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After premiering Knight of Cups recently at Berlin Film Festival, it’s likely not the only time we’ll see a new film from Terrence Malick this year. Shot back-to-back with his Christian Bale-led drama, he embarked on a music-themed feature set in Austin a few years ago. With a confirmed cast of at least Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender, […] »
- Leonard Pearce
Next Wednesday, producers of David O. Russell's 2013 film American Hustle will attempt to nuke a lawsuit brought by Paul Brodeur, an expert in the biological effects of electromagnetic fields. The legal action filed in Los Angeles Superior Court has prompted what the plaintiff has termed the "Ditzy Defense." Brodeur made his $1 million libel claim last October against Columbia Pictures, Atlas Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures over a comment from Jennifer Lawrence's character Rosalyn in the film. In a scene, Rosalyn tells her husband, played by Christian Bale, that microwaves take the nutrition out of food. After Bale's character
- Eriq Gardner
Three new releases debuted in the top three spots on the national home video sales charts for the week ending March 22, led by the 20th Century Fox-distributed “Penguins of Madagascar,” from DreamWorks Animation.
“Penguins” bowed at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. The film, which earned $83.2 million in U.S. theaters, is the fourth film in the “Madagascar” franchise, which launched in 2005 and has since generated more than $2.25 billion in worldwide ticket sales.
In a tight race, another 20th Century Fox film, “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” debuted at No. 2, also on both charts. According to Nielsen data, the Biblical epic, which stars Christian Bale as Moses and took in more than $65 million at the U.S. box office, sold nearly 97% as many units its first week in stores as »
- Alex Stedman
New Orleans – It seems right that a facility once used to make components of the Saturn V rocket for Nasa now houses a film set being used to catapult the imagination far into the future. Jules Verne wrote "From the Earth to the Moon," as science fiction, but the Saturn V helped make traveling to the moon a reality. The tables are now turned as a wholly different, and quite fictional, sort of traveling is being contemplated inside, and it is more of the H.G. Wells variety than the sort Verne envisioned. On a huge sound stage inside that Nasa facility is machine constructed for traveling, not in time but in space. Referred to by those working on the production as a "Tdd," the machine on set is a Time Displacement Device, and it looks as though the entire thing can spin around creating something of a sphere around those in the device. »
- Josh Lasser
Now here’s a pairing none of us saw coming: hot off an Oscar nomination for his powerhouse leading turn in American Sniper, Bradley Cooper has entered negotiations to take the reins on a Warner Bros. remake of A Star Is Born that was previously being circled by Cooper’s Sniper director Clint Eastwood. The redo, which has been in the pipeline for many years, had courted Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith, Russell Crowe, Christian Bale and Tom Cruise over the years to star, but it’s expected that Cooper will also take on the male lead.
As for the equally important female lead, the project is apparently still angling for pop royalty, with eyes for veritable Queen of the World Beyoncé Knowles. Of course, Beyoncé has not yet been approached, but the producers are hoping to do that very quickly if Cooper signs a deal to direct.
- Isaac Feldberg
In the works for a while now, the new version of the film was initially set to be directed by Cooper’s American Sniper director Clint Eastwood, but went on the back-burner after Eastwood chose to make Sniper and last year’s Jersey Boys instead. Word is that once Cooper has finished his run in The Elephant Man, which moves from Broadway to London’s West End very soon, he will start work on the film.
In addition, the studio are hoping that Cooper will take on the male lead in the film, which had Tom Cruise (Edge of Tomorrow), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street), Will Smith (Focus) and Christian Bale (Knight of Cups) all rumoured for at different points, »
- Scott J. Davis
In theory, the idea of Warner Bros. pairing up Bradley Cooper and Beyonce to star in a remake of "A Star is Born" is smart thinking. Cooper has become a megastar thanks to "American Sniper" and the studio clearly wants to keep him in the fold. Beyonce, on the other hand, is arguably the biggest pop star in the United States (maybe the planet) and she'd only cement her legacy by following in the steps of legends Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand who also appeared in adaptations of the original 1937 movie. There's a kicker, however. Warner Bros. is negotiating with Cooper to direct. According to Deadline, Cooper would take the reins from Clint Eastwood who was the last filmmaker associated with the project. This would also be Cooper's directorial debut and it seems like very dicey material for a first-timer. The material certainly isn't on par with a Samuel Beckett play, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Clint Eastwood, who directed Cooper in “American Sniper,” became attached to direct “A Star is Born” in 2011 with Beyonce Knowles set to star. She later fell out of the project after becoming pregnant while Eastwood put it aside for “Jersey Boys.”
It’s unclear if Cooper will star in the film or if Knowles will rejoin the project. Will Smith, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale have all been mentioned at various points for the movie star role. The latest script was written by »
- Dave McNary
I actually thought this project was dead. Our last update on it was 3 years ago, when it was announced that Beyoncé had dropped out of Clint Eastwood's "A Star Is Born" remake, citing a jam-packed schedule; and jazz singer Esperanza Spalding was said to be Eastwood's next choice for the role. Although it was never reported officially that Spalding was ever cast. Warner Bros. had no comment, with the project, at the time, still searching for its male lead, in what had been a casting carousel that included Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise, Christian Bale, Johnny Depp and, most recently, Bradley Cooper, who »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Beyonce has Not been cast in The Big Short, despite what the author of the book upon which the movie is based claimed during an interview with "CBS This Morning." After Michael Lewis, who wrote the best-selling book, noted in the interview that production had started in New Orleans on Monday, he then rattled off some names of the film's stars, including Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Christian Bale, and mentioned that he believed Beyonce had also been added to the all-star cast. But it's "not true," a rep for Beyonce exclusively tells Gossip Cop. Paramount Pictures also confirms only to Gossip Cop that she's not in the film. »
- Michael Lewittes
Winslet's Insurgent opened this weekend with a respectable $54 million, knocking Blanchett's Cinderella into second. To its credit, Disney's live-action adaptation opened with an impressive $67.8 million the weekend prior and has accumulated a domestic total to $122 million in just two weeks.
But how do the two Oscar winners stack up against one another? That's what Et's Celebrity Showdown is here to discover. Looking at seven unique criteria that weigh box-office earnings, critic's reviews, and award season gold, Celebrity Showdown examines the anatomy of both stars' careers to determine who's really the best.
While we eagerly await Sarah Polley to get back behind the camera and direct another movie, she's been busy on the screenwriting front. Last summer, she was hired by Paramount to adapt "The Fault In Our Stars," based on author John Greene's "Looking For Alaska." Now, she's been tapped by Amy Pascal to pen a new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" for Sony. The book has already seen a few iterations on the big screen, the most recent being the 1994 outing featuring Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes, Christian Bale, and more. For now, Polley isn't attached to direct, and won't make that decision until the script is done. [The Wrap] Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the man behind "The Kings Of Summer," and who will next helm the blockbuster "Skull Island," is adding the sci-fi "The Stars My Destination" to his plate over at Paramount. Based on the book by Alfred Bester, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Jai Courtney is the new Kyle Reese, opposite Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor and Arnold Schwarzenegger (he always said he'd be back!) as The Terminator in "Terminator: Genisys." The movie opens July 1, and Jai just talked to Variety about how he booked the role and how different "Genisys" is from the "Terminator" story of the 1984 original.
"It's not a reboot or a sequel or a prequel," Jai told Variety. "It stands alone. We're introduced to a world that we've seen before. However, when Reese is sent back to save Sarah Connor, something has happened in the process sand everything has changed. All the information he has for the mission and the task at hand is different. Therefore, things have been reset and that's where we move forward from. That's about all I can say."
It's like the alternate 1985 of "Back to the Future II" (but hopefully without rich Biff). Jai »
- Gina Carbone
The past is complicated. It only exists in memory, and, while the truth of what occurred is fixed, these facts can be changed and warped simply because of perspective into what we know as memories. Nostalgia undoubtedly comes out of these warped views. It refers to a sense many have that times gone by were better than the time we currently live through.
It’s also a familiar topic for cinema, which ably tackles the topic in films like The Last Picture Show or even Midnight in Paris. These films question what it is about the past that fascinates us, and what we might hope to find there that we can’t seem to find in our daily lives. American Hustle is not a film that can readily be looked at through this lens. Upon its release it was compared to films like Goodfellas and Boogie Nights. It was met with widespread acclaim, »
- Joseph Allen
After Christian Bale exited Danny Boyle’s upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, many believed the project to have lost its driving element. Bale’s resemblance to the Apple founder is perhaps greater than the man who would actually go on to play him; Michael Fassbender. Regardless, in this first leaked poster it appears as if Fassbender is right at home in the shoes of the technological pioneer.
The poster is a replica of the original promotional ad for Jobs’ NeXT computer. In the snap, Fassbender occupies the same space that Jobs did during that round of marketing and while he doesn’t look remotely like the man, this is a movie. Disbelief has to be suspended just a little.
For those of you who may need a refresher, the movie is scripted by Aaron Sorkin who has repeatedly affirmed that the finished feature won’t resemble a traditional biopic. Instead it »
- Gem Seddon
After Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike, fresh off an Oscar nomination for her performance in the David Fincher film, joined Christian Bale in the forthcoming adaptation of John D. MacDonald's novel The Deep Blue Good-by, two more supporting stars have come aboard as well. The Wrap reports "Game of Thrones" favorite Peter Dinklage will take a role in the film along with Nicola Peltz, who starred in Transformers: Age of Extinction. In the film, Bale is playing as Travis McGee, a self-described “salvage consultant” who recovers others’ property for a fee and along the way gets into trouble fighting bad guys and wooing women. In this particular story, we'll be introduced to McGee (a recurring character in MacDonald's books), the man who's a knight errant and wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out and his rule is »
- Ethan Anderton
Madrid – Brit actor Oliver Jackson-Cohen (NBC’s “Dracula,” “World Without End”) will star in “The Healer,” a feel-good drama marking Spanish director Paco Arango’s follow-up to his standout 2011 debut “Maktub” that will be produced by Enrique Posner (“Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” ”Justin and the Knights of Valor”).
Based on what Posner describes as a “highly personal original script,” “The Healer” is in itself a highly singular and inspiring project, yoking Arango’s love of filmmaking and his continuing life battle to help children fight cancer: A large portion of the proceeds from “The Healer” will be destined to help Paul Newman’s camps for seriously ill children (https://www.seriousfunnetwork.org/), where Arango is a board member.
Written by Arango, and set to roll June 6 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, “The Healer” is produced by Arango and Posner, using Arango’s Calcon shingle, and by »
- John Hopewell
While two of Hollywood's most popular action stars are duking it out in the box office, we thought it might be a good time for them to face off in the only thunderdome that really matters: Et's Celebrity Showdown.
Looking at seven unique criteria that weigh box-office earnings, critic's reviews and award season gold, Celebrity Showdown examines the anatomy of both stars' careers to show who's really the best.
So, will Chappie star Hugh Jackman (beloved for his many, many turns playing Wolverine in the X-Men franchise) be able to take down action veteran Liam Neeson (best known for the many films in which he's had to retrieve people who have been taken)? For fun, take a guess, then check out our totally scientific results.*
*Results not actually scientific.
Round 1 - Total Films
Hugh Jackman: 23
Liam Neeson: 60 (Win)
Round 2 - Highest Grossing Film
Hugh Jackman: $234.3 million »
The cast for James Mangold’s Travis McGee book adaptation The Deep Blue Good-By is coming together, with stars Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike already in place. Now Peter Dinklage and Transformers: Age Of Extinction’s Nicola Peltz are in talks to join them.Bale is playing charismatic rogue McGee, a Floridian sleuth and “salvage consultant” who is always getting into deeper water than he intends with dangerous women and very bad men. The Deep Blue Good-By represents the first of the McGee books, and with 21 tomes in John D. MacDonald’s book series so far, Fox will be hoping this one has legs so it can make more. After a somewhat torturous development process, Mangold is set in the director’s chair, working from a script that has seen input from Dennis Lehane and Scott Frank. As for what Pike, Peltz and Dinklage will be playing? Their roles have yet to be revealed, »
The cast of the Deep Blue Good-By just keeps getting better and better. Already on board the movie were Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike, and now we're hearing they'll be joined by Peter Dinklage and Nicola Peltz. The Deep Blue Good-By is the first movie centred on the character of Travis McGee, a cross between Indiana Jones and Nathan Drake, who will be played by Bale. McGee is a "salvage expert" that lives on a house boat and stays clear of anything that leaves a paper trail. He only works for cash and has one rule; he will recover anything that was taken from you as long as he can keep half. Dinklage joins the cast as a sidekick of sorts, a maths expert that helps McGee from time to time, while it's still unclear who Pike will play. McGee will be re-imagined as a grizzled army vet hot on »
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