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According to Deadline, Sony Pictures is moving forward with a planned reboot of the “Zorro” franchise based on the 2005 Isabel Allende novel, which centers on the young Zorro who witnesses the brutal injustices dealt to Native Americans.
Screenwriter Chris Boal, brother of Mark Boal (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Hurt Locker”), has come onboard to rewrite a draft previously penned by Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia. Boal was a competitive fencer on the national circuit before becoming a writer.
This new project will have nothing to do with the Antonio Banderas films The Mask of Zorro and The Legend of Zorro but will have a sort of “Batman Begins” style of approach, with a new backstory, gritty realism and emotional core. So for those of you who have seen the Banderas films, this will follow Anthony Hopkins character’s backstory. There will be swordplay, combined with the martial arts that came »
- Kellvin Chavez
Madonna's annual post-Oscars party was the place to be after Sunday night's show. The bash, held at her pal Guy Oseary's Los Angeles home, went on until 4 a.m. Celebrities were "wall to wall," a guest tells People. "Everyone was dancing, mingling and eating." Academy Award winners past and present let loose and dined on dishes such as Caesar salad, penne pasta with red sauce, rice and chicken in a curry sauce and potato knishes, served buffet style. Best Actor winner Matthew McConaughey and his wife Camila were inseparable. Julia Roberts and husband Danny Moder "were lovey dovey together, »
- Elizabeth Leonard and Liz McNeil
Oscar 2014 TV ratings: 10-year high in overall viewership in U.S. (image: Twitter hit ‘Ellen selfie Oscars,’ featuring Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, and Oscar 2014 company) Hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, whose "Oscars selfie" became a record-breaking Twitter hit, and featuring the likes of Angelina Jolie, Will Smith, and John Travolta as presenters — in addition to a pizza delivery man as part of an extended DeGeneres joke — the 2014 Oscar ceremony hit a 10-year high in overall viewership. In the coveted 18-49 age bracket, this year’s Oscar show drew a 12.9 rating vs. 13.0 last year; overall, in the United States an estimated 43 million people watched at least some segments of the Oscar telecast held on Sunday, March 2, 2014 — up 6% compared to last year’s show hosted by Seth MacFarlane, and featuring Ben Affleck’s Argo, Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Day-Lewis, Christoph Waltz, and Anne Hathaway among the winners. »
- Steve Montgomery
Jared Leto snapped up the Independent Spirit Award for his portrayal of Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club, increasing the odds that he’ll pick up the Oscar Sunday night for the role of a transgender HIV patient in the early 1980s.
The federal judge in Kentucky who ruled that the state must recognize out of state same-sex marriages has put a three week stay on his order. The state had asked for 90 days to appeal, but Judge Heyburn says they should be able to figure out how to implement the order by March 20.
The NBA is going to donate proceeds from Jason Collins’ record selling #98 jersey to the Matthew Shepard Foundation and Glsen. Autographed jerseys that Collins wears in games will be auctioned off to benefit the same organizations. »
- Ed Kennedy
Here is last week’s caption pic winner. This week’s caption pic is at the bottom of the page.
Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is …
“Johnny Weir’s looking a bit ruff, isn’t he?”
Thanks to Darrien for this week’s winning caption!
Weekend Birthdays! Antonio Sabato Jr. (above) is 42, Javier Bardem is 45, Mark Paul Gosselaar is (gulp) 40, Ke$ha is 27, Karen Carpeneter would have been 64, Jon Bon Jovi is 52, Daniel Craig is 46, Bernadette Peters is 66, and Dale Bozzio is 59. Here’s her greatest song.
We failed in Sochi because we didn’t risk a thing
J. Stephen Brantley’s Chicken-Fried Ciccone Turns Madonna‘s Hits Into Country Cabaret
Why covering gay athletes is news
Tom Daley Doesn’t Show Us His Butt Again, But Does Show Us His Cute Cellphone Cover. Aww!
Top Twelve Most Homophobic Nations.
Here’s the teaser trailer for Season Two of Orphan Black. »
After Oscar winners finish their speeches then get played off the stage (or vice versa), they head to a press room where photographers yell at them to strike a pose with their new gold best friend. But these photographers will not be satisfied with a mere trophy display: They demand creative stances! And the actors, still dazed from their victory, will do their best to accommodate, whether smooching their Oscar, swooning over it, sticking it in their ears, or any number of variations. It's a tradition basically as old as the Academy Awards themselves, as illustrated by the following gallery of winner poses through the years: See Javier Bardem kiss his, Emma Thompson balance hers on her head, Audrey Hepburn fall head over heels for hers, Anthony Hopkins go full Hannibal-cannibal, and more. (If you're a current Oscar nominee, maybe check these out between drafts of the speech you "didn't »
- Jesse David Fox
Of all the awards shows this season, the Oscars provide the best opportunity for the winners to whip out a classic trophy kiss. The Emmy is too spiky and the Golden Globe makes you look megalomaniacal, but the Oscar statue is just right - a friendly little man made entirely out of gold. Who wouldn't want to kiss him? But not all Oscar kisses are created equally. Just as kissing a human requires a hundred instant mental calculations - Cheek or lips? How much tongue? - so does kissing an Oscar. Below, a look at some of the ways Oscar »
- Nate Jones
While James Bond movies are usually quite successful, Skyfall was a huge hit, becoming the first entry in the franchise to cross the billion dollar mark.
With an intelligent story, a memorable villain in Javier Bardem’s Silva, and a great performance from Judi Dench, some fans felt that it was the best Bond movie since Daniel Craig took on the role of 007. Even Craig himself thought it was better than Casino Royale. With that in mind, it’s sad to hear that the man who crafted the great cinematography for Skyfall won’t be joining the team for Bond’s next outing.
Hit Fix writer Kristopher Tapley revealed on Twitter that cinematographer ...
- Casey Cipriani
As I explained in my review released just prior to the movie hitting theaters back in 2012, Sam Mendes' Skyfall is a great film for many, many reasons. The story does fascinating things with the James Bond character, puts the franchise in an interesting modern context, and features one of the greatest Bond villains ever in Javier Bardem's Silva. Perhaps its greatest asset, though, is the cinematography of genius Roger Deakins. There are few in Hollywood that can frame and light a shot quite like Deakins can, and the guy put on a master class with Skyfall, earning his tenth Academy Award nomination. The movie gave us a lot to look forward to in the future of the series, especially because Mendes is returning to direct, but sadly the same thing can't be said for Deakins. Discovered by The Playlist, Kristopher Tapley, who is a writer for HitFix's In Contention section, »
When it comes to Hollywood bromances, Jeremy Piven has one actor at the top of his list: Tom Hardy. The 48-year-old gushed about his acting idol in the Fault magazine's Winter 2013-2014 issue, saying, "I like Tom Hardy's balls. I mean not literally, I've never seen Tom Hardy's balls, just for the record." He added, "We worked together in Black Hawk Down and he's a gamer, he's always up for it, he's fearless and he's really fun to watch as well." But Hardy isn't the only one that Piven admires. He explained how Javier Bardem also ranks high in the list of actors he loves. "He never lets you down," the Entourage star told the magazine. »
I really wish it wasn't taking so damn long for Stephen King's The Dark Tower to get to the big screen. I love that story, and I love the plan that Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman, and Brian Grazer came up with to bring it to life. There was supposed to be a trilogy of films and a TV series in between each film to tell as much of the story as they possibly can. Now it looks like we'll be lucky to get one movie.
Several major studios have stupidly passed on the movie, and right now they are looking at getting independent financing, but that is going to take some time. Regardless of all the bumps in the road, the movie is still moving forward. We have an update on it from Goldsman in an interview with Collider.
"It’s not officially back on and we will never »
- Joey Paur
This award season has been all about family, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Bradley Cooper bringing their moms to the Golden Globes and Jared Leto thanking his at the SAGs (and going on about how awesome she is at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon, too). Most recently, Javier Bardem hit the red carpet with his mother, Pilar, at the Goya Awards in Spain on Sunday. While there are plenty of celebrities who love their moms, we're taking a look at all the hot guys and the ladies who brought them into this world. View Slideshow › »
- Lauren Turner
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Wadjda, a 10-year-old girl in Saudi Arabia, desperately wants a bike of her own, and after a bunch of her own money-making schemes fail, she enters her school's Koran memorization contest for the prize money.
Why We're In: Writer/director Haifaa Al Mansour has crafted an excellent movie, but in addition to that, "Wadjda" is the first feature-length film made entirely in Saudi Arabia, and the first film written and directed by a Saudi woman.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"The Jungle Book: Diamond Edition"
What's It About? Mowgli is a human child who's most literally raised by wolves, but as he grows up it becomes clear to his buddies Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther that it's time for him to go live with other people.
Why We're In: It's a Disney classic with all the trimmings. »
- Jenni Miller
Berlin — Olivier Courson, chairman and CEO of European mini-major Studiocanal, and Rola Bauer, prexy and partner of Studiocanal’s Tandem Communications, will deliver a joint keynote address at television mart MipTV in Cannes on April 8.
Under the title “Tandem/Studiocanal: European Sensibility — Global Appeal,” the keynote will highlight the companies’ international productions, and announcements of new productions for primetime programming worldwide. In addition, the keynote will cover how they are optimizing synergies and opportunities within Studiocanal.
Courson has built Studiocanal into a top European studio, among the leaders of feature film production, acquisition and distribution, and a leading international television studio with its acquisition of Tandem two years ago, and Red Production Company in December last year.
Among the many Studiocanal productions Courson has developed include: the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis”; “Non-Stop,” directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, with Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and Michelle Dockery; “The Gunman,” produced by Joel Silver, »
- Leo Barraclough
Unveiled at Berlin’s European Film Market, Fear Factory’s first slate includes “Shrew’s Nest,” godfathered by Alex de la Iglesia, “Purgatory,” from “The Impossible” producer Apaches Ent., and “Damned Friday,” helmed by [Rec] director Paco Plaza.
Set up at Pokeepsie Films, the new production house of De la Iglesia and actress Carolina Bang, the ’50 Spain-set “Shrew’s Nest” turns on a agoraphobic woman (Macarena Gomez) who cares on her own for her small sister. Years pass until an attractive man (Hugo Silva) knocks on her door, begging for help. Her sister is now not so young. The man may never get out of the sisters’ flat alive. Esteban Roel and Juan Fernando Andres co-direct.
A psychological thriller turning on a baby-sitting gig from hell, »
- John Hopewell
The three will report directly to Joel Silver, with Erwin serving as exec VP and Meyer and Auch serving as senior VPs.
During their tenure at Silver Pictures, the trio have worked on the development and production of projects like “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” “Orphan,” “Unknown,” “Sherlock Holmes” and “Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows.”
- Justin Kroll
Out of all the young actresses currently working in Hollywood, Emma Watson has got to be one of the most interesting and exciting. Having grown and matured significantly from her Harry Potter days, Watson has been on a hot streak lately, choosing excellent films that act as a showcase for her undeniable talent in front of the camera. Perhaps more so than even Daniel Radcliffe, she’s shown that she can do more than just wave a wand and chant spells.
Next month we’ll be seeing the actress in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and now, she has picked her next project. Watson will be starring in Alejandro Amenábar’s thriller Regression for The Weinstein Company, which already has Ethan Hawke singed on.
With a script penned by the director himself, story details for Regression are being kept under wraps. Still, the involvement of this trio of talent is alone »
- Matt Joseph
Emma Watson is continuing to build her career as an adult actress, moving on from the end of the Harry Potter franchise that made her a star, and today she's secured yet another upcoming project. TWC-Dimension has announced today that the the young star has now signed a deal to star in Regression, a new thriller that will see her paired up with Ethan Hawke. According to The Hollywood Reporter, which first revealed the casting news, the plot of the film is being kept a closely guarded secret for now, but it will be based on a script and directed by Alejandro Amenabar, the filmmaker who scared the crap out of audiences with his 2001 Nicole Kidman-starring horror movie The Others: Regression will be Amenabar's return to the thriller/horror genre after moving away to make 2004's The Sea Inside with Javier Bardem and 2009's Agora with Rachel Weisz. »
Ah, our favorite magazine tradition. Vanity Fair's 20th Annual Hollywood Issue is upon us and the dozen stars selected they've selected are very carefully placed (they've read their own reviews). Instead of an all white lineup with a person of color shoved onto the back fold, this is an extremely careful, as if everything has been weighed on a scale: 12 actors, exactly equally split between both men and women, and skin color.
Of course both of those 50/50 visual situations are grossly unreflective of the actual business of Hollywood movies but we're not here to complain but to praise, it's fun to see the cover shaken up ever so slightly. If we were here to complain we'd probably say something about the lack of Asian actors (they never get their due here in America) but no one has ever asked The Film Experience to guest art-direct a cover.
If they did »
- NATHANIEL R
Here's today's latest casting news: David Oyelowo (Jack Reacher) will join A Most Violent Year, director J.C. Chandor's new film which recently replaced Javier Bardem with Oscar Isaac starring opposite Jessica Chastain. Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone) will lead Galveston, an adaptation of the 2010 novel from Nic Pizzolatto to be directed by Janus Metz. Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga) has joined Still Alice along with Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) and Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns). Based on the Lisa Genova novel of the same name, Still Alice stars Julianne Moore and is directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland. Chris Colfer (Glee) and Ron Perlman (Pacific Rim) will lend their voices to Robodog, Marza Animation Planet Inc.’s first original 3D CG animated film which will be directed by the Oscar-nominated Henry F. Anderson III (Stuart Little). Hit the jump for more on each project. First up from THR is news »
- Dave Trumbore
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