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The Producers Guild of America has expanded its “Produced By” conference to New York and set the inaugural event for Oct. 25 at the Time Warner Center.
Speakers will include Bob and Harvey Weinstein, “Wolf of Wall Street” producer Terence Winter, “Girls” producer Jenni Konner, “Ray Donovan” producer Mark Gordon and PGA presidents Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary.
Other speakers include Barbara Hall (“Homeland”), “Silver Linings Playbook” producers Bruce Cohen and Donna Gigliotti, Colin Carrier of Twitch.tv; James Schamus, Keith Arem, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Morgan Spurlock, Peter Saraf, Stephen Totilo and Tom Fontana (“Borgia”).
Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.
“The ‘Produced By’ conference has proven to be an industry-defining event which offers unparalleled networking opportunities, as well as a wide array of educational seminars, and professional resources,” Lucchesi and McCreary said. “We are thrilled to expand ‘Produced By’ to New York City after six successful years in Los Angeles. »
- Dave McNary
According to Deadline, Warner Brothers has made a preemptive seven-figure deal to acquire the rights to Don Pendleton’s The Executioner novel series, in order to develop a franchise around the character Mack Bolan for Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper (American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook) to play.
Mack Bolan has been the subject of over 600 novels, beginning in 1969. Pendleton himself only wrote thrity-seven novels featuring the anti-terrorist operative, before selling the rights in 1980 to Gold Eagle, who commissioned ghost writers to continue the series.
Described as “a principled warrior fighting larger-than-life adversaries in the spirit of a tougher American version of James Bond,” Bolan became an expert sniper and earned the nickname The Executioner while in Vietnam as a Green Beret (a detail left out of the contemporary novels, in order to maintain continuity and to keep Bolan from getting too old).
- James Garcia
It's been an interesting run of films for director Clint Eastwood in the 10 years since his "Million Dollar Baby" crashed the 2004 Oscar party and ran away with the gold. I say "interesting" because, at least in awards season terms, it's been a run particularly notable for lots of revving but nothing that ever materialized as a significant player. Right after "Baby" it was the one-two punch of "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters from Iwo Jima" in 2006, a bold play for the then-75-year-old filmmaker. While developing an adaptation of John Bradley's book for the former, Eastwood felt a perspective from the Japanese side of the WWII equation was warranted, so he quickly developed the latter. And it was "Letters" that felt like it had more on its mind, yielding surprise (for some) nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, as well an Oscar for Best Sound Editing. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Buying a house after three kids and their father all met gruesome ends while living there is apparently nothing to be squeamish about for the Ashers, the family at the center of the horror film Haunt. Rather, they jump at the chance to purchase the supposedly cursed Morello home after former pediatrician Dr. Morello (the divinely weird Jacki Weaver, best known as the matriarch of Silver Linings Playbook) decides that losing her entire family in a variety of tragic and disturbing ways is enough of a reason to get out. Like the Morellos, the Ashers also have three children. And like the Morellos, they too will soon discover that the big, beautiful old house has a dark, ugly spirit inhabiting it.
- Lee Jutton
- Sasha Stone
Jennifer Lawrence has officially been snapped as a single lady. Just one week after E! News exclusively reported that the Oscar winner and Nicholas Hoult had split, the 23-year-old beauty was photographed arriving at an airport in NYC. The Silver Linings Playbook star wore a wide-brimmed hat and large dark shades in order to shield her face from the prying paps. She flashed her toned tummy in a white crochet top teamed with a black bra, boyfriend jeans and trendy flats. Lawrence arrived solo at the airport, and when asked by shutterbugs about the recent break-up, she remained silent and simply continued on her way. Last week, E! News revealed that the famous couple had called it quits, with a »
You didn't actually think is was going to be the only one to write an article about "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" without using a bad pun, did you?
Seth Grahame-Smiths literary mash-up of Jane Austen and the undead has had a long road to the big screen. David O. Russell was originally attached to direct and wrote a script that all involved likes quite a bit, but other things go in the way and Russell moved on to "Silver Linings Playbook", "American Hustle" and multiple Oscar nominations along the way.
Natalie Portman was on deck to star and produce when Russell was directing, but she opted out of the acting portion of her commitment. After that it looked like the flick might never happen, but now Deadline is reporting that shooting is set to begin this fall.
- Philip Sticco
The long-languishing adaptation Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is finally moving forward at Cross Creek Pictures, with shooting to begin this September. Joining the cast are Lily James, Sam Riley and Bella Heathcote.
Originally set to be released by Lionsgate, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has been trying to make it to the big screen ever since it was published in 2009 by author Seth Grahame-Smith. The movie went through a number of different directors, and for a time looked like it was dead. Now director Burr Steers, best known for 17 Again and Igby Goes Down, is confirmed to helm, working from a script he co-wrote with Academy Award nominated director David O. Russell (American Hustle; Silver Linings Playbook).
Disney’s “Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” begins principal photography this week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast, including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. James Bobin (“The Muppets,” “Muppets Most Wanted”) helms the film, which revisits Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time.
“Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” is produced by Joe Roth (“Maleficent,” “Alice in Wonderland”), Jennifer Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”), Suzanne Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”) and Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Frankenweenie”). John G. Scotti (“Muppets Most Wanted,” “The Muppets”) is the executive producer; Linda Woolverton (“Maleficent,” “Alice In Wonderland,” “Beauty and the Beast”) penned the screenplay. Shooting on location and at Shepperton Studios in England, the film is slated for release on May 27, 2016.
The all-star ensemble »
- Kellvin Chavez
At long last, the sequel to Disney’s massively successful, if narratively weak, Alice in Wonderland is starting to roll cameras, with James Bobin replacing Tim Burton in the director’s chair. It took a suprisingly long time for this next chapter of the planned franchise to get off the ground, considering the first film broke $1 billion at the box office, but a press release indicates that filming is now underway.
Officially titled Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, the follow-up finds the original actors returning to their roles, with a bevy of new stars joining both the live-action and voice casts. What the sequel is exactly about is still foggy, but the story is said to “revisit Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time.”
Check out the official press release below:
Disney’S “Alice In Wonderland »
- Isaac Feldberg
Disney's Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass begins principal photography this week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast, including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter. James Bobin (The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted) helms the film, which revisits Lewis Carroll's beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland-and back in Time.
Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass is produced by Joe Roth (Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland ) Jennifer Todd (Alice in Wonderland), Suzanne Todd ("Alice in Wonderland) and Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland). John G. Scotti (The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted) is the executive producer; Linda Woolverton (Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland) penned the screenplay.
Shooting on location and at Shepperton Studios in England, the film is slated for release on May 27, 2016.
The all-star ensemble cast includes:
Johnny Depp returns to the big screen »
Disney met with some success in their live-action version of Alice in Wonderland (with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter), and since the film released, talk of a sequel has been on-going. Now, it's finally moved into production as the cast and crew have gathered together in anticipation of it's May 2016 release. Disney announced cameras have started rolling with a new cast list confirming both old and new members of the cast coming to the production.
I wasn't all that thrilled with Alice in Wonderland when it released. Not that it was a bad movie, I just didn't find it all that special or great. So it's tough to muster up much enthusiasm for this sequel, despite the impressive cast coming back for it. From the press release:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Disney’s Alice In Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass begins principal photography this week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast, including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.
The Disney movie revisits Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time.
Alice In Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass is produced by Joe Roth (“Maleficent,” “Alice in Wonderland”), Jennifer Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”), Suzanne Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”) and Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Frankenweenie”). John G. Scotti (“Muppets Most Wanted,” “The Muppets”) is the executive producer; Linda Woolverton (“Maleficent,” “Alice In Wonderland,” “Beauty and the Beast”) penned the screenplay.
Shooting on location and at Shepperton Studios in England, the film is slated for release on May 27, 2016.
The all-star »
- Michelle McCue
In 1995 and 1997, Robert Anthony De Niro Jr. had Heat and Jackie Brown released into cinemas. Not his best films or his best performances, perhaps, but mesmerising work in excellent pictures directed by master filmmakers: the former saw him convince for Michael Mann as the cool, meticulous leader of a gang of career criminals; the latter had Quentin Tarantino give viewers a dim crim whose uncontrollable anger contributes to the unravelling of a heist.
For a whole generation of moviegoers who have grown up since, however, the adulation that's universally showered upon De Niro must be perplexing. Occasionally he summons up a portion of his old intensity – his turns in What Just Happened, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle are the (slim) picks of the last 15 years – but for anyone who got into movies from the late '90s on, he's the funny guy in Analyze This and Meet The Parents, »
Calling the split "very amicable," a source blames both of the stars' busy schedules for the demise of the relationship.
"They spent a lot of time apart because of work and it was difficult on their relationship," a source says.
And clearly, both are keeping busy with their respective film careers.
Had the best sushi breky this morning at Daiwa in Tsukiji Fish Market w/ famous peeps. #kristenstewart #nicholashoult pic.twitter.com/onJeQn0fM2
— MikeE (@turducken09) July 31, 2014
Here's another from this morning #KristenStewart #nicholashoult pic.twitter.com/oA »
Burning question of the day: why is Bradley Cooper flipping burgers?! The 39-year-old hunk was spotted at the Leicester Square branch of Burger King in London on Sunday, where he was seen learning the ropes at the fast food restaurant chain. But in case you're wondering why the Oscar-nominated actor, who is worth millions of dollars, might be taking up a new career path, let us quickly clarify: Cooper was simply filming for his upcoming movie Adam Jones alongside costar Sienna Miller. While the Silver Linings star may not actually be working at Burger King, he still one of the hottest Whooper-makers we've ever seen and was snapped looking handsome in a black leather jacket and »
It’s a thought that has persisted in cinema for well over a century. Love is what motivates characters; it’s a dream they want to realize, a reality they have to face, the content of their musings in their nightly diary entries.
Decades of cinema have seen the nature of other genres completely overturned. More and more, horrors are gearing towards high-concept supernatural thrillers over human killers; comedies are willing to get raunchier, with a whole lot more swearing; action movies are only too eager to show off brutal set-pieces; and comic book movies and sci-fi films have the effects capable of making the unreal real.
But romance? How much has that changed? And how much do we really want it to? »
- Kenji Lloyd
Has Nicolas Hoult moved on to ... Riley Keough?!
Say it ain't so!
Looks like the rumors that X-Men: Days of Future Past co-stars and real-life adorable couple Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult are hitting a rough patch in their rekindled romance have picked up full steam again, with Page Six reporting that Hoult was spotted "snuggling up" to model/actress Riley Keough at No. 8's "Philo Prom" party in New York City Wednesday.
The pair "looked cozy," the eyewitness adds.
However, it could be that the two are just close co-stars, having worked together in the highly anticipated Mad Max: Fury Road.
Hoult, 24, and Lawrence, 23, began dating in 2011 after meeting on the set of X-Men: First Class, but broke up in January 2013, reportedly because Hoult was uncomfortable with Lawrence's »
Jacki Weaver is killing it. She already had a prolific career in Australia, but when Animal Kingdom came out and earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, she quickly became a hot commodity in America. Since, she’s delivered some chilling material in Stoker and also scored another Academy Award nomination for her work in David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, and now she’s adding yet another noteworthy achievement to the list, appearing in a Woody Allen film. In Magic in the Moonlight, Weaver steps in as Grace, a grieving widow who misses her husband so much that she turns to a supposed psychic medium (Emma Stone) to put them back in touch. While in New York City promoting the film’s release, Weaver sat down with us to talk about the art of nailing a supporting character, working with Allen, whether or not she believes in psychic mediums, »
- Perri Nemiroff
Sony’s adaptation of their best-selling video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune has been in the works for years. David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) was attached several years ago, and after he left the project, Neil Burger (Divergent) stepped in, but he eventually dropped out as well. Earlier this year, director Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) signed on to direct, and last week he said he hopes to begin filming in early 2015. Now, THR’s Borys Kit has tweeted that the Uncharted release date will be June 10, 2016. For those unfamiliar with the franchise, it follow treasure hunter Nathan Drake, who is the descendant of famous explorer Sir Francis Drake. The games carry a blockbuster attitude as they take the player around the wisecracking, Indiana Jones-inspired protagonist around the globe to find fabled cities like El Dorado and Shangri-La. The Uncharted games are pretty much interactive movies if movies featured a »
- Matt Goldberg
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