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From Patricia Arquette to Emma Watson, top female stars are finally speaking out about pay inequality in the movie business. But sexism is deeply embedded in this male-dominated industry. Is change really on its way?
Good news! Women can make as much money as men in the film industry after all. More, even. They have been doing so for years. Even in those genres specifically aimed at a male crowd, there’s proven appetite for movies that feature a central female character, focus on her feelings, value her experience, and pay the woman who is playing her accordingly.
But outside porn, it’s a different story. The top-earning female dramatic actors take home around 40% of the salaries of their male co-stars – about half the average in other professions. In Forbes magazine’s list of the best-paid actors for 2013, Robert Downey Jr at No 1 made $10m more than the combined earnings »
- Catherine Shoard
The 40th anniversary edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) will feature first looks for Jay Roach’s blacklisted screenwriter biopic Trumbo starring Bryan Cranston as well as Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong drama with Ben Foster.
Joining The Program on the roster of world premiere Gala screenings are Ridley Scott’s sci-fi adventure The Martian, Deepa Mehta’s gangster tale Beeba Boys and Kate Winslet Australian drama The Dressmaker.
Click here for five trailers of Tiff films
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival now has something of a slate. Festival toppers Cameron Bailey and Piers Handling presided over a press conference Tuesday morning where more than 34 films were announced including the world premieres of "The Martian," "The Family Fang" and "Demolition." It's an intriguing initial lineup for the venerable Canadian institution and something of a steadying the ship after losing some major debuts to Venice, Telluride and the New York Film Festival over the past few years. Well, maybe. The most impressive world premieres include the aforementioned "Demolition" with Jake Gyllenhaal (officially the best opening night film in recent memory), "The Family Fang" with Nicole Kidman, "Legend" with Tom Hardy, "Trumbo" with Bryan Cranston, "The Martian" with Matt Damon and Lance Armstrong doc "The Program" with Ben Foster and Michael Moore's latest documentary, "Where to Invade Next." Notable films that will have premiered »
- Gregory Ellwood
The 40th annual Toronto International Film Festival will open with Jean-Marc Vallée’s “Demolition,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts. Ridley Scott’s “The Martian,” with Matt Damon, and Michael Moore’s “Where to Invade Next” were among the world premieres unveiled Tuesday during the Festival’s first major announcement.
In addition to more than a dozen Gala titles, more than 30 Special Presentations films were also revealed, with world premieres including Jay Roach’s “Trumbo” and Nicolas Hytner’s “The Lady In The Van.”
With the bulk of Toronto’s slate still under wraps, this first blast reflects the fest’s high-street persona in its mix of awards-season contenders (world-premiering pics alongside Sundance, Cannes and other fest-circuit notables), hot-topic cinema, high-profile Canadian titles, foreign pics likely to connect with North American audiences and star power.
- Jennie Punter
21 year old Lucy Boynton stars in Don't Knock Twice, a supernatural horror feature film which is currently shooting in Cardiff, directed by Caradog James from a script by Howl writers Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler.
Don't Knock Twice is the story of a guilt-ridden mother, played by Katee Sackhoff, who must encounter the truth behind the legend of a vengeful witch in order to reconnect with the estranged daughter she placed into care.
Lucy (represented by United Agents) started acting aged 11 when she was cast as the young Beatrix Potter alongside Renée Zellweger in the movie Miss Potter. She went on to film Ballet Shoes for the BBC with Emma Watson, as well as playing Margaret Dashwood in the BBC’s 2008 adaptation of Sense & Sensibility.
She'll next be seen on TV in the BBC Two drama Life in Squares, following the entangled lives of the Bloomsbury Group across 40 years, where »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (ScreenTerrier)
The Harry Potter movie franchise has been over for the past few years, with 2011's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 bringing the beloved series to a close. Fans will get to see a new extension of this wizarding world with next year's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but it won't include any adventures of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, since this story takes place 70 years before they even arrived at Hogwarts. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will start a whole new trilogy, but one filmmaker in particular would like to direct another movie featuring this magical trio. Chris Columbus, who directed the first two Harry Potter movies, revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that he would love to direct a new Harry Potter movie that takes place after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.
"I would love to »
Disney has added yet another beloved cartoon classic to its roster of upcoming live-action remakes: The Sword in the Stone.
Variety reports that Game of Thrones writer Bryan Cogman will pen the updated take on the 1963 film. Originally written by Bill Peet — and based on T. H. White's book of the same name — The Sword in the Stone told King Arthur's fictionalized origin story as an orphan who proves himself worthy of royalty as he does the impossible by pulling a sword from a stone.
Cogman has written seven »
Disney is developing a live-action 'Sword in the Stone' movie. The remake of the 1963 animated film - based on T.H. White's novel of the same name - is being penned by 'Game of Thrones' writer Bryan Cogman, with Brigham Taylor set to produce the movie, Variety reports. The proposed live-action movie is the latest Disney has scheduled, following on from 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'The Jungle Book', which has a cast that includes Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o and Bill Murray. Meanwhile, it was recently reported that Ewan McGregor will be starring in 'Beauty and the Beast' opposite Sir Ian McKellen, Emma Watson and Emma Thompson. The 44-year-old actor will be playing Lumiere, the butler-turned-candlestick, while Emma Watson will be starring as Belle and Emma Thompson will be playing Mrs. Potts. Sir Ian, meanwhile, will play Lumiere's sidekick, the mantelpiece clock Cogsworth. Elsewhere, »
Stop me if you’ve heard this before in the past three months: live-action remake of an animated Disney movie.
Following other films such as Dumbo, Pinocchio, Mulan, and the “Night on Bald Mountain” scene from Fantasia, the House of Mouse is set to bring Sword in the Stone to reality with a live-action remake of the 1963 animated feature, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
This follows a string of live-action remakes that Disney has scheduled for the foreseeable future after the two more recent ones, Maleficent and Cinderella, have been box office winners. It also comes close to a live-action King Arthur movie from director Guy Ritchie that he is planning to make into a possible franchise. »
- Zach Dennis
Continuing their strategy of reimagining animated classics into live-action movies, Disney is developing a “Sword in the Stone” movie with “Game of Thrones” writer Bryan Cogman penning the script, Variety has confirmed.
Brigham Taylor will produce the film.
The original toon was based loosely on T.H. White’s novel of the same name, which ultimately became part of the author’s multi-book King Arthur fantasy, “The Once and Future King.”
The 1963 animated pic followed a 12-year-old orphan named Arthur who became king after removing a sword from an anvil in London.
Cogman cut his teeth as one of the writers on HBO’s hit fantasy drama “Game of Thrones,” though audiences can expect this project to be on the lighter side.
The scribe tweeted a photo of himself pulling the “Sword in the Stone” at Disneyland with the caption “research.”
Bryan Cogman (@b_cogman »
- Justin Kroll
Could have called this one – as Disney plumbs the depths of its animated catalog in order to maximize the number of live-action remakes and re-imaginings it can send into theaters, 1963 animated fantasy The Sword in the Stone has been anointed as the latest title to receive an update.
Bryan Cogman, who has written episodes of HBO’s high fantasy epic Game of Thrones, will pen the script for the project, which Brigham Taylor (Disney’s upcoming Jungle Book remake) is attached to produce.
The Sword in the Stone occupies a bittersweet place in Disney history, as it was the latest animated offering to be released before Walt Disney’s death. Centering on a young King Arthur as he learned the responsibilities of being a monarch from wizened sorcerer Merlin, it was commercially successful and received solid reviews upon its release, despite drawing nowhere near the acclaim of some other Disney titles. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Emma Watson is safe and sound. The Sun reported Sunday that sometime last week, two studio workers had discussed plans to abduct the 25-year-old actress from the set of Walt Disney Pictures' live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. According to the British newspaper, a taxi driver overheard discussions between the employees and reported the conversation to his management, who in turn alerted studio staff. "There was concern about her safety," a source told The Sun. However, it appears Watson was never in real danger. "The story was looked into by production and found to be unsubstantiated and untrue," a spokesperson told Vogue U.K. in a statement Monday. E! »
Disney will continue their recent spate of live-action reboots of classic animated films with Genies, a prequel to 1992's Aladdin centered around one such magical lamp-dweller, Variety reports.
The script will be written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, the team behind Freddy Vs. Jason and the 2009 remake of Friday the 13th; the pair also wrote the upcoming comedy O' Lucky Day, which will star Peter Dinklage. Tripp Vinson will produce the film through his production company Vinson Films, though Disney has yet to announce a director.
The late Robin Williams »
Nothing’s going to stop Disney from plumbing the depths of its extensive animated library for every possible live-action reimagining, reboot, prequel, sequel or spinoff. THR reports that the studio is returning to the world of 1992’s Aladdin for a story set before that animated classic, focusing on the backstory of one lamp-dwelling Genie.
Tentatively titled Genies (ugh), this live-action comedy-adventure is said to dive into the world of the Genies and specifically explain how the fun-loving Genie (voiced by the late Robin Williams) made his way into a lamp later polished by a young street urchin.
The blockbuster success of Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent and Cinderella has Disney high on fairy tales again, and the studio is keenly searching for any way to dust off its more iconic titles for a new generation. In the works already are a musical Beauty and the Beast take with Emma Watson in the lead role, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Disney is developing “Genies,” a live-action comedy prequel to its 1992 animated hit “Aladdin.”
Tripp Vinson is on board to produce “Genies” through his Vinson Films banner. Damian Shannon and Mark Swift are writing the script for the prequel, which will center on a genie trapped in Aladdin’s lamp.
The original Aladdin story is contained in “The Book of One Thousand and One Nights” (“The Arabian Nights”), in which a sorcerer persuades the young Aladdin to retrieve a powerful oil lamp from a magic cave.
Vinson’s credits include exec producing “San Andreas” and producing “Journey 2: the Mysterious Island.” He’s also developing “Bob the Musical” for Disney with Michel Hazanavicius directing, as well as a Prince Charming movie for Disney. (Fun fact: Vinson’s bachelor party was true-life inspiration for 2009’s “The Hangover.”)
Shannon and Swift’s credits include 2009’s “Friday the 13th” and the upcoming comedy “O »
- Dave McNary
Makers of the Harry Potter spin-off adventure aim to fill the role of ‘haunted young girl’ Modesty with an open casting for eight- to 12-year-olds
The stars of the Harry Potter series were cast at an open audition, and all three went on to worldwide fame. Now, in a move echoing the manner in which Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint were discovered, Warner Brothers is holding an open casting for girls aged between eight and 12, to play Modesty in the forthcoming Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them from J.K. Rowling.
“Modesty is a haunted young girl with an inner strength and stillness,” the studio said in their casting call. “She has an ability to see deep into people and understand them.”
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- Ascanio Branca
They are looking for a girl between the age of 8 and 12 years to take on the role of Modesty in the Harry Potter spinoff.
The casting call says of the character: "Modesty is a haunted young girl with an inner strength and stillness. She has an ability to see deep into people and understand them."
Hopefuls are invited to attend the casting day at London's Excel Centre Hall on Saturday (July 18), but are advised that they must be available to film between August 2015 and January 2016.
Tony Award winner Dan Fogler recently signed up for the »
With an Oscar on his mantle thanks to Damien Chazelle giving him the role of a lifetime in "Whiplash," J.K. Simmons no doubt owes the filmmaker a debt of gratitude...and vice versa. Indeed, it's hard to imagine Chazelle's breakout film with anyone other than Simmons delivering the ferocious, villainous turn in the picture. And the pair are set to make more fireworks. THR reports that Simmons has joined "La La Land," Chazelle's next film which is now shooting, and has Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in the lead roles. The modern musical, which was originally going to star Emma Watson and Miles Teller, has previously been described as a cross between "The Graduate" and "Boogie Nights," following a young couple — actress, Mia and jazz pianist, Sebastian — who try to keep their relationship together in a city of cutthroat careerism. Summit believes this one has the stuff to be a blockbuster hit, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Oscar-winning actor has joined the cast of musical La La Land, which focuses on the romance between a jazz pianist and an aspiring actress.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Simmons will play a character known as The Boss.
Gosling and Stone previously worked together on 2011's Crazy, Stupid, Love and 2013's Gangster Squad.
La La Land is scheduled for release on July 15, 2016. »
Beyond Star Wars and Marvel, Disney's third big money maker this decade is their live-action remakes of classic animated movies. They have so many in various stages of production that it's hard to keep track. And now they are adding yet one more to the big brush fire with a revisionist take on Prince Charming.
No story details have been released at this time, according to THR. Prince Charming is a stock character, the usually reliable hero who arrives in the nick of time to save the princess. Disney has already done quite a lot to keep the character in the public consciousness, with the savior having appeared in other classic fairy tales such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. This will be the first time he has headlined his own movie.
Matthew Fogel, who previously penned the sequel Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, »
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