Michael Keaton, J.K. Simmons Leave ‘Kong: Skull Island’
The King Kong origins movie is set to open on March 10, 2017, and will be released in 3D. The studio and Legendary unveiled “Skull Island” during last year’s Comic-Con. They announced in September that Tom Hiddleston was on board to star, with Jordan Vogt-Roberts directing.
Production is expected to start later this year.
John Gatins (“Flight”) and Max Borenstein (“Godzilla”) wrote the script, about a team of explorers who venture deep inside the primordial island that is King Kong’s home. Legendary has said the story honors the foundations of the King Kong lore created in the iconic 1933 film.
The news was first reported by Deadline.
- Dave McNary
Box Office: 'Magic Mike XXL' Narrowly Outstrips 'Terminator: Genisys' Tuesday Night
Let the fireworks begin — or that's the hope. Terminator: Genisys and R-rated comedy Magic Mike XXL both began rolling out in North America Tuesday night before opening everywhere Wednesday in advance of the Fourth of July weekend. Magic Mike XXL, the sequel to Steven Soderbergh's sleeper hit, narrowly danced past Genisys with $2.4 million for Warner Bros, ahead of the $2.1 million earned by the first Magic Mike in late-night runs. Genisys took in $2.3 million for Paramount and Skydance Productions. Both films will have to battle holdover titans Jurassic World and Inside
- Pamela McClintock
Watch: Unsettling Trailer for Xavier Dolan's Psychological Thriller 'Tom at the Farm'
Read More: 'Mommy' Director Xavier Dolan Doesn't Want You to Label His Films Internationally acclaimed, Xavier Dolan is a director to keep your eye on. With a handful of promising features at such a young age, he follows up the Cannes-winning "Mommy" with a new psychological thriller, "Tom at the Farm." The movie premiered at the 2013 Venice Film Festival and finally found U.S distribution earlier this year. Amplify will release the French-language film in theaters and on demand in August. The official synopsis reads: "After the sudden death of his lover, Guillaume (Caleb Landry Jones), Tom (Xavier Dolan) travels from his home in the city to a remote country farm for the funeral. Upon arriving, he's shocked to find that Guillaume's family knows nothing about him and was expecting a woman in his place. Torn between his own grief and that of the family, Tom keeps his »
- Conor Soules
Ant-Man Could Lead To A Hank Pym Prequel
Paul Rudd will soon be suiting up and shrinking down for his Marvel debut in Ant-Man as thief-turned-hero Scott Lang. However, questions have arisen regarding the role of Lang.s mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (played by Michael Douglas), who developed the film.s shrinkable heroic technology. With Pym being the comic book canon.s original Ant-Man, a hint has been dropped that we could see a Pym-centric prequel. In an interview with ComicBook.com, Ant-Man director Peyton Reed discusses the idea of tackling follow-up films. While he by no means confirms anything, he does express his willingness to tackle a prospective prequel project following the exploits of a younger Hank Pym and the development of his signature protean equipment. According to Reed: Listen, if we were lucky enough to be able to do a sequel or even a prequel, I'd be way into it. I've really fallen in love with »
Watch: Go Driving At Night With This 'Nightcrawler' And 'Drive' Mashup
Ryan Gosling’s Driver and Jake Gylenhaal’s Lou Bloom. Both loners. Outsiders. Men who abide by a very strict and unwavering code. One a stoic, the other a chatty, ambitious lunatic. And, as this new supercut, titled “Driving at Night,” points out, both are men who navigate the neon-ensconced nighttime streets of Los Angeles for their own strange, and often violent, purposes. That’s right folks: “Drive” and “Nightcrawler” are the new breed of L.A. neo-noirs, suffused with a lingering sense of dread and mordant comedy, and punctuated by isolated moments that are as electric as they are sickening. Read More: Watch: 10-Minute Mashup Of Nicolas Winding Refn & Ryan Gosling's 'Drive' & 'Only God Forgives' “Nightcrawler" is a much-lauded career high for leading man Jake Gyllenhaal and also a savagely entertaining black comedy about a young social climber without a conscience who stakes a grim fortune in a business. »
- Nicholas Laskin
Rip Spaghetti Western Director Sergio Sollima
When he spoke these words, Italian film director Sergio Sollima, who died this week at age 94, was referring to his love of travel, of the ability to visit far-flung parts of the world, observing and absorbing varied and unfamiliar cultures afforded to him by his career. But he always seemed to translate that love of observation and experience to even his grimiest, most disreputable thrillers, infusing his films with vitality and a distinct political thrust that often separated them from the more routine product of the Italian film and television industry of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Sollima was born in Rome in 1921 and as a young man graduated from the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, the Italian national film school established in 1935. He started out writing film criticism but soon moved toward crafting plays and screenplays. The first of them to be produced, "Behind Closed Doors" (1951), on which he was one of four writers, »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Jake Gyllenhaal & Tarran Killam Serenade Ellen Greene In ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ -Review
Judy Garland at the Palace had nothing on the crowd that roared when Ellen Greene made her entrance Wednesday night on stage at New York’s City Center for the final of just two performances in a staged concert of Little Shop Of Horrors. It felt like Homecoming, Sunday church in Harlem and the Governor’s Ball all rolled into two joyfully cathartic hours, part celebration of a more innocent time, part funeral for the loss that soon followed. Based on Roger Corman’s 1960… »
Magic Mike Xxl: Greg Jacobs Talks Cut Scenes, Steven Soderbergh, and More
In Magic Mike Xxl, the sequel to the surprise worldwide hit Magic Mike, it’s been three years since Mike (Channing Tatum) bowed out of the stripper life. But after reuniting with the remaining Kings of Tampa – including Ken (Matt Bomer), Big Dick Richie (Joe Manganiello), Tito (Adam Rodriguez) and Tarzan (Kevin Nash) – who are headed to Myrtle Beach for one last blow-out performance at the annual stripper convention, he convinces them to learn some new moves and go out bigger and better than ever. At the film’s press day, director/producer Greg Jacobs spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why he wanted to be a part of telling this story, having worked with Steven Soderbergh for 24 years, his first cut being about 20 minutes longer, the handful of deleted scenes he’d like to include on the DVD/Blu-ray, the most challenging scene to shoot, and making »
- Christina Radish
Nadav Lapid’s ‘Kindergarten Teacher’ Wins Taipei New Talent Competition
Taipei — Israeli director Nadav Lapid’s second feature, “The Kindergarten Teacher,” won the Grand Prize and $20,000 at the new talent competition of the Taipei Film Festival.
Portraying a special relationship built upon poetry between a precocious child and his teacher, “Kindergarten” was lauded by the festival jury as “mysterious, emotional, and compassionate.” The film earlier showcased at 2014 Cannes Critics’ Week.
Local filmmaker Chiang Hsui-chiung’s “The Furthest End Awaits” won the Audience Choice Award.
Jury members included festival programmer Chen Mi-jiuan, Taiwanese director Hou Chi-jan, Christian Jeune from Cannes, Thai filmmaker Pen-ek Ratanaruang and Korean director E J-yong.
The 18th Taipei Film Festival runs through July 17.
- Sonia Kil
How Ant-Man's Director Made Sure Civil War Got Ant-Man Right
Peyton Reed might have only been working on Ant-Man for just over a year, but he grew very protective of the character throughout his time on the film. In fact, when the Russo brothers arrived in the Ant-Man editing suite to check over some footage and told Reed about their plans for the diminutive hero, the director couldn.t help but feel territorial. Peyton Reed made this revelation during his chat with Et Online, where he also admitted that he became a little bit envious when Paul Rudd went to shoot scenes as Ant-Man for Captain America: Civil War. But he made sure to showcase his supremacy when the blockbuster.s directors Anthony and Joe Russo visited his editing bay. Reed explained: I had the Russo brothers, who are directing Captain America: Civil War, brought into the cutting room. So, I show them a bunch of footage from Ant-Man because »
Is Chris Pratt Psychic? ‘Jurassic World’ Star Predicted His Role In 2010
Ok, maybe there is something to the idea of ‘put it out there to the universe and it will happen’. In 2010, Chris Pratt was playing Andy Dwyer in NBC’s Parks And Recreation. While recording a behind-the-scenes video extra for the show’s DVD version, he made a joke about getting a text from Steven Spielberg. ‘Man, I just got a text message,’ said Pratt as he looked down at his phone. ‘From Steven Spielberg. God, so annoying’, he said relaying his reply aloud. ‘I’ll have to… »
Watch: Nicole Kidman Fearlessly Takes on Sensual 'Strangerland' (Exclusive Video Interview)
Nicole Kidman is one of our most fearless actresses, from her Oscar-winning role as a depressed Virginia Woolf in "The Hours" and warbling woman of the night in "Moulin Rouge!" to the grieving mother in "Rabbit Hole," aggressive newswoman on the rise in "To Die For," and sexy turn in "Paperboy." I talked to her on a chilly Sundance balcony right before her latest film "Strangerland" made its debut in the World competition. "Strangerland" is a gorgeously moody outback thriller shot in Alice Springs about a pharmacist (Joseph Fiennes, replacing originally cast Guy Pearce) and his wife (Kidman) who move to a new town after their sex-crazed 15-year-old daughter has an affair with a teacher. They haven't had a chance to settle down when the girl and her younger brother vanish during a dust storm, presumably into the desert, spawning all sorts of talk and suspicion as the town police chief (Hugo Weaving) tries to. »
- Anne Thompson
Ant-man Clip: Michael Douglas Teaches Paul Rudd How to Use the Suit
We've got a clip of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) finding the Ant-Man suit, one of him putting it on for the very first time and now a brand new one shows the next step of the process - figuring out how to harness its power. IGN just shared the brief video in which Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) explains how the suit works in hopes that Scott can strike a symbiotic relationship with it and be able to shrink and grow on a dime. Find out if he manages to pull it off in the latest Ant-Man clip below. The film is due in theaters on July 17th and also stars Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Pena, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris and Bobby Cannavale. Here’s the official Ant-Man synopsis: The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for »
- Perri Nemiroff
TV Producer David Kennedy, a Former Agent, Dies Suddenly at 73
David Kennedy, the former entertainment talent agent and an award-winning television producer, died suddenly on June 14 in Los Angeles due to complications from knee replacement surgery.
For the past two years, the 73-year-old Kennedy had been developing numerous television projects for FX Networks under a first-look deal with FX Productions, an agreement that was recently renewed for another two years prior to his death. Among the projects were “How to Survive a Plague,” which he was developing with David France, along with David Siegel and Scott McGehee, based on France’s award-winning documentary of the same name. He was also developing “A Perfect Terrorist,” based on the “Frontline” episode of the same name from Wgbh and ProPublica, with producers David Fanning, Joshua Goldin, Rachel Abramowitz and Sebastian Rotella.
- Carmel Dagan
Why Thor 2's Director Had A Terrible Time Working For Marvel
As their expansive cinematic universe continues to unfold, Marvel has a definite aesthetic, a look and feel and tone that spans different movies, superheroes, and creative teams. This means that there are a lot of fingers in the pot on any given film, and the studio has been criticized for not letting individual director fully realize their visions. There are, of course, two sides to this story, but Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor is one who did not particularly enjoy his time working for Marvel. While promoting his latest movie, Terminator: Genisys, which opens today, Uproxx asked Taylor how working on that film for Paramount compared to working on Thor 2. From his description, it sounds like it was a very different affair. He said: I.ve learned that you don.t make a $170 million movie with someone else.s money and not have to collaborate a lot. The »
Minions Just Broke A Massive Box-Office Record Overseas
Minions is still over a week away from hitting U.S. cinemas, but it’s already amassed quite a chunk of cash overseas, which suggests that it’s going to be a huge success once it finally does. In fact, it’s made so much money that it both knocked Jurassic World off the top of the box office in the U.K. and opened to the biggest total ever for an animated feature film in merry old England. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Minions took in the amount of $18.2 million across the pond, which was more than double what Jurassic World amassed. The reason for that is probably because this is the third week that Jurassic World has been in cinemas. But that shouldn’t downplay just how successful Minions has already been for Universal and Illumination Entertainment. The aforementioned total »
Agent Carter Season 2 Poster Teases Major Location Change
Ahead of next week’s San Diego Comic-Con panel, ABC has unveiled the first poster for Agent Carter Season 2. The Marvel TV series didn’t make a huge splash ratings-wise when its 8-episode first season aired earlier this year, but ABC made a somewhat surprising decision to order a second season regardless. With the central mystery of Season 1 now solved, however, Agent Carter is undergoing a significant location shift for the new episodes. Speaking with EW, executive producer Michele Fazekas reiterated that Season 2 takes place in Los Angeles: “There’s a case that goes beyond what the Lapd or normal local police would be able to handle that falls into their purview… In Los Angeles, you have the spectacular wealth, glamour and beauty right next to the grit and crime—often right up against each other. We’re very much being inspired by Noir films.” [caption id="attachment_415878" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via ABC[/caption] A »
- Adam Chitwood
Oscar Halftime Report: Can Animated ‘Inside Out’ Turn Best Picture Race Upside Down?
It is halftime for the 2015 Oscar race, but at this point only one movie released in the first six months of this year looks to make the list of Best Picture nominees. And no, with all apologies to Vin Diesel, it is not Furious 7. So with that in mind let me tell you that right now on July 1, Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out is leading the race for the Academy Awards. Of course Best Picture nominations for animated films are extremely rare. When there were just five nominees… »
Michael Neeson Debuts As Michael Collins In ‘The Rising,’ Playing The Role His Dad Made Famous
Talk about following in a father's footsteps. Michael Neeson, son of actor Liam Neeson, has just been set for his first major film role. He will play the role of famed Irish revolutionary Michael Collins in The Rising, reprising the role his father made famous almost 20 years ago in Michael Collins. The film stars Colin Morgan (Merlin), who plays the lead role of Irish freedom fighter Sean McDermott, and David O'Hara (Braveheart) who plays revolutionary leader James… »
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