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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu in talks to direct 'The Jungle Book' for Warner Bros.
The two-time Oscar nominee is best known for directing lyrical adult dramas, including 21 Grams, Biutiful, Amores Perros, and Babel, but seems to be expanding his repertoire lately. Iñárritu is currently in post-production on his first major comedy, Birdman, which stars Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, and Michael Keaton.
Warner Bros. declined to comment on the news.
Little is known about the project at this point, but telling the story of the young »
- Lindsey Bahr
'Fast & Furious' Star Gal Gadot to Play Wonder Woman in 'Batman vs. Superman'
Gal Gadot, whom most will know as Gisele from Fast & Furious, Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6 has been cast as Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder's Batman vs. Superman beating out the likes of Elodie Yung (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Olga Kurylenko for the role. Snyder gave a statement regarding the casting saying, "Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe. Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character." The Wonder Woman rumors have been around for some time, some saying it won't necessarily be Wonder Woman showing up but her secret identity as Diana Prince. It's also been said the Flash may make an appearance. »
- Brad Brevet
‘The Fifth Beatle’ Movie to Start Production in 2014
Producers are touting “The Fifth Beatle” as the first-ever film about the Beatles to secure music rights to the Lennon/McCartney music catalog.
“From the moment I read Vivek’s graphic novel, I knew I wanted to be the person to bring Brian’s story to the bigscreen,” Reed said. “I’m a lifelong Beatles fan, obviously, but it’s Brian’s fascinating life that really blew me away and drew me to this project. He’s the ultimate outsider who, against all odds, »
- Dave McNary
Sundance Unveils 2014 Competition, Next Lineups
In some respects, the 30th annual Sundance Film Festival offers a snapshot of the ways in which the independent film scene has dramatically shifted over the past three decades, said fest director John Cooper, from an ever-widening talent pool to an increasingly sophisticated range of technologies available to filmmakers and distributors. In particular, the slate of 117 features (96 of them world premieres) set to unspool Jan. 16-26 in Park City, Utah, culled from a healthy 12,218 submissions, showcase the form at a new level of maturity — more diverse and welcoming to new filmmakers than ever, but also more exacting in terms of quality.
“Independent film in general has been absorbed and embraced as a vital part of the cultural landscape,” Cooper said. “It’s no longer an outsider sport. It really is part of an American art form.”
“I think the completeness of vision is different now from when I first started 20 years ago, »
- Justin Chang
'Fast & Furious 7' production halted after Paul Walker's death
The making of Fast & Furious 7 was happening on an accelerated pace to meet next summer’s July 11 release date, but now the movie has come to a complete stop.
The unexpected and tragic car-crash death of Paul Walker has led Universal Pictures to put a hold on the movie in mid-production. Donna Langley, chairman of universal Pictures, told EW this week, “We have half a movie shot and we are working through it.”
The studio has now decided to call a halt.
“Right now, all of us at Universal are dedicated to providing support to Paul’s immediate family and »
- Anthony Breznican
'Her' named Best Film by National Board of Review
Spike Jonze’s Her, which tells the story of a man (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with the voice of his computer’s operating system, was named Best Film of 2013 by the National Board of Review. More to come…
Below is a full list of the awards :
Best Film: Her
- Jeff Labrecque
'Veronica Mars' Movie Gets Premiere Date, Will Get National Theatrical Release
A year after the "Veronica Mars" movie launched its historic Kickstarter campaign, raising a record-setting $5.7 million and sparking many debates about the future of crowdfunding, the resulting feature will open in theaters. Rob Thomas told Entertainment Weekly that the movie, which will be titled "Veronica Mars," will be released by Warner Bros. on March 14, 2014, a year and a day after the Kickstarter campaign launched. While the initial plan was for a limited theatrical release followed by a VOD/digital one, according to Thomas, the film will be getting a wider national release, though the number of screens has yet to be determined. The movie will continue the story of no-longer-teen-detective Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell), who's moved from Neptune to New York City, but is forced to return home after 10 years when her ex Logan (Jason Dohring) is accused of murder. Also reprising their roles from the TV series, which ran from 2004-2007, are Enrico Colantoni, »
- Alison Willmore
LeBron James and Kevin Hart Star as Brothers in Ballers
A new Universal picture is teaming up NBA superstar LeBron James and stand-up stand-out Kevin Hart (This Is the End) in the sports comedy, Ballers. The odd-sized duo will play a pair of brothers, with the 5'3" Hart literally living in the shadow of his 6'8" sibling-turned-pro athlete. The script, co-written by Hart and his writing partners Joey Wells, Chris Spencer and Harry Ratchford, gives the smaller brother a chance to shine when he and his buddies attend a weekend fantasy basketball camp in Miami. As soon as Hart and Co. turn in the script, the studio will start looking to sign a director. Production is scheduled to start next summer during James' off-season. Hit the jump for more. Deadline reports that Hart and James will star in Ballers. The project has been in the works for some time, with James looking to star in his feature debut and bring »
- Dave Trumbore
Time Magazine Names 'The Counselor,' 'Only God Forgives' & 'Grown Ups 2' In 10 Worst Films Of 2013
First there was the best....and now the comes the worst. While Mary Pols stoked internet fury last year by naming "Cloud Atlas" the top stinker of 2012, hardly anyone will argue with her choice this year: "Grown Ups 2." In fact, the rest of her list is pretty debate proof. From Ridley Scott's verbose and empty "The Counselor," to Sam Raimi's CGI-drenched "Oz The Great And Powerful" to worst three-quel ever "The Hangover Part III," these were undeniably all pretty awful movies. Perhaps the biggest bone of contention will be Nicolas Winding Refn's "Only God Forgives" ranking in there. Divisive? Certainly. But one of the year's worst? Surely, "The Smurfs 2" could've been slotted instead? Anyway, take a look below and let us know what you think in the comments section. Full commentary on each choice over at Time. Time Magazine Worst Movies of 2013 10. The Hangover Part III »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Dangerous Games: 'Spectral Rails' Board Game Review
The chair creaks as you settle onto it. The candlelight flickers. All around you the ravenous faces of your so-called friends twist in delight as you slowly open the box laid out on the table. Welcome to Dangerous Games! Each week, we'll feature a horror/thriller/monster tabletop game you should be playing. Don't be scared… roll the dice… what's the worst that could happen? Spectral Rails (Z-Man Games, 2011) Maybe John Riley got killed in a shoot-out at high noon. Or maybe it was the great fire that burned down an entire frontier town that did him in. Maybe a gold mine collapsed and buried him alive. No matter the cause he's sitting in the coach car of your train. The ethereal tracks are glinting like magic in the moonlight, and it's your job, as the conductor of this ghost train, to see his ghost home. In Spectral Rails, three »
- Giaco Furino
Bollywood star Salman Khan faces fresh trial on homicide charge
Police say Khan drove his car into group of people sleeping on a Mumbai pavement in 2002, killing one and injuring four
Indian film star Salman Khan will face a fresh trial on a homicide charge for a fatal road accident more than 11 years ago.
Police say Khan drove his car into a group of people sleeping on a Mumbai pavement in September 2002, killing one and injuring four.
A Mumbai magistrates court in February charged the actor with culpable homicide not amounting to murder. Khan appealed, seeking a trial in a higher court.
Judge Dw Deshpande on Thursday ordered a fresh trial and said all the witnesses would be re-examined. The pre-trial is set for 23 December.
Khan could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of culpable homicide.
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Film Movement bites into Cannibal
Manuel Martin Cuenca’s dark romance [pictured] to open theatrically in Us and Canada in Q3 2014, followed by VOD and DVD release.
Manuel Martin Cuenca’s dark romance centres on a tailor and secret cannibal (played by Antonio de la Torre) who unexpectedly finds himself falling in love with his latest prospective victim. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The deal was negotiated on the first day of the Ventana Sur market in Buenos Aires by Film Movement’s VP of acquisitions and distribution Rebeca Conget and Vicente Casales, managing director at Film Factory.
Conget commented: “Manuel Martin Cuenca has established himself as one of Spain’s most artistically astute filmmakers, his works consistently evolving in skill and style. In Cannibal, we see a surprisingly thoughtful approach to an otherwise gruesome premise, one we’re confident audiences will be as gripped by as we were »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
Disney Infinity to get its own magazine
Children's publisher Egmont is to launch a monthly magazine based on Disney's new interactive video game, Disney Infinity. The first issue, selling for £3.99, is due out in February 2014.
The company sees this extension of a games brand into a print magazine as "part of Egmont's strategy to get boys reading."
Egmont's Laura Adnitt says the magazine "will allow us to extend our hugely successful boys portfolio, bringing our readers a snapshot of the Disney Infinity universe.
"It will be full of story-driven adventures, perfect for fans looking for ways to become experts and extend their enjoyment of the game and their collection."
It is the latest example of a trend in which publications are created on the back of popular games. Others include the All About Angry Birds magazine, which went on sale in October, and a series of books about Minecraft. Egmont's boys' title, Toxic, also carries gaming content. »
- Roy Greenslade
Screen Australia backs Kenny followup
Many Australian filmgoers were today thrilled to hear that director Clayton Jacobson and his brother, the actor Shane Jacobson, the two brains behind the good-natured local box office hit Kenny [pictured], are finally going to be making a followup.
The family movie Oddball is one of two features to get direct government investment from Screen Australia, it was announced today. In the other, the official co-production Life, starring Robert Pattinson of Twilight fame, Australia and Germany are minority partners alongside Canada.
“Oddball has the perfect mix to really carry across to an international audience,” Clayton Jacobson told Screendaily. “It is your classic four quadrant film. Both Shane and I were invited on board for the ride… We are thrilled to be able to work together again. It’s not every day someone pays you to hang out with family.”
Kenny was made »
- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)
Jeremy Irons to Co-star in ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’
London — Jeremy Irons is set to co-star in the Edward R. Pressman/ Cinemorphic Entertainment Company production of “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” the biopic of Srinivasa Ramanujan, with Dev Patel starring as the revered Indian mathematician.
Irons will play G.H. Hardy, the English mathematician who plucked Ramanujan from obscurity in Edwardian India and installed him in Cambridge University.
- Leo Barraclough
Jungle Book to be directed by Iñárritu
Warner Bros moving ahead with live-action Rudyard Kipling film, even though a similar project is under way at Disney
• Disney to make live action Jungle Book
• Why I love ... The Jungle Book
The live action version of Rudyard Kipling's classic adventure would be Iñárritu's first putative blockbuster, though he has regularly shot in English – notably 21 Grams and the upcoming Birdman, a comedy starring Emma Stone and Michael Keaton.
However, this live-action Jungle Book, written by Harry Potter's Steve Kloves and back by Warner Bros, is facing serious competition in the shape of a similar project from Disney, which earlier this year was reported to have attached Iron Man's Jon Favreau as director. Disney recently confirmed an October 2015 release date for their movie, »
- Andrew Pulver
Panel: Se Asian productions should start with local appeal
At ScreenSingapore/Atf, producers from Japan, South Korea, China and Singapore talked about the rise of regional finance and markets while identifying primary audiences and developing local stories.
In his keynote address Wednesday morning, China’s Bona Film Group CEO Yu Dong forecasted “the China market will be able to bypass the Us film business in the next ten years” noting the growth of the past ten years in which China has become the second largest market in the world.
“The audience base in China is huge while the number of films and screens has not yet reached the saturation point. By 2018, my prediction is that the China film industry will overtake the Us industry,” he said.
“We probably can never compete with Hollywood budgets but where we can compete is with our stories,” he said, encouraging Asian filmmakers to go for “real honest values and subject matter and stories that are true to themselves and our »
- email@example.com (Jean Noh)
Last Tango in Halifax producer sells majority stake to French company
Red, the independent producer behind hit shows including Last Tango in Halifax and Queer as Folk, has sold a majority stake to French film and TV company Studiocanal, in a deal thought to value the UK firm at about £30m.
The acquisition of Manchester-based Red, which is working with Queer as Folk creator Russell T Davies on two TV dramas about 21st century gay life for Channel 4, marks the French company's first foray into the UK TV production sector.
Studiocanal is best known for its work in the film industry – its 5,000-strong catalogue is the largest outside of the Us, with a catalogue as diverse as Shaun the Sheep, The Dambusters, Cliffhanger and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
- Mark Sweney
Mbi adds Brad to its portfolio
Screen’s parent company Media Business Insight Limited (Mbi) today announced that it has welcomed Brad Insight (Brad) to its media portfolio.
Mbi is a successful and growing media business that already owns Broadcast, Screen International and shots, the market leading brands for the TV, film and advertising industries.
Brad offers media owners, agencies and advertisers a range of planning and intelligence products to help find clients and contacts. Its online resources give its customers the edge – enabling them to be more successful, by knowing who to contact, how to win new business and deliver more effective campaigns.
Mbi was separated out of Emap to become a standalone media business in 2012.
“When Mbi was founded we said we wanted to focus on growing our subscribers and building up our data products. Brad is a world-class data product and I am delighted to welcome it back into its natural home,” said Conor Dignam [pictured], chief executive officer of Mbi »
Jeremy Irons joins biopic Infinity
Jeremy Irons is to co-star alongside Dev Patel in Edward R Pressman-produced The Man Who Knew Infinity, the biopic of Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.Irons will play G.H. Hardy, the English mathematician who brought Ramanujan from India to Cambridge University. Patel will play Ramanujan.Irons and Pressman reunite for the first time since the pair collaborated on 1990 drama Reversal of Fortune, for which Irons won the Best Actor Oscar.Production »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
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