9 items from 2015
Sony Pictures has tapped Matt Milam as VP of creative production.
Milam comes to Sony from Skydance, where he served as VP of production; before that he was with Warner Bros.
“We are tremendously excited about Matt joining the Columbia team,” said Michael De Luca, president of production. “We’ve followed his career from Warners to Skydance and have been utterly impressed with both his talent and his taste.”
At Skydance, Milam most recently worked on the Dean Devlin project “Geostorm” and, during his time at WB, he worked on projects that included “Clash of the Titans,” “Wrath of the Titans,” “Terminator Salvation” and “The Informant!”
Prior to Warner Bros., Milam acted as creative exec at Mandate Pictures, helping oversee “Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay,” “The Grudge 2″ and “30 Days of Night.” He received co-producer credit on “Boogeyman 2,” for which he oversaw the development, production and post-production. »
- Justin Kroll
Luke Evans is exhausted. "Just talking about it brings back those cold days...when I was fighting 70 stunt guys with a broomstick as a sword," said the actor of "Dracula Untold," his first studio feature as a leading man. Though we were on the phone to discuss that film's upcoming Blu-ray release, there's certainly a lot more for Evans be tired about - since taking on his first major role in the 2010 fantasy actioner "Clash of the Titans," he's starred in a string of high-profile Hollywood films, from Paul W.S. Anderson's "Three Musketeers" to "Immortals" to "Fast and Furious 6" to the last two installments of Peter Jackson's epic "Hobbit" trilogy. So how did it feel to finally have his name above the title? "I was ready for it," said Evans, calling from the set of his latest film. "I've been working super hard for the last eight years to get this opportunity, »
- Chris Eggertsen
UK production outfit Evolution Pictures is readying a number of features including actor Jason Flemyng’s directorial debut Reign Of Blood, a vampire action film written by Danny King, BAFTA-nominated in 2011 for drama Wild Bill.
Production is set to begin in summer 2015 with casting currently underway.
Flemyng is best known for roles in Guy Ritchie films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, blockbusters including X-Men: First Class and Clash of the Titans, and more recent features Gemma Bovary and Sunshine on Leith. He also starred in Will Bill.
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Skins star Kaya Scodelario is in talks to join the cast of Pirates Of The Caribbean 5, according to Deadline. The actress, who has credits in films like Moon, Clash Of The Titans and last year’s The Maze Runner, will be up to play the female lead in the sequel.
The film, which has a subtitle ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales,’ will start shooting in Australia next month.
Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Javier Bardem and Brenton Thwaites are already cast in the film, which will be once again be released by Walt Disney Pictures. Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are directing for a summer 2017 release.
Source: Deadline »
- Paul Heath
In 2014 an actor previously best known for being seven down the cast list in a cult TV sitcom rose to become the star of two of the year’s biggest blockbusters. This time last year Chris Pratt was about as far from a household name as Guardians Of The Galaxy or The Lego Movie were from being sure things at the box office. One year later and the two films have made over a billion dollars between them and Pratt looks like a leading man with genuine star quality. His lead role in this year’s Jurassic World looks set to cement his newfound status as a bona fide Hollywood star.
It sounds like a simple process, but in reality a lot of actors have been poised on the brink of stardom with multiple big movies due for release only to find the movies flop and their careers worse off than before. »
- Jack Gann
Now that The CW revealed that their upcoming series The Messengers will debut on Friday, April 10 at 9 Pm Et, the network has released a new extended trailer that clocks in at just under four minutes. When a mysterious object plummets to Earth, the blinding explosion it causes sends out a shock wave that instantly connects five strangers who awaken after the pulse with extraordinary gifts they can barely believe. Most mysterious of all is a figure known only as The Man, who brings death and suffering wherever he appears. The wheels of Revelation have begun to turn, and these five newly christened Angels of the Apocalypse may be the only hope for preventing the impending Rapture.
The Messengers stars Shantel VanSanten (Gang Related, One Tree Hill), Jon Fletcher (City of Dreams), Sofia Black-d'Elia (Betrayal, Gossip Girl), J.D. Pardo (Revolution), Joel Courtney (Super 8), Anna Diop (Everybody Hates Chris), Craig Frank »
The CW announced its midseason schedule today at the winter gathering of the Television Critics Association in Pasadena, CA, including the series premieres of new dramas IZombie and The Messengers, the new unscripted competition series Cedric's Barber Battle and a new cycle of Whose Line Is It Anyway?
From executive producer Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars), IZombie makes its series debut on Tuesday, March 17, (9:00-10:00pm Et), following an all-new episode of The Flash (8:00-9:00pm Et). Rose McIver (Masters of Sex, Once Upon a Time) stars as Olivia "Liv" Moore, a rosy-cheeked, disciplined, over-achieving medical resident who had her life path completely mapped out... until the night she attended a party that unexpectedly turned into a zombie feeding frenzy. As one of the newly undead, Liv has devised a way to resist her baser urges to devour fresh human brains - she's taken a job in the Seattle coroner's office. »
The easy take on Liam Neeson’s career over the past seven years is that the classy Irish actor turned into an action star when he should have been concentrating on Shakespeare or something. But, truth is, Neeson’s attraction to action is nothing new.
“I always liked the older action-movie stars like Robert Mitchum and Charles Bronson when I was growing up in Northern Ireland,” he explains during an interview at a Hollywood hotel. “When the first Taken movie became a hit, all of these other action scripts started coming my way — which was flattering — and they were good, so I did them and had a great time at it.”
And the 62-year-old, New York-based thesp isn’t easing up on action anytime soon. A few months from now Run All Night will hit theatres with Neeson as an aging hitman, and this month we have the release of Taken 3, »
- Bob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine
While his famous early works were inspired around his incredibly bleak childhood, with a famed trilogy of shorts followed by Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) and The Long Day Closes (1992), the infrequently working auteur Terence Davies has seemed keen on adapting pieces of classic literature, including John Kennedy Toole’s The Neon Bible (1995), Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth (2000), and most recently the Terence Ratigan play The Deep Blue Sea (2011), which starred Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston. Another four years have passed and we’re at last hoping to see Davies’ latest, Sunset Song, based on a the 1932 classic Scottish title from Lewis Crassic Gribbon, which is centered on the strong female protagonist Chris Guthrie, growing up amongst a dysfunctional family in the north east of Scotland in 1900. Actress Agyness Deyn will have the chance to prove herself and »
- Nicholas Bell
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