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Composer John Powell Talks How To Train Your Dragon 2 & His New Oratorio

1 December 2014 12:29 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

In June 2014, moviegoers traveled to the village of Berk once again in How To Train Your Dragon 2. The film’s composer, John Powell, recently won Best Score – Animated Film for the movie at 5th Annual Hollywood Music in Media Awards.

Powell has scored films including Antz, Chicken Run, Shrek, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and X-Men: The Last Stand and has frequently collaborated with directors Doug Liman and Paul Greengrass, on films including the Bourne trilogy, United 93 and Green Zone.

His infectious score for How To Train Your Dragon earned him his first Academy Award nomination. Powell has also lent his voice to the score of Dr. SeussThe Lorax, and Ice Age 4: Continental Drift. Most recently, audiences heard his music on the scores to Rio 2, directed by Carlos Saldanha, as well as the Dragon 2 sequel.

With the latest adventures of Hiccup and Toothless released on DVD in November, »

- Michelle McCue

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New York Film Critics Circle votes 'Boyhood' best film of the year

1 December 2014 10:21 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The New York Film Critics Circle held its annual vote today, "first!" among the critics groups to announce and firing the latest in a series of "starting guns" for the season. (Truly, where does it all really "begin" anymore?) And the big, hardly surprising winner? Richard Linklater's "Boyhood." The 12-year opus also took awards for Best Director and Best Supporting Actress. The only other film to land multiple wins was "The Immigrant," interestingly enough, which shared Marion Cotillard in the Best Actress arena with "Two Days, One Night" and also took the organization's cinematography prize. Curiously lost in the mix was Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman," but it's entirely possible the La critics right that ship next week. I'm expecting Best Film and Best Actor wins there, but we'll see. Ditto Ava DuVernay's "Selma," which was beloved by a number of critics but still didn't find room. In »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Paul Greengrass to Direct George Orwell’s 1984

20 November 2014 8:11 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four is once again getting a feature film adaptation. The project is set up at Sony Pictures, and they’ve hired director Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips) to adapt it for the big screen. 

The first film adaptation was released in 1956, but most people remember the version that starred John Hurt, which was released in the year 1984. That was a great movie, and I’m curious to see what Greengrass’ vision of this story will be.

The story is set in a world where, due to a constant war, state surveillance is everywhere. The novel introduced the term “Big Brother” to the world, and the themes of the book have caught up with us as it’s a reflection of the modern day controversy of drones, CCTV, phone hacking, and government infringement of privacy laws.

The script is being written by James Graham, and »

- Joey Paur

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Paul Greengrass to adapt George Orwell’s 1984

20 November 2014 1:57 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Paul Greengrass, the director of politically-charged films like The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, United 93, and Green Zone has set his sights on the mmack daddy of them all: George Orwell’s seminal dystopian novel 1984. 

According to Deadline, Greengrass is attached to direct the film, which is taking shape at Sony from producers Scott Rudin and Gina Rosenbaum. The script will be written by James Graham.

There’s no word on when Greengrass will get around to 1984; he’s got a full slate of projects at any given time, and will next be teaming back up with Matt Damon for Bourne 5. 

The post Paul Greengrass to adapt George Orwell’s 1984 appeared first on Flickering Myth. »

- James Garcia

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Boston Marathon Bombing Film Scribes Say It’s Not Too Soon For Heroic Tale Of Historic City’s Fight Against Terror

18 November 2014 2:51 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, the scribes behind the Boston-based hero tale The Fighter and the currently shooting The Finest Hours, tell me after their newly minted CAA reps sold to Fox their feature script Boston Strong that director Daniel Espinosa plans to have his cameras filming at the Boston Marathon next April. That is the site of the infamous 2013 bombing that killed three and injured 264 others. The film will chronicle the heroic efforts of a city which rallied from an unimaginable tragedy to trap the perpetrators after a manhunt, killing one in a shootout and gravely injuring another and finding him after the city was cordoned off.

Most stories about heroic acts in tragedies are told when some time has passed, usually way more than two years. The script by the writers that Disney is now shooting, The Finest Hours, took place in 1952, when the Coast Guard made a »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Safe House Director Daniel Espinosa May Helm Marathon Bombing Drama Boston Strong for Fox; Casey Affleck Departs

18 November 2014 2:02 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The Boston Marathon bombing drama has found a director and a studio, but it’s lost its star.  Variety reports that 20th Century Fox has acquired Boston Strong, which is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge, with Safe House director Daniel Espinosa in talks to take the helm.  Casey Affleck was previously attached to star when it was looking for a studio home, but his deal eventually fell apart.  The Fighter scribes Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy penned the script, which follows the massive manhunt for the two men responsible for the tragic Boston bombing in 2013.  More after the jump. News of these developments for Boston Strong comes via Variety, which adds that EOne Television was originally developing the project as a miniseries before those plans fell apart.  No reason is given for Affleck’s departure, but he was certainly a draw to the film. »

- Adam Chitwood

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How To Train Your Dragon 2 Composer John Powell Nominated for 2 Hollywood Music in Media Awards

29 October 2014 6:36 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

John Powell has received two Hollywood Music in Media Award nominations for DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2. Powell is nominated for Best Score – Animated Film and Best Song – Animated Film for “Where No One Goes,” his collaboration with Sigur Ros lead singer Jónsi.

The Hollywood Music in Media Awards will be held at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood on November 4th, 2014.

The How To Train Your Dragon 2 soundtrack is available on Relativity Records. The DVD will be available on November 11, 2014.

The film crossed the $600,000,000 global mark over the Labor Day weekend in September. A record-breaking opening in China coupled with phenomenal success in territories around the world catapulted Dragon 2 to become the highest grossing animated film of the year and one of the top ten grossing films of the year in any genre.

How To Train Your Dragon 3 is scheduled for a June 9, 2017 release »

- Michelle McCue

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Paul Greengrass to Explore 'The Tunnels' in Real-Life Escape Drama

27 October 2014 12:43 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

As a fan of Paul Greengrass, the more I think about it, I think tend to take him for granted, given he's not necessarily a director whose works I actively anticipate. I enjoy his brand of political thrillers, and no matter the artistic liberties within his true-life films -- United 93 and Captain Phillips -- they are movies I find legitimately tense and thrilling. Greengrass is reportedly returning to the Bourne franchise in the near future alongside Matt Damon, but that's not the only project he has in the works. Per Variety, Greengrass is attached to direct The Tunnels, described as "the true story of a great escape before the Berlin Wall fell in 1989." The film is based on a book proposal by author Greg Mitchell, and is said to focus on a group of West Germans attempting to get their loved ones out of East Berlin with the unlikely help of American news networks. »

- Jordan Benesh

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Paul Greengrass To Direct Another Based-On-True-Events Thriller, This Time About The Berlin Wall

27 October 2014 10:09 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Gritty action maestro and shaky-cam aficionado Paul Greengrass is no stranger to gripping thrillers based on real-life events. His brutally realistic retelling of the United 93 hijacking during 9/11, appropriately titled “United 93,” didn’t make much of a splash at the box-office in 2006, perhaps because it did too good of a job recreating the tragedy surrounding the event, and audiences weren’t ready to be emotionally devastated as such a mere five years after the Twin Towers fell. Even though its authenticity has been called into question by people who lived through the actual hijacking it was based on, last year’s Somalian pirate hostage drama “Captain Phillips” was a gripping ride with a powerhouse performance by Tom Hanks. And let’s not forget 2002’s excellent “Bloody Sunday,” about the 1972 massacre of Irish protestors by British troops. Greengrass is ready to helm another thriller based on real events, as he »

- Oktay Ege Kozak

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Paul Greengrass Directing Berlin Wall Drama ‘The Tunnels’ (Exclusive)

24 October 2014 5:20 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

FilmNation Entertainment has acquired film rights to Greg Mitchell’s book proposal for Berlin Wall drama “The Tunnels” and attached “Captain Phillips” director Paul Greengrass to helm.

Mark Gordon (“The Messenger,” “Saving Private Ryan”) will produce the escape drama with FilmNation, which is continuing to amplify its production and financing activity on high-profile projects.

“The Tunnels” is the untold true story of a great escape before the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. The story focuses on a group of West Germans trying to get their loved ones out of East Berlin, with the unlikely help of American news networks, who funded their expedition.

The deal was brokered by Aaron Ryder and Alison Cohen on behalf of FilmNation, and CAA.

“Finding an untold true story of this caliber is such a rarity,” Ryder said. “Greg’s proposal will make for a very human and cinematic experience. We have no doubt that Mark »

- Dave McNary

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David Alan Basche Tells Us His 5 Favorite Movies Featuring Sitcom Stars

21 October 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Each year, the All American High School Film Festival selects the best short films from student filmmakers across the country and showcases them for attendees at its annual, New York City-based festival. Moviefone is proud to call itself a partner of the festival, and this year, "The Exes" star David Alan Basche will be a judge and a presenter.

Basche has an extensive career in film, appearing most notably in "War of the Worlds" (2005) and "United 93" (2006). Today, however, the actor stars on the TV Land series "The Exes," a comedy about a group of divorced friends who try to get back to the single life. With a career that spans both TV and film, Basche was the perfect person to give us 5 awesome movies with sitcom stars.

Check out the five picks below, complete with Basche's commentary!

From October 24 - 26, the 2014 All American High School Film Festival will celebrate »

- Moviefone Staff

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The Past, Present, and Future of Real-Time Films Part Four

17 October 2014 8:01 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Digital Era: Real-time Films From 2000 To Today

40 years before, in 1960, lighter cameras enabled a cinéma vérité-flavored revolution in street realism. By 2000, new digital cameras suggested a whole new set of promises, including telling stories that would have been unimaginable within minimum budgets for features even ten years before. In 2000, film purists warned that digital still didn’t look as good as celluloid, but that didn’t stop at least three innovative filmmakers from boldly going where no filmmaker had gone before. Mike Figgis’ Timecode (2000) was the first star-supported (Salma Hayek, Stellan Skarsgard, Holly Hunter, among many others) single-shot project since Rope, underlining that earlier film’s timelessness. If Run Lola Run could do one story three times, then Timecode would do three or four stories one time: the movie is four separate ninety-minute shots shown all at the same time, each in one quadrant of the screen. Where do you look? »

- Daniel Smith-Rowsey

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15 Movie Characters Who Look Nothing Like They Did In Real Life

26 September 2014 11:38 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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There’s nothing the movie industry loves more than a true story. You can pour over comic books or jet off into space all you want, but few things can match just how crazy the real world can get.

This naturally creates a problem that can be less of an issue in totally made up movies; authenticity. There’s an added pressure to make period dressing accurate and, rather than picking an actor based on a character description and maybe a concept sketch, the film’s team have to cast someone can at least skew moderately close to a fully existing person.

Sometimes you may see a real person actually play themselves. United 93 had various people, most prolifically Faa National Operations Manager Ben Sliney, cast as themselves in a recreation of the September 11 terrorist attacks. That’s not really feasible much of the time, with various »

- Alex Leadbeater

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The Strain – Episode 11 Review

24 September 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

As we venture down into the tunnels for episode eleven ‘The Strain’ attempts to get back on track…..

I love a bit of subtext. That’s no euphemism, just a desire for something more from my television entertainment. To say that The Strain has provided more than its fair share of peaks and troughs is stating the obvious. If I were to take that further, which it seems only fair to attempt, one might suggest that disappointment and elation are bi weekly bed fellows. As the makers continually attempt to provide original drama one week or offer up a shallow ‘no brainer’ another, things are becoming more difficult to judge fairly.

For those who remember 9/11 there seems little need to open up a wound, which for many represents a landmark in history rather than an allegorical reference point. Examples of film tackling it range from Oliver Stone’s World Trade »

- Gary Collinson

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Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass in Talks for New 'Bourne' Movie

15 September 2014 4:55 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass just may have another Bourne movie up their sleeve. Despite months of denials, and months of rumors, sources say Damon and Greengrass are indeed talking to Universal about bringing the amnesiac assassin back to the big screen. And here’s the kicker: Greengrass would not only direct, but also write the script. (The Bourne trilogy was written by Tony Gilroy, among a handful of others scribes, and this would be the first time Greengrass, who wrote United 93 and directed the second and third Bourne installments, will have a hand in penning the adventures.) If a deal

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Paul Greengrass to Direct Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in New Movie

12 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Paul Greengrass is looking to diect Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in a new film set up at Fox that tells the true story of a security guard named Richard Jewell. The movie is based on a 1997 Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner called "The Ballad Of Richard Jewell."

Hill is playing Jewell, who was the security guard that discovered a backpack full of explosives in the Olympics compound at the 1996 Atlanta games. "Initially hailed a hero for reporting the suspicious knapsack and then helping clear bystanders from the area before it exploded, Jewell was subsequently vilified just three days later as a potential suspect, his life and reputation torn apart in the advent of the 24 hour news cycle."

Leonardo DiCaprio is set to play a lawyer described as "a Southern attorney who mostly did real estate closings and seemed in over his head, but he guided Jewell through a »

- Joey Paur

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Paul Greengrass May Direct Hill & DiCaprio's Olympic Bombing Drama

11 September 2014 10:53 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Back towards the beginning of the year, we learned that The Wolf of Wall Street stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill would team up again for The Ballad of Richard Jewell, a story based on a Vanity Fair article about the security guard who discovered an explosive laden backpack at the 1996 Olympics compound in Atlanta and cleared bystanders, only to be turned on when he was labeled a potential suspect three days after being called a hero. The film is set up at 20th Century Fox and now Deadline reports United 93 and The Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass is circling the director's chair. More below! The project would reteam Greengrass with his Captain Phillips screenwriter Billy Ray, who has already adapted the 1997 article by Marie Brenner, and would make for quite the Oscar contender when the time comes. As previously reported, Hill would play the lead role of Jewell »

- Ethan Anderton

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Paul Greengrass set for American Nightmare with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill

11 September 2014 10:51 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After their huge critical and box-office acclaim opposite each other in The Wolf of Wall Street from Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill are set to re-team on American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell, a film based on the life of Richard Jewell, a American security guard who became a suspect in the Olympic Park bombing.

Today, Deadline reports that the project may have found its director in the shape of Paul Greengrass (United 93, Captain Phillips). The siet suggests that Greengrass is circling the film, but no deal has been made as of yet.

Based on the Vanity Fair article of the same name by Marie Brenner, the film will feature Hill as Jewell, whose life is thrown into turmoil following allegations of his involvement in the disaster. DiCaprio, meanwhile, will play his lawyer. Jewell was eventually exonerated, but not at the expense of an investigation that, »

- Scott Davis

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'Bourne' Director To Team With DiCaprio and Hill For Richard Jewell Film

11 September 2014 9:55 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Deadline is reporting that Paul Greengrass, best known for his work taking the Bourne series to new heights after a so-so first film, is in talks to helm a movie that Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have been looking to make for a while now. I reported several months ago that DiCaprio and Hill, fresh off their well-received onscreen pairing in The Wolf of Wall Street, were looking to work together again and had chosen the real-life story of disgraced security guard Richard Jewell as their next project. 

The film will be based on an article from Vanity Fair called The Ballad of Richard Jewell and tells the sickening story of how Jewell, a security guard that helped quell a terrorist attack at the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta, was turned into a prime suspect and object of ridicule by the news media despite being innocent. What happened to Jewell would »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Reflecting On Our Future: How a Tom Cruise Movie Predicted 9/11

11 September 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Picture yourself in a New York City movie theater. It’s December 14, 2001. The film you’re watching is Vanilla Sky, a sci-fi fantasy from director Cameron Crowe and Tom Cruise, who delighted the world with Jerry Maguire a few years earlier. You are probably not enjoying yourself (it received a D- on Cinemascore) and as the film nears its twisty, trippy conclusion, your mind might be drifting towards more actionable realities, like which subway line to take home or what to eat for dinner. But then you come to the final scene, and you immediately snap to attention. You watch Cruise stand atop the tallest building in New York at dawn and willfully leap. He falls past endless office windows, braces for impact and hits the pavement. It’s hard to imagine any New Yorker watching this scene and not immediately flashing back to the events that occurred just three months prior, when »

- Noah Gittell

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