• Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan may reunite on screen for the actress’ directorial debut Ithaca. Hanks would have a cameo role in the World War II coming-of-age drama based on William Saroyan’s novel The Human Comedy and already serves as an executive producer. Erik Jendresen (Killing Lincoln) adapted the script that will also feature Ryan onscreen, as well as the previously announced Sam Shepard (August: Osage County), Melanie Griffith (Working Girl), and Jack Quaid, Ryan’s son with actor Dennis Quaid. This would be the fourth time the pair has appeared on screen together after Joe Versus the Volcano, »
- Jake Perlman
The first word on a new psychological thriller landed in our inbox today, including who the primary cast members are, so if you're a fan of Wes Bentley and/or Jaimie Alexander, read on for all the details!
From the Press Release:
Actors Wes Bentley (Intersteller, Knight of Cups, The Hunger Games, American Beauty) and Jaimie Alexander (pictured; London Fields, Thor: The Dark World, Thor) will star in the upcoming psychological thriller Broken Vows.
The script was written by James Agnew and Sean Keller (Rage), and internationally award-winning commercial director Bram Coppens, who hails from Belgium, makes his directorial debut with this first feature film. Broken Vows is produced by Wendy Benge (Life of Crime, Life After Beth), and Larry Ladove (The Butler, Life of Crime) will serve as executive producer. Stonecreek Films will be financing the film, which is slated to go into production in late June.
- Debi Moore
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
The World Cup brings a great deal of attention to the men of Team USA and a bunch of that also winds up on the Us Men's soccer team's players wives and girlfriends in the world of celebrity gossip. Pictured above is Bethany Dempsey, the wife of Clint Dempsey, and she commands attention in an eye catching photo shoot. She is an American beauty and showed off in patriotic red, white and blue when she posed for the body paint photo above in Sports Illustrated. There were several wives and girlfriends who posed and you can watch the video below from Sports Illustrated that shows off their hard bodies and hard work of the tedious process of covering up some sensitive areas in body paint. See more photos of wives and girlfriends here, internationally some of the soccer stars WAGs are celebrities just for being married or dating a famous football (soccer) player. »
Having just crossed $700 million at the global box office, Sony has taken the opportunity to announce the home entertainment release of its superhero sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which is set to hit Download on August 5th and Blu-ray and DVD on August 19th. Here’s a rundown of the special features set to accompany the film (via EW)…
Blu-ray & DVD Bonus Features Include:
4 All-New Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Marc Webb
Alicia Keys “It’s On Again” music video
Exclusively Available on Blu-ray:
9 Additional Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Marc Webb, including “Peter Meets His Father”
“The Wages of Heroism: Making The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” featuring revealing, in-depth segments including:
“Lessons Learned: Development and Direction” — Filmmakers and cast discuss their approach to the sequel and their efforts to make it the best Spider-Man yet.
“Heart of the City: Shooting in New York” — A behind-the-scenes look at »
- Gary Collinson
Having fallen just short of the milestone on Thursday, Sony’s superhero sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 crossed the $700 million mark yesterday, becoming only the second film to do so this year after Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
At this point, it looks likely that Spidey will overtake Cap’s $710.1 million to become the biggest earner of the year so far, although it may just fall short of its predecessor, which pulled in $757.9 million back in 2012. If so, then the wall-crawler’s latest outing will remain the lowest-grossing instalment of Sony’s Spider-Man movie franchise.
2014 is shaping up to be another solid year for the superhero movie with 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past catching up fast to its rivals, having pulled in $624.4 million, meaning that Marvel currently occupies the top three spots in the list of the year’s highest-grossing movies.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 stars »
- Gary Collinson
Last month, we gave you a list of movies not to watch with your mother on mother's day. With Father's Day on Sunday, we thought we'd provide the same service for you and your dear old dads. Here's our list of movies that you should definitely Not watch with dad, either because it would be really awkward, really uncomfortable, or really sad. Take our advice, trust us. Read More: Warning! Here are 10 Films Not to Watch With Your Mother on Mother's Day "American Beauty" Dir. Sam Mendes (1999) Odds are your dad has already seen this one, but there's a couple of reasons you might not want to present him with this classic on Father's Day. Set aside the centerpiece of the film (Kevin Spacey's obsession with his daughter's co-cheerleader). Spacey the dad has nothing going for him here. The film opens with his daughter saying she wants him to die. »
I promise – it wasn’t my plan to have seven of the ten films on this portion of the list focus on World War II. But, if we look back at the biggest international conflicts of all time, World War II is the one that provides the most opportunity. It’s a chance for a number of different countries to look at the same war from different perspectives. In this portion alone, there’s a French film, a German film, a Hungarian film, a couple British/American films, and a few American films – all about varied aspects of World War II.
courtesy of fmvmagazine.com
40. The Killing Fields (1984)
Directed by: Roland Joffé
Conflict: Cambodian Civil War
For all the films made about World War II and larger scale conflicts, the few that depict smaller, more concentrated ones are sometimes more effective. Roland Joffé’s 1984 drama The Killing Fields hones in on Cambodia, »
- Joshua Gaul
The line between theatre and cinema is becoming increasingly blurred, as while triumphant productions such as War Horse and Jersey Boys make their way to the big screen, classic feature films such as The Lion King, and more recently Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, are being reimagined on stage. There have been some plays that have even been screened in cinemas of late – and it’s a notion now explored in Jeremy Whelehan’s documentary Now: In the Wings on a World Stage, as the two mediums become almost interchangeable.
In what is effectively Kevin Spacey and Sam Mendes’ first screen collaboration since American Beauty, Whelehan follows the pair, along with the fellow members of the Bridge Project Company, as they tour the world with their stage production of Richard III. While fascinating to see such talented actors – not to mention the indelible, diligent crew – at the top of their game and honing their craft, »
- Stefan Pape
Penny Dreadful is a frightening psychological thriller created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, Gladiator) and executive produced by Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road). [Press Release] New York, NY – (June 4, 2014) – Showtime has picked up a second season of its critically acclaimed drama series Penny Dreadful, it was announced today by David Nevins, President, Showtime Networks Inc. The network has given an expanded order of ten episodes to the series. Created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan, Penny Dreadful has been embraced by the network’s subscribers, drawing 4.8 million weekly viewers across platforms since its launch. The series, which debuted »
- Pietro Filipponi
Pop Up Screens have confirmed their summer lineup for July to September, taking place at several London parks.
The large outdoor screenings will occur at several different venues, including Morden, Fulham, Blackheath, Hammersmith, Holborn and Greenwich.
Each screening costs £10, while a weekender pass to see all three films is £24. A season ticket for all films costs £75.
This year's events will also serve up Pop Up Burgers, while there will be a bar and popcorn available as well.
Pop Up Screens founder David Leydon said: "If you've never been to an outdoor cinema, you should, it's a must try. I know it sounds like a bit of a sales pitch, but it »
Six years after their last attempt, Empire Magazine has conducted a poll of over 250,000 film fans to come up with a list of the 301 greatest movies ever made. It's the 1980 classic "The Empire Strikes Back" which took the top spot, beating out the 2008 winner "The Godfather" which slipped down to second place. The Top 50 of the list are:
The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
2001: A Space Odyssey
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
- Garth Franklin
The Oscar-winning actor, House of Cards star and artistic director of London's Old Vic will be joining us to answer your questions on Wednesday 4 June
Whether his 3.6 million followers associate Spacey more with stage or screen will depend on their own viewing habits. Oscar and Olivier award-winning in the same year (1999) for Sam Mendes's film American Beauty and The Iceman Cometh at London's Old Vic, Spacey has conquered both mediums. Oh, and then there's the TV. As Frank Underwood in the hit Netflix series, House of Cards, the 54-year-old is leading the charge of the on-demand trend.
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- Guardian Staff
For people of a certain age, movies like 10 Things I Hate About You and Cruel Intentions were the brat pack movies of the '90s. But many of the young stars of that era never saw their career progress into adulthood. College Candy lists eight of them. A sampling: Mena Suvari: She starred in both indie and mainstream movies, particularly making waves in American Beauty and American Pie . But sometime in the 2000s, we stopped hearing much from her. Devon Sawa: He never quite became the tween heartthrob Casper was supposed to turn him into, and we didn't see much »
- Evann Gastaldo
When Sam Mendes recommended Michael C. Hall to his American Beauty scribe Alan Ball for the role of David Fisher, the closeted brother in HBO's Six Feet Under, it was the beginning of a 13-year period in which he starred in two critically acclaimed cable series, taking the lead role in Showtime's Dexter after Six Feet Under ended. Hall is now starring in the indie film Cold in July, now playing in theaters and on demand, in which he portrays a killer with "a greater sense of human remorse." The actor recently sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to
- Chris O'Falt
It may have found itself knocked from the top of the North American chart after just one week, but Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has crossed the half a billion mark at the box office this past weekend, with $147 million domestically and $403 million internationally giving the Marc Webb helmed sequel a solid $550 million to date.
At present, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is trailing Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier by some $145 million, and is also currently the lowest-grossing instalment of Sony’s Spider-Man movie series, with The Amazing Spider-Man sitting on $752 million worldwide. While that figure certainly seems achievable, the sequel is going to face some stiff competition, with Godzilla arriving this week, followed by another superhero offering X-Men: Days of Future Past the following week.
- Gary Collinson
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