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Yesterday marked exactly one year to the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with Warner Bros. celebrating by giving us our first look at a bald Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and now EW (via Cbm) has released an official version of the Jason Momoa Aquaman image, minus the ‘Unite the Seven’ tagline…
On a side note, we’ve heard a whisper today that the first trailer for Batman v Superman will be with us on April 4th. This is unconfirmed, and there may be nothing to it so please don’t take it as gospel. Our money is on the first trailer coming with Mad Max: Fury Road. But you never know…
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set for release on March 25th 2016 and sees Zack Snyder directing a cast that includes returning Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane »
- Gary Collinson
Eisenberg follows in the famous footsteps of other actors who’ve taken on the roll of the evil genius in both film (Gene Hackman, Superman: The Movie & Kevin Spacey, Superman Returns) and on TV (John Shea, “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” & Michael Rosenbaum, “Smallville”).
Eisenberg starred in Zombieland (2009), The Social Network (2010), and Now You See Me (2013). The actor is filming the sequel, Now You See Me: The Second Act, with director Jon M. Chu. That film will be in theaters on June 10, 2016.
Warner Bros. Pictures will release Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice on March 25, 2016.
- Michelle McCue
While the superhero trifecta are taking up all the headlines ahead of the release of Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros.’ hotly-anticipated flick boasts an array of colorful characters and cameos, not least in the form of Jesse Eisenberg’s villainous Lex Luthor. And thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we’ve now been given our first look at the Now You See Me star in character as the megalomaniac Alexander, which you can check out below.
Granted, it’s not one to stop the presses, but it still gives us a stark indication of Eisenberg’s rendition. Throughout the course of his short yet impressive career, the 31-year-old has proven himself as an intense and indeed intelligent screen presence through roles in The Social Network and Richard Ayoade’s excellent drama, The Double. Now, he’s getting his shot at the big time for Dawn of Justice, »
- Michael Briers
Though we know it’s setting the scene for the larger DC cinematic universe and have a good idea who’ll be in it, there isn’t that much information around Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Up until today, we didn’t even know if Lex Luthor would have hair or not. But now we do!
Just released by Entertainment Weekly, here’s the first photo of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor:
He definitely look intense, plus he’s got previous experience from The Social Network playing a billionaire who isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers.
- Chris Cooper
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, since sharks have apparently migrated to form weather patterns in the Sharknado franchise, along comes an action-thriller that looks set to put the toothsome terrors right back where they can scare us the most – between us and the shoreline. Such is the very tight premise of In The Deep, which Sony is apparently now courting director Louis Leterrier for.
The script for In The Deep comes with buzz already attached, as it landed squarely on both the 2014 Black List (the best unproduced scripts), and the 2014 Blood List (the best unproduced horror scripts), before being snapped up by Sony. It comes from screenwriter Anthony Jaswinski (Vanishing On 7th Street), and centres on the plight of a twenty-something woman who seeks to ease the pain of mourning her mother by surfing on an isolated beach. This idea of retreating »
- Sarah Myles
The story follows a young girl who is getting over her mother's death. Out surfing, she is attacked by a shark and finds herself stranded on a buoy, twenty yards off shore.
With a massive great white shark standing in her way between the buoy and the beach, she must get back to shore before succumbing to her injuries.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Louis Leterrier is in talks to direct the shark attack thriller In the Deep for Sony Pictures. The script by Anthony Jaswinski (Vanishing on 7th Street) sparked a heated bidding war last September, in which Sony beat out Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox. The script landed on the 2014 Black List as one of the top unproduced screenplays of the year.
The story follows a young girl, mourning the recent loss of her mother, who goes surfing on a remote beach. After being attacked by a shark, she finds herself stranded on a buoy, 20 yards off shore, with this massive great white shark standing in her way between the buoy and the beach. She must find a way back to shore before succumbing to her injuries. The script has been described as a cross between 127 Hours, Gravity and the shark classic Jaws.
Quint said it best in Jaws: "You know the thing about a shark, he's got lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll's eye.” Anyone answering that description should form an orderly queue outside Louis Leterrier’s door. The Now You See Me and The Incredible Hulk director is in talks with Sony to take charge of shark survival thriller In The Deep.Based on a coveted Black List script by fast-emerging screenwriter Anthony Jaswinski, whose sci-fi spec script Variant recently went the way of Warner Bros., In The Deep follows a single surfer attacked by a Great White Shark and marooned on a reef, bleeding and in dire need of medical attention. The wrinkle? That big toothy fish is merrily swimming about between her and help.Producers Lynn Harris and Matti Leshem of newly-formed Weimaraner Republic Pictures are steering a project that’s billed inevitably as “127 Hours meets Jaws”. Perhaps surprisingly, »
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, it's time for another shark thriller in the vast ocean. After bringing genre flicks like the first two installments of The Transporter franchise and the remake of Clash of the Titans to the big screen, as well as the magician heist crowd-pleaser Now You See Me, Deadline reports director Louis Leterrier has boarded In The Deep. The script by Anthony Jaswinski made the Black List with a story about a lone female surfer attacked by a shark at sea and ends up stranded on a reef, trying to get back to shore before her injuries become fatal. It's Gravity meets Jaws. Shark dramas haven't fared so well, if only because Jaws has made it impossible for many other films with the sharp-toothed ocean killer to measure up. The next best candidate has probably been Open Water while »
- Ethan Anderton
The story centers on a young woman who’s surfing on an isolated beach and gets stranded on a buoy by when a great white shark that’s between her and the shore.
Leterrier is repped by Wme.
- Dave McNary
There’s nothing like a good shark movie, but actually finding a good one in amongst the multitudes of shark flicks out there is a bit of a chore. You’ve got Jaws and…not a heck of a lot else. Deadline is reporting that Now You See Me director Louis Leterrier is in talks to direct In The Deep from a 2014 Black List script by Anthony Jaswinski. The script sparked a bidding war last year, so here's hoping it falls closer to Jaws than to Sharknado on the »
- Kevin Fraser
During an interview with Robot Underdog, Gal Gadot has been speaking about her upcoming role as Wonder Woman in next year’s DC ensemble Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and more specifically, the criticism levied towards her casting as the Amazon Princess.
“They said that I was too skinny and my boobs were too small. hen I was younger I would take criticism really hard. But now it mostly amused me. The true amazons had one boob so it won’t bother them in their archery. So it’s not going to be like real amazons. We always try to make everyone happy but we can’t… After they asked me here, In Israel, if I have eating disorders and why am I so skinny, they said my head was too big and my body was like a broomstick I can take anything. It’s just empty talk. I »
- Gary Collinson
On Wednesday, Lionsgate signed a lucrative deal with Chinese broadcaster Hunan TV which will see Hunan provide the U.S. studio $375 million in production funding over three years. Films specified under the deal include “Gods of Egypt,” “Now You See Me 2,” supernatural thriller “The Last Witch Hunter” with Vin Diesel, thriller “Sicario,” and “Age of Adaline,” starring Blake Lively and Harrison Ford.
Variety: Why pick Hunan TV as Lionsgate’s China partner?
Jon Feltheimer: The Hunan group and their various subsidiaries and relationships, which include broadcast, cable, film production (Tik), film distribution (Leomus), the connection with the largest advertising agency in the county, their reach in outdoor advertising. And their theme parks. When you check all those boxes it seemed to us »
- Patrick Frater
Lionsgate and Hunan TV have outlined details of their long-anticipated pact, under which the Chinese broadcaster’s subsidiary Tik Films will co-finance “all qualifying Lionsgate feature films annually for the next three years”.
The pact covers titles such as action adventure Gods of Egypt; Now You See Me 2, the sequel to Lionsgate’s 2013 hit which grossed more than $350m; supernatural action thriller The Last Witch Hunter, starring Vin Diesel; thriller Sicario and romantic thriller Age of Adaline, starring Blake Lively and Harrison Ford.
Tik Films is also partnering with local distributor Leomus Pictures to distribute up to four of the co-financed films each year in China. In addition, Lionsgate, Tik and Leomus are planning several features together as Us-China co-productions.
- email@example.com (Liz Shackleton)
Changsha, China — Lionsgate has sealed its much anticipated co-financing and co-production pact with Hunan TV, China’s leading provincial broadcaster and a company with major ambitions in feature film.
The agreement was signed Wednesday local time at an elaborate ceremony at near Hunan TV & Broadcast Intermediary’s campus in Changsha, with some 300 executives and dignitaries present. The Lionsgate contingent included chairman Jon Feltheimer, Brian Goldsmith co-coo, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chair Patrick Wachsberger, executive VP of international sales Wendy Reeds and senior advisor William Pfeiffer.
The North American mini-major said that the deal would see Hunan TV’s Tik Films subsidiary co-invest in its slate of Hollywood movies and provide a quarter of those films’ production budgets over three years. With production costs for titles outside its richest franchises (“Hunger Games” and “Divergent”) expected to hit $1.5 billion in that period, Hunan TV is expected to provide $375 million of capital.
- Patrick Frater
Too long and too same-old, and even Liam Neeson’s effortless tough-guy charm can only carry this familiar-feeling film so far. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Yup. We get it. Liam Neeson is one of the all-time great Hollywood tough guys. I’m not even being sarcastic. In Run All Night, his Jimmy Conlon is an obnoxious alcoholic bum, a former hitman for the Irish mob in New York who’s haunted by all the people he killed. He’s hated by his adult son, Mike (Joel Kinnaman: RoboCop, Easy Money: Hard to Kill), who wants nothing to do with his father, and with good reason: Jimmy Conlon is not a nice man. At all. And yet somehow, Neeson (Taken 3, A Walk Among the Tombstones) suckers us into sympathizing with him »
- MaryAnn Johanson
If one Woody Allen movie is in post-production that means another is about to begin filming. The four-time Oscar winner already has "Irrational Man" scheduled to open on July 24 and now some big names are reuniting for his 2016 release. According to Deadline, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg and Bruce Willis have been tapped as the leads for Allen's latest "Untitled Project." There are no details on the movie's storyline or locale, but it does mark the second project Stewart and Eisenberg have agree to star in over the past year. The duo have already wrapped "American Ultra" which will hit theaters sometime in 2015. Stewart and Eisenberg first appeared alongside one another in 2009's "Adventureland." Over the years Willis has been rumored to star in Allen's a number of films, but this appears to be the first time it will actually come to pass. After dipping his toes a bit into indie features, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Expect to see a lot of premature eulogies for Vince Vaughn's career today, after the disastrous opening of "Unfinished Business," just like you saw a lot of premature obituaries last week for Will Smith's career after the lackluster debut of "Focus."
True, "Business" was an especially spectacular flop, premiering in 10th place with only an estimated $4.8 million, less than half of the already modest $10 million pundits were predicting. That the movie is only the latest in a string of Vaughn flops (including "The Watch," "The Dilemma," "The Internship," and "Delivery Man") seems reason enough for pundits to start measuring the coffin.
Weep not for Vaughn. His hands and feet were immortalized in concrete outside Hollywood's Chinese Theatre just this past Wednesday. Next month, he'll star in the eagerly-anticipated second season on HBO's "True Detective," which, if nothing else, will remind those viewers who think of him only as »
- Gary Susman
Flickering Myth caught up with Dave Franco…
Franco plays Mike Pancake, a young, naïve recruit to Dan Trunkman’s struggling company (Vaughn) who, along with the third member of the team, Tim (Wilkinson), set off on a business trip to try and secure a crucial deal that will shore up their futures. But the trio find themselves up against ruthless opposition, what starts out as a short trip to Portland, Oregon ends up in vibrant, bohemian Berlin where Dan, Mike and Tim have a series of hilarious setbacks as they chase their dream. With a G8 summit in town – and a sex fetish event drawing even more exotic characters into Berlin – they mingle with the exotic inhabitants and each, in his own way, will change forever.
“I think it’s great, »
- Luke Owen
The first weekend of March is poised to be another slow one at the domestic box office. Chappie should lead the way, though it will likely fall short of $20 million. Meanwhile, R-rated comedy Unfinished Business will almost certainly open below $10 million, which will make this the latest flop for star Vince Vaughn.Playing at 3,201 locations, Chappie marks the third feature from South African director Neill Blomkamp, who burst on to the scene in a big way with his 2009 debut District 9. Lacking any recognizable faces, District 9 was sold entirely on its unique, impressively-rendered sci-fi world. That strategy worked quite well, and the movie went on to earn $115.6 million at the domestic box office. It was also a hit with critics, and surprisingly scored an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.The District 9 connection has been a big part of the Chappie marketing campaign, with recent commercials going as »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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