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Fifty Shades Of Grey Director Officially Splits From Fifty Shades Darker

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We recently reported that despite the fact that Fifty Shades of Grey had earned gobs of money at the international box office (tallying $558 million worldwide), there had been no real conversation regarding an adaptation of E.L. James. second novel, Fifty Shades Darker. As it turns out, that was only half true. Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson has been talking about the sequel, and has determined that she wants absolutely nothing to do with it. Sam Taylor-Johnson officially has announced that she will not return to helm Fifty Shades Darker, according to a statement released to Deadline. The director took a diplomatic tact, thanking everyone at the studio for their support and wishing the franchise nothing but luck as she washed her hands of the potential series. Directing Fifty Shades Of Grey has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful. I have Universal »


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Marvel Reportedly Wants Adam McKay To Direct One Of Their Movies

19 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Here's the Marvel rumor of the day, which isn’t really much of a stretch when you think about it. Word is that the comic studio wants “Anchorman” and “Step Brothers” filmmaker Adam McKay to direct one of their movies. Now this shouldn’t be much of a big leap for the imagination. Marvel already tried to get McKay to direct “Ant-Man” after filmmaker Edgar Wright left the project last summer. McKay turned down the offer, seemingly because he wasn’t comfortable enough with the short window of pre-production he would be allowed, but McKay, friends with the movie’s star, did end up co-writing the screenplay with Paul Rudd himself (and changed it enough that original writers Wright and Joe Cornish only have a "story by” credit now). So what’s the movie McKay will helm? It’s unknown. Latino-Review says, "Adam McKay is in the on-deck spot to direct a Marvel movie. »


- Edward Davis

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Adams, Gyllenhaal and Phoenix Line Up for Tom Ford's 'Nocturnal Animals'

20 hours ago | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Adams is currently in talks for the lead role in fashion designer/film director Tom Ford's sophomore feature Nocturnal Animals, with Jake Gyllenhaal attached to play Adams' male counterpart. Further, Joaquin Phoenix and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are also being sought for key roles in the film, a bit of casting that would reunite Phoenix with Adams, whom he acted opposite in 2013's Her. With Adams, Gyllenhaal, and Phoenix potentially working together in the same film, I'd say that alone makes this worth keeping an eye on, but the fact it is a thriller, my favorite genre of film, piques my interest even more. Add in George Clooney and Grant Heslov (The Ides of March) as producers and you've basically got me stashing away funds for a ticket to the film, which Ford adapted from Austin Wright's 1993 novel "Tony and Susan". Below is the synopsis of Wright's novel, »


- Jordan Benesh

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Box Office Predictions: 'Get Hard' Battles 'Insurgent' and 'Home' for the Crown

19 hours ago | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Get Hard might win this weekend, but get out your three-sided coin. An R-Rated March comedy isn't a death sentence by any means, and Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart have their own fandoms that will turn out. $25.2 million is my call, but it could go as high as 30, or as low as 20. I don't think it will do a Gunman style faceplant, but it's been a weird year. Insurgent will certainly drop like a stone, and after not even equaling the first film it would seem as though audiences are bailing, if only slightly, on this franchise. The first one wasn't as front-loaded as other Ya films or franchises, but this one will end up a little more-so with a 54 percent dip. $24 million is the number, a mere couple hundred thousand tickets behind first place. Theoretically. Could Home be the surprise winnerc Animated films have made hay out of this slot before, »


- Laremy Legel

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While We’re Young: Ben Stiller in Crisis Mode

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It might seem premature for filmmaker Noah Baumbach and his screen alter-ego Ben Stiller to be having a mid-life crisis, along with wife Naomi Watts, but the situation is explored with empathy and wit in While We’re Young. Although the finished product is a bit lumpy it still represents an individual voice and point of view, within the framework of a contemporary comedy infused with the Woody Allen-ish flavor of New York City. Stiller plays a egotistic documentary filmmaker who’s been stalled on his latest project for a decade. His mostly-happy marriage to Watts is shadowed by the fact that they’ve given up on having children after several failed attempts. Now, as their friends...

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- Leonard Maltin

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Ralph Fiennes, Voldemort in ‘Harry Potter,’ to Receive Empire Award

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London — Actor-director Ralph Fiennes, who plays Voldemort in the “Harry Potter” franchise and M in the next James Bond film, will receive the Legend Award at the Jameson Empire Awards, which takes place in London on Sunday.

Fiennes, who has starred in more than 30 films, first came to international attention for his portrayal of the concentration camp commandant in “Schindler’s List,” for which he won the BAFTA and was Oscar nominated in 1994.

He was again nominated for an Academy Award in 1997 for “The English Patient.” He has received multiple BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations, most recently for his performance as the concierge M. Gustave in “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

Fiennes made his directorial debut in 2011 with “Coriolanus,” and returned to directing in 2013 with “The Invisible Woman.”

His upcoming film projects include the Coen Brothers’ “Hail, Caesar!” and the new Bond installment “Spectre,” in which he plays M.

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- Leo Barraclough

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Ralph Fiennes to receive Empire Legend award

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The Grand Budapest Hotel star to collect honour at a ceremony this weekend.

British actor-director Ralph Fiennes is to receive the Legend Award at the Empire Awards in London this Sunday (March 29).

Previous recipients of the award include director Tim Burton, actress Helen Mirren and actor Tom Cruise.

Since his BAFTA-winning breakout performance in Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List (1993), Fiennes has starred in more than 30 films including The English Patient, the Harry Potter franchise, The Constant Gardener and The Reader.

More recently, his leading role as meticulous concierge M. Gustave in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel earned him BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations.

Fiennes made his directorial debut in 2011 with Coriolanus, in which he also starred, and made his second film in 2013 with The Invisible Woman, in which he played author Charles Dickens.

His upcoming film projects include the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar! and the new James Bond feature, Spectre, in which »


- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Oscars 2015 producers reveal they will not be returning next year

3 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will not return to produce next year's Oscars ceremony.

The duo, who have produced the show for the last three years, have reached the end of a three-year agreement with the Academy, Deadline reports.

ending 3 year deal producing #Oscars, its an honour to say "We'd like to thank The Academy" @TheAcademy @craigzadan pic.twitter.com/byNessAaoN

Neil Meron (@neilmeron) March 26, 2015

In a post shared on Twitter last night (March 26), Meron confirmed the news of the pair's departure and added: "It's an honour to say 'We'd like to thank The Academy'."

In a statement, Academy president Cheryl Boone-Isaacs said: "Craig and Neil have been wonderful creative partners over the last three years, contributing some of the most innovative and memorable Oscar moments.

"They are true showmen with enormous talent and expertise - we're looking forward to seeing the exciting projects they have in the works."

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Ficci-Frames: Indian Media Grows 12%, But Film Industry Slows, Says Report

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

Mumbai — The Indian film industry’s revenues grew by just 0.9 % from 2013 to 2014, according to the annual media industry report compiled by consulting firm Kpmg.

The report is published with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. It was released at the Ficci-Frames convention in Mumbai.

Theatrical and ancillary revenues for the film industry rose marginally from $2 billion to $2.02 billion as opposed to the projected $2.21 billion in the 2014 report. This was mainly due to weak box office returns.

The film industry was saved from a revenue drop only by the Christmas 2014 release of “P.K.” that grossed more than $100 million worldwide. Kpmg is projecting 2015 revenues at a modest $2.18 billion.

(Recent data from the Motion Picture Association put 2014 theatrical revenues in India at $1.7 billion. The comparable figure for 2013 was $1.5 billion, implying theatrical growth of some 13% in 2014.)

Films aside, the overall entertainment industry picture is rosier. The Indian media and entertainment »

- Naman Ramachandran

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Is Adding A Few NBA Stars

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is underway, filming the sequel to the surprising box office smash that rebooted a brand, and reunited Megan Fox with Michael Bay. While we don't have a lot of details on what's going down in the next film, we do know a couple of things that could and/or should be happening. The latest piece of the puzzle revealed is that members of the L.A. Clippers are going to be filming a scene for next summer's blockbuster. A reporter from Espn broke the news that a handful of players from the L.A. Clippers will be shooting what sounds like a bit part in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2. You can read the list of players that will be appearing in Arash Markazi's Tweet embedded below. DeAndre Jordan, Matt Barnes, J.J. Redick, Austin Rivers & Spencer Hawes will be filming a scene for Teenage »

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Why Christopher Plummer Turned Down The Role Of Gandalf In Lord Of The Rings

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As iconic as Christopher Plummer's career has been, there are some roles that an actor just can't bring themselves to accept. In the case of Plummer's career, he found himself turning down a role that even Sean Connery himself would pass, eventually allowing the part to go to Sir Ian McKellen. That role is none other than Gandalf The Grey in Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings series. While visiting Conan this week, it was mentioned that Plummer was actually on the list of actors offered the role of J.R.R. Tolkien's powerful wizard character. Yet despite being a fan of the franchise he grew up with and the extended stay in the beautiful New Zealand countryside, the famed actor felt that the commitment just wasn't for him. Or to put it more bluntly, his exact remark was, "I thought there are other countries I'd like to visit »

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Matthew McConaughey Joins The Billionaire’S Vinegar for Sony Pictures

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

Matthew McConaughey is attached to star in Sony Picture's The Billionaire's Vinegar. Based on Benjamin Wallace's book The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine. The film centers on the scandal surrounding several fraudulent bottles of wine allegedly owned by Thomas Jefferson. Hardy Rodenstock, a music manager-turned-wine dealer supplied the wine. Billionaire Bill Koch payed $500,000 for the Jefferson bottles, before coughing up twice that amount for an investigation to confirm their origins and a lawsuit against Rodenstock. What else are you going to do when you're a billionaire? [caption id="attachment_340263" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Warner Brothers[/caption] Per Deadline,The script is by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas  (Wanted, 3:10 To Yuma) with no director attached at this time. Escape Artists and Overbrook Entertainment have been developing the project for years; Todd Black, James Lassiter, Jason Blumenthal, Will Smith and Steve Tisch will produce. They have previously »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Circling 'Force Majeure' Remake; Who Should Play the Male Lead?

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THR reports that Julia Louis-Dreyfus is in talks to star in Fox Searchlight's remake of "Force Majeure," the hilarious and critically adored comedy directed by Ruben Ostlund.  This film about a family vacationing in the French Alps, whose lives take a turn for the comically dysfunctional after an avalanche, won Cannes' Un Certain Regard jury prize in 2014, picked up a Golden Globe nomination and was shortlisted for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Magnolia opened the film last Fall to rave reviews, and it's now streaming on Netflix. Read More: Ruben Ostlund on Directing "Force Majeure" THR's sources say the multi-Emmy-winning "Veep" star is also attached to produce the project. She will presumably play Ebba (Lisa Loven Kongsli, fabulous, in the original), a woman who slowly comes unhinged after her husband Tomas (Johannes Kuhnke) chickens out on her and their kids during the false-alarm force of nature that threatens them. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Alison Brie Talks Get Hard and Sleeping With Other People

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Opening this weekend is Get Hard, the directorial debut of Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3 scribe Etan Cohen. The film stars Will Ferrell as a wealthy Bernie Madoff-type investment banker who enlists the man who washes his car (Kevin Hart) to help prepare him for a maximum-security prison sentence.  The film also stars Alison Brie, Craig T. Nelson, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Ariana Neal, and Edwina Findley Dickerson. For more on the film, watch the green and red band trailers. A few days ago I landed an exclusive video interview with Alison Brie. She talked about working with Will Ferrell, Community season 6, if people ever realize she’s the voice of Unikitty in The Lego Movie, Sleeping with Other People, and more. Here’s the interview followed by a list of what we talked about. [complextv contentid="FkNWw3dDoaK8jL_JXNxDsO4s10Tgssgy" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""]   Alison Brie: What was it like working with Will Ferrell? How she’s »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Tommy Gargotta Joins Relativity EuropaCorp

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Relativity EuropaCorp Distribution has appointed veteran Sony Pictures executive Tommy Gargotta as president of theatrical marketing.

He will oversee marketing for the company, which supports EuropaCorp’s film releases in the United States along with Relativity’s slate. Gargotta will report to Relativity president Tucker Tooley and EuropaCorp CEO Christophe Lambert.

Gargotta stepped down in July as president of Sony Pictures Worldwide Creative Advertising in one of a long line of departures at the Culver City lot. During 13 years at Sony, Gargotta oversaw and conceived marketing campaigns for “The Da Vinci Code,” “Salt,” the “Jump Street” movies, “American Hustle” and “The Amazing Spider-Man” franchise, along with the ad materials for the last three James Bond titles — “Casino Royale,” “Quantum of Solace” and “Skyfall.”

He previously worked at Intralink Film Graphic Design and Trailer Park Inc.

Relativity’s upcoming films include “The Bronze”; “Masterminds,” starring Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis; “Kidnap, »


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WWE, Gene Simmons Tag-Team To Launch Horror Label

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The sultans of slam and God of Thunder are conspiring to terrify you. WWE Studios and Kiss mogul Gene Simmons have paired up to launch Erebus Pictures, which will finance and produce horror films. The venture has pinned a three-picture co-production deal that will kick off with writer Matt Savelloni’s Temple. Erebus, named for the Greek god of darkness, will shop worldwide rights on all titles and will use WWE's numerous platforms to market its titles. "The horror genre… »


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Julia Louis-Dreyfus In Talks for Force Majeure Remake

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Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is circling a starring role in Fox Searchlight's remake of the award-winning Swedish drama Force Majeure. This could be a piece of casting genius. Ruben Ostlund’s 2014 film examines marriage, family and gender dynamics by asking, what would you do in a dire emergency? The original film centers on a family who goes vacationing in the French Alps when an avalanche tumbles down on their resort. The mother tries to protect her two children while the father runs inside the building, abandoning his family. When they are all safely reunited, his actions raise questions and consequences that threaten the stability of his family. THR reports that Dreyfus is in negotiations for the role as the mother and will produce the project as well. She's is perfect for the role. While instant remakes tend to draw my ire and side-eye as obvious cash grabs, Dreyfus' involvement in »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Review: 'Archer' Season 6 Episode 11, 'Drastic Voyage: Part 1,' Is All Set-Up & No Payoff

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Previously: 'Archer' Season 6 Episode 11 'Achub Y Morfilod' Finds Maturity (And Matthew Rhys) "I swear to God I had something for this." (Episode Summary)The CIA hires the entire office — because, by now, everyone knows Pam, Cyril and Cheryl will get involved anyway — to go inside a doctor's brain in order to save his life. No, they're not training to be doctors (not even Krieger, who never went to medical school). They're getting shrunk down by an amazing new procedure to fit inside a needle and be injected into the comatose doctor's bloodstream.  As the gang gears up for the dangerous task, Lana prods Archer about his mortality now that there's a baby in the picture (not to mention Lana, who is now officially romantically attached). He doesn't seem to think any differently, but whether that bodes well for the mission is yet to be seen. Before they could get into the nitty gritty of things, »

- Ben Travers

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Hero Blend #55: What We Want To See From Lex Luthor In Batman v Superman

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Over the last year, we.ve seen a number of heroes from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice revealed, including the titular characters as well as Wonder Woman and Aquaman . but being kept cloaked in secret was the movie.s main villain. Jesse Eisenberg signed on to play Lex Luthor in the blockbuster back in January 2014, and yet we couldn.t even get confirmation that the new version would be bald. That changed this week, with the first official image of the character released. Here's your exclusive first look at Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in @BatmanvSuperman! http://t.co/wG87toA3li pic.twitter.com/BjvWQZvSdm. Entertainment Weekly (@EW) March 25, 2015 Of course, there.s only so much you can say about a black and white image of an actor with a bald head, but it does spur own a certain conversation: what exactly are we expecting from this version »

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Matthew McConaughey to Star in ‘Billionaire’s Vinegar’

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Matthew McConaughey will star in Sony’s “The Billionaire’s Vinegar,” with Escape Artists and Overbrook Entertainment producing.

The project is based on the Benjamin Wallace book, which traces the history of vintage Bordeaux bottles believed to have belonged to Thomas Jefferson that were auctioned by wine company Christie’s for exorbitant prices. Many experts have concluded that the bottles were never Jefferson’s.

The film will be produced by Todd Black, James Lassiter, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and Will Smith. Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, whose credits include “3:10 to Yuma” and “Wanted,” are writing the adaptation.

The project has been in development since 2008, when the producers acquired rights to Wallace’s book before it was published.

The book centers on a Forbes family member paying $156,000 at auction for a bottle of 1787 Chateau Lafite Bordeaux, which Christie’s asserted was part of a Jefferson cache discovered in France. That »


- Dave McNary

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