16 items from 2015
This week's batch of MPAA ratings include the upcoming Sean Penn actioner The Gunman receiving an R-rating, which I guess means Taken director Pierre Morel was given a little bit of a longer leash than he was on Taken when it comes to violence. How will Penn stack up to Liam Neesonc Another R-rating goes to Magic Mike Xxl as the stripper sequel will see Channing Tatum and the boys getting inappropriate with strong sexual content, pervasive language, some nudity and a little bit o' drug use. All in a day's work amiritec Alan Rickman's A Little Chaos is the other R-rated feature on the board as the Kate Winslet starrer is still looking for a release date. Otherwise we have a large group of PG-13s for the likes of Insidious: Chapter 3, the new Nicolas Sparks adaptation The Longest Ride and Tarsem Singh's Self/less, which was »
- Brad Brevet
It has not been an easy week. At the start of the week, we had our editorial meeting here at HitFix, as we do every Monday, to talk about both the week ahead and longer-term projects as well. For fairly obvious reasons, there was a fair amount of talk about Valentine's Day content, and I mentioned a few different ideas that I might write about, including one that I'll end up publishing at some point about Steve Martin. But even as I pitched a few ideas, I found myself uncomfortable with the entire idea of writing about romantic films right now. Honestly, I was hoping to spend this week with my head down and then just sail right through this weekend without writing about love at all, because for the first time in my adult life, I am no longer sure what I think about it. After all, I was with my wife for 14 years. »
- Drew McWeeny
Opening a week after Star Wars: The Force Awakens pretty much guarantees that Mission: Impossible 5 will fail to hit the #1 spot at the box office. Sensibly, Paramount Pictures have now moved the movie five months way from it!
Mission: Impossible 5’s new release date is July 31st, this year. This means it will open opposite Southpaw (starring Jake Gyllenhaal), the Point Break remake, and Tarsem Singh’s science fiction thriller Selfless starring Ryan Reynolds.
It’s also sandwiched right between Ant-Man and Fantastic Four, so the busy July will be very interesting to see play out at the box office. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol earned just under $700 million when it opened in 2011.
- Josh Wilding
I'm not sure whether I like this news or not. On the one hand I get Mission: Impossible 5 five months earlier than expected, on the other, does this mean director Christopher McQuarrie and team have to rush to meet a new release datec The news came today that Paramount was moving the return of Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible 5 from a December 25 release date, all the way up to July 31, a packed weekend for sure as it includes Antoine Fuqua's Southpaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Tarsem Singh's Selfless and the Point Break remake no one asked for. The move means it gets a nice, cushy summer release spot away from the likes of Spectre, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 and Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. Though it does mean it's opening one weekend ahead of Josh Trank's The Fantastic Four, »
- Brad Brevet
All things documentary, foreign and American independent film are what the staff unabashedly bleeds for here at Ioncinema.com. Film snobbery aside, we’ve identified twenty-five studio film offerings that we fancy, included are a pair of big ticket/budget items from the Weinsteins. The likes of Baltasar Kormákur, Michael Mann, Ariel Vromen, Tarsem Singh, Ridley Scott, and Danny Boyle all have ’15 offerings that didn’t crack our top 25, but actor Tom Hardy appears to have made some sound film role choices last year with a slew of projects prepped for release this year that are spotted throughout our listing. Without further ado, here is our countdown leading to our number five pick:
- Nicholas Bell
I've already listed my top ten most anticipated blockbusters of the new year and now I'll take a look at the rest of the field as I've done my best to whittle things down to an even twenty films. So before you get in a huff that your favorite franchises aren't listed, just remember you can view all my anticipated blockbusters right here, I simply didn't know how to write the headline other than to just say these were my most anticipated movies without any further distinction. That said, I think I have a nice rounded list for you here. Obviously several from the major studios, but also a few overseas entries to spice things up. Plenty of Tom Hardy and Jake Gyllenhaal and a couple starring Rachel Weisz along with several of my favorite directors coming with new films for the new year. If you're wondering where films such »
- Brad Brevet
"A Killing On Carnival Row" is something we once named one of the great lost movie projects, one that we figured would never see the light of day. Penned by Travis Beacham all the way back in 2005, it helped him get his foot in the industry door, and the script got a lot of attention. Guillermo del Toro was initially attached, before he moved on and Neil Jordan, and more recently Tarsem Singh, tried to make it happen. Then all went quiet, but it looks like television will be the saving grace for the project, which has fresh new life. THR reports that Amazon and Legendary are teaming up for "Carnival Row," a TV series take on the material. Del Toro, his "Pacific Rim" pal Beacham, and Rene Echevarria are co-writing the pilot, with plans for del Toro to direct it in the spring before he moves on to "Pacific »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Before Pacific Rim was even a glint in his eye, screenwriter Travis Beacham’s heart and soul went into his fantastic spec script, A Killing On Carnival Row. A supernatural steampunk mystery, it fast became one of the industry’s most well-loved unproduced scripts after Beacham sold it to New Line back in 2005. Master of genre, Guillermo del Toro stepped up to the plate in the hopes of directing it, before Neil Jordan and Tarsem Singh contemplated the same. After a while, however, the project fell stagnant and it languished away in development limbo.
That’s no longer the case, though. Re-dubbed Carnival Row, Legendary TV and Amazon Studios has re-enlisted del Toro to executive produce, co-write and direct the property in the shape of a TV series. Joined by Beacham and The 4400 scribe Rene Echevarria – who will both executive produce with Echevarria also serving as showrunner – the trio »
- Gem Seddon
Guillermo del Toro is teaming up with his Pacific Rim screenwriter Travis Beacham for a new Amazon Studios TV series entitled A Killing on Carnival Row. Travis Beacham originally wrote the spec script as a feature, which was picked up by New Line Cinema back in 2005, with Guillermo del Toro attached to direct. The filmmaker eventually moved on to other projects, with Neil Jordan set to direct at one point before the project dissolved when New Line fully merged with Warner Bros. Tarsem Singh became attached back in 2011, but the project could not find a studio home. After developing the project as a feature for several years, Legendary's Thomas Tull approached Guillermo del Toro about turning it into a TV series, after the filmmaker's success with FX's The Strain.
The story is set in a Victorian world where humans and other creatures such as fairies co-exist together. The plot centers »
Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has changed his plans for his long-in-the-works fantasy tale "A Killing on Carnival Row". The project, originally conceived as a feature, will now become a television series which will be developed by Legendary and Amazon Studios.
The likes of Neil Jordan and Tarsem Singh were attached to the film version at one point, but studios found the material to risky to tackle in the past. Set in a noir, Victorian-tinged city where humans, fairies and other creatures co-exist, the story follows a detective investigating a serial killer who is preying on mystical creatures. He soon finds that he has become the prime suspect in the murders.
Travis Beacham ("Pacific Rim"), who penned the original feature script, will co-write a pilot version of it with Del Toro and Rene Echevarria ("Star Trek: The Next Generation"). Del Toro will direct the pilot, probably in the Spring before he »
- Garth Franklin
Remember hearing about A Killing On Carnival Row? Back in 2005 Guillermo Del Toro was set to direct the film for New Line from a spec script by Travis Beacham (who would later go on to write the script for Del Toro's Pacific Rim), but he ended up leaving the project. Directors Neil Jordan and Tarsem Singh were also attached to the movie, but they left it as well after several studios decided to pass on the film. A Killing On Carnival Row isn't dead, however it will no »
- Jesse Giroux
After a decade of being stuck in development purgatory, feature film script “A Killing on Carnival Row” is headed to Amazon as a television series, a company representative told TheWrap.
See photos: 15 Movies You Already Forgot About: TheWrap’s Best & Worst 2014
“Carnival Row” centers on a Victorian city inhabited by humans, faeries, elves and vampires, and a detective pursuing a serial killer within.
- Jethro Nededog
Guillermo del Toro is building a carnival over at Amazon. Many years ago Pacific Rim writer Travis Beacham sold a script called A Killing on Carnival Row, and Guillermo del Toro was soon attached to direct. That film never happened, and other directors such as Tarsem and Neil Jordan flirted with making the movie, which […]
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- Russ Fischer
While many are quick to notice that Guillermo del Toro attaches himself to a multitude of projects, never let it be said that he simply forgets the ones that haven't moved forward. Years ago, del Toro was set to helm the noir fantasy thriller A Killing on Carnival Row from a spec script by Travis Beacham, which whom del Toro would go on to co-write Pacific Rim. The Victorian steampunk story revolves around a serial killer on the loose in a future city that resembles 18th century London and is inhabited by both humans and other creatures. The film was set up at New Line but fell apart, then Tarsem Singh came on to direct with del Toro producing. That iteration never came together either, but now the project is finally moving forward in a wholly different form: as an Amazon series. More after the jump. Per THR, Legendary Pictures »
- Adam Chitwood
They took us to Neil Gaiman’s haunting “Other World” of button-eyed residents in Coraline, traveled to a town besieged by zombies and ghosts in ParaNorman, and most recently introduced a world where underground and humans struggle to co-exist in The Boxtrolls. Fans of Laika’s stop-motion animated features can partake in an upcoming auction in Beverly Hills of over 250 items from the studio’s films.
Press Release – “[Portland, Or and Beverly Hills, CA; January 6, 2015] – Laika, the visionary animation studio behind the Golden Globe and Annie Award-nominated The Boxtrolls and the BAFTA and Academy Award-nominated Coraline and ParaNorman, will open its archives for the first time for a limited auction of over 250 puppets, models, props and art in The Art of Laika, to be held by Heritage Auctions on Thursday, February 12, 2015, in Beverly Hills.
A portion of the proceeds of the auction will be donated to The Art of Elysium, a non-profit arts organization that works to »
- Derek Anderson
A veteran screenwriter and native Angeleno, Gilroy may be a first-time helmer, but between movie-star wife Rene Russo, Pulitzer-winning dad Frank D. Gilroy (“The Subject Was Roses”), writer-director brother Tony Gilroy (“Michael Clayton”) and film-editor twin John Gilroy (“Salt”), he’s also Hollywood royalty. None are easy acts to follow, yet at age 55, Gilroy is living up to his legacy with “Nightcrawler.”
Until he penned the provocative thriller two years ago, “I’d never felt, ‘This is something I have to direct,’ ” he says, “so I was very confident that I’d picked the right vehicle.” A writer’s touch is evident in the story of a sleazy opportunist (Jake Gyllenhaal) selling crime-scene footage to an L.A. news producer (Russo) and its harsh commentary on “hyper-capitalism” and the media — an arena the former Variety reporter knows well. “I have a strong desire to communicate what I feel about the world. »
- Gregg Goldstein
16 items from 2015
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