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2014: A Year Looking For Representation in Cinema

11 December 2014 9:41 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It started with an infographic. Then more infographics. And some think pieces. And some brief TwitterRage. Over the last year and a half, women’s role in cinema, specifically Hollywood cinema, has become a lightning rod for discussion and debate, and more so than any time in the past, people are approaching film a little more critically in regards to how women are portrayed. The statistics are mind-numbingly bleak, with women representing a fraction of the work force behind the camera, from director to CEO to the best boy. Women in front of the camera rarely fair much better, with roles such as “beautiful and always understanding girlfriend/wife to the hilarious schlub” and “girl with cleavage that shoots guns in tight clothes”.

Last week I happened across a piece about the Best Actress race for the upcoming Academy Award Ceremony and the author talked about how the Actress race »

- Jae K. Renfrow

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Death, Illness, Art and Oil: 87th Academy Awards' Documentary Short Semi-Finalists

21 October 2014 5:33 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Best Documentary Short Films Oscar 2015: Illness and death are top subjects (photo: 'White Earth' by J. Christian Jensen) Eight films — most of them featuring illness and/or death as their focus — remain in the running for the 2015 Best Documentary Short Subject Oscar, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced. Of those eight semi-finalists, three to five titles will be shortlisted for the 87th Academy Awards. (Scroll down to vote in our Best Documentary Short Subject Oscar 2015 poll.) The remaining eight Oscar 2015 contenders are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their directors and, in parentheses, their production companies: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, directed by Ellen Goosenberg Kent (Perry Films) Joanna, directed by Aneta Kopacz (Wajda Studio). Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace, directed by Jeff Dupre (Show of Force) The Lion's Mouth Opens, directed by Lucy Walker (Tree Tree Tree) One Child, »

- Steve Montgomery

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New Poster For Promising Romcom Posthumous

25 September 2014 6:17 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Could it be that we are about to see a romantic comedy that is actually a fresh and original idea? I don’t want to get ahead of myself here but, even though my instincts dictate a cautious approach, I cannot help but be optimistic about Posthumous – the feature length debut of writer-director Lulu Wang, starring Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) and Brit Marling (The East) – for which we now have a poster.

The film introduces us to Liam Price (Huston) – a struggling artist in Berlin. When false reports of his death send the popularity of his name and his work skyrocketing, he decides to perpetuate and benefit from the myth by posing as his own brother. His plan hits an obstacle, however, when he begins to fall for McKenzie Grain (Marling) – a reporter assigned to cover the story. Lambert Wilson (The Matrix Reloaded), Tom Schilling (Generation War) and Alexander Fehling »

- Sarah Myles

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'True Detective' Season 2 Female Lead Shortlist Unveiled

16 September 2014 7:46 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While Elisabeth Moss and Rachel McAdams are said to still be in the running for the female lead in Season 2 of True Detective, creator Nic Pizzolatto and HBO are having a difficult time finding just the right actress to take on the part, and are holding another round of auditions, which includes 7 other actresses, a few more well known than the others.

The network needs to make a decision soon as True Detective gears up for production and a 2015 return date. The Wrap has learned who has been invited back to read for the coveted role this week, though HBO has no comment on the casting as of yet.

While Elisabeth Moss and Rachel McAdams both looked like the two top contenders, it's become clear that the role is still up for grabs, and could go to anyone at this point in time.

True Detective Season 2 will take place in »

- MovieWeb

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Report: 7 More Actresses Are Being Considered for True Detective Lead

16 September 2014 7:25 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Will the True Detective rumors ever end? The Wrap is reporting that there are seven more women being considered for the season-two lead spot (Ani Bezzerides, “a tough, no-nonsense Monterey sheriff whose troubled upbringing has driven her to gambling and alcohol”), and they are as follows: Brit Marling (The East), Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones), Jaimie Alexander (Thor), Kelly Reilly (Flight), Malin Akerman, Rosario Dawson, and Jessica Biel. (This after Rachel McAdams and Elisabeth Moss were thought to be in talks for the role.) Will we ever learn who will appear on Detective season two? Let's just call this hunt quits, switch it up, and ask Meryl if she's game. »

- Lindsey Weber

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Brit Marling Fights for Strong Roles in Movies like Tiff Civil War Drama 'The Keeping Room'

8 September 2014 5:37 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

If you're eager to see movies about strong women who might actually exist in the real world, check out anything starring brainy actress Brit Marling, who plays yet another sharp role in Toronto world premiere and acquisition title "The Keeping Room," a Civil War drama that mixes a character study with the home invasion genre. Marling has been charting her own course ever since she broke out at Sundance 2011 as the writer-producer-lead of two indies, Mike Cahill's "Another Earth" and Zal Batmanglij's "Sound of My Own Voice." She went on to play smart daughters in both Robert Redford's "The Company We Keep" and "Arbitrage," opposite Richard Gere; she collaborated again with Batmanglij on eco-terrorist thriller "The East," and with Cahill on twisty science film "I, Origins." (Watch: Toh! Marling video interview on "The East.")  This time, a friend sent Marling a script from an unlikely source, »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Fantastic Four’ Actor Toby Kebbell in Talks to Join ‘A Monster Calls’

19 August 2014 4:13 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Fantastic Four” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” actor Toby Kebbell is in negotiations to join Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson in the adaptation of Patrick Ness’ fantasy novel “A Monster Calls.”

The Focus Features, River Road Entertainment, Participant Media and Lionsgate International production also stars Sigourney Weaver with Juan Antonio Bayona directing.

Focus will distribute domestically while Lionsgate International handles overseas sales. The pic will be shopped at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival.

Executive producers are River Road’s Bill Pohlad and Mitch Horwits, Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King and Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairman Patrick Wachsberger.

The story follows a boy who seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mom’s terminal illness. The pic will bow on Oct. 14, 2016.

After showing strong supporting roles in films like “The East,” “War Horse” and “The Counselor,” Kebbell is looked at as »

- Justin Kroll

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Nwa Biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' Finds Its Mc Ren and DJ Yella

29 July 2014 12:15 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Following the first official cast photo released last month, the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton has added Aldis Hodge as M.C. Ren and Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella.

Our report from last month revealed that Ice Cube's son O'Shea Jackson Jr. will play his father in the biopic, while Jason Mitchell is portraying Eazy-e and Corey Antonio Hawkins is playing Dr. Dre.

The story is set in the 1980s, where these five young men translated their harsh upbringing into uncompromising and explicit music by forming the revolutionary rap group N.W.A. that changed music forever.

F. Gary Gray is directing from a screenplay by Andrea Berloff, S. Leigh Savidge and Alan Wenkus, with original N.W.A. members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre producing alongside Matt Alvarez and Tomica Woods-Wright, with William Packer serving as executive producer. No production schedule was given.

Aldis Hodge is best known for playing the hacker Alec Hardison on TNT's Leverage, »

- MovieWeb

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Universal’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Casts its MC Ren and DJ Yella

29 July 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Aldis Hodge has been cast as MC Ren and Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella in Universal Pictures’ “Straight Outta Compton,” the biopic chronicling the rise of hip-hop group N.W.A.

They join O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell who have been cast as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-e, respectively. F. Gary Gray will helm.

Film is set in the mid-1980s, where five young men translated their experiences growing up on the streets of Compton, California into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority and gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation.

Cube and Dre will produce, along with Matt Alvarez and Tomica Woods-Wright. Will Packer serves as executive producer of the film alongside Gray and Scott Bernstein.

Pic bows Aug. 14, 2015. Exec VP of production Jon Mone and director of development Sara Scott will oversee the project for Universal.

Hodge, who is repped by Priluck Company and Paradigm, »

- Justin Kroll

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Melissa Leo and Toby Jones on how 'Wayward Pines' blurs the lines between film and TV

26 July 2014 10:43 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

San Diego - Oscar-winner Melissa Leo is such a convincing actress that for a brief moment on the "Wayward Pines" press line at San Diego Comic-Con, she had me doubting whether I even knew where I really was. "I think the show is full of, like a lot of [M.] Night ]Shyamalan]'s work, you think who know you're talking to, but do you know who you're talking to?" said Leo ominously. "Do you even really know where you are?" Cue existential crisis. Thankfully, I recovered just enough to continue posing questions to Leo and her co-star Toby Jones about the upcoming Fox "event series," including whether shooting the filmmaker-driven show - which in addition to executive-producer Shyamalan features episodes helmed by such big-screen directors as Nimrod Antal ("Predators," "Metallica Through the Never") and Zal Batmanglij ("The East") - feels at times more like shooting a movie than a TV seris "In some ways yes, »

- Chris Eggertsen

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I Origins – The Review

24 July 2014 7:40 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

2011 saw the release of one of the quirkiest of the many independent film releases (and there were many oddball little flicks), Another Earth. This weird drama/science fiction/fantasy hybrid (it does indeed concern a twin to our big, blue marble) was the first collaboration between director Mike Cahill and actress Brit Marling (the two co-wrote the script). It was an uneven blend of mysticism and intimate character study. Since then Marling became one of the “indie” film scene’s “it” girls with leads in The Sound Of My Voice and The East, while scoring some supporting roles in mainstream studio flicks like The Company You Keep and Arbitrage. Now the two are back, working together (but not writing) on a science speculative/drama/love story I Origins. And while Marling is not the lead player this time out, it still has that offbeat, off-center vibe while being much more »

- Jim Batts

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes movie review: people get ready

18 July 2014 4:50 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A magnificent science fiction drama, and a beautiful one. Wonderfully radical for the simple fact that it is ruled by principled ideas. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the first film

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

We need a bigger word than humanist.

That was a word I used to describe the lovely, honest, sensitive Rise of the Planet of the Apes — and god, did it feel good to be able to connect those words with a big-budget science fiction movie. But now it feels too small to encompass where Dawn of the Planet of the Apes takes the ongoing story. People-ist is the first coinage that leaps to mind, clunky as it is. Because there are nonhumans here who are as fully people as the humans are… in fact, the story is very much about the humans coming to »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Review: Mike Cahill's 'I Origins' Starring Michael Pitt & Brit Marling

16 July 2014 9:10 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

2011, the year of actress Brit Marling, also introduced the world of cinema to two promising filmmakers: “The Sound Of My Voice” director Zal Batmanglij and “Another Earth” filmmaker Mike Cahill. Marling starred and co-wrote both heady and high concept indie efforts and her rocket soon took off. Fox Searchlight picked up both films and Batmanglij was soon making his intriguing follow-up “The East.” Skeptics were a little less convinced about “Another Earth,” which featured an admittedly excellent concept but was sometimes limited by its budget and presentation in execution. However, those that sensed great promise should be thrilled to see it fulfilled in “I Origins,” Cahill’s powerful follow-up. As the proverb goes, “the eyes are the window to the soul,” and that phrase feels like the blowtorch that sets “I Origins” alight for Cahill to investigate notions of spirituality vs. science, coincidence, chance and the unexplained subconscious working behind the curtain of. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Mike Cahill on Crazy Sidetrack to Mind-Blowing 'I Origins,' Working with Michael Pitt, Opening Karlovy Vary

11 July 2014 2:24 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

What struck me about Mike Cahill's "I Origins" when I saw it at Sundance was how clearly it was the work of the same director who made "Another Earth." One of the challenges for many rising filmmakers as they navigate from their first feature to their second is what compromises they are willing to make as they seek outside funding and bigger budgets. The story of how "I Origins" got made is instructive. "Another Earth" and a second film, "The Sound of My Voice," made by Cahill's Georgetown buddies Brit Marling (who produced, co-wrote and starred in "Another Earth") and director Zal Batmanglij, were both released by Fox Searchlight, who were investing in their next films as well. As Cahill struggled to find the right story, Marling and Batmanglij moved ahead with eco-terrorist story "The East," which turned into one of those 'tweeners, too glossy to be a gritty indie, »

- Anne Thompson

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X-Men: Days of Future Past movie review: time for hope

19 May 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

With its time-twisting plot, sci-fi soapiness, powerful humanism, and to-die-for cast, this is the summer blockbuster done with elegance and heart. I’m “biast” (pro): love most of the previous films in the series

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

It is a nasty future we open on, in this I’ve-lost-count-how-many-th X-Men flick: dark postapocalyptic skies and ruined cities left in the wake of the ongoing genocide of mutants and humans by robot Sentinels. The sci-fi Judgment Day has come and the Terminators aren’t even bothering to imprison survivors in the Matrix (they’re not leaving survivors, it seems). And I have to wonder, Was Days of Future Past inspired and informed by the machine apocalypses of 80s and 90s flicks? Or were those flicks inspired and informed by old 70s X-Men comics? Is it both realities simultaneously? »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Casting: Devine, George, Compton, Slaughter

5 May 2014 11:07 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Pitch Perfect 2

Comedian and actor Adam Devine is set to return for the follow-up to the a capella comedy hit "Pitch Perfect" at Universal Pictures and Gold Circle Films.

Devine played Bumper Allen, leader of the all-male campus singing champions The Treblemakers. Elizabeth Banks is directing the follow-up which begins filming this month. [Source: Deadline]

The Insect King

Melissa George ("The Good Wife," "Alias") is attached to star in Priscilla Cameron's coming-of-age tale "The Insect King" for 108 Media. Taika Waititi and Sophie Lowe also star.

The story follows a motherless 13-year-old boy who falls in love with an exotic 40-year-old woman only to discover that he is in competition with his father for her affections. [Source: Deadline]

Halloween 3D

Actress Scout Taylor-Compton has seemingly confirmed that Dimension Films' upcoming "Halloween 3D" will be a continuation of the two Rob Zombie-directed films rather than a reboot. "No longer, no more secrets. »

- Garth Franklin

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Tribeca: Eco-Thrills in "Night Moves"

24 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Tribeca coverage with Glenn on the latest from Kelly Reichardt (Meek's Cutoff, Wendy & Lucy)

“Reserved, even by Kelly Reichardt’s standards.” That was the line I used to describe this Portland director’s latest, Night Moves, after its screening at Tribeca. Having premiered at last year’s Venice Film Festival, it’s understandable that it didn’t make all that much noise in the intermediate months given it’s such a quiet, guarded film despite its eco-thriller roots and name cast that includes Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard. Like all of Reichardt’s films, however, it is that very low-key ingredient that makes it memorable. While it doesn’t soar to the breathtaking heights of Meek’s Cutoff, which just like Night Moves took a genre prone to testosterone-filled violence and twisted it into a elegant mood piece, her latest is a surprisingly thrilling experience even when its »

- Glenn Dunks

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Toby Kebbell to play Doctor Doom in The Fantastic Four

2 April 2014 1:52 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Variety reports that Toby Kebbell is in final talks with Fox to play Doctor Doom in Josh Trank’s reboot The Fantastic Four. It was previously announced that the studio was also targeting Jack Huston (American Hustle), Domnhall Gleeson (Frank) and Sam Riley (Control)  but as the site says “newcomer” Toby Kebbell has been chosen as the villain of the piece.

In recent years, “newcomer” Kebbell has starred in The Counselor, Wrath of the Titans, War Horse, The East and the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to name a few, with a lead role in Warcraft also coming up. He will join Miles Teller (Divergent) as Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara (House of Cards) as Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) as the Human Torch and Jamie Bell (Nymphomaniac) as The Thing.

The Fantastic Four is set for release on June 19th 2015. »

- Gary Collinson

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Toby Kebbell will don Dr. Doom's mask for 'Fantastic Four'

2 April 2014 11:55 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I am flat-out baffled by the casting for "Fantastic Four," but that may not be a bad thing. While I've seen several films that Toby Kebbell has appeared in, one moment really stands out, and that was in the brilliant episode of the English anthology show "Black Mirror" called "The Entire History Of You." That one performance is enough to convince me that Kebbell's got the goods, and he's certainly been busy the last few years. He's appeared in big studio films like "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," "Prince of Persia," and "Wrath Of The Titans," and he's appeared in plenty of smaller movies like "The East," "RocknRolla," "Dead Man's Shoes," and Ridley Scott's "The Counselor." Like the rest of Trank's cast, he's someone who is recognizable but not "famous," and he seems like a guy who is poised to break through in something, and playing one of the most famous »

- Drew McWeeny

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‘The Fantastic Four’ Finds Its Doctor Doom

2 April 2014 1:23 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Having previously narrowed down the playing field to a shortlist of four actors, Fox has now cast newcomer Toby Kebbell as legendary villain Doctor Doom in next year’s The Fantastic Four reboot.

This finally puts to bed earlier rumours of a female interpretation of the superhero squad’s arch-nemesis (Victoria von Doom?) and means we now have the primary cast in place for the film, with Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell as the titular Fantastic Four.

Kebbell has a relatively low key filmography compared to the current cast, but he’s still had some great supporting roles in War Horse, The East, Dead Man’S Shoes and the upcoming Warcraft film.

Rumours suggest that the reboot will be based on Marvel’s ‘The Ultimate Fantastic Four’ comic series, which focused on the group as younger characters – fitting considering the youthful cast.

The Fantastic Four »

- Chris Wharfe

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