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Bennett Miller, who nabbed a Best Director Oscar nomination for his work on Foxcatcher, is trying his hand at something a little less severe: toilet paper. Miller recently helmed a trio of Quilted Northern commercials, which feature no actual actors (sorry, Channing Tatum fans), but rather a toy alligator, a rabbit figurine, and a photo of "great-grandpa Thaddeus." (The Hollywood Reporter reports that the campaign is the brainchild of New York-based ad agency Droga5, in case you're interested.) It's too bad they couldn’t work Steve Carrell’s fake nose into the commercial somehow. »
- Greg Cwik
Empire reports the story follows soldiers fighting aliens called Taurans who are attacking human colonies.
Sent through wormholes for fights, the soldiers return to find decades or hundreds of years passed on Earth and societies and countries changed, having only been away for weeks.
Ridley Scott has long wanted to produce the project, which had been stuck in development hell at 20th Century Fox for years.
According to leaked emails, Sony Pictures is moving forward with a female version of "21 Jump Street" and the planned crossover film that would combine "21 Jump Street" with "Men in Black." Regarding the female version, the studio has hired Lucia Aniello and Paul Downs ("Broad City") to write the script. While casting decisions have yet to be made, it's possible that "Fifty Shades of Grey" star Dakota Johnson may play the lead role. The actress appeared in "21 Jump Street" as another undercover police officer. Regarding the crossover film, emails show that Jonah Hill is very excited about the idea. It's still not clear whether Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones would return or whether we'll get a new "Men in Black" movie with Hill and Channing Tatum. »
But many failed attempts later, Warner will now attempt to resuscitate the project, with Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher) attached to star and Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange) set to try his luck at scripting in what the studio is hoping could prove to be a new franchise.
- Scott J. Davis
X-Men: Apocalypse: Director Bryan Singer shared the first on-set photo of new X-Men: Apocalypse stars Lana Condor and Sophie Turner (TV's Game of Thrones). The two young actresses have been cast as mutant heroines Jubilee and Jean Grey, respectively, in the movie that is set in 1983 (which explains their outfits). It's scheduled for release on May 27, 2016. [Vulture] The Forever War: Channing Tatum is attached to star in The Forever War, an adaptation of Joe Haldeman's "phenomenal" science fiction novel, first published in 1974. The book "blends a sort of time travel with the emotional trauma war inflicts on soldiers," as our own Peter Hall noted back in 2012, when Ridley Scott was still trying to make the movie. Jon Spaihts...
- Peter Martin
This week saw a number of sad losses in the entertainment industry. The singers of both “Louie Louie” and “Stand by Me” passed away this week, as well as Oscar-nominated screenwriter Don Mankiewicz, who was nominated for I Want to Live! Mankiewicz was the son of Herman J. Mankiewicz (Citizen Kane) and the nephew of Joseph L. Mankiewicz (All About Eve), and the father of John Mankiewicz (House of Cards). He was 93.
But perhaps most shocking was the loss of cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, who died suddenly this week at just 59 years old. Lesnie won an Oscar for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, and he subsequently filmed all five of the remaining Lotr films and Peter Jackson’s King Kong and The Lovely Bones. Some of his more interesting credits are his work on Babe and Babe: Pig in the City. Lesnie’s last film however »
- Brian Welk
Bennett Miller has gone from showing us the dangers of mental illness to the power of toilet paper. Miller, who directed the Oscar nominated drama “Foxcatcher” starring Steve Carrell and Channing Tatum, directed a new series of ads for toilet paper manufacturer Quilted Northern. In the ads, Miller takes a cold, hard look at life in the bathroom from the perspective of three inanimate objects. In the first ad (see above), a toy alligator can’t help but remember each time someone comes into the bathroom. “Daddy Gator sees all and forgets nothing,” the narrator says. See Photos: Oscars 2015 Winners: 'Birdman, »
- Joe Otterson
While we wait to see if Channing Tatum really ends up starring in a spin-off of the forthcoming Ghostbusters reboot with Chris Pratt, the 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike star has become attached to another project, and this one has been gestating for awhile too. The Wrap reports Tatum is attached to lead a big screen adaptation of Joe Haldeman's classic sci-fi novel The Forever War, a project that was picked up by Ridley Scott a few years ago. However, the rights have lapsed, and that's put Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures in a bidding war to pick up the project that has a script from Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts. For those who don't know, the story follows a soldier who battles an enemy known as Taurans in deep space. As he rises in the military ranks and travels around the universe doing his job, he slows down the aging process. »
- Ethan Anderton
After earning an Oscar nomination for his work on the grim John E. du Pont biopic Foxcatcher, director Bennett Miller finds himself gravitating to softer material. So soft, in fact, that it offers three, silky layers of quilted comfort. Miller has directed a series of commercials for Quilted Northern toilet paper. But breathe easy, Channing Tatum fans. The new campaign, "Designed to be Forgotten," features no actual actors on camera. In each of the three spots, a male narrator introduces us to an inanimate object: a toy alligator, a rabbit figurine and a framed photo of "great-grandpa Thaddeus." Each of
- Seth Abramovitch
Kodi Smit-McPhee, who stars with Michael Fassbender and Ben Mendelsohn in John Maclean's wild Slow West took a stand on a lawless world, the love of his horse, how to live as a sinner, and his future as a superhero starring opposite Sophie Turner, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, Oscar Isaac, Channing Tatum, James McAvoy, and Fassbender again in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse.
Jay Cavendish (Smit-McPhee), a young man from Scotland, travels to the American West in search of the woman he loves. He does not know that Rose [Caren Pistorius] and her father [Rory McCann] are wanted for murder, with a high bounty on their heads. On his quest, Jay encounters an illustrious assortment of temporary travel companions. Fassbender's Silas first takes the boy under his wing and teaches him how it is safer to "travel with a killer, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Update: Warner Bros has won the bidding war for The Forever War according to Deadline. Channing Tatum is locked in to star but no further details have been revealed. There is a bidding war going on right now between Warner Bros and Sony for the rights to produce the big screen version of classic scifi novel The Forever War. Last we hear, The Forever War was being developed as a project for Ridley Scott. Since then, it has bounced around aimlessly. This latest version of the film comes »
- Alex Maidy
X-Men: Apocalypse: Director Bryan Singer shared the first on-set photo of new X-Men: Apocalypse stars Lana Condor and Sophie Turner (TV's Game of Thrones). The two young actresses have been cast as mutant heroines Jubilee and Jean Grey, respectively, in the movie that is set in 1983 (which explains their outfits). It's scheduled for release on May 27, 2016. [Vulture] The Forever War: Channing Tatum is attached to star in The Forever War, an adaptation of Joe...
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Scarlett Johansson continued her Avengers press tour with a stop at The Tonight Show on Thursday. The actress, who plays Black Widow in the Marvel movie, joined Jimmy Fallon for a round of Box of Lies, which has also been played by the likes of Channing Tatum, Jennifer Lawrence, and Emma Stone. Scarlett and Jimmy took turns trying to fake each other out while giving clues to crazy, random objects; upon seeing one of them, Scarlett is so confused that she asks, "Did Wiz Khalifa make this?" Watch the video above now, and check out more of Jimmy's best show moments here. »
There's something lovely about creating a movie franchise that seems dedicated to the sole purpose of making wicked fun of the entire idea of movie franchises, but then again, we should be getting used to Phil Lord and Chris Miller finding a fresh way into things. There's been coverage today about the new "Jump Street" all-female sequel, with Lucia Aniello and Paul Downs onboard to write that film. That's good new. I think "Broad City" is a terrifically-written comedy, and if them writing the movie means there's any chance we'll see either Abbi or Ilana in the "Jump Street" film, that would be awesome. They've been discussing the "Men In Black"/"Jump Street" crossover since at least mid-2014, and if they approach it with the same willingness to destroy the fourth wall as they did the first two films, I suspect they will find a lot to make fun of »
- Drew McWeeny
Though Ridley Scott has wanted to adapt Joe Haldeman’s classic hard sci-fi tome The Forever War for more than 30 years now, he’s had to sit and watch it frustratingly linger in limbo at 20th Century Fox. The rights have since gone back on the market and now lie with Channing Tatum’s Free Association production company. He’s aiming to produce and star in the eventual film, with Warner Bros. emerging triumphant after negotiation combat with Sony. Haldeman’s 1974 story follows a group of soldiers, but in particular William Mandella and his friend Marygay, conscripted into the military following an attack on human colonies by the alien Taurans. After gruelling training on Earth, he and his companions are sent through a wormhole-like phenomenon to fight - but the vast distances involved mean that each time they return to Earth, decades or centuries of local time have passed and society has massively changed, »
It would appear that Channing Tatum has added yet another project to his ever-growing upcoming slate, and it sounds as though plenty of studios want to join up with him for it. Tatum is now attached to star in an adaptation of author Joe Haldeman.s sci-fi novel The Forever War, and with development well under-way, both Warner Bros. and Sony are eagerly hoping to be in business with it. Tatum is now set to star in the could-be blockbuster, which is currently being scribed by Prometheus and Doctor Strange screenwriter Jon Spaihts. With this esteemed duo already involved it.s safe to say that The Forever War has got off to a pretty good start, and an A-list director is almost certainly going to join the pair on the project. However The Forever War.s reputation was already pretty stellar as it.s widely regarded as one of the »
Warner Bros. Pictures has won a fierce bidding war for the rights to a film adaptation of Joe Haldeman's classic 1974 sci-fi war novel "The Forever War". Warners reportedly beat out Sony and another unnamed studio for the project.
Channing Tatum is attached to star in the project which follows a young man conscripted into a military task force during a war against an alien species named the Taurans. Through many battles, the man rises up the ranks of the military.
However, traveling through space has time-warping effects which causes him to age normally while Earth spins centuries. The planet undergoes many changes, including humanity's melding into one homogenous race, the eliminating of heterosexuality and the speaking of a new language.
At the same time, he tries to remain connected to his true love, a fellow (and female) soldier who also uses space-time to slow down her aging so she can be with him. »
- Garth Franklin
The title “The Forever War” might was well refer to the process of getting the movie made. An adaptation of Joe Haldeman’s 1974 sci-fi novel has been in the works for many years, but now it finally seems to be taking a big step forward. A bidding war has broken out among major studios for […]
- Angie Han
Joe Haldeman’s acclaimed sci-fi novel The Forever War has stirred up a bidding, erm, war between Sony, Warner Bros. and an undisclosed third studio in a race to secure the rights to push ahead with a feature adaptation.
21 Jump Street star Channing Tatum is currently attached to the nascent project, which would see him star as William Mandela, “a young man assigned to a military task force in the war against the Taurans.” Similar to the likes of Edge of Tomorrow and other genre pieces, Haldeman’s novel witnesses humanity lock horns with an alien race in a battle that will seemingly rage in perpetuity – written in 1974, the scribe’s work was intended as an analogy for the Vietnam War. It proved to be an instant success, garnering praise from genre fans and being awarded with the Nebula, Locus and Hugo prizes.
The Forever War has flirted with the silver screen in the past, »
- Michael Briers
Channing Tatum has signed on to star in adaptation of Joe Haldeman's 1974 science fiction classic The Forever War from a script by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Doctor Strange, Passengers). THR reports that Sony, Warner Bros., and another undisclosed studio are currently locked in a bidding war for the project, which is expected to attract an A-list director and originate a franchise. Roy Lee who will produce alongside Tatum and his Free Association company. Haldeman's Hugo and Nebula winning book spawned two sequels, a comic book and a board game, and is considered one of the great works of science fiction. The story follows a young physics student, William Mandella, drafted as a soldier in the war against an alien species named the Taurans. As he rises up the ranks and travels through space, he remains the same age while his loved ones and home planet continue to age at a normal rate. »
- Haleigh Foutch
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