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Justin Theroux to Star in Apple TV+'s The Mosquito Coast Adaptation

Justin Theroux to Star in Apple TV+'s The Mosquito Coast Adaptation
Justin Theroux is following in Harrison Ford’s footsteps: The Leftovers alum will star in a series adaptation of The Mosquito Coast for Apple TV+, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Based on the Paul Theroux novel (yes, that’s actually Justin’s uncle), The Mosquito Coast follows an idealistic inventor as he uproots his family and takes them to the jungles of Central America to start a new life. Theroux will play the father, with Luther creator Neil Cross co-writing the first episode and serving as showrunner. The book was previously adapted as a 1986 film starring Ford as the father.
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Justin Theroux to Star in ‘Mosquito Coast’ Series Adaptation at Apple

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Justin Theroux to Star in ‘Mosquito Coast’ Series Adaptation at Apple
Justin Theroux is attached to star in a series adaptation of “The Mosquito Coast” at Apple.

Based on the 1981 novel by his uncle, novelist Paul Theroux, “Mosquito Coast” follows an idealist who uproots his family to Latin America.

The project has received a series order at Apple’s upcoming streaming service, Apple TV Plus. “Luther” creator Neil Cross will co-write the first episode with Tom Bissell and serve as showrunner on the series.

Also Read: Charlie Hunnam to Star on Apple's 'Shantaram' TV Series Adaptation

Rise of the Planet of the Apes” helmer Rupert Wyatt will direct the first episode, as well as several more throughout the season, and executive produce. Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen and Bob Bookman and Fremantle will serve as the studio.

The novel has been adapted for screen once before. Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, Andre Gregory and River Phoenix starred in the Peter Weir
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‘Mosquito Coast’ Series Starring Justin Theroux From Neil Cross & Rupert Wyatt A Go At Apple

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‘Mosquito Coast’ Series Starring Justin Theroux From Neil Cross & Rupert Wyatt A Go At Apple
Apple has given a formal green light to Mosquito Coast, a drama series from Luther creator Neil Cross starring Justin Theroux. The series, directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), is based on the 1981 novel The Mosquito Coast by Justin’s uncle, Paul Theroux.

Mosquito Coast stars Justin Theroux as an idealist who uproots his family to Latin America. In the 1986 feature adaptation of the novel, directed by Peter Weir, the role was played by Harrison Ford.

The first episode of Apple’s adaptation is written by Cross and Tom Bissell, with Cross writing and showrunning the series.

Wyatt will executive produce and direct the first episode, as well as several more throughout the season.

Fremantle is the studio, producing with Veritas Entertainment Group whose Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen and Bob Bookman also executive produce, along with Ed McDonnell.

Veritas previously worked with Fremantle’s Euston Films
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‘Mosquito Coast’ Series Starring Justin Theroux Set at Apple

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Apple has ordered an adaptation of “The Mosquito Coast” to series, Variety has learned.

Justin Theroux will star in the series, which is based on the novel by his uncle Paul Theroux. The story follows an idealist who uproots his family and moves them to Latin America. Neil Cross is adapting the book for television in addition to serving as showrunner. Cross will also write the first episode of the series with Tom Bissell. Rupert Wyatt will executive produce and direct multiple episodes, including the first episode. Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen and Bob Bookman will executive produce, with Fremantle producing.

Justin Theroux’s last TV starring role was in the Netflix limited series “Maniac.” He also starred in the critically-acclaimed HBO series “The Leftovers,” which ended after three seasons on the premium cabler in 2017. On the film side, he has starred in projects like “American Psycho,” “Zoolander,” and “The Girl on the Train.
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River Phoenix movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Running on Empty,’ ‘Stand By Me,’ ‘Indiana Jones’

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River Phoenix sadly was one of those actors whose career burned bright for only a few years and then ended way before its time. August 23, 2019, would have marked his 49th birthday but tragically the gifted young actor only made it to age 23.

Phoenix and his siblings (including Joaquin Phoenix) began acting as children. He found his first job in a television show based on the popular film “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” That show only ran for one season, but Phoenix would continue to work on TV for the next few years. In 1985 he would have his breakthrough in a supporting role in an acclaimed all-star TV movie called “Surviving” and then that same year in his first feature film “Explorers.” The following year would mark an even bigger breakthrough when he starred in the sleeper hit “Stand by Me” as one of four childhood friends who go looking for a dead body.
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River Phoenix movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

  • Gold Derby
River Phoenix sadly was one of those actors whose career burned bright for only a few years and then ended way before its time. August 31, 2019, would have marked his 49th birthday but tragically the gifted young actor only made it to age 23.

Phoenix and his siblings (including Joaquin Phoenix) began acting as children. He found his first job in a television show based on the popular film “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” That show only ran for one season, but Phoenix would continue to work on TV for the next few years. In 1985 he would have his breakthrough in a supporting role in an acclaimed all-star TV movie called “Surviving” and then that same year in his first feature film “Explorers.” The following year would mark an even bigger breakthrough when he starred in the sleeper hit “Stand by Me” as one of four childhood friends who go looking for a dead body.
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Helen Mirren movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Queen,’ ‘Gosford Park,’ ‘Red’

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Helen Mirren movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Queen,’ ‘Gosford Park,’ ‘Red’
It’s not uncommon for a prominent British actor to be labeled British acting royalty. All types, from Laurence Olivier to Maggie Smith, have worn the label but nobody perhaps has literally worn that title recently to the extent as Helen Mirren. She has had a long varied career and has earned her place as one of the holders of acting’s triple crowns by playing a variety of British monarchs.

Her Oscar came for playing the British Queen Elizabeth II in “The Queen,” which dealt with her reaction to the unexpected death of Princess Diana. She would revisit the role nine years later for a Tony on Broadway in the play “The Audience,” which dealt with Elizabeth’s relationships with the various prime ministers who have served under her. It was a different Queen, Elizabeth I, that would bring Mirren one of her four Emmys, when she starred in
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‘Brockmire’ Season 3 Adds Martha Plimpton in Recurring Guest Role (Exclusive)

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‘Brockmire’ Season 3 Adds Martha Plimpton in Recurring Guest Role (Exclusive)
Martha Plimpton has been cast in “Brockmire” Season 3 in a recurring guest role, Variety has learned exclusively.

Plimpton will play Brockmire’s newest sponsor, Shirley. She is described as a cigarette-smoking, no-nonsense woman who has been 8 years sober. She’s seen every excuse in the book and finds Brockmire’s attempts at explaining his bad behavior hilarious. She’s about to show him the harsh realities of sobriety, the ones they don’t teach you in meetings.

Plimpton most recently appeared in the critically-acclaimed series “Younger.” Her other recent TV credits include “The Real O’Neals,” “The Blacklist,” and “Raising Hope.” Plimpton is also known for her roles in films like “The Goonies,” “The Mosquito Coast,” and “Parenthood.”

She is repped by Innovative Artists.

Back in March, IFC announced that it had renewed “Brockmire” for both Season 3 and Season 4. Season 3 is slated to air in 2019, with Season 4 following in 2020. The
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Exclusive Portraits: Helen Mirren & Taylor Hackford Honored at Cinema/Chicago Gala

Chicago – There ain’t nothing like Dame Helen Mirren, international star and Oscar winner for “The Queen.” She, along with her husband Taylor Hackford (director of “Ray” and “An Officer and a Gentleman”), were honored at the Cinema/Chicago Spring Gala on May 24, 2017.

Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, is a non-profit arts and education organization dedicated to fostering communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the moving image. Their programs include the Chicago International Film Festival, Chicago International Television Festival, the CineYouth Festival, international screenings, and a year-round education program. Celebrating its 53rd edition October 12-26, 2017, the Chicago International Film Festival is North America’s longest running competitive film fest.

Helen Mirren at the Cinema/Chicago Spring Gala, May 24th, 2017

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Dame Helen Lydia Mirren was born in London, and
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‘The Lost City of Z’ Review: James Gray Journeys to the Jungle and Returns With a Great Film

‘The Lost City of Z’ Review: James Gray Journeys to the Jungle and Returns With a Great Film
What is it about the jungle that lures in filmmakers like a siren song? Over the years, auteurs like Werner Herzog (Fitzcarraldo), Francis Ford Coppola (Apocalypse Now), and Peter Weir (The Mosquito Coast) have married the untold beauty of unexplored lands with the obsession that borders on insanity exemplified by protagonists who go deeper into […]

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Captain Fantastic review – Viggo Mortensen doesn't earn his stripes

Mortensen stars as a survivalist dad who takes his kids to the woods to teach them authenticity in this low-cal take on The Mosquito Coast

There’s a meaty whiff of phoney-baloney in this fatuous and tiresome movie, replete with forced emotional crises and wrong notes, topped off with an excruciatingly unearned, sentimental ending. It’s a low-cal version of Peter Weir’s 1986 movie The Mosquito Coast, starring someone who is essentially a cross between Charles Manson and Captain von Trapp.

Related: Captain Fantastic: the bloody family drama shows a new side to Viggo Mortensen

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Films of 1986; Aliens Hits The 30 Year Mark

“Game over, man, game over!” It’s rare for a sequel to live up to the original film, but James Cameron managed to fulfill expectations with Aliens (July 18, 1986). This summer marks the 30th Anniversary of the action-packed sci-fi classic, so “stop your grinnin’ and drop your linen.”

Tune-in Saturday, July 23, to an exclusive Aliens YouTube live stream Q&A with the filmmakers and cast from San Diego Comic-Con! Submit your questions in the comments below for a chance to get them answered. #Aliens30th

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Aliens (1986), San Diego Comic-Con will host an Aliens reunion on Saturday, July 23. Attendees include director James Cameron, producer Gale Anne Hurd, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, Michael Biehn, and Carrie Henn.

Subscribe to Fox Movies and follow on https://www.facebook.com/AlienAnthology so you don’t miss this exclusive live event.

The terror continues in James Cameron
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Box Office: Ghostbusters, Sultan, Café Society

Though the new Ghostbusters couldn't defeat the very family friendly Secret Life of Pets to take the box office crown, it was still a win for Paul Feig & Melissa McCarthy company (their best opening yet, just beating their previous best for The Heat). Other winners this weekend: Sultan, the Bollywood sports drama starring Salman Khan, is now the #1 foreign language release of the year, jumping over the Chinese hits The Mermaid and Ip Man 3; Woody Allen's Café Society experienced more demand in its opening weekend than of his films since Blue Jasmine; and, finally, the provocative survivalist family drama Captain Fantastic led by a typically sterling Viggo Mortensen expanded fairly well. Next weekend will be key for Captain Fantastic with word of mouth; there's neither anything like it in the marketplace nor really anything to compare it to in ages (since maybe The Mosquito Coast in the Eighties?) but
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Review: Captain Fantastic

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This review originally ran as part of our Sundance 2016 coverage. Plot: A man (Viggo Mortensen) raising his six kids away from society in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, is forced to bring his family to the city for the first time following the suicide of his wife. Review: Imagine The Mosquito Coast if Harrison Ford’s character was a nice guy and you’ve got an idea of... Read More...
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We celebrate the 4th of July with ten films that define America in 2016

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We celebrate the 4th of July with ten films that define America in 2016
I've done this exercise before, and some of the same films made the list this time, but not all. America in 2016 is different than the America of 2002, and that's part of what I love about this country. And make no mistake... I love this country. I believe America is a nation defined by contradictions. I am both cynical and idealistic about it, and I love it precisely because of the ways it breaks my heart. I am fully aware that one can only exist because of the other. With that in mind, here are ten films that, taken together, define the state of our union in the year 2016. The Right Stuff Philip Kaufman’s movie celebrating the accomplishments of the Mercury Seven astronauts is more than just a celebration of the pioneer spirit. The film is a gorgeous dream, a poem about heroism and celebrity and ego and optimism. The
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Winona Ryder Reveals Her Role in Heathers Could Have Gone ... to Jennifer Connelly?

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Winona Ryder Reveals Her Role in Heathers Could Have Gone ... to Jennifer Connelly?
"What's your damage?" It's hard to imagine the 1988 cult-favorite Heathers without Winona Ryder starring as Veronica, but it turns out, filmmakers weren't immediately sold on her playing the cynical brunette. The actress, 44, revealed that she nearly missed out on the lead role. "I was not the first choice for Veronica in Heathers," she told Tavi Gevinson in a feature for Interview. "I auditioned and they were like, 'Oh, thanks.' And I went to the Beverly Center to Macy's and had them do a makeover on me. I went back because I kind of knew that they thought I wasn't pretty enough.
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Winona Ryder Reveals Her Role in Heathers Could Have Gone ... to Jennifer Connelly?

  • PEOPLE.com
Winona Ryder Reveals Her Role in Heathers Could Have Gone ... to Jennifer Connelly?
"What's your damage?" It's hard to imagine the 1988 cult-favorite Heathers without Winona Ryder starring as Veronica, but it turns out, filmmakers weren't immediately sold on her playing the cynical brunette. The actress, 44, revealed that she nearly missed out on the lead role. "I was not the first choice for Veronica in Heathers," she told Tavi Gevinson in a feature for Interview. "I auditioned and they were like, 'Oh, thanks.' And I went to the Beverly Center to Macy's and had them do a makeover on me. I went back because I kind of knew that they thought I wasn't pretty enough.
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6 Reasons Harrison Ford Should Get An Oscar Nod For Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Harrison Ford – actor, pilot, notorious grumpus – has never won an Oscar. Allow that to sink in for a moment, as you think back to the many less deserving peope that have taken a prize before he’s even come close (Cuba Gooding Jr, anyone?). Ford has been nominated before – once, for Best Actor for Witness – but has won absolute bupkis from the Academy Awards in all his years as a movie star.

There were no nominations for Indiana Jones or The Fugitive, nor for his less blockbustery, more dramatic turns, in The Mosquito Coast or Presumed Innocent. And not ever for playing Han Solo. Well, now is the Academy’s chance: Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out and has just made it in for Oscar eligibility, right at the tail-end of the year, while Ford is happily drawing praise for his fourth run at the bat as Solo.

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The top 20 underappreciated films of 1986

From thrillers to sci-fi to horror, here's our pick of 20 films from 1986 that surely deserve a bit more love...

A fascinating year for film, 1986. It was a time when a glossy, expensive movie about handsome men in planes could dominate the box-office, sure (that would be Top Gun). But it was also a year when Oliver Stone went off with just $6m and came back with Platoon, one of the biggest hits of the year both financially and in terms of accolades. It was also a period when the British movie industry was briefly back on its feet, resulting in a new golden age of great films - one or two of them are even on this list.

As ever, there were certain films that, despite their entertainment value or genuine brilliance in terms of movie making, somehow managed to slip through the net. So to redress the balance a little,
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How 'Mad Max: Fury Road' lured Oscar winner John Seale back behind the camera

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How 'Mad Max: Fury Road' lured Oscar winner John Seale back behind the camera
John Seale was retired. Then George Miller dangled a "Mad Max" movie in front of his face and, well, how can an Aussie say no? The 40-year veteran jumped right into the maelstrom Miller and his team were conjuring in the desert of west Africa and, along with killer second unit teams, captured one of the most innervating experiences of the year in "Mad Max: Fury Road." Oh, and he turned 70 years old while doing all of this. Seale won an Oscar for "The English Patient," the first of a three-film collaboration with the late Anthony Minghella. He also partnered up with Peter Weir on a trio of projects ("Witness," "The Mosquito Coast" and "Dead Poets Society") and he's worked with many great filmmakers besides, from Sydney Pollack to Ron Howard, Rob Reiner to Wolfgang Petersen. In addition to the win, he has three more Oscar nominations to his credit and I must say,
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