American film and television actor James Garner, perhaps best known for his roles in the the 1950s western-comedy series ‘Maverick’ and the 1970s detective drama ‘The Rockford Files,’ has died, aged 86. Mr Garner won two Emmys and racked up a total of 15 nominations. He was also given a Screen Actor’s Guild lifetime achievement award in 2005. The actor died in his Los Angeles home yesterday, Saturday July 19th. His cause of death is not yet known.
James Garner’s career spanned more than five decades, in both television and movies. During that time he starred in more than fifty films, including ‘The Great Escape,’ Paddy Chayefsky’s ‘The Americanization of Emily,’ ‘Grand Prix,’ ‘Victor Victoria’, ‘Murphy’s Romance,’ for which he received an Academy Award nomination, and as the older version of Ryan Gosling’s character in ‘The Notebook.’ He remained active well into his 70s, but suffered a stroke in 2008, just weeks after his 80th birthday. Mr Garner is survived by his wife, Lois Clarke, whom he married 14 days after meeting in 1956, and his two children, Gigi and Kimberly, Clarke’s daughter from her first marriage. RIP.
Well, this is a bit random. With the film’s first trailer set to arrive online next Thursday, Beyonce has unveiled this trailer teaser via her official Instagram account. The erotic drama stars with Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, the duo at the center of the story. Marcia Gay Harden, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford, Victor Rasuk, Callum Keith Rennie, Jennifer Ehle and Max Martini also star in the adaptation of the EL James novel. ’Fifty Shades of Grey’ opens on Valentine’s Day 2015.
Tate Taylor, director of ‘The Help’ and the upcoming ‘Get On Up,’ is set to both write and direct a biopic for Sony Pictures on Brownie Wise, the marketing pioneer who created the Tupperware home party strategy that made the brand a household name and opened new professional avenues for women. Sandra Bullock is attached to headline the film, which will adapt Bob Kealing’s non-fiction book ‘Tupperware Unsealed: Brownie Wise, Earl Tupper, and the Home Party Pioneers.’
If it wasn’t already obvious… Marvel Studios aren’t playing around. The studio has just announced five new release dates for upcoming films in their Marvel Cinematic Universe, taking us all the way to 2019. As of yesterday, publicly their upcoming slate was: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ in the coming weeks, ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ on May 1st, 2015, ‘Ant-Man’ on July 17th, 2015, a third ‘Captain America’ film on May 6th, 2016, and two mystery films set for July 8th, 2016 and May 5th, 2017. Today they’ve penciled in five further release dates: July 28th, 2017, November 3rd, 2017, July 6th, 2018, November 2nd, 2018 and May 3rd, 2019.
At this moment in time there’s no word on what characters these movies will focus on. That said, it’s almost certain a ‘Doctor Strange’ movie and a third ‘Thor’ movie, which is in development, will be in the mix. It was recently revealed that ‘Sinister’ and ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose’ helmer Scott Derrickson is set to direct the ‘Doctor Strange’ film, which I’m guessing will take the July 7th, 2016 release date. I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more details about Marvel’s upcoming slate at Comic-Con next weekend.
First rumored earlier this summer, Universal Pictures has today officially announced ‘By the Sea,’ a new project from writer-director Angelina Jolie that will re-team her with her husband and ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith’ co-star Brad Pitt. Jolie, who made her feature directing debut with ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey,’ is currently in post-production on her second directorial feature, ‘Unbroken,’ an epic drama based on the true story of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini and adapted from author Laura Hillenbrand’s bestseller ‘Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.’ Universal will release ‘Unbroken’ on Christmas Day and the likes of Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Finn Wittrock, Garrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney and CJ Valleroy star.
“I am very happy to continue my relationship with Donna Langley (Chairman of Universal Pictures) and the entire Universal team as I finish ‘Unbroken’ and begin work on ‘By The Sea,’” says Angelina Jolie in a statement. “They have created a very special place for storytellers, and I look forward to the continued passion and support they have provided to me as a filmmaker.”
The New York Times has set loose this first image from Judd Apatow’s (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, This Is 40) upcoming comedy ‘Trainwreck,’ which is scripted by lead star Amy Schumer. Alongside Schumer, the ensemble cast includes Bill Hader, Tilda Swinton, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Barkhad Abdi, Mike Birbiglia, Jon Glaser, Vanessa Bayer, Daniel Radcliffe, John Cena, Ezra Miller, LeBron James and Method Man.