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Universal Lands WW Distribution Rights To Coen Bros Pic ‘Hail, Caesar!’ With George Clooney, Josh Brolin To Star

Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Universal Pictures has acquired worldwide distribution georgecrights to Hail, Caesar!, Joel and Ethan Coen’s latest original screenplay. The siblings will direct George Clooney and Josh Brolin in the starring roles. The Coens will produce under their Mike Zoss Productions banner alongside Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan for Working Title Films. This will be the eighth collaboration between the Coen Brothers and Working Title.

brolinClooney starred for the Coens in Intolerable Cruelty, O Brother Where Art Thou? and Burn After Reading, while Brolin starred for them in No Country For Old Men and True Grit. The last film by the Coens, Inside Llewyn Davis, was released by CBS Films.

coeMy colleague Anita Busch was the first to reveal the details of the Coens’ next film. Here is how she described it: it’s about a fixer in Hollywood circa 1950s who works for the studios to protect the stars of the day. Entitled Hail Caesar, the comical yarn centers on a man named Eddie Mannix who sounds a lot like the Fred Otash of his day — the famed 1950s private investigator who worked for Confidential magazine and was the muckraker of the time using wiretaps to spy on movie stars and gather dirt. Otash was a former lifeguard who became a cop, lost his job as a cop … Read More »

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Josh Brolin Voicing Marvel’s ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ & ‘Avengers 2′ Villian

By | Friday May 30, 2014 @ 1:34pm PDT

"Labor Day" - Mayfair Gala European Premiere - Red Carpet Arrivals: 57th BFI London Film FestivalHe’s played his fair share of good guys, bad and even a sitting President of the United States, but Josh Brolin is really going to be playing full-on evil in Disney and Marvel’s upcoming Guardians Of The Galaxy and The Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Marvel as usual will say nothing but sources confirm the actor will voice the character of villain Thanos in the blockbuster superhero pics. Latino Review first broke the news of Brolin’s involvement in Guardians.  Sources tell me that the actor Thanosactually was cast months ago as Thanos for the James Gunn-directed pic and has completed all the VO work. Good thing too, because Guardians  is out on August 1. Glimpsed briefly at the end of 2012’s The Avengers, Thanos is a long-standing character in the Marvel Comics universe who has brought a tone of chaos and has a complicated romantic life to say the least. Damon Poitier played the purple skinned villain in the Joss Whedon-directed pic. Indications are Thanos will be back in a much bigger way in the sequel due out next May 1 with Brolin providing the vocals so to speak. He certainly isn’t the only thespian of note doing voice work for the Marvel megamovies. Bradley Cooper is voicing furry gun-toting hero … Read More »

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Josh Brolin Joins ‘Sicario’

By | Friday May 30, 2014 @ 11:05am PDT
Mike Fleming

brolinJosh Brolin has joined Benicio Del Toro and Emily Blunt in the Denis Villenueve-directed Sicario. Lionsgate has worldwide distribution and Black Label is financing. The movie is set against the backdrop of the border wars between the cartels in Mexico, and the Americans trying to stem the violence from coming over the border. Brolin plays Matt, a CIA guy who runs the task force that recruits Blunt’s character from a SWAT squad out of Tucson. Del Toro plays a mysterious and lethal character who is working with Matt’s team to take out a powerful
cartel figure.

Basil Iwanyk is producing with Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill, Thad Luckinbill and Ed McDonnell. Taylor Sheridan wrote the script and Erica Lee and John Starke are exec producing.

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OSCARS Q&A: Kate Winslet On ‘Labor Day’

Pete Hammond

Since Kate Winslet was first nominated for her supporting role in Sense And Sensibility in 1995, she has been up for Oscars five more times, finally winning a statuette for 2008’s The Reader. But take a look at her four other Oscar-nominated turns — 1997’s Titanic, 2001’s Iris, 2004’s Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and 2006’s Little Children — and you will find no discernible thread linking these performances. Each is truly unique and thoroughly Winslet, much like her current Golden Globe-nominated role AwardsLine.LogoBWin Jason Reitman’s Labor Day, in which she plays Adele, an agoraphobic single mom caught up in an unexpected and dangerous relationship with con on the run Frank (Josh Brolin). In some ways, the film is an old-fashioned romance like that “other” love story she did that was set aboard a sinking ship, and it once again proves Winslet is an actress who likes working without a net.

kate-winslet-in-labor-day-movie-10AwardsLine: How is Labor Day different from your last few roles?
Kate Winslet: I’m often drawn to characters that are more obviously one thing. They’re passionate, and there is always an element of strength because I think every person possesses that in some way, even if they’ve experienced hardship in their lives. I could see the challenge for me with (Adele) was that I didn’t want her to be just one thing. I didn’t want her to be just the shaky-handed person who didn’t like going outside. She is a woman who has a gigantic heart, and, certainly in her past, it beat much fuller and faster. I felt very strongly that through Frank and falling in love with him some of those sides of her would come back to life a little bit. Read More »

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Working Title’s ‘Everest’ Is Real: Cross Creek And Walden Media To Co-Finance Pic

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Cross Creek and Walden Media are backing the $65 million Working Title feature for Universal, which Baltasar Kormakur is directing. Everest stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Scott Fischer, Josh Brolin as Beck Weathers, Jason Clarke as Rob Hall, and John Hawkes as Doug Hansen. Shooting starts January 13 in the Dolomites in Italy and will continue in Nepal and Iceland.

This is one of two studio-backed films titled Everest — the other being the Doug Liman-helmed pic for Sony. And on Monday, Fox landed a 10-part event series from Alcon Entertainment about a group of hikers trying to hike Mount Everest. Working Title’s feature, produced by the company’s partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, was weathering a storm just a few weeks ago, after Emmett/Furla Films had exited as co-financier and the producers were trying to secure new funding. The pic is based on the disastrous 1996 attempt to scale the world’s tallest mountain. Three different expeditions were hit by a sudden blinding storm, resulting in the deaths of eight climbers. The film will be sourced from various books and interviews with survivors. Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson will join Bevan and Fellner as producers.

Now it’s a race to the top … Read More »

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Paramount Sets December 27 Bow For ‘Labor Day’

By | Monday November 11, 2013 @ 2:46pm PST

Jason Reitman‘s tale of a reclusive single mom (Kate Winslet) whose young son struggles to be the man of the house will open December 27 for a weeklong Oscar-qualifying run. Labor Day, which debuted at Telluride en route to Toronto, is adapted from Joyce Maynard’s novel and co-stars Josh Brolin as the escaped convict who talks the mother and son into taking him in. Paramount will go wide with the drama on January 31.

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Hot Trailer: Jason Reitman’s ‘Labor Day’

By | Thursday October 31, 2013 @ 9:52am PDT

Kate Winslet plays a reclusive single mom whose 13-year-old son struggles to be the man of the house. Their lives change when they meet a guy (Josh Brolin) who persuades them to take him in. Little do they know he’s an escaped convict. Writer-director Jason Reitman‘s film, which debuted at Telluride en route to Toronto, is adapted from Joyce Maynard’s novel. Paramount releases Labor Day wide January 31 after a limited run in December. Here’s the first trailer:

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Josh Brolin Eyeing ‘Jurassic World’

By | Friday October 18, 2013 @ 12:08pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Universal Pictures is circling Josh Brolin to star in Jurassic World, the Colin Trevorrow-directed 3D sequel that the studio will release June 12, 2015. No deal yet, but I hear it’s headed that way. CAA-repped Brolin next stars in the Spike Lee-directed remake of Oldboy. Ty Simpkins and Bryce Dallas Howard have been cast so far.

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Hot Clip: Jason Reitman’s ‘Labor Day’

By | Saturday September 7, 2013 @ 6:29pm PDT

The romantic drama starring Kate Winslet as a single mom and Josh Brolin as the convict who invades her and her 14-year-old son’s lives debuted at Telluride before heading to Toronto. Jason Reitman directed and adapted the pic from Joyce Maynard’s novel. Paramount releases Labor Day wide on January 31 after a limited run in December. Watch the first clip:

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Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal & Jason Clarke In Talks To Star In ‘Everest’ For Working Title

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke are in discussions to star in Everest, a mountain climbing disaster film that The Deep helmer Baltasar Kormakur will direct. He’s the one that’s putting the cast together and is aiming for a November shooting start. Universal Pictures and Emmett/Furla Films are in discussions to co-finance the project. Kormakur already has worked with Universal and Emmett/Furla’ Randall Emmett and George Furla: He directed 2 Guns starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg that Uni releases August 2. Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce Everest, based on the 1996 disastrous expedition to scale Mount Everest. Three different expeditions were hit by a sudden blinding storm and by the time it was all over, eight climbers died. The tale was first made famous by Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air, his first-person account of being among the lucky ones to make it back down the mountain. This film will be sourced from various books and interviews with survivors.

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Josh Brolin Joins P.T. Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’

By | Tuesday May 28, 2013 @ 12:37pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Josh Brolin is the latest star to join the killer cast of Inherent Vice, Paul Thomas Anderson‘s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon detective novel. Brolin has been set for a key role, and will star alongside Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Martin Short, and Jena Malone, with Sean Penn reportedly eyeing a role as well. The film shoots this summer for Warner Bros, and PTA is producing through his Ghoulardi Film Co. along with JoAnne Sellar and Daniel Lupi.

Brolin will finish that film and promote the three films he has coming out in the fall. He stars in the Robert Rodriguez/Frank Miller-directed Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For, for The Weinstein Company. After that comes Oldboy, the remake he stars in for director Spike Lee, and then the Jason Reitman-directed Labor Day, opposite Kate Winslet. That film opens in limited release at Christmas. CAA-repped Brolin was last seen in Gangster Squad at Warner Bros.

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TOLDJA! Josh Brolin Firmed For ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’

Mike Fleming

Deadline has reported Josh Brolin as likely for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For in stories about Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Chris Meloni. Now, Dimension is verifying. Here’s the official word:

New York, NY January 8, 2013 – Today Dimension Films announced another big name that has been added to the SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR cast roster, further ramping up the ensemble – Academy Award® nominee Josh Brolin (GANGSTER SQUAD, MILK). Brolin will star as “Dwight” in the follow up to FRANK MlLLER’S SIN CITY for co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. The part of the “Dame” has yet to be cast.

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Toronto: FilmDistrict Grabs U.S. Rights To Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’

By | Friday September 7, 2012 @ 7:33am PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: FilmDistrict grabbed US distribution rights to Oldboy, the Spike Lee-directed remake of the crazy South Korean suspense film. Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, and Sharlto Copley star. Roy Lee and Doug Davison via Vertigo Entertainment and Nathan Kahane on behalf of Good Universe. FilmDistrict CEO Peter Schlessel, Joe Drake of Good Universe, and John Middleton will executive produce. Mark Protosevich wrote the adapted screenplay and is co-producing. Audrey Chon and Matt Leonetti are overseeing the film for Good Universe. The film is also a 40 Acres & A Mule production.

FilmDistrict’s Peter Schlessel stated, “Spike Lee is the right filmmaker to reimagine and put his touch onto arguably one of the most talked about thrillers in recent memory. The cast that he and producers Nathan, Joe, Roy and Doug have put together is sure to elevate the material and engage audiences. FilmDistrict is proud to be releasing one of the first films from Good Universe here in the U.S.”

Brolin plays an ad exec who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement without any indication of his captor’s motive. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment. His quest for revenge leads him into an ill-fated relationship with a young social worker (Olsen) and ultimately to an odd man (Copley) who allegedly … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Gangster Squad’

Warner Bros has released the initial trailer Ruben Fleischer‘s Gangster Squad. The cast for the period mob drama about the LAPD’s battle against Mickey Cohen includes Sean Penn (as Cohen), Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Emma Stone, Mireille Enos, Anthony Mackie, Nick Nolte, Michael Pena, Giovanni Ribisi and others. Screenplay is by Will Beall, based on based on Paul Lieberman’s book. Pic’s release date is currently up in the air, after Warner Bros shifted calendar slots in October 2012.

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SNL: Josh Brolin Acts Out ‘Men In Black 3′

By | Sunday April 15, 2012 @ 2:51am PDT

Well, sort of… Also he calls his return to hosting Saturday Night Live “career-endingly stupid”… Oh c’mon, stupider than starring in the dreadful Jonah Hex?

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Stephen Gaghan Focuses On Smuggling Of Cocaine And Humans For Next Two Films

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Stephen Gaghan has set up his next two directing projects, one covering the smuggling of cocaine from Mexico, the other human cargo from China. Gaghan, who last directed Syriana, has made a deal with Warner Bros for an untitled Cartel Project; and he has made a deal with Flashlight Pictures to direct an independent drama based on the book The Snakehead: An Epic Tale Of The Chinatown Underworld And The American Dream.

The latter is the title of a book by New Yorker writer Patrick Keefe; it will be Keefe who writes the script for the Cartel project at Warner Bros. Gaghan’s Unsupervised Shingle is producing the Cartel project along with Kevin McCormick’s Langley Park. The Warner Bros film will be partly based on Richard Marosi’s four-part series published in the Los Angeles Times this summer, about how an extensive DEA wiretap operation cracked a variety of smuggling rings transporting tons of cocaine from Sinaloa, Mexico, into Los Angeles and then across the country. Those methods included loading cocaine into everything from cars with elaborate hidden compartments to small airplanes and tractor trailers covered by pallets of frozen chicken. The wiretaps elicited highly personal information on smugglers, including one who would not make a move without the advice of a psychic. It’s the second project McCormick has set up from journalistic sources; Warner Bros is in production with the Ruben Fleischer-directed Gangster Squad with Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin … Read More »

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Ambyr Childers Signs With WME, Lands ‘Gangster Squad’

Mike Fleming

Ambyr ChildersAmbyr Childers, who played the daughter of the faith founder (Philip Seymour Hoffman) in Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film for Megan Ellison’s Annapurna and The Weinstein Company, has landed a key role in Gangster Squad, the Ruben Fleischer-directed period drama for Warner Bros. The film stars Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin. Childers just signed with WME and remains managed by McKeon-Myones Management.

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Paramount Takes On Jason Reitman’s Next Film ‘Labor Day’

By | Friday September 9, 2011 @ 9:09am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount has come aboard to distribute Labor Day, the adaptation of the Joyce Maynard novel that was scripted and will be directed by Jason Reitman, who is making this his next film. The studio joins Indian Paintbrush and Reitman’s Right of Way to produce the romantic drama, which stars Kate Winslet as a single mother who takes in a stranger with a dangerous past, played by Josh Brolin, and she falls in love with him over the course of Labor Day Weekend. Production is expected to start in June 2012. Paramount and Indian Paintbrush already have partnered on Like Crazy and Jeff Who Lives at Home, the latter of which is playing here at Toronto. UPDATE: Paramount just made it official with a release: Read More »

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Josh Brolin To Star In Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ Redo For Mandate

By | Monday August 29, 2011 @ 12:24pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Josh Brolin was rumored to be on the short list to star in Spike Lee’s Oldboy, a remake of the cult 2003 Korean revenge thriller from Park Chan-wook. Now it’s official: Brolin will topline the Mandate Pictures redo, which begins production in March. Brolin, who just wrapped Men in Black 3 with Will Smith, next begins work on Warner Bros’ Gangster Squad. It looks like he’ll squeeze in Oldboy before shooting Jason Reitman’s Labor Day opposite Kate Winslet; that movie is set to begin production in June.

The new Oldboy has script adapted by Mark Protosevich, who will co-produce. Roy Lee and Doug Davison will produce via Vertigo Entertainment with Lee’s 40 Acres & A Mule. Mandate president Nathan Kahane will executive produce. Originally, DreamWorks was looking to pick up remake rights in 2008, with the idea that Steven Spielberg would direct Smith. The story centers on a man who is kidnapped on his daughter’s birthday and held for 15 years in solitary confinement without explanation. He is eventually released and sets out on a path to take revenge on those who destroyed his life.

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