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Madrid – Brazilian film director David Schurmann is shooting “Little Secret,” inspired by the life of his adopted sister Kat Schurmann, written by Marcos Bernstein, scribe of Walter Salles’ Oscar-nominated “Central Station,” and one of the most ambitious and unusual fiction films to have moved this year into production in Brazil.
Brazilians Julia Lemmertz (“My Name Ain’t Johnny,” “From Beginning To End”), Marcello Antony (“As Brasileiras”) and Maria Flor (“Xingu”) co-star with Erroll Shand (“The Z-Nail Gang”) and Fionnula Flanagan (“Yes,” “Four Brothers”).
Produced by Joao Roni at Brazil’s Ocean Films, in a sign of its production ambitions, “Little Secret” has signed up German art director Brigitte Broch, a production designer on “Amores perros,” “21 Grams,” “Babel” and “Moulin Rouge!” – for which she won an Academy Award.
Peru’s Inti Briones, a Variety Cinematographer to Watch who lensed Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury Prize winner “To Kill a Man” and won an Intl. »
- John Hopewell
Exclusive: ICM Partners has signed writer/director/producer John Singleton. It comes as he prepares to direct the long gestating Tupac Shakur biopic Tupac. It’s hard to believe that it was 23 years ago that Singleton came right out of USC and changed the business with his breakout Sony hit Boyz N The Hood. The hot button picture established the urban film as a viable genre with an under served audience waiting for good films. It also made Singleton the youngest director and first African American to get an Oscar nom. He flies under the radar, but has helmed hits that include Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Shaft, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Four Brothers; he produced and financed Hustle & Flow, the breakout indie as well as Baby Boy and Black Snake Moan. Singleton was repped by Wme. He continues with Underground manager Trevor Engelson and attorney Stephen Barnes.
- Mike Fleming Jr
<< Continued from "Weekend Report"The Hundred-Foot Journey opened in fourth place with $11 million. That's a bit higher than May's Million Dollar Arm; unfortunately, it paled in comparison to similar August releases like Eat Pray Love ($23.1 million) and Julie & Julia ($20 million). With strong word-of-mouth and an audience that skews much older (69 percent over the age of 35), this should hold up well: a total close to $40 million is possible.Rounding out the Top Five, Lucy fell 48 percent to $9.5 million. To date, the Scarlett Johansson/Luc Besson thriller has grossed $97.5 million, and will pass $100 million sometime this week.Step Up All In tanked with $6.5 million this weekend. That's down 45 percent from the previous installment, which was already the lowest-grossing outing in the franchise. Even with solid international returns, it would be surprising if a sixth Step Up got a theatrical release here in the U.S.Lionsgate/Summit has released six movies at over 2,000 locations this year. »
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Though you might know André Benjamin better as his chart-topping alter ego Andre 3000, one-half of the hip-hop duo OutKast, he's also ventured onto the big screen with roles in films like Four Brothers, Idlewild, Semi-Pro and Be Cool. Now he's taking a big step with a lead role in Jimi: All is By My Side, a biopic about rock legend Jimi Hendrix, one of the best guitarists the world has ever seen. The film follows a very specific time in Hendrix's life from 1966-1967, where his early work helped turn him into the rock icon he would come to be, influencing musicians for decades to come. And now we have a trailer showing off Benjamin's impressive transformation into Hendrix. But could it be good enough for Oscar? Watch below! Here's the first trailer for John Ridley's Jimi: All is By My Side from XLrator Media: Jimi: All is By My Side »
- Ethan Anderton
The studios haven't offered the role to Chiwetel Ejiofor yet, and scheduling issues will still need to be worked out if he signs on, but insiders claim that the Oscar-nominated actor is the front runner.
No details were given regarding the villain, although we reported in November that MGM won back the rights to the Blofeld character and his villainous organization S.P.E.C.T.R.E., which lead to speculation that he will be a part of this sequel. Screenwriter John Logan also teased last month that S.P.E.C.T.R.E. might come into play. Will Chiwetel Ejiofor be Ernst Stavro Blofeld? That's a possibility.
We reported in March that production is scheduled to begin in October, »
Mark Wahlberg arrived on our screens back in the mid 90’s with roles in movies like Basketball Diaries and The Substitute. Since then he has gone on to become one of Hollywood’s biggest and best known leading men.
His career has been one of the most eclectic in Hollywood, having worked in Academy Award winning films like The Departed and The Fighter, to critical duds like the Planet of the Apes and Max Payne. He has also had the privilege of working with some of the best directors in the business including Martin Scorsese, David O Russell and Paul Thomas Anderson, though he has also worked with Michael Bay.
Mark’s latest movie Lone Survivor, the story of a group of solider trapped at the top of the mountain having to fight out terrorists hits cinemas this Friday.
With that in mind we’ve decided to take a look »
- Liam Hoofe
Two years ago, John Singleton (Four Brothers, Boyz n the Hood) was set to direct a film about the life of Tupac Shakur. Unfortunately, the film fell apart, but now comes word that Morgan Creek is once again interested in the project. Singleton just signed a deal to return and the plan is to have the director rewrite the script before filming begins in June. "Tupac was the guy who I planned to do a lifetime of films with," said Singleton. "His passing deeply affected my life as well as countless people in this world. His life story is as important to my generation." When Singleton was originally on board, Tupac's mother launched a legal battle against Morgan Creek over the rights. The lawsuit was eventually settled by making her an executive producer on the project. After Singleton dropped out, Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) attempted to take over, but »
After endless false starts and legal battles, the long-awaited Tupac Shakur biopic is finally being resurrected. According to Variety, the as-yet-untitled project will be written, directed and produced by Oscar-nominated filmmaker John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood, Four Brothers, 2 Fast 2 Furious).
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Singleton is expected to start working on the screenplay immediately, with the goal to start production in the summer. The choice of director makes sense: Singleton was both a friend and collaborator of Shakur's, having directed the rapper/actor opposite Janet Jackson »
It has been a project that has struggled to get out of the pre production stages, but it looks like the Tupac Shakur biopic might have a second chance, as it has been revealed that John Singleton has signed up to direct the project.
Alongside directing duties, Singleton will also be in charge of rewriting and producing the movie and is eyeing up a summer start date. Morgan Creek is financing the project alongside Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films.
Singleton, known for directing Boys N The Hood, 2 Fast 2 Furious and Four Brothers, has a closer connection with the rapper as he worked with Shakur in the 1993 movie Poetic Justice alongside Janet Jackson. Singleton has said that Shakur’s death deeply affected him:
“Tupac was the guy who I planned to do a lifetime of films with. His passing deeply affected my life as well as countless people in this world. His »
- Lucy Cave
After parallel successes on stage and screen, the Londoner is being lauded as one of the greatest actors of his generation
However good they are, actors always need a defining role to transform them into a film star, and as the kidnap victim Solomon Northup in the Steve McQueen-directed 12 Years a Slave, Chiwetel Ejiofor has found his.
Always an impressive performer on screen – certainly since his breakthrough role as a refugee doctor opposite Audrey Tautou in 2002's Dirty Pretty Things – Ejiofor is now on the cusp of joining the global film-acting elite. He has already been the recipient of scores of year-end critics' awards for 12 Years a Slave, as well as Golden Globe and Bafta nominations – and the industry will view it a significant scandal if an Oscar nomination doesn't materialise on 16 January.
Northup is the central figure in McQueen's project to confront the Us with its slavery past. »
- Andrew Pulver
10 items from 2014
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