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An all-star roster of actors has joined Warner Bros. Pictures’ new action adventure Suicide Squad bringing DC Comics’ super villain team to the big screen under the direction of David Ayer (“Fury”). The announcement was made by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.
The film will star two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith (“The Pursuit of Happyness,” “Ali,” upcoming “Focus”) as Deadshot; Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises,” upcoming “Mad Max: Fury Road”) as Rick Flagg; Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” upcoming “Focus,” the “Tarzan” movie) as Harley Quinn; Oscar winner Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club,” “Alexander”) as the Joker; Jai Courtney (“Divergent,” upcoming “The Water Diviner”) as Boomerang; and Cara Delevingne (“Anna Karenina,” upcoming “Pan”) as Enchantress.
- Michelle McCue
Just minutes ago, Warner Bros. announced the main cast members for Suicide Squad. However, there is still one major role still left to be cast, the squad's leader and the villain of the movie, Amanda Waller. Variety reports that Oprah Winfrey is the studio's top choice for the role, with other contenders including Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer.
In the comic books, Amanda Waller was a government agent who oversees the Task Force X (Suicide Squad) program, which assigns practically impossible missions to this group of dangerous villains. Amanda Waller was previously portrayed on the big screen by Angela Bassett in Warner Bros.' 2011 adventure Green Lantern, and she was also played by Cynthia Addai-Robinson on the small screen in Season 2 of Arrow. The character has also been featured in a number of animated projects, with Cch Pounder most recently voicing Amanda Waller in this summer's Batman: Assault on Arkham. »
An all-star roster of actors has joined Warner Bros. Pictures' new action adventure Suicide Squad, bringing DC Comics' super villain team to the big screen under the direction of David Ayer (Fury). The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.
The film will star two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness, Ali, upcoming Focus) as Deadshot; Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road") as Rick Flagg; Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, upcoming Focus, the Tarzan movie) as Harley Quinn; Oscar winner Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club, Alexander) as the Joker; Jai Courtney (Divergent, upcoming The Water Diviner) as Boomerang; and Cara Delevingne (Anna Karenina, upcoming Pan) as Enchantress.
In making the announcement, Silverman had this to say.
<< Back to Holiday 2014 ForecastAnnieRelease Date: December 19thStudio: Sony/ColumbiaGenre: MusicalDirector: Will GluckWriters: Will Gluck and Aline Brosh McKennaCast: Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Cameron Diaz, David Zayas, Adewale Akinnuoye-AgbajeStudio Description: Annie is a young, happy foster kid who's also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they'd be back for her someday, it's been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan. But everything's about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Analysis: Stubbornly, Disney and Sony each scheduled family-friendly musicals in late December this year. Over a month ahead of release, the presumptive winner is Into the Woods: Disney is an absolute powerhouse right now, and it's »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Filmmaker Gale Anne Hurd will receive the 2015 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures. The award will be presented to Hurd at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. The Producers Guild of America made the announcement today.
“I am humbled to be mentioned in the same breath as the legendary producer David O. Selznick, and to receive an award in his name is truly an honor in and of itself,” said Hurd. “But even more important to me is the recognition it represents from my esteemed peers and colleagues at the Producers Guild of America.”
Gale Anne Hurd is one of the entertainment industry’s most esteemed producers of Academy Award-winning films and Emmy Award-winning programs that shatter box office and ratings records.
- Michelle McCue
FX Prods. has added another prominent film production company to its roster of development partners, signing a first-look pact with Escape Artists.
The deal marks the first TV foray for the banner founded in 2001 by producers Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch. The two-year production deal covers projects developed for FX Networks channels.
“Todd, Jason and Steve have amply proven their ability to engage audience on the big screen with features that inspire and amuse,” said Nick Grad, who is president of original programming for FX Networks and FX Prods. along with Eric Schrier. “We are honored to have this opportunity to help them extend their artistic vision and producing prowess to television on behalf of FX Networks.”
Escape Artists’ most recent feature release was the Denzel Washington starrer “The Equalizer.” Its upcoming pics include the boxing drama “Southpaw” penned by Kurt Sutter, creator/exec producer of FX’s “Sons of Anarchy. »
- Cynthia Littleton
The movie’s spin-off/prequel Annabelle was not a hit with critics when it was released a couple of weeks ago (read our reviews here, here and here), but it did gangbuster numbers at the box office with a worldwide total of $166 million against a reported $6.5 million budget.
There is no word on why The Conjuring 2 (which at present does not have an official title) has been pushed back, but the October 23rd 2015 now remains open for Warner Bros. who have not announced a movie to take its place. Chad and Carey Hayes, who wrote the original, will pen the sequel but no director has been announced. Unlike Annabelle, The Conjuring 2 is reported to follow the further »
- Luke Owen
Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski will be teaming up with Steve Carrell for a paranoid thriller that has yet to be titled. The script will be written Steve Conrad, who also wrote The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and The Pursuit Of Happyness.
There are no details on what the story will entail, but it's definitely an interesting team-up of talent. Carell has shown a wide range of talent when it comes to acting, and it will be interesting to see what kind of role his plays in this paranoid thriller.
According to Variety, after Verbinski is finished with this project he will shoot two projects back-to-back for New Regency. One is a horror film called A Cure For Wellness, which was written by Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road) and an action-comedy that is tentatively Passengers that was also written by Conrad.
Carell will be seen next in the intense drama Foxcatcher. »
- Joey Paur
Warner Bros. Pictures has released this enticing new teaser for Focus. From the directors of Crazy, Stupid, Love (Glenn Ficarra & John Requa) comes the smart, suave and slick con-artist story starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie (Wolf of Wall Street, About Time).
As he’s teaching her the tricks of the trade, she gets too close for comfort and he abruptly breaks it off. Three years later, the former flame—now an accomplished femme fatale—shows up in Buenos Aires in the middle of the high stakes racecar circuit.
In the midst of Nicky’s latest, very dangerous scheme, she throws his plans for a loop…and the consummate con man off his game.
- Michelle McCue
Deadline is reporting that Steve Carell and director Gore Verbinski are teaming up for what is being described as a "paranoid thriller" at New Regency. The film will be the first in a three year deal Verbinski has signed with Regency.
Filming is expected to begin in March of 2015.
Source: Deadline »
- Philip Sticco
The untitled movie will kick off a multi-year deal between Verbinski and New Regency.
Verbinski is best known for his work on the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films and The Lone Ranger.
Later this year, we'll see Steve Carell get serious with Foxcatcher, a role that will likely land him at least an Oscar nomination when the time comes. And while he also has the dumb family comedy Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (arriving this week) too, it sounds like he won't be sticking in that territory all the time. Deadline reports Carell will star in an untitled paranoid thriller at New Regency with Pirates of Caribbean franchise director Gore Verbinski at the helm working from a script by The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and The Pursuit of Happyness writer Steve Conrad. Sounds like a good team. So what's the movie about? Well, unfortunately there aren't any plot details available, but the film is described as a paranoid thriller. This will actually be the first film in a series of different films that Verbinski has set up at New Regency. »
- Ethan Anderton
Following his more dramatic and award-worthy turn in Foxcatcher, comedic actor Steve Carell will continue to play it straight in an untitled Paranoia thriller for Pirates of The Caribbean and The Lone Ranger director Gore Verbinski.
No story details have been released for the project as of yet.
New Regency will begin production on the Untitled Paranoid Thriller in March, with the movie serving as the first project in the multiyear deal between the studio and Blind Wink. The screenplay comes from Steve Conrad, known for his work on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and The Pursuit of Happyness.
Gore Verbinski will follow the Untitled Paranoid Thriller by directing two more back-to-back movies for New Regency, which include the horror thriller A Cure For Wellness from writer Justin Haythe, and the large scale action adventure Passengers, which was also written by Steve Conrad.
Steve Carell has been garnering a lot of attention for his performance in Foxcatcher as of late, which will be released November 14. And while he does have a role in this weekend's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, he has been branching out from his comedy background into more dramatic material. I particularly loved The Way, Way Back, which, yes, has comedy, but not really in Carell's character. He is a very talented actor, and I am glad he is stretching himself artistically. I will always admire someone for taking a chance. In his continued quest to branch out, director Gore Verbinski has tapped Carell for his upcoming untitled paranoid thriller, which is set to start production in March. On the opposite side of the spectrum, I am not particularly excited about seeing him in a Verbinski movie, mainly because I am not excited to see a Verbinski movie. »
- Mike Shutt
Exclusive: Gore Verbinski will direct Steve Carell in an untitled paranoid thriller that New Regency will put in production in March. It’s the first project in the multiyear deal between Blind Wink and New Regency, and several others will follow in quick succession. The script was written by Steve Conrad, whose credits include The Pursuit Of Happyness and The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty. The plan is for Verbinski to follow this one by shooting back-to-back projects for New Regency. Those films will be A Cure For Wellness, an elevated horror film written by Revolutionary Road scribe Justin Haythe, and Passengers. The latter is the working title for a large-scale action comedy also scripted by Conrad.
Verbinski, who signed the deal in April, is coming off The Lone Ranger and before that the Oscar-winning Rango and the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films. New Regency, relaunched by Arnon Milchan »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Read our review here and check out the clips below:
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John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia—a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists »
- Luke Owen
It’s not been a good year from the genre, with all of the releases taking under $20 million in their opening weekend and no more than $32 million overall domestically. Last year saw horror perform really well with films like Insidious: Chapter 2 ($40 million), Mama (£28 million), Evil Dead ($27 million) and Texas Chainsaw 3D ($21 million), all topping the Us box office in their opening weekends.
That all looks to change though with experts claiming that Annabelle is set to take roughly $25 million.
Here’s the other big releases of the year:
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones ($18 million opening, $32 million overall)
Devil’s Due ($8 million opening, $16 million overall)
Oculus ($12 million opening, $28 million overall)
The Quiet Ones ($4 million opening, $9 million overall)
Deliver Us From Evil ($10 million opening, »
- Luke Owen
Will Smith may have solidified his place on the A-list with blockbuster films like Bad Boys, Independence Day, The Pursuit of Happyness, and the Men in Black trilogy, but we'll never forget how he got his start: as the basketball-playing, backward-hat-wearing funny guy on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It's safe to say that time has been very good to Will, and in addition to his youthful looks, he's also retained his boyish charm and infectious laugh. In honor of Will's 46th birthday today - and because we're still devouring those Fresh Prince reruns - here are 11 examples that prove he's still Bel-Air royalty. »
If Mark Gordon's name isn't familiar, his filmography will be. The producer's diverse 20-year includes "The To Do List," "Rampart," "Source Code," "The Day After Tomorrow," "Wonder Boys," "A Simple Plan," and "Speed." He earned an Oscar nomination in 1999 for "Saving Private Ryan." His upcoming films include Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic and Todd Phillips' upcoming comedy "Arms and The Dudes" starring Shia Labeouf and Jesse Eisenberg. And today, the Producers Guild of America announced that Gordon would be honored with a lifetime achievement award — for his contributions to television. Yes, Gordon's success stems to successful TV too. Gordon is currently the executive producer on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” CBS’ “Criminal Minds” and Showtime’s “Ray Donovan,” with notable past work including "Private Practice," "Army Wives" and "Reaper." The PGA will present Gordon with the 2015 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television during its 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. »
- Matt Patches
John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia—a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long.
On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now…Annabelle.
Annabelle is directed by John R. Leonetti (The Butterfly Effect 2) and stars Annabelle Wallis (Fleming), Alfre Woodard (12 Years a Slave), Brian Howe (The Pursuit of Happyness), Eric Ladlin (Boardwalk Empire »
- Gary Collinson
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