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'Furious 7', 'Jupiter Ascending', 'Paddington' & Many More in Today's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

17 December 2014 7:43 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I can't remember the last time I had eight major titles to report on in an MPAA ratings bulletin, but today is that day with the most notable being the PG-13 for Furious 7 and all its "prolonged frenetic sequences of violence, action and mayhem", another PG-13 for Jupiter Ascending and its "suggestive content and partial nudity" and a PG for Paddington, which appears to be taking a small page out of Ted's book with some "rude humor". There's also the PG-13 rating for the much buzzed about (and worthily so) Selma from Ava DuVernay. In addition to that we have A24's Cut Bank starring Liam Hemsworth and Teresa Palmer as well as their action thriller Son of a Gun starring Brenton Thwaites, Alicia Vikander and Ewan McGregor. Warner Bros. has a couple in the mix with Jaume Collet-Serra's reteaming with Liam Neeson after Non-Stop in yet another "aging hitman" movie, »

- Brad Brevet

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Jeff Nichols Might Be ‘Aquaman’ Director

15 December 2014 10:30 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Newly crowned King of the Seven Seas Jason Momoa may have some thoughts on whom he’d like to direct his movie, but it seems Warner Bros. has some others. The studio reportedly has Jeff Nichols lined up to helm Aquaman, due out in 2018. If true, that’d be quite a change of pace for Nichols, who […]

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- Angie Han

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'Mud' Director Jeff Nichols Revealed as Possible 'Aquaman' Director

15 December 2014 9:37 AM, PST | | See recent news »

There's so many tidbits of information hitting the web due to the leaked documents and e-mails from the hack of Sony Pictures that it's hard to keep track of it all. Well, over the weekend, one story finally got some traction after being online for a few days before that. While plenty of details are leaking concerning various projects at Sony Pictures, the hack is also creating some potential secrecy issues for other studios as discussions in the e-mails mentions unknown details about projects outside of Sony. The latest revelation is that Warner Bros. and DC Comics may have a director for Aquaman already, and it's not Zack Snyder. The Daily Beast has learned from an e-mail sent in October between Amy Pascal and Michael De Luca that Jeff Nichols may already be lined up to direct the DC Comics film bringing the aquatic superhero and Justice League member to »

- Ethan Anderton

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Jeff Nichols Set to Direct Aquaman?

15 December 2014 7:36 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

It sounds like Warner Bros. may have a director attached to Jason Momoa’s standalone Aquaman film that they plan on releasing in 2018. The character is most likely going to make his big screen debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Momoa previously stated that he would like to see Zack Snyder at the helm on Aquaman, but it seems like the studio has a different person in mind to take on the film's development.

According to the Daily Beast, WB may have hired Jeff Nichols to direct Aquaman. Honestly, if this is true, it is one of the best directing decisions that the studio has made for one of their superhero films. Nichols is an incredibly talented director who brought us the films Mud with Matthew McConaughey and Take Shelter with Michael Shannon. Both films were incredibly well made.

The guy is definitely a much more talented storyteller than Snyder is. »

- Joey Paur

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Aquaman Film Considering Mud Director Jeff Nichols

15 December 2014 3:10 AM, PST | | See recent Worst Previews news »

Warner Bros already confirmed that it's working on an "Aquaman" film, which will star Jason Momoa (Conan the Barbarian) and will hit theaters on July 27th, 2018. Now, thanks to the Sony Pictures hack, we know that Warner Bros already has a director in mind. And that director is Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter). This is from an October 21st email between Michael De Luca of Columbia Pictures and Amy Pascal of Sony Pictures. It's not clear whether negotiations with Nichols already started, but there's still plenty of time to find a director. Meanwhile, Momoa will first appear as Aquaman in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," and then return for two installments of "Justice League," which will hit theaters in 2017 and 2019. »

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Mud's Jeff Nichols reportedly in line to direct Aquaman

14 December 2014 4:45 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jeff Nichols is allegedly in line to helm the forthcoming Aquaman movie.

News of the Mud director's involvement was revealed in the recent Sony leaks, reports The Daily Beast.

An email sent on October 21 from co-president of production for Columbia Pictures Michael De Luca to Sony's co-chairman Amy Pascal earmarked Nichols as director on the film, which will premier in 2018.

Jason Momoa is contracted to play Aquaman in four Warner Bros films, he recently revealed.

The Game of Thrones actor is locked in for multiple appearances as the superhero in upcoming DC Comics adaptations as well.

A number of emails between Sony executives have recently been leaked in a large-scale hacking. One exchange saw actress Angelina Jolie being labelled a "minimally-talented spoiled brat" by Sony producer Scott Rudin. »

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Aquaman Might Consider This Incredible Indie Director

14 December 2014 3:23 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The Sony hacking scandal has unleashed a serious mess. But within that mess, started to gain some valuable information, especially in the world of comic book movies. The latest leak involves key info on superhero film, Aquaman and it claims that the director has been chosen. An email from within Sony Pictures Entertainment suggests that Warner Bros. and DC have recruited indie director Jeff Nichols to direct Aquaman. The Daily Beast reports that an email dated October 21 from Michael De Luca, co-president of production for Columbia Pictures to Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment revealed directors for upcoming superhero films including Nichols for Aquaman and plans for Phil Lord and Chris Miller for a The Amazing Spider-Man 3 film. There hasn.t been much information on the solo Aquaman film to date, but we did already know it was happening. And we know who will star in it. »

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Sony Hack Reveals 'Aquaman' Is Eyeing 'Mud' Director

14 December 2014 1:25 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The massive Sony hack has uncovered a dearth of information on that studio's upcoming films, but also a few projects that aren't even set up at Sony. The Daily Beast reports that an October 21 email from Michael De Luca to Amy Pascal reveals that Warner Bros. is eyeing director Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter) to make their Aquaman movie. The news has not been confirmed by the studio, and it isn't known if Warner Bros. has made an official offer to the filmmaker yet or not.

Aquaman will star Jason Momoa as the title character, who will be introduced in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The character will also be featured in the two-part adventure Justice League Part 1 and Justice League Part 2, which are set for release in 2017 and 2019 respectively. Jason Momoa revealed earlier this month that he wants Zack Snyder to direct Aquaman, but that likely won't »

- MovieWeb

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Sony Hack Reveals X-Men/Fantastic Four Crossover And Possible Aquaman Director

14 December 2014 10:01 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The Sony hack continues to reveal more golden nuggets of information today, as we’re now hearing of not only an X-Men/Fantastic Four crossover, but also a possible director for Aquaman. Of course, none of this is confirmed just yet, but The Daily Beast is reporting on quite a few tantalizing details.

First up is the X-Men/Fantastic Four crossover, which has been rumored for a long time now. According to an email from Sony’s Michael De Luca, Fox is “steering X-Men and Fantastic Four into an eventual team up film.” Again, we’ve heard about this before, so it’s not exactly surprising. In fact, it’s almost inevitable that the two properties will merge at some point. Still, this semi-confirmation does give more credence to the rumor, which is certainly an interesting one.

Next up is a little tidbit about a possible director for Warner Bros.’ Aquaman film. »

- Matt Joseph

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"Aquaman" Director, Destiny's Child Film Talk

14 December 2014 9:37 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Daily Beast has posted a report claiming that critically acclaimed "Take Shelter" and "Mud" helmer Jeff Nichols might direct the standalone "Aquaman" movie at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Jason Momoa is taking on the title role and will make his debut as the character in Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice". At present, the only three confirmed directors for films in Warners' proposed DC Cinematic Universe are Snyder, David Ayer for "Suicide Squad" and Michelle MacLaren for "Wonder Woman".

The site also claims they have information indicating that Beyonce Knowles' father wants to make a Destiny's Child biopic and was in early discussions regarding it around this time last year. They also suggest a feature film project is in development at Sony which Kanye West may produce. »

- Garth Franklin

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Jeff Nichols will reportedly direct Warner Bros.’ Aquaman movie

14 December 2014 6:22 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

As well as revealing plenty of details about the plans for the Spider-Man franchise [read about those here, here and here], the big Sony hack has also given us some insight into other studios’ superhero projects.

Following on from the news that Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo will helm the two-part Avengers: Infinity War, the latest details to emerge concern Warner Bros.’ 2018 Aquaman movie.

According to emails from Columbia’s Michael De Luca seen by The Daily Beast, Jeff Nichols is set to direct the Aquaman solo movie, which will see Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) taking on the role of the King of Atlantis following his debut appearance in next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Nichols’ prvious credits include Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter and Mud.

So far, aside from Zack Snyder, the only others director a so far attached to Warner Bros.’ DC slate are David Ayer (Fury »

- Gary Collinson

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Watch: First Trailer For Parkour Thriller ‘Tracers’ Starring Taylor Lautner

12 December 2014 5:16 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

“Twilight” star Robert Pattinson has totally reinvented his career by working with auteurs, and Kristen Stewart is on her way by following a similar path, but what about Taylor Lautner? Maybe “Tracers” is his shot? He previously tried to go the action leading-man route with "Abduction," and the results were fairly dismal. Regardless, this pulse-pounding thriller is about a New York City bike messenger (Lautner) who is seduced by the world of parkour, and this first trailer kinda makes it look like a cross between “Premium Rush” and “Brick Mansions." Perhaps what the film has going for it is that it’s backed by Film Nation, the production company that has worked with Steven Soderbergh, Terrence Malick (his two upcoming pictures), Pedro Almodóvar, Jeff Nichols, Sofia Coppola, J.C. Chandor and Anton Corbijn to name a few. So, they generally latch on to projects with some substance, though this logline is »

- Edward Davis

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Wild | Review #2

1 December 2014 11:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

A Prayer for the Wild at Heart: Vallee Continues Reinvention of Lost Souls

Arriving at the end of star Reese Witherspoon’s auteur binge is one of her most rewarding turns in years with Jean-Marc Vallee’s Wild, based on Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir. As Vallee’s follow-up to the crowd pleasing and hopelessly problematic The Dallas Buyers Club, this ‘based’ on a true story is a much safer bet as far as lack of exaggeration and blatant use of liberties taken to enhance the dramatic effectiveness (in other words, many of the characterizations here might actually be based on real people). Frank in its portrayals of both sexual content and drug situations of its protagonist without ever demonizing or labeling her predicament as anything more than a loss of control born out of abject grief and longing, it’s clearly a genuine portrayal of a woman undergoing »

- Nicholas Bell

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2015 Sundance Predictions: Which Film is the Next Whiplash?

19 November 2014 9:45 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen RiverWinter’s Bone, Blue ValentineMartha Marcy May MarleneBeasts of the Southern WildFruitvale Station and Whiplash is fairly consistent in terms of quality. Last year’s crop of sixteen have almost all had their theatrical releases with Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter being the last one out of the gates (pegged with an early 2015 release). Last week we individually looked at our top 80 Sundance Film Fest Predictions (you’ll find 30 other titles worth considering in our intro) and below, we’ve split the list into narrative and non-fiction film items and have both identified and color-coded our picks in an AtoZ cheat sheet. You’ll find 2015′s answer to Whiplash located somewhere in the stack below. Click on the individual titles below, for the film’s profile. »

- Eric Lavallee

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10 indie sci-fi films to look out for in 2015

17 November 2014 6:25 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Looking for some less mainstream sci-fi films in the year ahead? Then here's our list of 10 genre movies to look out for in 2015...

If you've been keeping an eye on next year's schedules, you'll probably already know about some of the major sci-fi films due for release in 2015. Ridley Scott will leave Matt Damon stranded on the red planet in The Martian. Colin Trevorrow will unleash a new breed of dinosaurs in Jurassic World. George Miller will be bringing us his belated Mad Max sequel Fury Road, Neill Blomkamp will show off his robot sci-fi comedy Chappie, and then, of course, there's Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

But what about the smaller genre films, the ones that don't have the marketing budget of, say, Disney's Tomorrowland, or the brand recognition of Star Wars? Those are the kinds of films we're focusing on here: the lower budget, »

- ryanlambie

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Shannon, Weisz lead Joshua Marston drama

5 November 2014 2:01 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Parts & Labor-produced English-language drama sold by Protagonist.

Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon are to star in Maria Full of Grace director Joshua Marston’s first English-language feature, which has come together ahead of the Afm where it is likely to be among the hottest indie packages.

New York production outfit Parts & Labor (Beginners, Love is Strange) will produce the as-yet untitled feature, also written by Marston, with Protagonist handling international sales.

Weisz will play Alice, the intriguing guest introduced at a dinner party hosted by Tom (Shannon) and his wife, celebrating his birthday.

Tom increasingly believes he knows Alice but by a different name and a different biography, and suspects that she’s not there entirely by coincidence.

The evening spins into a highly-charged reunion between a man in need of making a change in his life and a woman who desperately wants to stop changing.

Parts & Labor’s Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy are producing »

- (Andreas Wiseman)

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The Hysterical Difference Between Matthew McConaughey And Reese Witherspoon

24 October 2014 9:18 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Reese Witherspoon has revealed that she and Matthew McConaughey had hugely different lifestyles while filming 2012.s gritty Southern drama, Mud. And, to be honest, it sounds as if McConaughey.s diet and surroundings were both a lot healthier and less depressing than hers. According to Yahoo Movies, Witherspoon made her remarks at a tribute to the Oscar-winning 44-year-old actor that was conducted by American Cinematheque at the Beverly Hills Hilton earlier this week. She was joined by a cavalcade of other Hollywood actresses, each of whom regaled the crowd with a variety of stories that revolved around Matthew McConaughey.s peculiar, yet loveable, antics. But it was Witherspoon.s comments about shooting Mud that proved just how relaxed Matthew McConaughey can be when it comes to his roles. Reese Witherspoon explained that while filming the well received, Jeff Nichols-directed Mud, she had to stay in a motel that was »

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58th BFI London Film Festival – Second Coming (2014)

19 October 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Second Coming, 2014.

Directed by Debbie Tucker Green.

Starring Idris ElbaNadine Marshall and Alex Lanipekun.


A London woman is slowly driven mad by suddenly and inexplicably becoming pregnant.

Naming your film after a poorly received Stone Roses album could be a creative risk, but when your protagonist, Jax (Nadine Marshall), suddenly becomes pregnant without conception, you might just be justified. Her story is that of cramped kitchens and overcast council estates, all seen through the slightly shaky camera of British realism. Grounding such a fantastical premise (divine conception) in this gritty tradition gives the film a poetic aesthetic. Unforuntaely, though, the lengthy opening segment is a bit too realistic…i.e. mundane.

Luckily, surprise Idris Elba (Prometheus, Luther) is a wonderful thing. He can pop up anywhere. Be it in Sky TV commercials, DJ spots at swanky Shoreditch parties or in independent British cinema by first-time female directors, the man is immune to overexposure. »

- Oliver Davis

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Joel Edgerton Talks Thriller ‘Felony,’ ‘Exodus,’ Trials of Shooting ‘Jane Got a Gun’

18 October 2014 9:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If Joel Edgerton has one piece of advice to aspiring actors, it’s this: always be sure to check your inbox.

“I found an email the other day from my old agent in London, that I’d just sort of discarded because I was too busy at the time,” Edgerton recalls on a recent afternoon in New York, looking a tad professorial in full-rimmed glasses and beard. “It was this screenplay for a film by a first-time filmmaker that, if I was interested, I should consider auditioning for.” As it turned out, the filmmaker was Steve McQueen and the movie was “Hunger.”

Well, you win some and you lose some in this business, and lately Edgerton has been chalking up the wins. After back-to-back breakout performances in the Oscar-nominated “Animal Kingdom” (2010) and “Warrior” (2011), the 40-year-old Australian actor and screenwriter has been working nonstop in Hollywood, from his Navy Seal commander »

- Scott Foundas

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Indepdendence Day 2 Release Date Moved Up a Week; Hitman: Agent 47 Moved to Summer 2015; Paddington Pushed to January

14 October 2014 3:40 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

We’ve got a few release date stories to attend to this evening.  Briefly: The Independence Day 2 release date has been moved up a week, from July 1, 2016 to June 24, 2016. Fox’s Hitman: Agent 47 is being moved from February 2015 to August 28, 2015. The untitled Christmas comedy starring Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been moved up from December to November 25, 2015. The Weinstein Company’s family film Paddington is being pushed from this Christmas to January 16, 2015. More on these films and their new dates after the jump. Director Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day sequel now moves away from Warner Bros.Tarzan and Steven Spielberg’s The Bfg on its title appropriate weekend, as it will now square off directly against The Mummy reboot on June 24, 2016.  Cast has yet to be announced, but we do know that Will Smith will not be back. Fox’s video game adaptation Hitman: Agent 47 starring Rupert Friend »

- Adam Chitwood

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