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As Hollywood descends on San Diego and the 2014 Comic-Con International gears up to get underway, the folks at Collider have spotted a banner for Chappie, the upcoming sci-fi from director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium)…
Update: And here’s another poster…
Chappie tells the story of a gifted, one of a kind prodigy who becomes the adopted son in a strange and dysfunctional family, and happens to be a robot. The film is set for release on March 6th 2015 with Blomkamp directing a cast that includes Hugh Jackman (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), Sharlto Copley (Elysium), Dev Patel (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Jose Pablo Cantillo (The Walking Dead).
- Gary Collinson
Somewhere, Billy Joel is cringing. While the title of Rob Reiner’s “And So It Goes” seems intended as take-it-on-the-chin affirmation of life’s inevitable detours and potholes, the movie itself feels like a surrender — to the kind of geriatric burlesque that increasingly seems to be the only game in town for A-list stars of Social Security age. Rivaling headliner Michael Douglas’ recent altacocker ensembler “Last Vegas” in its quantity of arthritic slapstick and tearjerking platitudes, this independently financed reunion project for the actor and his “American President” director is being positioned by upstart distrib Clarius as an alternative to the summer’s comicbook blockbusters. But “And So It Goes” will need a Viagara-sized box office miracle to come anywhere near the niche success of the recent “Parental Guidance” ($77 million) and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” ($46 million), to say nothing of Reiner’s own “The Bucket List” ($93 million).
Screenwriter Mark Andrus, »
- Scott Foundas
It's a good weekend for catching up on Sundance highlights, big and small. Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" is, of course, the film on everybody's lips at the moment — and deservedly so — but that's no reason to ignore a more modest independent tale of growing up and growing out, albeit at a slightly different age. Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens' droll, laid-back comedy "Land Ho!" is the first collaboration between the two writer-directors, each one with a handful of delicately formed micro-indies behind them, and it is itself a story of an unexpected partnership: the plot centers on two drifting retirees, formerly in-laws, whose friendship is tested and deepened over the course of a spontaneous road trip through Iceland. It's the kind of premise that, on paper, could signify treacly hijinks in the vein of "The Bucket List" or "Grumpy Old Men," but Katz and Stephens' film is far subtler »
- Guy Lodge
Another Cannes entry has found a buyer: CBS Films has acquired U.S. rights to Tony-winning director Matthew Warchus's "Pride" and is wasting no time opening the well-reviewed dramatic comedy starring Bill Nighy ("The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"), Imelda Staunton ("Maleficent"), Dominic West ("The Hour)" and Paddy Considine ("Submarine"). The film played well at Directors' Fortnight. CBS Films, which mounted an ambitious awards campaign for last year's "Inside Llewyn Davis," will release the film in theaters on September 19th. Directed by Warchus ("Simpatico") from a screenplay by actor-turned-writer Stephen Beresford inspired by a true story, "Pride" is set in the summer of 1984, when Margaret Thatcher was in charge and the National Union of Mineworkers was on strike. When London gay and lesbian activists raise money to support the strikers’ families, the Union »
- Anne Thompson
Briefly: Recently we featured the trailer for the British drama Pride following the true story of gay and lesbian activists who threw their support behind the families of striking miners in the United Kingdom in 1984. At the time, the film hadn't been slated for a release in the United States, but CBS FIlms has just announced acquisition of the Pathé, and they'll release the film on September 19th this fall. The film features Bill Nighy (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Imelda Staunton (Maleficent), Dominic West (The Hour), Paddy Considine (Submarine) and more. It certainly looks like a timely and charming tale. »
- Ethan Anderton
CBS Films has acquired U.S. rights to “Pride,” which premiered earlier this year at Cannes and will hit theaters on Sept. 19. The dramatic comedy was directed by Tony Award-winner Matthew Warchus (“God of Carnage”) from a screenplay by Stephen Beresford. David Livingstone produced the film, while Cameron McCracken, Christine Langan and Natascha Wharton executive produced. Also read: CBS Films Discovers ‘The Atlantis Gene,’ Secures Rights to Hot E-Book Trilogy The cast is led by Bill Nighy (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”), Imelda Staunton (“Maleficent”), Dominic West (“The Hour”), Paddy Considine (“Submarine”), Andrew Scott (“Sherlock”), Joseph Gilgun (“Lockout”), George MacKay (“How I Live. »
- Jeff Sneider
DreamWorks has released a new The Hundred-Foot Journey featurette for director Lasse Hallström’s (Chocolat) adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel of the same name. The story centers the rivalry between an Indian restaurant that is 100 feet away from a three-Michelin-star restaurant in France, with the eccentric French chef (Helen Mirren) reluctantly forming a bond with the young Indian boy (Manish Dayal) whose family owns the quaint Indian restaurant. Based on the trailer, the pic looks to be a nice, international story in the vein of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with a bounty of food porn to boot—and I’m perfectly fine with that. Not everything needs to be deadly serious or colorfully explosive, and as producers Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey explain in this featurette, the film also touches on the great gaps that surface between cultures and how there’s more that unites us than divides us. »
- Adam Chitwood
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
Last year it was announced that the The Wachowskis (The Matrix, Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas) and J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, Thor, Underworld Awakening) would be teaming up with Netflix to develop a new series called Sense8. Up to this point all that we've know about the show is that it was developed from a conversation about "the ways technology simultaneously unites and divides us." It's also been described as "a gripping tale of minds linked and souls hunted.”
Thanks to Deadline, we now have a lot more information on the ten episode series, including the large cast and details on the plot.
Naveen Andrews (Lost), Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill), and Brian J. Smith (Stargate Universe) are among a 14-member international cast. As for the story, the following information comes from Straczynski, who is the showrunner:
“The series follows eight characters around the world who, in the aftermath of a tragic death, »
- Joey Paur
The Matrix and Cloud Atlas directors Andy and Lana Wachowski are heading to Netflix alongside J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) for a ten-episode sci-fi drama entitled Sense8, and Deadline has revealed the 14-strong international cast for the show, as well as the first plot details.
“The series follows eight characters around the world who, in the aftermath of a tragic death, find themselves linked to each other mentally and emotionally,” states Straczynski. “They can not only see and talk to each other as though they were in the same place, they have access to each other’s deepest secrets. Not only must they figure out what happened and why and what it means for the future of humanity, they must do so while being hunted by an organization out to capture, kill or vivisect them.”
- Gary Collinson
An impressive international cast of mostly strong genre television talent have hopped onboard "Sens8," the upcoming Netflix ten-episode series which is being created and produced by both the Wachowskis and "Thor" and "World War Z" scribe J. Michael Straczynski.
The cast includes Daryl Hannah ("Blade Runner"), Naveen Andrews ("Lost"), Brian J. Smith ("Stargate Universe"), Freema Agyeman ("Doctor Who"), Tuppence Middleton ("Jupiter Ascending"), Doona Bae ("Cloud Atlas"), Aml Ameen ("The Maze Runner"), Max Riemelt ("The Wave"), Alfonso Herrera ("El Diez"), Tena Desae ("The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"), Jamie Clayton ("Hung"), Terrence Mann ("All My Children") and Miguel Silvestri.
The story follows eight individuals scattered across the globe who find themselves inexplicably linked after a tragic event. Suddenly, their minds are linked, allowing them to communicate directly with one another, while also sharing their deepest and darkest secrets to the entire group.
Much like he did with "Babylon 5" almost two decades ago, »
- Garth Franklin
It was announced last May that Andy and Lana Wachowski were taking their latest story not to the big screen, but to Netflix for a 10 episode miniseries. The show, titled "Sense8" is said to follow eight characters around the world who, in the aftermath of a tragic death, find themselves linked to each other mentally and emotionally. Today more than just eight members of the international cast have been announced. The list begins with Naveen Andrews ("Lost"), Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill: Vol. II), Brian J. Smith, Tuppence Middleton (Jupiter Ascending), Aml Ameen (The Maze Runner), Freema Agyeman ("Doctor Who"), Tena Desae (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), new Wachowski regular Doona Bae (Cloud Atlas), Max Riemelt, Alfonso Herrera, Erendira Ibarra, Jamie Clayton, Miguel Silvestri and Terrence Mann. Word is each episode will follow separate characters, and once key factor is these characters. The connection they share not only allows them to »
- Brad Brevet
‘Masters of Sex’: Carrying a Cinematic Sensibility to the Small Screen
Michael Apted first found fame in 1964 as the director of “Seven Up,” a groundbreaking television documentary charting the lives of British children that has since spawned a veritable institution, each film revisiting the subjects seven years later (2012’s “56 Up” was the latest
So it’s a befitting progression that Apted, who also helmed the James Bond film “The World Is Not Enough” and the Jodie Foster starrer “Nell,” would find himself back in TV at this juncture in his career, this time directing episodes of Showtime’s “Masters of Sex,” a series about pioneering physician William Masters and his research partner Virginia
While Apted’s return to TV is pragmatic in part — “The sort of movies I grew up doing are not made anymore and it’s difficult to find a project that I want to do” — he »
- Variety Staff
Joel and Ethan Coen came on board last month to write the script for the Cold War project, which Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger will produce with Spielberg. The Coen Brothers, who won screenwriting Oscars for “Fargo” and “No Country for Old Men,” are revising Matt Charman’s script.
The untitled project is based on the true story of James Donovan, who Hanks will portray. Donovan was the American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to surreptitiously negotiate the 1962 release of Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 spy plane pilot who was shot down over Russia two years earlier.
Variety reported that Hanks had come on board the project in mid-April. »
- Dave McNary
It was originally going to be a movie in 2004 with Keira Knightley and Jude Law before hitting the financial skids. A decade later, Deborah Moggach’s 1999 novel Tulip Fever is being brought to the big screen with a raft of eminent names attached. Dame Judi Dench has been announced in a major role and her previous association with Moggach (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) may have played a part in getting the project off the ground. She will join Christoph Waltz (The Zero Theorem) and Holliday Grainger (The Borgias) as central character/17th century tulip magnate Cornelius Sandvoort and his young bride.
Tulip Fever has a good mix of passionate shenanigans and historical detail, so a prestige cast and an illustrious screenwriter (though Stoppard has a patchy history with screenplays from Brazil to The Golden Compass) guarantees at least a smidgen of watchability. Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom director Justin Chadwick »
- Steve Palace
Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions has joined with BBC Films to greenlight The Lady In The Van, Alan Bennett’s adaptation of his commercial and critical West End hit, based on his own bestselling memoir.
The film tells the true story of Miss Shepherd, an eccentric woman of uncertain origins, who “temporarily” parked her broken down van in Bennett’s London driveway… and proceeded to live there for the next fifteen years. Smith, who will play the singular Miss Shepherd, will be joined by Alex Jennings (The Queen), who will play both Bennett and, with some movie magic, his alter ego, Ab.
The film will be Hytner’s first directorial outing after ending his massively successful decade at the head of the British National Theatre. »
- Michelle McCue
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