Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara in Talks to Join Joaquin Phoenix in Gus Van Sant Film

Variety – Rooney Mara and Jonah Hill are in talks to co-star with Joaquin Phoenix in the Gus Van Sant-directed drama “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” the long-in-development biopic on quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan.

Iconoclast and Anonymous Content are producing the film, which is based on Callahan’s autobiography of the same name. Callahan became paralyzed following a car accident at age 21, and turned to drawing as a form of therapy. The artist’s work raised eyebrows for its depiction of taboo topics, leading to numerous boycotts in his hometown of Portland.

His art was published in the New Yorker, Penthouse, and Playboy before his death in 2010.

Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Mourad Belkeddar, and Nicolas Lhermitte will produce the movie for Iconoclast, while Steve Golin produces for Anonymous Content.

Hollywood has been trying to adapt the book since its publication in 1989, with the late Robin Williams circling the role of Callahan for years.

The film would mark another dramatic turn for Hill, who was just nominated for Golden Globe for his comedy “War Dogs.” Hill will next star in the upcoming pic “The Ballad of Richard Jewell” with Leonardo DiCaprio which Hill will produce and he is also set to star in Cary Joji Fukunaga’s TV series “Maniac” with Emma Stone. He is also developing his directorial debut, “Mid ’90s” with A24. He will not star in the pic.

Mara is no stranger to awards-friendly features, as she currently stars opposite Dev Patel in “Lion,” which has received love from both the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards. She recently wrapped production on The Weinstein Company pic “Mary Magdalene,” which is sure to fare well during next year’s awards season, and is set to star in the pop star drama “Vox Lux.”

Hill is represented by WME and LBI Entertainment, and Mara is repped by WME and Management 360.

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Golden Globes Nominations 2017

The complete list of nominations for the 2017 Golden Globes has been announced and Jonah is nominated in the category “Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picturen Musical or Comedy”. Don’t forget that this upcoming event is scheduled to take place on January 8, 2017 at the Beverly Hills Hilton.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical, or Comedy
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool
Colin Farrell, The Lobster
Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
Jonah Hill, War Dogs

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Peter Berg Wants Jonah Hill Opposite Dwayne Johnson in ‘The Rundown 2’

Collider – The year was 2003. Peter Berg was directing his first feature film since his debut effort Very Bad Things in 1998. Dwayne Johnson was in the very earliest days of his Hollywood film career, having appeared in 2001’s The Mummy Returns, starring in the spin-off film The Scorpion King in 2002, with a bit part as a mugger in 2001’s Longshot sandwiched in between. Berg and Johnson collaborated for the first time in the action/comedy The Rundown, with The Rock as a bounty hunter tasked with tracking down his boss’s troublemaking son (Seann William Scott) to haul him out of the jungles of Brazil. It was a wild ride, and a fun one at that, with supporting turns from both Christopher Walken and Rosario Dawson. It was such a fun experience, in fact, that Berg has been trying to get a sequel off the ground for a number of years now.

Now in 2016, Berg and Johnson still want to get The Rundown 2 up and running, and as Berg himself reveals, he wants to have none other than Jonah Hill star opposite The Rock. The writer/director told our own Steve Weintraub as much during an interview at TIFF for Berg’s film Deepwater Horizon, starring Mark Wahlberg. Berg’s proven himself to be a competent and accomplished filmmaker over the years and Johnson’s star has never burned brighter; to see Hill completing this trio would be a pure delight.

Here’s what Berg had to say when Steve brought up The Rundown 2:

Do you foresee yourself taking a bit of a break or can I get you to do The Rundown 2?
BERG: We’ve been talking about it. You know, I wanted to do it with Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson. If I could get Jonah Hill, I’d do it tomorrow. If I could get Dwayne and Jonah Hill, I’d do it tomorrow.

Do you think that’s even possible?
BERG: Anything’s possible. We want to do it, it’s just hard to get everybody, you know. It’s on our minds. We actually wrote a script. But I want Jonah Hill, so reach out to Jonah. Pressure Jonah to do it. If Jonah Hill would do it, I’m in.

I’d love to know what’s in that script: Will the team be heading back to the jungles of Brazil or to some new locale altogether? What role would Hill play in the sequel? We won’t find out unless we get the word out!

If you’d love to see Berg return to direct Johnson in a sequel to The Rundown, and especially if you’d love to see Hill join the party, put some social media pressure on old Jonah. It’s bound to be more effective than any online petition you’ve ever signed.

In the meantime, Berg’s Deepwater Horizon will open in theaters September 30th. His next film, currently in post-production, is Patriots Day, a dramatic retelling of the events of the Boston Marathon bombing, also starring Wahlberg. That film opens in limited release on December 21st before opening wide on January 13, 2017.

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War Dogs review – Jonah Hill is repellently brilliant

The Guardian – This tale of twentysomething arms dealers can’t quite match its star’s tremendous performance.

Jonah Hill is so repellent – all swagger, sweat and unapologetic sexism – in War Dogs, that for a while, you don’t immediately realise what a blitzkrieg of a performance he delivers. Bulked up considerably for the role, he plays Efraim Diveroli, one half of a real-life pair of twentysomething Yeshiva schoolfriends from Miami who made millions by hawking dodgy supplies to the US military. He looks like a doughnut stuffed with testosterone and reckless ambition; his hyena laugh has a combination of pleading neediness and mania that makes it chillingly effective. It’s the force of Hill’s tremendous, committed performance, plus the chemistry with costar Miles Teller (very much the straight man here as Efraim’s business partner, David Packouz) which carries a film that takes too many cliched routes to ever match the quality of its lead actor.

Director Todd Phillips (The Hangover, Old School) is an old hand at telling stories about blokes behaving badly, but with this film, which could have been the picture to elevate him from gross-out mass-market comedy to something a little more sophisticated, he drops the ball. The aim, evidently, was to combine the brash racket of American Hustle with the cynicism of Lord of War. But by copying Hustle’s voiceover narration, the blanket-bombing approach to music and the toe-tappingly obvious retro score, Phillips just looks lazy. It’s a pity, because this is a great story: a tall tale about a couple of chancers scoring billion-dollar deals and blundering through some of the most dangerous places in the world, it should have made for a propulsive, stylish thriller. Entertaining as it may be, original it certainly isn’t.

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