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The decision to shoot in Sydney, New South Wales, for eight weeks was announced by Nsw deputy premier and minister for the arts Troy Grant.
The Nsw government helped secure the production with finance from its Nsw Trade & Investment’s State Investment Attraction Scheme.
A substantial amount of post- production work will also be conducted in the state, and Grant said that the movie would benefit the state to the tune of more than A$11 million.
James Vanderbilt, who wrote Zodiac” and both “The Amazing Spider-Man” scripts, will make his directorial debut along with writing and producing through his Mythology Entertainment banner along with Brad Fischer, William Sherak and Mikkel Bondesen.
- Patrick Frater
Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid and Elizabeth Moss lead the cast in Truth, a Us political drama now shooting in Sydney. The Nsw government confirmed its financial support via the State Investment Attraction Scheme and said the film would inject more than $11 million in direct production expenditure into the State's economy, creating 208 jobs. Most of the post will happen in Sydney.
Redford plays former CBS News anchor Dan Rather and Blanchett is his producer Mary Mapes in the tale of the scandal that ensued after Rather reported on 60 Minutes in 2004 that George W. Bush.s father arranged for him to serve in the National Guard to avoid the Vietnam War draft.
Subsequently CBS launched an investigation into whether the documents quoted in the story were forgeries and Mapes was fired for so-called lapses in judgment.
- Don Groves
Carrie Gormley and Jonathan Gitlin have received promotions at Create Advertising Group, as the entertainment marketing agency expands into new areas.
Gormley now serves as president of theatrical advertising, while Gitlin is president of television and gaming.
The two report to Create co-founder and CEO David Stern, as they focus on expanding the company’s portfolio of services and international recognition, while also leading the business, strategy and creative direction of the 100 member firm. This year, it’s received kudos for its work on “Lucy,” “Fargo” and “Orange is the New Black.”
The agency was the first Hollywood agency to open an office in the U.K., for example, and has gained notoriety for its mult-cultural campaigns, especially when it comes to the Hispanic market.
- Marc Graser
The South by Southwest festival is turning to one of its longtime attendees to headline one of its four Film keynotes: Mark Duplass, the multi-hyphenate whose work includes this year's film The One I Love and the FX series The League. He'll speak on March 15, in the middle of the festival's March 13-21 run. The keynotes were established last year to feature key creatives in film and television. Last year's speakers were The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb, prolific producer Jason Blum, Girls creator Lena Dunham and The Neistat Brothers creator Casey Neistat. Duplass has
- Austin Siegemund-Broka
At the end of Dracula Untold, the setting shifts from the fantasy plains of Transylvania to the streets of modern day society with the main character, Vlad, dressed to the nines in a suit and chasing a woman who looks just like his deceased wife. As the vampire walks away with the girl, his master looks on coyly before getting up and announcing, “let the games begin.”
This seems to be the phrase that is setting up future cinematic universes for multiple studios after the mass appeal and success of Marvel’s The Avengers and the movies that both led up to and followed this film, all intersecting in both small and large ways.
This trend of studios looking to find the “next Avengers” seems to be sweeping with the latest example being the scene mentioned from Dracula Untold, which is set to begin the Universal monsters universe that includes Frankenstein, »
- Zach Dennis
Cling. Clang. Crash. Welcome to the category of Best Sound Editing, which awards the creation and integration of artificial sounds into a movie's soundtrack. This distinguishes this category from Best Sound Mixing, which awards the mixing of the film's overall soundtrack. Due to the emphasis on creating artificial sounds, action films and war films tend to do particularly well here. The branch is also not afraid to give a film a standalone nomination (this decade, that has included "All is Lost," "Tron: Legacy," "Drive" and "Unstoppable"). In the not-too-distant past, animated films were also practically annual staples, which is unsurprising given the need to manifest everything you hear in such productions. The sound branch has its favorite contenders who regularly return. Names like Richard Hymns and Wylie Stateman immediately jump to mind. This is likely the case to a greater extent in Sound Editing than Sound Mixing. But every year also sees new nominees. »
- Gerard Kennedy
The Amazing Spider-Man series may have its critics, but there’s one thing few can argue against and that’s the casting of Andrew Garfield as our hero Peter Parker. A fairly unknown actor at the time whose only real role of note was in David Fincher’s ‘The Social Network’, it was considered a huge risk by Sony to cast him for the lead in a film where in the age of Blockbusters critical acclaim means little to studios without the box office success to back it up.
“Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor’s work understand his extraordinary talents. He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity, Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man.”
Two films later, and we couldn’t agree with Marc Webb’s words more. Garfield burst onto the scene with a fresh, »
- Thomas Blakey
Many comic book readers know J. Scott Campbell from his depictions of New York City’s web-slinger in the relaunch of Marvel’s The Amazing Spider-Man, but the artist has now brought Spidey to life off the paneled page by co-designing Sideshow Collectibles’ Spider-Man Classic Polystone Statue that shows the wall-crawler with web-shooters at the ready.
“Have no fear! Spidey is here!
Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has joined the outstanding J. Scott Campbell Spider-Man collection from Sideshow Collectibles. The beloved web-slinger scales the skyscrapers of New York City in our dynamic new statue, designed by the incomparable comic artist J. Scott Campbell. This is one lucky wall-crawler! Accompanied by his charming and irresistible leading ladies, the Spider-Man Comiquette completes this must-have collection.”
“Spider-Man Classic Polystone Statue
from Sideshow Collectibles
Featuring new wall art for the base Spider-Man also boasts a new paint style This is the last piece in the »
- Derek Anderson
The Amazing Spider-Man universe has no shortage of bad guys. Already movie goers have been treated to the Lizard in the first film, followed by Electro, Green Goblin and Rhino in the second. Unfortunately, neither movie has really captured the imaginations or hearts of its following and although the villains have looked good (Lizard aside), they’ve hardly been inspiring.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 also suffered from feeling like an overblown trailer for upcoming movies, especially the Sinister Six. Rather than Spider-Man being front and centre as he should be, it felt like the villains were top billing instead.
The second film boasted three big bad guys from the Spider-Man universe, with Electro and Green Goblin taking major villain status and Rhino being shoehorned in at the beginning and end. Clearly Mark Webb had not learnt the mistakes of Spider-Man 3, in which too many villains certainly spoiled the broth. »
- Sean Lunt
Thanks to its strong performance in China, Marvel’s space opera Guardians of the Galaxy has now passed the $700 million mark at the global box-office, with the Phase Two film currently just shy of The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s haul of $707.9 million with $705.1 million to date. It looks certain now that Guardians will overtake Spider-Man and fellow McU release Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($713.9 million), while X-Men: Days of Future Past’s $747.9 million is still a possibility. Either way it’s a superb result for Marvel and its “risky” little-known property…
Guardians of the Galaxy sees Gunn directing a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) as The Collector, Lee Pace (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug »
- Gary Collinson
Emma Stone seems to have an affinity for movies about men who dress up in animal suits and fly around New York City. Things are going to get pretty meta, so hang on. In Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman (in theaters Friday), The Amazing Spider-Man star plays the petulant daughter (and terrible personal assistant to) Michael Keaton’s Riggan, a washed-up movie star who made his fame and fortune in a superhero franchise and is now trying to revive his career by launching a play adaptation of a Raymond Carver novel on Broadway. And now, in real life, while releasing a movie about trying to make it on Broadway, Stone is actually about to be on Broadway, singing every day in preparation to take over for Michelle Williams as Sally Bowles opposite Alan Cumming’s Emcee in the revival of Cabaret. Got it? Good! Vulture talked to her for a »
- Jada Yuan
Emma Stone has been on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon a couple times, but she’s only ever competed in a lip sync battle with the late night talk show host. Last night, however, while promoting her new film Birdman (which, side note, I am dying to see), Stone, who is most famous for her roles in movies like The Help and The Amazing Spider-Man, found herself playing a game she had never tried before: Box of Lies. As you can see for yourself in the video below, Emma Stone promises, before she and Jimmy Fallon even begin the game, that she’s much more comfortable with lip sync battling against Jimmy than trying to lie to him. “I love to lip sync,” she says, “but I am a terrible liar.” While you may think that Stone is just kidding around about how poor of a liar she is, »
- Chris King
When it comes to shoes, Emma Stone has a heel up! The Amazing Spider-Man actress, 25, often pairs her structured dresses, couture gowns, and edgy pantsuits with fiery red pumps. Don’t believe Us? Over the last month the fashion hit the town in three red-hot pairs that gave each of her sweet looks a dash of sophistication. Take notes from the queen of red pumps on how to style the trend best. Photos: Emma Stone's hair evolution Avoid the Schoolgirl Look With Red Pumps Staying true to her flirty style, Stone showed [...] »
Fox Searchlight has released another clip from Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s (21 Grams, Biutiful) upcoming film Birdman, which sees Michael Keaton’s (Batman) character in an argument with his daughter, played by Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man); check it out below…
“Birdman is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.”
Also featuring in the cast of Birdman are Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk), Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion), Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover Part III), Naomi Watts (21 Grams) and Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone).
See Also: Ten new posters for Birdman
Birdman is set for release in the States on October 17th and on January 2nd 2015 in the UK.
The post New Birdman »
- Gary Collinson
Jurassic World is a sequel to the previous Jurassic Park films. Not much is know about the plot of Jurassic World but we do know that the story picks up years after the previous movies, with the park up and running until something goes wrong…
Jurassic World is set for release on June 12th 2015, with Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) directing a cast that includes stars Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Bryce Dallas Howard (Terminator Salvation), Jake Johnson (New Girl), Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), Omar Sy (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Bd Wong (Jurassic Park), Irrfan Khan (The Amazing Spider-Man), Judy Greer (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer), and Lauren Lapkus (Orange is the New Black »
- Thomas Roach
Apparently Sony is very interested in bringing Bill Murray ("Scrooged") back for Paul Feig's female-led Ghostbusters reboot. Ramin Setoodeh from Variety reports: "According to insiders, the studio would jump at the chance to sign (Bill) Murray for either a cameo or supporting role." If Murray does accept a role in the film it would be a bit of surprise as he was such a wrench in past plans for a Ghostbusters 3, he passed on numerous scripts. Though, he was the first former cast member to publicly praise an all-female approach. He even provided his own fan-cast which included: "Melissa McCarthy ("The Heat"), Kristen Wiig ("Bridesmaids"), Linda Cardellini ("Scooby-Doo") and Emma Stone ("The Amazing Spider-Man"). Below, you can watch a recent MTV interview in which Emma was asked about Bill's recommendation. By the way, this Bill Murray news shouldn't come as much of surprise since Paul Feig told Entertainment »
Captain America 3 is set to kick off the Marvel Civil War on the big screen. But what is it, and what does it mean for the McU?
One section of this article discusses heavy spoilers for the Civil War comic. We've marked that section, but we discuss storylines throughout the piece.
It was one year back that we took a look a look at why Marvel's 2007 comic book arc, Civil War, was ripe for the big screen treatment. You can find the original piece here. Now, with the news breaking yesterday that Tony Stark would be suiting up alongside/against Steve Rogers in Captain America 3, it seems Kevin Feige has, er, had the same idea over at Marvel Studios HQ. Clearly that was down »
Most of the original cast is returning for the continuation of this heist saga, with Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine set to reprise their roles.
Jon M. Chu will direct the magic-themed follow-up, produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, two of the driving forces behind The Amazing Spider-Man and Star Trek franchises. Bobby Cohen is also on as a producer, with the screenplay coming from Bill & Ted 3 scribe Ed Solomon and Pete Chiarelli.
There's the mischievous horrormeister Sam Raimi, the blockbuster wizard Sam Raimi, and the pensive character-observing Sam Raimi. The latter doesn't get enough work — welcome to Hollywood, folks! — but sturdy relationships from the "Spider-Man" director's past may put a high-profile, awards-friendly project at the front of his "to do" queue. Fans of the "A Simple Plan" and "The Gift," rejoice. Deadline reports that Raimi is in talks to take the reins on "Love May Fail," the next novel from "Silver Linings Playbook" author Matthew Quick. The book was the subject of a major studio bidding war last September. Sony Pictures came out on top, putting the project in the hands of Matt Tolmach, who worked with Raimi on the first "Spider-Man" trilogy when he headed production at Sony (he now produces "The Amazing Spider-Man" circus). Tolmach will produce the film, based on a script by Mike White [obligatory reminder to watch "Enlightened"]. If the deal crystalizes, »
- Matt Patches
It’s fair to say Spider-Man is not what he was. Once the biggest superhero of all, the iffy reboot The Amazing Spider-Man, as well as the meteoric rise of Marvel with heroes audiences haven’t seen before, have rendered Peter Parker and his friendly neighbourhood alter-ego increasingly obsolete. Which is bad news for the studio whose entire business model centres on him.
There’s been rumours over the past week that Sony are planning something drastic to try and rejuvenate franchise. But, in keeping with their inability to settle on one single idea, there’s lots of concepts as to what this could entail floating around. Today we intend to work through what possibilities there are for the future of the series and look at the legal logistics of it all.
Oh yeah, as you’ve probably noticed, Spider-Man on screen is dominated by a myriad of contractual obligations. »
- Alex Leadbeater
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