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Warner Bros. has released a new featurette for The Good Lie that focusses on the real-life Sudanese backdrop that inspired the film. Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar) directed the picture, which stars Reese Witherspoon (who is already generating Oscar buzz with one of her other films this year, Wild). If you've seen the trailer for the movie you know that its overall aim is one of uplift, and it looks well done for one of these types of stories. Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, Nyakuoth Weil, and Corey Stoll star in the October 3 release. Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, and Molly Smith (The Blind Side) are producing. Check out The Good Lie featurette after the jump. Clip courtesy of Warner Bros: Official synopsis: They were known simply as “The Lost Boys.” Orphaned by the brutal Civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand »
- Evan Dickson
In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
The Paranormal Activity 5 release date has been pushed yet again, but Paramount has also given a title to the found footage sequel, which likely signals this release date will (hopefully) stick. The follow-up will be titled Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension and will now open in theaters on March 13, 2015 instead of October 25th of this year (which didn’t seem likely to happen anyway). The pic will square off at the box office against Disney’s live-action Cinderella and Ron Howard’s sea-set drama In the Heart of the Sea with Chris Hemsworth. This latest chapter in the supernatural franchise marks the directorial debut of Gregory Plotkin, who produced the last three installments in the series. This is the next proper sequel after Paramount went the spinoff route earlier this year with Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. As always, plot details are non-existent, but given the Blumhouse Productions model, »
- Adam Chitwood
Paramount Pictures is shaking up the order of its parade of horribles.
“Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” is being moved from Oct. 25, 2014 to a March 13, 2015 opening. The film was previously entitled “Paranormal Activity 5,” but it sounds like this haunted house tale is being treated like a spin-off instead of a direct sequel.
The studio is also moving “Scouts vs. Zombies” from the March 13 slot now taken up by “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” and transplanting that to February 20, 2015.
The “Paranormal Activity” movie will have some formidable competition in its new release date. Ron Howard’s whaling drama “Heart of the Sea” and Disney’s live action “Cinderella” are both scheduled to premiere on that date. In its former perch it would have gone head-to-head with “Ouija” and the Keanu Reeves, “they killed my puppy” thriller “John Wick.”
“Scout v. Zombies” is a horror comedy about troop members who »
- Brent Lang
In a move that could generate some inspired cross-cinematic synergy, Thor star Chris Hemsworth is attached to produce and headline the drama I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive. Based on the debut novel from actor and musician Steve Earle (The Wire), the film is about Doc Ebersole, a man struggling with his own demons many years after he was travelling with country star Hank Williams and the singer died.
Ebersole may have been the one to give Williams that fatal morphine dose, as the protagonist is also an addict who lost his medical license and lives in San Antonio’s red-light district. There, he performs some illegal abortions and other operations, and befriends Mexican immigrant Graciela, who has the power to heal others with the touch of her hand.
Ironically, there is currently a Hank Williams biopic in the works entitled I Saw the Light, where the »
- Jordan Adler
Amplify and Starz Digital Media have jointly acquired North American rights to director Bert Marcus’ documentary “Champs,” which premiered earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival and is slated for a day-and-date theatrical and VOD release in 2015. “Champs” takes a unique look into the remarkable lives and careers of three of the world's most legendary boxers — Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Bernard Hopkins. “Champs” features candid, never-before-seen interviews with the three fighters, as well as notable boxing supporters including Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Ron Howard, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Spike Lee and Mary J. Blige. Also read: Adrian Grenier, Bert Marcus »
- Jeff Sneider
Amplify and Starz Digital Media have teamed up to grab North American rights to “Champs” and will release it day-and-date theatrically and on video-on-demand in 2015.
Bert Marcus directs the documentary, which looks at three boxing greats — Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Bernard Hopkins. It boasts footage of their most important bouts, while examining their lives out of the ring.
In addition to interviews with the boxers themselves, the filmmakers talked to a number of notables, such as Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Ron Howard, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Spike Lee and Mary J. Blige. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
The deal was negotiated by producer Larry Kopeikin on behalf of the filmmakers.
- Brent Lang
While in Deauville to receive an homage and present his James Brown biopic “Get on Up,” Hollywood producer Brian Grazer shared thoughts and wise advice on moviemaking with French producers during a discussion hosted by the PGA, the French Producers Guild (Apc), the Ile de France Film Commission, and backed by Variety. Grazer, who was in an upbeat mood, spoke candidly about the business before a captive audience of local producers. His latest movie,”Get on Up,” directed by Tate Taylor, will come out in France on Sept. 24.
Here are some highlights from this conversation:
What drives your inspiration as a producer? What do you look for in a story?
Many of the movies that I’ve produced have a common denominator: They’re usually about self-worth and they’re often about men who have drive and talent but are emotionally handicaped and they have to solve or work to »
- Elsa Keslassy
Brian Grazer got on up in Deauville to accept a career honor from the film festival before the European premiere of Get on Up. Grazer accepted the award from Alain Terzian, president of the French academy, before he was joined on stage by co-producer Mick Jagger, director Tate Taylor and star Chadwick Boseman. The Oscar winner joked that he hired a professional translator to take his French test in college, but he still gamely thanked the many French film figures that were in the audience. He also thanked his "partner and best friend, Ron Howard" for their many collaborations. Before
- Rhonda Richford
With two big films at the Toronto International Film Festival, it would be easy for that to get to your head, butReese Witherspoon was conscious that her film, The Good Lie, was bigger than herself: "This has nothing to do with you, Reese."
At the press conference for the film, French-Canadian director Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar) agreed, and Witherspoon recalled a conversation where the director said, "I really like you and respect you, Reese, but this movie has nothing to do with that."
It's about the Lost Boys and Girls of South Sudan.
In The Good Lie, Witherspoon plays an American who is assigned to help four young Sudanese refugees (Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Kuoth Wiel, and Emmanuel Jal) who are relocating to the United States. The film also stars Corey Stoll (Midnight In Paris, "House of Cards"), and is produced by Ron Howard and Brian Glazer -- both of »
- Sasha James
Though known mostly for his novels "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels and Demons" which sport Robert Langdon as the lead character, author Dan Brown also penned two standalone works in which Langdon plays no part.
His very first book was the 1998 techno-thriller novel "Digital Fortress" which is set mostly around the N.S.A., the U.S. government agency which protects the nation's communications and information systems.
In the novel, the N.S.A. possesses a powerful code breaking supercomputer named Transltr which can crack every code thrown at it. That is until it meets 'Digital Fortress,' a code written by a disgruntled former employee. Said employee intends to auction the code's algorithm, and will release it for free if he dies.
Now the team behind the two previous films based on Brown's Langdon novels are developing a TV project based on that early work. Imagine Entertainment's »
- Garth Franklin
For Jon Stewart, last night’s screening of his directorial debut, Rosewater, was a glorious homecoming of sorts. After all, he filmed Death to Smoochy in Toronto. But last night’s standing-room-only showing at the Toronto Film Festival was a true celebration, and before the screening, Stewart joked that Canada’s earnest warm reception felt like sarcasm to a cynical New Yorker like himself. Afterwards, the audience responded with a standing ovation, as much for the real Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari, who was imprisoned and accused of being a spy by Iranian authorities, as the cast and their first-time director. »
- Jeff Labrecque
"Oh, dear. Scientists."
So could the reaction be confronting this year's Toronto International Film Festival, where two of the most lauded and talked-about films are portraits of elite mathematical minds, courtesy of Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne. In The Theory of Everything, Redmayne plays theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking; in The Imitation Game, Cumberbatch plays British mathematician and World War II code breaker Alan Turing.
After glowing receptions in Toronto, both films are expected to be major players on Hollywood's awards circuit this fall following their theatrical openings. (Theory is due out Nov. 7. Imitation Game follows two weeks later.) Redmayne and Cumberbatch are already calculated by pundits to be favorites for a best-actor Oscar nomination.
"A lot of people talk about »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Not content with being a race-car driver, an action-fantasy hero, and a god, Chris Hemsworth continues to flex his acting muscles (and a few other muscles too) in several films that will have their premiere at the start of next year. With the appearance of several new images of Hemsworth in his latest roles, we can once again say, without a doubt, that this is one attractive man.
Going beyond the mundanities of our leading man’s appearance, first up is Michael Mann’s Black Hat. This film represents the first piece of work from the director since Public Enemies in 2009. Hemsworth is a “blackhat hacker” who has served part of his prison sentence and is offered a chance at freedom by helping to hunt down a cybercrime network, working with Chinese and American partners as they go globe-trotting on the trail of the villains. The cast of Black Hat also includes Viola Davis, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The producers of The Good Lie have established the Good Lie Fund, named for the upcoming feature drama from Alcon Entertainment, Imagine Entertainment, Black Label Media and Warner Bros. Pictures. The film is based upon the harrowing and inspirational real-life experiences of thousands of children impacted by war in Sudan.
The Good Lie Fund (www.thegoodliefund.org) was created to support the humanitarian and educational needs of those who have come to be universally known as the Lost Boys and Girls, uprooted and orphaned by the Sudanese Civil War that began in 1983. Its initial focus will be the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, which came into being to meet the first wave of survivors of the conflict—the majority of them children, alone, and on foot—and which currently houses thousands of refugees fleeing from continuing violence and unrest.
The Fund will also seek to raise worldwide awareness of the »
- Michelle McCue
New photos of Chris Hemsworth in both Michael Mann's action thriller Blackhat and Ron Howard's period ocean survival drama In the Heart of the Sea. There's also Kristen Wiig in Nasty Baby, Justin Long in Kevin Smith's Tusk, and Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl.
Paramount Pictures has announced a December 19th Oscar-qualifying limited opening ahead of a New Year's Day wide release for the Mark Wahlberg-led, Rupert Wyatt-directed remake of the 1974 James Caan film "The Gambler".
Wahlberg plays a college professor sees his gambling addiction spiral out of control. James Toback based the script on his own experiences while teaching in New York City. Jessica Lange, Michael K. Williams and Brie Larson also star. [Source: Variety]
Roy Andersson's metaphysical trilogy capper "A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence" has won the prestigious Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion award. »
- Garth Franklin
I read recently that Dan Brown’s book Inferno has been optioned for a film. Brown is most famous for The DaVinci Code that was subsequently made into a film by Ron Howard starring Tom Hanks as Brown’s character Robert Langdon. I’m not a big Brown enthusiast, but I bought Inferno. I needed something to read, was looking for some light entertainment, and that was the best that was available.
I read it and sort of enjoyed it, as is the case with me for most of Mr. Brown‘s books. There were some very good scenes and taught suspense and/or action sequences but Brown also has to have his twists and often these start to strain credulity. That was very much the case for me in Inferno and I thought that the climax and resolution veered into science fiction. I like science fiction but this was not really a Sf book. »
- John Ostrander
Thanks to the latest issue of Empire, we’ve got our first look at Chris Hemsworth in Heart of the Sea, which reunites the star with his Rush director Ron Howard for an adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick’s bestselling book and tells the true story of the whaling ship Essex, which came under attack from a giant whale (an event which would inspire the book Moby Dick) and left the crew having to resort to cannibalism to stay alive after being stranded at sea for 90 days…
Blackhat is set to open in the States on January 16th 2015 and in the UK on February 20th 2015, with a cast that also inlcudes Holt McCallany (Fight Club), Viola Davis (Prisoners) and Lust, Caution stars Tang Wei and Leehom Wang, »
- Gary Collinson
Would you prefer Chris Hemsworth nimbly sprinting or wearily gazing? No need to choose, you can have both with two new images from the leading man’s slate of early 2015 projects. In a still from Michael Mann’s “Black Hat,” he looks dapper in a bulletproof vest as he presumably gives chase to malignant international cyber criminals, while in an image from Ron Howard’s “Heart of the Sea,” he is cologne ad-worthy, making us worry slightly less about the period piece’s appeal to the masses. If you haven’t been keeping up, “Black Hat” is the next project from hugely respected auteur Mann, who hasn’t directed a film since 2009’s gangster drama “Public Enemies.” Hemsworth plays a furloughed convict who teams with Chinese and American partners to hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta. The January 16 release date gave us pause, »
- Tess Hofmann
Blu-ray Release Date: Dec. 2, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $19.99
Directed by Frank Capra (It’s a Wonderful Life) and starring James Stewart (Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation), the classic drana concerns an idealistic, newly-appointed senator (Stewart) who heads to Washington, where he single-handedly battles ruthless politicians out to destroy him. And although his plans promptly collide with political corruption, he doesn’t back down.
Originally released in 1939, the film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning one for Best Writing (Original Story).
The Blu-ray, digitally restored & mastered in 4K, is presented in collectible Digibook packaging, featuring photos and a new essay by film historian Jeremy Arnold. Bonus content includes commentary by Frank Capra Jr., the original theatrical trailer, a rare international »
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