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Described as “World War Z” meets “The Da Vinci Code,” the book was written by Frederick T. Olsson and follows a washed-up cryptologist who finds himself pulled into an international conspiracy that claims to have created a way to map out all human disasters and terrorism through our DNA.
Warners preemptively acquired the rights to the book last August and will now look to attach a producer to the project while Smith pens the script.
Tyldum recently wrapped production on the Weinstein Co. pic “The Imitation Game” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, which is expected to be a contender in this year’s awards season. He is also developing a handful of projects including “The Disciple Program »
- Justin Kroll
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
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Happy Christmas: compulsively watchable; Joe Swanberg is a master of the subtlest of dramatic observation, and his films are unlike anything other filmmakers are giving us right now [my review] [iTunes UK]
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Divergent: it’s not wildly different than other science fiction, hero’s journey, and adventure movies; sometimes we call such stories archetypal… mythic, even [my review] [iTunes UK] The Double: painfully funny odyssey of personal ineffectualness that is bitterly wonderful in how it revels in the decrepit horror of the everyday world [my review] [iTunes UK] Muppets Most Wanted: Kermit the Frog takes on his biggest challenge yet: dual roles… and truly puts the villain in vaudevillian [my review] [iTunes UK] Starred Up: could be the most realistic depiction of the horribleness and the ineffectiveness of institutional incarceration — on levels that »
- MaryAnn Johanson
If you love a dark tale of drugs, desperation and a little sexual perversion to go along with it all (we could say “real life” after all) and you don’t happen to have seen the movie, The Basketball Diaries, then please do something to rectify this forthwith!
But before you do so – it’s essential to know where the movie comes from and why. The Basketball Diaries is set in New York – a city very famous for its dark side. The book was originally penned in 1978 by punk poet and musician Jim Carroll. It’s semi-autobiographical based on Jim’s early life experiences in the Big Apple – a time when he was obsessed with basketball but simultaneously descending into a life of drug addiction.
- Guest Guest
The U.S. majors enjoyed a big comeback at the Chinese box office in the first half of 2014, after stumbling in 2013 — but with the local B.O. growing by 25% over the same period in 2013, there’s enough upside for local filmmakers, too.
“China has been growing at this pace for the past five years,” says Y.C. Chu, g.m. of Hong Kong’s Emperor Motion Pictures. “We see no reason to think it will stop any time in the next five years, and if you have good cinemas, we can see growth continuing for seven years.”
Indeed, Emperor has redoubled its bet in the territory, recently diversifying from production, finance and distribution into mainland Chinese exhibition for the first time, inaugurating a 12-plex in the Guangdong Province city of Foshan just last month.
The Chinese box office delivered a cumulative gross of RMB13.6 billion ($2.2 billion) in the January to June period, »
- Patrick Frater
Jennette McCurdy rants about how she's not a role model - Us Weekly George R.R. Martin's response to a fan letter will make you cry - HuffPost Celebrity Is Zac Efron using Michelle Rodriguez for her money? - Gossip Girl Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult split rumors surface - Lainey Gossip Katie Holmes is taking on a surprising new hobby - People Celebrate Friday with pantsless Mark Wahlberg - BuzzFeed Ricky Martin lands a huge new gig - Hollywood Reporter Kim Kardashian shares a new supersexy bikini snap - TooFab Will you see Emma Stone's latest? - Rotten Tomatoes Bill Murray is at it again with another surprise appearance - Wonderwall Why all Pixar movies are secretly about the apocalypse - Cracked Source: Getty / Jon Kopaloff »
- Alyse Whitney
Directed by: Luc Besson
Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Release Date: July 25, 2014
Plot: Accidental high dosages of a mental drug cause an accidental mule (Johansson) to embark on achieving 100% full brain usage.
Who’S It For? Those who like their action movies to be trippy.
Lucy is unmistakably a product of writer/director/producer Luc Besson simply by its structure. It applies the same type of ticking-clock storytelling that has motivated the tension of his projects like The Transporter, Taken, and 3 Days to Kill; movies that he helped create as a writer and/or producer, but did not direct. In Besson’s own take on the structure he helped fortify for others, Lucy begins with the tensity of these movies, but then it warps.
This film’s transporter is Johansson’s Lucy, an American living in China who is tricked »
- Nick Allen
Friday Am Update: Lucy and Hercules both did solid business on Thursday night. Lucy earned an estimated $2.75 million, while Hercules scored an estimated $2.1 million. Among Summer releases, Lucy is above The Purge: Anarchy ($2.6 million), while Hercules topped Edge of Tomorrow ($1.8 million). For the weekend, both movies are going to earn at least $20 million.Forecast: On the final weekend of July, two very different action movies will try to reverse the domestic box office's downward trend. Hercules has a much bigger budget and arguably more star power in Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, but the sword-and-sandals epic doesn't appear to be connecting with moviegoers. In contrast, Lucy's eye-catching visuals and intriguing "what if" story has put it on pace for an opening north of $30 million, which should be enough to take first place this weekend.At the start of Summer, Lucy's box office potential didn't look so hot. The movie was scheduled for August 8th, »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Although at the moment the project only has a director attached - Horrible Bosses’ Seth Gordon – Sony has selected a release date of June 10th, 2016 for their blockbuster cinematic adaptation of the Uncharted line of video games.
The decision comes in the wake of a delay for The Amazing Spider-Man 3. Pretty much everything about that franchise has fallen flat on its face, so maybe it’s a wise move on the part of Sony to test out something new as a summer tentpole release.
Uncharted is already arguably the closest video games have ever come to mimicking a cinematic movie-like experience, so adapting it to the big screen should feel natural and actually yield success; a trait not found in most film adaptations of video games.
If you are inexperienced with the line of video games, below is a synopsis of the first game in the franchise, which should »
- Robert Kojder
Hollywood really went release date crazy this week. Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 finally found a bay from which to dock. Marvel went ahead and announced a new 2018 movie. And Sony went ahead and opted to debut The Sinister Six in November 2016, while pushing The Amazing Spider-Man 3 out of its intended June 10th, 2016 slot. But Sony wasted no time in reclaiming that real estate with another release. Uncharted, based on the popular adventure video game, will debut on June 10th, 2016. Directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses), the plot follows Nate Drake, a wisecracking Indiana Jones analog who hunts buried treasures and solves ancient mysteries. Reportedly, Mark Wahlberg's been in talks to take over the role, which is the best, since Wahlberg's confused face is perfect when he's trying to think onscreen. Uncharted is premiering in a pretty wide-open June that year. Right now, it's sandwiched between two animated films, »
After Sony Pictures announced earlier today that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 was being pushed to 2018, the studio gave Uncharted the superhero sequel's old release date on June 10, 2016. Uncharted currently has the date to itself, falling between another Sony project, the animated comedy Sausage Party on June 3 and Disney-Pixar's Finding Dory on June 17.
Here's what Sony Pictures President Doug Belgrad had to say about Uncharted's new release date.
"June 10 is a great date for Uncharted. It's just the right place for this exciting action-adventure film."
Director Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief) revealed last week that production on Uncharted will begin in early 2015. This action-adventure is based on the successful video game series that follows the adventures of treasure hunter Nathan Drake, a descendant of Sir Francis Drake, who goes on a quest to find the lost city of El Dorado. Mark Wahlberg was once attached to play Drake, but he is no longer involved. »
We recently brought you news that Sinister Six had been dated for November 11th, 2016, and that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 had been pushed back to the summer of 2018, and now we know what’s taking the latter film’s place on Sony’s schedule. Today, in the midst of Comic-Con fervor, it was revealed that the Uncharted adaptation would be taking The Amazing Spider-Man 3‘s spot on June 10th, 2016.
Said Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group president Doug Belgrad:
“June 10 is a great date for Uncharted. It’s just the right place for this exciting action-adventure film.”
An adaptation of the popular Sony Playstation video-game series, Uncharted will follow the adventures of Indiana Jones-esque explorer Nathan Drake. Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) is directing, and the latest iteration of the script is being written by Safe House scribe David Guggenheim. According to Deadline, Mark Wahlberg is being eyed for the lead role of Drake, »
- Isaac Feldberg
When Robert Downey Jr took the leading role in "Iron Man," he had no idea that in 2013 he would end up being Hollywood's highest-paid actor with "Iron Man 3" and "The Avengers" both breaking $1 billion at the box office. Forbes has now unveiled their list for 2014, with Downey once again topping the list as the highest-paid actor, earning a whopping $75 million, with the majority coming from just one movie, "Iron Man 3." He earned the same amount in 2013. Taking second place is Dwayne Johnson with earnings of $52 million. The actor was in fifth place last year with $46 million. Rounding out the top five are Bradley Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio and Chris Hemsworth. And despite being second last year, Channing Tatum didn't make the list in 2014. 1. Robert Downey Jr. - $75 million 2. Dwayne Johnson - $52 million 3. Bradley Cooper - $46 million 4. Leonardo DiCaprio - $39 million 5. Chris Hemsworth - $37 million 6. Liam Neeson - $36 million 7. Ben Affleck »
Despite the fact that Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction is (critically) the worst received film in the series, it is currently 2014′s highest grossing production and it doesn’t look like it will be slowing down any time soon.
So far each successive instalment in incredibly lucrative Transformers franchise has out-grossed its predecessor at the worldwide box office. This is a trend that seems set to continue with the fourth helping of Bayhem, as the film currently sits at $886.3 Million worldwide, which is more than both of the first two movies in the series! To put that in perspective, 2007′s Transformers grossed $709 Million, 2009′s Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen grossed $836 Million and 2011′s Transformers: Dark Of The Moon grossed $1.1 Billion. If the box office results for Optimus’ latest Decepticon-demolishing adventure continue to soar into the stratosphere, then it seems almost certain that Transformers: Age Of Extinction will become »
- Ben Read
Continuing the trend of giving a reality TV show to anyone with a famous face to maximize on low production costs and high audience recognition, Wahlburgers follows the aspiring burger business of Paul Wahlberg, one of the lesser known siblings of actors Donnie Wahlberg and Mark Wahlberg. Much like any other reality TV show out there, Wahlburgers has to do as much as it can with as little substance as possible, and it never really succeeds. Episodes feel like minor happenings that have been stretched and inflated to fill 21 minutes with material that could have been covered in 2. The supposed draw of the series is the interactions between the Wahlberg siblings, their mother, and Mark’s HBO immortalized “entourage”, but even then each episode tries to do too much with far too little and so each of the 9 episodes of the first season feels empty.
- Lex Walker
Concept Art by James Paick Concept Art by Jung Park Transformers: Age Of Extinction - The film begins after an epic battle that left a great city torn, but with the world saved. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history… while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs. With help from a new cast of humans, Optimus Prime and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world. Transformers 4 will be directed by Michael Bay, from a script written by Ehren Kruger. The cast includes: Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammar, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci and Jack Reynor. Set for release on June 27th, »
Robert Downey Jr has been named the highest-earning actor in Hollywood for the second year in a row.
The Marvel films involving Downey Jr have grossed over $4 billion.
The Top 10 highest-earning actors of 2014 are as follows:
Robert Downey Jr ($75m)Dwayne Johnson ($52m)Bradley Cooper ($46m)Leonardo DiCaprio ($39m)Chris Hemsworth ($37m)Liam Neeson ($36m)Ben Affleck ($35m)Christian Bale ($35m)Will Smith ($32m)Mark Wahlberg ($32m)
Downey Jr will soon be seen in legal drama The Judge, where he will play a brash lawyer who returns to »
Robert Downey Jr. has been named Hollywood’s highest-paid actor by Forbes, which estimates that Downey earned $75 million in the past year, between June 2013 and June 2014.
Robert Downey Jr., Highest Paid Hollywood Actor
A big chunk of Downey’s income comes from his lucrative deal with Marvel as the on-screen manifestation of Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, in the Iron Man trilogy – the third of which was released in May 2013 – and The Avengers franchise. This is the second year in a row that Downey has earned the top spot on the exclusive list.
In second place is Dwayne Johnson, who has a recurring role in the Fast and Furious franchise and is continuing to make a name for himself as an action hero. This summer he will star in the summer blockbuster Hercules, earning him a reported $52 million.
Also on the list are Bradley Cooper, clocking in with an estimated $46 million, »
The annual list of top earning actors published by Forbes magazine has come out for 2014 with Robert Downey Jr. heading up the list again. Downey took home approximately $75 million over the past financial year, two-thirds of which were backend profits from "The Avengers".
There was some surprising additions that show that young Hollywood is making bank on films despite claims these actors don't command the kinds of salaries that older stars (ala Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington, even Will Smith) do. Downey's fellow Marvel star Chris Hemsworth made it into fifth place with $37 million, "Hangover" star Bradley Cooper nabbed a very impressive $46 million, and both the former (Christian Bale) and current (Ben Affleck) Batman tied for seventh and eighth with $35 million apiece. Here's the Top 10:
1 - Robert Downey Jr - $75 million
2 - Dwayne Johnson - $52 million
3 - Bradley Cooper - $46 million
4 - Leonardo DiCaprio - $39 million
5 - Chris Hemsworth - »
- Garth Franklin
For the second year in a row, “Iron Man” Robert Downey Jr. tops the Forbes annual list of highest earning actors with an estimated $75 million since June 2013, the same amount that Forbes estimated the year before.
Downey Jr.’s “Iron Man 3” crossed the billion dollar threshold in 2013. His turn in Jon Favreau’s “Chef” was more of a favor than a moneymaker, but he also appears the mystery drama “The Judge,” opening Oct. 13.
Downey Jr. received notable press for holding out on his contract for upcoming sequel “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” due to salary concerns. Though he has agreed to star in both “Age of Ultron” and an upcoming “The Avengers 3,” neither role has been confirmed.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the only other actor from last year’s Forbes top five to make this year’s top five again, placing second with $52 million. Johnson will star in “Hercules, »
- Sebastian Torrelio
For the second successive year, Robert Downey Jr. has topped Forbes’ annual list of the highest paid actors, released today. What is even more impressive is that he is number one again despite only having had one film released in 2014 so far – his cameo in Jon Favreau’s hit indie comedy Chef.
It turns out that most (if not all) of Downey Jr.’s earnings this year have come from his back-end deals with Disney and Marvel for his work in last year’s highest grossing film Iron Man 3, which took a whopping $1.215 billion at the worldwide box office. In addition, he re-signed a contract with Disney for roles in next summer’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron (and its inevitable sequel), for which he is said to have had a hike in pay. In total, the actor earned $75 million between June 2013 and June 2014.
In second place was Dwayne Johnson »
- Scott Davis
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