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The California State Senate has approved legislation on a 32-2 vote to extend and expand California’s movie and TV tax credit, more than tripling its current size to $330 million annually over five years.
The vote came on Friday afternoon, two days after legislative leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown announced that they had reached a deal on the legislation.
The $330 million annual outlay would be less than the $400 million-per-year outlay sought by the bill’s principal co-authors, Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra and Assemblyman Mike Gatto. Still, the program will see a significant improvement from the $100 million per year currently awarded in California tax credits.
A coalition of unions, the Motion Picture Assocation of America and notable actors such as Halle Berry, Danny Glover, Ron Perlman and Daniel Stern have spoken out in favor of the legislations, Assembly Bill 1839.
“This expansion of the Film and TV Tax Credit is a huge victory for Californians, »
- Dave McNary
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
Lionsgate is bringing Saw back to theaters this Halloween to celebrate the 2004 film's 10th anniversary. The original film, starring Cary Elwes and Danny Glover, will hit the big screen for one week starting Oct. 31. The series, centered on the killer Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) and his traps in which victims have to mutilate themselves to survive, became something of a Halloween tradition between 2004 and 2010, with one film released per year. The first installment's $103 million worldwide box-office take kicked off a series that has snared $874 million globally, making it, according to Guinness World Records, the most successful
- Austin Siegemund-Broka
The 2004 independent horror film starring Cary Elwes and Danny Glover earned over $100 million in its initial box office run and spawned six sequels, forming a film franchise that earned a Guinness Book of World Records distinction as the most successful horror film franchise in history.
“The launch of ‘Saw’ was a signature event in Lionsgate’s history, establishing our first franchise and paving the way for our growth into a global studio,” said Jason Constantine, Lionsgate president of acquisitions & co-productions. “We are excited for our fans to revisit the twisted magic that first blew their minds on Halloween 2004.”
- Kevin Noonan
This Halloween, Lionsgate will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the theatrical release of Saw, the film that kicked off the most successful horror franchise in history, by bringing it back to theaters nationwide for one week only. The film will open on Friday, October 31st, with select screenings beginning Thursday night, October 30th. The seven Saw films grossed $874 million at the box office worldwide and were hailed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the "Most Successful Horror Franchise" of all time.
"The launch of Saw was a signature event in Lionsgate's history, establishing our first franchise and paving the way for our growth into a global studio. We are excited for our fans to revisit the twisted magic that first blew their minds on Halloween 2004."
"As part of Saw's 10th anniversary, »
The latest film from director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love and Basketball, The Secret Life of Bees) will open the 18th annual Urbanworld Film Festival, organizers of the largest competitive multicultural fest said today. Beyond the Lights stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle, Larry Crowne), Nate Parker (Red Tails, The Great Debaters), Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting) and Emmy Award nominee Danny Glover (The Color Purple, Lethal Weapon) in the tale of a rising musician struggling with the pressures of superstardom. Bet Networks and founding sponsor HBO are backers of the fest which will take place September 17-21 in New York. Over 70 films are set to screen this year. Beyond The Lights will screen on September 18 ahead of its November 14 wide release via Relativity, which produced alongside Relativity Sports, Undisputed Cinema and Homegrown Pictures in association with Bet Films. Other highlights of the 2014 slate include a screening of HBO Latino’s Habla Men and »
- The Deadline Team
The 2014 UrbanWorld Film Festival, the 18th annual fest presented by Bet and sponsored by HBO, has set a lineup of 70 films including opener “Beyond the Lights” from director Gina Prince-Bythewood (“Love and Basketball,” “The Secret Life of Bees”).
Spotlight events during the fest include a 30th anniversary sing-along screening of “Purple Rain” and an HBO Latino screening of “Habla Men,” as well as a transmedia lineup grouped under the heading UrbanWorld Underground.
The roster of shorts and feature films also includes a dozen world premieres, with narrative features such as Kiara Jones’ “Christmas Wedding Baby,” Nefertite Nguvu’s “In the Morning” and Justin Foran and Jason Sokoloff’s “Love Magical,” as well as docs like Marquis Smalls’ “Hating Obama.”
Relativity’s “Beyond the Lights,” about an up and coming musician struggling with the pressures of fame, stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“Belle”), Nate Parker, Minnie Driver and Danny Glover. After its world premiere at Toronto, »
- Gordon Cox
Ahead of its UK home-entertainment release next month, Anchor Bay has dropped a new trailer for the action thriller Tokarev starring Nicolas Cage; check it out after the official synopsis, and read our review of the film here…
Nicolas Cage stars in this action-packed thriller as Paul Maguire, a reformed criminal living a simple life as a family man and husband. But Paul is about to discover you can never truly outlive your sins. His new life falls apart when his daughter is kidnapped in an apparent act of revenge for the crimes of his youth. Bringing together his old crew, Paul wages war on the Russian mafia and will stop at nothing to deal out his own personal brand of justice.
- Gary Collinson
When Bette Davis coined the phrase “Old age is no place for sissies,” she may as well have been describing the plot of “The Expendables 3.” Written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, the ensemble film features a cast of mature action vets who aren’t about to trade in their bullets for bifocals just yet. As the third entry in the popular franchise explodes into theaters on August 15, here’s a look at 12 films starring some of the toughest seniors in cinema.
Continuing his late-career reinvention as a post-middle aged action hero, Liam Neeson plays a federal air marshal who receives a series of threatening texts during a transatlantic flight. Trapping the 62-year old star in a confined location proved a wise decision as the modestly-budgeted thriller opened at No. 1 in the U.S. and earned over $200 million worldwide.
Arriving on September 26, this feature adaptation of the »
- Matthew Chernov
“Los Angeles (August 15, 2014) – Image Entertainment, an Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) brand, has acquired the North American rights to the haunted house thriller The Houses October Built. Produced by Steven Schneider (Insidious, Paranormal Activity) and Zack Andrews. The film is directed by Bobby Roe and stars Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Bobby Roe, Mikey Roe and Jeff Larson. The deal was announced today by Image Entertainment’s Svp of Acquisitions, Mark Ward.
“The Houses October Built is an instant Halloween classic,” said Ward. “This is a film that audiences will seek out year after year – and will be just as terrified each time they watch it.”
The Houses October Built takes you where no other Halloween film has gone before. Beneath the fake blood and cheap masks of countless »
- Jonathan James
The arrival of The Expendables 3 leads James to the conclusion that, when it comes to being an action hero, age is just a number...
"All I have produced before the age of 70 is not worth taking into account. At 73 I have learned a little... a little about the real structure of nature, of animals, plants, trees, birds, fishes and insects. In consequence when I am 80, I shall have made still more progress. At 90 I shall penetrate the mystery of things; at 100 I shall certainly have reached a marvellous stage; and when I am 110, everything I do, be it a dot or a line, will be alive." - Hokusai, the Japanese artist who painted the famous 'Great Wave off Kanagawa' and kept on creating astounding art until his death at the age of 88.
"I'm too old for this shit." - Roger Murtaugh, the Lapd homicide detective played by Danny Glover »
"To Sleep With Anger" was released with a small bit of fanfare in 1990. Charles Burnett had already acquired a reputation as one of our most important homegrown auteurs even if most of the audience, black and white alike, were unfamiliar with his work. The film was released at something of an apex for Black American Cinema (and Black American Pop Culture in general). "Do The Right Thing" had only been released a year before, "Boyz N The Hood" was less than a year away; new black auteurs were appearing every year with a mandate to be successful and say something authentic about our experience in this country. Heady times. Danny Glover had »
- Brandon Wilson
The Toronto International Film Festival announced more selections Tuesday for the upcoming 2014 edition of the annual awards season kick-off. The majority of the festival's program was announced last month, but this group includes intriguing world premieres from notable directors such as Todd McCarthy ("The Cobbler") and Gina Prince-Bythewood ("Beyond the Lights"). A number of the titles revealed have screened at other festivals including the underrated "Infinitely Polar Bear" and "Laggies" from Sundance as well as Cannes players "Two Days, One Night," "The Search" and "Clouds of Sils Maria." And yes, the presence of "Sils Maria," which is a favorite of this particular writer, means Kristen Stewart will likely hit one of the festival's many red carpets. As you'd expect for Toronto, the world premieres feature some big names including Josh Hutcherson and Benicio Del Toro in "Escobar: Paradise Lost," Jean Dujardin in "The Connection (La French)," Dustin Hoffman in "Boychoir, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Producer Matt Alvarez has been brought in as evp of production and president of Relativity Studios’ new division.
Alvarez will develop Relativity Studios’ slate with a focus on projects by diverse filmmakers. He commences work this month.
The new venture launches with Beyond The Lights, on which Alvarez served as executive producer. The film follows the story of award-winning artist Noni Jean and opens on November 14.
“Matt Alvarez is one of the most creative and successful executives in our industry and is the perfect person to build out our new multicultural division,” said Tooley. “He has a keen eye, remarkable relationships and an incredible track-record. We have had a great experience working with him on »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The producer of hits such as Ride Along, the Barbershop franchise and the upcoming Nwa biopic Straight Outta Compton has been tapped as Evp Production and President of Relativity Media‘s newly formed multicultural division. Matt Alvarez will be tasked with building out Relativity’s slate with an emphasis on projects driven by diverse filmmakers, beginning this month. The first film to fall under the new division is Relativity’s upcoming Beyond the Lights from writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood. Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars as a hot new recording artist primed for superstardom in the November 14 release, also starring Nate Parker, Minnie Driver, Colson “Machine Gun Kelly” Baker and Danny Glover and produced by Stephanie Allain, Reggie Rock Bythewood, Ryan Kavanaugh and Amar’e Stoudemire. Relativity President Tucker Tooley and Alvarez are exec producers.
“Matt Alvarez is one of the most creative and successful executives in our industry and is the perfect person »
- The Deadline Team
The 2014 Toronto Film Festival, which begins Sept. 4, added seven Galas and 17 Special Presentations to its lineup, including a semi-serious Adam Sandler project from Tom McCarthy, the director of The Station Agent and The Visitor. In The Cobbler, Sandler plays a man who has the unique ability to walk in his customers’ shoes. The movie features Dustin Hoffman, who also stars in Boychoir, François Girard’s tale of an orphan’s steep learning curve at a prestigious music school. In Welcome to Me, Kristen Wiig plays a mentally unstable woman who wins the lottery and decides to sink her winnings into a talk show. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Expect to see a bevy of stars on the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival this September. Today, more Gala and Special Presentation titles were announced, with some star-studded projects in the mix. Now, Escobar: Paradise Lost, starring Benicio del Toro as the infamous drug lord, will have its world premiere at Tiff, as will The Forger, with John Travolta, Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan.
Other promising projects newly announced to be screening at Tiff are Win Win director Thomas McCarthy’s The Cobbler, which finds Adam Sandler taking on a rare dramatic role; Clouds of Sils Maria, which stars Juliette Binoche as an aging actress who confronts the young starlet (Chloe Grace Moretz) taking on the role that made her famous decades earlier; and Gemma Bovery, starring Gemma Arterton as the sensual object of a French food critic’s affection. Check out the full list of new »
- Isaac Feldberg
An orphaned 12-year-old boy is sent to prestigious music school where he struggles to join an elite group of world-class singers. No one expects this rebellious loner to succeed, least of all the school’s relentlessly-tough conductor who wages a battle of wills to bring out the boy’s extraordinary musical gift. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Josh Lucas, Kevin McHale, Eddie Izzard, Debra Winger and Garrett Wareing.
Marseille, 1975. Pierre Michel, a young police magistrate with a wife and children, has just been transferred to help crack down on the city’s organized crime. He decides to take on the French Connection, a Mafia-run operation that exports heroin all over the world. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
The Toronto International Film Festival added more than 100 features to its 2014 slate today, with pics starring Dustin Hoffman, Kristen Wiig, Benicio del Toro, Diane Keaton, John Travolta, Keira Knightley, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Connelly and Arnold Schwarzenegger among the two-dozen titles joining the Gala and Special Presentations programs.
Contemporary World Cinema adds 51 (22 world preems), City to City shines the spotlight on Seoul with eight pics (two world preems), and Wavelengths delivers 46 titles, including 13 features.
Gala world preems “Boychoir,” which marks the return of Quebec helmer Francois Girard (“Silk”) to the big screen and stars Hoffman as the tough conductor of a world-class music school, as well as Italian multi-hyphenate Andrea Di Stefano’s feature bow “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” starring del Toro as the notorious Colombian drug lord.
- Jennie Punter
Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars as a pressured singer in the first trailer for Beyond the Lights.
Noni wants to give up her career when all the pressure and demands of fame become too taxing, but soon finds love with police officer Kaz (Nate Parker).
As their family and friends tell them to put their careers ahead of romance, Noni and Kaz try to find a suitable balance to please everyone.
Danny Glover also appears in the romantic drama as Kaz's father.
Beyond the Lights, originally titled Blackbird, is set for a Us release on November 14. »
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