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For decades, the fabled studio of Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis maintained its dominance in the Hollywood pecking order, and held the promise of staying there — in recent years on the backs of such lucrative franchises as “Harry Potter” and “The Dark Knight.”
But in today’s high-stakes, competitive landscape, sustaining that lofty perch has proven excruciatingly difficult.
R. Kikuo Johnson for Variety
In the 2½ years since Tsujihara was named chairman and CEO, and took command of Warners’ massive ship, the company has been riding a sea of fundamental change. Entertainment is being consumed around the globe at record levels, but exactly when, where and how that happens has become more fluid in a rapidly shifting industry — making the job of any Hollywood chieftain more complex and perplexing than ever.
Consequently, Tsujihara »
- James Rainey and Cynthia Littleton
The Tracking Board are reporting that the untitled movie will focus on Alexey Pajitnov, the Russian creator of Tetris, who developed the game alongside Dmitry Pavlovsky and Vadim Gerasimov for a Soviet-funded company. Because of his Soviet connections, Pajitnov didn’t recieve royalities on the game until 1996, despite it being sold with every Game Boy.
Ratner will possibly direct the movie and will produce it with partner Jeremy Packner with their RatPac company. Their previous titles include Horrible Bosses 2, The Arrested Development Movie and The Revenant. The movie is being described in the same vein as The Social Network, which told the story of Mark Zuckerberg’s creation of Facebook.
- Luke Owen
X-Men is now the longest running comic-book movie series in the world, which is especially impressive considering the fact it’s never been rebooted or covered old ground like the Batman, Spider-Man or Superman franchises. Instead there’s been a steady stream of stories loosely adapted from the source material, such as X2’s variation on God Loves, Man Kills and Brett Ratner’s semi-digested Dark Phoenix saga. With mixed results, obviously.
Recent rumour has it that Bryan Singer is already gearing up to direct a seventh X-Men film in Montreal in 2017. At this stage it’s not known exactly what form this latest film will take; It could be Singer’s next X-Men film as is reported, but since it’s early days it could just as easily be the long-suggested New Mutants film or a different spin-off entirely, like X-Force.
Whichever way things go, we’re certainly »
- Mark Grainger
Is Universal on its way to botching its planned series of Universal Monster reboots? Based on a piece published yesterday in Variety, it's certainly starting to sound that way. According to the article, which features interviews with Universal head Donna Langley and writers Alex Kurtzman ("Transformers") and Chris Morgan ("Furious 7"), the studio has hired a stable of storyboard artists, designers and writers to bring such characters as Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, The Mummy and the Wolfman to life for contemporary audiences. The iconic monsters, each of which has a specific writer or writers attached, will inhabit a "shared universe" in a series of interconnected films set in modern day. As Kurtzman put it: “The idea is that we have a deep bench of brains to consult with about how their monster fits into our world as we go forward." Added Morgan: ““This is not a heightened world. We’re exploring »
- Chris Eggertsen
Said to be akin to "The Social Network" in tone, the story follows Pajitnov and the inception of the game which was first developed with Dmitry Pavlovsky and Vadim Gerasimov in the Ussr back in 1984. At the time they were working for a Soviet-funded R&D center in Moscow.
The game was quickly exchanged between computer programmers, spread throughout the region, and blew up into a worldwide phenomenon. Pajitnov didn't get any money for his creation of Tetris until 1996, and there were massive battles both legal and even diplomatic over the rights to the game. Brett Ratner and James Packer will produce. »
- Garth Franklin
Alexey Pajitnov, the Russian video game designer and computer engineer that birthed Tetris, will be the center of a new origins movie depicting the creation of the seminal video game. According to The Tracking Board, Rush Hour director Brett Ratner and James Packer are developing the picture through their Ratpac Entertainment banner.
Similarly to the Monopoly-themed film brewing in development over at Big Beach, Ratner and Packer are gunning to shed light on the intriguing story behind Tetris‘ early foray on the market. Built within a Soviet-funded company in the Ussr during the late 80s, Pajitnov sought the help of fellow designers Dmitry Pavlovsky and Vadim Gerasimov, who together transformed the plotless puzzle game into a bona fide juggernaut, with various sequels iterating on the core formula of managing and arranging a perpetual stream of falling blocks.
But with great success, comes a great legal battle over the game’s rights – and sure enough, »
- Michael Briers
A film based on the origins of the famous Gameboy game Tetris is being planned with Rush Hour director Brett Ratner producing. The movie will essentially be a biopic of Alexey Pajitnov, who designed the created the game whilst working in a Russian research and development centre. The game caused controversy after the rights to it became the crux of multiple complicated legal battles that spanned across the globe.
Eventually Nintendo bagged the rights and from 1991, packaged the game with every Gameboy, creating a global phenomenon. Pajitnov reportedly didn’t receive any money for the game until 1996, the same year where he was voted the fourth most influential computer game developer of all time.
The Tracking Board report the news of the movie plans, revealing that the film will have a very similar feel to The Social Network, which, of course, was a huge success a few years ago for »
- Paul Heath
Even though the word 'origins' in a headline is enough to induce at least a minor shudder, if there's one story whose origin deserves to be told, it's Tetris.
On the surface, Tetris is simply one of the most addictive and brilliant puzzle videogames of all time. But the story behind it involves Alexey Pajitnov, who designed the came while working in a Russian research and development centre. This article gives just a flavour of the behind the scenes story of the game.
Was Tetris owned by the Russian state, then? Well, the issue of its ownership has become a legendary tale, with Nintendo eventually winning the rights and bundling the game with its Nintendo Game Boy consoles. Without Tetris, there's a strong chance »
Inspired by true events, the film is set in the 1820s and centres on frontiersman Hugh Glass (DiCaprio), who seeks vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling, including his confidant John Fitzgerald (Hardy).
The original score is by Oscar-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto ([link »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Governors Awards recipient Spike Lee reminded hundreds of Hollywood heavy-hitters about their failure at diversity, warning that “You better get smart” about making films that represent the population — because by 2043, Caucasians are going to be the minority in the U.S.
Lee’s 15-minute speech was delivered in a calm and genial manner, concluding Saturday’s awards ceremony that also honored Debbie Reynolds and Gena Rowlands. Lee said when he goes through Hollywood offices, there are only white faces, and the only person of color is the man checking the name at the door. “This industry is so behind, is ridiculous.” He said it’s apparently easier for a black person to become president of the U.S. than the head of a studio or TV network.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs opened the evening by urging Hollywood to move ahead on diversity, saying “Words »
- Tim Gray
CBS is getting set to launch its TV adaptation of the successful buddy action franchise Rush Hour. The original films starred international superstar Jackie Chan and Chris "I Only Do Rush Hour Movies" Tucker, as a pair of mismatched cops. While I can't speak for the sequels, since I didn't see them, I know the first one was plenty of fun. It also co-starred Elizabeth Peña, so I was a bit biased. The films cost $263 total, and pulled in a cumulative haul of about $850 million for New Line. They also made Brett Ratner a Hollywood entity, so we can thank them for that.
Now Ratner is working on this series as a producer, and it looks like the series is going to closely follow the blueprint he created for the films. You can see for yourself with this special sneak preview below:
Based on the preview, it's clear that this »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
“Tracking Shot” is a top of month featurette here on Ioncinema.com that looks at the projects that are moments away from lensing. This November, we’ve got a fivesome of projects that we feel are worth signaling out, but before we put the focus on those, the previous month was a rather fruitful one for mostly indiewood film productions. Films that we’ll be seeing in 2016 and which are for the most part still filming include: Mark Williams‘ workplace drama The Headhunter’s Calling (with Alison Brie, Gretchen Mol, Gerard Butler, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina), Philippe Falardeau‘s bio boxing drama The Bleeder (with Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Elisabeth Moss), Taron Lexton’s coming-of-ager In Search of Fellini (with Ksenia Solo, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Maria Bello), Kevin Tent‘s Black List scripted rom-com (with Domhnall Gleeson, Christina Applegate, Thomas Haden Church, Nina Dobrev), Sophie Brooks‘ NYC set Euro-fizzled comedy, »
- Eric Lavallee
“Breakthrough” is hardly a breakthrough, rather representing the latest permutation on an increasingly popular trend: adding sizzle to documentary, science or do-gooder programming by involving celebrities, just as Showtime’s “Years of Living Dangerously” did. While that was a single-topic endeavor devoted to climate change, this six-part enterprise, produced by Imagine Entertainment in concert with Ge, turns filmmakers loose on different topics, with varying degrees of success. Give the talent credit for trying to help viewers eat their vegetables, though it’s a disheartening sign of the times that there’s a perceived need for star sauce to flavor them.
The underlying idea for the series — other than offering producer Brian Grazer a chance to stroke the egos of his friends and collaborators, billed as “visionary” in the press notes — is to take a dive into cutting-edge technology that offers hope for improving our lives or addressing serious ills. So »
- Brian Lowry
The retro Hollywood-styled facility is the casino-resort that does the most to push Macau’s claim to be Asia’s entertainment capital.
That is important for the enclave, which in a matter of a few short years scaled up to overtake Las Vegas in terms of gambling revenue, but for the past 18 months has been in retreat. The territory has been hit by a combination of China’s economic slowdown, an anti-corruption drive, and an over-dependence on gambling.
The transformation from gambling den to family-friendly entertainment nexus is a necessary one if the former Portuguese colony is to regain momentum and if gamblers and shoppers »
- Patrick Frater
Ugly Betty creator Silvio Horta has teamed with producer-director Brett Ratner for The Divine Monster, a twisty family drama based on the Belgian series of the same name (original title Het Goddelijke Monster). Written by Miami-born Horta, The Divine Monster chronicles the fall of the wealthy Vega family of Miami, whose real estate empire is built upon decades of greed, corruption, generally bad behavior and an alarming number of curious deaths. Horta is executive… »
Read More: Key West Film Festival Announces Brett Ratner Scholarship, Indiewire's Eric Kohn to Curate Critics Focus The 4th Annual Key West Film Festival has announced its official 2015 lineup, including opening night film "Spotlight," starring Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Michael Keaton. As part of the festival’s Critics’ Choice series, Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday will host a Q&A for Spotlight with Sacha Pfeiffer and Michael Rezendes, two of the journalists who’s real life work is featured in the film. The Saturday night Spotlight film will be Todd Haynes' Cannes-winning "Carol," starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. The romance film has dominated the fall festival circuit, playing at nearly all the major and regional film festivals. Hornaday will join Indiewire’s own Eric Kohn, also participating in the Critic’s Choice program, to host a discussion following "Carol." The festival will also host a 20th. »
- Zack Sharf
Speaking to ScreenDaily, the film’s UK screenwriter Jeremy Brock explained that his screenplay was inspired after reading David Grann’s New Yorker article True Crimes - A Post-Modern Murder Mystery, which centres on a Polish murder investigation turning to clues found in a novelist’s book that bear a bizarre resemblance to the case.
“I spent the intervening time to find my inspiration for what has become an original screenplay,” he recalled, noting that, in his 30 years as a screenwriter from his beginnings as a co-writer of the BBC TV series Casualty in 1985, “I haven’t worked so long and persistently on one project as I have done on this one”.
“Through working »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
How is Ge best known in entertainment circles? Maybe it’s for years of commercials bringing “good things to life,” or for its savvy hire of Jack Donaghy to run East Coast television and microwave oven programming in the world of “30 Rock.”
The 123-year-old company, co-founded by Thomas Edison, has also played a very real leadership role in radio and television, dating back to the creation of those platforms, so it’s not exactly a newbie to showbiz.
Even so, the idea that Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer would sit down with a Ge exec for a no-agenda, thinking-out-loud meeting — one that would be the genesis of “Breakthrough,” a National Geographic Channel series premiering Nov. 1 — might take some by surprise.
Ge ended up becoming one of four producing partners on the show, embracing a creative role far beyond branding.
“I think the biggest challenge was in the beginning,” says Ge vice chair Beth Comstock, »
- Jon Weisman
The life and times of Hank Williams may not be the story everyone is looking for, but with a legend that is impossible to deny, and a solid cast, this could be a film that turns out to be for everyone.
I Saw the Light has released some new images, and if you’re very familiar with Williams’ life, they’re a very interesting batch of photos, revealing a great deal about the moments you can expect in the film. On the other hand, you knew they were there anyway.
Hiddleston, who is already in theaters with Crimson Peak, may seem an odd choice at first, but what we’ve already seen of him should remove any doubts, and though no one could get that smile exactly right, some of these images are downright creepy. Plus, Hiddleston and Olsen have proven themselves over the last few years, and ought to »
- Marc Eastman
Hiddleston and co-star Elizabeth Olsen had received strong reviews when the film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September.
But Sony Classics execs decided against a late November release due to Hiddleston’s lack of availability to promote the movie due to his commitment to shoot “Kong: Skull Island.”
Written and directed by Marc Abraham, the movie is based on Colin Escott’s biography, with Bradley Whitford, David Krumholtz and Cherry Jones also starring. RatPac Entertainment’s Brett Ratner and Bron Studios’ Aaron L. Gilbert produced the film, while G. Marq Roswell and Abraham. James Packer of »
- Dave McNary
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