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Jack Huston Joins Alicia Vikander & Riley Keough In Netflix’s ‘The Earthquake Bird’

Exclusive: Netflix and writer-director Wash Westmoreland have set Jack Huston for their adaptation of the Susanna Jones novel The Earthquake Bird. The Boardwalk Empire alum co-stars alongside previously set Alicia Vikander and Riley Keough as an aspiring British musician who dreams of making it big in Tokyo. The Earthquake Bird is a Tokyo-set female-driven noir thriller that tells the story of young female expat who is suspected of murder after her friend goes missing…
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Alicia Vikander to Voice ‘Arden’s Wake: Tide’s Fall,’ the Vr Follow-Up to a Venice Film Festival Winner

Alicia Vikander to Voice ‘Arden’s Wake: Tide’s Fall,’ the Vr Follow-Up to a Venice Film Festival Winner
As Lara Croft in “Tomb Raider,” Alicia Vikander just carried out a search for her sea-snatched father. The Oscar winner (“The Danish Girl”) will do the same in her next project, “Arden’s Wake: Tide’s Fall.” The 30-minute Vr experience from San Francisco-based Penrose Studios premieres Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Besides voicing the protagonist — a young girl in the post-apocalyptic future — Vikander executive produced the piece. “Meena’s character has a special spark, and I was immediately drawn to her when I experienced her in Vr,” said Vikander in a statement. “The movie daringly brings up difficult situations while also allowing viewers to get quite close to the characters in such an immersive and emotional experience.”

“Arden’s Wake: Tide’s Fall” was proceeded by “Arden’s Wake: The Prologue,” a Tribeca 2017 debut. According to The Verge, said 15-minute exercise established that Meena and her father live
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Is Dwayne Johnson Hollywood’s Most Bankable Star?

Is Dwayne Johnson Hollywood’s Most Bankable Star?
With less than stellar reviews on top of an already cursed genre, it’s a wonder “Rampage” wasn’t a total flop at the box office.

Well, it’s not a total wonder. After back and forth projections showed “Rampage” wrestling with “A Quiet Place” to see who would come out on top at the box office last weekend, there is one main reason the video game adaptation secured the crown: Dwayne Johnson.

“It’s good old star power at work here,” box office analyst Jeff Bock said. “There’s not that many people in this day and age who can pull this off.”

Did Johnson break the video game adaptation curse? Probably not. Did his sheer star power push “Rampage” to the No. 1 spot at the worldwide box office? It seems likely.

Rampage” bowed with $34.5 million in North America, along with an impressive $114 million overseas for a global total of $148.6 million.
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Top 10 Movies Inspired by Games

Hollywood’s fascination with the gaming industry is pervasive. One only has to consider the top 10 movies inspired by games to understand just how much of an influence games have on our cultural zeitgeist. Consider the following movies that drew their inspiration from top-tier games:

Assassins Creed Released on December 21, 2016

Assassins Creed stars Hollywood heavyweights Michael Fassbender, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, and Marion Cotillard. The film garnered a 5.8/10 rating from 150,316 reviewers on IMDb. It had an estimated budget of $125 million and grossed $240,697,856 worldwide. The game takes place in Spain in 1492 with the Knights of the Templar Order are searching for the Apple of Eden. The action fast forwards to the 20th century, and that’s where Hollywood takes over in none other than Texas. Enter Callum Lynch who escapes death by lethal injection and is called upon to destroy the Templar organization. Gripping stuff!

Warcraft – Released on June 10, 2016

Warcraft: The
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Truth or Dare [my review]

Lucy Hale, Violett Beane, and Sophia Taylor Ali costar in this horror movie about a college drinking game that goes wrong. Cowritten by Jillian Jacobs. (male director)

Rampage [my review]

Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, and Marley Shelton costar in this sci-fi action movie about genetically engineered monsters. (male writers and director)

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Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami [IMDb]

Sophie Fiennes directs this documentary about the performance artist.

The Judge [IMDb]

Erika Cohn directs this documentary about a female adjudicator in the Middle East.

20 Weeks [IMDb]

Leena Pendharkar writes and directs this drama about a couple facing a difficult pregnancy. Costarring Anna Margaret Hollyman, Jocelin Donahue, and Michelle Krusiec.

The Rider [IMDb]

Chloé Zhao writes and directs this drama about a (male) rodeo rider recovering from a traumatic brain injury.

Zama [IMDb]

Lucrecia Martel writes and directs this historical drama about a (male) Spanish officer in 17th-century South America.

Nana [IMDb] pictured

Serena Dykman
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Review: Submergence

  • JoBlo
Plot: A chance encounter between a British spy (James McAvoy) and scientist (Alicia Vikander) soon develops into a star-crossed love affair, but soon the lovers are torn apart by circumstances beyond their control. Review: It.s been awhile since Wim Wenders has made a truly exceptional fiction film (although his documentaries are as good as ever), but even if recent entries into his filmography are... Read More...
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Film Review: ‘Rampage’

Based on the same mid-’80s Bally Midway arcade game that unofficially inspired Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph,” Brad Peyton’s “Rampage” doesn’t seem to understand its own appeal. Reuniting disaster-resistant star Dwayne Johnson with his “San Andreas” director, this brainless big-screen monster-smash movie assumes that audiences want to see the Rock stop three enormous mutant creatures from destroying American metropolises, when in fact, it’s the gleeful prospect of witnessing just that kind of spectacular CG devastation that gave the game its name — and presumably got the movie made.

Flipping the script on decades of nuclear-monster movies, the original “Rampage” invites you to play as one of the three havoc-wreaking monstrosities — a giant ape, a Godzilla-like lizard, or an overgrown werewolf. In the game, the goal is to reduce as many buildings to rubble as possible, whereas this impressive-looking but relatively less amusing big-screen adaptation gets it backward,
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‘Annihilation’ Director Alex Garland Speaks Out on Screwing With Genre and Studio Panic Attacks

‘Annihilation’ Director Alex Garland Speaks Out on Screwing With Genre and Studio Panic Attacks
The brainy 47-year-old son of a British political cartoonist, Alex Garland made his name with novels “The Beach” and “The Tesseract” before moving on to a tortuous relationship with Hollywood. After Leonardo DiCaprio starred in Danny Boyle’s movie version of “The Beach” (Fox), Garland turned to screenwriting on two original grim visions of the future for Boyle and Fox Searchlight, zombiefest “28 Days Later” and sci-fi space trip “Sunshine,” both starring Cillian Murphy, followed by 2012 comic-book flop “Dredd” (Lionsgate).

Backed by Focus Features, Garland’s stunning directorial debut “Ex Machina,” a tense sci-fi three-hander starring Oscar Isaac as a genius robot designer, Alicia Vikander as his wily femme bot, and Domnhall Gleeson as the gullible man who falls for her, was inexplicably rejected for theatrical release and was taken on by A24. Focus president Peter Schlessel lost his job when the movie scored $25 million domestic and two Oscar nominations (including
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‘Annihilation’ Director Alex Garland Speaks Out on Screwing With Genre and Studio Panic Attacks

‘Annihilation’ Director Alex Garland Speaks Out on Screwing With Genre and Studio Panic Attacks
The brainy 47-year-old son of a British political cartoonist, Alex Garland made his name with novels “The Beach” and “The Tesseract” before moving on to a tortuous relationship with Hollywood. After Leonardo DiCaprio starred in Danny Boyle’s movie version of “The Beach” (Fox), Garland turned to screenwriting on two original grim visions of the future for Boyle and Fox Searchlight, zombiefest “28 Days Later” and sci-fi space trip “Sunshine,” both starring Cillian Murphy, followed by 2012 comic-book flop “Dredd” (Lionsgate).

Backed by Focus Features, Garland’s stunning directorial debut “Ex Machina,” a tense sci-fi three-hander starring Oscar Isaac as a genius robot designer, Alicia Vikander as his wily femme bot, and Domnhall Gleeson as the gullible man who falls for her, was inexplicably rejected for theatrical release and was taken on by A24. Focus president Peter Schlessel lost his job when the movie scored $25 million domestic and two Oscar nominations (including
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Steven Spielberg Says That The Next Indiana Jones Could Be a Woman

Director Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford are planning to reunite for at least one more Indiana Jones adventure. After Indiana Jones 5 is released we have no idea what will happen with the franchise, but I'm sure that the plan is to pass the torch to another actor... or actress to move it forward.

While talking with The Sun in an interview, Spielberg says:

"This will be Harrison Ford’s last Indiana Jones movie, I am pretty sure, but it will certainly continue after that."

Disney and Lucasfilm obviously have big plans for building up the franchise. It may not be to the extent of the Star Wars films, but they certainly want to keep the franchise going. When asked about who could take over for Ford, Spielberg says that it could very well be a woman.

“We’d have to change the name from Jones to Joan. And there would be nothing wrong with that.
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Kids Now Casting: Play Young Helena in ‘The Marsh King’s Daughter’ Starring Alicia Vikander

Play the younger version of the lead Helena in “The Marsh King’s Daughter,” a feature thriller based on the book by Karen Dionne. “The Marsh King’s Daughter” will follow Helena (played by Alicia Vikander), a mother of two young daughters who suspects their lives are in danger after a notorious child abductor escapes from a maximum security prison. To survive and protect her daughters, Helena must face her past: a child born into captivity and raised to kill. A young female actor, aged 9–13, is wanted to play the 12-year-old Helena, a fit, feral, heavily-tattooed young girl who has been raised in the woods with her parents, completely isolated from civilization. “The Marsh King’s Daughter” shoots from late July through October or November, location to be determined. Talent will be paid under a SAG-AFTRA contract. Join the chase by applying directly at Backstage here! Check out Backstage’s kids auditions!
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Review: Tomb Raider (2018)

It has been a long held belief that mainstream video game to film adaptations are cursed to fail. Since the infamous balls up Super Mario Bros. to last year’s muddled Assassin’s Creed, the list of movies that failed to translate the material onscreen is endless and there has yet to be a major studio film based on a video game to enjoy widespread acclaim. Now, obviously, some of us may have different ideas of what has and has not worked so far, for instance I consider Duncan Jones’ Warcraft: The Beginning to be the best video game film yet – it’s a good old fashioned axe swing spell casting fantasy yarn despite the bad reviews saying otherwise. One thing is for sure though, the wait for a big success goes on. So will the newly rebooted Tomb Raider (which is unrelated to the two previous Angelina Jolie Lara
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When Will Women Start Getting Decent Film Roles?

Neil Calloway wonders why more actresses don’t retire…

Given that she hasn’t appeared in a film since 2014’s Annie, you shouldn’t really be surprised that Cameron Diaz has confirmed her retirement from acting.

To be honest, I’m surprised more women in film don’t do the same; the fact is, the roles just aren’t out there for them. The First Wives Club hit the nail on head more than twenty years ago when it said that the three roles for women were “babe, District Attorney and Driving Miss Daisy”. Diaz, like so many other actresses, got stuck after the babe roles ran out and never quite made it to District Attorney. It’s worth noting that her Charlie’s Angels co-stars, Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore, have slid into TV roles recently. For women over about 35, film can be a desperate place sometimes.

It’s easy to say,
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'Rangasthalam' day 1 box-office collection: Ram Charan-starrer earns Rs 46 cr

Box-office Ram Charan’s performance and director Sukumar’s work, along with technical aspects of the film, are being widely lauded.Digital NativeThe much-awaited Ram Charan and Samantha Akkineni starrer Rangasthalam, which released to packed houses on March 30, has been garnering positive reviews. Ram Charan’s performance and director Sukumar’s work, along with technical aspects of the film, are being widely lauded. According to trade sources, the film's first day earnings across the globe is estimated to be Rs 46 crore and it has reached the seventh spot on the highest day one grosser list behind films such as Baahubali: The Beginning, Baahubali: The Conclusion and Agnyaathavaasi. According to reports, on the first day of its release in the Telugu states of Andhra and Telangana, the film grossed an estimated Rs 28.8 crores. In Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, it managed to gross about Rs 4 crores. In Chennai alone, it collected Rs 25 lakhs on day one, making it the highest opener in the city for a Telugu movie. The film’s premiere in the Us earned its makers $710K pushing it to the sixth-highest premiere performance, according to a report in FirstPost. The report went on to state: “With the premiere gross of $710K from 160+ locations, Rangasthalam has also entered the top 10 box-office chart in the USA on 29 March by earning the ninth spot just below Alicia Vikander's Tomb Raider ($940K) and above Sony/Columbia's biblical drama Paul, Apostle of Christ ($645.9K).” The film has already fetched Rs 112 crore from the sale of theatrical, music and satellite rights, and has beaten the record of Khaidi No 150’s pre-release business. Set in the 1980s, the story centers around the fictional town of Rangasthalam, a farming village in the Godavari delta in Andhra Pradesh. The film also stars Aadhi Pinisetty, Prakash Raj and Jagapati Babu in crucial roles. Devi Sri Prasad has composed music for this venture with Rathnavelu cranking the camera and Navin Nooli editing it. Made on a budget of Rs 60 crores, the film has been bankrolled by Naveen Yerneni, Y Ravi Shankar and Mohan Cherukuri under the banner Mythri Movie Makers. (Content provided by Digital Native)
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Shadow of the Tomb Raider First Look Artwork Revealed

The first piece of official artwork for Square Enix’s upcoming game Shadow of the Tomb Raider has been unveiled, showing Lara Croft armed to the teeth and looking a little worse for wear. This month saw the release of a movie based on the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot, starring Alicia Vikander in the lead role, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be the third entry in this particular iteration of the video game franchise.
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Amber Heard to Star With Charlie Plummer in Drama ‘Gully’ (Exclusive)

Amber Heard to Star With Charlie Plummer in Drama ‘Gully’ (Exclusive)
Amber Heard will join “All the Money in the World” star Charlie Plummer in the indie drama “Gully,” sources tell Variety.

Kelvin Harrison Jr., Jacob Latimore, Alice Eve, and Jonathan Majors are also on board. The movie marks the directorial debut of in-demand music video director Nabil Elderkin. Marcus Guillory penned the script.

The movie is set in a slightly dystopian version of Los Angeles. It follows three disaffected teenagers, all victims of childhood trauma, who are running a hedonistic riot. Heard plays Plummer’s mom.
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'Ready Player One' to launch in 62 markets over long weekend

Pacific Rim Uprising crosses $150m at international box office.

Warner Bros Pictures International executives reported on Thursday (March 29) that Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi adaptation Ready Player One had grossed $3.2m including previews from its first international opening days.

The pop culture sugar rush heads into 62 markets this weekend – a holiday weekend in many territories – and as of Thursday it stood at $2.9m excluding Tuesday evening previews. It arrived in second place in South Korea on $980,000, and opened at number one in France with 45% share of the top five nationwide on $794,000.

In Italy Ready Player One arrived top on $323,000. The tentpole
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'Ready Player One' launches in 62 markets over long weekend

Pacific Rim Uprising crosses $150m at international box office.

Warner Bros Pictures International executives reported on Thursday (March 29) that Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi adaptation Ready Player One had grossed $3.2m including previews from its first international opening days.

The pop culture sugar rush heads into 62 markets this weekend – a holiday weekend in many territories – and as of Thursday it stood at $2.9m excluding Tuesday evening previews. It arrived in second place in South Korea on $980,000, and opened at number one in France with 45% share of the top five nationwide on $794,000.

In Italy Ready Player One arrived top on $323,000. The tentpole
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Tomb Raider 2 Won't Happen with Alicia Vikander?

It looks like Tomb Raider 2 may be off the table for Warner Bros. At least it won't be happening with star Alicia Vikander, according to a new report. Tomb Raider was released on March 16 in theaters and, at least domestically, the movie hasn't made what the studio was hoping it could make. That's put the sequel that there were surely plans for in heavy doubt. Even if it does happen, or if there's a reboot of some kind down the line, don't expect the Oscar-winning actress to be back as Lara Croft.

We should caution up front that this isn't coming from a studio source or anyone directly related to the production, so it should be regarded pretty much as rumor for now. That said, it makes a decent deal of sense. In any case, according to Crazy Days and Nights, since Tomb Raider did bomb at the domestic box office,
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Top 5 Movie Mistakes - Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (video)

  • JoBlo
Video game adaptations have rarely lit the cinematic world on fire and with Hollywood's latest attempt to cross over a video game franchise into a movie counterpart with Tomb Raider, it only felt appropriate to cast our minds back to the first time the property was adapted to the big screen. In 2001, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider was released, with Angelina Jolie stepping into the well worn boots of the dual pistol wielding Lara Croft. Much like Alicia Vikander (the new Lara in the 2018 Tomb... Read More...
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