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Nudity? That's nothing. These nine stars rounded up by The Stir bared all on the big screen: Katie Holmes: Her scene came in 2000's The Gift , opposite Greg Kinnear. Kate Winslet: She's gone full-frontal in The Reader , Iris , and Holy Smoke , plus topless in Titanic . Michael Fassbender: He made quite an impression when he stripped down in Shame. Scarlett Johansson: She stripped down in Under the Skin recently. Kristin Scott Thomas: She got naked in the bath with Ralph Fiennes in The English Patient . Click for the complete list , including an actor who got naked in front of a live »
- Evann Gastaldo
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
London-based Protagonist Pictures is restructuring as it stretches to fit increased ambitions. The company has had a strong year with Sundance and Berlin hits Frank and ’71, and a number of films in the pipeline. Part of the ramp up includes key appointments just ahead of bringing three titles to Toronto. 3311 Productions’ Eddie Vaisman is joining the company as head of production and acquisitions, U.S., kickstarting its U.S. business. He’ll look to strengthen Protagonist’s Stateside profile and build up its finance and production activities. Vaisman’s credits include producing In A World…, an exec producing Michael Polish’s Big Sur and the upcoming Ad Inexplorata with Mark Strong. He previously worked at Sony-based Avenue Pictures and in 2004 started out at Kathryn Bigelow’s Paramount-based First Light. In another hire, Vanessa Saal will join the company as head of sales. She’s moving over from Studiocanal where she was Svp of international sales. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
As Michael Fassbender's career continues, he's becoming more and more invested in his work. Aside from starring in, he'll also be producing the upcoming video game adaptation of Assassin's Creed that's to be helmed by Justin Kurzel, on which he recently worked with on MacBeth. While he wont have so strong a behind-the-scenes role in regards to X-men: Apocalypse, he did speak with writer Simon Kinberg in relation to his character of Magneto and what »
- Sean Wist
VFX studio Moving Picture Company has revealed a large batch of new concept art photos from Guardians of the Galaxy and X-Men: Days of Future Past. The first images features alternate designs for props, vehicles, sets and some key frame art as they eventually appeared in Marvel Studios and Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Concept Art
Additionally, the studio gave us a look at some of their designs for the 1970s prototype sentinels and some futuristic sentinels.
X-Men: Days of Future Past: Concept Art
After stealing a mysterious orb in the far reaches of outer space, Peter Quill is now the main target of a manhunt led by the villain known as Ronan the Accuser. To help fight Ronan and his team and save the galaxy from his power, Quill creates a team known as the 'Guardians of the Galaxy »
A quarter-century after “Batman” ushered in the era of Hollywood mega-tentpoles — hollow comicbook pictures manufactured to enthrall teens and hustle merch — a penitent Michael Keaton returns with the comeback of the century, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” a blisteringly hot-blooded, defiantly anti-formulaic look at a has-been movie star’s attempts to resuscitate his career by mounting a vanity project on Broadway. , that will electrify the industry, captivate arthouse and megaplex crowds alike, send awards pundits into orbit and give fresh wings to Keaton’s career.
See Also: Michael Keaton Bursts Into Oscar Race
Keaton was a controversial choice to play the Caped Crusader back in 1989, though the role was the best and worst thing that could have happened to the “Mr. Mom” star, who became world-renowned but never found another role of that stature — and who didn’t get nearly the same boost from working with Tarantino (on »
- Peter Debruge
Luke Owen with his top five movies of the summer…
Celebrating 60 years of destruction, the King of the Monsters made his return to the big screen in this American reboot to the classic series. Godzilla saw Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen as a husband and wife duo who are trying to reunite after The Big G shows up and starts tearing through cities chasing after alien-like creature M.U.T.O.
Director Gareth Edwards clearly loved the classic Godzilla movies from the character’s 50s and 60s heydays as the movie was a call back to those films. It had a slow, methodical pace and it focused on the human characters and their dramas while Godzilla fought in the background as the ever looming presence and metaphor for nuclear war. Sadly, the movie only takes our fifth spot here as the human element (including »
- Gary Collinson
Twentieth Century Fox is co-financing and will handle international distribution on the film, based on the story of an attorney sent by the CIA to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot during the Cold War.
Filming is set to commence next month in New York and Berlin. Spielberg will direct and is producing with Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger. Adam Somner and Daniel Lupi are the executive producers.
Buena Vista will distribute in the Us on October 16, 2015.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Social action producer Participant Media and DreamWorks Studios have partnered six times, including two Oscar contenders, Tate Taylor's "The Help" and Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln." So it's no surprise that Participant is joining DreamWorks on two upcoming films that will start filming next month. They are Spielberg’s “Untitled Cold War Spy Thriller,” written by Joel and Ethan Coen from an original script by Matt Charman, and starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance and Amy Ryan; and writer-director Derek Cianfrance's period drama "The Light Between Oceans," based on the fiction best-seller by M.L. Stedman, and starring Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz.hanks Spielberg's spy thriller tells the true story of attorney James Donovan (Hanks), who is pushed into the Cold War when the CIA sends him on a mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. It »
- Anne Thompson
Participant Media and DreamWorks Studios, which teamed on their sixth film The Hundred-Foot Journey this summer, will continue their partnership on Steven Spielberg’s untitled Cold War pic and the upcoming adaptation The Light Between Oceans. Spielberg’s true story spy tale stars Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance and Amy Ryan in the story of James Donovan, an attorney sent by the CIA to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Joel and Ethan Coen penned the script. Twentieth Century Fox boarded the project as co-financer in June and will distribute the pic internationally. Filming is set to start next month in New York and Berlin. Spielberg is also a producer alongside Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger, while Adam Somner and Daniel Lupi are exec producers. Disney has set an October 16, 2015 release.
Participant is also aboard for period drama The Light Between Oceans, which begins filming next month in New Zealand and Australia. »
- The Deadline Team
“We have had a successful and rewarding partnership with Participant on six total films over the past years,” said DreamWorks president and chief operating officer Jeff Small. “We look forward to continuing this productive relationship, which allows us to bring exciting and quality films to audiences around the world.”
Participant has previously come on board to provide financing for half a dozen DreamWorks titles — “The Hundred Foot Journey,” “Lincoln,” “The Help,” “The Fifth Estate,” “The Kite Runner” and “The Soloist.” “Lincoln” is the top grosser with $275 million worldwide, followed by “The Help” with $215 million.
- Dave McNary
20th Century Fox's X-Men: Days of Future Past is one of the biggest movies of the year, taking in $232 million at the box office, although that tally falls shy of Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy ($251 million) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($259 million). However, X-Men: Days of Future Past has earned more globally ($744.6 million) than any other superhero movie this year.
The success of X-Men: Days of Future Past has even impressed Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, even though he had nothing to do with the movie whatsoever. During a recent interview with Empire, Kevin Feige revealed he's been thinking about how that movie helped bring the X-Men franchise back into prominence.
"I've been thinking about Days of Future Past a lot, which I had nothing to do with, in terms of the resurrection of a franchise. I think they did a very good job with that."
He went on to say that, »
"This is awesome, and I'm at a loss for words," True Detective director Cary Joji Fukunaga said while accepting the Emmy award for outstanding directing Monday night. He was talking about his win, but he might have unintentionally been speaking for the thousands of viewers and fans of the show who never knew that Fukunaga was, well, so good-looking. Since the world was introduced to the man behind True Detective, the Internet has been positively awash with paeans to Fukunaga - including the jaw-dropping admission that he got his start working on the music video for Destiny Child's "Survivor," giving »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield have it. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender have it. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have it. Will Ferrell and his Anchorman news team had it. Nicole Kidman’s most recent film was taken out of competition at Cannes partly because of not having it. Joaquin Phoenix had it with a voice and a screen. Sherlock Holmes has relied on it for years. The thing that such a diverse range of situations has in common? It is of course the great building block of human life: Chemistry.
When it comes to movies and people, we’re very familiar with chemistry. Generally used to describe a certain quality of relationship between characters, chemistry is a neat little word that we often use without a second thought. And on the surface, chemistry does look pretty simple – like, for example, when a science teacher puts a Mento in a »
- Rachel North
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Step aside, Jon Hamm. Matthew McConaugh-who? Last night’s Emmy Awards proved that True Detective director Cary Joji Fukunaga is hotter than any A-lister we’ve previously coveted, and that man braids are making a big comeback. The internet thinks so, too.
Fukunaga has come a long way since his days as a production assistant for the Destiny’s Child “Survivor” video. Before linking up with the True Detective team, he made a name for himself on the indie circuit with Sundance hit Sin Nombre in 2009, as well as 2011′s Jane Eyre, starring Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska. He directed all eight episodes of the HBO series, and won the award for Outstanding Directing of a Drama Series. When he did, Twitter exploded.
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Could it be the nerdy-sexy look? That chiseled jaw? Don’t let the braids fool you (and if you’re into them, more power »
- Taylor Ferber
Cary Fukunaga Wins Emmy, Earns Twitter Buzz
Fukunaga, 37, directed all eight episodes of HBO’s hit drama starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, but he easily eclipsed the two actors, receiving immediate love from viewers on Twitter for his good looks and daring French braids.
The thirst for Cary Fukunaga is so real and important
— Jett Rink (@jessiekaiser) August 26, 2014
— 7oanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) August 26, 2014
I am not generally a fan of man-braids, but hello, Cary Fukunaga you make a strong case, sir.
— Una Lamarche (@sassycurmudgeon) August 26, 2014
— Katie Walsh (@katiewalshstx) August 26, 2014
Cary Fukunaga is so. Damn. Fine. »
Director Sir Ridley Scott has a number of projects in the pipeline, and with Exodus: Gods and Kings set to be released this December, his next looks set to be The Martian, starring Matt Damon, for 2015.
Both movies are expected at some point in the next few years, but neither have a firm production start date as of yet. They do however have writers attached, with Green Lantern’s Michael Green the latest to be attached to a Blade Runner follow-up. In a recent interview, Scott was quick to praise the now finished script.
“It’s written and it’s damn good. Of course it involves Harrison, who is a survivor after all these years—despite the accident,” he said, referring to Harrison Ford’s accident on the set of Star Wars. So yes, that will happen. »
- Josh Wilding
Director Ridley Scott has quite a number of projects on his slate, including The Martian, the Blade Runner 2 and Prometheus 2. The filmmaker reveals in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly that all of those projects are written, although there may be some scheduling issues.
"It's written and it's damn good. Of course it involves Harrison, who is a survivor after all these years - despite the accident (referring to Ford's Star Wars injury). So yes, that will happen."
The filmmaker claims that Blade Runner 2 may go into production soon after his next project, The Martian, which may not leave much time for him to make Prometheus 2, which is already slated for release on March 4, 2016.
"That's the problem, I've »
Bart: Have you noticed, Mike, that the gamesmanship of pre-festival season is often more entertaining than the fest movies themselves? Toronto has slammed the door on distributors who were sneaking their films into Telluride, then billing Toronto screenings as World Premieres.
Fleming: Labor Day Weekend for me is about getting kids back to school and squeezing the last moments of a summer that has flown by. I have never been to Telluride because the last thing I want to do is spend that holiday weekend in a succession of dark rooms in Colorado. Toronto is my favorite festival. It’s a wonderful platform for distributors to acquire films after seeing how they play to an audience, and to launch »
- Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr
It's the weekend, and you're looking forward to going to the movies, but you don't know which one you're going to see. Luckily for you, Neal Brennan, comedian and host of SundanceTV's "The Approval Matrix" (inspired by the New York magazine feature of the same name), is here to help alleviate your indecisive agony. Here, he evens the playing field and reviews the trailer for eccentric indie comedy "Frank," starring Maggic Gyllenhaal, Domhnall Gleeson, and a headless Michael Fassbender in the title role.
"Frank" is out in theaters now. "The Approval Matrix" airs Monday nights at 11 p.m. on SundanceTV. »
- Moviefone Staff
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