8 items from 2013
Director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, The Alamo) has long been circling the director’s chair on the drama Highwaymen, and now it looks like the project is finally coming together. Hancock has signed on to helm the pic, which centers on the manhunt for infamous bank robbers Bonnie & Clyde during the Great Depression. The protagonist of the story is Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, a lawman with quite the reputation (he survived 100 gunfights and killed 53 people) who was coaxed into putting together a team of Rangers to finally take down Bonnie & Clyde following an embarrassing Texas prison break headed up by Clyde Barrow. Hit the jump for more on the project, including which actors Hancock is eyeing to lead the film. Deadline reports that Liam Neeson and Woody Harrelson are being courted to star in the pic, though it's unknown which actor would play Hamer. John Fusco (Young Guns II, »
- Adam Chitwood
Today's MPAA ratings bulletin includes your latest PG-13 rating for a Marvel movie, this time it's Iron Man 3 with its sci-fi violence and suggestive content as well as the already released Welcome to the Punch. However, there are a couple of other interesting titles, first is Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing, which will hit theaters on June 7, but will first serve as the opening night film at the 2013 Seattle International Film Festival on May 16 with Whedon and stars Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion and Clark Gregg expected to attend the red carpet premiere. Finally we have Saving Mr. Banks from The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, telling the 14-year courtship for the rights to Mary Poppins from author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson). The film is set for a December 20 release, but I wonder, with Captain Phillips coming up as another Hanks starring vehicle, »
- Brad Brevet
Employees at the Walt Disney Co. are bracing for layoffs that are expected in the coming weeks as part of a reorganization of key operations.
It is believed that the company’s movie studio will be hardest hit, particularly in the areas of home entertainment, production and marketing, according to multiple sources familiar with matter.
The exact number of reductions are still being determined, as Disney brass conclude a company-wide review process that tasked each division with ensuring that staff levels are in line with the company’s needs in a changing marketplace, particularly in divisions affected by shifts in new media and technologies. The internal audit was ordered late last year by Disney chief executive Bob Iger and chief financial officer Jay Rasulo to identify areas of redundancy and departments that need revamping amid changing business models.
Many at the studio expect that the cuts and restructuring will occur »
- Marc Graser
Obviously predicting the Oscars this early in the year is virtually impossible, but you have to start somewhere and one of my goals in redesigning the site last year was to make it possible to create an admin where I could predict the Oscars virtually year round rather than waiting. Certainly, it makes for longer lists and a little more work, but considering this is all about the fun of predicting I felt it was worth it. So, today we take our first look at the Best Picture category at the 2014 Oscars where I have 40 films currently competing for up to ten slots in the Best Picture race. As the year goes on, we all know these 40 films will likely whittle down to about 15-20 if not fewer, but for now it's early enough where we can count on a lot more than that and also count on a few »
- Brad Brevet
Here is my complete 2014 Oscar Preview in one complete list, with all 40 Oscar Contenders and my thoughts on each over the course of a massive 13-page spread and over 8,500 words. Trust me, I don't blame you if you take your time, but I think it may serve as a helpful list to look back at throughout the year. And, if you missed Parts 1-4 in which I featured each of these films, ten per installment, and just because it's fun to see them all in one place, here's a list of all 40 films included in this preview: The Great Gatsby, 12 Years a Slave, A Most Wanted Man, The Place Beyond the Pines, August: Osage County, Before Midnight, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Diana, Elysium, The Fifth Estate, Foxcatcher, Frozen, Fruitvale, Grace of Monaco, Gravity, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Inside Llewyn Davis, Labor Day, Lowlife, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, »
- Brad Brevet
We have reached the final ten films in my 2014 Oscar Preview, which has been made up of 40 potential 2014 Oscar contenders and, as we all know, I'm sure to have missed more than a handful. However, I think today's batch has more than a few gems to keep an eye on, many of which made my list of most anticipated films of 2013. This list also includes the one movie of the entire 40 that has the best chance of being pushed to next year, but it would be foolish to leave it off until we know for sure. You probably know what film I'm talking about, but if you don't I'm sure the next paragraph will give it away. This final list of ten films begins with Prisoners from Incendies helmer Denis Villeneuve and starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal alongside Melissa Leo and Viola Davis, next is Brad Furman's Runner, »
- Brad Brevet
"Aladdin" is taking those three magical wishes to Broadway in a new stage show that will be substantially overhauled from an earlier version that premiered two years ago in Seattle. The new version of the 1992 Disney animated hit will hit the Great White Way in spring 2014, according to an individual with knowledge of the production plans. It will replace "Mary Poppins" at the Disney-owned New Amsterdam Theater, the individual said. The stage version of P.L. Travers' children's book will close in March 2013 after more than 2,600 performances. A stage »
- Brent Lang & Lisa Fung
Man, 2012 was a pretty darn good year for films, right? "The Avengers," "Lincoln," "The Hunger Games," "Silver Linings Playbook," seriously, we could go on and on, as this past year has been one of the best in recent memory.
And that has us even more amped up to see what Hollywood does for an encore. Sure, 2013 has some pretty big shoes to fill, but there are always news movies to see, new adventures to experience, new stars to meet and new pop culture obsessions waiting to be born.
So with that in mind, we've put together our list of the top 50 Movies We’re All About in 2013. Because last year is just so last year.
50. 'The Lone Ranger'
Release Date: July 3
The Scoop: Sure, on the face of it, this one looks a little iffy; after all, the Lone Ranger »
- Scott Harris
8 items from 2013
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