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‘Straight Outta Compton’ Writer to Direct Mob Story ‘The Kitchen’ for New Line

16 February 2017 11:14 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Straight Outta Compton” co-writer Andrea Berloff has been hired to direct mob story “The Kitchen” for New Line.

Berloff will direct from her own script, based on the comic book series by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle from DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint. It will be Berloff’s feature directorial debut.

Berloff was hired for the writing job on “The Kitchen” last year after she and Jonathan Herman were nominated for an Academy Award and Writer’s Guild Award for their “Straight Outta Compton” screenplay.

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Straight Outta Compton’ Writer Andrea Berloff Heads to ‘The Kitchen

The Kitchen” is a classic gangster story with a group of Irish mobsters sent to prison. Their wives take over their jailed spouses’ organized crime operations to become the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in 1970’s Hell’s Kitchen.

No producers are yet attached to “The Kitchen.” Plot details are being kept under wraps. »

- Dave McNary

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Robert McKee, Issa Rae to Be Honored at 2017 Final Draft Awards

16 February 2017 10:16 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Final Draft awards for screenwriters announced its 2017 honorees on Thursday. The show will take place at the Paramount Theatre on Feb. 23, hosted by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant.

This year’s ceremony will honor Robert McKee with the hall of fame award. Brian Cox, Quincy Jones, Margaret Nagle and Steven Pressfield will be on hand to present the award and speak to McKee’s contributions to the screenwriting community. Additionally, Issa Rae will receive the inaugural New Voice award, which recognizes a rising star in the industry.

Robert McKee is one of the most sought-after screenwriting lecturers in the world,” said Scott McMenamin, president of Final Draft. “We are honored to celebrate his tremendous contribution to the art of screenwriting.”

McKee is a writer and instructor known for his Story Seminar inspired by his book “Story,” a vital work for screenwriters. His students have gone on to win more than 60 Academy Awards, 200 Emmys »

- Seth Kelley

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From James Dean to John Belushi to La La Land: the Secrets and Scandals of the Chateau Marmont

13 February 2017 11:27 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

La La Land’s singing and dancing stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone may be center stage in the Oscar-nominated film, but movie history buffs (and Angelenos) likely noticed another small but significant cameo right at the end when, ahem, the big thing happens. (No spoilers here.)

The Chateau Marmont, Hollywood’s most infamous hotel, makes an appearance, as the final real-life Los Angeles location featured in the film, which has been called a love letter to the city. But it’s not simply a quaint bit of nostalgia like the Rialto Theatre or Angel’s Flight.

Related: The L. »

- Mackenzie Schmidt

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Berlin Film Review: ‘The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov’

11 February 2017 6:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It has to rank as one of Donald Trump’s most shocking statements — which is really saying something. Asked by the Fox News host Bill O’Reilly how he could respect Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom O’Reilly characterized as a “killer,” Trump replied, “There are a lot of killers. Boy, you think our country’s so innocent?” Over the last year, Trump has presented himself as a racist, a bully, a manhandler of women, a mocker of the disabled, and a loony-tunes conspiracy theorist. But whoever thought he’d come off sounding like the second coming of Noam Chomsky? The notion that the United States government routinely engages in “killer” behavior commensurate with that of what Russia does is, of course, a left-wing idea. (Just ask Oliver Stone, another Putin apologist who should know better.) But Trump put a new spin on it: Whatever the motivation (his desire to »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Scarface remake set for 2018, Coen brothers penning script

10 February 2017 1:17 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

David Crow Simon Brew Feb 13, 2017

Diega Luna is set to headline the new Scarface, and a director shortlist has been drawn up...

The new remake of Scarface continues to gather pace at Universal, and some notable pieces of news surrounding it have just come to light.

Firstly, there's a release date. The new Scarface now has an official date of August 20th 2018. Straight away, that also suggests that the movie is going to be in physical production later this year. Diego Luna (Star Wars: Rogue One) has been confirmed in the lead role. Oh, and there's the small matter of the Coen brothers  writing the screenplay.

In a press release, Universal revealed the film will shoot from a script by Joel and Ethan Coen, who’ve known their way around crime dramas in the past, having previously penned and helmed Fargo and No Country For Old Men. That is a »

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The Scarface Remake: Coen Brothers to Work The Script, And Which Directors Are Frontrunners?

10 February 2017 12:30 PM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

A couple bits of news have come out today about Universal's go at a reboot of Oliver Stone and Brian De Palma's 1983 film, Scarface. The plan is to move the setting of the story from Miami to Los Angeles and make the rising drug king Mexican instead of Cuban. The studio plans to release this version in August of 2018.  The Wrap is reporting that Joen and Ethan Coen have been brought on board to polish the script that was written by Boardwalk Empire's Terence Winter. The Coen Brothers obviously have a long and lengthy history of crime cinema under their belts over the years. I do not believe we should look for the same level of absurdity as their personal work suggests as...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »

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Don Winslow & Shane Salerno Reteam To Shape ‘Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon’ Game

10 February 2017 9:59 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Don Winslow and Shane Salerno, who co-wrote the script for Oliver Stone’s Savages based on Winslow’s novel and are co-writing again for Winslow’s The Cartel — are back together again. The pair has teamed to create the cartel-themed narrative for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands, the latest video game in Ubisoft series that streets next month. Winslow might know a thing or two about cartels: he wrote 2015’s The Cartel, the second in his drug-war novel series that began… »

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Don Winslow & Shane Salerno Reteam To Shape ‘Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon’ Game

10 February 2017 9:59 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Don Winslow and Shane Salerno, who co-wrote the script for Oliver Stone’s Savages based on Winslow’s novel and are co-writing again for Winslow’s The Cartel — are back together again. The pair has teamed to create the cartel-themed narrative for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands, the latest video game in Ubisoft series that streets next month. Winslow might know a thing or two about cartels: he wrote 2015’s The Cartel, the second in his drug-war novel series that began… »

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Oscars: What Should Have Won – JFK for Best Picture over The Silence of the Lambs

10 February 2017 1:40 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Graeme Robertson on why JFK should have won Best Picture at the 64th Academy Awards…

The Oscars celebrating the best of 1991 was a little more business as usual when compared to the stellar line-up of a year like the 1976 nominations. We had some good films, but not many that would go on to be iconic. The winner for Best Picture at this ceremony was The Silence of the Lambs, a win that I love because it demonstrated that even horror films could be Oscar worthy – and don’t go saying it’s a thriller, it’s a horror film. End of story.

However, while I love The Silence of the Lambs and the actors were more than deserving of their statuettes, I still feel that it wasn’t deserving of the top award.

In my view, the film that deserved the award was Oliver Stone’s controversial political thriller JFK. »

- Graeme Robertson

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Emma Watts Promoted to 20th Century Fox Film Vice Chairman

9 February 2017 11:09 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Emma Watts has been promoted to vice chairman of 20th Century Fox Film, the studio announced on Thursday.

Watts will continue to serve as production president, a post she has had since 2007. The promotion clears up Watts’ status at the company, a position that was in question after Stacey Snider took over as its sole chairman last summer. Watts had been a key ally of ousted studio chief Jim Gianopulos. There were mutterings that she did not get along with Snider, and bristled at her management style, but any differences appear to have been resolved.

Fox said her promotion was effective immediately. Watts is seen as having strong ties to the creative community, and played a key role in bringing several Fox hits, such as “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “Gone Girl,” and “Deadpool,” to the screen.

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Emma Watts named Twentieth Century Fox Film vice-chairman

9 February 2017 7:42 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Chairman and CEO Stacey Snider announced the long-time executive’s promotion on Thursday.

Watts will continue to serve a president of production, a role she has held since 2007, and continues to report to Snider.

She will now oversee a restructured group that brings together all of Twentieth Century Fox’s films and include physical production, post-production, visual effects and music.

Fox Animation will continue to be led by president Vanessa Morrison, who will now report to Snider and Watts.

Fox International Productions president Tomas Jegeus will now report to Watts and Andrew Cripps, the studio’s new president of international distribution.

Fox Searchlight Pictures and Fox 2000 will continue to report to Snider, as will the studio’s marketing, distribution and other functional departments. 

“Emma’s work over the past 20 years speaks for itself – she’s simply the best in the industry,” said Snider. “On a personal level, I am thrilled to have her in this new role »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Happy 85th Birthday to John Williams!

8 February 2017 3:41 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It is without question John Williams is one of the greatest composers of our time. Throughout the span of his career, the man has churned out several memorable pieces of music for films that can only be described as iconic. Whether its for Star WarsJaws, Indiana Jones or another film, everyone has heard at least one piece of music done by him.

To celebrate Williams’ 85th birthday, we at Flickering Myth decided to look back on some of our favourite scores or tracks from Williams and why they are so memorable to us…

Ricky Church – ‘Clash of the Lightsabers’ (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back)

It may be the Star Wars nerd in me, but his scores for the Star Wars saga is excellent. Its hard to name a favourite piece, but if I had to pin one down I go back to a lot, its ‘Clash of the »

- Ricky Church

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Oscar Directing Nominees Help Us Trace Their DNA

7 February 2017 9:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Directors influence each other with their work. Sometimes that influence is overt — “La La Land” clearly evokes “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Umbrellas of Cherbourg” — but other times it is more unexpected, hinging on storytelling choices or structure.

Variety asked this year’s directing nominees to help us trace the DNA of their movies, and all were happy to oblige.

Arrival

Paramount

In Villeneuve’s alien-invasion tale, humans eventually discover that the aliens “want to help you help us.”

Villeneuve’s choices:

“2001: A Space Odyssey” 1968: “Definitely ‘2001’,” Villeneuve says, of Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi classic in which Earthlings, searching for signs of intelligent life, are nearly outwitted by artificial intelligence.

Jaws” 1975: “It was Spielberg’s idea that you unveil slowly the entity, to create suspense,” Villeneuve says. “That very slow striptease is something I stole from ‘Jaws.’ ”

Our choices:

The Day the Earth Stood Still” 1951: Aliens caution »

- Marshall Fine

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Oliver Stone Honored at ‘Filming in Italy’ Festival

4 February 2017 11:21 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The “Filming in Italy” initiative, which lasts until Feb. 8, held a cocktail party on Friday at the home of producer Cecilia Peck, daughter of the late actor Gregory Peck, and husband Daniel Voll. The project also runs in association with Tiziana Rocca of Agnus Dei Production, Baume & Mercier watchmakers and the Italian Cultural Institute.

The initiative aims to persuade filmmakers, producers and studios to consider shooting their next project in Italy. Oliver Stone received an award, courtesy of the watchmakers, at the “Filming in Italy” festival.

Guests were huddled intimately, schmoozing and laughing while eating slices of margherita pizza and nibbling on fresh mozzarella made on-site. Members of the Italian Film Commissions Association Network (IFC) hope to spread the word that Italy is more than just good food.

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Italy’s Box Office Down 6% in 2016 Despite Strong Local Movies

“The message for tonight is ‘come film in Italy,'” said Sebastiano Caccetta, »

- Arya Roshanian

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Elizabeth Banks Directs Persil ProClean Super Bowl Commercial Featuring Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy’

3 February 2017 9:38 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In 2015, actress Elizabeth Banks made her feature-length film debut with “Pitch Perfect 2,” the musical comedy sequel starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson. The film was a huge commercial success, garnering $287.5 million against a $29 million dollar budget. Soon, Banks will direct the reboot of the film adaptation of “Charlie’s Angels,” but before then she’s directing a Super Bowl commercial for Persil ProClean. The commercial will feature Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” best known as the host of the PBS children’s science show of the same name from 1993-1998, as well as the brand’s spokesperson Peter Hermann. Watch a teaser for the commercial below.

Read More: Melissa McCarthy Saves the Whales in Kia’s Environmentalist Super Bowl Ad — Watch

Banks is best known for a variety of film and TV roles across her 20-year career. She has appeared in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” trilogy, the “Hunger Games” series, »

- Vikram Murthi

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Elizabeth Banks Directs Persil ProClean Super Bowl Commercial Featuring Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy’

3 February 2017 9:38 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

In 2015, actress Elizabeth Banks made her feature-length film debut with “Pitch Perfect 2,” the musical comedy sequel starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson. The film was a huge commercial success, garnering $287.5 million against a $29 million dollar budget. Soon, Banks will direct the reboot of the film adaptation of “Charlie’s Angels,” but before then she’s directing a Super Bowl commercial for Persil ProClean. The commercial will feature Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” best known as the host of the PBS children’s science show of the same name from 1993-1998, as well as the brand’s spokesperson Peter Hermann. Watch a teaser for the commercial below.

Read More: Melissa McCarthy Saves the Whales in Kia’s Environmentalist Super Bowl Ad — Watch

Banks is best known for a variety of film and TV roles across her 20-year career. She has appeared in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” trilogy, the “Hunger Games” series, »

- Vikram Murthi

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A Good American documentary review: 9/11 didn’t have to happen

2 February 2017 12:51 PM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… Shocking, essential documentary looks at the shameful and avoidable failure of the Nsa to prevent 9/11. All Americans (and everyone else) should see this film. I’m “biast” (pro): really fucking tired of all this shit

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Because there’s always room for more outrage, herewith A Good American, an absolutely infuriating documentary about how 9/11 could have been stopped by intelligence software the National Security Agency had in its hands but didn’t use because of “corruption, fraud, waste, and abuse” within the agency, as a lawsuit brought by its inventor alleges.

I’m pretty good at following this sort of stuff and yet I’d never heard of Nsa analyst Bill Binney or his program, ThinThread, before I saw this film. Why the hell did it take an Austrian documentarian, Friedrich Moser, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Long Lost Paranormal Activity Audition Videos Uncovered by Director

2 February 2017 12:42 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Arriving in September 2009, Paranormal Activity was a surprise horror hit that almost got dumped into a wasteland of nothingness. Paramount executives caught wind of the movie and realized they had another Blair Witch phenomena on their hands. The rest, as they say, is horror movie history. Now, with six movies released under the franchise name, original director Oren Peli is feeling a bit nostalgic about it all. And he has uncovered some great audition tapes from that very first outing.

The filmmaker released the full extended version of the Paranormal Audition tapes on Youtube, which run a total of 10 minutes. He also released a shorter version that runs just 5 minutes in length. Both videos beautifully capture what he saw in his two leading actors. He says this about the tapes.

"The entirely improvised Paranormal Activity auditions and callbacks with Micah Sloat and Katie Featherston. Extended version."

While the movie didn't »

- MovieWeb

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Diego Luna Is the New Scarface, Director Antoine Fuqua Exits

31 January 2017 9:51 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Scarface is one of the most iconic crime movies ever made, so it is tough for some people to accept the idea of a remake, but the 1983 version of Scarface is, itself, a remake of the 1932 movie Scarface: The Shame of a Nation. So there is evidence that a remake can work and Universal is planning a modern day reimagining. Now, it looks like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's Diego Luna is poised to be the new Tony Montana.

Variety is reporting that Diego Luna is attached to star in this new version of Scarface, which Universal wants to start filming this year. The production may have found a very important piece of the puzzle, but Variety is also reporting that the Scarface remake lost another very important one. Training Day and The Magnificent Seven director Antoine Fuqua has been attached to the movie for some time, »

- MovieWeb

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Berlin 2017: Full international jury announced

31 January 2017 3:52 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The full international jury for this year’s Berlin Film Festival has been announced.

It was previously announced that Paul Verhoeven would head up the jury this year, and now the organizers have released the rest of the jury to judge the films in-competition. They are producer Dora Bouchoucha Fourati (Tunisia), artist Olafur Eliasson (Iceland), actress  Maggie Gyllenhaal (USA), actress Julia Jentsch (Germany), actor and director Diego Luna (Mexico), and director and screenwriter Wang Quan’an (People’s Republic of China).

This year’s Berlinale, the Berlin Film Festical, kicks off in Germany on February 9th through to the 19th. Keep it Thn for full coverage.

Paul Verhoeven, Jury President, Director, Screenwriter (The Netherlands)

The Dutch director and screenwriter Paul Verhoeven began his directing career in 1969 with the successful Dutch television series Floris. After his feature film debut Business is Business in 1971, came the erotic thriller Turkish Delight in 1973, a »

- Paul Heath

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