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Naomi Watts’ ‘Diana’ Picked Up For U.S. By Entertainment One
eOne said it will release “Diana,” — which focuses on the last two years of her life — late this year, indicating that it will probably launch an awards campaign. It also plans major releases in the U.K., Canada and Spain.
Footage was shown to buyers at Cannes last week.
“We are thrilled to be bringing Diana home from Cannes,” said eOne’s Dylan Wiley. “’Diana’ will give audiences worldwide a chance to not only fall in love with the Princess all over again, but also discover a part of her life up until now kept out of the public eye.”
Written by Stephen Jeffreys, the »
- Dave McNary
What the Critics Are Saying About Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska': An Oscar Contender?
After a sun dappled excursion to Hawaii with his most recent family drama "The Descendants," Alexander Payne returns to his native Midwest in the aptly named "Nebraska," which debuted Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival. It's another story of estranged parents and children and another road movie for an idiosyncratic director who has made a name for himself by contorting and collapsing the reliable genres to find something fresh and human in films like "Sideways" and "About Schmidt." The buzz around the festival for the black and white indie was strong with »
- Brent Lang
'Timecop' reboot in the works at Universal
Based on Mark Verheiden’s Dark Horse Comics title Time Cop, the original film imagined a world where time travel would be possible and where police regulate its usage. Peter Hyams’ 1994 film starred Jean-Claude Van Damme as an officer who tries to go back in time to save his wife from being killed — and stymie the endemic corruption that has emerged as a result of time-travel technology.
The original film was one of 1994′s top R-rated hits, »
- Lindsey Bahr
'Little Miss Sunshine' Musical to Open Off Broadway
Despite earlier indications that the developing show was aiming for Broadway, the musical version of Little Miss Sunshine will make its New York debut as the opener of the 35th anniversary season of top-tier Off Broadway company Second Stage Theatre. Written and directed by James Lapine with music and lyrics by William Finn, the show is based on the 2006 Sundance breakout feature, which became a hit for Fox Searchlight. Co-directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris from a script by Michael Arndt, the film followed a messed-up family on a chaotic cross-country road trip to get
- David Rooney
Evan Peters to Play Quicksilver in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’
“Days of Future Past” is based on the 1981 story in the Marvel comic “Uncanny X-Men” and will include characters from the 1960s first class as well as future versions of the original characters.
Singer has Tweeted updates and castings throughout the films production, and did so again with Peters news:
Before he was an #Avenger, he was just a Really fast kid. Thrilled to say #EvanPeters is joining #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast as #Quicksilver.—
Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) May 23, 2013
What makes this announcement interesting is that “Avengers” helmer Joss Whedon recently »
- Justin Kroll
Watch: Latest 'Monsters University' Trailer Featuring New Music From Swedish House Mafia Members
A new trailer has just debuted for next month's Pixar prequel "Monsters University," which revolves around the story of how Mike (Billy Crystal) met Sulley (John Goodman) in the monster-fied version of higher education, going from bitter rivals to the best of friends. The trailer is typically energetic, made even more so by the music – a brand new dance track created by Swedish House Mafia collaborators Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso called "Roar," a song that sounds like it wouldn't be out of place at the next frat party. The trailer mostly features clips that we've seen in other trailers for the movie, but the shortness of the clip and the throbbing music that is backing it gives the footage an even more freewheeling feeling. It's clear from these early promotional materials that the breakout monster seems like it's going to be Art, a purple, Slinky-like weirdo voiced by Charlie Day »
- Drew Taylor
The Top 5 'Between Two Ferns' Episodes So Far
Here lies a true fact: There have only been 17 total episodes of Zach Galifianakis' "Between Two Ferns." Doesn't that surprise you? Meaning, it surprises me, so shouldn't it surprise you?
The esteemed Funny or Die web series has made such a massive comedic impact in such a limited amount of time that the idea that it exists as only a mere 80ish minutes of total running time is downright absurd. And here's the kicker: They're all gold. There's not a single episode of Btf that one would call "weak," just "weaker than the exceptional."
The following episodes are the exceptional.
5. Jon Hamm
If your intent is to find the ideal episode to introduce someone to the Btf series for the first time, the one with Jon Hamm might be your best bet. Of all episodes that don't feature some extreme outlier, be it overt weirdness, overt cruelty, a musical performance midway through the interview, »
- Nick Blake
Sorry 'The Avengers 2,' 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' Will Get Quicksilver On The Big Screen First
So, is "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" gonna be the "Where's Waldo" of comic book movies? Because this is now beyond ridiculous into the surreal. Just to refresh your memory: Charles Xavier, Professor X, Young Magneto, Old Magneto, Beast, Storm, Mystique, Wolverine, Rogue, Shadowcat, Iceman, Colossus, Blink are all set to appear, along with other roles slated to be played by Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Booboo Stewart, Fan Bingbing and Adan Canto. And now, Bryan Singer is throwing another nerd log on the fire, with yet another comic character set to spent five seconds on screen. Here's a little mud in your eye "The Avengers 2" -- Evan Peters is going to play Quicksilver in 'Future Past.' Why? Because we're sure it's integral to the story and has nothing to do with Fox wanting to lay claim to the character since it was confirmed he appears in Joss Whedon »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Oscar Isaac: 'Playing music is like sex with strangers'
For years he has waited while others mopped up the applause. Now the star of the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davies is finally hot property
This is Oscar Isaac's fourth Cannes. He was here in 2009 with Agora, then Robin Hood in 2010, then Drive the year after. Actually, he's quite the film fest fixture: at Venice with W.E. and Toronto with 10 Years. So it's testimony to his quicksilver skills – or to a collective forgetfulness – that he was greeted at Cannes like a starlet emerged fresh from the ether. A miraculous discovery found fully formed on the shore.
"Is that guy a real folk singer?" asked the veteran critic next to me as the end credits rolled on the Coen brothers' latest, Inside Llewyn Davis, in which Isaac stars as a Dave van Ronk-ish singer-songwriter seemingly destined for obscurity in early 1960s New York. "Where have you come from?" was »
- Catherine Shoard
Oz The Great And Powerful Producer Picks up Rights for The School Of Good And Evil
Producer Joe Roth does enjoy his fairy-tale reimaginings. His recent films including Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and the Huntsman, Oz the Great and Powerful, and the upcoming Maleficent, which is the tale of Sleeping Beauty told from the villain's perspective. Since Alice and Oz were both monster hits, it's not surprise that Roth is now planning another fairy-tale* movie. According to Deadline, Roth has picked up the rights for Soman Chainani's new young adult novel, The School for Good and Evil. The story takes place in a school where students are chosen and trained to become heroes or villains. The beautiful Sophie expects to be a princess in the School for Good while her homely best friend Agatha readies herself to be a witch in the School for Evil. But when they arrive, their roles are reversed. It sounds like a fun premise that's reminiscent of the opening of Wicked. »
- Matt Goldberg
Paramount, Pitt Reach Out to Fans and Celebs to Build Buzz for 'World War Z' (Video)
Paramount has always been innovative about going straight to the fans with its films, from "Paranormal Activity" to Jason Reitman's "Young Adult." (Last year Weinstein Co. borrowed a page from their playbook with a series of 70 mm previews of Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" before it could screen at film festivals.) This week, Paramount took Brad Pitt on the road to New York's Museum of Modern Art Wednesday night for an early sneak peak at Marc Forster's long-delayed "World War Z," in order to build some early buzz with celebrity guests, from Katie Couric and Bruce Willis to Jimmy Fallon and Gayle King. Pony-tailed Pitt--who has had much on his plate with Angelina Jolie's surprise announcement last week) also schlepped to Hoboken, New Jersey to introduce the film before surprised moviegoers. From what I saw of the movie at CinemaCon, Forster's picture looks expensive, which is »
- Anne Thompson
'Salvo' Tops Cannes Critics' Week Winners
Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza's "Salvo" won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival's 52nd Critics’ Week. The film -- about a romantic relationship between a hitman and the sister of someone he's murdered -- took both the Grand Prix and the France 4 Revelation Prize. Other major winners included Daria Belova's "Come and Play," which won best short film, Sebastien Pilote's "Le Demantlement," which won best screenplay. The program's jury was led by Portugese director Miguel Gomes, and also included Dennis Lim, program director at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Neil Young, co-director of the International Film Festival Bradford, and journalists Alin Tasciyan and Alex Vicente. »
- Peter Knegt
Evan Peters to Play Quicksilver in X-men: Days Of Future Past; What Does This Mean for The Avengers 2?
Though production is already well underway on director Bryan Singer’s sequel X-Men: Future Past in Canada, a late addition to the cast has been made. Singer announced today on Twitter that American Horror Story star Evan Peters will play Quicksilver in the star-studded superhero pic, though this may make things quite complicated for Marvel’s The Avengers 2. In comics lore, Quicksilver is a mutant capable of moving and thinking at superhuman speeds. He also happens to be the son of Magneto, along with his twin sister Scarlet Witch. While this is certainly a fascinating cast addition to the time-bending X-Men: Days of Future Past, it could very well affect Marvel’s Avengers sequel as Joss Whedon only recently revealed that he’s written both Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch into his script. Hit the jump for more. Here’s how Singer broke the news of Peters’ casting and »
- Adam Chitwood
Evan Peters joins 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' as Quiksilver
Bryan Singer is at it again! The director of the highly anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past is quickly becoming a social media mastermind. After tweeting out numerous first looks at the cast, Singer’s latest tweet confirmed that Evan Peters will be joining the film as Quiksilver, the super-fast son of Magneto, whose twin sister, Scarlet Witch, can manipulate probability.
Before he was an #Avenger, he was just a Really fast kid. Thrilled to say #EvanPeters is joining #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast as #Quicksilver.
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) May 23, 2013
It had previously been rumored that Quiksilver would be joining the cast of The Avengers 2, »
- Samantha Highfill
X-Men: Days Of Future Past Adds Evan Peters As Quicksilver
Either something incredible or something terrible is brewing in the world of comic book movies. As he has been doing for the last few months, director Bryan Singer has taken to his Twitter feed to make a major announcement, this time revealing that Evan Peters of American Horror Story is a late addition to the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past. But while that in and of itself isn't very shocking news, it's the character he will be playing that makes this whole situation a head-scratcher. According to the director, Peters will be playing the role of Quicksilver, one of the two new superheroes that Joss Whedon has been promising for Marvel Studios' The Avengers 2. As we've previously written about, Quicksilver and his comic book sister Scarlet Witch exist in a strange area from a rights perspective. Both of them are known for being members of The Avengers, »
Cannes: ‘Salvo’ Wins Critics’ Week Grand Prize
A star-crossed Mafia love tale, featuring the doomed romance between a mobster hitman and the sister of one of his victims, “Salvo” was one of five first features at Critics’ Week.
Canadian movie “Le Demantelement,” a farming family drama helmed by Sebastian Pilote sold by eOne Films Intl., scooped the Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers Sacd Prize. »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
The 5 Best Episodes Of 'Arrested Development' From The First 3 Seasons
"Arrested Development," as the opening credits inform us, is the story "of one wealthy family, who lost everything and the son who had no choice but to keep them all together." This synopsis, about the Bluth family and their continued struggles, makes it sound like something out of the Chuck Lorre factory of middlebrow mediocrity. But "Arrested Development," created by cracked genius Mitchell Hurwitz, would go on to become one of the most beloved (and short-lived) comedy series in the history of television, one whose fan-base was so outspoken that this weekend the series will be resurrected with a collection of episodes airing exclusively on Netflix's streaming service. The unthinkable has happened: The Bluths are back from the dead. In honor of this glorious return, which is far more impressive than Jesus showing up, we decided to run down the five best episodes from the first three seasons of this twisted series. »
- The Playlist Staff
New Posters for World War Z, Pacific Rim, and The Conjuring
New posters have been released for World War Z, Pacific Rim, and The Conjuring. Starting with World War Z, Paramount seems determined to make sure that no zombies are shown in the marketing beyond a faceless hoard. This new poster also copies the previous one, and so we're stuck with a handsome guy looking over devastation. Is that enough to get people interested? Moving on to Pacific Rim, it's a giant robot about to take a nasty-looking blade to a giant monster. It's easy to understand, and easy to like. Finally, the UK poster for The Conjuring is sadly generic and rests on the power of a creepy doll. This could be used for countless horror movies. Hit the jump to check out the posters. World War Z opens in 3D on June 21st. Pacific Rim opens in 3D on July 12th. The Conjuring opens July 19th. Via Paramount Pictures. »
- Matt Goldberg
Weekend Preview: 'Before Midnight' a Must-See, 'Fast & Furious 6' Nabs Good Reviews, 'Hangover' a Headache
Memorial Day Weekend is bringing well-reviewed films both big and loud, and small and thoughtful (if also a bit loud: see a certain knock-down argument in "Before Midnight"). That film, Linklater's brilliant third installment in his romance trilogy starring Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, is receiving the best reviews of the bunch and rightly so. It's an observant, sharply realistic and gut-splittingly funny portrait of the demands on long-term romance. In the Big and Loud department, the sixth "Fast & Furious" installment, directed by Justin Lin and starring the series' tried-and-true array of hard bodies, is stealing largely positive reviews, as "Fast Five" did. Not so for "The Hangover Part III," which is sitting with a lousy 25% Rotten on the Tomatometer. It's a good thing all those billboards scream "The End" -- it seems like this franchise is way past its expiration date, if not at the box office. Rama Burshtein's "Fill the Void, »
- Beth Hanna
Cinedigm Acquires Reggio/Glass/Kane's 'Visitors,' Presented by Soderbergh, to Debut at Toronto International Film Festival
Fans of the Godfrey Reggio/Philip Glass "Qatsi" trilogy can look forward to a fourth movie, "Visitors," which Cinedigm has acquired for North America. The black-and-white digital film will world premiere with a live Toronto Symphony Orchestra performance of Glass's score at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival this September. Cinedigm plans to release "Visitors" theatrically in 4K throughout Fall 2013. Seven years in the making, this collaboration from director Reggio, composer Glass and filmmaker Jon Kane follows "Koyaanisqatsi," "Powaqqatsi," and "Naqoyqatsi." “For a world on speed, in rush hour, this film is counter-intuitive to contemporary image-making," said Reggio. "Face-to-face with more to say then can be spoken, one might leave expectations at the door. Cinedigm's enthusiasm for theatrical release and its commitment to innovative marketing and exhibition, offers this odd-one-in an opportunity to seek a life of its own. I can only feel anxious joy as I prepare »
- Anne Thompson
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