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Marvel fans who can’t get enough of the demigod Loki may be drawn to the massive monster franchise Legendary is cooking up, as it’s just been announced that Tom Hiddleston will play the lead role in the upcoming King Kong origins movie, Skull Island. A new director has also been attached to the film that will explore the seemingly prehistoric island teeming with colossal creatures.
Legendary announced today that Jordan Vogt-Roberts will direct Skull Island off a screenplay by Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein. Skull Island was revealed at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con during a surprising teaser video that concluded with an amped-up King Kong. In late July we reported that Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) had been offered the director’s chair for the project, but now it is Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) who will helm the large-scale adventure.
- Derek Anderson
Legendary Pictures announced today that Thor: The Dark World and Only Lovers Left Alive star Tom Hiddleston is in talks to star in the new King Kong film, Skull Island, with The Kings of Summer and You’re the Worst director Jordan Vogt-Roberts at the helm.
Unfortunately we still don’t know much about the project, though it will explore the titular island that King Kong and various other mysterious and monstrous creatures call home. Previous reports suggested that Attack the Block helmer Joe Cornish was on the studio’s mind for the directing job, but they must have found something special in Vogt-Roberts.
This is not the only high-profile project on Vogt-Roberts and Hiddleston’s plates, however. Vogt-Roberts is already signed on to direct Metal Gear Solid for Sony, though that project will likely get pushed aside for now. Hiddleston, on the other hand, has a few upcoming films on his slate, »
- James Garcia
Tom Hiddleston, who has gone onto gain worldwide fame playing Loki in Thor and Marvel's The Avengers, will take the lead in Skull Island. There are no further details about his character at this time.
Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who directed last summer's sleeper hit The Kings of Summer, is taking the reins on this jungle adventure which will delve into the many monsters occupying Skull Island. The director is behind the upcoming Metal Gear Solid movie for Sony, and helmed the pilot episode of FX's You're the Worst.
He announced himself as director with this tweet:
Honored to join the @Legendary family. Brace for Skull Island!! pic.twitter.com/wufi6ejNwE
— Jordan Vogt-Roberts (@VogtRoberts) September 16, 2014
Legendary announced its plans to make a feature film based on the cinematic origins of King Kong during this year's San Diego Comic Con with an original draft of the script by Max Borenstein. Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions. Universal Pictures will distribute the film on November 4, 2016.
Vogt-Roberts directed and executive produced the Sundance darling The Kings Of Summer. He has also directed the pilot and multiple episodes of FX's new series "You're the Worst" and is set to direct Metal Gear Solid for Sony. His other credits include directing the pilot of "Cocked" for Amazon Studios and directing and executive producing the concert documentary Nick Offerman: American Ham. He is represented by UTA, 3 Arts »
- Kellvin Chavez
After announcing Skull Island (a King Kong movie) at this year's Sdcc, fans have been anxious to know more about the upcoming creature feature from Legendary Pictures. Today they're finally giving out some details as they've confirmed a director for the project and also reveal that fan-favorite actor Tom Hiddleston (Loki in the Marvel Universe) will be starring in the film! Come inside to learn more!
From Legendary's Press Release:
Legendary announced its plans to make a feature film based on the cinematic origins of King Kong during this year’s San Diego Comic Con with an original draft of the script by Max Borenstein. Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions. Universal Pictures will distribute the film »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Back in July, Universal Pictures acquired the worldwide rights to Angelina Jolie's third directorial effort, By the Sea, which reunites the actress with her husband Brad Pitt for the first time on screen since 2005's Mr. and Mrs. Smith. With production already under way, Entertainment Weekly has released the first three photos, featuring Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and their co-star Niels Arestrup. Check out the images below, then read on for more details from the director.
Production began September 8 in Malta, just a few weeks after Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt got married after a decade-long relationship. While no plot information was given in the July report, Entertainment Weekly has revealed the first story details below.
"Set in France during the mid-1970s, Jolie plays Vanessa, a former dancer, and Pitt is her husband Roland, an American writer. As they travel the country together, they seem to be growing apart, »
It looks like there are now two Angelina Jolie Oscar campaigns we have to think about. There's her WWII survivor story "Unbroken" coming in December, but the actress/director/screenwriter is already at work on her next movie "By The Sea," co-starring new husband Brad Pitt. And after only a week of shooting, the first images have arrived. And even more, there are some plot details as well. Here's the synopsis via EW: Set in France during the mid-1970s, Jolie plays Vanessa, a former dancer, and Pitt is her husband Roland, an American writer. As they travel the country together, they seem to be growing apart, but when they linger in one quiet, seaside town they begin to draw close to some of its more vibrant inhabitants, such as a local bar/café-keeper (War Horse and A Prophet‘s Niels Arestrup, pictured below) and hotel owner (Richard Bohringer, The Cook, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Newlyweds Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are revealed as a not-so-happily-married couple onscreen in the very first By the Sea images from their new film. Jolie wrote, produces, and is directing the feature, which takes place in 1970s France and revolves around a marriage that’s collapsing on itself. Jolie plays a former dancer and Pitt plays an American writer, and the story finds the disenchanted couple growing closer together in a quiet seaside town as they meet its inhabitants and begin sharing stories. Cinematographer Christian Berger (The White Ribbon) is shooting the film using mostly natural light, and the supporting cast includes Niels Arestrup (War Horse) and Richard Bohringer (The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover). Check out the first By the Sea images after the jump, along with an explanation from Jolie as to why she chose to set the film in the 1970s. The pic »
- Adam Chitwood
“But no man moved me till the tide / Went past my simple shoe /And past my apron and my belt / And past my bodice too / And made as he would eat me up / As wholly as a dew…”
Whether or not this poem by Emily Dickinson, published under the title By the Sea, served as inspiration for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s new film of the same name, the spirit seems to match up with its story of a woman caught in an undertow of passion and rejuvenation while visiting a seaside village with her husband.
- Anthony Breznican
Judging by Michael Douglas’ presence as producer and star, “The Reach” must have been some sort of passion project for the aging Hollywood icon. Well, as Pascal observed, the heart has its reasons — which, in Douglas’ case, remain impenetrable at the end of “The Reach,” for upwards of 90 minutes, while the audience looks on in quiet disbelief. A hopelessly misguided mashup of Cornel Wilde’s 1955 cult favorite “The Naked Prey” and “The Most Dangerous Game,” with Douglas playing a mutant hybrid of Gordon Gekko and the Glenn Close character from “Fatal Attraction,” this inauspicious English-language debut for promising French helmer Jean-Baptiste Leonetti doesn’t look to reach far from its Toronto premiere (where Lionsgate paid a surprising $2 million for the U.S. rights).
If there were a festival prize for most Chekovoian use of a handgun, it would surely go to “The Reach” for the early scene in which small-town »
- Scott Foundas
Last week Relativity closed a seven-figure deal for U.S. distribution rights to The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, and today we have a release date. Look for the film in theaters on January 30, 2015.
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death stars Phoebe Fox in her first leading role in a feature film. Fox is joined by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, Great Expectations, The Railway Man), the award-winning Helen McCrory (Skyfall, Hugo, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows), and rising star Oaklee Pendergast (The Impossible).
Hammer is looking to take the franchise route with The Woman in Black, starting with this one, which is set 40 years after the events of the original film.
England, 1941. With London in the midst of the blitz, »
- Steve Barton
Once again today I’m going to be taking a look back at a recent Oscar lineup and explaining what my vote would have been in each of the big eight categories we all follow so intently each season. I previously mentioned that potentially I could do this once a week with previous Academy Award ceremonies, and while I’m going to be truing to do that, time will still tell. Again, if nothing else, this gives you an interesting look into my cinematic tastes. Over the course of the year you can sort of get a feel for what my current favorites are, but now we can look to the past a bit more. Alright, here goes nothing: Best Picture – Moneyball The nominees here for this ceremony were The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, and War Horse. »
- Joey Magidson
Hammer Films’ gothic scarefest The Woman in Black was an undeniable hit back in 2012. The big screen adaptation of Susan Hill’s eerie novel pulled in close to $130 million at the international box office and managed to strike a chord with its native audience in the UK. Moreover, it comfortably shepherded Daniel Radcliffe away from the shackles of a certain boy wizard and allowed him to stretch his acting muscles as a competent leading man. (The latter point is debatable, but we digress.)
That said, the young British actor won’t feature in the upcoming sequel, The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, which is to be distributed by Relativity Media in North America following a recent deal penned during the Toronto International Film Festival. According to Deadline, the partnership between the studios is said to be north of seven-figures.
In Radcliffe’s stead, the horror sequel will star War Horse »
- Michael Briers
The Toronto International Film Festival is just getting under way, and already distro news has emerged. Deadline is reporting that Relativity has closed a seven-figure deal for U.S. distribution rights to The Woman in Black: Angel of Death.
Hammer is looking to take the franchise route with The Woman in Black, starting with this one, which is set 40 years after the events of the original film. "If your second's successful, then your third, then you've got a franchise," said Hammer CEO Simon Oakes in a previous interview.
"I just don't believe in the notion that you can press a button and create a franchise, but, I mean, I'm definitely planning 3 and 4…"
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death stars Phoebe Fox in her first leading role in a feature film. Fox is joined by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, Great Expectations, The Railway Man), the award-winning Helen McCrory (Skyfall, Hugo, »
- Steve Barton
Global film and television studio Miramax announced today that it has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Mr. Holmes and will partner with Roadside Attractions on domestic theatrical distribution of the film. Directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Kinsey), Mr. Holmes stars Academy Award nominees Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings franchise, X-Men franchise) and Laura Linney (Kinsey, You Can Count on Me, The Savages).
Thomas J. Barrack, Jr., Chairman of Miramax, had this to say in his statement.
"Mr. Holmes is a smart, exciting film that has attracted the highest caliber director, cast and producers, and it is a perfect fit for Miramax. We are very pleased to acquire U.S. »
Australians in Film has announced the 10 judges that will choose up to three winners in the Gateway La script development program, launched in July by new AiF president Simonne Overend. The program, which was launched last month, will close the submissions window on September 12. Until then, Australian writers and teams of writers are encouraged to apply. Also read: Heath Ledger Scholarship Awarded to ‘War Horse’ Stage Actor Cody Fern The judging panel features several executives including Overend, vice president of scripted development for Essential Media (“Saving Mr. Banks”); Audrey Chon, vice president scripted television at Shine America (“The Bridge”); Michael Costigan, »
- Jason Hughes
Exclusive: The heart-wrenching story of Raju the Elephant — the animal who had been kept in chains and abused for 50 years and cried when he was freed — is going to be made into a feature film. The rights have just been acquired by U.S.-based manager-producer Larry Brezner along with the father/son team of Vijay and Prakash Amritraj who will also be producing. Raju the Elephant is now in a sanctuary after a daring, middle-of-the-night rescue by a team at the Wildlife Sos Conservation and Care Center in India. His story went viral, capturing international attention.
The deal for the rights comes as the previous handler of the elephant is now trying to sue to get the animal back at the same time the government is weighing animal cruelty charges against him. A court is ruling on whether the handler can get the animal back on Sept. 4th.
- Anita Busch
The second annual conference will feature panels on marketing, production and improving the business model of event cinema.
The Event Cinema Association (Eca) has unveiled the line-up for its second annual conference (Oct 16), set to be held at the recently restored Genesis cinema in London.
The day will feature two panel discussions concerning marketing event cinema and a focus on new business models and technology. The conference will also feature a new format with six breakout sessions taking place throughout the day.
Last year’s sold-out event was attended by 180 delegates from 19 countries.
Melissa Cogavin, managing director of the Eca, said: “We listened to feedback and felt that given the diverse nature of the audience, comprised of all manner of business backgrounds, it’s impossible to make every topic on the stage relevant to everyone. The creation of breakout sessions means the delegates can choose subjects that interest them and meet with like-minded people.”
Speakers from the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
The World War I drama, based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, is directed by Pat O’Connor (“Sweet November”). The all-British cast includes Jack O’Connell (“Unbroken”) and George MacKay (“How I Live Now”).
The film will have a national release in the fall.
“On the heels of our World War I commemorative screening campaign in August, we are continuing to bring captivating films with exceptional storytelling from across the pond to the big screen,” said Soumya Sriraman of BBC.
“Private Peaceful” begins in rural England in 1908 and ends in the First World War trenches of Europe. MacKay and O »
- Dave McNary
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