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A culinary-inclined rodent heads to the world's gastronomic capital - Paris - to learn his trade in the kitchen of France's greatest chef. However, the great and the good of La Ville Lumiere's haute cusine trade don't take kindly to the idea of a rat in a restaurant. Pixar's master chef Brad Bird cooks up a visual feast beautifully served by premier cru characterisation and a couple of salivating setpieces that are the crème de la creme of cartoon capery. »
Duncan Jones' Warcraft may be delayed to 2016 thanks to J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII taking over the December 2015 spotlight, but that doesn't mean that the movie is doing anything to slow down pre-production. Over the last few months we've heard a few actor names swirling around the video game adaptation and today, according to The Hollywood Reporter, a few more have signed on. The trade's sources tell them that Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell and Robert Kazinsky have all penned deals to star in Warcraft while Dominic Cooper is currently in final stages of negotiations. The group of actors join a cast that already includes Paula Patton, who got some action cred starring in Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, and Travis Fimmel, who has become a rising star in Hollywood thanks to his role on series Vikings. Colin Farrell has also been in talks to »
Dubai set up its own film commission in May 2012, but it had already been luring foreign shoots, including “Syriana,” “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” and “The Bourne Legacy,” which helped spread the word about what the Persian Gulf state can deliver.
The Dubai Film Commission has now become a one-stop permit shop with a system of soft incentives tailored to each shoot rather than the fixed 30% production rebate launched in September by Abu Dhabi.
Here’s how Dubai’s perks worked for big Bollywood laffer “Happy New Year,” which recently wrapped there, marking the first Hindi feature shot almost entirely in the Emirates. Pic was produced by Red Chillies Entertainment.
“We customized their hotel requirement, their airline requirement, their logistics in Dubai, the equipment that they wanted, and took care of their visas — we saved them a lot of hassle and cash,” says commission topper Jamal Al Sharif.
The production, for example, »
- Nick Vivarelli
This is starting to get ridiculous. The summer of 2015 was already gearing up to be the most crowded summer for cinema in recent memory, but major studios just keep adding more films to the pile. Bourne 5, a currently untitled sequel to last year’s The Bourne Legacy as well as a second spin-off from the successful Bourne trilogy, has been scheduled by Universal Pictures to debut on August 14th, 2015.
The upcoming film, officially identified by Universal as Untitled Next ‘Bourne’ Chapter, will continue the story of Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), a super-soldier in the top-secret Operation Outcome (a sister program to Bourne’s Operation Treadstone) who goes on the run after the CIA honchos responsible for his training order him killed. In The Bourne Legacy, he rescued comely doctor Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz), also marked for assassination, and barely survived various attempts on his life, sailing off into the sunset on a Philippines junk ship. »
- Isaac Feldberg
A Conversation with Edith Head will be held at The Sheldon Ballroom in St. Louis on December 6th and 7th
All About Eve, Roman Holiday, The Ten Commandments, A Place In The Sun, The Sting. These great films and hundreds more have one thing in common: costume designer Edith Head (1897–1981). The small woman with the familiar straight bangs, black-rimmed saucer glasses, and unsmiling countenance racked up an unprecedented 35 Oscar nods and 400 film credits over the course of a sixty-year career. The golden age of Hollywood sparkled with extravagant cinematic productions and stars such as Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Natalie Wood, Mae West, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Barbara Stanwyck, and Robert Redford were made even more glamorous by donning the costumes designed by incredibly talented Ms Head.
Theater director Susan Claassen, a New Jersey native got the idea for a project based on Edith Head several years ago after »
- Tom Stockman
Walt Disney Pictures has set release dates for two of its upcoming live-action projects, with Jon Favreau's upcoming Rudyard Kipling adaptation Jungle Book becoming the latest high profile release to join the 2015 slate, hitting cinemas on October 9th, 2015, and Alice in Wonderland 2 scheduled for May 27th 2016.
2015 is shaping up to be a busy year for Disney, which also has Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella, Brad Bird's Tomorrowland and Pixar's Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur, Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man and of course J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII all set for release.
As yet, there's no word on casting for Favreau's Jungle Book, although it's been confirmed that Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska will both be back for Alice 2 which sees James Bobin (The Muppets) taking over directing duties from Tim Burton. »
- Gary Collinson
Now playing in theaters is DreamWorks comedy Delivery Man. Ken Scott directs this remake of his 2011 Canadian hit Starbuck. Vince Vaughn stars as a sperm donor who ends up being the biological father to 533 kids due to a mix up at the clinic. Those kids are now suing to find out his identity, and Vaughn’s character sets out to become an anonymous “guardian angel” to his illegitimate children. The film also stars Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders, and Britt Robertson. For more on Delivery Man, watch the trailer. At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Britt Robertson. She talked about being a fan of Vince Vaughn and what it was like to work with him, the way she prepares for a role, what she collects, getting to work with Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof on Tomorrowland (plus a bit on her character), her reaction »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Acting since she was just 10 years old, Britt Robertson has spent most of her career on television, starring on shows like Life Unexpected, The Secret Circle and, most recently, Under The Dome, but she continues to pick up big screen roles as well. In addition to being in the middle of production on Brad Bird.s Tomorrowland, this weekend she can be seen starring alongside Vince Vaughn in the new dramedy Delivery Man. In the new movie Robertson stars as Kristen, one of the 533 children that Vaughn.s character, David, unknowingly fathered through multiple anonymous donations to a local fertility clinic. Kristen, unfortunately, has had a hard life and has turned to drugs as a result, but when David meets her he feels compelled to try and be her guardian angel. Earlier this month I had the opportunity to sit down with the young actress one on one to talk »
Britt Robertson is the kind of actress that stands out in a crowd. Case in point, her role as Kristen in this week's Delivery Man , in which she plays one of 533 brothers and sisters that, thanks to a mix up at a fertility clinic 20 years ago, all share the same biological father in Vince Vaughn's David Wozniak, a well-meaning slacker who isn't quite sure whether or not he wants to have his identity revealed to his newly-discovered family. In theaters today, Delivery Man is writer/director Ken Scott's remake of his own 2011 French-Canadian film, Starbuck and also stars Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders. ComingSoon.net sat down with Robertson to talk about her role in the comedy drama and about her future plans, which next take her to Brad Bird's Tomorrowland . Check out the »
After lengthy production delays due to weather, George Miller finally finished production on Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth film in the Mad Max series in 2012 with Tom Hardy taking over the role made famous by Mel Gibson 34 years ago. Reports of additional shooting beginning tomorrow, November 22, were recently revealed with "at least some members of the ensemble cast have also been asked to take part in the three-week shoot." It was assumed the film would eventually be released in 2014, but now Warner Bros. has made official a May 15, 2015 release date, two weeks after The Avengers: Age of Ultron and one week before Brad Bird's Tomorrowland starring George Clooney. As I recently pointed out, 2015 was already awash with sequels and franchise starters and continuations. I can't help but wonder why exactly WB would think releasing this film smack dab in the middle of all that would be a good idea. »
- Brad Brevet
We can't remember the last time a blockbuster movie took such a stretch between shooting and being released, but it seems Warner Bros. are taking their time with "Mad Max: Fury Road." That said, it seems that whatever is brewing, they are confident enough to release it into one of the most competitive seasons in recent memory. After lensing started in fall 2012 (and quickly fell behind schedule), and with additional shooting slated for this month, director George Miller will have plenty of time to put it all together with the studio stamping a May 15, 2015 release date for the movie. That will put it in theaters two weeks after "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" and one week before Brad Bird's "Tomorrowland," making for one helluva movie sandwich. As you know Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough and more star in this effort that might start a new trilogy, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Warner Bros just announced that George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road," starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, and Nicholas Hoult, will hit conventional and 3D theaters on May 15th, 2015, joining an already crowded year for movies. It will be released just two weeks after "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and one week before Brad Bird's "Tomorrowland." Meanwhile, Universal Pictures has scheduled "The Purge 2" to be released on June 20th, 2014, giving itself very little time to work on the film. Very little is known about the sequel, which has yet to begin casting. The original thriller cost only $3 million, but grossed about $90 million worldwide. The sequel is rumored to have a budget of $10 million. »
The fourth installment of the Mad Max franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road, is now officially set to open on May 15, 2015. That's almost exactly 30 years since the last film, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, graced the screens. (Feel old yet?) Franchise director George Miller returns for this iteration, which stars Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) as Max Rockatansky, along with Nicholas Hoult, Charlize Theron, Mel Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoë Kravitz, and Riley Keough. No plot details are available at this time and there's no official statement as to the release date push back just yet. Summer 2015 is looking to be one of the biggest ever. This release date is otherwise unoccupied, but is just two week's after Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and a week before Brad Bird's Tomorrowland and Paul Feig's Susan Cooper. »
- Dave Trumbore
Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow will release “Max Max: Fury Road,” George Miller’s reboot of the franchise he started more than 30 years ago, on May 15, 2015. Miller wrote and directed film, as he did on the first two movies, which launched Mel Gibson’s career. Also read:Tom Hardy to Play Elton John in ‘Rocketman’; Focus to Distribute in U.S. Miller’s refresh stars Tom Hardy as the titular protagonist, and co-stars Nicholas Hoult and Charlize Theron. The movie will open in 3D. The movie has the weekend to itself, opening two weeks after the next “Avengers” movie and »
- Lucas Shaw
The trophy, recognizing contributions to animation writing, will be presented Thursday at the caucus awards ceremony at WGA West headquarters. “The Simpsons” executive producer Al Jean will present the award and WGA West president Chris Keyser will introduce the event.
“Sam Simon taught me everything about animation writing, and even more about life,” Jean said.
Simon co-wrote nearly a dozen “Simpsons” episodes during his tenure on the show, also serving as co-showrunner and character designer. After departing the series in 1993, he retained an executive producer credit for nearly 500 episodes over the series’ 24-year run.
- Dave McNary
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 21 Nov 2013 - 05:51
The underappreciated films of 1999 are the focus in our last list of 90s overlooked greats...
The year 1999 was a significant year for film in many ways. Apart from being the year that George Lucas began his Star Wars prequels with The Phantom Menace, it also saw the release of The Blair Witch Project, a horror film which became one of the first to use the internet as a marketing tool, resulting in a massive hit. The Matrix ushered in a new age of special effects filmmaking, arguably paving the way for the superhero blockbusters crowding into multiplexes today.
Mainly, though, 1999 was simply a brilliant year for film. Justly lauded movies like Fight Club, The Green Mile and Eyes Wide Shut aside, there were a huge number of films that didn't get the critical or financial success they deserved - so many, »
Moving bits of paper around (the old way) or painting with billions of pixels (the new) has conjured up some of the greatest films of all time. From The Iron Giant to Persepolis, Guardian and Observer critics pick the 10 best
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10. The Tale of the Fox
A sneaky fox plays a series of underhand tricks on his neighbours in the animal kingdom, among them a timorous hare and a gullible wolf. The king of the beasts, a lion, summons him to face charges but the fox proceeds to outwit everyone, including the king himself. When Ladislas Starevich told this tale in the 1930s it was by no means new – versions of the Reynard story had been circulating around Europe for the best part of a millennium – but the »
Warner Bros. has set George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road for a 3D release on May 15, 2015. Set to star Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and many more, Mad Max: Fury Road is directed by Miller, who has directed every Mad Max film, from a screenplay by himself, Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris. There are currently no other films slated for that May 15 release, which is two weeks after Marvel Studios' Avengers: Age of Ultron and one week before both Paul Feig's Susan Cooper and Brad Bird's Tomorrowland . »
In today's continuing casting news: Simon Pegg, who starred as tech specialist Benji Dunn in Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, recently confirmed his return to the franchise in Christopher McQuarrie's Mission: Impossible 5, due out Christmas Day, 2015. Nick Eversman (The Runaways) has been cast as a young Mick Jagger in Tate Taylor's James Brown biopic, Get on Up, starring Chadwick Boseman (42). Hit the jump for more on both pictures. News of Pegg's return for M:i 5 comes courtesy of Pegg himself in this interview with MTV for The World's End: Meanwhile, THR reports that Eversman will play Rolling Stones frontman Jagger in Get on Up. Apparently, Eversman "won the role with both an audition and by sending in a side-by-side comparison of himself and the real Jagger", and a copy of him singing a rendition of the Stones' "Time Is on My Side". The »
- Dave Trumbore
Less than a week after Paramount issued a Christmas Day 2015 release date for Mission: Impossible 5, actor Simon Pegg confirmed that he is coming back as tech specialist Benji Dunn. Here's what he had to say during a recent interview, joking about his new diet to get in shape.
"Yes, absolutely. I'm looking forward to doing that. I've already started eating one carrot a day in order to be in shape."
Christopher McQuarrie is directing Mission: Impossible 5 from a screenplay by Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3). Tom Cruise is returning as Imf agent Ethan Hunt, and it has been rumored that Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol stars Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Ving Rhames will also come back, although »
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