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The heartwarming real-life Batkid story is coming to the big screen with Julia Roberts set to produce and star, according to Variety.
5-year-old leukemia patient Miles Scott captured the hearts of people worldwide in November 2013, when San Francisco was transformed into Gotham City to bring his Make-a-Wish dream to life.
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After saving San Francisco, Batkid is now getting the Hollywood treatment.
News: Cancer-Stricken 'Batkid' Saves San Francisco
Batkid Begins tells the story of Miles, a 5-year-old boy who was diagnosed with leukemia and, through the Make-a-Wish foundation, realized his dream of becoming Batman for a day. The entire city of San Francisco pitched in and over 25,000 residents turned out to watch Miles stop a bank heist, take down notorious villains The Penguin and The Joker, and make a special visit to At&T Park, all while accompanied by the Caped Crusader himself.
The feel-good phenomenon went worldwide, thanks to over 2 billion social media users posting pictures, videos and tweets from the event.
"It's thrilling to me that Ms. Roberts and her »
Julia Roberts is to produce and star in a movie adaptation of the upcoming documentary about Batkid.
The doc, Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard around the World, recounts the real-life adventures of Miles Scott - a 5-year-old diagnosed with leukaemia who wanted to be Batman for a day.
Christian Bale on 5-year-old Batkid: 'It's so touching'
In November 2013, the Make-a-Wish Foundation famously transformed San Francisco into Gotham City to fulfil Miles's dream, as he was dressed up as Batkid and defeated both the Riddler and the Penguin.
The doc has been directed by Dana Nachman and will debut at Slamdance Film Festival today (January 24).
"It's thrilling to me that Ms Roberts and her team watched our film and were so moved by it that »
The upcoming Suicide Squad adaptation from Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, has quickly become one of the most highly anticipated blockbusters of the next few years. Not only will David Ayer (Fury) helm the large scale project, but the film also boasts an all-star cast consisting of Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and Jared Leto.
However, this past week has seen the production hit a minor speed bump with the unexpected departure of Tom Hardy. It was initially assumed that Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) would replace the Dark Knight Rises star in the role of Rick Flag, however it has since been revealed that he declined the invitation. Now, two more potential candidates for the part of Flag have arisen, and they are certainly interesting choices!
- Ben Read
The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah has always been a place for independent spirit, unique storytelling and movies that challenge the so-called "rules" of film making.
Often, this translates to weird, unmarketable character studies that either never see the light of day or are shoved off onto VOD platforms without so much as a single advertisement. But this isn't always the case. In fact, some of the most beloved, iconic films of the last 20 years got their start in the many hallowed screens scattered across the small snow-covered city.
News: 9 Sundance 2015 Films We Are Dying to See
Here are seven hugely popular films that you'd never guess came out of the Sundance Film Festival.
Reservoir Dogs: Quentin Tarantino's debut feature – about the aftermath of a botched diamond heist and the paranoia that grows between the culprits when it's revealed that one of them is secretly a cop – premiered at Sundance in 1992, where it quickly »
Suicide Squad is one of the most high profile films WB/DC have in their upcoming cinematic universe but recently actor Tom Hardy dropped from the role of Rick Flag leaving the spot open for another actor. Jake Gyllenhaal was rumored to be interested in the role but he also declined.
Now, according to Cinemablend, WB and director David Ayer are looking into two possible candidates to replace Hardy: Joel Edgerton and Jon Bernthal. Edgerton recently appeared alongside Christian Bale in the Ridley Scott directed epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings while Bernthal, better known for his role as Shane in The Walking Dead was part of the ensemble of the film Fury, also directed by Ayer.
- Munir Abedrabbo
The aftermath of the massive Sony hack not only revealed inside information about several of the studio's projects, but even a few that were being put together elsewhere. Last month, leaked documents revealed that Warner Bros. is eyeing Jeff Nichols (Mud) to direct their Aquaman movie, which has Jason Momoa attached to star. Today, a new report from Latino Review reveals that Jeff Nichols is still in the running to direct, but now Noam Murro (300: Rise of an Empire) has emerged as another directorial candidate, with Warner Bros. also eyeing Karl Urban for a supporting role that may be the villain.
Warner Bros. is reportedly waiting for Karl Urban to start and finish production on Star Trek 3 sometime this year, so they can lock him in to join the cast of Aquaman. The studio has set a July 27, 2018 release date for Aquaman, but it isn't known when they may actually start production. »
Those weren't exactly subtle hints so you've probably figured out that both Jon Bernthal and Joel Edgerton are the next names being lined up to star as Rick Flag in Suicide Squad, according to Cinemablend. Bernthal came to our attention as the doomed Shane Walsh on AMC's The Walking Dead, and also worked with director David Ayer in his WWII drama, Fury. Meanwhile Egerton has starred in a number of great flicks over the years, most recently playing Christian Bale's nemesis in Exodus: Gods And Kings. The site also reckon they've confirmed the Gary Sinise rumor, and the actor has indeed signed on to appear in the film -- but not as General Eiling! They don't say which character he will play, but it won't be Deathstroke either, as they hear former True Blood wolfman Joe Manganiello is "in contention" for that role. So quite a bit of news here, »
Alejandro González Iñárritu has certainly not allowed success to make him complacent. The Mexican filmmaker, who rose to prominence following 2000's Amores Perros, is at the peak of his popularity at the moment. His film, the Michael Keaton-starrer Birdman, is currently lighting up the awards circuit. In that film, he employed an extremely sophisticated and technological style of visual storytelling that made the entire movie feel like it was shot all in one continuous take. For his next film, Iñárritu continues to push his storytelling limits.
What visual flare is he going to bring this time around? According to a recent first-look the director offered Entertainment Weekly, the production can only shoot a few hours a day because they're filming using only natural light, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Fitness model Greg Plitt killed in train accident: Plitt was the 'body' of Dr. Manhattan in 'Watchmen' movie Fitness model Greg Plitt, best known for adorning countless fitness magazine covers and for his participation on the reality TV show Work Out, was killed by a passenger train while being videotaped last Saturday afternoon, January 17, 2015, in Burbank, about 20 kilometers northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Authorities are now trying to figure out how Plitt and his two-person crew were able to access a restricted area -- without a filming permit -- and what exactly they were doing there. Online tabloids claim to have the answer, asserting that Greg Plitt's death was the result of a failed thrill-seeking stunt. The athletic Plitt, who had previously shot at least one workout video on a train track, was purportedly trying to outrun the passenger train, but tripped and fell on the tracks. »
- Zac Gille
Simultaneously the dullest and the most insulting version of itself it could possibly be. If only it had managed to be campy, that’d be something… I’m “biast” (pro): have been a fan of Ridley Scott in the past…
I’m “biast” (con): …but not so much lately
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I think I’ve finally figured out what Exodus: Gods and Kings is all about. I don’t mean how it’s a painfully boring, too-literal adaptation of a Biblical fantasy that’s been told plenty often before, and was not calling out to be told again. I mean how it’s possible that Ridley Scott could have made such a stodgy flick, and one that’s utterly tone-deaf to modern sensibilities. Cuz Scott used to be ahead of the curve, not decades behind it: This is the guy who »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The vast column inches and pixels dedicated to Clint Eastwood's American Sniper of late may have questioned its celebratory portrayal of a man who took hundreds of lives and how it racked up an astonishing $90 million box office debut, but one aspect of the film's fallout has been overlooked entirely: Bradley Cooper is now a bona fide A-list movie star.
American Sniper's financial records keep stacking up. Best ever three-day opening for a Best Picture Oscar nominee, biggest ever January opening, an IMAX bow that beats 2012 blockbuster Prometheus and a career best for its 84-year-old director.
All this is vindication for Cooper, who picked up the film rights to Navy Seal sharp-shooter Chris Kyle's memoir in 2012 with a view to producing a film starring Chris Pratt in the lead role. Warner Bros backed the project on the proviso that Cooper himself play Kyle, while the star's Silver Linings Playbook »
American Sniper, which technically opened Dec. 6 but only in limited release, stars Bradley Cooper, while Blackhat stars People's Sexiest Man Alive Chris Hemsworth -- but Hemsworth's dreamy looks weren't enough to take down Cooper and his sniper rifle.
In its first weekend of wide release, American Sniper snagged a staggering $90.2 million and earned itself the box office top spot. Meanwhile, in it's opening weekend Blackhat came in 10th with a disappointing $4 million.
However, Mann is considered to be one of the best action-thriller directors of our generation, with films like Heat and Collateral securing his legacy. Eastwood, on the other hand, is a legend in the field of filmmaking and has created a slew of Oscar-winning movies.
Is Mann's »
Word comes from Twitch's Todd Brown that Johnnie To is currently at work on three projects. He'll direct a crime thriller, co-produce another and contribute to an eight-part omnibus film on the history of Hong Kong since the 1940s. The other seven directors are Tsui Hark, John Woo, Ringo Lam, Anne Hui, Sammo Hung, Yuen Woo-ping and Patrick Tam. Also: Steve Carell "in talks" to join Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale in The Big Short, the adaptation of the Michael Lewis bestseller. Gone Girl team David Fincher, Ben Affleck and screenwriter Gillian Flynn are working on a remake of the 1951 Hitchcock classic Strangers on a Train. And Annapurna Pictures will produce Mike Mills's 20th Century Women. » - David Hudson »
After news broke earlier in the week that the heavyweight trifecta of Christian Bale, Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling were teaming for new drama The Big Short, the ensemble has swelled even more with news from The Hollywood Reporter that newly-crowned Academy Award nominee Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) is in talks to join them.
The film, which is a adaptation of Michael Lewis’ (Moneyball) book, would see Carell play “Steve Eisman, a money manager who shorted subprime mortgages” in a movie that “chronicles multiple storylines and juggles various characters against the backdrop of the housing and credit bubbles of the 2000s that led to the 2007-08 global financial crisis.”
Anchorman and Step Brothers director Adam McKay is writing and directing the film, with Pitt’s production company Plan B, producing the film. No filming schedule has yet been confirmed, but early word suggests a 2016 release.
- Scott J. Davis
Well, here’s some good old heebie jeebie juice for you. Or, you know, brilliant marketing—depending on how you look at it. In the month leading up to the April 14, 2000 release of “American Psycho,” Patrick Bateman emailed fans eagerly awaiting the adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ book. That’s right, the homicidal, investment banking, psychopathic protagonist of Mary Harron’s film (played by Christian Bale) helped promote the movie by sharing his inner musings with anyone who wanted. The emails were a unique, creative, and quite creepy strategy Lions Gate Films employed starting March 15th of that year. The correspondences, which were approved, but not written by Ellis, find Bateman sharing his thoughts in the then-present of 2000, a decade-plus later than when “American Psycho” takes place. And they run the gamut of topics. What does the Huey Lewis fan think of other musical acts? Tue 4/4/00 1:21 Pm Subject: The »
- Zach Hollwedel
The art decoration of “Eva & Leon” is sublime, its impact immediate in the measured static shots of Eva’s chic and huge arrondissement Paris flat, classical in the carefully contrasting tones of white, gray, blue and salmon, setting off of furniture, curtains, drapes, sofas, cushions, gray and walls, high ceilings. A life-size flamingo stands by the mantelpiece. But such luxury is not enough. Eva, 35 (Clotilde Hesme), svelte, a dandy, an flaneur, cultured, immature, no children, absent mother, recluse father, termigant sis, lives a privileged life few can dream of, at least seriously. But, as the film suggests, she needs Leon, 10, an orphan who has escaped from his reception miles away outside France to try to find his birth-mother, to give her life an emotional anchor. Emilie Cherpitel’s film portrays their growing relationship of an odd couple. Distributed in France and sold abroad by Pyramide, one of Europe’s top arthouse production-distribution-sales companies, »
- John Hopewell
Brad Pitt, Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling — what more do you need? Well, when it's a studio-driven drama about the housing bubble and financial crisis that features no superheroes, you'll take as many people as you can get. And thus, Steve Carell has joined the Adam McKay-directed "The Big Short." The adaptation of the Michael Lewis bestseller will find the Oscar-nominated "Foxcatcher" actor playing "Steve Eisman, a money manager who shorted subprime mortgages" in a movie that "chronicles multiple storylines and juggles various characters against the backdrop of the housing and credit bubbles of the 2000s that led to the 2007-08 global financial crisis." No word yet on when filming will begin. [THR] Legendary Pictures is developing an adaptation of the 2011 Rolling Stone article "American Drug Lord" as a vehicle for Charlie Hunnam. Oscar-nominated Jason Hall ("American Sniper") will pen the screenplay about »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The book explores the build-up of the housing and credit bubble, leading up to the beginning of the financial crisis in 2007.
Carell can currently be seen in the drama Foxcatcher, for which he received Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. »
Bruce Willis has signed on to star in Wake. In the action-thriller, Willis will play a sociopath who returns to his hometown on a remote island for his brother's wake. Willis must save the family he is estranged from when the island comes under attack. Shooting is to begin in Cleveland in February. [Variety] Steve Carell is in talks to join Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, and Ryan Gosling in The Big Short. The film (adapted from Michael Lewis' book) centers around the housing and credit bubbles of the 2000s and the following financial crisis. Carell would play Steve Eisman, "a money »
- Jennifer Maas
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