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Producer Prashita Chaudhary is making her presence felt in world cinema even as 100 years of Indian cinema gets celebrated at Cannes this year. She is one of the producers on Ari Folman’s film Congress which opened the Directors’ Fortnight section at the premier film festival on 16.05.2013. The film stars Harvey Keitel (Reservoir Dogs), Robin Wright (Moneyball) and Paul Giamatti (Sideways) among others. “It is my first working relationship with India in a manner. It is rare to find people who share the same passion on the film as the director” said Folman about his Indian producer.
Prashita’s production house Cinemorphic has been doing groundbreaking work, picking projects that celebrate cinema at its purest. Besides Congress, Prashita is behind films like Oscar winning director, Danis Tanovic’s next with Emraan Hashmi. “The selection of Congress in Cannes this year is a terrific and timely validation that Cinemorphic is on the right track, »
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Georgian-French helmer Gela Babluani, who made his English-language debut with Sam Riley starrer “13,” is to helm Detroit-set “Money Is Money”.
The $8.5 million thriller is co-produced by Rachael Horovitz (“Moneyball”) via her Specialty Films and produced by Paris-based Eletrick Films, newly-launched by Dominique Boutonnat, Hubert Caillard and Alain Attal. Attal is also founder and prexy of Les Productions du Tresor, which has Guillaume Canet’s “Blood Ties” at Cannes. Studio Orange is in advanced negotiations to co-finance the pic.
“Money” turns on three friends struggling to survive in Detroit, whose lives are changed when they break into a house to commit burglary and find a man about to hang himself.
Casting is under way with filming skedded for the third quarter in Detroit.
Babluani’s debut, “13 Tzameti,” won the World Cinema prize at Sundance. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Joe Wright will not direct Fifty Shades of Grey.
However, Deadline now confirms that Wright's schedule means that he is "completely out of the mix".
Gallery - Fifty Shades of Grey casting rumours: »
Brad Pitt has an entire room just to store jam. The 'Moneyball' actor is a huge fan of Christine Ferber's artisan fruit preserves - which cost £12 a jar - so he and eldest son Maddox, 11, recently flew to her base in Alsace, France, and stocked up on 100 pots to keep at the homes he shares with partner Angelina Jolie and their six kids in Los Angeles and the South of France. A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: 'Brad is very particular about what he eats but fell in lust with this jam. 'He turned detective and discovered Christine has a little shop in the Alsace region, where she makes the artisan jams. It is very well »
Well this is interesting: Joe Wright, known for his prestigious, visually ravishing adaptations of “Pride & Prejudice” and “Anna Karenina” has become the frontrunner for Focus Features' adaptation of insanely popular mom-porn novel “Fifty Shades of Grey.” The novel (and eventual movie) revolves around the dom-sub relationship between a twenty-something millionaire and a young college student. The movie, which is being adapted by Kelly Marcel, has been in something of a holding pattern, with Universal and Focus putting up $5 million for the adaptation way back in early 2012. The lack of activity has created an anything-goes atmosphere, wherein “American Psycho” author Bret Easton Ellis volunteered to write the screenplay and “Good Will Hunting” director Gus Van Sant shot some unsolicited test footage with “Magic Mike” actor Alex Pettyfer playing sexually dominant millionaire Christian Grey. According to the same report that places Wright in the frontrunner role, other filmmakers being considered include »
- Drew Taylor
The "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie just got a bit more legitimate. As first reported by THR and later confirmed by Variety, Joe Wright is the top choice to direct the upcoming adaptation of E L James' S&M love story.
Focus Features, the studio producing the film along with its parent company Universal, did not confirm Wright's involvement, but the connection makes sense: Wright has made four films with Focus, including 2007 Best Picture nominee "Atonement" and last year's "Anna Karenina." Both of those films -- along with "Pride and Prejudice," another Wright-Focus collaboration -- starred Keira Knightley in lead roles. There is no connection, though, between "Fifty Shades of Grey" protagonist Anastasia Steele and the 28-year-old British actress.
According to Variety, Wright wasn't the only big name on the "Fifty Shades of Grey" director wish list. Bill Condon ("Twilight: Breaking Dawn"), Patty Jenkins ("Monster") and Bennett Miller ("Moneyball »
- The Huffington Post
It was recently reported that director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting) and actor Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) shot a scene from the "Fifty Shades of Grey" book in order to convince Universal Pictures that Van Sant is the right man to direct the "Fifty Shades of Grey" film. The studio is definitely considering Van Sant, but it has also been in talks with Bennett Miller (Moneyball) and Patty Jenkins (Monster). And now comes word that Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice, Hanna, Anna Karenina) is also in talks and has become the favorite to get the job. Universal likes Wright because so many of his movies focus on young female characters. "Fifty Shades of Grey" chronicles a sexual relationship between college student Anastasia Steele and billionaire Christian Grey. »
Universal’s Fifty Shades Of Grey adaptation has gone through the rumour mill quite a bit. Practically everyone who’s ever worked in the industry has at some point been attached. Now, The Wrap reports that Anna Karenina director Joe Wright is the frontrunner in Universal and Focus Pictures’ shortlist of suitable candidates. Also on the list are Gus Van Sant (Elephant, Last Days), Patty Jenkins (Monster) and Bennett Miller (Moneyball).
Apparently, two of the film’s producers, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, are keen for Wright to take the gig. Focus have previously assumed distribution duties on four of Wright’s films, so having an established relationship with the director might sway things his way.
Wright’s name has been bandied about a whole host of projects recently too, including a remake of My Fair Lady. He’s brought out strong performances from leading ladies in recent years. »
- Gem Seddon
It is being reported Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice) is the front runner to direct the feature film adaptation of E.L. James' erotic romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey at Focus Features. Wright tops a list, which apparently included Bennett Miller (Moneyball), Patty Jenkins (Monster) and Gus Van Sant (Milk), the latter of which shot a sex scene featuring Alex Pettyfer in a bid to direct the erotic thriller. "Fifty Shades of Grey" began as coveted "Twilight" fan fiction and follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele. It was reported the scene Van Sant shot was the moment Anastasia loses her virginity to Grey. As for Wright, four of his five feature films have been distributed by Focus and three of those four have also featured Keira Knightley, which is sure to spark immediate speculation as to whether or not the actress will »
- Brad Brevet
Joe Wright is the most likely filmmaker to direct the erotic drama "Fifty Shades of Grey" for Universal Pictures and Focus Features, individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. Other directors in the running for the high-profile project, based on the bestselling series of books, include Gus Van Sant ("Milk"), Bennett Miller ("Moneyball") and Patty Jenkins ("Monster"). TheWrap reported last month that Van Sant had filmed a sex scene from the book with Alex Pettyfer in a bid to win the assignment. Also read: Gus Van Sant Shot Sex Scene Starring »
- Jeff Sneider
News Simon Brew 10 May 2013 - 06:46
Well, crikey. Universal is still pressing ahead with its plans to make a movie based on the book of respectable hardcore pornography, Fifty Shades Of Grey. And while the spurious casting guessing game appears to have ground to a halt for the time being, Variety has linked some surprising names with the director's chair.
Kelly Marcell is working on a script for the movie now, but Universal's top choice to direct the film is apparently Joe Wright. The same Joe Wright who made Atonement, Hanna and, more recently, Anna Karenina.
Other names linked with the job? Patty Jenkins (Monster), Bill Condon (the last two Twilight films), Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball) and Gus Van Sant (lots of things). Variety also reports that at one stage, Steven Soderbergh was a consideration.
Truthfully, there »
Sources have claimed to The Hollywood Reporter that Wright is one of the frontrunners to direct the big-screen adaptation of El James's erotic novel trilogy. However, they have cautioned that no deal is in place despite the director's strong relationship with Focus Features.
Fifty Shades of Grey will be produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti (The Social Network, Moneyball) for Universal and Focus. Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr Banks, Terra Nova) has been hired to write the screenplay.
'Fifty Shades of Grey' casting rumours - photo gallery:Despite repeated speculation about the cast - particularly who will play Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey - Fifty Shades author El James said »
Principal photography on Dracula is due to start later this year with a target release date of August 8, 2014. »
London — Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline, Jane Birkin and Dominique Pinon are set to topline “My Old Lady,” a Paris-based dramedy marking the film directorial debut of playwright and screenwriter Israel Horovitz, who adapted his play for the screen.
Principal photography begins in Paris on Sept. 9.
Protagonist Pictures will introduce the project to international buyers at Cannes; Cinetic Media is handling the North American sale.
Kline plays Mathias, a down-and-out New Yorker, who travels to Paris to liquidate a huge, valuable apartment he inherits from his estranged father. Mathias discovers a refined old lady, Mathilde, played by Smith, living in the apartment with her daughter Chloe (Birkin). Mathias discovers that Mathilde and his father were lovers for more than 50 years.
Rachael Horovitz (“Moneyball,” “About Schmidt”) is producing with Raphael Benoliel (“Midnight in Paris,” “Les Miserables”), Nitsa Benchetrit (“The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond”) and David Barrot (“Eyes Wide Open,” “Battu”). French stage-producer Marie-Cecile Renauld co-produces. »
- Leo Barraclough
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As a rule, I don’t normally do the whole Zombie thing, but for those who worship at the altar of all things undead, watch the new international featurette for Marc Forster’s World War Z from Paramount Pictures.
For a better look at the movie, check out the second trailer Here.
Starring Academy Award-nominee Brad Pitt, with Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) directing, the story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.
Produced by Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Colin Wilson, the screenplay is written by Matthew Michael Carnahan (State of Play) . Starring Pitt (Moneyball), Mireille Enos (AMC’s “The Killing”), Daniella Kertesz in her feature film debut, James Badge Dale (The Departed) and Matthew Fox »
- Melissa Thompson
Lee Pace is once again being linked to the upcoming Marvel film, Guardians of the Galaxy. Last time around his was one of a few names that was being considered for the film’s leading hero, Star Lord, a role which went to rising star Chris Pratt of Moneyball and Parks and Recreation. Now it looks [...]
There aren't that many Brad Pitt movies that are kid-friendly. With the exception of his involvement in movies like "Megamind," "Moneyball," "Happy Feet Two" and "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas," the majority of the films Pitt's made in the past 10 years either aren't ones his children would want to watch or aren't ones they should watch.
That's why Pitt turned to his sons when it came time to choose his next project. He told reporters at CinemaCon that he asked Maddox, 11, Pax, 9, and Knox, 4, what movie they would like to see him star in, and they decided on "World War Z."
"Four years ago I knew nothing about zombies but now I consider myself an expert," Pitt admits, according to Deadline. "This whole thing started because I just wanted to do a film my boys could see before they turned 18, one they liked anyway and they loved zombies. So »
Addressing a longstanding complaint from theater owners, Universal Studios chairman Adam Fogelson declared that studios should mimic U’s strategy of releasing major titles all year — rather than opting for just the summer and holidays.
“There are very few reasons why almost any film can’t open any weekend,” he said during Wednesday’s “Meeting the Expectations of Today’s Savvy Moviegoer” at CinemaCon at Ceasars Palace in Las Vegas.
Fogelson said U lacks the “luxury” of having intellectual property-based films that tend to be placed in the prime summer and holiday slots — such as the “Harry Potter” and “Spider-Man” franchises. Instead, he noted Universal has seen outstanding grosses from the past two “Fast and Furious” entries, both of which opened in April with record-setting launch weekends above $70 million and $85 million respectively.
Fogelson cited 2005 horror movie “White Noise” (pictured), which opened on the first weekend in January to $24 million and »
- Dave McNary
Just kidding! At the April 14 MTV Movie Awards, Jonah joked that he and Emma would be starring as Christian and Anastacia in the upcoming ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ movie. How funny!
Does Jonah Hill want to get tied up in the red room of pain? The Moneyball star introduced Emma Watson at the MTV Movie Awards on April 14, and he revealed that he and her would be starring as S&M couple Christian Grey and Anastacia Steele for the upcoming Fifty Shades Of Grey movie. He even revealed that his safe word is “Tangerine.” Too funny!
Emma, 23, won the award for Trailblazer, and she looked sexy in an edgy dress when she collected her award. She was introduced by Jonah who made the quite a funny joke!
“I’m announcing officially that we’ll be starring in the screen adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey, »
- Eleanore Hutch
42 capitalized on the weekend's lack of wide openers at the box office claiming top spot with a strong $27.25 million. On Friday, the Brian Helgeland-directed film starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford, turned in $9.065 million, and then showed an uptick of 25% due to strong word of mouth, claiming $11.36 million on Saturday. Sunday's gross is at around $6.82 million. The film easily stomped Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill baseball drama Moneyball which opened on September 14th, 2011 with $19.5 million. Also in the cast of 42 which has a $40 million production budget, are Alan Tudyk, Christopher Meloni, Lucas Black and John C. McGinley. Dimension Films' Scary Movie 5 spoof was anything but disgraced in second with $15.1 million from a $20 million production budget. Malcolm D. Lee directs the film frontlined by Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen, Ashley Tisdale, Terry Crews, Kate Walsh, Jerry O'Connell, Molly Shannon and Heather Locklear. The film averaged $4,454 from 3,402 theaters. »
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