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Neophyte actor /producer Josh Howlett came up with the idea after watching a story on Espn.s Aussies Abroad which chronicled how five Aussies were recruited by Saint Mary.s College near San Francisco and contributed to the team.s greatest success in 50 years.
Robert Lewis Galinsky is writing the screenplay and serving as executive producer. Howlett will produce via his new company Handmade Media in league with a Us producer whom he declines to name until the project is fully funded.
He said roughly half the development budget has been raised from private investors and the plan is shoot the film next year, two-thirds of it on location in the Us. Howlett and Galinsky have a short-list of Us directors. »
- Don Groves
French actor Lambert Wilson, best known for his role as The Merovingian in "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions" has been chosen to host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival next month. Wilson first made an appearance at Cannes in 1985 for the film "Rendez-vous," co-starring alongside Juliette Binoche. He later served as jury president for the Un Certain Regard section in 1999. Most recently; however, he starred in 2010 Jury Prize winner "Of Gods and Men," which earned him a Cesar award. Wilson will open up this years' festival on May 14th and will introduce jury president Jane Campion ("The Piano" and "Top of the Lake") as well as the opening film, "Grace of Monaco." The rest of Cannes lineup will be announced April 17th. »
- Eric Eidelstein
French actor Lambert Wilson will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the Cannes Film Festival next month. Wilson will host the festival’s opening night on May 14, including welcoming jury president Jane Campion to open the festival, as well as the closing awards on May 24. Photos: 50 Never-Before-Seen Portraits From Cannes Grace of Monaco will be the opening night film, with last year’s jury member Nicole Kidman gracing the red carpet once again. Festival regular Wilson, best known in the U.S. for his role in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, first came to
- Rhonda Richford
A movie about pirates. Based on a theme park ride. Starring the eighth lead from Lord of the Rings and the second fiddle from Bend It Like Beckham. From the director of The Ring remake (which was good) and The Mexican (which was, well, The Mexican.) Yes, expectations were let’s-say-mild for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, a film which looked on paper like a high-concept travesty-in-waiting. (The full title was ten words long.)
But there was a wild card in Disney’s deck. When Pirates arrived in July 2003, Johnny Depp was a well-respected actor »
- Darren Franich
With a track record spanning more than 80 feature films and almost 1,000 commercials, Buf Compagnie is diversifying its revenue sources and forging long-term partnerships by positioning itself as a co-producer rather than just a standard vfx shop.
The change began when Buf produced Oscar-nominated short “Even Pigeons Go to Heaven” in 2007 and launched Angele & Fine Productions, named after founder Pierre Buffin’s daughters, to line-produce international projects that are serviced by Buf under France’s Trip tax rebate scheme. Titles have included “Thor,” “The Grandmaster” and “Odd Thomas.”
The company also operates two L.A. production arms: Angele Productions for live-action projects and Fine Productions for animation.
In 2012, Buf established post houses in Montreal and Brussels to access local tax shelters.
Its first project via the Brussels unit was Nicolas Bary’s €12 million ($16 million) dark comedy, “The Scapegoat,” which bowed in France last October.
Co-productions include “Toby Alone,” with Amber Entertainment, »
- Martin Dale
In a move to expand its local language production presence in China, Columbia Pictures has secured key partnerships with local high-profile filmmakers and entered in to split-rights agreements with Chinese production companies. Included among these, Columbia Pictures announces that principal photography has commenced on the Chinese martial arts action feature "The Monk," directed by Kaige Chen ("Farewell My Concubine"). The film, which is currently shooting on location in Xianghe, in China's Hebei Province, is a Cao Huayi presentation produced by Hong Chen, who produced Kaige Chen's previous two features. "The Monk" will be distributed domestically in China by New Classics Media, and throughout the rest of the world, including Hong Kong and Taiwan, by Sony Pictures Releasing International (Spri).
The film is scheduled for Summer 2015 release.
"The Monk" marks Columbia Pictures' second recent production in Mainland China, following the Chinese co-production "Gone With The Bullets" from internationally acclaimed director Jiang Wen, »
Considering the age we live in – where Hollywood seems desperate to remake any good idea they’ve had in the past – a revisit to the Matrix seems inevitable. The Wachowskis had an irreversible impact on the industry with their 1999 film, The Matrix. It significantly changed what we’ve come to expect of visual effects and action sequences, and produced the technology that allowed those ground-breaking advancements to be commonplace today.
The two sequels that followed – The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions – were less well-received and paled in comparison to the first film’s imagination and execution. Still, fans have been eager for a return to the innovative though deceiving future laid out in The Matrix – so much so that when ...
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- Sarah Moran
The filmmakers are rumored to have already turned in outlines and treatments to the studio, which is desperate for a big blockbuster franchise. Warner Bros. reportedly wants the first movie ready by 2017 so it can compete against the highly-anticipated sequels Star Wars: Episode VIII and Avatar 3, which are slated for release that year.
While it isn't clear which way the filmmakers plan on taking this new trilogy, one of the early outlines reportedly explores how The Matrix was first created. It's too early to tell if this is the route they plan on taking since the story is still very fluid. It also isn't clear if Keanu Reeves will be back as Neo, or if any of the other cast members will be back. »
I'm a fan of two-thirds of The Matrix trilogy. The first, obviously, and The Matrix Reloaded I genuinely enjoy watching (I largely love that score), though I'll admit I don't feel much reason to ever see The Matrix Revolutions again. The trilogy remains the one big hit in writer/director Andy and Lana Wachowski's cinematic history and the reason Warner Bros. continues to grant them the ability to make films such as Speed Racer and now Jupiter Ascending, which is to say films a little more unique than your generic sci-fi fair. Well, another reason to let them make those films is perhaps because the Wachowskis plan on revisiting the Matrix. Rumor from Latino Review suggests as much. Word is "the Wachowski's have already started the writing process with early treatments and outlines already turned into the studio." What's it all aboutc The site reports: One of the early »
- Brad Brevet
To quote from the Wachowskis: "You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes." Seems they chose to take the red pill and will see how far the rabbit hole they can take The Matrix franchise. After making the 1999 groundbreaking masterpiece, they followed it up with two underwhelming sequels, The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003). Since then, they've gone on to make some ho-hum films: Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas and the upcoming snooze-fest, Jupiter Ascending. Time to see if they can milk The Matrix fans three more times. We’ve been told that the Wachowski’s have already started the writing process with early treatments and outlines already turned into the studio. No word if they will want »
Are the Wachowskis working on a new "Matrix" trilogy? That's the rumor coming from Latino Review , who say that the Jupiter Ascending filmmakers are returning to the franchise which brought in $1.632 billion for Warner Bros. Pictures. It's been over 10 years since the last film hit theaters. The Matrix , starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss and Hugo Weaving, opened in theaters in 1999 and was followed by both The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions in 2003. According to the site: "We.ve been told that the Wachowski.s have already started the writing process with early treatments and outlines already turned into the studio. No word if they will want to direct but my money says .Claro que Si!.... The derisive ending of »
Catwoman? Harley Quinn? A gender twist on The Riddler or Joker, perhaps?
We’re told Mrs. Will Smith will play …
That name should leave even die-hard DC Comics fans scratching their heads. In the show, Fish is “a sadistic gangster boss and nightclub owner, she’s got the street smarts and almost extra-sensory abilities to read people like an open book. Imposing and hotheaded, she’s not one to be crossed.” Fish Mooney also the »
- James Hibberd
Since the jaw-dropping climax to the indie horror classic Saw, actor, producer and screenwriter Leigh Whannell (alongside frequent friend and collaborator James Wan) has gone on to make the genre terrifying once again. The Australian actor, previously best known for a small role in The Wachowski’s The Matrix Reloaded, is perhaps deservedly looked at as one of the saviours of the modern fright flick with both his original creations Saw and the highly-effective chiller Insidious now multi-million dollar franchises.
So, with the upcoming home-entertainment release of sequel Insidious: Chapter 2, we had the chance to put some killer questions to Whannell regarding making his mark in the genre and what’s next as he moves into…’the further’:
You’re obviously and fan of the horror genre. Where does that love and inspiration come from?
I guess James and I are just big horror fans. We just both love horror films. »
- Craig Hunter
13 items from 2014
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