Watch: James Schamus Reveals What's Really Behind the U.S. Dollar
All the films in CNN's "We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can't Afford to Miss" are officially live (here, and on YouTube). Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (2005's "Super Size Me") and exec producer Paul G. Allen tapped a rich slate of directors including Catherine Hardwicke ("Twilight," "Thirteen"), Mary Harron ("American Psycho"), Akiva Goldsman ("Winter's Tale"), Jessica Yu ("Last Call at the Oasis"), Spurlock himself, and many more to present this major query of the Us economy. Not sure where to begin? Watch three-time Oscar nominee, former Focus Features CEO and Ang Lee screenwriting acolyte James Schamus' two shorts below. In these irreverent videos, Schamus walks us behind the curtain of the Us banking system. What are the banks really doing with our dollars? »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Rome Fest Business Street Mart Promps Biz Burst
Rome – The Rome Film Festival’s Business Street mart is prompting a burst of biz, with several sales and new projects announced, including Italy’s first co-prod with China, and U.S. helmer Joe Dante’s new Rome-set project.
Dante (“Gremlins”) (pictured) and producer Elizabeth Stanley attended Rome’s New Cinema Network to pitch “Ombra Amore,” a love story with Romeo and Juliet overtones between a vampire and a warewolf set in contempo Rome. The werewolf belongs to a ferocious clan of stock market speculators, some of whom bear great responsibility for Italy’s current economic crisis.
“It’s got some [local] political elements,” said Dante. “We are kind of interested in what responses we’ll get to that aspect of the story.” Locations for what aims to be Dante’s first international co-production include the Roman catacombs and the Villa Borghese.
The first Italian co-prod with China, inked at the informal mart, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Disney loses 'John Carter' rights: What's next for the franchise?
John Carter was not the hit Disney hoped for at the box office. The studio reportedly lost $200 million on the film, expecting it to launch a blockbuster franchise but instead delivering a Taylor Kitsch-fronted flop. There are some admittedly interesting ideas and imagery in the film, but there's no denying its critical and commercial failure. Still, some left a candle burning in the hopes that the John Carter of Mars franchise was not dead. And now it seems the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs may live on—just not at Disney. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. announced on Tuesday, Oct. »
- Jonathon Dornbush
First Eye In The Sky Images Featuring Helen Mirren as the Commander of a Top Secret Drone Operation
Gavin Hood is in the midst of shooting his Ender’s Game follow-up, Eye in the Sky, in South Africa, but he’s already got some stills from the film to show off. The movie stars Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell, a military intelligence officer remotely leading a drone operation to track down terrorists in Nairobi. However, when Powell and co. come to realize that the terrorists are preparing for a suicide mission, it’s decided that the targets are to be taken out instead. Trouble is, just when pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to get the job done, he sees a nine-year-old girl walk right into the kill zone. Now he’s got to “pass the request for confirmation of the next step up to the highest levels,” which includes the foreign secretary played by Iain Glen. Hit the jump to check out the very first »
- Perri Nemiroff
Votd: New Ikea Commercial Pays Homage To ‘The Shining’
Stanley Kubrick’s vision of Stephen King’s The Shining has become so iconic, ripping it off is almost cliché. Oh, is that a guy with his head popping through a cracked door? A typewriter with the same phrase over and over? A snowy hedge maze? We get it. That said, somehow a new commercial by Ikea […]
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- Germain Lussier
Directors: James Wan Returns To 'The Conjuring 2,' Jonathan Demme & Danis Tanovic Line Up New Gigs
With "The Conjuring" earning $318 million worldwide, and the spinoff "Annabelle" up to $167 million and counting, Warner Bros. now realizes they have a viable horror franchise on their hands. While "The Conjuring 2" was originally set for an October 23, 2015 release next year, the studio clearly wants to get it right and has courted James Wan to come back and continue what he started. The director will be behind the camera for the sequel, which now lands sometime in 2016. WB division New Line can barely contain themselves. "We had a great experience with James on 'The Conjuring,' and we give him a lot of credit for that movie working so well,” said president/COO Toby Emmerich. “He worked on the screenplay and came to the table with very inventive things that were not in the script and cast it fantastically well. Add to that his work in producing 'Annabelle,' »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Chris Rock and Julia Louis-Dreyfus Turned Down the Offer to Host This Year’s Oscars
It was announced last week that the excellent Neil Patrick Harris will be hosting this coming February's Oscar ceremony, but it turns out that Nph wasn’t the Academy’s first choice. THR reports that producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron—who have produced the last two ceremonies in a row—first “begged” Ellen Degeneres to return as Oscar for this year’s ceremony. She firmly declined the offer, and then they next approached Chris Rock, who hosted in 2005. He turned down the offer as well, and so Zadan and Meron then went to Julia Louis-Dreyfus who, shocker, said “no”. They then finally landed on Harris, who graciously agreed to take on the gig. More after the jump. Hosting the Oscars is essentially a no-win scenario. You have to be able to balance the humor and entertainment with the fact that everyone in the room is incredibly nervous and just »
- Adam Chitwood
Matthew McConaughey Gets A ‘Stellar’ Tribute From American Cinematheque
How ironic it was that American Cinematheque, this bastion of all things honoring the history of film, would choose to give Matthew McConaughey its highest honor at a warm, funny and revealing tribute last night at the Beverly Hilton. Because among other things, McConaughey revealed he had actually only even seen two movies — ever — before the age of 18: King Kong and Orca. And though this non-cineaste didn’t specify which King Kong, I would be willing to bet it was the 1976 remake rather than the 1933 classic.
But as the evening proved, McConaughey — whom the star’s Interstellar director Christopher Nolan referenced as “the new Paul Newman” — more than meets the Cinematheque’s definition of this award for a distinguished mid-point career of excellence and contribution to cinema.
Of course there were many mentions of what is now known as the “McConaissance,” his recent spate of career-changing film choices beginning with The Lincoln Lawyer, »
- Pete Hammond
Alcon Marketing Chief Richard Ingber Steps Down
Ingber joined Alcon in 2000 as a consultant on “My Dog Skip” and became head of marketing and distribution in 2007. He worked with Warner Bros., which releases all Alcon titles, on campaigns for “The Blind Side,” the two “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” films, “The Book of Eli,” the two “Dolphin Tale” films, “P.S. I Love You,” “Prisoners” and “Insomnia.”
“Richard has been instrumental in our company’s history from almost the very beginning,” said Alcon toppers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. “He’s been more than a creative marketing executive, he’s been a tremendous collaborator and true friend. »
- Dave McNary
Hendo Hover Promises a Working Hoverboard By 2015
Of all the futuristic 2015 technologies promised in Back to the Future Part II, the one we’re most disappointed hasn’t come to pass is the hoverboard. But there’s still one year until the date Marty McFly is scheduled to land, and Hendo Hover is determined to make hoverboards a reality in time for his arrival. […]
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- Angie Han
Alcon Worldwide Marketing President Richard Ingber To Exit
Alcon marketing exec Richard Ingber is departing his post after 14 years with the WB-based company and seven years as its President of Worldwide Marketing & Distribution. Ingber, who also produced Alcon’s family hit Dolphin Tale, will resume his eponymous Richard Ingber Entertainment marketing firm while staying on as consultant on Alcon’s Hillsong – Let Hope Rise and their Point Break reboot.
Ingber first joined Alcon as a marketing consultant in 200 on family pic My Dog Skip. He assumed the marketing and distribution President title in 2007. During his run with Alcon and Warner Bros. he led campaigns for films including P.S. I Love You, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia, The Blind Side, The Book Of Eli, and Prisoners. Earlier this year Alcon took a huge hit on the Johnny Depp sci-fier Transcendence, which opened in April at #4 with just $10.8 million domestic.
- Jen Yamato
Read Juliette Binoche.s Blunt, Harsh Assessment Of Shooting Godzilla
As I noted shortly after its release this past May, Gareth Edwards' Godzilla has a lot of trouble in the female character department. While the male leads Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston and Ken Watanabe got to play solid characters and had an active role in the story, Juliette Binoche was killed off almost instantly; Elizabeth Olsen did little more than worry about her husband and look up in terror; and Sally Hawkins just mutely followed Watanabe around the whole time. This element definitely bothered me as an audience member watching the movie, and it turns out that I wasn't alone: it turns out that Juliette Binoche wasn't too happy about Godzilla's lacking female characters either. Talking with Indiewire about her experience making Godzilla, the French actress revealed that she originally signed on to be in the blockbuster monster movie thanks to what she described as a "beautiful letter »
New The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 TV Spot Features Teary-Eyed Josh Hutcherson
Whether you’re into the non-stop Hunger Games marketing campaigns or not, there’s no denying that Lionsgate knows how to deliver quality promotional material. At this point, we’ve already seen a teaser trailer, a full-length trailer and a TV spot for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 yet this latest TV spot still rocks some brand new footage and a relatively unique tone. The film’s promotional push isn’t just laying it all out there to get as many moviegoers into theaters as possible. Lionsgate is actually taking more of a storytelling-centric approach, having each new piece add a layer to the situation, encouraging viewers to become invested well before the movie even comes out. Hit the jump to check out the latest The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 TV spot featuring Willow Shields’ Primrose Everdeen, a little encouragement from Elizabeth Banks as Effie and a super sad Josh Hutcherson. »
- Perri Nemiroff
The Hobbit Movies Cost $745 Million, But That’s Okay Because They’ve Already Made Nearly $2 Billion
Calculating the budget of Hollywood films is a tricky business. Rarely is the “official” number the actual amount that a movie cost, and even if a movie seems to have made more than its reported budget, that doesn’t factor in the cost of marketing and distribution; roughly, a movie has to make about one and half times its budget to become profitable. The cost, obviously, goes up with sequels, as studios put more money into a film that now has a much higher probability of becoming profitable thanks to brand recognition based on the first film. In the case of The Hobbit franchise—a series of prequels to one of the most popular and successful film trilogies of all time—one can imagine the amount of money Warner Bros. spent to bring them to fruition. But now one doesn’t have to imagine that number, as it is being »
- Adam Chitwood
Casting: Steve Coogan Replaces Philip Seymour Hoffman In 'Happyish,' Nick Frost Lines Up Sitcom And More
Well, this bit of news gives us a range of mixed emotions. While we're sad we'll never get to see the dream team pairing of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Kathryn Hahn in the Showtime series "Happyish," due the former's tragic passing, the show is back in the works. And with another talent we really like, who brings a different set of tools to the equation. Steve Coogan has signed on to replace Hoffman, with Hahn in talks to return to show too. The series has been slightly rejiggered and will now focus on "Thom Payne, a 44 year-old man whose world is thrown into disarray when his 25-year-old 'wunderkind' boss arrives, saying things like 'digital,' 'social' and 'viral.' Is he in need of a 'rebranding,' as his mentor insists, or does he just have a 'low joy ceiling,' as his corporate headhunter suggests? Maybe pursuing happiness is a fool’s errand? »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Steve Coogan to Replace Philip Seymour Hoffman in Showtime Comedy Series Happyish
Philip Seymour Hoffman's death left a gaping void in the acting world, and there are so many more roles it would have been wonderful to see him tackle. Among his planned projects was Happyish, a 10-episode half-hour comedy series for Showtime created, written, and executive produced by This American Life contributor Shalom Auslander (who also wrote the terrific book Foreskin's Lament). The series is described as "a soul-searching examination of our pursuit of happiness, a pursuit that might just be the very thing causing our unhappiness in the first place." The project was in stasis following Hoffman's death, but Showtime has decided to move forward by casting Steve Coogan in the lead role of "Thom Payne, a 44 year-old man whose world is thrown into disarray when his 25 year-old “wunderkind” boss arrives, saying things like 'digital,' 'social' and 'viral.'" The series was also set to star Kathryn Hahn and Rhys Ifans, »
- Matt Goldberg
Cronenberg, Iñárritu, Godard and More Stun Mexico's 2014 Morelia Film Fest
The advantage of taking the redeye from the Us to Mexico City for the Morelia International Film Festival is that you don't waste an entire day traveling. The disadvantage of arriving mid-morning on the first full day of festival screenings is that a movie by one of your favorite directors is starting in just a very few minutes: David Cronenberg's "Maps to the Stars." It debuted in Cannes, six long months ago, isn't due to open in the United States until February, five long months hence. The impatient cinephile's flesh is weak. You rush off to the screening, and grab two types of your own liquid courage -- coffee and Coke Zero -- to fight off the grogginess inevitable after snatching perhaps three hours of fitful plane sleep. In some ways I wish I was groggier. I read Bruce Wagner's fictions -- most of which I own, and »
- Meredith Brody
The Two Superheroes Keanu Reeves Desperately Wants To Play
Keanu Reeves has performed many unique roles over his career, from Ted Logan In Bill and Ted.s Excellent Adventure to Jack Traven in Speed to John Wick in...well, the movie of the same name that comes out this Friday. However, despite his diverse background, there.s still one movie role he.s never gotten the chance to tackle: superheroes. Sure, he used an assortment of superhuman abilities as Neo in The Matrix trilogy, but he.s never gotten the opportunity to wear a form-fitting costume and fight evildoers with an unusual code name. It.s a shame because Reeves had his eye on playing two especially popular superheroes that are audience favorites. Currently doing the press rounds for his upcoming film (which is why you've been seeing his name pop up so much recently), Reeves expressed his superhero aspirations to Moviefone, and unfortunately it looks like these dreams »
How John Cena is Going Hollywood to Attract New Fans to WWE
No slouch himself, packing 250 pounds onto a muscular 6-foot-one-inch frame, Cena was eager to make the leap from action movies to comedy. “These are the people who make funny,” says Cena. “I was more nervous of that than anything I’ve ever done.”
At a time when Dwayne Johnson and Dave Bautista have successfully transitioned from WWE to the bigscreen with franchises like “Fast & Furious,” “G.I. Joe” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Hollywood is now calling on Cena to make the leap.
He recently wrapped showy roles in Apatow’s “Trainwreck,” which Schumer stars in and co-wrote; and “The Nest,” with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Universal Pictures will release the comedies in July and December of 2015, respectively.
But Cena, 37, isn’t looking to leave wrestling behind anytime soon. »
- Marc Graser
Interview: Kate Lyn Sheil & John Gallagher Jr. Navigate Tech-Dating & Obsession In 'The Heart Machine'
This is a reprint of our interview from the 2014 SXSW Film Festival. "The Heart Machine" opens on Friday, October 24th. Part of the pleasure of attending an established film festival like South By Southwest is the caliber of emerging talent it attracts. When you’re seeing a new director’s feature debut, you can rest (reasonably) assured that the cream of the submissions pile has risen to the top. Such is the case with Zachary Wigon’s first film, “The Heart Machine.” Starring John Gallagher, Jr. (“The Newsroom” and last year’s SXSW breakout, “Short Term 12”) and Kate Lyn Sheil (an indie darling who recently appeared in season two of “House of Cards”), the film explores the technological implications of the current dating climate, where sex-with-no-strings is available at the touch of an app, yet intimacy can be kept safely at bay via one’s computer screen (read our »
- Kristin McCracken
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