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Tommy Lee Jones, Bennett Miller, David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan will duke it out with Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Michel Hazanavicius and the Dardenne brothers for the Palme d’Or at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival, which unveiled its official selection lineup this morning in Paris by fest topper Thierry Fremaux.
The wide-ranging competition slate is typically heavy on French filmmakers, with Olivier Assayas’ international co-production “Clouds of Sils Maria” and Bertrand Bonello’s fashion-designer biopic “Saint Laurent” joining Hazanavicius’ “The Search” and Godard’s 3D experiment “Goodbye to Language.” Fremaux noted that Godard, famously a no-show at the 2010 Cannes premiere of his “Film socialisme,” had “promised he’ll be there — which doesn’t mean he will!”
One of the more intriguing developments of this year’s competition is the unusual dominance of Canadian auteurs. »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
On the eve of the Cannes Film Festival’s official selection announcement, a major competition prospect has emerged in Tommy Lee Jones’ frontier drama “The Homesman,” starring Jones and Hilary Swank as a claim jumper and a pioneer woman undertaking a perilous journey across the Midwest. Also featuring Meryl Streep, William Fichtner and Hailee Steinfeld, the film marks Jones’ first directorial outing since his 2005 Western, “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada,” which walked away from the Croisette with two major prizes. Like “Three Burials,” “The Homesman” was financed and produced by Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, which is also handling international sales on the film.
Also set to make its world premiere in Cannes is 20th Century Fox/DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” which will receive an out-of-competition screening, in keeping with the festival’s tradition of bowing a U.S. studio blockbuster the first weekend. The sequel, »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
An animation so secretive it could turn out to be the Interstellar of smashy-smashy car movies, Paramount's Monster Trucks doesn't even have a director formally attached yet. If, as seems likely, Blue Sky Studio co-founder Chris Wedge has taken the job, he'll be overseeing a cast that has just added Barry Pepper to its ranks. Paramount is putting the gears in motion on the movie, which has had Kung Fu Panda's (and its sequel) scribes Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger at work on the script. The pair are also working on the SpongeBob SquarePants film for the studio.Plot details are being kept under a giant truck's hood for now, but Amy Ryan will apparently be playing a single mother trying to make ends meet while raising her teenage son. Director-in-waiting Wedge is the man behind 2002′s Ice Age. He directed and voiced Scrat in the film and its following sequels, »
Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier has had a second stellar weekend at the box office.
That makes it two worldwide weekends in a row at over $100 million and nearly half a billion to date as it continues to draw audiences internationally and in North America. With the success of directors Joe and Anthony Russo’s sequel , Marvel/Disney have officially announced Captain America 3 will open on May 6, 2016.
About two years have passed since the alien invasion of New York was repulsed by Nick Fury’s special team – The Avengers. The world is now well aware that extra-terrestrials, godlike beings and monsters may be lurking in the cosmos and that Super Heroes walk among us. The demand for protection of the world’s citizenry has reached a zenith. In response to the world’s justifiable fears, S.H.I.E.L.D. has expanded its presence to enhance the security of Earth. »
- Michelle McCue
One of the emerging forces in the animation film genre over the past few years has been Dreamworks. The studio has been the driving force behind the Shrek series, the Kung Fu Panda series, and the Madagascar series, as well as numerous other features, including Megamind and Rise of the Guardians. Thus, fans were intrigued to learn that the studio was working on a second installment of their 2010 feature How To Train Your Dragon. Titled How To Train Your Dragon 2, the movie sees Dean DeBlois take on directing and screenwriting duties on his own this time, working with a voice cast that includes Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, and Craig Ferguson. A new trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.
(Source: Animation Scoop)
- Deepayan Sengupta
It's a bit surprising that Sony Pictures didn't immediately move forward with a sequel to its 2010 "Karate Kid" reboot, after the film, starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan," grossed $56 million on its opening weekend and went on to earn $343 million worldwide. But now comes word that the studio is fast-tracking the project and just hired Breck Eisner (The Crazies) to direct the follow-up. Both Smith and Chan will return to reprise their roles. Unless things changed greatly, the script for "Karate Kid 2" is still written by Cyrus Voris and Eithan Reiff (Kung Fu Panda). The plan has been to take the story back to the Us. »
Slowly but surely, Sony is still moving forward with a sequel to the 2010 remake The Karate Kid. It’s been a few years since we’ve heard solid word regarding the project, but it appears that the studio is keen on getting it off the ground now as Deadline reports that Breck Eisner has been set as the director. Harald Zwart (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) directed the first film with Jaden Smith assuming the lead role and Jackie Chan playing his mentor. Against a $40 million budget, the pic grossed $176.5 million stateside and an impressive $182.5 million overseas, ensuring that a follow-up will have crossover appeal in international markets. Hit the jump for more on the follow-up. Per Deadline, Smith and Chan will reprise their roles from the first film, but no plot information is known at this time. Last we heard, Kung Fu Panda scribes Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reiff »
- Adam Chitwood
When The Karate Kid was released in theaters in May 2010, the box office surpassed all expectations (grossing $176 million domestic and about $182 internationally). Columbia Pictures was quick to announce that the company would begin development on a sequel. Kung Fu Panda screenwriters Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reif were tapped to pen the follow-up, but development of the Karate Kid sequel has not been as […]
The post ‘Karate Kid’ Sequel Gets ‘The Crazies’ Director Breck Eisner appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
We reported in August 2010 that writers Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris (Kung Fu Panda, Robin Hood) came aboard to write the script, with Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk, X-Men: The Last Stand) signing on for a rewrite in February 2012. No story details have been released at this time.
Harald Zwart directed The Karate Kid reboot, which followed a young man (Jaden Smith) who moves with his mother (Taraji P. Henson) from Detroit to China, where he is taught kung fu by an eccentric martial arts master (Jackie Chan). The film earned $343 million worldwide during its theatrical run.
Would it be creepy if we asked this guy to adopt us? Probably. But still, if the dad is reading us, we'd make great children. We're clean, we don't mouth off and we hardly ever throw tantrums. Email us! We want to be superheroes, too! Daniel Hashimoto, an After Effects artist for DreamWorks (the people behind Kung Fu Panda and the Shrek series), uses his talent and video skills to edit videos of his kid, three-year-old James. And the results are mind-blowingly awesome. We are officially super jealous of a three-year-old. "I made them mostly because he is really funny and imaginative. James doesn't watch TV or movies very much. We play tons of games with him throughout the day," Daniel told NY »
Amy Ryan is the not the first name that comes to mind when you imagine a film about giant CG vehicles that aims to launch a new action franchise. The closest she has come so far was War Of The Worlds, and that had Spiel-appeal. But according to Deadline, she's taken a role in Monster Trucks.Paramount is putting the gears in motion on the movie, which has Ice Age director Chris Wedge set to call the shots. Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, who wrote Kung Fu Panda and its sequel for DreamWorks Animation and were drafted in by Paramount for the new SpongeBob SquarePants film, are at work on the script.Plot details are being kept under a giant truck's hood for now, but Ryan will apparently be playing a single mother trying to make ends meet while raising her teenage son. We're betting some trucks of the monstrous »
In a sign of Hollywood’s expanding ties with China, DreamWorks Animation and Chinese partners Thursday unveiled their $2.4 billion “DreamCenter,” an entertainment complex in Shanghai that is set to open in 2017. The complex will contain a 500-seat IMAX cinema with international film festivals and red carpet events in mind, bars, restaurants and performance venues, according to the companies. A “Dream Avenue” theater district modeled on London’s West End and New York City’s Broadway will also be part of the complex, according to the Associated Press. The 40-acre site includes eight outdoor events plazas. The project is led by “Kung Fu Panda” and “Shrek” maker DreamWorks Animation, Chinese investment fund Cmc Capital Partners, whose owners include state-owned companies, and Hong Kong developer Lan Kwai Fong, according to the AP. “This will become the world’s third great urban center of entertainment and arts alongside New York’s Broadway and London’s West End, »
Shrek is heading to Shanghai. DreamWorks Animation, the studio behind the gentle green ogre and the “Kung Fu Panda” movies, is partnering with the Chinese investment fund Cmc Capital Partners to build a $2.4 billion entertainment complex in China's business capital, the company said Thursday. The “DreamCenter” will have a 500-seat IMAX cinema with international film festivals and red carpet events in mind, bars, restaurants and performance venues, the companies said. It will also showcase a “Dream Avenue” live-theater district. Also read: President Obama Greeted at DreamWorks Animation by an Alien – Who Speaks in His Voice “This will become the world's third great. »
- Todd Cunningham
Hong Kong – A South Korean TV drama “My Love From The Star” (literal translation ‘You Who Came From The Stars’) has become a knockout hit in China.
And despite its whimsical plot and slick, inoffensive presentation it has sparked a string of controversies along the way.
The show features Kim Soo-hyun as an alien trapped on earth for 400 years, but who passes as a near perfect specimen of the human male and in the present day works as a somewhat cynical college professor. Inconceivably, he becomes romantically linked to a beautiful, but obnoxious pop-star/actress, played by Gianna Jun, Korea’s most glamorous movie star.
“Star” played in Korea twice weekly on Sbs for 21 episodes from December 2013 to Feb this year and was a smash ratings winner. Its final, extra, episode scored a 28% rating, according to Agb Nielsen. The show was also licensed for Chinese broadcast, for what is »
- Patrick Frater
DreamWorks Animation have unveiled your first look at their new animated comedy, Home. The CG creative geniuses behind family classics like How To Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda and more are tackling an alien invasion tale - with a twist. Adapted from Adam Rex's book The True Meaning of Smekday, the story finds Captain Smek (voiced by Steve Martin) successfully conquering Earth with his alien race The Boov, and booting the majority of the human populace off-world. But one valiant human girl (voiced by Rihanna) could change everything,...
- Matt Risley
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Mar 2014 - 05:44
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2011, and a great year for lesser-seen gems...
Even a cursory glance at the top 10 grossing films of 2011 reveals something strange: nine of the entries are sequels. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 brought the fantasy franchise to a close with a staggering $1.3bn haul. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon wasn't too far behind with just over $1.1bn. On Stranger Tides continued the Pirates Of The Caribbean series' wave of success, despite mixed reviews.
Elsewhere in the top 10, you'll find another Twilight, a fourth Mission: Impossible, a second Kung Fu Panda, a fifth Fast, another Hangover, and further Cars. Standing alone on the list is The Smurfs, the adaptation of Peyo's Belgian comic strip. In fact, 2011 saw the release of no fewer than 28 sequels - the most we've yet seen in any given year. »
A few weeks ago, we reported that Mark Andrews (Pixar’s Brave), Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), and newcomer Dean Israelite (Welcome to Yesterday) were all in the mix to direct Marvel’s Doctor Strange. It’s a diverse bunch of directors, and now one more name is joining their ranks: Scott Derrickson. Derrickson mostly has a horror background. His previous credits include Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Hellraiser: Inferno, and he recently directed the supernatural thriller Deliver Us from Evil. However, he does have a big-budget feature to his name having directed the 2008 remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still. Hit the jump for more. In addition to reporting on Derrickson being in the mix for the directing gig, THR writer Borys Kit also tweeted, “Being told Mark Andrews (Brave), Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) still on the shortlist,” so I’m wondering if »
- Matt Goldberg
Feature Louisa Mellor 28 Feb 2014 - 06:15
How films like The Lego Movie are replacing destiny narratives with messages of scepticism and adaptability…
2013 saw the release of a film that sold a message antithetical to the upbeat ‘you can do it if you really try!’ cheerleading prevalent in kids’ movies. ‘Sometimes you can’t do it’, said this film, ‘even if you really, really, really try’.
It’s not as bleak a caution as it might seem. An imaginative scenario in which the hero fails but adapts teaches a useful lesson about flexibility (a skill parents might agree can be a tricky one for kids to take on). Wishing upon a star, working your socks off, thinking you can… in real life none of that guarantees a result. Isn’t it about time kids’ movies became comfortable with that idea? »
Although the Shrek franchise fell from grace with its later instalments, the series still banked over $2.5 billion at the box office and DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg looks like he wants to revisit the Kingdom of Far Far Away. In an interview with the Fox Business Network, Katzenberg revealed,
“We like to let them have a little bit of time to rest. But I think you can be confident that we’ll have another chapter in the Shrek series. We’re not finished, and more importantly, neither is he."
Meanwhile, DreamWorks is to build a visitor attraction on the South Bank in London. Shrek's Far Far Away Adventure will open in Summer 2015 and will partnered with a new interactive adventure with Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, Puss in Boots, and a plethora of other characters from the franchise, as well as Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon. »
- Gary Collinson
Those who thought that DreamWorks had put Shrek behind them after 2010′s Shrek Forever After (which was even subtitled The Final Chapter) are sadly mistaken. According to the studio’s animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, a fifth outing for the titular grumpy ogre is in the works.
In an interview with Fox Business Network, Katzenberg dropped a hint that the studio wasn’t quite done with Shrek just yet, and had simply been taking a bit of a break from the franchise.
“We like to let them have a little bit of time to rest, but I think you can be confident that we’ll have another chapter in the Shrek series. We’re not finished, and more importantly, neither is he.”
That’s all Katzenberg would say on the matter, but it should come as no shock that the studio is looking to bring the character back. After all, the »
- James Garcia
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