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On a recent episode of the podcast I was reviewing Violet & Daisy and got to talking about how good James Gandolfini was in it and simply how great he seems to be in just about everything he does. Recently that would include Killing Them Softly, Zero Dark Thirty and the fact he was the best thing in David Chase's little seen Not Fade Away. As it turns out, his greatness will have to remain in our memories as the man most commonly known for his leading role in HBO's "The Sopranos" has passed away today at the age of 51. Reports are conflicting on the cause of death with some outlets saying it was a heart attack and others saying it was a stroke, but HBO has confirmed Gandolfini died today while on vacation in Italy. Gandolfini's work in film is not yet done as he already completed filming an »
- Brad Brevet
Helen Murdoch on five films that have really divided opinion....
Man of Steel has taken the UK and Us box office by storm but it has divided cinemagoers and critics alike. Some have hailed Zack Snyder’s all actioner, whereas others have condemned its uneven storytelling and hectic action. Watching a film is always a deeply personal experience and one film can be adored by millions and equally hated by millions. That got me thinking about what other films have sparked such fierce debate amongst movie goers...
You only have to type Prometheus into Google to see the range of criticism and appreciation for Ridley Scott’s return to the Alien-verse. Some hailed it as a return to form and welcomed the return of the Xenomorph. On the other hand people hated Scott’s new incarnation so much that there are hundreds of blogs dedicated to Prometheus criticism. »
- Flickering Myth
First they played with zombies, then they played cops and robbers, but now Simon Pegg and Nick Frost will be playing with nasty robots in the upcoming apocalyptic comedy, "The World's End." The newest trailer for Edgar Wright's film takes a look back on his previous collaborations with Pegg and Frost ("Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz") before launching into their newest adventure, which involves five childhood friends returning to their hometown for a massive pub crawl. Also read: Paddy Considine and Fares Fares Join Tom Hardy Thriller 'Child 44' (Exclusive) Unfortunately, an army »
- Greg Gilman
Want to dine like the stars? Chef Simone Panella from Brooklyn hot spot Antica Pesa - where the celeb clientele has included A-listers like Madonna, Michael Douglas and Tom Hardy - shares a summer pasta dish for you to wow your guests with. Pasta Alla NormaServes 42 large eggplants, sliced in ¼-in. slicesSalt½ cup all-purpose flour¾ cup olive oil1 onion, peeled and chopped2 celery ribs, diced1 carrot, peeled and diced1 (28-oz.) can plum tomatoes, chopped½ tsp. sugar6 basil leaves, chopped1 (16-oz.) package rigatoni pasta3½ oz. ricotta salata, grated 1. Sprinkle eggplant with 1 tbsp. salt. Place in a colander, cover with a weighted plate, »
Photos for Elysium, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Wolverine, Jennifer Lawrence in Mystique make-up on the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans kissing on the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Posters for Elysium, Only God Forgives, Insidious: Chapter Two, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Paranoia, Stranded, Passion, We're the Millers, Pawn Shop Chronicles, Grabbers, Riddick, Blood, and character posters for The World's End.
"Arnold Schwarzenegger confirms that he is a part of the third 'Expendables' movie and he's going to start filming it in August in Los Angeles…" (full details)
"Lakeshore Entertainment has scored a untitled action thriller script pitch from Spenser Cohen. The story deals with the United States' controversial drone program…" (full details)
"FilmDistrict has closed a $10 million deal for U.S. distribution rights to the musical event film 'Rocketman,' which chronicles the journey of »
- Garth Franklin
If you thought Tom Hardy being mooted to play Elton John was the week's unlikeliest Brit-related biopic story, think again. (Incidentally, the Elton John project, "Rocketman," found a Us distributor today in FilmDistrict.) Eddie Redmayne is in line to play Stephen Hawking in "Theory of Everything," a biopic of the famed, Als-afflicted theoretical physicist currently being developed by UK company Working Title. The film is to be directed by James Marsh, the documentarian who won a 2008 Oscar for "Man of Wire," but who has also been making strides in narrative cinema -- his excellent Ira thriller "Shadow Dancer," starring an award-worthy »
- Guy Lodge
I love Avalanche Studios, so when they announced that they were making a Mad Max game my heart skipped a beat. I love Mad Max. He is the epitome of a badass. So it makes sense that this game is badass.
Two developers showed us gameplay set in the barren wasteland. The map is massive with multiple areas. When I asked how big it was in relation to Just Cause 2 (one of the biggest game worlds created by Avalance Studios), they told me it was too early to tell. But I have a feeling it'll at least be on par. One of the big things they talked about was your ability to create your own iconic car. One of the coolest things they showcased was how realistic the physics were when driving the car. Just Cause is not known for its realistic physics, actually quite the opposite. But Mad Max »
- Lucas Lowman
Ubisoft Motion Pictures have just announced three more video game titles they own that are planning to make the jump to the big screen.
The first is the kid-friendly "Rabbids," a game series about an animated group of hyper rabbits know for causing mischief. The film version will be akin to "The Smurfs" or "Alvin and the Chipmunks" - live action films with CG characters.
The second will be based on the popular "Far Cry" game series. Logically it will keep the island jungle setting of two of the three Fps games. Like all these films though, it will utilise an original story rather than adapt a specific game.
The third and most exciting is the film version of the highly anticipated potential franchise launcher "Watch Dogs". That open world game is set in a city where the entire infrastructure (cell & data networks, electrical grids, surveillance cameras, traffic lights, subway »
- Garth Franklin
Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives hits theaters this July, but after that his next project is still up in the air. There’s been talk of a Logan’s Run remake, but nothing concrete has been announced in terms of a timetable, so who knows when that may happen. But the director may have found his next project in an adaptation of the sci-fi comic series The Incal.
Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius’ epic graphic novel series takes place in a futuristic human-dominated galactic empire, with the story starting in the dystopian capital city of an insignificant planet. The hero is John Difool, a Pi and bodyguard who originally has no interest in being a hero, but gains powers when given the Light Incal by a dying Berg. Unfortunately for him, this power crystal is sought by many groups, and most will stop at no costs to get their »
- Alexander Lowe
Will Hardy feel the love tonight? The Elton John biopic, Rocketman, is taking shape, and now it seems Dark Knight Rises star Tom Hardy is being courted to play the iconic piano player. Producers Steve Hamilton Shaw, David Furnish (natch) and Lawrence Bender have been talking up the project, with Shaw claiming it will be a "radically different kind of biopic…as unique as Elton's life, told in a non-linear and hyper-visual manner." »
Video game publisher and developer Ubisoft announced plans a while ago for film adaptations of Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon. Michael Fassbender is still attached to Assassin's Creed, as is Tom Hardy for Splinter Cell and it was just announced a couple of days ago that Michael Bay might develop the Ghost Recon film. But apparently Ubisoft has plans for some of their other properties too. Variety is reporting that the film division of Ubisoft is planning on »
- Jesse Giroux
Rocket Pictures and Icon/AI Film’s red-hot Cannes market project about the life of Elton John has found its Us home, sources confirmed to Screendaily on Wednesday evening . Good Universe handles international sales and introduced to buyers on the Croisette.
Film District is understood to be plotting a wide release for Rocketman after paying a minimum guarantee in the region of $10m and committing to a sizeable P&A spend.
As previously reported, Michael Gracey will direct the musically inspired retelling of John’s tumultuous life story, from his origins as a musical prodigy to a singer-songwriter and performer of worldwide renown. Lee Hall wrote the screenplay.
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Ubisoft’s new production company, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, has yet to begin filming its debut feature film based on an existing video game series, Assassin’s Creed, which will star Michael Fassbender in the lead role. There’s a definite feeling, though, that once they get rolling, it’ll be difficult to get them to stop. Ubisoft has already announced two additional titles: Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell - starring Tom Hardy - and Ghost Recon - which will be developed by Michael Bay.
The pace isn’t going to slow down after that, either, as Ubisoft Motion Pictures has just added three more titles to their list of planned features (perhaps it’s easier to organize such things when you ...
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- H. Shaw-Williams
An Elton John biopic would grab our attention in most any configuration, but producers Steve Hamilton Shaw, David Furnish, Lawrence Bender, and (hey) Sir Elton John are doing a great job with the early hype for Rocketman. Shaw promises, “Rocketman will be a radically different kind of biopic. It will be as unique as Elton’s life, told in a non-linear and hyper-visual manner.” Up-and-coming commercials director Michael Gracey is on board with a script by Lee Hall (Billy Elliott) that features choreographed features set to John’s catalog. Best of all, Tom Hardy is circling the lead role—I didn’t know I wanted that, but now I must have it. This is understandably an appealing package to studios. Deadline reports FilmDistrict is near a deal for the U.S. rights with a $10 million minimum guarantee (plus a significant marketing budget) for a wide release. Hall’s script starts »
- Brendan Bettinger
Exclusive: FilmDistrict is nearing a deal to acquire U.S. rights to Rocketman, the Michael Gracey-directed biographical musical film about Sir Elton John. The script is by Billy Elliot‘s Lee Hall, and Tom Hardy is circling to play the lead role. This film was the talk of Cannes, where it was shopped by UTA, which structured the financing. It was there that UK-based Icon’s production arm AI Film agreed to come aboard to co-finance the film with Rocket Pictures during the Cannes Film Festival. I’m told that FilmDistrict is betting big here, with Peter Schlessel’s distribution company paying around a $10 million minimum guarantee for a guaranteed wide theatrical release and size-able P&A. There is also a generous gross corridor after the film recoups. The film follows John’s journey from 5-year old musical prodigy who by age 11 won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Ubisoft is certainly trying to get over the stigma of video game to movie adaptions. They’ve signed Michael Fassbender to produce and star in a film version of Assassin’s Creed and enlisted Tom Hardy for the same jobs on a Splinter Cell movie. Yesterday we even got word that Michael Bay has signed on to direct Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon.
As if those three films weren’t enough, Variety is reporting that Ubisoft has announced film versions of Watch Dogs, Far Cry and Rabbids.
Here’s some info on the games from Varitey:
Watch Dogs is a stealth game that lets players hack into people’s phones and other devices, as well as the city’s infrastructure to carry out missions and stop criminals. Each game in the Far Cry series has been different, with the first following an ex Special Forces operative who searches for a »
- Philip Sticco
It's a big morning for videogame movie news. Along with the announcement of a writer for the new Tomb Raider film, we've also got games studio Ubisoft revealing that big screen adaptations are in the works for Far Cry, Watch Dogs and the Rabbids. This follows hot on the heels of the story from earlier this week that Michael Bay will be overseeing a cinema version of Tom Clancy and Ubisoft's Ghost Recon. Assassin's Creed (with Michael Fassbender) and Splinter Cell (with Tom Hardy) have also both been in the works for some time. Danger of photosensitive epilepsy, Will Robinson.For those unacquainted, Far Cry is a series of first-person shooters, with each instalment taking its own narrative route. The first was about a special forces agent on the trail of a missing journalist; the second was about hunting terrorist The Jackal; and the third was about an American tourist »
Ubisoft is on a role with announcing the games they want to turn into movies! They've just added Watch Dogs, Far Cry, and Rabbids to the list. They've already got got Ghost Recon with Michael Bay, Assassin's Creed with Michael Fassbender, and Splinter Cell with Tom Hardy. Yes, Uwe Boll already made a Far Cry movie, but let's just forget that ever happened.
The company will package the films up and start shopping them around to studios. Ubisoft will maintain creative control of the film project as they’re developed into movies. Under the direction of Ump CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet, they will hire the screenwriters, directors, and cast and choose the production shingles and studios it wants to work with. They will also finance the development of the scripts.
According to Baronnet, the reason they are doing it this way is so "no one can tell us you have to »
- Joey Paur
Ubisoft is planning movies based on Watch Dogs, Far Cry and Rabbids.
The company has set up deals with Warner Bros and 20th Century Fox as part of Ubisoft Motion Pictures' phase two, reports Variety.
The French game publisher has lined up its three properties as Hollywood projects.
It already has Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell films set up at New Regency.
Ubisoft will retain creative control in its movie division for all the films and finance the development of the scripts.
Ump CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet will be in charge of hiring screenwriters, directors and cast members and choosing the production shingles and studios the company will work with.
Far Cry and Rabbids are pre-established franchises, while Watch Dogs will not debut its first game until November 22 in Europe and November 19 in North America.
With French videogame studio Ubisoft already set to turn Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon into feature films, they're now lining up another trio. Word has it that Ubisoft is seeking movie adaptations for Watch Dogs, Far Cry and Rabbids. Perhaps this will mark a new wave of competent video game adaptations since each project has already landed some heavy Hollywood hitters. Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class) has signed on to star in Assassin's Creed, which is slated to open Memorial Day 2015; Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) will take on Splinter Cell; and Michael Bay will now be developing Ghost Recon as a franchise for Warner Bros. So what's in store for the next wave of video games-turned-feature films? Hit the jump to find out. Variety reports that Ubisoft is interested in proceeding with phase two of their adaptation plans. The studio will also maintain creative control over their projects, »
- Dave Trumbore
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