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Made in America documents the Philadelphia concert festival of the same name that brought together a variety of musical talent to celebrate making music in America (sponsored by Budweiser, of course). The documentary was produced and directed by Ron Howard and exec produced by Jay Z (who dropped the hyphen, which is a topic that deserves its own documentary), the informal host for the event. The focus of the film is on the American struggle, specifically in the recent economic downturn.
- John Keith
Resident Evil 6 has been postponed due to the fact star Milla Jovovich is pregnant. Jovovich, who's married to Resident Evil director Paul W.S. Anderson, revealed the news on her Facebook page while also confirming the film's title will be Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Filming is expected to take place next year on what will likely be the last film in the franchise. Facebook Patrick Warburton is returning for Seth MacFarlane's Ted 2 reprising his role as Guy, the co-worker of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg). Mila Kunis is also expected to be back along with Amanda Seyfried signing on to star. The film is set to hit theaters on June 26, 2015. Deadline Kung Fu Panda director John Stevenson is set to direct a CG-animated feature inspired by the Biblical story for Unified Pictures. The press release says the film will tell the story from the point of view of the animals, »
- Brad Brevet
One of the most anticipated titles of the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival is Rosewater, the first film from savvy late-night talk show host and deadpan comedy expert Jon Stewart. However, even with buzz mounting due to this being Stewart’s first directorial effort, Rosewater is not what many may expect. It’s a political film – but not a comedy – telling the true story of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, who was covering Iran’s elections for Newsweek when authorities imprisoned him for five months. In an intriguing twist, his arrest happened after Bahari appeared in a satirical bit with Jason Jones on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. Iranian authorities did not like the joke and threw him in prison, where he was interrogated and tortured.
Stewart opened up to Entertainment Weekly about his hotly awaited debut. He told the publication that he felt out of his league stepping onto »
- Jordan Adler
German actress Alexandra Maria Lara, who recently starred in Ron Howard‘s “Rush,” has signed on to join Gerard Butler in Dean Devlin's sci-fi adventure movie “Geostorm,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Warner Bros. and David Ellison‘s Skydance are teaming on the project, which will start production in October in New Orleans. Also read: Edgar Ramirez in Negotiations to Replace Gerard Butler in ‘Point Break’ Remake Butler stars as a satellite designer who must team up with his estranged younger brother to save the world from an epic man-made storm when the world's climate-controlling satellites malfunction. »
- Jeff Sneider
Jon Stewart’s directing debut is not a comedy. In fact, it’s about as far from funny as he could get. The Daily Show host adapted Rosewater (in theaters Nov. 7) from the 2011 memoir of Iranian-born journalist Maziar Bahari, who was arrested, imprisoned, and tortured for 118 days following Iran’s highly contested 2009 presidential election.
While it might seem like odd source material for a comedian, Stewart has a personal connection to the story: Bahari had appeared in a 2009 Daily Show segment with Jason Jones. Bahari’s interrogators later used that sketch against him as evidence that he was a Western collaborator. »
- Sara Vilkomerson
Though Disney clearly has the lead in the race to adapt Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book into a big-budget blockbuster, Warner Bros. is quietly moving along with its own take, now officially titled Jungle Book: Origins. Andy Serkis is making his directorial debut on the pic, after having served as Peter Jackson’s second unit director on the Hobbit trilogy. Now, the first voice lead for the film has been announced - Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch will be lending his voice to the fearsome tiger Shere Khan.
Jungle Book: Origins centers on an orphaned human boy Mowgli, who is raised by wolves and eventually befriends the bear Baloo and the panther Bagheera. Khan, a vicious predator, is Mowgli’s sworn enemy, and each has vowed to slay the other.
Callie Kloves penned the script. Her father Steve, who penned seven out of eight Harry Potter films, is on board as a producer. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Chris Pratt is the latest big name to jump onto the the Ice Bucket Challenge bandwagon, and he seems to have had a darn good time doing it. The “Guardians of the Galaxy” star gave it a shot Saturday – a couple of them, actually -and then threw down the gauntlet to his Hollywood pals. Pratt challenged his ”Everwood” co-star Gregory Smith, his ”Parks and Recreation” co-star Nick Offerman and Dave Bautista from “Guardians.” This weekend producer-director Brian Grazer, who co-founded Imagine Entertainment with Ron Howard, also went under the ice with his fiance Veronica Smiley. (Watch videos below) The list of Hollywood and. »
- Todd Cunningham
By Lee Pfeiffer
The Warner Archive has released the classic 1956 film noir Ransom! as a burn-to-order title. The film is a textbook example of minimalist production values being overshadowed by a strong, intelligent script (co-written by future 007 scribe Richard Maibaum) and excellent direction, courtesy of Alex Segal. Glenn Ford plays Dave Stannard, a highly successful owner of a major vacuum cleaner company. He lives an idyllic home life with his devoted wife Edith (Donna Reed) and their 8 year-old son Andy (Bobby Clark). Suddenly their peaceful, quiet life is sent into a tragic spin when Andy is kidnapped by persons unknown. Stannard alerts the local police chief and soon his house is swarming with cops while outside a circus-like atmosphere develops as ghoulish neighbors gather to sniff out any updates in the case. For long agonizing hours Stannard doesn't receive any word until the inevitable phone call comes in demanding that he get a $500,000 ransom together. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Much has been said since Robin Williams' death on Monday of his contribution to movies. Certainly, his performances in such films as "Aladdin," "Mrs. Doubtfire," and "Good Will Hunting" are likely to endear him to new fans among moviegoers for generations to come. But it's easy to forget that he also made indelible contributions to the world of TV throughout his four-decade career. Older viewers remember his starmaking turn as a lovable alien on "Mork and Mindy," but that was only one instance of many where he changed the medium in ways large and small that will continue to be felt for a long time to come. Here are some of those ways.
"The Richard Pryor Show." Imagine an era when you could have seen Richard Pryor and Robin Williams doing sketch comedy together every week in primetime. That era really happened; it lasted just four weeks in 1977. That's »
- Gary Susman
From writer/director John Michael McDonagh, Calvary tells the story of Father James (Brendan Gleeson), a good priest who is faced with troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. While helping members of his church with their problems, he also tries to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly) and face the sinister force that’s quickly closing in on him. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Irish actor Brendan Gleeson talked about the trust he has in his collaboration with filmmaker John Michael McDonagh, teaming up with him a third time for The Lame Shall Enter First, in which he’ll play a paraplegic, how liberating it was to play a decent guy, and why Father James is more inspirational than an anti-hero. He also talked about his experience working with Ron Howard on Heart of the Sea, and why he wanted to get involved with Suffragette. »
- Christina Radish
Robin Williams was found dead in California today (Aug. 11) at the age 63. Friends, entertainers, the rest of Hollywood and beyond have take to Twitter to celebrate the comedian's life, to grieve, and to react to his unexpected death. Steven Spielberg's public statement: “Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him. He was a pal and I can’t believe he’s gone.” Garry Marshall's public statement: “Robin was hands-down a comedy genius and one of the most talented performers I have ever worked with in television or film. To lose him so young at the age of 63 is just a tragedy. I will forever be in awe of his timing, his talent and his pure and golden creativity… He was my friend and it is rare that you ever have a friend that is also a genius.” Bob Iger, »
- HitFix Staff
News of Robin Williams’ death took the world by surprise on Monday afternoon. Celebrities have taken to Twitter to express their deepest sympathies and memories of the late comedian:
http://t.co/UEtjQ1f2zS— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) August 12, 2014
I can't take the Robin Williams news. I've never cried over someone I've never met but I can't stop »
- Jake Perlman
USC’s School Of Cinematic Arts (Sca) is partnering with digital studio New Form Digital, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer on a year-long programme to support, sponsor and distribute student film across digital platforms.
Chair of the School’s writing for screen and television division Jack Epps Jr and chair of the film & television production division Michael Fink direct the programme for the school.
New Form Cco Kathleen Grace, entertainment attorney Craig Jacobson, former Tribune Broadcasting president Ed Wilson, former William Morris chief Jim Wiatt and CAA and Imagine co-chairman Michael Rosenberg direct from the studio side.
“This programme is an experiment that we cannot wait to begin,” said Epps and Fink. “We’re excited that New Form is enabling us to offer our students this unique experience, which moves the academic arena closer to the real world experience of working with industry professionals in creating content for various distribution platforms.”
The initiative »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are setting their sights once more on the young and tech savvy. USC's School of Cinematic Arts and New Form Digital -- a studio created from Discovery Communications, Howard and Grazer -- are partnering on a year-long program that will support the distribution of student-made programming. Under directors Jack Epps Jr. and Michael Fink of USC, 15-20 students during the 2014-2015 school year will develop and pitch their projects. Three will be selected to be developed and produced as web series during the second semester of the program. New Form will evaluate the content and oversee distribution via digital platforms. Sca professors David Goetsch ("The Big Bang Theory") and David Isaacs ("Cheers," "M*A*S*H") will instruct the Writing classes and Sean Mullin ("Sam & Amira") will instruct the Production class. More on New Form here. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
New Form Digital — the multiplatform studio from Discover Communications, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer — has teamed up with the USC School of Cinematic Arts on a year-long program to develop digital content. Jack Epps Jr., the chair of the school's Writing for Screen & Television department, will direct the new program along with Michael Fink, chair of the Film & Television Production department. The project will also be helmed by New Form chief creative officer Kathleen Grace, entertainment attorney Craig Jacobson, former Tribune Broadcasting president Ed Wilson, former William Morris chief Jim Wiatt and CAA co-chairman Michael
- Natalie Jarvey
Cult movie classic ‘Pretty Poison’ filmmaker Noel Black dead at 77 (photo: Tuesday Weld and Anthony Perkins in ‘Pretty Poison’) Noel Black, best remembered for the 1968 cult movie classic Pretty Poison, died of pneumonia at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on July 5, 2014. Black (born on June 30, 1937, in Chicago) was 77. Prior to Pretty Poison, Noel Black earned praise for the 18-minute short film Skaterdater (1965), the tale of a boy skateboarder who falls for a girl bike rider. Shot on the beaches of Los Angeles County, the dialogue-less Skaterdater went on to win the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film and tied with Orson Welles’ Falstaff - Chimes at Midnight for the Technical Grand Prize at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival. Besides, Skaterdater received an Academy Award nomination in the Best Short Subject, Live Action category. (The Oscar winner that year was Claude Berri’s Le Poulet.) ‘Pretty Poison’: Fun and games and »
- Andre Soares
It has to be said, there is just too much Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci in Hollywood right now. In the last ten years these two were in some way (if not wholly) responsible for the screenplays for The Island, The Legend of Zorro, Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Cowboys & Aliens, Star Trek Into Darkness and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The bright spots along the way, in my opinion, were Mission: Impossible III and Star Trek, both films I would just as soon give credit to director J.J. Abrams before these two. Now Kurtzman is handling the Spider-Man spin-off Venom as well as a Mummy remake at Universal, Orci has been given the keys to Star Trek 3 and while the two have gone their separate ways in terms of their solo careers they're getting the band back together with Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment to produce and »
- Brad Brevet
Not that I'm counting. I don't have one of those alternating colored construction paper link chains on my wall that I rip off every day or anything like I did when I was five while waiting for Santa. No siree. Do not have one of those. But if I did the colors would be gold leaf and red carpet.
Mmmmm, where were we since we last spoke?
Release Date Shuffle
No press release or dropped hint or trailer dates should ever be taken at face value when it comes to release dates. These things change back and forth all the time but, at least for the moment, things are murky on a ton of titles and many of them are actressy: Carol, Far From the Madding Crowd, MacBeth, The Suffragette and more. And some pictures that were clearly designated as 2015 are obviously finished like Ron Howard's Heart of the »
- NATHANIEL R
The Tribeca Film Festival has announced its 2015 dates and opened up submissions for features, shorts, and transmedia projects. As an added treat, director Ron Howard has shared a few witty filmmaking tips to Tribeca hopefuls in a personal short video.
From the Press Release:
The Tribeca Film Festival (Tff), presented by At&T, will be held April 15-26, 2015, in New York City; and the Festival has announced a call for submissions for narrative features, documentary features, short film entries, and transmedia projects.
Also announced was the promotion of Genna Terranova to Festival Director and Cara Cusumano to Senior Programmer.
Tff supports and celebrates both American independent voices and established directors from around the world. The Festival hosts screenings of feature and short length films, curated conversations, and master classes. The 2015 Festival will feature Storyscapes, Tribeca’s celebrated transmedia section in collaboration with Bombay Sapphire® Gin, the Tribeca/Espn Sports Film Festival, »
- Debi Moore
If you want to win an Oscar and have a 30+ year career in filmmaking, remember to take your daily saltwater bath. At the behest of the Tribeca Film Festival, Oscar-winning director Ron Howard offered up a number of offbeat tips for cinema success. The digital short was released today (Aug. 6) in conjunction with the festival's announcement of its April 15-26, 2015 dates. Also read: Ron Howard to Direct Beatles Documentary About Band's Touring Years We won't spoil them, but we do suggest learning math, buying milk in bulk and putting stones in your shoes. Oh, and develop multiple personality syndrome, if. »
- Jordan Zakarin
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