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Frank Yablans, Former Paramount President, Dead At 79

13 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Frank Yablans was president of Paramount during some of the studio’s most golden years from 1971 to 1975. Working under notorious owner Charlie Bludhorn, Yablans’ tenure included such Oscar winners and nominees as The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Serpico, Paper Moon, Chinatown and Murder On The Orient Express. He died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes this morning, his son, ICM PartnersEddy Yablans, told Deadline.

Frank Yablans worked in his early years for Warner Bros, The Walt Disney Company and Filmways and joined Paramount in the late 60s where he spearheaded marketing for Arthur Hiller’s Ryan O’Neal/Ali MacGraw tearjerker Love Story before ascending to the presidency. After leaving Paramount, he went on to a successful career as a producer/exec producer on such films as Richard Pryor/Gene Wilder comedy Silver Streak and Brian De Palma’s The Fury. He also wrote and produced such »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Patti Smith’s Passions Have Led Her Into Oscar Season

26 November 2014 5:34 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Patti Smith has always been a renaissance woman. She’s been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for her work as a singer-songwriter and frontwoman of the Patti Smith Group; named a commander of the French Ordre des Artes et des Lettres for work as a poet; and awarded the National Book Award for her 2010 memoir, “Just Kids.” And 2014 may have been the year Patti Smith finally went Hollywood.

In her own small, measured way, that is. This past year saw the 67-year-old songstress contribute a tune to Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah,” which is up for consideration in the Oscar original song category, as well as act in Netflix’s “The Killing.” Last year, she wrote and performed an original song for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

“It’s entirely a happy convergence,” she insists.

She’s certainly earned the cultural capital to experiment with new roles, »

- Andrew Barker

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New Us sci-fi, fantasy and horror shows for 2015

26 November 2014 6:27 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Superheroes, time travellers, aliens and zombies. Here’s our pick of forthcoming Us geek TV for 2015…

Following on from our list of brand new UK geek-skewed TV shows to keep an eye out for next year is this gaggle of Us counterparts. There are film adaptations from 12 Monkeys to Scream, comic book adaptations including Daredevil and Dark Matter, and a host of original projects.

All of the ones listed below are as certain as certain gets in the world of Us TV commissioning, and as a bonus, there’s a wee list of sci-fi and fantasy pilots to look forward to should they be picked up by their respective networks.

12 Monkeys

You’ll find this one among our running total of movies currently being turned into TV shows, for obvious reasons.

A Syfy production that’s expected to arrive in January 2015, 12 Monkeys is based on the 1995 Terry Gilliam film (itself »

- louisamellor

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Watch: Darren Aronofsky's 'Dog Vs. Monkey' Wrestling Video

24 November 2014 2:28 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Once upon a time, Darren Aronofsky traveled to India. While he was there, he encountered a dog and a monkey playfully wrestling in the street and did what many of us would—he got out his camera. What happened next? He put it on YouTube where no one really saw it, but now they certainly will. Chatting with Vulture, the director, who was recently honored by the Humane Society for not using real animals in "Noah," revealed the story of his wildlife special (of sorts). "I posted only one video in my life on YouTube," he explained. "When I was in India, I saw a dog and a monkey wrestling. I thought it was cool, just amazing. I had never seen a dog and a monkey wrestle, and they were playing, it was totally fun. What happens is the monkey suddenly flies back and bumps into my camera, hits my camera, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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See Darren Aronofsky’s Lost Animal Masterpiece

24 November 2014 8:45 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Darren Aronofsky was honored by the Humane Society of the United States Friday night, in part because of his commitment to using only CGI animals in Noah. But Aronofsky tells Vulture that he did make one little movie featuring live beasts — and frankly, he's a little surprised so few of us have seen it."I posted only one video in my life on YouTube," Aronofsky told us at the gala. "When I was in India, I saw a dog and a monkey wrestling. I thought it was cool, just amazing. I had never seen a dog and a monkey wrestle, and they were playing, it was totally fun. What happens is the monkey suddenly flies back and bumps into my camera, hits my camera, right into the lens, then sort of reached around and felt the camera, then got back into the fight," he said. (This appears to be the »

- Bennett Marcus

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Interview: Patti Smith Doesn't Want Her Own Biopic!

20 November 2014 1:15 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

What becomes a legend most? Not the biopics we see each year at the movies, Patti Smith suggests to me. We were meeting to talk about her first Original Song for a film, "Mercy Is" from this spring's $100 million hit Noah when the conversation veered into her own status as a showbiz legend, the godmother of punk. She shudders when I wonder aloud if anyone will make ever make a movie of her best-selling memoir "Just Kids" which recounts her storied relationship with fellow artist Robert Mapplethorpe. Though she's undoubtedly been interviewed thousands of times by now in her forty years of stardom, and she questions (indirectly) the whole point of the star profile and the interviewing process  -- 'if you really want to know me, it's all there in the work' -- she is a patient and warm interview. She instantly recalls the old massive paraphenalia that journalists used »

- NATHANIEL R

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Tech Support: Will 'Interstellar's' woes cost it Oscar attention in the sound mixing race?

20 November 2014 1:10 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Normally, by mid-November, we have a pretty good idea of many of the likely nominees in most of the crafts categories. But in this year's race for Best Sound Mixing, I see things as extremely open — there's not a single film that strikes me as assured of a spot and more than a dozen appear to have very good chances. That makes for an exciting race. This category awards the overall mix of dialogue, music, effects and "everything else" into a film's soundtrack. This is different than sound editing, which recognizes the creation and editing of artificial sound effects. Being a leading Best Picture contender can certainly help a film's chances in mixing (seen in "The Social Network," "The King's Speech" and "Moneyball" in recent years), as can being a war film, a musical or a respected (or even not-so-respected) blockbuster. There are also certain mixers who score very regularly indeed. »

- Gerard Kennedy

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Steve McQueen to direct Widows

20 November 2014 11:02 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New Regency is reuniting with the director of its Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave on the heist thriller as the studio continues to assemble its stable of prestige filmmakers.

Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films are producing Widows, based on Lynda La Plante’s 1980s TV series that aired on Thames Television about the wives of four armed robbers who come together to finish a robbery after their spouses are killed.

McQueen will also write and produce the feature, scheduled to start pre-production by the end of the year.

New Regency, led by Brad Weston, is riding high on awards buzz for its current releases Birdman from Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu and Gone Girl by David Fincher, which Fox Searchlight and Fox are distributing, respectively.

Iñárritu is currently in production for New Regency on The Revenant starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, a 2016 Oscar hopeful set to open through Fox on December 25, 2015.

The studio is also in »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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The Walking Dead, Ep. 5.06, “Consumed” a welcome return to the show’s most compelling characters

17 November 2014 2:11 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Walking Dead, Season 5, Episode 6: “Consumed”

Directed by Seith Mann

Written by Matthew Negrete & Corey Reed

Airs Sundays at 9pm Et on AMC

“Consumed” follows Carol and Daryl in pursuit of the mysterious vehicle that belongs to Beth’s kidnappers. The dynamic duo make good progress into the city eventually arriving at a safe house while running into the occasional zombie along the way. The hour proves harmless enough for the pair of seasoned veterans, and while at times exciting, “Consumed” is a predictable, voyage into the heart of Atlanta. But despite a lack of suspense and horror, “Consumed” is a welcome return to two of the show’s most compelling characters; and an episode that gives two of our least talkative survivors a chance to express themselves and some much-needed breathing room to examine how much they’ve both changed in five seasons.

Despite Daryl’s presence, the »

- Ricky

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Hear Billy Boyd perform 'The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies' credits song

17 November 2014 9:51 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Teased in Warner Bros. Pictures’ "For Your Consideration" and later confirmed by all involved, Watertower Muisc has released actor-musician Billy Boyd’s "The Last Goodbye" in full. Running behind "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies’" credits, the track is one of the few components of Peter Jackson’s trilogy-capper that could take Oscar gold.  Written and composed by Boyd (Howard Shore, who played Pippin in Jackson’s "Lord of the Rings" films, "The Last Goodbye" fits with "The Hobbit" series’ musical trend of folksy male vocalists (with Neil Finn’s "Song of the Lonely Mountain" and Ed Sheeran’s "I See Fire") versus the ethereal ballads that Enya, Emilíana Torrini, and Annie Lennox leant to "Lord of the Rings." Neither Finn nor Sheeran’s songs cracked the Original Song races in the past two years, giving "The Last Goodbye" an uphill battle when it comes to Oscars. “We focused »

- Matt Patches

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22 movie characters who should be couples

16 November 2014 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

At the European press conference for Interstellar earlier this month, Sir Michael Caine named 'Sandy Bullock in Gravity' as his favourite sci-fi character. This connected Matthew McConaughey's Cooper with Bullock's Ryan Stone in our minds and got us thinking… Wouldn't they make a great couple (if they could get the space suits off long enough to snog)?

So join us as we go further down this rabbit hole, and pitch more movie characters who should probably swipe right on Tinder and get into each other's pants the first opportunity they get.

1. Cooper (Interstellar) & Ryan Stone (Gravity)

Why They're A Good Match: They're both space-exploring adventurers who've beaten some pretty big odds in their time. They've both had the opportunity to gaze in wonderment at the stars – now let's set them up on a date so they can remember that we're all made of stars and they should be gawking at each other instead. »

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Learn how production design made 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' a lead 'character'

14 November 2014 12:28 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Among all working directors, few can rival Wes Anderson's reputation for set design. From the eccentric home of "The Royal Tenenbaums" to the maritime world of "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" to the subtle 1960s environment of "Moonrise Kingdom," he works with his production designers to create memorable color palettes and designs that are of the utmost importance in telling the story. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" probably tops all of his films to date in this regard. It’s fair to say that Adam Stockhausen created a "title character" through his design of the eponymous lodge. HitFix recently spoke to the production designer, fresh off his first Oscar nomination for "12 Years a Slave" and currently in Germany filming Steven Spielberg’s latest, about his role in creating that character. Stockhausen’s journey to Anderson is very much aligned with his journey to cinema, totally unexpected but finding him »

- Gerard Kennedy

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‘Foxcatcher’, ‘Rosewater’ & ‘Homesman’, Oh My! — Specialty Box Office Preview

13 November 2014 9:04 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

This weekend’s onslaught of smaller new films will have awards contenders and big names to jostle with at the box office. Awards hopefuls Foxcatcher and The Homesman begin their theatrical runs in limited New York and L.A. rollouts, with the former a likely winner in the first weekend when the numbers come in Sunday. The films from Sony Pictures Classics and Roadside Attractions, respectively, tell particularly American stories, though from very different eras. The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart took time off in 2013 to work on his directorial debut. Open Road’s Rosewater, starring Gael García Bernal, will begin its theatrical rollout this weekend. It will be the biggest opener of this weekend’s cadre of specialty newcomers, playing in several hundred locations in the U.S. and Canada. Actor Chris Lowell also makes his filmmaking launch with Beside Still Waters. The project had smooth sailing until it came time for distribution, »

- Brian Brooks

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Contest: Win Tickets For Museum Of The Moving Image Screening Of 'Noah' With Darren Aronofsky & Patti Smith

13 November 2014 8:01 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This spring, the oceans rose in theaters nationwide in one of the Bible's most famous stories, with Darren Aronofsky bringing "Noah" to life. An ambitious and boundary-pushing take on the familiar tale, the movie was another memorable effort from the filmmaker, that certainly gains power from being seen on as big a screen as possible. And next week in New York City you'll get another chance, and we've got tickets to an event that's now sold out. On Monday, November 17th at 7 Pm, the Museum Of The Moving Image will present "Noah," followed by a conversation between Aronofsky and the legendary Patti Smith, the latter also performing the song she wrote for the film, "Mercy Is" a capella. It doesn't get much better than that. This will be a rare chance to see the movie with this kind of talent on hand, and it's one you won't want to miss. »

- Edward Davis

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Darren Aronofsky Salutes His ‘Noah’ Production Artisans

12 November 2014 12:28 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Most awards buzz centers on fourth-quarter films, but many earlier 2014 works deserve to be remembered. For example, “Noah.” Paramount debuted the film back in March, but long after the release, filmmaker Darren Aronofsky was enthused about talking with his collaborators on the film, which scored an impressive $362 million globally.

Cinematography, Matthew Libatique

We wanted to reinvent the biblical epic. The edict was no robes, no long beards, no sandals, no Middle East deserts. The Noah story is prehistorical. Everything was new, everything was a miracle — like the first rainbow. So we wanted to create a universe unto itself. We did a lot of research, but much of the look and lighting was dictated by Iceland. We chose Iceland because it’s the newest piece of earth on the planet. We wanted to go to the true primordial place on the map. The lighting there is unique and Matty had huge challenges, »

- Tim Gray

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'Exodus': How Ridley Scott Chose His 11-Year-Old Voice of God

12 November 2014 7:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the Nov. 21 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. As Paramount found this year with Darren Aronofsky's Noah, films about biblical subjects can expose a studio to unwanted controversy. That's especially true for stories about Moses, a figure of significance to Jews, Christians and Muslims. Now it's Fox's turn to grapple with sensitive depictions as Exodus: Gods and Kings opens Dec. 12. See more Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films                Choosing a voice of God is an especially tricky proposition. When DreamWorks Animation made The Prince of Egypt in 1998,

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New international trailer for the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending

8 November 2014 9:25 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A new international trailer has arrived online for Andy and Lana Wachowski’s upcoming sci-fi actioner Jupiter Ascending, which stars Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher) and Mila Kunis (Oz the Great and Powerful); check it out here after the official synopsis…

Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along – her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

Jupiter Ascending is set to open on February 6th 2015, with a cast »

- Gary Collinson

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Is Good Wife Dating Finn? Has Every Murder Character Gotten Some? Did Arrow Miss His Shot? And More TV Qs

7 November 2014 11:27 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including The Good Wife, Selfie, American Horror Story: Freak Show and How to Get Away With Murder!

1 | On Grimm, is Trubel a worthy stand-in for a powerless Nick? Or are you counting the days until Det. Burkhardt gets his mojo back?

2 | Anyone else spend 30 percent of their time watching Constantine wanting to straighten Matt Ryan’s necktie?

3 | Can we talk about what’s happening with The Good Wife‘s Alicia and Finn (see above photo)? Are they just friends, »

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Vitality Visual Effects Launches in L.A. and Vancouver (Exclusive)

6 November 2014 12:35 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Visual effects gurus behind “Noah” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” are teaming up to launch a new company, Vitality Visual Effects.

The venture will be overseen by Guy Botham, who previously ran business operations for the visual effects firm Hydraulx, and Andrew Fowler, former vice president of visual effects and production at the Walt Disney Company.

Fowler also worked as visual FX producer on “Noah,” “300” and the “Tomb Raider” films, while Botham was a visual effects producer on “Into the Storm” and “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.”

The duo has tapped Loeng Wong-Savun to be Vitality’s lead artist. Loeng’s credits include “Skyfall,” “Avatar” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

Vitality will concentrate on beauty work, face replacement and 2D enhancements. In layman’s terms, it’s digital cosmetic surgery and body shaping that allows actors to appear blemish free, younger, older, fitter and even »

- Brent Lang

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Holiday 2014 Forecast: 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'

4 November 2014 9:59 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

<< Back to Holiday 2014 ForecastExodus: Gods and KingsRelease Date: December 12th (3D)Studio: 20th Century FoxGenre: DramaDirector: Ridley ScottWriters: Adam Cooper & Bill Collage and Jeffrey Caine and Steven ZaillianCast: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, John Turturro, Ben Mendelsohn, Indira VarmaStudio Description: The defiant leader Moses rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.Analysis: Exodus: Gods and Kings arrives in theaters less than nine months after director Darren Aronofsky's Noah, which wrapped up its run at the domestic box office with $101.2 million. It's likely that Ridley Scott's big-budget retelling of the Exodus story tops that number, though it's hard to say by how much.The two movies share a number of similarities. Both explore well-known Old Testament stories that aren't specific to one religion or another: Moses and »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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