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Back in March, we reported that production will begin next year on Sony Pictures' Ghostbusters reboot, although longtime director Ivan Reitman will not be at the helm, instead serving as a producer. Sony hasn't announced a replacement director at this time, but Dan Aykroyd recently appeared on NBC's Today show, where he revealed that pre-production will begin this spring.
"It looks like we'll be in pre-production in the spring now, from what I'm hearing. It should be good."
Of course, we've heard similar updates several times in the past, with this long-awaited project drifting through development for a number of years, which was hampered by several ill-fated attempts to get Bill Murray back on board. When Harold Ramis passed away in February, Ivan Reitman decided he would only produce and help Sony find a replacement director. Ruben Fleischer (Gangster Squad, Zombieland) was being eyed to direct in May, but we »
The 50-year-old actor was wearing a balding wig cap, fake teeth, a blue open shirt with a gold chain, and a black leather jacket as he shot the film's final scenes in Lynn, Massachusetts.
The Scott Cooper-directed crime drama is due for release in cinemas on September 18, 2015.
Bulger spent 16 years at large and 12 years on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list before he was arrested in June 2011, aged 81. Prosecutors indicted him for 19 murders and he is currently serving two life terms.
Here are 9 other actors morphing into some of the world's most notorious real-life gangsters below: »
After striking it big again as a director of last summer’s Iron Man 3, Black has re-partnered with Silver and Warner Bros. for a project he co-wrote with Anthony Bagarozzi titled The Nice Guys. And he’s landed some pretty nice guys to play the two L.A. detectives investigating the mysterious suicide of a 1970s porn star: Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe.
In June, the Wrap initially reported that the long-in-development project was falling into place, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Warner Bros. has acquired North American rights to the project, which is being produced by Joel Silver. “Nice Guys” re-teams the studio with Black and Silver, both who rose to prominence nearly three decades ago via the “Lethal Weapon” franchise — followed by Silver’s public split with Warners two years ago.
The script, co-written by Black with Anthony Bagarozzi, is set in Los Angeles during the 1970s and centered on a pair of detectives investigating the seeming suicide of a female porn star whose career was on the decline — leading to the uncovering of a criminal conspiracy.
The script has been in development for several years. In 2011, the Austin Film Festival held a staged reading, with Black directing, and offered this logline:
“In smoggy 1970s Los Angeles, Jackson Healy (muscle-for-hire, »
- Dave McNary
Fame Academy may only have lasted two series, but boy, did it burn bright. And even though it was over ten years ago that it was on our screens, we're still belting out David Sneddon's utter tune 'Stop Living The Lie' at our DS karaoke sessions.
But the news of series two's Alistair Griffin teaming up with Kimberley Walsh for a Tour de France single got us thinking - what happened to all of our favourite Fame Academy contestants? Well, here's what we could find out about 16 of the students over both series...
Ashley might have been eliminated in week one of Fame Academy (the shame) but he's not let that little disappointment hold him back. He went on to guest star in an episode of Cbbc's Mi: High... look, we promise, this gets better. He's now a sports presenter who helped launch Arsenal TV, »
Steve Pink, who directed the recent comedy remake About Last Night, has signed on to direct Overnight for Disney. We reported in February that Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) was in talks to direct, but a deal was never reached.
The absent-minded father, who is recently divorced, is trying to salvage his relationship with his son, while at the same time trying to defuse a hostage situation. The project was first set up at Sony/Columbia Pictures, but it was picked up out of turnaround last year by Disney.
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
“Zombieland” and “Gangster Squad” director Ruben Fleischer has signed a two-year overall deal at Universal Television that will allow him to create and develop new drama and comedy programming for both network and cable as well as executive produce — and occasionally direct — other scripted projects.
Fleischer also announced the formation of his new production company, The District, and has brought on RipCord Productions’ David Bernad as a producing partner. Bernad will also executive produce projects under the shingle.
“Ruben is wildly creative and his work successfully spans comedy and drama,” said Universal Television exec VP Bela Bajaria. “His talent and enthusiasm will be a welcome addition to our strong team of creators at Universal Television.”
Fleischer’s TV credits include co-creating and producing MTV’s “Rob & Big.” He has also directed numerous Funny or Die videos. His upcoming film projects include directing “Spy Hunter” for producer Dan Lin and Warner Bros. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Even though The Lego Movie was a monster hit at the box office, some Warner Bros. executives think that Emmet's everyman story needs to be spiced up. So, in a clip from the upcoming Blu-ray, they've added the popular Lego Ninjago characters into a couple of key action sequences. This not only improves the movie greatly, but it also helps set up audiences for the 2016 animated adventure Ninjago by introducing these popular Ninja brick warriors. Check out the new improved action, and then be sure to pick-up The Lego Movie, on Blu-ray this week!
Everything will be awesome when The Lego Movie arrives onto Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD 2-disc Special Edition, and Digital HD on June 17 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Village Roadshow Pictures. Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street), The Lego Movie is the hilarious story of a nobody who saves everybody. »
Iron Man 3 director Shane Black is currently developing a film noir project with producer Joel Silver called The Nice Guys. They are looking to cast Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe to star alongside each other in the movie. Nothing is set in stone at the moment, but if they can land the actors you can bet your ass they will.
The story is set in smoggy 1970s Los Angeles, and it "follows Jackson Healy (muscle-for-hire, recovering alcoholic) and Holland March (private eye, practicing alcoholic), who are brought together by the suicide of a fading porn star. However, the dead girl's aunt is convinced she saw her niece alive and well after the highly publicized incident. March needs money, takes the case, and within days, it's blossomed into a far-reaching murder conspiracy, bizarrely rooted in smog and the U.S. auto industry."
The script was written years ago by Black and Anthony Bagarozzi, »
- Joey Paur
Ava DuVernay is directing the pic.
He is repped by CAA, Management 360 and attorney Gretchen Rush.
- Justin Kroll
Ryan Gosling may get another chance at a modern take on an La-set crime film (to offset Gangster Squad) thanks to Iron Man 3 director Shane Black. In the wake of last year’s huge Iron Man success, Black has been taking time to get his next film off the ground. While his Doc Savage film continues […]
- Russ Fischer
After an exhausting wait, The Lego Movie is finally coming home on Blu-ray in the Everything is Awesome Edition, which includes a very funny and cool grindhouse spoof trailer for the Lego exploitation sci-fi crime thriller History Cops. Watch as infamous President of the United States Abraham Lincoln teams up with vigilante artist Michelangelo for the first buddy cop movie in history. Available June 17 as Warner Bros. brings the blockbuster hit home!
Everything will be awesome when The Lego Movie arrives onto Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD 2-disc Special Edition, and Digital HD on June 17 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Village Roadshow Pictures. Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street), The Lego Movie is the hilarious story of a nobody who saves everybody.
Ghostbusters will be re-released in North American cinemas this summer.
Sony has confirmed that it will celebrate the supernatural comedy's 30th anniversary by unveiling a newly-remastered print in 700 theatres beginning on August 29.
Rory Bruer – Sony's president of worldwide distribution – announced the anniversary celebrations: "Ghostbusters is still one of our studio's most beloved franchises.
"I was lucky enough to work on the release of the film on its first run, so it's a real thrill for me to see that it's still connecting with audiences everywhere. On the big screen or in home entertainment, this is a great movie to experience again and again."
There is an all-new website in development to celebrate the 30th anniversary.
A third Ghostbusters movie is also in the works, »
The first images from Michael Mann’s (Heat, Public Enemies) new thriller Cyber – which is reportedly now going by the title of Black Hat – have arrived online, featuring stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor: The Dark World, Rush) and Holt McCallany (Fight Club, Gangster Squad)…
Cyber – or whatever title it’s going by – is slated for release in the States on January 16th 2015 and in the UK on February 20th 2015, with a cast that also inlcudes Viola Davis (Prisoners) and Lust, Caution stars Tang Wei and Leehom Wang.
- Gary Collinson
While the shock of Edgar Wright’s sudden departure from Marvel’s Ant-Man has subsided, the studio has been busy looking for a new director. It has been almost two weeks since Wright resigned from the production, reportedly over a disagreement on rewrites of the script. The two possible directors that fans seemed most eager to see take on the Marvel property were James Gunn, who just directed Guardians of the Galaxy for the studio, and Adam McKay, who worked with Ant-Man lead Paul Rudd on the Anchorman films. But Gunn quickly shot down rumors that he was up for the gig, and McKay abruptly pulled out of negotiations.
Deadline is reporting that Rawson Thurber (We’re The Millers, Dodgeball) is the current favorite and that now Nicholas Stoller (Neighbors, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Michael Dowse (What If, Goon) are also being considered. Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) was previously »
- Eli Reyes
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