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Read More: Stranger Than Fiction: 16 Documentaries That Will Blow Your Mind A trailer for Vlad Yudin's new documentary, "Ct Fletcher: My Magnificent Obsession," gives a preview of the life of powerlifter Ct Fletcher and his journey from a difficult upbringing and personal struggles to success as a renowned bodybuilder and motivational speaker. Fletcher is known for his wickedly intense fitness regimen, something he had always wanted to bring to a gym he dreamed of opening. Yudin's documentary will chronicle Fletcher's unorthodox training methods, and how his extreme methods often contradicted many mainstream ones in the powerlifting world. The film will premiere on VOD through Vimeo Video On Demand, debuting during Las Vegas' Mr. Olympia weekend. Of the film, Vlad Yudin said, "I'm very excited to unveil Ct Fletcher's film to the world. His on screen presence is captivating; his story is intense and will grab your attention from the very. »
- Meredith Mattlin
Josh Trank’s debut, Chronicle, was a surprise hit of 2012. The film fused the found-footage genre with superhero tropes to create a coming-of-age story that was both fresh and exciting. Trank’s ability to transcend these tired trends and motifs made him an ideal candidate to finally do justice to the Fantastic Four franchise, one that had an unreleased early 90s film, and two poor mid-00s flicks. However, with production problems between Trank and cast members, and no advanced press screening, many pundits were concerned this would be a mess.
The results are in, and it is not only a poor film, but has been described as the worst reviewed Marvel film to-date. That’s not good. Trank responded openly via tweet to this, noting how Fox had – ah, »
- Matthew Lee
Sony Pictures’ slate for 2016 and 2017, which includes a remake of the Robin Williams family film, has prompted cries of ‘too soon’ and ‘travesty’
Twitter users have reacted with fury to the prospect of a remake of the hit 1995 movie Jumanji, which starred Robin Williams as a man released from a magical board game in which he had been trapped for 26 years.
Industry stories of a Jumanji reboot had been quietly circulating for some time, but Sony Pictures’ slate announcement on 5 August confirmed it was going into production – and even named its release date: Christmas Day 2016. No director or actors have yet been named, but it is likely that Zach Helm will be one of the credited writers, after an announcement was made in 2012 that the Stranger Than Fiction writer had been hired to work on a script.
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- Andrew Pulver
Stranger than fiction. Formula 1 driver Jenson Button and his wife, Jessica Michibata, were robbed at their vacation home in the South of France on Monday, Aug. 3, and the crime has taken a bizarre twist. On Friday, Aug. 7, a spokesman for the race car driver told the BBC that anesthetic gas may have been used to knock the couple out so the burglars could sneak in undetected. According to reports, the couple were vacationing in Saint-Tropez with three friends at the time of the incident. “Two men [...] »
There's no director or star attached yet, but a new take on Jumanji will be in cinemas for Christmas next year...
We first heard rumblings of a potential remake of Jumanji back in 2012, but it's one of those projects that appeared to have quietly fallen off the radar. Back in 2012, Zack Helm (Stranger Than Fiction) was hired to pen a screenplay, and when we spoke to producer Matt Tolmach in 2014, he indicated the project was still active, but had nothing new to say on it.
Well, something must have clicked. As part of its new raft of release date announcements, Sony has confirmed a slot for the remake of Jumanji, and it's coming really rather soon. »
It’s been 20 years since Robin Williams starred in the blockbuster adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg‘s 1981 children’s book Jumanji. So that means it’s time for a reboot. We first heard about a new adaptation of Jumanji in the summer of 2012, and then six months later, Zack Helm, the writer of Stranger than Fiction […]
The post Sony Officially Dates ‘Jumanji’ Reboot for Christmas 2016 appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
New Stanley Kubrick movies?! Not just one, but an entire trilogy? Whoa! Cool. Deadline is reporting that Marc Forster, director of Monster's Ball, Finding Neverland, Stranger Than Fiction, The Kite Runner, Quantum of Solace, Machine Gun Preacher and World War Z previously, has signed on to develop a feature film trilogy based on Stanley Kubrick's lost original screenplay The Downslope, that Kubrick wrote in 1956. Forster will direct & produce the first movie in the trilogy, then will only produce the other two, with other directors being lined up (most likely, but as of yet unconfirmed). This will be a "sweeping, historical action-drama" during the Civil War about Confederate Army Col. John S. Mosby who goes after Gen. Custer. The legendary, seminal filmmaker Stanley Kubrick originally wrote the script for The Downslope in 1956, apparently spending years "studying, developing and writing the story." He wrote it after the release of Fear and Desire, »
- Alex Billington
Lauren Selig (“Lone Survivor”), Barry Levine (“Oblivion”) and Reneé Wolfe (“All I See Is You”) will be producing with Forster. Selig initiated the project with producers/rights holders Phil Hobbs (“Full Metal Jacket”) and Steve Lanning, who are also serving as producers.
The movie has the full support and encouragement of the Kubrick family. Kubrick wrote the script following the release of his allegorical war film “Fear and Desire” and prior to directing his World War I drama “Paths of Glory.” Both films were cautionary, anti-war stories.
“The Downslope” centers on a series of Civil War battles in the Shenandoah »
- Dave McNary
Stranger Than Fiction, a 2006 film from director Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, Monster’s Ball, and World War Z, among others), is a favorite of Mary’s and mine. It that starred Will Farrell in a very atypical Will Farrell role, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, and Emma Thompson.
The story concerns an IRS auditor named Harold Crick who starts to hear a narrator in his head. The voice turns out to be a world famous author who is writing a story about an IRS auditor named Harold Crick. The author, Karen Eiffel, always kills off her main character at the end of the book. The real Harold’s only hope to survive is to find the reclusive author and convince her not to kill him. Eventually, they meet.
Karen Eiffel, understandably, is freaked to encounter an actual Harold Crick. He’s just as she pictured him. They both know »
- John Ostrander
Before I was a professional comic book writer, I was a fan. I still am. I was going to comic cons long before I turned pro. Some are good, some are not so good, and some are the San Diego Comic Con which is too large to fit into any category. For me these days, cons are mostly working weekends where I meet with fans and fellow pros, sign some autographs, maybe sell a few of my trade paperbacks.
Last weekend, I and My Mary were at the Motor City Comic Con in Novi, Michigan, and we had a great time. It’s close enough to where we live so that we could just drive there and the Con gave us a hotel room so we didn’t have to drive back and forth. The cats weren’t pleased that we were gone but they survived and, once we fed them, »
- John Ostrander
There have been some stunning dramatic performances from actors known for comedy: Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler, and even Will Ferrell. With roles in movies like Stranger Than Fiction, Everything Must Go, and Winter Passing, Ferrell has shown his prowess for more than dick jokes. Teaming with acclaimed filmmaker Lasse Halstrom, Ferrell is going to bring his acting chops to the comedy-drama Tom's Dad. Announced at Cannes, Tom's Dad is slated to begin production early next year. »
- Alex Maidy
Box office winner and Golden Globe nominee Will Ferrell (Get Hard, Anchorman 1 and 2) will star in the comedy Tom’S Dad to be directed by Oscar nominated director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, The Hundred-foot Journey).
Principal photography on the feature film is slated to begin early next year, with further casting underway.
Set in 1960s Nevada, Arthur (Ferrell) is a struggling nightclub performer hoping to make it big with his stage act involving circus animals. He is forced to reconnect with his estranged 12-year old son, Tom, when his ex-wife departs on a three week trip, leaving the pair to rekindle their father-son relationship.
It was announced today by producers Joni Levin and Keith Clarke (The Way Back, upcoming Ben Hur) of Point Blank Productions, Christi Dembrowski and Johnny Depp of Infinitum Nihil (Hugo, Rum Diary, Dark Shadows) and Arsenal’s John Ptak (Let Me In, »
- Michelle McCue
Details of daily publications, parties, panels and events hosted by Screen International.
Screen International is to presenting a series of publications and events at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and Cannes Market, which kick off today (May 13).
Screen’s editorial and sales teams will again be based at the Majestic Hotel. Upcoming events are:
May 14 (Thurs)
Screen is the official media partner of the Marche du Film’s Opening night party on the Majestic Beach.
May 18 (Mon)
Screen in collaboration with Film London, the British Film Commission and BBC Films, is hosting a drinks reception (by invitation only).
May 16-18 (Sat-Mon)
Screen Contributing Editor Wendy Mitchell is to moderate two talks as part of the Doc Corner Doc_Talk series.
Industry panelists are set to include Isabel Arrate Fernandez, manager of the Idfa Bertha Fund; Thom Powers, documentary programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) and artistic director for Doc NYC & Stranger Than Fiction; and Dennis Lim »
The Toronto International Film Festival is in its 40th year, and the Tiff CEO and Artistic Director this morning announced the programmers for 2015’s festival.
Tiff runs from September 10 to September 20. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a reveal of the full film lineups. Read the press-release for this year’s festival programmers below:
40th Toronto International Film Festival Announces Its Programmers
Toronto — Piers Handling, Director and CEO of Tiff, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, reveal the team of 22 programmers who will make the selections for the 40th Toronto International Film Festival®, which runs Thursday, September 10 through Sunday, September 20, 2015.
Europe, City to City: London, Special Presentations, Gala Presentations
Handling is the Director and Chief Executive Officer of Tiff. He has held this position since 1994, and is responsible for leading both the operational and artistic growth of the organization. Under Handling’s direction, »
- Brian Welk
For some reason, Hollywood fell in love with British actors again in the 1990s. Sparked by Alan Rickman's turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard at the back end of the 1980s, many movie villains were either Brits, or in the case of Cliffhanger, John Lithgow taking on the mannerisms of a British antagonist.
Yet in particular, Hollywood went recruiting British comedy talent, with faces then mainly - but not exclusively - known for their small screen work getting roles of various sizes in Hollywood productions. Here are some who racked up the air miles - starting with the man who arguably became one of the most successful...
Hugh Laurie - 101 Dalmatians
Laurie is a man of many talents, who ultimately cracked America with »
Stranger than fiction, this could be quite a read; I've added it to my Amazon.com shopping list to pick up later. Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment has partnered up with Alpine Labs production studios to develop a new one-hour TV series based on the true crime book "Coffin Point: The Strange Cases Of Ed McTeer, Witch Doctor Sheriff," by Baynard Woods. The story: Ed McTeer was the sheriff of Beaufort County, South Carolina, for 36 years - also home to a Gullah community. The "Boy Sheriff" as he was known, was only 22 when he was appointed to finish his dead father's term in 1926; he held the office until being voted out in »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Stranger than fiction, this could be quite a read; I've added it to my Amazon.com shopping list to pick up later. Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment has partnered up with Alpine Labs production studios to develop a new one-hour TV series based on the true crime book "Coffin Point: The Strange Cases Of Ed McTeer, Witch Doctor Sheriff," by Baynard Woods. The story: Ed McTeer was the sheriff of Beaufort County, South Carolina, for 36 years - also home to a Gullah community. The "Boy Sheriff" as he was known, was only 22 when he was appointed to finish his dead father's term in 1926; he held the office until being voted out in 1962. During that time, McTeer dealt with syndicate rum-runners, voodoo-inspired murderers, mannered Southern politicians, civil rights pioneers, and local root doctors--and in doing so became more than an ordinary lawman. After an epic battle with the locally infamous Dr. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Doc NYC and the Ida hosted the inaugural Documentary Preservation Summit a two-day conference at IFC Center from March 31-April. The goal of the summit was to draw attention to the growing problem of documentary films being lost, never to be seen again. Tuesday night's keynote panel acted as a call to action for documentary preservation, educating the audience on why films aren't being preserved and what can be done. Read More: 5 Key Takeaways from the Documentary Preservation Summit Thom Powers, artistic director of Doc NYC and creator of the documentary series "Stranger Than Fiction" at IFC Center, moderated the discussion panel. One of the biggest takeaways from the panel was attorney Michael Donaldson’s remarks on fair use. Documentary filmmakers, you don't have to be afraid of contracts. Pay close attention to what Donaldson has to say in the key facts and tips below: You don’t have to renew a contract. »
- Travis Clark
It's hard to tell from the premise alone of a Will Ferrell project whether his character will be brilliantly funny, painfully moronic, or some unholy, sidesplitting combination of the two. Take Ferrell's latest, "Get Hard" (opening March 27). He plays a millionaire arrested for fraud who enlists the only black person he knows (Kevin Hart) to train him to cope with the harsh realities of prison life. The result could be razor-sharp satire of the insular cluelessness of rich white people, or it could be offensive and cringe-worthy; probably, it'll be some of each.
After all, Ferrell's characters tend to be unpredictable because they're volatile. As the performer has proved over the past 20 years, from his tenure on "Saturday Night Live" (1995-2002) to his decade-plus reign as an unhinged comic leading man in movies, Ferrell likes to play the unfettered id, man-children with no impulse control (Ferrell likes to strip down and show his flabby, »
- Gary Susman
Read More: Watch: Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart in Epic 'Tonight Show' Lip Synch Battle Serious moments with Will Ferrell are hard to come by. Sure, the "SNL" veteran and comedy megastar has taken some dramatic roles — none better than in "Stranger Than Fiction" — but the USC alum keeps things light in many of his on camera interviews. Not so with Sam Jones. To help promote his new film with Kevin Hart, "Get Hard," Ferrell sat down for what appears to be a serious conversation in the season premiere of "Off Camera with Sam Jones." The documentary series is part of DirecTV's Audience Network, and kicks off its third season with Ferrell on Wednesday night. Jones — an award-winning director and photographer for Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair — focuses his series on actors, directors, writers and more artists in weekly, hour-long sit-downs between takes of their photo sessions. »
- Ben Travers
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