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The first trailer for Sundance Film Festival entry A Walk in the Woods has debuted online, and you can watch it below…
Based on the memoirs of Bill Bryson, Woods stars Marvel-vets Robert Redford (Captain American: Winter Soldier) and Nick Nolte (Hulk) as two old friends who team up to hike across the Appalachian Trial, across 2,100 miles. But rather than this being like Reese Witherspoon-starrer Wild, both men are in the golden age of life, and find it difficult to cope with the conditions surrounding them.
Directed by Ken Kwapis (He’s Not That Into You), A Walk in the Woods co-stars Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks), Nick Offerman (Parks & Recreation), Kristen Schaal (Bob’s Burgers) and Mary Steenburgen (Step Brothers), and opens in Us cinemas on September 2nd.
- Scott J. Davis
The last 10 minutes of a movie are often what shapes our opinion most -- a strong ending can soften our feelings about a bad movie, and a weak, tone-deaf ending can spoil a filmgoing experience far more thoroughly than any overly revealing trailer or review. Tomorrowland is often a breathtakingly gorgeous movie with charming performances, but the ending is so unabashedly lesson-driven and heavy-handed that it's difficult to remember anything but its flaws and missteps.
The movie's opening and closing scenes are meant as bookends, but these are bookends created by your clumsy kid brother in shop class on the day the nails ran short. The first scenes in particular feel like a hurried reshoot/restructure to get George Clooney onscreen earlier. Frank (Clooney) and Casey (Britt Robertson) are speaking directly into the camera, making a video for an unknown audience. With interruptions from Casey, Frank begins setting up the »
- Jette Kernion
Love is never an easy road. And that will be none more apparent when filmmaker Michael Souder makes his directorial debut on By Day's End, a found footage thriller that will mesh the zombie apocalypse with the relationship drama seen from the perspective of a lesbian couple.
Exclusively centered around Carly and Rina's efforts to mend their deteriorating relationship while trying to survive a pandemic disease that has ravaged the world, the film will aim to tell an emotional love story wrapped around a premise horror fans have grown to love: the zombie survivalist thriller.
Previously a finalist in screenplay competitions including the Creative World Awards and Screencraft Horror, Souder will direct from a script written by himself and co-writer Justin Calen Chenn, creator of genre festival favorite 'Folklore,' which starred Ruth Connell (CW's Supernatural) and Laura Waddell (Saving Mr. Banks) and viral short sensation 'Sapphire Strange. »
Fuqua directs Denzel Washington (Training Day), Chris Pratt (Jurassic World), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Jason Momoa (Games of Thrones), Wagner Moura (Elite Squad), Haley Bennett (The Equalizer) and Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil) in the new version of the classic 1960 film which starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn and Charles Bronson.
The remake has been written by Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective) and John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks) and sees a local woman (Bennett) seeking out a group of gunslingers to help protect her small town for a group of bandits.
- Scott J. Davis
The actress, who has been getting rave reviews for her performance in Alex Garland’s sci-fi film, will take the lead in the project for James Ponsoldt, the director behind The Spectacular Now and Smashed.
The Circle is based on a 2013 novel by Dave Eggers, and tells the story of a college graduate (Vikander) who lands a job at a tech-producing company, before she catches the eye, and affections, of the owner, played by Hanks.
- Scott J. Davis
As recently announced, Saving Mr. Banks' director John Lee Hancock's next film will be The Founder, a corporate bopic about the early years and rise to global domination of the McDonald's fast food corporation. Michael Keaton is in place at the top of the cast as Ray Kroc, the Illinois businessman who liked the company so much he bought it. And now Laura Dern is in talks to join the project as Kroc's first wife Ethel.The story revolves around Kroc, who encountered Mac And Dick McDonald running a small but efficient burger business in 1950s California. Recognising franchise potential in their business method, Kroc went into partnership with the brothers, and eventually bought their share of the business for a reasonably paltry $3m in 1961. He then went about turning it into the ubiquitous multi-billion dollar corporation we know today, by the sound of it rather neglecting Ethel in the process. »
“The X-Files” star Mitch Pileggi is set to join Claudia Lee (“Hart of Dixie”), Katharine Isabelle (“Hannibal”), Miranda Rae Mayo (“Pretty Little Liars”), Christy Carlson Romano (“Kim Possible”), Toby Hemingway (“Black Swan”) and Luke Baines (“Saving Mr. Banks”) in the indie thriller “The Girl in the Photographs,” which also stars Kal Penn and Kenny Wormald, TheWrap has learned. Horror legend Wes Craven (“Scream”) is executive producing the film, which is being directed by his protégé Nick Simon, who co-wrote the script with Oz Perkins and Robert Morast. Lee will play the title character of Colleen, a bored small-town girl trying to. »
- Jeff Sneider
London — ITV Studios Global Entertainment, the international distribution arm of U.K. TV network ITV, has acquired a minority stake in Monumental Television, the indie recently founded by producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward.
The agreement will see Itvs Ge exclusively distribute all television productions from Monumental, which is already in advanced development on several major scripted series.
Owen is the founder of production company Ruby Film and Television, which she set up in 1998. Along with producing feature films, including the Oscar-nominated “Elizabeth,” “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Jane Eyre,” Ruby was behind high-end television dramas “Case Histories,” “Dancing on the Edge” and “Temple Grandin,” which won an Emmy.
Hayward most recently produced the Oscar-nominated “Les Miserables.” She was formerly head of films at Working Title, where she had creative responsibility for the company’s feature film slate, including the “Bridget Jones’ Diary” franchise, “Atonement” and the multi-Oscar nominated “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. »
- Leo Barraclough
Colin Farrell will be given the Navigator Award at the 16th annual Maui Film Festival, which runs June 3-7.
The fest takes place at the Wailea Resort, and the Celestial Cinema will host the event saluting Farrell on June 4. The Navigator Award honors a film artist for carving a path of distinction while maintaining a commitment to excellence, according to the festival.
“Colin Farrell is a chameleon who constantly creates one-of-a-kind characters,” said fest director Barry Rivers, adding, “In short, Colin is a cinematic force of nature.” The fest was founded by Barry and Stella Rivers in 2000; since then, it has screened more than 600 films.
- Tim Gray
Walt Disney Pictures has rounded out its main casting for its upcoming remake of Beauty and the Beast with The Hollywood Reporter reporting that the studio has found its Lumiere in the form of Ewan McGregor.
Emma Watson (Harry Potter) and Dan Stevens (The Guest) will star as Belle and the Beast/Prince respectively, with Luke Evans (Dracula Untold) as Gaston, Josh Gad (Frozen) as Lefou, Ian McKellen (X-Men: Days of Future Past) as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) as Mrs. Potts, Kevin Kline (Last Vegas) as Belle’s father Maurice, Audra McDonald (Private Practice) as Garderobe and Gugu-Mbatha Raw (Belle) as Plumette.
Beauty and the Beast is set for release March 17th, 2017.
- Scott J. Davis
Emma Watson (Harry Potter) and Dan Stevens (The Guest) will star as Belle and the Beast/Prince respectively, with Luke Evans (Dracula Untold) as Gaston, Josh Gad (Frozen) as Lefou, Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) as Mrs. Potts, Kevin Kline (Last Vegas) as Belle’s father Maurice, Audra McDonald (Private Practice) as Garderobe and most recently Ian McKellen (X-Men: Days of Future Past) joined the line-up as Cogsworth.
- Scott J. Davis
The cast of MGM's The Magnificent Seven remake continues to grow, with Luke Grimes in talks to sign on. If deal is finalized, he will join Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Haley Bennett, Ethan Hawke and Vincent D'Onofrio. No details were given for his character at this time.
The original Western classic The Magnificent Seven starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn and Horst Buchholz who were hired to protect a small Mexican village from a ruthless villain named Calvera (Eli Wallach). The movie, which was a loose remake of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, spawned a number of sequels and a TV series. No plot details were given for this new version.
Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer) is directing from a script originally written by Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective) and revised by John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks). Production is expected to start within the next month, »
Pic is the English-language adaptation of Hans Fallada’s novel, based on the true story of a working-class couple who conducted a series of anonymous protests against the Nazi regime during World War II. The screenplay was written by Achim von Borries (“Good Bye Lenin!”) and Vincent Perez.
Joining the production team are cinematographer Christophe Beaucarne (“Irina Palm,” “Mr. Nobody”), production designer Jean-Vincent Puzos (“Amour,” “10,000 B.C.”) and editor Francois Gedigier (“On the Road,” “Yves Saint Laurent”).
X Filme’s Stefan Arndt and Uwe Schott (“Cloud Atlas,” “Amour”) and Master Movie’s Marco Pacchioni (“Bluesbreaker,” “Bye Bye Blondie”) are producing together with James Schamus (“Brokeback Mountain,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) and FilmWave’s Christian Grass and Paul Trijbits (“Jane Eyre,” “Saving Mr. Banks »
- Leo Barraclough
Second World War drama will shoot on location in Berlin, Cologne and Görlitz.
Based on the true story of a working class couple who conducted a series of anonymous protests against the Nazi regime during the Second World War, principal photography will begin tomorrow (March 27) on location in Berlin, Cologne and Görlitz.
French actor Vincent Perez will direct.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
It's not a surprise, but Sam Taylor-Johnson will not return to direct Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to this year's smash hit Fifty Shades of Grey, which is now over $558 million worldwide on a miniscule budget of only $40 million. The reports of Taylor-Johnson's head-butting with "Fifty Shades" author E.L. James were commonplace ahead of the film's release and James has even said she wants more control over the next film, including writing the screenplay herself as the first film was written by Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks) who is also confirmed to not be returning. Added to this is the equally unsurprising news Dakotah Johnson and Jamie Dornan want pay raises above the $250,000 they each received for the first film. Both are contractually obligated to return, but I fully expect those contracts to be renegotiated before the sequel gets underway. The Wrap amz asin="B00NCDVVLY" size="large" »
- Brad Brevet
In a video that will make your whole day if not your whole week, legendary actor Tom Hanks appeared on The Late, Late Show with British un-funny man James Corden where the pair re-enact a large portion of Mr. Hank’s film roles including Forrest Gump, Big, Bachelor Party, The Money Pit, The ‘Burbs, Turner & Hooch, Road to Perdition, Joe vs. The Volcano, Sleepless in Seattle, Saving Private Ryan, Captain Phillips, The Terminal, A League of Their Own, You’ve Got Mail, That Thing You Do, The Polar Express, Catch me if you Can, Cloud Atlas, The Green Mile, Larry Crowne, Castaway, Philadelphia, The Da Vinci Code, Saving Mr. Banks, Splash, Apollo 13 and the Toy Story trilogy.
Check out the video below:
Pretty cool, eh?
- Luke Owen
Williams had to drop out of the film due to a minor health issue that has reportedly now been corrected. Due to the sudden interruption in his schedule, Williams was unavailable to provide the score for the film. In his stead, twelve-time Oscar nominee Thomas Newman, known for his scores in films like The Shawshank Redemption, Finding Nemo, Skyfall and Saving Mr. Banks, will compose for the film, which stars Tom Hanks.
Williams, who is now 83 and busier than ever, will re-unite with Spielberg for the director’s next film, The Bfg, which shoots later this year.
- James Garcia
DreamWorks Pictures'/Fox 2000 Pictures' upcoming dramatic thriller directed by three-time Academy Award®-winning director Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List) and starring two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Philadelphia), has been, as previously announced, titled Bridge of Spies. In addition, 12-time Oscar nominee Thomas Newman (The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Saving Mr. Banks) has been signed to score the film, as John Williams' schedule was interrupted and he was unavailable to score the film due to a minor health issue, now corrected.
A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, Bridge of Spies tells the story of James Donovan (Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen »
The film is notable in that it is one of the rare Spielberg projects that will not feature a score composed by John Williams, whose soaring melodies have long been a staple of the director’s work. Instead Thomas Newman (“Saving Mr. Banks,” “The Help”) will handle music duties.
Williams was unable to work on the film due to what DreamWorks describes as “a minor health issue” that the company reports has been resolved. He has scored 26 of Spielberg’s 27 films — the only exception being 1985’s “The Color Purple.” Williams will reunite with Spielberg on his upcoming family film, “The Bfg.” Williams’ other credits include the “Star Wars” and “Harry Potter” films.
“Bridge of Spies” centers on a Brooklyn lawyer (Hanks) who is sent by the CIA to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. »
- Brent Lang
DreamWorks Pictures’/Fox 2000 Pictures’ upcoming dramatic thriller directed by three-time Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Schindler’s List”) and starring two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (“Forrest Gump,” “Philadelphia”), has been titled Bridge Of Spies.
In addition, 12-time Oscar nominee Thomas Newman (“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Saving Mr. Banks”) has been signed to score the film, as John Williams’ schedule was interrupted and he was unavailable to score the film due to a minor health issue, now corrected.
John Williams. 86th Academy Awards, The Oscar Concert
A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, Bridge Of Spies tells the story of James Donovan (Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.
Screenwriters Matt Charman »
- Michelle McCue
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