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★★☆☆☆ When the first image for Antoine Fuqua's Southpaw (2015) was released online of a muscle-bound Jake Gyllenhaal audiences became very excited. The anticipation was in part due to the Gyllenhaal's remarkable performance as the ghoulish Louis Bloom in Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler (2014). The physical transformation from the wraith-like Bloom to Southpaw's central protagonist Billy promised much. In reality, what has been delivered is a tired, dreary contribution to the boxing movie genre.
- CineVue UK
Jake Gyllenhaal will be presented with Variety‘s International Star of the Year Award during the upcoming Dubai International Film Festival’s 12th edition.
Born in Los Angeles, Gyllenhaal shot to global attention in 2001 as the lead in Richard Kelly’s cult psychological thriller “Donnie Darko,” for which he received an Independent Sprit nomination for Best Actor.
Among his best known subsequent roles are leads in Sam Mendes’ “Jarhead” (2005); his BAFTA-winning performance in Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain” (2005); David Fincher’s “Zodiac” (2007); Jim Sheridan’s “Brothers” (2009); Duncan Jones’ “Source Code” (2011); and Denis Villeneuve’s “Prisoners” (2013).
Gyllenhaal’s most recent credits comprise Dan Gilroy’s “Nightcrawler,” Antoine Fuqua’s “Southpaw,” Balthasar Kormakur’s “Everest,” and Jean-Marc Vallee’s offbeat dramedy “Demolition” in which he plays a Wall Street financier contending with the demolishing death of his wife in odd ways.
Gyllenhaal’s performance as a compelling sociopath in “Nightcrawler” earned him Golden Globe, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Max Borenstein, John Gatins, Derek Connolly and Dan Gilroy penned the script which follows a team of explorers venturing on an island inhabited by monsters - most notably the King of the Apes himself.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
The announcement was made by Annastacia Palaszczuk, premier of the state of Queensland, who said that it will film in the Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast. Pre production will begin this month and lensing take place in early 2016. The production will also take in two other international locations, not revealed, Palaszczuk said.
“Skull” is the third major Hollywood movie to be confirmed as heading for Australia in the past week. In the last few days Oz politicians said that Ridley Scott’s next “Alien” film and the latest Chris Hemsworth vehicle, “Thor: Ragnarok,” will be filmed Down Under.
To attract those two heavyweights Australia’s federal government has agreed to provide A$47 million of direct subsidy.
The Queensland regime did not disclose any payment to the producers of “Skull Island,” but did »
- Patrick Frater
Kong Skull Island movie set to film in Queensland, Australia.
The King Kong Skull Island movie is set to join the likes of Thor: Ragnarok, Alien: Paradise Lost and the next Pirates Of The Caribbean movie by shooting in Australia. The filming will take place at Village Roadshow Studios at Oxenford, near the Gold Coast, and on location throughout south-east Queensland, according to ABC.net.au.
“Kong will spend more than $15 million in Queensland by leveraging our world-class facilities and enlisting cast and crews in all aspects of physical production,” said Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
“The production will create 60 local jobs in addition to the Queenslanders who have already been enlisted, with the production manager and art director already confirmed as Queenslanders.”
- Paul Heath
Kong: Skull Island stars Tom Hiddleston, Sam Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Tian Jing, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Shea Whigham, and Toby Kebbell. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and written by Max Borenstein, John Gatins, Dan Gilroy, and Derek Connolly, the movie will fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce with Mary Parent. Alex Garcia and Eric McLeod will executive produce. Warner Bros. will distribute the film in 3D on March 10th, 2017. What do you guys think of these photos? They're not calling it Skull Island for nothing. pic.twitter.com/1Zmd0K82Te — Reel Tours Hawaii (@reeltourshawaii) October 11, 2015 Dug up another "Kong: Skull Island" set pic. Filming starts Monday! pic.twitter.com/Lcmc2xMA2e — Reel Tours Hawaii (@reeltourshawaii »
The first three films announced on Wednesday by Warner Bros chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara and Legendary chairman Thomas Tull are Kong: Skull Island in 2017, Godzilla 2 in 2018 and Godzilla Vs. Kong in 2020.
Production on Kong: Skull Island is set to begin on Monday. Despite Legendary’s overall partnership with Universal, Warner Bros holds distribution rights to the tentpole, as it does on the Godzilla films.
It appears that Monarch, the human organisation that uncovered Godzilla in the 2014 film, will become an integral part of an overarching storyline that will include other ‘super-species’.
Ever since Legendary’s Comic-Con 2014 presentation, speculation on the blogosphere has been rife over the identity of the additional ‘super-species’.
They could include King Ghidorah, Mothra and Rodan, characters from Toho’s Godzilla universe that Legendary acquired shortly »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Following Legendary's and Warner Bros. Pictures' 2014 success with the global reinvention of the Godzilla franchise, the companies have come together to create an epic, new shared cinematic franchise. All-powerful monsters become towering heroes for a new generation, revealing a mythology that brings together Godzilla and Legendary's King Kong in an ecosystem of other giant super-species, both classic and new. Monarch, the human organization that uncovered Godzilla in the 2014 film, will expand their mission across multiple releases.
The announcement that the reinvention of monsters continues was made today by Legendary CEO, Thomas Tull, and Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. The initial trio of films are 2017's Kong: Skull Island, Godzilla 2 in 2018 and then Godzilla Vs Kong, arriving in theaters in 2020. While Legendary maintains its new home at Universal Pictures, the Godzilla films remain in partnership with Warner Bros., who will now also distribute Kong as a part of this franchise. »
Confirming what's been suspected for quite some time, Legendary and Warner Bros. announced today that Godzilla and King Kong will indeed collide onscreen once again in the feature film Godzilla vs. Kong. The colossal creature showdown is set for a 2020 theatrical release following the 2017 debut of Kong: Skull Island and the 2018 release of Godzilla 2.
Press Release: Burbank, CA – October 14, 2015 – Following Legendary’s and Warner Bros. Pictures’ 2014 success with the global reinvention of the Godzilla franchise, the companies have come together to create an epic, new shared cinematic franchise. All-powerful monsters become towering heroes for a new generation, revealing a mythology that brings together Godzilla and Legendary’s King Kong in an ecosystem of other giant super-species, both classic and new. Monarch, the human organization that uncovered Godzilla in the 2014 film, will expand their mission across multiple releases.
The announcement that the reinvention of monsters continues was made today by Legendary CEO, »
- Derek Anderson
Following Legendary’s and Warner Bros. Pictures’ 2014 success with the global reinvention of the Godzilla franchise, the companies have come together to create an epic, new shared cinematic franchise.
All-powerful monsters become towering heroes for a new generation, revealing a mythology that brings together Godzilla and Legendary’s King Kong in an ecosystem of other giant super-species, both classic and new.
Monarch, the human organization that uncovered Godzilla in the 2014 film, will expand their mission across multiple releases.
The announcement that the reinvention of monsters continues was made today by Legendary CEO, Thomas Tull, and Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. The initial trio of films are 2017’s Kong: Skull Island; Godzilla 2 in 2018; and then Godzilla Vs. Kong, arriving in theaters in 2020.
- Michelle McCue
The companies jointly announced Wednesday that the basis for the film would be an “ecosystem” of giant super-species, both classic and new, as the Monarch organization that uncovered Godzilla in the 2014 film expands its mission in multiple releases.
The announcement noted that while Legendary maintains its new home at Universal Pictures, the Godzilla films and the Kong origin film will be distributed via Warner Bros. Production on “Kong: Skull Island,” which had been at Universal until recently, begins Oct. 19 with Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and “Straight Outta Compton” actors Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell.
“Kong: Skull Island” will be set in the mysterious home of the »
- Dave McNary
This week, Neil Calloway agrees with Steven Spielberg about Comic Book Movies…
A month or so after it began, and some might say right in time for his new film, the Tom Hanks starring Cold War espionage thriller Bridge of Spies, the debate over Steven Spielberg’s comments regarding comic book movies rumbles on.
To be fair, it’s not much of a debate; film feuds are hardly like the 1990s West Coast Vs East Coast Hip Hop Rivalry; it’s not even Taylor Swift sniping at Katy Perry. Spielberg just mentioned that films come in cycles; once the Western was dominant, now it’s the Comic Book Movie. The early 1990s psychological thriller now only exists as bad TV movies, and the occasional gem such as Gone Girl. The action buddy movie hardly gets made now. Marvel Studios Head Honcho Kevin Feige responded by saying people had been predicting »
- Neil Calloway
“Xrc” (Extreme Reality Clips), infotainment at its most intense, is a global hit for Venezuela’s Cisneros Media Distribution, which has ordered a second season and spinoff.
Inspired by helmer-scribe Dan Gilroy’s crime drama feature “Nightcrawler,” which earned him a 2014 Best Screenplay Oscar nom and critical acclaim for lead Jake Gyllenhaal, the co-production with Rmg News is a hit in Asia, Africa and the Americas, including the U.S., where it airs on Univision sister network UniMas. Ben Silverman’s Electus has clinched exclusive rep rights to the reality series for Europe and Oz.
“This powerful series, comprised of real news footage that is completely shocking and electrifying, has audiences glued to the screen, not wanting to miss any of its intriguing scenes,” said Marcello Coltro, Evp of content distribution at Cisneros Media, who has ordered another 26 episodes from producer Rmg News.
Led by company co-founders/cameramen/brothers Marc, »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has found two more hardy souls willing to venture into dangerous territory for Kong: Skull Island. John Goodman and Me And Earl And The Dying Girl’s Thomas Mann have joined the cast of the adventure film.Kong, as you’ll likely know by now, finds a group of explorers – including the confirmed Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell and the slightly more nebulous, but likely to show up Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly – heading to the titular island and encountering the equally titular giant ape. Goodman, according to Deadline, is playing a government official named Randa who leads the expedition. Variety brings news of Mann’s casting, but only mentions that he’ll be part of the team. With Vogt-Roberts aiming to shoot this autumn from a script that has seen work by Max Borenstein, John Gatins, Dan Gilroy and Derek Connolly, »
The film currently stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman and “Straight Outta Compton” actors Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell. “Skull Island” had been set up at Universal, with which Legendary currently holds its deal, but recently moved to WB, where the studio hopes to have a cross-over with the “Godzilla” franchise it currently holds rights to.
Jordan Vogt-Roberts will direct the pic, and Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce with Mary Parent. Alex Garcia and Eric McLeod will serve as exec producers. Max Borenstein, John Gatins and Dan Gilroy penned the script.
While plot details are still vague, the story will be set in the mysterious, dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team »
- Justin Kroll
When Fox Searchlight announced the company’s fall 2015 release slate in July, it included a bump to April 2016 for Jean-Marc Vallée’s “Demolition.” Many assumed it was a sign of weakness where awards potential was concerned (failing, of course, to note the reigning best picture king’s success with March release “The Grand Budapest Hotel” last year). But one still wonders how the film might have played in the season had it stayed the course.
Not long after the release date news came the announcement that “Demolition” would open the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, and that raised a few eyebrows. It’s unique to grab that slot and then beg off for the next year on release, but the Canadian Vallée really wanted to play to his people north of the border, as he has with “C.R.A.Z.Y.,” “The Young Victoria,” “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Wild.”
After the film premiered Thursday night, »
- Kristopher Tapley
In a move that is setting the stage for yet another film universe to be created, sources tell Variety that Legendary is planning on moving its “King Kong” prequel, “Kong: Skull Island,” from Universal to Warner Bros.
The film currently stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and “Straight Outta Compton” actors Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell. “Skull Island” had been set up at Universal, with which Legendary currently holds its deal. The prequel was announced at Comic-Con.
Sources close to the situation say while this is not a done deal, things are moving forward and that the idea is to have future “Kong” films possibly cross over with “Godzilla” films, to which WB owns the sequel rights.
As of now, the release date for “Kong: Skull Island” is expected to remain Mar. 10, 2017.
While plot details are still vague, the story will be set in the mysterious, dangerous home of the king »
- Justin Kroll
With the deluge of superheroes in recent years set to become an outright flood shortly, criticism and doubts about the genre's ongoing popularity have increased in recent years with some major players within the industry like filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Dan Gilroy weighing in.
One of the key on-screen players in the rise of the genre's popularity has been that of actor Chris Evans in two key comic roles - Captain America/Steve Rogers and Johnny Storm/The Human Torch. Now out doing promotion for his indie film "Before We Go," Evans spoke with Collider about why he thinks this type of film will continue to be popular:
"I certainly think that given the fact that technology has finally advanced, they're always going to be looking for other films to match their technological accomplishments. Any film that can incorporate these larger-than-life characters and fantastical locations and plots, the technology wants »
- Garth Franklin
Since launching in 2011 through a partnership between theater chains AMC Theatres and Regal Entertainment Group, distributor Open Road Films has amassed a sui generis blend of often genre-leaning product that stands apart from the competition. Movies like Joe Carnahan’s “The Grey” (longtime readers will recall my affinity for that, the best film of 2012) and Steven Soderbergh’s “Side Effects” were favorably received by critics, while others like Jon Favreau’s “Chef” were hits as well. But none truly flirted with the awards season until last year’s “Nightcrawler.”
Nevertheless, Dan Gilroy’s broadcast news thriller came up short, too. It picked up surprise notices from the producers and screen actors guilds and was, for obvious reasons, adored by press and critics groups. But only the writers branch of the Academy spoke up for it come Oscar time. It was a scathing film, one that packed a heavy and cynical punch — perhaps too cynical. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Playing Easy-e in F. Gary Gray’s adorned musical biopic, Mitchell turned heads and raised eyebrows with his breakout performance, and now the up-and-comer is plotting course for the blockbuster scene. No word yet on who he will play in Skull Island, though word of his casting arrives on the heels of Fantastic Four‘s Toby Kebbell joining the project, which is to be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts.
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Truth be told, Kong: Skull Island sidestepped a potential pitfall earlier in the year when it lost both Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons – two actors who are widely seen to be hot property in the wake of Birdman and Whiplash. And though the origin tale is yet to fill in those »
- Michael Briers
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