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Leonardo DiCaprio will star in Alejandro González Iñárritu's film The Revenant for New Regency it was announced today by Brad Weston, president and chief executive officer. The film, written by Mark L. Smith and Inarritu, is scheduled to start production this September with a fall 2015 release planned through New Regency's distribution deal with 20th Century Fox. Anonymous Content's Steve Golin, Keith Redmon and David Kanter will produce the film along with Inarritu, Arnon Milchan and James W. Skotchdopole. Executive producer is Paul Green. RatPac and Worldview Entertainment will co-finance the film.
DiCaprio, recently nominated for his fifth Academy Award, will follow up his heralded performance in the enormously successful The Wolf of Wall Street with the role of Hugh Glass in The Revenant. Glass is a 19th century fur trapper who is mauled by a grizzly bear, left for dead and then robbed. When he survives against all odds, »
Glass is a 19th century fur trapper who is mauled by a grizzly bear, left for dead and then robbed. When he survives against all odds, he sets out on a treacherous journey to exact revenge on his betrayers in this captivating and inspiring story based on the Michael Punke novel, The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge.
The film, written by Mark L. Smith and Inarritu, is scheduled to start production this September with a fall 2015 release planned through New Regency’s distribution deal with 20th Century Fox.
- Michelle McCue
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in a few weeks, but Sony continues to busily construct the architecture to turn its solo superhero franchise into a multi-spinoff megafranchise, with villain-centric films about The Sinister Six and Venom promising to offer a slightly darker alternative to the glitter-bright Marvel Studios universe. (If you will, Sony’s Spider-verse is the Hot Topic to Marvel Studios’ Pacific Sunwear.) The Sinister Six appears closer to reality, with Drew Goddard apparently onboard to write-direct. But the studio also dropped a potentially big hint about the Venom film on the Daily Bugle Tumblr built for Amazing Spider-Man 2. »
- Darren Franich
The first trailer for David Fincher's hotly-anticipated thriller Gone Girl debuted today, and it's yet another fantastic promo from a director who's served up some of the best mainstream Hollywood fare over the last two decades.
Many movies rely on marketing agencies to cut their trailer material, but in recent years Fincher has operated a little differently, getting involved himself from the get-go to help shape how his movies are sold. It shows; first looks for Fincher releases are often mini-movies in themselves, oblique and creative teasers designed to hook you in before a more accessible promo is released.
Digital Spy goes film-by-film with Fincher's trailer back catalogue to highlight 8 of his best promos below. We've excluded Alien 3 on the grounds that Fincher lost final cut to the studio and had little to do with the film by the time it was released.
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Perhaps Seth Rogen’s latest Saturday Night Live episode wasn’t especially inspired: it opened with the requisite weed jokes, made fun of his oft-imitated laugh, and leaned on some unnecessary celebrity cameos. But if you love Rogen’s slacker comedy, maybe that was exactly what you tuned in for. At least he didn’t tap dance or juggle torches to prove that he’s not just a funny guy.
Voters in our ongoing third annual Mr. Saturday Night contest will have to decide whether Rogen played it too safe for a guy who was hosting for the third time, »
- Jeff Labrecque
In a few days, the Cannes Film Festival will announce their slate, and while we have our guesses as to what movies will feature on the Croisette, one film that was widely expected to showcase in the south of France won't be in the lineup. Fox Searchlight confirmed with The Playlist that Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" will still be in post-production through the end of May and early June, and will not be part of Cannes. But don't be too bummed. The studio has announced a fall release date for the movie, and our guess is that you'll want to keep your eyes peeled to Telluride or Tiff instead. Bringing together a starry ensemble, including Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough and Amy Ryan, the black comedy tells the story of an actor (Keaton)—famous for portraying an iconic superhero—as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
All told it was a buoyant frame as nationwide takings improved by 6% to $18.25 million and six titles each earned more than $1 million.
Animated comedy The Lego Movie eased by 10% to $5.1 million in its second weekend, propelling its haul to $14.4 million, according to Rentrak.s estimates. The Village Roadshow Pictures/Warner Bros. co-production looks set to reach $28 million, if not $30 million, and the worldwide cume hit $US425 million.
Superhero adventure Captain America: The Winter Soldier grabbed $3.6 million despite falling by 40%, to elevate its 11-day total to $12.2 million. However the Marvel franchise isn.t tracking as strongly here as in the Us, where the film starring Chris Pine, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel J. Jackson has rung up $US159 million in 10 days.
- Don Groves
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman is one of the strangest and most exciting films of the year, and though we’re still not quite sure what to expect, we now know when we can expect it. Fox Searchlight has assigned the dark comedy an October 17th, 2014 release date, which may give it a fighting chance on the awards circuit.
Birdman stars Michael Keaton as an actor famous for portraying an iconic superhero, who battles his ego and attempts to recover his family and career while struggling to mount a Broadway play. Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts will round out what looks to be a very strong supporting cast.
Personally, I’m enjoying Keaton’s little career resurgence that we’ve seen over the last couple of years, and this film sounds right up his alley. I think many people forget how comedic he can be and »
- James Garcia
Fox Searchlight has set an October 17 release date for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman, the director's new black comedy expected by most to premiere at this year's Cannes Film Festival, but Fox Searchlight co-president Stephen Gilula told Deadline the film "won't complete post production until late May or early June", so the Cannes dream seems over. Interestingly enough, the film has already been rated R for language throughout, some sexual content and brief violence. Nevertheless, expect a premiere in Venice, Toronto or Telluride. The film stars Michael Keaton as an actor, famous for portraying a superhero, who's struggling to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and himself. Along with Keaton the film co-stars Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough and Amy Ryan. I know a lot of people are »
- Brad Brevet
Fox Searchlight and Regency Enterprises have positioned their Alejandro Iñárritu dark comedy in a prime awards season slot.
Birdman aka The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance will go on limited released on October 17 and roll out internationally in January 2015.
Given the autumn release date and the fact that the film is unlikely to be completed until late May or June, an autumn festival berth seems most likely. Worldview Entertainment is co-financing with Searchlight and Regency Enterprises.
Michael Keaton stars in the tale of an actor famous for once playing an iconic superhero who attempts to recover himself, his career and his family as he struggles to put on a Broadway play.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Briefly: Fox Searchlight has announced a release date for Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman, a Broadway stage drama about a fading actor starring Michael Keaton (seen above), for early in awards season 2014. Birdman will open in select theaters starting October 17th, 2014 this fall; a similar release date slot was used by Searchlight to debut 12 Years a Slave last year, and that went all the way to win Best Picture. Not saying that Birdman has that chance as we haven't seen much yet, but it will be something to behold anyway - with Oscar winner Emmanuel Lubezki behind the long-take cinematography. Also in the cast: Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts. Birdman, co-written & directed by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu (of Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel, Biutiful), has been described as a dark comedy. A washed-up actor, played by Michael Keaton, who once played an iconic »
- Alex Billington
The film may be selected next week as a competition title for the Cannes Film Festival. Inarritu’s films screened at Cannes include “Biutiful,” “Babel” and “Amores Perros,” which won the Critics Week prize.
- Dave McNary
Casting across the live-action/animation spectrum: Chloe Grace Moretz is in final negotiations to star in Sony's adaptation of Rick Yancey's young adult novel The 5th Wave. Salma Hayek joins Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, Edward Norton, and David Krumholtz in the voice cast for the R-rated cartoon Sausage Party. Thomas Lennon joins Danny Glover, Jane Levy, Amy Ryan, Lucas Till, and Holt McCallany in the live-action/animation hybrid Monster Trucks. Hit the jump for more on each project. According to The Wrap, J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed) will direct The 5th Wave from a script by Susannah Grant (The Soloist). Here's the book synopsis: After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, »
- Brendan Bettinger
The Oscar-nominated actress will play character Teresa the Taco in the story. The film follows the Sausage and his friends who fall out of a shopping cart as they journey through the supermarket to get back to their aisles before the July 4 sale, reports deadline.com
The 47-year-old star will join an A-List voice cast including Seth Rogen - who also penned the script and other celebrities like James Franco, Michael Cera, Edward Norton, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig and David. »
- Ketali Mehta
Seth Rogan, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, Edward Norton and David Krumholtz also voice characters in the R-rated feature which is aiming for a 2015 release. [Source: Moviehole]
Larson plays Ma, a woman kidnapped as a teenager who has been held captive for years in a tiny room where she lives with her five-year-old son Jack. To the boy, the room is the only world there is. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
Salma is set to join the cast of Sony’s crude animated comedy, Sausage Party. She will voice the character of a taco named Teresa. Her co-stars include the likes of; Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton, Michael Cera, Nick Kroll and David Krumholtz.
The film revolves around one sausage’s journey into discovering the truth about his existence. After falling out of a shopping trolley, the brave sausage must make his way through the supermarket and journey back to his aisle before the Fourth of July sale. Whilst embarking on this dangerous journey the heroic sausage finds some unlikely friends.
Salma has previously offered her voice to animated films The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists! and Puss In Boots. Her latest screen appearance was Grown Ups 2, and she will next be staring in How To Make Love Like An Englishman alongside Jessica Alba and Pierce Brosnan. »
- Ciham Messouki
The actress will lend her voice to Teresa the Taco in this animated R-rated comedy, which centers on a sausage who falls out of his shopping cart, sending him on a journey with other lost food items as they try to get back to their aisles in the supermarket before the dreaded 4th of July sale. Edward Norton, Michael Cera, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz and Kristen Wiig round out the voice cast.
Conrad Vernon (Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted) and Greg Tiernan are directing from a script by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shafir, based on an original story by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Jonah Hill. Sony is eyeing a 2015 release date for the comedy, which Evan Goldberg revealed in October is an, "an »
With a voice cast that only includes one actress amongst a crew of actors, the animated R-rated comedy Sausage Party was beginning to live up to its name. Kristen Wiig is the only female in a cast that also includes Seth Rogen (who co-wrote the film with This is The End co-director Evan Goldberg), James Franco, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Edward Norton and David Krumholtz. But now Deadline reports Salma Hayek is on board too. The film follows a sausage and his friends, fallen out of a shopping car, who must journey through the supermarket in order get back to their proper aisle before the big sale on the Fourth of July. This won't be Hayek's first rodeo as a voice actress since she also played a feline heroine alongside Antonio Banderas in Puss in Boots. Though Rogen and Goldberg directed their first hit comedy last year, animation is a different animal, »
- Ethan Anderton
Salma Hayek is set to join the ensemble voice cast of Sony's raunchy animated comedy Sausage Party , Deadline reports. She'll play a taco named Teresa opposite Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton, Michael Cera, Nick Kroll and David Krumholtz. The film follows one sausage's quest to discover the truth about his existence. After falling out of a shopping cart, our hero sausage and his new friends embark on a perilous journey through the supermarket to get back to their aisles before the 4th of July sale. Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan are directing the 2015 release for Sony Pictures and Annapurna Pictures. Rogen and Evan Goldberg wrote the script with Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir. Hayek most recently appeared on the big screen in Grown Ups 2 . »
More than a few recognizable titles in today's MPAA bulletin beginning with a Cannes Film Festival hopeful in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman starring Michael Keaton and Edward Norton. Fox Searchlight will distribute the pic, and I'm sure they're hoping for a good showing in the South of France before they set an official release date on what won't be your typical superhero-esque movie. Next is Tom Cruise's Edge of Tomorrow co-starring Emily Blunt as the sci-fi version of Groundhog Day receives a PG-13 ratings as does Warner Bros.'s Godzilla remake. No surprise on either front. And from mutant monsters to medieval dragons, Dreamworks' How to Train Your Dragon 2 scored a PG rating as did Radius' food documentary Fed Up. I've included the complete bulletin below. 14 Blades Rated R For violence and bloody images. And So It Goes Rated PG-13 For some sexual references and drug elements. Automata Rated R For violence, »
- Brad Brevet
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