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I’m fascinated by Megan Ellison. In the normally boring world of movie producers, she’s an intriguing star among them. Usually, you rarely know the names of producers, short of an uber-producer like Scott Rudin or one who’s heavily involved in a filmmaker’s whole universe like Scott Mosier is for Kevin Smith, but aside from those Scotts, most of them are borderline anonymous. Ellison is definitely a new breed, a throwback to an older generation where the films being made were different and exciting. Her recent Best Picture nominations and flirtation with an Oscar win has her primed to become a real star in this line of what. I wanted to show you all the films that she’s helped get onto the big screen, if only to elaborate on just how valuable to the business she is. Ellison is a champion of the auteur. She’s »
- Joey Magidson
It would appear Jessica Chastain is having "a moment." Earlier this week it was announced she was going to star in a new Marilyn Monroe, as the title diva. Now Shmoes Know is reporting that she has been offered a lead role alongside Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 5. Then again, one could argue her moment is on its third year by now, having broken out in The Help in 2011, then following that up with Zero Dark Thirty, and getting Academy Award nominations for both. But landing a starring role in one of Hollywood's most well-known franchises could really cement her place on the A-List.
Shmoes Knows is claiming that a reliable source within the production has informed them that the filmmakers are seeking her for a major role in Mission: Impossible 5. Whether it'd be as a love interest or fellow agent, is unknown at this time. But they »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
It was recently reported that Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) is close to signing a deal to play Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik's "Blonde." And now comes word that Paramount Pictures is considering the actress to star opposite Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible 5." At this point, the news is just a rumor. But according to SchmoesKnow, Chastain will play the lead female role, which is Tom Cruise's right hand woman. There aren't a lot of details, but it sounds like she'll be a fellow agent. "Mission: Impossible 5" will be directed by Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) from a script by Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3). It's set to hit theaters on December 25th, 2015. »
There is no word on Chastain's potential role in the film yet.
The movie will open on December 25, 2015 in the Us. A UK release is yet to be confirmed. »
Yes, you’ve read the headline correctly. There is yet another film on the horizon based around Hollywood starlet of the 1950′s Marilyn Monroe. After we have already seen the 2011 film My Week With Marilyn and the 2012 documentary Love, Marilyn (among many others), one would assume that Hollywood that would get bored of films based on the ill-fated icon. However that is not the case, and so Brad Pitt will be producing a new ‘re-imagined’ film chronicling the life and stardom of Marilyn Monroe titled Blonde.
Blonde is based on the novel of the same by Joyce Carol Oates, which is said to re-interpret Monroe by focussing on the ‘poetic and spiritual life of Norma Jeane Baker — the child, the woman and the fated-celebrity better known by her studio name of Marilyn Monroe’. Jessica Chastain has reportedly been persuaded to star in the film by Pitt after initial hesitations, in »
- Ben Read
Schmoes Know, a site that has actually been consistently quite good lately on the casting scoop front, says Chastain has received an offer.
It's presently not known what the role will be in the Christopher McQuarrie-directed movie which is currently aiming to begin filming in August for a Christmas 2015 release.
- Garth Franklin
News Simon Brew 24 Apr 2014 - 06:45
The officlal start of production press release for the new Terminator movie lands. But has its name changed?
There may be something to this, there may be not. But it looks as if Paramount may yet be tinkering with the name of the now-filming new Terminator film.
For some time, the film has been known as Terminator: Genesis, but the official start of production press release has now been issued by Skydance and Paramount, and the title of the film is simply Terminator on it.
Of course, it's possible to read too much into that, but the film is now directly referred to as the Terminator reboot. Given the film's apparent ties to Terminator 2, it sounds more like a belated sequel to us at the moment.
Here's the official press release anyway. More on the film as we hear it...
Hollywood, CA (April 23, 2014) –
"The way that the character is written, it's a machine underneath," actor Arnold Schwarzenegger said about returning to the franchise.
"It's this metal skeleton. But above that is human flesh. And the Terminator's flesh ages, just like any other human being's flesh. Maybe not as fast. But it definitely ages."
"Terminator deals a lot with time travel, so there will be a younger T-800."
"And then what that model does later on when it gets reprogrammed, and who gets ahold of him.
"So it will be all kinds of interesting twists in the movie..."
- Michael Stevens
Paramount Pictures just announced that it started shooting "Terminator: Genesis" (working title) in New Orleans and already we have the first photos of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator walking around the set. Arnold has the familiar sunglasses and leather jacket. He is obviously much older than he was in the original movie, but according to the actor, his age will be explained in the film. "Terminator: Genesis" is directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) and co-stars Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty), Emilia Clarke ("Game of Thrones"), Jai Courtney (Jack REacher), Jk Simmons (Up in the Air), Dayo Okeniyi (The Hunger Games), and Byung-Hun Lee (Red 2). It's set to hit theaters on July 1st, 2015. Photos: (click to enlarge) »
Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions have announced that the latest installment of The Terminator franchise has started filming. For those that missed our previous coverage, here’s the official release date and a breakdown of the main cast:
“Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions announced today that principal photography is officially underway on the “Terminator” reboot, directed by Alan Taylor (“Thor: The Dark World,” “Game of Thrones”). The film is shooting in New Orleans.
The new film is written by Laeta Kalogridis (“Avatar,” “Shutter Island”) and Patrick Lussier (“Drive Angry”). David Ellison and Dana Goldberg (“World War Z,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”) of Skydance Productions are producing. Executive producers are Skydance’s Paul Schwake (“World War Z,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”), Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison (“American Hustle,” “Her”), Kalogridis and Lussier.
“Terminator” stars Arnold Schwarzenegger (“The Expendables 1 & 2,” “Terminator 1, 2 & 3”), Jason Clarke (“The Great Gatsby,” “Zero Dark Thirty”), Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”), Jai Courtney (“Divergent, »
- Jonathan James
A new image from the now shooting Terminator: Genesis, the fifth film in the Terminator franchise, has arrived online featuring Arnold dressed to the lethal nines... trademark sunglasses, leather jacket, et al. Check it out!
From the Press Release
Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions announced that principal photography is officially under way on the Terminator reboot, directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World, “Game of Thrones”). The film is shooting in New Orleans.
The new film is written by Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar, Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry). David Ellison and Dana Goldberg (World War Z, Star Trek Into Darkness) of Skydance Productions are producing. Executive producers are Skydance’s Paul Schwake (World War Z, Star Trek Into Darkness), Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison (American Hustle, Her), Kalogridis, and Lussier.
- Steve Barton
Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions announced today that principal photography is officially underway on the Terminator reboot, directed by Alan Taylor (“Thor: The Dark World,” “Game of Thrones”).
The film is shooting in New Orleans and Paramount will distribute the film worldwide on July 1, 2015.
Terminator stars Arnold Schwarzenegger (“The Expendables 1 & 2,” “Terminator 1, 2 & 3”), Jason Clarke (“The Great Gatsby,”“Zero Dark Thirty”), Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”), Jai Courtney (“Divergent,” “Jack Reacher”), J.K. Simmons (“Men, Women & Children,” “Up In The Air”), Dayo Okeniyi (“The Hunger Games,” “The Spectacular Now”), and Byung Hun Lee (“Red 2,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”).
The new film is written by Laeta Kalogridis (“Avatar,” “Shutter Island”) and Patrick Lussier (“Drive Angry”). David Ellison and Dana Goldberg (“World War Z,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”) of Skydance Productions are producing. Executive producers are Skydance’s Paul Schwake (“World War Z,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”), Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison (“American Hustle,” “Her”), Kalogridis and Lussier. »
- Michelle McCue
The latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, has continued Marvel Studios’ fine run of box office form, with the Phase Two sequel having now passed $600 million worldwide.
With $205 million domestically, The Winter Soldier is now just $1 million away from overtaking the North American haul of Thor: The Dark World, while globally the Chris Evans-headlined sequel is fast approaching Iron Man 2 ($623.9 million) and Thor: The Dark World ($644.8 million).
Despite competition from rival superhero flick The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the Captain America sequel should have no problem overtaking Thor: The Dark World, which would make it the third-highest grossing Marvel Studios release behind The Avengers ($1.518 billion) and Iron Man 3 ($1.215 billion).
As it happens, The Winter Soldier also looks set to surpass Warner Bros. Superman reboot Man of Steel ($668 million), which would bode well for the big showdown between the two film’s sequels on May 6th, »
- Gary Collinson
Lupita Nyong’o wowed us on red carpets this past award season, and her flair hasn’t gone unnoticed. The actress was just named People magazine’s Most Beautiful person, and we couldn’t agree more! [E!] Can Jack Osbourne remember some of his best social media pics and videos? Nick Lachey puts him to the test on Big Morning Buzz Live. There’s no doubt that Stacy Keibler is going to be one of the hottest moms around, since she’s already showing off her pregnancy style on the red carpet. The model recently donned a sleek black dress with fabric cut out on the sides of her waist. Her kid will be hearing Milf jokes for life! [Huffington Post] Jessica Chastain is reportedly »
- Rahsheeda Ali
The story takes biographical and historical sources to paint an intimate picture of the inner life of Norma Jeane Baker.
Dominik wrote the script for Blonde, which was first announced in 2010.
The director previously worked on Killing Them Softly and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
Photo gallery - Jessica Chastain's career in pictures: »
Naomi Watts was previously attached to play Monroe in an earlier incarnation of the project back in 2010. Brad Pitt will produce and was reportedly instrumental in convincing Chastain to tackle the challenging role.
Production is expected to start in August.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
• Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) is nearing a deal to play Marilyn Monroe in the upcoming film Blonde. Helmed by Killing Them Softly director Andrew Dominik and produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B, Blonde is based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates which reimagines the life of Norma Jeane Baker, the woman who would later go on to become Marilyn Monroe. When EW reached out for comment, Chastian’s agent would not confirm her involvement in the upcoming film. [The Wrap]
- Pamela Gocobachi
Nearly four years ago, Naomi Watts was tapped to play Marilyn Monroe in Blonde, an adaptation of the book of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates that will be directed by Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford). However, the actress seems to have fallen away from the project with The Wrap reporting that Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, The Help) is now getting close to a deal to play the iconic actress. Unlike My Week with Marilyn starring Michelle Williams, this aims to be a more extensive look at Monroe's life, but with a twist from the source material. The book in question is referred to as a fake memoir because it takes the liberty of being told from the point of view of Monroe with the names of certain well-known male suitors changed to vague descriptions including The Ex-Athlete (Joe Dimaggio »
- Ethan Anderton
Adele Exarchopoulos seems destined to be unlucky in love. After her breakout role in last year's Cannes' winner "Blue is the Warmest Color," the French actress has taken on another romantic story in which her character faces real issues with her partner. Though the trailer below is entirely in French with no subtitles, it seems fairly easy to pick out plot points in "Qui Vive," or its English title, "Insecure." "Zero Dark Thirty" and "A Prophet" star Reda Kateb works either as security or as a store manager where he has to interact with some low life, possibly gang-affiliated hoodlums. After the incident, he meets a gorgeous woman (Exarchopoulos) and continues on with his life until the same troublemakers start things up again in front of his lady. Kateb's character reacts violently, causing relationship issues and more trouble with those damn youths. While gang culture and anger management seem like themes of "Insecure, »
- Ben Travers
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" doesn't open until July 11, but Moviefone was among a few select outlets invited to an exclusive sneak peak of the simian sequel on the Fox lot in Los Angeles. Introducing the footage was Andy Serkis, who stars as lead ape Caesar (via motion capture, of course), just as he did in 2011's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes."
We saw five clips, including side-by-sides showing the actors' motion capture and their finished characters; a confrontation in the woods between apes and a small band of human survivors; a council scene between the apes as they decide how to respond to the human threat; a tense stand-off after the situation has escalated; a few peaceful moments between the apes and humans; and the trailer shown at CineCon.
Here are a few things we learned about the film from Serkis. (Who, incidentally, turns 50 on April 20. Happy Birthday, »
- Sharon Knolle
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