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Ryan Lambie Jun 30, 2016
The multi-million dollar success of any movie will inevitably leave Hollywood executives clamouring for a sequel. And while there are plenty of movies whose stories are open-ended enough to warrant a return to the creative well, there are many times when coming up with a follow-up idea requires all sorts of imaginative leaps. Just look at something like Alien: Resurrection, which had to come up an elaborate reason why Ripley had (spoiler alert) managed to survive a swan-dive into a lead foundry in Alien 3.
Which brings us to this list, which is devoted to a few of the weirder sequel ideas that never made it to the big screen. An E.T. sequel in which little Elliott gets tortured by aliens? Forrest Gump dancing with Princess Diana? »
In naming our favorite boxing movies last fall, we said, “Michael Mann‘s epic portrait of Muhammad Ali marvelously depicts the champ and the cultural upheaval surrounding his storied and controversial career,” adding that, “Ali is a thoughtful and aesthetically flawless picture, which succeeds in conveying the harrowing emotions the People’s Champion felt inside and outside of the ring.” Following the passing of the legendary boxer last weekend, Sony has announced the film will be returning to a few hundred theaters this weekend. While we lament some aspects of digital distribution, consider this a check in the positive column.
“When we made Ali, Will Smith dedicated a year to become Ali. No director ever had a better, more stand-up partner,” Mann tells Variety in a recent guest column. “In the early days, in one of my meetings with Ali, he said one of the most important concerns to him »
- Leonard Pearce
Summer's hottest days are still a month or two away, but streaming services are stockpiling material to keep us entertained indoors when it's scorching and sticky outside. May sees an influx of excellent Nineties movies, from the face-melting thrillers (literally) to political satires that seem more pertinent than ever. There'll be plenty of TV series to plow through, too, including the return of Netflix's addictive drama Bloodline and the long-awaited HBO Go debut of the channel's cult favorite Mr. Show. Here are our picks for the 10 best things to stream this month. »
The tribute, to be presented during the San Francisco Film Festival’s awards night on April 25, will acknowledge McCarthy’s “exceptional mastery” of character-driven plots that bring audiences along on the psychological journeys of his heroes and antiheroes.
He will also be honored at “An Evening With Tom McCarthy” on April 26 at Bampfa in Berkeley. An onstage interview and a selection of clips from his screenwriting and directing career will be followed by a screening of 2003’s “The Station Agent.”
“‘Spotlight’ won Best Picture at the Academy Awards this past year for many reasons, but its precise script, filled with perfectly conceived characters, inarguably set the tone and provided the heart and soul of the film,” said Noah Cowan, executive director of the San Francisco Film Society.
- Dave McNary
“Tron: Legacy” star Garrett Hedlund is in negotiations to star in Cary Fukunaga‘s upcoming TNT series “The Alienist,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. A representative for TNT declined to comment, as there is no deal currently in place yet. Screenwriter Hossein Amini adapted Caleb Carr’s novel for Paramount TV. Fukunaga will executive produce the series with Eric Roth and Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Rosalie Swedlin. “Alienist” is a co-production of TNT Original Prods. and Paramount TV, and TNT has agreed to spend around $5 million an episode for the eight-part series. Set in New York City in. »
- Jeff Sneider
The high-stakes auction for film rights to David Grann‘s “Killers of the Flower Moon” has ended. The nonfictionbook, not yet published, sold to Santa Monica-based Imperative Entertainment for roughly $5 million, an individual familiar with the deal told TheWrap. The company bested multiple bidders for the material, including Netflix, Paramount and Sony. Paramount’s offer included Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams and Oscar-winning screenwriter Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump”), while Sony’s had George Clooney attached to direct and Amy Pascal to produce. Also Read: Celebs React to Leonardo DiCaprio's Oscar Win: 'It's »
- Todd Cunningham
Just weeks after his first Oscar win for The Revenant, Leonardo DiCaprio is teaming up with J.J. Abrams and screenwriter Eric Roth, with the trio eyeing an adaptation of Killers of the Flower Moon for Paramount. The Wrap reports that the producers are currently in the midst of a bidding war for the rights to this non-fiction book by David Grann. Their current bid is at $2 million, and while there are other higher offers on the table, including one from Sony with George Clooney directing and Amy Pascal producing, Paramount is considered the front runner, although the deal hasn't closed yet.
The book is set in the 1920s, based on the true story of several Osage Indians being murdered in Oklahoma, where their tribe rested above a rich oil reserve. The Indians were granted rights that gave them a percentage of the oil revenue, but then many of the Indians started to get killed off. »
Updated March 10, 6:30 p.m. Pt: Imperative Entertainment won a competitive auction for the film rights to David Grann‘s new nonfiction book “Killers of the Flower Moon” for roughly $5 million. Previously: Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams and Oscar-winning screenwriter Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump”) are teaming up with Paramount to make a play for David Grann‘s new nonfiction book “Killers of the Flower Moon: An American Crime and the Birth of the FBI” and are the frontrunners to land the coveted rights, multiple individuals with knowledge of the situation have told TheWrap. »
- Jeff Sneider
Leonardo DiCaprio, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" director J.J. Abrams and "Forrest Gump" scribe Eric Roth are all set to team for a film adaptation of David Grann's murder mystery novel "Killers of the Flower Moon" at Paramount Pictures says The Wrap.
The group have not scored the rights yet which are still being fought over, but they are said to be the frontrunners to land them. The DiCaprio-Abrams bid is thought to be at $2 million, not the biggest but one that has the advantage of the packaging of those talents - the nearest rival being Sony Pictures which is offering George Clooney to direct and Amy Pascal to produce.
The 1920s nonfiction story deals with the mysterious murders of the Osage Indians tribe in Oklahoma, where oil sat rich beneath their land. The case was turned over to a brand new law enforcement agency known as the FBI, »
- Garth Franklin
More Best Picture Oscar winners have had sequels than you may think. This lot, in fact...
There’s still an element of snobbery where sequels to certain films is concerned. Whereas it’s now almost compulsory to greenlight a blockbuster with a view of a franchise in mind, it’s hard to think of most Best Picture Oscar winners being made with a follow-up in mind. Yet in perhaps a surprising number of cases, a sequel – or in the case of Rocky, lots of sequels – have followed.
These cases, in fact…
Followed by: The Road Back
Don’t be fooled into thinking sequels for prestigious movies are a relatively new phenomenon. Lewis Milestone’s 1930 war epic All Quiet On The Western Front, and its brutal account of World War I, is still regarded as something of a classic. A solid box office success, »
The project is a co-production with Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson producing with Plan B. The companies have acquired movie rights to the memoir, written by Dr. Perry Baird’s daughter Mimi and Eve Claxton, titled “He Wanted the Moon: The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and His Daughter’s Quest to Know Him.”
Baird was a rising medical star in the late ’20s and ’30s who researched the biochemical root of manic depression, just as he began to suffer from it himself. By the time the results of his groundbreaking experiments were published, he had been institutionalized multiple times and he had become estranged from his family. He later received a lobotomy and died from a seizure.
Kushner received »
- Dave McNary
Netflix has released a new trailer for the upcoming fourth season of its political drama House Of Cards, which you can check out below.
The critically acclaimed Emmy®-nominated drama has its Golden Globe® winning stars Kevin Spacey (as Francis Underwood) and Robin Wright (as Claire Underwood), whose characters have always been each other's’ strongest allies, showing cracks in their relationship. In an election year, the stakes are now higher than ever, and the biggest threat they face is contending with each other.
House Of Cards also stars Michael Kelly, Mahershala Ali, ayne Atkinson, Neve Campbell, Derek Cecil, Nathan Darrow, Kim Dickens, Elizabeth Marvel, Dominique McElligott, Molly Parker, Paul Sparks, with Ellen Burstyn, Cicely Tyson and Joel Kinnaman.
- Kellvin Chavez
House of Cards Season 3 ended with on a bittersweet note for Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), who was named as the Democratic party's nominee for the 2016 election, but the final moments showed that his longtime wife Claire (Robin Wright) is leaving him, right in the middle of the campaign, following a violent fight the previous evening. Will The First Lady come back and stand by her man as the Presidential campaign heats up? That doesn't seem likely, as teased in the new trailer for Season 4 of House of Cards, which debuts Friday, March 4 on Netflix.
The trailer features Frank Underwood arguing with his estranged wife Claire, teasing that their relationship is more contentious than ever. We also get our first glimpse at a few new characters, played by Joel Kinnaman, who appears to be a new adversary for Frank, along with Neve Campbell and Ellen Burstyn, although no details have been »
If indeed “Mad Max: Fury Road” is set to win the visual effects Oscar later this month, as many pundits believe, it hit a bit of a speed bump along the way tonight as films like “The Revenant” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” out-shined George Miller’s high octane actioner.
In feature animation, the Ves zigged where most of the industry zagged, awarding three trophies to Pixar’s tepidly received “The Good Dinosaur” and only one to the company’s Oscar favorite, “Inside Out.” And like Lucy yanking the football away from Charlie Brown, the Ves dangled six noms in front of Fox/Blue Sky’s “The Peanuts Movie” but gave it no trophies.
- Kristopher Tapley and David S. Cohen
Netflix has announced that they've renewed their political drama "House of Cards" for a fifth season - over a month ahead of the release of the fourth season on the streaming giant on March 4th.
The fifth season is expected to contain the show's usual thirteen episode run and will air in the first quarter of 2017. Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey will reprise his role of Frank Underwood, but show runner Beau Willimon is bowing out at the end of season four.
Source: Netflix »
- Garth Franklin
Netflix's hit series House of Cards will return with all 13 episodes of Season 4 streaming on Friday, March 4. Earlier today, the streaming service issued an early renewal for Season 5, which will debut sometime in 2017. However, the news also came with the announcement that series creator, executive producer and showrunner Beau Willimon is leaving the show. Here's what both Netflix and production company Media Rights Capital had to say in a statement, courtesy of Deadline.
"Netflix and Mrc owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Beau Willimon for his strong narrative vision for House of Cards over the show's first four seasons. As an Academy Award nominated writer, he made his first foray into television and built a riveting and critically acclaimed series, establishing his place in TV history. The producers, cast and crew join us in wishing Beau the best in his next creative adventure."
Beau Willimon is an accomplished playwright »
McNamara, who is also a producer on “Trumbo,” will be recognized at the Writers Guild Awards L.A. ceremony on Feb. 13, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. He recently received a WGA Adapted Screenplay nomination for his script.
“The Paul Selvin Award honors ‘that member whose work best embodies the spirit of the constitutional and civil rights and liberties that are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere,’” said WGA West President Howard A. Rodman. “Though we’ve given it since 1989, it might as well have been purpose-built for John McNamara’s ‘Trumbo.’ In shining light on a dark corner of our history, »
- Dave McNary
Elaine May will receive the Writers Guild of America West’s Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement to honor her career and body of work.
May will be honored at the Writers Guild Awards Los Angeles ceremony to be held on Feb. 13 at the Century Plaza.
“Elaine May defines the phrase ‘smart and funny,’” said WGA West President Howard A. Rodman. “From the Compass Players to Nichols & May to ‘A New Leaf’ and ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ and Mikey and Nicky, she invented a strain of knowing, painful, ironic humor that quickly became central to what we now think of as comedy. She’s received Oscar nominations and WGA nominations and Writers Guild Awards, all well-deserved; but it is time to recognize, plainly and simply, the debt that all of us owe to her brave, groundbreaking, fiercely intelligent, deeply human, relentlessly honest, scorchingly funny work.”
May has been a member of the »
- Dave McNary
As you very well know by now, 2016 is an election year, but we still have several months until the Republican and Democratic candidates are announced at each party's national convention this summer. Fans will be privy to another political race much sooner, when Season 4 of House of Cards debuts Friday, March 4. Today, Netflix has released a brief teaser for this new season of House of Cards, which shows one of Frank Underwood's (Kevin Spacey) new campaign posters, in a unique location.
The teaser showcases an arrangement of flowers lying on a subway track, which is perhaps a cryptic homage to the Season 2 premiere episode, where Frank Underwood pushed his lover Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) in front of a train. We then see one of Underwood's new campaign posters, which states that the current President is "putting America back on track." Could this trailer tease that it might be Underwood himself »
The Producer’s Guild of America has announced that The Big Short, Bridge Of Spies, Brooklyn, Ex Machina, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Sicario, Spotlight and Straight Outta Compton will contest the 2015 Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures at the 2016 PGA Awards.
Traditionally, the majority of PGA Award nominees will also find themselves nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, given that they share many of the same voters. Which probably means bad luck for the likes of Carol and Room.
Here’s a full list of the nominations for film and TV…
Theatrical Motion Picture nominees:
The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures
This film is »
- Gary Collinson
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