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Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid and Elizabeth Moss lead the cast in Truth, a Us political drama now shooting in Sydney. The Nsw government confirmed its financial support via the State Investment Attraction Scheme and said the film would inject more than $11 million in direct production expenditure into the State's economy, creating 208 jobs. Most of the post will happen in Sydney.
Redford plays former CBS News anchor Dan Rather and Blanchett is his producer Mary Mapes in the tale of the scandal that ensued after Rather reported on 60 Minutes in 2004 that George W. Bush.s father arranged for him to serve in the National Guard to avoid the Vietnam War draft.
Subsequently CBS launched an investigation into whether the documents quoted in the story were forgeries and Mapes was fired for so-called lapses in judgment.
- Don Groves
Daniel Loeb, the outspoken leader of the investment firm, Third Point, said Tuesday he has sold his position in Sony. The activist investor had previously written harsh letters to Sony management, criticizing them for not spinning off what he called the company's "bloated" entertainment assets. He also blasted the film studio for a string of flops that included White House Down and After Earth. The news of the sale was first reported by Reuters. The outlet also said Loeb has taken large stakes in eBay and Alibaba. Loeb had been a thorn in the side of Sony beginning about 17 months
- Paul Bond
(Cbr) It’s been a few months since we heard any talk of Gambit from Channing Tatum, so MTV made sure to ask the "Book of Life" star about the status of the Fox film. The actor revealed he’s been working with the producers on a potential story for the X-Man from New Orleans, and he mentioned they are still in the process of finding a writer. “I don’t want to give too much away because we don’t know that much right now other than who Gambit is,” Tatum said. “We really do want to try our hardest to give something fresh. We’re obviously going to go to the saving the world superhero movies eventually, but maybe not for the first one. We kinda want to introduce this character in a different way. When you try to do something different, you never know right off the bat what that is. »
- Brett White, Comic Book Resources
Victoria, BC. It's early May on Vancouver Island and rain has temporarily trapped Kevin Rankin in a makeshift press tent just inland at Island View Beach Regional Park. With several of his co-stars in rotation being interviewed, Rankin ends up sitting next to the heat lamp, which means sitting next to me for what turns out to be an in-depth conversation about both his work on Fox's "Broadchurch" and his eclectic and varied career. With his turns as rascally and resilient Herc on "Friday Night Lights" and gloriously unprepared-for-authority Ra Lucien on "Undeclared," Rankin has the rare honor of having been part of multiple shows that earned the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast Summer ReWatch treatment. [Three, if you include "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," though his one-episode appearance came after the season featured in the podcast.] Rankin has also had runs on shows including "Breaking Bad," "Six Feet Under," "Big Love" and "Justified," when he wasn't terrorizing the President in "White House Down" or assisting Matthew McConaughey to his Oscar in "Dallas Buyers Club. »
- Daniel Fienberg
“Talking Tom and Friends” may soon be chatting away at the multiplex.
Mythology Entertainment (“White House Down”) has inked a deal with developer Outfit7 to adapt its popular mobile apps into a movie. The film could take the form of a fully animated or live action-animated hybrid.
Introduced four years ago, the first app, “Talking Tom,” featured a cat that responded to gestures made on smartphone or tablet screens, and could animate voice recordings.
Since then, the app has expanded to offer up different animals, and spun off an animated web series, “Taking Friends,” that streams on Disney’s YouTube channel and other networks, as well as launched a merchandise line.
The family friendly app has encouraged users to upload more than 1.8 million individual interactions with the characters, generating more than 35 million views each month on YouTube. The franchise’s official YouTube channels have 1.7 million subscribers combined.
The expansion onto »
- Marc Graser
Frozen is the UK's biggest selling DVD and Blu-ray of 2014 so far.
The record-breaking Disney animation has shifted 2.44 million copies since it was released in March, according to figures released by OfficialCharts.com.
It also holds the title for the fastest selling release of the year, after selling 900,000 copies in its first week alone.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is the second biggest seller of the year so far. The second instalment of the Jrr Tolkien trilogy has sold 1.9 million copies since April.
Meanwhile, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has sold 934,000 copies since March to make third place.
London Has Fallen is the surprise sequel to the surprise hit Olympus Has Fallen, which managed to beat the similarly themed White House Down at the box office, despite that film taking on stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. However, it hasn’t been a smooth road for London Has Fallen, with original director Antoine Fuqua unable to continue the series due to post-production work on The Equalizer, and then Fredrik Bond leaving the project just 4 weeks before principal photography was due to start. Now it looks as though Focus Features has found their man in the form of Swedish director Babak Najafi, the man who gave us Easy Money II: Hard To Kill.
Set in London (obviously), the film sees world leaders attend the funeral of the British Prime Minister. This is obviously the perfect time for nefarious evildoers to attempt murders and badness. Enter Gerard Butler as the head of the secret service, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The conventional wisdom in Hollywood long held that the foreign market had an insatiable appetite for American-made genre flicks — actioners, shoot-em-ups, special-effects spectacles, etc. Give the U.S. ticketbuyers what they want and global will fall in line. But with so many domestic releases getting yawns at the local box office, Hollywood has begun feeding the foreign maw first — with consequences we’re only just beginning to understand.
And so the question arises: Do American moviegoers matter to the studios anymore?
Take Transcendence. April’s $100 million Johnny Depp sci-fi opus couldn’t invade the American consciousness, mustering just $24 million. But overseas, where U.S.A.-listers still have clout at the turnstiles, the movie rang up $80 million, accounting for nearly 80% of the movie’s worldwide cume. That didn’t make it a hit, but at least it kept the flick out of red ink.
These days, the once all-important U. »
- Scott Bowles
Though 'Mad Men' comes to an end in April 2015, it's only the beginning for Elisabeth Moss. After successfully transitioning from child actress to respected thespian with her work on "West Wing," her layered, assertive performance as Peggy Olson has turned her into an in-demand, dramatic commodity. Deadline reports that Moss will costar alongside Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett in "Truth," a docudrama chronicling the botched "60 Minutes II" investigation of the "Killian documents." James Vanderbilt ("Zodiac," "White House Down") will write and direct the film, based on Mary Mapes’ 2005 memoir "Truth And Duty: The Press, The President, And The Privilege Of Power" After running four documents purporting George W. Bush's preferential treatment in the National Guard to help the sitting president avoid the Vietnam War draft, CBS, the "60 Minutes" staff, and reporter Dan Rather were left disgraced after the papers turned out to be fakes. Blowing up only »
- Matt Patches
In the quarter century since "Die Hard" was first unleashed on moviegoers worldwide, there have been countless iterations of the same formula, to the point that, for a while at least, it became a whole action movie subgenre. Projects would be pitched (and subsequently produced) with sentences describing the movie as "Die Hard" on a… There's been "Die Hard" on a plane ("Executive Decision," "Passenger 57"), "Die Hard" in a tunnel ("Daylight") "Die Hard" on a bus ("Speed") and "Die Hard" in the White House ("White House Down"). The fact that no one's attempted a "Die Hard" with a female heroine seems like some kind of cosmic impossibility, but it's never happened. Until now. With "Everly," the basic "Die Hard" formula is rehashed with a female lead in mind, and the results are surprisingly spectacular. The shtick still works 26 years later. When »
- Drew Taylor
This Week in TV:
Keanu Reeves and director Roland Emmerich team for a sci-fi series called New Angeles; CBS orders a pilot for the Stephen King adaptation The Things They Left Behind; TNT begins development on a Shooter adaptation; Penny Dreadful season 2 casts Patti LuPone as a guest star; and The Simpsons reveals an upcoming crossover episode will feature the old version of the Simpsons from The Tracey Ullman Show.
Slingshot Global Media announced it is developing a sci-fi series, titled New Angeles, with Keanu Reeves attached to star and Roland Emmerich (White House Down) attached to direct and executive produce.
Slingshot will produce and ...
- Daniel Johnson
Spoilers for You’re Next, obviously…
Their latest movie, The Guest, is still out in cinemas (read our reviews here and here) and to promote the movie, director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett took part in a Reddit Ama. But while discussing The Guest, they offered up some ideas for a sequel to their home invason horror, You’re Next.
When asked what they would do if they were to put together a sequel, the duo answerd, “We had a cool idea that involves Erin being blamed for the first film’s murders. She escapes from a prison van and has to fight off attackers related to the first film’s Lamb Mask in the woods while she is still handcuffed to several other criminals from the transport vehicle. Of course it would get way more complicated than that but that would be the starting point.”
The Guest is »
- Luke Owen
Director: Zach Braff
Running Time: 106 minutes
Synopsis: Aidan Bloom is a 35-year-old man who finds himself at major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his career, and his family.
I’m a huge fan of Zach Braff’s directorial debut Garden State (2004) and I found that I both related to and enjoyed on its own merit; in equal measure. Braff merged a curious mix of cleverness with reality and now in Wish I Was Here he does it again but with additional heart alongside a positive flirtation with nostalgia.
Wish I Was Here has been co-written with Zach’s brother Adam J. Braff, and while it primarily focuses around 35-year-old Aidan Bloom (Zach Braff), who’s found himself struggling at a crossroads in his life, it also dives deeply to discuss relationships with family »
- Dan Bullock
To promote The Guest, out in cinemas now (read our ★★★★ reviews here and here), we look at what it would like if psychos had Instagram…
A soldier (Stevens) introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.
The Guest is out now and is directed by Adam Wingard (You’re Next), written by Simon Barrett (You’re Next, V/H/S) and features Dan Stevens (Downtown Abbey) Maika Monroe (Labor Day), Leland Orser (Faults), Lance Reddick (White House Down), Chase Williamson (John Dies at the End) and Brendan Meyer (Tooth Fairy).
The post If psychos had Instagram? »
- Luke Owen
Deadline is reporting that Keanu Reeves (The Matrix, 47 Ronin) and director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, White House Down) are teaming up to executive produce a New Angeles, a new sci-fi drama series from Slingshot Global Media set in a virtual reality world. Emmerich will also tackle directing duties on the pilot.
Created by novelist and comic book writer Gregg Hurwitz (who will also write and executive produce), New Angeles is set in the future and centres “on a young man who escapes the mundane reality of his life by entering an exciting virtual reality world called New Angeles. Once down the rabbit hole, he adopts a new identity, becoming the man he was always destined to be, and in the process, unlocking the keys to a mystery that has real-world consequences for him and his family.”
New Angeles is Reeves’ second upcoming TV project with Slingshot, with the star also »
- Gary Collinson
Well, "Stonewall" director Roland Emmerich hasn't completely changed his stripes. The man behind the upcoming, intimate gay civil rights drama who also brought us "Independence Day" and "The Day After Tomorrow" and "White House Down" is turning to the small screen -- on a new sci-fi series with co-executive producer Keanu Reeves. "New Angeles" will be set in the future, based around a young man who escapes the mundane reality of his life by entering the titular virtual reality world. Once down the rabbit hole, he adopts a new identity, and unlocks a mystery with real world consequences. So... "The Matrix"? In a sense. Emmerich will direct the pilot and remain involved in the series, to be distributed by Slingshot Global Media, as an executive producer. He's currently in post on "Stonewall." His company Centropolis and Reeves' Company Films are on board to produce "New Angeles." Nyt »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Update, Monday, 3:35 Pm: Overseas actuals have been logged for Lucy, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Hercules, Into The Storm, Tmnt, The Fault In Their Stars, If I Stay, 22 Jump Street, Sex Tape, Deliver Us From Evil, Boyhood, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Let’s Be Cops, Step Up: All In, As Above, So Below, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and Relatos Salvajes. Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore rom com Blended flew past $80M abroad, a bonus considering the film flatlined stateside, next to the duo’s previous outings, with $46.3M. Total global stands at $126.3M. More to come. — Anthony D’Alessandro contributing with Monday actuals.
Previous, Sunday, 4:15 Pm Pt: This weekend domestically is projected to be the lowest grossing of 2014, off 23% from a year ago. And yet, the international frame is »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.
On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Tonight in Toronto, Denzel Washington and his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua will launch a new franchise, The Equalizer, a drama loosely based on the TV series. Thankfully for fans of Washington’s action work, the film is a closer spiritual cousin to Man On Fire, with Washington playing a righteous character who is merciless on the bad guys. Here, Fuqua, who is also mounting a Magnificent Seven remake with Washington for MGM, discusses the star’s everyman appeal and what makes him capable of so many indelible performances.
Deadline: Watching The Equalizer made me feel like I’d gotten the Man On Fire sequel I never thought possible when John Creasy died after killing every kidnapper in Mexico. The spirit of the movie courses through The Equalizer. What is it about Denzel Washington killing bad guys that makes it feel like Christmas morning?
Fuqua: [Laughs]. I just think it’s »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Big Game, 2014.
Directed by Jalmari Helander.
Trapped in the wilderness after Air Force One is forced down by a terrorist attack, the President of the United States must rely on the survival skills of a 13-year-old woodsman.
Upon the arrival of his 13th birthday, a Finnish boy embarks on coming-of-age ceremony where he hunts alone on a mountain and is expected to bring back his killed prize which will mark his passage into manhood. While this is taking place the President of the United States is aboard Air Force One heading for a conference being held in Finland. The stories become entwined when a terrorist shoots down the presidential aircraft and the world’s most powerful man has to rely on a youth who is armed with a bow and arrows for his survival. »
- Trevor Hogg
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