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Natalie Portman glows with elegance in a new campaign for Dior’s new makeup range, DiorSkin. She shows how it’s all put together in a new behind-the-scenes video that is going viral on the Internet. Portman, 33, has two new film projects in the works. She’s slated to appear in an as yet unamed Terrence Malick musical drama starring Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Val Kilmer and Michael Fassbender. She’ll also star with Ewan McGregor, Joel Edgerton and Rodrigo Santoro in a western drama about a frontier family. [...] »
Brad is back from the 2014 Toronto Film Festival and it's the topic that dominates much of this episode. We're talking the best and worst of the fest, stories from the fest and Vince from FilmDrunk.com joins us to describe his first time in Toronto from a very different perspective. Brad also gives a brief review of The Drop as well as Wild before we get into some of the listener questions and comments as well as our regular assortment of games. Hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. »
- Brad Brevet
Feeling the need? The need for speed? Soon, you may get it. Top Gun 2 moved a little closer to takeoff this week, as Paramount and Skydance have found a writer for the long-awaited sequel to the 1986 classic starring Tom Cruise. Justin Marks, who wrote Disney's upcoming live-action version of The Jungle Book, is in negotiations to work on Top Gun 2, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Meanwhile, Cruise, 52, is set to reprise his role as Naval aviator Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in a plot that reportedly will emphasize the relevance of pilots in the modern age of drone warfare. In Paris in May, »
- Tim Nudd, @nudd
Feeling the need? The need for speed? Soon, you may get it. Top Gun 2 moved a little closer to takeoff this week, as Paramount and Skydance have found a writer for the long-awaited sequel to the 1986 classic starring Tom Cruise. Justin Marks, who wrote Disney's upcoming live-action version of The Jungle Book, is in negotiations to work on Top Gun 2, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Meanwhile, Cruise, 52, is set to reprise his role as Naval aviator Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in a plot that reportedly will emphasize the relevance of pilots in the modern age of drone warfare. In Paris in May, »
- Tim Nudd, @nudd
The 10th Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25 – Oct 5) has revealed its full line-up, which comprises 145 features – up from 122 last year – from 29 countries.
Co-director Nadja Schildknecht revealed a rise in budget for the festival as well as growth in anticipated guest numbers.
“This year, we expect some 500 guests (previous year 450) from around the world to accompany their films,” she said.
“And the budget has increased accordingly to CHF6.9m ($7.4m) (previous year CHF6.1m/$6.5m).”
The International Feature Film Competition includes 14 titles, some of which have received critical acclaim at previous festivals such as Yann Demange’s action thriller ‘71, which debuted at the »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Running from the Friday 26th of September to Sunday 28th, the Fingal Film Festival has revealed it's line-up, offering everything from workshops to screening of some of the finest independent films from all over the world. The festival unofficially begins Friday morning with an animation workshop with Rob Cullen from Boulder Media (responsible for Cartoon Networks the Amazing World of Gumball), while the afternoon will play host to a screening of Irish feature documentary One Ocean: No Limits, which follows the journey of one Irish novice rower as he attempts to row across the Atlantic Ocean, from Morocco to Barbados, a part of a crew of six. Later that evening the festival will officially kick off with the premier of Gia Copolla's (daughter of Gian-Carlo and granddaughter of Francis Ford) teenage drama Palo Alto, starring Emma Roberts, James Franco, and Val Kilmer, based on Franco's short story collection of the same name. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
'Top Gun' Sequel
The Top Gun sequel, which has long been rumored, could finally be getting off the ground. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer revealed back in March that he was hoping to get the project underway and that there was already a concept for the film in place. One thing holding production back at the time was Cruise’s availability.
“The concept is, basically, are the pilots obsolete because of drones? Cruise is going to show them that they’re not obsolete. They’re here to stay. It’s just getting to the starting place," Bruckheimer told The Huffington Post. Fortunately for Tom, he’s very busy, so you have to find a slot he can fit into and get a budget that Paramount feels they can make the picture. »
Oscar-winning director Susanne Bier (In a Better World) will head up the international jury for the 10th Zurich International Film Festival. Bier, whose latest, A Second Chance, just had its world premiere in Toronto, will oversee the five person jury that selects the winner's of Zurich's main feature film honors. Actor Val Kilmer, Green Lantern producer Donald De Line, French actress and producer Marie Masmonteil and Bosnian director Jasmila Zbanic complete the international jury. Oscar-nominated director/producer Steve James (Hoop Dreams) will be president of Zurich documentary film jury, together with British director Nick Broomfield (Kurt & Courtney), Indian
- Scott Roxborough
Oscar-winning director Susanne Bier is to preside over the international feature film jury at the 10th Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25 - Oct 5).
The Danish filmmaker, who won her Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar for In A Better World in 2011, is currently on the festival circuit with A Second Chance and Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper drama Serena.
She will oversee a jury that includes Us actor Val Kilmer, best known for roles in Heat, Batman Forever and Top Gun, and Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanić, who won the Berlin Golden Bear in 2006 with Grbavica.
Also on the jury is Marie Masmonteil, the French producer of Party Girl, which picked up prizes at Cannes in May, and Jerusalem Film Festival winner Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, currently playing »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
News of Maverick’s return to the skies has dried up in the last year. Since the unfortunate passing of Tony Scott, the man responsible for making Tom Cruise look convincing as a pilot, motion on the project had stalled. Nearly an entire 365 passed between updates, the last of which came from Jerry Bruckheimer and fleshed out some of the scant plot details. Now, THR is reporting that Top Gun 2, the sequel to the 80s cheesefest, has finally landed a writer, as Justin Marks has signed on to pen the script.
Marks, who has been hard at work on the screenplay for the upcoming Jungle Book adaptation, has previously collaborated with Bruckheimer. A since-abandoned project for Warner., War Dogs revolved around dogs in the military. Now the scribe will be brushing up on his flight speak, as he begins work on the latest iteration of the Top Gun 2 script. »
- Gem Seddon
Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings has at least one sure thing going for it: Christian Bale. If you’re a little uncertain about Biblical adaptations or Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Zero Dark Thirty) as an Egyptian pharaoh, you know you can still trust in The Batman.
Bale leads an all-star cast -- Edgerton, “Breaking Bad”’s Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver (reuniting with Ridley for an Alien reunion), Ben Kingsley, and John Turturro. Featuring thousands of extras, Scott’s reimagining of the story of Moses is an ambitious project with a budget to match. It’s Ridley’s most expensive film yet – and he madePrometheus.
Interested in weird movie trivia? Well, Val Kilmer, who also played Batman, previously starred in The Prince of Egypt as Moses, and Exodus’ Ben Kingsley also played the titular character in 1995’s Moses!
Now it’s Bale’s turn.
For a sneak peek at Exodus: Gods and Kings, »
- Sasha James
Things are always heating up on TNT’s Dallas, but with Elena sleeping with John Ross to get her hands on the letter that details J.R.’s plan for the Ewings to frame Cliff for his murder, they’re about to reach a boil. One man who always keeps his cool is Patrick Duffy (Bobby), which he proves taking our Pop Culture Personality Test. Watch the video and read the transcript below. Dallas airs Mondays at 9 p.m. Et on TNT.
EW: Who was your first celebrity crush?
Duffy: Lynda Carter. I did a talk show with my wife, »
- Mandi Bierly
The actor officially confirmed that a sequel was in the works in 2013, following years of uncertainty over whether he would reprise his action hero character again.
The actor continued: "I'm very excited because I feel like at some point, if somebody will let us do it, then we'll do it. But it's out of our hands. But we're writing it for sure."
After making her directing debut with In A World, Lake Bell will take her sophomore turn behind the camera with The Emperor’s Children for Imagine Entertainment. Noah Baumbach adapted the script from Claire Messud’s 2006 book about three friends in their early thirties living in NYC in the months leading up to September 11, 2001. Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins are producing for Imagine. Bell wrote, directed, and starred in In A World, which nabbed her Sundance’s Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award along with an Indie Spirit Award nomination for Best First Screenplay. She stars in the upcoming The Coup for TWC and in Man Up opposite Simon Pegg.
Neophyte thesp Jack Kilmer will play one of a handful of infamous college research subjects in The Stanford Prison Experiment, now filming in L.A. The film directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez from Tim Talbott’s script chronicles the notorious 1971 experiment conducted at Stanford University, »
- Jen Yamato
We’ve heard all the insane rumours and scandals attached to the ill-fated 1996 remake of H.G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau. How director Richard Stanley spent four years developing the project only to be fired after four days of shooting and replaced by John Frankenheimer and how headliner Marlon Brando impacted on that decision…
Helmed by Severin’s David Gregory, Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau is an intriguing look at the intricacies and fragility of film-making in Hollywood – the battle between creativity, money and power. For the first time the cast and crew recount what really happened on the set of the film and why it all went so spectacularly wrong.
- Phil Wheat
Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today Shane Black will direct the film adaptation of the popular adventure book series The Destroyer by Warren Murphy. Penning the screenplay are Jim Uhls (Fight Club) and James Mullaney; Mullaney co-authored and became the sole writer of The Destroyer until the series’ end in 2008. Charles Roven, Steven Chasman, and Andy Horwitz will produce. Michael De Luca and Lauren Abrahams will oversee for Sony Pictures Entertainment.
The Destroyer is based on the series of paperback novels in which Newark cop Remo Williams is framed, sentenced to death, then resurrected following a botched execution. The reason? To serve as enforcement arm for Cure, a top-secret, extra-Constitutional arm of the U.S. government. Along with a seemingly ageless – and often hilarious – Asian assassin known only as Chiun, Williams sets out to "clean up" and take out those who oppose America’s interests. The surprisingly-heartfelt stories combine edgy old-school »
- Kellvin Chavez
Almost 30 years after Fred Ward starred as the title character in Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, Sony Pictures is bringing this New Jersey cop back to life with a new adaptation of The Destroyer, which will be directed by Shane Black. Take a look at Sony's official press release below, then read on for more details.
Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today Shane Black will direct the film adaptation of the popular adventure book series The Destroyer by Warren Murphy. Penning the screenplay are Jim Uhls (Fight Club) and James Mullaney. Mullaney co-authored and became the sole writer of The Destroyer until the series' end in 2008. Charles Roven, Steve Chasman, and Andy Horwitz will produce. Michael De Luca and Lauren Abrahams will oversee for Sony Pictures Entertainment.
The Destroyer is based on the series of paperback novels in which Newark cop Remo Williams is framed, sentenced to death, then resurrected following a botched execution. »
Comic book movies are some of the hottest properties in Hollywood right now. The Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Amazing Spider-Man franchise, Fox’s X-Men (and soon to be Fantastic Four) continuity, Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and the new DC Cinematic Universe all include films that have grossed hundreds of millions – and even billions in some cases – of dollars in recent years.
As a result, comic book movies have become a genre with a good reputation. Huge, top class and award winning actors, including the likes of Robert Downey, Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Andrew Garfield, Chris Cooper, Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart, Jamie Bell, Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Ben Affleck and Amy Adams, have signed on for roles in them – something that would have been unheard of as recently as twenty or so years ago.
However, the genre could have looked so different and could have taken such a »
- Kev Stewart
50 to 1
Directed by Jim Wilson
Imagine, if you will, a horse race that starts and finishes in a blink of an eye. We see your choice winner bucking behind the starting gate. His chances of winning are slim to none, fifty to one in fact. You may not know anything about the horse, but you like the sound of his name on the program, and figure you can make some nice cash from a long shot. The gate opens and your horse bellows out the door. Immediately cut to the first bend and he is trailing behind the team. Now, immediately cut to the last and he strides to the finish line by a large margin. Victory is yours, but to what fulfillment? Sure you’re happy that your horse won, and heck, you might have made a serious winning. You probably »
- Christopher Clemente
One of the oddest tales this writer has ever reported on involves 1996’s box-office bomb The Island of Dr. Moreau, the third big-screen adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel about a scientist who tries to turn animals into people. The movie was a passion project of director Richard Stanley who had made a splash with his debut movie, the sci-fi action film Hardware, and who assembled a remarkable cast for his Moreau, which included Val Kilmer, Marlon Brando, David Thewlis, Fairuza Balk, and Ron Perlman. After just a few days of principal photography, he was fired from the film and ultimately »
- Clark Collis
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