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Ever since the Cannes International Film Festival knocked down a few walls between itself and the West in 2001 with festival director Thierry Frémaux coming on board to liven up the Croisette with more of a Hollywood acceptance, the connection between the annual May event and the awards season has become more pronounced. Films like Baz Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge!," Roman Polanski's "The Pianist," Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River," Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Babel" and David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence" all started their Oscar trajectories in the south of France, while others like Paul Greengrass' "United 93," Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" and "Midnight in Paris" and Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" got high profile beginnings out of Competition. A coveted Palme d'Or win sometimes leads to a significant boost in the Oscar season, even if no recipient of the festival's »
- Kristopher Tapley
Well, here’s some good news for those of us who have been just a little bit worried about Vince ever since Coach moved to Philly, Fox just bought a pitch that they will develop expressly as a star vehicle for Michael B. Jordan. He’s going to be ok, you guys. The project is called Men Who Kill, and it was pitched by T.J. Fixman. According to Deadline, it has an “international Bad Boys” kind of feel to it.
Although he’s been working in TV for awhile, Jordan’s breakout came with last year’s Fruitvale Station. Since then he has racked up a slew of high profile gigs, including the Fantastic Four reboot and a planned Rocky sequel, for which he will play Apollo Creed's grandson for the writer and director of Fruitvale Station, Ryan Coogler. His star is rising fast and doesn’t seem to »
- Mily Dunbar
FX has released a new promo and image from The Strain, the upcoming series from Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) and Carlton Cuse (Lost), which is based on a trilogy of vampire novels by del Toro and Chuck Hogan (The Town). The promo gives us a glimpse at the worm responsible for spreading the virus at the heart of the story, while the image features Corey Stoll (House of Cards) in the lead role as Dr. Ephraim Goodweather…
“The Strain follows Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City, as he and his team investigate what appears to be an outbreak of vampirism. They soon need to fight for the fate of humanity itself.”
- Gary Collinson
Michael B. Jordan has been a hot commodity in the wake of Fruitvale Station, with upcoming roles as Apollo Creed's grandson in Creed and the Human Torch in the rebooted Fantastic Four franchise. Now, Deadline is reporting that Fox has closed a deal for Men Who Kill, an action drama that will be developed specifically as a vehicle for Jordan and is being described as an "international Bad Boys-style project." We don't know much else about it, but it's a safe bet that if you liked Bad Boys but found it overly provincial, this could be the film for you. »
- Anna Silman
Hoping to continue working with their Fantastic Four/Chronicle star, Michael B. Jordan, 20th Century Fox has picked up a pitch by T.J. Fixman for a star vehicle titled Men Who Kill. Said to be an “international Bad Boys,” the project will be produced by Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, with Kenny Goodman exec producing.
We won’t blame you if you’re unfamiliar with Jordan. Although he’s been around for a while now, having had television roles on shows like The Wire, Parenthood and Friday Night Lights, he didn’t really break out until 2012′s Chronicle. Even then, it took another full year for him to really put his name on the map, which he was able to do thanks to his powerful performance in Fruitvale Station.
Now, he’s an extremely hot commodity in Hollywood and is being groomed to become the industry’s next bankable leading man. »
- Matt Joseph
Meanwhile, Michael B. Jordan continues to line up projects... The young actor is reportedly attached to star in Fox's Men Who Kill, which the studio picked up a pitch for, to be developed by T.J. Fixman (Ratchet and Clank). Men Who Kill is described as "an international Bad Boys-style" feature action drama (referring to the Will Smith, Martin Lawrence franchise, which, by the way, is rumored to be seeing a 3rd film in the series). Details are being kept underwraps at the moment, as the studio is being tight-lipped on the pick up. Since his breakout role in Fruitvale Station (although he'd been around longer before that), Jordan has certainly been in demand. How much in demand? Let me »
- Tambay A. Obenson
20th Century Fox has acquired the pitch Men Who Kill, with Michael B. Jordan attached to star.
The project will be written by T.J. Fixman, which is described as a CIA thriller, although no specific plot details were given. Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schecter are attached to produce, with the studio paying over six figures for the pitch. No director is attached at this time.
The deal strengthens Michael B. Jordan's relationship with 20th Century Fox, after starring in the low-budget hit Chronicle and signing on to play Johnny Storm in The Fantastic Four reboot for the studio. He is also attached to star in Creed, a spin-off of the Rocky franchise that reunites him with Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler. He most recently starred in That Awkward Moment, and he also has a role in the upcoming crime thriller Triple Nine.
T.J. Fixman sold his script One Night on the Hudson to Universal, »
Exclusive: Fox has closed a deal for Men Who Kill, a pitch by T.J. Fixman that will be developed as a star vehicle for fast-rising Michael B. Jordan. The tone of the film is an international Bad Boys and it gives the studio another project with Jordan, who comes off his breakout role in Fruitvale Station and heads into the Fantastic Four reboot after previously starring in the Fox sleeper Chronicle. After starring as a teen in the iconic TV series The Wire and Friday Night Lights, Jordan is making the transition to adulthood among a handful of young actors vying to be in the next generation of bankable leading men. This is the first action thriller vehicle being developed specifically for Jordan, who is separately attached to play Apollo Creed’s grandson in a new version of Rocky that will re-team him with Fruitvale Station writer-director Ryan Coogler. Greg Berlanti »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Michael B. Jordan has added another project to his rapidly-expanding list of big screen credits. Variety reports that the Chronicle and Fruitvale Station star will headline Men Who Kill for 20th Century Fox. Details are few regarding the specific plot of Men Who Kill , but it is said to be a CIA thriller with T.J. Fixman scripting. Fixman is best known for his writing work with Insomniac Games' "Ratchet and Clank" series. Jordan can be seen coming up in Josh Trank's The Fantastic Four and is slated to star opposite Sylvester Stallone in the Rocky spinoff feature, Creed . Greg Berlanti will produce Men Who Kill . (Photo Credit: Drew Altizer / WENN.com) »
The Tribeca Film Festival began as a way for New York to rebuild culturally after the World Trade Center attacks in 2001. For the first time since then, the area around Ground Zero is dominated by a sparkly, newly finished Freedom Tower, which represents so much more than the city’s resilience and recovery. The Tribeca festival played a small, but not insignificant, role in that recovery, inviting artists and film lovers to the city and reassuring New Yorkers that life can be beautiful even in the darkest of days.
After more than a decade of growth, Tribeca is also entering »
- Jeff Labrecque
Variety reported that Toby Kebbell (Dead Man's Shoes, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Warcraft) was Fox's top choice to play Victor von Doom in Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot, and now the man himself has confirmed that he's accepted. Thank you for all the support, I'm glad to be working with a wonderful cast.@Miles_Teller, @_KateMara, @1jamiebell. @Marvel #FantasticFour — Toby Kebbell (@ItsTobyKebbell) April 2, 2014 Kebbell's obviously left Michael B. Jordan's name off the list there, but we'll assume he merely forgot and the Fruitvale Station star is still playing Johnny Storm in the movie! Anyway, the principal cast have come together finally and shooting is set to commence next month. So what do you think of the new big screen incarnation of Marvel's first family? »
The 23rd annual MTV Movie Awards were held Sunday evening live from downtown Los Angeles. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" walked away with top honors for Movie of the Year, Best Male Performance (Josh Hutcherson) and Best Female Performance (Jennifer Lawrence). Mark Wahlberg and Channing Tatum were honored with special prizes while Conan O'Brien hosted the ceremony. Check out a full list of the nominees and winners below, and read through Louis Virtel's live blog of the show over at HitFix Riot. Movie of the Year "American Hustle" "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" - Winner "12 Years a Slave" "The Wolf of Wall Street" Best Male Performance Bradley Cooper, "American Hustle" Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street" Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave" Josh Hutcherson, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" - Winner Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club" Best Female Performance Amy Adams, "American Hustle" Jennifer Aniston, »
- Kristopher Tapley
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was the big winner at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards Sunday night, winning the golden popcorn trophy for Movie of the Year, as well as wins for Best Female Performance for Jennifer Lawrence and Best Male Performance for Josh Hutcherson. Check out all the winners below!
Movie of the Year
12 Years a Slave
The Hobbit: Desloation of Smaug
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire — Winner
- Stephanie Robbins
Digital Spy provides live updates on the winners at this year's MTV Movie Awards.
The winners in full are as follows:
Movie of the Year
12 Years a Slave
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Winner!
Best Female Performance
Lupita Nyong'o – 12 Years a Slave
Best Male Performance
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and »
The third Sundance London Film and Music Festival hits the capital from April 25th-27th, bringing in a variety of great independent films, as well as live music, panel discussions, and special anniversary screenings to the capital’s O2 Arena.
As well as the 21 feature films and 18 shorts, the festival will be hosting special screenings of three films highlighted in the past at Sundance: Grand Jury Prize winner Winter’s Bone, starring Jennifer Lawrence; Quentin Tarantino’s heist classic Reservoir Dogs; and Christopher Nolan’s psychological thriller Memento. These three screenings are being shown as a joint celebration of the festival’s 30th anniversary, as well as the 25th anniversary of Empire Magazine.
Highlights of the festival include the following:
An offbeat comedy starring Michael Fassbender, Scoot McNairy, Domnhall Gleeson, and Maggie Gyllenhall, directed by Adam and Paul helmer Lenny Abrahamson. Joining an avant-garde rock band, an aspiring musician »
- Katie Wong
The MTV Movie Awards are coming your way on Sunday. The nominations this year, particularly for Movie of the Year, were interesting. I don't know that the wins will be, though, because frankly it seems like another young adult adaptation is poised to dominate after we got a bit of a breather from that sort of thing last year. I have no idea what I'm doing here. Yeah, the public votes, but I imagine there's plenty of rigging going on, too. So against reason, I'll try to predict them anyway. Don't use them for your office pool or anything (if you happen to work in an office so chill as to have an MTV Movie Awards pool, that is). Just try to follow my logic below and feel free to tell me why I'm wrong in the comments section. Best Kiss Ashley Benson, James Franco & Vanessa Hudgens, "Spring Breakers" Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Scarlett Johansson, »
- Kristopher Tapley
The Quantum of Solace actress is seen as a decapitated head being fed by Reynolds's character in the promo photos released by Empire.
The Voices stars Reynolds as disturbed factory worker Jerry, who aims to woo a woman in accounting. However, he soon embarks on a murderous path after their relationship takes a sudden turn.
The film is yet to receive an official release date in the UK.
Applications are now open for the Directors Guild’s 20th Annual DGA Student Film Awards. Now in its 20th year, the DGA’s Student Film Awards seek to put a spotlight on diversity, with dozens of African American, Asian American, Latino, and women filmmakers having been past recipients of the top prizes. Winners in each category receive a $2,500 cash prize, with their films screened in a special ceremony at the DGA Theater. Winners of the jury awards in each category receive $1,000 and screen clips of their films at the DGA. Recent Indie Spirit winner Ryan Coogler (“Fruitvale Station”) is a previous recipient of the Student Prize.The application period runs from April 7 through October 6, 2014, with winners announced in November. More info on contest rules and how to apply is here. »
- Beth Hanna
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, Chronicle 2, Batman vs. Superman, Arrow, Gotham, Son of Batman, Batman: Strange Days, The Incredibles 2, Lucy and more...
We'll jump straight this week with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which opened in the States yesterday and is currently tracking a domestic opening in the region of $93 million, which would put it above Marvel Studios' last release, Thor: The Dark World and overtake the $86.2 million debut of Fast Five to set a new April record. This comes after a solid $75 million international opening weekend (including a £6 million, first-placed opening here in the UK), meaning that Marvel has yet another smash hit on its hands with its third Phase Two offering. »
- Gary Collinson
New York-based entertainment PR firm Falco Ink has promoted Michelle Dimartino to account executive.
Dimartino oversees theatrical and DVD releases as well as festival campaigns for the company. Her recent DVD campaigns include 20 Feet From Stardom, Fruitvale Station and the upcoming release of Philomena.
Dimartino was involved in festival campaigns for God’s Pocket and Tim’s Vermeer as well as the release campaigns for Blackfish, Insidious Chapter 2, and The Family. »
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