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Before Shane Black (Iron Man 3) heads back to the jungle (figuratively speaking) to tackle the new Predator movie, he will be directing his 1970s inspired comedy-noir The Nice Guys. And it’s been confirmed this morning by The Hollywood Reporter that Ryan Gosling (Only God Forgives) and Russell Crowe (Noah) have joined to lead the cast.
The Nice Guys is set in Los Angeles in the 1970s and sees a fighter and a private detective team up to attempt to solve a murder, which would set it in a similar tone to Black’s own Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang. A Christmas setting is not confirmed.
As it stands, »
- Luke Owen
Warner Bros. has acquired North American rights to the project, which is being produced by Joel Silver. “Nice Guys” re-teams the studio with Black and Silver, both who rose to prominence nearly three decades ago via the “Lethal Weapon” franchise — followed by Silver’s public split with Warners two years ago.
The script, co-written by Black with Anthony Bagarozzi, is set in Los Angeles during the 1970s and centered on a pair of detectives investigating the seeming suicide of a female porn star whose career was on the decline — leading to the uncovering of a criminal conspiracy.
The script has been in development for several years. In 2011, the Austin Film Festival held a staged reading, with Black directing, and offered this logline:
“In smoggy 1970s Los Angeles, Jackson Healy (muscle-for-hire, »
- Dave McNary
Sdcc 2014 kicks off soon, and we've already told you what's planned for Preview Night. Here's a quick recap along with the horror highlights of Day 1. On tap are "Hannibal," "Penny Dreadful," "Under the Dome," "Teen Wolf," The Walking Dead comics, WWE Studios, and Lots more.
Per usual, what we're posting is just the tip of the iceberg with panels running all day and evening. Check out our picks below, and be sure to visit the official San Diego Comic-Con 2014 website for the full lineup.
Preview Night: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
6:00 Pm - Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings
Constantine: Based upon the characters from DC Comics and executive produced by Daniel Cerone (Dexter) and David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight films), Constantine reflects the lore of the fan-favorite comic, combining noirish storytelling with the evolving mythology of John Constantine (Matt Ryan), a morally challenged character who doesn’t »
- Debi Moore
Are you getting restless about all these halfway posts? We're almost done. The Power of List compels me. There's one more halfway post to go that's basically 'The Oscar Charts are Updated!' as the coding problem I mentioned is fixed and the updates are happening behind the scenes as you read this. We must get all this halfway business behind us by Saturday morning so that we can ape out all weekend with Andy Serkis & Co and start this second half of the year off right.
The Greatest Performances Of 2014's First Half
Best Leading Actress: Keira Knightley does her most relaxed and fluid work ever in Begin Again as a musician at a crossroads, never letting any one aspect of the character's situation pigeonhole her emotional responses; Agata Kulesza is an abrasive and evasive presence in her first scenes in Ida as a cynical woman who is »
- NATHANIEL R
After a very disappointing collaboration with novelist Cormac McCarthy on The Counsellor last year, Ridley Scott is back to his epic ways of film-making with Exodus: Gods And Kings. Starring Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton, the film is based on the exodus of The Israelites from Egypt led by Moses, and it also relates to The Old Testament Book Of Exodus.
From what the trailer shows, Ridley Scott seems to be on very firm ground as he dramatises the battle between Moses and Ramses II. Christian Bale dons an impressive beard as he plays Moses, while The Great Gatsby’s Joel Edgerton makes an astonishing transformation as Ramses II and with no Whitney Huston-esque soundtrack in sight though like 1998′s The Prince Of Egypt – which is probably a good thing!
Here’s that trailer and scroll down for the posters – which may need a little work before the film is »
- Louise Tooth
Take a look at the Red Sea parting! Listen to the cover of Simple Minds' "Belfast Child!" It's all glorious!
In this adaptation, Christian Bale stars as Moses who dukes it out with Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton barely recognizable) so he can free the slaves and escape Egypt's plagues. So "Ten Commandments" here we come! But, according to Bale, there will be shocking stuff so Scott and company may be a bit liberal in adding or subtracting passages from the bible. Yup, just like "Noah. »
2014 is the year of the Bible. After March’s Flood tale Noah saw a drenched Russell Crowe and Emma Watson fight for survival, another story from the Old Testament is parting the Red Sea and heading to theatres in December.
Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings sees Christian Bale as Moses squaring off against his adopted brother Ramses played by an unrecognizable Joel Edgerton. The 3D film covers the familiar story of the brothers-turned-enemies as Moses rises up against the Pharaoh Ramses in his quest to set 600,000 slaves free while the deadly plagues rain down on Egypt.
Edgerton gives his best Yul Brenner impression while a bearded Bale shows he’s adept at riding a horse and wielding a sword in the heat of battle. The trailer certainly gives new meaning to the term “epic” and is exactly what we have come to expect from the director of Gladiator and Prometheus. »
- Rachel West
On the same day that the first trailer for his Moses movie—Exodus: Gods and Kings, starring Christian Bale—debuted on the Internet, Ridley Scott has announced his intention to tackle another Biblical epic. As first reported in Variety, Scott, Exodus producer Peter Chernin, and 20th Century Fox are re-teaming for a movie about David, the boy who slew Goliath and grew up to be the exalted king of Israel.
Jonathan W. Stokes, who penned the script for the Benedict Cumberbatch project Blood Mountain, is writing a screenplay that will focus on David’s reign as king, following his early battle with the giant Philistine. »
- Jeff Labrecque
We've already had one biblical epic this year, with Darren Aronofsky's Noah - starring Russell Crowe - doing solid business at the box office back in the spring. Next up, it's director Ridley Scott's turn, as he brings to the screen Exodus: Gods And Kings.
Exodus: Gods And Kings has a Boxing Day release earmarked in the UK, and the first full trailer for the movie has just landed. Take a mooch at this and see what you reckon...
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“So Let It Be Written. So Let It Be Done.”
Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharoah Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt »
- Michelle McCue
When we think of historical epics, a certain grand scale of filmmaking comes to mind, and few pull it off better than Ridley Scott. His Moses saga Exodus: Gods and Kings (previously known simply as Exodus) hits theaters this December, and is the second blockbuster Biblical retelling of 2014, after Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
Scott’s take on the Old Testament story boasts a terrific cast, with Christian Bale as Moses, Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby) as his adoptive brother (and eventual enemy) Ramses, Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) as Joshua, alongside Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3) and John Turturro (Transformers: Dark of the Moon).
While Scott has long held that his take on the famous story will focus more on the characters than the set pieces – such as the iconic Parting of the Red Sea in Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 classic The Ten ...
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- Anthony Vieira
Bible movies, they’re the hottest thing in Hollywood right now. Tinseltown has figured out—though many of them haven’t even come out yet—that Bible stories are public domain and therefore it's a “franchise” they can exploit. In 2014 alone, we’ve already had three Biblical-themed movies; Darren Aronofsky’s "Noah," and two very successful indies in “Son of God,” and "Heaven Is For Real" (the latter being less “biblical” but still built for the Bible Belt crowd). Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg was interested in a Moses movie (more on that in a second), Will Smith was once reportedly eyeing the story of Cain & Abel, Paul Verhoeven is developing a Jc biopic and Warner Bros. scooped up a Pontius Pilate script last year that even interested Brad Pitt. And now there’s a King David movie in the works. And yes, it’s the King David who started from the »
- Edward Davis
David Heyman produced eight movies about the second-most-famous Christ figure in history, Harry Potter. Now, he’s making a movie about Christ himself.
The movie will be based on the bestseller Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by historian Reza Aslan. Aslan’s book became the subject of controversy last summer when Fox News anchor Lauren Green questioned Aslan’s authority, as a Muslim, to write a book abut Jesus.
- Jacob Shamsian
London – Emma Watson has been named a goodwill ambassador for Un Women. The 24-year-old Harry Potter star tweeted about her new role, saying: "So excited to start work with the Amazing people at Un Women!" She added: "Going to be working for the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (!!!)." Photos 'Noah' Berlin Premiere: Emma Watson and Co-Stars on the Red Carpet Watson, who has 13 million followers on Twitter, recently appeared in Noah and The Bling Ring after playing Hermione Granger in all eight Potter films. She
- Georg Szalai
Having covered the most astounding visuals from the first half of 2014 let's move on to Sound. This is when I suddenly become shy, mutable, and tongue-tied as a critic. You may read this post at any decibel level but please know that I'm whispering it. A truth: sound is the aspect of filmmaking for which I feel least qualified to judge. I try to absorb what's happening in underscoring and with the mix and editing. I'm definitely more attuned that I once was. But the fact remains that my ears are neither as well trained nor as aggressive in consumption as my eyes. I love to hear other people talk sound and scoring (I recommend the book The Conversations by Walter Murch which is on film editing but it touches on sound as well) so please do share your favorites in the comments. I'll probably learn something if you do. »
- NATHANIEL R
Chicago – After years of being envisioned with numerous directors (“Noah’s” Darren Aronofsky was once attached), a new version of “RoboCop” has arrived. While the original 80s classic stood out for its foresight into current cultural turmoil, this remake is more a product of movies of the past, and to be more specific, our recent beloved superhero movies.
This film from director Jose Padilha is a decent one, but it’s more like a prologue than a work that can stand on its own. This is the “Batman Begins” or “Man of Steel” of the hopeful new franchise installation, but without the same amount of intrigue as the former. Instead, “RoboCop” remains stuck between wanting to be dialogue-driven but also accessible with action. The camera itself has more movement than its hero, which makes for a couple dynamic scenes, but not an extraordinary protagonist.
“RoboCop” is not just the »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
After giving us our first trailer for Fury a little over a week ago (which you can watch here, if you happened to miss it), Sony has now released a trio of stills from the World War II action-drama, which see director David Ayer (Sabotage) joined by the likes of Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds), Shia Labeouf (Transformers), Michael Pena (American Hustle) and Logan Lerman (Noah)…
Fury is set at the very end of World War II, in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
Fury is set for release in the UK on October 24th and will open in the States on November 14th, »
- Gary Collinson
Picking the best movies that come out in any given year is no easy feat. For film fans, a quality feature can come out at any time, from any one, and discovering an enjoyable and well-crafted feature is truly a pleasure. As we reach the halfway point of the year, many excellent films have already made their way to theatres, films that are well worth a watch. Below, you shall find the list of the top 30 films of 2014 to date, a list that ranges from science fiction thrillers to period dramas.
A few notes to keep in mind when reading our entry: Certain films from our 2013 list make a second appearance on this list. This is because the movies, while technically released this year, were seen by a select few in time for last year’s list, due to the benefit of film festivals and press screenings. The list itself is in no particular order, »
Work that must not be named! Harry Potter star Emma Watson is at the center of an investigation surrounding her American housekeeper, The Independent reports. The British newspaper claims that Watson’s employee illegally worked in the UK, cleaning the Noah star’s £2 million London home. During the time she worked for the actress, the woman held a tourist visa, which banned her from working. She reportedly worked for the recent Brown University graduate in New York at the start of 2013 and then traveled to London to work [...] »
Emma Watson is said to be facing an investigation by immigration officials after her American housekeeper allegedly worked in the UK without the correct documentation.
According to the The Mirror, the housekeeper only held a tourist visa and was not permitted to work in the UK.
The housekeeper reportedly spent three months in Britain, during which time Watson was living in America, studying at Brown University in Rhode Island.
The actress could potentially face civil penalties of up to £10,000 for breaching immigration guidelines.
She would play an aspiring actress who falls for charismatic jazz pianist Sebastian, played by Miles Teller.
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