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Overlooked Summer Gems of 2015

2 September 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Matthew Lee on the overlooked summer gems of 2015…

As the summer season officially draws to a close, which, for most studios, means an end to the blockbuster bonanza (though, once again, Warner Bros. are going against the grain as they release Pan in October. Didn’t Jupiter Ascending’s reception teach them anything?). During this cluster of huge box office draws, there were a few little gems that may have slipped by some people. As such, this list, in no chronology of pertinence, will readdress these great movies, and highlight what many may have missed out as they instead opted for the spectacle.

Note: These films were released in the UK between 1st June – 31st August.

10. The Look of Silence

Documentary filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer’s companion piece to The Act of Killing has an optometrist named Adi confront the men responsible for the Indonesian genocide of the 1960s. His brother, »

- Matthew Lee

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Hugh Jackman Will Embark On The Odyssey!

21 August 2015 3:11 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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A couple of months ago, Lionsgate indicated they were readying an adaptation of Homer’s epic, The Odyssey, for the big-screen. Francis Lawrence (who has a good existing relationship with the studio, having directed all but the first in their Hunger Games cycle) was pegged to direct, and now the film looks to have found a star in Hugh Jackman.

Jackman will play Odysseus, the legendary hero who underwent a decade long struggle to return to Greece following the Trojan war. Jackman has the physique of a Greek God, so portraying one of the nation’s mortal luminaries should be a piece of cake. Expect him to face off against all manner of trial, tribulation and mythic CGI adversary, as this sounds like it’s going to be a period retelling.

The Odyssey will be a major undertaking from Lionsgate, who will be looking to line up a Hunger »

- Daniel Kelly

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Hugh Jackman Considering The Odyssey

20 August 2015 4:42 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The last time Hollywood took on Odysseus, we got Troy. But Lionsgate is planning a film based on a different part of the character’s life, with Francis Lawrence developing a take on Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey. And now they want Hugh Jackman to star.At this point, it’s very early days for the discussions – The Wrap reports that the Wolverine star has just started considering the idea, but has had several conversations with Lawrence and the producers about taking on the lead. If he does agree to star, he’ll be playing Odysseus in the aftermath of the Trojan War, on a 10-year quest to return home, during which time his wife Penelope and son Telemachus must deal with those who assume he’s long dead and are in particular vying for Penelope’s attention as potential new husbands. Once he has a cast in place, »

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Hugh Jackman could be our Odysseus in Francis Lawrence's The Odyssey

20 August 2015 3:55 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Although I doubt that Hugh Jackman will be hard up for work once he hangs up Wolverine's claws for the last time in Wolverine 3, it never hurts to have a potential franchise waiting in the wings. The Wrap reports that Hugh Jackman is in early talks to lead Francis Lawrence's adaptation of Homer's "The Odyssey" for Lionsgate. Set after the fall of Troy,... Read More »

- Kevin Fraser

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Hugh Jackman Eyes Homer's 'The Odyssey'

20 August 2015 2:35 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The dusty old tome Homer's The Odyssey just got fuel-injected with some much-needed excitement. It sounds as though Hugh Jackman is taking this trip to ancient Greece. The star is currently in talks to headline the Lionsgate fantasy adventure based on the ancient poem. It was announced in April that Lionsgate plans to turn the title into a huge action-adventure tentpole.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 director Francis Lawrence is behind the helm. And he's bringing producer Nina Jacobson along for the ride. In May, CEO Jon Feltheimer revealed that Francis Lawrence's deal is for more than one movie. Though how many installments are planned isn't yet known.

Francis Lawrence also directed the second installment of the The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, after original director Gary Ross backed out. Nina Jacobson has been onboard for all four of The Hunger Games movies, »

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Hugh Jackman May Lead The Odyssey For Lionsgate

20 August 2015 12:30 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Variety is reporting today that Hugh Jackman is in talks to lead Lionsgate’s upcoming adaptation of The Odyssey, which will be based on the famous poem by Homer.

So far, Jackman is the only actor attached to the project, though the studio has already set Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence to helm and producer Nina Jacobson to oversee the film. Penning the script will be another Hunger Games alum, Peter Craig. The scribe wrote both Mockingjay films, and it’s clear that him and Lawrence worked well together on that franchise, which should bode well for The Odyssey.

The studio is hoping for Jackman to take on the lead role here, that of Odysseus, a Greek hero who “makes the long voyage home to Ithaca after the fall of Troy. This 10-year journey sees Odysseus’ ship blown off course, which leads him and his men into a variety of thrilling adventures. »

- James Garcia

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Hugh Jackman Takes An "Odyssey"

20 August 2015 12:28 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Hugh Jackman is in negotiations to star in a new film adaptation of Homer's "The Odyssey" for Lionsgate.

"The Hunger Games" sequel director Francis Lawrence and that series' producer Nina Jacobson are attached to the property, as is "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" scribe Peter Craig who will pen the script.

A follow-up of sorts to "The Iliad," the classic 8th century B.C. tale centers on Odysseus and his legendary journey home after the fall of Troy. During the many years it takes, his wife Penelope fights off suitors.

Lionsgate has not set a release date for the film.

Source: The Wrap »

- Garth Franklin

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Hugh Jackman in Talks for ‘The Odyssey’ Adaptation From ‘Hunger Games’ Team

20 August 2015 12:25 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hugh Jackman is in negotiations to star in Lionsgate’s movie version of Homer’s “The Odyssey.”

The studio announced in April that it had set “The Odyssey” with “Hunger Games” director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson attached. CEO Jon Feltheimer disclosed in May that the deal with Lawrence was for more than one movie.

Lawrence took over directing duties on the final three “Hunger Games” movies (including the upcoming “Mockingjay — Part 2”) after Gary Ross exited following the first film. Jacobson has also produced all four films through her Color Force producing banner.

Peter Craig, who co-wrote the two “Mockingjay” films, is penning the script for “The Odyssey.”

The Odyssey” is believed to have been composed by Homer in the 8th century B.C. It centers on Odysseus and his journey home after the fall of Troy while his wife Penelope fights off suitors.

Lionsgate has not set a release date for “The Odyssey. »

- Dave McNary

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A Look Back at Rose Byrne's Hollywood Evolution

23 July 2015 1:20 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Australian actress Rose Byrne turns 36 on Friday, so to celebrate, we're taking a look back at some of her memorable moments through the years. From her hilarious character in 2011's Bridesmaids to her funny turns in Neighbors and Spy, she's had an exciting couple of years in the spotlight, but she's been making memorable movie appearances for more than a decade. Back in 2002, Rose played Dormé in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones before starring alongside Brad Pitt in 2004's Troy. Since then, she's won over fans with her style, too, regularly turning heads with her red carpet looks. In honor of Rose's birthday this week, take a look at some of her stunning Hollywood evolution. »

- Laura-Marie-Meyers

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R.I.P. James Horner: A top tier contributor to cinematic music

23 June 2015 8:44 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

It was with great sadness that we learned yesterday of the death of composer James Horner at just 61 years old. Horner died in a plane crash, piloting a small aircraft that went down a day ago in California. The composer is a multiple Oscar winner, taking home Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for Titanic, marking just one of his many collaborations with filmmaker James Cameron. All told, Horner was nominated by the Academy ten times, with various other nominations and wins to his credit. He was a well respected musician and giant in the industry, so he will certainly be missed in a big way. Horner was cited by the Academy for his work on not just Titanic, but also Aliens, An American Tail, Apollo 13, Avatar, A Beautiful Mind, Braveheart, Field of Dreams, as well as House of Sand and Fog. All of the »

- Joey Magidson

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'Titanic,' 'Avatar' Composer James Horner Dead at 61

23 June 2015 6:50 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

James Horner, the Academy Award-winning film composer responsible for the unforgettable scores from films like Titanic, Braveheart and Avatar, died Monday in a plane crash outside Santa Barbara, California. He was 61. While early reports stated that a single-engine plane owned by the composer had crashed into a remote area, it was later confirmed that Horner was piloting the plane and was the crash's lone fatality.

"We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent," Horner's assistant Sylvia Patrycja wrote on Facebook (via The Hollywood Reporter). "He died doing what he loved. »

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Titanic Composer James Horner Dies in Plane Crash

23 June 2015 4:25 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

James Horner, the film composer known for his work on "Titanic," "Braveheart" and "Field of Dreams," died on Monday in a plane crash near Santa Barbara. He was 61 years old. Horner was piloting the small aircraft when it crashed into a remote area about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara. An earlier report noted that the plane, which was registered to the composer, had gone down, but the pilot had not been identified. For his work on the 1997 Best Picture winner "Titanic," directed by James Cameron, Horner won the Oscar for original dramatic score, and he took another Academy Award for original song for "My Heart Will Go On," performed by Celine Dion. His score for "Titanic" sold a whopping 27 million copies worldwide. His relationship with Cameron also got him Oscar nomination for "Aliens" and "Avatar." The pair were also working on the "Avatar" sequels." Horner's 158-film resume also includes "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan »

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Oscar-Winning Composer James Horner Dead At Age 61

22 June 2015 9:35 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Braveheart, Aliens, Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, Apollo 13, Wolfen, Legends Of The Fall, Krull, Battle Beyond The Stars, A Beautiful Mind, Titanic. The list goes on and on.

The prolific Oscar winning composer James Horner has died in a plane crash at the age of 61. (June 22, 2015). Variety confirmed the news Monday evening.

Brilliant Composer James Horner, friend & collaborator on 7 movies has tragically died in a plane crash. My heart aches for his loved ones.

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 23, 2015

Listen to samples of his genius. James Horner will be profoundly missed.

From James Horner’s bio (Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency):

Having composed the music for more than 130 film and television productions, including dozens of the most memorable and successful films of the past three decades, James Horner was one of the world’s most celebrated film composers.

He earned two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for »

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James Horner Dead In Plane Crash

22 June 2015 5:32 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

A plane belonging to famed film composer James Horner has crashed in Santa Barbara today, with the pilot killed on impact.

Multiple news outlets are now confirming that the 61-year-old composer was indeed the pilot. The crash started a one-acre brushfire and the cause is being investigated.

Horner is responsible for countless memorable scores such as "Aliens," "Titanic," "Avatar," "Apollo 13," "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," "Sneakers," "Braveheart," "Commando," "Cocoon," Field of Dreams," "A Beautiful Mind," "The Mask of Zorro," "Willow," "The Name of the Rose," "An American Tail," "Glory," "Patriot Games," "48 Hrs," "The Rocketeer," "The Amazing Spider-Man," "Deep Impact," "Legends of the Fall," "Troy," "Courage Under Fire," "Ransom," and "Jumanji".

Horner's last films were the upcoming Chilean miner drama "The 33" and the Jake Gyllenhaal-led boxing drama "Southpaw".

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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Here Are 15 Actors That Were Almost Cast as Superman

12 June 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Did you know that June 12 every year is Superman Day? We're not sure how this particular day came to be dedicated to the Man of Steel, especially since he seems omnipresent in our lives every day. A pop cultural mainstay since 1938, the Krypton-born hero never seems far away, especially in the movies.

Yet while it seems every boy has dreamed of putting on the red cape and flying, the character has been remarkably hard to cast in movies. For every Christopher Reeve, Brandon Routh or Henry Cavill who said yes, many more have said no. Here are 15 potential Kal-El's that never came to be.

1. Sylvester Stallone

"Yo, Lois!" After the success of "Rocky," it's no wonder that "Superman: The Movie" producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind considered Stallone to play the Last Son of Krypton. Reportedly, he was deemed too ethnic for the part, though other sources have said that Marlon Brando »

- Gary Susman

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Round-Up: Aliens Minimates Series 2, William Froste Casting Details, Watch The Horrors Of Autocorrect Short

3 June 2015 8:48 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Diamond Select Toys has announced four new pairs of Aliens Minimates which can be purchased as a full set or an assortment of two-packs. Also in this round-up: a William Froste casting update and a look at Crypt TV's The Horrors of AutoCorrect.

Aliens Minimates Series 2: "Aliens Minimates 2-Packs Series 2 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The game is not over, man! Dst returns to the world of the classic 1986 action movie Aliens with an all-new assortment of 2-packs! Four new sets include Pvt. Vasquez with Pvt. Hudson, Jumpsuit Ripley with Newt, Pvt. Frost with Burning Alien and a rare, one-per-case set that has Pvt. Crowe with Attacking Alien and Eggs! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts and accessories. Packaged on a blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #JUN152094, Srp: $9.99/ea.)."

These Minimates are priced at $9.99 for each two-pack and $119.88 for the entire set. »

- Tamika Jones

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‘Hunger Games’ Team Developing Multiple ‘Odyssey’ Movies for Lionsgate

22 May 2015 7:16 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate is planning to develop at least two movies from Homer’s “The Odyssey” with “Hunger Games” director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson attached.

CEO Jon Feltheimer made the disclosure Friday in response to a question during the company’s conference call with analysts to discuss quarterly earnings. “Our deal with Francis contemplates more than one movie,” he said.

Lionsgate announced on April 6 that it was launching development of “The Odyssey” with Lawrence directing and Jacobson producing, but made no mention of more than one movie at that point.

Lawrence took over directing duties on the final three “Hunger Games” movies (including the upcoming “Mockingjay — Part 2”) after Gary Ross exited following the first film. Jacobson has also produced all four films through her Color Force producing banner.

Peter Craig, who co-wrote the two “Mockingjay” films, is penning the script for “The Odyssey.”

“The Odyssey” is believed to have been »

- Dave McNary

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Lionsgate Plans "The Odyssey" Franchise

22 May 2015 4:24 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Along with discussing a potential third film in the "Now You See Me" franchise, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer revealed during an earnings call on Friday that plans are underway for another major franchise that the studio hopes to launch.

Last month it was revealed that Lionsgate will develop a film version of Homer's classic 8th century B.C. tale "The Odyssey". The story centers on Odysseus and his legendary journey home after the fall of Troy.

Much of the team behind "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" films are involved in the same capacities here including director Francis Lawrence, producer Nina Jacobson and co-writer Peter Craig.

In Feltheimer's call though, it has been revealed that their plan has been expanded into a potential franchise and that Lawrence's deal "contemplates more than one movie".

Source: THR »

- Garth Franklin

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Lord of the Rings: Where are the Fellowship of the Ring now?

18 May 2015 5:39 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Last week, Dominic Monaghan sent our nostalgic little hearts all aflutter when he tweeted a picture of his mini-reunion with Lord of the Rings co-stars Billy Boyd, Elijah Wood and Orlando Bloom.

With The Hobbit trilogy now concluded and Peter Jackson having theoretically said goodbye to Middle-earth forever, Monaghan's post got us thinking about the rest of the Fellowship. Below, we take a look at all nine members of the Fellowship and what they're up to today.

Elijah Wood (Frodo)

After Frodo said his goodbyes and departed for the Undying Lands (don't pretend you're not tearing up at the mere memory), Elijah Wood veered away from blockbuster lead roles in favour of an eclectic mix of indie movies comprising the great (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), the good (Everything Is Illuminated) and the ugly (Green Street).

His most memorable post-Frodo role has to be mute, cannibalistic serial killer Kevin in Frank Miller's Sin City, »

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Far From The Madding Crowd (2015) – The Review

7 May 2015 4:09 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Now, here’s a great example of counter-programming. As of last Friday, with the return of Marvel’s superstar super-team, the onslaught of the big blockbuster, “check your mind at the door”, movie season officially began. But what about those cultured folks needing an oasis at the multiplex, a quiet escape from the movie mayhem. The colder temps generally welcome those more serious, somber films, often adapted from literary classics. However, a few of these often seep through the Summer season (Lee DanielsThe Butler, The Help). That’s the case with this literary adaptation, but it’s also a reboot since there was a celebrated film version starring Julie Christie way back in 1967. Now, once again, from the classic tome written by Thomas Hardy (no, not next week’s “Mad Max”), here’s Far From The Madding Crowd.

With the first fade-in, we meet the story’s heroine, Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) on horseback, »

- Jim Batts

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