Laura Dern Joins Andrew Garfield & Michael Shannon in ‘99 Homes’

By | Tuesday December 10, 2013 @ 5:35pm PST

Laura DernEXCLUSIVE: Laura Dern (Enlightened) has joined the cast of Ramin Bahrani‘s 99 Homes opposite Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon. Garfield plays Dennis Nash, an unemployed contractor whose family is evicted during … Read More »

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AFM: Potent Pairing Of Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon Kicks Off ‘99 Homes’

By | Wednesday November 6, 2013 @ 9:03am PST
Mike Fleming

Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon are set to star in 99 Homes, a timely drama that will be directed by Ramin Bahrani and will start production November 18 in New Orleans. Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment and Image Nation Abu Dhabi will produce and fully finance. Bahrani, who helmed At Any Price and Chop Shop, wrote the script with Amir Naderi and Bahareh Azimi‐Khoie. The roles seem a strong fit for the empathy of The Amazing Spider-Man’s Garfield and the tough guy qualities of Boardwalk Empire’s Shannon. Amritraj, Kevin Turen, Bahrani, and Garfield are producing, and Manu Gargi and Justin Nappi are the exec producers. Offshore rights will be shopped at AFM, which kicks off today. CAA is repping U.S. rights.

Set against the backdrop of the economic crisis, the drama revolves around an unemployed contractor who gets evicted from his family home with his mother and his nine‐year old son. Desperate to get his home back, he strikes a deal to work for the powerful, greedy, charming, gun‐toting real estate broker (Shannon) who evicted him. While it puts a roof over his daughter’s head, becoming the broker’s apprentice puts the contractor in a moral bind: is having a home worth losing your values and soul? Bahrani’s latest film, At Any Price, most recently played at Venice. Read More »

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UPDATE: Michael Shannon To Reteam With ‘Mud’ Helmer Jeff Nichols On Warner Bros Project

By | Wednesday May 8, 2013 @ 5:21pm PDT
Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Took awhile, but I’ve gotten clarity on this Jeff Nichols Warner Bros project, and it was worth the wait. Michael Shannon, the Boardwalk Empire star who turned in a powerhouse performance in Nichols’ Take Shelter and appeared more recently in Mud, will star in Midnight Special, which Nichols wrote and will direct at Warners. Described to me as a contemporary science fiction chase film, the pic will be produced by Sarah Green and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, with Glen Basner and Christos V. Konstantakopoulos the exec producers. Shannon just played a hitman in The Iceman, and he plays General Zod in the Superman reboot Man Of Steel, so he is absolutely on the Warner Bros radar. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Iceman’

By | Wednesday January 16, 2013 @ 10:29am PST

The thriller starring Michael Shannon as real-life hitman/family man Richard Kuklinski premiered at Venice last fall and is due for to his U.S. theaters in May via Millennium Entertainment. Ray Liotta, Wynona Ryder, Chris Evans and James Franco co-star along with plenty of ’70s-era mustaches. Kuklinski was a … Read More »

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Samantha Morton And Michael Shannon To Star In Indie Thriller ‘The Harvest’

By | Wednesday December 12, 2012 @ 9:29am PST

Samantha Morton and Michael Shannon have been cast as the leads of The Harvest, a psychological thriller to be directed by Wild Things helmer John McNaughton. Precious producer Elephant Eye Films is producing and handling international sales; Living Out Loud Productions will finance. The story centers on Katherine (Morton), a successful heart surgeon and overprotective mother, and Richard (Shannon), her co-dependent husband who has retired from his career as a nurse to care for their sick son Andy. Andy lives in a controlled world until an innocent 13-year-old neighbor moves in and gives Andy hopes of a better life. As the teens grow closer, the tight-knit world Katherine has created begins to unravel. Charlie Tahan, Natasha Calis, Leslie Lyles, and Meadow Williams co-star. Stephen Lancellotti wrote the script. Kim Jose, David Robinson, Steven A. Jones, and Williams are producing the film, which is shooting in Palisades and Brooklyn through January. Read More »

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TELLURIDE: Film Distributors Go Shopping

Pete Hammond

Sundance, Cannes and Berlin are just some of the world’s top festivals where major movie sales are completed. But Telluride is mostly a launchpad for Fall awards contenders. Yet, unexpectedly, this 39th edition is drawing a large number of distributors interested in picking up some great deals. Among the titles for sale here are Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha starring a delightful Greta Gergwig; Canada’s and Sri Lanka’s Midnight’s Children; thriller The Iceman  starring Michael Shannon; director Sally Potter’s Ginger And Rosa; the documentary Love, Marilyn based on newly discovered diaries of Marilyn Monroe; and Saudi Arabia’s  Wadjda. Of course, 2009′s The Last Station  devised an unusual strategy by exclusively premiering in Telluride and also nabbing a Sony Pictures Classics deal plus two major acting Oscar nominations. And in 2010, Fox Searchlight execs saw a secret showing of The Tree Of Life here and quickly nailed rights for the film, which would eventually be nominated for Best Picture of 2011. Read More »

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Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon Bring ‘Grace’ To Broadway

By | Monday June 4, 2012 @ 9:10am PDT
Mike Fleming

Paul Rudd and Michael Shannon are the latest movie stars to take the Broadway stage. They will star in Grace, the Craig Wright play that opens officially October 4 for a limited run. Ed Asner and Kate Arrington also star in the Dexter Bullard-directed play about a couple that heads … Read More »

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Winona Ryder To Play Killer’s Wife In Indie ‘The Iceman’

By | Monday December 12, 2011 @ 3:33pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Winona Ryder has just committed to star with Michael Shannon and Chris Evans in The Iceman, the Ariel Vromen-directed drama based on the Anthony Bruno book about Richard Kuklinski, a family man who secretly carried out contract … Read More »

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NYCritics Online: ‘Artist,’ Shannon, Streep

By | Sunday December 11, 2011 @ 8:14pm PST

New York Film Critics Online added its ranks to Sunday’s parade of honors. From the group’s website:

Film – The Artist

Actor – Michael Shannon (Take Shelter)

Actress – Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)

Director - Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)

Supporting Actor – Albert Brooks (Drive)

Supporting Actress – Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids)

Breakthrough Performer – Jessica Chastain (The Tree Of Life, The Debt, The Help, Take Shelter, Coriolanus, Texas Killing Fields)

Debut Director – Joe Cornish (Attack the Block)

Ensemble Cast – Bridesmaids

Screenplay – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash (The Descendants)

Documentary – Cave Of Forgotten Dreams

Foreign Language – A Separation

Animated – The Adventures of Tintin

Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki (The Tree of Life)

Use of Music - Ludovic Bource (The Artist)

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Chris Evans Replacing James Franco In ‘The Iceman’

By | Monday November 21, 2011 @ 11:50am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Captain America’s Chris Evans is taking a turn to the darkside. Evans has made a deal to replace James Franco in The Iceman, the Ariel Vromen-directed drama based on the Anthony Bruno book about Richard Kuklinski, a contract … Read More »

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Jeff Nichols Adds Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, Sarah Paulson to ‘Mud’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Director Jeff Nichols has added his Take Shelter star Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, Sarah Paulson, Ray McKinnon, Joe Don Baker and Paul Sparks to Mud, the drama that stars Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Tye Sheridan. Production began today … Read More »

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Ayelet Zurer Replacing Julia Ormond As Superman’s Krypton Mom

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Superman is getting a new mom. Ayelet Zurer, the Israeli actress who starred in Angels & Demons and who played the wife of Avner (Eric Bana) in Munich, has been set to play the role of Lara Lor-Van, Superman’s … Read More »

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Toronto: Anchor Bay Acquires Thriller Remake ’13′

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Anchor Bay Films just acquired U.S. distribution rights to 13, Gela Babluani’s remake of his 2005 thriller 13 Tzameti. The film isn’t playing here at Toronto, but it will be one of a flurry of titles being … Read More »

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David Koepp Takes On ‘The Thin Man’ For Johnny Depp And Rob Marshall

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: While Johnny Depp waits to see if director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer can figure out a way to salvage The Lone Ranger after Disney halted the film because of a huge budget, Depp is making forward progress on dusting off another period property. David Koepp has been set to write the script for the remake of the 76-year-old film The Thin Man, the remake that Depp set up last year at Warner Bros as a vehicle to re-team with his Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall. Depp will produce with his Infinitum Nihil partner Christi Dembrowski, Langley Park’s Kevin McCormick, Marshall and John DeLuca. There was talk that Jerry Stahl was going to write, but apparently nothing was written and Koepp is going to start from scratch. Which means he’ll go back to the Dashiell Hammett novel that spawned the series of six MGM films that starred William Powell and Myrna Loy.

Depp will play Nick, the former detective who marries an adorable young socialite, drinks a lot and occasionally solves a case. There is no word yet on who’ll join Depp and play Nora. The original intention is to take elements of the first two films and work them into one film, putting it into a period setting and giving it a Sherlock Holmes-like stylized treatment. Marshall also intends to use his talent as a choreographer (remember he did Chicago) and work in a musical number or two. Read More »

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First Look At Henry Cavill As ‘Man Of Steel’

Mike Fleming

Warner Bros today released a first photo of British actor Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel, the franchise reboot that’s being directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan. Cavill stars with Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon, Antje Traue, Julia Ormond, Russell Crowe, Chris Meloni, … Read More »

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Superman Won’t Soar Again Until Summer 2013

Mike Fleming

Warner Bros has pulled The Man of Steel from a planned late 2012 release date and has slotted it to open wide on June 14, 2013 release. The Zack Snyder-directed reboot of the Superman franchise feels like a summer film … Read More »

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CANNES: ‘Take Shelter’ Wins Critics Week Prize, ‘The Giants’ And ‘Breathing’ Win Directors’ Fortnight

Mike Fleming

While the big Cannes Film Festival awards get handed out this weekend, Take Shelter, the Jeff Nichols-directed Michael Shannon-Jessica Chastain drama, took the Grand Prix Nespresso, the top prize at Cannes Critics Week. Sony Pictures Classics bought the film before … Read More »

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Michael Shannon Tells How He Got The General Zod Job In ‘Man Of Steel’

By | Tuesday April 12, 2011 @ 3:51am PDT
Mike Fleming

Speaking to an audience at RiverRun, Michael Shannon describes the trippy ordeal that went into winning the villain job General Zod in Warner Bros’ Superman film Man of Steel. Deadline was first to reveal that Shannon was wanted for bad guy duty, but clearly a lot goes into figuring not … Read More »

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TOLDJA! Michael Shannon Gets Villain Role In Superman Movie

By | Sunday April 10, 2011 @ 1:43pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Deadline revealed last month that Michael Shannon was in Zack Snyder’s sights for the villain role in the Superman film Man of Steel. Warner Bros just announced he got the job. Here’s the official announcement:

BURBANK, CA, April 10,

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