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Crowdfund This: A Film About Transgender Artist & Activist, Marsha P. Johnson Starring Mya Taylor

23 November 2015 11:02 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

If you were one of the many who were critical of director Roland Emmerich for his "Stonewall" white-washing, here's an opportunity to go even further, and help finance the completion of a film that fills in some of what's missing in Emmerich's revisionist piece. Details from the project's Indiegogo campaign page, where the filmmakers hope to raise $30,000 in the next month. The film stars Mya Taylor of "Tangerine" fame, and was shot by Arthur Jafa, who you're all very familiar with I'm sure. *** Happy Birthday, Marsha! (Hbdm!) is a film about legendary transgender artist and activist, Marsha "Pay it No Mind" Johnson and her life in »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Universal Boss Jeff Shell Leads Studio to Its Best Year Ever — Without Superheroes

17 November 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jeff Shell may be one of the most powerful executives in the movie business, but in cliquish Hollywood, he remains something of an outsider. And, for the studio he heads, that’s proven to be a good thing.

Because Shell spent most of his career in television, climbing up the ranks of conglomerates like Comcast and Fox, the industry reaction in 2013 to his appointment as chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group was, “Jeff who?” “I had zero experience,” says the 50-year-old executive, in his first sit-down interview since taking the job. “I didn’t really know the movie business at all, and I have to say, it is the hardest business I’ve ever worked in.”

Art Streiber for Variety; Grooming: Juanita Lyon at Fr8me Management

But combining Shell’s business savvy and disciplined, analytic approach with two seasoned creative insiders, Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley and NBCUniversal vice chairman Ron Meyer, »

- Brent Lang

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46 years ago today: ‘Sesame Street’ premiered

10 November 2015 5:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

46 years ago today, “Sesame Street” aired its first episode. Back then, in 1969, Oscar the Grouch was orange, Big Bird was the village idiot, and Elmo and Abby Cadabby weren’t even a glimmer in anyone’s eye. Soon Jim Henson introduced us to the green monster living in a trash can we all know, Big Bird’s character was reworked to be a curious, 6-year-old child, and more new Muppets came to populate that street where the air is sweet.  The educational program has aired in over 120 countries and remains a staple in childhoods all around the world. Other notable November 10 happenings in pop culture history: • 1931: The 4th Academy Awards were held at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Honoring films released between August 1, 1930 and July 31, 1931, the ceremony awarded Best Picture to “Cimarron,” the first Western to win the award and the only one to do so until “Dances with Wolves »

- Emily Rome

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Afm: Chin Han to Shine in U.S.-Chinese Indie ‘A Different Sun’

8 November 2015 7:28 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Singapore’s most successful acting export Chin Han is returning to the U.S., but taking a time out from his Hollywood trajectory to star in a Chinese indie movie.

Chin Han, who has Hollywood credits that include “The Dark Knight,” “2012” and Netflix’s “Marco Polo” TV series, has joined as the male lead in U.S.-set Chinese drama film “A Different Sun.” The picture is now shooting in upstate New York.

Written and directed by Reed Tang, “A Different Sun” is the story of a young couple that emigrates from China to Germany with their young daughter. It chronicles the pain of transitioning to a different country and the pressures that can put on a marriage.

The script is based on the critically acclaimed short story of the same title by Liu Ying.

The picture is produced by Wild Invention Pictures and Monolith Pictures.

Chin Han next appears »

- Patrick Frater

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First Trailer for London Has Fallen Sends Stabby McHeadshot Back Into Action

6 November 2015 6:49 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Surely one of the great debates of our time is the fight between White House Down supporters and Olympus Has Fallen fans. Personally, I like both “Die Hard in the White House” films equally. The former is a fun and fast action/comedy that’s clearly the slicker of the two, while Olympus trades the laughs for hardcore action including mass casualties and an abundance of up close and personal kills. White House Down seemed to have the edge going into 2013 with its bigger names (Roland Emmerich, Channing Tatum, Jaime Foxx) and audience friendly PG-13 rating, but it was the scrappy, R-rated, Gerard Butler-starring underdog that took the box-office crown. It was still only a modest success, but somehow it managed to earn a sequel. Butler returns as Stabby McHeadshot, a Secret Service agent tasked with protecting the American President (Aaron Eckhart) at home and abroad. The pair are in London along with several other world »

- Rob Hunter

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New Trailer for London Has Fallen with Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman & Aaron Eckhart

5 November 2015 10:03 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Two years ago, Gerard Butler and co. surprised everyone when they beat Roland Emmerich’s White House Down with the similarly-plotted Olympus Has Fallen. The latter started a franchise, with London Has Fallen landing at the start of next year, while the former failed to recoup its budget at the box office. Butler, Morgan Freeman, and

The post New Trailer for London Has Fallen with Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman & Aaron Eckhart appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Roland Emmerich Gets Animated With ‘Lost Amazon’; Shout! Factory Acquires ‘Albert’ Pic – Afm Briefs

3 November 2015 9:53 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Roland Emmerich is making his first foray into animated features. The big-budget director is aboard as executive producer of Lost Amazon, which has just been acquired for international sales by Double Dutch International. The project will be introduced at this week’s American Film Market. Awesometown Entertainment’s Dan Krech and Emmerich’s Stonewall executive producer Kirstin Winkler are executive producing this one. Production is now set to begin in mid-2016 in Canada… »

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Afm: Roland Emmerich enters Ddi’s 'Lost Amazon'

3 November 2015 8:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Jason Moring and his team continue to assemble a roster of high-quality animation and have picked up worldwide rights to the Awesometown Entertainment feature heading into the market.

Roland Emmerich, the director behind such tentpoles as Independence Day and 2012 and whose Stonewall opened recently in the Us, will serve as executive producer.

Lost Amazon follows the exploits of the son of a village chief and his three friends as they attempt to save the jungle from aliens. Dan Krech produces and Kirstin Winkler is executive producer.

Ddi is extremely excited to be announcing this amazing project during the market,” said Double Dutch International president Moring.

“Roland has been a pioneer in big-budget visual effects films and to be working with him on his first venture into feature animation is special. It’s even more exciting when you add-in the talents of Dan Krech and Kirstin Winkler.

“Lost Amazon has such an entertaining and universal concept that audiences »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Struggle for Gender Equality, Lgbt Rights Surfaces in Awards Season Fare

27 October 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Life, liberty and the pursuit of statuettes are among the inalienable rights of those who toil in Hollywood. But it wouldn’t be entirely alien if certain other freedoms — to determine one’s destiny, or assert one’s identity — wind up center stage during the current awards season.

The subjects of rights and selves are certainly circulating in the zeitgeist. Transgender actress Laverne Cox (“Orange Is the New Black”) graced the cover of Time; Kardashian-by-association Caitlin Jenner adorned the July issue of Vanity Fair. Jeffrey Tambor earned multiple awards this year for his transsexual turn in “Transparent.” E! has “I am Cait,” TLC has “I am Jazz”; publisher Little, Brown and Co. has “I Am Malala.”

Given the inseparable nature of gender issues and civil rights, there’s been a flurry of films that deal with the feminist and Lgbt experience: Roland Emmerich’s “Stonewall,” for instance, which presents a »

- John Anderson

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Warners’ Special Effects Blu-ray Collection

23 October 2015 1:26 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

I'll trade you two RKOs for two Warners', an even swap!  This quartet of movie-magic wonderments offer a full course on old-school film effects wizardry at its best. Willis O'Brien passes the baton to disciple Ray Harryhausen, who dazzles us with his own effects magic for the first '50s giant monster epic. And the best monster thriller of the decade is offered at its original widescreen aspect ratio. It's all special enough to merit a mid-week review. Special Effects Collection Blu-ray The Son of Kong, Mighty Joe Young, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Them! Warner Home Video 1933-1954 / B&W / 1:37 Academy - 1:85 widescreen / 335 min. / Street Date October 27, 2015 / 54.96 or 19.98 separately Starring Robert Armstrong, Helen Mack,, Frank Reicher, Victor Wong; Robert Armstrong, Terry Moore, Ben Johnson, Frank McHugh; Paul Christian, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey, Donald Woods, Lee Van Cleef; James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon, James Arness, Onslow Stevens, »

- Glenn Erickson

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‘Concussion’: Will Smith’s Career as Box Office Star and Oscar Nominated Actor

21 October 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

Will Smith has been a major box office earner for nearly two decades, but recent years have seen some low points in the star’s career, with 2012’s Men in Black 3 and 2013’s After Earth both underperforming. Though the star is known primarily for big summer blockbusters, he has received recognition from the Academy for his work in serious dramas.

This year, with the release of the controversial football-centered film Concussion, Smith is hoping to reassert himself as a serious actor and garner further attention from Oscar. With a Christmas release slated for the film, however, it will have stiff competition at not just the box office, but for awards season momentum as David O. Russell‘s Joy, Quentin Tarantino‘s The Hateful EightAlejandro G. Iñárritu‘s The Revenant, and Adam McKay‘s The Big Short are all opening that week with big Oscar potential. »

- Patrick Shanley

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Joe Dante to direct supernatural thriller 'Labirintus'

20 October 2015 2:37 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Goldcrest boards thriller from iconic comedy-horror director.

Joe Dante (Gremlins) is set to direct Labirintus, a supernatural-thriller set in the catacombs beneath Buda Castle in Hungary.

Goldcrest Films International has boarded sales on the project and will launch the project at the Afm (Nov 4-11).

Production is due to begin early next spring with casting underway on the story of a paranormal investigator and psychiatric researcher who join forces to explore an abandoned subterranean Soviet research facility, hidden within the Budapest Labyrinth.

When supernatural forces confound and torment the group they begin to question their own sanity. To escape they must quash their fears and lead their team to find and destroy the dark heart of the maze.

Dante described the script as “compelling” and “chilling” and expressed excitement to be working with the team behind the new thriller.

Producers are Fabrice Lambot of France’s Metaluna Productions, Lucy Mukerjee-Brown of Mukerjee-Brown Productions, Elizabeth Stanley of [link »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Joe Dante to Direct Supernatural Thriller ‘Labirintus’ (Exclusive)

20 October 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Joe Dante is to direct supernatural thriller “Labirintus,” which Goldcrest will be financing and co-producing. Goldcrest also handles global sales, and will launch the feature film project at the American Film Market. Production is expected to begin next spring, and news on casting will follow.

“Labirintus” tells the story of a paranormal investigator and psychiatric researcher, who join forces to explore an abandoned subterranean Soviet research facility, hidden within Hungary’s Budapest Labyrinth, the dark twisting catacombs beneath Buda Castle. When supernatural forces confound and torment the group, they begin to question their own sanity. To escape they must quash their fears and lead their team to find and destroy the dark heart of the maze.

Dante started his career as a film critic and then cut trailers for Roger Corman’s New World Pictures, before launching his career as a director on “Piranha” for United Artists. His directing career has included “The Howling, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Underworld 5 starts shooting

19 October 2015 10:20 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




Filming is under way in Prague on the fifth Underworld film, starring Kate Beckinsale and Theo James.

Production has now officially begun on the new Underworld film, which sees Kate Beckinsale and Theo James returning to headline.

Underworld 5, as we're guessing it won't ultimately be called, is shoot to film in and around Prague for the next ten weeks. Anna Foerster is directing this time, having works as cinematographer on a bunch of Roland Emmerich films, including Independence Day and White House Down.

Cory Goodman has penned the script for this one, and joining Beckinsale and James in the cast are Tobias Menzies, Lara Pulver, Charles Dance, James Faulkner, Peter Andersson, Bradley James, Daisy Head and Clementine Nicholson.

The film is currently scheduled for release on October 21st 2016. When we have more on it, we'll pass the information your way.

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- simonbrew

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Game of Thrones' Charles Dance joins Kate Beckinsale in Underworld 5 as the movie begins shooting in Prague

19 October 2015 4:22 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Game of Thrones actor Charles Dance is back as vampire elder Thomas in Underworld 5, as the movie starts its ten-week shoot in Prague.

The film will also see Kate Beckinsale and Theo James reprise their roles as Selene and her ally David.

Sherlock star Lara Pulver will play a "fiercely ambitious" vampire and Outlander's Tobias Menzies will be a "formidable" lycan leader.

James Faulkner, Peter Andersson, Clementine Nicholson, Bradley James and Daisy Head round out the cast.

Underworld 5 marks the feature directorial debut of regular Roland Emmerich cinematographer Anna Foerster.

The Last Witch Hunter's Cory Goodman wrote the script, but an official synopsis is not yet available.

Theo James had previously told Digital Spy that he was unlikely to come back to the Underworld series.

The fourth outing in the franchise, Underworld: Awakening, came out at the start of 2012.

Underworld 5 is set to be released »

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Filming Begins On Fifth "Underworld"

19 October 2015 6:25 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Principal photography is now underway in Prague on the fifth and latest installment of Screen Gems and Lakeshore Entertainment's blockbuster supernatural film series "Underworld".

Kate Beckinsale returns as Selene alongside her fourth film co-star Theo James ("The Divergent Series") as David. Joining them are Tobias Menzies ("Outlander") as a formidable new Lycan leader, Lara Pulver ("Spooks") as a fiercely ambitious vampire, and Charles Dance ("Game of Thrones") as vampire elder Thomas.

Bradley James, James Faulkner, Peter Andersson, Daisy Head and newcomer Clementine Nicholson also star. The ten-week shoot will take place entirely in the Czech capital and areas surrounding. The series has grossed nearly $500 million worldwide so far.

Anna Foerster, best known for her work as a cinematographer on Roland Emmerich's films, will helm from a script by Cory Goodman ("The Last Witch Hunter")

Source: Screen Gems. »

- Garth Franklin

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Roland Emmerich to Receive Tribute at La-Based German Film Festival

17 October 2015 7:25 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Roland Emmerich is set to receive a tribute at the upcoming ninth German Currents Festival of German Film, which will also feature a Q&A with the famed filmmaker and producer. Emmerich (pictured above) is currently working on a sequel to his 1996 film, “Independence Day.” The tribute and Q&A take place Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. at the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles. Also Read: 'Stonewall' Boycott: Lgbt Advocates Slam Roland Emmerich's Drama as 'Whitewashed Propaganda' German Currents will have its official opening night red carpet event on Oct. 22, followed by the film “We are Young, We are Strong” — a Los Angeles Premiere. »

- Tony Maglio

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Review: Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks hit another historical home run with 'Bridge of Spies'

16 October 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

At some point, Tom Hanks appointed himself the official chronicler of America in the late '50s and early '60s, with occasional digressions to earlier eras in case of world wars. I am perfectly fine with that, and I particularly like it when he and Steven Spielberg collaborate on these things. I am especially fond of "Catch Me If You Can," and while I expected something more on the "Munich"/"Saving Private Ryan" end of the scale, I was pleased to see that "Spies" is not a thriller so much as an ode to both American diplomacy and the tradition of moral movie fathers along the lines of Atticus Finch. In fact, there's a good deal of "To Kill A Mockingbird" in the script credited to Matt Charman and Joel & Ethan Coen. Tom Hanks plays James B. Donovan, an insurance lawyer who is asked to do his patriotic duty »

- Drew McWeeny

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Die Hard Rebooted: 10 Other Franchise Reboots That Failed to Launch

15 October 2015 8:58 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Luke Owen looks at the failed franchise reboots…

Rebooting a franchise isn’t just an idea anymore, it’s a formula. If you have a pre-existing franchise with a pre-existing audience, reboot it. And then if that doesn’t work, just reboot it again. We live in a world where we have three different attempts at creating a sustaining Spider-Man franchise, both Neil Blomkamp and Ridley Scott are desperately trying to breathe life back into the Alien series and today we heard that Len Wiseman will directing a franchise reboot of Die Hard, said to be a prequel titled Die Hard: Year One.

The problem with this is that not every franchise reboot works. Christoper Nolan’s reboot to the Batman legend with his Dark Knight Trilogy, Daniel Craig’s Bond and J.J. AbramsStar Trek films are proof that it can be done, but they’re floating rafts »

- Luke Owen

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14 times similar movies went head to head at the box office

14 October 2015 2:44 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




Deep Impact Vs Armageddon is not the only time similar movies have landed around the same time...

Usually, a competing project is poison for a studio. Especially in the era now where a blockbuster costs the national budget of a small country to get out into the world, you don't want to be up against a film with similar subject matter.

Yet this keeps happening, time and time again. Even now, there are two live action Jungle Book movies in various stages of production, for example. And let us not forget when K-9 and Turner And Hooch once did battle...

But how have the movie showdowns of old turned out? And are there any instances where everyone's a winner?

Er, not many as it happens...

The Haunting Vs The House On Haunted Hill

Let's start with two reasonably budgeted horror films, that both got wide releases. Jan De Bont »

- simonbrew

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