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Dev Patel has been cast in The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan.
The Slumdog Millionaire star's role as the famed Indian mathematician was announced at the Cannes Film Festival.
The film centres around the life of Srinivasa Ramanujan, who worked in isolation in Edwardian India before joining the wider mathematics community in Cambridge.
Matthew Brown will direct from the script he wrote based on Robert Kanigel's biography, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Man Who Knew Infinity will begin shooting in the autumn.
Gallery - Cannes 2013 pictures: »
Dev Patel will star in The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan for producer Edward R. Pressman and Prashita Chaudhary’s Cinemorphic Entertainment Company. Patel, star of Slumdog Millionaire and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, will portray the mathematics genius Srinivasa Ramanujan, who was plucked from obscurity in Edwardian India and brought to The University of Cambridge. Photos: Star-Studded Jury Lands in Cannes Matthew Brown, who wrote the screenplay based on The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan by Robert Kanigel, will direct. Brown also wrote London Town, to be produced by Sofia
- Gregg Kilday
Trailer Simon Brew 17 May 2013 - 06:38
Given that Hollywood comedies are being dominated - as are other genres, to be fair - by younger casts, we're liking the growing reversal of that trend. It's been led by action cinema, with the likes of Red and The Expendables. But one of the big worldwide hits of last year was The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and that proved that not only is experience a real asset for comedy, but that audiences were happy to pay to watch a comedy with someone older than 40 in it.
Can Last Vegas repeat the trick, then? On paper, the cast here is a good one. It follows Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Robert De Niro as friends who throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their single friend. »
Combining the successful Hangover franchise and last year’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, CBS Films are hoping that their new comedy Last Vegas strikes an ideal chord with both demographics. Pairing Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline as four friends who head to Sin City for a bachelor party, we can’t fault these actors [...] »
- Jack Cunliffe
“It was a terrible time to start,” Samuels admits. “Everyone was in a preserve-and- protect mode and wanted to get out of their obligations. The silver lining is that we wound up revisiting all aspects of our (business) plans.”
Basner agrees, emphasizing that FilmNation needed to be flexible to get past the past — mainly by backing a few less-than-obvious projects rather than the panic approach of going for volume.
We started to operate in different ways that made better sense for the new world order,” he says. “We were focused on having a diversified slate of films — a mixture of commercial wide-release films like ‘Sanctum’ and specialty films such as ‘The King’s Speech.’”
In the five years since FilmNation debuted, the movie business has undergone deep changes, »
- Dave McNary
"Iron Man 3" kicked the summer movie season off to a very lucrative start this past weekend, grossing $175 million in just three days to find the second biggest opening weekend of all time. Comparatively, the first weekend of the indie box office's summer didn't have much on "Iron Man" (though a different man -- "The Iceman" -- had a nice debut). But that's clearly not the expectation. Grossing $10 million for an indie is essentially like grossing $100 million for a studio tentpole. Last summer, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and "Moonrise Kingdom" were huge breakouts, each grossing north of $40 million. For a specialty summer release, that's a huge number. Over the past ten years, the summer season has usually managed just one breakout $20 million-plus specialty hit. Fifteen summer specialty releases have hit that mark since 2003, and three of those came from last summer: "Marigold," "Moonrise" and, yes, "2016: Obama's America." So »
- Peter Knegt
More like an Avengers Assemble sequel than a tired third instalment, the reinvigorated action hero powers in at No 1
As Disney prepared Iron Man 3 for release, the question was always: would it perform like the first two instalments in the Tony Stark series, or could it fly close to the astonishing success of The Avengers last summer? Iron Man opened in May 2008 with £5.47m including £667,000 in previews. Iron Man 2 followed two years later with £7.66m including previews of £877,000, an increase of 40%. Then April 2012 saw The Avengers soar away with £15.78m, including £2.55m in previews – more than double the Iron Man 2 debut.
With £13.71m including £2.32m in previews, Iron Man 3 is 79% up on the opening of Iron Man 2 and just 13% down on the equivalent number for Avengers. In other words, the film has performed more like a sequel to Avengers than to the Iron Man movies. »
- Charles Gant
Well, this is certainly a strange assembly of talent. Charlize Theron is already attached to star in and produce self-explanatory comedy called Murder Mystery from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Shakespeare in Love director John Madden. And now she might be joined by some interesting American and British talent. THR reports Nrw Filmstifftung made a casting announcement saying Colin Firth, Emily Blunt and mediocre comedy giant Adam Sandler were all boarding the project, however, a few hours after the news surfaced, the company redacted their statement and took it off their funded project list. We're not really sure if the announcement was just premature, but representatives for Blunt and Firth have said the two are not involved in the project. That could just be damage control, or they might just be saying that if there's not a done deal. Either way, I like the sound of this project, and »
- Ethan Anderton
Comedy thriller Murder Mystery is the follow-up to director John Madden’s international hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with Charlize Theron coming aboard to star. The latest additions to the comedy whodunit are Colin Firth and Emily Blunt, who star in Dante Ariola’s rom-com Arthur Newman, opening today as well as comedy champ Adam Sandler. Penned by James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man) the film will shoot for 25 days in Western Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia region. The Agatha Christie-esque caper follows an American couple in Europe who witness a murder, only to find themselves accused of murder, and are drawn into a web of international intrigue....
- Nick Martin
Oscar winner Colin Firth, comedy champ Adam Sandler and Looper star Emily Blunt are set to join Charlize Theron in Murder Mystery, a comedy whodunit from director John Madden, the British helmer of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Shakespeare in Love, according to a German state body backing the project. The plot of the Murder Mystery, from a script by White House Down writer James Vanderbilt, has a pair of American newlyweds visiting Europe on their honeymoon who get implicated in a murder they witnessed. Photos: '90s All Over Again: 'That's My Boy' Premiere Draws Sandler, Spade ... and Vanilla Ice
- Scott Roxborough
The 2013 GLAAD Media Awards were given out in Los Angeles Saturday night (April 20), with former President Bill Clinton being awarded the Advocate for Change Award. Watch his acceptance speech above.
"The whole history of our country has been sometimes racing, but usually stumbling in the right direction. All of you have helped us to be more worthy of what we said we were about in the beginning," says Clinton.
The full list of winners below, some of which were announced at the New York event March 16:
Outstanding Film - Wide Release
Cloud Atlas (Warner Bros. Pictures)
ParaNorman (Focus Features)
Outstanding Drama Series
Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
The L.A. Complex (The CW)
True Blood (HBO)
Outstanding Comedy Series
Go On (NBC)
Happy Endings (ABC »
Thandie Newton, 40, stars in DirecTV's new drama series Rogue and chatted with People this week about "one last thing" ...Last injury I sustainedThe other day I was using a curling iron and I accidentally put it on my leg. I've got this huge burn now. This is the second time I've managed to burn a part of my anatomy. Years ago I burned my nipple while flat-ironing my hair. My nipple was burnt black! Last time I said 'I love you'To my daughters [Ripley, 12, and Nico, 8] when they went to school this morning. It's not something that I just pepper at every situation. »
- Paul Chi
Pay more attention to the baby boomers.
That was the message delivered to theater owners at a presentation Tuesday at CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theater Owners.
According to Deadline.com, Catherine Paura, CEO of Capstone Global Marketing and Research, told attendees that they shouldn't just focus on courting younger audiences -- they should instead think of older audiences
“Unlike past generations we have not stopped going to the movies," Paura said. "Young people, because of technology, because of the different ways they can entertain themselves, are not as habituated to going to the movies as the older generation.”
The number of people older than 50 who are going to movies grew last year, according to the Motion Picture Association of America. Looking at frequent moviegoers (those who go to the movies once a month or more), the MPAA found that the number jumped from 3.1 million to »
- Anthonia Akitunde
DreamWorks Studios and Participant Media have acquired the feature film rights to the story of the Catholic Church’s decades-long cover-up of its pedophile priests in Massachusetts as uncovered by a year-long investigation by the Boston Globe, it was announced today by Holly Bario, DreamWorks President of Production, and Jonathan King, Participant Executive Vice President of Production.
Tom McCarthy has signed on to direct and co-write the script with Josh Singer. Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar and Steve Golin and Rocklin/Faust’s Nicole Rocklin and Blye Faust will produce. David Mizner, who originally brought the project to the producers, will serve as a consultant and associate producer. King and Jeff Skoll will serve as executive producers.
Life rights have been acquired to the Boston Globe’s “Spotlight Team” of reporters and editors, including then-Globe editor Marty Baron, special projects editor Ben Bradlee Jr., Spotlight Team editor Walter “Robby” Robinson and reporters Michael Rezendes, »
- Michelle McCue
DreamWorks Studios and Participant Media have acquired the feature film rights to the story of the Catholic Church's decades-long cover-up of its pedophile priests in Massachusetts as uncovered by a year-long investigation by the Boston Globe, it was announced today by Holly Bario, DreamWorks President of Production, and Jonathan King, Participant Executive Vice President of Production. Thomas McCarthy has signed on to direct and co-write the script with Josh Singer. Anonymous Content's Michael Sugar and Steve Golin and Rocklin/Faust's Nicole Rocklin and Blye Faust will produce. David Mizner, who originally brought the project to the producers, will serve as a consultant and associate producer. King and Jeff Skoll will serve as executive producers.
Life rights have been acquired to the Boston Globe's "Spotlight Team" of reporters and editors, including then-Globe editor Marty Baron, special projects editor Ben Bradlee Jr., Spotlight Team editor Walter "Robby" Robinson and reporters Michael Rezendes, »
Mrs Brown's Boys dominated UK comedy sales during 2012.
Figures from Entertainment Retailers Association (Era) showed video game Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 to be the best-selling entertainment product of the year, but Brendan O'Carroll's sitcom dominated the comedy element of the top 40.
> Mrs Brown's Boys' Live DVD trailer, clips, dictionary - watch
Mrs Brown's Live Tour: Good Mourning had sales of 585,925, putting it at 24th in the overall entertainment rankings.
O'Carroll has responded to criticism of his show by saying that he does it "for the audience".
"I can only write what makes me laugh, and what makes me laugh is the comedy I grew up on. You write what makes you laugh and you hope that the audience agree, and so far they do. »
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and FIFA 13 were the biggest-selling entertainment products at UK retail in 2012, it has been revealed.
Both games sold more than 2.6 million units, beating Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises into third with sales of 1.69 million, according to Chart-Track and Official Charts Company data compiled by the Entertainment Retailers Association (Era).
The Twilight Saga - Breaking Dawn: Part One secured 1.5 million sales, while Emile Sande's Our Version of Events sold 1.44 million units.
Commenting on the figures, Entertainment Retailers Association boss Kim Bayley said that 2012 was a tough year for entertainment.
"2012 was a tough year for entertainment due to a number of factors, but this sharp 25% shrinkage in sales of the biggest titles suggests that the quality of releases was at least partly to blame, »
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd March 2013...
Director Tommy Wirkola's Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters topped the UK box office in its first weekend, although it was hardly a fairytale opening for witch hunting siblings Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, with the action fantasy pulling in just £1,502,782, which included £400k from two days of preview screenings. Had it not been for these, then Disney's Wreck-It Ralph would have retained top spot, pulling in £1.4 million over the three day weekend to leave the CG-animated adventure sitting in second place with a solid £20.4 million after four weeks on screens.
Along with Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, four other new releases cracked the top ten this past weekend: Lasse Hallström-directed romance Safe Haven debuted behind Mama and A Good Day to Die Hard in fifth with £812,460; the Mark Wahlberg / Russell Crowe crime thriller »
- Flickering Myth
Thanks to preview takings, the fairytale-themed action flick kicks Wreck-It Ralph into second place, while Mama is a spooky third
The battle for the top spot
For the second time in its four-week run, Wreck-It Ralph has been forced to yield the top spot to a film it actually out-grossed over the weekend period. Thanks to preview takings on Wednesday and Thursday, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters sits in pole position in the official UK box-office chart, with five-day grosses of £1.50m. Strip out the previews, and the tally falls to a less-lofty £1.10m. The last time this happened was two weeks ago, when previews for A Good Day to Die Hard earned the action flick the top position, despite lower takings than Wreck-It over the actual weekend period.
With the half-term holiday ending the previous weekend, Wreck-It Ralph fell by a predictably hefty 59%, but Disney will be more than happy »
- Charles Gant
Disney's Wreck-It Ralph maintains its momentum at the UK box office as half-term gave a lift to children's films
It lost the best animated feature Oscar to Disney stablemate Brave, but Wreck-It Ralph scored a victory at the UK weekend box-office. Takings for the film were almost the same as the previous weekend (£3.42m v £3.44m), as families slotted in a cinema visit before the end of school half-term. Over the 10 days of the school holiday (15-24 February), the video-game-themed adventure grossed an impressive £11.54m, for a total so far of £18.62m. Audiences will decrease now children are back at school, but Wreck-It Ralph should bump along for a few more weeks and is well placed to overtake the totals for 2012's Madagascar 3 (£22.74m) and Brave (£22.17m).
- Charles Gant
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