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Who Almost Helmed The "Star Wars" Prequels

25 November 2015 1:05 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The "Star Wars" prequel trilogy has suffered many a critical attack over the years, a big part of that being due to not only George Lucas' writing but his direction of all three films - the latter taking proven great actors like Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman and making them deliver performances that are never talked about as their best work.

At one time though, it seems Lucas didn't want to direct the films and spoke with several major directors about the possibility. Out doing promotion for his period whaling drama "In the Heart of the Sea," filmmaker Ron Howard revealed to MTV's Happy Sad Confused podcast that he was one of at least three directors contacted about the possibility:

"He [Lucas] didn't necessarily want to direct them. He told me he had talked to Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg, and me. I was the third one he spoke to. They »

- Garth Franklin

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2016 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: James Schamus’ Indignation

24 November 2015 12:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

A veteran player on the independent film scene dating all the way back to Todd Haynes’ 1991 release of the seminal queer film Poison, the head honcho for the Good Machine and Focus Features had a steady set of hands on many indie productions including nearly all of Ang Lee’s entire back catalogue. This past June, James Schamus tried on a different hat, so we would not be a surprise to see Indignation featured at a high profile festival and it would certainly not impossible that we are treated to his bowtie and parka combo this January. A high value acquisitions title is actually one of two (the other being Ewan McGregor’s American Pastoral) Philip Roth novels that will show in 2016. In a larger budgeted, perhaps more showy and equally awards friendly piece taking place in the 1950’s backdrop as last year’s Brooklyn, this features Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon »

- Eric Lavallee

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Charles Stone to direct 'Ain’t No Half Steppin'

20 November 2015 2:06 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Broad Green Pictures announced the development on Friday as part if its recently announced production deal with Matt Alvarez.

Stone directed Drumline and will take the helm on the comedy about an ambitious black sorority girl who teaches a dance to a clique of Kardashian-obsessed white girls in order to get into the law school of her dreams.

Chuck Hayward wrote the screenplay and Alvarez produces with Lena Waithe and Benjamin Cory Jones.

“Much like he did with Drumline, Charles does an incredible job of bringing subcultures into the mainstream and we are excited to see him do the same thing with Ain’t No Half Steppin,” said Alvarez.

“I just skimmed the surface of black Greek life in Drumline,” said Stone. “Ain’t No Half Steppin gives me a chance to delve deep into the art of competitive stepping.

“Chuck and the producing team have put together a brilliant, smart comedy »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Ewan McGregor’s Last Days In The Desert Secures May Release; The Infiltrator, Dark Horse Also Nab Dates

20 November 2015 12:44 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Ever since Last Days in the Desert locked down Ewan McGregor for the dual role of Jesus and the Devil, the nascent religious opus went dark. In development at Broad Green Pictures, our first look at McGregor in the star role as the Messiah emerged some time ago, though now that the film has set its sights on a May 13, 2016 release date, we can readily expect the marketing machine to grind into motion.

Written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia, the drama also stars Tye Sheridan, Ciaran Hinds and Ayelet Zurer, and will base its story around an imagined depiction of Jesus’ 40 days spent in a self-imposed exile in the desert. Last Days in the Desert wasn’t the only project to have a release date pinned down, however, with Broad Green also confirming launch plans for both The Dark Horse and the Bryan Cranston-led The Infiltrator, aligning the flicks »

- Michael Briers

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Ewan McGregor’s ‘Last Days in the Desert’ Set for May Release

20 November 2015 11:56 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Broad Green has set Rodrigo Garcia’s “Last Days in the Desert,” starring Ewan McGregor in a dual role as Jesus and the Devil, for a May 13 release.

The film also stars Tye Sheridan, Ciaran Hinds and Ayelet Zurer. Producers are Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn of Mockingbird Pictures and Wicks Walker of Division Films.

Last Days in the Desert” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It follows Jesus in an imagined chapter from his forty days of fasting and praying in the desert, including a battle with the Devil over the fate of an ordinary family in crisis.

The cinematographer is Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki, who has won the last two Oscars for best cinematography for “Birdman” and “Gravity.” Garcia worked with Lubezki on “Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her,” which was awarded Un Certain Regard at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.

Broad Green announced in September that »

- Dave McNary

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Broad Green Sets 2016 Dates For ‘Infiltrator’, ‘Last Days In The Desert’ & ‘Dark Horse’

20 November 2015 11:43 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Broad Green Pictures has scheduled opening dates for three films: The Infiltrator starring Bryan Cranston, which is going wide on August 31, 2016; Rodrigo Garcia’s Jesus tale Last Days In The Desert starring Ewan McGregor, a limited release on May 13, 2016; and  The Dark Horse starring Cliff Curtis, also limited, on April 1, 2016. Newcomer Broad Green has been busy this fall, releasing 99 Homes and I Smile Back and the docu Song Of Lahore in the awards-season corridor. It… »

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Broad Green Sets Release Dates for Bryan Cranston's 'The Infiltrator,' Ewan McGregor's 'Last Days in the Desert'

20 November 2015 11:31 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Director Brad Furman's "The Infiltrator," starring Bryan Cranston as undercover U.S. Customs agent Robert Mazur, who infiltrated major drug cartels—including Pablo Escobar's—in the 1980s, will hit theaters August 31, 2016. (The film also co-stars Diane KrugerJohn Leguizamo, Benjamin Bratt, Yul Vazquez, and Amy Ryan.) It's one of three titles distributor Broad Green added to its 2016 calendar today.   Read More: "Broad Green Will Turn Bestseller 'Orphan Train' Into Movie" The others are "Last Days in the Desert" (May 13), from "Albert Nobbs" director Rodrigo Garcia, which stars Ewan McGregor as both Jesus and the Devil (yep, you read that right) in a struggle over the fate of an ordinary family; and writer/director James Napier Robertson's "The Dark Horse" (Apr. 1) a biopic of chess champion Genesis Potini.  Read More: "John Ridley to Direct L.A. Riots Film for Broad Green and Imagine, Brian »

- Matt Brennan

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Robert Carlyle Talks 'Trainspotting 2': 'It's a Beautiful Thing'

20 November 2015 9:46 AM, PST | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Danny Boyle recently revealed that his next project would be the sequel to Trainspotting, and now actor Robert Carlyle, who portrayed the ruthless Begbie in the 1996 cult classic, has revealed some enthusiastic details about the upcoming film. "You're going to think, 'Of course he's going to say this,' but honestly, it's one of the best scripts I've fucking read," Carlyle told NME of the sequel. "I mean, ever. What [screenwriter] John Hodge has done is just so clever."

Hodge previously penned the script for Trainspotting. The follow-up is based on »

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Robert Carlyle says Trainspotting 2’s script is one of the best he’s ever read

20 November 2015 6:36 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Danny Boyle‘s next movie will be a return to the UK after current release Steve Jobs, which is enjoying its second weekend at the UK box-office. That return will be Trainspotting 2, which starts production next year. One of the actors returning for the movie is Robert Carlyle who has been heaping praise on screenwriter John Hodge‘s script.

He spoke with the NME.

“Yeah, we’ve already had a read-through of the script, we did that in the springtime. You’re going to think, ‘Of course he’s going to say this,’ but honestly, it’s one of the best scripts I’ve f**king read. I mean, ever. What John Hodge has done is just so clever.”

Hodge wrote the original 1996 screenplay, adapting from Irvine Welsh’s original novel. The new film will be loosely based on Welsh’s Porno. Carlyle, who plays Francis Begbie, elaborated on the story, »

- Paul Heath

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Justice League Dark Rumours – Potential Directors Revealed, Title Change?

20 November 2015 5:56 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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There’s been an absolute onslaught of rumours recently surrounding DC’s Justice League Dark movie, and when there’s this much news coming from different outlets, it usually means that the rumours are true. This time, it’s Joblo reporting that Warner Bros have a (very) shortlist of potential directors lined up for the project; all of whom are capable replacements for the previously-departed Guillermo Del Toro.

Reportedly in the mix are Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, who directed the Israeli crime thriller Big Bad Wolves (quoted as being Quentin Tarantino’s favourite movie of 2013), up against the choice of Fede Alvarez, he of the Evil Dead remake from the same year. Both choices have a morbid flair for the ghoulish and would be good fits for the script, which is reported to be a great work by Del Toro and “one of the main reasons” that »

- Dan Woburn

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Warner Bros. Shortlist of Directors for "Justice League Dark" Revealed

20 November 2015 5:28 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

According to JoBlo, Warner Bros. Pictures have a short list of possible frontrunners to helm the Guillermo del Toro-scripted "Justice League Dark" film adaptation. Del Toro wrote the recent screenplay with the desire to direct but decided to step down due to his commitment to helm "Pacific Rim 2: Maelstrom", which is set up with Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures.

JoBlo revealed that the directing team of Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado and Fede Alvarez are in contention for the job. Keshales and Papushado are known in the horror genre for "Big Bad Wolves", "Rabies" and the anthology film "ABCs of Death 2." Alvarez directed 2013's "Evil Dead" remake, which was produced by original director Sam Raimi. Alvarez is currently in post-production on his latest film, "A Man in the Dark". 

Latino-Review recently revealed the list of actors that Warner Bros. would like to cast in the film which includes »

- J.B. Casas

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Directing front-runners revealed for Justice League Dark

20 November 2015 1:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The mighty have exclusive news of the potential front-runners for the directing job on the planned Justice League Dark movie. The film, which has been written by Guillermo del Toro, is all-set to start production in 2016 with the studio wanting to fill the helming job as soon as possible.

Joblo reports that the following are leading the field for directing duties presently: Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, who directed Big Bad Wolves, and Evil Dead remake director Fede Alvarez.

The Jld team consists of the more supernatural members of the DC Universe, handling situations deemed unfit for the traditional Justice League (who are obviously comprised of the likes of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman etc.)

In terms of acting talent for the film? Well, Heroic Hollywood are reporting that Colin Farrell is being eyed for Constantine, Ron Perlman for Swamp Thing, Ben Mendelsohn as Anton Arcane, Ewan McGregor for Jason Blood/The Demon, »

- Paul Heath

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"Justice League Dark" Director Shortlist?

19 November 2015 6:00 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Throughout this week there's been a lot of casting rumors surrounding the so-called "Justice League Dark" project at Warner Bros. Pictures. That film will see the supernatural heroes of the DC Comics universe coming together to stop a threat - in this case a villain named Anton Arcane.

So far we've heard that the likes of Colin Farrell, Ben Mendelsohn, Monica Bellucci, Ewan McGregor and Ron Perlman are being sought for roles in the film ranging from John Constantine to Swamp Thing. Today, JoBlo has released shortlist of potential directors for the project according to their sources.

With Guillermo del Toro having dropped out of helming the project earlier this year, Warners is going for some wilder choices it would seem. Amongst the front runners are "Evil Dead" remake helmer Fede Alvarez, and the pair of Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado who made "Big Bad Wolves".

del Toro's script is »

- Garth Franklin

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Robert Carlyle calls Trainspotting 2 one of the best scripts he's ever read

19 November 2015 3:50 PM, PST | | See recent JoBlo news »

It's taken quite some time, but the sequel to Trainspotting looks like it's ready to go. Ewan McGregor recently said that the film was almost 100% sure and all that remained to be worked out was the scheduling. Much of the old gang will return for the sequel which has Danny Boyle directing a script from original Trainspotting writer John Hodge. Robert Carlyle, who starred in... Read More »

- Kevin Fraser

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Rumuor: Warner Bros. narrows director search on Justice League Dark

19 November 2015 3:39 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Over the past few days we’ve heard several casting rumours for Warner Bros.’ supernatural DC ensemble Justice League Dark, with Ben Mendelsohn tipped for the villain Anton Arcane and Colin Farrell, Ewan McGregor, Ron Perlman and Monica Bellucci said to be up for the roles of Constantine, Etrigan the Demon, Swamp Thing and Madame Xanadu.

Now Joblo has chimed in with its own report, claiming that the studio has narrowed its search for a director on the project following Guillermo del Toro’s departure, with Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead) and Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (Big Bad Wolves) said to be in contention.

As yet, Justice League Dark has not been officially announced by Warner Bros., but it’s said that the studio is keen to go into production in 2016.


- Gary Collinson

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Rumor: Here Are The Frontrunners To Direct Justice League Dark

19 November 2015 3:01 PM, PST | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

The internet has been ablaze with Justice League Dark rumors lately. Initially, we heard that Colin Farrell, Ron Perlman, Monica Belluci and Ewan McGregor were all being targeted by DC for Constantine, Swamp Thing, Madame Xanadu & Etrigan the Demon respectively, then yesterday the phenomenally talented Ben Mendelsohn was tipped to the villain of the piece, Anton Arcane. Now, the reliable folks at JoBlo have weighed in. They are claiming that the Evil Dead remake's Fede Alvarez & Big Bad Wolves duo Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado are the studio's top choices to helm the movie. Both have a history with dark horror movies and thrillers, making them solid choices to bring to life Guillermo del Toro's screenplay (which is said to be excellent). In fact, apparently the studio are so pleased with his script, they're pushing for production to begin as soon as early next year. If this is true, we »

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'Justice League Dark' Targets 'Evil Dead' Remake Director

19 November 2015 2:58 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

There have been no shortage of rumors for Justice League Dark, a.k.a. Dark Universe, this week. One report claimed that Colin Farrell is being eyed to play John Constantine, while yet another report claimed Ben Mendelsohn is being eyed to play the main villain, Anton Arcane. None of these details have been confirmed just yet, but now we have another rumor to throw onto the pile. JoBlo reports that Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead) and the Israeli filmmaking duo of Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (Big Bad Wolves) are considered the directorial front runners at this point.

Warner Bros. has been searching for a director ever since Guillermo del Toro dropped out back in June. There didn't seem to be much traction on the project in the intervening months, until we reported last month that Scott Rudin came aboard to produce, with the studio hoping to get production started »

- MovieWeb

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'Evil Dead' And 'Big Bad Wolves' Directors Rumored For 'Justice League Dark'

19 November 2015 2:25 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The rumor machine continues to churn for "Justice League Dark." Thus far, we've seen a smattering of possible casting choices float by, including Colin Farrell for John ConstantineEwan McGregor for Jason Blood, Monica Bellucci for Madame Xanadu, Ben Mendelsohn as Anton Arcane, and Ron Perlman as Swamp Thing. But who is going to get behind the camera? Read More: Ben Mendelsohn Eyed For 'Justice League Dark' Well, according to JoBlo, they're hearing that Fede Alvarez of "Evil Dead" fame, and Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, who delivered the cult fave "Big Bad Wolves," are the "top contenders." The qualification here must be the ability to handle darker material, because no one particularly liked "Evil Dead." But Alvarez did have a way with grit, as did Keshales and Papushado with their picture. However, with word that Mendelsohn won't decide until he knows who's directing, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Carlyle Raves About "Trainspotting 2" Script

19 November 2015 1:25 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Though he's mostly been doing television in recent years with series like "Stargate Universe" and "Once Upon a Time," actor Robert Carlyle has done more than his fair share of films over the years with one of his most defining roles still being the part of Begbie in the original 1996 Danny Boyle-directed "Trainspotting".

With work on that film's sequel about to get underway, Carlyle and the other three key members of the cast - Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, and Ewan Bremner - are all expected back for the film which Boyle will once again direct. John Hodge has also returned to pen the script, and Carlyle recently spoke with the NME and had nothing but praise for both Hodge's work and Boyle:

"You're going to think, 'Of course he's going to say this,' but honestly, it's one of the best scripts I've f--ing read. I mean, ever. »

- Garth Franklin

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‘Trainspotting 2’: Robert Carlyle Says ‘It’s One of the Best Scripts I’ve F—ing Read’

19 November 2015 12:15 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Robert Carlyle has read the script for “Trainspotting 2” and he seems to be a fan.

“You’re going to think, ‘Of course he’s going to say this,’ but honestly, it’s one of the best scripts I’ve f—ing read. I mean, ever,” Carlyle, who played Begbie in the original “Trainspotting,” said to NME in a recent interview.

Trainspotting” director Danny Boyle will helm the sequel, and writer John Hodge returned to pen the script, which is said to be loosely based on Irvine Welsh’s “Trainspotting” follow-up novel “Porno.” In fact, the entire main cast of the original is expected to return, including Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, and Ewan Bremner.

“Obviously these four characters are 20 years older now and I’ve never seen a sequel that takes place 20 years after the original, so I think that gives it a certain unique quality,” Carlyle noted. “And the »

- Jacob Bryant

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