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When your name is Steven Spielberg, you can afford to be choosey with your projects. Even better, you can afford to be patient. When a Spielberg film drops off the map for a while, it doesn't necessarily mean it's dead- like it might with other directors. It just means that he's taking a step back to get it right, as opposed to just racing forward with something that's half-baked. Such is the case with Robopocalypse, the sci-fi flick that Spielberg has long been linked to bringing to the big screen.
We almost got this thing years ago. He had slated production to begin once he was finished with War Horse. Well, as you might have noticed, War Horse came out in 2011 and we still don't have any Spielbergian robots storming our screens. The director, seemingly dissatisfied with the state of the script, and the studio- alarmed by what it would »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
A first look at Terminator Genisys has finally arrived.
In September, Paramount Pictures confirmed the release dates for all three films in the new trilogy, beginning with the premiere of Terminator Genisys on July 1, 2015. The second new Terminator film will be released on May 19, 2017, and the trilogy will conclude in the third film, to be released on June 29, 2018.
In EW’s release of the new photos, the article says the film:
“is set in 2029, when the Future War is raging and a group of human rebels has the evil artificial-intelligence system Skynet on the ropes. John Connor (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Jason Clarke) is the leader of the resistance, and Kyle Reese (Divergent‘s Jai Courtney) is his loyal soldier, raised in the ruins of post apocalyptic California. As in the original film, Connor sends Reese back to 1984 to save Connor’s mother, Sarah (Game of Thrones »
- Michelle McCue
“I’ll be back.” Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cyborg warrior will make good on that promise next summer when Paramount unleashes Terminator: Genisys to theaters. While familiar characters like Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese will be played by new faces, Arnold brings his stalwart screen presence to the franchise’s next chapter, as mentioned in the film’s recently revealed plot details accompanied by new photos.
In their first look at the next installment of the Terminator franchise, EW debuted a photo of Emilia Clarke’s Sarah Connor with Jai Courtney’s Kyle Reese on a motorcycle and another picture featuring Jason Clarke’s John Connor next to Matt Smith (Doctor Who) with the T-800 endoskeleton lurking behind them.
- Derek Anderson
Studio 8 closed its distribution deal with Sony on Sept. 8 with plans to release six films a year. Robinov, the former Warner Bros. studio chief, said at that point that he expected to raise $1 billion from financiers and a partnership with China’s Fosun Group.
Shaun Williams has been hired as chief financial officer after serving as the senior VP of finance for Gk Films. Lindsey Bayman, Paramount’s former exec VP of motion picture business affairs, will run business affairs.
Mark Bakshi, Paramount’s former worldwide president of feature production, will oversee physical production. He served as executive producer on “Foxcatcher,” “World War Z” and “Moneyball” and supervised over 150 feature film productions at Paramount, including “Transformers,” the “Mission: Impossible” franchise, “Saving Private Ryan” and “Titanic.”
Kimberly LoCascio will oversee all aspects of visual effects, »
- Dave McNary
Studio 8 is quickly ramping up, hiring four more executives in both finance and production as it prepares its production slate that will see two movies the first year, four in the second and six in each of the next three, with budgets ranging from $45 million to $100 million-plus. Studio 8 CEO Jeff Robinov said last month that he had planned to hire 14-16 people and is making good on that word. The newest hires include Shaun Williams as his Chief Financial Officer. Williams previously worked at Gk Films where he oversaw day-to-day operations as Svp of Finance. The executive had been involved with Studio 8 since its beginnings when they began developing the overall business plan. He helped to structure the corporate credit facility.
Robinov and his new media company is backed by Shanghai-based China’s Fosun Group which also officially set up shop with Sony. Fosun is the largest privately-owned conglomerate in mainland China. »
- Anita Busch
Richard Baker, 39
Exec VP, marketing and distribution, FilmNation Entertainment
Take one self-described nerd, mix marketing expertise gained at the Edinburgh Intl. Film Festival and the Weinstein Co., and hire him at FilmNation to oversee marketing plus distribution on Benedict Cumberbatch starrer “The Imitation Game.” Result? A record $7 million purchase of “Imitation” by TWC at Berlin for the likely Oscar contender. Title aside, Baker is a jack of many trades, having shaped the studio’s brand and art-directed the “Imitation” reel that secured its purchase. He recalls his first boss, an “eccentric chain-smoking old-school theater manager” who “never hid her mistakes.” “It’s Ok to ask stupid questions,” he says. “But only once.”
Gillian Bohrer, 36
Exec VP production, Lionsgate
- Variety Staff
Eddie Redmayne always knew that the toughest critic of “The Theory of Everything” would be the man he portrays onscreen — Stephen Hawking. The 72-year-old physicist recently made the trek from his home in Cambridge, England, to Working Title’s production offices in London to watch the biopic based on his life. Hawking’s longtime battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Als) has left him a quadriplegic, and he speaks through a computer-generated voice amplifier. Before the screening, he met Redmayne. “He took a while to type something, then said, ‘I’ll let you know what I think — good or otherwise,’ ” Redmayne recalls. “I said, ‘Stephen, if it’s otherwise, you don’t need to go into details.’ ”
- Ramin Setoodeh
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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
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