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Exclusive: Relativity Media has set The Hunger Games‘ Liam Hemsworth to star in Aurora Rising. Scripted by A Man Apart‘s Christian Gudegast, the film is produced by Emjag Productions’ Alexandra Milchan and Film 360’s Scott Lambert and Guymon Casady along with Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh. Antonio Moura Santos Jr. will executive produce. Hemsworth will play a Southern California surfer turned military fighter pilot who, after acing a complicated and messy first combat mission, gets recruited to be part of an elite team to test the next generation of aircraft. This happens just as an international conflict begins to escalate. Roar, Wme and Morris And Yorn rep Hemsworth. Gudegast is repped by Wme and Management 360. This is his second project with Relativity where he will also script and direct the bank heist drama Den Of Thieves. Relativity’s Jason Barhydt will oversee the project for the studio. On »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Between "Crazy Heart" and his forthcoming "Out Of The Furnace," director Scott Cooper has attached himself to a lot of stuff. "Lie Down In Darkness," "The Emperor's Children" (previously a Noah Baumbach project,) a remake of "Carancho" and the Depression-era drama "The Road Home." It's quite a to-do list, and now he's gone and added another to the pile. Deadline reports that Cooper has signed up rewrite and direct "36th Precinct," a remake of the Olivier Marchand's 2004 effort "36 Quai des Orfèvres." As busy as he is, it may not be a bad idea at all; the original movie was a solid, if not particularly memorable procedural starring Daniel Auteuil and Gerard Depardieu. It concerned two cops who compete to bring down a criminal gang in order to secure promotion. The new version will center on the NYPD's anti-terrorism unit, aiming for a more ripped-from-the-headlines feel we suppose. "I don't »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Scott Cooper's slate of upcoming projects is about as impressive and varied as fellow Cooper Bradley's as of late. Three years removed from his debut film, "Crazy Heart" (which earned Jeff Bridges an Oscar for Best Actor), the writer/director is set to traverse the nation, from the streets of New York to Depression Era Central California, the Tidewater of Virginia to the blast furnaces of Pittsburgh. On the latter, Cooper is finishing up "Out of the Furnace" right now. He overhauled Brad Inglesby's Black List script "The Low Dweller" for producers Leonardo DiCaprio and Ridley Scott, loaded it with an impressive »
- Kristopher Tapley
Exclusive: Crazy Heart writer-director Scott Cooper has been tapped to rewrite and helm 36th Precinct, the 2004 French movie directed by Olivier Marchal. Thunder Road optioned remake rights from French producer Gaumont, which made the original thriller. That pic starred Gerard Depardieu and Daniel Auteuil and centered on rival Paris cops who ruthlessly seek a coveted promotion and blur the lines between the police and the criminals they’re supposed to catch in the process. I’m hearing the updated version will be set in the NYPD’s anti-terrorism unit. Thunder Road boss Basil Iwanyk will produce the new pic along with Cooper, with Marchal and Thunder Road’s Peter Lawson exec producing. Marchal also helmed Gang Story, the 2011 French pic that Thunder Road also is developing, with Safe House helmer Daniel Espinosa attached to direct, Liam Neeson attached to star, and David Scarpa writing the script. Related: Thunder Road Makes »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Relativity Media has done some shuffling on their schedule. The studio has set October 4th for Out of the Furnace, the new film from Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart). The film centers on Russell Baze (Christian Bale), who is released after serving four years in prison only to find that his younger brother, Rodney Baze Jr. (Casey Affleck), has been brutally murdered. He sets out to avenge the death and track down the killer. The film also stars Sam Shepard, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker, and Woody Harrelson. Looking at the film's pedigree, I would not be surprised to see the movie show up at Tiff. Out of the Furnace will share October 4th with the Vince Vaughn comedy The Delivery Man, Alfonso Cuaron's sci-fi film Gravity, and Robert Rodriguez' Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Paranoia previously held the October 4th date for Relativity, but it will now »
- Matt Goldberg
Relativity Media has announced two new release dates. Paranoia, originally slotted for a fall debut on October 4th has been moved to a late summer start on August 16th. Out of the Furnace takes the now vacated October 4th spot.
Paranoia pits iconic actors Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford against newcomer Liam Hemsworth and Amber Heard. The story revolves around an entry-level employee at a powerful corporation who is promised a promotion for spying on his boss' former mentor. This thriller will go up against Kick-Ass 2 and The to Do List at the box office.
Out of the Furnace stars Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Viggo Mortensen, Casey Affleck, Forest Whitaker, Sam Shepard and Robert Duvall and follows the plight of a recently released prisoner trying to acclimate himself back into society. He soon discovers that he is being followed by someone with a score to settle. The thriller will »
Sam Shepard has joined the cast of Discovery Channel’s miniseries Klondike, which marks the channel’s first scripted project. Shepard replaces Chris Cooper, who pulled out last week to attend to a personal matter. Based on Charlotte Gray’s novel Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich In The Klondike, the mini tells the story of six strangers and their collective fight for survival and wealth in a small frontier town in the remote Klondike. Shepard will play Father Judge, who has come to Klondike to atone for his violent past on a mission to save souls. Scott Free Prods, Discovery Entertainment One and Nomadic Pictures produce the mini, which is in production in Alberta, Canada. ICM Partners-repped Shepard will next be seen in the movies Mud, August: Osage County and Out Of The Furnace. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
A couple casting updates with some leading man that we're fond of around these parts, so let's roll up our sleeves and get right into... "The Killing" star and future "RoboCop" Joel Kinnaman has joined the latest Liam-Neeson-punching-people movie, "All Nighter." Formerly titled "Run All Night" (both generic names if you ask us), the Brad Ingelsby (the upcoming "Out Of The Furnace" with Christian Bale and Casey Affleck), penned thriller will find Neeson will playing a mob hitman who has to take on his boss, protect his family and go on the run from the authorities with his estranged son, all in a single night. Kinnaman will play his offspring, a chauffeur who witnesses a murder and needs Taken Neeson to protect him or something. Jaume Collet-Serra, the helmer behind "Unknown" and Neeson's forthcoming punching-people-on-an-airplane movie "Non-Stop," will direct, continuing their De Niro/Scorsese relationship. Filming will get underway this. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Obviously predicting the Oscars this early in the year is virtually impossible, but you have to start somewhere and one of my goals in redesigning the site last year was to make it possible to create an admin where I could predict the Oscars virtually year round rather than waiting. Certainly, it makes for longer lists and a little more work, but considering this is all about the fun of predicting I felt it was worth it. So, today we take our first look at the Best Picture category at the 2014 Oscars where I have 40 films currently competing for up to ten slots in the Best Picture race. As the year goes on, we all know these 40 films will likely whittle down to about 15-20 if not fewer, but for now it's early enough where we can count on a lot more than that and also count on a few »
- Brad Brevet
Name change klaxon! No, we’re not announcing that the magazine and this site will now be known as Super Happy Fun Movie Times. The klaxon is blaring because Liam Neeson’s next thriller, Run All Night, is now called All Nighter. It also has a new cast member aboard, as Joel Kinnaman is signed on to co-star.All Nighter, which was originally written by Out Of The Furnace’s Brad Ingelsby, is just the latest collaboration between director Jaume Collet-Serra and Neeson, who worked together on Unknown and most recently reunited for air marshal thriller Non-Stop.The new movie will see Neeson stepping to the other side of the law, playing an aging hit man who has to take on his brutal criminal boss in order to protect his family. Specifically, he has to save his estranged son (Kinnaman), who witnesses a murder while working as a chauffeur and must be eliminated. »
Here is my complete 2014 Oscar Preview in one complete list, with all 40 Oscar Contenders and my thoughts on each over the course of a massive 13-page spread and over 8,500 words. Trust me, I don't blame you if you take your time, but I think it may serve as a helpful list to look back at throughout the year. And, if you missed Parts 1-4 in which I featured each of these films, ten per installment, and just because it's fun to see them all in one place, here's a list of all 40 films included in this preview: The Great Gatsby, 12 Years a Slave, A Most Wanted Man, The Place Beyond the Pines, August: Osage County, Before Midnight, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Diana, Elysium, The Fifth Estate, Foxcatcher, Frozen, Fruitvale, Grace of Monaco, Gravity, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Inside Llewyn Davis, Labor Day, Lowlife, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, »
- Brad Brevet
India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) was not prepared to lose her father and best friend Richard (Dermot Mulroney) in a tragic auto accident. The solitude of her woodsy family estate, the peace of her tranquil town, and the unspoken somberness of her home life are suddenly upended by not only this mysterious accident, but by the sudden arrival of her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), whom she never knew existed. When Charlie moves in with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evie (Nicole Kidman), India thinks the void left by her father’s death is finally being filled by his closet bloodline. Soon after his arrival, India comes to suspect that this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives. Yet instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless young woman becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
- Movie Geeks
Hopefully each of these preview pieces are not only introducing you to the year's most likely 2014 Oscar contenders, but perhaps introducing a few films you may have not already known about or had on your radar, giving you a little something more to look forward to. Today I offer up ten more films and we are talking movies from the likes of George Clooney, Alexander Payne, Scott Cooper and Spike Lee to name a few. Today's installment includes James Gray's Lowlife starring Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Renner and Joaquin Phoenix, then Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom featuring Idris Elba in the title role, George Clooney's The Monuments Men which just began filming in Berlin, Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man, Mud from Take Shelter director Jeff Nichols and starring Matthew McConaughey, Alexander Payne's Nebraska, Spike Lee's remake of Oldboy, Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper's follow-up »
- Brad Brevet
Fairy tales, myths and legends are still kings of the development castle for Hollywood. Even if the story has been told a hundred different ways, some tales keep popping back up. Take Robin Hood: there are at least two other movies bubbling away, but DreamWorks thinks it’s on to another and has Scott Waugh attached to direct Merry Men.Brad Ingelsby, who hit the radar with his script Out Of The Furnace, is on board to write the screenplay for the film, which Deadline has heard is a big-budget re-working of the Hood legend. But instead of focusing on Robin, this is apparently an ensemble effort that will give an Ocean’s Eleven-style reboot to Little John, Friar Tuck, Maid Marian and the rest.Waugh is already working on one film for the company, preparing to shoot game adaptation Need For Speed with Aaron Paul starring. Ingelsby, meanwhile, is »
Dreamworks is getting into the "re-imagining" game with Merry Men, an update of the immortal Robin Hood tale that will be directed by Act Of Valor helmer Scott Waugh and written by Brad Ingelsby (Out Of The Furnace). Fast And Furious producer Neal Moritz will oversee the film; his name and Waugh's should give you an idea which direction Dreamworks is going with this new take. Don't worry; this isn't another ponderous telling of the Robin Hood adventure reminiscent of Ridley »
- Eric Walkuski
As far as we can tell, it’s not even been published yet but Warner Bros has already snapped up the movie rights for The Road Home by Michael Armour and they’re setting it up for Leonardo DiCaprio, who’s supposed to be on a long break isn’t he? Regardless, Scott Cooper of Crazy Heart fame has also signed up to write the screenplay, direct and produce with Leo and Jennifer Davisson Killoran’s Appian Way production company.
The Road Home is set in the Great Depression and focuses on a man named Creek on the Central California coast, who finds himself tangled up in a scandal when he is asked to investigate the brutal murder of a local man.
Obviously, at this stage, all this is such a long way off that DiCaprio could still have that time off he’s been promising himself but either way, »
- Dan Bullock
Straight-a college student Jeff Chang has always done what’s expected of him. But when his two best friends Casey and Miller surprise him with a visit for his 21st birthday, he decides to do the unexpected for a change, even though his critical medical school interview is early the next morning. What was supposed to be one beer becomes one night of chaos, over indulgence and utter debauchery in this outrageous comedy.
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- Movie Geeks
The story follows Creek, a war-scarred rancher on the Central California coast who finds himself entangled in scandal when he is asked to investigate the brutal murder of a local man, a case that local police have swept under the rug.
"Crazy" Heart helmer Scott Cooper has signed on the write the script, direct and also produce.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Leonardo DiCaprio recently said that he was planning to take a "long, long break" from acting to pursue environmental activism, but a break isn't retirement, and studios are going to keep trying to get him in their movies. According to Deadline, Warner Bros. recently acquired Michael Armour's upcoming novel The Road Home as a potential starring vehicle for DiCaprio. Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) has come on board to write, direct, and produce with DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran's Appian Way production company. The company and Cooper recently teamed up for the writer-director's upcoming revenge thriller, Out of the Furnace. When the spec script was first acquired, DiCaprio intended to lead the flick with Ridley Scott attached to direct. The screenplay was later rewritten by Cooper, and now Christian Bale will star alongside Woody Harrelson and Zoe Saldana. Hit the jump for a synopsis of Armour's The Road Home. DiCaprio »
- Matt Goldberg
We’re back in still-to-be-published-book-bought-by-film-studio-for-a-star territory (which has one of the longest road signs in history, trivia fans!) Warner Bros. has snapped up the rights to Michael Armour’s upcoming book The Road Home, and is developing it as a starring vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio. Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper is aboard to adapt the book and direct any eventual film. Armour’s depression-era tale concerns Creek, a war veteran rancher who is asked to investigate the bloody murder of a local man.The police have quietly swept the case under the nearest rug, and when Creek sticks his nose in, he discovers more than dust and some errant coins – there’s a scandal brewing around the crime.DiCaprio will produce via his Appian Way company and has yet to decide if he’ll end up in the lead. Warners and the actor have been down this road before, most »
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