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Lena Headey Will Confront The Woman Of The Woods In New Horror Film

10 November 2015 9:04 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After wrangling with Pride & Prejudice & Zombies with Game of Thrones co-star Charles Dance, Lena Headey is primed to confront The Woman of the Woods, a new horror film incubating in development over at Myriad Pictures.

Bleeding Cool has the casting scoop, revealing that the actress – best known for her snarling, award-winning role as Cersei Lannister on HBO’s series – will topline the thriller as Kelsay, a woman on the brink of a marital crisis. Agreeing to one final family camping trip with her husband and young daughter, Headey’s protagonist discovers that, yes, not all is as it seems in shadows of the forest.

Written and directed by Russell Friedenberg, The Woman of the Woods is to be shopped at the ongoing America Film Market in the hope of attracting a distributor. Oscar-winning executive Heather Rae is attached to produce, and the studio released a synopsis of the horror so »

- Michael Briers

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AFI Fest Can Be a Mixed Bag for Oscar Hopefuls

3 November 2015 10:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With early November being prime real estate for the annual movie awards season, you might think the AFI Fest would be a vital springboard into the Oscar race. But the blunt truth is that the event hasn’t been much of a lucky charm.

Over the past decade, films that have gone to the fest looking to establish a wave of support, only to more or less crash on the rocks, include Emilio Estevez’s “Bobby,” Robert Redford’s “Lions for Lambs,” Edward Zwick’s “Defiance” and “Love & Other Drugs,” Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar,” Sacha Gervasi’s “Hitchcock,” John Lee Hancock’s “Saving Mr. Banks” and J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year,” to name a few.

This year, the festival — which kicks off Nov. 5 — boasts three compelling world premieres in opening night, centerpiece and closing night slots, respectively: Angelina Jolie’s “By the Sea,” Peter Landesman’s “Concussion »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Jessica Chastain And Daniel Brühl Head To Prague As The Zookeeper’s Wife Begins Filming

19 October 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Screen Gems’ horror sequel Underworld 5 isn’t the only production that Prague is playing host to this week, with news coming through that both Jessica Chastain and Daniel Brühl are descending on the Czech capital to begin filming on Niki Caro’s adaptation, The Zookeeper’s Wife.

Taking inspiration from Diane Ackerman’s non-fiction novel of the same name, Chastain is on board to play Antonina Żabiński during the formative years of World War II. Situated in Poland in 1939, the native farmer worked to establish a zoo of her own along with her husband Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh), but their lives are effectively upended with the Nazi army invades their home country.

Having to report to a volatile new zoo keeper, the pair soon take solace in the resistance and their plan to rescue the population from the fast declining state of the Warsaw Ghetto. Putting their children at great risk, »

- Michael Briers

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Jessica Chastain Begins Filming The Zookeeper’S Wife

19 October 2015 12:25 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Production has begun in the Czech Republic on The Zookeeper’S Wife, adapted from Diane Ackerman’s nonfiction book of the same name which was based on the diaries of Antonina Żabiński. Focus Features will release the film domestically; Universal Pictures International has distribution rights to the film in the U.K., France, Germany, Scandinavia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.

Two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain stars in the title role, as Antonina Żabiński. The Zookeeper’S Wife director Niki Caro’s previous films include Whale Rider and North Country.

The Zookeeper’S Wife dramatizes a real-life story of heroism. The time is 1939. The place is Poland, homeland of Antonina Żabiński (portrayed by Ms. Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh, a European Film Award nominee for the Academy Award-nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown). The Warsaw Zoo flourishes under Jan’s stewardship and Antonina’s care. When their »

- Michelle McCue

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New Trailer for Pdk Adapt The Man In The High Castle

8 October 2015 9:03 AM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

The official first season of Amazon's The Man in the High Castle, based on Philip K. Dick's alternate history novel of the same name, premieres next week and a new trailer has dropped titled "Defiance". It uses a lot of footage from the season premier which Amazon used to gauge interest in the series a year or so ago, which makes sense as when the whole thing premiers many people will still be unfamiliar with the show. However, there is some new explosive footage near the end of the 2.35 minute run time.

The Man in the High Castle is produced by Ridley Scott and stars Rufus Sewell (John Adams, Dark City), Luke Kleintank (Pretty Little Liars) and Alexa Davalos (Mob City).

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A glimpse into an alternate history of North America. What life after WWII ma [Continued ...] »

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Director Ed Zwick Goes His Own Way with Tobey Maguire Comeback Movie 'Pawn Sacrifice'

17 September 2015 9:34 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Set during the 1972 World Chess Championship, in "Pawn Sacrifice" (Bleecker Street, September 18) Tobey Maguire plays brilliant but troubled Brooklyn chess maverick Bobby Fischer as he faces off against his level-headed Russian rival Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber) in the most famous chess match ever. Fischer struggles to keep his head on straight, which drives his various handlers nuts, because he can't be counted on to even show up. Ed Zwick is a director who can handle intimate television ("Relativity," "Once and Again") and epic spectacle ("Courage Under Fire," "The Last Samurai," "Blood Diamond," "Glory"); this drama combines both. Zwick got a great performance out of Schreiber in "Defiance"; he is also strong here. Maguire has never been better; this could mark a comeback for him. The movie scored at Toronto 2014 and was acquired by Bleecker Street which has so far delivered modest art-house hits »

- Anne Thompson

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Pawn Sacrifice Review

17 September 2015 9:22 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

This film was originally reviewed at Tiff 2014.

Edward Zwick is a great filmmaker, but he rarely gives you subtlety. Some have criticized his medium-to-large-budget action films – titles that include Glory, Defiance and Blood Diamond – as too simplistic, which would have stained those efforts more if they were not so compelling and exciting. So, to hear that the director was behind a film about the introspective game of chess and its most famous player, the complex and controversial Bobby Fischer, was nerve-wracking. Would the film skimp on the nuances of the New York chess sensation? Could the Last Samurai director figure out a way to depict the game in an inventive way onscreen?

Well, although Zwick has still not managed to find a way to visually communicate the game of wits and cunning, he has still made a biopic and thriller that should entertain those who do not even know how to play chess. »

- Jordan Adler

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James Newton Howard’s Pawn Sacrifice Score To Be Released On Sept. 11

2 September 2015 6:05 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Coming to theaters in two weeks is director Ed Zwick’s riveting Pawn Sacrifice.

It’s the story of Bobby Fischer, America’s foremost chess player, who faced the reigning champion, Boris Spassky of Russia, in a series of matches that held the world spellbound.

For fans of 1972’s “Match of the Century,” the film is everything you’re hoping for. Zwick’s movie is flawless right down to the re-enactment of the 1971 interview with Dick Cavett.

Bobby Fischer first makes waves in the elite world of chess as a 6-year-old whiz-kid from Brooklyn famous for his laser-like concentration and ability to dominate all challengers. By his teens, the boy wonder has gone from chess savant to international grandmaster, but his meteoric rise is punctuated by unpredictable personal behavior and escalating demands that raise hackles in the conservative chess establishment.

As he travels the globe with manager Paul Marshall (Michael Stuhlbarg »

- Michelle McCue

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Iddo Goldberg To Play Red Tornado In Season One Of Supergirl

2 September 2015 9:24 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

While Superman probably won’t be making a full blown appearance in Supergirl any time soon, plenty of other characters from the comic books will be. The latest is Red Tornado, and the Justice League member will be played by Israeli actor Iddo Goldberg, who’s best known for appearing in Defiance, Salem, and The Tourist.

According to the official description from CBS, the character was designed for the army by scientist T.O. Morrow and is the world’s most nefarious android who is capable of devastating National City. Once free from the U.S. government’s grip, Red Tornado sets out on a path of destruction that only Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) will be able to stop.

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Based on his heroic nature in the comic books though, you have to believe that it won’t be long before Red Tornado sees the error of »

- Josh Wilding

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First Look: In 'Pawn Sacrifice,' Tobey Maguire Channels Chess Master Bobby Fischer (Video)

23 July 2015 11:33 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Set during the 1972 World Chess Championship, in "Pawn Sacrifice" (Bleecker Street, September 18) Tobey Maguire plays brilliant but troubled Brooklyn chess maverick Bobby Fischer as he faces off against his level-headed Russian rival Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber) in the most famous chess match ever. Fischer struggles to keep his head on straight, which drives his various handlers nuts, because he can't be counted on to even show up. Ed Zwick is a director who can handle intimate television ("Relativity," "Once and Again") and epic spectacle ("Courage Under Fire," "The Last Samurai," "Blood Diamond," "Glory"); this drama combines both. Zwick got a great performance out of Schreiber in "Defiance"; he is also strong here. Maguire has never been better; this could mark a comeback for him. The movie scored at Toronto 2014 and was acquired by Bleecker Street which has so far delivered modest art-house hits »

- Anne Thompson

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Watch: Tobey Maguire is the Grandmaster in New 'Pawn Sacrifice' Trailer

28 May 2015 1:04 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Tiff Buy: Bleecker Street Acquires Ed Zwick's 'Pawn Sacrifice' with Tobey Maguire and Liev Schrieber  Written by Steven Knight ("Locke," "Eastern Promises") and directed by Ed Zwick ("Defiance," "Blood Diamond"), "Pawn Sacrifice" tells the story of real-life American chess champion Bobby Fischer: the youngest person to ever achieve the Grandmaster status and, at the height of his fame, a U.S. political symbol, as a result of his widely publicized match against Russian champion Boris Spassky. Tobey Maguire stars as Fischer and Liev Schreiber appears in the role of Spassky. Other notable members of the cast include Peter Sarsgaard and Lily Rabe. Based on the trailer, which you can watch above, Tobey Maguire appears to give a performance that we won't soon forget. Oscillating between genius and madness is not an easy feat, but Maguire seems to have a glint of both in his eye »

- Sarah Choi

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Tom Cruise To Re-Team With Edward Zwick For ‘Jack Reacher 2′

19 May 2015 3:52 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Tom Cruise is set to re-team with his ‘Last Samurai’ director Edward Zwick for the follow-up to his extremely successful Jack Reacher adaptation, which was released in 2012. Zwick, along with Marshall Herskovitz, will rewrite the screenplay by Richard Wenk.

The new film will be based on the novel ‘Never Go Back’ by Lee Child, which sees Reacher head back to his old military base in Virginia to take a woman to dinner who is now the commanding officer. By the time he gets there, she has been arrested, and Reacher finds himself being charged with pummeling one guy and fathering a child with a woman. He can’t remember either transgression but gets to the bottom of it with cunning and sometimes brute force.

Christopher McQuarrie directed the first movie, which grossed over $210 million worldwide and he will return to executive produce.

Zwick has a host of critically acclaimed credits to his name, »

- Paul Heath

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Tom Cruise is Reteaming with His 'Last Samurai' Director for 'Jack Reacher 2'

19 May 2015 8:54 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I was not a very big fan of 2012's Jack Reacher, referring to it in my review as "a tonal hodgepodge of genre films from the murder-mysteries of the '40s, the whodunnits of the '70s and thrillers of the '90s." The character development was "on-the-nose, with little subtlety and very little is hidden from the audience as most of the pieces come together rather easily and we're left waiting for the characters on screen -- primarily Rosamund Pike -- to give their wide-eyed, open-mouth look of astonishment once they catch up with the audience." That said, a lot of people seemed to like it. Good for them, I'm sure they're just as excited a sequel has been greenlit as Tom Cruise will return in the title role, re-teaming with his The Last Samurai director in the process. amz asin="0440246326" size="small"The sequel is said to be »

- Brad Brevet

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Jack Reacher Sequel Eyeing Ed Zwick

19 May 2015 8:19 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Tom Cruise may be reteaming with The Last Samurai team of Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz for a Jack Reacher sequel, now that Paramount and Skydance have entered into negotiations with the pair to rewrite a script by Richard Wenk (The Equalizer) adapted from the Lee Child novel Never Go Back. If a deal is made, Zwick will also sit behind the camera on what’s being tentatively called Jack Reacher 2.

Though it was first believed that a sequel to the 2012 actioner was a no-go given underwhelming box office receipts, it was later revealed that Paramount and Skydance were planning to use Never Go Back as the source material. Everyone wanted Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie to return to take the reins, but he was too busy in post-production on Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (also with Cruise) to commit to anything. And so, the studios started looking elsewhere.

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- Isaac Feldberg

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Stephen King’s 11/22/63 Miniseries Finds Director And Supporting Cast

7 April 2015 2:48 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

11/22/63 is proof that not every literary adaptation starring James Franco is based on the works of John Steinbeck or William Faulkner. This upcoming miniseries hails from legendary horror author Stephen King (whose works outside of the scary realm are equally as prolific as those within it) and focuses on a small-town school teacher who realizes he is able to travel through time via a door in a local diner. Franco previously snagged the lead role as the teacher Jake Epping, who takes it upon himself to prevent the assassination of JFK, and the show has now secured a director and supporting cast.

Academy Award winner Kevin McDonald (The Last King Of Scotland) has signed on to direct and executive produce the first two episodes of the nine-hour event series. He will work from a script penned by Bridget Carpenter (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood), who is expected to seriously curtail King »

- Gem Seddon

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Film Review: ‘The Longest Ride’

6 April 2015 8:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As spring perennials go, a new Nicholas Sparks movie has come to seem as inevitable as tax day and allergy season, and only mildly less irritating to the senses. Though the character names and model-perfect faces may change (ever so slightly), the place (coastal North Carolina) remains the same, as do the trials and tribulations facing the star-crossed lovers who traverse its shores. The formula is by now as proven (and critic-proof) as Marvel or Tyler Perry — so why tinker with it in the least? Rest assured, “The Longest Ride” does nothing of the sort as it parallels the fates of two couples from different eras navigating the usual Sparks-ian gauntlet of war, class relations, cataclysmic accidents and life-altering medical conditions. Appealing performances by a trio of second- and third-generation Hollywood kids keep this three-hankie twaddle more bearable than it deserves, but “Ride” will surely go the longest with »

- Scott Foundas

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