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Jaden Smith To Star In Slavery Drama 'The Good Lord Bird'
So, let's say you've optioned the critically acclaimed, National Book Award-winning novel "The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride. Now you're on the tough path of development, hoping to find somebody to finance, produce and distribute the slavery-era drama, and you want to put together an attractive package to lure deep pocket investors. And now, let's pretend you cast Jaden Smith. Curiously, it's McBride himself who is producing the film (he's also the screenwriter of "Miracle At St. Anna" and "Red Hook Summer," Fyi) so we'll give him the benefit here of seeing something in Smith that we clearly, do not. Liev Schreiber is also on board for this tale of a young slave and an abolitionist who team up and travel the country, trying to survive. Here's the Amazon synopsis: Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Open Road Acquires U.S. On ‘Tupac’, John Singleton-Directed Pic On Hip-Hop Icon
Exclusive: Open Road Films has acquired U.S. rights to Tupac, the long-awaited and highly anticipated feature on the life of Tupac Shakur directed by John Singleton. Scripted by Jeremy Haft & Ed Gonzalez and Singleton, the film traces Shakur’s life from growing up in East Harlem the son of activist Black Panther Party members, to reaching superstardom as a songwriter, hip-hop and movie star, to his vocal position as a leader in the East Coast/West Coast rap war, to his death. Shakur, leaving a Mike Tyson fight at the MGM Grand In Las Vegas, was murdered in a drive by shooting, dying at age 25 in 1996. Related: All Eyez On John Singleton As Director Boards Tupac Shakur Biopic The film is being produced and financed by Morgan Creek Productions and Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. The deal was set by Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg, Morgan Creek chairman and CEO James G. Robinson, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
‘Spider-Man 2′ Facing Formidable Foes at Foreign Box Office
But when the upcoming sequel debuts in theaters abroad (April 16) and in the U.S. (May 2), Spidey will find himself entangled with even more formidable foes — Marvel rivals Captain America and Wolverine— not to mention a terrifying Japanese monster named Godzilla.
Of all the studios in summer 2014’s battle of the superheroes, Sony Pictures, which backs “Spider-Man 2,” arguably has the most at stake. Chairman Michael Lynton and co-chair Amy Pascal need the latest installment of their web-slinging franchise to deliver outsized grosses to offset the studio’s substantial investment, and reverse a recent string of domestic duds that include “RoboCop” and “The Monuments Men.”
Aside from the necessary financial boost, Sony is desperate to lift morale at the studio, which has been reeling from an onslaught of »
- Alexandra Cheney and Ramin Setoodeh
Quincy Jones Recruits Jazzsters Hancock, Spalding for Tribeca Fest Concert
The rapper Nas won’t be the only musician performing in support of a documentary (“Time Is Illmatic”) at the Tribeca Film Festival. Quincy Jones, producer of the music doc “Keep on Keepin’ On,” has recruited jazz stars Herbie Hancock, Esperanza Spalding, Dianne Reeves and Roy Hargrove to join the subject of that film, 23-year-old, blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin, for a concert following the doc’s premiere April 19.
The performance will serve as a tribute to jazz legend Clark Terry, 93, who is seen as a mentor to Kauflin in the film as the young musician overcomes his stage fright to perform in an international competition. “Keep on Keepin’ On” was co-written and directed by Al Hicks.
- Steve Chagollan
‘Batman-Superman’ Movie to Be Scored by Hans Zimmer
Zimmer told Digital Spy that he will begin working on Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” follow-up once he completes the score for Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” (Nolan evidently kept the sci-fi film’s plot a secret from his longtime composer).
“We’ve already had a couple of chats and once I finish the movie that I shall not talk about, I will probably head over to where Zack is shooting his movie and just hang out a bit and see if we can come up with any ideas,” said Zimmer, who most recently scored Oscar winner “12 Years a Slave” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”
Zimmer is no stranger to the Batman universe, having penned the music to Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy. However, he »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Excl: Director Tammi Sutton Talks 'Ripped-Off'
With Isle of Dogs’ director Tammi Sutton’s latest feature Ripped-Off gearing up for principal photography in Los Angeles, CA this spring, we caught up with the filmmaker to discuss what happens when car thieves steal the wrong vehicle (this being a Sutton film, all sorts of stylized hell will break loose, more than likely). Read on.
Currently casting, Ripped-Off was written by Jeff Sisson, and will be produced by Caprice Conley, with cinematography by Jonas Navickas. The film’s tagline is as follows; “They stole the wrong car... Now heads are gonna’ roll."
“The inception of Ripped-Off honestly started when I was winding down filming my last two features in Europe and England,” stated Sutton (her last feature currently in release, the gritty Andrew Howard and Barbara Nedeljakova-starring crime thriller Isle of Dogs, bowed to DVD via Green Apples on January 28, 2014.)
“When I was there and homesick for Los Angeles, »
- Sean Decker
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer Talks Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 and Beverly Hills Cop 4; Hopes to Shoot Both This Year
Blockbuster producer Jerry Bruckheimer always has marquee projects in the works. One of his biggest, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, was set to release its fifth entry—reportedly titled Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales—on July 10, 2015. But the film was delayed so that directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki) would have more time to work on the script with screenwriter Jeff Nathanson (Rush Hour 3). In a recent interview, Bruckheimer provided an update on the film saying he '"hopes to 'get that going" by this fall or end of the year' if everything lines up properly." I can't imagine Disney wanting to let the franchise rest for long, especially since its latest entry, On Stranger Tides, raked in over a billion dollars worldwide. Bruckheimer also said Johnny Depp is expected to come back (I don't see how you make these movies without him »
- Matt Goldberg
Director Patrick Hughes Drops Details on ‘The Raid’ Remake
The very second people fell in love with Gareth Evans‘ 2011 Indonesian martial arts film, The Raid, two things became inevitable: a sequel and a remake. That’s just the way the business works. While The Raid 2 is now in theaters (and even better than the original), The Raid remake is still a bit of a […]
- Germain Lussier
Sure, 'Fargo' is Off to a Solid Start. But How Do the Ratings Compare to the Film's Box Office?
Despite cold temperatures up north, "Fargo" got off to a hot start in the ratings with last night's (mini)series premiere grabbing more than 4 million viewers in three airings, and 2.65 million viewers for the first screening at 10pm. FX is pleased with the total number and will await week two's ratings to see if the audience responds as favorably to the pilot as critics. But was it the positive reviews, the star cast, or the existing property that drove people to give "Fargo" a glance Tuesday night? Certainly the reviews had to help quell any skepticism related to the project, and the presence of Billy Bob Thornton and fanboy favorite Martin Freeman (Watson! Bilbo!) couldn't have hurt either. Yet "Fargo" the miniseries wouldn't exist without "Fargo" the movie, and it's safe to say FX may not have moved forward with such enthusiasm had the show been lacking the existing property preceding it. »
- Ben Travers
X-Men: Days Of Future Past Featurettes Take You Behind The Scenes Of The Summer Blockbuster
We here at Cinema Blend are still pretty amped up after the release of the latest trailer for Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past last night. I mean, did you see that thing? Holy crap! Our brains have been buzzing all day with names like Professor X, Magneto, Wolverine, Beast, Quicksilver and Mystique, and thankfully 20th Century Fox is more than happy to let that buzz keep on humming. The studio has given Google Play a pair of two brand new featurettes for the new comic book movie that go behind the scenes and give us a look into what it takes to make an X-Men movie happen. In the clip up top, you can watch Michael Fassbender and director Bryan Singer work together to create a scene where Magneto breaks into a large vault to retrieve his legendary Xavier-proof helmet. The video below showcases an important confrontation »
Watch: Fear Will Consume You in First Trailer for Eli Roth's Cannibal Horror 'The Green Inferno'
It might be hard to believe, but it's been a whopping seven years since Eli Roth's last feature-length effort, "Hostel: Part II." He's finally back in theaters this September with another horror project, "The Green Inferno," and if the just-released trailer is anything to go by, he hasn't lost his passion to shock audiences. Shot in Peru and Chile, co-written by Roth and Guillermo Amoedo, follows a group of New York City students traveling to Peru with means to stage a protest only to end up in the hands of a tribe of cannibals. "The Green Inferno" opens on September 5th. Watch below. »
- Nigel M Smith
'Game Of Thrones' Spoilers Be Damned, Joffrey Has The Best Photobomb Ever
Warning: Major "Game of Thrones" spoilers ahead. Here be dragons and potentially upsetting news. Boy Jerk King Joffrey had quite the episode this weekend with "The Lion and the Rose." Not only did he celebrate the happiest day of his life (or so we hear), he also marked the very last day of his life when he drank poison. Oopsie-doo. He turned all sorts of colors, choked magnificently, and then died with blood pouring out ...
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Watch: Chilling First Trailer For Eli Roth's 'The Green Inferno'
Eli Roth has taken viewers to some strange, depraved places in his career thus far, and this time, deep in the jungle, he finds even more horror in his upcoming "The Green Inferno." And the first trailer for the film is here to give you a taste of what's coming. Featuring Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara and Kirby Bliss Blanton, the film follows a bunch of earnest, New York City students who travel to the Amazon to try to help a dying native tribe. But soon they are taken hostage and shit gets very real. But is it any good? Our man at Tiff last year was less than impressed, saying Roth's latest is "more juvenile, less polished and feels less labored over" than his previous films. "The Green Inferno" opens on September 5th. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘The Green Inferno’ Trailer: The Jungle Will Eat You
Eli Roth‘s new film, The Green Inferno, is ugly. That’s by design — it’s not just a horror movie, but a film made in the mold of super-shockers like Cannibal Holocaust. Though the cannibal movie has largely passed out of fashion, Roth goes as far as he can with The Green Inferno, which drops an idealistic […]
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- Russ Fischer
Are These Really The 20 Best Movie Theaters In The World?
Most of us have a "favorite" movie theater. Specifically, we all pretty much have a preferred row, and even a special seat we love to grab when we go to the multiplex. But which movie theaters would rank among the top in the world? We now have some semblance of an answer. In the latest issue of Men.s Journal, a list of "The Top 20 Movie Theaters In The World" has been created. The selections range from California to the Cinémathèque Française in Paris, France. And the No. 1 theater to top their list? San Francisco.s Castro Theatre. Founded in 1910 and remodeled in 1922, the movie palace earned Historic Landmark status in September 1976, and is an iconic landmark for the gay community. In 2008, The Castro hosted the world premiere of Gus Van Sant.s Oscar-winning Milk, with Sean Penn. How famous is The Castro? It actually has its »
Yah, That's a Good One: 'Fargo' Premiere Lands More Than Four Million Viewers Updated
Update: The premiere of "Fargo," FX's new take on the Coens' 1996 classic (the brothers are exec producing the series), landed good ratings on its April 15 debut, averaging 2.65 million viewers in its initial airing, with 4.15 million tuning in throughout the two repeat airings.Now that Toh! is caught up with the show's first episode, we can report that it was quite close in tone to the neo-noir original, an interesting example of introducing the characters, setting and mood from the Coens' film, and then expanding on them. Unclear whether they're going to give the Frances McDormand character (aka Marrrrge Gunderson) her due -- it's a tough act to follow, not to mention an Oscar-winning one. But Freeman and Thornton are definitely delivering the goods. Earlier: It's the type of thing that could easily be a botched operation. But while FX's "Fargo" has intimidatingly big shoes to fill -- in the form of the Coen brothers, »
- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For Storyboard Images Are Every Bit as Sexy and Stylized as You’d Expect
In addition to some recently released live-action images, we've now got a look at some of Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For storyboard images used for the film. To me, they look like panels from Miller's source material, which makes sense considering his films are aimed at bringing the pages of his graphic novels to life. Plenty of style on display here, but we'll have to wait until later this summer to see if the sequel's got the substance to match. *Fyi, the images could be considered Nsfw depending on how uptight your workplace is. Starring Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dennis Haysbert, Jamie Chung, Powers Boothe, Christopher Lloyd, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Ray Liotta, Juno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia Garner, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens on August 22nd. Hit the jump »
- Dave Trumbore
Watch: 30 Minute Talk With Director Richard Ayoade About Making 'The Double,' Working Avi Korine & More
In just under a month, Richard Ayoade's "The Double" will take you into a retro-future-punk world where there are two Jesse Eisenberg's and yet no one manages to confuse the two. In fact, one is smooth and confident, while the other is meek and anonymous, and the actor gets great mileage out of both parts in the film that hilarious and wonderfully put together. And now you can find out how it was all done. Ayoade recently stopped by New Directors/New Films festival in New York City, and spent thirty minutes following the screening of the film talking about the ins and outs of his work. The self-effacing filmmaker discussed working with Avi Korine on the screenplay, adapting the novella by Fyodor Dostoevsky, transitioning from his main gig as a comedy actor to his more serious turn as a director and so much more. Thoughtful and soft-spoken, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
As Tribeca Kicks Off, 'A Brony Tale' Leads Some Must-See Docs
“The business of the business is so crazy and complicated that we forget why we’re doing what we’re doing,” said veteran producer and Hollywood refugee Paula Weinstein at a kickoff lunch for the Tribeca Film Festival Tuesday. “Now, I’m reminded everyday why we’re doing what we’re doing.” The veteran producer of “Analyze This,” “The Perfect Storm,” and “The Company Men" is enjoying in her third month as a VP at Tribeca Enterprises. Youth has a lot to do with it, Weinstein said. After all, the Tribeca Film Festival is only 13, so there were matzohs and macaroons on hand and a glancing nod at Passover, as well as acknowledgement by Tribeca founder Jane Rosenthal that the festival planned mostly to do what it had done before -- just better. Weinstein, who recently relocated from La to Manhattan, couldn’t be happier about it. She said the »
- John Anderson
‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Features ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ After-Credits Clip
Update: The coda will be in U.S. theaters as well. The story has been updated to incorporate this change. Update 2: Variety has details of the behind the scenes deal that made this happen. It is the very opposite of a far-reaching plan for a super-hero crossover. Read that info below. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 […]
- Germain Lussier
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