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Warren Beatty has not appeared onscreen in a new film since the romantic comedy "Town and Country," a costly 2001 box office flop. But now, as revealed in the latest issue of Closer Weekly, he's been working on a new directorial effort, and has come out of retirement to turn his decades-long obsession with reclusive American tycoon Howard Hughes into a movie. The project, according to Closer, focuses on the reclusive mogul's May-December romance with a young ingenue, played by 25-year-old actress Lily Collins ("Mirror Mirror"). Tessa Farmiga, Chace Crawford, Alec Baldwin, Matthew Broderick, Martin Sheen, Candice Bergen and Beatty's wife Annette Bening also star. Matthew Broderick tells Closer that the film, which cost $27 million on a 72-day schedule, has finished shooting. The yet-to-be titled project remains shrouded in secrecy (allegedly only Collins received the full script), but one thing we know for sure is that Beatty himself, 77, will play Hughes, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
This year saw Keanu Reeves get some deserved attention for his ass-kicking role in John Wick, though the film should have gotten even more attention at the box office. The actor has a couple sci-fi projects lined up with the gestating space travel romance Passengers still kicking around, and there's also Replicas, which will reteam Reeves with John Wick producer Stephen Hamel. Now The Wrap reports Reeves is in talks to lead The Panopticon, an action thriller from director Tarsem Singh (The Fall, Mirror Mirror) and writer Craig Rosenberg (After the Sunset), and it sounds perfect for Reeves to tackle following John Wick. The story follows a salesman (Reeves) who receives a pre-recorded message from himself that tells him the world is about to end and only he can save it. It's a race against time to piece a puzzle together in order to save mankind. If the film packs »
- Ethan Anderton
Visually ambitious filmmaker Tarsem Singh may have found a swell lead actor for his sci-fi thriller The Panopticon. The Wrap reports that Keanu Reeves is in talks to star in the film for Good Universe, which revolves around "a seemingly ordinary man who receives a mysterious package containing a pre-recorded message from himself, warning that the world is about to end and only he can save it.” He must work to piece together the puzzle before time runs out for mankind. Singh broke out in a big way with his visually arresting 2000 film The Cell, which he followed up with another aesthetically grand feature called The Fall in 2006. He made his first foray into the world of studio actioners to less-than-stellar results with 2011’s Immortals, and then helmed a take on the Snow White story with 2012’s Mirror Mirror. Hit the jump for more on Reeves and Panopticon. Per The Wrap, »
- Adam Chitwood
Two related developments were concurrently unfolding in the television world in the mid 1980s. One, Steven Spielberg created “Amazing Stories,” an anthology series (like “Tales From The Crypt," which would follow it by just a few years) that debuted in the fall of 1985. Two, Martin Scorsese, whose films weren’t doing so wonderfully at the moment, turned his talents to TV (and horror) for the first time in his career. It’s only natural that the two friends’ paths would cross on an episode of “Amazing Stories.” Scorsese made his small screen debut with the program’s 19th episode, “Mirror Mirror,” which originally aired March 9, 1986. In the half hour episode, written by Joseph Minion, a much younger Sam Waterston plays Jordan Manmouth, a slightly acerbic yet incredibly successful horror novelist who becomes tormented by a mysterious black-robed figure only he can see that inhabits mirrors. Helen Shaver (of the “Poltergeist: The Legacy »
- Zach Hollwedel
"We need to start something new." We haven't seen Basinger that much recently. Zentropa has debuted an early trailer for Anders Morgenthaler's drama/suspense film I Am Here, starring Oscar winner Kim Basinger along with Peter Stormare (22 Jump Street, Bad Milo, Pain & Gain), Jordan Prentice (In Bruges, Mirror Mirror) and Sebastian Schipper (Run Lola Run, Three). The film is about a woman (Basinger) who really wants to have a baby, but can't do so, and sets off on a quest to do something about it only ending up in what seems to be a very messed up situation. While it seems like your standard drama, there's some very interesting quirks to it, like the tiny glowing girl that talks in her ear. Yea I know – what?! Watch the new international trailer for Anders Morgenthaler's I Am Here, found via The Movie Box: Anders Morgenthaler's drama world premiered »
- Alex Billington
A full quarter-century has passed since Nora Ephron deftly articulated the pitfalls of platonic friendship between men and women in “When Harry Met Sally…”. Yet if “Love, Rosie” is to be believed, a whole new generation of adults has arrived at much the same conclusion Ephron did: In the movies, at least, the sex part always gets in the way. A thoroughly likeable English-language debut for German comedy helmer Christian Ditter, this marzipan-sweet adaptation of Cecelia Ahern’s 2004 bestseller “Where Rainbows End” is elevated by vibrant visuals and the winsome chemistry of Lily Collins and Sam Claflin. Cast as childhood BFFs who dance around their true feelings for each other through multiple decades, countries and partners, this inordinately pretty star pairing lends youthful appeal to a rom-com that could also woo the adult chick-lit crowd.
With its twelve-year narrative timeframe, comfy middle-class Britishisms and sparky pairing of striving, pure-hearted girl and raffish, »
- Guy Lodge
Relativity Media has formed a multi-year strategic partnership with 3C Media to produce at least six local-language movies and TV shows annually for the booming Chinese market.
Under the partnership, 3C and Relativity will jointly develop and produce up to four local language TV shows per year based on Relativity’s content and a minimum of two local language remakes of Relativity films for theatrical release each year.
Under the deal, 3C will invest in and co-own films released in China through Relativity’s SkyLand subsidiary.
“This partnership is a significant next step in Relativity’s continued expansion into the Chinese market, and we are thrilled to bring a large number of local language productions both in film and television to the China market where there is an incredibly high demand for local content,” said Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh.
He noted that 3C has a track record of producing TV »
- Dave McNary
X Factor's Chloe Jasmine modelled a series of saucy outfits during a photoshoot for a sex toy firm three years ago, it has been revealed.
Two pictures of the 23-year-old are still on the company Lovehoney's website, the first showing the aspiring singer modelling their sexed-up Alice in Wonderland costume.
The description reads: "Mirror mirror on the wall... who is the sexiest of them all! Cute Miss Alice dress with peasant style top, pinafore front and blue dress. Petticoat sold separately."
In the second snap, the singer advertises a schoolgirl costume - complete with boater hat and knee-high stockings.
The accompanying description reads: "Oh I say! 5 piece outfit includes genuine straw boater, navy blue dress, wide stripe tie and sexy black stockings! Just add hockey sticks!"
The site has since released other steamy images of the X Factor finalist, which shows the star in a basque, rubber knickers and suspenders, »
By Anjelica Oswald
The 87th Academy Awards could see a collection of familiar names in the costume design category, from Oscar winner and 10-time nominee Colleen Atwood to one-time nominee Michael Wilkinson. When It comes down to securing nominations for costumes, it doesn’t matter how well the film has fared in other Oscar categories. Films such as Jane Eyre (2011), Mirror Mirror (2012) and The Invisible Woman (2013) were only nominated for costume design.
Atwood could receive nominations for Disney’s Into the Woods and Tim Burton’s Big Eyes during the upcoming awards cycle. Of her 10 nominations to date, she’s won three: best picture winner Chicago (2002), Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) and Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (2010). Atwood has designed the costumes for nine of Burton’s films: Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Planet of the Apes (2001), Big Fish (2003), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Alice in Wonderland »
- Anjelica Oswald
Sarah looks back at the Amityville films, and finds a lot of scary things, not all of which were intentional…
112 Ocean Avenue, Long Island is probably the most famous haunted house in the world. Not that you’ll necessarily recognise the address – it’s far better known as the Amityville Horror house. Back in 1975, George and Kathy Lutz moved their family into the house… and then 28 days later, they moved back out, claiming to have been driven out by supernatural forces. Their story made the news, was turned into a book, and then made into a movie, in 1979.
It’s hard to imagine now that a family claiming to have encountered the devil in their basement could cause such a massive fuss, but I’m not here to interrogate the truth of their statement. What I am here to do, though, is to watch all of the Amityville Horror movies made to date, »
We'll always know what you did last summer*. Because Sony won’t let us forget.
Deadline recently reported that the studio is rebooting I Know What You Did Last Summer, the 1997 slasher film about a group of college kids (Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Ryan Phillippe) who cover up their hit-and-run, only to be stalked and slayed by the very person they thought they killed.
Now our ultimate dream cast for this reboot is present day J.Love, Smg, Freddie Prinze, and Ryan P. playing the same roles they did two decades ago (most are available), but since that definitely won’t happen, we brainstormed a few suggestions:
News: Find out which Schwarzenegger movie is also getting a reboot!
Jennifer Love Hewitt as Julie James
If Ariana Grande played the part we could finally see her without that ponytail »
Ryan Kavanaugh and Tucker Tooley at Relativity Media have been through different manifestations through the years that involved grand enterprises like slate financing half of the movies in Hollywood at one time, and plotting an Ipo in the near future. The story of this festival has been the number of upstart companies that bought films as they re-brand themselves into indie distribution players. They include the soon-to-be-renamed Millennium buying Madame Bovary, EuropaCorp buying Big Game for its new domestic distribution pipeline Red, and Rlj/Image acquiring the Thomas McCarthy-directed Adam Sandler comedy The Cobbler.
Relativity has also been honing its own identity, and it made the first two deals of the festival, buying the completed picture The Woman in Black 2, and Kidnap, a thriller that Halle Berry will star in. Relativity chased the Chris Rock film Top Five and premiered two films here, Beyond The Lights and Hector And The Search For Happiness. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
He was the voice of everyone’s favourite tree, Groot, in Guardians Of The Galaxy, plus Riddick, xXx, Fast And Furious…oh you know, endless action-packed films and to top it all off? He’s a bloody nice chap as well. Next up for the mighty Vin Diesel is Breck Eisner’s The Last Witch Hunter, alongside Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood, Michael Caine, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson and Julie Engelbrecht.
Diesel will play the last remaining witch hunter, who’d a thought it, and we’ll be watching him battle against an uprising of witches in modern day New York, as you do. The picture was shared on his loyal Facebook page and comes with the caption “13th century Kaulder…“, which suggests we’ll see him fighting those pesky witches for a lot longer than just the ‘modern day’.
It’s written by Cory Goodman, who also wrote the ridiculously silly, »
- Dan Bullock
“Rosie,” based on the novel “Where Rainbows End” by Cecelia Ahern, is directed by Christian Ditter, produced by Constantin Film’s Robert Kulzer and Canyon Creek Films’ Simon Brooks, and executive produced by Martin Moszkowicz, chairman of Constantin Film.
The stars play characters who have been best friends since they were 5 and are their own worst enemies in their love lives.
The Film Arcade will distribute the film theatrically in the U.S. with Paramount Home Media Distribution handling all other platforms domestically.
- Dave McNary
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
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