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Following the exciting presentation at CinemaCon last week, 20th Century Fox released some new details for their upcoming releases. Check out the official synopses along with some photos for all their 2015 and 2016 films.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, Nasa and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, »
- Michelle McCue
This week, Variety reported on a study that was released confirming what many already know about the film industry, or at the very least anecdotally: Women are having an increasingly hard time breaking in.
The study showed that there’s a large gender gap between independently financed and directed projects by women when compared to projects within the studio system. The Sundance Institute and Women in Film looked at movies in competition at Sundance between 2002 and 2014 compared to the top 1300 grossing films between the same time period. Men appeared at Sundance at a ratio of 3 to 1 more often than women, but an even more staggering 23 to 1 when looking at studio films.
Further, half of the industry executives surveyed believed that films directed by women did not appeal as broadly as films directed by men. A quarter of those surveyed added that they shared a “perceived lack of ambition” in women directors, »
- Brian Welk
Annie Mumolo has joined the cast of the Universal comedy Michelle Darnell. She reteams with Melissa McCarthy, as Mumolo co-wrote Bridesmaids with Kristen Wiig and got Oscar nominated. Michelle Darnell also stars Peter Dinklage, and it’s directed by Ben Falcone. Since co-writing Bridesmaids (Wiig didn’t want to do a sequel), Mumolo has gained traction as an actress. She currently stars in the NBC comedy About A Boy and recently shot the pilot The 46 Percenters for Warner… »
Jason Statham has destroyed more villainous goons than we’ve had hot (and cold) dinners - and we're greedy buggers. He’s back repeating the trick in Paul Feig/Melissa McCarthy espionage action-comedy, Spy. This time, however, he’s playing things for laughs. A new clip from the film showcases his rather insecure agent and comes off like Alan Partridge channelling Daniel Craig's 007. Job done.brightcove.createExperiences();“This arm has been ripped off completely and reattached with this fucking arm,” he barks, desperately asserting his badass credentials in a way that would raise at least one Chev Chelios eyebrow.Statham, who plays a temper-fuelled spy called Rick Ford, has been on Feig’s wishlist since Lock, Stock and more specifically, those two Crank movies. “When people read the Statham role they assumed I’d go for someone like Will Ferrell, but I felt that it had to be the real guy, »
The Stath has become a cult figure all of his own and it’s basically come from a lot of hard work and non-stop effort from the husky-voiced Brit star. In this geninuely entertaining clip for Spy, the new comedy-action film from Paul Feig.
Opening on 5th June, the movie stars Melissa McCarthy as Susan Cooper, an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency’s most dangerous missions. When her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Jason Statham) is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster.
We all know McCarthy has slightly hit the unfunny bone in her last couple of outings but here it looks like she’s back on form, and we’re looking forward to seeing the ridiculous, more natural comedy side return!
For more Spy fun, »
- Dan Bullock
Melissa McCarthy's latest team up, Spy, with her Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig may be more of the same from the actress, but she does have a great cast of straight men, and women, around her that you wouldn't necessarily peg as having comedy chops. Case in point is Jason Statham, who in the clip below plays up his hard man persona to hilarious effect. Released: June 5th Synopsis: A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Coming off a record-setting $5.5 billion year at the worldwide box office, 20th Century Fox brought an impressive slate of movies and stars to CinemaCon on Thursday — including the quartet of “Fantastic Four” actors.
The studio acknowledged that this version of “Fantastic Four” is being closely watched by its core audience. “The fanboys will let you know if you don’t get it right,” said new studio co-chair Stacey Snider before introducing the quartet comprising Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell.
(In 2005, the studio also released a “Fantastic Four,” which grossed $330.6 million worldwide in box office.)
“We’re not supposed to say much about this,” Teller told the audience before the footage played. “Fantastic Four,” which will be released on Aug. 7, is a reimagining of Marvel’s superhero team. It centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate universe, which changes their physical form. The »
- Dave McNary
A lot of TV shows are close to their season finales, and thus, the networks have begun announcing renewals for next season. We have a long way to go to find out the fate of some TV shows, but for now, here are the series that can rest easy, because they'll be back for the 2015-2016 season - plus one show that was not so lucky. What's Been Renewed NBC The Blacklist: The James Spader hit is coming back for season three. Chicago Fire: The drama is coming back next season. Chicago Pd: The new spinoff will get a third season. Law & Order: Svu: The procedural is getting a 17th season. Grimm: The supernatural series will back for a fifth season. The CW Jane the Virgin: The Golden Globe-nominated series will be back for season two. The Vampire Diaries: The series is getting a seventh season. »
After world-premiering at SXSW in March and before opening Seattle on May 14, Paul Feig's comedy "Spy" will play the Louisiana International Film Festival on May 7. Previous big studio grabs at the three-year-old fest include Radius' Oscar-winning doc "20 Feet from Stardom" and Fox Searchlight's "Belle." "Spy," which hits theaters June 5, played uproariously at SXSW for its world premiere earlier this year. With its broad humor and long and muddled action scenes, this is one of Feig's more ambivalently directed efforts. But as always, he's a daffy and deft writer of female dialogue, giving Melissa McCarthy (as dowdy CIA agent Susan Cooper) and Rose Byrne (as a prim, terrorist affiliate of the CIA's arch nemesis) many uproarious moments to chew on. Jason Statham brings comic machismo as a childishly sulky agent gone rogue. The audience ate it all up, with laughs drowning much of the dialogue. Read More: Paul Feig on "Spy, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
For those with questions about the all-male reboot of the “Ghostbusters” franchise starring Channing Tatum, here’s who you shouldn’t call: Paul Feig, the director of Sony’s forthcoming all-female update. Feig’s comedy is preparing to shoot with a star cast including Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and “SNL” gals Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, but don’t bother making any cutesy “Battle of the Sexes” comparisons. “It had nothing to do with me, that was a surprise,” Feig told TheWrap at the Tuesday premiere “Other Space,” his new Yahoo Screen streaming series. “I just have my four funny »
- Matt Donnelly
Spy stars McCarthy as a deskbound CIA analyst who gets thrust into the field when her partner falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised.
Spy will open via Fox on June 5.
The festival is set to run from May 14-June 7. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy comedy “Spy” will open the 41st annual Seattle International Film Festival, organizers announced Wednesday. Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actress McCarthy stars as Susan Cooper, an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst who is the unsung hero behind the Agency’s most dangerous missions. When her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Jason Statham) is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer and prevent a global disaster. See video: From ‘His Girl Friday’ to ‘The Heat': The Evolution of Female Comedies The ensemble cast »
- Joe Otterson
In “Spy,” McCarthy plays a desk-bound CIA analyst who must go undercover after her partner (Jude Law) and another top agent (Jason Statham) are compromised. Feig will participate in a Q&A following the screening moderated by Siff artistic director Carl Spence.
With more than 450 features, Seattle is the largest film festival in the U.S. and runs to June 7.
More on Feig can be found in this week’s cover story.
- Seth Kelley
Studios are slowly starting to show more lesbian, gay and bisexual characters on film, according to the annual Studio Responsibility Index released today by media advocacy group GLAAD.
The report, which studied releases from the seven major studios in 2014, found that 20 of the 114 movies (17.5%) that bowed last year had characters who identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. This is slightly more from 2013, when that percentage was 16.7% (17 of 102 films). However, none of these films included a character who identified as transgender. (This year also marked the first time that GLAAD examined smaller affiliated studios, finding that 11% of the 47 total films released by Focus Features, Fox Searchlight, Roadside Attractions, and Sony Pictures Classics were Lgbt inclusive).
This increased number from the major studios didn’t necessarily equate to better representation, the report found. The majority of these characters were gay men (65%), while a third (30%) featured bisexual characters and about one tenth (10%) including lesbian characters. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Spy stars Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham, amongst others, and already reviews for it have been strong. And in a chat with IGN, he's revealed one or two more hints about the new Ghostbusters team he's put together.
"It's an ensemble, but at the same time you need the one person that brings you into the group", Feig said, revealing that it's going to be Kristen Wiig's character who fulfils that role.
"Melissa is sort of the leader of the group, but everybody will be equal", he added. "I just love a deep bench like this. Every one of those women is strong and so funny. The hardest thing is going »
Feig offered the first hints about the new Ghostbusters' dynamic in an interview with IGN.
"It's an ensemble, but at the same time you need the one person that brings you into the group [who is Wiig's character]," he revealed.
"Melissa is sort of the leader of the group, but everybody will be equal. I just love a deep bench like this. Every one of those women is strong and so funny. The hardest thing is going to be… keeping all of their stuff in the movie. »
Paul Feig is Hollywood’s most popular ladies’ man.
That’s not to suggest he’s a lothario or creepy man-on-the-make. It’s just that in his job as a top movie director, he arguably has done more in recent years than anyone else in the business to enable actresses to play the kinds of delicious characters that traditionally had been the domain of their male counterparts. There’s an encouraging shift under way at the box office with such female-driven hits as “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Cinderella,” “Insurgent” and “Maleficent” burning up the bigscreen. And Feig, who has demonstrated a fondness for funny women, has played a central role part in helping to create and maintain that momentum, with a resume of blockbuster comedies.
- Jenelle Riley
Moviegoers can’t wait to see Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and the rest of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes pool their collective superpowers in order to save the world from annihilation, according to a new survey by Fandango.
The ticketer’s annual look at the most anticipated summer movies revealed that Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” was the clear favorite for a majority of movie fans. That’s no surprise given that the sequel is already outselling its predecessor in terms of pre-tickets by a wide margin and is on pace to open to more than $200 million.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” received the nod from 54% of the more than 1,000 people surveyed. It was followed by “Jurassic World” with 14% and “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” with 10%. The top five was dominated by sequels, with “Terminator: Genisys” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” rounding out the group.
Earlier this year, Fandango took a »
- Brent Lang
Paul Feig's web-based comedy series "Other Space" launches Tuesday on Yahoo! Screen, and we got down and nerdy with the creator of the legendary TV series "Freaks and Geeks." Feig shared details about the web show as well as the latest Melissa McCarthy comedy he's directed -- "Spy" opens on June 5 -- and his semi-secret work on the planned 2016 "Ghostbusters" reboot, which will have all-female leads, including Ms. McCarthy and Kristen Wiig. Despite his immense success in Hollywood after directing "Bridesmaids" and "The Heat, »
- Don Steinberg
The middle of Spring actually means a new selection of summer blockbusters to look forward to, and with a ton of big-budget films slated to come out within the next few months and beyond, the summer of 2015 looks like one to remember.
From the new Mad Max (which is already on our end-of -year top ten list event though we haven’t yet seen it) to Avengers, Poltergeists, male strippers, talking teddy bears, and a reboot of the Jurassic Park franchise, this summer’s trips to the theaters will be jam-packed with sequels and new tales. From May 1st right through to the end of August, some of the movies on our list could wind up on year-end “best of” lists or even receive some Oscar talk by December.
Grab your calendar, because Wamg has a rundown of this summer’s films we’re most excited about, so check them out below! »
- Movie Geeks
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