Congratulations to my brother, James. ‘I’m Not Gonna Miss You’ was up for an Oscar and Tim McGraw sang it at the ceremony in Glen Campbell’s absence. James directed the documentary, ‘I’ll Be Me’, where the song first appeared.
Clarius Entertainment has answered the call for Cell, nabbing U.S. rights for the thriller starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson.
Directed by Tod “Kip” Williams, the Benaroya Pictures and The Genre Co. film is based on Stephen King‘s novel of the same name. Also starring Isabelle Fuhrman and Stacy Keach, the film centers on a powerful signal that is broadcast across mobile networks worldwide, instantly and dangerously reprogramming cell phone users’ minds. Heading north through New England in search of his wife and son, Clay Riddell (Cusack) is joined by a group of survivors hoping to fend off the bloodthirsty “phoners.”
Clarius is eyeing a wide theatrical release later in 2015. International Film Trust is handling foreign rights to the film, which it is actively selling at the European Film Market in Berlin.
King adapted his own 2006 apocalyptic-horror novel for the film, with revisions by Adam Alleca and Mark Leyner.
Michael Benaroya, Richard Saperstein, Brian Witten and Shara Kay produced Cell, while Cusack, Paddy Cullen, Edward Mokhtarian, Armen Aghaeian, Xavier Gens, Laurence Freed, Stephen Hays, Peter Graham, Ben Sachs, Tyler A. Hawes, Brian Pope, Geno Tazioli, Marina Grasic and Jan Korbelin executive produced.
“Cell is an exciting addition to our slate, with solid pedigree both in front of and behind the camera and a wild ride of a story for our cellphone-dependent culture,” said Louise Chater, Clarius’ acquisition head.
CAA and Paradigm negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers with William K. Sadleir from Clarius Entertainment.
Looking at this week’s releases, one actor pops up in the two biggest films: Stacy Keach! He plays Chloë Grace Moretz’ avuncular grandfather in If I Stay, and the pinnacle of human corruption in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.
These two roles immediately point out the actor’s all-purpose versatility, easily usable as wither a menacing villain or the coolest family member. And while his filmography is eclectic, including classics and clunkers both, he is never the weak link in them.
Click here to take “The Many Faces of Stacy Keach Quiz.” Click through the images and guess which movies they’re from. No competition, no prizes, just for fun. Try to see how far you get without using IMDb.
Answers will be posted next Thursday (or earlier if someone gets all eleven of them right).
Stacy Keach is off to Australia for the film “Truth” co-starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford. Directed by James Vanderbilt, Truth is based on Mary Mapes’ 2005 memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power. Truth centers on the firestorm and ensuing “Rathergate” scandal that erupted in September 2004 after Rather reported that George W. Bush had received special treatment while serving in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War, a report that was based on some documents that were suspected to be forgeries. Stacy plays Col. Bill Burkett, one of the whistle-blowers who pointed the finger at George W. Bush’s questionable military credentials
STACY KEACH, renowned stage and screen actor and author of the memoir All in All: An Actor’s Life On and Off the Stage, on his career in Hollywood and Broadway, his role as St. John in the Truth and Life Audio Bible, how his faith has helped him in times of adversity and his recent work as Falstaff in Shakespeare’s Henry IV at the Shakespeare Theatre here in Washington, DC.
Stacy Keach joins the cast of Stephen King’s CELL costarring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson, currently shooting in Atlanta and directed by Tod Williams.
“Congratulations to everyone who worked on Nebraska. A great film by a great director. I’m proud to be a part of it. Good luck to all at the Oscars” – Stacy Keach
Author: Kristy Puchko
Do you like your noir with scantily clad femme fatales, scarred anti-heroes, razor-sharp one-liners and plenty of blood? Lucky for you, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller are finally bringing forth Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. And with its release less than a year away ,its filmmakers have finally unveiled its first poster over at Yahoo. As you can see above, the film will feature the same dynamic use of high contrast black and white with isolated pop colors, plus boast a pretty spectacular line-up of stars, including Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Bruce Willis, Jeremy Piven, and Ray Liotta.
Based on Frank Miller’s brilliant and bloody graphic novel series, Sin City first hit theaters in 2005, and the $40 million production pulled in an impressive $158 worldwide. This spurred The Weinstein Company and Rodriguez to discuss a sequel or two within weeks of the first film’s opening. Considering the first film had plucked but a few threads from the tapestry of twisted crime stories Miller had penned for Basin City, there was lots of material to cherry pick for a second go. But then came a series of delays.
For the titular dame, Rodriguez had his eye on the sultry Angelina Jolie. But those big lips depicted up on that poster aren’t her signature smackers. Jolie’s pregnancy initially stalled the production schedule. But while Rodriguez waited for a little Pitt-Jolie to be born, other problems brewed, like his sinking bankability. In 2007, Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino teamed up to pay homage to the exploitation movies of their youth with the gritty, grimy double-feature Grindhouse. Despite a bunch of stars and seemingly guaranteed cool factor, this quirky experiment tanked hard. The $67 million dollar production made only $25 million worldwide, and hurt his relationship with TWC.
By December of 2008, Miller was assuring fans the script was written, and maybe could be shooting by the spring of 2009. Meanwhile Sin City standout Mickey Rourke was sneering at the idea of returning to reprise his role as Marv (spoiler alert: he is.) Through 2009, Rodriguez tried to keep the flame alive, even when The Weinstein Company‘s rights to produce it expired. Rodriguez made headlines for the next two years with continued promises that Sin City 2 was happening soon.
Finally by 2012, the wheels were in motion. Much of the original cast signed on, including Willis, Alba, Dawson, Rourke, and Jaime King. Eva Green (Dark Shadows) stepped into the shapely void Jolie left in the cast. Josh Brolin came on board to replace Clive Owen as a pre-plastic surgery Dwight, and Dennis Haysbert stepped in for the late Michael Clarke Duncan to play Manute. Production began in October of 2012, and a release date was set for October 3rd, 2013… until it was then it was reset for August 22nd, 2014. Even with all these delays, the movie, at long last, is done with production. Now Rodriguez just has to get it through the massive amounts of CGI and color correction demanded from the slick-looking comic book series. Here’s hoping the release date on that poster sticks.