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Vince Vaughn Joins Mel Gibson’s WWII Drama ‘Hacksaw Ridge’
The movie is based on the life of Desmond T. Doss, a medic and the first conscientious objector (someone who claims the right to refuse military service) to win the Congressional Medal of Honor for saving dozens of soldiers during the Battle of Okinawa. Garfield will portray Doss, a Seventh Day Adventist, who received two Bronze Stars and three Purple Hearts.
Vaughn is repped by Wme. The news was first reported by Deadline.
- Dave McNary
Relativity Puts 'Jane Got A Gun' And More Up For Sale As They Fight Off Bankruptcy
While Hollywood accounting is known for defying the rules of logic and mathematics, you can go only so long without making money before things catch up with you, and Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity is learning that very quickly. The studio's biggest hits in its history have been "Immortals" and "Limitless," both released in 2011, and yet, neither film cracked $85 million domestically. Since then, things have been on a steady downward decline and 2015 was particularly rough. Horror sequel "The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death," Kevin Costner race drama "Black Or White," low budget scare flick "The Lazarus Effect" and something called "Desert Dancer" were all released. None made more than $26 million ("Desert Desert" barely crossed $150,000), and it was only 'Lazarus Effect' that made anything resembling a profit with its paltry $3.3 million budget. However, the vultures have been circling for Relativity and now they need to start bailing »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Ghost of Amy Pascal Haunts Sony's Sad Summer
In November, as she attempted to revive Sony Pictures' fading fortunes, studio co-chair Amy Pascal emailed a note to her chief lieutenant Doug Belgrad. Assessing Sony's lineup for 2015, she wrote, in all caps, "There Are Too Many Dramas/Not Enough Tentpoles/No Obvious Breakout Hits." Those words would prove to be more than a little prescient. More than halfway through 2015, Sony barely is hanging on at the box office. The studio has fallen
- Gregg Kilday
The 20 Highest Grossing Indies of 2015 (A Running List)
Read More: Arthouse Audit: Is 'Phoenix' This Year's 'Ida'? 'Mr. Holmes' Stays Strong As the summer movie season -- heavy on the popcorn, with a generous sprinkling of superheroes -- begins to wind down, a handful of strong indie performers have emerged as big-time box office contenders. After nearly seventeen weeks in release, the Helen Mirren-starring "Woman in Gold" has proven to be the year's biggest indie success, a spring opener that premiered in February at Berlin -- skipping both Tiff and Sundance in the process -- before opening in the U.S. mere weeks later. It's trailed by the well-reviewed "Ex Machina," which used solid word of mouth and a large expansion (eventually topping out at 2,004 theaters) to grab the second place spot. Other festival favorites and Oscar holdovers have stayed strong over the course of the year, however, including "Still Alice," "It Follows," "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl »
- Kate Erbland
San Sebastian's Culinary competition mixes Spanish, Asian flavours
Section to open with Pep Gatell’s documentary about leading restaurant Mugaritz.
The San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 18-26) has unveiled the 17 titles that will make up its Culinary Zinema strand - seven of which will be accompanied by themed dinners by chefs of “international prestige”.
The section will open with Pep Gatell’s documentary, Off-Road. Mugaritz, Feeling A Way, about the San Sebastian restaurant that is regarded as one of the best in the world.
The strand will close with Cooking Up A Tribute, in which the team from El Celler de Can Roca close their doors for five weeks to travel across Mexico, Peru and Colombia, personally reinterpreting their ingredients and traditions. The doc is co-directed by Luis González and Andrea Gómez.
The films are two of nine titles that will play in competition, which also include:
Adn Du Ceviche (Canada)
The Birth Of Saké (Us-Japan)
Kampai! For The Love »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
‘Spotlight’ Trailer: Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo Uncover Church Sex-Abuse Scandal
Directed and co-written by Oscar-nominee Tom McCarthy, the highly-anticipated drama Spotlight is world premiering out of competition in Venice next month, before heading to Toronto as a Special Presentation. Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton star in the true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that rocked a city and one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. Set in 2002, the film follows the dedicated members of the news team as they… »
Watch: Brie Larson Breaks Free In The First Trailer For Lenny Abrahamson's ‘Room’
Irish filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson has been doing solid work from the jump, but it’s the work of this decade that has really launched him. 2012’s “What Richard Did” was so good it got lead actor Jack Reynor noticed in a big way: Michael Bay tapped him for his next “Transformers” film. That quickly led to Michael Fassbender agreeing to star in the awesome oddball outsider rock comedy “Frank” in which the actor appeared with his face covered by a papier-mâché head for 90% of the movie. Next up for Abrahamson is “Room,” based on the bestselling 2010 novel by Emma Donoghue, who adapted the screenplay about a woman and her 5-year-old son, who live in confinement in a 10x10-foot single room. Escaping from the captivity in which they have been held for half a decade, the mother and son struggle to adjust to the strange, terrifying and wondrous world outside their one-room prison. »
- Edward Davis
First trailer for awards-tipped kidnap drama Room
The adaptation of Emma Donughue’s best-selling novel stars Brie Larson as a woman living in a confined space with her young son
With this week’s announcements for the Toronto and Venice festival lineups, we’re starting to see the impending awards season come into focus.
Related: And the Oscar may go to … 40 key movies in contention for 2016 awards
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- Benjamin Lee
Watch: Brie Larson Falls Down the Rabbit Hole in Haunting 'Room' Teaser
Read More: Tiff Images: Emma Watson In 'Colonia,' Brie Larson In 'Room,' Charlie Kaufman's 'Anomalisa' And More Is it time for Brie Larson to collect her Oscar yet? The indie favorite -- and star of the widely hailed "Short Term 12" -- looks to be entering the awards season race again with her turn in Lenny Abrahamson's upcoming "Room." Based on Emma Donoghue's novel of the same name, the new drama, which will premiere at this year's Tiff, gives Larson a big new role to dig into, an already exciting prospect made all the more interesting by the film's first teaser trailer, which lets viewers into just enough of the world of "Room" to really hook them. The offcial synopsis reads: "'Room' tells the extraordinary story of Jack (Tremblay), a spirited 5 year old who is looked after by his »
- Kate Erbland
Aliens and Humans Square Off In The H.P. Lovecraft-Inspired 'Starspawn'
Here's your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a project you'd want to see? Tell us in the comments. Starspawn Logline:tv journalist Jo Danforth travels to the outback with her camera crew to interview a group of survivalists who are preparing for some kind of apocalypse, only to uncover evidence that ancient aliens who once ruled the planet are plotting to return. Elevator Pitch:tv current affairs journalist Jo Danforth heads to the outback with her camera crew to interview Byron Green, the enigmatic leader of a group of survivalists. At first the survivalists seem like harmless cranks -- that is until Jo learns of a mysterious book called the Necronomicon, which foretells of an imminent invasion by ancient aliens. Hunted by survivalists and terrorized by aliens, »
Mohsen Makhmalbaf to preside over Russia's On The Edge jury
Filipino director Lav Diaz among jury members.
Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf is to serve as president of the International Competition jury for the 5th On The Edge (Kray Sveta) International Film Festival (Aug 21-28) on the Russian island of Sakhalin in the North Pacific Ocean.
The jury will comprise: Filipino director Lav Diaz, who won Locarno’s Golden Leopard last year for From What Is Before; leading Russian actor Danila Kozlovsky, who made a recent foray into Hollywood with Vampire Academy; and actress Anna Chipovskaya whose recent credits include Shpion and Yolki 3.
Makhmalbaf’s last feature, The President, will be shown during the festival as a Russian premiere, and there will also be screenings of his documentary Daddy’s School. Diaz’s five-hour epic, Norte, the End of History, is also set to screen at th festival.
The Competition section is set to include such titles as Kim Ki-Duk’s latest feature Stop; Armenian filmmaker Aram Shakhbadzian »
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
The Beano's Numskulls are well aware of Inside Out, and here's how they responded
If you've watched Disney Pixar's Inside Out and left the cinema feeling you'd seen something very similar before, then you were probably right.
A lot of cinema-goers have been quick to compare the animated film to The Beano's Numskulls, a bunch of characters who also live inside the minds of human beings.
Well, The Beano is fully aware of Inside Out, and decided to make light of the similarities (and differences) in a brand new comic strip published this week.
The Beano is indeed aware of the movie Inside Out. This week's Numskull's in The Beano by Nigel Auchterlounie. pic.twitter.com/zmzmHGJWjo
— Nigel Parkinson (@NPBeanoArtist) July 28, 2015
The strip sees Edd take in Inside Out at the cinema, leaving the Numskulls baffled by the idea of people being controlled by their emotions, rather than them.
Numskulls first featured in The Beezer in 1962, before moving to The Topper, and then to »
After Nuclear Deal With Iran, Zurich Fest To Focus on New Iranian Filmmakers
In the aftermath of the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran, the Zurich Film Festival will make Iran the guest country of its New World View section which will spotlight the latest generation of Iranian filmmakers.
The nuclear deal was hammered out in the Swiss city of Geneva.
The Swiss fest will showcase a dozen new features and docus by young Iranian filmmakers, who “despite strict state controls and censorship” have taken it upon themselvs “to tackle and question in an intelligent and entertaining manner the burning topics and taboos occupying Iranian society today,” it said in a statement.
While Iranian cinema draws international attention largely due to established names like Abbas Kiarostami (“Taste of Cherry”), Asghar Farhadi (“A Separation”), and Jafar Panahi, who won this year’s Berlin fest top prize for “Taxi,” Zurich aims to provide a platform for emerging Iranian helmers.
This younger generation includes hot »
- Nick Vivarelli
Venice’s Sala Web set for Festival Scope
The fourth edition of Venice’s Sala Web will stream selected Horizons Competition & Biennale College titles from the festival online.
The initiative is again delivered in collaboration with online platform Festival Scope, which makes titles available to audiences worldwide.
Sala Web will serve as a parallel online showcase for select films in Venice’s Horisons Competition and Biennale College sections (the Sala Web titles will be announced in coming weeks).
These films will be available for streaming during a full five days, starting on the same day as their world premiere on the Lido.
Digital tickets for Sala Web screenings will go on sale in mid-August. Tickets are priced at €4 each or a five-film festival pass for €10.
“The aim of Sala Web is to make them discover brand new films »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Sarajevo fest to honour Atom Egoyan
Director’s latest feature Remember to screen at Venice and Toronto.
The Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 14-22) is to pay tribute to Canadian director Atom Egoyan, who will receive Honorary Heart of Sarajevo for his contribution to film.
The festival will screen three of his films: Exotica (1994), set in and around a fictional strip club; Cannes award-winner The Sweet Hereafter (1997); and Ararat (2002), a drama about the Armenian genocide.
Egoyan, who was born to Armenian parents in Egypt but moved to Canada aged two, has directed more than a dozen features, several TV projects, and shorts.
Following critical acclaim and accolades for Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter and Ararat, his films of the past decade have included crime drama Where The Truth Lies, starring Colin Firth and Kevin Bacon; true crime drama Devil’s Knot, again with Firth and Reese Witherspoon; and thriller The Captive, starring Ryan Reynolds.
Egoyan’s latest feature, Remember, starring »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Votd: Comparing ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Movie to the Comic Book
In an exciting meshing of old and new franchise stars, X-Men: Days of Future Past effectively rebooted the comic book franchise again, complete with a new timeline that retconned the old one, and brought all your favorite characters who died in the original trilogy back from the dead. And while the title and basic storyline […]
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- Ethan Anderton
Mission Impossible: A Summer Powerhouse
Casting off any signs of sequel fatigue, Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation delivers super-sized summer entertainment. Even if you haven’t followed the series’ previous installments, you may find yourself caught up in this action-filled spy thriller, which works quite well on its own terms. The backstory is simply laid out: Tom Cruise and his loyal cohorts in the Imf, or Impossible Mission Force (Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, and Ving Rhames), are officially disenfranchised by testy CIA chief Alec Baldwin. But when a nefarious international organization called The Syndicate rears its head, Cruise and company feel impelled to spring into action, sanctioned or not. Our high-flying hero is...
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- Leonard Maltin
Imagina Intl. Sales Picks Up Colomo’s ‘Isla Bonita’
Colomo stars in and directs “Isla Bonita,” which will world preem at September’s San Sebastian Film Festival as part of the non-competitive Zabaltegi sidebar.
In the film, Colomo plays Fer, a seasoned publicist flustered by modern times and new generations of women that travels to Menorca invited by his friend Miguel Angel, played by Spanish ad exec and writer Miguel Angel Furones. There he will meet Nuria, an anti-establishment sculptress (artist Nuria Roman), and her daughter Olivia (actress Olivia Delcan).
Living with different acquaintances and new friends will bring Fer a new perspective on life and a connection with an environment that will awake his senses.
Reportedly made with a firm Woody Allen feel, the characters move at an »
- Emiliano De Pablos
Tom Cruise wants an Edge of Tomorrow sequel with Emily Blunt
McQuarrie and Liman were both involved in the original film.
Cruise added that he was desperate to have Emily Blunt involved as well.
"I pitched it to McQuarrie and Doug," he told MTV News. "We were there one night, and I was like, 'I've got an idea for it'.
"It could be so much fun. Gotta get Emily. I was like, 'Emily, please'. She was like, 'Give me another year, please'."
Edge of Tomorrow starred Cruise as Major William Cage, a man fighting in a battle against aliens but who is »
Shaft comic writer slams planned remake's comedic take
David Walker, who continues to write stories around the original blaxploitation character, says studio New Line’s proposed direction ‘will ruin the chances of there ever being a decent Shaft movie’
Yet another reinvention of blaxploitation detective Shaft is on the way and there’s at least one person who isn’t very happy about it.
Related: Nosferaaarghtu: why they shouldn't remake Dracula's best film outing
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- Benjamin Lee
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