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Anyone growing into pop culture consciousness during the mid-2000s will be familiar with a certain type of Tom Cruise, one labeled with some criticism in a recent Buzzfeed article as “Tom Cruise 2.0.” To them, Tom Cruise may have first become familiar as Ethan Hunt in the first Mission: Impossible movie, as an action star who, in spite of fearful insurance agents and publicists, prefers to do his own stunts—especially if they include declaring maniacal love for Katie Holmes atop Oprah Winfrey’s couch. He was probably their first introduction to the alien world of Scientology, or perhaps already known as the face of another hero thrust into the supernatural, having once served as the model for the titular character in Disney’s Aladdin.
This Tom Cruise, in spite of several critical successes in the past 10 years, has yet to shake completely the straws of tabloid fodder that prick up every time someone dares, »
- Christina Leo
'Pixels' movie with Adam Sandler. 'Pixels' movie weekend box office: Adam Sandler vs. 'Ant-Man' Despite its underwhelming domestic box office debut last weekend, Marvel's Ant-Man may turn out to be the winner in North America this weekend (July 24–26, '15) thanks to another underwhelming debut: that of the Adam Sandler Pixels movie. According to weekend box office projections found at Variety, the Chris Columbus-directed Pixels is expected to open with $25 million from 3,723 locations – following a $10 million Friday take (including $1.5M from Thursday previews). If so, that'll place Adam Sandler's latest lowbrow comedy – now in 3D – on a par with Sandler domestic disappointments like Jack and Jill and Funny People. Deadline.com, for its part, is expecting $27-$28 million by Sunday evening. Sat., July 25, update: According to studio box office estimates, Pixels underperformed on Friday, taking in $9.2 million. That's below figures for Jack and Jill and, adjusted for »
- Zac Gille
London — Toby Haynes, who directed and exec produced TV drama “Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell,” is set to direct a new movie version of Lionel Bart’s musical “Oliver!,” which Cameron Mackintosh, Working Title and Sony Pictures are producing, according to the Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye.
“Oliver!” is set to be greenlit in a matter of weeks, once rights deals are completed, and the film will start shooting early next year, with a release penciled in for the end of next year. The film, which will be grittier than the original, will shoot on location in and around London.
Haynes and casting director Lucinda Syson have started to scout for the young British actors who’ll play the title character, the Artful Dodger and the other kids in the musical. Working Title has experience in seeking out young talent as it produced the film and stage versions of “Billy Elliot. »
- Leo Barraclough
Jaimie Alexander’s Lady Sif has played an important supporting role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in 2011’s Thor, 2013’s Thor: The Dark World and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but it appears that her character may have an even bigger role in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Alexander stated, “Marvel, I think on purpose, they don’t tell me certain things. Because they know I’ll be like, ‘So here’s what’s gonna happen.’ But I do know I will be in Thor 3 and that Sif will have a very pivotal part in that movie. I just can’t tell you what because I’ll get shot.”
- Justin Cook
Disney enlists some help from Game Of Thrones to bring Sword In The Stone back to the big screen...
I think we can safely conclude by now that Disney reckons it's onto something with taking its animated classics and making live action spins on them. Some more directly than others.
Last week's revelation was that it was working on an Aladdin origins movie called Genies, with the idea being that that would lead to a full live action Aladdin feature. This week? It's Sword In The Stone that's been added to the roster.
The 1963 animated movie told the story of a young King Arthur, who Merlin is teaching the ropes to. Disney has enlisted Bryan Cogman, one of the writers and producers on Game Of Thrones, to pen a screenplay for the film. Brigham Taylor, who's also overseeing the live action take on The Jungle Book, will be producing the movie. »
With the release of Ant-Man this past weekend, Marvel Phase Two has officially come to a close, as fans now start the countdown for Phase Three. One of the movies that will be featured in the nine-movie Phase Three is Thor: Ragnarok, set for release on November 3, 2017, but there is very little we know about the story thus far. Actress Jaimie Alexander was at Comic-Con a few weeks ago to promote her new NBC TV series Blindspot, where she revealed that the upcoming Captain America: Civil War will tease Thor: Ragnarok.
"Yeah, there's a lot of great stuff they've peppered in through Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War will have some stuff. There's just all kind of Easter eggs and hints, if you're really paying attention. They're so good at interweaving everything throughout those films."
Ironically, Chris Hemsworth is one of the only Avengers »
'Ant-Man': Paul Rudd as Scott Lang. 'Ant-Man' box office below expectations: Lowest Marvel Cinematic Universe domestic debut Starring Paul Rudd as a bug-like (sizewise) action hero, Ant-Man was expected to open with $60-$65 million from 3,856 U.S. and Canada locations this past weekend, July 17-19, '15. That didn't happen. A mere three days ago, Variety enthused that Ant-Man was "marching to a solid $65 million weekend at the U.S. box office." But instead of a $65 million domestic debut like those of Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, Ant-Man bowed with a considerably more modest $57.22 million (down from the studio's $58.04 million Sunday estimate), including Thursday evening screenings. This latest Marvel Cinematic Universe entry averaged a highly disappointing – especially for an McU entry with loads of steeper-priced 3D and IMAX / Pfl screenings – $14,841 per location. But really, why "highly disappointing"? Trailing 'The Incredible Hulk' Even taking into account the fact »
- Zac Gille
Disney's bet on live action versions of their animated classics paid off with Kenneth Branagh's "Cinderella." Now the studio is developing "The Sword in the Stone," adding to a roster of live-action remakes that includes "Pinocchio," written by Paul Thomas Anderson, as well as "Mulan," "Beauty and the Beast" (bowing March 17, 2017) and "Winnie the Pooh." Variety reports that Disney vet Brigham Taylor, who oversaw the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, will produce Cogman's script, which awaits a director. The 1963 original, about King Arthur as a boy, was partly based on T.H. White's wonderful must-read novel, one in a series of Arthurian fantasies titled "The Once and Future King." (Which in turn is based on Sir Thomas Mallory's classic "Le Mort d'Arthur.") Cogman contributed two scripts to season 5 of "Game of Thrones," which George Rr Martin will not be returning to next »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
Could have called this one – as Disney plumbs the depths of its animated catalog in order to maximize the number of live-action remakes and re-imaginings it can send into theaters, 1963 animated fantasy The Sword in the Stone has been anointed as the latest title to receive an update.
Bryan Cogman, who has written episodes of HBO’s high fantasy epic Game of Thrones, will pen the script for the project, which Brigham Taylor (Disney’s upcoming Jungle Book remake) is attached to produce.
The Sword in the Stone occupies a bittersweet place in Disney history, as it was the latest animated offering to be released before Walt Disney’s death. Centering on a young King Arthur as he learned the responsibilities of being a monarch from wizened sorcerer Merlin, it was commercially successful and received solid reviews upon its release, despite drawing nowhere near the acclaim of some other Disney titles. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Disney seems to be committed to the idea of transforming all of their classic animated movies into new live-action ventures. Since the blockbuster success of Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella earlier this year, we've heard announcement after announcement - and now there's a new one to add to the pile. According to a new report, Aladdin is the next film that will be switching mediums... but the trick with this one is that it's actually going to be a prequel to the story we know and love, and actually be called Genie. The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop on this new development, saying that Disney has screenwriters Damian Shannon and Mark Swift working on the script for the film. There is no director attached just yet, but Tripp Vinson, who recently played a part in the production on San Andreas, is serving as one of the new project's producers. At this »
The horror movie genre is more popular than ever, with its influence felt right across popular culture like a blood spatter from a slashed artery. Audiences are happy to suspend disbelief and strap themselves in for a good old frightfest, a sensory rollercoaster ride that’ll make eyes pop out of sockets and bathrooms get frequently used. However, sometimes there’s an element that just doesn’t sit right amongst the mayhem. More often than not, that factor is the lead actor or actress!
Does it matter if there are plenty of heads flying around, or if you’re stuffing a cushion into your face every thirty seconds? Well, yes. Even if the film is really delivering the gory goods, that mismatched central figure can really start to bug you. What were the producers thinking? Give it some time and the true terror may turn out to be »
- Steve Palace
Fifteen candidates selected from 250 scheme applicants; previous mentees include Laura Hastings-Smith.
A total of 15 candidates have been selected from 250 applicants to take part in the seventh iteration of UK mentoring scheme Guiding Lights.
This year’s line up includes directing pair James Spinney and Peter Middleton, who have begun production on their feature film Notes on Blindness, as well as Aneil Karia, Emily Greenwood, Mahdi Fleifel, director of A World Not Ours, and Billy Lumby, whose short won the Pears Short Film prize.
The final two candidates were exhibitors Sophie Easterbrook, who programmed Farnham Maltings, a creative arts centre in the South East, and Carmen Slijpen, who is developing a new community cinema in East Sussex.
Mentors for the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Madison Antus)
The comedy, one of a raft of live-action remakes, will follow the character’s unlucky brother who fails to embody the family name
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- Benjamin Lee
The actor could star as the late Northern Ireland first minister in The Journey, about Paisley's unlikely friendship with Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness, Deadline reports.
Novelist Colin Bateman is writing the screenplay for the project, which is expected to begin production this September.
Paisley passed away in September last year at the age of 88.
Taylor famously took over the Marvel superhero franchise from Sir Kenneth Branagh, with his movie going on to make $644 million worldwide.
In a new interview with Uproxx about his latest movie Terminator Genisys, Taylor acknowledged that he had trouble complying with Marvel's hands-on style of filmmaking.
"I've done two [blockbusters] and I've learned that you don't make a $170 million movie with someone else's money and not have to collaborate a lot," Taylor explained. "The Marvel experience was particularly wrenching because I was sort of given absolute freedom while we were shooting, and then in post it turned into a different movie.
"So, that is something I hope never to repeat and don't wish upon anybody else."
Taylor seems more content with Terminator Genisys, despite complaining about its advertising campaign giving away too many story twists. »
2017 is going to be a big year for Marvel Studios, serving as the first year the studio will release three films. For the last few years, Marvel has been content with two films a year, but with fan enthusiasm and ticket sales at an all time high, might as well go to three, rightc That means Marvel Studios head, Kevin Feige, is going to be a very busy man. During the press junket for Ant-Man, Collider asked him about the upcoming production schedule and he said, "We literally just crossed the halfway mark on Captain America: Civil War last week, it's day 42 or 43 of 80. We start filming Doctor Strange in London in November. We start shooting Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in February-March 2016. We start filming Thor: Ragnarok and Spider-Man around the same time, around June of next year." Considering he can't be in two different places at the same time, »
- Charles Dean
Those of you who were dreaming that Kenneth Branagh might be making a triumphant return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for Thor: Ragnarok are set to be severely disappointed. That's because Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has dismissed the recent speculation linking the English director with the upcoming blockbuster. During a recent discussion with Collider to promote the pending release of Ant-Man, Feige was asked about the plans for Thor: Ragnarok, specifically whether Kenneth Branagh could be on the brink of ordering around Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston again. But the producer/executive was adamant in his response, and it seems like it.s just not going to happen. Said Feige, Not true. I don.t know where that came from. Short and sweet then. It had previously been teased that Marvel really wanted Branagh to direct Thor: Ragnarok, but they faced a battle to convince him as he was »
A few weeks ago, a rumor surfaced that had Thor director Kenneth Branagh potentially returning to helm Thor: Ragnarok. The reception was mostly positive even if it seemed like a long shot. Now, we have confirmed that this will not be happening. Speaking with Collider, Marvel's Kevin Feige has said there is no truth to the rumor of Branagh's return. In fact, Feige doesn't know... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
More updates keep coming up regarding various Marvel movies in the works thanks to the early press rounds for July's release of "Ant-Man". Today comes word from Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige who explains to Collider the studio's planned filming schedule for its projects:
"We literally just crossed the halfway mark of 'Captain America: Civil War' last week, it's day 42 or 43 of 80. We start filming 'Doctor Strange 'in London in November. We start shooting 'Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2' in February-March 2016 [in Atlanta]. We start filming 'Thor: Ragnarok' and 'Spider-Man' around the same time, around June of next year."
"Certainly we could [set another one in the past]. There are no rules. I think the majority of them will be chronological, but not all of them necessarily."
- Garth Franklin
Kevin Feige has been a busy man lately. Marvel Studios’ head honcho has been promoting the imminent theatrical release of the McU’s next movie Ant-Man and during the press day Feige also revealed a bunch of information about some other upcoming Marvel flicks.
After officially announcing Tom Holland as the new Spider-Man and that he will appear in Captain America: Civil War, naturally lots of folk wanted to know more about his role. Feige talked openly about what to expect from the McU version of Spider-Man and more importantly how he will interact with other superheroes.
Feige also discussed the upcoming Scott Derrickson directed Doctor Strange and answered questions about Black Panther too. But one movie that hasn’t really been talked about that much is Thor: Ragnarok. Recent rumours suggested that Kenneth Branagh – who directed the first Thor movie back in 2011 – might be making a return, however when »
- Gavin Logan
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