Disney Pushes Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book, Brings Forward The Finest Hours Release Date into This Year’s Oscar Season

The-Jungle-Book-The-Finest-Hours-release-datesWhen Disney and director Craig Gillespie started gearing up to shoot The Finest Hours at the end of last year, the project instantly sounded like a very strong Oscar contender for the studio.

The studio subsequently gave the film an April 2016 release date, which put it outside of the typical October-December awards corridor. But now they’re switching gears, moving Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book into that Spring 2016 slot and bringing forward the release date for The Finest Hours into this year’s Oscar season. Continue reading

Ben Foster Joins Craig Gillespie’s The Finest Hours with Chris Pine, Casey Affleck & Holliday Grainger

Ben-Foster-joins-The-Finest-HoursBased on a true story, Craig Gillespie’s The Finest Hours is currently shooting out in Massachusetts, and with Chris Pine already front and centre, and Casey Affleck coming on board over the summer, a newcomer has emerged in the ever-brilliant and unbelievably-underrated Ben Foster.

Foster has joined the cast of the live-action Walt Disney Pictures film, Variety reports, which co-stars Holliday Grainger in the female lead.

The Finest Hours tells the true tale of how in 1952, a Noreaster hit the New England coast, and two oil tankers were caught in the middle. The ships split in two, casting its crews into the ferocious seas, and it was up to the valiant effort of the coast guard to attempt a rescue.

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Casey Affleck in Talks for The Finest Hours with Chris Pine

Casey-Affleck-in-talks-for-The-Finest-HoursWith production expected to get underway next month, Disney is filling out the cast of its period coast guard drama, The Finest Hours, and news has surfaced that the studio is in talks with Oscar nominee Casey Affleck to star.

Chris Pine came on board earlier in the year, with Craig Gillespie attached at the helm.

The Finest Hours tells the true tale of how in 1952, a Noreaster hit the New England coast, and two oil tankers were caught in the middle. The ships split in two, casting its crews into the ferocious seas, and it was up to the valiant effort of the coast guard to attempt a rescue.

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New Trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s TV Series The Knick with Clive Owen

The-KnickTaking early retirement from the world of feature films, Steven Soderbergh has returned to the small screen for the first time in over a decade to bring us The Knick, the ten-part drama led by Oscar nominee Clive Owen.

Premiering this summer on HBO’s Cinemax, the first season is directed in its entirety by Soderbergh, and this latest trailer promises as pulsating and powerful a drama as anything currently on TV.

Set in downtown New York in 1900, ‘The Knick’ is a new Cinemax drama series from Academy Award and Emmy-winning director Steven Soderbergh. It is centered on the Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff who work there, pushing the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics. Soderbergh directs all 10 episodes of the series’ first season.

Academy Award and Emmy nominee Clive Owen stars as Doctor John Thackery, a brilliant surgeon pioneering new methods in the field, despite nursing a severe addiction to cocaine. He leads a team of doctors including his protégé Dr. Everett Gallinger; the young Dr. Bertie Chickering Jr.; and Algernon Edwards, a promising surgeon who’s been recently thrust upon him. The lively cast of characters at the hospital also includes Cornelia Robertson, the daughter of its benefactor; surly ambulance driver Tom Cleary; Lucy Elkins, a fresh-faced nurse from the country; the crooked manager Herman Barrow; and Sister Harriet, a nun with who isn’t afraid to speak her mind.

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