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Christopher Nolan's frequent cinematographer Wally Pfister is making his feature directorial debut with Transcendence, a new sci-fi film set up at Warner Bros. starring Johnny Depp. We caught a brief glimpse of the film this past summer, but now the first official photos from the film have arrived. They show Depp giving some kind of lecture, not unlike Steve Jobs, and then another photo shows him on a couple screens as Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy and Rebecca Hall look on. That last photo seems to show Depp after his character's brain has been uploaded into a super computer prototype to save him from a group of anti-technology terrorists trying to assassinate him. We should be getting a trailer soon. Look! Here are the first photos from Wally Pfister's Transcendence from EW: Transcendence is directed by Wally Pfister (cinematographer on Inception and The Dark Knight trilogy) and written by Jack Paglen, »
- Ethan Anderton
A source with knowledge of the situation said the prospect of Discovery making a run at Scripps Networks was discussed Tuesday at a Discovery board meeting.
See Also: Scripps Networks Interactive Shares Spike on Discovery News
A rep for Discovery declined comment on the matter, as did a rep for Sni.
Sni’s holdings would be a natural fit with Discovery’s suite of lifestyle-driven cablers, which include the mothership channel, TLC, Animal Planet and Own.
Knoxville, Tenn.-based Sni has been seen as a prime acquisition target for some time. The company has valuable brands, particularly in Food Network and Hgtv, but is small enough to be easily integrated »
- Andrew Wallenstein
The book that Steve Jobs gave as his final gift to friends and family is getting the big-screen treatment. Production recently wrapped on indie feature The Answer, which is based on the best-selling book Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. The true story of one man's journey to self-realization, The Answer was written by and features music by Swami Kriyananda, author of the memoir The New Path, which chronicles his relationship with Yogananda. The film also will draw from The New Path. Victor Banerjee (A Passage to India) stars as Yogananda. Set in the late 1930s to early 1950s, The Answer attempts to provide the answer
- Tatiana Siegel
So long, Ashton Kutcher. The "Two and a Half Men" star is no longer the highest-paid actor on TV. That honor now goes to "Modern Family's" Sofia Vergara, who made an estimated $30 million between June 2012 and June 2013, according to Forbes.
The magazine has released its list of the Top 20 highest-paid actors on TV, and Ashton has been knocked down to second place. While Vergara makes $175,000 an episode like her "Modern Family" co-stars, her endorsement deals are pretty impressive. In addition to doing commercials for brands like Diet Pepsi and Cover Girl, the actress also has a clothing line at Kmart and several other endeavors.
While Kutcher is no longer in the lead, he's not doing to shabby, himself. He raked in roughly $24 million for the year, mostly due to his "Two and a Half Men" work. However, he also starred in a Steve Jobs biopic and continues to get checks for "That 70s Show, »
"...the film chronicles 'Steve Jobs' transformation of character from the enthusiasm and self-discovery of his youth, to the personal demons that clouded his vision, and finally to the ultimate triumphs of his later life.
"Steve Jobs changed the way we see the world today through his relentless drive, passion, persistence, and the force of his will, and it is through these qualities that we draw inspiration from his life.
"The life of Steve Jobs..."
Bonus features include a "Making Of..." feature.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Jobs"...
- Michael Stevens
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
"Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me"
What's It About? The Memphis band Big Star has legions of diehard fans and critical acclaim aplenty, and its influence can be felt across the history of rock 'n' roll. But why did mainstream success elude them? Why did Big Star flame out after only three albums? This doc tries to put the pieces together.
Why We're In: Even fans don't know the whole story about this cult band and its members, so this doc will help them fill in some of the blanks. Chris Bell died in 1978 as an unknown, and the late Alex Chilton was also not a huge fan of talking to the media. "Nothing Can Hurt Me" puts the band into context of the Memphis scene, and it has tons of interviews with everyone left who was involved with the band, rock critics, and »
- Jenni Miller
Check out what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Getaway (action, Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez; rated PG-13) Jobs (biopic about Apple founder Steve Jobs; Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney; rated PG-13) Red 2 (action sequel; Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins; PG-13) Turbo (animated; voices: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti; rated PG) The Truth About Emanuel (thriller; Jessica Biel, Kaya Scodelario; pretheatrical release; not rated) The Punk Singer...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Thank Yeezus! Kanye West may be busy with touring, planning a wedding, fathering an infant, being a fashion icon, and making insane music videos with Kim Kardashian, but the outspoken rapper told Philly’s Power 99 that he’s already working on his next album, which he hopes to release next summer.
Kanye West, 36, is never one to sit pretty. Even though he’s currently headlining a world tour and planning a wedding to his baby mama and “Bound 2″ co-star Kim Kardashian, 33, he’s still planning to drop his next album next summer. Read on for more details!
You can’t earn the title of “Yeezus” without working your butt off, and Kanye has certainly proved that with the whirlwind year (or five) that he’s had. With a new baby and »
- HL Intern
The 36-year-old, who previously compared himself to late Apple boss Steve Jobs, said he shared many characteristics with the confectioner, Metro.co.uk reported.
According to American radio station Wpgc, he said that he wants to be as unrealistic as possible, and the worst thing about him comparing himself to Steve Jobs is that it's too realistic of an idea.
The 'Black Skinhead' rapper added that he is trying to get as close to a dream state as possible, which is the reason why people do yoga, drink, smoke weed,. »
- Anita Agarwal
John Landis has heavily criticised big movie studios in a new interview.
The Animal House director lamented the current state of the film industry, denouncing the cutthroat nature of the business.
"Now if a movie doesn't make money its first two days, you're f**ked!" he told The Hollywood Reporter at the Mar del Plata Film Festival, which is currently showing a retrospective of his work.
"Some of us were very lucky. I started to make movies for the studios in the '70s. They were dying, but at least they were still studios," he said.
When asked about his thoughts on Hollywood's tendency to choose remakes over original projects, he replied: "There are no original ideas. What there is - and this is something no one understands - is that it is never about the idea, it is about the execution of the idea.
"The film studios are all »
In a transcript up at THR, he let loose a huge amount of frustration and anger about how the business has changed. It's a lengthy speech, but it makes for an interesting read:
"Some of us were very lucky. I started to make movies for the studios in the '70s. They were dying, but at least they were still studios.
There are no original ideas. What there is -- and this is something no one understands -- is that it is never about the idea, it is about the execution of the idea. The film studios are all now subdivisions of huge multinational corporations.
Time Warner, British Petroleum, Sony -- these aren't companies, they are f*cking nations. They are these »
- Garth Franklin
While speaking at the Mar del Plata Film Festival, director John Landis (Coming to America, Trading Places) spoke about the current state of the movie business, pointing out everything that he believes is wrong. "The studios are not in the movie business anymore," he said. "There are no original ideas. It's never about the idea, it is about the execution of the idea. The film studios are all now subdivisions of huge multinational corporations. Time Warner, British Petroleum, Sony -- these aren't companies, they are f*cking nations. They are these giant international things that don't pay taxes. It's ridiculous. They're like pirates. It really has to do with desperation, because they don't know how to get people into the theaters, so they bring back 3D and make all this kind of shit." He continued: "It's very common now to spend more money selling a movie than making a movie. »
By Craig Flaster
Forte's latest role in acclaimed filmmaker Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" is an unusual departure for the actor, who was seen this year in "Grown Ups 2" as a male cheerleader and heard in "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2" as the over-the-top, Steve Jobs-like villain. And Forte was as surprised to get the dramatic part as anyone.
"Alexander Payne is one of my favorite directors and I thought there was very little chance I would be able to get this role," says Forte.
The talented funnyman beat out a number of other actors for the coveted role. While Forte says this gave him some initial confidence, he was also very nervous to be on the actual set of Payne's newest dramedy.
"I heard about some of the people who were in the mix, »
- MTV Movies Team
Kanye West stops by "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Tuesday (Nov. 19). Check out his "Bound 2" video here and above, West talks about his think tank that he's using to collaborate with various artists and even a pastor -- "My plan is not to become the best fashion designer or the best filmmaker, it's just to take a perspective." He also says his three idols are "Jesus Christ, my dad and Steve Jobs."
"God gave me everything that I wanted and now I want to take a piece of that joy that I'm feeling and give it back to the people that helped make it happen for me," he adds.
On how having a baby has changed his work:
"Just being super focused, like even more determined to get these ideas across »
“You see things; and you say ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say ‘Why not?’”
“Back to Methuselah” (1921)
But once elected, it’s not enough to be a visionary. You need to know how to put that vision into effect.
President Barak Obama – and I can’t believe I’m saying this – does not.
The Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, is in real trouble. The website is a disaster – where is Oracle when we need her? – and those who have been able to sign up are finding that their »
- Mindy Newell
Thn look forward to all things Pixar and so the announcement that Transworld are set to publish this book comes with a lot of interest! Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration, by Ed Catmull, co-founder and President of Pixar Animation Studios is released on 10th April 2014 and we’ve got further details for you now!
In the book, Catmull – who founded the company in 1986, with John Lasseter and Steve Jobs, and is also President of Walt Disney Animation Studios – takes readers deep into the nerve centre of Pixar and reveals the ideals, principles and practices, honed over years, that have made the studio so widely admired – and so profitable.
Here, for the first time, is the inside story of Pixar’s rise from a small, money-losing hardware company to a movie studio with 1,200 employees and a streak of fourteen No. 1 movies »
- Dan Bullock
Review Frances Roberts 15 Nov 2013 - 19:14
Elementary delivers an uninspiring case and an intriguing twist. Here's Frances' review of Blood Is Thicker...
This review contains spoilers.
2.8 Blood Is Thicker
Last week’s episode left me wondering how the relationship between Mycroft and Watson, following their one-night stand in London, was going to play out. Blood Is Thicker provided the answer: it wasn’t, at least not this week. That particular plot development was left dawdling at the wayside while Holmes and Watson chased down the road after an inconsequential, and it has to be said, fairly tasteless case.
Tasteless because inventor Ian Gale seemed so closely modelled on Steve Jobs that positioning the fictional widow as his avaricious murderer was a bit disrespectful to the real-life counterparts. The iconic inventor of a smartphone that had changed the world as we know it, one with a well-read biography, a rock star developer in the eighties, »
We’ve just received the following press release from Transworld regarding an exciting new book that we will see on shelves in April 2014. The book in question is written by Ed Catmull, co-founder and President of Pixar Animation Studios and is called Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration, which basically tells the story as to how he and fellow founders John Lasseter and Steve Jobs took the company from being flat broke in the 1980s to be coming the massive animation house we know and love today.
The book takes readers deep into the nerve centre of Pixar and reveals the ideals, principles and practices, honed over years, that have made the studio so widely admired – and so profitable.
Over the years, Pixar has garnered 30 Academy Awards ® and earned more than 7 billion dollars worldwide.
But Creativity, Inc., which Catmull wrote with Amy Wallace, »
- Paul Heath
Modine’s Cinco Dedos Peliculas production banner acquired the move rights to “Walk Like A Man,” a tale of a 15-year-old boy attempting to prove his uncle’s innocence and save him from a traitor’s fate.
The novel, published in 1961, follows the teen and his best friend through the rugged Appalachian Mountains where they encounter nefarious characters and deadly circumstances to discover why the war is being fought and why it must to come to a rapid end.
Honig is repped by Lukas Ortiz at the Phillip Spitzer Literary Agency. Modine is repped by Apa. »
- Dave McNary
Random House has acquired Pixar founder Ed Catmull's book about his career at the animation studio. He will offer a rare first-hand look inside the studio that reinvigorated animation with its pioneering special effects and lyrical storytelling. Creativity: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration will be published on April 8, 2014. Photos: 'Monsters University' Premiere: A Frightening Good Time Along with John Lasseter and Steve Jobs, Catmull helped found the company in 1986 out of Jobs' acquisition of Lucasfilm's digital division, where Catmull worked. He's been at Pixar ever since. When Disney acquired Pixar
- Andy Lewis
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