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As 2015 hits the halfway mark, it’s encouraging that so many upcoming films look promising — because so far, the Oscar possibilities are meager, to say the least.
Once again, fact-based dramas will dominate awards buzz. There are at least 14 with scheduled dates, and another three possibilities for this year. Six of these earn the highest possible praise: People from rival studios like them.
That roster includes “Black Mass,” starring Johnny Depp as Boston mob kingpin Whitey Bulger; “Concussion,” about the NFL’s efforts to deny the repercussions of players’ repeated concussions; “Spotlight,” with Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams as the Boston Globe reporters who uncovered child abuse in the Catholic Church; “Trumbo,” about Dalton Trumbo and the House Un-American Activities Committee; “Truth,” the Dan Rather-George W. Bush scandal pic; and “The Walk,” about high-wire artist Philippe Petit, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Other reality-based pics that are »
- Tim Gray
At 20th Century Fox's Independence Day Q&A live stream last night, the official title for Independence Day 2 was revealed, along with new images teasing the futuristic technology we can expect to see in the sequel.
Slated for a June 24th, 2016 release, Roland Emmerich's long-awaited Independence Day sequel is officially titled Independence Day Resurgence. Also released yesterday were new images from the film, including a look at a new moon rig that Liam Hemsworth's character will operate.
Synopsis: "We always knew they were coming back. After Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring »
- Derek Anderson
Vivica A. Fox, Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Judd Hirsch, Sela Ward and Charlotte Gainsbourg have also been cast in the sequel, which 20th Century Fox has dated for June 24, 2016 — nearly 20 years after the original was released. Bill Pullman, who played President Thomas J. Whitmore in the original, is returning for the sequel.
Dean Devlin, who produced the original film, is producing with Roland Emmerich and Harald Kloser. Ute Emmerich is the executive producer. The screenplay was written by Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin and James Vanderbilt, James A.Woods & Nicolas Wright.
Fox has also released the first photos from the set — one of the Moon Tug spacecraft and another of director Emmerich posing with it.
The story revolves around the nations of Earth having collaborated on an immense »
- Dave McNary
20th Century Fox is excited to announce a live streamed Q&A from the set of Roland Emmerich's sequel Independence Day 2, today at 6 Pm Pt / 9 Pm Et. See the cast answer questions about this upcoming project and tune in for an exciting reveal, with host Jake Roper of VSauce3, and participating talent that includes director Roland Emmerich along with cast members Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Angelababy, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward and Jessie Usher. Fans can also ask questions directly to the cast and director by tweeting to the @IndependenceDay twitter account and using the hashtag #IndependenceDayLive.
We always knew they were coming back. After Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. »
Devlin, Emmerich and Harald Kloser produce.
Fox will release the alien invasion tentpole on June 24, 2016.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Independence Day 2 is shooting right now in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and to celebrate the upcoming holiday upon which the title is based, 20th Century Fox is hosting a live stream directly from the set. This happens tonight, Monday, June 22, at 6pm Pst. And you can participate by tweeting questions with the hashtag #IndependenceDayLive.
Director Roland Emmerich will host this Q&A, with returning stars Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner and Vivica A. Fox set to appear. Also joining in on the fun will be new cast members Jessie Usher, Liam Hemsworth, Angelababy, Maika Monroe and Sela Ward. It is not yet known what else will be shown from Independence Day 2, which has been shooting for almost a month.
The next epic chapter in the Independence Day universe delivers a global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated »
"Against All Enemies" is the 9/11 thriller that just doesn't want to get made. Ranking fairly highly on the Black List in 2005, the movie has been pretty much been stuck in development hell ever since. Paul Haggis was going to make it as his follow-up to "Crash," and had Sean Penn and Vince Vaughn slated to star, but the project fell apart. And ever since, Robert Redford has been attached to direct with nothing really happening, and now, the movie faces another setback. Read More: The Essentials: Robert Redford THR reports that Redford has exited the movie that he has been shepherding since 2007. Based on the memoir by Richard A. Clarke, with a script by James Vanderbilt ("Zodiac," "The Amazing Spider-Man"), the story is about the Bush administration's focus on Iraq over Al Qaeda threats both before and after the 9/11 attacks. It turns out that plain ol' scheduling forced Redford off the movie that was apparently. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Originally written as a Cannes market closer for Variety’s last print daily, on May 19, this article has been updated through Tuesday, May 26:
Cannes – Five years ago, Cannes biz was powered by movies selling out worldwide. U.S. distribution pick-ups were something of a sideshow.
Now it’s the U.S. and China that are driving the train. One week after on-site trading at Cannes wound down, 2015’s edition still looks like a tale of four markets: U.S. and China, both galvanized by new players; Europe, depressed by eroding ancillary markets; arthouse, still a buyers’ market focused on star titles and ever more near completed films.
Trouble is, the U.S. is helping to make up for the weakness in the market but its growth is not yet at a par with the shortfall, doesn’t take up all of Europe’s slack, said Lotus Ent.’s Bill Johnson. »
- John Hopewell and Ramin Setoodeh
This story first appeared in the May 29 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. It was a deal struck over vegemite. While dining on that Australian paste (spread over toast) aboard James Packer’s yacht May 17, Brett Ratner and Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker closed a $6 million pact for U.S. rights to one of the splashiest films available in Cannes: director James Vanderbilt’s Truth, about CBS News anchor Dan Rather’s resignation and the events leading to it. Ratner and Barker toasted with Foster’s lager (for Barker) and water
- Tatiana Siegel
It wasn't just the weather that was sunnier this Cannes. The market also bounced back, with U.S. distributors in particular opening their checkbooks for finished films and foreign buyers finding ample pre-buy offerings. The $20 million price tag for Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals, which sold for worldwide rights to Focus Features/Universal, was one of the biggest deals of the market. But Sony Pictures Classics set a record by plunking down $6 million for U.S. rights to the James Vanderbilt-helmed Truth -- the most ever paid by the specialty label (the film chronicles the lead up to CBS
- Scott Roxborough, Tatiana Siegel
THR reports that Sony Pictures Classics has snagged North American rights to "Truth," starring Robert Redford as Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett as his producer, Mary Mapes, whose 2005 memoir "Truth and Duty" serves as the basis for this film. "Truth" centers on the firestorm that broke out in September 2004 when the former CBS Evening News anchor made libelous claims that President Bush received special treatment during his Air National Guard tenure in Vietnam. The authenticity of Rather's sources was called into question, Mapes was swiftly fired and Rather resigned in 2005. Elisabeth Moss, Topher Grace and Dennis Quaid also appear in "Truth," the directorial debut of "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "White House Down" screenwriter James Vanderbilt. Brad Fischer, William Sherak, Vanderbilt and Mikkel Bondesen produce with Brett Ratner, Doug Mankoff and Andy Spaulding, and Mythology Entertainment. Sony Pictures Classics has »
- Ryan Lattanzio
FilmNation represents international rights to Truth, centres on a 2004 report by veteran Us newsman Dan Rather claiming the then President George W Bush received special treatment in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War.
It later transpired the report was based on documents that may have been forged.
Rather’s producer Mapes wrote the book Truth And Duty: The Press, The President, And The Privilege Of Power on which the project is based.
James Vanderbilt makes his directorial debut with the project and produces through his Mythology Entertainment with Brad Fischer, William Sherak, Mikkel Bondesen, Brett Ratner, Doug Mankoff and Andy Spaulding.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
We have reached the halfway point in this year’s prestigious Cannes Film Festival over in France, and a big portion of talk across the Channel is focused on Cate Blanchett and her performance alongside Rooney Mara in Todd Hayne’s critically-acclaimed Carol. And her good form continues today with Deadline reporting that her next project, Truth, has been sold to Sony Pictures Classics for $6 million.
The film, directed by screenwriter James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) co-stars Robert Redford (All Is Lost), Dennis Quaid (The Day After Tomorrow), Topher Grace (Interstellar) and Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and tells the story of “Rathergate”, a famous scandal from the 1960’s which involved CBS news anchor Dan Rather and 60 Minutes producer Mary Mapes. Redford plays Rather whilst Blanchett stars as Mapes.
Truth is based on a 2005 memoir by Mary Mapes entitled Truth And Duty: The Press, The President And The Privilege Of Power. Early indications »
- Scott J. Davis
Five years ago, the business at Cannes was powered by movies selling out worldwide, and U.S. distribution sales were something of a sideshow.
Now it’s the U.S. and China driving the business forward, with 2015 Cannes fueled by U.S. and China, both galvanized by new players. Europe remains depressed by eroding ancillary markets.
Trouble is, while the U.S. is helping to make up for the weakness in the market, its growth doesn’t cover all of Europe’s slack, said Lotus Entertainment’s Bill Johnson.
But some big late market additions, new players and one spectacular deal added brio to an far more upbeat market.
“Though there were no tentpoles, in terms of volume, this was a good hectic market, with big movies and big companies’ slates pretty well selling out,” said Ivan Boeing at Imagem.
More big projects could still come onto the market, he added.
The biggest deal in the market was the $acquisition of world rights for a reported $20 million to Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals” by Focus from CAA/FilmNation. Drama is a relationship mystery thriller with Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams. »
- John Hopewell and Ramin Setoodeh
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the U.S. rights to “Truth,” a Robert Redford/Cate Blanchett film about the scandal that led to the departure of Dan Rather from CBS News, TheWrap has confirmed. Screenwriter James Vanderbilt made his directorial debut on the film, which stars Redford as Rather and Blamchett as “60 Minutes” producer Mary Mapes. Mapes worked with Rather on a story about how George W. Bush avoided serving in Vietnam in 1968, but relied on possibly forged documents. The film is based on Mapes’ memoir “Truth and Duty: The Press, the President and the Privilege of Power.” The cast also. »
- Steve Pond
Sony Pictures Classics is making a big $6 million U.S. deal for Truth, the James Vanderbilt-directed film about the “Rathergate” scandal that ended the careers of veteran CBS newsman Dan Rather and 60 Minutes producer Mary Mapes. This after they spearheaded a 60 Minutes II expose that then-u.S. president George W. Bush had ducked serving in Vietnam after graduating Yale in 1968 by getting a cushy no-show post in the National Guard through the clout of his father, an… »
The story this time around reportedly sees the nations of Earth collaborate using recovered alien technology to develop a defense program to protect the planet from invading aliens.
Ward previously worked with Emmerich on "The Day After Tomorrow" and was last seen on screen last year in David Fincher's "Gone Girl". Ward joins a cast that includes Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox, Liam Hemsworth and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
It Follows' Maika Monroe will go from evading supernatural entities to dodging vengeful aliens. Also included in our latest round-up are two new promo teasers for The Strain Season 2 and details on 20th Century Fox releasing new videos for Poltergeist via the "My Idol" app.
Independence Day 2: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Maika Monroe (It Follows, The Guest) will play a lead role in Roland Emmerich's Independence Day 2. She could be playing Patricia Whitmore, the daughter of Thomas J. Whitmore (the President of the United States in 1996's Independence Day), a role originally played by Mae Whitman.
Monroe joins a cast that includes Liam Hemsworth (whose character is set to have a romantic relationship with Monroe's character), Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jessie Usher, as well as Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Judd Hirsch reprising their roles from the first film.
Independence Day 2 is slated to »
- Derek Anderson
A video of Dennis Quaid going ballistic on set has gone viral along with questions over its legitimacy as many are believing this to be yet another Jimmy Kimmel-esque prank. The video finds Quaid questioning the professionalism of the set, which he would seem to be well within reason to criticize if there is someone on said set recording via a cell phone camera. We can only assume Quaid is yelling at the director and complaining about commotion in the background while he's trying to perform and it must take quite a bit to get someone to this level of frustration, that is if it's real. This, obviously, isn't the first time we've seen/heard something like this as Christian Bale was caught in a similar situation during the filming of Terminator Salvation and we're all familiar with Lily Tomlin's back-and-forth with David O. Russell on the set of I Heart Huckabees. »
- Brad Brevet
Independence Day 2 director Roland Emmerich took to his Twitter page yesterday to confirm two more cast members for his sequel, Brent Spiner and Joey King. Brent Spiner is reprising his role from the original 1996 classic Independence Day as Dr. Brackish Okun, although it isn't known who Joey King may be playing. In the original, Dr. Okun was one of the scientists working on a secret government program that examined the aliens that crashed several years before the invasion in the movie.
Brent Spiner and Joey King join a cast that includes original Independence Day stars Jeff Goldblum (David Levinson) and Vivica A. Fox (Jasmine Dubrow), with Bill Pullman's Thomas Whitmore expected to reprise his role as well. New cast members include Jessie Usher, Liam Hemsworth, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Travis Tope. Will Smith will not reprise his role as pilot Stephen Hiller for the sequel.
Roland Emmerich is directing »
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