The story focuses on an unprecedented global rabies pandemic that causes the evolution of a new species - violence-addicted predators. An inexplicably gifted human survivor with the ability to speak the new mutant language leads a hunt to find a cure. [Source: Deadline]
Liam Neeson has scored a role in Seth MacFarlane's upcoming sequel to his hit comedy "Ted". Both Neeson and his "Batman Begins" co-star Morgan Freeman have been on the set to film this week. MacFarlane is returning to helm, co-write the script and voice the ribald title character. [Source: Twitter]
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
- Garth Franklin
With Eva Green already set to play the title character in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Ender's Game star Asa Butterfield is circling a pivotal role. The actor doesn't have an official offer at this time, but The Wrap reveals that he is director Tim Burton's choice for the role.
If his deal comes together, Asa Butterfield will play 16-year-old Jacob Portman. Jacob goes on a quest to seek the truth about his grandfather's past, after he is murdered by a "hollow," an evil creature that Jacob only thought to be imaginary. He meets up with a young girl named Emma, who has the ability to control fire, and introduces Jacob to Miss Peregrine and other children with extraordinary abilities.
Tim Burton’s pending adaptation for 20th Century Fox, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, may have found its lead in Ender’s Game star, Asa Butterfield. According to The Wrap, the actor is being strongly considered for the lead role:
While Butterfield has not received an official offer yet, insiders say one is expected to materialize soon, as he’s Burton’s choice for the coveted role.
Based on the novel by Ransom Riggs, the film has already snagged Eva Green (Sin City: A Dame To Kill For) for the titular role. If Butterfield bags the part, he’ll play 16-year old Jacob Portman, “who seeks the truth about his grandfather’s past after he’s murdered by a “hollow,” a vicious creature that Jacob had thought to be imaginary. He quickly meets a young girl named Emma who can control fire, and via a time loop, she »
- Gem Seddon
With Big Eyes starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz poised to hit theaters this winter, director Tim Burton now has his focused on his forthcoming adaptation of the novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. 20th Century Fox recently pushed the film back again to March 4th, 2016, but it sounds like that's not stopping Burton from getting the cast together as The Wrap reports Asa Butterfield, star of Hugo and Ender's Game, is wanted to lead the film about 16-year old Jacob Portman, who seeks the truth about his grandfather's past after he's murdered by a “hollow,” a creature thought to be imaginary. But in his search for the truth, Jacob meets a girl names Emma who can control fire, and takes him through some kind of time loop where he encounters a group of orphan children who have special powers but find themselves and the island where they live »
- Ethan Anderton
Yesterday it was announced that there would be a Special Screening at the 52nd New York Film Festival. Last year, the fest didn’t have a “Secret Screening” like it had done the prior two years, so the announcement has immediately led to some speculation about what title will be playing. There’s a highly likely choice, along with some longer shots that I’ll be discussing momentarily, but I just wanted to quickly state for the record…no, there’s no chance that it’s Star Wars: Episode VII. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, we can move on. Previously, Nyff has debuted early looks at big Academy Award players that year in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, but this year they’ve done something different in scoring a 2015 release. Depending on how you interpret that, it’s either something literally »
- Joey Magidson
By Anjelica Oswald
Where feature filmmakers head into a project with a script and a plan, the path for documentarians is unpredictable. They follow real subjects and real issues often in real time — and sometimes for years at a time — and piece everything together as the footage comes along. Sometimes, things fall apart or the subject has to change, such as it with Alex Gibney’s The Armstrong Lie (2013). Though different skill sets go into the distinct film forms, some documentary filmmakers choose to transition to narrative features and vice versa, such as Spike Lee, whose next release will be a documentary titled Go Brasil Go!.
Rob Epstein and Jeff Friedman have made the jump from documentaries to feature films and have said that they intend on continuing to make both types of film. Epstein and Friedman won an Oscar for their first co-directed documentary, Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt »
- Anjelica Oswald
Sometimes it’s just a joke, sometimes it has hidden meaning, and sometimes it’s simply the director showing off their eclectic taste in all things celluloid (read: Quentin Tarantino). But one thing’s for sure: the annals of cinema history are littered with movie-in-movie moments.
The granddaddy of movie-in-movie moments comes from The Shawshank Redemption – released twenty years ago today. So in honour of its anniversary, we thought we’d go all “meta” by looking back at ten of the most memorable movie-in-movie moments to grace the multiplex.
Though it’s probably a little bit cruel to show prison inmates Rita Hayworth at her finest, this 40’s classic plays a prominent role in the film’s plot as Andy later uses a poster from the 1946 noir to cover the entrance to the tunnel that he’s painstakingly carved out of the prison walls.
- Daniel Bettridge
The film, about the difficulty soldiers experience after returning from war, will star Stephen Fry (The Hobbit), Stephanie Leonidas (Defiance), Sebastian Street (Age of Heroes), Stuart Brennan (Risen), Sophie Kennedy-Clark (Nymphomaniac, Philomena), Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones) and Joss Stone (The Tudors).
Six weeks of principal photography has begun across London locations to include Battersea, Borough and Shoreditch, as well as Tedworth House in Wiltshire, home for recovering soldiers, and Spain in October.
The film, produced by London-based Roaring Mouse Productions and Studio 82, marks the feature directorial debut of Martha Pinson, Scorsese’s script supervisor.
Pinson previously directed award-winning short Don’t Nobody Love the Game More Than Me and off-Broadway plays as well »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The film, which explores the difficult reintegration into normal society of battle-worn soldiers, starts production in London today. It will continue in a Wiltshire home for recovering soldiers and also in Spain.
Confirmed cast includes Stephen Fry (“The Hobbit”), Sophie Kennedy-Clark (“Nymphomaniac” I and II), Paul Kaye (“Game of Thrones”) Stephanie Leonidas (“Defiance”), Sebastian Street (“Age of Heroes”), Staurt Brennan (“Risen”) and Joss Stone (“The Tudors”).
“Tomorrow” is produced by U.K.-based Roaring Mouse Productions and Studio 82. Producers are screenwriters Brennan and Street, as well as Dean M. Woodford. Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff take executive producer credits.
Pinson has directed short films and stage plays and worked with Oliver Stone and Sidney Lumet. She worked alongside Scorsese on four of his recent features, “The Aviator,” “The Departed,” “Shutter Island,” and “Hugo. »
- Patrick Frater
They are joined by Stephanie Leonidas, Paul Kaye, Sebastian Street, Stuart Brennan and Sophie Kennedy-Clarke in the first feature film directed by Martha Pinson, Scorsese's long-time script supervisor.
"I'm honoured to join Martha in her directorial debut," said Scorsese.
"Through her vision, the great cast, and dedicated team, this story will resonate for years to come."
Tomorrow explores the problems suffered by soldiers struggling to integrate back into society, with a backdrop of traumatic stress disorder, as well as HIV and AIDS.
Pinson added: "Tomorrow is a great script. The dialogue is brilliant and believable; the reversals and surprises are well placed and powerful. The characters and situations are vividly drawn.
"It explores the difficulty of moving on from loses and injuries, to forge a life, to find sustaining work, and experience love. »
Plot details are obviously being kept under wraps, but the synopsis reads: “Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.”
The cast also includes Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, and Michael Caine. That’s a very impressive line-up and a release date for Interstellar has been set for November 7th, 2014.
- Josh Wilding
Last week Relativity closed a seven-figure deal for U.S. distribution rights to The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, and today we have a release date. Look for the film in theaters on January 30, 2015.
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death stars Phoebe Fox in her first leading role in a feature film. Fox is joined by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, Great Expectations, The Railway Man), the award-winning Helen McCrory (Skyfall, Hugo, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows), and rising star Oaklee Pendergast (The Impossible).
Hammer is looking to take the franchise route with The Woman in Black, starting with this one, which is set 40 years after the events of the original film.
England, 1941. With London in the midst of the blitz, »
- Steve Barton
Director Shawn Levy has revealed that work on a sequel to 2011’s Real Steel has begun in secret. Real Steel starred Hugh Jackman as a washed-up boxer who spends his summer with his estranged son building a battle bot called Atom to compete in a robot boxing tournament. Whilst promoting new movie This Is Where I Leave You, the director shared that he and his leading man Jackman have been trying to create an idea for a second film:
“We have been quietly developing a sequel to Real Steel for three and a half years. We’ve come up with some great scripts but Hugh and I would only make it if the plot feels fresh, but also the character journeys feel fresh, and we’ve found both but never at the same time. It’s ongoing. I know the clock is ticking. That movie, weirdly, for a movie that »
- Kat Smith
, “X+Y” zeroes in on a young math whiz who only gradually comprehends the basics of establishing relationships with other people. Deconstructionist critics and mainstream moviegoers alike may find it difficult not to reference “Rain Man,” “A Beautiful Mind” and “David and Lisa” while describing the movie to potential ticketbuyers. But even though such comparisons are hardly inapt, director Morgan Matthews’ debut fiction feature — inspired by his acclaimed 2007 documentary “Beautiful Young Minds” — proves potent on its own terms as a satisfying, compelling drama with definite crossover potential on screens of all sizes.
Much like its nonfiction predecessor, “X+Y” focuses on student competitors in the Intl. Mathematics Olympiad (Imo). In concert with scripter James Graham, Matthews has spun off a scenario about a character not unlike one of the more memorable subjects in “Beautiful Young Minds,” a neurodevelopmentally challenged math prodigy named Daniel Lightwing.
In the world according to “X+Y, »
- Joe Leydon
Once again today I’m going to be taking a look back at a recent Oscar lineup and explaining what my vote would have been in each of the big eight categories we all follow so intently each season. I previously mentioned that potentially I could do this once a week with previous Academy Award ceremonies, and while I’m going to be truing to do that, time will still tell. Again, if nothing else, this gives you an interesting look into my cinematic tastes. Over the course of the year you can sort of get a feel for what my current favorites are, but now we can look to the past a bit more. Alright, here goes nothing: Best Picture – Moneyball The nominees here for this ceremony were The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, and War Horse. »
- Joey Magidson
Kyle Gallner ("Veronica Mars") and Holliday Grainger ("The Borgias") have joined the cast of Craig Gillespie's true-disaster feature "The Finest Hours" for Disney Pictures. The story chronicles the massive rescue mission that’s launched when two oil tankers collided off the coast of Cape Cod in 1952.
Gallner plays the rescue-boat's engineman, a man who feels he has a lot to prove. Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Josh Stewart and Graham McTavish also star in the film which begins production this month in Massachusetts. [Source: Deadline]
Untitled Game Brain Project
Albert Brooks and Gugu Mbatha-Raw are in talks to join Peter Landesman's upcoming feature about football concussions at Sony Pictures. Will Smith and Alec Baldwin lead the cast for the Ridley Scott-produced film based on the GQ article "Game Brain".
Brooks will play Cyril Wecht, the chief forensic pathologist who mentors forensic neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Smith) and »
- Garth Franklin
It's been nearly four years since we've heard anything about Martin Scorsese's mobster drama The Irishman. In that time, the director has delivered Hugo, The Wolf of Wall Street and a forthcoming HBO documentary called The 50-Year Argument. Soon he'll be busy with his drama Silence starring Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield, and some have wondered if Scorsese would ever get around to the film about Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, a reputed criminal responsible for more than 25 mob murders and potentially being involved with the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa. Thankfully, it's still coming. Speaking with The Daily Beast (via The Film Stage), Al Pacino confirmed the film is still happening, but didn't offer any timetable of when production might begin. In addition, he revealed that "Boardwalk Empire" and Win Win star Bobby Cannavale (who will be seen in the remake of Annie this year) will »
- Ethan Anderton
There are not many films made about kids like Nathan Ellis. Sure, the story of a young social outsider trying to break out of his shell is not a unique one (as I wrote about in my review for fellow Tiff selection Wet Bum), but Nathan is autistic and has a very deliberate way of doing things. For instance, he cannot order chicken balls from the local Chinese restaurant unless the number of balls he gets is a prime number. Besides his picky eating, Nathan gets distracted by noise and has a hard time working in a room with a ticking clock or other students tapping their fingers on a desk loudly. He fears handshakes, is unable to understand the social cues involved with that greeting gesture, and calms himself by saying the Fibonacci sequence out loud.
Few films focus on boys who can be coldly sincere, their personality almost hidden from view. »
- Jordan Adler
The Toronto International Film Festival is just getting under way, and already distro news has emerged. Deadline is reporting that Relativity has closed a seven-figure deal for U.S. distribution rights to The Woman in Black: Angel of Death.
Hammer is looking to take the franchise route with The Woman in Black, starting with this one, which is set 40 years after the events of the original film. "If your second's successful, then your third, then you've got a franchise," said Hammer CEO Simon Oakes in a previous interview.
"I just don't believe in the notion that you can press a button and create a franchise, but, I mean, I'm definitely planning 3 and 4…"
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death stars Phoebe Fox in her first leading role in a feature film. Fox is joined by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, Great Expectations, The Railway Man), the award-winning Helen McCrory (Skyfall, Hugo, »
- Steve Barton
If Wetlands looks at teen life without blinkers, If I Stay prefers Hollywood-style, rose-colored glasses. Guess which one finds box-office gold? Based on Gayle Forman’s 2009 Ya bestseller, If I Stay has the virtue of starring Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, Let Me In, Hugo), 17, a skilled actress who can make me believe anything. But not this, Chloe, not this. Moretz plays Mia Hall, an Oregon high schooler with a gift for cello, a rocker boyfriend (Jamie Blackley), indulgent parents (Mireille Enos and Joshua Leonard), and an itch to get into Julliard. »
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