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Last year, numerous leaked emails from the Sony hack made headlines around the world, revealing plans for potential movies such as a 21 Jump Street and Men In Black crossover, Ghostbusters 4 starring Channing Tatum and the Spider-Man reboot. Recently, the Wikileaks website has categorized over 30,000 searchable emails from the Sony hack, one of which shows why Marvel Studios isn't exactly keen on making female-lead superhero movies. The August 7, 2014 email, from CEO Ike Perlmutter to Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton, hints that isn't interested in making female superhero movies because, simply, they don't make money, citing three specific examples. Take a look at the email below.
As we discussed on the phone, below are just a few examples. There are more.
1. Elektra (Marvel) - Very bad idea and the end result was very, very bad. BoxOfficeMojo.co/Movies/?id+elektra.htm
2. Catwoman (WB/DC) - Catwoman was one of »
Lionsgate has pledged to finance and co-invest in up to 25 British independent films “with an increased production value” over the next four years.
The company has invested in and released more than 20 British features in the past three years with a combined production budget of more than $225m including Lasse Hallstrom’s Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt; Ralph Fiennes’ The Invisible Woman and Coriolanus; Mike Newell’s Great Expectations; and Jon S Baird’s Filth starring James McAvoy.
Lionsgate Europe CEO Zygi Kamasa, who recently signed a long-term deal to stay at the company, said of the move: “The UK is one of the most creatively exciting places in the world to be making movies right now and we want to help make independent British films be at the forefront of cinema worldwide.”
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- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
It looks like we’ll be seeing a female President in the White House, in movie terms at least. Word from Hollywood is that actress Sela Ward is set to take on the role of Commander in Chief in Roland Emmerich’s long-awaited sequel, Independence Day 2.
Ward, who featured in Emmerich’s 2004 disaster film The Day After Tomorrow, joins a cast that includes the returning Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner and Bill Pullman, as well as new recruits Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Nymphomaniac), Maika Monroe (It Follows), Joey King (Wish I Was Here) and Jessie Usher (When The Game Stands Tall).
Set for a May production start, Independence Day 2 is released on June 24th, 2016.
- Scott J. Davis
Ward will be starring in the sequel with Bill Pullman, who played President Thomas Whitmore in the original 1996 blockbuster.
Independence Day 2's plot has been kept under wraps thus far, with the only confirmed detail being that an alien horde once again tries to invade earth.
Jeff Goldblum and Judd Hirsch are confirmed to be reprising their roles as environmentalist David Levinson and his curmudgeonly father Julius, while Vivica A Fox and Brent Spiner are also back from the first movie.
Everyone needs a little gal-pal time! Lorde and Jennifer Lawrence enjoyed a girls' night out in New York City Sunday night ahead of the Met Gala Monday, opting for a low-key night out on the town. The 18-year-old singer donned a navy blue sweater dress with heels while the Oscar-winning actress opted for ripped jeans, a white tee and black heels. J.Law appeared makeup free (and obviously still stunning) for her outing, sporting bright blonde wavy hair and just a simple light shade of lip-gloss. Lorde, on the other hand, rocked bare-minimum makeup and looked great, too. The young Hollywood stars became friends after they worked together on the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. Lorde »
We may be buzzing about the possibility of a different woman in the White House by the time Independence Day 2 opens in 2016, but for now, the Roland Emmerich-directed sequel has just added Sela Ward to its cast in the key role of President Lanford.
Ward, known best for her role on CSI: NY, has a history with Emmerich – they last worked together on The Day After Tomorrow, which stands as one of the helmer’s biggest hits. Though Ward has done more work on the small screen since playing Dr. Lucy Hall in that disaster extravaganza, she last appeared as Sharon Schieber in David Fincher’s Gone Girl.
She joins a cast that includes some familiar faces, like Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Vivica A. Fox, all of whom starred in Independence Day way back in 1996, as well as newcomers to the franchise like Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games »
- Isaac Feldberg
Just the most recent adaptation of Thomas Hardy's romance novel, director Thomas Vinterberg's Far from the Madding Crowd is a painterly film, every image of it captured and displayed on screen is so rich and neatly framed, colors vibrant, landscapes captivatingly photographed. I don't know much about the technical craft of shooting a film but this new take on the story results in a very appealing picture to look at from its first frame to its last. Unfortunately, the film's beauty is too often found on the surface and not beneath it, a polished veneer without the underlying heart to fully sustain it. Based on Hardy's Brit-lit classic, Far from the Madding Crowd is set during the late 1800s, a time when men ran everything. Err, almost everything. Enter Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), a successful, headstrong woman and the sole heir to one of the largest farms in the region, »
- Jordan Benesh
Vintage Jen is back! Throwing it back to her Oscar-nominated Winter's Bone days, Jennifer Lawrence stepped out (with Lorde!) on Sunday, May 3, in NYC, modeling sunny, tousled beach waves and a deep tan. The Hunger Games' leading lady, 24, rocked her new hairstyle, complete with extensions, the day before the Costume Institute Gala 2015, which she is co-chairing. (Though she officially debuted the style while taking in the Broadway musical, Finding Neverland, on May 1.) Wearing only minimal makeup, Lawrence let her sun-kissed skin shine. To complement the [...] »
Us-based Australian director Frank Lotito will direct The Olive Sisters, a romantic drama adapted from Australian author Amanda Hampson.s 2005 novel, which will star Leslie Mann and Anthony Lapaglia. Lotito takes over from Fred Schepisi, who is still attached to the project as an executive producer. A former stand-up comic, Lotito made his feature directing debut on Good Ol. Boy, a Us comedy which will have its world premiere later this month at the Seattle International Film Festival. Based on a true story, set in 1979 and scripted by Anjul Nigam, Paul Quinn and Gregory Scott Houghton,. Good Ol. Boy centres on a family from India that moves to the Us with hopes of living the American Dream.
While their 10-year-old son Smith falls head-over-heels for the girl next door, his desire to become a .good old boy. propels him further away from his family.s ideals. The cast includes Jason Lee »
- Don Groves
Josh Hutcherson will star in the upcoming James Franco-directed drama “The Long Home,”an individual with knowledge of the project has told TheWrap. Hutcherson is best known for the role of Peeta Mellark, Katniss Everdeen’s fellow tribute in “The Hunger Games” franchise. The film is based on the William Gay novel of the same name. Set in 1940s Tennessee, a young man (Hutcherson) finds himself working for the very bootlegger who killed his father 10 years earlier. This marks the second collaboration for Hutcherson and Franco, as Franco cast Hutcherson in his adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel “In Dubious Battle. »
- Joe Otterson
Based on the novel by William Gay, “The Long Home” is set in the 1940s in rural Tennessee, where a young man (Hutcherson) goes to work building a honkytonk for a charismatic and diabolical bootlegger, unaware that the man had murdered his father 10 years prior. He runs into further trouble when he falls for the young woman the bootlegger is grooming to be a prostitute.
Hutcherson can be seen »
- Justin Kroll
The two actors join Dominic Sherwood, who will play Jace, whose leading lady, Clary Fray, is yet to be cast.
Simon, intelligent and very handsome in a non-calculated kind of way, is Clary’s longtime best friend. An accounting student by day, Simon spends his free time performing in a band. His loyalty and feelings for Clary are tested as he fights alongside her on an epic journey.
Isabelle is an exotic-looking, beautiful Shadowhunter. An expert with her whip, and a trained fighter who can kill it in high heels, she’s just as lethal as she is attractive. Her one weakness, however, is her choice in men, as she always goes for the bad boy.
Based on the bestselling “Mortal Instruments” books by Cassandra Clare, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
However, the series was scrapped after the film didn't perform as well as expected, making over $90 million worldwide. It was initially marketed to become the next successful 'young adult' movie series, following Twilight, The Hunger Games and Divergent.
Campbell Bower told Digital Spy that he was sad to hear the movie series had been scrapped, but that he enjoyed making the film.
"Of course I was disappointed, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't," he said. "We were greenlit for movie two. I think placement, timing, all sorts of different factors led to [that decision]. We did well, but we didn't do supremely well. »
In its first week in stores, 20th Century Fox’s action sequel “Taken 3” shot to the top of the national home video sales charts the week ending April 26, ending a weeks-long dry spell of high-profile new releases.
The film, which earned $89.2 million in theaters, finds Liam Neeson reprising his role as retired CIA operative Bryan Mills, this time clearing his name after being framed for the murder of his wife. Its domestic theatrical take wasn’t nearly as much as that of the first two installments in the franchise, but the film still managed to outsell its nearest competitor, Warner’s “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” by a margin of more than 7 to 1. That’s a function, no doubt, of the fact that “The Hobbit” has been available for more than a month but remains high on the charts because of the conspicuous lack of any »
- Thomas K. Arnold
People, Jena Malone does not have time to be bothered by such restrictions. She has stuff to do! The Hunger Games actress was spotted running errands around town yesterday in a cute and casual outfit, but one thing was very clear—Malone decided to ditch a bra for the day. Hey, can ya blame her? Sometimes you just wanna let the girls roam free instead of making them succumb to an over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder. Especially when the errand is a quick run to the grocery store to grab some essential items for lunch. Malone was photographed on her way back from the store as she carried a few items in her hands while walking home in Los Angeles. She seemed to have just hopped out of the shower, with her »
Success in Hollywood is a tricky game! Elizabeth Banks has enjoyed a super successful career as an actress and is now jumping behind the camera as she directs the highly anticipated a cappella sequel "Pitch Perfect 2". But getting there wasn't easy, as the 41-year-old admits that not every actress in her "age group" has been so lucky. "There was a group of us girls coming up. A lot of us are surviving. Some of us are not," she explains in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "I used to go to auditions with Tara Reid. So, you know, we didn't all make it. We're not all still here. I do love 'Sharknado,'" she quickly added. Ironically, the two have a lot more in common than one would think. The "American Pie" actress starred in a recent parody of "The Hunger Games" called"The Hungover Game," spoofing Banks' character Effie. »
- tooFab Staff
Lionsgate’s “Power Rangers” movie has been moved back six months to Jan. 13, 2017, from its original release date of July 22, 2016.
“Power Rangers” creator Haim Saban is producing the film along with Brian Casentini, head of development and production for Saban Brands, and Allison Shearmur, who oversaw “The Hunger Games” as president of production at Lionsgate.
Saban launched “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” in 1993 as a live-action TV series. It has been in continuous production ever since, with the series renamed each year — the latest iteration is “Power Rangers Super Megaforce,” which began airing in February.
Details have yet to emerge on plans for the new film franchise other than that the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers will be portrayed as a group »
- Dave McNary
With just over two months to go until its release, Paramount Pictures has debuted a “payoff” poster for Terminator Genisys, director Alan Taylor’s (Thor: The Dark World) retooling of the Terminator franchise…
When John Connor (Jason Clarke, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney, Insurgent) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Terminator), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…
- Gary Collinson
Exclusive: Nicola Pearcey promoted at indie major.
Zygi Kamasa commented on the promotion: “Nicola has played a fundamental role in driving the UK business forward throughout her time at the company. She brings a wealth of management and leadership experience to this new role, which will be a key ingredient of our continued growth.” »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Based on an original concept by Ryan Griffen, the plot follows a group of non-humans who are battling for survival in a world where humans feel increasingly inferior and want to silence, exploit and kill them.
The protagonists are two estranged Indigenous brothers (Page-Lochard and Collins), who are forced together to fight for their own survival. Otherworldly dreaming creatures also emerge into this .real world. dystopian landscape.
Commissioned by ABC-tv's Indigenous department, the series is an Australian/New Zealand co-production between Goalpost Pictures and Pukeko Pictures.
The Sapphires. Wayne Blair is lead director with Leah Purcell also directing. Blair recently completed Us thriller Septembers of Shiraz, which tells the true story of a secular Jewish family caught in the Islamic revolution in Iran, »
- Don Groves
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