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Kevin Costner’s Sports Drama ‘McFarland USA’ Pushed to 2015

14 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney has pushed the release of Kevin Costner’s sports drama “McFarland USA” back three months from Nov. 21 to Feb. 20.

McFarland USA,” based on a true story, centers on a coach in a predominantly Hispanic California town who creates a high school track team that overcomes social and physical hurdles to become champions during the 1980s.

The drama — which had been previously titled “McFarland” — is produced by Mayhem PicturesMark Ciardi and Gordon Gray, whose credits include “Million Dollar Arm,” “Invincible” and “Secretariat.”

Two other films have already been dated for Feb. 20 — Relativity’s “Jane Got A Gun,” starring Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman, and Open Road’s “The Gunman,” starring Sean Penn, Javier Bardem and Idris Elba.

Costner recently starred in another sports drama — Lionsgate’s “Draft Day,” which delivered middling returns with about $29 million domestically.

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- Dave McNary

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Kevin Costner Movie ‘McFarland’ Moves Out Of 2014

15 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Disney is moving McFarland USA, the sports biopic starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello, out of Thanksgiving weekend and into a slot early next year. McFarland, whose title has been lengthened to McFarland USA, moves out of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay weekend (not that the demos compete for it) and moves to February 20, 2015 — a weekend populated by two films with the word gun in their titles: Relativity’s Jane’s Got A Gun starring Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman and Open Road’s The Gunman starring Sean Penn, Javier Bardem and Idris Elba.

McFarland is about high school track and field coach Jim “Blanco” White and his wife who nurtured a bunch of poor, immigrant kids with short legs and turned them into running champions. It was produced by Mayhem Pictures

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- Anita Busch

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Andy Serkis to Direct Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Jack Reynor in Jungle Book: Origins

21 August 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Get ready for the duelling Jungle Book movies.

Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that it has assembled a big cast of stars for Jungle Book: Origins, its new big-screen, 3D adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic The Jungle Book, marking the feature film directorial debut of Andy Serkis.

The action adventure, which will blend motion capture and live action, will be released on October 21, 2016.

Meanwhile, Disney’s The Jungle Book will be in theaters a full year earlier. Helmed by Jon Favreau, this film will star Bill MurrayChristopher WalkenGiancarlo EspositoBen Kingsley, Lupita Nyong’o, Idris Elba and Scarlett Johansson, and will released October 9, 2015.

The actors performing the roles of the Jungle Book: Origins’ central animal characters are: Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”) as the fearsome tiger, Shere Khan; Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”) as the sinister snake, Kaa; Oscar winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter, »

- Michelle McCue

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‘A Bigger Splash’ and ‘We Are Your Friends’ Headline Studiocanal’s Glam Toronto Slate

21 August 2014 12:58 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Haugesund, Norway– European powerhouse Studiocanal will roll into Toronto with a glam slate of cast-driven, English-language titles led by Luca Guadagnino’s sexy psychological thriller “A Bigger Splash” (Working Title)  and Max Joseph’s coming-of-age drama “We Are Your Friends.”

Wes Bentley has joined Zac Efron and Emily Ratajkowski (“Gone Girl”) in “We Are Your Friends,” a chronicle of a 23-year-old aspiring DJ who tries to find his voice in the electro music scene and bonds with an older DJ. Working Title is producing the film, which is shooting.

Meanwhile, “Fifty Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson has joined the cast of “A Bigger Splash,” an edgy and contempo twist on the cult Alain Delon-Romy Schneider starrer  “La Piscine.” Johnson will play opposite Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and Matthias Schoenaerts.

“Splash” centers on a glamorous couple whose holiday in Southern Italy takes an unexpected turn with the visit »

- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell

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With the Primetime Emmys on the Horizon, My Picks & Yours for Who Will Win

21 August 2014 11:20 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

The trophies will be handed out next Monday, August 25, when Seth Meyers hosts the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. The ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. With regards to notable nominees of African descent, the below list closely resembles that of this year's Golden Globe nominees.  So getting right into it... here are the nominations that we care most about (given this blog's stated mission): 1 - Kerry Washington picked up a nomination for "Scandal" in the Lead Actress in a Drama Series category 2 - Idris Elba and Chiwetel Ejiofor both picked up nominations for Lead Actor in a Mini-Series or Movie ("Luther" and »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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StudioCanal readies Toronto slate

21 August 2014 8:58 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

French powerhouse’s slate includes Zac Efron, Ralph Fiennes and Tom Hardy projects.

StudioCanal’s Toronto line-up is headlined by coming-of-age drama We Are Your Friends, starring Zac Efron, Emily Ratajkowski and Wes Bentley.

Writer-director Max Joseph’s drama, produced by Working Title and fully financed by StudioCanal, follows an aspiring 23 year-old DJ trying to make it in the La electro scene when he falls in love with his friend and mentor’s much younger girlfriend.

Luca Guadagnino’s untiltled Pantelleria project with Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton and Matthias Schoenaerts, and Kray Twins drama Legend with Tom Hardy are also likely to be in-demand on the slate of the French powerhouse.

Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson is the latest talent attachment to the former.

James Watkins’ action-thriller Bastille Day, starring Idris Elba and Adele Exarchopoulos is currently in pre-production, as is Tobias Lindholm drama A War.

Titles in post-production include much-buzzed about Macbeth and Stephen Frears »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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StudioCanal brings Zac Efron-Working Title drama to Toronto

21 August 2014 8:58 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

French powerhouse’s slate also includes Ralph Fiennes and Tom Hardy projects.

StudioCanal’s Toronto lineup is headlined by coming-of-age drama We Are Your Friends, starring Zac Efron, Emily Ratajkowski and Wes Bentley.

Writer-director Max Joseph’s drama, produced by Working Title and fully financed by StudioCanal, follows an aspiring 23 year-old DJ trying to make it in the La electro scene when he falls in love with his friend and mentor’s much younger girlfriend.

Luca Guadagnino’s Pantelleria project with Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton and Matthias Schoenaerts and Kray Twins drama Legend with Tom Hardy are also likely to be in-demand on the slate of the French powerhouse.

Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson is the latest talent attachment to the former.

James Watkins’ action-thriller Bastille Day, starring Idris Elba and Adele Exarchopoulos is currently in pre-production, as is Tobias Lindholm drama A War.

Titles in post-production include much-buzzed about Macbeth and Stephen Frears’ as yet »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Jamie Foxx was in talks to play Luke Cage

21 August 2014 4:35 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The television branch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is already underway with Daredevil starring Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock. Joining the fray sometime soon will also be Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. In an exclusive interview with IGN, Jamie Foxx – who recently starred as super fan-turned-super villain Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – admits that he was once in talks to play Luke Cage.

“I was actually approached for Luke Cage, back in the day, but you know… it didn’t work out,” states Foxx.

Foxx is of course referring to the long abandoned Colombia Pictures version of Cage that was due to be directed by John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood, Abduction) The deal fell through when all parties couldn’t agree which direction to take the character. Back in 2007 Singleton said:

“We have a great script. We have a couple of great scripts. It’s just »

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Idris Elba, Russell T Davies and Neil Gaiman encourage investment in minority programming

20 August 2014 11:36 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Idris Elba, Neil Gaiman, Russell T Davies and more are lobbying for change...

Idris Elba, known on the small screen for Luther and The Wire predominantly, has become the face of a campaign reaching out to the televisual powers that be in the UK. They're attempting to encourage more investment in minority programming.

Elba, along with Russell T Davies, Daniel Craig, Emma Thompson, Lenny Henry, Neil Gaiman and more, spoke out by co-signing an open letter to the BBC, ITV and other networks, which was published recently by The Guardian.

"We are dismayed at the poor numbers of black, Asian and minority ethnic people both on our screens and working behind the camera," the letter reads.

"In order to redress this imbalance, we believe that the training, mentoring and development schemes recently announced, although welcome, are not sufficiently radical to effect significant change," continued the letter.

"We propose, therefore, a »

- rleane

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You either believe in it or you don't: the future of the BBC | Charlotte Higgins

20 August 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The BBC is among our greatest national institutions and it is revered across the world. But it stands accused of timid journalism, patchy drama and byzantine management. In the final part of her in-depth series on the past, present and future of the BBC, Charlotte Higgins assesses the health of the corporation and the challenges it faces on the road to charter renewal in 2016

Read the full series of The BBC Report

It was a hot London day and the U-shaped courtyard of the BBC in Portland Place was airless and sun-strafed. Light glared off pale stone. Employees crowded into a sliver of shade to eat their lunchtime sandwiches. The doors of the older, 1930s wing stood open, so that the wonky, stained little notice that sometimes hangs there bidding visitors welcome to the BBC, was invisible. On my many visits, I had enjoyed this intimate, ad hoc sign. It »

- Charlotte Higgins

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Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris and more join Andy Serkis’ Jungle Book: Origins

20 August 2014 12:51 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Coming hot on the heels of the news that Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) will lend his voice to Shere Khan in the upcoming Warner Bros. adaptation of The Jungle Book, it has now been revealed that Christian Bale (American Hustle), Cate Blanchett (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies), Naomie Harris (Skyfall), Tom Hollander (About Time), Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan), Peter Mullan (Hercules) and Rohan Chand (Bad Words) have signed on to the Andy Serkis-helmed Jungle Book: Origins.

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Chand will play the orphan boy Mowgli, with Bale as panther Bagheera, Blanchett as python Kaa, Harris, Marsan and Mullan as wolves Nisha, Vihaan and Akela, and Hollander as Shere Khan’s underling jackal Tabaqui. Meanwhile, Serkis – who is making his directorial debut with the film – will also play Baloo the bear.

Jungle Book: Origins is one of two upcoming adaptations of Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale, »

- Gary Collinson

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Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett join Andy Serkis's Jungle Book: Origins

20 August 2014 12:38 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Naomie Harris will lend their voices to Andy Serkis's film Jungle Book: Origins.

The upcoming film is based on the work of Rudyard Kipling, and will chronicle the adventures of a young boy named Mowgli (Rohan Chand) in the jungle.

Mowgli learns the ways of the jungle after being saved from the tiger Shere Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) by the panther Bagheera (Bale).

The boy will encounter Kaa the python (Blanchett), the wolfpack leader Akela (Peter Mullan) and his fellow wolves Nisha and Vihaan (Harris, Eddie Marsan).

Tom Hollander is to voice the sinister jackal Tabaqui, who is an ally of the devious Shere Khan, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Serkis is directing Jungle Book: Origins, in addition to lending his voice for the bear Baloo.

Jungle Book: Origins - which mixes live action and motion capture CGI - opens in Us cinemas on October »

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'Trip to Italy' Star Rob Brydon to Host BAFTA La's Britannias on October 30, BAFTA Awards Timetable

20 August 2014 12:36 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Are you a fan of "The Trip" or "The Trip to Italy?" Welsh comedian Rob Brydon costars in these Michael Winterbottom road trip comedies with Steve Coogan, and both are hilarious. There's something authentic and yet well-performed about the setup--two old actor friends go along on a food trip, competing for the attention of various tablemates and women and each other. Sometimes they annoy each other--and us--but more often they amuse.  Brydon did so well last year hosting the annual BAFTA La's Britannia awards--which are well attended by various awards contenders every fall--that the BAFTAs are bringing him back for a second time around. This year's pre-Halloween ceremony will be on October 30 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and broadcast by BBC America on November 2. Last year's show honorees were Kathryn Bigelow, George Clooney, Sacha Baron Cohen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba, Sir Ben Kingsley, along »

- Anne Thompson

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Bale & Blanchett Join A Full ‘Jungle Book: Origins’ Cast

20 August 2014 11:44 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The cast for Warner Bros.Jungle Book: Origins has filled out nicely today. Benedict Cumberbatch was announced earlier as the voice of Shere Khan and now the rest of the cast has been announced. Christian Bale will voice Bagheera the panther while director Andy Serkis will voice Baloo the bear. Cate Blanchett has been cast as hypnotic snake Kaa while Peter Mullan plays Akela, the leader of the wolf pack that raises the man cub Mowgli, who will be played by Rohan Chand, the young actor from Jason Bateman’s Bad Words. Rounding out the wolf pack are Naomie Harris and Eddie Marsan as Nisha and her mate Vihaan. Finally, Tom Hollander will play Shere Khan’s underling, Tabaqui the jackal.

It’s an impressive cast for Serkis’ feature film debut as director, but the Disney adaptation of The Jungle Book, which comes out exactly a year before this Warner Bros. iteration, »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett Join 'Jungle Book: Origins'

20 August 2014 11:28 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Warner Bros. has cast more characters for The Jungle Book: Origins, which marks the directorial debut of motion-capture performance artist and actor Andy Serkis. This follows the addition of Benedict Cumberbatch as the main villain Shere Khan, which was announced yesterday.

Rohan Chand will lead the film as the story's main protagonist Mowgli, a young jungle boy raised in the wild by wolves. Cumberbatch's man-eating tiger is the boy's lifelong enemy, and the two have vowed to kill each other, setting up the dark tone at play in the original Rudyard Kipling novel.

Andy Serkis has given himself the primary role of Baloo the bear, Mowgli's best friend. Also joining the main cast are Christian Bale as sly black panther Bagheera and Cate Blanchett as Kaa, the sinister python with a knack for hypnotism.

The secondary cast includes Tom Hollander as the jackal Tabaqui, who is Shere Khan's right-hand man. »

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Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett Join 'Jungle Book: Origins'

20 August 2014 11:28 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Warner Bros. has cast more characters for The Jungle Book: Origins, which marks the directorial debut of motion-capture performance artist and actor Andy Serkis. This follows the addition of Benedict Cumberbatch as the main villain Shere Khan, which was announced yesterday.

Rohan Chand will lead the film as the story's main protagonist Mowgli, a young jungle boy raised in the wild by wolves. Cumberbatch's man-eating tiger is the boy's lifelong enemy, and the two have vowed to kill each other, setting up the dark tone at play in the original Rudyard Kipling novel.

Andy Serkis has given himself the primary role of Baloo the bear, Mowgli's best friend. Also joining the main cast are Christian Bale as sly black panther Bagheera and Cate Blanchett as Kaa, the sinister python with a knack for hypnotism.

The secondary cast includes Tom Hollander as the jackal Tabaqui, who is Shere Khan's right-hand man. »

- MovieWeb

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Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett Join Andy Serkis' Jungle Book

20 August 2014 11:15 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Yesterday we learned that Benedict Cumberbatch has joined Andy Serkis' film production of The Jungle Book: Origins as Shere Khan. Today he's been joined by a great cast of actors that includes Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan and Peter Mullan. They will all voice various characters in the story. The movie also stars Rohan Chand (Bad Words) as the human boy Mowgli. Serkis will also take on a role in the film.

Bale is set to take on the role of the panther Bagheera, Blanchett will voice the snake Kaa, Hollander will be the jackal Tabaqui, Mullan will voice the leader of the wolf pack Akela, Harris is the female wolf Nisha, Marsan is her mate Vihaan, and Serkis will play Baloo the bear.

The movie will be released more than a year after Disney and Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book, which comes out on October 9th, »

- Joey Paur

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Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Jack Reynor Join ‘Jungle Book: Origins’ for Warner Bros.

20 August 2014 10:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Christian Bale will voice Bagheera, Cate Blanchett will voice Kaa and “Transformers: Age of Extinction” star Jack Reynor will voice Brother Wolf in the Andy Serkis-helmed “Jungle Book: Origins” from Warner Bros.

Benedict Cumberbatch is already set to voice Shere Khan in the adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic. Serkis will lend his pipes to Baloo.

“Harry Potter” scribe Steve Kloves will produce with his daughter Callie Kloves, who is penning the script. Jon Berg and Cate Adams are overseeing the pic for the studio.

The project is one of two “Jungle Book” films currently in the works; Disney is about to commence production on their own adaptation, with Jon Favreau directing, Idris Elba voicing Shere Khan, Ben Kingsley playing Bagheera, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa and Bill Murray voicing Baloo.

Jungle Book: Origins” bows Oct. 21, 2016. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

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- Justin Kroll

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Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett & More Join 'Jungle Book: Origins' Plus More Casting News

20 August 2014 10:18 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

So, once again Hollywood studios are competing needlessly for properties based on public domain works. First there was the battle over last year's Snow White movies, and now comes a couple of flicks based on "The Jungle Book." Jon Faverau has his production at Disney, a live-action/animated take involving Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong’o, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray and newcomer Neel Sethi. Not to be outdone, Warner Bros. are lining up an equally star-studded cast for their rendition directed by Andy Serkis, which will be called "Jungle Book: Origins."  Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan and Peter Mullan are joining previously announced Benedict Cumberbatch and "Bad Words" kid Rohan Chand as Mowgli for a film combining motion capture, CGI, and live action.  So, who is who? Well: Serkis is Baloo, Bale is will voice Begheera, Blanchett lends her »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Voice Cast of Andy Serkis' 'Jungle Book: Origins' Announced

20 August 2014 10:10 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Update: the rest of the cast has been announced and it will feature Rohan Chand as Mowgli, Andy Serkis as the voice of Baloo, Christian Bale as the voice of Begheera, Cate Blanchett as the voice of Kaa, Tom Hollander as the voice of Kaa, Peter Mullan as the voice of Akela, Naomie Harris as the voice of Nisha and Eddie Marsan as the voice of Vihaan. The previous article announcing the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of Shere Khan follows... In 2015, Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book will hit theaters. One year and 13 days later, Andy Serkis's The Jungle Book: Origins will hit theaters. The difference being...c I'm not entirely sure, though the cast will certainly be different. Favreau has already lined up newcomer Neel Sethi to play Mowgli alongside a variety of CG-animated characters including Idris Elba as the voice of Shere Khan, Bill Murray as Baloo, »

- Brad Brevet

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