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Skydance Productions is reportedly developing a film based on the legendary and mysterious Caribbean area of the Bermuda Triangle.
Running between the Florida Straits, Bermuda and Puerto Rico, the inexplicable disappearances of planes and ships in the area over the years have been rumored to be due to paranormal or extraterrestrial causes.
The area is hot right now for filmmakers as both Universal and Warner Bros. Pictures are also developing movies about the area. "Ouija" screenwriters Juliet Snowden and Stiles White are presently rewriting the script for the Universal version. There's also another version penned by Dan Kunka which is sitting at Warners and which Charles Roven is slated to produce.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
After the critical failure of 1997’s Batman & Robin, Warner Bros. decided to put Batman on hiatus to figure out what the next big screen adaptation for the Caped Crusader should be. Although Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins eventually reinvigorated the franchise, several ideas were looked at, including a Batman Beyond film, based on the animated series airing on Kids WB at the time. Boaz Yakin, whose writing resume consists of films like Prince of Persia: The Sands Of Time and Now You See Me, worked on the idea, and it sounds like it would been quite the visual spectacle. As Yakin told IGN that, after directing 2000’s Remember The Titans, his agent suggested that he direct another studio movie rather than go do an independent film. Yakin jokingly said that he would want to do a Batman film (he really want he just »
Anne Fontaine’s Gemma Bovery is a cinematic hall of self-referential mirrors. The English actress Gemma Arterton plays Gemma Bovery, an English woman who moves to Normandy with her husband, and whose life begins to echo that of Emma Bovary, the protagonist of Madame Bovary, which the 19th-century French novelist Gustave Flaubert wrote and set in Normandy. Meanwhile, a local baker and literature aficionado, played by Fabrice Luchini, marvels at the fact that the great heroine of his youth appears to have found her reincarnation and is living next door. Life imitates art imitating life imitating art. Got all that?First, the good news: This might be the best performance the real-life Gemma (a.k.a. Arterton) has yet given, broken French and all. The actress is best known for stuff like Quantum of Solace, or Clash of the Titans, or Prince of Persia, or Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, in »
- Bilge Ebiri
6th Update, Tuesday 4:15 Pm: Disney’s Tomorrowland came in slightly higher than what was reported with $42.679M for the 4-day. With a global weekend of $74.7M, the B.O. for Tomorrowland reps anywhere from 39% to 42% of its lofty $180M-$190M budget. Not a good start. Furthermore, among Memorial Day bows, it’s way down there. In fact it’s not that far above Disney’s Memorial day opening clunker Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time, which opened to $37.8M, cost $200M, and… »
Brad Bird's Tomorrowland suffered one of the worst Memorial Day starts in recent memory for an all-audience tentpole, marking a rare miss for an otherwise empowered Disney. The big-budget fantasy adventure, starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson, debuted to $41.7 million in North America over the four-day weekend, the lowest opening for a big-budget tentpole since Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time launched to $37.8 million in 2010. More problematic, Tomorrowland was even weaker overseas, grossing $26.7 million from 65 markets. (In their second weekends, Pitch Perfect 2 and Mad Max: Fury Road
- Pamela McClintock
Remember when Christina Ricci starred opposite a computer-generated array of ghosts in Casper and Mel Gibson donned medieval garb in Braveheart? Those were the two big openers of the 1995 Memorial Day weekend frame 20 years ago – and also the last time this oft-bustling moviegoing weekend failed to see a film hit the $40 million mark. Despite no strong opener over the holiday weekend, making this the lowest-grossing Memorial Day frame since 2001, moviegoers still came out to see a variety of thrilling films, five of which earned more than $20 million over the three days.
In first place was Tomorrowland, an original (and pricey) sci-fi adventure from Disney, which finished with an estimated $32.2 million over its first three days. (The projected four-day estimate is $40.7 million.) That would be a fine start for an original film in summer, but with a $180 million budget, as well as mixed reviews and audience reception (a B CinemaScore), the »
- Jordan Adler
Opening in 3,972 locations Tomorrowland took in a lower than expected $40.7M just beating out Pitch Perfect 2 and its projected $37.9M in what proved to be a drowsy four-day Memorial weekend frame. The Brad Bird/George Clooney collaboration ended up the 22nd biggest Memorial opener of all time, sitting somewhat ignominiously behind 2013's Epic ($42.8M) and ahead of 2010's Prince of Persia: Sands of Time ($37.8M). Without a strong tentpole to anchor it the holiday frame looks to be down 19% Yoy. Internationally Tomorrowland opened in 65 territories (56% of the total available) and made $26.7M for a $58.8M worldwide cume. It opened at the #1 spot in Russia and Mexico, and has yet to open in major markets such as Spain, Australia, China, Japan, Korea and Brazil. Still, it's not the greeting that Disney received for its other attraction-based film, Pirates of the Caribbean, whose third film in the series, At World's End, »
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The great thing about being Robert De Niro is that any project you want to make will eventually get off the ground, even if based on your star power alone. Such is the case with The Comedian, an Art Linson-scribed drama that De Niro has been trying to make for years, first with Martin Scorsese then with Sean Penn. Now, the two-time Oscar winner is finally moving ahead with the project, having secured Donnie Brasco helmer Mike Newell to sit behind the camera.
De Niro will portray an accomplished insult comic, possibly inspired by Don Rickles. Linson previously penned Hollywood satire What Just Happened (which De Niro starred in), and he’ll also be producing here. Interestingly enough, the stand-up material was written by Jeffrey Ross, best known for his digs during Comedy Central and Friars Club celebrity roasts.
2015 is proving to be an unusually fruitful year for the veteran actor, »
- Isaac Feldberg
De Niro is repped by CAA. Newell is repped by Wme and Independent Talent.
The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.
- Dave McNary
From the creator of Assassin's Creed, Patrice Desilets, comes Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey...
"I always make the same game," jokes Patrice Desilets during his presentation at the Reboot Develop conference in Croatia.
You may not have heard of Desilets, but you've probably played one of his games: since 1997, he's been making things like Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time and Donald Duck: Goin' Quackers. In 2007, he directed the original Assassin's Creed, a game initially commissioned as a Prince Of Persia sequel but quickly became its own franchise, and also its hugely successful sequels Assassin's Creed II and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.
Desilets parted with Ubisoft in 2013, and after a couple of years spent on a game now on hold - Amsterdam 1666 - he's back with a new indie studio called Panache Digital Games.
The Montreal-based studio, he's announced, is working on its first game: Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey.
Ubisoft have released the first of their Assassin’s Creed spin-off titles. Taking on the role of Shao Jun as the last remaining assassin of the Chinese Brotherhood you find yourself in 16th century China with the sole aim of avenging your fallen brothers.
Did I mention that Shao Jun had been trained by Ezio Auditore?
The combination of pastel and watercolour art styles makes for a very attractive look and there certainly can’t be anything wrong with having a similar feel to the old gaming styles of such platforming puzzling classics as Prince of Persia or Flashback.
- Andrew Newton
This spring, let your imagination run free. Sci-fi fantasy and comic book fans will have the chance to embark on a unique journey beyond space, time and known worlds that await us when the highly celebrated live-action, sci-fi anthology Metal Hurlant Chronicles: The Complete Series debuts for the first time on Blu-ray™ and DVD on April 14, 2015 from Shout! Factory. This highly anticipated home entertainment collection will be available at Walmart stores nationwide and at Amazon.com
Visionary writer-director Guillaume Lubrano brings his faithful, well-crafted adaption of the world renowned comics anthology Métal Hurlant (also known internationally as Heavy Metal Magazine) to live-action with a star-studded cast including Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner), Scott Adkins (Expendables 2) Michael Biehn (Aliens), Kelly Brook (Piranha 3D), David Belle (Prince of Persia), John Rhys-Davies (Raiders of the Lost Ark), Joe Flanigan (Stargate: Atlantis), James Marsters (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Dominique Pinon (Alien: Resurrection), Michelle Ryan »
- Robert Greenberger
A new trilogy of Assassins is headed to our screen this year, with the first arriving this month...
Ubisoft's promise to deliver more Assassin's Creed than we can shake all manner of swords, hidden blades, and hoodies at is certainly holding true, as Assassin's Creed: Chronicles has been announced.
This new trilogy isn't following in the footsteps of the main series, however, and is instead a 2.5D side scroller that looks very similar in many ways to classic title, Prince Of Persia (which was actually what the first Assassin's Creed was going to be – true story).
The games will star three assassins, each hailing from a different country and time period. There's Shao Jun, who stalks her prey in China during 1526 towards the end of the Ming dynasty. Second is Arbaaz Mir, an Indian assassin who operates during 1841 and the tense situation between the Sikh Empire and the East India Company. »
For every Harry Potter or Hunger Games series, there are those franchises that didn't quite set the world on fire...
Since Insurgent came out, I’ve been thinking about those less fortunate: the franchise wannabes. While Divergent may have succeeded financially, (a film that rode on the coat-tails of the even more lucrative The Hunger Games franchise) there are others who didn’t quite make it into the movie world’s big leagues. These are the franchise-starters that flopped, the films produced with the optimistic hope that they will bring in the readies and kick-start Hollywood’s latest franchise. Worse luck for them, really.
For the sake of simplicity, this list will zero in on Ya franchise-starters, films adapted from a young adult novel or with that audience in mind. There are plenty of more mature films that struggled such as Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time, The A-Team »
Pim Razenberg on the future of franchising…
Around the start of the new millennium a change occurred in Hollywood; a change that had been brewing for a while. The production of cinematic sequels to popular movies proved to warrant a strong outcome at the box office and studios were looking for ways to exploit their sequels in a more effective manner.
Without further warning, 2001’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring broke all box office conventions. Due to their immense success, the concept of “media franchises” dawned on the world, giving new meaning to the business term “franchise”. Hollywood’s adaptation of the term – their substitution for the then more common term “(film) series” – indicated a fusion between media and merchandise aimed for longevity. Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings proved that producing movies and sequels »
- Gary Collinson
Video game based movies have yet to be good, but some are less bad than others. Here is our list of the best movies based on video games so far.
In relation to books or plays, video games are a relatively new media from which to adapt a movie. As a result, filmmakers have yet to really understand what it takes to make a good video game based film. Unlike a book or play, there’s usually a limited character-based story from which a plot can be derived. Furthermore, as an adaptation of a video game, the film should at least attempt to recreate the feel and tone of the game. This typically means more action and emphasis on visuals than on characters or story. There’s only so much screen time in a feature length film, and finding that ideal balance between story and excitement is difficult to accomplish. »
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Watch the Oscar nominees talk to Digital Spy
11 amazing facts about the Academy Awards
It's that time again! For the fourth year running we're celebrating the snubbed and overlooked, the too commercial or not commercial enough, with Digital Spy's alternative Oscars.
Many great movies missed out on an Academy Awards nominations in 2015, so read on below to see who we think are the best of the rest.
And the Alternative Oscar goes to... Nightcrawler!
Buoyed by sensational performances from Jake Gyllenhaal (sociopathic as Lou Bloom) and Rene Russo and a moody James Newton Howard soundtrack, this story of ruthless ambition and fluctuating media morality says »
The fifth film in Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" series has begun filming. Here's the press release the company issued today to celebrate the news which also includes a detailed new synopsis. Here's the press release in full:
Queens Land, Australia (February 18, 2015) – Production has commenced on location in Australia on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' epic comedy adventure "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning ("Kon-Tiki"), the fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise inspired by the classic Disney Theme Parks attraction, which has reaped $3.7 billion in worldwide box office.
"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia.
Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying »
- Garth Franklin
Production has commenced on location in Australia on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ epic comedy adventure Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning (“Kon-Tiki”), the fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise inspired by the classic Disney Theme Parks attraction, which has reaped $3.7 billion in worldwide box office.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia.
Johnny Depp returns to his iconic, Academy Award-nominated role of Captain Jack Sparrow, one of the most beloved characters in motion picture history, newly joined by Oscar winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Skyfall”), rising young stars Kaya Scodelario (“The Maze Runner,” British television’s “Skins”) and Brenton Thwaites (“Maleficent,” “The Giver”) and Golshifteh Farahani (“The Patience Stone,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings”).
Rejoining the action are Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa, »
- Michelle McCue
Production has commenced on location in Australia on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' epic comedy adventure Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning (Kon-Tiki), the fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise inspired by the classic Disney Theme Parks attraction, which has reaped $3.7 billion in worldwide box office. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia.
Johnny Depp returns to his iconic, Academy Award-nominated role of Captain Jack Sparrow, one of the most beloved characters in motion picture history, newly joined by Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Skyfall), rising young stars Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner, British television's Skins) and Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent, The Giver) and Golshifteh Farahani (The Patience Stone, Exodus: Gods and Kings). Rejoining the action are Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa, »
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