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We’ve got a release date debut and a couple of shuffles to share today: Her – Director Spike Jonze’s next feature, a sci-fi romance between a lonely writer and his new operating system, has been slated for a limited release on November 20th by Warner Bros. Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, and Scarlett Johansson star. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – The Ya adaptation starring Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower has been moved up two days to August 21st. Delivery Man – Disney’s comedy remake starring Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, and Cobie Smulders has been pushed back from October 4th to November 22nd, where it opens wide opposite The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The Fifth Estate – Director Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks/Julian Assange movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch has been moved up from November 15th to October 11th where it will open in limited release. »
- Adam Chitwood
The Us release date for The Fifth Estate has been brought forward.
Previously set for a November release in the Us, The Fifth Estate will now open on October 11.
Directed by Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), the drama centres on the relationship between Assange and Domscheit-Berg, which became increasingly fraught as WikiLeaks' influence grew.
Assange was initially hostile towards the film, describing it as "a massive propaganda attack". However, he has reportedly reconsidered his position since making contact with Cumberbatch via email.
Now that Cannes is underway, we're starting the nine-month tick towards awards season -- with the Coens' "Inside Llewyn Davis" already looking like a Best Picture potential, if the Cannes reviews are anything to go by. And DreamWorks is celebrating the gearing up of the Oscar-hunting machinery by shuffling around a couple of their release dates. First, and most importantly, is "The Fifth Estate," Bill Condon's tale of Wikileaks co-founders Julian Assange and Daniel Domscheit-Berg. The film's hotly anticipated not just because of its controversial subject matter, which threatens to draw heat both from the Establishment and from Assange's supporters, but also because it stars internet sensation and "Star Trek Into Darkness" villain Benedict Cumberbatch as Assange. He leads an ace cast, including Daniel Bruhl, Dan Stevens, Alicia Vikander, Carice Van Houten, Anthony Mackie, Stanley Tucci, Laura Linney and Peter Capaldi, so it's no surprise that awards-watchers have had their eye on. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Right now, mention of the name Benedict Cumberbatch brings to mind characters like Sherlock Holmes and his mystery-until-now Star Trek Into Darkness villain. But later this year the buzz around the British actor will likely shift to another role: Julian Assange, co-creator of the controversial website WikiLeaks.
Assange’s story has already made a trip to the silver screen with We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, a documentary directed by Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room). The film’s producer Marc Shmuger (former co-chairman of Universal Pictures) has revealed some thoughts on the upcoming project starring Cumberbatch as Assange, »
- Emily Rome
L.A.'s oldest film festival, Outfest, will open its 31st annual Lgbt film fest on July 11 with writer-director Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s “C.O.G.,” the first film adaptation of David Sedaris’s work, which stars Jonathan Groff, Denis O'Hare, Corey Stoll, and Dean Stockwell. Outfest will be held July 11 – 21, 2013. That same night at the Orpheum Theatre, Outfest will also present its 17th annual Achievement Award to writer/director Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don’t Cry,” “Stop-Loss,” “Carrie”). The Achievement Award is presented in recognition of a body of work that has made a significant contribution to Lgbt film and media. Outfest has previously given this award to John Waters, Jane Lynch, Bill Condon, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, Don Roos, Donna Deitch, Kenneth Anger, Greg Araki, Todd Haynes, Jane Anderson, Christine Vachon, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Freidman, Gus Van Sant, Ian McKellen, John Schlesinger, and Strand Releasing. The complete lineup for Outfest 2013 will be announced. »
- Anne Thompson
Well this is interesting: Joe Wright, known for his prestigious, visually ravishing adaptations of “Pride & Prejudice” and “Anna Karenina” has become the frontrunner for Focus Features' adaptation of insanely popular mom-porn novel “Fifty Shades of Grey.” The novel (and eventual movie) revolves around the dom-sub relationship between a twenty-something millionaire and a young college student. The movie, which is being adapted by Kelly Marcel, has been in something of a holding pattern, with Universal and Focus putting up $5 million for the adaptation way back in early 2012. The lack of activity has created an anything-goes atmosphere, wherein “American Psycho” author Bret Easton Ellis volunteered to write the screenplay and “Good Will Hunting” director Gus Van Sant shot some unsolicited test footage with “Magic Mike” actor Alex Pettyfer playing sexually dominant millionaire Christian Grey. According to the same report that places Wright in the frontrunner role, other filmmakers being considered include »
- Drew Taylor
The "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie just got a bit more legitimate. As first reported by THR and later confirmed by Variety, Joe Wright is the top choice to direct the upcoming adaptation of E L James' S&M love story.
Focus Features, the studio producing the film along with its parent company Universal, did not confirm Wright's involvement, but the connection makes sense: Wright has made four films with Focus, including 2007 Best Picture nominee "Atonement" and last year's "Anna Karenina." Both of those films -- along with "Pride and Prejudice," another Wright-Focus collaboration -- starred Keira Knightley in lead roles. There is no connection, though, between "Fifty Shades of Grey" protagonist Anastasia Steele and the 28-year-old British actress.
According to Variety, Wright wasn't the only big name on the "Fifty Shades of Grey" director wish list. Bill Condon ("Twilight: Breaking Dawn"), Patty Jenkins ("Monster") and Bennett Miller ("Moneyball »
- The Huffington Post
The adaptation of the ’60s TV programme, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., has been in development for some time now, and things have recently finally started falling into place.
Guy Ritchie came on board almost a year and a half ago, replacing Steven Soderbergh in the director’s chair, and things have been fairly quiet since then. But things have started to progress very nicely in recent weeks, with Tom Cruise first coming on board, swiftly followed by Armie Hammer.
Now Alicia Vikander has begun negotiations to star in the female lead, which is a new creation for Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E., not appearing in the original series or its short-lived spin-off. She is set to play a British agent with a passion for cars, with Cruise playing Us agent Napoleon Solo and Hammer playing Soviet agent Illya Kuryakin.
Vikander made her English language debut last year with the Oscar-nominated Anna Karenina. »
- Kenji Lloyd
News Simon Brew 10 May 2013 - 06:46
Well, crikey. Universal is still pressing ahead with its plans to make a movie based on the book of respectable hardcore pornography, Fifty Shades Of Grey. And while the spurious casting guessing game appears to have ground to a halt for the time being, Variety has linked some surprising names with the director's chair.
Kelly Marcell is working on a script for the movie now, but Universal's top choice to direct the film is apparently Joe Wright. The same Joe Wright who made Atonement, Hanna and, more recently, Anna Karenina.
Other names linked with the job? Patty Jenkins (Monster), Bill Condon (the last two Twilight films), Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball) and Gus Van Sant (lots of things). Variety also reports that at one stage, Steven Soderbergh was a consideration.
Truthfully, there »
Though some reports say Wright has not won the job, one insider very close to the production says he is the man.
Universal had no comment.
U, Focus and producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti had been looking for some time for a director who could bring prestige to a book described by many as “mommy porn.” It’s a tricky project since following the book closely would inevitably result in an commercially undesirable Nc-17 rating, while going easy on the sensuous elements of the story could disappoint fans of the runaway bestseller that started as an e-book derived from “Twilight” fan fiction. »
- Justin Kroll
Atonement and Pride & Prejudice director Joe Wright is apparently close to landing helming duties for 50 Shades of Grey. Sources have said that Wright's the choice for the adaptation, but there's no deal in place as yet. Producers Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca have been considering names like Patty Jenkins, Bennett Miller, Gus Van Sant, Bill Condon, and apparently even Steven Soderbergh before they eventually decided Wright was the right fit to bring some class to the project. Kelly Marcell is scripting the film. The parts of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele have yet to be cast. »
Robert Pattinson Mission: Blacklist movie: Filming in August? Mission: Blacklist is not the upcoming fifth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise starring Tom Cruise. For the time being, that’s concisely called Mission: Impossible 5. So, what’s Mission: Blacklist? Well, as every ardent Robert Pattinson fan will tell you, that’s a Pattinson movie project initially announced in early May 2012. Pattinson is attached to this Embankment Films-financed (or to-be-financed) production based on Eric Maddox and Davin Seay’s book Mission: Black List #1 - The Inside Story of the Search for Saddam Hussein - As Told by the Soldier Who Masterminded His Capture. The title of Maddox and Seay’s book says it all. But just in case, here’s the brief Mission: Blacklist synopsis found on the Embankment Films website: Unlike other Interrogators fresh out of training, Eric Maddox (Robert Pattinson) has a brilliant and beautiful mind. He has »
- Andre Soares
We're getting to know the Film Experience community with reader spotlights once or twice a week. This may take awhile! Today we're talking to Troy from Maryland.
What's your first movie memory?
My first movie memory is seeing Annie in the theater with my mother, aunt, and cousin. I recall being thoroughly drawn in as everyone's favorite redhead clings to Punjab for dear life toward the climax of the film. I also have a vivid recollection of viewing Pinocchio when it was re-released in the early 1980s. I guess that makes me one of your elder readers.
Aw, we have readers of all ages. It's just the younger readers seem way less shy. When did you start reading Tfe?
Oscar race 2001 after a link from Sasha Stone's site. As someone who was not a fan of A Beautiful Mind, I was impressed by your incisive dissection of the movie's glaring flaws. »
- NATHANIEL R
april showers & a tuesday top ten in one!
Do you ever think of The Truman Show (1998)? I really and truly loved it in 1998 naming it 'The Best Film of the Year!' to anyone who would listen. (This was in my pre Film Experience days of course... though it's hard to remember such a time).
My Top Ten Of 1998 - Unranked
Bulworth (Warren Beatty) Celebration / Festen (Thomas Vinterberg) Gods and Monsters (Bill Condon) High Art (Lisa Cholodenko) The Idiots (Lars von Trier) Living Out Loud (Richard Lagravenese) The Opposite of Sex (Don Roos) The Thin Red Line (Terence Malick) The Truman Show (Peter Weir) Velvet Goldmine (Todd Haynes)
...with Central Station and Shakespeare in Love just outside the top ten though I'm always considering reinstating them. They were both once on the actual list (The Idiots and the Malick I saw a little later). I haven't seen any of them »
- NATHANIEL R
Iron Man 3: Nearly $200m at the international box office Forget the North American box office — this weekend, all eyes have been on the international market, where Iron Man 3 opened to the tune of $195.3m according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. If that figure is accurate, it almost matches the film’s gargantuan (reported) $200m budget (not including marketing and distribution expenses which could easily add another $100m or more). Directed by Shane Black, and starring Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark aka Iron Man, Iron Man 3 opens in North America next weekend. (Photo: Robert Downey Jr., one assumes, in his Iron Man suit.) Iron Man 3‘s biggest international markets were the following: the U.K. with $21.5m, South Korea with $19.2m, Australia with $18.4m, Mexico with $16.1m, France with $14.7m, Brazil with $12.3m, and Italy with $11.2m. In the coming weeks, Iron Man 3 »
- Zac Gille
Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson may be getting top billing and plenty of attention for their performances in "Pain & Gain," but Anthony Mackie is as much an integral part of the film as his more well-known counterparts. Playing real-life criminal Adrian Doorbal for Michael Bay's latest trip into excess (based on the true-life tale of a Miami crime spree brought to life by a series of Miami New Times articles back in 1999), Mackie has once again added another strong supporting performance to his already impressive resume of work ("Million Dollar Baby," "We Are Marshall," "The Hurt Locker"). Mackie has a busy slate ahead of him, with Bill Condon's "The Fifth Estate" and the crime thriller "Runner, Runner" (which stars Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, and Gemma Arterton) on the way later this year, and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" due out in 2014. But it's "Pain & Gain" that »
- Billy Donnelly
New Logo for the The Hunger Games / Twilight / Divergent Studio: Cloudy with a Chance of Box-Office Hits? Earlier today, Lionsgate unveiled its new corporate logo at the CinemaCon theatrical convention which took place inside The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. According to the studio's press release, the new logo began the studio's intro "of its upcoming feature film slate to the theatrical exhibition community." The new logo was designed by Devastudios, under the direction of the studio's Chief Marketing Officer Tim Palen. Among Devastudios' recent design projects are Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, which stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, and Russell Crowe; Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, and Joel Edgerton; DreamWorks Animation's The Croods, featuring the voices of Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, and Nicolas Cage; Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger, with Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer; Noam »
- Zac Gille
Now that we know who are overseeing the Oscarcast, let's turn our attention to who should host the show. Vote in our poll at the bottom of this post. Given the strong musical background of returning producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, it would be surprising if their choice didn't raise their voice in song at some point in the kudocast. We offer up seven suggestions. Two of them already have a connection to the producers while all of them have been standouts on previous awards shows. The pair executive produced 2002 Best Picture champ "Chicago" which earned Queen Latifah a Supporting Actress nomination. She also appeared in their movie version of the musical "Hairspray" and headlined their recent TV remake of the weeper "Steel Magnolias." And she emceed the People's Choice Awards for five years to good reviews. Bill Condon, who wrote the screenplay adaptation »
Director visits Julian Assange at Ecuadorian embassy in London and praises the Wikileaks founder's strength of mind
Stone, a long-time supporter of Assange, tweeted a picture of himself with the political activist. He wrote: "A sad occasion in that Julian could not follow me out the door. He lives in a tiny room with great modesty and discipline."
In further tweets, Stone added: "Strong mind, no sun, friends who visit, work to be done, one documentary coming out from Alex Gibney that is not expected to be kind.
"Another film from Dreamworks which is also going to be unfriendly … I don't think most people in the Us realise how important Wikileaks is and why Julian's case needs support.
"Julian Assange did much »
- Ben Child
Downton Abbey’s loss may be the film industry’s gain. EW has confirmed that ex-Matthew Crawley Dan Stevens is in negotiations to star in Swallows and Amazons, producer Nick Barton’s upcoming adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s children’s book. Another film based on the novel was released in 1974.
The story, first published in 1930, follows a group of six children — the four Walkers, John, Susan, Titty, and Roger, and the two Blacketts, Nancy and Peggy — who meet one summer and unite against a common enemy: the Blacketts’ uncle James Turner, a withdrawn writer whom the children dub Captain Flint »
- Hillary Busis
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