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Covert Media Launching With Former Annapurna Exec Paul Hanson

26 August 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Three weeks before the opening of the Toronto Film Festival, Media Content Capital and veteran film exec Paul Hanson are launching Covert Media to produce, finance and distribute three to four films a year.

The films will carry budgets in the $10 million to $50 million range, which is less popular with the six major studios, given their focus on tentpoles and franchises.

Media Content is led by financiers Sasha Shapiro and Anton Lessine. Hanson is the former co-founder and chief operating officer of Qed International and served as chief operating officer of Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures for the past two years.

He will serve as co-founder and CEO of the new company. The company said Wednesday that it will expand into a broader spectrum of budget sizes and into other media such as episodic content.

Covert will also service and support the library and upcoming projects for Qed, which has »

- Dave McNary

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VFX Breakdown Shows Imagine Engine’s Impressive Visual Effects Work on ‘Chappie’

26 August 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Earlier this summer, we featured a very brief look at the visual effects that helped bring Neill Blomkamp‘s futuristic fairytale Chappie to life. A live performance on set was done with Sharlto Copley (District 9), and then the actor was replaced entirely with visual effects, and now we get to see just how perfectly the […]

The post VFX Breakdown Shows Imagine Engine’s Impressive Visual Effects Work on ‘Chappie’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Box Office: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ to Dominate Again With an Estimated $26 Million

21 August 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Straight Outta Compton” will again dominate the domestic box office this weekend with early estimates Friday showing a sturdy $26 million at 3,025 locations for its second frame.

If the estimates hold, Universal/Legendary’s N.W.A biopic looks likely to take in double the closest competition — Focus/Gramercy’s launch of horror sequel “Sinister 2” with about $13.3 million at 2,766 theaters.

Paramount’s fourth weekend of  “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” should follow with about $12 million at 3,442 theaters. That should top a pair of spy pic openings, with Fox’s “Hitman: Agent 47” set to take around $8 million at 3,100 sites and Lionsgate’s “American Ultra” with $6 million at 2,778 locations.

Yet another spy movie — Warner’s second weekend of “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” — should finish ahead of “American Ultra” with around $7 million.

“Straight Outta Compton” will decline about 57% after a stunning overperformance in its opening weekend with $60.2 million, then took in another $25 million during Monday-Thursday period. »

- Dave McNary

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Alien 5 Might Be Delayed To Make Way For Prometheus 2

19 August 2015 6:16 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Bloody Disgusting reports that Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 might be delayed until production on Ridley Scott’s Prometheus 2 climaxes sometime next year. The cameras will reportedly roll on Prometheus 2 in early 2016, but Scott is insisting his movie be complete before Blomkamp’s gets properly underway.

Scott’s gotten pretty proficient at turning his movies around quickly (factoring in this year’s The Martian, he’s delivered 4 big pictures in the past 5 years), but this development will still likely set the release of Alien 5 back by a year.

Technically Prometheus 2 and Alien 5 exist under the same mythological banner, but they’ll be disparate stories. Prometheus 2 is the follow-up to 2012’s soggy pseudo-prequel Prometheus, whilst Alien 5 is set to reacquaint viewers with Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley (and Michael Biehn’s Hicks too) in a more direct continuation of the storied saga.

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- Daniel Kelly

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Prometheus 2 reportedly holding up Alien 5

18 August 2015 10:16 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

A new report suggests that Ridley Scott wants Prometheus 2 to be made before Neill Blomkamp's Alien 5...

20th Century Fox has a pair of new movies on the way, set within the walls of the Alien franchise. Chappie and District 9 director Neill Blomkamp has been working on a new Alien film, reportedly set after the events of James Cameron's Aliens. Sigourney Weaver is back involved (and potentially Michael Biehn too), and Blomkamp has been teasing artwork online across the year.

Yet Alien 5 may have to wait, for it looks as if the follow-up to Ridley Scott's Prometheus is ahead of it in the queue. Scott is producing the films, and according to Bloody Disgusting, he wants Prometheus 2 to be first up. That's potentially set to shoot at the start of 2016, with a 2017 release date now likely. As such, Blomkamp's Alien 5 may find itself waiting another year to get going. »

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Alien 5 Update: Is Prometheus 2 Holding Neill Blomkamp Up?

18 August 2015 11:31 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Production on Prometheus 2 may delay shooting on Alien 5 Although District 9 and Chappie helmer Neill Blomkamp has been slowly dribbling concept art designs for his new untitled Alien sequel on the web as recently as last month, Alien 5 may have a built-in decelerator in the form of its producer Ridley Scott, who, according to Bloody Disgusting‘s inside source,…

The post Alien 5 Update: Is Prometheus 2 Holding Neill Blomkamp Up? appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Max Evry

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Weekend Report -'Compton' Another Universal Smash

15 August 2015 8:39 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Universal is estimating that Straight Outta Compton made $56M in 2,757 theaters, a remarkable $20,345 per screen average. Compton easily bested the other wide release, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which is under-performing with an estimated $13.5M. The Top 12, at $133.6M, is up 4% from last year when The Expendables 3 shocked many by opening in 4th place with $15.9M, beaten not only by holdovers Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy but by the other newcomer to the schedule, Let's Be Cops, which opened to $17.8M. If Compton ends up with actuals of $56M that would make it the sixth best August opening of all time, coming in ahead of 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes with $54M but behind Signs with $60M in 2002. The well-reviewed bio-pic of the rap group N.W.A., was produced, along with others, by original band members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, as well as by their director, »

- Keith Simanton <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Neill Blomkamp’s ‘District 9′ Gets 8-Bit Cinema Treatment

12 August 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Back in 2009, the sci-fi drama District 9 made an impression on audiences, launching the career of director Neill Blomkamp with a film that was a surprising but wholly deserved nominee for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. It was an original story, with incredible special effects, and it was nice to see a worthy sci-fi […]

The post Neill Blomkamp’s ‘District 9′ Gets 8-Bit Cinema Treatment appeared first on /Film. »

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2015 Tiff: Soi Cheang, Takashi Miike, Sean Byrne & Jeremy Saulnier Bloody-up the Midnight Madness Programme

11 August 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Hong Kong’s Soi Cheang, Japan’s Takashi Miike, Australia’s Sean Byrne and American filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier are among the returning names to populate Tiff’s Midnight Madness programme. In what is an American indie horror film dominated section featuring the likes of some of the V/H/S alumni (Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner, and Radio Silence quartet) presenting Southbound, Cold Comes the Night scribe Nick Simon presenting his sophomore film, The Girl in the Photographs and before being released theatrically in October via Stage 6 Films, Todd Strauss-Schulson‘s The Final Girls will receive its international premiere. Colin Geddes’ baby will be host to six world premieres with Saulnier’s Green Room making it much anticipated North American debut after replicating the big bang he made in Cannes with Blue Ruin. Here are the ten titles & fest synopses:

BaskinCan Evrenol, Turkey

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10 filmmakers who went from Indie Darling to Big Budget Blunder

11 August 2015 10:23 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In the wake of Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four, Matthew Lee looks at ten filmmakers who went from Indie Darling to Big Budget Blunder…

Josh Trank’s debut, Chronicle, was a surprise hit of 2012. The film fused the found-footage genre with superhero tropes to create a coming-of-age story that was both fresh and exciting. Trank’s ability to transcend these tired trends and motifs made him an ideal candidate to finally do justice to the Fantastic Four franchise, one that had an unreleased early 90s film, and two poor mid-00s flicks. However, with production problems between Trank and cast members, and no advanced press screening, many pundits were concerned this would be a mess.

The results are in, and it is not only a poor film, but has been described as the worst reviewed Marvel film to-date. That’s not good. Trank responded openly via tweet to this, noting how Fox had – ah, »

- Matthew Lee

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Tiff 2015 Midnight Madness Lineup Includes The Final Girls, Green Room, The Devil’S Candy

11 August 2015 10:05 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Kicking off September 10th, Toronto International Film Festival and its Midnight Madness screenings are right around the corner. This year, Midnight Madness selections include The Final Girls, Green Room, and the world premiere of The Devil's Candy from The Loved Ones director Sean Byrne.

Press Release: "Toronto — Midnight Madness returns to the Toronto International Film Festival® to satiate late night audiences’ appetites for wild sensory stimulation. The programme will present the best in action, horror, shock and fantasy films from the rabble-rousers of cinema, opening with Jeremy Saulnier’s tense siege shocker Green Room.

Midnight Madness winds up Festival audiences as the days are winding down and they are hungry for more,” says Colin Geddes, International Programmer for the Festival. “From adrenaline-filled action and untamed horror to twisted comedy and darkly blurred lines of reality, this year’s lineup welcomes back celebrated masters and fresh visionaries of renegade genre cinema. »

- Derek Anderson

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Tiff 2015 announces their first wave of Midnight Madness lineup

11 August 2015 8:07 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

While the Toronto International Film Festival has mostly garnered a reputation as a place to often get the first look at movies that go on to critical acclaim and Academy Awards, the festival’s Midnight Madness section, which is reserved for genre films, has built a following of its own as well, getting a more prominent showcase as the years have passed. This has, in turn, led to films such as Adam Wingard’s You’re Next and Gareth EvansThe Raid to make their world premieres at the festival under this banner, making the lineup every year an announcement that genre fans anticipate. For the 2015 incarnation of the festival, Tiff has now announced their first wave of screenings.

The section will be opening with a screening of Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room, which will be making its North American premiere, and closing with a screening of Todd Strauss-Schulson’s The Final Girls, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Potd: Neill Blomkamp Teases Personal ‘Alien’ Room

8 August 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

After District 9, Elysium and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp teased concept art from an Alien franchise movie that he’d been working on outside of 20the Century Fox, the studio decided to pick up the sci-fi sequel, and it’s now supposed to be his next project. Since then, Blomkamp has only teased one more piece of […]

The post Potd: Neill Blomkamp Teases Personal ‘Alien’ Room appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Here's Everything Wrong With Chappie In One Video

5 August 2015 5:11 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Another day, another movie full of sins. From the director who brought you District 9 and the YouTube video maker who took your entire lunch break to tear apart Transformers: Age of Extinction comes: Everything Wrong With Chappie. If you.re a fan of CinemaSins, and you really should be, you know what you.re in for here. The majority of the films sins are the standard fare: people in movies not acting the way real people would in the same situation, because the script requires ridiculous things to occur in order to progress. But the video also showcases the near bait and switch the movie tried to pull off by featuring Hugh Jackman in the trailers, when he really isn.t in the movie all that much. Also, for an artificial intelligence, Chappie is really stupid. He.s told repeatedly by his creator to not commit crimes, and while »

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Ethiopia’s first post-apocalyptic sci-fi feature ‘Crumbs’ demands to be seen

5 August 2015 1:10 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Crumbs

Miguel Llansó

Miguel Llansó

2015, Spain / Finland / Ethiopia

According to writer-director Miguel Llansó, Crumbs was created mostly on circumstance and coincidence which might explain why the film seems constructed as an assortment of random images and confusing scenes. But don’t let that scare you: Ethiopia’s first post-apocalyptic sci-fi feature (spoken in Amharic) is a technically stunning and emotionally wrenching directorial debut. There’s little narrative so to speak, but Crumbs does feature an eccentric love story and a dash of politically charged surrealism.

The film takes place in a distant wasteland and follows a physically malformed Candy (Daniel Tadesse) who resides in a rundown bowling alley with his girlfriend Birdy (Selam Tesfaye). Tired of his day-to-day routine salvaging and bartering artifacts from bygone civilizations, he embarks on a quest to find a prophetic “witch” in hopes that he can meet Father Christmas and ask the mythical figure about »

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Nerd Alert: Fantastic Four Honest Trailer and Cecil the Lion Tribute

5 August 2015 9:29 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this whimsical Wednesday? The original Fantastic Four gets an honest trailer, The Lion King animator pays tribute to Cecil the Lion and District 9 gets the 8-Bit Cinema treatment. But first, Chinese fans claim Beijing's Olympic song rips off Frozen's "Let It Go" and a Star Wars fan takes Conan to task. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.

Fantastic Four Honest Trailer

Screen Junkies is at it again with another Honest Trailer, skewering the 2005 Fantastic Four and its 2007 sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, just days before the Fantastic Four reboot hits theaters. The Honest Trailers trailer voice guy, Jon Bailey, delightfully skewers the several lame aspects of these superhero adventures, »

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Chappie ripped apart in new CinemaSins video

5 August 2015 9:13 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Earlier this year, District 9 and Elysium director Neill Blomkamp brought us the critically panned science fiction film Chappie, which the guys over at CinemaSins decided to target for their latest video.

CinemaSins points out everything wrong with the film in less than 16 minutes, but per usual, the video contains massive spoilers. See it here…

At the box office, the film did manage to make more than double its $49 million budget, but still underperformed in North America and many other markets.

Chappie starred Sharlto Copley, who has been in each of Blomkamp’s films, Hugh Jackman (X-Men), Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionare) and Jose Pablo Cantillo (The Walking Dead). From the band Die Antwoord, Ninja and Yolanda Visser also had major roles in the film. 

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Prometheus 2 is happening and shooting will start in January 2016

4 August 2015 3:05 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Prometheus 2 will reportedly start production in January next year.

The sequel to Prometheus, the Alien prequel released in 2012, was announced as in development early last year.

However, the film has now confirmed a shoot date of January 2016, according to Total Film.

"I've got back into the sci-fi thing, I kind of adore it," director Ridley Scott told the magazine in a new interview.

Prometheus 2 will be written by Green Lantern screenwriter Michael Green. However, the sequel will not have the fan favourite Xenomorphs.

Scott also gave his view on upcoming sci-fi epic Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.

"Star Wars is a juggernaut," he says. "Good, bad or indifferent. And with that director [Jj Abrams], it ain't gonna be indifferent, it's gonna be really interesting."

Prometheus stars Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace will reprise their roles as David the android and Elizabeth Shaw in Prometheus 2.

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Prometheus 2 is happening and shooting will start in January 2016

4 August 2015 3:05 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Prometheus 2 will reportedly start production in January next year.

The sequel to Prometheus, the Alien prequel released in 2012, was announced as in development early last year.

However, the film has now confirmed a shoot date of January 2016, according to Total Film.

"I've got back into the sci-fi thing, I kind of adore it," director Ridley Scott told the magazine in a new interview.

Prometheus 2 will be written by Green Lantern screenwriter Michael Green. However, the sequel will not have the fan favourite Xenomorphs.

Scott also gave his view on upcoming sci-fi epic Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.

"Star Wars is a juggernaut," he says. "Good, bad or indifferent. And with that director [Jj Abrams], it ain't gonna be indifferent, it's gonna be really interesting."

Prometheus stars Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace will reprise their roles as David the android and Elizabeth Shaw in Prometheus 2.

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"Alien vs. Predator" Scribe Responds To Weaver

23 July 2015 10:31 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Appearing at London Comic Con last week, Sigourney Weaver spoke about her history with Fox's "Alien" franchise and seemingly suggested that Fox's early plans to make "Alien vs. Predator" back before "Alien 3" in 1993, was what caused Ridley Scott to drop out of the project and what made her decide to kill off the Ellen Ripley character.

Now Peter Briggs, who penned the original "Alien vs. Predator" spec script back in 1991 (but is uncredited on the final 2004 film) has responded to the criticism in a letter to Bloody Disgusting. Briggs penned a draft which was at Fox for over a decade until Paul W.S. Anderson came onto the movie and did his own version, and says that the third "Alien" began filming almost a year before his spec script even arrived at the studio:

"Maybe they were in a panic about 'Alien 3'... I have no idea. And so when »

- Garth Franklin

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