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Stephen King Reveals 'The Stand' Might Not Be One Film

9 October 2014 2:31 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

There have been many classic Stephen King novels that have either never been brought to the big screen, or realized so poorly that a remake doesn't only seem possible, but necessary. Both are the case with "The Stand," King's magnum opus about the war between good versus evil (the book is roughly the size of an average household dog, clocking in at more than 1,000 pages). It has been adapted once, for television, but the budgetary limitations and restrictions on content associated with network TV, meant that, for all its charms, it's not exactly the definitive interpretation of what many believe to be King's greatest novel.

Currently the movie is being developed by "Fault in Our Stars" director Josh Boone, after everyone from Ben Affleck to "Crazy Heart" director Scott Cooper made a crack at the production before deciding, for whatever reason, that it couldn't be done. Earlier in the year, »

- Drew Taylor

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Enter our 'The Judge' Giveaway

6 October 2014 8:55 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

In anticipation of the film's release, Latino-Review is givinging away a few "The Judge"-related items to some lucky readers, including a "The Judge" Leather Cased Collapsible Cup, "The Judge" Imprinted Legal Pad with Bettoni Rollerball Pen and more.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures comes “The Judge,” which pairs two-time Oscar nominee Robert Downey Jr. (“Chaplin,” “Tropic Thunder”) and Oscar winner Robert Duvall (“Tender Mercies,” “Crazy Heart”), starring together for the first time on the big screen.  The film also stars Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Conjuring”) and Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton (“Sling Blade,” “Friday Night Lights”), and is directed by David Dobkin (“Wedding Crashers”).

In “The Judge,” Downey stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder.  He sets out to discover the truth »

- Kellvin Chavez

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The top 25 must-see movies of 2015

2 October 2014 5:12 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Next year’s full to bursting with potentially brilliant geek films, so to help, here’s our pick of 25 must-see movies out in 2015…

Compiling a list of next year's most exciting films is extremely difficult. What do you put in? What do you leave out? Those are some of the questions we've had to ask ourselves as we drew up the long-list of our most anticipated films of 2015. In an attempt to limit the number of sequels which can fill up a list such as this, we've left out something like Fast & Furious 7, even though we're fairly sure it'll be a lot of fun. With but two significant exceptions, we've excluded some of the films we were looking forward to this year that have been delayed until the next, such as Kingsman: The Secret Service and Frankenstein. 

What we're left with, we hope, is a fairly broad selection of action and comedy, »

- ryanlambie

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Oscar Watch: First-Class Films From Aniston, Connelly, Costner, Gere Still Seek Distributors As Clock Running Out

21 September 2014 10:55 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The 2014 Oscar clock is running out for powerful, but still unsold, festival showpieces starring Jennifers Aniston and Connelly, as well as Kevin Costner and Richard Gere.

Several unspoken-for films came into this year’s Toronto International Film Festival determined not only to find a distributor, but to set a 2014 release date. In the case of Still Alice, the touching drama of a woman’s descent into early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, that plan worked spectacularly well. It had a stirring world-premiere screening on Sept. 8 in a less-visible afternoon slot at Tiff and quickly sparked Oscar buzz for star Julianne Moore, a four-time nominee who has never won.

Sony Pictures Classics presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard quickly recognized the kind of role that has Oscar written all over it, and two days later the picture sold to Spc (which, despite having its largest slate of Oscar hopefuls ever, still had an »

- Pete Hammond

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Can 'Whiplash' win at Oscars for J.K. Simmons without any other nominations?

17 September 2014 4:47 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

According to our racetrack odds, the Best Supporting Actor Oscar is a close contest between J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash") and Mark Ruffalo ("Foxcatcher"). However, while "Foxcatcher" is a major contender for Best Picture, "Whiplash" isn't expected to reap bids in any other major category. Can Simmons prevail if he's the sole nominee for his film? Or can "Whiplash" gain traction in other categories as well? -Break- You Decide: Who will will Original Screenplay Oscar? 'Boyhood,' 'Foxcatcher' ...? These days, it's hard to win an acting Oscar without broad academy support. Best Picture has included nine or 10 nominees since the academy expanded the category in 2009. Of the 20 acting winners over these past five years, all but four have come from Best Picture nominees. The exceptions: Jeff Bridges (Best Actor, "Crazy Heart," 2009),  Meryl Streep...' »

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Toronto: Kevin Costner, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman And A Very Hot Chris Rock Fill Busy Fest Weekend

7 September 2014 11:42 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Kevin Costner came into the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday for the world premiere of his powerful new drama, Black And White, a stirring story dealing with our racial divide,  but mostly a riveting human tale from writer/director Mike Binder. It’s unflinchingly honest and contains a crackerjack courtroom scene that’s priceless. In that scene, Costner delivers perhaps the best performance of his career, or at least since the period of his career circa Field Of Dreams.  It played to a packed house yesterday at Roy Thomson Hall and won a strong ovation from the crowd.

Costner told me that even the though the hard-hitting  film is not a comedy, the audience responded with laughs in just the right places and really seemed to be moved by what they saw on screen.

That said, the film is still looking for a domestic distributor and the star, who »

- Pete Hammond

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Toronto: Judy Cairo Heads Back to Fest With ‘Boychoir’

4 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

During the height of the recession, producer Judy Cairo managed to break into the feature film business with a smallish indie called “Crazy Heart” through her Informant Media banner.

Since “Crazy Heart” became a major hit with Oscars for lead actor Jeff Bridges and the song “The Weary Kind,” Cairo’s been able to keep Informant in the business — so much so that she’s making her third trip the Toronto film Festival following “Hysteria” in 2011 and “Stuck in Love” in 2012.

Cairo, Carol Baum and Jane Goldenring are at Tiff this year with another music-based drama, “Boychoir,” starring Dustin Hoffman with Francois Girard (“The Red Violin”) directing. Informant is financing and producing. CAA is handling domestic sales; Embankment has international.

“It does give you confidence as a producer to get chosen for Toronto,” Cairo said. “They are great tastemakers.”

The story centers on a troubled 11-year-old who finds himself at an East Coast school, »

- Dave McNary

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Venice Review: Ami Canaan Mann’s 'Jackie & Ryan' Starring Katherine Heigl And Ben Barnes

3 September 2014 9:25 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Perhaps stung by the middling-to-poor reviews for her last film “Texas Killing Fields,” director Ami Canaan Mann (daughter of Michael) returns to screens under cover of absolute directorial anonymity with “Jackie & Ryan,” a movie hamstrung in its attempts to be a “Crazy Heart” or even “Country Strong”-ish vehicle for Katherine Heigl by being more bland than a mashed potato dinner. It’s a strangely old-fashioned film, yielding a big enough crop of corn to revive the entire Midwestern economy, putting forth a dubiously romanticized view of the philosophical beauty of the train-hopping lifestyle. And while Ben Barnes does the film's decent music great justice with his surprisingly lovely singing voice, that’s really the only authentic feeling thing therein. “Jackie & Ryan" is supposedly all about learning how to git where ya gotta go, but none of the characters start or end in particularly interesting places, and the journey is »

- Jessica Kiang

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Blu-ray Release: The Vanishing (1993)

2 September 2014 2:37 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray Release Date: Oct. 14, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Twilight Time

Kiefer Sutherland and a not-long-for-this-movie Sandra Bullock in The Vanishing

The 1993 thriller The Vanishing directed by George Sluizier and starring Kiefer Sutherland (Stand By Me), Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), Nancy Travis (Internal Affairs) and (briefly) Sandra Bullock (Gravity) is an American of a 1988 Franco-Dutch film also called The Vanishing…and also directed by George Sluizer!

In the remake, as in the original, a seemingly nice guy (Sutherland) goes on vacation with his girlfriend (Bullock), who vanishes without a trace at a gas station. Three years later, the nice guy is still obsessed with finding out what happened. One day, a stranger (Bridges) arrives at Jeff’s door and admits that he was responsible for her disappearance. He promises to show the now-very-addled nice guy what happened to his girl, but only if he agrees to go through exactly the same thing she did… »

- Laurence

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‘The Congress’ Review: Eye-Popping Animation and a Crazy Heart

28 August 2014 7:15 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

When it comes to independent films and major releases, animation is fairly underutilized medium. There are exceptions, but for the most part, it’s generally used for kid-centric stories or to paint a lush, if slightly more adult, world. That’s why movies like A Scanner Darkly and The Congress are so special. They use animation for drama and to express ideas that go beyond a few pretty shots. Both films shouldn’t be compared past that point, but they are both emotional, visual, and mental exercises — rides that you either go along with from the start or don’t. If director Ari Folman‘s The Congress grabs you from its first frame, then expect a rich science-fiction film packed with commentary, ideas, laughs, tears, and beauty.  Speaking of beauty, Robin Wright (played conveniently by Robin Wright) has lost it, at least according to some slimy agist studio executive we meet working at Miramount. She »

- Jack Giroux

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Lake Bell Will Direct Long-in-the-Making ‘Emperor’s Children’ Film, Which Is Awesome

27 August 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

This is dream team stuff, people. The Wrap reports that actress/writer/director Lake Bell has been tapped to direct the big screen adaptation of Claire Messud‘s Man Booker Prize listed bestselling novel “The Emperor’s Children.” Bell will direct from Noah Baumbach‘s script, which has basically just been sitting around for whole years waiting for someone to make it into a real movie. Set in New York City just before and after 9/11, the novel centers on a trio of Brown University pals (who maybe don’t like each other as much as they should) who are just trying to make their way (often, their very misguided way) around life in the big city. The events of 9/11 change that, of course, and the novel is an unsentimental look at how we experience tragedy, especially the wide-ranging and extremely unexpected kind (as the pages tick by and the days move forward and the inevitability of what »

- Kate Erbland

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Lake Bell To Direct Noah Baumbach Penned 'The Emperor's Children'

27 August 2014 6:08 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Lake Bell broke out in a big way last year with her directorial debut “In A World…” in which she dealt with Hollywood sexism via the very small world of voiceover artists. It was very funny and we were big fans, calling it “a low key charmer” in our review. Now, Bell has chosen a followup that involves some serious pedigree. THR reports the actor-turned-director will direct an adaptation of Claire Messud’s “The Emperor’s Children.” If Messud’s novel, which focuses on “three entitled but unsuccessful late twentysomethings who orbit the life of a famous journalist in the months before and after the events of 9/11,” sounds familiar, it’s because Noah Baumbach had penned a draft and was planning on directing an adaptation in the summer of 2010 with Keira Knightley, Eric Bana and Richard Gere attached to star. Unfortunately, financing didn't come through and in 2011, “Crazy Heart” director Scott Cooper jumped. »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Sorry, Montana: Jeff Bridges is not running for Senate

12 August 2014 1:37 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Some Montana-based Jeff Bridges fans recently launched a petition to get the Big Lebowski star to run for the U.S. Senate. But Bridges doesn’t think he’s the man for the job—or at least, his wife doesn’t think he is.

“I look down and I see this thing, ‘Jeff Bridges for Senate,’ and I say, ‘What?'” Bridges told Howard Stern on Monday. “Evidently, there’s a group of people that have called in and want me to run for senator of Montana, like 1,000 people, and so I say, ‘Sue?’ And she looks at me and goes, »

- Ariana Bacle

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Below-the-Line Bookings

30 July 2014 11:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Gersh Agency has booked producer Jean Higgins (“Lost”) on Amazon Studios pilot “Man in the High Castle,” helmed by David Semel; production designer Michael Hanan (“The Bridge”) on Spike TV miniseries “King Tut”; and editor Joe Leonard (“Glee”) on Fox series “Empire.”

Innovative Artists bookings include visual effects producer Nikki Penny (“Clash of the Titans”) on Andy Serkis’ “Jungle Book”; production designer Scott Chambliss (“Star Trek Into Darkness”) on Roberto Orci’s “Star Trek 3”; and stunt coordinator/2nd unit director Jack Gill (“Fast & Furious 7”) on Tim Story’s “Ride Along 2.”

iTalent has placed editors Mark Livolsi (“Saving Mr. Banks”) on John Favreau’s “The Jungle Book” and Jeff Betancourt (“Get a Job”) on Woo-ping Yuen’s “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny.”)

Mirisch Agency bookings: visual effects producers Mike Chambers (“Transcendence”) on James Bobin’s “Through The Looking Glass” and Karen Murphy (“The Twilight Saga: »

- Peter Caranicas

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Below-the-Line Bookings

30 July 2014 11:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Gersh Agency has booked producer Jean Higgins (“Lost”) on Amazon Studios pilot “Man in the High Castle,” helmed by David Semel; production designer Michael Hanan (“The Bridge”) on Spike TV miniseries “King Tut”; and editor Joe Leonard (“Glee”) on Fox series “Empire.”

Innovative Artists bookings include visual effects producer Nikki Penny (“Clash of the Titans”) on Andy Serkis’ “Jungle Book”; production designer Scott Chambliss (“Star Trek Into Darkness”) on Roberto Orci’s “Star Trek 3”; and stunt coordinator/2nd unit director Jack Gill (“Fast & Furious 7”) on Tim Story’s “Ride Along 2.”

iTalent has placed editors Mark Livolsi (“Saving Mr. Banks”) on John Favreau’s “The Jungle Book” and Jeff Betancourt (“Get a Job”) on Woo-ping Yuen’s “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny.”)

Mirisch Agency bookings: visual effects producers Mike Chambers (“Transcendence”) on James Bobin’s “Through The Looking Glass” and Karen Murphy (“The Twilight Saga: »

- Peter Caranicas

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2014 Toronto International Film Festival to Open with The Judge Starring Robert Downey Jr. Robert Duvall

26 July 2014 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures comes the courtroom family drama "The Judge," starring Oscar® nominee Robert Downey Jr. ("Tropic Thunder," the "Sherlock Holmes" films, the "Iron Man" franchise) and Oscar® winner Robert Duvall ("Tender Mercies," "Crazy Heart"), scheduled for release this Fall. [Press Release] Toronto — The Toronto International Film Festival today announced that David Dobkin’s The Judge will open the 2014 Festival on Thursday, September 4. From Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures, the Big Kid Pictures/Team Downey production stars Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard and Billy Bob Thornton. Big city lawyer Hank Palmer (Downey Jr.) returns to his childhood home where his »

- Pietro Filipponi

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“I’ll Drink to That…”: Top 10 Alcoholic Movie Characters

15 July 2014 1:36 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Alcoholism in the movies have been played for both dramatic and comical effect. In fact some of the binge drinking done on the big screen have garnered considerable praise and pathos resulting in many performers winning Oscars and Oscar nominations based on this very serious addiction.

The alcoholic in cinema is larger in life because it is a societal reflection of the demons and destruction that affect millions of people globally. Film allows for the liberty to use creative licenses to highlight the physical and psychological pain and false feelings of pleasure to convey the true face of alcoholism and its hold on fictional characterizations that are bound by the poisonous allure of the bottle. However heavy-handed or hearty it may seem in portraying the detached drinker or happy drunk one thing is for certain…the depth and dimensional range of the chronic cinema sipper has never disappointed in giving »

- Frank Ochieng

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Germany’s SquareOne Nabs Pix Starring Robert Pattinson, Keanu Reeves, Dustin Hoffman

2 July 2014 9:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Munich — Leading German distrib SquareOne Entertainment, which is headed by Al Munteanu, has nabbed all German-speaking rights to several high-profile pics, including films starring Robert Pattinson, Keanu Reeves, Dustin Hoffman and Kit Harington.

Pattinson starrer “Life,” which is in post, was acquired from FilmNation Entertainment. Anton Corbijn (“Control”) helms the pic, which also stars Dane DeHaan (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) and Joel Edgerton (“The Great Gatsby”). Producers are Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, who won an Oscar with “The King’s Speech,” and Christina Piovesan.

Pic chronicles the friendship that ensued when the strait-laced Dennis Stock embarked on a road trip with James Dean in 1955 for a Life magazine commission.

Reeves starrer “Knock Knock,” which is filming in Chile, was acquired from Voltage Pictures. Eli Roth’s pic, which also stars Lorenza Izzo (“The Green Inferno”) and Ana de Armas (“Hands of Stone”), tells the story of two beautiful young »

- Leo Barraclough

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Gangster biopic Black Mass gets September 2015 release date

1 July 2014 11:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Out of the Furnace and Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper’s upcoming Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass has gone through one hell of a troubled production. Johnny Depp joined and left the project several times before officially signing on, which was then followed by Joel Edgerton being cast, just to leave and get replaced by Tom Hardy, and then replace Hardy a few months later. Then, Guy Pearce came on, and was recently replaced by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Still with us? Okay. Well, after what had to be an unbearably frustrating filming schedule, Black Mass is finally getting an official release date: September 18th, 2015. That places the movie in a good spot, becuase it will arrive just after the numbing blockbuster season and just before the big rush of award contenders.

Based on the New York Times bestseller Black Mass: The True Story of an Untold Alliance Between the FBI »

- James Garcia

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Johnny Depp Gangster Biopic ‘Black Mass’ Gets a Release Date

1 July 2014 6:59 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Earlier this year Warner Bros. picked up the Johnny Depp-starring Whitey Bulger biopic from Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace writer/director Scott Cooper (currently going by the working title Black Mass), with an eye on releasing the film in fall 2015. The studio has finally settled on an official release date for the project, which is in the midst of production but just last week, formally added Kevin Bacon (The Following) to its already noteworthy roster of talented character actors.

Black Mass is set to arrive in theaters on September 18th, 2015, which is the same date that Universal has staked out for its mountain expedition thriller, Everest. Cooper’s film joins such other projects as Steven Spielberg’s ...

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- Sandy Schaefer

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