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Just weeks after Birdman won Best Picture at the 87th Academy Awards, the would-be contenders for next year’s Oscars are taking shape, with David O. Russell’s Joy and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant both set for Christmas, and Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea opening earlier that month. Now, Les Miserables director Tom Hooper and current Best Actor Eddie Redmayne (for The Theory of Everything) have thrown their hats in the ring, with Focus Features and Working Title announcing today that biopic The Danish Girl will open over Thanksgiving weekend.
November 27th is the same corridor used by The Weinstein Company to launch eventual Best Picture winner The King’s Speech (also by Hooper) and this past season’s The Imitation Game, so it’s a rather savvy move for Focus and Working Title (which led Redmayne to gold for Theory) to get to the slot first. »
- Isaac Feldberg
If there was any lingering doubt about the Telluride Film Festival's place in the annual film awards season, this year's Oscars outcome ought to finally settle them. With its victory Sunday night, "Birdman" became the sixth Best Picture winner in seven years to screen at the Labor Day Colorado event. The festival's press profile increased more and more in the wake of big early bows of films like "Brokeback Mountain," "Capote" and "Juno." "Slumdog Millionaire" really lit the fuse in 2008 and with it, films like "The King's Speech," "Argo" and "12 Years a Slave" have begun their journeys there "unofficially" before "official" world premieres at the Toronto Film Festival, while others like "The Artist" and "Birdman" made it priority to stop there on the way to awards season releases. Other major awards season players that have played the festival as of late include "Up in the Air," "Black Swan," "127 Hours," "The Descendants, »
- Kristopher Tapley
The Batman v Superman director shared the photo on Twitter with the caption: "There is only one true King. #unitetheseven"
There is only one true King. #unitetheseven pic.twitter.com/RDFG8jbuI6
— ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) February 20, 2015
Momoa is expected to debut Aquaman in Snyder's Batman v Superman movie before going solo in summer 2018.
The actor, who is known for his role as Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones, has been contracted to play the DC superhero in four Warner Bros films.
Producer Christine Vachon, actors Ryan Gosling, Sally Field, Amy Schumer and Michael Shannon, director Jeff Nichols and musician Henry Rollins have been added to the lineup at the 2015 South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival, SXSW organizers announced on Tuesday. Vachon will serve as the fourth keynote speaker at SXSW, joining Ava DuVernay, Mark Duplass and RZA. The producer, whose films include “Still Alice,” “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Far From Heaven,” “I’m Not There” and the HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce,” will deliver her keynote address on Tuesday, March 17. Also read: Swxs Film Festival Lineup Includes Ryan Gosling’s ‘Lost River, »
- Steve Pond
The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival revealed its fourth keynote, producer Christine Vachon, along with a starry conference lineup including talks with Ryan Gosling (whose directorial debut "Lost River" plays the fest), Sally Field, Amy Schumer (whose "Trainwreck" has a work-in-progress premiere), Jeff Nichols and Michael Shannon, Henry Rollins and more Convergence sessions. Now in its 22nd year, SXSW Film kicks off on Friday, March 13, 2015 with the world premiere of Russell Brand doc "Brand: A Second Coming" and runs through Saturday, March 21 in Austin, Texas. Read More: SXSW 2015 Unveils Feature Film Lineup The schedule, complete with both screening and conference dates and times is now available at schedule.sxsw.com. Now in its 22nd year, SXSW pulled from a record 7,335 submissions to showcase 145 features including 60 filmmaking debuts, 100 world premieres, 13 North American premieres and 11 Us film premieres. Head »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Organisers announced the entire festival and conference line-up on Tuesday (February 17) ahead of the event, set to run in Austin, Texas, from March 13-22.
Programming includes the Conversations series with Ryan Gosling, Sally Field and Amy Schumer from the upcoming summer release Trainwreck, as well as Jeff Nichols and collaborator Michael Shannon and Henry Rollins.
All in all 150 features will screen, of which 102 are world premieres, 14 are North American premieres and 11 are Us premieres.
SXSW programmers culled the 256 films including 106 shorts from close to 7,500 submissions, marking a festival record.
Conference subjects, panels and discussions will cover such areas as virtual reality, the future of film criticism and Us-European co-production and funding opportunities »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
What happens when you put Ryan Gosling and Guillermo del Toro together for an hour? You'll find out at the SXSW Film Festival next month. Organizers have just announced the Conference Lineup, and easily the highlight is the aforementioned actor and director sitting down for a talk about Gosling's "Lost River." Even after the film's poor reception at Cannes last spring, it'll be interesting to hear Gosling's take, as well as del Toro's thoughts on the movie. Elsewhere, veteran producer Christine Vachon ("Still Alice," "Boys Don't Cry," numerous films with Todd Haynes) will deliver a keynote speech, pals Michael Shannon and Jeff Nichols will give a chat (and maybe show off some of "Midnight Special"?), and Amy Schumer will stop by with her "Trainwreck" set to debut at the fest. Check out all the details in the press release below. SXSW runs from March 13th to 21st. ---------- Austin, Texas – February 17, 2015 – The South. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The SXSW Film Conference and Festival, running this year from March 13 through 21, has added a few films and a whole lot of conference sessions to its previous lineup announcements (features, Midnighters and shorts). The great independent producer Christine Vachon joins Ava DuVernay, Mark Duplass and RZA on the roster of keynote speakers. There'll be conversations with Ryan Gosling, Sally Field, Amy Schumer, Henry Rollins and Jeff Nichols and Michael Shannon. All in all, the Conference will sport more than 240 sessions and the schedule's up now. » - David Hudson »
The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival has revealed its fourth keynote speaker, producer Christine Vachon, as well as the complex conference lineup for this year's fest, including Conversations with Ryan Gosling, Sally Field, Amy Schumer, Jeff Nichols & Michael Shannon, Henry Rollins and more Convergence sessions. From the release: Christine Vachon Keynote Christine Vachon is an Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award winner who founded indie powerhouse Killer Films with partner Pamela Koffler in 1995. Over the past twenty years, the two have produced some of the most celebrated American indie features including "Boys Don't Cry" (Academy Award Winner), "Far From Heaven" (nominated for 4 Academy Awards), "One Hour Photo," "I'm Not There," "Hedwig And The Angry Inch," "Happiness," "Velvet Goldmine" and "Safe." In television, Vachon executive produced "Mildred Pierce" for HBO »
- Casey Cipriani
Because Hollywood never met a dead franchise it couldn’t resuscitate, this year will see the arrival of a new Rocky spinoff, titled Creed. Warner Bros. just announced that it has set the pic for the already-crowded Thanksgiving weekend, where it will duke it out with Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, Ridley Scott’s sci-fi The Martian, Mud director Jeff Nichols’ sci-fi Midnight Special, and an untitled Christmas comedy from 50/50 collaborators Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Michael B. Jordan (The Fantastic Four) stars as the grandson of Apollo Creed, that fearsome fighter with whom Sylvester Stallone’s beloved Rocky did battle in the original series. Stallone will co-star alongside Dear White People breakout Tessa Thompson, but the most exciting aspect of this otherwise dubious proposition is that it will reteam Jordan with his Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler (pictured above). Based on the merits of their last partnership, this may »
- Isaac Feldberg
Warner Bros has been shuffling its release dates around, with one film going back five months, and another having its debut confirmed.
The one that's been delayed is Point Break. The already controversial remake (mainly because it's a remake that at this stage, few people seem to like the idea of) was originally set for release on July 31st 2015, but Warner Bros has now pushed it back to December 25th 2015 in the Us. We'd imagine that Warner Bros in the UK will follow suit, and go for a December release as well.
No official reason has been given for moving the Ericson Core-directed remake back, but we can hazard a guess. Last week, Paramount moved Mission: Impossible 5 forward from December to a July 31st release date. Warner Bros, we'd wager, »
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Justice League, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Constantine, Batman vs. Robin, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Agent Carter, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Black Cat, Powers and more…
We’ll kick things off this week with Warner Bros.’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which gave us a new shot (well, new angle) of Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight thanks to an image of Batman alongside the previously released promo shots of Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel and Gal Gadot’s Amazon Princess, as well as some promotional artwork of the World’s Finest squaring off, »
- Gary Collinson
With the launch of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice still over a year away, Warner Bros. is continuing with preparations for the rest of the films they have announced for their DC Cinematic Universe.
One of those announced and already in pre-production is Aquaman, the aquatic hero who can talk to fish, starring Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones), who is reported to have signed a four-picture deal with WB. The solo film is set for a 2018 release, and the cogs are moving quickly on the project.
Rumours abound that there are two scripts in the mix for the film, both of which are are big budget adventures, putting the Aquaman film into a huge, expansive adventure. All of that will of course follow Momoa’s appearance in Dawn of Justice next year, alongside Ben Affleck’s Caped Crusader, Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, »
- Scott J. Davis
Zack Snyder built the foundation for the DC Cinematic Universe with 2013’s Man of Steel, and will be at the helm of another three big installments as well: Next year’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League Part 1 in 2017, and Justice League Part 2 in 2019. As if that weren’t enough to suggest that the director holds a lot of the power about how the Dccu shapes up, we’re now hearing that he may have been responsible for getting another filmmaker’s foot in the door as well.
According to Latino-Review, 300: Rise of an Empire helmer Noam Murro is “on the list” of contenders to helm the upcoming Aquaman film – a list that also includes the previously-rumored Mud director Jeff Nichols. Murro closely emulated the trademark style that Snyder utilized in the first 300 film, so one has to wonder if he’d do the same for Aquaman if given the chance. »
- James Garcia
Warner Bros is certainly planning ahead when it comes to its DC movie universe, as by the sounds of it, it's slowly moving people into place for its 2018 Aquaman movie.
We already know that Jason Momoa is set to take the title role in the film (and may well also debut the character in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice next year). But it's now being reported that Warner Bros has a pair of potential directors in mind too.
Sheridan will play a younger version of Scott Summers, a.k.a. Cyclops, Turner will play the telepath Jean Grey, and Shipp will play Storm, who can control the weather.
See photos: 13 Hollywood Lgbt Stars Who Play Superheroes or Villains (Photos)
- Linda Ge
He’s part of Warners and DC’s big push to get the Justice League and others on to screens to start competing with Marvel, and from the sounds of new rumours, Aquaman will be a big event for the studio. Warners is reportedly hoping to score Karl Urban’s services in an unspecified role, though one that could see him going up against Jason Momoa’s hero.The new information comes from Latino Review’s sources, which means that it has to stay in the rumour decompression chamber for now, despite the site’s increasing reputation for superhero scoops. We already know that both Gangster Squad’s Will Beall and 300: Rise Of An Empire’s Kurt Johnstad have been working on different script concepts and now there’s another link to the latter film, with its director Noam Murro joining Mud's Jeff Nichols on the list of potential megaphone folk. »
The aftermath of the massive Sony hack not only revealed inside information about several of the studio's projects, but even a few that were being put together elsewhere. Last month, leaked documents revealed that Warner Bros. is eyeing Jeff Nichols (Mud) to direct their Aquaman movie, which has Jason Momoa attached to star. Today, a new report from Latino Review reveals that Jeff Nichols is still in the running to direct, but now Noam Murro (300: Rise of an Empire) has emerged as another directorial candidate, with Warner Bros. also eyeing Karl Urban for a supporting role that may be the villain.
Warner Bros. is reportedly waiting for Karl Urban to start and finish production on Star Trek 3 sometime this year, so they can lock him in to join the cast of Aquaman. The studio has set a July 27, 2018 release date for Aquaman, but it isn't known when they may actually start production. »
Latino Review broke the news and also says that "The Lord of the Rings" and "Star Trek" star Karl Urban is being sought for a supporting role in the film which may be the villain (Ocean Master maybe?).
Jason Momoa will play the title character in the film. Momoa will make an appearance as the character in next year's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" ahead of this solo film due for release in July 2018. Momoa apparently has a four-picture deal to play Aquaman, the other two films of the deal being the two-part "Justice League" movie
- Garth Franklin
As the director of Man of Steel as well as the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League movies, Zack Snyder clearly has quite a bit of sway when it comes to the growing DC Cinematic Universe at Warner Bros. So far this clout has led him to direct some huge blockbusters, but it seems it may also be opening the door for his friends. Hence, Noam Murro - the director of 300: Rise of an Empire - is now rumored to be eyed for the helm of Aquaman. This story comes to us from the folks over at Latino-Review, who also add that Take Shelter director Jeff Nichols is still in the Aquaman race as well - as we reported last month. While this rumor - like any other - should be taken with a grain of salt, apparently Noam Murro is on the list because »
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