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10 items from 2015


World War Z sequel starting with a 'clean slate' says writer Steven Knight

20 January 2015 11:11 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Even though World War Z suffered from a lot of production issues that inevitably were made public, Marc Forster’s take on the Max Brook novel would eventually go on to box office success bringing in $540 million and securing itself a sequel. While there hasn’t been much in the way of news regarding the upcoming sequel since Steven Knight (Locke) signed on to write the script, he’s now come out and talked about the direction of the movie.   Knight told »

- Graham McMorrow

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David Beckham launches new clothing range

20 January 2015 10:31 AM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

David Beckham has launched a new clothing range for H&M. The 39-year-old retired footballer has chosen his favourite menswear pieces from his Modern Essentials collection to create Modern Essentials selected by David Beckham, which he has modelled in a series of photographs taken by film director Marc Forster. Speaking about his expanded collaboration with the high street retailer, he said: ''I am thrilled to continue and extend my collaboration with H&M by selecting my favourite pieces from this spring's Modern Essentials collection.'' The father-of-four spoke highly of the line - which includes a selection of loungewear items - explaining it features several new ''classic'' garments which will be mainstays in the wardrobes of men when the hand-picked collection becomes available on March 5. He said: ''Each piece is a new wardrobe classic that will update every man's spring wardrobe with great style. Marc Forster is one of my »

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'World War Z 2' Will Start with a Clean Slate

20 January 2015 7:06 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

World War Z, which was directed by Marc Forster and starred Brad Pitt as a United Nations investigator trying to stop the spread of a zombie virus, had some well publicized behind-the-scenes struggles and most wrote it off as a disaster before it hit the big screen. But when the movie opened, it proved to be a big hit. Soon after, Paramount green lit a sequel, which we really haven't heard too much about. Now, writer Steve Knight (Eastern Promises; Locke) is opening up about his process on World War Z 2, and he promises something that will be decidedly different than the first movie.

Speaking with IndieWire, Steve Knight revels the simple reason why he signed onto the movie. He then makes it almost sound like a complete reboot of the first installment, which was based on Max Brooks's survival guide:

" "I thought, 'why not? What fun.' »

- MovieWeb

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World War Z Sequel Starting with ‘Clean Slate’

20 January 2015 6:12 AM, PST | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

In 2013, we got a look at what a $200 Million zombie movie looks like. World War Z, the Brad Pitt-starring, Marc Forster-directed adaptation of Max Brooks’ oral history of the zombie war took on the aesthetic of a disaster blockbuster and rode its wave of digital zombies to box office success. Of course, a…

The post World War Z Sequel Starting with ‘Clean Slate’ appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Samuel Zimmerman

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Amazon Studios confirms film push

19 January 2015 11:18 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ted Hope has been named head of production at Amazon Original Movies as the company behind Golden Globe winner Transparent plans to produce and acquire 12 original features a year.

Films will launch in theatres and arrive on Amazon Prime Instant Video 30-60 days later in the freshest attack on theatrical exhibition.

Amazon issued a statement that said: “ Whereas it typically takes 39 to 52 weeks for theatrical movies to premiere on subscription video services, Amazon Original Movies will premiere on Prime Instant Video in the U.S. just 4 to 8 weeks after their theatrical debut.”

“We look forward to expanding our production efforts into feature films,” said Amazon Studios. Vice-president Roy Price.

“Not only will we bring Prime Instant Video customers exciting, unique, and exclusive films soon after a movie’s theatrical run, but we hope this programme will also benefit film-makers, who too often struggle to mount fresh and daring stories that deserve an audience.”

Hope added: »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Amazon Studios to Produce Original Movies for Theaters

19 January 2015 8:54 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Amazon Studios, known for television series such as multi-Golden Globe winner Transparent, Annie-nominated Tumble Leaf, and Mozart in the Jungle, today announced that it will begin to produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release and early window distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video. Whereas it typically takes 39 to 52 weeks for theatrical movies to premiere on subscription video services, Amazon Original Movies will premiere on Prime Instant Video in the U.S. just 4 to 8 weeks after their theatrical debut. Amazon Original Movies will focus on unique stories, voices, and characters from top and up-and-coming creators. Here's what Roy Price, Vice President, Amazon Studios, had to say in a statement.

"We look forward to expanding our production efforts into feature films. Our goal is to create close to twelve movies a year with production starting later this year. Not only will we bring Prime Instant Video customers exciting, unique, and »

- MovieWeb

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Amazon Studios to Produce Movies for Theatrical, Digital Release in 2015

19 January 2015 6:17 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amazon Studios said it will produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release and early-window distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video starting in 2015.

Producer Ted Hope will lead Amazon Original Movies creative development. A vocal advocate for changing the way independent films are produced and distributed, he co-founded and ran production company Good Machine, which produced “Eat Drink Man Woman” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” Earlier this month, Hope stepped down as CEO of Fandor, a streaming-video site specializing in indie and international titles.

According to Amazon, it expects to produce about 12 movies per year. Amazon said its original movies will premiere on Prime Instant Video in the U.S. just four to eight weeks after their theatrical debut — versus up to a year for regular windowing.

The move by Amazon comes after Netflix also has launched a bid to enter into the movie sector, announcing plans to debut the sequel to “Crouching Tiger, »

- Todd Spangler

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Woody Allen Teams with Amazon for His First TV Show

13 January 2015 8:49 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Amazon Studios today announced it has signed the critically-acclaimed Director Woody Allen to write and direct his first television series ever. Untitled Woody Allen Project, a half-hour series, has received a full season order and episodes will be written and directed by Allen. Customers will be able to see the series exclusively on Prime Instant Video in the Us, UK and Germany. Additional details, including casting information, will be made available in the future. Here's what Roy Price, Vice President of Amazon Studios.

"Woody Allen is a visionary creator who has made some of the greatest films of all-time, and it's an honor to be working with him on his first television series. From Annie Hall to Blue Jasmine, Woody has been at the creative forefront of American cinema and we couldn't be more excited to premiere his first TV series exclusively on Prime Instant Video next year."

Woody Allen added his own statement. »

- MovieWeb

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Woody Allen to make first TV series for Amazon

13 January 2015 8:37 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Amazon Studios signs Woody Allen to create his first television series.

Amazon Studios has announced it has signed filmmaker Woody Allen to write and direct his first television series.

Untitled Woody Allen Project, a half-hour series, has received a full season order and episodes will be written and directed by Allen. The series will be available exclusively on Prime Instant Video in the UK, Us and Germany.

Additional details, including casting information have yet to be announced.

The prolific director of Annie Hall and Manhattan as well as Midnight In Paris and Blue Jasmine said: “I don’t know how I got into this. I have no ideas and I’m not sure where to begin.”

Referencing Amazon Studios vp Roy Price, Allen added: “My guess is that Roy Price will regret this.”

Allen is represented by ICM Partners.

Amazon Studios most recently debuted dramatic comedy Mozart in the Jungle from Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, [link »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Film Independent Spirit Awards Gives Out $75k in Filmmaker Grants

10 January 2015 12:46 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Actors Emmy Rossum and Michael Pena joined Film Independent president Josh Welsh on Saturday to announce the winners of the 2015 Spirit Awards Grants, which honors emerging filmmakers with $25,000 in unrestricted funds.

The grants were handed out at the organization’s annual Spirit Awards nominees brunch, held  at West Hollywood’s Boa Steakhouse, and saw Chris Ohlson, Dan Krauss and Rania Attich and Daniel Garcia take top spots.

“At Film Independent our mission is to support independent filmmakers all year long, helping them to get their films made and to build the audience for their work,” Welsh said.

“One of the »

- Matt Donnelly

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