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Average age-gap between male/female romantic movie leads is only four years

3 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Survey of romantic films over 30 years widens debate reignited by comments of Maggie Gyllenhaal, 37, about being told she was too old to star opposite 55-year-old man

Female leads are on average four and a half years younger than their male counterparts in Hollywood movies, and the age gap is only slightly smaller on films directed by women, according to new research.

British film producer and writer Stephen Follows studied 422 romantic films that made more than $1m at the box office in the wake of Maggie Gyllenhaal’s comments last week about her experiences in Hollywood. The Dark Knight actor revealed she was turned down for a role opposite a 55-year-old man because, at 37, she was considered “too old” by casting directors.

Related: Maggie Gyllenhaal: At 37 I was 'too old' for role opposite 55-year-old man

Related: Why disaster movies are leading the way for age-appropriate relationships

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Would Jason Statham play James Bond? "Abso-f**king-lutely I would"

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

Sean Connery made James Bond cool, Roger Moore upped the campness, while Daniel Craig has gone all stoic and serious. Maybe it's time Bond had some pure British beef?

Jason Statham certainly thinks so. The Fast & Furious 7 actor has said that his 007 would be "very, very different" to those who have come before.

"Could I do it? Abso-f**king-lutely," Statham told The Guardian. "Would I do it? Abso-f**king-lutely."

While admitting that Craig was a "great Bond", he added that his version of the secret agent would be the complete opposite.

"Yeah, I'd make a decent Bond... But it'd be very, very different if I did it," he said.

However, he said that he isn't interested in playing a Bond villain, saying: "I don't know if I wanna do that. That's not my thing. I'd rather play the other guy."

Daniel Craig will return as Bond in Spectre this December, »


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50th Anniversary Edition of Karlovy Vary Film Festival Puts Accent on Youth

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The Karlovy Vary Film Festival, which is Central and Eastern Europe’s leading movie showcase, may be celebrating its 50th anniversary, but it is putting the emphasis on youth and up-and-coming talent, with seven directorial debuts in the competition section.

“This year, we are excited to present the youngest competition line-up in the festival’s recent history: the average age of the filmmaker in the main festival section is 39 years old,” the fest’s artistic director Karel Och said.

The festival will feature seven world and six international premieres, including the latest movies by German director Dietrich Brueggemann, who earned plaudits for “Stations of the Cross,” and Romanian filmmaker Florin Serban, whose “If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle” was a standout at Berlin. Brueggemann’s anti-Nazi satire “Heil” “delivers acrid, rapid-fire commentary on the state of German society,” while Șerban’s intense drama “Box” follows the relationship between a »


- Leo Barraclough

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Marvel Movies To Be Marketed Online By China’s Youku Tudou In Exclusive Pact

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Underscoring the power of online platforms as a key promotional tool in the Middle Kingdom, Disney has partnered with giant Youku Tudou for the local marketing of its Marvel stable of films and TV shows. In a deal announced this morning in Beijing, Youku Tudou will leverage its 500M unique monthly users to exclusively market the studio’s properties via trailers, ticketing, live events and original programming dedicated to theatrical features. The deal is a coup for Youku… »

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Eminem premieres brand new single 'Phenomenal' for Jake Gyllenhaal movie Southpaw

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Eminem has premiered his brand new single 'Phenomenal' in full, after teasing it last month.

The rapper recorded the track for forthcoming new film Southpaw, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker and 50 Cent.

"We have been involved in developing Southpaw since its inception, and Eminem has dedicated himself to ensuring that this film captured his passion for the project through his music," said Shady Records president Paul Rosenberg.

"We've assembled a great soundtrack to accompany what's sure to be one of the finest boxing films ever."

Gyllenhaal plays a left-handed prize fighter who suffers a family tragedy after winning a big title. He is forced to put his life back together to earn the respect of his young daughter.

Rita Ora and Naomie Harris will also star in the drama, which will be released in cinemas on July 24.

Watch a trailer for Southpaw below: »


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This Pizza Hut box doubles as a smartphone movie projector

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

Saturday night takeaways just got more exciting thanks to a new pilot scheme from Pizza Hut that takes the concept of dinner and a movie to new heights.

The restaurant chain is delivering its pizzas in boxes that can be converted into a movie projector for smartphones as part of a trial in Hong Kong.

The Blockbuster Boxes come with a lens and phone stand, taking on the form of a projector when the user inserts the lens into a perforated hole in the cardboard and puts their handset in position.

Each box includes a code that customers can scan to access a Pizza Hut-made movie, but can be used to project any content from a smartphone.

The Blockbuster Boxes were created in conjunction with advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather Hk, but Pizza Hut is yet to confirm whether it plans to deliver a slice of movie action with its pizzas in other territories. »

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Dwayne Johnson will star in the Big Trouble in Little China remake

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Dwayne Johnson will star in the remake of Big Trouble in Little China.

The Fast & Furious 7 actor is set to take the lead role in the project and will also serve as producer, according to The Wrap.

The updated version of the 1986 cult classic is being written by X-Men: First Class's Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz.

Johnson will take the role of Jack Burton, a trucker who finds himself thrown into a mysterious world in San Francisco's Chinatown.

Johnson's new film San Andreas topped the Us box office following its opening weekend, taking $53 million (£35m).

Meanwhile, the actor will be back for more Fast & Furious alongside Vin Diesel.

Watch Dwayne Johnson talk to (and sing with) Digital Spy below: »


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Marvel Teams With Youku Tudou For China Marketing

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Chinese video platform Youku Tudou has partnered with Disney to be the exclusive online movie marketing platform in China for its Marvel collection of movies and TV series.

The agreement spans online marketing through trailers, online ticketing, live events and original programming dedicated to feature movies.

The deal underlines the growing role of China’s online video platforms, not just as distributors and ancillary market platforms, but also as pre-release marketing vectors.

Youku Tudou claims some 500 million unique monthly users across its various screens and for its range of content that spans movies, television series, trailers, original productions and user generated content.

Disney’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” was co-marketed in China by Youku-Tudou. Trailers and Youku’s own original productions for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” had over 41 million cumulative views with over 15.8 million combined movie VoD views on the Youku Tudou platform. »


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Galway festival to open with paralysed director's 'My Name Is Emily'

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Exclusive: Simon Fitzmaurice’s debut feature to world premiere at Galway Film Fleadh.

The Galway Film Fleadh (July 7-12) is to open with the world remiere of My Name Is Emily from filmmaker Simon Fitzmaurice, who wrote and directed the film despite being completely paralysed.

Fitzmaurice was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease - the debilitating condition for which the viral ice-bucket challenge raised awareness last summer - in 2008, shortly after his second short film The Sound of People premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Now completely paralysed, Fitzmaurice typed the script for My Name Is Emily, as well as bestseller It’s Not Yet Dark through the movement of his eyes and iris recognition software. 

This is also how he communicated to direct the film during a six-week shoot last year.

Fitzmaurice said: “I’m deeply honoured that the Galway Film Fleadh has invited My Name is Emily to open the festival.  Everyone involved »


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

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Matt Levett Wins Heath Ledger Scholarship

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Actor, Matt Levett was named winner of the 2015 Heath Ledger Scholarship. Runners up were and Emilie Cocquerel and Lily Sullivan.

The winners were announced Monday night at a ceremony at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in Los Angeles. The initiative, intended to celebrate the legacy of Heath Ledger, is run by Australians in Film and is now in its seventh year.

Levett receives a $10,000 cash fund, a two year scholarship at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre in Los Angeles, mentorship from professionals in the industry, and flights from Australia to the U.S. Cocquerel and Sullivan receive flights to Los Angeles and a scholarship to attend Masterclasses at Screenwise Film & TV School for actors in Sydney.

Levett has screen credits that include TV mini-series “Devil’s Playground,” and movie “Drown.” He also directed short film “Unwanted Friend” which appeared at Tropfest.

The judges for the 2015 scholarship were Rose Byrne, »


- Patrick Frater

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Film Review: ‘Entourage’

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The biggest stumbling block faced by TV series-turned-films is a tendency to go too big, taking characters that were appealing in small doses and overextending their allure. For Doug Ellin’s cineplex expansion of his HBO series “Entourage,” the writer-director finds a novel solution: Simply offer up an average episode, and inflate it to feature length with twice as many boobs and celebrity cameos as usual, to the point that the film might as well be called “Boobs and Famous People: The Movie.” Granted, “Entourage” was never exactly scared of boobs or gratuitous famous people when it was on TV, and the rest of the series’ strengths and weaknesses survive the theatrical transition intact. Sometimes funny, often dumb, with equal doses of inside-baseball references and broad bro-ish boorishness, “Entourage” will be loved by fans and despised by detractors, possibly for the same reasons. The returning cast members are clearly having fun, »


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/Filmcast Ep. 320 – San Andreas

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David and Jeff review The Rock’s latest film, San Andreas. You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(At)gmail(Dot)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, like us on Facebook! Download or Play Now in your Browser: Subscribe to the /Filmcast: Shownotes Featured Review (02:23) San Andreas (34:30) Spoilers Credits Our sponsor this week is Harrys.com! Go […]

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- David Chen

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Cj Entertainment In Co-Production Pact With Major Cineplex Group; Red Arrow Adds Pair To Board: Global Briefs

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Korea’s Cj Entertainment has entered a film production and investment joint venture with Thailand’s Major Cineplex Group for a slate of about 10 Korean-Thai co-productions and local films during the next three years. Cj will work with Thai talent, both established and emerging, in a bid to grow the local business. The deal will help the company, already Korea’s largest, expand its business across Southeast Asia. Since 2000, it has sold and distributed 290 Korean films in… »

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A Cast of Kings S5E08 – Hardhome

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In this episode of “A Cast of Kings,” Joanna and David discuss the eight episode of Season 5 of Game of Thrones, “Hardhome.” Thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Squarespace. Go to Squarespace.com and use promo code “filmcast” to get 10% off your first order! Also, be sure to join/post in Subreddit “F*ck Olly” or “Olly Rules.” […]

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Sofia Coppola Bails On The Live Action Little Mermaid

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There must be something in the air in Hollywood as of late, as departure seems to be the word on the minds of quite a few creative types. First we lost Cary Fukunaka as he departed the It remake; then Henry Cavill left Stratton mere weeks before production was going to start. Now, we've got word that Sofia Coppola has left that world under the sea, as she's departed from the live action remake of The Little Mermaid. Deadline has the scoop, citing "creative differences" as the main thrust behind the dissolution. This isn't the only director The Little Mermaid has lost during its production cycle, as Anna Karenina director Joe Wright was also once set to bring this film to life. The project, which had set up shop at Universal Pictures as a co-production with Working Title, was supposed to be a "darker" version of the classic fairy tale. »

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This Is What Batman Is Doing In Suicide Squad

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It has been all but 100 percent confirmed that Ben Affleck's Batman will be featured in David Ayer's Suicide Squad, though his exact role in the comic book movie's story has been kept a mystery. Well, if a new report is to be believed, then the secret may now be out, and we may now have a good idea of how the Dark Knight plays into the action. Spoiler Warning: The rest of this article contains what may wind up being spoilers for Suicide Squad. If you wish to know as little about the movie as possible before seeing it, please click away to another one of our wonderful articles. This story comes from Heroic Hollywood, which claims to have the inside scoop on a key scene that will feature Batman in Suicide Squad. According to the site's sources, the Caped Crusader isn't too happy about the idea of »

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China Box Office: Historic Opening Puts Japan’s ‘Doraemon’ On Top

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Japanese animation “Stand By Me Doraemon” toppled “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and topped the Chinese box office over the weekend. Released on Thursday, “Doraemon” grossed $38.3 million in four days.

The feat was unusual as the cat robot movie is the first Japanese film to be allowed to release in China for some three years, since the last “Ultraman” film was released in July 2012. Japan and China maintain frosty political and diplomatic relations, but many aspects of Japanese culture are popular in China and the underlying “Doraemon” cartoon series is well known in China through other media.

Along with the continuing performance of Indian comedy drama “P.K.”, the success of “Doraemon” is a triumph for a degree of diversity in Chinese theaters. “P.K.” opened in second place in its first week and slipped to fourth in its second frame. It added $6.89 million and now stands on a total of $12.04 million after 10 days. »


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How Tron 3 Fans Are Trying To Rescue Disney's Cancelled Sequel

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After a couple months of buildup that began back in March, it appears that Tron 3 is officially dead. Last week, it was widely reported that the Walt Disney Company had decided to not move forward with the project, and will keep Tron and Tron Legacy as the only two films in the series. Well, it turns out that some fans are not too happy with this development, and have been working on a way to try and get the movie going again. A new petition has popped up over on the website Change.org in support of getting Disney to change their decision and to get the motor running on Tron 3 once again. While it took a little time to get its feet under it, the signatures have begun pouring in, and at the time that this article is being published, the total number of fans who have signed the »

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‘Heaven Knows What’ Star Arielle Holmes Joins Andrea Arnold’s ‘American Honey’

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Exclusive: Arielle Holmes, who starred in this weekend’s specialty bow Heaven Knows What based on her memoirs of being homeless and a junkie living in Needle Park, has already found her next movie. We’re hearing she has joined Shia Labeouf in the cast of American Honey, the coming-of-age pic that was written and will be directed by Brit helmer Andrea Arnold. The pic was announced ahead of the Cannes Film Festival. Film4 is developing and co-financing the movie… »


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Paula Patton Joining Adam Sandler, David Spade In Netflix Comedy ‘The Do Over’

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Exclusive: Paula Patton is making a deal to join Adam Sandler and David Spade in The Do Over, the Steve Brill-directed comedy that will be the second film in the multipicture pact Sandler and his Happy Madison made with Netflix. Scripted by Chris Pappas and Kevin Barnett, the comedy is about two down-on-their-luck guys who decide to fake their own deaths and start over with new identities, only to find the people they’re pretending to be are in even deeper trouble. Pic… »


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