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Tiny Island Malta Hosts Big Productions

6 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When oscar-nominated director paul greengrass wanted “an authentic ocean experience and look” for his hijack hostage thriller “Captain Phillips” (pictured), he headed to the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta, joining a long list of top helmers and high-profile productions that have filmed here. Among them: Ridley Scott (“Gladiator”), Angelina Jolie (“By the Sea”), Steven Spielberg (“Munich”), Wolfgang Petersen (“Troy”) and Marc Forster (“World War Z”).

Highly competitive incentives are part of the appeal. The Malta Film Commission offers a cash rebate of up to 27% on all eligible expenses incurred in Malta; 25% is available for all eligible productions, while an additional 2% is given to productions that shoot Malta as Malta. Value added tax, currently 18%, is fully refundable.

Its Mediterranean location, authentic architecture and stark landscapes are also part of Malta’s appeal for productions ranging from swords-and-sandals epics to war movies. “Malta is able to double as myriad classical and historical periods, »

- Iain Blair

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Gallery 1988 Artists Re-Imagine Art For 7 Cult Classic Steelbooks

2 November 2014 11:41 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

I’ve got to say that I’m a huge fan of those folks over at Gallery 1988 who continue to bring out new and original work, both for movies new and old. We’re now very intrigued to announced that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are teaming up with them to launch “Project Pop Art” a collection of 7 cult classic films re-released on Blu-ray in (my personal favourite) SteelBook packaging, featuring innovative and unique artwork by top emerging artists and designers.

The collection commemorates popular and iconic films and will be available exclusively at Zavvi.com in the UK on January 19th 2015 (Das Boot, Dr. Strangelove, The Karate Kid), February 9th (Easy Rider, Snatch), and March 9th (District 9, Taxi Driver) for a limited time only. Each title is available separately for pre-order right now and – to be honest – ours are in because they’re pretty special.

Want a little run »

- Dan Bullock

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Germany, Italy launch co-pro development fund

28 October 2014 3:17 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Co-Production Development Fund launched between Germany and Italy; growing concern about future of German incentive Dfff

Germany and Italy have established a Co-Production Development Fund to support the joint development of German-Italian co-productions from 2015.

The Germany Federal Film Board (Ffa) and Italy’s Ministry for Culture and Tourism (MiBACT) are each providing $63,350 (€50,000) for the Fund’s annual budget, and funding of up to $38,000 (€30,000) each will be awarded to ¨projects which are interesting for the German and Italian cinema audiences, but also for the global film market.¨

Apart from encouraging more collaboration by producers on joint projects, the initiative also aims to foster the creation of networks between film-makers from bost countries.

This is the fifth co-development fund to be launched by German funders with opposite numbers elsewhere in Europe over the past 10 years.

In 2005, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (Mbb) and Leipzig-based Mdm joined forces with the Polish Film Institute to establish the German-Polish Co-Development Fund, and this was »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Giveaway – Win The NeverEnding Story: 30th Anniversary Edition on Blu-Ray!

24 October 2014 6:39 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The NeverEnding Story“, the cinematic classic about a young boy who borrows a mysterious, ornately-bound book, who never dreamed turning a page would draw him into a shimmering fantasy world of racing snails, hang-glider bats, soaring luckdragons, puckish elves, a Childlike Empress, the brave warrior Atreyu and a slab-faced walking quarry called a Rock Biter, celebrates its 30th anniversary with a Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s (Wbhe) Blu-ray release out now!

This anniversary edition contains never-before-seen special features in the UK including a reimagining of “The NeverEnding Story”, commentary by Wolfgang Petersen, the making of the 1984 Swr Documentary “A World of Fantasies” and more.

© 1984 A Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved

Available to order on Amazon today: http://amzn.to/1pgHePh

To be in with a chance of winning, firstly make sure you like us on Facebook (or follow us on Twitter)…

…Then complete your details below, using the »

- Gary Collinson

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Win ‘The NeverEnding Story’ On Blu-Ray!

22 October 2014 2:45 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Neverending Story, the cinematic classic about a young boy who borrows a mysterious, ornately-bound book, who never dreamed turning a page would draw him into a shimmering fantasy world of racing snails, hang-glider bats, soaring luckdragons, puckish elves, a Childlike Empress, the brave warrior Atreyu and a slab-faced walking quarry called a Rock Biter, celebrates it’s 30th anniversary with a Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s (Wbhe) Blu-ray release out now.

This anniversary edition contains never-before-seen special features in the UK including a reimagining of “The NeverEnding Story”, commentary by Wolfgang Petersen, the making of, the1984 Swr Documentary “A World of Fantasies” and more.

Available to order on Amazon today: http://amzn.to/1pgHePh

© 1984 A Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved

To be in with a chance of that awesome Blu-ray, just tell us – Who plays Atreyu?

Send your answer, with your name and address, to our box »

- Dan Bullock

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Abu Dhabi Film Fest To Honor Ed Pressman, Rachid Bouchareb

21 October 2014 3:29 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Abu Dhabi Film Festival will fete prolific U.S. producer Edward Pressman and French/Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb with lifetime achievement awards during its opening ceremony on October 23.

Also, as previously reported, Jordanian director Naji Abu Nowar will be presented with the Variety Arab Filmmaker of the Year Award.

That ceremony will take place on October 27. Born in Oxford and educated in Jordan and the U.K., Nowar’s first feature “Theeb” is an intimate epic with Western overtones set in a Bedouin community with real Bebouins as actors. “Theeb” recently scooped the director nod in the Venice Film Festival’s Horizons section. Pic, which will launch into the Middle East from Abu Dhabi, has been supported by Abu Dhabi’s Sanad fund in development and post.

Ed Pressman has produced more than fifty films in the U.S., including “City Hall,” “Wall Street” and “Bad Lieutenant.” Pressmman has »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Develop Espionage Thriller With Syfy

13 October 2014 12:04 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Pearl Street shingle and CBS Television Studios have partnered with Syfy to develop the TV series “Incorporated,” a futuristic espionage thriller.

Set in a world where corporations have seemingly unlimited power, the story will focus on one man’s efforts to beat the system. David and Alex Pastor (“Selfless”, “The Last Days”) will write the pilot. Ted Humphrey (“The Good Wife”) will serve as executive producer/showrunner, with Damon, Affleck and Jennifer Todd also executive producing. Pearl Street Film’s Margaret Chernin will serve as associate producer.

Although it is still known for campy projects like “Sharknado,” the deal is another example of how Syfy has been upping its game in scripted content. The cabler recently ordered the alien series “Hunters” from “The Walking Dead’s” Gale Anne Hurd and it is developing “Ghost Brigades,” which is based on the “Old Man’s War” universe book series, »

- Whitney Friedlander

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The Definitive Scary Scenes from Non-Horror Films: 50-41

2 October 2014 5:18 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In the spirit of October, this list will look at scary scenes, but not from the horror classics directed by Craven or Carpenter or even Hitchcock (I’m excluding him, though I argue most of his work isn’t exactly horror). These are from the films that aren’t really meant to scare you. At least, not at the visceral level that horror films do. These are the fifty definitive moments from non-horror films that still made an impact on the “frightening front.” From shocking to creepy to unsettlingly hair raising, these are moments that will stick in your mind long after watching the films, even if they are part of a very different narrative.

50. Toy Story 3 (2010)

Scene: Monkey Security

Video: http://youtu.be/x6QkcJjx-Vo

The third installment of the one of the greatest movie trilogies of all time is also one of the darkest children’s films ever made. »

- Joshua Gaul

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Malkovich Becomes Einstein, Marilyn, Picasso and Others in Funny, Creepy, Brilliant Photo Series

25 September 2014 4:34 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

John Malkovich photos: How to look like a model, from Marilyn Monroe to Albert Einstein (image: John Malkovich as Marilyn Monroe in Bert Stern's 1962 portrait 'Marilyn in Pink Roses') Whether you found Spike Jonze's 1999 mind-invading comedy Being John Malkovich a pretentious bore or the most innovative motion picture since Georges Méliès' The Man with the India-Rubber Head, you'll probably enjoy Sandro Miller's series of John Malkovich photos, in which the two-time Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nominee becomes the real-life characters in some of the most celebrated (and mostly pop, U.S.-made) photographs ever taken. Malkovich's various guises will be featured in the exhibit "Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters," which runs from November 7, 2014, to January 31, 2015, at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago. In Being John Malkovich, the likes of John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, and Catherine Keener discover an escape from their drab lives »

- Andre Soares

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'Ghost Brigades' Heads To Syfy

5 August 2014 8:38 PM, PDT | AirlockAlpha.com | See recent Airlock Alpha news »

Syfy is launching another science-fiction series with its adaption of John Scalzi's "Ghost Brigades," which is based on his "Old Man's War" books. Wolfgang Petersen, who helmed such films as "Das Boot" and "Troy," is spearheading the project along with "Safe House" producer Scott Stuber; Jake Thornton and Ben Lustig ("The Thirst") will script. "Ghost Brigades" centers on John Perry, a 75-year-old soldier serving in a long-running war as mankind -- who can now transfer consciousness into younger bodies -- expands its influence into deep space. Perry quickly finds himself attracted to a mysterious woman while a conspiracy unfolds involving the Ghost Brigades, an elite military force. Universal Cable Productions, Radiant Productions and Bluegrass Films will produce the project. "Old »

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Syfy Announces "Ghost Brigades" Series

5 August 2014 4:34 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Syfy has begun development of "Ghost Brigades," a TV drama series based on John Scalzi's "Old Man's War" universe book series which will be produced by Universal Cable Productions, Radiant Productions and Bluegrass Films.

Filmmaker Wolfgang Petersen ("Troy," "The Perfect Storm") will oversee the project's development. Jake Thornton and Ben Lustig will pen the first script, while Scott Stuber ("Safe House") will produce.

The story follows 75-yer-old John Perry who enlists in the Colonial Defense Force to fight a centuries-long war for man's expansion into the cosmos. Technology allows his mind to be transplanted into a younger body built to withstand the harshness of fighting a war in space.

"Old Man's War" was first published in 2005 and scored a Hugo Award nomination in 2006. Four further books followed, the second going by the name "Ghost Brigades". An attempt was made to turn the series into a film at Paramount Pictures »

- Garth Franklin

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Wolfgang Petersen Developing ‘Ghost Brigades’ for SyFy

5 August 2014 12:17 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

SyFy has announced that Oscar nominee Wolfgang Petersen (“Air Force One,” “Das Boot”) and Scott Stuber (“Safe House,” “Ted”) have signed on to develop “Ghost Brigades.”

Show is based on the “Old Man’s War” universe book series about John Perry, who, at age 75, enlists into the Colonial Defense Force to fight a war for man’s expansion into the cosmos.  Technology in the universe allows experiences and consciousness to be transplanted into younger bodies, which are outfitted to endure the rigors of war in space.  Soon after John arrives, he finds himself involved with a mysterious woman — and at the center of an unraveling conspiracy involving the elite fighting force known as the Ghost Brigades.

Jake Thornton and Ben Lustig have also signed on to pen the pilot.  Universal Cable Productions is set to produce the series for the cabler, along with Petersen’s Radiant Productions and Stuber’s Bluegrass Films. »

- Shelli Weinstein

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Old Man's War Novel Heads To TV

5 August 2014 12:06 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Back in 2011, Paramount bought the rights to John Scalzi’s sci-fi novel Old Man’s War, with Wolfgang Petersen attached to direct and David Self to write the film. Since then, it’s floated through the development void but never quite turned into a movie, and now the Us SyFy channel has taken over the project, looking to gear up a TV series called Ghost Brigades. Scalzi’s novel, the first in a series of four so far, was originally published back in 2005, though the author actually released it online before that. It follows the adventures of soldier John Perry who, after his wife dies when he’s 75, agrees to sign up for the Colonial Defence Forces. In exchange for his service and the fact he’ll never return to Earth, his consciousness is uploaded into a healthy, augmented new body and he’s sent off to battle a variety »

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Syfy developing sci-fi novel 'Old Man's War' into series

5 August 2014 11:14 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Syfy has snatched up another acclaimed sci-fi novel. John Scalzi’s Hugo Award-nominated Old Man’s War series is being developed into a TV show at the network. Bonus: Syf has brought on a respected heavy-hitter producer for the project—two-time Oscar nominee Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot, Air Force One), along with fellow producer Scott Stuber (Safe House, Ted). Jake Thornton and Ben Lustig (both developing a Winter’s Knight film) have signed to write the pilot.

The project will be titled Ghost Brigades. (You had to figure a title like Old Man’s War would be the first thing »

- James Hibberd

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Syfy Adapting Futuristic Military Drama 'Ghost Brigades' (Exclusive)

5 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Syfy is continuing to ramp up its sci-fi fare. The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has put into development Ghost Brigades, a drama based on John Scalzi's Hugo-nominated Old Man's War universe book series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The NeverEnding Story's Wolfgang Petersen will oversee development on the project alongside Scott Stuber (Safe House), with Jake Thornton and Ben Lustig (Winter's Knight) on board to pen the first script. The drama hails from Universal Cable Productions, Petersen's Radiant Productions and Stuber's Bluegrass Films. Story Syfy's Plan: More Space Operas, Less 'Sharknado' Ghost Brigades follows John Perry, who at

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- Lesley Goldberg

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13 Actors Who Almost Played Superheroes

15 July 2014 8:55 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

There are a lot of "what ifs" in the movie business. There are so many options when it comes to casting actors to play characters in movies. Superhero films are huge right now, and I love most of the actors that studios have cast to play these badass characters. Christian Bale as Batman, Andrew Garfield aa Spider-Man, Henry Cavill as Superman, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man are just a few of many. But these characters could have easily been played by other actors. It's hard to imagine that now since we're already invested in what's in front of our eyes.

I've come up with a list of actors who almost played some of these superheroes. You may already know about some of the close calls on the list, you may not, but when I was researching for this article there were a few things I didn't know before, »

- Joey Paur

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Readers' Picks: 12 Essential Movies Kids Must Experience Before Turning 13

3 July 2014 7:01 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Last week, EW published The 55 Essential Movies Kids Must Experience (Before Turning 13). Predictably, given that we published a post on the Internet whose headline contained a concrete number and the word “essential,” we got some impassioned feedback from readers—many of whom were eager to suggest additional great movies kids should see that we’d left out.

As we noted last week, “This isn’t a list of the 55 ‘best’ kids movies, nor a compendium of hidden gems. Rather, it’s a survival-guide syllabus of films that we all need to know to be able to speak the same pop-cultural language. »

- EW staff

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The Definitive War Movies: 10-1

2 July 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Here we are, at the top of the mountain. We’ve had plenty from every war imaginable, some supportive of war efforts, some not. But the more interesting war films really focus on the people; the internal struggles those men and women have about what they are doing. Whether made in America, Germany, the United Kingdom, or anywhere else, war is not just a battle between good and evil. It’s a life and death struggle between opposing sides that may not be that different. The movies at the top of this list may be subtle or straightforward, but each of them is a clear snapshot that lets audiences see what it means to fight, so they don’t have to.

10. Paths of Glory (1957)

Directed by: Stanley Kurbick

Conflict: World War I

Before Stanley Kubrick grabbed the rights, the source material for Paths of Glory had a long history. The novel, »

- Joshua Gaul

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Stalingrad Director To Tackle The Odyssey

1 July 2014 5:01 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

A decade on from Wolfgang Petersen's Troy (adapted from The Iliad), Hollywood is finally getting around to Homer's other great epic, The Odyssey. Warner Bros. have set Stalingrad director Fedor Bondarchuk to work on Odysseus, the story of the titular Greek warrior-king-hero's return home from the Trojan War.300's Gianni Nunnari is among the producers, indicating that, to some extent, this is the same Odysseus that was developing as long as five years ago. There have been plenty of changes between then and now, however. Back in 2009, the screenplay was by Ann Peacock (The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe) and the thrust was not The Odyssey itself, but what happened to Odysseus after he got home to Ithaca.But the latest script is by Jeremy Doner (The Killing), indicating a new focus, and raising the possibility that we may see Odysseus dealing with Cyclops, sirens, Scylla and shipwrecks after all. »

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A Ten-Year Anniversary (2004-2014): Top 10 Cinematic Duds from Yesterday

11 June 2014 12:48 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Has it actually been ten years already since we have been engaged in the realm of films dating back to 2004? A decade is certainly a long period of time to build our appreciation for cinema up until this critical point in 2014. In looking back at 2004, one can recall fondly some of the more desirable releases to come out at that time. For instance, the superb Million Dollar Baby was the Academy Award-winning film for 2004. Even the comedies that were released that year gave movie audiences cause to rejoice with such ditties as the sleeper indie hit Napoleon Dynamite and well as mainstream laughers in Mean Girls and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy.

Unfortunately for every gem there is a dud and then some. And 2004 had its share to say the least. So how about getting nostalgic and recalling some of the notable misses that were heaped on misled moviegoers »

- Frank Ochieng

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