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With the Middle-Earth grand-finale The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on the way this December and Marvel Studios' "Phase Three" launcher Ant-Man hitting next July, respective franchise stars Orlando Bloom and Michael Douglas are teaming up with the previously-attached Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) for a new thriller, Unlocked. Alex Walton and Ken Kao of Bloom today made the announcement alongside word that they will handle international sales on the film, which is set to be directed by Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader). »
Academy Award Winner Michael Douglas (Ant-Man, The Reach, Behind the Candelabra, Wall Street) and Orlando Bloom (The Hobbit franchise; the Lord of the Rings franchise; the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) will join star Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Child 44, Prometheus) in Unlocked, with Lorenzo Dibonaventura (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Salt, Red, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) producing alongside Georgina Townsley and Erik Howsam.
Alex Walton and Ken Kao’s Bloom will handle international sales on the new thriller directed by Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) and based on a screenplay by Peter O’Brien.
With principal photography beginning on November 3, Unlocked tells the story of a »
- Michelle McCue
Dylan O’Brien (“Teen Wolf”), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Love Actually, “Game of Thrones”) and Will Poulter(The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) star as three “Gladers,” teenagers who have been mysteriously stranded in the centre of an enormous maze in the upcoming The Maze Runner. The film, based on the best-selling Ya novel by James Dashner looks to be the male-leaning answer to The Hunger Games.
Why exactly were the boys abducted and left in the Glade? Why does Thomas (O’Brien) keep having dreams about an organization called W.C.K.D.? What exactly is in the maze? We will have to wait until September 19 to find out.
Check out the newest trailer and San Diego Comic-Con poster for The Maze Runner below! »
- Sasha James
Here's a little Friday morning casting gossip: Will Poulter is in discussions to join Alejandro González Iñárritu's next film, "The Revenant." Leonardo DiCaprio will star as Hugh Glass, a 19th century fur trapper mauled by a bear, robbed and left for dead who sets out for revenge. New Regency is teaming up with Brett Ratner's Ratpac and Steve Golin's Anonymous Content to finance the film, and New Regency is behind Iñárritu's next project, "Birdman." Poulter won the Rising Star Award at this year's BAFTAs. He played Eustace Scrubb in "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" and starred in last year's pot comedy "We're the Millers." Poulter has several projects due out this year, including "Plastic" and "The Maze Runner." Tom Hardy ("Locke") is also reportedly in talks to join "The Revenant." »
- Jacob Combs
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
For the best part of 20 years Chris Blackburn tried his hand at writing film scripts, a sideline to his day jobs as a newspaper and TV reporter, reality show producer and, currently, as a co-executive producer on Big Brother.
Eighteen months ago he had an idea for a crime drama about a young man whose sister has been brutally murdered, set primarily in a row of vacant houses near his home on the north coast of Nsw.
Blackburn wrote the script and asked his son Tim, a TV editor who has directed several short films to direct. Entitled Burns Point, the film is now in day seven of a 21-day shoot in and around the town of Ballina.
Asked how he.s financed the film, Chris tells If, .It.s mostly me. I.ve saved up for this and put money aside." Cast and crew are working on deferred. fees in some cases. »
- Don Groves
Michael Petroni is understandably chuffed by the B.O. results of The Book Thief, his adaptation of the Marcus Zusak novel- particularly in Australia. Yet he wonders how the WWII drama might have turned out if he hadn.t been asked to do multiple rewrites by the studio, Fox 2000, and the director, Downton Abbey.s Brian Percival. .My major disappointment with the rewrites was that they took out most of the magic realism that features in the book,. said Petroni, who is editing the Aussie psychological thriller Backtrack, the first film he.s directed since 2002.s Till Human Voices Wake Us. .Fox wanted a film that would appeal to families, not just adults, and Brian wanted to tell more of a straight, dramatic tale..
He is quick to add, "I am very proud of the film, people come up to me and tell me how much they loved it. On »
- Don Groves
Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, Bruce Spence, Robin McLeavy and Anna Lise Phillips are shooting Backtrack, a psychological thriller from writer-director Michael Petroni. Jamie Hilton, who is producing with Petroni, his partner in See Pictures, and Antonia Barnard, says the project was relatively easy to finance. That was due primarily to how sales agents, distributors and other financiers responded to Petroni.s screenplay, the saga of psychologist Peter Bowers who discovers his patients are the ghosts of people who died in an accident 20 years earlier. Another advantage during the financing was that Petroni.s status as a writer was rising as The Book Thief, his adaptation of the Markus Zusak novel, started shooting in Germany. Screen Australia, UK-based sales agent Bankside and Oz distributor Madman Entertainment came on board before Brody, an Oscar winner for The Pianist and who starred in Midnight in Paris and The Brothers Bloom, was attached. The other participants are Screen Nsw, »
- Don Groves
Exclusive: Production underway on thriller sold by Bankside, distributed by Madman.
Principal photography is underway in Australia on writer-director Michael Petroni’s sophomore thriller Backtrack, starring Adrien Brody and Sam Neill (seen in this exclusive first image from the feature).
Shooting commenced in Sydney on Jan 6 and is scheduled to wrap in mid-Feb. Filming will take place in Sydney as well as the Central West region of New South Wales.
The film follows a psychologist whose life is thrown into chaos when he discovers his patients are all ghosts of people who died in an accident 20 years prior.
UK outfit Bankside will commence sales on the thriller at the Efm in Berlin next month. Madman Entertainment will distribute in Australia and New Zealand.
The film is financed by Screen Australia, Head Gear Films »
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