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According to Comic Book Movie, director Joss Whedon will be linking up with a new cinematographer when production gets underway on The Avengers: Age of Ultron early in the New Year, with British director Ben Davis set to replace The Avengers' Seamus McGarvey for the hotly-anticipated sequel.
Davis has recently finished shooting another Marvel project, the James Gunn-helmed Guardians of the Galaxy, while his previous credits include the Matthew Vaughn-directed Layer Cake, Stardust and Kick-Ass, as well as the likes of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Wrath of the Titans and Seven Psychopaths.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for release on May 2nd 2015, with a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver) and James Spader (Ultron. »
- Gary Collinson
• Dustin Hoffman will appear in director Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong biopic. The still-untitled project stars Ben Foster (Lone Survivor) as the disgraced cyclist. Breaking Bad’s Jesse Plemons, Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids), and Lee Pace (The Hobbit) also star. The movie is currently shooting in Europe, and Hoffman is set to join when the production moves back to the U.S. The two-time Oscar winner recently wrapped work on Jon Favreau’s Chef (out May 9) with Robert Downey Jr. and is currently filming The Cobbler with Adam Sander. [THR]
- Lindsey Bahr
After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy — the Winter Soldier. Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Georges St-Pierre, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily »
Dubai – Egyptian thesp Amr Waked (“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”) has joined the cast of Luc Besson’s “Lucy,” playing a prominent role as a French cop in the English-language sci-fier alongside Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, and South Korea’s Choi Min-sik (“Old Boy”).
Touted by EuropaCorp CEO Christophe Lambert as the biggest-budget pic Besson’s shingle has ever produced, “Lucy” is the tale of a female drug mule, played by Johansson, who gains superhuman powers after the drug she is carrying enters her body.
Waked, whose international credits besides “Fishing” include turns in “Syriana,” HBO’s “House of Saddam,” and “Contagion,” said he is glad to be playing a Frenchman, albeit of Middle Eastern origin, “to get out of typecasting, in a part with no race stamp on it.” Waked has the fourth most prominent role in the pic.
Though Waked is keeping mum about plot details of his policeman role, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Editor's note: The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Justin Chadwick before Nelson Mandela's death. A former actor who has cut his teeth on high-end U.K. television shows such as Bleak House, starring Gillian Anderson and Carey Mulligan and highly-acclaimed spy thriller Spooks, Justin Chadwick made his feature debut in 2008 with The Other Boleyn Girl, a costume drama boasting Natalie Portman, Eric Bana and Scarlett Johansson among its stars. Just over a year later, Chadwick shot The First Grader in Kenya, a film that proved the filmmaker's metal for making movies in Africa. Photos: Nelson Mandela and Apartheid:
- Stuart Kemp
Newbie independent label A24 has tapped Heath Shapiro to run its distribution efforts. He will be based in the company’s New York headquarters.
Shapiro comes from the Weinstein Co.’s alternative distribution brand Radius-twc. Prior to that he was a veteran employee at Samuel Goldwyn Films.
“A24 has done such a fantastic job with their films up to this point,” Shapiro said. ”I’m incredibly excited to join the team and help bring these movies to the widest audience possible.”
Shapiro will transition into his new role at A24, beginning with distribution and marketing of the company’s 2014 slate, including Jonathan Glazer’s Scarlett Johansson sci-fier “Under the Skin” and “Prisoners” helmer Denis Villeneuve’s newest collaboration with Jake Gyllenhaal, “Enemy.”
- Andrew Stewart
"...set in Los Angeles, slightly in the future, 'Her' follows 'Theodore Twombly', a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people.
"Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user.
"Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet 'Samantha', a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny.
"As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Her"...
- Michael Stevens
Have British critics gone soft for local films?
On Dec. 8, the U.K. film biz gathers at the British Independent Film Awards to toast the year’s achievements, and Blighty’s film reviewers will be among those cheering.
Wind the clock back 10 or so years, and you’d have found that British movie releases were generally greeted with loud groans from the local press.
This has changed. Look back at the critical reception for the Bifa-nominated films, and you’ll find widespread praise for the efforts of the filmmakers.
The film with the mostnominations, David Mackenzie’s “Starred Up,” was described as the “finest British-made prison drama for a long time” by David Sexton of the Evening Standard. The pic received four stars out of a possible five from Sexton, while his colleague Charlotte O’Sullivan gives the second most nominated film, Clio Barnard’s “The Selfish Giant,” five stars. »
- Leo Barraclough
The National Board of Review’s selection of “Her” as best film of 2013 made it official: This year’s awards race is not a two-way battle — it’s more like a royal rumble, where a flood of wrestlers are involved in a huge smackdown to gain the top spot.
The wins for best pic and for “Her” director Spike Jonze are also like a market correction. The media (including Variety) has devoted energy to the question of whether Scarlett Johansson should be considered for supporting actress though she’s never seen in the film. (The answer is that she is indeed eligible for SAG and Oscar attention.)
It’s an interesting question, but the curiosity factor of the voice performance has taken some of the focus away from the work of writer-director Jonze, actor Joaquin Phoenix and the rest of the Warner Bros. pic’s virtues. Whether the Academy will »
- Tim Gray
There won't be any "it's an honor just to be nominated" speeches coming your way on this Wednesday, Dec. 4, because the National Board of Review listed all of 2013's winners! Taking home the biggest win of the year? Her, which tells the story of a lonely man (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with the voice of his computer operating system (the voice of Scarlett Johansson). Her director Spike Jonze was name 2013's best director. Annie Schulhof, Nbr President, called him "one of the most talented and visionary filmmakers working today." "In Her, he explores the age-old themes of love and human connection in a completely fresh and innovative way," she added. "It is »
Spike Jonze.s Her has become the latest film you haven.t yet seen to be named the Best Picture of 2013. The day after the New York Film Critics Circle selected David O. Russell.s American Hustle as the year.s best film, the National Board of Review bestowed its annual award on Her, a sweetly strange and hauntingly romantic sci-fi drama about a lonely man (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with his intuitive operating system (voiced seductively by Scarlett Johansson). Jonze also won Best Director in the Nbr.s tally, while top acting awards went to Bruce Dern (for Nebraska) and Emma Thompson (for Saving Mr. Banks). Annie Schulhof, Nbr President, said of the selection: Spike Jonze is one of the most talented and visionary filmmakers working today. In Her, he explores the age-old themes of love and human connection in a completely fresh and innovative way. It »
Her Trailer 2. Spike Jonze‘s Her (2013) movie trailer 2 stars Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams, and Rooney Mara. Her‘s plot synopsis: “Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a lonely writer, purchases a newly developed operating system designed to grant the user’s every command. To Theodore’s [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
The National Board of Review didn't even split their Picture/Director prizes. They're all in for Spike Jonze's Her melancholy sci-fi tinged meditation on romance starring a man (Joaquin Phoenix) and his operating system (Scarlett Johansson). Because I love variety, I'm thrilled to report that only three major prizes (except animated, first feature and documentary) went the same way as the Nyfcc yesterday, though the groups are not exactly correlative in anyway apart from happening within 24 hours of each other. Complete list of winners after the jump...
Best Film: Her
- NATHANIEL R
Fruitvale Station continued as an independent favourite with supporting actress honours for Octavia Spencer and best directorial debut and breakthrough actor for Ryan Coogler and Michael B Jodran, respectively. Will Forte was named best supporting actor for Nebraska.
Prisoners won the best ensemble prize while the Coen brothers maintained their early awards momentum with original screenplay honours for Inside Llewyn Davis. Terence Winter prevailed in the adapted category for The Wolf Of Wall Street.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Spike Jonze’s “Her” was named the top film of 2013 by the National Board of Review on Wednesday, giving the unconventional love story a major prize at the beginning of awards season. The selection came as a shock, as Nbr voters bypassed presumed frontrunners “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity,” both of which made the group’s list of Top 10 films. And it gave a big boost to Jonze’s tale of the unlikely romance between a man (Joaquin Phoenix) and his intuitive operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). “Spike Jonze is one of the most talented and visionary filmmakers working today, »
- Steve Pond
A second trailer has arrived for Spike Jonze's "Her," starring Joaquin Phoenix as one Theodore Twambly, a writer so heartbroken following the end of a long-term relationship that he strikes up a tech-age romance with a computer operating system, huskily voiced by Scarlett Johansson. Watch below. Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Chris Pratt and Olivia Wilde also star. The film, which has been scoring critical raves since its premiere at the New York Film Festival, hits theaters in limited release on December 18. Our Toh! review is here. »
- Beth Hanna
A second trailer has been released for director Spike Jonze's very unconventional love story, Her. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as a man who falls in love with an advanced computer operating system, which is wonderfully voiced by Scarlett Johansson. I really enjoy the films that Jonze makes, and this one looks fantastic.
Set in Los Angeles, slightly in the future, "her" follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet "Samantha," a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other. »
- Joey Paur
Before the Trailer, We Thought: With the release date a mere two weeks away and having already premiered at Nyff, there is already plenty of positive buzz for Spike Jonze's latest. Starring Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore, a recently divorced man who falls in love with an operating system named Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), Indiewire's Eric Kohn praised the film for the way it "wrestles an inherently absurd concept about people trapped in outlandish circumstances into significant emotional territory." The only concern is the film's release date: with "American Hustle" opening on the same day and have just gained a tremendous amount of steam in the Oscar race in the past few days, in addition to the onslaught of other high-profile releases, "Her" has the risk of getting lost in the shuffle. For more indie film trailers check out Indiewire's trailer page, sponsored by Sony Pictures Classics. And Now: The newest »
- Clint Holloway
After earning a release date change to coincide with the holiday season, Her – the latest movie from ingenious music video director turned feature filmmaker Spike Jonze – premieres in less than two weeks in Us theaters. Coming up in advance of that, Annapurna and Warner Bros. have cut a new teaser for the film (seen above), which tells the tale of a withdrawn, lovesick man (Joaquin Phoenix) who unexpectedly falls in love with his computer’s high-tech operating system, “Samantha” (Scarlett Johansson); theirs is an unconventional romance, to say the least, but after taking a gander at the clip, it becomes difficult to judge the bond between the two.
In comparison to the first trailer, which put almost all of the emphasis on Phoenix himself, this new bit has more to say about Theodore’s human relationships; that includes ...
Click to continue reading ‘Her’ Trailer #2 & Image Gallery: Artificial Intelligence Learns How »
- Andrew Crump
“The woman I’ve been seeing… Samantha? She’s an operating system.”
Yeah, so Theodore Twombly’s not exactly Rhett Butler. But in Spike Jonze’s Her, which opens in theaters on Dec. 18, Joaquin Phoenix gives a soulful performance as an introverted man who falls for the voice that organizes his hand-held device. Of course, the voice is Scarlett Johansson, so you can perhaps understand the attraction.
The film’s new trailer is accompanied by Arcade Fire’s “Supersymmetry;” the Canadian band scored the film and a version of the song plays over the closing credits. The music and the »
- Jeff Labrecque
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