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Brad Pitt Fills in for Angelina Jolie at ‘Unbroken’ Premiere

16 December 2014 12:51 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Angelina Jolie may not have been able to make the L.A. premiere of “Unbroken” at the Dolby Theatre Monday, but the family was well-represented in her absence by Brad Pitt, his parents and three of the couple’s children: Maddox, Pax and Shiloh.

Brad Pitt, along w/ his kids & parents, attended the "Unbroken" premiere Monday to cover for sick wife Angelina Jolie pic.twitter.com/q2g781WdkM

— Variety (@Variety) December 16, 2014

The Jolie-Pitt clan had a hard time stealing the spotlight, though, as that honor belonged to the nearly two dozen World War II veterans attending to support the film honoring the life of former Olympian and P.O.W. Louis “Louie” Zamperini, including two veterans who were interned in Zamperini’s prison camp. Also in attendance were Zamperini’s two children, Cynthia Garris and Luke Zamperini, who said there could be no greater way to honor their father »

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No Angelina, no problem as Brad Pitt and kids attend 'Unbroken' premiere

16 December 2014 2:08 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Hollywood — Friday's announcement that Angelina Jolie would not appear at the Los Angeles premiere of "Unbroken" because she's currently suffering from a rare bout of chicken pox was met with skepticism by some, but after attending the event Monday night, we believe it. No matter what happened last week after Jolie found herself unwittingly in the crosshairs of the Sony hacking scandal, she would have wanted to be at the Dolby Theater for this. Universal Pictures realized long ago this was going to be a special moment for the family of Louis Zamperini, a man who spent almost 50 years attempting to get his inspiring story on the big screen. Many of them live in Southern California and were well-represented in the audience. Zamperini passed away in July at the age of 97, just missing the chance to see the finished film (Jolie showed him a rough cut shortly before he died). It was clear, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Universal Bucks Blockbuster Trend--and Wins

10 December 2014 9:08 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

One of the many revelations from the Sony hack leaks is the studio's own awareness of the downside of being able to spend your way out of problems --without solving them. Look at the arc of the "Spider-Man" franchise, or Disney's history of sky-high budgets on Jerry Bruckheimer flicks like "Prince of Persia." Then there's Universal, which in 2014 bucked the Hollywood studio trend by releasing wide a series 15 movies--all budgeted under $70 million, reports Scott Mendelson in Forbes--that nonetheless made record profits for the studio. It should be noted that while movie studio chiefs Ron Meyer and Donna Langley can claim credit for this strategy and its execution--along with departed co-chairman Adam Fogelson--new Comcast/Universal executive Jeff Shell cannot.  It has been conventional studio wisdom for some time that the bigger the budget (and the more established the franchise), the more money the movie will make on a global basis. »

- Anne Thompson

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'Selma’ is the African-American Film Critics Association’s top film of 2014

9 December 2014 6:01 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The African-American Film Critics Association announced late Monday evening that director Ava DuVernay’s "Selma," the drama chronicling Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s milestone protest for civil rights, was the organization’s top film of the year. Along with earning the number one spot on its ranked top 10 list, "Selma" picked up accolades in Best Actor, Best Director, Best Breakout Performance, and Best Song categories. “Our members found the output of cinema released this year to be a truly insightful mix of titles that reflect the world we live in. The members of Aafca were especially pleased with this range of storytelling supported by the studios that gave voice to the many sides of the experience of black people in America and around the world,” says Aafca president Gil Robertson. If the Aafca appreciates the diversity that 2014’s provided to the country, we’re thankful for the diversity the »

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Chris Pratt Shares His Son’s Premature Birth Story at March of Dimes Celebration of Babies

6 December 2014 9:58 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In a speech both touching and funny at Friday’s March of Dimes Celebration of Babies, Chris Pratt shared about his son Jack’s premature birth, born nine weeks early at just 3 pounds, 12 ounces. “That’s a decent-sized bass,” he said to laughs from the star-studded crowd at the Beverly Wilshire. “Very small for a human.”

“I’ve done all kinds of cool things as an actor — I’ve jumped out of helicopters and done some daring stunts and played baseball in a professional stadium, but none of it means anything compared to being somebody’s daddy,” Pratt said. While Jack was in the Nicu, Pratt said he cherished moments where he’d cradle his son skin-to-skin. “I made promises in that moment about what kind of dad I wanted to be and I just prayed that he’d live long enough that I could keep them.”

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Watch the THR Roundtables for Actresses, Animators, Executives, and Writers

26 November 2014 10:47 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

One of the staples of the movie awards season over the past few years has been The Hollywood Reporter’s Roundtable series, which takes individuals in a common profession, all of whom worked on a variety of well-regarded features, and seats them down for a candid discussion of their jobs, the industry, and whatever other topics might come up. With this year’s award-worthy movies beginning to make their way to the public, The Hollywood Reporter has once again begun their Roundtable sessions, having released four full sessions already. The Roundtables can be seen below.

The first Roundtable session is the THR Writers Roundtable, featuring Chef‘s Jon Favreau, Gone Girl‘s Gillian Flynn, The Theory of Everything‘s Anthony McCarten, The Imitation Game‘s Graham Moore, Interstellar‘s Jonathan Nolan, and Top Five‘s Chris Rock.

Next up is the THR Executive Roundtable, featuring 20 Century Fox’s Jim Gianopulos, »

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Universal's Cinematic Monster Universe Will Focus On "Action-Adventure" Instead Of Horror

21 November 2014 10:51 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

  This year, Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley participated in The Hollywood Reporter's annual film executive roundtable, along with five other studio heads. During the conversation Langley was asked if her studio's plans for a cinematic monster-shared universe is a way of competing against other studios that will be churning out superhero films. Langley: We have to mine our resources. We don't have any capes [in our film library]. But what we do have is an incredible legacy and history with the monster characters. We've tried over the years to make monster movies — unsuccessfully, actually. So, we took a good, hard look at it, and we settled upon an idea, which is to take it out of the horror genre, put it more in the action-adventure genre and make it present day, bringing these incredibly rich and complex characters into present day and reimagine them and reintroduce them to a contemporary audience. Do »

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Angelina Jolie Isn't Ready to Retire

19 November 2014 10:01 AM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Angelina Jolie plans to star in ''a few more'' movies. The 39-year-old star, who previously revealed she wants to focus on directing and her humanitarian work in the future, says she isn't ready to retire from the big screen just yet. Discussing her future acting plans, she said: ''I'll do a few more.'' But she told Variety magazine that her heart still lies behind the camera, saying: ''I'm happier when I get to put a camera on another actor and watch them do great work.'' Despite being very passionate about directing, Angelia wasn't instantly handed the job on her new movie, 'Unbroken,' even though Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley was a fan of her 2011 directorial debut 'The Land of Blood and Honey'. Langley said: ''I've seen almost every film about that conflict, and I thought her film was the most impactful and clearest about what people »

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Angelina Jolie on the Emotional Journey of ‘Unbroken’

18 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Angelina Jolie’s penetrating eyes are filling with tears. “I don’t want to cry, and I’m not going to cry in front of you,” she vows, quickly regaining her composure.

The actress-filmmaker is choked up over the recent death of Louis Zamperini — a man who meant a great deal to her, and is the subject of her most significant directorial effort yet, “Unbroken.”

Zamperini, a former Olympic runner, was on a World War II search-and-rescue mission when his plane went down in the Pacific. He was lost at sea for 47 days before being sent to a Japanese prison camp. Over his two years there, he was starved, beaten and faced an adversary known as the Bird — a Japanese officer named ­Mutsuhiro Watanabe, who singled him out for torture. Zamperini returned home a haunted man, but overcame alcoholism to become an inspirational speaker. His life was »

- Jenelle Riley

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Is Universal Sabotaging themselves With their Monster Movie Strategy?

17 November 2014 8:18 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley has revealed that the shared universe of movie monster they recently announced will be “more in the action-adventure genre” to cash in on the popularity of the super hero film craze. Is this an unwise strategy? Is it advisable to turn horror films into action movies? Will this work or will this decision sink the shared universe before it starts?

Superhero action films are certainly the popular trend in recent years. Marvel and Disney, in particular, have made piles of cash bigger than the one the Joker had in the Dark Knight off their comic book adventure films.  It’s not surprising that other studios want to cash in on the current wave. But what does seem unusual is that Universal wants to use action to gain an audience for their planned series of horror movies, featuring the classic Universal Studios monsters.

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Universal Monster Cineverse Will Be Less Horror, More Action

17 November 2014 11:40 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Fan art by  tohdaryl

During a round table interview with THR, Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Pictures, gave a big clue to how the Universal Monster Cineverse is going to work. I listened to the panel last week and completely missed this, thankfully Perri Nemiroff of Collider caught this quote.

Langley on the Universal Monster Cineverse:

“We don’t have any capes [in our film library]. But what we do have is an incredible legacy and history with the monster characters. We’ve tried over the years to make monster movies — unsuccessfully, actually. So, we took a good, hard look at it, and we settled upon an idea, which is to take it out of the horror genre, put it more in the action-adventure genre and make it present day, bringing these incredibly rich and complex characters into present day and reimagine them and reintroduce them to a contemporary audience.”

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Fast & Furious To Stay Furious For ‘At Least Three’ More Films

17 November 2014 11:25 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Has anyone else noticed that in just about every Fast and Furious movie, the main characters always call this “their last ride?” Well from now on, we know that this phrase is a boldfaced lie.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the Fast and Furious franchise is looking to keep going with at least three more films added to the series (for a grand total of ten movies). During a roundtable with Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley, she spoke about the future of the franchise and what may be happening in the coming years.

“We think there’s at least three more. Paul [Walker] is, and always will be, an integral part of the story. But there are many other great characters, and it’s also an opportunity to introduce new characters. I think it’s still a growing franchise. We’ll see what happens with Furious 7, obviously, but our box »

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News Briefs: More 'Fast & Furious' on the Way; Shailene Woodley Will Play Edward Snowden's Girlfriend

17 November 2014 10:43 AM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Fast & Furious: Contrary to rumors circulating last week that Universal will soon put its biggest franchise in the garage for good, the Fast & Furious movies have at least three more installments to go, according to studio chairman Donna Langley. That's only one more than the two expected with Justin Lin's supposed return for part eight, but even then it's unlikely that the studio will be putting the brakes on this popular moneymaker. (THR)  ...

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This Is How Many More Fast & Furious Movies We'll Get

17 November 2014 8:58 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Last winter, the Fast and Furious franchise suffered a terrible loss when one of its stars, Paul Walker, unexpectedly died. Since then, the film's makers have been hustling to complete Walker's final film for the car-chase-centric series. But while we have had to say goodbye to Walker, we may not need to say farewell to Fast and Furious. THR recently hosted an executive roundtable, and among the guests was Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley, who dropped some great news for Fast and Furious fans. Asked whether the franchise would be pursued without one of its main stars, Langley said she believed the series could stand without Walker. "We think there's at least three more. Paul is, and always will be, an integral part of the story. But there are many other great characters, and it's also an opportunity to introduce new characters. I think it's still a growing franchise. We'll »

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Universal's Monster franchise won't be in the horror genre

17 November 2014 8:31 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Universal Pictures' planned monster movie franchise will not be in the horror genre.

Chairman Donna Langley revealed the surprising direction for the classic horror properties during a Hollywood Reporter roundtable discussion.

She said that the films would be ""more in the action-adventure genre".

Universal is planning a series of interlinked films in the vein of Marvel Studios' action-adventure cinematic universe.

The recently released Dracula Untold is reportedly considered the first of the series.

The discussion also saw Disney and 20th Century Fox executives address the controversial cancellation of the Fantastic Four comic.

Universal's monster properties traditionally include Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein and The Mummy. »

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6 Times Universal’s Classic Movie Monsters Became Superheroes

17 November 2014 6:36 AM, PST | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Much has been written over the weekend about a recent roundtable discussion that was published within the Hollywood Reporter recently. During the talk, Universal's Donna Langley explained the studio's vision for the upcoming reboot of the classic movie monsters. Needless to say, monster kids and horror fans were not happy.

"We don't have any capes [in our film library]," Langley said.

The post 6 Times Universal’s Classic Movie Monsters Became Superheroes appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

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Universal Envisions at Least Three More 'Fast & Furious' Movies

17 November 2014 6:29 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

While saying they'll be mindful of audience fatigue, Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley sees the Fast & Furious franchise lasting despite the recent passing of star Paul Walker. "We think there are at least three more," Langley said during the recent Hollywood Reporter executive roundtable. "Paul is, and always will be, an integral part of the story, but there are many other great characters, and it's also an opportunity to introduce new characters. I think it's still a growing franchise. We'll see what happens with Furious 7, obviously, but our box office has grown over the past three or four films and internationally, in particular. So we think that there's more to mine there." I imagine when she says "there are at least three more" she's including Furious 7, which hits theaters on April 3, 2015. Added to that film you'd have a nine films, enough for three trilogy packs. Then again, if »

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"At least three more" Fast & Furious films planned

16 November 2014 10:54 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Universal is planning Fast & Furious films through to Fast & Furious 10 at least, it seems...

A rumour sprang up last week, that we reported here, suggesting that Universal was looking to lure director Justin Lin back to helm two final Fast & Furious movies, which would take the series up to nine films. As it turns out, the studio is planning at least ten, and has no immediate end line in sight for the series.

Donna Langley, the chair of Universal Pictures, took part in an 'executive roundtable' with The Hollywood Reporter, and she was asked as to where the Fast & Furious films stood, not least following the death of Paul Walker a year ago. "Paul is, and always will be, an integral part of the story", Langley said. "But there are many other great characters, and it's also an opportunity to introduce new characters. I think it's still a growing franchise".

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Universal Admits Its Recent Monster Movies Have Been Failures

16 November 2014 4:59 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The classic monsters are what you might call the bread and butter of Universal Pictures. Back in the 1930s it was horror movies likes Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, Dracula and The Mummy that helped turn the company into the Big Six studio it is today. It's why Universal has been focusing a great deal of attention as of late towards their Monster Movie Universe, hoping the replicate the success that Marvel Studios has had with superheroes. But in recent years the monster brand has been struggling - and Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley has copped to that fact. The Universal executive recently took part in a roundtable discussion with other major executives, orchestrated by The Hollywood Reporter, and during the conversation Langley not only admitted the existing lack of interest in the major monsters, but also revealed how the studio plans to circumnavigate their biggest brand's issues as they continue »

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Fast & Furious 7 Is Not The End

16 November 2014 4:02 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

With the franchise such a family affair, it seemed likely that, following the tragic death of Paul Walker, nobody involved would want to continue past next instalment Fast & Furious 7. It turns out this is not necessarily so. Deadline surmised last week that Universal might be looking to bring four-time Fast & Furiouser Justin Lin back to direct another one. And now, Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley has revealed that, far from 7 marking the final chapter, she thinks the studio has at least three more in the tank.Can the series stand without Walker? "I believe it can," says Langley. "We think there are at least three more. Paul is, and always will be, an integral part of the story, but there are many other great characters, and it's also an opportunity to introduce new characters. I think it's still a growing franchise. We'll see what happens with Furious 7, obviously, »

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