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Natalie Portman in Talks to Join Steve Jobs Biopic

2 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

When Sony Pictures first tapped Aaron Sorkin to write a Steve Jobs biopic, many assumed the project would come together rather quickly.  While the film has indeed attracted some very high level talent, getting it off the ground has proved more difficult.  David Fincher flirted with the director’s chair before ultimately walking away, leading Danny Boyle to sign on to take the helm.  Then Leonardo DiCaprio circled the starring role before dropping out, followed by Christian Bale who did the same thing.  Michael Fassbender attached himself to star earlier this month, but somewhat surprisingly Sony put the picture in turnaround last week (possibly on account of losing Bale as the star). Universal subsequently swooped in and acquired the project (with an eye on Awards Season 2015, no doubt), and now another major piece of the puzzle has been solved: Natalie Portman is in talks to join the cast.  More after the jump. »

- Adam Chitwood

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First Hotel Transylvania 2 Image Revealed as Mel Brooks Joins Voice Cast

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Sony Pictures Animation has revealed the very first Hotel Transylvania 2 image from the upcoming sequel in concert with announcing that Mel Brooks has joined the voice cast.  Brooks will be providing the voice of Vlad, the “ancient, undead and incredibly grumpy” father of Adam Sandler’s vampire character.  The story of the follow-up finds Vlad showing up at the hotel for an impromptu family get-together, resulting in a collision of “supernatural old-school and modern day cool.”  I never caught the first film but it was a sizeable success at the box office, grossing $358.3 million worldwide.  Genndy Tartakovsky returns to direct the sequel as Robert Smigel once again pens the script. Check out the first Hotel Transylvania 2 image after the jump.  The film opens in theaters on September 25, 2015. Via Sony Pictures Animation. Here’s the press release announcing Brooks’ casting: Sony Pictures Animation today announced the casting of Oscar®-, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Watch: 'The Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Trailer Gets Sweded

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For those who don't know, Sweding  — popularized by Michel Gondry's "Be Kind Rewind" — means to remake your favorite movie (or the movie trailer) with your friends on a super low budget and using homemade special effects. And the results can be a lot of fun.  It was an idea ahead of its time predating the YouTube revolution a couple of years. Now it’s a fairly common practice with some cities even hosting sweded film festivals. There are countless examples across YouTube — it's easy way to kill an hour or two — and while not as en vogue as it once was, every now and then one pops up that's worth checking out. And so below is the sweded trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is a hoot to watch. It features plenty of clever effects, some spectacular homemade costumes, and a hilarious take on the soundtrack. Give it a watch. »

- Anthony Nicholas

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A Conversation with Spirit Nominee Pawel Pawlikowski on the Making of 'Ida'

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Director Pawel Pawlikowski's "Ida" is devastating, and he knows it. Set in Poland 1962, when the British-trained Pawlikowski was a little boy, this dreamlike road movie follows a convent-raised orphan girl named Anna who is told that her birth name is Ida Lebenstein, and that her parents were Jewish and murdered in the war. The courier of this shocking news is Ida's caustic, free-spirited aunt Wanda who resents her niece's innocence but takes the girl under her wing anyway to uncover the dark reality of her family's past in the Polish pastoral. "Ida" played the festival circuit up and down between last year and 2014, sweeping accolades and acclaim along the way. It collected nearly $4 million at the Us box office, outmatching its take in France where the film was deemed a hit. "ida" has now been nominated for five European Film Awards: Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenwriter, »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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The Hunger Games films could continue past Suzanne Collins novels

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The Hunger Games film series could extend past Suzanne Collins's original trilogy.

Director Francis Lawrence has said that more films are being considered for the hit young adult franchise.

"Everybody is thinking about it, and talking about it," the Mockingjay director told MTV.

"I just think that one has to go into that world carefully. Because I think a huge part of what makes the stories great is that it was really built on this idea of the consequence of war, and you have an amazing character like Katniss at the centre of it.

"And so to just say, 'Oh, we're still in the Hunger Games world', I think is really risky, and you need to make sure that you have something new to say, and either new characters need to be created that are just as compelling as Katniss."

He continued: "It's a tricky thing, but I'm definitely open to talking about it, »

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In Indie Spirit Nominee 'Virunga,' Gorillas Caught in the Crosshairs of Corporate Greed

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Set in the vast Congolese national park of the same name, “Virunga,” the debut feature doc by Orlando (“Skateistan”)  von Einsiedel, and showing at Tribeca, is an exhilarating balance of politics, ecology, market forces and utter corruption, all of which play out across the landscape. Coveted by an oil-seeking corporation called Soco, it’s also home to the 800 or so mountain gorillas left in the world, who are little more than an inconvenient obstacle for the British company -- which, as if delivered to von Einsiedel by central casting, is morally bankrupt, oblivious to history, and a casual creator of misery upon which it feeds like a flea.  “Who gives a fuck about a fucking monkey?” asks a self-described mercenary in the Soco employ. To the movie’s credit, it makes a very good case why everyone should -- unless he or she is a stockholder, or a soulless cretin. »

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James Cameron Says ‘Avatar’ Sequels Will Make You ‘S**t Yourself;’ Plus Frame Rate Update

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

James Cameron has never been one to set the bar low. When his last two films were released, each was most expensive movies ever made and became the highest grossing films ever. Avatar remains on the top of the list by a wide margin, followed up by the other recent Cameron film, Titanic. But that’s […]

The post James Cameron Says ‘Avatar’ Sequels Will Make You ‘S**t Yourself;’ Plus Frame Rate Update appeared first on /Film. »

- Germain Lussier

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Natalie Portman in talks for Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs biopic

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Natalie Portman has entered talks for Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs biopic.

The actress is in line for the Aaron Sorkin-written movie about the life of the late Apple co-founder, reports Deadline.

Michael Fassbender is being courted for the title role in the movie after the exit of Christian Bale from the project.

The film was recently dropped by Sony and quickly acquired in turnaround by Universal Pictures.

Portman is speculated to be in line for the role of Jobs's once-estranged daughter Lisa Brennan-Jobs.

The actress recently completed her directorial debut A Tale of Love and Darkness. She will appear in the upcoming Jane Got a Gun and is expected to reprise her role as Jane Foster in Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok. »

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‘Unfinished Business’ Redband Trailer: Vince Vaughn And Company Invade Europe

1 hour ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Here’s the decidedly Nsfw redband trailer for the international comedy starring Vince Vaughn. A relentless businessman with his own company, he heads to Germany with his only two employees (Tom Wilkinson and Dave Franco) to clinch a make-or-break deal. Complications arise. Sienna Miller and James Marsden also star in Unfinished Business, from director Ken Scott — who helmed Vaughn in last year’s Delivery Man — and scribe Steve Conrad. Fox opens it wide March 6.



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Exclusive: Trailer For Award Winning Documentary 'Concerning Violence' Narrated By Ms. Lauryn Hill

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Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January, 2014 has been nothing but a string of acclaim for the documentary "Concerning Violence." Picking up the Cinema Fairbindet Prize in Berlin, and screening at festivals around the world, the powerful film is now headed to cinemas, and today we have the exclusive trailer.  Directed by Göran Hugo Olsson, the filmmaker behind "The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975," and narrated by Ms. Lauyn Hill, the film is based on Frantz Fanon’s seminal anticolonial text "The Wretched of the Earth," the film is an exploration of the forces of repression and colonialism in Africa. As we wrote in our review, the documentary provides a "a searing look at Europe's painful involvement in participating, encouraging and backing regimes of oppression." It's light fare, but a necessary, and important film. "Concerning Violence" opens on December 5th at the IFC Center, with Olsson on hand for a. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘The Hobbit’ Battles Its Way to Top TV Ad Spend Position

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In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by iSpot.tv, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” debuted at No. 1 with an estimated spend of $7.6 million that bought 843 national airings across 47 networks, led by MTV and Esquire.

Both “Exodus: Gods and Kings” and “Penguins of Madagascar” rose up a position. “Exodus” increased its spend from $4.2 million to $5.9 million to take the second place slot, with 553 ads airing across 43 networks. “Penguins” rose to third with a $5 million spend across 39 networks. Meanwhile, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One” fell to fourth with $4.6 million spent across 35 networks, down from the $6.7 million outlay of the prior week.

The Theory of Everything” made its first appearance in the top five in fifth place, with an estimated spend of $3.5 million for 925 airings across 31 networks, knocking the comedy sequels “Dumb and Dumber To” and “Horrible Bosses 2″ off the list completely. »

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New Poster for 'A Most Violent Year'

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I caught A Most Violent Year last night and will be holding off on a review until a little later in December, definitely before I publish my Top Ten of 2014. Suffice to say, I enjoyed it, though I do have a few reservations, particularly with Jessica Chastain's character. Today a new poster for the film, which is set in 1981 and centers on Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac), a heating oil distributor in Long Island City who's facing some issues with his competitors, the district attorney (David Oyelowo) and the banks. It's a throwback feature that fans of the likes of Sidney Lumet will surely appreciate and A24 has certainly embraced that in the marketing as much as Director of Photography Bradford Young (Ain't Them Bodies Saints) embraced it in his lighting and cinematography. The film hits limited theaters in late December and expands nationwide in January. »

- Brad Brevet

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Early ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Teaser Offers Viewers “The Sight”

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We’ve got months to go before Game of Thrones returns for its fifth season, but HBO is getting the promo started early. A new video has dropped that uses mostly (and possibly entirely) old footage. But it links Arya to the three-eyed raven, and ends with a shot that seems to promise something more. Watch […]

The post Early ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Teaser Offers Viewers “The Sight” appeared first on /Film. »

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Ridley Scott Says 'Exodus' Would Never Get Financed Starring "Mohammad So-and-So From Such-And-Such”

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Ever since the marketing campaign for "Exodus: Gods And Kings" rolled out a small but not insignificant chorus has risen, mostly online, about the casting of Ridley Scott's Biblical epic. Essentially, there have been complaints that the film features a distinct lack of ethnic actors from the region, and instead relies on A-list actors slotting in roles of Moses, Ramses, and more. While he vaguely addressed the issue over the summer, with the movie due in theaters soon, Scott has become much more candid about why he cast Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton over an actor more representative for those roles (or any of the secondary players). “I can’t mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such,” Scott told Variety. “I’m just not going to get it financed. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Star Wars Bits: Episode VIII Production Designer, Force Awakens Actress, Rebels Marathon

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Cool events for The Force Awakens, Episode VIII news and much more in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following. Oscar-winning production designer Rick Heinrichs has been tapped for Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars Episode VIII. Actress Jessica Henwick may appear in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Read about two awesome Force Awakens […]

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- Germain Lussier

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Watch: 70-Minute Masterclass With Legendary Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond

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The soft-spoken and humble Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond (“Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” also nominated for “The Deer Hunter,” “The River,” and “The Black Dahlia”) sat down this past summer to answer questions about his impressive career as part of Toronto International Film Festival’s Higher Learning program. (As a quick aside to our Canadian readers, we encourage you to check out Tiff’s Post-Secondary Programmes: “Higher Learning is a free ongoing programme that provides Canadian college and university students and faculty a forum in which to examine film, television, video, new media and gaming from a wide range of cultural, social, historical, political and technological approaches and disciplines.”) Tiff just published the talk and we think it’s worth a watch. Over the course of the discussion, Zsigmond talks about the importance of film, modern versus historical cinema, and even how he made his transition from the athletically ambitious son of a. »

- Zach Hollwedel

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Making ‘The Boxtrolls:’ “Like 18 Months Of Opening Nights” – The Contenders

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The Boxtrolls producer Travis Knight (ParaNorman, Coraline) and director Anthony Stacchi (Open Season) talk with Deadline’s Pete Hammond about the challenges and joys of stop-motion animation, a creation process nearly as old (and beloved) as cinema itself, in this video from Deadline’s recent Oscar showcase, The Contenders.

Actually making a film with the stop-motion process, however, can be incredibly stressful, says Stacchi. It’s like ” 18 months of opening nights with no rehearsals.”

The voice cast includes a number of notables, including Ben Kingsley, Tracy Morgan, Elle Fanning, James Urbaniak, Toni Collette and Simon Pegg (plus uncredited work by Mr. SpongeBob SquarePants (and Adventure Time Ice King) himself, Tom Kenny).

Stacchi directed the film with Graham Annable, from a script by Irena Brignull and Adam Pava, from Alan Snow’s novel Here Be Monsters! The movie was produced by Knight and David Bleiman Ichioka. It has grossed $105.7 million worldwide since its Sept. »

- David Bloom

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How Composer Alexandre Desplat Captures Different WWII Vibes for 'Imitation Game' and 'Unbroken'

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He's been nominated six times and has scored five movies released this year ("Monuments Men," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Godzilla," "The Imitation Game," and "Unbroken"). But the latter two could conceivably land him two noms given their best picture potential. "The Imitation Game" and "Unbroken" are fascinating for their similarities and differences. They are highly unusual World War II biopics about two lonely, tortured geniuses: Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), who broke the German Enigma code with his revolutionary electro-mechanical bombe while tragically being trapped by England's homophobic code, and Louis Zamperini (Jack O'Connell), the Olympic champion runner-turned war hero, who survived multiple Japanese prisoner of war camps. "'The Imitation Game' is very educated and full of dialogue and has humor; 'Unbroken' is big, provocative, spiritual, beautiful, very hard because it's extremely »

- Bill Desowitz

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Watch: 40-Minute Animation Roundtable With The Folks Behind 'Boxtrolls,' 'Big Hero 6,' 'The Lego Movie,' & More

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In Hollywood’s headlong rush to hit all four quadrants, animated movies have proven to be fruitful for the bottom line. Last year three animated films—“Frozen,” “Despicable Me 2,” and “Monsters University”—were in the top ten at the box office, earning roughly $1 billion total domestically. With more animated films getting positive reviews and the lines blurring between those and live-action films, filmmakers from the animation world are looking for more respect, and what better way to get more recognition than by stopping by THR for a roundtable discussion? Yesterday the trade magazine posted a 41-minute-long discussion between Bonnie Arnold (producer of “How To Train Your Dragon 2”), Jorge Gutierrez (director of “The Book of Life”), Don Hall (director of “Big Hero 6”), Travis Knight (animator and producer on “The Boxtrolls”), Dan Lin (producer of “The Lego Movie”), and Tomm Moore (director of “Song of the »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Nicole Kidman on playing the 'sugar and spice' villain in Paddington

2 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Considering how spectacular she is at it, Nicole Kidman doesn't play the villain nearly as often as we'd like.

In this week's delightful Paddington, she plays villainous taxidermist Millicent, a character whose ruthless ambition recalls one of her best performances ever in 1995's To Die For.

Watch the video above to hear Kidman tell Digital Spy why she loves playing the bad girl, and why shooting Paddington gave her flashbacks to her role in Moulin Rouge!.

Paddington is released in the UK this Friday (November 28), and in the Us on January 16, 2015. »

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