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Without a doubt, James Cameron is one of the most influential voices in film today (perhaps even in history). Sure, the guy tends to make one film a decade, but when he does actually release a movie, they, without fail, go one to become cultural phenomenons. Terminator 2, Titanic, Avatar -- these are all movies that have defined generations, and they’re movies that continue on as staples of their respective genres.
Of course, creativity doesn’t happen by accident, and it doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Creativity feeds creativity, and like any creative person, James Cameron survives on a healthy diet of other people’s works. But on whose works is Cameron actually feeding? Speaking with Megat Danial, Cameron shared that very thing.
- Joseph Medina
By the end of this month Mahershala Ali may very well have his first Oscar for Moonlight, and he’s already got a series of films in the pipeline. He appears in a biopic that premiered at Sundance, and has secured a bad guy part in Robert Rodriguez and James Camerson’s Alita: Battle Angel. But now reports indicate that he’ll be joining Channing Tatum and Tom Hardy in a long-awaited, high-profile prestige project: J.C. Chandor’s Triple Frontier, the drama that was once in the hands of Kathryn Bigelow. Ali is currently “in talks” for a role in the movie written by Mark Boal, that takes place in a South American region known for crime called “la triple frontera.” There is no word on who he or any of the other critically beloved men in this movie will play.
- Esther Zuckerman
Read no further if you haven’t seen Sunday’s “The Walking Dead” mid-season premiere: Spoilers ahead!
For the first time since our heroes met Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), “The Walking Dead” fans are feeling some hope. Not only are Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the rest of the Alexandria crew willing to mount a revolution, they know where the Saviors are, how to get there, and they’ve got some serious firepower. The tide may still be a long way from turning — maybe another seven episodes — but the gang is at last back together. Executive producer Greg Nicotero, who also directed Sunday’s episode, broke down the mid-season premiere for Variety.
You guys took some flak for the sheer hopelessness of the first half of the season. This episode felt like even more of a relief — was that why the first eight episodes had to be so dark?
I don’t know if it was calculated that »
- Oriana Schwindt
Curl up and relax on the couch… But Don’T Fall Asleep! It’s become an annual tradition for Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Nightmare On Elm Street marathon, and this year they’re going even bigger and better: they’re celebrating all weekend long! The annual “Rip Your Heart Out” marathon kicked […] »
- John Squires
Kevin Smith feels like the cinematic equivalent of the law of diminishing returns. A once talented writer and filmmaker who has descended into a creative black hole that he continues to try to claw his way out of.
First off, let me pay some respects to the man. I love Clerks. Easily one of my top 10 films of all time. For that cinematic gem I can easily forgive him for every ridiculous gaffe (Tusk, Yoga Hosers) or total embarrassing effort (Cop Out, Jersey Girl). Like so many film fans who came into consciousness during the 1990’s, Smith was one of the independent voices that we looked up to. An unpretentious, genuinely funny guy who wanted to make his own kind of movies.
And there were those of us happily in that legion for many years. »
- Anghus Houvouras
John Carpenter just gave Michael Myers fans a huge reason to mark their calendars by announcing an October 19th, 2018 release date for Blumhouse and Miramax's new Halloween movie, which will be directed by David Gordon Green (Joe, Pineapple Express) from a screenplay he's writing with Danny McBride (Alien: Covenant, Eastbound & Down).
In addition to executive producing the new Halloween film, Carpenter might also help guide the franchise he began back in 1978 by providing the music for the film. Green and McBride will also be executive producing the anticipated project, along with Malek Akkad and Jason Blum. We have the official press release below with full details, including Carpenter's initial announcement of Green and McBride's involvement:
Press Release (via HalloweenMovies.com): Los Angeles, February 9, 2017 – John Carpenter announced today via his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/JohnCarpenterTheMasterofHorror/) that David Gordon Green (Stronger, Our Brand Is Crisis, Joe, Pineapple Express »
- Derek Anderson
Based on the Battle Angel Alita series of graphic novels, the film follows an amnesiac cyborg (Rosa Salazar) who is discovered by a scientist (Christoph Waltz) in a junk yard. With no knowledge of her previous life, but possessing deadly martial arts skills, she becomes a bounty hunter, tracking down criminals.
Connelly is set to play one of the villains in the film, and joins a cast that also includes Keean Johnson (Nashville), Jackie Earle Haley (Preacher), Ed Skrein (Deadpool), Eiza Gonzalez (From Dusk Till Dawn), Mahershala Ali (Luke Cage), Lana Condor (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Spider-Man: Homecoming).
Alita: Battle Angel is in production now, and is slated for release on July 20th 2018. »
- Gary Collinson
Author: Zehra Phelan
James Cameron, here in the role of producer, is revving up the gears for his manga adaptation Alita: Battle Angel. Back in October it was announced that newcomer Jorge Lendeborg Jr. – who is all set to star in this year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming – had joined the cast, and now it’s been confirmed that Jennifer Connelly has also signed up for this grand adaptation.
Connelly, who is currently filming director Joseph Kosinki’s (Tron: Legacy) Granite Mountain alongside Miles Teller, Andie MacDowell, Jeff Bridges and Josh Brolin, is lined up to play a ruthless villain in Alita: Battle Angel which has already started filming in Texas with Maze Runner’s Rosa Salazar as the lead character.
- Zehra Phelan
Rodriguez is directing the film which is based on a screenplay by Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis (from the manga by Yukito Kishiro). Already amongst the cast are Christoph Waltz, Mahershala Ali and Ed Skrein. Connelly is set to play one of the villains, so reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Set in the 26th century, Alita tells of a female cyborg (Rosa Salazar) that is discovered in a scrapyard by a scientist. With no memory of her previous life except her deadly martial-arts training, the woman becomes a bounty hunter, tracking down criminals. The action-adventure story is meant to serve as a backdrop to themes of self-discovery and the search for love.
The film has a release date set for 2018.
- Paul Heath
Actress Jennifer Connelly ("A Beautiful Mind") has been cast as a villain in producer James Cameron's female 'cyborg' bounty hunter feature "Alita: Battle Angel", directed by Robert Rodriguez , based on Yukito Kishiro's Japanese 'manga' comics series, "exploring a young woman’s journey of self-discovery...":
"...set in a 26th-century dystopian future, the story follows an amnesiac 'cyborg' (Salazar), rescued from a scrap heap to become a crime-fighting bounty hunter..."
"Robert and I have been looking for a film to do together for years," said Cameron, director of "Terminator", "Aliens" and "Avatar", "so I was pumped when he said he wanted to do 'Battle Angel'. He’s very collaborative and we’re already like two kids building a go-kart, just having fun riffing creatively and technically.
"This project »
- Michael Stevens
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer Connelly has joined the cast of James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez’s long-in-the-works manga adaptation Alita: Battle Angel. The movie stars Rosa Salazar as the eponymous battle angel, a female cyborg with no memories who becomes a bounty hunter. Connelly will be playing a villain alongside fellow baddie Ed Skrein, but the THR story doesn’t have any other details about her character.
Alita: Battle Angel will also feature Christoph Waltz, Mahershala Ali, X-Men: Apocalypse‘s Lana Condor, and Jackie Earle Haley. The film is in production now and is penciled in for release on July 20, 2018.
- Sam Barsanti
Alita: Battle Angel has one of the most unique pedigrees of any major motion picture on the horizon: this is an adaptation of a Japanese manga developed by James Cameron and directed by Robert Rodriguez. That’s a recipe for something very interesting and I’m curious to see what that combination of names will deliver, especially since they’re […]
- Jacob Hall
Though casting went quiet for a while, we’re learning today from The Hollywood Reporter that Alita: Battle Angel has added Jennifer Connelly. Which exact role the actress holds in Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming sci-fi film is unknown, but she’s said to be playing one of the villains. Cue the excitement.
Joining an already very impressive cast which boasts Rosa Salazar, Jackie Earle Haley, Christoph Waltz, Mahershala Ali and Ed Skrein, the flick is based on Yukito Kishiro’s nine-volume manga Battle Angel Alita and sees Salazar leading the charge as the titular Alita, an “amnesiac female cyborg plucked from the dumps of Scrapyard and rebuilt by Waltz’s seasoned doctor. With only her deadly knowledge of martial arts to her name” Alita sets out to rid the city of its criminal underbelly.”
As you probably already know, Battle Angel has been in development for what seems like forever, »
- Mark Cassidy
Robert Rodriguez is directing and Cameron is producing with Jon Landau through his Lightstorm Entertainment banner. Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis wrote the screenplay, based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga series. The film is currently shooting in Texas.
The story is set in a 26th-century dystopian future and follows an amnesiac cyborg — played by Salazar — who’s rescued from a scrap heap and becomes a bounty hunter tracking down criminals. Fox has already set a July 20, 2018, release date for “Alita: Battle Angel.”
Connelly is playing one of the villains in “Alita.” She was last seen opposite Ewan McGregor in the drama “American Pastoral,” which was released in October, and is one of the leads in the firefighting drama “Granite Mountain,” which Lionsgate will release in September. »
- Dave McNary
It's been a while since we've had an update on Alita: Battle Angel, but THR now reports that Jennifer Connelly (Hulk, Requiem for a Dream, A Beautiful Mind) has been added to the already very impressive cast of the Robert Rodriguez-directed sci-fi flick. Though no details on her character are provided, it is stated that she'll be playing "one of the villains". Any Alita fans care to venture a guess as to which one it could be? Production on Alita: Battle Angel is currently underway in Austin, though the project still hasn't been given an offcial release date. The film will feature Rosa Salazar in the lead role, with support from the likes of Jackie Earle Haley, Christoph Waltz, Mahershala Ali and Ed Skrein. »
6 February 2017 4:20 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The movie is currently in production in Texas with Maze Runner actress Rosa Salazar playing the title character.
Set in the 26th century, Alita tells of a female cyborg (Salazar) that is discovered in a scrapyard by a scientist. With »
- Borys Kit,Brian Porreca
Karen Barna has been upped to executive vice president of business and legal affairs, while Santho Goonewardene has been named vice president of development and production. Barna has been with Bold Films for two years, where she oversaw day to day corporate matters related to production and distribution for the company, and negotiated deals with filmmakers and talent. Prior to joining Bold, she worked for 10 years at Summit Entertainment, helping to guide the Twilight franchise to screens. Goonewardene joined the company in 2015 as a production executive and has been working on post production for “Shot Caller,” an American crime thriller from Ric Roman Waugh, as well as on the production of “Stronger,” a drama with Jake Gyllenhaal. Prior to joining Bold, she worked in production on “2 Guns, »
- Brent Lang
On the latest podcast of Mlw Radio, Court Bauer announced that as of February 15th, Lucha Underground, the off-shoot of the Aaa wrestling promotion based out of Mexico, will debut the first two seasons of their show on Netflix. This is huge news for the company. Being on the El Rey Network doesn’t put them in many homes around the United States so to have another platform for that company to showcase their product and more importantly make some money is good for business all around.
Lucha Underground is a unique television experience. It’s not presented in the traditional way folks are used to watching a wrestling show. While there is definitely great action occurring in the ring on each episode, the shows themselves are built up like a tawdry soap opera, dealing just as much with back stage goings on as well as the product in the ring. »
- Tim Jousma
Author: Jon Lyus
The news that 20th Century Fox were bringing back the Predator following a critically disappointing Robert Rodriguez rebootquel in 2010 was something of a surprise. Then Shane Black’s name became attached and interest in the project was suddenly elevated. Black’s The Nice Guys was an unsung hero of last year’s cinematic offerings, and the man has a keen eye and ear for making good movies. The news today that he has secured the services of Room’s Jacob Tremblay for a lead role makes a lot of sense given Black’s previous films, in which a young actor often made a real difference to the tone, and success, of the movies.
Tremblay revealed his casting in typically ebullient fashion.
Time for me to #Gettothechoppa!!! #ThePredator pic.twitter.com/pwqlG7D8op
— Jacob Tremblay »
- Jon Lyus
Kurt Russell is amazing. That’s all there really is to it, quite frankly. Hell, he’s so cool that when he gets cast in a Marvel superhero movie they decide he’s not going to play a superhero. He’s not even going to play a baddie. He’s going to play a planet! That’s right, a planet – in the eagerly awaited Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2 Russell will be playing Ego The Living Planet, and frankly there’s no greater compliment to one of the coolest men to have ever walked the earth.
Many readers however may not beaware of his galactic level of cool, however – even after an ice cold performance as Jimmy Harrell, rig supervisor and all-round good egg in Deepwater Horizon, out on 4k Uhd Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on the 30th January courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Sure, recent outings in The Hateful Eight, »
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