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Russell Crowe Selects The Water Diviner for Directorial Debut
Though he currently appears on screen in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, Russell Crowe will soon be going behind the camera for his directorial debut. Over the years, Crowe has considered a number of Australian stories for his first time at the helm, including The Long Green Shore and Bra Boys. It looks like The Water Diviner, scripted by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios, will be the lucky film. Set in 1919, the picture centers on an Australian father traveling to Turkey in order to find his two sons, who have gone missing after the battle of Gallipoli. Deadline also reports that The Water Diviner is expected to shoot in Australia and Turkey later this year with Crowe set to direct and star. Crowe will next be seen in Akiva Goldsman's Winter's Tale and in the title role of Darren Aronofsky's Noah. »
- Dave Trumbore
Greg Berlanti Eyes Sony’s ‘Epsilon’ as Next Directing Gig
Story is set after a failed robot rebellion sends Earth back to the analog age. Seeking refuge on a space station, a few robots escape to raise their own human lab rats as obedient warriors to pave the way for retaliation. Epsilon stands amongst them until he begins to question all he was led to believe.
- Justin Kroll
‘Jurassic Park 4′ to Arrive in 2015
2015 is beginning to fill up with major franchises as sources confirm to Variety that “Jurassic Park 4″ is moving to 2015.
No exact date has been set yet but the next installment was originally slated to bow next June but had to push because the schedule was too tight and work was still being done on the script. Universal would not comment but at a recent licensing trade show in Las Vegas, a poster was on display for the movie which included a 2015 release.
See Also: Universal Delays Production on “Jurassic Park 4″
Sources have told Variety that Steven Spielberg, who is exec producing the pic, is currently in town working with producers and director Colin Trevorrow on the script before he jumps into pre-production on his directing job “American Sniper.”
When an exact date is set, the film will join a list of franchises bowing in 2015 that already includes “The Avengers 2, »
- Justin Kroll
Paramount- Montecito Sets Black List Scribes Eyal Podell & Jonathan Stewart To Script ‘Juliet’
Exclusive: Montecito and Paramount have tapped scribes Eyal Podell & Jonathan Stewart to write Juliet, based on the book by Anne Fortier. Tree Line’s Cathy Konrad will produce with Montecito. The project was set up in fall, 2011 for James Mangold to direct. In the book, a young woman learns that the legend of Romeo & Juliet is actually real, and that Shakespeare’s version was simply the most popular retelling. More compelling is that she is Juliet’s direct descendant, but was kept in the dark to protect her. Podell & Stewart are coming on the project hot after having their script Seuss reach the second slot on the latest Black List. They are represented by Verve and Industry Entertainment. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Shooting begins on November Man
The Solution Entertainment Group is handling international sales on the espionage action thriller and CAA represents Us rights.
November Man centres on a retired CIA agent drawn back into action only to be pursued by his former protégé.
Patton plays an old-school senior CIA operative while Scorsone is on board as an ambitious up-and-comer.
Merced’s Raj Singh and Stuart Brown, PalmStar’s Kevin Frakes, Envision’s Grant Cramer, Remington Chase and Stepan Martirosyan and Myles Nestel and Lisa Wilson of The Solution serve as executive producers alongside Brosnan. »
Shailene Woodley on getting cut from 'Spider-Man 2': 'Of course I'm bummed' -- and more on 'Divergent'
As EW first reported in this week’s cover story, Shailene Woodley’s role as Mary Jane has been bumped from the second installment of The Amazing Spider-Man (due out in 2014) to the third (due out in 2016). “Of course I’m bummed,” she tells EW in an exclusive statement. “But I am a firm believer in everything happening for a specific reason. Mj only appeared in a few scenes and I wouldn’t trade the experience of working with Andrew and Emma for three days on set for the world. Based on the proposed plot, I completely understand the need »
- Sara Vilkomerson
Shailene Woodley Cut From ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′
Woodley confirmed the news in an EW interview and will appear in the third film. She had only shot a couple days worth of work, so the footage cut is not that much and director Marc Webb has said the decision was made so more focus could be put on Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) relationship with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone).
Aside from Garfield and Stone, Jamie Foxx joined the cast as the villain Electro.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ bows on May 2, 2014. »
- Justin Kroll
Review and Roundup: Stakes are High on Brad Pitt's 'World War Z' Update
The stakes have never been higher for the Hollywood studios as Paramount finally releases Brad Pitt and Marc Forster's beleaguered $200 million zombiepocalypse epic "World War Z" (June 21). Critics are divided (see below). Some find it a limp addition to the zombie genre, lacking "strong meat" and bogged down by "elaborate uselessness." Meanwhile, others are impressed, calling the film a "total rush," admiring Pitt's "stoic grace" and Forster's handling of an "impressive horde of flesheaters." Now that a release schedule rests on more high-risk tentpoles that statistically yield more returns than smaller bets, and viral word-of-mouth can kill a movie no matter how much a studio pummels the public with marketing, it's essential to deliver the goods. (THR lays out the logic for why studios are more willing to push their dates around, from "Where the Wild Things Are" to "G.I. Joe: Retaliation."). Yes, they're making the movies better. But add in global. »
- Anne Thompson
‘Star Wars’ Casting Under Way as Breakdown Leaks
And so it begins.
Seven key roles will be cast, including a young man in his early-to-mid 20s, two young females who both have to be physically fit and an older man in his 70s who could be in the vein of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Sources tell Variety that April Webster and Alyssa Weisberg, who have cast all of Abrams’ previous TV and film projects, will cast out of the U.S. and Nina Gold, who was the casting director for “The King’s Speech” and “The Counselor,” will cast out of the U.K.
See Also: “Star Wars” to Shoot in Early 2014
Production is set to start at the »
- Justin Kroll
'The Way, Way Back': Behind the scenes of the summertime coming-of-age comedy -- Exclusive
Steve Carell has made you cringe before, but usually it’s in service of being awkwardly funny.
Not this time.
There’s a lot to laugh at in The Way, Way Back, about a teenage kid (Liam James, The Killing) on a long summer vacation with his mom (Toni Collette) and her combative, petty boyfriend, played by The Office actor. But Carell’s character is one of the few in this film who doesn’t aim for the funnybone. He hits only below the belt.
In this exclusive behind-the-scenes video from the making of The Way, Way Back, we get »
- Anthony Breznican
The 2013 Indiewire Influencers Faq: In Which We Answer Your Criticisms
On Monday, we proudly presented the inaugural Indiewire Influencers list -- 40 of the people and companies who have captured our attention as they strive to figure out what the independent film industry is today and, more importantly, what it will become in our current age of change. It's the first time we've ever done a list like this, and we're happy to say that the response has been terrific -- better than we could have hoped. It's an intimidating process, trying to define what's important about an industry -- much less when you're trying to define the elements that are placing an industry in flux. We hope that where we succeeded -- and failed -- will provide fodder for conversations about where the industry is headed. Read More: The 2013 Indiewire Influencers And in that spirit, we wanted to respond to some of the feedback we've gotten about the list in »
Benaroya hires production chief
“After seeing Shah’s great successes with a variety of international productions, we look forward to a continued track record of producing high-quality films,” said Benaroya.
“We will have a disciplined and cost-conscious approach to production management regardless of where we make the picture,” said Shah.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Get Fit! 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Casting Breakdown
A Star Wars: Episode VII casting breakdown has been revealed over at Bleeding Cool and they've verified the following descriptions are for the film's lead characters and they stress these descriptions are 100% confirmed. So what's it take to get into the new Star Wars moviec Well, for five of the seven roles you damned well better be "fit" and it never hurts to be good looking. Late-teen female, independent, good sense of humour, fit. Young twenty-something male, witty and smart, fit but not traditionally good looking. A late twentysomething male, fit, handsome and confident. Seventy-something male, with strong opinions and tough demeanour. Also doesn't need to be particularly fit. A second young female, also late teens, tough, smart and fit. Forty something male, fit, military type. Thirty something male, intellectual. Apparently doesn't need to be fit. I couldn't help but laugh at these descriptions because I can't say I've ever »
- Brad Brevet
Slim Whitman obituary
The singer Slim Whitman, who has died aged 90, was a noteworthy figure in country music, since, although he was hugely popular outside the Us, for most of his career he was almost forgotten in his own country. In the 1970s, two decades after his American heyday, he still commanded enough of a following in the UK to be voted the No 1 international star in a music poll – four times.
Much of the reason for his success outside the Us was his high, clear, strong singing and almost operatic yodelling, characteristics that several generations in Britain, Australia and South Africa have assimilated into their notions and fantasies of the old west of America. One of Whitman's chief models was Wilf Carter, a Nova Scotian yodeller and singer of cowboy songs who was popular throughout north America in the 30s »
- Tony Russell
Adam Sandler To Star In A Movie About A Suicidal Man Haunted By Ghosts. It's A Comedy.
Remakes of Asian films about ectoplasm terrorizing the living were popular undertakings in Hollywood a few years ago ("The Ring," "The Grudge," "Pulse," "The Eye," "Dark Water"). But apparently, we are not done yet. The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Adam Sandler and director Chris Columbus will be teaming up to remake the 2010 South Korean film "Hello Ghost." People who are in for a good fright will be disappointed as this is the remake of a comedy that ended being the 9th highest grossing film at the South Korean box office in 2010.Sandler will play a character who, after failing his suicide attempt, starts seeing four ghosts who won't stop haunting him until he helps each one of them fulfill a wish. Columbus will helm the picture based on an adapted script written by Karen Croner ("Admission").Sandler and Columbus have never worked together before, but this could be a very good match. »
- Jason Guimaron
Last 5 Years begins production
The Exchange kicked off pre-sales at the Afm last year and is financing through its Exchange Peaks Film Capital joint venture with Grand Peaks.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Spectacular Now Trailer Revels In the Highs And Lows Of High School
In 2009, screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber willfully threw out the book on romantic comedies for (500) Days of Summer. The indie centered on a love affair between a hopeless romantic and could-be dream girl who insists she doesn.t crave commitment. With the combined star power of the ever-charming Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the adorkable Zooey Deschanel, this unconventional comedy with a whip-smart script became a sleeper hit, launching everyone involved to the next level. While director Marc Webb went on to reboot The Amazing Spider-Man, Neustadter and Weber created a short-lived sitcom (Friends With Benefits) before returning to film with another tale of love called The Spectacular Now. This time around, Neustadter and Webb put their observational eye and skill for banter to a story of a teen romance that blossoms between two unlikely lovers. Miles Teller stars as party animal and general screw-up Sutter Keely; Shailene Woodley, who »
Possible Casting Breakdown for Star Wars: Episode VII Revealed
As director J.J. Abrams gears up to start production on Star Wars: Episode VII early next year, the filmmaker has presumably begun thinking about casting for the highly anticipated sequel. A rumored casting breakdown hit the web a week ago that claimed Han and Lei’s twin children would be the protagonists of the film, but given that it read like it was written by a 14-year-old fanboy and revealed way more than typical casting breakdowns normally do, we were dubious of its validity. Now another casting breakdown has hit the web, and this one seems much more solid. Apparently the Star Wars casting directors have sent out a brief breakdown of the film’s lead characters to agents in the Us and UK, and the list reveals that the main cast involves two teenage girls, two young men in their 20s, two middle-aged men, and another older man around »
- Adam Chitwood
TV Review: 'Under the Dome'
Back in the 1990s, Stephen King movies-of-the-week were all the rage. I remember chiseling out time to watch week-long miniseries for The Tommyknockers, The Langoliers, The Stand, and The Shining. The movie-of-the-week format is long dead (outside of Lifetime) but Under the Dome is a close sibling.
Under the Dome is based on the King novel of the same name, about a small town called Chester’s Mill that is suddenly, mysteriously encapsulated under a giant, invisible dome. The mystery becomes: what is this dome, where did it come from, and who put it there? The outside world is not oblivious to the dome; they just can’t figure it out either.
Naturally, a show like this features a large cross-section of humanity. There is Jim, a used car salesman and city councilman who knows more about this dome than he is letting on; Jim’s son, Junior, a dangerously unstable college dropout, »
- Alyse Wax
Ex-la Times Showbiz Czar Sallie Hofmeister Joins Sitrick And Company Public Relations
The veteran newspaper editor and reporter is following Jim Bates and the late Mark Saylor from the Los Angeles Times to the Century City offices of Sitrick And Company. “Like many of my new partners who came from journalism, I didn’t think I would ever join a PR firm, but Sitrick is not exactly a traditional or ordinary public relations firm,” explained Sallie Hofmeister in her announcement. She was formerly Assistant Managing Editor directing all arts and entertainment coverage both digitally and in print until Lat Editor Davan Maharaj exited her a year ago almost to the day. “I speak for everyone at the firm when I say we are very thrilled to have Sallie join our team,” Mike Sitrick said in the announcement. “It takes a certain combination of judgment and skill to succeed in this business and I am confident Sallie has both.” If you’re going to do PR, »
- NIKKI FINKE, Editor in Chief
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