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The dust has settled. I've had an opportunity to go back and look at the Oscars telecast away from a work setting (let's finally leave poor John Travolta alone). The 86th annual Academy Awards are a memory, and today, Best Picture winner "12 Years a Slave" is available on DVD and Blu-ray (nice timing, folks). It was a wild ride, an unpredictable one, and one that started in the mountains of Colorado. I was talking recently with someone about how the groundwork for phase two of a given awards season — that period of time when ballots are in hand and winners are being decided — is really laid in phase one, if not earlier. By the time you get to phase two, more or less, everyone knows what they're voting for. It almost becomes a formality. Plenty of it has to do with the movies, of course. Studios like Paramount — which does »
- Kristopher Tapley
It's no secret that 2013 was a great year for cinema, with terrific films breaking the boundaries of genre, budget and international appeal. One particular production company has managed to bring an especially impressive set of films onto its roster. In the reel below, you'll be able to get a comprehensive look at just how much Annapurna Pictures and producer Megan Ellison have entertained audiences this past year. The reel features an eclectic array of films that have received plenty of acclaim and accolades. Among the movies in the video is David O. Russell's Oscar-nominated con artist comedy "American Hustle," Spike Jonze's Oscar-nominated sci-fi love story "Her," the Harmony Korine/James Franco crime caper "Spring Breakers" and Wong Kar-Wai's gorgeous martial arts film "The Grandmaster." An additional treat is the inclusion of Bennett Miller's upcoming film "Foxcatcher" starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, which was pushed back to 2014 from. »
- Ziyad Saadi
Director: Bennett Miller
U.S. Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Slotted at the #24 slot on last year’s list, word is that the team needed more time fine-tuning this, or the decision was made easier with films such as American Hustle in the way. Bennett Miller ranks among the better dramatic directors in Hollywood; this 2008 Blacklist named project should be of the same caliber as Miller’s Capote and Moneyball.
Gist: Based on the true story of John du Pont, a paranoid schizophrenic who was heir to the du Pont fortune. After building a wrestling training facility named Team Foxcatcher on his Pennsylvania estate, Du Pont shot and killed Olympic gold medal-winning grappler David Schulz. »
- Eric Lavallee
As Sunday's Oscar ceremony rolls closer, Megan Ellison has a lot be proud of. The producer's Annapurna Pictures shingle is behind the film with the most nominations ("American Hustle," with 10 nods and tied with "Gravity"), has another contender in "Her" which is up for a small handful of awards and generally speaking, has a lot to celebrate from across the last year. And just as they did for 2012, Annapurna has cut together sizzle reel highlight their accomplishments in 2013. And indeed, few companies could boast working with filmmakers as diverse as Harmony Korine ("Spring Breakers") and Wong Kar-Wai ("The Grandmaster"), in addition to David O. Russell and Spike Jonze, in the course of a career, let alone 365 days. And yes, included within is footage from Bennett Miller's highly anticipated "Foxcatcher" starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, which was originally planned for a 2013 release before being pushed to a still undetermined 2014 slot. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Director: Craig Zobel
Writers: Pall Grimson, Nissar Modi
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Scheduled to begin filming in New Zealand earlier this year, this is Craig Zobel’s hotly anticipated follow-up to his 2012 breakout film, Compliance. With several notable names among the cast, particularly Chiwetel Ejiofor, we’re assuming this will likely get a lot of attention. Based on the vintage novel from Robert O’Brien (who also wrote the novel upon which The Secret of Nimh is based), we’re curious to see what Zobel brings to the youth-skewed apocalypse genre.
Gist: Based on the novel by Robert C. O’Brien, this is about a sixteen-year-old girl named Ann Burden survives a nuclear war in a small American town.
Release Date: Considering its cast members, we’re assuming this »
- Nicholas Bell
Channing Tatum confirmed in a Twitter Q&A that the sequel was happening, revealing that they’d already begun working on the concept, and were looking to flip the script and make the sequel even bigger.
Now Tatum has taken to Twitter once more to tease a photo of himself at work, starting to get underway on scripting the anticipated Magic Mike 2.
What better way to start writing #MagicMike2 than with my old friend Dallas? #runatribe pic.twitter.com/RalS3nQfro
Whilst nothing’s officially confirmed yet, we’re naturally expecting to see some of the original cast, led by Alex Pettyfer, Cody Horn, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Olivia Munn, and of course Matthew McConaughey, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Stillman is gearing up for a summer shoot in Ireland on his adaptation of the story by Emma and Pride and Prejudice writer Austen.
Miller, nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in Hitchcock TV biopic The Girl, will play the lead in the comedy, which is produced by Katie Holly of Dublin-based Blinder Films (Citadel) and Stillman’s outfit Westerly Films. It is backed by the Irish Film Board.
In classic »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
By Mark Pinkert
Unlike the other Best Picture-nominated producers, who each have one film in a field of nine, Megan Ellison has two: American Hustle (directed by David O. Russell) and Her (directed by Spike Jonze). Both films have already hoarded numerous awards on the critics circuit, grossed a combined $200+ million worldwide, earned fifteen total Academy Award nominations, and both have a legitimate shot at winning the Best Picture prize–needless to say, it’s been a big year for Ellison. And what’s more interesting, perhaps, is that these are far and away the most eccentric films on the Best Picture ticket. This speaks, at least in part, to Megan Ellison’s producing style, which has raised a few eyebrows in Hollywood recently.
- Mark Pinkert
- Michael Stevens
"I'm dying to do a Gambit movie with Channing Tatum," she told Empire.
"That doesn't have to be a great big movie. It's a thief in New Orleans, it's a whole different story.
"He's on board, and I have to get the studio on board. How can anyone resist Channing? He's such a sweetheart."
Tatum has previous indicated that he would be interested in playing the character.
X-Men: Days of Future Past will arrive in UK cinemas on May 22 and in the Us on May 23.
Watch a trailer »
[Editor's Note: We Can't Wait is a Team Experience series, in which we highlight our top 14 most anticipated films of 2014. Here's Glenn Dunks on "Foxcatcher"]
Mark and Dave Schutlz played by Ruffalo and Tatum respectively
Based on the true story of Olympic gold medalist Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum), Foxcatcher tells the story of how John du Pont (Steve Carell), member of the millionaire du Pont family, murdered Schultz's brother, wrestling champion Dave (Mark Ruffalo).
Director Bennett Miller, unlike the David O. Russells of the world, is switching his casts with each movie. Here he is working with a screenplay by Oscar-nominated Dan Futterman and Emmy-nominated E. Max Eyre. Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum take the three major roles, but the peripheries are filled out with such names as Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller, Anthony Michael Hall and prolific character actor Brett Rice.
Why We Can't Wait
- Glenn Dunks
Getting his big-screen debut in X-Men: Origins – Wolverine, there’s long been talk of Gambit getting his own stand-alone movie.
Now it looks like that long hoped-for film might be closer to reality than we’d previously realised.
Speaking to Empire in their latest issue, which has a pretty strong focus on the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, the franchise’s long-time producer Lauren Shuler Donner has spoken of her desire to cast Channing Tatum in the role.
“I’m dying to do a Gambit movie with Channing Tatum,” Shuler Donner reveals. “That doesn’t have to be a great big movie. It’s a thief in New Orleans, it’s a whole different story. He’s on board, and I have to get the studio on board. How can anyone resist Channing? He’s such a sweetheart.”
Tatum has spoken many times of his love of the franchise, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Why did Sienna Miller fall off Hollywood’s radar shortly after the 2009 release of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra? The answer’s simple, according to Miller herself: “I sabotaged things,” she says. “I burnt a lot of bridges.”
There’s more blunt honesty where that came from in Miller’s big Esquire UK interview, the magazine’s latest cover story. (And yes, the article also includes a very tasteful, black-and-white topless photoshoot.)
In between a fair amount of purple prose (“ talked to each other, and at each other, and occasionally over each other about feminism and social media and »
- Hillary Busis
Busy show for a Tuesday as we dig into a slew of Oscar topics, discuss the new movie theater trailer guidelines, take a closer look at allegations against Woody Allen, answer your questions, play some games and give you a taste of Lana Del Rey's new "Once Upon a Dream" song from the new Maleficent trailer. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option is a new way of »
- Brad Brevet
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Megan Ellison's production company Annapurna Pictures is no longer attached to fund Terminator: Genesis, but don't worry! The movie is still moving forward with Paramount Pictures and and Skydance, which is the production company run by Ellison's brother David.
Annapurna is the whole reason what we are going to see another two or three Terminator films in the first place. Ellison will retain executive producer status. After all, she paid $20 million to take over control of the rights to the sci-fi franchise.
Over the years the production company has produced films such as American Hustle, Zero Dark Thirty, The Master, and a few other films, including the upcoming Steve Carrell drama thriller Foxcatcher. The Terminator franchise doesn't really seem to fit in with the smaller films that she is currently producing. Megan Ellison had this to say in a statement,
“We have been working closely with »
- Joey Paur
It’s a good news/bad news day aboard the good ship Terminator: Genesis. The bad news is that one of the film’s major financiers, Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, has pulled out of the production. The good? According to Deadline, an extinction level event has been averted by her brother David, whose Skydance Productions has taken up the budgetary slack.In truth, Annapurna’s involvement in the re-reboot always seemed a little surprising. Megan Ellison, who remains aboard in an exec-producer capacity, has established herself as a backer of hard-to-finance prestige indies and patron of filmmakers like Paul Thomas Anderson and Spike Jonze. Killing Them Softly, Zero Dark Thirty and the upcoming The Grandmaster and Foxcatcher seem more obviously to her taste than a cybernetic organism that looks a lot like Arnie.“We have been working closely with the filmmakers and have the utmost faith in their abilities, »
The traditional pre-market shuffle intensified as it emerged that the Panorama co-founder was leaving to become co-president of Sierra/Affinity, signalling a major move into production for Nick Meyer and Marc Schaberg’s company.
Butan will share the president’s role with Schaberg, who will be co-president and COO.
Kimberly Fox will stay as head of international sales at Panorama, which will now focus on selling the Annapurna slate and third-party titles and move away from production.
Butan will bring the Panorama production titles with him; a tasty roster that includes Pride And Prejudice And Zombies for Burr Steers to direct, Lost City Of Z for director James Gray, police thriller Triple Nine with John Hillcoat attached and an adaptation of Diane Ackerman’s WWII novel The Zookeeper’s Wife that Niki Caro will direct.
The new arrival will work with Sierra/Affinity CEO Nick Meyer and Schaberg and oversee Sierra/Affinity’s film development and production »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Panorama, launched two years ago, will reduce its involvement in financing and production while continuing as the international sales agent on select projects from Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures as well as select third-party titles.
Butan will oversee Sierra/Affinity’s feature film development and production to compile what’s being touted as a slate of “wide release, director-driven commercial films” to complement slates built by Sierra/Affinity partners OddLot Entertainment and Bold Films.
Butan, who helped launch Panorama in 2012, will bring films from Panorama’s production slate to Sierra/Affinity including “Lost City of Z,” an action adventure with James Gray set to direct; the cop thriller “Triple Nine,” with John Hillcoat attached to direct; an adaptation of Diane Ackerman’s “The Zookeeper’s Wife, »
- Dave McNary
I arrived at Sundance early last night, a step ahead of an East Coast blizzard, to take the critic’s baton from my colleague Owen Gleiberman for the second half of the festival. The first words I heard when I arrived in Park City, Utah, were that there would be a top-secret screening Tuesday night of an eagerly anticipated film from a prominent director months before its scheduled release. The guessing games whipped into a full-on tizzy immediately, with the early odds-on favorite that it would be either Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel or Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher. But »
- Chris Nashawaty
Sienna Miller put her bikini body on display during a family vacation in Mexico this week, and we have the exclusive pics! The actress debuted a new shade of red hair and sported multiple looks, including a black two-piece and printed cover-ups, and spent time frolicking in the ocean while her fiancé, Tom Sturridge, stayed on the sand. During their trip, Sienna shared a sweet moment with the couple's 1-year-old daughter, Marlowe, as they waded in the water - how cute is her little sun hat? In addition to their time at the beach, Sienna and Tom took a boat ride with their little one, and we got a glimpse of how mobile little Marlowe is as her mom chased her around the compound where they stayed. Tom and Sienna are both enjoying some time off after finishing a handful of big-screen projects. Tom stars alongside Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, »
- Brittney Stephens
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