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Oscar-winning sound wizards talk 'Interstellar'

4 December 2014 11:40 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Gregg Landaker, who served as sound re-recording mixer on Christopher Nolan's “Interstellar,” says the writer/director was a key part of the creative process. As he expained during our recent webcam chat (watch below) “Chris came up with a really cool thing when we were on the stage working with him. He came in and he brought us a YouTube video of a Go-Pro camera on a parachuter base jumping. He goes, ‘Now hear the sound of this guy rattling down inside this thing, being hit and the sound of that go-pro? That’s what I kind of want to achieve when they’re falling in their spacesuits.’" -Break- Hans Zimmer on his 'human' score for epic 'Interstellar' This three-time Oscar champ (“The Empire Strike Back," 1980; “Raiders of the Lost Ark," 1981; and “Speed," 1994) along with his partner, Gary Rizzo, worked to achieve a feeling of realism in »

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‘Source Code’ Sequel in the Works (Exclusive)

2 December 2014 12:53 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Source Code 2″ is ramping up development, with Anna Foerster signed on to direct the follow-up to the science fiction thriller, sources confirm.

The Mark Gordon Company and Vendome Pictures are returning to produce, with Vendome again financing the project. “Source Code” screenwriter Ben Ripley is back to write the script for the new installment.

The original “Source Code,” which starred Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Duncan Jones, was a respectable performer at the box office in 2011, earning $54 million domestically and $147 million worldwide on an estimated $30 million budget for Summit. No distributor or actor is currently attached to “Source Code 2.”

Gordon will produce alongside Vendome’s Philippe Rousselet. Michele Wolkoff and Drew Simon will oversee the project for the Mark Gordon Company, with Guy Stodel and Fabrice Gianfermi overseeing for Vendome.

Foerster first collaborated with Gordon when she served as the second unit director on the Gordon-produced films “10,000 B.C.” and “The Day After Tomorrow. »

- Dave McNary

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Jurassic Park: Who was nearly cast in Steven Spielberg's dino classic?

25 November 2014 4:56 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Not even two dodgy sequels and 21 years passing can erase the magic of the very first time you watched Jurassic Park.

The Steven Spielberg dino adventure brought gasps from audiences - young and old - when it premiered around the world in 1993. Even today, a couple of seconds of that classic score can give you tingles and take you back to first time you saw The Park.

Like all great films, everything felt and looked like it slotted together perfectly. But that wasn't necessarily the case, as there were plenty of other big-name stars who so very nearly got the lead roles.

1. Harrison Ford was nearly... Dr Alan Grant

If it wasn't already greedy enough that Harrison Ford had landed himself awesome cool roles in two of the biggest movie franchises of all time - Star Wars and Indiana Jones - he could have almost have added a third dino-sized »

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Can ‘Dumb And Dumber To’ Outwit Holdovers?: Box Office Preview

13 November 2014 11:27 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Dumb And Dumber was one of those creatures that can exist only in a Hollywood ecosystem. It made a pretty healthy splash 20 years ago, opening at No. 1 with $16.4M on its way to a $127.2M domestic take. But getting stars Jim Carrey (then just coming off The Mask) and Jeff Daniels (who had wrapped Speed) reunited proved a logistical hurdle that couldn’t be leapt, and the stars went on their separate ascensions, seemingly leaving a franchise stillborn. But a DVD cult behemoth was spawned in their absence, and, two decades later, the long-awaited (by Farrelly fanatics, at least) reunion Dumb And Dumber To could bring the men to a place they haven’t seen in years: atop the box office.

Ddt will graduate on 3,152 screens this weekend and, given the success of raunchy comedy lately, seems likely to capture box office with a haul of $30 million-$32 million. The $40M movie, »

- Scott Bowles

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Dumbing down Dumb and Dumber To with Jeff Daniels

11 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Jeff Daniels — longtime celebrated star of stage and screen — has been riding a new wave of acclaim the past couple of years thanks to his role as broadcaster Will McAvoy on Aaron Sorkin’s HBO TV series The Newsroom.

In 2013 Daniels earned a Primetime Emmy and a Golden Globe nomination for playing McAvoy, and this year the spry handsome 59-year-old received yet another Emmy nomination for the show that kicks off its final season this month.

He has more than 50 film credits to his name, including such critically acclaimed projects as Terms of Endearment, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Gettysburg,Pleasantville and Speed, and has worked with directing legends like James L. BrooksWoody Allen and Mike Nichols.

But the one movie people always ask about is Dumb and Dumber, the ridiculously funny 1994 comedy starring Daniels as dumb Harry and Jim Carrey as dumber Lloyd. Although it took them 20 years, »

- Ashley Jude Collie

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Afm: Boston Marathon Bombing Movie Draws Director Andrzej Bartkowiak (Exclusive)

9 November 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Andrzej Bartkowiak, cinematographer on “Speed” and director on “Romeo Must Die,” has signed on to direct the indie thriller “Altar Rock,” inspired by the Boston Marathon bombing.

Mark Donadio and Miriam Marcus of Moody Independent will produce the film.

“Altar Rock,” which starts filming next year in Massachusetts, is written by and executive produced by Kristin Alexandre. A. Wayne Carter co-wrote the film.

Aside from revealing that the pic is set in Nantucket, producers are keeping the storyline under wraps.

Bartkowiak’s cinematography credits include “The Verdict,” “Prizzi’s Honor” and “Terms of Endearment.” He also directed “Exit Wounds” and was the Dp on “Grey Lady,” starring Eric Dane and Natalie Zea, which was also filmed on Nantucket and partially financed by Alexandre.

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- Dave McNary

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60 Years of Godzilla: A History and Critique of the Greatest Monster Movie Series in Cinema

4 November 2014 3:35 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

**Massive spoilers for every Godzilla movie, with the exception of the 2014 reboot, and Mothra follow**

August 6th and 9th, 1945 forever changed the course of history. When the first nuclear bombs were dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, World War II ended, but a new fear was born that dominated the thoughts of all men, women, and children for decades to come. The Cold War, atomic bomb testing, a cartoon turtle telling children to “duck and cover”, and this new technology that had the actual potential to literally end the world changed the perception of what was scary. Art reflects life, so cinema began to capitalize on these fears. Gone were the days of creepy castles, cobwebs, bats, vampires, werewolves, and the other iconic images that ruled genre cinema in film’s earliest decades. Science fiction was larger than ever and giant ants, giant octopi, terror from beyond the stars, and »

- Max Molinaro

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Roland Joffe to Head Camerimage Jury

2 November 2014 12:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Roland Joffe, helmer of “The Killing Fields” and “The Mission,” is to be president of the main competition jury at Camerimage film festival, which focuses on cinematography.

Joffe is joined on the jury by cinematographer Christian Berger (“The Piano Teacher,” “The White Ribbon”), director and screenwriter Ryszard Bugajski (“Interrogation,” “The Closed Circuit”), photographer Ryszard Horowitz, and production designer David Gropman (“The Cider House Rules,” “Chocolat,” “Life of Pi”).

Others on the jury are cinematographer-producer Arthur Reinhart (“Crows,” “Tristan + Isolde”), cinematographer Oliver Stapleton (“The Cider House Rules,” “Pay It Forward”), cinematographer Manuel Alberto Claro (“Melancholia,” “Nymphomaniac”) and sound engineer David MacMillan (“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” “Speed,” “Apollo 13”).

Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel (“The Right Stuff,” “The Passion of the Christ”) will be jury president for the Polish Films Competition. He’ll be joined by cinematographer Affonso Beato, producer Scott Franklin, curator-film programmer-producer Ellen Harrington, cinematographer Phil Meheux, cinematographer Matthew Libatique, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Camerimage unveils competition line-up, juries

31 October 2014 6:15 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Birdman, Fury and Leviathan among main competition titles; Roland Joffé to preside over main jury.

Alejandro G Ińárritu, Yimou Zhang, Mike Leigh and Jean-Marc Vallée are among the directors with films screening in competition at the 22nd Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography.

The main competition at the festival, held in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz, comprises:

Alejandro G Ińárritu’s Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance);  USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki

Yimou Zhang’s Coming Home (Gui lai); China, 2014; Cinematographer: Zhao Xiaoding

Richard Raymond’s Desert Dancer; UK, 2014; Cinematographer: Carlos Catalán Alucha

Lech J. Majewski’s Field of Dogs  - Onirica (Onirica - Psie pole); Poland, 2014; Cinematographers: Paweł Tybora and Lech J. Majewski

Krzysztof Zanussi’s Foreign Body (Obce cialo); Poland, Italy, Russia, 2014; Cinematographer: Piotr Niemyjski

David Ayer’s Fury; USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Roman Vasyanov

Tate Taylor’s Get on Up; USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Stephen Goldblatt

Łukasz Palkowski’s Gods (Bogowie); Poland, 2014; Cinematographer: »

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

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Roland Joffe to preside over Camerimage jury

31 October 2014 2:49 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Polish film festival sets competition juries; Roland Joffe to preside over main competition.

Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, has set an impressive roster of jurors for its various competition categories.

The Killing Fields director Roland Joffe will preside over the main competition jury, which incldues cinematographers Christian Berger and Manuel Alberto Claro.

Caleb Deschanel has been appointed president of the Polish Films Competition.

The full list of jurors is below.

Main Competition

Roland Joffé – Jury President (director, producer; The Killing Fields, The Mission, Vatel)

Christian Berger (cinematographer; The Piano Teacher, Hidden, The White Ribbon)

Ryszard Bugajski (director, screenwriter; Interrogation, General Nil, The Closed Circuit)

Ryszard Horowitz (photographer)

David Gropman (cinematographer; The Cider House Rules, Chocolat, Life of Pi)

Arthur Reinhart (cinematographer, producer; Crows, Tristan + Isolde, Venice)

Oliver Stapleton (cinematographer; The Cider House Rules, Pay It Forward, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark)

Manuel Alberto Claro (cinematographer; Reconstruction, Melancholia, Nymphomaniac »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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John Wick Review: Never Mess With A Man’s Dog

26 October 2014 3:40 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Keanu Reeves has had a strange career path. After finding success as one half of Bill and Ted and going on zany adventures through time, Reeves branched out into action movies with Point Break and Speed in the early '90s, and found the role of a lifetime as "Neo" in The Matrix trilogy. But since then, Reeves' roles has been more miss than hit and a once promising career was slowly and painfully going by the way side.

But now all that has changed with the release of John Wick. Finally, Keanu Reeves is in a role that showcases his talents (as limited as they are) and the end result is a damn-near perfect action film with gratuitous violence, a deep mythology in the subject matter, and some seriously good directing from Chad Stahelski, who curiously enough was once Reeves' stunt double.

John Wick is the story of a »

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Keanu Reeves Says He Wanted to Play Wolverine and Batman

26 October 2014 5:43 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Keanu Reeves recently said that he would love to continue making big studio movies, but despite making such films as "Speed," "The Matrix," "The Devil's Advocate" and numerous others, studios are no longer offering him roles. The actor's new thriller, "John Wick," is getting amazing reviews and is on its way to open to $15 million domestically. Plus, he's being considered for the lead role in Marvel's "Doctor Strange." And now, Reeves has revealed that there were other superheroes he wanted to play. "I always wanted to play Wolverine," he said. "But I didn't get that. And they have a great Wolverine now." Reeves continued: "I always wanted to play The Dark Knight, but I didn't get that one. They've had some great Batmans. So now I'm just enjoying them as an audience." »

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Paul Greengrass Directing Berlin Wall Drama ‘The Tunnels’ (Exclusive)

24 October 2014 5:20 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

FilmNation Entertainment has acquired film rights to Greg Mitchell’s book proposal for Berlin Wall drama “The Tunnels” and attached “Captain Phillips” director Paul Greengrass to helm.

Mark Gordon (“The Messenger,” “Saving Private Ryan”) will produce the escape drama with FilmNation, which is continuing to amplify its production and financing activity on high-profile projects.

“The Tunnels” is the untold true story of a great escape before the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. The story focuses on a group of West Germans trying to get their loved ones out of East Berlin, with the unlikely help of American news networks, who funded their expedition.

The deal was brokered by Aaron Ryder and Alison Cohen on behalf of FilmNation, and CAA.

“Finding an untold true story of this caliber is such a rarity,” Ryder said. “Greg’s proposal will make for a very human and cinematic experience. We have no doubt that Mark »

- Dave McNary

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‘John Wick’ Reviews: Did Keanu Reeves Finally Fire Off Another Solid Action Movie?

24 October 2014 9:58 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Action fans who have missed Keanu Reeves since he was an ass-kicking savior in “Constantine,”  “The Matrix” and “Speed” should check screening times at the nearest theater for “John Wick,” if they haven't already. The movie about a hitman issuing bloody revenge over the death of his dog is wowing critics, who are mostly uniform in praising Reeves’ performance, as well as the high-octane action that reminded them of better days for the genre being steadily replaced by comic book adaptations. See photos: 13 of Keanu Reeves’ Most Insane Movie Premises – From ‘John Wick’ to ‘Johnny Mnemonic’ “Wick,” which was co-directed by. »

- Greg Gilman

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Keanu Reeves Facts: 33 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the 'John Wick' Star

24 October 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Keanu Reeves just turned 50, and he's still kicking butt on the big screen.

Reeves broke out in the late '80s as the now iconic Ted Theodore Logan in "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" (1989) before "Point Break" (1991) and "Speed" (1994) made the actor a bonafide action star -- and that was all before he became Neo in "The Matrix" trilogy. In the past few years, Reeves has also found success behind the camera, directing the martial arts film "Man of Tai Chi" (2013), while still holding onto his indie roots. This fall, Reeves is back playing a legendary hitman out for revenge in the blood action film "John Wick."

From hanging out with the Red Hot Chili Peppers to his days as K.C. Reeves, here are 33 things you probably don't know about Keanu Reeves.

1. Keanu Reeves was born September 2, 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon to Patricia Taylor and Samuel Nowlin Reeves Jr.

2. His mother is an English-born costume designer, »

- Jonny Black

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An interview with Derek Kolstad, screenwriter of John Wick

23 October 2014 9:15 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Zachary Leeman talks with Derek Kolstad, screenwriter of John Wick

Derek Kolstad is a name you may want to keep on your radar. He’s the hot screenwriter of the moment right now with his new revenge flick, John Wick, opening and getting fan-boys and filmgoers excited about its violent throwback nature and fresh feeling.

Kolstad decided to kindly take a few moments to speak with us about Wick, his process and screenwriting in general. Check out what the man had to say about his dog loving protagonist and his own long in development movie career.

Let’s bring this story full circle. How did the screenwriter of John Wick start out?

I’ve been writing since the age of 13, but having grown up in the mid-west, I never really saw it as a career. I went to school, started a career in business, but over time grew desperate to »

- Gary Collinson

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Keanu Reeves in 1985: If I Don't Make It, I'll Cry

23 October 2014 3:56 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Before Keanu's new film John Wick hits theaters, let’s take a look at his first interview with Et.

Keanu Reeves has been acting for nearly three decades and Et has been with him every step of the way.

In celebration of John Wick, the 50-year-old actor's latest film out this Friday, we dug into the Et vault to find the first time we interviewed the actor—way back in 1985 on the set of the TV movie Young Again.

Video- Keanu Reeves Addresses Recent Home Break-In

"I can feel it, I'm having fun," a 21-year-old Keanu told Et. The young actor was wide-eyed and bushy-tailed working alongside TV's Bionic Woman Lindsay Wagner, and had dreams of making it big himself one day. "I hope something gets out there that is magic -- and if not, I'll just be sad and cry," he joked.

It took a few more years, but Keanu would eventually make a name for »

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The Two Superheroes Keanu Reeves Desperately Wants To Play

22 October 2014 12:50 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

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 »

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Keanu Reeves Admits He Doesn't Get Many Studio Offers From Hollywood Anymore: "It Sucks"

22 October 2014 9:55 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Call him maybe? There was a time, not that long ago, when Keanu Reeves was one of the biggest and brightest action stars of his generation, with roles in blockbusters like Speed and the Matrix trilogy. Recently, though, the Constantine actor, now 50, has appeared mostly in smaller independent films -- and not by choice. In a new interview with Indie Wire, Reeves (who, according to ABC News, made $35 million for just the first Matrix movie) admitted he rarely gets approached by the big Hollywood [...] »

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Keanu Reeves Says Film Studios Don't Want to Work With Him

22 October 2014 5:21 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Keanu Reeves was once one of the biggest Hollywood names, mostly for his work on "The Matrix" trilogy, "Speed" and "Point Break," "Devil's Advocate" and many other films. But in recent years, Reeves has been making independent films and none of them went on to become hits. As a result, the offers from major studios stopped coming. "It sucks, but it's just the way it is," said the actor. "The last studio movie I did was '47 Ronin,' but before that it had been a long time . probably [2008's] 'The Day the Earth Stood Still.'" Unfortunately, "47 Ronin" was a huge flop, grossing only $150 million worldwide on a budget of $175 million. And "The Day the Earth Stood Still" was a major disappointment. But all that bad luck is seemingly about to change. His new "John Wick" movie will hit theaters on Friday (October 24th) and has a perfect 100% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. »

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