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Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg on the Oscars' Red Carpet Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Spielberg has taken home two Best Director Oscars: Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Schindler's List also won Best Picture, but Saving Private Ryan lost to John Madden's Miramax-distributed Shakespeare in Love. There was quite a bit of animosity at the time, as some felt that Miramax, owned by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, overdid its Oscar campaigning – while still managing to sway enough Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members to vote for its film. Somewhat ironically, at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony Steven Spielberg presented the Best Picture Award to The King's Speech. Toplining Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, and Claire Bloom, this British production was »
- D. Zhea
Cannes is almost upon us, and many distributors have moved early to snap up some of the hottest new films in the festival, with Seville International enjoying strong pre-sales for the distribution rights for Xavier Dolan’s new film, It’s Only the End of the World.
The film stars Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night), Léa Seydoux (Blue Is The Warmest Colour) Vincent Cassel (Black Swan), Nathalie Baye (Catch Me If You Can) and Gaspard Ulliel (Saint Laurent), and is based on a play by Jean-Luc Lagarce about a writer who returns to his hometown to tell his family about his upcoming death.
It’s Only The End of the World is set for release in 2016.
- Scott J. Davis
Entertainment One’s boutique sales arm Seville International has kicked off its Cannes with strong pre-sales on Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only The End Of The World. The film, starring Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night), Léa Seydoux (Spectre) Vincent Cassel (Child 44), Nathalie Baye (Catch Me If You Can) and Gaspard Ulliel (Saint Laurent), has secured deals in the UK (Curzon Artificial Eye), Italy (Lucky Red) and Japan (Pictures Dept). Active negotiations are underway in a… »
Image Nation Abu Dhabi announced a deal to fully finance James Ponsoldt's upcoming feature adaptation of Dave Eggers' novel The Circle. The film will be presented by Image Nation in association with Parkes MacDonald Productions. Im Global are handling international sales on the film and will be repping it at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Us rights are being jointly repped by UTA Independent Film Group and CAA.
The feature adaptation of The Circle, has been written and will be directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now). The film is being produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman for Playtone, Anthony Bregman for Likely Story, and James Ponsoldt. Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) will star alongside . Three other major roles are currently out to casting and will be announced shortly. Shooting on The Circle will start August 2015 in California.
Dave Eggers' novel focuses on a young woman who »
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer released on Twitter the first photo of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning (“Kon-Tiki”).
The fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia.
Johnny Depp is joined by Oscar winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Skyfall”), Kaya Scodelario (“The Maze Runner,” British television’s “Skins”), Brenton Thwaites (“Maleficent,” “The Giver”) and Golshifteh Farahani (“The Patience Stone,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings”).
Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, »
- Michelle McCue
There has been a pause in production for a little while after Johnny Depp sustained a hand injury, but Disney still has Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales on track for release a couple summers from now on July 7th, 2017. And even though Depp has been out of commission for a little but, enough was shot for Disney to begin teasing the film pretty early out with the first photo from the fifth installment of the high seas adventure series. Depp is the only recognizable actor in the picture, and he's wearing one of his signature goofy looks as Captain Jack Sparrow, who has found himself in some trouble. Here's the first look at Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales from Disney: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning (Kon-Tiki) and written by Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can, »
- Ethan Anderton
Just a short while after we posted the first onset photo from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (aka Pirates of the Caribbean 5) Johnny Depp sustained an injury on the set (but not while filming) that ground the production to a halt. But it's okay, he's back in the swing of things and and under the direction of new helmers Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning. So this time producer Jerry Bruckheimer decided to tweet a photo of the actor that was a bit less mercurial. Check out the image below. In addition to Depp, newcomers Javier Bardem, Kaya Scodelario, Brenton Thwaites and Golshifteh Farahani star alongside series regulars Geoffrey Rush, Kevin R. McNally and Stephen Graham. The script was written by Jeff Nathanson (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Catch Me If You Can). Captain Jack is back and we're not letting him go. »
- Evan Dickson
Is it just me, or does there seem to be a sudden interest in the exploration of the lives of NBA athletes on both the big and small screens, whether scripted or non-fiction? In the last year alone, we've profiled projects that LeBron James, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Stephon Marbury, Baron Davis (to name a few) are attached to, each one based on or inspired the basketball player's real-life. There was also news of Showtime developing an hour-long scripted drama set in the world of professional basketball - specifically, it was to provide a behind-the-scenes look at how an NBA team is run, and hailed from Ron Shelton, who isn't a stranger to sports-related dramas after writing and directing "Bull Durham" and "White Men Can’t Jump." And there was also Hho's pick up of a pitch from Jeff Nathanson (screenwriter of "Catch Me if you Can" and the "Rush Hour" movies) and Gavin. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Madrid – Gearing up for next week’s Mip TV, Imagina Intl. Sales, Spain’s foremost TV fiction sales company, has acquired international sales rights to woman’s prison survival drama-thriller “Locked Up,” the latest series from Globomedia, the biggest and most-established of Spain’s premier TV production powerhouses.
A future high-profile prime time drama on Antena 3, one of Spain’s two most-watched channels, “Locked Up” turns on a young woman, Macarena (Maggie Civantos), who is jailed for tax fraud. Shocked by her new ménage, she begins to realize that some cons are prepared to kill other inmates to get their hands on the loot from a $10 million van heist. In mortal danger, she will have to use her wits to survive.
Spain has rarely aired Spanish prison dramas, especially set in women’s jails. High concept, “Locked Up” is “very powerful,” “dark-humor laced” and “highly innovative” in its ultra-realist visual style, »
- John Hopewell
There can never be too many movies with Christopher Walken, and that's why we're happy to hear from Deadline that the Pulp Fiction and Catch Me If You Can star has just landed two more projects. First up, Walken will take a role in Eddie the Eagle, the true story about Britain’s first Olympic ski jumper, Michael Edwards (Taron Egerton), who became famous for finishing dead last in two events at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, despite his best efforts. Hugh Jackman plays Eddie's mentor, and Walken has been brought on board as the mentor of Jackman's character. Don't forget we got a first look at the film recently. In addition, Walken has also landed a role in Nine Lives, a comedy from director Barry Sonnenfeld that will team him up with Kevin Spacey for the first time. Why is that significant? Well, Spacey is known for doing a perfect impression of Walken, »
- Ethan Anderton
1. I was a concert pianist in high school. 2. My dog was stolen and sold to a drug dealer but I hired a private investigator and got him back. Photos: Hollywood's Most Pampered Dogs 3. I have an extensive vintage jazz album collection. 4. My entire family are actors and my 86-year-old grandmother just booked her first commercial. 5. My first job was opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me If You Can when I was a senior in high school. 6. Most of my friends I've been friends with since elementary [...] »
In a video that will make your whole day if not your whole week, legendary actor Tom Hanks appeared on The Late, Late Show with British un-funny man James Corden where the pair re-enact a large portion of Mr. Hank’s film roles including Forrest Gump, Big, Bachelor Party, The Money Pit, The ‘Burbs, Turner & Hooch, Road to Perdition, Joe vs. The Volcano, Sleepless in Seattle, Saving Private Ryan, Captain Phillips, The Terminal, A League of Their Own, You’ve Got Mail, That Thing You Do, The Polar Express, Catch me if you Can, Cloud Atlas, The Green Mile, Larry Crowne, Castaway, Philadelphia, The Da Vinci Code, Saving Mr. Banks, Splash, Apollo 13 and the Toy Story trilogy.
Check out the video below:
Pretty cool, eh?
- Luke Owen
In Focus, Will Smith's first film since 2013, the superstar plays Nicky, a long-time conman who is planning his last big score, but ends up reuniting with a con woman who he trained years before.
The film, which performed mildly at the box office in its debut this weekend, joins the ranks of Hollywood's long love affair with the art of the con.
In celebration of this newest entry in the grifter genre, here are nine of the best conman movies ever made.
(Note: This list doesn't include movies about heists that happen to involve conmen -- i.e. Ocean's Eleven or The Heist -- just films that celebrate the age of tradition of swindling.)
9. Matchstick Men (2003): Nicholas Cage and Sam Rockwell play con artists who are planning one of the biggest scams of their careers. Things get complicated when Cage's teenage daughter shows up and »
Movies about con men come in a few different varieties — from the broadly comical (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) to the more dramatically entertaining (Catch Me If You Can) — but it’s rare to find one without humorous intentions because something about the character type lends itself to casual comedy and likable leads. One of those rarities is 1993’s Six Degrees of Separation starring a fresh-faced Will Smith, and now twenty two years later an older, wiser Smith has returned to the confidence game with the slick but slight Focus. Nicky (Smith) is a career flimflammer who long ago graduated from picking pockets to managing a double-digit team of hustlers who target populated tourist areas like New Orleans during a big game stealing watches, wallets, purses, luggage and more. He finds a new protege in Jess (Margot Robbie) after conning his way into a meal at a fancy restaurant and meeting her as she attempts a sloppy swindle of »
- Rob Hunter
Big Willy’s latest big screen outing makes its way to the multiplex this month. In Focus, Smith plays the consummate con man, a smooth operator who liberates people of their wealth with the help of a Margot Robbie-shaped femme fatale.
The duo of tricksters aren’t the first con artists to grace the silver screen however. So from pool sharks and grifters to tricksters, card cheats and American hustlers; here’s our rundown of the most memorable con artists in movie history.
One of the finest fraudster films to ever grace the multiplex; The Hustler stars Paul Newman as Fast Eddie Felson, a pool shark intent on toppling legendary cue-man Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason). With its smoky sets, stunning black and white cinematography and superb performances from Newman and Gleason; the film is just as good today as it was on its release more than 50 years ago. »
- Daniel Bettridge
After years in development, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth title in the high-grossing Disney franchise, is finally unfurling its sails and kicking off production in Queensland, Australia. The pic, which will find Johnny Depp reprising the role of Captain Jack Sparrow, follows Pirates‘ most critically reviled installment and, as such, will likely determine whether the franchise still has a creative future.
Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning (Kon-Tiki) are handling directorial duties on Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Jeff Nathanson (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Catch Me If You Can) penned the script. Disney just unveiled a new synopsis for the fivequel, promising another risky adventure on the high seas:
Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the »
- Isaac Feldberg
Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow as shooting begins in Australia.
Production has begun on location in Australia on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, directed by Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning, the directing duo behind Kon-Tiki.
It marks the fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise, which has reaped $3.7bn in worldwide box office.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia.
Johnny Depp returns in the role of Captain Jack Sparrow and will be newly joined by Javier Bardem (Skyfall), rising young stars Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner) and Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent) and Golshifteh Farahani (Exodus: Gods and Kings).
According to the official synopsis: “A down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The fifth film in Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" series has begun filming. Here's the press release the company issued today to celebrate the news which also includes a detailed new synopsis. Here's the press release in full:
Queens Land, Australia (February 18, 2015) – Production has commenced on location in Australia on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' epic comedy adventure "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning ("Kon-Tiki"), the fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise inspired by the classic Disney Theme Parks attraction, which has reaped $3.7 billion in worldwide box office.
"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia.
Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying »
- Garth Franklin
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has begun shooting at the Village Roadshow Studios and on locations in Queensland, a major boost to employment in the State. According to Screen Queensland, 75% of the 850-plus crew are Queenslanders and more locals will be employed during the five months of filming. There will be an estimated 6,100 extras man-days, the majority of which will be local hires. A Queensland production manager was among the first to be engaged. As If had reported, Brenton Thwaites is playing Henry, a British soldier, in the Jerry Bruckheimer/Disney production directed by Kon-Tiki.s Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning. Geoffrey Rush returns as Barbossa alongside Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, Javier Bardem as his nemesis Captain Salazar, Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner) as Henry's love interest, Golshifteh Farahani (Exodus: Gods and Kings), Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs and Stephen Graham as Scrum. »
- Don Groves
“G’Days” and “Ahoys” were probably exchanged aplenty today on the set of Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” which has commenced production in Queensland, Australia.
The fifth film in the franchise brings Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem down under for plenty of swashbuckling. Shooting will take place both on location in Queensland and in the Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast.
Depp returns to the role of Captain Jack Sparrow, who in this film will be targeted by the villainous Captain Salazar (Bardem) as Sparrow searches for Poseidon’s trident in hopes of fending off “deadly ghost pirates,” per a press release from the studio.
Orlando Bloom returns to the series to shiver more timbers after skipping the fourth installment, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” Bloom will reprise his role as Will Turner, and Turner’s relationship with his son (played »
- Marianne Zumberge
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