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Production on Xavier Dolan’s English-language debut, The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan, has been slated to begin in spring of next year, and the director has been lining the film’s cast list with an impressive array of talent in the interim. At the ripe old age of 26, this is set to be Dolan’s seventh feature film – one that has just recently added True Detective‘s Taylor Kitsch to its burgeoning ensemble.
First picked up by The Wrap, Kitsch will star alongside Jessica Chastain, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates and Game of Thrones‘ Kit Harrington for the drama, telling the tale of a prestigious Hollywood talent who struggles to keep his reputation in check when a series of allegations question his relationship with an 11-year-old actor. While the studio nor The Wrap disclosed any information regarding Kitsch’s new-fangled role, it is one that’s described as “unique. »
- Michael Briers
Jeff Shell may be one of the most powerful executives in the movie business, but in cliquish Hollywood, he remains something of an outsider. And, for the studio he heads, that’s proven to be a good thing.
Because Shell spent most of his career in television, climbing up the ranks of conglomerates like Comcast and Fox, the industry reaction in 2013 to his appointment as chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group was, “Jeff who?” “I had zero experience,” says the 50-year-old executive, in his first sit-down interview since taking the job. “I didn’t really know the movie business at all, and I have to say, it is the hardest business I’ve ever worked in.”
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- Brent Lang
While in their early years, the perception might've been that Pixar treated their titles with a certain degree of sacredness, that's now gone out of the window. Such is the landscape that we've already had a "Monsters Inc." sequel, and a fourth "Toy Story" is on the way. But next, will be a follow up to the delightful "Finding Nemo," which one can only hope will feel more necessary and a piece of its predecessor, than "Monsters University" did. Andrew Stanton is back to the world of animation after infamously flopping hard with "John Carter," and the story this time around seems pretty familiar. “Dory is searching for her parents — she realizes [she] has parents — and comes across some characters who are somewhat helpful,” Ellen DeGeneres told Yahoo! this summer. Joining the actress and talk show host for a swim in these waters this time around are Kaitlin Olson, Ed O'Neil, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
While 2015 brings two original films from Pixar, the next four out of five films from the animation studio will revisit some of their biggest franchises, including Toy Story, The Incredibles, and Cars. First out of the gate is Finding Dory, which brings back Nemo director Andrew Stanton after his jump into live-action with John Carter, and today we have the first trailer. Fittingly debuted by Ellen DeGeneres, who returns as Dory, the story finds her on a journey attempting to learn about her past and family, assisted by Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence).
“It’s a few months after the end of the first movie,” Stanton said earlier this year. “Suddenly, because of a little accident, has a sudden memory of what her parents look like, sound like, and she suddenly has to scratch that itch to go find them. She convinces Marlin and Nemo to help her »
- Jordan Raup
Anghus Houvouras with this week’s disappointments from the entertainment world…
“Quentin Tarantino calls Police ‘murderers'”
This story is both disappointing and ludicrous. It’s odd on so many levels, like a layer cake made of embarrassment and iced with awkwardness. You have Quentin Tarantino, The ultimate white-guy-who-thinks-he’s-black talking smack about the Police, as if he has any real perspective on the issue. You have Harvey Weinstein trying to downplay the controversy like he’s Tarantino’s controlling Step-Father. Ludicrous displays like the Page Six report that Weinstein extending an olive branch by wanting to offer free screenings of The Hateful Eight to Police Officers and their families. Because what I think the offended parties want is the opportunity to sit down with their families and watch Kurt Russell and Samuel Jackson hurl obscenities at each other for two hours. Nothing like a nice family evening of hearing ‘motherfucker »
- Anghus Houvouras
Earlier this week we posted a sneak peek at the upcoming Warcraft movie and we were pretty optimistic. The visuals looked great, the movie has a great cast including Travis Fimmel, Ben Foster, Paula Patton, Domonic Cooper and Robert Kosinsky among others and the entire thing is directed by Dunca Jones, a guy who has loads of cred. Earlier today the trailer drops and... crickets.
It looks craptacular. In the best way possible.
I mean... really? This trailer has John Carter levels of stink on it and now it's all clear why we haven't seen anything from this production for months and now one of two things will happen: there will be no more footage until closer to the [Continued ...] »
Since he first appeared as medical student John Carter in the Emergency Room of County General Hospital, Ill., Noah Wyle has specialised in playing a particular type of brainy hero. During his record-breaking tenure in ER, Wyle was notably the first to portray a fictional version of Steve Jobs in biopic Pirates Of Silicon Valley, a part that earned him an invitation from Mr Jobs to play a prank on the audience at the 1999 Macworld Expo.
Among a host of stage and screen roles, Wyle also played the small but memorable role of Dr Monitoff, a science teacher with an interest in parallel universes in 2001's Donnie Darko, followed in 2004 with the part of Flynn Carsen, perpetual student-turned-Indiana-Jones-type in three The Librarian television movies. »
The world lost just lost another shining light: a brilliant artist who regularly shared his vision of heroes and adventures as he created countless pages of comics and an upstanding gentleman who shared his vision of living life with courtesy, kindness and class as he led by example.
Murphy Anderson passed away Friday at age 89. He had been struggling in recent years, but it’s still a crushing blow to those who loved the man and his work. Murphy, a prolific comic artist, was in facet one of the first wave of “fanboys” to turn professional. He was a big Lou Fine fan, and you can see wisps of that great artist’s work in Murphy’s figures and rendering. Murphy was also an enormous Buck Rogers fan and would one day professionally illustrate the adventures of this hero. He had a rich career in comics’ Silver and Bronze Ages, »
- Ed Catto
With the film set to receive its UK premiere at FrightFest’s Halloween Shockathon, Signature Entertainment has released the UK poster and trailer for Momentum, the new action thriller starring Olga Kurylenko, James Purefoy and Morgan Freeman. Check them out here…
A gripping thriller set in the labyrinth of Cape Town, South Africa, Momentum follows the fallout after a seemingly meticulously planned heist goes seriously wrong. Beautiful, ruthless criminal Alex Faraday (Kurylenko – The November Man, Quantum of Solace) is forced to go on the run, and after witnessing one of her comrades being brutally murdered discovers her problems are only just beginning.
Realising she’s just witnessed the work of a highly specialized international syndicate who seem to be searching for a key, she attempts to evade capture, and finds herself in the midst of a high-octane, brutal game of cat and mouse with the chillingly efficient Mr. Washington (Purefoy – John Carter, »
- Gary Collinson
Three years ago, hoping to disassociate itself from Red Planet flops like “Mars Needs Moms” and “Mission to Mars,” Walt Disney Studios shortened the title of a bloated adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ outer space epic to “John Carter.”
Lopping the “of Mars” from the picture’s posters and credits couldn’t prevent a $200 million write-down. The move seems positively asinine in retrospect, particularly after Matt Damon’s “The Martian” soared to an unearthly $55 million opening this weekend. Not only did Damon’s stranded astronaut Mark Whatley help kill the so-called “Mars curse,” the fresh and funny thriller about a rescue mission to the fourth planet from the sun continues a steady stream of outer space hits.
At a time when Nasa has put the brakes on moon missions, audiences looking for space travel have turned to the big screen in force. Their interest in space exploration helped make “Interstellar »
- Brent Lang
Sure, there are plenty of reasons why Tim Riggins has your heart, but actor Taylor Kitsch is just as sexy off screen, too. The 34-year-old Canadian first won over fans as tough, hunky football hero Riggins on Friday Night Lights, and over the past few years, he's been on the big screen thanks to movies like John Carter, Battleship, and Savages. Oh, and let's not forget his many hot moments on True Detective this Summer! Take a look back at some of his sexiest snaps from over the years, including a mix of red carpet appearances and crazy-hot magazine editorials. Brace yourself - there are some really, really good ones. »
- Laura Marie Meyers
From the outset, David Fincher has honed a very distinctive visual style. Gritty and visceral, yet clean and precise, his back catalogue is very impressive. From Fight Club and Seven to The Social Network and Gone Girl, he has managed to make films that are both high quality and that people love. Yet they often also cost a lot of money and, due to the often uncompromising nature of his films, studios can be reluctant to give him exactly what he wants. The inevitable result is that differences become irreconcilable and projects collapse.
Below we look at some of the projects that have fallen by the wayside.
The story about fans of an obscure underground comic book who find themselves embroiled in a »
With ideas like cryogenic sleep and warp speed, the movies have a tendency to make space travel look easy. Not Ridley Scott’s “The Martian,” an enthralling and rigorously realistic outer-space survival story in which Matt Damon plays a Nasa botanist stranded on the Red Planet after a sandstorm forces his crewmates to abort mission. Like Robinson Crusoe on Mars, Damon’s “right stuff” hero has to get by on his own wits and “science the sh–” out of his predicament. It won’t be easy, but it is possible — and that’s the exhilarating thrill of both Andy Weir’s speculative-fiction novel and screenwriter Drew Goddard’s “science fact” adaptation. Considering that the United States hasn’t launched a manned space mission since 2011, “The Martian” should do far more than just make Fox a ton of money; it could conceivably rekindle interest in the space program and inspire a new generation of future astronauts. »
- Peter Debruge
In commemoration of the 12th anniversary of Johnny Cash's death on September 12th, Cmt will feature a weeklong tribute to the Man in Black. Longtime Cash fan Kid Rock will host the tribute on the network, which will temporarily rename itself "Cash Music Television."
The week of Cash-specific programming launches on September 8th with the Oscar-winning biopic Walk the Line, which found Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon both winning Oscars for their portrayals of Cash and wife June Carter. On Thursday, September 10th, Cash's music videos will »
Box Office Sabermetrics is a weekly column that will attempt to apply the statistical analysis Sabermetrics, used in Baseball, to the box office results each weekend.
There are a few things of note going on in the top 10 this past weekend, first and foremost that Straight Outta Compton just made a ton of money. Like, nearly-twice-its-budget-just-domestically ton of money. It’s set the new domestic box office record for an R-Rated opening in August. That’s great for many reasons: a bright future for its young stars, F. Gary Gray is relevant again, and hopefully this will encourage more high-profile films about the rap and hip-hop community.
But looking down the list, something is amiss with the low receipts for The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which means that’s two straight franchise starters that have bombed for star Armie Hammer. A very disconcerting question arises: Is Armie Hammer suffering from the Taylor Kitsch syndrome? »
- Dylan Griffin
This week, Neil Calloway looks at how public perceptions can affect how a movie is thought of…
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past ten days, you’ll know about the fallout from the Fantastic Four movie, which bombed at the box office during its opening weekend, and was on the receiving end of near universal bad reviews. The film has been out for a matter of days and its fate has been sealed. It’ll become shorthand for the failure of a film, mentioned forever more alongside the likes of Heaven’s Gate, Waterworld and John Carter. Fantastic Four will be a meme; a punchline, the cast and crew having to spend the next few years sheepishly defending their participation in it. Give it 18 months and you’ll see Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan in interviews for their latest movies saying “well, it did really well in Europe, »
- Neil Calloway
Days before Fantastic Four opened, director Josh Trank sent an email to some members of the cast and crew to say he was proud of the film, which, he wrote, was "better than 99 percent of the comic-book movies ever made." "I don't think so," responded one castmember. Maybe if Trank had left it at that, Hollywood insiders and fan websites could have played their own parlor games as to who was at fault for the film's colossal failure and Fantastic Four would have faded into the history books as did John Carter and other bombs before
- Kim Masters
Ant-Man hit, Terminator: Genisys failed, yet both made around the same amount of money. So what actually is a hit movie?
If the hive mind of Twitter is to be believed, then summer blockbuster season 2015 has given the world some very distinct hits and misses. It's fairly obvious that Jurassic World, Fast & Furious 7 and Avengers: Age Of Ultron have all been sizeable successes, not least because each of them has grossed over $1.3bn, and stands in the top ten movies of all time at the global box office.
Furthermore, Terminator: Genisys and Fantastic Four are the lucky recipients of the term 'box office bomb' this season. Right?
Well, maybe. But it's not quite as clear as that.
It's a sign of the times that the measure of success of a movie is determined by its instant box office takings first and foremost. By such a measure, movies such as »
I felt really bad giving Fantastic Four the review that I posted last week, but it really wasn’t that great was it? It’s surprising that Fox are still pushing ahead with a Fantastic Four 2 despite the fact that it looks like it will be writing off around $60 million for the first movie.
The Hollywood Reporter are reporting that the loss is a given as the film made $26 million domestically its opening weekend, and cost around $120 million to produce. It made around $59 million worldwide over the same time frame. The 2005 version of the Fantastic Four made over double that in its opening weekend.
Insiders are reporting that despite the huge loss, which isn’t a patch on Disney’s 2012 disaster John Carter Of Mars, which lost around $200 million, Fox is determined to make a go of the franchise.
“Everything I’ve heard would indicate that the studio will »
- Paul Heath
In the wake of a high-profile studio failure, there's often reports that said studio is taking a write-down on the film. Some are small like the $13.5 million Dreamworks Animation lost on "Turbo," some are huge like the $200 million Disney lost with "John Carter". Others are in between including "The Lone Ranger," "47 Ronin" and various Dreamworks Animation films.
Today, THR reports that according to analysts it seems that more than a $60 million write-off is looking in store for the failure of Fox's "Fantastic Four" reboot which scored just $26 million domestically its opening weekend. The film cost a reported $120 million to produce and made around $59 million worldwide on opening weekend.
Meanwhile some interesting behind-the-scenes material has been popping up online in the last day or two showcasing scenes from both the trailer and the set which did not make it into the final film. This includes a B-roll reel in which a »
- Garth Franklin
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