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For a guy who has made millions upon millions of dollars thanks to the support of Hollywood studios, the constant axe George Lucas has to grind with the system is a bit baffling. Last year, he and pal Steven Spielberg warned that an "implosion" was on the horizon, and raised concerned that their epics "Lincoln" and "Red Tails" had trouble getting made on the studio dime. Meanwhile, Lucas has also warned film students about being lured by the magic and endless possibilities of digital technology, while urging them to stay focused on "the art of the movies." And according to Lucas—the guy who found homes and financing for mega-franchises "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" at 20th Century Fox and Paramount—the big studios are basically the worst. "...the problem has always been the studios,” Lucas told Charlie Rose on "CBS This Morning." "Although the beginning of the studios, the entrepreneurs who. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Last month, we reported that Lakeshore Entertainment is developing a reboot of their Underworld franchise, with screenwriter Cory Goodman (Priest, Apollo 18) coming aboard to write the script. Today, we have word from The Hollywood Reporter that this project is not a reboot at all, with Divergent star Theo James set to reprise his role from 2012's Underworld Awakening as the vampire David.
Theo James' David will be the central character in this new project, which will expand the existing Underworld franchise. Insiders claim that Lakeshore still has an option on the actor due to his work on Underworld Awakening, and he will star alongside two new female characters. Casting is currently under way for those roles, with plans to start shooting this spring.
The latest film from director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love and Basketball, The Secret Life of Bees) will open the 18th annual Urbanworld Film Festival, organizers of the largest competitive multicultural fest said today. Beyond the Lights stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle, Larry Crowne), Nate Parker (Red Tails, The Great Debaters), Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting) and Emmy Award nominee Danny Glover (The Color Purple, Lethal Weapon) in the tale of a rising musician struggling with the pressures of superstardom. Bet Networks and founding sponsor HBO are backers of the fest which will take place September 17-21 in New York. Over 70 films are set to screen this year. Beyond The Lights will screen on September 18 ahead of its November 14 wide release via Relativity, which produced alongside Relativity Sports, Undisputed Cinema and Homegrown Pictures in association with Bet Films. Other highlights of the 2014 slate include a screening of HBO Latino’s Habla Men and »
- The Deadline Team
If you’re a child of the 80s, like myself, then your know all about what makes a good movie about friends. No, forget that Friends TV show and its unrealistic sitcom stereotypes. I’m talking about films like the 1985 classics The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo’S Fire, or Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982) or even Revenge Of The Nerds (1984). We knew what friends on film were all about in the 80s, but whatever happened to that great emotionally-driven, sentimental sub-genre of dramatic comedies?
I have the answer… thank god for filmmaking dynasties. In the tradition of great directors passing the torch to their children, award-winning director Edward Zwick has clearly fostered promising talent in his son Jesse Zwick, whose feature film debut About Alex manages to instill a renewed sense of sentimentality into the friendship dramedy genre. With a youthful voice, writer and director Jesse Zwick recycles what »
- Travis Keune
Without the help of some brave investors, or the pockets of their makers, the following films would never have existed...
It's now a fairly common mantra that you'd be a fool to put up all of your own personal money into a feature film. By all means invest, but share the risk, or throw a few quid at Kickstarter.
Paying for the bulk of the negative/hard drive yourself, and leaving your own assets exposed? Utter lunacy.
Not that anyone told this lot...
For some time, Mel Gibson had, alongside his acting roles, been heavily invested in his production company, Icon. As such, he had two significant ways to earn money, and he needed both of them when it came to making The Passion Of The Christ.
This is the kind of film that studios run a mile from. All »
Most of Lucasfilm's media outreach for Star Wars Rebels antagonists has been directed at The Inquisitor, a red lightsaber-yielding foe that the crew of the Ghost will soon learn is a worth adversary to their rebellious cause. Though The Inquisitor is the main Star Wars Rebels villain, he's definitely not the only.
Meet Star Wars Rebels Agent Kallus, a throwback to the 1970s-era designs that heavily influenced the attire in Star Wars: A New Hope. With mutton chops any razor would fear, Agent Kallus is all business as he seeks to uphold the Emperor's laws as a member of the Imperial Security Bureau (Isb).
Agent Kallus will be voiced by David Oyelowo, a highly sought after actor who has starred in Red Tails, The Butler, Lincoln, and will next be seen in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. Oyelowo describes Kallus' job description is "to basically make sure everyone stays loyal. »
The film traces Hendrix's journey from humble beginnings in Seattle, Washington to becoming one of the most influential guitar players in rock history.
Hayley Atwell portrays Kathy Etchingham, a fixture of the London social scene who became involved with Hendrix.
All Is by My Side is slated to open later this year in the Us and the UK. »
The 40-Year Old Virgin and This Is 40 director Judd Apatow is currently filming his highly secretive new comedy, Trainwreck in New York City. We don’t know much about the film outside of its star-studded cast, but have been speculating that former Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe will have a cameo. New photos from the film’s Bryant Park set have hit the web, all but confirming Radcliffe’s involvement.
As you can see, Radcliffe is walking a dozen dogs and hanging out with Apatow and Marisa Tomei. Apatow, of course, refused to admit anything on Twitter, and instead insisted that Radcliffe was just walking his dogs:
“@danradcliffecom:Dan to cameo in Trainwreck? Read: http://t.co/gGW5o43HIB pic.twitter.com/D2XcNoHeEU” Not true! He was just walking his dogs
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) June 30, 2014
- James Garcia
‘Narrative art’ is defined as something ‘that tells a story, either as a moment in an ongoing story or as a sequence of events unfolding over time’
George Lucas has retired apparently. Having sold his empire to Disney making him wealthier than a barely developed principality with minimal infrastructure, we are now being treated to phase two in the Lucas mid-life crisis.
When I first heard that Norman Rockwell, foremost painter of post war Americana was being placed alongside original Star Wars miniatures and props it made no sense. Rockwell was known for capturing perfect moments in life which told a story or narrative beyond the confines of the frame. How could Lucas have the temerity to place his work alongside that of a real artist?
Informally known as ‘The Lucas Museum of »
- Gary Collinson
It was 2007 and Alicia Keys was singing “Diary” at the Hollywood Bowl when inspiration struck writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love and Basketball) for her new movie Beyond the Lights, the tale of a perfectly packaged pop star, played by Belle’s Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who’s been groomed for stardom from a young age by her overbearing, opportunistic mother (Minnie Driver).
The movie spent years in development while Prince-Bythewood, who helmed 2008′s Secret Life of Bees, argued with Sony Pictures over her lead actress. “The studios wanted a big star, and I wanted the right person for the role,” says Prince-Bythewood, who »
- Nicole Sperling
Last night at a showing of Think Like a Man Too I was thrilled to see a trailer for the upcoming Gina Prince-Bythewood movie Beyond the Lights. It’s the story of the romance between a vulnerable young woman on the brink of pop stardom (Belle breakout actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and Nate Parker (Non-Stop). Hello, sold. But I was already in because of Prince-Bythewood, who wrote and directed one of my favorite romances, 2000′s Love and Basketball. The movie, which stars Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps, just earned snaps in the second season of Orange Is the New Black when, »
- Karen Valby
Looking to draw attention during this year's awards season, Paramount has set a Christmas Day release for the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma that's being directed by Ava DuVernay. The drama will be led by David Oyelowo who will play the civil rights icon. Oyelowo is no stranger to films based on factual events having starred in The Butler, Lincoln, Red Tails, and The Last King Of Scotland. You may recall that Oliver Stone was at one point attached to helm the project »
- Graham McMorrow
Screen Media Films has released the trailer for their upcoming indie About Alex. The film, which has been compared to The Big Chill, stars Aubrey Plaza (Safety Not Guaranteed), Jane Levy (Evil Dead), Max Greenfield (New Girl), Nate Parker (Red Tails), Max Minghella (The Social Network), Jason Ritter (The Big Ask), and Maggie Grace (Taken).
The debut film from writer/director Jesse Zwick, About Alex debuted at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival to some good reviews. The film follows a circle of twenty-something friends who reunite for a weekend away after one of them suffers an emotional breakdown. Despite the group’s best efforts to keep it light and enjoy themselves, a tinderbox of old jealousies, unrequited love, and widening political differences leads to an explosion that, coupled with the flammable combination of drugs, wine, and risotto, cannot be contained. An honest appraisal of adult friendship for our current social media moment, »
- Scott Davis
Actors Demian Bichir, Adrian Grenier and Nate Parker, along with the writing/directing/producing team of Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck and Peter Del Vecho, who earned Oscars for Frozen, will present at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 41st Student Academy Awards on Saturday, June 7, at 6 p.m. at the DGA Theater in Hollywood. The awards ceremony caps a week of industry activities for the 15 student filmmakers from the U.S. and abroad who were selected as winners this year.
Lee, Buck and Del Vecho took home Oscars earlier this year for the Animated Feature Film winner Frozen, the highest-grossing animated film of all time. Along with becoming the first female feature director in the history of the Walt Disney Animation Studios, Lee also wrote the screenplay for Frozen and co-wrote the 2012 Oscar nominee Wreck-it Ralph. Co-director Buck’s other animated feature credits include Pocahontas and Tarzan, and »
- Michelle McCue
Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Expendables 2, The Terminator series) stars as the leader of an elite DEA task force whose members are targeted by a mysterious killer in Sabotage, an edge-of-your-seat action thriller coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack, including Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet and On Demand on July 22, 2014 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Sabotage will also be available on Digital HD on July 8, 2014.
Directed by David Ayer, the acclaimed director of End of Watch and screenwriter of Training Day, Sabotage centers on DEA agent Breacher Wharton (Schwarzenegger), who leads a daring raid on a heavily-armed drug cartel safe house. The raid seems to go off seamlessly, but when the agents involved start turning up dead, everyone is a suspect-even members of their own squad. An explosive tale of loyalty and betrayal that Mark DeCarlo of ABC-tv's Windy City Live calls "a tense, action-packed thrill ride," Chris Parente of »
Adult Swim has unveiled its 2014-15 slate ahead of its upfront presentation next week in NYC, with more than 30 new and returning series, pilots and specials. New additions include live-action comedy series Untitled Triumph/McBrayer Sitcom from Robert Smigel. It features 30 Rock‘s Jack McBrayer as a former child star of a popular Lassie-type series who’s later reunited with his crude but beloved former co-star, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. Also on the schedule is live-action/rotoscope hybrid pilot Dream Corp LLC; Neon Joe Werewolf Hunter from Jon Glaser; and Untitled World Star Hip Project, a live-action single cam comedy pilot from Q WorldStar and Devon Shepard (House Of Lies, MadTV). Related: Adult Swim Greenlights Live-Action Pilot Produced By John Krasinski Previously announced Mike Tyson Mysteries is a new half-hour animated adult comedy series starring Mike Tyson, who takes the fight from the boxing ring to the streets, by solving mysteries. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Time to add some giant beastie action to your Hump Day! On tap right now is an exclusive clip from the remake of the '50s film The Giant Gila Monster, known simply as Gila! Check it out.
From the Press Release
"Rock 'n roll is here to stay" despite the best efforts of a giant gila monster in Polyscope's sci-fi comedy movie Gila!, scheduled for release on DVD this April 22nd.
Based loosely on the 1959 sci-fi classic Giant Gila Monster, the revived Gila! features a ferocious, rampaging giant gila monster, classy hot rods, vintage 50's rock 'n roll music, cute co-eds, fist fights, drag racing, and an all-star cast who rally to defend their small town.
"A perfect 'date night' drive-in movie," says producer Bill Dever. "Family fun with music, action, a very scary monster, and a terrific cast. Inspirational sci-fi horror."
It's not all the monster's fault since »
- Steve Barton
The Tribeca Film Festival announced its jurors for this year’s event, which runs from April 16-27. The list includes Toni Collette, Lake Bell, Whoopi Goldberg, Catherine Hardwicke, Heather Graham, Anton Yelchin, Paul Wesley and 26 other leaders of the filmmaking community.
In addition to the Festival’s main competition juries in seven categories, Tribeca named Delia Ephron, Natasha Lyonne, and Gary Ross to select the second annual Nora Ephron Prize, which awards $25,000 to a female writer or director.
Click below for the entire list of jurors, with biographical information courtesy of the Tribeca festival:
World Competition Categories
The jurors for »
- Jeff Labrecque
It is literally impossible to not have seen the work of Art Sims - the founder of 1124 Design - in the last 25 years if you just even occasionally go to the movies. The Southern California-based advertising and marketing agency has been responsible for cutting edge ad campaigns for many of the most important black and urban themed films and TV productions, such as Red Tails, HBO’s When The Levees Broke, Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X, Mo Better Blues, Love and Basketball, Clockers, and The Color Purple. And Sims and his firm also provided creative presentations for many black and mainstream films, such as Unstoppable, Inside Man, I Am Legend, The Best Man »
"Six seasons and a movie" has been Community fans' rallying cry ever since Abed (Danny Pudi) uttered that now-famous line in a Season 2 episode, while referencing NBC's short-lived series The Cape. But will the movie actually happen? As NBC executives currently mull the fate of Community's sixth and final season, TV Guide reports that Justin Lin (Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6) is being eyed to direct the feature.
Nothing is set in stone at this time, but the directorial choice would make sense, since Justin Lin directed three Season 1 episodes, the popular "paintball" episode "Modern Warfare", "Interpretive Dance" and "Introduction to Statistics".
Even if Justin Lin isn't available, the show has used several other feature directors throughout its five-season run, such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier's Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. The brothers had previously served as executive producers on the series, with the latter directing last »
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