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Filmmakers think they know what we want, but do they really? Do the executives sitting behind big, round tables in the executive offices of the major movie studios really have their finger on the pulse of the public? In fact, it’s questionable if even some of the creative talent, such as big name directors really understand what the people want. (Looking at you, Zack Snyder!) Is the film industry headed in the right direction? Well, we’re offering some free advice to Hollywood today. Cinelinx is listing 5 lessons that the people behind the cameras and desks need to know.
1…Big Blockbusters Are Becoming a Risky Proposition:
Movies are becoming more and more expensive to make. Some can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to produce. When you consider all the additional costs (like advertising) and the fact that studios don’t get all the money a movie makes at the theater, »
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According to Deadline, Stults – best known for roles across Enlisted and, more recently The Odd Couples – has inked a deal to charge into the fiery mouth of madness as one of Lionsgate’s Hotshots, a group of seasoned firefighters who tragically lost their live three years ago during the Yarnell Hill wildfire.
Adapted for the big screen by Penned by Black Hawk Down scribe Ken Nolan and Eric Warren Singer, Granite Mountain has already enlisted the likes of Jennifer Connelly, Josh Brolin, Bleed for This star Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Hardy and James Badge Dale. But arguably the most notable talent can be found behind the lens – Joseph Kosinski.
Having made his break in Hollywood through cutting-edge science fiction (see Tron: Legacy and the Tom Cruise-fronted Oblivion), Kosinski is embarking on a marked creative shift with Granite Mountain and we couldn’t be more excited. »
- Michael Briers
Adam Driver to star in the long-gestating feature, which is set to begin shooting in October; first behind-the-scenes images revealed.
The director of 12 Monkeys and Brazil has been scouting locations ahead of principal photography, which is set to begin Oct 4.
The cast, which includes The Force Awakens star Adam Driver and Monty Python member Michael Palin, will shoot in the desert landscape of The Canary Islands, the historical city of Tomar, and Lisbon as well as Castilla-La Mancha in Spain.
The story, which has been scripted by Gilliam and Tony Grisoni, centres on an advertising executive (Driver) who jumps back and forth in time between 21st century London and 17th century La Mancha, where Don Quixote (Palin) mistakes him for Sancho »
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Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark are producing through their Universal-based Bluegrass Films company. Robbie is producing through her LuckyChap Entertainment banner and LuckyChap’s Josey McNamara will serve as executive producer.
Robbie was most recently seen as Jane in “The Legend of Tarzan” and will star as Harley Quinn in Warner Bros.’ upcoming “Suicide Squad,” which has been primed for a massive opening weekend in the $125 million range. She is currently in production on LuckyChap’s “Terminal.”
Ruff’s previous books include “Lovecraft Country,” “Fool on the Hill,” “Set This House in Order,” and “The Mirage. »
- Dave McNary
Actor Jake Picking has joined the cast of Josh Brolin‘s Arizona wildfire drama “Granite Mountain,” TheWrap has learned exclusively. Picking will portray one of the heroic crew to battle a lethal 2103 wildfire in Prescott, Arizona. The film is currently in production in New Mexico. “Granite Mountain,” originally titled “No Exit,” also stars Miles Teller, Taylor Kitsch, Jeff Bridges and Jennifer Connelly. Also Read: Josh Brolin, Miles Teller in Talks to Star in True Firefighter Tale 'No Exit' The film was written by Ken Nolan and Eric Warren Singer. Joseph Kosinski (“Tron: Legacy,” “Oblivion”) is directing, with Black »
- Matt Donnelly
The long-accepted rule in the film industry is that established names bring in the box office gold. Hollywood has always relied on big-name actors to guarantee them big box office. But is the trend changing now? Are fans now becoming less interested in A-list actors than in the characters they play?
A-List Hollywood stars get the big money because they bring in big profits for Hollywood studios. Or at least, they have up until now. Is the era of the A-Lister starting to fade? It’s possible, because in recent years, it seems that film fans have more interest in the role and less in the person playing the role. Look at what’s been happening to many A-lister in recent years.
Let’s take Johnny Depp, for instance. He used to play a variety of roles and could draw in crowds with his name alone. More recently, however, his »
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Tom Cruise is back as Jack Reacher and he's beating up more people, bad people that is in Jack Reacher: Never Look Back. In this ultra violent first look at the Jack Reacher sequel, Reacher is out to help a military officer played by Cobie Smulders (Avengers) who has been set up and targeted by killers. Cruise has had good luck starring opposite a strong female protagonist in Mission Impossible, Edge Of Tomorrow and Oblivion so he may well continue his streak of luck with Jack Reacher: Never Look Back. Watch trailer.
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Based on graphic novel The Death of Stalin by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin, the drama is set in the days following the Russian leader’s stroke in 1953 as his core team of ministers tussle for control.
The film stars Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Simon Russell Beale (Into the Woods), Paddy Considine (Macbeth), Rupert Friend (Homeland), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion), Michael Palin (A Fish Called Wanda), Andrea Riseborough (Birdman), Paul Whitehouse (Alice in Wonderland) and Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent) with Adrian McLoughlin (Thunderpants) as Stalin.
The Death of Stalin is a Quad, Main Journey production, in co-production with Gaumont.
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“Homeland” star Rupert Friend has joined the cast of “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci’s movie “The Death of Stalin,” which toplines “Boardwalk Empire’s” Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale (“Into the Woods,” “My Week with Marilyn”), and Paddy Considine (“Macbeth,” “The World’s End”). Pic is shooting in England and Ukraine.
Also in the ensemble cast are Jason Isaacs (“Fury,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”), Olga Kurylenko (“Oblivion,” “Quantum of Solace”), Michael Palin (“Life of Brian,” “A Fish Called Wanda”), Andrea Riseborough (“Birdman,” “Oblivion”), Paul Whitehouse (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”) and Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent,” “Arrested Development”) with Adrian McLoughlin (“Thunderpants”) as Stalin.
Iannucci said: “‘The Death of Stalin’ has everything: comedy, tragedy, truth, lies, life, death, bravery and cowardice. All under the shadow of Stalin’s Terror. So I’m really pleased we have an amazingly multifaceted cast who can give us all these things and more. »
- Leo Barraclough and Elsa Keslassy
It’s a perilous time in the Star Wars rumor kingdom. Episode VIII, working title Space Bear, is still plowing along. Rian Johnson suggests the film is in the “home stretch,” but since Rian Johnson is coy, there’s no telling what exactly that means. Official news is sparse, with most Star Wars dispatches being held over for Star Wars Celebration Europe next month.
There has been a certain degree of information to be gleaned from exteriors shot in Ireland, as we’ve shown in the past weeks. When Space Bear went on location, they couldn’t hide the exterior shooting. That hasn’t given us much of an indication about what is going on in either the night chase in the city (which involves Finn) or the various scenes on what is presumably Ach-To, the Jedi planet. All we have to go on are rumors and rumblings. There was »
Principal photography begins next week on the film, based on the true story of a group of firefighters known as the Granite Mountain hotshots who lost 19 members as they fought one of deadliest wildfires in Arizona history.
The Rockhampton native got his break in Wa feature Wasted on the Young in 2010.
- Staff Writer
The film is based on the real-life of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, “an elite group of 20 firefighters who courageously battled one of the deadliest wildfires in history to save the homes and lives of other Arizonians. Nineteen of the men died heroes on that hill when the wind changed and fire engulfed them from all sides.”
In addition to Ben Hardy, it’s also being reported that Andie MacDowell (Cedar Cove) and Alex Russell (Chronicle) have signed on to appear, with the trio joining a stellar A-list cast that includes Josh Brolin (Sicario), Jeff Bridges (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), Jennifer Connolly (Shelter), Miles Teller (Whiplash), Taylor Kitsch »
- Scott J. Davis
Sometimes funny, often poignant, narration can be hugely effective when deployed successfully. Ryan picks a few great examples...
“God help you if you use voice-over in your work my friends! God help you. That’s flaccid, sloppy writing. Any idiot can use narration to explain the thoughts of a character.”
So says screenwriting coach Robert McKee in Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman’s 2002 film, Adaptation. Well, not the real screenwriting coach Robert Mckee, but the one played in superbly aggressive style by actor Brian Cox, who stomps about on stage at a writing seminar like an angry bull. Brilliantly, McKee’s condemnation of voice-overs interrupts the interior thoughts, as narrated by Nicolas Cage’s fictionalised version of Charlie Kaufman - a terminally anxious screenwriter with an Everest-sized case of writer’s block.
It’s an example of the quirky, hall-of-mirrors kind of humour that courses through Adaptation, »
Exclusive: Ben Hardy, who is onscreen as Archangel in X-Men: Apocalypse, has joined the cast of Granite Mountain, portraying one of the heroic firemen whose life was lost in the battle to douse the 2013 Yarnell Hill wildfire in Arizona. He joins Jennifer Connelly, Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch and James Badge Dale in the feature directed by Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion, Tron: Legacy). The screenplay was written by Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down, Transform… »
Deadline has learned that Jennifer Connelly has been added to the cast of the firefighter film Granite Mountain (previously titled No Exit), joining Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges and Taylor Kitsch. Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy, Oblivion) will direct the movie, which is "based on the 20-member Granite Mountain Hotshots who fought the deadliest wildfire ever in Arizona’s history... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Iceland’s parliament has approved a boost to the country’s film production tax incentive, increasing it from 20% to 25%.
The new level will take effect from January 1, 2017 and the legislation has been renewed until 2021.
“The new 25% incentive will make Iceland more competitive on the international film production market,” film commissioner Einar Hansen Tomasson told ScreenDaily.
“With Iceland’s beautiful locations, post-production facilities, a new large scale film studio being prepared and hardworking crew members with a can-do spirit, Iceland will make for an even more attractive place for foreign productions.”
Leifur B. Dagfinnsson, chairman and founding partner of leading production services company Truenorth, told ScreenDaily: “It makes Iceland competitive again as a location destination and helps local productions in terms of their financing.
“This is a cash rebate on all costs incurred in Iceland - and if the above the line talents pay withholding tax in Iceland then producers and productions will get same rebate on their »
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British actress Andrea Riseborough is such a chameleon, it’s not a surprise to hear her say she’s never used her own accent in any of her roles. “I have a strong northern accent, I’m from a country where we make a lot of films about posh British people,” she notes. “I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be respected or everything would go away if people knew who I truly was, someone from a working class place in Britain.”
Those who see Riseborough in Season 2 of “Bloodline,” now streaming on Netflix, might not even recognize the actress who has donned various accents and hair colors in such films as “Birdman,” “Oblivion” and “Made in Dagenham.” She plays Evangeline, the mother of Nolan (Owen Teague), the son sired by the now-deceased Danny Rayburn (Ben Mendelsohn). Created by Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler (referred »
- Jenelle Riley
Now in its ninth year, Krakow’s Film and Music Festival (Fmf) brought together film composers and music professionals for a series of masterclasses and concerts in the heart of the city’s historic old town. This year’s festival ran from May 24-30, with an additional concert concluding its musical showcase on May 31.
The festival kicked off with a special distinction award for Roman Polanski, who was honoured by the Polish Filmmakers Association (Spf) for his contribution to Polish cinema. The 82-year-old Krakow native, who survived the Nazi’s Second World War takeover of Poland, leapt to the stage to receive his accolade and said: “I’m just a boy from Krakow, I never thought I would get this far.”
Polanski is back in the headlines this week after the Polish government said it will appeal a court’s decision »
Supernatural Horror Film Mara From ‘Insidious’ And ‘Paranormal Activity’ Producer Completes Principal Photography Olga Kurylenko And Javier Botet Star The Solution Entertainment Group in Cannes to complete worldwide sales The supernatural horror film Mara starring Olga Kurylenko (Quantum Of Solace, Oblivion) and Javier Botet (Mama, Crimson Peak, Universal’s upcoming The Mummy) completed principal photography this …
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Earlier this week we brought you the news that Michael Palin (Monty Python) and Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) have signed on to appear in Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, and now The Tracking Board is reporting that Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion) has also signed on for the long-gestating film.
Gilliam has been trying to get the project off the ground since 1998, which includes an abandoned version from 2000 which would have starred Jean Rochefort and Johnny Depp. According to the site, Gilliam has been hinting that Depp could make a cameo appearance in this latest effort.
Production on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is slated to get underway in the fall ahead of a release next year.
- Gary Collinson
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