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'Castlevania' Animated Miniseries Will Be Super Violent

26 August 2015 2:51 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Producer Adi Shankar (Power/Rangers) announced on his Facebook page yesterday that he is producing an animated miniseries based on the popular video game series Castlevania. The project was described as "super-violent,' with Adi Shankar working alongside Fred Seibert (Adventure Time) and Kevin Klonde. The producer added that the show will be dark and satirical in his initial post, but wouldn't offer any further details. Collider reached out to Adi Shankar for more info, the the producer revealing that the animation company Frederator (Adventure Time, The Fairly OddParents) acquired the rights to the video game. Here's what he had to say about the level of violence present in this miniseries.

"There will be a lot. The goal is to bring hard hitting anime to America and be America's first animated series for adults."

Adi Shankar has produced a number of prominent feature films, such as Dredd 3D, Killing Them Softly, »

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Casting: Basinger, McNairy, Watts, Franco, Leak

17 August 2015 2:02 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Nocturnal Animals

Kim Basinger is set to join Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Tom Ford's "Nocturnal Animals" at Focus Features. An adaptation of Austin Wright's novel "Tony and Susan," Ford will direct from his own script.

Basinger will play a wealthy Texas socialite and the mother of Adams’ character who receives a book manuscript from the husband she left twenty years earlier. The second half of the film revolves around a man (Gyllenhaal) whose family vacation turns violent. [Source: Variety]

War Machine

Scoot McNairy ("Killing Them Softly," " The Rover") has been set to join Brad Pitt in Netflix's war-on-terror-themed black comedy "War Machine" based on the Michael Hastings book "The Operators".

The story deals with the handling of the Afghanistan war and the people in charge of it. David Michod will direct and wrote the script while Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will produce. [Source: Deadline]

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Rogue One gets title re-brand and first cast photo

17 August 2015 1:22 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The D23 Expo over the weekend delivered tons of Star Wars news, including the confirmation of Colin Trevorrow directing the third film in the new sequel series. We also got word that the first stand-alone Star Wars movie, Rogue One, will now be called Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, rather than The Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One.

Director Gareth Edwards or indeed any of the cast were present at the show, as they are currently shooting the film over in Pinewood, but an official cast photo was released.

Take a look at this.

Check out the full cast list as displayed at the Expo below.

D23 Expo 2015 – D23 Expo, the ultimate Disney fan event, brings together all the past, present and future of Disney entertainment under one roof. Taking place August 14-16, this year marks the fourth D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center and promises to be the biggest and most spectacular yet. »

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[Media] - "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" Cast Photo Released

15 August 2015 4:16 PM, PDT | www.ohmygore.com/ | See recent OhMyGore news »

Straight from the Disney Live Action panel at D23 Expo comes a photo of the official "Star Wars : Rogue One" cast. The film was previously referred to as a “Star Wars Anthology” but is now designated “A Star Wars Story.” Joining Felicity Jones ("The Theory Of Everything") is Diego Luna ("Milk", "Killing Them Softly"), Ben Mendelsohn ("Bloodline", "Mississippi Grind"), Donnie Yen ("IP Man", "Blade II"), Jiang Wen ("Let The Bullets Fly", "Devils On The Doorstep"), Forest Whitaker ("The Last King Of Scotland"), Mads Mikkelsen ("Valhalla Rising", "Casino Royale"), Alan Tudyk ("Firefly") who plays a performance-capture character in the film, and Riz Ahmed ("Nightcrawler", "Four Lions"). Rogue One takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and will be a departure »

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[Media] - "Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One" Cast Photo Released

15 August 2015 4:16 PM, PDT | www.ohmygore.com/ | See recent OhMyGore news »

Straight from the Disney Live Action panel at D23 Expo comes a photo of the official "Star Wars : Rogue One" cast. The film was previously referred to as a “Star Wars Anthology” but is now designated “A Star Wars Story.” Joining Felicity Jones ("The Theory Of Everything") is Diego Luna ("Milk", "Killing Them Softly"), Ben Mendelsohn ("Bloodline", "Mississippi Grind"), Donnie Yen ("IP Man", "Blade II"), Jiang Wen ("Let The Bullets Fly", "Devils On The Doorstep"), Forest Whitaker ("The Last King Of Scotland"), Mads Mikkelsen ("Valhalla Rising", "Casino Royale"), Alan Tudyk ("Firefly") who plays a performance-capture character in the film, and Riz Ahmed ("Nightcrawler", "Four Lions"). Rogue One takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and will be a departure »

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Sccot McNairy On For War Machine

15 August 2015 3:45 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Director David Michôd and star/producer Brad Pitt are rapidly gathering the acting troops they want to populate the world of War Machine, the military satire that has been handed funding and a home by Netflix. Topher Grace joined up last week and now they’ve reached out to someone they have both worked with in the past, Scoot McNairy.Based on Michael Hastings’ book The Operators: The Wild And Terrifying Inside Story Of America’s War In Afghanistan, the film takes a darkly comic look at the handling of the conflict, with Pitt as a general loosely based on Us military man Stanley McChrystal.McNairy’s role has yet to be revealed, but it’ll reunite him with Pitt after Killing Them Softly (and, via Pitt’s Plan B production company, 12 Years A Slave) and Michôd, who directed him in The Rover. Michôd wrote the script and will »

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Stars And Filmmakers At Saturday’s D23 Expo 2015 Provide Star Wars And Pirates Of The Caribbean Surprises

15 August 2015 3:38 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

From Star Wars and Captain America to Pirates Of The Caribbean and Alice Through The Looking Glass, Disney, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm presented their live action film slates this morning at the D23 Expo 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The presentations, which revealed exclusive news and details about the upcoming live action films, were aided by live and video appearances from talent and filmmakers. Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn hosted the highly anticipated biennial event.

“It’s quite something to be able to have Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm all on the same stage, and it’s tremendously gratifying to unveil our upcoming projects to our most dedicated fans first,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “We always have an incredible time at the D23 Expo.”

After welcoming the crowd to D23 Expo 2015, Horn introduced Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, and Sean Bailey, President »

- Michelle McCue

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Walt Disney Studios ‪D23 Expo‬ Panel Reveals Star Wars: Rogue One Cast Photo

15 August 2015 1:04 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Lucasfilm announced today that their first film in the new standalone Star Wars stories series, Rogue One, has begun principal photography. Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla,” “Monsters”) is directing Rogue One, which tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star.

The film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and is slated for a December 16, 2016 release. Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens December 18, 2015.

The filmmakers have assembled a stellar cast, including Felicity Jones, nominated for an Academy Award for her leading role in “The Theory of Everything”; Diego Luna, who was featured in 2008’s Oscar-winning “Milk” and the critically acclaimed “Killing Them Softly”; Ben Mendelsohn, recently nominated for an Emmy for his leading role in “Bloodline” and co-starring  in the upcoming “Mississippi Grind”; Donnie Yen, Hong Kong action star and martial artist who starred in “Ip Man” and “Blade II”; Jiang Wen, who co-wrote, »

- Michelle McCue

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'Star Wars: Rogue One' Cast Revealed

15 August 2015 12:46 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Lucasfilm announced today that their first film in the new standalone Star Wars stories series, Rogue One, has begun principal photography. Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Monsters) is directing Rogue One, which tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star. The film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and is slated for a December 16, 2016 release.

The filmmakers have assembled a stellar cast, including Felicity Jones, nominated for an Academy Award for her leading role in The Theory of Everything; Diego Luna, who was featured in 2008's Oscar-winning Milk&#160and the critically acclaimed Killing Them Softly; Ben Mendelsohn, recently nominated for an Emmy for his leading role in Bloodline and co-starring in the upcoming Mississippi Grind; Donnie Yen, Hong Kong action star and martial artist who starred in Ip Man&#160and Blade II; Jiang Wen, who co-wrote, produced , directed and starred in the award-winning Let »

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Scoot McNairy Joins Brad Pitt In War Machine

15 August 2015 10:50 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After working with Brad Pitt on Killing Them Softly and 12 Years a Slave (which Pitt’s Plan B produced), Scoot McNairy will be teaming up with the actor once again for Netflix’s War Machine, which is being directed by The Rover helmer David Michod and sees Pitt playing four-star U.S. military general modeled after General Stanley McChrystal.

Based on Michael Hastings’ The Operators: The Wild And Terrifying Inside Story Of America’s War In Afghanistan, War Machine will satirize the “handling of the Afghanistan war and the people who were in charge of it.” That bestselling book was an expanded account of Hastings’ experiences traveling with McChrystal, commander of Nato’s International Security Assistance Force in the Afghanistan war.

The journalist’s original Rolling Stone article, “The Runaway General” gobsmacked the general population with its unmasking of McChrystal and his staff as individuals with undisguised contempt for »

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Scoot McNairy Joins Brad Pitt In Netflix’s ‘War Machine’

14 August 2015 2:12 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Scoot McNairy has been set to join Brad Pitt in Netflix’s war-on-terror-themed black comedy War Machine. Last seen in Gone Girl, McNairy reunites here with Pitt and his Plan B partners after he worked with them on Killing Them Softly and 12 Years A Slave. He worked with War Machine helmer David Michod on The Rover. The film is based on the Michael Hastings book The Operators: The Wild And Terrifying Inside Story Of America's War In Afghanistan and satirizes the… »

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Dredd producer Adi Shankar to helm Watchmen-like Gods & Secrets for HBO

30 July 2015 5:53 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Producer Adi Shankar is set to make his directorial debut with a dark superhero drama for HBO titled Gods and Secrets. Besides producing feature films like Dredd, Lone Survivor and Killing Them Softly, Shankar was also behind the "Bootleg Universe" shorts, such as The Punisher: Dirty Laundry (video below), Venom: Truth in Journalism, and Power/Rangers. Gods and Secrets has been described as... Read More »

- Jesse Giroux

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Interview: Ben Mendelsohn On 'Mississippi Grind,' 'Blackbird,' Gareth Edwards And 'Rogue One'

29 July 2015 10:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

"Mississippi Grind," the new film from directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (review), may be a two-hander (as you can tell from this new trailer), but the focus and the driver of the action is undoubtedly Gerry, the character played by Ben Mendelsohn. Emerging from the film's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival gala screening, I found myself trying to work out what exactly it was about the Australian actor in that role that was so different from almost everything else we might know him from recently —his incendiary turn in "Starred Up," his breakout "Animal Kingdom," his memorable supporting appearances in "The Place Beyond the Pines" and "Killing Them Softly," his pivotal performance in Netflix's "Bloodline." The closest I got was that as messed up and flawed as the character is (it's no spoiler to say he's an inveterate gambling addict), Gerry has no violence in him —in fact, he »

- Jessica Kiang

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‘Girlhouse’ DVD Review

25 July 2015 12:16 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Ali Cobrin, Adam Dimarco, Slaine, Alyson Bath, Elysia Rotaru, Alice Hunter, Chasty Ballesteros, Nicole Arianna Fox, Zuleyka Silver, Wesley MacInnes, Erin Agostino | Written by Nick Gordon | Directed by Jon Knautz, Trevor Matthews

Girlhouse is three parts slasher and one part home invasion movie; and introduces us to a new horror anti-hero ‘Loverboy’. It’s the directorial debut of Trevor Matthews and a feature length script first for writer Nick Gordon. University student Kylie Atkins (played by Rose Byrne’s younger look-a-like Ali Corbin) and her financial woes lead her to taking a job working in the ‘Girlhouse’. A webcam porno website/location crossed with Big Brother’s invasive camera’s in every room – so the punters can get to know the girls for who they are and, you know, fall in love with them. Naturally, her college friend is skeptical but Kylie tells her: “I’m doing this so »

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Review: 'American Heist' Starring Adrien Brody Will Rob You Of Valuable Time

21 July 2015 3:59 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

A conversation occurs midway through Sarik Andreasyan’s “American Heist,” in which a thug quotes Thomas Jefferson, his favorite Us president; “The banking institutions are more dangerous than the army.” Our mind immediately calls back to Brad Pitt’s closing monologue in “Killing Them Softly,” where he singles out the very same Jefferson as a hypocrite, guilty for founding America as a business. Some films have a tendency to comment scathingly on an allegedly corrupt American financial system, dispelling the myth of the American dream with eager cynicism (most especially certain films that call attention to these critiques by including the word ‘American’ in their title. Some, like Andrew Dominik’s exceptionally colloquial piece, artfully unravel the fabric of this culture through intelligent and subtle cinematic means, while others tear into the very same fabric with a blunt instrument until the viewer is left exasperated. Andreasyan’s film doesn’t waste much time in firmly. »

- Nikola Grozdanovic

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Ben Mendelsohn to present 'Mississippi Grind' at Karlovy Vary

2 July 2015 6:24 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Feature debuted at Sundance Film Festival.

Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn is to attend the 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Kviff) (July 3-11) to present his latest film, Mississippi Grind, alongside director Ryan Fleck.

The film, which debuted at Sundance earlier this year, is from directing duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, and co-stars Ryan Reynolds and Siena Miller.

Mendelsohn has come to international attention in recent years since taking the lead role in Animal Kingdom (2010). He has landed roles in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises (2012), crime-thriller Killing Them Softly (2012), and Ridley Scott’s historical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014).

Last year’s Karlovy Vary Iff included British prison drama Starred Up (2013), for which Mendelsohn won a British Independent Film Award.

His upcoming features include Blackbird, which co-stars Rooney Mara, and Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Marc Streintenfeld’s Collaborators Cite Film Composer’s Ability to Burrow Into Characters

20 May 2015 12:47 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“He’s a filmmaker who has not made a film,” says director Saar Klein of composer Marc Streitenfeld. “He discusses things on a story level. He has an overall macro understanding of the film. And incredible taste.”

The two met while Klein was editing “The Thin Red Line” and Streitenfeld was assisting composer Hans Zimmer. By the time Klein was ready to make his own, “After the Fall,” Streitenfeld had begun composing on his own and Klein enlisted him while the film was still in the writing and prep stages.

“I think he really got to the soul of this man,” Klein says, referring to the lead character (Wes Bentley, as an unemployed family man who turns to crime). “There’s a lot going on inside this man who’s falling apart. The music almost illustrates the sadness, the tragedy of this man.”

Mike Knobloch, the president of music at »

- Jon Burlingame

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Composer Marc Streitenfeld Is Arduous In His Search for the Lost Chord

20 May 2015 12:45 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Marc Streitenfeld — the composer of “Prometheus,” “American Gangster” and the upcoming “Poltergeist” — can trace his musical roots back to a 19th-century troubadour whose family was executed after he wrote a song mocking the emperor of Germany.

“Which is funny, you know?” he says, laughing in his spacious, comfortable Venice, Calif., studio just days after completing the mix for the “Poltergeist” soundtrack. “That’s the only family musical connection I can find.”

It must have been enough.

The 40-year-old German native has joined the ranks of billion-dollar composers with five films for director Ridley Scott, including “Gangster” and “Prometheus,” and four more for other directors including “The Grey,” “Killing Them Softly” and “After the Fall.” He’s now scoring the series “Hand of God” for Amazon.

It seems like a meteoric rise, considering he’s only been composing for nine years. But this ex-guitarist has been working in various capacities in »

- Jon Burlingame

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Why 1980 Was the Best Year in Movie History

27 April 2015 12:06 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century.  Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others?  History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies?  So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »

- Richard Rushfield

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Go west, young man by Anne-Katrin Titze

19 April 2015 6:51 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Slow West star Ben Mendelsohn with Anne-Katrin Titze in New York Photo: Omar Gonzales

John Ford's Stagecoach and The Searchers, Howard Hawks's Rio Bravo and Red River, and Clint Eastwood's The Outlaw Josey Wales and Unforgiven come to mind for Ben Mendelsohn, who stars with Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee in John Maclean's untamed Slow West. He has recently been seen in David Mackenzie's prison drama Starred Up with Jack O'Connell, Kevin Macdonald's treasure-hunting tale Black Sea with Jude Law, Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly with Ray Liotta, Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy and James Gandolfini and Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond The Pines with Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes.

Michael Fassbender (Silas) and Ben Mendelsohn (Payne): "At that stage, he is starting to make a move towards taking the boy."

When I met up with Ben the day before »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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