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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
Paramount Pictures, Gk Films and New Regency today announced that Brad Pitt 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 and received two Academy Award nominations. »
- Josh Abraham
Paramount Pictures has announced today that one of their next top-shelf projects has locked in Brad Pitt to star with Robert Zemeckis set to direct. A co-op production that also includes Gk Films and New Regency, the movie has been described as a “sweeping romantic thriller” based on an original screenplay by Steve Knight.
For the screenwriter, this will no doubt come as welcome news. Knight’s latest theatrical title – Seventh Son – hasn’t exactly lit up the critical barometer nor the box office. The fact that two of the industry’s biggest names, Pitt and Zemeckis, are making one of his scripts is a big deal. After all, he also penned Locke and Eastern Promises, both solid character-based pieces, so this new talented crew ought to steer his newest script back on course.
Aside from the fact that the film is described as “epic” and “sweeping,” there’s not much else to go on. »
- Gem Seddon
Graham King, who developed the project, is producing alongside Zemeckis and Steve Starkey. The project will be produced through King’s Gk Films banner with New Regency. Executive producers are Jack Rapke, Knight, Patrick McCormick and Denis O’Sullivan.
The logline for Knight’s script is being kept under wraps.
Zemeckis’ directing credits at Paramount include 1994’s “Forrest Gump” and 2012’s “Flight.” He is in post-production on “The Walk,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit as he crossed the Twin Towers on a tightrope, which is set for an October release from Sony.
King and Knight are also partnered on the action-thriller “The Red Circle,” a remake of »
- Dave McNary
Paramount Pictures, Gk Films and New Regency today announced that Brad Pitt will star, and Robert Zemeckis (Flight, Forrest Gump) will direct, an original story by Steven 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 5th Wave, 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 Hankss. In 2012, the studio and Zemeckis partnered on the critically-lauded, live-action thriller Flight, which starred Denzel Washington and received two Academy Award nominations. »
McM have this morning announced that Manchester and Glasgow will be playing host to much-loved ninja Naruto (well the actress who voices the character – not the actual character, that would be beyond the realms of even McM’s massive budgets) later this year!
Maile Flanagan, the voice of iconic anime hero Naruto Uzumaki, is to be a special guest at both July’s McM Manchester Comic Con and September’s McM Scotland Comic Con. As well as meeting fans and signing autographs, Maile will be taking part in on-stage panels at both events.
Since taking on the role of Naruto in 2005, Maile Flanagan has played the hot-blooded über ninja in more than 200 episodes of Naruto and over 275 episodes of sequel series Naruto: Shippuden, as well as appearing in numerous spin-off feature films and games. In addition to voicing one of anime’s most famous protagonists, Maile’s live action »
- Phil Wheat
Johnny Depp‘s latest movie, Mortdecai, is hitting theaters this weekend, and by all accounts it’s horrifically unenjoyable. Which you probably could have guessed. The trailer, the goggly-eyed posters and, hell, even the title with its superfluous T all pointed to self-parody without self-awareness. It shows Depp at his most rubbery, trying so damned hard to make a mustache wink that you could almost see him panting. That’s our consistent vision of the actor now, at least. A caricature who loves putting on funny hats or facial hair and acting absurd despite the silence coming from the crowd. In a way, that persona feels new, with every thinkpiece written about him tilting reverently toward a time in recent history when he wasn’t so desperate and cartoonish. When we loved him. When he was great. So I started wondering how long that’s actually been going on, which led me to question what his last »
- Scott Beggs
While we anxiously await Star Wars: The Force Awakens' arrival in theaters this December, creator of that franchise George Lucas has actually moved onto an all-new universe filled with magical beings not of this world. Touchstone and Lucasfilm introduce these strange forest dwelling inhabitants and the people who bring them to life in a special sneak preview that looks at the creatures and cast of Strange Magic.
Strange Magic is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011′s Academy Award-winning film Rango, bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down.
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