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You can be damned if you do and damned if you don’t and the narrative shifts to whatever convenient place it needs to go. When reports of trouble surfaced about “Fantastic Four” a few weeks back, the general online consensus was, “well this is what happens when you give an inexperienced director [Josh Trank] a big tentpole.” And while that remains to be seen (nobody has watched the actual movie yet), what is clear is that Hollywood is investing in young filmmakers for big blockbusters regardless of their “inexperience.” After the low-budget "Monsters", Gareth Edwards got called up to the big leagues to helm "Godzilla," and indie directors like Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Justin Kurzel and many more are developing their blockbuster-size projects (we did an entire feature about indie directors who could be the next generation of blockbuster filmmakers and you can read that here). Read More: 10 Indie Directors Who Could Be The Next Generation Of. »
- Edward Davis
Irony is a dish best served with a lawsuit. Voltage Pictures, who have made headlines for their aggressive tactics in suing those who have downloaded their movies illegally, have now been hit with legal actions themselves for ripping off a legendary movie franchise. A couple weeks back it was reported that Anne Hathaway would be starring in "Colossal," the latest film from Nacho Vigalondo ("Timecrimes," "Open Windows," "Extraterrestrial"), which was described as a "Lost In Translation" meets "Godzilla" tale about a New York woman who has just lost her job and her fiancé and heads to Japan upon hearing news of a giant lizard laying waste to Tokyo. It's that latter detail that has "Godzilla" rights owners Toho Co. hot and bothered. They have filed a suit against Voltage for using images from last year's Gareth Edwards' directed Hollywood version of "Godzilla" to try and drum up »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Toho, the Japanese production company that created “Godzilla,” has filed a lawsuit against Voltage Pictures that alleges the company used copyrighted images of the famous movie monster to sell their new film, “Colossal” starring Anne Hathaway. The lawsuit was filed in California federal court Tuesday and states “Toho Co. Ltd. … brings this lawsuit because defendants are brazenly producing, advertising, and selling an unauthorized Godzilla film of their own.” Toho is suing Voltage for copyright infringement, trademark infringement, trademark dilution, violating the Lanham Act, unfair competition and unjust enrichment. According to the legal documents obtained by TheWrap, Voltage circulated an email to. »
- Joe Otterson
The Forest for the Trees: Van Sant’s Melodramatic Misfire
Gus Van Sant’s name seems to conjure wildly different reactions depending on how accustomed one is to his varying filmography. Whether you’re a fan or detractor of his period of ‘slow’ films, including 2003’s Palme d’Or winning Elephant, or his mainstream appeal with beloved dramas like 1997’s Good Will Hunting, one can’t argue with a certain amount of dexterity on his part as a filmmaker. But those hoping for a sensational return to any tone in particular are in for a pointedly disappointing time with his latest, The Sea of Trees. Hopelessly melodramatic and embarrassingly affected, it’s a film so emotionally tone deaf it makes Finding Forrester (2000) seem miraculous by comparison. Headlined by a high pedigree cast, awkwardly shuffled about in a revolving charade, the title is a major disappointment from the beloved filmmaker.
Diego Luna has joined Felicity Jones in Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, the Star Wars spinoff to be directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards. Luna will play a co-lead alongside Jones as members of a group of solders who steal the plans for the Death Star. The news comes from Variety that also seems to confirm earlier word that Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) and Ben Mendelsohn will also star with the latter serving as the film's primary villain. Big shocker there, Mendelsohn and Christoph Waltz ought to star in a documentary on how to get typecast as a villain. The film takes place between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope and it would stand to assume the mission to steal the plans is successful based on the events of the original Star Wars. Star Wars: Rogue One hits theaters on Dec. »
- Brad Brevet
The spinoff, which already stars Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) and Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline), will be an ensemble piece about the heist of Death Star blueprints by a group of rebel fighters. It’s set between Episode III and Episode IV, but closer to A New Hope. Jones and Ahmed are set as members of the rebel squad deployed to retrieve the plans, while Mendelsohn will be the villain of the piece. Luna is reportedly also playing a rebel.
Luna is a prolific actor best known for Elysium, The Terminal and Y Tu Mama Tambien. He most recently shot Blood Father, starring alongside Mel Gibson, and is preparing to play a key role in Jason Momoa starrer The Bad Batch. The »
- Isaac Feldberg
Early this morning, The New York Times ran an article that detailed the A.C.L.U’s investigation into Hollywood’s hiring practices and their demonstrable prejudices — given the statistics — against female directors. As spearheaded by Melissa Davidson, the director of the L.G.B.T, Gender and Reproductive Justice Project at the A.C.L.U of Southern California, The Times also ran her official letter to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs that outlines the reasons behind her inquiry in full. Cara Buckley, author of The Times article, put forth the career trajectory of Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards, who landed […] »
- Sarah Salovaara
There's a trend these days to turn old movies into TV shows (Bates Motel, Hannibal) or old shows into movies (The A-Team, 21 Jump Street), but rarely do the new versions have anything to do with the originals. That's not going to be the case with Fox' new Minority Report show, which will be a direct sequel to Steven Spielberg's 2002 movie of the same name. Conceived by Godzilla screenwriter Max Borenstein, the new Minority Report will take place a decade after the first movie ended. PreCrime has been outlawed, which means that the three precogs from the movie are no longer being used to prevent crimes before they happen. It becoming illegal, however, doesn't mean the precogs have stopped receiving visions, and so the show promises to track the life of the...
- Peter Hall
Fox has finalized its 2015/2016 lineup, ordering to series, a small screen version of the sci-fi movie based on the 1956 Philip K. Dick science fiction short story, "The Minority Report," which starred Tom Cruise, and was directed by Steven Spielberg. Fox's TV series version will be set 10 years after the events of the film, which concluded with law enforcement’s Precrime division being disbanded. In the show, a female detective who is haunted by her past, teams up with a Precog that's still plagued by visions (similar to the movie, although the genders of each character have been swapped). Meagan Good stars as the female detective - Lara Vega. Stark Sands will play the Precog. They are joined in the series by Wilmer Valderrama, Daniel London, Laura Regan, Li Jun Li and Zhane Hall. Max Borenstein ("Godzilla") wrote the pilot. Kevin Falls is the showrunner and an executive producer along with Justin Falvey and Darryl. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
It was another strong weekend at the box office – both in the U.S. and on the international scene – and Avengers: Age Of Ultron shows no signs of slowing down.
Rentrak’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, “Disney/Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ continues to dominate the global movie marketplace, holding as the #1 film in many markets boasting another impressive $68 million weekend internationally in advance of the China opening this Tuesday and a massive global total to date of $875.3 million. Additionally, Universal reports ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ is off and running with a solid $8.8 million and number one debuts in Australia and New Zealand this weekend in advance of its North American debut later this week.”
- Movie Geeks
After canceling its one-time hit drama The Following, Fox has announced two possible replacements as it gives series orders to a pair of highly anticipated new shows. We already showed you a first look photo of Tom Ellis as Lucifer, with that series based on the popular DC Vertigo comics. Now we have word that the sequel series Minority Report is also moving forward. It is a direct follow-up to Steven Spielberg's 2002 sci-fi hit of the same name and will serve as a episodic sequel to that movie.
Minority Report will be executive produced by Steven Spielberg, and is the first of his films to be adapted for television. The hour-long drama follows an unlikely partnership between a man haunted by future visions and a cop tormented by her recent past. The pair race to stop the worst crimes of the year 2065 before they ever happen. Set in Washington, »
And the beat goes on... Fox has finalized its 2015/2016 lineup, ordering to series a small screen version of the sci-fi movie based on the 1956 Philip K. Dick science fiction short story, "The Minority Report," which starred Tom Cruise, and was directed by Steven Spielberg. Fox's TV series version will be set 10 years after the events of the film, which concluded with law enforcement’s Precrime division being disbanded. In the show, a female detective who is haunted by her past, teams up with a Precog that's still plagued by visions (similar to the movie, although the genders of each character have been swapped). Announced earlier this year, Meagan Good stars as the female detective - Lara Vega. Stark Sands will play the Precog. They are joined in the series by Wilmer Valderrama, Daniel London, Laura Regan, Li Jun Li and Zhane Hall. Max Borenstein ("Godzilla") wrote the pilot. Kevin Falls »
- Tambay A. Obenson
RelatedFall TV: Fox Orders Rob Lowe’s Grinder, Procedural Rosewood to Series
Based on characters from DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, Lucifer stars Tom Ellis (Rush) in the title role. Bored as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the Lapd punish criminals.
The cast also includes Lauren German (as Det. Chloe »
Paul Greengrass is teaming up with Legendary Entertainment to direct a new biopic centering on the life of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, tentatively titled Experience Hendrix. Both the director and the studio had the chance to make the biopic with or without cooperation from the musician's estate four years ago, but they turned down that opportunity. Now they have full cooperation from the estate, and the biopic will also include his classic songs such as "Foxy Lady" and "Purple Haze." The musician only recorded four albums before he died at the age of 27 in 1970.
Scott Silver (The Fighter, 8 Mile) has come aboard to write the script. Legendary has been developing this project since 2009, with Max Borenstein (Godzilla) originally writing the script. Jimi Hendrix's estate didn't want to cooperate the first time around, because they thought the movie might hurt record sales, which continue to be strong year after year. »
Jimi Hendrix is proving popular for the big screen lately. Last year brought with it John Ridley's "Jimi: All Is By My Side" with Spirit Award nominee Andre Benjamin in the starring role. Now comes word that Legendary Pictures will finally move ahead on developing a biopic about the musician with "Captain Phillips" helmer Paul Greengrass set to direct. I say finally because Greengrass and Legendary's Thomas Tull had a shot at making a Hendrix film four years ago, but like Ridley's film, it would have been without the Hendrix estate's cooperation. Now, reportedly, a deal has been struck, and the two parties will set out to produce the definitive cinematic portrait of the rock icon. With estate cooperation comes permission to use all the classics: "Purple Haze," "Voodoo Chile," "Foxy Lady," etc. And perhaps they'll be incorporated in interesting, rather than "greatest hits" ways. After all, "8 Mile" screenwriter »
- Kristopher Tapley
Marvel Studios has commenced principal photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on Captain America: Civil War, the third installment of its Super Hero franchise. The production will shoot on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production, as well as locations in Germany, Puerto Rico and Iceland.
Set for release in the United States on May 6, 2016, Captain America: Civil War is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Community”) from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (“Captain America: The Winter Solider,” Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger”).
The film returns Chris Evans (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron”) as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America along with Robert Downey Jr. (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel’s “Iron Man 3”) as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson (“Avengers: Age of Ultron, »
- Michelle McCue
Cameras have officially started rolling on Marvel's Captain America: Civil War and they've revealed new details on the plot and additions to the cast showing which new heroes will be showing up (including Paul Rudd's Ant-Man), and even the return of General Ross! Come inside to learn more!
The showdown between Captain America and Iron Man is getting closer, as today, the Russo brothers have started production on Captain America: Civil War. Marvel issued a press release to announce the start of principal photography and in doing so have given us our first plot synopsis:
“Captain America: Civil War” picks up where “Avengers: Age of Ultron” left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Marvel Studios has commenced principal photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ the third installment of its Super Hero franchise. The production will shoot on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film?s production, as well as locations in Germany, Puerto Rico and Iceland. Set for release in the United States on May 6, 2016, ‘Captain America: Civil War’ is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ ‘Community’) from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (‘Captain America: The Winter Solider,’ Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’). The film returns Chris Evans (‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’) as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America along with Robert Downey Jr. (‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ Marvel’s ‘Iron Man 3′) as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson (‘Avengers: Age of Ultron, »
Has being the director of a film in a major franchise become a high-stakes gamble? Ryan looks at the pressures faced by modern filmmakers.
The process of making the behemoth that is Avengers: Age Of Ultron has clearly taken its toll on Joss Whedon. In each successive interview with the press, he’s talked with surprising openness about the process of making the superhero sequel and his battles to places an individual stamp on it; this culminated in a recent podcast with Empire, in which he described the “really, really unpleasant” fight to keep certain scenes in the film.
For an established writer and director like Whedon, who’s been working in TV and film since the 90s, taking on a project as huge and loaded with expectation as a Marvel film is evidently punishing, both physically and psychologically. Imagine how difficult it must be, then, to make the jump »
As the controversy continues to swell around what should have been an easy victory lap (in case you missed it, Joss Whedon quit Twitter — he explains why), Soundworks Collection has released a new video on the creation of the sound design of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” So sit back, turn the volume up, and listen to what Academy Award winner and industry vet Christopher Boyes had to say about working on Whedon’s film. Read More: Watch: Extensive 45-Minute Look At The Sound Design of Gareth Edwards' 'Godzilla' Running nearly 12-minutes long, this extensive featurette covers everything from the decision to build on top of the pre-existing sounds created in other Marvel movies, to the long process of finding Ultron’s voice. It’s a great watch for a fan and just as informative for those curious in cinematic sound design. Watch “The Sounds of the Avengers: Age of Ultron” below, »
- Cain Rodriguez
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