10 items from 2014
Have you ever dreamed about what it might be like to relive the same day over and over again in an endless search for the perfect 24 hour period of existence? Of course you haven't, for that is the plot of much-loved Bill Murray/Harold Ramis comedy classic Groundhog Day, and each and every possible hilarious scenario has already been played out for you via one of the sharpest and most intuitive scripts of all time.
Edge of Tomorrow, 20 minutes of which was screened for bloggers and film journalists at an event in London earlier this week, is like Groundhog Day with stringy aliens and Tom Cruise. Admittedly, there are a few other minuscule differences between Doug Liman's upcoming sci-fi piece and its forebear: Cruise is using his unusual predicament »
- Ben Child
Now it’s gettin’ good, right? This section of the list begins to get into the portion where “you’ve heard it before.” A number of the films below have been universally acclaimed for one reason or another, but the focus here is on the writing. Some are innovative, some are unexpected, and some completed changed the way films were written, creating a new style or sub-genre. After all, isn’t that what makes for good writing?
30. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
I don’t wanna kill anybody. But if I gotta get out that door, and you’re standing in my way, one way or the other, you’re gettin’ outta my way.
Before he was one of the more recognizable directors in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino was a screenwriter just trying to make enough money to get the films he wanted to make off the ground. »
- Joshua Gaul
NBC's new pilot "Feed Me" has a casting director attached, Backstage has learned. The late-order dark comedy centers on Emma, the daughter of a restaurant-owning family, whose husband cheats on her. Mary-Louise Parker is set to star and Dava Waite, of Dava Waite Peaslee Casting, is set to cast. Meanwhile, "Divergent," the first film installment based on the young adult novels by Veronica Roth, won't hit theaters until later this month but casting is already gearing up on the sequel. Mary Vernieu and Venus Kanani of Betty Mae, Inc. will return to cast "Insurgent," the sequel in Roth's trilogy. In the sci-fi romance, Shailene Woodley, who played George Clooney's daughter in "The Descendants," stars as Beatrice "Tris" Prior, a "divergent" young woman living in a futuristic world where society is divided based on individuals' virtues. The fifth installment of "Mission: Impossible," meanwhile, will be cast by Mindy Marin, of Casting Artists, »
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- Peter Hall
Exclusive: Jesse Sisgold has been appointed to the newly created position of President of Business Affairs and Strategic Planning at David Ellison‘s Skydance Productions. He will have oversight of business and legal affairs across all company units, as well as strategic planning for the company’s expansion, which recently has included launching a TV division last spring. Sisgold arrives from his boutique entertainment/corporate finance law firm Sisgold PC, which closed about $400 million in deals in 2013 — including every TV deal Skydance finalized from talent to distribution. Sisgold also handled development-related deals for Skydance pic projects including the Terminator reboot, Dean Devlin’s disaster epic Geostorm and the Christopher McQuarrie-directed adaptation Star Blazers. “It has been a privilege to work with Jesse this past year, and we are honored to have him officially join the Skydance family,” Ellison said today in announcing the hire. “His role will be crucial »
- PATRICK HIPES, Managing Editor
Stuart Beattie has a number of highly-anticipated films to his name as a screenwriter, but unfortunately, we won't get to see his version of three of them. While talking to Beattie about his upcoming directorial effort, I, Frankenstein , he also offered an update on three other scripts he's penned for projects that are still in the works . Without Remorse , Tarzan and Tomorrow, When the War Began 2 . Beattie proclaimed that "Without Remorse" is his favorite Tom Clancy book, but admitted: "I did that adaptation, god, ten years ago or so. I don't know. And I don't know what's happening with it." However, even though Beattie is out of that one, he did mention the possibility of Christopher McQuarrie ( Valkyrie , Edge of Tomorrow ) taking over and »
Most Academy Awards hand out five nominations apiece. Some awards only hand out three; a few years ago, the Academy opened up the Best Picture race to like a million nominees. But the specific number doesn’t really matter. Most races inevitably come down to some kind of face-off between two nominees: Frontrunner vs. Dark Horse, Beloved Veteran vs. Dynamic Newcomer, Megahit vs. Beloved Smaller Film, Dark Tale Of The Modern World vs. Sentimental Nostalgia Bait.
Each year, though there are races that defy any easy binary rendering. These are the categories that stacked almost too high with talent. Sometimes that’s clear right away, »
- Darren Franich
Joining the likes of Dwayne Johnson, Darren Aronofsky, Bryan Singer and countless others, Tom Cruise is the latest celebrity to take to Twitter to tease his latest project. The above image comes from his upcoming sci-fi actioner Edge of Tomorrow, which co-stars Emily Blunt. Here the pair play soldiers in a dystopia future. But based on this steamy still, featuring an intense stare down, there's more than bullets and napalm in the air of this war movie. There might also be love in the air. Check out the original tweet below: New Tom Cruise & Emily Blunt @EdgeOfTomorrow pic in the jump ship! #LiveDieRepeat Search Eot: http://t.co/K3sVsGXj0b pic.twitter.com/iwzYsKSYUJ. TomCruise.com (@TomCruise) January 14, 2014 Based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka's novel All You Need Is Kill, Edge of Tomorrow has been adapted by Usual Suspects scribe Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth, writers of the »
A new image has arrived from Doug Liman's Edge of Tomorrow via this week's Entertainment Weekly, and you can dig it right here, right now! Like that Jesus Jones song without the guitar solo! Check it out!
The Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow Pictures sci-fi thriller is directed by Doug Liman and stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Jeremy Piven, Jonas Armstrong, Tony Way, Kick Gurry, Franz Drameh, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riley, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. The screenplay was written by Dante Harper, Christopher McQuarrie, and Joby Harold.
Look for the film in theatres on June 6, 2014.
The epic action of Edge of Tomorrow unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is »
- Uncle Creepy
(L-r) John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli, Erich Bergen as Bob Gaudio, Vincent Piazza as Tommy DeVito and Michael Lomenda as Nick Massi in Warner Bros. Pictures’ musical “Jersey Boys, ” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Warner Bros. Pictures has released their slate of films for 2014. Along with each movie’s synopsis and photos, you will find Hobbits, dolphins, legos, Godzilla as well as the latest info and first image of Clint Eastwood’s take on the musical Jersey Boys.
The cinematic lineup hosts a bevy of A-listers for fans of Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Russell Crowe, Colin Farrell, Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Bryan Cranston, Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Kevin Spacey, and Christoph Waltz.
Further on down the cinematic »
- Michelle McCue
10 items from 2014
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