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Project Name: The Messengers
Asking For: $20,000 on Kickstarter
Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $12,762
Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 8
Description: The Messengers is a web series about a young couple adjusting to life in the gentrified part of Brooklyn. That, on its own, sounds like a web series idea we've heard a million times, but luckily, The Messengers has a twist. Its heroes, Liza and James, are contract killers who must carry out hits across the borough. Each episode will bring Liza and James to some yuppie haven (a brunch restaurant, a Fairway supermarket, a yoga class, etc.), where they must fit in while also successfully taking out each of their targets. It's "Grosse Pointe Blank meets Girls, or Louie meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith," according to the project's Kickstarter description.
Creator Jamie Effros, who also co-stars as James, gives more details about »
- Sam Gutelle
Angelina Jolie is well aware that art doesn't always imitate life. Case in point: The film she decided to make with husband Brad Pitt just after the pair tied the knot at their chateau in the south of France. "Yes, we spent our honeymoon playing two people in a terrible marriage," Jolie, 39, laughingly told The Hollywood Reporter for its annual Rulebreakers issue, on newsstands now. By the Sea has the couple reuniting for the first time onscreen since they made Mr. and Mrs. Smith a decade earlier, but this time she had the power to boss her longtime partner around. »
- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd
Mixing business with pleasure isn't easy -- even when you're one-half of Brangelina.
Angelina Jolie has decided to take her talents behind the camera and while we anxiously await the Christmas Day release of her film Unbroken, the mother-of-six is busy working on her next flick, By the Sea.
In addition to starring in the romance drama, Jolie is also directing the film, which co-stars her new husband Brad Pitt. By the Sea takes place in France (and was filmed in Malta) during the mid-1970s, and follows Vanessa (Jolie), a former dancer, and her husband Roland (Pitt), an American writer, as they travel the country together. The couple seems to be growing apart, but when they linger in a quiet seaside town, they begin to draw close to some of its more vibrant inhabitants, such as a local bar/cafe-keeper and a hotel owner.
Ironically, Pitt and »
In June 2014, moviegoers traveled to the village of Berk once again in How To Train Your Dragon 2. The film’s composer, John Powell, recently won Best Score – Animated Film for the movie at 5th Annual Hollywood Music in Media Awards.
Powell has scored films including Antz, Chicken Run, Shrek, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and X-Men: The Last Stand and has frequently collaborated with directors Doug Liman and Paul Greengrass, on films including the Bourne trilogy, United 93 and Green Zone.
His infectious score for How To Train Your Dragon earned him his first Academy Award nomination. Powell has also lent his voice to the score of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, and Ice Age 4: Continental Drift. Most recently, audiences heard his music on the scores to Rio 2, directed by Carlos Saldanha, as well as the Dragon 2 sequel.
With the latest adventures of Hiccup and Toothless released on DVD in November, »
- Michelle McCue
James Newton Howard is best known for his large, layered, cinematic scores for films like Maleficent, Snow White and the Huntsman, and The Hunger Games series. These orchestra driven scores are perfect for epic tales of good versus evil, intense battle scenes and journeys of self-discovery. But in Nightcrawler, Howard seems to have found his more edgy, electronic side, turning in a score that sounds more like something you would expect from a composer like Cliff Martinez – and that’s a good thing. Changing up your musical style not only helps push boundaries, it can also give us great music we may not have otherwise expected from certain composers. Danny Elfman created the quirky music for films like Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and Big Fish, but he also created the dramatic scores for Good Will Hunting and Silver Linings Playbook and action films like Mission Impossible and Planet of the Apes. Randy Newman »
- Allison Loring
Jennifer Aniston has left her past in the past! The "Horrible Bosses 2" star covers the December/January issue of Harper's Bazaar where she opens up about forgiving people who have wronged her and gushes about her fiance Justin Theroux. Jen had a very public split from ex-husband Brad Pitt in 2005, after reports surfaced that the "Fury" star was having an affair with his "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" costar, Angelina Jolie. Video: Brad Pitt Fields Jen Aniston/Angelina Jolie Questions -- So Awkward!Nevertheless, the brunette beauty says she doesn't hold any hard feelings about anyone who has wronged her. "[I'm] a forgiving person," she tells the mag. "I absolutely am. I think it's extremely important to forgive. Otherwise it just builds up like toxic waste. There's nothing worse than holding a grudge. Listen, people can do unforgivable things, but you have to let it go and say, 'Look, we're all human beings. »
- tooFab Staff
Marriage looks good on Angelina Jolie as she covers the Dec. issue of 'Vanity Fair' magazine.
Though Pitt and Jolie already have six kids and have been together since 2006, the actress still admits of being a wife, "It does feel different."
She adds, "It feels nice to be husband and wife."
Sharing a bit about their wedding, Jolie recalls to di Giovanni the vows that her children wrote for her and Pitt. "They did not expect us never to fight, but they made us promise to always say, 'Sorry,' if we do," she explains. "So they said, 'Do you?,' and we said, 'We do!'"
Photos: Brad and Angie's Most Matching Moments
Now that they're married, Pitt and Jolie »
It's been an uphill struggle, but Marvel's Agents Of Shield is now officially solidly entertaining TV. Here's James' review...
This review contains spoilers.
2.6 A Fractured House
This week on Agents Of Shield: things happen! Plots and subplots alike receive attention! Character arcs get advanced! I'm officially calling it: Agents Of Shield is now a reliably competent piece of television. The bar has been raised. Admittedly, only to the place it should've been this time last year, but still. Progress is progress.
After a stunning introduction last episode, Mockingbird continues to heat up a formerly tepid cast along with the other new arrivals. The interplay between Bobbi and Hunter was some of the best material this show has ever produced, giving it a Mr. and Mrs. Smith vibe that could easily carry the show forward on its own. I don't care how they do it, I want to see more of these two together. »
John Powell has received two Hollywood Music in Media Award nominations for DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2. Powell is nominated for Best Score – Animated Film and Best Song – Animated Film for “Where No One Goes,” his collaboration with Sigur Ros lead singer Jónsi.
The Hollywood Music in Media Awards will be held at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood on November 4th, 2014.
The How To Train Your Dragon 2 soundtrack is available on Relativity Records. The DVD will be available on November 11, 2014.
The film crossed the $600,000,000 global mark over the Labor Day weekend in September. A record-breaking opening in China coupled with phenomenal success in territories around the world catapulted Dragon 2 to become the highest grossing animated film of the year and one of the top ten grossing films of the year in any genre.
How To Train Your Dragon 3 is scheduled for a June 9, 2017 release »
- Michelle McCue
Warning: This story contains major spoilers from this week’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. scored a new team member during Tuesday’s episode—but she almost came at a steep price. Determined to get the obelisk back from Skye’s father (Kyle MacLachlan), Raina (Ruth Negga) attempted to blackmail Coulson (Clark Gregg). Unless he handed over Skye (Chloe Bennet), she’d send an email ousting Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) as a S.H.I.E.L.D. mole within Hydra. Coulson called her bluff because he had a backup plan: The very Hydra security agent tasked with »
- Natalie Abrams
Hollywood power duo Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's honeymoon was anything but conventional, but at least they were by the sea. After exchanging vows, the Oscar winners and parents of six spent their post-wedding vacay in beautiful Malta, filming their new movie, titled...yes, By the Sea. They both star in the film, which marks their first onscreen collaboration since the 2005 spy flick Mr. and Mrs. Smith, where they fell in love. Jolie is also the director and screenwriter of By the Sea, which is set in France in the '70s and is about a former dancer and her husband, an American writer, who travel together and see their relationship challenged. And how's this for a challenge? The two began filming »
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at one of Hollywood’s absolute bigger stars. He’s about as A-list as the A-list gets…the name? Well, Brad Pitt of course. Not only is he a movie star with all capital letters (Movie Star!) and a top tier celebrity, he’s also developed into one of the industry’s best and most interesting actors as well. Pitt is the type of star that doesn’t rest on his laurels and often seems to attach himself to challenging material, something that will win the man an acting Oscar one day (he already won his first one last year for helping to produce Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave). As high as he’s soared already, the best could still be to come. Pitt got his noticeable start in the business (after some uncredited acting jobs on »
- Joey Magidson
John Bailey, Gale Anne Hurd, John Knoll and Michael Tronick have accepted invitations to join the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, bringing the council’s membership to 25 for 2014-2015.
Bailey is a cinematographer with more than four decades behind the camera. He joined the Academy in 1981 and is currently a governor representing cinematographers. Bailey was elected to a vice president post this year.
See Also: Academy Unveils 21 Feats on Oscar’s Sci-Tech Short List
Hurd is producer and CEo of her own company, Valhalla Motion Pictures, with credits including films “Aliens” and “The Terminator” trilogy, as well as ‘The Walking Dead” on AMC. A former Academy governor, Hurd has chaired the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Committee, Investment Committee, Producers Branch Executive Committee and Festival Grants Committee, and has been a member of the Producers Branch since 1987.
Knoll is currently the »
- Shelli Weinstein
Angelina Jolie refuses to luxuriate in the Oscar buzz surrounding her upcoming WWII drama 'Unbroken.' On Sept. 8, the actress-turned-director started on her third feature, 'By the Sea,' a romantic drama touting her first self-directed leading role and her first pairing with husband Brad Pitt since 2005's "Mr. and Mrs. Smith". Showing no sign of slowing down, word is in that Jolie's fourth film has taken shape. According to Deadline, Jolie has signed on to helm "Africa," a drama based on paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey’s fight against ivory poachers in Kenya. Oscar-winning screenwriter Eric Roth ("Forrest Gump," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") wrote the script, which Jolie plans to shoot soon after wrapping "By the Sea." David Ellison’s Skydance Productions, known for blockbusters like the "Mission: Impossible" series and the upcoming "Terminator: Genisys" trilogy, is behind the picture. “I've felt a deep connection to Africa and »
- Matt Patches
Hawaii Five-0’s “carguments” are moving into full-on therapy.
When McGarrett and Danny are forced to undergo a mandatory psychological audit, the partners must confront their issues in a Mr. and Mrs. Smith-style therapy session. Naturally, Danno’s want to drive his own car is among their issues. Check out an exclusive sneak peek of the season premiere:
Hawaii Five-0 returns Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. Et on CBS. »
- Natalie Abrams
By Anjelica Oswald
For some actors, it is a natural progression to move from using their talents in front of the camera to testing their skills behind it. Though actors have been making the transition for years, 2013 was a particular popular year for actors-turned-directors. Among some of the releases throughout the year were Ben Stiller‘s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Lake Bell’s In A World…, her directorial debut. The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival was the directorial launching pad of Jason Bateman’s Bad Words and Mike Myers’ Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, and the festival also screened Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut Don Jon and Ralph Fiennes‘ The Invisible Woman.
- Anjelica Oswald
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie finally tied the knot last month . and apparently the duo decided the best way to celebrate was by collaborating on a moody, romantic drama titled By the Sea. We.re sharing the first pics, and the early plot details, from the new production. The film, which is Pitt and Jolie.s first work together since 2005.s Mr. and Mrs. Smith (the film where they became a real-life couple), is a period piece set in the 1970s according to a newly published piece over at EW. By the Sea takes place in France, where Jolie and Pitt play a married couple who are drifting apart. However, things begin to change and passions rekindle when they stop in a small French village and interact with the local inhabitants. Jolie will not only headline the film, but also handle the writing and directing duties for By the Sea. »
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are celebrating their recent marriage in a most unusual way: by co-starring in a film about a marriage in decline. The two are currently shooting By the Sea, their first film together since 2005′s Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and the first pics have just hit the web. In addition to […]
- Angie Han
abstew here with some random thoughts on the just released new stills from the newest directorial effort of Oscar winner Angelina Jolie, By the Sea. EW received the exclusive pics (hence the magazine's watermark on the photos) and a mini-interview with the writer/director/producer and star that pairs her up on screen with new husband Brad Pitt (their first on-screen partnering since the film that brought them together and launched a million tabloid magazine covers, Mr. and Mrs. Smith). Set in the 1970's, Jolie stars as a former ballet dancer travelling France with her American husband (that would be Pitt, naturally). Their marriage is beginning to show signs of strain and they find themselves drawn to the inhabitants of a small costal town on their journeys...and comedy ensues! (But probably not):
Damn. I feel like they just announced this film was in the works and we already »
The first three photos have been released from "By the Sea," Angelina Jolie's third directorial effort which began production a few weeks ago in Malta. The project marks the first on screen re-teaming of Jolie with husband Brad Pitt since 2005's "Mr. and Mrs. Smith". EW, which published the photos, has also included a synopsis:
"Set in France during the mid-1970s, Jolie plays Vanessa, a former dancer, and Pitt is her husband Roland, an American writer. As they travel the country together, they seem to be growing apart, but when they linger in one quiet, seaside town they begin to draw close to some of its more vibrant inhabitants, such as a local bar/café-keeper (Niels Arestrup) and hotel owner (Richard Bohringer)."
Production is slated to continue through mid-November. Universal Pictures has the worldwide rights to the film which hasn't set a release date as yet.
- Garth Franklin
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