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Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis continues his weekly look at what’s new in the world of Blu-ray…
One of the biggest films of last year with a worldwide gross of over $670 million, Christopher Nolan’s latest blockbuster opus Interstellar flies its way on to Blu-ray and DVD. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine and a whole host of others, Interstellar is a complex but magnificent science-fiction film that deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible.
You can read our review here.
The world loves Bill Murray. Especially if Bill Murray is doing grouchy comedy, like he is here in the charming St. Vincent, where he plays a loveable grouch who’s humdrum life is turn upside down by the arrival of Melissa McCarthy and her son, who he takes under his wing. Naomi Watts and Chris O’Dowd co-star. »
- Scott J. Davis
Octavia Spencer has quickly become one of the most accomplished talents working today. With her Academy Award winning performance in The Help, she has had continued success in feature films, as well as the series Red Band Society. And now, she is lending her talents to The Divergent Series in the upcoming Insurgent. The actress, along with a number of incredible cast members including Kate Winslet and Ashley Judd, is a welcome addition to this franchise. There is nothing quite like sitting »
In Dubious Battle will chronicle an activist becoming involved with California's contentious labour movement during the 1930s.
In Dubious Battle will be shot on location in Georgia, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
That's Hollywood Pictures is expected to release In Dubious Battle later this year. »
DreamWorks Pictures'/Fox 2000 Pictures' upcoming dramatic thriller directed by three-time Academy Award®-winning director Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List) and starring two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Philadelphia), has been, as previously announced, titled Bridge of Spies. In addition, 12-time Oscar nominee Thomas Newman (The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Saving Mr. Banks) has been signed to score the film, as John Williams' schedule was interrupted and he was unavailable to score the film due to a minor health issue, now corrected.
A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, Bridge of Spies tells the story of James Donovan (Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen »
Steven Spielberg is shooting in chilly Cold War Europe on a 60s thriller now entitled "Bridge of Spies," a co-production of DreamWorks Pictures and Fox 2000 starring Tom Hanks and backed by Participant Media. Disney will open the film wide in North American theaters on October 16, 2015, inside the prime awards corridor, with Fox handling the foreign release. Stepping in for usual Spielberg composer John Williams, recovering from a "health issue," is DreamWorks veteran Thomas Newman (“The Help," 'American Beauty”). Williams is still scoring Spielberg's next film, “The Bfg,” beginning later this year, continuing their 40 year collaboration, as well as Lucasfilm's J.J. Abrams upcoming "Star Wars: Episode 7" reboot. But Oscar-winner Alexandre Desplat ("The Grand Budapest Hotel") is taking over from Williams on the follow-up standalone "Star Wars: Rogue One." The »
- Anne Thompson
The film is notable in that it is one of the rare Spielberg projects that will not feature a score composed by John Williams, whose soaring melodies have long been a staple of the director’s work. Instead Thomas Newman (“Saving Mr. Banks,” “The Help”) will handle music duties.
Williams was unable to work on the film due to what DreamWorks describes as “a minor health issue” that the company reports has been resolved. He has scored 26 of Spielberg’s 27 films — the only exception being 1985’s “The Color Purple.” Williams will reunite with Spielberg on his upcoming family film, “The Bfg.” Williams’ other credits include the “Star Wars” and “Harry Potter” films.
“Bridge of Spies” centers on a Brooklyn lawyer (Hanks) who is sent by the CIA to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. »
- Brent Lang
DreamWorks Pictures’/Fox 2000 Pictures’ upcoming dramatic thriller directed by three-time Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Schindler’s List”) and starring two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (“Forrest Gump,” “Philadelphia”), has been titled Bridge Of Spies.
In addition, 12-time Oscar nominee Thomas Newman (“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Saving Mr. Banks”) has been signed to score the film, as John Williams’ schedule was interrupted and he was unavailable to score the film due to a minor health issue, now corrected.
John Williams. 86th Academy Awards, The Oscar Concert
A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, Bridge Of Spies tells the story of James Donovan (Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.
Screenwriters Matt Charman »
- Michelle McCue
Chris Columbus has had his share of misfires, but there may be no filmmaker more underrated for delivering crowd pleasing blockbuster entertainment (and we mean that in the best possible way). This is the man who directed "Home Alone," "Mrs. Doubtfire" and the first two "Harry Potter" movies and produced "The Help" and, for better or worse, all three "Night at the Museum" movies. Is "Pixels" his next slam dunk? Inspired by Patrick Jean's 2010 short film, "Pixels" tells us what happens when aliens believe our attempts at communication are a declaration of war and attack our planet with weapons that just happen to be in the form of some classic video game characters. It's also an Adam Sandler film which you can tell not just because both he and Kevin James are in it, but the fact he has a "story" and top "producer" credit (as opposed to a contractual "executive producer" credit, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Neil Patrick Harris may not want to return as host of the Oscars, but Octavia Spencer thinks he should. "I hope [he does]," Spencer told me on Saturday while she was promoting her new movie Insurgent (in theaters on March 20.) "I absolutely do." Spencer found herself in the spotlight at the start of the ceremony when Nph asked her to keep her eyes on his predictions box during the almost four-hour show. "I think he's one of the best hosts we've had in a long time," said Spencer, who won an Oscar three years ago for her work in The Help. "He was reminiscent of the Johnny Carsons and the Billy Crystals. He was amazing. I had a ball playing with him." Harris »
The Oscar-winning actor has been chosen to play a note-writing God in a new Christian thriller. So who should she be taking notes from?
This weekend saw the news that Oscar winner Octavia Spencer will be taking on one of the most powerful roles in Hollywood: God. The star of The Help has been attached to the adaptation of a best-selling Christian thriller called The Shack, about a man who receives a note from God concerning his missing daughter.
It’s a role that Spencer is already “daunted” by. The actress, next to be seen in this month’s dystopian sequel Insurgent, says she has “huge shoes to fill” and finds the opportunity “overwhelming”.
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- Benjamin Lee
According to Variety, the Academy Award-winning actress is in final talks to secure the role.
The story follows a man whose youngest daughter is abducted and possibly murdered in a shack during a family vacation.
Four years later, the man receives a note, apparently from God, inviting him back to the shack and when he arrives, his experiences change his life forever.
Samuel L Jackson will also have a supporting role as a character known as the Wight.
Lionsgate’s adaptation of William P. Young bestseller The Shack has finally found its maker, with Variety reporting that The Help and Insurgent star Octavia Spencer is poised to play God. Early negotiations are underway as Spencer has yet to fully commit to the movie.
After winning the rights to the novel back in 2013, the studio hooked a director last November in the shape of Stuart Hazeldine. The main thrust of his filmmaking experience stems from screenwriting, with the Brit having penned a number of as-yet un-produced epics (Spielberg’s Gods And Kings, for one), with his underrated indie, Exam, serving as proof that he’s got the skills to direct a knockout tale.
And what a knockout The Shack could be! Young’s novel racked up international sales of around 18 million, almost guaranteeing a built-in audience keen to see the popular tome on the big screen. The story follows »
- Gem Seddon
Based on the William P. Young novel published in 2007, the story follows a man whose youngest daughter is abducted during a family vacation, with evidence found in an abandoned shack leading authorities to believe she was murdered. Four years later, the man receives a note, apparently from God, inviting him back to the shack and, against his better judgment, he accepts the invitation and finds something there that will change his life forever.
The book adaptation would be a major project for Lionsgate, which acquired it in 2013, as it has sold more than than 18 million copies worldwide in 39 languages, with 10 million in the U.S.
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- Justin Kroll
Deadline has reported that the Divergent sequel, Insurgent, which is set for release at the end of March, looks likely to have a bumper opening weekend in the Us, with tickets sales up on the original.
Tickets for Insurgent went on sale earlier this week through Us ticket companies Fandango and MovieTickets.com, and early industry indications have the film heading for a $57 million three-day box office opening during its March 20th-22nd weekend. And while the estimates don’t include advance sales, industry tracking has the film above the $54 million opening weekend of Divergent on the same weekend last year.
Understandably, the film’s tracking is strongest amongst females, with 83% of awareness from females under-25, and another 77% from teenagers between 12-16, with females again showing the main interest in the film.
- Scott J. Davis
The Snow White And The Huntsman spinoff has just added two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain (The Help, Zero Dark Thirty) to its cast, finally making it worthy of putting on your radar. Her specific role has not yet been revealed; just that she joins the returning Chris Hemsworth as his love interest. Charlize Theron returns as well and Emily Blunt will play the films villain. Last month we told you that Frank Darabont had left The Huntsman due to creative differences and we know »
- Graham McMorrow
Welcome to a special Oscars edition of Outrage Watch, where we break down all the things folks are peeved about from last night's big show. Top story? Let the Patricia Arquette backlash begin. Did you catch the Best Supporting Actress winner's acceptance speech? Meryl Streep loved it! American was on her side, mostly. And then...she went backstage. “The truth is, even though we sort of feel like we have equal rights in America, right under the surface, there are huge issues that are applied that really do affect women," said the Best Supporting Actress winner to the assembled press corps. "And it’s time for all the women in America and all the men that love women, and all the gay people, and all the people of color that we’ve all fought for to fight for us now.” Hmm...maybe she just got caught up in the moment? »
- Chris Eggertsen
"Stay weird. Stay different." That was the advice of Best Adapted Screenplay winner Graham Moore ("The Imitation Game") to kids out there who might one day follow in his footsteps, but it also could have been the motto for the 87th annual Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday night. The weirdness of the Neil Patrick Harris-hosted Oscars wasn't in the results -- for the record, I went 18 for 24 in my predictions, which is more a testimony to how closely the voting followed conventional wisdom than it is to my crystal-ball skills -- but in the presentation. The show was full of Wtf? moments, some wonderful, some cringeworthy, some merely bizarre, and all of them memorable. Here are some of the weird and different Oscar moments that viewers won't soon forget.
1. "Moving Pictures"
- Gary Susman
Oscar 2015 winners (photo: Chris Pratt during Oscar 2015 rehearsals) The complete list of Oscar 2015 winners and nominees can be found below. See also: Oscar 2015 presenters and performers. Now, a little Oscar 2015 trivia. If you know a bit about the history of the Academy Awards, you'll have noticed several little curiosities about this year's nominations. For instance, there are quite a few first-time nominees in the acting and directing categories. In fact, nine of the nominated actors and three of the nominated directors are Oscar newcomers. Here's the list in the acting categories: Eddie Redmayne. Michael Keaton. Steve Carell. Benedict Cumberbatch. Felicity Jones. Rosamund Pike. J.K. Simmons. Emma Stone. Patricia Arquette. The three directors are: Morten Tyldum. Richard Linklater. Wes Anderson. Oscar 2015 comebacks Oscar 2015 also marks the Academy Awards' "comeback" of several performers and directors last nominated years ago. Marion Cotillard and Reese Witherspoon won Best Actress Oscars for, respectively, Olivier Dahan »
- Steve Montgomery
When producers were looking to cast the role of Annalise Keating’s mother on “How to Get Away with Murder,” Viola Davis suggested her former co-star in “The Help,” Cicely Tyson. “I did not learn Viola was responsible for bringing me on until fairly recently,” Tyson told TheWrap. “She didn’t call me and ask me if I wanted to do it. It was a complete surprise to me. When I arrived at the studio, she was standing at the door with a smile from one ear to the other on her face.” But, Tyson, who was already preparing for her part, »
- Itay Hod
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