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George Lucas coming to Sundance for new 'Art of Film Weekend' series

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George Lucas coming to Sundance for new 'Art of Film Weekend' series
The Sundance Film Festival announced today that it will hold a series of panels titled the "Art of Film Weekend" which will take place Jan. 29-31. This new initiative should create more buzz worthy moments during a period when the Festival is traditionally winding down. The slate will kick off with a conversation between Festival founder Robert Redford and George Lucas that will be streamed online at Sundance.org. In a release, Festival Director John Cooper noted, "Exploring cinema, body and soul, Art of Film Weekend will take aspiring filmmakers and film-loving audiences behind the scenes to see the creative, collaborative spirit of artists at every stage of the independent filmmaking process that is so core to our Festival." A full rundown of the panels are as follows: Power of Story: Visions of Independence — Kicking off Art of Film Weekend, join Robert Redford and George Lucas—two iconic filmmakers who
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Sundance Sets ‘Art of Film Weekend’ with George Lucas, Robert Redford

Sundance Sets ‘Art of Film Weekend’ with George Lucas, Robert Redford
The Sundance Film Festival is launching an “Art of Film Weekend’ series of programming, kicking off Jan. 29 with Sundance founder Robert Redford and George Lucas discussing their careers and creative process with Leonard Maltin.

“Exploring cinema, body and soul, Art of Film Weekend will take aspiring filmmakers and film-loving audiences behind the scenes to see the creative, collaborative spirit of artists at every stage of the independent filmmaking process that is so core to our festival,” said festival director John Cooper.

The first panel — “Power of Story: Visions of Independence” — will be live streamed on sundance.org.

Other panels include “Art of the Score: A Performance and Discussion with Harry Gregson-Williams.” His credits include the “Shrek” series, “The Chronicles of Narnia” series, “The Town,” “Man on Fire,” “Kingdom of Heaven,” “Spy Game” and the upcoming “Blackhat.”

A panel on “A New Language in Filmmaking: Virtual Reality” will include Chris Milk (Beck’s “Sound and Vision,
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Need For Speed Director Scott Waugh Tackling Inversion

No one’s is ever going to launch an Oscar campaign for Need for Speed, but there’s a case to be made for unpretentious, action-packed popcorn pleasures like the racing thriller. Aaron Paul gave a mesmerizing performance, the stunts were spectacular and, perhaps best of all, it proved that helmer Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) knows his way around a slick action vehicle. Now, Waugh is set to dive into the deep end for a much pricier venture – a $120 million sci-epic titled Inversion.

The script, from Bragi Schut (Season of the Witch) and David Arata (Spy Game), follows a young Chinese scientist and a street-smart American ex-patriate who team up and race against time to prevent a cataclysmic reversal of gravity, which would send entire cities and civilians falling into the sky to certain death.

It’s an exciting premise, and Waugh’s background as a stunt coordinator should
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Scott Waugh To Helm Sci-Fi Pic 'Inversion'

Need For Speed director Scott Waugh will direct the sci-fi epic Inversion, about two heroes trying to save the world from an apocalyptic end. Production will begin next spring.

Inversion follows two unlikely heroes, a young Chinese scientist and a street smart American expat, on a frenzied journey across the globe to save Earth from an apocalyptic threat – a total reversal of gravity that causes whole cities and civilizations to uproot and plummet into the sky.

The pic teams up Bragi Schut (Season of the Witch) and David Arata (Children Of Men, Spy Game). On board to produce are Michael Nozik, Markus Barmettler, and Philip Lee.

No word on who's going to star, but personally, I'm excited to see a sci-fi blockbuster with an Asian star.

Scott Waugh's last movie, DreamWorks’ Need For Speed, starring Aaron Paul, grossed $200m worldwide.
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Need For Speed Helmer Scott Waugh in Talks to Direct Big Budget Sci-Fi Actioner Inversion

Stunt coordinator-turned-director Scott Waugh is aiming high for his next feature film. It was announced today that the filmmaker behind Act of Valor and this year’s Need for Speed is in final talks to direct the $120 million sci-fi epic Inversion. The story follows two unlikely heroes, a young Chinese scientist and a street smart American expat, on a “frenzied journey across the globe to save Earth from an apocalyptic threat—a total reversal of gravity that causes whole cities and civilizations to uproot and plummet into the sky.” Pre-production is currently underway, and the plan is to start filming in late April 2015. Inversion has a script by Bragi Schut (Season of the Witch) and David Arata (Spy Game), with Michael Nozik, Markus Barmettler, and Philip Lee onboard to produce. Need for Speed remains one of the worst films I’ve seen this year so I can’t say I’m enthused by this news,
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TNT Greenlights High-Octane Drama Agent X

TNT has given a greenlight to "Agent X," a spirited action-drama starring Jeff Hephner (Interstellar, "Chicago Fire") and Oscar nominee and Emmy and Golden Globe® winner Sharon Stone (Casino). Gerald McRaney ("House of Cards") also stars in the series, which is being produced by TNT Originals in association with Beacon Pictures, with Armyan Bernstein (Air Force One, Spy Game, Children of Men, "Castle") and Sharon Stone serving as executive producers. William Blake Herron (The Bourne Identity), who will also executive-produce, penned the pilot, which was directed by Peter O'Fallon. TNT has ordered 10 episodes for the first season of the series, with plans to launch in the second half of 2015.
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TNT Greenlights Peter O’Fallon Directed, Sharon Stone Drama, ‘Agent X’

TNT has given a greenlight to Agent X, a spirited action-drama starring Jeff Hephner and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Sharon Stone. Gerald McRaney also stars in the series, which is being produced by TNT Originals in association with Beacon Pictures, with Armyan Bernstein (Air Force One, Spy Game, Children of Men, Castle) and Sharon Stone serving as executive producers.William Blake Herron (The Bourne Identity) who will also executive-produce, penned the pilot, which was directed by Peter O’Fallon (Legit, Suicide Kings). TNT has ordered 10 episodes for the first season of the series, with plans to launch in the second […]
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Podcast: Reviewing 'Birdman' and 'John Wick', Talking 'The Hobbit's Big Budget and More

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
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Spotlight on the Stars: Brad Pitt

For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at one of Hollywood’s absolute bigger stars. He’s about as A-list as the A-list gets…the name? Well, Brad Pitt of course. Not only is he a movie star with all capital letters (Movie Star!) and a top tier celebrity, he’s also developed into one of the industry’s best and most interesting actors as well. Pitt is the type of star that doesn’t rest on his laurels and often seems to attach himself to challenging material, something that will win the man an acting Oscar one day (he already won his first one last year for helping to produce Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave). As high as he’s soared already, the best could still be to come. Pitt got his noticeable start in the business (after some uncredited acting jobs on
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Pierce Brosnan Getting Back Into The Spy Game In ‘November Man’

It might be argued Pierce Brosnan has had his fair share of Spy thrillers in his time, however on August 27 (Us) Brosnan will be seen jumping back into the spy game when November Man hits the cinemas.

Brosnan starred as the well-known and much loved spy James Bond for four films, the last one (Die Another Day) being released in 2002. Even though Brosnan isn’t taking on the role of Bond anymore, it should be pretty fun seeing Brosnan in the role of a spy once again.

The spy thriller film is based on Bill Granger’s novel There Are No Spies which was published in 1987. The film itself is focused around an ex-cia agent who is willing to go jump back into the spy game for a personal mission. Peter Devereaux, Brosnan’s character, will find himself facing his former pupil in a mission involving high level CIA agents and the Russian president-elect.
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Sharon Stone to Star in TNT's Agent X

Sharon Stone has signed to play the Vice President of the United States in TNT's new action-drama pilot "Agent X" (working title). Penned by William Blake Herron ( The Bourne Identity ), "Agent X" is being produced for TNT by Beacon Pictures, with Armyan Bernstein ( Air Force One , Spy Game , Children of Men , "Castle") serving as executive producer. In "Agent X," Stone stars as America's first female Vice President, Natalie Maccabee, a woman with brains, beauty, and a cool composure that belies a restless mind. After the death of her husband, a Senate candidate, Natalie opted to run in his place. After a rapid rise as a political star, she now finds herself the newly elected Vice President of the United States. Initially apprehensive that...
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Post Mortem: Scandal Ep Breaks Down the Fall Finale's Big Twists — Including [Spoiler]'s Return

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Post Mortem: Scandal Ep Breaks Down the Fall Finale's Big Twists — Including [Spoiler]'s Return
This Thursday on Scandal, the oftentimes bananapants ABC drama wrapped the first half of Season 3 with an hour that, of course, uncorked new twists. But it also offered an admittedly satisfying sense of closure. And that was in part by design, seeing as the show is entering an 11-week break, due to this year’s split-season scheduling.

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“I think that there was an intention to give people satisfaction, some sort of resolution in some areas, because that’s also the fun of watching the show,” executive producer Betsy Beers tells TVLine. “One of
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Bezucha to direct Priceless remake

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The Family Stone director to remake French hit for Umedia.

Thomas Bezucha, director of comedies The Family Stone and Monte Carlo, has boarded the English language remake of French hit Priceless for European film group Umedia,.

The 2006 romantic comedy, starring Audrey Tautou, proved a box-office smash in France on its original release and went on to be sold in more than 60 international territories.

The remake has been greenlit for production early summer 2014, shooting on location on the French Riviera.

It will centre on Alec, a shy and hard-working English waiter at a grand hotel on the Riviera, who is mistaken for a millionaire and seduced by Lauren, an American girl with expensive tastes, whose lifestyle is made possible only by the generosity of very wealthy men.

When Lauren discovers Alec’s true identity and limited resources, she bolts - but Alec, determined to woo Lauren no matter what the cost, pursues her along
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50 dedications at the end of movies (and what they mean)

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.
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J.J. Abrams To Shoot 'Star Wars: Episode VII' On 35mm Film With Cinematographer Dan Mindel

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away almost every director in Hollywood shot their films on 35 mm film. Now, the switchover from film to digital photography is almost complete, with even old school diehards like Martin Scorsese making the transition (this fall's "Wolf of Wall Street" will be his first non-3D digital movie). Oddly enough, J.J. Abrams, a futuristically-minded filmmaker who seems to always be looking forward, has become a notable holdout, refusing to adopt the new technology. Even odder is that this will continue with his biggest project yet: Disney's "Star Wars: Episode VII." He's also recruited an old favorite as the movie's cinematographer. According to The Force.net, at an industry event in Los Angeles, the announcement was made that the amazingly talented Dan Mindel will be photographing the new galactic adventure (on actual film!). Mindel, who memorably collaborated with Tony Scott on "Enemy of the State,
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Charlotte Rampling’s Game Changing Dexter Season 8 Character

The most tense season of Dexter ever wrought is coming to Showtime when season 8 unwinds beginning on June 30th. Its the beginning of the end and today we’ve got new video to prepare you for the Dexterpocalypse. It answers the new question: Who Dr. Evelyn Vogel? And how will she completely change Dexter’s world?

So, what do we know so far about season 8? It’s the last season of the dramatic journey. Dexter’s fate, and Debra’s, must be decided for good and all. Has he become his own victim? Does his Dark Passenger overcome? Even if it doesn’t, how will Dex pay for his sins?

Today’s video introduces perhaps the most intriguing character we’ve heard of yet. Actress Charlotte Rampling will guest star in season 8 as as Dr. Evelyn Vogel. She’s a nuero-psychiatrist and authority on psychopaths. This sharp lady will change
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Robert Redford in Talks to Join Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Now these are unlikely casting reports we hear today – namely, Robert Redford is in talks to join the cast of Captain America: The Winter Soldier as a “senior leadership role in S.H.I.E.L.D.” If it happens, Marvel will score big, as Redford has been sticking to acting exclusively in smaller indie films or his own directorial projects for the past few years; his last starring role in a Hollywood “mainstream” film (that he didn’t direct) was Tony Scott’s 2001 thriller, Spy Game. I never saw him as a superhero flick-actor, but, since Kevin Feige recently described The Winter Soldier as a “political thriller,” Redford should...

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Robert Redford in Talks to Join Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Here’s your Wtf story of the week: Robert Redford may be starring in a Marvel movie. Reports have surfaced that Redford is in talks to join the cast of Captain America: The Winter Soldier as a “senior leadership role in S.H.I.E.L.D.” This is a major get for Marvel, as Redford has relegated himself to acting solely in smaller indie fare or his own directorial projects for the past few years, with his last starring role in a “Hollywood” film that he didn’t direct being Tony Scott’s 2001 thriller Spy Game. Given that Kevin Feige recently described The Winter Soldier as a “political thriller,” Redford should fit right in with the S.H.I.E.L.D. crew. Hit the jump for more, including the possibility of Redford popping up in other Marvel movies. As S.H.I.E.L.D. has a presence
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What are the Best Political Action Thrillers?

Last night I was trying to come up with some ideas on something I could do in conjunction with the release of Olympus Has Fallen and one idea was to come up with a list of the best political action thrillers. The problem is that word "action" really limits the number of films... at least when it came to the titles my fiancee could come up with last night. The word "action", in this case, almost seems to remove all meaning from the word "political". Sure, Olympus Has Fallen is based on a terrorist takeover at the White House, but just how political will it really be? White House Down and G.I. Joe: Retaliation are working with similar themes as trailers have already shown us, are they too political films? Certainly there is a nugget of politics in there, it's something that gives the narrative added weight over simply being about guns,
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Conde Nast Entertainment Taps Robert Green To Lead Digital Unit

Condé Nast Entertainment has named Robert Green Svp Creative – Digital. In his new role, which begins immediately, Green will be responsible for developing, producing and managing the creation of original content for Cne’s digital video channels based on Condé Nast’s iconic brands. The co-founder of Media Ventures Pictures will draw on his experience producing TV shows and films, and his most recent post as an executive producer of streaming news network HuffPost Live, to build and expand Cne’s digital content and distribution business. Green will work with Fred Santarpia, Cne’s chief digital officer, and report to Conde Nast Entertainment president Dawn Ostroff. Green has executive produced more than 20 television projects for networks including Lifetime and Fox as well as several international media companies including Telecino and TF1. As a development executive, his film credits include Gladiator, Stuart Little and Spy Game. Since 2007, Green has also headed Another Green World,
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