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As I'm sure you're well aware, a massive hacking of Sony Pictures has taken place, which has resulted in a flurry of revelations as emails between Sony executives and their contacts have been made public. A variety of outlets have covered the story in detail and it all reads like a dirty memoir, while at the same time offers fascinating insight into an industry that somehow manages to keep a lot of its dirty laundry quiet. You hear rumblings every now and then, but nothing too damning or revealing. With this recent hack the studio has reportedly had to suspend filming on some of its features as it can't process payments and in our first story looking at the fallout we'll take a look at the saga of one film that was once in Sony's hands and how it came to find its way to Universal. Myself and my podcast »
- Brad Brevet
Chicago – The world certainly didn’t need another “Ten Commandments,” but director Ridley Scott tries to remake the 50’s Biblical epic anyway – led by Christian Bale as a scowling and shouting Moses. Yet Bale can’t hold a staff to Charlton Heston and Scott is no Cecil B. DeMille.
Ostensibly this is a movie about the power of faith, but Scott’s film has no soul within.
Bale starts as the favored adopted son of the aging pharaoh Seti (John Turturro). He’s the pharaoh who would rather hand over the keys to his kingdom to Moses than his own flesh and blood, the egotistical Ramses (an uncomfortable-looking Joel Edgerton). Moses starts out a cynic, but after a little trip to see the suffering the slaves are enduring, he learns of his own true Hebrew heritage.
Once the pharaoh dies and Ramses takes power he has Moses banished to exile. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Video game company Sega is looking to get into the movie business and they’ve hired former Break Media executive Evan Cholfin to help them.
Cholfin has previously developed projects for Steven Zaillian, David Fincher, and CAA among others. At Break Media he was director of entertainment development. He now serves as head of development and production for Stories International, a company started by Sega and Hakuhodo Dy Group (one of the largest advertising agencies in the world). This company, formed in 2011, was launched to produce film and television content for digital platforms.
Now video game adaptations haven’t really been the best. Arguably the most successful video game to film adaptation is the Resident Evil series. While that series does well enough at the box »
- Laura Frances
Directed by Ridley Scott
Perhaps the End Times are finally upon us. How else to explain a year that began with Russell Crowe playing Noah and ends with Christian Bale as Moses? Whereas Darren Aronofsky’s Noah reached giddily crazy heights, Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings never transcends its plodding, inevitable story arc. Not only does it lack the visual imagination we’ve come to expect from Scott, a potentially-interesting “tale of two brothers” spin is completely wasted by a lazy script. This is about as by-the-numbers as epics get.
You have to admire Christian Bale’s refusal to even attempt a showy accent. His cocksure attitude as Moses is so inappropriate that all you can do is shake your head in bemused wonder. Had the entire film been as defiant as its leading man, »
- J.R. Kinnard
As Sega looks to turn more of its videogames into other forms of entertainment, it has hired former Break Media executive Evan Cholfin to lead those efforts.
Cholfin now serves as head of development and production at Tokyo-based Stories International, a joint venture of Japanese gamemaker Sega and Hakuhodo Dy Group (the world’s seventh-largest advertising agency) that was launched to produce films, TV shows and entertainment for digital platforms in 2011.
Of the vast library of titles that Stories has the rights to adapt, it’s moving forward with “Altered Beast,” “Streets of Rage,” “Shinobi,” “Rise of Nightmares” and “Crazy Taxi” first as English-language live action and animated spinoffs. “Virtua Fighter” and “Golden Axe” also are part of the portfolio of properties.
- Marc Graser
Screenwriting software co. Final Draft will award Big Eyes duo Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski with its 2015 Hall of Fame honors at its annual Final Draft Awards, to be held February 12 on the Paramount lot. Alexander and Karaszewski join a list of previous Hall of Famers including Nancy Meyers, Lawrence Kasdan, Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Robert Towne, Stephen J. Cannell, Oliver Stone, Syd Field and Sydney Pollack and will be feted at the awards event hosted by writer-actors Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant.
Big Eyes, the true tale of artist Margaret Keane and her battle to win recognition for her famed paintings of large-eyed waifs from a credit-stealing hubby, stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz and marks the writers’ latest collaboration with director Tim Burton. Alexander and Karaszewski’s previous big screen portraits of larger than life characters include WGA-nominated Ed Wood, Golden Globe winning The People Vs. Larry Flynt, »
- Jen Yamato
Time for another deeply familiar Old Testament tale to be retold in somewhat controversial fashion with a big-budget Hollywood spin, as I say in my video review above.
This time, it’s Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods And Kings, yet another re-telling of the Jews’ flight from Egypt. In this case, Moses is played by Christian Bale, whose performance includes remarkably perfect hair for several thousand years ago. Joel Edgerton, another historically controversial casting choice, is the Pharaoh. The star-filled cast also includes John Tuturro, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley.
The screenplay was written by Steve Zaillian, Adam Cooper, Bill Collage and Jeffrey Caine, who clearly labored to put a fresh spin on an ancient and oft-told story (every year, in fact, if you’re an observant Jew). Besides Scott, the producers are Peter Chernin, Mark Huffam, Michael Schaefer and Jenno Topping. The film already has grossed nearly »
- Pete Hammond
Now it’s getting busy. Awards season, that is. Judging from the frantic calls trying to schedule interviews and other things as various voting deadlines loom, I would say we are in the thick of it. Golden Globe nomination ballots are due back Monday. SAG nominating ballots go out now, and both key precursor verdicts will be announced next week along with AFI’s annual 10 best list coming out on Monday morning. La Film Critics will be announcing their picks on Sunday, then its the nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, which wound up predicting every eventual 2013 Oscar winner except Makeup and Foreign Film. There are junkets galore and tons of events going on in NYC this week, and here on the West Coast the activity is no less crazy, with several contenders trying to make any impression they can on voters — particularly Oscar »
- Pete Hammond
Cate Blanchett is eyeing a role in 20th Century Fox disaster thriller Cascade.
Director Baltasar Kormakur is in negotiations for the movie based on 2003 BBC pseudo-documentary The Day Britain Stopped, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film, which has been in development since 2012, centres around an international crisis sparked by an oil tanker collision in the Persian Gulf.
Blanchett is in line to play the tanker's captain, who fights to prove that the accident was not a terrorist act.
Blanchett will next be seen reprising her role as Galadriel in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
Kormakur previously directed 2 Guns and Contraband.
Cate Blanchett is eyeing the lead role in the upcoming 20th Century Fox thriller Cascade, with Baltasar Kormákur entering negotiations to direct. The project is a loose remake of the 2003 pseudo-documentary The Day Britain Stopped, which we first reported on back in June 2012, when Ridley Scott and Steven Zaillian came on board to produce. Kieran Fitzgerald (The Homesman) wrote the screenplay.
The story takes place in the aftermath of an oil tanker's collision in the Persian Gulf, which escalates into an international crisis. If she signs on, Cate Blanchett will play the ship's captain, who tries to find a way to prove that she did not commit a terrorist act. Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game, Headhunters) was in talks to direct earlier this summer, but he is no longer involved.
From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure Exodus: Gods And Kings, the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
Wamg invites you to enter for a chance to win passes (Good for 2) to the advance screening of Exodus: Gods And Kings on Thursday, December 11th at 7Pm in the St. »
- Movie Geeks
Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur (2 Guns, Contraband) is in final negotiations to direct Cascade, the eco-disaster pic that Ridley Scott and Steven Zaillian are producing at Fox. Loosely based on the 2003 BBC mockumentary The Day Britain Stopped, Cascade is about a global catastrophe that follows an international chain of events triggered by an oil tanker collision in the Middle East.
The Scott Free and Film Rites production is scripted by Kieran Fitzgerald and also will be produced by Film Rites’ Garrett Basch. Cate Blanchett’s name has been bandied about to lead the project, but I hear she’s not attached. Meanwhile, Kormákur most recently filmed his 2015 adventure thriller Everest, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington in the tale of a climbing expedition struck by a snowstorm on Mount Everest. Universal releases that picture in September.
- Jen Yamato
The pic is based on BBC mockumentary “The Day Britain Stopped,” which revolves around a 2003 train strike that was first in a chain of events that ultimately led to a meltdown of the British transportation system.
This version is set after an oil tanker collision in the Persian Gulf sets off an international crisis.
Kieran Fitzgerald penned the script.
Kormakur made a name for himself with his gritty action thrillers “Contraband” and “2 Guns,” both starring Mark Wahlberg. He recently wrapped production on the adventure pic “Everest” and is developing the period action pic “Vikings” for Working Title.
He is repped by Wme.
- Justin Kroll
Several rising filmmakers have locked down new projects today.
Filmmaker Corin Hardy ("The Hallow") is stepping in to replace F. Javier Gutierrez at the helm of "The Crow" reboot in development at Relativity Studios. Gutierrez left the project to work on the next entry in "The Ring" series.
"2 Guns" and "Contraband" filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur is in negotiations to direct the disaster thriller "Cascade" at Twentieth Century Fox. Cate Blanchett is reportedly circling a role in the project and the likes of Ridley Scott, Steve Zaillian, Garrett Basch and Michael Schaefer are producing.
The story is set after an oil tanker collision in the Persian Gulf sets off an international crisis. Blanchett would play the »
- Garth Franklin
Baltasar Kormakur is in negotiations to direct Cascade, a disaster thriller at 20th Century Fox that Cate Blanchett is circling. Ridley Scott, Steve Zaillian, Garrett Basch and Michael Schaefer are producing the project, which will be a loose remake of 2003 BBC pseudo-documentary The Day Britain Stopped. Kieran Fitzgerald wrote the screenplay. Cascade is set after an oil tanker collision in the Persian Gulf sets off an international crisis. Blanchett would play the tanker’s captain, who must find a way to prove that she did not commit a terrorist act. The Imitation Game helmer Morten Tyldum was loosely attached in
- Borys Kit, Tatiana Siegel
“It’s not even that good a story,” Moses grumbles early on in Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” shortly after learning of the mysterious events that transformed a lowly Hebrew slave into a full-blown prince of Egypt. It’s a sly, knowing wink from a filmmaker who clearly has a terrific tale on his hands, yet faces a bit of a challenge in selling it to a more cynical, less easily razzle-dazzled audience than those that greeted the biblical epics of yesteryear. What’s remarkable about Scott’s genuinely imposing Old Testament psychodrama is the degree to which he succeeds in conjuring a mighty and momentous spectacle — one that, for sheer astonishment, rivals any of the lavish visions of ancient times the director has given us — while turning his own skepticism into a potent source of moral and dramatic conflict.
If this estimable account of how God delivered »
- Justin Chang
Get ready for heart-pounding action with an all-new 90 second TV trailer has dropped for Exodus: Gods and Kings. Stars Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton and Sigourney Weaver are ready for battle in this epic tale. Watch as one of the greatest filmmakers of our time takes on one of the greatest stories ever told.
From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the the story of one man's daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Ridley Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
Ridley Scott doesn’t make small movies. Even Alien, back in 1979 – with its $11.5 million budget – was huge. If his creative output has steadily grown in scale over the years, his latest endeavour is, apparently, his biggest yet. While eager fans seem to have been discussing Exodus: Gods And Kings forever, a new trailer has finally been released that showcases exactly what is to be expected from Scott’s new epic.
Starring Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Ben Mendelsohn, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley, Exodus: Gods And Kings is written by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage (Tower Heist), along with Jeffrey Caine (The Constant Gardener) and Steven Zaillian (American Gangster). While, admittedly, the title sounds as though Scott intends to kick-start a Bible-based cohesive cinematic universe of movie franchises (as studios are currently wont to do), the trailer itself is undeniably thrilling – provided you ignore the obligatory and »
- Sarah Myles
The ideal place to meet Ridley Scott would be on a raging battlefield, in the furthest reaches of outer space, or in the midst of any of the other vast canvases on which he creates his movies.
Instead, we’re sitting in a basement salon at London’s trendy Ham Yard Hotel, where the 76-year-old director has parked himself, however briefly, to discuss his new biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” and to ruminate on his long career.
“You’re probably going to be sitting down, so you’re not going to get a proper sense of him,” actor Christian Bale, who stars in Scott’s new film as Moses, warned this reporter a few days earlier. “You’ve got to see Rid on the move to understand him. He’s totally kinetic. I’m absolutely sure he springs out of bed at 10 times the speed I do.”
Australian actor Joel Edgerton, »
- Scott Foundas
Exodus: Gods and Kings has unveiled a new clip exclusively through Digital Spy.
Exodus: Gods and Kings opens in Us cinemas on December 12 and December 26 in the UK. »
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