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Director Denis Villeneuve Plans on Making Two or More Dune Films

The director of Blade Runner 2049, Denis Villeneuve, is preparing to take on a big screen adaptation of another sci-fi classic... Dune. This is a dream project for the director and we recently learned that he is planning on making two Dune films, maybe even more!

While speaking at the Montreal’s Place des Arts’ Théâtre Maisonneuve for the Rendez-Vous du Cinema Quebecois, Villeneuve gave the following update on the project:

"Dune will probably take two years to make. The goal is to make two films, maybe more."

That's great to hear! There's a lot of stuff in Frank Herbert's classic novel to cover and tells that story over the course of two or more films makes more sense than trying to cram it all into one movie. As much as I liked David Lynch's film, it really wasn't the best adaptation of the book.

There's a point
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Russell Crowe to Auction Off ‘Gladiator’ Chariot, Other Memorabilia as He Finalizes Divorce

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Russell Crowe to Auction Off ‘Gladiator’ Chariot, Other Memorabilia as He Finalizes Divorce
Russell Crowe is selling more than 200 items of memorabilia he’s collected from films over the years as he finalizes his divorce from his ex-wife.

Listed as “The Art of Divorce” on Sotheby’s Australia, the auction will take place on April 7 in Eveleigh, Australia, after an exhibition of the items from April 4 to April 7.

The auction includes items from “Gladiator” (including a “fully functioning” Roman chariot and a wooden training sword), “Les Miserables,” “Cinderella Man,” “L.A. Confidential,” The Insider” and “Master and Commander.”
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Oscars: What Should Have Won – The Insider Over American Beauty for Best Picture of 1999

Graeme Robertson on why The Insider should have won over American Beauty at the Academy Awards…

The line up for the Oscars celebrating the best of 1999 could arguably be seen as something of a slow year in terms of cinematic brilliance, at least in my opinion. While none of the films nominated is particularly bad per se, many of them are merely just good or decent, but most of them are hardly the heights of brilliance.

The film named as Best Picture of 1999 was Sam MendesAmerican Beauty, a decent film but deeply flawed film that boasts an excellent Oscar-winning performance from (the now disgraced) Kevin Spacey, great visuals and a beautiful score by the always wonderful Thomas Newman. However, while I like American Beauty (although I don’t think I’ll watch it again for a while thanks to Mr Spacey), it really hasn’t aged well in and
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‘Blade Runner 2049’ sound mixers Doug Hemphill, Ron Bartlett: ‘Blade Runner was in our DNA’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

‘Blade Runner 2049’ sound mixers Doug Hemphill, Ron Bartlett: ‘Blade Runner was in our DNA’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“‘Blade Runner’ was in our DNA,” reveals sound mixer Doug Hemphill about his work on “Blade Runner 2049.” Hemphill and his colleague Ron Bartlett previously collaborated with Ridley Scott on the 2007 final-cut version of the 1982 sci-fi classic, re-mixing the film with all the new bells and whistles available to them. When they lent their talents to Denis Villeneuve‘s 2017 followup they reaped an Oscar nomination for Best Sound Mixing. Watch our exclusive video interview with Hemphill and Bartlett above.

See Will ‘Blade Runner 2049’ get Oscar revenge for unforgivable snubs of Ridley Scott’s original classic?

Their experience working on the original years after its release helped inform their work on the sequel. “It was great hearing [Scott’s] ideas,” Bartlett explains, “taking those thematic elements and moving it into this one.” This was especially true when it came to Vangelis‘s iconic score, which “2049” composers Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch paid
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Oscars flashback: Watch as Christopher Plummer confesses he was rehearsing his acceptance speech since birth

Oscars flashback: Watch as Christopher Plummer confesses he was rehearsing his acceptance speech since birth
Christopher Plummer had to wait until his eighties to receive any attention from Oscar voters. The long-awaited first nomination for the 2010 film “The Last Station” followed an acclaimed career in “The Sound of Music,” “The Man Who Would Be King,” “Somewhere in Time,” and “The Insider.” Even with the sympathy vote and at his age, he wouldn’t win that night, losing to Christoph Waltz in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Basterds” for Best Supporting Actor.

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However, two years later, Plummer was offered the plum role of Hal in the indie dramedy Beginners starring Ewan McGregor. It was that role that did bring Plummer his first (and only, so far) Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He played an elderly man dying of cancer who reveals to his son that he is gay with a young male lover.

At 82 Plummer
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Deon Taylor to Direct, Produce Police Drama ‘.38’

Deon Taylor to Direct, Produce Police Drama ‘.38’
Deon Taylor and his Hidden Empire Film Group partners Roxanne Avent and Robert F. Smith are ramping up on police drama “.38,” with production planned for March in Los Angeles, Variety has learned exclusively.

Producers have started casting and have hired cinematographer Dante Spinotti, who received Academy Award nominations for “The Insider” and “L.A. Confidential.” The project is based on Tim Clemente’s screenplay, set on the gang-ridden streets of St. Louis’ “Bloody Third” district. The story follows a police force over the course of one night through interweaving storylines inspired by actual events with the citizens (both criminals and victims) they are charged to protect.

The film is financed by Smith, Taylor’s longtime business partner and lead investor. Smith founded Vista Equity Partners in 2000 and is the firm’s managing principal with over $3 billion in capital under management.

Taylor told Variety that the project is inspired partly by the need to explore the issues of the
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Could Fox Acquisition Finally Make Disney an Awards Power Player?

Could Fox Acquisition Finally Make Disney an Awards Power Player?
Disney has been one of the least awards-focused studios in the game for decades. The Burbank-based company even made a concerted effort to eliminate the specialty side of its movie business, selling off Miramax Films for $660 million in 2010 and only deigning to dabble in awards season fare with a handful of recent prestige productions like “The Help” and “Lincoln” through its distribution pact with DreamWorks.

How ironic, then, that with an acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s film divisions, it could mark a whole new era for Disney on the circuit. Through “Big” Fox and subsidiary Fox Searchlight, the studio would have a whole other silo far more adept at the awards game…if that’s even of interest, that is.

As if to prove that point, Fox blasted out a press release Monday morning in the wake of this year’s Golden Globe nominations announcement, beaming over a field-leading 27 mentions for a slew of films including
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Netflix Developing ‘House Of Cards’ Spinoffs

It hasn’t long for Netflix to react to the allegations of sexual misconduct and assault that have levelled at Kevin Spacey. While it was reportedly in the works since the summer, the streaming service announced yesterday that the sixth season of hit “House Of Cards” will be its last. Now, news is emerging that the brand might find new life, but without Spacey’s involvement.

Much like HBO is doing with “Game Of Thrones,” Netflix is developing a handful of spinoffs for “House Of Cards.” At the top of the list is a potential series revolving around Frank Underwood’s ruthless aide Doug Stamper, played by Michael Kelly, with Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump,” “The Insider,” “Munich“) penning the script.

Continue reading Netflix Developing ‘House Of Cards’ Spinoffs at The Playlist.
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Michael De Luca, Michael Mann project 'Hue 1968' lands at FX

Premium cable network to adapt Vietnam War book into limited series.

FX has landed the rights to turn Black Hawk Down author Mark Bowden’s book Huế, 1968 into a limited event series that will range from eight-10 hours.

Michael Mann and Michael De Luca acquired the rights to the book in late April.

The Vietnam War adaption will focus on lives on all sides during pivotal the Tet Offensive by Vietnamese forces. Characters include a seemingly innocent Vietnamese schoolgirl turned hardened revolutionary; a Marine captain from Pennsylvania who becomes a war hero; a Hanoi teacher who fights as an infantryman for the North Vietnamese army; and Us president Lyndon B. Johnson.

Mann, the Oscar-winning director of Collateral, The Insider, and Heat, plans to direct several episodes and will produce alongside De Luca and FX Productions.

The network is reportedly planning to begin filming on the series at the end of this year in Asia.

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Al Pacino to Play Penn State Coach Joe Paterno in HBO Biopic

Al Pacino will portray Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in an upcoming HBO biopic.

The film, directed by Barry Levinson, focuses on the sexual assault scandal that rocked the university and tarnished Paterno's legacy.

According to Variety, the film's synopsis states, "After becoming the winningest coach in college football history, Joe Paterno is embroiled in Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, challenging his legacy and forcing him to face questions of institutional failure on behalf of the victims."

Pacino has been attached to a Paterno film since
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Russell Crowe, David Oyelowo to star in Arc Of Justice

David Crow May 9, 2017

Russell Crowe and David Oyelowo are poised to star in Arc of Justice, a film about a trial involving race, murder, and Clarence Darrow.

Clarence Darrow is certainly one of the most famous lawyers in American history. A leading figure in the Aclu’s infancy, Darrow was the defence lawyer during the first 'Trial of the Century' in 1925 regarding the killers Leopold and Loeb, and he famously defended the right to teach evolution against William Jennings Bryan in the Scopes Trial that same year. It hence stands to reason that more films about the legendary figure’s career would eventually make it to the screen beyond the fictionalised account of Scopes in Inherit the Wind (1960).

Thus enter Arc Of Justice, a new budding courtroom drama that explores the turbulent and still vital struggle of race in America during the NAACP’s early days. As according to Variety
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Michael Mann, Michael De Luca line up 'Hue 1968' series

Vietnam War adaption will focus on lives on all sides during pivotal Tet Offensive.

Michael Mann and Michael De Luca have acquired rights to Mark Bowden’s upcoming book Hue 1968, which they will develop into an eight-to-10-hour miniseries.

Mann, the Oscar-winning director of Collateral, The Insider, and Heat, will direct multiple episodes and produce alongside De Luca, the Fifty Shades Darker producer who recently co-produced the Oscar telecast.

Hue 1968 took Bowden, the best-selling author of Black Hawk Down, five years to write and focuses on lives on all sides of the conflict during the pivotal Tet Offensive. Grove Atlantic will publish the book on June 6.

Characters include a seemingly innocent Vietnamese schoolgirl turned hardened revolutionary; a Marine captain from Pennsylvania who becomes a war hero; a Hanoi teacher who fights as an infantryman for the North Vietnamese army; and Us president Lyndon B. Johnson.

Mark Bowden’s written a masterpiece of intensely dramatic non-fiction,” Mann said. “Bowden
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The Overlook Film Festival Panels, Juries & New Interactive Game Announced

The wait is nearly over, as this week marks the beginning of the first-ever Overlook Film Festival. Daily Dead is proud to sponsor and attend the horror genre celebration, and fans and industry professionals alike will have plenty to look forward to, as new panels, juries for judging shorts and features, and an additional interactive game have now been announced.

We have the press release with full details below, and to learn more, visit the official website for The Overlook Film Festival.

Press Release: Whether you're coming up for the afternoon or the entire weekend: a full Overlook schedule is now available in one place so you can easily plan your festival experience and make sure you don't miss a thing! Of course, we're still adding incredible programing to the calendar so check back often.

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Newly added to Saturday: panel discussions! Available to all pass holders.
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Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Leonardo Dicpario may team on new film

Screen legends Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio may be set to team with director Martin Scorsese on a new film. Both actors have worked with Scorsese multiple times in the past; De Niro on Mean Streets, Casino, Goodfellas and more and DiCaprio on Shutter Island, The Wolf Of Wall Street and The Aviator amongst many others, but they have never worked with each other on a Scorsese film, so reports Deadline.

The project in question is adaptation of Killers Of The Flower Moon: The Osage Murders And The Birth Of The FBI by David Grann, which is released in bookstores next week.

Here’s the story from book’s synopsis:

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.
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Dune Remake Gets Forrest Gump Writer Eric Roth

Dune Remake Gets Forrest Gump Writer Eric Roth
The upcoming Dune reboot is now one step closer to becoming a reality. Legendary Pictures has already hired Arrival director Denis Villeneuve to helm the project, but now the movie has a writer as well. The studio has reportedly hired veteran screenwriter Eric Roth to pen the screenplay for this new version of Dune, which looks to be a major priority for Legendary Pictures moving forward.

Variety is reporting that the Forrest Gump writer has officially been brought on board to write the new Dune movie, which Legendary Pictures secured the rights to make last November. The studio closed a deal with author Frank Herbert's estate, not only for this new rebooted movie, but for TV projects related to Dune as well. But it will be Eric Roth who sets the tone for this new take on Dune. No pressure.

The good news for those hoping this new Dune
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The Upcoming Dune Adaptation will be written by Forrest Gump Writer Eric Roth

Legendary Pictures is in the process of developing a new feature film adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune. They've just hired screenwriter Eric Roth to write the script for the film. He's a talented screenwriter that has worked on films such as Forrest Gump, The Insider, Ali, Munich, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and more. As you can see he has a great track record and is sure to deliver a solid script.

Dune is being directed by Denis Villeneuve, who previously made Arrival, Sicario, and the incredible looking sequel Blade Runner 2049. With the level of talent that is being brought on to develop this film, I'd like to think that we can expect great things from this new adaptation of this classic sci-fi story.

Set in the distant future, “Dune” follows Paul Atreides, whose family assumes control of the desert planet Arrakis. As the only producer of a highly valuable resource,
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The Dark Knight: Visual Echoes. How Michael Mann's work influenced 'The Dark Knight'

Glass Distortion has compiled a fascinating video essay showcasing the influence the work of Michael Mann had on Christopher Nolan when making 'The Dark Knight.'

Mann's L.A. Takedown (1989), Heat (1995), The Insider (1999), and Collateral (2004) are the films used as references and cues used by The Dark Knight director and 'Heat' was one of the films cast and crew was made watch during pre-production .

Nolan once said “I always felt ‘Heat’ to be a remarkable demonstration of how you can create a vast universe within one city and balance a very large number of characters and their emotional journeys in an effective manner”

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All the Ways 'The Dark Knight' Borrowed from 'Heat' Revealed

All the Ways 'The Dark Knight' Borrowed from 'Heat' Revealed
The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan has long cited Michael Mann's 1995 crime epic Heat as an inspiration for his best-loved Batman film. 

For casual viewers, the opening heist scene in which The Joker (Heath Ledger) steals from the mob has the most easily recognizable callbacks (and even features Heat star William Fichtner in the key role as the bank employee who takes a stand against the Joker's men). 

Now, an excellently crafted video from Glass Distortion delves into the visual cues The Dark Knight takes from Heat, as well as other films in Mann's catalogue: L.A. TakedownThe Insider, and Collateral.

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Great Job, Internet!: A closer look at The Dark Knight’s debt to Michael Mann

Michael Mann’s one of those filmmakers whose greatest films inspire fierce debate. An argument can and has been made that nearly all of his movies (except for The Keep, maybe) is his masterpiece, whether its prestige period pieces like Last Of The Mohicans and Public Enemies or the gnarly digital pulp of Blackhat and Collateral. Nearly everyone agrees, though, that Heat is up there, an operatic meditation on cops and robbers that still manages to function as an all-time great action flick.

Chief among that movie’s fans is director Christopher Nolan, who cited it repeatedly as an inspiration for his own (arguable) masterwork, The Dark Knight. A new video essay explores just how much Nolan was able to match the tonal, topical, and even kinetic feel of that movie. (Collateral and The Insider are also featured, though to a much lesser extent.)

The Dark Knight: Visual Echoes
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Exclusive Interview – Oscar nominated screenwriter Taylor Sheridan on Hell or High Water, Sicario and more

Alex Moreland chats with screenwriter Taylor Sheridan about Hell or High Water and Sicario

Hello Taylor!

Hi, how are you doing?

I’m doing well, how are you?

I’m good, yeah.

So, obviously, first of all – massive congratulations on the Oscar nominations for Hell or High Water.

Thank you!

Have you had a chance to see any of the other movies that have been nominated?

I have, I’ve seen – I mean, obviously I’m trying to see them all, but I’ve seen Moonlight, which I adored, because it’s a phenomenal film. I’ve seen Hacksaw Ridge, which again I was extremely surprised at how much I liked that, and I’ve seen Arrival, which I thought again was outstanding. And La La Land, which was… it’s hard to make an original – it’s so fresh, and yet it’s a musical. I really liked it.
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