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In many ways the art of the theatrical movie poster is dead, with the major studios seemingly always choosing generic, bland Photoshop disasters to advertise their movies instead of cool artistic designs, but IMAX has been doing its part to try and keep the art tradition alive. Whenever a major blockbuster has been announced to play on their super screens in the last couple of years, IMAX has commissioned a special, artistic print that is eventually handed out to movie-goers who go to see the film on opening night. Some great examples of this include Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and now it's Captain America: The Winter Soldier's turn. As you can see above, IMAX has released an exclusive poster design for the brand new Marvel Studios film, and I must say that it's pretty cool. Even though all »
News Simon Brew 13 Mar 2014 - 06:44
Dante's film followed the adventures of a trio of children who built their own spaceship, giving big screen debuts to Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix. The new version is set to be produced by Josh Applelbaum and Andre Nemec. They've written screenplays for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but they're not penning the script for this one. That job is going to Geoff Moore and Dave Posamentier. The pair are the writers and directors of the incoming Better Living Through Chemistry, although they won't be directing Explorers.
When we get word of who will be directing, we'll let you know. »
When it comes to remakes nowadays, no one is really clamoring for any of them. But that doesn't stop studios from picking up old properties, especially from the 80s, and making them new again. THR has word on the latest with Paramount Pictures commissioning Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol writers Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec to produce a remake of the 80s teenage sci-fi adventure Explorers. The original film followed three teen boys who create a homemade spaceship and blast off into the unknown and find a race of aliens who might be more than meets the eye. It's pretty easy to see how this could be remade. Better Living Through Chemistry writing and directing Geoff Moore and Dave Posamentier will script the film, but they won't be behind the camera. Joe Dante was behind the original, so it would be nice to find an up and coming sci-fi director to take the helm. »
- Ethan Anderton
A remake of director Joe Dante's 1985 science fiction adventure, Explorers , is on the way. The Hollywood Reporter today brings word that Paramount Pictures' Paramount Insurge is developing a new big screen version with Better Living Through Chemistry writer/directors Geoff Moore and Dave Posamentier attached to script. The original Explorers followed a trio of children (including Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix in their big screen debuts) who build a spaceship in their back yard. Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, whose writing credits include Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles , are attached to produce. »
Robin Thicke and Paula Patton's marriage woes included a photo he took with Lana Scolaro and it appears Paula is done, despite Robin's attempts to keep the marriage together. The 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' actress and her husband of almost nine years announced they have separated yesterday (24.02.14), but friends claim they predicted the split. A source told UsMagazine.com: ''It has been a long time coming. It is not a shock to Robin or Paula, and it is something they have discussed for a long time.'' Another insider said: ''Their marriage was unravelling for a long time.'' Rumours that Robin had cheated on his wife date back as far as last August, but none have ever been acknowledged by the 'Blurred Lines' star. Notably, he was photographed with his hand on the bottom of a fan, Lana Scolaro, in September, and she claimed he »
Paula Patton has joined Audrey's Run.
Written by Emily Abt, Audrey's Run tells the story of an African-American woman who runs for mayor in Boston, reports Indiewire.
Audrey's Run, which is currently in development, was included on the first ever Athena List.
Created by Athena Film Festival, the Athena List is a counterpoint to the more well-known Black List. Both lists features unproduced screenplays, with the Athena List focusing more on stories with strong female protagonists.
Athena Film Festival's co-founder Melissa Silverstein explained that the "objective with the Athena List is to make people pay attention for a moment".
The 4th Annual Athena Film Festival celebrates women and leadership in the film industry, showing movies and documentaries that are gender conscious.
Patton is »
Screenwriter Timothy Patrick McLanahan claims unfilmed 1998 script was used as basis for 2011 blockbuster Ghost Protocol
Timothy Patrick McLanahan claims in his suit that Cruise and studio Paramount used his 1998 screenplay for an unfilmed movie titled Head On as the basis for the 2011 film. He is asking for all proceeds from Ghost Protocol, which made $694m at the global box office, to be paid to him. The court papers were sourced by gossip site Radar Online.
The suit, which was filed at the Us district court in Los Angeles, claims McLanahan sent his screenplay to Hollywood agency William Morris in 1998, but was told it was of no use to them. The screenwriter argues William Morris then sent the script on, without his permission, »
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"In 1998 I had written a screenplay called Head On. After submitting it to the U.S. Copyright Office, Head On received a copyright certificate protecting its material and author from unauthorized use," McLanahan wrote in legal documents obtained by Radar.
- Amith Ostwal
When Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol came out in 2011 it wound up becoming the biggest international hit of Tom Cruise's career - but if allegations from a disgruntled screenwriter are to be believed then it may have also been his biggest mistake. Entertainment Tonight has obtained court papers that were filed back in December claiming that Cruise, Paramount Pictures and 10 other defendants stole the idea for the plot of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, and the plaintiff wants $1 billion in compensation. According to Et's report, screenwriter Timothy Patrick McLanahan claims he first started shopping around a script he wrote called Head On back in 1998 and that some time between then and the making of Ghost Protocol the production team stole his idea and violated his copyright. McLanahan says that one of the people he showed the script to was Rick Nicita, Tom Cruise's agent at Creative Artist Agency, »
He filed legal papers against Cruise, Paramount Pictures and other production companies in December 2013, with the documents being published by Radar Online.
The court papers suggest that McLanahan originally sent his script to the William Morris Agency, but it was rejected.
"I was told by the agency that they could not use the script as a movie," he stated.
He also claimed that his scripts were "shopped around the world" without his permission, before it was passed to the Creative Artist Agency (CAA), who represent lead actor Cruise.
The writer said that he "immediately recognised" his own script after watching Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.
The film achieved almost $700 million (£446 million) at the worldwide box office, »
A screenwriter has filed a $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit against Tom Cruise, Paramount Pictures and 10 other defendants, alleging that the idea for the box office hit Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol was stolen from a script he wrote.
In court papers obtained by Et that were filed on December 20, 2013, screenwriter Timothy Patrick McLanahan alleges that he came up with the original idea for Cruise's 2011 action film, which he claims was based on a script called Head On that he allegedly wrote in 1998.
Related: Tom Cruise Settles $50 Million Lawsuit
In the court documents, McLanahan states that he submitted his screenplay for Head On to the Us Copyright Office and "received a copyright certificate protecting its material and author from unauthorized use." He added that his original script was first rejected by the William Morris Agency, but then allegedly "shopped the script around the world ... including [to] Tom Cruise's Rick Nicita, top agent with Creative Artist Agency."
McLanahan said the »
Feature Simon Brew 5 Feb 2014 - 06:48
Directing a massive blockbuster is the dream, isn't it? Not always, it seems. Here are some directors who've dropped out of big projects...
The explosion of the DVD market, and of the current generation of American and international independent cinema, has sent movie bosses scouring the shelves and the planet for interesting directors. Said studios then try and pair those interesting directors with blockbuster movies (a trend that continues later this year with the rather excellent decision to give Gareth Edwards Godzilla to make). But things don't always work out, and ways are parted before a single frame of footage has been shot.
So then: what we've looked at here are examples of where interesting directors were hired for blockbuster movies, only for them to leave the project before the film in question was complete. We've avoided stories of directors not returning for sequels »
Megan Ellison, the daughter of Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison, bought the rights to the "Terminator" franchise at an auction for $20 million. The plan has been to develop three films before the rights revert back to James Cameron. Since then, Megan brought on Paramount Pictures and her brother David Ellison to co-finance the films. But now that "Terminator: Genesis" is only a few months from production start, Megan has announced that she is dropping out. The main reason for the change of heart is due to the act that her company, Annapurna Pictures, focuses on independent films like "American Hustle," "Her," "Zero Dark Thirty" and "The Master." Meanwhile, her brother and Paramount will continue without Megan. The plan is for David's company, Skydance Productions (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Star Trek, World War Z), to put up 66% of the money and Paramount to put up the rest. "Skydance Productions focuses on »
Back in December we learned that Dominic Cooper (Captain America) had joined the cast of director Duncan Jones' fantasy epic Warcraft, based on the massive online game. He's currently in production on the movie and in a recent interview with IGN he was asked about the tone of the film and if it had Game of Thrones-like elements. This was the actor's reply,
"It's a mix, it's a real mix of those worlds crashing together. I don't know the game that well. I've come to learn that there is more than 13 million playing the game online, so now I can understand the secrecy around the script and the film. It's a massive adventure."
In a separate interview with Collider, he talked about his excitement for the film, saying,
"I’m so excited to work with [Duncan Jones] and the whole project is just massive and kind of exciting. It’s really, »
- Joey Paur
My source, General Napier, has informed me that Josh Holloway ("Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol "), who played the role of James "Sawyer" Ford in ABC's hit-television series Lost, is being "strongly" considered for a role in Zack Snyder's Batman Vs. Superman. Information about who he might be playing in the Man of Steel sequel was not provided. The 44-year-old actor is currently starring in Intelligence, which is a new prime-television series on CBS. It made its debut this past Tuesday. CBS's new drama pulled in 16.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched series premiere this season. If I had to venture a guess as to which Batman Vs. Superman role Josh Holloway could possibly be up for I would say, Aquaman (Arthur Curry). The 'Lost' actor has always been considered by fans as a great choice for DC Comics' King of the Seven Seas. Perhaps, they finally got their wish. »
Ahead of the full BAFTA nominations this Wednesday, the nominees for the prestigious Ee Rising Star Award have been announced, recognising those actors and actresses who have demonstrated exceptional talent and are destined to become bright stars in the future. Here are the 2014 nominees for the award, which is decided by public vote, along with BAFTA's blurb for each...
Dane DeHaan - became one of the most talked-about young actors in Hollywood, thanks to his highly praised stage and television roles, including Jesse in HBO drama In Treatment. He gained more plaudits for his starring role in the camcorder superhero film Chronicle in 2012. In 2012, he featured in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, starred opposite Ryan Gosling in The Place Beyond the Pines and DeHaan was recently seen in Kill Your Darlings opposite Daniel Radcliffe. This summer, Dane will line up alongside Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, »
- Gary Collinson
The winner, decided by public vote, will be announced at the BAFTA film awards ceremony on Feb 16.
12 Years a Slave revelation Lupita Nyong’o was born in Mexico, raised in Kenya and educated in the Us. As well as »
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The winner of the Ee Rising Star Award will be decided by the public - voting is open now - and announced at the BAFTAs on Sunday, February 16.
DeHaan, whose credits also include The Place Beyond the Pines and Kill Your Darlings, said of his nomination: "I am so thankful to BAFTA for considering me for this award. It's a huge honour and humbling experience to be recognised amongst such a talented group of actors."
18 items from 2014
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