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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.
This is Berlanti’s first directing gig since helming the Warner Bros pic “Life As We Know It” in 2008. He is repped by Wme. »
- Justin Kroll
'Prometheus' Sequel Shows Signs Of Life
Whether you like it or not, it looks like a sequel to "Prometheus" is coming our way. At least, that's what a new article from Variety suggests.
Word of Fox and the producers' intention to quickly follow-up the $400 worldwide hit spread just months after the original film debuted, with THR naming 2014 or 2015 as potential targets.
Even though those date now seem unrealistic considering how long it takes a project like "Prometheus" to get going, there is progress. Variety is reporting that Jack Palgen, who wrote "Dark Knight" cinematographer Wally Pfister's directorial debut, "Transcendence," which stars Johnny Depp, has been hired to write the script.
A writer announcement has been expected for some time, ever since Damon Lindelof announced that he would not be returning to write the screenplay for the sequel. That announcement resulted in a gossipy story about how producers were pissed because Lindelof wrote them into a corner. »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
Alison Brie, Justin Chatwin, Colin Hanks In ‘No Stranger Than Love’ (Exclusive)
Brie portrays a high school art teacher in the small town. She is about to begin an affair with the married high school football coach, played by Hanks, who disappears down a an inter-dimensional hole that opens up in her living room floor. »
- Dave McNary
‘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
5 Things To Look Forward To In 'Dexter' Season 8
I am rabidly excited for the final season of Dexter - and I am equally sad to know the end is nigh. Normally, when I get my press screeners ahead of a show’s premiere, I wait and watch them with my husband. This year, I specifically watched Dexter alone so that I would have an excuse to watch the episodes again.
But all things must end, and Dexter is no exception.
So without giving too much away, here are five things to keep an eye out for in the final season.
***Minor Spoilers Follow!***
Charlotte Rampling as Dr. Vogel is one of the most important guest stars in the entire series.
- Alyse Wax
Content Media secures $40m credit
Content Media, currently handling sales on titles such as Pudsey: the Movie and A Long Way Home, has renewed and extended a key line of bank credit.
The $40m facility with Jp Morgan, with SunTrust Bank as syndication agent and supported by Manufacturers Bank, has been extended into mid-2016.
The original facility was established in 2004 and this marks the fourth renewal.
Content CEO John Schmidt said: “These are exciting times for Content as we build out our worldwide business with revenues having grown from around $30m to $70m over the last two years. We are looking forward to further growth over the coming years supported by our partners in the loan facility.”
Content Media includes Content Film, Content Television and Content Digital.
It has more than 240 titles in its film division and a library of 3,800 hours in its TV unit. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
'The Spectacular Now' trailer: Shailene Woodley in a Ya adaptation! No, not that one...or that one
The first rule of modern moviemaking: If you’re adapting a bestselling Ya book, you must — I repeat, must — cast Secret Life of the American Teenager refugee Shailene Woodley as your star.
The Fault in Our Stars did it. EW’s current cover star Divergent did it. And both are following in the celluloid footsteps of The Spectacular Now, a Sundance darling based on Tim Tharp’s eponymous 2008 novel. The story follows the romance between charming, popular, happy-go-lucky teenage alcoholic Sutter (Miles Teller) and shy, wise, pretty-but-doesn’t-know-it Aimee (Woodley, naturally), whom he meets after passing out on her lawn. »
- Hillary Busis
'Prometheus 2' Moves Forward with New Screenwriter
Fans won't have Damon Lindelof to kick around should Prometheus 2 ever see the light of day as 20th Century Fox has reached out to Jack Paglen to take a stab at writing the screenplay for the follow-up to one of 2012's most talked about, yet divisive films. The motivation here seems rather obvious as Paglen wrote the screenplay for Transcendence the feature film debut of Wally Pfister, Oscar-winning cinematographer of Christopher Nolan's Inception. Transcendence is a sci-fi film set for a mid-April 2014 release and should it prove successful, attaching the name of a proven sci-fi writer will certainly help sell tickets for the Prometheus sequel should audiences have their doubts about returning to that world. All I wonder at this point is whether or not they reached out to Jon Spaihts who wrote the original draft of Prometheus or have they abandoned the all out Alien prequel idea »
- Brad Brevet
George Lucas Has Yet To Speak With J.J. Abrams About Star Wars
Could there possibly be a disturbance in The Force already as Disney and Lucasfilm continue to prep Star Wars: Episode VII? Now that director J.J. Abrams has wrapped his promotional duties on Star Trek Into Darkness -- a sequel that has generated nearly $415 million in worldwide receipts . we assume that he.s plunging head first into pre-production on the fiercely anticipated Star Wars sequel, which Disney wants in theaters by 2015. And one would assume that the first thing on Abrams. To-Do list would be a meeting with Star Wars head honcho George Lucas, to pick his brain and analyze the nascent steps of this brand-new trilogy, if only to make sure that Abrams is heading down the right creative path. Well, that hasn.t happened yet. As Lucas tells Access Hollywood, he and Abrams haven.t even had a conversation regarding Star Wars yet . and so far, everybody.s »
James Franco Reviews 'Man Of Steel,' Appreciates Message Of Hope Plus Featurette On Film's Score
Sure, “Man Of Steel” might have already been released last weekend but that doesn’t mean the marketing machine stops. Warner Bros. has released a new featurette focusing on Hans Zimmer’s efforts to score the reboot -- which was one of the elements we were fans of -- but that’s not all, James Franco has decided to weigh in on the film with his own thoughts. Yeah, we’re not surprised either. First, let’s start with the multi-hyphenate Franco. It’s not the first time he’s taken on the role of film critic -- earlier this year he came to the defense of “The Great Gatsby” and professed his love for “Leviathan” -- and in a new piece for Vice, Franco calls the Superman movie “a great film.” Why? We’ll let Franco explain: “Man of Steel is great because it delivers everything it should. It made Superman cool again. »
- Cain Rodriguez
'Runner, Runner' International Poster
I have Brad Furman's Runner, Runner in the lower ranks of many of my 2014 Oscar prediction categories after the trailer above seemed to sell a movie that would be more flashy and fun than something the Academy would necessarily go for. Do you think I'm off or does that sound about rightc The film stars Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck and Gemma Arterton -- all three front-and-center on the new international poster seen below (via Empire). Written by Rounders scribes Brian Koppelman and David Levien. The story features Affleck as a businessman who owns an offshore gambling operation who finds his relationship with his protege (Timberlake) reaching a boiling point. Anthony Mackie and Ben Schwartz co-star. 20th Century Fox will release the film on September 27, which makes it a possible candidate for the Toronto Film Festival on top of having a chance at some possible Oscar nominations. »
- Brad Brevet
Doc/Fest delegates up 18%
Audience Award winners revealed as documentary festival reports record numbers.
International and UK delegate attendance at the 20th Sheffield Doc/Fest rose by 18%, breaking all previous records.
A total of 3,129 delegates from more than 60 countries attended the five-day festival – up from 2,657 in 2012.
The festival, which ran from June 12-16, has also revealed the Audience Award winners for best feature and short-form documentary – and the count revealed a tie in both categories.
Oppenheimer’s film, which features former Indonesian death squad leaders re-enacting mass killings, was originally pitched at Doc/Fest’s MeetMarket in 2008 and also won the festival’s Special Jury Award.
At Doc/Fest »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
'20 Feet From Stardom' Rising Star Judith Hill On Singing With Michael Jackson and Her Whirlwind Experience on NBC's 'The Voice'
Morgan Neville's moving tribute to background singers, the documentary "20 Feet From Stardom," opened last Friday in select theaters and in turn brought a lot of overdue attention to the artists profiled in the film. While audiences for the most part are likely unfamiliar with the majority of singers that populate Neville's film, anyone who watches NBC's hit show "The Voice," will no doubt recognize one of the film's key players, aspiring solo star and background vocalist Judith Hill. A contestant from this season of "The Voice" (in a surprising upset she was eliminated in May), Hill endeared herself to the masses thanks to her powerhouse vocals, genuine likeability and unrelenting drive. And unlike many on the show, she came with to the competition with experience -- Hill was slated to duet with Michael Jackson on his "This Is It" worldwide tour before his death; after his passing she sang at his memorial service. »
- Nigel M Smith
Rupert Murdoch splits empire but keeps faith in tomorrow's newspapers
Mogul to hive off entertainment and publishing assets but believes newspaper businesses will emerge stronger than ever
Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation will be split in half on Wednesday as the mogul hopes to build two new empires out of his vast portfolio of assets. It is likely to prove the octogenarian's final major corporate move, and once again he is betting he has seen an opportunity others have missed.
The profitable entertainment assets – including the 20th Century Fox movie studio and the Fox broadcast network in the Us – will form 21st Century Fox.
The company's publishing assets, including HarperCollins and its troubled newspaper division, will trade under the old News Corp name.
Shareholders have long pressed for a split, disenchanted with the returns from publishing, particularly newspapers, as the shift to digital readership eats into profits. Murdoch resisted but caved in after the phone-hacking scandal shook his company to its foundations, »
- Dominic Rushe
'The Lego Movie' Goes International
Yesterday we saw a domestic trailer and poster for Warner's The Lego Movie and now the international division offers up an trailer of their own. I only watched a sampling of the first one, but this one is different as I'm not hearing Morgan Freeman's voice. I guess this movie could be fun, but I'm worried they'll have to stick so close to a PG-rating so as not to diminish Lego's brand status that it will lack any measure of comedic bite. The joke with Batman saying sometimes he works in "very, very dark grey" just isn't even worth a chuckle let alone an actual laugh. The Lego Movie follows Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt), an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego mini-figure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic »
- Brad Brevet
Naomi Watts and Robin Wright play two mothers who 'Adore' their sons -- Exclusive Poster
With a title like Adore, this movie with Naomi Watts and Robin Wright might be about anything. But when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, it was known by another, much more provocative title, Two Mothers, that boldly announced its raison d’être. Watts and Wright play lifelong best friends who grow up and raise children near each other on an Australian beachfront paradise. Their hunky sons (Xavier Samuel and James Frecheville) are best friends too, spending their idle summer days on surfboards and working on their tans. They’re not your typical momma’s boys… well, until they »
- Jeff Labrecque
Watch: 30-Minute 1997 BBC Doc 'David Cronenberg And The Cinema Of The Extreme'
One of the great things about the internet is the availability of obscure videos and TV shows that might have once been lost to time. Case in point, a BBC special from 1997 has surfaced online that focuses on masters of horror, David Cronenberg and George A. Romero. Running a half-hour, “David Cronenberg and the Cinema of the Extreme” features interviews with Cronenberg, Romero and “Repo Man” director Alex Cox. Although it’s pretty brief, it’s still great to watch some of the great directors of horror genre waxing about their thoughts on the history of the genre and on its especially weird and fantastical imagery. If you’ve got thirty minutes to spare you can watch the special below. And if it’s got you itching to go back through the directors’ filmographies, we’d like to point you to our Cronenberg retrospective to use as a guide. »
- Cain Rodriguez
Project of the Day: A Young Mother Struggles to Keep Her Family Afloat
Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. "Bug People" Tweetable Logline: A young mother struggles to keep her family afloat after her husband suffers a fatal heart attack while swimming with their son. Elevator Pitch: Bug People is a heartfelt, intimate drama that explores themes of loss and family in a rural lakeside community off the Appalachian Trail. It follows a family as they try to grapple with the death of their father and husband (a bug exterminator), while having to quickly adapt in order to stay afloat. Each character in this multifaceted narrative faces unique challenges: June, the mother, is unemployable, her teenage daughter Dani must work at a wallpaper factory to make ends meet, »
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