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With only a few short months before Alien: Paradise Lost gets production underway, Ridley Scott has added well-known screenwriter John Logan to help Scott's vision come to life. Logan's resume reads as such:
The hope for Logan is that he will improve on the groundwork that Prometheus laid. As Alien: Paradise Lost will be a direct sequel from the previous film. There is yet to be much more detail outside of Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender returning to travel the universe. However, there are rumors that this new film will begin to reveal what truly created the Aliens that Sigourney Weaver fights many years in the future.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Malliaros)
Paramount Animation has confirmed its next five films - including SpongeBob Squarepants 3...
Set up in the aftermath of the release of the wonderful Rango, Paramount Animation has been busily working away on a slate of projects for some time now. SpongeBob Squarepants: Sponge Out Of Water has already given the fledgling studio a sizeable hit earlier this year (and it remains the most joyously bonkers film of 2015). But now, we know what its next five films are going to be.
Here's what's coming up.
March 18th 2016
The Little Prince, based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s book, is first. It's directed by Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda), with the likes of Mackenzie Foy, Ricky Gervais, Benicio del Toro, James Franco, Marion Cotillard and Paul Giamatti on voicing duties.
January 13th 2017
Paramount Animation and MGM have set Johnny Depp to voice the title character in “Sherlock Gnomes.”
From Elton John’s Rocket Pictures, the film takes place after a string of garden gnome disappearances in London, when Gnomeo and Juliet look to legendary detective Sherlock Gnomes to solve the case. John Stevenson is directing the pic, which Paramount Animation and MGM will release on January 12, 2018.
This isn’t the first time Depp and Paramount Animation have worked together; they first teamed up on the Academy Award winning pic “Rango.” Depp, who is repped by UTA, was last seen in Warner Bros.’ “Black Mass. »
- Justin Kroll
Four years after the $245.7M hit Rango, Johnny Depp is heading back to Paramount Animation for Sherlock Gnomes, a sequel to the Elton John-run Rocket Pictures feature toon hit Gnomeo And Juliet ($194M global B.O.). MGM is co-producing and Depp will star as the title character. Returning stars James McAvoy as Gnomeo and Emily Blunt as Juliet are joining Depp in a script penned by Ben Zazove (Rex Libris, Captain Planet). In Sherlock Gnomes, a string of garden gnome… »
I usually don’t watch horror films or TV shows, and that might surprise some people. After all, I’m known to have written some horror stories, such as DC’s Wasteland. My standard response is that I would rather give nightmares than get them. A bit flip perhaps, but largely true. I have an active imagination (from which I make my living) and the concepts and images from a horror story can stick in my head long after I’ve seen the show.
For example, I went to see The Exorcist when it first hit the movie theaters and, oh my, it played heavily on the atavistic fears of my Roman Catholic altar boy choir boy upbringing. I slept that night with the lights on despite being of college age. Actually, I was in bed but I didn’t sleep that much. Part of me was convinced that the »
- John Ostrander
From a blond-wigged, red-lipped transgender woman in “Before Night Falls” to the maniacal Mad Hatter in “Alice in Wonderland,” Johnny Depp’s on-screen looks have been as diverse as his film roles. The trend continues with his latest movie, “Black Mass,” in which his character of notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger marks yet another physical departure for the chameleonic actor (who actually voiced a chameleon in the animated pic “Rango”).
Here are the many faces of Johnny Depp:
Depp’s role as the titular character in his very first collaboration with director Tim Burton sparked his flurry of bizarre physical transformations. Hot off the heels of his hit TV series “21 Jump Street,” “Edward Scissorhands” proved that Depp was more than just a teen heartthrob. Aside from scissors for hands, the iconic character also has a scarred face as pale as snow and an unruly nest of jet »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Since George Lucas got out of the Star Wars business, he's been lending his Hollywood heft to some long-gestating passion projects that might be difficult to produce independently elsewhere. He started developing Red Tails, a war movie about the Tuskegee airmen, back in 1988 and eventually served as producer and an uncredited co-director on the 2012 movie.
Lucasfilm's latest, Strange Magic, is directed by Oscar-winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom, but it's also been around for much longer than you'd think. 15 years ago, while working on that pesky prequel trilogy, Lucas started thinking about making a film for his daughters. “Just like Star Wars was designed for 12-year-old boys,” Lucas told Wired upon the film's Us release in January, “Strange Magic was designed for 12-year-old girls.”
If that sounds a little reminiscent of when John Travolta »
It’s been some time since Johnny Depp graced our screens. He’s been a Hollywood icon for over 30 years and has starred in some of the biggest box office smashes in history as some of the most recognisable characters on our screens.
So much so that in a recent poll by Ladbrokes, he was voted the UK’s favourite current celebrity. Which is quite the accolade in a world of the Kardashians and Ryan Gosling.
Of course, that’s because he has a fantastic back catalogue of work, but what ranks up there amongst his best?
A Nightmare on Elm Street may have been Johnny Depp’s first role on the big screen, but he showed no sign of nerves with a magnificent performance as Glen Lantz, one of the main characters who experience the horrific nightmares of Freddy Krueger.
Depp was aged just 21 at the time, »
- The Hollywood News
Cannes — In 2015, it's much easier to tell which company produced an animated movie as opposed to who directed it. That’s a tad disheartening considering how much energy the studios behind these films exert trying to nudge their directors into the spotlight. For instance, you can immediately tell a Pixar film by its character design and a story that almost always has a life message it wants to tell (which you can predictably see a mile away, for better or worse). Walt Disney Animation has soared in recent years by blissfully keeping the movie musical alive or finding the heartstrings in action-packed adventures. DreamWorks Animation films skew toward broad, interactive 3D animation that overshadows their peers and a sense of humor that can often appeal more to adults than kids (at times). Laika’s gorgeous stop-motion work has the quirky, dark corner completely covered. The artists at Universal’s Illumination »
- Gregory Ellwood
It's fitting that Clint Eastwood and John Wayne both have the same birthday week. (Wayne, who died in 1979, was born May 26, 1907, while Eastwood turns 85 on May 31). After all, these two all-American actors' careers span the history of that most American of movie genres, the western.
Both iconic actors were top box office draws for decades, both seldom stretched from their familiar personas, and both played macho, conservative cowboy heroes who let their firearms do most of the talking. Each represented one of two very different strains of western, the traditional and the revisionist.
As a birthday present to Hollywood's biggest heroes of the Wild West, here are the top 57 westerns you need to see.
57. 'Meek's Cutoff' (2010)
Indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt and her frequent leading lady, Michelle Williams, are the talents behind this sparse, docudrama about an 1845 wagon train whose Oregon Trail journey goes horribly awry. It's an intense »
- Gary Susman
John Logan has done it all. The three-time Oscar nominee has written intimate dramas ("The Aviator," "Coriolanus"), musicals ("Sweeney Todd"), historical epics ("Gladiator," "The Last Samurai"), animated films ("Rango") and giant blockbusters ("Skyfall" and its upcoming sequel, "Spectre"). He even started off writing TV movies before transitioning to his first TV series just last year, with Showtime's horror hit "Penny Dreadful." It's this story he likes most of all: Literary characters abound in his monster mash with equal doses of drama and scares. Logan planned out the first three seasons before committing to the series, but he's thinking ahead even further, now that he's in it. Below, Logan talks about learning to become a better showrunner, whether he thinks there's a stigma associated with horror at award shows and why James Bond belongs on film — not TV. Read More: 7 Things »
- Ben Travers
John Logan has done it all. The three-time Oscar nominee has written intimate dramas ("The Aviator," "Coriolanus"), musicals ("Sweeney Todd"), historical epics ("Gladiator," "The Last Samurai"), animated films ("Rango") and giant blockbusters ("Skyfall" and its upcoming sequel, "Spectre"). He even started off writing TV movies before transitioning to his first TV series just last year, with Showtime's horror hit "Penny Dreadful." It's this story he likes most of all: Literary characters abound in his monster mash with equal doses of drama and scares. Logan planned out the first three seasons before committing to the series, but he's thinking ahead even further, now that he's in it. Below, Logan talks about learning to become a better showrunner, whether he thinks there's a stigma associated with horror at award shows and why James Bond belongs on film — not TV. Read More: 7 Things...
- Ben Travers
Production has begun on “The Great Wall,” Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s first English-language film. The movie is also the first for Legendary East, the ambitious Chinese offshoot of Hollywood super-producer Legendary Entertainment.
Legendary describes the story as “an elite force making a last stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure.” Locations include the China Film Group Studios at Huairou, near Beijing, and the coastal city of Qingdao.
A topnotch crew includes cinematographer Stuart Dryburgh (“The Piano,” “Once Were Warriors,” “Boardwalk Empire,”); costume designer Mayes Rubeo (“Avatar,” “Apocalypto”); production designer John Myhre (“Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Nine”); VFX supervisor Phil Brennan (“Snow White and the Huntsman,” “The Wolverine”); and film editor Craig Wood (“Pirates of the Caribbean, »
- Patrick Frater
The pair will both star in Gore Verbinski's new horror film, The Hollywood Reporter reveals.
The film tells the story of a company employee (DeHaan), who is tasked with rescuing his boss from a sinister "wellness spa".
Goth will play a patient, who is unaware of the spa's malevolent practices.
Another American Horror Story alumnus has checked into the upcoming season of FX's enduring horror anthology series, a Suspiria-inspired TV series is in the works, and Dane DeHaan and Mia Goth will play the lead roles in A Cure for Wellness, Gore Verbinsk's return to horror.
American Horror Story: Hotel: Showrunner Ryan Murphy revealed via Twitter today that Kathy Bates will be "running the Hotel" in FX's American Horror Story: Hotel, the fifth chapter of the horror anthology series. Bates is no stranger to Murphy's show, having played Marie Delphine Lalaurie in American Horror Story: Coven and Ethel Darling in American Horror Story: Freak Show.
Bates joins a cast that includes Lady Gaga, Matt Bomer, Cheyenne Jackson, Wes Bentley, and Chloë Sevigny. American Horror Story: Hotel is expected to debut this fall, and it will be the first season without the phenomenal Jessica Lange in the cast. »
- Derek Anderson
Following the first three films in "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise along with "Rango" and "The Lone Ranger," filmmaker Gore Verbinski is returning to the horror genre which he previously dabbled in to great results with 2002's "The Ring".
Verbinski has reportedly cast Dane DeHaan and Mia Goth as the two leads in his upcoming supernatural horror tale "A Cure for Wellness" at New Regency. "Revolutionary Road" scribe Justin Haythe is writing the script.
DeHaan plays an employee who is sent to rescue his boss from a European 'wellness spa' but soon realizes he's trapped. He discovers that the facility has a more sinister purpose than just serving the health needs of its patients.
Goth would play a longtime patient who is oblivious to the spa director's dark designs for her. Filming on the project is slated to start in Europe in June.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
While filmmaker Gore Verbinski is probably best known for helming the initial Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy (those sequels are masterpieces compared to On Stranger Tides), he began as a sort of journeyman director with Mousehunt and The Mexican before hitting it big with The Ring. The 2002 film was a box office smash and scared the hell out of yours truly, and now the filmmaker is poised to return to the horror genre for the first time in over a decade. [caption id="attachment_299097" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Sony Pictures[/caption] We’ve known about A Cure for Wellness as a Verbinski project since last fall, but it is now firmed up as the filmmaker’s next movie as THR reports that Dane DeHaan and Mia Goth (Nymphomaniac) are set to star. Scripted by Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road), the New Regency film tells the story of an employee (DeHaan) who is sent to rescue his »
- Adam Chitwood
Gore Verbinski may be best known for big, bombastic blockbusters, but every once in a while he surprises us with something smaller. Rango is a great example. His hit remake The Ring is another. And though the director hasn’t stepped behind the camera since the disaster of The Lone Ranger, the idea for his next movie comprises a bit of both impulses. It’s […]
The post Gore Verbinski to Direct a Driverless Car Race Movie For Sony appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
Brad Pitt’s next film has been announced by Paramount Pictures. Pitt will star in what is being billed a “sweeping romantic thriller.” Robert Zemeckis is also attached to direct, with the film’s original story by Steve Knight (“The Hundred-Foot Journey,” “Dirty Pretty Things”). The film was developed by Graham King (“Rango,” (“The Departed”) and King will also act as producer along with Steve Starkey (“Flight,” Real Steel”) and Zemeckis. The film is being produced through King’s Gk Films. Knight, Jack Rapke (“Flight,” “Real Steel”), Patrick McCormick (“Black Mass”) and Denis O’Sullivan (“The 5th Wave,” “The Young Victoria,” will act as the film’s executive producers. Zemeckis is a star in his [ Read More ]
Paramount Pictures, Gk Films and New Regency today announced that Brad Pitt (World War Z) will star, and Robert Zemeckis (“Flight,” “Forrest Gump”) will direct, an original story by Steve Knight (“The Hundred-foot Journey,” “Dirty Pretty Things”) to be produced by Graham King (“Rango,” “The Departed”), who developed the project, alongside Zemeckis and Steve Starkey (“Flight,” “Real Steel”).
The epic story will be produced through King’s Gk Films banner with Jack Rapke (“Flight,” “Real Steel”), Knight, Patrick McCormick (“Black Mass”) and Denis O’Sullivan (“The 5thWAVE,” The Young Victoria”) serving as executive producers.
Zemeckis’ credits at Paramount Pictures include the 1994 blockbuster “Forrest Gump,” for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director. The groundbreaking film grossed $677 million worldwide and won six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor for star Tom Hanks.
In 2012, the studio and Zemeckis partnered on the critically-lauded, live-action thriller “Flight,” which starred Denzel Washington »
- Melissa Thompson
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