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Jeremy Renner and Bill Condon eying WikiLeaks film

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There are several film projects about WikiLeaks in the works right now, but one seems to be pulling ahead of the rest. DreamWorks’ planned take on the story has reportedly attracted two high profile talents: Jeremy Renner and director Bill Condon.

Deadline is reporting that the two are very interested in joining the DreamWorks film, though no deals have been made. Renner would look to play WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, while Condon would direct the movie. DreamWorks acquired the rights to two books — “Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website” and “WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy” — last year, but no movement has been made on their take on the story until now.

However, Deadline is also reporting that this WikiLeaks project is looking to acquire independent financiers and move away from DreamWorks. Unsurprisingly, the studio is playing mum on the subject.

Still, it’s exciting news that Renner would be interested in playing the part. He’s hot off “The Avengers” and, with “The Bourne Legacy” coming out next month, is having the biggest year of his career since he was nominated for an Oscar in “The Hurt Locker.” If this WikiLeaks project is the first one of the many others in production to be made, then it could be huge. It would be nice to see Renner return to his dramatic side now that he’s cemented himself as an action star. And “Kinsey” director Bill Condon could likely use a break now that he’s wrapping up on “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2.”

“The Hurt Locker” scribe Mark Boal is currently writing a WikiLeaks project as well, and HBO and BBC shot their made-for-TV film during the spring. Then of course there’s the documentary “WikiLeaks: Secrets and Lies” that we saw and were wowed by at SXSW this year. Still, this DreamWorks version could be very interesting if it does land Renner and Condon.

Do you think Renner and Condon are a good fit for the ongoing WikiLeaks story? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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