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Angelina Jolie‘s new movie By The Sea is getting quite a rough ride in the United States and the rest of North America, and while we await it to roll out on these shores, talks are apparently going on at Universal who reportedly want the actress for two big, upcoming projects.
Universal are eyeing Jolie for a sequel to Timur Bekmambetov’s Wanted and one of their many upcoming monster movies, The Bride Of Frankenstein. This article over at The Hollywood Reporter are reporting that the studio is eyeing her up for one or the other, but thinking about it, we’d dig her in both. We loved the first Wanted movie, and although her character did meet her maker at the end of the movie, we’d love for her character of Fox back for another adventure in Wanted 2. If they can work out how to do that. »
- Paul Heath
Last week, Universal Pictures unveiled new details about their Universal Monsters Shared Universe, which will officially kick off in 2017 with the Untitled Mummy Reboot. The end credits scene in last year's Dracula Untold served as a "prologue" to this universe. One of the several other projects in development at Universal is a remake of Bride of Frankenstein, with a report from The Hollywood Reporter revealing that the studio is eyeing Angelina Jolie to star as the title character. With Universal financing her latest directorial effort, By the Sea, the actress may be more inclined to star in Bride of Frankenstein, to return the favor for By the Sea, which has tanked at the box office, earning just $313,000 after two weeks in theaters.
Jessica Chastain will serve as honourary chair at Film Independent’s Spirit Awards this year. Chastain was nominated for a Spirit Award for Take Shelter (2012) and A Most Violent Year (2015). John Boyega and Elizabeth Olsen will present the 2016 nominees on November 24.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment top brass on Tuesday announced the studio’s first releases in the 4K Ultra HD Disc format that features four times the resolution of HD and includes high dynamic range. The discs will arrive in early 2016 and include The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Salt, Hancock, Chappie, Pineapple Express and The Smurfs 2.
HBO Documentary Films has acquired Us TV rights to Body Team 12 directed by Ryot co-founder David Darg. The film won the Tribeca Film Festival award for best documentary short and was nominated for an International Documentary Association award for »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Bekmambetov, who is in post-production on “Ben-Hur,” made the announcement Thursday at the American Film Market. His company Bazelevs will oversee the international sales and is seeking out and securing international partners.
“Yolki,” a Russian word for Christmas tree, tells the stories of different people in separate countries and how their destinies intersect on New Year’s Eve. The next “Yolki” project will be based on six segments — each shot in a different country in the local language and dubbed for international release.
Each production entity will handle distribution in its local territory.
Skady Lis’ Berlin-based Getaway Pictures will handle Germany; Jooick Lee of Scs Entertainment will represent South Korea and Leonardo Zimbron’s Traziende Films will serve Mexico. Bazelevs will be responsible for production and distribution in Russia. »
- Dave McNary
English language film has long been a place for some of the greatest horror film directors of all time. All the way back to Alfred Hitchcock, we have seen the genre grow and develop sub-genres, thanks to the public’s ongoing thirst for fear and the possibility of danger around every turn. But, for every Saw or Hostel or terrible remake of classic English-language horror films, there are inventive, terrifying films made somewhere else that inspire and even outdo many of our best Western world horror films. This list will count down the fifty definitive horror films with a main language that isn’t English; some may have some English-language parts in them, but they are, for the most part, foreign. Enlighten yourself. Broaden your horizons. People can get murdered and tortured in every language.
50. Kuroneko (1968)
English Title: Black Cat
Directed by: Kaneto Shindo
- Joshua Gaul
The new trailer for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is here. Check it out below. First published in 2009, Seth Grahame-Smith's book became an unexpected bestseller, thanks in part to the novelty of introducing the undead into the world created by Jane Austen. The writer followed that up with his novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which was made into a broadly comic, self-consciously silly blockbuster in 2012 by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted). As in Austen's classic book, the movie will revolve around Elizabeth Bennett (Lily James, Cinderella) and her husband-hunting sisters (Ellie Bamber, Millie Brady, Bella Heathcote and Suki Waterhouse), as well as the romance between our heroine and Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley). The key difference, added by Grahame-Smith, is...
- Peter Martin
MGM and Paramount Pictures have pushed back the release of Timur Bekmambetov's "Ben-Hur" remake by nearly six months - from February 26th 2016 to an August 12th 2016 opening. Jack Huston stars in the film as the titular Jewish prince betrayed into slavery by Messala (Toby Kebbell).
The reasoning here seems to be financial - Paramount has had success in late Summer in recent years with both "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" and the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" reboot, and the studio wants to exploit that along with utilising the upcoming Olympics as an advertising platform. [Source: Variety]
Fox Searchlight is reportedly developing a narrative feature remake of the recently released documentary "Meet The Patels". Geeta V. Patel and Ravi V. Patel will return to co-direct from their own script.
30-year-old Ravi starred as himself in the film, a first-generation Indian-American pressured by his parents to agree to an »
- Garth Franklin
Paramount has announced yet more plans to reshuffle its release slate today, with the studio opting to push Timur Bekmambetov’s grand remake of sword and sandals epic Ben-Hur to August 12, 2016, whereas Charlie Kaufman‘s Anomalisa has nailed down a due date of December 30, 2015.
Before Paramount made it official, Bekmambetov’s modern retelling – which stars Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, Nazanin Boniadi and Rodrigo Santoro – had been slated to launch in theaters on February 26. No specific reason was disclosed by either Paramount or MGM, though considering the scale and scope of the film, it could be that it needed more time to incubate in post-production to touch up special effects, or that both parties are simply vouching for Ben-Hur‘s summer blockbuster status by shifting the due date to August.
- Michael Briers
Usually moving an epic movie from the first quarter to summer is a sign of confidence in maximizing commercial playability, although mid-August is not always prime time. As usual, the various players debated the right date, deciding to move off the unrealistic Oscar weekend, settling on the "Straight Outa Compton" date. Finally, my sources tell me, they needed more editing time for a movie of this scale and scope. Prior to hitting Rome, early production went down in southern Italy's historic Matera with director Timur Bekmambetov, the visually sophisticated director of "Night Watch" and the entertaining "Wanted." "Ben-Hur" reconstructed Jerusalem on Cinecittà Stages and Cinecittà World’s Theme Park back lot for a four-month shoot. Other lavish international productions shot at Cinecittà include Scorsese's "Gangs of New York," Fellini's "Casanova," Fox's prodigious »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
Read More: Will MGM's Return to 'Ben-Hur' Stand Up to the Oscar Winner? Release date changes are always a cause for speculation, and while no specific reasons for this delay has been made, MGM and Paramount have confirmed that their "Ben-Hur" remake will be moved from February 26 to August 12, 2016. The change could be the result of a number of factors, from providing more time to work on special effects to realizing the potential blockbuster might play better in the summer movie season, though it could also indicate some trouble behind the scenes. The remake is directed by "Wanted" filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov and has a screenplay by Keith Clarke, with revisions by Oscar winner and executive producer John Ridley ("12 Years A Slave"). The cast includes rising star Jack Huston in the titular role opposite Toby Kebbell, Morgan Freeman, Nazanin Boniadi and Rodrigo Santoro. Mark Burnett, Sean Daniel and Joni Levin serve as producers, »
- Zack Sharf
Paramount has shifted the release date of Ben-Hur, the remake it’s doing with MGM that stars Jack Huston. Previously scheduled for February 26, 2016, the Timur Bekmambetov-helmed pic has now moved to a late-summer slot: August 12, 2016. Also today, the studio confirmed what we told you when it acquired the stop-motion pic Anomalisa co-directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson. That pic is getting a December 30 release date, which officially qualifies it for Oscar… »
“Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” both performed well in August so the studio likely believes that part of the summer summer is the best time to unspool a tentpole epic. The upcoming Olympics also provides an ideal advertising platform.
“Wanted” director Timur Bekmambetov is helming from a screenplay originally written by Keith Clarke, with revisions by “12 Years a Slave” writer John Ridley, who will exec produce along with Clarke, Roma Downey and Jason F. Brown.
- Dave McNary
Paramount has bumped the release of “Ben-Hur” to August 12, 2016, the studio announced Wednesday. The film was previously slated for a February 26, 2016 release. The studio also announced that “Anomalisa” will open on Dec. 30 of this year. Also Read: Paramount Bumps New 'Friday the 13th' Movie to 2017 “Ben-Hur” stars Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, Nazanin Boniadi and Rodrigo Santoro, with Timur Bekmambetov directing. It is based on the 1880 novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ” by Lew Wallace, which has already been adapted by Hollywood twice in 1925 and 1959. It follows nobleman Judah Ben-Hur (Huston) who is falsely accused of »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
After the fantastic Wanted (I know that everyone will probably disagree with me on that), Timur Bekmambetov’s career unfortunately has been winding down. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Vampire was meh. The third World of Watches never happened, and Ben-Hur is yet… Continue Reading →
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- David Gelmini
Wanted helmer Timur Bekmambetov has had a busy year as a producer. He had a hand in Toronto Midnight Madness hit Hardcore, for one, and now the trailer has arrived for a very slick fantasy romance targeting the Russian market titled He Is Dragon (Он -- дракон).A girl meets boy / girl realizes boy isn't actually human tale, the production values on this are absolutely gorgeous. No subtitles, sadly, but take a look at the trailer below....
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Barcelona– In a flurry of deals prior to Mipcom, top Spanish youth show producer-distributor Imira Entertainment has announced the sale of “The Hero of Color City” to AMC Network for its Europe, Middle and Africa channels. AMC has also taken pre-school series “Cleo” for Poland and Benelux.
Also, Imira has sold comedic vignette “Larva” to Nicklodeon, for Central and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Germany, Austria, Netherlands and Greece. For its part, Kidoodle.TV kids’ subscription video-on- demand service has taken rights for “Cleo,” “The Happets,” and “Vitaminix” in the U.S. and Canada.
All the series are included on Imira plentiful slate for 2015’s Mipcom TV mart, whose flagship is live-action/toon hybrid “Jamillah & Aladdin.”
A co-production between Live Kids Action, BBC/Ceebies, Kindle Entertainment, MediaBiz and India’s Toonz Media Group, “Jamillah” is a 52 11-minute TV skein aimed at children aged 6-10. It turns on a modern-day girl who travels »
- Emilio Mayorga
The script for the film has been doing the rounds for some time now, with the likes of Ben Stiller, Sacha Baron Cohen and Timur Bekmambetov linked to it at one time or another. But now it seems the combination of heavyweights Cumberbatch and Gyllenhaal may well get the project going after all.
THR also reports that Me and Earl and the Dying Girl director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon will direct the film, which tells the story of Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse’s discovery of the stable electric current. However, Gomez-Rejon is set to direct Collateral Beauty with Will Smith in the next few months, so The Current War may be a little way off just yet.
Gyllenhaal can currently be seen in Everest »
- Scott J. Davis
"The Current War" has been knocking around Hollywood for a while now. Timur Bekmambetov, Ben Stiller, and Paul King all toyed with directing at various points, and Sacha Baron Cohen circled a lead role a couple years ago, but nothing ever came to fruition. Now, the starriest concoction yet is being mixed and hopefully this is the version that gets off the ground. THR reports that Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal are in talks for the movie, which has a Black List-approved script by Michael Mitnick in the can and ready to go. "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon will direct the true story of Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse's battle to produce the first stable electric current. It doesn't sound like the most invigorating story on paper, but let's hope all involved bring some charge to it (sorry). Read More: On The Rise 2015: 20 Directors »
- Kevin Jagernauth
That’s it, it’s war! No, Jake Gyllenhaal and Benedict Cumberbatch aren’t looking to go into battle over who can deliver the funniest talk show anecdote or whose name causes the most trouble for spellchecking. They’re both in talks to play rival inventors in The Current War.Michael Mitnick’s script has been strolling the halls of development since Timur Bekmambetov plucked it from the pile as a potential directing gig. Since then, Ben Stiller has flirted with the job, but now The Weinstein Company has Me And Earl And The Dying Girl’s Alfonso Gomez-Rejon considering the idea, potentially lining it up for him to work on after Collateral Beauty, which is set to shoot in the coming months. The Current War, set in the late 1880s, follows the real-life public clash between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse as to who was going to decide the future of the electricity industry. »
I wish A24 had opened “The Witch” in October. This masterful horror movie is eerily autumnal, and could have been a prime time Halloween release. But the chilly dead of winter will have to do, as A24 will be releasing the film, which they bought in Sundance, on February 26, 2016. Horror movies do fare well in the winter as alternative programming to the then-tired Oscar releases, and the sludge of first quarter studio chow. A24 will have their hands tied anyway in the fall as the indie studio launches its first major Oscar push for Toronto audience award winner “Room,” which has many strong shots. They will also be putting summer openers “Amy” and “The End of the Tour” back in our heads for awards season. Clearly A24 wants to take its time crafting the perfect marketing campaign for "The Witch." As The Wrap notes, this elegantly understated chiller will share »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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