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Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
Normally, I'm not one to brag, but I would like to say right off the bat, I think I did pretty well with my must-see list last month. Of my five official picks -- Spy, Jurassic World, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Dope and Inside Out -- the closest I got to suggesting you see a movie people generally didn't like was Jurassic World, which has broken all sorts of box office records and sits at a "fresh" 71% on Rotten Tomatoes. Not that box office results or Rotten Tomatoes are the ultimate barometers of quality, but I have to base this off something, rightc Personally I didn't much care for the new Jurassic film aside from a few scenes of enormous spectacle, but others found plenty to like in it. I also ended up seeing Dope twice -- that one might be my favorite movie so far this »
- Jordan Benesh
When The CW debuted the first poster and first trailer for their epic ensemble DC Comics superhero show Legends of Tomorrow, they confirmed that the show will premiere in January 2016. Now, an official Tweet from the show's writers' room claims that we won't see the anticipated adventure series until spring 2016. There is no reason given for the delay. And there is no further information at this time. What this means is that Legends of Tomorrow may debut after both The Flash Season 2 and Arrow Season 4 have wrapped things up, offering fans another superhero alternative that will take them into summer.
In Legends of Tomorrow, when heroes alone are not enough... The world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat - one »
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
With everything from The Craft to Kindergarten Cop getting some kind of remake right now, what's the real damage that's being done?
It might just be us, but the number of remake announcements we've seen in 2015 seems to be on the increase. In recent weeks alone we've had the cheery news that new takes on Big Trouble In Little China, Sister Act, The Craft and Kindergarten Cop are getting new takes of various sizes. And the response is both understandable and predictable: has Hollywood run out of ideas?
Well, probably. And yet I'd argue it's not that simple. That, in part, the dependency on remakes and sequels is a little bit down to us, but even more so, down to the fact that fewer big movies are being made, and studios want as much on their side when they're committing a nine figure spend to a film.
Let's deal with »
Comments Emily Blunt as a whip smart, can-do badass? Yeah, that’ll pretty much never get old, so keep it coming. The trailer for her latest actioner “Sicario,” a term which means “hitman” in Mexico, is here, and it looks like we’re in for more of the Blunt ballistics we’ve become accustomed to lately. Except … this is going to be an even drearier scenario than the futuristic sci-fi set-ups we’ve seen her in before (see also, “The Adjustment Bureau,” “Looper,” and “Edge of Tomorrow”). This is chaos of the here and now variety. In the gritty crime drama, Blunt stars as an FBI agent who’s been tapped to help regulate the dangerous border between the United States and Mexico as the War on Drugs intensifies. And while any patrol assignment in the area would be hazardous enough to a person’s health, she goes and joins »
Even though Doug Liman's critically acclaimed Edge Of Tomorrow, which starred Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in the lead roles, hit theaters over a year ago, we've seen quite a few sweet new behind-the-scenes featurettes pop up over the past few months. A few days ago, Sony Imageworks VFX released possibly their most interesting video yet, this one taking an in-depth look at the film's menacing villains, the Mimics! Watch it below and learn how the these brilliantly terrifying beasts came to be: Oscar nominee Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' sci-fi thriller "Edge of Tomorrow," under the direction of Doug Liman. The epic action of "Edge of Tomorrow" unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Major William Cage (Cruise) is »
Canada’s Denis Villeneuve (Enemy, Prisoners) reteams with cinematographer Rogers Deakins – who has criminally never won an Academy Award despite twelve nominations – for another brutal yet beautiful thriller.
In this September’s Sicario, an FBI agent (Emily Blunt) from Arizona heads south of the border on a cladestine mission to take dismantle a drug lord's operation. In Mexico, “sicario” means “hired killer,” and when Kate (Blunt) is teamed up with a non-American mercenary with a questionable past (Benicio del Toro), the line between friend and foe becomes blurred.
Blunt has clearly not forgotten the skills she honed in the grossly underappreciated Edge of Tomorrow. There’s a little Full Metal Bitch there in her interaction with Del Toro and Josh Brolin, and it’s exhilarating to see.
Basically, throw Emily Blunt and a gun in a movie together, and we’re there. It also helps that Villeneuve and Deakins are there, »
- Sasha James
I was really disappointed with our correspondent's reaction coming out of Sicario's Cannes debut. As a fan of writer/director Denis Villeneuve's, I was expecting another great work from the Canadian director so to read that his latest feature is predictable was... disappointing.
Emily Blunt (of Edge of Tomorrow fame) stars as an idealistic FBI agent who is recruited into a taskforce by a government official (Josh Brolin) to help with America's never ending war on drugs. The movie also stars Benicio Del Toro, Victor Garber and Jon Bernthal.
Admittedly this isn't a new story or even the first time it's been told but this Is Villeneuve we're talkin [Continued ...] »
Who would have guessed, when Emily Blunt first broke through as Meryl Streep’s snobby assistant in The Devil Wears Prada, that she’d go on to have a career as a badass action hero? Yet here we are with Looper and Edge of Tomorrow and now Sicario, the latter of which promises to be her darkest turn […]
- Angie Han
We are used to seeing Emily Blunt as the dancing beauty on the lip-synch contest, or the impossibly charming actress working the late-night TV circuit. Yes, she has risked in challenging movies like The Adjustment Bureau or Edge of Tomorrow opposite Tom Cruise, but even then, she wasn’t half as badass as she looks in the first official trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s harrowing cartel drama, Sicario. Check it out: As the trailer educates us, "Sicario" means "hitman" in Mexico, and Emily Blunt plays one of a trio of law-enforcement agents who cross the border on a shadowy and mysterious assignment to track the head of a brutal syndicate, hoping to eliminate his growing threat. At the onset of the trailer, Blunt’s character looks like a stranger in a strange land, a fish out of water who is going to have »
Hardly anyone reads or comments on these posts anymore so maybe the 300th one is the best place to end it. I don't know, just a thought, but as for the point of these articles it was two movies for me this week. First there was Jurassic World, which scored an estimated $204.5 million at the box office, telling me a lot of you went to see it too. The "A" CinemaScore tells me a lot of people enjoyed it as well, though all I've pretty much seen in the comments is negativity. Second movie this week I watched just last night and it was yet another repeat viewing of Edge of Tomorrow, which I just can't get enough of. Other than that, I finished reading "Bird Box", which sort of reads like the film adaptation of I am Legend -- not the book, but the movie -- and I'd say »
- Brad Brevet
Despite its visuals and imagination, Disney’s Tomorrowland has sadly disappointed at the box office this summer, becoming a rare misfire for the studio goliath in financial terms. Time Magazine is today reporting that the Brad Bird sci-fi adventure is set to lose the studio anywhere in the range of $120 million and $140 million by the time it finishes its global release, and will be Disney’s biggest flop since 2013’s The Lone Ranger, which ended up with losses over $190 million (2012’s John Carter was also a flop with a loss of over $200 million)/
Costing upwards of $330 million for both the film’s production and marketing expenses, Tomorrowland was expected to light-up the summer box office with its array of talents, including star George Clooney and director Brad Bird, whose last film Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol brought in almost $700 million. Sadly, the film#s opening wasn’t stellar, with only $42.7 million »
- Scott J. Davis
According to a recent report from The Hollywood Reporter, Disney is having some troubles when it comes to new live=action properties as the studio stands to lose between $120-140 million on Brad Bird's blockbuster fantasy adventure Tomorrowland. The studio previously lost $200 million on John Carter and $190 million on The Lone Ranger, and while the end result for Tomorrowland may not be as harmful to the studio's bottom line -- especially with Avengers: Age of Ultron taking the box office by storm, two different Pixar movies hitting theaters this year, and the Star Wars franchise returning to the big screen at Christmas time -- it is perhaps just as telling about the current state of big-budget filmmaking. The Tomorrowland news marks yet another blow to studios looking to produce films with nine-digit budgets that aren't sequels or spin-offs, aren't part of a larger cinematic universe, or don't already have a built-in fan base. »
- Jordan Benesh
One of England’s most exciting filmmakers is tackling his biggest project yet in thriller Free Fire, and today brings word that he’s recruiting some red-hot talents to round out the pic’s cast.
Director Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, A Field in England) has tapped Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Sam Riley (Maleficent) and Noah Taylor (Submarine) for supporting roles in the film. The trio join a stacked cast that already boasts Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, Sharlto Copley and Michael Smiley. Enzo Cilenti and Babou Ceesay also have supporting roles in the pic.
Free Fire centers on a woman (Larson) who sets up an arms deal between two Irishmen (Murphy and Smiley) and members of a gang (including Hammer and Copley). Meeting inside a deserted warehouse, the group initiates the deal, only for a furious firefight to break out when shots go off mid-handoff.
Reynor had a »
- Isaac Feldberg
Free Fire, Akira, All I See Is You, and other films have made recent film casting, screenwriting, and director news. These films come from movie studios primarily based in the United States. The castings, screenwriters, and directors are subject to change.
Untitled WWII movie
Brad Pitt has been looking for a lover for his next WWII movie and he has finally found one in Oscar winner Marion Cotillard, who’s in negotiations to join him in the untitled period film that Robert Zemeckis is directing
Steven Knight wrote the script
Pitt and Cotillard will play assassins who fall in love during a mission to kill a German official. They soon marry, but their romance is cut short when Pitt is told that his wife is a double agent working for the German government and he must kill her.
- Rollo Tomasi
Filming began on Ben Wheatley's new film Free Fire yesterday and Deadline has an update on the cast. The film is already bolstered by a really good cast to start; Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Wheatley alumnus Michael Smiley, Enzo Cilenti (who was also just in Wheatley's High Rise) and Babou Ceesay ('71). Joining them will be young lads Jack Reynor and Sam Riley. TwitchFilm fave Noah Taylor (Edge of Tomorrow) rounds up the additions. Set in Boston in the late 1970's, [the film] follows a woman (Larson), who has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Murphy and Smiley) and a gang (led by Hammer and Copley) who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired in...
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Up-and-coming actor and Transformers star Jack Reynor has been added to the cast of Free Fire, the upcoming crime thriller from British director Ben Wheatley. The American-born Irish actor — alongside other new additions Sam Riley (Malevolent, Control) and Noah Taylor (Edge of Tomorrow) — joins Armie Hammer, Sharlto Copley, Cillian Murphy and Brie Larson in the Martin Scorsese-exec produced film, which commenced production on Monday. Other cast members include Michael Smiley (The Lobster), Enzo Cilenti (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Babou Ceesay (Eye in the Sky). Luke Evans and Olivia Wilde had previously been attached
- Alex Ritman
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