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After teaming up for both Ocean's 11 and Ocean's 12, superstars George Clooney and Julia Roberts are set to reunite with another acclaimed actor directing them this time. The Wrap has word that Roberts is currently in talks to join Money Monster, a financial thriller to be directed by Jodie Foster that already has George clooney attached. The project is set up at the revamped TriStar and follows Clooney as Lee Gates, a bombastic financial TV personality who offers up stock advice on his hit show “Money Monster.” The plot takes off when he ends up threatened by a desperate blue-collar worker on the edge. More below! Jack O'Connell (Unbroken) is in talks to play the blue-collar man named Kyle Budwell, who feels like he's being exploited by Wall Street hotshots. His desperation is only heightened by the fact that he has a baby on the way and he decides »
- Ethan Anderton
Tonight was a ‘Shaw’ episode on Person of Interest, and, unlike most Shaw-centric episodes, it was a little meh. Not bad, by any stretch of the imagination, but it was a little… bare. Tried a little too hard in places. Sarah Shahi wasn’t the problem (she always brings her best stuff) but the writing was. I think if I was writing about this episode last week, I would be more enthusiastic but them being off for a week really threw me for a fan-loop and allowed me to take a step back, to take a closer look at some of the shows machinations. I’ve been rewatching Angel (my favorite show of all time) and on this particular rewatch, I began to notice a few things; namely the amount of after-the-fact plot explanations. Angel, especially in the later seasons, loved to have an event happen and then immediately after would have… »
- Hunter Bishop
The Stockholm Film Festival is known for a high percentage of female directors, but also for its high number of first-time filmmakers.
This year 50 directors are debutants, from Jens Ostberg, whose “Blowfly Park” world premiered here, to July Yang with “A Girl at My Door,” Nima Javidi with “Melbourne” and Dan Gilroy with “Nightcrawler.”
Those are among the 10 or so debuts in the main competition alone.
In addition to that, the festival hosts several sidebars and initiatives to further support directors early in their careers.
The short film scholarship 1 Km Film was launched in 1990. The winner is awarded Sek 100,000 ($13,000) from the Swedish Film Institute, and production aid from other parts.
Past 1 Km Film winners include Ella Lemhagen (1993), Jens Jonsson (1998) and Babak Najafi (1999), directors who have went on to successful feature film careers inside and outside Sweden. Last year’s 1 Km Film winner was John Skoog, whose film “Shadowland,” above, came »
- Jon Asp
Ever since they wrote Good Will Hunting 18 years ago, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have been one of Hollywood's most well-known bromances. But no bromance is complete without some healthy competition, which is why we've gone back through the years since their first Oscar win and looked at their careers. With Samantha Highfill representing Matt Damon in one corner, and Joshua Rivera representing Ben Affleck in the other, here's how the fight breaks down: 1997 Damon: Good Will Hunting Sure, both Damon and Affleck won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, but only one of them was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor, »
- EW staff
It was only a matter of time before Warner Bros figured out a way to relaunch I Am Legend as a franchise. The studio has been itching to do something with the property ever since the 2007 film raked in $586 million worldwide. They've attempted to get sequels off the ground, and even prequels- which would bring Will Smith back as Robert Neville. Nothing came of those previous attempts, and Smith's reluctance to return likely aided that.
Now the Warners may have found the answer...with a script that's not even based on that film or the 1954 book it was adapted from. Earlier this year, they bought a script by unknown writer Gary Graham. At the time, he was working as a sales associate at the Apple Store in midtown Manhattan. They found his script, "A Garden At The End of The World," on the Black List and loved it. In the coming months, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
For years, Warner Bros. has been exhausting itself trying to come up with ways to make a sequel to its 2007 hit I Am Legend, despite the unwillingness of star Will Smith to return for a follow-up. Now, it appears that the studio has finally found a way to turn the post-apocalyptic tale into a new franchise – thanks to a spec script written by a former Apple employee.
Gary Graham wrote A Garden At The End Of The World, described as a “sci-fi version of The Searchers,” while working at an Apple store in midtown Manhattan. After he posted the spec script on the Black List website, CAA and manager Brooklyn Weaver came across it and promptly signed him, sending the script around Hollywood.
- Isaac Feldberg
Warner Bros. has long tried to find a way to make I Am Legend 2 work, but could never quite crack the story. Now, they've completely given up on a sequel, and instead are rebooting the movie without Will Smith's involvement in the hopes of launching a whole new franchise.
Warner Bros. believes it has found a way to continue on using the I Am Legend brand without the star, who has been reluctant to commit to sequels outside of the Men In Black franchise. They plan to take a spec script they recently acquired titled A Garden at the End of the World and retrofit it so that it falls in line with the story of the last man on earth. The screenplay was bought back in April from Gary Graham, who was working at an Apple store in Manhattan when he published the script on the Black List website. »
Exclusive: After years of trying, Warner Bros finally has found a way to extend its hit Will Smith last-man-on-Earth blockbuster I Am Legend into a potential new franchise. The studio is working on a reboot that isn’t meant to star Smith, who has been reluctant to do sequels and so far has avoided a reprise in Independence Day 2. Warner is retrofitting A Garden At The End Of The World, a spec script that the studio bought back in April from Gary Graham, who was working at the Apple store in midtown Manhattan when he posted his script on the Black List website and got the attention of CAA and manager Brooklyn Weaver. They signed him and sent his script out. Amid several bids, Warner Bros acquired what was described as a sci-fi version of John Wayne’s The Searchers. When Graham was brought in to rewrite his script, the »
- Mike Fleming Jr
We take a light-hearted look at a few of the more strange coincidences and quirks of fate in recent cinema history...
Stories are often built on coincidences and happenstance. Chance encounters at railway stations. Bruce Willis bumping into Ving Rhames while he's out and about in his Honda in Pulp Fiction. But what about those weird patterns we see in our everyday reality, or, more to the point, in cinema history?
When Batman Begins came out, it was widely noted that Christian Bale had already played an unfathomably rich man with a secret double life before, in Mary Harron's adaptation of American Psycho. Bale's character, Patrick Bateman, even has a surname that's basically Batman with an 'e' added to it.
Those are the kinds of strange quirks of fate we're looking at here. If you have any of your own, do share them in the comments section.
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The Bruce Lee biopic Birth Of The Dragon is starting to move along having just grabbed director George Nolfi to helm the project. Nolfi you might recognize as he wrote and directed The Adjustment Bureau and wrote Ocean's Twelve and The Bourne Ultimatum. I had never heard of the project until now but I’m happy to hear it's not yet another movie about the man who trained Lee. The movie is described as: The film is inspired by the true story of Bruce »
- Graham McMorrow
Dolphin Films announced today that Academy Award Nominee Andy Garcia has signed on to the highly anticipated, live-action franchise feature film Max Steel, based on the popular superhero property from Mattel. Andy Garcia will play the pivotal role of the brilliant and mysterious scientist, "Dr. Miles Edwards."
Bill O'Dowd, CEO of Dolphin Films, had this to say about the casting in a statement.
"We're ecstatic to be working with legendary actor Andy Garcia. Dr. Miles Edwards is a very complicated character, and he is central to the entire mythology of Max Steel. The role requires a truly talented actor, and there is no one more qualified than Andy to tackle it."
Andy Garcia is one of Hollywood's most respected leading actors. He played a significant role in the 1987 blockbuster The Untouchables, and subsequently honed his multi-layered acting abilities to earn several industry awards. Garcia has been recognized for his work »
Ryan Piers Williams currently lives in NYC and started making films when he was 12 years old in El Paso, Texas. Upon graduation he worked for Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney on several productions including "Ocean's 12," "Good Night and Good Luck," "The Good German," and "Ocean's 13." He wrote and directed "The Dry Land" (Sundance 2010), and "Kilimanjaro" (SXSW 2013). "X/Y" is his second feature.Biggest challenge in completing the film? I wrote, directed, produced, and acted in X/Y. The biggest challenge I faced in making the film was to perform all of my duties without sacrificing the integrity of the project. It required me to be extremely prepared and exercise a great deal of discipline - while at the same time being flexible and willing to embrace the imperfections in the process. I was also very fortunate to have a seasoned team of producers, crew, and actors who were very »
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas are making it work. Eight months after the famous couple separated to "evaluate and work on their marriage," the A-list actors reunited on the red carpet Tuesday night. Zeta-Jones—who also debuted new blunt bangs—joined her husband of 13 years for The Library's opening night at The Public Theater in New York City. The actress, 44, and the actor, 69, have been spotted together often in recent months, but this marked the first time they attended an official event since separating. They were supporting director Steven Soderbergh, who created the play. Zeta-Jones worked with the filmmaker on Traffic, Ocean's Twelve and Side Effects, while Douglas worked »
• Hail Caesar! Coen brothers may recruit Clooney for Roman epic
In an era when Bruce Willis has an ongoing quest to become the rudest, most sullen interviewee in history, it's refreshing to note that a far more celebrated star in the Hollywood firmament is quite happy to kick back with the people and share a few inspired anecdotes. Reddit's Ama (ask me anything) sessions can be hit and miss, but George Clooney's jaunt in the spotlight this week saw the actor have a candid, engaged and cheerily facetious chat with users of the site.
Clooney was promoting his new film, The Monuments Men, and Satellite Sentinel project, an organisation he co-founded which aims to use satellite imagery of Sudan to document evidence of crimes against humanity. During the Reddit live chat, »
- Ben Child
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 9 Jan 2014 - 06:25
We head back a decade to look at a few films that deserve more attention. Here’s our list of 25 underappreciated movies of 2004...
Think back to 2004, and you might dredge up hazy memories of the computer-generated fairytale sequel Shrek 2, Alfonso’s Harry Potter installment, The Prisoner Of Azkaban, or maybe Mel Gibson’s phenomenally successful Passion Of The Christ.
It’s rather less likely that you’ll remember some of the films on this list. You’re probably aware of the drill by now: we’ve gone back into our distant, beer-addled memories to find 25 of the less commonly-lauded movies from the year 2004.
Some of them did reasonably well at the time, but appear to have been forgotten since (especially the one eclipsed by its own internet meme), while others were coolly received by the public or critics (and sometimes »
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