‘Another Earth’s Mike Cahill Sets Cast For ‘I Origins’

By | Monday April 29, 2013 @ 5:26pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Mike Cahill, whose film Another Earth crushed it at 2011 Sundance, has set Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, The Walking Dead‘s Steven Yeun, and The Good Wife’s Archie Panjabi for his followup film, I Read More »

Comments (4)

AFM: Michael Pitt Joins ‘Rob The Mob’

By | Thursday October 25, 2012 @ 11:46am PDT

Michael Pitt Rob The Mob MovieFormer Boardwalk Empire star Michael Pitt will lead the cast in the crime thriller Rob The Mob, with Tony-winner Nina Arianda also starring. Based on a true story, the film follows … Read More »

Comments (6)

Toronto: Michael Pitt Joins Mary Pickford Pic ‘The First’

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 11:39am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: I’ve watched the first five hours of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, and it took that many hours for me to get past the unequivocal exit of Michael Pitt’s Jimmy Darmody character. Pitt has committed to star in The Read More »

Comments (6)

‘Boardwalk Empire’ Reunion: Steve Buscemi, Michael Shannon, Michael Pitt

By | Thursday April 26, 2012 @ 9:55pm PDT

Boardwalk Empire
Fans of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire will be keen to know that Season 3 will pick up “15 months in the future from the end of season two,” as executive producer and series creator Terence Winter confided to a nearly packed house at the Leonard Goldenson Theatre tonight at the TV Academy in North Hollywood. “It’s New Year’s Eve 1922, going into 1923,” Winter teased the crowd. “The world has changed quite a bit,” Winter noted of the ongoing Prohibition era. “Things have gotten quite a bit more violent as Prohibition has gone on and people are running out of liquor. Hence Nucky’s world’s going to change.” Winter added that the upcoming season slated to begin in September will see a rise of gangsters like Al Capone and lots of “consequences and ramifications from what went on at the end of Season 2.” The young, now-orphaned son of the dead Jimmy Darmody who was played by Michael Pitt, will continue to be a part of the series, Winter added.

Is there a trumpet player in Boardwalk‘s future? Alluding to an earlier possible slip of tongue by actor Michael Shannon, Winter also jokingly promised that they’ve “got the band going.” Shannon, who plays disgraced Prohibition agent Nelson Van Alden, elicited sharp looks from Winter and star Steve Buscemi during the Evening With Boardwalk Empire event when he interjected, “Time to be someone else.” He quickly added, “Luckily I can play the trumpet,” to which Winter mockingly observed, “Oh. Thanks for giving it away.”

The liquor may not have been flowing speakeasy style, but the Atlantic City gang was all there. In addition to Buscemi, Shannon and Winter, the acclaimed Prohibition era series’ Kelly Macdonald, Vincent Piazza, Gretchen Mol, Michael Stuhlbarg and Michael Kenneth Williams took the stage at the Television Academy’s Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre to discuss the past and, many hoped, the future of Boardwalk Empire. While recently announced Season three regular Bobby Cannavale was not there, former series star Pitt was very much in evidence. Read More »

Comments 25

‘Akira’ Not Dead Yet, Despite Vancouver Office Closing And Test Option Expirations With Lead Actors

By | Thursday January 5, 2012 @ 3:56pm PST
Mike Fleming

Is Akira on the rocks with Warner Bros? I’m told that along with Warner Bros closing the Vancouver production office, the studio let lapse the test options deals it had … Read More »

Comments 34

UTA Says It Fired ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Actor

By | Friday October 21, 2011 @ 4:48pm PDT

UPDATE: I received a phone call earlier this week that UTA on Tuesday fired actor Michael Pitt who plays Jimmy Darmody on the HBO series. “If you decide to post about someone (probably WME) signing Michael Pitt, who is … Read More »

Comments 216

BREAKING: Tonight’s NYFF Mystery Film Is Martin Scorsese’s ‘Hugo’

Mike Fleming

VIDEO: Martin Scorsese Introduces ‘Hugo’
HAMMOND: NY Film Festival Mystery Movie

BREAKING: I can confirm that tonight’s New York Film Festival mystery film is Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, the John Logan-scripted adaptation of the Brian Selznick novel Hugo Cabret. The festival revealed late last week that it would feature a film by a master filmmaker, and speculation covered everything from Clint Eastwood’s J Edgar to Stephen Daldry’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I’m told that Richard Pena will introduce the picture at Avery Fisher Hall, but I’m not sure if Scorsese will be in the house. The film isn’t quite finished, but it will be shown in 3D, though there might be some green screen moments. Paramount releases Hugo on November 23. Scorsese hasn’t shown an unfinished film like this before (though he did once tell me that The Last Temptation Of Christ qualified as that when Universal rushed it into release because protesters were dragging crosses in front of the houses of studio higher-ups like Sid Sheinberg), and the NYFF hasn’t shown an unfinished print like this since Disney’s Beauty And The Beast in 1991. But it’s a great opportunity to build buzz on the movie, Scorsese’s first family and 3D film. Read More »

Comments (4)

Tony Gilroy Casts Net For ‘Bourne’ Spinoff

Mike Fleming

The hot role for young actors right now is the lead in The Bourne Identity spinoff that will start production this fall with Tony Gilroy directing his script for Universal. Here are the names I’ve heard have met with Gilroy or are  otherwise in the mix: Joel Edgerton, Josh Hartnett, … Read More »

Comments 93

HBO’s Decadent ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Bash

Mike Fleming

After HBO screened the Martin Scorsese-directed pilot episode of Boardwalk Empire in NYC ahead of this Sunday’s opening show, the pay channel threw a full frills bash that evoked another era. It was the first showbiz party I’ve attended in a long while where somebody spent real money in a time when many premieres seem one step away from a cash bar. Not the case at HBO. Guests marveled how the Rockefeller Center skating rink was transformed into a Prohibition era New Jersey boardwalk. Everyone was breaking the law by drinking at a replica bar that must have been 40 feet long. And I counted three endless steam-table serving stations heaped with lobster tails, king crab legs, steak and other posh nosh. I overhead one guest ask an HBO executive how the pay channel could make such a pricey series and host such a lavish affair to launch it. “28 million subscribers at $10 a month.” Read More »

Comments 28

‘Boardwalk Empire’ Sets Premiere Date

Nellie Andreeva

HBO’s Martin Scorsese-Terence Winter Prohibition drama series will debut Sunday, Sept. 19 at 9PM. The cast of the Atlantic City-set series is led by Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt and Kelly Macdonald.

Comments (11)