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Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
Back in February, we reported that MGM has hired Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles writer Evan Daugherty to pen the script for their Tomb Raider reboot. Now it seems that script has been completed, with Heroic Hollywood reporting that the studio is sending out the Tomb Raider movie script in hopes of securing a female director for the project. The studio is looking for a "Michelle MacLaren-type." You may recall that Michelle MacLaren was initially attached to direct Wonder Woman for Warner Bros., before she backed out in April, leading to Patty Jenkins taking over.
The reboot is said to be on the fast track to production, although it isn't known when the studio is wanting to start production. No plot details have been given, but the reboot is expected to feature a much younger version of the iconic Lara Croft character. MGM is teaming up with Warner Bros. to produce and distribute the Croft reboot. »
Earlier this week came a rumor that "Tron Legacy" and "Oblivion" director Joseph Kosinski was in early talks to direct the reboot of the "Tomb Raider" film franchise at MGM, Gk Films and Warner Bros. Pictures.
Evan Daugherty has reportedly finished the script which is currently out to directors, with the studio making a strong push to get the film moving due to their rights deal with game publisher Square Enix.
The new film is expected to be in line with the tone and feel of the 2013 video game reboot in which we follow a younger and more realistic 21-year-old version of British archaeologist Lara Croft. That game showcased how she started out as a frightened young woman »
- Garth Franklin
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
As reported by Deadline, Stanley Kubrick’s written script for The Downslope will now be made into a film series by World War Z and Finding Neverland director Marc Forster, who will serve as producer for all three films and director for the first. Kubrick wrote the script in 1956 after his film Fear and Desire hit theaters, and before he started working on Paths of Glory. The film is said to be “a sweeping, historical action-drama,” according to Deadline, and will revolve around the Civil War. The first film of the trilogy will be based on Kubrick’s script and concept, and the subsequent films will expand on his original ideas and focus on the after-effects of the Civil War.
Kubrick’s death in 1999 has obviously not stopped his ideas from reaching the big screen, as seen with Spielberg’s film A.I. Artificial Intelligence in 2001. That film was brought about »
Lauren Selig (“Lone Survivor”), Barry Levine (“Oblivion”) and Reneé Wolfe (“All I See Is You”) will be producing with Forster. Selig initiated the project with producers/rights holders Phil Hobbs (“Full Metal Jacket”) and Steve Lanning, who are also serving as producers.
The movie has the full support and encouragement of the Kubrick family. Kubrick wrote the script following the release of his allegorical war film “Fear and Desire” and prior to directing his World War I drama “Paths of Glory.” Both films were cautionary, anti-war stories.
“The Downslope” centers on a series of Civil War battles in the Shenandoah »
- Dave McNary
"World War Z" and "Quantum of Solace" helmer Marc Forster is attached to direct and produce the first film in a proposed film trilogy based on Stanley Kubrick's original 1956 screenplay "The Downslope".
The project is described as a a sweeping, historical anti-war action-drama which Kubrick penned between the release of his early films "Fear and Desire" and "Paths of Glory". Kubrick spent years developing and writing the story, creating detailed notes about how to film it and using the help of renowned Civil War historian Shelby Foote.
The story focuses on the bitter, strategic series of Civil War battles in the Shenandoah Valley between Union General George Armstrong Custer and Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby.
Mosby's cavalrymen continually outsmarted the much larger enemy forces in a sequence of raids, enraging Custer and setting both on a course for fierce revenge. With the expansion to a trilogy, the films will »
- Garth Franklin
"State Zero" is a post-apocalyptic film from Sweden. The film was shown at Quiet Earth, yesterday and this film fan noticed it on his Youtube feed. Officially released in March of 2015, within Sweden, the short film shows a four man combat team, attempting to fix a transmitter and surveillance tower. However, clever "freaks" look to intervene. Fans of science fiction or Pa thrillers can view the entire film, here. From the official synopsis, Sweden has turned into a wasteland. Cities lay in ruin and scientists perform illicit experiments. Those who venture into urban areas must be prepared to face the horrifying results of those experiments. And, a journey into Zone 3 is a one-way trip, for most. Director Andree Wallin has worked on other sci-fi thrillers. He has worked on concept art for Oblivion (2013) and on two of the upcoming Star Wars (Star Wars: Episode VII) films. His first feature shows »
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According to Deadline, Relativity Studios is in negotiations with Andrea Riseborough to play the villain in Corin Hardy's remake of The Crow, which will star Boardwalk Empire's Jack Huston as the doomed Eric Draven. Riseborough ( Birdman, Oblivion, Disconnect, Made in Dagenham, Never Let Me Go) would play a character named Top Dollar, who was originally written as a man and was played by Michael Wincott in the first adaptation back in 1994. Top Dollar runs a crime syndicate, and is indirectly responsible for the deaths or Draven and his fiancée Shelly (Jessica Brown Findlay). The remake is being produced by Edward R. Pressman, Kevin Misher, Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, and Jeff Waxman. James O’Barr is also on board as a consultant. The Crow will take flight in 2016. »
Back when Luke Evans was still attached to The Crow remake, the actor said the plan was to "be authentic and loyal to the original comic," however one character is apparently getting a sex change. Deadline has learned that Oblivion and Birdman star Andrea Riseborough is in negotiations to play Top Dollar. While Top Dollar was just a lowly drug dealer in the comic, in the 1994 movie, he was the head of the crime organization responsible for the deaths of Eric Draven and »
- Jesse Giroux
With a new tragic hero firmly on board in the shape of Jack Huston, director Corin Hardy is looking to make an interesting choice for his new version of James O’Barr’s The Crow. He has Oblivion’s Andrea Riseborough in talks to play the main villain.This could be a fascinatingly fresh take on the character of Top Dollar, as portrayed in the 1994 version by Michael Wincott. In the graphic novel, Top Dollar is the head of a crime syndicate responsible for the brutal murder of rocker Eric Draven and his fiancée, with Draven brought back to supernatural life to avenge the killings.Hardy has Claire Wilson working on the latest draft of the script, which will follow the graphic novel even more closely than Alex Proyas’ effort thanks to O’Barr’s contributions as consultant. Relativity Studios is backing this one, with the cameras expected to start »
Darren Lynn Bousman (who directed “Saw II,” “Saw III” and “Saw IV”) is set to write and direct “The Dwelling,” the sequel to Bousman’s “Abattoir,” a high-concept horror-thriller based on the Radical Publishing comic book miniseries.
In “The Dwelling,” Dayton Callie will reprise his “Abbatoir” role of Jebediah Crone, the enigmatic and evil man who buys homes where horrific tragedies have occurred. “The Dwelling” will take place some time before the franchise’s first film and will center on Crone’s character, unveiling some of his dark secrets and motivations.
“What is most exhilarating as a filmmaker about the universe of ‘Abattoir’ is that »
- Elsa Keslassy
Hollywood has fallen for White Boy Rick. A third project is in development based on the infamous Detroit teen drug kingpin. Darren Aronofsky and Scott Franklin's Protozoa Pictures will produce the film based on a script by Andrew Weiss. Wershe was a teen living in Detroit in the 1980s when he joined the ranks of the city's drug kingpins, trafficking cocaine on the predominantly black East Side and going by the name "White Boy Rick." Read More 'Oblivion' Director Joseph Kosinski to Helm 'The Trials of White Boy Rick' (Exclusive) Wershe also worked as an undercover informant for the FBI
- Rebecca Ford
Want to keep up with all the great new content arriving on Netflix? Then you're in luck, as we'll be bringing you a round-up of the best TV shows, films, documentaries and stand-up arriving on Netflix UK every week.
Here are the latest additions to Netflix, as well as news and events worth keeping an eye on over the coming week:
Peaky Blinders (Series 1)
Set in 1919, the show tells the story of infamous Birmingham gang the Peaky Blinders - led by the dangerously unpredictable Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) - and the police constable (Sam Neill) charged with bringing them to heel.
The first season of this acclaimed British historical drama arrives on Netflix on April 18.
Joseph Kosinski's sci-fi adventure paints a bleak picture of the future, where Earth has been ravaged by alien invaders. Tom Cruise stars as a man tasked with harvesting the planet's remaining sources who »
Tom Cruise underwrites so much of Scientology, people connected with the Church root for the success of his movies, even when they suck. P.I. Daniel Powell, who claims to have been hired by the Church to tail the father of Scientology leader David Miscavige, joked with cops ... Tom was the biggest moneymaker by far in the Church. In fact, Powell wisecracks that Tom is probably paying the $10k a week salary to keep tabs on and harass Ronald Miscavige. »
- TMZ Staff
When director Crowe sticks to historical adventure, his film is tense and exciting. But it lacks a sense of magic that it needs to make it fully engaging. I’m “biast” (pro): love Russell Crowe
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
In 1919, four years after the disastrous Australian defeat at the Wwi battle of Gallipoli, a father travels to the Ottoman Empire hoping to find his lost sons. It’s sorta like Saving Private Ryan, except the soldiers to be found are dead, and the stack of needles farmer Connor (Russell Crowe: Noah, Winter’s Tale) has to search for his needles is the battle-scarred landscape upon which are scattered the long-dead bones of the 10,000 Australians — and 70,000 Turks — who were killed there.
How does Connor propose to accomplish such an impossible task? »
- MaryAnn Johanson
It's nearly five years since Tron: Legacy massaged our eyeballs, and Disney's still slowly putting together its sequel.
Legacy's director Joseph Kosinksi, who's since made the Tom Cruise sci-fi Oblivion, has been attached to Tron 3 for some time. Joining him, it's been revealed, will be Legacy's leads Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund.
That Wilde and Hedlund are coming back isn't too much of a surprise, given how pivotal they were to the previous film, but it's a sign, at least, that Tron 3's still definitely happening. In fact, The Hollywood Reporter says that Tron 3 is likely to start filming in Vancouver in the autumn.
Disney has been developing a sequel to 2010’s “Tron: Legacy,” which grossed $400 million worldwide, but has not yet greenlit “Tron 3.” If it goes ahead, it’s expected to shoot in Vancouver, where “Tron: Legacy” was filmed.
“Tron: Legacy” was a sequel to the 1982 movie “Tron,” starring Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner inside a computer world. Hedlund portrayed the son of Bridges’ character in “Legacy,” while Wilde portrayed a humanized algorithm.
Justin Springer is on board as a producer.
Kosinski’s previous credits include Tom Cruise sci-fi film “Oblivion.” Wilde was last seen in the horror movie “The Lazarus Effect.” Hedlund will be playing Hook in Warner Bros.’ Peter Pan origin story “Pan.”
Wilde is repped by Wme, Untitled and Ziffren Brittenham. Hedlund is repped by Wme, Brillstein Entertainment and Sloane Offer. »
- Dave McNary
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