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Now that the busy winter fest schedule of Sundance, Rotterdam and the Berlinale has concluded, we’ve now got our eyes on the likes of True/False and SXSW. While, True/False does not specialize in attention grabbing world premieres, it does provide a late winter haven for cream of the crop non-fiction fare from all the previously mentioned fests and a selection of overlooked genre blending films presented in a down home setting. This year will mark my first trip to the Columbia, Missouri based fest, where I hope to catch a little of everything, from their hush-hush secret screenings, to selections from their Neither/Nor series, this year featuring chimeric Polish cinema of decades past, to a spotlight of Adam Curtis’s incisive oeuvre. But truth be told, it is SXSW, with its slew of high profile world premieres being announced, such as Alex Gibney’s Steve Jobs »
- Jordan M. Smith
Sometimes, the Oscars have a tendency of giving out awards to actors who are seen to have paid their dues, perhaps not for the best performance of that year or even for the particular actor's own best performance, but to recognise past work. Michael Keaton is not the most likely of these, but this could be why some speculated that he was an early favourite for this year's Best Actor award, for his performance in Birdman.
The later frontrunner Eddie Redmayne rightfully and very graciously wound up taking it home for his work as Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything, though Birdman went on to take home the main prize for Best Picture and a number of other major awards.
It would hardly have been a major upset if »
Irrfan Khan, who is getting rave reviews for his outstanding performance in his latest released film Qissa, has added yet another feather in his cap. The talented actor, who is one of few Indian actors to have made significant inroads into Hollywood, will now also be part of the highly anticipated and first ever Jurassic Park franchise game. Irrfan’s onscreen character of Simon Masrani, the dynamic owner of the park in Jurassic World, has been used in the upcoming Jurassic Park franchise game.
A source close to Irrfan says, “There would be 2 versions of the game that have been developed by the team at Lego and Irrfan’s character would be part of both the games. The first being a character game and the other being a video game. This is a huge thing as both the games will be launched at an international level.”
Commenting on the same Irrfan said, »
- Press Releases
Bad weather hurting theme park attendance and a weak lineup of films that hurt its distribution business meant weaker financial results for Australian multinational Village Roadshow Limited.
For the six months to end of December – the first half of its 2015 financial year – the film and entertainment group reported revenues down 2% at Us$417 million (A$470 million) and net profits down 27% to Us$12.2 million (A$13.8 million) compared with the same period last year.
The bad weather affecting the East Coast of Australia particularly damaged its business in Sydney and the Gold Coast.
The company says the second half will be significantly better than the first, but still represent a drop on the 2014 financial year. “The second half of FY2015 is expected to be significantly stronger than the first half, however due to the results to 31 December 2014, it is estimated that Vrl’s attributable net profit, before material items and discontinued operations for »
- Patrick Frater
In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. “Heart of the Sea” reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea »
- Gary Collinson
Justin Chang: We don’t always agree, Guy (no two critics ever should), but it’s safe to say we’ve been more simpatico than usual over the course of this very long and happily almost-over awards season. I think we would both argue, for example, that “Foxcatcher” was ridiculously worthy of an Oscar nomination for best picture, and that its failure to nab one seems all the more inexplicable given that Bennett Miller managed to crack the much more competitive directing race. Likewise, I don’t know anyone else who had almost precisely the same reaction and counter-reaction to “Birdman” as I did — an initial thrill that almost completely fell apart on second viewing.
Clearly the industry feels otherwise, if “Birdman’s” presumed Oscar-frontrunner status is to be believed — which I fear it is, even as some of us are still clinging desperately to the hope that “Boyhood” will prevail. »
- Justin Chang and Guy Lodge
Ron Howard is once again partnering with Canon for a contest designed to highlight everyday creativity. Inspired by the notion that anything in life can be a movie (and every movie starts with a trailer), "Project Imagination - The Trailer" will launch a contest on February 25 in which filmmakers of every skill level can create and submit trailers of their everyday life moments. The winning trailer, selected by Howard and actor Josh Hutcherson ("The Hunger Games"), will inspire a short film, which Hutcherson will star in and produce. Read More: "House of Cards" Producer Dana Brunetti on How to Break Into the Industry The contest kicks off on February 25th at imagination.usa.canon.com, where you can also find Howard's tips for creating a trailer (and a trailer for the trailer contest!). Indiewire recently spoke to Howard about Project Imagination, movie trailers and opportunities for aspiring filmmakers: Why focus on movie trailers? »
- Paula Bernstein
Directed by Ron Howard (Rush, Apollo 13) from a screenplay by Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond) and based on the book 'In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex' by Nathaniel Philbrick, winner of the 2000 National Book Award for Nonfiction. In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. In The Heart Of The Sea reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into »
- Pietro Filipponi
How many greats have found themselves on the short end of Oscar glory after being nominated for Best Director? Frankly, some of the greatest filmmakers of all-time: David Fincher, Gus Van Sant, Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson, Pedro Almodóvar, Ridley Scott, Michael Mann, Terrence Malick, Akira Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman and Mike Leigh, among others. We're personally hoping that eventually "Birdman's" Alejandro G. Iñárritu, "Boyhood's" Richard Linklater and "The Grand Budapest Hotel's" Wes Anderson make it off that list, but only one will join the winner's club Sunday night. Last year the Academy faced a similar quandary between the incredible work of Alfonso Cuarón ("Gravity") and Steve McQueen ("12 Years A Slave"). Eventually, Cuarón distanced himself from his contemporary and his win was "expected." That's truly not the case this season. Linklater has earned raves for his 12-year journey making "Boyhood" since it debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival over a year ago. »
- Gregory Ellwood
We’d already announced that Tom Hanks and Ron Howard would reunite for another Dan Brown adaptation last summer with Inferno and now they’ve added more big names to the dramatic cast and we’ve got the first promotional shots below.
With a screenplay by David Koepp, based on the book by Dan Brown, the film is set for release on October 14th, 2016 and begins principal photography at the end of April. Inferno continues the Harvard symbologist’s adventures on screen: when Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante’s “Inferno.”
- Dan Bullock
Columbia Pictures’ Robert Langdon series — featuring the $1.2 billion collective earning of “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons”— is a go again, with director/producer Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer at the helm. In the latest installment, “Inferno," Tom Hanks is back to star, and some new players are joining him. Written by David Koepp (“Mortdecai”), and based on the book by Dan Brown, it will begin principal photography at the end of April. Newly announced members of the cast include Irrfan Khan (“Slumdog Millionaire,” “Life of Pi,” and “The Lunchbox”) who takes the role of Harry Sims, also known as The Provost. French actor Omar Sy (“The Intouchables,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Jurassic World”) will play Christoph Bruder. And perhaps most excitingly is Sidse Babett Knudsen of "Borgen" and "The Duke Of Burgundy" fame taking the part of Dr. Elizabeth Sinskey, the head of the World Health Organization. »
- Edward Davis
Director/producer Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer have cast an energetic company of some of the world’s most talented and interesting rising international stars to join Tom Hanks in Inferno, the new film in Columbia Pictures’ Robert Langdon series, which has taken in more than $1.2 billion worldwide to date. The Imagine Entertainment production, which has a screenplay by David Koepp based on the book by Dan Brown, is slated for release on October 14, 2016 and will begin principal photography at the end of April. The project’s executive producers are Dan Brown, Anna Culp, Bill Connor, and David Householter. Inferno continues the Harvard symbologist’s adventures on screen: when Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante’s “Inferno. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Ever daydream that your life was a movie, complete with slow-motion walks and a perfectly curated soundtrack? You're not alone. Josh Hutcherson and Ron Howard want to turn someone's cinematic fantasy into reality. The two are teaming up with Canon U.S.A. Inc. for Project Imagination: The Trailer, a contest for every kind of film lover. To become part of the star-studded project, all participants need to do is create a movie trailer based on one of their own everyday life moments and submit the piece. The contest is open to all skill levels. Once all the entries are in, »
- Kelli Bender, @kbendernyc
Columbia Pictures officially announced the full cast of its upcoming "Inferno" film, which is the third installment in the "Da Vinci Code" franchise, which stars Tom Hanks as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon. In the new movie, Hanks will reprise his role and he'll be joined by Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) as Dr. Sienna Brooks, Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi) as Harry Sims/Provost, Omar Sy (The Intouchables) as Christoph Bruder and Sidse Babatt Knudsen ("Borgen") as Dr. Elizabeth Sinskey, the head of the World Heath Organization. Ron Howard will return to direct. "For this film, I wanted Tom Hanks to be surrounded by an international cast of actors whose energy will underscore Robert Langdon's life-or-death peril, the high-stakes action he takes, and the global threat that he's trying to prevent," he explained. "Felicity, Irrfan, Omar, and Sidse have all broken through with recognition here in America as well »
Howard said: "For this film, I wanted Tom Hanks to be surrounded by an international cast of actors whose energy will underscore Robert Langdon's life-or-death peril, the high-stakes action he takes, and the global threat that he's trying to prevent.
The film will see Tom Hanks reprising the role of Robert Langdon for the third time - following The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, neither of which were much cop - with Ron Howard again directing.
As had been previously reported, Felicity Jones (Oscar nominated for her work in The Theory Of Everything) is on board, and she's going to be playing Dr Sienna Brooks. Irrfan Khan meanwhile - who has Life Of Pi and Jurassic World »
As if to be cruel, Ron Howard and Imagine Entertainment are getting ready to shoot another sequel to The Da Vinci Code. This one will be based on Inferno, the fourth book this series of pseudothrillers from Dan Brown, with The Lost Symbol being skipped over for now.
The core cast have all be announced today, with Sidse Babett Knudsen, Irrfan Khan and Omar Sy joining the previously announced Felicity Jones and faithful Dan Brown cornerstone Tom Hanks returning as Robert Langdon.
Knudsen is playing an old flame of Langdon’s I believe – not that I’m going to read the book to check. One was more than enough. She’s also the head of the World Health Organisation, which will be instrumental to the plot.
- Brendon Connelly
With Ron Howard's adaptation of Dan Brown's Inferno delayed until next October, there's plenty of time for the Academy Award winning director to build a cast of big ticket international actors. It turns out that's exactly what he's doing, as he's found quite a few faces to round out the cast of characters interacting with Tom Hanks' Robert Langdon, as he chases down disaster in Italy. As it turns out, one of those new faces helping Hanks avoid certain doom has helped humanity in the past . as part of the X-Men team. Via a press release issued today, Sony Pictures announced that X-Men: Days Of Future Past star Omar Sy has been cast as Christoph Bruder, the leader of the European Center For Disease Control's paramilitary Srs unit in Ron Howard's Inferno. The threat in the film is a madman trying to release an old school plague upon Italy, »
This marks the third film adaptation of a novel by Dan Brown to feature Hanks as Langdon, Howard as director and Brian Grazer as producer following their collaborations on "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels and Demons".
In this entry, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia. He teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories, to prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante's famed poem "Inferno".
Oscar nominee Felicity Jones ("The Theory of Everything") has been cast as Dr. Sienna Brooks, Irrfan Khan ("Life of Pi," "Slumdog Millionaire") has been cast as Harry Sims (aka. The Provost), Omar Sy ("X-Men: Days of Future Past, »
- Garth Franklin
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- Christopher Campbell
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