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After taking some time to decide where he would sign his new producing deal, Jerry Bruckheimer says a big part of his Paramount choice boiled down to relationships he had established through the years.
“I’ve had a long relationship with Brad Grey going back to when he was a manager and had always worked well with him,” Bruckheimer tells Variety. “We also had a handful of projects in development there like ‘Top Gun 2′and a new ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ as well as selling a pitch called ‘Fake’ so at the end of the day it just made sense.”
Update: Brett Ratner had also been attached going back to when this film first came into development at Paramount but that has also been made official too.
- Justin Kroll
TheWrap reports that Bruckheimer has officially signed a three-year deal with Paramount Pictures. The producer's relationship with Disney -- which yielded "Pearl Harbor," "The Rock," and the blockbuster "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise -- ended in September.
"I will have the freedom and opportunity to make various kinds of pictures, which I didn't have at Disney," he told TheWrap of his decision.
However, Deadline reports that a reboot of "Cop" will likely come first, under director Brett Ratner, »
- Kelly Woo
Catching Fire is inventing new kinds of money to make. So, lest there was any doubt, there will be a Mockingjay movie. Or rather, two Mockingjay movies. Heck, they’re filming the movies right now; maybe they’ll squeeze out a third one in their spare time. Book-splitting isn’t so much a trend as it is Standard Operating Procedure for now: Popularized by Harry Potter, debased by Twilight, taken to ludicrous extremes by The Hobbit. But splitting up Mockingjay offers a particular challenge to the filmmakers: How do you turn that book into two different PG-13 movies?
- Darren Franich
It was the episode that we all knew couldn't possibly live up to expectations. And it didn't – it exceeded them. Here's a definitive roundup of everything that happened
Spoiler alert: this is a detailed look at the 50th-anniversary special episode of Doctor Who, The Day of the Doctor. Don't read on if you haven't seen it.
'We've got enough warriors, and any old idiot can be a hero. Do what you've always done. Be a Doctor.'
As three Doctors stand in that mysterious barn in the desert, Tennant's 10 and Smith's 11 reassure Hurt's "war Doctor", on the verge of committing xenocide, that he really is worthy of the name and the numbering that comes with it. "You were the Doctor on the day it wasn't possible to get it right."
You do wonder if Steven Moffat wasn't channelling something of his own insecurities with that line. The waves of hype »
- Dan Martin
Top-model-turned-thesp May Andersen has also joined the production, which is repped in international markets by TrustNordisk.
“Chance,” which is written Bier’s scribe partner Anders Thomas Jensen, examines “how far human beings are willing to go, when tragedy blurs the line between just and unjust, »
- Elsa Keslassy
From the writer/director of Crazy Heart comes the new crime thriller, Out of the Furnace. The story centers on one Russell Baze, who goes in search of his missing brother Rodney when the young man disappears and law enforcement fails to follow up. Sam Shepard (Black Hawk Down) stars as the boys' uncle "Red". During a set visit, Shepard talked to our visiting group of journalists about who he shared scenes with, his character's backstory, how the quality of the script made him take the role, staying authentic to Pittsburgh's language and culture, and using improv on set. Also starring Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Casey Affleck, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker and Woody Harrelson, Scott Cooper's Out of the Furnace opens December 6th. Hit the jump for the interview. Are you shooting today? Sam Shepard: Yep. I have shot already. Were you in the scene with Willem and Casey that we saw? »
- Dave Trumbore
Having now seen "Lone Survivor," I can't decide if it's a real awards contender like "Black Hawk Down" or if the action-packed military shoot-em-up just amounts to "Call of Duty: The Movie." Like "Black Hawk Down," it tells the true story of an American military operation gone wrong. In this case it's a Navy Seal mission to take out a Taliban leader that ended in the deaths of all members of the team but one, Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg), whose book is the basis for the film. "Black Hawk Down" won a pair of technical Oscars (Sound Mixing and Editing) and was also nominated for Director (Ridley Scott) and Cinematography. Could "Lone Survivor," with its similarly serious-minded approach, follow the same path? I'm not sure. It's a very, very violent film. In fact, I'm going to throw in a third "very." Those who worry "12 Years a Slave" might b »
Recently I went to the BFI (British Film Institute) Mediatheque in Newcastle upon Tyne, not far from the WhatCulture! head office. Inside the old building of the Discovery Museum where the Mediatheque is located, I found a small dimly lit art-deco room, and was able to choose from a huge selection of British films available to view for free from the BFI archives and collections. Browsing through the list of clips, scenes, shorts and films, I stopped and chose one immediately. Stormy Monday.
Stormy Monday is a 1988 British romantic thriller, the feature-film directorial debut of Mike Figgis, who went on to direct the Oscar-winning Leaving Las Vegas in 1995. Figgis creates a special atmosphere within Stormy Monday, framing a young Sean Bean alongside Melanie Griffith at the height of her career. The story revolves around Bean’s character Brendan, as he is drawn in unknowingly to the criminal underworld of Tyneside. »
- Jon Lovatt
Rise of the Planet of the Apes had no right to be as brilliant as it was. An intelligent, moving and incredibly enjoyable science fiction film, it worked as both a remake of Conquest of the Planet of the Apes and a reboot of the series.
Today, a series of deleted scenes in animatic form have arrived online via ComicBookMovie, showing the apes wreaking havoc. Thankfully they were deleted as they would have been totally out of place, almost entirely comedic. Check them out here....
A sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes is to be released next year entitled Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which will find Caesar and his ape companions in a battle with the last few humans. Andy Serkis returns to the cast as Caesar alongside Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises), Keri Russell (Mission: Impossible III »
- Gary Collinson
Odd List Ryan Lambie 20 Nov 2013 - 06:57
The constantly busy Ridley Scott always has lots of potential films in production, so here's a look at what he might be up to next...
Since his debut in 1977 with the historical drama, The Duellists, director Ridley Scott has gradually built up an eclectic body of work. His Hollywood career began with the stunning one-two sci-fi punch of Alien and Blade Runner, before heading off into fantasy (Legend), thrillers (Someone To Watch Over Me, Black Rain) and road-trip drama (the Oscar-winning Thelma And Louise).
As James Clayton pointed out in his recent Friday column, the 70-something Sir Ridley shows no sign of slowing down, and if anything, his slate of forthcoming films is somewhat bewildering - in what seems like every other interview, the director will mention another project of one sort or another, which makes working out what he's likely to be »
Directed by Raza Mallal, the film follows a Moscow detective sent on a mission to investigate the murder of a war journalist. Famke will co-star alongside John Cusack (High Fidelity), Mischa Barton (The O.C.), Sean Astin (The Lord Of The Rings), John Hannah (The Mummy), Michael Biehn (Terminator), Rutgar Hauer (True Blood), Stelio Savante (My Super Ex Girlfriend), Tom Sizemore (Black Hawk Down), and Sean Young (Blade Runner) rounding off a very talented cast.
Based on a true story, Kickback could be brilliant if taken in the right direction (no phony accents allowed!). Filming is set to start in March 2014, with a predicted 2015 release.
Source: Talking Lens Productions
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Odd List Simon Brew 15 Nov 2013 - 07:08
Lots of films are dedicated to, or in memory of someone. But it's not always clear why. We've been finding out...
Back when Breaking Bad returned for its final batch of episodes in August 2013, it had a dedication at the end of it. The card read 'Dedicated to our friend Kevin Cordasco'. As it turned out, Kevin Cordasco was a 16-year old who had been battling cancer for seven years, who had met both Bryan Cranston and Vince Gilligan. Cordasco died before he could ever get to see the episode dedicated to him.
I found this such a moving story, that it got me wondering about the dedications that appear on films, and what the story behind them was. After all, the dedications are there for a reason. What I uncovered was some funny stories, mainly extremely sad ones, and some extremely moving dedications. »
Leaving the summer-movie frivolity of “Battleship” behind him, writer-director Peter Berg delivers his most serious-minded work to date with “Lone Survivor,” a scorching, often unbearably brutal account of a June 2005 military mission that claimed the lives of 19 U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan’s Kunar province. Adapted from the eyewitness narrative of now-retired Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell, this dramatic reconstruction of the ill-fated Operation Red Wings is perhaps the most grueling and sustained American combat picture since “Black Hawk Down,” as well as a prime example of how impressive physical filmmaking can overcome even fundamental deficiencies in script and characterization. Berg’s blunt, pummeling style offers few nuances and makes no apologies, but his broad brushstrokes have clearly found an ideal canvas in this grimly heroic rendering of hell on earth.
Given the public’s general aversion to movies about America’s post-9/11 incursions into the Middle East (a rare exception »
- Justin Chang
The recent vogue for extreme solitary survival tales -- Life of Pi, All Is Lost, Gravity -- continues with another significant entry in Lone Survivor. A very intense, close-up visualization of the best-selling memoir about a botched Navy SEALs raid in Afghanistan written by the only man who lived to tell the tale, Marcus Luttrell, Peter Berg's film rates comparisons to Black Hawk Down as an unflinching account of a U.S. military operation in the Middle East gone very wrong. The film is concerned only with what directly confronts the characters -- and, by extension, the audience -- at any given moment. But even without any discernable political tilt in the point of view, other than for a clear enthusiasm for gung ho manliness, no »
- Todd McCarthy
With just over two months until Oscar nominations are announced, the Best Picture race seems pretty loaded. Gravity, 12 Years a Slave and Captain Phillips feel like near locks to get nominations, while future releases Inside Llewyn Davis, Saving Mr. Banks and Her are riding off film festival buzz and could be strong possibilities for the top category as well.
Then there’s Peter Berg’s war drama Lone Survivor, which has received extremely positive buzz from test screenings, especially around Mark Wahlberg’s lead performance. It could be a late-in-the-game release that may score a slew of nods if audiences and the Academy are up for more war games.
A new trailer for Lone Survivor was released today and it definitely propels a greater intensity than August’s teaser. It also contains very bold clippings from early reviews of the film. Words like “powerhouse” and “extraordinary,” as well as the all-star cast (Wahlberg, »
- Jordan Adler
Each week Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. With the release of The Counselor last week, we examine the trademark style and calling signs of Ridley Scott as director.
Although Ridley Scott’s career may not have as many hits as Speilberg’s or Scorsese’s despite being active for just as long, his work has influenced the art of filmmaking just as much. While Speilberg may have blazed trails with his storytelling and Scorsese with his characters, Ridley Scott made waves due to the sensory impact of his movies on their audiences. Like George Lucas, Scott understood the importance of visual and audio stimulation and how these attributes could be used as impactful film making tools. While Lucas’ work resulted in raising audience’s expectations for special effects, Ridley Scott’s work has raised audiences’ expectations »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
<< Continued from "Holiday 2013 Forecast"Other ReleasesFree Birds (Nov. 1): The first animated movie from Relativity Media may hold well, though its opening weekend ($15.8 million) was too low to put it in serious consideration for a spot in the Top 12. Ultimately, it should close with around $60 million.Last Vegas (Nov. 1): With its strong appeal among older audiences, Last Vegas will likely have a long run. Still, coming off a $16.3 million opening, that puts it on pace for a final tally of $60 million or so at best.About Time (Nov. 1 limited, Nov. 8 nationwide): This time travel romance is from the director of Love Actually, which is the major selling point of Universal's marketing. Unfortunately, it now looks like this is the type of modest British comedy that will find a much bigger audience on home video and TV than it will in theaters.The Best Man Holiday (Nov. 15): The »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
20th Century Fox has released the first teaser poster for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, director Matt Reeves' (Cloverfield, Let Me In) follow-up to the 2011 franchise reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes....
Update: According to Collider, the poster is a fan-made fake.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes sees Andy Serkis reprising the role of 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), Enrique Murciano (Black Hawk Down), Kirk Acevedo (The Thin Red Line) and Judy Greer (13 Going on 30).
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is set to hit cinemas on July 18th, 2014. »
- Gary Collinson
Rick Grimes is having yet another very bad day. Not a wake-up-from-a-coma-to-find-the-world's-been-overrun-by-zombies bad day or even a my-son-just-shot-my-wife-after-she-gave-birth-to-a-child-that-may-have-been-fathered-by-my-former-best-friend sort of day, but still pretty awful. There's dirt smeared on his face, a gash over his left eye and a soiled white bandage wrapped loosely around one hand. He's gasping for breath as he trudges up a hill outside the prison he and the band of survivors he's leading call home. He looks like he might collapse.
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Director Ernest Dickerson has yelled "Cut! »
TrustNordisk will start presales on the film at Afm next week and it will shoot from Nov 18 to Jan 16 on the Danish island of Funen.
Bier will again work with scriptwriter Anders Thomas Jensen, having first collaborated more than a decade ago on Open Hearts (2002) and later on In A Better World, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2011.
The pair most recently worked together on Danish romantic drama Love Is All You Need (Den skaldede frisør/2012).
Describing the new film, TrustNordisk issued a statement which said: “How far are decent human beings willing to go, when tragedy blurs the line between just and unjust?
- email@example.com (Jorn Rossing Jensen)
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