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Après Oscars, le déluge. After months of focus on a small number of Oscar entries deep into their theatrical runs, for the first time since wide movie releases became the norm in the mid-1970s, all eight of this year's Oscar Best Picture contenders opened in initial limited release, including two from the first half of the year. So while most of us are happy to forget about awards for a while--at least until Cannes--we can agree that it's time for some new blood. And so we have Brit director Yann Demange's hailed debut "'71,' which Roadside Attractions may have hoped to get a bigger bump from Jack O'Connell's starring role in Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken" (which earned only tech noms), as well as Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering's followup to last year's Oscar nominee "The Invisible War," Sundance campus rape doc "The Hunting Ground" (Radius »
- Tom Brueggemann
In the last three films I’ve seen him in, Jack O’Connell has physically suffered so much onscreen that I think he’s accidentally atoned for humanity’s sins. The 25-year-old actor, who ably held together Angelina Jolie’s WWII epic Unbroken and David Mackenzie’s intense prison drama Starred Up, is now at the center of Yann Demange’s brutal ’71, and once again he experiences the tortures of the damned. Luckily, he’s riveting in the role: The film, about a novice British soldier cut off from his unit during a riot in Belfast, is less about words and more about the varieties of terror in a young man’s eyes. '71 starts off in a procedural vein, as we watch Gary Hook (O’Connell) and his fellow soldiers (most of whom look like teenagers) in training — boxing, running, combat drills — before learning that they’re being deployed to Belfast. »
- Bilge Ebiri
It's time to raise your glass and rattle your jewelry for a birthday toast to Elizabeth Taylor, who'd have turned 83 on Feb. 27. Though memories of her begin to fade, the legacy of the woman who was perhaps the most beautiful, most popular, most everything movie star of all time remains as vivid as ever.
Younger moviegoers may wonder what all the fuss was about. Here, then, are 13 reasons why Taylor remains, decades after her prime and four years after her death, the queen of Hollywood.
1. In a way, she never left.
Even though she died in 2011, they're still showing her in commercials for her perfume, White Diamonds.
2. She's the original diva.
Long before Beyonce, the Kardashians, Jennifer Lopez, and other current divas, Taylor pretty much invented the concept that a celebrity's offscreen life was just as much a performance as onscreen, and just as much part of the job description. »
- Gary Susman
Cult favourite Nicolas Cage has carved out an eclectic and brilliant career spanning the decades and across genres, with forays into action, drama and comic book adaptations to name but a few. To celebrate the release of his latest film, Dying of the Light, out on Blu-ray and DVD from the 2nd March 2015 courtesy of Signature Entertainment, we take a look back at some of his greatest roles.
Dying of the Light (2015)
This brilliant thriller, directed by Paul Schrader and executive produced by cinematic wunderkind Nicolas Winding Refn, stars Cage as Evan Lake, a desk-bound Langley CIA agent, forced into retirement by signs of early onset dementia. At the same time he discovers that his former nemesis, Jihadist Muhhamed Banir (Alexander Karim – Zero Dark Thirty, TV’s Tyrant), is not dead as has been assumed for the last two decades, but alive and receiving experimental medical treatment. Banir’s exact »
- Phil Wheat
The pair of Tomb Raider movies starring Angelina Jolie aren't exactly bulletproof pieces of cinematic history. There's no use pretending otherwise. They're not awful, they're just from an era where action movies were a bit uninspired, and as a result they're a bit generic and already rather dated despite being only a little older than a decade. So we're guessing that no one is going to be up in arms about the news that Warner Bros. and MGM are pressing the reset button on the Tomb Raider movie franchise. Just as no one was really that upset when Square Enix pressed the reset button on the game franchise a few years ago. The new Tomb Raider will be based on the current run of games, which means she's less of an upper crust aristocrat who likes to find...
- Peter Hall
Hyperion Media Group and Identity Films have picked up the rights to George Rowe’s “Gods of Mischief: My Undercover Vendetta to Take Down the Vagos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang,” Variety has learned exclusively.
Rowe voluntarily infiltrated the Vagos a decade ago via “Operation 22 Green,” which led to convictions of members of the gang. Rowe was attempting to exact revenge for the killing of a friend by the Vagos.
Mailis was an executive producer on Sundance film “The Hallow,” which sold recently to IFC. Mastromauro recently produced “Louder Than Words” and is developing “The Old Man and the Gun” with Robert Redford producing and David Lowery attached to direct. Alanne is repped by CAA and Media Talent Group. »
- Dave McNary
Hollywood’s lack of diversity has been a hot topic in recent weeks after Oscar voters snubbed female directors such as “Selma’s” Ava DuVernay and “Unbroken’s” Angelina Jolie, depriving them of nominations.
Amidst the ongoing debate about how to crack the entertainment industry’s glass ceiling, film and television students at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts are planning to gather to celebrate emerging female talent behind the camera and to hear from women who have succeeded in a business that remains male-dominated.
This year marks the thirteenth edition of the Fusion Film Festival, one of the only student-run gatherings providing a platform specifically for women creators in film, TV, and new media. The purpose is to elevate, not exclude, according to students involved in the program.
“It’s not that I’m for having fewer men telling stories, we need everyone’s voices,” said Lucy Ross, »
- Brent Lang
Welcome to another horror/thriller round-up. This time around, we have details on who will play Death-Head in Rob Zombie’s 31, an update on the Tomb Raider reboot, and a look at The Crest of Westwood's tribute schedule for the legendary samurai film director Akira Kurosawa.
Rob Zombie's 31: Via his Instagram account, Rob Zombie revealed that Torsten Voges will play the villain Death-Head in his upcoming Halloween-set film, 31. Voges, who previously had a role in The Lords of Salem, is the first announced cast member for 31, which is currently available to fanback. For those unfamiliar with the film, here's the synopsis from Zombie:
"Welcome to my next film. It is called 31. It is the story of five random people kidnapped on the five days leading up to Halloween and held hostage in a place called Murder World. While trapped inside this man-made Hell they must fight to »
- Derek Anderson
Though a popular game franchise the Tomb Raider films never really caught the imagination of the cinema going public. There was no question that Angelina Jolie wasn’t the absolute best person to bring the iconic game explorer Lara Croft to life, however the films were overlong and overly complicated. Apparently though Warner Brothers and MGM think the world is ready for another outing as plans to reboot the series have been announced.
The task of scripting the film has been left to Evan Daugherty, a writer who has recently written Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles, G:i Joe 3 and Snow White And The Huntsman, meaning we’re in for something truly memorable (though probably not for the right reasons). The concept for the film will follow that of the more recent games, focussing on a young Lara as she undertakes her first adventure.
No casting choices have been made yet but »
- Kat Smith
About two years ago, it was revealed that a "Tomb Raider" reboot was in the works and that it will explore the origin story of Lara Croft. Now comes word that the project is moving forward. Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros partners with MGM to distribute "Tomb Raider" and has hired Evan Daugherty (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, GI Joe 3) to write the script. The original "Tomb Raider" movies were released in 2001 and 2003, and starred Angelina Jolie. They grossed a total of $432 million at the worldwide box office. Obviously Jolie will not reprise her role. »
The proposed Tomb Raider reboot movie has been given the green light.
Warner Bros and MGM will co-finance and co-produce the film, with Warner Bros responsible for distribution.
The new film will feature a younger Lara Croft going out on her first adventure.
Angelina Jolie starred as Croft in the original 2001 film and its 2003 sequel. The films grossed $432 million (£278m) worldwide between them.
Watch a trailer for the original Tomb Raider film below: »
Eager to get Kung Fu Panda 3 off the ground, Dreamworks Animation has added another director to the animated threequel. According to Deadline, Alessandro Carloni will help Kung Fu Panda 2‘s Jennifer Yuh pick up the pace and get the film into theaters.
Carloni doesn’t yet have a feature film under his belt, but worked in the animation department for several big Dreamworks projects, including the How to Train Your Dragon films, The Croods, and the first two Kung Fu Panda pics. It was Yuh who actually requested that Carloni come aboard, and Dreamworks obliged.
In an effort to recover from the recent box office disappointments that were Turbo, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, and Penguins of Madagascar, Dreamworks will soon lean heavily on sequels to some of their bigger films, like How To Train Your Dragon 3, and The Croods 2, as well as a Captain Underpants adaptation. They also have »
- James Garcia
The big screen reboot of Tomb Raider movies forward, as a new writer is hired...
The big screen reboot of the Tomb Raider movie series is an active project for Warner Bros, which it's developing alongside MGM and producer Graham King. Between the three, they're overseeing, producing and distributing the new movie, which is unlikely to have anything in common with the two not very good Lara Croft films to date, that starred Angelina Jolie.
The latest on the new Tomb Raider is that a new writer has been recruited to take a stab at the screenplay. Evan Daugherty has landed the job, with his previous credits including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Snow White And The Huntsman. He's also been working on the upcoming G.I. Joe 3.
Even though the project has been nattered about for a while, it still looks quite early days for the new Tomb Raider, »
At the turn of the century, Tomb Raider was a franchise at the top of its game. As if that wasn't enough, the series had also spawned two moderately successful films starring the then up-and-coming Angelina Jolie, Daniel Craig, and Gerard Butler. Unfortunately, by time the film franchise started to take off, the video game series had taken a serious blow with horrible reviews and a failing public image. A third Tomb Raider film was, sadly, never meant to be. Twelve years later, it looks like Lara Croft.s next is finally leaving development hell, and taking aim at the box office once more. Variety has reported that MGM, previously named custodian of the Tomb Raider film series, has struck a deal with Warner Bros. to bring their long-in-the-works reboot of the archaeological adventure series back to the big screen. It.s been over a decade since Paramount Pictures owned »
Last we heard, 18 months or so ago, Buffy The Vampire Slayer writer Marti Noxon was working on the screenplay for the developing relaunch of the Tomb Raider movie franchise. Since then there's been an eerie hush, as of an ancient wind keening gently through long-undiscovered cave systems. But who's this breaking through a crumbling rock wall? It's none other than Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Evan Daugherty, who's now making a start on his own version of Lara Croft's next adventure.Development has been slow on the third Tomb Raider film, which will ignore both the 2001 Angelina Jolie version and its 2003 sequel The Cradle Of Filth Life. The project is coming together at MGM and Warner Bros. under the aegis of producer Graham King. The intended thrust is a young-Lara story along the lines of the most recent videogame instalment from 2013.That game saw a Lara fresh from the academy, »
Tomb Raider is getting a reboot in movie form and to help fast track it to theaters WB and a new writer has joined in! Come check out what that means for the upcoming movie!
MGM was already working on rebooting the Tomb Raider franchis in movie form, and now they have some financial backing from WB. According to Deadline, WB has stepped in to help finance and produce the film. In other words, the film just got a much larger budget and that can only be good news. At least we hope!
On the flip side, Evan Daugherty has stepped in to be the new writer for the franchise. His previous work includes Tmnt, Show White and The Huntsman, Divergant, and G.I. Joe 3. This is a bit worrying being that all these films are action and "blockbuster" oriented films, and that isn't entirely what we want. The new »
- email@example.com (Dustin Spino)
Things are looking up at Sony. Two producers with great taste, ex-Sony chief Amy Pascal and ex-Warners boss Jeff Robinov, will make big-budget movies for their respective labels, while ex-Fox head Tom Rothman, who also knows a good movie when he sees one, will run the movie studio. For the moment, Sony's in-house production label Columbia is being run by Doug Belgrad, with ex-Sony lot producer Michael De Luca working with Hannah Minghella as co-presidents of production. Expect both Pascal and De Luca to work with powerful New York producer and literary tastemonger Scott Rudin, who will no longer be working on "Cleopatra" with Angelina Jolie, but is pursuing a reboot of the "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" franchise without free-spending David Fincher. Rumors are running rampant about casting, but I hear a deal is imminent. Rooney Mara was tight with Fincher, but she must have a contract. Now De »
- Anne Thompson
Producer Graham King has been planning a new movie version of Tomb Raider for a few years, and I was watching pretty closely. As development went on, very few details were leaked but I did manage to pick up some scraps. For example, they were looking for a much younger Lara Croft than Angelina Jolie’s version, with the story set to be something of a “first mission” affair. It seemed to have some similarities Rhianna Pratchett’s story for the 2013 game but was certainly not a direct adaptation.
But just as the pieces were starting to come together and that movie’s outline take shape before my eyes, the reset button has been hit. As reported by Deadline, Warner Bros. have now come on board to back and distribute the film, and Evan Daugherty has been brought on to write a new screenplay.
So all bets are off, »
- Brendon Connelly
Do you remember the first time Brad Pitt hit your celebrity radar, or the first red carpet moments from stars like Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, or Bradley Cooper? Well, just for a little nostalgia fun, we've rounded up some of the earliest appearances from more than 100 celebrities. Going all the way back to the '80s and '90s, see what A-listers like Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, and Gwyneth Paltrow looked like when they first entered the Hollywood spotlight. Trust us - it's worth scrolling and scrolling (and scrolling). »
The two Tomb Raider movies starring Angelina Jolie were, in my opinion, pretty bad, and judging by the way most people comment any time it's announced a movie adaptation of a popular game is announced, no one else liked them much either. And, interestingly enough, they didn't really make all that much money. The first one grossed only $274.7 million worldwide back in 2001 on a $115 million budget, while the sequel only managed $156.5 two years later on a $95 million budget. So, why have we been hearing about a possible Tomb Raider reboot for about six years nowc Well, the reason it isn't going away is because the most recent "Tomb Raider" videogame release sold around 7.5 million copies and a new game is on the way. Sounds like good timing to get a new movie in the works. Paramount distributed the first two Tomb Raider movies, but now Deadline reports it will be »
- Brad Brevet
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