10 items from 2015
Img, the sports and media business acquired by Wme last year, is stepping up to finance and market a full-length feature documentary about former New Orleans Saints football player Steve Gleason who was stricken with Als at the age of 34. Joining Img in The Gleason Project is Seth Gordon, the producer of the Academy Award-winning documentary Undefeated who will produce. J. Clay Tweel (Print the Legend) will direct. Gleason, a former football star, is considered one of the… »
Reboots, videogame adaptations, and a few long awaited sequels are all due for release next year
Now that Fast & Furious 7 has formally opened summer blockbuster season 2015 up, it's time for us to take our traditional look at the big movies gracing multiplexes this time next year.
2016 is set to be a pivotal summer, too. There are big movies in both the DC and Marvel cinematic universes. Warner Bros is looking to launch the first of six King Arthur movies, whilst Universal may get cracking with its classic monster cinematic universe. And - yep - we may even get the world's first great film based on a videogame.
Summer blockbuster season 2016 stretches from March through to August, and here's what treats are lined up. Please note, we've gone with Us release dates, for the purposes of this feature, as that's where most of the films will debut first.
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Keanu Reeves has joined the anticipated new Epix Original Documentary, Deep Web, as narrator. From director Alex Winter, the film chronicles one of the most important and riveting digital crime sagas of the century - the arrest of Ross William Ulbricht, the 30-year-old entrepreneur recently convicted of being 'Dread Pirate Roberts,' creator and operator of online black market Silk Road. This is the first time Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter have worked together since 1993's Freaked, which followed their co-starring roles in the successful Bill and Ted' films. Deep Web will world premiere at South by Southwest this Sunday, March 15 and will make its World Television Premiere on Epix Spring 2015. Content Media handles the film's international sales and distribution.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Said Keanu Reeves:
The two Tomb Raider movies starring Angelina Jolie were, in my opinion, pretty bad, and judging by the way most people comment any time it's announced a movie adaptation of a popular game is announced, no one else liked them much either. And, interestingly enough, they didn't really make all that much money. The first one grossed only $274.7 million worldwide back in 2001 on a $115 million budget, while the sequel only managed $156.5 two years later on a $95 million budget. So, why have we been hearing about a possible Tomb Raider reboot for about six years nowc Well, the reason it isn't going away is because the most recent "Tomb Raider" videogame release sold around 7.5 million copies and a new game is on the way. Sounds like good timing to get a new movie in the works. Paramount distributed the first two Tomb Raider movies, but now Deadline reports it will be »
- Brad Brevet
Cargo will represent international sales at the Efm later this week. Alchemy brokered the deal with CAA and Cinetic on behalf of the film-makers.
The Orchard brokered the deal for Finders Keepers with Wme Global and plans a theatrical and digital release in 2015.
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While talking to Game Informer (via Gamespot) this week, The Last of Us game director Neil Druckmann has been talking about the progress of the film, and that the second draft of the script (which he has written himself) has been finished.
While talking to the site, Druckmann said that the script, while being faithful to the game, will have a few changes before it makes its way to the silver screen.
“(It’s) pretty faithful to the game. There are some big changes, but the tone and what the story’s trying to say is pretty faithful to the game.”
Furthermore, Druckmann stated that “a bunch of actors” took part in a table read recently, but we await official confirmation as to who will star. Game of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams has been heavily linked to play Ellie in the film, but as yet hasn’t been confirmed.
Druckmann is »
- Scott J. Davis
Clay Tweel is a name that should be known to any documentary fan. After serving as an associate producer on Seth Gordon‘s The King of Kong, he went on to direct his first feature, the surprisingly sharp teen-magician film Make Believe, which is better than its conventional competition-doc surface indicates, and then he co-directed last year’s riveting exploration of the 3D printer market, Print the Legend, which in a way is also a competition doc only with very high, entrepreneurial stakes. For the most part, those two are dissimilar animals, though together they’d hinted that Tweel could maybe do no wrong with clean, non-complex subject matter of any sort. He has a talent for delivering reality in an entertaining yet not sensationalistic way. His latest, co-directed with Bryan Carberry (a multitasked intern on Make Believe) and produced by Gordon, is called Finders Keepers, and it’s his closest to the line of sensational exploitation »
Epix has released the first trailer and clip from their upcoming original documentary Deep Web, the latest directorial effort from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure star Alex Winter (Downloaded). The documentary chronicles one of the most important and riveting digital crime sagas of the century - the October 2013 arrest of Ross William Ulbricht - and will feature exclusive interviews with the Ulbricht family including Lyn and Kirk Ulbricht, Ross' parents who have become public advocates for digital rights and due process. Ulbricht, the 30-year-old entrepreneur alleged to be "Dread Pirate Roberts" - founder of Silk Road, the notorious online black market best known for drug trafficking, is currently on trial in New York.
The feature-length documentary explores the inside story of the investigation and unveils how the brightest minds and thought leaders behind the Deep Web and Bitcoin are now caught in the crosshairs of the battle for control of »
By Anjelica Oswald
After narrowing the Oscar documentary feature shortlist to five at the 87th Academy Award nominations Jan. 15, a number of notable exclusions were featured, particularly Al Hicks‘ Keep on Keepin’ On, which documents the mentorship and friendship of a jazz legend and a blind piano prodigy, and Steve James‘ Life Itself, about the life and career of famed film critic Roger Ebert. (James is no stranger to snubs and the exclusion of his 1994 film Hoop Dreams led to rule reform within the documentary category.) Both films hold 97 percent positive ratings on Rotten Tomatoes.
Some films surprised when they didn’t even land a spot on the shortlist, such as Red Army, which examines the rise and fall of the Soviet Union’s hockey team from the perspective of its coach. That film holds a 100 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
In light of these best documentary feature snubs, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Directed by Seth Gordon
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters is a documentary that follows Steve Wiebe’s attempt to break the Donkey Kong high score held by “Gamer of the Century” Billy Mitchell. Director Seth Gordon captures a classic underdog story on film that has you rooting for Steve the moment he takes on the Donkey Kong challenge, even though it means snatching the crown from Billy. More importantly, The King of Kong demonstrates the importance of good sportsmanship.
Initially Billy appears to he a pretty stand-up guy. His charisma pulls you into his world and makes you want to be a better gamer. I was actually torn at the beginning of the documentary. On one hand I wanted Billy to hold onto the title, but on the other I’ve always cheered for the underdog. I mean, »
- Elizabeth Rico
10 items from 2015
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