13 items from 2015
“Tomorrowland’s” middling debut points to a nagging problem in Hollywood. As much as people claim they love fresh and unique movies, they’re more likely to shell out money for sequels and reboots.
Despite the combined star power of George Clooney and “The Incredibles” director Brad Bird, audiences weren’t sure what to make of this fantasy adventure. The film opened to $41.7 million, and with a production budget of $180 million, plus millions more in promotion and distribution expenses, “Tomorrowland” looks like a money loser for Disney.
“‘Tomorrowland’ is an original movie and that’s more of a challenge in this marketplace,” said Dave Hollis, Disney’s distribution chief. “We feel it’s incredibly important for us as a company and as an industry to keep telling original stories.”
Hollis is right that if Hollywood wants to replenish the franchise cupboard it will need to continue signing big checks in »
- Brent Lang
We're in the middle of a cyberpunk renaissance with heaps of new games and fiction along with Vr itself right around the corner, so it's no surprise that someone else is making a run through the matrix trying to get a Neuromancer adaptation made. Guess whose trying this time: Lucas Foster - the producer behind Mr. and Mrs. Smith. What a brilliant way to market a production.
UK based Gfm Films is working with a big Korean production outfit and they've got some financing and are looking for a director.
I would be solidly behind a Vincenzo Natali adaptation, but this.. no.
via Screen Daily [Continued ...] »
Screen reports that UK-based Gfm Films has been joined by Chinese media company C2M Media Group which has stepped up with financing for the project. The pair will now co-develop and produce the film with the first priority being the hiring of a new writer and director.
Several people have been previously attached to the project, most notably Vicenzo Natali ("Cube") and Joseph Kahn ("Torque"). At present, the only linked name is producer Lucas Foster ("Mr. and Mrs. Smith"). »
- Garth Franklin
Mr. and Mrs. Smith are heading back to the big screen! It was announced on Thursday, May 7, that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's movie By the Sea will hit theaters on Nov. 13, 2015. By the Sea is a drama romance based in the mid-1970s in France, according to IMDb. Former dancer Vanessa (Jolie) and her husband Roland (Pitt) go through ups and downs while traveling the country together. "This is a story about a relationship derailed by loss, the tenacity of love, and the path to [...] »
Husband and wife team Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who first worked together on Doug Liman's smash spy thriller "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," are back together on-screen in the relationship drama "By the Sea," which Universal Pictures has slated for awards-friendly release on November 13, 2015. International markets will follow. Writer-director-producer Jolie Pitt is following up her Christmas 2014 Universal release "Unbroken." This time she stars in the film opposite Pitt, who plays American writer Roland, who arrives at a 70s French seaside resort with his wife (Jolie Pitt) to work on their marriage. They spend time with fellow guests, including young newlyweds Lea (Mélanie Laurent) and François (Melvil Poupaud), as well as village locals Michel (Niels Arestrup) and Patrice (Richard Bohringer). "By the Sea" is inspired by European cinema and theater of the ’60s and ’70s. “This is a story about a »
- Anne Thompson
Jolie directed “By the Sea” from her own script. The film also stars Mélanie Laurent, Niels Arestrup, Melvil Poupaud and Richard Bohringer. Pitt portrays an American writer who arrives with his wife (Jolie) in a tranquil and picturesque seaside resort in 1970s France with their marriage in apparent crisis. Laurent and Poupand portray newlyweds.
The studio said “By the Sea” is inspired by European cinema and theater of the ’60s and ’70s. Jolie and Pitt are the producers; Chris Brigham, Holly Goline (“Unbroken”) and Michael Vieira (“Unbroken”) are exec producing. »
- Dave McNary
A review of tonight's "Marvel's Agents of Shield" coming up just as soon as I can bench press a small hatchback... Last night, the various Hollywood trade sites reported that the would-be "Agents of Shield" spin-off would focus on Bobbi and Hunter, about which I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, a "Mr. and Mrs. Smith"-style show about bickering exes who do spy work together sounds like a lot of fun, Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood have been among the highlights of this second season of "Shield," and "Shield" could stand to have fewer moving parts. (The focus on the two characters, rather than the one-size-fits-all approach of "Shield," is one of the reasons the new show sounds so promising.) On the other, I enjoy those two so much more than so many of the people who would be sticking around the parent show that I wonder if »
- Alan Sepinwall
Two of the best additions to the cast of "Marvel's Agents of Shield" in its second season are set to leave the show for the upcoming spin-off series.
The characters are former husband and wife who have let sparks fly in an on again/off again relationship on the show, something which will likely be carried over to the new show and give it more of a vibe along "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" lines.
The current second season of 'Shield' will include elements that are setting up the spinoff which Jeffrey Bell and Paul Zbyszewski will write and executive produce. The network won't formally green light the project until the script comes in, but if it does then Zbyszewski will likely serve as show runner. »
- Garth Franklin
Brad Pitt is in talks to star in his wife Angelina Jolie's next project, Africa. We first reported on this project back in Septmeber, when the director teamed with Skydance Productions for the drama, which is based on the true story of Richard Leakey and his fight against elephant poachers in the late 1980s. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie recently worked together on By the Sea, which marks Angelina Jolie's third directorial effort and the first time they will be seen on screen together since 2005's Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
Eric Roth (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) wrote the screenplay for Africa, which centers Richard Leakey's quest to stop Kenyan ivory poachers from killing elephants before they became extinct. Before he took on poachers, Richard Leakey made a name for himself as a paleo-archaeologist who helped find the bones of an early human man. Skydance has »
Kerry Washington is killing it these days. But you already knew that. She’s become a cultural icon as Scandal‘s Olivia Pope, and consequently one of the most visible actresses in Hollywood. But where was she before she was a card-carrying member of Shondaland?
For the most part, she was “that girl in that movie.” You couldn’t really place her. But now, her small roles in movies you’ve seen but never recognized her in mean so much more. In fact, now she has the clout to retroactively add star power to any movie. Namely, these five movies you forgot Kerry Washington was in. (Note: we’re skipping the ones no one you know has probably ever heard of.)
Little Man (2006)
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- Tara Aquino
It sounds like there's no bad blood between Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie! The "Cake" star gushed about Mrs. Brad Pitt's new film, "Unbroken" to Entertainment Tonight after their near-runin at the Critics' Choice Awards on Thursday in Los Angeles. When asked if leading ladies' media-driven rivalry -- which dates back to when Aniston and Pitt split in 2005, shortly after he met Jolie on the set of "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" -- may finally be coming to an end, Jen had only positive things to say about the budding director. "I think that's slowly coming to an end. I really do," she said of the media hoopla. And not only does the blonde beauty not have anything bad to say about the "Maleficent" actress, she also admits she's actually a fan of Angie's work! "I mean, that movie is so beautiful and wonderful, and she did such a gorgeous job, »
- tooFab Staff
The Gone Girl team of director David Fincher, screenwriter Gillian Flynn and actor Ben Affleck have already set their sights on their next project: Strangers, a modern take on Alfred Hitchcock's 1951 suspense classic Strangers on a Train, according to Deadline.
In the Hitchcock original, the plot revolves a murder pact between a tennis star (played by Farley Granger) and the titular stranger on a train (portrayed by Robert Walker). Aboard, they devise a plan to kill the source of each other's problems – the tennis star's ex-wife, the stranger's father »
Whitta penned the first drafts of the screenplay, and now a new writer is expected to come in and work with Edwards to re-write and polish it - much like the way Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams took over from Michael Arndt on the script for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".
So who's replacing him? It is not yet confirmed but today came a report on Slashfilm which suggests that Simon Kinberg ("X-Men: Days of Future Past," "Sherlock Holmes," "Mr. and Mrs. Smith") will take over.
Kinberg would be an understandable choice, he's already heavily involved in the "Star Wars" universe as he created and serves as executive producer on Disney's "Star Wars: Rebels" cartoon. He also served as a consultant on "Star Wars: The Force Awakens, »
- Garth Franklin
13 items from 2015
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