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It.s around this time of year nearly every year that critics begin to try and uncover the real history behind Oscar contender films that are based on true stories. In recent years filmgoers have noted inaccuracies in titles like David Fincher.s The Social Network, Tom Hooper.s The King.s Speech, and even Bennett Miller.s Moneyball, and each time it brings back the debate of what the truth really means in adaptations and reenactments. Is it more important to nail the cold hard facts, or is it more about creating a story and discovering an emotional reality that may look at everything from a new angle? As the director of many "based on a true story" films, including the new movie Saving Mr. Banks, John Lee Hancock is very familiar with this conversation. As part of a press day for the film late last month in Los »
Much has been made of the vocal performance that Scarlett Johansson delivers as the title character in Spike Jonze’s latest film, “Her,” about a computer operating system named Samantha who falls for her human owner Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix).
There’s another perfectly cast voice in the movie too — a foul-mouthed alien child who appears inside a videogame played by Theodore. The actor? Jonze himself. “It might be his best role yet,” jokes the helmer’s longtime editor, Eric Zumbrunnen. Asked why the filmmakers didn’t enlist a real child for the part, Zumbrunnen instantly responds, “We did!”
“Childlike” is a word used often by those who know Jonze best, including a tight-knit group of collaborators the filmmaker ferries from set to set, some of whom he’s worked with for nearly 20 years. “He’s a handful,” says Johnny Knoxville, who collaborated with Jonze as an actor on MTV’s “Jackass” series and movies, »
- Jenelle Riley
This year’s Oscar race has had bloggers buzzing about the most cutthroat best actor category in years — with at least seven “locks” for five slots — but there’s an even bigger logjam in the supporting actor contest. When the nominees are announced in January, the Academy won’t be able to avoid snubbing some of the best performances of the year.
The one sure bet for a nomination is Jared Leto, electrifying as a cross dresser with AIDS in “Dallas Buyers Club.” Leto picked up both the New York Film Critics and L.A. Film Critics prizes, and he could very well win the Oscar, which would thrill fans of “My-So Called Life” and his band 30 Seconds to Mars. That’s one way to keep the Oscars young, even if many Academy voters have never heard of Jordan Catalano.
As a corrupt stockbroker in “The Wolf of Wall Street, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Analysis: The appointment of Michael De Luca to share production president duties with Hannah Minghella at Sony Pictures has taken the town by surprise. Insiders on the lot see an improved structure that could position the studio to up the level of quality as it follow through on its mandate to take big swings for global hits. The way the new structure will work is, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group chairman Amy Pascal and Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad will focus on the studio as a whole, including administrative endeavors, and Minghella and De Luca will concentrate on building the film slates. Related: Sony Taps Michael De Luca As Columbia Production President Many in town have expressed surprise that De Luca would make such a move at this moment, and not just because he’s most identified with smart and edgy filmmaker-driven films and not the tentpoles that increasingly account for studio slates. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Michael De Luca is a gifted Hollywood producer who has been charged with delivering some of Sony's recent best movies, from Best Picture nominees "Moneyball" and "The Social Network" to this year's contender "Captain Phillips." (Our interview with him here.) He often works with other top producers, including Dana Brunetti and Scott Rudin. But clearly Sony's motion picture chief Amy Pascal trusts him. Under pressure on many fronts to up Sony's game after a troubled year, Pascal already brought in ex-Fox chief Tom Rothman to reinvigorate Sony's TriStar label. And now Sony is following up installing a new marketing chief by changing the guard in production as well. Veteran Michael De Luca, 48, is joining Hannah Minghella, 34, as president of production at Sony's Columbia Pictures label. Minghella, the daughter of the late British filmmaker Anthony Minghella, is the Sony creative executive who has been supervising the "21 Jump Street," "Salt," and "The Amazing Spider. »
- Anne Thompson
De Luca, who prior to Captain Phillips produced The Social Network, Moneyball, the Ghost Rider franchise and 21 for the studio, will partner with Hannah Minghella to oversee development and production.
De Luca will report to Columba Pictures president Doug Belgrad, who will continue to oversee Columbia’s slate of films and creative staff and expands his role to encompass duties across the Sony Pictures Entertainment motion picture group.
Prior to establishing Michael De Luca Productions, De Luca held the post of head of production at DreamWorks and before that served seven years as president and COO of New Line Productions.
“Mike has worked with us on several of our highest-quality and most »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Aiming to bolster its executive ranks, Sony Pictures Entertainment has named veteran producer Michael De Luca to the post of president of production at Columbia Pictures after nine years in a first-look deal with the studio.
The appointment marks a return to the executive suite for De Luca, who held top slots at New Line and DreamWorks before launching his producing career in 2004. As a producer, he’s delivered Sony’s most successful recent release in “Captain Phillips” along with “The Social Network,” “Moneyball,” the Ghost Rider franchise and “21.”
The move also comes at a time when the film studio has been through a rough year with several major flops. Two weeks ago, the studio announced it was trimming its »
- Dave McNary
Sony Pictures Entertainment has tapped “The Social Network” producer Michael De Luca as president of production for Columbia Pictures, the studio said Friday. De Luca has a long-standing relationship with Columbia, where he has had a production and development deal since 2004. In his new role, he will partner with Hannah Minghella and will report to Doug Belgrad, President, Columbia Pictures. At Columbia, De Luca has fielded a number of critically acclaimed dramas such as “Captain Phillips” and “Moneyball,” as well as more commercially oriented entertainments such as the “Ghost Rider” franchise. De Luca should join the studio in his new capacity. »
- Brent Lang
Her is the slightly futuristic tale of Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a man who falls in love with an advanced operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). Johansson won the Best Actress award at the recent Rome Film Festival and has generated a fair amount of Oscar and Screen Actors Guild buzz - a feat even more impressive considering she's never actually seen in the movie (which has led to the Golden Globes ruling her out of their own competition).
The latest trailer, which you can watch below, was released today. Obviously aware of its critical applause thus far, there are lots of 'Official Selection' banners and favourable quotes from reviews. Think of it as the 'For Your Consideration' promo. Enjoy....
If you're wondering, »
- Oliver Davis
Variety announced today that actor Jonah Hill will be honored with the Creative Impact in Acting Award at the 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff).
The award will be given to Hill based upon the breadth of his recent body of work, from his Oscar-nominated role in Moneyball to his role in the anticipated upcoming Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street.
Pics: Role Call: Who Got Hired in Hollywood?
Variety also revealed Monday that Saving Mr. Banks director John Lee Hancock will be handed the Creative Impact in Directing Award for his "outstanding contributions to the art and business of cinema."
Pics: Stars On Set
The awards »
Warner Bros. has released a brief new trailer for Phil Lord and Chris Miller's The Lego Movie. The plot focuses on Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt), a construction worker who finds himself anointed “The Special”, a master builder who will lead a band of rebels to save the world from the evil President Business (Will Ferrell). This new trailer doesn't contain a lot of new footage, but it does have one bit involving cats that got a good laugh out of me. Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also features the voices of Elizabeth Banks, Will Arentt, Liam Neeson, Charlie Day, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, and Morgan Freeman. The Lego Movie opens in 3D on February 7, 2014. Via FindAnyFilm.com. Here’s the official synopsis for The Lego Movie: The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure who »
- Matt Goldberg
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today, the Documentary Motion Picture nominees that will advance in the voting process for the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards.
The nominated films, listed below in alphabetical order, are:
A Place At The Table Far Out Isn’T Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story Life According To Sam We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks Which Way Is The Front Line From Here? The Life And Time Of Tim Hetherington
The TV Series/Specials and Digital Series nominees will be announced on December 3, 2013. All other nominations for the 2014 Producers Guild Award categories will be announced on January 2, 2014, along with the names of the eligible producers for the nominated documentary motion pictures.
All 2014 Producers Guild Award winners will be announced on January 19, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Producers Guild will also present special honors to Barbara Broccoli & Michael G. Wilson, Robert Iger, Peter Jackson & Joe Letteri, »
- Michelle McCue
There is a stench of Oscar nominations off The Wolf Of Wall Street. Jonah Hill is certainly in the running from what I’ve seen (its all in the teeth). And as we know, he’s been there before with Moneyball. Anyway, check out the latest clip to hit the web from The Wolf of Wall Street, which is right up at the top of our must see list! Released: 25th December (U.S.)/ 17th January 2014 (Irl/U.K.) Synopsis: Revered filmmaker Martin Scorsese directs the true story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio). From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and a life of corruption in the late 80s. Excess success and affluence in his early twenties as founder of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont warranted Belfort the title – “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Money. Power. Women. Drugs. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
Yesterday we saw the first clip from Martin Scorsese's latest collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio, and now we have the first two posters for The Wolf of Wall Street, as well as a brand new TV spot; check them out here...
"Revered filmmaker Martin Scorsese directs the story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio). From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and a life of corruption in the late 80s. Excess success and affluence in his early twenties as founder of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont warranted Belfort the title – “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Money. Power. Women. Drugs. Temptations were for the taking and the threat of authority was irrelevant. For Jordan and his wolf pack, modesty was quickly deemed overrated and more was never enough."
The Wolf of Wall Street is set to open on Christmas Day »
- Gary Collinson
The first clip from Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street has debuted online via Yahoo! Movies. The short clip is gloriously ludicrous and finds Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained), Jonah Hill (Moneyball),Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) and Margot Robbie (About Time) discussing the intricacies of taping money to what once can presume is a hooker. Check it out here after the official synopsis...
"Revered filmmaker Martin Scorsese directs the story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio). From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and a life of corruption in the late 80s. Excess success and affluence in his early twenties as founder of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont warranted Belfort the title – “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Money. Power. Women. Drugs. Temptations were for the taking and the threat of authority was irrelevant. For Jordan and his wolf pack, »
- Gary Collinson
The first official poster for How to Train Your Dragon 2 has been released by DreamWorks Animation. The film picks up five years after the events of the first film with Hiccup and Toothless exploring the new world where they discover an ice cave full of hundreds of wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider. The plot for How to Train Your Dragon 2 may still be a little vague at present but if the sequel can follow in the footsteps of its incredible predecessor then Dreamworks Animation may have another hit on their hands....
Jay Baruchel (This Is the End), Gerard Butler (Olympus Has Fallen), Jonah Hill (Moneyball), America Ferrera (End of Watch), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Kick-Ass 2) and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) all return to the voice cast alongside new additions T.J. Miller (Rock of Ages) and Kit Harington (Games of Thrones).
How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens in »
- Gary Collinson
Chris Pratt's career trajectory is about to blast into outer space -- literally. With a solid career in TV already on his resume, thanks to well-loved roles in "Everwood" and "Parks and Recreation," Pratt's movie ventures have become increasingly high-profile, with recent parts in "Moneyball," "Zero Dark Thirty," and "The Five-Year Engagement."
Now, he's in this week's "Delivery Man," where he matches comic wits with Vince Vaughn and holds his own admirably. A remake of the French-Canadian comedy "Starbuck" (with that film's director and co-writer, Ken Scott, also behind the camera for this version), the film stars Vaughn as David, a can't-get-it-together truck driver for his family's meat business who discovers that, through a series of sperm donations he gave years earlier, he has fathered more than 500 children -- 143 of whom want to know who their biological dad is.
Pratt plays Brett, a single father of four and David's attorney, »
- Don Kaye
A devastating indictment of pop culture as propaganda — about its power and the limits of its powers — and an upending of the typical teen-girl romance movie. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the first film
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have read the source material (and I love it)
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Luke Skywalker never suffered from Ptsd.
Well, we can presume he did. We can easily imagine that he woke up from nightmares drenched in sweat. We just never saw it onscreen. Depicting that sort of thing used to be the domain of angsty fan fiction. Nowadays, Tony Stark, in 3D IMAX, can’t sleep after New York. And we get our reintroduction to Katniss Everdeen, cowinner of the 74th Hunger Games, via a tremendously horrific flashback she experiences in what was once her safe place, her secret hunting grounds in »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Discussions are said to be in very early stages, with Pratt's shooting commitments on TV's "Parks and Recreation" being one of several factors that could prevent it.
Josh Brolin had been circling the lead role but talks failed to lead to a deal. Colin Trevorrow is directing from a script he wrote with Derek Connolly. The film is currently slated for a June 12th 2015 release.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
After small roles in "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Moneyball," it seems that Chris Pratt is being offered just about every role in Hollywood. He's the lead in Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy," the lead in Warner Bros' animated "Lego: The Movie, and is now in talks to play the lead in "Jurassic World," the new "Jurassic Park" film. The role is said to be the one supposedly offered to Josh Brolin, who either didn't want to be part of the movie or was never actually offered anything. Irrfan Khan (Life of Pie, The Amazing Spider-Man) is also in talks for a supporting role. If Pratt and Khan officially sign on, they will join a cast comprised of Bryan Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins. The new movie is directed by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) and is produced by Steven Spielberg. "Jurassic World" will be shot in 3D and »
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