Following the massive success of Universal Pictures' Straight Outta Compton, the studio is reportedly considering yet another hip-hop biopic. The movie will follow the formation of Def Jam Recordings, with Michael B. Jordan and Jonah Hill reportedly being eyed to play Def Jam co-founders Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin. No deals are in place at this time for the Def Jam/Russell Simmons Biopic, but as Deadline reports, the success of Straight Outta Compton, Fox's smash hit TV show Empire and the Broadway hit Hamilton, prove that fans are embracing hip-hop stories.
If the biopic moves forward, it will be adapted from the 2002 book Life and Def: Sex, Drugs, Money, + God, co-written by Russell Simmons and Nelson George, which follows Russell Simmons' early career and the formation of Def Jam, a legendary hip hop label that defined rap in the 80s. Sources claim the plot will follow how "hip hop grew from an underground sensation into a dominant and pivotal voice of culture and change." The project doesn't have a writer, director or producers attached at this time, since it is still in very early stages of development.Read More
Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) gets a surprising phone call from the man who has been using his identity in our exclusive clip from True Story, debuting on Blu-ray and DVD today from Fox Home Entertainment. As the title suggests, this drama is based on a True Story, with Jonah Hill portraying a disgraced journalist who lands the story of a lifetime, at a time when no newspaper in the country will hire him. Felicity Jones is also featured in this scene as Finkel's girlfriend, Jillian Barker.
Academy Award Nominees James Franco and Jonah Hill star in this mesmerizing thriller from co-writer and director Rupert Goold, based on a chilling real-life story. After journalist Michael Finkel is fired from The New York Times for embellishing a story, he learns that accused murderer Christian Longo (James Franco) has been claiming to be him. Hoping this story will save his career, Finkel begins interviewing Longo in prison. But soon, the men find themselves in an eerie game of cat and mouse in this psychological drama that also stars Oscar Nominee Felicity Jones.Read More
Production has been under way since March on Arms and the Dudes, with Warner Bros. recently setting a March 11, 2016 release date for the project, which is based on an incredible true story. Director Todd Phillips has been taking to his Instagram page over the past few weeks to reveal new photos from the Arms & the Dudes set, featuring stars Jonah Hill and Miles Teller. Shooting began in Romania, with production also taking place in Las Vegas, Southern California, Miami, and in Morocco.
Based on a true story, Arms & the Dudes follows two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a $300 million deal to arm the Afghan Military - a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government.Read More
Hot off the success of American Sniper, the highest-grossing movie of 2014, Clint Eastwood is said to be setting his sights on yet another biopic, this time focused on 1996 Olympic bombing suspect Richard Jewell. Jonah Hill is attached to star as Jewell, a security guard at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics who was first seen as a hero and later a suspect in the bombing, with Leonardo DiCaprio eyeing the role of a Southern lawyer who helps him navigate the legal proceedings that followed. Paul Greengrass was being eyed to direct last year, but he dropped out to make the Matt Damon Bourne Sequel for Universal.
Clint Eastwood's potential involvement is not set in stone quite yet, since the director has always been loyal to his home studio Warner Bros., and this movie is set up at 20th Century Fox. Both studios are trying to work out some sort of a co-production deal, with Deadline reporting that the studios are "wary" of a joint venture, so it's possible this may not happen. However, a similar deal was struck for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, between Warner Bros. and Paramount.Read More
Journalist Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) meets the accused killer, Christian Longo (James Franco) in the first clip from True Story, arriving in theaters April 17 from Fox Searchlight Pictures. While any meeting between a journalist and an accused killer would probably be rather tense, it is even more warranted in this clip, since Finkel is meeting the man who literally stole his identity, which he used while he was living outside of the U.S. After he is arrested for killing his wife, Longo reveals that the only person he will talk to is Finkel.
Before these events in this true story adaptation took place, Finkel was forced to leave the New York Times in disgrace, after he was caught falsifying accounts of impoverished teenagers in West Africa. Just one week later, the New York Times was embroiled in yet another plagiarism scandal involving reporter Jayson Blair. The plot follows Michael Finkel after his fall from grace at the New York Times, as he meets accused killer Christian Longo (James Franco) - who has taken on Finkel's identity - his investigation morphs into an unforgettable game of cat-and-mouse. Based on actual events, Finkel's relentless pursuit of Longo's true story encompasses murder, love, deceit and redemption.Read More