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9 items from 2015


World War Z Writer Set To Start Fresh For Sequel With “Clean Slate”

20 January 2015 8:49 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Throughout the course of development, it seemed as though Marc Forester’s big-screen adaptation of World War Z was doomed for failure. Last-minute script changes, creative clashes, not to mention extensive reshoots cultivated a scenario as foreboding and seemingly insurmountable as the zombie apocalypse itself (well, sort of). Fast forward to the present day, however, and after amassing a staggering, wholly surprising $500 million at the global box office, you have a film that has defied the odds, and a sequel that hopes to do one better.

Or, rather, approach the same subject matter — Max Brook’s excellent, eponymous novel — from a different perspective. Granted, it’s an unusual tactic for a sequel to employ, but it’s one that writer Stephen Knight is angling for the World War Z sequel. In an interview with Indiewire, the Oscar-nominated scribe revealed the tidbit:

“I thought, why not? What fun,” says Knight of »

- Michael Briers

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'World War Z 2' Will Start with a Clean Slate

20 January 2015 7:06 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

World War Z, which was directed by Marc Forster and starred Brad Pitt as a United Nations investigator trying to stop the spread of a zombie virus, had some well publicized behind-the-scenes struggles and most wrote it off as a disaster before it hit the big screen. But when the movie opened, it proved to be a big hit. Soon after, Paramount green lit a sequel, which we really haven't heard too much about. Now, writer Steve Knight (Eastern Promises; Locke) is opening up about his process on World War Z 2, and he promises something that will be decidedly different than the first movie.

Speaking with IndieWire, Steve Knight revels the simple reason why he signed onto the movie. He then makes it almost sound like a complete reboot of the first installment, which was based on Max Brooks's survival guide:

" "I thought, 'why not? What fun.' »

- MovieWeb

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"World War Z" Sequel Starts Afresh

20 January 2015 4:14 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The production may have been troubled, but 2013's "World War Z" proved a smash hit with around half a billion dollars at the box office. Unsurprisingly, talk of a follow-up was soon underway with Juan Antonio Bayona ("The Orphanage," "The Impossible") and Steven Knight ("Locke," "Eastern Promises") linked as direct and writer respectively.

Speaking about his decision to accept the job of penning the zombie sequel, Knight dropped a surprising quote about it in an interview with Indiewire: "I thought, why not? What fun. It’s not quite like the other. We're starting with a clean slate. When [the studio and Brad PItt's Plan B production company] have signed off, we're on!"

By 'clean slate', does that mean the franchise will reboot? The film scored decent notices, but also was subject to complaints about being quite different to the acclaimed Max Brooks book upon which it is based. So a big question now is if the sequel will be »

- Garth Franklin

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World War Z Sequel 'A Clean Slate'

20 January 2015 1:41 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Half a billion dollars at the box office meant that 2013's World War Z was not at all the disaster that many had predicted. Those sorts of numbers obviously lead to sequel talk, with Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) in the frame to direct and Steven Knight (Locke, Hummingbird, Eastern Promises), working on the screenplay. Still at the treatment stage, Knight has just dropped an intriguing bit of intelligence regarding the follow-up. It is, he says mysteriously, "a clean slate"."I thought, why not? What fun," says Knight of his decision to accept the gig penning a blockbuster zombie sequel. "It’s not quite like the other. We're starting with a clean slate. When [the studio and Brad PItt's Plan B production company] have signed off, we're on!"So what does 'clean slate' mean? Is it possible that World War Z is set to become an anthology series, with each potential instalment a smaller piece of a bigger puzzle? »

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Through the Looking-Glass…Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2016: #1. Juan Antonio Bayona’s A Monster Calls

16 January 2015 1:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

A Monster Calls

Director: Juan Antonio Bayona // Writer: Patrick Ness

Spanish filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona began as one of the talents supported by Guillermo Del Toro, blazing into the international horror realm back in 2007 with The Orphanage, which showcased the wonderful Belen Rueda. But his 2012 sophomore film, The Impossible, which depicted the onslaught and aftermath of the 2004 tsunami that devastated Thailand, that really brought Bayona acclaim. That film snagged Naomi Watts an Oscar nod for Best Actress and proved the director’s penchant and flair for working with big budget special effects. We’re quite excited to see that he’s adapting Patrick Ness’ celebrated children’s book A Monster Calls for his third feature, which concerns a little boy coping with his mother’s terminal illness and being bullied at school with the help of a tree monster. Liam Neeson stars as said monster, while Felicity Jones plays the »

- Nicholas Bell

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Motion Picture Sound Editors Announce Golden Reel Nominees

14 January 2015 12:24 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

American Sniper,” “Big Hero 6,” “Birdman,” “The Lego Movie” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” have been nominated by the Motion Picture Sound Editors for the 62nd Mpse Golden Reel Awards, to be held Feb. 15 at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles.

The Mpse announced nominees in 20 categories Wednesday.

“2014 was a fantastic year for sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “The advent of new distribution channels, streaming services and gaming platforms is creating additional opportunities for sound artists to practice their craft beyond the traditional venues of film and television. This year’s nominations reflect that change, spanning an amazing diversity of mediums and genres, all executed at the highest level of creativity. We are truly inspired and impressed by the work of our colleagues.”

Darren Aronofsky will receive the filmmaker award, and Skip Lievsay will receive the career achievement award.

The entire nominations list:

Feature Animation

Big Hero 6

Walt Disney Animation Studios »

- Dave McNary

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‘Birdman,’ ‘Apes’ Top 2015 Golden Reel Nominations

14 January 2015 12:00 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Hollywood’s sound pros nominated Birdman and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for three awards apiece as the Motion Picture Sound Editors unveiled nods for its 62nd Mpse Golden Reel Awards, honoring the best feature film, television, animation and computer entertainment work of the year.

“2014 was a fantastic year for sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “The advent of new distribution channels, streaming services and gaming platforms is creating additional opportunities for sound artists to practice their craft beyond the traditional venues of film and television. This year’s nominations reflect that change, spanning an amazing diversity of mediums and genres, all executed at the highest level of creativity. We are truly inspired and impressed by the work of our colleagues.”

This year’s Golden Reels will additionally honor Noah director Darren Aronofsky with the Mpse’s annual Filmmaker Award. Oscar winner Skip Lievsay, known for his work »

- Jen Yamato

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Coraline, ParaNorman & The Boxtrolls Props, Puppets & More Featured in Laika Auction

7 January 2015 1:58 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

They took us to Neil Gaiman’s haunting “Other World” of button-eyed residents in Coraline, traveled to a town besieged by zombies and ghosts in ParaNorman, and most recently introduced a world where underground and humans struggle to co-exist in The Boxtrolls. Fans of Laika’s stop-motion animated features can partake in an upcoming auction in Beverly Hills of over 250 items from the studio’s films.

Press Release – “[Portland, Or and Beverly Hills, CA; January 6, 2015] – Laika, the visionary animation studio behind the Golden Globe and Annie Award-nominated The Boxtrolls and the BAFTA and Academy Award-nominated Coraline and ParaNorman, will open its archives for the first time for a limited auction of over 250 puppets, models, props and art in The Art of Laika, to be held by Heritage Auctions on Thursday, February 12, 2015, in Beverly Hills.

A portion of the proceeds of the auction will be donated to The Art of Elysium, a non-profit arts organization that works to »

- Derek Anderson

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Thn Interview: Liam Neeson Talks ‘Taken 3′

3 January 2015 4:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Thn follows on from our interview yesterday with Olivier Megaton, by interviewing the star himself Liam Neeson. The third part in the action franchise sees Liam Neeson return as Bryan Mills, but this time he’s framed for a murder he didn’t commit. As part of a roundtable interview we were able to find out Neeson’s thought on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, how he views action and comedy, what it’s like playing a tree, and why he is trying to save the horse and carriage industry.

Your filmography is very eclectic and you’ve never been stuck in one certain type of role, but of late you’ve been doing a lot in the action genre. Are you being a bit more careful with your choices, or do you choose your roles the same way you always have?

I think I choose them the way I always have. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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