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Giving both the film and the filmmakers some extra breathing room, the opening date of Warner Bros. Pictures' action adventure Pan has been moved to fall and will begin its global launch with the new domestic release date of October 9, 2015. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President, International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. Pan will now go up against Relativity's Kidnap and Universal's Steve Jobs on October 9. Here's what Dan Fellman had to say in a statement.
"We wanted to give Pan the space to extend its theatrical run, so taking it out of the cluttered summer season made the most sense. Moving the film to the heart of the fall will allow us more time to screen the picture, enabling us to capitalize on what we anticipate will be strong word of mouth."
Veronika Kwan Vandenberg added her own statement.
With Sony’s “Pixels,” “Fox’s “Paper Towns” and the Weinstein Company’s “Southpaw” opening on July 24, Warner Bros. has decided to move Joe Wright‘s “Pan” to Oct. 9, the studio announced Monday. The move will give Wright more time to complete the action-adventure movie, which will also have more room to breathe in the marketplace. The only other films opening Oct. 9 are Universal’s “Steve Jobs” and Relativity’s Halle Berry thriller “Kidnap.” Monday’s announcement was made by Warner Bros. executives Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, president of international distribution. Also Read: 17 Summer Movies We're Dying to See:. »
- Jeff Sneider
His Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy... in the dentist's office! Kanye West told Paper in its April 2015 cover story that "vibing out" on nitrous gas during one visit to the dentist's office made his life perspective surprisingly clearer. "One time I was at the dentist's office and I was given nitrous gas and I was vibing out," West, 37, told the mag. "I guess that's my version of Steve Jobs and his LSD trip -- when I had this first thought: What is the meaning of life? [...] »
Oscar Isaac has delivered another superb performance in Alex Garland's "Ex Machina." It follows a National Board of Review-winning turn in "A Most Violent Year" which, frankly, should have earned him an Academy Award nomination this past January. Of course, you could also say he should have received more recognition for his work in "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Drive," but Isaac's time will come. Potentially with whatever projects he chooses after shooting "X-Men: Apocalypse" this summer. But, before we get to Isaac's blueprint or building his character in "Machina" let's get to the subject you probably really want him to hear about, "Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens." Frankly, the mantra for anyone working on any J.J. Abrams directed movie is that you keep your lips sealed and don't reveal anything to the press. And that means almost everything is under wraps unless you're playing Han Solo, Princess »
- Gregory Ellwood
After taking the month of March off in terms of Oscar predictions, I’m back taking a new look at what the Academy could do with this upcoming year in film. Again, it’s super early and probably silly to be focusing in on them like I am currently, but it’s also fun and gives us an idea of what movies to potentially look forward to. I’m keeping it mostly short and sweet today, just basically posting an update to the predictions (with a slight detour to discuss one contender), plus the next in line list that I know is popular as well. All of this can and likely will change in the near future, possibly even in the summer when things first begin to shape up, so stay tuned on that front. For now, enjoy these Academy Award predictions and cross your fingers that we have a good year for prestige films. »
- Joey Magidson
By now you should know that the Kardashians are in the process of taking Armenia. That's right, Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, Kanye West and North West are currently on vacation in Armenia to learn about the land of the family's ancestors. So what better time for everyone to learn about Armenian culture, right? While the famous fam continues their sightseeing overseas, here are 10 fascinating facts about Armenian culture and history. 1. The Kardashians aren't the only famous Armenians. Cher is also of Armenian decent through her father's lineage. Michael Vartan also has Armenian blood as does Dita Von Teese and Joe Manganiello. And although Steve Jobs was of Syrian decent, his adoptive »
Confidence is a good thing. Most of the time. It would be impossible for the greatest among us to achieve their highest potential without confidence. Imagine if Steve Jobs hadn't had confidence in himself. We wouldn't have iAnything. Or Michael Jordan? We never would have gotten Space Jam. How about Beyonce? Kanye would have nothing to complain about at awards shows without Bey's confidence...Actually, he'd probably find something. Speaking of Kanye, sometimes confidence isn't such a great thing. It can make you do things you otherwise wouldn't or shouldn't. For example, being so confident in an answer on Jeopardy that you end up becoming internet famous overnight for the creepiest Jeopardy response »
For a man whose directorial debut has earned almost uniformly stellar reviews, Alex Garland seems slightly pessimistic about what might come next. It's likely because of his experiences writing "Sunshine," "Never Let Me Go" and "Dredd." All three earned some heaping of critical praise, but either disappointed or had middling success at the box office. "Ex Machina," which has already had success on the other side of the Atlantic, may break that trend. A contemporary science fiction thriller, "Machina" finds a young programmer, Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), dropped off at the remote estate of his company's mysterious and genius founder, Nathan (Oscar Isaac). Caleb has won a contest at their Google-like company to spend a week with this powerful, Steve Jobs-esque figure, but he soon learns, however, that he's been recruited for a specific experiment. Nathan has secretly been developing an artificial intelligence that "lives" within a walking and talking robotic body. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Alex Gibney, whose documentaries have garnered an Oscar and two Emmys, suddenly finds critics and audiences both admiring and attacking his latest films — all three of them. It’s hard to remember any other filmmaker, especially a documentarian, who has managed to become as prolific or as provocative.
The 61-year-old Gibney surprises me for another reason, too: Each of his new docs persuaded me to change the way I think about their central characters. Having been whipsawed by Gibney, I now see Tom Cruise, Steve Jobs and Frank Sinatra in a different light. And I’m not sure I always like what I’ve found out.
When I spoke with Gibney last week, I asked him the obvious dumb question: Don’t you ever sleep? I also asked whether he, too, changes his mind about his subjects in midstream.
Gibney assured me that, having read Walter Isaac-son’s admiring biography, »
- Peter Bart
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Apple appears to be taking over the world, one personal electronic product at a time. Every second person seems to own one Apple product or another, be it a computer, phone, watch, or tablet, such is the strength of this world-renowned brand.
Having started as a computer company producing desktops in 1976, Apple has grown its product range since the turn of the millennium – with the introduction of such commodities as the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad and, most recently, the iWatch.
Co-founder Steve Jobs died in October 2011, leading many to predict that Apple would begin to struggle, but since then the company has grown from strength to strength and can now boast an unrivalled market share across various electronic-media platforms. Yet, despite the daily coverage Apple receives, there are still many interesting facts about the company that are now widely known.
For example, the company’s »
- Chris Waugh
Last week, I joined a group of journalists at Pixar in Emeryville, where we were shown the first hour of "Inside Out," this summer's new Pixar film. You can get a look at some of what we did in this gallery, and you can see some concept art for the film embedded below. The last interview of my day was with Jonas Rivera, who produced “Inside Out.” Rivera started at Pixar as an intern, making him pretty much the walking incarnation of a success story at the studio. We’d spoken earlier in the day as part of a round-table along with director Pete Docter, but this was my chance to speak to Rivera one-on-one. Drew McWeeny: I said this when you were in the room earlier: I feel like each Pixar director at this point has a signature and has something that they bring to the table that makes their films different. »
- Drew McWeeny
The vast majority of the windfall comes from more than $144 million in stock awards that Zaslav received after setting a new six-year employment contract last year.
In fairness, those awards will vest over time, which means that Zaslav did not actually command a $156.1 million paycheck. SEC rules mandate that Discovery record the entire value of stock awards to be doled out over the six-year contract in the first year that they are granted. Zaslav’s paydays in the coming years will be far lower. In 2013, Zaslav received $33 million, with $22.5 million coming from stock awards.
The stock awards are largely tied to the company’s performance during the next six years. That means his actual haul could wind up being nothing if Discovery’s stock falls below pre-determined targets, »
- Cynthia Littleton
A dozen premieres are set for the 58th San Franciso Intl. Film Festival, including North American launches of Ian McKellen’s “Mr. Holmes” and Andrei Konchalovsky’s “The Postman’s White Nights,” which won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
Organizers unveiled the rest of the slate on Tuesday, including the world premieres of Jason Zeldes’ “Romeo Is Bleeding” and Isabella Rossellini’s “Green Porno: Live”; the North American premiere of Albanian-Italian production “Bota”; Henri Fescourt’s silent “Monte Cristo”; and Japanese youth music drama “Wonderful World End.”
- Dave McNary
Luck may or may not be a lady, but Alex Gibney is on a pretty fantastic roll, following his riveting Scientology documentary “Going Clear” with “Sinatra: All or Nothing At All.” Few entertainers have lives worthy of one film, let alone this two-part, four-hour extravaganza for HBO, but Frank Sinatra can barely be done justice even then. Timed to the centennial of his birth, Gibney’s meticulous production employs an intriguing, more visually engaging style of incorporating talking heads while drawing heavily on concert footage and Sinatra interviews. Simply put, one needn’t be a huge fan to start spreading the news.
In a clever departure, Gibney features only the voice of most interview subjects – including Sinatra’s children Nancy and Frank Jr., in a film made with the participation of Sinatra’s estate – thus allowing him to keep the screen filled with footage of Sinatra in one form or another. »
- Brian Lowry
Thanks to the news of Trevor Noah taking over Jon Stewart's "Daily Show" desk, we remembered something: Wow, "Daily Show" alums have basically taken over the world. If they're not landing primetime sitcom gigs, they're scoring Oscar nominations and populating romcoms. To celebrate Noah's new post, let's take a look at five Netflix picks starring the friends, colleagues, and cronies of Jon Stewart. Watch 'em now. "Trevor Noah: African American" If you haven't been introduced to your new "Daily Show" host's brand of observational humor yet, check out his comedy special where he discusses his home country of South Africa and why racial relations there, even during the age of apartheid, are/were less complicated than in the U.S. His bit about Oprah Winfrey's leadership academy is particularly inspired. And a little unsettling! "Bruce Almighty" Oscar nominee Steve Carell wasn't always scarring you with his fake "Foxcatcher" nose and deathly "Foxcatcher" stare. »
- Louis Virtel
She's his little pusher love girl! Justin Timberlake has worked with a lot of A-list stars — Jay Z, Madonna, and Rihanna, to name just a few — but as he made clear at the iHeartRadio Awards on March 29, his most beloved partner in crime is his pregnant wife, Jessica Biel. Taking the stage at L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium to accept the iHeartRadio Innovator Award, the "Mirrors" singer gave a lengthy speech about his long (and very successful) music career. After quoting the likes of Steve Jobs and [...] »
If we took a census and made a list of super-villain goals, taking over the world would probably make the number one slot, and achieving immortality would probably make number two. Real-life science has been wholeheartedly pursuing the goal of unending life. I even reviewed a documentary about the subject for this very website at last year’s Hot Docs, but despite some giant leaps in knowledge, living forever is still just a fantasy. Unless you’re a jellyfish. The latest episode of The Blacklist had immortality on the mind, as Red’s pick for this week’s adventure was conducting human experiments into achieving the unachievable.
It was a return to the classical structure of The Blacklist after the divergence of the last couple of weeks, the clip show and the redemption of Tom Keen. Once again, Red comes in with a name, “The Longevity Initiative,” and the FBI »
- Adam A. Donaldson
Now in its 58th year, the San Francisco Film Society's two-week festival will kick off on April 23 with Alex Gibney's SXSW premiere "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine," a probing documentary portrait of the Apple guru. On May 2, the Centerpiece screening will be James Ponsoldt's acclaimed Sundance feature "The End of the Tour," starring Jason Segel as author David Foster Wallace opposite Jesse Eisenberg as the budding Rolling Stone journalist who follows him. The fest closes on May 7 with Michael Almereyda's "Experimenter," also a Sundance premiere, starring Peter Sarsgaard as scientist Stanley Milgram opposite Winona Ryder. The full lineup lands next Tuesday, March 31. Read More: Here Are the 19 Films in Sf Film Fest Competition Sfiff previously announced a special award tribute to Guillermo Del Toro, where we'll see footage from his fall tentpole "Crimson Peak," along with the 19 films in competition including Sundance premiere "The. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
“This year’s Big Nights focus on iconic real-life figures who have made a significant impact on the worlds of technology, business, culture and science,” said San Francisco Film Society executive director Noah Cowan.
“These films feel especially relevant to San Francisco today and the ongoing national conversation around celebrity, privacy and our digital lives. They are also, not incidentally, exceptionally well directed and acted films by leaders in contemporary cinema culture.”
Festival brass will announce the complete programme shortly.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Although it has lingered in development since the rights were snapped up in 2010, the adaptation of Ernie Cline’s pop culture-stuffed novel Ready Player One seems about to jump to the next level. Steven Spielberg now has his eye on it, and may end up shooting the film version after he’s finished both Bridge Of Spies and The Bfg. Written by Cline, the screenwriter behind Fanboys, Ready Player One follows teenager Wade Watts who likes to escape his dreary, dangerous real world by logging into Oasis, a globally networked virtual utopia where users lead idyllic alternate lives. When the game‘s eccentric, Steve Jobs-style billionaire creator dies, he offers up his fortune as the prize in an elaborate treasure hunt. Wade is pitted against powerful corporate foes and ruthless competitors who will do anything, in the Oasis and the real world, to reach the riches first. The script »
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