Melissa Leo

Zachary Quinto and Melissa Leo Join Edward Snowden Biopic

Zachary Quinto and Melissa Leo Join Edward Snowden Biopic

Zachary Quinto, Melissa Leo and Tom Wilkinson are all in talks to join director Oliver Stone's Edward Snowden Project, alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is playing Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who leaked classified information to the public, while Shailene Woodley is set to play his girlfriend, Lindsay Mills. Scott Eastwood also stars in an unspecified role.

Melissa Leo is in negotiations to portray Laura Poitras, the filmmaker behind the Oscar-nominated documentary Citizenfour, who also contributed to the reporting when Edward Snowden leaked NSA documents. Zachary Quinto is in talks to play attorney and journalist Glenn Greenwald, who Edward Snowden entrusted with leaking the documents, "knowing he would handle its publication responsibly." If the deal goes through, Tom Wilkinson will play Ewen MacAskill, an intelligence correspondent for The Guardian who helped break the story of the leaks, which exposed the NSA's mass surveillance tactics.

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‘Bottled Up’ Lands at Freestyle Releasing

‘Bottled Up’ Lands at Freestyle Releasing

Freestyle Digital Media (FDM) and Freestyle Releasing announce today that they have acquired the film, and set February 28th as the release date for Bottled Up, the moving family indie that stars Academy Award-winning actress Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Winter's Bone), Josh Hamilton (J. Edgar, American Horror Story) and Marin Ireland (Side Effects, I Am Legend).

Written and directed by Enid Zentelis (Evergreen), the film was produced by Zentelis, Amanda Beckner, Anthony Brandonisio, , Erik Weigel, and Executive Produced by Leslie Urdang and Dean Vanech of Olympus Pictures - the production company behind Rabbit Hole and Beginners. The film is slated for both a national theatrical and VOD release.

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EXCLUSIVE: Melissa Leo Talks ‘Flight’

EXCLUSIVE: Melissa Leo Talks ‘Flight’

Oscars have been won with less screen time, but don't bring up the subject to Melissa Leo, who shares a short, but very intense and important scene with Denzel Washington in Flight. The actress worked on the Robert Zemeckis directed drama for one day, and would rather not dwell on any award aspirations for her work. Despite her first Oscar win, she claims to be a blue collar actress. Someone who sees the craft as a job, not a cause for celebrity.

We recently caught up with Melissa Leo to talk about this and more on the eve of Flight's release. It's Robert Zemeckis' first live action movie in more than a decade, and it proves that the director is still at the top of his game when it comes to dealing with real flesh and blood people on tangible movie sets.

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Melissa Leo Joins ‘Prisoners’

Melissa Leo Joins ‘Prisoners’

Oscar-winning actress Melissa Leo has joined the cast of Prisoners from Alcon Entertainment and director Denis Villeneuve (Incendies).

The thriller centers on a small-town carpenter (Hugh Jackman) whose life is upended when his daughter and her friend are kidnapped. Unsatisfied with the police results, he tries to find her himself, but runs into a big shot detective who is assigned to the case. No details were given for Melissa Leo's character. Leonardo DiCaprio and Michael Fassbender were previously attached to the lead role, before Hugh Jackman signed on.

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Melissa Leo and Til Schweiger Join ‘The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman’

Melissa Leo and Til Schweiger have joined the cast of The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman for Voltage Pictures and director Fredrik Bond.

Shia LaBeouf stars as the title character, who falls for a young woman (Evan Rachel Wood) under the control of a violent mob boss (Mads Mikkelsen). Melissa Leo will play Charlie's late mother, whose spirit guides him through this ordeal. Til Schweiger is portraying Darko, a Serbian mobster who is sent to America to avoid a war crimes tribunal.

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Melissa Leo Joins ‘Oblivion’

Oscar-winning actress Melissa Leo has joined the cast of director Joseph Kosinski's Oblivion for Universal Pictures.

The project is adapted from the Radical Publishing graphic novel which is set on an Earth no longer inhabited by humans, after the planet became too toxic to live on. Tom Cruise stars as a drone mechanic, one of the last men left on the planet, who discovers a woman (Andrea Riseborough) has crash landed her ship. The man and woman go on a journey of discovery, and learn they have not been told the truth about what happened on Earth. It isn't known what character Melissa Leo will play. Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau also star in this sci-fi thriller.

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Seven Days in Utopia’ DVD Poster

"Life is never the same once you've been to Utopia." After a disastrous debut on the pro circuit, a young golfer finds himself unexpectedly stranded in Utopia, Texas and welcomed by an eccentric rancher in the inspirational drama Seven Days in Utopia, from director Matt Russell. The film, which stars Robert Duvall, Lucas Black, and Melissa Leo, will be on DVD November 29th. We have your exclusive look at the poster for the DVD below.

Seven Days in Utopia was released September 2nd, 2011.

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Melissa Leo and James Badge Dale Join ‘Flight’

Melissa Leo and James Badge Dale have joined the cast of Flight for Paramount Pictures and director Robert Zemeckis.

The story revolves around Denzel Washington's character, a pilot battling drug and alcohol abuse who becomes a hero when he saves the lives of his passengers after the plane's engines malfunction. When an investigation into the crash uncovers the pilot's substance abuse, they try to cover it up to preserve his image. Melissa Leo will play an investigator determined to expose the pilot, while James Badge Dale portrays a man dying of cancer.

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