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Oscar-winning filmmaker Ang Lee appears to have found his next young star. According to sources, the “Life of Pi” director has tapped newcomer Joe Alwyn to star in TriStar’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.”
No official offer has been made, but sources indicate that Alwyn is the director’s choice for the Iraq war drama.
Sony Pictures is handling worldwide distribution except for China, where Bona Film will release the film.
In the fictional story, Bravo Company and 19-year-old private Billy Lynn survive a harrowing Iraq battle that is captured by news cameras. They are brought home by the U.S. administration for a promotional tour, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game, all while facing an imminent return to the war. »
- Justin Kroll
With twelve features to his name, two of those winning him Best Director Academy Awards (Brokeback Mountain; Life of Pi), Ang Lee has become one of the most notable auteurs to achieve success within the studio system. While his 1995 adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility began a successful career in English language filmmaking, the Taiwanese director had already received two Oscar nods for Best Foreign Language film. Those include 1993’s The Wedding Banquet, premiering in Berlin, and 1994’s Eat Drink Man Woman, now available for the first time on Blu-ray, though it hasn’t enjoyed the same lasting reputation. After the film, Lee wouldn’t return to working in Mandarin until six years later (2000’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), so it represents a certain jumping off point for the director.
Food and sex are base human desires that cannot be ignored, or so Mr. Chu (Sihung Lung) remarks, »
- Nicholas Bell
As 28 of our 29 Oscars Experts predicted, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" won Best Production Design on Sunday night. It had previously won Best Period Design at the Art Directors Guild Awards, in addition to taking Production Design honors at the BAFTAs and Critics' Choice Awards. -Break- It's the first win and second straight nomination for production designer Adam Stockhausen, who earned a bid last year for "12 Years a Slave," losing to Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby." It was also the first win for set decorator Anna Pinnock, who earned previous bids for "Gosford Park" (2001), "The Golden Compass" (2007), and "Life of Pi" (2012) and had a second nomination this year, for "Into the Woods." The film was the overwhelming 1/10 favorite with 28 Experts backing it: Thelma Adams (ZEALnyc), Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Kyle Buchanan (Vulture), Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Scott Feinbe...' »
Since 2008, the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects has gone to a Best Picture contender: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008), "Avatar" (2009), "Inception" (2010), "Hugo" (2011), "Life of Pi" (2012) and "Gravity" (2013). This year, that stat holds no water, since none of this year's nominees are also up for the top prize. The Visual Effects Society went for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" in a big way, and since 2002 at least one of their winners has gone on to repeat at the Oscars 10 times (among their categories, the Ves recognizes achievements in Visual Effects-Driven Features, Supporting Visual Effects, and Animated Character in live-action features): Hans Zimmer on collaborating with Christopher Nolan on 'Interstellar' and 'Dark Knight' trilogy (Video) -Break- 2002: "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" (Visual Effects-Driven, Animated Charact...' »
How many greats have found themselves on the short end of Oscar glory after being nominated for Best Director? Frankly, some of the greatest filmmakers of all-time: David Fincher, Gus Van Sant, Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson, Pedro Almodóvar, Ridley Scott, Michael Mann, Terrence Malick, Akira Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman and Mike Leigh, among others. We're personally hoping that eventually "Birdman's" Alejandro G. Iñárritu, "Boyhood's" Richard Linklater and "The Grand Budapest Hotel's" Wes Anderson make it off that list, but only one will join the winner's club Sunday night. Last year the Academy faced a similar quandary between the incredible work of Alfonso Cuarón ("Gravity") and Steve McQueen ("12 Years A Slave"). Eventually, Cuarón distanced himself from his contemporary and his win was "expected." That's truly not the case this season. Linklater has earned raves for his 12-year journey making "Boyhood" since it debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival over a year ago. »
- Gregory Ellwood
By Anjelica Oswald
Four different directors whose films are nominated for best picture could all win Oscars at Sunday’s ceremony.
Birdman, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, and Boyhood, directed by Richard Linklater, are frontrunners in the best picture race. Both directors are nominated as co-producers on their respective films and both are also nominated for best director. If Inarritu wins for best picture and Linklater wins for best director (or vice versa), it would be the 24th time in Oscar history where best picture and best director have split.
Wes Anderson, director of The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Damien Chazelle, director of Whiplash, are nominated for original screenplay and adapted screenplay, respectively. Anderson co-produced The Grand Budapest Hotel.
If Anderson and Chazelle win for their screenplays (and Linklater and Inarritu win), it would be the second year in a row where three or more directors won at the same awards ceremony. »
- Anjelica Oswald
We’d already announced that Tom Hanks and Ron Howard would reunite for another Dan Brown adaptation last summer with Inferno and now they’ve added more big names to the dramatic cast and we’ve got the first promotional shots below.
With a screenplay by David Koepp, based on the book by Dan Brown, the film is set for release on October 14th, 2016 and begins principal photography at the end of April. Inferno continues the Harvard symbologist’s adventures on screen: when Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante’s “Inferno.”
- Dan Bullock
Columbia Pictures’ Robert Langdon series — featuring the $1.2 billion collective earning of “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons”— is a go again, with director/producer Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer at the helm. In the latest installment, “Inferno," Tom Hanks is back to star, and some new players are joining him. Written by David Koepp (“Mortdecai”), and based on the book by Dan Brown, it will begin principal photography at the end of April. Newly announced members of the cast include Irrfan Khan (“Slumdog Millionaire,” “Life of Pi,” and “The Lunchbox”) who takes the role of Harry Sims, also known as The Provost. French actor Omar Sy (“The Intouchables,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Jurassic World”) will play Christoph Bruder. And perhaps most excitingly is Sidse Babett Knudsen of "Borgen" and "The Duke Of Burgundy" fame taking the part of Dr. Elizabeth Sinskey, the head of the World Health Organization. »
- Edward Davis
Columbia Pictures officially announced the full cast of its upcoming "Inferno" film, which is the third installment in the "Da Vinci Code" franchise, which stars Tom Hanks as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon. In the new movie, Hanks will reprise his role and he'll be joined by Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) as Dr. Sienna Brooks, Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi) as Harry Sims/Provost, Omar Sy (The Intouchables) as Christoph Bruder and Sidse Babatt Knudsen ("Borgen") as Dr. Elizabeth Sinskey, the head of the World Heath Organization. Ron Howard will return to direct. "For this film, I wanted Tom Hanks to be surrounded by an international cast of actors whose energy will underscore Robert Langdon's life-or-death peril, the high-stakes action he takes, and the global threat that he's trying to prevent," he explained. "Felicity, Irrfan, Omar, and Sidse have all broken through with recognition here in America as well »
Howard said: "For this film, I wanted Tom Hanks to be surrounded by an international cast of actors whose energy will underscore Robert Langdon's life-or-death peril, the high-stakes action he takes, and the global threat that he's trying to prevent.
The film will see Tom Hanks reprising the role of Robert Langdon for the third time - following The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, neither of which were much cop - with Ron Howard again directing.
As had been previously reported, Felicity Jones (Oscar nominated for her work in The Theory Of Everything) is on board, and she's going to be playing Dr Sienna Brooks. Irrfan Khan meanwhile - who has Life Of Pi and Jurassic World »
This marks the third film adaptation of a novel by Dan Brown to feature Hanks as Langdon, Howard as director and Brian Grazer as producer following their collaborations on "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels and Demons".
In this entry, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia. He teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories, to prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante's famed poem "Inferno".
Oscar nominee Felicity Jones ("The Theory of Everything") has been cast as Dr. Sienna Brooks, Irrfan Khan ("Life of Pi," "Slumdog Millionaire") has been cast as Harry Sims (aka. The Provost), Omar Sy ("X-Men: Days of Future Past, »
- Garth Franklin
With the Oscars just around the corner, it’s time to lay down my predictions for all 24 categories. While, as usual, most categories seem like a pretty solid lock, there’s always the possibility of a surprise or two, so let’s get right to it.
Best Animated Short Film
Best Live Action Short Film
Best Documentary Short Subject
“Our Curse” Tomasz Sliwinski »
- Jeff Beck
Director/producer Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer have cast an energetic company of some of the world’s most talented and interesting rising international stars to join Tom Hanks in Inferno, the new film in Columbia Pictures‘ Robert Langdon series, which has taken in more than $1.2 billion worldwide to date.
The Imagine Entertainment production, which has a screenplay by David Koepp based on the book by Dan Brown, is slated for release on October 14, 2016 and will begin principal photography at the end of April.
I’m excited to exclusively announce the cast of #InfernoMovie! Check them out here: http://t.co/sx6gTueRe2
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) February 17, 2015
Inferno continues the Harvard symbologist’s adventures on screen: when Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a »
- Michelle McCue
Back in December, the lovely Oscar-nominated Felicity Jones was revealed to join Tom Hanks for Inferno, an adaptation of another Dan Brown-penned adventure featuring symbologist Robert Langdon from The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. Now the rest of the supporting cast has been filled out with an array of international actors as Columbia Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have just revealed that Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi, The Lunchbox), Omar Sy (The Intouchables, X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Sidse Babett Knudsen ("Borgen") have all taken roles with more other stars from around the world in talks. Read on! In case you're not familiar with these names, here's the images to accompany the announcement: No specifics were mentioned as to the other actors who might join the film, but we'll find out soon enough. As you can see from the images, Khan is playing Harry Sims, also known as The Provost, »
- Ethan Anderton
Director/producer Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer have cast an energetic company of some of the world's most talented and interesting rising international stars to join Tom Hanks in Inferno, the new film in Columbia Pictures' Robert Langdon series, which has taken in more than $1.2 billion worldwide to date. The Imagine Entertainment production, which has a screenplay by David Koepp based on the book by Dan Brown, is slated for release on October 14, 2016 and will begin principal photography at the end of April.
The project's executive producers are Dan Brown, Anna Culp, Bill Connor, and David B. Householter. Inferno continues the Harvard symbologist's adventures on screen: when Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante's Inferno.
In this latest installment, Langdon finds himself in a hospital room in Venice as well as the target of a manhunt. With the help of Sienna, a nurse, and his knowledge of symbology, he will try to escape while they have to solve the most intricate riddle Langdon has ever faced.
David Koepp adapted the script. The pic is set to bow on Oct. 14, 2016.
“We’re thrilled to be making a third Robert Langdon film with Ron, Tom and Brian,” said Doug Belgrad, president of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group. “’Inferno’ will deliver all of the excitement, intrigue and »
- Justin Kroll
French actor Omar Sy (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”), Indian superstar Irrfan Khan (“Life of Pi”) and Danish actress Sidse Babett Knudsen (“Borgen”) will join two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks and current Oscar nominee Felicity Jones in Ron Howard‘s latest Dan Brown adaptation “Inferno,” TheWrap has learned. Howard and Brian Grazer will produce through their Imagine Entertainment banner, while author Brown will executive produce with Imagine’s Anna Culp, Bill Connor and David Householter. Michael De Luca and Andrea Giannetti will oversee the project for Columbia Pictures. Production starts at the end of April. David Koepp wrote the script based on Brown’s. »
- Jeff Sneider
Multiple former officers and directors at Rhythm & Hues, the visual effects and animation company behind “Life of Pi,” are being sued for making reckless business decisions and questionable investment and real estate transactions. The complaint that was filed on Friday at a bankruptcy court in Los Angeles included John Hughes, Pauline Ts’o, Keith Goldfarb, Lee Berger, Prashant Buyyala, Raymond Feeney and David Weinberg as defendants, along with Ccc Diagnostics LLC, Rhythm & Hues Sdn. Bhd and 2100 Grand LLC. See photos: Hollywood’s Most Outrageous Lawsuits (Photos) It alleges that the reason why Rhythm & Hues filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February 2014 — 11 days before winning. »
- Debbie Emery
On one hand, the Best Visual Effects Oscar has felt like it should go ahead and be engraved since before the season really took off. On the other, the frontrunner from afar crashed on the rocks of some divisive critical opinion in November, leaving some question as to how things might actually shake out. Let's take a look… It seems more than apparent that Marvel Studios' "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and Fox's "X-Men: Days of Future Past" won't be going any farther than the nominations stage, and that's fine. Both teams probably consider themselves lucky to have pushed into the field, particularly the "Captain America" crew after the first film's dazzling "Skinny Steve Rogers" work failed to find a spot. So this is really a race between three films. "Guardians of the Galaxy" is a popular pick for those who think the prestige player in the bunch will »
- Kristopher Tapley
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