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Last night, amidst the butts and the Feminism and the important message from Miley Cyrus, the VMAs bestowed its latest award for Best Direction to Daniels, aka Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, for helming the Lil Jon and DJ Snake music video for “Turn Down For What.” You didn’t miss that part of the show, because this category isn’t millennial-friendly enough for the telecast (nor was the one given to Oscar-nominated art director Anastasia Masaro), but somewhere in the night there were some Moonman statues given to a duo that might just be the franchise film directors of the future. In winning the award, Kwan and Scheinert follow in the footsteps of such notable directors as David Fincher (The Social Network), Spike Jonze (Her), Adam Yauch (Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That!), Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo), Tarsem Singh (Mirror Mirror), Jake Scott (Welcome to the Rileys), Samuel Bayer (Nightmare on Elm Street), Steve Barron (the »
- Christopher Campbell
Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Aaron Eckhart, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci are all onboard to star in "Spotlight," Tom McCarthy's film about the efforts of the journalists at the Boston Globe to uncover the now famous Catholic church sex scandal.
The group discovered and exposed Cardinal Bernard Law, America's Senior Catholic Prelate, who was protecting priests accused of sexual assault by moving them to different parishes where they offended again. Production begins this Fall. [Source: The Wrap]
Aaliyah: Princess of R&B
- Garth Franklin
You can't have a movie about Aaliyah without her musical mentors. A network representative told TheWrap that Lifetime's Aaliyah biopic has cast Chattrisse Dolabaille and Izaak Smith as producer-rappers Missy Elliott and Timbaland, respectively. Dolabaille is a newcomer to Hollywood. She's a Canadian actress, singer and dancer. Watch her video resume below. See photo: Alexandra Shipp Replaces Zendaya as Aaliyah in Lifetime Biopic Izaak Smith, on the other hand, was a contender on “So You Think You Can Dance Canada.” He has appeared in “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” and “Mirror Mirror” as a dancer. He also played Cal Rice on. »
- Jethro Nededog
Vin Diesel stars as the title character, who teams up with his natural enemy (Rose Leslie) to stop an evil coven of witches, one of whom is played by Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, from unleashing a supernatural plague upon New York City. Michael Caine and Elijah Wood also co-star in unspecified roles.
Breck Eisner (The Crazies, Sahara) is directing from a screenplay by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (Dracula Untold, Gods of Egypt), based on a pitch by Cory Goodman (Priest, Apollo 18). D.W. Harper (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) and Melisa Wallack (Dallas Buyers Club, Mirror Mirror) also worked on the script. It isn't known when production will begin.
There’s always time for another supernatural thriller and especially when you’re putting together a strong cast that’s now added Elijah Wood to the likes of Vin Diesel, Michael Caine and Rose Leslie, who you’ll know from Game Of Thrones.
Directed by Breck Eisner (The Crazies), Lionsgate are delving into the world of witches and (probably) demons, as The Last Witch Hunter centres around an immortal witch hunter (Diesel) who teams up with a witch to stop New York City’s covens from unleashing a disaster on the city, when I say ‘team-up’, I don’t think this is a buddy road movie but you never know!
The script is by the writing duo Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (Dracula Untold, Gods Of Egypt) and as both of their titles as upcoming, this could be the crop of new talent coming through in Hollywood. It’s based »
- Dan Bullock
It's been over a year since we heard about the resurrected development of the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's remix novel Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. At the time, Mirror Mirror star Lily Collins was slated to lead the film from Igby Goes Down and 17 Again director Burr Steers is on board to direct the film, but Deadline reports plans have changed. Thankfully though, this time Steers is still on board to direct from a screenplay he polished that was initially written by David O. Russell. But the cast has changed. Instead British actors Lily James (above) and Sam Riley will lead the film with Aussie Bella Heathcote. For those who don't know, the book follows the original story of Jane Austen's classic Pride & Prejudice, the familiar tale of two lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. But rather than just dealing with those romantic entanglements, there's also zombies »
- Ethan Anderton
In the past few years, we’ve seen competing friends-with-benefits romcoms (No Strings Attached and Friends with Benefits), Snow White reinterpretations (Mirror Mirror and Snow White & the Huntsman), Hercules flicks (The Legend of Hercules and this month’s Hercules), and two versions of The Jungle Book taking form at Disney and Warner Bros. Now, it appears that Hollywood has latched onto the next hot commodity, and it’s… J.R.R. Tolkien?
As odd as that sounds, two biopics about the bestselling author of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit are racing to get into theaters. In one corner, Chernin Entertainment is developing Tolkien for Fox Searchlight, and in the other, London- and Brisbane-based Attractive Films is working on a much smaller project called Tolkien & Lewis.
- Isaac Feldberg
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
After his departure from The Walking Dead and the brief lifespan of Mob City, it’s good to have some positive Frank Darabont news to share, and on the cinematic front, too. He’s jumped from a shortlist of directors to become Universal’s choice to make the follow-up to Snow White And The Huntsman.The 2012 fantasy adventure handily won the box office battle with Mirror Mirror in terms of bringing a live-action Snow White story to the screen. But the next step has been stalled in development for a while. It's been in need of a new director since Hunts-man Rupert Sanders decided to drop out of any sequel. From the sounds of it, early rumours that this will head in a Snow-free direction appear to be panning out, with this now likely to become more a spin-off than a sequel. No script has been set, so Kristen Stewart »
Relativity Media has announced strategic alliances with China’s Jiangsu Broadcasting Corp (Jsbc) and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Icbc) and has also been appointed international distribution partner by China Film Promotion International.
Jsbc is making an equity investment in Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media as part of a wider agreement aimed at developing, co-producing, co-financing and distributing films and TV content for both Chinese and international markets.
Relativity Media will also receive equity investment from Chinese media investment firm SeedShine Capital, in a deal brokered by Icbc. Relativity has a strategic advisory agreement with Icbc and is understood to be working with the bank on a Hong Kong stock market listing.
“Relativity has deep and growing ties to China, one of the world’s most dynamic and vibrant film markets, and the partnerships we announced today will further strengthen the robust foundation we have built in China,” said Kavanaugh in a statement.
Under the deal »
- email@example.com (Liz Shackleton)
Relativity Media, a next generation media company, today announced at the Shanghai International Film Festival that it has formed a joint partnership with Jiangsu Broadcasting Corp. to develop, co-finance, co-produce and distribute film and television content for both the international and Chinese markets. As part of the partnership, Jsbc will make an equity investment in Relativity. Financial terms were not disclosed. As one of the most influential media operators in China, Jsbc is a highly acclaimed multi-media company operating leading television, radio, newspapers, magazines and internet properties. The two companies will develop, produce and distribute new film and television content across Jsbc and Relativity’s platforms. “China is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing markets for every form of content, and Relativity has long been focused on expanding our footprint in this incredibly dynamic market. The partnership with Jsbc we announced today will further strengthen the robust »
Relativity Media is expanding in the booming Chinese media market by forming a joint partnership with Jiangsu Broadcasting Corp. — with the Chinese multi-media concern making an equity investment in Ryan Kavanaugh’s studio.
The move comes at a time when China’s media businesses have been surging. Chinese box office hit $3.53 billion (RMB21.8 billion) in 2013, compared with RMB17 billion in 2012, according to official government data.
The alliance is aimed at developing, co-financing, co-producing and distributing movies and TV content for both the international and Chinese markets. Financial terms and project details were not disclosed.
“China is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing markets for every form of content, and Relativity has long been focused on expanding our footprint in this incredibly dynamic market,” Kavanaugh said in a statement. “The partnership with Jsbc we announced today will further strengthen the robust foundation we have built in China.”
- Dave McNary
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday May 30th to Sunday June 1st 2014…
Angelina Jolie returned to screens this past weekend as the Mistress of All Evil in Disney’s live-action fairy tale Maleficent, with the film pulling in a solid £6,590,071 (including £2.77 million of Wednesday and Thursday previews) to claim first place in the chart with the fifth biggest debut of the year so far. That’s an improvement on recent fairy tale-inspired movies Snow White and the Huntsman (£3.6 million) and Mirror Mirror (£2.4 million), as well as Disney’s own Oz the Great and Powerful (£3.7 million).
Unlike Maleficent, the week’s two other big releases struggled to make much of an impact, with the Tom Cruise-headlined sci-fi Edge of Tomorrow taking third with £1,886,096 despite strong reviews, and Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West earning £1,240,465 to finish up in fourth. »
- Gary Collinson
In Disney’s 1959 Sleeping Beauty, the evil Maleficent has less than 15 minutes of screen time, making the character’s decade-lasting infamy and the initial interest in a feature-length film of her re-imaging, Maleficent, notably impressive. Of course, the same could be said for the Evil Queen of Disney’s 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, who’s gotten two recent chances to re-captivate audiences with Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman. Judging by Maleficent‘s opening weekend domestic box office numbers, this serpentine queen is number one in fans’ cold dead hearts. Anyone who remembers Maleficent’s fifteen minutes of fame in Sleeping Beauty already knows that Maleficent writer Linda Woolverton took enormous leaps in filling the expansive gaps in Maleficent’s history. However the same can be argued for the writers of Sleeping Beauty as well. The original Disney film was based on both the original fairy tale “La Belle au Bois Dormant (The »
- Emily Estep
Your Top Three is a series here at Movies.com where we choose a topic and you give us your top three picks. The very existence of the new movie Maleficent indicates that the title character is a favorite of all the Disney villains. The self-proclaimed Mistress of All Evil is now only the second of her kind to be portrayed in a live-action version made officially by the same studio -- the other being Cruella De Vil in 101 Dalmatians and 102 Dalmatians (there's also the non-Disney movies Hook and Mirror Mirror, which don't count). Of course, she's also the leader of the baddie characters in the Disney Villains merchandising. If Maleficent is successul this weekend, perhaps the Mouse House will green light some other pictures headed by the baddies of Disney's...
- Christopher Campbell
The trailers teased glimpses of Sleeping Beauty's iconic villainess, accompanied by a gothic cover of "Once Upon a Dream." Gone were the 1959 animated film's Technicolor wonders, replaced with shades of blacks and blues, while Lana del Rey's vocals enveloped Mary Costa and Bill Shirley's airy duet with jazz-club smokiness. Even when the sneak peek appeared to throw a bone of sympathy towards the titular evil character, it brooded with the faux-angst of 9th grade poetry. This was what you could expect from Maleficent — Disney's early bid for summer-film dominance, »
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