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“Our team at The Third Floor provided close to thirty minutes of previs over eight sequences,” states The Third Floor Previsualization Supervisor Joshua Wassung as to work contributed to Hercules . “This was our first collaboration with Brett Ratner [Rush Hour]; he was referred to us and came to visit and talk about his vision for the film. We clicked pretty quickly and began work the next week!” There was a regular line of communication with the American filmmaker and John Bruno (The Abyss) who was the visual effects supervisor for the project. “We collaborated directly with Brett on the ground in Los Angeles and held reviews regularly with him via Skype and cineSync while he was on location in Budapest. »
- Trevor Hogg
“We first got involved with Hercules  back in 2007,” explains Weta Workshop Senior “Designer Paul Tobin. “At the time, Hercules was a Radical Comics character who has appeared in two limited series The Thracian Wars and The Knives of Kush, both written by Steve Moore with Cris Bolsin on art. We were approached to help produce some design and artwork to help pitch the story as a feature film. Fast forward to 2012 and the long held dream of bringing their Hercules to the big screen became a reality and we were invited to once again offer up some design and artwork but this time for production.” Tobin remarks, “We had »
- Trevor Hogg
The date is also International Holocause Remembrance Day.
The film revisits the project from decades ago that involved Sidney Bernstein, Richard Crossman and Alfred Hitchcock to tell the story of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps; footage from 1945 is used extensively.
The harrowing documentary will be shown on Channel 4 (UK), HBO (Us), Arte (Germany/France), Ard (Germany), Tvp (Poland), Vpro (The Netherlands), Channel 8 Hot and Keshet TV (Israel), Dr (Denmark), Rtvslo (Slovenia), Yle (Finland), and Nrk (Norway). Midas will distribute in Portugal.
Tel Aviv-based Cinephil handles international sales.
The 75-minute film is a UK-us-Israel-Denmark production.
Night Will Fall had a work in progress screening at the 2014 Berlinale. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Andre Singer’s doc “Night Will Fall,” the story about the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps as WWII wound down, will be broadcast globally on Jan. 27, the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and Intl. Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The film, produced by Sally Angel and Brett Ratner, will air on HBO in the U.S., on German-French channel Arte, Ard in Germany, Channel 4 in the U.K., Tvp in Poland, Vpro in the Netherlands, Channel 8 Hot in Israel, Denmark’s Dr, Rtvslo in Slovenia, Yle in Finland and Norway’s Nrk. Pic will also be distributed in Portugal by Midas Filmes.
“Night Will Fall” screened at the Berlinale as a work in progress earlier this year, and has played as several festival since then, including Sheffield Doc/Fest and Cph:dox. The film explores how a team of filmmakers, including Sidney Bernstein, Richard Crossman and Alfred Hitchcock, came »
- Carole Horst
Jennifer Aniston reprises her role as a sex-addicted dentist in New Line’s “Horrible Bosses 2,” which hosted its L.A. premiere at the Tcl Chinese Thursday. Although Aniston clearly relishes playing against type, her character’s outrageous behavior and the on-set improvisation sometimes pushed her into awkward territory. (Variety‘s review, however, remarked that Aniston was “game as ever.”)
— Dave McNary (@Variety_DMcNary) November 21, 2014
Jason Sudeikis had a ready (and mature!) answer for whether he’d ever had a horrible boss. “No, not really, because I got what I deserved. I was not into those jobs the way I should have been,” he explained.
'Who hasn't had a horrible boss? »
- Dave McNary
The news comes just four months after Warner Bros. entered talks to acquire the rights to this novel, which takes place over a two-decade period. The story follows a 13-year-old boy who loses his mother during a bombing at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The boy ends up surviving the explosion and steals the famous Carel Fabritius painting The Goldfinch. He ends up being taken in by an Upper East Side family before reuniting with his alcoholic birth father, who takes him to Las Vegas.
Nina Jacobson (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1), Brett Ratner (Tower Heist) and Bradford Simpson (World War Z) are producing the adaptation. The book was first published last fall, and has been on the New York Times best seller list for 39 weeks.
The book was published last fall and has been on the New York Times bestseller list for 39 weeks.
The story, which takes place over two decades, follows a 13-year-old boy who loses his mother in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He survives the explosion, steals the Carel Fabritius painting the Goldfinch, gets taken in by an Upper East Side family and eventually reunites with his father, an alcoholic gambling addict who takes him to Las Vegas.
Warner Bros. bought movie rights to Tartt’s first novel, muder mystery “The Secret History,” several years ago.
Straughan is repped »
- Dave McNary
In the “original trilogy” of X-Men movies, Famke Janssen was Bryan Singer and Brett Ratner’s Jean Grey. She was a force to be reckoned with, and she wore a heck of a lot of red. On the other side of the Jean-Scott coin, James Marsden’s Cyclops had enough cheek and charm to throw off Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) as a rival for Jean Grey’s attentions.
But that was then. This is now. Let’s get into some Days of Future Past spoilers.
With X-Men: Days Of Future Past rebooting the X-Men timeline and essentially erasing everything that happened in X-Men: The Last Stand, it makes sense that Janssen and Marsden are back, casually talking to Logan at the end of Days of Future Past as if nothing happened.
In that scene, however, it’s clear that this is when Professor Xavier is much older (and more bald) – as »
- Sasha James
In the words of the big man himself, Dwayne Johnson was born to play Hercules. With apologies to Kellan Lutz, there's only one man in Hollywood these days that could convince audiences that he bested the Nemean Lion, beheaded the Lernaean Hydra, and beat back the Erymanthian Boar, and that man is The Rock. Unfortunately, Brett Ratner's take on the Hercules legend chose not to explore the hero's twelve labors, but to adapt Steve Moore and Admira Wijaya's graphic novel, "Hercules: The Thracian Wars." Perhaps if that had been communicated more clearly in the film's marketing, audiences (and maybe even critics) would have given Hercules more of a chance, since it's a surprisingly fun action-adventure film that lets Johnson swing away while surrounding him with a strong supporting cast. Now that the film's available on Blu-ray, you can check it out for yourself. Hit the jump for our Hercules Blu-ray review. »
- Dave Trumbore
The single biggest flaw within director Brett Ratner’s vision of Hercules is one that came from a self-conscious decision to create a Hercules story that is grounded in reality. While that is an interesting concept, the frustration comes from the fact that the movie was marketed as a fantasy inspired adventure where the titular character completes the Twelve Labors. Instead, what we got is a movie that not only rushes through those trials and tribulations in a five minute montage opening sequence, but one that attempts to debunk every piece of mythology as the film goes on.
This means that the remaining 90 minutes or so are a painfully generic narrative about Hercules and his friends as a group of mercenaries for hire. Not exactly the kind of Hercules movie I imagine people wanted to see, especially when it stars Dwayne Johnson as the mythical demigod; a man who truly »
- Robert Kojder
Major Us broadcasters are developing more than 20 TV adaptations of feature films as they follow the example of their cable counterparts.
Us pay-tv networks have recently found success with the likes of Fargo and Teen Wolf, and have lined up further adaptations of Scream (MTV), Twelve Monkeys (Syfy), Shutter Island (HBO) and Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead (Starz).
Traditional networks - ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW - are now getting involved and have struck deals for adaptations of well-known films including Big, Minority Report and The Devil’s Advocate, as well as more niche films such as John Ritter’s Problem Child and Val Kilmer’s Real Genius.
The networks have ordered scripts for the 20-plus adaptations and will decide which projects to pilot by January. Those taken to series will likely be ordered in May for an autumn 2015 launch.
UK consultancy firm Tape monitors the Us development process for a number of UK broadcasters »
The Santa Clause is 20 years old today—and while the series spawned a trilogy of family-friendly holiday films, we can't forget the franchise's dark origins. Tim Allen's Scott Calvin becomes Santa Claus by accidentally causing the original St. Nick to fall to his doom. Sure, the film pushes a "seeing is believing" message and includes plenty of warm and fuzzy holiday cheer—but it still starts off with the death of Santa Claus. The Santa Clause isn't the only movie to put a dark spin on the holiday season; there's a long and storied cinematic history of strange, bleak, »
- Jonathon Dornbush
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- Peter Sciretta
X-Men: Days of Future Past, 2014.
Directed by Bryan Singer.
Starring Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Lucas Till, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Daniel Cudmore, Evan Peters, Booboo Stewart, Omar Sy, Fan Bingbing, Adan Canto, Evan Jonigkeit, Josh Helman and Peter Dinklage.
The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.
“Please. We need you to hope again…”
Quite an apt statement lifted from Bryan Singer’s return to the comic-book realm that feels much more personal than just that of a desperate future Professor X (the ever miraculous Patrick Stewart) as he begs, pleads his past self (James McAvoy) through a inter-dimensional/time-loop to get back on a horse called Cerebro. Indeed, it feels like it’s Singer doing the pleading, »
- Scott J. Davis
Arclight's Asian unit Easternlight is partnering with Chinese film/TV production and distribution company Huace on female superhero movie Lights Out, and casting is under way for an A-list Chinese actress for the lead. The partnership was announced at the American Film Market. Xavier Gens, who directed Hitman and whose supernatural thriller Crucifixion was also announced at Afm, will direct the movie. It was written by Lamont Magee and Jeff W. Byrd. Read more Brett Ratner: China Is Going to be the Saving Grace of the Movie Business Huace is aggressively looking to expand overseas. The company last month bought a
- Clifford Coonan
Warner Bros. Pictures has announced that it has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Academy Award winner Russell Crowe’s (“Gladiator”) directorial debut, from RatPac Entertainment, The Water Diviner, which the Studio will release in select U.S. theaters on April 24, 2015.
Starring Russell Crowe (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind) and Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion, Quantum Of Solace), The Water Diviner is an epic adventure set four years after the devastating battle of Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I.
Australian farmer Connor (Crowe) travels to Istanbul to discover the fate of his sons, reported missing in the action, where he forges a relationship with the beautiful Turkish woman (Kurylenko) who owns the hotel in which he stays. Holding on to hope, and with the help of a Turkish Officer, Connor embarks on a journey across the country to find the truth about the fate of his sons. The Water Diviner is an extraordinary tale of love, »
- Michelle McCue
Updated, 2:42 Pm: Warner Bros just said it plans an April 24 limited release for The Water Diviner.
Previously, 11:24 Am: Russell Crowe’s first feature as a director, The Water Diviner, will fall under the Warner Bros. distribution flag, Brett Ratner just said during a financing panel at the American Film Market. The film, which was unveiled at last year’s Afm, centers on a farmer who travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli during World War I to search for his three missing sons.
Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment is a financier on the film.
Andrew Mason and Troy Lum for Hopscotch Features are producing along with Keith Rodger for Crowe’s own Fear of God Films. The pic co-stars Olga Kurylenko, who plays a Turkish hotel owner he comes across Crowe’s character, Connor. The film begins its international rollout December 26 in Australia, New Zealand and Turkey.
- Scott Bowles
Warner Bros. will distribute Russell Crowe's directorial debut, The Water Diviner. According to Variety, Brett Ratner, whose RatPac Entertainment is financing the film, made the announcement at the American Film Market on Friday. Shooting for the film began last December in Australia and Turkey. Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasio wrote the script for the film, in which Crowe plays an Australian farmer who travels to Istanbul to search for his two sons who are missing in action after the Battle of Gallipoli during World War I. Olga Kurylenko will also star in the film as the owner of the »
- Teresa Jue
Warner Bros. has picked up domestic distribution for Russell Crowe’s period drama The Water Diviner. The studio has set an April 24, 2015 release date. Crowe directed the movie and also stars as an Australian who goes to Turkey to search for his two sons, who are missing after the battle of Gallipoli in 1919. Olga Kurylenko and Jai Courtney also star. Penned by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios, The Water Diviner is being produced by Andrew Mason and Troy Lum for Hopscotch Features and by Keith Rodger for Fear of God Films. Brett Ratner's RatPac Entertainment, Seven Network Australia and private
- Borys Kit
Brett Ratner, whose RatPac Entertainment is a financier on the film, made the announcement during Friday’s opening panel on film financing at the American Film Market before an Sro crowd of about 800 at The Fairmont Hotel.
Crowe portrays an Australian farmer who — four years after Turkey’s Battle of Gallipoli during World War I — travels to Istanbul to discover the fate of his sons, reported missing in action. Olga Kurylenko plays the Turkish woman who owns the hotel in which he stays.
Crowe began working on the project in 2011 and made three trips to Turkey to scout locations and meet with Kurylenko to persuade her to take the part.
Producers are »
- Dave McNary
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