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'Kidnap' Begins Production in New Orleans with Halle Berry

27 October 2014 4:59 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Lotus Entertainment announced today that Luis Prieto's heart-stopping thriller Kidnap has started principal photography. The film, based off Knate Gwaltney's screenplay, will shoot in New Orleans and wrap on November 25. Sage Correa, Lew Temple (Lawless, Unstoppable) and Chris McGinn join the cast alongside Academy Award winner Halle Berry, a mother who will stop at nothing to rescue her kidnapped son. Lotus is handling international sales, with Relativity Studios distributing in the U.S.

Di Bonaventura Pictures' Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Erik Howsam, Gold Star Films' Joseph Tufaro and Gregory Chou of Rumble Entertainment are producing. Executive producers are Halle Berry and her producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas through their 606 Films production banner, Lotus Entertainment's Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel, D.J. Gugenheim and Ara Keshishian, alongside Gold Star Films' Colin Bates and Todd Trosclair, and Well Go USA's Knate Gwaltney and Doris Pfardrescher.

The creative team behind Kidnap includes »

- MovieWeb

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‘Zeroville’ Adds Seth Rogen, Megan Fox & More; Brad Carter Lands ‘The Revenant;’ Noah Segan Enlists In ‘War Pigs’

24 October 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

James Franco has recruited a cabal of pals for his “proto-punk Forrest Gump goes to 1970’s Hollywood” lit adaptation Zeroville, now filming in La. Joining Franco and the recently announced Jacki Weaver are Franco’s The Interview co-star Seth Rogen, Megan Fox, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Joey King, and Horatio Sanz. Franco is directing and stars as a naive loner who’s drawn to the film business, becomes mistaken for a Manson family member and gets hired as a film editor. Paul Felton and Ian Olds adapted the script from Steve Erickson’s 2007 novel. Franco is producing with Vince Jolivette for Rabbit Bandini Productions, Caroline Aragon, and Michael Mendelsohn for Patriot Pictures. Union Patriot Capital Management financed the pic and Embankment is selling internationally next month at Afm.

Brad Carter (True Detective, Sons of Anarchy) has been cast in Fox and New Regency’s The Revenant opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. »

- Jen Yamato

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Casting News: Claflin, Stan, Rogen, Segan

24 October 2014 3:25 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Their Finest Hour and a Half

Sam Claflin ("The Hunger Games") and Lily James ("Cinderella") are circling the lead roles in "An Education" director Lone Scherfig's "Their Finest Hour and a Half" for BBC Films.

Based on Lissa Evans' 2009 novel, the story follows a WW2 British movie crew trying to boost morale in the wake of the London Blitz. Gabby Chiappe ("Shetland," "The Paradise") is penning the script. Shooting is scheduled to take place in summer 2015. [Source: Deadline]

Ricki and the Flash

Sebastian Stan ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier") is set to play the estranged son of Meryl Streep in the Jonathan Demme-directed, Diablo Cody-penned "Ricki and the Flash". Kevin Kline and Rick Springfield also star.

Streep plays a woman chasing her dreams of being a rock star, which resulted in losing her family. Now a grocery store clerk, she gets one final shot at fulfilling her rock and roll destiny. »

- Garth Franklin

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Foxcatcher Cinematographer will shoot Gareth Edwards' Star Wars spinoff

24 October 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

While there is understandably a lot of the hype surrounding director J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, there has not been much in the way of any news regarding the other Star Wars films being planned. Starting next year we will see a new Star Wars movie every year: after Episode VII there will be a standalone movie directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla), then Rian Johnson’s (Looper) Episode VIII, and then there will be another standalone movie this time directed »

- Graham McMorrow

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Blu-ray 3D, DVD, Digital Release: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

22 October 2014 12:23 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 18, 2014; Digital Release Date: Nov. 7, 2014

Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99

Studio: The Weinstein Company

The action-packed, graphic novel-styled thriller Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is the decade-later sequel to 2005’s Sin City, both of which are directed Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez (The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl).

We don't know your opinion, but we definitely think Eva Green is A Dame to Kill For.

The film is filled with  scandal, murder, betrayal and mystery revolving around the lives of those swept up in a crime-filled underworld. Weaving together two of Miller’s classic stories with new tales, Sin City’s most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants.

The film stars original Sin City performers Mickey Rourke (Immortal), Jessica Alba (Spy Kids 4), Bruce Willis (Looper), Powers Boothe (TV’s Hatfields and McCoys) and Rosario Dawson »

- Laurence

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Composer Nathan Johnson on Scoring ‘Young Ones,’ ‘Kill the Messenger,’ and Vinyl Release of ‘Looper’

21 October 2014 7:55 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Composer Nathan Johnson is a master at making off-beat and imperfect instruments sound distant yet accessible on a number of vastly different narratives (see: Brick, The Brothers Bloom, Looper). His latest work is a pair of scores for films that were both released this month, Jake Paltrow‘s neo-western Young Ones and the journalistic thriller Kill the Messenger starring Jeremy Renner. Johnson has also been producing a couple albums and […] »

- Marc Ciafardini

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Afm: Goldcrest Picks Up ‘Against the Sun,’ Starring ‘Harry Potter’s’ Tom Felton (Exclusive)

20 October 2014 11:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Goldcrest Films has acquired all international rights to the true-life adventure “Against the Sun.” Pic is toplined by Tom Felton, who starred as Draco Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” pics, as well as playing in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “Fangs of War.”

Against the Sun” tells the true-life story of three U.S. navy airmen who battle for survival after their torpedo bomber crash lands in the South Pacific six weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

The film, which also stars Garret Dillahunt (“12 Years a Slave,” “Looper,” Fox hit comedy “Raising Hope”) and Jake Abel (“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”), will have its market premiere at the American Film Market this November, and is due for release in the U.S. in late January 2015.

Against the Sun” is written, directed and produced by Brian Falk (producer of “Parkland,” “The Conspirator”) and executive produced »

- Leo Barraclough

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Crowdfund This: 'Send Me' – New Web Series w/ Tracie Thoms Dealing w/ Black People Sent Back in Time to Slavery Days

13 October 2014 6:01 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. Who in their right mind would want to do that? But then again, the premise of the currently-in-development web series is what definitely makes it unique, wouldn’t you agree? Created by playwright, screenwriter and actor Steve Harper, and starring Tracie Thoms ("Annie," "Death Proof," "Looper" among many other film and TV roles), "Send Me" deals with a black woman (Thoms) who has the power to send black people back in time to slavery days. But Harper makes clear to point out that the people who do this in the series are doing it of their own free will:  “It’s not a punishment. They want to »

- Sergio

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Review: Starry Eyes

9 October 2014 5:30 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

A blood-soaked cautionary tale about the price of fame and sacrificing your own identity in the name of ambition, Starry Eyes is yet another fantastic reminder that the indie genre world is truly the best (and generally only) place fans can find ambitious and challenging horror tales these days.

Starry Eyes follows Sarah (Alex Essoe), a young actress in Hollywood struggling to find her first break in the business. As she goes on audition after audition, Sarah receives nothing but rejection from casting agents until she shows up for a part in a mysterious indie horror movie. After she initially thinks she’s blown her chance at her ‘big break,’ Sarah explodes into another one of her violent fits of rage, something that impresses the talent scouts and garners the fresh-faced talent a special second audition with the studio’s head producer (Louis Dezseran).  After Sarah is asked to perform »

- Heather Wixson

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George Clooney offers ticket back to the future in 'Tomorrowland' trailer

9 October 2014 11:06 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

On Wednesday, we hit you with a first look at Disney's Tomorrowland, and now we're venturing even deeper into this realm of science and technology via the film's teaser trailer. The story from filmmaker Brad Bird follows teenager Casey Newton (Under the Dome’s Britt Robertson) on a quest to find this hidden place and uncover why it's being kept secret in the first place. One man who knows some of the answers is an exile of Tomorrowland, a grizzled former "boy genius" played by George Clooney. "Frank Walker is someone who knows how to get there, and it wouldn »

- Anthony Breznican

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Jeff Daniels Takes a Top Post at Nasa in Ridley Scott's 'The Martian'

3 October 2014 7:34 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

This fall, Jeff Daniels steps away from the news desk on HBO with the third and final season of "The Newsroom" and gets stupid again in the comedy sequel Dumb & Dumber To. But next he'll next be taking a prestigious job at Nasa as THR reports the actor who has been seen in films such as Good Night and Good Luck and Looper has taken a role in Ridley Scott's developing sci-fi drama The Martian. The film follows Matt Damon as an astronaut who ends up stranded in a Martian colony and struggles to survive long enough to be able to make it back to Earth as Nasa tries to launch a rescue mission. So what is Daniels doing? Daniels will play the director of Nasa dealing with the crisis, likely a role akin to the Ed Harris role in Apollo 13, a role that he somewhat reprise in »

- Ethan Anderton

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David Fincher Considered Directing 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

29 September 2014 11:19 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

What would you think if David Fincher, and not J.J. Abrams, had been chosen as the director of Star Wars: Episode VIIc It's only a hypothetical looking back, but as Fincher tells Total Film, leading the new Star Wars trilogy wasn't entirely off the table. "I talked to Kathy Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm about it, but I think that it's a different thing from... I don't know what Disney-Lucasfilm will be like," Fincher told the site. His apprehension makes sense, seeing as his long-in-development 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was pretty much shot down by Disney, which owns Lucasfilm. Earlier this month, Fincher observed in an interview with Little White Lies that, "You get over $200 million... all motion picture companies have corporate culture and corporate anxieties." Relating specifically to his shuttered maritime fantasy adventure, it sounds like it was very difficult for Fincher to appease the anxieties of Disney's corporate culture. »

- Jordan Benesh

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Wonderful New Trailer for Predestination; is it this Year's Looper?

25 September 2014 12:10 PM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

This super stylish new trailer for the Spierig brothers' new film, Predestination, has skyrocketed the film to the top of my most anticipated films list.

The story based on a Robert Heinlein short story sees Ethan Hawke as a time-travelling law man who must find a criminal through time and the no-frills style makes it seem like it could be up there with Rian Johnson's Looper in terms of quality.

Synopsis:

The life of a time-traveling Temporal Agent. On his final assignment, he must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.

So far there is no release date, but the film has played in a few festivals to great reception.

Presestination also stars Noah Taylor and Sarah Snook.

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Van Helsing Storyboards Reveal Unused Creature From The Black Lagoon Scene

24 September 2014 4:55 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Universal Studios tried to revive their classic monsters with 2004's Van Helsing, which starred Hugh Jackman ("The Wolverine") and Kate Beckinsale ("Underworld"). It featured a bunch of monsters: vampires, werewolves and Frankenstein's monster. But there was another monster that was supposed to appear in the film - the Creature from the Black Lagoon (also known as Gill-man) . Sadly, the scene didn't make it into the film, but you can view the storyboards below that storyboard artist  Doug Brode ("Looper") worked on. For those of you not familiar, Gill-man was featured in the 1954 film the Creature from the Black Lagoon and its two sequels, Revenge of the Creature (1955) and The Creature Walks Among Us (1956). Universal has made several attempts to reboot the franchise but they've been unsuccessful so far. Though, hope was renewed in July of this year when Universal hired Alex Kurtzman ("Star Trek Into Darkness")  and Chris »

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VFX Studio Atomic Fiction Opens Montreal Facility

23 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

VFX house Atomic Fiction has opened a new office in Montreal, a sister studio to the company’s home in Oakland, Calif.

The 15,000 square foot downtown facility is already home to more than 40 artists and support staff, overseen by senior producer Julie Cardinal. Atomic Fiction hopes to ramp up to 120-140 employees in Montreal over the next two years, including 100 artists.

In a written statement, Atomic Fiction co-founder and VFX supervisor Kevin said the company does not view Montreal as a satellite office. “It’s a flagship studio, and we’re building a culture that allows artists to thrive, develop their careers and create amazing work,” Baille said.

See Also: Cinesite VFX to Open Montreal Branch

The facility is already at work on Robert Zemeckis’s upcoming film, “The Walk.” Co-written, co-produced and directed by Zemeckis, “The Walk” details the story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, who in 1974 walked »

- Kevin Noonan and David S. Cohen

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Terry Gilliam and Rian Johnson on One Podcast? Mind blown.

19 September 2014 2:09 PM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Rian Johnson, the writer-director of Looper and the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII, talked with Terry Gilliam on the eve of the U.S. theatrical release of Gilliam’s new movie, The Zero Theorem. It's a podcast worth sharing.

In the first part of a two-part conversation for the Talkhouse Film podcast, Johnson and Gilliam discuss topics ranging from modern movie-watching and the perils of social media to Star Wars: Episode VIII, which Johnson is to write and direct.

Here is part one:

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Rian Johnson Talks "Star Wars" Freedom

19 September 2014 5:19 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

There's rarely more fun when filmmakers of a similar ilk interview each other. That was the cast this week when "Looper" director Rian Johnson star down with filmmaker Terry Gilliam on the latter's TalkHouse Podcast to talk about Johnson's next gig - "Star Wars: Episode VIII". He says things are still in the earliest stages right now:

"I'm just starting into it, but so far it's the most fun I've ever had writing. It's just joyous. The first movies I was making in my head were part of this world, so part of it is a direct connection - it's almost like an automatic jacking-in into childhood in a weird way.

I'm figuring it out as I go. I'm dancing on top of the avalanche a little bit. But it's a challenge of remembering what inspires you about the original films, but I think you can probably go to the »

- Garth Franklin

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Wish I Was Here: Zach Braff on his long-awaited Garden State follow-up

16 September 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Zach Braff cemented himself as a filmmaker to watch with his debut feature Garden State in 2004, but it's taken him a decade to make follow-up Wish I Was Here. So why the long wait? After initially searching for funding and full creative control within the studio system, the former Scrubs star turned to Kickstarter after feeling resistance from the industry who'd lavished praise on his first film.

Digital Spy caught up with Braff on the eve of Wish I Was Here's UK release to discuss his eagerly-awaited movie comeback...

After 10 years away from the director's chair, did he miss it?

"I really did. I directed episodes of Scrubs and I directed a pilot and some smaller things but I was really, really excited to direct another film. I just feel most at home directing a film, I just feel like I was made to do it. I'd wanted to »

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Duncan Jones and Rian Johnson interested in directing Preacher episodes for AMC

15 September 2014 10:44 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

As we speak, writing, directing and producing duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad, This is the End) are hard at work on an adaptation of Garth Ennis’ 1990s graphic novel Preacher for AMC. Over the weekend, the two got into a discussion about the project over Twitter, and caught the attention of up-and-coming directors Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper).

Aint It Cool News’ Eric Vespe began the conversation by suggesting that Goldberg and Rogen cast Kurt Russell as the Saint of Killers on the show. Jones then jumped in, apparently a bit out of the loop since he’s been busy directing a little video game movie called Warcraft for Legendary pictures, and asked about the project. Check out their conversation below (courtesy of /Film):

@ManMadeMoon @EricVespe @evandgoldberg TV show for AMC. Wanna direct some episodes? (I should note that we haven't finished »

- James Garcia

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Duncan Jones Is Game To Direct Some Episodes Of AMC's Preacher TV Series

15 September 2014 8:23 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Over the weekend, Ain’t It Cool News‘ Eric Vespe tweeted Seth Rogen with the casting suggestion of Kurt Russell for the Saint Of Killer's role in Rogen and Evan Goldberg's small screen adaptation of the controversial DC Vertigo classic, Preacher. This led to Warcraft director Duncan Jones joining the conversation, and although a lot of the exchanges are clearly banter, it does sound like Jones is genuinely interested in getting involved: @ManMadeMoon @EricVespe @evandgoldberg TV show for AMC. Wanna direct some episodes? (I should note that we haven't finished a pilot script) — Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) September 12, 2014 @Sethrogen @EricVespe @evandgoldberg But in all seriousness... I'd eat my own arm off to do it. — Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) September 12, 2014 Then, after a fan suggested Rian Johnson (Looper) also try his hand at directing an ep or two, this happened: @EricVespe I've got 2 hands. @ThatJoeMeyers @Sethrogen @ManMadeMoon @evandgoldberg — Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) September »

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