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In the multi-generational drama Hall will play Rory, a talented photographer who, at 42, isn.t where he wants to be, lacking a home, a girlfriend and a successful career.
He meets 29-year-old Ryan (Castle-Hughes), the eldest of three siblings who had led a selfish life until she discovers a talent for cooking. Ryan recognises Rory.s talent and hard work and encourages him to let go, allowing unexpected things to happen.
It.s the debut feature from The Film Bakery, produced by cinematographer/producer Ben Allan. Chong, a commercials and documentary director, started writing the screenplay five years ago. »
- Don Groves
As Warners distribution veteran Dan Fellman leaves the fray after four decades, as planned the studio has named Sue Kroll, a 21-year-studio veteran who currently runs worldwide marketing and international distribution, to run North American distribution as well. This secures Kroll's position as an effective executive during a time when Warners has suffered at the box office, from femme comedy “Hot Pursuit" and HBO sequel "Entourage" to the sequel to "Magic Mike," "Xxl," and the Wachowskis' sci-fi epic "Jupiter Ascending." Recent hits include Dwayne Johnson actioner “San Andreas” and comedy “Get Hard," while George Miller's “Mad Max: Fury Road” was a too-expensive success d'estime beloved by critics that may show legs at Oscar time. Sequel "Vacation" is expected to perform this weekend. In fact, it's international distribution head Veronika Kwan Vandenberg who will assume Fellman’s job (now »
- Anne Thompson
With Paper Towns performing admirably in theaters, it’s full steam ahead for John Green adaptation Looking for Alaska. Paramount and director Rebecca Thomas are continuing to test young actors and actresses for the lead roles of Miles Halter, Alaska Young and Colonel, and today brings word that the previously announced shortlist for contending actors has grown to include some big names.
Bates Motel‘s Nicola Peltz, who had a key role in Transformers: Age of Extinction, has entered the fray alongside Mad Max: Fury Road actress Courtney Eaton, according to TheWrap. Both (pictured above) are testing for the coveted part of Alaska, a mysterious boarding school student whose enigmatic nature and stunning looks transfix new student Miles.
- Isaac Feldberg
In a key leadership transition, Warner Bros. worldwide marketing and international distribution chief Sue Kroll is expanding her duties, as domestic distribution head Dan Fellman prepares to step down after nearly four decades at the Burbank studio.
Kroll will become president of worldwide distribution, adding North America to her portfolio. As part of the management shift, international distribution chief Veronika Kwan Vandenberg will take over Fellman’s day-to-day responsibilities, continuing to report to Kroll. Her title will be president of domestic and international distribution.
Fellman, who will stay on until the end of the year and then consult for the studio and other clients, is widely respected both within the creative and exhibition communities, and is considered an effective broker in the disagreements that periodically flare-up between studios and theater owners over movie terms. He has been with the studio since 1978, overseeing the successful releases of such hits as “The Dark Knight” trilogy, »
- Brent Lang and James Rainey
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” star Nicola Peltz and “Mad Max: Fury Road” actress Courtney Eaton are testing for the coveted title role in Paramount’s adaptation of John Green’s “Looking for Alaska,” while John D’Leo (“Unbroken”) and Logan Miller are being eyed to play Colonel in the film, TheWrap has learned. Peltz and Eaton join “The Witch” breakout Anya Taylor-Joy and model Imogen Waterhouse (“The Last Photograph”) on the shortlist to play mysterious boarding school student Alaska Young, who beguiles a new classmate names Miles. Spider-Man finalist and former “Red Band Society” star Charlie Rowe and up-and-comer Mitchell Hope »
- Jeff Sneider
Now that the midway point through 2015 has been passed, iSpot.tv has undertaken an analysis of the spending and engagement for movie studios’ TV advertising activity so far this year.
Over the last six months, the movie industry spent more than $1.7 billion advertising official trailers on national TV for this year’s new films. That bought 621 spots, which aired nationally over 300,000 times. However, that doesn’t include the many dollars that flowed into co-promotions (“Minions,” brought to you by Tic Tacs!), or the dozens of trailer remixes and sneak previews studios now leveraged on YouTube and beyond.
These are the movies with the biggest TV advertising budgets behind them: (Click here for full-size image.)
2. Focus (Warner Bros.): $43.3 million
5. Entourage (Warner Bros.): $40.6 million
I'm not exaggerating or being hyperbolic when I say I believe this is one of the best episodes we've ever done on this podcast as we review Southpaw and Paper Towns, listen to rube stories, get to know Greta a little more, discuss Adam Sandler, classics we don't quite understand why they're classics, your voicemails, television and much, much more. It's non-stop entertainment for just under two-and-a-half hours! Hope you enjoy! Note: This is the last podcast that will be made available through the old Libsyn app. All future podcasts will be released on iTunes, which means Apple's Podcast app will always work, and all episodes will always be available at Soundcloud.com right here or by using the Soundcloud app available for Apple and Android devices. If you are on Twitter, we have a brand new Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @ropepod. Give us a follow won'tchac »
- Brad Brevet
Amy Schumer is having a moment. She's established herself as a golden girl of Comedy Central and a star on the Us stand-up circuit, and now the actress/comedian has graduated to the big screen with a lead role in much-lauded romantic-comedy Trainwreck. And what better way to mark that moment than with a Madonna homaging photoshoot? No better way, we can hear you say. Empire's new issue has done exactly that with a gloriously slinky shoot and an interview in which we find out what makes this star-in-the-making tick and have a nice chat about Mad Max: Fury Road too. Scroll down for an early peek.Pictures credit: David VenniSchumer's script for Trainwreck was sufficiently strong to persuade Judd Apatow to direct a movie he hadn't written for the first time. Lady has game, in other words, not to mention smarts and, increasingly, Hollywood clout. Not that she thinks so. »
The 40th annual Toronto International Film Festival will open with Jean-Marc Vallée’s “Demolition,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts. Ridley Scott’s “The Martian,” with Matt Damon, and Michael Moore’s “Where to Invade Next” were among the world premieres unveiled Tuesday during the Festival’s first major announcement.
In addition to more than a dozen Gala titles, more than 30 Special Presentations films were also revealed, with world premieres including Jay Roach’s “Trumbo” and Nicolas Hytner’s “The Lady In The Van.”
With the bulk of Toronto’s slate still under wraps, this first blast reflects the fest’s high-street persona in its mix of awards-season contenders (world-premiering pics alongside Sundance, Cannes and other fest-circuit notables), hot-topic cinema, high-profile Canadian titles, foreign pics likely to connect with North American audiences and star power.
- Jennie Punter
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Movie Trivia of the Day: Think you know all about the Mission: Impossible franchise? Mr. Sunday Movies humorously lists 50 facts about these movies: Trailer Remake of the Day: Vulture has redone the trailer for the new Fantastic Four movie with footage from Roger Corman's cheap 1994 version: Cosplay of the Day: Since Mad Max: Fury Road is all about the women characters, why not turn Immortan Joe female, too? Well, here you go (via Fashionably Geek): Supercut of the Day: In honor of Paper Towns, editor Jacob T. Swinney compiled scenes of teens climbing through others' windows for Slate. Movies featured include Heathers, Scream and Scary Movie...
- Christopher Campbell
Mad Max: Fury Road took the minimalistic approach to its storytelling, opting instead to provide one of the most adrenaline-fueled action pictures audiences have ever seen. In that regard, it was a modest success. In case you didn't pick up on all the delightful details of Fury Road, Warner Bros. has just released a short trailer that breaks down the villain, Immortan Joe, as well as the civilization he... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Warner Bros. has released a silly little video titled "Who Killed the Worldc" promoting the upcoming Blu-ray release of Mad Max: Fury Road on Sep 1 and it features words such as "Wordburgers" and is told from the perspective of the young "Warpups", of whom I remain convinced Scrooloose from Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome is one. amz asin="B00XQ13ZSO" size="small"The release date and features for the upcoming Blu-ray were announced last week, the notable omission being the much talked about black-and-white silent version writer/director George Miller seemed to like more than the final, theatrical released version. There were rumors it might make the Blu-ray release, but when it wasn't included among the features the dominating assumption now is WB will do the same thing they did with Gravity when they released a separate, "silent" version, removing composer Steven Price's score, and deliver a separate monochrome version down the line. »
- Brad Brevet
Ethan Hunt and co. are back in a familiar yet thrilling new instalment to the Mission Impossible franchise, which sees Imf's top agent face his most formidable foe yet. Following right on cue from Mad Max: Fury Road, Rogue Nation breathes a modern tempo and some technical pizzazz into old school, tangible thrills, setting itself apart from this summer's wearisome CG-heavy tentpoles. After going against protocol one too many times, Congress shuts down Imf (again) and Agent Hunt is called in from his current assignment, chasing down an elusive organization known only as the Syndicate. He goes rogue and resurfaces six months later when he summons his sidekick Benji to Vienna. Soon they find themselves chasing former MI6 agent Ilsa to Morocco, as she might...
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Even a couple months after Mad Max: Fury Road hit theaters, the movie has stuck with us all summer. In particular, the flame-throwing Doof Warrior guitarist from Immortan Joe army has made quite the impression on movie goers, even prompting Conan to get a little crazy when he went down to Comic-Con for some of […]
- Ethan Anderton
It has been destroyed by critics (read our reviews here and here)and was called the Worst Blockbuster of All-Time by our own Anghus Houvouras – but Terminator: Genisys passed a milestone this weekend.
Terminator: Genisys added another $2.5 million to its domestic total and has now made $305 million worldwide, the majority of which has come from overseas. In the Us, the movie has made just $85 million, but its worldwide take of $219 million (taken mostly in South Korea, United Kingdom and Russia) has helped push the movie past the $300 million marker.
However, the movie cost a whopping $185 million – and that doesn’t include marketing costs – so there is still some way for it to go before it becomes “profitable”. Terminator: Genisys is currently the 14th biggest movie of the year, and is being outperformed by The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, Taken 3 and Mad Max: Fury Road. »
- Luke Owen
From the creator of Gattaca and The Truman Show comes a tense and psychological journey into the morality of drone warfare. Ethan Hawke (Training Day, Sinister) stars as a fighter pilot who now battles with Taliban using just a joystick – but is he saving the world or making it worse?
Good Kill is out on DVD and Blu-ray from 3rd August 2015, and stars:
It is written and directed by:
You can order Good Kill via Amazon here.
The competition closes at midnight on Sunday, »
- Gary Collinson
Does Hollywood try to remake/sequelize/franchise-extend every single one of its successful movies? Sometimes it feels that way, but there’s a little more nuance to studio practices than that. If you’re looking for meaning in this summer’s blockbuster season – not always easy – you could call it Dr. JurassicMax or How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Reboot. Rebooting franchises isn’t as common, well-received, or lucrative as you might think. Today let’s look briefly at the history of the reboot – and how this summer changed it.
First, what technically counts as a reboot? One school would say that anytime the cast shuffles, it’s a reboot, meaning we’re now on the second reboot (and third iteration) of Spider-Man films. That’s pretty rare; far more often, duration between films is the deciding factor, and it just doesn’t feel right to slap »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Movie Montage of the Day: In honor of Pixels, Cineplex produced this compilation of the best of video game movies -- both adapted from them and made about them (via The Playlist): Supercut of the Day: In honor of Southpaw, Jacob T. Swinney has edited a great montage of boxing movies titled "Cinema on the Ropes" for Slate: SuperDupercut of the Day: Here's yet another compilation of movie clips, this one by Michael Mirasol for Movie Mezzanine and focused on chase sequences, all tied to and inspired by Mad Max: Fury Road: Movie Remix of the Day: Speaking of Mad Max: Fury Road, here's what it looks like scored to a metal-guitar...
- Christopher Campbell
The fifth film in the "Mission: Impossible" series, 'Rogue Nation,' had its world premiere in Vienna earlier this week ahead of a global launch late next week.
The series has had a rocky history though there's no question that the John Woo-directed second film is seen as an outright dud. Whether Brian DePalma's espionage-oriented first film or J.J. Abrams action-driven third film is better depends upon whom you talk to though both seem to be pretty close.
What is clear is that Brad Bird's fourth film, "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," was a winner both with audiences and critics - garnering good reviews and way more box-office than any of the previous entries, revitalising the brand.
The good news is reviews for 'Rogue Nation' so far indicate writer/director Christopher McQuarrie has continued the uptick in quality and has delivered something at least on par - »
- Garth Franklin
Mad Max: Fury Road is the sort of film that will inspire film nerd conversations for years to come. The craft behind it is so potent and sharp that we can’t really help it; there’s a lot to talk about in George Miller’s latest film, built as it is on his direction, the cinematography of John […]
The post Votd: Celebrating the Push-In Shots of ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
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