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Back in April, The New Mutants director and co-writer Josh Boone revealed that he had turned in a second draft of the script that he had written with Knate Lee. It was later confirmed that the movie would be set in the 1990s, likely following the precedent set by the X-Men prequel trilogy that concluded this summer with the 1980s-set X-Men: Apocalypse. Today we have word that the project has brought on the writing team of Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber.
The Hollywood Reporter has the news, which reunites the writers with director Josh Boone, who they worked with on the 2014 young adult hit movie The Fault In Our Stars. The new writers coming aboard actually makes perfect sense, since producer Simon Kinberg revealed in May that New Mutants has "more of a Ya vibe to it." Along with The Fault In Our Stars, this duo also wrote the »
In Ernest Cline‘s “Ready Player One,” there are several references to director Steven Spielberg‘s body of work, including many of the famous films he produced in the 1980s. In one part of the book, for example, Wade Watts/Parzival (Tye Sheridan) is driving a DeLorean in the Oasis — which is one reference Spielberg intends on keeping […]
- Jack Giroux
Aug 17, 2016
We always figured one day that if we did our daily news updates from just outside of Birmingham, that the movies would come to us. What we didn’t quite expect was for Steven Spielberg to rock up just down the road from Birmingham City’s ground, for one of the most eagerly awaited blockbusters currently in production.
But that’s just what’s happened. Ladies and gentlemen, Ready Player One has started shooting in the Digbeth area of the city.
The first set images and video have landed online, and here’s a selection…
More token video? Ohio registrations on dystopian Us Postal trucks #ReadyPlayerOne pic.twitter.com/PkzenxdFlg
— I Choose Birmingham (@ichoosemag) August 16, 2016
It has been a while since Steven Spielberg has treated audiences to a major live-action blockbuster. That is all going to change in early 2018 when the highly anticipated adaptation of Ernest Cline's beloved sci-fi novel Ready Player One hits theaters. Production recently started on this massive undertaking, with some set photos having just hit the web, giving us a look at the dystopian world that Spielberg is crafting.
Filming is currently taking place on Ready Player One in Birmingham, England. Thanks to the Twitter I Choose Birmingham, we now have a couple of videos and photos from the set. One of the videos shows the crew setting up cameras, lights and other such things, but it shows off the background, which is very broken down, decrepit and dour. The second video simply shows a very beaten up, graffiti plastered postal truck being parked. The rest of the photos show »
Last Days in the Desert follows Jesus (Ewan McGregor) in an imagined chapter from his forty days of fasting and praying in the desert. On his way out of the wilderness, he struggles with the Devil, also played by McGregor, over the fate of an ordinary family in crisis, setting for himself a dramatic test with distinctly human conflicts.
The critics love Last Days In The Desert:
“A warm, generous, and unexpected story” — Christianity Today
“ … inviting, beautiful, frustrating, amusing, affecting, and challenging” – Cinemayward
“… forces us to consider the humanity of Jesus” – PluggedIn.com
“Mesmerizing cinematography of Emmanuel Lubezki” – Spirituality & Practice
“Last Days in the Desert achieves greatness” – Crave Online
“Gorgeous and mysterious” – Village Voice
“… most intelligent, engaging film about Jesus since The Last Temptation of Christ.” – NPR
Now you can win the DVD of Last Days In The Desert. »
- Tom Stockman
Young newcomer Philip Zhao has landed a co-starring role opposite Tye Sheridan in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming action/sci-fi film Ready Player One. Zhao recently booked the role of Shoto in the pic after being chosen from a world-wide talent search earlier this year. Directed by Spielberg and produced by Amblin Entertainment, the film is set in the virtual society of Oasis, where one teenager (Sheridan) finds himself competing for the fortune of the late game founder. Zhao… »
It tells the story of a lifelong friendship that develops between a young girl and the cook hired to help care for her dying mother, portrayed by Natascha McElhone.
The film is produced by Cinelou and Ema, and Bruce Beresford directs. It was produced by Cinelou toppers Courtney Solomon and Mark Canton along with Lee Nelson and David Buelow; executive producers are Shenghua Entertainment’s Yu Wei Chung, in addition to Dennis L. Pelino, Fredy Bush and Brad Kaplan.
“Mr. Church” premiered in April at the Tribeca Film Festival.
“We are proud to be a part of Eddie Murphy’s return to the big screen, particularly because he’s playing a »
- Dave McNary
It’s been two months since the first teaser for “Trainspotting 2” hit the web, so naturally it was time for an update on Danny Boyle’s first ever sequel. The Guardian posted the exclusive footage of the film’s latest teaser Monday, showing the original cast of Renton (Ewan McGregor), Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) and Begbie (Robert Carlyle) in their familiar spots on the same train platform where they stood 20 years ago.
“It’s like 20 years later, and it’s the same actors,” Boyle told press at the New York Film Festival last year. “It’s 20 years later in a friendship. Irvine Welsh is involved as one of the partners on the film. We’ve set up a partnership amongst us all and he’s one of the partners. »
- Graham Winfrey
James + Semaj is a column where James Franco talks to his reverse self, Semaj, about new films. Rather than a conventional review, it is place where James and Semaj can muse about ideas that the films provoke. James loves going to the movies and talking about them. But a one-sided take on a movie, in print, might be misconstrued as a review. As someone in the industry it could be detrimental to James’s career if he were to review his peers, because unlike the book industry—where writers review other writer’s books—the film industry is highly collaborative, and a bad review of a peer could create problems. So, assume that James (and Semaj) love all these films. What they’re interested in talking about is all the ways the films inspire them, and make them think. James is me, and Semaj is the other side of me. »
- James Franco
Smith is currently writing The Undertaker, which is about a former Ira man living quietly in a remote part of Nova Scotia, Canada. While he is ashamed of his violent past but he is forced to take on one last job - killing a paedophile priest who works at the Vatican.
Backing for the project is set to come from London-based Catalyst Global Media, which will produce alongside Dan Films.
The $15m film is being put together as a co-production and is set to shoot in Canada, Northern Ireland and Italy.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoffrey Macnab)
Over the weekend, director Steven Spielberg's new film The Bfg hit theaters, an adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved novel, debuting in fourth place at the box office with $19.5 million. Since this adaptation was filmed with a whopping $140 million budget, it seems unlikely that the film will turn a profit, barring a big surge both domestically and globally. The director isn't wasting any time getting back to work, with word surfacing this weekend that the filmmaker has already completed the first week of production on his next film, Ready Player One.
The news comes from the Twitter account of screenwriter Zak Penn, who adapted Ready Player One with author Ernest Cline. The writer also thanked Ernest Cline for the "assist in Oology." For those who aren't familiar with the original book, Oology is a branch of ornithology that centers on bird nesting and breeding habits. In the novel, Oology »
Two major sci-fi films from acclaimed filmmakers are now at opposite ends of production it would seem.
First up, screenwriter Zak Penn has confirmed on Twitter that the Steven Spielberg-directed film adaptation of Ernest Cline's best-selling 2011 sci-fi novel "Ready Player One" has just wrapped its first week of production.
Tye Sheridan stars in the film as a teenager in a virtual utopia who tries to solve puzzles inspired by the creator of this world with the promise of fortune at the end.
The film, the direct follow-up to last year's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," began production back in April and is slated for release December 2017. »
- Garth Franklin
A couple of weeks ago we brought you some comic book faithful concept art for Apocalypse from this year’s X-Men: Apocalypse [see here], and now we have a look at some more unused designs for Oscar Isaac’s villain, with Jared Krichevsky sharing the following artwork to Twitter showing En Sabah Nur with and without a space helmet…
Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-men: Apocalypse. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. »
- Gary Collinson
X-Men: Apocalypse may have been out for over a month in most markets, but Japan has to wait until August for the latest chapter in 20th Century Fox’s mutant superhero series.
A new trailer for the Japanese release has arrived online today, and while you may be tempted to skip if if you’ve already seen the movie, this one features a guest appearance from Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool, who pops up for a ‘post-credit’ sequence where the Merc with a Mouth highlights five things you may have missed. Take a look here…
See Also: Unused X-Men: Apocalypse concept art for Cyclops, Mystique and En Sabah Nur
- Gary Collinson
According to Deadline, actress Hannah John-Kamen has been recruited by director Steven Spielberg to join the cast of Ready Player One. While Warner Bros. has yet to officially revealed the role she’ll be playing, some have speculated that she could end up portraying the character of Helen Harris from Ernest Cline’s 2011 book on which the film is based.
John-Kamen appeared in two recent episodes of Game of Thrones as Ornela, a Dosh Khaleen member, and plays the lead role in SyFy’s series Killjoys. Her other acting credits include smaller parts in the first season of Happy Valley and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The casting announcement comes a month before production on the movie begins in London and a little less than two years ahead of its March 30th, 2018 release date.
- Justin Cook
Steven Spielberg’s next project in the pipeline is the long-awaited adaptation of Ernie Cline’s Ready Player One that’s been steadily accruing cast members over the last month. Today brings word of yet another addition to the ensemble, in the shape of Killjoys actress Hannah John-Kamen.
John-Kamen climbs aboard the movie in an as-yet undisclosed role alongside a bumper crop of acting talent that includes Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg and Mark Rylance. A relative unknown at this point, the actress is gathering a resume of solid screen credits that features an episode of the upcoming Black Mirror season 3 and a stint as a Dothraki widow in Game of Thrones.
As for the movie itself, Spielberg’s taking on an ambitious storyline that takes place in the year 2044 when people rarely live in the real world, instead choosing to plug into a virtual reality matrix called Oasis. »
- Gem Seddon
Deadline is reporting that Steven Spielberg's upcoming film adaptation of the Ernest Cline dystopian sci-fi novel Ready Player One has added 26-year-old British actress Hannah John-Kamen in a key role. Details on her part were not given, but if you've read the novel, it shouldn't be too hard to decipher who she's likely playing. John-Kamen is best known for her lead role on the Syfy series Killjoys where she plays an interplanetary bounty hunter. She also most recently appeared in two episodes of HBO's hit fantasy drama Game of Thrones as Ornela, a Dothraki widow that befriended Daenerys during her brief stay with the Dosh khaleen. Her other credits include Black Mirror and she also had a small role as a First Order officer in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She joins a cast headlined by up-and-comers Tye Sheridan (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Olivia Cooke (Me And Earl And The Dying Girl »
While his next film is due out in a couple of weeks (The Bfg), the next project on director Steven Spielberg’s docket after that is already being covetously anticipated by fans. How could the filmmaker of Close Encounters and Jurassic Park returning to the realm of sci-fi and fantasy not be? His big screen take on Ernest Cline's Ready Player One is not due out until March 30th 2018 but is already gaining traction with every casting announcement.
On that note, Deadline has now revealed that British actress Hannah John-Kamen of the Syfy show Killjoys (as well as the sixth season of Game of Thrones) has landed a major part in the upcoming blockbuster.
Exclusive: British actress Hannah John-Kamen, who stars in the Syfy series Killjoys, just landed one of the coveted few roles in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One for Warner Bros. The project is set to begin production next month in London. Tye Sheridan stars with female lead Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn. The movie, based on the popular sci-fi novel by Ernest Cline, is scheduled for release March 30, 2018. The book, whose story takes place in a virtual world, was… »
Some new artwork has surfaced online for this year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, showing unused costume designs for Tye Sheridan’s Cyclops and Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique by Joshua James Shaw, as well as Jerad Marantz’s concept design’s for Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse. Check them out here and let us know your thoughts on the designs in the comments below…
Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-men: Apocalypse. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, »
- Gary Collinson
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