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Ridley Scott To Receive Visual Effects Society Lifetime Achievement Award

25 November 2014 11:43 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Visual Effects Society announced Tuesday that director Ridley Scott will receive its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Among Scott’s major visual effects films are “Legend,” “Prometheus,” “Blade Runner,” “Gladiator” and “Alien”; the last two won Oscars for their f/x.

See Also: ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ Director Ridley Scott on Bringing His Vision of Moses to Life

Ridley Scott is a defining voice of the feature, broadcast and commercial forms,” said Jeffrey A. Okun, chair of the Ves board, in a press release.  “His vision and contribution to the art is incomparable and his impact upon the visual effects and technical form is unparalleled.”

“The best filmmaking has always been the result of collaboration between artists, craftspeople and technicians, both in front and behind the camera,” Scott said. “Over the years I have been very fortunate to work on films that are visual at their core and thus I have »

- Marianne Zumberge

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‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ Director Ridley Scott on Creating His Vision of Moses

25 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The ideal place to meet Ridley Scott would be on a raging battlefield, in the furthest reaches of outer space, or in the midst of any of the other vast canvases on which he creates his movies.

Instead, we’re sitting in a basement salon at London’s trendy Ham Yard Hotel, where the 76-year-old director has parked himself, however briefly, to discuss his new biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” and to ruminate on his long career.

“You’re probably going to be sitting down, so you’re not going to get a proper sense of him,” actor Christian Bale, who stars in Scott’s new film as Moses, warned this reporter a few days earlier. “You’ve got to see Rid on the move to understand him. He’s totally kinetic. I’m absolutely sure he springs out of bed at 10 times the speed I do.”

Australian actor Joel Edgerton, »

- Scott Foundas

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Showtime Unveils First Image, Details from Penny Dreadful Season 2

21 November 2014 12:52 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Classic horror literature characters, bloodsuckers, possession—season one of Showtime’s new series, Penny Dreadful, had a little bit of everything and turned out to be an unexpected treat for horror fans. Filming has been underway on the sophomore season and today Showtime revealed the first look at the next chapter in the horror series and teased what’s ahead for the eclectic cast of characters.

We have the season two description below (via Collider), as well as the image (via Showtime), which features Ethan (Josh Hartnett) and Vanessa (Eva Green):

“This season, Vanessa and Ethan form a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own. Patti LuPone »

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Psiff to launches screenwriting symposium

12 November 2014 8:20 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Top brass at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will host one-day event The Power Of Words: Book To Screen on January 8.

Barbara Keller and Susan Rosser curate the event, which will kick off with a morning keynote by Chaz Ebert and end with a conversation with Still Alice author Lisa Genova and producer Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns.

The day will comprise four sessions with expected participants such as Low Down author Amy Albany, Low Down and Brokeback Mountain producer Albert Berger, Black Hawk Down: A Story Of Modern War author Mark Bowden, Black Hawk Down screenwriter Ken Nolan and The Descendants (pictured) author Kaui Hart Hemmings.

Event sponsors include Spencer’s, Lulu California Bistro, Hilton Palm Springs and Barnes & Noble. For additional information click here.

The Psiff will take place from January 2-12. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Review: Bradley Cooper shines but Eastwood misses the mark with stilted 'American Sniper'

12 November 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Clint Eastwood is an enormously capable filmmaker who, like any filmmaker who works non-stop, is capable of turning out films that are polished and considered and carefully calibrated, and equally capable of turning out nearly inert movies that are forgettable and barely register. What I find most interesting about his career is the way it took him a while to win critics over to his side, but once he did, he's been almost untouchable ever since. Any other filmmaker coming off of "Jersey Boys" would have been greeted on their next film with open skepticism, but it's a real sign of just how esteemed Eastwood is that he could release that film to near-universal indifference at the start of the summer, and yet his next film can be greeted like an event that sends seismic waves through the already-crowded Oscar season. One of the things that I tend to avoid »

- Drew McWeeny

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Stats and Facts Infographic

11 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

We’ve been sent over this cool infographic which gives you stats and facts for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which is released digitally today and is out on Blu-Ray and DVD on November 24th.

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is directed by Matt Reeves (Let Me In) and sees Rise of the Planet of the Apes star Andy Serkis returning as Caesar alongside Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises), Keri Russell (Mission: Impossible III), Toby Kebbell (Wrath of the Titans), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In »

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'Black Hawk Down' Writer Brings CIA Thriller 'Defection' to Fox

3 November 2014 8:41 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Black Hawk Down screenwriter Ken Nolan has sold his spec screenplay Defection to 20th Century Fox, loosely based on the Cold War spy novel The Defection of A.J. LeWinter by Robert Littell.

The original book, which was published in 1973, follows an American scientist who contacts the Kgb, claiming he wants to defect to Russia with U.S. military secrets. Ken Nolan changed the setting to modern-day, following an intelligence contractor who defects to North Korea, bringing a mysterious bag with him, in the immediate aftermath of the Edward Snowden case that made headlines around the world. The CIA brings in a washed-up officer who was trained during the Cold War and specializes in defections to help them with a case that becomes more complex than anyone can imagine.

Ken Nolan, who previously adapted Robert Littell's The Company into a TNT limited series back in 2007, originally pitched the project as a Cold War thriller, »

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Fox Takes Black Hawk Down Scribe's Spy Thriller Defection

3 November 2014 4:19 PM, PST | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Twentieth Century Fox has, according to Deadline, secured the big screen rights to Defection, an upcoming spy thriller by Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down), based on Robert Littell's debut novel "The Defection of A.J. LeWinter". Although the storyline in the screenplay has been updated to offer a contemporary setting, the original book, published in 1973, is officially described as follows: »

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Ricky Gervais, Eric Bana: ‘Special Correspondents’

31 October 2014 8:06 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Ricky Gervais has set Eric Bana to help him bring that Golden Globes cynicism to a movie about journalism. They’ll star in Special Correspondents, a satirical comedy that Gervais wrote and will direct next spring. Bana will play a struggling New York based radio journalist whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. With his job on the line he fakes front line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in the heart of Manhattan. Pic’s a co-production between Bron Studios and Unanimous Entertainment in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance and they’ll sell at Afm. Unanimous’ Chris Coen, Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert, and Manuel Munz will produce. Creative Wealth’s Jason Cloth and Larry Sanisky are executive producers. Wme Global’s selling domestic; Protagonist is dealing international.

Bana will do it after wrapping The Finest Hours at Disney. While »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Michael Bay Eyes Benghazi Pic ‘13 Hours’ for Paramount

29 October 2014 4:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After making it clear he will not be directing the next “Transformers” pic, Michael Bay may have found a project that doesn’t involve larger-than-life robots.

Sources tell Variety that Bay is in early talks to direct Paramount’s “13 Hours,” which is based on the true story recounting the attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA Annex in Benghazi, Libya, on the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11.

Chuck Hogan penned the script based on Mitchell Zuckoff’s book “Thirteen Hours: A Firsthand Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi,” to which Paramount acquired rights in February before it was published. Erwin Stoff produces through 3 Arts Entertainment’s production shingle.

Bay said in August that while the next “Transformers” is already dated, he would not be returning to direct, and while this film will not feature the same elements, it still fits into his wheelhouse of action-heavy »

- Justin Kroll

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New Halo Nightfall Trailer Looks Like A Ridley Scott Joint

26 October 2014 8:47 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Xbox is getting in on the original programming game with an upcoming live-action digital series titled Halo Nightfall, which will debut its first episode during the live-stream HaloFest event on November 10th. Xbox One owners who pick up Halo: The Master Chief Collection the next day will have access to the entire series.

Based on the wildly successful video game franchise, Nightfall boasts a pretty stellar pedigree – it was executive produced by Ridley Scott (Alien, Black Hawk Down), directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezza (Battlestar Galactica, Falling Skies), and scribed by Paul Scheuring, the creator of Prison Break. In particular, one can see Scott’s fingerprints all over Nightfall in the below trailer – it showcases the same sort of sci-fi gothic horror feel that the director established in Alien and Prometheus.

That the series looks so distinctly cinematic is a pleasant surprise and should help to make what appears to be »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Podcast: Reviewing 'Birdman' and 'John Wick', Talking 'The Hobbit's Big Budget and More

24 October 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Four reviews for you today including Birdman, John Wick, Citizenfour and Force Majeure while we also dig into that $745 million reported budget for The Hobbit trilogy and discuss the budgets for filmed trilogies over time. We've got a few questions to get to, random asides, a large batch of games and we hope you enjoy! If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option is a new way of leaving us »

- Brad Brevet

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Miramax, Revolution in TV, digital sales pact

12 October 2014 4:51 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Revolution Studios has appointed Miramax to manage global television and digital distribution licensing for all its titles including the recently acquired Morgan Creek international film library.

The agreement expands the current one under which Miramax has represented Revolution in the Us since June 2012.

Miramax will begin representing Revolution’s titles internationally as rights begin to revert back to Revolution, while Morgan Creek titles are immediately available. Miramax executives will be in Mipcom to discuss the catalogue.

“We are excited to take this next step in our relationship with Miramax, which has proven to be a formula for success on the domestic front,” said Revolution CEO announced Vince Totino.

Miramax represents such Revolution titles as Black Hawk Down, Daddy Day Care (pictured) and America’s Sweethearts.

“Miramax is proud to expand its partnership with Revolution and we are excited to now represent the Revolution and Morgan Creek titles internationally,” said Miramax evp of worldwide TV sales Joe Patrick »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Mipcom: Miramax Acquires Int’l Rights to Revolution Library

12 October 2014 12:37 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

On the day before the start of international TV market Mipcom, Miramax and Revolution Studios have announced that Miramax has acquired rights over the global television and digital licensing of Revolution titles.

Revolution CEO Vince Totino, Revolution COO Scott Hemming and Miramax executive vice president of worldwide TV sales Joe Patrick made the announcement on Sunday. The deal comes on the heels of Revolution’s acquisition of the rights to Morgan Creek’s library for $36.75 million. The Miramax deal includes those Morgan Creek titles.

The acquisition is an extension of Miramax’s domestic deal with Revolution, as its been distributing Revolution titles domestically since 2012. Miramax will begin representing Revolution titles internationally as rights revert back to Revolution, and Morgan Creek titles will be immediately available internationally from Miramax.

“We are excited to take this next step in our relationship with Miramax, which has proven to be a formula for success on the domestic front, »

- Alex Stedman

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Mipcom: Miramax Acquires Int’l Rights to Revolution Library

12 October 2014 12:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

On the day before the start of international TV market Mipcom, Miramax and Revolution Studios have announced that Miramax has acquired rights over the global television and digital licensing of Revolution titles.

Revolution CEO Vince Totino, Revolution COO Scott Hemming and Miramax executive vice president of worldwide TV sales Joe Patrick made the announcement on Sunday. The deal comes on the heels of Revolution’s acquisition of the rights to Morgan Creek’s library for $36.75 million. The Miramax deal includes those Morgan Creek titles.

The acquisition is an extension of Miramax’s domestic deal with Revolution, as its been distributing Revolution titles domestically since 2012. Miramax will begin representing Revolution titles internationally as rights revert back to Revolution, and Morgan Creek titles will be immediately available internationally from Miramax.

“We are excited to take this next step in our relationship with Miramax, which has proven to be a formula for success on the domestic front, »

- Alex Stedman

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34 things you learn on the 'Sons of Anarchy' set

10 October 2014 11:52 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Spend close to 20 hours on location and set with the cast and crew of Sons of Anarchy, and you learn a few fun facts. EW's recent cover story (read it online) reveals some of them: among the objects in Charlie Hunnam's backpack is a marijuana grinder; Katey Sagal is happy to talk about Justin Theroux's jogging attire on The Leftovers. Here are 34 other things gleaned from EW's September visit. In The Makeup Trailer • When you catch Tommy Flanagan (Chibs) singing "Hurt" on his way in at 6:30 a.m., it's definitely the Johnny Cash version. "Of course, the Johnny Cash version, »

- Mandi Bierly

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First Look at Matthew McConaughey in 'Sea of Trees'

30 September 2014 3:04 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Two-time Oscar nominated director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) has wrapped principal photography on The Sea of Trees, which filmed on location in Japan and Massachusetts, starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar, Mud, The Wolf of Wall Street), Ken Watanabe (Inception, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Samurai) and two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible, 21 Grams, King Kong, Mulholland Dr.). The cast also includes actors Katie Aselton (star of FX's The League) and Jordan Gavaris (Orphan Black).

Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) treks into Aokigahara, known as the The Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan's Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Having found the perfect place to die, Arthur encounters Takumi Nakamura (Watanabe), a Japanese man who has also lost his way. The two men begin a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms Arthur's will »

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"Sea of Trees" Wraps Production

30 September 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Two-time Oscar nominated director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) has wrapped principal photography on "The Sea of Trees", which filmed on location in Japan and Massachusetts, starring Oscar winner Mathew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar, Mud, The Wolf of Wall Street), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (Inception, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Samurai) and two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible, 21 Grams, King Kong, Mulholland Drive).  The cast also includes actors Katie Aselton (star of FX's The League) and Jordan Gavaris (Orphan Black).   Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) treks into Aokigahara, known as the The Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan's Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death.  Having found the perfect place to die, Arthur encounters Takumi Nakamura (Watanabe), a Japanese man who has also lost his way. The two men begin a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms »

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Predict Best Editing Oscar: Will it continue to line up with Best Picture?

23 September 2014 8:24 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Best Editing is known for its close correlation with Best Picture. Since 1981, every Best Picture winner has at least been nominated in this category. And of those 33 races, 16 editing champs went on to win the top prize. -Break- Predict Best Costume Design Oscar: Will period and fantasy continue to dominate? Because editing is a non-visual art, it is not as easy to identify trends among winners. Action-heavy and suspense-driven films often prevail, including "Gravity," "Argo," "The Hurt Locker," "The Bourne Ultimatum," "Black Hawk Down," and "The Matrix." Lavish epics also frequently win, like "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" and "The Aviator." "Traffic" and "Crash" won in large part for juggling multiple characters and storylines, while "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The Social Network" featured complex flas »

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Resurgent Film Group Launching with Brad Thor’s ‘Lions of Lucerne’ (Exclusive)

23 September 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Resurgent Film Group is launching operations with a movie version of Brad Thor’s action-thriller “The Lions of Lucerne.”

The newly minted company is aiming to fund and produce its own projects in the mid-budget range. “Lions of Lucerne,” which is planned for a shoot in Switzerland for the fall of 2015, will have a budget in the $60 million to $70 million range.

Des Carey is president, with Brent Baum as chief operating officer, Matthew Marsden as exec VP of development and Thor as executive chairman.

“The Lions of Lucerene” follows Scot Harvath, a young Navy Seal turned U.S. Secret Service agent who survives an attack, which leaves 30 of his fellow agents dead and the president of the United States kidnapped. He begins a worldwide hunt for those responsible in an attempt to rescue the president.

Thor’s writing credits include thrillers such as “Act of War,” “Hidden Order” and “Black List. »

- Dave McNary

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