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Composers Mychael Danna And Jeff Danna Utilize Alternative World Music Instruments For The Good Dinosaur Score

23 November 2015 5:19 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Disney•Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur features an original score by Academy Award-winning composer Mychael Danna and Emmy-nominated composer Jeff Danna. The soundtrack is available today.

The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

Directed by Peter Sohn and produced by Denise Ream (“Cars 2”), Disney•Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur opens in theaters on Nov. 25, 2015.

Mychael Danna is an Academy Award-winning film composer recognized for his evocative blending of non-western traditions with orchestral and electronic music. Among his body »

- Michelle McCue

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Rob Zombie’s 31, Yoga Hosers, The Greasy Strangler to Screen at Sundance Midnight 2016

23 November 2015 6:48 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

This January, Sundance Film Festival attendees will have the chance to witness the mania of Murder World, as the festival announced today that Rob Zombie's Halloween-set horror film 31 will be part of its special Midnight section, along with Kevin Smith's Yoga Hosers, The Greasy Strangler, and more.

To celebrate the Sundance screening announcement, a new image from 31 has been released, along with a video of Rob Zombie's on-the-go reaction to the news. For more details, we have the official press release:

Press Release: Park City, Ut — Adrenaline junkies and genre film-lovers know the real fun at the Sundance Film Festival starts at midnight. Sundance Institute tonight offers a first look at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival by announcing the nine feature films that will screen in its iconic Midnight section, which has launched films including The Blair Witch Project, Saw, Super Troopers, The Babadook, Black Dynamite, What We Do In The Shadows, »

- Derek Anderson

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Emma Stone to play Billie Jean King in Battle of the Sexes

21 November 2015 7:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Fox Searchlight has found its Billie Jean King for the upcoming Battle of the Sexes, with Emma Stone signing on to star opposite Steve Carell’s Bobby Riggs in the movie, which details the 1973 inter-gender match between the two tennis champions.

Stone had been top choice for the project, although potential scheduling conflicts led the studio to approach Brie Larson back in September. However, Stone has now finalised her deal to appear in the film, which is being directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine).

Battle of the Sexes is one of three projects based around the match in development, with Will Ferrell attached to Match Maker, and Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti set to star in HBO’s Proof.


- Gary Collinson

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News Round-Up: ‘Mi:6’ breaks the mold, Steve Carell vs. Emma Stone, and Chris Nolan remakes

20 November 2015 7:46 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Christopher McQuarrie in talks to return as writer/director for ‘Mission: Impossible 6

Nothing like getting the gang back together after a successful entry. That seems to be the case for the Mission: Impossible franchise, and that includes doing something they’ve never done before.

Variety reports Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote and directed this year’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, is in talks to return in both capacities for the sixth entry. If McQuarrie agrees, he would be the first director in the franchise to return for a second entry.

On top of bringing McQuarrie back, Variety adds that stand-out Rebecca Ferguson could also be coming back for the next movie after the studio signed her for an option. Paramount is looking to turn around the next Mi film after Rogue Nation was such a runaway hit.

Tom Cruise is currently filming the sequel to Jack Reacher, but the plans »

- Zach Dennis

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Emma Stone Returns To The Court For Tennis Drama Battle Of The Sexes

19 November 2015 8:38 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Scheduling conflicts may have put her position in jeopardy only a few short months ago, when The Gambler and Room breakout Brie Larson was lined up as a replacement, though Variety brings word today that Emma Stone has sealed a deal to star opposite Steve Carrell in tennis drama Battle of the Sexes.

According to the outlet, the in-demand actress has reshuffled her slate in order to accommodate the feature, meaning that plans for a Crazy, Stupid, Love reunion are back on the table once more. But whereas Stone and Carrell’s last on-screen collaboration had the pair navigate through the various pitfalls of modern romance as a father-daughter duo, Battle of the Sexes will have them picking up the tennis rackets to depict one of the most famous matches in the sport’s history.

Returning to the production to play Billie Jean King, Stone’s character will be the »

- Michael Briers

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Emma Stone Joins "Battle" & "Fail"

19 November 2015 6:10 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Emma Stone is keeping busy it seems as the "Easy A" and "Crazy Stupid Love" star has joined two new projects.

First up, Stone has closed a deal to play tennis pro Billie Jean King in Fox Searchlight's "Battle of the Sexes" opposite Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs. Stone has been linked for some time but scheduling difficulties put that in doubt, now that has been sorted out.

The film deals with the infamous 1973 tennis match between 29-year-old King beat 55-year-old retired former Wimbledon champion Riggs after he essentially bragged that women could never compete at the level of men in tennis.

Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris ("Little Miss Sunshine") will direct from a script by Simon Beaufoy, while Danny Boyle and Christian Colson are producing. This is not to be confused with two other projects in the works about the match, one with Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti at HBO, »

- Garth Franklin

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Emma Stone Returns to Play Billie Jean King in ‘Battle of the Sexes’

18 November 2015 5:09 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Oscar-nominated actress Emma Stone is now set to play Billie Jean King opposite Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs in Fox Searchlight’s “Battle of the Sexes” after briefly walking away from the project, TheWrap has learned. Stone attached herself to play King back in April, though a scheduling conflict forced Fox Searchlight to approach Brie Larson to play the tennis legend as recently as September. With Larson moving on to replace Jennifer Lawrence in “The Glass Castle,” her schedule no longer allowed for “Battle of the Sexes,” and Fox Searchlight went back to Stone to secure the actress’ participation. “Little Miss Sunshine »

- Jeff Sneider

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Emma Stone Set to Star as Billie Jean King in Fox Searchlight’s ‘Battle of the Sexes’ (Exclusive)

18 November 2015 4:48 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Emma Stone has closed a deal to play tennis pro Billie Jean King in Fox Searchlight’s “Battle of the Sexes,” sources tell Variety.

Steve Carell is currently set to play Bobby Riggs in the sports drama.

Although Stone has been the top contender for the role for some time, earlier in the year, her busy schedule came close to derailing the deal — to the point where Searchlight began courting Brie Larson to play King instead. Stone’s schedule has now been worked out to allow her to star in “Battle of the Sexes,” while Larson has moved on to Lionsgate’s “The Glass Castle.”

Little Miss Sunshine” filmmakers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris will direct from a script by Simon Beaufoy. Danny Boyle is producing under his Decibel Films banner along with Christian Colson and his company Cloud Eight.

The competition between King and Riggs captured the zeitgeist back in 1973, when at 29, the No. »

- Justin Kroll

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Runtime Announced

13 November 2015 3:03 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In just 35 short days, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be arriving in theaters, the first adventure from a galaxy far, far away in over 10 years. We have already given you a wealth of details about this highly-anticipated sequel over the past few days, including a TV trailer that aired on ABC last night, a preview from Disney Xd UK, and much more. The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly arrived on newsstands today, which includes a number of tidbits that haven't been released yet from the issue, including the official run time, which clocks in at two hours and 15 minutes.

Director J.J. Abrams confirmed the runtime, adding that he locked picture on November 3 at midnight. The filmmaker added that he still plans on tweaking the visual effects, sound effects and finalizing the score with composer John Williams. You may recall that a report surfaced last month which claimed that »

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Alan Arkin "Fine" After Suffering Mini-Stroke

13 November 2015 1:56 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Alan Arkin is on the mend. The 81-year-old had a mini-stroke, his rep confirmed to E! News Friday. The Love the Coopers' star's rep added that he is doing "fine" and was in the hospital for one day.A source tells E! News Arkin is with friends and family now, reiterating that the Oscar Winner is not in serious condition. We're glad the veteran screen and stage star is going to be Ok—Arkin's long and impressive career isn't showing any signs of slowing down! His newest film, Meet the Coopers, hits theaters Friday, but he's also celebrated for his roles in Argo, Little Miss Sunshine and Edward Scissorhands. In a 2007 CBS interview with Jerry Bowen, Arkin opened how he knows »

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Alan Arkin -- Suffers Stroke ... No Major Damage

13 November 2015 1:00 PM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Legendary actor Alan Arkin suffered a stroke ... TMZ has learned. The actor, who starred in "Little Miss Sunshine," "Argo," "The Russians are Coming," "Grosse Pointe Blank," "Edward Scissorhands" and "Glengarry Glen Ross" had what his people called a "mini stroke" Monday and was hospitalized and released Tuesday. We're told doctors did a battery of tests and there's no significant damage. Arkin's latest movie, "Love the Coopers," had a premiere at The Grove in L.A. »

- TMZ Staff

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The 101 Funniest Screenplays of All-Time, According to the WGA

12 November 2015 5:38 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Perhaps the most subjective genre in cinema, the same comedy can cause one viewer to have tears of laughter and another to not crack a smile. So, while knowing there can be no definitive list of the finest in the genre, the Writers Guild of America attempted to narrow down the 101 funniest screenplays. Noting the distinction from the best in the genre, these 101 films should simply produce the most laughs.

Topping the list is Woody Allen‘s Best Picture-winning Annie Hall, a choice difficult to argue with. Rounding out the top five were Some Like it Hot, Groundhog Day, Airplane! and Tootsie, while films from the Coens, Stanley Kubrick, Wes Anderson, and Edgar Wright were also mentioned. There are also some genuine head-scratching inclusions, including The Hangover at 30, and, as much as I enjoy the film, Bridesmaids nearly making the top 15, but overall, if one is looking to brighten their mood, »

- Jordan Raup

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‘Brooklyn’: Irish Immigrant Story May be First Best Pic Winner from Sundance

12 November 2015 3:30 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

Earlier this year, a small indie film about a young Irish immigrant’s journey to America in the 1950’s made headlines at the Sundance Film Festival when distributor Fox Searchlight picked it up for $9 million. The deal was one of the biggest in festival history, falling just short of 2006’s $10 million purchase of best picture-nonminated comedy Little Miss Sunshine.

Brooklyn, the film in question starring 21-year-old Irish actress Saoirse Ronan, may prove to be worth the investment by Fox Searchlight, a distributor that boasts the previous two best picture winners with 2014’s Birdman and 2013’s 12 Years a Slave. The film received a great reception at its official Academy screening on Nov. 8 and is quickly becoming a best picture frontrunner.

Traditionally, however, films coming from Sundance have had trouble with the big award due to their small scope and budgets that limit the amount of campaigning a film can support. »

- Patrick Shanley

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‘Annie Hall’ Named Funniest Screenplay by WGA Members

11 November 2015 9:46 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annie Hall” has been named the funniest screenplay in voting by the members of the Writers Guild of America.

The script by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman topped “Some Like it Hot,” “Groundhog Day,” “Airplane!” and “Tootsie,” which make up the rest of the top five. “Young Frankenstein,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “National Lampoon’s Animal House” rounded out the top 10.

The awards for the 101 funniest screenplays were announced at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood at the conclusion of two hours of panel discussions and clips, hosted by Rob Reiner. He noted that his “This Is Spinal Tap” script had finished at the No. 11 spot — a coincidence that recalled the “go to 11” amplifier joke in the film.

The “Annie Hall” screenplay won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1977. Allen had six other scripts on the list — “Sleeper,” “Bananas,” “Take the Money and Run, »

- Dave McNary

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‘Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens’: Could Harrison Ford Get a Supporting Actor Nomination?

6 November 2015 3:30 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

With presales for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens amounting in over $6.5 million dollars nearly a month and a half before the film is released in December, the latest entry in the Star Wars franchise is destined to be a massive commercial success.

The film will feature performances by the stars who helped make George Lucas‘ Star Wars a hit nearly 40 years ago, as original stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford all appear in the latest film. Of that trio only Ford has received an Oscar nomination, for best actor in his role as a cop aiding a young Amish boy in 1985’s Witness, and his reprisal of his iconic role as Han Solo may just earn him his second nom.

The Academy, as is often forgotten, is made up of human beings and, just like the rest of us, they »

- Patrick Shanley

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TV Review: Amazon’s Pilot Season, From ‘Edge’ To ‘Z’

4 November 2015 7:45 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Depending on one’s point of view, Amazon’s periodic dump of pilots into the media ether is either wonderfully democratic – letting users choose what they’d like to see more of – or a bit of a copout, given the traditional process in which executives employ tools like research, yes, but ultimately have to trust their guts. Still, watching the six candidates together does offer a pretty good picture of the service’s off-kilter approach, yielding a mixed bag that contains promise but only sporadically achieves liftoff.

Nobody can accuse Amazon of narrowly sticking with one niche. The lineup — which will be available to view beginning Nov. 5 — includes two half-hours that aren’t designed to be funny, a western, two period pieces, and an almost absurdly dark satire.

Given the inroads Amazon made with the Emmy-nominated “Transparent,” the bar has clearly been raised in terms of expectations. Based on first impressions, »

- Brian Lowry

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Jack London’s ‘White Fang’ On Big Screen Track: ‘Mr. Hublot’s Alexandre Espirages To Helm Animated Film

4 November 2015 7:33 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Big Beach has teamed with French animation company Superprod and Luxembourg-bassed Bidibul Productions to turn the classic Jack London novel White Fang into an animated film. Alexandre Espirages, who won an Academy Award for his short animated film Mr. Hublot, has been set to direct. It’s the first animated film for Little Miss Sunshine producer Big Beach, whose Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf are producing with Superprod's Clément Calvet and Jérémie Fajner… »

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Big Beach Planning Monopoly Origins Movie With Little Miss Sunshine Producers

28 October 2015 7:47 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Rolling the dice on a live-action Monopoly movie is something that’s been in contention for years at this point, and though Hasbro’s classic board game of micro-management and capitalism doesn’t necessarily scream adaptation, buoyed by Battleships‘ financial turnover, the toy manufacturer is keen to set the wheels in motion over at Lionsgate.

But according to Deadline, another figure has emerged onto the starting grid – and no, it’s not the iron or the dog, but rather production company Big Beach. Recruiting Little Miss Sunshine producers Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf for the adaptation, it’s understood that this particular take on the Monopoly brand is completely unrelated to Hasbro’s official rendition.

Detailing the supposed scandal that surrounds the game’s creation, it’s little wonder that the toy manufacturer is not involved in Big Beach’s project, considering that it looks set to delve into the »

- Michael Briers

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Monopoly Getting Its Own Big-Screen Origin Story

28 October 2015 6:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Hollywood loves toy movies and origin stories, so it was only a matter of time before someone had the genius idea to combine the two. Big Beach’s Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf (Little Miss Sunshine) have put into development a movie about the origins of Monopoly, the smash hit board game that no one actually enjoys playing. […]

The post Monopoly Getting Its Own Big-Screen Origin Story appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Another Monopoly Movie in the Works

28 October 2015 2:12 AM, PDT | | See recent Worst Previews news »

Big Beach Films (Little Miss Sunshine) is developing a movie about the origins of the Monopoly board game. The story is based on Mary Pilon's book "The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury and the Scandal Behind the World's Favorite Board Game." The book, published in February, traces back the history of the game to 1904, when anti-monopolist Elizabeth J. Magie Phillips created "The Landlord's Game" as an educational tool to illustrate the negative aspects of concentrating land in private monopolies. Parker Brothers began selling a variation called Monopoly in 1935 with the game based on streets in Atlantic City, NJ. The project will also be based on Ralph Anspach's book "The Billion Dollar Monopoly Swindle," which recounts his invention of the game Anti-Monopoly. Howard A. Rodman, who was elected president of the Writers Guild of America West last month, has been hired to write the script. The project has nothing to do with Hasbro's »

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