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Oscar-winning director Susanne Bier is to preside over the international feature film jury at the 10th Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25 - Oct 5).
The Danish filmmaker, who won her Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar for In A Better World in 2011, is currently on the festival circuit with A Second Chance and Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper drama Serena.
She will oversee a jury that includes Us actor Val Kilmer, best known for roles in Heat, Batman Forever and Top Gun, and Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanić, who won the Berlin Golden Bear in 2006 with Grbavica.
Also on the jury is Marie Masmonteil, the French producer of Party Girl, which picked up prizes at Cannes in May, and Jerusalem Film Festival winner Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, currently playing »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.
On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Since 2010, Paul Giamatti has been one of Hollywood’s most prolific actors, appearing in 19 films in the past five years. Some were great (12 Years a Slave, Win Win), and some were not so great (Rock of Ages, The Hangover Part II). However, regardless of the role, Giamatti was almost always a high point of the film. Now, the trusted character actor (and occasional leading man) has an exciting new role in his roster, as Jerry Heller, the controversial manager of the pioneering hip hop group N.W.A., in the music biopic Straight Outta Compton.
Before he managed the influential group, Heller represented pop acts like Journey, Reo Speedwagon and Marvin Gaye. After he co-founded Ruthless Records with N.W.A. member Eazy-e, Heller oversaw one of the genre’s defining records by the group, one which shares its title with this biopic.
However, he later became synonymous with ripping off the rappers. Several »
- Jordan Adler
Paul Giamatti has joined the cast of Universal's N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton playing music manager Jerry Heller for director F. Gary Gray. I also never reported on the casting of Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella and Aldis Hodge as Mc Ren, two names that weren't included in the original casting announcement which actually had me scratching my head a little since I personally appreciated the work of both those guys when I used to listen to a lot of N.W.A. and to think the group was merely Eazy, Cube and Dre would have been a bit dismissive. As for Heller, before co-founding Ruthless Records with Eazy-e he worked with the likes of Pink Floyd and Elton John and was later seen as one of the reasons N.W.A. ultimately broke up, favoring Eazy over the other members of the group. The film has been set for an August 14, 2015 release, »
- Brad Brevet
How do you rank perfection? Duncan has a go, as he lists the top 25 Jason Statham films...
For regular Den Of Geek readers, it will come as little surprise to see this list come round. We've chosen our favourite Statham films before, but such is the productivity of the great man, it was decided that a mere top ten was no longer large enough to contain his ever growing body of work. Last time I mentioned updating this piece to the man himself back in 2012 due to his insane workload, he cracked up and responded, “My productivity is overwhelming! 'Have a fucking day off!'”
Since this list has now expanded to encompass 25 of his movies, it seemed only right to include multiple sequels, with his big trio of action franchises all spawning some thoroughly entertaining fare worthy of mention, though I’ve tried to exclude the personal bias that »
• Universal has found its last two members for the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton directed by F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job). Aldis Hodge (Leverage) will play Mc Ren and Neil Brown Jr. (The Walking Dead) will be DJ Yella, joining previously announced stars O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Eazy-e respectively. The film is set for a Aug. 14, 2015 release with Ice Cub and Dr. Dre serving as producers. [THR]
- Jake Perlman
San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule of events for Friday, July 25, following the Thursday schedule that was released yesterday. You can clickHere to view the lineup in its entirety, which includes numerous comic book panels and events, but we have pulled out all of the movie, DVD and TV-related panels for your convenience.
Friday, July 25
Good mornin'! What's better than a panel of one Cartoon Network Comedy? Two cartoon network comedies! That's right fans, prepare yourself for double the comedy, double the fun and double the friends with Uncle Grandpa and Clarence! Join the always-entertaining cast and crew for a behind-the-scenes look at two of the newest hit shows on Cartoon Network. It's woooooorth it. Appearing from Uncle Grandpa are creator Peter Browngardt (Uncle Grandpa), Kevin Michael Richardson (Mr. Gus), and Eric Bauza (Belly Bag). Appearing from »
We're back with the horror highlights of Day 2 of this year's Sdcc, and you better rest up! On tap are "The Walking Dead," "Bates Motel," "Sleepy Hollow," Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, Scream Factory, and More!
What you'll find below is just the tip of the iceberg (and it does include a few "fringe" panels that we thought might be interest). Be sure to visit the official San Diego Comic-Con 2014 website for the full lineup.
Day 2: Friday, July 25, 2014
10:00 Am - Publishers Weekly: Behind the Digital Line
As digital comics have become a driving force of the medium, more publishers and creators have launched digital first lines of comics. How do publishers and creators deal with the unique properties of the web and tablet? How do readers react? Are they an evolution from webcomics or their own medium? And how will technological evolution affect storytelling as more choices arise? Pw's »
- Debi Moore
Now that he is the new human face of Michael Bay’s Transformers series with a leading role in Age of Extinction, Mark Wahlberg finally seems to have a viable franchise going for him (along with Ted 2), after the ill-fated Max Payne movie proved ultimately forgettable, and presumed follow-ups to The Italian Job and Planet of the Apes never materialized.
Transformers 4 has its detractors, but the film’s worldwide box office take is edging toward $600 million, and with Wahlberg coming off of the (mostly) well-received 2 Guns and Lone Survivor – both of which were successful at the box office – his star is arguably as high as it’s ever been. Thus, now is as good a time as any ...
Click to continue reading Could Mark Wahlberg be the ‘Six Million Dollar Man’?
- Anthony Vieira
So maybe we all can just agree to disagree about Transformers. The critical establishment collectively agreed to give Michael Bay the benefit of the doubt with 2011′s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which earned semi-decent reviews mainly because it was less obnoxiously worse than Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. But Trans4mers led that same critical establishment into hilarious paroxysms of scathing invective. (EW’s own Chris Nashawaty called it “numbing, exhausting, and migraine-inducing.”) Predictably, the movie made $100 million over the weekend.
Bad movies have made a lot of money since forever. There’s a generation of young-dude moviegoers who »
- Darren Franich
Every once in a while, a television drama comes along that perfectly encapsulates the mood of the time in which it was made. In the 1980s - a decade best remembered in the United Kingdom for Thatcherism and the omnipresent threat of nuclear war - that drama was Edge of Darkness.
Edge of Darkness - a six-part serial - is the story of Ronnie Craven, a Yorkshire police detective who initiates an off-the-books enquiry into his daughter's murder, only to discover that her death has broader political implications.
Soon, Craven is drawn into a world of corrupt politics and eco-terrorism, culminating in an ill-fated excursion into a radioactive waste facility known as 'Northmoor' - the hub of a power-hungry plot by malevolent forces. »
It was a neck-in-neck race for No. 1 in the home video sales arena for the week ending June 15.
The discrepancy is due to the fact that Walmart offered an exclusive Blu-ray Disc two-pack of actioner “Jack Ryan” with 2003’s “The Italian Job,” and this combo from the country’s No. 1 home entertainment retailer is tracked separately by VideoScan.
Combining sales data for the various configurations of “Jack Ryan” – a reboot of the franchise about author Tom Clancy’s famed CIA analyst, now portrayed by Chris Pine – shows it actually sold 4% more discs than “Lone Survivor” on the First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined sales.
“Jack Ryan,” which earned $50.6 million in U.S. theaters, also was unambiguously No. »
- Thomas K. Arnold
When you read as many movie themed blogs as I do, you often hear that a movie is getting made, get really excited about it, see that it's coming out a long time from now, and then forget all about it. Then, as that movie starts shooting and promotional items are released, that movie gets thrust back into your consciousness and you get excited all over again. Today is one of those days as Universal Pictures announced the August 14, 2014 release date for Straight Outta Compton along with a photo of director F. Gary Gray (Friday, The Italian Job) and cast members Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre), Jason Mitchell (Eazy-e) and O'Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube) with two of the original N.W.A. members Dr. Dre and Ice Cube. It's gotta be a trip for O'Shea Jackson Jr. to play his father Ice Cube. Has that ever happened before? »
- Matthew McKibben
The very first image and full synopsis for F. Gary Gray’s N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton has been revealed by Universal. The film, based on the lives of South Central La rappers Ice Cube, Mc Ren, Yella, Dr. Dre and Easy-e, will be released in cinemas on August 14th, 2015. O’Shea Jackson Jr. will play Cube (his real-life son), Jason Mitchell will play Eazy-e, and Corey Hawkins is Dr. Dre.
In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about »
- Paul Heath
Credit: Todd MacMillan/Universal Pictures
Starring O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube’s son – thus the uncanny resemblance), Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-e, Straight Outta Compton is directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday, Set It Off, The Italian Job).
In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation.
Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in »
- Michelle McCue
After recently learning that Ice Cube's son O'Shea Jackson Jr. will play a younger version of the rapper turned actor in Straight Outta Compton, the story of rap group Nwa, we now have word on the other two new faces who will play Dr. Dre and Eazy-e. And as a bonus, we have a first look photo showing off the cast with the rap alter egos. However, director F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job, Law Abiding Citizen) stands in place of the late Eazy-e, who died in 1995. Corey Hawkins is playing Dr. Dre while Jason Mitchell will play Eazy-e. Both Jackson Jr. and Mitchell look very much like their alter egos, but Hawkins isn't quite a match. Still, it's cool seeing a photo like this with the young actors and original rappers. Look below now! Here's the first photo of the cast of F. Gary Gray's Straight Outta Compton »
- Ethan Anderton
We reported the other day some casting rumours for the long-gestating N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, but it looks one of those names was incorrect, as we now have our official cast.
And here’s the word from the press release…
In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into »
- Luke Owen
It is now official, O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube's son), Jason Mitchell and Corey Hawkins will be playing our younger versions of Ice Cube, Eazy-e and Dr. Dre for Universal Pictures and F. Gary Gray's Straight Outta Compton Nwa biopic.
Dre and Ice Cube tweeted this news out as a cast photo that's...pretty cool.
2015 is packed!
In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and »
Universal has been putting together their N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton, for some time now and have finally agreed on a cast, director and release date. The film, which will star O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-e respectively, will focus on the mid-80s gangsta rap group and sets out to tell the story of how the group revolutionized music and pop culture forever, by telling the world the truth about life in the hood, which ignited a cultural war. But will the truth about N.W.A. be toldc I grew up listening to N.W.A. so I'll be interested to see how this turns out and just how much dirt it gets into. Considering it's produced by Ice Cube and Dr. Dre with no mention of Antoine Carraby (DJ Yella) or Lorenzo Patterson (Mc Ren) I have my doubts about how authentic it will be. »
- Brad Brevet
After spending a long while in development, Nwa biopic Straight Outta Compton is finally moving forward now that it’s cast its three stars. O’Shea Jackson Jr. stars as Ice Cube (the actor is Cube’s son in real life), Corey Hawkins will take on the part of Dr. Dre, and Jason Mitchell has been tasked with bringing Eazy-e to life.
I’m excited to see the three young actors chosen to portray Cube, Dre and Easy-e on the big screen – all of them look somewhat similar to their real-life counterparts, and the thorough casting process that the filmmakers went through to find them speaks to how well Jackson, Hawkins and Mitchell must have embodied the rappers.
- Isaac Feldberg
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