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Justin Lin’s latest film “Star Trek Beyond,” the third film in the “Star Trek” reboot franchise, will hit theaters in just a few short weeks, but the acclaimed action director is already in talks for a couple future projects. Along with his “Space Jam” sequel starring LeBron James, Slash Film reports that Warner Bros. is talking to Lin about helming a live-action adaptation of the iconic cyberpunk manga, and later anime film, “Akira.” Though the film has been in development hell for years now, with various directors and actors attached to the project, but Lin might finally be the guy for the job.
Set in a dystopian version of Tokyo called Neo-Tokyo, “Akira” follows two teenage bikers Tetsuo and Kaneda as their lives radically change after dormant »
- Vikram Murthi
"...'The Midnight Angels' continue the liberation of 'Wakanda' with extreme prejudice, while indecisions by 'T'Challa' could cost him more than just the throne..."
"But after another international »
- Michael Stevens
As 2016 hits the halfway point, the Oscar race is even fuzzier than usual. Two things are clear: The studios are back-loading their awards hopefuls yet again, with launches at fall festivals and/or the fourth quarter; and there are more diverse films in the mix, with at least 16 potential biggies from filmmakers who are women, Asians, Latino-Hispanics, black and seniors (i.e., over 65).
In the past few years, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Boyhood” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” had been widely screened and started industry buzz by late June. This year, there is a lot of industry enthusiasm for a few January-to-June titles such as “Zootopia,” “The Jungle Book” and “The Witch.” But best-pic contenders? Not so sure.
The festivals so far have offered possibilities like “Manchester by the Sea” and “Loving.” And some pundits anointed “The Birth of a Nation” as the Oscar front-runner last January (a mixed blessing for Fox Searchlight, »
- Tim Gray
Rome — Mexican director Jonas Cuaron’s immigration thriller “Desierto,” starring Gael Garcia Bernal as a Mexican worker hunted by an American redneck sniper in the Mexico/U.S. border badlands won the top prize at Italy’s Taormina Film Festival.
The Sicilian event’s 62nd edition wrapped Saturday on a positive note with general manager Tiziana Rocca boasting a robust presence of Hollywood and international A-listers.
“Desierto,” which Stx Entertainment will be releasing in the U.S. in October, recently closed the Los Angeles Film Festival, after launching in Toronto, playing in London, and garnering critical praise. At Taormina the pic was part of a selection of U.S. indie titles picked by Variety critics in tandem with fest organisers. It is Jonas Cuaron’s second feature after “Year of the Nail.”
Palestinian director Mai Masri’s drama “3000 Nights,” about an unjustly incarcerated Palestinian schoolteacher who gives birth in an »
- Nick Vivarelli
Paramount Pictures has set a November release date for Arrival (formerly titled Story of Your Life), which sees Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) directing Amy Adams (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) and Jeremy Renner (Captain America: Civil War).
The film is based upon Ted Chiang’s short story and sees an alien spacecraft landing on Earth. Adams plays “a linguist for the military who’s trying to determine the intentions of the aliens and begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that become the key to unlocking the true purpose of their visit.” Renner plays a physics professor helping Adams, while Forest Whitaker (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Michael Stuhlbag (Boardwalk Empire).
- Gary Collinson
Originally named "Story of Your Life," the ambitious project is now titled "Arrival" and is slated to open wide on November 11th.
Amy Adams plays an expert linguist recruited by the United States government after an alien spacecraft lands on Earth. Her mission: decipher the extraterrestrial language and determine whether or not these visitors come in peace and or have something more sinister on their minds.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
Fans of Denis Villenueve will already be aware that the filmmaker’s next pic Story Of Your Life stars Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner. Perhaps it sounds too much like a dramedy, or there’s a conflicting rights issue, but whatever the reason, Paramount Pictures has chosen to rename the movie. It’s now called The Arrival.
On the surface, this makes a lot of sense. It matches the alien invasion storyline far better but we’re still in the dark on the broader story strokes. Adams stars as a skilled linguist hired by the military to evaluate a bunch of aliens crash-landing on Earth; do they come in peace or are they an Independence Day-style race and out for blood? Her character then begins to experience “flashbacks that unlock the greater mystery about their visit.”
Villenueve’s previous outings – Prisoners, Enemy – wrangled with deep mysteries at the heart of local communities, »
- Gem Seddon
Earlier this week we heard rumblings that Denis Villeneuve's Story Of Your Life starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner may have received a name change, but now Paramount Pictures has confirmed that the sci-fi thriller has been retitled Arrival. The studio has also announced that the film will open wide on November 11, 2016, where it will face off against Ang Lee's Billy Lynn'S Long... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Bourne fans are no doubt thrilled at the idea of seeing a brand new installment of the franchise -- one that actually sees the return of the titular character. 2012 saw the franchise branching off in a whole new direction. With The Bourne Legacy, Jeremy Renner's character was introduced as the new lead, with Jason Bourne himself being nothing but a footnote to the story. With Jason Bourne, the filmmakers and studio are clearly taking things back to basics.
The movie's a short month and a half away from its release, and as such, the marketing machine is about to kick it into high gear. We've seen some trailers and TV spots, and today, Universal released a new poster for the film, which features actors Matt Damon and Alicia Vikander.
Check it out below!
Jason Bourne sees Matt Damon returning to one of his most iconic roles as sleeper agent Jason Bourne. »
- Joseph Medina
Earlier this week we revealed that Denis Villeneuve‘s sci-fi drama, previously going under Story of Your Life but now titled Arrival, would be arriving this November, and now Paramount have set a specific date. Already set for a U.K. release on November 11th, it’ll be arriving on the same day in the United States, the studio revealed today.
Keeping up his long streak of one-word titles, it sounds like a more fitting description of the film. Currently planned for a wide release off the bat, it’ll open on the packed weekend alongside Ang Lee‘s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Warren Beatty‘s long-awaited Rules Don’t Apply and Universal’s Almost Christmas, as well as the Naomi Watts-led thriller Shut In. Considering it’s five months away though, expect some of those to shift around. In the meantime, see the synopsis below and »
- Jordan Raup
Denis Villeneuve (“Prisoners”) is directing from Eric Heisserer’s script, based on the “Story of Your Life” short story by Ted Chiang about an alien spacecraft landing on Earth. Adams plays a linguist for the military who’s trying to determine the intentions of the aliens and begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that become the key to unlocking the true purpose of their visit.
- Dave McNary
The Amy Adams sci-fi movie “Arrival” will open wide on Nov. 11, 2016, TheWrap has learned. The Paramount release, directed by Denis Villeneuve and co-starring Jeremy Renner, was previously called “Story of Your Life.” Based on the short story by Ted Chiang, “Arrival” features Adams as an expert linguist recruited by the military to determine whether a group of aliens crash-landing on Earth come in peace or are a threat. She begins experiencing flashbacks that unlock the greater mystery about their visit. Also Read: Sony Nabs Foreign on Amy Adams' 'Story of Your Life,' A24 Checks Into 'Room' Eric Heisserer »
- Joshua Rich
Paramount Pictures has set a November 11 wide release for Arrival, the Denis Villeneuve-directed sci-fi movie starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner. This was the film that took the 2014 Cannes market by storm when the studio won a wild rights auction to the pic for a fest-record $20 million, earning it North American and China distribution rights. The pic is an adaptation of the Ted Chiang short story. Scripted by Eric Heisserer, the thriller takes place after alien crafts… »
TNT and Channel 4 have cast Janeane Garofalo as a recurring guest role on their new series “Foreign Bodies.” The show follows a group of young adults as they venture across Asia. The series will premiere in early 2017 in the UK on E4 and will be followed by the U.S. premiere on TNT later in 2017.
“Downton Abbey” alum Julian Ovenden has booked a guest spot on “Major Crimes,” Variety has learned exclusively. Ovenden, who also had a big arc on “Person of Interest” recently, will play a smug, dashing U.K. reporter with an unshakable faith in his own abilities in the sixth episode of Season 5, which airs late July. Up next for Ovenden is History’s “Knightfall” from »
- Maria Cavassuto
History has announced casting for the new Knightfall TV show. The series comes from A+E Studios in association with Jeremy Renner’s and Don Handfield’s production company The Combine and Midnight Radio. Season one of this Knights Templar drama consists of 10 one-hour episodes.
Joining the Knightfall TV series cast are Bobby Schofield, Sabrina Bartlett, Julian Ovenden, Sarah-Sofie Boussnina, Padraic Delaney, Simon Merrells, and Olivia Ross. Tom Cullen was previously announced. Renner is expected to guest star.
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For years, it seemed the History Channel was lost in the weeds. Despite changing their name to History, their shows were more “mindless reality TV binge watch” and less “did I just accidentally learn something?” An intellectual wasteland, Ancient Aliens was the closest you could find to an edutainment series on the channel from 2010 to 2013. Then along came Vikings, and everything changed. Vikings premiered to 6 million viewers — and while not 100% historically accurate, it was head and shoulders above History’S other offerings at the time. The success opened the door to programming like the limited-series Barbarians Rising and the recent remake of Roots. But until now, Vikings has been the lone History historical series, adrift in a sea of Mountain Men and Swamp People. This solitude ends when Knightfall joins the line-up. A new series from Jeremy Renner’s (yes, Hawkeye) and Don Handfield’s production company The Combine and Midnight Radio, Knightfall will follow the Vikings model of blending history and drama, only this time during the fall of the Knights Templar. One of the most mysterious and powerful orders of the Middle Ages, the Knights Templar were a military group entrusted with the keeping of the Holy Grail and — according to legend — knew secrets about the Church that could bring it to its knees. But they were also an order of men, with all the messy politicking and “mean-girling” that entails. Knightfall promises to go deep into the inner circle of the Knights Templar’s clandestine world. Not just the battles in the Holy Land, but the battles on the home front. Not everyone loved the Templars, leading to clashes with both the King of France and Pope Boniface VIII. The latter of which would end in the disbanding the order on Friday the 13th, which is why the date is considered unlucky even now. Oh, look! The show hasn’t even started, and you’re already learning something. Production for Knightfall begins this summer in Croatia and the Czech Republic. Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey) was previously announced to star as Landry, a former warrior and current leader of the Knights Templar. But now the cast is fully in place and ready to return to the 12th century. From the press release: [Starring] Bobby Schofield (Black Sea, Our World War) as Parsifal, a young man of ordinary birth who will join the Knights Templar seeking revenge, but ultimately finds a higher purpose; Sabrina Bartlett (DaVinci’s Demons, Poldark) as Princess Isabella, Queen Joan and King Philip's daughter, her upcoming wedding stands to forge a powerful political alliance for France; Julian Ovenden (Downton Abbey, Person of Interest, The Colony) as De Nogaret, King Philip’s Machiavellian lawyer and right hand man; Sarah-Sofie Boussnina (The Bridge, The Absent One) as Adelina, as a child she was rescued in the Holy Land by the Templar Knights, but now in her early 20s, she lives on the streets of Paris as a thief; Padraic Delaney (The Wind That Shakes the Barley, The Tudors) as Gawain, once the greatest swordsman of the Templar Order whose role with them is at a crossroads; Simon Merrells (Spartacus, Dominion ) as Tancrede, a veteran sergeant fanatically devoted to the Templar Knight cause and Olivia Ross (War and Peace, Blowing Louder than the Wind , Father of My Children) as Queen Joan of Navarre, Queen of France and Queen Regnant of Navarre, a devoted mother, warrior, and a formidable diplomat and strategist. We’re entering a new era. One in which History retakes the torch. It was up to Comedy Central, of all places, to keep the learning fires alive with Drunk History and Another Period. But now the original is back, and hopefully better than ever. »
- Donna Dickens
Not too long to go now until the release of the fourth (or fifth if you include The Jeremy Renner spin-off) in the ‘Bourne’ franchise. Somehow it’s been nine years since the The Bourne Ultimatum which at the time was the last we thought we’d see of Matt Damon in the action role. Now, in 2016 he’s […]
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- David Sztypuljak
Bourne is back! Cue Moby. After a nine-year absence and after one film where Jeremy Renner tried his darndest to fill the shoes of one of the greatest movie spies, Matt Damon is reprising his role as Jason Bourne. The fifth installment in the franchise, Jason Bourne opens on July 29. The film also marks the return of Paul Greengrass, who directed Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum. As far as we know, Renner’s Aaron Cross won’t be back, but some other familiar faces — and new ones — will show up in this next movie. Today marks 14 years since Bourne Identity opened in theaters, now we fill you in on what there is to know about Jason Bourne: »
- Emily Rome
The Paley Center will debut a virtual reality exhibit for Discovery’s “Shark Week,” History Channel has announced the cast for their new drama series “Knightfall,” and executives are on the move at CBS, 20th Century Fox and others.
The Paley Center for Media will present a free virtual reality exhibit in conjunction with Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week.” The exhibit will be open to the public beginning Sunday, June 26, 2016, at the Paley Center’s Los Angeles location, and will run through Sunday, July 3, 2016. The special Vr exhibit, equipped with Samsung headsets, will give shark fans a jaw-dropping experience that features multiple virtual reality experiences for visitors to explore and immerse themselves in the popular summer television event. The exhibit hours are Wednesdays to Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
“Shark Week is committed to spotlighting the importance of shark conservation and creating thrilling content using the most innovative and cutting edge technology,” said Rich Ross, Group President, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel. “This is ‘Shark Week’s’ 28th anniversary, but our first year providing a virtual reality ‘Shark Week’ experience. It is the perfect opportunity to join forces with The Paley Center for Media to showcase the technology and transport our fans into all the shark action.”
History Channel has announced additional casting for new scripted drama series “Knightfall,” which chronicles the Knights Templar and the quest for The Holy Grail. Joining previously cast lead Tom Cullen are Bobby Schofield, Sabrina Bartlett Julian Ovenden, Sarah-Sofie Boussnina, Padraic Delaney, Simon Merrells and Olivia Ross. Dominic Minghella will serve as executive producer and showrunner. The 10-episode series is also executive produced by Jeremy Renner, who is expected to guest star.
Up has greenlit its second scripted series, “Date My Dad.” This is the first show produced under the network’s new brand and program direction. “Date My Dad” is the story of a single dad raising his three daughters who make it their mission to get him back into the dating scene. The 10-episode series is set to premiere late Spring 2017 on Up.
CBS has appointed Susan Lundgren as their Senior Vice President of Communications for CBS Interactive. She will report directly to Jim Lanzone, Chief Digital Officer of CBS Corporation and CEO of CBS Interactive, and Gil Schwartz, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer of CBS Corporation. Lundgren was previously Vice President of Communications for CBS Interactive. She will now oversee oversee all external and internal communications and public relations efforts for CBS Interactive and its portfolio of digital brands, including CBS.com, CBSNews.com, CBSSports.com, CNET, GameSpot, and TVGuide.com.
PromaxBDA, the TV marketing and promotion trade association, has named eight new board members: Freeform’s Nigel Cox-Hagan; Refinery29’s Amy Emmerich, Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Dana Feldman, FX Networks’ Stephanie Gibbons, Facebook’s Sibyl Goldman, HBO’s Lucinda Martinez, TruTV’s Puja Zohra and Comcast’s John Young. PromaxBDA is hosting its annual conference this week in New York City.
Veteran marketing exec Amanda Hellman has joined Kovert Creative in its New York office, focusing on expanding the Wme-img-based company’s digital services. Kovert was formed last year by Pmk-bnc alums Lewis Kay and Joseph Assad.
Endemol Shine North America has added three execs to its Los Angeles-based legal and business affairs team. Michael Gifford, previously with Viacom, signs on as senior VP of business and legal affairs. Ed Prince and Marjorie Williams have been named VPs of business and legal affairs.
Mark Kern has returned to Hallmark Channel parent Crown Media as senior VP of corporate communications and media relations. Kern previously headed communications for the company in 2009 and 2010. He’s also held posts at Fox and Discovery Communications.
20th Century Fox has added business affairs executive Joshua Sussman to their roster. Sussman will act as Senior Vice President of Business Affairs.
- Maria Cavassuto
The Jeremy Renner-produced History series “Knightfall” announced its full main cast on Tuesday. Joining the cast are: Bobby Schofield as Parsifal, a young man of ordinary birth who will join the Knights Templar seeking revenge, but ultimately finds a higher purpose; Sabrina Bartlett as Princess Isabella, Queen Joan and King Philip’s daughter; Julian Ovenden as De Nogaret, King Philip’s lawyer and right-hand man; Sarah-Sofie Boussnina as Adelina, who lives on the streets of Paris as a thief; Padraic Delaney as Gawain, once the greatest swordsman of the Templar Order whose role with them is at a crossroads; Simon Merrells as Tancrede, »
- Joe Otterson
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