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Naomi Watts discusses the real life inspiration for 'The Impossible'

18 December 2012 11:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Naomi Watts has played her share of real people.   In addition to appearing in biopics like "Ned Kelly" and "J. Edgar," Watts starred as Valerie Plame in "Fair Game" and she'll be playing Princess Diana in a 2013 film.    J.A. Bayona's new disaster film "The Impossible" tells the true story of a family of tourists who are separated from each other in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, with Watts' Maria and son Lucas (Tom Holland) split off from husband Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their younger sons (Samuel Joslin and Oaklee Pendergast).    The real-life Maria Belon »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Atari’s “Asteroids” Coming to Theaters, With New Writer

20 November 2012 4:25 PM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Wreck-it Ralph was the best videogame-centric movie ever made, but prepare yourself for a ton more (Halo, Deus Ex, and a buttload of others are coming our way in the next couple years). One such film is Asteroids, based on the classic 70s Atari game that practically spawned the video game industry.

Universal has nabbed Jez Butterworth (Fair Game, The Last Legion, and an upcoming James Brown biopic) to rewrite the script, which came from Matt Lopez and Evan Spiliotopoulos. The film is produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who shepherded Transformers and GI Joe to the screen, if that tickles your pickle.

I hate movies that are made from products just to use their brand even if there isn’t a logical story involved (welcome to America), but hey, this will probably be better than Battleship. Right? Right?!

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- Andy Greene

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Naomi Watts to Be Honored at Palm Springs International Film Festival!

19 November 2012 3:31 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Naomi Watts, who gave a wonderful performance in the upcoming "The Impossible," is set to receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award for Acting at the 24th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala.

The Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, January 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and the Festival will run from January 3 to 14. I live in Palm Springs, and I live for this event :happy

Here's the full press release:

Palm Springs, CA (November 19, 2012) . The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Naomi Watts with the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award at its Awards Gala. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, January 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 3-14, 2013.

.We're delighted to pay tribute to Naomi Watts, one of the most gifted and versatile performers to grace the screen,. said Palm Springs International Film Festival chairman Harold Matzner. »

- Manny

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Asteroids Movie Getting A Rewrite

16 November 2012 5:03 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

This has been a huge week for video game movies. Adaptations of both Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell and Deus Ex: Human Revolution took major steps forward, with the former attaching Tom Hardy to star and the latter signing Sinister helmer Scott Derrickson to direct. And today brings big news for another film based on a game currently in the works - the difference is that this one is quite old school Variety has learned that the movie version of Asteroids is picking up again, as a new writer has been hired to go over the script. The trade says that Jez Butterworth, who wrote the Doug Liman-directed true-life CIA drama Fair Game in 2010, has been hired by Universal Pictures to do a rewrite of an existing script for the Atari title written by Matt Lopez and Evan Spiliotopoulos.. The project was first announced in 2009 and in 2011 there was »

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‘Asteroids’ Movie Snags Writer of ‘Fair Game’

16 November 2012 3:36 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Some movie projects orbit the edges of entertainment news in a seemingly endless cycle of vague updates, pre-production rumors, and innumerable creative hand-offs. These ephemeral properties don’t seem to inhabit Development Hell as much as they do Development Purgatory.

A prime example of these whispered-of but little-seen ghost-projects is the classic video game adaptation Asteroids. Announced three years ago, Asteroids immediately gained a reputation as another instance of Hollywood scraping the bottom of the creative barrel. After years of vague plot reports and script changes, it appears that the production has taken on yet another writer: scripter Jez Butterworth

According to a short article published by Variety, the Asteroids film adaptation has signed Jez Butterworth to revise and restructure the ...

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- Kyle Hembree

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News Shorts: November 16th 2012

16 November 2012 11:32 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Photos from The Conjuring, Movie 43, The Last Exorcism II, Promised Land, behind-the-scenes of The Young and Prodigious Spivet, Brad Pitt doing reshoots on World War Z, and Jared Leto in drag on the set of The Dallas Buyers Club

Posters for The Last Stand, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Admission, Beautiful Creatures, Playing for Keeps, In Our Nature, Gangster Squad, Beautiful Noise, Gambit, The Girl and Identity Thief.

"The midnight screenings of 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' pulled in $30.4 million, just ahead of Part 1's $30.25 million midnight gross last year…" (full details)

"Jez Butterworth ("Fair Game," "The Last Legion") has come onboard to work on the script for the film adaptation of classic Atari video game "Asteroids" at Universal Pictures…" (full details)

"'Snakes on a Plane' and 'The Final Destination' director David R. Ellis is set to direct the horror thriller 'Sprawl' for Blumhouse. »

- Garth Franklin

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Asteroids Gets Writer Jez Butterworth

16 November 2012 7:56 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Universal Pictures has hired Jez Butterworth to re-write the adaptation to the classic arcade game Asteroids.

Plot details are being held under wraps, but it will be in the vein of the classic video game storyline. Matt Lopez and Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the first draft. Transformers and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra's Lorenzo di Bonaventura will be producing.

Jez Butterworth also wrote Doug Liman's Fair Game, The Last Legion and his own Birthday Girl. Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell and Gears of War are also being looked at for feature films.

Asteroids comes to theaters in 2014. The film is directed by Roland Emmerich. »

- MovieWeb

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'Asteroids' movie adaptation secures screenwriter

16 November 2012 6:41 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Universal Pictures' Asteroids adaptation has appointed a new screenwriter. Fair Game scribe Doug Liman will pen the video game adaptation for the studio, according to Variety. Asteroids was released onto arcades by Atari in 1979 and went on to become one of the most popular and influential games of its generation. Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura is overseeing the development of the project, (more) »

- By Mark Langshaw

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Asteroids Movie and Tim Burton's Pinocchio are Moving Forward

16 November 2012 2:33 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Universal Pictures has been working on an "Asteroids" movie for a while. And now comes word that project, based on the popular 1970s Atari video game, has signed on a new writer, Jez Butterworth (Fair Game, The Last Legion). Meanwhile, Warner Bros just hired Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) to write the script for "Pinocchio," a live-action movie that has Tim Burton in talks to direct and Robert Downey Jr in talks to play Geppetto. "Pushing Daisies" creator Bryan Fuller wrote the original script. Downey provided some notes that Goldman will include in her version in hopes of getting the actor to officially sign on. »

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Asteroids Gets a New Writer

15 November 2012 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Variety reports that the Universal Pictures adaptation of the popular '70s Atari video game Asteroids has gotten a new writer in Jez Butterworth, who wrote the screenplay for Doug Liman's Fair Game , the epic The Last Legion , as well as directed Nicole Kidman's Birthday Girl . More recently, Butterworth has written a James Brown biopic for The Help director Tate Taylor. Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, the man behind three "Transformers" movies and two based on "G.I. Joe," earlier versions of the project were written by Matt Lopez and Evan Spiliotopoulos, but with vintage video games being very much in the public consciousness right now thanks to the success of Disney's Wreck-It Ralph , it makes sense Universal might want to try to get this »

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‘The Help’ Director Tate Taylor and Mick Jagger Want to Bring James Brown to the Big Screen

25 October 2012 6:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

According to Deadline Hollywood, Tate Taylor (The Help) is in talks to take on the James Brown biopic that Brian Grazer has long wanted to make. If he signs on the dotted line, he’ll be joining an interesting production partner: Mick Jagger. The Hardest Working Man will be celebrated from his early beginnings in abject poverty to his rise on the global scene as a musical icon with a script comes from Jez and John-Henry Butterworth (Fair Game) who are no strangers to telling real-world stories. Hundreds of Brown’s songs have appeared in movies – making his impact cross media – and he also acted, most notably in The Blues Brothers and (as himself) in Rocky IV. Beyond that, his legacy is unarguably titanic, a performer who spanned decades and audiences while making a heavy impact on popular culture. His story is one worth telling, so hopefully this group does it true justice. And »

- Cole Abaius

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Claire Danes In As Cool As I Am First Look Photo

23 October 2012 12:52 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Currently in post-production, Radiant Films International has announced it will be handling the foreign rights to the heartwarming comedy drama As Cool As I Am. Starring Claire Danes (“Homeland,” The Hours), James Marsden (X-men), Sarah Bolger (The Spiderwick Chronicles), Thomas Mann (Project X), Jeremy Sisto (Robot & Frank) and two time Academy Award nominee Peter Fonda (Ulee.S Gold), the film centers around a bright and intelligent teenage girl, Lucy (Bolger) and her almost boyfriend Kenny (Mann), who come of age in a small rural town. With her often absent and very young parents (Marsden and Danes) more in need of guidance and parenting than their daughter, Lucy turns to cooking shows to cope with the turbulent pains of adolescence and finds particular comfort in the celebrated culinary personality, Mario Batali. While Lucy charges ahead toward womanhood and her dream of becoming a chef, her mother is desperately searching for her »

- Michelle McCue

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Grillo Tests for 'Captain America 2', Spall Lines Up Leigh's Next and Tate Taylor Attached to James Brown Biopic

23 October 2012 7:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

1.) A Twitter update from West Hollywood, CA radio show the Matthew and Aaron Show reveals news Frank Grillo (The Grey) has tested for a role as Crossbones, a villain in the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The Mattew and Aaron Show tweet did not specify a specific film, however, noting only a "Marvel movie" but Grillo essentially confirmed the news posting on Twitter a tweet that has since been deleted that read, "See Ya La. It was a a good trip. Marvel was a lot of fun. Be cool if it works out. #CaptainAmerica." Cbm 2.) Tate Taylor (The Help) is in negotiations to direct an untitled biopic telling the story of the late James Brown for producers Brian Grazer and Rolling Stones front-man Mick Jagger. The story charts Brown's rise from extreme poverty and violence to become "The Godfather of Soul," one of the most influential black artists in »

- Brad Brevet

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Taylor, Grazer Plan James Brown Biopic

22 October 2012 8:43 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"The Help" director Tate Taylor is in negotiations to direct the untitled James Brown biopic setup at Imagine Entertainment and Jagged Films says Deadline.

The story charts a young boy’s rise from extreme poverty and violence to become The Godfather Of Soul, one of the most influential black artists in history whose career spanned six decades.

The project is currently seeking an actor to play Brown. Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth ("Fair Game") penned the script while Mick Jagger, Brian Grazer, Victoria Pearman and Erica Huggins will produce. »

- Garth Franklin

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Tate Taylor in Talks to Helm Untitled James Brown Biopic; Mick Jagger Joins Brian Grazer as Producer

22 October 2012 1:10 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Tate Taylor, the writer and director of 2011's Oscar-worthy The Help, is reportedly in negotiations to helm an untitled biopic of soul-singer, James Brown.  The picture is a long-awaited realization for producer Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind) who has always harbored a desire to adapt the late singer's life into a feature film.  Joining Grazer as producer will be another musical icon, Mick Jagger.  The film will be a co-production of Imagine Entertainment and Jagger's Jagged Films and will be based off of the screenplay by Fair Game writers, Jez and John-Henry Butterworth. Producers are now turning to avenues of distribution and for an actor to portray Brown.  Hit the jump for more. Deadline reported on the negotiations involving Taylor as director of the untitled James Brown biopic.  With the addition of Taylor and Jagger, it looks like the film is moving forward; that's music to Grazer's ears.  Grazer began »

- Dave Trumbore

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'The Help' Director Tate Taylor To Helm James Brown Biopic

22 October 2012 1:03 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Of the many long brewing biopics in Hollywood, a movie about James Brown is among them. Spike Lee was once on board the project, with Wesley Snipes as his choice to play the lead, but that iteration has long since been taken off table. Can a powerhouse trio that includes "The Help" director Tate Taylor, super producer Brian Grazer and fan Mick Jagger help this one get on up? (Sorry, we had to). They'll be giving it a try as all three are now behind the untitled project that will cover the life of the legendary R&B and soul performer. The project has a script from Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth ("Fair Game") for a picture that Grazer has been shepherding since 2006. Jagger -- whose own career was influenced by Brown (see image below) -- is lending his producing powers as well, while Taylor will direct. Of course, the »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘The Help’s Tate Taylor and Mick Jagger Join Brian Grazer On James Brown Biopic

22 October 2012 12:26 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Imagine Entertainment‘s Brian Grazer has bolstered his long desire to turn James Brown‘s life story into a feature film. Tate Taylor, who adapted and made his helming debut on The Help, is in negotiations to direct the untitled project. Another musical icon, Mick Jagger, has joined Grazer as producer. The film will be a co-production between Jagged Films, based on a screenplay by Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth. Grazer and Jagger will produce along with Jagged’s Victoria Pearman and Imagine’s Erica Huggins. They will now look for distribution, and to find an actor who can play Brown. The story charts a young boy’s rise from extreme poverty and violence to become The Godfather Of Soul, one of the most influential black artists in history whose career spanned six decades. Grazer started the project at a time when the singer himself was an active part in its development, »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Tom Hardy to Topline Doug Liman’s ‘Everest’

25 September 2012 10:30 AM, PDT | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Tom Hardy

Sony Pictures is moving forward with its big screen adaptation of Jeffrey Archer’s nonfiction book “Paths of Glory”, the story of George Mallory’s three attempts to climb Mount Everest, the last of which led to his disappearance on the mountain in 1924 at the age of 37.

According to Deadline, actor Tom Hardy has signed aboard to play the lead role in the Doug Liman-directed film.

Working from a script by Sheldon Turner, the story will follow the book’s basic storyline, which is officially described as follows:

This is the story of a man who loved two women, and one of them killed him.

Some people have dreams that are so outrageous that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. Francis Drake, Robert Scott, Percy Fawcett, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Sir Edmund Hillary and Neil Armstrong are among such individuals. »

- Robert Falconer

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Toronto 2012: Naomi Watts Reflects On a Career That Once Seemed ‘Impossible’ (Video)

13 September 2012 3:00 PM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

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Toronto — Earlier this week, just hours before the Toronto International Film Festival world premiere of Juan Antonio Bayona‘s The Impossible — a harrowing film based on the true story of one British family’s 2004 trip to a beach resort in Thailand, where they were torn about from each other when a massive tsunami engulfed the nation’s coastline — I had the opportunity to spend some time with the star of the heartwrenching drama, Oscar nominee Naomi Watts.

The 43-year-old British-born, Aussie-raised actress and I talked about her early struggles to find work that almost prompted her to quit the profession (it took her 10 years before she “made it”); the film that changed the course of her career and made her one of the most respected and sought-after actresses of her generation, David Lynch‘s Mulholland Dr. (“That’s sort of the marking point of my career… »

- Melissa Buckman

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Doug Liman Tapped By Sony for Spy Adventure ‘The Tourist’

7 September 2012 3:20 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Before you start thinking a reboot of the Angelina Jolie-Johnny Depp dud is getting rebooted, let me assure you that is not the case.

Instead, Sony Pictures have obtained the rights to Olen Steinhauer‘s trilogy of novels — also, incidentally, about spies — and, as Deadline reports, are locking Doug Liman to direct what they almost surely hope is the beginning of a new franchise. (Well, that’s me making an assumption based on the almost comically obvious.) When you need a studio-friendly helmer and the guy behind The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and Fair Game is available…

Matt Corman and Chris Ord, creators of the Liman-produced series Covert Affairs, are being tasked to write the film, in which Milo Weaver — a “burned out spy for a clandestine Us intelligence agency that battles global organized crime, terrorists and the like” — is put back into action after a »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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