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The big screen adaptation of Assassin’s Creed has yet to start filming, but with an impressive cast made up of names like Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard (along with their director from Macbeth), there’s already a lot of reasons to be excited about what’s to come in the movie. The awesome first image of the X-Men star suited up certainly helped to build excitement too, and with Ubisoft taking a key role in its development, many are hoping that Assassin’s Creed will be the release which finally fixes the video game movie genre.
Jean-Julien Baronnet, the CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures, has been doing a good job of trying to put the minds of fans at ease, too, especially with comparisons to movies like Batman Begins and Blade Runner:
“[Michael Fassbender] accepted very quickly. And it was the only actor which we thought was obvious. So we started with the actor, »
- Josh Wilding
Amy Schumer Set to Receive “Hollywood Comedy Award” for Trainwreck at the “19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards®” Emmy Award-winning writer, producer, comedian and actress Amy Schumer will be honored with the “Hollywood Comedy Award” at the “19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards.” The ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on November 1, 2015. The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season®, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 18 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. Honorees have gone on to garner many Oscar nominations and wins. Schumer wrote and starred in her first feature film, Trainwreck, which garnered excelled critical acclaim and box office success. Schumer is also in her 4th season of Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, of which she won this year’s Emmy for Outstanding Variety and Sketch Series. It was previously announced that »
Enlisting to play brothers in arms, the pairing join Mad Max: Fury Road star Nicolas Hoult in the drama, which is to be directed by Fernando Coimbra, a filmmaker that needs no introduction after helming several episode of Netflix’s so-hot-right-now drugs series, Narcos. For the longest time, it looked as though Fantastic Four‘s Toby Kebbell would commit to a part in the war-time drama, though the fact that the project has been simmering in development for a while has led the actor to seek pastures anew.
Scripted by Chris Roessner, Sand Castle recounts the scribe’s experiences operating in Iraq as a machine gunner. Across two gruelling years, Roessner partook in over 200 missions, largely dancing around the country’s infamous Sunni Triangle. »
- Michael Briers
Last weekend The Martian opened in the number one spot at the box office with a $55 million debut, falling just short of director Ridley Scott‘s highest-grossing opening for 2001’s Hannibal, which grossed $58 million. Likewise, star Matt Damon also scored his second biggest premiere, just behind 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum, which had a $69.3 million bow.
The film is not only a commercial success, however, as it has been earning high praise from critics as well. Early Oscar buzz is already surrounding the sci-fi flick, adapted from author Andy Weir‘s novel, and it is projected to maintain its position at number one this weekend against newcomers The Walk and Pan.
Big box office numbers are not necessary for Oscar success, as history has shown, but several of those films in the running for best picture nominations this year have been major hits with audiences.
- Patrick Shanley
Nicholas Hoult (upcoming Equals, Mad Max: Fury Road), Luke Evans (Furious 7, The Hobbit film series) and Henry Cavill (upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Man Of Steel) are set to star in the intense war drama Sand Castle, produced by Oscar nominated Mark Gordon (Steve Jobs, Saving Private Ryan) of The Mark Gordon Company, Justin Nappi (Arbitrage, All Is Lost) through his company Treehouse Pictures and Ben Pugh (upcoming Collide, Welcome To The Punch) of 42, it was announced today.
Set in Iraq circa 2003, Sand Castle is based on Roessner’s experience as a machine gunner in Iraq’s Sunni Triangle. The story centers on Matt Ocre (Hoult) who is part of a mission to repair a broken water system in the dangerous and unstable Iraqi village of Baqubah. While the people of Baghdad welcome the Americans as saviors, the villagers resist their presence and Matt and his unit »
- Michelle McCue
It seems like we say it every year, but the Oscar race for best cinematography is as heated as it has ever been this season.
Most eyes, certainly, are on Emmanuel Lubezki. The reigning champ joined a very exclusive group of back-to-back winners in the category upon claiming the prize for “Birdman” last year (He also won for “Gravity”). With Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s best picture follow-up “The Revenant,” Lubezki shot on brand new Arri Alexa 65 cameras, even freezing a few of them in Alberta, Canada, while using only natural light. The stitching technique that was employed to make “Birdman” appear as one unbroken take was used in a number of sequences as well. No one has even seen the film and you’d be forgiven for thinking it the frontrunner sight unseen.
- Kristopher Tapley
George Miller will be given the Environmental Media Assn. Lifetime Achievement Award Oct. 24.
From the first “Mad Max” in 1979 through this year’s “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Miller’s films often contain messages of eco-concerns. He will be presented the award by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who appears in “Fury Road,” which Miller directed, wrote and produced.
He joins the previously announced honorees: Don Henley (Ema Missions in Music Honoree), Gwyneth Paltrow (Ema Green Parent Award), Kristin Davis (Ema Wildlife Conservation Award), Van Jones (Ema/Greenbiz Global Innovator Award), and Zem & James Joaquin (Ema Corporate Responsibility Award).
The event will take place at the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank. Paltrow, Davis and the Joaquins are being saluted for their ongoing commitment in raising awareness of environmental issues and inspiring people to take action. Jones is receiving the organization’s inaugural Ema GreenBiz Global Innovator Award for his leadership, leading the efforts of »
- Tim Gray
It was rumoured for a while that Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller was going to direct Man of Steel 2. Since then the director has announced he won’t be working with Henry Cavill, but that didn’t stop him talking about Superman and what he could have done with the character for Man of Steel 2 and his aborted Justice League movie.
“I think it’s been said many times before: he’s potentially a very boring character because he has no faults, so you really have to find his demons really to get an internal conflict going. You’ve really got to do that,” he told IGN. “Whether that’s by an external agency or something deep inside himself. You need that conflicted character. That’s what made the Greek gods so great. I mean they were jealous, vengeful, hubristic. They had all these things going for them. »
- Luke Owen
Although the rumours of George Miller directing Man Of Steel 2 turned out to be false (George did admit to having a meeting with Warner Bros.), it wasn't the first time that the Mad Max: Fury Road director's name had been attached to a Superman film. Back in 2009, his Justice League movie was almost ready to go before production was halted and the project was shelved.... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Over the past few months, Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller has been named as a favourite to direct the currently undated Man of Steel sequel. While he’s already confirmed that won’t be happening, the filmmaker has now shared some comments which are sure to make you wish he’d change his mind.
Asked how he would go about making the character work on the big screen, Miller explained:
“I think it’s been said many times before: he’s potentially a very boring character because he has no faults. So you really have to find his demons really to get an internal conflict going. You’ve really got to do that. Whether that’s by an external agency or something deep inside himself. You need that conflicted character. That’s what made the Greek gods so great. I mean they were jealous, vengeful, hubristic. They had »
- Josh Wilding
dick clark productions announced today that Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper will be honored with the “Hollywood Director Award,” for “The Danish Girl”; Academy Award-winning actor Benicio Del Toro will receive the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award,” for “Sicario”; Academy Award-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan will receive the “New Hollywood Award” for “Brooklyn“; the Swedish actress Alicia Vikander will receive the “Hollywood Breakout Actress Award,” for “The Danish Girl”; and the principal cast of the box-office smash “Straight Outta Compton,” Corey Hawkins, O’Shea Jackson Jr.and Jason Mitchell will be honored with the “Hollywood Breakout Ensemble Award.”
The “19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards“ will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on November 1, 2015. The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season®, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 18 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. Honorees have gone on »
- Michelle McCue
Following the commercial and critical success of his action sequel Mad Max: Fury Road, director George Miller was rumored to be the frontrunner to direct a true sequel to 2013's Man Of Steel. However, this rumor was quickly put to bed by the director himself at a press junket last week. This wasn't the first time Miller has been linked to Superman as back in 2009, he was all set to direct a Justice League movie, which had actor D.J. Cotrana (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) slated to play Clark Kent, before a last-minute issue with the Australian government shut down production and ultimately led to the project being scrapped entirely. In a recent interview with IGN, Miller elaborated on what he would've done differently with the iconic DC hero in his cancelled Justice League film and potentially teased what we may have seen had he accepted the Man Of Steel 2 job. »
The summer of 2015 brought numerous long-dormant franchises back to center stage. From Mad Max: Fury Road, to Jurassic World, nostalgia seemed to be the driving force behind box office success. However, if one film failed to recapture its franchise.s former glory, it would have to be Terminator Genysis. Rumors have persisted for some time that the lackluster performance of the fifth Terminator film had resulted in Skydance putting the time-travel franchise on "hold." Now it seems that the studio has an understanding of the film's shortcomings. Producer Dana Goldberg recently attended The Wrap.s 6th Annual Media Leadership Conference and addressed the future of the franchise, stating: (We.re using) data and research to do a worldwide study and really talk to audiences about what they loved, and what maybe didn.t work for them, so that the next [step] we take with the franchise is the right one. »
The cumulative score for Australian films is A$64 million (Us$44.6 million), ahead of the previous best score of A$63.4 million in 2001, according to figures from the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (Mpdaa). Data is for the year to Oct. 4, and shows that local films have accounted for 6.8% of the nationwide total in 2015.
“The film industry is somewhat cyclical, so it is difficult to make claims based on one year’s results alone. However, it is also important to celebrate success when it comes along, and given that the theatrical landscape is more challenging than ever before, Australian films have well and truly over-performed,” said Graeme Mason, CEO of industry funding body Screen Australia, in a statement.
“I think we’re on track »
- Patrick Frater
As detailed in this week’s column, 2015 is a strong year for female-driven narratives on the big screen, particularly films making noise in the Oscar race. One of those films is “Suffragette,” written, produced and directed by women, with a story about voting equality at the turn of the 20th century. It’s a project years in the making with Emmy-winning writer and playwright Abi Morgan (“Brick Lane,” “The Iron Lady,” “The Hour”) crafting the little-known history into dramatic form on the page.
Morgan recently talked to Variety about the state of female empowerment in the industry, the hurdles “Suffragette” and other movies like it face every time the number crunchers get involved and the fact that she didn’t set out to specifically make a feminist film.
So I’m sure you’re dealing with this line of questioning a lot lately, but I wanted to pick your brain »
- Kristopher Tapley
Continuing on with the Hollywood Film Awards Series, we have a ton of new honorees to take a look at. Yesterday’s press release cited films like Amy, Black Mass, Bridge of Spies, Cinderella, The Danish Girl, Furious 7, Jurassic World, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Suffragette at the Hollywood Film Awards, making for a wide variety of titles with upcoming honors on their plates. It’s still just a small sample of what the awards ceremony will have to offer, but it does give us a look at what the precursors could potentially turn into down the line. That alone makes this a compelling list to look at today. In case you missed it, these are the honors that were announced yesterday: Hollywood Blockbuster Award Furious 7 Hollywood Documentary Award Amy Hollywood Cinematography Award Janusz Kaminski, Bridge of Spies Hollywood Film Composer Award Alexandre Desplat, The Danish Girl, Suffragette Hollywood Editing Award David Rosenbloom, »
- Joey Magidson
A simple listing, duplicated from the homepage, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails (sign up here).
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- MaryAnn Johanson
Two more Mad Max films are on the way following the success of Mad Max: Fury Road, according to director George Miller. Max Max Sequels On The Way Coming off the grueling eight-month shoot of Mad Max: Fury Road, Miller recently admitted that he’d like his next project to be of a significantly lesser scale. “I […]
- Chelsea Regan
Refreshingly, the lead actress Oscar race feels more competitive than ever this year. Step back and observe the landscape, and you quickly see why that is: The season has filled out with a number of female-driven narratives at a time when a lack of representation of women, both in front of and behind the camera, is consistently called into question.
At the very top, there is “Suffragette,” which puts women’s concerns front and center with a story of the fight for voting equality at the turn of the 20th century. Actress Carey Mulligan is featured both there and in early-year entry “Far From the Madding Crowd,” where she plays Bathsheba Everdene, the forthright heroine of Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel.
Speaking of early players, “Mad Max: Fury Road” was such a thunderbolt over the summer for feminine strength that men’s rights activists called for a boycott on the grounds that it was feminist propaganda. »
- Kristopher Tapley
It’s good business to cast strong women in lead movie roles. Last summer’s opening weekend was a master class on femi-nomics when “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Pitch Perfect 2” faced off on May 15 — and both films came out ahead.
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” directed by George Miller, starred Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa, a rebel opposite Tom Hardy’s Max. No distressed damsel, the character with her own story arc was so tough the choice ignited a backlash that the franchise had gone fanatically feminist. As for “Pitch Perfect 2,” the sequel directed by co-star Elizabeth Banks featured Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Hailee Steinfeld in a femme-friendly musical comedy.
By the numbers, “Mad Max” cost an estimated $150 million to make. Opening weekend reaped $44 million, with worldwide grosses at $375 million and $153 domestically. Meanwhile, “Pitch Perfect 2” cost an estimated $29 million to make, opened to a $70 million weekend, »
- Thelma Adams
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