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Podcast: Ebola, George Lucas, Netflix, DVDs & Blu-rays and Much More

9 hours ago | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Tuesday episodes seem to have generated something of a theme, which is to say random is the order of the day as Laremy and I steamroll through about 10 minutes of nonsense before getting started and then it's a couple minutes of college football talk before we get into George Lucas saying Hollywood studios lack imagination and we ponder comparisons between the recent news surrounding Ebola with Steven Soderbergh's Contagion. We talk Jason Reitman, Netflix streaming, R vs. PG-13. new DVDs and Blu-rays and plenty more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. »

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Donnie Yen Returning To The Us For English-Language Noodle Man

18 October 2014 5:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Donnie Yen will be making a return to the Us to star in a new English-language film titled 'Noodle Man'. He will play an ex-cop from China who now runs a noodle shop in New York's Chinatown. One day, he meets in his shop the drug lord responsible for killing his partner 15 years ago. Noodle Man will be a Us-China co-production directed by Chen Daming (who helmed the Chinese version of What Women Want starring Andy Lau and Gong Li) and produced by Michael Shamberg, producer of films such as Pulp FictionOut Of SightContagion and Django Unchained. In the early 2000s, Yen appeared in Highlander: Endgame, Blade 2, and Shanghai Knights. Noodle Man will be his first English-language film since the...

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Syphilis Noses and Finding the Right Dirt: The Knick’s Production Designer on Making the Show Look Real

17 October 2014 8:20 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

When they worked together on the thriller Contagion, director Steven Soderbergh gave production designer Howard Cummings a mantra to live by: “The real thing is scarier than anything anyone could make up.” No matter how technical, no matter how dry, for Soderbergh, verisimilitude was the key to hooking an audience. When Cummings joined The Knick, the same rules applied. “Steven was interested in the surgical practices and that they be as realistic as possible,” Cummings says of the element that attracted his collaborator to do ten episodes of cable TV, the last of which airs tonight. To best emulate operations as they would have been performed in 1900 New York City, the production hired both historical advisers and modern surgeons, who instructed Clive Owen and his co-stars in the way of the scalpel. Cummings’s task was to apply that same primary-source-driven approach to the rest of the show. The production »

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What Scares The Guy Who Wrote Contagion More Than Ebola

16 October 2014 3:39 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

In case you hadn't noticed, Ebola has kind of become a hot topic in our news media. The 24-hour news stations are broadcasting around-the-clock coverage of the dangerous disease, and fear is on high around the country as a result. But while most people are afraid of a larger outbreak and their organs turning to mush and dripping out their orifices, it turns out that's not what scares the screenwriter behind the 2011 Steven Soderbergh-directed outbreak thriller Contagion. Instead, he's made much more nervous by the atmosphere that the fear creates, and the politics that use it as a tool. Recently peaking with The Wrap, screenwriter Scott Z. Burns noted that science and research is currently doing its job containing the Ebola virus, and with enough support and resources delivered to the right people there should really be no larger worry about its spread. But while the Cdc seems to »

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Hong Kong Action Star Donnie Yen to Star in English-Language 'Noodle Man' (Exclusive)

16 October 2014 12:04 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

One of Hong Kong’s biggest action stars is returning to America for an English-language project. Donnie Yen, whose credits range from Hero to Ip Man, has signed on to star in Noodle Man, an action feature being produced by Michael Shamberg. Shamberg has produced films ranging from Get Shorty and Gattica, to Contagion and Django Unchained. Yen will play an ex-cop from China who has all but given up on himself after a botched mission 15 years earlier killed his partner. He finds a new lease on life when the Chinese drug lord responsible walks into his noodle

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‘Contagion’ Screenwriter Blasts Ebola Panic as ‘Stupidity, Fear and Politics’

16 October 2014 7:10 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns did extensive research into the spread of infectious diseases when he was writing the 2011 Steven Soderbergh film “Contagion,” and what he sees now with Ebola scares him. But it's not the virus itself that frightens Burns – it's the reaction to it. “We have the science to contain this,” Burns told TheWrap this week. “There are people in the world today who have stared down Ebola successfully in very difficult places – and I am optimistic that if we support those people and give them the resources they need, this can be contained. “What scares me more »

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Participant Joins Sandra Bullock’s ‘Our Brand is Crisis’

13 October 2014 11:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Participant Media has come on as a co-financier with Warner Bros. on “Our Brand is Crisis.”

Filming is underway in New Orleans on director David Gordon Green’s  adaptation of the 2005 documentary the same name.

Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton star in the story of a group of American consultants accepting the challenge of getting an unpopular Bolivian president re-elected. Bullock plays a  maverick political consultant who comes out of retirement to lead the team while Thornton portrays her enemy.

The film also stars Anthony Mackie, Scoot McNairy, Zoe Kazan, Ann Dowd, Reynaldo Pacheco, Dominic Flores, Louis Arcella, Octavio Gomez Berrios and Joaquim de Almeida. Green directs from a screenplay by Peter Straughan (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”).

The film is being produced by Smokehouse Pictures’ principals George Clooney and Grant Heslov with Bullock, Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King, and Stuart Besser serving as executive producers.

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- Dave McNary

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Review: 'Citizenfour' is a thrilling re-examination of Snowden's Nsa leaks

12 October 2014 11:09 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Imagine sitting in on Deep Throat's first meeting with Woodward and Bernstein. Not like "All the President's Men," shrouded in Gordon Willis shadows or dramatized by William Goldman's cunning ear, but watching as a fly on the wall, witnessing men risk careers, futures and lives in the name of uncovering conspiracy. That's the paranoid exhilaration of "Citzenfour," Laura Poitras' inside look into the 2013 global surveillance disclosures and the man who blew the Nsa whistle: Edward Snowden. Actually, "inside" doesn't do the film justice; Poitras isn't picking the brains of experts and beginning her investigation after the fact. As Snowden and Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald sift through a cache of confidential documents to decide where to strike first, Poitros is there rolling camera, rubbing shoulders with a man whose media profile would explode only a week after their first face-to-face meeting. A reminder of the Nsa's infractions, an indictment »

- Matt Patches

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Matt Damon vs. Ben Affleck: Who wins, then and now?

3 October 2014 5:10 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Ever since they wrote Good Will Hunting 18 years ago, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have been one of Hollywood's most well-known bromances. But no bromance is complete without some healthy competition, which is why we've gone back through the years since their first Oscar win and looked at their careers. With Samantha Highfill representing Matt Damon in one corner, and Joshua Rivera representing Ben Affleck in the other, here's how the fight breaks down: 1997 Damon: Good Will Hunting Sure, both Damon and Affleck won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, but only one of them was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor, »

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The Essential Movies & TV to Stream This Week – September 15th 2014

15 September 2014 6:48 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

First of all, something of an apology. I have been writing this column thinking that every single title due for release the following Monday would of course be released via some kind of pay to stream service. Of course it would, we are living in the future, and this is how things are done isn’t it?

Apparently not, last week I included Jeremy Saulnier’s much loved Blue Ruin in the pay to stream section and then it didn’t come out the way I thought it might. Turns out that some companies still have a fairly limited release pattern so Blue Ruin was released by channel 4’s DVD label and appeared on DVD and Blu but didn’t show up to stream on any of the major providers, not even Sky Store or Playstation Network.

So turns out that being a channel 4 release, you can of course rent »

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Eric Khoo and Nansun Shi Get ‘In The Room’ for Singapore Sex Drama

3 September 2014 12:28 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong – Production has got under way on “In The Room,” a high concept erotic drama being directed by Singapore’s Eric Khoo (“My Magic,” “Tatsumi”).

The film is also intended to chronicle Singapore’s history since independence. And the action takes place in a single hotel room with six connected stories each one decade apart.

Nansun Shi, one of Asia’s leading producers (“Infernal Affairs”), is set as a producer alongside Khoo’s own Zhao Wei Films company. The story comes from Shi, while the screenplay was written by Khoo and theatre director Jonathan Lim.

The $$1 million ($800,000) picture is predominantly financed by Distribution Workshop, the Hong Kong sales company which has world rights.

The stories have different angles on sex and involve couples of different nationalities. Singer-actress Josie Ho (“Contagion”) is the best known cast member.

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Michael Shamberg to receive Zurich honour

27 August 2014 4:06 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Michael Shamberg, producer of Pulp Fiction and A Walk Among the Tombstones, to be honoured at Zurich Film Festival, which has added Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here.

Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25 - Oct 5) is to honour Us producer Michael Shamberg with its ‘Golden Eye’ Career Achievement Award.

The festival also announced that it has added Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here, produced by Shamberg and Stacey Sher, to its gala premiere section.

It is the second film produced by Shamberg and Sher to feature in this year’s Zff, with A Walk Among the Tombstones recently added and star Liam Neeson confirmed to attend.

Shamberg, whose credits include Best Picture Oscar nominees The Big Chill, Pulp Fiction, Erin Brockovich and Django Unchained, will receive his award at a ceremony in Zurich on Sept 26.

In a joint statement, Zff co-directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri called Shamberg “one of the most innovative producers in contemporary »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Participant Media, Changing Its Stripes, Sells Thriller 'Out of the Dark' to Vertical Entertainment

25 August 2014 2:41 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Ten years after its founding, Participant Media has released some 55 films, from docs "An Inconvenient Truth," "Food, Inc.," "Waiting for ‘Superman'" to upcoming Toronto International Film Festival title "Merchants of Doubt" to uplifting features such as "Good Night, and Good Luck," "Syriana," "The Help," "Contagion" and "Lincoln." As Participant prepares to celebrate its tenth anniversary at Toronto with the world premiere of animated “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet,” the company led by eBay co-founder Jeff Skoll has been broadening its narrowly defined social action niche to include commercial feature fare. The message is still there--but it's more hidden. In one example, the company just sold U.S. rights to supernatural thriller "Out of the Dark," starring Julia Stiles, Scott Speedman, and Stephen Rea, to Vertical Entertainment »

- Anne Thompson

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Exclusive Infographic – The World of Luc Besson

20 August 2014 3:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To celebrate the release of Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson this Friday [read our review here], we’ve got an exclusive infographic designed by Christian Tate that showcases the kills and skills of Luc Besson’s greatest characters. Take a look…

Lucy is set in a world that is run by the mob, street gangs, drug addicts, and corrupt cops. Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), a woman living in Taipei, Taiwan, is forced to work as a drug mule for the mob. The drug implanted in her body inadvertently leaks into her system, changing her into a superhuman. She can absorb knowledge instantaneously, is able to move objects with her mind, and can not feel pain and other discomforts.

Lucy is set for release on August 22nd, with a cast that also includes Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises), Choi Min-sik (Oldboy), Amr Waked (Contagion), Analeigh Tipton (Crazy, Stupid, Love), and Pilou Asbæk (Borgen).

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Loads of new images from Lucy featuring Scarlett Johnasson

15 August 2014 3:36 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its UK release on August 22nd, Universal has just dropped a load of new images for Lucy, director Luc Besson’s (The Fifth Element) latest action thriller, starring Scarlett Johansson (Captain America: The Winter Soldier). Check them out below and read our review here…

Lucy is set in a world that is run by the mob, street gangs, drug addicts, and corrupt cops. Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), a woman living in Taipei, Taiwan, is forced to work as a drug mule for the mob. The drug implanted in her body inadvertently leaks into her system, changing her into a superhuman. She can absorb knowledge instantaneously, is able to move objects with her mind, and can not feel pain and other discomforts.

Lucy is set for release on August 22nd, with a cast that also includes Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises), Choi Min-sik (Oldboy), Amr Waked (Contagion), Analeigh Tipton (Crazy, »

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Giveaway – Win Divergent on Blu-ray

13 August 2014 12:07 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Divergent is the action-packed adventure starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James and British icon Kate Winslet based on the No.1 Bestseller from Veronica Roth. Directed by Neil Burger the film is the first of what is sure to be one of the slickest and most exciting movie adventures of it’s generation.

To support the release of Divergent out on DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-Ray Steelbook and for download this week, we have a Blu-Ray copy to give away! Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter…

In a futuristic Chicago, society is divided into five factions based on personality type, created to bring everlasting peace: Abgenation (Selfless) Amity (Peaceful) Candor (Honest) Dauntless (Brave) Erudite (Intelligent)

On a given day each year, all sixteen year olds must take a test and choose where they belong. For Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) the choice is not an easy one. In a divided existence where everyone must conform, »

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Some Thoughts on 'The Knick', Premieres Tonight

8 August 2014 12:38 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The first episode of Steven Soderbergh's "The Knick" premieres tonight, August 8, at 10 p.m. Et/Pt and just a couple nights ago I watched the first two episodes of the show, which stars Clive Owen as Dr. John W. Thackery, working at New York's Knickerbocker Hospital in the year 1900. It's early days in anesthetics and the premiere episode's opening scene is a brutal one, offering an introduction into the blood bath the show will surely be. Having only watched the first two episodes (they sent me the first seven) I can't say I'm wholly in the bag for the show just yet as it is yet another television series that seems determined to focus solely on the bleak nature of the situation at hand and absolutely nothing that would seem to offer any sense of relief from the despair. Dead babies, cocaine use, racial issues, deviant ambulance drivers, electrical issues, »

- Brad Brevet

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TV Review: Grisly Sacrifice for Science in Captivating Period Drama ‘The Knick’

8 August 2014 6:16 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Cinemax’s ominous new series “The Knick” is a hospital drama that’s very much in the voice of its director, Steven Soderbergh. Set in New York City at the turn of the 20th century, the series presents the medical world as it inches closer and closer to modernity, while making contemporary parallels to the desperate hustle by surgery room clients and their doctors alike regarding treatment of the human body. What has changed in the politics of medicine? What hasn’t?

Television Rating: 4.0/5.0

The Knick is the name of the hospital (formally called The Knickerbocker) that employs John W. Thackery, a disturbed surgeon played by Clive Owen, who tiptoes towards medical breakthroughs often at the expense of human lives. He proclaims emotionally early in episode one that science is at a crucial point, in which more breakthroughs have been made in the last five years compared to the last five hundred. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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'Contagion' Screenwriter: The Most Dangerous Virus Is Fear

5 August 2014 7:18 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

As reports emerge of people who may or may not be infected with Ebola, including a man hospitalized at New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital with Ebola-like symptoms, fear of the disease seems to be growing more rapidly than the number of cases. And that's to be expected, according to the screenwriter of Steven Soderbergh's pandemic movie, Contagion, who claims that such panicked concern is a virulent disease even worse than Ebola. "There is no more effective contagion than fear. Rest assured, it has an R-nought far greater than Ebola," Scott Z. Burns writes in Time, referring

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- Hilary Lewis

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New UK quad poster for Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson

28 July 2014 8:35 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its UK release on August 22nd, Universal has just dropped a new UK quad poster for Lucy, director Luc Besson’s (The Fifth Element) latest action thriller, starring Scarlett Johansson (Captain America: The Winter Soldier). Check it out below and read our review here…

Lucy is set in a world that is run by the mob, street gangs, drug addicts, and corrupt cops. Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), a woman living in Taipei, Taiwan, is forced to work as a drug mule for the mob. The drug implanted in her body inadvertently leaks into her system, changing her into a superhuman. She can absorb knowledge instantaneously, is able to move objects with her mind, and can not feel pain and other discomforts.

Lucy is set for release on July 23rd, with a cast that also includes Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises), Choi Min-sik (Oldboy), Amr Waked (Contagion), Analeigh Tipton (Crazy, »

- Gary Collinson

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