8 items from 2014
Eight and a half years ago, Reese Witherspoon won an Oscar. It came for her leading performance as June Carter in James Mangold's Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line." But things fell off after that for a little while. Gavin Hood's "Tsotsi" follow-up, "Rendition," went nowhere with audiences or critics. James L. Brooks' "How Do You Know" stalled. Francis Lawrence's "Water for Elephants" didn't really move the needle. Holiday rom-com "Four Christmases" and spy caper "This Means War" completely bottomed out. And then early last year, that unfortunate Atlanta arrest incident. But all the while, the actress, who has virtually grown up in the film industry, has been priming the pump with a few projects that will make it to screens this year. At the end of the season, she could well end up with as many as three Oscar nominations. The stage has truly been set for a career turnaround. »
- Kristopher Tapley
I'm sure there are other examples, but the news Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kings of Summer) will direct the adaptation of the video game Metal Gear Solid for Sony has me thinking of Marc Webb going from 500 Days of Summer to The Amazing Spider-Man and Colin Trevorrow going from Safety Not Guaranteed to Jurassic World and I can't say I'm a fan of giving these indie directors these multi-million dollar, cookie cutter franchises as their second feature films. I'm not at all a fan of Webb's Spider-Man films, even if I thought The Amazing Spider-Man 2 showed a tiny bit of improvement, and as much as I enjoyed Trevorrow's Safety Not Guaranteed, it's one thing to direct a low budget sci-fi and quite another to step into the shoes of Steven Spielberg for a major, summer tentpole. Now, Vogt-Roberts is going to go from a "kids in the woods" coming-of-age dramedy to »
- Brad Brevet
That.s a remarkably wide Us release for the Adelaide-based filmmaker who has just one film to his credit, 2:37, a drama which chronicles a day in the lives of six high-school kids culminating in one.s suicide, which screened in Cannes. Un Certain Regard in 2006.
.We have a guaranteed release of a minimum of 600 screens in the Us, and have presold multiple key territories already, and we haven.t even shot the film yet. I.m pumped," Murali tells If.
Pre-production is due to start in Johannesburg and Cape Town in September, the first film shot under the Australian-South African co-production treaty signed »
- Don Groves
Entertainment One (eOne) and Colin Firth and Ged Doherty's Raindog Films are pleased to announce that Helen Mirren (The Queen, Red) and Aaron Paul (TV's Breaking Bad, Need for Speed) are confirmed to join Colin Firth in the upcoming Eye in the Sky. In this contemporary international thriller set in the shadowy world of remotely piloted "drone" warfare, Mirren will star as Colonel Michelle Madden, a military intelligence officer in command of a top secret drone operation. Paul takes the focal role of American drone pilot Steve Watts.
As previously announced Firth, who is also attached as part of an ensemble cast, and Doherty will produce the film alongside Xavier Marchand who will oversee production for eOne, in close collaboration with eOne's Svp of Filmed Entertainment Benedict Carver. Academy Award winner Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, Ender's Game, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) is confirmed to direct.
Active sales negotiations are already well-underway »
Ender’s Game director Gavin Hood has settled on his next project. Deadline reports that Hood will helm the contemporary action thriller Eye in the Sky for Entertainment One, with Colin Firth attached to produce and star in the military drone-centric pic. Scripted by Guy Hibbert (Five Minutes of Heaven), the story revolves around a London-based military intelligence officer who is remotely commanding a top secret drone operation with the aim of capturing a group of terrorists in Nairobi. When she realizes the terrorists are on a suicide mission, she must alter her plans. Meanwhile, an American drone pilot (presumably played by Firth) is tasked with destroying the safe house, only to run into trouble when a nine-year-old girl enters the kill zone. Hit the jump for more on the timely project, including how soon it will come to fruition. This is certainly topical material for both Firth and the Tsotsi director, »
- Adam Chitwood
London — Entertainment One is partnering with Colin Firth and Ged Doherty’s Raindog Films to produce contempo international thriller “Eye in the Sky.” Firth is attached to star in the pic, which will be helmed by Gavin Hood (“Tsotsi,” “Ender’s Game,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”).
Entertainment One also has unveiled its global film production arm, which is led by Xavier Marchand, prexy, film production. The goal is to finance or co-finance up to eight films with strong international potential a year.
Firth and Doherty will produce “Eye in the Sky” alongside Marchand. eOne will distribute in the U.K., Canada, Benelux, Spain and Australia/New Zealand. Its international sales division under prexy Harold van Lier will handle sales in all other territories, including the U.S.
- Leo Barraclough
Ender's Game, 2013.
Directed by Gavin Hood.
Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, a genocidal alien race which nearly annihilated the human race in a previous invasion.
Another week, another novella giving the Harry Potter/ Twilight treatment and big-screen transition. Created in the 1980s, Ender's Game has been on the Hollywood development table for a long while. Finally released last autumn to mediocre returns and reviews, it like many others has tried to replicate the success of the aforementioned franchises. But where some saw tills ringing and franchise rights a-booming, Ender's Game fell into the “shot missed” category, along with other misfires like The Golden Compass or The Mortal Instruments.
Not that there isn’t at least something at least some appeal to avid fans of the book, »
- Gary Collinson
Foreign films too seldom get the U.S. distribution they deserve. Even those that manage to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film are often difficult to find. But for those who are looking forward to the upcoming 2014 Academy Awards, we've compiled a list of foreign films that have achieved not only Oscar glory, but a strong enough place in mainstream culture to earn them online distribution (directed by cinematic geniuses that include Akira Kurosawa, Federico Fellini and Ang Lee). Note that we've previously featured 11 Best Foreign Language Oscar Winners streaming on Netflix. The list below also features films on Hulu and Amazon. Check out the list of Oscar-winning foreign films available for online streaming below: Departures, (2008, Yojiro Takita) Tsotsi (2005, Gavin Hood) The Sea Inside (2004, Alejandro Amenabar) Nowhere in Africa (2002, Caroline Link) No Man's Land (2001, Danis Tanovic) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000, Ang »
- Ziyad Saadi
8 items from 2014
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