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Benjamin Walker Joins Nicholas Sparks’ ‘The Choice’ for Lionsgate
The screenplay adaptation was written by Bryan Sipe.
Sparks and Theresa Park are partnering with Peter Safran to produce and finance the film, the first independent feature from Nicholas Sparks Productions. Lionsgate’s Jason Constantine and Eda Kowan will oversee the project for the studio.
“The Choice” is set in a small coastal town where Parker ends up pursuing a relationship with his new neighbor, leading to a journey that neither could have foreseen.
- Dave McNary
Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey to voice star in 'Boss Baby'
Baldwin will voice the titular character, a briefcase-carrying baby who sparks jealousy in his 7-year-old brother, Tim. Threatened by the new arrival, Tim attempts to win his parents’ sole affection. In the process, he uncovers a secret plot by the CEO of Puppy Co. (voiced by Spacey) that could ruin »
- C. Molly Smith
Busan: Festival launches Talent Incubator With China’s Youku
Busan – Chinese online video site Youku is to pact with the Busan festival to launch a new talent discovery program.
Youku and Biff will Saturday (Oct. 4) sign a memorandum of understanding to launch the initiative which will run from 2015 to 2017.
‘Asia’s Masters and Newcomers Project’ will provide financial support for short film production by 4 selected new directors and 4 experienced directors over the three year period.
Initially the festival will select two first time directors from this year’s edition of the Asian Film Academy, while Youku nominates two others. The other four will be selected by the end of the year.
Film production will start from early next year, and the resulting eight shorts will have their premieres at the Busan festival.
Headed by founder and CEO Victor Koo, Youku is part of the Youku Tudou online video group that is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and »
- Patrick Frater
Oscars Race: Australia Selects ‘Charlie’s Country’ for Foreign-Language Contention
Australia has selected director Rolf de Heer’s Aborigine-themed “Charlie’s Country” as its contender for foreign-language Academy Award contention.
“Charlie’s Country” was developed, written, produced and directed by de Heer, and co-developed by lead actor David
The story centres on the character of Charlie who decides to make a stand following the new invasion of his Aboriginal community. He finds he still has a long way to fall.
The film premiered at the Adelaide and Cannes festivals in May and has since travelled to Toronto and London festivals. It will next be seen at the Hawaii and Philadelphia festivals.
In Australia it is distributed by Entertainment One. Internationally it is represented by Visit Films, which recently licensed it »
- Patrick Frater
Men, Women & Children Review
[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Men, Women & Children opens today in limited release.] It’s comforting to view the Internet as a force. Things existed one way, the Internet came along, completely changed everything, and now—for better or worse—those things are barely recognizable. We’re all looking down, clacking into our smart phones, so the Internet must have transformed us, right? It’s just so powerful, and we were caught in its wake. Current communication technology has changed us, but Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children wryly, wisely, and astutely observes our fears and insecurities long preceded our smartphones. The film is a sharp commentary on the decay of intimacy as we, isolated in the cosmos, have now become isolated from each other. Woven together with well-crafted storylines, sharp performances, and convincing drama, Reitman’s latest film mostly avoids being a cautionary tale and instead provides an insightful look on how online communication changes our relationships but doesn’t define our lives. »
- Matt Goldberg
Twilight to return with 5 short films exclusively on Facebook
Lionsgate is bringing back Twilight in the form of five short films that will be shown exclusively on Facebook.
Five female directors will be selected to make their own short film based on the franchise's characters for The Storytellers - New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga series.
Lionsgate will run the scheme with its production partners and with the backing of the Women in Film organisation.
"The female voice is something that has become more and more important to me as I've worked in the film industry," Meyer said.
"I'm honoured to be working with Women in Film, Lionsgate and Facebook on a project dedicated to giving more women a chance to be heard creatively."
Fans will be able »
Doctor Strange Might Not Have A Star, But Now It Has A Plan
Marvel.s Doctor Strange continues to move forward at a snail.s pace, but at the very least it is moving forward. We still don.t know who is staring as Dr. Steven Vincent Strange, but now it.s been revealed that the blockbuster will be filmed at Pinewood Studios. Shepperton Studios just outside of London, England. It.s hardly a surprising announcement (which comes to us via OnLocation Vocations), as Marvel have had a longstanding relationship with Shepperton. In recent years the likes of Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor: The Dark World, Guardians Of The Galaxy, and Avengers: Age Of Ultron, have each been shot there, and it.s believed that Doctor Strange will do so in May 2015 as well. As mentioned, however, we still don.t have any clearer idea about who will play the lead in Doctor Strange, which is one of the key movies of »
David Tennant Talks Gracepoint, Working on His American Accent, Possibility of Future Seasons, and More
The Fox TV series Gracepoint, adapted from the British series Broadchurch, is a riveting 10-part mystery about the tragic murder of a young boy in a small northern California seaside town, and the major police investigation and media frenzy that ensue. Leading the investigation is Detective Emmett Carver (David Tennant), who works with Detective Ellie Miller (Anna Gunn) to solve a case that will upend the lives of the town’s residents. During this recent interview to discuss the similarities and differences of both shows, as he plays the lead in each, actor David Tennant talked about the complex combination of genres in telling this story, working on his American accent for the role, working with co-star Anna Gunn, that there could be future seasons of the American version, much like they’re already doing Series 2 in the U.K., playing each scene as it came, instead of focusing in »
- Christina Radish
Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap: “Heavy is the Head”
Welcome back, true believers! When last we left our band of wayward agents, the hidden artifact known as the Obelisk had been taken by Avengers-villain, Crusher Creel (aka the Absorbing Man). The team lost one of their newest members apparently as Lucy Lawless’ Hartlay bit the bullet and was killed in the final minutes of the season premiere, though this is the Marvel universe and resurrections are fair game for any character. Tonight, we’ll see the return of the mysterious “woman in the flower dress”, Raina, apparently seeking to help the team rather than inhibit them. Will the team join their old foe in attempting to reclaim the Obelisk? Will Fitz go even crazier in this episode? Why oh why didn’t I make a joke about the Absorbing Man not being played by Nick Nolte during the last recap? All this and more in the recap for the »
- Evan Valentine
‘Exodus’ Star Christian Bale on Playing Moses: ‘You Can’t Out-Heston Charlton Heston’
Fox offered a peek at its “Exodus: Gods and Kings” for the media at the Zanuck Theater, where Christian Bale told the audience it’s very different from previous versions of the tale. “You can’t out-Heston Charlton Heston,” he deadpanned, adding that the Moses here is “a troubled and tumultuous man.”
The preview consisted of eight scenes from the film, adding up to 37 minutes. Producer Jenno Topping provided context between the scenes, and while she emphasized the complexity of Moses, the biggest take-away was the complexity of the production.
Judging by the footage, the Ridley Scott-helmed epic falls into the “they don’t make em like that anymore” category, with big battle scenes and aerial panoramas of ancient cities, rustic settlements and military camps, all rendered in 3D CGI glory. And the footage really shifted into high gear with the depiction of four of the 10 plagues. (Spoiler alert: The locusts steal the show. »
- Tim Gray
‘The Judge’ Once Again Tops the Week in TV Advertising Spend
In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by iSpot.tv, “The Judge” once again leads in spending with an estimated outlay of $7.8 million for spots that have aired 924 times across 39 networks through September 28. That’s actually an uptick in spending of $500,000 vs. the previous week. The broadcast mix for the comedy-drama changed a bit, though; whereas last time “The Judge” placed more of its ads on Spike (followed by Comedy Central) than any other network, this time Comedy Central gets that honor (followed by VH1).
“Fury” and “Gone Girl” enter our chart in, respectively, the second and fourth spots. War movie “Fury” put more of its ads on truTV and Bet than any other networks, whereas mystery-thriller “Gone Girl” went with TNT and Fxx as its first choices. Meanwhile, “The Equalizer,” which was absent from our last chart, returns in fifth place with an ad-placement »
This John Wick Trailer Is A Good Reminder That Keanu Reeves Is An Ass Kicker
What would you do if somebody killed your dog? Would you go on a killing-spree across New York City that involved taking down some of the deadliest people the mafia had to offer? Thought not. But then again, you.re not John Wick, the titular character in Keanu Reeves. upcoming action behemoth, which has been causing quite a stir over the last few weeks. The final trailer for John Wick has just been released, and it.s now physically impossible not to be excited about it. You can check it out at the top of the screen. Caught your breath? Good. It.s pretty impressive that in just one minute flat those involved with John Wick have managed to not only prove that the film will be one of the most inventive action-thrillers of recent years, but that they.ve managed to make Keanu Reeves cool again. First of all »
The Trailer For Horrible Bosses 2 Is Here, Offers Sex Addictions And Hilarity
With their Horrible Bosses no longer causing them any trouble, what can a sequel possibly throw Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis. way that will cause them grief? Well, according to the trailer, which you can watch in all of its glory above, Horrible Bosses 2 will include sex addiction, car chases, kidnapping and poorly named shower devices. Oh, and laughs. Lots and lots and lots of laughs. You had me at, "Why would your buddy be in the shower?" "Why would your dad!?" Bateman, Day and Sudeikis all look to be in top notch form in the trailer for Horrible Bosses 2 and as this film actually appears to have a strongly-structured plot, hopefully the sequel will be able to easily eclipse its hilarious-but-flimsy predecessor. However, just from the trailer, it looks as though Bateman, Day, and Sudeikis have gelled even tighter together as a comedic threesome. Their »
Fishing Without Nets Examines a Hijacking from the Somali Pirates' Pov
Perhaps the most frightening thing about blockbuster thrillers and action films is their purposeful lack of empathy, their reliance on faceless others whose deaths — comic and exhilarating — allow the heroes to bond and grow and find their smiles or whatever. A studio film like Richard Fleischer's The Boston Strangler, which devoted its final third to the killer's post-arrest therapy, would be even more surprising today than it was in '68. That explains some of the hosannas that greeted Paul Greengrass's Somali-pirate thriller Captain Phillips last year. Stylishly shaky in camerawork but no great shakes as drama, the movie distinguished itself by daring to look beyond good guys and bad guys and remind us that its antagonists are people. It's not excusi »
Ann Sheridan, Back on the Big Screen, One-Ups Cagney and Bogart
The "strong woman" label patronizingly foisted on modern Hollywood actresses would've been spat at by such formidable 1940s Warner Bros. stars as Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, and Ida Lupino. Their hard-boiled but restrained studio-mate Ann Sheridan (1915-67) is less celebrated today, but her cool aplomb has aged better than Davis's hectoring, Crawford's emotionalism, even Lupino's unstable toughness.
Onetime Texas teaching student Clara Lou Sheridan adopted her marquee-friendlier name when she signed with the Warners in 1936 after a lackluster Paramount apprenticeship. The latter studio had failed to recognize that, like its employee Marlene Dietrich, Sheridan wasn't meant to play tootsies, but grown women amused by sexual gamesmanship — the word knowing might have b »
Chinese Hit Breakup Buddies Is a Tone-Deaf Comedy
Just by averting his eyes while muttering "Mr. Cock Boom," Chinese comedian Huang Bo justifies his status as a record-breaking mega-star in Breakup Buddies, a tone-deaf buddy comedy that's like 10 by way of Due Date. As Geng Hao, an embittered divorcee questing for rebound sex with help from boorish wingman Hao Yi (Xu Zheng), Huang (Lost in Thailand) makes a flimsy part engaging, even when he's using that obnoxious dating-website screen-name to get laid. Geng's story is only fitfully involving since his adventures in lady-killing are either crass or sappy. Geng at first tries and then decides not to bed a girl half his age, but only after Hao Yi baldly explains "the shadow effect," a trite self-help philosophy that serves as the film's thematic takeaway: "Now yo »
The Exquisitely Beautiful Copenhagen Casts Love and a City in a New Light
A flighty Peter Pan meets his grounded Wendy in Copenhagen, Mark Raso's tender romance about the sliding scale of maturity. William (Gethin Anthony) arrives in the Danish capital already frustrated: Traveling companion Jeremy (Sebastian Armesto) is more focused on pleasing girlfriend Jennifer (Olivia Grant) than accompanying his needy best friend on a tour of European bars and hostels. Left to his own devices, William begins tracking down his grandfather in hopes that it will illuminate a family history of abandonment. He finds an eager guide in Effy (Frederikke Dahl Hansen), who's as calm and perceptive as William is rash and inconsiderate. She's also half his age, a fact that escapes the self-centered 28-year-old for an inordinate amount of time. William is a familiar »
The Liberator Offers an Elementary School Version of Simon Bolivar
To celebrate Simon Bolivar, Venezuela's answer to George Washington, is to mourn the death of a fanciful and impossible idea: the pan–Latin American state. A key figure in Hispanic America's independence from Spain, Bolivar is eye-rollingly romanticized as a wonderful lover and an even better fighter in Alberto Arvelo's lushly produced, dully reverential The Liberator, Venezuela's submission for the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar. Played by Édgar Ramírez, this Bolivar isn't any deeper than the elementary-school version of the hero: He came, he saw, he liberated. Timothy J. Sexton's bilingual script merely lists the military leader's triumphs and setbacks, with scant attention paid to dramatic structure or character development. The portrait »
The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin Is a Circle-Jerk for Bitcoin Zealots
Who are bitcoins for? If you go by stereotype, it's narcissistic libertarians who see themselves as visionaries punished for their daring individuality by a tyrannical government whose raison d'être is to stamp out personal freedom wherever it can because, uh, for the heck of it, I guess. Nicholas Mross confirms the cliché in The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin, a circle-jerk for bitcoin zealots who speak primarily in self-deluded Silicon Valley PR drivel. Mross's brother Dan is described by his wife as "chang[ing] the world and mak[ing] it better" because he hosts a bitcoin server in his basement. "It's the smartest people in the room that are the most excited about this," declare the Winklevoss twins, who just happen to own 1 percent of all bitcoins. »
Animated Kids' Movie The Hero of Color City Is a Perfectly Pleasant Pastiche of Other Movies
Frank Gladstone's animated kids' movie The Hero of Color City is a perfectly pleasant pastiche of other movies, the most obvious antecedent being the Toy Story films. Every night after a young boy goes to sleep, his generic, definitely-not-Crayola crayons come to life and pass through a vortex to their world of Color City. After greedy, unfinished sketch King Scrawl follows her into Color City, self-consciously timid crayon Yellow (Christina Ricci) must overcome her deep fears of everything and go on a journey to stop the King from hoarding all the color for himself, lest he siphon the crayons of their hues (and, eventually, their existence). As movies aimed at pre-schoolers and kindergarteners go, The Hero of Color City largely respects its audien »
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