9 items from 2016
With Gears of War 4 on the horizon, it’s been announced that the long-gestating Gears of War movie is back in development at a new studio.
The Hollywood Reporter noted today that Universal Studios have purchased the movie adaptation rights from Microsoft, who have owned the video game rights since 2014. The movie will be produced by Scott Stuber (Central Intelligence) and Dylan Clark (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). No writer has been attached to the project yet.
New Line Cinemas originally purchased the film rights for Gears of War in 2007 with a script by Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl). Len Wiseman (A Good Day to Die Hard) signed on to direct with Kate Beckinsale (Underworld) attached to star, but both jumped off the project in 2010.
This is the second time Universal have worked with Microsoft on a video game movie following »
- Luke Owen
For many of us, our love for Orlando Bloom really solidified when Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl premiered over a decade ago. He stole our hearts as the handsome Will Turner and has never returned them since. If your obsession has simmered down over the years, prepare for a fresh jump-start, because the 20 pictures ahead will make you fall in love with Orlando all over again. Related Stories: Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom Have a Steamy Nsfw Beach Day in Italy;Here's Orlando Bloom Dutifully Documenting Katy Perry's DNC Performance From the Audience;Seth Rogen, Like Everyone Else, Was Pretty Psyched About Seeing Orlando Bloom's Penis;Orlando Bloom Looks Incredibly Ripped While Chatting Up Bikini-Clad Women on the Beach »
- Nicole Yi
Johnny Depp's beloved mother, Betty Sue Palmer[/link], died earlier this week. Palmer died in the morning on Friday, May 20, in Los Angeles after a long illness, according to ET. She was 81. Palmer's death came days before Depp's wife, Amber Heard, filed for divorce after 15 months of marriage. The actress, who filed a divorce petition on Monday, is asking for spousal support from Depp, 52, according to documents obtained by People. Depp had an especially close relationship with his mother, who was a frequent guest of the actor at various Hollywood functions over the years. In 2004, Palmer accompanied her son to »
- Michael Miller, @write_miller
Filmmaker and self-pronounced cinephile Jacob T. Swinney has a new video essay called 100 Years/100 Shots. The title’s pretty self-explanatory. It’s about the history of Tequila in the 21st century.
Swinney has chosen his most memorable shot from each year in the last 100 and placed them next to each other in chronological sequence. Not only does it fascinatingly chart the evolution of the medium, it also reaffirms why we devote so much of our spare time to the movies. See beneath the video embed below for the full list (in order) used.
100 Years/100 Shots from Jacob T. Swinney on Vimeo.
Birth of a Nation
A Dog’s Life
The Passion of Joan of Arc
- Oli Davis
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the highly anticipated sequel to Walt Disney Studios' multi-billion dollar Johnny Depp-led franchise, has just added a very familar face to its cast. Even though the film wrapped a little while ago, Deadline is reporting that legendary musician Sir Paul McCartney has just joined the film in a highly secretive role, a role for which the directors Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg and producer Jerry Bruckheimer have actually gone back to build an extra large set-piece for. No further details were provided, but his involvement is being described as an extra scene and not part of a re-shoot. He's now the second musical icon, following Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, who played Jack Sparrow's father Captain Teague, to appear in the long-running franchise. The trade also adds that Disney is fairly high on the film and several insiders have likened »
Not all reshoots are bad. Especially when they allow you to bring one of The Beatles into your big blockbuster. Even though Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has wrapped, directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg have gone back to shoot a massive action set piece. And guess what? This additional scene will include the one and only Paul McCartney!
The new scene is reportedly built around Paul McCartney's new character, which will be introduced for the first time in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Deadline reports that the iconic musician, sometimes actor, only quietly joined the movie. He slides into a cast that includes Johnny Depp returning as the legendary pirate Captain Jack Sparrow alongside Geoffrey Rush, Martin Klebba, Orlando Bloom, Kaya Scodelario and Brenton Thwaites. Javier Bardem is playing the villain, Captain Salazar, this time out.
At this time, Paul McCartney »
Black Mass DVD review: A captivating and engrossing gangster movie, unmissable due to Depp’s powerhouse performance.
Black Mass is a return to form for Hollywood A-lister Johnny Depp, an actor caught in the wilderness following an Oscar-nominated turn in Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl in 2003, and its various sequels. His last few films, Transcendence, The Lone Ranger and the dire Mortdecai, have failed to set the box-office alight, and now more than ever, Depp is in need not only a hit, but a great character to display his unbelievable talent as an actor. With the role of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, Depp has just that.
Black Mass tells the true story of Bulger, a notorious crime boss who ruled South Boston from the mid-1970s. The brother of a Us senator, here played by Benedict Cumberbatch, Bulger was also a notorious FBI informant who formed »
- Paul Heath
We're less than one week away from the Oscars, and while we're cheering on this year's talented nominees (oh hey, Eddie!), we're also thinking about those lauded actors who have continuously scored nominations over the years while simultaneously winning over audiences. Why, you ask? Well with five-time nominee Leonardo DiCaprio poised to probably take home his first-ever Oscar, we got to thinking about other talented stars who've been nominated several times in their careers and never won (how is this fair to Diane and Glenn?!). Read on to see who makes the surprising list: Glenn Close# of nominations: 6 Films: The World According to Garp, »
- Grace Gavilanes, @gracegavilanes
Every year around Oscar time it seems like we always end up falling into the same debate: Who deserves to win best (Insert Category) here. There are many actors, directors, writers and others who have been nominated but have never taken home the gold statuette. Now, the reality is that films take a long time for directors to get made and writers take a long time to get a script right. But actors have a better set of odds, because they can make multiple films in any given year.
This isn't to say that acting is easier than any of the aforementioned jobs. It just means that, if the Academy likes an actor, and they make a lot of films, their chances to gain Oscar gold are that much better. A great case in point is how many times they has been nominated? 19. How many Oscars has she taken home? »
9 items from 2016
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