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The 20 Most Anticipated Films Of The Tribeca Film Festival 2014

17 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

So while the news that neither "Birdman" nor "Inherent Vice" (our no. 10 and no. 1 most anticipated films of the year, respectively) will be showing in Cannes may have us casting our thoughts forward to the fall festival season, there are still quite a few key events on the cinephile calendar between now and then. Indeed, the Tribeca Film Festival starts this week, and while the line-up overall feels more muted in profile than some years, there's still plenty that has piqued our curiosity in its slate. The 13th iteration of the New York-based festival opens on Wednesday night and will run until Sunday 27th with 33 jurors presiding over the competitive sections, including Jeff Goldblum, Whoopi Goldberg, Lake Bell, Toni Collette, Nate Parker, Gary Ross, Catherine Hardwicke, Adepero Oduye, Heather Graham, Michael Stuhlbarg, Alfonso Arau, Christine Lahti, Anton Yelchin and Natasha Lyonne. We've seen a fair number of the selection already »

- The Playlist Staff

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Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘East Of Eden’ May Be Two Movies

14 April 2014 2:05 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We already knew that dream-team Gary Ross and Jennifer Lawrence will be working together again on a new adaptation of John Steinbeck’s East of Eden. Well, now it looks like the film could be a two-parter.

Writer, producer and director Ross teamed up with Lawrence on 2012′s The Hunger Games, although he didn’t return to direct her as Katniss in the next installment The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Ross’ first screenplay was ’80s smash Big with Tom Hanks, which he co-wrote with Anne Spielberg, and he’s also brought us Pleasantville and Seabiscuit.

East Of Eden will be the second big screen take on Nobel Prize winner Steinbeck’s literary tome. Published in 1952, the story follows two Californian families and their intertwined lives in the early years of the twentieth century. James Dean made the role of Cal his own in the version directed by the legendary Elia Kazan »

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"East of Eden" Will Be Split In Two

13 April 2014 12:42 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Filmmaker Gary Ross ("The Hunger Games") has spoken some more about his and Jennifer Lawrence's plans for a new film adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic 1952 novel "East of Eden" for Imagine Entertainmentand Universal Pictures.

Set around the Salinas Valley in California, the multi-generational story follows two sons who compete for the attention of their farmer father. The book is essentially a modern retelling of the Biblical Cain and Abel story. The property was previously filmed in 1955 and starred James Dean.

Asked where the project currently stands, Ross tells THR: "It's one of the things that is sort of on my plate, I'm interested in doing. I'm not certain if it's the next movie. Part of that is my schedule. Part of that is Jennifer's schedule as well. But it's definitely something that we intend to do."

Speaking about the differences between the new film and the earlier Elia Kazan movie, »

- Garth Franklin

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Jennifer Lawrence's 'East of Eden' May Be Two Movies, Says Director (Exclusive Video)

12 April 2014 2:17 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Jennifer Lawrence may star in not just one but two movies adapted from John Steinbeck’s 1952 novel East of Eden, writer-director Gary Ross said April 12. Ross helped launch Lawrence into global stardom with The Hunger Games. “It may be two films,” he said. “We may break it in half, into one generation and the next. And that’s what we’re talking about now.” The picture is in development at Brian Grazer's and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment, with no start date yet set. Just when it shoots will depend on her crammed schedule and also Ross’s, as he

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Tribeca Film Festival Jury Announced

8 April 2014 9:37 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Tribeca Film Festival announced Tuesday the 33 jury members for the 2014 event, including actors Jeff Goldblum, Toni Collette, Lake Bell, Whoopi Goldberg, Heather Graham, Anton Yelchin and Paul Wesley. The Hunger Games director Gary Ross and Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films, are also among the jury members. Story: Tribeca: Nas Documentary 'Time Is Illmatic' to Receive Inaugural Candescent Award The jury will be divided among the seven competitive categories during the festival, running April 16-27. The winning films, filmmakers and actors in each category will be announced at the Tff Awards Night ceremony on April

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Big 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray Review

8 April 2014 9:34 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Though Tom Hanks had been around the block several times before Big hit, it’s the movie that really launched him into a top spot in the cultural consciousness. The awesome, but short-lived, Bosom Buddies managed to get Hanks some guest spots on shows like Family Ties, and 1984 kicked off a string off films that, while perhaps loved by some, didn’t exactly serve to rocket anyone to stardom – Splash, Bachelor Party, The Man with One Red Shoe, Volunteers, The Money Pit. 1988′s Big put Hanks on the map in a big way, and audiences were taken by the charm, depth, and overall impressive abilities Hanks displayed in the film. This carried him through a few years of what we have to now hope were contractual obligation films (Joe vs. The Volcano, The ‘Burbs, Turner & Hooch), to the point that Hanks managed A League of Their Own, Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, »

- Marc Eastman

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Jurors For 2014 Tribeca Film Festival Include Whoopi Goldberg, Toni Collette and Lake Bell

8 April 2014 9:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival revealed its 33 jurors, and it's an eclectic bunch made up of some of today's top filmmakers, writers, producers and actors. Jurors include Whoopi Goldberg, Toni Collette, Catherine Hardwicke, Lake Bell, Anton Yelchin, film critic David Edelstein, and "Hunger Games" director Gary Ross. The winning films in each of the seven competitive festival categories will be announced at the Tff Awards Night ceremony on April 24. The festival runs April 16-27. Below is the full list of 2014 jurors divided by category (bios courtesy of Tribeca): World Competition Categories The jurors for the 2014 World Narrative Competition are: Lake Bell:  Independent Spirit Award-nominated triple threat whose recent film, In A World…, she directed, wrote, and starred in. Other acting credits include Black Rock, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, and the soon-to-be released Million Dollar Arm, The Coup, and Man Up. Steve Conrad: Screenwriter and director whose. »

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Toni Collette, Gary Ross, Whoopi Goldberg named to Tribeca festival juries

8 April 2014 9:01 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The Tribeca Film Festival announced its jurors for this year’s event, which runs from April 16-27. The list includes Toni Collette, Lake Bell, Whoopi Goldberg, Catherine Hardwicke, Heather GrahamAnton Yelchin, Paul Wesley and 26 other leaders of the filmmaking community.

In addition to the Festival’s main competition juries in seven categories, Tribeca named Delia Ephron, Natasha Lyonne, and Gary Ross to select the second annual Nora Ephron Prize, which awards $25,000 to a female writer or director.

Click below for the entire list of jurors, with biographical information courtesy of the Tribeca festival:

World Competition Categories

The jurors for »

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Sheila Nevins, Anton Yelchin, Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Wesley Among Jurors at 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

8 April 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Organizers of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival have tapped a roster of industry types including Sheila Nevins, Anton Yelchin, Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Wesley, Catherine Hardwicke, Toni Collette and Natasha Lyonne, among others, to serve as jurors for the fest’s seven competitive categories.

Hardwicke will judge the world narrative competish with a jury that includes Lake Bell and Steven Conrad (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”), while the world doc winner will be selected by a team that includes New York magazine’s David Edelstein and BBC journo Nick Fraser.

Thesps Jeff Goldblum and Adepero Oduyo are part of the jury to pick the award winner for new narrative director, while Heather Graham and Michael Stuhlbarg are among those selecting the recipient of the new doc helmer laurel.

Wesley, Goldberg and Nevins, along with Christine Lahti and Alfonso Arau, will crown the winner of the narrative short film competish and Collette »

- Gordon Cox

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Most Anticipated Films for 2015: An Overview

24 March 2014 8:15 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Last month, we unveiled our all-encompassing, most anticipated films for the current year in film. Now we peer into a future that is a little past the limits of 2014 thus we find ourselves with a quickie overview of the Top 100 Most Anticipated Films for 2015. Curated by our Nicholas Bell, with a little luck, we might see less than a finger count on one hand sum of films break this year, but for the most part, a good deal of these projects have planned 2014/15 production start dates. Here are 100 projects/filmmakers worth keeping tabs on (picks 100 to 11)

100. The Double Hour – Dir. Joshua Marston

99. Lila & Eve – Dir. Charles Stone III

98. Legacy of Secrecy – Dir. David O. Russell

97. The Theory of Everything – James Marsh

96. Elvis and Nixon – Dir. Liza Johnson

95. Hier – Dir. Balint Kenyeres

94. Timeless – Dir. Vadim Perelman

93. Wonderful Tonight – Dir. Christine Jeffs

92. Rocketman – Dir. Dagur Kari

91. Passengers – Dir. Brian Kirk

90. Sweet Cheeks – Dir. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Why ‘Divergent’ Is a Better Movie Than ‘The Hunger Games’

24 March 2014 11:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Divergent” is my favorite kind of movie, and though it shares a fair amount of DNA in common with “The Hunger Games,” it ranks as far superior in my book. Granted, on this opinion, I clearly diverge from the vast majority of film critics — and perhaps a good many fans as well.

So allow me to explain.

When I go to the movies, I want to be transported someplace completely new, immersed in that world and compelled to identify with the characters I meet there. This is a broad enough definition to encompass nearly all movies, from “Wall-e” to “March of the Penguins,” but you might be surprised how few movies actually succeed at meeting this relatively simple goal.

Divergent” does. How? Simple — so simple, I wish more filmmakers would study this trick, make note of it and incorporate it into their own films: Take a character, the more naive or inexperienced the better, »

- Peter Debruge

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'Divergent' Director Neil Burger Explains Why He Won't Return for the Sequel

19 March 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A version of this story first appeared in the March 21-28 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Neil Burger isn't the first one-and-done franchise director. Like Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) and Gary Ross (The Hunger Games) before him, the Divergent helmer won't be behind the camera when the film's sequel Insurgent goes into production in late spring (Instead, Robert Schwentke will take the reins). But Burger is quick to point out that the decision to decamp the Shailene Woodley starrer was all his. "Basically, we had made the deal for me to direct it," the New York-

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- Tatiana Siegel

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DVD Review: 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

18 March 2014 12:51 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆Piggybacking on the phenomenal popularity of young adult fiction adaptations like the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises, Gary Ross' revision of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games yielded strong praise from critics with equally impressive box office figures to match. The mammoth task of helming the sequel, Catching Fire (2013), was entrusted to Constantine (2005) and I Am Legend (2007) and director Francis Lawrence, who takes us even deeper into Panam - Collins' totalitarian vision of a class-compartmentalised post-nuclear America. We rejoin Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) shortly after her victorious return from the last Hunger Games.

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The HeyUGuys Instant Watching Guide – March 17th 2014

17 March 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

So as promised I watched the first episode of From Dusk Till Dawn the series and….pretty damn good actually. It starts off with a scene that will come to mean more as the series wears on and which calls back to the second straight to DVD From Dusk Till Dawn sequel Hangman’s Daughter which dealt with the origins of Salma Hayek’s Santanico Pandemonium head vampire character. After this we are back in sort of familiar territory with Don Johnson playing a suitably grizzled and weary Texas Ranger Earl McGraw on the look out for the Gecko Brothers who are on the lam and headed for Mexico.

Basically when it comes down to it, From Dusk Till Dawn is like a faithful adaptation of the original novel that the first film was based on if that were the case and it wasn’t an early Tarantino script. So »

- Chris Holt

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Endgame to Finance Bobby Kennedy Pic for ‘Hunger Games’ Director (Exclusive)

14 March 2014 3:52 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Endgame Entertainment is developing and has agreed to finance an untitled Robert F. Kennedy project with Gary Ross attached to direct.

The project was originally set up at New Regency, which has since put it in turn-around. It caught the attention of Endgame CEO Jim Stern, who has always had a deep interest in the late Senator and presidential candidate.

“I was always drawn to his brand of leadership and his brand of passion and where he came out on issues,” Stern told Variety.

Stern added that another reason he wanted to do the film was the opportunity to finally work with Ross.

“I really thought ‘Pleasantville’ and ‘Seabiscuit’ were great films and I really believe this film could hearken close to both of those projects,” Stern said.

Ross, who also directed “The Hunger Games,” will also produce the pic with his wife Allison Thomas and Bob Cooper. Steven Knight »

- Justin Kroll

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9 things we learned from The Hunger Games Catching Fire DVD extras

10 March 2014 6:41 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Arriving on home release on March 17, the Hunger Games: Catching Fire Blu-ray and 2-disc DVD set go beyond the usual thrifty bonus feature content for a deep dive into the making of the sequel.

A nine-part behind-the-scenes documentary, which runs over two hours, takes fans through the entire production process - from hiring Francis Lawrence to replace Gary Ross right through to the preparation for the two-part Mockingjay adaptation.

Here are nine things we uncovered from Catching Fire's bumper making-of doc...

The biggest decision the Catching Games producers had to make was who to hire to replace Gary Ross.

Franchise producer Nina Jacobson admitted that losing Ross after The Hunger Games was a big loss, and she was left pondering: "Who else's instincts can I trust?"

She quickly turned to Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend), who was in the middle of finishing work on Kiefer Sutherland pilot Touch. The filmmaker met with Jacobson, »

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Go Behind-the-Scenes of the Training Compound in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Exclusive Blu-ray Bonus Features Clip

7 March 2014 9:43 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Available today on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download is director Francis Lawrence’s sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.  While some were wary about a new director taking over the insanely popular franchise from Gary Ross, Lawrence turned in a pleasantly surprising and thrilling feature that stood head and shoulders above most of the big studio tentpoles released last year.  In anticipation of the film’s home video release, we here at Collider are happy to debut an exclusive clip from the bounty of bonus features included on the Blu-ray.  This particular clip focuses on how the Catching Fire team turned a parking garage into the impressive training compound in the film.  The sequel stars Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland, Liam HemsworthJosh HutchersonJena MaloneSam ClaflinElizabeth BanksWoody HarrelsonPhilip Seymour HoffmanStanley TucciJeffrey Wright, and Amanda Plummer. Hit the jump to watch the bonus features clip. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Gamesmanship: The Making of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

5 March 2014 1:24 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg chats with production visual effects supervisor Janek Sirrs, visual effects producer Mitchell Ferm, and visual effects supervisors Adrian de Wet, Stéphane Nazé, Paul Butterworth, and Guy Williams about bringing to the big screen a spinning island, raging monkeys and a futuristic society that stages lethal survival games...

“I’d worked with Francis Lawrence a few years ago on I Am Legend [2007] and we had a productive, and entertaining relationship on that picture,” explains Janek Sirrs who won an Oscar for being a member of the visual effects team responsible for The Matrix (1999).  “Francis likes shooting photo storyboards and seems to enjoy [perhaps a little too much] having me embarrassingly play the part of the zombie, the monkey, and the frightened girl for him.  Our schedules didn’t really sync up immediately after Legend and so I ended up drifting off into the Marvel universe for a couple of shows before our stars could align again. »

- Trevor

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Looking back at big screen Roald Dahl adaptations

1 March 2014 12:56 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Mark Harrison 3 Mar 2014 - 07:02

From James Bond to Willy Wonka, Matilda to The Witches, we chart the big screen work of Roald Dahl...

Roald Dahl has often been referred to as one of the greatest storytellers for children in the 20th century. His books have delighted children for generations, with their dark and inventive sense of humour and their eccentric, dastardly adult characters.

Likewise, his written work for adults has just as much wit and creativity, and over the years, he also worked as a screenwriter on a number of projects, including TV work on Alfred Hitchcock Presents and his own anthology series, Roald Dahl's Tales Of The Unexpected.

Given how it doesn't even take the likes of J.K. Rowling and Stephanie Meyer five years to have their popular works adapted by Hollywood, there has inevitably been an extensive crossover between Dahl's written work and the big screen. »

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'Hunger Games' Director Gary Ross to Pen Jennifer Lawrence 'East of Eden' Adaptation Updated

25 February 2014 8:38 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Update: Director Gary Ross ("The Hunger Games") is now signed on to pen the adaptation of John Steinbeck's "East of Eden," with Jennifer Lawrence attached to star. Ross will also direct, an announcement that, along with Lawrence's involvement, was made last September. Brian Grazer and Imagine Entertainment are producing for Universal. See below for more details on Lawrence's role in the film. Earlier: Jennifer Lawrence is now on board to star in Universal's adaptation of John Steinbeck's "East of Eden," to be directed by Gary Ross ("The Hunger Games"). The book centers on a father and two sons in Salinas Valley, California, and the unsettling secrets uncovered about their mother, presumed to be dead. Lawrence will play a young version of the mother. Though the role sounds small for the recent Oscar winner, per Variety, Lawrence was interested in working with Ross again, who directed her in the »

- Beth Hanna

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