Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are nearing a deal to produce a movie about the FIFA scandal for Warner Bros., which has just won a bidding war for an upcoming book on the infamous subject, an individual familiar with the situation has told TheWrap. Gavin O’Connor will direct from a script by Anthony Tambakis. The duo previously collaborated on the excellent Mma movie “Warrior” and Natalie Portman‘s upcoming western “Jane Got a Gun.” The FIFA scandal made headlines around the world and inspired Buzzfeed investigative reporter Ken Bensinger to write the book “Houses of Deceit,” which insiders claim will be the. »
- Jeff Sneider
Warner Bros. Pictures won a bidding war for the rights to Ken Bensinger's book "Houses of Deceit" which is being seen as the definitive account of Blazer's role in the largest sports and public corruption scandal in history.
Blazer is one of the biggest reasons for the sport's growing popularity in the United States, but his lavish lifestyle led to allegations of bribery. Ultimately he wa deemed a cooperating witness in May’s arrests of FIFA executives.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
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- Christopher Campbell
It didn’t take long for Hollywood to capitalize on the embarrassment that is FIFA. The soccer (or football, depending on where you live) organization has been widely know to be corrupt for years, but something was actually done about it in May when the FBI arrested top executives as a result of a lengthy investigation. Now THR reports that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are set to produce an adaptation of Ken Bensinger’s book Houses of Deceit, which was just acquired by Warner Bros. The book is being seen as the “definitive account” of American FIFA exec Chuck Blazer’s role in the FIFA scandal. While one might see this as an opportunity for Affleck to direct, the project already has Warrior helmer Gavin O’Connor attached to helm and co-write with his frequent partner Anthony Tambakis. O’Connor recently wrapped shooting on the thriller The Accountant, which stars Affleck, »
- Adam Chitwood
Gone Girl meets Misery in a tense and unforgiving psychological thriller, starring Academy Award Nominee Rosamund Pike proving once again that she is the star to watch in 2015. Unafraid to break new ground, Return To Sender will leave audiences wanting more as it dares to challenge with unexpected turns and surprises.
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) stars as a small town nurse who gets brutally attacked and raped in her own home by a mysterious man (Shiloh Fernandez). Following his arrest, she starts to write to him but the letters all get returned unopened. Determined to confront him she then starts to regularly visit him in prison and seemingly befriends him, against her father’s (Nick Nolte) express wishes. Unable to understand his daughters »
- Gary Collinson
Are bygones ever really bygones?
Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn’t recognise Gordo (Joel Edgerton) at first, but after a seemingly coincidental series of encounters proves troubling, a horrifying secret from their past is uncovered after nearly 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones?
From the producer of Whiplash and The Purge - Jason Blum – comes a chilling psychological thriller that marks the feature directorial debut of acclaimed actor and writer Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Zero Dark Thirty, Warrior). »
Dharma Productions, Lionsgate, Endemol India and Fox Star Studios are teamed on Brothers, the Bollywood remake of Gavin O’Connor’s 2011 Oscar-nominated sports drama Warrior which starred Tom Hardy. Produced by Karan Johar, directed by Karan Malhotra and starring Akshay Kumar, Sidharth Malhotra (My Name Is Khan) and Jacqueline Fernandez (Kick), this is teed up to be one of the Bollywood blockbusters of the summer. The trailer (see above) garnered nearly 2M views in less… »
Bravest Warriors #33
Written by Kate Leth
Colors by Lisa Moore
Published by Boom! Studios
Back from a summer camp, which ended up featuring an interdimensional eldritch being and Catbug’s evil brother, the Bravest Warriors are ready for some well-earned R and R. However, when they get back to their hideout, they are greeted by a sweet and disgusting sight. Plum reunites with her girlfriend Peach, but Danny’s beloved “toast goblin” Jelly Kid is dead. In Bravest Warriors #33, Kate Leth scripts an interactive closed room mystery story finding out which Warrior, ally, or random intruder killed Jelly Kid. There are three answers at the end of the comic (drawn by Adam Del Re, Kat Leyh, and Leth’s Fraggle Rock collaborator), but most of the fun is figuring out the “killer” yourself. Ian McGinty’s art is pretty »
- Logan Dalton
Kurt Sutter is poised to return to FX with a new series. FX has given a series order to the new show from Sutter, who previously created Sons of Anarchy and wrote for The Shield, both of which were on FX as well. Titled The Bastard Executioner, the show’s first season will run for ten episodes, with Brian Grazer onboard as executive producer as well. Relative newcomer Lee Jones will be taking on the titular role, with Sons of Anarchy‘s Katey Sagal, True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer, and Starred Up‘s Sam Spruell among the cast, alongside Sutter himself. The Americans‘ Matthew Rhys is also set to guest star on the series.
The show itself will make its premiere on FX in the fall, though a date has yet to be announced. The show’s synopsis, via FX’s press release, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Warner Bros. has announced release dates for several of its upcoming movies, and the studio has also removed a planned film from its schedule. Project Xx, the sequel to the 2012 found footage party comedy, will be released on August 19, 2016. There's no word on who will direct or if the original cast will return, but Project X co-writer Michael Bacall is penning the script. The Gavin O'Connor-directed (Warrior, Jane Got A Gun) action thriller The Accountant starring Ben »
- Jesse Giroux
Warner Bros has confirmed a collection of new release dates for some of its upcoming projects, Each of these thus far as an American date, but we expect the UK arrival in each case to be roughly around the same time.
First up, there's The Accountant, from Warrior director Gavin O'Connor. The film stars Ben Affleck, Jeffrey Tambor, Anna Kendrick and J K Simmons. It follows the story of a man who's an accountant most of the time, and an assassin the rest of it. And it's now due to arrive on January 22nd.
Then there's the new film from The Hangover director Todd Phillips. Entitled Arms & The Dudes, the new comedy stars Jonah Hill and Miles Teller as a pair of friends who decide to bid on Us military contracts during the Iraq war. »
After I walked out of Mad Max: Fury Road over the weekend, I was impressed by a lot of things. The performances, namely Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. The absolutely insane practical effects that were filmed in-camera. The fact the film was made by a man whose last three directorial credits include Babe: Pig in the City, Happy Feet and Happy Feet Two. Don't get me wrong, I like dancing penguins and city-dwelling pigs as much as everybody else, maybe more, but let's agree the War Rig in Mad Max: Fury Road takes viewers on a ride that those animals, cute as they are, simply cannot. Perhaps two of the biggest highlights of the film, however, are its stunning attention to detail and the way it embraces the world around it, to the point its world doesn't feel created so much as it just exists. There is a sense of »
- Jordan Benesh
As of the writing of this post we're still waiting for final weekend numbers for Mad Max: Fury Road's opening weekend, but estimates peg it around $109.4 million worldwide, which isn't too bad for an R-rated film, though it still has some ways to go given its $150 million production budget before it covers all its costs. That, however, isn't stopping director George Miller from discussing the future of the franchise as he's already revealed there is "more Max to come" and has now told The Q&A Podcast with Jeff Goldsmith the title of the next entry will be Mad Max: The Wasteland. iOTA in Mad Max: Fury RoadPhoto: Warner Bros. "We've got one screenplay and a novella," Miller said. "It happened because with the delays on Fury Road, and writing all the backstories, they just expanded." Speaking of expanding storylines, Miller revealed the origins of the flame-throwing »
- Brad Brevet
Directed by George Miller
Australia/United States, 2015
Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) stands atop a sandy, rocky hill overlooking the unforgiving Australian desert, still haunted by the memories of his deceased family. Having perfected what it means to fend for one’s self, his ability to survive is seriously put to the test when kidnaped by a band of sickly, youthful warriors belonging to a secluded but powerful community run by Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne. They bring him back to their dungeons, torture him, and preserve him as a ‘blood bag’, a source of energy to help the citadel’s fighters, plagued by an unknown illness. Immortan Joe’s grasp on the people is simple: he controls the water supply. But not everyone is willing to simply abide by his tyrannical rule. Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a scarred »
- Edgar Chaput
Shared universes are big business right now, and here are seven franchises that could, and should be expanded...
It's likely that by the time you finish reading this sentence a new cinematic universe will have been born. In fact, it may be one of the cinematic universes I propose later in this article. If that's the case, I apologise for my obsolescence. Furthermore, if you're reading this in the future and any of my proposed cinematic universes have come to pass and turned out awful, I also apologise.
Just know that I'm sorry, and I've a feeling that many of us are going to be sorry and that the film industry could be in a sorry and confusing mess in five years time thanks to 'Cinematic Universe Fever' (a real affliction, and currently a very common complaint on the casebooks of doctors and private physicians in Hollywood). Right now, really »
If "Mad Max" is "A Fistful Of Dollars" and "The Road Warrior" is "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly," then clearly "Fury Road" is George Miller's "Once Upon A Time In The West," the moment when his movies move from the archetypical to the profound. It seems impossible that George Miller has been away from live-action for 17 years. Then again, nothing about George Miller's career has ever really fit into any typical model. I always think of him as part of the Class of '82, the directors whose work really crystallized in what I maintain is the greatest geek movie line-up of all time. Most of those guys came out of the system, either through the Roger Corman training program or moving from TV to movies, trained at southern California film schools so they all had similar skill sets. Miller was different, though. He was never really one of them. »
- Drew McWeeny
It was another strong weekend at the box office – both in the U.S. and on the international scene – and Avengers: Age Of Ultron shows no signs of slowing down.
Rentrak’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, “Disney/Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ continues to dominate the global movie marketplace, holding as the #1 film in many markets boasting another impressive $68 million weekend internationally in advance of the China opening this Tuesday and a massive global total to date of $875.3 million. Additionally, Universal reports ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ is off and running with a solid $8.8 million and number one debuts in Australia and New Zealand this weekend in advance of its North American debut later this week.”
- Movie Geeks
But he has revealed that nothing prepared him for the physical challenges that faced him in his latest role - the title character in Mad Max: Fury Road.
"(Mad Max was) heavy metal in the baking sun, blunt traumas and car crashes, cars rolling over, spikes... Everything's metal," he told SFX magazine. "You're on wires with very little clothing on, and you've got a harness.
"It's very sweaty and hot and you're getting wrenched in the air and trying to bounce, smashed against metal, day in/day out, for six months. I got battered. I mean, it was bad."
The actor has taken over the role from Mel Gibson, »
Jeff Nichols, who earned widespread acclaim for his dramas Take Shelter and Mud, has next lined up Loving, a drama he wrote and will shoot this September. Warrior actor Joel Edgerton and World War Z actress Ruth Negga are attached to lead the drama in the roles of Richard and Mildred Loving, the couple at the center of 1967 civil rights case Loving v. Virginia.
The Lovings were an interracial couple who married in June of 1958, only for their union to be met with violence and legal repercussions. Authorities broke into their home, arrested them and sentenced each to a year in a Virginia state penitentiary. The sentence was dismissed on the condition that both of them left Virginia and did not return, a compromise neither wanted to simply accept. Over nine strenuous years, the Lovings battled against a racially prejudiced system to find their way home together.
This isn’t »
- Isaac Feldberg
Marvel Studios has commenced principal photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on Captain America: Civil War, the third installment of its Super Hero franchise. The production will shoot on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production, as well as locations in Germany, Puerto Rico and Iceland.
Set for release in the United States on May 6, 2016, Captain America: Civil War is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Community”) from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (“Captain America: The Winter Solider,” Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger”).
The film returns Chris Evans (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron”) as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America along with Robert Downey Jr. (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel’s “Iron Man 3”) as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson (“Avengers: Age of Ultron, »
- Michelle McCue
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