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Seth Rogen Set as Steve Wozniak in Steve Jobs Biopic

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

Seth Rogen has been set to star as Steve Wozniak opposite Christian Bale in Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic.

Variety reported on Oct. 15 that Bale was in talks to star in “Jobs,” Sony’s biopic about the late Apple co-founder.

Based on Walter Isaacson’s biography “Steve Jobs,” the real-life drama is directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin.

Scott Rudin will produce along with Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady.

Sorkin has publicly said the movie will be divided into three long scenes, each taking place backstage before one of Apple’s famous product launches.

Sony acquired rights following the Apple mogul’s death in 2011.

Wozniak founded Apple with Jobs and Ronald Wayne and is credited with launching the Apple I and Apple II computers in the late 1970s, which had a profound impact on the microcomputer revolution. He left Apple as a full-time employee in 1987.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Tracking to Open at $130 – $150 Million

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Guardians of the Galaxy currently sits as the domestically highest grossing film of 2014 with a total of $328 million, but it will probably lose the crown when The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 hits theaters.  Catching Fire beat out Marvel's Iron Man 3 last year by raking in $424 million, so unless Mockingjay gets utterly toxic word-of-mouth, it's probably going to open big on November 21st and stay big through the holiday season. How big?  THR reports that preliminary tracking is putting the movie on track for a $130 million opening weekend.  Transformers: Age of Extinction is 2014's current record holder for opening weekend by reaching $100 million.  It's worth noting that worldwide box office is where the big money is coming from for studios these days, but a $150 million domestic opening would be nothing to scoff at.  The real test for Mockingjay – Part 1 is whether it can top Age of Extinction's $1 billion worldwide gross. »


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The Guardian Film Show: Mr Turner, Nightcrawler, The Overnighters and Horns - video reviews

32 minutes ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Peter Bradshaw and Henry Barnes join Xan Brooks for our weekly round-up of the latest cinema releases. This week the team grunt their appreciation at Mike Leigh's portrait of the gruff genius Mr Turner; race up the career ladder with an ambitious cub reporter / sociopath in Nightcrawler; watch Christian kindness stretched to its limits in documentary The Overnighters; and see Daniel Radcliffe dance with a devilishly tricky role in supernatural thriller Horns Continue reading »

- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Henry Barnes, Josh Strauss, Tom Silverstone and Joan Portillo

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The Crow remake is "re-adapting the book", says creator James O'Barr

59 minutes ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The remake of The Crow will be adapted directly from the graphic novel rather than the 1994 cult film.

Comic creator James O'Barr has promised a very different take on his original book for the Luke Evans-starring movie.

"[We're] not remaking the movie," O'Barr told Korsgaard's Commentary. "We're re-adapting the book.

"My metaphor is that there is a Bela Lugosi Dracula and there's a Francis Ford Coppola Dracula. They use the same material, but you still got two entirely different films.

"This one's going to be closer to Taxi Driver or a John Woo film, and I think there's room for both of them. Part of the appeal of The Crow comics, after all, is that they can tell very different stories."

O'Barr said that the new film will stick closer to his book than the original adaptation.

"If you read the comic, Eric and Shelley never have their last names revealed, »


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Britannia Awards: Robert Downey Jr Talks Retirement While Judi Dench Admits She Has Harvey Weinstein Tattoo On Her ‘Bum’ At Lively Show

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

Hollywood got a touch of British class on Thursday night  as  Robert Downey Jr., Mike Leigh, Julia Louis-Dreyfus,  Mark Ruffalo, Emma Watson and Dame Judi Dench  all were honored and showered with praise at the 2014 Britannia Awards. The event held at the Beverly Hilton was a lively affair put on annually by BAFTA-la. Hosted in fine style for the second year by British comedian/actor Rob Brydon (My Trip To Italy) who welcomed the crowd by claiming he was really Renee Zellweger,  the awards show also served to be a nice stop early in the Oscar/BAFTA season for potential contenders like honorees Robert Downey Jr. (The Judge),  Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher), and director Mike Leigh (Mr. Turner).  If you’re in the race, it never hurts to turn up at these things already looking like a winner and getting to make an acceptance speech. And though they didn’t sport »


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Sienna Miller talks about the ending of 'American Sniper,' Bradley Cooper’s short shorts

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

Sienna Miller doesn’t want to talk about whether or not Bradley Cooper dies in the end. In the upcoming biopic American Sniper, he portrays Chris Kyle, the deadliest marksman in U.S. military history. During Kyle's four tours in Iraq, the decorated Navy Seal had 160 confirmed kills before retiring in 2009. But his life abruptly ended in 2013 when he was shot by a Marine veteran reportedly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. (He's currently awaiting trial.) When asked if that sad coda to Kyle’s legendary career is included in director Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of the soldier’s best-selling 2012 memoir, »


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Wild Bunch Opens Window On Pan-European Digital Distribution: Afm

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After world premiering Abel Ferrara’s sex scandal pic Welcome To New York in an unconventional way at the Cannes Film Festival last May, French powerhouse Wild Bunch is launching Europe’s first “e-distribution” company. The aim is to acquire four to five titles during the upcoming Afm which will be released via different VOD services throughout Europe, or — laws permitting — simultaneously on VOD and a small number of screens. Contrary to Netflix, which entered several European markets in mid-September — and recently said it would exclusively stream both St Vincent and The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby with no theatrical window in France — Wild Bunch films won’t be limited to one platform. Instead, co-founder Vincent Maraval tells me they will be available via such providers as iTunes as well as Canal Plus’ VOD service and Netflix where available. The idea is to capitalize on the films’ marketing campaigns which will »


- Nancy Tartaglione

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Jessica Chastain wanted for Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs biopic

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Jessica Chastain is being eyed for Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs biopic.

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby star is wanted for the Aaron Sorkin-written Jobs, reports The Wrap.

Christian Bale will take on the title role in the movie. Bale joined Jobs after Leonardo DiCaprio dropped out of the project in favour of a hiatus from acting.

Seth Rogen was also reported this week to be wanted for the role of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Sorkin has had access to Jobs's authorised biography by Walter Isaacson for the film, which will focus on three stressful, high-profile Apple product launches including the first Macintosh in 1984 and the iPod in 2001.

Chastain's potential role has not been revealed.

She will next be seen in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. Watch a trailer below: »


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Charlie Hunnam joins Thai boxing thriller

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Exclusive: HanWay to sell Jean-Stephane Sauvaire’s Thai boxing prison thriller A Prayer Before Dawn at Afm.

Charlie Hunnam is attached to star in true-life Thai kick-boxing prison thriller A Prayer Before Dawn, directed by Jean-Stephane Sauvaire (Johnny Mad Dog).

Hunnam, whose credits include Sons of Anarchy and Pacific Rim, is in training now for the Muay Thai sequences of the film, set to shoot in summer 2015.

HanWay Films will launch sales on the film at Afm.

The film is described as being crossover genre fare in the vein of Drive and The Raid.

Sauvaire is also casting former prisoners who were Muay Thai champions in Thailand.

Producers are Senorita Films, the new outfit from former Wild Bunch executive Rita Dagher; and Sol Papadopoulos and Roy Boulter’s UK outfit Hurricane Films, which optioned the material. The screenplay is by Nick Saltrese based on the book by Billy Moore.

The film is based on the true-life story of »


- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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King Kong prequel Skull Island hires Flight writer John Gatins

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John Gatins is writing a new draft of King Kong prequel Skull Island.

The Flight writer is working on a new version of the original draft by Godzilla's Max Borenstein, reports Deadline.

Tom Hiddleston is attached to star in director Jordan Vogt-Roberts's film.

Legendary Pictures' movie will be set on the island home of King Kong and his monstrous brethren.

Gatins's credits include the Need For Speed film and Real Steel.

Skull Island will be released on November 4, 2016. »


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First look at Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator: Genisys

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Terminator: Genisys has released its first images of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The actor reprises his classic role as the T-800 in the pictures released by EW.

Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney, Dayo Okeniyi, Courtney B Vance, Matt Smith, Byung-hun Lee and Jk Simmons will also feature in the rebooted franchise.

Details of the Alan Taylor-directed film were released this week, revealing a new origin for Emilia Clarke's Sarah Connor.

Jason Clarke plays future freedom fighter John Connor, with Courtney as Kyle Reese.

James Cameron has revealed how the Terminator could have aged since the original films.

Paramount recently announced the release dates for two sequels in the rebooted Terminator franchise for 2017 and 2018. The two films will be produced back to back.

Terminator: Genisys will arrive in the UK on June 26, 2015 and in the Us on July 1. »


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Anne Hathaway on The Devil Wears Prada sequel: "I'd love to do that"

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Anne Hathaway has revealed that she would "love" to work on a sequel to The Devil Wears Prada.

Speaking on The Graham Norton Show, Hathaway described her former co-star Meryl Streep as "the most amazing, magical, warm person".

On a potential sequel to the 2006 film, the actress replied: "Wouldn't that be fun? I'd love to do that but I don't know if there is any plan for it."

She also recalled how Streep greeted her on set before getting into character for the duration of the film shoot.

"She's fun and super maternal," Hathaway said. "When I met her she gave me a huge hug and I'm like, 'Oh my god, we are going to have the best time on this movie', and then she's like, 'Ah sweetie, that's the last time I'm nice to you'.

"She then went into her trailer and came out the ice queen and that »


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First look at the deadly Bennet sisters in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has released its first image.

The picture shows the five Bennet sisters wielding their deadly weapons (via EW).

The film will star Lily James as Elizabeth, Bella Heathcote as Jane, Ellie Bamber as Lydia, Millie Brady as Mary and Suki Waterhouse as Kitty.

Lena Headey, Charles Dance, Sam Riley, Jack Huston and Matt Smith will also feature in Burr Steers's adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's Jane Austen mash-up.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies rewrites the Regency classic, introduces hordes of zombies and deadly ninjas into the comedy.

The project is moving ahead after years of stalled attempts to get it into production.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is yet to announce a release schedule. »


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Puttnam warns about European copyright policy changes

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In a speech at a Film Distributors’ Association event yesterday, Lord Puttnam addressed “the very latest developments in Europe, which I believe present opportunities and challenges for us all.”

He said:

Only last week, the European Parliament ratified the incoming team of Commissioners, so the executive branch of European law-making is now in place until 2020.

As part of its on-going Digital Agenda for Europe, the new Commission’s in-tray includes the matter of copyright reform.

Facilitating the wider accessibility of a range of content is not only in the public interest, it’s essential for rights-holders and distributors too. Business models have already been adapted to harness an ever broader range of digital platforms.

Some films are, of course, released simultaneously across borders within the EU and beyond – there are no licensing obstacles which prevent this from happening. My concern is not with the principle, nor the ambition.

None of us can afford to be constrained by practices »


- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Family film Mummy heads to Afm

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Dutch sales agent Dutch Features Global Entertainment to screen family film at market.

Dutch sales agent Dutch Features Global Entertainment will be repping rights for family film Dummie the Mummy, by director Pim Van Hoeve, at the Afm.

The local box office hit charts stars Julian Ras as Gus in the lead as a boy who discovers a live mummy in his bedroom. Soon the two become fast friends.

The film is a co-production between PVPictures and Nickelodeon and was awarded a Golden Film by the Dutch Film Festival. »


- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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UK film distributors launch first internship scheme

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Fda and Creative Skillset also launch comprehensive training programme for distribution sector.

Lord Puttnam, President of Film Distributors’ Association (Fda), yesterday launched the UK film distribution sector’s first co-ordinated internship programme.

At an industry event at London’s Ham Yard Hotel, Lord Puttnam announced that up to 20 paid placements would be available in 2015, accommodating university graduates and school leavers from a range of backgrounds across the UK, with each placement lasting up to a year. Some placements will also be at exhibition and international sales companies.

The new programme - complementing existing internships at individual companies - will be delivered by Fda, the Independent Cinema Office (Ico) and Film Export UK, with the funding and support of Creative Skillset.

At least one distributor placement each year will be underwritten by a new Fda fund. In honour of film industry champion, Lord Attenborough Cbe, who passed away in August 2014, this will be named The Fda Richard Attenborough Scholarship »


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Puttnam says Attenborough was 'force of nature'

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Lord Puttnam, speaking at a Film Distributors’ Association event in London yesterday, paid tribute to his late friend and colleague Richard Attenborough [pictured].

Puttnam said:

As this is the first time I’ve spoken in public since Richard Attenborough passed away a couple of months ago, on 24 August, I hope you’ll allow me to share a few reflections about a man who was an irreplaceable friend to all of us.

From the distance of just a couple of months, the warmth of the tributes paid to Richard, and the vast range of them, from so many different walks of life, continue to speak volumes about the impact of his extraordinary generosity on everyone of us in the industry.

That he was a brilliantly charming ‘force of nature’ who liked to get his own way is certainly true – but his own way was always about making the finest film possible, or giving a deserving cause every scrap of his »


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Bend It Like Beckham: The Musical to open in London next year

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New stage musical Bend It Like Beckham will have its world premiere at the Phoenix Theatre in London's West End next spring.

Gurinder Chadha will direct the adaptation of her own 2002 hit movie, with original music by Howard Goodall and lyrics by Charles Hart and a new book by Paul Mayeda Berges and Chadha.

"Developing Bend It Like Beckham for the stage has been the most enjoyable creative process of my career so far," Chadha said.

"It was always my intention to build on the film and to present its themes and storylines to live audiences in an exciting new dynamic way."

She continued: "I have been inspired by musicals ever since I was a little girl, now with Bend It Like Beckham, such a familiar story to so many, I believe we are presenting a totally new kind of musical - part West End, part London Punjabi, but wholeheartedly British. »


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Roland Joffe to preside over Camerimage jury

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Polish film festival sets competition juries; Roland Joffe to preside over main competition.

Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, has set an impressive roster of jurors for its various competition categories.

The Killing Fields director Roland Joffe will preside over the main competition jury, which incldues cinematographers Christian Berger and Manuel Alberto Claro.

Caleb Deschanel has been appointed president of the Polish Films Competition.

The full list of jurors is below.

Main Competition

Roland Joffé – Jury President (director, producer; The Killing Fields, The Mission, Vatel)

Christian Berger (cinematographer; The Piano Teacher, Hidden, The White Ribbon)

Ryszard Bugajski (director, screenwriter; Interrogation, General Nil, The Closed Circuit)

Ryszard Horowitz (photographer)

David Gropman (cinematographer; The Cider House Rules, Chocolat, Life of Pi)

Arthur Reinhart (cinematographer, producer; Crows, Tristan + Isolde, Venice)

Oliver Stapleton (cinematographer; The Cider House Rules, Pay It Forward, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark)

Manuel Alberto Claro (cinematographer; Reconstruction, Melancholia, Nymphomaniac »


- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Keri Collins wins Welsh Bafta Breakthrough award

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Screen Star of Tomorrow awarded at British Academy Cymru Awards.

Screen International 2014 Star of Tomorrow Keri Collins won the Breakthrough Award for his film Convenience at the 23rd British Academy Cymru Awards held on Oct 26.

Convenience, a crime comedy starring BAFTA award-winner Vicky McClure (This is England), was also a Raindance 2013 official selection. The film follows two best friends as they attempt to rob a petrol station to clear a debt owned to Russian strip club owners.

In all, 28 programme, craft and performance categories were awarded at this year’s ceremony, honouring excellence in broadcasting and production within Film and Television in Wales between April 2013 and March 2014.

The list of winners:

Factual Series - The Call Centre

Director Factual -  Gwirionedd y Galon -Dylan Wyn Richards

Single Documentary -  O’r Galon - Yr Hardys: Un Dydd ar y Tro

Editing - 35 Diwrnod - Dafydd Hunt

Photography & Lighting -  Y Gwyll / Hinterland  -Richard Stoddard

Photography Factual »


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