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George Miller is riding a wave of adulation right now thanks to the critical and commercial success of Mad Max: Fury Road, but eight years ago the filmmaker came this close to making a superhero movie that would've resulted in an entirely different DC Cinematic Universe.
Back in summer 2007 a script titled Justice League Mortal, by Michele and Kieran Mulroney, impressed Warner Bros bosses and the studio quickly enlisted Miller to make it a reality for a summer 2009 release. However, the movie - which was due to shoot in Australia - was plagued by behind-the-scenes issues that eventually led to the plug being pulled.
— Digital Spy Film (@digitalspyfilm) May 27, 2015
An incoming writer's strike meant the script couldn't be finished, Christopher Nolan objected to a different cinematic »
The biggest deals of this year’s Cannes Marché du Film and how the Competition titles sold throughout the festival.
Behind the glamour of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, business was booming at the Marché du Film (May 13-22), with representatives from 120 countries in attendance - up four on 2014.
A total 3,300 films were on offer this year, around 1,000 at the project stage, with an estimated 11,000 film professionals in attendance, in line with last year.
In the opening days, Marché chief Jérôme Paillard told Screen: “Acquisition agents are telling me that it’s the first time in a number of years that there are so many big projects. I’ve been told there are around 50 high profile projects on offer.”
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This week’s biggest upcoming project was one so weird that we needed a few days to process it. It has been called Godzilla meets Being John Malkovich and Adaptation (possibly even Lost in Translation for good measure), and if it seems like those two titles don’t add up in anyway whatsoever, you’re not far off.
The movie is Colossal, and THR reports is set to star Anne Hathaway. Hathaway plays a woman returning to her hometown from New York after losing her job. Upon returning home, she discovers that a giant lizard is attacking Tokyo, and she feels strangely connected to the incident via her mind.
Colossal isn’t even some tongue-in-cheek Spike Jonze project but coming from Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes), and aiming to be sold at this year’s Cannes Film Festival market. “Colossal is my most ambitious script so far, and probably also the most personal one. »
- Brian Welk
The pic, written and directed by The Strangers‘ Bryan Bertino, will center on a young mother who must protect her daughter against attacks by a terrifying, merciless creature of unknown origins. The official synopsis reads:
There Are Monsters focuses on a mother (Kazan) and her terrified young daughter Lizzie who are trapped and tormented by a merciless creature. In the end, only a mother’s protective love, her most primal instinct, can save them.
In the wake of The Conjuring, Insidious and The Babadook, horror pics about beset-upon matriarchs are hot again, and it will be interesting to see what kind of spin Bertino, whose home-invasion thriller The Strangers was one of the most effective, non-supernatural frighteners of the past ten years, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Zoe Kazan, best known for writing and starring in the offbeat romantic comedy Ruby Sparks, is set to lead writer-director Bryan Bertino's (The Strangers) horror film, There Are Monsters. Kazan stars as a mother who must protect her daughter from a merciless creature. William Green and Aaron Ginsburg of Atlas Independent will produce alongside Adrienne Biddle of Unbroken Pictures with A24 set to distribute the picture. Bertino previously wrote and directed the excellent home invasion horror The Strangers, which grossed $85 million dollars. His sophomore feature, Mockingbird, was silently dumped to VOD last October after years of post-production. I can only assume that decision was motivated by found footage fatigue. While Mockingbird didn't quite live up to The Strangers, it's a well executed film driven by an ever-growing sense of dread. [caption id="attachment_331667" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Entertainment One[/caption] I'm excited to see what Bertino brings to the creature feature given that »
- Haleigh Foutch
Atlas Independent, the affiliate company of Charles Roven’s Atlas Entertainment, and Unbroken Pictures announced today A24 will distribute Bryan Bertino’s upcoming horror film, There Are Monsters, domestically. The film will star Zoe Kazan (Olive Kitteridge, Ruby Sparks), in the lead role of what is said to be an “emotionally gripping and visceral” script. There Are Monsters focuses…
The film is directed by Bryan Bertino from his own script. Embankment Films is selling the feature to international territories at the Cannes Film Festival.
Kazan plays a mother who, along with her terrified young daughter, is trapped and tormented by a merciless creature — with only a mother’s protective love, her most primal instinct, able to save them.
William Green and Aaron Ginsburg of Atlas Independent, an affiliate of Charles Roven’s Atlas Entertainment, will produce with Adrienne Biddle of Unbroken Pictures. Atlas Entertainment’s Richard Suckle will be executive producing alongside Sonny Mallhi.
Production will start this summer in Ottawa, Canada.
UTA Independent Film Group brokered »
- Dave McNary
Zoe Kazan (“Ruby Sparks”) is set to star in “There Are Monsters,” a new horror film from “The Strangers” writer-director Bryan Bertino that will be distributed in the U.S. by A24, it was announced Tuesday by Atlas Independent and Unbroken Pictures Production will start this summer in Ottawa, Canada, and Embankment Films will begin selling the feature to international territories at the Cannes Film Festival. “There Are Monsters” follows a mother (Kazan) and her terrified young daughter Lizzie who are trapped and tormented by a merciless creature. In the end, only a mother’s protective love, her most primal instinct, »
- Jeff Sneider
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Read More: Lena Dunham Shares Her Love for 'I Am a Sex Addict' in Exclusive Excerpt From 'Digging My Own Grave' Zoe Kazan and Lena Dunham put a 21st century hipster spin on the classic looks pioneered by starlets Audrey Hepburn, Katherine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich in Dunham's latest creative endeavor, a short film called "Voting Audrey." The film premiered on the YouTube channel for the retail company "& Other Stories" and features styles from a new collection that will debut on the & Other Stories website on May 12. Kazan stars as a young woman running for public office, in the midst of canvasing a neighborhood for votes. After knocking on countless doors and being rejected every single time, Kazan's character launches into a bizarre fantasy sequence in which she has become President. Awkward press interviews and dance sequences ensue, set to the tune of Chantal Claret's "Let Me See The Devil. »
- Shipra Harbola Gupta
All week our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. I’m here today to argue that 2012 was the greatest year in cinema. I know you’re thinking: is she insane? How will she even begin to argue such a ridiculous theory? Sure, 2012 didn't bring us Vertigo or Citizen Kane or Chinatown or whatever, but it Was the year Spring Breakers came out, so I think it’s time you showed some respect. Just kidding, just kidding, calm down. The truth is, it really was the best year in cinema and here is why: Jennifer Lawrence. 2012 was the year J-Law rose to superstardom and showed the world how insanely talented she is in two very different but equally special films: Silver Linings Playbook and Hunger Games, the coolest dystopian film of our generation, and a creative, »
- Zara Lisbon
After finishing the Harry Potter franchise, Daniel Radcliffe has made some really interesting choices for big screen roles. He was haunted in The Woman in Black, fell in love with Zoe Kazan in What If, got a little mischievous in Horns and played Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings. Now Radcliffe is heading into the world of video games, but not for an adaptation of a hit game, but rather the headline-making story that revolved around the cultural impact of a certain title. THR reports Radcliffe is in talks to star in Grand Theft Auto, a drama that will recount the fight between the creator of the infamously violent game of the same name and a relentless, unorthodox Miami lawyer fighting against violence in video games. Read on! The film is set up at BBC Films with rising British filmmaker Owen Harris ("Black Mirror," "Misfits") at the helm. For those »
- Ethan Anderton
If you caught Carole King performing with Sara Bareilles at the 2014 Grammys, you’d know just how timeless an artist King and her work are. Her Diamond graded pop-album Tapestry from 1971 is a masterpiece, and one of the best selling albums of all time. And though today King maybe doesn’t get the indie cred as some of her ’70s, singer/songwriter female contemporaries like say, Joni Mitchell, that may be about to change.
Broadway World was the first to report that Sony has just secured the rights to adapt the Broadway hit Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, along with King’s life rights, her songwriting collaborators’ life rights, and the rights to many of her hit songs including “The Locomotion,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “So Far Away,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” and “You’ve Got a Friend.”
- Brian Welk
As always, March is too early to get any kind of firm grasp on what will or won't be an Oscar contender come the end of the year, but that doesn't mean it isn't fun to speculate. Last year, only two of the nine films I predicted out of the gates actually ended up receiving Best Picture nominations at the 2015 Oscars -- Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel -- which goes to show just how much we know in advance. In fact, looking at the films I had on the outside looking in, only Best Picture winner Birdman was listed. But hey, at least I had three of the top contenders in the early year conversation, that's something... rightc When it comes to this year, I feel even less certain than I did last year. I'm not sure that's saying a whole lot since only two of the 43 films on »
- Brad Brevet
There’s just something special about the way Joss Whedon writes. Whether it by Firefly/Serenity, Buffy The Vampire Slayer or hell, The Avengers, the guy has a knack for wit and well developed characters. While I typically refrain from jumping into romantic comedies/dramas, when the Whedon-written In Your Eyes appeared in my mailbox, it was just too good Not to tell you fright fanatics about.
When, as a child, Dylan has a vision of a girl sledding through the snow and crashing into a tree, he feels the girl’s pain and gets knocked out of his chair. Now a grown-up and recently paroled ex-convict, Dylan (Cloverfield’s Michael Stahl-David) lives alone in a trailer in the middle of nowhere and frequents a bar in which his former friends (and the reasons for his imprisonment) continually try to talk Dylan into one last score. Once a promising student, »
- Jerry Smith
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day"
This adaptation of the beloved children's book got mixed reviews, but it's fine if you're looking for a rather harmless family feature. Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner co-star as the equally frazzled parents of young Alex (Ed Oxenbould). Check out this exclusive clip!
They say that how you react in an emergency reveals your true nature and feelings. Are you out for number one, or is your family your first concern? A seemingly perfect Swedish family has to face that exact question when an impending avalanche threatens to ruin their ski trip to the Alps.
If you're already a fan of Jake Gyllenhaal's performance as a creepy crawly »
- Jenni Miller
I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for romantic comedies, especially when they involve cute-but-awkward main characters who’re destined to be together. While the genre may bore some to death, I love it. I love love, as it were.
Monday marks the DVD release of one of my favourite rom-coms of the last few years, What If, starring Harry Potter alum Daniel Radcliffe and actress/screenwriter/playwright extraordinaire Zoe Kazan. Known for her choice of indie roles, Kazan is one of my favourite actresses, so I thought it appropriate to establish why I think she’s wonderful.
(Brin Hill, 2014)
Kicking off my list is independent drama In Your Eyes, which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Released online (and available on Netflix), Zoe plays Rebecca, the lonely young wife of a big-shot doctor. Considered a little strange and treated as an outsider by others, Rebecca »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Daniel Radcliffe has been acting since the age of 9, when he played the young David Copperfield opposite Maggie Smith in the BBC’s 1999 adaptation of the classic Dickens story. But it was in 2001, when Radcliffe was cast as the titular boy wizard of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone that he became an internationally recognised movie star. Eight feature films, adapted from the seven novels by Jk Rowling, were to follow, grossing more than $7bn at the global box office.
With roles in December Boys and My Boy Jack, Radcliffe proved he was no one-trick pony. But it was his 2007 turn on stage – in Thea Sharrock’s West End revival of Peter Shaffer’s play Equus – that established Radcliffe as a serious young actor. Then 17, Radcliffe earned rave reviews for his haunting turn as Alan Strang, a role that required him to disrobe. The actor was nominated for a »
- Phil Wheat
Director: Michael Dowse
What If is another telling of the subject of “Can men and women be truly friends without sleeping together?” Yes, this is possible but films don’t seem to agree on this matter. According to la-la land Aka Hollywood, men and women are pretty much doomed to courtship as soon as they even glance at each other, like a pair of nightmarish ducklings imprinting. At least it’s not as bad as Jacob from Twilight creepily imprinting on a child at least, right?
The main problem with the film can be summed up with one word; predictable. From the beginning of the film where Wallace is messing around with the magnets on the fridge and spells out “Love is stupid”, you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking this could be a fun an unexpected ride. Sadly it isn’t. »
- Louise Tooth
What If? stars Daniel Radcliffe as medical school dropout Wallace and Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks) as Wallace’s best friend Chantry. Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection after meeting at a party, striking up a close friendship leading the pair to wonder: what if the love of your life is actually your best friend?
To celebrate the release, we’ve got an exclusive clip of an interview with Zoe Kazan and Daniel Radcliffe where they talk about what attracted them to making the film and where Daniel Radcliffe talks about giving, and receiving, relationship advice. Here you go and take note that The F Word is the title for the Us release, to save any confusion:
- Dan Bullock
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