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“A society is defined not only by what it creates, but what it refuses to destroy.” Those familiar words, from American conservationist John C. Sawhill, open Lorenzo Sportiello’s solemnly intentioned debut feature — and they’re humbly appropriate ones for a sci-fi vision that repurposes more ideas than it invents. Set in a chaotically conglomerated Europe of the near future, where natural birth is outlawed and unsupportable citizens extradited, this soot-stained study of one pregnant couple’s survival struggle unfolds with a certain driving intensity, but is short on narrative or stylistic surprises. Economically shaped and resourcefully crafted, this English-language Italian production evidently has designs on international distribution; its commercial future may be as dim as its onscreen one, but it’s a decent calling card for its multi-hyphenate director.
If “Index Zero” is unlikely to attract a substantial following of its own, select viewers may come to regard it »
- Guy Lodge
Model, actor and socialite Cara Delevingne is the latest name to be rumoured for the upcoming Warner Bros. DC movie Suicide Squad. There’s no word on which character she could be in contention for, but speculation is pointing to Harley Quinn who is the prominent female character of the Suicide Squad.
Previously Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) was rumoured to be up for the female lead role, while Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), Ryan Gosling (Only God Forgives) and Will Smith (After Earth) have also been linked to the project.
Delevingne has recently taken up more roles in acting. She is set to appear in the Joe Wright movie Pan alongside Hugh Jackman, and as the lead in Paper Towns, an adaptation of the John Green novel of the same name.
- Thomas Roach
One of the unexpected announcements of last week was that of a "Static Shock" digital series to be produced by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Now, Flickering Myth reports that "The Karate Kid" and "After Earth" star Jaden Smith is reportedly being eyed to play the title role of the electrically-charged DC comics hero in the live-action digital series.
This adaptation is part of Warners' recently announced Blue Ribbon Content initiative which also includes a reboot of the classic horror-comedy franchise "Critters".
This marks the third member of the Smith family to be linked to a DC project. Jaden's mother Jada-Pinkett Smith currently stars in Fox's "Gotham" while father Will Smith has been rumored for David Ayer's film adaptation of the "Suicide Squad" comics. »
- Garth Franklin
Last week, Warner Bros. launched their new initiative Blue Ribbon Content, which will produce digital series' for the studio, one of which is Static Shock. Flickering Myth is now reporting that Jaden Smith is reportedly being eyed to play the electric superhero.
The actor's parents already have established relationships with Warner Bros. and DC, with his mother Jada Pinkett Smith playing gangster Fish Mooney on Fox and WB's Gotham, and his father Will Smith reportedly in talks to star in the studio's superhero ensemble Suicide Squad. It isn't known if Warner Bros. has officially offered the role to Jaden Smith at this time.
Reginald Hudlin (Django Unchained) is producing the digital series, which centers on the African-American superhero Virgil Ovid Hawkins, a teenager who can manipulate and create electricity. No official story details have been released for the series, and it isn't known when production may begin.
A few days ago it was announced that, as part of a new digital initiative dubbed Blue Ribbon Content, Warner Bros. would be making a live-action Static Shock digital series from Academy Award nominated Django Unchained producer and Boondocks executive producer Reginald Hudlin.
Now we’re getting word that Warner Bros. is already eyeing a young actor to play the electric DC superhero: Jaden Smith. Smith may have a few stinkers like After Earth under his belt, but his parents are already developing a bit of a working relationship with Warner Bros., now that Jada Pinkett Smith is on Gotham and Will Smith is in negotiations for Suicide Squad.
The young Smith definitely has his foot in the door at the studio, so I could easily see him landing the part for that reason alone. He was on the rise until M. Night Shyamalan threw a $130 million wrench into his career, »
- James Garcia
We are all guilty of eating a McDonald’s cheeseburger at some point in our lives. We know that it will have a complete lack of substance but still guiltily indulge. If your reaction to this statement is: “I most certainly have Not eaten a McDonald’s cheeseburger”, you are a lying vegan. Perhaps it would not be completely outlandish to suggest that modern Hollywood cinema is the fast food of film, widely consumed and mass-produced. Maybe this is romanticizing film’s power as cultural medium but it certainly does feel that Hollywood film is now capitalistic drivel.
Lately on Facebook, movie rants seem to include “Man, Transformers: Age of Extinction was kinda average-feeling like I want my money back”. Firstly, all respect for you is lost as you paid for that movie. Secondly, seriously what did you expect, an eye-opening masterpiece? Sorry no, you can’t have your money »
- Tamarah Scott
Having announced its DC Cinematic Universe through to 2020, it appears that Warner Bros. is wasting little time in establishing a cohesive world for its various comic book properties with Deadline reporting that Jesse Eisenberg is in talks to reprise the role of Lex Luthor from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in fellow 2016 release Suicide Squad.
If you’re unfamiliar with Suicide Squad, the comic book series follows the exploits of a team of supervillains who are coerced by Amanda Waller and the government into taking on dangerous ‘suicide’ missions in order to shave time from their prison sentences.
David Ayer (End of Watch, Fury) is set to direct Suicide Squad, while Warner Bros. is said to be looking at the likes of Will Smith (After Earth), Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) and Ryan Gosling (Drive) for roles.
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- Gary Collinson
Daniel Loeb, the outspoken leader of the investment firm, Third Point, said Tuesday he has sold his position in Sony. The activist investor had previously written harsh letters to Sony management, criticizing them for not spinning off what he called the company's "bloated" entertainment assets. He also blasted the film studio for a string of flops that included White House Down and After Earth. The news of the sale was first reported by Reuters. The outlet also said Loeb has taken large stakes in eBay and Alibaba. Loeb had been a thorn in the side of Sony beginning about 17 months
- Paul Bond
Tuesday episodes seem to have generated something of a theme, which is to say random is the order of the day as Laremy and I steamroll through about 10 minutes of nonsense before getting started and then it's a couple minutes of college football talk before we get into George Lucas saying Hollywood studios lack imagination and we ponder comparisons between the recent news surrounding Ebola with Steven Soderbergh's Contagion. We talk Jason Reitman, Netflix streaming, R vs. PG-13. new DVDs and Blu-rays and plenty more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. »
- Brad Brevet
Last week, Warner Bros. announced a slate of DC movies to follow Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with the David Ayer-directed Suicide Squad joining Zack Snyder’s DC team-up as part of the studio’s 2016 offerings. Now the director has briefly spoken about the supervillain ensemble during a promotional interview for his latest film Fury, describing it as “The Dirty Dozen with supervillains”. Check out his comments below…
“Fury whetted my appetite for a bigger canvas and this idea of world creation,” Ayer tells Empire Online. “You can do amazing things as a filmmaker if you have the proper tools, and those are time and money. I can say that it’s a Dirty Dozen with supervillains. Then I can ask the question, ‘Does a movie really need good guys?'”
After seemingly confirming the inclusion of Captain Boomerang, Ayer then went on to discuss his appreciation for the comic book genre, »
- Gary Collinson
Our weekly round-up of the latest news and talking points from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Justice League, The Flash, Aquaman, Shazam, Cyborg, Green Lantern, Batman, Superman, Lego Batman, Lego DC Super Heroes, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, Constantine, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Civil War, Captain America 3, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Daredevil, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, Gambit, Powers and more….
Well, it’s been a huge week for superhero news – so much so that it was a toss-up between Warner Bros. and Marvel Studios for our lead story this week. However, as we’ve been inundated with Marvel news, we’ll get things underway with Warner and its big DC Cinematic Universe announcement. Yes, the studio has finally revealed its plans post-Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, »
- Gary Collinson
Yesterday Warner Bros. unveiled its plans for a DC Cinematic Universe by announcing a slate of superhero movies set to arrive between 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and 2020. Among the films was an adaptation of Suicide Squad, DC Comics’ team of supervillains coerced into working for the government in order to shave time off their sentences, which is set to be directed by David Ayer (Sabotage).
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner is planning to assemble an A-list cast for the antiheroes, with the site reporting that offers are out to Will Smith (After Earth), Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) and Ryan Gosling (Drive) – the latter of whom is also apparently up for the lead in Marvel’s Doctor Strange.
- Gary Collinson
According to THR, Warner Brothers is already looking at actors to fill the roles in their recently-announced Suicide Squad film, which will be helmed by Fury and End of Watch director David Ayer. The studio is reportedly looking to fill the film with A-list talent, and have already approached Will Smith, Ryan Gosling, Margot Robbie and Tom Hardy.
Despite the fact that the project is still in early development, the actors are “fielding offers” as we speak as the studio is “making overtures for what is to be an A-list ensemble piece filled with colorful anti-heroes.” Yep, sounds like the Suicide Squad!
Gosling is also eying the lead in Dean Parisot’s Houdini, while Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) is currently enjoying a nice, busy schedule with high-profile projects like David Yate’s Tarzan and the Ghost in the Shell adaptation. Whether or not either of them will »
- James Garcia
Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for Focus, a con artist tale from directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love.) which stars Will Smith (After Earth) and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street). Check it out below after the official synopsis…
Will Smith stars as Nicky, a seasoned master of misdirection who becomes romantically involved with novice con artist Jess (Margot Robbie). As he’s teaching her the tricks of the trade, she gets too close for comfort and he abruptly breaks it off. Three years later, the former flame—now an accomplished femme fatale—shows up in Buenos Aires in the middle of the high stakes racecar circuit. In the midst of Nicky’s latest, very dangerous scheme, she throws his plans for a loop…and the consummate con man off his game.
Focus is set for release February 27th 2015 and also features a cast »
- Gary Collinson
At 46, after 20 years in the business, Will Smith is still the coolest guy in the room. Say that his recent output reflects a former heavyweight star waning into obscurity and I'll show you a man who transcends the biggest duds. He still made those stuffy men in black look good in "MIB3," wound up overshadowing his kid successor as Cypher Raige in "After Earth," and joined Godly ranks as a wickedly funny Devil in mystifying "Winter's Tale." (And for fact-checkers: He only played the creation of the gods in "Hancock.") Smith isn't versatile, but he's reliable. The trailer for "Focus," the actor's latest, puts a darker spin on that established cool, Smith playing a confidence man in the thick of conspiracy. The man knows confidence. From "I Love You Philip Morris" and "Crazy, Stupid, Love." writer-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, "Focus" stars Smith as Nicky, a top-of-his-game grifter and »
- Matt Patches
It feels like it's been forever since we've seen Will Smith in his own movie, but in actuality, he just hasn't done anything memorable. In the last two years, he's led Men in Black 3 and After Earth, both movie with their fair share of problems that people have mostly forgotten by now. Otherwise, he had small roles in Winter's Tale and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. But coming early next year, he's starring in Focus from Crazy Stupid Love writing and directing duo Glenn Ficarra & John Requa. Now the first photos from the film, also featuring Margot Robbie, have emerged online, and a trailer shouldn't be far behind. Here's the first photos from Glenn Ficarra & John Requa's Focus from USA Today: Focus is written and directed by Glenn Ficarra & John Requa (Crazy Stupid Love, I Love You Phillip Morris). The film follows a professional conman (Will Smith) and »
- Ethan Anderton
It’s been a long while since we’ve seen Will Smith in a movie that we didn’t quickly want to purge from our memory banks (here’s looking at you, Winter’s Tale and After Earth), but the actor’s upcoming comedy caper Focus looks (dare we say it) promising.
The Wolf of Wall Street breakout Margot Robbie also stars, and Crazy, Stupid, Love helmers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa both wrote and directed the pic. Now, Warner Bros. has unveiled a couple of images from Focus for your viewing pleasure. Check them out above and below.
Immediately, the shots evoke the same sexy, modern feel that Crazy, Stupid, Love possessed. And though we have yet to see a lick of footage from Focus, Smith and Robbie are two tremendously talented actors, so chances are that their chemistry will be off the charts. Though a repairing of Crazy, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Tokyo — Sony is to begin supplying VoD content to Hikari TV 4K, a channel run by Ntt Plala serving Japanese viewers with 4K TV receivers.
The end of year start of the service is timed close to the release of several Sony 4K products, include eight Bravia 4K TV models.
In Japan 4K broadcasting is rapidly moving from the experimental channel launched in June by the NexTV-f (Next Generation Television & Broadcasting Promotion Forum) organization to full commercialization.
Cable and satellite broadcaster acTVila will debut a rival 4K service in February, followed in March by the bow of Sky Perfect-jsat platform’s 4K premium channel.
Sony is hoping these will spur a healthy uptick in sales for its long-ailing TV set manufacturing division.
- Mark Schilling
I Origins is the second film from writer and director Mike Cahill, who previously brought us the low-key and beautifully-acted 2011 sci-fi drama, Another Earth. I Origins has a similar sensibility, in that it’s intimately shot and muses on fundamental existential themes - this time love, grief, guilt and the possibility of life after death.
Michael Pitt plays Dr Ian Gray, a scientist who’s set himself the task of charting the evolutionary origins of the eye. A staunch atheist (we know this because he reads Richard Dawkins books) Dr Gray aims to prove that the eye isn’t the product of a divine being, as creationists believe, but rather the result of billions of years of evolution. While Dr Gray's still a young scientist studying »
Could the unique makeup of the human eye hold the key to life after death? That’s the tantalising mystery at the heart of director Mike Cahill’s latest film, I Origins. Cahill’s no stranger to making sci-fi dramas on a budget; in 2011, he brought us After Earth, an atmospheric, thought-provoking movie with some great performances from his frequent collaborator Brit Marling and former Lost star William Mapother.
I Origins is cut from the same indie cloth. It’s about a young scientist who’s investigating the evolutionary origins of the eye, and following a shocking personal tragedy, finds himself veering off on a different and less mainstream scientific direction.
Shot on a budget slightly higher than Another Earth, but still tiny by Hollywood standards, »
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