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Outside of the Angelina Jolie action film Salt, all the hits on Australian helmer Phillip Noyce’s resume are book adaptations. That ranges from his breakout hit Dead Calm to Patriot Games, Clear And Present Danger, Sliver, The Bone Collector, Rabbit-Proof Fence, and The Quiet American; he is currently adapting Philip Roth’s American Pastoral. Noyce’s latest book transfer is The Weinstein Company’s The Giver, a Michael Mitnick and Robert B. Weiden-scripted adaptation of Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal-winning children’s novel that took 21 years to reach the screen. That glacial development pace allowed high action dystopian tomes like The Hunger Games and Divergent to score with young audiences, books that were written much later and likely were influenced by Lowry. Vets Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard and Katie Holmes are surrounded by young audience pleasing newcomers Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, Cameron Monaghan and Taylor Swift, but »
- Mike Fleming Jr
The studio is in negotiations with a “major” actor for the drama, CEO Jon Feltheimer disclosed during the company’s conference call with analysts Friday as part of a discussion about upcoming projects.
Destin Cretton, director of “Short Term 12,” was attached a year ago to direct and rewrite the script with Andrew Lanham. Marti Noxon wrote the first draft of the adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ 2005 bestselling memoir.
The story follows a young girl raised in dysfunctional family with an eccentric artist mother and an alcoholic father. Lawrence is producing with Gil Netter.
Lawrence has been a key figure in Lionsgate’s success, with her first two “Hunger Games” films grossing over $1.6 billion worldwide and two impending “Mockingjay” sequels slated for November 2014 and 2015. Feltheimer said Friday that “Mockingjay – Part 1″ should outperform “Catching Fire,” which grossed $865 million worldwide. »
- Dave McNary
In May, The Hollywood Reporter asked 2,120 of Hollywood’s top players — including Fox chief Jim Gianopulos, Disney's Alan Horn, director Gary Ross, producer Frank Marshall, Warner Bros.' Sue Kroll, agent Robert Newman, attorney John Burke and filmmaker John Singleton — to rank their favorite movies of all time. The result was “Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films,” which ran in the July 4 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine — and can be neatly summed up in a video just four minutes long. The video also includes commentary from Thelma & Louise stars Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis and
- Quinn Costello
The top stories of the week from Toh! Awards: Digging Into New Academy Invites Why Academy Governors Changed Music Campaign Rules Box Office: Arthouse Audit: Polanski's Provocative "Venus in Fur" Tops Tepid Specialized Openings Box Office Top Ten: "Think Like a Man Too" Takes Number One, "Jersey Boys" Draws Seniors on Soft Summer Weekend Features: Emmanuelle Seigner Delivers for Husband Roman Polanski in Two-Hander "Venus in Fur" How Indie Producer Jon Kilik Works with Mavericks, from Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" to Gary Ross's "Hunger Games" & Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" How Must-See "Case Against 8" Took Five Years to Make, from HBO Docs Czar Nevins to Its "Fairytale Ending" Richard Lester Talks The Beatles in Newly Restored Mod Classic "A Hard Day's Night" Festivals: Sf Silent Film Festival Director Anita Monga Talks the Highlights of »
Independent film producer Jon Kilik is having a busy year, from "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I" and Cannes entries Tommy Lee Jones' "The Homesman" and Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher," to Spike Lee's upcoming "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth." He's also celebrating the 25th anniversary of Lee's "Do the Right Thing." Kilik is a prolific producer whose films are primarily based on his relationships with filmmakers. His goal is to serve and nurture his directors as he helps them to make the best possible film. He has remained an independent New Yorker through his entire career. He has worked with Lee on 14 films, as well as Julian Schnabel ("The Diving Bell & the Butterfly"), Gary Ross ("Pleasantville," "Hunger Games"), Alejandro González Iñárritu ("Babel," "Biutiful"), Jim Jarmusch ("Broken Flowers"), Robert Altman ("Pret-a-Porter") and »
- Anne Thompson
The movie star isn't a thing of the past - it's just a changing phenomenon in the face of the web, Ryan writes...
Taken at this year’s Academy Awards, a photograph of a huddled group of Hollywood actors quickly became the most shared image in social media’s short history. In this single shot - taken by Bradley Cooper and posted by Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres, who are surrounded by such familiar faces as Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt, we get a glimpse of how the modern movie star has changed in the past 20 years.
The movie star phenomenon began in the early 20th century, when actors such as Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin became famous enough to secure ticket sales by themselves. Hollywood studios initially resisted the rising phenomenon of the movie star with all the strength they could muster; with stardom came a demand for things like higher salaries, »
The Hollywood Reporter published its first definitive entertainment-industry ranking of cinema's best Wednesday, with 1972's The Godfather named Hollywood's No. 1 favorite movie. A total of 2,120 industry insiders participated, including Fox chief Jim Gianopulos, Disney's Alan Horn, director Gary Ross, producer Frank Marshall, Warners' Sue Kroll, agent Robert Newman, attorney John Burke, filmmaker John Singleton, producer-writer Vince Gilligan and many more. List Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films THR highlights 10 of the most interesting facts and statistics from the poll. 1. Steven Spielberg is the director with the most movies on the list with seven: 1982's E.
- THR Staff
The folks behind The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1 have just released a new viral clip. It's an address from President Snow (Donald Sutherland) to the people of Panem. In it, he preaches a message of unity, while being flanked by Peeta (Josh Hutcherson).
Watch the clip below, which is also part of a viral website and promotes the hashtag "#OnePanem":
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1 is adapted from the first half of the epic conclusion of the trilogy of books by Suzanne Collins, and it's due to arrive in theaters on November 24. The fourth film, Mockingjay- Part 2, will be released next year on November 20. Aside from being one of Hollywood's hottest franchises right now, the films will be notable because they contain some of Philip Seymour Hoffman's final work before his untimely death last year.
Francis Lawrence is back to direct the two films, after his »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
As an executive producer and writer on “Lost” and showrunner of “Bates Motel” and the upcoming FX series “The Strain,” Carlton Cuse knows how to keep a secret. But the two-time Emmy winner said that seeing his name alongside Army Archerd’s in the pages of Variety meant he wasn’t a secret any more.
What do you recall from that time in your life?
I started my career as a development executive. On the side, I was writing, honing my craft so that I could jump across the desk and be the person coming in and pitching projects rather than the person trying to develop them.
Did you learn a lot from reading scripts?
I learned what it meant to be a good writer and what it meant to write a script that would get made. It also inspired me to put in the hours honing my craft.
- Jenelle Riley
It was reported earlier this year that David O. Russell and his American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook golden girl, Jennifer Lawrence, were looking to reteam once again on a film titled Joy and now Fox has set the film for a Christmas Day 2015 release. Lawrence isn't confirmed for the role just yet, though she was Russell's first pick earlier this year. The story follows the life story of Joy Mangano (Lawrence), a struggling Long Island single mom of three who became one of the country's most successful entrepreneurs with her self-wringing Miracle Mop invention. Russell rewrote the script, which was originally penned by Annie Mumolo, one-half of the Bridesmaids screenwriting duo. No word on when filming will take place as Lawrence is currently working on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and Part 2 and will once again play Mystique in X-Men: Apocalypse as well as her attachment to »
- Brad Brevet
Lionsgate announced today a new The Hunger Games mobile game, in conjunction with Kabam, and a touring exhibit that will allow fans across the country to immerse themselves in this world like never before, leading into the November release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and the 2015 release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.
Here is the official mobile game press release, followed by details for the The Hunger Games exhibition.
Kabam, a world leader in free-to-play games for traditional players, today announced that it has partnered with Lionsgate (NYSE: Lgf), the premier next generation global content leader, to create a mobile game based on the global blockbuster movie franchise The Hunger Games.
Kabam will produce an exclusive role playing, card collection mobile game that will deliver the action of the blockbuster film into the hands of avid fans around the world. In the game, players assume the »
When director Gary Ross’ adaptation of The Hunger Games opened in March 2012, few could have predicted just how successful the film would be. Even after the pic garnered overwhelmingly positive reviews and grossed nearly $700 million at the box office, many still figured the sequel would fall short. Alas, director Francis Lawrence’s follow-up The Hunger Games: Catching Fire surpassed the original in many ways (including box office), and now The Hunger Games stands—almost defiantly—as one of the most popular franchises around. All good things must come to an end, though, and while there are still two films left to go (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Parts 1 & 2 open November 2014 and November 2015), Lionsgate is keen on milking the series for all its worth before its conclusion. The studio has announced today that, somewhat anachronistically, they will be launching The Hunger Games: The Exhibition in 2015, a touring exhibit that offers »
- Adam Chitwood
After directors like Gary Ross and Joe Wright flirted with bringing famed musician Harry Houdini to the big screen with an adaptation of The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero, last summer we learned that Red 2 and Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot would be at the helm of the film for Lionsgate and Summit. Now we might have a star for the film as THR has learned that Johnny Depp is currently in talks to take the role which doesn't just focus on Harry Houdini, the legendary master illusionist, and his career as a magician, but also dives into the secret life of the renaissance man. More than likely the title will be shortened, but the premise revolves around Harry Houdini, the world-renowned escape artist, and his involvement with helping the Secret Service, local police organizations, and even whispers of him being a British spy. The »
- Ethan Anderton
"The Secret Life Of Houdini" has been kicking around Hollywood for years now. Gary Ross and Joe Wright kicked the tires on the project but ultimately decided not to direct, with the less illustrious name of Dean Parisot ("Red 2," "Fun With Dick And Jane," "Galaxy Quest") signing up to direct last summer. But now the film has received a kick in the pants, thanks to none other than Johnny Depp. The actor is in negotiations to star in the Lionsgate movie, which is moving fast and hoping to start lensing in November. So why is the studio and Depp so keen on this one? Well, it takes the world's most influential and famous magician and reimagines him as an Indiana Jones-type figure (sigh) who gets into various wacky adventures. So basically, it's a Johnny Depp movie, and that will provide lots of room for mugging and wild costumes. Here's the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Though Johnny Depp is currently deep in production on a film about famed crime boss Whitey Bulger, Black Mass, he may soon be adding another historical figure to his resume. THR reports that the actor is negotiations to take on the title role in Lionsgate/Summit’s long-gestating adaptation of authors William Kalush and Larry Sloman’s book The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero. The project has been in the works for years and paints the famous magician as an Indiana Jones-type who, while not performing feats of escape, spends his time investigating the world of the occult. Hit the jump for more, including clarity on Depp's upcoming slate. Per THR, Depp is in talks to play Harry Houdini in The Secret Life of Houdini, which has Galaxy Quest and Red 2 helmer Dean Parisot onboard to direct. Lionsgate/Summit has been developing the film for years, »
- Adam Chitwood
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 casts two more; Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix join Woody Allen’s next movie; Patty Jenkins will direct the female assassin film Sweetheart; Nat Wolff joins The Stand; and Channing Tatum will star in an upcoming ’70s crime thriller.
Eugenie Bondurant and Michelle Forbes have joined the cast of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. Francis Lawrence is directing both halves of the Hunger Games movie franchise finale, after having taken over as helmer on this Ya dystopia series following Gary Ross directing the first installment.
Bondurant will be playing Tigris, a stylist living in the Capitol who has changed her appearance ...
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- Anthony Taormina
James Mackay with Kim Ledger
The pool of talented young Australian actors is so vast the judges of the Heath Ledger Scholarship presented by Australians in Film have named 20 finalists this year, up from the usual 15.
That.s a real stamp of approval considering the calibre of the judges: Collin Farrell, Miranda Otto, directors Gregor Jordan and Robert Luketic, casting director Ann Fay (Anzac Girls, Packed to the Rafters) and Randi Hiller, VP of feature casting at Walt Disney Studios.
The winner of the sixth annual scholarship, which fosters the education and career development of young Australian actors in the Us, will be announced in Los Angeles on June 12.
The prizes include $10,000 cash, a two year scholarship at Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre in Los Angeles, two return flights to La. including attendance at the announcement ceremony and a second flight when he or she is ready to break into the market, »
- Don Groves
The 33 jury members will be split into seven groups, one for each competition category: World Narrative Competition, World Documentary Competition, Best New Narrative Director, Best New Documentary Director, Narrative Short Film, Documentary and the Student Visionary Award. Two other awards, the Bombay Sapphire Award for Transmedia and the Norah Ephron Prize, will also be awarded. Winners of the seven festival categories will receive $150,000 and prizes, and eight of the winners will also get to take home an original artwork. Winner of the second annual Nora Ephron Prize, which recognizes a female writer or director, will receive $25,000.
Seven Juries Will Award Prizes At 2014 Tribeca Film Fest
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
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 »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
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