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SoftBank Eyes Legendary Stake as DreamWorks Animation Talks Simmer

29 September 2014 6:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

SoftBank, the Japanese telecommunications conglomerate that recently flirted with buying Jeffrey Katzenberg’s DreamWorks Animation Studios, appears to have found another monster opportunity in Hollywood. Sources confirm that the company is in talks to acquire a stake in Thomas Tull’s Legendary Entertainment.

The deal would involve a sizable investment, but would not be for a majority share in the company, according to an individual with knowledge of the discussions.

The source said that the Legendary talks, first reported by the Hollywood Reporter, have been ongoing for weeks and were not a result of any potential fallout between SoftBank and Dwa.

See Also: Report: SoftBank May Not Buy DreamWorks Animation After All

SoftBank, which owns Sprint, may  still broker a content deal with the toon studio. Acquisition talks could also begin again, those close to the companies say.

But the interest of SoftBank in Legendary clearly indicates the Japanese player is getting serious in Hollywood. »

- Marc Graser

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'Pride' and 'Warcraft' have put Ben Schnetzer on the verge of breaking out

25 September 2014 10:27 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Toronto — You likely have no idea who Ben Schnetzer is. Even if you're one of the few moviegoers who saw the WWII drama "The Book Thief" in theaters last year you wouldn't know the name. You'd remember his performance as Max, the young Jewish man who hides in the family's basement, but you'd find yourself scratching your head as to who actually played him. Since finishing "Thief," the 24-year-old has shot three other movies: "The Riot Club," "Pride" and Duncan Jones' big screen adaptation of the classic video game "Warcraft." Each project finds him playing widely different roles, but if you're looking for a true sign of his talent you must see his performance in the new drama "Pride." Schnetzer, the son of two working New York actors, plays Mark Ashton, a man who spent most of his short life fighting for the rights of gays and lesbians in his native United Kingdom. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Toby Kebbell Eyes Villainous Role in ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake (Exclusive)

18 September 2014 1:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Having recently wrapped “Fantastic Four,” in which he plays the evil Doctor Doom, Toby Kebbell may have found another bad boy role.

Sources tell Variety Toby Kebbell is in early talks to play Messala in MGM and Paramount’s remake of “Ben-Hur.”

Jack Huston was recently tapped to play Judah Ben-Hur with Timur Bekmambetov set to direct.

The script was written by Oscar-winning “12 Years a Slave” scribe John Ridley and Keith Clarke, who sold the original spec to MGM.

Based on Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ,” the epic drama follows a falsely accused nobleman who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him. Kebbell will play that best friend, who was portrayed by Stephen Boyd in the 1959 classic.

The pic arrives in theaters Feb. 26, 2016.

Ben-Hur” joins the long list of Hollywood’s recent interest in biblical stories that have »

- Justin Kroll

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Get A Behind The Scenes Look At The Pride Movie

16 September 2014 4:06 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“Audiences will have their sense of humanity refreshed.”

Actors Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and Dominic West, director Matthew Warchus and the filmmakers of Pride discuss the background of this emotional story in the new featurette.

Critics are already cheering the film. “Breakout British hit is a warm, witty triumph,” says Digital Spy.

The Hollywood News writes, “Pride really is a thing of beauty.”

Pride is inspired by an extraordinary true story.

It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.

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- Michelle McCue

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Tom Hiddleston Is Heading To ‘Skull Island’

16 September 2014 10:35 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Britain’s own Tom Hiddleston is to star in Legendary’s Skull Island, according to reports this afternoon. The news comes via Legendary and their new studio partner Universal Pictures. The film, which was announced at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, will focus on the cinematic origins of the King Kong character, and the mystical world in which he originates. Expect dinosaurs.

The Kings Of Summer helmer Jordan Vogt-Roberts has also been officially announced as the director of the film, which the studio will release in North American territories on November 4th, 2016. Max Borenstein, who scripted this year’s Godzilla remake, will write the screenplay for the film.

What a gig for Hiddleston, whose biggest hit to date is the collossal Avengers movie. We’re so pleased for the guy. We tip our hat sir.

Legendary have a big slate of movies lined up, including Duncan JonesWarcraft, »

- Paul Heath

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‘Skull Island:’ Tom Hiddleston Stars In King Kong Origin Tale

16 September 2014 9:29 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Breaking: Legendary Pictures shocked the Comic-Con crowd with a teaser for the King Kong origin film Skull Island. They’ve set Jordan Vogt-Roberts to helm, and Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston, to star in the Max Borenstein-scripted pic. Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world, which was the most electrifying parts of Peter Jackson’s King Kong done for Universal several years ago. Universal Pictures will release on November 4, 2016.

Vogt-Roberts directed and executive produced the Sundance darling The Kings Of Summer and the FX pilot and subsequent episodes of You’re The Worst. He’s directing Metal Gear Solid for Sony. Hiddleston wows the Comic-Con crowd every time he comes, so this is fanboy catnip right here. UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and attorneys Alan Wertheimer and Andy Galker rep the helmer, »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Ben Foster joins Chris Pine and Casey Affleck in The Finest Hours

16 September 2014 2:52 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Ben Foster has been cast in Disney's Coast Guard film The Finest Hours.

The Ain't Them Bodies Saints actor has joined the Craig Gillespie-directed movie, reports Variety.

Chris Pine, Casey Affleck and Holliday Grainger will also star in the period piece.

The Finest Hours is based on the true story of a rescue attempt in 1952 after pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard.

Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson wrote the screenplay based on Casey Sherman and Michael J Tougias's 2010 book.

Foster was most recently seen in Lone Survivor and will appear in the upcoming Warcraft movie.

The Finest Hours is currently shooting in Massachusetts. »

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Disney Recruits Ben Foster For Coast Guard Drama The Finest Hours

15 September 2014 2:29 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Hot on the heels of Kyle Gallner’s casting in the film last week, Disney has announced that another star has boarded its upcoming period drama The Finest Hours: Lone Survivor’s Ben Foster.

Foster will now join Chris Pine and Casey Affleck in the true-disaster pic, which is to be helmed by Million Dollar Arm’s Craig Gillespie.

Set in 1952, the film charts the true tale of the Coast Guard’s valiant efforts to rescue the crew of two wayward oil tankers — the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer — caught amidst an unforgiving Nor’easter storm in the Atlantic ocean. Loosely based on Casey Cherman’s non-fiction novel, The Finest Hours: The True Story Behind the Us Coast Guard’s Most Daring Rescue, the script will be penned by Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson — the creative duo behind 2010’s Oscar-winning drama, The Fighter.

In terms of Foster, the »

- Michael Briers

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Ben Foster Joins Chris Pine in Disney’s ‘Finest Hours’ (Exclusive)

15 September 2014 12:32 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ben Foster has joined the cast of Disney’s “The Finest Hours” starring Chris Pine.

The pic also Casey Affleck and Holliday Grainger with Craig Gillespie directing.

The film is based on a true story revolving around a rescue attempt by the Coast Guard in 1952 after pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard.

Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson adapted the script from Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias’s 2010 book.

Production is currently under way in Massachusetts.

The UTA-repped Foster was last seen in Universal’s “Lone Survivor” and can be seen next in the untitled Lance Armstrong pic where he portrays the cyclist, followed by Legendary’s adaptation of “Warcraft.”

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- Justin Kroll

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Duncan Jones and Rian Johnson interested in directing Preacher episodes for AMC

15 September 2014 10:44 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

As we speak, writing, directing and producing duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad, This is the End) are hard at work on an adaptation of Garth Ennis’ 1990s graphic novel Preacher for AMC. Over the weekend, the two got into a discussion about the project over Twitter, and caught the attention of up-and-coming directors Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper).

Aint It Cool News’ Eric Vespe began the conversation by suggesting that Goldberg and Rogen cast Kurt Russell as the Saint of Killers on the show. Jones then jumped in, apparently a bit out of the loop since he’s been busy directing a little video game movie called Warcraft for Legendary pictures, and asked about the project. Check out their conversation below (courtesy of /Film):

@ManMadeMoon @EricVespe @evandgoldberg TV show for AMC. Wanna direct some episodes? (I should note that we haven't finished »

- James Garcia

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'Preacher': Seth Rogen Wants 'Warcraft' Director Duncan Jones

15 September 2014 9:57 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Subverting the good old fashion method of going through producers and agents to get a deal done in Hollywood, producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg jumped on Twitter to go after the Preacher director they want aboard their AMC drama series, an adaptation of the popular comic book from writer Garth Ennis and artist Steven Dillon.

Seth Rogen began the conversation by asking Warcraft director Duncan Jones, the man behind sci-fi cult classics Moon and Source Code, if he would come onto direct one of the upcoming Preacher episodes, even though the pilot script is not finished yet.

As you can see in the following Twitter conversation, Duncan Jones agrees before Rian Johnson, director of the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX, throws his hat in the ring to direct an episode as well.

@ManMadeMoon@EricVespe@evandgoldberg TV show for AMC. Wanna direct some episodes? (I »

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Duncan Jones Is Game To Direct Some Episodes Of AMC's Preacher TV Series

15 September 2014 8:23 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Over the weekend, Ain’t It Cool News‘ Eric Vespe tweeted Seth Rogen with the casting suggestion of Kurt Russell for the Saint Of Killer's role in Rogen and Evan Goldberg's small screen adaptation of the controversial DC Vertigo classic, Preacher. This led to Warcraft director Duncan Jones joining the conversation, and although a lot of the exchanges are clearly banter, it does sound like Jones is genuinely interested in getting involved: @ManMadeMoon @EricVespe @evandgoldberg TV show for AMC. Wanna direct some episodes? (I should note that we haven't finished a pilot script) — Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) September 12, 2014 @Sethrogen @EricVespe @evandgoldberg But in all seriousness... I'd eat my own arm off to do it. — Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) September 12, 2014 Then, after a fan suggested Rian Johnson (Looper) also try his hand at directing an ep or two, this happened: @EricVespe I've got 2 hands. @ThatJoeMeyers @Sethrogen @ManMadeMoon @evandgoldberg — Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) September »

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Mark Ruffalo Asked Rian Johnson if He Could be in Star Wars

11 September 2014 11:45 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Writer and director Rian Johnson is hard at work developing Star Wars: Episodes VIII and IX for Lucasfilm, and in this early process actors are already asking to be in the franchise. One of these actors is Mark Ruffalo, who plays the Hulk in the Marvel films. He also worked with Johnson on a spectacular little film called The Brothers Bloom, which you need to see if you haven't already.

Ruffalo admitted to emailing the director to congratulate him on the job and also let him know that he’d love to be involved. Johnson then responded on Twitter. This is what the actor had to say in an interview with Collider:

"My e-mail to Rian after all these years was, 'Rian, congratulations on everything you’ve been doing.  And by the way, if there’s a part in Star Wars, please, anything, please consider considering me to join you. »

- Joey Paur

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Web-crawler: B-t-s Arrow Photos, Warcraft Update And Constantine's Spectre

6 September 2014 5:46 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Warcraft director Duncan Jones says there's still a lot of VFX work left to be done on Warcraft. Also, the Moon and Source Code director teased the team that's working on the Warcraft score (or maybe sound mixing team?). In whatever aural capacity those folks are involved with Jones' film, their connection to the Empire Strikes Back bodes well for Warcraft's bid to be the first, great video game movie. Can you name any of the faces in the photo Duncan posted? Watched Warcraft the other day. Pretty damn good! Vfx could do with some work! Come on @Ilmvfx! Only a huge mountain of work left to do! ;) — Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) August 30, 2014 Some of the most powerful ears in the industry. My dream team! :) #warcraft pic.twitter.com/8r03gkMXOn — Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) September 4, 2014 Some of this team haven't worked together in a while. Last film they did together was. »

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Paula Patton Resurfaces At The Emmys

28 August 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Paula Patton At The Emmys

Paula Patton resurfaced at the Emmys this week after nearly six months avoiding the public light. Patton hadn’t been seen since March when she attended the Independent Spirit Awards and Vanity Fair’s Oscar party. Patton seemingly has few active projects on the docket these days. The film Warcraft based on the popular Mmorpg is in post-production, and she’s only rumored to be reprising her role as Jane Carter in Mission Impossible 5.

Paula Patton and Robin Thicke

Patton’s disappearance likely has something to do with her very public split from high school sweetheart and husband of nine years, Robin Thicke. Allegations of Thicke cheating had something to do with their break-up while Thicke’s attempts to get his wife back has led Thicke to devote love songs to her in concert and release an album called Paula featuring the single “Get Her »

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Max Minghella and Callum Keith Rennie Join ‘Into the Forest’ (Exclusive)

27 August 2014 11:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Max Minghella and Callum Keith Rennie have joined Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood in “Into the Forest,” Patricia Rozema’s thriller adapted from the novel by Jean Hegland.

The film, currently in production in Vancouver, follows two sisters who must rely on one another as society crumbles around them and their forest home.

Rhombus Media, Bron Studios and Creative Wealth Media Finance are producing, as is Page.

Minghella has appeared in “The Social Network” as well as “The Ides of March.” He will next be seen in Alexandre Aja’s “Horns” alongside Daniel Radcliffe. Rennie has worked in television, appearing in “24,” “The Killing” and “Californication.” His forthcoming films include “50 Shades of Grey” and “Warcraft.”

The film is set to wrap filming on Aug. 28 and select scenes are set to be screened at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.

Check out the first still from production below:

[This post has been updated.]

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- Alexandra Cheney

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'Fantastic Four' Star Toby Kebbell Joins 'A Monster Calls'

19 August 2014 4:35 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

One day after Sigourney Weaver joined the cast of A Monster Calls as a young boy's grandmother, Toby Kebbell has signed on to play the distant father in this fantasy thriller.

The story follows said boy, who has not yet been cast, as he tries to escape from the bullies at school and his mother's terminal illness at home by creating an intricate fantasy world. There, he interacts with a massive tree monster. Toby Kebbell's character has a history of not being around for his son, while Felicity Jones is playing the lad's ill mother. Sigourney Weaver is portraying his grandmother, with Liam Neeson starring as the tree monster in the youngster's fantasy world.

Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible, The Orphanage) is directing from a screenplay by Patrick Ness, which he adapted from his own award-winning children's novel of the same name. It isn't known when production may begin at this time. »

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'Fantastic Four' Star Toby Kebbell Joins 'A Monster Calls'

19 August 2014 4:35 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

One day after Sigourney Weaver joined the cast of A Monster Calls as a young boy's grandmother, Toby Kebbell has signed on to play the distant father in this fantasy thriller.

The story follows said boy, who has not yet been cast, as he tries to escape from the bullies at school and his mother's terminal illness at home by creating an intricate fantasy world. There, he interacts with a massive tree monster. Toby Kebbell's character has a history of not being around for his son, while Felicity Jones is playing the lad's ill mother. Sigourney Weaver is portraying his grandmother, with Liam Neeson starring as the tree monster in the youngster's fantasy world.

Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible, The Orphanage) is directing from a screenplay by Patrick Ness, which he adapted from his own award-winning children's novel of the same name. It isn't known when production may begin at this time. »

- MovieWeb

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‘Fantastic Four’ Actor Toby Kebbell in Talks to Join ‘A Monster Calls’

19 August 2014 4:13 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Fantastic Four” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” actor Toby Kebbell is in negotiations to join Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson in the adaptation of Patrick Ness’ fantasy novel “A Monster Calls.”

The Focus Features, River Road Entertainment, Participant Media and Lionsgate International production also stars Sigourney Weaver with Juan Antonio Bayona directing.

Focus will distribute domestically while Lionsgate International handles overseas sales. The pic will be shopped at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival.

Executive producers are River Road’s Bill Pohlad and Mitch Horwits, Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King and Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairman Patrick Wachsberger.

The story follows a boy who seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mom’s terminal illness. The pic will bow on Oct. 14, 2016.

After showing strong supporting roles in films like “The East,” “War Horse” and “The Counselor,” Kebbell is looked at as »

- Justin Kroll

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World of Warcraft subscription prices to increase in the UK

18 August 2014 9:38 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With the newest expansion for World of Warcraft, Warlords of Draenor, just around the corner, developer Blizzard has revealed plans to increase the price of a subscription in the UK. The new expansion launches on November 13th, which is when the changes are expected to take place. The announcement, which was posted on the World of Warcraft forums, states that the pricing will be changed as such:

£9.99 – 30 days

£28.17 – 90 days

£52.14 – 180 days

The 60-day prepaid card will sell at a recommended retail price of £20.99. Looking at present subscription costs, the new price increases will see mark ups of up to £6. Blizzard did announce however that gamers currently on a subscription will continue to pay their current price for two years, as long as the subscription is not interrupted. This extends to those who sign up for an auto-renewing subscription before the new expansion is released.

It seems an odd move, especially as »

- Tom Powter

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