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The Academy has been releasing a series of Academy Originals for quite some time now and they are varying degrees of interesting, and this latest installment, sitting down with screenwriter Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) I found particularly interesting, perhaps if only because he tells us he uses a piece of screenwriting software that still requires Dos and there's only enough memory for 40 pages. He likes the limits of the program, however, saying, "I like it because it makes you make acts. If I haven't said it in 40 pages, I'm starting to get into trouble, you knowc" Once he's done, he sends the studio a hard copy of the screenplay, which they have to scan into their computers. I also liked his approach to writer's block, which he says he combats by simply doing something as easy as changing the weather in a scene, which »
- Brad Brevet
A few months after Universal announced a restructure of its international operations that intended to see a then-unnamed head of international theatrical operations located in Los Angeles, the studio has decided to keep the point person for overseas in London. Duncan Clark, who has been President of Distribution for Universal Pictures International since June 2011, will expand his role to lead the international team from his current perch in the British capital.
The announcement regarding Clark, who was named International Distributor of the Year at CineEurope in June, was made at an internal worldwide summit of Universal marketing and distribution execs in L.A. this morning (read the memo below). The move follows closely on the heels of Friday’s appointment of Universal Evp Worldwide Acquisitions Peter Kujawski to the newly created position of Director of Universal Pictures International Productions. It also follows Josh Goldstine’s May promotion to President of Worldwide Marketing. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
AMPAS' Academy Originals series continues to be not just a dynamic peek behind the creative process for filmmakers and actors, but a nice look into what makes inspires some of the most gifted individuals working in the sphere, what makes them tick, and screenwriter Eric Roth is a great subject. I've known Roth for close to 10 years now. He's a fascinating writer to me, and reading his work on the page can be exhilarating. He has such a way with painting a picture for you, navigating the waters of a screenwriting format that can often be unbending, rigid and dry by its very nature. Roth is also rather old school. He writes his script in a Dos program without any access to the internet while he's fleshing out his work. It eliminates distraction (not that Eric's surfing Twitter at any given moment), but it also keeps the script from leaking out or anything. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Angelina Jolie has been focusing more on directing than acting recently. She will release "Unbroken" this Christmas and is currently filming "By the Sea" with Brad Pitt. And now comes word that she found her next directing project. The new movie is called "Africa" and is based on a screenplay by Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, Munich) about paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey's battle with ivory poachers that threaten the existence of the African elephant population and the very soul of Africa. "I've felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life," said Jolie. "And was taken with Eric's beautiful script about a man drawn into the violent conflict with elephant poachers who emerged with a deeper understanding of man's footprint and a profound sense of responsibility for the world around him." »
She tackled the Bosnian war in her feature debut, "In The Land Of Blood And Honey," this holiday season she tells the WWII survival story "Unbroken," and now Angelina Jolie has lined up yet another directorial project, based on another true-life topic. With a script by Eric Roth ("Ali," "Munich," "The Good Shepherd"), Jolie is set to helm the biopic "Africa" based on the life of Kenyan Richard Leakey. Coming from a line of archaeologists, Leakey turned his attentions to paleontology and most famously to conversation efforts. He became the crucial face of the anti-poaching movement, working to save endangered African wildlife, but it also found him making enemies with those either within the illegal trade, or who couldn't handle his brusque manner. A fascinating subject to be sure, but this one is likely a bit of a way off. Jolie is currently helming "By The Sea" co-starring her husband Brad Pitt (first look. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Angelina Jolie isn't giving up the director's chair any time soon. The multihyphenate just tossed another high-profile project onto her to-do pile, and it's serious business. "Africa" is about paleoanthropologist and conservationist Richard Leakey's fight against ivory poachers in the '80s.
When Leakey was the chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service, the organization was given "presidential permission to shoot poachers on sight," which made Leakey a target himself. "When I was head of the Kenya Wildlife Service I had five bodyguards, night and day, 24/7," he told Newsweek. "And I needed them. There were many, shall we say, interesting incidents." Screenwriter Eric Roth, who won an Oscar for "Forrest Gump" and nominations for "The Insider," "Munich," and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," will pen the script.
Of course, Jolie's got plenty to do before tackling "Africa." Her next film, "Unbroken," is a prestige picture about the life of »
- Jenni Miller
The Neverending Story is a movie that I grew up loving, and I recently realized that I've never really heard any stories about the film's development. Usually when a person spends as much time online as I do, you come across all kinds of interesting facts and trivia about the movies we love, but this isn't one of them. I haven't come across much about this movie, so I thought I'd point out a few fun facts that you maybe haven't heard before. The only bit of trivia I knew about it before I looked up this stuff was the first bit of information below:
During the first Ivory Tower scene when the group of Fantasians are gathered together, if you look very closely you will see characters such as Yoda, Mickey Mouse, Chewbacca, C3PO, The Ewoks, Et and Gumby. Here's a photo pointing them out: The original Auryn »
- Joey Paur
Directors’ Trademarx is back! At least once a month, Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. To kick things off again, we examine the trademark style and calling signs of Steven Spielberg as director.
No director is as well known, nor has had as much success in Hollywood as Steven Spielberg. He invented a style of filmmaking that audiences ate up in the 1980’s, single-handedly invented the modern blockbuster, and was influential in helping George Lucas make Star Wars. From a young age, Spielberg was fascinated by theater and film. In his teens, he used an 8mm camera to film movies with his friends. Later, he became an intern at Universal Studios, and the rest is history.
Spielberg’s career started small. First he directed segments of TV shows, and then later entire episodes. His success convinced the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
"There are few people on this planet I have adored as much as Jimmy Garner," Sally Field said of her costar in the 1985 movie Murphy's Romance. "He was a diamond." Tom Selleck paid tribute to Garner, who died Saturday night at age 86, by saying, "Jim was a mentor to me and a friend, and I will miss him." In his own words, Garner - who first rose to prominence on the '50s TV Western Maverick and whose star continued to burn bright on the '70s series The Rockford Files - sat down with People in 2005 to reminisce on »
- Jeff Nelson and Stephen M. Silverman
1. Somebody really likes "Transformers." For a smash hit film series, Michael Bay's giant-robot franchise gets awfully little love, at least in public. It's like porn; everyone claims to find it loathsome, but in secret, someone is watching it and making it a huge success. Last week, of course, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" cruised easily to No. 1 because no other wide release film was willing to challenge it. This weekend, it faced three new wide release challengers and still came out far ahead of all of them. It lost 64 percent of last week's business and still grossed an estimated $36.4 million, more than $15 million ahead of its nearest rival, and enough for a ten-day total of $174.7 million. If everyone hates these movies so much, who are the 22 million people who've already paid good money to see the fourth installment? Show of hands, please, and don't be shy.
2. Eric Bana is not a movie star. »
- Gary Susman
"Deliver Us From Evil" is the latest in a long line of "inspired by true events" horror films.
This tale of cops, criminals, and swarthy, renegade priests opens this week to try and scare up some summer box-office business.
So who is this Scott Derrickson guy?
Derrickson is a genre director perhaps best-known for his other true story, religo-horror film, "The Exorcism of Emily Rose." He's beloved by many horror fans thanks in part to a very open and engaging presence on social media. His 2012 film "Sinister" did fantastically well at the box office, turning a $3M budget into an almost $90M take.
Derrickson has also written several screenplays, including "Devil's Knot" for Canada's Atom Egoyan. He's also recently been picked by Marvel to tackle one of the more challenging characters in their canon, set to write and direct the "Dr. Strange" film for the megastudio.
Is this really a true story? »
- Jason Gorber
"Deliver Us From Evil" is the latest sweaty summer offering from Scott Derrickson, the co-writer/director of "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" and "Sinister." Eric Bana stars as Ralph Sarchie, a special ops police officer in one of the most dangerous precincts in Manhattan. Sarchie and his partner (played by Joel McHale) are used to seeing the worst that humans can do to each other, but some of the crimes on their beat have a supernatural flavor to them. Enter Father Mendoza (Edgar Ramirez), a priest who smokes and drinks and performs exorcisms. Sarchie's no believer, but when things start going bump in his house -- and threatening his wife (Olivia Munn) and child -- that's another story.
- Jenni Miller
The next couple years will be very busy for Steven Spielberg as he's tackling a Cold War thriller that will reunite him with Tom Hanks and an adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Bfg, with the films being dated for release in 2015 and 2016 respectively. For those who have been a fan of the iconic filmmaker for decades, it's always nice to take an extended look back at the impressive and varying work of the director of films like Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Munich, Duel, Minority Report and more. And we have an awesome, lengthy 50-minute tribute to Speilberg's work below. Watch! Here's the 50-minute retrospective on the film's of Steven Spielberg (via The Playlist): This tribute couldn't come at a better time either since Universal just announced the Steven Spielberg Director's Collection, a box set of the director's films made at the studio which »
- Ethan Anderton
Universal have just announced that on October 13th they’ll be releasing The Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection which contains many of your favourite Spielberg movies. All the movies will be on Blu-ray, some for the first time with the full list below. Any that you wish were there that are missing? We’re wondering where Schindler’s List, AI, Munich are War of the Worlds are. Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.
The price price is as yet to be confirmed.
The eight films featured include (*Denotes First Time on Blu-ray™):
A travelling salesman (Dennis Weaver) is terrorised by an unseen trucker on a remote desert highway.
The Sugarland Express* (1974)
A mother (Goldie Hawn) desperately attempts to reunite her family by helping her husband escape prison and kidnapping their son.
When a seaside community is under attack by a great white shark, the chief »
- David Sztypuljak
Eric Bana always impresses me. The actor has continued to give strong performances throughout his remarkable career including Munich, Hanna, and the recent Lone Survivor. In Deliver Us From Evil, Bana takes on the real life character of NY police officer Ralph Sarchie, a man who deals heavily with supernatural phenomena. We are talking demonic possessions and the like. When I sat down with the actor, he talked about taking on this darker role. As an actor not associated with horror, it was »
The first trailer for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby has been released online, which you can view below. The film from writer/director Ned Benson stars Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and James McAvoy (Filth) in the leads, with William Hurt (Body Heat), Bill Hader (Adventureland), Isabelle Huppert (I Heart Huckabees), Viola Davis (The Help), Jess Wexler (Teeth) and Ciaran Hinds (Munich) supporting. The film is distributed by The Weinstein Company.
Once happily married, Conor (McAvoy) and Eleanor (Chastain) suddenly find themselves as strangers longing to understand each other in the wake of tragedy. The film explores the couple’s story as they try to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone. Screened for the first time at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Benson’s latest version of their story combines his previous two films – titled »
- Scott Davis
Ever since he directed Jurassic Park and Schindler's List back to back, Steven Spielberg has had periods where he's directed films in clumps. Most notably, he did The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Amistad and Saving Private Ryan pretty much back to back, pocketing an Oscar for the last of those three.
A few years later, he then went from A.I. to Minority Report to Catch Me If You Can, and in 2005 from War Of The Worlds to Munich. More recently, he shot War Horse and Lincoln without too much of a gap between them.
Now? He's set up a new pair of projects, and he's diving straight in, one after the other. The first is his thus-far untitled Cold War thriller, which is set to reunite him with Tom Hanks. The Coen brothers have penned the screenplay. »
Steven Spielberg, who hasn't directed a movie since the 2012 drama Lincoln, has finally decided on his next two projects, with DreamWorks Pictures issuing release dates for the Untitled Cold War Thriller (October 16, 2015) and The Bfg (July 1, 2016).
We first reported on the Untitled Cold War Thriller back in April, when Tom Hanks signed on to star. This adaptation of a true story centers on an American lawyer named James Donovan (Tom Hanks), who is recruited by the CIA to negotiate for the release of pilot Gary Powers, whose U-2 spy plane was shot down over Russia in 1960. Mark Rylance has also signed on to play an unspecified character. Our report from April indicated that Steven Spielberg had not officially signed on to direct at that time, but now he has been confirmed. The Untitled Cold War Thriller will go up against Warner Bros.' Crimson Peak on October 16, 2015.
Just days following »
To celebrate the DVD release of The Sea on 23rd June, we’re giving away a DVD of the film to three lucky winners.
Art historian Max Morden (Ciarán Hinds – Munich, Rome) returns to the sleepy seaside resort where he spent summers as a child after losing his wife (Sinéad Cusack – winner of Best Supporting Actress at IFTAs). Max lodges at a boarding house he once frequented, where frosty proprietor Miss Vavasour (Charlotte Rampling – The Verdict, The Duchess), and eccentric resident Blunden (Karl Johnson – The Illusionist, Rome), now reside. Before long – and despite protestations from his daughter Clare (Ruth Bradley – Grabbers, Primeval) – Max revisits the ghosts of his past.
Based on the Man Booker prize-winning novel by John Banville, The Sea is a haunting, uplifting, meditation on the human condition – at times elegiac, poetic, and nostalgic. A story of memory, love, loss, regret… and the persistent possibility of rebirth.
This week, we learned that Scott Derrickson (director of Sinister and co-writer on the upcoming Sinister 2) will be making the journey to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as the director for Marvel Studios’ still technically-unannounced Doctor Strange movie. Well before then, however, Derrickson will be unveiling his latest spooky film, in the form of Deliver Us From Evil – and today, we can offer the latest international trailer and first TV spot for the crime/horror thriller, starring Eric Bana (Munich, Star Trek).
In addition to directing, Derrickson also co-wrote the script for Deliver Us From Evil with his frequent collaborator, Paul Harris Boardman (Hellraiser: Inferno, The Exorcism of Emily Rose), drawing inspiration from the book “Beware the Night” written by Lisa Collier Cool and the real-life ex-cop, Ralph Sarchie – who, as portrayed by Bana in the film adaptation, joins ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
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