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• In the midst of the frenzy surrounding the release of Star Trek Into Darkness, Chris Pine has revealed where he’ll boldly go next. EW has confirmed that Pine will appear in comedic thriller Stretch, a project that reunites the actor with Joe Carnahan, who directed one of Pine’s earliest films, 2006′s Smokin’ Aces. Patrick Wilson (Watchmen) will star in the new film as a down-on-his-luck chauffeur who drives around a mysterious billionaire to get rid of his debt. Details on Pine’s role have not yet been revealed. [The Wrap]
• Action-thriller The Candy Store has gained some more Oscar-winning talent. »
- Emily Rome
While each new installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has gotten increasingly poor reviews, the movies have continued to be massive box office successes for Disney (particularly in foreign markets, where the movies made more than 65% of their grosses).
So naturally it’s no surprise that the company is forging ahead with Pirates of the Caribbean 5. At the beginning of the year, Terry Rossi’s script was rewritten by Jeff Nathanson (Tower Heist). Now we have word that Disney has several names on a shortlist to direct the film.
According to Deadline, the directors in consideration for the big budget project are Fredrik Bond (The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman), Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki), and Rupert Sanders (Snow White and The Huntsman). Of the options, Sanders ...
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- Rob Frappier
DVD Release Date: July 16, 2013
Price: DVD $45.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
The thriller TV show that debuted on FX got kudos from critics for being smart, engrossing and intense. Close’s lawyer Patty Hawes and Byrne’s protegee Ellen Parsons battled for three seasons on FX then moved to DirecTV for its last two runs.
In the fifth and final season, Patty and Ellen fight it out in court as opposing lawyers in a wrongful death case against a charismatic international cyber hacker (Ryan Phillippe, The Lincoln Lawyer) and a custody battle pitting Patty against her own son.
Guest stars in the fifth season include Jenna Elfman (Friends With Benefits), Michael Gaston (TV’s Last Resort), Janet McTeer (The Woman in Black), Judd Hirsch (Tower Heist) and John Hannah (The Words).
Recently revealed to bear the subtitle "Coven," the third season of FX's "America Horror Story" has today announced, via co-creator Ryan Murphy's Twitter feed, that Oscar-nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe will be joining the cast. Plot specifics for the new episodes are still a mystery, but stars Frances Conroy, Taissa Farmiga, Jessica Lange, Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Lily Rabe are set to return with Kathy Bates also joining the cast as a "rival" to Lange's character. Sidibe, best known for her performance in Precious , has since appeared in films like Tower Heist and Seven Psychopaths as well as a regular on the television series "The Big C." (Photo Credit: Kyle Blair / WENN.com) »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 18, 2013
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Movie 43 might have the distinction of featuring the most movie stars in a film that’s not a documentary about Hollywood.
The comedy stars Hugh Jackman (Real Steel), Justin Long (Going the Distance), Dennis Quaid (The Words), Greg Kinnear (The Kennedys), Emma Stone (Gangster Squad), Kate Winslet (Contagion), Liev Schreiber (Salt), Naomi Watts (Fair Game), Anna Faris (What’s Your Number?), Gerard Butler (Playing For Keeps), Halle Berry (Cloud Atlas), Terrence Howard (The Ledge), Elizabeth Banks (The Next Three Days), Richard Gere (Arbitrage), Kate Bosworth (Straw Dogs), Kristen Bell (Big Miracle), Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses), Josh Duhamel (Life As We Know It), Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction) … Phew!
Universal Pictures chairman Adam Fogelson has been playing nice with national exhibitors ever since he tried to make "Tower Heist" available on VOD three weeks after the theatrical opening back in 2011. The exhibitors pushed back, and Fogelson backed off--for the moment. But he and other studios have been practicing back seat diplomacy ever since in order to try and come to some middle ground with exhibitors, as studios try to recover from declining DVD sales and consumers demand what they want wherever and whenever they want it. The theaters are hanging tough, but it looks like there may be some movement. For one thing the debate came out in the open at my CinemaCon “Meeting the Expectations of Today’s Savvy Moviegoer” 2.0 panel Wednesday. Fogelson carefully stated that theater owners should consider accepting shorter windows with VOD offered at a high price point, but "I don’t know what the answer is. »
- Anne Thompson
Addressing a longstanding complaint from theater owners, Universal Studios chairman Adam Fogelson declared that studios should mimic U’s strategy of releasing major titles all year — rather than opting for just the summer and holidays.
“There are very few reasons why almost any film can’t open any weekend,” he said during Wednesday’s “Meeting the Expectations of Today’s Savvy Moviegoer” at CinemaCon at Ceasars Palace in Las Vegas.
Fogelson said U lacks the “luxury” of having intellectual property-based films that tend to be placed in the prime summer and holiday slots — such as the “Harry Potter” and “Spider-Man” franchises. Instead, he noted Universal has seen outstanding grosses from the past two “Fast and Furious” entries, both of which opened in April with record-setting launch weekends above $70 million and $85 million respectively.
Fogelson cited 2005 horror movie “White Noise” (pictured), which opened on the first weekend in January to $24 million and »
- Dave McNary
Supermodel Kate Upton could play the other woman in the upcoming 20th Century Fox movie "The Other Woman."
The film follows a woman who discovers that her boyfriend is something of a Lothario, and plots with his wife to get revenge on him. "Game of Thrones" star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is slated for the cheating husband/boyfriend, while Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann are up for the girlfriend and wife roles, Variety reports. Upton would play the woman Coster-Waldau's character is cheating with.
Considering Upton's good looks, it's no surprise that she is being considered for the part. It remains to be seen how big a role it is, though, as Upton has limited film experience. She had small parts in 2011's "Tower Heist" and 2012's "The Three Stooges." Fox also distributed "The Three Stooges."
Though he’s still finding financing for his Rick Ross biopic (of the drug dealer and not the bawse we know and love), Nick Cassavetes is loading up his Cameron Diaz-starring romantic comedy “The Other Woman.” Two actors have come on board, one’s a famous model and the other’s somebody you might know. Deadline is reporting that Sports Illustrated cover girl Kate Upton is joining the cast that not only includes Diaz but also Leslie Mann and “Game Of Thrones” actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. This would mark Upton’s third big-screen appearance following “Tower Heist” and last year’s ill-conceived “The Three Stooges” update. Third time’s the charm? It'll likely be her most substantial part to date at any rate. Joining her is one of the Navy Seals seen in “Zero Dark Thirty,” Taylor Kinney. We know what you’re thinking: which Seal was he? Though he »
- Cain Rodriguez
Kate Upton may play the other "Other Woman."
Variety reports that the 20-year-old swimsuit model is in talks to join the upcoming film, "The Other Woman."
Directed by Nick Cassavetes ("The Notebook"), "The Other Woman" tells the story of a man (played by Nikolaj Coster Waldau) who is cheating on his wife (Leslie Mann). The man's mistress (Cameron Diaz) soon finds out that she isn't the only other woman, and teams up with both the man's wife, and his other woman on the side (Upton) to get revenge.
For more, head over to Variety.
- Madeline Boardman
I know what you're probably thinking. Yes, Kate Upton is gorgeous, but does this Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model even act? Actually, Upton has two movies to her credit, having had a bit part in Brett Ratner's Tower Heist, as well as a role in the already forgotten Farrelly Bros. comedy The Three Stooges. But while I don't remember her from the first and never saw the second, I have to admit, Upton seems the perfect pick for this latest role Variety reports she's landed. Penned by buzzed about screenwriter Melissa Stack, The Other Woman has been described as The First Wives Club for a younger audience. Cameron Diaz is set to star as a woman who is horrified to discover her gorgeous boyfriend (Game of Thrones' Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is actually married.and also cheating on her with a new, younger girlfriend. In this plucky dark comedy, »
The Other Woman centres on two women, played by Mann and Diaz, who devise a payback scheme after discovering that they are both being cheated on.
Upton will play the third woman in the love quartet, reports Variety.
The story centers on a scorned woman (Cameron Diaz) who teams up with her boyfriend's wife (Leslie Mann) to get revenge on their man (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), when it is learned he is seeing yet another woman (Kate Upton).
• Tom Cruise is attached to star in an adaptation of Chohel Kamayashi’s Japanese sci-fi series Yukikaze. In the first book, when a porthole to another dimension opens up over Antarctica, hostile aliens (known as the Jam) start pouring through and a special combat force is created to force the Jam back through the porthole. The story revolves around Second Lieutenant Rei Fukai, who must travel solo through the passageway to gather as much information on the Jam as he can. “Yukikaze” refers to the call sign for his fighter plane, his only companion. Warner Bros. acquired the series and »
- Lindsey Bahr
The Tribeca Film Festival have announced the juries for each category of competition. A host of actors, directors and journalists have been selected that include Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Haggis, Josh Radnor, Eva Longoria and Bryce Dallas Howard.
The members selected will be judging the films that fall within their respective categories, and you can check out the list below. Make sure to check back with us for all the latest from Tribeca including reviews, interviews and more! The festival runs from April 17th – April 28th in New York City.
World Competition Categories
The jurors for the 2013 World Narrative Competition are:
Kenny Lonergan: Academy Award®-nominated playwright, filmmaker and screenwriter. Credits include You Can Count On Me,Gangs of New York, and Margaret. His stage credits include Lobby Hero, The Waverly Gallery and This is Our Youth. He is a member of the Naked Angels Theater Company in New York. »
- Damen Norton
The Tribeca Film Festival announced today that it has selected 42 jurors for this year’s festival. The jurors include members of the filmmaking community — including Bryce Dallas Howard, Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Haggis, Taraji P. Henson, Kenneth Lonergan, Eva Longoria, Josh Radnor, and Evan Rachel Wood — as well as policy makers and entertainment business leaders.
According to a press release, the seven juries will award $180,000 in cash and prizes during the Festival (April 17-28). Tribeca All Access (Taa) Creative Promise Awards will award an additional $20,000 — $10,000 for narrative and $10,000 for documentary. All winners will also receive a work of original art by »
- Lanford Beard
McShane will be playing the priest Amphiarus, while Fiennes is slated to portray Eurystheus.
Hercules: The Thracian Wars features Johnson as the mythic strongman, who becomes a mercenary in order to satisfy his need for fighting.
Rattner's Hercules: The Thracian Wars is expected to open on July 25, 2014 in the Us and the UK.
Watch Dwayne Johnson in the trailer for »
It doesn’t have the words “Fast” or “Furious” in the title, which probably explains why Paul Walker’s latest vehicular actioner, “Vehicle 19″ is getting a June 14th release date before it hits VOD and DVD on July 23rd the following month. And oh, by the way, the film is also getting a Premium VOD release on May 16th, a month before the film’s theatrical release. From what I understand, Premium VODs usually cost way more than your standard VOD rental. Universal, for instance, last year offered “Tower Heist” via Premium VOD at $60 a pop. I’m guessing “Vehicle 19″ won’t cost nearly that much. Probably. In any case, check out a second trailer for Paul Walker’s “Vehicle 19″. The gimmick here seems to be that after the initial first few minutes when Walker’s character goes in search of his rental car, the rest of »
Update: Ian McShane Jack the Giant Slayer, Snow White and the Huntsman), John Hurt (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2), Rufus Sewell (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Rebecca Ferguson (upcoming The White Queen), Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love) and Norwegian actor Aksel Hennie will join Dwayne Johnson in Hercules, which will show the Greek hero Not as a demigod but as a human with a godlike reputation. Hercules leads a team of mercenaries on a mission that's not what it seems.
Feb. 12, 2013 - Why overthink it? MGM is making the movie Hercules and is in talks with the world's most obvious choice to play the strongest man ever, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Tower Heist director Brett Ratner is helming the film that is being adapted from the Radical Publishing graphic novel, "Hercules: The Thracian War," which indicates this likely Won't be one of the many kids' movies he makes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
You think you know the story of Hercules? The Rock and Brett Ratner are en route to proving you wrong. The Tower Heist director is helming a new and reportedly grittier take on the Greek myth from the Radical Studios graphic novel that sets up the mighty demigod as a mercenary for hire. Dwayne Johnson will front Hercules in the title role, and previous casting reports revealed Aksel Hennie (Headhunters) and Rufus Sewell (Dark City) will co-star. But with production set to start in a few short weeks, casting is heating up. And this epic's ensemble is growing even more impressive. THR reports that Ian McShane (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love), John Hurt (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson (A One-Way Trip to Antibes) have signed on to the tent pole pic. As this version of the Hercules story has »
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