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Michael Fassbender to play Steve Jobs in the Universal film, Natalie Portman also in talks

26 November 2014 10:10 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Steve Jobs biopic, Jobs, has had quite a wild ride over the last month. In the latest turn of events, the film was picked up by Universal with Michael Fassbender now officially cast in the role of the legendary tech icon Steve Jobs.

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

Last month, Sony Pictures was eyeing Seth Rogen to play Jobs’ right-hand man Steve Wozniak. It was only days later that Christian Bale, then set to play Jobs, walked away from the role of the Apple founder after much deliberation and conflicting feelings that he wasn’t right for the part. Sony dropped the project soon after Bale exited the film and it was quickly snatched up by its current owner Universal, who have now confirmed Fassbender in the leading role.

Jobs is to be scripted by Aaron Sorkin, based upon Walter Isaacson’s biography Steve Jobs. It’s said to be structured in three long passages, »

- William Fanelli

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Natalie Portman may be adding some Oscar power to Steve Jobs biopic

26 November 2014 9:49 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Natalie Portman may be lining up a new job in the upcoming biopic of Apple innovator Steve Jobs. The Oscar winner ("Black Swan") is reportedly in talks to co-star in the film, with Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire") directing from a script by Aaron Sorkin ("The Social Network"), according to Deadline. Michael Fassbender is playing the lead role, after Christian Bale exited the project. The film hit another recent speed bump when it was suddenly put in turnaround by Sony, only to be picked up by Universal earlier this week. Scott Rudin, Christian Colson, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady are producing. The busy Portman recently wrapped her directorial debut "A Tale of Love and Darkness," and is now in production on "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." First, she'll be seen in the troubled western "Jane Got a Gun" and the delayed "Untitled Terrence Malick project." »

- Dave Lewis

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Interview: Patti Smith Doesn't Want Her Own Biopic!

20 November 2014 1:15 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

What becomes a legend most? Not the biopics we see each year at the movies, Patti Smith suggests to me. We were meeting to talk about her first Original Song for a film, "Mercy Is" from this spring's $100 million hit Noah when the conversation veered into her own status as a showbiz legend, the godmother of punk. She shudders when I wonder aloud if anyone will make ever make a movie of her best-selling memoir "Just Kids" which recounts her storied relationship with fellow artist Robert Mapplethorpe. Though she's undoubtedly been interviewed thousands of times by now in her forty years of stardom, and she questions (indirectly) the whole point of the star profile and the interviewing process  -- 'if you really want to know me, it's all there in the work' -- she is a patient and warm interview. She instantly recalls the old massive paraphenalia that journalists used »


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Cinematographers Lachman, Poster, Libatique on Digital Dangers

18 November 2014 2:46 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bydgoszcz, Poland — Top cinematographers may have finally accepted that digital is the way forward but the look of films is still too often based on technological choices, not artistic ones.

So argue America’s top lensers, who made their case Monday — sometimes to cheers — at Poland’s Camerimage fest, arguably the world’s leading showcase for DPs.

“We lost a sense of the magic,” according to Steven Poster, who has lensed everything from “Blade Runner” to “Amityville: The Awakening” since the early 70s. “We’re in a very dangerous period now.”

Camera manufacturers have made incredible strides, DPs say, but too often concentrate on resolution gains rather than color depth, rich blacks and the imperfect, organic qualities that give film its emotional impact — such as grain.

Colleague Matthew Libatique, a collaborator with Darren Aronofsky on “Black Swan” and lenser for “Iron Man,” concurs.

Particularly troubling is the fast-eroding respect for »

- Will Tizard

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‘Starry Eyes’: The feel disturbed movie of the year

17 November 2014 9:09 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Starry Eyes

Written and directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer

USA, 2014

This film is at its very core a success story. A very demented, gory, horrifying and darkly comical success story – one with tinges of satanic cult horror wrapped in psychological terror. The plot follows a young aspiring actress, Sarah, as she is called back to audition for a horror film that is being produced by a mysterious production company that pushes her to her limits – a dark exchange for fame and fortune.

The film works as much as comedy as it does multiple kinds of horror. The well-executed pitch of heightened reality that co-writers/directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer achieve allow them to play each scene for maximum thrills, scares and laughs. Even at the most grotesque moments of body horror, you can’t help but laugh in shock at what you’re witnessing. You’re laughing because you’re horrified, »

- Dylan Griffin

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Closing-night Films at AFI Fest Often Score Oscar Noms

13 November 2014 10:07 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Since opening Nov. 6 with the world premiere of J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, AFI Fest has hosted the world premieres of Ava DuVernay’s Selma, Rupert Wyatt’s The Gambler and Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, but it’s also hosted a variety of festival favorites, including Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, which closes the festival tonight. Miller, a two-time Oscar nominee, received the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival following the film’s premiere. This biographical film is based on the true story of brothers and wrestling gold medalists Mark (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) and their relationship with John du Pont (Steve Carell), which ultimately results in Dave’s murder. The film opens in theaters tomorrow. Twelve of the past 14 films to close AFI Fest have received Oscar nominations, two for best picture. Closing-night films at AFI Fest »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Darren Aronofsky Salutes His ‘Noah’ Production Artisans

12 November 2014 12:28 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Most awards buzz centers on fourth-quarter films, but many earlier 2014 works deserve to be remembered. For example, “Noah.” Paramount debuted the film back in March, but long after the release, filmmaker Darren Aronofsky was enthused about talking with his collaborators on the film, which scored an impressive $362 million globally.

Cinematography, Matthew Libatique

We wanted to reinvent the biblical epic. The edict was no robes, no long beards, no sandals, no Middle East deserts. The Noah story is prehistorical. Everything was new, everything was a miracle — like the first rainbow. So we wanted to create a universe unto itself. We did a lot of research, but much of the look and lighting was dictated by Iceland. We chose Iceland because it’s the newest piece of earth on the planet. We wanted to go to the true primordial place on the map. The lighting there is unique and Matty had huge challenges, »

- Tim Gray

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The Skeleton Twins movie review: oh brother how art thou?

6 November 2014 7:40 AM, PST | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Funny and sad and wise and wonderful… with an absolutely heartbreaking, career-changing performance by Bill Hader. I’m “biast” (pro): really like Kristen Wiig

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Oh my god, I love this movie. I love not only the movie itself — it is funny and sad and wise and wonderful — but I love how it snuck up on me and made me fall in love with it out of nowhere. (It’s so rare for me to be this surprised by a film!) I knew nothing about it except that it stars Saturday Night Live alums Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader… and that’s it. If I assumed anything at all, maybe it was that I was in for some sort of wacky comedy — but I don’t recall even that minimal level of expectation.

But this… »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Afm: Kinology Teams With Thomas Langmann for ‘Wild Moment’ (Exclusive)

6 November 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris-based Kinology is re-teaming with “Mesrine’s” producer Thomas Langmann, director Jean-Francois Richet (“Blood Father”) and star Vincent Cassel (“Black Swan”) on “One Wild Moment.”

A remake of a Claude Berri 1977 pic, “Moment” stars Cassel and “Intouchables” star Francois Cluzet as two middle-aged buddies who go on vacation in Corsica with their respective teen daughters (Alice Isaaz, Lola Le Lann). The holiday takes an unusual turn when one of the daughters develops a crush on her dad’s friend.

The pic was co-written by Lisa Azuelos, whose 2008 comedy “Lol” was a major hit in France, and Richet, who recently completed “Blood Father” with Mel Gibson.

Langmann at La Petite Reine is producing. Kinology has acquired international sales rights to the pic and will unveil first footage at the American Film Market.

Gregoire Melin’s Kinology previously sold “Mesrine” (also known as “Public Enemy Number One”), a two-part movie toplining Cassel as French gangster Jacques Mesrine, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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How All Those Intern Lawsuits Are Changing Hollywood

6 November 2014 5:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the Nov. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Five years ago, when Eric Glatt became an intern for the movie Black Swan, he hardly fit the usual description of one. He was 40, had an Mba and was employed for years in the financial sector, including at insurance giant Aig. When the economic crisis hit, Glatt decided to pursue his passion for entertainment. He took a film editing course, got certified, and, through his alumni network at Wesleyan University, found out that the new Darren Aronofsky movie needed interns. See more Top Execs Who Started as Interns For some, the opportunity to be a

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- Eriq Gardner

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Late December Releases Don’t Hinder Best Picture Contenders

4 November 2014 9:58 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

As we head into the final two months of the year, there are still a number of Oscar contenders that won’t be released — or even be seen — until December.

Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken and Rob Marshall’s Into the Woods will premiere on Christmas Day. Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper will have a limited release on Christmas before expanding to more theaters Jan 16.

Exodus: Gods and Kings, which is set for a Dec. 12 release, had a 37-minute press screening in September before the film was completed.

It was recently announced that a 30-minute first-look screening of Selma, the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic that centers on the Civil Rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, will take place at AFI Fest before its limited release on Dec. 25. But if Selma isn’t yet ready for it’s December release, it »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Darren Aronofsky will lead the 2015 Berlin Film Festival Jury

4 November 2014 8:59 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Prepping for its Feb. 5, 2015 opening night, the Berlin Film Festival has named Darren Aronofsky its jury President. Despite never having a film play the Berlinale, the "Noah" director rides the good graces of Venice, Toronto, and Sundance to the head of the German fest’s table. "Darren Aronofsky has distinguished himself as an outstanding protagonist in contemporary auteur cinema," said Berlin chief Dieter Kosslick in a statement. "In his artistic approach he consistently sounds out cinematic language and its aesthetic possibilities. I’m pleased to be able to welcome him as Jury President of the Berlinale 2015." Aronofksy has earned critical praise and box office success for his part work, including "Pi," "Requiem for a Dream," "The Fountain," "The Wrestler," "Black Swan," and this year’s "Noah." The jury position adds Aronofsky to the ranks of recent Presidents, including Isabella Rossellini, Mike Leigh, Wong Kar Wei, and James Schamus. "At the Berlinale, »

- Matt Patches

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Darren Aronofsky named jury president for the Berlin Film Festival

4 November 2014 6:21 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Darren Aronofsky will be the jury president for the 65th Berlin International Film Festival in 2015. Aronofsky made his feature film debut in 1998 with Pi, and has since made a slew of critically acclaimed films such as Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler, and Black Swan. Aronofsky most recently released the sweeping Biblical epic, Noah earlier this year. Jury presidents in previous years have included James Schamus, Wong Kar Wai, and Mike Leigh. The rest of the jury has yet to be announced. "Darren Aronofsky has distinguished himself as an outstanding protagonist in contemporary auteur cinema. In his artistic approach he »

- Teresa Jue

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'Beyond the Lights': Watch Gugu Mbatha-Raw transform into a pop star

4 November 2014 6:15 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

In Beyond the Lights, Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle) plays Noni, a young singer thrust into the music-industry pressure cooker—one that seems to transform female performers into hypersexualized commodities. Writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball) came up with the idea after noticing that her favorite genre, hip-hop/R&B, had lost its edgy playfulness, becoming more of a dark force that, in her opinion, objectifies women. "It’s moving into an ugly, angry place," she says. Before she could comment on the genre, she had to first create her own pop star. And she did so with help from the pros, including »

- Nicole Sperling

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Darren Aronofsky to Be Jury President at Berlin

4 November 2014 4:38 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — American director, screenwriter and producer Darren Aronofsky will be jury president of the 65th Berlin Intl. Film Festival.

Darren Aronofsky has distinguished himself as an outstanding protagonist in contemporary auteur cinema. In his artistic approach he consistently sounds out cinematic language and its aesthetic possibilities. I’m pleased to be able to welcome him as jury president of the Berlinale 2015,” festival director Dieter Kosslick said.

Aronofsky made his feature film debut in 1998 with “Pi,” which won the award for best director at the Sundance Film Festival and script at the Independent Spirit Awards. He presented his cinematic adaptation “Requiem for a Dream” at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000, and the cult film “The Fountain” at the Venice Film Festival in 2006.

His film “The Wrestler,” which represented a comeback for actor Mickey Rourke, won the Golden Lion at Venice in 2008, and was hailed as the film of the year at »

- Leo Barraclough

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Darren Aronofsky named Berlinale jury president

4 November 2014 4:11 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Us director, screenwriter and producer Darren Aronofsky will be jury president of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.

Aronofsky, whose most recent feature was biblical epic Noah, is to head the main jury of the Berlinale, which is set to run Feb 5-15, 2015.

The filmmaker said: “At the Berlinale, the cinema is always exciting and fascinating. I am looking forward to watching the latest from the greatest in one of the great cities on the planet.”

Aronofsky’s feature debut was Pi in 1998, for which he won best director at the Sundance Film Festival.

His follow-up, Requiem for a Dream, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000. It was not until 2006 that he returned with cult film The Fountain at the Venice Film Festival.

In 2008, Aronofsky’s The Wrestler won the Golden Lion at Venice and was named film of the year at the AFI Awards in Los Angeles, marking the comeback of actor Mickey Rourke.

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New York Serves as the Backdrop for a Number of Oscar Contenders

3 November 2014 11:12 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

While some films in contention for the 87th Academy Awards in February are set in Los Angeles, such as Nightcrawler, a number of films are based in New York City. Begin Again features Mark Ruffalo as a New York City record label executive who records music around New York City with a songwriter played by Keira Knightley; Birdman, about a washed-up Hollywood actor trying to write, direct and act in a Broadway play; Whiplash, about a jazz drummer at a Manhattan school; Still Alice, about a professor from Columbia dealing with early-onset Alzheimer’s; and Love is Strange, about a same-sex couple from Manhattan.

Jessica Chastain stars in two different films that take place in New York: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, about a couple living in New York, and A Most Violent Year, about a couple living in New York during one of the city’s most violent years. »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Us critics hail The Babadook as a Halloween treat

2 November 2014 2:07 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Jennifer Kent.s The Babadook launched in the Us on DirecTV last Friday, hailed by several critics as among the most outstanding horror movies of the year and by one enthusiast as one of the genre.s top 25 this century. The horror movie starring Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman is available to rent or buy on the Us streaming service, starting at $US9.99, one month before it premieres in cinemas in around 10 cities via IFC Midnight.

In the UK distributor Icon showed its confidence by broadening the film from 147 to 237 locations in its second weekend, ringing up £294,000 ($A540,000) , which lifts the total to a nifty £964,000 ($AI.77 million). As If has noted, the UK haul has already eclipsed the Australian B.O. of $258,000. Hollywood Elsewhere.s Jeff Wells responded to The Babadook as a .a brilliant, slow-burning psychological horror film made in a kind of German expressionist mode. which is significantly »

- Don Groves

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Indie Spotlight: Ghost Trek, Kane Hodder, The Kiss, State of Desolation

2 November 2014 12:24 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a full episode of Ghost Trek, first details on a Kane Hodder figurine by DeConte Figures & Collectibles, a new State of Desolation poster, a casting update from Welcome to Purgatory, distribution details from Dark Was the Night, a trailer for What’s Kind About the Dark, and much more:

Watch Ghost Trek: Goomba Body Snatchers Mortuary Lockdown: “Ghost Trek is an episodic supernatural-comedy series that follows the Paranormal Underworld Detective Society (Puds) as they investigate haunts across the U.S. and abroad between tanning beds, babes, body-building, and bong hits – all the while risking life and limb capturing the undead and unexplained on video. The series is not a “parody” of paranormal reality shows, Admittedly, Ghost Trek pokes fun at all the ghost hunting programs but »

- Tamika Jones

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Supporting Cast Added To The 9th Life Of Louis Drax

1 November 2014 8:15 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Cameras are now rolling on the big screen adaptation of Liz Jensen’s bestselling 2004 novel, The 9th Life Of Louis Drax. Marking the screenwriting debut of Max Minghella – an actor, whose credits include The Social Network, The Ides Of March and Horns – the supernatural thriller is being helmed by Alexandre Aja (2006’s The Hills Have Eyes), and stars Jamie Dornan (The Fall, Fifty Shades Of Grey), Sarah Gadon (Cosmopolis, Maps To The Stars), and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad). Aiden Longworth (Hector And The Search For Happiness) features as the title character – Louis Drax.

Focusing on the titular young boy as he turns 9 years old, his birthday sees the latest in a long line of strange mishaps constitute a near-fatal fall. Louis’ primary psychologist, Dr. Allan Pascal (Dornan), tries to uncover the bizarre circumstances surrounding the accident and, as a result, delves deeper into the sinister occurrences that have marred Louis’ entire life. »

- Sarah Myles

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