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The clearest thing about the Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer (and its entire production history) is how thoroughly Marc Webb and company ignored complaints about having too many villains in a single movie. Not only have they dropped three into the mix here, they’ve also made the overwhelming nature of that reality part of the thematic challenge Peter Parker must face. That dramatic turn may help transform the juggling act of multiple baddies (with multiple origin stories) into a usable energy, but they’re going to have to do a far better job of balancing the story than they did with the messy first outing of the rebooted hero. On that front, it looks like the all-but-erased-by-the-studio “secret origin” is back in the mix as Peter delves deeper into what his father was working on at Oscorp. Again, that’s fertile ground, but it adds another layer to the dip. Check »
- Scott Beggs
• Director Joe Wright: 'I go nuts if I'm idle'
• Anna Karenina: watch the trailer
Joe Wright, director of Atonement, Hanna and The Soloist, might next tackle a Peter Pan origins story, according to Variety. If confirmed, he will direct from a script by Jason Fuchs, writer of Ice Age: Continental Drift.
Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up, remains a magical property for Hollywood. Popular film versions of the story include Disney's eponymous 1953 animation and Hook, a sequel by Steven Spielberg that imagined a disillusioned grown-up Peter returning to Neverland. The story behind the creation of the character was detailed in Finding Neverland, the 2004 film about Jm Barrie, the Scottish author and playwright who wrote the children's story.
Other Pan projects in production include Hunger Games director »
- Henry Barnes
Peter Pan is getting ready to fly once again -- this time for Warner Bros.
Joe Wright, the British filmmaker best known for his many period pieces starring Keira Knightley, is in talks to direct the movie, which would give Pan the Batman Begins treatment, imbibing the character with a big origin movie.
Greg Berlanti, riding on the success of TV's Arrow, is producing and the script is by Jason Fuchs, an actor-turned-writer who penned Ice Age: Continental Drift and has Break My Heart 1,000 Times set up at Gold Circle.
Warners is very high on the project, which Sarah Schechter is overseeing, and making it one of its priorities.
- Borys Kit
Exclusive: Nelsan Ellis has been set to play Bobby Byrd, James Brown’s longtime friend and musical collaborator in the Tate Taylor-directed Get On Up for Imagine Entertainment and Universal Pictures. Imagine’s Brian Grazer is producing with Jagged Films’ Mick Jagger. It’s a big role in the film behind Brown, who’s being played by Chadwick Boseman. Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer also star. Ellis is best known for playing Lafayette on the HBO vampire series True Blood. He was last seen on screen playing Martin Luther King Jr. in Lee Daniels’ The Butler and his screen credits include The Express, The Soloist, Secretariat, and The Reluctant Fundamentalist. He is repped by ICM Partners and Brookside Artist Management. Universal will start production November in Mississippi. The script is by Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth and Steven Baigelman, and Victoria Pearman and Erica Huggins are also producing. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Protagonist Pictures has concluded sales in several territories for Israel Horovitz’s feature debut My Old Lady, starring Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott Thomas; shooting to begin in Paris on Sept 26.
The film has sold to the UK (Curzon Film World), Australia and New Zealand (Hopscotch/eOne), Germany and Switzerland (Ascot Elite), Scandinavia (Svensk), Benelux (Imagine), South Africa (Nu Metro), Israel (Lev Films), Greece and Cyprus (Feelgood), Middle East (Front Row), Portugal (Lusomundo), and Airlines (Eim).
BBC Films is backing the project.
The film is written by Horovitz, on whose award-winning play the screenplay is based. Horovitz’ screenwriting credits include Istvan Szabo’s Sunshine, Author! Author!, and Cannes Prix du Jury winner The Strawberry Statement.
In My Old Lady, Kline plays Mathias »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
“Journey” has been set for an Aug. 8 release in the U.S. via Disney.
Lasse Hallstrom will direct from a screenplay by Steve Knight based on the book by Richard Morais. Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake are producing, with Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King exec producers.
“This will be our sixth collaboration with our good friends at DreamWorks, and what a dream project this is, with an amazing line-up of talent and a story that’s totally in the Participant wheelhouse,” said Participant CEO Jim Berk.
Story in “Journey” centers on an Indian family moving to Southern France and opening an Indian restaurant that’s 100 feet across the street from a Michelin starred French restaurant.
Jonathan King will supervise for Participant, »
- Dave McNary
Its been a busy day for proposed screen adaptations of literary works.
First up, Quality Transmedia is developing a live-action television series based on John Layman and Rob Guillory's popular comic "Chew".
The story follows a detective who is a "cibopath," a person who gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats, and is set in a world where bird meats are illegal after a bird flu killed millions of Americans.
The first installment in a planned trilogy, the story follows a 16-year-old girl who survives an alien invasion only to search for her abducted brother with the help of a boy who might be an alien in disguise.
Sources: THR, Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
We are absolutely loving Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black here on the Stage & Small Screen section of Thn, and we are desperately waiting for season two already! But if you are a fan of the hit show, you will be happy to know that there will be another lady heading to Litchfield Prison when it returns.
It was revealed that Lorraine Toussaint has been casted in a ‘heavily recurring’ role. Her character will be named Vee, a long-time street tough who ran her own drug business who recruited children to serve as runners. You may know Toussaint from films like The Soloist and Middle Of Nowhere.
But the best news is that we will be seeing more of a current prisoner at Litchfield. Danielle Brooks, who plays Taystee in Orange Is The New Black, has been upped to a season regular! In season one, Taystee was released from prison, »
- Lucy Cave
The action showdown this weekend was supposed to be a dead heat, so to speak. "The Heat" and "White House Down" were both supposed to open around $35 million. Both earned very good word-of-mouth, as measured by equal A- grades at CinemaScore. If anything, the Channing Tatum-Jamie Foxx action thriller had a slight edge over the Sandra Bullock-Melissa McCarthy action comedy.
And yet, when the dust cleared, "The Heat" debuted with an estimated $40.0 million, well above expectations, while "White House Down" fizzled with an estimated $25.7 million, well below the most pessimistic prediction.
What went wrong? Here are some possible reasons "White House Down" made so few moviegoers' ballots.
"Olympus Has Fallen" Stole Its Thunder. Moviegoers may have found "WHD"'s terrorists-seize-the-White-House scenario overly familiar. After all, it's been only three months since the similar "Olympus Has Fallen" became a sleeper hit. And that movie opened with a surprisingly strong $30.4 million, a figure "WHD" couldn't match. (By the way, "Olympus" is still in theaters. It was No. 24 on the chart this weekend, earning an estimated $104,000 in its 15th week, for a total of $98.8 million, a total "WHD" may have trouble reaching.) »
- Gary Susman
It's senior year at Greendale Community College and our favorite study group is back to hitting the books when Community: The Complete Fourth Season debuts on DVD August 6th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Led by Joel McHale (TV's The Soup), the ensemble cast also includes Gillian Jacobs (TV's The Good Wife), Danny Pudi (TV's Greek), Yvette Nicole Brown (TV's Rules of Engagement), Alison Brie (TV's Mad Men), Donald Glover (TV's Girls), Academy Award winner Jim Rash (Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay), The Descendants, 2011), Ken Jeong (The Hangover Part III) and Emmy winner Chevy Chase (TV's Saturday Night Live). The end of the summer brings these social misfits back to school for more hijinks, exploits and escapades. The fourth season follows Jeff (McHale) as he is reminded why he enrolled into community college in the first place. The fate of Shirley's Sandwiches is decided, while Troy (Glover) and Abed (Pudi) happily move back in together. »
Participant Media, a key backer of touchstone documentaries such as “An Inconvenient Truth” and “Food,” Inc., isn’t afraid to take on divisive issues like government secrecy and the state of Palestine.
The 9-year-old company has just released Dan Setton’s “State 194,” a documentary about Salam Fayyad’s efforts to gain United Nations recognition for the independence of the Palestinian territories. And it’s in post on Bill’s Condon’s WikiLeaks drama “The Fifth Estate” (pictured above), due out Oct. 11 from Disney.
Both titles also are receiving Participant’s unique added-value component: a Web-based social action campaign aimed at sparking discussion and getting people involved with the issues represented in the movie. It’s a strategy exemplified in the company motto: “Entertainment that inspires social change.”
A third of the 150 or so employees at Participant’s Beverly Hills headquarters work on social action campaigns, reaching out to communities »
- Dave McNary
DreamWorks Studios and Participant Media have acquired the feature film rights to the story of the Catholic Church’s decades-long cover-up of its pedophile priests in Massachusetts as uncovered by a year-long investigation by the Boston Globe, it was announced today by Holly Bario, DreamWorks President of Production, and Jonathan King, Participant Executive Vice President of Production.
Tom McCarthy has signed on to direct and co-write the script with Josh Singer. Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar and Steve Golin and Rocklin/Faust’s Nicole Rocklin and Blye Faust will produce. David Mizner, who originally brought the project to the producers, will serve as a consultant and associate producer. King and Jeff Skoll will serve as executive producers.
Life rights have been acquired to the Boston Globe’s “Spotlight Team” of reporters and editors, including then-Globe editor Marty Baron, special projects editor Ben Bradlee Jr., Spotlight Team editor Walter “Robby” Robinson and reporters Michael Rezendes, »
- Michelle McCue
DreamWorks Studios and Participant Media have acquired the feature film rights to the story of the Catholic Church's decades-long cover-up of its pedophile priests in Massachusetts as uncovered by a year-long investigation by the Boston Globe, it was announced today by Holly Bario, DreamWorks President of Production, and Jonathan King, Participant Executive Vice President of Production. Thomas McCarthy has signed on to direct and co-write the script with Josh Singer. Anonymous Content's Michael Sugar and Steve Golin and Rocklin/Faust's Nicole Rocklin and Blye Faust will produce. David Mizner, who originally brought the project to the producers, will serve as a consultant and associate producer. King and Jeff Skoll will serve as executive producers.
Life rights have been acquired to the Boston Globe's "Spotlight Team" of reporters and editors, including then-Globe editor Marty Baron, special projects editor Ben Bradlee Jr., Spotlight Team editor Walter "Robby" Robinson and reporters Michael Rezendes, »
Variety reported in October that “Win Win” helmer Tom McCarthy and scribe Josh Singer (“The West Wing”) had been tapped by Anonymous Content and Rocklin/Faust to work on the project, which follows the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists who exposed the scandal. At that point, McCarthy had been working in secret for more than a year on the movie.
Steve Golin and Michael Sugar of Anonymous Content are producing with Nicole Rocklin and Blye Faust. David Mizner, who brought the project to Rocklin/Faust, will consult and serve as an associate producer.
Producers have secured life rights of the Globe reporters responsible, including Spotlight Team members Michael Rezendes, Sacha Pfeiffer and Matt Carroll, Spotlight Team editor Walter “Robby” Robinson, »
- Dave McNary
Robert Downey Jr has spent so much of the last decade playing either Iron Man or Sherlock Holmes that when those other projects come along you take notice. So far, his non-franchise roles have been in The Soloist and Due Date, two films not quite up to what Downey is capable of (Tropic Thunder is the lone exception). This new project sounds interesting, but I am not sure exactly what to think of it yet. The Hollywood Reporter has Vera Farmiga adding to the cast of Downey's The »
- Alex Maidy
Matthew Fox (World War Z, Alex Cross, “Lost”) joins with Academy Award® winner Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln, No Country For Old Men, The Fugitive, Hope Springs), newcomer Eriko Hatsune and award-winning Japanese star Toshiyuki Nishida to bring to life the American occupation of Japan in the perilous and unpredictable days just after Emperor Hirohito’s World War II surrender. As General Douglas MacArthur (Jones) suddenly finds himself the de facto ruler of a foreign nation, he assigns an expert in Japanese culture – and psychological warfare – General Bonner Fellers (Fox), to covertly investigate the looming question hanging over the country: should the Japanese Emperor, worshiped by his people but accused of war crimes, be punished or saved? Caught between the high-wire political intrigue of his urgent mission and his own impassioned search for the mysterious school teacher (Hatsune) who first drew him to Japan, Fellers can be certain only that the »
- Movie Geeks
After a sojourn away from the somewhat staid literary adaptations (Pride and Prejudice, Atonement) with which he made his name, Joe Wright returns to another classic text, clearly invigorated by the audience-pleasing lessons learned on the somewhat sentimental The Soloist and the full-on action-romp Hanna. For all its flaws, his adaptation of Anna Karenina (2012, Universal, 12) is a laudably full-throttle affair, packed with unembarrassed flourishes of Russellian visual invention, theatrical daring and even dance.
Using a proscenium arch device to circumvent the problems and/or expenses of location shooting, Wright's rendering of a well-worn but still thorny narrative boasts splendidly fluid cinematography by Seamus McGarvey, a swoony score from Dario Marianelli, and an especially fine turn from Jude Law as Anna's unloved husband. That the film itself should be perhaps more cerebrally impressive than emotionally engaging is partly a result of Anna's frosty »
- Mark Kermode
What does the end of the world look like in the Marvel Universe? Judging by The Avengers, it is one spirit-breaking catastrophe after another. First a demi-god with a magic cube declares war on earth; then alien shock troops and monstrous leviathans invade New York; then it gets worse as a U.S. nuclear warhead is fired at Manhattan. It builds up to a crescendo the most unthinkable disaster of all (especially if you’re a Marvel Studios executive): The moment Robert Downey Jr.flies up, up and away from Earth, maybe never to return.
Yes, Downey and his »
- Geoff Boucher
Principal photography has begun on the WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate, it was announced today by DreamWorks Studios. The film about the controversial website stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange and Daniel Brühl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg, as well as Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi, Dan Stevens, Alicia Vikander and Carice van Houten.
The Fifth Estate will open in U.S. theaters on November 15, 2013 and be distributed domestically by Disney’s Touchstone label. Distribution internationally will be split among Disney, DreamWorks partner Reliance, and deals made through the studio’s partnership with Mister Smith Entertainment.
Following Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Brühl), an early supporter and eventual colleague of Julian Assange (Cumberbatch), “The Fifth Estate” traces the heady, early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing information leaks. The website’s overnight success brought instant fame to its principal architects and transformed the »
- Michelle McCue
The film based on the controversial rise of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange began principle photography yesterday in London. The Fifth Estate will chart the early beginnings of the whistle-blowing website and is based on the fact-based novels Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, an early supporter and eventual colleague of Assange as well as WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy, by Luke Harding and David Leigh.
Domscheit-Berg will be played by Inglorious Basterds’ Daniel Bruhl with British thespian Benedict Cumberbatch as the infamous online Australian activist. Here we have the first official still of the divisive figures.
The Fifth Estate will co-star Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, Alicia Vikander, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi, Dan Stevens, Carice van Houten, and is directed by Bill Condon. The official press release below gives all the details.
Los Angeles, CA (January 22, 2013) – Principal »
- Craig Hunter
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