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'Black Widow': The Highest In The World

15 hours ago | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

According to Box Office Mojo, former child actress Scarlett Johansson is now the highest box office grossing film actress of all time, after her turn as 'Black Widow' in several Marvel Studios films, returned domestic revenues of over $3 billion (Us):

Johansson bested Cameron Diaz, Helena Bonham Carter, Cate Blanchett and Julia Roberts...

...as the world's highest grossing actress, bringing in a domestic box office revenue of $3.3 billion...

...appearing as 'Black Widow' in 5 Marvel features...

...and due to appear again in "Avengers: Infinity War".

The recent report also brings more to the table regarding a solo 'Black Widow' movie project...

...starring Johansson in an R-Rated action feature.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek 'Black Widow'...

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- Michael Stevens

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"Howards End" Gets A Re-Release Trailer

19 hours ago | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Back in the 1980s and 1990s, producers Ishmail Merchant and James Ivory were as much a brand name as Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, albeit for cinematic fare of a very different type.

The Merchant-Ivory collaboration ran across dozens of movies and became synonymous with a specific kind of filmmaking - high-brow, lavishly produced dramas often based on famed British literary works. Aside from perhaps "The Remains of the Day," they remain best known for their three film adaptations of the works of famed English author E.M. Forster.

Of those three the most famous, and indeed the film some would say is Merchant-Ivory's best, would be "Howards End". Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter, and Emma Thompson starred in the film about two couples amid the changing times of Edwardian England.

Now, the cinematic classic which won three Oscars and was nominated for nine, is coming back to theaters »

- Garth Franklin

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Captain America: Civil War Star Scarlett Johansson Is Officially The Highest Grossing Actress Of All Time

29 June 2016 7:36 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Scarlett Johansson has beat out the likes of Cameron Diaz, Helena Bonham Carter, Cate Blanchett and Julia Roberts to be named the current highest grossing actress, bringing in a domestic box office revenue of $3.3 billion, according to Box Office Mojo. The Captain America: Civil War star has now appeared as Black Widow in 5 Marvel flicks, and will reprise the role at least 2 more times in the Avengers: Infinity War movies. She is 10th on the list of top-grossing movie stars in Hollywood, the rest of whom are all males: Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hanks, Robert Downey Jr., Eddie Murphy, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, and Michael Caine. At 31, Johansson is also the youngest in the top 10. »

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Scarlett Johansson Named the Highest Grossing Actress of All Time

29 June 2016 6:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Scarlett Johansson has officially earned more money at the box office than any other actress in history. At 31, the actress has already raked in $3.3 billion at the domestic box office, making her 10th highest earning actor, male or female, in Hollywood, according to Box Office Mojo. By far the youngest actor on the top 10 list, Johansson was only beat out by the likes of Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hanks, Robert Downey Jr., Eddie Murphy, Tom Cruise, Michael Caine and Johnny Depp. The next highest-grossing actress on the list is Cameron Diaz at 19, followed by Helena Bonham Carter »

- Michael Miller @write_miller

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Scarlett Johansson Named the Highest Grossing Actress of All Time

29 June 2016 6:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Scarlett Johansson has officially earned more money at the box office than any other actress in history. At 31, the actress has already raked in $3.3 billion at the domestic box office, making her 10th highest earning actor, male or female, in Hollywood, according to Box Office Mojo. By far the youngest actor on the top 10 list, Johansson was only beat out by the likes of Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hanks, Robert Downey Jr., Eddie Murphy, Tom Cruise, Michael Caine and Johnny Depp. The next highest-grossing actress on the list is Cameron Diaz at 19, followed by Helena Bonham Carter »

- Michael Miller @write_miller

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‘Ocean’s Eight’: Helena Bonham Carter Says Script Is Hilarious, ‘Great For Women’

29 June 2016 9:44 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

For the past few months casting rumors have been circulating about the all-female “Ocean’s Eleven” spin-off, “Ocean’s Eight.” Now, Helena Bonham Carter, rumored to be a part of the Gary Ross-directed film, is speaking out.

“It’s a really good script — but I still don’t know if I’m going to be in it,” the actress told Entertainment Weekly. “But it’s a great script, and it’s great for women. Just hilarious.”

The screenplay is penned by Olivia Milch and according to reports, it’s a continuation of the George Clooney-led franchise, with Sandra Bullock playing Danny Ocean’s ex-con sister. Cate Blanchett, who will be the equivalent of Brad Pitt’s Rusty, is supposedly her right-hand woman. The storyline is that they will form a team to steal a necklace from the Met Ball in order to frame a villainous gallery owner. Elizabeth Banks »

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What's Brexit, Anyway? All About the U.K.'s Vote to Leave the European Union - And Why It Matters to Americans

23 June 2016 2:10 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Today, Britons head to the polls for a referendum on whether they'll remain in the European Union. It's a history-making vote that the British have nicknamed "Brexit." But what is a "Brexit?" And why should those of us across the pond care? First off, let's cover the basics. What is a Brexit?A Brexit is shorthand for "British exit" from the European Union. If Britons choose to leave - to Brexit - it will be monumental. No country has ever left the EU before. Trade deals will take years to renegotiate. The U.K.'s currency, the pound sterling, would »

- Diana Pearl, @dianapearl_

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Elizabeth Banks Was Considered “Too Old” For Mary-Jane Role In 2002’s Spider-Man

22 June 2016 2:12 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Before appearing as Betty Brant in Sam Raimi’s trilogy, Pitch Perfect 2 director Elizabeth Banks has revealed that she originally auditioned for the Mary-Jane role in Spider-Man, only to be turned down because she was considered “too old” for the part.

That’s according to Banks herself, who told Glamour magazine that despite being 28 at the time – making her only 16 months older than lead star Tobey Maguire – it was ultimately Kirsten Dunst that landed the coveted role of Mary-Jane Watson across Raimi’s superhero series.

“I screen-tested for the role of Mary-Jane Watson in the first Spider-Man movie, opposite Tobey Maguire … Tobey and I are basically the same age and I was told I was too old to play her. I’m like, ‘Oh, Ok, that’s what I’ve signed up for’.”

Beyond the world of costumed heroes, Elizabeth Banks has gone on to become one »

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Hollywood’s UK Community Debates Brexit: Should They Stay Or Should They Go?

21 June 2016 4:51 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Britain doesn’t have to choose between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but our friends across the pond are nevertheless faced with a hugely significant political decision of their own. Thursday’s vote on Brexit — the colloquial name given to the United Kingdom’s upcoming vote on whether or not to remain in the European Union — is a divisive issue, of course, with the husband of slain MP Jo Cox saying that the 41-year-old politician was murdered because of her strong political beliefs. The Economist currently tracks the polls at 44 percent in favor of remaining (or “bremaining”), 43 percent hoping to leave (“brexit”) and 11 percent undecided.

Read More: ‘A United Kingdom’ to Open BFI London Film Festival, Boosting Awards Chances

The divide doesn’t appear to be as sharp in the film industry, however, with more than 250 British celebrities (Patrick Stewart, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Steve McQueen »

- Michael Nordine

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Night Will Fall

20 June 2016 8:13 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

The Holocaust needs to be retold forever, but it's a tough topic to address without distortion or trivialization. André SInger's docu is about the Allied film record of the liberation of the camps -- horrific footage that was used in the war crimes trials and cut into documentaries -- that were then suppressed and locked away. In 2008, an abandoned film supervised by Alfred Hitchcock was finally finished. Night Will Fall DVD-r The Warner Archive Collection 2014 / Color / 1:78 enhanced widescreen / 75 min. / Street Date January 27, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Narrators Helena Bonham Carter, Jasper Britton. Cinematography Richard Blanshard Film Editors Arik Lahav, Stephen Miller Original Music Nicolas Singer Written by Lynette Singer Produced by Sally Angel, Brett Ratner <Directed by André Singer

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Documentaries about the Holocaust have always been problematical. In some ways the subject was deemed a cultural taboo, to be discussed in only the gravest terms. For years after the war most Americans saw only chosen snippets of film footage, glimpses of the horrors in the death camps. The images published in magazine photo articles were more than people wanted to see.. There were plenty of exceptions, but most ordinary Americans first saw extended documentary footage in -- of all things -- a for-profit Hollywood picture in which big stars portrayed victims and villains. The movie, Stanley Kramer's Judgment at Nuremberg was actually in good taste, and had a laudable social purpose. The graphic film from the camp was part of the actual Nuremberg trials, after all. It showed a reality of our times that had been suppressed, whether for questions of taste or decency, or because 'the public couldn't take it.' I believe America accepted 'not seeing' because we were not yet a nation of morbid voyeurs. (Live and learn... from Joe Dante: "Actually I think the first time American audiences were exposed to Death Camp footage was in Welles' The Stranger, long before Judgment at Nuremberg.") Art film viewers saw Alain Resnais' Night and Fog, a quiet, haunting film that avoids emotional sensationalism by telling the story through views of Auschwitz as it was in 1955 and non-confrontational narration. Italians, East Germans, Russians and others eventually made dramatic movies that showed the experiences of various concentration camp victims. Many of these dramas were good, but none could embrace the near-cosmic immensity of the horror. Can any single experience help us to come to grips with the fate of millions? And then there's the problem of the endless footage of corpses -- these formerly taboo images are still too much for sensitive people. The English, the Americans and the Russians all filmed in the camps that they liberated. Night Will Fall tells the story of the 1945 production and then abandonment of a long-form film documentary officially sanctioned by the Allied victors. It was produced by Sidney Bernstein and partly overseen by Alfred Hitchcock. The director developed a script and an approach for a document intended to quash present and future claims that the mass murders were faked, exaggerated or a political illusion. A cut called German Concentration Camps Factual Survey (Gccfs) was prepared up to a certain point, but then shelved, with no go-ahead for a finish. The U.S. Army finally brought in Billy Wilder to supervise a shorter version called Death Mills. But Wilder's film also remained classified, and was not released to the public either. A version of it was shown to German audiences. The docu footage was also projected at the Nuremberg trials, as evidence against the German war criminals. Night Will Fall was announced almost ten years ago, in newspaper articles that explained that the British Imperial War Museum was finally going to complete the original Gccfs. Yet we had already seen much of Gccfs on PBS TV in 1985. All but the last reel of the film was located, in its work print form. It screened at least twice on PBS as Frontline: Memory of the Camps; I taped the second airing on VHS and have a burned DVD of it around somewhere. The 'new' Memory of the Camps was finished in 2014. The Warner Archive Collection's Night Will Fall is a documentary about the making of these movies back at the close of the war. Holocaust survivors, surviving Signal Corps cameramen and the producer of Schindler's List -- himself an Auschwitz survivor - are among the on-camera interviewees. Various personalities including directors Billy Wilder and Alfred Hitchcock are represented by archived interviews on film and audiotape. The details of the liberation and the Signal Corps' activities are certainly interesting. We also want to know about the involvement of Hitchcock and Wilder, although all we get are a few remarks and notes on Hitchcock's concerns with the narrative, in audio bites that I would guess were taken from the famed Hitchcock/Truffaut interviews. Hitchcock asks for the inclusion of panning shots, to help prove that what was seen wasn't being faked. Wilder says much the same thing. When it comes time to explain why the project stalled, we're shown a couple of paragraphs in some documents that suggest that America did not want to antagonize the German population with this negative material. The inference is that with the Cold War heating up, most forms of de-Nazification were abandoned after the obvious death camp villains and high-ranking Nazis were executed or locked away. Washington wanted German cooperation in opposing Stalin, and put a halt to the bringing of many more German war criminals to justice. The Russian attitude was quite different. A Soviet Army cinematographer interviewed for Night Will Fall tells us that when their troops liberated a camp, their first action was to shoot every German guard as soon as they were positively identified. That's sounds okay to me. As I said, the 'finished'1945 film German Concentration Camps Factual Survey was also released in 2014. It retains the title Memory of the Camps and is credited to Sidney Bernstein and Alfred Hitchcock. Night Will Fall ends with a final couple of minutes of the 'finished' Memory. It consists of a semi-poetic narration and an edited sequence showing, in graphic close-up, ten or so victims by the side of the road, presumably executed during the retreat of the camp guards. It's everything the movie shouldn't be, a repetitive series of shock cuts to staring corpses with parts of their heads blown away. I can only compare it to one of the intolerably gory highway safety films that aim only to shock the audience. The brain of one corpse lies in a neat heap alongside a skull blown wide open; another man's head seems to be missing above the nose. I'm not sure what the point is. If it's done to produce a blast of more extreme horror to reach the audience, it's a failure. I must admit that I'm conservative on this issue, as I believe that too much of the audience will compare this real carnage to effects they see in the latest zombie thriller. That sickens me the same way I felt when I witnessed high schoolers on a bus describing the awful 9/11 coverage as, 'really cool.' Night Will Fall has value, but to me its style, making even mild use of editing techniques from today's Reality Programming, is inappropriate. The horror of this reality is blatant, banal even. The most responsible way to use the the horror footage would be to simply lay out the raw takes, with slates and camera stops, like legal evidence. Night Will Fall aestheticizes many shots. In one sequence, close-ups of massed corpses are rendered in negative, turning the horror into stylized 'art.' Fake 'end of reel' blips and flashes are added for style, as in any modern Reality Show, where the only rule is to hype the subject matter using any editorial trick that will keep the frame alive. A s hort piece of footage has been digitally sharpened, and looks as if a sub-par tape source had been run through a bad electronic filter. Is this splitting hairs, and being oversensitive? I suppose that times change and that revisionism happens with everything. But this grim, vitally important history is now leaning toward becoming another entertainment choice. Other snippets of the new 'finished' Memory of the Camps are glimpsed in Night Will Fall. The new film appears to use the same or much of the same narration text. I can't tell if that reconstituted ending was part of the original, because when the original Memory showed on PBS, a card came up informing us that the final 'Auschwitz' chapter had been removed at an earlier date. What remained of the original rough cut ended there. I've always theorized that it was snipped off to be given to documentarians and Stanley Kramer. Many of the standard shots of Auschwitz that we see, often in terrible quality, may have come from that reel. The new Memory of the Camps doesn't retain the original narration, as read by actor Trevor Howard. The original version was unusually eerie and effective because it was just a sequence of raw shots with insert title cards and maps, and the only audio on the soundtrack was Trevor Howard's distinctive voice. It is a very good read. Howard seems to be suppressing his anger all the way through, reading the more ironic comments as if he's personally offended. It's as if the Army Intelligence officer Trevor Howard plays in The Third Man had been asked to record the narration. The new narrator in the finished (2014) clips we see gives a smooth and uninflected read, which to me revises and re-interprets everything. The Holocaust shouldn't need mood music to tell us how to react -- although I realize that that a music track might have been part of the plan in 1945 as well. And it's possible that Hitchcock and Sidney Bernstein, when they heard Trevor Howard's interpretation of the narration script, already knew that they wanted something else. But Howard's track is the one that came from the battlefield of the original production, and should be preserved. I remember buying a copy of a previously classified Army movie about 1950s atom tests, only to find that the original narration had been similarly tossed away and replaced with a new one that sometimes didn't even align with the graphics on screen. This to me makes the movie a censored, worthless revision. Watch William Wyler and John Sturges' docu Thunderbolt on TCM sometime. The Army wasn't keen to show that movie either, and we can tell why -- it's an honest account of how fighter bomber pilots, mostly unopposed in the air, pressed their advantage over retreating Germans in Italy. The narration and the comments by the pilots are bloodthirsty and merciless. Apparently the Army did not like seeing its personnel presented as gleeful killers. Thunderbolt was released only several years after it was finished, by a small studio. Like I said above, I realize that my comments about the style of Night Will Fall are highly subjective and prejudiced. But they are my honest thoughts on the film. The Warner Archive Collection DVD-r of Night Will Fall is a good enhanced encoding of a show that consists of new interviews and the old atrocity documentation footage. The improved quality of the film from the camps spares us nothing. If there are more ways to mangle, burn or abuse a human body, I don't want to know about them. The audio and other technical specs are of a high quality as well. The disc's three extras offer much added value. The first is a lengthy lecture by Professor Rainer Schulze, who re-traces basically the entire subject matter of Night Will Fall on a higher plane, with more detail and information. The lecture answers many questions that the main feature doesn't touch. Schulze also discusses the politics behind the ways the 'hot potato' death camp footage was shown, and then not shown. Frankly, I can see a spokesman like Professor Schulze being excluded from a new 'entertainment' documentary because (a.) he probes deeply into uncomfortable aspects of the subject and (b.) he's a German with a German accent. Want to learn more about this appalling yet essential history lesson? This is a fine study piece. The second and third extras are two shorter concentration camp docus that show how both sides depicted the horror, using much of the same footage. Oświecim (Auschwitz) is the Russian film. It has a Russian title card but English opening and ending text cards -- with a misspelling. It identifies the 'great men' that will insure that the Fascists are brought to justice as Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill -- even though Roosevelt had been dead for a year. The Russian docu refers to the war criminals mostly as Fascists, not Germans, perhaps because they wanted to show the film in the Russian sector of defeated Germany. The narration is fairly specific about what we're seeing, describing the things done to individual prisoners and identifying a number of them by name. Adults and children pose for the camera as Russian doctors examine them. The last film is indeed the Billy Wilder supervised Death Mills, which covers much of the same content. Although it consists mostly of British and American film, it also uses a great deal of Russian footage, with a narration track that says totally different things about some of the victims we see. At one point the narration refers to the brutish-looking female SS guards as Amazons, and says that they are 'Deadlier than the Male.' Is that evidence of Billy Wilder's input? My bias against Night Will Fall is probably a more generalized rant against today's commercial documentaries, many of which are, I think, compromised by the need to compete with other forms of entertainment. The show does have interesting content and may be perfect for someone unfamiliar with the subject. If a viewer wants a show to introduce the subject of Genocide to children, I can't see this or any atrocity footage being the right thing to show them. For others, the excellent extras greatly enhance the film's desirability. On a scale of Excellent, Good, Fair, and Poor, Night Will Fall DVD-r rates: Movie: Good Video: Very good Sound: Excellent Supplements: One informational lecture short subjects and two short docus made right after the war (see above) Deaf and Hearing Impaired Friendly? Yes; Subtitles: English Packaging: Keep case Reviewed: June 18, 2016 small>(5144fall)

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Gary Ross talks female-led Ocean’s Eleven spinoff, reveals title as Ocean’s Eight

19 June 2016 6:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Over the past couple of months we’ve heard plenty of casting rumours for the upcoming female-led Ocean’s Eleven spinoff. While director Gary Ross isn’t quite ready to confirm any names, he has revealed to Slash Film that the project will be titled Ocean’s Eight, and he also talked a little about how the project will compare to Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s trilogy.

“I think it’s a pretty similar tone. You know, Steven Soderbergh and I are incredibly close friends, and we would not have done this if we weren’t. I don’t think he would’ve wanted anyone to do it if we weren’t. This is very much an extension and a continuation. He’s a producer on the movie. In one way or another, this has been a 20-year conversation between Steven and I, collaborating in ways the whole world doesn »

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Restored ‘Howards End’ to Be Released in Theaters

17 June 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cohen Media Group will release a 4K restoration of the 1992 romantic drama “Howards End,” which screened at the Cannes Film Festival last month as part of the Cannes Classics program.

Howards End” will open at the Paris Theatre and Film Forum in New York on Aug. 26, and Laemmle’s Royal in Los Angeles on Sept. 2. Cohen Media Group plans to show the film at several of the original theaters that first screened the movie in 1992, before expanding distribution to other markets.

Starring Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter and Emma Thompson, “Howards End” was directed by James Ivory and produced by Ismail Merchant.

The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards and earned Thompson a best actress trophy. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala won best adapted screenplay, and Luciana Arrighi and Ian Whittaker nabbed best art direction. It also won the 45th anniversary prize at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival.

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‘Ocean’s 11’ reboot is actually titled Ocean’s 8, says director

15 June 2016 10:53 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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Director Gary Ross has been speaking with /Film about the Ocean’s 11 reboot that he’s currently working, and has confirmed that the movie will actually be called Ocean’s 8. The reboot will be led by Sandra Bullock, with the likes of Elizabeth Banks, Helena Bonham Carter, Cate Blanchett and Mindy Kaling also rumoured to be amongst the new team.

Speaking with the website, Ross said:

“I think it’s a pretty similar tone”, he explained. “You know, Steven Soderbergh and I are incredibly close friends, and we would not have done this if we weren’t. I don’t think he would’ve wanted anyone to do it if we weren’t. This is very much an extension and a continuation”.

Danny Ocean’s sister? So, we now know that it will definitely be continuation. But what differences should we expect to see between the new film and the three films that preceded it wit George Clooney in the lead.

“We’re different filmmakers, obviously, so there will be those differences, but one of the things I’m drawn to is the amazing tone Steven was able to create, and we discuss that a lot. We discuss the cinema a lot, the shooting style, the rhythm, the editing style, and the music. We discuss it all. I’m in no way trying to reinvent the tone, and I’m thrilled and honoured to be extending it. It’s really fun to work with.”

Shooting is expected to kick off this year for a late 2017/ early 2018 release.

More as we get it.

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Ocean’s 11 reboot is called Ocean’s 8: new details revealed

15 June 2016 10:08 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Director Gary Ross is putting the finishing touches to his new film, Free State Of Jones. And in an interview to promote the movie, talk has turned to his next project, the reboot of sorts of Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s 11 trilogy.

The new movie has a cast that’s reported to star Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth Banks, Helena Bonham Carter and Mindy Kaling. Jennifer Lawrence has been linked too, but her involvement is very much up in the air, given her crowded schedule.

So what should we expect from the new movie? Well, firstly, a new name. Ross has confirmed that the title of it will be Ocean’s 8.

“I think it’s a pretty similar tone”, he added. “You know, Steven Soderbergh and I are incredibly close friends, and we would not have done this if we weren’t. I don’t think he would’ve wanted anyone to do it if we weren’t. This is very much an extension and a continuation”.

That ties into rumours that the movie is more of a follow-on than anything.

“We’re different filmmakers, obviously, so there will be those differences, but one of the things I’m drawn to is the amazing tone Steven was able to create, and we discuss that a lot. We discuss the cinema a lot, the shooting style, the rhythm, the editing style, and the music. We discuss it all. I’m in no way trying to reinvent the tone, and I’m thrilled and honoured to be extending it. It’s really fun to work with”, Ross added.

Ocean’s 8 is due to start filming before the end of the year. A release before the end of 2017 is a possibility…

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Ocean's Eight will be an extension and continuation of Soderbergh's trilogy

15 June 2016 6:09 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven franchise will live on under the direction of Gary Ross (The Hunger Games) and there have been a number of actor's either reported or rumoured to be involved including Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth Banks, Helena Bonham Carter, and Mindy Kaling. Although at times it has been unclear whether Ross' project will be a... Read More »

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Director Gary Ross Says ‘Ocean’s Eight’ Is An “Extension And A Continuation” Of ‘Ocean’s Eleven’

15 June 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The stars are aligning, literally — Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth BanksHelena Bonham Carter, and Mindy Kaling — for the all-female redo of “Ocean’s Eleven.” Actually, hold up a moment, because it looks like it won’t exactly be a reboot. As we’ve reported, George Clooney‘s Danny Ocean from Steven Soderbergh‘s original trilogy has been eyed […]

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Gary Ross Talks "Ocean's Eight" Tone

15 June 2016 11:01 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Out doing promotion for "Free State of Jones," filmmaker Gary Ross was asked by Slashfilm about his next project, one that has made many headlines of late.

Confirming that the title is "Ocean's Eight" for now, he also re-affirms that this upcoming all-female cast spin-off of the "Ocean's Eleven" films is a continuation of the tone that Steven Soderbergh established in the trilogy:

"I think it's a pretty similar tone. You know, Steven Soderbergh and I are incredibly close friends, and we would not have done this if we weren't. I don't think he would've wanted anyone to do it if we weren't. This is very much an extension and a continuation. He's a producer on the movie.

In one way or another, this has been a 20-year conversation between Steven and I, collaborating in ways the whole world doesn't know about: I helped him on the previous Ocean's Eleven films; he shot second unit on The Hunger Games; I've done Adr lines for him; and he reads all my scripts. It's a very long, ongoing collaboration. This, I think, is a very seamless process.

We're different filmmakers, obviously, so there will be those differences, but one of the things I'm drawn to is the amazing tone Steven was able to create, and we discuss that a lot. We discuss the cinema a lot, the shooting style, the rhythm, the editing style, and the music. We discuss it all. I'm in no way trying to reinvent the tone, and I'm thrilled and honored to be extending it."

The likes of Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, and Elizabeth Banks have all been linked to the project which still has not set production dates as yet. »

- Garth Franklin

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Ocean's Eleven All-Female Spinoff Gets Titled Ocean's Eight

15 June 2016 10:28 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last week, we reported that the cast of Sandra Bullock's female reboot of Ocean's Eleven has added Elizabeth Banks, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter and Mindy Kaling. That report also teased that the project's working title was Ocean's Ocho, since the story will center on eight female thieves, but it seems that title wasn't quite accurate. While doing press for his new film The Free State of Jones, director Gary Ross confirmed that the title is actually Ocean's Eight, and that Ocean's Ocho was just a nickname for the project.

This project has been secretly in development over the past few years, with Ocean's Eleven director Steven Soderbergh, star George Clooney and producer Jerry Weintraub bringing aboard Olivia Milch (Town & Country) to write the script. Gary Ross revealed to SlashFilm that this project is not simply a female reboot, but a continuation of Steven Soderbergh's trilogy. Here's what Gary Ross had to say below, discussing how both he and Steven Soderbergh have collaborated on each other's projects over the years, and how Ocean's Eight will be similar in tone to Ocean's Eleven.

"I think it's a pretty similar tone. You know, Steven Soderbergh and I are incredibly close friends, and we would not have done this if we weren't. I don't think he would've wanted anyone to do it if we weren't. This is very much an extension and a continuation. He's a producer on the movie. In one way or another, this has been a 20-year conversation between Steven and I, collaborating in ways the whole world doesn't know about: I helped him on the previous Ocean's Eleven films; he shot second unit on The Hunger Games; I've done Adr lines for him; and he reads all my scripts. It's a very long, ongoing collaboration. This, I think, is a very seamless process. We're different filmmakers, obviously, so there will be those differences, but one of the things I'm drawn to is the amazing tone Steven was able to create, and we discuss that a lot. We discuss the cinema a lot, the shooting style, the rhythm, the editing style, and the music. We discuss it all. I'm in no way trying to reinvent the tone, and I'm thrilled and honored to be extending it. It's really fun to work with."

The director wouldn't confirm any of the cast members that have been previously reported, but he did joke that he'd "break the Internet" if they announced the cast right now. He also didn't address rumors about the story, including reports that Sandra Bullock's character is actually the ex-con sister of George Clooney's Danny Ocean from Steven Soderbergh's trilogy. The story reportedly centers on a group of eight thieves who plan on stealing an expensive necklace from the Met Ball, while framing a gallery owner for the crime.

While no other character details have been confirmed, Cate Blanchett is reportedly playing the right-hand woman of Bullock's character, similar to Brad Pitt's Rusty in the Ocean's Eleven trilogy. Jennifer Lawrence was previously being eyed to reunite with The Hunger Games director Gary Ross on the project, but our report from last week claimed that she isn't involved at this time. We'll be sure to keep you posted with more on Ocean's Eight as soon as more details come in. »

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Female-Led Ocean’s Eleven Reboot Pitched As A “Continuation” Of Original Trilogy

15 June 2016 10:01 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

More than a decade ago, Steven Soderbergh assembled an enviable lineup of Hollywood A-listers for Ocean’s Eleven, a rip-roaring and damn entertaining crime caper that went on to inspire two sequels of (arguably) diminishing returns.

Fast forward to 2016 and, with the project currently simmering in pre-production, The Hunger Games director Gary Ross has been tasked with capturing lightning in a bottle once again – and truth be told, he’s doing pretty well so far. Since first enlisting Sandra Bullock as the de facto lead, the director’s high-profile re-do has cast Thor: Ragnarok star Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling and, more recently, Elizabeth Banks of Pitch Perfect fame.

It makes for quite the ensemble already, and in anticipation of Free State of Jones marching into theaters later this year, Ross sat down to discuss his pitch for the all-female Ocean’s Eleven, including how he views it as a continuation of Soderbergh’s stylish original trilogy.

I think it’s a pretty similar tone. You know, Steven Soderbergh and I are incredibly close friends, and we would not have done this if we weren’t. I don’t think he would’ve wanted anyone to do it if we weren’t. This is very much an extension and a continuation. He’s a producer on the movie. In one way or another, this has been a 20-year conversation between Steven and I, collaborating in ways the whole world doesn’t know about: I helped him on the previous Ocean’s Eleven films; he shot second unit on The Hunger Games; I’ve done Adr lines for him; and he reads all my scripts.

It’s a very long, ongoing collaboration. This, I think, is a very seamless process. We’re different filmmakers, obviously, so there will be those differences, but one of the things I’m drawn to is the amazing tone Steven was able to create, and we discuss that a lot. We discuss the cinema a lot, the shooting style, the rhythm, the editing style, and the music. We discuss it all. I’m in no way trying to reinvent the tone, and I’m thrilled and honored to be extending it. It’s really fun to work with.

Still in the early stages of pre-production and bearing the codename Ocean’s Ocho, Gary Ross’ reimagining of Ocean’s Eleven still has a ways to go before stepping before the cameras at Warner Bros. Free State of Jones, meanwhile, hits theaters on June 24. »

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Director Gary Ross Discusses How ‘Ocean’s Eight’ is a Continuation of the ‘Ocean’s 11’ Trilogy

15 June 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

“We’ll break the cast right now and blow up the Internet,” director Gary Ross joked after we mentioned Ocean’s Eight to him. No, the Free State of Jones writer and director didn’t reveal to us the film’s entire ensemble cast, which has been previously reported or rumored to star Sandra BullockCate BlanchettHelena Bonham CarterMindy Kaling, and Elizabeth Banks. One thing Ross did tell us, however, […]

The post Director Gary Ross Discusses How ‘Ocean’s Eight’ is a Continuation of the ‘Ocean’s 11’ Trilogy appeared first on /Film. »

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