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Johnny Depp Flops Again, ‘Captain America’ Sequel Rises Past its Predecessor

19 April 2014 9:17 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” eked out a small lead over Fox’s “Rio 2” at the Friday box office. The superhero pic looks to win the weekend in this year’s second three-peat (after “The Lego Movie”).

The “Captain America” sequel earned $9.6 million, just over the animated movie’s $9.2 million, which should keep growing as kids hit theaters over the Easter weekend.

Warner Bros.’ new entry “Transcendence” was no match for the epic battle of the sequels, the second tightest race of the year following last weekend’s close showdown. The Johnny Depp-starrer came in at a disappointing fourth place with $4.8 million, making it the actor’s fourth flop in a row. Another newcomer, Sony’s “Heaven Is for Real” exceeded expectations by rising to $7.9 million.

With a cume of $184.5 million, “The Winter Soldier” overlapped its predecessor, “The First Avenger,” which hauled in $176.7 million domestically in its lifetime. »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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87th Academy Awards Dates and Early Predictions: Another Streep?

18 April 2014 5:07 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Oscar 2015 dates (Meryl Streep in ‘Into the Woods’) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC announced yesterday, April 17, 2014, the Oscar 2015 dates. The Academy Awards ceremony will air live on ABC on February 22, 2015 — or about ten days earlier than the Oscar 2014 ceremony. Key Oscar 2015 dates are as follows: Saturday, November 8, 2014 The Governors Awards (where Honorary awards are handed out). Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Official Screen Credits and music submissions due to the Academy. Monday, December 29, 2014 Oscar 2015 nominations voting begins 8 a.m. Pt. Thursday, January 8, 2015 Oscar 2015 nominations voting ends 5 p.m. Pt. Thursday, January 15, 2015 Oscar 2015 nominations announced. Monday, February 2, 2015 Oscar 2015 Nominees Luncheon. Friday, February 6, 2015 Final voting for the Oscar 2015 winners begins 8 a.m. Pt. Saturday, February 7, 2015 Scientific and Technical Awards. Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Final voting for the Oscar 2015 winners ends 5 p.m. Pt. Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015 87th Academy Awards begins 7 p.m. Et/ 4 p.m. Pt. As in previous years, the Oscar »

- Steve Montgomery

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The Sun Comes Out In The New Annie Trailer

15 April 2014 2:09 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

At this point, you might be forgiven for feeling a serious case of remake-fatigue. It seems every other film these days is a re-boot or a re-imagining of some beloved classic or other, with very little in the way of originality on display. With the release of its new trailer, however, it seems that it would be inadvisable to dismiss the upcoming new adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, Annie, as one of those tedious revisits. This one actually looks kind of awesome.

Annie is a comic book character. Well, a comic strip character, to be exact. Created by Harold Gray in his ‘Little Orphan Annie’ comic strip which debuted in August 1924, Annie was first adapted for radio in 1931, while David O Selznick produced a film adaptation for Rko in 1932. It was not until 1977 that Annie made her first ever appearance on Broadway, however – with its now iconic musical format »

- Sarah Myles

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Team Top Ten: The Greatest Working Cinematographers

5 April 2014 2:04 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Amir here, to welcome you back to Team Top Ten, our monthly poll by all of the website’s contributors. For our first episode in 2014, we are looking at The Greatest Working Cinematographers in the (international) film industry. As long time readers of The Film Experience are surely aware, the visual language of cinema is something Nathaniel and the rest of us are very fond of discussing. Films and filmmakers that have a dash of style and understand cinema as a visual medium always get bonus points around these parts. We celebrate great works in cinematography on a weekly basis in Hit Me With Your Best Shot, but it was time to give the people behind the camera their due.

 

More than 50 cinematographers from all across the world received votes. If the final, somewhat American-centric, list doesn’t quite reflect that, chalk it up to the natural process of consensus voting. »

- Amir S.

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Emily Blunt Boards Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario

2 April 2014 7:00 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s been a good day for director Denis Villeneuve. Earlier, we learned that he had snagged Amy Adams for his upcoming sci-fi thriller Story Of Your Life and now, we’re hearing that he’s managed to bring on another beautiful leading lady for the other film he has in production, Sicario.

Variety is reporting that Emily Blunt will star in the director’s upcoming crime thriller, which follows ”an officer from Tuscon who travels across the border to Mexico with a pair of mercenaries in order to track down a drug lord. ” Production on the film will get underway this summer but as of now, Blunt is the only confirmed cast member, so I’d expect to see many more casting announcements in the next few weeks.

Now, unfortunately, Variety doesn’t specify which role the actress will play. But, considering that they say she’ll be starring, »

- Matt Joseph

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Emily Blunt to Headline Crime Thriller Sicario

2 April 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Emily Blunt ( The Devil Wears Prada , Looper ) is set to headline director Denis Villeneuve's ( Incendies , Prisoners ) next feature, a crime thriller titled Sicario , Variety reports. Sicario (the Spanish word for "hitman"), was written by actor/scribe Taylor Sheridan and follows an Arizona police officer who heads across the Mexican border to take down a drug lord. Villeneuve has been very busy as of late. He immediately followed Prisoners with Enemy , starring Melanie Laurent and, in dual roles, Jake Gyllenhaal. He'll shoot Sicario before tackling the sci-fi tale Story of Your Life which, earlier today , named Amy Adams as its lead. Blunt, meanwhile, can be seen coming up in Doug Liman's Edge of Tomorrow and Rob Marshall's Into the Woods . Black »

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'Wicked' Movie Still Moving Forward Says Composer Stephen Schwartz

1 April 2014 5:41 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Way back in July 2010, we reported that Universal Pictures is bringing the hit Broadway musical Wicked to the silver screen. At the time, a number of high-profile filmmakers such as J.J. Abrams, James Mangold, Rob Marshall and Glee creator Ryan Murphy were in contention to direct, but we haven't heard anything about the project since then. Today, we have an update from composer Stephen Schwartz, who crafted the music for this stage prequel to The Wizard of Oz, who revealed to Vulture that he is starting to work on the movie, although he doesn't known how many years away it is from production.

"We're starting to do some work on it. We've actually started gearing up on it a little bit. I don't know exactly how many years away it is."

The composer also revealed that he isn't sure what how faithful the movie version should be to the hit stage play. »

- MovieWeb

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Disney shows new footage from Pixar's 'Inside Out' and 'Cinderella'

26 March 2014 10:38 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Las Vegas - Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn presented the upcoming slate of new movies for Walt Disney Pictures, Marvel Studios, Pixar, DreamWorks Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios to the nation's theater owners on Wednesday morning and what was purposely not discussed was just as interesting as what was previewed. Brad Bird's "Tomorrowland"? The title was never spoken out loud. It just appeared on the studio's release schedule. Rob Marshall's star-filled adaptation of the acclaimed Broadway musical "Into the Woods"?  Some character posters of each of the main stars in action and it was deemed "The Avengers of Fairy Tales" (cue composer Steven Sondheim gagging at the comparison), but that's it. "Big Hero 6"? One new image of concept art and confirmation it takes place in "San Franshisko" (a combination of S.F. and Tokyo) and centers on boy, his robot and their crime fighting friends. Oh, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Tracey Ullman Joins CBS Pilot ‘Good Session’

20 March 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Tracey Ullman will play an astute, straightforward, yet funny, therapist in the CBS pilot “Good Session,” Variety has learned.

The half-hour, single-camera comedy follows a seemingly happy couple who visit a therapist (Ullman) when they can’t decide if they should have a baby. “Psych’s” James Roday plays the husband, while the role of the wife has not been cast. “Mad Men’s” Rich Sommer also costars.

The Wbtv show is exec produced by scribes Matt Miller (“Chuck,” “666 Park Avenue”) and John Hamburg (“Zoolander,” “Meet the Parents”). Hamberg will also direct the pilot.

Ullman’s numerous credits include her sketch shows for Fox, HBO and Showtime and even playing a therapist on the David E. Kelley sudster “Ally McBeal.” She can next be seen in Rob Marshall’s cinematic adaptation of the musical “Into the Woods.” She’s repped by UTA and Hamilton Hodell, Ltd. in the U.K. »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Ryan Gosling as Busby Berkeley? We're In.

20 March 2014 11:43 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

We can breathe easy now. Ryan Gosling isn't actually going to retire from acting. His next project is of course behind the camera (How To Catch a Monster starring Christina Hendricks) but sometime after that we could well see him choreographing up a virtual storm of beautiful shapes made from shapely beauties. He's (possibly) attached to a Busby Berkeley biopic. The film will be based on Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley by Jeffrey Spivak

Gosling & Busby

It's not the type of project we imagined him for him as musicals went. In fact it's easier to picture him as one of those handsome singing hosts in tuxes in the musical numbers who present the parade of beautiful girls, but this isn't actually all that far off. Busby Berkeley was a driven visionary, always out to top himself, and messing with the boundary of the stage and the possibility »

- NATHANIEL R

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Ryan Gosling May Play Choreographer Busby Berkeley In Biopic Buzz

20 March 2014 11:03 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Debonair leading man Ryan Gosling has spent the last few years doing terrific work for stylists Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) and Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive). But, when it comes to mainstream roles, he is still resigned to being a part of the ensemble. Now, it looks like we’ll be getting to see the actor in an exciting starring part as he’s currently circling the glamorous role of legendary Hollywood choreographer Busby Berkeley for an adaptation of Buzz, a biography of the musical legend from author Jeffrey Spivak.

Berkeley is an icon for fans of the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema, with his extravagant dance numbers featuring many, many chorus girls. Even during a time before colour film, Berkeley’s show-stoppers were lively and animated. Besides his behind-the-scenes role for the innovative musical 42nd Street, Berkeley was also a director of titles like Gold Diggers of 1933 and Babe in Arms, »

- Jordan Adler

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Ryan Gosling May Play Legendary Choreographer Busby Berkeley In New Biopic

19 March 2014 10:05 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

When it comes to pioneers in cinematic choreography, I won.t sit here and lie about how well versed I am on the subject, but I.m familiar with the man who was arguably the most visually interesting of them all: Busy Berkeley. We may all get to know him a little bit better (or at least Hollywood.s version of him), as Warner Bros. is giving him the biopic treatment, and the aim is to make the flick a starring vehicle for Ryan Gosling. But that.s not all. The film will be adapted from Jeffrey Spivak.s 2010 biography Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley, and Gosling will be producing alongside his Drive co-producer Marc Platt. Platt is no stranger to films that revolve around musical numbers, as he was one of the minds behind Rob Marshall.s Nine and is part of the development committee that »

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2015 Oscar Predictions: First Look at Best Picture

19 March 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It's too early to know much of anything about the race for Best Picture at the 2015 Oscars, but that being said, two of the films in my list of early predicted nominees have already been seen, one is even in theaters. So, is it really all that earlyc Also, isn't it about time we start seeing more Oscar contenders at the beginning of the year rather than the back-loaded log jam at the end of the year that seems to continually prove opening your film in December isn't exactly the best way to find Oscar gloryc However, for those of you that are likely to rush to the comments saying, "This is ridiculous! Wait until later in the year." All I can say is you ought to reevaluate your definition of the word "ridiculous" for more important matters, this is about fun and about getting excited for what are likely »

- Brad Brevet

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Spend a Little Extra Time With the Guys of Veronica Mars

15 March 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Veronica Mars is back! Three of the leading men from the series - Ryan Hansen, Jason Dohring, and Percy Daggs III - spoke about the effort of taking their characters from the small to big screen during a recent visit to our New York studio. The trio opened up about their eagerness to return to Veronica Mars, especially under director and series creator Rob Marshall. Their movie is in theaters and available on demand now. On Allie: Iris von Arnim dress »

- Allie Merriam

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Spend a Little Extra Time With the Guys of Veronica Mars

15 March 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Veronica Mars is back! Three of the leading men from the series - Ryan Hansen, Jason Dohring, and Percy Daggs III - spoke about the effort of taking their characters from the small to big screen during a recent visit to our New York studio. The trio opened up about their eagerness to return to Veronica Mars, especially under director and series creator Rob Marshall. Their movie is in theaters and available on demand now. On Allie: Iris von Arnim dress »

- Allie Merriam

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Johnny Depp Is Back Onboard In Another ‘Black Mass’ Turnaround

28 February 2014 8:45 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Make up your mind please Johnny! Back in May 2013 it was announced Depp was no longer attached to Black Mass due to, what else, money but it looks like new backers Warner Brothers have coughed up the dough because the actor is back onboard to play notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in the Scott Cooper directed crime drama.

Bulger was captured in 2011 after 16 years on the run and 10 atop the FBI’s most wanted list. Joel Edgerton will co-star as childhood friend John Connolly who, as a high-ranking FBI agent, gave Bulger inside information to help him remain the king of the Boston crime scene. Bulger’s story is no stranger to the big screen as both The Departed and The Town are believed to be based on the career criminal.

Depp has a busy 2014 ahead with filming for Alice In Wonderland 2 and Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales »

- Victoria Bull

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Oscars 2014: What Are the Odds of a Best Picture-Best Director Split?

26 February 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The 85-year history of the Academy Awards is rife with statistical oddities, and one that has the potential to play out this Sunday is among the most intriguing: a split between the films that win Best Picture and Best Director.

Though conventional wisdom has long held that only one film will walk away with both prizes on Oscar night, many pundits are predicting that the awards will instead go to two different movies this year, with "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuaron expected to snag the Best Director statuette, while "12 Years a Slave" (or "American Hustle," depending on where your loyalties lie) is the favorite to win Best Picture.

While such a split has occurred just 22 times since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences started handing out trophies in 1929, four of the first five ceremonies produced a divide between the Best Director and Best Picture prizes. "Wings," dubbed the original »

- Katie Roberts

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Rob Marshall 'Wanted Actors' For 'Chicago,' Not Singers and Dancers (Video)

11 February 2014 11:03 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The newly-released Chicago: Diamond Edition Blu-ray version of Rob Marshall's 2002 Oscar winner for best picture features a new documentary including interviews with Marshall, Renée Zellweger, Queen Latifah, Richard Gere and choreographer John De Luca. Photos: The 2014 Oscar Nominees Clips are below, provided exclusively to The Hollywood Reporter. In addition to offering the Chicago in the Spotlight documentary, this is the first Blu-ray to be made using a newly-created master in Dolby Vision, the new format introduced last month at CES with higher luminance, wider color gamut and higher dynamic range than today's standards. The Chicago Blu-ray also offers Dolby TrueHD 7.1 sound. Story: Rob Marshall's 'Chicago' Gets

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- Carolyn Giardina

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We Can't Wait #6: Into the Woods

29 January 2014 9:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

[Editor's Note: We Can't Wait is a Team Experience series, in which we highlight our top 14 most anticipated films of 2014. Here's abstew on" Into the Woods"]

Into the Woods

Director Rob Marshall tries his (jazz) hand at another movie musical based on the popular Broadway show. The film centers around a Baker and his Wife who have been cursed by a Witch to remain childless. To break the spell, the couple must go "into the woods" to bring back certain objects. Along the way, they encounter classic characters from fairy tales including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Jack (he of the famed Beanstalk).

Cast & Crew

The sprawling cast is a mix of movie stars (Emily Blunt as the Baker's Wife, Meryl Streep as the Witch, Chris Pine as Cinderella's Prince, and Johnny Depp as The Big Bad Wolf), Broadway performers (Tony winner James Corden as the Baker, Lilla Crawford, from Broadway's latest revival of Annie, as Little Red, Tony nominee Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel's Prince), and talented individuals at home in any medium »

- abstew

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Cuaron Solidifies Oscar-Favorite Position After Becoming First Mexican National to Take Home Directors Guild Prize in Feature Film Category

26 January 2014 2:55 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Alfonso Cuarón wins 2014 DGA Award for ‘Gravity’ (photo: Directors Guild of America Award winner Alfonso Cuarón and last year’s DGA Award winner Ben Affleck) As expected, Alfonso Cuarón won the 2014 Directors Guild of America Award for the blockbuster Gravity at a January 25, 2014, ceremony held at Los Angeles’ Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. “We saw all these photographs of earth from space, and it’s absolutely beautiful; hues of greens and blues,” Cuarón told the crowd after receiving his award from last year’s DGA winner, Ben Affleck. “Everything seems so organic [from space]. Those silly lines and boundaries we put on political maps, you can’t see that from space. It’s a bizarre experiment of nature, that is the human experience. And it’s what we as directors try to sort out as filmmakers.” A mix of space thriller and inspirational soap opera that has just about nothing to do with »

- Andre Soares

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