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Aaron Sorkin Confirms Christian Bale For Steve Jobs Pic, Says He'll Have More Dialogue Than “3 Movies Combined'

22 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Last we heard, Christian Bale was in talks for the Steve Jobs biopic directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin. The notion of that trio alone hopefully washes away the memory of “Jobs” starring Ashton Kutcher. It now appears that Bale has signed-on the dotted line; Sorkin confirmed the actor’s participation during a recent interview with Bloomberg Television’s Emily Chang on a coming edition of “Studio 1.0.” “We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range, and that’s Chris Bale,” Sorkin said, making an NFL draft reference that's mostly lost on movie nerds. “He didn’t have to audition. Well, there was a meeting.” It's pretty rare for an A-lister like Bale to audition for anything, particularly since he has an Oscar in hand, but we suppose there are exceptions. Apparently the rapid-fire Sorkin-ese mile-a minute dialogue will go into overdrive for this film. »


- Edward Davis

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What Gotham Award Noms Tell Us About Awards Buzz: 'Birdman,' 'Boyhood,' 'Budapest' Looking Good

21 hours ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Arriving early in the awards cycle are the Ifp's Gotham Independent Film Awards (in seven competitive categories). They have little influence on Oscar voters, but do start to build positive momentum for certain buzzy titles. They have more influence over L.A.'s upcoming Indie Spirit Award nominations.  So it's no surprise that Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" (IFC)--the current Oscar frontrunner for Best Picture--led the way with four nominations, nor that two Fox Searchlight films, Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel" and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's  "Birdman," are strong award season contenders. Of the other two feature nominees, Ira Sachs' "Love is Strange" could have used nominations for its two actors, John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, while Jonathan Glazer's under-appreciated indie feature "Under the Skin" and Best Actress nominee Scarlett Johansson mainly gained awareness for the Indie Spirits--if the British film is »


- Anne Thompson

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Ethan Hawke to Play Jazz Legend Chet Baker in ‘Born to Be Blue’

18 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

After years of talking about a Chet Baker biopic with Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke is finally getting the chance to play the legendary jazz trumpeter in writer-director Robert Budreau's indie “Born to Be Blue,” which is currently in production in Canada. Carmen Ejogo (“Selma”) and Callum Keith Rennie (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) co-star in the film, which Hawke helped develop with the producers. The film is produced by Jennifer Jonas and Leonard Farlinger of New Real Films, Budreau of Lumanity Productions and Jake Seal of Black Hangar Studios. Executive producers include William Santor, John Hills, Andrew Chang-sang of Productivity Media, »


- Jeff Sneider

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Grateful Dead Documentary in the Works with Martin Scorsese Aboard

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

Martin Scorsese will exec produce an authorized documentary on The Grateful Dead, aimed at coinciding with the band’s 50th anniversary next year.

The documentary will be directed by Amir Bar-Lev, whose credits include “The Tillman Story” and “Happy Valley.”

Scorsese has been involved in music documentaries dating back to serving as an assistant director and editor on Michael Wadleigh’s “Woodstock” in 1970. He directed 1978’s “The Last Waltz” and 2011’s “George Harrison: Living in the Material World.”

Eric Eisner, Nicholas Koskoff and Justin Kreutzmann will produce. Production companies are Eisner’s Double E Pictures, Bar-Lev’s Axis Films and Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions.

In addition to Scorsese, exec producers include Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Andrew Heller, Sanford Heller and Rick Yorn. Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux will be the film’s music supervisor.

The band first performed on May 5, 1965 at Magoo’s Pizza in Menlo Park, Calif., as The Warlocks. »


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Keanu Reeves, Adrianne Palicki on ‘John Wick,’ Dogs and Stunts

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

Keanu Reeves is back.

Reeves joined Adrianne Palicki, Dean Winters, Lance Reddick and helmers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch on the red carpet at the Arclight Hollywood for a screening of “John Wick” Wednesday night.

The film follows Reeves as Wick, a deadly assassin – he’s described in the film as the killer they call to kill the bogeyman – in retirement who loses his wife, dog and car all in the span of a few days, bringing him out of retirement, to the detriment of anyone and everyone who crosses his path. The character’s true nature is never in doubt in the film.

“He’s a total badass,” Winters said.

Reeves saw in the character something of a classic action hero.

“He’s a mythical assassin, but he’s put that all away for love,” Reeves said.

Wick isn’t the only hardboiled character in the film, as Palicki’s character, »


- Kevin Noonan

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Harvey Weinstein Teams with Will Ferrell on Comedy ‘Plus One’

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

The Weinstein Company is teaming with Will Ferrell’s Gloria Sanchez Prods. on April Prosser’s comedy “Plus One.”

The story centers on a woman who comes out of a long-term relationship only to realize that all her friends have married off — leaving her with an oversharing wild card as the only option for a wing woman.

“We’re thrilled to be on board with this hilarious and smart film by talented up-and-comer April Prosser,” said Harvey Weinstein. “Her script drew one of the strongest responses from our team that I’ve seen in a while.”

Gloria Sanchez Prods., a division of Gary Sanchez Prods., is dedicated to female-driven  projects and will produce with Jessica Elbaum, Ferrell and Adam McKay taking lead.

Prosser’s screenplay “The One That Got Away” was named to the 2012 Black List and is being produced by Mason Novick and directed by Ari Sandel at Amazon Studios. »


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Sony Pictures Korea Expected to Close

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

Seoul — Sony Pictures is poised to end its direct theatrical distribution business in South Korea, according to sources in the Korean film industry.

Although a formal announcement has yet to be made, sources close to the company told Variety that Sony Pictures Korea will cease operations at the end of the year. Sony’s last Korean release is expected to be “Fury,” starring Brad Pitt, who is scheduled to visit the country to promote the film.

It is expected that Universal Pictures International will then take over distribution duties, according to sources.

Sony became the first Hollywood studio to handle its own distribution in Korea, when it set up a unit of Columbia Tristar in 1990. In 2006 it inked a joint venture with Disney, creating Sony Pictures Releasing Walt Disney Studios Korea, though that relationship has recently been dissolved.

Disney and Marvel films including “Avengers: Age of Ultron” are now being distributed by Disney alone. »


- Nemo Kim

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The Crow Remake Aims to Start Shooting Next Year, Luke Evans Still Attached

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

This remake refuses to really go away.  I really liked Alex Proyas' take on The Crow back when it came out in 1994, but the film and the accompanying material are just so much of that time that it's difficult to see how it would work as well today.  I think back to that movie and I think of Nine Inch Nails, Thrill Kill Kult, the death of Brandon Lee and the catchphrase, "it can't rain all the time."  I don't think back to the film's quality, which was patchwork at best (Proyas would do better work later on). Maybe that's where this remake could make some improvements.  If they could find another, more relevant, cultural signpost than mainstream 90's goth and make a more consistent film, then it might be worth it.  Producer Ed Pressman is certainly trying to make it happen.  Hit the jump for more on The Crow remake. »

- Evan Dickson

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Warner Bros. Looking for Female Director to Helm Wonder Woman

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

The superhero movie boom has been happening for years now and only one superhero film has had a female director: Lexi Alexander's Punisher: War Zone.  And the budget for that film was drastically lower than the majority of superhero pictures.  Patty Jenkins (Monster) came close to directing Thor: The Dark World, but she and Marvel couldn't come to terms, so they went with Alan Taylor instead. It's absurd and sad that, even beyond superhero films, female directors almost never get to take on a blockbuster property.  There are legions of incompetent male directors who are given hundreds of millions of dollars to blow on a waste of time, but incredibly talented female directors are relegated to indies, rom-coms, and TV shows.  It's time to break through that glass ceiling, especially with superhero movies since we're going to be getting so many of them.  Fittingly, that time may have finally come with Wonder Woman. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Antonio Banderas Ups Production, Direction Priorities

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

Madrid – Antonio Banderas is not done yet. Currently shooting “Altamira” – his first majority Spanish film in two decades, outside his own productions and collaborations with Pedro Almodóvar – Banderas, one of Spain’s biggest Hollywood success stories, imagines a future based out of New York, Madrid and his hometown Málaga in Andalusia, Spain.

That is a sign of the times. The recipient of an honorary Goya at Spain’s 2015 Academy Awards, as an actor, Banderas is currently starring – and sporting a Victorian beard for the purpose – in Hugh Hudson’s family-skewing historical drama “Altamira,” co-stars in Patricia’s Reegen’s ”The 33,” in post; appears in Paramount Pictures’ The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water,” and in Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups.”

As large questions remain about Spain’s future state financing structures, Banderas is emerging as a possible lynchpin between the U.S. industry, its finance, distribution muscle, studio facilities, »


- John Hopewell

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Review: Documentary '21 Years: Richard Linklater' With Ethan Hawke, Matthew McConaughey, Julie Delpy And More

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Even though he created some of the most daring, original, honest and sometimes downright hilarious films of the last two and a half decades, Richard Linklater might be the most underrated director in contemporary American cinema. Every die-hard cinephile, and even a good percentage of casual movie watchers, have their favorite Linklater masterpiece they hold close to their hearts with a profoundly personal attachment, a film they’ll go out of their way to recommend to friends and family. Fans even talk up his successful mainstream work, like the infectiously adorable “School of Rock,” as if they are their own personal discoveries. And yet, that film was far from obscure art-house fare. It was a massive mainstream hit that grossed $131 million dollars worldwide, and even has a TV spinoff in the works. Yet it contained such heartwarming honesty and such genuine compassion for its characters, fans still took it upon »

- Oktay Ege Kozak

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Watch the first 5 minutes of 'Low Down,' with John Hawkes and Elle Fanning

1 hour ago | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Elle Fanning is super-excited about her next project: Halloween. She might be one of the hardest-working actresses in Hollywood—with four films in theaters in 2014, including the blockbuster Maleficent—but she's still only 16 and her Halloween costume is an elaborate production. "It's a secret," she says, when asked about her trick-or-treat dress-up plans. "But I'll give you some of my greatest hits: I was the Morton Salt Girl. I was Strawberry Shortcake. I've been a Barbie Statue of Liberty. I've been Mary Poppins. I was a Madame Alexander doll. I was a vampire, but that was like a very glamorous done-up vampire. »


- Jeff Labrecque

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'Lord of the Rings' actor Billy Boyd to write and perform 'The Hobbit' end-credits song

1 hour ago | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Billy Boyd, the actor who played hobbit Peregrin Took in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, is reteaming with the director in a new capacity: singer. Boyd will perform the end-credits song for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, according to a press release from WaterTower Music. The song is titled "The Last Goodbye," and he co-wrote it with the filmmakers. In the release, the filmmakers are quoted as saying, “It is hard, after 16 years and six films, to know exactly how to say goodbye. We knew that we wanted to speak directly to all those »


- Keith Staskiewicz

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Ben Wheatley Sets ‘Free Fire’, With Olivia Wilde and Luke Evans

1 hour ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

One of the U.K.’s most interesting filmmakers is coming to our shores. Ben Wheatley is getting a cast together for Free Fire, a ’70s-inspired action shootout that will be his first-ever film set in the U.S. So far, he’s off to a great start. Olivia Wilde, Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy, and Armie Hammer are all […]

The post Ben Wheatley Sets ‘Free Fire’, With Olivia Wilde and Luke Evans appeared first on /Film. »


- Angie Han

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Canon C100 Mark II Adds New Features, But Not 4K

1 hour ago | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Canon has announced a refresh of the Canon C100, and on the face of it this update fixes many of the issues found in the original model. The Dual Pixel Cmos Af function that was a paid upgrade for the original C100 is included, though it’s still limited to the center of the image area. Also new is Face-Detection Af, which will focus on off-center faces. The Evf, which was widely panned in the first model is now larger, with a redesigned eyepiece, and it now tilts. The rear screen is now a 3.5” 1.23 megapixel Oled, with a new […] »

- Michael Murie

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‘Right Stuff’ Helmer Philip Kaufman to Receive Camerimage Award

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London — Writer-director Philip Kaufman, whose credits include “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” and “The Right Stuff,” will receive a lifetime achievement award for directing at Camerimage, a film festival that celebrates the art of cinematography.

The award recognizes filmmakers who have “changed the way movies are made with their creativity, visual skills and passion for their craft,” the fest said. “Kaufman is an artist who is not afraid to supplement genre features with deeper analyses of the human condition,” it added.

His first screenplay and directorial debut was the comedy “Goldstein,” which shared the Cannes Film Festival Prix de la Nouvelle Critique with Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Prima Della Rivoluzione” in 1964.

Next up was comedy “Fearless Frank,” which featured a comic-book hero played by Jon Voight, and revisionist Western “The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid,” starring Robert Duvall as Jesse James.

Drama “The White Dawn” marked Kaufman’s first collaboration with the cinematographer Michael Chapman. »


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Watch: Spike Lee’s Great 16-Minute Documentary 'I Throw Like A Girl' About Little League Phenom Mo’ne Davis

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While his features continue to be hit and miss affairs, Spike Lee's documentaries still rank among his best work, and that's no different with his latest "I Throw Like A Girl." This terrific, 16-minute shot doc turns the camera on thirteen year-old Mo'ne Davis, the Little League pitcher and phenom who managed to bump NBA star Kobe Bryant off the cover of Sports Illustrated, following her performance in the Little League World Series this past summer (she was the first girl to pitch a shutout in the series). With insights from her coach and family, Lee's film not only profiles Davis' accomplishments on the mound, but her talent on the basketball court, and her natural ability and work ethic (she's on the honor roll too) that paints a bright future for the athlete, who already has eyes on the Wnba. Even if you don't know your curveball from a three pointer, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Ben Wheatley To Helm 'Free Fire' With Luke Evans, Olivia Wilde & More; Martin Scorsese Profiles Grateful Dead And More

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"I just think he's so interesting and unique and I don't know anyone who makes movies like he does," Elisabeth Moss, who stars in Ben Wheatley's upcoming "High Rise," recently told us about the director, and we totally agree. Prolific and constantly shifting gears, it's always exciting to see what the filmmaker is cooking up next and this next bit of news is no different. Luke Evans, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde, and Michael Smiley will star in Wheatley's "Free Fire." The film, which the director also wrote, is inspired by action movies Wheatley loves — "The Asphalt Jungle," "The Big Sleep," "The Killing," "The Big Combo, "The Driver," "Le Samourai," "The French Connection," "Goodfellas," "Casino," "Hard Boiled," "Reservoir Dogs," "The Getaway" — and is set in Boston 1978, following "Justine, a woman who has brokered »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Big Hero 6′ Directors Tease Marvel Easter Eggs and a Post-Credits Scene

2 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

While lots of the early November movie buzz has been about Interstellar, definitely start looking forward to Big Hero 6. It’s an action-packed delight. A wonderful blend of superhero origin story and buddy movie with a big giant heart. In the film, Hiro and his brother’s robot Baymax, form a superhero team to try and […]

The post ‘Big Hero 6′ Directors Tease Marvel Easter Eggs and a Post-Credits Scene appeared first on /Film. »


- Germain Lussier

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‘King David’ Movie in the Works at Warner Bros.

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

Warner Bros. is launching development on a “King David” project, setting up the Biblical story with Gulfstream Pictures’ producers Mike Karz and Bill Bindley.

It’s the second David project in the works in Hollywood. Variety reported in July that Fox, Chernin Entertainment and Ridley Scott were developing a movie focusing on the King of Israel following the battle of David and Goliath.

The studio has optioned movie rights to the recently published book “David: The Divided Heart” by Rabbi David Wolpe. Warner Bros. and Gulfstream are co-financing the project’s development.

The script is being written by Nick Schoenfeld. Owen Stanley is executive producing.

“David is the most complex hero and anti-hero in the Bible,” Wolpe told Variety. “He’s a man who was a warrior, a prodigy, a poet, a king who united the nation and a man close to God who sins. I cannot imagine a more cinematic figure from the Bible. »


- Dave McNary

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