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Paul Greengrass Returning To "Memphis"

17 November 2012 9:30 PM, PST

After Universal Pictures dropped out last year, effectively shelving the project, Paul Greengrass‘ Mlk biopic "Memphis" is showing signs of life.

Greengrass and producer Scott Rudin put the project aside because of financing and scheduling issues, opting instead for the Somali pirate heist feature "Captain Phillips" with Tom Hanks.

Now though, Wild Bunch is reportedly becoming involved in the project which will be Greengrass' next directorial outing post-Phillips.

Set in the days leading up to Dr. King's assassination in Tennessee in April 1968, this looks at the time late in the man's life when his marriage was faltering, his outspokenness on the Vietnam War had cost him his relationship with President Lyndon B. Johnson, and his recent interests put him on the fringes of the rising Black Power movement.

Greengrass wrote "Memphis" based on his own original research.

Source: Deadline »

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Liam Neeson Takes An "All-Nighter"

17 November 2012 9:20 PM, PST

Liam Neeson is circling the lead role in the violent action-thriller "The All-Nighter" at Warner Bros. Pictures and Vertigo Entertainment.

Written by Brad Ingelsby ("The Low Dweller"), the story follows an over the hill contract killer who is forced to go after his old boss in order to protect his wife and estranged son.

He soon winds up on the run, along with the son, from both the cops and his old colleagues. The project was previously titled "Run All Night."

Roy Lee and Brooklyn Weaver will produce.

Source: The Wrap »

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"Doctor Who" Xmas Special Trailer, Prequel

17 November 2012 9:17 PM, PST

The Christmas special of "Doctor Who" is scheduled to air Christmas Day in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Now, both a new promo trailer and a special prequel minisode have gone up for the special which which will be entitled "The Snowmen".

The upcoming episode introduces Jenna-Louise Coleman as the Doctor's new companion Clara, and brings back three of the characters from the sixth season episode "A Good Man Goes to War" including Silurian Madame Vastra, her companion Jenny, and the Sontaran nurse Commander Strax. Richard E. Grant also guest stars as the villain of the episode - Doctor Simeon.

The prequel minisode below bridges the mid-season finale and this Christmas special, showcasing a Doctor who has now withdrawn from the world and is tired and heartbroken following the loss of the Ponds.


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ABC Cancels "Last Resort," "666 Park Ave"

17 November 2012 9:07 PM, PST

ABC has opted not to give full season orders for its new dramas "Last Resort" and "666 Park Avenue," effectively axing both shows.

Though the network picked up two additional scripts for each show, they've decided not to produce them or further episodes beyond the original thirteen episode order. Both series will be allowed to finish airing their already produced thirteen episodes.

ABC passed on both shows due to underwhelming ratings. 'Resort' was averaging over seven million viewers per episode in its 8pm Thursday timeslot, one of the hardest for the network to fill. Shows like "Missing" and the "Charlie's Angels" reboot have all died in the same timeslot over the past eighteen months.

'666' was pulling in around five million viewers per episode. ABC will likely fill those slots with some of its new mid-season dramas like "Zero Hour," "Mistresses" and "Red Widow."

'Resort' show runner Shawn Ryan is »

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McG Set For Danveshari's "School of Fear"

17 November 2012 9:03 PM, PST

Wonderland Sound & Vision and Red Crown Productions are teaming for a film adaptation of Gitty Danveshari's children's book series "School of Fear."

Based on the 2010 release first book in the trilogy, the story follows four phobia-ridden children who are sent to an exclusive yet secretive school where they must conquer their fears and survive a dangerous test.

McG ("Terminator Salvation," "Charlie's Angels") is producing and will have a first chance to direct, while Daniel Mackey ("Aim High") is penning the script.

Mary Viola, Scott Fischer, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Daniel Crown and Riva Marker are producing.

Source: Variety »

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Stormare, Allen Sign For Roths' "Clown"

17 November 2012 9:01 PM, PST

Peter Stormare and Laura Allen have signed on for "Clown," the Eli Roth-produced low-budget killer-clown horror thriller at Dimension Films.

Andy Powers stars as a father who dons a clown outfit for his son’s birthday when the clown-for-hire bails. He and his family soon discover that he not only can’t take it off, but there’s a horrific curse behind it.

Allen will play the wife, and Stormare will play an expert in clown lore. Christian Distefano, Elizabeth Whitmere and Matthew Stefiuk also star.

Jon Watts helms from a script he co-wrote with C.D. Ford. Cody Ryder and Robert Menzies are also producing, and shooting is now underway in Ottawa.

Source: THR »

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News Shorts: November 16th 2012

16 November 2012 11:32 AM, PST

Photos from The Conjuring, Movie 43, The Last Exorcism II, Promised Land, behind-the-scenes of The Young and Prodigious Spivet, Brad Pitt doing reshoots on World War Z, and Jared Leto in drag on the set of The Dallas Buyers Club

Posters for The Last Stand, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Admission, Beautiful Creatures, Playing for Keeps, In Our Nature, Gangster Squad, Beautiful Noise, Gambit, The Girl and Identity Thief.

"The midnight screenings of 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' pulled in $30.4 million, just ahead of Part 1's $30.25 million midnight gross last year…" (full details)

"Jez Butterworth ("Fair Game," "The Last Legion") has come onboard to work on the script for the film adaptation of classic Atari video game "Asteroids" at Universal Pictures…" (full details)

"'Snakes on a Plane' and 'The Final Destination' director David R. Ellis is set to direct the horror thriller 'Sprawl' for Blumhouse. »

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Casting: Izzard, Firth, McGill, Heigl

16 November 2012 11:30 AM, PST


Eddie Izzard is set to guest star on the upcoming NBC series "Hannibal," joining a cast that includes Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy and Laurence Fishburne.

Izzard will play a cellmate of Hannibal Lecter's in the project which is scheduled to go to air in 2013. [Source: EW]

Before I Go to Sleep

Nicole Kidman reportedly wants her "The Railway Man" co-star Colin Firth to play her husband again in Rowan Joffe's upcoming psychological thriller "Before I Go to Sleep". Shooting aims to kick off early next year in London.

Kidman plays a woman who, following an accident, finds her memories disappearing every time she falls asleep. She soon comes to realise that her husband isn't her husband. Mark Strong was recently cast as her doctor. [Source: THR]

Ride Along

Bruce McGill has joined the cast of Tim Story's action comedy "Ride Along" at Universal. McGill will play a hard-nosed lieutenant in the »

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"Thor: The Dark World" Set Photos & Video

16 November 2012 10:54 AM, PST

Filming has been happening around the UK's University of Greenwich this week on "Thor: The Dark World." Chris Hemsworth's Thor is seen fighting Christopher Eccleston's key villain Malekith the Accursed and his army of Dark Elves. Now, numerous photos and videos are out of the shooting which you can see below. Click the photos to access still galleries with more shots:

Source: Splash News, Dan Mumford »

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Warners Talks "The Hobbit" Hfr Rollout

16 November 2012 8:55 AM, PST

Approximately 400-450 screens in the United States total will screen "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" with the new Hfr standard (48 frames-per-second rather than the usual 24fps). That's enough to cover most major cities but only a few screens in each.

Talking about the rollout with Deadline, Warner Bros Domestic Distribution President Dan Fellman says that equipment is being tested and glitches are being fixed even now, while the limited rollout is because the technology "is going to change the way people see movies… you have to do it right."

Along with color correction, and the addition of "graininess and filtering," the final footage will reportedly look very different to the footage screened to a mixed response at CinemaCon back in April. Tickets for the Hfr screenings likely will cost no more than cinemas already charge for conventional 3D films. »

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"Black Ops 2" Earns $500M In One Day

16 November 2012 8:52 AM, PST

Proving there's a lot more money in games than films, the latest entry in Activision's "Call of Duty" franchise - "Black Ops II" - reportedly grossed a whopping $500 million in revenue around the world in its first 24 hours of release.

That marks the largest entertainment launch of the year, the fourth year in a row a Cod title has claimed that honor. It's also more than double the $220 million first day haul of "Halo 4" the other week, though that title was limited by being exclusive to Xbox 360. 'Black Ops 2' is available on every gaming console.

The game reviewing industry has undergone minor controversies lately regarding questions over its editorial independence and overly generous review scores for Aaa games. 'Black Ops 2' scored an 84/100 on Metacritic from critics, one of the lowest in the series thus far, while over 300 user votes have given it an even more damning 4.3/10.

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Release Changes: November 16th 2012

16 November 2012 8:11 AM, PST

A bunch of film release date schedule updates and additions have been made over the past week or so. These include the Nicholas Sparks romantic drama "Safe Haven," Terrence Malick's latest "To the Wonder," the James Franco-led "Spring Breakers," various CG animated projects, and even a "Last Exorcism" sequel. Here's a quick breakdown:

Date Shifts

"Safe Haven" - Now February 14th 2013 (was Feb 8th 2013)

"The To-Do List" - Now August 16th 2013 (was Feb 14th 2013)

"One Direction Concert Movie" - Now August 30th 2013 (was Nov 8th 2013)

"All You Need Is Kill" - Now March 7th 2014 (was Mar 14th 2014)

"B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations" - Now September 25th 2015 (was Nov 6th 2015)

New Dates

"The Last Exorcism II: The Beginning of the End" - March 1st 2013

"Spring Breakers" - Spring 2013

"To the Wonder" - April 2013

"Turkeys" - November 14th 2014

"Popeye 3D" - September 26th 2014

"Hotel Transylvania 2" - September »

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Derrickson To Helm "Deus Ex" Movie

15 November 2012 9:09 PM, PST

Scott Derrickson ("Sinister," "The Day the Earth Stood Still") is set to co-write and direct the adaptation of Square Enix's iconic video game "Deus Ex: Human Revolution" at CBS Films.

Set in the near future where human augmentation has triggered a technological renaissance, the story follows an ex-swat security specialist who must embrace mechanical augments in order to unravel a global conspiracy.

Derrickson's "Sinister" co-scribe Robert Cargill will write the script, while Roy Lee and Adrian Askarieh are attached to produce.

Source: Screen Daily »

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"Transformers 4" Heading To China?

15 November 2012 9:09 PM, PST

Paramount is reportedly angling to set Michael Bay’s fourth "Transformers" feature in mainland China.

The hope is that by filming in China, the studio could both potentially partner with a local production company and score a wide release in that country. The Chinese only exhibit 3D and/or IMAX films, not a problem for "Transformers" which will almost certainly make use of both technologies.

Also partly filming in the country pretty much guarantees it will be screened there, as will co-producing it with a Chinese production company. If it does the latter, it would then classify it as a domestic film and thus receive more advantageous scheduling.

Due to strict quotas, just 34 foreign films are allowed to be released in the country each year. Those that get in have access to the second-largest international market in the world, topped only by Japan which it will surpass by this time next year. »

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Sorkin's Steve Jobs Film Has Three Scenes

15 November 2012 9:05 PM, PST

Aaron Sorkin's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic is going to have a fairly unique layout - it'll consist of only three scenes that will unfold in real time.

Talking with Newsweek, "The West Wing" creator and "The Social Network scribe revealed that "this entire movie is going to be three scenes, and three scenes only, that all take place in real time."

All three thirty-minute scenes will be "set right before three major product launches." Those three products? The original Macintosh computer in 1984, the NeXT Cube in 1990, and the first generation iPod in 2001.

Sorkin has been meeting with people who knew Jobs. Sorkin says: "I've been able to talk to these people who revere him in spite of the fact that he made all of them cry at one point or another. But he made all of them better at what they were doing."

Scott Rudin, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady »

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"American Horror Story" Gets Renewed

15 November 2012 9:03 PM, PST

FX has ordered a third season of "American Horror Story". The thirteen episodes are scheduled to air next Fall.

The first season revolved around a haunted house, the currently airing second season in an insane asylum. No word as yet as to where the third season would be set. Jessica Lange is scheduled to return though.

The current season is scoring five million viewers per episode and this week topped all broadcast networks in the 18-34 demographic in its timeslot. It's currently slated to wrap on January 23rd.

Source: Washington Post »

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Casting Set For Herzfeld's "Reach Me"

15 November 2012 9:00 PM, PST

Tom Berenger, Kevin Connolly, Thomas Jane, Kyra Sedgwick, Kelsey Grammer, Terry Crews, David O'Hara, Lauren Cohan, Cary Elwes and Ryan Kwanten have all joined the cast of John Herzfeld's feature "Reach Me" at Seraphim Films Productions and Paradox Entertainment.

The story is an uplifting ensemble comedy/drama about a dozen fractured characters whose lives intertwine and eventually collide as a result of a self-published motivational book and its anonymous author.

The group join the already cast Sylvester Stallone, Danny Aiello, Nelly, Omari Hardwick, Elizabeth Henstridge and Rebekah Chaney. The project is currently in its third week of filming in Los Angeles.

Herzfeld ("2 Days in the Valley," "15 Minutes") penned the script and is directing. Chaney and Cassian Elwes are producing. »

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Full Cast For Starz' "Black Sails" Revealed

15 November 2012 8:48 PM, PST

Starz has announced the full cast for Michael Bay's upcoming eight episode original series "Black Sails," a prequel to the Robert Louis Stevenson's classic "Treasure Island."

Set twenty years before events in the book, the story chronicles the adventures of fabled buccaneer Captain Flint and his men. As already announced, Toby Stephens ("Jane Eyre," "Die Another Day") has been cast in the lead role as Captain Flint.

Aussie actor Luke Arnold ("Rush," "McLeod's Daughters," "Winners and Losers") has been cast as the young John Silver. Zack McGowan ("Shameless") will star as Captain Charles Vane, a rival pirate captain.

Hannah New ("Maleficent") will play the young and determined smuggler Eleanor Guthrie operating out of New Providence. Jessica Parker Kennedy ("The Secret Circle," "In Time") will play a tortured young prostitute who sees the dark side of the town.

Finally, Hakeem Kae Kazim ("Strike Back," "Hotel Rwanda") will play Mr. »

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Goldman To Pen Warners' "Pinocchio"

15 November 2012 8:08 PM, PST

"Kick-Ass" and "X-Men: First Class" co-writer Jane Goldman has come onboard the proposed live-action "Pinocchio" movie at Warner Bros. Pictures.

The studio is pursuing director Tim Burton and actor Robert Downey Jr. to get involved in the project which is not to be confused with the Guillermo del Toro-helmed 3D stop-motion animated version in development at the Jim Henson Company.

Jack Nicholson is also being sought to play the part of Geppetto's father, but no-one is signed as yet.

"Pushing Daisies" creator Bryan Fuller wrote the original draft, while Goldman is coming onboard and will incorporate some of Downey's notes.

Source: THR »

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First Trailer For Fincher's "House of Cards"

15 November 2012 10:16 AM, PST

The first trailer for the David Fincher-directed, Kevin Spacey-led Netflix original political drama series "House of Cards" premiered on the service earlier this week and has now been made available to the rest of the world for viewing below.

All thirteen episodes of this American-set modern remake of the classic British mini-series arrives February 1st only on Netflix. Spacey plays Congressman Francis Underwood who, along with his wife Claire (Robin Wright), will stop at nothing to gain power within the U.S. political system.


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