‘Captain Fantastic’s’ Matt Ross to Direct ‘Tomorrow and Tomorrow’ for TriStar
Published in 2014, the novel is set in a near future world where humanity’s relationship with evolving virtual environments becomes isolating.
“‘Tomorrow and Tomorrow’ is prescient,” Ross said. “It posits a world not so dissimilar from today, a direction we are all clearly headed where technology has altered the ways in which we interact with each other and the world around us.”
He continued, “I hope to examine, following the book’s lead, the degree to which our lives are enhanced and deeply compromised by the technology that is already an inseparable part of our daily existence. Lynette and I couldn’t be more excited to collaborate with Hannah to translate »
- Justin Kroll
The Batman: Matt Reeves Will Officially Direct and Produce
After an initial rumor, then having the negotiations break down entirely, Warner Bros. has officially hired Matt Reeves to direct The Batman, which will give the newest incarnation of the Caped Crusader a standalone story. Come inside to check out the announcement!
The film industry, like any other business, will go back and forth. We've seen people attached to movies drop out at the last minute, and "done deals" entirely fall apart. A couple weeks ago, after Ben Affleck dropped The Batman directing gig, word came out that Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes) was in talks to direct.
The internet exploded at the possibility as he's a fantastic storyteller...but then last week, news came out that the negotiations had fallen apart and it looked like the WB would have to keep searching. So imagine our surprise today when they revealed, »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Original Cuts of ‘Star Wars’ May Finally, Possibly Be Re-Released for the 40th Anniversary
Every now and then there’s a new rumor that the original, unaltered, non-Special Edition cuts of the Star Wars trilogy are on the verge of being re-released to the public. Sometimes the rumor says the original trilogy will be re-released in theaters, other times they say the movies will be available in high-definition on Blu-ray […]
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- Ethan Anderton
Drew Goddard Joins ‘Deadpool 2’ Writing Team, Joe Carnahan Penning ‘X-Force’
Still without a release date, it seems Ryan Reynolds wants “Deadpool 2” to be the best it can be, and if the rumors are to be believed, he’s flexing all the creative muscle he has on the sequel to realize his vision. Last fall, “Deadpool” director Tim Miller exited the picture, with “John Wick” co-helmer stepping in to replace him.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Box-Office Preview: Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' to Impress With Possible $20M U.S. Debut
Look for Universal and Jason Blum to score another win at the box office this weekend with the micro-budgeted Get Out, a thriller and social commentary on race relations that marks the feature directorial debut of Jordan Peele (Key & Peele).
Pre-release tracking suggests the film, costing under $5 million to make, could approach or cross $20 million in its debut. Universal is being more cautious and suggesting high teens. Get Out, which premiered in a secret midnight screening at the Sundance Film Festival in January, is getting a berth in 2,777 theaters.
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- Pamela McClintock
Martin Scorsese Criticizes At-Home Movie Viewing Day After Netflix Deal for ‘The Irishman’
Martin Scorsese explained why watching movies at home is not as good as going to the cinema on the heels of signing a deal with Netflix to distribute his new film “The Irishman.” “The problem now is that it is everything around the frame that is distracting,” Scorsese told the audience at a BFI London event on Wednesday, per Screen Daily. “Now you can see a film on an iPad,” he continued. “You might be able to push it closer to your in your bedroom, just lock the door and look at it if you can but I do find just glimpsing. »
- Joe Otterson
Oscar Best Picture Nominees Get the Honest Trailer Treatment
The ever-clever Honest Trailers produced by Screen Junkies just wouldn’t be the same without an Oscar installment. In the newest edition, Hollywood gets roasted for its selection of nine best picture nominees. “They’ve got to stop releasing all these movies at the same time,” the voiceover mocks. With less than a week to go before Hollywood’s biggest night, the industry could probably use a couple lighthearted jokes.
The video runs through all the nominees, beginning with “Arrival” and moving onto “Lion” (“If you say you’ve seen this, you’re probably lyin’.”) “Hell or High Water” gets the same treatment. Paired with clips of “True Grit,” the trailer promises viewers a chance to hear “that one grizzled cowboy voice Jeff Bridges does.”
“For a film that’s so entertaining, straightforward, and unpretentious, it has no chance of actually winning best picture,” says the voiceover. Touche, Screen Junkies. »
- Dani Levy
‘Separate Tables’ Screenwriter John Gay Dies at 92
Long active in the Writers Guild of America, Gay wrote 14 feature films and 39 miniseries and TV movies, scripting projects for John Huston, Vincent Minnelli and John Sturges. He helped lead the Writers Guild through difficult negotiations while serving on the Wgaw’s Board of Directors (1971-75, 1977-79), and as Vice President (1985-87).
Gay started out in live television starring with his wife Barbara in “Mr. and Mrs. Mystery,” and went on to write for numerous live TV dramas. Lancaster helped recruit him to Hollywood, where he wrote Clark Gable-Lancaster starring submarine film “Run Silent Run Deep.” He »
- Pat Saperstein
'Das Boot' sequel finds director
The $28.5m TV series is being developed by Sky Germany with other partners.
Andreas Prochaska (The Dark Valley) has boarded the project, which will be an eight x 60’ television series and is scheduled to begin production in mid-2017.
The $28.5m production is being made by Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, Sky Germany and Sonar Entertainment.
Set in the immediate aftermath of the original Das Boot (and the novel on which it was based), the series will expand on the concept of the original, depicting not just the German U-boat perspective but also encompassing the experiences of the French Resistance and Allied forces on land and at sea.
The programme will be first broadcast in 2018 in Sky territories Germany, Austria, Italy, UK and Ireland.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Grater)
Oscars 2017: Tanna and Lion bring heart to Hollywood in landmark year for Australian film | Luke Buckmaster
After Mad Max: Fury Road smoked the 2016 Oscars, Australia has much to celebrate with this year’s contenders
This year, for the first time in history, two Australian films have been nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards: Lion and Hacksaw Ridge. Tanna can be considered a third, if you include best foreign-language film in the mix.
And why wouldn’t you? The foreign-language field is actually more competitive – the entire non-English speaking world of cinema is in the running – and the winner is usually superior to the more lauded best picture. It’s here you get the really eclectic stuff too, such as pallid monsters with eyeballs on their hands and black-and-white Polish dramas about nuns.
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- Luke Buckmaster
Sen. Kamala Harris At CAA Take Action Day: We Are In “The Post-11/8 Era”
The Sen. Kamala Harris talk at CAA Take Action Day ended up being the most attended of the many conversations and panels on Thursday that ranged from immigration and the environment to politics, politics, politics. It was standing-room only as the 224-seat theater became a fire marshal’s nightmare. People lined the entrance and walls and sat on the stairs. CAA employees were asked to give up their seats and go into the overflow room. Guests in attendance included director… »
Stx Weighing Legal Action Over Netflix Deal for Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ (Exclusive)
Martin Scorsese’s upcoming mob movie “The Irishman” looks to be running into trouble as distributor Stx is weighing legal action over Mexican producer Gaston Pavlovich’s pending deal with Netflix. Stx bought all non-u.S. distribution rights to the Robert De Niro starring movie last year in a $50-million deal that was the talk of the Cannes Film Festival.
But Stx’s role in the distribution of the film was cast into doubt after Pavlovich and his Fabrica de Cine outfit tried to switch instead to a worldwide deal with Netflix. Meanwhile, “The Irishman” production budget is quickly ballooning to $125 million from its originally estimated cost of $100 million.
The studio released a terse statement through a spokesman.
“As a policy, Stx does not comment on rumors or matters related to litigation,” the statement reads.
News of Netflix closing in on a global distribution deal for Martin Scorsese’s upcoming »
- Brent Lang and Nick Vivarelli
Jackie Chan’s ‘Five Against a Bullet’ Draws Jeffrey Nachmanoff to Direct
Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing the project though his Di Bonventura Pictures for Sony along with Suretone Pictures, Jordan Schur through Mimran Schur Pictures and Chan through his Sparkle Roll production company.
Joe Carnahan came on to the project in 2014 to direct and re-write Alex Litvak’s script, set in a small Mexican town under attack by the drug cartel. The story centers on five the world-weary bodyguards who are signed on to protect a Mexican politician after his father is murdered by a cartel, ahead of an election.
- Dave McNary
Jack Thompson's wisdom: life's crowning glory is the here and now
His voice is indelibly laid down in minds of Australians who have watched his film career unfold over five decades: from Breaker Morant to The Man From Snowy River; from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil to The Sum of Us. Jack Thompson’s skill as an actor is echoed in his abiding love of poetry and memories of the father who introduced him to it. The power of poetry, he says, keeps him centred in the here and now
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- David Fanner and Lucy Clark
Most Memorable Oscar Dresses Ever (Photos)
Millions will be tuning in Sunday to not only see who wins what, but who wore what.
The Academy Awards have been the backdrop for some of the most memorable fashion moments over the last nine decades, and judging by this awards season, the 89th Oscars won’t disappoint.
Who can forget Cher’s huge headdress, Bjork’s white swan, or Angelina Jolie’s bare leg?
Oscar Nominated Actresses Make Bold and Varied Fashion Choices
Other stars to watch include best supporting actress nominee Nicole Kidman, who makes the best-dressed list year after year; Meryl Streep, who reportedly canceled her custom Karl Lagerfeld Chanel dress; and Janelle Monae, who has kept her signature black-and-white palette all awards season. »
- Lawrence Yee
Superhero Bits: New Injustice 2 Trailer, Neil Gaiman’s Batman Story, Aquaman Crew & More
Who is the costume designer for Aquaman? Which other Marvel heroes have been inhabited by The Phoenix? How power hungry is Superman in the new Injustice 2 trailer? Want to see a fanmade trailer for a Christopher Nolan directed Nightwing movie with Casey Affleck as The Riddler? What Batman story has Neil Gaiman been working […]
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- Ethan Anderton
Illumination Taps Peter Schube as Chief Operating Officer
Illumination — the production company behind “Minions,” “Sing,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” and the “Despicable Me” franchise — also announced Thursday that it’s appointed Scott Broock as exec VP of digital strategy and innovation, and Latifa Ouaou as executive producer.
Schube will work alongside Meledandri on business strategy and will oversee all core business operations, including finance, business development, and administrative functions. Schube was the president and chief operating officer at Henson before leaving last year.
Fischer helped devise the original business plan for 10-year-old Illumination with Meledandri and was its first COO. She’ll scale back her role at the company after its release of “Despicable Me 3” this summer, but will continue serving as a close strategic adviser to Meledandri and Illumination.
Broock was global virtual reality evangelist at YouTube, »
- Dave McNary
Profits Drop 13% as IMAX China Suffers Box Office Headwinds
In a year of highs and lows, IMAX China suffered a drop in profits, but booked a record number of orders for new screens.
The company, which is controlled by IMAX Corp. but has a separate Hong Kong Share listing, reported adjusted profits of $37.6 million. That was down 13% compared with 2015. Group revenues were up by 7% at $119 million, despite a 7% depreciation of the Chinese currency, compared with the U.S. dollar.
In a statement the company pointed to decreased box office and to an increase in the number of revenue sharing theaters it opened. These come with greater long term revenue than sites which are sold or leased, but higher initial costs.
At the end of 2016, IMAX China operated 407 commercial screens in the Greater China region, compared with 290 at the end of 2015.
Box office revenue at IMAX theaters slipped from $312 million in 2015 to $295 million in 2016. Per screen box office dropped from $1.34 million to $932,000. (In comparison, »
- Patrick Frater
Peter Bart: Gay Talese’s Famed “Frank Sinatra Has A Cold” Becomes Hot Movie Project
It is every journalist's dream: Publish an article and movie producers start chasing the film rights. That's the situation Gay Talese finds himself in, but there's a twist: He wrote the article for Esquire over 50 years ago. It was called "Frank Sinatra Has A Cold" – not a very promising title, but the piece acquired its own mythology, becoming a model for a breakout genre called "The New Journalism." I came upon the Talese-Sinatra deal saga (details later) in a… »
‘Nightwing’ Next Up To Bat As Warner Bros DC Pic
The Lego Batman Movie director Chris McKay is in negotiations to helm what would be a live-action film based on Nightwing, a part of the Batman mythology, Deadline has confirmed. Bill Debuque, who penned the screenplay for the Ben Affleck starrer The Accountant, is writing the screenplay. Affleck, of course, plays Batman in the DC Universe movies, including in stand-alone The Batman, which he co-wrote and was to direct before exiting. Matt Reeves landed that helming job… »
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