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Seeing as Marvel has pretty much dominated the headlines these past few weeks (well, months actually), we'll start things off this week with the year's next superhero offering Man of Steel. With less than a month to go until its eagerly-anticipated release a full-on marketing blitz is imminent, and this past week saw Warner Bros. debuting three new posters, two TV spots, two »
- Flickering Myth
Worldview Entertainment has optioned the Marilyn Monroe biopic, Blonde, from writer-director Andrew Dominik (“Killing Them Softly,” “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”). The screenplay was adapted from the Joyce Carol Oates fictionalized biography of the late starlet. Wild Bunch is handling international sales on the project, while CAA, who arranged financing, will be packaging and representing the domestic rights.
“Andrew is an extremely talented writer and director and we are big fans of his work. ‘Blonde’ is a fantastic project and we are looking forward to seeing it come to life,” said Worldview CEO, Christopher Woodrow.
Dominik is represented by CAA.
Worldview’s 2013 slate includes the upcoming drama, “Song One,” starring Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway; Zach Braff’s drama, “Wish I was Here;” David Gordon Green’s drama, “Manglehorn,” starring Academy Award winner Al Pacino; and two studio co-financing deals: Academy Award nominee Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s comedy, »
- Michelle McCue
There was a buzz around these parts a few days ago when a rumor surfaced that Jeremy Renner could possibly be recast as Hawkeye in future Marvel Studios films. A few souls remained heavily skeptical and that turns out to have been the correct course of action. A new report from Perez Hilton comes after the site reached out to verify the rumor only to learn that Renner is still "very much a part of the Marvel family" and that he will be appearing in future, "upcoming installments." Maybe Renner's seemingly lack of involvement in pre-Avengers 2 films is really just a hush operation to hide a surprise cameo. Remember, Mark Ruffalo was said to not be in any films prior to The Avengers sequel as well. Naturally, the most likely fit for Renner wold be an appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier but there »
South African film producer Anant Singh, who also serves as the chairman of Cape Town Film Studios, revealed on a local radio program that Marvel Studios has expressed interest in shooting The Avengers 2 in Cape Town, South Africa.
While nothing has been confirmed yet, this may indicate that Black Panther will be a part of this superhero ensemble.
Back in April, actor Morris Chestnut revealed that Black Panther (a.k.a. T'Challa), may be a part of The Avengers 2, although nothing has been confirmed yet by the studio. We also reported last month that the production will take place in London's Pinewood-Shepperton Studios in early 2014. Since the superhero sequel already has a studio lined up to shoot in, it seems possible that they may shoot exteriors in South Africa, which lends more credence to the Black Panther rumors.
T'Challa hails from the fictional African country of Wakanda, »
In Los Angeles, California, and looking to partake in one hell of a bloody good time? This coming Monday, May 20th, Dread Central will be presenting a special one-time-only screening of Paramount's Unrated version of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters! Read on for details!
The event is happening in anticipation of the unrated cut of the film hitting all digital download outlets on Tuesday, May 21st, a full two weeks before the film's Blu-ray and DVD bow! Our own Heather Wixson will be on hand to introduce the movie along with director Tommy Wirkola, and we have your chance to get tickets to this gore-soaked shindig right here!
When: Monday, May 20th, 2013, at 8:30 Pm Where: Sundance Sunset Cinemas - 8000 West Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90046
Be advised this will be a 21+ event as there will be alcoholic beverages provided prior to and during the screening for your enjoyment. »
- Uncle Creepy
Anant Singh, Yuen Wo Ping, Harvey Weinstein, Rooney Mara, (unknown), Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, Michael B. Jordan, Naomie Harris and Ryan Coogler at the Majestic Hotel This evening I attended the Weinstein Co.'s Cannes presentation in which they revealed information, footage and trailers from all of their upcoming 2013 releases, both domestically and abroad. For the most part what was shown has already been seen such as trailers for The Butler, August: Osage County, The Grandmaster and Fruitvale Station plus a clip from Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives, all of which I have included below in this recap of events, which did also feature some new footage from a selection of films. Weinstein himself seemed most proud of the upcoming, Shane Salerno-directed portrait of J.D. Salinger, which is aptly titled Salinger and 2013 Cannes jury member Nicole Kidman was on hand to offer a few words on Grace of Monaco, »
- Brad Brevet
A definite highlight of tonight’s Weinstein 2013 slate preview at Cannes, which we ran through in large part here, was a film that has been one of our most anticipated of this whole festival -- James Gray’s “The Immigrant.” With Gray uncharacteristically confident about the film in its unfinished form every time we’ve spoken to him, calling it “the best thing I’ve ever done,” our expectations are high. However one tiny niggling concern this writer has experienced has been about the lack of promotional material around Jeremy Renner, who plays the pivotal role of the magician who, as far as the synopsis tells us, seeks to rescue Cotillard’s Ewa from the clutches of the wicked Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix). Frankly, we’d bet the farm on Cotillard and Phoenix delivering phenomenal performances -- indeed Phoenix already has, three times over, for Gray. Renner however is somewhat more »
- Jessica Kiang
Back in April, Marvel's The Avengers director Joss Whedon teased that mutant siblings Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch would be making an appearance in the sequel, The Avengers 2. Now, he has confirmed that with IGN.
Here is what he had to say about their inclusion.
"You know, they had a rough beginning. They're interesting to me because they sort of represent the part of the world that wouldn't necessarily agree with The Avengers. So they're not there to make things easier. I'm not putting any characters in the movie that will make things easier."
If you have not seen Iron Man 3, you might want to stop reading as this next bit of news from Joss is a Major Spoiler!
Check out this first brief clip from James Gray's Cannes competition title "The Immigrant," starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner, which centers on a woman's turbulent immigration from her native Poland to New York City. In the clip, Renner's character offers some advice to Cotillard's troubled Ewa, who is bedecked in a 1920s embellished headband and frock. The film is Gray's first since 2008's "Two Lovers," also starring Phoenix. It premieres late next week on Friday, May 24. Here's a more detailed plot synopsis:1920. In search of a new start and the American dream, Ewa Cybulski (Marion Cotillard) and her sister Magda sail to New York from their native Poland. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn and desperate to reunite with Magda, »
- Beth Hanna
Over the past week or so there's been plenty of talk that the major players in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have expressed some discontent over their contracts with Marvel Studios, stemming from the disparity between their pay packets and that of Robert Downey Jr., who's set to pocket over $100 million from The Avengers and Iron Man 3 combined (and is apparently looking for another $100 million to return as Tony Stark for The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3).
Marvel are of course notorious for playing hard ball, and as we've seen in the case of Terrence Howard and Edward Norton, the studio aren't afraid to recast a role if they feel its appropriate. With that in mind, it's been said that Earth's Mightiest Heroes could be missing a familiar face or two when the Avengers assemble again for the Joss Whedon-directed sequel, and if a new rumour is to be »
- Flickering Myth
We were only just talking about Playlist favorite James Gray, and his new secret sci-fi project, earlier this morning, and there's clearly something in the water, because the first tantalizing, albeit brief, clip from the "We Own The Night" director's new film, "The Immigrant," has arrived. Premiering in competition at Cannes next week, the film is a 1920-set tale starring Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Renner and Joaquin Phoenix. The first two feature in the clip, which runs less than thirty seconds, but provides a promising glimpse into what might be our most anticipated premiere on the Croisette this year. Remind yourself of the synopsis, and watch the clip, below, and stay tuned for our review of "The Immigrant" in the second half of next week. 1920. In search of a new start and the American dream, Ewa Cybulski (Marion Cotillard) and her sister Magda sail to New York from their native Poland. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
One of the reasons we've been so excited for Cannes this year is that the festival sees the unveiling of not one, but two new films featuring the involvement of one of our favorite directors, James Gray. The "We Own The Night" helmer is back with his first directorial effort since 2008's "Two Lovers," in the shape of period piece "The Immigrant," staring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner, and he also helped Guillaume Canet pen the script to crime tale "Blood Ties," with Clive Owen and Billy Crudup. But once the films screen in the next week, Gray's schedule is clear (beyond the usual promotional commitments). The director's been attached in recent years to two big-budget studio pictures, "The Lost City Of Z" and thriller "The Grey Man," and said not long ago that he thought that the latter might be next, but Brad Pitt dropped out of »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Filmmaker James Gray, who is returning this year to the Cannes Film Festival with his latest directing effort, is set to direct an sci-fi thriller for Rt Features. The logline is being kept under strict wraps. Gray will direct from a script he wrote with Ethan Gross (Fringe); CAA brokered the deal and is representing domestic rights. Rt founder and CEO Rodrigo Teixeira will serve as producer, with the company's Sophie Mas and Lourenco Sant Anna executive producing. Story: 'The Bling Ring' Steals the Spotlight at Cannes Premiere Gray's upcoming film The Immigrant, a period piece starring Jeremy Renner, Joaquin
- Pamela McClintock
Rt Features has set James Gray to direct an untitled script he penned with Fringe writer Ethan Gross. Rt’s founder and CEO Rodrigo Teixeira will serve as a producer, with the company’s Sophie Mas and Lourenço Sant’ Anna executive producing. Gray’s new film, The Immigrant, is screening at Cannes in competition. That film stars Jeremy Renner, Joaquin Phoenix, and Marion Cotillard, and The Weinstein Company will distribute the film in the U.S. Details about the new film, a sci-fi thriller, are being kept under wraps. Brazil-based Rt Features recently produced Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha, starring Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, and Adam Driver, and Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning. CAA will sell domestic. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Deal was announced Friday at Cannes. Rt CEO Rodrigo Teixeira will produce, with the company’s Sophie Mas and Lourenco Sant’ Anna executive producing.
Further details about the project are being kept under wraps.
CAA brokered the deal, and will be selling domestic rights.
“The Immigrant” is the third film by Gray to play »
- Dave McNary
by Brett White
Listen, there are times in a blogger's life when they just don't want to report on a rumor because it hurts too much. When this rumor went up yesterday on Comic Book Movie, I thought I'd just let it slide. But I've now seen this story pop up in a few more places, so no matter how dubious the unnamed source is, I feel an obligation to Splash Page to write this up. Even though it hurts.
The unnamed source states that Hawkeye is due for a major overhaul during Marvel's Phase Two, and it could lead to a diminished role for Jeremy Renner in "Avengers 2" to make room for a set of twins, the character being written out of the franchise completely, being recast for "The Avengers 2," or being recast and involved heavily in the "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." TV show. But how did these rumors even start? »
- Splash Page Team
The actor has not been mentioned in relation to any of the Phase Two films, and Comic Book Movie is now reporting that a source has said that he could be recast.
Renner is suspected of having displeased Marvel with his previous negative comments about his role in 2012's Avengers.
The actor last year told Total Film that his role was "limited" and without "emotional content" for most of the film due to being manipulated by Loki.
The source has said that there is a small chance that Renner could return on 2015's Avengers 2 but is more likely to be recast.
The actor also cameoed as Hawkeye in 2011's Thor.
Marvel is yet to comment on the future of the character in its films. Matt Fraction's Hawkeye comic is currently one of the company's most acclaimed series. »
Mark Ruffalo recently said that as far as he knew everyone would be back for The Avengers 2. Well I hate to tell you this Mark but it looks like you might be wrong: Cbm has a source claiming that Jeremy Renner is out as Hawkeye and the part might be re-cast. Why? You might remember that Renner had previously made these comments about how he wasn't too pleased with how his character turned out in The Avengers: For 90% of the movie, I'm not the character I signed on to »
- Jesse Giroux
We recently reported that Marvel is considering replacing Chris Hemsworth in future "Thor" and "The Avengers" installments. The reason is because the actor isn't happy with his small salary when his movies are bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars. While it's still unclear what will happen with Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans, it now looks like Jeremy Renner may not return as Hawkeye. It all started when Renner told the press that he wasn't happy with his character's involvement in "The Avengers," stating: "For 90% of the movie, I'm not the character I signed on to play. It's kind of a vacancy. [He's] not even a bad guy, because there's not really a consciousness to him. To take away who that character is and just have him be this robot." Marvel doesn't like it when their actors trash their movies, which is why we'll likely never see Hugo Weaving or Mickey Rourke return, »
Apparently Jeremy Renner isn’t happy with how Hawkeye was portrayed in The Avengers, specifically his being brainwashed by Loki in the beginning of the film and basically being a robot until Black Widow delivers a hefty dose of “cognitive recalibration”.
Here’s Renner whining about, I mean discussing the situation:
“For 90% of the movie, I’m not the character I signed on to play. It’s kind of a vacancy. [He's] not even a bad guy, because there’s not really a consciousness to him.
“To take away who that character is and just have him be this robot, essentially, and have him be this minion for evil that Loki uses… I was limited, you know what I mean? I was a terminator in a way. Fun stunts. But is there any sort of emotional content or thought process? No.
“Is [Hawkeye] working for Shield or not?” muses Renner. “There’s a lot of unanswered questions, »
- Philip Sticco
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