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Watch: The Future of Acting in the Technological Age

25 May 2015 6:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In the 2013 film "The Congress," Hollywood studios digitally scan actors and then make films starring computer-generated characters. It's a futuristic vision that is, in fact, happening on a much smaller scale right now as advancements in 3D scanning, motion capture and digital rendering are blurring the line between human and hologram. Read More: How 3D Printing Has Revolutionized Stop-Motion Animation for Laika In its first episode of The Creators Project's new series "ReForm," we meet researchers such as Paul Debevec, who is introducing the world to the concept of the 3D actor with "Digital Ira," which he's created in collaboration with Activision. Actor Stephen Lang, who played the villainous Colonel Quaritch in James Cameron's "Avatar," explains what it's like to see your 3D replica. "They’re able to capture all of your expressions, 360 degrees, all the follicles of your hair and everything, so it can basically »

- Paula Bernstein

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What the 'Transformers' writers room means about the new shape of Hollywood

20 May 2015 6:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

So that's what the Transformers writer's room is going to look like, eh? While I don't tally the worth of a writer based on how many news stories they break, I will admit that I was deeply irritated when the story was first written about the notion of Akiva Goldsman spearheading a team of writers to develop "Transformers" sequels. I'd been tipped about it a few weeks earlier, and I was trying to get a second source I trusted, either at the studio or on the agency side of things. I pushed, and while I was sure the story was right, I couldn't run it. Excruciating. Part of my hesitance was that I didn't want to be wrong on a story like that because it's a threat more than anything. Goldsman and Bay breaking story together? Holy cow. Now Deadline's got a list of names they say are the final hires, »

- Drew McWeeny

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Transformers Sequels and Spinoffs Land Robert Kirkman, Zak Penn, and More

20 May 2015 3:33 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

As if movies weren't being treated like TV episodes enough, Paramount Picture recently set into motion a plan to put together a “writer’s room” for its Transformers series. The braintrust of Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura set screenwriter/producer Akiva Goldsman to oversee a group of writers that would develop ideas and scripts for Transformers sequels and spinoffs, and now that writers room has been set. Per Deadline, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Punisher: War Zone scribes Art Marcum & Matt Holloway, The Incredible Hulk screenwriter Zak Penn, and Lost alum Jeff Pinkner will fill out the roster of Goldsman’s Transformers team. Somewhat tellingly, both Kirkman and Pinkner have deep ties to the television world (Kirkman now has two Walking Dead shows at AMC), though Pinkner made the leap to feature films with last year’s Amazing Spider-Man 2. Penn also has strong ties to genre material, »

- Adam Chitwood

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'Star Wars' writer Lawrence Kasdan tells it like it is: Blockbuster movies are getting too long

19 May 2015 3:37 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" was beloved by fans, critically praised, won 11 Oscars and featured some truly stunning battlefield sequences, but I'll always remember it for being a butt-numbing 3 hours and 21 minutes long. There's no excuse for that! I was crying by the end of that movie. Crying because I never thought it would end. Let's face it: blockbuster movies are getting too long, and the worst offenders in this regard include such A-list directors as Christopher Nolan ("The Dark Knight Rises" at 165 minutes), Michael Bay ("Transformers: Age of Extinction" at 165 minutes) and James Cameron ("Avatar" at 161 minutes and can you imagine how long those sequels are going to be?). Thankfully, we have a high-profile savior in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, who promises that the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel won't represent a cinematic endurance test in a new interview »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Refn's "Neon Demon" To Shoot At 60Fps?

17 May 2015 5:52 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Several years ago Peter Jackson attempted to test public reaction to higher frame rates with special screenings of the first "The Hobbit" film. Running at a higher 48 frames-per-second as compared to the usual 24, the effect solved some of the problems of 3D but resulted in a Very mixed reaction from audiences.

Outside of Jackson's trilogy though, not many other filmmakers have dared to try it. James Cameron intends to use 48Fps for the "Avatar" sequels, whilst Ang Lee is currently filming his drama "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" which will run at a whopping 120Fps.

Now, "Drive" and "Only God Forgives" filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn is having a go with word that his new film "The Neon Demon" will be at least partly shot at 60Fps. The news comes from a photo that landed on Instagram this week (via Final Reel):

Natasha Braier ("The Rover") serves as cinematographer on »

- Garth Franklin

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Nicolas Winding Refn Goes 60 fps For 'The Neon Demon'

16 May 2015 6:06 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Here we go again. Peter Jackson was the first filmmaker to test the waters of higher frame rates on a major scale with "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." And the response wasn't great, with many complaining the super high resolution had the alternate effect of making the detailed special effects extravaganza look distractingly cheap, having the opposite effect of taking viewers out of the movie, rather than immersing them in it. But filmmakers are tickled by the possibilities. James Cameron is promising to with 48 fps for his "Avatar" sequels, Ang Lee is currently shooting his drama "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" in 120 fps and 3D, and now it would appear Nicolas Winding Refn is getting in the game. The film's co-star Jena Malone hit Instagram this past week with a clapperboard from "The Neon Demon." A pretty normal thing, right? However, as she notes with hashtag #improbablygonnagetintroubleforthis? a quick glimpse reveals that the. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'The Blob' Remake Lands Samuel L. Jackson

14 May 2015 8:28 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The long-gestating remake of The Blob is starting to come together quite nicely. Shortly after confirming Simon West as the director, Pascal Degove, Managing Director of Goldcrest Films have announced today that Samuel L. Jackson will headline the cast of this sci-fi thriller, a remake of the 1958 sci-fi classic about a killer alien that oozes it's way through a small town. The Blob shoots this fall with more casting announcements sure to follow shortly.

Samuel L. Jackson is playing a biochemistry professor attempting to thwart the other-worldly predator discovered deep within the earth. Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten will produce alongside Jack Harris, the 96-year-old producer of the original 1958 The Blob, Judith Parker Harris, and Taewon Chung. Goldcrest Films, representing global sales and distribution, launched the film to distributors at the Efm earlier this year to plenty of buzz and has already secured deals in Germany, Italy, China, Latin America, »

- MovieWeb

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The Blob Remake Casts Samuel L. Jackson

14 May 2015 7:10 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Once you’re absorbed by its terror, you can’t scream. We'll see if Samuel L. Jackson can avoid the slimy grasp of the galaxy's most feared gelatinous alien, as it's been revealed that the veteran actor will star in Goldcrest Films' remake of 1958's The Blob.

According to ScreenDaily, Jackson will star in The Blob remake as "a biochemistry professor attempting to thwart the other-worldly predator discovered deep within the earth." The film begins shooting this fall with Simon West (The Expendables 2, Con Air) in the director's chair.

Linking the upcoming remake to the original, Jack Harris, the producer of 1958's The Blob, will be one of the executive producers of the remake. Also producing the project are Richard Saperstein (Se7en, The Mist) and Brian Witten (Final Destination, 2009's Friday the 13th), both of whom have been behind strong horror genre offerings from the last two decades. They »

- Derek Anderson

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Samuel L. Jackson joins Simon West’s 'The Blob'

13 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Pulp Fiction star boards in-demand thriller remake.

Samuel L. Jackson has signed on to play in Simon West’s (Con Air) remake of 1958 cult classic The Blob, which is due to shoot this fall with additional casting due to be announced shortly.

The sci-fi thriller follows the mayhem caused by an alien life form that threatens a small town.

Jackson will play a biochemistry professor attempting to thwart the other-worldly predator discovered deep within the earth.

Goldcrest, which is shopping the film in Cannes, has reportedly seen strong demand for the film in key territories.

Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten will produce along with Jack Harris, the 96-year-old producer of the original 1958 film, Judith Parker Harris, and Tae Won Chung.

Goldcrest Post will be providing picture and sound post production services and visual effects under supervisor Chris Haney (Avatar). 

Director West said: “I have been waiting to work with Samuel L. Jackson my whole career. He is »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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James Caan and Keir Gilchrist to headline thriller The Waiting

12 May 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

James Caan (The Godfather), Keir Gilchrist (It Follows) and Logan Miller (Night Moves) have signed on to star in the indie thriller The Waiting.

The film will be directed by Kasra Farahani, who will make his feature directorial debut, having previously worked as a production and art director on the likes of Avatar and Thor.

The Waiting is scripted by Jefferson Richard and Mark Bianculli and is set scheduled to start shooting later this month in Los Angeles..

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- Scott J. Davis

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‘Avatar’s’ Stephen Lang Joins AMC’s ‘Into the Badlands,’ Returns to ‘Salem’ (Exclusive)

12 May 2015 4:10 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Avatar” villain Stephen Lang has been cast in a recurring role on the upcoming AMC show “Into the Badlands” and he’s also about to be resurrected for the second season of Wgn America’s hit genre series “Salem,” TheWrap has learned. “Into the Badlands” is a genre-bending martial arts series loosely based on the classic Chinese tale “Journey to the West.” Set in a land controlled by feudal barons, the story follows a ruthless, well-trained warrior named Sunny (Daniel Wu) and a young boy named M.K. (Aramis Knight) who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment. »

- Jeff Sneider

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"Center Stage" Turns 15 -- See What the Cast Looks Like Now!

12 May 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

"Cooper, you're an amazing dancer, and you're a great choreographer, but as a boyfriend... you kinda suck" -- if you remember Jody Sawyer's classic line, you can call yourself a "Center Stage" fan. It's hard to believe it's been 15 years since Jody (Amanda Schull) danced into our hearts (and all over he ex-boyfriend's heart!) in the 2000 teen drama about ballet life at the fictitious American Ballet Academy. The film was filled with steamy love triangles and well-choreographed dance moves, as well as an epic finale to "Canned Heat" by Jamiroquai.  In honor of the film's 15th anniversary, toofab is taking a look back at the cast to see what they've been doing since the movie's big screen debut.   So, where is Jody now? Schull has had success on the small screen, landing recurring roles on "One Tree Hill," "Pretty Little Liars" and "Suits." She currently stars as virologist Cassandra Railly on Syfy's new series, »

- tooFab Staff

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Production Starts On James Caan Thriller The Waiting

11 May 2015 1:44 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Star Thrower Entertainment, Ball and Chain Productions and Anonymous Content will partner on The Waiting, a thriller to be directed by Kasra Farahani, starring James Caan (The Godfather, Misery, Elf), Logan Miller (Scouts Vs Zombies, Night Moves, The Stanford Prison Experiment) and Keir Gilchrist (It Follows, It’S Kind Of A Funny Story, “United States of Tara”).

Farahani’s short film Noon was optioned within 24 hours of its release by 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment where it is currently in feature development.

Speaking about their film, Co-founders of Star Thrower Entertainment Tim White and Trevor White said, “Mark and Jeff have crafted an excellent script that seamlessly combines elements of a riveting thriller and fascinating character study. This script, together with Kasra’s elegant vision and our compelling cast, makes The Waiting the type of filmmaker and talent driven project ideal for Star Thrower.”

The Waiting was written by Mark Bianculli and Jeff Richard. »

- Michelle McCue

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James Caan, Keir Gilchrist to Star in Thriller ‘The Waiting’

11 May 2015 12:43 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

James Caan, Keir Gilchrist and Logan Miller are starring in the indie thriller “The Waiting,” with shooting starting in Los Angeles later this month.

Kasra Farahani is directing from a script by Mark Bianculli and Jeff Richard in which two high school filmmakers decide to create the illusion of a haunting on an unsuspecting neighbor.

Producers are Tim White, Trevor White and Allan Mandelbaum of Star Thrower Entertainment; Giri Tharan of Ball and Chain Productions; Rosalie Swedlin of Anonymous Content; and Elana Barry. Star Thrower and Ball and Chain will finance and produce.

Farahani’s worked in production design and art direction for “Avatar,” “Star Trek,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Thor.” Star Thrower’s first film “Jamesy Boy” starred Mary-Louise Parker, Taissa Farmiga and James Woods.

Farahani is represented by UTA and Management 360. Caan is repped by CAA, Miller by Innovative Artists and Primary Wave Entertainment and Gilchrist by ICM, »

- Dave McNary

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Time Machine: Bachchan and Rai - Bollywood King and Queen on Hollywood Red Carpet

9 May 2015 12:48 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai at the Oscars Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai on the Academy Awards' Red Carpet Pictured above are Bollywood stars Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, which took place on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Two years ago, an Anglo-Indian-American co-production, Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire became not only one of the season's biggest sleeper hits, but also the eventual Best Picture Oscar winner. Dev Patel and Freida Pinto starred. Curiously, some have complained that Slumdog Millionaire was just a less interesting rehash of higher-quality Bollywood musicals and dramas that have received relatively little play outside South Asian communities around the globe. Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai movies The son of Indian cinema legend Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan has been featured in nearly 50 films. Among them are: Dhoom (2004). Director: Sanjay Gadhvi. Cast: Abhishek Bachchan. Uday Chopra. John Abraham. Esha Deol. »

- D. Zhea

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Time Machine: Woman in Red Hathaway on Red Carpet - Co-Hosts of Worst Oscar Ceremony Ever?

6 May 2015 12:25 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Anne Hathaway Red Dress at the 83rd Academy Awards Oscar host Anne Hathaway Wearing a blindingly bright red dress, Anne Hathaway, sporting a blindingly bright white smile, is pictured above at the 2011 Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Hathaway, a Best Actress nominee for Rachel Getting Married in early 2009, was this year's Oscar ceremony co-host alongside Best Actor nominee James Franco (127 Hours). More on that further below. Anne Hathaway movies Below is a partial list of Anne Hathaway films.* Her big-screen debut took place in 2001. Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass (2016). Director: James Bobin. Cast: Mia Wasikowska. Johnny Depp. Helena Bonham Carter. Sacha Baron Cohen. Anne Hathaway. The Interns (2015). Director: Nancy Meyers. Cast: Anne Hathaway. Robert De Niro. Interstellar (2014). Director: Christopher Nolan. Cast: Matthew McConaughey. Jessica Chastain. Anne Hathaway. Mackenzie Foy. Michael Caine. Matt Damon. Ellen Burstyn. Don Jon (2013). Les Misérables (2012). Director: Tom Hooper. »

- D. Zhea

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Every Best Picture Oscar Winner, Ranked From Worst to Best

6 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."

The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »

- Gary Susman

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Do Practical Effects Even Matter Anymorec To 'Mad Max' & 'Mission: Impossible'... Yes!

5 May 2015 2:41 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Speaking with Edgar Wright following an early Los Angeles screening, Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller said, "You couldn't make this as a CG movie." CG, of course, was used at times, though not to create an impossible scenario, more to aid a practical one as Miller notes in the film's production notes saying, "Fury Road was an opportunity to more fully realize its scope and energy with all the latest technologies. We could put our cameras where they wouldn't go in the past, and weave them through the armada with the wonderful Edge Arm system. If there was a fight on a vehicle, we could put wires on the actors then erase them with CGI. When you see Max hanging upside-down between two vehicles, that was Tom Hardy. When Furiosa is hanging onto him, that was Charlize Theron hanging onto Tom. And when you see Nux climbing onto the front of a vehicle, »

- Brad Brevet

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Sam Worthington leading cast of The Shack

2 May 2015 11:41 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sam Worthington has been cast as the lead in The Shack, joining Octavia Spencer.

The Avatar actor will play a man who's young daughter is kidnapped before evidence of her murder is found in an abandoned shack, according to Empire.

Four years later, he gets a note from someone claiming to be God (Spencer) and returns to the shack, finding something that will alter his life forever.

Stuart Hazeldine will direct from a script adapted by John Fusco.

Worthington will return to Pandora when James Cameron starts production on the sequels, with rumours there could be four follow-on films.

Worthington and Lara Bingle welcomed their first child, a baby son in late March. »

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'Fantastic Four' Problems Got Josh Trank Fired from 'Star Wars'?

2 May 2015 10:25 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last night it was announced that Josh Trank exited the second Star Wars spinoff after making a 'personal decision' that the project just wasn't right for him. Now, a new report claims that his behavior on the set of the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot is actually what led to him being fired by Lucasfilm and Disney. Apparently, his unusual conduct on the set of that film, which opens this August, alarmed LucasFilm executives, and they felt he couldn't be trusted with the second Untitled Star Wars Anthology Movie.

Questions began to arise when Josh Trank, who is 30, did not show up for his planned appearance at this year's Star Wars Celebration. At the time, both the director and Disney claimed he was suffering from the flu. Insiders say that Disney asked him not to attend as they tried to figure out how best to move forward with Josh Trank, as »

- MovieWeb

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