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From Katniss Everdeen to Lisbeth Salander, today's film heroines kick butt. But are violent on-screen women empowering or oppressive?
Katniss Everdeen's triumphs extend beyond the Quarter Quell and the global box office: she has guaranteed the future of the female action hero. Not that this was in much doubt, even before The Hunger Games: Catching Fire swept all before it. On the big screen, women have been successfully kicking butt for some time now.
As our current millennium dawned, the testosterone-fuelled derring-do of Stallone, Willis, Schwarzenegger and their ilk had lost its edge. The protagonists of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Kill Bill brought welcome spin to their genre.
Since then, a new clutch of male heroes has fallen prey to self-doubt. This has left the likes of dragon-tattooed Lisbeth Salander, teen assassin Hanna and Kick-Ass's Hit-Girl to steal much of their thunder. Female toughies »
- David Cox
Warner reached a deal last month with “Snow White and the Huntsman” helmer Rupert Sanders to direct the Napoleon project with Gianni Nunnari producing. Doner heavily researched Napoleon in writing the script, leading to significant parts of the story being at odds with the general public knowledge of the French general.
He is repped by CAA.
- Dave McNary
Ruairi Robinson’s The Last Days on Mars (review here) is available now On Demand and in limited theatrical release, and on tap we have the first five minutes for you cats. Wanna see the rest? You know what to do!
Liev Schreiber (Scream 2, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) stars alongside Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense, Rushmore), Romola Garai (One Day, Atonement), Elias Koteas (Shutter Island, Zodiac), Tom Cullen (Weekend), Goran Kostic (In the Land of Blood and Honey, Taken), and Johnny Harris (Snow White and the Huntsman).
On the last day of the first manned mission to Mars, a crew member of Tantalus Base believes he has made an astounding discovery: fossilized evidence of bacterial life. Unwilling to let the relief crew claim all the glory, he disobeys »
- Uncle Creepy
With G.I. Joe: Retaliation pulling in $375 million around the globe, Paramount wasted little time in securing director Jon M. Chu to helm the third instalment, as well as bringing in Evan Daugherty, screenwriter of Snow White and the Huntsman, Divergent and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to tackle the script for the threequel. Speaking to Rama's Screen, Daugherty has briefly discussed his work on G.I. Joe 3, although he really wasn't giving much away about the film.
"I think they gotta keep me sworn to secrecy on this one. I gotta stay quiet because I'm literally in the middle of writing it. What I'll say for this new movie, what we're trying to do, what I'm trying to do as a fan of the original cartoon in particular and the comic book as well - the comics are somewhat different than the cartoon - we're just really trying to make a totally great G. »
- Gary Collinson
Screenwriter Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman,Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent) is in the process of developing the script for G.I. Joe 3. I really wish they would just scrap what they've done for this movie franchise so far and start from scratch. The first movie sucked, the second was slightly better, but not much, and I imagine the third isn't going to be good.
During an interview with Rama's Screen the writer gives an update on where he's at with writing the movie,
"I think they gotta keep me sworn to secrecy on this one. I gotta stay quiet because I’m literally in the middle of writing it. When you called, I was writing it. Sometime in the next few months, I would imagine."
He goes on to talk about killing off Duke, and where he is drawing his inspiration on while working on the movie. »
- Joey Paur
Consultation launched on extending tax credits to theatre, while threshold for tax relief on films is reduced from 25% to 10%
A consultation will be launched next year on tax breaks for Britain's theatres, with relief for commercial productions, including those touring to often cash- strapped regional playhouses, and theatres investing in new writing.
Creative industry leaders welcomed the latest round of incentives for their sector in the autumn statement, which include more generous tax breaks for films and a £5m investment for the National Film and Television School.
West End impresario Rupert Gavin, who is a shareholder in the Ambassador Theatre Group and whose productions of West Side Story and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert are currently touring the regions, welcomed the consultation. Also chairman of the Odeon cinema chain, »
- Juliette Garside, Mark Sweney
Evan Daugherty has written scripts for some fairly big, upcoming projects in the wake of his work on Snow White and the Huntsman. In September, Daugherty added G.I. Joe 3 to a list of upcoming blockbusters that already included Divergent and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. So where is Daugherty at in the script writing process on the next Joe film? "I think they gotta keep me sworn to secrecy on this one. I gotta stay quiet because I’m literally in the middle of writing it. When you called, I was writing it," said Evan to Rama's Screen during their phoner. However, he did go on to talk about when he'd be turning in his first draft, "Sometime in the next few months, I would imagine." When asked about Duke and whether he would have killed off the popular Joe in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Daugherty stated, "Would I have »
Chancellor's measures to help film business likely to encourage more Hollywood studios to use British post-production facilities
The UK's film special effects industry has received a shot in the arm with the government announcing plans to make it easier for Hollywood studios to qualify for UK tax breaks.
George Osborne's autumn statement published on Thursday promises to overhaul the "cultural test", which scores elements of productions to see how British they are, to make it easier for films to qualify for UK relief.
The government has pledged to "modernise" the test to make it more competitive in relation to the incentives offered by other countries.
The new cultural test will see an increase in the points available for principal photography, special effects and visual effects work being located in the UK and for a film being English language.
This change is expected to be of the biggest benefit to the special effects industry, »
- Mark Sweney
Warner Bros moving ahead with live-action Rudyard Kipling film, even though a similar project is under way at Disney
• Disney to make live action Jungle Book
• Why I love ... The Jungle Book
The live action version of Rudyard Kipling's classic adventure would be Iñárritu's first putative blockbuster, though he has regularly shot in English – notably 21 Grams and the upcoming Birdman, a comedy starring Emma Stone and Michael Keaton.
However, this live-action Jungle Book, written by Harry Potter's Steve Kloves and back by Warner Bros, is facing serious competition in the shape of a similar project from Disney, which earlier this year was reported to have attached Iron Man's Jon Favreau as director. Disney recently confirmed an October 2015 release date for their movie, »
- Andrew Pulver
Update: The two Jungle Book movies in the works are shaping up to be quite different. Jon Favreau, the director behind movies like Iron Man, Elf and Zathura, is directing the Disney live-action version. Now, Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu is in talks to direct the other one from Warner Brothers - he's the guy behind really heavy, artsy movies like Babel. His next movie is called Birdman starring Emma Stone and Michael Keaton. It looks like these dueling live-action Jungle Books will be as similar as 2012's Mirror, Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman.
June 20, 2012 - A second remake of The Jungle Book is now in the works, this one will be in 3D animation. Madagascar screenwriter Billy Frolick will adapt Rudyard Kipling's classic book about a boy adopted by jungle animals. Jun Falkenstein, director of The Tigger Movie, will co-direct with Kevin Johnson, whose credits include Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
The pic would be a live-action adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling book that followed Mowgli, an orphan boy who was raised by various jungle animals and protected from the ferocious Tiger, Shere-Khan.
Jon Berg is overseeing for WB.
Gonzalez Inarritu seemed very intrigued by the property, but Warners wanted to first meet with him and make sure he was the right fit before offering him the gig.
The news comes at an interesting time as Disney has begun talks with Jon Favreau to direct their “Jungle Book” movie. Since the film is in the public domain, neither studio has exclusive rights to it, allowing for multiple projects to be under way at once.
Universal and »
- Justin Kroll
Universal Pictures has chosen a director for the studio’s adaptation of the Laini Taylor Ya fantasy novel Daughter of Smoke & Bone. Heat Vision reports that commercials director Michael Gracey will take the helm of the project, which revolves around a 17-year-old art student whose father sends her all over the world collecting human teeth for a mysterious purpose. The young woman soon realizes that she’s part of an ancient struggle between angels and demons, and finds herself in a love affair with a warrior angel. Stuart Beattie (Collateral) initially penned the screenplay with subsequent rewrites by Taylor, and Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and the Huntsman) will produce. Gracey had been developing a China-set take on Snow White at Disney before the Mouse House put a hold on that project. He’s expected to make his feature debut with the Elton John biopic Rocketman, starring Tom Hardy, »
- Adam Chitwood
Michael Gracey, a former animator turned commercials director, has closed a deal to direct Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Universal’s adaptation of the young-adult fantasy book by Laini Taylor. Photos: Gillian Flynn and Reese Witherspoon, Stephenie Meyer and 'The Host' Cast: Authors With Their Stars Joe Roth, the producer of Oz the Great and Powerful and Universal’s own Snow White and the Huntsman, is producing the project (which the studio picked up in December 2011) along with Palak Patel. Universal is clearly hoping to strike gold mining the young adult market. Smoke & Bone is the first of a
- Borys Kit
Female villains in the movies can usually be placed into two categories; the mentally deranged psychopath and the provocative seductress. This isn’t always the case of course, but it’s a fairly accurate basis to draw on. In honour of the nasty and glamorous sorceress Mizuki in 47 Ronin – the samurai epic out this December starring Keanu Reeves – we’ve reminisced on our favourite on-screen feminine scoundrels in cinema history. Mizuki has a tendency to turn into a dragon and go on rants about corpses and rivers of blood. In this list she joins the conniving, the insane, the alluring and the devilishly sexy. They’re all here, and we just love to hate them.
Mizuki – 47 Ronin (2013 Dir. Carl Rinsch)
Best Line: “Mountains of corpses will not stand in our way”
Morally dubious on the largest possible scale, this shape-shifting witch in upcoming action-fantasy epic 47 Ronin has the ability to »
After giving us our first look at Darren Aronofsky's Noah earlier this month with two trailers [which you can watch here], Paramount Pictures has now released a new international trailer for the upcoming epic, which sees Russell Crowe (Gladiator, Man of Steel) leading the cast as the Biblical figure, who is tasked by God to build an ark to save creation from the coming flood.
Joining Crowe in the cast of Noah are Jennifer Connelly (Requiem for a Dream), Douglas Booth (Romeo and Juliet), Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson), Emma Watson (Harry Potter), Anthony Hopkins (Thor), Ray Winstone (Snow White and the Huntsman), Kevin Durand (Resident Evil: Retribution), Marton Csokas (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and Dakota Goyo (Real Steel).
Check out the trailer here courtesy of ComicBookMovie....
Noah is set for release on March 28th 2014. »
- Gary Collinson
‘Catching Fire’ box office: To surpass Iron Man 3 in North America? (photo: Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Thanksgiving was celebrated this past week in the United States. Although the American economy remains in a seemingly never-ending rut, Lionsgate has much to be thankful for, financially speaking: on the weekend of November 29-December 1, 2013, Francis Lawrence’s $110-130 million-budgeted The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, added another $74.5 million from 4,163 North American locations according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Even if Lionsgate’s estimates are (once again) off by a couple of percentage points, that’s a remarkable hold for a sequel. In fact, Catching Fire was down only 53% compared to its first weekend, which included $25+ million from Thursday night and Friday midnight screenings. And let’s not forget that the Hunger Games sequel blew off »
- Zac Gille
Robert Pattinson and ex girlfriend Kristen Stewart may spend Christmas together - are they also getting back together? The 'Twilight Saga' actor is reportedly being forced into a decision over staying in Los Angeles with his former flame or returning to his hometown of London to be with his family - who allegedly disapprove of rumors the couple have rekindled their on-off romance. A source revealed to Life& Style magazine: ''He's supposed to go home to London for Christmas, but Kristen wants him to stay with her in La. He's torn.'' Robert's family are distrusting of Kristen following her alleged affair with married 'Snow White and The Huntsman' director Rupert Sanders last year, and fear the Christmas holidays could spark a reunion between the pair. The source added: ''They can't stand Kristen; his family is terrified that he'll never get away from her. They think she's bad news, »
Kristen Stewart is busy baking special Thanksgiving desserts for Robert Pattinson in an effort to cement their renewed relationship. That’s just one more reason that Rob’s sisters should appreciate her determination to make amends and keep any negative opinions about the star to themselves.
Robert Pattinson is invited to Kristen Stewart‘s family Thanksgiving feast and a source tells HollywoodLife.com that K-Stew is trying to outdo herself, baking Rob’s favorite desserts. It’s just another way that she’s trying to show Rob how much she loves him, is sorry for cheating and is demonstrating her commitment to their on-again relationship.
Kristen is clearly a proponent of the old belief that the way to a man’s heart is through »
- Bonnie Fuller
• Luhrmann interviewed in May 2013
News of the Napoleon miniseries first emerged in March ahead of Spielberg's tenure as president of the jury for this year's Cannes film festival. The Hollywood icon told Canal Plus he was "developing a Stanley Kubrick screenplay for a miniseries – not for a motion picture – about the life of Napoleon," in conjunction with the late director's family.
- Ben Child
Exclusive: Back when he was in France to head the Cannes Film Festival jury, Steven Spielberg dropped a bombshell when he announced that he would turn an un-produced Stanley Kubrick screenplay about Napoleon Bonaparte into a miniseries. Well, here’s another bombshell: They are courting Baz Luhrmann to direct the mini at HBO. Deals are a long way from being made, but I’m told the plan is for Luhrmann to take on what becomes the highest-profile miniseries at that payweb. When Spielberg first revealed the project in an interview with Canal Plus on French TV, he said that this was the project Kubrick had dreamed of making, only to drop it when Hollywood studios refused to fund it, even after Kubrick promised in a letter to studio executives in 1971 that it would be the best movie ever made. Indeed, the movie has been coined “the greatest movie never made. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
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