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The country is heating up as a film location, especially now that the Pinewood Dr Studios is ramping up operations with new production pacts and local production is posting dramatic growth. Last year’s direct earnings from mainly reality shows were $1.6 million; this year, the film commission reports earnings of $8.4 million as of September, with greater projections for 2016.
International projects shooting this year included four fiction pics, seven docs and 10 TV series, says film commissioner Yvette Marichal. Local production, spurred by government incentives, rose from eight pics in 2008 to 20 in 2014. Some 36 shooting permits were issued this year to homegrown projects.
For international shoots, the country offers a 25% tax credit on all qualifying local spend above and below the line for a minimum spend of $500,000, and 18% Vat and customs duties exemption of temporary imports on eligible goods. Furthermore, “taxes on foreign hires have been decreasing one point each year; it’s now 27%,“ says Marichal. »
- Variety Staff
It looks like Marvel's two-part "Avengers: Infinity War" may not be the only superhero film that's going to break the bank as Latino Review reports that the budget of Zack Snyder's upcoming "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" has risen to a whopping $410 million dollars.
If true, that puts it on par with what is still the record holder for the single most expensive movie ever made - 2011's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides". That film came in at a total of $410.6 million according to Forbes, though it was helped out by $34.1 million in government rebates.
The report comes two weeks after the rumor that Marvel's "Avengers: Infinity War" movies might come with a $1 billion price tag, though it wasn't clear in that report how extensive that estimate was. The article also indicates that Snyder's two-part "Justice League" films, which will begin a sixteen-month production run soon, »
- Garth Franklin
Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Bros. need Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice to be a hit. Not because it’s setting up their massive DC Extended Universe enterprise or that they’ve had a series of high profile bombs this year in the form of Jupiter Ascending and Pan (although those are both solid reasons), but because if it’s not a mega-smash-super-hit then it’ll probably lose money.
The latest rumour surrounding the film is that it’s cost Warners a whopping $410 million to make. That’s not a typo – $410 million. Working on the conventional assumption that marketing doubles that amount, Dawn Of Justice is going to have to make over $800 million just to break even. To put that in context, that’s more than the average total of both The Dark Knight Rises and Man Of Steel, the previous outings for Bats and Supes that were both highly anticipated in their own right. »
- Alex Leadbeater
It's been a few weeks now since it was revealed that Disney was working on a live action sequel to Mary Poppins. Rob Marshall, the director of Into The Woods, Chicago and, er, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is the man tasked with bringing the new film to the screen. And he's been talking for the first time about what we can expect.
Basically: not a remake, for a start.
In conversation with Vulture, Marshall said that "it is not a new Mary Poppins", and that "[author] P L Travers wrote eight books altogether. They worked from the first book, and we are working from the other books, not touching the iconic brilliance of Mary Poppins".
"This is an extension", he added. "I »
Warner Bros.' Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice represents the first time iconic superheroes Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) will be seen on the big screen together, when it hits theaters next March. This massive comic book adventure could end up making history in a completely different way, if a report from Latino Review is accurate. The site's sources claim that the budget has gotten so out of control it may be the most expensive movie ever made.
The report claims that Warner Bros. has spent a whopping $410 million, which, if accurate, would put it incredibly close to breaking the record of $410.6 million, spent by Disney on 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, according to financial documents obtained by Forbes. Before that movie went into production, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest had the record with $341.8 million, followed by Cleopatra, which cost $44 million to »
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a huge deal for the superhero movie genre. Not only is it the first live action pairing of Batman and Superman, but it’s also helping to kick off the DC Extended Universe, Warner Bros.' own big screen superhero world that will compete against the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Obviously the studio was going to pour a lot of money into the project, but it appears they may have spent more green on it than previously thought. According to Latino-Review, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s budget has risen to $410 million. Currently, 2011’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is the record holder for most expensive movie, with total production costs adding up to $410.6 million. So it’s quite possible that DC’s next movie could surpass that figure. This news comes two weeks after it was »
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is one of 2016’s most highly anticipated movies, and it’s also shaping up to be one of the biggest. Up until now, that was really down to the fact that this release is going to unite the Justice League, but its budget also looks set to make Batman V Superman possibly the most expensive movie of all-time, if a new report is to be believed.
According to Latino-Review, the budget has apparently spiralled out of control to a whopping $410 million, a figure which puts it up there with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. If true, Warner Bros. have got to be hoping that Batman V Superman ends up grossing upwards of $1 billion, something which shouldn’t be too difficult given the fact that the film is going to feature two DC Comics icons coming to blows on the big screen for the very first time. »
- Josh Wilding
The foundation will award the trio at its 30th anniversary celebration on Nov. 5 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.
“This year, the SAG Foundation celebrates 30 years of giving back to the community, and our three Patron of the Artists Award recipients are class acts known for generously contributing to a world-wide community of artists,” said SAG Foundation President JoBeth Williams.
“Each has discovered, nurtured and propelled creative talent both in front and behind the camera — Lee for diversity in storytelling and casting, Megan as a next generation patron for auteur filmmakers and Rob for reviving the musical genre and giving actors opportunities to showcase different talents.”
The nonprofit foundation has previously announced Leonardo DiCaprio will receive the Actors Inspiration Award at the event. »
- Dave McNary
The upcoming biggest event in the Marvel Cinematic Universe looks like it will also have the biggest bill of any film ever made.
A new report at Bleeding Cool says that in talking with "very well sourced comic book film insiders in New York bars last night," they were told that the upcoming two-part "Avengers: Infinity War" saga will have one gigantic price tag - a combined production budget of one billion dollars.
The report claims around $400 million of that is for screenwriters, directors, producers and principal cast members, with Robert Downey Jr. to get essentially "half of the actor budget". The report comes as there is no script yet completed or even a finalized plot in place.
If correct, this would easily be the biggest budgeted production of all time - well ahead of "The Hobbit" trilogy at $745 million and the single most expensive film to date - "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides »
- Garth Franklin
The dark romance revolves around Philip, played by Claflin, a young orphan, who believes his mysterious, beautiful cousin Rachel, played by Weisz, may have been responsible for the murder of his beloved guardian Ambrose, also a cousin of theirs. As Philip plots his revenge, his feelings become complicated as he falls under Rachel’s beguiling spell.
The book, originally published in 1951, was previously adapted into a film starring Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton and directed by Henry Koster. This version will be helmed by Roger Michell, who will also adapt the script.
- Justin Kroll
You're going to have to squint really hard and play 'Where's Waldo?' to find him, but we're pretty sure Johnny Depp is dressed as Capt. Jack Sparrow somewhere in a new cast and crew photo that has just arrived from the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales set. Today is National Talk Like a Pirate Day. And of course, Walt Disney Pictures wasn't going to let the holiday go by without sharing a little something from their new movie. Sure, a trailer isn't ready yet, and probably won't be until sometime in 2016. This fifth chapter in the popular franchise doesn't even open until 2017. But we do get this cool souvenir, which is made to look like it came from a photo op at Disneyland.
At the start of the week, news broke that Disney is working on a follow-up to Mary Poppins, digging into the many further Poppins books that author P L Travers wrote around the character. It's been revealed too that Rob Marshall, the director of Into The Woods and Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is going to direct the new film. And speculation began instantly as to who was going to be holding Julie Andrews' umbrella.
Well, we've got at least one name.
Den Of Geek (that's us!) has heard from a source involved in the casting process that Emily Blunt is on Disney's radar for the movie, and that she may even be the frontrunner for the role.
To be clear: this is from Disney's side, rather than Blunt's, »
We confess: we never saw this one coming. But then following the success that Disney has been enjoying with its live action fairytales of late, and the acclaim that the movie Saving Mr Banks enjoyed, perhaps it shouldn't have come as the surprise it has.
We're talking about Mary Poppins 2, which the studio is reportedly pressing ahead with. The new movie will be set 20 years after the original film, and will delve into the collection of Poppins adventures that P L Travers originally published. There were eight books in all, including Mary Poppins Comes Back. Don't be surprised if that ends up being the title.
Production wrapped earlier this summer on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, after a five-month shoot in Australia. Since this highly-anticipated sequel isn't set to hit theaters until July 7, 2017, it isn't known when fans may expect the first trailer. One of the new additions to the franchise in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is Kaya Scodelario, who revealed some new details about the pirate adventure while promoting her sequel The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, in theaters September 18. During an interview with Digital Spy, the actress revealed that this follow-up will remind fans of the very first adventure with Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), 2003's Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl.
"It [does have] a lot more of the first movie, that's what they wanted to bring it back to. [The producers] want to take it back to the beginning again. They wanted »
“Terminator Genisys” is clawing its way from flop territory into profitable terrain thanks to a big lift from Chinese audiences.
The critically derided cyborg sequel has earned a disappointing $89.4 million in the U.S., but it’s putting up huge numbers in the People’s Republic. The fifth film in the “Terminator” series topped foreign charts for the second weekend in a row, with the bulk of its $23.6 million overseas gross coming from China. It has made nearly as much there in eight days of release as it did in its entire stateside run, picking up $82.8 million.
“Terminator Genisys” is the latest domestic dud to get rescued by foreign audiences, joining the likes of “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” and “Pacific Rim” among the saved. As Scott Mendelson points out in Forbes, foreign returns essentially justified sequels to those films and other pictures like “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides »
- Brent Lang
Movie news - Orlando Bloom will appear in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales'. The 38-year-old actor will reprise his role as 'Bootstrap' Bill Turner in the fifth installment of the film franchise, having bowed out of the series for 2011's 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides'. The exciting news was announced by Disney bosses at its D23 Expo over the weekend, with Johnny Depp also returning to star as Captain Jack Sparrow for the film. The news of Orlando's return to the film - which will hit cinemas on July 7 2017 having recently wrapped filming in Australia - was kept under wraps, even though he confessed he was ''in discussions'' to return last year. He said: ''There have certainly been some discussions about it and I'm open to it. That whole experience working with Johnny and (director) Gore (Verbinski) was really amazing for me. »
It was a big day at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, Califorinia this past Saturday. Not only did fans get to see all the latest from Marvel and Star Wars, there was an unexpected, but very welcome, treat plopped right into the middle of Disney's big live-action movie panel presentation. Yes, it was a surprise visit from Johnny Depp, who showed up on stage completely decked out as Captain Jack Sparrow. He brought down the house and thrilled fans as Sean Bailey presented the next exciting film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil's Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea...Including him. »
When Disney announced the full D23 Expo schedule last month, it revealed that the Worlds, Galaxies, and Universes: Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios panel on Saturday would include Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, The Jungle Book, Marvel's Captain America: Civil War and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As it turns out, the studio had a few surprises up its sleeve, with Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp appearing on stage in his full Jack Sparrow costume. It was also confirmed that the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will bring back Orlando Bloom as Will Turner.
Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil's Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea. »
Our first major bit of casting news for the highly anticipated sixth season of HBO’s Game Of Thrones is a doozy. According to Entertainment Weekly, former Deadwood actor Ian McShane has signed on in a mysterious role. There’s hardly any details, but the site does add that he will apparently have a “relatively small amount of screen-time during the season, yet his character is of key importance.”
Just a guess here, but it’s a good bet he’ll be playing one of the sea-faring Greyjoy clan that have been confirmed to be an integral part of the next season. McShane would definitely suit the part of Theon’s ruthless, unhinged uncle Euron, anyway.
The veteran British actor will be best known for playing foul-mouthed bar owner Al Swearengen on HBO’s Deadwood, but he’s also popped up in the likes of Sexy Beast, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, »
- Mark Cassidy
Fresh off HBO programming president Michael Lombardo revealing that HBO's hit fantasy series Game Of Thrones will run for at least eight seasons, Entertainment Weekly is now reporting that the show has added a more than familiar face for the upcoming sixth season. EW reports that Golden Globe-winner Ian McShane (John Wick) has been cast in a mystery role in a season already shrouded by mysteries. At the moment, details on the role are scarce, but it has been described as one of the utmost importance, although McShane will only occupy the screen for a relatively small amount of time. McShane is probably best known for his work on HBO's Deadwood, but he has more recently appeared in John Wick, Hercules, and Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. What do you guys think of McShane's casting? Who do you think he may be portraying? Sound off with your thoughts below! »
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