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Matt Damon just agreed to be the A-lister in Kenneth Lonergan's third film, Manchester-by-the-Sea. The two will reunite for the first time since Margaret, Lonergan's second feature which was shot in 2005 but released until 2011.
Also written by Lonergan, Manchester-by-the-Sea tells the story of a Boston plumber (Damon) who is forced to return home after he learns that his brother has passed away. There he finds himself trust into the care of the man's 16-year-old son but finds himself crumbling due to a secret tragedy in his past.
The project is being financed by OddLot Entertainment (Draft Day, Ender's Game). Sources say that the film will be tonally similar to You Can Count On Me, Lonergan's critically acclaimed directorial debut, which starred Mark Ruffalo and Laura Linney.
Most recently, Lonergan's play This Is Out Youth has gotten a revival on Broadway. (A decade a go, Damon starred in the play, »
- Laura Frances
Size definitely mattered for the teenage stars of "Ender's Game" ... who had a mine's-bigger-than-yours attitude on the set ... at least as far as their dressing room trailers were concerned. Both Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld made sure they didn't get stuck with a dinky or crappy trailer ... by including specific language in their minor's contracts. Studios are required to file these with the court for all actors under 18. According to the legal docs obtained by »
- TMZ Staff
In a preemptive deal prior to the start of the Toronto International Film Festival, Lionsgate, a premier next generation global content leader, has acquired the North American distribution rights to the apocalyptic thriller Maggie, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator and The Expendables franchises, Total Recall, Batman & Robin), Academy Award-nominated Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, Ender's Game) and Joely Richardson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the hit TV series The Tudors and Nip/Tuck). The announcement was made by Lionsgate Co-Chief Operating Officer and Motion Picture Group President Steve Beeks and Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel, Co-Chairs of Lotus Entertainment, who produced and handled international sales.
The Black List script by John Scott 3 is directed by Henry Hobson. Bill Johnson and Ara Keshishian produced alongside Colin Bates, Joey Tufaro, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Matthew Baer and Schwarzenegger. Claudia Blumhuber and Jim Seibel are executive producers. Silver Reel and Gold Star Films »
The first trailer for X+Y has premiered ahead of its upcoming world premiere at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival. Directed by Morgan Matthews, the film stars Asa Buttefield (Ender's Game, Hugo) as Nathan, a socially awkward teenage math prodigy who finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad, particularly the unfamiliar feelings for his Chinese counterpart, Zhang Mei (Jo Yang). Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins and Eddie Marsan co-star. The film heads into the festival without a distributor so it will definitely be looking to turn some heads and gain some attention. Give the trailer a watch below and let me know if it looks like one to keep an eye on. sb id="979749" height="267" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
One of the key reasons that prognosticators under-estimated the performance of Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy is because modern audiences haven't always proven to be up for big space adventures that aren't already part of their own established cinematic brand. In the last couple of years we have seen big budget epics like John Carter and Ender's Game completely fail to capture attention, perhaps because people weren't interested in keeping track of the special terminology and following the progression of new world building. As it turns out, studios were paranoid about this kind of reaction to complex sci-fi dating all the way back to 1984, as evidenced by these Dune "glossaries" that have found their way online. What you see above and below are two full pages of definitions that were handed out to patrons paying to see director David Lynch's adaptation of Frank Herbert's famous sci-fi »
Children and grown-ups alike flocked to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in its first weekend of release, and now Hollywood is betting the the '90s nostalgia wave will last least two more years - on Wenesday, Lionsgate announced that its Mighty Morphin Power Rangers reboot will hit theaters on Jully 22, 2016. The studio has signed the the writers of Thor, to produce a script off a story by Star Trek's Robert Orci. There are no plot details yet, but knowing that Lionsgate was the studio behind Ender's Game, The Hunger Games and I, Frankenstein, it's likely the Power Rangers movie »
- Nate Jones, @kn8
The film version of The Giver, based on Lois Lowry's Newberry Medal-winning 1993 novel, moves at the speed of syrup. Make that the speed of syrup from a clogged spout. That's no way to carry a philosophical message to young adults. But what is? The current onslaught of movies excreted from dystopian teen fiction would make any Ya yak. So far, The Hunger Games franchise is working. But catch Divergent, The Host, Ender's Game, and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and see if you don't hear yourself scream: Make. »
"The Giver" is the latest dystopian thriller to follow an attractive teen who must fight against the totalitarian authority of misguided adults. And if that sounds like every other post-apocalyptic young adult film ever, keep in mind that at least "The Giver" came out a decade or two before such recent Ya offerings as "The Hunger Games" and "Divergent." Directed by Phillip Noyce (his first feature since 2010's Angelina Jolie thriller "Salt") and starring an impressive cast (producer Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Alexander Skarsgard, and a nearly unrecognizable Taylor Swift).
Based on Lois Lowry's best seller, "The Giver" focuses on a utopian community where there's no discrimination, war, pain, or hate but also no love, emotion, art, or joy. The goal is "Sameness." On the day when all 16-year-olds receive their permanent job assignment, Jonas (Aussie newcomer Brenton Thwaites) is selected to inherit the role of Receiver of Memory, »
- Sandie Angulo Chen
Teen actress Abigail Breslin earned more for shooting "Ender's Game" than most people make in an entire year ... and she did it in less than 2 weeks. Breslin -- who turned 16 while shooting the flick with Harrison Ford in 2012 -- was paid $165K for 12 days of shooting ... according to her contract, which was recently approved by a judge. If the movie did well ... she would have gotten way more in bonuses ... and a sequel would have »
- TMZ Staff
Hot off the international success of "Edge Of Tomorrow," Doug Liman is looking abroad for another potential hit, this time as a producer. Liman, along with Dave Bartis ("Covert Affairs") and Gene Klein ("Suits"), will be adapting the Danish TV hit "The Legacy" for the American small screen. The show "follows the four children of an internationally renowned artist who dies, leaving them to divide her estate. What was meant to be a quick and painless process exposes startling secrets and lies, turning their lives upside-down and forcing them to take a deeper look within and at one another." Universal Cable Productions has the rights, and America's obsession with Nordic television continues... [THR] Even though his name alone drummed up controversy and the box office for "Ender's Game" didn't seem to prompt the franchise everyone involved was going for, that won't stop another Orson Scott Card story from heading to »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The story follows a child who has been brought up to be a musical prodigy, and who is kept away from listening to other people's music to keep his creative expressions pure. Raised alone in a cabin by servants, he spends his days toiling on a complicated musical instrument.
Finally, he gains exposure to the works of Bach, and when discovered by a 'watcher,' the man is torn away from his lifelong composition and barred from making music ever again.
Card reportedly didn't plan to sell the rights to the film until he saw Zilberman's work with "A Late Quartet" and realised it could be translated to the screen after all. Zilberman, Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz will produce. »
- Garth Franklin
Sdcc 2014 kicks off soon, and we've already told you what's planned for Preview Night. Here's a quick recap along with the horror highlights of Day 1. On tap are "Hannibal," "Penny Dreadful," "Under the Dome," "Teen Wolf," The Walking Dead comics, WWE Studios, and Lots more.
Per usual, what we're posting is just the tip of the iceberg with panels running all day and evening. Check out our picks below, and be sure to visit the official San Diego Comic-Con 2014 website for the full lineup.
Preview Night: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
6:00 Pm - Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings
Constantine: Based upon the characters from DC Comics and executive produced by Daniel Cerone (Dexter) and David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight films), Constantine reflects the lore of the fan-favorite comic, combining noirish storytelling with the evolving mythology of John Constantine (Matt Ryan), a morally challenged character who doesn’t »
- Debi Moore
There has been a lot of talk and speculation surrounding the possible inclusion of Robin in Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Daniel Radcliffe recently expressed interest in playing the character, and it was rumored that Adam Driver (Girls, Star Wars: Episode VII) was up for the role of Nightwing. There's no confirmation on whether Robin or Nightwing will be in the movie, but there's a good chance that somewhere down the line one or both of the characters will be introduced into Snyder's DC cinematic universe.
So I came up with a list of young actors who could potentially take on the role of Robin in the film. Over the years there have been several Robins introduced in the the comics, and any one of those could be brought into the franchise. There's Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Damian Wayne, and Carrie Kelley. Each one had a very different attitude, »
- Joey Paur
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
Walt Disney Pictures announced today that Ben Kingsley has signed on to provide the voice of the black panther Bagheera in The Jungle Book. Take a look at the brief, official statement from the studio, then read on for more details regarding this adaptation.
"Academy Award-winning actor Ben Kingsley has been cast as the voice of Bagheera in Disney's upcoming The Jungle Book. Directed by Jon Favreau from a script by Justin Marks, The Jungle Book combines live action and animated filmmaking. The Jungle Book arrives in theaters in 3D on October 9, 2015."
Based on Rudyard Kipling's timeless novel, The Jungle Book centers on Mowgli, a young boy who is raised in the wild by a pack of wolves lead by the mother wolf Rachka, along with a bear and the black panther Bagheera, voiced by Kingsley. In the Rudyard Kipling novel, Bagheera is featured in many of Mowgli's adventures, »
Oscar winner Ben Kingsley ("Gandhi") has been cast as the voice of Bagheera the black panther in Disney’s upcoming live action/animated "The Jungle Book." The "Book" cast already includes Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson and recent Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o. Like previous film versions, "Book" will center on Mowgli, an orphan boy raised in the jungles of India by such friendly beats as Bagheera and Baloo the bear. Not all of them are friendly though -- especially the tiger known as Shere Khan. Disney first adapted Rudyard Kipling’s 19th century stories in the hit 1967 animated musical, and released a live-action take in 1994 starring Jason Scott Lee and Lena Headey. The latest version will be directed by Jon Favreau ("Iron Man," "Chef") from a script by Justin Marks ("Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li"). Meanwhile, there's another "Jungle Book" taking shape at Warner Bros., with Ron Howard directing. Kingsley »
- Dave Lewis
Comic-Con 2014 is just around the corner and that means big stars are heading down to San Diego. Last year the venerable genre event had arguably more famous faces on hand than ever before. Granted, the entire cast of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" flying in helped (three Oscar winners and three other nominees among that group people), but Sandra Bullock ("Gravity"), Harrison Ford ("Ender's Game"), Jennifer Lawrence and the "Catching Fire" crew, Peter Dinklage and the "Game of Thrones" cast, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Vin Diesel, Andrew Garfield, the "Walking Dead" cast and, oh yeah, Metallica made the four-day fest somewhat historic. 2015 is shaping up as thought it may rival its predecessor. There is always the chance that Marvel will bring the mighty "Avengers" cast back to energize the Comic-Con for next May's "Age of Ultron," Sony Pictures may have a "Sinister Six" to reveal, a "Lost" reunion could be »
- Gregory Ellwood
Sciencegeek100 posted the following two image galleries taking a look at the visual effects used in films including The Avengers, RoboCop, Godzilla, Ender's Game, 300: Rise of an Empire, Man of Steel, The Wolverine and many more. The images feature the before shot and after, once visual effects replaced green and blue screen work and as much as I think visual effects are becoming a troubling crutch for today's filmmakers it doesn't change the wizardry that goes into making it all happen. »
- Brad Brevet
Some editor definitely earned his (or her!) paycheck for the first full trailer for "Star Trek" scribe Roberto Orci's upcoming undercover spy drama "Matador." Get through the rapid-fire cuts in the trailer and it reveals an intriguing underlying premise: Gabriel Luna is Tony "Matador" Bravo, a soccer player with the L.A. Riot who just happens to also be working as an uncover CIA officer. A-list Hollywood writer/producer Orci recently broke up his long partnership with Alex Kurtzman; they both collaborated with J.J. Abrams on "Mission: Impossible III" and the new "Star Trek" series. Orci also produced "Ender's Game," and makes his directorial debut with the upcoming third "Star Trek" film. On the small screen, he and Kurtzman most recently co-created "Sleepy Hollow" for Fox. "Matador" was created by Orci along with Jay Beattie, Dan Dworkin and Andrew Orci for El Rey network, Robert Rodriguez's new venture »
- Jacob Combs
You may have thought that X-Men: Days Of Future Past was absolutely over-stuffed with mutant characters. But for comic readers, that's not at all true. In fact, there's always more room for an extra mutant or two. What you may not know, however, is that X-Men: Days Of Future Past actually tried to sneak one more in, if the latest leaked concept art is to be believed. Above is the character design for Jubilee that went unused in X-Men: Days Of Future Past, which was posted online on the blog run by costume designer Phillip Boutte Jr. His resume so far includes Man Of Steel, The Wolverine, Cabin In The Woods, Ender's Game and many many more recent blockbusters. Though it's not listed on his IMDb profile, the blog also seems to feature designs used for Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., so the guy knows his superheroes. »
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