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We are predicting that “Mad Max: Fury Road” could well win the most BAFTAs on Sunday, despite it being snubbed for Best Picture and Best Director. It is favoured to win at least four of the craft awards: Best Makeup & Hairstyling, Best Production Design, Best Sound and Best Visual Effects. And our users give it the edge for Best Film Editing (our experts and editors are predicting “The Big Short” will win that race). It also contends for Cinematography and Costume Design but is expected to lose those races to "The Revenant" and "Carol" respectively. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions The current recordholder for most BAFTA wins by a non-Best Picture nominee is "La Vie en Rose," which claimed four in 2007: Best Actress (Marion Cotillard), Costume Design, Makeup & Hairstyling, Score. It was nominated for Best Foreign-Language Film, losing »
Reflecting on yesterday’s financial report, where the mega-publisher confirmed that the blockbuster franchise will skip 2016 after all, Guillemot noted that the movie has been afforded more breathing room as a result. Not only that, by not releasing a new Assassin’s Creed in late October, the marketing team at Ubisoft will be able to direct more resources toward promoting Justin Kurzel’s historical actioner.
“The movie guys are extremely happy we don’t have a new game because they will have the full-year marketing space and they feel they will be able to do a better job at promoting the movie. With the great production expertise of New Regency and the fantastic marketing and distribution power of 20th Century Fox, the »
- Michael Briers
In accordance with previous reports, Ubisoft has announced plans to place Assassin’s Creed on a one-year hiatus, with the core dev team now “stepping back and re-examining the franchise” to prepare for a 2017 release.
As a result, for the first time in seven years 2016 will not herald a new entry in the tentpole franchise, despite that fact that Ubisoft Motion Pictures’ live-action feature film – one starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard – is still poised to take flight in December.
“We’ve also updated our development processes and recommitted to making Assassin’s Creed a premier open-world franchise,” the company stated. “We’re taking this year to evolve the game mechanics and to make sure we’re delivering on the promise of Assassin’s Creed offering unique and memorable gameplay experiences that make history everyone’s playground.”
While it’s understood that plans to forgo a 2016 release were »
- Michael Briers
Xavier Dolan’s ensemble cast for The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan gets more impressive by the minute. Up until now, the 26-year-old director has pulled together the likes of Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Michael Gambon, Bella Thorne, Chris Zylka, True Detective star Taylor Kitsch and Emily Hampshire, and today that lineup has made room for three more.
Word comes by way of Deadline, revealing that Natalie Portman, Thandie Newton and Nicholas Hoult have all inked a deal to feature in Dolan’s English-language debut. Taking up the mantle of the title role is Game of Thrones alum Harington, as The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan orbits around one Hollywood star who finds his career hanging by a thread amid accusations of his correspondence with an 11-year-old actor.
Unfolding in the early 2000s, Dolan’s feature will then jump to to an »
- Michael Briers
After completing work on his Marion Cotillard-led drama It’s Only the End of the World, which we’ll hopefully see at Cannes, Xavier Dolan is now getting ready to shoot his follow-up, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, this spring. With Jessica Chastain, Kit Harrington, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, and even Adele taking part, the cast has now expanded further.
Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult, Thandie Newton, Michael Gambon, Bella Thorne, Chris Zylka and Emily Hampshire have all joined the drama, according to Deadline. Technically a period piece as it partially takes place in the early 2000s, it delves into themes of identity and fame in showbiz, and focuses on a young actor reminiscing on a past pen pal relationship with his American TV idol. Describing the film, Dolan said, “It is a movie about a man trying to make it, trying to live his dream and his life all at once, »
- Jordan Raup
Seville International is selling the film at the Berlin Film Festival with the exception of France, where the producers will jointly handle the rights with Seville International, and in the U.S., where the film will be jointly handled by CAA; eOne and Les Films Seville will directly distribute in Canada.
The film will focus on a young actor who recalls his pen-pal relationship with his American TV idol — played by Harrington — who died 10 years earlier, exploring the hardships of fame and hurdles of the movie business. »
- Dave McNary
If there was any doubt that Xavier Dolan can now command A-list casts, this should put it to rest. His upcoming "It's Only The End Of The World" features Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel, and Léa Seydoux; and now, for his next feature and English-language debut "The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan," he's landed some big names to join Jessica Chastain, Kit Harington, Taylor Kitsch, Kathy Bates, and Susan Sarandon in the film. Read More: Review: Xavier Dolan's Strange, Complex, And Impressive 'Tom At The Farm' Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult, and Thandie Newton have joined the drama, which takes place in the early 2000s and centers on the tribulations of an American TV star in his late 20s (Harington) and his correspondence with Rupert Turner, a young actor-to-be living with his mother in England. Their lives take dramatic turns when the existence of their pen-pal relationship is publicly exposed, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The film, which is currently shooting in and around Paris, is being produced by Alain Attal’s Les Productions du Tresor, the company behind all of Canet’s movies.
“Rock n’ Roll” marks the first collaboration between Pathe and Canet as a director. Pathe is co-producing, handling international sales and will distribute in France. The movie also signals Canet’s return to France after making his English-language debut with “Blood Ties.”
Attal said Canet has requested that the plot of the film remain under wraps. The script of “Rock n’ Roll” is co-written by Philippe Lefebvre, who previously co-penned Canet’s debut “Mon Idole,” a dark comedy, and “Tell No One,” a tense thriller based on Harlan Coben’s novel — both of which were critically acclaimed and commercially successful. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Around three dozen films adaptations of video games have been churned out by Hollywood so far, and the best we've gotten are half-decent films like "Prince of Persia," "Mortal Kombat" and "Silent Hill".
Can Duncan Jones' "Warcraft" or Justin Kurzel's "Assassin's Creed" break that streak and deliver something exceptional? Michael Fassbender, who stars in the latter, tells Empire that 'Creed' is very much an old school action film and draws a comparison to one specific past work:
"I've always thought about The Matrix when we've approached this. This idea of DNA memory elevates it from a basic fantasy genre [piece], because you have something an audience can actually believe in. Then the journey becomes so much more elevated, because you're on board in a different way. There's very little green screen in this, which is highly unusual in these films. We have stunt guys jumping across buildings in (Maltese capital) Valletta. »
- Garth Franklin
Successfully adapting a video-game into a feature-film seems to be a rare beast, but Justin Kurzel's Assassin's Creed is hoping that it will be one of the few to get it right; at the very least, it's got one heck of a cast, including Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Michael K. Williams, and Brendan Gleeson. Assassin's Creed recently wrapped production... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Will Assassin’s Creed break the video game movie curse? World of Warcraft might accomplish that task first, based on director Duncan Jones‘ (Moon) involvement, but later this year, if Jones’ adaptation does disappoint, then director Justin Kurzel has a real shot at shattering the curse. Kurzel reunites with Macbeth stars, Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, for this Ubisoft adaptation, which Fassbender says is “old school” and inspired […]
The post Michael Fassbender Compares ‘Assassin’s Creed’ to ‘The Matrix’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Jack Giroux
In a climate where blockbusters seem to try and best each other by getting more and more frenzied, it's a bit refreshing to hear of a movie that's taking a more considered approach. The upcoming video game adaptation "Assassin's Creed" has a lot riding on its shoulders as the possible start of a new franchise, but according to Michael Fassbender, the goal is to keep it real, both literally and figuratively. Read More: Michael Fassbender Fights In New Images From 'Assassin's Creed' “We’re not trying to make it too crazy violent, although obviously there is an element of that, but what is really cool is that our action sequences are on real sets and real locations,” the actor told Empire. Directed by Justin Kurzel and co-starring Marion Cotillard, the movie finds the actor re-teaming with his "Macbeth" pals, but for a project that will draw its influence »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Justin Kurzel, Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender, fresh off creating one of the finest Shakespearian films in recent memory with Macbeth, will reunite later this year to tackle Ubisoft’s historical epic Assassin’s Creed.
A science fiction franchise at its core, the video game mega-franchise centers around players unlocking the DNA memories of their ancestors, effectively gaining the ability to relive the events of yesteryear. It’s a creative well that has allowed the Assassin’s Creed series to hop between the American Revolution and Ancient Italy, and Fassbender underlined these sci-fi tendencies during a recent interview with Empire.
In fact, the one film that the actor compared Assassin’s Creed to was The Matrix, and while we don’t expect Justin Kurzel’s adaptation to utilize bullet time or jet-black trench coats anytime soon, Fassbender touched base on how the concept elevates the film from your standard fantasy fare. »
- Michael Briers
This year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival (Hkiff) will screen the digitally remastered films of Bruce Lee, as well as a special programme to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
Shakespeare Live In Film will showcase three very different interpretations of Macbeth with Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood (1957), starring Mifune Toshiro; Roman Polanski’s The Tragedy Of Macbeth (1971), which proved controversial for its violence and nudity; and Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth (2015), starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.
Hkiff will also present other films based on Shakespeare’s plays in its CineFan April and May programme.
The festival’s Bruce Lee focus will present four of the films he made before his untimely death – The Big Boss (1971), Fist of Fury (1972), The Way Of The Dragon (1972) and The Game Of Death (1978) – in a new 4K digital format.
This year’s Hkiff, which marks its 40th edition, will run from March 21 to April 4. The opening night takes »
- email@example.com (Liz Shackleton)
Paris — Founded in 1907 by film lab and production company Eclair, Epinay Studios is France’s oldest studio complex, used by greats such as Marcel Carne, Jean Renoir, Milos Forman and Bertrand Blier. Epinay has four studios, including its famous 16,145 sq. ft. “F” stage, plus two 8,600 sq. ft. stages and one 2,150 sq. ft. stage.
Last year was a strong one for the studio, according to sales executive Eric Moreau. Productions included a major primetime comedy TV series, “PEPs” (a French acronym for “parents, students and teachers”), which has been lensing at Epinay for the past three years, occupying the two 8,600 sq. ft.stages. It has just completed its final season.
Moreau explains that there is increasing demand for studio space to film TV fiction, but that it’s important to reserve space for cinema production. For example, in 2015, Olivier Baroux’s comedy “Entre Amis,” starring Daniel Auteuil, wanted to film at Epinay, »
- Martin Dale
Here's Murtada speculating very early on the 2017 Oscar race.
There’s usually a real life person in the best actress lineup. It’s not as prevalent as it is in best actor - 4 this year. But we do have Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence). Last year there were Jane Hawking (Felicity Jones) and Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon). Recently we got everyone from Philomena Lee (Judi Dench) to Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) and Edith Piaf (Marion Cotillard) and most famously The Queen (Helen Mirren) and her 80s nemesis Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep). Now we have two more possible candidates for the 2017 Oscar race as two interesting biopics were announced this week with two actresses well known to the Academy. French writer Colette (to be played by Keira Knightley) and Jesus disciple Mary Magdalene (Rooney Mara).
Colette in 1920s
Colette is the more intriguing figure, at least to this non-believer. Born in 1873 she was a journalist, »
- Murtada Elfadl
Euro film-tv group Studiocanal has added to its international sales slate the title “Goodbye Berlin,” the latest movie from Fatih Akin, one of Germany’s best-known popular auteurs (“The Edge of Heaven,” “The Cut”).
A comedic coming of age road movie, “Goodbye Berlin” adapts Wolfgang Herrndorf’s bestselling cult novel, “Tschick” – whose English title is “Why We Took the Car” – one of the biggest literary successes in Germany in recent years, with sales topping two million copies. It has been published in 20 territories.
Starring Anand Batbileg, Tristan Göbel and Nicole Mercedes Müller, “Goodbye Berlin” turns on a 14-year-old misfit who hits the road with an unruly classmate, in a stolen car. Akin commented to Variety in December that when he fully understood in prep what the film was about, he channeled his own childhood experiences into the movie. A director known for his films about troubled adults, Akin also said »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
Jessica Chastain is in negotiations to star as an adviser to Sioux chieftain Sitting Bull in 19th Century drama “Woman Walks Ahead.”
Im Global will begin selling international rights at the Berlin Film Festival. CAA is handling domestic rights.
Susanna White, who directed “Generation Kill” and “Nanny McPhee Returns,” is on board to direct from a script by Steven Knight. Producers are Ed Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, Rick Solomon and Erika Olde.
Black Bicycle Entertainment is financing the project. Production companies are Zwick-Herskovitz’s banner Bedford Falls along with Black Bicycle.
Chastain will portray Caroline Weldon, who moved from Brooklyn to the Standing Rock Reservation in Dakota Territory to help Sioux chieftain Sitting Bull keep the land for his people. Weldon wrote letters to the federal government on behalf of Sitting Bull and lived on the land for several years with her son.
- Dave McNary
A question: how is it that we seem to get a new screen version of Hamlet once a decade or so, yet Macbeth (Studiocanal, 15) has remained largely untouched since Roman Polanski’s hefty 1971 version? If it wasn’t already the most wildly cinematic of all Shakespeare plays, Justin Kurzel’s stripped-back, blood-caked and fire-breathing new version is certainly out to prove the point. Some have complained that it loses too many words, yet in their place are vivid, scorched-in images: snow and sparks, heaving bodies in tangled states of violence, skies that bleed in saturated scarlet.
I honestly can’t remember which passages are missing. Kurzel finds such an intuitive visual language for the Scottish play that I »
- Guy Lodge
Zemeckis is directing the film from a script by Steven Knight.
Graham King, who first developed the project and brought it to Pitt, will produce alongside Zemeckis and Steve Starkey. The movie will be produced through King’s Gk Films banner with New Regency. Executive producers are Knight, Jack Rapke, Patrick McCormick and Denis O’Sullivan.
The pic is set in 1942 and follows a spy (Pitt) who falls in love and marries a French agent (Cotillard) during a dangerous North African mission.
Production is set to start next week in Europe and the film is expected to bow on Nov. 23.
Harris had a busy 2015 with a slate that included “Poltergeist,” “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” and “Certain Women.” He can be seen next in “The Last Face.” Besides a strong film career, Harris’ popularity grew »
- Justin Kroll
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