13 items from 2016
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The co-director, co-writer and star of Golden Globe nominee Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem, Ronit Elkabetz, passed away this morning following a battle with cancer. She was 51. Israel-born Elkabetz worked across both Israeli and French cinema, starring in such acclaimed films as André Techiné’s The Girl On The Train and Eran Kolirin’s The Band’s Visit for which she won a Best Actress Ophir Award from the Israeli Film Academy. Gett was the last part of a trilogy about… »
Universal Pictures brought some cool and interesting projects to their Cinemacon presentation, including peeks at upcoming flicks like Jason Bourne, Warcraft, and The Girl On The Train, as well as a heap of new announcements for their animated, wing Illumination. We also got some extended footage peeks for both The Secret Life Of Pets and Sing, so plenty to dig into. Warcraft Director Duncan Jones took... Read More »
- Paul Shirey
It’s official: Ryan Reynolds is suiting up again for a “Deadpool” sequel with director Tim Miller. The news was confirmed at CinemaCon 2016 during the 20th Century Fox presentation, by studio co-CEOs Stacey Snider and Jim Gianopulos. “Deadpool” grossed nearly $760 million worldwide and earned wide praise for busting the conventions of the ubiquitous comic-book superhero genre. Also Read: 'The Girl on the Train' First Trailer: Sex, Booze, Murder in Spades The R-rated romp costarred Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller and Karan Soni, with a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. It’s unclear if any of them will »
- Matt Donnelly
Production has begun in New Zealand on Ghost in the Shell—the live action film adaptation of the groundbreaking manga series of the same name—and the first photo of Scarlett Johansson as the cyborg Major has been revealed ahead of the film’s March 31st, 2017 release.
Press Release: Hollywood, Calif.– Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures have announced that production is underway on “Ghost In The Shell,” starring Scarlett Johansson (“Avengers: Age Of Ultron,” “Lucy”) and directed by Rupert Sanders (“Snow White And The Huntsman”). The film is shooting in Wellington, New Zealand.
Paramount Pictures will release the film in the U.S. on March 31, 2017.
The film, which is based on the famous Kodansha Comics manga series of the same name, written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow, is produced by Avi Arad (“The Amazing Spider-man 1 & 2,” “Iron Man”), Ari Arad (“Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance”), and Steven Paul (“Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance »
- Derek Anderson
The completed Cold War-set romance-thriller follows a female spy who steals secrets from an idealistic politician but then falls in love with him with tragic consequences.
Burgeoning star Ferguson, who also stars in upcoming buzz titles Florence Foster Jenkins, The Girl On The Train and The Snowman, plays alongside Games Of Thrones star Charles Dance and The Riot Club and Belle actor Sam Reid.
The film is the third feature from producer Hanan Kattan and writer-director Shamim Sarif’s Enlightenment Productions (I Can’t Think Straight, The World Unseen) and is adapted from Sarif’s novel of the same name.
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Cannes — Strand Releasing has acquired all U.S. rights to French master Andre Techine’s subtle coming-of-age drama “Being 17,” which world premiered in competition at Berlin.
Sold by Paris-based Elle Driver, “Being 17” has earned a warm critical welcome, with Variety‘s Peter Debruge describing it as Techine’s most youthful film and his strongest in years.
Set against the Pyrenees mountains, “Being 17” charts the burgeoning and complex relationship of two young men, 17-year-old classmates Damien and Thomas, who start off as enemies before developing romantic feelings for each other.
The film was penned by Techine and Celine Sciamma, a talented writer-director who has explored adolescence and sexual identity in her own movies — “Water Lily,””Tomboy” and “Girlhood.”
- Elsa Keslassy
The distributor has picked up all Us rights from Elle Driver to Andre Techiné’s recent Berlinale competition world premiere.
Being 17 will open in late autumn and takes places against the mountainous backdrop of the Pyrenees, where two young classmates start off as enemies and gradually develop feelings for each other.
Techiné collaborated on the screenplay with Girlhood director Celine Sciamma, whose film Strand also released.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Following a record-breaking 2015, Screen spoke to industry about maintaining momentum and adding variety.
After a record-breaking year at the UK box office, with takings of $1.92bn, many industry were resigned to an inevitable drop in 2016.
One senior exhibition executive Screen spoke to forecast a 1.5% year-on-year downturn.
A number of this year’s tentpoles, including Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Independence Day: Resurgence, are not expected to match up to the goliath numbers taken by Jurassic World¸ Spectre and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which grossed $380.5m between them in 2015, 19.8% of the year’s total box office.
However, a strong start to 2016 has generated renewed optimism. For the first eight weeks of 2016 (up to last Thursday, 25th Feb) box office stands at £217m, which is up 2.6% on the same eight weeks in 2015, according to Rentrak.
Early over-achievers this year have included Oscar-winning high-end arthouse hit The Revenant, which currently stands at $30.1m, and 15-certificate »
Back in January 2015, 20th Century Fox handed out an October 7, 2016 release date for its upcoming X-Men spinoff Gambit, which has Channing Tatum attached to star as the title character. We reported last month that production on this superhero adventure won't begin until March, leading many to believe that the studio will eventually push its fall release date. Over the weekend, the BoxOffice.com Twitter feed revealed that the studio has in fact taken it out of the October 7 release date, although they haven't issued a new date at this time.
Gambit was set to go up against Warner Bros.' The Accountant, Fox Searchlight's Sundance sensation The Birth of a Nation, Universal's The Girl on the Train and Lionsgate's Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life. Channing Tatum is currently the only cast member officially attached, but we should be getting more casting updates soon as we get closer to the March production start. »
The future keeps getting brighter for "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation" star Rebecca Ferguson. She's currently filming "The Snowman" with Michael Fassbender, and later this year will appear in the already anticipated thriller "The Girl On The Train," not to mention she already has "Florence Foster Jenkins" with Meryl Streep in the can. But now the rising actress is getting her first major lead role. Read More: The 20 Best Breakthrough Performances Of 2015 Variety reports she'll star in the sci-fi feature "Life" for director Daniel Espinosa ("Snabba Cash," "Safe House"). Penned by "Deadpool" scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, the story centers on the crew of an international space station who come across life from Mars that is more intelligent than expected. Presumably it leads to some unexpected consequences. No word yet on when production will begin, but it's an intriguing premise. And »
- Kevin Jagernauth
This is one of those stories that, to those of us at the end of the movie chain, makes little difference. The films in question will both still arrive on the day they were expected to, and the only slight change will be the logos at the start.
The Girl On The Train and the live action remake of Ghost In The Shell (starring Scarlett Johansson) are both dated for October 7th 2016 and March 31st 2017 respectively. But overnight, both movies fell off the Walt Disney Pictures release schedule in the States.
Had they been dropped? No, not quite. But instead we get further evidence of the shrinking number of movies that Disney itself is distributing, which is likely to get to single figures next year.
2016 is going to be one exciting year at the movies!
We’ve wrapped up the year that was and are welcoming the new year into theatres with open arms in what is shaping up to be the biggest year for films ever. Really. Movie lovers rejoice because you are going to get spoiled for choice in 2016.
We’ve got hotly anticipated returns to some major franchises like X-Men, Star Trek, Captain America, and Kung Fu Panda, we’ll reunite with some old friends in Finding Dory, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Zoolander 2. We'll be catch up with Robert Langdon in Inferno, find out why Angry Birds are so angry, get literary in The Girl on the Train, meet a giant in The Bfg, learn How to Be Single and discover Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Oh yeah, we’ll also get our first taste of the »
- Rachel West
13 items from 2016
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