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If the Minecraft movie is even half as popular as the video game, then Mojang will have a true, ahem, blockbuster on its hands. As anticipation builds for Minecraft's silver screen debut, we've decided to dig around for some more information.
From potential release dates and budgets, to storylines, directors and producers, here's everything we know about the Minecraft movie so far.
What's the Minecraft movie all about?
Plot details are thin on the ground, but Mojang COO Vu Bui told The Guardian that it will tell one of the countless possible stories from Minecraft's build-it-yourself game world. "When coming up with a story, we want to make sure it is just a story within Minecraft, as opposed to the story within Minecraft," he said.
Elaborating on his comments, Bui said that the company doesn't want to discourage players by coming up with an official story of the Minecraft universe. »
The CW brought its hit show Arrow to Comic-Con this year as a part of the Hall H panel DC Superhero Saturday Night, which also featured The Flash, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Fox's Gotham and CBS' Supergirl. Since production hasn't started yet on Season 4 of Arrow, no new footage was revealed, but fans did get plenty of insight into the new season during this three-hour event. The Arrow segment kicked off with Stephen Amell hitting the stage in his brand new costume, confirming that he will now be known as Green Arrow on the show. But that was just the start of an insightful panel.
Executive producer Geoff Johns confirmed a report from earlier this week that Neal McDonough will portray the villainous Damien Dahrk. Then executive producer Marc Guggenheim confirmed two more nefarious character that will make their debut in Arrow Season 4, Mr. Terrific and Anarky. Here's what the »
It’s been a surprisingly interesting month of moving and shaking in terms of doc development. Just a month after making his first public funding pitch at Toronto’s Hot Docs Forum, legendary doc filmmaker Frederick Wiseman took to Kickstarter to help cover the remaining expenses for his 40th feature film In Jackson Heights (see the film’s first trailer below). Unrelentingly rigorous in his determination to capture the American institutional landscape on film, his latest continues down this thematic rabbit hole, taking on the immensely diverse New York City neighborhood of Jackson Heights as his latest subject. According to the Kickstarter page, Wiseman is currently editing the 120 hours of rushes he shot with hopes of having the film ready for a fall festival premiere (my guess would be Tiff, where both National Gallery and At Berkeley made their North American debut), though he’s currently quite a ways away from his $75,000 goal. »
- Jordan M. Smith
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
Paramount Pictures and Fandango have debuted a new clip from Terminator Genisys, which revisits an iconic scene from 1984's The Terminator, while giving it a brand new twist. The scene is set at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, where a naked T-800 Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) approaches a group of thugs, demanding their clothes. What he doesn't realize is The Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has already been waiting for him, and an intense fight begins.
When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future...
J.K. Simmons, »
Earlier this month, Paramount debuted a new Terminator Genisys preview where original Terminator director James Cameron praised the new film. Today, the studio has released two new TV spots, one of which features a new quote from the director where he states that the franchise has been "reinvigorated," the twist is "more than you expected" and that "you're going to love this movie." We also get new footage of Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Guardian fighting another version of himself and more of John Connor's (Jason Clarke) new powers as a cyborg.
When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including »
Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s. But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans. The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures. Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The »
- Andre Soares
Sir Christopher Lee, the legendary British actor best known for his villainous roles, died on Sunday. He was 93. Christopher Lee Dies Lee died at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital after being treated for respiratory and heart problems, Lee’s wife Birgit Lee told The Guardian. Birgit, who had been married to the actor for more than 50 years, had waited […]
- Chelsea Regan
Good things come to those who wait. After two seasons of stealing every scene in which she’s been present, Aj Michalka has been promoted to a series regular on The Goldbergs ahead of the show’s third season. Michalka, who plays Erica’s best friend and Barry’s girlfriend, Lainey Lewis, has been recurring on the show since Season 1, and her promotion comes after a largely increased focus on the supporting cast in the semi-autobiographical show from the real Adam Goldberg. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report the casting news. The third season of The Goldbergs will feature Aj Michalka’s first time as a regular on television. Also a singer-songwriter and member of music duo 78violet with her sister Aly, Aj has been featured in multiple episodes of The Guardian, Hellcats, and Oliver Beene, and she has also appeared on the big-screen in Super 8 and Grace Unplugged. »
- Jasef Wisener
"Clouds of Sils Maria," now in theaters, melds shades of Bergman's "Persona" and Cassavetes' "Opening Night" in depicting the psychological entanglements of three women: Juliette Binoche as a seasoned actress starring in a revival of the play that launched her career, Kristen Stewart as her spiky personal assistant and Chloë Grace Moretz as the much younger protégé costarring in this play. Stewart won a Cesar for this role. The lines between actor and role begin to blur as desire rears its head. We're never quite sure what's a rehearsal, and what's actual dialogue happening between the characters. All three actresses, Binoche and Stewart especially, deliver sensational performances that feel lived-in and even improvisational. Read More: Kristen Stewart Explains How She Held Her Own with Juliette Binoche in "Sils Maria"--and Won a Cesar The Guardian chats with Binoche in the delightful video interview below, in »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The picture is the bigscreen adaptation of the novel of the same title by celebrated Australian novelist Tim Winton. The story follows two thrill-seeking teenage boys who form an unlikely bond with a reclusive older surfer – Baker – and his mysterious wife. The script is penned by “Top of the Lake” screenwriter Gerard Lee.
“When I first read ‘Breath,’ I knew I had to somehow make the film,” said Baker. “The gathering storm of the story, detailed and intimate against the power and scope of the rugged setting, struck me as incredibly cinematic. I’m beyond excited to be back in Australia realizing this dream.”
Baker made his first steps into directing through episodes of “The Mentalist, »
- Patrick Frater
The Cannes Film Festival begins in just two days and as a result more and more pictures, posters, trailers and clips from the films showing in the festival will be arriving and now we have some pictures and the first poster for one of the more anticipated films, Sicario, from Denis Villeneuve (Enemy, Prisoners) with a screenplay from first timer Taylor Sheridan. The story centers on a young female FBI agent (Emily Blunt) joins a secret CIA operation to take down a Mexican cartel boss, a job that ends up pushing her ethical and moral values to the limit. Jon Bernthal, Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, Jeffrey Donovan and Daniel Kaluuya round out the cast. Along with a batch of pictures, all of which have been scattered around the Internet for the last week or so, today we get our first look at the film's poster, which definitely offers up »
- Brad Brevet
According to TrekMovie, the studio recently registered the title with the Motion Picture Association of America, making it all but an imminent press release away from being officially announced.
As has been rumoured for months, the third Star Trek film is expected to see the Enterprise crew on an exploration into deep space, living up to the show’s original mantra of adventures “Where no man has gone before”.
“Where no man has gone before – where no one has gone before, sensibly corrected for a slighter more enlightened generation. But yeah, that’s the mood at the moment.”
As was reported earlier in the year, Idris Elba will play the key villain in the movie. We »
- Matt Holmes
Chris Hardwick is going for the hat trick — of talk shows, that is.
The @midnight and Talking Dead host is teaming with Syfy to create a weekly Nerdist News series, per The Hollywood Reporter.
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The project — which would focus on the latest trends in technology, science and more — is currently a YouTube series hosted by Jessica Chobot, though a host for the Syfy installment has not yet been chosen. »
The tale as old as time (starring Lily James in the title role and our own Cate Blanchett as her wicked stepmother) scooped $4,321,814 over 271 screens in its opening weekend, which, including previews, takes its Australian box office to $4,757,185 thus far.
Unsurprisingly distributed by Disney, Branagh.s take on the magical fare has avoided the darkness of the Grimm version to deliver what The Guardian has described as .straight-faced sentimentality. with an .unfashionable absence of post-Enchanted irony.. Not that that.s a bad thing . The Daily Mail hails the production as .witty, charming and a delight for little girls everywhere..
Dystopian teen drama Insurgent fell by an average of 51 per cent in its second week of release, taking $2,073,925 over 269 screens. Distributed by eOne, the action-packed sequel to Divergent has amassed an Aus box office taking of $7,108.432.
- Emily Blatchford
Showtime has announced a summer premiere date for the third seasons of "Ray Donovan" and "Masters of Sex." Both dramas will return on Sunday, July 12, with "Ray" back at 9 p.m. and "Masters" at 10, just like last summer. "Ray Donovan" continues to attract notable guest stars, this season bringing in both Ian McShane and Katie Holmes. David Hollander (creator of CBS' "The Guardian") has replaced "Ray" creator Ann Biderman as showrunner. ("Masters of Sex" timeline spoilers coming in 3... 2... 1...) "Masters," meanwhile, will jump the narrative ahead all the way to 1966 (last year ended circa the JFK inauguration), as the new season "finds the famed duo of Masters (Michael Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) dealing with the glare of the national spotlight as their sex study is finally unveiled." (At the end of season 2, I spoke with creator Michelle Ashford about why big time jumps would become more and more necessary for the series as it continued. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Terminator Genisys is shaping up to be one of this summer's biggest blockbusters, with Arnold Schwarzenegger returning to the Terminator franchise as his iconic T-800 cyborg, although much has changed in this version. Much like the original Terminator, military leader John Connor (Jason Clarke) sends Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to the year 1984 to protect his mother Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), although nothing is quite what he expects. Sarah has actually been raised by an "aging" T-800 cyborg known as The Guardian for several years, as Kyle finds himself with a new mission, to reset the future. Jai Courtney has recently been doing press for The Divergent Series: Insurgent, in theaters tomorrow, and during an interview with Hero Complex, the actor revealed he didn't pay any attention to Michael Biehn's original portrayal of Kyle Reese in The Terminator, because this character has changed quite a bit.
"To be honest ... I don't pay any attention, »
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