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Breaking: While we’ve got plenty of projects that mix genre staples from zombies to wolves, the town went wild for a highly unusual combination. In heated bidding, Qed emerged victorious and acquired Yellowstone Falls, a spec script by Dan Kunka, who most recently sold his script Bermuda Triangle to Warner Bros, with Charles Roven and Madhouse producing. Deal was six figures against near seven-figure purchase price if the movie gets made. This script is unusual in that it was 52 pages, with few human characters and essentially no dialogue. The action begins after an apocalyptic event that saps the humanity from most of the mutated humans that remain. At its core, it’s the story of a mother wolf, separated from her mate as the rest of the pack flees to safety, is forced to defend her cubs from the oncoming swarm. It sounds like those spare nature-based movies Jean Jacques Annaud makes, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
(L-r) Paul Sagoo (Founder – Asian Awards), Ahmed Kathrada and Idris Elba
On a sensational star-studded night, Jackie Chan, Ahmed Kathrada, Irrfan Khan, Norah Jones, Gok Wan, Sir David Tang and billionaire Lui Che Woo were among those honoured at The Asian Awards in Partnership with Ubs, at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
The second annual Top 100 Most Influential Asians* list was also launched, unveiling President of China, Xi Jinqping in top spot, followed by Indian leader, Sonia Gandhi, Vice Premier of China, Le Keqiang and Indian election front runner Narendra Modi taking fourth place.
Founder of The Asian Awards, Paul Sagoo said,“This year The Asian Awards has truly lived up to its name, celebrating global Asian achievement in what was a triumphant night. We are honoured with the support of our guests and winners, including the amazing Ahmed Kathrada, Jackie Chan, and MP’s like Jeremy Hunt who »
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Disney is giving amateur baseball pitchers in the nation a chance to compete for a $1 million prize in the Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest. The Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest is being held to celebrate the opening of Disney’s Million Dollar Arm, an incredible true story about two young men who went from never throwing a baseball to getting a Major League tryout.
Amateur baseball pitchers – male or female, who are legal United States residents at least 18 years of age or older – are invited to qualify to compete in the preliminary rounds of the Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest at either Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Resort in California or at the Tribeca/Espn Sports Day at the Tribeca Family Festival in New York City. The three contestants from each location who throw the fastest pitches will advance to the finals and have a chance to compete »
- Michelle McCue
The long-awaited fourth instalment in the Jurassic Park franchise kicked off filming in Hawaii this week, and sure enough the first set photos from Jurassic World are starting to make their way online, showing a couple vehicles (including the original Jurassic Park Jeep) as well as actor Irrfan Khan (The Amazing Spider-Man, Life of Pi). Check them out via SciFied and The Daily Mail….
Jurassic World is being directed by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) and also stars Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie), Bryce Dallas Howard (Spider-Man 3), Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer), Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3), Jake Johnson (Drinking Buddies), Omar Sy (X-Men: Days of Future Past), David Oyelowo (The Butler), Judy Greer (The Descendants), Katie McGrath (Dracula), Lauren Lapkus (Orange Is the New Black) and the returning Bd Wong as Dr. Henry Wu. The sequel is set for release »
- Gary Collinson
After delivering excellent scores for both Bennett Miller's "Moneyball" and Ang Lee's "Life Of Pi" (he won an Oscar for the latter), we're going to be paying attention to whatever Mychael Danna does next, and we won't have to wait long. Next week, he's the man behind the music in Wally Pfister's "Transcendence," and a preview of his work is here. Moviefone has dropped four tracks from the soundtrack, ranging from the percussive "Transcend," to the delicately electronic "Building Will" along with "Get Off The Grid" and "The Only One He Trusts." It's a nice sonic set-up for the film. Meanwhile, another viral video has dropped, highlighting the two opposing forces of the film: R.I.F.T., an anti-ai group who don't want the singularity to happen, and Dr. Will Caster, played by Johnny Depp, who promises profound changes to humankind if he's allowed to harness the collective power of every computer. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Well folks, it’s April and over the last couple weeks, we’ve seen movie studios step up their marketing for some hotly anticipated films. We’ve been flooded with new trailers, images, and posters for a variety of films slated to hit this year, which can mean only one thing...Summer Movie Season is right around the corner (seems like just yesterday we were handling the 2013 Summer Movie Awards)! With the wealth of films hitting in these upcoming months it’s easy for moviegoers to be overwhelmed. Thus, as we have in years past, we present our Summer Movie Guide, so you know what’s coming, when, and decide for yourself if a film is worth your time. Come inside to learn about all that May has to offer!
We’re running this guide very similar to how we have in the past. We’re breaking down each page »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Next week's "Transcendence," a trippy thriller starring Johnny Depp as a scientist who, after a catastrophic attack, uploads his consciousness into a supercomputer, certainly creates an atmosphere -- one in which technology has made anything possible, where dread and paranoia creep into the edges of human advancement, and where all of our pointless dragging and clicking could also be our undoing. All of these heavy themes and visual flourishes (including tiny robots glinting in the sun like pocketfuls of glitter) require the appropriate musical backdrop, one that is found in the ominous score by Mychael Danna.
And now we have four exclusive tracks to share with you!
We're going to be tiptoeing around their placement in the film both because we don't want to ruin anything and because we're under strict orders from Warner Bros. not to talk about the movie just yet (and, as we all know, snitches get stitches). Still, »
- Drew Taylor
Million Dollar Arm is based on the true story of baseball pitchers Rinku Singh (Suraj Sharma; Life Of Pi) and Dinesh Patel (Madhur Mittal; Slumdog Millionaire). The pair are discovered in a reality TV sports competition set up by down on his luck agent J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm) in India. Bernstein brings the duo back to the states to start an intensive training regime with pitching coach Tom House (Bill Paxton) in the hope of getting them signed to a major league team.
But what starts out as a cynical money making scheme turns out very differently for Bernstein.
“He learns how to be a better human being,” says Hamm.
Hamm is perhaps best »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
This Mumbai romance skilfully avoids Bollywood cliche to deliver an affecting tale of lunch and love letters
Beyond Bollywood, something notable is happening in Indian cinema, much of it organised around the prolific Anurag Kashyap (Gangs of Wasseypur): he's produced this quietist, Mumbai-set tale for debutant writer-director Ritesh Batra, but his nuanced approach to plot and character is evident throughout. A widowed office clerk (Life of Pi's Irrfan Khan) enters into written correspondence with the bored housewife who's been readying his hot lunches (Nimrat Kaur); as these two lonely souls try to nudge one another out of their individual ruts, the skilfully self-contained leads scatter enough titbits of mutual understanding to set us rooting for some future dinner date. It remains resolutely undemonstrative, Batra's camera mirroring the characters' cautious restraint. Yet by its final act, pressing home the most un-Bollywood message that life's often more complicated than the movies, »
- Mike McCahill
Jon Hamm is a sucker for baseball movies and a die-hard Cardinals fan, but that’s only part of the reason he chose to make Million Dollar Arm. Directed by Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl), the film, inspired by true events, tells the redemption tale of sports agent J.B. Bernstein (Hamm), a real-life Jerry Maguire who strikes out on his own only to have the ace defensive lineman he’s been trying to land as a client ditch him for a big corporate agency. So in a Hail Mary pass to save his business, Bernstein hightails it »
- Nicole Sperling
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2: The Green Destiny has its star. China’s most bankable action hero Donnie Yen has signed on to play the lead role in the long-planned, oft-delayed sequel to the critically lauded hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000). Yen will be playing Silent Wolf in the movie, which is based on a novel, just as the first one was. Michelle Yoeh will be returning for the sequel, once again portraying Yu Shu Lien.
It's not clear at this point as to whether or not Chow Yun-Fat, who starred in the first film, will be returning for the sequel as Master Li Mu Bai. (If he could make Dragonball Evolution, surely he could find time for this!) His character plays a pivotal role in the book, so hopefully, he’ll be back. However, for the moment, it seems like Yen will be picking up the slack as the main hero of the story. »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
This Friday 4th April sees the cinematic release of Darren Aranofsky’s Noah, an adaptation of the famous story from the Bible. Russell Crowe plays Noah, the man chosen by God to gather animals in order to allow the species to survive after the great flood.
If Noah is successful, it will no doubt mean an influx of stories adapted from the Bible, in an attempt to replicate its success. Here are five stories that are ripe for the picking.
What better place to start than the beginning? The Creation is, according to the Book of Genesis, where it all started. On the first day, God created light, and separated it from the darkness, creating night and day. Day two, he created the sky. On the third, he made the land, and turned water into the seas. He also created plants and trees. On day four, the sun, »
- Barry Steele
When I think of Judy Greer, I think of ‘secondary character’. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her feature in a main role; she’s nearly always the ‘funny best friend’ or ‘the woman the hero doesn’t really want’. However, things may be about to change as news has surfaced that she has signed on to star in Jurassic World.
Directed by Colin Trevorrow (the man behind the brilliant Safety Not Guaranteed), the cast already features Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help), Chris Pratt (Guardians Of The Galaxy), Nick Robinson (The Kings Of Summer), Jake Johnson (New Girl), Ty Simpkins (Insidious), Bd Wong (Law And Order: Special Victims Unit), Irrfan Khan (Life Of Pi), Vincent D’Onofrio (Law And Order: Criminal Intent), and fellow newbie members Lauren Lapkus (Orange Is The New Black) and Katie McGrath (Merlin). With original director Steven Spielberg as executive producer, this is set to be stunning! »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Sky is to launch a new 'Buy & Keep' service that allows customers to buy movies outright, rather than renting them. Once purchased, Sky will also ship a DVD of the film as a physical backup copy.
The Sky Store will now feature a Buy & Keep tab on the Sky+HD interface, where users can select releases from the likes of Warner Bros and 21st Century Fox.
Library titles are to be priced at £7.99, while new releases will cost around £13.99, including the price of the DVD. Sky says it aims to get the additional DVD to buyers within five working days from purchase.
Once a movie is paid for, it will shift over to a new 'Purchased' tab on the planner. Movies stored here can also be archived by pressing the yellow button, to clear up space on the Sky+HD box's hard drive. When archived, the metadata surrounding the title will be saved, »
The 61st Sydney Film Festival today announced 32 films to be featured in this year.s event (June 4-15) in advance of the full program launch on May 7.
The line-up includes the world premiere of The Redfern Story, 19 Australian premieres, 13 features, 11 documentaries and an eight-film retrospective on maverick American filmmaker Robert Altman. Altman.s son, filmmaker Michael Altman, will attend festival and introduce several of the Altman screenings.
Darlene Johnson.s The Redfern Story chronicles the volatile birth of the first all-Indigenous theatre company, the National Black Theatre. It features interviews with indigenous media pioneer Lester Bostock, writer Gerry Bostock, actor Lillian Crombie, activist-academic Gary Foley, academic Marcia Langton, actors Rachael Maza, Bryan Brown and Bindi Williams. .We are pleased to present this sneak preview of 32 of the 180-plus films in this year.s program,. said Festival Director Nashen Moodley. .We have gathered a selection of the best films from the »
- Staff writer
Lupita Nyong'o has been lying relatively low since her big Oscar win, and while she certainly deserves a break from the limelight, we have to admit we miss seeing her on the scene. We decided to catch up on what the 12 Years a Slave star has been doing since March 2, and as it turns out, she's kept pretty busy over the past month with an enviable blend of travel, relaxation, and work. Read on to see what, exactly, Lupita's been up to since snagging that gold statuette. Taking a Staycation in NYC Lupita settled in for a much-deserved hideaway at the Empire Hotel in Manhattan last week. The actress shared a snap of herself on Instagram cozying up in a robe monogrammed with her initials. Spending a Rainy Day at the Movies Just saw the movie The Lunchbox: the perfect heartwarming love story period, but especially on a cold… »
- Lindsay Miller
The long, slender Malagasy primates that once thrived but are now skittering ever closer to extinction get their giantscreen closeup in “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” a serviceable Imax 3D nature documentary that duly meets the requirements of the form: majestic and intimate outdoor imagery, a grave yet reassuring lesson on the importance of wildlife preservation, and a short-and-sweet 40-minute running time. The all-important narration duties fall, predictably yet effectively, to Morgan Freeman, reteaming with producer/writer Drew Fellman and cinematographer David Douglas after their 2011 Imax 3D effort, “Born to Be Wild,” whose tale of baby elephants and orangutans grossed $34 million worldwide. While this film’s subjects may not be quite as “awww”-inspiring and it has a fuzzier sense of focus, it should score similarly impressive numbers as a family-friendly educational crowdpleaser.
As dramatized in a brief prologue, more than 60 million years ago a massive storm over Africa washed a »
- Justin Chang
A few posters to round up before the night ends: Million Dollar Arm - Jon Hamm, Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal, Aasif Mandvi, Bill Paxton, Lake Bell, Pitobash, and Alan Arkin star in the Disney sports drama, directed by Craig Gillespie (Fright Night). Palo Alto - Emma Roberts, James Franco, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin, Claudia Levy, Chris Messina, and Val Kilmer star in Gia Coppola's debut feature about a group of teens, based on short stories by Franco. A Haunted House 2 - Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Essence Atkins, Gabriel Iglesias, Missi Pyle, Ashley Rickards, Affion Crockett, and Cedric The Entertainer star in the horror spoof sequel, directed by Michael Tiddes. Check out the posters after the jump. Million Dollar Arm opens May 16. Poster via the Million Dollar Arm Facebook page: Official synopsis: In a last ditch effort to save his career as a sports agent, Jb Bernstein »
- Brendan Bettinger
Review Ryan Lambie 31 Mar 2014 - 06:32
From the moment an army of angels crashes to Earth from heaven, only to emerge from the loam as stone-clad giants, it’s clear that Darren Aronofsky’s Noah is no ordinary Hollywood epic. This is a Biblical film for the Game Of Thrones generation, a myth for viewers more familiar with the books of Tolkien than the Book of Genesis.
Russell Crowe stars as a battle-ready Noah, who scratches out a grim existence in a pre-flood world that’s part Sunday school story, part Mad Max; the soil is barren, food is scarce, and humanity has descended into feral madness. The planet is overrun by the sons of Cain, the first murderer, and his descendants - led by a seething Ray Winstone as Tubal-Cain - have stripped the landscape of its resources. »
East met east Thursday night in New York as directors Ang Lee and Zhang Yimou took to the stage for an intimate dialogue about their lives and careers, organized by New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Beijing-based online video portal LeTV, whose movie arm LeVision Pictures produced Zhang’s latest film, “Coming Home.”
It was a fascinating meeting of the minds between Zhang (pictured), who began his career as the oft-banned enfant terrible of the “fifth generation” of mainland Chinese filmmakers before going on to direct the international blockbuster “Hero” as well as the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics; and the Taiwan-born Lee, himself an Nyu-Tisch grad, who started out in the American indie cinema of the early 1990s and has since climbed the Hollywood A-list with his double Oscar wins for “Brokeback Mountain” and “Life of Pi.”
Although the 75-minute, Mandarin-language event »
- Scott Foundas
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