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Still (im)patiently awaiting Ridley Scott's, Cormac McCarthy penned crime tale "The Counselor" coming later this year? Yeah, so are we. But until then, here's a nice little treat to tide you over -- a one-hour documentary on the career of the filmmaker from the British series "Omnibus." Titled "Eye Of The Storm," the 1992 documentary was made circa "1492: Conquest Of Paradise" and covers Scott's career from his early days at school right up until the present time of the doc. An array of collaborators are brought into for their input with Tony Scott, H.R. Giger, Sigourney Weaver, Michael Douglas, Callie Khouri and more participating. It's pretty decent vintage trip down memory lane, and it's always fascinating to get perspective on a filmmaker's career during different points in their life, so give this one a spin below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
And here we go... the acting categories you've all been very impatiently waiting for in Tfe's first wave of Oscar predictions for the year.
Will Previously Honored Movie Stars With Weird Character-Actor Hairdos Rule This Year?
As faithful readers know I like to keep my crystal ball risky with the bouncing and hope it doesn't shatter. In the first wave of predictions "what if" scenarios and "wild cards" are espectially compelling in the Supporting races. I mean why not? So little is yet known about future important matters like Amount of Screen Time, Nature of the Ensemble Roles, Best in Show Scene Stealing and even Post-Production "we'll fix it in post" Switcheroos where a film is rethought to better spotlight its MVPs. This early on there's no point in making boring predictions in which Oscar favorites hog all the categories though sometimes they do -- witness last year's All Previous Winner boredom in this category. »
- NATHANIEL R
Movie stars are a vital part of the Hollywood landscape. Without them, it would be almost impossible for certain films to catch on with audiences. Any movie fan has his or her list of favourite actors and actresses and most of the time, the names on that list will include the big A-list stars that we love so much.
The last couple of years, I’ve noticed articles online lamenting the end of the movie star and highlighting the fact that there are very few (or none at all) new movie stars. Whenever a guy like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, or Michael Fassbender is attached to a project, the term “rising star” is frequently used, but there aren’t many pundits who would consider them to be legitimate box office draws.
Eventually, the movie studios are going to have to find a remedy for this issue, but for the time »
- Chris Agar
Loved it or hated it, the fact remains that Ridley Scott’s Prometheus was a major film that set up the distinct possibility – probability, really – of at least one more sequel to tie up the many many loose ends. It has developed into a difficult slog to get Prometheus 2 off the ground, though, what with screenwriter Damon Lindelof leaving the whole script up in the air, and director Ridley Scott taking on other projects. But for those of you who desperately want to know what happens to Elizabeth Shaw and Michael Fassbender’s head-in-a-bag, good news! Ridley Scott has been chatting up a young actor about a supporting role in Prometheus 2.
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The story deals with an intricate chess game between a brilliant Marine, an Israeli agent, a teenage hacker and a mysterious psychopathic cleric.
Writers will be met with soon to package the movie ahead of it being sold to a studio.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: In a six-figure deal, producers Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz and Nick Wechsler have preemptively acquired rights to The Kill List, the new novel by Day Of The Jackal author Frederick Forsyth. The contemporary espionage tale is described as an intricate chess game between a brilliant Marine, an Israeli agent, a teenage hacker and a mysterious psychopathic cleric. The novel will be published in September by Penguin. Forsyth also wrote The Fourth Protocol and The Odessa File. Schwartz, Schwartz and Wechsler will produce and Roger Schwartz is co-producer. They bought this preemptively as they did The Counselor, which went from a Cormac McCarthy spec to a green lit movie at lightning speed. Matching the gritty intensity that McCarthy has poured into books like No Country For Old Men, the script quickly drew director Ridley Scott and a cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Rosie Perez and Michael Fassbender bonded over boxing. The duo worked together on Sir Ridley Scott's upcoming movie 'The Counselor' and boxing fanatic Rosie, 48, was thrilled to find the 33-year-old actor shared her love for the sport. Speaking at the announcement of the third annual 24 Hour Plays: Los Angeles, presented by Montblanc, Rosie exclusively told Bang Showbiz: 'We bonded over boxing. I didn't think Michael even knew I am a huge boxing fan but he did and we had great talks about it. 'Most people who say they're boxing fans only know the big names but Michael was really knowledgeable about the sport so it was wonderful.' Rosie - who stars in the movie alongside »
After filming roles in one of Terrence Malick's upcoming projects, on-set drama foiled Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman's big screen reunion in "Jane Got a Gun," but the pair won't have to wait too long to make up for it.
Screen Daily is reporting that Fassbender and Portman have both taken roles in a new screen adaptation of one of William Shakespeare's most beloved, and feared, plays, "Macbeth." The take of a Scottish lord and his—let's call her—eccentric wife will be directed by Justin Kurzel, who won praise for his breakout film, the brutal "Snowtown."
According to the site, "Macbeth" starring Portman and Fassbender will not be a modernization of the psychologically terrifying play. "The new take on Shakespeare's classic... is set in the 11th century and in the original language," Screen Daily explains.
It seems that Kurzel's take on "Macbeth" will differ from the »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
Cameron Diaz is looking to reteam with her Bad Teacher director Jake Kasdan and co-star Jason Segel for a new comedy called Sex Tape. Segel has been attached to the project for over a year. Since that time Reese Witherspoon, Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Rose Byrne, and Jennifer Garner were up for the part that has now gone to Diaz.
The script for the film was written by Kate Angelo, and the story is about a married couple who takes a night off from their kids, decide to get adventurous and spice things up by making a private sex tape. When they wake up, the tape is gone and they go on a desperate search to find it.
- Joey Paur
Child Of God star Scott Haze has signed with International Creative Management (ICM Partners). This news comes shortly after we learnt that James Franco’s new film, As I Lay Dying, which Haze also has a role in, will be headed to the the 66th Cannes Film Festival this May.
Haze, who is also repped by Josh Kesselman at Thruline Entertainment, will release his first feature length directorial documentary titled Ghost & Goblins later this year, and will also be seen in the aforementioned Child Of God (also directed by Franco), which is an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s 1973 novel. McCarthy is also the writer behind All The Pretty Horses, the Pulitzer winning book The Road, and the screenplay for Ridley Scott’s upcoming film, The Counselor.
The highly anticipated Child Of God sees Haze play the film’s ostracized protagonist, Lester Ballard. We can also confirm Haze will also take »
- Blake Dew
Though it looked for a while as though Reese Witherspoon might be headed for raunchy comedy territory in Sex Tape alongside Jason Segel, she’s dropped out. Now Segel and Jake Kasdan – who took over directorial duties last year – have a new potential co-star in mind, as Cameron Diaz is in talks.If she signs, the move would see the trio reunite after Diaz and Segel acted in Kasdan’s last comedy, Bad Teacher.This time around, they’d play an established couple, who have been married with kids for a while and decide the time is right to spice up their love life. With the ankle biters packed off elsewhere, they make a sexy tape, only for the recording to go missing so that they have to head out on a quest to get it back.Diaz has been linked with the film for a while, but formal negotiations are only now winding up. »
To those of you who've always wanted Cameron Diaz to make a sex tape, you're in luck (sorta)! Diaz is reported to be in early talks for a reunion with Bad Teacher director Jake Kasdan and star Jason Segel for Sex Tape. According to the write-up, Diaz was in the mix for female leads about a year go but now negotiations are taking place with a deal in the near future. The Kate Angelo (The Back-up Plan) script centers on "a married couple who take a night off from their kids and decide to spice up their love life by making a sex tape. When they wake up the next morning, the tape is missing, prompting them to figure out who took it and how to get it back." Hit the jump for more on Sex Tape, plus the latest casting addition to Brad Bird's Tomorrowland. The Wrap reported »
- Dave Trumbore
At CinemaCon last year, Fox teased 10 minutes of footage from Life of Pi, which we all flipped for (watch our video blog from last year). The buzz began then and we all know it went on to win a few Oscars. At their 2013 presentation, 20th Century Fox (not 21st!) decided to pull the same trick with the Ben Stiller film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. And it had the same effect - the Oscar buzz for this movie officially begins today, it has that potential. Beyond that, they showed us footage from quite a few of their upcoming live-action and animated films, including Blue Sky's Epic, DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon 2, Ridley Scott's The Counselor and James Mangold's The Wolverine, too. Video recap below. Following the Fox presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Peter Sciretta from SlashFilm and I met for a lengthy video blog discussing Walter Mitty, »
- Alex Billington
Fox proved once again to be stellar at showmanship during its slate presentation Thursday at CinemaCon.
The studio made a big deal of its previously-announced 3D animated feature based on Charles Schultz’s “Peanuts,” from Blue Sky Studios, and spotlighted Ben Stiller’s live-action Christmas release “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”
Fox chief Jim Gianopulos drew attention to “Peanuts” during a separate sizzle reel devoted to Blue Sky, which unveiled a new animated logo starring the “Ice Age” character Scrat. Other upcoming Blue Sky toons include “Epic” and “Rio 2.”
“We will bring those beloved characters to audiences around the world,” Gianopulos said of the classic comicstrip kids. Fox will release “Peanuts” in November 2015.
Gianopulos also paid equal notice to its new partnership with DreamWorks Animation, incorporating the toon studio into Fox’s slate for the first time at CinemaCon. The studio showed footage from the summer’s “Turbo,” as »
- Andrew Stewart
Penélope Cruz stepped out in Madrid, Spain, last night. The actress, who is seven months pregnant, looked stylish in a quilted leather jacket with jeans and wedge sneakers. Penélope is in her hometown after vacationing in Barbados with Javier Bardem and their son, Leo, last month. Penélope wore a bikini that showed off her baby bump on the trip, which came shortly after the news broke that she and Javier are expecting their second child. Penélope and Javier will welcome the baby this Summer, before their joint project The Counselor arrives in theaters in the Fall. That movie saw the married couple working with director Ridley Scott, but it isn't the first time Penelope and Javier made a picture together. In 1992, Penélope and Javier first met on the set of the film Jamon, Jamon. That film was Penélope's big break, and both she and Javier received the sad news over the weekend that its director, »
- Michelle Manning
While Brad Pitt has spoken in the past about his retirement from acting (maybe as early as 2014), you wouldn’t guess it from his recent workload. This year alone, the A-lister is headlining the much-debated zombie blockbuster adaptation World War Z, playing an important supporting role in director Ridley Scott and writer Cormac McCarthy’s The Counselor, and making an appearance in Shame director Steve McQueen’s true-story drama 12 Years a Slave, which opens just in time for an Oscar qualifying run during 2013.
If that’s not enough, Pitt has now lined up his next starring role in Fury, a Ww II-set thriller written and directed by David Ayer – the screenwriter on Training Day and Fast and the Furious, as well as the filmmaker responsible for Street Kings and End of Watch.
- Sandy Schaefer
It looks like Brad Pitt might be getting in the driver's seat of a tank in Fury, the World War II pic from writer/director David Ayer (End of Watch). Reports have Pitt in final negotiations to lead the picture, which "takes place in 1945 as the Nazi regime collapses and the five man crew of an American tank called Fury battles a desperate German army.” Ayer previously said that his goal with the film is “to bring tank combat to life in a way that lands with a modern audience.” With Pitt possibly on board, Ayer will certainly have that audience to play to. Hit the jump for more. Deadline reports that Pitt is in final talks to star in Fury, but no casting details have been released. Ayer plans to start production on Fury this September. Qed International picked up Ayer's spec script earlier this year for a cool million. »
- Dave Trumbore
Michael Fassbender scored plenty of acting honors (but missed out on an Oscar nomination) for his last collaboration with director Steve McQueen, the erotic drama Shame, and it looks like their pair’s latest pic is being set up to give the very busy Prometheus star another shot at golden glory: Fox Searchlight will open the duo’s slavery drama Twelve Years a Slave in limited release on December 27 – just in time to qualify for next year’s Academy Awards.
- John Mitchell
Michael Fassbender is 36 today! The last year has been a good one for Michael, who made many movies and hit his fair share of parties. He worked with director Ridley Scott on The Counselor, made a film with Terrence Mallick, and reunited with his Shame director Steve McQueen on Twelve Years a Slave. Despite the long hours on set, he also managed to have some fun, hitting the award season circuit and having memorable trips. On Michael's special day, click through to see 36 of his silliest, sexiest snaps. View Slideshow › »
- Allie Merriam
As previously noted, it's too early to tell what will sink or swim in 2013's awards derby. Not every film with seemingly ideal Oscar ingredients takes off – for every "Lincoln," there's a "J. Edgar" – and it has yet to be seen which of this year's upcoming films will fulfill two of the most important factors in any Oscar race: will people like it, and will it make money (not always in that order)? But some films, on paper, look more promising than others. -Insertgroups:12- Take, for instance, "The Counselor": The Plot: A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking. The Pedigree: Director Ridley Scott already has a Best Picture-winner under his belt ("Gladiator"), and three nominations for directing ("Gladiator," as well as "Thelma & Louise" and "Black Hawk Down"). The cast includes Michael Fassbender in the title role, »
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