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After delivering excellent scores for both Bennett Miller's "Moneyball" and Ang Lee's "Life Of Pi" (he won an Oscar for the latter), we're going to be paying attention to whatever Mychael Danna does next, and we won't have to wait long. Next week, he's the man behind the music in Wally Pfister's "Transcendence," and a preview of his work is here. Moviefone has dropped four tracks from the soundtrack, ranging from the percussive "Transcend," to the delicately electronic "Building Will" along with "Get Off The Grid" and "The Only One He Trusts." It's a nice sonic set-up for the film. Meanwhile, another viral video has dropped, highlighting the two opposing forces of the film: R.I.F.T., an anti-ai group who don't want the singularity to happen, and Dr. Will Caster, played by Johnny Depp, who promises profound changes to humankind if he's allowed to harness the collective power of every computer. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A sign of a good sports film is if the audience enthusiastically cheers during a film like a crowd at a live sporting event. That’s exactly what happened when I went to see Ivan Reitman’s Draft Day. The theater was into every second as the film counted down the minutes to the big event. For football fans, the NFL draft signals the start of the new season as predictions and expectations are quickly assigned to each team after the new recruits are signed on. Depending on your love of the game, you may be able to look past some of the more predictable elements of the script and view Draft Day as an acceptable entry into the sports film genre.
Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner) is on a mission to get the best pick for his club the Cleveland Browns. If only it was so simple. In the »
- Michael Haffner
Animated sequel Rio 2 could cruise to around $40 million this weekend, which would put it in a close race for first place against Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Meanwhile, Draft Day and Oculus are targeting more modest debuts.Captain America: The Winter Soldier set an April record last weekend with $95 million. Most comic book movies fall hard in their second weekends: similar movies Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World fell 58 percent and 57 percent, respectively. Captain America has better reviews and stronger word-of-mouth, though it would still be surprising if it dropped less than 50 percent. Playing at 3,948 locations, Rio 2 could give the Captain a run for its money. The first Rio opened to $39.2 million around the same time in 2011, and ultimately closed with a solid $143.6 million. While it was well-liked enough, its reputation doesn't seem to suggest a huge bump for the sequel.Rio 2 shifts the action »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Michael Lewis isn’t a Hollywood guy per se, but he has been behind a couple of big recent hits. Best Picture nominees The Blind Side and Moneyball were both based on books of his, and movies based on his tomes Liar’s Poker and The Big Short are both in the works. Now Sony and producer […]
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- Angie Han
If the champagne-spewing, cocaine-snorting excesses of "The Wolf of Wall Street" left a bad taste in your mouth, don't worry: the next Big Banking drama to come out of Hollywood is going to be a nice, populist palate-cleanser. Per a report from Deadline, the non-fiction bestseller "Flash Boys" will be adapted for film. The project marks a second collaboration between author Michael Lewis and producer Scott Rudin; the pair worked together previously to bring "Moneyball," ...
By Kat Rosenfield »
“Flash Boys,” published March 31 by W.W. Norton, focuses on high-frequency trading in the financial markets and possible market manipulation.
Lewis alleges in the book that the stock market is “rigged” by high frequency traders being able to “front run” orders ahead of other traders. “Flash Guys” also focuses on the creation of Iex, the Investor’s Exchange, aimed at eliminating the advantage of high-frequency trading.
Bloomberg News reported on April 1, the day after publication of “Flash Guys,” that the Federal Bureau of Investgation was investigating whether high-frequency trading firms break U.S. laws by acting on nonpublic information to gain an edge over competitors.
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Sony Pictures and producer Scott Rudin are near a deal to acquire Flash Boys, the hottest-selling book in the country. Michael Lewis’ nonfiction work is about a group of Wall Street guys who grew frustrated by a loophole that gave traders the opportunity to game the stock market. They banded together to reform the financial markets by creating an exchange that rendered impotent the act of high-frequency trading, a growing form of trading that gave insiders an advantage. A story that is the antithesis of the practices that created the 2008 financial crisis, the book traces how the Flash Boys walked away from huge-money jobs to use their expertise to investigate big banks, stock exchanges and high-frequency trading firms. They peeled back the layers to bare why many feel that Wall Street is such a rigged game. The Flash Boys are the kind of guys who would have hated Jordan Belfort, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Sony Pictures is nearing a deal for the rights to Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, the newest book from Moneyball writer Michael Lewis. Scott Rudin will produce with Eli Bush. The book, which hit stores on March 31, is a financial thriller about a group of Wall Street traders who band together to reform the market and fight the long-secret phenomenon known as high-frequency trading (Hft). Photos: 11 Biggest Book-to-Big Screen Adaptations of the Last 25 Years Lewis, a non-fiction writer with more than a dozen books under his belt, has had two of
- Rebecca Ford
Wally Pfister has done excellent work as a cinematographer on films like The Dark Knight, Inception, and Moneyball, but he’s making the move to the director’s chair with the ambitious sci-fi thriller Transcendence. The film revolves around a group of scientists trying to build the first self-aware supercomputer, and when lead researcher Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) becomes the target of anti-technology extremists, he unexpectedly becomes a participant in his own transcendence. In anticipation of the pic’s release, we’re happy to give away a few Transcendence-related items to some lucky readers, including a solar charger, T-shirts, passes to see the film, and more. Hit the jump to find out how you can win and to get a look at the materials. Transcendence opens in theaters on April 18th, following special 8pm screenings on April 17th. In order to enter the contest, email firstname.lastname@example.org »
- Adam Chitwood
With Wally Pfister’s upcoming directorial debut Transcendence opening April 18th, Warner Bros. has provided us with seven clips and thirteen minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the movie. The film revolves around a group of scientists trying to build the first self-aware supercomputer, and when lead researcher Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) becomes the target of anti-technology extremists, he unexpectedly becomes a participant in his own transcendence. Pfister has done excellent work as a cinematographer in recent years with films like The Dark Knight, Inception, and Moneyball, but the big question is can he make the leap to the director's chair. So far the marketing materials have promised Transcendence is a smart, sci-fi-tinged thriller, and I'm very curious what audiences are going to think. Hit the jump to watch the clips and behind-the-scenes footage. The film also stars Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Cole Hauser, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
With the extraordinary success of the award-winning 12 Years A Slave, all eyes have been on Brad Pitt’s Plan B Productions, waiting to see what project they would throw their weight behind next. After tackling militant extremism (A Mighty Heart), existential philosophies (The Tree Of Life), statistics (Moneyball) and AIDS ( the upcoming The Normal Heart), there has never been any way to predict which subject matter would grab Pitt’s eye next. The company seems to have answered that question for us, however, as Defamer are reporting that Plan B have apparently secured the rights to the Rolling Stone article, Anonymous Vs Steubenville, by David Kushner.
To be fair, if it wasn’t based on now infamous real-life horror, this excellent article would read like a particularly gripping movie pitch. The fact that it is based on actual events makes the story all the more astonishing. Following the tale of »
- Sarah Myles
Brad Pitt has never been afraid of tackling tough subject matter, particularly when it comes to his own Plan B production shingle. They were team behind this year's Oscar winning Best Picture "12 Years A Slave," and they have put their weight behind the films of Terrence Malick, a movie about statistics ("Moneyball") and HBO's upcoming AIDS drama "The Normal Heart." Now, Pitt's company is looking to tell the story of Steubenville rape case. Plan B has reportedly acquired the rights to "Anonymous vs. Steubenville," David Kushner's article for Rolling Stone that appeared in last November's issue. In case you missed the media coverage, hacker collective Anonymous exposed the attempted cover up in Steubenville, Ohio of the rape of 16 year-old girl by two high school football players, who left evidence of their crimes all over social media. It was thanks to Anonymous, who brought the allegations to light, that criminal »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher was previously set for a 2013 release, but it was delayed to give Miller more time to work on the movie. I'm sure it didn't hurt that the film was able to escape 2013's highly-competitive awards season. The question then became when we would see it in 2014. The film tells the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), and their relationship with eccentric millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell). A trailer was briefly online last fall, and made the film look excellent, especially Carell's performance. According to Hitfix, the audience lucky enough to get a first look at the feature will be those who attend this year's Cannes Film Festival. It's a bit of a surprise/personal disappointment since Miller's previous two films, Capote and Moneyball (which were both nominated for Best Picture), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. »
- Matt Goldberg
Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher," which at one point was set to premiere at last year's AFI Fest and be part of the Oscar season, will actually have its world premiere at the upcoming Cannes, reports Guy Lodge over at In Contention. The film, starring Channing Tatum and Steve Carell (in a rather unsettling disguise), follows Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz (Tatum), and the murder of his brother (Mark Ruffalo) by paranoid schizophrenic gym owner Jim Du Pont (Carell). "Foxcatcher" isn't the only title that was suspected to land in last year's Oscar season, but has now shifted its focus to Cannes (and, in turn, the Oscar season later this year): the Weinsteins' "Grace of Monaco" is opening the fest, with Nicole Kidman toplining. Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller and Anthony Michael Hall round out the supporting cast for "Foxcatcher." Miller has previously directed "Moneyball" and "Capote," both of which nabbed Oscar »
- Beth Hanna
The Cannes Film Festival is turning into quite the refuge for postponed Oscar bait. After "The Great Gatsby" skipped the 2012 awards season to open last year's fest instead (and wound up with a pair of Oscars to boot), the Weinsteins' seemingly troubled "Grace of Monaco" is following the same path. Now, on a more prestigious note, we have independently verified that Bennett Miller's much-anticipated drama "Foxcatcher" will indeed have its world premiere on the Croisette in May. "Foxcatcher," a stranger-than-fiction true-crime drama based on the autobiography of Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz, was originally lined up to be a formidable contender in the 2013/14 Oscar derby, securing the Opening Night slot at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles -- until Sony Pictures Classics rather abruptly pulled it from the slate. It was a slightly surprising move, given that the studio didn't have a bigger pony in the race: "Blue Jasmine" became their number-one campaign priority instead, »
- Guy Lodge
It's only Spring, but here's an ignorant stab at the 2015 Oscars anyway, well before there's any substantial evidence in its regard (save recent Sundance and Berlin premieres "Boyhood," "Whiplash" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel," the latter of which -- given its glowing reviews and very promising box office so far -- could very well make for Wes Anderson's first best picture nomination). There's certainly plenty out there to choose from, including many folks who have had dates with Oscar in the recent past. Bennett Miller -- whose previous two films "Capote" and "Moneyball" were both nominated for best picture -- has "Foxcatcher," a film that was all over the version of this article last year before being moved to 2014 (it had even dropped a very promising trailer before the switch). Two-time best director nominee David Fincher ("The Social Network" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") has his adaptation »
- Peter Knegt
Los Angeles, CA (March 27, 2014) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) is pleased to announce the initial slate of speakers confirmed to participate in the 6th annual Produced By Conference (Pbc). Director and producer David Fincher (Gone Girl, Fight Club, SE7EN, The Social Network, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button) & producer Ceán Chaffin (Gone Girl, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), producer Norman Lear (“The Jeffersons, “All In The Family”), actor and producer Seth Rogen (Neighbors, Pineapple Express, Knocked Up), and producer Joe Roth (Maleficent, Alice In Wonderland, Snow White And The Huntsman) will participate as featured speakers at the 2014 Produced By Conference, hosted by Warner Bros. Studios on June 7-8. Additional speakers include some of the entertainment and digital industries’ most renowned producers and visionaries. Confirmed speakers are noted below in alphabetical order. Additional speakers will be announced prior to the conference. – Chris Albrecht, CEO, Starz – Natalie Bruss, VP, Digital Strategy, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Indiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the 87th Academy Award nominations through January 2015, when the nominations are announced. It's only Spring, but ignorant stab at the following year well before there's any substantial evidence in its regard (save recent Sundance and Berlin premieres "Boyhood," "Whiplash" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel," the latter of which -- given its glowing reviews and very promising box office so far -- could very well make for Wes Anderson's first best picture nomination). There's certainly plenty out there to choose from, including many folks who have had dates with Oscar in the recent past. Bennett Miller -- whose previous two films "Capote" and "Moneyball" were both nominated for best picture -- has "Foxcatcher," a film that was all over the version of this article last year before being moved to 2014 (it had even dropped a very promising trailer before the switch). Two-time best director nominee. »
- Peter Knegt
Warner Bros. has released a batch of high-resolution images from Wally Pfister’s upcoming directorial debut Transcendence. The film revolves around a group of scientists trying to build the first self-aware supercomputer, and when lead researcher Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) becomes the target of anti-technology extremists, he unexpectedly becomes a participant in his own transcendence. Pfister has done excellent work as a cinematographer in recent years with films like The Dark Knight, Inception, and Moneyball, but I’m eager to see how he fares in the director’s chair. The marketing materials have promised that Transcendence is a smart, sci-fi-tinged thriller, and so far this looks to be a strong debut feature from Pfister. Hit the jump to check out the new high-resolution images. The film also stars Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Cole Hauser, and Clifton Collins Jr. Transcendence opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on April 18th. »
- Adam Chitwood
Edgar Wright continues to fill out the cast of his entry into the Marvel movie universe, Ant-Man, this time reportedly entering talks with Corey Stoll in an undisclosed role. The film is set to go into production this spring for a July 31, 2015 release. Dimension Films and Blumhouse Productions are looking to once again reboot The Amityville Horror as I guess the nine years that separates us from the 2005 remake starring Ryan Reynolds is a long enough wait. Bella Thorne (Disney Channel's "Shake It Up!", Blended) will star as one of Jennifer Jason Leigh's three children for director Franck Khalfoun (Maniac). A January 2, 2015 release date is currently on the scehdule. Bd / The Wrap Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey) has joined the cast of Scott Cooper's Whitey Bulger pic, Black Mass, and will play Bulger's girlfriend. Bulger will be portrayed by Johnny Depp. Joel Edgerton and Guy Pearce co-star. »
- Brad Brevet
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