Can American Assassin End It's Reign of Terror at the Box Office?

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Can American Assassin End It's Reign of Terror at the Box Office?
New Line Cinema's It remake gave the sagging box office a much-needed jolt after the worst summer season in 11 years, pulling in a massive $123.4 million, which even came in $6 million higher than the original estimate of $117.1 million. The tally easily set a new record for the highest September opening weekend in history, along with the highest debut for any horror movie in history, and provided even more proof that audiences are hungry for edgy R-rated fare. This weekend, Pennywise and The Losers Club will go up against three new movies opening in wide release, Lionsgate's action-packed adaptation American Assassin, Paramount's bizarre drama mother! and Open Road Films' thriller All I See Is You. None of these movies are expected to give It a serious run for the box office crown, with the movie easily expected to repeat atop the box office with $66.2 million.

What's ironic about that projection is,
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Time Machine: Veterans Wallach and Coppola - Godfather 3 in Common - Are Special Oscar Honorees

Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on
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Sony Release A New Featurette For ‘Fury’

As we know, David Ayer’s Fury Will close this year’s BFI London Film Festival in October, and the likes of Ayer and star Brad Pitt will be lining up to promote the film in the flesh. Over the past couple of weeks, Sony have been treating us to a numbered of featurettes and today we have a brand new one entitled ‘Into The Tiger’s Jaw,’ and features brand new interviews with the production crew and props team.

April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

This one hits cinemas on October 22nd (Oct.
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Brad Pitt, Sherman tanks and lots of mud on the set of Oscar contender 'Fury'

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Brad Pitt, Sherman tanks and lots of mud on the set of Oscar contender 'Fury'
London - On a chilly October day, four Sherman tanks rumble through the mud of the English countryside. They are battle worn and weary, their crews resolute, but they carry scars of a long campaign. For a brief moment the visage makes you believe you've stepped back in time: to April 1945 and the last days of World War II. You haven't, of course; it's just an impressive set for the new period thriller "Fury." Written and directed by David Ayer ("End of Watch"), "Fury" follows members of one heroic tank crew as they embark on a dangerous mission into the heart of Nazi Germany. The tank is lead by Wardaddy (Brad Pitt), who has his loyal soldiers Boyd (Shia Labeouf), Trini (Michael Peña) and Grady (Jon Bernthal) at his back. He also has a young newbie, Norman (Logan Lerman), who will no doubt learn some major life lessons under Wardaddy's watch.
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Roskam and Hardy Form 'Animal Rescue', Clooney Heads to '1952' and Bello Joins 'Prisoners'

1.) Brad touched on this next bit of news in a Star Wars: Episode VII-related article on Saturday, but I thought I'd mention it here in case you missed it: George Clooney has entered talks to star in Disney's sci-fi tentpole 1952 for director Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol). Not a lot is known about the plot right now, but it is said to be a Close Encounters of the Third Kind-esque story about a man making contact with aliens on Earth. The script was penned by Damon Lindelof (Prometheus) and Jeff Jensen. Variety 2.) Bullhead helmer Michael Roskam is looking to team with Tom Hardy on Animal Rescue. The director's chair opened up when Neil Burger (Limitless) left the project to direct the young adult adaptation Divergent for Summit. Dennis Lehane wrote the screenplay based on his own short story about a man who rescues a puppy from a garbage can,
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Bullhead Director Michael Roskam And Tom Hardy Approach Animal Rescue

Bullhead director Michael R. Roskam is in talks to replace Limitless director Neil Burger on Animal Rescue, a Boston set crime drama written based on the short story by Dennis Lehane, who also wrote the script.

A huge animal-lover Tom Hardy is being eyed for the lead.

Crime drama follows a lonely Boston bartender who discovers a discarded pit bull puppy in a garbage can and rescue him. Unfortunately, our protagonist finds himself targeted by ‘the dog’s abusive and mentally unstable former owner, while simultaneously getting caught in the middle of a criminal conspiracy playing out in his mob-controlled bar.’

The story which appeared in Akashic’s noir series titled ‘Boston Noir’ has atmosphere, compelling characters and classic noir visuals like:

The street signs and window panes rattled, and Bob thought how winter lost any meaning the day you last rode a sled. Any meaning but grey.

Animal Rescue
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Dennis Lehane Adaptation ‘Animal Rescue’ Wants Tom Hardy & Has A New Director

Dennis Lehane novels are very hot property at the moment. Over the last 10 years his books Mystic River (2003), Gone Baby Gone (2007), and Shutter Island (2010) have been helmed by the likes of Clint Eastwood, Ben Affleck, and Martin Scorsese, each receiving critical acclaim. Now Hollywood are even looking at his short stories, and one under consideration is Animal Rescue, which tells the story of a bartender that gets involved with unsavory criminals operating out of his bar, as well as coming into conflict with the abusive owner of a puppy he rescued. Tom Hardy is being looked at for the lead, which is no surprise considering his animal loving ways. Hardy may be a bit busy at the moment though, with him showing interest in Doug Liman’s Everest, and producing and possibly starring in an animal trafficking drama.

It’s also being reported that Neil Burger has left the director
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Tom Hardy Eyed for Animal Rescue with Michael Roskam to Direct the Dennis Lehane Adaptation

When last we reported on the Fox Searchlight adaptation of Dennis Lehane's short story, Animal Rescue, it was to tell you that Neil Burger (Limitless) was in line to direct.  With Burger stepping aside to helm Divergent, writer/director Michael Roskam (Bullhead) is now seated in the director's chair.  Lehane adapted his own story and penned the script for Animal Rescue, a "crime drama [that] follows a lonely Boston bartender who rescues a puppy from a garbage can and becomes the target of the dog's abusive and mentally unstable former owner, while simultaneously getting caught in the middle of a criminal conspiracy playing out in his mob-controlled bar."  Noted animal-lover Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) is being eyed for the protagonist.  Hit the jump for more. Variety reports that Roskam will take over for the vacating Burger and that execs are zeroing in on Hardy to star.  Hardy will
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CAA Signs ‘Babel’ Scribe Guillermo Arriaga

Exclusive: CAA has signed writer/director Guillermo Arriaga. Arriaga, who had a long run at UTA, scripted Amores Perros, 21 Grams, The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada. He also wrote Babel, for which he received an Oscar nomination and most recently adapted the Focus Features pic The Tiger, which will be directed by Michael R. Roskam. Arriaga also wrote and directed The Burning Plain, which starred Charlize Theron and Jennifer Lawrence. He remains repped by attorney Linda Lichter. Related: ‘Bullhead’ Helmer Michael R. Roskam To Helm ‘The Tiger’ For Focus Features
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Bullhead Director to Take on The Tiger

The director of the Oscar-nominated foreign film Bullhead, Michael R. Roskam, is set to direct his first Hollywood feature film. Focus Features has hired him to direct a film called The Tiger, which is based on a true story about a murderous tiger in Siberia.

The script for film was adapted by Babel scribe Guillermo Arriaga from a book written by John Vaillant. The story "takes place on the Siberian plain, where humans encroach on a tiger’s habitat with tragic results. There is a great male lead role of an animal activist and researcher who must stop a man-eating tiger that is attacking the inhabitants of a remote village in Russia’s Far East. The tiger isn’t just killing people, it’s murdering them, and the team that tracks him know their nemesis is cunning, injured, and starving, making it even more dangerous."

At one point Darren Aronofsky
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'Bullhead' Director Michael Roskam Taking 'The Tiger' from Aronofsky

Don't worry, there's no actual stealing involved here, it's all in order. If you remember, we covered a few news stories on a project called The Tiger that Darren Aronofsky was developing to direct. The story is indeed about a man-eating tiger attacking the inhabitants of a remote Siberian village. Well, since Aronofsky has gone on to build Noah's Ark instead, the project has found a new director - Michael R. Roskam. Roskam is the Belgian filmmaker who made the Oscar nominated film Bullhead last year, which rocked me to my core and launched the career of actor Matthias Schoenaerts. He's a hell of a good filmmaker to watch. The report confirms that Brad Pitt, who was attached to star, is still involved. Pitt is still producing with Dede Gardner & Jeremy Kleiner at Plan B, and Aronofsky is producing with Protozoa's Mark Heyman & Ari Handel. Must be an outstanding
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Morning 5: Howard films Jay-z, Zwick and Maguire Play Chess and Cronenberg isn't a Fan of Superhero Movies

1.) Ron Howard has been taking a break from Rush to work on a documentary with Jay-z. The film will follow the rapper/producer as he curates the inaugural "Made in America" music festival. The two-day event takes place September 1-2 in Philidelphia and features 20 acts, including Pearl Jam, Run-dmc and Jay-z himself. Producer Brian Grazer says the film is "going to be born through Jay-z's perspective." This could be a really interesting spin on the traditional concert documentary if done right and given enough depth. As someone who attends festivals like Lollapalooza every year, I've always had a lot of curiosities about the ins and outs of these events. [New York Post] 2.) Originally a Darren Aronofsky vehicle before he moved his focus to Noah, The Tiger will now mark the Hollywood feature debut of Bullhead director Michael R. Roskam. Aronofsky will stick around to produce alongside Brad Pitt, while Guillermo Arriaga (Babel, Amores Perros) is handling the screenplay.
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‘Bullhead’ Director Michael Roskam Will Take Over For Aronofsky on ‘The Tiger’

The subtitle of John Vaillant‘s book “The Tiger” proclaims it as “a true story of vengeance and survival.” In the current state of filmmaking, there are a handful of directors that would be perfect for the bill, and Bullhead director Michael Roskam is most definitely on the short list. His Best Foreign Film nominated flick about the illegal bovine growth market in Belgian was an aggressive and stunning portrayal of personal retribution and loneliness. According to Deadline Hollywood, Roskam is taking over the job vacated by Darren Aronofsky, and that’s undoubtedly good news. Not that it wouldn’t have been interesting to see Aronofsky’s take, but this way we get him shooting Noah and Roskam has another potential-filled project lined up to shine for. The story for The Tiger focuses on an animal activist who has to stop a tiger that’s killing people in a small Russian village. Beyond
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Michael Roskam Tackles A "Tiger"

Michael R. Roskam ("Bullhead") will make his Hollywood directing debut on "The Tiger" at Focus Features and Random House Productions says Deadline.

Based on the novel by John Vaillant, the fact-based story is set around a remote village in Siberia where a man-eating tiger is deliberately attacking the inhabitants.

The main lead is an animal activist and researcher who leads a team tracking their cunning, injured, and starving nemesis. Guillermo Arriaga ("Babel") adapted the script.

The project was originally setup with Darren Aronofsky directing but he opted out to tackle "Noah" instead. He remains onboard as producer alongside Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Mark Heyman and Ari Handel.

Roskam is also developing the HBO pilot "Buda Bridge" which is set in Brussels in the near future.
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The Tiger Gets Director Michael R. Roskam

The Tiger Gets Director Michael R. Roskam
Bullhead director Michael R. Roskam has been hired to helm Focus Features' upcoming thriller The Tiger. He is replacing Darren Aronofsky, who stepped down to direct his biblical epic Noah.

John Vaillant's book is based on a true story that follows a animal activist and researcher, who must stop a viscous tiger that is systematically killing people in a remote village in Russia's Far East region.

Babel writer Guillermo Arriaga adapted the screenplay, with Darren Aronofsky, Brad Pitt, Ari Handel, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner set to produce.

The director also has HBO's pilot script Buda Bridge on his plate with Breaking Bad producer Mark Johnson and Michael Mann.

The Tiger comes to theaters in 2014 and stars Brad Pitt. The film is directed by Darren Aronofsky.
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Bullhead director to take on The Tiger produced by Darren Aronofsky and Brad Pitt

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Bullhead director Michael R. Roskam is attached to direct The Tiger, an adaptation of the novel by John Vaillant with a script by Guillermo Arriaga (Babel).  At one time the project was to be helmed by Darren Aronofsky with Brad Pitt attached to star, but it has since become another of Aronofsky's leavings (much like a famed mutant sequel currently in production).  Aronofsky and Pitt are still on board to produce, but no production dates have been announced. I love man vs. nature shit, so...
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Bullhead Director Michael R. Roskam to Helm The Tiger, Produced by Brad Pitt and Darren Aronofsky

The Tiger was pitched to us two years ago as the chance for Brad Pitt and Darren Aronofsky to reunite after they failed to get their version of The Fountain off the ground. Pitt and Aronofsky are indeed producing---along with Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Mark Heyman, and Ari Handel---but that may be the limit of their involvement. Deadline reports Michael R. Roskam (Bullhead) will direct The Tiger, an adaptation of the book by John Vaillant. The script by Guillermo Arriaga (Babel) "takes place on the Siberian plain, where humans encroach on a tiger’s habitat with tragic results." The lead role is an animal activist who must figure out how to stop the tiger that is slaughtering the villagers. Pitt initially eyed that role, but the new report only mentions him as a producer. The Tiger will be the English-language debut for the Belgian director, who is riding a
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‘Bullhead’ Director Michael R. Roskam Takes ‘The Tiger’ From Darren Aronofsky

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Having jumped onto everyone’s radar with 2011′s excellent Belgian crime film Bullhead, it was only a matter of time before director Michael R. Roskam was brought over to the United States to work his magic in Hollywood. And now we know where he’s going to start. Deadline reports that Focus Features has signed on Roskam to direct The Tiger, the feature film adaptation of John Vaillant‘s 2011 nonfiction novel of the same name. The novel recounts the struggles of a village in the Russian province of Primorye, who came face to face with a human-killing Amur tiger in the late 1990′s. The Tiger recounts a team of trackers who are tasked with hunting down the man-killing tiger, whose starved and injured state makes him that much more vicious.

The Tiger was originally going to be directed by Darren Aronofksy (let’s be honest, what movie hasn’t he
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'Bullhead' Director Michael Roskam To Direct Former Darren Aronofsky Project 'The Tiger'

Welcome to Hollywood Michael Roskam. The director made waves with his Oscar-nominated "Bullhead" last year, and is now seeing the buzz turn into some palpable projects. Last week HBO ordered up a pilot of "Buda Bridge," a futuristic crime series he'll direct, with Michael Mann producing, and now he's stepping into his first bonafide Hollywood film, with some more big names backing him up. Roskam will direct "The Tiger," a project previously linked to director Darren Aronofsky that had Angelina Jolie rumored to star. And while that latter incarnation didn't happen, Aronofsky is still on board to produce, while Jolie's partner Brad Pitt is lending his skills in that department as well. Not too shabby. Based on the book by John Valliant, the story takes place in 1997 and follows an animal activist who must protect the small Siberian town he is in when a tiger begins attacking its inhabitants. And speaking of.
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‘Bullhead’ Helmer Michael R. Roskam To Helm ‘The Tiger’ For Focus Features

Exclusive: Michael R. Roskam, who got a Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar nomination last year for his Belgian film Bullhead, has been set by Focus Features to make his Hollywood feature helming debut with The Tiger, a drama based on the John Vaillant book that was adapted by Babel scribe Guillermo Arriaga. This film was set up originally as a directing vehicle for Darren Aronofsky, who stepped off the project to direct the Russell Crowe-starrer Noah. Brad Pitt produces with Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner for Plan B and Aronofsky is producing with Protozoa cohorts Mark Heyman and Ari Handel. The book was published last year by the Random House imprint Knopf, and it is a co-production between Focus and Random House Productions. The film is a fact-based story that takes place on the Siberian plain, where humans encroach on a tiger’s habitat with tragic results. There is a
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