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Peter Jackson reveals where he would have split 'The Hobbit' if it'd only been two movies
With The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug now in theaters, it’s imperative, first of all, that you know the proper pronunciation of ‘Smaug.’ Never fear: EW’s Anthony Breznican covers that with director Peter Jackson in the interview clip below. The chat is a part of EW Radio’s Hobbit special, which will be replaying on SiriusXM Channel 105 throughout the weekend. Jackson says Breznican was the first reporter to ever ask him where he would have split the films had there only been two. Listen below for the answer. »
- Mandi Bierly
‘Fruitvale Station’ Receiving Stanley Kramer Award from PGA
The Producers Guild of America has tapped Ryan Coogler’s “Frutivale Station” as the recipient of its 2014 Stanley Kramer Award to honor films that illuminate social issues.
The award will be presented at the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Coogler’s first feature-length film is based on the true story of Oscar Grant, who was killed by a Bart police officer in Oakland on New Year’s Day in 2009.
The Kramer Award was established in 2002 to honor a production, producer or other individual whose achievement or contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues.
“’Frutivale Station’ is an important film that raises awareness about an injustice that we encounter in the news with grim regularity,” said awards co-chairs Lori McCreary and Michael De Luca. “First time writer/director Ryan Coogler has captured the hearts and minds of both audiences and »
- Dave McNary
Peter Pan Project ‘Pan’ to Fly on June 26, 2015
Joe Wright is attached to direct from the Jason Fuchs script but the 3D film has not yet been cast with shooting planned for April. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the pic is certain to bring back the characters created by Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie about a boy who can fly and never ages.
Greg Berlanti is producing. “Pan” is the fourth Warner title dated for the 2015 summer following “Mad Max: Fury Road” on May 22, “San Andreas” on June 5 and its untitled Batman-Superman movie on July 17.
“Pan” will face competition on June 26, 2015, with Universal’s sequel to “Ted.”
- Dave McNary
Film Review: ‘Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas’
To certain moviegoers, the notion of Tyler Perry’s Madea and Larry the Cable Guy volleying one-liners back and forth before segueing into ham-fisted discussions of racial tolerance may seem the stuff of unspeakable fever-dreams. But there’s a more positive way to view it: If the most grotesque cinematic caricatures of Southern black femininity and working-class white masculinity, respectively, can find some common ground, perhaps there’s hope for the rest of us after all. That silver lining aside, “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas” is an exceptionally poor piece of holiday cash-in product, rushed and ungainly even by the low standard set by Perry’s seven previous Madea films, yet it should be every bit as profitable.
Though nominally adapted from his play of the same name, Perry has strangely crafted an entirely different story and cast of characters for this film, with the lone holdover being his titular ill-tempered matriarch. »
- Andrew Barker
Happy Holidays from The Grand Budapest Hotel
Season's greetings from Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel! A new motion poster for the quirky director's upcoming film introduces viewers to the building in question and brings a bit of holiday cheer as well. If the poster catches your fancy, then I suggest checking out the trailer to become more acquainted with the movie. The Grand Budapest Hotel stars Saoirse Ronan, Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Lea Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwarztman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson, and opens stateside on March 7, 2014. Hit the jump to check out the film's holiday greeting.Check out the holiday greeting motion poster from The Grand Budapest Hotel below: Here’s a synopsis for The Grand Budapest Hotel: The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a »
- Dave Trumbore
Paul Greengrass Explains Why He'll Never Make Another 'Bourne' Film (For The Umpteenth Time)
You hold out hope because, well, that’s what you do (and maybe because you weren’t so down with chems). Maybe, maybe maybe, Paul Greengrass will make another Jason ‘Bourne’ movie and then Matt Damon – who has repeatedly said he will not make one without Greengrass -- will be back on board, right? ‘Bourne’ producer Frank Marshall has even said his "dream" would be to have a ‘Bourne’ film that stars both Jeremy Renner and Damon. Hell, Damon has even left the door ajar just a little saying last year, he’d be open to the idea if he and Greengrass could come up with a for a fourth film that includes Jason Bourne, however adding, "But If we can't, then we really should leave it alone." Well, during recent “Captain Phillips” press rounds, Greengrass was asked once again about more “Bourne,” and while he says it was a »
- Edward Davis
Watch: The Season Three Trailer for Jerry Seinfeld's 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee' Challenges You to Identify the Guests By Their Voices
Jerry Seinfeld's popular web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" is set to return for a third season of six new episodes exclusively on Crackle on January 2. Hosted and executive produced by the "Seinfeld" star, the series featured guests like Ricky Gervais, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman and Larry David, among others, talking shop with Seinfeld in the first two seasons. Of Crackle's original series, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" is the most watched and even received an Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Special Class - Short Format Nonfiction Programs category. Rather than show you the guests for its upcoming season, the trailer below teases with audio -- can you identify the voices? »
- Ohad Amram
Jonathan Stokes To Script Harlan Coben’s ‘Six Years’ For Paramount, Hugh Jackman
Exclusive: Paramount Pictures has set Jonathan W. Stokes to adapt Six Years, the Harlan Coben novel that was bought by the studio early this year as a potential star vehicle for Hugh Jackman. Mark Gordon is producing. The logline: a man watches his life love marry another man. The groom dies six years later and the guy can’t help but try to glimpse the widow at the funeral. She’s not the same woman. The book was published last March and became another bestseller for Coben, whose Tell No One was turned into the Guillaume Canet French film, with remake rights at Warner Bros where Argo scribe Chris Terrio is writing it. Stokes wrote three scripts that made the Black List. They are Blood Mountain, which is being financed independently by Derby Street Films and Movie Package Co. with Lawrence Bender producing and Sergei Bodrov attached to direct, and Stokes executive producing; Murders & Acquisitions, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Watch: Lost Peter Sellers Short Films to be Exhibited at Festival in 2014
Two early short films featuring legendary British comic actor Peter Sellers have recently been unearthed and are being prepped for festival screenings next year, according to Deadline. The two half-hour movies, titled "Insomnia is Good For You" and "Dearth of a Salesman," were made back in 1957, six years before Sellers took on the iconic role of Inspector Clouseau in "The Pink Panther" and ascended to international stardom. The newly discovered works will be presented on the opening night of England's Southend Film Festival on May 1. BBC reported on how the film's were actually first uncovered in 1996 during the clear-out of a film company's office by building manager Robert Farrow, who thought the cans could be used for his own super 8 film collection and unknowingly stored them away. Only recently did he discover that the cans contained the titles, show prints, master print and outtakes of the two works. Farrow then »
- Clint Holloway
Exclusive Video: Santa's Gonna Burn it to the Ground in 'This Christmas' by Set It Off
'Tis the Friday the 13th before Christmas, and all through the house an evil creature is stirring... well, lots of creatures, actually. Nasty, deadly ones, to be exact. You'll be singing “Oh Holy Crap” when you see what this sinister Santa brought all the bad boys and girls this year, courtesy of the demented video for “This Christmas (I'll Burn it to the Ground)” by Florida-based symphonic rock quintet Set It Off. The track comes from the new compilation album Punk Goes Christmas, the latest entry in the Punk Goes series from Fearless Records. In addition to “This Christmas,” the record features roof-raising holiday anthems by New Found Glory, All Time Low, Issues, Yellowcard and many more... but the clip below shoots this title to the top of our macabre gift list, not only for sheer creepiness, but because it's a pretty badass track to boot, showcasing the band's hooky melodic skills, »
- Gregory Burkart
Disney Says Not to Expect New Indiana Jones Movies for at Least Two to Three Years
Last week, Disney and Paramount finally came to a financial arrangement with regards to future Indiana Jones films. Now that Disney owns Lucasfilm, the studio is in charge of developing and distributing the further adventures of Dr. Jones, while Paramount maintains distribution rights over the previous four films and gets a cut of the revenue from additional sequels. Though some fans sparked to the thought of a new Indiana Jones movie coming to theaters soon, Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn today told the folks at Variety not to expect a new Indy film for at least two to three years, adding, “We don’t have a story. We need a story.” There will surely be new Indiana Jones movies in the future, be they sequels or reboots, and when they do come to fruition, Lucasfilm will be producing. The studio is rather busy at the moment though, as they have »
- Adam Chitwood
Star Wars: Episode VII Doesn't Have A Script Or Budget Yet
The unspoken plea of Star Wars fans around the world right now is that with Episode VII Disney will do right by the legacy George Lucas began in 1977 with A New Hope. Please no lazy cash-grabbing. Please no Jar Jar Binks-level misjudgments. But how are we meant to take news that the screenplay for Star Wars: Episode VII still hasn't been completed? Does this mean J.J. Abrams and fellow screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan are meticulously hammering out the final details of a thoughtfully prepared script? Or is Disney scrambling to get the story cemented before production begins this spring? Disney chairman Alan Horn shared the news that the script isn't yet finished while speaking at a "Dealmakers Breakfast" event hosted by Variety this morning. While there's no direct quote, Variety reporter Marc Grasser shared this informative summary Tweet, which was picked up by /Film: Disney expects to get script for »
Watch: New International Trailer for 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'
A new international trailer has arrived for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," starring the intensely likable Andrew Garfield as young Spidey and Emma Stone as his love interest Gwen Stacey. On villain duty is Jamie Foxx, as the sparkly Electro. Watch below. Dane DeHaan (as Harry Osborn and seemingly the Green Goblin), Paul Giamatti (as the Rhino), Chris Cooper and Sally Field also star. The film's first stateside trailer, which landed last week, is also below. "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" hits theaters May 2, 2014. It is directed by Marc Webb, who helmed the first "Amazing Spider-Man" in 2012. »
- Beth Hanna
Scott Foundas’ Top 10 Films of 2013
Small-time dreamers and big-time schemers were everywhere at the movies this year — so much so that by the time David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” arrived, its title seemed to encapsulate the very spirit of the times. Everywhere you turned in 2013, someone was trying to get rich quick or master the art of the con, from the juvenile delinquents of “Spring Breakers” and “The Bling Ring” to the pumped-up thugs of “Pain & Gain,” the coked-up traders of “The Wolf of Wall Street,” the desiccated drug-runners of “The Counselor,” and the small-town pariahs cozying up to the quixotic sweepstakes “winner” of “Nebraska.” In no case did an actual pot of gold await at the end of the rainbow, though given the number of these films that had their basis in reality, the message was clear that bad behavior is not without its potential dividends.
At the same time, “American Hustle” could »
- Scott Foundas
Amazing Spider-Man 2: international trailer released - watch
A new international trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has appeared online.
The clip features previously unseen footage of hero Peter Parker's battle to balance being a high-school student with superhero duties.
It also sees Andrew Garfield's character agonising over the fact that regardless of how many individuals he saves, there will always be an even greater threat to humanity waiting in the shadows.
The movie is scheduled for release on April 18, 2014 in the UK and May 2 in the Us.
Catch up on all the latest TV and Movies releases in Digital Spy's Screen Time: »
Soundtrack To Spike Jonze's 'Her' Features The Breeders, Arcade Fire, Karen O, Plus Scarlett Johansson & Joaquin Phoenix Duet
It would seem that at the moment, Joaquin Phoenix is drawn to stories of oddball relationships. Last year, he found himself entwined with Philip Seymour Hoffman in a father/son, mentor/master union as part of Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master." And a year later he's back, this time romancing the voice of an operating system (really) in Spike Jonze's "Her." And yet, within that premise is film that we called "disarmingly funny, insightful and empathetic," and that we, well, fell in love with. It features a unique vision, tender soul and wouldn't you know it, a great soundtrack too. We got our hands on the full list of songs in the flick, and in addition to a couple of new (instrumental) Arcade Fire cuts, the movie features The Breeders, a duet between virtual lovers Scarlett Johansson (who voices the Os) and Joaquin Phoenix, some old timey jams »
- Edward Davis
Justin Chang’s Top 10 Films of 2013
If James Franco’s “Look at my shee-yit!” scene in “Spring Breakers” was one of 2013′s funniest movie moments, it was also perhaps the most emblematic of a year that, as many others have pointed out, was all but overrun by spectacles of consumerist excess — from “American Hustle” to “The Wolf of Wall Street,” from Baz Luhrmann’s not-so-great “Great Gatsby” to Paolo Sorrentino’s genuinely great “Great Beauty.” This may not be exactly what Susan Sontag meant when she described the cinema as “a decadent art” some 18 years ago, but if the Jimmy Choo fits, wear it: Rarely has the camera’s natural affinity for beautiful, shiny objects been so lovingly indulged, whether the objects in question were the gleaming treasures in Smaug’s vault or the designer fashions in Paris Hilton’s closet.
Still, for every movie that turned the bigscreen into the functional equivalent of a mall »
- Justin Chang
Peter Debruge’s Top 10 Films of 2013
1. “Inside Llewyn Davis.” It’s fitting that the Coen brothers should choose a broken-record motif by which to shape their portrait of an early-1960s folk singer. The opening scene loops around to the last one as Llewyn Davis surfs from couch to couch, repeating the same mistakes (he’s on his second abortion), incapable of caring even for a cat. Some might dismiss him as unlikable — though that’s hard to imagine, given the incredible warmth Oscar Isaac brings to the role — when the real question should be: Why would the Coen brothers make a movie about an asshole? Thematically, “Inside” is among their most profound pictures (with “Fargo” as the apex), revealing the selfishness it takes to be an artist and demanding what it takes to break the cycle.
2. “12 Years a Slave.” Nearly a century after “The Birth of a Nation” comes this essential and scandalously long-overdue look at racial injustice, »
- Peter Debruge
Exclusive: George Cukor Retrospective Trailer for 'A Star is Born' Starring Judy Garland
George Cukor was one of Hollywood’s most successful and versatile filmmakers: a master of the musical drama, the screwball comedy, the domestic thriller, and the literary adaptation--not to mention a legendary director of actresses, guiding the likes of Greta Garbo, Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford, and Judy Garland to career-defining performances. In collaboration with the Locarno Film Festival, New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center is presenting a complete overview--the first in many years in New York--of the director's remarkable career. To drum up anticipation for the series that launches Dec. 13 (go here for the full lineup), Indiewire has been premiering exclusive retrospective trailers over the last few days for a number of the films playing. Today we're pleased to premiere the final one for his beloved musical "A Star is Born," playing Dec. 25 and 27 at the Film Society. »
Lionsgate Lights Firefighter Project With Jeff Chan To Helm, Sascha Penn To Write
Exclusive: Lionsgate has hired Jeff Chan to develop to direct an untitled project framed in the vein of End Of Watch, with firefighter protagonists. Sascha Penn has been set to write the script. While there has been talk of a few fact-based firefighter films that fell apart over rights issues, we’ve not seen a big movie on the subject since Ladder 49 and before that Backdraft. This one will be high action, centering around a brave group of firefighters in Detroit. Chan came to prominence in a fairly inventive way. His calling card was spec commercials he made for Call Of Duty, which were done without the gamemaker’s authorization. When they first created buzz online, Activision threatened to sue Chan because the masses thought a new version of the game was coming out. After the strong response, the game company hired him to create its first and only Call Of Duty short film, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
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