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Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Leaves Collateral Beauty
Drama pic Collateral Beauty is having trouble holding on to people both in front of and behind the camera. The latest departure is Me And Earl And The Dying Girl director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who has left the film thanks to unspecified creative differences.It’s a surprise, as Gomez-Rejon had been steering the film through cast changes, including Hugh Jackman leaving for scheduling reasons, Rooney Mara following him and then Will Smith stepping into the lead. The director’s decision leaves the film a little up in the air, though Smith is still attached. The film, written by Allan Loeb, follows a New York advertising executive (Smith, assuming he stays aboard through this latest change) who goes through a personal tragedy. His colleagues try an unconventional plan to break him out of the depression that follows.Smith is also producing the film via his Overbook Entertainment company, and New Line »
George Miller promises two more 'Mad Max' films are still on the way
George Miller struck a pretty tremendous blow against the idea of ageism with his vibrant, dynamic work on "Mad Max: Fury Road," and since that film came out, his name's been bouncing around, with several different possible projects rumored as his next priority. He's said several times now that the rumor about him directing "Man Of Steel 2" is simply untrue, but he has yet to offer up the title of what he's doing instead. Talking to Top Gear, he gave a pretty clear picture of what's on his mind right now. "I want to do a small film without special effects… just do it quickly," he said, and it's easy to imagine why he'd want that. "Fury Road" was a monumental shoot, and when you look at the final film, it's pretty clear why it took so long. That kind of remarkable, precision-based mayhem is demanding, and Miller's the »
- Drew McWeeny
‘The Flash’ Movie to Be Directed by ‘Lego Batman’ Writer Seth Grahame-Smith
Charles Roven is producing the film, based on the studio’s DC Entertainment property about the crime-fighting superhero who can move at superhuman speeds. Zack Snyder and wife Deborah Snyder are executive producing.
The character, created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert, first appeared in Flash Comics #1 in 1940. The TV series “The Flash,” developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns, began airing on the CW last October.
“The Flash” would mark Grahame-Smith’s feature directorial debut. He would helm from his own script. Grahame-Smith is the author of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” and the screenwriter of Warner Bros.’s upcoming “Lego Batman.”
- Dave McNary
Pepsi to Release Soda Flavor From ‘Back to the Future II’
Pepsi will release a limited edition soda titled Pepsi Perfect on Oct. 21, which marks the day in “Back to the Future II” on which Marty McFly arrived in the future and ordered a soda of the same name. While Michael J. Fox‘s character paid $50 for the drink in the 1989 film, fans will be able to buy the bottle for $20.15 in real life. Pepsi plans to release 6,500 bottles, with each being sold in a special case. However, while the bottle will be new, the formulation of the soda will stay the same as the already existing real-sugar version of Pepsi. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Watch: Video Essay Explores The Tragedy Of Roman Polanski's 'Chinatown'
Even though it was made decades after the golden age of film noirs, “Chinatown” is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, example of the genre. Much has been written and studied about the film’s adherence to the rules of film noir. In fact, Robert Towne’s masterfully plotted screenplay, considered to be one of the best in film history, is usually the first script that film students are asked to study when dissecting the noir style and formula. That being said, like many other masterpieces, “Chinatown” works in various layers, and it’s as much of a perfectly telegraphed and surprisingly typical Greek tragedy as it is a prototypical film noir. It turns out that Towne and director Roman Polanski’s influences for the story go a couple of millennia further back from the 1950s. Perhaps since the tragedy angle of "Chinatown" is not mentioned as much as its command of noir, »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
Tucker Tooley Leaving As Relativity President
Breaking: Relativity Studios President Tucker Tooley has chosen to step down from the company, following a 30-day transition period. The announcement was made jointly by Tooley and Relativity Chairman and CEO Ryan Kavanaugh. Tooley joined the company in 2007. Ramon Wilson, general manager, who has been at the company since 2006 will become President in the interim. The announcement of Tooley’s exit comes just hours after a hearing today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court that was… »
Afm Taps Mike Medavoy, China Film’s Miao Xiaotian as Speakers
The American Film Market has selected FilmNation’s Glen Basner, Cinetic Media’s John Sloss, Phoenix Pictures’ Mike Medavoy and China Film Co-production’s Miao Xiaotian as speakers in its festival conference.
The eight-day Afm in Santa Monica will open Nov. 4 for its 36th year. The market is one of the top events for independent sales activity along with Berlin, Cannes and the Toronto Film Festival.
Last year’s Afm drew 8,000 participants from more than 80 countries with 700 screenings.
Afm’s Roundtables event will start on Nov. 5 and the Conference Series begins the next day with conferences on finance, pitching, production, distribution and two new additions — the China Conference and the Festival Conference. The new Festival Focus series begin on Nov. 7.
- Dave McNary
American Society of Cinematographers Names Career Achievement Honorees
Toll, one of a short list of DPs to win back-to-back Oscars (for “Legends of the Fall” and “Braveheart”) will receive the org’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Peterson, a three-time Asc nominee and small-screen veteran of shows like “Profiler,” “Six Feet Under” and “Jane the Virgin,” will be honored with the Career Achievement in Television Award. And Bennett, with well over 1,000 television commercial credits and affectionately known by his peers as “The Car Guy” for his innovative work on automobile spots, will receive the Asc Presidents Award.
“John, Lowell and Bill have set an extremely high bar for all of us,” Asc president Richard Crudo said. “For years they each have contributed outstanding work across a variety of platforms. And of course, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Exits 'Collateral Beauty' Starring Will Smith
Well, this has been a pretty weird year for Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. The director broke hot out of Sundance with "Me And Earl And The Dying Girl," where it won the Audience Award and the Grand Jury prize. But by the time that the summer release date had rolled out, the buzz had quieted down significantly, with the movie earning a paltry $6.7 million at the box office. Still, the filmmaker made a name for himself and lined up a hot project, "Collateral Beauty," with Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara slated to star. But scheduling soon forced out Jackman, who was replaced by Will Smith. But then Mara bailed on the project in September, with cameras gearing up to roll this month. It now looks like the movie is now in serious trouble. Read More: Sundance Review: Wonderfully Funny, Bittersweet & Inventive 'Me And Earl And The Dying Girl' Is A »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Watch: John Hillcoat's 'Triple 9' Red Band Trailer
Mayhem rules in this trailer John Hillcoat's action-packed "Triple 9," which Open Road Films will open wide February 19. Open Road picked up domestic distribution rights early on and decided to give the film a wide 2016 release. "Triple 9" reunites "Out of the Furnace" co-stars Woody Harrelson and Casey Affleck as Sergeant Jeffrey Allen and rookie cop Chris Allen. "Out-monster the monster and get home at the end of the night," the uncle advises his nephew, who gets caught in a heist orchestrated by the Russian mob (including Kate Winslet) which involves pulling off a 999, which is police lingo for “officer down.” The mob's tricky maneuvers go awry when young Allen unexpectedly survives the attack intended to kill him. Anthony Mackie, Norman Reedus, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan, Aaron Paul, Teresa Palmer and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) also star. Written by Matt Cook, the movie was financed by Worldview and. »
- Anne Thompson
‘Triple 9′ Red Band Trailer: This Little Piggy Went to The Market
Director John Hillcoat has yet to make a major box-office hit. The director behind Lawless, The Road, and the incredible 2005 western, The Proposition, makes bleak and brutal movies about the violent side of humanity. If this Triple 9 red band trailer is any indication, though, he may have finally brought his sensibility to a commercial project. Watch the Triple 9 Red […]
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- Jack Giroux
‘Collateral Beauty’ Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Exits Film Over Creative Differences
Sources tell Variety that Gomez-Rejon felt as though he was directing an entirely different project than the one he had signed up for.
Smith is still attached to star in the New Line film, which was supposed to start production next month. Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar and Bard Darros are producing along with screenwriter Allan Loeb, while PalmStar CEO Kevin Frakes and Anthony Bregman are exec producing.
The story follows a New York advertising exec (Smith) who experiences a deep personal tragedy. His colleagues devise an unconventional plan to break him out of his depression, which ends up backfiring. PalmStar and Likely Story acquired the rights to the script in June, with PalmStar fully financing.
As for Gomez-Rejon, the “Me »
- Justin Kroll
Oscars: Idris Elba, Rooney Mara, And The Frontrunners In The Best Supporting Actor & Best Supporting Actress Race
It feels like I say this every year, but the supporting categories for the Academy Awards are, at least until the very end of the season and after SAG and co. announce their nods, much harder to call than the leading categories. It’s not always clear which actors (or even the extent of their roles) will get a push until the movies in question are widely seen, and it’s even less clear which performances will connect with voters. Nevertheless, the potential nominees and winners in this year’s race are starting to crystalize for the 2016 Oscars, and having looked at the lead categories already, I'll now turn to the supporting categories. Both these races are still wide, wide open, but it’s certainly starting to become clear which performances may resonate and which won't. Take a look at the full analysis and early predictions below. Best Supporting Actress »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Mipcom: deals inked in Cannes despite flooding
Round-up of key television deals struck at Mipcom.
Mipcom 2015, the TV market currently being held in Cannes (Oct 5-8), is going ahead despite a severe storm causing major flooding in the area.
The storms struck the South of France on Saturday night, causing widespread flooding across the country and leaving 16 people dead.
At Mipcom, the opening night red carpet was cancelled due to the weather but the rest of the festival will go on as planned, the organisers said.
Below is a round-up of key deals inked at the festival to date:
SundanceTV have acquired Us broadcasting rights to The Last Panthers, the six-hour crime drama that was the opening night screening at this year’s Mipcom, with a plan to air in spring. Starring Samantha Morton, Tahar Rahim, Goran Bogdan and John Hurt, the programme was commissioned by the UK’s Sky Atlantic and France’s Canal Plus. Studiocanal and Sky »
Watch: Crooked Cops Casey Affleck and Woody Harrelson Get Gruesome in Nsfw 'Triple 9' Trailer
Read More: John Hillcoat's 'Triple Nine' Sets Fall 2015 Release Date After dropping out of "The Revenant" in 2011, "The Proposition" director John Hillcoat started work on the heist movie "Triple 9," which has just gotten its first gruesome red band trailer. The trailer features many of the faces in its star-studded cast, including Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Kate Winslet, Anthony Mackie and Norman Reedus, and is packed with guns, sex and violent images. Maybe it's just the Woody Harrelson factor, but the tone also feels reminiscent of the first season of "True Detective." Whatever the case may be, the trailer promises a grisly, action-packed heist film. The movie is based on a Black List script from Matt Cook. The official synopsis reads: "In 'Triple 9', a crew of dirty cops is blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist and the only way to pull »
- Wil Barlow
‘Bridge of Spies’ Reduces a Murky Gray World to Black and White [Nyff Review]
In Bridge of Spies, Steven Spielberg‘s new Cold War drama, Tom Hanks plays an upstanding American civilian defending a Soviet spy caught on American soil. At a time when even being suspected of having Communist sympathies could ruin one’s personal and professional life, his assignment is an unsavory, even dangerous one, and there would be good reason for him to feel […]
- Angie Han
Busan: Huace, New Unveil Joint Production Partnership
Leading Korean independent distributor Next Entertainment World and Chinese media group Huace Media have launched Huace&New (Huacehexin), a joint venture production company. The deal is a further step in the relationship between the two companies that started in October last year. That saw Huace pay $52 million for a 15% stake in New ahead of New’s flotation on the Korean stock market. At the time they promised to set up a joint production company that would make at least two film per year.
Details of the joint venture were announced at the Grand Hotel in Busan on Monday evening. With executives present, they unveiled three co-developed projects.
These include a Chinese version of “The Beauty Inside,” a high-concept social drama that was created by Intel and Toshiba, helmed by Drake Doremus and launched on Facebook in 2012. New and Huace developed the project in two separate versions, and completed the Korean version first, »
- Sonia Kil
‘Collateral Beauty’ Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Exits Project Over Creative Differences With Studio
Exclusive: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, the director of New Line Cinema’s Will Smith-starrer Collateral Beauty, has departed the drama owing to creative differences with the studio. This comes less than a month after New Line acquired worldwide rights to the pic, which stars Smith as a New York advertising executive who experiences a personal tragedy and the subsequent unconventional plan from his colleagues to break him out of his depression. Overbrook Entertainment came aboard… »
China's Huace, Korea's New launch joint venture
Korea’s Next Entertainment World (New) and China’s Huace have launched a Beijing-based joint venture and announced their first projects.
The collaboration of the two entertainment media majors will be titled Huace & New and their first three projects have been revealed at the Busan International Film Festival (Biff)
Kim Woo Taek, CEO of New, said: “The company is a 50:50 joint venture established in China. On principle, both companies will be investing and producing together in all the films. We’ll be sending employees to the new company to work on site.
“Huace has the highest market share in China. When they first decided to invest, it was a year ago. Since then, we’ve had exchanges and confirmations and have decided which projects to work on.
“But the biggest reason we have made this joint venture is because both companies share similar cultures of positivity, enterprise and creativity, so that we »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jean Noh)
Fandango Unveils Research and Development Operation
Online ticket distributor Fandango has formed FandangoLabs as a research and development unit aimed at innovating moviegoing products and services.
Fandango, an NBCUniversal subsidiary, also announced its advisory board for the new venture: Dave Hollis of Disney; George Dewey of Fox; David Doyle of Regal Entertainment Group; Alwyn Hight Kushner of Tcl Chinese Theatres; Jason Blum, founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions; and Jennifer Panasik of design and consulting firm Ideo, which will serve as a Fandango innovation partner in this new venture.
FandangoLabs plans to release its first products next year. It plans to explore products in location-based services, social commerce, augmented and virtual reality, interactive video and personalization.
Fandango noted that it has created apps for Apple’s Passbook, Siri and Apple Watch, »
- Dave McNary
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