPON A TIME, RESURRECTION, SCANDAL, and More; Orders HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER and Others to Series

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It’s ABC’s turn to get in on the renewal/pilot order fun, as the network has renewed three dramas and ordered a few others to series.  Briefly:

  • ABC has renewed the drama series Scandal (duh), Modern Family (more duh), Once Upon a Time, Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, Revenge, The Goldbergs, The Middle, and freshman show Resurrection to return next season.
  • The network has also ordered three new dramas to series: the Viola Davis-fronted legal thriller How to Get Away with Murder from creator Shonda Rhimes, the racially charged American Crime from 12 Years a Slave scribe John Ridley, and the alien-invasion show The Whispers from executive producer Steven Spielberg.
  • On the comedy side, the pilots for Anthony Anderson’s Black-ish, the Karen Gillan-fronted Selfie, the romantic comedy Manhattan Love Story, and creator Dan Fogelman’s (The Neighbors) musical fairy tale Galavant have been ordered to series.

Hit the jump for synopsis and casting info for the new series.

First Trailer for Steven Spielberg-Produced CBS Sci-Fi Series EXTANT Starring Halle Berry

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CBS has unveiled the first trailer for the upcoming Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi series Extant.  The show stars Halle Berry as an astronaut who, upon returning from a 13-month solo mission in space, discovers that she’s pregnant.  Her other child (Pierce Gagnon) begins spouting strange, prophetic comments while the government suddenly becomes interested in her life.  It’s impossible to ignore that this trailer resembles Gravity, though the space-centered portion appears to be only a small part of the story, as the real mystery begins when she returns to Earth.  CBS gained big ratings with last year’s summer experiment Under the Dome despite it being a terrible show, but Extant certainly has an interesting premise and a solid lead.  Hopefully the series comes together as a worthwhile piece of summer entertainment.

Hit the jump to watch the Extant trailer.  The series also stars Camryn Manheim, Goran Visnjic, Grace Gummer, Michael O’Neil, and Hiroyuki Sanada.  Extant premieres on CBS Wednesday, July 9th.

Steven Spielberg to Direct an Adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Children’s Book THE BFG for DreamWorks

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DreamWorks has attached Steven Spielberg to direct The BFG, a live-action adaptation of the Roald Dahl children’s book.  While BFG could stand for any number of things, in this case it’s short for “big friendly giant.”  Illustrated by Quentin Blake and first published in 1982 as an expansion of a story in Dahl’s other book, “Danny, the Champion of the World,” The BFG centers on a young girl named Sophie who befriends the world’s only benevolent giant.  Hit the jump for more.

[Update: The report has been updated to add that Spielberg has committed to starting production on The BFG in early 2015 in anticipation of a 2016 release, but he's considering fitting in a smaller-scale film before then if he can--most likely the Cold War thriller that has Tom Hanks attached to star.]

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg May Reteam for Untitled Cold War Thriller

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Just last week, we learned that filmmaker Steven Spielberg was zeroing in on his next directorial effort as he attached himself to yet another potential future project.  At the time, the decision appeared to be down to either the big-budget sci-fi spectacle Robopocalypse or the historical drama Montezuma, which revolves around the relationship between Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes and the titular Aztec ruler.  Well now there appears to be a third contender for Spielberg’s next slot, as Tom Hanks has become attached to star in an untitled Cold War thriller with Spielberg eyeing the pic as a possible directorial vehicle.  More after the jump.

Director Richard Donner Confirms Steven Spielberg Has a Story for THE GOONIES 2

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A couple weeks ago, The Goonies director Richard Donner said that a sequel to the popular 1985 film was going forward.  When Donner was asked if he would ever do another comic book movie (he directed Superman and Superman II), he replied “If you call Goonies a comic book.  We’re doing a sequel.”  Movies.com notes that while writer, producer, and second unit director Steven Spielberg was previously vague about his desire for a sequel, he did have some ideas for it.  Now Donner has confirmed to TMZ that Spielberg has come up with an idea for the sequel’s storyline, and they’re trying to get the original cast back together even though it might be difficult for Josh Brolin to return.  However, there seems to be an assumption on the part of fans that it would be easy to get everyone else back, which isn’t necessarily the case.  Jeff Cohen (Chunk) and Jonathan Ke Quan (Data) have both retired from acting, and just because they might be invited to do The Goonies 2, that doesn’t mean they would return.

Hit the jump for Donner looking annoyed as he talks about Spielberg and The Goonies 2.

Steven Spielberg Reteaming with Tony Kushner for THE KIDNAPPING OF EDGARDO MORTARA; May Return to ROBOPOCALYPSE for Next Project

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Though we still have no definitive word on what Steven Spielberg’s next project will be, the filmmaker is adding another incredibly promising project to his potential slate.  Variety reports that Spielberg plans to direct and produce the religious drama The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara for The Weinstein Company and DreamWorks, and he has enlisted his Lincoln and Munich scribe—not to mention Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright—Tony Kushner to pen the script.  Based on the non-fiction book by David Kertzer, the story concerns an Italian Jew who, in 1858, was forcibly removed from his parents at the age of six by authorities of the Papal States and raised as a Catholic.  He later became a priest in the Augustinian order, but the ordeal set off an international controversy.

Though the religious pic certainly sounds like fascinating material for Spielberg and Kushner, Edgardo Mortara will not be Spielberg’s next project.  He has now narrowed his Lincoln follow-up down to two choices, one of which is a sci-fi epic and the other a battle of leaders set against the backdrop of the Spanish conquistadors’ interaction with the Aztec peoples.  Hit the jump for much more on where we stand with regards to Spielberg’s next film.

Steven Spielberg Interested in Directing WEST SIDE STORY Remake

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What is Steven Spielberg up to?  That’s the question that is, more often than not, on everyone’s minds, as one of the most famous and successful directors of our time ponders what film he will make next.  Spielberg is a notoriously flirtatious filmmaker, eyeing or developing certain projects for long stretches of time before eventually deciding not to take them helm.  When he does finally settle on his next directorial effort, it all happens rather quickly and quietly as the filmmaker is known for shooting incredibly fast.

Over the past year or so since Lincoln hit theaters, the director has considered helming both a big-budget sci-fi epic and a smaller scale true story drama, but now a remake of a classic musical has apparently caught his eye, as a Spielberg-led West Side Story remake could be on the horizon.  Hit the jump for more.

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