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David Ayer Gets The Cameras Rolling On Suicide Squad, Blockbuster Rumored To Appear

14 April 2015 9:05 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

End of Watch and Fury helmer David Ayer has banded together his super group of villains to commence filming, as the director announced that the cameras are now rolling on the set of Suicide Squad, which entered its first day of production in Toronto.

Ayer confirmed that the ball was now rolling through his personal Twitter account, and shared the following image from set. Interestingly, it appears the film has entered production with the codename Bravo 14.

Day 1 #SuicideSquadpic.twitter.com/rEo5qCMfAh

David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) April 13, 2015

Given the grand nature of the adaptation – not to mention the ensemble cast already on board – there are suggestions that a handful of parts are yet to be filled. In fact, according to Latino Review, there is one, rather high-profile “outstanding” role in the form of Mark and Roland Desmond, brothers who play two variations of the villain Blockbuster in the DC source material. »

- Michael Briers

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Jim Berk Out as CEO of Participant Media After Eight Years (Exclusive)

10 April 2015 11:53 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Participant Media CEO Jim Berk resigned Friday after more than eight years atop the multimedia company, with founder Jeff Skoll announcing he would serve as temporary chief executive of the company he built to pursue both profits and social change.

News of Berk’s departure – which took effect immediately — surprised many employees, although tensions had been mounting inside the company as Skoll pushed for quicker expansion into foreign markets and advances by Participant’s television and digital operations.

Variety reported exclusively last month that Skoll had ordered a strategic review of his 11-year-old company, which McKinsey & Co. began last month. He also planned to appoint a board of directors to help the company map a path forward.

Skoll, a 50-year-old tech billionaire and former eBay CEO, had pushed more aggressively for the changes than his chief executive, Berk, according to several sources inside Participant.

Current and former Participant employees also »

- James Rainey

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Jim Berk Out as CEO of Participant Media After Eight Years (Exclusive)

10 April 2015 11:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Participant Media CEO Jim Berk resigned Friday after more than eight years atop the multimedia company, with founder Jeff Skoll announcing he would serve as temporary chief executive of the company he built to pursue both profits and social change.

News of Berk’s departure – which took effect immediately — surprised many employees, although tensions had been mounting inside the company as Skoll pushed for quicker expansion into foreign markets and advances by Participant’s television and digital operations.

Variety reported exclusively last month that Skoll had ordered a strategic review of his 11-year-old company, which McKinsey & Co. began last month. He also planned to appoint a board of directors to help the company map a path forward.

Skoll, a 50-year-old tech billionaire and former eBay CEO, had pushed more aggressively for the changes than his chief executive, Berk, according to several sources inside Participant.

Current and former Participant employees also »

- James Rainey

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Manganiello Out! Suicide Squad Has A New Deathstroke; Hugo Strange & Ravan Also Cast

8 April 2015 7:25 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Earlier tonight, director David Ayer (Fury) tweeted out our first look at the Suicide Squad cast (sans Jared Leto) assembled for a table read. The photo featured the main cast members including headliners Will Smith (i, Robot), Margot Robbie (The Wolf Of Wall Street), Viola Davis (The Help), Jai Courtney (Jack Reacher), and Cara Delevingne (Paper Towns), and also more or less confirmed the involvement of many other players who had been rumored for parts in the upcoming DC adventure. Additionally, a few mystery parts had also seemingly been cast as previously unannounced actors Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project), Jim Parrack (Fury), and Adam Beach (Cowboys & Aliens) were also pictured. Their roles were a mystery for an hour or so before Latino-Review's El Mayimbe dropped another major scoop shedding some light on how the trio play into the picture. It looks like due to a snag in negotiations (and a »

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Listen: Jessica Chastain Talks Working With Terrence Malick, Kathryn Bigelow & More In 1-Hour Conversation

7 April 2015 12:45 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Jessica Chastain seemingly became famous overnight. While she shot “Wild Salome” with Al Pacino earlier (the movie still hasn’t come out stateside, but you can read our review here), 2011 marked The Year Of Chastain. Suddenly, she had a string of movies coming to cinemas: Terrence Malick’s “The Tree Of Life,” Jeff Nichols’ “Take Shelter,” Ralph Fiennes’ directorial effort “Coriolanus,” John Madden's "The Debt," and, of course, “The Help,” which earned the actress her first Academy Award nomination. She was everywhere, and in high demand, soon garnering work and acclaim in films by Christopher Nolan, Kathryn Bigelow, John Hillcoat, J. C. Chandor, and more (later this year she has films coming out by Guillermo del Toro and Ridley Scott). Read More: Jessica Chastain Talks 'A Most Violent Year,' Avoiding Brooklyn Cliches, & An Unlikely Political Inspiration In a recent and very engaging one-hour conversation with photographer/filmmaker Sam Jones on. »

- Edward Davis

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Octavia Spencer Laughs Off Reports That She Was a "Nasty Bitch" at Book Signing

7 April 2015 7:56 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Octavia Spencer needs no help laughing off the haters. The Insurgent actress took to Twitter to slam reports that she recently was rude during an L.A. book signing event. "Gotta laugh when ppl would actually believe that you were rude to a child," the Oscar winner, 44, tweeted on Monday, April. 6 "…at Your Children's Book Signing." (Spencer is promoting her latest book, Randi Rhodes Ninja Detective — The Sweetest Heist in History.) The Help star's comment comes just one day after Daily Mail published a scathing story [...] »

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Round-Up: The Walking Dead’s Charlie Adlard Draws Metal Hammer Magazine Cover, I Kill Giants Feature Film, Society Blu-ray / DVD

3 April 2015 9:59 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The latest issue of Metal Hammer magazine was already shaping up to be a special one, with Slipknot's Corey Taylor guest-editing the issue, but it became an absolute dream for metal and horror fans when Taylor asked The Walking Dead comic book artist Charlie Adlard to illustrate the cover and participate in an exclusive interview. We take a look at that cover (and the behind-the-scenes process of its creation) in our latest round-up, in addition to details on the feature film adaptation of Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura's I Kill Giants graphic novel and Arrow Video's impressive limited edition Blu-ray/DVD release of Society.

Charlie Adlard's Metal Hammer Magazine: "Charlie Adlard – acclaimed illustrator from the Walking Dead comics – has designed Metal Hammer magazine’s special gatefold front cover with Exclusive artwork of every member of Slipknot. Trust us, it looks badass.

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor has taken over »

- Derek Anderson

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Watch: Poignant Deleted Scene from the Acclaimed Mini-Series 'Book of Negroes'

3 April 2015 9:09 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: What Critics Are Saying About 'The Book of Negroes' Miniseries Entertainment One is releasing Bet's acclaimed mini-series "Book of Negroes" on a special edition DVD, with over three hours of bonus programming including interviews with cast and author Lawrence Hill, deleted scenes, and a 28-page collector's book. Based on a critically acclaimed novel by Lawrence Hill, "The Book of Negroes" stars Aunjanue Ellis ("The Help," "Ray"), Golden Globe winner Louis Gossett Jr. ("Roots," "Boardwalk Empire") and Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. ("Jerry Maguire"). The series follows Aminata Diallo, an African woman whose story is filled with hardship and tragedy, but also triumph. Kidnapped by slave traders in Africa as a young girl and enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata navigates her way across the world, struggling to return home, before finally achieving her freedom at the beginning of the 19th »

- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold

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Jeff Skoll Aims to Fix Participant’s ‘Broken’ Parts

31 March 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jeff Skoll had been working frenetically with epidemiologists, NGOs and diplomats for weeks last fall. The experts were racing to contain the wildfire spread of Ebola, only to have their benefactor, the California billionaire and media mogul, suddenly suffer his own collapse. An intestinal wrecking ball sent Skoll reeling. His fever spiked to 105, knocking him flat on his back. “I just had to close my eyes for eight days,” he recalls, “and hang on.”

Skoll, already slight in build, lost 10 pounds to what doctors diagnosed as yellow fever, perhaps contracted from Ebola caregivers. For the introspective Canadian, facing his own mortality on the brink of his 50th birthday, the medical crisis seemed to be a sign: The time had come to reassess his 10-year-old entertainment company, Participant Media, to ensure its sustainability for the long haul.

“This was part of my wake-up call,” Skoll says of his debilitating illness. “At Participant, »

- James Rainey

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This Week in Blu-ray: UK Edition – Interstellar, St. Vincent, Penguins of Madagascar, Horrible Bosses 2, Get on Up and more

30 March 2015 9:53 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis continues his weekly look at what’s new in the world of Blu-ray…

Interstellar

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.

Buy Interstellar On Blu-Ray Here

 

St. Vincent

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

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Exclusive 1:1 Interview: Insurgent Star Octavia Spencer

18 March 2015 5:20 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

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 »

- JimmyO

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Josh Hutcherson, Zach Braff join James Franco's In Dubious Battle

18 March 2015 3:03 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Hunger Games' Josh Hutcherson and Zach Braff are the latest stars to join James Franco's film In Dubious Battle.

Franco will direct As I Lay Dying writer Matt Rager's adaptation of John Steinbeck's politically-charged 1936 novel.

In Dubious Battle will chronicle an activist becoming involved with California's contentious labour movement during the 1930s.

Joining Hutcherson and Braff as the newest additions to the film's cast are Analeigh Tipton (Crazy, Stupid, Love…), Ahna O'Reilly (The Help) and Ashley Greene (The Twilight Saga).

Franco has amassed an all-star cast for the political drama, including John Savage, Nat Wolff, Bryan Cranston, Danny McBride, Selena Gomez, Robert Duvall and Ed Harris.

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. »

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Spielberg's 'Bridge of Spies' Loses Composer John Williams

18 March 2015 11:04 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

DreamWorks Pictures'/Fox 2000 Pictures' upcoming dramatic thriller directed by three-time Academy Award&#174-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 »

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Steven Spielberg Adds Composer Thomas Newman, Names Tom Hanks Thriller 'Bridge of Spies'

18 March 2015 9:46 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

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

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Spielberg-Hanks Cold War Film Titled ‘Bridge of Spies,’ John Williams Won’t Compose Score

18 March 2015 8:34 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ upcoming Cold War thriller has a title, “Bridge of Spies,” DreamWorks announced Wednesday.

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

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Thomas Newman To Score Steven Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies – Stars Tom Hanks

18 March 2015 6:24 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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

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One 'Pixels' trailer single handedly proves its Adam Sandler's best movie in years

17 March 2015 6:17 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Neil Patrick Harris Should Host the Oscars Again: "He Was Amazing," Says Octavia Spencer

10 March 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

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 »

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Holy help: what Octavia Spencer can learn from other movie Gods

9 March 2015 7:52 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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

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Octavia Spencer in talks to play God in The Shack adaptation

7 March 2015 4:33 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Octavia Spencer is tipped to play God in the adaptation of William P Young's 2007 bestselling novel, The Shack.

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.

Exam's Stuart Hazeldine is directing the adaptation, with Gil Netter producing.

The Help star can next be seen in Divergent sequel, Insurgent when it is released on March 19. Watch the trailer below: »

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