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Vin Diesel stars as the title character, who teams up with his natural enemy (Rose Leslie) to stop an evil coven of witches, one of whom is played by Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, from unleashing a supernatural plague upon New York City. Michael Caine and Elijah Wood also co-star in unspecified roles.
Breck Eisner (The Crazies, Sahara) is directing from a screenplay by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (Dracula Untold, Gods of Egypt), based on a pitch by Cory Goodman (Priest, Apollo 18). D.W. Harper (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) and Melisa Wallack (Dallas Buyers Club, Mirror Mirror) also worked on the script. It isn't known when production will begin.
There's been an abundance of bland projects lately for the lovely Kate Beckinsale. With films like Total Recall, Contraband and Underworld: Awakening being the most recent films in her career, she needs to do some recovering. Perhaps she'll find relief in The Disappointments Room, a new project that Deadline reports Disturbia and Eagle Eye director D.J. Caruso will direct for Relativity Media. The film is described as being a psychological thriller in the same vein as The Shining, but the film sounds just like plenty of other horror films we've seen about a family moving into an old, haunted house with dark secrets. More below! The film is said to be inspired by real events as it tells the story of a couple and their five-year old son who move into their dream house, an old rural home with a secret room hidden in their attic. Beckinsale will play the »
- Ethan Anderton
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
The film has been given a release date of August 14, 2015, the rapper tweeted.
Cube, Eazy & Dre #StraightOuttaCompton coming 8/14/15 pic.twitter.com/AQZAVSIfxF
— Ice Cube (@icecube) June 18, 2014
We reported the other day some casting rumours for the long-gestating N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, but it looks one of those names was incorrect, as we now have our official cast.
And here’s the word from the press release…
In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into »
- Luke Owen
Last week we reported that O'Shea Jackson Jr. would be playing his father, Ice Cube, in the upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. Today, Billboard has word that Marcus Callendar will be portraying Dr. Dre and Jason Mitchell is taking on the role of the late Eazy-e.
Marcus Callendar is best known for being an alumni of New York's Shakespeare Lab at the Public Theater and has had roles in multiple television shows including HBO's Criminal Justice, Blue Bloods and Elementary. Jason Mitchell has had small parts in Mark Wahlberg's Contraband and Broken City. Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy E's widow Tomica Wright have all approved of the casting.
F. Gary Gray will be directing this biographical film from a script by Jonathan Herman. Production is expected to start in a few months with a possible 2015 release, which will coincide with their 25th anniversary of their first album Straight Outta Compton. »
Update: Universal announced in a statement that the biopic will be released in theaters on Aug. 14th, 2015.
In April, F. Gary Gray, director of the upcoming N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, staged an open casting call to find actors to play the principal roles. Asked what he was looking for, the director said, "It's just a certain thing that a person from the hood has. When you watch American Idol and they have that 'It Factor' – there's a 'Hood Factor.' You get the authenticity when you're in an environment likes this, »
It’s taken over five years, but Universal’s biopic Straight Outta Compton is finally getting its cast together. According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources claim that they have found their Dr. Dre and Easy-e – and they may have their Ice Cube too.
In the role of Dr. Dre will be Marcus Callender who has been seen on Criminal Justice on HBO as well as Blue Bloods and Elementary. Rumours state that they originally wanted Michael B. Jordan to play the Beats co-founder, but his scheduling with Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four have put a stop to that. Playing the late Easy-e is said to be Jason Mitchell who, according to sources, knocked it out of the park in his audition and was cast on the spot. From what some are reporting, Mitchell’s background is in kitchen work, although he has has minor roles in the likes of Contraband, »
- Luke Owen
The story is inspired by a mission legion of Roman soldiers who travelled to China in 48 BC. Cusack will play Roman general Lucius; Brody plays another Roman. Chan stars as the Commander of the Protectorate of the Western Regions who teams up with Lucius to protect China's borders and sovereignty. [Source: Screen]
The "Taken"-esque action thriller follows an ex-con who reunites with his estranged 16-year old daughter, who has been targeted by drug dealers. [Source: Twitter]
Mark Strong plays a »
- Garth Franklin
Former Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell and actors Charlie Hunnam, Emile Hirsch and Wahlberg attended Spike TV’s ‘Guys Choice 2014′ at Sony Pictures Studios on June 7, 2014 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Spike TV).
In keeping with Spike’s year-round efforts to support our nation’s servicemen and women, “Guys Choice” will once again feature inspiring moments saluting our troops and returning veterans.
Four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative face an impossible, moral decision in Lone Survivor, the intense, action-packed story of heroism, courage and survival, on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, including Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™ and On Demand Now, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. »
- Michelle McCue
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 19, 2014
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95
Gael García Bernal (Casa de mi Padre) and Diego Luna (Contraband) shot to international stardom as a pair of horny Mexico City teenagers from different classes who, after their girlfriends jet off to Italy for the summer, are bewitched by a gorgeous older Spanish woman (Tetro’s Maribel Verdú) they meet at a wedding. When she agrees to accompany them on a trip to a faraway beach, the three form an increasingly intense and sensual alliance that ultimately strips them both physically and emotionally bare.
This weekend sees another step in the ever-expanding media empire of Seth MacFarlane. The Fox Tv animation mogul ventured into live-action feature films with 2012′s comedy hit Ted (to be honest, the title character, a talking, walking stuffed bear, was done with CGI animation). In the last couple of years he’s produced a much applauded reboot of the science show “Cosmos” for Fox TV along with this, his follow-up feature film A Million Ways To Die In The West. Yes it’s a comedy also, but it differs from the previous hit in a couple of big ways. Ted was a contemporary buddy comedy, while West is a genre parody much like movies made by Woody Allen and Mel Brooks through Zaz (the Zucker brothers and Jim Abrams) and the Wayans brothers. And while Ted’s human pal was played by the film’s lead, Mark Wahlberg, the lead »
- Jim Batts
Digital Release Date: May 20, 2014, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 3, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
Lone Survivor adds to the list of movies about the war against al-Qaeda.
Mark Wahlberg (Ted) stars as Marcus Luttrell, the real-life Navy Seal who was part of a four-person team on a covert mission to stop a high-level al-Qaeda operative. When things started to go wrong, Marcus learns that sometimes people who you think are the enemy can become unlikely allies.
The action movie grossed a tidy $125 million in theaters, on good reviews from both critics and moviegoers.
Both the DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo carry »
Baltasar Kormakur is building a steady rep in Hollywood. It seemed like he would be the action movie guy for awhile, but it looks as if he's changing course. Similarly, the Michael Douglas-as-Ronald Reagan film Reykjavik has been in search of a director to actually make it. I think you can see where this is going. Variety reports that Baltasar Kormakur will be directing Reykjavik, the long-in-development historical drama that has had Michael Douglas attached for years. Interestingly, Kormakur's debut film was 101 Reykjavik, which he later remade as the Mark Wahlberg-starring action movie Contraband. Kormakur, not surprisingly, is also from Reykjavik. This sounds is a lot like hiring a guy who makes a movie called Monsters for your Godzilla remake or a man named Webb to helm The Amazing Spider-Man. Reykjavik deals with the tense meeting between Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev during 1986's Reykjavik Summit, where the »
Four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative face an impossible, moral decision in Lone Survivor, the intense, action-packed story of heroism, courage and survival, coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack, including Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™ and On Demand on June 3, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Lone Survivor will also be available on Digital HD two weeks earlier on May 20, 2014. Take a look at the Blu-ray trailer and artwork, then read on for more details about this upcoming release.
Based on Marcus Luttrell's The New York Times bestselling memoir, Director Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) explores the unbreakable bond of brotherhood in a film that Rolling Stone's Peter Travers praised as "a powerhouse film." Lone Survivor tells the incredible tale of Operation Red Wings, a mission about four Navy SEALs ambushed by the enemy deep in the mountains of Afghanistan. As the »
Four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative face an impossible, moral decision in Lone Survivor, the intense, action-packed story of heroism, courage and survival, coming to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, including Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™ and On Demand on June 3, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
Lone Survivor will also be available on Digital HD two weeks earlier on May 20, 2014.
Based on Marcus Luttrell’s The New York Times bestselling memoir, Director Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) explores the unbreakable bond of brotherhood in a film that Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers praised as “a powerhouse film.” Lone Survivor tells the incredible tale of Operation Red Wings, a mission about four Navy SEALs ambushed by the enemy deep in the mountains of Afghanistan. As the soldiers are confronted by unthinkable odds they must find reserves of strength and resilience in order to fight to the finish. »
- Michelle McCue
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