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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...
- Peter Hall
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
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
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.
- Scott J. Davis
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
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."
"The story really lends itself »
- Katie Roberts
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
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, 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 »
"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."
- Jonathan James
“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.
- Dave McNary
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.
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
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
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
“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
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 Games‘ Jena Malone and Dark Shadows‘ Bella 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
Nicolas Winding Refn is set to reunite with Drive star Christina Hendricks in the cast of his upcoming female-led horror The Neon Demon, while Keanu Reeves (John Wick) has also signed on for a role along with Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1) and Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows).
- Gary Collinson
We’ve known about the Fantastic Four reboot for quite some time, but that hasn’t stopped it being a mysterious project which, until this week, we knew next to nothing about.
We knew that the cast, director and groundwork of the original 2005 film, and its 2007 sequel Rise Of The Silver Surfer, had been firmly thrown out in favour of a new visual look, some reimagining of the source material and an altogether more modern take on the Marvel comics property. Beyond that, many facets of the film remained a mystery.
Yet the reveal of the new trailer finally gave us a few more specifics. And here's what we know so far...
The behind the scenes team
Even these basic facts are a little complicated. While the question »
The 51-year-old actor adds another flop to his already long streak, but other actors aren’t betting their careers on only box-office bankability
The actor plays the Wolf in Disney’s ensemble musical “Into the Woods,” but his last leading man hit was 2011’s installment of “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Last year’s “Transcendence” fizzled, as did 2013’s “The Lone Ranger” and »
- Linda Ge
American Sniper hit the mark with moviegoers again.
The military drama starring Bradley Cooper as Navy Seal marksman Chris Kyle topped the box office for a second weekend in a row with $64.4 million in first place, according to studio estimates Sunday. American Sniper is up for six Academy Awards, including best picture and best actor for Cooper. The total haul for the Warner Bros. film now stands at $200.1 million.
"We've never quite seen anything like this at this time of year," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at box-office tracker Rentrak. "American Sniper is helping to propel the box office, which is already 9.3 percent ahead of the same time last year."
The film, directed by Clint Eastwood, already broke box-office records when it expanded to wide release last weekend, easily surpassing Avatar to become the biggest January opening for a movie and immediately becoming the top grosser among best-picture Oscar nominees. »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Final Update, Sunday Am: Warner Bros. is reporting that American Sniper will raise its domestic cume to $200.1M through Sunday after a massive $64.4M weekened at 3,705 theaters, the third-highest weekend ever in January, behind Sniper’s opening last weekend, and Avatar’s third Fss of $68.5M.
That figure, should it hold into tomorrow, marks a mere 28-percent slip – the best second-week hold for a wide release ever for a film that debuted with more than $85M. Previous to this, the best big debuts to hold an audience were 2004’s Shrek 2 (down 33 percent in its second frame) and 2002’s Spider-Man (down 38 percent). American Sniper is marching toward $300M, a mark only six Warner Bros. films have passed.
“Many exhibitors are hearing from their theater managers that the infrequent moviegoers who go only two to three times a year, are coming out to see this movie,” said Warner Bros. distribution chief Dan Fellman. »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
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