Vince Vaughn Joins Mel Gibson’s WWII Drama ‘Hacksaw Ridge’
The movie is based on the life of Desmond T. Doss, a medic and the first conscientious objector (someone who claims the right to refuse military service) to win the Congressional Medal of Honor for saving dozens of soldiers during the Battle of Okinawa. Garfield will portray Doss, a Seventh Day Adventist, who received two Bronze Stars and three Purple Hearts.
Vaughn is repped by Wme. The news was first reported by Deadline.
- Dave McNary
Relativity Puts 'Jane Got A Gun' And More Up For Sale As They Fight Off Bankruptcy
While Hollywood accounting is known for defying the rules of logic and mathematics, you can go only so long without making money before things catch up with you, and Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity is learning that very quickly. The studio's biggest hits in its history have been "Immortals" and "Limitless," both released in 2011, and yet, neither film cracked $85 million domestically. Since then, things have been on a steady downward decline and 2015 was particularly rough. Horror sequel "The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death," Kevin Costner race drama "Black Or White," low budget scare flick "The Lazarus Effect" and something called "Desert Dancer" were all released. None made more than $26 million ("Desert Desert" barely crossed $150,000), and it was only 'Lazarus Effect' that made anything resembling a profit with its paltry $3.3 million budget. However, the vultures have been circling for Relativity and now they need to start bailing »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Ghost of Amy Pascal Haunts Sony's Sad Summer
In November, as she attempted to revive Sony Pictures' fading fortunes, studio co-chair Amy Pascal emailed a note to her chief lieutenant Doug Belgrad. Assessing Sony's lineup for 2015, she wrote, in all caps, "There Are Too Many Dramas/Not Enough Tentpoles/No Obvious Breakout Hits." Those words would prove to be more than a little prescient. More than halfway through 2015, Sony barely is hanging on at the box office. The studio has fallen
- Gregg Kilday
The 20 Highest Grossing Indies of 2015 (A Running List)
Read More: Arthouse Audit: Is 'Phoenix' This Year's 'Ida'? 'Mr. Holmes' Stays Strong As the summer movie season -- heavy on the popcorn, with a generous sprinkling of superheroes -- begins to wind down, a handful of strong indie performers have emerged as big-time box office contenders. After nearly seventeen weeks in release, the Helen Mirren-starring "Woman in Gold" has proven to be the year's biggest indie success, a spring opener that premiered in February at Berlin -- skipping both Tiff and Sundance in the process -- before opening in the U.S. mere weeks later. It's trailed by the well-reviewed "Ex Machina," which used solid word of mouth and a large expansion (eventually topping out at 2,004 theaters) to grab the second place spot. Other festival favorites and Oscar holdovers have stayed strong over the course of the year, however, including "Still Alice," "It Follows," "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl »
- Kate Erbland
Jesse Owens Biopic Pulled from Relativity Hours Ahead of Expected Bankruptcy (Exclusive)
In the frantic days leading up to Relativity Media’s much-anticipated bankruptcy, producers have been scrambling to remove their film projects from the mini-studio — in hopes that the pics won’t become hopelessly mired in what could be a protracted legal proceeding.
The makers of a Jesse Owens biopic to star Anthony Mackie, set to begin production in the fall, have reportedly succeeded at the 11th hour in pulling their film from the troubled mini-studio. Sources close to the project said Wednesday evening that they had been successful in pulling the project out of the struggling Relativity operation, just hours ahead of what is expected to be a Thursday bankruptcy filing.
Sources close to the project said that lawyers representing the film — centered on the American hero of the 1936 Olympic Games — sent a letter to Relativity to terminate negotiations that would have made the mini-studio the distributor. The talks were »
- Justin Kroll and James Rainey
Mel Gibson war drama Hacksaw Ridge to begin filming in Nsw in September
Mel Gibson will make his directorial comeback with second world war drama Hacksaw Ridge, which begins shooting in New South Wales in September. Actor Andrew Garfield will star in the film, while Sam Worthington and Vince Vaughn are also reportedly on board.
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- Alexandra Spring
Tom Cruise will return as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible 6
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation has only just hit cinemas and plans are already going ahead for the next movie.
"We're starting to work on it now. We'll probably start shooting it next summer," he explained to host Jon Stewart.
The sixth Mission: Impossible movie could be the fastest sequel to come out of the series yet, after the first five films had at least four years between.
So far the franchise has grossed a combined $2 billion at the worldwide box office - which will find no trouble rising as Rogue Nation opens in over 40 countries.
Paramount is yet to officially announce the next Mission: Impossible movie. »
Patrick Osborne to Direct ‘Battling Boy’ for Paramount
Osborne won the best animated short film earlier this year for Disney’s “Feast,” a six-minute film which follows a man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his dog. His animation credits include “Big Hero 6,” “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Tangled.”
“Battling Boy” centers on a 12-year-old demigod who must rid the dystopian sprawl of Acropolis of monsters and demons following the death of its protector. The book debuted in 2013 and led to the publication of prequels “The Death of Haggard West (The Invincible Haggard West)” and “The Rise of Aurora West.”
- Dave McNary
Five Night At Freddy's Movie Just Hired The Perfect Director
Inspiration for movies come from all areas nowadays. So, it.s little surprise that Warner Bros. turned to a cell phone app for their latest effort, and the studio is bringing Five Nights At Freddy.s to the big screen. In fact, they.re moving full speed ahead with their cinematic version of the video game series, and it.s now been confirmed that Gil Kenan will direct the live-action adaptation. Deadline was the first to report that Gil Kenan will oversee the movie version of the app, which was originally released back in August 2014 and almost immediately became an online sensation. Not only did Five Night At Freddy.s end its opening week as the top-selling game on Desura, but it soon became the subject of various Let.s Play videos on YouTube videos, too. As well as directing, Monster House.s Gil Kenan is also set to write »
Why Christina Applegate Passed On Legally Blonde
It's hard to imagine anyone playing Elle Woods other than Reese Witherspoon. The Legally Blonde role is one of the performances that put the eventual Oscar winner on the map, after all. Apparently, Christina Applegate shied away from the opportunity to play the role, and though it sounds like she has mixed feelings about passing on the part, she also had a specific reason. If you're familiar with her Married... With Children character, you may be able to guess why... Christina Applegate spoke on the subject with ETOnline, and from what the Vacation star says, she was afraid of repeating herself after Married... With Children. The script came along my way and it was right after I had just finished, Married [With Children], and it was a blonde who in that first script is dimwitted but ends up going to Yale, or Harvard, I don.t remember. But I was »
Julia Roberts’ ‘Secret in Their Eyes’ Pushed Back to Nov. 20
Roberts plays an FBI investigator whose team is torn apart when they discover that the “unidentified female body” abandoned in a garage dumpster is her teenage daughter. Her friend and co-worker, played by Ejiofor, continues digging every day for 13 years until he uncovers a new lead.
“The Secret in Their Eyes” is directed by Billy Ray and produced by Mark Johnson and Im Global’s Matt Jackson. The film is the first potential awards contender and only the second release from year-old Stx, which launches its first title on Aug. 7, opening with the thriller “The Gift. »
- Dave McNary
Drew Pearce Says He’s Written A ‘Ghosbusters’ Bible With Chris Pratt & Channing Tatum In Mind, But Is Unsure If It’ll Happen
Everyone needs to take a breath about the “Ghosbusters” project news so much so that writer Drew Pearce has taken to Twitter to clarify his own comments. It began with confirming that he’s written something that is eyeing Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt to star, even though Chris Pratt has denied all this and Channing Tatum has recently suggested his version of “Ghostbusters” is pretty much dead. “That’s definitely the cast we’ve been thinking about as we approach the project,” Pearce told MTV (who wrote a super misleading headline). “Whether that happens or not is very much above my pay grade. It’s just my job to give them something exciting that maybe they’ll do.” Despite his own caveats this has turned into a “Ghosbusters” movie with Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt Will happen despite the fact, it’s totally possible, Pearce has finished writing what »
- Rodrigo Perez
Relativity’s Post-Bankruptcy Era Could Be Fraught, Experts Predict
Relativity Media insiders and allies of Ryan Kavanaugh are hoping the founder/CEO will remain in charge of the company amid an orderly reorganization. But those familiar with the state of the studio and with previous Chapter 11 cases warn: the coming months will be anything but tame.
Kavanaugh takes the position that the business he founded 11 years ago remains solid, if it can just be relieved of excess debt, said sources familiar with his thinking. Relativity can be stabilized and rebuilt, particularly relying on revenue from its lucrative TV production unit and subsidiaries like Relativity Sports –the agency (of which it owns just 30%) that provides representation to pro athletes, these people said.
But outsiders who have studied Relativity said they believe a contentious and protracted battle will be waged over the company and its diminished assets. Rather than a steady reconstruction, they expect Relativity’s senior debt holders to move »
- Brent Lang and James Rainey
Tom Cruise's 10 Best Characters, Ranked
Tom Cruise is one of those rare actors who climbed to superstar status and never really vacated the position. Since the early .80s he.s consistently turned out top-notch, entertaining movies, and he has another on the way this weekend with Mission: Impossible.Rogue Nation. To mark the occasion of his fifth time playing international secret agent Ethan Hunt, we thought what better time to count down his ten best characters. This was a tough list to make. We have some die hard Cruise fans among us (Top Gun shaped my life more than I.m entirely comfortable admitting), and as we all have our favorites, there were some heated arguments had during construction. There are great movies where the character may not have been the most memorable, on the on other side of that coin, there are great roles in less notable movies. That said, we think this is »
Vince Vaughn Joining Mel Gibson's WWII Drama Hacksaw Ridge
After experiencing a rough patch over the last few years in the feature world, Vince Vaughn is exploring the world of television and can currently be seen weekly on HBO's second season of True Detective. However, you shouldn't expect him to stay away from the big screen for long, as new reports have confirmed him to star in the next movie directed by Mel Gibson. According to Deadline, Vaughn has signed a deal that will see him star in Hacksaw Ridge, a new based-on-a-true-story thriller that is already set to star both Andrew Garfield and Sam Worthington. The movie will tell the story of Desmond Doss, who was the first in American history to be a Conscientious Objector and earn a Medal of Honor. Based on a script by screenwriters Robert Schenkkan and Randall Wallace, Hacksaw Ridge will be set during World War II and feature Garfield as Doss. The »
Shaft Getting Rebooted Again, With One Major Change
We live in an age when reboots are ordered as frivolously as a pizza by a stoner. So, it.s no longer surprising to hear that a beloved franchise is going to get a modern update, even if one was previously released just 15 years ago. That.s exactly the case with Shaft, which has been greenlit by New Line. However, there is one major difference from the previous Shaft films. This one will be a comedy. The Hollywood Reporter were the first to confirm that Shaft is being remade, while they also revealed that Kenya Barris will write the screenplay alongside Alex Barnow. The pair have previously worked in television, as Barria created Black-ish, and Barnow is an executive producer/writer on The Goldbergs. Meanwhile, John Davis and Ira Napoliello are producing Shaft, with Davis having worked in this role most recently on The Man From U.N.C.L. »
Film Review: ‘Three Brothers’
Ever wonder what Czech director Jan Sverak has been up to since “Kolya” (1996), the winner of the best foreign-language film Oscar? Although none of the helmer’s recent work has achieved comparable impact, his films continue to rate highly in the domestic market: His latest, the delightful musical romp “Three Brothers,” was 2014’s Czech box office champ. Boasting upbeat music with rhyming lyrics, this humorous, satisfying pic weaves a trio of classic fairy tales into a connecting story about three brothers seeking adventure and life lessons. The result could work some magic as mainstream international fest fare.
Released the same year as the Rob Marshall-helmed adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods,” “Three Brothers” is also a fairy-tale mash-up that springs from theatrical antecedents: It’s based on a series of mini-operas penned by Zdenek Sverak (the helmer’s father and screenwriter-star of “Kolya”) and composer Jaroslav Uhlir, »
- Alissa Simon
‘Carol’ Gets A Head Start On Awards Season, ‘Adam Jones’ Retitled ‘Burnt’
Director Todd Haynes’ popular Cannes Film Festival entry Carol is now slotted to open November 20, the Weinstein Company announced today. That four-week head start positions it earlier than its previous pre-Christmas frame of December 18, but puts the movie starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara into a similar awards season slot as prior TWC successes The Imitation Game and The King’s Speech. Those pictures went on to collect multiple Oscar nominations and wins. The King… »
Stx Spills Release Date For ‘Secret In Their Eyes’
The release date for crime thriller Secret In Their Eyes is no longer hidden from view; Stx Entertainment announced today that the film will hit theaters November 20. Adapted from the Argentine film by Juan José Campanella, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for 2010, Secret In Their Eyes follows the murder of the teenage daughter of an FBI investigator. Teaming with a district attorney, the investigator and her partner discover that the killer is a… »
Brett Ratner: ‘Rush Hour’ TV Show Doesn’t Rule Out ‘Rush Hour 4′
Today at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Brett Ratner was on a panel for the National Geographic series Breakthrough. Ratner directed an episode of the series, focused on the human brain. After the panel, a few journalists approached Ratner for follow-ups and I asked him about the status of the Rush Hour franchise. […]
- Fred Topel
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