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Daniel Day-Lewis spoiled us. Last year, the Best Actor race was an easy call, but this time around, it’s the hardest of the Oscar fields to predict. The race is jam-packed with worthy contenders, each with an equally strong chance of finding his name in that winning envelope on March 2.
With a month to go before voting opens we could still see some shifting. Who could still sneak in? Forest Whitaker for The Butler or Joaquin Phoenix for Her have the potential to rise in the ranks. So does Oscar Isaac for his musical, downtrodden turn in Inside Llewyn Davis. »
- Anthony Breznican
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award 2013 award winner Angelina Jolie gave a touching speech at the first Oscars event this season. Jolie mentioned her mother and thanked Brad Pitt as she was honored at the early Oscars ceremony. The 'Salt' actress - who underwent a double mastectomy in February - was presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Governors Awards in Los Angeles and she praised her fiance for his ''support'' and ''guidance''. She said: ''My love. Your support and your guidance make everything I do possible.'' She also promised not to cry and embarrass her son Maddox, 12, who was at the ceremony with his father to supported Angelina. She added: ''I'm not going to cry, I promise. I'm not going to embarrass you. ''You and your brothers and sisters are my happiness and there is no greater honor in this world than being your mom.'' »
The 38-year-old American actress, who attended the event with her fiance Brad Pitt and eldest son Maddox, expressed her gratitude towards her children and said that being their mother was the greater honor for her, People Magazine reported.
The 'Salt' actress, who became the youngest ever winner of the award, was honored for her humanitarian efforts with the 'Un Refugee Agency', 'Doctors Without Borders' and 'Global Action for Children'.. »
- Diksha Singh
• Career villain Javier Bardem has been offered the lead baddie role of the pirate Blackbeard in Peter Pan origin story Pan for Warner Bros. The tale follows an orphan through Neverland, where he becomes the savior of the natives and fights against the pirates. [Deadline]
• Imogen Poots, who stars alongside Aaron Paul in the upcoming Need for Speed, has joined the cast of Beautiful Ruins, an adaptation of Jess Walter’s bestselling novel about an American actress in Italy for the Cleopatra shoot, a development assistant in present day Los Angeles, and a producer who started on the set of Cleopatra. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Angelina Jolie has been out of the loop for a while, hasn't she? Her last release was the good-but-by-no-means-great spy thriller Salt, and since then it's been nothing. Maybe she was tired of the spotlight, maybe no projects had come her way that appealed to her. That drought ends here, though, because we have the trailer for Maleficant, a sort of spin-off/remake of Sleeping Beauty focusing on the memorable villain. Check it out after the jump. »
- David Hoffman
Angelina Jolie ('Salt') takes the lead in Walt Disney's new dark fairytale 'Maleficent' and Miss Jolie has popped up on the early UK teaser one-sheet from the production currently in post-production. Directed by visual effects artist Robert Stromberg, whom makes his directorial debut with the project, the tale tells of the villainous 'Maleficient' from Disney's 1959 animated movie 'Sleeping Beauty'. Sharlto Copley ('District 9'), Elle Fanning ('Super 8'), Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple ('The Dark Knight Rises') and Lesley Manville also star. 'Maleficent' will arrive in UK theatres in May 2014. Check out the poster below. »
Exclusive: Deadline revealed exclusively Friday that longtime UTA Production Department co-head Wayne Fitterman had left that agency and was in talks to land at Wme. I have confirmed that he has now officially joined Wme as a partner and that he will head Wme’s Production Department. As I wrote, Fitterman had expected to bring three of his cohorts along with him. UTA staved off that coup, but Fitterman brings 46 clients with him so far, with a lot more hanging in the balance. This is an unsung part of the business, covering cinematographers, editors, line producers, production designers, costume designers, and visual effects supervisors. But it’s important. Aside from making piles of money, the department is a breeding ground for first-time directors. Among the clients Fitterman has brought with him are Jenny Beavan (The King’s Speech), Mark Bridges (The Artist), Bruno Delbonnel (Inside Llewyn Davis), Robert Elswit (There Will Be Blood »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Breaking: Noomi Rapace has teamed with Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters helmer Tommy Wirkola for What Happened To Monday? The script, which made the Black List, was written by Max Botkin. Rapace will play the multiple roles of septuplet sisters who struggle to stay hidden in an overpopulated world were a one-child policy outlaws siblings. Wirkola said he originally envisioned the protagonist(s) as male, but “I was struck by the complexities of having an actor portray seven characters and immediately knew Noomi was the ideal actor – male or female – to bring them to life,” Wirkola said in a statement. That puts the breakout star of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo in the rare company of female talent like Angelina Jolie, who succeeded Tom Cruise as the star of Salt. Raffaella De Laurentiis is producing through Raffaella Productions, along with Vendome’s Philippe Rousselet. Vendome is also financing the film. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
An Angelina Jolie autobiography is sure to be a best-seller and book publishers are pressing the price up - one new report claims the pillow-lipped actress who is engaged to Brad Pitt will sign a book deal worth $50 million. The 38-year-old star - who underwent a double mastectomy in February - is reportedly the subject of a bidding war for the rights to her autobiography, and the battle has already hit around $50 million. A source at one Us publisher told the Daily Star Sunday newspaper: ''Whoever gets her will be sitting on a gold mine. ''Her book is guaranteed to top the bestseller lists in virtually every country on the planet and even an advance of that size would be recouped within weeks.'' A friend of the 'Salt' actress - who has six children, Maddox, 12, Pax, nine, Zahara, eight, Shiloh, seven, and five-year-old twins, Knox and Vivienne »
If there's one film to see this year, it's 12 Years a Slave, a wrenching but rewarding historical epic. See This12 Years a Slave var brightcovevideoid = '2752863002001'; Sometimes we have to do hard things. I can't think of a film in a recent memory I have been so compelled to sit through, wrestling all the while with how difficult it is to do so. 12 Years a Slave is, to put it simply, the first film to truly convey the horrors of what used to be called the "peculiar institution." But it is such a brilliantly directed, written and performed piece of cinema, »
After leaving its Hot Wheels movie lying around for nearly a decade—resisting every exhortation to just put it away, damn it, your father almost broke his neck, by protesting, “But McG said he was gonna play with it!”—Mattel and Legendary have finally found someone to come and smash their toy car property together. It’s Simon Crane, a second-unit director who’s served on films like Troy, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Salt, World War Z, and Maleficent, and will be making his first transition from working seemingly exclusively with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to guiding an entirely different »
After working as a stunt coordinator and being considered one of the best second unit directors in town, Simon Crane is finally making his feature directorial debut with Legendary Entertainment's adaptation of Mattel's miniature car toyline Hot Wheels. The project has been developing since 2011, and still seems like one of those terrible established intellectual property deals with a studio trying to make a cash grab with a recognizable brand name. Directors like McG and writers like Cormac Wibberly (National Treasure) and John Gatins (Real Steel) tried to crack it, but to no avail. So it's no surprise that it will mark Crane's debut. That's not to say Crane isn't a talented man behind the camera. After all, the trade says he's "one the premier second-unit directors in the business" working on films like World War Z, Salt, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Troy (was he also around to film Brad Pitt being born? »
- Ethan Anderton
Just a few days ago when Katey Rich at Cinemablend wrote about the end of Stretch Armstrong‘s development representing a bigger end to the small fad of toy movies, it felt gut-level right. That may have been wishful thinking. Obviously Transformers is still going strong, and now Variety reports that Legendary is pushing ahead with a movie based on Hot Wheels. Granted, that means the movie is essentially based on “automobiles,” which is the Brick Tamland method of film production. However, there are two reasons to be hopeful for what the tiny little cars can produce. The first is Paul Attanasio, who wrote Donnie Brasco, The Sum of All Fears and a handful of other pulpy genre goodies. He’s taking over on script duty with a draft from Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) in hand. The second is Simon Crane, a veteran director who has done a ridiculous amount of second unit duty »
- Scott Beggs
Legendary Pictures just signed Simon Crane to direct its upcoming "Hot Wheels" movie, based on the popular Mattel toy line. Paul Attanasio (Quiz Show, The Good German) is on board to do a rewrite of the script. The story centers on a washed-up Illinois State Trooper who, after a dangerous military device falls into the hands of a criminal, fights the man his father once put behind bars. "Hot Wheels" has been in development for years with such directors as McG (Terminator Salvation) and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later), and writers Cormac Wibberly (National Treasure) and John Gatins (Flight). The movie will be Crane's directorial debut, but he's considered one of the best second-unit directors, having worked on such films as "World War Z," "Men in Black 3," "Salt" and "X-Men: The Last Stand." »
After giving it much consideration and thought, Legendary has decided that Simon Craig will direct Hot Wheels, based on the Mattel toy line.
Hot Wheels has been in development for quite some time. At some point, McG was attached to direct, with a script by writers like Cormac Wibberly (National Treasure) and John Gatins (Flight). Eventually the project went to Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man), and is now getting a rewrite by Paul Attanasio (Quiz Show, The Good German).
The story focuses on a washed-up Illinois State Trooper who, after a dangerous military device falls into the hands of a criminal, fights the man his father once put behind bars.
Crane is best known in the business as a second-unit director and stunt coordinator. He’s worked on films like World War Z, »
- Laura Frances
Update: Stuntman/second-unit director Simon Crane will direct Hot Wheels. Crane was stunt coordinator and second-unit director on World War Z, Men in Black III and Salt, among others. Also, Legendary took the Hot Wheels project with them when they jumped from Warner Brothers to Universal.
June 20, 2011 - Mattel, Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures are teaming up to make a Hot Wheels movie...but they're being clear: it's Not for kids.
What? Why? Well:
1. Mattel already put their toe in the water with Speed Racer. That was intended to be the Hot Wheel-movie but it flopped harder than a toy car in a loop-de-loop that didn't gather enough initial speed.
2. Mattel gnashes its teeth at the big business the PG-13 The Fast and the Furious movies do: in their eyes, That should be Them. That's why filmmakers say Fast and Furious is the model for the Hot Wheels movie. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
London, Oct 16: Famed British photographer Terry O'Neill believes that Angelina Jolie is the only living actress who could compete with the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Lana Turner and Ava Gardner, with her beauty.
O'Neill, who has captured the world's most legendary beauties, insisted that old Hollywood beauties were stunning, but they all looked the same, the Daily Express reported.
The only one who really stands out is the 'Salt' actress, who is a different class of girl altogether, O'Neill said.
The former husband of actress Faye Dunaway added that Jolie is a beautiful woman and a rarity. (Ani) »
- Meeta Kabra
The veteran actor is among the interviewees in "Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle," a new three-part PBS documentary narrated by Liev Schreiber ("Ray Donovan") and airing in its entirety Tuesday, Oct. 15 (check local listings). Television's former "Wonder Woman," Lynda Carter, and Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee are among others who reflect on the popularity and endurance of characters that also encompass Superman, Spider-Man, Green Arrow and the X-Men.
"I hear it from thousands of people," West says to Zap2it -- in an interview for this article -- about the entertainment "Batman" provided (and continues to, on the nostalgia network Me-tv). "I did Salt Lake City's first Comic-Con recently, and it was like 75,000 people ... so they really turn out to see us, »
Universal Pictures has won a spirited auction for Aaron Berg’s spec script “Section 6,” which created a frenzy amongst Hollywood executives this week, an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap. It’s the first sale for Berg, an up-and-coming writer who wanted a million dollar payday and got his wish, with Universal paying $1.2 million in a deal that dated back to the good old days when spec scripts routinely sold for seven figures. Also Read: ‘Salt’ Writer Kurt Wimmer Sells Spec Script ‘Matthew 21′ to Thunder Road The bidding came down to Sony and Universal, which offered progress-to-production language in its. »
- Jeff Sneider
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been under a wedding watch since 2005 when he dumped then wife Jennifer Aniston to move on with Jolie after their blockbuster hit 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith. This week, she flashed a new ring on her wedding ring finger and that has sparked new rumors she and Brad have got married. The 'Salt' actress, who announced she and the 'World War Z' star were engaged in April 2012, has been photographed wearing a mysterious sparkly ring on her wedding finger while shopping in Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. The 38-year-old star began wearing an understated gold ring belonging to Brad's great grandmother in April, as she deemed it to be more appropriate for her charity trips, but her new jewellery is thicker, according to the MailOnline website. The brunette beauty stepped out wearing the two rings together on Sunday (29.09.13) but her »
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