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Warner Bros.’ untitled Acme movie is taking shape. Heat Vision reports that X-Men: First Class scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz have been tapped to write the script for the project, while Crazy Stupid Love writers/directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are in early talks to direct. The film is planned as a CG/live-action hybrid and while story details are under wraps, producer Dan Lin previously told us that the lead character is a Steve Jobs-type and the story revolves around the titular company that makes everything. Steve Carell is attached to star in what is being envisioned as a big family adventure movie. Ficarra and Requa just helmed the upcoming con artist pic Focus, starring Will Smith and Margo Robbie, but it's unclear if Acme would be their next directorial effort. Miller and Stentz, meanwhile, are currently busy writing the upcoming Power Rangers reboot.
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- Adam Chitwood
Films with great women’s roles aren’t always great films. Films with poor female representation aren’t necessarily bad films. But poorly written female roles will always be a problem for cinema so long as they continue to persist. The damsel in distress. Angel-whore. The token girl. Trophy wives. Mother, daughter, sister. The unconditional love interest. These are among the popular clichés most frequently applied to female characters as they’re written on the page. Some films are so desperate for conflict that they just keep going to the well without altering the mold. Have women not earned the right by now to play more villains, complicated lovers, a-holes, The Best Friends, soldiers, comic reliefs or leads? Can a woman be sexy in a film and still have a great role? Yes. Give her agency. Can a woman support other characters but still have a great role? Yes. Keep her vital. »
- Katie Hasty and Donna Dickens
Kim Kardashian West squeezed her famous curves into a figure hugging beige crop top and matching skirt as she arrived at a restaurant in the Hamptons for a family dinner. Recently the keeping up with the Kardashians star was mocked about her fashion sense. 'America's Next Top Model' judge Kelly Cutrone claims Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian West "have no influence in the fashion world whatsoever". Kelly has scoffed at Kanye's past claims when he stated he was as important to fashion as Steve Jobs, the late founder of Apple, was to technology and insists he is a nobody in the industry despite having his Dw Kanye West line. Speaking to the New York Daily News newspaper's Confidenti@l column, she said: "I don't think there's one person who really works in the fashion industry who gives a flying f**k about Kanye West." Speaking about Kim, »
The sudden and tragic passing of Robin Williams has had an affect on all of us, it would seem. Even tech giant Apple paid tribute to him on the homepage of Apple.com, an honor previously only bestowed upon Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and board member Jerry York. That’s the kind of company Williams was in — he was a significant talent whose comedy and passion touched multiple generations. Whether you grew up watching him on Mork & Mindy or you were born later and didn’t catch on until his Mrs. Doubtfire era of silver screen success. Or even if you knew him through his more serious work, the kind that ended with him accepting an Oscar. Somewhere along the line, we all have our great Robin Williams memories. He was an epic talent. And we’d like to remember him as such, through the best moments of his career. Personally »
- Neil Miller
The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, 2014.
Directed By Brian Knappenberger.
The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz’s help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two year legal battle with the Federal government. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26.
Aaron Swartz was a genius. A child prodigy involved in developing the RSS process as a 14 year-old. This was a boy who was going places. His suicide at the age of 26, in January 2013, remains a shock. Coverage of his »
- Simon Columb
A man some say is the Steve Jobs of the music industry is being sued by a woman who claims she moved half way around the world on his promise to take care of her for the rest of her life ... then screwed her over.Ted Cohen -- a music industry icon who has worked with the likes of Alice Cooper, Fleetwood Mac, The Who, Van Halen and Prince and has been a leader in »
- TMZ Staff
What's your favorite scary movie? If the answer to that question is Scream, then you're no doubt excited about the upcoming MTV series based on the films; and on tap for you today is the latest casting news along with a bummer of a director change. Read on!
Per Variety, Wes Craven will no longer be directing the pilot episode of the series with MTV officially tapping “Faking It” helmer Jamie Travis to take his place. It was originally reported that Craven would be handling directing duties for the pilot, and it's no doubt a disappointment that he's now off the project.
Actors cast in key roles for the reboot of the Wes Craven film franchise about a murder spree among teenagers are Willa Fitzgerald (“Alpha House,” “Royal Pains”), Amy Forsyth (Torment, “Reign”), John Karna (Premature, “The Neighbors”), Carlson Young (“Key and Peele,” “The Kroll Show”), and Amadeus Serafini.
- John Squires
While the Scream movie franchise has reached a standstill, the spin-off TV series is coming along smoothly with casting currently under way. On tap for you today are the first details so read on!
Young is said to be the top pick to play Brooke Maddox, a 16-year-old who is described as the high gloss queen bee who thinks she’s nice and the world’s just reading her wrong, capable of being bubbly and seemingly genuine and also capable of being ferociously sexy.
No word yet on what roles the other young actors are up for.
A source also told the site that some of the casting has already been completed and that at least one of the main »
- John Squires
As the democratization of film has made it possible for just about anyone to make a film, it has conversely made it more difficult for the individual filmmaker and his or her films to stand out. Online content platforms now offer a hundred times more films in their catalogs then the films cataloged by IMDb from the inception of film (1,764,727 titles as of 14 Jan 2011). So despite assertions to the contrary, branding is more important than ever.
Filmmakers Are Brands, Their Films Are Products Though difficult for some in a creative pursuit to accept, in the words of Moonstruck (1987): “Snap out of it!” The music world has brands Madonna Louise Ciccone and Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known by their much more memorable brand names, Madonna and Lady Gaga.
Consistency Counts When your audience knows what they can expect from your “brand”, even if it is to be continually surprised, you’ve »
- David K Greenwald
Halt and Catch Fire, Season 1, Episode 9: “Up Helly Aa”
Directed by Terry McDonough
Written by Jason Cahill
Airs Sundays at 10pm Est on AMC
The entire season of Halt and Catch Fire has existed in a sort of parallel universe 1983. The fictional Cardiff Electric crosses paths with real companies like Ibm and Texas Instruments. Various characters mention Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, but the show hasn’t been too clear about how close it is adhering to the historical timeline of the development of the PC. The final scene of “Up Helly Aa” makes it clear that they are living in the real world, where the introduction of the Apple Macintosh is soon to blow up the emerging PC market and relegate all competitors to also-rans, at least until Microsoft Windows eclipses it in the early 1990s.
It makes sense that we hadn’t heard much about Apple and Microsoft, »
- Bryan Rucker
Holy crap! Nobody saw this coming. At the end of Legendary Pictures Hall H presentation at Comic-Con, Thomas Tull (the guy who wears the biggest wig in Legendary) did a bit of a Steve Jobs, with one more thing. He announced as new movie coming November 4th 2016, Skull Island. Of course this was the famous island where they found King Kong all those years ago, and the big ape was teased in some footage to boot. Legendary say “Prepare to explore the mysterious and dangerous Skull Island.” So, obviously it’s not just going to feature Kong. Skull Island was full of all kinds of crazy dinosaurs and monsters that would gladly use your spine as a tooth pick. I’m a huge Kong fan, and something like this just sound amazing. And, now that I’m thinking about it, this could well lead up to Godzilla V King Kong by 2020. Mind blown! »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
Essentially, at its core, cinema is just storytelling. Which is exactly the reason why Mike Myers’ directorial debut – alongside Beth Aala, in what is her sophomore endeavour – is such a treat. As Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon explores the life of a man who has dined, wined and revelled in the company of some of the most important cultural figures of the 20th century, and believe me, this man has some stories to tell.
Shep Gordon is one of the most famous people you’ve never heard of, and a contact list full of people you have. From a young age he was mixing with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon, while managing eccentric rockstar Alice Cooper, partly responsible for creating that unique brand that saw the musician go on to achieve great success. From there he went on to manage the likes of Luther Vandross to Groucho Marx, »
- Stefan Pape
In a canny move surprising few, Amazon have gone and echoed a pattern Netflix began around a year ago and nabbed a series from the Us where they will add an episode each week the day after its Us broadcast. This practice worked well with Breaking Bad and From Dusk Till Dawn in the past year and the publicity it got could well be the reason why you might encounter so many people who are only now making their way through five seasons of Breaking Bad via Netflix. So the show in question which be all exclusive up in here is the new Steven Spielberg/Halle Berry joint called Extant.
I knew nothing about this show going in and that is perhaps the best way to view it. I’m not going to claim this is the new Lost or whatever at this point but the first episode was ‘promising »
- Chris Holt
Melissa Maerz: Jeff,
When the Emmy nominations were announced this morning, I was sitting at my desk, shouting, “Hodor! Hodor! Hodor!” Game of Thrones dominated with 19 nominations! Hot pie for everyone! I’d quibble with the fact that Noah Hawley’s fantastic update of Fargo didn’t get a best drama nod, especially since it was the runner-up with 18 nominations, and The Good Wife was unjustly ignored in that category, coming off its best season ever—it might be the only network drama that I truly loved—but the rest of the list was pretty solid. Among the smartest choices »
- Melissa Maerz
Marvel may have crafted their own wide-spanning cinematic universe, but DC and Warner Bros will strike back from 2016 with the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zack Snyder's sequel to last summer's Man of Steel.
We may be just under two years away from release, but cameras are already rolling and fan anticipation is cranking up. Digital Spy rounds up everything you need to know on the superhero epic below...
DC Comics' iconic heroes will come to blows…
When Zack Snyder announced the crossover movie at Comic-Con last year he got his Man of Steel star Harry Lennix to read a line spoken from Batman to Superman in Frank Miller's landmark comic The Dark Knight Returns: "I want you to remember, Clark. In all the years to come. In all your most private moments. I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I »
Last year Notebook failed to cover what ended up being one of our favorite films of 2013, Michael Bay's Pain & Gain. Upon the release of his latest movie, Transformers: Age of Extinction, we henceforth resume our perhaps morbid fascination with the American director. Previous Notebook writings on Bay include Ryland Walker Knight on the second Transformers movie, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Daniel Kasman and Fernando F. Croce each on the franchise's third film, Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), three critics' three takes on Bad Boys II (2003), and Uncas Blythe's monstrous overview of the cinema of Michael Bay.
The following conversation between Adam Cook and Daniel Kasman took place over email.
We know what we're getting into with a Michael Bay film, and in particular the fourth installment of this blockbuster series. We're familiar with the pitfalls, the vapidity, the ideological murkiness, »
- Adam Cook
Michael Bay is the personification of a pinata. He’s this bright, garish, candy filled monstrosity which people take way too much pleasure taking swings at. Critics might talk about how bad his success is for filmmaking, but they’re pleased as punch every couple of years when his latest sensory overload experience hits the big screen so they can whip out their bat and shine it up for a good old-fashioned beat down. I never found much pleasure in the mob mentality or standing idly by as everyone screams ‘crucify him’. It’s unfortunate because with the fourth Transformers movie he’s slyly delivered something deep and meaningful under the guise of a Summer blockbuster.
Mark Wahlberg’s Cade Yaeger is a down on his luck would be inventor trying to »
- Anghus Houvouras
Independence Day was released in the Us 18 years ago today. Ryan looks at its ongoing impact on how summer movies are made and marketed...
In 1990, Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin were Hollywood outsiders. Devlin was a young New York-born actor who'd appeared in a few TV shows and movies, such as the 1985 comedy, Real Genius. Emmerich was a German filmmaker whose credits consisted of low-budget films such as The Noah's Ark Principle (1984), and Hollywood-Monster (1987). Emmerich's 1990 film, Moon 44, was about pilots defending mining colonies with space-faring helicopters, and featured a glum-looking Malcolm McDowell.
Dean Devlin was also among Moon 44's cast, and it was here that he forged a partnership with Emmerich: Devlin hated Moon 44's dialogue, so he went and wrote his own. Within two years, they'd made their first film together - Universal Soldier, written by Devlin, directed by Emmerich, and produced by Carolco. »
In a new book by Ed Catmull, who is the co-founder of Pixar, it's revealed that back in 1985, a full decade before Pixar's first animated movie "Toy Story," the company was in serious negotiations to be acquired by General Motors. At the time, the car company was intrigued with Pixar, which was not an animation studio, but a computer division of Lucasfilm that created a unique way of modeling objects. Gm wanted to take that technology and apply it to designing cars. Gm partnered with Philips to pay George Lucas $15 million for Pixar and then there would be an injection of another $15 million that would be used to enhance Pixar's operations. But the deal never happened. It's not clear why, but Pixar executives were upset that Gm ultimately reconsidered just one week from the date of acquisition. Instead, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs stepped in to help Pixar become the animation studio it is today. »
Can you imagine a moviegoing world without the films from Pixar? No "Toy Story," no "Monsters, Inc.," no "Finding Nemo," no "Cars," no "Up"? The upcoming, fantastic-looking "Inside Out" never happening? According to a new book by Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull, that unthinkable scenario was almost a reality.
In his management book "Creativity, Inc.," Catmull revealed that back in 1985, the animation start-up was almost purchased by General Motors, which wanted to buy the company to help develop and design new automobiles. At the time, Pixar wasn't known for its animation -- "Toy Story," the world's first feature-length animated movie, was still 10 years off -- but more for its technology as the computer division of Lucasfilm.
Gm had planned to partner with electronics giant Philips to co-purchase Pixar for $15 million, plus an additional $15 million in seed money. Per AutoBlog.com:
"General Motors was intrigued because we were leading the way in the modeling of objects, »
- Katie Roberts
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