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Benjamin Walker Joins Nicholas Sparks’ ‘The Choice’ for Lionsgate

21 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Benjamin Walker has been cast as the lead character in Lionsgate’s romance-drama “The Choice” based on the Nicholas Sparks novel.

Walker, last seen in HBO series “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight,” will portray Travis Parker. He will star next in Ron Howard’s “Heart of the Sea.”

The screenplay adaptation was written by Bryan Sipe.

Sparks and Theresa Park are partnering with Peter Safran to produce and finance the film, the first independent feature from Nicholas Sparks Productions. Lionsgate’s Jason Constantine and Eda Kowan will oversee the project for the studio.

The Choice” is set in a small coastal town where Parker ends up pursuing a relationship with his new neighbor, leading to a journey that neither could have foreseen.

Eight of Sparks’ books have been made into films, including “The Notebook,” “Message in a Bottle,” “A Walk to Remember,” “Dear John” and “The Lucky One.””The Best of Me »


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Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey to voice star in 'Boss Baby'

21 hours ago | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey have signed on to voice star in DreamWorks Animation’s Boss Baby, EW has confirmed.

Tom McGrath (Madagascar, Megamind) will direct the film from a script by Michael McCullers (Austin Powers). The film was inspired by Marla Frazee’s picture book of the same name.

Baldwin will voice the titular character, a briefcase-carrying baby who sparks jealousy in his 7-year-old brother, Tim. Threatened by the new arrival, Tim attempts to win his parents’ sole affection. In the process, he uncovers a secret plot by the CEO of Puppy Co. (voiced by Spacey) that could ruin »


- C. Molly Smith

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eOne, Hammer partner up

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eOne and Hammer have agreed to an exclusive multi-year first-look film deal.

The arrangement covers production, financing and distribution. London-based president of film production Xavier Marchand will oversee the deal for eOne. 

eOne will distribute Hammer films in Canada, the UK, Benelux, Spain and Australia and New Zealand.

Sales arm eOne Films International under Harold van Lier will handle rights in remaining territories.

Dasym-backed Hammer was founded in 1934 and is in resurgent form, scoring recent hits with horror smash The Woman In Black and Let Me In.

It was part of the Exclusive Media fold before that company fell apart earlier this year. Hammer executives are working on horror sequel Woman In Black: Angel Of Death, a co-production with eOne.

“We’re thrilled to extend our partnership with Simon Oakes, Marc Schipper and the innovative Hammer team,” said Marchand. “As we continue to expand our production business, it’s rewarding to build on our shared success with Woman »


- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Tedd Cittadine Promoted as Fox’s Digital Home Entertainment Biz in North America

17 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tedd Cittadine has been promoted to senior VP of digital distribution at Fox, a post in which he will oversee the studio’s digital distribution business for movies and television shows in North America for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Cittadine, who had previously served as VP, digital distribution, Tcfhe, reports to Keith Feldman, president of worldwide distribution.

In his new role, Cittadine will manage Fox’s digital clients that offer the studio’s movies and TV shows on cable, satellite and Internet-based Digital HD and VOD platforms in the U.S. and Canada.

See Also: Why Hollywood’s Experiencing a ‘Digital Renaissance’ with Digital HD

Cittadine’s promotion comes as Fox is committing more resources to growing its home entertainment business through e-commerce and digital distribution platforms.

“Tedd has been instrumental in establishing our digital businesses in the North American marketplace, and his proven results and consummate experience will »


- Marc Graser

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Watch the Full Trailer for Ridley Scott’s ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’

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Fox and Chernin Entertainment have released the full trailer for Ridley Scott’s biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” starring Christian Bale.

The film also stars Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley

“Exodus” revolves around the tale of Moses and the latest trailer showcases the action Scott is known for on a grand scale. On Sept. 30, Fox showed almost 40 minutes of footage to reporters, with Variety’s Tim Gray writing that the film “falls into the ‘they don’t make ‘em like that anymore’ category, with big battle scenes and aerial panoramas of ancient cities, rustic settlements and military camps, all rendered in 3D CGI glory.”

Also present at the screening, Christian Bale described his Moses as “a troubled and tumultuous man.”

“Exodus” will bow in theaters on Dec. 12, 2015.

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14 Films To See In October

28 minutes ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Yep, it’s time to get serious about movies again. Though this column typically keeps the list to 10 choices for films to check out every month, we couldn’t deny that October is absolutely jam-packed this year. There’s a lot to be excited about this month: already highly-praised works from auteurs, plenty of titles from recent festivals this year, the occasional horror movie (hopefully one of them is at least scary, but we know that’s a rarity), and potential Oscar nominees and winners. So we went ahead stretched the list this time out.  Regardless of how the awards pan out this year, we’re just glad we get to see these movies sooner rather than later. Especially after our exhaustive festival coverage during September (Tiff / Telluride / Venice) in which most of The Playlist staff were left on the sidelines and forced to read about all the cool movies being discovered and discussed. »

- Erik McClanahan

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Tuesday TV Ratings: Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Falls to Series Low; Selfie Falters in Debut

28 minutes ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

TV ratings for Tuesday, September 30th are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights: ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is not doing great.  The second episode of the show’s second season (read Evan's recap here) garnered a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 4.54 million viewers, notching a series low for the Marvel show.  On the bright side, there’s always the possibility that it could receive a jolt in viewership after its midseason break following the debut of Agent Carter, but there’s no guarantee that show will be a hit either. Elsewhere on ABC, the series premiere of the awfully-titled Selfie scored a 1.4 rating in the demo and 4.89 million viewers.  Despite the cringe-worthy premise, our own Allison Keene thought the pilot episode was saved by its solid cast.  Those debut numbers on down considerably from the 3.0 rating that The Goldbergs nabbed in its post-s. »

- Adam Chitwood

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New The Mule Trailer Will Turn Your Stomach

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Ever since catching Tony Mahony and Angus Sampson’s The Mule at SXSW, I’ve been describing it as a “you’ve got to see it to believe it” type of film, but this new trailer actually does a solid job of recreating how unsettling and gut-wrenching the full feature can get.  Sampson leads as Ray Jenkins, a nice guy who gets suckered into swallowing bags of drugs and trying to smuggle them across the border.  Sure enough, he gets caught and that’s when the fun starts.  Ray refuses to admit that he’s got narcotics in his stomach, so the authorities have no choice, but to wait it out.  They confine Ray to a hotel room and keep an eye on him day and night, waiting for the contraband to come out. I watch a lot of horror movies loaded with carnage where people get torn apart, but »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Watch: New 'Theory of Everything' Trailer Stars Oscar Contender Eddie Redmayne

44 minutes ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

At this point, there is no denying the Oscar momentum that "The Theory of Everything," starring Redmayne and Felicity Jones as Stephen Hawking and his heroic wife in the 1960s, has picked up since its Toronto premiere. The Brit biopic is backed by Focus Features, has earned rave reviews for the performances and is directed by James Marsh, the Oscar winner behind the celebrated documentary "Man on Wire." "Theory of Everything" hits theaters November 7, and plays Mill Valley next week. Here are eight reasons why it's an Academy contender. Get out your hankies. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Watch Tom Cruise Get Killed Off Over And Over In This Darkly Funny Edge Of Tomorrow Supercut

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Spoiler Alert: Tom Cruise dies a lot in Edge of Tomorrow. Ok, that's barely a spoiler, as the premise of the film involves Cruise's character living the same day over and over, as it resets every time he dies. With that said, if you haven't seen the movie yet, you might want to skip this video, as this darkly amusing "death edit" is kind of spoilery. You know he dies a lot, but seeing those scenes for the first time is better in context. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Post by Edge of Tomorrow. Edge of Tomorrow really does have a high re-watchability factor. I confirmed as much the second time I saw the film »

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Jeremy Renner Says Return Of Jason Bourne "Opens The World," Talks 'Avengers' Plus New 'Kill The Messenger' Clip

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Since he rose to stardom with 2008’s “The Hurt Locker,” Jeremy Renner has proven a reliable and prolific leading man. And not long after “The Hurt Locker,” Renner landed in a handful of lucrative franchises. First came “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” followed quickly by “The Avengers,” and then in “The Bourne Legacy,” a franchise he took over from Matt Damon and in which he portrayed Agent Aaron Cross.  However, it seems Damon is poised to reclaim his starring role in the next Bourne film, which is slated for 2016. Renner is surprisingly excited about the notion, viewing Damon’s return not as a threat but as an opportunity to bring Cross and Bourne together on screen. "I think it really opens up the world and it keeps Bourne’s character active," Renner told HuffPost Entertainment. "I think Cross’ character is already going to continue to be active, [and] I think it will »

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‘Equalizer’ Director Antoine Fuqua: ‘I Don’t Believe I Should Filter the Violence’

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Thirteen years after creating one of cinema’s nastiest villains, corrupt cop Alonzo Harris, “Training Day” star Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua have teamed up on another gritty thriller, “The Equalizer.” The film, which opened Sept. 26, is a more violent adaptation of the 1980s CBS series.

What makes Denzel different than other A-list actors you’ve worked with?

He gives his heart to the project. There’s no ego. It’s not ‘Oh the coffee’s not right’ or ‘I’ve got to jump on my private jet.’ He’s there 24/7. He had lunch every day with the entire crew.

You box in your spare time. Why do you enjoy the sport?

I leave the ring calm. Any aggression I have, I get it out in the ring or on the bags.

You make a lot of hard-r movies. Why do you like that genre? 

I’m not attracted to violent material. »


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‘Angry Birds’ Movie Gets All-Star Cast Led By Jason Sudeikis; Plus First Photo

51 minutes ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Much as an infuriated avian might send its own body crashing into a structure to get to some evil swine, Sony is throwing a very funny voice cast at its Angry Birds movie to win over the skeptics. Jason Sudeikis has just been announced for the lead part of Red, with Josh Gad, Danny McBride, […]

The post ‘Angry Birds’ Movie Gets All-Star Cast Led By Jason Sudeikis; Plus First Photo appeared first on /Film. »


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RioFilme launches $4m film fund

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RioFilme, a public company linked to Rio de Janeiro’s secretariat of culture, announced today a $4.1m (R$10.16m) public bid for the selection of projects for the development of films as well as for the digitization of cinemas.

The announcement was made during RioMarket, the business side of the Rio International Film Festival that runs until October 8.

“By adding the value of this new public bid, the investment of RioFilme in the audiovisual sector in 2014 will total $19.9m (R$ 49m), covering 117 projects,’’ said Sergio Sá Leitao, the Municipal Secretary of Culture and president director of RioFilme.

The new public bid will select 15 feature film projects (including fiction, animation and documentaries), which will each receive up to $162,000 (R$400,000) for production or $81,400 (R$200,000) for post-production. In terms of short films, 11 projects will get up to $20,300 (R$50,000) for production.

In the TV sector, six projects for series will be granted, receiving each $203,600 (R$500,000) – as long as the production company »

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Find Out Where You Can See Interstellar in 70mm IMAX and 35mm

57 minutes ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

It’s no secret that Christopher Nolan is a very big proponent of film as opposed to digital.  His preference goes beyond the shooting of the movie to the actual projection, and not unlike Quentin Tarantino, Nolan very much prefers that you see his movies projected on film.  Today, Paramount released the final trailer for Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar and also confirmed what we heard last night, which is that the film will be opening two days early on 75mm IMAX and 35mm screens.  That means if your local theater has converted to digital projectors both in their regular theaters and IMAX, you’ll have to wait two more days to see the film.  It’s kind of a shame since most theaters across the country have converted to digital—especially in the middle of the country, where digital projection is cheaper to maintain—but it’s nice to »

- Adam Chitwood

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St. Petersburg Intl. Media Forum Launches

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London — The St. Petersburg Intl. Media Forum launched Wednesday with a lineup of screenings spread across 10 programs, each curated by a leading Russian film critic.

Catherine Mtsitouridze, Spimf’s concept creator and general producer, said that the curators of programs had enjoyed complete freedom during the selection process.

“For the film selection for the Media Forum, it was essential to ensure 100% freedom of expression for the curators, our friends and like-minded fellows. Trust is the key success factor in our work,” she said.

The event opens with Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy” and closes with the world premiere of Susanne Bier’s “Serena,” which stars Jennifer Lawrence.

The Mamentum section features four films by French directors that appeared at Cannes: Olivier Assayas’ “Clouds of Sils Maria,” Francois Ozon’s “The New Girlfriend,” Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent” and Benoit Jacquot’s “Three Hearts.”

The section’s curator, Alexander Mamontov, commented: “Our »

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Is Ridley Scott's 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' an Oscar Secret Weapon? (Video)

1 hour ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

While Christian Bale admitted that you can't out-Heston Charlton Heston in playing the all-consuming Moses, the real question last night at Fox was if Ridley Scott can out-"Gladiator" "Gladiator" with "Exodus: Gods and Kings" (December 12). After glimpsing about a half-hour of powerful footage that left us wanting more, the answer is definitely yes (watch the new trailer below). In fact, Fox will probably have another Best Picture Oscar contender to go along with David Fincher's hot "Gone Girl." Scott's ambitious retelling of Moses as conflicted revolutionary is right up the Academy's alley. It should score a slew of above and below the line noms, including nods for Dariusz Wolski's gritty cinematography, Arthur Max's opulent production design, Janty Yates' authentic-looking costumes, James Harrison's thunderous sound design, Double Negative's incomplete yet impressive VFX, Alberto Iglesias' as-yet-unheard score and Billy Rich's tight »


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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ To Open Two Days Early In 35mm, 70mm

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Paramount and Warner Bros. announced today that audiences nationwide can catch Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar two days early – projected on film. Starting November 5, Interstellar will screen in advance showings in 225 locations accross the U.S. and Canada in 70mm IMAX, 70mm, and 35mm. Two days later the film opens wide as previously announced in 4K and IMAX digital screenings. Film purist Nolan was one of a number of filmmakers who fought to save film stock from extinction at Kodak earlier this summer. The Dark Knight Rises helmer is one of a few directors with the clout to make a traditional film release happen after the majority of exhibitors made the switch to digital projection. He filmed Interstellar on 35mm anamorphic film and 65mm IMAX and seems to have his studio bosses onboard despite the added costs of striking hundreds of film prints for the release: “To see Christopher Nolan’s »


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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ Launching Early in IMAX

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount Pictures will open Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” at IMAX and other large-format theaters on Nov. 5, two days before its nationwide release in the U.S.

The advance showings of the sci-fi tentpole, starring Matthew McConaughey, will play in more than 225 locations across the U.S. and Canada.

“To see Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ on the big screen is an unforgettable movie going experience,” said Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore.

Nolan shot the movie with a combination of 35mm anamorphic film and 65mm Imax.

Tickets for the advance showings went on sale Wednesday.

Cast includes Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow and Michael Caine. Story centers on a team of explorers traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars.

Nolan directed from a script he co-wrote with his brother Christopher Nolan. Producers are Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Lynda Obst. »


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New to Blu-ray: Transformers: Age Of Exctinction, Chef, 24: Live Another Day, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the latest explosion-filled effort from Michael Bay, a small-scale indie from Jon Favreau, the return of Jack Bauer, and more.  Briefly: Transformers: Age of Extinction (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - $17.99 (55% off) Transformers: Age of Extinction (3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + DVD) - $26.99 (46% off) Transformers: Age of Extinction Limited Edition Gift Set with Grimlock and Optimus Collectible Statue [Blu-ray] - $79.99 (33% off) Chef (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD with UltraViolet) - $19.99 (43% off) 24: Live Another Day [Blu-ray] - $29.99 (50% off) Once Upon a Time in America: Extended Director's [Blu-ray] - $26.49 (24% off) Gone With the Wind 75th Anniversary [Blu-ray] - $35.69 (29% off) Are You Here [Blu-ray] - $15.99 (47% off) Cold in July [Blu-ray] - $14.99 (50% off) Ivory Tower [Blu-ray] - $27.28 (7% off) Leprechaun Origins [Blu-ray] - $21.24 (15% off) Third Person [Blu-ray] - $24.99 (31% off)

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