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Paramount Movies To Be Distributed By Toho-Towa In Japan Under New Entity

5 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Beginning February 1 next year, Paramount titles will be released and marketed in Japan via Toho-Towa. This is part of a long-term agreement that will see Toho-Towa form a new distribution company, in addition to its current operation, to distribute Paramount’s films. The first title through the pipe is The Big Short with Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt. Once the Number 2 global market, Japan has been overtaken by China and has become increasingly… »

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Steve Jobs’s widow 'begged' DiCaprio and Bale not to take biopic role

7 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Laurene Jobs allegedly called stars to dissuade them from taking part in Danny Boyle-directed drama, according to the Hollywood Reporter

Steve Jobs’s widow Laurene Jobs called Hollywood stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale to beg them not to play her husband in a forthcoming biopic, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

In an extensive piece on the new film, titled simply Steve Jobs, the Us trade bible quotes an anonymous “key player” in the film-making process, who reveals: “Since the very beginning, Laurene Jobs has been trying to kill this movie, Ok? Laurene Jobs called Leo DiCaprio and said: ‘Don’t do it.’ Laurene Jobs called Christian Bale and said: ‘Don’t [do it].’”

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- Ben Child

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Paramount Titles to Distribute Through Toho-Towa in Japan

12 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount Pictures and Toho-Towa are to set up a joint company to handle the studio’s films in Japan.

The deal will take effect from Feb. 1, 2016 and will see Toho Towa distribute and market titles starting with “The Big Short,” starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt.

“We are honored to distribute films from Paramount Pictures through a new company under the Toho-Towa umbrella.  We look forward to a long-term relationship,” said Tomohiko Hoshino, COO President of Toho-Towa.

“Toho-Towa has been a tremendous collaborator for us in the past, most recently with the huge success of ‘World War Z,’ and we are thrilled to be working with them on our future releases,” said Paramount’s co-president of International Theatrical Marketing & Distribution Mark Viane.

Toho-Towa, a subsidiary of the market leading Japanese studio, Toho, previously became the Japanese distributor for Universal in Japan, when Uip Japan was dissolved. »

- Patrick Frater

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Fassbender Delivers Best Performance of His Career in 'Riveting' 'Jobs' Biopic

16 hours ago | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Steve Jobs' movie poster. 'Steve Jobs' movie: 'Riveting, high speed' biopic starring Michael Fassbender at his best On the outside, computers are clean, symmetrical slabs of molded polycarbonate; pleasant, or at least inoffensive, to look at. On the inside, however, the part most consumers don't see, is a bento box of circuit boards, memory chips, wires, graphics cards, and cooling systems, busily processing and moving the innumerable pieces of information that make the unit work flawlessly or, occasionally, crash. What director Danny Boyle's ferocious three-act rocket ride, Steve Jobs, teaches us about its eponymous tech icon, is that he was much like a computer: on the outside, clad in his signature black turtleneck and jeans, he was trim, bespectacled and flawlessly functioning. On the inside, he was on the brink of crashing, his internal Os in constant operation, avoiding, justifying, and occasionally acknowledging his poor treatment of »

- Mark Keizer

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How Steve Jobs' Widow Tried To Stop The New Movie

18 hours ago | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

When biopics are made, they are often controversial. When digging around in somebody.s history, you are bound to upset people. That.s apparently what happened in the case Danny Boyle's upcoming Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs' widow, Laurene Jobs, apparently did not want the movie made, and she went as far as calling actors and studios and asking them not to make it. The Hollywood Reporter has a new feature on the trials and tribulations of the upcoming biography of Apple.s co-founder. The film has been in development for four years, first at Sony, and then Universal. Leonardo Dicaprio, and then Christian Bale were both attached to play the title role before Michael Fassbender finally took the lead. The film also went through two directors, as David Fincher was tapped first before Danny Boyle took over. Throughout that time, Jobs' widow was so dead set »

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Will Smith Still Hasn't Met 'Suicide Squad' Co-Star Jared Leto

7 October 2015 2:05 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Jared Leto went so Method to play The Joker in "Suicide Squad" that he missed his opportunity to bond with The Fresh Prince. Filming is now over for David Ayer's DC Comics movie, which stars Will Smith as Deadshot, but Smith chatted with Beats 1 Radio about the Squad (as well as his new music). He was asked about working with Jared Leto and gave a somewhat unexpected answer:

How 'bout this? I've never actually met Jared Leto. So we worked together for six months and we've never exchanged a word outside of 'Action!' and 'Cut!' We've never said 'Hello,' we never said 'good day.' I've only ever spoken to him as Deadshot and him as the Joker. I literally have not met him yet. So, the first time I see him will be 'Hey, Jared. What's up?' 'Will, hey man, how you doing? Nice to meet you. »

- Gina Carbone

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Michael Fassbender says Christian Bale would have been “perfect” for Steve Jobs

5 October 2015 9:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Michael Fassbender (Macbeth) has said that Christian Bale (The Big Short) would have been a great fit for the title role in Steve Jobs, had he not dropped out of the project.

See Also: Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs will close the 59th BFI London Film Festival

Bale parted ways with Steve Jobs in November, allowing Fassbender to step into the lead role. Fassbender was in London promoting director Danny Boyle’s (Trance) film when he was asked by The Hollywood Reporter about his predecessor in the role of the late Apple co-founder.”I thought to myself: Christian Bale is perfect, why isn’t he doing it? I actually called him up and told him that myself.”

Fassbender also spoke about his lack of physical resemblance to Jobs and whether that hurts the film. “You see at the beginning of the film that I don’t look anything like him, »

- Tom Beasley

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Watch Danny Boyle, Aaron Sorkin, Michael Fassbender & More Discuss the Making of ‘Steve Jobs’ at Nyff

5 October 2015 7:28 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Although it officially premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, the completed cut of Danny Boyle‘s immensely entertaining Steve Jobs screened at New York Film Festival this weekend. Gathering after the press screening, the director, Aaron Sorkin, Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Michael Stuhlbarg, and author Walter Isaacson gathered to discuss the making of the project and today we have the full talk.

We said in our review, “About halfway into the movie’s second act, itself around Steve Jobs’ halfway point, the convoluted, sometimes outright hackneyed pieces start forming a larger picture, one that, in structure, formal tempo, and Daniel Pemberton‘s Glass-aping score, is not at all unlike Paul Schrader’s Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters. Bit by bit, there’s an accumulation of signifiers that what’s being staged is less a by-the-book recounting of significant events than it is a full-blown trip through — and, »

- Jordan Raup

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Watch: 27-Minute Nyff 'Steve Jobs' Press Conference With Danny Boyle, Aaron Sorkin, Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet & Seth Rogen

5 October 2015 7:24 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

“I studied Ashton Kutcher.” Those are not the words you expect to hear from Michael Fassbender about his approach to playing the titular Apple icon in "Steve Jobs." Thankfully, he was joking when he made those comments at the recent New York Film Festival press conference for the movie. And the actor, who admits he's not a tech head, even suggested to director Danny Boyle he didn't have the right look to play the role. “Obviously I don’t look anything like Steve Jobs,” Fassbender said. “That was the first thing I said to Danny. I said: ‘Christian Bale looks a lot more like Steve Jobs than me.’ He wasn’t interested in that – he wanted to get the energy and essence of the man and go with that.” Smart choice. The result is a movie that we called "a rush of blood to the head" and an "electrifying portrayal »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Matthew McConaughey Is Balding, Overweight in New Movie Gold: Crazy Set Photos

5 October 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Alright, alright, wait — what? Matthew McConaughey looks nearly unrecognizable for his new movie Gold. The Oscar winner was photographed filming on the streets of New York City on Sunday, Oct. 4. McConaughey, 45, does away with his six-pack abs and lustrous full blonde locks for a pudgier figure and bald look in the Stephen Gaghan-directed drama. His attire is completely different, too, and mirrors that of Christian Bale's character in American Hustle. Instead of his Magic Mike go-to leather pants, he was spotted wearing a business [...] »

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Michael Fassbender studied Ashton Kutcher for Steve Jobs movie

5 October 2015 2:59 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Michael Fassbender has joked he studied Ashton Kutcher to play Steve Jobs. The 'Prometheus' star portrays the Apple co-founder in the upcoming biopic - which shares its name with the late American entrepreneur - and he cheekily has claimed he based his portrayal on Ashton's interpretation in 2013 film 'Jobs'. Asked how he prepared for the project, Fassbender said with a grin: ''I studied Ashton Kutcher.'' The 38-year-old actor also admitted he tried to talk director Danny Boyle out of casting him in the lead role and told him that Christian Bale looked more like Jobs than him and would be better suited to the part. Speaking at a press conference for 'Steve Jobs' at the New York Film Festival on Saturday (03.10.15), he said: ''Obviously I don't look anything like Steve Jobs. That was the first thing I said to Danny. I said, ' »

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Watch: Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson & Kate Winslet Star in The First Trailer For John Hillcoat’s ‘Triple 9’

4 October 2015 6:24 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Some directors develop projects for years and then suddenly abandon them — John Hillcoat was once going to direct “The Revenant” with Christian Bale in the lead. Some directors just keep their scripts tucked away in the queue for the next viable moment — like John Hillcoat with cop drama “Triple 9.” In other words, you win some, you lose some, and some projects you just need to cut loose. Originally a vehicle for Shia Labeouf — Hillcoat and the young actor did the bootlegging drama “Lawless” instead — the Aussie director of “The Road” and “The Proposition” briefly paused the project, rethought it, and came roaring back with a crazy good ensemble cast that includes Casey Affleck, Chiwetel EjioforKate Winslet, and many more.  Read More: 'Walking Dead' Star Norman Reedus Joins 'Triple Nine' A crime thriller based on a Black List script from a few years back, “Triple 9” centers on a »

- Edward Davis

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Michael Fassbender jokes he "studied Ashton Kutcher" to play Steve Jobs

4 October 2015 3:01 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Michael Fassbender might find himself struck off Ashton Kutcher's Christmas card list.

The Prometheus actor jokingly mocked Kutcher's turn as Apple co-founder Steve Jobs at a press conference at the New York Film Festival.

When asked how he prepared for his role in Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs, Fassbender said with a smile (via The Guardian): "I studied Ashton Kutcher."

Kutcher played the tech pioneer in the 2013 critically-panned Jobs.

By contrast, Boyle's biopic, which focuses on three key product launches, has been praised with Digital Spy calling Fassbender's performance "compelling".

Reacting to criticism that he doesn't look like Jobs, Fassbender admitted he had similar concerns.

"That was the first thing I said to Danny [Boyle]," he explained. "I said, 'Christian Bale looks a lot more like Steve Jobs than me'. He wasn't interested in that - he wanted to get the energy and essence of the man and go with that. »

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“Bridge of Spies” represents one of the few unseen Oscar hopefuls left

2 October 2015 5:52 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

As of today, there are only a small handful of titles vying for Oscar consideration that have yet to be seen by anyone. Specifically, I can think of ten films that have awards aspirations, to one degree or another. Some are very likely Best Picture nominees, while others are likely technical players or bust. Still, at this point, here in early October, there aren’t too many unseen movies left, so this is worth taking note of. As such, below you’ll see a bit on all of the flicks that are still mysteries or X factors to us. A couple are only days away from revealing themselves, but a few will be unseen for quite some time still… Take a look at these ten unseen 2015 contenders: The Big Short – The newest entry into the race, this financial criss flick could be just what the season needs. With possible acting contenders like Christian Bale, »

- Joey Magidson

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First Look At Matthew McConaughey In Stephen Gaghan’s Gold

1 October 2015 12:39 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The first official image has been released from Gold, the upcoming movie from Traffic scribe Stephen Gaghan. As you can see, it features Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez in the sweaty setting of the Bre-x Mineral Corporation mining scandal. The movie revolves around a struggling businessman who teams up with a hapless geologist to find gold in the Indonesian jungle, and while this still doesn’t reveal much, it nicely sets the tone.

Gold is one of those movies which has been stuck in development hell for a while now, with director Michael Mann and writer Paul Haggis coming close to teaming up with Christian Bale for a version back in 2011. This current iteration was penned by Patrick Massett and John Zinman and is currently set to be released next Fall.

While McConaughey and Ramirez lead the cast, Gold also boasts plenty of other impressive names, including Bryce Dallas Howard, »

- Josh Wilding

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First Photo: McConaughey, Ramirez In "Gold"

1 October 2015 7:19 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

After a decade break from filmmaking, "Traffic" scribe and "Syriana" writer/director Stephen Gaghan returns to the big screen with the dramatic thriller "Gold".

Today the first photo has been released from the project, once marked as a Michael Mann/Christian Bale vehicle, which stars Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez and has been penned by Patrick Massett and John Zinman.

The true story tale deals with the Bre-x Mineral Corporation mining scandal and follows a struggling businessman who teams up with a hapless geologist to find gold in the Indonesian jungle. The film is targeting a Fall 2016 release.

Source: EW »

- Garth Franklin

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James Cromwell, Jean Reno Join Christian Bale’s ‘The Promise’

30 September 2015 12:34 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

James Cromwell and Jean Reno have joined Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac in the historical romance “The Promise,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Terry George (“Hotel Rwanda”) is directing from a script he wrote with Robin Swicord, centering on a love triangle in 1922 with a medical student, an American journalist based in Paris and a beautiful and sophisticated woman, portrayed by Charlotte Le Bon. Bale will play the reporter, and Isaac will portray the student, conflicted by old-world traditions.

Cromwell will play an American ambassador who becomes heroic when challenged, while Reno will play a French admiral deeply conflicted in the face of life-threatening danger. The story is set amid the final days of the Ottoman Empire.

Shohreh Aghdashloo and Daniel Gimenez Cacho also star.

Shooting has started in Spain and Portugal and will go into December. Eric Esrailian will produce on behalf of Survival Pictures with Mike Medavoy for Phoenix Pictures, »

- Dave McNary

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Jean Reno And James Cromwell Are Part Of The Promise

30 September 2015 10:55 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac and The Walk’s Charlotte Le Bon are already all in the cast, but director Terry George isn’t finished filling roles for his new historical drama The Promise. He’s now adding Jean Reno and James Cromwell. The Hotel Rwanda/ Reservation Road director is calling the shots on this one, based on the script he wrote with Robin Swicord. The Promise is set in the dying days of the Ottoman Empire (the 1920s) and explores the relationships between three people: Michael (Isaac), a gifted medical student; Chris (Bale), a renowned American journalist working in Paris; and the beautiful and sophisticated Ana (Le Bon).Reno is aboard to play a French admiral who faces life-threatening danger and finds himself unable to act, while Cromwell will be an American ambassador who shows a heroic side when challenged. The cameras are rolling now in Spain and Portugal with George shooting through December. »

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Will Smith’s ‘Concussion’ to Premiere at AFI Fest

30 September 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Will Smith’s drama “Concussion” will make its world premiere at the AFI Fest.

Based on a 2009 GQ article, the film tells the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian-born forensic neuropathologist who found Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in the brains of NFL players, discovering a link between football injuries and early-onset dementia that could lead to death. He became at odds with the NFL after the diagnosis.

The movie made headlines recently after the New York Times posted a story centered around emails unveiled by hackers suggesting that Sony executives made unspecified edits to avoid angering the NFL. Sony spoke out against the article, claiming it was “written by individuals who have not seen the film” and that the piece “contains many misleading inferences.”

Sony’s “Concussion”, written and directed by Peter Landesman, is produced by Ridley Scott, Giannina Scott, David Wolthoff, Larry Shuman and Elizabeth Cantillon. It will play at AFI on Nov. »

- Dave McNary

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10 years ago today: Browncoats rejoiced when ‘Serenity’ opened in theaters

30 September 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In 2005, fans of Joss Whedon’s shiny space western “Firefly” had spent a couple years deploring the show’s cancelation on Fox, and the sci-fi series had only just begun to garner its cult following thanks to the power of the DVD. With support from its growing fanbase and with some persistence from Joss the Boss, the canceled series finally got a conclusion to the tale of the ragtag crew of the Firefly-class ship Serenity with the release of a feature film. That film — named for the crew’s beloved spaceship — was released in theaters 10 years ago today, on Sept. 30, 2005. The film featured all nine regular cast members of “Firefly,” along with Chiwetel Ejiofor in the antagonist role, years before his Oscar nomination, and a brief appearance from Sarah Paulson, before TV viewers would come to know her for “American Horror Story.” “Serenity” ultimately under-performed at the box office, »

- Emily Rome

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