Thursday, April 5, 2012

Casting for 'Out of the Furnace'

per press release

Casting Heats Up On Relativity Media's Currently Titled
Out Of The Furnace
Red Granite Partners on International as Production Starts in Braddock, Pennsylvania
(Beverly Hills, Calif.) April 5, 2012 – Relativity Media has closed deals with Oscar®-winner Christian Bale (The Fighter), Oscar®-nominated Casey Affleck (The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford), Zoe Saldana (Avatar) and Oscar®-nominated Sam Shepard (Safe House) to star as the lead roles in the upcoming gripping and gritty drama currently titled Out of the Furnace, written and directed by the critically-acclaimed Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart), it was announced today by Relativity's Co-President, Tucker Tooley. Bale will star as older brother Russell Baze in the film alongside Affleck who will play the role of younger brother Rodney Baze Jr. Saldana has also been cast as Bale's love interest Lena Warren and Shepard will play Red, Russell and Rodney Baze's uncle. Production is set to begin in Braddock, Pennsylvania later this month.
Relativity Media will release the film theatrically in the U.S. Red Granite, the Los Angeles based film production, finance and international sales company has acquired foreign rights outside of the U.S. and will handle international sales. Red Granite International President Danny Dimbort and Co-President Christian Mercuri will begin shopping the film to buyers in Cannes next month.
In making the announcement, Tooley said, "This is a meaty script with characters as strong as they are complex, and we needed powerhouse actors who complement the story. Christian, Casey, Zoe and Sam each approach everything they do with heart and conviction. We can't wait to see what each of them brings to this film," says Tooley.

The film is a drama about fate, circumstance, and redemption. Russell and his younger brother live in the economically depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother is lured into one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will almost cost him everything.  Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother.

Producing are Appian Way's Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar) and Jennifer Killoran (The Ides of March) alongside Scott Free's Ridley Scott (The Grey), Tony Scott (Man on Fire) and Michael Costigan (American Gangster) as well as Relativity's CEO Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter).
Bale and Affleck were both represented by WME in the deals. Saldana and Shepard were both represented by ICM in the deals.

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'Glee' Cast on 'Inside the Actors Studio' On Bravo


On Monday, April 9th, Bravo Media's "Inside the Actors Studio" (airing 8pm ET/PT) welcomes the cast members and creator of FOX's Emmy Award-winning hit television series "Glee." Currently in its 18th season, host James Lipton is joined by cast members Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer, Cory Monteith and co-creator Ryan Murphy. Lipton not only delves into the lives and careers of these talented individuals but also explores their well-known onscreen counterparts to experience the hysterical dynamic of the quirky high schoolers firsthand covering topics from Matthew Morrison's high school breakdance gang to Chris Colfer's prenatal acting start. Please see transcribed preview bites below:

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Matthew Morrison on his high school breakdance gang
Matthew Morrison: [When I was ten] my parents sent me to Arizona.  I had some family that lived out there, and they threw me and my cousin into this children's play to get us out of their hair for the summer.
James Lipton: Were there gangs? California had gangs. Did you ever join one?
Matthew Morrison: The mean streets of OC… a group of friends and I kind of started this gang.  That was my first foray into dance [laughs]. We got together and we would breakdance. We would get together and we would show each other moves every week. [James makes MM breakdance on stage]

Chris Colfer on early acting
James Lipton: You've said you've wanted to be an actor since [you were] an embryo.
Chris Colfer: Embryo- yes. I used to pose for the sonograms.

Ryan Murphy on his love for his "bawdy" grandmother
Ryan Murphy: My mother worked, so I was pretty much raised by my grandmother. She was just this great, bawdy lady who would make me watch her put on her makeup and would explain why she was doing that, and she would encourage me to shoplift. She was just great; she was a character; she was my true love of my life as a child. I feel like everything I was interested in was really because of her.

Ryan Murphy on his social standing in high school
Ryan Murphy: I was an odd creature in high school because I was a target but also I was popular, and that's because on the sly, I was dating a lot of the football players. 

Lea Michele on totaling her car on the way to her Glee audition
Lea Michele: I was listening to music and singing "On My Own" in the car and about to pull into the Fox lot and totaled my car at the time. I'm from New York and was driving in LA. I ran up the lot pulling glass out of my hair, and I had nicks on my body.  I ran into the building - and exactly what Rachel Berry would have done - they were like, you don't need to audition today! And I said, there is no way that I'm not auditioning. They didn't even believe I got in a car wreck!

Chris Colfer on his Glee character, Kurt
James Lipton: You've described Kurt as a tough guy in designer clothes- can you define that further for our students?
Chris Colfer: What I love about Kurt the most is that he is himself, despite having his world constantly tell him he should not be who he is. And it takes a lot of strength to be who he is and wear those tight pants.

Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer on what they would like to hear God say at the pearly gates
Cory Monteith: Sorry I haven't been around- there's a good explanation.
Chris Colfer: Don't listen to them- you get to come in too.

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