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Emma Watson Delivers Powerful Speech on Feminism at the U.N.

16 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Freshly anointed U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson gave a speech at the U.N. headquarters yesterday in honor of the new "HeForShe" gender equality campaign, which aims to "mobilize men against gender inequalities." In an event hosted by Wolf Blitzer and attended by actors including Kiefer Sutherland and Forest Whitaker, Watson spoke passionately — albeit self-effacingly — about her desire to combat gender inequality: "You might be thinking, who is this Harry Potter girl? And what is she doing up onstage at the U.N.? It’s a good question, and trust me, I have been asking myself the same thing. I don’t know if I am qualified to be here. All I know is that I care about this problem. And I want to make it better." (It would seem that Watson's concerns about being pigeonholed as Hermione are justified, with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon saying of Watson, »

- Anna Silman

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'Pete's Dragon' Reboot Casts Oakes Fegley as Pete

19 September 2014 12:18 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney has cast Oakes Fegley as the new Pete in their upcoming Pete's Dragon remake, along with newcomer Oona Laurence in an unspecified role.

The original Pete's Dragon, which debuted in 1977, starred Sean Marshall as Pete, a young boy whose best friend Elliot just happens to be a massive dragon. The story follows Pete and Elliot as they run away to a new town, to escape Pete's abusive foster parents. No plot details were given for the remake, except that it will reinvent the core story and remove all of the musical elements. The remake will be a live action project with CGI elements being utilized to bring the dragon to life.

David Lowery (Ain't Them Bodies Saints) is directing from a screenplay he is co-writing with Toby Halbrooks, with James Whitaker producing. No production schedule was released.

Oakes Fegley stars in two different movies that both open today, Warner Bros. »

- MovieWeb

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Lionsgate’s Codeblack Signs First-Look Deal with Datari Turner

17 September 2014 12:25 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films has signed a first-look deal with independent producer Datari Turner.

Codeblack will have all distribution rights to Turner’s microbudget film productions throughout the U.S. and Canada. Turner will produce all films through his Datari Turner Productions banner.

“Datari has quickly established himself as a prolific producer with a keen ability to make powerful films that connect with moviegoers,” said Codeblack Films president Jeff Clanagan.

Turner’s credits include “Luv,” starring Common, Danny Glover and Dennis Haysbert; “It’s a Disaster,” starring Julia Stiles and America Ferrera; “Dysfunctional Friends”; “Video Girl,” starring Meagan Good and Ruby Dee; the James Franco drama “About Cherry”; “Kilimanjaro,” starring Brian Geraghty and Abigail Spencer; and “Another Happy Day,” starring Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin and Ellen Burstyn.

Codeblack’s biggest success so far has been “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain.” It also released “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners,” Forest Whitaker »

- Dave McNary

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Exclusive: Zoë Kravitz, Keith Stanfield, Kimberly Elise, A$AP Rocky Board Rick Famuyiwa's 'Dope'

16 September 2014 8:40 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Zoë KravitzKeith Stanfield, Kimberly Elise, rap stars A$AP Rocky and Tyga have all been cast in the new feature film by Rick Famuyiwa ("The Wood," "Brown Sugar," "Our Family Wedding"), titled "Dope," which is described as a coming of age story about geeks growing up in Inglewood, California, trying to avoid gangs, drugs, and crime.   Starring Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori ("Grand Budapest Hotel") and Kiersey Clemons, the follows a trio of best friends who are also in their own hip hop – punk band. Significant Productions’ Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi ("Fruitvale Station") are producing the film, »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Katie Holmes To Direct All We Had

12 September 2014 6:21 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The ranks of female film directors are about to swell a little more, as Katie Holmes confirms her plan to helm the upcoming adaptation of the debut novel from Annie WeatherwaxAll We Had. The script is being written by Josh Boone (Stuck In Love, The Fault In Our Stars), with Holmes starring and pulling producer duties alongside Jane Rosenthal (Little Fockers) and Berry Welsh (NYC 22).

The story is described as ‘wry and sharply observed’ by publishers Simon And Schuster, and centres on a mother and 13 year old daughter, who find themselves existing on the verge of poverty in small town America, after their old life implodes. Holmes will play the role of the mother, but there is no news yet on wider casting.

While this news will almost certainly be met in many quarters with derision, it is important to note that, of late, Holmes has finally begun to come into her own. »

- Sarah Myles

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Mysteries of the Unseen World Review

12 September 2014 3:53 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

At birth every child is bestowed with a mighty super power – the ability to wonder. To goggle in awe at the wide world before them. But wonder is an ability that dissipates with time, weakened by the Kryptonite grind of maturity, wasting through lack of use. Rather than relying upon YouTube clips, Instagram and annual jaunts abroad to sustain us, London’s Science Museum is offering an exciting 3D IMAX experience seemingly tailor-made to exercise our awe: Mysteries of the Unseen World.

With celebrated time-lapse cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg as our expert guide and the inimitable Forest Whitaker our narrator, this transportive educational exploration becomes a roller coaster ride. Dynamic filmmaking partners with cutting edge science to take us into alternate dimensions of time and scale Gene Roddenberry would applaud. And every last astonishing spectacle takes place right here on earth. The air we breath, the sound we make, the mini »

- Emily Breen

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No Representation? No Problem With JuntoBox Films!

10 September 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

JuntoBox Films wants to revolutionize the Hollywood casting process by allowing actors to submit for feature leads online. The online submissions process, which still involves a casting director, is meant to discover unrepped talent and foster a sense of community engagement around an upcoming feature, according to Philippe Caland, founder of JuntoBox Films, which is co-chaired by Forest Whitaker. “There are many more talents out there than are in Hollywood,” said Caland, a screenwriter, producer, and director. “I’ve oftentimes cast people at street corners who have never acted before, and very often I discovered some gems.” The online process, which is free and began Sept. 3, is designed to find lead male and female actors for “The Driver,” a film about a middleweight prizefighter named Eddie who will do anything to keep his money-hungry girlfriend Aspen happy.  Having two unknown performers take top billing in a feature is risky, but »

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Now Casting ‘The Driver’ and Upcoming Auditions

8 September 2014 7:02 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Talent is currently being sought for the feature film “The Driver.” “The Driver” is a film from JuntoBox Films, a collaborative film studio co-chaired by Forest Whitaker, that follow Eddie, a down-on-his luck boxer who agrees to be the driver in a heist that goes wrong. His beautiful girlfriend, Aspen, shrewdly manipulates everyone involved.” The two lead roles of Eddie and Aspen are being cast, and some pay, travel, and accommodations will be provided. Submissions are being sought worldwide. For more details, check out the casting notice for “The Driver” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »

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Eva Longoria explores 'Food Chains' in new documentary from 'Fast Food Nation' writer

3 September 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

As executive producer Eva Longoria points out in her new documentary Food Chains, the hands that sort much of America’s food are themselves often forced to live hand-to-mouth due to exploitative policies established by businesses involved with commercial agriculture.

In an exclusive trailer for the film, Longoria joins Robert F. Kennedy Jr., fellow producer Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), and other activists in arguing to stop the systemic (and sometimes physical) abuse of farm workers while securing their rights. Oscar winner Forest Whitaker narrates Food Chains, which hits theaters Nov. 21.

Ed. note: A previous version of this post misstated that this trailer features apples, »

- Lanford Beard

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Forest Whitaker's JuntoBox Films Announces Eight Projects to Join Inaugural Feature Film Incubator

3 September 2014 10:36 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

JuntoBox Films, the collaborative film studio co-chaired by Forest Whitaker, has announced the eight projects and 18 filmmakers that will join its first Feature Film Incubator, which begins today and runs through December 15. As announced back in June, the Incubator is an in-depth story development and production readiness program for narrative feature film projects that can be produced for $2.5 million or less. Of note among the selected films is "Letters from the President," which follows an idealistic young man from Cameroon who struggles to adjust to life in Los Angeles. The film is written by Tony Tambi and directed by Michael D. Olmos ("Filly Brown"). Find »

- Press Release

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Forest Whitaker's JuntoBox Films Holds Open Online Auditions for ‘The Driver’ (Exclusive)

3 September 2014 9:42 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

JuntoBox Films, a collaborative film studio co-chaired by Forest Whitaker, announced an online open casting call for the leads in the new film “The Driver,” about a boxer who takes a dangerous job to keep his greedy girlfriend happy. The company aspires to break down walls between creators and fans to “democratize” the creative process — in part by opening up the casting process, and giving the general public a say in it. Also read: Crowdfunder Indiegogo and JuntoBox Collaborate to Fund Filmmakers (Exclusive) “Social collaboration is a critical part of our process at JuntoBox Films,” said Whitaker. “Our company was founded. »

- Tim Molloy

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JuntoBox names Incubator participants

3 September 2014 7:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

JuntoBox Films has announced the eights feature scripts and 18 filmmakers selected for the inaugural incubator initiative.

The JuntoBox Feature Film Incubator has begun its session and runs through December 15 under the supervision of vice-president Kelly Thomas.

The incubator makes a tailor-made accelerated development programme sets up a wide net of consultancy and advice for participants.

By the end, JuntoBox Films executives and co-chair Forest Whitaker (pictured) will greenlight at least one project to be financed and produced in the spring of 2015.

“We are thrilled to welcome this exceptional group of filmmakers with unique and captivating stories that all deserve to be made,” said Thomas. “We look forward to fostering community among filmmakers while facilitating their artistic development, honing their vision and supporting these filmmakers to drive their projects to the next level.”

The JuntoBox Films Feature Film Incubator filmmakers and projects are:

Die Like A Man, wrt-dir Eric Nazarian, pdr Javier Chapa (producer);

God Loves Stu, wrt-dir »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Telluride Review: 'Escobar: Paradise Lost' Starring Benicio Del Toro And Josh Hutcherson

1 September 2014 6:49 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

You know that deeply anxious expression that Josh Hutcherson wears throughout "The Hunger Games" movies? Well, if you’re a fan of his trademark chagrined countenance, you get a whole lot more of it in "Escobar: Paradise Lost," where his character has a pretty good reason for near-constant concern. In this potboiler, Hutcherson’s a white boy (obviously) who’s pledged to marry into the family of famed Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. What, he worry? At some point you may wonder why we’ve devoted an entire first paragraph to Josh Hutcherson when the title character is played by Benicio freaking Del Toro, the sort of dream casting that would seem to be a lede that shouldn’t be buried. Unfortunately, Escobar is a supporting character in his own movie, a situation that brings to mind "The Last King of Scotland," which enlisted Forest Whitaker to play Idi Amin »

- Chris Willman

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Venice Film Review: ‘Jackie & Ryan’

30 August 2014 6:45 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There was a time when a major studio might have made “Jackie & Ryan,” a wholesome, female-skewing heartland romance, with a Sandra Bullock in the lead and reaped the profits; today, it’s a wing-and-a-prayer festival film that marks Katherine Heigl’s introduction to independent cinema. That’s more of a knock on the shifting biases of mainstream audiences than it is on the ample cornball charms of Ami Canaan Mann’s third feature, which casts Heigl as a hard-up single mother and former country star who’s brought out of her shell by dreamy, drifting busker Ben Barnes. , and merits a carefully targeted release from a nurturing distributor. 

The Venice Lido is a curious place to unveil a not-especially-arty film this cozily American in flavor and focus. Everything about “Jackie & Ryan” (filmed under the initial title “Your Right Mind”) seems geared more toward a Sundance berth, right down to its »

- Guy Lodge

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'Selma' first look: David Oyelowo takes on Martin Luther King in upcoming film

22 August 2014 12:02 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

A cross, constructed entirely of lightbulbs, shines behind David Oyelowo as he approaches the pulpit of Atlanta’s 145-year-old Wheat Street Baptist Church. It’s a steamy June night, and 500 extras—including U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a key architect of the civil rights movement—eagerly await the British-born actor’s first attempt to preach as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But just as director Ava DuVernay puts on her headphones and does a last sound check, a freak lightning storm threatens the safety of the crew and forces the production to shut down.

Delays are nothing new in the »

- Nicole Sperling

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In Memory of Robin Williams: ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’ Review

16 August 2014 1:33 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Tung Thanh Tran, Chintara Sukapatana, Bruno Kirby, Robert Wuhl, J.T. Walsh, Noble Willingham | Written by Mitch Markowitz | Directed by Barry Levinson

The death of Robin Williams has been publicised massively over the last number of days, a shocking loss to the film industry, Williams was a beloved performer who had many fans, and so obviously there has been an outpouring of emotion since he passed away. I was a fan of Robin Williams and as a fan I have my favourites in terms of his library of films and television, the top of the heap being the 1987 comedy-drama, Good Morning, Vietnam, which I will be reviewing here, in both a tribute to the man himself, but also as a way to talk about one of my personal favourite comedy drama films and one I revisit every year or two and always enjoy.

Written by Mitch Markowitz »

- Chris Cummings

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Robin Williams: Chevy Chase, Danny DeVito and More Pay Homage

11 August 2014 8:15 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Over the course of four decades, Robin Williams left an immeasurable impact in movies and television and as a standup comic on stages around the world. Since the surprise announcement of his death, the actor and comedian's many friends from every field in which he worked have been paying tribute. Read their remembrances here.

Chevy Chase:

"Robin and I were great friends, suffering from the same little-known disease: depression. I never could have expected this ending to his life, and to ours with him. God bless him and God »

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President Obama and more release statements on Robin Williams' death

11 August 2014 6:13 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Following Robin Williams’ death Monday, family, friends, colleagues, and those who respected him have responded, releasing statements about the the late actor.

President Obama

He made us laugh. He made us cry. He ended up touching every element of the human spirit. #RIPRobinWilliams pic.twitter.com/kbEq7OwPOf

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) agosto 12, 2014

Susan Schneider, Wife

This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. »

- C. Molly Smith

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Robin Williams: Hollywood reacts to comedian's death and celebrates his life

11 August 2014 4:47 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Robin Williams was found dead in California today (Aug. 11) at the age 63. Friends, entertainers, the rest of Hollywood and beyond have take to Twitter to celebrate the comedian's life, to grieve, and to react to his unexpected death. Steven Spielberg's public statement: “Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him. He was a pal and I can’t believe he’s gone.” Garry Marshall's public statement: “Robin was hands-down a comedy genius and one of the most talented performers I have ever worked with in television or film. To lose him so young at the age of 63 is just a tragedy. I will forever be in awe of his timing, his talent and his pure and golden creativity… He was my friend and it is rare that you ever have a friend that is also a genius.” Bob Iger, »

- HitFix Staff

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Naomie Harris Takes Social Worker Role In Antoine Fuqua's Boxing Drama 'Southpaw'

11 August 2014 11:14 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Naomie Harris has joined Forest Whitaker and Jake Gyllenhaal in Antoine Fuqua's boxing drama "Southpaw." She'll be taking the role that Lupita Nyong'o was once eyed for - a social worker whose job is to ensure a comeback fighter's daughter's healthy well-being. The Weinstein Company project, penned by Eminem (who was originally set to star in the movie, before being replaced by Gyllenhaal) and "Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter, will tell the story of a left-handed welterweight boxer who becomes a champion, before experiencing tragedy that negatively-affects the life of his young daughter, and who later »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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