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The gambit of launching Tony Mahony and Angus Sampson.s dark comedy The Mule simultaneously on digital platforms in Australia, New Zealand, the Us and Canada last Friday, bypassing cinemas, seems to be paying off.
Initial reports from iTunes and distributor eOne are very encouraging, according to Sampson, who served as one of the producers.
Consumers can buy the title on digital platforms for $24.99 and it will be available to rent online and on DVD and Blu-ray on December 3.
The caper starring Sampson as a naive guy who is caught with lethal narcotics hidden in his stomach and tries to withhold the evidence, literally, ranks as the most popular indie title on iTunes in Australia and in the Us.
.In Australia iTunes says the film is doing three times better than its estimates, .Sampson tells If. .EOne just told me the pre-orders for physical sales are five times better than they would have done normally. »
- Don Groves
Interviewing an actor or director regarding their current film is always a lot of fun. The interview typically tends to head in one of two directions: either the subject gives short, very brief answers and it’s like pulling teeth asking someone questions or having a nice conversation with them, or the preferred way: the subject is very happy to have to chat, and it becomes much more like a conversation and the sometimes tedious standard of “ask question/get answer” fades away and it’s much more organic.
Such was the case, when we recently had a chat with Insidious/100 Bloody Acres star Angus Sampson, regarding The Mule, a crime thriller/comedy that Sampson not only stars in, but co-wrote with Leigh Whannell (the Saw/Insidious series, direction of Insidious: Chapter III) and also produced and co-directed. If there was a role in front and behind of the camera with The Mule, »
- Jerry Smith
Most real actors would rather do a West End play than appear in a major Hollywood blockbuster.
Does that surprise anyone? Is this a statement that would normally send cold shivers down the spine of those who read it? Idris Elba dropped a truth bomb this week, pointing out some of the ridiculousness of modern movie making. Strapped into a harness for hours, dangled back and forth against a green screen, being yelled direction through a bullhorn. I doubt this is what anyone attended the Royal Shakespeare Company for.
The very obvious truth is that actors do blockbuster movies for the career bump and sometimes the pay check. The popular quote for popular actors is “one for them, one for you”. You do the studio movie to get paid, which allows you to do the »
- Anghus Houvouras
Starring Riley Keogh, “Wolverine Hotel” from director Patricia Chica is howling closer to production with a recent financing commitment from Jean-Guy Després, who will serve as exec producer. The edgy crime thriller is produced by Canada-based Byron Martin.
Looking to cast a Latino actor as co-star, Chica met with rising Mexican thesp Luis Gerardo Mendez (“We Are the Nobles”) during Afm though he has not yet been attached. “A Latino star opens up a market,” said Martin.
Keough, who stars in “Mad Max: Fury Road,” plays an ex-stripper who gets mixed up with two dangerous men. Canadian actress Christine Soloman (“Basra,” “Heliopolis”) has just been attached to play a supporting role in “Wolverine Hotel.”
“Being directed by a young up-and-coming filmmaker like Patricia Chica, with a strong creative vision, this film has the potential to also do well in the international film festival circuit,” said Després. Martin is at the »
- Pat Saperstein
In Great Britain, there are plenty of great actors. In the last few years alone, Colin Firth, Christian Bale and Daniel Day Lewis have all walked away from the Academy Awards ceremony with statues in hand. Go back a few more years and you can add the names of Rachel Weisz, Tilda Swinton, Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren to the list of winners, and there’s no sign of the talent pool drying up any time soon.
This week alone, there are two films opening which showcase two of the finest young talents: The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing; and The Drop, in which Tom Hardy appears alongside the late James Gandolfini. Cumberbatch is currently one of the frontrunners to be nominated in the Best Actor category early next year, while Hardy’s low-key performance is apparently engaging but unlikely to see his name feature among the awards contenders. »
- Jonathan Cordiner
Australian films. share of the national box-office this year is destined to fall well short of last year.s 3.5% and the 10-year average of 3.8%.
Through last Sunday the 31 local features and documentaries released this year, plus around 20 titles that carried over from 2013 or earlier years, had racked up $19.6 million.
The year-to-date gross is $908.9 million so that represents a market share of 2.18%. Still to come are Paul Fenech's comedy Fat Pizza vs Housos (November 27), Jon Hewitt.s Turkey Shoot reboot and Jim Lounsbury.s mystery drama Love is Now (both December 4) and Russell Crowe.s The Water Diviner (Boxing Day).
So by year.s end the market share will probably be the lowest since 2004.s 1.3%.
Last year Aussie films and docs accumulated $38.5 million, boosted by The Great Gatsby.s $27.4 million. This year only The Railway Man (which launched on Boxing Day), Wolf Creek 2 and Tracks surpassed $2 million and no other title cracked $1 million. »
- Don Groves
Would lower ticket prices encourage more people to see Australian films in cinemas?
That question has been raised several times in the debate over the inability of. local films to connect with moviegoers. The answer is a resounding yes, according to some respondents to the latest informal survey on social media.
However exhibitors and distributors have rejected calls for variable pricing for Australian films. .If you ask people about value/price, they always say that items are too expensive, however Gold Class and other added-value offerings continue to be extremely successful,. Paramount Pictures MD Mike Selwyn tells If. .Cinema is good value entertainment considering the quality of the infrastructure in Australia..
Producer Annie Kinnane asked on Facebook, .If Australian films at the cinemas had a ticket price of $15 compared to the big American films at $19.50 would you see that as a way of supporting our Aussie film industry - or »
- Don Groves
Fresh off Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, and having recently scored both The Dark Knight Rises and last year's official DC Comics cinematic universe kickstarter Man of Steel, composer Hans Zimmer is returning to score Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. And given his ties to Nolan's own Batman franchise, Zimmer is enlisting the help of a friend to aid in tackling the theme music for the titular superheroes. According to Zimmer (via Comic Book Resources), composer Junkie Xl, given name Tom Holkenborg, will be taking on scoring duties for Ben Affleck's Batman, while Zimmer will use his Man of Steel score as a palette with which to create theme music for Henry Cavill's Superman. Zimmer said he agonized over whether to use any of his previous Batman-related work for Zack Snyder's upcoming film, and ultimately he decided he didn't want to betray what he, Nolan, and James Newton Howard »
- Jordan Benesh
Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer has already given audiences his version of the Batman theme for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, and was recently tasked with doing so again for Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Many people (including myself) wondered how Zimmer would leave his past work with the Bat behind and compose an entirely new piece of music for Snyder’s version of the Caped Crusader, and now we have our answer: he won’t.
Don’t worry, Zimmer is still very much attached to compose the score for Batman V Superman. Instead of doing the whole thing, however, he’s just going to work on the Superman aspects of the score. For the Bat’s music, he’s enlisted the help of Junkie Xl. It’s a clever way to sidestep his fears of “betraying” his past work, and something he speaks »
- James Garcia
One of the big hesitations that "Man of Steel" composer Hans Zimmer had regarding returning for the upcoming sequel "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" is that he's already been down this road before. Specifically he didn't want to create new Batman music after all his work on the scores for Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy.
Appearing at the premiere of "Interstellar" this week, Zimmer revealed to Cbr the solution he eventually came up with to solve the problem - he outsourced the work to his friend Tom Holkenborg (aka. Junkie Xl):
"You know something? I have agonized over it. I agonized over it, so much so that finally, I went, I don't want to betray what Chris, James Newton Howard and I did. And so I asked Zack [Snyder] if it would be Ok if I called a friend in. And I'm going to be working with Junkie Xl, »
- Garth Franklin
Before Man of Steel composer Hans Zimmer finally confirmed in April that he will be providing the score for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the musician admitted in September 2013 that he was unsure about taking on this job, because he didn't want to create new Batman music after working on Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy. During the red carpet premiere of Interstellar, Hans Zimmer revealed he came up with a solution, and has brought in his friend Junkie Xl to handle the Batman music.
"You know something? I have agonized over it. I agonized over it, so much so that finally, I went, I don't want to betray what Chris, James Newton Howard and I did. And so I asked Zack [Snyder] if it would be Ok if I called a friend in. And I'm going to be working with Junkie Xl, who really is a great friend. »
The award-winning composer, who announced in April that he would score the movie, revealed that he plans to soundtrack Superman's scenes while Junkie Xl will be behind Batman's.
Zimmer created the scores for both Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy and Snyder's Superman reboot.
The music producer explained that he was initially unsure over what direction to take with the soundtrack of the upcoming superhero blockbuster.
"I have agonised over it. I agonised over it, so much so that finally, I went, I don't want to betray what Chris [Nolan], James Newton Howard and I did," he told Comic Book Resources.
"And so I asked Zack [Snyder] if it would be okay if I called a friend in. And I'm going to be working with Junkie Xl, who really is a great friend."
When Hans Zimmer was brought on to compose the score for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, he faced an unusual predicament. After creating iconic music for Batman in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, he would have to create a completely new sound for the DC Cinematic Universe.s version of the Caped Crusader. Even for someone as experienced as Zimmer, this would be a difficult challenge. Fortunately, the composer has found another way of giving the legendary character a unique score without being directly involved. When asked by Spinoff Online how he would be handling Batman.s score for Batman v Superman, Zimmer revealed that he.s brought on Junkie Xl, composer of films like the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road and 300: Rise of an Empire, to compose Batman.s music. He came up with this idea after "agonizing" over revisiting Batman and »
Byron A Martin Productions’ crime drama Wolverine Hotel will represent Canada at the Los Cabos International Film Festival and Co-Production Forum.
Wolverine Hotel is based on a screenplay by Canadian Andrew Lynch about three drug addicts trapped in a grim environment.
“Byron A Martin has been selected for our inaugural project exchange programme,” said Strategic Partners director Laura Mackenzie.
“He embodies the world-class talent we have here in Canada and the project he has in development is impressive and perfectly suited for co-production.”
Martin and Chica’s first collaboration Serpent’s Lullaby played in Short Film Corner »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be in business with Shoreline Entertainment,” said Sun. “Morris Ruskin was the first person to truly believe in me, my films and what I can do as a horror film-maker. I can’t wait to make more films for Morris and Shoreline Entertainment.”
The premiere is scheduled for November 15 in Australia with Reid, Moseley, Jones and the rest scheduled to attend.
It opens in Australia on December 4. “We are currently still in the process of locking in Australian screens, but we are »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The long-term contract includes on-demand rights for all new movies during the pay TV window as well as exclusive pay TV rights to all Warner movies across several platforms. Pics will also be available via non-linear services Sky Go and Sky Anytime.
In addition to first broadcasting rights, Sky is acquiring exclusive pay TV rights to a package of library films including rights for Sky Go and Sky Anytime.
Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, president, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution, said: “As our television business continues to evolve and consumer behaviors shift to include more options for viewing our content, it is important to have a smart, »
- Leo Barraclough
Coinciding with the home-entertainment release of X-Men: Days of Future Past, the folks at Screen Junkies have turned their attention to the latest chapter of 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise for the Honest Trailers treatment…
X-Men: Days of Future Past hits DVD and Blu-ray in the States on October 14th and in the UK on November 10th. Featuring in the cast are are X-Men veterans Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Lucas Till (Havok), Halle Berry (Storm), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) and Daniel Cudmore (Colossus) alongside franchise newcomers Evan Peters (American Horror Story) as Quicksilver, Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) as Warpath, Omar Sy (The Intouchables) as Bishop, Fan Bingbing (Iron Man 3) as Blink, Adan Canto (The Following) as Sunspot, Evan Jonigkeit (The Following) as Toad, »
- Gary Collinson
Graphic artist Dylan Todd (in collaboration with Comics Alliance) has created "Supermovies," an infographic that gives a helpful look at all known superhero movies coming out over the next six years and beyond. All the dates are referenced in detail at Comics Alliance.
2015 looks pretty bare compared to the coming years, but it has some large non superhero movies scheduled, including Star Wars: Episode VII, Jurassic World, Mad Max: Fury Road, Tomorrowland, James Bond #24, Fast and Furious 7, Inside Out, Terminator: Genisys, Pan, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Mission: Impossible 5, The Good Dinosaur, and The Hateful Eight. So don't worry, even without a full slate of superhero films, next year is going to be an insane year of movies.
Via: Geek X Girls
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- Free Reyes
We’ve already seen a video breakdown of how Bryan Singer brought Quicksilver (Evan Peters) to the big screen in X-Men: Days of Future Past, and now we have some prop art of the fan-favorite speedster to check out, courtesy of concept artist Henry Fong (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Pacific Rim)…
X-Men: Days of Future Past hits DVD and Blu-ray in the States on October 14th and in the UK on November 10th. Featuring in the cast are are X-Men veterans Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Lucas Till (Havok), Halle Berry (Storm), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) and Daniel Cudmore (Colossus) alongside franchise newcomers Evan Peters (American Horror Story) as Quicksilver, Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) as Warpath, Omar Sy (The Intouchables) as Bishop, Fan Bingbing (Iron Man 3) as Blink, »
- James Garcia
It’s a wonder on why this story is barely being mentioned by TheWrap. Perhaps signing on to the X-Men movie may conflict with possibly signing on to David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad.” According to Deadline, Hardy is “close to signing on” for that project.
Nonetheless, it’s always fun to speculate.
Source: TheWrap »
- Gig Patta
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