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South African producer Anant Singh’s Videovision has wrapped principal photography on the suspense thriller “Serpent,” with writer-director Amanda Evans making her feature debut with a script that was selected for the Berlinale Co-Production Market in 2012.
Pic stars Sarah Dumont (“Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse,” “Don Jon”) alongside her former “Royals” co-star Tom Ainsley (“Versailles”) as a married couple whose romantic retreat takes a perilous turn when they discover a deadly Black Mamba snake in their tent.
Singh calls “Serpent” a tense psychological thriller “in the style of ‘Buried’ and ‘Open Water.’ ” Of Evans, he says she “brings her exceptional skills and a woman’s perspective to a genre that is generally male-dominated.”
“Serpent” is an Enigma Pictures and Videovision Entertainment production in association with South Africa’s Dept. of Trade and Industry. Executive producers are Sudhir Pragjee, Sanjeev Singh, Robert Naidoo, Brian Cox and Dugald MacDonald. Pic is produced by Anant Singh, »
- Christopher Vourlias
The list of the highest grossing actors of all-time has long been a male-dominated field thanks to the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp and more, but the beautiful and badass Scarlett Johansson is here to finally break up the boys’ club. According to Box Office Mojo’s running list, Scarlett Johansson has entered the Top 10 with a total gross of $3.3 billion and counting, coming in ahead of Gary Oldman, Robin Williams and Bruce Willis.
Johansson’s role as Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has no doubt helped propel her into the top 10. The actress has played the character in five Marvel blockbusters, beginning with her first appearance as Black Widow in 2010’s “Iron Man 2” and most recently in this summer’s “Captain America: Civil War.” Other »
- Zack Sharf
Glenne Headly (Don Jon) and Ed Begley Jr. (Blunt Talk) have been tapped for lead roles opposite Josh Hutcherson in Future Man, Hulu's half-hour comedy pilot from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Written by Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir and executive produced by Matt Tolmach, Future Man is a high-concept comedy that centers on Josh Futterman (Josh Hutcherson) a janitor by day/world-ranked gamer by night who is tasked with preventing the extinction of humans after mysterious… »
The project was set up at Warner Bros. in 2013 with Gordon-Levitt coming aboard to produce with “The Dark Knight” screenwriter David Goyer for an adaptation of the DC Comics title. At the time, Gordon-Levitt had made his feature directorial debut on “Don Jon” and was eyeing the project as a possible directing and starring vehicle.
“The Sandman” was published by DC Comics for 75 issues between 1989 and 1996. It centers on the character Dream, also known as the Lord of Dreams, Morpheus, Oneiros, the Shaper, the Shaper of Form, Lord of the Dreaming, the Dream King, Dream-Sneak, Dream Cat, Murphy, Kai’ckul and Lord L’Zoril.
At the start of the series, the Morpheus character was captured and held prisoner for 70 years before escaping into the modern day and rebuilding his kingdom, »
- Dave McNary
Period drama K Troop will depict Major Lewis Merrill, who resisted the Ku Klux Klan through a network of informants.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to produce and potentially star in K Troop, a film about the early days of the notorious white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan.
The period drama will depict Major Lewis Merrill (the role Levitt is eyeing) who set up ‘K Troop’, a network of informants against the Klan, including African-Americans who risked their lives to expose the organisation.
Set in the years 1865-1871, post the American Civil War, the feature is based on a forthcoming Slate magazine article by Matthew Pearl and is currently seeking a screenwriter.
Levitt is producing through his hitRECord company - the outfit’s second feature after 2013’s Don Jon - and Amazon has now acquired rights to the feature.
The move follows several recent acquisitions for streaming giant Amazon Studios, including the $10m »
It can be hard directing actors, especially when they’re a bona fide star, replete with their own neuroses and comforts. But that’s nothing compared to a director having to direct themselves to a great performance in a movie, one which draws on both his skill as a filmmaker and as a performer to deliver something special.
This is tougher than you might think (after all, who better to tell you what to do than yourself?), and one only needs to look at some recent examples (Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon or Ben Stiller’s Zoolander 2 spring immediately to mind) to see that this directing/acting (and in many cases, writing, too) combination rarely delivers anything that amazing.
But when it works, it really works, as shown in these eight films that managed to achieve greatness with their director and star as one. That at least »
- Taylor Burns
Anne Hathaway: Oscar Host's Red Dress outshone Oscars' Red Carpet. Anne Hathaway Oscar host: Red dress one of countless outfits Blast from the Past: Pictured above is Oscar host Anne Hathaway sporting a blindingly bright white smile while on the 2011 Academy Awards' Red Carpet just outside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. But wait. In the photo, Hathaway is wearing a blindingly bright red gown. Wasn't her dress of a metallic blue hue? Actually, no. It was beige (with patterns). Wait. Come to think of it, she actually wore a tux, not a dress. Or maybe it was all of the above. And more. How could that be? Well, the color, texture, format, and type of Anne Hathaway's outfits varied according to which 15 minutes of the Oscar telecast you watched on Sunday night, Feb. 27. Hathaway, a Best Actress nominee for Jonathan Demme's Rachel Getting Married in early »
7 items from 2016
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