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Paramount Pictures has reportedly emerged as frontrunner to acquire the Chris Rock-directed "Top Five". The film, which just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, sparked a furious bidding war with the worldwide rights tipped to go for a whopping $12.5 million. That's a big jump up from the biggest deal of last year at the fest, the Keira Knightley film "Begin Again," which went for $7 million.
Rock, Rosario Dawson, Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg and Jay Pharoah star in the film about a former stand up comedian turned film star about to be hit by a major change in his life. [Source: Deadline]
Chris Evans has reconfirmed to Variety that the only films he plans to act in after his Marvel contract is up are films he intended to direct. As for that potential retirement from the role of Captain America, »
- Garth Franklin
Wild Director Jean-Marc Vallee on Directing Reese Witherspoon, Oscar Buzz and Feeling Like a Kid "With a Camera" The Dallas Buyers Club director returns to the fest with his adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s 2012 memoir about an 1,100-mile journey of self-discovery. Read the story here. Hot 'Imitation Game' Director Boards Conspiracy Pic Pattern Recognition The project is based on a novel by best-selling cyberpunk author William Gibson. Read the story here. Bill Murray to Participate in Bill Murray Day The Toronto Film Festival is dedicating Sept. 5 to the Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day star. Read the story
- THR staff
As his latest film, the Benedict Cumberbatch-starring Alan Turing tale The Imitation Game, starts to generate serious buzz and continues its festival run, director Morten Tyldum is looking for a new challenge. He’s found it with the adaptation of William Gibson’s book Pattern Recognition.Gibson’s best-selling 2003 tome is set the year before and follows Cayce Pollard, a 32 year-old marketing consultant who has a psychological sensitivity to corporate symbols. The action takes place in London, Tokyo, and Moscow as Cayce judges the effectiveness of a proposed corporate symbol and is hired to seek the creators of film clips anonymously posted to the internet – which leads her to uncover a much deeper conspiracy.Anthony Peckham is writing the current draft of the script for a project that has been in development since 2004, when Peter Weir jumped aboard to co-wrote the first take for Warners alongside David Arata and D.B. Weiss. »
It was only natural for Chris Marker to take to online culture as keenly as he did in his later years—in his quizzical, often unclassifiable cinema, where ultramodern technology shares space with humanity’s insistent past, he had envisioned linkages of disparate global data long before the Internet had its first dial-up connection. Marker’s 1997 feature Level Five (having its North American premiere August 14th as part of BAMcinématek’s comprehensive retrospective) finds the great, elusive essayist deep in cyber-territory. A hand, perhaps Marker’s own, maneuvers a tabletop computer mouse in the introductory Pov shot; the camera zooms into the pixelated blur of the machine’s monitor which is readily filled with superimpositions of nightscapes and faces. “What can these be,” asks a disembodied female voice, “but the playthings of a mad god who made us build them for him?”
- Fernando F. Croce
By the time Johnny Mnemonic was released in 1995, screenwriter William Gibson had been writing innovative science fiction for almost 20 years. Since his first short story – the brilliant Fragments Of A Hologram Rose – was published back in 1977, Gibson had been making serious waves in the sci-fi community. He's perhaps most well-known for his game-changing 1984 novel, Neuromancer, a dark neo-noir filled with console-cowboys, sentient AIs and virtual reality – all common elements now, but Gibson's work still stands as a milestone in sci-fi literature. Gibson created the term 'cyberspace' and is seen as one of the forefathers of cyberpunk.
It's weird, then, that his novels and stories never translated to the silver screen before the mid-90s. Gibson himself had taken a pass at Alien 3 (though most of his ideas were quickly disposed of, »
April 19th is getting better and better. First we get the premiere of Season 2 of the so-very-excellent Orphan Black on BBC America, and now comes news of another premiere that follows directly after: a new docu-series entitled The Real History of Science Fiction.
BBC America Premieres New Original Docu-Series The Real History of Science Fiction on April 19 As told by the genre’s greatest pioneers, the four-part docu-series explores recurring science fiction themes: Robots, Space, Invasion and Time
New York –, March 10, 2014 – BBC America delves into the real history of science fiction with filmmakers, writers, actors and graphic artists looking back on their experiences and on how their obsession and imagination has taken them into the unknown. The new original documentary series is a »
- Erin Willard
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