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Steven Spielberg is currently turning his hand to a pair of new movies. Firstly, there's the Cold War thriller that he's making with Tom Hanks, based on a screenplay by the Coen Brothers (we talked about that one, here). He's in the midst of putting that together right now. Then, he moves on to a family movie for the first time in what feels like an age, as he tackles Roald Dahl's The Bfg.
One film that, if all had gone to plan, he'd have released by now is an adaptation of Daniel H Wilson's Robopocalypse. The book is structurally not dissimilar to Max Brooks' World War Z, and Spielberg was progressing on the project, before it went into turnaround. The given reason was that it was going to be too expensive to make, »
The cast of The Martian is getting even starrier: EW has exclusively confirmed that Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sebastian Stan, and Mackenzie Davis are the latest to join in director Ridley Scott's The Martian, due in theaters November 2015. They join previously announced cast members Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Donald Glover, Michael Pena and Jeff Daniels. The Martian, adapted from the best-selling novel by Andy Weir, is about Mark Watney (Damon), an astronaut who gets left behind on Mars when his crew mistakenly believes him dead. "It's quintessential Robinson Crusoe," Ridley Scott tells EW. Drew Goddard »
- Sara Vilkomerson
Do you remember when Paramount Pictures decided to create a double feature of Star Trek Into Darkness and World War Z last year? The primary motivation for this double feature was to get World War Z to cross $200 million at the domestic box office, because the films that hit that box office milestone allow studios to ask for more money from cable networks for the rights to air the movie on television. The same thing happened with This is The End last year, and now Columbia Pictures has their eye on the $200 million mark as they're bringing 22 Jump Street starring Channing Tatum & Jonah Hill back to theaters on Friday. It's not a bad move since the film won't be available on Digital HD until October 28th (next Tuesday) and doesn't hit Blu-Ray or DVD until November 18th. Rory Bruer, president, Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures, said, "There's nothing like laughing »
- Ethan Anderton
Pitt and Affleck go head to head to see who's the biggest star!
This weekend, Brad Pitt's Fury opened big, and took on reigning champ Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck. Between the two, Fury blew Gone Girl out of the top spot with a $23.5 million dollar bow, which was still smaller than Gone Girl's first weekend ($35.5 million) or even it's second ($26.4 million.)
Clearly, the films are well-matched adversaries, but how about Pitt and Affleck as performers? How do they stack up? Well, this week's Celebrity Showdown is here to answer that question once and for all.
They've both got Oscars, they've both got accolades and they've both got embarrassing projects in their distant pasts. So, looking at seven unique criteria that weighs box-office earnings, critic's reviews and award season gold, Celebrity Showdown examines the anatomy of both stars' careers to show who's really the best.
Last time, Pitt's »
Fury flattened all other movies in wide release and is projected to take in around $23 million in its debut weekend in theaters. The Brad Pitt-starring World War II action-drama, set largely within the cramped confines of an M4 Sherman tank rolling across Nazi Germany, comes in at the lower end of pre-release audience tracking expectations. But it caps off a recent run of cinematic success for Pitt (a producer of the multiple Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave and star of last year’s sci-fi disaster hit World War Z). Fury also features Michael Peña, Shia Labeouf, Jon Bernthal, and Logan Lerman »
- Chris Lee
Audiences feel the Fury! Moviegoers were itching for some action this weekend, and having Brad Pitt in command certainly couldn't hurt, putting Fury on top of the box office this weekend with an estimated $23.5 million! The R-rated WWII movie's opening was a bit soft compared to the last two times Pitt went to war (Inglourious Basterds - $38 million; World War Z - $66.4 million). But it was a career high opening for director David Ayer, whose last movie, the Arnold »
- Dave Davis
Creative Scotland today revealed its film strategy for the next three years, including plans to press ahead with efforts to build a film studio in Scotland.
In March this year Scottish Enterprise set out plans for a studio complex to be created on Glasgow's Pacific Quay. Creative Scotland is now partnering with it on this project but there is a possibility that the studio will instead by located in Edinburgh, with a number of sites now under consideration.
Emphasising the importance of making the studio sustainable, Creative Scotland is embarking on parallel efforts to boost film production in Scotland, but say that it also hopes the country can keep on attracting international productions like The Dark Knight Rises and World War Z.
"In addition to the associated cultural and commercial benefits that films bring to Scotland, they also raise the profile of Scotland nationally and internationally. This brings additional employment, »
- Jennie Kermode
World War II tank movie Fury will almost certainly take the top spot away from two-time winner Gone Girl this weekend. Meanwhile, The Book of Life and The Best of Me are also opening nationwide.Playing at 3,173 theaters, Fury stars Brad Pitt as the leader of an American tank crew making their way through Germany as the second World War draws to a close.With the exception of 2012's Killing Them Softly*which was an odd, dark crime drama*Pitt has been on a strong run lately as a leading man. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Inglourious Basterds and World War Z all earned over $120 million at the domestic box office, while Moneyball was one of the highest-grossing baseball movies ever with $75.6 million.World War II movies have a mixed track record, though the last few installments have done fairly well. Outside of Pitt's Basterds, the best comparison for »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
HBO is finally meeting the Netflix challenge. HBO Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler told Time Warner investors today that HBO will finally offer a standalone streaming service in 2015. "It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO." Currently, only those with an HBO subscription have access to HBO Go, although HBO knows most subscribers share their passwords with other people and they're apparently cool with it. That's going to change. One HBO offering that may be available on the premium cable network is "Codes of Conduct," a drama from "12 Years a Slave" Best Picture-winning director Steve McQueen that's centered on a young black man's ascent into elite Manhattan society. McQueen and "World War Z" scribe Matthew Michael Carnahan penned the pilot together. We'll know more about the drama's full series potential when that pilot shakes out. Meanwhile Netflix chief Ted Sarandos is continuing his »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
Nearly a year ago, HBO began developing a drama series with 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen. Now the network has ordered a pilot of the drama, EW has confirmed. It'll be called Codes of Conduct and is set to star fresh face Devon Terrell. The story will explore a young African-American man's entry into New York society—a man who has a shrouded and ambiguous past. Terrell will play that character, Beverly Snow, and the show will address the boundaries of social mobility. McQueen wrote the script with World War Z screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan, and will make his television debut directing the pilot. »
- Eric Renner Brown
The Aaron Sims visual effects company has designed characters for such films as "Edge of Tomorrow," "Noah," "Maleficent," "World War Z," "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," and countless others. One of the company's artists is Tsvetomir Georgiev, who worked on Michael Bay's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie. On his Facebook page, he decided to unveil some of the earlier designs, giving us a look at several characters that didn't appear in the movie, including Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady. Check out all the artwork below. Concept Art: (click to enlarge) »
Brad Pitt recently opened up about growing up owning guns and learning to have respect for the weapon.
Brad Pitt Talks Guns
Pitt, who was born in Oklahoma and raised in Missouri, revealed that growing up where he did it was customary for family members to pass down their firearms. “There’s a rite of passage where I grew up of inheriting your ancestors’ weapons,” Pitt, 50, told Radio Times. “My brother got my dad’s. I got my grandfather’s shotgun when I was in kindergarten.”
Pitt’s first gun was an airgun. By the age of six, he had his own shotgun. At eight, he’d fired his first shot from a handgun.
“The positive is that my father instilled in me a profound and deep respect for the weapon,” Pitt explained.
Pitt, who recently married Angelina Jolie, with whom he’s raising six children, also claimed that he »
Exclusive: Hot off its debut at New York Comic-Con, the comic book series Wytches has been acquired by New Regency for Plan B to produce. The series is written by bestselling and Eisner Award-winning author Scott Snyder and illustrated by award-winning artist Jock. Snyder and Jock will be executive producers on the feature film adaptation.
Unveiled this week at Comic-Con, Wytches follows Charles Rooks, a loving father who moves his family to a neighboring town in an attempt to help their teenage daughter Sailor recover from a disturbing run-in with a bully. She remains haunted by the traumatic incident, unsure of what actually occurred in the woods and unable to escape a darkness growing around her. When Sailor begins to see familiar shadowed figures, Charles must help his daughter survive a terrifyingly real and mythic presence rooted within the woods and the surrounding local towns.
Wytches becomes another in a »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Halloween is almost here, which means you've got an appetite for horror: Good thing there are so many vampire, zombie, and serial killer flicks you can watch right now on Netflix.
Whether it's a classic like "Carrie" you want to revisit, an old '80s B movie you never saw or that Jennifer Lawrence thriller you missed at the theater, here are 31 of the best horror movies on Netflix, streaming in all their bloody glory. (Streaming options are subject to change. Check Netflix for latest availability.)
1."Carrie" (1976) R
Forget the recent two remakes (although the latest, with Chloë Grace Moretz, is also available to stream): Brian De Palma's version of Stephen King's novel about a telekinetic high school outcast who wreaks havoc at the prom is the only one you need to see.
2. "World War Z" (2013) PG-13
Remember when everyone predicted what a disaster this Brad Pitt project would be? »
- Sharon Knolle
Well, Summit is already scoping out a 2016 awards season plan as they've set Deepwater Horizon, the next film from J.C. Chandor (All is Lost) for a September 30, 2016 release date, which pretty much guarantees a Tiff 2016 premiere... that is if you're planning your schedule that far in advance. The film will star Mark Wahlberg and is based on the true events that occurred on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, the story chronicles the courage of those who worked on the Deepwater Horizon and the extreme moments of bravery and survival in the face of what would become one of the biggest man-made disasters in world history. Matthew Sand (Ninja Assassin) and Matthew Michael Carnahan (The Kingdom, World War Z) penned the screenplay. Filming is set to begin March 2015 and over at Hollywood Elsewhere, Jeff Wells alludes to the fact Liam Neeson may be joining the cast. »
- Brad Brevet
Summit Entertainment has issued a September 30, 2016 release date for their true story adaptation Deepwater Horizon, which has Mark Wahlberg attached to star. The project currently has the release date to itself, although it comes a week before Warner Bros.' Ninjago on September 23, 2016, and a week after Warner Bros.' Live by Night and Universal's Monster High on October 7, 2016.
Deepwater Horizon is based on the New York Times article Deepwater Horizon's Final Hour by David Barstow, David Rohde, and Stephanie Saul, which chronicles the 48 hours before the oil tanker Deepwater Horizon exploded off the Gulf of Mexico coast in 2010. The explosion resulted in the worst oil spill since the Exxon Valdez disaster. Mark Wahlberg is playing the oil rig's No. 2 manager in the adaptation, which will shine a light on true acts of heroism that were never made public after the explosion, which killed 11 crew members and injured 16 others. »
• Another big name has been launched into consideration for Ridley Scott’s sci-fi film The Martian. Emmy winner Jeff Daniels is the latest actor in talks to join Matt Damon in the movie about a stranded astronaut struggling to survive. Daniels would play the Nasa director dealing with the crisis back on Earth. Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig and Kate Mara may also star in the film written by Drew Goddard (World War Z) and adapted from the self-published book of the same name by Andy Weir. [THR] • Aubrey Plaza, Molly Shannon, Fred Armisen, Ron Livingston, and Clea DuVall have signed on for Fresno, »
- Jake Perlman
Q. What do Lincoln, E.T., The Color Purple, War of the Worlds, Jurassic Park, 12 Years a Slave, Eat Pray Love, A Mighty Heart, World War Z, Jane Eyre, Saving Mr. Banks, Proof, Elizabeth, The Master, American Hustle, Zero Dark Thirty, Her, The Dark Knight, Man of Steel, Inception, Hustle & Flow, The Hunger Games, Monsters, Inc., A Bug's Life, and Toy Story 3 have in common? A. They were all produced by women. Look around. Female producers are everywhere: Shepherding the new Star Wars trilogy. Bringing the latest Hunger Games to theaters. And in February, when Oscar night rolls around, 11 women »
- Nicole Sperling
Neil Calloway begins his new weekly column looking at the state of ‘British’ cinema in 2014…
*high pitched voice* British cinema friends.
According to a report in The Sunday Times, UK cinema audiences were down 8% on last year this summer, with only The Inbetweeners 2 and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (both sequels And based on material from elsewhere) performing well. Apparently the reason for this is the good weather, and big sporting events kept people out of the cinema. Given England’s World Cup performance, I’m surprised more people didn’t decide to shut themselves away in dark theatres away from the action, or lack of it, from Roy Hodgson’s team.
Still, it’s not all bad, according to the BFI statistical yearbook for 2014, which looks at the UK film industry in 2013, the film industry has doubled its Gdp in the past twenty years, contributing £2.9 billion »
- Oliver Davis
As Netflix works to break into feature-length programming, Amazon is still taking steps to catch up with its competitor in the realm of original series. Following pilot season, the Internet superstore announced today that it has picked up the Steven Soderbergh exec-produced period story Red Oaks and the Ron Perlman-led Hand of God to series. Additionally, Amazon has ordered more scripts for Whit Stillman’s The Cosmopolitans in order to further evaluate whether it will be a good fit for the company.
Red Oaks is a coming-of-age comedy set in the “go-go” ’80s. Craig Roberts (Neighbors) stars as a college student who is determined to make the most of the last days of his summer while working as an assistant tennis pro at a Jersey country club. Jennifer Grey, Oliver Cooper, Paul Reiser, Richard Kind and more co-star in the series, which had its pilot directed by David Gordon Green. »
- Isaac Feldberg
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