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Young Sherlock Star Joins "Mr. Holmes"

21 August 2014 9:36 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

One film that was beloved by some children of the 1970s and 1980s was "Young Sherlock Holmes," Barry Levinson's 1985 feature starring 19-year-old Scottish actor Nicholas Rowe as the Baker Street Detective. In that film, the character first meets John Watson at a boarding school and together they solve a mystery.

Almost three decades later, filmmaker Bill Condon is at work on "Mr. Holmes" - a film adaptation of Mitch Cullin's novel "A Slight Trick Of The Mind". This take explores the other side of Holmes' life - as a long retired 93-year-old beekeeper growing frustrated as his mental faculties have begun to fade.

The legendary Sir Ian McKellen is playing the elderly Holmes, but today Empire reports that the now 47-year-old Rowe is also onboard to cameo as Sherlock Holmes. Even more surprising, he won't be appearing as a younger version of McKellen's Holmes in flashback either.

You see in the 1947-set film, »

- Garth Franklin

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Exclusive: Nicholas Rowe To Cameo In Mr Holmes

20 August 2014 5:01 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

When die-hard Sherlockians - or Holmesians, depending on your taste - hear the name Nicholas Rowe, they're bound to think of the Scottish actor's turn as the young Sherlock Holmes in Young Sherlock Holmes, the 1985 movie directed by Barry Levinson and written by Christopher Columbus. Most thought his days as Holmes ended then when he was 19, but thanks to an ingenious cameo in next year's Mr Holmes, he will return as the great consulting detective at the age of 47... in a rather wonderful fashion.The story of Mr Holmes, which director Bill Condon adapted with Jeffrey Hatcher from Mitch Cullin's novel A Slight Trick Of The Mind, takes place in 1947 when Holmes is 93, long retired to his Sussex beekeeping and frustrated by his diminishing power of recollection. Within this world, Holmes is as famous as you'd expect, and has had movies made of his life. It's in one of these films, »

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Casting Net: Mike Epps may play Richard Pryor in Lee Daniels' biopic

12 August 2014 5:29 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• It looks like Mike Epps may finally get the chance to play legendary stand-up comedian Richard Pryor after all. The comic has emerged as the front-runner to play the part in a biopic for The Weinstein Company directed by Lee Daniels (The Butler). Epps was previously signed on to play Pryor back in 2005 and met with the late comedian while he was still alive to prepare for the role, but that project fell through. Epps reportedly beat out actors Michael B. Jordan, Nick Cannon, and Marlon Wayans after Wayans had also been previously attached to another Pryor film, this one »

- Jake Perlman

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Mike Epps Is the Front-Runner for Richard Pryor Biopic

12 August 2014 8:27 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in January, it was being widely reported that Michael B. Jordan and Marlon Wayans were the two front-runners to play comedian Richard Pryor in the upcoming biopic Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said? (though the title may have now changed). While both are still in contention, it looks like comedian Mike Epps has found his way to the front of the pack after an explosive audition won over everyone involved with the film.

Originally set to be directed by Bill Condon, Lee Daniels is now at the helm of this drama that will look at the tumultuous early days of Richard Pryor and his meteoric rise to stardom. Eddie Murphy had been interested in taking the lead at one point. The movie is now set up at The Weinstein Company.

Nick Cannon has also come in for auditions, with Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway rumored to be »

- MovieWeb

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Explosive Test Makes Mike Epps Fave To Play Richard Pryor In Lee Daniels Pic

11 August 2014 12:10 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: After blowing away everybody with his audition, actor-comic Mike Epps has emerged as the front-runner to star as Richard Pryor in the biopic that Lee Daniels will direct at The Weinstein Company. Daniels has been in TWC headquarters working with and auditioning a group of young actors that has included Epps, Michael B. Jordan, Marlon Wayans, and Nick Cannon, with Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway the names I’ve heard to play Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor. I can only imagine what it must mean to several of these guys to get the role and play the stand-up comedian they grew up revering before they themselves succeeded onstage. It’s especially poignant for Epps and Wayans, because each one was signed to play Pryor in prior incarnations of the movie that fell apart.

Wayans had the job in the last version of the comic legend’s story when »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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In the War Zone: Trailer for Guantanamo-Set Drama Starring Stewart, Maadi

8 August 2014 4:56 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Camp X-Ray’ trailer 2014: Kristen Stewart and Payman Maadi in Guantanamo’s ‘war zone’ (photo: Kristen Stewart in ‘Camp X-Ray’) The official Camp X-Ray trailer is out. "Make no mistake about it. This is a war zone," a male voice tells the recruits (and us) at the start of the movie trailer, set in Guantanamo’s temporary detention center Camp X-Ray. A "war zone" in more ways than one; he’s referring not only to the physical danger faced by the U.S. military guards (and their Muslim prisoners — or rather, "detainees"), but also, and more ominously, to a war of minds and mindsets between the two groups, who may have more in common with each other than is apparent on the surface. Private Amy Cole aka Kristen Stewart is forewarned: "You can talk to ‘em, but do not let these guys learn anything about you. Do not let them get inside your head. »

- Andre Soares

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Below the Line Bookings

8 August 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Mirisch Agency has booked production designer Stuart Wurtzel (“Hope Springs”) on Jonathan Demme’s “Ricky and the Flash.” Also booked: editors Dan Lebental (“Thor: The Dark World “) on Peyton Reed’s “Ant-Man,” Lisa Bromwell (“The Sessions”) on season 3 of Netflix’s “House of Cards” and Virginia Katz (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 and 2”) on Bill Condon’s “Mr. Holmes”; and line producers Joe Iberti (“When in Rome”) on season 5 of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and Guy Louthan (“The Call”) on Spike TV miniseries “Tut.”

Sandra Marsh & Assoc. booked editors Nancy Richardson (“Divergent”) (pictured top left) on Robert Schwentke’s “Insurgent” and Paul Tothill (“Atonement”) on Joe Wright’s “Pan.” Also booked on Pan: visual effects supervisor Chas Jarrett (“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”). Another Marsh client, production designer Jim Clay (“Red 2”), is working on Simon Curtis’ “Woman in Gold.”

Innovative Artists booked production designer Laurence Bennett »

- Peter Caranicas

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Below the Line Bookings

8 August 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Mirisch Agency has booked production designer Stuart Wurtzel (“Hope Springs”) on Jonathan Demme’s “Ricky and the Flash.” Also booked: editors Dan Lebental (“Thor: The Dark World “) on Peyton Reed’s “Ant-Man,” Lisa Bromwell (“The Sessions”) on season 3 of Netflix’s “House of Cards” and Virginia Katz (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 and 2”) on Bill Condon’s “Mr. Holmes”; and line producers Joe Iberti (“When in Rome”) on season 5 of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and Guy Louthan (“The Call”) on Spike TV miniseries “Tut.”

Sandra Marsh & Assoc. booked editors Nancy Richardson (“Divergent”) (pictured top left) on Robert Schwentke’s “Insurgent” and Paul Tothill (“Atonement”) on Joe Wright’s “Pan.” Also booked on Pan: visual effects supervisor Chas Jarrett (“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”). Another Marsh client, production designer Jim Clay (“Red 2”), is working on Simon Curtis’ “Woman in Gold.”

Innovative Artists booked production designer Laurence Bennett »

- Peter Caranicas

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Twin Peaks II: Lauded Musical ‘Side Show’ Will Have Broadway Revival Beginning In October

6 August 2014 12:34 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The demise of Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway has opened up the great St. James Theatre, but not for long: A revised version of Side Show, the musical based on the true story of Siamese twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, will begin performances October 18 at the Jujamcyn-owned house following an acclaimed run this spring at the Kennedy Center. Erin Davie and Emily Padgett will reprise their leading roles. The director is Oscar winner Bill Condon (Chicago, etc.). Opening night is November 17. The original production was a 1997 failure on Broadway but built a cult following. The revival has some new music and […] »

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Traveling ‘Side Show,’ Directed by Bill Condon, Arrives on Broadway

6 August 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The freaks will invade Broadway this fall, with the high-profile regional revival of cult 1997 musical “Side Show,” directed by Bill Condon, booking the St. James Theater for a run that begins performances in October.

Erin Davie and Emily Padgett, who starred in the production’s prior two engagements as the conjoined twins at the center of the story, will reprise their roles in New York.

The retooled version of “Side Show,” with a significant chunk of new material including new songs and a rewritten book, earned strong reviews in its recent run at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The summer stint there had followed an earlier run at the La Jolla Playhouse, which co-produced the revival with the Kennedy Center.

The 1997 premiere of “Side Show,” with music by Henry Krieger and book and lyrics by Bill Russell, proved short lived but went on to earn a cult following. »

- Gordon Cox

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Scream Factory Reveals Blu-ray Release Dates, Including Clive Barker’s Lord of Illusions & Two George A. Romero Films

28 July 2014 2:22 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

At their Comic-Con panel on Saturday, Scream Factory announced ten genre titles they will release on Blu-ray in late 2014 and throughout 2015. Now they have an update that should please horror fans, as five upcoming titles (three from the newly announced batch) have received 2014 release dates, including the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of Clive Barker’s Lord of Illusions and two movies from George A. Romero.

Scream Factory divulged the following Blu-ray release dates via Facebook:

1. The Doctor and the Devils Blu-ray

November 4th.

2. Dolls (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

November 11th. (Artwork to be revealed soon.)

3. George A. Romero’s The Dark Half Blu-ray

November 18th

4. George A. Romero’s Monkey Shines Blu-ray

November 18th

5. Clive Barker’s Lord of Illusions (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

Scheduled for a December 2014 release. (No other details at this time.)

Scream Factory also stated that their Blu-ray of New Year’s Evil will hit shelves »

- Derek Anderson

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Escape From New York, Mad Max Included in Ten Upcoming Scream Factory Blu-ray Releases

26 July 2014 11:32 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Last night at their Comic-Con panel, Scream Factory delighted their legion of horror and sci-fi fans with the announcement of ten genre films they will be brining to Blu-ray in late 2014 and throughout 2015, including Collector Editions of Escape From New York and Mad Max.

Scream Factory revealed that the Blu-ray releases of Dolls, The Dark Half, and Monkey Shines will debut in November 2014, with the other seven titles slated for 2015 release dates. Exact release dates, special features, and cover art have yet to be revealed, but check back over the coming months for more updates as they come in. Here are the ten titles secured for the Scream Factory Blu-ray treatment:

1. The Dark Half

(1993, directed by George A. Romero)

2. Monkey Shines

(1988, directed by George A. Romero)

3. Candyman II: Farewell to the Flesh

(1995, directed by Bill Condon)

4. Scarecrows

(1988, directed by William Wesley)

5. Phantom of the Opera

(1989, directed by Dwight H. Little »

- Derek Anderson

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"Mr. Holmes" Is 'Sherlock Holmes'

23 July 2014 8:24 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek images of 'Magneto' actor Sir Ian McKellan as aging super-sleuth 'Sherlock Holmes' on the London, UK set of Oscar-winning director Bill Condon's new crime feature, "Mr. Holmes", based on the 2005 novel, "A Slight Trick Of The Mind" by author Mitch Cullin, co-starring Laura Linney as Holmes' housekeeper, 'Mrs Munro':

"...in 1947, 'Sherlock Holmes', long retired, lives in a sleepy Sussex village with his housekeeper, 'Mrs Munro' and her amateur-sleuthing son, 'Roger'.

"But far from living out a peaceful retirement, Holmes is haunted by an unsolved case from fifty years ago. He remembers only fragments: a confrontation with an angry husband and a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife.

"With his legendary mental powers on the wane, and without sidekick 'Watson', Holmes is faced with the toughest case of his life — a case that might finally reveal to him the mysteries of the human heart. »

- Michael Stevens

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AMPAS board elects governors

18 July 2014 12:04 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Five first-time governors have been elected to the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences board.

The first-time governors are: Kate Amend, documentary branch; Daniel R Fellman, executives branch; Albert Berger, producers branch; Bob Rogers, short films and feature animation branch; and Mark Mangini, sound branch.

Re-elected governors are: Annette Bening, actors branch; Lora Kennedy, casting directors branch; Jeffrey Kurland, costume designers branch; Rick Carter, designers branch; Michael Tronick, film editors branch; Kathryn Blondell, make-up artists and hairstylists branch; Cheryl Boone Isaacs, public relations branch; and Phil Robinson, writers branch.

Returning to the board after a hiatus are: governors Caleb Deschanel, cinematographers branch; Edward Zwick, directors branch; Charles Bernstein, music branch; and Bill Taylor, visual effects branch.

The Academy’s 17 branches are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms. 

Governors who were not up for re-election and who continue on the board are Ed Begley, Jr and [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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The Academy Elects 5-First Time Governors To 2014-15 Board

18 July 2014 11:04 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Five first-time governors have been elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors. In addition, eight incumbents have been reelected and four previous governors are returning to the Board.

The first-time governors are Kate Amend, Documentary Branch; Daniel R. Fellman, Executives Branch; Albert Berger, Producers Branch; Bob Rogers, Short Films and Feature Animation Branch; and Mark Mangini, Sound Branch.

The reelected governors are Annette Bening, Actors Branch; Lora Kennedy, Casting Directors Branch; Jeffrey Kurland, Costume Designers Branch; Rick Carter, Designers Branch; Michael Tronick, Film Editors Branch; Kathryn Blondell, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch; Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Public Relations Branch; and Phil Robinson, Writers Branch.

Returning to the Board after a hiatus are governors Caleb Deschanel, Cinematographers Branch; Edward Zwick, Directors Branch; Charles Bernstein, Music Branch; and Bill Taylor, Visual Effects Branch.

The Academy’s 17 branches are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms. »

- Michelle McCue

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Academy Elects 5 Newcomers to Board of Governors

18 July 2014 10:41 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Five first-time governors have been elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences board of governors. In addition, eight incumbents have been reelected and four previous governors are returning.

The re-election of Cheryl Boone Isaacs in the PR branch is no surprise, but it paves the way for her re-election as AMPAS president.

The first-time governors are Kate Amend, documentary branch; Daniel R. Fellman, executives; Albert Berger, producers; Bob Rogers, short films and feature animation; and Mark Mangini, sound branch.

The reelected governors are Annette Bening, actors; Lora Kennedy, casting directors; Jeffrey Kurland, costume designers; Rick Carter, designers; Michael Tronick, film editors; Kathryn Blondell, makeup artists and hairstylists; Cheryl Boone Isaacs, public relations; and Phil Robinson, writers.

One of the most interesting votes is for Charles Bernstein in the music branch. After this year’s “Alone Yet Not Alone” song nomination and disqualification, some were calling for new blood »

- Tim Gray

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20 Biggest Movie Franchises Ever – Ranked From Worst To Best

18 July 2014 7:29 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Warner Bros.

These days, almost every major Hollywood release is designed with franchise potential in mind. Release dates are locked in years in advance and writers are often hired before the first movie even hits theaters. With blockbuster cinema increasingly built around the brand recognition and established fan-bases that come with franchises, these big-budget features basically market themselves and are almost guaranteed to do solid box office business. However, commercial success isn’t exactly a guaranteed mark of quality anymore.

In some cases, lackluster sequels are churned out every couple of years in order to strike the iron while its hot and generate the maximum amount of income. In other cases, a lengthy gap between installments builds anticipation to fever pitch by the time the release date rolls around, all-but-guaranteeing a surefire hit. And of course, if a franchise stumbles at the box office, then there’s a high possibility »

- Scott Campbell

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Masters Of Sex Season Premiere Review: “Parallax” (Season 2, Episode 1)

15 July 2014 12:54 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When Masters of Sex kicked off its run last September, it started out as a terrific yet tantalizing mix of period drama and tart sex comedy, like a television version of Bill Condon’s excellent biopic Kinsey. The series used a real-to-life sex study from two doctors – Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson – to explore the social mores of a bygone era and the sexual curiosities and desires of its central characters. Now, the show, a worthy recipient of several Emmy nominations for acting, is slowly moving from looking at sex in the way of nervous, giddy comedy to the consequences of our actions when our drive for that desire moves out of control.

In “Parallax,” Masters of Sex’s sophomore season kick-off from Sunday night, the characters are still reeling from the three big events of last season’s finale – the birth of Bill and Libby’s child, Bill »

- Jordan Adler

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EOne Goes Toe to Toe With Hollywood Majors in U.K.

15 July 2014 11:52 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Entertainment One is well-placed to retain its position as the U.K.’s top independent distributor after a strong first half of the year, and a muscular slate for the remaining months. But, as Alex Hamilton, managing director, eOne Films U.K., tells Variety, the company has aspirations to be considered on a par with the Hollywood majors.

EOne has been the top indie in the U.K. for three of the past four years, and last year finished ahead of two studios, Sony and Paramount, with its box office totaling more than £100 million ($171 million) for the first time.

The distrib’s slate for first six months of 2014 included “12 Years a Slave,” which took over $34.3 million at the U.K. box office, “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Divergent.”

Upcoming pics for 2014 include Daniel Radcliffe starrer “What If,” David Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars” and Jake Gyllenhaal starrer “Nightcrawler.” 2015 will »

- Leo Barraclough

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Casting Net: 'Game of Thrones' vet Rose Leslie joins Vin Diesel project

11 July 2014 4:19 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Game of Thrones alum Rose Leslie is set to join Vin Diesel in The Last Witch Hunter, a supernatural thriller about a “semi-immortal” witch hunter (Diesel) who teams up with a witch (Leslie) to take down a more evil witch. And, despite being mortal enemies, the witch and the witch hunter also flirt with romance. Breck Eisner is directing the Summit pic, which recently got a polish from Dallas Buyers Club writer Melisa Wallack. [THR]

Gary Oldman, who’s currently starring in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, is in talks to star alongside Kevin Costner in Criminal. The movie »

- Lindsey Bahr

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