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Showing the vitality of Liam Neeson carrying a gun and a broken heart, Non-Stop recently gave the new action hero one of his biggest box office weekends so far. Involving an air marshal using a particular set of skills to hunt and kill someone threatening his plane (to paraphrase Taken), the film may seem like a generic Neeson actioner. But while his character might be a composite of previous roles, the anxiety he tackles within this film is fresh. Considering its box office success (and my mother’s intense experience in watching the movie), Non-Stop works efficiently as a thriller in 2014 because it provides viewers with imagery of in-flight chaos not seen since before 9/11. It is also the indication of a natural progression for how Hollywood films are »
- Nick Allen
Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, handed out top honors to 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska at this afternoon's 29th Film Independent Spirit Awards. Blue Jasmine, Fruitvale Station, Blue Is the Warmest Color, Short Term 12, This Is Martin Bonner and 20 Feet from Stardom also received awards at the ceremony, which is held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.
Highlights from last night's ceremony hosted by Patton Oswalt include: The first ever award delivered via Wild Rabbit's state-of-the-art drone. Mid-show Oswalt also received multiple motivational messages via Skype from Sarah Silverman, Reggie Watts, 'Weird Al' Yankovic and... his parents. Also showcased during the ceremony, the Indie-izer, Patton's newly developed app that turns any Hollywood big budget film into an indie film.
The Spirit Awards were the first event to exclusively honor independent film, »
In 2001, right after we finished working on “Monsters Ball,” Marc Forster told me that he’d found a script called “The Dallas Buyers Club” that he absolutely loved. I read it and realized that this would be a fantastic independent follow up for him. Brad Pitt shortly thereafter attached himself and the various agents involved decided that it would be best for the film to be set up at Universal rather than do it as an independent film which was very disappointing to me. The studios rarely make movies like this and despite the fact that Brad was involved it really. »
- Cassian Elwes
The 86th Annual Academy Awards will take place Sunday March 2nd at 7pm Eastern time. Here is our overview of the major awards nominees in case you didn’t get to see them yourself.
There’s always a lot of talk leading up to the big day about who will win what awards. We try to make our predictions based on trends from the past, but we can’t help to be swayed by our own personal opinions. Some movies truly strike a chord with us, while others aren’t interesting at all. Furthermore, Oscar films are usually heavy in the drama department and therefore they aren’t always the easiest or most entertaining movies to watch.
That’s why we’re here. Here is your guide to the nominees of this year’s Academy Awards. We’ve compiled the following brief summaries, interesting facts, and critical reviews for all these films and people. »
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London — The Zurich Film Festival has rearranged its competition section and increased the prize money for its 10th anniversary edition.
The competition section will now comprise three categories: International Feature Film, International Documentary Film, and Focus: Switzerland, Germany, Austria.
Previously there were four competition categories: International Feature, German-Language Feature, International Documentary and German-Language Documentary.
Each of the Golden Eyes awarded in the International Feature Film and International Documentary Film categories will come with 25,000 Swiss francs ($28,100). The Golden Eye in the Focus category will come with 20,000 Swiss francs ($22,500). The winning film from each of the three categories also receives an additional 100,000 Swiss francs ($112,000) worth of distribution support.
Zff ups its commitment to Swiss films by offering an additional 10,000 Swiss franc ($11,200) prize for a local pic in Zff’s program.
- Leo Barraclough
Exclusive: Universal Pictures today closed a $1 million spec deal for Mena, a script by Gary Spinelli that has Ron Howard attached to direct. The film will be produced by Doug Davison with Imagine’s Brian Grazer, and with Kim Roth exec producing. This was a hot script auction, with Sony also bidding. Universal took it off the table with a $1 million offer, plus a blind script commitment in a deal brokered by Gersh. Related: Universal Wins 7-Figure Auction For ‘Red Rising,’ With Marc Forster Helming Mars Tale The spec is a fact-based tale about Barry Seal, a portly pilot who, in the 1980s, was a 300-pound gun runner, and drug trafficker who transported contraband for the CIA and the Medellin cartel. He was eventually shot to death by the latter in Baton Rouge. The title refers to Mena, Arkansas, where a lot of the illegal activity took place, under the noses of Ronald Reagan, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Marc Forster endured a lot of blame during the production woes on World War Z only for the movie to end up being a box office success with $540 million worldwide gross. Regardless, Forster will not be returning for the sequel to that film, but he does have a major project coming next: the adaptation of the recently published Red Rising. If you are wondering what the heck Red Rising is, it won't be long before you hear about it everywhere. The debut novel from 26-year-old Pierce Brown is »
- Alex Maidy
World War Z director Marc Forster has signed up to direct an adaptation of the recently published Red Rising. The novel by Pierce Brown sees a ‘Red’, the lowest member of society on an inhabited Mars, fight against a class system where oppression thrives. Brown has written the script himself and Joe Roth, Palak Patel and Renee Wolf are producing.
The plot doesn’t instantly grab me, as we’ve heard of many similar stories in the past, plus I’m mostly still waiting for the class struggle aboard a train that is Snowpiercer. However, I was very impressed by World War Z, which made it into my 15 favoruites of last year. Forster also gave us the fantastic Monster’S Ball and the wonderful Stranger Than Fiction. Although, in terms of action, he did also give us the bland Quantum Of Solace. Fingers crossed!
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- Luke Ryan Baldock
Exclusive: Universal Pictures has emerged from a bidding battle with Sony Pictures to win screen rights to Red Rising, the just-released Pierce Brown novel that World War Z director Marc Forster will helm as his next film. The deal is in the seven figures. Brown has written a script, and Joe Roth, Palak Patel and Renee Wolfe are producing. Deadline revealed Wednesday that the book was in play, and that it was expected to sell fast. Despite all the turbulence, Forster’s Wwz grossed $540 million worldwide, to become the biggest in Brad Pitt’s career. Related: Hot Book Du Jour: ‘Red Rising,’ With ‘Wwz’s Marc Forster Helming Like Wwz, Red Rising puts Forster back into chaotic action terrain. The tale takes place on desolate Mars, where the protagonist is caught in a class system that thrives on oppression and secrecy. He is a Red, the lowest member of society, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
As Amazon Studios is releasing its current crop of 10 pilots today, the company already is working on the next batch. I’ve learned that Amazon has greenlighted hourlong dramedy pilot Cocked, from Lie To Me creator Samuel Baum. Written by Baum and Sam Shaw, the project centers on an estranged son who must return to work with his father and brother at his family’s gun manufacturing company after a corporate rival, run by their uncle, moves to take them over. Cocked joins three other pilots recently greenlighted by Amazon Studios: drama Hand Of God, written by Ben Watkins, directed by Marc Forster and starring Ron Perlman; comedy Cosmopolitan from The Last Days Of Disco filmmaker Whit Stillman; and drama Hysteria from Invasion creator Shaun Cassidy. Related: Amazon Releases 10 New Pilots »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Fresh off of the worldwide success of last year’s zombie blockbuster World War Z, Marc Forster is gearing up to tackle another book-to-film adaptation. This time, instead of adapting a modern genre classic, Forster will oversee the transfer of a recent sci-fi smash to the big screen.
Red Rising is the debut novel by author Pierce Brown and was released just last month. The first in a planned trilogy, Red Rising takes place in the ever popular sci-fi setting of a Martian dystopia. Now colonized, Mars is a desolate planet whose inhabitants find themselves bound from birth by a remorseless color-coded caste system.
Darrow, the novel’s lead character, is a “Red,” which basically means ...
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- Michael Kennedy
Set on a Mars ruled by a class system, the story follows a man who is a 'Red,' the lowest member of society who was born to toil in the planet's bowels.
Suffering both a devastating loss and betrayal, he becomes a revolutionary, out to bring about social justice.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Seth Gordon is racking up the future projects this week. Having just been attached to direct the long-in-the-works Uncharted movie, he's now also developing Queen Of Hearts from the Black List debut screenplay by Stephanie Shannon.The title obviously refers to Lewis Carroll and Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, but Queen Of Hearts is more along the lines of Marc Forster's 2004 film Finding Neverland (centered on Peter Pan's J. M. Barrie) than those of Tim Burton's Alice and its incoming sequel by James Bobin.This story will centre on Lewis Carroll - a pen-name for Charles Dodgson - and the "passionate affair" that leaves him broken-hearted and leads him to write his most famous work.From that description it seems unlikely that the relationship in focus is that of Dodgson and Alice Liddell, so we'd assume his affair in the story is with Alice's mother Lorina, with whom he's known to have been close. »
Following the troubled production and surprising success of World War Z, Marc Forster has found his next directing gig. He'll be behind the camera for an adaptation of Pierce Brown's recent novel Red Rising. Brown wrote the screenplay himself, and Joe Roth (Alice In Wonderland, Oz The Great And Powerful) is among the producers.The novel is a sci-fi action film set on Mars, at a time when it's been colonised by humans, apparently due to the impending death of Earth. Sixteen-year-old Darrow is a "Helldiver", one of the miners - the "Red" caste - who live a bleak existence below the surface, doing the desperately hard work required for the terraforming project. The ruling class on the surface are "Golds", but the social order is destined for a shake-up when Darrow discovers his life is premised on a lie. Disguised as a Gold, Darrow sets out to infiltrate Mars' »
The story "takes place on desolate Mars, where the protagonist is caught in a class system that thrives on oppression and secrecy. He is a Red, the lowest member of society, born to toil in the bowels of the planet in service to the sovereign Golds. When Darrow suffers a devastating loss and betrayal he becomes a revolutionary, out to bring about social justice. Questions of fate, duality, and loyalty, evolve in a cruel test of war between the sons and daughters of the ruling elite."
According to the report, this will be the next project that Forster will work on. I thought he did a great job with World War Z, which was supposed to be a big flop, »
- Joey Paur
Though Marc Forster.s films aren.t always perfect, he is a director completely unhinged from specific genres and is capable of making nearly any kind of film imaginable. So I guess it.s no surprise that his next project will be of the "young person realizes society is damaged and rises above everyone else to create equality for all" variety. He is attached to direct an adaptation of Pierce Brown.s action-centric debut novel Red Rising, which just hit book shelves a week ago. We all know his last book-to-film, World War Z, didn.t have anything to do with its source material, but I doubt that will be the case here. This will be the next project for producers Joe Roth and Palak Patel, both responsible for Oz the Great and Powerful and the upcoming Maleficent, so it.s safe to say there will be a lot of »
Marc Forster is attached to direct Red Rising, an adaptation of Pierce Brown's new novel that was published last month. The author wrote the screenplay adaptation himself, with Joe Roth, Palak Patel and Renee Wolf producing. Here's the official description of the novel, which is set on Mars.
"Darrow is a miner and a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he digs all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of the planet livable for future generations. Darrow has never seen the sky.
Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better future for his children.
But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. »
Wisely, director Marc Forster kept his head down during the tumultuous post-production of "World War Z," and thankfully film was thankfully a big hit so he came out of it mostly intact. And now he's ready to work. He's already lined up a gig at Amazon Studios helming their pilot "Hand Of God," but lest you think he's been resigned to TV jobs, guess again. Forster will get behind the camera for the action thriller "Red Rising," based on the novel by Pierce Brown. It's big in scope (again, lest you think Forster won't be given the keys to a big movie again...) Drawing comparisons to "The Hunger Games" and "Game Of Thrones," this is a dystopian future-set story, in another world operating by a unique set of rules, with one man bucking against the system. Here's the Amazon book synopsis: Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After bringing the once worrisome adaptation of World War Z to the big screen last year, director Marc Forster is getting ready to adapt yet another book, this time with a story set on Mars. Deadline has word that two studios are currently in the mix to pick up the rights to Red Rising, the recently released novel from Pierce Brown, which has Forster attached to direct the film. Paramount Pictures is not one of the studios in the mix though, mostly because of the somewhat bad blood leftover after the rocky lead-up to World War Z's eventual theatrical release. So what's this book about that already has Forster's attention? Here's the official synopsis of the book which was just published last week: Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing »
- Ethan Anderton
Marc Forster is a somewhat hit-or -miss filmmaker. For every Finding Neverland and Monster’s Ball he does, there’s also a World War Z and, even worse, Quantum of Solace. Despite the mostly negative reactions (from both critics and audiences) to his last adaptation, the aforementioned World War Z, the director will be trying once again to adapt a novel and this time, it’s Pierce Brown’s Red Rising.
Set on a desolate Mars, the film will revolve around “a lower-class protagonist who becomes a revolutionary and sets about upending an oppressive power.” Joe Roth is on board to produce and is looking at two studios for funding. Those studios were not named, but we do know that Paramount isn’t in the mix, though that studio will be proceeding with a sequel to World War Z without Forster attached.
If you’re unfamiliar with Red Rising, you »
- Matt Joseph
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