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Portlandia’s Fred Armisen joins Zoolander 2

23 April 2015 12:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The cast of Paramount Pictures’ comedy sequel Zoolander 2 has added another name, with the news that Portlandia and Saturday Night Live star Fred Armisen has signed on to the film.

The sequel, which stars Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, shoots in Rome for three months in and around Cinecittà Studios. Stiller is directing and co-wrote the script with Justin Theroux (Tropic Thunder).

Stiller recently confirmed that Penelope Cruz will be playing a major role in the film, while Stiller’s wife Christine Taylor and Billy Zane are also set to return, as is Will Ferrell as the evil Mugatu, although Ferrell’s appearance is rumoured to be only a cameo. Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) also joins the cast, as well as further rumoured cameos from model Cara Delevingne (Paper Towns) and Oscar nominee Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street).

Zoolander 2 opens on February 12th, 2016.

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- Scott J. Davis

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New Details On The Coens' "Hail Caesar"

22 April 2015 9:02 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Some new details have emerged regarding the Coen brothers' upcoming new film "Hail, Caesar!". Composer Carter Burwell and sound mixer Skip Lievsay, frequent collaborators with the Coens, appeared at a Tribeca Film Festival master class this week where they briefly touched upon the new film.

George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill star in the film which deals with a day in the life of a fixer who worked for the Hollywood studios in the 1950s. Burwell tells THR:

"It's a musical comedy that takes place on a Hollywood backlot, so you pass through all these pictures that are in production there... [actually] I wouldn't actually call it a 'musical comedy' - there are movies within the movie, and those movies might have comedic music, but the movie we're making is actually not comical.

I haven't written the music yet, but I'm quite »

- Garth Franklin

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Clint Eastwood says he didn't threaten to kill Michael Moore

22 April 2015 4:11 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Las Vegas - Clint Eastwood took center stage at CinemaCon on Wednesday during a lunch and Q&A reflecting on his career.  The 84-year-old legend was on hand to receive an award from Fandango for "American Sniper," his biggest hit to date. "Sniper," the story of U.S. sniper and Iraq veteran Chris Kyle, found surprising support from both sides of the political aisle. There were some outspoken dissenters, however, and during a conversation with THR's Stephen Galloway, Eastwood volunteered to clear up one particularly nasty rumor that had made the rounds regarding fellow Oscar winner Michael Moore. In January, Moore made a number of comments about how he views snipers as "cowards."  These are opinions based on the fact his own Uncle had been killed by one during Ww II.  As you'd expect, the conservative media did not take these statements lightly and it created something of a firestorm »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Clint Eastwood Feted, Says He Is Not Doing The Richard Jewell Movie And Has Choice Words For Michael Moore – CinemaCon

22 April 2015 3:23 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Clint Eastwood made it official today at CinemaCon. He confirmed he won’t be doing the film on Richard Jewell starring Jonah Hill for Fox that was said to be his follow up project to American Sniper. He indicated there were discussions but it isn’t happening for him. When Deadline’s Mike Fleming originally broke an exclusive March 31 about these discussions he correctly warned it could be complicated particularly since Eastwood has been loyal to Warner Bros for so… »

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'Lego Movie' directors creating animated 'Spider-Man' film

22 April 2015 11:22 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sony has set The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to take Spider-Man back to his graphic roots and has set a release date of July 20, 2018.

Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group’s new chairman Tom Rothman told CinemaCon attendees in Las Vegas that the film would exist independently of the ongoing live-action franchise.

Lord and Miller, who also directed Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street, are writing a treatment and will produce alongside Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal.

As previously announced, Spider-Man will next appear in a live-action Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (McU), while the next stand-alone Spidey film is set for July 28 2017.

At a separate CinemaCon event Clint Eastwood said he was not involved as previously thought on the film about Atlanta Olympics security guard hero Richard Jewell to star Jonah Hill.  

Disney screened its upcoming Pixar release and out-of-competition Cannes world premiere »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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CinemaCon: 'Lego Movie' directors creating animated 'Spider-Man' film

22 April 2015 11:22 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sony has set The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to take Spider-Man back to his graphic roots and has set a release date of July 20, 2018.

Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group’s new chairman Tom Rothman told CinemaCon attendees in Las Vegas that the film would exist independently of the ongoing live-action franchise.

Lord and Miller, who also directed Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street, are writing a treatment and will produce alongside Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal.

As previously announced, Spider-Man will next appear in a live-action Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (McU), while the next stand-alone Spidey film is set for July 28 2017.

At a separate CinemaCon event Clint Eastwood said he was not involved as previously thought on the film about Atlanta Olympics security guard hero Richard Jewell to star Jonah Hill.  

Disney screened its upcoming Pixar release and out-of-competition Cannes world premiere »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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CinemaCon: Sony plans animated 'Spider-Man'

22 April 2015 11:22 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The studio has set The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to take the webslinger back to his graphic roots and planted a pole in July 20, 2018.

Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group’s new chairman Tom Rothman told CinemaCon attendees in Las Vegas that the film would exist independently of the ongoing live-action franchise.

Lord and Miller, who also directed Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street, are writing a treatment and will produce alongside Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal.

As previously announced, Spider-Man will next appear in a live-action Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (McU), while the next stand-alone Spidey film is set for July 28 2017.

At a separate CinemaCon event Clint Eastwood said he was not involved as previously thought on the film about Atlanta Olympics security guard hero Richard Jewell to star Jonah Hill.  

Disney screened its upcoming Pixar release and out-of-competition Cannes world premiere »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Coen Brothers Drama Hail, Caesar! Described As “Rather Serious” Despite Musical Comedy Traits

22 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

During his appearance at the Tribeca Film Festival, composer Carter Burwell – who has a longstanding working partnership with Joel and Ethan Coen – has shared a handful of new details for the siblings’ latest picture, Hollywood drama Hail, Caesar!

Specifically, Burwell discussed the tone of the upcoming movie and how it is “rather serious” despite being described as a musical comedy hitherto. First picked up by The Hollywood Reporter, here’s what the composer had to say on the matter.

“It’s a musical comedy that takes place on a Hollywood backlot, so you pass through all these pictures that are in production there. I wouldn’t actually call it a ‘musical comedy’ — there are movies within the movie, and those movies might have comedic music, but the movie we’re making is actually not comical,” he elaborated. “I haven’t written the music yet, but I’m quite certain it »

- Michael Briers

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Coen Brothers' 'Hail, Caesar!' Will Have "Musical Comedy" Elements, But Is Actually "Rather Serious"

22 April 2015 6:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If you thought you had the Coen Brothers' upcoming "Hail, Caesar!" all figured out, guess again. What we've known so far is that the movie features a star-studded ensemble — Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill — and is set across a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix. Supporting player Alex Karpovsky recently described the movie as "wacky and zany," comparing it to the Coens' undersung "The Hudsucker Proxy." Or is it? The Coens' composer, Carter Burwell, appeared at the Tribeca Film Festival for the "Dolby Institute: The Sound of the Coens" masterclass and shared some intriguing details about the movie, painting a far more complex portrait of the film the siblings are putting together. Read More: The Films Of The Coen Brothers: A Retrospective "It's a musical comedy that takes. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Felicity Jones Talks True Story and Joining the Star Wars Franchise

21 April 2015 8:20 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Jonah Hill leads True Story as Michael Finkel, a disgraced New York Times reporter who can’t score a new job after he’s caught massaging story details. Soon after heading home to his wife Jill (Felicity Jones) in Montana, Mike gets word that accused killer Christian Longo (James Franco) is using his identity. Rather than steer clear of the supposed murderer, Mike suspects that writing a book about Christian could help him get his career back on track. Jill knows something isn’t quite right, but even she becomes intoxicated by Christian and his story. With the film now playing in theaters, I recently got the opportunity to sit down with Jones to discuss how she approached bringing this true story to screen. We talked about her meetings with the real Jill, her experience working with Hill, Franco and director Rupert Goold and how the set itself reflects Jill »

- Perri Nemiroff

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True Story Review

21 April 2015 6:48 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Ripped from the headlines, it is not as good as “Capote,” but close enough.Debut feature director Rupert Goold pulled one out of the hat with this amazingly entertaining dual of wits, and lies, between two men who are world class in the art of deception. At the heart of the film is the weakness of the human soul when it comes to sorting out right from wrong and success from failure. As the semi-honest reporter Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) matches wits with sociopath Christian Longo (James Franco) the audience is at wits end to decide who is the bearer of […] »

- Ron Wilkinson

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Video: Billy Zane Is In "Zoolander 2"

20 April 2015 11:49 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Ben Stiller just shared a new video from the set of the upcoming "Zoolander" sequel revealing a new casting addition - Billy Zane. Zane cameoed as himself in the first film, there's no word on if he's playing a different character here, though the video suggests that might not be out of the question.

A twelve-week shoot is slated to take place in and around the famed Cinecitta Studios in Rome shortly ahead of an early 2016 release. Stiller is directing the project and also stars with Owen Wilson, Penelope Cruz, Will Ferrell, Christine Taylor, Cyrus Arnold, Jonah Hill, Cara Delevingne, Kanye West and more.

Hansel has some #Zoolander2 news about @billyzane

A video posted by Ben Stiller (@benstiller) on Apr 20, 2015 at 6:56am Pdt

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- Garth Franklin

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Furious 7 Crosses $1 Billion at Box Office

20 April 2015 5:03 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Several new wide releases couldn't knock "Furious 7" from the top spot at the domestic box office. The seventh installment in the lucrative franchise grossed another $29 million to bring domestic total to $294 million and worldwide total to $1.15 billion. It is now the seventh highest-grossing film of all time. Kevin James' "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" had to settle for second place during its opening weekend. The comedy earned $24 million, which is less than the $31.8 million earned by the first installment in 2009. The sequel cost $30 million to make, which means that it will easily become profitable, but currently has a disastrous 0% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. Taking third place was the microbudget horror thriller "Unfriended," which grossed $16 million on a budget of only $1 million. It has a 64% fresh rating. Meanwhile, "True Story" drama, starring James Franco and Jonah Hill, was released in 831 theaters, but was only able to gross $1.9 million. It has a 49% fresh rating. »

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Film Review: ‘True Story’ Just Leaves a False Impression

19 April 2015 1:06 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Sometimes, just casting a film with “names” is not enough to make it work. Jonah Hill and James Franco play cat-and-mouse for 100 minutes in “True Story,” but the narrative, the structure and their own inability to communicate their characters conspired against the overall experience.

Rating: 2.5/5.0

The problem is the foregone conclusion, that scene after scene in the film just keeps setting up. There is no meat to this insidious based-on-truth story as it unfolds, and it devolves into a series of confrontations between characters that just become more convenient – as far as revealing the secrets of a criminal mind – and culminating in a trial that seemed already adjudicated, given the events leading up to it. Jonah Hill and James Franco are both miscast in their respective lead roles, lacking the necessary presence to portray a journalist and a smooth felon, and just made the weak screenplay adaption that much more annoying. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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‘Ex Machina’ Again Leads Specialty Box Office As ‘Félix And Meira’ Opens Solidly

19 April 2015 11:27 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Québécois romantic drama Félix And Meira had this weekend’s biggest debut among specialty films on a per-screen average , but it was A24’s sci-fi thriller Ex Machina that continued to dazzle in its second weekend, easily topping all titles. Meanwhile, Fox Searchlight’s True Story, starring James Franco and Jonah Hill, opened in 831 theaters and grossed almost $2M. Thriller Beyond The Reach, starring Michael Douglas, opened poorly in 28 theaters, grossing $28,802 for a… »

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Box Office: 'Furious 7' Fastest to $1 Billion, Threepeats as #1 Over 'Paul Blart 2' & 'Unfriended'

19 April 2015 8:45 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Another weekend for Furious 7 on top and it just might be four in a row with a lackluster lineup next weekend before Avengers: Age of Ultron officially kicks off the summer season on May 1. With $29 million this weekend, Furious 7 is up to $294.4 million domestically ($1.15 billion globally) as it already became the fastest film to cross $1 billion worldwide on Friday this past week. It's also Universal's first film to ever cross $1 billion during its initial release (Jurassic Park achieved that mark in 2013 during its 3-D re-release) and it took only 17 days to do it, besting the likes of The Avengers, Avatar and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, all of which took 19 days to join the billion dollar club. The studio was also sure to share several other milestones the film has crossed such as: Second-biggest worldwide opening of all time ($397.2 million) behind only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. »

- Brad Brevet

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Box Office: ‘Furious 7′ Outruns ‘Paul Blart 2,’ ‘Unfriended’

19 April 2015 7:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Furious 7″ ran laps around the competition, picking up $29.1 million in its third weekend of release, according to studio estimates.

The fast cars sequel withe the gravity-defying stunts is barreling toward the $300 million mark Stateside, having already hurtled past the $1 billion mark globally. Domestically, “Furious 7″ has earned $294.4 million.

“This is how you build a record year,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “These are summer-style numbers in April.”

Despite “Furious 7’s” continued dominance, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2″ did better than expected, pulling in a solid $24 million across 3,633 locations. It had been projected to fall short of the $20 million barrier.

It’s good news for Sony Pictures, which had a painful chapter from its recent history dredged up this week when Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks published an archive of emails and documents that were stolen by hacker group Guardians of Peace. However, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 »

- Brent Lang

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Movie Review – True Story (2015)

18 April 2015 3:41 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

True Story, 2015.

Directed by Rupert Goold.

Starring James Franco, Jonah Hill, Felicity Jones, and Ethan Suplee.

Synopsis:

When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel meets accused killer Christian Longo – who has taken on Finkel’s identity – his investigation morphs into a game of cat-and-mouse.

For better or worse True Story is a subversive thriller that is more interested on dragging out answers rather than giving explanations. The film is about a disgraced New York Times journalist that develops an unhealthy obsession with a convicted child murder, and whether or not he may be innocent. Once again, True Story doesn’t necessarily explore motives in-depth, so when you finally get the answer it doesn’t come across as satisfying, and ultimately that is the biggest problem with an otherwise completely gripping and riveting bizarre account of real-life. You are left wanting more, which is sometimes a good thing, but in »

- Robert Kojder

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Felicity Jones on True Story, Star Wars, and Oscar Season

17 April 2015 1:13 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

In the new, fact-based movie True Story, Jonah Hill plays Michael Finkel, a disgraced New York Times journalist who gets a second shot at the big time when he learns his identity was stolen by accused murderer Christian Longo (James Franco), who posed as Finkel while on the run from authorities. When Longo says he'll explain himself only to the man he impersonated, Finkel soon becomes obsessed with investigating Longo's case, and it falls to Finkel's skeptical girlfriend Jill (Felicity Jones) to intercede and pull him back from the brink. For Jones, True Story is her first role since her Oscar-nominated breakthrough in The Theory of Everything, but there are even bigger parts to come: Jones recently signed on for the Star Wars spinoff Rogue One and will star opposite Tom Hanks in the Dan Brown adaptation Inferno. A few weeks ago, she called up Vulture to talk about how »

- Kyle Buchanan

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James Franco Seduces Jonah Hill in 'True Story': How They Did It (Video)

17 April 2015 12:30 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The weird, fascinating cat-and-mouse between disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) and accused murderer Christian Longo (James Franco) begins immediately during their first encounter in "True Story." Director Rupert Goold ("The Hollow Crown" mini-series) and editor Chris Tellefsen ("Moneyball") discuss the first scene in which Finkel meets Longo in the Oregon county jail. "I suppose there's an element of a Rorschach test where you see your own face and there's a self-conscious attempt in the film to dial back on Longo's context such as it was because I think it remains mysterious even to this day," Goold explained. "In some ways, the space between them is a psychological space rather than a real space. It's an encounter with the self and, without casting dispersion, it is true of some journalism and other writing and filmmaking as well -- however much one draws out of the »

- Bill Desowitz

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