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Seth Rogen Set as Steve Wozniak in Steve Jobs Biopic

10 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Seth Rogen has been set to star as Steve Wozniak opposite Christian Bale in Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic.

Variety reported on Oct. 15 that Bale was in talks to star in “Jobs,” Sony’s biopic about the late Apple co-founder.

Based on Walter Isaacson’s biography “Steve Jobs,” the real-life drama is directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin.

Scott Rudin will produce along with Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady.

Sorkin has publicly said the movie will be divided into three long scenes, each taking place backstage before one of Apple’s famous product launches.

Sony acquired rights following the Apple mogul’s death in 2011.

Wozniak founded Apple with Jobs and Ronald Wayne and is credited with launching the Apple I and Apple II computers in the late 1970s, which had a profound impact on the microcomputer revolution. He left Apple as a full-time employee in 1987.

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- Dave McNary

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Tracking to Open at $130 – $150 Million

13 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Guardians of the Galaxy currently sits as the domestically highest grossing film of 2014 with a total of $328 million, but it will probably lose the crown when The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 hits theaters.  Catching Fire beat out Marvel's Iron Man 3 last year by raking in $424 million, so unless Mockingjay gets utterly toxic word-of-mouth, it's probably going to open big on November 21st and stay big through the holiday season. How big?  THR reports that preliminary tracking is putting the movie on track for a $130 million opening weekend.  Transformers: Age of Extinction is 2014's current record holder for opening weekend by reaching $100 million.  It's worth noting that worldwide box office is where the big money is coming from for studios these days, but a $150 million domestic opening would be nothing to scoff at.  The real test for Mockingjay – Part 1 is whether it can top Age of Extinction's $1 billion worldwide gross. »


- Matt Goldberg

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AFM: Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon, Elle Fanning Join Drama ‘Three Generations’

11 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In a pre-American Film Market move, Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon and Elle Fanning have come on board to star in family drama “Three Generations.”

Im Global will launch international sales at Afm. ICM Partners will handle North American sales.

Producers are Big Beach co-founders Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub with Dorothy Berwin of InFilm Productions. Watts will executive produce along with Leah Holzer and Daniele Melia of Big Beach and Peter Pastorelli.

Gaby Dellal is directing from Nikole Beckwith’s script. Fanning will play a New York City teen transitioning from female to male and Watts will play her mother as she comes to terms with having to raise her only daughter as a son.

Sarandon will portray the mother of Watts’ character, a music manager who shares her brownstone with a lesbian partner.

News was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

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- Dave McNary

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Hong Kong Star Nicholas Tse Sells Post-Prod Company to See Corp

28 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong – Actor and singer Nicholas Tse Ting-fung is to become the largest shareholder in publicly-listed See Corporation after selling a controlling stake in his post-production company for nearly $16 million.

Tse, whose career stretches from Hong Kong actioners “Gen X Cops” to the more recent thrillers “Beast Stalker,” and “The Viral Factor” and the current mainland Chinese romantic hit “But Always,” is selling 60% of his Po post-production and VFX firm for Hk$122.5 million (Us$15.7 million).

See Corp will pay by issuing new shares at a nominal price of Hk$0.35 each. The shares had been suspended from trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, but on re-listing on Friday morning they jumped from Hk$0.38 to Hk$0.8 apiece, meaning that on paper Tse has more than doubled his money. He will also be the largest single shareholder in the company, with 19% of the enlarged share capital.

As a private company, Po showed net losses after tax, »


- Patrick Frater

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Teen Mom Farrah Abraham Dressed Up As Elsa To Sell Sex Toys

1 hour ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

When you get to the level of success a movie like Frozen has attained, you're going to see your brand represented everywhere... whether you like it or not. Despite its actual form of a Disney kids' film, the internet hasn't let the innocence of Elsa and Anna's story of true sisterhood and emotion get in the way of a naughty roast. However, what we're about to show you is probably the most inappropriate usage of the Frozen iconography ever. Just when you thought that the Fifty Shades Of Grey mashup was the dirtiest thing you'd see involving a chilly Disney princess, along comes Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham to prove you dead wrong. Happy Place found some rather... adult themed tweets, all linked to a recent appearance by the reality star turned adult film actress. Apparently, she has a line of companionship substitutes that are modeled after certain portions of »

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Us-China forum to welcome Michelle Yeoh

1 hour ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The 2014 Us-Sino Co-Production Film Forum will host a panel discussion about partnership opportunities on November 3 in Pasadena.

The following day studio guests including Paramount vice-chairman Rob Moore and DreamWorks Animation vice-chairman Lewis Coleman.

The guest list is expected to include China Film Group chairman La Peikang and Shanghai Film Group vice-president Yang Wenhong are expected to celebrate ties between the two countries.

Events will include a press conference with Michelle Yeoh and celebration of some of the most popular Hollywood releases in China.

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Nightcrawler—Movie Review

1 hour ago | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

Halloween moviegoers expecting a horror movie may feel misled by its title, but Nightcrawler is a first-rate film about a character who is as scary, in his own way, as Norman Bates or Freddy Kreuger. That’s because he’s not a make-believe monster but a guy who easily could (and possibly does) exist in real life. Jake Gyllenhaal has been making a canny transition from leading man to character actor in such films as End of Watch and Prisoners. He adds to that rogue’s gallery with another superior performance as Louis Bloom. The opening scene of Nightcrawler establishes him as amoral and violent, a low-rent thief who lives alone and gets by doing whatever it takes to earn a buck. But...

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- Leonard Maltin

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Ifp to kick off Boulevard sales

2 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Inception Film Partners will be at Afm screening and selling international territories on the Tribeca world premiere starring the late Robin Williams.

Dito Montiel directed Boulevard from a screenplay by Douglas Soesbe about a gay man in a convenient marriage whose feelings come to the fore when he encounters a gay prostitute.

Kathy Baker, Bob Odenkirk and Roberto Aguire also star. Ifp has set screenings for 5pm on November 5 at the Broadway Cineplex 4 and 3pm on November 7 at the Ocean Avenue Screening Room.

Robin Williams’ performance as a man in a heartbreaking struggle to find his place in the world is both heroic and poignant and Boulevard is an extraordinary coda to an indelible performer’s life,” said Inception Media Group partner Andy Reimer.

Reimer and Jim Harvey negotiated the deal on behalf of Ifp with joint Us rights holders Preferred Content and Wme on behalf of producers Camellia Entertainment.

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Scandal Recap: “An Innocent Man”

2 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Scandal's "An Innocent Man" focused on trust, and how easily the truth can be manipulated.  Olivia isn't sure who to trust, but at least she knows better than to trust her father (something Fitz still can't seem to figure out).  Everything else is put on hold, though, while the Fitz-Olivia-Jake love triangle gets sorted out.  As Abby puts it, "I'm not asking the Commander In Chief, I'm asking the married man who used to sleep with my friend what you did with the man she is currently sleeping with."  Hit the jump to find out. In lieu of a regular recap: [An opening montage shows Olivia fantasizing about a very sexy Jake, and a very predatory-looking Fitz.   Have you seen Twin Peaks?  Fitz is basically Bob in this montage.  Then the only thing scarier than Bob shows up -- Rowan.  Liv wakes up screaming]. Abby: Bestie, what's wrong? Olivia: Have you see Twin Peaks? [Somewhere in a DC hotel room] Cyrus: I feel alive! Michael: That's funny, because you've been alive like, three times as long as I have. Cyrus: I'm going to buy you a phone and a house and an off-shore bank account and a pool and »

- Allison Keene

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Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ewan McGregor Find ‘The Real Thing’ Elusive In Broadway Debuts

2 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Tom Stoppard’s 1984 dazzler gets the matinee-comedy treatment from director-of-the-moment Sam Gold in a revival that leaves its attractive stars, both in their Broadway bows, deeply in the lurch. Glib and weirdly chilly for a literate comedy-drama about love, commitment, the sanctity of words and the enduring perfection of “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” the Roundabout Theatre Company production is as full of ideas as the play itself –- all of them wrong.

Gold’s first bad idea is to launch every scene with a sing-a-long involving most of the characters in this tale of two brittle marriages blown up when the wife in A+B and the husband in C+D fall in love. So the memorable opening scene, in which a man confronts his wife with what he believes is proof of her infidelity, comes only after that dopey chorus, when the others have cheerily drifted offstage, »


- Jeremy Gerard

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Daniel Radcliffe Sports ‘Horns'; Jean-Luc Godard In 3D: Specialty Box Office Preview

3 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Just in time for Halloween, Daniel Radcliffe gets some special powers and couple of appendages growing from his temples in Radius’ Horns, which will be this week’s biggest rollout among specialty newcomers. The title received a warm welcome at a Cinema Society event attended by its stars this week in New York. This week’s newbies are dominated by nonfiction fare, though with some exceptions. Kino Lorber is opening French/Swiss maestro Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye To Language following a successful festival run. It has been critically acclaimed, and the company is expecting it to be a box office winner too. The 2014 Best Documentary winners from South by Southwest and Tribeca are going head-to-head in their theatrical debuts. Radius’ The Great Invisible (SXSW) opened in limited release Wednesday in an exclusively theatrical rollout, and The Orchard is bowing Point And Shoot (Tribeca) in a single NYC run. Submarine Deluxe »


- Brian Brooks

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Relativity-B4U Pacts With India’s Balaji For Three-Film Deal

3 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Relativity Media, which struck a wide-ranging film, TV and sports agreement with India’s B4U network in May, has announced a three-film deal with Indian studio Balaji Telefilms. First up will be a Hindi-language remake of “The Best of Me”.

Ryan Kavanaugh, CEO of Relativity, said: “The agreement brings great strength to Relativity’s existing catalogue of content, and we believe that this is a unique blueprint that further bridges two great filmmaking industries — Hollywood and Bollywood.”

“The co-production tie-up also brings us unprecedented access to Relativity’s catalogue past and future and allows for the films to be re-imagined for India. Relativity boasts of an exciting array of films and a creative collaboration with Relativity is something that excites all of us at Balaji,” said Ekta Kapoor, joint MD and creative director of Balaji Telefilms.

Balaji has enjoyed a string of successes at the Indian box office recently, »


- Naman Ramachandran

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Gracepoint Recap: “Episode Five”

3 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

According to the ratings, I'm not the only one who has been finding Gracepoint a bit of a slog.  Though its British forebear, Broadchurch, already has a second season in the works, that future looks unlikely for Gracepoint.  But Fox will probably air the rest of its episodes, just because it doesn't have any reason not to (it's only ten weeks, the episodes have already been produced, and with the holidays coming up, there aren't going to be any major scheduling changes at this point).  At the same time, "Episode Five" is actually where Gracepoint has started to make its turn.  For those of us sticking with it, it could possibly  prove to be worthwhile, after all.  Hit the jump if your only alibi is a book. In "Episode Five," the Great Unspoken element of Danny's death was finally addressed: was he murdered by a pedophile?  And is it someone in the town? »

- Allison Keene

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Oscars: 9 Under-the-Radar Performances that Deserve Buzz

3 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If you believe the awards season chatter, the Oscar race is practically over—even if it’s only just beginning. There’s already been a lot of talk about the frontrunners this year (from “The Imitation Game’s” Benedict Cumberbatch to “Wild’s” Reese Witherspoon). But the Academy always throws a few curveballs into the mix come January. Here are nine under-the-radar performances that deserve a fighting chance in this year’s Oscar race.

Channing Tatum

Best Actor, “Foxcatcher

The trio of male performances in “Foxcatcher”—from Channing Tatum, Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo—are all worthy of Oscar nominations. But the problem is, where do you put each actor? Sony Pictures Classics had decided to campaign Tatum and Carell in lead and Ruffalo in supporting, but I fear the strongest performance in the film may slip through the cracks. Carell has gotten a lot of ink for his transformation, »


- Ramin Setoodeh

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Listen To Ultron Ruin Other Classic Disney Lines

3 hours ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

"There are no strings on me." That's all it took for James Spader's portrayal of Ultron in the upcoming film The Avengers: Age Of Ultron to become automatically internet famous. Be it his villainous tone, his intimidating visage, or the right Disney line at the right time; whatever factor you attribute it to, it did the trick. And to think, if it was any other Disney quote, it might not have worked. Or would it have? How It Should Have Ended took it upon themselves to do their first trailer version of their traditional web show, and bearing the honors is Ultron, replete with the classic Disney lines that your childhood was made up of. Apparently ruining Pinocchio wasn't enough, as Aladdin, The Lion King, and even Toy Story all have their turn to be Ultronized for the sake of laughter. To say that this was the end of »

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Casting Net: Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, and Susan Sarandon board 'Three Generations'

4 hours ago | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, and Susan Sarandon have signed on for Three Generations. Gaby Dellal is directing the indie from a script by Nikole Beckwith. The story follows a New York City teen, Ray (Fanning), who is transitioning from female to male and her mother, Maggie (Watts), who must come to terms with Ray’s transition. Meanwhile, Maggie’s mother, Dolly (Sarandon), a music manager who lives with her lesbian partner, Frances, has trouble understanding Ray’s decision and Maggie’s inability to move out of the house she grew up in. Big Beach co-founders Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub »


- C. Molly Smith

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Jake Gyllenhaal Talks Nightcrawler, the Reaction to His Character, How Working as a Producer Changed His Acting Approach, Everest, Southpaw, and More

4 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

In theaters this weekend is Nightcrawler, the stunning feature debut from writer/director Dan Gilroy.  The film centers on Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) an ambitious and morally malformed young man looking to find his fortune.  When Bloom stumbles onto the world of “nightcrawlers”, film crews who capture footage of violent tragedies and sell them to the highest bidder, he finally finds his calling.  While Gyllenhaal has always stood tall among his peers as a brave and capable actor, his work in Nightcrawler sets a new standard. Bloom is chilling, charming, and the perfect representation of what happens when the American Dream turns nightmarish. I recently sat down with Gyllenhaal for an exclusive video interview.  He talked about how people have reacted the complicated character of Lou Bloom, how working as producer changed his approach as an actor, if he wants to move into directing, and what's coming up in 2015 like Everest, »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Jamie Chung and Genesis Rodriguez Talk Big Hero 6, Similarities to Their Characters, Upcoming Projects, and More

4 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, Big Hero 6 follows robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) who, after a tragic event, turns to inflatable and huggable robot companion Baymax (Scott Adsit).  With a dangerous plot unfolding on the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro transforms a group of like-minded friends – adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (Jamie Chung), precision freak Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (T.J. Miller) – into high-teach heroes determined to solve the mystery and save the day. At the film’s press day, voice co-stars Genesis Rodriguez and Jamie Chung spoke at a roundtable interview about how much they got to see of their characters while they were recording the voices, how similar they are to the characters they brought to life (Genesis Rodriguez was actually even on her high school robotics team), how important it is to them that there are two »

- Christina Radish

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New Starry Eyes Trailer Is a Good Primer For a Great Movie

5 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Those of you who read my last Starry Eyes post on the film's initial teaser trailer (check that out here) know that I have strong feelings about this movie.  I won't repeat all of them here, but I flat out love this thing.  That being said, I only recommend this new trailer to people who are still making up their mind about seeing it.  It's very good and it certainly won't spoil anything, but the movie itself is much more sublime and atmospheric.  A pretty good trailer for a great movie can sometimes do it a disservice in that regard.  But if you need to get a sense of the film's plot before you commit, by all means check it out. Starry Eyes comes from the writing/directing team of Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer and stars Alex EssoeNoah SeganAmanda Fuller and Pat Healy.  It was produced by »

- Evan Dickson

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Robin Williams’ Final Film ‘Boulevard’ Afm-Bound; Pair Join Catherine Zeta-Jones’ ‘Godmother'; More

5 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Robin Williams’ final feature film, Dito Montiel’s domestic drama Boulevard, has been picked up for international distribution by Inception Film Partners and will be sold during the American Film Market next month in Santa Monica. Kathy Baker, Bob Odenkirk and Roberto Aguire co-star in the pic, which stars Williams as a lonely married man who begins to confront the emptiness that permeates his life. Williams officially joined the project in January 2013. Douglas Soesbe penned the script. Camellia Entertainment produced. “Robin Williams’ performance as a man in a heartbreaking struggle to find his place in the world is both heroic and poignant and Boulevard is an extraordinary coda to an indelible performer’s life,” said Inception partner Andy Reimer. He and Jim Harvey negotiated the deal on behalf of Inception, with Preferred Content and Wme on behalf of the filmmakers. Preferred Content and Wme are handling North American rights.

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