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Mark Ciardi’s newly minted Aspire Entertainment is developing a sequel to recently completed young-adult gothic romancer “Fallen,” starring Addison Timlin, Jeremy Irvine, Harrison Gilbertson and Joely Richardson.
Aspire has also hired veteran exec Campbell McInnes as senior VP of feature production and development. He will oversee the company’s film division.
“Fallen,” directed by Scott Hicks, is based on the first novel in a four-part series by Lauren Kate. “Fallen” was published in 2009 and was followed by “Torment” in 2010, “Passion” in 2011 and “Rapture” in 2012.
Timlin portrays a quiet teen who’s sent to the Sword and Cross reform school after she’s suspected of killing a boy. The school turns out to be full of supernatural occurrences, and many of the students are fallen angels.
Silver Reel financed the $40 million film, »
- Dave McNary
Brad Pitt is 51 today! It's hard to believe, but it's been nearly 30 years since Brad arrived in Hollywood as a fresh-faced youngster from Missouri. Since the '80s, he's starred in big movies - from Thelma & Louise to Killing Them Softly - and dated some of the world's most famously beautiful women, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, and now, of course, Angelina Jolie. In honor of dad-of-six Brad's big day, we've rounded up 51 facts you might not have known about him. Scroll through to see them all now, and check out his hottest photos over the years. »
Ahead of the film's 2015 Sundance Film Festival premiere, John Maclean’s 19th-century western "Slow West" has been picked up by A24 Films. Following its debut in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at Sundance, "Slow West" will receive an exclusive video on demand release via Directv before A24 opens the film in select theaters. A24 and Directv partnered similarly on their Spring 2014 release "Enemy," starring Jake Gyllenhaal. No word yet on a release date for "Slow West." Michael Fassbender ("12 Years a Slave," "X-Men: Days of Future Past"), Kodi Smit-Mcphee ("The Road," "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"), Ben Mendelsohn ("Killing Them Softly") and Caren Pistorius (Australian TV series "Offspring") star in the British director's feature debut, which was shot in Scotland and New Zealand (filling in for Colorado) and did not make the 2014 fall »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
On what's sure to be one of the slowest weekends of the year, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 should easily hold on to first place at the box office.The closest thing there is to a nationwide release this week is 20th Century Fox horror movie The Pyramid, which is going out in 589 theaters*just shy of the 600 theater nationwide threshold. With a light marketing effort and moderate release, The Pyramid will almost certainly open below $5 million.The weekend after Thanksgiving is notoriously one of the worst of the year. Instead of heading out to theaters, most moviegoers are instead focused on the beginning of the Christmas season. In the past four years, only three movies have opened nationwide on this weekend: Out of the Furnace, Killing Them Softly and The Warrior's Way all opened below $7 million and closed below $20 million.This is a bit of a self-fulfilling »
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Here's a submarine thriller that delivers on tension but doesn't get too deep, which is surprising when you consider that director Kevin Macdonald is also the man behind The Last King of Scotland and State of Play. Still, there is some meat for Jude Law to chew on as the captain of an undersea mission to recover a stash of gold and he proves himself a sturdy anchor.
Apart from an impressive Scottish accent, the actor shows some serious grit as Captain Robinson, who is laid off after years of loyal service to a salvage company. For a while it looks as though Macdonald is venturing into a socialist diatribe against big business as Robinson and his colleagues gather at the pub to fuel their anger. The »
Ahead of its release next week, Universal Pictures has debuted a new clip from the Jude Law-headlined submarine thriller Black Sea, which sees Scoot McNairy (Argo, Killing Them Softly) gets a wonderfully matter of fact assessment of the dangers of submarine life from Michael Smiley (Luther, Kill List). Check it out below after the official synopsis…
See Also: Watch the trailer for Black Sea
A suspenseful adventure thriller directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald, centering on a rogue submarine captain (two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law) who pulls together a misfit crew to go after a sunken treasure rumored to be lost in the depths of the Black Sea. As greed and desperation take control onboard their claustrophobic vessel, the increasing uncertainty of the mission causes the men to turn on each other to fight for their own survival.
Black Sea is set for release on December 5th »
- Gary Collinson
The Drop, 2014.
Directed by Michaël R. Roskam.
Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living – no matter the cost.
There’s a scene in The Drop where James Gandolfini’s character, known in his neighbourhood as Cousin Marv, tells his friend and natural successor Bob (Tom Hardy) that he used to be someone who demanded respect. A man for whom people would sit up straight when he walked into a room and a man who had his own stool in the bar he once owned. Now sat in his small home in The Bronx wearing a faded sweatshirt he resents the way in which his neighbourhood had changed. »
- Gary Collinson
While some of the Holiday Forecast picks are locks (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, etc.), there are a handful of fringe titles (Unbroken, Horrible Bosses, Annie, The Interview) which could wind up outside the Top 12 when all is said and done.Which upcoming releases could move in to one of those spots? Here's a brief look at box office prospects for the rest of the movies set to open between now and the end of the year.Wide ReleasesDumb and Dumber To (Nov. 14): This is the movie that has the best chance of cracking the Top 12 holiday releases. The first Dumb and Dumber opened 20 years ago and earned $127.2 million; that's the equivalent over $241 million today. If the sequel sells half as many tickets, it will be one of the biggest hits of the season.Still, there are »
- Ray Subers
I am always interested in a project Rooney Mara signs up for. I may not always love the movies she is in, but she always makes for an really engaging performance. Even when given minimal screen time in something, like last year's Her. She can say so much with so little. Today it was announced she's just signed on for a new film, shooting in the UK next summer, entitled Blackbird. Along with Mara is another actor I've always found interesting to watch, even if he is usually quite over the top. That being Ben Mendelsohn (Starred Up, Killing Them Softly), who has found his niche playing either sleaze balls or nut jobs. I would be interested to see these two in the same film regardless of what it was about. They have such unique energies that could either mesh really well together or totally repel one another. Blackbird will »
- Mike Shutt
The story centers on Ray (Ben Mendelsohn) and Una (Rooney Mara), former lovers who reunite 15 years after their torrid affair ended. While Ray has made a new life for herself, Una is still seeking answers, as this emotional thriller explores the consequences of damaged love.
David Harrower, who wrote the play this project is adapted from, is writing the screenplay, with Jean Doumanian (August: Osage County) and Patrick Daly producing. Shooting is scheduled to begin in the U.K. next summer.
Rooney Mara most recently starred in Her, and she will next be seen in Carol, Trash and Pan. Ben Mendelsohn, best known for his roles in Animal Kingdom, Killing Them Softly and The Place Beyond the Pines, will next be seen in Exodus: Gods and Kings. »
Remember when Disney announced that J.J. Abrams would direct Star Wars: Episode VII and all of Twitter lit up with lens flare jokes? (Not me. I made a Felicity joke.) Jacob T. Swinney thinks that (possible) overuse of the camera effect has led to an unfair devaluation of the camera effect. He writes,
Lens flares seem to catch a bad rap. While some are simply a stylistic element (and some are even mistakes), there are plenty of thoughtful and symbolic uses of light scattering through the lens. Here is a compilation showcasing the many different types and uses of lens flares in a variety of films.
To prove that, he has made this compilation of purposeful, thoughtful lens flares throughout cinematic history. Or actually, mostly recent films with a few older ones thrown in for cred. Still, he makes a compelling case. Abrams even makes the list. The supercut is »
- Mily Dunbar
With Star Wars: Episode VII deep into production, Disney and LucasFilm are also prepping their Star Wars spin-off movies, the first of which will hit theaters sometime in 2016, under the direction of Gareth Edwards (Godzilla). There is still much we don't know about the Untitled Gareth Edwards Directed Star Wars Spin-Off, but a new interview from Hitfix reveals that Greig Fraser will serve as the cinematographer.
While he wouldn't divulge any specific details, here's what Greig Fraser had to say about the project.
"And then I'm doing a f---ing Star Wars movie, which is like - I don't know about you but Star Wars is like my first film love, do you know what I mean? Gareth is doing a standalone film. Of course I do know some specifics, but it's obviously something I've signed my kidneys away for."
There have been a number of rumors that one of the »
We know that the first Star Wars movie to follow J.J. Abrams' "Episode VII" will be a standalone film directed by Gareth Edwards for a 2016 release, but beyond that we haven't had any new details for quite a while. Well now we at least know who'll be manning the camera, as cinematographer Greig Fraser revealed that he's on board during an interview with Hitfix. “I’m doing a fucking Star Wars movie, which is like – I don’t know about you but Star Wars is like my first film love, do you know what I mean?… Gareth is doing a standalone film. Of course I do know some specifics, but it’s obviously something I’ve signed my kidneys away for.” This is great news as Fraser has an impressive body of work, having lensed the likes of not only Foxcatcher, Zero Dark Thirty, Killing Them Softly and Let Me In, »
Translating movies and television for international markets can be a tricky business, as we discovered last year when we assembled this collection of 20 titles that got lost in translation.
But if you want to descend to a whole new level of weirdness, you need to look beyond the official channels. Whether it's a pirated disc being hawked in the street or a bona fide copy resold in unofficial packaging, these are products where the normal quality standards simply do not apply.
Below we've rounded up 11 of the world's most bizarre bootleg DVD covers, featuring dodgy Photoshopping, garbled Babelfish-style synopses, and entire actors being accidentally dropped in from other movies or TV shows.
God, True Detective was a great show. Remember that episode where Rust and Marty go to Vegas and live it up in faux-Paris before narrowly escaping an exploding building on the back of a phoenix?
World War II tank movie Fury will almost certainly take the top spot away from two-time winner Gone Girl this weekend. Meanwhile, The Book of Life and The Best of Me are also opening nationwide.Playing at 3,173 theaters, Fury stars Brad Pitt as the leader of an American tank crew making their way through Germany as the second World War draws to a close.With the exception of 2012's Killing Them Softly*which was an odd, dark crime drama*Pitt has been on a strong run lately as a leading man. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Inglourious Basterds and World War Z all earned over $120 million at the domestic box office, while Moneyball was one of the highest-grossing baseball movies ever with $75.6 million.World War II movies have a mixed track record, though the last few installments have done fairly well. Outside of Pitt's Basterds, the best comparison for »
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For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at one of Hollywood’s absolute bigger stars. He’s about as A-list as the A-list gets…the name? Well, Brad Pitt of course. Not only is he a movie star with all capital letters (Movie Star!) and a top tier celebrity, he’s also developed into one of the industry’s best and most interesting actors as well. Pitt is the type of star that doesn’t rest on his laurels and often seems to attach himself to challenging material, something that will win the man an acting Oscar one day (he already won his first one last year for helping to produce Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave). As high as he’s soared already, the best could still be to come. Pitt got his noticeable start in the business (after some uncredited acting jobs on »
- Joey Magidson
October has arrived, which means a whole slew of new titles are ready to queue up on Netflix Instant. This month’s highlights in the U.S. include Andrew Dominik’s Killing Them Softly starring Brad Pitt, Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory, Werner Herzog’s Rescue Dawn, Galaxy Quest, Team America: World Police and the first season of the […] »
It's been a while since we've had a good "find the Nazi (fill in the blank)," but thankfully that long, cruel drought will come to an end in January when Jude Law (who seems to be on a bit of a career upswing after a pair of brilliant performances in equally brilliant Steven Soderbergh movies and a nifty little cameo in Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel") goes hunting for Nazi gold in "Black Sea." We've got the trailer, and it's pretty gripping stuff indeed.
"Black Sea," which was written by Dennis Kelly (whose BBC series "Utopia" is currently being adapted for HBO by David Fincher and Gillian Flynn), concerns a group of rogues who take a British submarine to the Black Sea in the search for lost Nazi gold. Of course, things get decidedly more treacherous than even the inky blackness of the bottom of the ocean, when the »
- Drew Taylor
"I'm actually very snobbish about directors. I have to say no all the time," Brad Pitt told GQ in an interview for the magazine's upcoming issue. He went on to say that, "No is the most powerful word in our business. You've got to protect yourself... To leave home, it's got to be worth leaving." Pitt's self-diagnosed "snobbishness" about directors certainly hasn't gone unnoticed. Throughout his career, Pitt has worked with David Fincher (Seven) and Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's Eleven) three times apiece, Andrew Dominik (Killing Them Softly) twice, and a slew of other great directors once each, including Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), Bennett Miller (Moneyball) and the Coen brothers (Burn After Reading). Additionally, Pitt's selectiveness has led him to starring in director David Ayer's (End of Watch) upcoming film Fury, a World War II tank drama that focuses on a crew of battle-hardened allied soldiers during a mission deep in enemy territory. »
- Jordan Benesh
The Equalizer got off to a strong start on Friday, while The Boxtrolls had one of the best stop-motion animation debuts ever.At 3,236 theaters, The Equalizer opened to an impressive $12.6 million. That ranks third all-time for star Denzel Washington behind American Gangster ($15.9 million) and Safe House ($13.6 million). It's also well above last Summer's 2 Guns ($9.9 million), which had a strong co-lead in Mark Wahlberg. For the weekend, The Equalizer is on track to gross at least $35 million.The Maze Runner added $5.18 million on Friday, which is off 54 percent from opening day. That's a very solid hold for a young-adult adaptation; in comparison, Divergent fell 64 percent at the same point. For the weekend, The Maze Runner will likely earn around $17 million.Opening at 3,464 theaters, The Boxtrolls earned an estimated $4.93 million on Friday. That's above fellow Laika Animation titles ParaNorman ($4.6 million) and Coraline ($4.5 million). If The Boxtrolls follows the same pattern as past family-friendly September releases, »
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