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Thanks to Deadline, we’ve got our first look at a near-unrecognisable Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) in director Antoine Fuqua’s (Training Day) upcoming boxing drama Southpaw,; having dropped 25 pounds for his last room as Lou Bloom in Nightcrawler, the actor has now added 15 pounds of muscle for his role as Billy ‘The Great’ Hope, a southpaw junior middleweight champion who loses everything in a personal tragedy and is forced to fight his way to redemption…
“I’m so pumped, man,” states Fuqua. “Jake is going to change how people see him. I had him training twice a day in the boxing ring, he did two-a-days seven days a week. I pretty much had him with me and my trainer every day. I took him to almost every fight. I had him train at Floyd Mayweather’s gym in Vegas and we watched Floyd’s fights, and the Manny Pacquiao fight. »
- Gary Collinson
Going in Style: Dustin Hoffman is in talks to join Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine in a remake of the gentle 1979 comedy Going in Style. The original starred George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg as retired friends who decide to rob a bank; Zach Braff is in talks to direct the remake. [Variety/TheWrap] Tinker Bell: Melissa McCarthy will play the fairy heroine Tinker Bell in a new comedy-adventure to be directed by Shawn Levy (Real Steel). Levy came up with the idea and developed it further with McCarthy; Nicholas Stoller (Muppets Most Wanted) has been hired to write the screenplay. [Deadline] Big Eyes: New photos from Tim Burton's upcoming true-life drama Big Eyes showcase dramatic moments for married couple Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. Also...
- Peter Martin
Fox has acquired an untitled comedy-adventure film focusing on Tinker Bell, the fairy sidekick of Peter Pan, and have cast Academy Award nominee Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, Tammy) in the role. Shawn Levy, who directed by Night at the Museum films and Real Steel, is on board to helm the project.
Deadline describes the film as a “fresh take” on the iconic character, which was originally pitched by Levy himself and will be fleshed out by McCarthy. Sex Tape, The Muppets, and Get Him To The Greek scribe Nicholas Stoller is on board to write the script.
Levy, who’s latest movie Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb hits theaters next month, has yet to pick his next project, but has a few options at his disposal. He was recently attached to a modern retelling of the Arabian Nights story 40 Thieves for Fox, and Warner Brothers’ Minecraft adaptation. Deadline »
- James Garcia
Screen adaptations of the works of legendary British comic writer Alan Moore have been a bit of a mixed bag and have often differed considerably from the original work.
One that strayed quite far from the text was 2001's "From Hell". Moore's original 572-page, black-and-white work is his magnum opus - a serialised exploration of the Jack the Ripper murders that explores its themes to extraordinary lengths.
The Johnny Depp-film though bares no real relation beyond the title and subject matter, transforming the story into a more standard whodunit which pales compared to Moore's indulgent yet nonetheless astonishing creation.
Now, FX and producer Don Murphy ("Transformers," "Real Steel") are teaming for a new TV series adaptation of Moore's work which "Children of Men" screenwriter David Arata will pen. The plan is to turn this into an 'event series' with the much longer runtime than a two-hour movie allowing time »
- Garth Franklin
The Wrap is reporting Shawn Levy (Real Steel, Night At The Museum) will direct a new take on the Arabian Nights tale "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" for Fox called 40 Thieves. The project is being described as "an adventure movie with strong comedic undertones," similar to Pirates Of The Caribbean and Guardians Of The Galaxy. The site also has some information on who is being considered for the lead role Allen, who might be a stand-in for Ali Baba. »
- Jesse Giroux
TheWrap is reporting that director Shawn Levy is in talks with 20th Century Fox to helm a new take on the classic Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves story. Conveniently titled Forty Thieves, the film is said to be in the vein of Pirates of the Caribbean and Guardians of the Galaxy and will be an “adventure film with strong comedic undertones.”
No lead has been set just yet, but the report states that several young candidates are in the running, and they include Liam Hemsworth, Dan Stevens and Evan Peters. While I’d love to see Peters get a bit more exposure, the fact that Levy just worked with Stevens on Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb probably gives the former Downton Abbey star a bit of an edge. At this point, however, it’s anyone’s game as all three actors are still testing.
Unfortunately, we »
- Matt Joseph
After making his first foray into drama to mostly successful results with This Is Where I Leave You, filmmaker Shawn Levy is lining up another large-scale picture. The Wrap reports that Levy will direct a new take on the folk tale Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves for 20th Century Fox called Forty Thieves. The project is described as being in the vein of Pirates of the Caribbean and Guardians of the Galaxy (already this one’s a point of reference?), and is envisioned as “an adventure movie with strong comedic undertones.” Hit the jump to find out which actors have been testing for the lead role. Per The Wrap, The Hunger Games alum Liam Hemsworth, former Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens, and American Horror Story alum Evan Peters (who also played scene-stealer Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past) are testing for the role of Allen, the young male »
- Adam Chitwood
The Walt Disney Animation Studios team continues to knock hits out of the park, following up Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen with this weekend's adaptation of the Marvel comic Big Hero 6. Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams (Bolt), Big Hero 6 is perhaps a first in presenting modern Asian-American leads as positive role models in a major Hollywood studio production for children.
Young Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) is something of a robotics savant, hustling cash in the underground world of robot fighting a la Real Steel. He's encouraged by older brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) to apply himself and join him in the advanced robotics program led by Roberto Callaghan (James Cromwell). There he meets fellow students Go Go (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez), and Fred (Tj Miller).
An unexpected disaster leaves Hiro reeling, and with the help of his friends and Baymax (Scott Adsit), his brother's helpful medical robot, »
- Mike Saulters
Manuel here to play our favorite trailer watching game.
Is it safe to say that of the 47 films to have been nominated for Best Picture ever since the category's expansion, District 9 remains the oddest, with its sci-fi concept, low-tech execution and lack of big name recognition? Neill Blomkamp and Sharlto Copley followed that up with Elysium which very few of us have thought about since it came out. They’re re-teamed for Chappie which, well, I’ll just give you the synopsis:
Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings - some good, some bad - and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there's one thing that makes »
- Manuel Betancourt
As you read this I am en route to L.A. to join Anne Marie & Margaret at the AFI this week so expect coverage of A Most Violent Year and The Gambler premieres, a sneak peek at Selma, a Sophia Loren tribute, and more. But before that all start, and as I fly over some of you, brief thoughts on...
The Way He Looks
Opens November 7th in limited release
Glenn has already smiled upon this Brazilian coming-of-age film in our ongoing Oscar foreign film race coverage but I wanted to offer my own thumbs way up, too. Like all niche audiences, Lgbt people are sometimes too forgiving of bad movies so long as they meet their particular niche needs. But you can love The Way He Looks without any of the guilt that sometimes accompanies pleasure because it's very good.
This affecting high school drama is a »
- NATHANIEL R
Chicago – “No one talks like that,” I kept thinking to myself about this noir thriller. But that said, “Nightcrawler” is driven by just about the most entertaining dialogue from one person I’ve seen all year.
Despite the fact that he’s living in a warped alternate version of the reality you and I know, you can’t stop listening to the way a narcissistic, zombie-like Jake Gyllenhaal puts people in their place. You know immediately that this typically 180-pound man – who shed 20 pounds to become the gaunt Lou Bloom and is hungry both literally and figuratively – is more than an odd bird. He clearly exhibits sociopathic behavior and that side of him is certainly disturbing, but there’s another side I actually find refreshing.
He doesn’t sugar coat because he doesn’t know how to. He speaks so decisively and matter-of-factly. His words are the epitome of being blunt, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
It’s rare to see a directorial debut that is a total home run, but that’s Nightcrawler in a nutshell. The film’s writer/director, Dan Gilroy, is not, however, some rookie who got lucky. He’s been a screenwriter for years, with credits on films like The Fall, Real Steel and The Bourne Legacy. He was the writer […]
- Russ Fischer
Open Road Films/Entertainment One
This week sees the release of Nightcrawler, Jake Gyllenhaal’s latest that sees him even further show his impressive range as an actor. First unveiled at the Toronto International Film Festival back in September, the film has been riding a massive wave of hype, with many 5 star reviews labelling it one of the best films of the year. Now it’s in cinemas, it appears the critical praise was indeed justified; Nightcrawler is a tense, unrelenting movie that, like the horrible accidents our anti-hero makes a living from filming, is both inherently captivating and eye-coveringly repulsive.
Lou Bloom, Gyllenhaal’s most psychotic role yet, is an incredibly captivating character, clear from the first scene a dangerous sociopath, and will no doubt in time stand shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Travis Bickle and Patrick Bateman. First time director Dan Gilroy may not have the most prominent track record, »
- Alex Leadbeater
Legendary Pictures' movie will be set on the island home of King Kong and his monstrous brethren.
Skull Island will be released on November 4, 2016. »
Legendary Pictures continues to make progress on its King Kong origin story movie, Skull Island. It announced earlier this year that it's earmarked the movie for a November 4th 2016 release date, and since then, it's apppointed Jordan Vogt-Roberts to direct the film. If you've not had a chance to see Vogt-Roberts' last movie, The Kings Of Summer, then we can't recommend it enough.
But back to Skull Island. Max Borenstein, who penned the recent Godzilla movie, had worked on the last draft of the screenplay. But Deadline is now reporting that John Gatins has been hired to take a pass at it.
His name may be Lou Bloom but a more accurate name for Jake Gyllenhaal’s character would be the title of Dan Gilroy’s debut feature film. Lou is a creature of the night – like a wolf scrounging for scraps in order to survive another day. When Lou discovers the seedy world of late-night accident and crime-reporting he finally feels his skills are being better utilized. By imitating fellow reporter Joe (Bill Paxton) and following the guidance of his new boss Nina (Rene Russo), Lou’s “business” begins to take-off. Soon he is hiring an assistant (Riz Ahmed) for his late night reporting and rising to the top above his competition. It isn’t until a deadly murder that he catches on tape that places his life and everyone around him in jeopardy.
With a shit-eating grin, greasy hair, and bulging eyes that showcase the character’s eagerness for fame and fortune, »
- Michael Haffner
Two high-profile projects have just scored new screenwriters.
Seth Grahame-Smith helms the story of two teen boys in a small Midwestern town visited by a carnival. The carnival's leader is able to grant wishes, but at a terrible price.
Source: Heat Vision & Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, the world was transfixed by Marvel’s typically-grandiose Hall H presentation. However, they weren’t the only studio on hand to deliver bombshells to the film industry in attendance. During their spot in the limelight, Legendary Studios revealed plans for a King Kong prequel titled Skull Island.
While news has been on the slow side, there are a few elements firmly in place. From the offset, Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein was brought on board to work on the script, which seemed to have satisfied the studio as they granted the pic a 2016 release date. Moving on a few months and news landed that Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston, had signed on to take the leading role under the direction of Jordan Vogt-Roberts.
Today’s news, which Deadline broke earlier, now reveals that Borenstein is off the project as he’s busy penning the sequel to Godzilla. »
- Gem Seddon
The project was first announced during Legendary Pictures' Comic Con panel, with Max Borenstein (Godzilla, Seventh Son) writing the initial script the script for this King Kong prequel that explores the creature's home island.
Here's how Legendary officially described the project in their official Comic Con announcement.
"Previous works have touched on the island, but staying and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions."
Deadline brings word today that Legendary Pictures and Universal's upcoming King Kong prequel Skull Island is set to get a re-write from screenwriter John Gatins, who was nominated for an Academy Award for the 2012 film Flight and also penned the adaptations of Real Steel and Need for Speed. The initial draft of the film was penned by Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein. »
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