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Ryan Kavanaugh and Tucker Tooley at Relativity Media have been through different manifestations through the years that involved grand enterprises like slate financing half of the movies in Hollywood at one time, and plotting an Ipo in the near future. The story of this festival has been the number of upstart companies that bought films as they re-brand themselves into indie distribution players. They include the soon-to-be-renamed Millennium buying Madame Bovary, EuropaCorp buying Big Game for its new domestic distribution pipeline Red, and Rlj/Image acquiring the Thomas McCarthy-directed Adam Sandler comedy The Cobbler.
Relativity has also been honing its own identity, and it made the first two deals of the festival, buying the completed picture The Woman in Black 2, and Kidnap, a thriller that Halle Berry will star in. Relativity chased the Chris Rock film Top Five and premiered two films here, Beyond The Lights and Hector And The Search For Happiness. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Last night, amidst the butts and the Feminism and the important message from Miley Cyrus, the VMAs bestowed its latest award for Best Direction to Daniels, aka Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, for helming the Lil Jon and DJ Snake music video for “Turn Down For What.” You didn’t miss that part of the show, because this category isn’t millennial-friendly enough for the telecast (nor was the one given to Oscar-nominated art director Anastasia Masaro), but somewhere in the night there were some Moonman statues given to a duo that might just be the franchise film directors of the future. In winning the award, Kwan and Scheinert follow in the footsteps of such notable directors as David Fincher (The Social Network), Spike Jonze (Her), Adam Yauch (Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That!), Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo), Tarsem Singh (Mirror Mirror), Jake Scott (Welcome to the Rileys), Samuel Bayer (Nightmare on Elm Street), Steve Barron (the »
- Christopher Campbell
Though her supporting role as a flight attendant in the Liam Neeson actioner Non-Stop was a bit of a bust, not giving the talented actress much of an opportunity to show off her dramatic chops, Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery still feels like she’s on the cusp of a major Hollywood breakthrough. Now, the actress has joined another promising project that should help her star rise even higher – indie thriller Queen of the Earth.
Dockery stars with Top of the Lake actress Elisabeth Moss in the psychological thriller, which will be directed by Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip). It centers on two women who take a trip to a remote beach house in hopes of escaping the daily grind and other pressures in their busy lives. Though they’re lifelong best friends, the pair eventually acknowledge the growing disconnect between each other, allowing their suspicions about one another to cross over into reality. »
- Isaac Feldberg
When the Wachowskis’ space epic Jupiter Ascending was taken off the summer calendar and slotted for next February, we had a feeling that the shift might mess up Warner Bros.’ previously laid plans for early 2015. Now, the studio has officially announced what it’s changing – the Liam Neeson actioner Run All Night has been moved from February 6th (when Jupiter will now open) to April 17th next year.
Even if effects work hadn’t caused Warner Bros. to delay Jupiter, it was possible Run All Night still would have ended up moving forward. After all, Fox is releasing Taken 3, also with Neeson, next January.
Run All Night will mark Neeson’s third collaboration with Unknown and Non-Stop director Jaume Collet-Serra. Brad Inglesby (Out of the Furnace) penned the script, which centers on an aging hitman (Neeson) who is forced to go up against his brutal, sadistic former employer (Ed Harris »
- Isaac Feldberg
With Darren Aronofsky at the helm, Noah was always going to be a Biblically ambitious sight to behold, and a vividly strange one at that. Creative liberties are one thing, but did anyone expect the man behind Requiem For A Dream and The Fountain to adhere strictly to the Bible’s cut and dry storytelling? Aronofsky’s retelling of “Noah’s Ark” blends elements of Lord Of The Rings with God’s bleaker trials and tribulations, getting a wee bit darker than I remember Noah’s adventure, but stunning camerawork and artistic attention make use of massive color palates much like Andy Warhol might – but a Catholic school special, this is not. Either I zoned out when my Catholicism teacher detailed how gargantuan rock monsters helped Noah fight off an invading army of dissidents, or Aronofsky decided that religion needed a jolt of Hollywood magic.
- Matt Donato
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
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