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'Akira' Nabs A New Writer

22 July 2014 8:48 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

The live-action adaptation of Akira has just received a new writer. Deadline reports that Dante Harper has been brought on to work with director Jaume Collet-Serra on the latest draft of the script. Ironically, Harper's biggest credit as a writer is one he doesn't get...credit for. It was Harper's spec script, based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka's "All You Need Is Kill" that gave us the wonderfully under-appreciated gem Edge of Tomorrow. Despite his script being what created that film adaptation, he got passed over in the credits by the three writers that took later passes at the screenplay.

Regardless, Harper is now set to collaborate with Collet-Serra on a new take of the beloved title Akira. The property began it's pop culture life as a Japanese manga by Katsuhiro Otomo back in 1980. In the years to follow, it would get an anime adaptation, and video games based on it. »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Edge of Tomorrow screenwriter to pen live-action Akira adaptation

22 July 2014 1:22 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A live-action adaptation of the Katsuhiro Otomo manga Akira has been in the works for quite some time now, and has even fallen off the rails once or twice. The project is officially underway once more at Warner Brothers, from Orphan director Jaume Collet-Serra, and a new report claims that Edge of Tomorrow screenwriter Dante Harper is working on the script.

The news actually flew under the radar last week, as it was hidden within another news story over on Deadline. The throwaway comment could have easily been a news story in and of itself, considering how many people are dying to see an Akira film get made, but sometimes that’s just the way it goes in Tinseltown.

Harper wasn’t the only writer on Edge of Tomorrow, but penned the first draft of the script, back when it was still called All You Need Is Kill. He’s »

- James Garcia

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Akira Movie to Be Written by Edge Of Tomorrow Screenwriter

21 July 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

A little nugget of information went under the radar last week in article over at Deadline. They report that the first screenwriter to work on the script for Tom Cruise's Edge of Tomorrow, Dante Harper, is currently writing the script for Warner Bros' live-action adaptation of Akira.

I'm surprised this movie is still in development! The studio has been trying to get this project off the ground for years, and for one reason or another they've never been able to get it into production. 

Orphan director Jaume Collet-Serra is currently attached to helm the project. Edge of Tomorrow was such a great, well-written movie, and I think Harper might have the talent to deliver a solid script to the studio. 

I'm glad that this movie hasn't been made yet. I have a fear that the WB is going to butcher the story. If the movie actually moves into production, »

- Joey Paur

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Ryan Reynolds' Green Lantern Gets An Honest Trailer

15 July 2014 9:42 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, an elite force of protectors for peace and justice has existed for centuries. They are the Green Lantern Corps. When a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of the Corps' newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds). Bringing the popular superhero to the big screen for the first time, Green Lantern also stars Blake Lively (Gossip Girl), Peter Sarsgaard (Orphan), Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes), Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett* and Academy Award® winner Tim Robbins**. Green Lantern was directed by Martin Campbell, from a script written by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Michael J. Green, and Michael Goldenberg. The film starred: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Tim Robbins, Taika Waititi, Temuera Morrison, and Angela Bassett. »

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‘Game of Thrones’ Reigns Over 2014 Emmy Noms

10 July 2014 7:48 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Game of Thrones” dominated this year’s Emmys with 19 nominations, including a supporting actor nod for Peter Dinklage and a nomination for Lena Headey, as well as one for casting director Robert Sterne; the series also landed an outstanding drama series nod. FX's “Fargo” followed with 18 nominations, including one in the miniseries category and four for actors Colin Hanks, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, and new-comer Allison Tolman. “Fargo” is up against “American Horror Story: Coven” and “Luther,” starring nominee Idris Elba. “True Detective” successfully landed a nomination in the drama category (a controversial move) alongside “Breaking Bad,” “House of Cards,” “Mad Men,” and “Downton Abbey.” Stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey both received nominations. Netflix proved its growth with shows like comedy series nominee “Orange is the New Black” and drama series nominee “House of Cards,” more than doubling the streaming services total nominations from last year. Surprise snubs »

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X-men: Days Of Future Past Composer/Editor John Ottman Talks to Wamg

19 May 2014 12:51 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Sony Music is releasing the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of X-Men: Days of Future Past, featuring music composed by BAFTA Award winner John Ottman. The soundtrack will be available digitally on May 19 and on CD June 3.

John Ottman graduated from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. One of his early assignments was to provide original music for the computer game I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream. In 1996 he won a BAFTA award for editing The Usual Suspects, and was later nominated for an Emmy Award for his score to the ABC series Fantasy Island.

Ottman’s range of composition takes in X-men 2, the dark comedy of The Cable Guy, the nightmares of Gothika and Orphan, and the animated notes of Astro Boy.

With six films already released, X-Men is one of the most successful franchises in film history. It started in 2000 with the original X-Men movie, »

- Michelle McCue

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Exclusive: Mark Strong Tries To Find Out Who's Crazy In Clip From 'Anna'

16 May 2014 9:04 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

What's the line between sanity and insanity and who's equipped to determine the boundaries? That question seems to lie at the center of the upcoming thriller "Anna," and one man with some unique abilities will try to unravel a particular mystery with his unique gifts. Produced by Jaume Collet-Serra ("Non-Stop," "Orphan"), directed by Jorge Dorado and starring Mark Strong, Taissa Farmiga and Brian Cox, the story follows detective John Washington, who has the special ability to enter people’s minds and memories. And those are put to the test when he takes on the case of a troubled teenage girl named Anna, who is accused of an attempted triple homicide. And in this exclusive clip, we see what John is up against, a suspect who herself has an intriguing way of looking at things. "Anna" opens in theaters on June 6th. Watch below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Cannes: Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard to Star in ‘Prima’

9 May 2014 2:26 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard are set to star in “Prima,” produced by Daniel Dubiecki (“Juno,” “Up in the Air”) and Lara Alameddine of Los Angeles-based The Allegiance Theater. Embankment is selling international territories.

Farmiga’s credits include “The Conjuring,” “Safe House,” “Up in the Air” and “Orphan,” while Sarsgaard has appeared in “Blue Jasmine,” “Orphan,” “An Education” and “Jarhead.”

Farmiga stars as a mother who will stop at nothing to realize her daughter Jesse’s ballet dancing dream to play the coveted role of Sleeping Beauty. Sarsgaard plays a “devil in dance-shoes” instructor. The feel-good comedy about a badass just-teen ballerina starts pre-production this summer. The search for a 13-year-old newcomer is already under way.

Evan Greenberg, a NYC musical-theater director, will helm the pic. Choreography will be provided by Benjamin Millepied (“Black Swan,” “Paris National Ballet”) and Kurt Froman (“Black Swan,” “Billy Elliot” on Broadway).

CAA is »

- Leo Barraclough

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Sarsgaard, Millepied join ballet comedy

8 May 2014 12:37 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Embankment boards ballet comedy also starring Vera Farmiga.

Peter Sarsgaard and Vera Farmiga are due to star in ballet comedy Prima, which sales outfit Embankment Films has newly boarded ahead of Cannes.

Choreography will come from acclaimed Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millepied, recently appointed director of dance at the Paris Opera Ballet, and Billy Elliot on Broadway choreographer Kurt Froman.

Farmiga has been cast as a mother who will stop at nothing to realise her daughter ballet dancing dream of playing Sleeping Beauty, while The Killing star Sarsgaard will play a ‘devil in dance-shoes’ instructor.

Producers are Daniel Dubiecki (Juno, Up in the Air) and Lara Alameddine of Los Angeles based The Allegiance Theater.

As previously announced, musical-theatre director Evan Greenberg will direct the project, a version of which was formerly with Highland Film Group.

Pre-production is due to get underway this summer, with the search underway for the role of the 13 year-old newcomer.

CAA reps the »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Director Jaume Collet-Serra and Producer Joel Silver Talk Non-stop, Filming at JFK, Shooting a Fight Scene in an Airplane Bathroom, and More

1 March 2014 10:20 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

It’s tough enough to film even a fraction of a movie in an airplane.  Director Jaume Collet-Serra and producer Joel Silver, however, opted to take on a script that would have them shooting on a plane for 99% of the movie, and with some intense combat sequences taking place in the close quarters nonetheless. In their fourth collaboration (following House of Wax, Orphan, and Unknown), Collet-Serra and Silver bring us Non-Stop, the story of Bill Marks (Liam Neeson), an air marshal who starts getting threatening text messages while his flight is in the middle of the trip from New York to London, completely isolated over the Atlantic Ocean.  With Non-Stop due in theaters on Friday, February 28th, Collet-Serra and Silver hit the New York press circuit to sit down for a press conference.  Catch what they had to say about reuniting with Neeson, what it took to shoot a fight scene in the airplane bathroom, »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Review: Non-Stop

28 February 2014 8:00 AM, PST | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Director Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan, House of Wax) has worked with Liam Neeson previously on the movie Unknown, but there is another clear reason Neeson was cast for the role of alcoholic air marshal Bill Marks. The actor has the talent and star power to elevate an otherwise unremarkable, movie-of-the-week script like Non-Stop into a moneymaker with wings. 

The story, penned by a team whose credits include TV's Big Brother and WWE/WrestleMania, lands Neeson in the role of Bill Marks, an air marshal on a transatlantic flight. He's confronted with text messages from an anonymous villain who promises to kill someone on the flight unless the exorbitant sum of $150 million is wired into an account within an unlikely time limit of 20 minutes. With the clock ticking and no clues to help him, he must reveal the hijacker even as the villain's complex plan unfolds to frame him for the deed. »

- Mike Saulters

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'Non-Stop' Review - Liam Neeson is a dependable action hero in likable pulp

27 February 2014 9:03 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Liam Neeson brings old school heroism as air marshal fighting onboard bombers in pulpy action movie "Non-Stop." Liam Neeson may point to blockbuster dramas like Schindler’s List and Michael Collins as the highlights of his acting career but to the delight of week in/week out moviegoers he’s become the most dependable action star around. Neeson continues to polish his tough guy rep; at the youthful age of 61 no less, headlining silly, entertaining Non-Stop as U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks; a struggling alcoholic battling onboard bombers holding a transatlantic jet hostage and setting up Marks as the culprit. Director Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan, House of Wax) launches the in-flight action early in the movie and keeps the thrills flowing fast enough for Neeson to bulldoze his way through any and all moments of narrative disbelief involving poison darts, ringing mobile phones and little girls »

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'Non-Stop' Review - Lian Neeson is a dependable action hero in likable pulp

27 February 2014 9:03 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Liam Neeson brings old school heroism as air marshal fighting onboard bombers in pulpy action movie "Non-Stop." Liam Neeson may point to blockbuster dramas like Schindler’s List and Michael Collins as the highlights of his acting career but to the delight of week in/week out moviegoers he’s become the most dependable action star around. Neeson continues to polish his tough guy rep; at the youthful age of 61 no less, headlining silly, entertaining Non-Stop as U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks; a struggling alcoholic battling onboard bombers holding a transatlantic jet hostage and setting up Marks as the culprit. Director Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan, House of Wax) launches the in-flight action early in the movie and keeps the thrills flowing fast enough for Neeson to bulldoze his way through any and all moments of narrative disbelief involving poison darts, ringing mobile phones and little girls »

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'Non-Stop' (2014) Movie Review

27 February 2014 11:30 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

For what it is, Non-Stop is a satisfying thriller, but it's a standard whodunnit with a slight psychological bend that, had it been pursued to the end, would have actually made it the Hitchcockian thrill ride some are going to attempt to peg it as being. However, to do that would have taken a lot more nerve than a director of Jaume Collet-Serra's standing has shown to possess, though you could argue Orphan (which went all the way to the other side) was more ballsy than most films we get today, even if I wasn't much of a fan, though more as a result of the filmmaking not the actual narrative. This time Collet-Serra is working with a screenplay from unproven screenwriters John W. Richardson, Chris Roach and Ryan Engle, all first-time feature writers with Roach being a regular writer for the WWE. Given their credits, or lack-of, I would have expected much worse, »

- Brad Brevet

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'Non-Stop' Review: 10 Things to Know About Liam Neeson's High-Flying Thriller

27 February 2014 11:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This weekend might belong to the Oscars, but that doesn't mean that brand-new product can't also enter the multiplexes.

This week's biggest contestant for the box office gold, "Non-Stop," is a thriller set aboard a hijacked airplane... not exactly the kind of thing that's nominated for the prestigious Oscars (at least, not anymore -- keep in mind that "Airport" was nominated for Best Picture in 1971). Still, what it lacks in giant issues, social commentary, and emotional resonance, it more than makes up for with the fact that Liam Neeson screams at a bunch of people and tries to solve a truly dastardly murder/hijacking plot.

Neeson plays an alcoholic air marshal who, while on a transatlantic flight to London, starts receiving threatening text messages. It's up to Neeson to pinpoint who, exactly, is behind these texts (and all of the things that go along with the text messages) and for »

- Drew Taylor

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Interview: Director Jaume Collet-Serra Creates Non-Stop Action

27 February 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Commercial helmer Jaume Collet-Serra cut his feature filmmaking teeth on the horror programmers House of Wax and Orphan , but he is slowly working his way into the big leagues with the help of our favorite Irish brawler, Liam Neeson. Their first teaming on 2011's Unknown proved so fruitful they've re-teamed for this week's airline thriller/mystery Non-Stop , where Neeson plays an air marshal with a troubled past trying to save an intercontinental flight from terrorists. Later this year they'll drop another actioner called Run All Night alongside RoboCop star Joel Kinnaman, so we can infer that Neeson is officially De Niro to Serra's Scorsese. We sat down with Collet-Sera to discuss smoking, not cutting to an exterior shot, his long-gestating live-action version of »

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Review: Liam Neeson's 'Non-Stop' works as a thriller but makes some terrible choices

26 February 2014 4:10 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Unknown," "Orphan," and "House Of Wax" are all various degrees of fun, depending on how seriously you take them, and director Jaume Collet-Serra is certainly slick. Part of me wonders if he can read, though, because he seems to have made a habit of picking ridiculous scripts with ridiculous ideas at the heart of them, and then he directs them as if they are the most serious things in the world. In theory, I have no problem with that. As I said, I think those three films manage to be silly pulpy fun, and that's exactly what I expected from "Non-Stop." For a good chunk of its running time, it is indeed a silly but well-made ride in which Liam Neeson plays his popular character John Taken, but on a plane this time and without a daughter. There is a point in the film, though, where the bad guy (whose »

- Drew McWeeny

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Non-Stop Review

26 February 2014 8:00 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Liam Neeson has battled terrorists on land (Taken), he’s fought aliens at sea (Battleship) and now, the actor can say that he’s part of the action genre Mile High Club thanks to his latest film, Non-Stop. Directed by frequent Joel Silver collaborator, Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan/Unknown), we once again watch Liam become entangled in some thrilling bit of drama involving an airplane, a drinking problem, and a hidden bomb – presenting plenty of ass-kicking opportunities along the way. Simple set up, similar action, and more serious faces from Liam Neeson (Exhibit A above), but at least the single-setting situation presented by an airplane in flight creates a fresh bit of fun for audiences to wrap their minds around. Where a film like Taken 2 felt stale and rehashed, Non-Stop challenges typical genre norms by confining fight scenes to tiny bathroom stalls and crowded aisles – a saving grace that creates »

- Matt Donato

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Exclusive Interview With Non-Stop Director Jaume Collet-Serra

26 February 2014 7:34 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Whether he’s fighting on land, in the air, or at sea, people just can’t seem to get enough Liam Neeson – or that’s what studios are hoping, at least. Ever since his role in Taken, Liam has seen his skyrocketing action hero stock grant him numerous ass-kicking roles, most recently in the upcoming airplane thriller Non-Stop.

Guiding Mr. Neeson on yet another deadly adventure is director Jaume Collet-Serra, a frequent collaborator with producer Joel Silver. You know Jaume from films like House of Wax, Orphan and Unknown, but now he’s taking to the skies to conquer his fear of flying once and for all – by trying to kill passengers and blow up a plane.

While Jaume was in New York City a few weekends ago promoting his new film, I had the pleasure of sitting down and talking Non-Stop with him in an exclusive interview. Covering a multitude of topics, »

- Matt Donato

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Things Get Hairy for Matthew Fox in Welcome to Harmony

21 February 2014 3:01 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Our friends over at Aullidos scored the first images of a nearly unrecognizable Matthew Fox in the new chiller Welcome to Harmony, and we have 'em for you right here. Dig it!

Jeffrey Donovan (“Burn Notice”) and Matthew Fox (“Lost”) star in the post-apocalyptic horror movie Welcome to Harmony, which serves as the English-language debut of Spanish director Miguel Ángel Vivas' (Kidnapped).

Ahna O’Reilly (The Help), Quinn McColgan (Non-Stop), and Clara Lago (I Want You) co-star.

Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan) and Juan Sola are producing through their Ombra Films banner along with Hernany Perla (Ghost Team One). Vivas and Alberto Marini adapted Juan de Dios Garduno’s bestselling book Y pese a todo.

Production has begun in Budapest.

Synopsis

Nine years after an infection turns most of humanity into rabid creatures, Patrick, Jack, and Lu, a nine-year-old girl, survive in seeming peace and calm in the forgotten snow-covered town of Harmony. »

- Uncle Creepy

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