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Why Arrival should win the best picture Oscar

23 February 2017 9:36 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

As our series heads towards its conclusion, Catherine Shoard makes the case for Denis Villeneuve’s staggering alien invasion film

Science-fiction is not a genre you could accuse of parading itself as Oscar bait. Few movies that flirt with the extraterrestrial have scored best picture nominations: Et, the first Star Wars – then, more recently, since the number of possible nominees was increased, District 9, Avatar, Inception, Her, Gravity and The Martian have sneaked in.

None won – though Gravity came close. Arrival is a film that echoes Alfonso Cuarón’s in some respects: the great beyond, the intense focus on its female lead, the loss of a child. But Denis Villeneuve’s drama is not a head-trip like that splashy immersion.

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- Catherine Shoard

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Tremors 6 Begins Production with Michael Gross and Jamie Kennedy

16 February 2017 11:20 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Intrepid creature hunter Burt Gummer and his son Travis find themselves in a remote hotbed of giant man-eating worms in the newest action-packed entry in the wildly popular Tremors franchise. Currently in production in Cape Town, South Africa, this outrageous horror comedy finds the pair at a remote research station where they come under attack by what Burt fears could be weaponized Graboids. Tremors 6 will be released on Blu-rayT, DVD and Digital HD in 2018 from Universal 1440 Entertainment, a production entity of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Said Glenn Ross, general manager and executive vice president, Universal 1440 Entertainment.

"This is going to be the craziest, most over-the-top movie in the Tremors saga to date. It takes the franchise's signature combination of suspense, action and humor to new explosive heights."

Michael Gross (Family Ties, Tremors franchise) and Jamie Kennedy (The Cleveland Show, Scream franchise) return as Burt Gummer and Travis Welker, joined »

- MovieWeb

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Production Now Underway on Tremors 6, Official Plot Details Revealed

16 February 2017 11:12 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Back in September, Michael Gross revealed that Tremors 6 was moving forward with Burt Gummer and Jamie Kennedy's Travis Welker returning to go up against the Graboids. Today, Universal 1440 Entertainment announced that production is officially underway on Tremors 6 in South Africa, with the sequel slated to come out Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD in 2018.

You can check out the official synopsis and cast list for Tremors 6 below, and be sure to stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates.

Press Release: Universal City, California, February 16, 2017 – Intrepid creature hunter Burt Gummer and his son Travis find themselves in a remote hotbed of giant man-eating worms in the newest action-packed entry in the wildly popular Tremors franchise. Currently in production in Cape Town, South Africa, this outrageous horror comedy finds the pair at a remote research station where they come under attack by what Burt fears could be weaponized Graboids. »

- Derek Anderson

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‘Star Wars’ Spoof ‘Star Worlds’ Sells Strongly Worldwide

14 February 2017 6:05 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Covert Media has sold the Star Wars spoof “Star Worlds” to multiple markets at the Berlin Film Festival, a week after launching sales.

Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, whose credits include the Scary Movie franchise, “Epic Movie” and “Vampires Suck” are writing and directing the project, titled “Star Worlds Episode Xxxive=MC2: The Force Awakens The Last Jedi Who Went Rogue.” Covert Media’s CEO Paul Hanson (“District 9”) is producing the film alongside Broken Road ProductionsTodd Garner (“True Memoirs of an International Assassin”).

The film is currently in pre-production targeting a fall shoot. The film is being fully financed and produced by Covert Media, which launched worldwide sales on the film in Berlin.

“Star Worlds” has been acquired by Constantin Film for Germany, Eagle Pictures for Italy, Tripictures for Spain, and Gussi for Latin America. Rights have also been sold to Eagle Films for the Middle East, »

- Dave McNary

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Star Wars Spoof Movie Is Happening with Scary Movie Team

8 February 2017 12:40 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Comedy hit creators Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (Scary Movie franchise, Epic Movie, Vampires Suck) are set to write and direct their newest project Star Worlds Episode Xxxive=MC2: The Force Awakens The Last Jedi Who Went Rogue, a Star Wars spoof, it was announced today by Covert Media's CEO Paul Hanson (District 9, W. Ophelia) who is producing the film alongside Broken Road Productions' Todd Garner (Knight and Day, True Memoirs of an International Assassin). With over a billion dollars at the worldwide box office, the kings of spoof movies have poked fun at every genre in film, from five Scary Movies, Epic Movie and Date Movie, to Meet the Spartans and Vampires Suck. Now they are at it again, daring to spoof the biggest movie empire on Earth by taking us to a galaxy far, far away in... Star Worlds.

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- MovieWeb

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‘Star Wars’ Spoof ‘Star Worlds’ in the Works From ‘Scary Movie’ Duo

8 February 2017 9:37 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A spoof of the Star Wars franchise is in development with Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, whose credits include the Scary Movie franchise, “Epic Movie” and “Vampires Suck.”

The duo will write and direct the project, titled “Star Worlds Episode Xxxive=MC2: The Force Awakens The Last Jedi Who Went Rogue.” Covert Media’s CEO Paul Hanson (“District 9”) is producing the film alongside Broken Road ProductionsTodd Garner (“True Memoirs of an International Assassin”).

The film is currently in pre-production targeting a fall shoot. “Star Worlds” is being fully financed by Covert Media who will launch worldwide sales on the film at the Berlin Film Festival.

“Jason and Aaron are a powerhouse duo who have proven time and time again that they are fully tapped into the what audiences love,” Hanson said. “Their fearless take on pop culture has us beyond thrilled to tackle the world’s most »

- Dave McNary

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The 50 Best Action Movies of the 21st Century Thus Far

7 February 2017 10:18 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Since the dawn of the 21st century, action cinema has undergone a bigger change than perhaps any other genre. As the tools with which filmmakers craft their works have continually advanced, a sort of renaissance has begun wherein action films stepped firmly into their own. Often put in the same category as horror — not taken seriously as a form of artistic expression outside of its core fanbase — action has had to boldly announce itself as a viable medium through which big set pieces, but also big ideas, can be presented and explored.

With the highly anticipated John Wick: Chapter 2 arriving in theaters this Friday, we’ve set out to reflect on the millennium’s action films that have most excelled. To pick our top 50, we’ve reached out to all corners of the globe, choosing an array of films ranging from grand to gritty, brutal to beautiful. The result »

- The Film Stage

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Newcomer Hera Hilmar Lands Female Lead in Peter Jackson’s ‘Mortal Engines’

6 February 2017 5:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hera Hilmar has closed a deal for the female lead of Universal and Mrc’s adaptation of Philip Reeve’s “Mortal Engines,” which will be written and produced by Peter Jackson.

Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens will co-write the film with Christian Rivers directing. Mrc and Universal are co-financing the movie, with Universal also serving as worldwide distributor.

Jackson and Walsh have been involved with the project for several years, having optioned the rights from Scholastic in 2001. Ken Kamins — Jackson, Walsh, and Boyens’ longtime manager — brought the project to Mrc.

Zane Weiner (“The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies), Amanda Walker (“The Hobbit”), and Deborah Forte (“The Golden Compass”) are serving as producers, along with Walsh and Jackson. Kamins (“The Hobbit” trilogy, “District 9”) will executive produce, while Boyens co-produces.

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- Justin Kroll

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Peter Jackson’s ‘Mortal Engines’ Casts Robbie Sheehan, Ronan Raftery (Exclusive)

2 February 2017 3:40 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fortitude” actor Robbie Sheehan and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’s” Ronan Raftery have been cast in Universal and MRC’s adaptation of Philip Reeve’s “Mortal Engines,” which will be written and produced by Peter Jackson.

Sheehan will have a lead role, while Raftery plays a supporting one. Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens will co-write the film with Christian Rivers directing. Mrc and Universal are co-financing the movie, with Universal also serving as worldwide distributor.

Jackson and Walsh have been involved with the project for several years, having optioned the rights from Scholastic in 2001. Ken Kamins — Jackson, Walsh, and Boyens’ longtime manager — brought the project to Mrc.

Zane Weiner (“The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies), Amanda Walker (“The Hobbit”), and Deborah Forte (“The Golden Compass”) are serving as producers, along with Walsh and Jackson. Kamins (“The Hobbit” trilogy, “District 9”) will executive produce, »

- Justin Kroll

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Why Amy Adams is pivotal to Arrival’s success

24 January 2017 7:58 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jan 25, 2017

Arrival has 8 nominations at this year's Oscars, but nothing for its star, Amy Adams. Here's why the film wouldn't have worked without her.

Nb: The following contains mild spoilers for Arrival.

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By now, you’ve probably looked through this year’s Oscar nominations, and alternately nodded and tutted your head at the choices. One of the most pleasing developments, at least for a genre site such as ours, is how much attention has been lavished on Arrival - director Denis Villeneuve’s smart, elegant sci-fi drama.

Arrival has managed to earn itself a highly impressive eight nominations, including Best Director for Denis Villeneuve, Best Adapted Screenplay for Eric Heisserer (the film’s based on Story Of Your Life by Ted Chiang) and Best Production Design. Most impressive of all, »

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‘Arrival’ Joins Elite Club of Sci-Fi Oscar Best Picture Nominees

24 January 2017 5:45 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With a best picture nomination Tuesday, Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival” joined the short list of science-fiction films that have been nominated for the film industry’s top prize.

Previous to the Academy’s expansion of the category in 2009, sci-fi nominees were a rarity. There was “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” in 1982 and … that was basically it. Though some would categorize Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange,” George Lucas’ “Star Wars,” or even David Fincher’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” within the genre.

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Oscar Nominations: Complete List

With eight, “Arrival” earned the second-highest number of noms (tied with “Moonlight”), clinching nods for director, adapted screenplay, cinematography,  sound editing, sound mixing, production design, and editing — in addition to best picture. Since 2009, movies such as “District 9,” “Avatar,” “Inception,” and “Her” have picked up best picture nominations. “Gravity” and “The Martian” have joined the fray as well, but purists might not consider their baked-in-reality premises strictly sci-fi. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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6 Memorable Moments From Past Oscar Nomination Ceremonies

23 January 2017 6:00 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Oscar statue (Courtesy: Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

We’re just hours away from finding out the nominations for the 2017 Oscars — but this year is going to be a little different. Instead of a decades-old tradition of delivering the nominations via a live ceremony with press and publicists in attendance, the Academy has a new format and will produce its own in-house announcement that will stream online and on Good Morning America. The super early reveal time, unfortunately, will be sticking around.

There are different ways of looking at this change in the process. It could be a way to go more digital and spread the nominations in a more efficient way or it is an opportunity for the Academy — specifically president Cheryl Boone Isaacs — to avoid having to confronting the press about how the nominations shake up. Before this modification takes hold, let’s look »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Aliens’ Sequel is Probably Not Happening

23 January 2017 12:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

We likely won’t see Ripley, Newt, and Corporal Hicks again on the big screen. If Newt and Hicks ever do return from the dead, it’s probably not going to happen in Neill Bomkamp‘s Alien film. The District 9 and Chappie director was going to bring the characters back for his Alien sequel, a direct sequel to Aliens that was meant to give Ripley a proper ending. […]

The post Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Aliens’ Sequel is Probably Not Happening appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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Alien 5 Will Probably Get Canceled Says Director Neill Blomkamp

23 January 2017 11:19 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

If you're a fan of the Alien franchise, this is probably going to be a great year for you. After Prometheus brought director Ridley Scott back to the series he created, he is now making a proper prequel with Alien: Covenant. As exciting as that is, there is still a lot of hope among fans for District 9 director Neill Blomkamp's proposed Alien 5. Unfortunately, he has now made it fairly clear that the movie probably isn't going to happen.

Neill Blomkamp recently took to Twitter in order to address a fan question about Alien 5, the movie he was going to make before Ridley Scott decided that he finally wanted to make his Prometheus sequel, which we now know as Alien: Covenant. The fan in question asked, "what are the chances of the alien project happening?" Neill Blomkamp simply and disappointingly responded with "slim."

For those who may not know »

- MovieWeb

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Director Neill Blomkamp Says Chances Of Alien 5 Are “Slim”

23 January 2017 10:06 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

When District 9 hit theaters several years back, director Neill Blomkamp was seen as one of the new, big, up-and-coming talents in the industry. Unfortunately, Blomkamp’s follow-up films weren’t nearly as well regarded. Between Elysium and Chappie, his credibility as a storyteller took a bit of a tumble. While his visual prowess was unquestioned, critics and fans weren’t quite sure if he had the chops to direct his own material. In order to truly rise to the next level, perhaps it would be best for him to get mentored into his next project.

Enter filmmaker Ridley Scott and the then-somewhat-dormant Alien franchise. Scott was coming off of the divisive Prometheus, a film that’s set in the world of Alien, but doesn’t necessarily connect as nicely as fans were hoping. Scott seemed to have a resurgence of interest in advancing the franchise he started decades prior, »

- Joseph Medina

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Halo: the Neill Blomkamp movie we never got to see

17 January 2017 9:56 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jan 20, 2017

It could have been the first blockbuster videogame adaptation, but instead, it fell apart. Ryan looks at the Halo movie that never was...

From Super Mario Bros in the 90s and on to the recent Assassin’s Creed, it’s fair to say that movies adapted from videogames seldom fare well. But there’s one movie, now sadly lost to history, that might just have bucked that trend: Neill Blomkamp’s Halo.

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In 2001, Halo: Combat Evolved was the game that helped launch Microsoft’s first ever console, the Xbox. A first-person shooter with an absorbing sci-fi plot and a cool character at its core - the anonymous, armoured super-soldier, Master Chief - Halo »

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Could Deadpool be an Oscar Best Picture contender?

10 January 2017 11:17 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

David Crow Jan 11, 2017

After beating out critical darlings like Jackie and Nocturnal Animals at the PGAs, Deadpool may just wind up with a Best Picture Oscar nod.

The superhero genre has come a long way in the 21st century. Once considered a trashy blockbuster oddity that was as dead as Bat-nipples 17 years ago, superhero movies are now the defining entertainment and escapism de jour of our times, just as the Western or musical was a half-century ago. If you need any better confirmation consider this: Deadpool, the movie that features Ryan Reynolds making dick jokes after breaking his foot on the metallic package of X-Man Colossus, is now nominated for the Daryl F  Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures from the Producers Guild of America.

The PGA is not exactly a household name among casual moviegoers. Unlike the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s Oscars, »

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