Summit Entertainment and OddLot Entertainment announced today that production has begun on director Ivan Reitman’s sports dramedy Draft Day. The film takes place within the span of one day, the day of the NFL Draft, as Kevin Costner plays a general manger who has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick. As the day’s events unfold, “he must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL.”
Filming is underway in New York, where the production will shoot some scenes at the actual 2013 NFL Draft. Once that is complete, filming will move to Cleveland. The ensemble includes Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Ellen Burstyn, Frank Langella, Josh Pence, Rosanna Arquette, Timothy Simons and 42 star Chadwick Boseman, and the start-of-production press release notes that Terry Crews and Sean “P. Diddy” Combs have also joined the cast. Hit the jump to read the full press release, which includes the entire cast listing.
Sacha Gervasi‘s Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho has picked up a new title, and begun principal photography. The film will now simply be entitled “Hitchock“, which is probably better since the previous title sounds more fitting for a documentary. Hitchcock is being billed as a love story between the legendary director (played by Anthony Hopkings) and his wife and partner Alma Reville (Helen Mirren). The movie also stars Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, Toni Collette, Danny Huston, Michael Stuhlbarg, Kurtwood Smith, Wallace Langham, Richard Portnow, and Michael Wincott.
Hit the jump for the press release.
Two more actors have been added to the growing cast of Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. Anthony Hopkins stars as the legendary director in this story of the troubled road to getting the seminal horror film made, and now Kurtwood Smith (That 70’s Show) and Wallace Langham (CSI) have joined the cast in two real-life roles. THR reports that Smith will play Geoffrey Shurlock, administrator of the Motion Picture Production Code, which was the precursor to the MPAA. Variety reports that Langham is set as Saul Bass, the renowned graphic designer who created the main titles for Psycho and many of Hitchcock’s following films.
Hitchcock ran up against fierce opposition from the Production Code on Psycho over such controversial aspects of the film as an unmarried couple sharing the same bed, the flushing of a toilet on camera, and a brief glimpse of bare buttocks (the horror!). Sacha Gervasi is onboard to direct the real-life story, with Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, Toni Collette, and many more rounding out the stellar ensemble cast.
There was a sense in 2007 that we were never going to get The Larry Sanders Show in its entirety on DVD. Sony was struggling to get the music rights and so they put out the first season on DVD and then a “best of” that harvested 23 (out of 89) of the show’s greatest episodes, while also getting star Gary Shandling to host some of the most amazing Q&A’s ever produced for DVD. Leave it to The Shout Factory! – those artists of TV box sets – who cleared all the red tape so we can now have the complete six-season, eighty-nine episode run in a gorgeous box set that includes all previous supplements, and adds new content.
Gary Shandling stars as Larry Sanders, a talk show host dealing with the passive aggression of Hollywood, and his support staff – with producer Artie (Rip Torn) and sidekick Hank Kingsley (Jeffery Tambor) his main collaborators. The show follows the last six years of the show as it goes from being a reasonably successful late night talk show spot, to one where the network is looking for a younger voice, with that voice being Jon Stewart. That Stewart plays himself shows how much the show blended reality and comedy. My review of The Larry Sanders Show: The Complete Series on DVD after the jump.