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Ryan Gosling Sets Sights on Blade Runner Sequel

16 April 2015 1:51 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

When it was confirmed in February that Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard in Alcon Entertainment's Blade Runner sequel, you may have immediately started wondering who would join him in the new neo-noir, as Deckard's sure to run into memorable characters of both the human and replicant varieties. Though we don't know who he'd play, it's been revealed that Ryan Gosling is in talks to star alongside Ford in Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner sequel that's slated to start shooting next summer:

Press Release (via The Hollywood News) -- "Los Angeles, CA, April 16, 2015 – Ryan Gosling is in negotiations to star in Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to Blade Runner, being directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) and executive produced by Ridley Scott.

Harrison Ford will co-star as Rick Deckard, the role he portrayed in the original directed by Scott.

Principal photography is set to start in summer of »

- Derek Anderson

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Ben Mendelsohn Rumored For Star Wars: Rogue One

26 March 2015 8:33 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After stunning Netflix subscribers worldwide with his powerhouse turn in the first season of star-studded drama Bloodline, Aussie actor Ben Mendelsohn certainly appears to be on the rise. And now, after a career of strong supporting performances, he could be about to get his big break: Deadline reports that he may be joining the cast of Star Wars: Rogue One.

Details on the first Star Wars spinoff, which will be directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards and boasts a script by Chris Weitz (Cinderella) and Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli), are pretty sparse. Oscar nominee Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) has bagged the lead role, but rumors suggesting that the pic will be a heist movie revolving around bounty hunters who steal blueprints for a Death Star are still unconfirmed.

Regardless, it’s exciting to hear that Mendelsohn is on the cusp of landing a major studio role like this. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Snoop Dogg Developing HBO Drama About 1980s Los Angeles

21 March 2015 11:21 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

He just appeared on the season final of “Empire,” so it’s only fitting that Snoop Dogg is slowly building a TV empire of his own.

The rapper announced Friday in his keynote speech at SXSW that he will exec produce a drama about 1980s Los Angeles with director Allen Hughes (“The Book of Eli”) and writer Rodney Barnes (“The Boondocks”).

The show will center around a family living in inner-city L.A. and will explore the effects of Reagan-era social policies on the area. Snoop Dogg grew up in Long Beach during that era.

“HBO is the No. 1 network in the world as far as developing and having these types of shows come to life,” he said during his SXSW Q&A with longtime manager Ted Chung. “This is a dream come true to be able to tell a story that’s going to be told the right way on the right network. »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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These Final Hours Review

4 March 2015 11:22 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The world is going to end in 12 hours. Balls of fire have descended from the sky to turn the ocean into a pool of rumbling, quickly spreading magma, and the heat has already evaporated all life on many coastlines. In Perth, Australia, the clock is ticking – for those who have not already evaded the apocalypse by taking their own lives.

Bleak and blisteringly intense, These Final Hours is an end-of-the-world title from Australia that manages to give a few jolts, despite the overwhelming familiarity of this countdown to doomsday scenario. Titles like Last Night and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World explored how people choose to spend their final moments, while the ravaged roads in The Book of Eli and The Rover lead to a despairing version of a place where life has already gone to the dogs. Despite a familiar template, this is a taut, tense »

- Jordan Adler

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Chris Weitz Talks About Writing The First Star Wars Standalone Movie

2 March 2015 1:40 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After The Book Of Eli‘s Gary Whitta exited the Star Wars standalone movie following a year of hard graft, many wondered who – if anyone – would pick up the mantle. Enter: Chris Weitz, the writer-director with a varied resume ranging from romcom standout About A Boy all the way to fantasy fare like The Golden Compass. Tasked with picking up where Whitta left off, Weitz signed on to commence writing a new draft in late January 2015.

For fans of arguably the biggest franchise Ever, his involvement at such a core level raised several eyebrows. It seems, however, that the enormity of the task isn’t lost on Weitz himself, who addressed the script changes, and his involvement in an interview with /Film:

“Well I think it still is the core,” he said of Whitta’s first draft. “But in terms of…in a weird way, it was like meeting for any assignment. »

- Gem Seddon

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'The Last Starfighter' Remake Eyed by 'Star Wars' Writer

28 February 2015 2:08 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Though not a substantial hit when it first arrived in theaters way back in 1984, The Last Starfighter, renowned for being one of the first movies to ever use CGI visual effects, has gained quite a cult audience over the years. A remake seems like a no brainer, especially with its timely story of a video game obsessed teenager who is called upon to save the universe. But that may not happen anytime soon according to writer Gary Whitta, who loves the idea of doing a reboot. Unfortunately, it seems the rights are currently tied up and almost impossible to obtain.

Remaking The Last Starfighter is Gary Whitta's dream project. And he's not alone. There are apparently many in the industry who would love to take on the project. About remaking The Last Starfighter, the former Star Wars Spin-Off writer states:

"Man, I wish. I'm one of a very long »

- MovieWeb

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Blade Runner Sequel Director Announced, Harrison Ford’s Return Confirmed

26 February 2015 7:08 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

After all these years, the story of Rick Deckard will continue. A Blade Runner sequel started to pick up steam back in 2011 when it was announced that Ridley Scott would return to direct. While Scott is still creatively involved, it has been revealed that he'll be passing the torch to another director. What is still a big surprise, even after his involvement in the latest Star Wars film, is that Harrison Ford is set to reprise his role as Deckard:

Press Release via /Film: "Los Angeles, CA, February 26, 2015 — Harrison Ford will reprise his celebrated role of Rick Deckard in the sequel to Alcon Entertainment’s Blade Runner and Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve to (Prisoners, Incendies) is in negotiations to direct, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-ceo’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

Film is scheduled to start principle photography in summer of 2016. Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the »

- Jonathan James

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Blade Runner Sequel Confirmed, Harrison Ford To Return

26 February 2015 6:36 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Deadline is reporting that at long last, the Blade Runner sequel has been confirmed, with Harrison Ford set to reprise his role as Rick Deckard. Unfortunately, Ridley Scott will not return as director, but in his place will be Prisoners helmer Denis Villeneuve.

The plan is for production to get underway in summer 2016 with Hampton Fancher (who co-wrote the original) and Michael Green penning the script. Plot details are, of course, scarce, but from what we understand the sequel will take place several decades after the events of the original (which makes sense given Ford’s age).

“We are honored that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on Prisoners,” Alcon Entertainment’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson said. “Hampton and Michael, with Ridley Scott, have crafted a uniquely potent and faithful sequel to one of the most »

- Matt Joseph

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Gary Whitta Talks 'Star Wars' Spinoff Script and Prequels

23 February 2015 10:22 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

As many already know, Gary Whitta was tasked with writing the first draft of the Untitled Gareth Edwards Directed Star Wars Spin-Off, which is set to hit theaters in 2016. He has since been replaced by The Golden Compass director Chris Weitz. Thus far, no official story details have been revealed by Disney or LucasFilm, but the movie is believed to revolve around space pirates, Han Solo, Boba Fett, spies stealing plans to the Death Star, or all four of those things combined. While Gary Whitta is not allowed to talk about what we'll actually be seeing on screen next year, he did talk with /film about his commitment to the project, calling it the hardest thing he's ever worked on:

"I think any time you're dealing with something that has some personal significance to you, you instinctively approach it with a great degree of appreciation and respect. I grew up with Star Wars, »

- MovieWeb

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Gary Whitta Talks 'Star Wars' Spinoff Script and Prequels

23 February 2015 10:22 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

As many already know, Gary Whitta was tasked with writing the first draft of the Untitled Gareth Edwards Directed Star Wars Spin-Off, which is set to hit theaters in 2016. He has since been replaced by The Golden Compass director Chris Weitz. Thus far, no official story details have been revealed by Disney or LucasFilm, but the movie is believed to revolve around space pirates, Han Solo, Boba Fett, spies stealing plans to the Death Star, or all four of those things combined. While Gary Whitta is not allowed to talk about what we'll actually be seeing on screen next year, he did talk with /film about his commitment to the project, calling it the hardest thing he's ever worked on:

"I think any time you're dealing with something that has some personal significance to you, you instinctively approach it with a great degree of appreciation and respect. I grew up with Star Wars, »

- MovieWeb

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Seventh Son and Jupiter Ascending: Two Current Oscar Nominees Fizzle

12 February 2015 10:16 AM, PST | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

Who doesn't adore Julianne Moore?

Especially in Still Alice, the film for which bookmakers are betting she'll take home the Best Actress Oscar, Moore's portrayal of a linguistics professor battling early onset Alzheimer's is letter perfect. Myself having a sibling now encased in a memory care facility in Florida after being ravaged by the same affliction, every step of Alice's deterioration is recognizable: the random loss of memories, the awareness she's losing her identity, the outbursts of anger, the inability to control bodily functions, and the short-lived moments when the person you have always loved reemerges out of a fog of despair.

Sadly, Moore's performance and that of her peers in Seventh Son capture a forgetfulness, too, although not one symptomatic of an infirmity, but one characteristic of creative bankruptcy. By the time this adaptation of Joseph Delaney's bestselling young-adult classic, The Spook's Apprentice, ends and you've emptied your bladder in your mall's stall, »

- Brandon Judell

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Acad’s Sci-Tech Oscars Raise the Bar On ‘Wow’

12 February 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

From finding new ways to shoot the most adrenaline-infused car chases to taking exhibition audio into new frontiers, this year’s recipients of the Academy Scientific & Technical Awards are pushing the limits of cinema in every way they can.

These awards are sometimes called the Sci-Tech Oscars, but most honorees are given plaques or certificates, as opposed to the fabled statuettes. Only two of the awards come with actual Oscars and those nods aren’t given every year, though this year both will be presented.

The highest Sci-Tech Award — and one that comes with an Oscar — is the Academy Award of Merit. The award is designed to single out game-changing technology. This year Larry Hornbeck will receive the citation for his digital micromirror technology that powers Dlp cinema projectors, now the standard throughout the industry. These micromirrors, 37 years in development, are used for “intelligently steering light” in order to help deliver bright, »

- Karen Idelson

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Broken Projector: Kill It With Fire (w/ Special Guest Host Gary Whitta)

9 February 2015 8:01 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Gary Whitta got a big break with The Book of Eli, a spec screenplay where he doesn’t so much save the cat as he kills it and cooks it over a spit within the first few pages. Now he’s coming off writing for one of the stand-alone Star Wars movies, he’s working with Mark Millar on Starlight, and his debut novel “Abomination” is available for pre-order through an innovative publishing platform. It has everything in the above image and more. Whitta joins me this week as our special guest co-host (Geoff is on assignment in Kazakhstan), and we discuss the dominance of The Empire Strikes Back, the slightly ironic relationship movies have to comic books now and why he might not have done the very thing that brought him success knowing what he knows today. Things get educational, so grab a notepad and a splashguard. You should follow Gary (@garywhitta), the show (@brokenprojector), Geoff »

- Scott Beggs

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Felicity Jones Snags Star Wars Spinoff

3 February 2015 11:27 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Hot on the heels of an Oscar nomination for her luminous performance as Jane Wilde in Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, Felicity Jones has eclipsed competitors including Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany, The Fantastic Four‘s Kate Mara and Side EffectsRooney Mara for the lead role in an as-of-yet-untitled Star Wars spinoff.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that Lucasfilm and Disney zeroed in on the acclaimed actress after a series of highly secretive readings and screen tests. An offer has gone out to Jones, who is currently in talks to star.

Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) will direct from a script by the recently-hired Chris Weitz (About a Boy). The project has been in the works for over a year, with Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) having penned a previous draft for the stand-alone pic.

Sources say that Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul and Deliver Us From Evil‘s »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Alcon Acquires Film Rights to ‘Darkmouth’ Fantasy-Adventure Series

27 January 2015 12:48 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Alcon Entertainment acquired the film rights to comedic fantasy-adventure book series “Darkmouth” on Tuesday, the production company’s co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove announced.

The books, penned by Irish author Shane Hegarty, focus on Earth’s last remaining town, which is constantly under attack by monsters (called “Legends”). HarperCollins Children’s Books is set to publish the series.

Also Read: Alcon Hires Angela and Catherine Paura as Co-Presidents of Worldwide Marketing

Finn, the 12-year-old protagonist, is son of the last remaining Legend Hunter. The story centers around him as he follows in his father’s footsteps and prepares for an epic battle, »

- Travis Reilly

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Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars Spinoff Gets A New Writer

27 January 2015 11:38 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

It was revealed not too long that writer Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) had left Gareth Edwards’ untitled Star Wars spinoff upon completion of the movie’s first draft. Various sites reported at the time that Simon Kinberg might be brought in as a replacement, but it is in fact Chris Weitz who has landed the job!

Even if the name isn’t familiar, his work should be.

The Academy Award nominated screenwriter’s writing credits include About A Boy and The Twilight Saga: New Moon. He also penned Kenneth Branagh’s (Thor) upcoming live-action remake of classic Disney fairytale Cinderella.

Weitz is also an author (he’s currently working on a new series of Ya novels) and director, and helmed the Oscar nominated A Better Life and The Golden Compass. That’s a varied and impressive CV to say the least!

It’s still not clear what this movie will focus on, »

- Josh Wilding

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Chris Weitz Will Pen Star Wars Spinoff

27 January 2015 7:32 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Following The Book of Eli scribe Gary Whitta’s departure from Godzilla director Gareth Edwards’ upcoming Star Wars spinoff, a new screenwriter has been recruited to explore the galaxy far, far away – About a Boy co-director/co-writer Chris Weitz (who received an Oscar nomination for his work on that screenplay).

Whitta left the untitled project after working on and completing a first draft over the course of a year, but it’s unclear how much of his vision for the spinoff will actually make it to theaters. The prolific Simon Kinberg was rumored to have replaced him as scribe, but it now appears that Weitz has been tapped to pick up the pen and take a swing at the Star Wars spinoff.

In addition to his work on About a Boy, Weitz is known for writing the upcoming Cinderella adaptation, directing and penning The Golden Compass, helming mega-blockbuster The Twilight Saga: New Moon »

- Isaac Feldberg

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The Star Wars Spin-Off Just Added This Oscar Nominee In A Key Role

26 January 2015 4:36 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

In his career as a screenwriter, Chris Weitz has handled projects both small and big - from his Oscar-nominated adaptation of the Nick Hornby drama About A Boy, to the fantastical big screen version of The Golden Compass - but his next project definitely falls into the latter category. After all, he's been selected as the new screenwriter for the Star Wars' franchise's first spin-off movie. We first learned that the untitled Star Wars movie was in need of a new writer earlier this month when it was revealed that screenwriter Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) was leaving the project, and it's The Hollywood Reporter that has the news of Chris Weitz coming in to replace him. There were some earlier reports that suggested that the gig was going to go to Simon Kinberg - a co-writer on X-Men:Days of Future Past who has been linked to the »

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Rooney Mara, Felicity Jones and Tatiana Maslany testing for Star Wars standalone film

20 January 2015 11:29 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

According to THR, Disney and Lucasfilm are currently looking at three actresses for the first Star Wars solo film, which is set to hit theaters in 2016: Academy Award nominees Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) and Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany.

Maslany has reportedly already met with director Gareth Edwards to test for the role, while Mara and a handful of others are expected to go in this week. Jones is simply on the “want list,” though there may be some scheduling conflicts with her role in Ron Howard’s upcoming Inferno adaptation, which is due to begin production this summer.

Unfortunately, we still don’t know anything about the film, though early rumors suggest that it could be a Han Solo standalone film (and somehow involve Aaron Paul?). Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) penned the first draft, and »

- James Garcia

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Who Will Be Writing Gareth Edwards 'Star Wars' Standalone Film?

13 January 2015 7:08 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

It broke last week that Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli, After Earth) will no longer be writing the standalone Star Wars film that Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) is directing.

Now the question is, who will be taking Whitta's place?

/Film is pretty convinced it will be Simon Kinberg, who is already involved in the new Star Wars universe. He is currently producing and writing Star Wars Rebels and was on deck to write one of the Star Wars standalone films, so he is a natural choice.

Reports indicate Whitta finished a first draft of his script before departing; so it's unclear whether Kinberg will be doing a polish, or a page one rewrite.

The first Star Wars standalone film is set to hit theatres December 16, 2016.

Source: /Film »

- Philip Sticco

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