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Mark Romanek to Direct Third Movie About the 1980 Norco Bank Robbery. Watch the First One Now.

16 June 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

A 35-year-old bank robbery and shootout will be the basis for the next Mark Romanek movie. The Wrap reports that the director behind One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go and numerous classic music videos will helm Norco, an action thriller dramatizing the events of Norco, California, on May 9, 1980, which left three men dead, including a sheriff's deputy, and the destruction of 30 vehicles on the street plus one helicopter that was shot down by the heavily armed perpetrators. The incident, which went down as the most violent in American history, also led to the local police departments equipping themselves with automatic weapons, reportedly the first step in militarizing law enforcement on that level. So, the movie will be set decades ago but have a certain topicality given...

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Mark Romanek to Direct ‘Norco’

15 June 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Mark Romanek has been plenty busy in the past few years, but he hasn’t actually released a movie since 2010’s Never Let Me Go. Happily, he looks ready to get back into the feature filmmaking game with Norco, a bank robbery thriller based on true events. More on the Mark Romanek Norco project after the […]

The post Mark Romanek to Direct ‘Norco’ appeared first on /Film. »

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Mark Romanek in Negotiations to Direct Bank-Robbery Thriller Norco

15 June 2015 12:47 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

With today's news that MadRiver Pictures has acquired Adair Cole's Norco script, we're also hearing that Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) is in final negotiations to direct. The thriller is based on the true story of a 1980 bank robbery and manhunt that rocked North Corona, California. MadRiver’s Marc Butan had this to say about the picture and the addition of Romanek: “Adair wrote a script that tells this story with a raw, almost matter-of-fact intensity that it makes you feel like you are there.  Adding Mark to the mix brings it all home, as he is one of the few filmmakers out there who provides the visual style this piece calls for but also gets the performances from actors." [caption id="attachment_252709" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Fox Searchlight[/caption] Getting the tone of this one correct is going to be a tricky balance since it could easily swing too far one way and glorify the criminals, »

- Dave Trumbore

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North Corona Bank Shootout Movie in the Works With Director Mark Romanek

15 June 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

MadRiver Pictures is developing a movie based on the landmark 1980 bank robbery shootout in North Corona, Calif., and is in final talks with “Never Let Me Go” director Mark Romanek to come on board.

MadRiver will finance and produce “Norco,” written by Adair Cole. Producers are Marc Butan and Mason Novick (“Juno”) with Edward Fee exec producing and Michelle Knudsen co-producing.

The robbery and shootout saw two of the five heavily armed perpetrators and one sheriff’s deputy killed with another eight wounded. Gunfire damaged over 30 police cars and one police helicopter.

The shootout resulted in police officers starting to arm themselves with automatic weapons, leading to the increased militarization of police forces.

Butan launched MadRiver Pictures in Cannes following an initial capitalization from private and strategic investors and a $30 million revolving equity investment from Vendian Entertainment. The company plans to finance and produce three to four wide release films »

- Dave McNary

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Mark Romanek to Direct Action Movie ‘Norco’ for MadRiver Pictures

15 June 2015 11:40 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Mark Romanek (“Never Let Me Go”) is in final negotiations to direct the action movie “Norco” for MadRiver Pictures, the company announced Monday. MadRiver will finance and produce the movie, which is based on a script written by Adair Cole. Marc Butan and Mason Novick (“Juno”) are producing, while Edward Fee will serve as executive producer and  Michelle Knudsen (“500 Days of Summer”) will serve as co-producer. “Norco” is inspired by the true story of a 1980 North Corona, California bank robbery and manhunt. The robbers were heavily armed with assault rifles, shotguns and pipe bombs. The subsequent shootout and high »

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Mark Romanek To Helm Heist Tale "Norco"

15 June 2015 8:42 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

MadRiver Pictures has announced that Mark Romanek ("One Hour Photo," "Never Let Me Go") is in final negotiations to direct the action-thriller "Norco"

The 1980-set true story tale is set around North Corona, California where bank robbers, heavily armed with assault rifles, shotguns and pipe bombs, got involved in a shootout and high speed chase considered the most violent in American history.

The incident saw the destruction of over 30 police cruisers, the downing of a police helicopter and countless injuries. The shootout resulted in officers arming themselves with automatic weapons which led to today's increasing militarization of the police.

Adair Cole ("San Patricios") penned the script while Marc Butan and Mason Novick will produce.

Source: MadRiver Pictures »

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The Spider-Man Casting Has One More Finalist

15 June 2015 8:08 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Another day, another name to throw onto the pile of potential young actors who might play Peter Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you weren.t paying attention over the weekend, the list of candidates still in the hunt for the role of Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War (and beyond) boiled down to three actors: Tom Holland; Charlie Plummer; and Matthew Lintz. Those names came from sources speaking with The Wrap. But now, Birth.Movies.Death adds another name that they have heard from their own sources: Charlie Rowe, of The Golden Compass and Never Let Me Go. Bmd cites this intel as coming from a Sony source, and they claim that the race is down to Tom Holland and Charlie Rowe. Here.s a montage of the young man.s work: Bmd saying that this information comes from a Sony source is relevant because another story breaking »

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Marvel And Sony's Hunt For Spider-man Is Now Down To These Two Actors

12 June 2015 3:45 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

While Asa Butterfield may now be out of the running to play Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Birth.Movies.Death reports that Marvel and Sony's hunt is now down to just two actors. Those are Tom Holland (The Impossible) and Charlie Rowe (Never Let Me Go). The latter wasn't mentioned in the report from earlier today, but was said to be testing for the role last month. The site adds that there is actually no real dispute between Marvel and Sony over the casting; instead, both parties are just "exhibiting a lot of caution" when it comes to finding the right actor to introduce as Peter Parker in Captain America: Civil War. A reporter from Variety appears to have also confirmed that it's down to these two, so here's hoping we hear something official soon.  This seems to take Charlie Plummer and Matthew Lintz out of the running, and »

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Monica Lewis, Actress, Singer, Dies at 93

12 June 2015 1:13 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Monica Lewis, a former Benny Goodman vocalist who headlined the very first broadcast of “The Ed Sullivan Show,” was the voice of the popular Chiquita Banana cartoons, clowned opposite Jerry Lewis, Red Skelton and Danny Kaye, and had co-starring roles in such films as “Earthquake,” “Airport 1975” and “The ConcordeAirport ’79,” died on June 12 of natural causes at her apartment in Woodland Hills, Calif. She was 93.

Lewis was born in Chicago to a musical family headed by her father Leon Lewis, who was a symphonic composer and conductor. Her mother Jessica sang with the Chicago Opera Company and her sister Barbara was an accomplished classical pianist. Her brother Marlo became head of variety for CBS-tv and created Ed Sullivan’s “Toast of the Town” show.

Monica studied voice with her mother from the time she was a toddler, but when the family lost everything during the Depression, they moved to New York to start over. »

- Variety Staff

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Monica Lewis, Actress Who Sang in Chiquita Banana Cartoons, Dies at 93

12 June 2015 1:13 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Monica Lewis, a former Benny Goodman vocalist who headlined the very first broadcast of “The Ed Sullivan Show,” was the voice of the popular Chiquita Banana cartoons, clowned opposite Jerry Lewis, Red Skelton and Danny Kaye, and had roles in such films as “Earthquake,” “Airport 1975” and “The ConcordeAirport ’79,” died on June 12 of natural causes at her apartment in Woodland Hills, Calif. She was 93.

Lewis was born in Chicago to a musical family. Her father Leon Lewis was a symphonic composer and conductor; her mother Jessica sang with the Chicago Opera Company and her sister Barbara was a classical pianist. Her brother Marlo became head of variety for CBS-tv and created Ed Sullivan’s “Toast of the Town” show.

Monica studied voice with her mother from the time she was a toddler, but when the family lost everything during the Depression, they moved to New York to start over. »

- Variety Staff

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Ten filmmakers whose skills would be well-suited to television

10 June 2015 8:39 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

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The migration of filmmakers from the big screen to the small one is not a new phenomenon, but another team was formally inducted this weekend, with the Wachowskis’ Netflix series Sense8 making its debut. The duo join the ranks of others such as Steven Soderbergh, and they are far from the last ones, as Steve McQueen, Baz Luhrmann, and Amy Seimetz are among those who are poised to make the creative leap as well. There are some filmmakers, however, who have displayed a set of talents that make the idea of them moving to television an exciting one. Here are ten filmmakers who would be a great fit on the small screen in charge of a tv show.

1) Alex Garland

With a writing filmography that includes 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go, and Dredd, Alex Garland has proven that, no matter the genre, he is capable of telling a compelling story. »

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Summer of Darkness: When Did Summer TV Get So Grim?

5 June 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Think of your summer leisure time -- beaches, baseball, barbecues, vacations, camping, fairs, fireworks, sunshine... What can the TV programmers offer to pull you away from all that?

How about monsters, murders, alien invaders, serial killers, horror, gore, and violence?

Seems counterintuitive, right? And yet, that's what this summer's TV fare looks like, a parade of grimness and bleakness at a time when people are most likely to seek escapism.

This year's summer of darkness began with the launch on Fox last month of "Wayward Pines," the new series based on Blake Crouch''s novels and featuring the signature spooky touch of "Sixth Sense" and "Signs" director M. Night Shyamalan. So far, the show's highlights have included vehicular mayhem, cultish creepiness, mysterious conspiracies, summary executions, and hints of lurking monsters.

Not to be outdone, NBC has "Aquarius," with David Duchovny putting on his Fox "Creepy" Mulder hat as a 1960s »

- Gary Susman

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Birdman Actress Andrea Riseborough In Talks To Play The Villainous 'Top Dollar' In The Crow

21 May 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

According to Deadline, Relativity Studios is in negotiations with Andrea Riseborough to play the villain in Corin Hardy's remake of The Crow, which will star Boardwalk Empire's Jack Huston as the doomed Eric Draven. Riseborough ( Birdman, Oblivion, Disconnect, Made in Dagenham, Never Let Me Go) would play a character named Top Dollar, who was originally written as a man and was played by Michael Wincott in the first adaptation back in 1994. Top Dollar runs a crime syndicate, and is indirectly responsible for the deaths or Draven and his fiancée Shelly (Jessica Brown Findlay). The remake is being produced by Edward R. Pressman, Kevin Misher, Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, and Jeff Waxman. James O’Barr is also on board as a consultant. The Crow will take flight in 2016. »

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A "28 Months Later" Is In The Works

12 May 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Writer/Director Alex Garland, coming off the success of "Ex Machina," is not a major fan of sequels. Yet one of his earliest writing efforts, Danny Boyle's acclaimed zombie drama "28 Days Later," may be getting another one it would seem.

Garland was not involved in the first sequel "28 Weeks Later" and had no interest in a third for several years. However, he now tells The Playlist that a third film is moving forward with producer Andrew McDonald and it came about due to a random idea:

"The rights to '28 Days' were frozen, effectively, because they were shared between Danny [Boyle], [producer] Andrew [McDonald], myself, and Fox. After the second one, none of us really wanted to do another. Fox may or may not have, I don't know.

[Then] about two years ago, Danny [Boyle] started collaborating on the potential to make 'Trainspotting 2,' another sequel. In that conversation, an idea for '28 Months' arrived. »

- Garth Franklin

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Natalie Portman in Talks for Ex MacHina Director’s Enviro-Horror Thriller Annihilation

7 May 2015 12:31 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

As a screenwriter, Alex Garland has been doing impressive work for years on films like 28 Days Later, Sunshine, and Never Let Me Go. He recently made his directorial debut on a character-driven sci-fi film called Ex Machina which, if you haven’t heard already, is the best movie of 2015 so far. As a result, many have been curious to see what Garland will do next, and it appears that his adaptation of the excellent Jeff VanderMeer novel Annihilation is shaping up to be the winning candidate, with an Oscar winner circling the lead role. Per Variety, Natalie Portman is in early talks to star in the Paramount Pictures film, which is best described as a chilling enviro-horror thriller. The story follows the expedition of four women who are sent into the mysterious “Area X”, a portion of land in the United States that has been secretly quarantined due to abnormal activity. »

- Adam Chitwood

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HBO Series Order For David Fincher’s Video Synchronicity

5 May 2015 4:35 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Academy Award nominated filmmaker David Fincher is renowned for many things – tense drama, intriguing plot twists, and even the odd Grammy-winning music video – but comedy has, so far, not been one of his signature moves. This is about to change, however, as HBO have handed a series order to Fincher, for his 1980s-set music video comedy series – currently known as Video Synchronicity.

The half hour show is led by Robby – a young, naïve, good-natured college drop-out, who decides to relocate to Hollywood and achieve his dream of shooting an epic science fiction movie. When the situation proves itself to be somewhat more challenging than he had previously assumed, he gets himself a job at a company that produces music videos. His position as production assistant causes him to cross paths with many different characters – from directors to on-screen talent, and from the lowliest crew member to the highest paid executive »

- Sarah Myles

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Listen: 33-Minute Talk With Alex Garland About 'Ex Machina,' VFX, Gender Consciousness, Etc

28 April 2015 10:12 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If you haven’t seen “Ex Machina” yet, then you’re not doing 2015 right. This dazzling, morosely funny power play between a modern-day Dr. Frankenstein, his creation and the unwitting pawn in the story’s sinister game of chess is the one to beat as far as films released so far this year. Directed by screenwriter/novelist Alex Garland —who has explored similar thematic material in pictures like Mark Romanek’s “Never Let Me Go”— owes a degree of its success to its cinematic forebears like David Cronenberg, and specifically the film’s spartan, three-character narrative, claustrophobic air of dread and sexual menace bring to mind the early pictures of Roman Polanski. And yet “Ex Machina” is a true original, if for nothing else due to giving us the year’s most unforgettable dance sequence featuring Oscar Isaac. Garland’s film works simultaneously as a crackerjack genre exercise, an alluringly »

- Nicholas Laskin

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Exclusive Interview: Alex Garland Talks Ex Machina

26 April 2015 5:35 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The science-fiction genre can be a hard one to embrace. As screenwriter and director Alex Garland can teach us, it is more important for the characters and ideas to resonate with the audience than the groundbreaking visual effects. Garland wrote a variety of acclaimed sci-fi films, including the zombie thriller 28 Days Later, the Kazuo Ishiguro adaptation Never Let Me Go and recent cult favorite Dredd. In all of those titles, plus his newest film – the brainy sci-fi thriller, Ex Machina – the characters trump the concept.

Ex Machina has been one of the year’s biggest art-house successes, after two weeks in limited release. It tells the story of Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a tech programmer who gets the chance to test out the new work of reclusive genius and company figurehead Nathan (Oscar Isaac). That new creation is a female A.I. named Ava (Alicia Vikander), which soon proves to be more than it seems. »

- Jordan Adler

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Interview with Alex Garland, writer/director of Ex Machina

24 April 2015 8:57 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Alex Garland’s résumé reads like a laundry list of recent sci-fi and horror cult hits, with screenplay credits including 28 Days Later (2002), Sunshine (2007), and Dredd (2012). His latest, Ex Machina, may stand to follow that same path of cult adoration – although hopefully for Garland, its box office will follow more in the footsteps of 28 Days Later than those of Dredd. The sparse, character-driven sci-fi film follows Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), an office drone at a major tech company who wins the opportunity to spend a week at the secluded home of his employer, Nathan (Oscar Isaac). Caleb discovers Nathan has recruited him to test the behavior of an android, Ava (Alicia Vikander), that Nathan has developed. As Nathan begins to display a more megalomaniacal side and Ava proves even more emotionally developed than expected, Caleb’s big week with the boss starts to slide unsettlingly south.

Director Garland made his first big »

- Patrick Dunn

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Review: Ex Machina

20 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Screenwriter Alex Garland is responsible for a number of highly regarded science-fiction screenplays including 28 Days Later, Never Let Me Go and Dredd. With Ex Machina, which opened Friday, Garland for the first time adds directing on top of his writing credits. Ex Machina has taken the film festival circuit by storm and received accolades as a Drafthouse Recommends title. However, the more I think about it, the more I feel this movie is overrated.

Ex Machina is a richly beautiful, smart, thought-provoking work of science fiction that unfortunately suffers from a viciously sexist underlying theme. Oscar Isaac plays Nathan, a charismatic cyber genius who at the age of 13, wrote the software that would eventually become Google. He invites Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), an employee chosen by lottery, to spend a week at his remote estate for a kind of sick Willy Wonka-esque robot nightmare tour.

Nathan explains to Caleb that he »

- Mike Saulters

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