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Charlie Hunnam Set for 'King Arthur', Rumored for 'Escape from New York' Remake

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Charlie Hunnam is about to be seen in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy" on FX and after that it will likely be a long stream of movies and the schedule is starting to fill up. He was recently named the title star of Guy Ritchie's Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, he will almost certainly be back for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim sequel and now he's rumored to be the top contender to play Snake Plissken in the remake of John Carpenter's Escape from New York alongside a couple others still in the mix. Hunnam as well as Dan Stevens ("Downton Abbey", The Guest) and Jon Bernthal (Fury, "The Walking Dead") are reported to be the top three choices for the lead role, looking to pick up after Kurt Russell as Plissken, a convicted bank robber in a crime-riddled New York City-turned-maximum security prison, coerced »


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Marvel Comics is not promoting Big Hero 6

1 September 2014 7:56 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Marvel Comics' editor-in-chief has explained the publisher's lack of Big Hero 6 promotions.

The company has not released any tie-in comics in the run-up to the release of the Disney animation.

Axel Alonso said that the film is so far from the comics it is based on that pushing them would be "a disservice to filmgoers".

"There are no plans," he told Cbr.

"The characters and stories that have appeared in our comics are very different from what they are in the film. Releasing material that would be viewed as movie tie-in product would be a disservice to filmgoers.

"We wanted the Disney folks to be able to create their own unique style and story, unencumbered by those older stories."

Alonso added that Marvel is not currently planning any comics featuring the new characters introduced in the film.

The comic version of the team was created by Steven T »


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Box Office 4-Day: ‘Guardians’ No. 1 With $280M+ Cume As Summer Closes Down 14.7% Vs. 2013

23 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

7th Update, Monday, 9:10 Am: Calculations are out for the end of summer for the period May 2nd through Sept. 1 and this year the industry is down 14.7% from 2013. Specifically, this year grossed $4.055B compared to last year’s $4.753B, according to Rentrak. For the analysis on this, see:

Related: Box Office End of Summer, Some Profitable Hits in Overall Blah Season

6th Update, Monday, 8:17 Am: Guardians of the Galaxy will end the summer with over $280.5M domestically — and, of course, it’s still playing. We expect this one to eventually pass $300M as there is nothing opening next weekend. This one will clock in with an estimated $22.4M to $23M for the weekend. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will log roughly $166.3M in only four weeks for Paramount. This one will also play through the next weekend. There is nothing up to challenge the family market until Alcon’s Dolphin Tale »


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Marvel's Black Panther Movie Confirmed By Stan Lee

23 hours ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

How much does Stan "The Man" Lee know about Marvel.s pending film slate? I mean, Stan Lee Is Marvel. Without him, there would be no Cinematic Universe, no characters on which to base these amazing Marvel films that audiences are flocking to (in record-setting fashion). But is the 91-year-old comic-book legend up to date on all of Marvel.s moving pieces? Because if he is, then he just confirmed a Black Panther movie. Stan Lee was speaking at the Fan Expo Canada on Friday (via Comic Book Resources), and let it slip that the Black Panther movie indeed was happening (instead of being this juicy rumor that no one at Marvel will confirm just yet). When addressing the question of whether or not Scarlett Johansson.s Black Widow character soon will get her own solo movie, Lee explained: The chances are she will have her own movie because eventually »


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Raindance unveils 2014 line-up

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Independent film festival to open with I Origins and close with Wolf.

Raindance Film Festival (Sept 24 - Oct 5) has unveiled the programme for its 22nd edition, comprising more than 100 features and 150 shorts from more than 50 countries. The festival, held at London’s Vue Piccadilly, will also incldue 40 industry events.

The festival will open with sci fi drama I Origins, starring Michael Pitt, Archie Panjabi and Brit Marling, and will close with a screening of Dutch thriller Wolf.

Raindance’s international programme this year includes the UK premiere of Mexican film Cesar Chavez, directed by Diego Luna and starring Wes Bentley, America Ferrera and John Malkovich, who will present the screening on Sept 27. 

Asia Argento Misunderstood, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, will also receive its UK premiere at the festival as part of Raindance’s Italian film selection.

Other highlights include the world premieres of Like Sunday, Like Rain starring Debra Messing and Leighton Meester, and musical »


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Park Chan-wook's Fingersmith adaptation confirmed

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Long-rumoured project to begin casting this month with a shoot planned for 2015.

Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Stoker) is set to make a Korean-language thriller based on Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith, his producers have confirmed, and will start casting this month.

The original crime novel, first published in 2002, was set in Victorian London and centred on young women who are petty thieves (fingersmiths). Park’s adaptation will be set in Korea during the time of Japanese rule.

The film’s Korean title phonetically reads “Agashi”, meaning ‘young lady’ or ‘miss’. The English title has yet to be decided.

This new project, Park’s first feature since the English-language Stoker starring Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode, will mark the director’s return to Korean features after six years.

He has intermittently made shorts including A Rose Reborn, which will screen in the upcoming Busan International Film Festival’s Wide Angle section, but today’s »


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Kevin Costner on 'Black and White,' race, and great movie speeches

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When we first meet Kevin Costner’s character, Elliott, in Black and White, he’s alone at the hospital after a car accident killed his wife (Jennifer Ehle). Shattered, he finally says, “I feel so sh-tty,” before going home and crawling inside a bottle of booze. The themes of loss and alcohol will evoke memories of the last time Costner worked with writer/director Mike Binder, 2005’s The Upside of Anger. In that film, Costner got to play a lighter soul, with Joan Allen’s abandoned wife shouldering the darker demons. In Black and White, however, Costner is put through the emotional wringer, »


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Universal's Classic Monsters, 'Draft Day' and 'Night Moves' This Week On DVD & Blu-ray

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Draft Day I guess the discussion before releasing Draft Day was whether or not to take advantage of the start of the NFL season with the theatrical release or the DVD and Blu-ray release and the home video marketing team won because clearly that's the reason for bringing it out today, but does anyone care at this pointc The movie is no good, especially for anyone with a passing understanding of, or interest in, the NFL.

Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection I'm not sure what I think about this one. While it would be awesome to own all of these titles, why Universal decided to go DVD-only is beyond me. If someone is a big enough fan of Universal's Classic Monsters franchise aren't they going to want them all and be willing to pay for them all on Blu-rayc Is it the cost involved in restoring them all and »

- Brad Brevet

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Venice Film Review: ‘A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence’

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In a Venice film festival lineup full of cynicism, suicide and despair, who would expect the new Roy Andersson picture — “the final part of a trilogy on being a human being” — to be the most life affirming? And yet, from its comic title to the wistful smile that accompanies its over-too-soon last shot, Andersson’s delightfully odd “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence” finds the Swedish master of comic absurdity feeling downright generous, perched at a comfortable enough distance from this coterie of sad-sacks and lonelyhearts to recognize the humor in such painful subjects as mortality, aging, unpaid debts and unrequited love.

Just last year, Ethan Hawke was quoted as referring to “Before Sunrise” and its two sequels as “the lowest-grossing trilogy in the history of motion pictures.” But even he probably hasn’t bought tickets to Andersson’s incomparable triptych — rapturously received by critics, though auds have proven all but allergic, »


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Oscars: Serbia Sends ‘See You in Montevideo’ to Academy Awards

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London — “See You in Montevideo,” directed by Dragan Bjelogrlic, has been selected as Serbia’s entry for the Academy Award for foreign-language film, according to the InSerbia News website.

The film follows the fortunes of the Yugoslav soccer team at the World Cup in 1930 in Uruguay. It is a sequel to Bjelogrlic’s 2010 movie “Montevideo, Taste of a Dream,” which was also Serbia’s Oscar entry.

Pic, which was produced by Intermedia Network in Belgrade, stars Milos Bikovic, Petar Strugar, Armand Assante, Viktor Savic and Elena Martinez.

Mirko Beokovic, secretary-general of the Serbian Academy of Film Arts and Sciences, said the org’s expert committee had voted on Monday to submit the pic, which received nine votes, while Slobodan Skerlic’s “So Hot Was the Cannon” nabbed seven.

The deadline for submissions for the foreign-language category is Oct. 1. The Oscar nominations are revealed Jan. 15, and the awards take place on Feb. »


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Finland, Croatia, Serbia enter Oscar race

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Three new submissions hope to make the shortlist for Best Foreign-Language Film at the Oscars 2015.

Croatia, Finland and Serbia are the latest countries to submit entries for the Best Foreign-Language Film category for the 87th Academy Awards.

Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award submissions 2015

Croatia has chosen Tomislav Mršić’s Cowboys. The comedy is based on a hit play and centres on eight outsiders who trying to create a theatre production while breaking every rule of the stage.

The film, which won the audience award at the Pula Film Festival in 2013, was submitted by the Film Artists’ Association of Croatia following a secret ballot.

Finland has selected Pirjo Honkasalo’s Concrete Night. The drama focusses on a teenage boy in a Helsinki slum who takes some unwise life lessons from his soon-to-be-incarcerated older brother.

The feature, which debuted at Toronto in 2013, won six prizes at Finland’s Jussi Awards including best film and best direction.

Serbia will send »


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Watch: New Trailer For 'Monsters: Dark Continent' Brings The Battle To

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What made Gareth Edwards' "Monsters" so refreshing and "Godzilla" so disappointing is that the former film brought a sense of atmosphere, beauty and awe to the monster movie genre. While Edwards was criticized for playing hide-and-go-seek with the titular creature in this past summer's blockbuster, his feature debut worked because there was no history attached to his creature, and so the mystery sustained much more beautifully and evocatively. But no one really goes to the multiplex these days for those qualities, and so it's not a shock that the Edwards-less sequel "Monsters: The Dark Continent" seems to up the thrills and kill the nuance. A new trailer has arrived for the Tom Green-directed movie, and it multiplies the number of monsters tenfold, brings in the military and paints the proceedings in a pretty thin, not particularly well elaborated terrorism allegory. That said, the action does look intense: we did enjoy the dog vs. »

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The Riot Club Clip Featuring Sam Claflin and Max Irons; Plus The Sound And The Fury Clip

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Hopefully you’ve had your morning coffee and don’t plan on having a glass of wine for a while now because these new clips from The Sound and the Fury and The Riot Club might make you think twice about drinking either of them.  James Franco’s latest is just days away from its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and has its Toronto International Film Festival screening coming up right after, so the team behind it has unveiled a clip from the film, teasing the intensity we’ve got coming. We’ve also got Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club making its way to Tiff for a world premiere.  Even though Joey King and Scott Haze both look like they can get a little nasty in that piece from The Sound and the Fury, the Riot Club clip actually might be tougher to stomach.  Hit the jump to find out why. »

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Will Cronenberg's 'Maps to the Stars' Skip the Oscar Racec

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Focus World announced yesterday they'd picked up David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars for domestic distribution with the intention of releasing it in 2015. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to somewhat mixed reviews, though specific attention was garnered for Julianne Moore who took home the fest's Best Actress award. It will next screen at the Toronto Film Festival followed by a New York Film Festival presentation. Naturally, when I first heard the news Focus World would give it a 2015 release I assumed that would come with a limited awards run in late 2014 along with a campaign for, at the very least, Moore, an actress long-thought overdue for an Oscar win, but it seems that might not be the case. Variety spoke with an individual that says an awards run "could" happen, but perhaps the buzz surrounding what is said to be a bit of a non-Academy character is scaring Focus off. »

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Telluride Review: Ophir Award Nominee 'Dancing Arabs'

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"Dancing Arabs" indulges in a peculiar kind of late ‘80s/early ‘90s nostalgia: a fond wistfulness for a time in the Middle East when Jews and Arabs mostly despised each other, but actual casualties from terrorism or reprisals were few… friendships across the racial/religious divide were more common… and the dream that a West Bank boy and Israeli girl could date only seemed 99 percent impossible. As quaint longings for a more innocent era go, this beats getting misty over Roxette. The coming-of-age film had its American premiere in Telluride after bowing at the Jerusalem Film Festival, in the city where it was largely shot. Its loosely-based-on-a-true-story narrative concerns Eyad (Tawfeek Barhom) being sent off by his proud Arab parents to attend Jerusalem’s finest school; that his ex-activist dad dislikes Jews as much as the next guy isn’t even a factor. In study hall, he falls hard for »

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TrustNordisk taking Vinterberg's Commune to Toronto

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Next project from Danish director of Oscar-nominated The Hunt headed to Toronto.

TrustNordisk is to kick off pre-sales on Thomas Vinterberg’s upcoming film The Commune at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 4-14), where it will be pitched to international buyers for the first time.

Vinterberg is in pre-production with his next film for Zentropa following international and awards success with The Hunt, which was nominated for Best Foreign-Language Film at the Oscars.

The Commune reunites the Danish director with scriptwriter Tobias Lindholm (The Hunt, A Hijacking).

The story focuses on the clash between personal desires versus the solidarity and tolerance in a commune in the mid 1970s.

Cast has yet to be announced and shooting is expected to start later this year,

Producers are Sisse Graum Jørgensen and Morten Kaufmann for Zentropa Entertainments19 ApS.

TrustNordisk handles international sales. Nordic distribution by Nordisk Film Distribution. »


- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Dracula Untold International Trailer Reveals New Footage And Much Rage

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Maybe you think you know the story of Dracula, but Dracula Untold is unfurling a drama-packed revamp of the classic vampire tale full of gruesome war, family loyalty, and heinous curses. In the trailer above, see Luke Evans (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Fast & Furious 6) as Vlad Tepes, a man who will risk anything to save his family from the greedy maws of war, even if it means becoming a monster. Dracula Untold, or Dracula: Year Zero as it seems it's being called overseas, is intended to be a key step in Universal Pictures effort to reboot their classic monsters, like Dracula, Frankenstein, the Invisible Man, Creature From the Black Lagoon and the Wolfman. While the announcement of that plan is relatively recent, this particular re-imagined origin story has been a long time in coming. Back in 2007, The Crow's helmer, Alex Proyas, was hired to direct the project. »

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The Blackmagic Production Camera and Pocket Camera: A Review

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I’ve been shooting exclusively with Blackmagic cameras for the past year. Their three primary offerings, the 1080p Pocket Cinema Camera, the 2.5K Cinema Camera, and the 4K Production Camera, to my mind, are the most practical low-cost/high-quality cameras currently available for Diy filmmakers. Are they perfect? No. In fact, many people prefer going with the Panasonic GH4, the new low-light sensation Sony a7S, or even the Canon 5D Mark III. The truth is, there is no perfect camera, just personal preference. There’s always been a specific camera at a specific time that works best for me. In the prehistoric age […] »

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Salt licenses Sunshine Superman

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Exclusive: The Salt Company has licensed international rights to Base jumping documentary Sunshine Superman to Universal Pictures International Entertainment ahead of this week’s world premiere in Toronto.

Marah Strauch’s Sunshine Superman will premiere in Canada on September 4 and chronicles the life of Carl Boenish who pioneered Base jumping in the 70s and 80s.

Submarine handles North American sales on the film, which uses 16mm footage shot by Boenish himself and reenactments of his exploits as he and his wife plot his attempt to jump from the towering Trollveggen cliffs in Norway.

Eric Bruggemann and Strauch produced with Lars Loge, while the executive producers are Alex Gibney, Josh Braun and Dan Braun of Submarine, Samantha Horley of The Salt Company and Phil Hunt and Compton Ross of Head Gear Films.

Horley and Nina Kolokouri brokered the deal with Universal Pictures International Entertainment. Sunshine Superman is a co-production between Scissor Kick Films, Flimmer Films and »


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Zurich adds Gone Girl to galas

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Other new additions include St. Vincent starring Bill Murray and Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer with Denzel Washington.

The 10th Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25 - Oct 5) has added seven titles to its Gala Premieres section. They are:

Eden, Mia Hansen-LøveGone Girl, David FincherGood Kill, Andrew NiccolIn the Basement, Ulrich SeidlSt. Vincent, Theodore MelfiThe Equalizer, Antoine FuquaThe New Girlfriend, François Ozon

The titles add to an already strong line-up of gala screenings at this year’s Zurich, which will open on Sept 25 with Tate Taylor’s James Brown biopic, Get On Up.

Previously announced titles to screen in Zurich’s Gala Premieres section include:

And So It Goes, Rob ReinerBirdman, Alejandro González IñárrituThe Cut, Fatih AkinManglehorn, David Gordon GreenMy Old Lady, Israel HorovitzNational Gallery, Frederick WisemanNorthmen - A Viking Saga, Claudio FähA Walk Among the Tombstones, Scott FrankWhiplash, Damien ChazelleWish I Was Here, Zach BraffThe Wonders, Alice Rohrwacher »


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