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Will ‘The Crow’ Fly With Jack Huston?

26 February 2015 4:38 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Relativity Studios has set its sights on Jack Huston to play the lead character in the Corin Hardy-directed remake of The Crow. Talks are in the early stage. This is the second coveted job Huston has been chased to do since his standout portrayal as the masked, war-scarred assassin Richard Harrow on HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Huston right now is starring in the other, playing the lead role in Ben-Hur, the massive pic inspired by the 1959 William Wyler-directed… »

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'Birdman' cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki joins exclusive club with Oscar win

22 February 2015 7:29 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

By winning the Best Cinematography Oscar for a second year in a row, "Birdman" director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki has joined a truly elite club whose ranks haven't been breached in nearly two decades. Only four other cinematographers have won the prize in two consecutive years. The last time it happened was in 1994 and 1995, when John Toll won for Edward Zwick's "Legends of the Fall" and Mel Gibson's "Braveheart" respectively. Before that you have to go all the way back to the late '40s, when Winton Hoch won in 1948 (Victor Fleming's "Joan of Arc" with Ingrid Bergman) and 1949 (John Ford's western "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon"). Both victories came in the color category, as the Academy awarded prizes separately for black-and-white and color photography from 1939 to 1956. Leon Shamroy also won back-to-back color cinematography Oscars, for Henry King's 1944 Woodrow Wilson biopic "Wilson" and John M. Stahl »

- Kristopher Tapley

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‘Dark City’, while a bit uneven, serves as a fine introduction to Charlton Heston through noir

20 February 2015 7:00 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Dark City

Written by John Meredyth Lucas and Larry Marcus

Directed by William Dieterle

U.S.A. 1950

Danny Haley (Charlton Heston) calmly walks along the big city sidewalk towards an as of yet unknown destination as the opening credits role. His serious gaze surveys the surrounding area. Moments later the viewer discovers what might have been troubling him as a police convoy raids a nearby building, smashing an illegal betting operation in the process. Danny successfully found refuge across the street, but he and his partners in crime Barney (Ed Begley) and Augie (Jack Webb) are out for the count as far as making quick cash is concerned. Down and out, that is, until they make the acquaintance of army veteran Arthur Winant (Don DeFore) who looks to be loaded and ready to spend big bucks while in town. A fixed card game sees the unsuspecting Arthur hand over a sizable sum via check… »

- Edgar Chaput

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Non-American Born Best Director Oscar Winners

11 February 2015 7:24 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

With the DGA Award in hand, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has become a frontrunner in the best director Oscar race for Birdman.

Only seven winners of the DGA Award have not won the best director Oscar in the 66 years that the Directors Guild of America has given the award. The most recent case was two years ago, when Ben Affleck wasn’t even nominated for the best director Oscar for Argo, which won best picture.

No American has won for best director since 2011 and if Inarritu, who is from Mexico, takes the Oscar this year, the trend will continue. Inarritu could become the second Latin American director to win for best director, following Alfonso Cuaron’s win last year.

In the 86 years since the Academy Awards’ inception, 89 Oscars have been given for best director. Twenty-six awards (29 percent) went to non-American born directors.

At the first annual »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Editors Guild Selects 75 Best Edited Films of All Time

4 February 2015 8:26 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Now this is a list that could result in a lot of fascinating dissection and thanks to HitFix it comes to our attention almost three years after it was originally released back in 2012, celebrating the Motion Picture Editors Guild's 75th anniversary. Over at HitFix, Kris Tapley asks, "Is this news to anyone elsec" Um, yes, I find it immensely interesting and a perfect starting point for anyone looking to further explore the art of film editing. In an accompanying article we get the particulars concerning what films were eligible and how films were to be considered: In our Jan-feb 12 issue, we asked Guild members to vote on what they consider to be the Best Edited Films of all time. Any feature-length film from any country in the world was eligible. And by "Best Edited," we explained, we didn't just mean picture; sound, music and mixing were to be considered as well. »

- Brad Brevet

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What is the best-edited film of all time according to those who do the job?

3 February 2015 8:43 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A random bit of researching on a Tuesday night led me to something I didn't know existed: The Motion Picture Editors Guild's list of the 75 best-edited films of all time. It was a feature in part celebrating the Guild's 75th anniversary in 2012. Is this news to anyone else? I confess to having missed it entirely. Naturally, I had to dig in. What was immediately striking to me about the list — which was decided upon by the Guild membership and, per instruction, was considered in terms of picture and sound editorial as opposed to just the former — was the most popular decade ranking. Naturally, the 1970s led with 17 mentions, but right on its heels was the 1990s. I wouldn't have expected that but I happen to agree with the assessment. Thelma Schoonmaker's work on "Raging Bull" came out on top, an objectively difficult choice to dispute, really. It was so transformative, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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"Ben-Hur" Remake Begins Production

2 February 2015 2:00 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

MGM Pictures and Paramount Pictures have announced that principal photography has begun on the Timur Bekmambetov-directed "Ben-Hur" which is shooting in both Rome and Matera, Italy.

The film returns to the heart of Lew Wallace’s epic novel and follows a falsely accused nobleman who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him. Both must come to choose between retribution or forgiveness.

The cast includes Jack Huston as Judah Ben-Hur, Morgan Freeman as Ilderim, Toby Kebbell as Messala, Nazanin Boniadi as Esther, Rodrigo Santoro as Jesus Christ, Sofia Black D’Elia as Tirzah, Ayelet Zurer as Naomi, Moises Arias as Gestas and Pilou Asbaek as Pontius Pilate. Keith Clarke and John Ridley adapted the script.

Sean Daniel, Mark Burnett, Joni Levin and Duncan Henderson will produce. "Ben-Hur" is slated to hit cinemas on February 26th 2016.

Source: Paramount Pictures »

- Garth Franklin

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Ben-Hur Starts Principal Photography in Italy

2 February 2015 1:42 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

The next big biblical movie coming our way is “Ben-Hur” from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures. The film has announced that they have begun principal photography on the film in Rome and Matera, Italy. Jack Huston stars as Judah Ben-Hur and Morgan Freeman as Ilderim. The film also features Toby Kebbell as Messala, Nazanin Boniadi as Esther, Rodrigo Santoro as Jesus Christ, Sofia Black D’Elia as Tirzah, Ayelet Zurer as Naomi, Moises Arias as Gestas and Pilou Asbæk as Pontius Pilate. The film is directed by Timur Bekmambetov and is written by John Ridley and Keith Clarke. The film is based on the novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ”  [ Read More ]

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Will MGM's Return to 'Ben-Hur' Stand Up to the Oscar Winner?

2 February 2015 11:42 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

If you've never seen MGM's celebrated 1959 "Ben-Hur," starring Charlton Heston and an astonishing chariot race--remember, effects were special back then, not CGI --you're in for a treat. The winner of 11 Oscars still holds up. And after HBO's "Rome" and Ridley Scott's "Gladiator" (let's forget holiday flop "Exodus," shall we?) and the VFX toolkits available today, it's easy to see why a reboot is tempting. Luckily, MGM and partner Paramount have signed up a visually sophisticated director adept at rip-roaring action and VFX (see "Night Watch" and "Wanted"): Moscow-based director Timur Bekmambetov. "Boardwalk Empire" and "American Hustle" star Jack Huston is beefing up to take on the Heston role of Judah Ben-Hur, and principal photography on the new "Ben-Hur" (February 26, 2016) has begun in Rome and Matera, Italy.  Also starring are Morgan Freeman as Ilderim, Toby »

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'Ben-Hur' Remake Begins Shooting in Rome

2 February 2015 11:34 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., announced today that principal photography has begun on Ben-Hur starring Jack Huston (American Hustle) as Judah Ben-Hur, Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption) as Ilderim, Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Messala and Nazanin Boniadi (Homeland) as Esther. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and written by Keith Clarke (The Way Back) and John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), the film is based on Lew Wallace's epic novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ. The producers are Sean Daniel (The Mummy franchise), Mark Burnett (Son of God), Joni Levin (The Way Back) and Duncan Henderson (Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World).

Serving as executive producers are Roma Downey (The Bible), Keith Clarke, John Ridley and Jason Brown. Filming will take place in Rome and Matera, Italy with the film set for release February 26, 2016. Ben-Hur also »

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Principal photography has begun on “Ben-hur” starring Jack Huston (“American Hustle”) as Judah Ben-Hur and Morgan Freeman (“The Shawshank Redemption”)

2 February 2015 10:44 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., announced today that principal photography has begun on “Ben-hur” starring Jack Huston (“American Hustle”) as Judah Ben-Hur, Morgan Freeman (“The Shawshank Redemption”) as Ilderim, Toby Kebbell (“Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes”) as Messala and Nazanin Boniadi (“Homeland”) as Esther. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted”) and written by Keith Clarke (“The Way Back”) and John Ridley (“12 Years A Slave”), the film is based on Lew Wallace’s epic novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ. The producers are Sean Daniel (“The Mummy” franchise), Mark Burnett (“Son Of God”), Joni Levin (“The Way Back”) and Duncan Henderson (“Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World”). Serving as executive producers are Roma Downey (“The Bible”), Keith Clarke, John Ridley and Jason Brown. Filming will take place in Rome and Matera, Italy with the film set for release February 26, 2016. “Ben-hur” also »

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Photography Begins on Timur Bekmambetov’s Ben-hur

2 February 2015 10:24 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Ben-hur is returning to the big screen!

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures announced today that principal photography has begun on Ben-hur starring Jack Huston (“American Hustle”) as Judah Ben-Hur, Morgan Freeman (“The Shawshank Redemption”) as Ilderim, Toby Kebbell (“Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes”) as Messala and Nazanin Boniadi (“Homeland”) as Esther.

Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted”) and written by Keith Clarke (“The Way Back”) and John Ridley (“12 Years A Slave”), the film is based on Lew Wallace’s epic novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ.

The epic 1959 film was directed by William Wyler and starred Charlton HestonJack Hawkins, Stephen BoydHaya Harareet, Sam Jaffe and Hugh Griffith. It won 11 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. The magnificent score is by composer Miklós Rózsa.

Watch the trailer Here.

The producers are Sean Daniel (“The Mummy” franchise), Mark Burnett (“Son Of God”), Joni Levin (“The Way Back »

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Cameras Begin Rolling on the Ben-Hur Remake in Italy

2 February 2015 10:23 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

If you were looking forward to seeing an updated version of the classic Ben-Hur story on the big screen, then you'll be happy to hear that principal photography has officially started on the epic, with a more full cast last revealed as well.  Come inside to see. 

I'm honestly not sure what to think about a Ben-Hur remake.  Done correctly, it could be pretty cool and a great way to introduce a new generation to this story.  It also has a good chance of sucking, but that's the risk you take with any remake.  Either way, I tend to hold off judgement until I've seen footage, which we've just taken a big step towards seeing as filming has officially started: 

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., announced today that principal photography has begun on “Ben-hur” starring Jack Huston (“American Hustle”) as Judah Ben-Hur, Morgan Freeman (“The Shawshank Redemption”) as Ilderim, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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Filming on Timur Bekmambetov's Ben-Hur begins in Italy

2 February 2015 6:23 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Ready or not, Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Wanted) is jumping behind the camera once more to bring his vision to the sword and sandal epic. Okay, maybe in this case it would be more of a charriot and sandal epic. Ben-hur begins principal photography in Rome and Matera, Italy with a planned release date of February 26, 2016. If you're not familiar with the Charlton Heston classic, the story follows that of Judah Ben-Hur, a falsely accused nobleman who survives »

- Sean Wist

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Lucy’s Pilou Asbæk Will Be Pontius Pilate In Ben-Hur Remake

23 January 2015 12:54 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Another key character has been cast in MGM’s upcoming Ben-Hur remake. Danish actor Pilou Asbæk, who had a small role in Lucy and previously stunned in the barely-seen Danish film A Hijacking (one of my top films of 2013), has joined the production in the role of Judean emperor Pontius Pilate.

Asbæk beat out Game of Thrones actor Pedro Pascal for the part in the Timur Bekmambetov-directed remake, about the titular Jewish prince (Jack Huston) who is forced into slavery by his villainous former friend Messala (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ Toby Kebbell). Bowed but not broken, Judah Ben-Hur vows to return for revenge.

Nazanin Boniadi, Sofia Black-d’Elia and Morgan Freeman are also in the cast, playing Ben-Hur’s mother Miriam, sister Tirzah and the Sheik Ilderim, respectively. In smaller roles, Rodrigo Santoro will play Jesus, Ayelet Zurer will portray Naomi and Moises Arias will play Gestas, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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‘Lucy’ Star Pilou Asbæk to Play Pontius Pilate in ‘Ben-Hur’ (Exclusive)

21 January 2015 3:04 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Game of Thrones” actor Pedro Pascal was previously in talks for the role

MGM’s “Ben-Hur” has added “Lucy” star Pilou Asbæk to play Pontius Pilate, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Game of Thrones” star Pedro Pascal was previously in talks for the role in the Timur Bekmambetov film about the titular Jewish Prince, played by Jack Huston, who is forced into slavery by his former friend, Messala (Toby Kebbell).

The studio and Asbæk’s reps could not immediately be reached for comment.

Also Read: TheWrap’s 25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015: From ‘Fifty Shades’ to »

- Linda Ge and Jeff Sneider

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Rodrigo Santoro to play Jesus in Ben-Hur remake

14 January 2015 11:19 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Rodrigo Santoro (300: Rise on an Empire) is in final negotiations to play Jesus Christ in the upcoming MGM and Paramount Pictures in Ben-Hur, the remake of the 1959 Charlton Heston classic.

Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Night Watch) is directing the movie, which is an adaptation of the Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ published in 1880. Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) is portraying the title character, with Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) playing Messala, the friend who betrays him into slavery. Rounding out the cast are Olivia Cooke (The Signal), Ayelet Zurer (Man of Steel), Sofia Black D’Elia (The Immigrant) and Academy Award Winner Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises) as the man who trains Ben-Hur.

Shooting for the film is expected to start later this year, with a 2016 release date scheduled.

The post Rodrigo Santoro to play Jesus in Ben-Hur remake appeared first on Flickering Myth. »

- Scott J. Davis

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300's Rodrigo Santoro in talks to play Jesus in Ben-Hur remake

14 January 2015 4:43 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Rodrigo Santoro has entered talks to play Jesus of Nazareth in the Ben-Hur remake.

The 300 star is eyeing the role of Christ in MGM and Paramount Picture's film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, Toby Kebbell, Sofia Black D'Elia and Ayelet Zurer will also feature in director Timur Bekmambetov's movie.

Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ forms the basis for the film, centring on Judah Ben-Hur (Huston), a prince in Jerusalem who is betrayed and sold into slavery.

The story of his redemption runs parallel to the life and crucifixion of Jesus, who is active in the region at the same time.

Santoro reprised his role as Xerxes last year in 300: Rise of an Empire and will appear with Natalie Portman in the upcoming Western Jane Got a Gun.

Ben-Hur will be released in February 2016. »

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'Ben-Hur' Remake Finds Jesus Christ In Rodrigo Santoro

14 January 2015 1:51 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Rodrigo Santoro is your new Jesus. He'll portray the Bible's most famous figure in Ben-Hur, the MGM and Paramount remake based on the novel by Lew Wallace.

Directed by Timur Bekmambetov, the film is said to have a message of forgiveness and Jesus Christ appears several times in the piece. Ben-Hur sees the man preach while in Jerusalem and later sees his crucifixion.

Jack Huston is playing the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by his onetime friend Messala, played by Toby Kebbell. Morgan Freeman also stars, as the man who trains Ben-Hur to win at chariot-racing. Sofia Black D'Elia and Ayelet Zurer also star.

In 1959, William Wyler adapted the book unto the big screen; the film went on to win 11 Oscars. Lately, Hollywood has shown a great deal of interest in religious, bible-based films. Last year we saw Noah, along with Exodus: Gods and Kings.

Ben-Hur hopes to »

- Laura Frances

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Rodrigo Santoro Is Jesus In "Ben-Hur"

13 January 2015 9:21 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Rodrigo Santoro ("300") is in negotiations to portray Jesus Christ in Timur Bekmambetov's upcoming remake of "Ben-Hur" for MGM and Paramount.

Jack Huston is starring as the Jewish prince betrayed into slavery by his onetime friend Messala (Toby Kebbell). He soon fights his way to freedom and vengeance.

Unlike the previous film adaptation, this one will be more faithful to the original Lew Wallace novel which features scenes of Jesus appearing several times. Ben-Hur sees the man preach while in Jerusalem and later sees his crucifixion.

Morgan Freeman, Sofia Black D'Elia and Ayelet Zurer also star. Filming aims to begin shortly in Europe.

Source: THR »

- Garth Franklin

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