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Jude Law Needs Fewer Soulless Blockbusters and More Iconoclasts Like Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘The Young Pope’

19 June 2017 11:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Jude Law, who’s always been hard to pin down, and his title role in HBO Emmy Contender “The Young Pope” is no exception. 

Bottom Line: As he embraces his mid-40s, Jude Law has morphed from British golden boy to globally bankable character actor. His range is wide, from tragic robot Gigolo Joe in Steven Spielberg’s “A.I.” to Robert Downey, Jr.’s comedy sidekick Dr. Watson in Guy Ritchie’s blockbuster “Sherlock Holmes” franchise. Still stunningly handsome, Law is gaining grit and gravitas as he gets older. But there’s a sense he’s still holding back.

Latest Misfires: Law took on evil power-monger Vortigern opposite Charlie Hunnam as Arthur in Ritchie’s attempt to similarly update “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, »

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‘The Young Pope’: How Jude Law Went Weird with Paolo Sorrentino for His Best Work In Years

19 June 2017 11:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Jude Law, who’s always been hard to pin down, and his title role in HBO Emmy Contender “The Young Pope” is no exception. 

Bottom Line: As he embraces his mid-40s, Jude Law has morphed from British golden boy to globally bankable character actor. His range is wide, from tragic robot Gigolo Joe in Steven Spielberg’s “A.I.” to Robert Downey, Jr.’s comedy sidekick Dr. Watson in Guy Ritchie’s blockbuster “Sherlock Holmes” franchise. Still stunningly handsome, Law is gaining grit and gravitas as he gets older. But there’s a sense he’s still holding back.

Latest Misfires: Law took on evil power-monger Vortigern opposite Charlie Hunnam as Arthur in Ritchie’s attempt to similarly update “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, »

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‘The Young Pope’: How Jude Law Went Weird with Paolo Sorrentino for His Best Work In Years

19 June 2017 11:03 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Jude Law, who’s always been hard to pin down, and his title role in HBO Emmy Contender “The Young Pope” is no exception. 

Bottom Line: As he embraces his mid-40s, Jude Law has morphed from British golden boy to globally bankable character actor. His range is wide, from tragic robot Gigolo Joe in Steven Spielberg’s “A.I.” to Robert Downey, Jr.’s comedy sidekick Dr. Watson in Guy Ritchie’s blockbuster “Sherlock Holmes” franchise. Still stunningly handsome, Law is gaining grit and gravitas as he gets older. But there’s a sense he’s still holding back.

Latest Misfires: Law took on evil power-monger Vortigern opposite Charlie Hunnam as Arthur in Ritchie’s attempt to similarly update “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, »

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The Top Five Films Directed By Sam Mendes

26 May 2017 3:00 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Sam Mendes is a prolific stage and film director. He was born in the UK and was married to actress Kate Winslet until 2010. He has earned the distinction of Academy Award for Best Director as well as other recognition for his work. He shares his passion for directing movies both big and small with a variety of genres and actors. Not everyone knows him by name, but you’ll certainly be familiar with the quality of his work as we share the top five films directed by Sam Mendes. Road to Perdition (2002) Tom Hanks stars in the lead role

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Movie Talk: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Trailer Review; Tom Cruise Confirms ‘Top Gun 2’

24 May 2017 2:28 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Plus, Sam Mendes in talks for Disney's live action 'Pinocchio,' Doug Liman exits 'Justice League Dark' and a new TV spot for 'War for the Planet of the Apes.' »

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Stan Lee Teases New Character In Avengers: Infinity War?

24 May 2017 7:48 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

The shared universe built by Marvel over the last 10 years is truly an achievement to…marvel at. However, fans have to wonder what the Marvel Cinematic Universe would have been like had Marvel had the rights to some of their most popular characters.

How would the plan that Kevin Feige put into motion be different if he would have had access to Spider-Man from the outset of Phase 1? When would the X-Men have come into play at if Fox and Marvel could have reached a deal? Would the news of a new Fantastic Four movie actually excite people?

Related: Kevin Feige Confirms Stan Lee Fan Theory (Spoilers) 

While these are all interesting questions, they’re questions for which fans will never know the answer to. The reality is Feige doesn’t have access to these characters, and yet the McU is thriving (if it isn’t broke...). However, the deal »

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Sam Mendes In Early Talks To Direct Live Action Pinocchio Film

24 May 2017 12:42 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Disney Pictures has definitely have been on a roll taking their beloved animated classics and turning them into live action films. In 2012 they stared with Alice in Wonderland, then came Cinderella in 2012, Maleficent in 2015, The Jungle Book in 2016 and this year we got Beauty and the Beast. This list of films has become some of Disney Pictures most successful films to date. With that said, it's easy to see why they are bringing back other beloved animated classics like The Lion King which will be directed by Jon Favreau and Mulan which will be directed by Niki Caro.

Now thanks to Variety we know that one of the next films in line is Pinocchio. For a little background Pinocchio was based on Carlo Collodi's 1883 children's book called The Adventures of Pinocchio about a puppet and a woodcarver. This was the second animated feature film made by Disney following the »

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Paul W.S. Anderson on Resident Evil reboots, live-action Pinocchio director, GOTGv2 cut cameo and more – Daily News Roundup

24 May 2017 12:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Resident Evil(S)

Over the weekend Constantin Films and Sony Gems announced they would rebooting the Resident Evil franchise following on from Paul W.S. Anderson’s swansong Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Producer Samuel Hadida had mentioned the possibility of this back in 2012 so it should come as no surprise, and it has been announced that James Wan (The Conjuring) will produce it with his Mortal Kombat reboot writing partner. Not only that, but a whopping six films are currently planned. Read more here.

Anderson Speaks

Following on from that news, Flickering Myth posted an exclusive preview from Lights, Camera, Game Over!: How Video Game Movies Get Made, which featured comments from Paul W.S. Anderson about the idea of rebooting the series. Read more here.

There Are No Strings On Him

Disney’s live-action remake catalogue continues to grow with Deadline reporting that Sam Mendes (Skyfall) is set to direct Pinocchio for the studio. »

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Deadpool 2: Actor Josh Brolin Hits The Weights

23 May 2017 3:29 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

It’s time to load up on chimichangas and hit the weight room, or maybe just hit the weight room. Yesterday, Josh Brolin shared a photo on his Instagram of him spending time in the gym in preparation for his upcoming role as Cable. After a lengthy casting process, the team behind Deadpool 2 decided on Brolin to play the newest addition to Wade Wilson’s crew. Many Hollywood actors were rumored to be up for the part including Pierce Brosnan, and Steven Lang. Ultimately, the role went to Brolin.

He now appears to be bulking up for his turn as Cable, and rightly so, as the character is depicted in the comics as a massive brute. Brolin, who already plays a very prominent figure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Thanos (with the help of motion capture), is a good fit for the role of Cable, he can be »

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Movie News: Disney's Live-Action 'Pinocchio' Seeks James Bond Director; Rihanna, Lupita Nyong'o Looking to Team for Ava DuVernay

23 May 2017 1:40 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Pinocchio: Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sam Mendes is in early talks to direct a live-action adaptation of Pinocchio for Disney. Chris Weitz (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) wrote the most recent version of the script, which is inspired by the animated classic, first released in 1940 (above), about a puppet who is transformed into a little boy. Mendes directed Spectre and Skyfall, the two most recent James Bond spy adventures. [Deadline]   Untitled Buddy Movie: Rihanna (This Is the End, above left) and Lupita Nyong'o (Non-Stop, above right) are in talks to star in a movie to be directed by Ava DuVernay. Issa Rae, who created HBO's Insecure, is in talks to write the screenplay The idea for the untitled project, which is under development at Netflix, originated...

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Sam Mendes Exits ‘James And The Giant Peach,’ Now Eyes Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’

23 May 2017 12:31 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Sam Mendes has been spending his time post “Skyfall,” peeking in at various projects, but not quite committing to anything yet. Well, that’s not entirely fair as “The Voyeur’s Motel” essentially fell apart over potential issues with the source material and a competing project, but though the filmmaker has eyeballed “Beautiful Ruins,” “My Favorite Thing Is Monsters,” and “James And The Giant Peach,” nothing has really stuck.

Continue reading Sam Mendes Exits ‘James And The Giant Peach,’ Now Eyes Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’ at The Playlist. »

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Sam Mendes in talks to direct Disney’s Pinocchio

23 May 2017 9:54 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It looks like Disney may have found a director for its live-action Pinocchio remake, with Deadline reporting that Skyfall and Spectre helmer Sam Mendes is in talks to join the project, which has been scripted by Chris Weitz (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).

Pinocchio is one of many animated classics that Disney is remaking; production is gearing up to get underway on Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin and Tim Burton’s Dumbo, while Jon Favreau is also directing The Lion King and a sequel to The Jungle Book. Other projects on the horizon include Mulan, The Little Mermaid and Cruella De Vil.

Mendes, who has opted against a 007 return for Bond 25, was slated to direct The Voyeur’s Motel with Steven Spielberg producing, although the project was scrapped in November. He is currently directing the stage play The Ferryman, which just opened in London.

There are currently several other versions of Pinocchio in the works, »

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Newswire: Sam Mendes may direct Disney’s live-action Pinocchio remake

23 May 2017 9:54 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Sam Mendes began his film career tackling all-caps serious dramas like American Beauty and Revolutionary Road, but has swerved to franchise blockbusters as of late with the Bond movies Skyfall and Spectre. Now Disney might enlist him to helm its live-action remake of Pinocchio: according to Variety, Mendes is in “early talks” for the project. Previously it was reported that he was in the same stage of negotiations for a new James And The Giant Peach movie, but Variety reports that’s off the table.

While Pinocchio still might not seem like a perfect fit for Mendes, keep in mind that he did direct a London stage production of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. Disney also recently hired Guy Ritchie to make Aladdin, so its choices have been relatively offbeat. And Pinocchio could be pretty juicy material. Who wouldn’t want to tackle a parable about lying in this day »

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Sam Mendes May Direct Disney’s Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’

23 May 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Disney just keeps tearing through their vault of animated classics in order to bring younger audiences live-action remakes of the movies that their parents fell in love with when they were kids. Beauty and the Beast became a box office sensation this year, and The Lion King, Dumbo, Mulan and Aladdin are marching towards production. […]

The post Sam Mendes May Direct Disney’s Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’ appeared first on /Film. »

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Mel Brooks On Spaceballs 2: 'MGM Is Slightly Interested'

23 May 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Ever since Disney brought Star Wars back in 2012, rumors have popped up from time to time about a sequel to Mel Brooks’ classic Spaceballs. During a Q&A following a recent screening of Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks spoke briefly about the possibility of a new Star Wars parody film:

 “MGM is slightly interested in doing it.” Said Brooks, “So we’re talking. Who knows?”

While there is certainly nothing concrete there, Brooks did seem excited about the project and sounded optimistic about the film being made. Brooks also said the studio is looking at the success of the Star Wars movies as a factor in the decision whether or not to move forward. Considering the current state of Star Wars fandom, there probably isn’t a better time to bring back Spaceballs. The world also needs another Mel Brooks parody, the last film made that was written by Brooks was the 2005 remake of The Producers. »

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Live-Action Pinocchio Courting Former James Bond Director Sam Mendes

23 May 2017 7:51 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Sam Mendes, the Oscar-winning director behind Skyfall and Spectre, has come into contention to helm Disney’s long-brewing Pinocchio movie.

Deadline has the scoop, revealing that Mendes has now entered early talks to pull the strings on the live-action feature, one that’ll be ushered into a growing collection of revamped fairytales that already includes the likes of Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book and Bill Condon’s box office smash, Beauty and the Beast. As for the story involving the iconic puppet – a puppet who longs to be viewed as a real boy after his master’s wish is inexplicably granted – we understand Chris Weitz is the brains behind the latest draft of Pinocchio‘s script, and is also expected to produce via his production banner.

And though it’s important to stress that Sam Mendes is yet to sign along the dotted line, this potential development looks »

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Sam Mendes is not shaken but stirred into early talks for Disney’s Live-Action Pinocchio

23 May 2017 5:08 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

Skyfall director Sam Mendes looks to have ditched one Disney remake, James and the Giant Peach, with a view to jump on board another. News today links him to one of their live-action adaptations, Pinocchio, as he hits very early stages of talks to helm the upcoming production.

Don’t get too excited, a source close to Mendes has revealed that the director isn’t committing himself to anything just yet and is keeping his options open as he concentrates his efforts on his West End Play The Ferryman where he makes his Royal Court debut at the Gielgud theatre in London.

Mendes, who is looking to bulk out his film schedule, was attached to The Voyeurs Motel, a project based on an article in The New Yorker by Talese. The film focused on a Colorado voyeur who bought a motel and renovated it to allow him »

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Disney’s Pinocchio: Sam Mendes to direct live action version

22 May 2017 10:22 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Spectre and Skyfall director Sam Mendes has emerged as the top choice to direct Disney's live action Pinocchio movie.

Right now, Disney’s live action fairytale slate is in rude health. Beauty & The Beast’s takings, for instance, have hit $1.2bn and counting (it's now one of the biggest movies of all time at the box office). Mary Poppins Returns is currently filming, meanwhile, and Tim Burton is set to start shooting Dumbo imminently. And then Guy Ritchie will be directing Aladdin for the studio, which also starts production soon.

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Coming up soon behind that little lot? Pinocchio, and Sam Mendes is now said to be in talks to direct the movie. Mendes, whose last film was Spectre, won an Oscar for directing American Beauty, and would work in »

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Sam Mendes in talks to direct Disney’s Pinnochio

22 May 2017 9:55 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes is in talks to take the helm of Disney live-action remake of Pinnochio. The Mouse House is in active development on the planned motion picture, based on their 1940 film, which itself was taken from the 1883 children’s book about a puppet and a poor woodcarver. The news is reported by Variety.

Peter Hedges (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) is writing the screenplay for the film.

Warner Brothers also have a ‘rival’ Pinnochio movie in the works, one which is written by Paul Thomas Anderson. That movie, which is in active development, has Robert Downey Jr. slated to star as Geppetto.

More on both projects as we get it.

The post Sam Mendes in talks to direct Disney’s Pinnochio appeared first on The Hollywood News. »

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News Briefs: James Bond Director Sought for Disney's Live-Action 'Pinocchio'

22 May 2017 9:25 PM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Pinocchio: Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sam Mendes is in early talks to direct a live-action adaptation of Pinocchio for Disney. Chris Weitz (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) wrote the most recent version of the script, which is inspired by the animated classic, first released in 1940 (above), about a puppet who is transformed into a little boy. Mendes directed Spectre and Skyfall, the two most recent James Bond spy adventures. [Deadline]   Untitled Buddy Movie: Rihanna (This...

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