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Reigns has inherited the spot that first The Rock and then Rollins were meant to occupy. Rock and Hunter had been the long-term plan going all the way back to October 2014, when they shot an angle together on the 15th Anniversary SmackDown, then furthered the angle with a memorable segment, also involving Ronda Rousey and Stephanie McMahon, at WrestleMania 31.
There was even talk of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon versus The Rock and Ronda Rousey, in what could have been the Mania show closer (had Ufc President Dana White given the green light). However, Rocky ended up having issues getting insurance, while Rousey was booked on a film shoot next April. Triple H still needed something big, so »
- Grahame Herbert
With a career spanning almost three decades, Brad Pitt is as passionate as ever about acting. He still finds performing a challenge and is always on the hunt for meaningful roles to plays — especially now that he’s older.
“I love acting. There’s still a fondness,” Pitt, 51, told Variety at the New York premiere of “The Big Short” Monday night at the Ziegfeld Theater. “Some stories and some characters are really special to me. The one we just finished is special because it has relevance and it asks, ‘What it’s going to mean in our time right now?’ Those are the stories that get me excited. I don’t know how many more I’ve got left in me so each one has to be meaningful.”
- Paul Chi
This was inevitable, right? After Fantastic Four struggled to find its audience over the summer, Fox would have had to move mountains to keep the previously announced sequel, Fantastic Four 2, on track for its 2017 release date. Or, as some had speculated, they could cut bait and look for a Plan B that didn.t involve Marvel.s first family. From the looks of things, that.s what.s about to happen. As was first reported by BoxOfficeMojo, 20th Century Fox has removed Fantastic Four 2 off of its release calendar. It was supposed to land in theaters on June 19, 2017, where it would have faced off against Cars 2 and Kingsman 2. (Seeing as how that.s a Fox title, the Fantastic Four sequel might have moved anyway. No reason for two Fox titles to compete against each other.) However, now the future of the superhero franchise is in question . though the studio »
For over 250 episodes, Michael Dorn played the iconic role of Worf on Star Trek The Next Generation and its spin-off, Deep Space 9. Now he’s reprised the role – sort of – for Ted 2, which is released on Blu-Ray and DVD today. We used this opportunity to talk to the man himself to get the story behind his cameo, as well as an update on his current projects.
So, let’s start with the main event. How did you get involved in Ted 2?
Seth Macfarlane and I met when we doing Family Guy. He had the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast on the show and I met him then, and then we talked after that - just briefly - because he was interested in doing Blunt Talk with Patrick Stewart. »
We break down this year’s Survivor Series…
It’s not quite the Deadly Games, but we have got a tournament on our hands to crown a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion following Seth Rollins’ injury and subsequent vacation. We’ve previewed how we would like to see Kevin Owens, Dean Ambrose and Cesaro win the belt, but who will be the new face of the company as we begin our build towards WrestleMania?
This is the more interesting semi-final of the two, as either man really could go through to the finals. Logic would dictate that Dean Ambrose would win to set up Ambrose vs. Reigns for the title, but with the tease of Kevin Owens joining The Authority from Monday, we could always see the former Nxt Champion make it through. In all fairness, a Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose match »
- Luke Owen
Hungarian cinematographer Matyas Erdely put himself on the movie map this year with two movies filmed 4,000 miles apart. The first, Josh Mond’s “James White,” stars Christopher Abbott as a troubled New Yorker whose casual attitude to life is challenged when death and illness intrude. Making its debut in January at Sundance, where it won the audience-voted Best of Next award, Mond’s film began a sweep of international festivals, gathering serious word-of-mouth in the indie community as an awards-season dark horse for its cast and director.
Not one to be pigeonholed, Erdely swapped the immediacy of digital for his second film of 2015: Laszlo Nemes’ “Son of Saul,” a disturbing and intimate attempt to convey the horrors of the Holocaust — described by Variety review Justin Chang as “a masterful exercise in narrative deprivation and sensory overload” — by focusing only on the lead character as he strives to bury his murdered illegitimate son. »
- Damon Wise
The novel, written by Australian scribes Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff as the first in a trilogy (“The Illuminae Files”), centers on a hacker and her ex-boyfriend in the year 2575 with two rival megacorporations warring over a planet at the edge of the universe. With a plague breaking out, the duo is forced to evacuate the planet with a hostile warship in pursuit.
The story is told through a dossier of hacked documents including emails, maps, files, IMs, medical reports and interviews.
Kaufman co-authored “Starbound Trilogy” and Kristoff wrote the “Lotus War” series and “The Nevernight Chronicle. »
- Dave McNary
Everyone keeps looking to mine the Ya section at their nearby bookstore in hopes of finding what could be the next big thing for Hollywood, and Brad Pitt and his Plan B shingle may have secured an interesting property to try adapting. Teaming up with Warner Bros., the rights have been secured for the New York Times best-seller Illuminae. Written by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, the novel has received a lot of... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
That’s according to The Hollywood Reporter, revealing that the book – penned by award-winning scribes Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – has been picked up for adaptation, with the search now underway to cast writers to craft a screenplay from the core story. Praised for its unique storytelling, Illuminae rolls out its narrative via a dossier of found documents, texts, instant messages, ship schematics, casualty lists and classified files, though at its core is a love story between Kady and Ezra.
Pitched as the first entry in a potential trilogy of novels, both Warner Bros. and Plan B clearly see a lot of mileage in Illuminae. Taking place in the year 2575, its scope rivals some of the more ambitious sci-fi tales in the genre, incorporating intergalactic wars, deadly viruses and artificial intelligence, »
- Michael Briers
Tuesday’s Scream Queens gave new meaning to the phrase “Once you go black, you never go back.”
No, really, Boone — who was able to walk the streets because strangers just assumed he’s Joaquin Phoenix — assigned a new meaning to it, telling Chad — who, for reasons beyond my comprehension, believed Boone was a ghost — that the only way he could return to the land of the living was by sleeping with Zayday.
Unfortunately for Boone, Zayday wasn’t exactly picking up what he was putting down, »
Are awards voters ready for “The Big Short”?
The film has a lot of elements working in its favor: Strong performances, a complicated topic told via flashy storytelling (via Hank Corwin’s editing and Nicholas Britell’s music), and a savvy Paramount push. But its biggest asset is that it is a timely reminder of one of the era’s most urgent topics — the 2008 economic collapse, including a warning that something similar could happen again.
But there are challenges, including the fact that it demands a lot of work from an audience. Early in the film, a character warns that Wall Street uses complicated terms and strategies so the public won’t recognize what’s really going on. That insight is useful, since the characters spend a lot of time talking about credit defaults, derivatives, mid-prime lending and the all-important collateralized debt obligation.
Awards voters (and general audiences) should not try to follow each sentence, »
- Tim Gray
Non-fiction writer Michael Lewis has an amazing track record for bestsellers turned into commercial Oscar contenders, from "The Blind Side" to "Moneyball." Add "The Big Short" to that list. Because he finds vivid characters to lead us through complex stories that reveal how our (corrupt) world functions, Lewis's books work on film. The industry took notice when Paramount Pictures pushed up "Anchorman" writer-director Adam McKay's movie "The Big Short" to December 11. The star-studded Wall Street expose, developed by Brad Pitt's Plan B (he plays a juicy supporting role as a lapsed Wall Street trader who gets pulled back in) and backed 50/50 by Paramount and New Regency, world premiered November 12 as the closing night movie for AFI Fest 2015. Adapted by erudite Charles Randolph ("Love & Other Drugs," "The Interpreter") and McKay from Lewis' investigation of Wall Street malpractice, “The Big »
- Anne Thompson
AFI Fest rounded out its weeklong celebration of cinema Thursday with the closing night gala premiere of Paramount’s “The Big Short,” Adam McKay‘s dramatic expose on the housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s.
Stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell and Marisa Tomei walked the red carpet at Hollywood’s Tcl’s Chinese Theatre, along with Ryan Gosling, who happened to also be feting his 35th birthday. (Co-star and Plan B’s Brad Pitt was not in attendance, having walked the red carpet one week earlier for the fest’s opening night premiere of “By the Sea.”)
Gosling, who plays an outsider in the world of high-finance in the film, told press that he did a tremendous amount of research for the film, based on the book “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine” by Michael Lewis.
“Adam (McKay) kind of teamed us up with some specialists, we »
- Malina Saval
Aziz Ansari’s Master of None was released on Netflix Friday, and from buying Plan B and apple juice with a one-night stand to doing a Skype interview in a public coffee shop, the show captures Millennial concerns in a thoughtful, non-condescending way. Ansari plays Dev, a struggling actor living in New York, whose circle of friends is made up of a bearded white guy, a Taiwanese-American, and a black lesbian with fabulous athleisure style. Master of None tells stories about people of color that usually go untold and showcases them in roles they don’t normally fill: leading man, supportive friend, loving parent. Ansari purposefully left the ethnicities of certain roles open so the show could audition a wide range of people. But for a show that tries so earnestly to portray authentic diversity through the leads, one area is neglected: Dev’s leading ladies, who occupy a major »
- Ali Barthwell
Netflix has continued its expansion into original content, with the streaming service coughing up $50 million to finance Okja, the new film from South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho (The Host, Snowpiercer).
The Wrap reports that the monster movie “will focus on the unusual friendship between a young Korean girl and a monster named Okja who has a kind spirit.” Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Kelly Macdonald, Bill Nighy and Tilda Swinton are on board to star, while Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment is producing the film.
“It really is a fantastic opportunity for me as a filmmaker,” states the filmmaker. “For Okja, I needed a bigger budget than I had for Snowpiercer and also complete creative freedom. Netflix offered me the two conditions that are difficult to have in hand simultaneously. Plan B Entertainment has also produced bold and daring films. I expect the adventurousness of Plan B to blend with Okja. »
- Gary Collinson
“I want to depict the two characters’ bizarre journey and adventure across the tough world in an original fashion,” Bong says, according to Variety.
The trade paper also reports that Bong’s film will be co-produced by Brad Pitt’s company Plan B, while Netflix will stump up the project’s $50m budget. It’s a deal that should prove fruitful for both parties if everything pans out; the »
The biggest star on the planet may finally be getting tired of people obsessing over his personal life and deciding that he will be better off devoting his time and resources to other endeavors. The Hollywood Reporter tells us that… Continue Reading →
- David Gelmini
After carving on a cult gem with 2013’s icy thriller Snowpiercer, director Joon-Ho Bong has set a Korean monster movie as his next project, which has now been snatched up by Netflix and Brad Pitt’s Plan B banner.
Entitled Okja for now, it’s understood that both companies are poised to go all-in on Bong’s vision, investing, backing and co-producing the film as it incubates in the pre-production stage. That’s not to say that the concept is rooted to the drawing board, however, with Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Bill Nighy and Kelly MacDonald all on board to star.
For the filmmaker, that means a bigger budget to work with compared to Snowpiercer – made on a meagre $40 million, a shoestring allowance given its action credentials – while Bong also drew attention to creative freedom being a deciding factor in partnering with both Netflix and Plan B.
- Michael Briers
Last year's "Snowpiercer" turned out to be a surprise of a film. Sure, it had a limited release, and brought it under $5 million domestically, but critically it's sitting pretty at 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. On top of being an ambitious action film, it managed to bring many moral and societal questions into the mix, as any good scifi story would. While the domestic appeal of the film was definitely wanting, "Snowpiercer" still managed to bring in a decent $86.7 million in foreign sales, and considering the budget was a reported $42 million (South Korea's most expensive film to date), I'd say that's a success. Add in home sales and streaming, and one has to imagine the film was profitable.
Needless to say, the film's director, South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon Ho, would be back in the game incredibly soon. His next project is titled "Okja," and according to THR, the film now has two important backers. »
- Joseph Medina
It will be one of the first features in Asia to be financed by the streaming site, which is expected to launch in Korea next year.
The well-received sci-fi dystopian adventure accumulated $57.8m from 9.3 million admissions in Korea in 2013. While it was eventually released in the Us through the Weinstein Company, it has yet to be released in the UK.
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