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Tomorrowland (aka Tomorrowland: A World Beyond) movie review: back to the future

21 May 2015 2:20 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

It gets a tad heavy-handed, but my eyes welled with tears of geeky joy at the film’s embrace of an optimism it steadfastly refuses to see as old-fashioned. I’m “biast” (pro): love George Clooney; big Sf geek

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

We geeks have been getting teased and taunted by the prospect of Disney and director Brad Bird’s (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Ratatouille) Tomorrowland for so long now, without getting anything more than vague hint of what the movie is actually about, that it seems inevitable that the actual film must be a disappointment. So is it?

Not at all. In fact, it’s a glorious reminder — in this era of reboots and remakes and sequels and based-on-something-else movies — of the joy of discovery that we get far less frequently at the movies these days. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Will Ferrell Set To Star In Lasse Hallström’s Comedy Tom’S Dad

16 May 2015 11:49 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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Box office winner and Golden Globe nominee Will Ferrell (Get Hard, Anchorman 1 and 2) will star in the comedy Tom’S Dad to be directed by Oscar nominated director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, The Hundred-foot Journey).

Principal photography on the feature film is slated to begin early next year, with further casting underway.

Set in 1960s Nevada, Arthur (Ferrell) is a struggling nightclub performer hoping to make it big with his stage act involving circus animals. He is forced to reconnect with his estranged 12-year old son, Tom, when his ex-wife departs on a three week trip, leaving the pair to rekindle their father-son relationship.

It was announced today by producers Joni Levin and Keith Clarke (The Way Back, upcoming Ben Hur) of Point Blank Productions, Christi Dembrowski and Johnny Depp of Infinitum Nihil (Hugo, Rum Diary, Dark Shadows) and Arsenal’s John Ptak (Let Me In, »

- Michelle McCue

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First images from Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon

13 May 2015 11:04 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

More news from Cannes today, with the first images from Nicolas Winding Refn’s new film The Neon Demon arriving online via Screen Daily.

In the film, Fanning plays an “aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles, where her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.”

Refn’s Drive star Christina Hendricks is part of the supporting cast that also includes Jena Malone (Inherent Vice), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Desmond Harrington (Wrong Turn), Alessandro Nivola (Selma), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Keanu Reeves (John Wick).

The Neon Demon is set to be released in early 2016.

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- Scott J. Davis

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Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon Teased in Two New Photos

13 May 2015 9:04 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Beauty, obsession, and the sinister side of Los Angeles inhabit Nicolas Winding Refn's latest film, The Neon Demon. With principal photography on The Neon Demon almost finished, two photos from the film have been revealed.

"When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Drive, Only God Forgives) with a screenplay co-written by Nwr and Mary Laws, the film's principal cast includes Elle Fanning (Maleficent), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1), Karl Glusman (Stonewall), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road), Desmond Harrington (Dexter, Gossip Girl) Christina Hendricks (Drive), and Keanu Reeves (John Wick, The Matrix series).

The Neon Demon is produced by Space Rocket Nation's Lene Borglum in association with Wild Bunch and Gaumont. »

- Derek Anderson

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Heath Ledger Scholarship finalists

6 May 2015 3:03 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Rising young actors who.ve appeared in Unbroken, The Water Diviner, Deadline Gallipoli, Anzac Girls and The Code are among the finalists for the 7th annual Heath Ledger Scholarship.

In all 20 are in contention for the prize which includes two round-trip flights to L.A., a two-year scholarship at the Stella Adler Academy, $5,000 worth of visa and immigration services and $10,000 cash.

Presented by Australians in Film, the winner will be announced in Los Angeles on June 1. Two runners up will each receive a round-trip ticket to La and a scholarship to attend masterclasses at Screenwise Film & TV School for actors in Sydney.

Previous recipients were Cody Fern (The Last Time I Saw Richard), James Mackay (The Dressmaker, The Tomorrow People), Anna McGahan (Anzac Girls, House Husbands), Ryan Corr (The Water Diviner, Wolf Creek 2), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows, The Rewrite) and Oliver Ackland (Party Tricks, Blinder).

The finalists were selected »

- Don Groves

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'Black Mass' Trailer: This Is the Johnny Depp Everyone Has Been Waiting to See Again

23 April 2015 6:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Johnny Depp is a tremendous actor. No one is going to argue that point. And yet we can also all agree that people don't get as excited for his movies as they once did. After a string of oddballs like Alice in Wonderland, Dark Shadows, The Lone Ranger, Transcendence, and Mortdecai, it's understandable that many fans aren't so quick to fall for yet another movie where Depp plays a cooky weirdo with a strange wardrobe. Black Mass, however, looks like it will realign everyone's expectations for Depp movies back to the likes of Blow, Donnie Brasco, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Directed by Scott Cooper (Into the Furnace), Black Mass tells the true story of notorious Boston criminal Whitey Bulger, and as you can see from the intense first trailer for the movie...

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- Peter Hall

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First official look at Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger in Black Mass

22 April 2015 8:41 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Johnny Depp has not exactly proven himself worthy of his extra large paychecks in recent years. With flops critically and commercially like The Lone Ranger, Mortdecai, Transcendence, Dark Shadows, and more, Depp has not shined the way he did just five years ago. But, from all indications, that is about to change with Scott Cooper's Black Mass. Based on the true crimes of gangster Whitey Bulger, Black Mass just received a lot of buzz out of CinemaCon based on the first footage and »

- Alex Maidy

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Cannes: Trotsky Thriller ‘Chosen’ – Murray, Sands Star (Exclusive)

22 April 2015 7:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid – Hannah Murray (“Game of Thrones,” “Dark Shadows”), Julian Sands (“Leaving Las Vegas”) and Henry Goodman (“Woman in Gold,” “Taking Woodstock,” “Notting Hill”) will star in Antonio Chavarrias’ Trotsky assassination thriller “The Chosen,” one of the high-profile movies coming out of Spain and Mexico.

The Chosen” is set up at Chavarrias’ Barcelona-sited Oberon Cinematografica and Monica Lozano’s Mexico City-based Alebrije Cine y Video, the producer of “Instructions Not Included.” Sales agent Filmax will present first footage at the upcoming Cannes Festival.

Also written by Chavarrias (”Childish Games,” “Celia’s Lives”), and set in 1940s Mexico, during one of the most turbulent periods in history, the espionage thriller centers on the incredible but true story of the brutal assassination of Leon Trotsky by Barcelona-born Ramon Mercader, played by Mexican star Alfonso Herrera (“La Dictadura Perfecta,” ”Rebelde”).

“Chosen” will shoot on location in Mexico, allowing Chavarrias to re-create its period ambience »

- John Hopewell

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Alessandro Nivola joins Nicholas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon

16 April 2015 2:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Nicholas Winding Refn has continued to map out his cast for his latest offering The Neon Demon, with the news that Alessandro Nivola has signed on to play a lead role in the film.

Nivola, who recently starred in Selma and A Most Violent Year, will join the project alongside Elle Fanning (Maleficent) and Christina Hendricks (Lost River), who he starred alongside in 2012’s Ginger and Rosa. Nivola is also set to join Bradley Cooper for a London revival of The Elephant Man.

The Neon Demon is set for release in March 2016 and also stars Keanu Reeves (John Wick), Jena Malone (Inherent Vice), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows) and Charles Baker (Wild).

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- Scott J. Davis

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Gremlins Remake Lands Disturbia Writer

8 April 2015 12:40 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Color me shocked: the Gremlins remake is gaining momentum once again. In an era where TV shows like Coach and Full House are being given the redo treatment, it’s no surprise that Warner Bros. hasn’t given up on a new adaptation of Joe Dante’s 1984 classic. The most recent iteration of the project had Seth Grahame-Smith (Dark Shadows) producing and bringing an idea to Steven Spielberg and Chris Columbus—who scripted the first film—but he recently said the project “ran out of steam.” Well it looks as though Warner Bros. has found plenty more steam to throw into the property, as Deadline reports that Disturbia screenwriter Carl Ellsworth has been tapped to pen the screenplay for the Gremlins remake, with Columbus and Spielberg producing. Ellsworth’s credits include the remakes The Last House on the Left and Red Dawn, as well as the upcoming Goosebumps, so his »

- Adam Chitwood

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Twisted Video Game 'Five Nights at Freddy's' to Become a Movie

8 April 2015 7:15 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Fans of demonic bears are in luck: Video game "Five Nights at Freddy's" is getting the big screen treatment.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Warner Bros. will distribute a film version of "Freddy's," the popular game created by Scott Cawthon. Seth Grahame-Smith ("Dark Shadows," "Beetlejuice 2") and David Katzenberg are producing, alongside Roy Lee. (That trio is currently at work on Cary Fukunaga's adaptation of Stephen King's "It.")

The game description, per THR:

The game takes place in Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, a darker version of Chuck-e-Cheese, where an animatronic animal band performs kiddy songs by day, and goes on murderous rampages by night. The goal of the game is survive a night locked inside, knowing that a furry death machine might jump out of the dark at any moment.

Grahame-Smith noted that the flick would be "an insane, terrifying and weirdly adorable movie."

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- Katie Roberts

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Stellar judging panel for Heath Ledger Scholarship

7 April 2015 3:37 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Rose Byrne, Ben Mendelsohn, Kieran Darcy-Smith and Vince Vaughn are among the judges for this year.s Heath Ledger Scholarship.

The winner, who will be named in early June, will get $US10,000 in cash and a two-year scholarship at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre in Los Angeles, among other prizes.

Previous recipients were Cody Fern (The Last Time I Saw Richard), James Mackay (The Dressmaker, The Tomorrow People), Anna McGahan (Anzac Girls, House Husbands), Ryan Corr (The Water Diviner, Wolf Creek 2), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows, The Rewrite) and Oliver Ackland (Party Tricks, Blinder).

Presented by Australians in Film (AiF) , the award was created in 2008 to foster the education and career development of Australian actors in the Us.

The judging panel includes Byrne (Damages, The Internship, Neighbors), Mendelsohn (Bloodline, Exodus: Gods and Kings, The Dark Knight Rises), director Darcy-Smith (Wish You Were Here, By Way of Helena) and Vaughn (True Detective, »

- Don Groves

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'The Neon Demon' Begins Shooting with Keanu Reeves

30 March 2015 5:44 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Space Rocket Nation announced today the start of production in Los Angeles on Nwr's The Neon Demon. When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has. Regarding the commencement of principle photography, director Nicolas Winding Refn said,

"I very much look forward to the odyssey I'll be taking with all these wonderful actresses (and a few guys) to travel beyond The Neon Demon where all I see is the wicked dying young."

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Valhalla Rising,&#160Drive, Only God Forgives) with a screenplay co-written by Nwr and Mary Laws, the film's principal cast includes Elle Fanning (Maleficent), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1), Karl Glusman (Stonewall), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road), Desmond Harrington (Dexter, Gossip Girl) Christina Hendricks »

- MovieWeb

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Production Begins on Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon

30 March 2015 10:42 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

We've been told that Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon has started production in Los Angeles, and have confirmation on the cast, which includes Elle Fanning and Keanu Reeves:

"Los Angeles, CA - Monday, March 30, 2015 - Space Rocket Nation announced today the start of production in Los Angeles on Nwr's The Neon Demon: When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

Regarding the commencement of principle photography, Refn said, "I very much look forward to the odyssey I'll be taking with all these wonderful actresses (and a few guys) to travel beyond The Neon Demon where all I see is the wicked dying young."

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Drive, Only God Forgives) with a screenplay co-written by Nwr and Mary Laws, »

- Jonathan James

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Desmond Harrington Joins Elle Fanning in ‘Neon Demon’

30 March 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dexter” star Desmond Harrington has joined the cast of Nicolas Winding Refn’s horror film “The Neon Demon,” with shooting set to start in Los Angeles.

“Neon Demon” stars Elle Fanning along with Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Abbey Lee (“Drive”), Jena Malone and Bella Heathcote (“Dark Shadows”). It’s Refn’s follow-up to “Only God Forgives,” starring Ryan Gosling.

Refn and Mary Laws penned the script, which is about an aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles, only to have her youth and vitality devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women.

Refn’s partner, Lene Borglum (“Valhalla Rising,” “Only God Forgives”), is producing via their company Space Rocket in association with Wild Bunch and Gaumont.

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- Dave McNary

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Karl Glusman Joins Elle Fanning in Nic Refn’s ‘The Neon Demon’

17 March 2015 2:46 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Karl Glusman is set to join the cast of Nicolas Winding Refn’s “The Neon Demon,” the female-driven horror tale starring Elle Fanning.

The pic also stars Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Abbey Lee (“Drive”), Jena Malone (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1″), and Bella Heathcote (“Dark Shadows”) and is Refn’s follow-up to “Only God Forgives,” starring Ryan Gosling. It is being financed by Gaumont and Wild Bunch.

Plot details are unknown at this time.

Refn’s partner, Lene Borglum (“Valhalla Rising,” “Only God Forgives”), is producing via their company Space Rocket. Refn and Mary Laws penned the script.

Production is set to begin on March 30.

No distributor has been locked in yet, though Gaumont and Wild Bunch were recently at the European Film Market selling the pic for international distribution.

In addition to signing on for “The Neon Demon,” Glusman has landed new reps, having signed with Wme. Glusman »

- Justin Kroll

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Review: Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi's 'What We Do In The Shadows' Is A Silly, Scary Delight

13 February 2015 3:09 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Vampires are a particularly versatile cinematic creature, easily able to transform and readjust to the scenario or metaphoric requirement. Over the past few years, they have shown up on the big screen in a number of guises — sparkly lovelorn teenagers, brooding old world counts, Colin Farrell — but a vampire comedy is a more difficult nut to crack (or vein to drain). In the summer of 2012, not even the combined might of Johnny Depp, Tim Burton, and the "Dark Shadows" television series could make a blood-sucking comedy connect with broad audiences. Thankfully, "What We Do In the Shadows," the new vampire comedy from "Flight of the Conchords" principals Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, is a refreshing, laugh-out-loud funny picture that is perfectly happy with its somewhat niche appeal. It goes in late, it gets out early, and it's a total hoot. A series of title cards set up the general premise »

- Drew Taylor

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Eddie Murphy Announced As Presenter At 87th Oscars

13 February 2015 6:45 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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Eddie Murphy, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Evans, Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Lopez, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Margot Robbie will be presenters at this year’s Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced on Thursday. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.

Murphy received an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in the 2006 film “Dreamgirls.” He has starred in such features as “Bowfinger” (1999), “The Nutty Professor” (1996), “Coming to America” (1988), “Beverly Hills Cop” (1984) and “48 Hrs.” (1982), and has lent his voice talents to all four of the “Shrek” animated features to date. He will next be seen in the independent drama “Cook.”

Ejiofor received his first Oscar nomination last year for his lead performance in “12 Years a Slave.” He previously appeared in such features as “Salt” (2010), “American Gangster” (2007), “Children of Men” (2006) and “Dirty Pretty Things” (2003). His upcoming films include “Z for Zachariah” and “Triple Nine. »

- Michelle McCue

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Lionsgate on ‘Mortdecai': ‘It’s Clearly a Disappointment’

6 February 2015 8:52 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer has asserted that Johnny Depp’s “Mortdecai” will be a “very manageable” loss for the studio despite the comedy’s weak box office performance.

“It’s clearly a disappointment,” Feltheimer told analysts Friday during the company’s conference call to discuss earnings for its third quarter ended Dec. 31.

Mortdecai,” which carries a $60 million price tag, has underperformed significantly since its Jan. 23 launch with $7 million in U.S. box office. It’s grossed another $11 million internationally.

The exec noted that Lionsgate’s financing structure, which uses foreign pre-sales to limit its downside, has minimized the studio’s exposure along with an investment by Gigi Pritzker’s OddLot as part of their financing partnership.

Feltheimer has credited the financing model in the past with limiting Lionsgate’s average exposure per film to $13 million.

The studio had high hopes for “Mortdecai” last year. Feltheimer told analysts last May that »

- Dave McNary

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Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks And More Join Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon

5 February 2015 12:38 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Nicolas Winding Refn’s next venture, The Neon Demon, is set to explore a new cinematic terrain for the esoteric director. Described by the helmer as a “horror film about vicious beauty,” there’s certainly plenty of beautiful faces joining his starry cast. Variety reports that John Wick lead Keanu Reeves, Mad Men star Christina Hendricks, The Hunger GamesJena Malone and Dark ShadowsBella Heathcote will be subjecting themselves to Refn’s will for his upcoming L.A.-based tale.

The trade doesn’t offer any further details on the characters that the four actors look set to play, but the quartet will join Maleficent‘s Elle Fanning, toplining the project as “an aspiring model who is caught in a world of beauty and demise,” and Abbey Lee, as “a cool ringleader that other girls want to follow. Envious, emotionally unstable and a tad delusional, she shows her true maniacal colors in the end. »

- Gem Seddon

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