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There has been a trend in Hollywood that major franchises like "Godzilla," "Guardians of the Galaxy," "The Amazing Spider-Man," "Jurassic World," "Thor: The Dark World," and many others are being handed over to directors who have very short resumes. The other thing all these directors have in common is that they are all men. Almost every major studio has been criticized for not hiring more female directors, and now comes word that Warner Bros is searching for a woman to helm its upcoming "Wonder Woman" film. There aren't that many women who've handled major action films, except for Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) and Lexi Alexander (Punisher: War Zone). At one point, Marvel wanted Patty Jenkins (Monster) to direct "Thor: The Dark World," but then quickly decided to go with Alan Taylor, who was known for directing only a few episodes of "Game of Thrones" and "The Sopranos." "Wonder Woman »
Production began this past September on a yet-to-be-titled TV Series based on the life - since infancy - of late Cuban salsa icon and superstar Celia Cruz. The series, a Fox Telecolombia Network production, is directed by Victor Mallarino and Liliana Bocanegra and scripted by Andrés Salgado. Puertorican actress Jeimy Osorio will star as the legendary Cruz in the TV series, which will comprise of 1-hour episodes, of 80 total, broadcasted via Colombia's Rcn network. Osorio is best known for her work in "Maid in Manhattan", "Fast Five", and the telenovelas "Santa Diabla" (Holy Devil) and "Porque el amor manda" (Because love »
- Vanessa Martinez
It peaked with 10.1 million viewers (45.6%) at 7.45pm, making it the highest-rated show of the series so far.
Over on ITV, The X Factor averaged 7.38 million (33.2%) from 8pm, peaking with 8.07 million around the 9pm mark.
ITV's The Chase was earlier enjoyed by 3.08 million (14.7%) from 7pm.
Ben-Hur: Israeli actress Gal Gadot (above in Fast Five), who will play Wonder Woman in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and then star in her own stand-alone Wonder Woman movie in 2017, is in early negotiations for the female lead in the new version of Ben-Hur. She would portray a slave who becomes a love interest for the titular character (Jack Huston). Toby Kebbell and Morgan Freeman also star with Timur Bekmambetov directing, aiming for a release in February 2016. [The Hollywood...
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Gal Gadot ("Fast Five," "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice") and Pedro Pascal ("Game of Thrones") are in talks to play the female lead and Pontius Pilate respectively in the reboot of "Ben-Hur" at MGM Pictures.
Timur Bekmambetov directs from a screenplay by Keith R. Clarke and John Ridley. The film is aiming to be a more faithful adaptation the original Lew Wallace novel than the 1959 film adaptation starring Charlton Heston.
Shooting begins in Europe early next year ahead of a February 2016 release.
Source: Variety & Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Further proving that we are living through the biggest week for superhero-movie news since last week and the week before, Warner Bros. just announced one of the most hilariously aggressive franchise-extension plans in movie history. Between now and 2020, WB plans to release a whopping 13 movies based on DC comic book characters–including two Justice League movies, the long-awaited Wonder Woman film, a movie starring the popular Lego™ Batman character and a movie starring the somewhat less popular Affleck™ Batman character. Now, it's hard to know where this fits into the glorious history of Superhero Franchise announcements. Is this the second »
- Darren Franich
Warner Bros.’ comedy-drama Our Brand Is Crisis has added two new stars to its line-up. The remake of the 2005 documentary continues to attract a wealth of talent, and today we’ve got news of its latest additions. Climbing aboard the political expose are Joaquim De Almeida (Fast Five) and Zoe Kazan (What If, Ruby Sparks).
Based on filmmaker Rachel Boynton’s documentary, the film will further explore what sounds to be a fascinating tale of political ideals gone awry. The story will be based around the exploits of two of President Clinton’s former political advisors, James Carville and Stan Greenberg, and their involvement in the re-election of a Bolivian president.
The casting announcements so far have addressed who’ll be playing a great deal of the main characters. Except, that is, for the Bolivian president himself. Thanks to The Wrap, we now know that role will be portrayed by De Almeida, »
- Gem Seddon
Filming is underway in New Orleans on David Gordon Green's feature adaptation of the 2005 political campaign doc of the same name. In her first live-action feature film appearance since "Gravity," Sandra Bullock plays retired political consultant "Calamity" Jane Bodine. She's pulled back into the game by a team of Americans tasked with getting an unpopular Bolivian president reelected. The campaign gets chaotic when Billy Bob Thornton shows up as the opposition — and, as we learn, he's also Jane's worst enemy. The film's top drawer cast includes Anthony Mackie (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”), Scoot McNairy (“Gone Girl,” “Argo”), Zoe Kazan (“Ruby Sparks”), Ann Dowd (“Side Effects,” HBO’s “The Leftovers”), Reynaldo Pacheco (“Beginners”), Dominic Flores (“Rampart”), Louis Arcella (NBC’s “The Blacklist”), Octavio Gómez Berríos (“Che: Part One”) and Joaquim de Almeida (“Fast Five”). Green, who has deftly carried projects both indie ("George »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Filming is underway in New Orleans on director David Gordon Green’s (“Pineapple Express,” “George Washington”) feature adaptation of the critically acclaimed 2005 documentary Our Brand Is Crisis, starring Oscar winners Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”) and Billy Bob Thornton (“Sling Blade”).
When a group of American consultants accept the challenge of getting an unpopular Bolivian president re-elected, they realize they need help. Tracking down retired maverick political consultant Jane Bodine (Bullock) to her cabin in the woods, they persuade her to lead the team—a decision they quickly come to regret, as “Calamity” Jane begins to live up to her nickname, unleashing her very own brand of chaos on the campaign.
Just as all seems lost, the loathsome Pat Candy (Thornton), Jane’s worst enemy, arrives in town to work for the opposition. Suddenly things become personal and as the battle begins the consultants get to see Jane the legend in action. »
- Michelle McCue
• Joaquim de Almeida (Fast Five) has signed on to play the male lead opposite Sandra Bullock in David Gordon Green’s Our Brand Is Crisis. Zoe Kazan (What If) has also signed on for the political dramedy. In addition to Bullock, they’re joining Scoot McNairy, Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, and Ann Dowd. The film is based on Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary of the same name, which explored American political campaign strategies in Bolivia. Green’s film stars Bullock as “Calamity” Jane Bodine, a retired American political consultant, with de Almeida as Castillo, the former president of Bolivia who is running for office again. »
- C. Molly Smith
“Fast Five” star Joaquim de Almeida is set to play the male lead opposite Sandra Bullock in David Gordon Green's political dramedy “Our Brand Is Crisis,” which has also added “What If” star Zoe Kazan to its strong ensemble cast, TheWrap has learned. Smokehouse partners George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing the Warner Bros. movie, which will co-star their “Argo” actor Scoot McNairy, as well as Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie and Ann Dowd. The movie will be executive produced by Bullock. Also read: ‘What If’ Review: Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan Jolt Life Back into the Rom-Com »
- Jeff Sneider
At the age of 19, Gadot joined and served for two years as a soldier in the 'Israel Defense Forces', training as an avid motorcycle rider and weapons handler.
Gadot continues as spokeperson for fashion clothiers "Castro", as well as leading international campaigns for "Captain Morgan" rum, and the "Vine Vera" skincare ranges.
Then Gadot reprised her role as Giselle in "Fast & Furious 6".
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- Michael Stevens
Marcos Jorge’s O Duelo is based on Home Is the Sailor and will have the most VFX shots of any film in the history of Brazilian cinema.
The work of Brazilian novelist Jorge Amado inspired one of the most ambitious films presented this year at the RioMarket (Sept 24 - Oct 8), the industry side of the Rio International Film Festival.
Currently in post-production, Marcos Jorge’s O Duelo is based on Home Is the Sailor, one of the more than 40 books written by Amado.
One of the most internationally celebrated Brazilian authors, Amado’s books have been published in 55 countries and translated into 49 languages. In sales, he was only surpassed by Paulo Coelho. Amado died in 2001, aged 88.
Published in 1961, Home Is The Sailor chronicles the arrival of an alleged Master Mariner in a small port city. Vasco Moscoso Aragão loves to tell larger than life stories of the sea, which always involving exotic locations and sexy women »
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Following the viral hit of the short film Portal: No Escape, Universal Pictures and screenwriter-turned-producer Chris Morgan (Wanted, Fast Five, 47 Ronin) quickly acquired Dan Trachtenberg‘s time travel action heist film Crime of the Century. Trachtenberg has been actively developing the idea into a movie since the 2011 acquisition with screenwriter Daniel Kunka (12 Rounds), while trying to get a Y: […]
The post ‘Annabelle’ Writer Working On Dan Trachtenberg’s Time Travel Heist Movie ‘Crime of the Century’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
After months of rumors, HBO has now confirmed that Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn will star in the second season of the "True Detective" TV series. Justin Lin (Fast Five) is set to direct the first two episodes. In the second season, three police officers and a career criminal must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder. Farrell will play Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him. Vaughn is set to play Frank Semyon, a career criminal in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner. The 8-episode, hour-long drama is set to begin production later this fall in California. The first season starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. »
Superheroes may rule Hollywood these days, but there are some franchises that have achieved great success despite not having men (or women) in tights. Chief among them is Fast and Furious, which has become extremely popular in the last few years. After changing up the series formula with 2011′s Fast Five (a critical hit that grossed $209.8 million), the franchise continued its hot streak last year with Fast & Furious 6 – the highest-grossing installment to date.
The seventh film in this car racing saga was supposed to hit theaters this past July, but the Click to continue reading Vin Diesel Reveals ‘Fast & Furious 7′ Images, Teases Trailer Soon
- Chris Agar
With super hero films on the rise, every studio is scrambling to see what genre-ready brands they can leverage in a similar way. Universal Pictures doesn't have the rights to DC or Marvel comic properties (it appears that Namor is not quite theirs either), so what does the studio own? The classic monster movies of the '30s and '40s, including Dracula, the Wolfman, The Mummy, were all released under Universal's imprimatur. So of course there’s a plan to to connect them all together in one cinematic universe a la Marvel (because no one in that town has any original ideas anymore and even Dan Aykroyd wants to do the same thing with “Ghostbusters”). Alex Kurtzman ("Star Trek," the “Amazing Spider-Man” series) and Chris Morgan ("Fast Five") have already been tapped to write, produce and get the Universal Monsters cinematic universe up and running. But where does that leave “Dracula Untold, »
- Edward Davis
We’ve known for a while that True Detective isn’t doing the one-director-per-season thing, because that takes eons longer to film than an average TV show and HBO would very much prefer to run new episodes on a consistent schedule, not whenever a bunch of “time is a flat circle” mystics will it into existence, man. What we haven’t known is which directors will be stepping in to fill the Cary Fukunaga-sized hole left in the series. Until now. Potentially. The Hollywood Reporter names Justin Lin as the first director to be officially courted by HBO. The publication, sporting a stringy ponytail and jamming a penknife into a Lone Star beer can, says he is in talks to direct two episodes of the eight that are coming next season. Probably the first two, but it’s hard to tell amongst the crinkle of metal on metal and THR’s lengthy discussion of how life »
- Adam Bellotto
Look, I’m still optimistic about True Detective Season 2. I like Vince Vaughn and think he’s due for his own version of the McConaissance and this might be the gig to do that for him. I think series creator Nic Pizzolatto is a truly interesting voice. I also like the idea of Colin Farrell joining the cast and can even see how Taylor Kitsch is a diamond in the rough (that rough consisting of several bad movies that he was at least pretty good in). And the rumors about this year’s plot seem strong to me. I don’t even dislike Justin Lin (in fact, I loved Fast Five), but what sort of unnerves me as a fan is the fact that there will be multiple directors. While we all know that this has been the plan for a while, something about seeng it start to come together has me rattled. »
- Evan Dickson
Many details, including budgets and vision, reportedly still need to be worked out. The move to multiple helmets for the eight new episodes marks a change from the first season which was entirely helmed by filmmaker Cary Fukunaga. Fukunaga will not return for the second season.
Creator Nic Pizzolatto will pen the second season, and it's unclear which two episodes Lin would direct.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
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