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Last month, we reported that Emma Stone and Jonah Hill were offered roles in Ghostbusters 3. Today we have word that Emma Stone has passed on the role of Anna, while Jonah Hill has not decided whether or not to take the role of Jeremy.
Here's what Schmoes Know's source dubbed "The Phantom" had to say.
While no story details have been confirmed by the studio, it has been long believed that the plot follows a new crop of Ghostbusters, trained by Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson from the original trilogy.
We also reported last month that production was being eyed for a spring 2014 start in Cleveland, although it seems this long-gestating sequel is still »
‘Catching Fire’ box office: To surpass Iron Man 3 in North America? (photo: Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Thanksgiving was celebrated this past week in the United States. Although the American economy remains in a seemingly never-ending rut, Lionsgate has much to be thankful for, financially speaking: on the weekend of November 29-December 1, 2013, Francis Lawrence’s $110-130 million-budgeted The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, added another $74.5 million from 4,163 North American locations according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Even if Lionsgate’s estimates are (once again) off by a couple of percentage points, that’s a remarkable hold for a sequel. In fact, Catching Fire was down only 53% compared to its first weekend, which included $25+ million from Thursday night and Friday midnight screenings. And let’s not forget that the Hunger Games sequel blew off »
- Zac Gille
Jennifer Lawrence plays a young woman who is not defined by her relationship to men, and who is bringing down the system
All hail Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games trilogy. If you are the mother of a pre-teen girl, you will know the whispered relief around these films. "About time. Go!" If you would like your teenage daughter to see something other than the underclass sobbing on a crass talent show, orange twentysomethings Botoxing themselves, or girls who are just "naturally thin" and who giggle when their clothes just drop off, then you will already know about them. If, like me, you simply would like to see a young woman not defined by her relationship to men, crack open the pick 'n' mix.
- Suzanne Moore
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
Elysium: Neill Blomkamp cements his science-fiction credentials as a filmmaker with a genre vision the likes of which we haven’t seen since the socially conscious Sf of the 1970s; this is smart popcorn cinema with something to say [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
new to streaming
Red Obsession: sly and sometimes funny, this is a microcosm of the economic state of the world — the West faltering and China ascending — seen through the prism of France’s boutique wine industry [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
post-turkey Thanksgiving treats
Addams Family Values: featuring Wednesday’s subversive Pilgrims vs. Indians pageant [at Amazon Instant Video] The Ice Storm: one 1970s turkey day turns tragic; the great cast includes Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen, Kevin Kline, Christina Ricci, and Elijah Wood [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Pieces of April: »
- MaryAnn Johanson
By Charles Webb
If this week's DVD release of "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" has whet your appetite for more film entries in the urban fantasy series, you're in luck. While Constantin Films has pushed back the start date for the movie to 2014, series author Cassandra Clare spoke to MTV News about what we can expect to see in the next chapter of star-crossed lovers/demon hunters Clary (Lily Collins) and Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower)'s story.
****Some spoilers for "City of Bones" and "City of Ash" to follow****
While actress Lily Collins told us earlier this month that she wasn't sure when shooting will start on "City of Ashes" ("I don't know anything else; I kind of am with everyone else in the waiting game.”) Cassandra Clare is ready for the sequel which she says "ratchets up the stakes".
"Simon (Robert Sheehan) is turned into a vampire," Clare teases, »
- MTV Movies Team
Over the summer, word surfaced that Marvel was courting Aaron Taylor-Johnson and then Elizabeth Olsen to join their Cinematic Universe. Joss Whedon’s hugely anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron was in need of a Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, and they were the two in contention for the parts.
For months, it’s been expected that they had joined the project, and all that was left was the crossing and dotting of ts and is. Now it looks like we weren’t wrong, with the studio officially confirming the two for the sibling roles.
It won’t be the first time that Taylor-Johnson and Olsen will be starring alongside each other, with both appearing in Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, due out in May 2014. (Another reason to look forward to Edwards’ similarly anticipated blockbuster, as if we needed one.)
James Spader was the first new cast member for the sequel to be officially »
- Kenji Lloyd
We've already known for awhile that Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen have been cast in Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron. But today Marvel made it official with a press release announcing that they will be playing Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, respectively. Johnson and Olsen are both great actors, and I think they are going to be fantastic in the movie! I wonder how many films they signed on for.
Here's the press release:
Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen have officially joined the Avengers family as the brother-sister duo of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the highly-anticipated sequel to 2012's smash-hit "Marvel's The Avengers"! "Avengers: Age of Ultron" arrives in theaters May 1, 2015.
Taylor-Johnson broke out with his roles as Dave Lizewski in the "Kick-Ass" franchise and with his portrayal of a young John Lennon in "Nowhere Boy," for which he won an Empire Award for Best Newcomer. »
- Joey Paur
Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen have officially joined the Avengers family as the brother-sister duo of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron the highly-anticipated sequel to 2012's smash-hit Marvel's The Avengers! Avengers: Age of Ultron arrives in theaters May 1, 2015.
Taylor-Johnson broke out with his roles as Dave Lizewski in the Kick-Ass franchise and with his portrayal of a young John Lennon in Nowhere Boy, for which he won an Empire Award for Best Newcomer. Since then, Taylor-Johnson has starred in 2012's critically-acclaimed Anna Karenina and director Oliver Stone's Savages.
Since making her big screen debut in 2011 with Silent House and Martha Marcy May Marlene, for which the actress garnered a number of awards and nominations, Olsen has gone on to star alongside the likes of Robert De Niro and Sigourney Weaver in Red Lights, Josh Brolin and Samuel L. Jackson in director Spike Lee's Oldboy. »
While we’ve reported and expected this news for what seems like an age, Marvel Studios have finally released a press statement confirming Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson – soon to be seen as husband and wife in Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla reboot – will don the spandex as the sibling duo of Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver in Joss Whedon’s much-anticatped action ensemble sequel Avengers: Age Of Ulton.
As stated, it certainly doesn’t come as a surprise but here is the official word from the studio:
Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen have officially joined the Avengers family as the brother-sister duo of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the highly-anticipated sequel to 2012′s smash-hit “Marvel’s The Avengers”! “Avengers: Age of Ultron” arrives in theaters May 1, 2015.
- Craig Hunter
Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen have officially joined the Avengers family as the brother-sister duo of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the highly-anticipated sequel to 2012's smash-hit "Marvel's The Avengers"! "Avengers: Age of Ultron" arrives in theaters May 1, 2015. Taylor-Johnson broke out with his roles as Dave Lizewski in the "Kick-Ass" franchise and with his portrayal of a young John Lennon in "Nowhere Boy," for which he won an Empire Award for Best Newcomer. Since then, Taylor Johnson has starred in 2012's critically-acclaimed "Anna Karenina" and director Oliver Stone's "Savages." Since making her big screen debut in 2011 with "Silent House" and "Martha Marcy May Marlene," for which the actress garnered a number of awards and nominations, Olsen has gone on to star alongside the likes of Robert DeNiro and Sigourney Weaver in "Red Lights," Josh Brolin and Samuel L. Jackson in director Spike Lee's "Oldboy. »
Sony is to cut back on making films, it was revealed today, instead putting more of its money into high end television productions. The studio, which is currently making new Neill Blomkamp movie Chappie with Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver, will cut its annual slate from 23 to 18 films. Only four of these will be summer blockbusters, as it is widely agreed that cinema audiences are not big enough to sustain the number of expensive films currently being released in this slot.
"Some of our movies just didn't perform as we had estimated," said its president, Kazuo Hirai. "We recognized that we must do better."
He was referring, diplomatically, to the likes of White House Down and After Earth, both of which struggled at the box office and fell well below studio expectations. By contrast, its TV series Breaking Bad became a massive international success.
The studio made a loss of $181m. »
- Jennie Kermode
It’s got the Sundance folk/system stacked in its corner. The Institute selected Life Partners for the January Screenwriters Lab (’12), gave it’s producer a nudge and even a public read of the screenplay. Susanna Fogel’s directorial debut shot in 2013 with the femme-centric ensemble of Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, Greer Grammer, Gabourey Sidibe and Julie White. Adam Brody is in there too. Oh…and Fogel and her/creative writing partner Joni Lefkowitz have got It Is What It Is in the pipeline with Evan Rachel Wood, Olivia Thirlby and Sigourney Weaver attached. Check out the exclusive first look below – Photo credit by Erik Anders Lang.
Written by Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz, this is about a codependent friendship between two single girls approaching 30 — type-a Paige (Gillian Jacobs) and lesbian slacker Sasha (Leighton Meester)— who must struggle to redefine their friendship and its boundaries when Paige meets the (romantic »
- Eric Lavallee
Odd List Ryan Lambie 20 Nov 2013 - 06:57
The constantly busy Ridley Scott always has lots of potential films in production, so here's a look at what he might be up to next...
Since his debut in 1977 with the historical drama, The Duellists, director Ridley Scott has gradually built up an eclectic body of work. His Hollywood career began with the stunning one-two sci-fi punch of Alien and Blade Runner, before heading off into fantasy (Legend), thrillers (Someone To Watch Over Me, Black Rain) and road-trip drama (the Oscar-winning Thelma And Louise).
As James Clayton pointed out in his recent Friday column, the 70-something Sir Ridley shows no sign of slowing down, and if anything, his slate of forthcoming films is somewhat bewildering - in what seems like every other interview, the director will mention another project of one sort or another, which makes working out what he's likely to be »
The Bechdel Test, which examines the representation of women in film, is in the ether at the moment, so this week’s Question is another way of looking at the paucity of women onscreen.
What are the greatest or most iconic movie quotes spoken by women?
The dialogue doesn’t need to be feminist. It doesn’t need to come from a film that passes the Bechdel Test. It doesn’t need to be anything other than so memorable that when it is uttered even outside the context of its story, most people recognize it.
I’m going to get what I think are the three most likely responses out of the way right here:
• “You know how to whistle, don’t you? »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Nzioki wa Makau, Simon Trevor, Arne Glimcher and Ian Saunders talk about White Gold at MoMA Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze Christie Brinkley and Sigourney Weaver bring awareness Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze At the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Sigourney Weaver introduced a post-screening discussion of White Gold between director Simon Trevor, producer Arne Glimcher, Tsavo Trust co-founder Ian Saunders, and the Honorable Justice of the High Court of Kenya Nzioki wa Makau on the impact poaching ivory has on the African elephant population and humanity as a whole.
Two days later, on November 14, 2013, a six-ton stockpile of seized ivory was crushed by the Us Fish and Wildlife Service in an effort to bring forth a worldwide trade ban in ivory.
White Gold is the first film produced by the African Environmental Film Foundation for international distribution. Jackie Chan replaces Hillary Rodham Clinton as the narrator for the Mandarin-speaking Chinese audiences. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Mars Attacks: Robinson’s Promising Debut an Arid Mirage
Early on in Ruairi Robinson’s directorial debut, The Last Days on Mars, a generic yet eerily promising set-up will doubtlessly remind audiences of a slew of similar space gone wrong sci-fi entries, both classic and not. An unmistakable derivative of Alien, right down to finicky crew dynamics, Robinson’s rather promising presentation fails to maximize the momentum as the film dwindles into its third act inevitabilities, left wide open for the possibility of more to come.
Only nineteen hours left of a six month research mission on Mars has an eight person crew going a little stir crazy. Science Officer Kim Aldrich (Olivia Williams) is upset that the team has found nothing substantial and it seems her hopes had been set on finding evidence of indigenous life. It seems she’s been taking out her disappointment on the other crew »
- Nicholas Bell
White Gold producer Arne Glimcher and director Simon Trevor Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze Documentarian Albert Maysles in support of White Gold Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze Sigourney Weaver, Chuck Close, Iman, Joel Ehrenkranz, James Franco, Agnes Gund, and Uma Thurman hosted an advance screening of Simon Trevor's forceful documentary White Gold on the organised poaching of elephant tusks, narrated by former Us Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Museum of Modern Art on the evening of Wednesday, November 12. Albert Maysles, Barbara Kopple, Meredith Vieira, Christie Brinkley, Stacy Bendet, Hanneli Mustaparta, Tara Subkoff, Kyleigh Kuhn, Mia Moretti, Cynthia Rowley, David Schwimmer with Zoe Buckman, among others, walked the red carpet in support of the cause.
Arne Glimcher, founder of Pace gallery and the producer of White Gold, Simon Trevor and Sigourney Weaver spoke with me before the screening on the importance a film can make by bringing awareness for the protection of wildlife. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
It was back in May that Twitch reported on stories that South African director Neill Blomkamp had tapped his nation's biggest musical export - Die Antwoord - to star in his upcoming third film Chappie. The news was widely met with skepticism but all involved insisted that not only was it true but that principal members Ninja and Yo-Landi Visser would essentially be playing versions of themselves opposite a cast that also includes Hugh Jackman, Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel and Sigourney Weaver.And now here's final confirmation ... production on Chappie is now underway and the duo have posted a pair of photos from the set on their official Facebook page including the shot to the left and another of Yo-Landi in her trailer. This is...
[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
Six prizes were handed out at the BAFTA La Jaguar Britannia Awards last night, and luckily only one resulted in death.
While accepting the Charlie Chaplin Britannia for Excellence in Comedy at L.A.’s Beverly Hilton Hotel, Sacha Baron Cohen was given a vintage cane by Grace Cullington, the oldest living actress who worked with the honor’s namesake, and he proceeded to re-create the tramp’s signature penguin waddle around the wheelchair-bound octogenarian. As the audience cooed over the sweetness of the moment and raised their cameraphones to capture it for future social-media bragging, Baron Cohen tripped, slammed »
- Carrie Bell
Alfonso Cuarón's space odyssey is a visually mesmerising, crowd-pleasing fairground ride
There's a sequence in Stanley Kubrick's epochal 2001: A Space Odyssey in which the cranky supercomputer Hal throws a space pod at astronaut Frank Poole, sending him spinning silently through the empty void. This sequence is effectively expanded to feature-film length in Alfonso Cuarón's eye-boggling Gravity, which hurls Sandra Bullock and George Clooney into the abyss after their Hubble-attached shuttle is hit by an avalanche of space debris. Swirling among scattered shards of ever-circling extraterrestrial junk, our unfeasibly good-looking heroes must get a grip on anything that will offer them safe re-entry into Earth's atmosphere or drift ever further into the depths of space – cold, dark and utterly alone.
Created through a painstaking combination of physical and digital performance that disintegrates the divide between live action and animation, Gravity boasts a level of sheer visual invention »
- Mark Kermode
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