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Out of the Furnace and Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper’s upcoming Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass has gone through one hell of a troubled production. Johnny Depp joined and left the project several times before officially signing on, which was then followed by Joel Edgerton being cast, just to leave and get replaced by Tom Hardy, and then replace Hardy a few months later. Then, Guy Pearce came on, and was recently replaced by Benedict Cumberbatch.
Still with us? Okay. Well, after what had to be an unbearably frustrating filming schedule, Black Mass is finally getting an official release date: September 18th, 2015. That places the movie in a good spot, becuase it will arrive just after the numbing blockbuster season and just before the big rush of award contenders.
Based on the New York Times bestseller Black Mass: The True Story of an Untold Alliance Between the FBI »
- James Garcia
Earlier this year Warner Bros. picked up the Johnny Depp-starring Whitey Bulger biopic from Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace writer/director Scott Cooper (currently going by the working title Black Mass), with an eye on releasing the film in fall 2015. The studio has finally settled on an official release date for the project, which is in the midst of production but just last week, formally added Kevin Bacon (The Following) to its already noteworthy roster of talented character actors.
Black Mass is set to arrive in theaters on September 18th, 2015, which is the same date that Universal has staked out for its mountain expedition thriller, Everest. Cooper’s film joins such other projects as Steven Spielberg’s ...
- Sandy Schaefer
A few release dates: Warner Bros. has scheduled the Whitey Bulger biopic starring Johnny Depp (working title: Black Mass) for September 8, 2015. Led by Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, and Mark Strong, Before I Go to Sleep opens September 12, 2014. Universal will push As Above, So Below from August 15 to August 29, 2014. Universal previously had The Loft on August 29, but now plans to delay the release indefinitely. Dates via Box Office Mojo. More on each project after the jump. Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Dakota Johnson, Juno Temple, and Jesse Plemons star alongside Depp in the Whitey Bulger biopic, directed by Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace). Here's the synopsis: Black Mass tells the true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf. However, after the Feds closed in on their targets, »
- Brendan Bettinger
Warner Bros. announced today that their untitled Whitey Bulger film starring Johnny Depp, also known as Black Mass, will hit theaters on September 18, 2015. Universal’s Jake Gyllenhaal and Jason Clarke true life disaster pic Everest is the only wide-release competition currently slated for that weekend. Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace) is helming the drama about Boston gangster Bulger’s notorious relationship with FBI agent John Connolly, which also stars Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Sienna Miller, Dakota Johnson, Rory Cochran, Julianne Nicholson, and Adam Scott. Kevin Bacon joined the cast last week as the film continues […] »
With the dog days of summer finally upon us, it's good to find an excuse (any excuse) to dip out of the heat and into a coolly air-conditioned living room. And what better way to spend your time than by watching things on Netflix? Behold, a list of things that are new to Netflix in July.
There are a bunch of new Christmas movies on the streaming service, part of the company's "Christmas in July" program (things like "Bad Santa" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas"), as well as a handful of Disney classics (like "Tarzan" and "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids"). There are also, as always, newer films that you might have missed, but don't have to anymore -- everything from Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" (starring the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman) to this year's "Wolf Creek 2," a high-octane Australian thriller that seriously doesn't disappoint.
There are also »
- Drew Taylor
The new thriller tells the story of notorious Irish mob boss White Bulger and his relationship with FBI agent John Connolly, who helps him become the most powerful gangster in Boston history, and continues to let him evade the police, and prison. Bacon joins an all-star cast that on paper sends us salivating.
Johnny Depp (Transcendence) stars as Bulger alongside Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby) as Connolly, with the pair joined by Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness), Sienna Miller (Factory Girl), Adam Scott (Step Brothers), Juno Temple (Killer Joe), Dakota Johnson (50 Shades Of Grey), Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), Rory Cochrane (Oculus), Julianne Nicholson (August: Osage County) and Corey Stoll (House Of Cards).
Black Mass is due for release in »
- Scott Davis
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
Dermot Mulroney has joined the cast of Insidious: Chapter 3 for writer / director Leigh Whannell. The film is set for an April 3, 2015 release. Ben Kingsley is set to voice Bagheera in Disney's The Jungle Book for director Jon Favreau with a script by Justin Marks. He joins Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o and Scarlett Johansson in the live action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's story, set to arrive in theaters in 3D on October 9, 2015. Paul and Chris Weitz (American Pie, About a Boy) are set to remake the 2013 Cannes Jury Prize winner Like Father, Like Son for Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks. The film follows a father after learning his biological son was switched with another child after birth. Variety amz asin="1451645619" size="small"Rooney Mara (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) is set to star in A House in the Sky for Annapurna Pictures. The true-life kidnapping tale is based on the memoir of Amanda Lindhout, »
- Brad Brevet
We're not sure what's in the water right now, but in the last 48 hours or so, it seems every director around the world is lining up new gigs. Maybe they're looking for a summer project to keep them busy? We have no idea, but we'll run them down, so let's get to it: "Crazy Heart" and "Out Of The Furnace" director Scott Cooper is looking for another intense drama to tell. This time he'll helm the true story tale "about the Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighter crew that perished in a wildfire that blazed in Prescott, Az. In June, 2013, 19 members of the elite firefighting crew perished while fighting the Yarnell Hill wildfire. Only one of them survived in what became the largest loss of firefighters since 9/11 and the greatest loss of wild-land firefighters in 80-years." Ken Nolan ("Black Hawk Down") will write the script. [Deadline] Sarah Polley ("Away From Her," "Take This Waltz »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Though last year's drama Out of the Furnace didn't result in any big awards buzz, the drama from director Scott Cooper did contain some fantastic performances, and it was far from being a terrible movie. Tough the director is no longer taking on Stephen King's The Stand, he's preparing to shoot the Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass with Johnny Depp in the lead role as his next project. However, the Crazy Heart helmer has also lined up another project for his future slate, as Deadline reports he will direct a film focusing on the heroic Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighter crew who died in a wildfire blaze last summer. Read on! Last June, 19 members of the elite firefighter crew died while battling the out of control flames at Yarnell Hill, making it the largest loss of firefighter life since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and the greatest loss of wildfire firefighters in 80 years. »
- Ethan Anderton
Filmmaker Scott Cooper ("Crazy Heart," "Out of the Furnace"), who is currently shooting the Whitey Bulger biopic "Black Mass," has come onboard to direct the true story tale "Granite Mountain Hotshots".
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
It has been the runaway success of the summer that no one saw coming. Teen drama The Fault in Our Stars has crossed the $100 million mark to become one of the most profitable movies of 2014.
The movie, based off the John Green novel of the same name, cost just $12 million and is currently the number one movie in the UK box office and is even performing well in Brazil, where the World Cup is in full swing. It’s so successful in fact that its opening weekend has beaten the overall gross of Twilight, The Hunger Games and Divergent.
Read our ★★★★ here and our podcast interview with Nat Wolff here.
“Hazel and Gus are »
- Luke Owen
Last July, the 19 members of the Prescott Fire Department’s elite firefighter squad, called the Granite Mountain Hotshots, lost their lives battling an Arizona wildfire that ended up consuming over 8,000 acres. Only one crew member of the Hotshots survived, and the tragedy became the largest loss of firefighters since 9/11 and the greatest loss of wild-land firefighters in 80 years.
According to Deadline, Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace writer and director Scott Cooper will helm a film about their tragic story. Black Hawk Down scribe Ken Nolan is on scripting duties and Lorenzo di Bonaventura is attached as producer.
The filmmakers are trying to stick as close the real life events as possible, and are already consulting with the family members and loved ones of the firefighters. In a statement about the film, Cooper said:
“The heroic and tragic story of the men who gave their lives to protect the community of Yarnell is heartbreaking, »
- James Garcia
Last July, 19 firefighters who were part of the Prescott Fire Department’s Granite Mountain Hotshots lost their lives battling an Arizona wildfire that consumed over 8,000 acres. Now, Deadline is reporting that Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace writer and director Scott Cooper will helm an adaptation of their tragic story.
The script is being written by Black Hawk Down scribe Ken Nolan, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura on board as producer. Cooper wishes to air as closely to the true story as possible, and is already consulting with the family members and loved ones of those who lost their lives battling the blaze.
Here’s what di Bonaventura told Deadline about the project:
The heroic and tragic story of the men who gave their lives to protect the community of Yarnell is heartbreaking, compelling and inspiring. I look forward to telling their story with the respect, sensitivity and authenticity that these true American heroes deserve. »
- James Garcia
Out of the Furnace director Scott Cooper is set to helm an upcoming fact-based film focusing on the Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighter crew in Prescott, Arizona. The brave group of elite firefighters suffered a loss of 19 men in the Yarnell Hill wildfire last June. The incident became the largest loss since 9/11 and the greatest loss of wild-land firefighters in over 80 years.
Here, Scott Cooper expressed his excitement about taking part in the project.
"The heroic and tragic story of the men who gave their lives to protect the community of Yarnell is heartbreaking, compelling and inspiring. I look forward to telling their story with the respect, sensitivity and authenticity that these true American heroes deserve."
Lorenzo di Bonaventura also commented,
Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart,” “Out of the Furnace”) will direct a feature film about the members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighter crew who perished in last year’s Yarnell Hill wildfire in Prescott, Az.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura (the “Transformers” franchise), Mike Menchel, and Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler of Conde Nast Entertainment are producing. Ken Nolan, screenwriter of “Black Hawk Down,” is writing the script and Erik Howsam will exec produce for di Bonaventura Pictures.
There was only a single survivor from the 20-man crew in what was to become the largest loss of firefighters since 9/11 and the greatest loss of wildland firefighters in 80 years.
“The heroic and tragic story of the men who gave their lives to protect the community of Yarnell is heartbreaking, compelling and inspiring,” Cooper said. “I look forward to telling their story with the respect, sensitivity and authenticity that these true American heroes deserve. »
- Dave McNary
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