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Paula Patton Makes Leap To Television For ABC’s Runner

26 February 2015 1:46 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Yet another Hollywood star has been seduced by the creative freedoms of the small screen. Precious actress Paula Patton, who broke big with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, just signed on to star in ABC’s drug cartel drama pilot Runner, multiple sources confirm.

Adapted from the Turkish TV series Son, Runner will center on Lauren Marks (Patton), a seemingly ordinary woman who, after having her happy family shattered, follows a trail of lies into the shadowy world of cartels and gun-running between the U.S. and Mexico.

Lauren is described as “an architect, a caring wife and mother living 
peacefully with her husband, Adam, and their son, Jackson.
” When a plane Adam was on crashes, killing everyone on board, Lauren is distraught – until she learns that her husband never boarded the plane. Determined to discover the truth and find out what her husband has been hiding from her, Lauren winds »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Paula Patton to Star in ABC's Arms-Dealing Drama 'Runner'

25 February 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Paula Patton is ditching the occasional supporting part in film for a leading role on TV.  The "Precious" and "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" actress has signed on to "Runner," a drama that finds Patton's character thrown into the dangerous and highly masculine world of international arms deals. Lauren Marks (Patton) had believed her husband was dead, only to discover that he is not only alive and well, but also with a new woman who has stolen her identity. Lauren is then thrust into her former husband's criminal underworld, which is populated by Mexican cartels and unsavory characters from her past.  "Runner" is based on the Turkish series "Son." Patton will next be seen in the 2016's "Warcraft," a fantasy-action movie based on the video game.  [via Deadline]

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Paula Patton Lands Lead Role In ABC Drama Pilot ‘Runner’

24 February 2015 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paula Patton will star in ABC’s drama pilot “Runner,” Variety has learned.

Patton will play the lead Lauren Marks, a woman whose perfect life is torn apart by one twist of fate. To uncover the truth, Lauren must follow a trail of lies that take her into the world of cartels and illegal gun trade between the U.S. and Mexico.

Australian director Michael Offer (“How To Get Away With Murder,” “Longmire”) will direct the pilot from 20th Century Fox and ABC Studios. “Runner” was penned by Michael Cooney who will exec produce with Peter Horton, Ian Sander, Kim Moses and Jon Cowan, with Cowan as showrunner.

The project marks Patton’s first-ever TV series, as a regular. She co-starred in “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” with Tom Cruise, “Deja Vu” with Denzel Washington and “Precious.” Patton will also star in “Warcraft,” alongside Travis Fimmel and Dominic Cooper, set to »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Warcraft's Duncan Jones defends CGI in films: 'It's a tool like any other'

20 February 2015 6:25 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director Duncan Jones has defended the use of CGI in modern films.

The Warcraft filmmaker took to Twitter to say that computer graphics are a "tool like any other" and "can be done well".

Jones wrote: "I hear this "CGI in film sucks," mantra again & again. It doesnt. Its a tool like any other. It can be done well & it can be done s**t.

"The best CGI has you forgetting its CGI, and accepting the visual as whatever it is supposed to be. Like props. No one has an issue with "props" in film, do they?"

Jones's upcoming movie is based on the popular video game series, and will centre on the war between the Alliance and Horde factions.

The best CGI has you forgetting its CGI, and accepting the visual as whatever it is supposed to be.

Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) February 19, 2015

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Warcraft May Have A Very Cool Plan For Releasing Its First Trailers

11 February 2015 9:32 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Since Warcraft wrapped production at some point early last year, fans and spectators alike have been waiting for their first look at the Duncan Jones-directed adaptation in motion. Much like any other film, Warcraft will naturally have an interesting trailer to tease the audience into coming along for the ride. What's different about the film's possible approach to marketing itself, however, is the fact that the director, as well as the studio, are considering the possibility of dropping not one, but two trailers out of the gate - each one representing one of the film's waring factions. This interesting development comes courtesy of Duncan Jones' personal Twitter feed, where the responded to a fan question about the possibility of seeing both Alliance and Horde themed trailers when the marketing for Warcraft starts getting into full swing. You can read his response to the query below .@pabosher I love that idea. »

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'Warcraft' Movie Marketing Proves to Be a Challenge

9 February 2015 3:12 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last week, Warcraft director Duncan Jones took to his Twitter page to discuss his highly-anticipated video game adaptation, revealing that they are trying to let people unfamiliar with the game know this is a movie "they'll genuinely want to see." The director admits that marketing the movie is tough. His tweets sparked a number of replies from fans, though, where he revealed some interesting tidbits, including that he may make separate trailers that showcase the Horde and Alliance that focus on each side. Here's his initial message to the fans, which spawned several tweets in response.

"So let's chat. I've got a movie coming out next year; Warcraft. It's based on a computer game of the same name but it's pretty unique. We're trying to work out how best to let people who don't play the game know that this is a film they'll genuinely want to see. You know as well as I do, »

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Duncan Jones teases separate Alliance and Horde trailers for Warcraft

9 February 2015 6:17 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

While we are a year and some change away from one of the most ambitious videogame adaptations, Warcraft, its director is hard at work in post-production to ensure a quality product will hit screens. Duncan Jones made a name for himself with the low-budget affair Moon and his follow-up, Source Code. A self-proclaimed Warcraft fan, Mr. Jones has the talent and respect for the source material to see this thing through, and recently spoke up on Twitter regarding some aspects of the film as well »

- Sean Wist

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Legendary Takes Big Write Down On "Son"

5 February 2015 6:45 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

After years of runaway success, Legendary Entertainment is not having a good 2015 so far.

Last month the company was forced to take a whopping $90 million write down on Michael Mann's "Blackhat". With a production budget of $70 million and tens of millions spent in publicity and promotion, the film has so far earned just $14.5 million worldwide after several weeks.

February isn't proving much rosier either. Even though the film doesn't open in the United States until tomorrow, Variety reports that Legendary is taking an early $85 million write down on the long-delayed and troubled fantasy tale "Seventh Son".

That film cost $95 million to produce, tens of millions to market, and is on track to open soft in the United States with just $7-10 million this coming weekend. Even so, it's not the disastrous failure "Blackhat" is as 'Son' has already opened in several overseas territories and earned $82 million so far.

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Legendary Stumbles With Big Writedowns on ‘Seventh Son,’ ‘Blackhat’ (Exclusive)

4 February 2015 3:08 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For someone who isn’t used to failure and admittedly is a sore loser, Thomas Tull is so far having a nightmare year at the box office.

His company, Legendary Entertainment, was forced to take a $90 million writedown on Michael Mann’s $70 million cyber thriller “Blackhat,” which has earned just $14.5 million worldwide since its release last month. And after anticipating that Legendary’s upcoming release “Seventh Son” was headed for potential disaster, Tull took an early $85 million writedown — in 2013 — on the long-troubled movie, which debuts nationwide on Friday.

Seventh Son,” a fantasy action film that cost $95 million to produce and tens of millions more to market, is tracking to open between $7 million and $10 million this weekend. Overseas, the movie, which stars Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore, has already earned $82 million, including $25 million in China, and another $15 million in Russia.

It’s no secret that Legendary has struggled with “Seventh Son” for years. »

- Marc Graser

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World of Warcraft adds a selfie camera in latest patch

29 January 2015 1:35 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

World of Warcraft has added a selfie camera to the game as part of patch 6.1.

The camera is a reward for a garrison follower quest and can be upgraded to epic. Doing so allows you access to three different filters – a Sketch filter, a Black and White filter and a Death filter (whatever that might be).

Patch 6.1 is available on the Public Test Realm right now. Alongside the rather unconventional item, the patch also introduces the long-awaited blood elf character model upgrade, as well as adding Twitter integration to the sharing of items. A number of tweaks to garrisons and other areas are also being made.

You can see a list of the changes over at the official World of Warcraft blog.

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- Gary Collinson

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Win Tickets To The Advance Screening of Seventh Son in St. Louis

28 January 2015 11:58 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Wamg has your passes to see Universal Pictures’ Seventh Son early!

In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order (Oscar winner Jeff Bridges) travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son (Ben Barnes). Torn from his quiet life as a farmhand, the unlikely young hero embarks on a daring adventure with his battle-hardened mentor to vanquish a dark queen (Julianne Moore) and the army of supernatural assassins she has dispatched against their kingdom.

Academy Award nominee Sergei Bodrov (Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan, Nomad: The Warrior) directs Seventh Son from a screenplay by Charles Leavitt (upcoming In the Heart of the Sea, upcoming Warcraft) and Steven Knight (The Hundred-Foot Journey, Closed Circuit) and a screen story by Matt Greenberg (Reign of Fire).

Joining director Bodrov behind the screen is a stellar crew led »

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'Apes,' 'Birdman' surge as sound editors round out pre-Oscar industry nominations

14 January 2015 2:28 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The final guild/industry group to declare nominees did so this afternoon as the Motion Picture Sound Editors (Mpse) spoke up with a roll call of players for the 62nd Golden Reel Awards. On the film side of things, "Birdman" and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" had the best showing with three nominations each. I've been wondering if the latter could slide into Oscar play this year, but it's hard to gauge here, as "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" had a nice Mpse showing, too. In the effects/foley category, "Fury" is featured as well, also a strong possibility to pop up. All other expected players ("American Sniper," "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Unbroken," etc.) are featured. We'll see how the sound branch shakes it all out tomorrow but I'm a little more confused by where they'll end up going than usual, I must say. Check out »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Motion Picture Sound Editors Announce Golden Reel Nominees

14 January 2015 12:24 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

American Sniper,” “Big Hero 6,” “Birdman,” “The Lego Movie” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” have been nominated by the Motion Picture Sound Editors for the 62nd Mpse Golden Reel Awards, to be held Feb. 15 at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles.

The Mpse announced nominees in 20 categories Wednesday.

“2014 was a fantastic year for sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “The advent of new distribution channels, streaming services and gaming platforms is creating additional opportunities for sound artists to practice their craft beyond the traditional venues of film and television. This year’s nominations reflect that change, spanning an amazing diversity of mediums and genres, all executed at the highest level of creativity. We are truly inspired and impressed by the work of our colleagues.”

Darren Aronofsky will receive the filmmaker award, and Skip Lievsay will receive the career achievement award.

The entire nominations list:

Feature Animation

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‘Birdman,’ ‘Apes’ Top 2015 Golden Reel Nominations

14 January 2015 12:00 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Hollywood’s sound pros nominated Birdman and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for three awards apiece as the Motion Picture Sound Editors unveiled nods for its 62nd Mpse Golden Reel Awards, honoring the best feature film, television, animation and computer entertainment work of the year.

“2014 was a fantastic year for sound,” said Mpse president Frank Morrone. “The advent of new distribution channels, streaming services and gaming platforms is creating additional opportunities for sound artists to practice their craft beyond the traditional venues of film and television. This year’s nominations reflect that change, spanning an amazing diversity of mediums and genres, all executed at the highest level of creativity. We are truly inspired and impressed by the work of our colleagues.”

This year’s Golden Reels will additionally honor Noah director Darren Aronofsky with the Mpse’s annual Filmmaker Award. Oscar winner Skip Lievsay, known for his work »

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Duncan Jones' "Warcraft"

12 January 2015 5:13 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek more new teaser posters, plus the 'orc' named 'Orgrim', from writer/director Duncan Jones' upcoming 3D fantasy feature "Warcraft", based on the Blizzard Entertainment "World Of Warcraft" video game series:

Jones co-wrote the screenplay with Charles Leavitt for producers Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Tessa Ross, Charles Roven, Alex Gartner, Stuart Fenegan and Chris Metzen.

Cast includes Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell and Rob Kazinsky as 'Orgrim' leader of the orcs.

"...'Warcraft' follows the origins of the of the initial encounters between humans and 'orcs', with an emphasis on the 'Alliance' and the 'Horde' sides of their conflict...

"...including characters 'Durotan' and 'Lothar', set in a variety of locations first established in the video game series..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Warcraft" ...

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Michael Keaton Lined Up for a Role in Kong: Skull Island

8 January 2015 11:38 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Back in September, Legendary revealed that Tom Hiddleston (demigod Loki in the Thor films and The Avengers) will play the lead role in the upcoming Kong: Skull Island, and a few weeks ago it was revealed that J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy) is set to co-star in the film. Now another big name is attached to the movie that will bring the king of the apes back to the big screen.

Deadline reports that Michael Keaton (Birdman, Batman, Beetlejuice) is looking to join the cast of Kong: Skull Island in an unknown role.

A Legendary film, Universal Pictures will release Kong: Skull Island in 3D and IMAX 3D on March 10th, 2017. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) directs off a screenplay by John Gatins (Flight) and Max Borenstein (2014’s Godzilla). We’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on Kong: Skull Island as more details surface.

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- Derek Anderson

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Michael Keaton In Talks For Kong: Skull Island

8 January 2015 4:25 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With three major roles on screen last year, including his stunning, awards-nominated work as washed-up actor Riggan Thompson in Birdman, Michael Keaton had one hell of a 2014, and it appears that he’s looking to maintain the momentum of that career resurgence in coming months. Deadline reports that the actor is finalizing a deal to take on an unknown part in Legendary’s anticipated Kong: Skull Island, which the studio has already staked out for 2017.

Should everything come together, Keaton will join Tom Hiddleston and J.K. Simmons in the fantasy adventure film, which will serve as a hard reboot of the King Kong franchise while still honoring series’ mythology. Little is known about the film other than its basic logline, but Legendary is clearly aiming to use it to kick off a major Kong franchise.

Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer, episodes of FX’s You’re the Worst) has been set to direct, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Today in Movie Culture: 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' Terrence Malick, 'Warcraft,' Marilyn Monroe and More

7 January 2015 11:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture today:   There is a Guardians of the Galaxy animated series coming soon, but here's what it would look like as a retro Hanna-Barbera cartoon (via Gotg director James Gunn):   Watch a video tribute to Terrence Malick and all his recurring motifs, shots and themes (via Press Play):   Artist Yanmo Zhang saw Duncan Jones's Warcraft trailer at BlizzCon and has drawn up some of its visuals and provides descriptions for fans who weren't so lucky. Go to Geek Tyrant for more.   Awkward comedy and trite misunderstandings abound in this Nsfw supercut of people saying "It's not what it looks like" in the movies:   Never mind Robin...

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Warcraft 2 In The Works? Here's What Director Duncan Jones Had To Say

7 January 2015 5:38 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Warcraft hasn.t even been released yet, but that's not stopping Duncan Jones from fielding questions about the potential for a Warcraft 2. The director insists that the 2016 blockbuster will perfectly set up the universe in which Warcraft will take place, and while his movie will act independantly, there's also been left room for further tales to be told too. Duncan Jones, who is a rather splendid filmmaker in addition to being David Bowie.s son, explained to Man Made Movies that he knows exactly what is expected of him with the first Warcraft film, and segued that thought into ideas for how the movie could provide the ground floor for a larger movie franchise. Said the director, "I know that my job in this first film is to establish certain characters, places and culture while telling a story that a broad audience can be excited by! Hopefully, if I have »

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Duncan Jones says Warcraft will explore “first contact” between Orcs and Humans

7 January 2015 11:33 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The hugely-popular fantasy video game series Warcraft will be making the jump from monitors to the big screen next year courtesy of Duncan Jones, and the Moon and Source Code director has been speaking about his upcoming epic during a chat with Chinese site Mtime (via ManMadeMovies), stating that it will explore “first contact” between Orcs and Humans.

“From the moment I first talked to Blizzard, the plan was to start our film with the first time Orcs met Humans. First contact! I think that for a world with so much newness to explain, this was a wise choice, especially when so many people in our audience may not know anything about Warcraft… it was important that some of our characters would be seeing the world fresh as well, and that the audience could see the situation through their eyes… A Warcraft film should not be about a good race »

- Gary Collinson

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