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Ana Lily Amirpour’s “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” won the Cartier prize for best film from the Revelation jury — comprising Audrey Dana, Anne Beres, Lola Bessis, Christine & the Queens, Freddie Highmore and Clemence Poesy.
The Michel »
- Elsa Keslassy
Judging by Michael Douglas’ presence as producer and star, “The Reach” must have been some sort of passion project for the aging Hollywood icon. Well, as Pascal observed, the heart has its reasons — which, in Douglas’ case, remain impenetrable at the end of “The Reach,” for upwards of 90 minutes, while the audience looks on in quiet disbelief. A hopelessly misguided mashup of Cornel Wilde’s 1955 cult favorite “The Naked Prey” and “The Most Dangerous Game,” with Douglas playing a mutant hybrid of Gordon Gekko and the Glenn Close character from “Fatal Attraction,” this inauspicious English-language debut for promising French helmer Jean-Baptiste Leonetti doesn’t look to reach far from its Toronto premiere (where Lionsgate paid a surprising $2 million for the U.S. rights).
If there were a festival prize for most Chekovoian use of a handgun, it would surely go to “The Reach” for the early scene in which small-town »
- Scott Foundas
On September 19th, 20th Century Fox will unveil the highly anticipated The Maze Runner and according to early numbers, director Wes Ball’s movie is on track for a $30 million opening when it bows next weekend.
Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner, when Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape.
One of the most popular soundtracks Sony Music has released this year, the original movie score is from American film composer and conductor John Paesano.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Paesano initially studied classical music with composition professor Sally Dow Miller of Conservatoire de Paris. »
- Michelle McCue
Filmmaker and legendary special-effects guru Douglas Trumbull gave a special demonstration at the Toronto Film Festival, screening 10 minutes of Ufotog, his high-intensity, 3-D immersive work-in-progress that he filmed at 120 frames per second. Most Hollywood movies are filmed and projected at 24 frames per second, the industry standard for almost 100 years, even though digital camera and projector technology has opened the door for much greater speeds. In 2012, Peter Jackson filmed The Hobbit at 48 frames per second—and though the film grossed more than a billion around the globe, many viewers flinched at the film’s “soap-opera” look.
Trumbull, who famously worked with »
- Jeff Labrecque
Not to be confused with movie-lovers website the Dissolve, company Dissolve offers high-quality video footage for television, advertising, editorial and documentary filmmaking, video games, and more. Some people there decided to have a little fun with its stock video collection and compiled a hilarious clip called Scenes You’ve Seen: Blockbuster Movies Re-created with Stock Footage. It’s exactly what it sounds like. Adding to the fun is their descriptions of the films in question. Rather than providing us with the title of the movie they’re remaking, the Dissolve folks offer pithy snippets like “epic boat fail” when referring to James Cameron’s Titanic, or “writer-slash-caretaker takes his family on a winter...
- Alison Nastasi
The award will be presented at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. 24 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
“On behalf of the entire Lionsgate team, it is a tremendous honor and deeply humbling to join the elite group of recipients previously honored with the Milestone Award,” said Feltheimer. “The Producers Guild represents the creativity, innovation and dynamism that sets our industry apart from all others.”
PGA Awards co-chairs Todd Black and Ryan Murphy said, “Jon Feltheimer is one of the most accomplished leaders in the industry and has played a pivotal role in Lionsgate’s evolution from independent studio to global content leader. Jon’s passion across the spectrum of storytelling has brought us such iconic films and TV shows as ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Weeds,’ ‘Orange is the New Black, »
- Dave McNary
We've known for some time that Paramount Pictures has been dying to turn the Terminator franchise into a cash cow. The first two films came out in an era of Hollywood filmmaking that wasn't so franchise-centric, and they did well. Directed by James Cameron, the films helped elevate the sci-fi genre, raised the bar for special effects, and helped turn Arnold Schwarzenegger into a bonafied silver screen icon. A later sequel, without Cameron attached, came out and did little to re-spark interest in the franchise. Then in 2009, a new studio took a shot at reviving the franchise- announcing a "new trilogy" that wouldn't include Cameron or Schwarzenegger- and took its opening shot with McG's Terminator: Salvation.
That one, also, didn't exactly set the world on fire or kickstart a fresh appetite for more Terminator films. So that trilogy was aborted.
Now Paramount has the rights, and they think they've »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
After last week’s news about Netflix securing The Blacklist for a record fee, a similar story came to light this week concerning the pre Batman prequel series Gotham. Now rather than getting it day and date after Us broadcast as per Breaking Bad and From Dusk Till Dawn, Gotham’s entire run will just arrive on Netflix after it’s finished its TV broadcast. Worse news is that this means you have to wait for Channel 5 to get their finger out and schedule it on one of their three channels and then muck it around the schedule just to confuse you further and for it to finish its run there. Kind of takes the wind out the sails doesn’t it? I wouldn’t expect to see Gotham on Netflix until this time next year at best but we will see.
In better news David Wain’s relatively well »
- Chris Holt
The path of the Terminator franchise has been a strange one without any real sense of permanence ever since the finale of James Cameron's Terminator 2: Judgement Day. We've seen two feature-length sequels - Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator Salvation - that came out weirdly far apart (a full six years between them), and there was even the short-lived television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which ended up making very little pop culture impact. Now, however, the sci-fi franchise is ready to come back in full force not just with a reboot, but a full trilogy of movies that will unfold over the next four years or so. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount has finally unveiled the full scale of their Terminator plans and have announced release dates for what are now simply being called Terminator 2 and Terminator 3 - sequels to the upcoming Terminator: Genisys. »
It’s become fairly standard for sequels to wannabe franchises to be announced in advance of the first film’s release, and we suppose that the Terminator series has enough of a built-in audience to sustain films through rougher patches. Paramount is showing confidence in its reboot of the James Cameron-birthed universe, then, nailing down 2017 and 2018 release dates for two Terminator: Genisys sequels.Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor is currently running Genisys through the post-production process, with Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, Jason Clarke as son John and Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese. With Arnold Schwarzenegger lending his usual presence as one of the Terminator models (and possibly more), the story blends the plot from Cameron’s 1984 original with fresh timeline tinkering, while maintaining the idea of a technological threat to humanity’s future.Given that Genisys opens a few days earlier here than in the States »
For franchise Blockbuster films with astronomical production budgets, it’s standard procedure for studios to plant their sequel flags reasonably early in order to secure their place ahead of the competition. Although this may seem awfully presumptuous of said studios (given the often-unpredictable box office), Marvel and Disney have shown that there is no such thing as ‘over-planning’ where franchises are concerned.
With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that Paramount and Skydance have already set release dates for two further sequels to next year’s Terminator: Genisys. Although we have known from the beginning that the upcoming science fiction sequel/reboot is intended to begin a new trilogy, there had been no formal indication this would come to fruition until now. And so, Paramount have set Terminator 2 for 19th May 2017 and Terminator 3 for 29th June 2018. The fact that these two sequels will be released only a »
- Ben Read
If you’ve wondered what it was like on the moon Lv-426 when the Xenomorphs overran the terraforming colony later visited by Ellen Ripley and the Colonial Marines in James Cameron’s Aliens, then the new Aliens: Fire and Stone comic book miniseries from Dark Horse should interest you. We have a handful of preview pages from the first issue that shows panicked people pursued by Xenomorphs.
Aliens: Fire and Stone #1 (comes out on September 24th)
Writer: Chris Roberson
Artist: Patric Reynolds
“During a vicious xenomorph outbreak, terraforming engineer Derrick Russell leads a desperate group of survivors onto a rickety mining vessel. They hope to escape the creatures overrunning their colony—but they’ll face horrors both in space and on the strange planet they crash on. Ties in with the Prometheus and Aliens films!”
Trailer via IGN:
The post Aliens: Fire and Stone #1 Preview Pages appeared first on Daily Dead. »
- Derek Anderson
We've been hearing that the rights to the "Terminator" franchise will revert back to James Cameron in 2019. The plan has always been to make at least three more installments before that happens, but because things were delayed for so long, the plan changed to two films. Paramount Pictures will release the first new film, "Terminator Genisys," on July 1st, 2015 and studio just announced that a sequel will follow on May 19th, 2017. But in a surprise move, it turns out that Paramount will squeeze in a third film on June 29th, 2018. Details are still limited, but it's believed that the last two installments will be shot back-to-back. "Terminator Genisys" is directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Byung Hun Lee and Matt Smith. »
“Terminator: Genisys,” the fifth installment in the franchise, is directed by Alan Taylor from a script by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier. Schwarzenegger will reprise his role along with Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney, Dayo Okeniyi, Matt Smith, Byung-hun Lee and J. K. Simmons.
- Dave McNary
With a title like “The Lego Movie”, most potential audience members will probably have made up their minds one way or the other. The film itself shows that you can't judge a film by its title; unless you think it's going to be awesome, in which case you happen to be right. It seems that many people did expect it to be awesome, going by the film's box office. But really, The Lego Movie will appeal to anyone who likes creativity (which should, in theory, be anyone who's a fan of cinema). And here's why...
It's from the directors of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs was a terrifically inventive ode to geeky enthusiasm (a scientist is hailed as a hero for making it rain cheeseburgers), with a goofy wit, stylish cinematography (or whatever the animated equivalent is), and one of the most oddly »
The hire was announced at the Toronto Film Festival. Browning will relocate from New York to Los Angeles to join co-president Aaron Ryder.
Browning exec produced underwater adventure “Sanctum” with James Cameron and developed, produced and financed “Europa Report,” Zach Galifianakis starrer “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” and “Ondine,” starring Colin Farrell.
FilmNation is currently in development on “The Good House,” to star Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro, and “In the Event of a Moon Disaster,” with Tate Taylor directing. It’s in pre-production on Denis Villeneuve’s “Story of Your Life,” starring Amy Adams.
Browning and Ryder will report to FilmNation topper Glen Basner.
Browning co-founded Wayfare Entertainment in 2008 and became CEO in 2010 until Wayfare was absorbed into Start Media in 2013.
FilmNation negotiated $50 million in additional capital last year with an equity-backed, »
- Dave McNary
FilmNation CEO Glen Basner comes to Toronto with several films in the festival, a crowded slate of percolating pictures, and a new co-president of Production & Acquisitions to help handle that volume. FilmNation has hired indie film finance fixture Ben Browning to take that newly created position, relocating to La to join co-president Aaron Ryder. This comes as Basner’s projects continue to get more ambitious. They include The Good House, which will reunite Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro, the Tate Taylor-directed In The Event Of A Moon Disaster, and the Denis Villeneuve-directed Amy Adams-starrer Story Of Your Life, the film that sold for a precedent setting $20 million in Cannes.
After sealing $50 million in additional capital with an equity-backed, revolving multi-bank credit facility with Bank Of America Merrill Lynch and Union Bank, FilmNation’s scope has expanded. In Toronto here, they’re selling the Noah Baumbach-directed »
- Mike Fleming Jr
The Wayfare Entertainment co-founder and former CEO has joined FilmNation Entertainment in the new position of co-president of production and acquisitions.
Browning will attend Toronto scouting for projects for the company to produce, sell and finance. He relocates from New York to Los Angeles to join co-president of production and acquisitions Aaron Ryder.
Both Browning and Ryder will report to FilmNation CEO Glen Basner.
FilmNation, in town selling The Imitation Game, While We’re Young and Top Five, is in development on The Good House to star Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro and In The Event Of A Moon Disaster, which Tate Taylor will direct.
The company is in pre-production on Cannes market sensation Story Of Your Life, which triggered a $20m acquisition by Paramount.
“We have successfully collaborated with Ben in the past, and I know that his joining our team will be key in continuing to propel FilmNation forward,” said Basner »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
From rock operas to Wes Craven to Dazzler, here's some Marvel movies that never quite made it...
Recently, we looked at the DC movies that never got the greenlight. We saw hordes of Superman movies which didn’t make it to screen, along with Batman film ideas and whole hosts of other DC heroes whose movies plummeted out of production (You can read that piece here).
On the other side of the superhero cinema fence, we have the seemingly all-encompassing, game-changing Marvel Cinematic Universe at the height of its powers, the X-Men franchise in rude health and the still-fresh memory of Spider-Man’s hasty reboot. You could be forgiven for thinking that not as many Marvel movies have struggled to get made as their DC counterparts.
However, having delved once more into the ancient scrolls of cinema history (still better known as extensive Googling), we can confirm there’s plenty »
Sometimes retroactive changes to a film can do some good. Director’s cuts have the potential to make awesome films that bit better (The Lord Of The Rings is the best example by far) or turn abominations into something watchable (Daredevil), while more low-key tinkering helps right minor mistakes; for the 2012 rerelease of Titanic, James Cameron fixed the stars in the sky to be accurate to what would have been seen out on the Atlantic that night in 1912.
Of course we all know how bad things can go. George Lucas has become a figure of geek hate after he took the beloved Star Wars films and created the Special Editions; versions of the films that not only cleaned up the visuals, removing matte lines and dirt, as a usual remaster would do, but also threw in lots of obvious and, in many cases sacrilegious, changes.
What makes the »
- Alex Leadbeater
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