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Transcendence marks the directorial debut of Wally Pfister, who is best known for being the longtime cinematographer of Christopher Nolan. The film stars Johnny Depp as Dr. Will Caster, an artificial intelligence observer who is looking to create a machine which possesses sentience and collective intelligence. But when he is targeted by an extremist group that opposes technological evolution, Will is forced to download his mind into a computer in order to save his life. The procedure works, but those closest to him are mixed on the outcome: Is it still Will Caster in there, or is it someone else? Whoever it is, he is gaining more and more power and putting the world in increasing peril.
It was a star studded event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, California last weekend when the cast, writer and director of Transcendence arrived for a press conference. Among those there were director Wally Pfister, »
- Ben Kenber
Trevor Hogg chats with Michael Wilkinson about weaving a new adaptation of an epic Biblical story…
“There was an opening in my schedule,” recalls Michael Wilkinson who had completed the costume designs for Man of Steel (2013) when an opportunity arose to work on Noah (2014) helmed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan). “My agents introduced me to Darren who was looking for someone to help design this epic movie. I had a series of Skype interviews, was awarded the job and headed over to New York to work with him.” The native of Australia remarks, “I always like to have images in front of me when I’m meeting a director. Other costume designers do things differently. For me, it’s all about beginning to see if there’s a dialogue that flows between the two parties. Even if I show images that are wildly different from what the director was thinking »
- Trevor Hogg
Aw, jeez — we didn’t see that coming.
Yes, Martin Freeman’s mild-mannered Lester Nygaard was in the middle of one very bad day when we met him in Fargo’s premiere. And encountering a dangerous drifter like Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) — while you’re in the hospital, thanks to your old high-school bully — would be enough to put anyone on edge. But even when Lester’s wife seethed, “You’re not a man, Lester. You’re not even half a man,” we didn’t think he’d kill her. »
- Amber Ray
Conan O'Brien didn't take anything seriously when he hosted the 2014 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, and his recap of the big night on Monday's episode of TBS' Conan was just as spectacular. "I almost wasn't ready for the show. I made it, but it was really close," revealed the talk show host, who had landed cameos from 50 stars -- from Russell Crowe and Demi Moore to Anthony Hopkins and Martin Scorsese -- for the awards the night before. Photos: MTV Movie Awards 2014 Red Carpet The camera then flipped to Conan's dressing room, showing him sticking an American
- Debbie Emery
Sony’s Christian drama “Heaven Is for Real,” which opens Wednesday, is the latest offering in a year with an uncommonly large slate of religious-themed wide releases.
Although there’s long been a robust DVD market and numerous indie releases, more major studios have been taking a leap of faith and embarking on extensive marketing missions this year. It’s only fitting that the senior production exec for “Heaven Is for Real,” DeVon Franklin, is an ordained minister and one of the film’s producers, T.D. Jakes, is a bishop. Jakes has teamed up with “Alice in Wonderland” producer Joe Roth for the project.
“My hope is that it’s going to appeal to the same demographic of the book, which was in the mainstream,” said Franklin, the author of spiritual success book “Produced by Faith.”
“But at the same time,” he adds, “(the story) really had a strong faith-based following. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Conan O’Brien kicked off tonight’s explosive 2014 MTV Movie Award ceremony by emerging from a 5,000 pound, flaming bucket of popcorn at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The late night talk show host made television history by breaking the world record for the most celebrity cameos in a show opening, featuring such stars as Taylor Swift, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Adam Sandler, Katy Perry, Andy Samberg, Jack White, Ashton Kutcher, Martin Scorsese, Demi Moore, Emma Watson, Russell Crowe, Paul Rudd and Jessica Alba. The live telecast celebrated the past year’s best films across a variety of genres, including comedy, action and drama, as well as the most popular Hollywood celebrities. [ Read More ]
The post Conan O’Brien Hosted the Explosive 2014 MTV Movie Awards appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Karen Benardello
Last week, we took a look at the career of Russell Crowe, an actor whose presence or gravitas is unmatched. This week’s subject has his own kind of gravitas, albeit if you compared the two they couldn’t be more different. One thrills us while this week’s guy makes us laugh until it hurts. Mel Brooks Nobody makes me laugh like Mel Brooks. A living legend, Brooks has been cracking people up since his early days in the »
- Chris Bumbray
All told it was a buoyant frame as nationwide takings improved by 6% to $18.25 million and six titles each earned more than $1 million.
Animated comedy The Lego Movie eased by 10% to $5.1 million in its second weekend, propelling its haul to $14.4 million, according to Rentrak.s estimates. The Village Roadshow Pictures/Warner Bros. co-production looks set to reach $28 million, if not $30 million, and the worldwide cume hit $US425 million.
Superhero adventure Captain America: The Winter Soldier grabbed $3.6 million despite falling by 40%, to elevate its 11-day total to $12.2 million. However the Marvel franchise isn.t tracking as strongly here as in the Us, where the film starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel J. Jackson has rung up $US159 million in 10 days.
- Don Groves
When you’re hosting the MTV Movie Awards and promise viewers “The Biggest One You’ll Ever See,” opening with any old been-there-done-that monologue is no longer an option. Conan O’Brien was acutely aware of that challenge when he opted to attempt the Movie Awards’ boldest coup yet and score 50 celebrity cameos within the first five minutes of the show.
As you’ve now seen, O’Brien managed to pull off the feat. But he didn’t do it alone. Director Troy Miller tells EW how MTV assembled this “whirlwind of a celebrity-fest” (full list at bottom), which included appearances by Taylor Swift, »
- Lanford Beard
Conan O'Brien's gigantic opening at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards was one for the record books, with the host landing cameos from 50 stars, from Russell Crowe and Demi Moore to Anthony Hopkins and Martin Scorsese. Incredibly, it all came together during the past three weeks, when O'Brien first approached MTV with the idea. For getting footage of the busy stars, speed was the name of the game, says Troy Miller, who directed and produced the segment via his Dakota Pictures. "We had this lean, mean Seal Team Six machine. We'd come in, get it from six different angles and people
- Aaron Couch
Crowe will play a struggling novelist dealing with depression while raising his 5-year-old daughter, while Seyfried will play the older version of his daughter 20 years later.
According to Deadline, Fonda has signed on to play Crowe's longtime friend and literary agent.
Fonda has several projects in the pipeline, including a comedy series with fellow veteran actress Lily Tomlin.
She recently received an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award for her decades-spanning movie career. »
Today, we have two more names to add to the already impressive cast of Gabriele Muccino’s upcoming film, Fathers and Daughters. Deadline reports that Jane Fonda and Bruce Greenwood have joined the generation-spanning drama, which also stars Russell Crowe, Aaron Paul, Amanda Seyfried, Diane Kruger, Quvenzhane Wallis, Haley Bennet and Octavia Spencer.
The film was written by newcomer Brad Desch and is described as “a love story between a troubled father and his daughter.” Crowe plays Jake Davis, a famous writer and widower who struggles with mental illness while trying to raise his 5 year-old daughter Katie. The story spans 25 years, from the 1980′s to the present day, and has Seyfried playing Katie as an adult, who eventually has demons of her own that were caused by her troubled upbringing.
Fonda will play Davis’ longtime friend and literary agent, while Greenwood will portray his brother-in-law, who wages a legal battle »
- James Garcia
• Gerard Butler is attached to star in the sci-fi adventure Geostorm. Longtime writer-producer Dean Devlin (Independence Day) is writing and directing the movie which posits a world where satellites can control the climate. When they begin to malfunction, Butler’s “charming satellite designer” has to work quickly to save the world from the imminent storm. [THR]
• Javier Bardem will join Charlize Theron and Adèle Exarchopoulos in the Sean Penn-directed movie The Last Face. Theron and Bardem will play doctors doing humanitarian work in a conflict-ridden region of Africa. Exarchopoulos will play a journalist. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
Here's the latest casting news: Gerard Butler leads Geostorm, writer-director Dean Devlin's sci-fi adventure film recently picked up from Paramount by Warner Bros. Taylor Lautner is in negotiations to lead Run the Tide, an indie roadtrip picture scripted by Rajiv Shah which will be directed by Soham Mehta. Jane Fonda and Bruce Greenwood are the latest additions to Gabriele Muccino's Fathers and Daughters, which stars Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Aaron Paul, Diane Kruger, Quvenzhané Wallis, and Octavia Spencer. Hit the jump for more on each picture. Heat Vision reports that Gerard Butler leads Geostorm as "a stubborn but charming satellite designer who, when the world’s climate-controlling satellites malfunction, has to work together with his estranged brother to save the world from a man-made storm of epic proportions. A trip into space follows, while on Earth a plot to assassinate the president begins to unfold." So Olympus Has Fallen in space? »
- Dave Trumbore
“Fathers and Daughters,” a Black List script penned by Brad Desch, is a love story between a father and daughter living 25 years apart in New York City. Crowe plays a famous novelist and widower struggling with mental illness as he tries to raise his 5-year-old daughter. Seyfried will portray the older version of the daughter in present-day Manhattan as she battles the aftermath of her troubled childhood.
Voltage is handling foreign sales and began selling the film at the American Film Market.
Fonda is portraying the novelist’s literary agent, and Greenwood will play the writer’s brother-in-law and adversary in a custody battle over the daughter. »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Voltage Films has set Jane Fonda and Bruce Greenwood to join Fathers And Daughters, the Gabriele Muccino-directed film that stars Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Aaron Paul, Diane Kruger, Quvenzhané Wallis and Octavia Spencer. Production just got underway in Pittsburgh. The film is a love story between a troubled father and his daughter who lives in New York 25 years after him, Crowe plays a famous novelist suffering from depression as he tries to raise his 5-year-old daughter. Seyfried plays the girl as an adult, who has struggles of her own, shrapnel from that childhood. Fonda will play the novelist’s longtime friend and literary agent while Greenwood will play the writer’s brother-in-law, who with his wife (Kruger) wages a legal battle to forcibly adopt the young daughter (Kylie Rogers). Fonda has been on a tear, next starring alongside Jason Bateman and Tina Fey in This Is Where I Leave You, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Emily Browning appears to be one of the busiest actresses around, starring in a variety of projects – each different from the next – ranging from Pompeii, to God Help the Girl to Magic Magic. It’s the latter which we discussed with the talented performer about – speaking to us on the phone from La.
Magic Magic was shot on location in Chile, and we spoke to Browning about her experience in the country, where she worked closely with one of her best friends Juno Temple. She also tells us about her life in La, why she misses London, and her thoughts on why so many Australian actors leave their home town to seek pastures new.
Of course choosing a project is down to the script and material, the director, the cast – but it must be a pretty nice bonus when it involves shooting on location in Chile?
Oh yeah, absolutely. Everything »
- Stefan Pape
EW reports that Starz has ordered The Chair, a reality series from the producer of Project Greenlight. The competition will follow two first-time directors as they direct their version of the same movie script. A team of mentors — including Zachary Quinto — will oversee the process.
Twilight alum Booboo Stewart has joined the cast of The Descendants, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That’s the Disney Channel movie about the children of villains from classic animated Disney movies. Stewart will play the son of Jafar.
After CBS announced that Stephen Colbert would take over as The Late Show host, the fun was watching the meltdowns on the right wing blogosphere. Rush Lumbaugh responded that CBS “declared war on the heartland of America” while Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro called Colbert’s faux pundit character “political blackface“.
Meanwhile, Colbert’s promotion raises new questions like what will replace The Colbert Report »
- Lyle Masaki
Our pick of the Noah star's greatest performances to date. Would others would you add to the list?
Russell Crowe, the go-to actor for a certain distinct type of alpha male role, was understandably top of the list when Darren Aronofsky was casting for Noah, bringing to his performance a panoply of "teeth, spittle and changeable hair arrangements."
Here's our pick of Crowe's greatest performances to date. Would others would you add to the list?
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- Adam Boult
Star Russell Crowe lobbied Pope Francis to watch movie, but visit to Rome did not win his endorsement for Genesis epic
The official Vatican newspaper, L'Avennire, has labelled Darren Aronofsky's Noah a "missed opportunity" which ignores God, but stopped short of calling for a boycott of the controversial biblical epic.
Its reviewer criticised Aronofksy for veering too far from the account of Noah in the book of Genesis in a verdict published on Thursday ahead of the film's Italian debut. In comments translated by the Hollywood Reporter, the critic also labelled the movie "strange" and "perplexing" while admitting that it represented a "visually potent" piece.
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- Ben Child
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