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• Charlize Theron is set to produce and potentially star in Everything Nice, an adaptation of Ellen Shanman’s novel about an ad exec who gets fired, moves back in with her widowed father, starts a flirtation with an old flame, and ends up teaching life skills to sixth-grade girls. One True Thing and Admission scribe Karen Croner is penning the script for Universal. [Deadline]
• Uma Thurman is in negotiations to join Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg in the comedy American Ultra for director Nima Nourizadeh. The film follows a stoner who gets targeted by a sinister government operation. Thurman will play »
- Lindsey Bahr
Fresh off working with Ron Howard on “In the Heart of the Sea,” British actor Osy Ikhile has landed a supporting role alongside Nicholas Hoult in Owen Harris’ dark comedy “Kill Your Friends,” TheWrap has learned. Hoult stars as an A&R man during the Britpop music wave of the late '90s, who is willing to do whatever it takes to find the next big hit. Also read: Osy Ikhile, Ben Whishaw Set Sail for Ron Howard's ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ (Exclusive) The indie movie, which is based on the novel by John Niven, co-stars Jim Piddock »
- Jeff Sneider
Which Jungle Book movie though?
Callie Cloves, the daughter of Steve Cloves, who sounds familiar because he adapted all theHarry Potter movies from the books, wrote a live-action screenplay based on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book (the source text that produced the Disney film).
Cloves’ script is at Warner Bros where last month it lost it’s director (Babel‘s Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu left the project).
We thought maybe Ron Howard was going to step in and save the WB incarnation, but that hasn’t happened yet. Meanwhile, Disney and it’s Jon Favreau-directed, David Lowery-written (that was the team that worked on the first Iron Man) Jungle Book »
Iron Man director Jon Favreau's live-action/CGI take on Rudyard Kipling's 1894 fable is one of two competing versions proposed by Hollywood. Rival studio Warner Bros has tapped Oscar-winner Ron Howard to direct a separate project based on a screenplay by Harry Potter stalwart Steve Kloves.
Disney is also said to be looking for a mixed-race actor to play Mowgli, the boy raised by wolves in the jungles of central India. The studio will focus on the Kipling story Mowgli's Brothers. Other fables by the writer, such as the story of heroic mongoose Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and the tale of elephant handler Toomai, »
- Ben Child
It seems to be a Hollywood tradition – one studio develops a high-profile project, so another studio puts a rival version into production. Think, apocalyptic dramas Deep Impact and Armageddon, or upcoming biblical epics Noah and Exodus. The sudden determination to deliver a new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book is no exception, and has thrust two separate versions into production. The difference is, only one can now boast Idris Elba in the role of diabolical tiger, Shere Khan.
The rival projects reside at Warner Brothers and Disney, but Uncle Walt’s version is currently in the lead. With accomplished director Jon Favreau (Iron Man) at the helm, their Jungle Book, a mix of live-action and visual effects, has assembled a formidable creative team to achieve the desired vision. The behind-the-scenes talent is being supervised by Academy Award winning VFX guru Rob Legato (Avatar, Titanic) and includes production designers »
- Sarah Myles
In the battle between the two in-development Jungle Book adaptations, it looks like Jon Favreau's has bested Ron Howard's in being the first to add to add an actor to the cast. According to Deadline, Idris Elba - best known for both his TV work like The Wire and Luther and his feature work like Pacific Rim and Thor: The Dark World - is now in final negotiations to take the role of Shere Khan, the film's central villain in Favreau's take over at Disney. As Shere Khan, Elba won't be doing any live-action work, as fans of the classic Rudyard Kipling story know that the the character is a deadly tiger who would love nothing more than to get a bite out of the hero, Mowgli. Should he sign on the dotted line, Elba will definitely be providing the voice for the big cat, but I wonder »
The race of the two Jungle Book films continues. Disney’s iteration has a leg up on Warner Bros.’ adaptation since it has both a director and a release date, and now it has a star. Deadline reports that Idris Elba will provide the voice of the villainous tiger Shere Khan in director Jon Favreau’s adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling book. Favreau’s film will be a mixture of live-action and CGI, and so it appears that Shere Khan will be brought to life via the latter. Elba is currently gearing up to go shoot True Detective director Cary Fukunaga’s next film, the child soldier drama Beasts of No Nation, but he feels like an excellent fit for the character of Khan. Disney’s film is slated for release on October 9, 2015, so production will likely get underway this summer. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. is on the hunt for a »
- Adam Chitwood
Idris Elba’s deep, throaty growl is exactly the sort of voice you can imagine emerging from the depths of a cunning, deadly and charming killer cat. Jon Favreau clearly thinks so, as he has the actor set to voice Shere Khan in his live-action/CG blended take on The Jungle Book.Having signed on the dotted to wrangle a new take on the story from Rudyard Kipling’s much-adapted tome, Favreau is clearly on a quick timetable to get this one up and running in order to beat Warner Bros., which is trying to lure Ron Howard for its version, to the punch.Justin Marks wrote the latest draft for the film, which will follow the traditional tale of young orphan Mowgli, found abandoned in the jungle and raised by friendly animals. Shere Khan, on the other hand, is a devious tiger and Mowgli’s most dangerous enemy. Favreau »
Feature Simon Brew 7 Mar 2014 - 06:13
We take a close look at 2001's Swordfish, and pinpoint the crucial lessons that wannabe computer programmers can take from it.
What follows gets quite geeky at times. We should point out that this is very much a tongue in cheek look at the film, rather than a desire to see filmmakers correct programming errors!
The first few minutes of Swordfish, once Travolta has hit us with this revelation, proceed to dissect the all-time classic Dog Day Afternoon, whilst Travolta chomps on a cigar and looks pleased with the arrangement of his facial hair. There's not much of it, but it's still a point of pride to the man.
As for the film itself? »
Haunt was recently released to VOD and, with its theatrical release coming up later this week, we had director Mac Carter take part in our latest Q&A feature. Continue reading to learn about his experience working on his first feature film and what he’d like to tackle next:
Great job on your first feature! I thought you did a wonderful job keeping the story from feeling like every other haunted house movie- it has some nice twists. Can you talk about what drew you to Andrew’s story originally and what your approach to the material was as a storyteller?
Mac Carter: Kind words. Thank you very much. The script for “Haunt” came to me through a producer friend, Ronnie Eisen, who knew of my enthusiasm for the genre. I make no secret of my deep love for all things genre and comic books. All my friends »
- Heather Wixson
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
"12 Years a Slave"
What's It About? Based on the memoir by Solomon Northup, "12 Years a Slave" stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free man who was kidnapped from his home in New York and sold into slavery. Northup ends up on a plantation run by the cruel Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) and his equally awful wife (Sarah Paulson), who take special delight in tormenting another young slave named Patsey (Lupita Nyong'o).
Why We're In: The movie took him Best Picture Sunday night -- see director Steve McQueen quite literally jump for joy here -- for good reason. Nyong'o took home the Best Supporting Actress award for her wrenching performance, and John Ridley won for his adapted screenplay.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
- Jenni Miller
News Louisa Mellor 3 Mar 2014 - 16:01
Here's a wee bit of Breaking Bad-related fun. Viewers of Top Gear, the BBC's motoring magazine show, will have seen Aaron Paul appear in Sunday's Star In A Reasonably Priced Car segment. The premise, for anyone unfamiliar, involves a celebrity trying to best their fellow stars in a modest vehicle on a racing circuit mixed in with a bit of Jeremy Clarkson-led chat. Previous entrants this series (using a Vauxhall Astra, fact fans) have included the geek delights of Benedict Cumberbatch, Ron Howard, Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Jackman and Charles Dance. Not bad company for Paul, we're sure you'll agree.
The driving bit kicks off at around the six minute mark. We won't ruin his result for those of you who haven't seen it, »
Russell Crowe and director Ron Howard repeat the one-two combination that made a winner of A Beautiful Mind with the story of 1930s American boxing hero James J Braddock. A mythical folk figure to millions suffering in the Depression, the journeyman boxer inspired a generation with his never-say-die approach. Craig Bierko packs a villainous punch as heavyweight nemesis Max Baer, though trainer Paul Giamatti and wife Renee Zellweger ensure there's plenty of support in Jimmy's corner. »
Yeah, bitch! It was a performance that would have made Breaking Bad's Jesse Pinkman proud. Aaron Paul took on the Top Gear Reasonably Priced Car challenge and stormed it, topping the celebrity leaderboard.
He modestly claimed at the start of the lap that he simply didn't want to finish bottom of the leaderboard, but it was clear he was taking the task seriously as he quietly uttered the word "bitch" to himself as he took a corner.
The Vauxhall Astra Top Gear Leaderboard:
1:44.7 - Aaron Paul
1:45.1 - Brian Johnson
1:45.6 - Jimmy Carr
1:46.1 - Hugh Jackman
1:46.7 - David Haye
1:46.8 - Warwick Davis
1:47.8 - Benedict Cumberbatch
1:48.5 - Rachel Riley
1:48.8 - Charles Dance
1:48.9 - Joss Stone
Here we are again after the Golden Globes, Mike Fleming and Anita Busch taking on the task of play by play during the most wide-open Oscar race we can remember. Even on the party circuit, industry insiders who usually have a grasp of who’ll walk away with Oscars were evenly torn between Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D masterpiece Gravity and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave. Then again, there were so many terrific films that got Best Picture nominations, and all of them have at least a puncher’s chance at an upset. Related: Oscars: Pete Hammond’s Absolute Final Predictions That includes American Hustle, where David O Russell co-wrote the Best Original Script nominee with Eric Warren Singer and got tour de force performances and nominations for Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Perfs so strong there was no room on the nomination roster for perennial Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
I received a Kindle for Christmas and I absolutely love it. I am not a particularly fast reader, but with this device my reading speed has dramatically increased and one thing I do every day is check the Kindle Daily Deals at Amazon as they frequently offer something worth picking up for only $1.99. Well, today the list is rather long as they have 34 books that eventually inspired award-winning movies on sale. No, this doesn't mean Oscar winning as you'll notice the book that helped inspire Ron Howard's Rush is included here and the Academy couldn't even see fit to offer it a Sound nomination. However, we all saw Daniel Bruhl take home a few awards already so it definitely counts. Books that inspired this year's Oscar crop are limited to the books behind Philomena and The Invisible Woman, but there is a lot more to take away beyond that. »
- Brad Brevet
Exclusive: Charles Leavitt has just landed another high-profile adaptation gig, inking with 20th Century Fox to adapt Michael Koryta’s book Those Who Wish Me Dead, which Steve Zaillian’s Film Rites is producing. The project has been out to several top guys since Fox acquired rights to the thriller last fall and it was Blood Diamond scribe Leavitt’s take that impressed. The novel revolves around a teenage murder witness lost in the Montana wilderness, the twin assassins hunting him, a survival expert tasked with protecting him, and a forest fire that threatens to consume them all. Little Brown publishes the book in May. The Paradigm-repped Leavitt has been busy. He’s jumping into this job after delivering Wild Bunch, the Warner Bros pic to which Will Smith is attached to star and Jerry Weintraub will produce. He also adapted World Of Warcraft for director Duncan Jones, Universal and Legendary, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
“Los Angeles – February, 2014 – Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug both received 8 nominations as the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films today announced nominations for the 40th Annual Saturn Awards, which will be presented in June.
Other major contenders that packed a real punch were The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, Star Trek into Darkness, The Book Thief, Her, Oz The Great and Powerful and Ron Howard’s Rush. Also making a strong showing was the folk musical fable Inside Llewyn Davis, which proves that the Coen Brothers are a genre onto their own. And Scarlett Johansson was the first Best Supporting Actress to be nominated for her captivating »
- Jonathan James
Gary Ross has been attached to direct a new adaptation of John Steinbeck’s classic novel East of Eden for a while now, and it should come as no surprise that Ross has decided to write the screenplay as well.
A new adaptation of East of Eden has been in the works at Universal for about ten years now. The studio was going to make the film in the ’00s with Brian Grazer producing and Ron Howard directing; but that ever happened, and Universal’s rights lapsed, now everything is back on track with Ross writing and directing and Grazer still on as producer.
Here’s the synopsis from Barnes & Noble:
Adam Trask came to California from the East to farm and raise his family on the new, rich land. But the birth of his twins, Cal and Aron, brings his wife to the brink of madness, and Adam is »
- Philip Sticco
Best Supporting Actor
Justin Chang: Bonjour, Peter. I know you’re still settling into your new Parisian digs as we speak (I’m picturing you at your laptop in an “I Louvre Paris” T-shirt with a cafe au lait at the ready), so I appreciate your taking the time to discuss this year’s Oscar nominees for supporting actor and actress — specifically, the ones we’d love to see win, the ones we’d rather see lose, and the grievous omissions in each category.
To start with the latter: I was saddened, if not exactly shocked, that the Academy didn’t give James Gandolfini a supporting-actor nomination for his wonderful performance as a divorced dad navigating the perils of midlife romance in “Enough Said.” Some suggested early on that the actor’s death, just three months before Nicole Holofcener’s film made its world premiere at Toronto, would surely earn »
- Justin Chang and Peter Debruge
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