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Radcliffe and Tomei Join Apatow's 'Trainwreck', Fey Does the 'Taliban Shuffle' and More

1 July 2014 7:57 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Daniel Radcliffe and Marisa Tomei have joined Judd Apatow's Trainwreck, most likely in cameo appearances and while Apatow took to Twitter to deny the claims saying things such as Radcliffe was "just walking his dogs", it's clear they've joined the picture in some capacity. Amy Schumer leads the comedy, which is hitting theaters on July 24, 2015. Getty Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer) has joined Chloe Grace Moretz in The 5th Wave for director J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed) with a script from Susannah Grant (Erin Brokovich). The film is based on Rick Yancey's bestselling novel centered on 16-year-old Cassie (Moretz), who survives four waves of deadly attacks against the Earth's population. On the run to save her younger brother, she meets a mysterious young man (Alex Roe) who may become her final hope. The movie has already established a Twitter account where the news was originally announced. »

- Brad Brevet

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Robert Redford To Adapt "Climb to Conquer"

1 July 2014 7:10 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Robert Redford's production company Wildwood Enterprises is planning to produce a film based on Peter Shelton's book "Climb to Conquer: The Untold Story of WWII's 10th Mountain Division Ski Troop."

The story deals with the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division, a group made up of professional athletes, college scholars and officer candidates, and their little-known victory in the mountains of Italy during the Second World War.

Soldiers scaled the treacherous rock walls of Riva Ridge to conquer a German position that was previously considered untouchable. That mission's success enabled the Allied forces to finally break the stalemate in Italy.

Amongst the group's participants were the likes of Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman, Aspen Skiing Corps founder Friedl Pfeifer, and the Sierra Club's David Brower. Kurt Johnstad ("Act of Valor," "300: Rise of an Empire") is in discussions to adapt the script.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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Robert Redford to Adapt WWII Novel ‘Climb to Conquer’ (Exclusive)

30 June 2014 2:47 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Robert Redford plans to produce a film based on Peter Shelton’s book “Climb to Conquer: The Untold Story of WWII’s 10th Mountain Division Ski Troop.”

Kurt Johnstad (“Act of Valor,” “300: Rise of an Empire”) is in discussions to adapt the story about the U.S. Army division’s little-known victory in the mountains of Italy that had soldiers scale the treacherous rock walls of Riva Ridge and conquer a German position that was previously considered untouchable. It enabled the Allied forces to finally break the stalemate in Italy.

The story of the 10th Mountain Division is especially compelling considering it revolves around the sole group of Army soldiers trained to rock climb and ski and handle extreme mountainous conditions during the late 1930s. Group was made up of professional athletes, college scholars and potential officer candidates, and as the last U.S. division to enter the war in Europe, »

- Marc Graser

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Blu-ray, DVD, Digital: Need for Speed

23 May 2014 2:26 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Release Date: Aug. 5, 2014

Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray $39.99

Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Aaron Paul (TV’s Breaking Bad) swaps meth for cars in action movie Need for Speed, based on the popular videogame series.

Paul plays Tobey Marshall, a streetdriver who was framed for a crime he didn’t commit by Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper), a wealthy ex-nascar driver and Marshall’s former business partner. When he gets out of prison, Marshall seeks revenge by joining a cross country race, and Brewster puts a bounty on Marshall’s head.

Imogen Poots and Michael Keaton also star in the film, which was directed by former stuntman Scott Waugh (Act of Valor).

Rated PG-13, Need for Speed grossed a respectable $43 million in theaters, because of the love of moviegoers, not critics. The film got only 23% approval from critics, called “slow” by Hollywood Reporter’s Marc Bernardin. Moviegoers liked the driving action more, »

- Sam

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German Distrib SquareOne in ‘Race’ to Grow Production Arm

22 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Al Munteanu, head of German distributor SquareOne Entertainment, walked the red carpet on opening night at Cannes with a purpose, though the longtime exec didn’t exactly plan it that way.

“We acquired ‘Grace of Monaco’ exactly two years ago at the script stage,” says the media industry veteran. “At that point, it wasn’t even clear  Nicole Kidman was doing the movie. We’ve never had a Cannes opening-night film before, but this year I am bringing my tuxedo.” The next day, Munteanu rolled up his sleeves to help the distrib open the film in Germany, with Universum.

Already, it’s been a busy year for SquareOne, which grossed $3 million in the territory from the release of “Philomena” (with Universum) and has 13 movies on its slate, including French laffer “Eyjafjallajokull” (The Volcano), starring Dany Boon. The company has made a move into co-productions, and recently hired an acqusitions exec. »

- Dave McNary

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Relativity at 10: Division Heads on Firm’s Future

6 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Though known primarily as a film studio, Relativity has many flourishing departments, including television, fashion, sports management and digital media. The company recently announced the launch of Madvine, its inhouse agency. We spoke to the heads of several divisions about what the diverse firm’s future holds.

Happy Walters

Co-chief operating officer and CEO of Relativity Sports

With his background in the music business, including as owner and CEO of Buzztone Music, Happy Walters originally joined Relativity in 2008 as president of Relativity Music Group. Under his watch, the company created and released soundtracks for such hit films as “Dear John” and “Bridesmaids.” A certified NBA and NFL player agent, he was already representing several athletes when he noticed the sports platform Ryan Kavanaugh was building.

Recognizing Relativity created content and had great relationships with brands, Walters suggested a test case: At the time, basketball all-star Amar’e Stoudemire was playing »

- Jenelle Riley

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Ru? Instant Reaction Review Podcast Ep. 98 – Need For Speed Review

24 April 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Need for Speed turned out to be a very strange film for us, and while some part of me actually hopes that some people enjoyed it, it’s a bizarre mashing of so many efforts, that none of them end up working out.

Shane and I tied on ratings again, though I’m sure big differences are coming up soon, and that actually speaks volumes, because any decent attempt here should have had one of us giving this at least a passing review.

Aaron Paul and Michael Keaton deliver a few interesting scenes, and there are even some plot points that could have been interesting in a better film, but the overall construction is poor, and Scott Waugh’s directorial effort doesn’t even live up to his other credit, Act of Valor, which wasn’t great either.

Still, much as we didn’t take away anything special, and are »

- Marc Eastman

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Fargo launches with 1.6 million on Channel 4

21 April 2014 2:26 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Fargo debuted on Channel 4 with over 1 million viewers on Sunday, overnight data reveals.

Martin Freeman's Us drama was seen by 1.6m (7.3%) at 9pm (354,000/2.1% on +1). Earlier, Philip Glenister's new series For the Love of Cars brought in 1.4m (6.0%) at 8pm (239k/1.0%).

On ITV, Endeavour's finale episode dipped by 200k to 4.5m (19.3%) at 8pm (459k/2.2%). Catchphrase entertained 3.2m (16.2%) at 6.45pm (199k/0.9%), followed by Off Their Rockers with 3.3m (15.0%) at 7.30pm (318k/1.4%).

BBC One's The Crimson Field dropped a further 600k to 4.8m (20.2%) at 9pm. Countryfile topped the night overall with 6.3m (30.1%) at 7pm, followed by Antiques Roadshow with 5.0m (21.8%) at 8pm. Match of the Day 2 scored 3.2m (21.5%) at 10.35pm.

On BBC Two, 50 Years of Golden Sport on BBC Two interested 1.2m (5.4%) at 8pm, while Dara O'Briain's All About Two attracted 1.9m (8.8%) at 9pm.

On Channel 5, martial arts film Forbidden Kingdom thrilled 934k (4.2%) at 7pm (136k/0.6%), followed by Act of Valor »

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Bandito Brothers Facility Boasts Wide-Open Spaces

18 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Just north of La Cienega and Jefferson Boulevards — where passengers disembarking from an elevated L.A. Metro line descend into a seeming no-man’s land of factories, warehouses and nondescript showrooms — Bandito Brothers’ production campus is hidden away on a 1.5-acre parcel.

The driveway that leads to the entrance appears at first glance like an alley where you’d hate your car to stall after dark. But pass the electric gate and it’s like stumbling onto an oasis.

The company’s main building, a 20,000-square-foot structure that resembles an airplane hangar, is so wide-open that stepping inside feels soothing, like a breath of fresh air. When Bandito Brothers first spotted the property, a one-time trailer factory in the ’50s before being taken over by a furniture-importing business, it resembled an abandoned junkyard. But according to company co-founder/CEO Mike “Mouse” McCoy, its potential was fully evident. “My wife (Carmella »

- Steve Chagollan

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Review: Acm's All Star Salute to the Troops, featuring Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, and more

8 April 2014 2:08 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Las Vegas—No genre embraces the American way of life with such unbridled patriotic fervor as country music, so paying tribute to the U.S. military seemed like a natural fit. But “Acm Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops” took what could have been a flag-waving, jingoistic exercise and turned it into a meaningful, often moving salute by not only honoring men and women in all branches of the armed services, but by including them as performers. And some of them threatened to steal the show from the professionals. Taped Monday (April 8), the night after the Acm Awards, and airing May 20 on CBS, the All-Star Salute featured top names such as Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert , Toby Keith, Hunter Hayes, Dierks Bentley, and more.  Hosted by “NCIS: Los Angeles” stars Chris O’ Donnell and LL Cool J (who must have a pact »

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Clint Eastwood Enlisting Some Real Navy SEALs For American Sniper With Bradley Cooper

20 March 2014 7:13 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

When Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy's war-set thriller Act of Valor came out in 2012, it wasn't sold on big names or big budget action sequences, but instead the fact that it employed active Navy SEALs to play the lead roles. The film was ultimately dismissed by critics, but it's hard to argue that the strategy didn't work considering the $12 million project wound up pulling in over $80 million worldwide. It's possible that this success ended up having some kind of influence on Clint Eastwood, because The Wrap is now reporting that the veteran filmmaker has enlisted a few to star in his upcoming project American Sniper. Unlike Act of Valor, however, Eastwood's film will at least have some star-power to it. Bradley Cooper became attached to both star in and produce the movie all the way back in 2012. The Academy Award-nominee is set to be joined in the film by »

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Box Office - 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' Turns Tables on '300: Rise of An Empire' as 'Need for Speed' Slams on Brakes.

16 March 2014 4:52 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

DreamWorks' Fast-Paced Actioner Turns in Lackluster Debut - A Short Life Expectancy for Scott Waugh Film. "Bad Words" Very Impressive with $20,000 Per-Theater Average. 20th Century Fox has a solid animated winner on its hands in "Peabody & Sherman" as the film which debuted in second place last weekend behind Warners' "300: Rise of An Empire," flipped positions, and managed a solid $21.2 million. That takes the Rob Minkoff film's domestic total past $63.1 million, while overseas the film voiced by Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Allison Janney, Stanley Tucci and Leslie Mann, has accumulated over $69.8 million, making for a worldwide cume of over $133.07 million thus far. In second, "300: Rise of An Empire" showed a change of 58% with $19.1 million earned, which takes the Noam Murro film's Stateside cume to over $78.3 million. International coin is over $87.8 million. That's a worldwide total of over $166.1 million from $110 million. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures' distributed "Need for Speed »

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Need For Speed | Review

14 March 2014 8:30 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

On the Road Again: Waugh’s Woeful Film an Offending Lemon

Leaving behind the galvanizing propaganda of his Navy SEALs plugged film debut, Act of Valor, director Scott Waugh turns to the EA video games inspired action effort, Need for Speed, featuring poster art that promises the vacuous action frenzy that those disappointed in the art-house beauty of Drive were so monotonously seeking. Moviegoers intent on getting their chuckles from glossy actions sequences, like elaborate car chases and shit blowing up everywhere, may find some solace in this charade, but even those high octane thrills feel comparatively lackluster (one has to laugh at the homage to Bullitt, which is shown playing at a drive-thru in the lengthy set-up, a classic that features one of the best car chase sequences ever put to film, of which this film can’t compare).

Waugh has a penchant for sacred homosocial spaces, and, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Sound Off: Scott Waugh's 'Need for Speed' - So What Did You Think?

14 March 2014 1:35 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Engines, motor oil, love. Now playing is DreamWorks' take on the Fast & Furious franchise as the video game adaptation Need for Speed, made by stuntman-turned-director Scott Waugh (of Act of Valor), starring Aaron Paul from "Breaking Bad" and Dominic Cooper from The Devil's Double and Captain America. The cast also includes Imogen Poots, Rami Malek, Harrison Gilbertson and Dakota Johnson. So how did the latest car racing action movie turn out? Is it any good, or just another VFX mess? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Need for Speed. Note: I haven't been able to see the film yet, as I haven't been invited to any screenings before release. In the meantime, to start the engine and open up the discussion anyway, here's an excerpt from my friend Germain's mostly positive review on SlashFilm: "Despite some issues, »

- Alex Billington

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‘Need For Speed’ Director Talks Using Authentic Stunts vs. Special Effects

14 March 2014 1:12 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Disney and DreamWorks’ high-octane video game adaptation Need For Speed hits theaters this weekend and its major selling point – outside of the video game brand recognition and sexy supercars – is what it offers in terms of action. Where the Fast & Furious franchise, and most action-heavy blockbusters increasingly rely on special effects and CGI work to realize exciting set pieces, Need For Speed offers something different.

On our visit to the set of Need For Speed we saw examples of what the film’s stunt drivers, stunt coordinator Lance Gilbert and director Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) in action. Gilbert and Waugh come from stunt-heavy backgrounds and families, making them worthy candidates of bringing the experience of playing Need For Speed games to the big screen, in real and believe way.

Don Kaye had the chance to catch up with the pair at the Need For ...

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- Rob Keyes

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Exclusive Interview: Need for Speed Dir. Scott Waugh and Lance Gilbert!

13 March 2014 6:55 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Scott Waugh is a director who seems to love to put the real thing in his flicks. Whether it was the actors in 2012’s Act Of Valor or the cars in Need For Speed, the director likes a little realism. In the Aaron Paul starrer, there is an abundance of stunts and car crashes for fans of old school car movies. He also gives a little love to the Steve McQueen classic Bullitt when you see it playing in a drive-in in his latest feature. Recently I sat down with the director as well as »

- JimmyO

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Forecast: 'Need for Speed' in Three-Way Race for First This Weekend

13 March 2014 5:21 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Video game adaptation Need for Speed starts its engines this weekend, though it faces tough competition from holdovers 300: Rise of An Empire and Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Don't count out Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club, which could also factor in.Meanwhile, the Veronica Mars movie opens in nearly 300 theaters, and Jason Bateman's Bad Words debuts in six locations ahead of its nationwide release on March 28th.Need for Speed is the latest in a long line of video game adaptations, most of which have disappointed at the box office. Only one*2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider*has earned over $100 million domestically, and movies like Max Payne ($40.7 million), Hitman ($39.7 million) and Doom ($28.2 million) all failed to connect outside of the gamer audience.In what could be an acknowledgement of the limitations of the genre, Disney's marketing department has avoided making the video game connection with Need for Speed. »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Box office preview: 'Need for Speed' revs up for No. 1

13 March 2014 3:08 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

It’s another testosterone-driven weekend at the multiplexes as the video game-turned-movie Need for Speed faces off against last week’s reigning box office conqueror 300: Rise of an Empire.

The question is whether or not Aaron Paul, beloved as the tragic Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad, can carry a movie. The idea of a star-driven film is a bit of an outdated mentality, but choosing Paul to lead a fairly expensive action pic was at turns unconventional and bold. It’s also a lot of pressure, especially if DreamWorks and EA are eyeing a potential franchise in the vein »

- Lindsey Bahr

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Review: Aaron Paul is spinning his wheels in the ridiculous 'Need For Speed'

13 March 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Need For Speed" is several different movies at once, and most of them are very stupid. There is a rumor that George Gatins wrote the script for this film, but I find that hard to believe after sitting through the film. Sure, there are some people and there are some things that happen to them, but the only real reason the studio gave director Scott Waugh cameras was so he could film some admittedly amazing car stunt sequences. Waugh earns his action credibility honestly. He comes from a family of stunt performers, and he's been doing stunts in film since the early '90s himself. When he says that he wanted to make an ode to the great stunt driving movies like "Bullitt" or "The Blues Brothers" or "Smokey and the Bandit," I take him at his word. There are some very well-shot and well-staged car scenes in the film, »

- Drew McWeeny

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Need for Speed review: might as well be based on a breakfast cereal

13 March 2014 9:49 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Thinks it’s poetical and epic, and the more dramatic it thinks it’s being, the more hilariously histrionic it all is. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

It’s a Fast & Furious ripoff! No, wait, it’s based on a popular videogame!

Which one makes Need for Speed sound more junky and more calculated to trick audiences into parting with their hard-earned cash? Cuz: that one.

And if throwing away 2D dollars on this doesn’t thrill you enough, know that the 3D version was created in postproduction– which never, never looks good — as an extra bonus cash grab. If you want to feel like you’re driving a car in 3D, you could just go drive a car.

There’s no story and no characters in the Electronic Arts series of games this »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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