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Dan Gilroy, brother of Tony, took over some of the writing duties on the Bourne franchise from his older sibling, who also directed the Jeremy Renner outing. Gilroy also penned Real Steel and Tarsem's The Fall. Here he makes his directorial debut with Nightcrawler, a film that foolishly escaped my gaze in yesterdays big Tiff announcement. As of this moment, the trailer certainly has my attention. Jake Gyllenhaal, on fire after his one-two punch with Denis Villeneuve last year (Enemy, Prisoners) plays Lou Bloom, an ambitious, morally dubious crime reporter in Los Angeles who, judging from the images on display, will do anything to climb the ladder at the TV newsroom. In a brilliant pitch, the trailer is narrated as a perky job interview (to a fetching, as...
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Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood are saddling up for "Westworld." The Oscar-winning "Silence of the Lambs" actor has signed on to star in HBO's TV adaptation of the 1973 sci-fi film, effectively taking on his first (prospective) series regular role, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Joining him is "Charlie Countryman" star Evan Rachel Wood, who previously collaborated with the network on both "True Blood" and the 2011 miniseries "Mildred Pierce." Described as a "dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin," the J.J. Abrams-produced series was "inspired by" the original film, which centered on a futuristic theme park that gave wealthy adults the opportunity to live out their Wild West fantasies (or any fantasies, really) with the help of artificially-intelligent robots. Hopkins will star in the pilot as Dr. Robert Ford, the "brilliant, taciturn and complicated creative director, chief programmer and chairman of the board »
- Chris Eggertsen
It can be hard out there in the job market nowadays. Maybe you need something to help you stand out to potential employers. Why not a video résumé? That's what Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal), the protagonist of the upcoming indie drama Nightcrawler is trying in the odd bit of viral marketing above. Tipped by The Playlist, Nightcrawler's trailer is angling to be a sly bit of advertisement. The name of the movie it's from is never presented, not in the title, Youtube user name or the video itself. The title is "Hard Worker Seeking Employment." The user name is that of the character, Louis Bloom. And the caption below the video reads only "My video resume." So, did it work? Nightcrawler marks the directorial debut of Dan Gilroy, co-writer of Tarsem Singh's The Fall and Tony Gilroy's The Bourne Legacy. The screenplay is Dan Gilroy's own, »
There’s still half a year left before the 2015 movie brawl gets underway, so we anticipate that studios will continue to re-position both their heavy-hitters and lighter weight contenders in the meantime. Focus Features, for example, has decided to move Insidious Chapter 3 into next year’s Summer Blockbuster Season (which begins in May), while also putting Tarsem Singh’s sci-fi thriller Selfless in a spot where it stands a better chance of success at the box office.
Insidious Chapter 3 was originally scheduled to arrive on April 3rd, 2015, but has now been scooted back nearly two months to May 29th, where it shall face off against the kid-friendly animated feature Monster Trucks. Much like indie dramas, ...
- Sandy Schaefer
After announcing that Dermot Mulroney was added to the cast of Leigh Whannel’s Insidious: Chapter 3, Focus Features have released a new schedule line-up for 2015 which sees the horror threequel being pushed back nearly two months from its original release date.
Insidious: Chapter 3 will now be released on May 29th 2015. The movie will open against Monster Trucks, the latest from Paramount Animation.
The slate announcement also reveals that Kevin Masdonald’s Black Sea is set for limited release on January 23rd while Tarsem Singh’s Selfless, starring Ryan Reynolds, has been moved from February 27th to April 17th.
A suspenseful adventure thriller, Black Sea centers on a rogue submarine captain (Jude Law,) who pulls together a misfit crew to go after a sunken treasure rumored to be lost in the depths of the Black Sea. As greed and desperation take control onboard their claustrophobic vessel, the increasing uncertainty »
- Luke Owen
Right on the heels of Universal moving Fast & Furious 7 up a week from April 10th, 2015, to April 3rd, Focus Features has announced some schedule changes of its own for 2015. Now, horror threequel Insidious: Chapter 3 will open not on April 3rd next year but May 29th. Furthermore, sci-fi drama Selfless has moved from February 27th to April 17th, and Oscar winner Kevin Macdonald’s treasure hunt drama Black Sea has been set for January 23rd.
Now, let’s look at those one at a time.
We don’t know much about Insidious: Chapter 3 other than that it will star The Grey actor Dermot Mulroney and A.N.T. Farm actress Stefanie Scott. Leigh Whannell is both directing and scripting this installment, and he is also expected to reprise his role as Specs. Also returning from previous installments will be Angus Sampson as Tucker and Lin Shaye as Elise Rainier. Unfortunately, Insidious »
- Isaac Feldberg
A couple of key new release date announcements and changes today, here's the list:
"Fast and Furious 7" will open April 3rd 2015, one week earlier than previously announced.
"Insidious: Chapter 3" has been pushed back several weeks and now opens May 29th 2015.
Finally, Warners' Whitey Bulger film "Black Mass" has scored a September 18th 2015 release.
Source: Box-Office Mojo »
- Garth Franklin
Oscar winner Kevin Macdonald’s treasure hunt adventure Black Sea starring Jude Law as a submarine captain with a mutinous misfit crew will get a limited release January 23, Focus Features said today. Written by Dennis Kelly, Black Sea also stars Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Konstantin Khabenskiy and Michael Smiley. The only wide release dated that weekend is Universal’s Blumhouse thriller The Boy Next Door, directed by Rob Cohen and starring Jennifer Lopez. Focus also unveiled two date changes today: Tarsem Singh’s sci-fi drama Selfless starring Ryan Reynolds and Michelle Dockery moves from February 27 to April 17, while Leigh Whannell’s Insidious: Chapter 3 slides from its spring date of […] »
Take a look at the latest release date announcements: Fast & Furious 7 - James Wan's first foray into the Fast & Furious franchise will open a week earlier on April 3, 2015 Little Boy - Open Road Films' inspirational family picture will open in the U.S. on February 27, 2015. Insidious: Chapter 3 - Writer-director Leigh Whannell's horror film starring Dermot Mulroney will now open a few weeks later on May 29, 2015. Selfless - Tarsem Singh's film about a dying man who transfers his consciousness into a young man's body, starring Ryan Reynolds, has been pushed back yet again to April 17, 2015. Black Sea - Kevin Macdonald's adventure-thriller starring Scoot McNairy, Jude Law, and Ben Mendelsohn as submarine-traveling treasure-hunters opens January 23, 2015. Hillsong: Let Hope Rise - The Christian band documentary from Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. directed by Michael John Warren will open on April 3, 2015. Hit the jump for more on each picture. »
- Dave Trumbore
Fast & Furious 7 will no longer open on April 10 2015 but one week earlier on April 3 as part of several scheduling announcements from the Universal fold.
The latest instalment in the action franchise will star Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker [all three pictured in Fast & Furious 6]n, alongside new cast members Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russell.
Focus’ Jude Law submarine thriller Black Sea directed by Kevin Macdonald goes into action on January 23 2015, while the sci-fi drama Selfless starring Ryan Reynolds and directed by Tarsem Singh moves from February 27 2015 to April 17 2015. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
When Hrithik, Rakesh Roshan and his family met Fast & Furious director Rob Cohen, a section of the media went berserk with speculation. Soon the speculation that Hrithik would be doing a film with Cohen turned into report stating that Hrithik would indeed be doing an action film with Cohen. Laughs Rakesh Roshan, "Sometimes the media knows things about us that we don't. It's easy to calculate and say Hrithik met Rob Cohen. And since Rob is known for the Fast & Furious series they're doing an action film together. But no such thing is happening. Rob is a friend and we met just for a meal." Rakesh Roshan further adds, "We've known Rob from the time when we did Kites. Rob is a big fan of Hrithik. It's true he wants to make a film with Hrithik. But there's no project at the moment." Interestingly, Hrithik has constantly shunned all attempts to be wooed by Hollywood. »
- Subhash K. Jha
Lee Pace doesn't do many projects that generate ambivalence. After making his small screen bones in the Bryan Fuller-created "Wonderfalls" and "Pushing Daisies" and having his earliest big screen exposure in Tarsem Singh's polarizingly unique "The Fall," Pace has been on an absurd franchise streak of late. He checked "Twilight" off the list as Garrett in the second part of "Breaking Dawn." His Thranduil has had an increasingly large presence through the last two "Hobbit" films. And this summer, Pace will enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Ronan the Accuser in "Guardians of the Galaxy." It's unclear how many Lee Paces exist, because amidst these major franchise films, Pace also found the time for his return to regular series television. On the new AMC drama "Halt and Catch Fire," Pace plays Joe MacMillan, a former Ibm wunderkind who recruits Scoot McNairy's Gordon Clark to work with him »
- Daniel Fienberg
Specialty films usually go into hiding during tentpole season, but filmgoers should worry about the disappearance not only of the films but of the companies that make them. Even stalwart Focus Features, one of the few surviving art labels, seemed headed for extinction earlier this year when its top executives were fired and its New York and London offices shuttered.
Would Focus, too, follow the fate of Vantage, Warner Classics, Good Machine, USA Films and all the rest? Under the brilliant, if quirky, stewardship of James Schamus, Focus delivered seminal films like “Brokeback Mountain,” “The Pianist” and “Dallas Buyers Club.”
So will there still be a Focus or, for that matter, a specialty film business?
The answer is yes, but the game plan will be significantly different from that of Schamus — and finding out what that plan is poses its own problems. Peter Schlessel, the new boss of Focus, isn’t interested in talking strategy, »
- Peter Bart
Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!
Should we start with the music videos? Does anyone in college or younger understand why music videos were important? There was a significant portion of the ’90s spent agonizing over how cinema would be forever altered by the onrushing influx of young-turk hotshot music-video auteurs, and the quick-cut glitter-grit really-just-too-much style they brought along.
Now it’s 2014 and music videos are dead, unless you’re a bygone spiffy-clean tween star nakedly straddling a spheroid metaphor. »
- Darren Franich
Exclusive: The Weinstein Company has set Ryan Reynolds and is negotiating with Daniel Bruhl to join Helen Mirren in Woman In Gold, a fact-based story that Simon Curtis will direct in May. Mirren will play real-life heroine Maria Altmann, a Jewish WWII survivor who fought the Austrian government to get back several paintings by Gustav Klimt that were pilfered from her family during wartime. Reynolds will play the attorney who took his case despite knowing little about art, and Bruhl will play his adversary. David Thompson and Kris Thykier are producing, while the executive producers are Harvey and Bob Weinstein for TWC, Christine Langan for BBC and Ed Rubin. The script was written by Alexi Kay Campbell. The film reunites Harvey Weinstein with Curtis, who most recently directed My Week With Marilyn for TWC. Reynolds just finished Mississippi Grind for directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, and he is the »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The Pastor brothers, David and Alex, are adapting.
The movie is about what happens when everyone in a city suffers a mass/communal memory loss.
Silverberg’s short story centered on a lunatic putting amnesia drugs into San Francisco’s water supply with the city falling apart as people forget who they are, who they’re married to and where they work.
Focus is releasing »
- Dave McNary
You see what you’ve done, Hollywood? With the summer of 2015 completely congested with tentpoles from all the major studios, Warner Bros. has opted to release two buzzy, star-studded projects in the cold winter months of next year. Spy reboot The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (pictured above) has been handed a January 16 release date, while con-artist caper Focus will be released on February 27.
If this was any other year we were talking about, I’d say that Warner Bros. had recognized the two flicks as likely bombs and decided to bury them in the typically barren months of January and February. However, 2015 is absolutely waterlogged with major flicks. In the summer of next year, Warner Bros. already has three major projects – sci-fi revamp Mad Max: Fury Road, Dwayne Johnson action adventure San Andreas and Joe Wright’s Peter Pan reworking Pan – but the months of May, June, July and August will »
- Isaac Feldberg
Sir Ben Kingsley and Italian actress Alessandro Mastronardi are the latest additions to the cast list of Life, which is currently filming in Toronto, Canada, and stars Robert Pattinson in the lead role.
With Anton Corbijn (Control, The American) in the director’s chair, Life relates the story of freelance photographer Dennis Stock and the unlikely friendship he found with Hollywood actor James Dean in the months before his infamous and deadly car accident. Stock – a member of the photographic cooperative Magnum Photos – met Dean in 1955 when he was assigned to capture the young star for the pages of Life Magazine. Completing photo shoots in Dean’s hometown of Indiana, and also in New York City, Stock created some of the most iconic images of the actor, which remain among the most reproduced in the world.
- Sarah Myles
Sundance coverage continues with Glenn on "The Girl from Nagasaki"
Avant-garde cinema isn’t for all audiences. The Girl from Nagasaki proves that it’s not for all directors, either. For whatever virtues Michel Conte has as an artist and a photographer (of which I am unfamiliar), filmmaking may not be of the same league. His debut feature, co-directed alongside his wife Ayako Yoshida, is a wild re-interpretation of Puccini’s famed Japanese-set opera, Madame Butterfly that dissolves into an assault of seemingly meaningless imagery; an experimental, visually symphonic and unfortunately misjudged piece of cinema.
Taking the story of Cio-Cio San and her breakdown at the absence of her American soldier husband and father of her child, Conte’s film at least fails while attempting something bizarrely different. Sadly, in his effort to turn the table on the conventions of narrative film, he has crafted a sort of Frankenstein’s »
- Glenn Dunks
Kellan Lutz ‘The Legend of Hercules’: New Summit release has 0% Rotten Tomatoes approval rating (photo: Gaia Weiss and shirtless Kellan Lutz in ‘The Legend of Hercules’) Starring Kellan Lutz, best known as the hunky and likable vampire Emmett in the Twilight movies, The Legend of Hercules opens today, January 10, 2014, in North America. That’s the good news for Kellan Lutz fans. Now, the bad news: The Legend of Hercules isn’t about to become the next Spartacus — or even the next Gladiator. “The only thing epic about The Legend of Hercules is what a failure it is,” writes Stephanie Merry in the Washington Post, while Newsday‘s Rafer Guzman’s complains that “this painfully feeble version of the strongman story fails on every level, from Lutz’s wooden acting to the styrofoam special effects.” In fact, out of 35 reviews, the Summit Entertainment / Lionsgate Pictures release has a 0% approval rating »
- Zac Gille
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