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'Magic Mike XXL' begins filming, non-director Steven Soderbergh tweets
For a man who’s retired from directing movies, Steven Soderbergh keeps finding increasingly creative ways to circumvent his vow. Behind the Candelabra was technically a TV movie (though it played in theaters in many foreign territories) and The Knick is a Cinemax TV series, but clearly, he has no intention to stop working.
The Oscar winner recently tweeted an image of a clapperboard indicating that production had begun on the Magic Mike sequel, a project he handed off to his long-time collaborator Gregory Jacobs. But Soderbergh hasn’t exactly stepped off the stage—his pseudonym as a cinematographer is Peter Andrews. »
- Jeff Labrecque
The Politician: Vince Vaughn Could Be on the Upswing in New Comedy
It looks like Vince Vaughn is willing himself out of a career rut with some of the projects he’s been signing onto recently, which is something I’m pretty happy about. I’ve always loved his comic timing and have found him to be a relatable, charismatic and funny screen presence more often than not. But the shine started to come off of him over the past few years as his comedies grew more formulaic (in my opinion this fallow period stretches from Fred Claus up until Delivery Man). But with a role in Season 2 of True Detective and what sounds like a darker film coming up in Term Life, maybe Vaughn truly is taking back his career á la Matthew McConaughey. The Politician could be another step back in the right direction. At first glance, it appears possible that this studio project could be another paycheck gig, but »
- Evan Dickson
Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout Inks 3-Year Universal Deal
Universal’s making room for Alex Kurtzman and his Secret Hideout shingle. They’ve signed a three-year production deal with the writer-director-producer’s new banner, which is expanding its operations on the studio lot. Kurtzman, who first pacted with Universal in a two-year deal in 2012 with Star Trek co-scribe Roberto Orci and their K/O Paper Products, will be joined by Focus Features’ Jeb Brody and K/O’s Bobby Cohen as producers at Secret Hideout. Kim Rosen is also moving over to the new company from K/O Paper Products to serve as head of digital and interactive. Kurtzman & Co. will be adding additional offices on the Universal lot while developing filmmaker-driven projects with franchise and multi-quadrant potential.
Kurtzman continues to spearhead Universal’s relaunch of its classic monster franchises with Chris Morgan, starting with the Mummy reboot he’s helming for a summer 2016 release. He is also producing »
- Jen Yamato
Warner Bros. Slates Russell Crowe-Ryan Gosling Pic ‘Nice Guys’ For 2016
The film takes place in 1970s Los Angeles, when down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired leg-breaker Jackson Healy (Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.
“Ever since we did ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,’ I’ve been eager to work with Shane again, and with this film we made it happen,” Silver said. “It’s a terrific script written in Shane’s great cinematic voice. With Russell and Ryan on board, I know we’re in for another wild ride.”
Black co-wrote the script with Anthony Bagarozzi. »
- Justin Kroll
Khoo, Nansun Shi team on erotic drama
The high-concept erotic drama is set in a single room in a Singapore hotel over a time period spanning from World War II to the future.
Six short stories, all directed by Khoo, revolve around six different couples and explore Singapore’s history, along with changing attitudes to sex, love and relationships. The pan-Asian cast includes Hong Kong actress Josie Ho.
The film marks Khoo’s first feature since Tatsumi, an animation about manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi, which premiered at Cannes in 2011. Khoo is also one of seven Singaporean filmmakers directing a short for an omnibus film to celebrate Singapore’s 50th anniversary. »
- email@example.com (Liz Shackleton)
Eric Khoo and Nansun Shi Get ‘In The Room’ for Singapore Sex Drama
The film is also intended to chronicle Singapore’s history since independence. And the action takes place in a single hotel room with six connected stories each one decade apart.
Nansun Shi, one of Asia’s leading producers (“Infernal Affairs”), is set as a producer alongside Khoo’s own Zhao Wei Films company. The story comes from Shi, while the screenplay was written by Khoo and theatre director Jonathan Lim.
The $$1 million ($800,000) picture is predominantly financed by Distribution Workshop, the Hong Kong sales company which has world rights.
- Patrick Frater
‘Big Hero 6′ Clip: Baymax Asks “How Would You Rate Your Pain?”
Big Hero 6 is Disney’s upcoming animated film, loosely based on a Marvel comic series, that centers on a boy who weaponizes, or hero-izes as it were, his robot Baymax. We’ve seen a lot of the rotund white Baymax in previous materials for the film, but we still don’t know much about him. In this […]
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- Russ Fischer
How to Train Your Dragon 3 delayed until 2017
DreamWorks Animation has pushed back the release of How to Train Your Dragon 3.
The film will now debut a year later than original scheduled on June 9, 2017.
Toronto: Versatile to Distribute Peter Chan’s ‘Dearest’
The film is based on real events which Chan uses to examine multiple layers of contemporary Chinese society.
The film is the first We Pictures production to be financed under a slate deal between Chan’s production label and the new Alibaba Pictures Group, an offshoot of the e-commerce giant. Other production credits go to Stellar Mega Films, J.Q. Pictures, Enlight Pictures, Shanghai Real Thing Media, Hb Studio and Pulin Production.
The picture will be released in China on Sept. »
- Patrick Frater
Rio Fest unveils Première Brasil
Top brass at the festival, set to run from September 24-October 8, have announced the line-up for the sidebar of 41 features and 28 shorts.
This year sees the introduction of new prizes for best direction of a documentary and a special jury prize for New Trends.
Last year the Premiere Brasil award for best fiction was shared for the first time between two films – Caru Alves de Souza’s De Menor (Underage) and Fernando Coimbra’s O Lobo Atrás Da Porta (Wolf At The Door (pictured).
Première Brasil 2014 fiction competition entries are: Ausência; Casa Grande; Love Film Festival; O Fim De Uma Era; O Fim E Os Meios; O Outro Lado Do Paraíso; Último Cine Drive-in; Obra; Prometo Um Dia Deixar Essa Cidade; and Sangue Azul.
Première Brasil documentary competition entries are: À Queima Roupa; A Vida Privada Dos Hipopótamos; Campo De Jogo; Esse Viver Ninguém Me Tira; Favela Gay; Meia Hora E As Manchetes Que Viram Manchete; My Name »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Park Chan-wook to Shoot Sexy Crime Story ‘Fingersmith’
The film is to begin shooting early in 2015 with casting for the main leads currently in progress.
Waters’ novel is set in Victorian England and revolves around a young, female petty thief and an heiress who fall in love. Published in 2002, it was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In 2005, it was adapted for TV into a 2-part drama series for the BBC starring Sally Hawkins (“Happy-Go-Lucky”). Park will geographically and temporally relocate it to early 20th century Korea, when the country was under Japanese rule. The Korean title is “Agassi” which translates as ‘young lady.’
The film will be Park’s first Korean-language feature in 6 years, following 2009’s “Thirst” starring Song Kang-ho. In between he directed “Stoker,” with Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode, »
- Nemo Kim
Guillermo Del Toro To Preside Over Legendary’s Promo/Talent Hunt On YouTube
Legendary Entertainment will combine a talent hunt with subtle promotion of its upcoming Guillermo Del Toro horror film Crimson Peak in a contest announced in concert with Google’s YouTube Spaces, which provide production and post-production facilities for YouTube creators in four big cities.
The deal is a successor to a Legendary/Warner Bros. project earlier this year for Godzilla. Sets from that film were installed at the YouTube Space L.A., located in the Playa Vista neighborhood, and 30 YouTube creators were chosen based on their proposals to make a wide variety of videos with Godzilla involved in some fashion.
In this latest deal, Gothic-horror sets “inspired by” Del Toro’s work on Crimson Peak will be installed in YouTube Spaces in Los Angeles, Tokyo, London and the soon-to-open New York. The sets will vary by site, but are billed as the sorts of creepy backdrops worthy of any Gothic horror film, »
- David Bloom
The New Amazon TV Pilots Ranked, from the Winsomely Promising to the Woefully Stupid
If there’s a lesson to be gleaned from Amazon’s new TV gambit, which puts us regular Joe and Jane Schmoes in the sockless Gucci loafers of small-screen schedulers, it’s that betting on the popularity of a new show based on a pilot – comparable to a book's prologue or a film's first scenes – is largely a game of luck and chance. Plenty of TV shows overcame abominable pilots to become classics of their respective genre (30 Rock), while just as many stuck the landing on the first round and have disappointed since (The Walking Dead).
And yet, Amazon’s offer to let viewers have a real voice in which pilots get picked up for a series order remains irresistible, partly because the bookseller-turned-everything store has managed to attra »
Fall Picks: Film
Pocket your smartphones and close your laptops, New York. You live in the greatest filmgoing city in the world. (Settle down, Paris!) So there's no reason not to give yourself over this fall to immersive pleasures on giant screens. If you missed the summer's curated indies of BAMcinemaFest, you'll have more chances to fill your eyes — and especially your ears — with theatrical runs for the mystically bluesy Willis Earl Beal-led folktale Memphis (September 5, IFC Center); the restored 1981 graffiti-and-Mingus tone poem Stations of the Elevated (October 17–23, Bam); and the stunning jazz-pianist biopic Low Down (October 24, limited release), co-starring John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Peter Dinklage, and Flea.
Dear White People Director Justin Simien on the Multiplicity of Black Experience
"I said to my creative team that this movie is [like] Do the Right Thing and The Royal Tenenbaums had an interracial love-child that went to college," says 31-year-old Justin Simien of his debut film, Dear White People. Centered on a blackface party at a fictional Ivy League school, the thematically ambitious, visually and musically eclectic, clever and cathartic satire is a film nerd's interpretation of the fundamental aspects of the black experience—ones Simien didn't see represented anywhere in the medium dearest to his heart.
Which is not to say that there is a black experienc »
Doc Gringo Trails Argues Why Backpackers Aren't Too Different From Regular Tourists
In the late 1970s, Costas Christ, now an editor at National Geographic Traveler, took a boat down the river in southern Thailand, disembarked, and, when he saw that the villagers were prepared for him, got right back on. Was there anywhere farther away, he asked the pilot? Anywhere more remote? The pilot told him tourists didn't visit the next island because there was nothing to do. Nothing, of course, was what Christ wanted; why Westerners seek it is the subject of American anthropologist Pegi Vail's engaging documentary, Gringo Trails. Like a backpacker on a long trip, Vail hops across continents, stopping in Thailand, Bolivia, Peru, Mali, and elsewhere to interview travelers, experts, and locals on the impact of backpacker culture in fragile environments, both cu »
Falcon Rising is Kind Of Like Commando If You Squint
Its supporting characters, like beat cop Katarina Da Silva (Millie Ruperto), may insist that "the world isn't always white-and-black . . . especially not in the favela." But the Rio-set thriller Falcon Rising could easily be reset in Commando's fictional, monochromatic banana republic of Val Verde, as its creators fail to highlight the idiosyncrasies of its setting. Both Commando and Falcon Rising follow burly American war vets who schlep out to third-world countries just to kill locals who have wronged the women they love. Here, ex-marine John Chapman (Black Dynamite star Michael Jai White) avenges his sister Cindy (Laila Ali), a social worker, after crooked cops put her in a coma. Chapman, a Ptsd-afflicted Afghanistan vet, is our myopic »
No No Shows How Dock Ellis Pitched a No Hitter Tripping Balls
"That ball turned into a silver bullet, his arm into a gun." That's how singer Todd Snider romanticized Dock Ellis's 1970 feat of pitching an LSD-fueled no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates, a moment that made him a druggie hero of baseball folklore. Jeffrey Radice's No No: A Dockumentary celebrates Ellis as outspoken and flamboyant at a time when players of color were often seen but rarely heard; the film views his exploits through this lens, including Ellis's canny dare that led to two black pitchers facing each other for the first time in an All-Star Game. But No No also explores Ellis's drug abuse, both recreational and the performance-enhancing "greenies" systemic to Major League Baseball, and how it contributed to the episodes of domestic violence that ended t »
In The Longest Week, Rich Authors Have a Sad
The Longest Week, from writer-director Peter Glanz, is a romantic dramedy that echoes its main characters: beautiful on the outside, bereft of purpose inside. Stylistically, Glanz channels Wes Anderson, from his symmetrical framing to his reliance on voice-over narration. The references are so excessive that the film hints at satire but ultimately fails to rise above mimicry. Childish would-be novelist Conrad Valmont (Jason Bateman) is the wealthy heir to Valmont Hotels. When he is unexpectedly cut off from his family funds, Conrad moves in with his friend/rival Dylan Tate (Billy Crudup). Along the way, he falls in love with a model, Beatrice Fairbanks (Olivia Wilde), who he later discovers is Dylan's new girlfriend. It's a shame that the cast's considerable charms are ste »
Serena and the Ratts Go Back in Time to Kill Hitler
"We may have to do it 22 times to make it look like you've done it a thousand times," David Fincher told Todd McCarthy in 2010, describing his philosophy of drilling actors through many takes. There's no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to filmmaking, but Fincher's determined diligence leaps to mind while watching writer-director Kevin James Barry's Serena and the Ratts, in which none of the actors appear confident carrying out the physical tasks — cocking a gun, brandishing a knife, strangling a target, even just talking on the phone — they've been assigned to perform. The movie's absurd, non-chronological plot consists of a band of scientists (led by a devious professor, played by Jeremy Bates) that plans to create wormholes in order to travel back »
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