The color red. Sony Pictures has released a new Annie poster that features the film's cast (after a teaser poster a few months back that only displayed the tagline). The film stars Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) in the title role as a young, happy, street-tough foster kid living with the mean Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) who is taken in by New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) in a thinly veiled campaign move. The film also stars Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and David Zayas. Annie opens on December 19th You can also check out the teaser poster for Good Kill, the new film from writer/director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War) starring Ethan Hawke. I didn't love Niccol's last film In Time, but I'm a fan of most of his other work so I'm really pulling for this one. Good Kill premieres tonight »
- Evan Dickson
Plenty of films have enjoyed premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival this month, from Kevin Smith's messed up horror thriller Tusk to Jason Reitman's poignant Men, Women & Children. Some promising films like Noah Baumbach's While We're Young and Anna Kendrick's musical The Last 5 Years have already been picked up from the fest too. And now we have a bit of hype for another film that debuted at Tiff a few days ago, Andrew Niccol's timely drama Good Kill, which examines the current state of war through the eyes of a drone-pilot. That pilot also just happens to be played by Niccol's Gattaca star Ethan Hawke and we have a teaser poster straight from Tiff, though it doesn't feature the actor. Look! Here's the teaser poster for Andrew Niccol's Good Kill from Voltage Pictures: Good Kill is written and directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, »
- Ethan Anderton
It's a long, long time since Andrew Niccol came up with the goods: the filmmaker broke through in the 1990s as the screenwriter of "The Truman Show" and director of the excellent "Gattaca," but has struggled to return to form, with films like "Lord Of War," "S1mone," "In Time" and "The Host" ranging from being flawed to being essentially unwatchable. But the New Zealander was back this year with a modest, highly topical project, "The Good Kill," which has been screening at Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. While the film has proved a little divisive, most seem to concur that it's a comeback for Niccol. The film reteams Niccol with regular collaborator Ethan Hawke, who gives what our Venice review called "one of his best performances" as a former pilot-turned-drone operator who becomes increasingly haunted by his actions. It's a film that we called a "sober, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Buddy Bolden was a New Orleans cornet player who was a key figure in the development of ragtime music.
Prtitsker completed the first round of filming for “Bolden” in 2010 and will finish the movie with new scenes starting on Sept. 19.
DaCosta will next be seen in “I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story,” directed by Angela Bassett, set for airing in early 2015. She was most recently seen in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” Other credits include “Tron: Legacy” and Oren Moverman’s “The Messenger” and “In Time” opposite Amanda Seyfried and Justin Timberlake.
- Dave McNary
As its success in foreign markets grows, Doctor Who becomes more and more of a merchandising juggernaut; with the possibility of a Tardis Lego set on the horizon, and (most recently) the release of Doctor Who downloadable content for Minecraft. A bold move since Doctor Who games have never really caught on as far as the mainstream gaming market goes.
Doctor Who games have been released intermittently since as far back as 1983 but after 1997’s Destiny Of The Doctors for PC, things dried up until 2010 when the BBC decided it was time to give this little attempted area of merchandising another try. After the success of the free-to-play Doctor Who Adventure Games released on PC alongside Series 5, a trio of mainstream titles were introduced for the PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo Wii. All of which were weighted towards being puzzle-based and received mixed reviews.
Following these less than »
- James T. Cornish
Telluride — Actor Ethan Hawke is in the middle of a career high right now. In the space of a year he has been a part of two landmark films from director Richard Linklater, "Before Midnight" and "Boyhood," each of them the result of years and years of work exploring characters as they change across a wide spectrum of time. He has two films set to play the Venice Film Festival next week in Andrew Niccol's "Good Kill" and Michael Almereyda's "Cymbeline" and he's here in Telluride with his own directorial effort, an emotional documentary that is ostensibly a portrait of pianist Seymour Bernstein, but on a deeper level is an exploration by Hawke of finding satisfaction in one's art. It's a delicate piece of work that played like gangbusters to a Telluride premiere audience Saturday, rapt as the so wonderfully well-spoken Bernstein rattled off philosophical nuggets throughout a lively Q&A. »
- Kristopher Tapley
With a handful of projects currently in the works, Jesse Baget's Ruthless Pictures has just acquired another one, and you're going to absolutely love the retro-style poster art for it. Read on for details about your invitation to The Anniversary!
From the Press Release
Ruthless Pictures has picked up worldwide rights to the feature length horror indie film The Anniversary, written by Alison Monda and directed by Collin Joseph Neal. It’s an intense and twisted horror project with a female-dominated cast set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Pacific Northwest.
The film has been hailed as both laugh-out loud funny and hide your eyes terrifying. “If Bridesmaids and Cabin Fever could reproduce and create a film,” says Neal, “it would be this.”
- John Squires
Generally when a sequel is in the planning stages, things are fairly vague. The themes are uncertain, the setting is unclear, and many of the narrative hooks have yet to be worked out. One thing that’s always a given, though, is the characters. As the driving force of the original story, the characters are always the first thing that people will think of when they hear about a sequel. So what happens when a so-called ‘sequel’ jettisons the original cast almost completely? Well, to this day, Chrono Cross remains an intriguing answer to that question.
Being the successor to the much beloved classic, Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross had a pretty strong pedigree preceding it, and, as such, a great degree of hype in turn. However, when the game was first unveiled, the originals atmospheric medieval setting had shifted to that of a tropical island, »
- Mike Worby
As previously reported by my HitFix colleagues, 2014’s fall festivals represent something of a battle royale for various heavyweight Oscar hopefuls. The oldest fest in the big four, venerable Venice, is up against younger North American counterparts Toronto, Telluride and New York in the perennial fight to deliver a truly memorable Competition. Which films will be left standing once the critics have had their way with them? Contenders hoping to emerge victorious from La Biennale’s royal rumble include Alejandro González Iñárritu’s opening nighter "Birdman" starring Michael Keaton, David Gordon Green’s Al Pacino vehicle "Manglehorn" and Andrew Garfield vs Michael Shannon in Ramin Bahrani’s real estate showdown "99 Homes." As far as awards season goes, for me the big hitter to beat from Cannes is "Foxcatcher," an extraordinary and illuminating piece of filmmaking from Bennett Miller, a director I’ve not been personally persuaded by before now. In the documentary category, »
- Catherine Bray
To the surprise of no one, Chuck Todd was tapped Thursday to replace David Gregory in the anchor chair at NBC’s struggling “Meet the Press.” Rumors of his demise had been rampant for so long that his removal was a foregone conclusion.
Even Gregory’s harshest critics should have some sympathy for the guy. He had some bumps in the road but for the most part proved himself just as tough an interviewer as his peerless predecessor, Tim Russert. Perhaps Russert was really the problem here: When a legend casts a shadow that long, no one underneath it really has a shot at shining through.
NBC threw out the baby instead of the bathwater that is the show’s real problem: its format. Terrific an interviewer as Gregory is, there was too much airtime devoted to overheated, predictable rhetoric from both sides of the aisle. What few light tweaks »
- Andrew Wallenstein
The 'Idol' alum has a new album out -- and now his son approves.
Kris Allen won over hearts across America on the eighth season of American Idol, but his newborn son wasn't initially a fan of dad's music. "I remember when he was first born, I would play stuff for him he did not dig it -- he would start crying," Allen tells Et of his son Oliver, 1. "My wife is not a singer and she would sing for him, and he would love it. It would calm him and make him feel good."
The new dad admits with a laugh that his baby's reaction did make him consider, "Maybe this song is terrible." But not to worry, Oliver is totally into his talented dad today.
"Now if I pick up my guitar, he’s just »
What a wonderful coincidence: just as a big budget movie version of Guardians Of The Galaxy is released Marvel begins publishing a new run featuring the film’s break out character (*sideways glance at camera, raises eyebrow*).
Publishing decent comics that hook in new readers attracted by other forms of media is something that Marvel is really good at (take note DC), and once I had heard that both writing and art duties on Rocket Raccoon would be handled by Skottie Young, I was pretty stoked about this new series. So here we are, two issues in, and it looks like my excitement was justified: Rocket Raccoon is a riot - quite literally at one point.
First, a quick bit of backstory: this issue picks »
For fans who hadn’t read the comics, the big gut-wrenching surprise at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was the death of Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), but the filmmakers originally had second shocker planned after that one.
In time for the Blu-ray release of Spider-Man 2 on August 19, EW’s gotten a look at some of the bonus footage, including 13 deleted scenes and 100 minutes of extras, in advance. In on such scene Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) finds his mourning interrupted by a man who seems a lot like his deceased dad. Is the man lying? Does he have an alternate agenda? »
- Jackson McHenry
Electro only had to fall into a vat full of electric eels once to get his superpowers. But when Jamie Foxx played the supervillain in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, he had to spend a large chunk of his day in makeup every time he needed to get into the role.
In time for the release of Spider-Man 2 on DVD, EW has behind-the-scenes footage from inside Jamie Foxx’s makeup room. In it, Foxx and makeup effects designer Howard Berger discuss all the pieces of Foxx’s headpiece, and what it takes to make Electro’s electric blue skin blend together. »
- Jackson McHenry
David Gordon Green is that rarest of directors - unpredictable and eclectic. He's directed gripping arthouse dramas like his debut George Washington (2000), stoner comedies like Pineapple Express (2008) and the historical spoof Your Highness (2011) - which America's Salon Magazine somewhat hastily suggested might be the worst film ever made. In time, the latter may be remembered as a poor film made by one of America's true talents, a director who was once compared to Terrence Malick - who now seems to be inspiring others (see the films of Jeff Nichols and David Lowery). Wanting a change from broad comedy, he made the low-key but well-liked Prince Avalanche (2013) under the radar but now returns to his early form with Joe (2013), a Southern noir set in deepest darkest Mississippi.
- CineVue UK
You can’t keep a good zombie down. Ever since Seth Grahame-Smith’s goofy Jane Austen spoof Pride and Prejudice and Zombies became a surprise hit back in 2009, conversations about turning the Victorian horror-comedy into a movie have been taking place. Directors like Craig Gillespie and Mike White have come and gone, along with a slew of female stars like Blake Lively, Emma Stone and Lily Collins. The one constant throughout the film’s development has been its script, which David O. Russell penned back when he was set to direct. Today, however, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has finally firmed up.
Downton Abbey actress Lily James will lead the film, along with fellow Brit Sam Riley (Maleficent) and Australian actress Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows, In Time). James will portray Elizabeth Bennet, with Riley playing her suitor Darcy and Heathcote on board as one of the Bennet sisters (it’s »
- Isaac Feldberg
Last weekend, I had the opportunity to watch the pilot for Fox’s Batman prequel, Gotham. It was one of the best pilot episodes I’ve seen in recent memory. They really have created a rich, expansive world that begs to be explored further. Every member of the cast remained faithful and familiar to those beloved and infamous characters while, at the same time, bringing something new and exciting. Even though the many unknown actors were most entrancing (Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot is a revelation!), the more well-known actors also disappeared into their new roles.
The casting choices have been perfect so far, so I fully trust they’ll make good use of Dexter’s David Zayas, who has been cast as mafia boss Salvatore Maroni. The character was previously featured in The Dark Knight, and was played by Eric Roberts.
Deadline, who broke the news, also provided »
- Eli Reyes
Robert Halmi Sr. – who has died at the age of 90 – would never tell you how he financed his larger-than-life TV projects. Coyly, he would reference international sales, even though others who dealt in the same arena insisted the numbers simply didn’t add up.
In a way, though, that was also part of Halmi’s charm. The consummate showman, the producer never wanted to be bothered with the business details, as if to say, in that thick Hungarian accent, “Hey, we’re doing a huge miniseries about the Bible! Why are you worrying about how I’m going to pay for it?”
For a time, Halmi cast an enormous shadow over the TV landscape. In the 1990s, he provided NBC with a stream of sweeping epics – “Gulliver’s Travels,” “The Odyssey,” “Merlin,” “Noah’s Ark” – that drew blockbuster ratings. He brought the “Gone With the Wind” sequel “Scarlett” to CBS, »
- Brian Lowry
The Killing was an American remake from AMC based on the nordic noir show popularised over here by showings on BBC 4. The Us version moved things to Seattle where it rained constantly and revolved around the murder of Rosie Larson. Unfairly compared to Twin Peaks when it debuted, it was nonetheless something of a hit on Channel 4 for at least two seasons. I lost track of it around the mid-point of season two, not because I didn’t like it, I enjoyed it lots despite its grimness but it became impossible to keep up with the weekly scheduled showings and 4Od was, and still is not very good. From what I hear season two wrapped up the murder of Larson and season three moved on to a new mystery which was just as gripping.
The reason I mention this anyway is that like Arrested Development, Netflix has picked up »
- Chris Holt
Falling Skies is halfway through its fourth season, which saw a lot of changes from season 3, along with the addition of new showrunner David Eick. With the 2nd Mass separated after an Espheni attack, our ensemble cast found themselves in very different worlds from one another.
“In Tom’s world we were in darkness. Lexi’s world—it was light. It was almost like Munchkinland,” Eick said during the show’s Comic-Con panel. “In Anne’s world it was very gritty but stripped down.”
At Comic-Con, Eick and the show’s cast hinted at what’s to come on Falling Skies »
- Emily Rome
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