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Though her last big screen role was in 2011′s Hugo, Emily Mortimer has been keeping plenty busy on the small screen, starring on two HBO series, The Newsroom and Doll & Em, the latter of which she created and wrote. Now, we’re hearing that the talented actress will be making her way back to the big screen with a starring role in Legendary’s upcoming supernatural military thriller, Spectral.
Mortimer is set to star as a CIA mission leader in the movie, which is described as a supernatural Black Hawk Down and focuses on “a special-ops team that fights supernatural beings that have taken over a European city.” Dale, known for supporting roles in The Grey, Iron Man 3 and World War Z, boarded the project a few months back as a researcher.
It was previously reported that Spectral would find the special-ops team combatting a threat to New York City, »
- Isaac Feldberg
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Driverless cars are on the road now – Google’s fleet has logged about 700,000 miles of autonomous driving – and the California Dmv will be issuing regulations in a matter of weeks allowing self-driving cars to be sold to the public, possibly setting the regulatory pattern for the rest of the country (video). Google has predicted 2017 for first commercial availability, while Nissan and Mercedes say it will be 2020. The cars are highly complex systems whose sheer quantity of software surely exceeds the hundred million lines of source code in today’s non-autonomous vehicles. They weigh thousands of pounds and hurtle down public roads – robots with human payloads. But how will we know they’re safe?Google’s answer at Dmv workshops in March 2014 and May 2013 was, essentially, “trust us” (video, video, video). The company’s representative, Ron Medford, said Google would “self-certify” the car’s roadworthiness and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jonathan Handel)
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
We’ve seen some heavy-duty modern warfare films over the past decade, but none of them featured ghosts as the enemy. That’s the twist in Legendary Pictures’ upcoming supernatural thriller Spectral, which is beginning to take shape now that another actor has joined the cast.
Deadline reports that Clayne Crawford (SundanceTV’s Rectify) has signed on to play the role of Sergeant Calvin Toll, “a focused but short-fused military lifer.” Crawford joins a cast that includes James Badge Dale (World War Z) in a lead role and actors Max Martini (Pacific Rim) and Cory Hardrict (Battle Los Angeles). Spectral, described as a “supernatural Black Hawk Down,” will be directed by first-timer Nic Mathieu and was originally written by George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau) based on a pitch by Ian Fried, before later receiving the rewrite treatment from John Gatins (Flight, Real Steel).
Spectral will follow a special forces unit »
- Derek Anderson
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 22, 2014
Price: DVD $19.98, Blu-ray $19.99
Williams plays overly bitter man Henry Altmann, whose anger really kicks into gear when he learns from a doctor (Mila Kunis, Ted) that he has a brain aneurysm and has only 90 minutes to live. This news kicks the curmudgeonly Altman into motion, and he sets out to reconcile with his wife, brother and friends in the short time he believes he has left.
Co-starring Peter Dinklage (TV’s Game of Thrones) and Melissa Leo (Flight) and directed by Phil Alden Robinson (who hasn’t helmed a film since 2002’s The Sum of All Fears), the R-rated Angriest Man In Brooklyn opened to lot of negative reviews upon it limited theatrical rollout in May. »
You’d think any movie that an all-powerful deity had a hand in would be awesome, right? Turns out, not so much. There’s barely even a story here. I’m “biast” (pro): always want to love Greg Kinnear and Kelly Reilly
I’m “biast” (con): total atheist
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Heaven is for real? Proven by a movie?! Well, no. At best, this cinematic sermon almost humbly acknowledges that even Christians know their fairy tale about a heaven of fluffy white clouds and Jesus in a bathrobe sounds like, you know, a fairy tale that is hard to accept at face value. At worst, it’s a shameless money grab by a family in desperate financial straits cashing in on the fantasies of their little boy. I don’t see how either option — or »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Director Michael Bay has tapped John Goodman and Ken Watanabe to voice two all new Autobots in his highly anticipated film Transformers: Age Of Extinction, the fourth film in the global blockbuster franchise from Paramount Pictures.
Goodman will play Autobot Hound, Watanabe will play Drift, while Cullen reprises his role as the voice of Optimus Prime, and Welker takes on another new character, Galvatron.
“I am pleased to welcome two gifted and versatile actors, John Goodman and Ken Watanabe, to the world of Transformers,” said Bay. “And to reteam with Peter and Frank, who have brought Transformers characters alive from the beginning. I’ve been fortunate to work with some of the best voice talent in the business, and together we will introduce several exciting new robots to fans of the franchise around the world.”
Rounding out »
- Michelle McCue
Since September 2013 we have reported on three projects that Robert Zemeckis has been linked to, those being Chaos Walking, Marwencol, and The Miraculous Journey Of Edward Turlane. Well it looks as though none of those will be arriving soon, as Zemeckis’ next project will be To Reach The Clouds, reportedly starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. To Reach The Clouds has received a release date of 2nd October 2015 and has added Ben Kingsley to the cast.
To Reach The Clouds will recount the tale of high wire walker Philippe Petit (Levitt), as he sets about walking across a wire placed between the World Trade Centre Twin Towers in 1974. The feat has already been explored in the documentary Man On Wire. Zemeckis made a triumphant return to the world of live action films with 2012′s Flight, after have spent 8 tears working on animated motion-capture features. I’m not sure how interested I’ll be in the film, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
To mark the release of Franklin and Bash Season 2 on DVD 28th April, we’ve been given 5 copies of the TV show to give away.
The boys are back to rip the law a new one in the hit buddy legal drama Franklin & Bash: The Complete Second Season,coming to DVD on April 28 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Breckin Meyer (Clueless, Road Trip) and Mark-Paul Gosselaar (TV’s “NYPD Blue” & “Saved by the Bell”) return as Jared Franklin and Peter Bash, two streetwise lawyers and lifelong friends who cause a seismic culture clash when they join the button-down law firm of Ineld-Daniels, presided over by the eccentric Stanton Infeld (Malcolm McDowell, A Clockwork Orange, Easy A). In season two, the stakes are raised as Jared and Peter face a number of truly daunting tasks to ensure partner status at Infeld-Daniels and discover the real reason Infeld hired them.
Co-starring Reed Diamond »
Earlier this week we brought you a couple of images from The Equalizer featuring Denzel Washington (Flight) and Chloe Grace Moretz (Carrie) [see here], and now we have another three which sees Washington joined by Marton Csokas (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day)…
In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a former black ops commando who has faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston. When he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl, Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), he finds himself face to face with ultra-violent Russian gangsters. As he serves vengeance against those who brutalize the helpless, McCall’s desire for justice is reawakened. If someone has a problem, the odds are stacked against them, and they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.
The Equalizer is set for release on September 26th, with a cast »
- Gary Collinson
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Sony Pictures Entertainment, Mattel and Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation today announced a partnership on a live-action comedy featuring the beloved and dynamic icon Barbie.
The studio sees this as its next big, global franchise and plans to go into production by the end of the year. Written by Jenny Bicks (Rio 2) and produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (Men In Black 3, Flight), the film will be executive produced by Parkes+MacDonald’s president Marc Resteghini alongside Julia Pistor, who will executive produce for Mattel’s Playground Productions.
From princess to president, mermaid to movie star, Barbie® has done it all – through her more than 150 careers, she has gained valuable experiences and shown her fans that anything is possible for a modern woman.
In her live-action big screen debut, Barbie will inhabit many of these roles, utilizing her personal and professional »
- Michelle McCue
New York (AP) — ABC's brainy new medical drama "Black Box" does a neat trick: It dares viewers to imagine for themselves the cost-benefit ratio of addiction, and does it without taking a firm stand. It does it in the person of lovely, top-of-her-field Dr. Catherine Black, known as "the Marco Polo of the Brain," who helps patients navigate a range of neurological disorders. She also secretly wrestles with one of her own: She's bipolar. Meanwhile, she's addicted to the mind-expanding, sometimes rapturous but ultimately dangerous effects of skipping the meds that keep her "normalized," and letting her condition run full tilt. "This show is not a generic examination of bipolarity — not at all," says series star Kelly Reilly. "This is about one woman who is an addict to her disease. The disease is treatable. But it calls for a lifetime of commitment and rearranging medications to see what works and »
- Frazier Moore (AP Staff)
Happy Oklahoma Day! For serious that's what it is today so any of you reading from the Sooner state enjoy yourselves just a little bit more for the rest of us today
I'm just a girl who cain't say no,
I'm in a turrible fix I always say "come on, let's go"
Just when I outta say nix!
It's also Earth Day today and we'll celebrate when we look at Pocahontas for "Best Shot" tonight. Have you rescreened in yet to choose your shot. You've only got 6 more hours to get your link in. We'll post at 10 tonight
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Allure's Nude Issue" has 4 actresses talking about their bodies while naked (Nia Long, »
- NATHANIEL R
With a sequel already in the works, there’s good reason to be excited for Sony Pictures’ The Equalizer. Starring Denzel Washington and Chloë Grace Moretz, the film is apparently testing extremely well and with its September 26th release date quickly approaching, the studio is starting to push the marketing machine into gear.
Today, we have two new images from the film to feast our eyes on. The first, seen above, shows off Moretz (sporting red hair) and Washington taking a nighttime stroll. The second, at the bottom of this article, has Washington standing in the pouring rain and looking all badass with a gun in his hand. Presumably, he’s just killed someone.
Based off the 1980s TV series of the same name, The Equalizer will see Washington starring as a former covert-ops agent who chooses to dedicate his life to helping others. The actors describes it as the »
- Matt Joseph
“Black Box” is an awful title for a not-much-better show — another “physician, heal thyself” drama, in which bipolar disorder becomes a license to flights of visual fancy and periodic bouts of overacting. The series will inhabit an ABC Thursday lineup that, admittedly, has gotten considerable mileage out of over-the-top characters and situations (see “Scandal”), with Kelly Reilly playing a neurologist grappling with her own mental-health issues, studying “an organ so complex it is beyond human comprehension.” The same might be said, less portentously or charitably, regarding what ABC saw in this overwrought drama.
Perhaps appropriately, Reilly makes the leap to TV and “Black Box” from movie roles in, among other things, “Flight,” although the order of business here is brains, not planes. (It’s unfortunate that the title of the show — a reference to the brain — has been in the news so constantly in connection with the missing Malaysian Airlines flight, »
- Brian Lowry
When you die and go to heaven will you really see your late loved ones, sit on Jesus’ lap, and get serenaded by angels? That’s exactly how Colton Burp described his trip to the afterworld after an out-of-body experience when he was four years old. His father Todd, a pastor in Imperial Nebraska, shared his son’s experience in the family-friendly book Heaven Is For Real which was a surprise best-seller on the Christian circuit and now here comes the film version. Heaven Is For Real is as wholesome and square as it sounds. No profanity. No sex. No violence. That’s its hook. Unpretentious and plainspoken, it knows its target Christian audience well.
The plot of Heaven Is For Real is disarmingly simple and there appears to be no question regarding the general circumstances themselves. The Burpos are a classic wholesome American family from the heartland, hardworking and faithful. »
- Tom Stockman
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