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When it was announced that “Royals” chanteuse Lorde had been tapped to curate the soundtrack for this fall’s hotly anticipated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, general sentiment was that the young Grammy winner was a perfect choice for the task. Talented, zeitgeisty and uncommonly brooding, Lorde certainly fit with the increasingly heavy and dramatic tone of the penultimate franchise entry. And now, with the emergence of an official tracklist for the soundtrack she curated, it’s clear that we had good reason to be excited.
On the album, Lorde compiled a mixture of highly respected music icons, skilled up-and-comers and unexpected guests. The inclusion of The Chemical Brothers, who so memorably scored Joe Wright’s Hanna, is particularly thrilling, as is a completely out-of-left-field appearance from Kanye West, who’ll be reworking a song by Lorde (who herself appears on four tracks).
Though we already knew about lead-off single “Yellow Flicker Beat, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Robert Downey Jr's career resurgence has been a joy to behold. Without it, we wouldn't have his wry, nuanced, endlessly charismatic Tony Stark, and without Tony Stark we wouldn't have the Marvel Cinematic Universe which has, on the whole, been nothing but good news for comic book movies and the audiences that love them. But Downey hasn't shown much range over the past five years of near-relentless Starking, and The Judge looks ostensibly like a breath of fresh air, his first "serious" role since Joe Wright's little-seen The Soloist in 2009.
But what's most disappointing about David Dobkin's drama, which weaves an engaging but hackneyed web of paternal strife and small-town crime, is just how unsurprising every moment of Downey's performance is. He plays city slicker Hank Palmer, »
We've already seen "Girls" star Alison Williams as Peter Pan, and Christopher Walken as an already over the top Captain Hook, NBC has released a new poster showing the grizzled pirate menacing a self-conscious-looking Peter. From the producers of the "Sound of Music" -- the live one starring Carrie Underwood, not the Oscar-winning box office juggernaut -- this new musical take on J.M. Barrie's classic tale will air live in December. It is not to be confused with Joe Wright's upcoming live-action prequel "Pan," or NBC's own planned sitcom adaptation of the story, although the poster does look pretty sitcom-y. Take a look below: "Peter Pan" goes live December 4 at 8/7c on NBC. »
- Dave Lewis
After once being in talks to take the role of Blackbeard in Joe Wright's Pan (the role eventually went to Hugh Jackman), it sounds like Javier Bardem might end up setting sail after all. The Wrap reports the Spanish actor is in early talks to take the villain role in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The role would make Bardem a ghost pirate named Captain Brand, who is hellbent on getting revenge on Captain Jack Sparrow, because he believes the perpetually drunk and flamboyant hero to be responsible for killing his brother. The role was offered to Christoph Waltz previously, but didn't stick. THR adds some more info about Bardem's character as the trade says Captain Brand is also looking for a supernatural object to aid him in his quest. While Bardem made for quite a villain in Skyfall and No Country for Old Men, »
- Ethan Anderton
A few months back, Javier Bardem was a contender for the role of Blackbeard in Joe Wright's Pan, an origin film tracing the development of Captain Hook and Peter Pan. While that role eventually went to Hugh Jackman, it looks like Bardem may get to play a scurvy pirate after all. The Wrap is reporting that the Oscar-winner is in talks to play the villain in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The fifth Pirates movie is set to begin filming in Australia early next year. »
- Alex Maidy
There must be a multitude of Hollywood actors who seethe at the effortless charisma Robert Downey Jr. has at his disposal, giving him the ability to turn even deeply average material into compulsive viewing. David Dobkin's "The Judge" doesn’t qualify as average, but without Downey Jr.'s dazzlingly emphatic turn as a hotshot Chicago lawyer lured home to defend his estranged, cantankerous father (Robert Duvall) from a deadly hit-and-run charge, it probably would. (The film is, so far, being panned by critics per Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes.) With franchise work consuming his hours following that overlong stretch in the wilderness, "The Judge" arrives as Downey Jr.'s first meaty dramatic role since Joe Wright's "The Soloist" in 2009, and seemingly comes mixed from the same formula: middlebrow awards bait with the potential for landing him the Big One. Downey Jr.'s only Best Actor Oscar nomination to date »
- Matt Mueller
Rosamund Pike isn't necessarily a name you're familiar with now. But get familiar, because she's about to be a huge star. Pike has essayed small but memorable roles in "Pride and Prejudice" (interesting biographical aside: she was once engaged to this film's director, the insanely talented Joe Wright), "Jack Reacher," and "The World's End," but she was always just shy of landing that breakthrough role that would make her a household name.
As Amy Dunne, a woman who mysteriously vanishes on her fifth wedding anniversary (to a hunky, if somewhat untrustworthy, Ben Affleck), Pike is called upon to showcase a whole wealth of emotions and sides to her performance and she does so nimbly and with grace and humor. She is, in fact, amazing.
We got to sit down with Pike and talk about when she »
- Drew Taylor
So I wasn't the biggest fan of Juan Antonio Bayona's The Impossible, but I love his work on The Orphanage and it's not my belief that one bad egg spoils the bunch when it comes to directors so I'm quite excited for his next feature, A Monster Calls, which just began production on its way to a October 14, 2016 release. With the news of the production start we also have word on the rest of the film's cast. Already cast were Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson, but we now learn Lewis MacDougall, who will also be seen as Nibs in Joe Wright's Pan, will play the central role of Conor, a 12-year-old who attempts to deal with his mother's (Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss and faith. amz asin="B00D460VJ »
- Brad Brevet
Hanna co-writer David Farr is making his feature directing debut with The Ones Below, a psychological thriller that’s just kicked off principal photography in London. Not to be confused with Legendary and Universal’s current catacombs pic As Above/So Below, The Ones Below focuses on two affluent couples living above and below each other whose lives become fatally interlinked. Clémence Poésy (The Tunnel, Harry Potter), David Morrissey (The Walking Dead), Stephen Campbell Moore (The History Boys) and Finnish actress Laura Birn (A Walk Among The Tombstones) star in the ensemble that’s also scripted by Farr.
The story follows upstairs couple Kate (Poésy) and Justin (Campbell Moore) who are expecting their first baby, and Jon (Morrissey) and Teresa (Birn) who move in downstairs and are also expecting a child. In contrast to Kate, Teresa is full of joy at the prospect of imminent motherhood. Pregnancy brings the women together in shared confidence, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Very Exciting Announcement! @Caradelevingne will play Margo Roth Spiegelman in the Paper Towns movie. http://t.co/pa8GhnaJCA
— John Green (@realjohngreen) September 16, 2014
Delevingne will play Margo Roth Spiegelman, an enigmatic teenager who disappears after a night spent dressed as a ninja, enacting revenge alongside her next door neighbor Quentin Jacobsen, set to be played by The Fault in Our Stars’ Nat Wolff. Though Delevingne is still »
- Esther Zuckerman
The pair will star in Diesel Schwarze's period musical.
The film will be set in the 1920s, centring around a hunchback (DeHaan) who falls for the fiancée (Mara) of a powerful media mogul.
Ziggy charts his rise to the spotlight and subsequent fall from grace.
Ziggy is yet to set a release date. »
Though Dane DeHaan recently made his superhero movie debut, it appears that he’s keen on switching things up in the near future by leading a full-on musical. The actor is attached to star in the original musical Ziggy alongside Rooney Mara, which will revolve around a hunchback escape artist (DeHaan) who arrives in New York in the late 1920s and falls in love with the fiancé of a powerful media mogul. Mara will play the aforementioned love interest, and the story will chart Ziggy’s rise to stardom and subsequent fall “amid a romantic world crashing down on its own impossible idealism.” The picture comes from writer/director Diesel Schwarze, a protégé of Baz Luhrmann. Hit the jump for more on Ziggy and the schedules of DeHaan and Mara. Per Deadline, Schwarze and Electric City Entertainment are partnering with British music producer/songwriter Alex Da Kid to develop original contemporary music for Ziggy, »
- Adam Chitwood
Lynette Howell and Jamie Patricof’s Electric City Entertainment are partnered with Australian writer-director Diesel Schwarze to develop “Ziggy” as his debut feature film. British music producer and songwriter Alex Da Kid is also on board the project and the team is currently developing the original contemporary music for the film.
DeHaan will portray a hunchback escape artist who arrives in New York during the mass-culture boom of the late 1920s and falls in love with the fiance (Mara) of a powerful media mogul. The story will chart his rise to fame and subsequent fall amid a romantic world crashing down on its own idealism.
“Diesel has written an incredibly beautiful and ambitious story and his background working under Baz Luhrmann combined with his prolific commercial work, lends itself to »
- Dave McNary
In case you were wondering, yes, the Shadow of the Colossus movie is still in the works and now it's gotten a change up in the directors. When the film was initially announced, Josh Trank (the Fantastic Four reboot) was set to direct the video game adaptation, but it looks like his new duties on an upcoming Star Wars spin-off is going to keep him away from the project. Never fear, however, as a new director has been chosen. Come inside to find out more!
THR broke the news last night that Sony Pictures have brought in the horror film director Andres Muschietti (Mama) to replace Josh Trank on the upcoming adaptation of the classic PS2 game, Shadow of the Colossus.
Muschietti’s sister and producing partner, Barbara Muschietti, is boarding the project and will produce alongside Kevin Misher, who produces through his Misher Films banner. Seth Lochhead, who co-penned »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
It is not prerequisite that the period costume drama needs a hook, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. Joe Wright’s stylish “Anna Karenina” dazzled with a theatrical approach, and Andrea Arnold’s “Wuthering Heights” employed an austere commitment to form coupled with an expressively Malick-ian appreciation of nature. Gracefully pitched acting can also be enough (see James Gray’s “The Immigrant”), but unfortunately for Sophie Barthe, her adaptation of “Madame Bovary” is largely bereft of these qualities in any compelling form. Instead, the movie is delivered in a restrained, far-too measured tone that is often flat and enervating. There have been countless TV and film adaptations of “Madame Bovary.” In cinema, Vincente Minnelli, Albert Ray, Claude Chabrol and Jean Renoir have all had a go at Gustave Flaubert's debut novel, but rarely has Flaubert’s sensibilities been rendered for the screen by a female director. But feminist thoughtfulness »
- Rodrigo Perez
Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings opens this December, and the casting for the film has been controversial to say the least. Although Ancient Egypt was a racially diverse society, the lead cast — Christian Bale as Moses, Joel Edgerton as Ramses, Sigourney Weaver as Tuya, and Aaron Paul as Joshua — is as white as it gets. That's unfortunately standard for a Hollywood movie, but things took a turn when the above photo hit the Internet. As you might have noticed, the important people are white, the slaves and servants are black. People had a problem with that, especially when they found that black and non-white actors were mostly credited with roles like "Egyptian Thief" and "Egyptian Lower Class Civilian." Yikes. Scott recently spoke to Yahoo Australia, and this is what he said about casting the film.
“Egypt was – as it is now – a confluence of cultures, as a result »
- Mily Dunbar
Paris– Adele Haenel (“Love at First Fight”), Anais Demoustier (“The New Girlfriend”) and Reda Kateb (“Lost River”) are among the 10 Talents to Watch selected by Unifrance, the French film promotion org.
The other actors and directors selected by Unifrance are actors Raphael Personnaz, Celine Salette, Gaspard Ulliel and four femmes directors Celine Sciamma, Mia Hansen-Love, and Alix Delaporte and Melanie Laurent, who is also a popular actress.
Haenel, who delivered a breakthrough performance in Katell Quillevere’s “Suzanne,” showed her range in Thomas Cailley’s “Love at First Fight” (“Les Combattants”), in which she played the lead actress. A fresh romantic dramedy set in an Army survival program, “Love at First Fight” proved to be Directors’ Fortnight hit, winning a record four awards.
Haenel also starred in Andre Techine’s “French Riviera” which played at Cannes in the official selection.
Demoustier made her debut at age 13 in Michael Haneke’s »
- Elsa Keslassy
Are you ready for a Beach Boys musical? Fox 2000 is reportedly moving ahead with All Summer Long, having tapped The Vow helmer Michael Sucsy to sit in the director’s chair on the project, and now we’re hearing that English model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne is in talks for the lead role of Caroline.
Further plot details are being kept under wraps, but Fox 2000 paid $2 million to buy the pitch by Susannah Grant, along with rights to the Beach Boys catalog. All Summer Long is reportedly a 1960s California-set story inspired by the band’s music.
After breaking out as a model for Victoria’s Secret, Burberry and Dkny, Delevingne successfully managed to transition into acting with a small role in Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina. Since then, she’s been keeping busy with a number of high-profile parts.
- Isaac Feldberg
On the occasion of the Karlovy Vary Film festival tribute to Anonymous Content's Steve Golin and Michael Sugar, I sat down with the veteran manager who handles the careers of Joe Wright, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Winona Ryder, Richard Linklater, Marc Webb, Gavin Hood, Patty Jenkins, Scott Burns, Cary Fukunaga and Steven Soderbergh, among others. As we talked, HBO's "True Detective," entirely directed by Fukunaga, is competiing for multiple Emmys and coming up was Soderbergh's elegant new Cinemax series "The Knick," starring Clive Owen as a forward-thinking surgeon in 1900 trying to save lives under primitive conditions at New York's Knickerbocker Hospital. How long have you been working with Steven Soderbergh? I’ve been working with him… it’s now been six years. And so you’ve navigated this interesting career trajectory. Soderbergh is like the canary in the coal mine: someone who sees the future sooner than others. What did he go. »
- Anne Thompson
The Mirisch Agency has booked production designer Stuart Wurtzel (“Hope Springs”) on Jonathan Demme’s “Ricky and the Flash.” Also booked: editors Dan Lebental (“Thor: The Dark World “) on Peyton Reed’s “Ant-Man,” Lisa Bromwell (“The Sessions”) on season 3 of Netflix’s “House of Cards” and Virginia Katz (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 and 2”) on Bill Condon’s “Mr. Holmes”; and line producers Joe Iberti (“When in Rome”) on season 5 of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and Guy Louthan (“The Call”) on Spike TV miniseries “Tut.”
Sandra Marsh & Assoc. booked editors Nancy Richardson (“Divergent”) (pictured top left) on Robert Schwentke’s “Insurgent” and Paul Tothill (“Atonement”) on Joe Wright’s “Pan.” Also booked on Pan: visual effects supervisor Chas Jarrett (“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”). Another Marsh client, production designer Jim Clay (“Red 2”), is working on Simon Curtis’ “Woman in Gold.”
Innovative Artists booked production designer Laurence Bennett »
- Peter Caranicas
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