12 items from 2015
Set to release on Sept. 2 from Image Comics is Jeff Lemire and Emi Lenox’s Plutona, a miniseries about a rag-tag group of five kids who bump into the dead body of a famous superhero.
“The book isn’t so much about the superhero as it is the kids who find her. It’s about how this discovery, and the decision they make, starts to affect their lives and their friendship,” said writer Lemire via email interview. “It’s a very grounded story told from these kids’ point of view.”
Lemire isn’t new to superheroes, stories focused on kids, or original creator-owned work. He has worked on books like Animal Man and Justice League United for DC Comics, Sweet Tooth for DC Comics’ Vertigo line, and Descender, an ongoing comic for Image Comics that was picked up by Sony for an upcoming film adaptation.
Lenox is best known for »
- Matthew Petras
Teen Wolf's Ryan Kelley has one seriously entertaining Instagram account. Fans of the show know him as Deputy Jordan Parrish, but Ryan has been in the Hollywood spotlight for years. In the early 2000s, the 28-year-old actor appeared on Smallville and in movies like Mean Creek, later starring in Prayers For Bobby and Ben10: Alien Swarm. Nowadays, he's winning over fans with his role on MTV's Teen Wolf - and with his funny, charming social media posts. Keep reading to see some of Ryan's best snaps and find out why he should be on your radar, then check out pictures of the Teen Wolf cast that'll give you pack envy. »
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
Rory Culkin has quietly but steadily been carving out an interesting movie career. With movies like "You Can Count On Me," "Mean Creek," "Down In The Valley" and "Signs" on his CV, Culkin's choices tend to lean toward thoughtful character portraits, and that's no different with the upcoming indie "Gabriel." Read More: Video Interview With Rory Culkin And Lou Howe On The Tormented Soul Of Tribeca Indie 'Gabriel' Co-starring Emily Meade ("The Leftovers"), and written and directed by Lou Howe, the story follows a mentally ill young man who believes his ex-girlfriend might have the key to solving his problems. Here's the official synopsis: Rory Culkin delivers an electrifying performance as Gabriel, a vulnerable and confused teenager longing for stability and happiness amidst an ongoing struggle with mental illness. Convinced that reuniting with his old girlfriend holds the answer to all his troubles, Gabriel risks it »
- Kevin Jagernauth
British actor Alex Roe has signed on to play the male lead in Paramount's Rings, which we reported last week will be a prequel to the studio's 2002 thriller The Ring. While that report has yet to be confirmed, it claimed that this new story will be set several years before The Ring, focusing on the origin of Samara's reign of terror and how the mysterious video tape was created. In The Ring, anyone who watches this VHS tape dies seven days later.
We reported in January that Matilda Lutz has signed on as the lead character, but no details about her role were given. Deadline reports that Alex Roe is playing Holt, the boyfriend of Matilda Lutz's character who suddenly becomes distant after he watches the aforementioned tape. Since the earlier report reveals the story will examine how the tape is created, these new details could either mean that the previous report was inaccurate, »
The site says that sources have told them that the film will take place before the remake starring Naomi Watts and Brian Cox, and will tell the story and origins of the famous tape and the first signs of terror of the evil Samara.
F. Javier Gutierrez (Before the Fall) is directing the new film, which will star Italian actress Matilda Lutz, and has been written by Akiva Goldsman (Insurgent), David Loucka (House at the End of the Street) and Jacob Aaron Estes (Mean Creek).
Rings is set for release in November.
- Scott J. Davis
Back in January, we reported that Paramount Pictures is moving forward with Rings, a continuation of The Ring franchise starring Italian actress Matilda Lutz. That report revealed that Rings will follow the same timeline established in the 2002 hit The Ring and its 2005 sequel The Ring Two, but with an all new cast. Today, a new report from Bloody-Disgusting reveals that Rings is actually a prequel, set several years before The Ring.
The Ring starred Naomi Watts as a woman trying to uncover the truth about a mysterious VHS video tape. Anyone who watches the tape turns up dead just seven days later. According to this report Rings will examine how the tape was created and delve into the origins of Samara's reign of terror. The site also reports that casting is currently under way, although it isn't known when production may begin. Back in January, Paramount handed out a November 13, 2015 release date, »
Teen movies are like buses, only more so: you wait forever for one and then 300 come along at once. In 1995, following a lengthy dry spell, the teen genre was spectacularly reborn in a blaze of weird and wonderful movies that spoke to teenagers head-on and took pleasure in rejecting received notions of adolescence on screen. The triple threat of Clueless, Empire Records and Mallrats gave rise to a decade of unparalleled production that spawned teen movies of every shape and size, from Mean Girls to Mean Creek; Scream to Spider-Man. »
Paramount Pictures has cast little-known Italian actress Matilda Lutz as the female lead for Rings, a follow-up to 2002's The Ring and 2005's The Ring Two which was formerly known as The Ring 3D. While it hasn't been confirmed, this project is expected to continue the continuity from the first two thrillers, although it will feature a brand new cast. Naomi Watts, who starred in both The Ring and The Ring Two, will not be returning for the sequel.
No details were given for Matilda Lutz's character, but the story is said to feature the tormented Samara and a deadly videotape, although no specific story details were released. We reported in July that F. Javier Gutiérrez (Before the Fall, The Crow) signed on to direct, with screenwriter Akiva Goldsman coming aboard in August to rewrite the script, which was originally written by David Loucka (House at the End of the Street, »
12 items from 2015
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