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A future-set love story in a world where emotions have been eradicated, Nicolas Hoult and Kristen Stewart participate in the long tradition of this idea in the history of pop literature, and cinema, from the big dumb action of The Island and Equilibrium, to George Lucas' cooler ideological Thx-1138, the flower-powered Logan's Run, ll the way back to George Orwell's seminal novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. It is good happenstance that Ridley Scott, who famously re-purposed the iconography of Orwell for Apple Inc. as a TV advertisement to launch their Macintosh computer, acts as the producer on Equals, a handsome looking indie from director Drake Doremus.I dug the film quite a bit when I caught it at Tiff last year. Maybe it is the sound track, but...
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Syfy has given a pilot order to original sci-fi thriller “Prototype,” Variety has learned.
The project, written by Tony Basgallop (“24: Live Another Day”), centers on three unlikely cohorts who inadvertently stumble upon an invention that challenges the very nature of quantum physics – a discovery which in turn puts their lives in grave danger.
“’Prototype’ is a purely original idea from a talented writer with a unique vision,” said Bill McGoldrick, Executive Vice President, Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “We can’t wait to see this original idea come to life in this pilot for Syfy.”
Oscar nominee Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (“Esposados”) will direct. Escape Artists Productions will serve as executive producers along with Fresnadillo and Basgallop, while Taylor Latham will be co-executive producer.
- Laura Prudom
Read More: Indiewire Awards Season Spotlight Following in the footsteps of their DGA nominations, Tom McCarthy ("Spotlight"), Adam McKay ("The Big Short"), George Miller ("Mad Max: Fury Road") and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("The Revenant") all repeated with the Academy. Leading the race is 70-year-old veteran George Miller, whose nomination this year marks his first nom ever. In one of this year's most shocking turn of events, "The Martian" director Ridley Scott was left off this list in favor of Lenny Abrahamson, whose contained direction of "Room" has been critically acclaimed but was hardly considered a real threat by most insiders. Below is Anne Thompson's take on how things might shake down in the race for best director. Check out Thompson on Hollywood's Oscar predictions page for more awards season analysis. Click here for more category breakdowns on Indiewire. Nominees:Tom McCarthy »
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- NATHANIEL R
Movies can transport us to sci-fi worlds with immerse viewing experiences. But when the lights come up at the end of the movie, it’s back to the real world. There are some futures that sound like sci-fi now that might be reality soon though. And there are other less likely sci-fi scenarios that we’ll never get to really experience (sorry, everyone with Avatar blues — we’re not going to Pandora). Mars, though, is within reach. But it’s not Mars that the creative minds behind The Martian dream of visiting — especially not Andy Weir, author of the book on which the successful Matt Damon-starring movie is based. At an event today on the 20th Century Fox lot featuring a panel of Weir, director Ridley Scott, and screenwriter Drew Goddard, moderator Adam Savage (MythBusters) brought up the possibility of the The Martian filmmakers traveling to Mars themselves, Weir »
- Emily Rome
Danny McBride is no stranger to stepping outside of comedy with Up in the Air, All the Real Girls, and more, but he’s now set to dive into something quite unexpected. The Wrap reports he’s in talks to join Ridley Scott‘s Alien: Covenant with Michael Fassbender returning and Katherine Waterston taking on a new female lead role. While the Eastbound & Down star’s role isn’t specified, the October 2017-bound films follows the crew of the colony ship Covenant as they come across a dangerous planet occupied solely by Fassbender’s David.
Speaking of Fassbender, after he dropped out of The Mountains Between Us and then Charlie Hunnam doing the same, 20th Century Fox is looking at a new lead. The Wrap reports his Prometheus co-sta Idris Elba is now in talks to star in the project, adapted from Charles Martin’s novel following a doctor and »
- Leonard Pearce
Alien: Covenant: Danny McBride, best known for comic performances in movies like This Is The End and Your Highness (above), is in "early discussions" to join Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant. Michael Fassbender is already set to reprise his role as an android from Prometheus, with Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice) taking on a lead role. The sequel will follow the crew of a spaceship that lands on a remote planet with only one inhabitant (Fassbender). [The Wrap] Sonic the Hedgehog: Beginning as a video game character in a 1991 game before leaping onto TV screens in Japan and then the U.S. (above), Sonic the Hedgehog began his journey to the big screen in 2014. Now comes word that the CGI/live-action movie will be released in 2018, per the property's...
- Peter Martin
Despite the ever-increasing proximity between the Oscars and the British Academy of Film and Televison Arts awards, Bafta still remains a terrific reminder of the British brand. But the love in this year’s noms has been given to a host of veterans: Ridley Scott, Maggie Smith, Kate Winslet, Julie Walters and Mark Rylance have already notched up a collective 33 Bafta nominations. The British Academy Film Awards take place Feb. 14 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London.
That’s not to say the fresh blood isn’t there, but perhaps increasing overlap in Oscar and Bafta conversations have limited the expectation for the Brit awards to serve as a platform for discovery.
“Since Bafta has repositioned itself very deliberately and positively to overlap with the Oscar conversation, the consequence has been that the opportunity to profile exciting or emerging talents has been limited,” says British Film Institute Film Fund director Ben Roberts. »
- Diana Lodderhose
Eight recipients of Variety‘s Artisan Awards explained the creative challenges and rewards of their work at a special event during the Santa Barbara Film Festival on Wednesday at the Lobero Theater.
The honorees were cinematography, John Seale, “Mad Max: Thunder Road”; costume design, Jacqueline West, “The Revenant”; editing, Hank Corwin, “The Big Short”; production design, Arthur Max, “The Martian”; music, Carter Burwell, “Carol”; song, Diane Warren, “Til It Happens to You” from “The Hunting Ground”; sound editing, Mark Mangini, “Mad Max: Fury Road”; and visual effects, Patrick Tubach, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
The evening featured a clip from each film, followed by a one-on-one conversation between each winner and Variety awards editor Tim Gray.
Max, who’s worked with Ridley Scott on 11 films, offered an affectionate and funny monologue praising the director, saying no film school on earth can teach as much as Scott does. “He makes it all look easy, »
- Variety Staff
There comes a time when every comic actor gives a turn toward fulfilling their cinephile side (see Jonah Hill, James Franco, Seth Rogen, Steve Carell etc.), and that's no different for Danny McBride. His first credited role was actually in his pal David Gordon Green's "All The Real Girls," and last year he crossed Cameron Crowe off the list with the misfire "Aloha." But now he's making the biggest movie of his career, with one of Hollywood's most legendary figures. Read More: 'Alien: Covenant' Will Be Set Ten Years After 'Prometheus' The Wrap reports that McBride is in early talks for Ridley Scott's "Alien: Covenant." He'll be joining Michael Fassbender and Katherine Waterston in the new movie that follows the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, who discover what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Wrap reports that actor Danny McBride is in negotiations to co-star in director Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" sequel, "Alien: Covenant." The only cast members confirmed for the film is actress Katherine Waterston and Michael Fassbender, who will reprise his role as the synthetic android David. Actress Noomi Rapace who played Elizabeth Shaw in the "Prometheus" will not return. "Alien: Covenant" is the first film in a planned trilogy which Scott has stated will connect to his 1979 film, "Alien."
"Alien: Covenant follows a crew of the colony ship Covenant, which is on a voyage through space bound for a remote, uninhabited planet. Once they land, the crew discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but it is actually a dark, dangerous world, whose only sole inhabitant is an android named David who claims to be the only survivor from the doomed Prometheus expedition.
"Alien: Covenant" is set to hit »
- J.B. Casas
Daniel here. If your Charlize senses have been tingling lately then it’s fair to assume your road rage has set in: Variety reports that Universal is circling Imperator Furiosa herself to star as the lead villain in Fast 8, the latest model in their rubber-burning line of Fast & Furious flicks.
Gallons of credit go to this high-octane franchise for encouraging onscreen diversity and staging sky-is-the-limit set pieces, sure, but just because Charlize Theron can drive, it doesn’t mean she needs to take your wheel.
The main attractions in a Fast & Furious are smash ‘em up automotive melees with basic visuals broken up by character-light screeds on the true meaning of family; you’ll find none of Mad Max: Fury Road’s kinetic wizardry or redemptive arcs. Pitting their rogue gallery of villains against Charlize Theron is like straight-up reaching for the wrong Ben & Jerry’s pint. Jason Statham or Luke Evans’ unhinged, »
- Daniel Crooke
McBride will join fellow new addition Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice) and returning Prometheus star Michael Fassbender, although Scott has confirmed that Noomi Rapace will not be back as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw.
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in Alien with Alien: Covenant, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. »
- Gary Collinson
The Man in the High Castle is Amazon’s most streamed original show, and Hulu’s 11.22.63 is about to launch. Both take viewers to an alternative past, and it’s a format people can’t seem to get enough of, but why?
Counterfactual history is fun, provocative – and it’s enjoying a cultural moment. Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle television series, directed by Ridley Scott, imagines a world in which the Nazis won the second world war. Hulu, meanwhile, has a new series based on Stephen King’s novel 11.22.63, which tells the story of a time traveler who returns to the past to foil JFK’s assassination.
Related: The Man In The High Castle: Philip K »
- Noah Berlatsky
There has being quite a bit going on with the casting for Ridley Scott’s proper return to the the Alien franchise, Alien: Covenant, with word that Noomi Repace will not be reprising her role from Prometheus, seemingly leaving Michael Fassbender’s David as the only returning cast member in a movie that was originally Prometheus 2. Inherent Vice and Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them’s Katherine Waterson was the first newcomer to sign on as a crew member of the colony ship Covenant, which comes in contact with a plant that David is seemingly the sole inhabitant of, and now it looks like she’ll be getting some company with Kenny Powers himself, Danny McBride, in early talks for a role. Primarily known for comedy roles, it’ll be interesting to see what happens if he does sign on the dotted line for something that is no »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
This follow-up to "Prometheus" and prequel to "Alien" follows the colony space ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy which they discover is a dark, dangerous world - the home of the Engineers.
Its sole living inhabitant? The amoral android David (Michael Fassbender) from the doomed Prometheus expedition. Katherine Waterston is also onboard as the female lead, while McBride is likely to play one of two technician roles in the film that have a slight comedic bent.
Filming will take place in Australia shortly.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
The film will shoot at least 50% on location in South East Queensland as well as the Village Roadshow Studios on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Other locations have still to be determined. Production starts in April.
The news was announced Thursday by the state’s Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk.
Scripted by Justin Monjo (“Rush,” “The Untold Story of Inxs”,) the screenplay is based on an internationally bestselling memoir of the same name by Yossi Ghinsberg. It tells the story of four travellers who set off into the heart of the Amazon rainforest on a dream adventure which quickly turns into a nightmare.
- Patrick Frater
Alien: Covenant: Danny McBride, best known for comic performances in movies like This Is the End and Your Highness (above), is in "early discussions" to join Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant. Michael Fassbender is already set to reprise his role as an android from Prometheus, with Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice) taking on a lead role. The sequel will follow the crew of a spaceship that lands on a remote planet with only one inhabitant (Fassbender). [The Wrap] ...
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Surprisingly, Noomi Rapace won't be reprising her role from Prometheus, although Michael Fassbender is set to return. Katherine Waterston has already signed on the dotted line to play the lead female role.
But now we're hearing of a surprise casting choice, as Danny McBride - best known for his comedy, particularly Eastbound & Down - is in talks for one of the lead male roles in the movie.
The exact role is unclear, but McBride is already said to be in early discussions for the movie. He's expected to sign up shortly.
Alien: Covenant is currently »
It was a given that Michael Fassbender would return for Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus sequel Alien: Covenant, and the addition of Katherine Waterston as his new leading lady wasn’t exactly surprising either — she’s exactly the kind of young, on-the-verge star you’d expect to see cast in a big-budget blockbuster like this. The newest new cast member, however, is definitely unexpected. Danny […]
- Angie Han
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