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There was a time all Chris Hardwick's energy went into video games and drinking. That's changed. The comedian and veteran TV host chats zombies on AMC's “Talking Dead” on Sundays and brings home the laughs weeknights on Comedy Central's hit late night game show, “@midnight.” He tweets all day to his 2.2 million followers @nerdist and hosts everyone from astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson to actor Aaron Eckhart on his daily Nerdist Podcast. But for Hardwick, the route to success was anything but direct. Hardwick sat down with TheWrap to talk about his newest show and the years of rejection that he fought through. »
- L.A. Ross
Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, handed out top honors to 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska at this afternoon's 29th Film Independent Spirit Awards. Blue Jasmine, Fruitvale Station, Blue Is the Warmest Color, Short Term 12, This Is Martin Bonner and 20 Feet from Stardom also received awards at the ceremony, which is held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.
Highlights from last night's ceremony hosted by Patton Oswalt include: The first ever award delivered via Wild Rabbit's state-of-the-art drone. Mid-show Oswalt also received multiple motivational messages via Skype from Sarah Silverman, Reggie Watts, 'Weird Al' Yankovic and... his parents. Also showcased during the ceremony, the Indie-izer, Patton's newly developed app that turns any Hollywood big budget film into an indie film.
The Spirit Awards were the first event to exclusively honor independent film, »
After partnering with Warner Bros. on the French production “Les Reines Du Ring,” which was released theatrically in the country last summer, WWE Studios has acquired U.S. distribution and worldwide remake rights to the comedy.
Jean-Marc Rudnicki directed the film about a mother attempting to reconnect with her estranged son who is a passionate WWE fan. To grab her son’s attention, she embarks on a rigorous training program to become a WWE Diva and enlists her colleagues at a supermarket to join her journey to become the “Queens of the Ring.”
Fabrice Goldstein, Antoine Rein and Thomas Langmann (“The Artist”), produced the comedy, that starred Marilou Berry, Nathalie Baye, Andre Dussollier, Audrey Fleurot, and featured WWE stars Mike “The Miz” Mizanin and Eve Torres.
- Marc Graser
Screenwriter Melisa Wallack has signed with Anonymous Content, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. She and Craig Borten are co-nominees for original screenplay at the Academy Awards this weekend for Dallas Buyers Club. It was Wallack’s first script, written a decade ago at the start of the film’s famously long route to the Dolby Theatre. The duo also received a WGA nomination this year for the work. The Skidmore College graduate was named one of Variety’s “10 Screenwriters to Watch” in 2005. Two years later, she wrote and co-directed the indie dramedy Meet Bill, starring Aaron Eckhart, Jessica Alba
- Rebecca Sun
Days Go By: McG Can’t Find the Beat in Mottled Espionage Drama
Now with a handful of brightly lit baubles of films to his name since beginning as a music video director, McG can add another title to a mounting filmography that has yet to sport something of a healthy shelf life with 3 Days to Kill. Co-written and produced by Luc Besson, this could technically be considered McG’s foray outside of Hollywood, but many expecting to see something along the lines of Taken—and if that’s what you seek, there may be something for you—then rejoice, as here Liam Neeson is replaced by grizzled Kevin Costner and ham jammed into Paris to reunite with the expat wife and kid he left there due to his career with the CIA. But McG’s film actually plays like a glossier, family friendly version of last year’s Erased, »
- Nicholas Bell
After co-producing films with 20th Century Fox and Lionsgate before moving to self-finance a slate it self-distributed through the Samuel Goldwyn Co., in 2010, WWE Studios has now settled into a new business model that has it mitigate the risk of making movies by partnering with notable producers and distributors. Film banner is run by former Miramax exec Michael Luisi.
“We have a new business model,” said WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon during an earnings call Thursday to discuss the company’s fourth quarter and 2013 results. “It’s our third model. This one is working.”
- Marc Graser
The character that Michael Biehn made awesome, Anton Yelchin made dumb, and Jonathan Jackson made boring, is returning to the big screen, as Jai Courtney has been cast as human resistance leader Kyle Reese in 2015′s Terminator: Genesis. Skynet’s worst enemy has had quite a crisis of identity since Biehn nailed the nuance of the role in James Cameron’s 1984 sci-fi action masterpiece, The Terminator, and his lasting imprint on the character will insure that Courtney has some substantial boots to fill. Courtney’s slim resume may make fans of the Terminator franchise, and Reese in particular, nervous about his capturing the role. His closest competition was model-turned-actor Boyd Holbrook, who while building an increasing film profile, has similarly not had his breakout role as of yet. Nailing Kyle Reese would go a long way in helping audiences forget his wooden performance in John Moore’s A Good Day to Die Hard, an »
- Dustin Hucks
Directed by: Steve Pink
Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins
Release Date: February 14, 2014
Plot: Bernie (Hart) and Debbie (Hall) start to hate each other when a highly-sexual relationship gets serious. Meanwhile, their respective roommates Danny (Ealy) and Debbie (Bryant) begin to fall in love.
Who’S It For? Those who like their amount of real-life romance equaled to their sexual comedy, even if the sum is a bit underwhelming. And similarly, those who can look past a terribly made film.
Featuring three main performers from 2012′s Think Like a Man, About Last Night has a few credible moments within its story. With disturbing misfortune, they are amongst an experience of bad filmmaking. For sake of not losing my readership off the bat, I’ll save that tangent for later, and will at least start with what works here. »
- Nick Allen
Blumhouse Productions and WWE Studios will soon unite on another forthcoming horror, Incarnate starring Aaron Eckhart, but they first come together for the promising chiller Oculus. Director Mike Flanagan’s film was warmly received by genre fans at the most recent Toronto International Film Festival with the plot concerning a beautiful woman (played by former Doctor Who sidekick Karen Gillan) who attempts to exonerate her brother, convicted of the murder of their parents ten years previous, by proving the grisly crime was committed by a supernatural force.
If you missed the highly-effective first trailer and poster, don’t forget to check them out. In the meantime, take a look at the latest poster from the film co-starring Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane and Katee Sackhoff.
Oculus will haunt Us cinemas from the 11th April. No word on a UK release just yet.
Source: WWE Films
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- Craig Hunter
Directed by Stuart Beattie
Despite having his origins in classic literature, Frankenstein’s monster has become a truly cinematic beast, having shown up in countless screen iterations since first being brought to life by Boris Karloff in 1931. No surprise, then, that I, Frankenstein, originally a comic series by Underworld scribe Kevin Grevioux would get the big-screen treatment, and even less of a surprise to results aren’t particularly pretty.
Aaron Eckhart stars as the creature, this time named Adam, who becomes embroiled in a centuries-old war between demons and gargoyles, who are both God’s warriors on Earth and far less interesting than any early-90s Disney Channel cartoons would have you believe. Though he initially wants no part of the war, having no love for humanity, Adam is forced into the conflict when the demons begin pursuing him, hell-bent »
- Thomas O'Connor
Sure, his most high-profile characters to date are as creepy as hell, but in reality, veteran actor David Dastmalchian is one of the coolest cats you could ever hope to chat with in an interview. I sensed a cool vibe mere moments into a recent phone conversation with Dastmalchian, who is fresh off another unnerving performance as the tech-savvy serial killer Simon on a recent episode of Fox's hit sci-fi series Almost Human. It's the second major project Dastmalchian been featured in the past four months, beginning with a pivotal supporting role opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in director Denis Villeneuve's spellbinding crime thriller Prisoners. And before that, of course, Dastmalchian was exposed to millions of movie fans worldwide in a small but mesmerizing turn as the Joker's thug, Thomas Schiff, in Christopher Nolan's 2008 Batman epic The Dark Knight. Dastmalchian in "Almost Human" (Series) Born and raised in Kansas, Dastmalchian »
- Tim Lammers
As buyers and sellers touch down in Berlin, the high-end pics in the European Film Market are now moving in two directions: cast-driven action thrillers and older-skewing prestige dramas with stars attached, budgeted around $20 million-$30 million.
This is exactly the budgetary range that Europe, led by France, dove into after Hollywood’s specialty divisions began closing and downsizing over the past several years.
But now the Americans have staged a comeback in that space, thanks to hits such as “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “Mud,” “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “All Is Lost,” a thriving, if niche, VOD/theatrical scene and more money.
But there are still big pics coming out of Europe. Benedict Cumberbatch headlines Sergei Bodrov’s Altitude-sold action thriller “Blood Mountain”; Cillian Murphy plays opposite Bryce Dallas Howard in Jason Lew’s thriller “The Free World,” from Memento; “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto penned Embankment’s thriller “Galveston” with Mathias
- John Hopewell
Wolf pulls ahead
A week ago, contenders for the best picture Oscar American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Streetstood more or less neck and neck with around £11m apiece. Now the Scorsese comedy has pulled ahead with just shy of £15m, compared with £13.69m for Slave and £12.2m for Hustle. The Wolf of Wall Street is already the ninth-biggest 18-certificate movie at the UK box-office, behind Hannibal (£21.6m), American Beauty (£21.3m), Seven (£19.5m), Silence of the Lambs (£17.1m), Bruno (£15.8m), Django Unchained (£15.7m), Basic Instinct (£15.5m) and Fatal Attraction (£15.4m). Wolf will very soon overtake the last four films on that list, and has a good shot at £20m lifetime. The Bruno figure includes some box-office for the 15-certificate version. Including Monday takings, Wolf is now at £15.17m. »
- Charles Grant, Charles Gant
In the long history of horror fiction, few characters are as iconic and well-known as the Frankenstein monster. Mary Shelley’s creation has appeared hundreds of times across different media, and his name and image are instantly recognizable the world over. While the most famous cinematic depiction of the creature is, of course, Boris Karloff in James Whale’s Frankenstein (1931), many other actors have played the role over the years, including Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi, Glenn Strange, Christopher Lee, David Prowse, Clancy Brown, Chris Sarandon, and Robert De Niro. Now we have I, Frankenstein, a fantasy-action film based on the graphic novel of the same name by Kevin Grevioux and starring Aaron Eckhart as the titular monster. Despite some nice visuals and a good cast, I, Frankenstein is pretty mediocre overall, and largely squanders what potential it did have.
Shortly after the death of his creator in 1795, the Frankenstein »
- Timothy Monforton
Fresh off the premiere of the Sundance selected drama Whiplash, actor Miles Teller has a project that will send him to the boxing ring. Synchronicity Entertainment, a division of The Solution Entertainment Group, has announced that Teller will star in Bleed for This, the story of boxer Vinny Pazienza (Teller), who quickly shot to stardom when he dominated undefeated champion Gilbert Dele. But a near-fatal automobile accident left him with the news that he would never walk again. After months of recovery and against doctors’ orders, Vinny dared to return to the ring again, launching an inspiring athletic story. More below! Vinny got back into training mod under with the help of Kevin Rooney, and made a triumphant return to the ring just over a year later. Rooney's training helped Vinny become one of only two boxers ever to win titles in the lightweight and junior middle weight class in »
- Ethan Anderton
Coming off the back of an acclaimed performance in Whiplash, Miles Teller is already lining up another new film for his slate, Bleed for This, telling the true story of world champion boxer Vinny Pazienza, now Vinny Paz.
Teller would play Pazienza, who, after a near fatal car crash which left him not knowing if he’d ever walk again, made an incredible comeback. After months of recovery and against doctors’ orders, Vinny returned to the gym under infamous trainer, Kevin Rooney (Eckhart), and made a triumphant return to the ring just over a year later.
- Kenji Lloyd
The Wolf of Wall Street has topped the UK box office for the third weekend running.
Frozen, which will be re-released in a new sing-along version next month, is still performing strongly at number five with £36 million earned in total from UK cinemas.
The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (1) The Wolf of Wall Street »
They will star in Synchronicity Entertainment's biopic about boxer Vinny Pazienza.
Teller will play the boxer who shot to stardom before being involved in a near-fatal car crash.
Told that he would never walk again, he defied doctors' orders by returning to the gym under trainer Kevin Rooney (Eckhart) and going on to win several more titles.
Watch the trailer for I, Frankenstein below: »
Teller would play Pazienza who suffered a near fatal car crash which left him not knowing if he'd ever walk again.
After months of recovery and against doctors' orders, he returned to the gym under infamous trainer Kevin Rooney (Eckhart) and made a return to the ring just over a year later.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
• Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardner) have signed on to star in The Lobster, set in a dystopian future where finding a partner is “a matter of life and death.” Dogtooth director Yorgos Lanthimos is making his English-language debut on the project, which also stars Ben Whishaw (Cloud Atlas) and Lea Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Color). [THR]
• Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now) and Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) are attached to star in Bleed for This, about boxing champion Vinny Pazienza who recovered and took the ring again a year after a devastating car wreck. Eckhart will play Kevin Rooney, »
- Lindsey Bahr
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