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The son of scuba-diving instructors, Luc Besson came of age exploring the depths of the ocean floor and inventing stories out of the debris he would find along the shore. Some 50 years later, he is still playing with rocks in the sand — only now his shoreline is the river Seine and his castle a 667,000-square-foot film studio called Cite du Cinema (literally Cinema City). Built from the shell of a 1930s thermal power plant in the Paris suburb of Saint Denis, the sprawling complex — which includes nine soundstages, a 500-seat auditorium and a full-service restaurant — is headquarters for Besson’s prolific production and distribution outfit, EuropaCorp, plus a host of affiliated vendors and two film schools.
On a recent Friday afternoon, despite a bank-holiday weekend in France, Cite du Cinema was a hive of activity as editors, sound mixers and visual effects artists readied two new EuropaCorp productions for their »
- Scott Foundas
Rooney Mara is set to replace Jessica Chastain in Jim Sheridan's drama "The Secret Scripture". Mara will play a young woman who survives a traumatic childhood only to see her life utterly changed by a vindictive Catholic priest.
Vanessa Redgrave will play the older version of the character who recounts her life in mental institutions in a secret memoir. Filming begins in September. [Source: CinEuropa]
Brooklyn Family Robinson
Steve Carell will star in and produce the family adventure comedy "Brooklyn Family Robinson" for Disney Pictures, Madeville Films and Carousel Productions.
David Reynolds penned the script which follow an urban dwelling father who decides to uproot his family from the city and move them to a tiny island. All other story details are being kept under wraps. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
Ariel Vromen's The Iceman is a solid film with an excellent performance by Michael Shannon, and the director will be working with some other fantastic actors for his next movie, Criminal. Gary Oldman and Kevin Costner were previously cast in Vromen's new film, and THR is reporting Tommy Lee Jones will be joining them for the thriller. The script for Criminal was written by The Rock and Double Jeopardy scribes Douglas Cook and David Weisberg. Criminal might have a generic »
- Jesse Giroux
• Tommy Lee Jones is joining Kevin Costner and Gary Oldman in Criminal. Ariel Vromen is directing the thriller from Millenium Films, which tells the story of a prison inmate who is implanted with a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets, and skills with the hope that he will stop a diabolical plot. Jones will play a neuroscientist who transplants said intelligence. Douglas Cook and David Weisberg wrote the script. Chris Bender, J.C. Spink, and Matt O’Toole will produce. [THR]
- C. Molly Smith
The films centers on a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets and skills that are implanted into a prisoner to help him stop a diabolical plot. Jones will play a doctor.
Producers are Chris Bender, J.C. Spink, Jake Weiner and Matt O’Toole. Exec producers are Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, John Thompson, Lati Grobman, Christa Campbell, Christine Crowe and Jason Bloom.
- Dave McNary
Tommy Lee Jones is joining Kevin Costner and Gary Oldman in Criminal, a thriller from Millennium Films. Ariel Vromen, who wrote and directed The Iceman, is helming the project, which centers on a dead CIA operative's memories, secrets and skills that are implanted into a dangerous prison inmate in hopes that he will stop a diabolical plot. Jones will play a neuroscientist who transplants the memories. Douglas Cook and David Weisberg wrote the script. Producing are Chris Bender, J.C. Spink and Matt O'Toole. Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, Mark Gill, John Thompson, Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman, Christine Crowe,
- Borys Kit
Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones has signed on to join Kevin Costner and Gary Oldman in Ariel Vromen's thriller “Criminal,” an individual familiar with the Millennium Films project has told TheWrap. “Criminal” follows a dangerous prison inmate who has a dead CIA operative's memories, secrets and skills implanted into him in hopes he'll stop a diabolical plot. Jones will play a character named Dr. Frank. Vromen (“The Iceman”) will direct from a script by Douglas Cook and David Weisberg. Chris Bender and J.C. Spink are producing with Matt O'Toole, while executive producers are Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, »
- Jeff Sneider
Early Tuesday morning, the Toronto International Film Festival will announce its initial wave of films for the 2014 edition of the festival. As usual, there will be a slew of films that have played at either Cannes or Sundance, a number of star-filled projects looking for distribution, some broader studio films that may or may not be awards season fodder and then, of course, the potential Oscar players. Toronto has long had to juggle landing the best premieres with Venice, but more recently has found their thunder stolen by a little festival in Colorado that actually has Academy members in attendance: Telluride. Tiff has reportedly threatened less-prestigious galas or slots after Wednesday (gasp! not after Wednesday!), but for the most part, Hollywood's studios seem to have taken it all with a collective yawn. Toronto is important, yes. What's best for each individual film's release and publicity campaign is slightly more important. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Indeed it is sad news to acknowledge the passing of Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actor James Garner (1928-2014). The Hollywood icon Garner has endured a remarkable show business career during a five-plus decade stretch as he has entertained generations of TV and film audiences throughout the ages. Upon the death of this immensely likable leading man on both the small and big screen many are probably wondering about their mortality at this point. After all, you either grew up with James Garner as a peer or spent your childhood watching him in your living rooms on the boob tube or at the local movie theater.
Although the majority of folks associate Garner with television from his first western series Maverick in the 1950′s to his landmark role as ex-con Pi Jim Rockford in the 1970′s The Rockford Files (some teens and young adults may recall his brief stint as grandfather Jim »
- Frank Ochieng
Legendary actor James Garner, who was one of the first actors to find success in both film and television, has died. The cause of the death is not yet known, but TMZ is reporting that an ambulance was dispatched to the actor's home in Los Angeles on Saturday evening. He was dead when they arrived. Garner was the star of "The Rockford Files" and "Maverick" TV shows. He also starred in such films as "The Great Escape" with Steve McQueen, and later in his career, "Space Cowboys" with Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones and Donald Sutherland. In total, Garner had 95 film and TV credits, including playing an older version of Ryan Gosling's character in "The Notebook" and returning for a big screen version of "Maverick," starring Mel Gibson. Garner was 86 years old. »
The knock on the Academy Awards throughout the years always seem to be how certain actors, directors and films are snubbed in favor of other chosen nominations. Sometimes the justification for these overlooked selections in performances and motion pictures are warranted. Many will agree that a lot of injustices have been committed based on how some Oscar-worthy selections were slighted.
Has anyone ever considered the equal possibilities of omission when one Oscar nominee wins the golden statuette over another nominee that one thought was more deserving for the victory? There have been numerous instances when observers who have witnessed an Oscar win thought that their competitor should have received it instead. It is only human nature to have an opinion as to feel who should have claimed Oscar gold as opposed to the fellow nominee that actually accomplished the goal.
Let us look at the top ten instances where it »
- Frank Ochieng
To celebrate the man who created so many characters we all desperate wished we could be growing up – and honestly still kind of wish we could be – we take a celebratory look at Harrison's seven greatest roles.
#7. Dr. Richard Kimble – The Fugitive
Ford plays a man wrongly convicted of his wife's murder who – due to random circumstance – escapes from custody in a frantic effort to find the real killer and clear his name. All the while, he's hunted down by Us Marshall Tommy Lee Jones, which would be terrifying for anyone.
Best Quote: "When I came home, there was a man in my house. I fought with this man. He had a mechanical arm. You find this man. You find this man."
#6. Bob Falfa – American Graffiti »
When I was younger, so much, much, much younger than today, there was a television show. Then, when I was a little older, they added a second channel and we got a second show. Eventually that led to four channels and lots more shows. One of those shows was Peter Gunn.
Peter Gunn was a private eye show that aired on NBC then ABC from September 22, 1958 until September 18, 1961. It starred Craig Stevens as the eponymous P.I. and is probably best remembered for its jazz sound track and the theme song written by Henry Mancini. Even if you’ve never seen an episode of the show, I’ll bet you’ve heard the theme song.
I’ll also bet you don’t think I’m here to write about a TV theme song. There, you’d be correct. I’m here to write about the show. Specifically, Season 1, Episode 28, the April 6, 1959 episode, »
- Bob Ingersoll
Foxcatcher is coming, and Jesus, does it look dark. This true-life drama tells the story of an ambitious wrestling prodigy, Mark Schultz, who gets involved with a shady millionaire, John Du Pont (Steve Carell). If you're familiar with the real story, you know where this is all headed, and it's not pretty. But, being a trailer, this clip assumes you're not. And even though the basic plot developments make sense in an A-to-b progression sort of way, this feels like a clip for a movie that will be entirely unpredictable. The tricky part is that this movie was filmed a little while ago, and there's been slight public perception changes. Obviously, Steve Carell is still considered a "funnyman", even if audiences are somewhat used to seeing him in dramatic roles from time to time: Carell shared the screen with Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones in 2012's Hope »
Paris– In a fiscal year marked by its expansion into the U.S. market, among numerous growth operations, Luc Besson and Christophe Lambert’s EuropaCorp posted 211.8 million Euros ($288 million) in revenue, fueled by international sales and TV production.
The outfit’s net profit, however, fell 19.4% from last year’s record $26 million, and generated 4% in operating profit margin for the year 2013-2014, which ended on March 31.
The company’s international sales biz, led by Marie-Laure Montironi, scored $153 million (compared with last year’s $97 million). This figure is nonetheless bloated by EuropaCorp’s $45 milion flat-rate deal with Fox which covers future royalty revenue from “Taken” and “Taken 2.” Deal also covers collateral guarantees for any future royalties generated with Fox.
Auditors are currently probing the timing of this pact with Fox to determine whether it should be included in the financial year 2013-2014. The pact accounted for $17.7 million in operating margin and $11 million in net profit. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Independent film producer Jon Kilik is having a busy year, from "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I" and Cannes entries Tommy Lee Jones' "The Homesman" and Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher," to Spike Lee's upcoming "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth." He's also celebrating the 25th anniversary of Lee's "Do the Right Thing." Kilik is a prolific producer whose films are primarily based on his relationships with filmmakers. His goal is to serve and nurture his directors as he helps them to make the best possible film. He has remained an independent New Yorker through his entire career. He has worked with Lee on 14 films, as well as Julian Schnabel ("The Diving Bell & the Butterfly"), Gary Ross ("Pleasantville," "Hunger Games"), Alejandro González Iñárritu ("Babel," "Biutiful"), Jim Jarmusch ("Broken Flowers"), Robert Altman ("Pret-a-Porter") and »
- Anne Thompson
Munich is not a place you’d expect to find surfers, but close to the city center on the River Isar, you’ll see folks on boards riding artificial waves.
The good vibrations that emanate from these surfers resonate with the film festival participants, who — like the surfers — combine a love of their craft with a sense of fun.
The fest attracts more than 70,000 film lovers, who will be able to pick from among a range of fare, from such U.S. pics as Jon Favreau’s “Chef” and Tommy Lee Jones’ “The Homesman,” to a selection of international movies, like Irrfan Khan starrer “Qissa,” above, and local films, including Ralf Huettner’s “The Cook.” It also has a section for TV series, and will be featuring the Sky Italia series “Gomorrah.”
Fest director Diana Iljine is proud of the retrospectives: the first complete retro of Walter Hill’s work »
- Leo Barraclough
Saban Films and Roadside Attractions are teaming for the U.S. theatrical distribution of the Tommy Lee Jones western "The Homesman". Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Hailee Steinfeld, James Spader, Sonja Richter and Meryl Streep star in the film which will open this fall on November 7th. [Source: Roadside Attractions]
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Jerry Bruckheimer confirms that his company is aiming to shoot the fifth film in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise in early 2015, which indicates the film is headed for a Summer 2016 release. [Source: First Coast]
The recent trailer launch for "Dumb and Dumber To" scored 23.5 million views on YouTube in its first week. To put that in comparison, the second highest trailer launch for the week was the James Franco/Seth Rogen-led comedy "The Interview" which bowed to just 3.4 million views. In fact, 'Dumb' beat out the next nine trailers combined. »
- Garth Franklin
Here's a look at the latest release dates: Selma - Ava DuVernay's Civil Rights picture starring David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr. opens in limited release on Christmas Day, with a theater expansion on January 9, 2015. The Homesman - Writer-director-star Tommy Lee Jones' Western drama also starring Hilary Swank and Miranda Otto will open on November 7th. Spare Parts - Sean McNamara's film that follows a team of high school students participating in an underwater robotics competition will open January 16, 2015. Hit the jump for more on each picture. In addition to the Christmas Day 2015 release date news, which qualifies the film for the 2014 Oscars race, we've also received an updated casting list. The film stars David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr., Tom Wilkinson as Lyndon Baines Johnson, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Andre Holland as Andrew Young, Omar J. Dorsey as James Orange, Alessandro Nivola as John Doar, »
- Dave Trumbore
Tommy Lee Jones' "The Homesman" was first picked up for U.S. distribution by Saban Films at Cannes. Now, Roadside Attractions is joining the new company to co-distribute the drama. They have also announced a November 7 theatrical release date. Read More: Cannes: New Company Saban Films Acquires Tommy Lee Jones' 'The Homesman' "The Homesman" follows a woman who seeks the help of a claim jumper to transport three woman to an asylum from Nebraska to Indiana. Hillary Swank, Jones, Meryl Streep and Hailee Steinfeld star. "'The Homesman' is a bold and gripping film anchored with outstanding performances by an all-star cast," said Saban Films' President Bill Bromiley. "We are so pleased to collaborate with Roadside on our first release and share this film lauded film with U.S. audiences." The film will be released in theaters on November 7. Saban will manage the sales on other distribution platforms. »
- Eric Eidelstein
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