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Three hundred twenty-three feature films are eligible for the 2014 Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.
To be eligible for 87th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.
Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format.
Feature films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for Academy Awards in any category. The “Reminder List of Productions Eligible for the 87th Academy Awards” is available at http://www.oscars.org/oscars/rules-eligibility.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also announced that 114 scores »
- Michelle McCue
Duncan chats to Luke Evans about stunts, green screens, and being turned into a toy
Spoilers ahead for The Hobbit movies…
Having been a fan of Luke Evans's work for some years now, it was a strange coincidence that after finally getting a chance to interview him for Dracula Untold a few months back in October, we were almost immediately offered another chance for a catch up for the release of The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies, which is finally unleashed on the 12th December.
The timing couldn’t be better though, as if there was one part of the trilogy to discuss all things Bard the Bowman, it was this one. After Peter Jackson controversially decided to end The Desolation Of Smaug on a cliff-hanger, it left poor Bard trapped in a jail and postponed his rightful moment to shine with his face off against the titular dragon, »
Death on the Nile: Scott’s Biblical Epic Unworthy of the Gods
Arriving just in time for ritual slaughter is Ridley Scott’s update on the Moses fable with Exodus: Gods and Kings, an epic reveling in its white-washed glamour casting, a detail which ends as a faux pas eclipsed by the rather banal treatment on hand. Those unfamiliar with this particular bit of mythology may be a bit confused with Scott’s attempt at subtle rendering, eschewing grandiose melodrama for an angle that (at least tries) to favor a bit of soul searching for Moses, the key to his success hinging upon the identity crisis brought about by being raised as an elitist royal before he’s promptly banished when the taint of Hebrew heritage is revealed. Too solemn in its mighty grandeur, Scott’s treatment seems already mummified, an update that has even less cinematic magic than »
- Nicholas Bell
Bill Marsilii has been tapped to the write the screenplay. The graphic novel by Michelangelo La Neve centers on an elite cop who, after a near-fatal injury, is implanted with the memories of the world’s most notorious terrorist — Sebastian X — in order to infiltrate his group before their next attack.
Dominic Rustam and Babacar Diene are overseeing the project on behalf of Voltage with Phillip Kobylanski overseeing on the Valhalla side. Matthew Miller, Jason Miller and Bobby Sabelhaus are executive producing.
Voltage Pictures will handle worldwide distribution.
- Dave McNary
According to The Wrap, Keanu Reeves is currently in negotiations to star in a new sci-fi thriller called The Panopticon. The actor is hot off his his latest action film John Wick, which kicked all kinds of ass. I was really hoping that film would help him get even more cool movie gigs. He was recently cast in another sci-fi movie called Replicas, and now he has this new potential project, which sounds cool.
The movie will follow “a seemingly ordinary man who receives a mysterious package containing a pre-recorded message from himself, warning that the world is about to end and only he can save it. He must race against the clock to piece together the puzzle before time runs out for mankind.”
- Joey Paur
The story centers on a man (Keanu Reeves) who goes on a race against time, after receiving a package that includes a pre-recorded message from himself warning that he is the only man who can save the world. He must figure out this complex puzzle to save all of humanity before it's too late. Insiders claim that Good Universe hasn't reached a deal with the actor yet, and that negotiations are, "in a sensitive stage."
Craig Rosenberg (The Quiet Ones) wrote the screenplay, with Andrew Lazar (Mortdecai) set to produce. Good Universe's Nathan Kahane and Joseph Drake are executive producing and handling international sales. No production schedule was given.
Ambitious filmmaker Tarsem Singh has a big name on his radar for the lead in his next feature, The Panopticon, as The Wrap reports that Keanu Reeves is in the crosshairs. Set up at Good Universe, the film looks set to continue the helmer’s reputation for brain-busting sci-fi spectacles. The report offers a brief synopsis of the flick, which “follows a seemingly ordinary man who receives a mysterious package containing a pre-recorded message from himself, warning that the world is about to end and only he can save it. He must race against the clock to piece together the puzzle before time runs out for mankind.”
As it stands, the negotiations are at a “sensitive stage,” which we’ll take to mean that Reeves has yet to sign on officially. Possibly because after a post-Matrix lull, he’s in demand once more. The actor has been making a much-needed comeback of late. »
- Gem Seddon
Visually ambitious filmmaker Tarsem Singh may have found a swell lead actor for his sci-fi thriller The Panopticon. The Wrap reports that Keanu Reeves is in talks to star in the film for Good Universe, which revolves around "a seemingly ordinary man who receives a mysterious package containing a pre-recorded message from himself, warning that the world is about to end and only he can save it.” He must work to piece together the puzzle before time runs out for mankind. Singh broke out in a big way with his visually arresting 2000 film The Cell, which he followed up with another aesthetically grand feature called The Fall in 2006. He made his first foray into the world of studio actioners to less-than-stellar results with 2011’s Immortals, and then helmed a take on the Snow White story with 2012’s Mirror Mirror. Hit the jump for more on Reeves and Panopticon. Per The Wrap, »
- Adam Chitwood
Tarsem, the visually impressive filmmaker behind "The Cell," "The Fall" and uh, "Immortals," has a new movie brewing that will make you go "whoa." Keanu Reeves will lead the director's flick "The Panopticon," which centres on "a seemingly ordinary man who receives a mysterious package containing a pre-recorded message from himself, warning that the world is about to end and only he can save it. He must race against the clock to piece together the puzzle before time runs out for mankind." How perfectly Keanu, though we'd rather see a "John Wick" sequel. Add Djimon Honsou to the rumor pile for Guy Ritchie's King Arthur flick "Knights Of The Round Table." The actor is reportedly being eyed to play "Merlin-esque figure who trains and mentors Arthur," and if it happens, he'll join the cast which includes Charlie Hunnam as Arthur and Astrid Berges-Frisbey (“I Origins”) playing »
- Kevin Jagernauth
When a terrifying new enemy threatens the innocent, Hercules and his fearless team of warriors must lead their army in a battle against overwhelming odds. Hercules boasts a sensational cast of acclaimed actors including Ian McShane (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Joseph Fiennes (TV's American Horror Story), Rufus Sewell (The Illusionist), and John Hurt (Immortals).
To celebrate this release, we have a giveaway lined up where one lucky grand prize winner can win the Hercules Blu-ray, The Art and Making of Hercules book signed by Brett Ratner, a tote bag, water bottle, towel, earbuds and a weight to show off your Herculean strength. Our first prize winners will receive copies of the Blu-ray.
These prizes will be gone faster than Dwayne Johnson »
Though his multi-picture deal with Warner Bros., which has him suiting up to play the Man of Steel himself in at least 2016’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and 2017’s Justice League, should keep him very busy for the foreseeable future, British thesp Henry Cavill is finding time to step into another action hero role for the upcoming Stratton.
In a pre-American Film Market deal, the star will play a British spy named John Stratton. The pic, based on the novel series by Duncan Falconer, may launch a franchise for Promethean Productions, Amber Entertainment and Gfm Films. Promethean was created by Cavill and his brother Charlie along with producer Rex Glensy, which partly explains the actor’s willingness to take on yet another action hero role after years of starring in comparable fare like The Cold Light of Day and Immortals.
“Having the opportunity to expand my horizons into filmmaking is incredibly exciting. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Concept Art by Andrei Riabovitchev Now Playing! Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6, Immortals) stars in Dracula Untold, the origin story of the man who became Dracula. Gary Shore directs and Michael De Luca produces the epic action-adventure that co-stars Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Diarmaid Murtagh and Samantha Barks. Starring: Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Diarmaid Murtagh, Dominic Cooper, Samantha Barks Directed By Gary Shore * Screenplay By Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless »
One of the more unusual cinematic pairings was announced the other week - "Driving Miss Daisy" director Bruce Beresford is teaming with comedian Eddie Murphy for a serious dramatic film which begins shooting next month.
Now, Empire has some more details about the project which is entitled "Cook". Murphy plays a chef hired by a dying man to cook up some meals for his girlfriend and daughter after he dies.
Samuel L. Jackson was originally slated to star in the role but had to pass due to scheduling conflicts. Susan McMartin ("Californication") wrote the script while Mark Canton ("300," "Immortals," "Escape Plan") will produce.
Canton tells the mag: "It's a great screenplay. It's a small story - a true story - of a family and a guy who comes into their lives. You have to come up with either really great big franchise driven movies or little character driven movies. Those »
- Garth Franklin
Eddie Murphy currently has a fourth Beverly Hills Cop and Twins sequel Triplets on the boil. Before he serves up either, however, he's preparing a more serious drama. He's signed on for the title role in Cook, which Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) will direct.The story involves a dying man who hires Murphy to rustle up meals for his girlfriend and daughter after he's left this mortal coil. It was initially earmarked for Samuel L. Jackson until scheduling conflicts caused him to decline. Susan McMartin (Californication) wrote the script, and Mark Canton (300, Immortals, Escape Plan) is among the producers."It's a great screenplay," Canton told Empire when we had cause to speak to him recently. "It's a small story - a true story - of a family and a guy who comes into their lives. You have to come up with either really great big franchise driven movies or little character driven movies. »
Concept Art by Frame Store Concept Art by Maciej Kuciara Concept Art by Mauro Borrelli Concept Art by Jason Horley Now Playing! Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6, Immortals) stars in Dracula Untold, the origin story of the man who became Dracula. Gary Shore directs and Michael De Luca produces the epic action-adventure that co-stars Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Diarmaid Murtagh and Samantha Barks. Starring: Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Diarmaid Murtagh, Dominic Cooper, Samantha Barks Directed By Gary Shore * Screenplay By Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless »
Relativity Media has formed a multi-year strategic partnership with 3C Media to produce at least six local-language movies and TV shows annually for the booming Chinese market.
Under the partnership, 3C and Relativity will jointly develop and produce up to four local language TV shows per year based on Relativity’s content and a minimum of two local language remakes of Relativity films for theatrical release each year.
Under the deal, 3C will invest in and co-own films released in China through Relativity’s SkyLand subsidiary.
“This partnership is a significant next step in Relativity’s continued expansion into the Chinese market, and we are thrilled to bring a large number of local language productions both in film and television to the China market where there is an incredibly high demand for local content,” said Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh.
He noted that 3C has a track record of producing TV »
- Dave McNary
In the past few years, Luke Evans has gone from virtual unknown to an international star.
The actor left his mark on the London Theatre, starring in several musicals before making his big screen debut in "Clash of the Titans." Since the 2010 film, Evans has starred in over a dozen movies, including hit franchises "The Hobbit," as Bard the Bowman, and "Fast & Furious," where he played an evil mastermind in the sixth installment. This fall, Evans stars as Vlad Tepes in the blockbuster "Dracula Untold."
2. Evans was raised as a Jehovah's Witness, but left the religion when he was just 16.
3. At the same age, he also left school to pursue a singing and acting career.
4. Evans »
- Jonny Black
With Dracula Untold hitting theaters nationwide later tonight for sneak preview screenings, Legendary Pictures has released a featurette that offers new insight into the Master Vampire character, played by Game of Thrones star Charles Dance.
Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6, Immortals) stars in Dracula Untold, the origin story of the man who became Dracula. But, before this legendary bloodsucking creature was born, he was just a mortal man named Vlad Tepes. It is Charles Dance's Master Vampire who gives Vlad the Impaler the power to become Dracula, as the actor explains in this featurette that includes plenty of new footage.
Go behind the scenes with the Master Vampire Charles Dance for a glimpse into his dark world. Directed by Gary Shore and produced by Michael De Luca, Dracula Untold co-stars Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Samantha Barks, Zach McGowan, Charlie Cox, Art Parkinson and Diarmaid Murtagh.
Dracula Untold was released October 10th, »
Robert Downey Jr., Dracula, and a cute, unlucky family have all come out to challenge Gone Girl and Annabelle's box office reign this weekend. David Fincher's popular psychological thriller could hold down the top spot for the second weekend in a row, with that demon doll close behind, but it's going to be a tight race with The Judge, Dracula Untold, and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. The adultery thriller Addicted also opens in around 800 locations, and there's a slew of great limited release choices debuting too, including the buzzy Sundance sensation Whiplash. Here's how things might play out. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Comflix just sent me this clip that they created for Dracula Untold, which hits theaters this Friday. They created the comic-styled edit and treatment to share with users and fans of the character. The trailer hints at the character's history and origins without giving too much away. Facing threats to his kingdom and his family, Vlad Tepes makes a deal with dangerous supernatural forces - while trying to avoid succumbing to the darkness himself. Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6, Immortals) stars in this origin story of the man who becomes Dracula. Gary Shore directs and Michael Du Luca produces the epic action-adventure that co-stars Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon and Charles Dance. »
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