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Hong Kong – Richard Roxburgh (“Moulin Rouge,” “Mission: Impossible II”) and Radha Mitchell (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “Silent Hill”) take the lead roles in “Looking for Grace,” an Australian drama now in production under director Sue Brooks (“Japanese Story”).
Involving a lengthy drive across the wheat country of West Australia, the film is a story of a family pulling in different directions after their 15 year old daughter empties the safe and runs away to see her favorite band.
Producers are Lizzette Atkins, Sue Taylor and Alison Tilson, and executive producers are Antonio and Benjamin Zeccola of Australian distributor Palace Films. Hong Kong’s Fortissimo Films will handle international sales.
Finance partners include Screen West, Screen Australia, Film Victoria, The Melbourne International Film Festival Film Fund and Fulcrum Media Finance. »
- Patrick Frater
So far, 2014’s highest grossing “summer movie” (in what now seems like a four-and-a-half-month “summer”) was Captain America: The Winter Soldier with about $260m. That’s the lowest domestic gross for the summer’s biggest hit since Mission: Impossible II in 2000, and it was reached with the addition of inflation, 3D and IMAX. I’m not about to make a sky-is-falling claim here; there were a lot of factors and coincidences that went into having a crop of blockbusters that didn’t reach the heights of any of the past 13 years. But when the equation used to be $300 – 400m = blockbuster franchise, it’s worth stopping to ponder what these shifting numbers mean for the future of the biggest of Hollywood business. The endless franchises are running thin, not imploding. Last summer, every film nerd with an IP address was reposting Spielberg’s comments about the inevitable demise of Hollywood’s current mega-budget system. All »
- Joshua Coonrod
The worst part of being a celebrity, undoubtedly, must be family reunions. All those cousins coming out of the woodwork, asking you to pass along their script or snag an autograph or even help Aunt Agatha buy that new hot tub that she desperately needs. Then there are those happy few stars who don't have to face this problem. Because their cousins are famous, too. In honor of Cousins Day - July 24, to be exact - here are several celebrity cousins who don't have to worry about being the only famous person at their family reunion. Jenny McCarthy and Melissa »
- Nate Jones, @kn8
There are a lot of "what ifs" in the movie business. There are so many options when it comes to casting actors to play characters in movies. Superhero films are huge right now, and I love most of the actors that studios have cast to play these badass characters. Christian Bale as Batman, Andrew Garfield aa Spider-Man, Henry Cavill as Superman, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man are just a few of many. But these characters could have easily been played by other actors. It's hard to imagine that now since we're already invested in what's in front of our eyes.
I've come up with a list of actors who almost played some of these superheroes. You may already know about some of the close calls on the list, you may not, but when I was researching for this article there were a few things I didn't know before, »
- Joey Paur
As we eagerly anticipate the July 11th second season premiere of Netflix original series "Hemlock Grove," the show's first season has just been dated for home video release courtesy of the always awesome Scream Factory.
Read on for complete release details, including new bonus content that wasn't available on Netflix!
From the Press Release
Pack your bags and say your prayers — you’re on your way to Hemlock Grove. From executive producer Eli Roth, the Primetime-Emmy© nominated Netflix Original Series Hemlock Grove: The Complete First Season arrives on Blu-ray and DVD October 7, 2014, from Scream Factory.
Featuring all 13 exhilarating episodes from the shocking first season, the three-disc set also includes all-new bonus features not available on Netflix, including six all new vignettes. Horror aficionados should note that additional bonus features will be announced as excitement builds for this release, and fans can pre-order their copy now at ShoutFactory.com.
In a small Pennsylvania town, »
- John Squires
Hemlock Grove fans who have been howling for the Netflix original’s first season to hit home media can now rest their vocal cords, as Scream Factory has announced they will release the complete first season on Blu-ray and DVD in October.
Set for an October 7th release, the Blu-ray and DVD of Hemlock Grove: The Complete First Season comes with a bonus features lineup of six new vignettes. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for additional bonus feature announcements in the coming months:
Press Release - “Pack your bags and say your prayers — you’re on your way to Hemlock Grove. From executive producer Eli Roth, the Primetime-Emmy© nominated Netflix Original Series Hemlock Grove: The Complete First Season arrives on Blu-ray and DVD October 7th, 2014 from Scream Factory. Featuring all 13 exhilarating episodes from the shocking first season, the three disc set also includes all-new bonus features not available »
- Derek Anderson
Munich — The Zurich Film Festival is to honor composer Hans Zimmer with a special lifetime award.
German-born Zimmer has scored more than 100 films, which have, combined, grossed over $22 billion at the box office. He has won an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, three Grammys and a Tony. He received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.
Some of his most recent works include “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “12 Years a Slave,” Ron Howard’s “Rush,” Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel,” the Christopher Nolan-directed films “Inception,” “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” and Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.”
Some of Zimmer’s most notable works include “Rain Main,” “Driving Miss Daisy, »
- Leo Barraclough
After the curious case of Edge Of Tomorrow’s surprise critical popularity, Rob investigates a strange Hollywood happening…
The release of Edge Of Tomorrow - which opened in the Us this past weekend, following its bow in the UK a week earlier - has brought, not for the first time, a strange Hollywood trend to light. And it's this: do we trust big stars to make decent movies anymore?
Many people, this writer included, took a lot of convincing to venture out and see Tom Cruise in a hugely expensive sci-fi spectacular (notwithstanding the fact that Cruise has fine form in science fiction). The film in question, Edge Of Tomorrow, is directed by Doug Liman of The Bourne Identity, and based on a graphic novel with a cool title. So surely this should have been a movie which audiences were enthusiastically anticipating? Yet It didn’t seem that way, »
I know this isn't exactly a new video, and some of you have probably seen this before, but with Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine now for the seventh time in X-men: Days Of Future Past, I figured most of you would enjoy watching the actor's audition that helped him land his breakthrough role in Bryan Singer's X-men. Hugh Jackman wasn't the first choice to play Wolverine (Dougray Scott was originally cast before dropping out when Mission: Impossible II went over »
- Jesse Giroux
It was mid-1963, and Stan Lee was on a roll. In a mad burst of invention, he and star artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko had just birthed the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Thor and Iron Man – all in 12-cent comic books whose brash, four-color vibrancy were their medium's equivalent of "I Want to Hold Your Hand," another product of 1963. Lee was 40 years old, doing double duty as Marvel Comics' editor in chief and head writer, fresh from 20 years of writing Western, romance and, most recently, monster comics »
Last year, Tom Cruise was a happy camper. His new sci-fi film Oblivion opened domestically with a $38 million weekend. That's actually one of his better openings, and allow the film to recoup its $120 million budget. Now Tom Cruise is about to throw his hat in the ring once more with Doug Liman's Edge of Tomorrow, and there doesn't seem to be as much interest as Cruise's last venture in the sci-fi genre. This week, pre-release tracking numbers dropped $5 million from last week, suggesting that “Edge of Tomorrow’s” opening weekend debut would be in the $25 million range, a dismal opening for any studio tentpole. The pricey pic, co-financed by Village Roadshow, cost between $175 and $200 million, meaning that in order to turn a profit, the film will have to make at least double that worldwide. - variety.com Tom Cruise'S Opening Weekends War of the Worlds - $64 million Mission: Impossible II »
Armed with just her wits and a handy bow and arrow it's up to Brit hottie Kaya Scodelario ('Skins', 'The Maze Runner') to tackle a group of mean armed robbers in Thomas Daley's British home invasion horror 'Tiger House'. A new one-sheet has been unveiled featuring the main cast including the fore-mentioned Miss Scodelario who stars as Kelly, a teenage gymnast whom takes on the intruders when they take her boyfriend and his family captive. 'Tiger House' also stars Dougray Scott ('Mission: Impossible II'), Ed Skrein, Langley Kirkwood, Brandon Auret, Daniel Boyd, Julie Summers and Andrew Brent. Glass Man Films will produce the UK project and you can check out the sales art below. »
Before the blockbuster success of director Bryan Singer’s original 2000 X-Men, Australian native Hugh Jackman was known mainly as a song and dance man and gained a lot of attention for his role in a 1998 Royal National Theater production of the musical Oklahoma! His casting as Logan/Wolverine was actually a last-minute replacement when original actor Dougray Scott had to finish filming Mission: Impossible 2.
The rest is essentially history. Jackman became a household name, and upon the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past, he will have played Wolverine seven times, including the three X-Men films, two solo outings, and a cameo in X-Men: First Class.
The marketing push leading up to DoFP‘s release has included rumblings from ...
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- Anthony Vieira
Today’s film is the 2006 short The Interrogation of Leo and Lisa. The film is directed by Hamish Jenkinson and written by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm. It stars Elliot Cowan, Kevin Spacey, and Thandie Newton. Over the course of a career spanning over two decades, Newton has appeared in films such as Interview with the Vampire, Mission: Impossible II, The Chronicles of Riddick, W., and 2012. Her newest feature, titled Half of a Yellow Sun, opens in wide release in American theatres this weekend.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Titles will be represented by Im Global’s Anthem division, which specializes in non-English-language pictures, and cover all territories outside Greater China (mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong).
Huayi, China’s largest private sector film group, last week revealed its latest “H-Plan,” a 32-picture production and distribution slate running to end 2015.
The line-up includes romantic comedy “Women Who Flirt,” starring Huang Xiaoming and Zhou Xun, directed by Pang Ho-cheung; “A Tale of Three Cities,” a true story based on the life of Jackie Chan’s parents, starring Tang Wei and Sean Ching-Wan Lau and directed by Mabel Cheung; “Abducted,” a dramatic story of a child’s kidnapping and its aftermath, starring Andy Lau and Jing Boran; and “Love on a Cloud,” a »
- Patrick Frater
In this interesting little gem that was recently unearthed, we learn that not only was Mel Gibson offered the role of Wolverine, but they also made some preliminary drawings of him in the role.
We found this over at Yahoo, and it appears that before Hugh Jackman stepped into the role that made him the star he is now, Gibson was the filmmakers' first option when it came to playing one of the coolest superheroes ever. At the time of the original X-Men, Gibson was at the apex of his career. Dude had won an Oscar for Braveheart, and it looked like nothing could stop him. What a difference a few years makes.
Here is what the Yahoo article said about the drawing:
- Billy Fisher
Before director Bryan Singer became attached to X-Men, 20th Century Fox had a decidedly different take on the source material. Their original plan was to cast Bob Hoskins, who recently passed away, as the indestructible Mutant with the antimantium claws. Before they eventually decided on Dougray Scott, they also went after Mel Gibson, who was hugely popular at the time, and Russell Crowe, who was not. As luck would have it, fate stepped in, and Dougray Scott had to bow out of the film, due to obligations to Mission: Impossible 2, which needed him back for reshoots. Unknown Hugh Jackman would step in to fill the role, and the rest, as we know, is history.
In 1997 Mel Gibson was offered the role »
Before Hugh Jackman made the role his own, several names found themselves under consideration for the role of the adamantium-clawed mutant Wolverine over the years, including Bob Hoskins, Glenn Danzig, Russell Crowe, Edward Norton, Keanu Reeves and Dougray Scott, the latter of whom was actually cast in the role for Bryan Singer’s X-Men before having to drop out due to Mission: Impossible II.
Another name we can add to that list is that of Mel Gibson, and thanks to Twitter user Will McCrabb, we’ve got a look at some 1997 concept art from Miles Teves showing how Logan could have looked had Mad Mel taken on the role….
Would you have liked to see Gibson as Wolverine, or did we get a lucky escape?
The post Concept art for Mel Gibson as Wolverine appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
Gavin Logan on Hugh Jackman’s legacy and the future of Wolverine…
Let’s face it, Wolverine is a little bit like marmite isn’t he. But love him or hate him there’s no denying he has been one of, if not the most important characters to help raise the bar for superhero movies and establish comic book stories as the number one force of entertainment in popular cinema today. Hugh Jackman’s casting as Logan, as idiotic as it sounds now, was met with muted scepticism and I suppose some fans could be forgiven for considering an unknown Australian becoming their comic book idol as a risky move. In fact Jackman only got the role when Dougray Scott had to pull out due to scheduling issues with Mission: Impossible II. Prior to his take on Logan, Jackman had only previously starred in two minuscule Australian produced feature films »
- Gavin Logan
Udine, Italy – “Mission: Impossible” producer Paula Wagner is set to produce a Chinese-u.S. movie about the Flying Tigers aerial combat force which performed heroics in China and South East Asia during WWII.
Wagner was in Beijing last week with Oscar-nominated screenwriter Naomi Foner (“Running on Empty”) to work on the project that currently has the working title “Moon Flower of Flying Tigers.” The project, which Wagner describes as a “romantic drama with a lot of action,” originated with Desen Media International, a Chinese production finance and distribution group with credits that include “Tiny Times,” “14 Blades” and “Ip Man 2.”
The project is being adapted by Foner from a novel of the same title that gives a fictionalized spin to true events set against the backdrop of fighting in China’s Kunming Province. It tells the story of a U.S. pilot who falls in love with a Chinese nurse.
- Patrick Frater
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