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Carnaby acquires Simon West's 'Thunder Run'

10 February 2016 9:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Iraq war action-thriller gets new sales company. Ray Liotta comedy-drama Sticky Notes also joins slate.

UK sales outfit Carnaby has acquired world rights to long-gestating Simon West (Con-Air) action-thriller Thunder Run.

Based on Pulitzer Prize winning correspondent David Zucchino’s non-fiction book Thunder Run - The Armored Strike To Capture Baghdad, the script has been adapted by Black Hawk Down screenwriter Ken Nolan and Robert Pot (Numb3rs).

Jib Polhemus and Harry Stourton will produce under the Simon West Productions banner together with Carnaby’s Sean O’Kelly and Andrew Loveday. Production is planned for Q1, 2017, with casting underway and Carnaby planning a buyer presentation in Berlin.

Set in 2003 Iraq, Thunder Run is the story of the capture of Baghdad by American forces at the onset of the Iraq War.

Carnaby has also boarded world rights to comedy-drama Sticky Notes starring Ray Liotta (Goodfellas), Rose Leslie (Game Of Thrones), Justin Bartha (The Hangover) and Gina Rodriguez ([link »

- (Andreas Wiseman)

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In Oscar Directing Category, ‘More’ Sometimes Beats ‘Best’

9 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Here’s a Hollywood riddle. Why are 2015’s director Oscar nominees like Olympic gymnasts? Because their judges seem to have considered degree of difficulty.

These days, the helmer category routinely honors formidable narratives demanding a battlefield general as much as an artiste. Ang Lee ringmastered the 3-D “Life of Pi” menagerie to an Oscar, followed by Alfonso Cuaron recreating the solar system for the interstellar rescue of “Gravity.” Last year, Alejandro Inarritu’s punishing one-take saunter through existential angst ended in his statuette for “Birdman.”

Small wonder partisans are practically going door-to-door to inform voters about the climate extremes Inarritu put his cast through on “The Revenant,” and vehicle stunts pulled off by George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” team with minimal digital help.

If these films were knockouts, the spin seems to say, look how their makers knocked themselves out.

Even the contempo nominees boasted head-shaking challenges. How, »

- Bob Verini

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Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski to direct wildfire drama No Exit

2 February 2016 1:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With Disney pulling the plug on Tron 3, director Joseph Koskinski (Tron: Legacy, Oblivion) has now lined up his next project, with Variety reporting that the filmmmaker has signed on to direct No Exit from a script by Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down).

The film will tell the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, “a group of firefighters that faced one of the deadliest wildfires in history in order to save an Arizona town, resulting in the tragic death of 19 crew members.”

Kosinski had previously been attached to the video game adaptation Gran Turismo, along with the big screen remake of The Twilight Zone. »

- Gary Collinson

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi review – a barrage of noise and posturing

31 January 2016 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Director Michael Bay checks nuance at the door for this politically slanted take on the 2012 Us compound attack in Libya

In a Wall Street Journal article entitled Hollywood Goes to Benghazi, former security contractor Mark Geist (whose real-life experiences partially inspired this film) recalls testing the seriousness with which ’splosions enthusiast Michael Bay intended to tell his story. Noting that “he always has a girl’s butt in every Transformers, Pearl Harbor, The Rock”, Geist jokingly suggested a moment in 13 Hours that might accommodate such a shot. But Bay’s mind was on higher things. “He’s like, ‘No, we’re not gonna do it’,” Geist told the WSJ. “That showed me how serious he was about this movie…”

The absence of gratuitous butt shots aside, 13 Hours is very much business as usual for Bay; a barrage of noisy and largely indecipherable action, most notable for an Adhd visual style »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Joseph Kosinski Sets Sights On Yarnell Hill Wildfire Movie No Exit

29 January 2016 2:01 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With the rebooted Tron universe now all but dead over at Disney, director Joseph Kosinski has set his sights on Lionsgate’s No Exit, a real-life drama based on the tragic events that ensued when lightning struck Yarnell Hill in Arizona and ignited a vicious wildfire three years ago.

Best known for his work across Tron: Legacy and Tom Cruise-fronted sci-fi flick Oblivion, Variety reports that Kosinski will partner with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura on the feature film, which will mark the director’s first foray behind the lens to tackle a genre other than science fiction – and what a departure it is.

Working from a script penned by Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down), No Exit is poised to orbit around the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a tight-knit group of firefighters that were left scrambling to control a raging wildfire in 2013 that almost wiped out their entire crew. At its peak, »

- Michael Briers

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Kosinski To Direct Firefighter Tale "No Exit"

29 January 2016 6:58 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Tron: Legacy" and "Oblivion" director Joseph Kosinski is set to leave behind the sci-fi worlds of that film in favor of a new fact-based firefighting drama feature "No Exit" for Black Label Media.

The true story tale deals with one of the worst firefighting disasters in American history - a tragic wildfire in Arizona in 2013 that saw over 600 firefighters tackling a blaze that grew to 8,400 acres.

Due to fast-changing winds and 2,000-degree heat, all but one of a twenty-man wildfire fighting specialist team named Granite Mountain Hotshots perished.

"Black Hawk Down" scribe Ken Nolan is penning the script, while Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mike Menchel, Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler will produce. Shooting could kick off as early as this Summer.

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- Garth Franklin

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28 January 2016 11:37 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

I admire Michael Bay as a director, I really do. He is a filmmaker without guile, his images transparent in their vapid grandiloquence. The qualities and values of maximalism, crassness and jingoism that have consistently garnered mockery and acrimonious distain by many are not ones audiences are cleverly exposing, but most often are simply accurate characterizations of the attitudes such films as the two Bad Boys, Pearl Harbor, and his solely-helmed Transformers franchise directly espouse. It may be hard to imagine a film more gaudily self-evident in its values and the force of its aesthetics as the sprawling effects goliath and techno-anti-humanist Transformers: Age of Extinction, but in fact Bay’s most tidily budgeted and CGI free films of recent years, 2013’s true crime Pain & Gain and this year’s true war 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi are his most honest and perceptive, and, because of this, his best. »

- Daniel Kasman

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Exclusive: Tom Sizemore Boards The Martyr Maker

28 January 2016 6:42 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

We Got This Covered can exclusively report today that Golden Globe-nominated actor Tom Sizemore (Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down) has joined the cast of The Martyr Maker, an upcoming political thriller from Kamal Ahmed.

Not much is known about the project just yet, but Sizemore will co-star alongside Adeel Ahmed (who’s had guest spots on CBS’ Elementary and NBC’s Deception), who plays Zahid, “an American born Muslim who, after struggling with his Islamic roots, explores different aspects of the religion, leading to a deadly calling.”

Sizemore, meanwhile, will play the head of the CIA, though it’s unclear how the two characters will cross paths at this point. Still, it’s an intriguing premise and we’re eager to see how the film develops.

Set to shoot in the spring, there’s no release date just yet for The Martyr Maker, but with its two leading men now locked in, »

- Josh Wilding

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'Tron: Legacy' Director Joseph Kosinski to Direct Yarnell Hill Wildfire Movie

28 January 2016 3:51 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Joseph Kosinski, the director behind Tron: Legacy and Oblivion, is moving away from the sci-fi realm and entering the fire with No Exit, the true story of the tragic wildfire in Prescott, Ariz., that killed almost an entire crew of firefighters in 2013. Lorenzo di Bonaventura is among those producing the project while Ken Nolan, who tackled another mission gone wrong when he penned Black Hawk Down, wrote the script. Molly Smith and her Black Label Media are coming on board to finance the movie, which could begin shooting as early as summer. Known as the Yarnell Hill Wildfire and

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13 Hours: a thoughtful war movie directed by Michael Bay... really?

24 January 2016 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Despite complaints of rightwing bias, this story about the attack on Benghazi shows the director at his best. Perhaps it’s time for a Bay ceasefire

“I’ve had just about enough of this 2012 Alamo bullshit,” says one of the besieged CIA security contractors in Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi. And I know how he feels, considering how often it reminds me of every other movie of its kind, from Black Hawk Down through Lone Survivor, American Sniper, and such John Wayne flag-wavers as Sands Of Iwo Jima and – ah, there it is – The Alamo.

Related: 13 Hours: Michael Bay's Benghazi movie and 'the American Way'

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- John Patterson

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Antoine Fuqua’s Interest Heats Up Fall Of Saigon Drama ‘105 And Rising’

22 January 2016 1:33 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Andrew Cypiot’s Black List script 105 And Rising, about a Black Hawk Down-like rescue mission waged during the fall of Saigon, is creating serious heat in the marketplace now that Antoine Fuqua has an eye toward directing it — as soon as the fall, if the pieces drop in place quickly. The project isn’t set up yet, but several suitors are circling, with Black Label Media among them. The logline: Amidst the chaos of a falling nation on April 29, 1975, the… »

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'45 Years' director Andrew Haigh among Creative England Future Leaders

20 January 2016 1:40 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sunset Song producer Hurricane Films and Duck Soup Films, set up last year by two UK producers with ties to Warp Films, are also on the list.Scroll down for the full list

Film-maker Andrew Haigh (45 Years, Weekend) has been named as part of Creative England’s Future Leaders 2016, a list of ten individuals and companies selected for their “game-changing potential” in the UK’s creative industries.

Haigh’s latest film, 45 Years, premiered at last year’s Berlinale where it won Silver Bears for lead actors Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling (since nominated for an Oscar) and went on to win the award for Best British Film at Edinburgh before receiving nominations at the BIFAs and European Film Awards.

Director and screenwriter Haigh began his career as an apprentice editor on Ridley Scott’s 2000 blockbuster Gladiator before progressing to the role of assistant editor on the likes of Black Hawk Down, Kingdom Of Heaven and [link »

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Oscar Nominations 2016: Snubs, surprises and shockers

19 January 2016 1:23 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

So, the long-awaited list is finally out, and it reads more like a luck-of-the-draw hand this year, particularly for some. Some very notable and highly conspicuous misses this year, that shouldn’t have been misses at all, and not in a way folks might be ruing over lost chances with the recent Powerball jackpot. Quite predictably, the reactions keep pouring in, sound and fury and all.

Here’s our top 5 upsets this Oscar season, and that’s even before Leo gets the snub all over again (we hope not, though!)

1. Ridley-me-that!

The Martian did pick up nominations for a number of categories including Best Picture and Actor in a Leading Role, but somehow failed to make the cut for the Best Director nomination! That’s one really hard-to-explain glitch in the system, coming on the back of the fact that Scott has also never won despite the critical and popular success of his films. »

- The Hollywood News

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Oscar Snubs: Straight Outta Compton, Johnny Depp Left Off 2016 Nominees List

14 January 2016 6:35 AM, PST | | See recent news »

After some shocking oversights with last weekend's Golden Globes contenders and some surprising nods from the Screen Actors Guild, the big day has arrived: the Academy Award nominations are in! As usual, some of the year's frontrunners and favorites of critics and moviegoers alike didn't wake up to congratulatory messages. Most notably, no actors of color were tapped in the individual acting categories - the second year in a row. From Johnny Depp to Straight Outta Compton, here's who and what was left out in the cold for the Oscars, which airs on Feb. 28. Jacob Tremblay for Best Supporting ActorThe »

- Lindsay Kimble

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi review – Michael Bay plays politico for the Fox News crowd

13 January 2016 9:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Michael Bay’s bloody bonanza about the 2012 Us compound attack is atrocious, shrewdly timed for the presidential race and so scornful of foreign intervention it could be pacifist

Midway through Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, interrupting its bizarre mix of war pornography and dour isolationist posturing, there’s a shoehorned moment of mawkishness. Jack (John Krasinski) is one of the ex-armed forces contractors taking a babysitting job as security to CIA specialists halfway around the world. He’s Skyping with his wife and daughters, and if that doesn’t telegraph what motivates him to stay alive, he learns he’s going to be a father again. This most human moment in the 144-minute film raises the stakes, and does double duty as product placement, set as it is at a McDonald’s drive-thru, Happy Meals references flavouring the wholesome family sentiment. 13 Hours is as American as microwaved apple pie. »

- Jordan Hoffman

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Alejandro G. Iñárritu Continues Awards Season Streak With Directors Guild Nom

13 January 2016 12:00 PM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

The Directors Guild of America named Alejandro G. Iñárritu (“The Revenant”), Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”), Adam McKay (“The Big Short”), George Miller (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), and Ridley Scott (“The Martian”) as nominees for achievement in directing yesterday. Last year’s DGA and Oscar winner Iñárritu receives his second consecutive nomination for “The Revenant.” The director won last year for “Birdman” and additionally received a bid for “Babel” in 2006. Iñárritu and “The Revenant” appear strong contenders following Director and Picture wins at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards. Veteran filmmaker Scott earns his fourth nomination. Scott’s nomination for “The Martian” follows previous bids for 1991’s “Thelma & Louise,” 2000’s “Gladiator,” and 2001’s “Black Hawk Down.” McCarthy, McKay, and Miller are first-time DGA nominees. The DGA nominations are typically a barometer for Oscar nominations. However, DGA and Oscar selections have only aligned twice in the last decade (2005 and 2009). This bodes »

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The Best Directors of the Year! See Complete DGA Awards Nominees!

12 January 2016 9:25 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The Directors Guild of America has announced the nominees for the 68th annual DGA Awards! Missing were Todd Haynes ("Carol") and Steven Spielberg for "Bridge of Spies." But I'm very happy that George Miller for "Mad Max: Fury Road" got in. While we're in the subject of sequel, apparently, the DGA felt that J.J. Abrams is not worthy...yet...for a nod!

But this year's awards offer a bunch of newbies like Tom McCarthy ("Spotlight"), Adam McKay ("The Big Short"), and Miller. Meanwhile, Ridley Scott has been nominated three times before but never won for "Thelma and Louise" in 1991, "Gladiator" in 2000, and "Black Hawk Down" in 2001. Let's see if "The Martian" will do the trick and get Ridley his DGA! By the way, he hasn't won an Oscar either and he was nominated for those movies too!

Winners will be announced on Feb. 6th. Here's your complete list of nominees »

- Manny

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Meet The Real-Life Heroes of 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi

12 January 2016 12:08 PM, PST | | See recent news »

“If you guys do not get here, we’re going to die.” – excerpt 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi

On the night of September 11, 2012, four Americans lost their lives in Benghazi – Ambassador Christopher Stevens (U.S. Ambassador to Libya), Sean Smith (Information Management Officer, U.S. Foreign Service), Tyrone “Rone” Woods (Grs Operator for Annex Security Team in Benghazi), Glen “Bub” Doherty (Grs Operator in Tripoli, Libya – part of the Quick Reaction Force sent from Tripoli to Benghazi after the compound was under attack).

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi, is based on the book 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi, written by New York Times bestselling author Mitchell Zuckoff and co-authored by five members of the Annex Security Team, including Kris “Tanto” Paronto, John “Tig” Tiegen and Mark “Oz” Geist.

13 Hours tells the true account of the events of when Islamic militants attacked the U. »

- Michelle McCue

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Alejandro G Inarritu, Ridley Scott earn DGA nods

12 January 2016 10:34 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The heavyweight indicator of likely best director Oscar nominees has been revealed as the two awards season frontrunners received Directors Guild Of America nods on Tuesday.

Alongside Alejandro G Inarritu for The Revenant and Ridley Scott for The Martian are Tom McCarthy for Spotlight, Adam McKay for The Big Short and George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road.

The DGA nominations are a highly reliable bellwether of who earns Academy Awards nods – those are announced on Thursday.

Inarritu won the DGA and the Oscar last year for Birdman and was nominated for Babel in 2007.

Scott has been nominated three times for the DGA for Thelma & Louise in 1992, Gladiator in 2001 and Black Hawk Down in 2002. He received Oscar nods for the same films and has never won either prize.

These are the first DGA nominations for McCarthy, McKay and Miller.

The 68th annual DGA Awards will take place in Los Angeles on February 6. »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Alejandro G. Inarritu, Tom McCarthy, Adam McKay, George Miller, Ridley Scott Land DGA Nominations

12 January 2016 10:08 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Directors Guild of America kept strong guild streaks alive for “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Revenant” Tuesday with nominations for filmmakers George Miller and Alejandro G. Iñárritu, respectively.

The two joined Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”), Adam McKay (“The Big Short”) and Ridley Scott (“The Martian”) in the feature film category.

Historically, the DGA’s film nominations — decided upon by a vast body of more than 16,000 members — are a solid barometer for the best director and particularly best picture categories at the Oscars. Recent DGA-nominated directors who failed to score a nomination from the Academy’s directors branch include Clint Eastwood (“American Sniper”), Paul Greengrass (“Captain Phillips”) and, notoriously, Ben Affleck (“Argo”) and Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty”).

Recent films nominated by the DGA that failed to net a best picture Oscar nomination include “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” and “Into the Wild. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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