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Shocker: Tom Cruise Exits ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.;’ Warner Bros Recasting For Fall Start
Exclusive: Tom Cruise has exited as the lead in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., the remake of the classic TV series that Guy Ritchie will direct for Warner Bros. Cruise was scheduled to star in the film with Armie Hammer, but he has stepped out of the picture to focus on producing and starring in Mission: Impossible 5. Paramount and Skydance are now planning to begin shooting the latest installment of that franchise before year’s end. Warner Bros has a script they like, and a top director who’s expecting to direct U.N.C.L.E. in the fall. The timing proved too difficult and so Cruise stepped out to focus on M:I5. Warner Bros will now go hard looking for the lead of this movie, which is inspired by the original TV series ran from 1964-68, with Robert Vaughan and David McCallum playing Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
‘The Great Gatsby’ Hits $100 Million in the U.S.
Not bad, old sport.
“Gatsby,” directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, has taken in an additional $64.4 million overseas for a worldwide cume of $164.4 million with major markets such as Australia, Mexico, Brazil and Japan yet to open.
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“We all congratulate Baz and his amazing cast and crew on the success of the film which will continue to enjoy the lucrative summer play time,” WB distribution prexy Dan Fellman said in a statement.
Sue Kroll, prexy of worldwide marketing added, “We had the benefit of a wonderful collaboration with this extraordinary director and his cast and team. The film Baz put together, with its modern yet timeless feel, including its surprising musical mix, gave »
- Stuart Oldham
Superman Apparently Likes Cheeseburgers in Man Of Steel Hardee’s Commercial
The age-old question of “Does Superman like cheesburgers?” may or may not have finally been answered. Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr. has released a new commercial tied to Warner Bros.’ upcoming film Man of Steel, and Superman himself Henry Cavill makes an appearance in the ad. I would’ve given the spot top marks if it had showed Superman actually taking a giant bite out of one of Hardee’s unreasonably ginormous burgers, but alas Supes only shows up to do more city damage with his power thrusting. Hit the jump to watch the commercial. Man of Steel opens in 3D on June 14th. Here’s the official synopsis for Man of Steel: In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Cavill) is a young twentysomething journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone’s imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, »
- Adam Chitwood
Ed Asner, 15 Others Sue SAG-aftra Over Unpaid Funds
The suit, filed Friday in federal court in Los Angeles by the United Screen Actors Committee, alleges that SAG-aftra has improperly withheld funds and stonewalled requests for information about $110 million held in trust by the union. Those funds, the suit alleges, have been collected by the union through foreign collecting societies without authorization or knowledge of union members.
SAG-aftra had no immediate response to the suit, which was assigned by U.S. District Court Judge Manuel Real.
The 52-page action seeks a jury trial, damages and a court order that would prevent SAG-aftra from continuing to collect foreign levies and set up an indepedent body to handle those funds.
“With foreign royalties, injunctive relief is sought for issuance of »
- Dave McNary
Watch Iron Man In 60 Seconds As An 8-Bit Video Game
You know what the real problem is with 8-bit videos like this? They always make me wish that the "game" were something that I could actually purchase and play. There are instances where enough people are inspired that the game actually does becomes a reality - take for example the fans of NBC's Community who made a video game based on an 8-bit episode of the show - but in the case of the Iron Man game you see above I think we'll also just have to be satisfied with the idea. To deliver a back story on the video above, it was created by CineFix and is an 8-bit retelling of Jon Favreau's blockbuster Iron Man. Not only is the video impressive, it also makes the actual tie-in video game that was released look even worse than it already is. This is the first 8-bit video that the »
Carrie Motion Poster Offers Sage Advice And Lots of Gore
Even if you've never seen Brian De Palma's Carrie, you probably known how it ends. The meek teen girl covered head to toe in pig's blood has become an iconic image, and one that Kimberly Pierce has been embracing at every opportunity with her remake. Back at Comic Con last year she promised buckets upon buckets of blood. The very first images released from the film showed her Carrie (Chloe Moretz) caked in the gooey red stuff, and both posters and trailers since then has likewise referenced the film's gory finale. But the new motion picture above takes it to the next level, offering GIFs of the prom reckoning that flicker behind the chilling calm countenance of the titular tormented teen. Keep calm and Carrie on indeed! Adapted by Glee and Big Love writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa from the Stephen King novel, Carrie follows the traumatic tale of young Carrie White. »
Chilling Photo Series Captures Abandoned Homes 'Frozen in Time'
The UK Daily Mail has published a haunting new photo series by Dutch photographer Niki Feijen, depicting abandoned houses and buildings whose owners seem to have vanished, leaving most of their possessions still in place and untouched after many years. Many of the pictures show beds made, clothes still hanging, dishes, toys and various personal effects in place; in many cases, only the moldy walls and crumbling plaster indicate that the occupants left ages ago. Feijen's specialty is “urban exploration,” searching through Europe for abandoned, condemned and otherwise boarded-up houses and buildings. Once inside, the images he captures are often sad, beautiful and even nightmarish. This series, from his new book Disciple of Decay, features abandoned family homes left mostly intact, while others show larger buildings and rooms in far worse shape. Some of these could be fully-dressed horror movie sets, or seriously awesome album covers... and you wouldn't have to change a thing. »
- Gregory Burkart
Update: ‘Fast and Furious 6′ Racing Towards $35 Million Friday, $100 Million Four-Day Weekend; ‘Hangover’ and ‘Epic’ Eye $50 Million
Update: Universal’s “Fast and Furious 6″ is speeding up for approximately $35 million Friday and $100 four-day weekend, according to noon estimates. Some analysts are projecting as much as $45 million for “Fast” on Friday. Either way, the Universal actioner should score a franchise-best opening. Warner Bros’ “Hangover Part III,” meanwhile, is neck-and-neck with the Fox toon “Epic” for second place with an estimated $50 million for the Memorial Day weekend.
This Memorial Day weekend may be off to a record-setting pace but for two franchise powerhouses, the results were a mixed bag on Thursday.
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The last “Hangover” movie earned a record-breaking $31.6 million during the same period in 2011 so the early figures indicate audiences may be getting tired of the R-rated comedy franchise. »
- Stuart Oldham
Best of the Week: Cannes Continues, Talking 'Before Midnight' with Delpy, Hawke and Linklater, Reviews, News and More
The top stories of the week from Toh! Cannes: Cannes Review and Roundup: James Gray's "The Immigrant" Is Unengaging But Cotillard, Photography Shine Cannes Interview: Chandor Directed Silent Redford in "All Is Lost," Press Conference The Coens, Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan and Oscar Isaac Give Seven Easy Steps to Get to Know "Llewyn Davis" Cannes Film Festival Diary: Le Dernier Jour Cannes Review Roundup: Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" a Wistful but Slight Father-Son Road Trip Film Cannes: James Toback Talks "Seduced and Abandoned," Double Act with Alec Baldwin and More "Only God Forgives": Gosling No-Show at Press Conference, Review Roundup Interviews: "Before Midnight" Interview with Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater (Exclusive Video) Brit Marling Writes and Toplines Anarchist Thriller "The East," "an action film for a girl" (Exclusive Video) Reviews: Review: Rama Burshtein's Luminous "Fill the Void" Looks at the Strange, Painful Romance of »
Cannes Review: J.C. Chandor Puts Robert Redford Through Watery Hell In Bruising, Formally Rigorous 'All Is Lost'
It almost feels like J.C. Chandor is showing off. In what is only his second feature film, after the chalk-and-cheese financial collapse movie “Margin Call," he sets himself a kind of exercise in filmmaking rigor, in the bare-bones, one-man survival-at-sea story “All Is Lost” and delivers. From the strong but talky, pointing-at-screens-spouting-financial-mumbo-jumbo of his debut, it’s initially hard to see how we could have predicted the filmmaker’s ability to deliver a much more visceral, physically gruelling, dialogue-free experience. But hindsight is 20/20 and what both movies share is an almost documentary-like immediacy to the material, and a hugely confident filmmaking style, unobstrusive and economical, that belies Chandor’s relative inexperience. Starting with a voiceover of a note he is writing, (really the only time we hear Robert Redford’s voice, aside from a couple of hoarse cries of “Help me!” and Sos calls) we’re introduced to a man, »
- Jessica Kiang
Women in Hollywood, from Tough Rodriguez, Studio Chief Pascal, to 'Expendabelles' (Video)
Sylvester Stallone has put out a call on Twitter, presumably with his latest iteration of "The Expendables" in mind: "A young Sigorney Weaver anywhere out there?" The misspelling of her name aside, Weaver became one of Hollywood's few female action stars because Ridley Scott cast her as androgynous astronaut Ripley in "Alien," and another director who likes strong women, James Cameron, encouraged her to kick ass in the sequel "Aliens," at which point he passed the baton to David Fincher, who continued the tradition in "Alien 3." Stallone has plenty of tough action femmes to choose from now, from Gina Carano and Michelle Rodriguez, who memorably fight each other in "Fast & Furious 6" and Jennifer Garner ("Alias") to Cate Beckinsale ("Underworld"), Zoe Saldana ("Star Trek Into Darkness") and Gwyneth Paltrow ("Iron Man 3"). Rodriguez herself recently complained about the lack of female superheroes. But my question remains: why does Stallone need a younger Weaver? »
- Anne Thompson
Watch: Chilling Trailer for Acclaimed Doc 'The Act of Killing,' Executive Produced by Werner Herzog and Errol Morris
Gearing up for the documentary's release later this summer courtesy of Drafthouse Films, an official Us trailer for "The Act of Killing" was released online today. Joshua Oppenheimer's acclaimed, troubling film has former Indonesian death squad leaders recounting the atrocities that they committed. Forgoing the usual format of talking-head testimony, they instead reenact the memories of what they did and experienced through various film genres of their choosing, from gangster to Hollywood musical. Read More: Harrowing 'Act of Killing' Is the Most Unsettling Movie About Mass Killing Since 'Shoah' The strange and disturbing nature of this conceit is on full display in the film's trailer. The film will be officially hitting Us theaters on July 19th. »
- Clint Holloway
Exclusive: Full Schedule For 5th Annual BAMcinemaFest; 'Peaches Does Herself,' 'William & The Windmill' & More Added
In a few weeks the fifth annual BAMcinemaFest at the Brooklyn Academy of Music kicks off, bringing a wide array of stellar content to New York’s hippest borough. Today, the full line-up has been revealed for the festival, which runs from June 19th to the 28th, which includes the New York premiere of the documentary “Peaches Does Herself” about punky synth pop star Peaches (complete with a live performance by the star) and the New York premiere of “I Used to Be Darker,” the new film by Matthew Porterfield. Get your subway tickets ready: it’s going to be a good one.On Tuesday, June 25th, “Peaches Does Herself” will have its New York premiere. Anyone familiar with the aggressively avant garde pop rocker will undoubtedly want to show up (she’s kind of the best) and the documentary promises a campaign of shock and awe, complete with “cameos »
- Drew Taylor
'Human Centipede 3' Will Likely Take Place in a Prison
Production on Tom Six's next installment in his sick saga, Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence), began this week, and while the plot is still top-secret, the director has revealed that the sequel will feature a stitched-together monstrosity composed of over five hundred people. So where do you find such a huge collection of captive subjects? A new clue posted by JoBlo.com today has the most likely answer, confirming rumors that the film will be set in a prison. Their search led to this casting call, which posted the following info: Human Centipede 3 Theatrical, Non-Union Posted: 4/24/2013 Category Feature Film Union Status Non-Union Rate 64.00/8 Prison Inmates (Non Union) / Non-Union / "Human Centipede 3" / Background / Male / All Ethnicities / 18-65 Human Centipede 3, a horror film, is looking for gentlemen of all ages, sizes, and ethnicities to play Prison Inmates starting Thursday - May 16 in Los Angeles. These prisoners will work up to 13 Days between May »
- Gregory Burkart
2013 Cinéfondation Awards Prizes to 'Needle,' 'Waiting For The Thaw,' 'In the Fishbowl' and 'Pandas'
At Cannes today, the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury announced the 2013 Cinéfondation Prizes in a ceremony held at the Buñuel Theater. The first prize went to Anahita Ghazvinizadeh, a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, for her short film "Needle," which follows a young girl who is going to get her ears pierced. In addition to a €15,000 cash prize, Ghazvinizadeh is also promised the opportunity to show her first feature film at Cannes in the future. The second prize was awarded to "Waiting For The Thaw," directed by Sarah Hirtt, a student at Insas in Belgium. The third prize was shared between Tudor Cristian Jurgiu of Romania's Unatc and Matúš Vizár of Czech Republic's Famu for their respective films "In the Fishbowl" and "Pandas." Now in its 16th year, the Cinéfondation has continually devoted itself to supporting and championing filmmakers of the next generation. This year's »
- Clint Holloway
What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Epic' Memorial Day Brings 'Fast & Furious 6,' 'The Hangover Part III' & 'Before Midnight'
There are plenty of traditions associated with Memorial Day: barbecues, the return of white pants, massive sales, and, of course, the release of long-awaited blockbuster flicks. We get two this weekend, both hailing from impressively resilient franchises. Plus, there's the highly anticipated next chapter in the "Before [insert time of day]" series. But maybe you're not a sequel person, in which case you can indulge in a 3D animated feature for the kiddies (in all of us), probing documentaries, dark comedies, and a biopic. Because what's more American than variety? Happy Memorial Day, cinephiles: let us know how you'll be celebrating at the theaters! "Fast & Furious 6." Directed by Justin Lin. Starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Gina Carano, Luke Evans, Jordana Brewster, Sung Kang, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Gal Gadot, Joe Taslim, and Shea Whigham. Our review: "While there's a lot of fun to be had, 'Furious 6' »
- Emma Bernstein
Chris O’Dowd & Aziz Ansari Talk Epic, Improvising, Thor: The Dark World, Ansari’s Scripts, Ice Age 4: Continental Drift and Michele Bachmann
For the record, Chris O’Dowd and Aziz Ansari, I was totally onto you. Appropriately, the comedy duo serves as Epic’s comedic relief, Grub (O’Dowd) the snail and Mub (Ansari) the slug. When Grub isn’t dreaming of joining the ranks of the Leaf Men and Mub isn’t hitting on Mary Katherine (voice by Amanda Seyfried), the pair is in charge of keeping a very special little pod moist. It sounds like a silly job, but if that pod doesn’t bloom in the moonlight, the entire forest could wilt at the hands of the leader of the Boggans, Mandrake (voiced by Christoph Waltz). When Ansari wasn’t rising to the challenge and seeing how many times he could squeeze Ice Age 4: Continental Drift into a single interview, we discussed how they fleshed out their characters while the animators put the world of Epic together, to Ansari’s amusement, »
- Perri Nemiroff
Watch: Four New Clips From 'Arrested Development' Find Gob Tending Bees and Lindsay Letting Go of Material Things
This Sunday, May 26 at 12:01am Pt, 15 new episodes of "Arrested Development" go live on Netflix, and plenty of people are ready to settle in for hours and binge-watch the lot of them, show creator Mitchell Hurwitz's advice to the contrary be damned. Until then, though, Netflix has been pretty stingy about the details of the new season, with cast members like Jessica Walter watching their words when talking about the installments and the trailer foremost serving as a reminder that all of the main characters are returning. The company released four new short clips today, which you can watch below, and while they don't offer much more by way of hints about what's to come, they provide an assurance that the show's sense of humor hasn't gotten any less odd in its time off the air. »
- Alison Willmore
Film Reviews: Opening This Week (May 20-24, 2013)
A critical digest of the week’s latest U.S. theatrical releases. Where applicable, links to longer reviews have been provided.
Fast & Furious 6
That increasingly rare Hollywood franchise in which the heroes sport street clothes instead of spandex, Universal’s “Fast and Furious” shifts into sixth gear with few evident signs of engine wear. Mounted on an even larger scale than 2011’s epic (and massively profitable) “Fast Five,” this series swan song for helmer Justin Lin (on board since 2006’s “Tokyo Drift”) ups its own ante on balletic vehicular mayhem and international intrigue, while mending some loose narrative ends and unfurling others. Faithful fans and passersby alike should be more than pleased by this superior piece of classical action craftsmanship, which looks to meet or exceed its predecessor’s nitrous-boosted $626 million global take.
— Scott Foundas
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Distributor: Warner Bros.
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- Variety Staff
Horrors Abound in New Motion Poster for Carrie
Just in time for the holiday weekend, Screen Gems has released a new motion poster for director Kimberly Peirce’s (Boys Don’t Cry) adaptation of the Stephen King novel Carrie. For those unfamiliar, the film revolves around a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) who discovers she has telekinetic powers and who is abused at home by her ultra-religious mother (Julianne Moore) and tormented at school by her peers. This motion poster shows flashes of some of the more horror-infused scenes that were gleaned in the recent theatrical trailer, but the crux of the poster boasts a twist on the famous line, “Keep Calm and Carrie On.” Hit the jump to check out the motion poster. The film also stars Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday, Ansel Elgort, Alex Russell, and Gabriella Wilde. Carrie opens on October 18th. Via the film’s Tumblr page. Here’s the official synopsis for Carrie: A »
- Adam Chitwood
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