Oscar winner Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds, National Treasure) are in final negotiations to star in the romance feature film This Man, This Woman, to be directed by Isabel Coixet whose new film Nobody Wants The Night opens the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival, it was announced today by Fortitude International co-founders, Nadine de Barros and Robert Ogden Barnum, and producer Mike Lobell (The Freshman, Striptease).
Fortitude International is financing the film and will handle foreign sales on the project being introduced to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin next month.
De Barros and Barnum serve as executive producers. Lobell is producing the film.
CAA is representing domestic rights.
An estranged man, Matt Heller, and a woman, Martha Parks (Cruz »
- Michelle McCue
Sean Penn: Honorary César goes Hollywood – again (photo: Sean Penn in '21 Grams') Sean Penn, 54, will receive the 2015 Honorary César (César d'Honneur), the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts has announced. That means the French Academy's powers-that-be are once again trying to make the Prix César ceremony relevant to the American media. Their tactic is to hand out the career award to a widely known and relatively young – i.e., media friendly – Hollywood celebrity. (Scroll down for more such examples.) In the words of the French Academy, Honorary César 2015 recipient Sean Penn is a "living legend" and "a stand-alone icon in American cinema." It has also hailed the two-time Best Actor Oscar winner as a "mythical actor, a politically active personality and an exceptional director." Penn will be honored at the César Awards ceremony on Feb. 20, 2015. Sean Penn movies Sean Penn movies range from the teen comedy »
- Steve Montgomery
Universal Pictures has released a filthy new poster for Seth MacFarlane's Ted 2 featuring our favorite foul-mouthed talking stuffed bear. Look at it, read the tag line... get the joke? Ok, good. It's simple yet effective. The first trailer for this film is expected to be released online tomorrow, so stay tuned!
The first movie ended up being the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time. Hopefully the sequel brings more great laughs. Mark Wahlberg is set to reprise his role in the film, which will focus on Ted fighting in court for the right to have a child with his human girlfriend. Morgan Freeman plays a legendary civil rights lawyer who helps him out.
Amanda Seyfried co-stars in the movie, and Liam Neeson and John Slattery will have small roles as well. The movie hits theaters on June 26th, 2015. I thought the first film was hilarious, and I'm hoping »
- Joey Paur
Today we have the first poster for Seth MacFarlane's upcoming "Ted" sequel, giving us a look at the titular bear. Check it out below and come back on Thursday to watch the trailer. Plot details have yet to be revealed, but the story is said to focus on Ted fighting in court for the right to have a child with his human girlfriend. Morgan Freeman will help as an iconic rights lawyer. The rest of the cast includes Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson and John Slattery. The new movie is set to hit theaters on June 26th. Poster: (click to enlarge) »
Excuse the exclamation marks but they deserve it as we try to get some form of double entendre in here somewhere, it’s what the bear would want as Ted 2 is coming just around the corner…
On one hand, they’re not giving us any plot notes at all but in the whole scheme of such a film, I’m not sure how much plot is needed. After the pretty average A Million Ways To Die Int West, Seth MacFarlane returns as writer, director and voice star of the sequel.
We do know they’re joined once again by star Mark Wahlberg and fellow Ted writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, MacFarlane produces the live action/CG-animated comedy alongside Bluegrass Films’ Scott Stuber, as well as John Jacobs and Jason Clark. Oh, Liam Neeson was also rumoured!
We’ll have to wait and see…Here’s your poster, you »
- Dan Bullock
Ahead of the first trailer on Thursday, Universal Pictures and Fuzzy Door Productions have unveiled the first teaser poster for their summer blockbuster comedy Ted 2, which you can see it in all its fuzzy glory below.
The sequel to the hit 2012 comedy, which is still the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all time with a worldwide gross of almost $550 million, sees Seth MacFarlane returning to co-write and direct the film, as well as starring once again as the titular, CGI teddy-bear. Usual MacFarlane writing partners Wellesley Wild and Alec Sulkin are co-writers once again.
Mark Wahlberg (The Gambler) reprises his role of John Bennett, Ted’s Thunder Buddy and Bff, while Jessica Barth (Family Guy) returns as Ted’s girfriend Tami-Lyn, as does Patrick Warburton (Rules of Engagement) as John’s co-worker Guy and Sam J. Jones (Flash Gordon) as “Sam Jones”.
Joining the returning cast are MacFarlane’s »
- Scott J. Davis
Yahoo Movies has debuted the first poster for Ted 2, along with news that the first trailer will debut Thursday, January 29. The trailer will debut on the new official website LegalizeTed.com. As you can see in the one-sheet below, the sequel is keeping true to the original comedy blockbuster Ted by giving us some crude humor right from the get-go.
Seth MacFarlane returns as writer, director and voice star of Ted 2, Universal and Media Rights Capital's follow-up to the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time. Joined once again by star Mark Wahlberg and fellow Ted writers Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild, MacFarlane produces the live action/CG-animated comedy alongside Bluegrass Films' Scott Stuber, as well as John Jacobs and Jason Clark.
For everyone that loved Ted you have an equal number of people who hated Seth MacFarlane's second feature, A Million Ways To Die In The West. So, despite already being locked in for a sequel, MacFarlane has a lot to prove with Ted 2. Adding to his cast with A Million Ways To Die veterans Liam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried was a good start. Now, the marketing campaign begins. The first poster for Ted 2 has come online and, as expected, the foul-mouthed stuffed animal is front and center, just »
- Alex Maidy
American Sniper has risen to the top of the UK box office in its second week of release.
The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (2) American Sniper - £2,539,534
2. (1) Taken 3 - £1,809,724
3. (3) The Theory of Everything - £1,588,737
4. (4) Into the Woods - £1,347,845
5. (-) Ex Machina - £1,093,952
6. (5) Paddington - £748,628
7. (-) Mortdecai - £484,878
8. (-) The Gambler - £381,554
9. (8) Birdman - £380,113
10. (7) Whiplash - £376,485
2Nd Update, Tuesday 4 Am Pt: Actuals are in for the international weekend with no major discrepancies save for a big drop on Taken 3. After Sunday’s report of a $57.2M total in non-Fox markets, the confirmed total came in at $39.8M. The difference was down to an incorrect cume provided to Fox by EuropaCorp for those territories. The overseas total is now a corrected $134M. In new pics, both JLo-starrer The Boy Next Door and Johnny Depp’s Mortdecai saw small bumps (up a respective $23K and $70K). American Sniper reloaded to $18M from a previously projected $17.6M.
Updated below are final numbers on those films along with: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, Penguins Of Madagascar, The Theory Of Everything, Unbroken, Seventh Son, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Into The Woods, Ouija, The Imitation Game, Birdman, Ex Machina, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
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Kingsman: The Secret Service sees director Matthew Vaughn reteam with co-writer Jane Goodman to adapt a Mark Millar comic riffing on a beloved genre. So it’s Kick-Ass, just for spies then? Those jokey summaries really write themselves.
But witticisms aside, that really is what Kingsman comes across as. The same pervasive self-awareness runs through the film, and if you strip down both movies’ narratives of their respective genre there are some astonishing similarities. Like, spoiler-level similarities. An action beat in Kingsman even mirrors a now-iconic move from Hit-Girl.
There’s no 22 Jump Street winking to suggest this is intentional, but rather than seeing the writing team fatigued and repeating the same tricks, hewing to type affords them a broader creativity. So yeah, Kingsman is Kick-Ass with spies. But as big budget spy movies are much more fertile and epic ground than superhero comics, that leaves »
- Alex Leadbeater
Newsflash: We still have awhile before the Oscars. It's like a month away. But we can prepare anyway by revisiting the greatest hits of our leading nominees in the acting categories. Put on your angriest Annette Bening face and join us for this trip into prestige pictures currently streaming on Netflix. "The Kids are All Right" (Julianne Moore) Julianne Moore didn't pick up a nomination, but costars Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo did in this family drama (with funny moments) about a lesbian couple attempting to embrace the new-found presence of their kids' sperm donor. "The Kids are All Right" feels like a lost James L. Brooks gem set in 2010, and every performance has endearing and (intentionally) maddening moments. Julianne might play the most conflicted character at all, and she wears that indecision and personal guilt well. "My Week With Marilyn" (Eddie Redmayne) Is this a great movie? No. In fact, »
- Louis Virtel
Plot: Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is a freelance Las Vegas bodyguard who dreams of retiring to Venice . a dream that is hampered by the fact that he.s a gambling addict and tends to burn through whatever meager funds he earns at the dingiest casinos in town. When a call girl friend of his is brutalized by a well-connected thug (Milo Ventimiglia), Nick risks his neck to help her get some well-deserved payback. Review: If Liam Neeson is turning into the modern-day Charles Bronson, Jason »
- Chris Bumbray
The 51-year-old actor adds another flop to his already long streak, but other actors aren’t betting their careers on only box-office bankability
The actor plays the Wolf in Disney’s ensemble musical “Into the Woods,” but his last leading man hit was 2011’s installment of “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Last year’s “Transcendence” fizzled, as did 2013’s “The Lone Ranger” and »
- Linda Ge
The Great Digital Film Festival kicks off this week, bringing you some fan favourites and cult classics in the fantasy and sci-fi genres.
We welcome in February with seven days of programing including a Guillermo del Toro double bill, the X-Menfranchise, and we end things off with some sci-fi action in Blade Runner. Before Rick Deckard deals with those pesky replicants in Ridley’s Scott’s classic vision of the future, we’re getting a blast from the past with not one, but two films that are each celebrating 25 years since they first hit the big screen.
It was 25 years ago when an up-and-coming Irish actor named Liam Neeson set out of a quest for vengeance as a scientist left for dead in Sam Raimi’s Darkman. Months before Darkman waged a war of revenge while longing for Frances McDormand, another kind of hero blasted his way onto the box office charts. »
- Rachel West
“The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies” stormed its way to a $49.5 million debut in China.
The strong results from the People’s Republic pushed the final “Hobbit” film to the top of the overseas charts this weekend. It posted $54.3 million from 61 markets, pushing its worldwide haul to $866.5 million.
The latest J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation has been undermined by global currency issues. In many territories, such as Russia, it has drawn larger crowds than previous installments, but the strength of the dollar, the decline of the euro and the ruble’s freefall are resulting in lower receipts. China does not have that issue, which must be a relief to MGM and Warner Bros., the studios behind “The Hobbit” movies.
- Brent Lang
Best-ever Warner Bros. opening there lifts “Battle of Five Armies” past $600 million mark overseas
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” crossed the $600 million mark at the overseas box office, led by a record $49.5 million debut in China this weekend.
That’s the highest non-holiday three-day opening for any movie there, distributor Warner Bros. said Sunday, and it pushed the foreign total for the finale of Peter Jackson’s blockbuster franchise to $619 million. It also helped the Middle Earth epic to easily become the weekend’s No. 1 movie internationally, with a total of $54.2 million from 62 markets.
After ringing up a $249 million domestic haul, »
- Todd Cunningham
The Iraq War saga “American Sniper” soared like a superhero movie at the box office, with a $64.3 million second weekend in wide release that would make any caped crusader proud.
The Clint Eastwood-directed telling of the tough return home by Navy Seal Chris Kyle, played in the movie by Bradley Cooper, continued its electrifying run with the best second weekend ever by an R-rated movie. In the process, “American Sniper” hit the $200 million mark in domestic grosses just 10 days after earning nominations for Best Picture, »
- Todd Cunningham
Legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese has finally secured funding for his passion project Silence, an adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel of the same name, which follows a group of Portuguese Jesuits who face intense persecution during their mission to isolated Japan in the 17th century.
“I’ve wanted to make Silence for almost two decades, and it is finally a reality”, states Scorsese. “It is heartening to have adventurous partners like [financiers] Fábrica de Cine and SharpSword Films to work with on this picture”
Filming on Silence is set to get underway on January 30th, with Scorsese directing a cast that includes Liam Neeson (Gangs of New York), Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Adam Driver (Girls).
- Gary Collinson
To start its second weekend atop the Us charts, Sniper took $18.3 million and if this pace continues, it could take its place amongst the biggest second weekends ever, despite numerous new releases bowing. It also ranks as the biggest second Friday for an R-rated film, beating the other highest of $13.7 million set by The Passion of the Christ, and was also much higher than a lot of last summer’s blockbusters, which maxed out around $12-$13 million.
Estimates for American Sniper now range around the $60 million for its second weekend in Us cinemas, making it Clint Eastwood’s highest grossing film ever, and could quite easily be star Bradley Cooper’s biggest by the end of its run, with $154 million already under its belt. »
- Scott J. Davis
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