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In April 2013, Disney Chairman Alan Horn made the dreams of millions come true when he announced a range of new plans for the iconic and beloved Star Wars film franchise. Beginning with a new trilogy of core sequels – headed up by Star Wars: The Force Awakens – the studio confirmed that there would also be several standalone, spinoff movies, giving a broader view of Star Wars action.
With this parallel Star Wars series quickly becoming known as the Star Wars Anthology films, the imaginations of fans ran wild – with such a rich universe to draw upon, the possibilities seemed endless. The schedule for these new plans was confirmed by Disney CEO Bob Iger – the intention being, to release of a new core film every two years, interspersed with an Anthology film. The result of this schedule means we will potentially see a brand new Star Wars film every year, for six years, »
- Sarah Myles
Sonny “Sundown” Garcia is the top cocaine distributor in the United States, which has made him a very rich and powerful man. It has also made him plenty of enemies. John Doe is just such a man. A nameless man of mystery, John lives to see Sundown not just dead, but to suffer six meaningful losses before his death—his fortune, his freedom, his love, his reputation, his most valuable possession and, finally, his life. John hires six hit-men, each one assigned to inflict one of the six meaningful losses upon Sundown. Starring: Vinnie Jones (X-Men: The Last Stand, Swordfish), Dominique Swain (Face/Off, Lolita), Vivica A. Fox (Kill Bill, Independence Day), Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down) & Bai Ling (The Crow, Anna and the King) »
The Transformers writer’s room has been making the headlines recently, adding more and more names to the list of storytellers who have been tasked with moving the franchise forward through a range of prequels, sequels and spin-offs. The final piece has now fallen into place with the announcement that Steven DeKnight will take the last seat at that table. DeKnight is riding a wave a success following the impressive debut of the first season of Daredevil on Netflix – a series for which he was showrunner, in addition to writing, directing and producing.
DeKnight joins a creative team that already consists of Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down), Geneva Robertson-Dworet (whose script Hibernation was featured on the Black List), Christina Hodson (Shut In), newcomer Lindsey Beer, Andrew Barrer (Haunt), Gabriel Ferrari (Barrer’s writing partner), Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man), Zak Penn (Avengers Assemble »
- Sarah Myles
Fresh from his exploits in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it has been announced that former Daredevil showrunner Steven DeKnight has become the latest name to join the Transformers writers room over at Paramount Pictures.
Headed up by Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind), the studio’s writers room now includes Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man), Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2), Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Christina Hodson (The Eden Project), Lindsey Beer (Dig), Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man), Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down) and Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Hibernation).
In addition to Transformers 5, the writers will all be pitching ideas for various spinoffs set in the Transformers universe, which will subsequently be turned into treatments should they meet the approval of Paramount, Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg.
- Gary Collinson
Further recruits have been added to the writer's room for the planned Transformers movie universe. The story so far on this is that Akiva Goldsman is heading up a collection of scribes, that already features The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Christina Hodson & Lindsey Beer, Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari (who worked on Ant-Man), Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Pacific Rim), Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2) and Jeff Pinker (Lost). So, including Goldsman, that's seven writing teams, and 10 individual writers.
But there's more. At the end of last week, Black Hawk Down's Ken Nolan signed up, as did Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who's been writing a space thriller for Roland Emmerich. And now we learn that Daredevil season one showrunner Steven DeKnight is on board as well. So, we make that 10 writing teams, »
IDic Entertainment and director Rene Perez (The Dead and the Damned) have released a trailer for Playing with Dolls 2. The film has been renamed Playing with Dolls: Bloodlust and the clip shows more torture and more unsuspecting characters. Likely to be released soon, the film stars Richard Tyson (Black Hawk Down), Karin Isabell Brauns, Andy Espinoza Long, Colin M. Bryant and Elonda Seawood. An analysis of the film's first trailer is hosted here. Perez focuses on the gore. The first trailer shows one male character, being sawed into. Full of practical make-up effects, the man's leg looks unusually real. Actress Karin Isabell Brauns plays Stina. Stina is flown into an isolated reserve, in hopes of stardom. But, she finds a killer is stalking her remote cabin. She also discovers a body in the woods. Here, reality takes hold. At the top of psychopathic pyramid, Richard Tyson plays The Voyeur, a rich, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
The Transformers franchise, the toxic waste dump of the blockbuster movie landscape, has put together a writers room led by Akiva Goldsman, the man who brought you Winter’s Tale. Like other studios trying to emulate the Marvel, Paramount wants to pull together an interconnected universe and do it through a system similar to a television model instead of a screenplay getting passed down from writer to writer until it lands in the hands of Michael Bay and becomes a stack of paper on which he can put his coffee. Per Forbes, the current Transformers writers room consists of Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk), Jeff Pinker (Lost), Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man), The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man), Christina Hodson (Shut In), Lindsey Beer, Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down) and Geneva Robertson-Dworet. Goldsman told Deadline their approach for the expanded Transformers cinematic »
- Matt Goldberg
Dominican Republic actress Katherine Castro (The Maven) has joined academy award nominee, Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight) in the Alberto G. Rodriguez (Dark Power) directed thriller movie The Summoning, set to start filming next week in Sugarland, Texas.
The feature film follows law student, Rachel Iverson (Leila Almas) working on a century old murder case and discovers more than what she expected when spirits from the past begin to visit her, leading her towards an insidious truth that will put her own life in danger.
The project is being produced by two-time Emmy winner Christian Luna, of Luna Films, and stars Raz Adoti (Black Hawk Down), Jaime Zevallos (The Bridge), Leila Almas (Sweet Darling), Aaron Perilo (True Blood) and Rheagan Wallace (Deep in the Heart).
- Gary Collinson
A couple of days ago Paramount announced that screenwriters Christina Hodson (The Eden Project) and Lindsey Beer (Dig) have joined their Transformers “writer’s room”, and now it’s been announced that the studio has added another two scribes in Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down) and Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Hibernation).
See Also: Disastrous Masterpieces in Disguise? Examining the Transformers’ Cinematic Future
The new names join the previously announced Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man), Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2) and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) as part of Paramount’s writing team for an expanded Transformers universe, which is being headed up by Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind).
“There is such reciprocity between TV and movies now, that we’re borrowing this from TV,” Goldsman tells Deadline. “I got a taste of this from J.J. Abrams when I came in to write an episode of Fringe, »
- Gary Collinson
Akiva Goldsman announced today that he has added two more writers to his ever-expanding Transformers braintrust, which will set off on their task to pen the next iteration of the titanic franchise this coming week. Black Hawk Down scribe Ken Nolan and Black List-ed penner Geneva Robertson are the latest pair to be added to the swelling group, as reported today by THR. They, of course, are added to a league of writers, made up of Christina Hodson, Lindsey Beer, Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man), The Walking Dead originator Robert Kirkman, Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man), Zak Penn, and Amazing Spider-Man 2's Jeff Pinkner. Discussing the task at hand, Goldsman was quick to discuss the goal of replicating the serial formula of television in movie form: “There is such reciprocity between TV and movies now, that we’re borrowing this from TV.I got a taste of this »
- Chris Cabin
Exclusive: Ken Nolan and Geneva Robertson-Dworet have been set to join the group of writers who, starting Monday, will gather in an office on the Paramount lot to hatch the next iterations of the billion-dollar Transformers franchise. Nolan is best known for Black Hawk Down and Fox recently acquired his spec adaptation of the Robert Littell Cold War novel Defection, this after Nolan turned his novel The Company into a limited TNT series. Robertson-Dworet, who co-wrote the… »
Shooting has already started on the sequel to the 1996 film, with Roland Emmerich returning to direct.
Deadline reports that the actor is playing a "top general", with that turning into an even bigger role in the two films to follow this first sequel.
Independence Day 2 will arrive »
After years as a character actor in flicks as diverse as Black Hawk Down, The Dark Knight and The Perfect Storm, William Fichtner is finally landing major roles. The actor, last seen in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, has signed on to play a top general in Independence Day 2.
Fichtner’s character will first appear in the next Independence Day sequel before becoming a more central player (possibly even the main antagonist) in the already-planned third and fourth movies.
It’s great to see Fichtner scoring bigger parts in blockbuster fare. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, in which he played villain Eric Sacks, was a breakthrough pic for the actor, actually allowing him to showcase a dramatic range that has been reined in in his past projects.
- Isaac Feldberg
Exclusive: William Fichtner has taken a lead role in Independence Day 2. Actually, he has signed with Fox to play a top general in that film and take an even larger role in the two films that will follow. This comes after Fichtner joined the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. He has been doing such good work for so long as a character actor — Heat, The Perfect Storm and Black Hawk Down are just a few — it’s hard to begrudge him taking that next step in big tentpole… »
Troops from the 3rd Battalion, Parachute Regiment of the British Army were stationed near the Kajaki Dam in Taliban-occupied Helmand Province, when a routine reconnaissance mission took a nasty turn, as a three-man patrol stumbled into a dry riverbed, unaware it was actually an unmarked minefield. A catastrophe of errors, coupled with military bureaucracy, transformed a dangerous situation into a nightmare of hellish proportions.
Gritty and realistic, the harrowing BAFTA nominated film looks and feels like The Hurt Locker, and has garnered much praise from Afghanistan veterans for its brutal authenticity. The true-life story has seen a few small changes to suit the big screen, but it remains unsanitised, completely brutal, and an accurate depiction of war in the desert waste that is Helmand Province. »
- Angus Saul
Marc Streitenfeld — the composer of “Prometheus,” “American Gangster” and the upcoming “Poltergeist” — can trace his musical roots back to a 19th-century troubadour whose family was executed after he wrote a song mocking the emperor of Germany.
“Which is funny, you know?” he says, laughing in his spacious, comfortable Venice, Calif., studio just days after completing the mix for the “Poltergeist” soundtrack. “That’s the only family musical connection I can find.”
It must have been enough.
The 40-year-old German native has joined the ranks of billion-dollar composers with five films for director Ridley Scott, including “Gangster” and “Prometheus,” and four more for other directors including “The Grey,” “Killing Them Softly” and “After the Fall.” He’s now scoring the series “Hand of God” for Amazon.
It seems like a meteoric rise, considering he’s only been composing for nine years. But this ex-guitarist has been working in various capacities in »
- Jon Burlingame
The family film is an original story, separate from the wandering red dog story. Set in the late 1960s, “Blue Dog” is the story of a young boy (Levi Miller) and his dog, growing up on a cattle station in the middle of nowhere. The boy prepares himself for a life of dull hardship but instead finds adventure and friendship with a scrappy, one-of-a-kind pup.
Established Australian actors Bryan Brown (“Australia,” “Beautiful Kate”), John Jarratt (“Wolf Creek”), and U.K. actor Jason Isaacs (“Fury,” “Harry Potter,” “Black Hawk Down”), head the cast, along with newcomer Miller (“Pan,” “Terra Nova”) in the lead as the boy, Mick.
- Patrick Frater
Mario Van Peebles will direct from a script by Cam Cannon and Hannibal Classics principal Richard Rionda Del Castro. Producers are Rionda Del Castro and Michael Mendelsohn of Patriot Pictures, who is financing “Men of Courage” with Hannibal Classics.
Cage, who starred in “Tokarev” for Hannibal, will take on the role of Capt. Charles Butler McVay, whose ship was torpedoed in the South Pacific in July 1945, after delivering parts for the first atomic bombs. Their mission was classified, so the »
- Dave McNary
Who doesn’t love a good action movie? They’re among the most fun that Hollywood has to offer, particularly when they’re of a high quality. Later on this week, a reportedly amazing new one in Mad Max: Fury Road is hitting theaters, so to prep us all for that experience (I see it later on today, so yay for that), I wanted to do a countdown of the recent best that the genre has to offer. Essentially, every action flick since 2000 was eligible, and I whittled that down to a top ten list. It’s hardly the definitely “new millennium action movie” list, but I think it’s a pretty solid one, to say the least. You’ll be able to see the list below, which could very well be amended once Mad Max: Fury Road comes to town… Here now are my picks for the ten best »
- Joey Magidson
Director Rene Perez (The Dead and the Damned) has completed shooting on Playing with Dolls 2. The sequel is also a slasher feature, with Prisoner Ayo-886 returning. This time a false reality show is set-up in an isolated wood. But, this location is just a bloody playground, for a roaming sociopath. Playing with Dolls 2 stars Richard Tyson (Black Hawk Down), Karin Isabell Brauns, Andy Espinoza Long, Colin M. Bryant and Elonda Seawood. Several photos from the film are hosted here. The stills tell a macabre story. Prisoner Ayo-886 can be seen sitting in his fleshy, remote home. Bodies litter the abode's exterior. As well, other stills show the reality show contestants boarding a plane, or fighting for their lives. Even further stills show bodies tied up, or the villain playing with a corpse or two. All of the stills provide an early look at Perez's latest feature, Playing with Dolls 2. A central setting for both films. »
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