‘The Walk’ Star Charlotte Le Bon Joins Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac in ‘The Promise’ (Exclusive)
Fresh off working with Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Robert Zemeckis’ “The Walk,” French-Canadian actress Charlotte Le Bon has landed the female lead alongside Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac in the epic love story “The Promise,” TheWrap has learned. Oscar-winning filmmaker Terry George (“Hotel Rwanda”) will direct from a script he co-wrote with Robin Swicord (“Memoirs of a Geisha”). Mike Medavoy (“Black Swan”) is producing “The Promise” with Eric Esrailian, Ralph Winter (“X-Men”) and William Horberg (Milk”). Production is slated to start this fall in Southern Europe, including Portugal and the Canary Islands. Also Read: Spielberg, Oprah Cast French Model Charlotte Le Bon in. »
- Jeff Sneider
Weinstein Co.’s ‘Macbeth’ Gets Exclusive Amazon Deal
The Weinstein Co. has not set the exact release date on Amazon for “Macbeth.” TWC bought North American rights in 2013 from Studiocanal.
The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.
- Marianne Zumberge
Frank Grillo to Return for ‘Purge 3′ (Exclusive)
“The Purge” series creator James DeMonaco is back to write and direct the latest sequel. Jason Blum is producing along with Sebastien Lemercier and Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller through their Platinum Dunes banner.
The films take place in a future where there is one day each year when all crime is legalized for a 12-hour period, described by the government as “The Purge.” In “Anarchy,” Grillo played Sergeant, a man who seeks revenge on the night of The Purge, only to get pulled into protecting a group of people who are left without shelter as purging begins.
- Justin Kroll
Eran Creevy’s Thriller ‘Collide’ Reverses Out of U.S. Release with Relativity: Report
London — The U.S. rights for Eran Creevy’s action thriller “Collide,” which was due for release Stateside by Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity on Oct. 30, have allegedly reverted to the producers, according to a report Monday. The news follows Relativity’s entry into Chapter 11 last week.
The movie, which stars Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Ben Kingsley and Anthony Hopkins, is now seeking a new U.S. distributor, Deadline reported Monday. Stuart Ford’s Im Global is handling the U.S. deal.
“Collide,” which was formerly titled “Autobahn,” is produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (“Insidious 2,” “Dead Man Down,” “Sinister”), Ben Pugh (“Welcome to the Punch”) and Rory Aitken (“Welcome to the Punch”), but Pugh told Variety Monday that he could not confirm that the U.S. rights had reverted to the producers.
- Leo Barraclough
Ronda Rousey to Star in Film Based on Her Autobiography (Exclusive)
Following her dominating win Saturday night in Brazil, where she knocked out Bethe Correia in 34 seconds, UFC fighter Ronda Rousey is already making moves for her film career and this latest project hits close to home.
Mary Parent is producing along with Rousey, with Bomback serving as exec producer.
“It’s a real honor to be a part of bringing Ronda’s incredible story to the big screen,” Parent said.
Written by Rousey with her sister Maria Burns Ortiz, “My Fight/Your Fight” is an inspirational story celebrating the accomplishments of Rousey, who was faced with extraordinary challenges on her path to glory. The book was published this spring by ReganArts.
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- Justin Kroll
Geoffrey Rush: My only ambition is to keep on putting 'actor' on my tax form
The Australian actor talks Johnny Depp’s dogs, humankind’s flaws and discovering a musical ancestor thanks to TV series Who Do You think You Are
You’re about to kick off a new series of Who Do You Think You Are? Have they been asking you for years?
They’ve been asking me since the very first season. It only takes three weeks to make, but you have six months of preliminary meetings with genealogists and historians before that and up until now, I haven’t been assured of that gap. I was definitely interested in the show. As long ago as 2003, I was shooting The Life and Death of Peter Sellers with Stephen Fry who’d just done an episode and he said: “Do it, Geoffrey.” It’s not like shooting reality TV or I’m A Celebrity. This is a show made by experts wanting to find »
- Interview by Nancy Groves
Former Kofic Head Lee Chung-jik to Lead Jeonju Film Festival
The Jeonju International Film Festival, Korea’s second largest film festival, has appointed academic Lee Chung-jik as its new director. He serves a three year term starting immediately.
Lee previously headed the Korean Film Council (then known as the Korean Film Commission), between 2002—2005. He also headed the Seoul International Independent Film Festival in its first year. He has producing credits including films “Nowhere to Turn,” and “The Pot.”
Lee said he would focus on building on the festival’s “digital,” “independent,” and “alternative” cinema strengths.
- Sonia Kil
Film Review: ‘The Runner’
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill takes a back seat to the sticky personal and career complications of an idealistic Louisiana congressman in “The Runner,” an earnest but lifeless political drama that makes an average hour of C-span seem like “House of Cards” by comparison. One of the innumerable low-budget indies Nicolas Cage has turned to in a combined move towards career revitalization and tax-debt payback, this uninspired directing debut for producer Austin Stark (“Happythankyoumoreplease,” “Infinitely Polar Bear”) features solid work by its star but is far too staid and familiar to earn either art-house prestige or the kind of cult that flocked to Cage’s 2009 Bayou State romp, “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Calls New Orleans.”
Cage reveals the same general desire to be taken seriously as an actor again here that was already on display in the recent “Joe” and “The Dying of the Light,” right from an early »
- Scott Foundas
/Filmcast Ep. 329 – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss the brilliance of Mark Duplass’s indie work, the cartoon pleasures of Steven Universe, the second coming of Wet Hot American Summer, and the dismantling of Bill Cosby’s legacy. Be sure to read up on why we shouldn’t erase The Cosby Show, and why it’s okay to like Tom Cruise again, and all of […]
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- David Chen
Julie Delpy’s ‘Lolo’ Added To Venice Fest; Chinese Viewers Love ‘Diamond Lover': Global Briefs
The Venice Days section of the Venice Film Festival has added Julie Delpy's Lolo to the competition lineup. Delpy wrote, directed and stars in the bittersweet comedy alongside French megastar Dany Boon, Asterix And Obelix: God Save Britannia's Vincent Lacoste and Cesar-winning actress Karin Viard. Delpy plays Violette, a neurotic Parisienne who meets her soulmate on vacation in the South of France. Back home, though, they have to deal with Violette's brainy and tyrannical… »
Japan Box Office: ‘Attack On Titan’ Devours Top Spot
Tokyo – “Attack on Titan,” Shinji Higuchi’s two-part dark fantasy, based on Hajime Isayama’s best-selling comic about teens battling human-eating giants, debuted atop the Japanese box office for the August 1-2 weekend.
Opening on 427 screens, with Toho distributing, part one earned $5.1 million on 467,000 admissions. Part two, “Attack on Titan: End of the World,” will open on Sept. 19.
The film, which takes considerable liberties with Isayama’s original, has divided fans and critics, with one writing he hoped the giants would devour all the teenaged protagonists before the credit crawl. Director Higuchi has responded in kind on Twitter, stirring up a media storm in the process.
Last week’s number one, “Hero,” fell to third place while driving total admissions past the two million mark. »
- Mark Schilling
The Purge 3 May Follow The Same Main Character
There are many reasons why The Purge: Anarchy is better than the original Purge, but near the top of the list is the presence of Frank Grillo. Not only is the guy awesome in a general sense, he put on a terrific performance in a nameless role. Thankfully, the end of the sequel kept the door open for his potential return in a part three, and now new reports are saying that the upcoming film is looking to bring the star back. Variety has the scoop on this story, saying that Frank Grillo is now in final negotiations with Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions for The Purge 3. The film, which is set up for release next summer, will once again be both written and directed by series creator James DeMonaco... though at this time there's no information regarding what we can expect from the movie's plot. In The Purge: Anarchy, »
Film Review: Meryl Streep in ‘Ricki and the Flash’
Like David Bowie joining Bing Crosby for a medley of Christmas carols, “Ricki and the Flash” combines a number of promising elements that don’t seem to have any business being anywhere near each other, though the disconnect exerts a strange appeal all its own. Offering half an acerbic family dramedy (from screenwriter Diablo Cody, in “Young Adult” mode), and half a Jonathan Demme-directed concert pic that just happens to feature Meryl Streep as the frontwoman, this is a shaggy, easily distractible film that consistently defies expectations to both charming and baffling effect. Whether audiences will know what to make of it is an open question — if the actual film is a collision of several clashing tones, its trailer introduces a different one entirely — though acolytes of the Cult of Meryl could rally some support at the box office.
Streep bravely courts, and often achieves, ridiculousness in the lead role as Ricki Rendazzo (a. »
- Andrew Barker
China Box Office: Record Breaking Chinese Trio Hold Third Weekend
A slew of new local film releases could do nothing to dislodge the record breaking trio of local movies at the top of the Chinese box office.
For the third week “Monster Hunt” topped the chart ahead of “Pancake Man” and “Monkey King: Hero is Born.” The summer blackout period, when Hollywood titles are prevented from releasing, was still in operation.
The live action-visual effects fantasy “Monster Hunt” earned $68.3 million a drop of 40% in its third week, for an 18 day total of $291 million. Dropping more severely, but still in second place, “Pancake Man” was down 65% with $24.3 million for the week. Its cumulative after 17 days stands at a huge $164 million.
Third place in its fourth week, animation “Monkey King: Hero Is Born” dropped 47% week on-week, but still grossed $17.5 million for a 24 day total of $126 million.
Top-ranking new entrant, “Lady of the Dynasty” a period romance, entered the chart in fourth spot with $14.8 million in four days. »
- Patrick Frater
Ali Larter will be back for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter with Milla Jovovich and Wentworth Miller
The trio are set to begin shooting Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in South Africa from September, as they take on the villainous Red Queen.
Jovovich's husband Paul Ws Anderson is also back in the director seat using his own movie script.
The Resident Evil franchise has been one of the most successful game-to-movie adaptations ever, grossing more than $915 million worldwide. »
Major Relativity Lender Faces Struggle to Collect $137 Million Loan
Among the long list of creditors scrambling to recover money in the Relativity Media bankruptcy is one lender that helped put the mini-studio on the map: Elliott Associates, the giant New York hedge fund.
It was Elliott’s loans of hundreds of millions of dollars that first funded Relativity-arranged film slates at major studios and then gave the upstart studio the wherewithal to produce and distribute its own films. And it is now Elliott, listed under subsidiary Manchester Securities Corp. in last week’s bankruptcy filing, that stands to lose as much as $137 million, plus interest.
An Elliott spokesman declined to comment and a lawyer for Manchester Securities did not respond to a call for comment Monday. A spokesman for Relativity Media also declined to comment.
But the giant fund, which has $19 billion under management, stands in the same position as many creditors in the unfolding bankruptcy — in a long »
- James Rainey
How The New Terminators Were Actually Created By Genisys
Terminator Genisys was far from the rousing success that Paramount Pictures expected. However, despite these issues, there.s no denying the fact that the visual effects in the film were truly spectacular. Now, a handy video has been released that shows just how much time and effort went into creating the special killer robots for Genisys, which anyone with even a passing interest in cinema should instantly watch. It.s easy to forget or dismiss just how much craftsmanship goes into creating such impressive visual and special effects. Some moviegoers will simply assume that any slight tweak or alteration to an actor.s face or appearance has been done with a computer. But the above video proves just how many people and hours are needed to complete the task at hand. That.s why, to celebrate their actions, here.s a closer look at the people who spent countless hours, »
Expect Deadpool To Be Edgy In Its Marketing, If The Conan Trailer Is Any Indication
Considering how many comic book movies are set to come out over the next few years, each title is going to have to find some way to stand out. For Deadpool, that special factor happens to be the fact that the movie will be carrying a hard R-rating - and Fox is doing what they can to make sure you know it. We already saw filthy and violent footage from the film at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, but now the studio has even gotten Conan to change its rating for one special night. It was late last week that we learned Conan O'Brien's show would be used as a launching pad for the first Deadpool red band trailer - but now it's been revealed that the content of the footage will cause Conan's rating to go from the normal TV-14 and become TV-ma. The announcement was made »
Attention, Filmmakers: Get Your Short Film Made with This Short Film Production Grant of Up to $20,000
ScreenCraft, the media company and screenplay development consultancy has partnered with Bondit, the Beverly Hills-based media hedge fund, to form a short film production grant program. Read More: Attention, Filmmakers: Apply to This Short Film Contest ScreenCraft is accepting rolling short film screenplay submissions in all genres for consideration, guaranteeing production on at least one project per quarter and up to ten projects per year. Grants will range from $10,000 to $20,000 based on the scale and merit of each selected short film production. This short film production grant program comes on the heels of ScreenCraft’s inaugural short screenplay competition, which featured judges from Vimeo, the Cannes Film Festival and Maker Studios. "In administering the short screenplay competition it became exceedingly clear to us that there is an underserved international community of writers and filmmakers with exceptional short film projects in need of funding and »
- Paula Bernstein
Billy Crudup Lands Lead In ’20th Century Women’
Exclusive: Hot off starring in The Stanford Prison Experiment, Billy Crudup has just been set for the male lead in 20th Century Women, the film that Beginners helmer Mike Mills wrote and will direct for Annapurna. Annette Bening, Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig play the female leads. Annapurna and Anne Carey are producing. The pic is set in 1979 and follows a single mother named Dorothea (Bening) as she struggles to raise her troubled teenage son. Crudup plays one of her… »
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