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Secret Cinema going Back to the Future in LA

Film Industry News - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 17:24
Event cinema organiser plans to rebuild Hill Valley in the US following a month-long run in London.
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Event cinema conference unveils 2014 line-up

Film Industry News - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 17:20
The second annual conference will feature panels on marketing, production and improving the business model of event cinema.
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New Ghost In The Shell 25th Anniversary Poster

Anime magic returns to the big screen

Japanese anime Ghost In The Shell is an Empire-acclaimed world cinema great, with the manga on which it's based celebrating its 25th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the film has an upcoming re-release. It has a new poster to mark the occasion. Click below for a closer look. {Ghost In The Shell Poster} What’s so good about this film? Easy. It’s a feast of blistering visuals that wears its cyberpunk spirit on its sleeve and helped set up big Hollywood sci-fis ahead. Filmmakers from James Cameron to Steven Spielberg have acknowledged the influence of Mamoru Oshii’s animation, while Lana and Andrew Wachowski have pointed to it as a key Matrix touchstone.

With shades of Philip K. Dick, the story sets a cyborg gumshoe on the trail of shadowy hacker The Puppet Master. But is she human or is she dancer just a machine? Those philosophical questions will obviously be familiar to Blade Runner fans but Ghost In The Shell pursues them in a dazzling, neo-tinged world filled with gun battles and car chases.

Ghost In The Shell is back on the big screen on September 27, followed by its sequel a week later.
 








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'Foxcatcher': Steve Carell's Chilling Mission Statement Triggers a Chant in New Trailer

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 16:30

"I want more than anything to win a gold medal, and we have someone who could do that, but there are some psychological issues that we need to take care of"

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Oscars: Sweden Picks 'Force Majeure' Best Foreign Language Film Candidate

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 16:14

In Ruben Ostlund's drama, an avalanche wreaks havoc on a Swedish family

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BFI extends US distribution pilot to Toronto

Film Industry News - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 16:10
Pilot P&A fund launched at Sundance extends to Toronto.
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Joaquin Phoenix Remains Hesitant to Join 'Doctor Strange'

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 15:56

Last month, we reported that actor Joaquin Phoenix was in negotiations with Marvel Studios to play the title role in Doctor Strange, with a new report emerging this week that the actor is close to finalizing his deal. While he still hasn't signed on the dotted line yet, Badass Digest has a new report about why the negotiations are taking so long.

When we spoke to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige last month, he revealed that they are "close" to casting Doctor Strange, but he also cautioned that an announcement was not "imminent." This new report reveals that Marvel was hoping to bring Joaquin Phoenix onto the Comic-Con stage to announce his casting, but the deal wasn't cemented at the time. While he remains in negotiations, this new report reveals that the actor hasn't signed on yet simply because he isn't sure if he can work in the superhero genre.

The actor is reportedly unsure if the superhero world is "comfortable" for him, which would likely include a multi-picture deal that spans several years, although that isn't said to be one of his biggest concerns.

Joaquin Phoenix met with Marvel Studios again last week to discuss the role, but it still remains unclear if he will ultimately sign on. Do you think Joaquin Phoenix is the perfect fit to play Doctor Strange? Chime in with your thoughts below.

Doctor Strange is in development . The film is directed by Scott Derrickson.

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'Captain America 3': Anthony Mackie Offers His Own Plotline

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 15:42

Last weekend, Captain America: The Winter Soldier stars Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie attended the Wizard World convention in Chicago. During their Q&A session, Anthony Mackie gave his own take on the upcoming Captain America 3.

Here's what the actor had to say, teasing that Captain America (Chris Evans) and The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) team up again to "transform" The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) back into Cap's old friend Bucky Barnes, while joking that they will take on the title characters in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This is, of course, what he wants to see in the movie...Not actually what is in the movie...

"Cap and Falcon go looking for Winter Soldier. They find him. They go through this traumatic ordeal of him transforming back into Bucky. Then, once he goes back to Bucky and we get all the craziness out of his head, then we become a three-man duo - he's got a shield, he's got an arm, and he's got wings - and we go out, and we save the world. Cue theme song. And then we go beat up Batman and Superman."

At this time, no actual plot details have been confirmed by Marvel and Disney. Here, the actor is just joking around, giving his own take on what might happen in the highly anticipated Marvel sequel. Always a joker, everything the actor says should be taken with a grain of salt.

In the Marvel comic books, both The Falcon and The Winter Soldier eventually become Captain America, leading the moderator to ask both Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie which one of them would be the "better" Captain America. Here's what Anthony Mackie had to say.

"If I was Cap, it would be more like Batman. Like, 'Why is Cap just whooping people's ass, like all the time?' Brother Cap is a whole different movie. That's when it gets real."

When asked what kind of story they would like to see if there was a spin-off featuring The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie revealed he wants to see a love triangle emerge between The Falcon, The Winter Soldier and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson).

"When we were shooting Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I realized there was a comic book story line where Black Widow falls in love with Bucky. I'm not making that up. That's in the comic books. 20 minutes later, you'll be on Twitter saying 'Oh my God! The next Captain America, Bucky and Black Widow...' No, it's in the comic book. So, I think a rom-com, with the two of us fighting over Black Widow."

Are you more excited for Captain America 3 after these new details emerged? Chime in with your thoughts below. You can watch the entire video here:

Captain America 3 comes to theaters May 6th, 2016. The film is directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo.

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Why We Won't See Screech's Suspenders in 'The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story'

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 15:35

Costume designer Rebekka Sorensen explains why Lifetime's movie won't feature certain popular looks from the '90s sitcom and how she included "a modern flair" to the '80s- and '90s-inspired outfits

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Toronto: Fest Oversells Bill Murray's 'St. Vincent,' Bumps Ticket Holders

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 15:32

Computer ticketing glitch also overbooks crime drama "The Drop"

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Michael Bay Drives To Cosmic Motors

Kyle Ward to adapt Daniel Simon's book

Whether or not Michael Bay ends up directing Transformers 5, high-concept sci-fi vehicles are clearly still a part of his future. He's currently in the process of setting up Cosmic Motors at Warner Bros., a film based on Daniel Simon's book of lavish concept art. Kyle Ward, who wrote Machete Kills and the new Hitman movie Agent 47, has been tasked with creating the screenplay.{Cosmic Motors Book}

Ward will also need to come up with a narrative on which to hang it, since Cosmic Motors in book form is more about concept than story. Simon has worked as a car designer for Lamborghini and Bugatti, as well as on projects like Tron: Uprising, Captain America: The First Avenger and Oblivion. His book imagines "spaceships, pods, race cars, giant trains, warships and balloons from various planets of the Galaxion system... from concept to completion" via sketches and 3D modelling.

There's already a universe in place: the text alongside the pictures alludes to racing syndicates, organised crime, and disasters happening during test flights, and the images show evironments from streets to swamplands to ice plateaus. There are also potential characters in pilots and inventors like the Redua brothers and the Alfred & Dietmer Engineering Company. Ward has the ingredients: he now has to turn them into something delicious.

There's no director attached yet, but with Bay involved we might infer the potential for some explode-y crash carnage. There's no start date either, but if you want to know more, Cosmic Motors is published by Titan Books.


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Venice: Frances McDormand Receives Visionary Award

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 15:28

The Oscar winning actress accepts honor in flawless Italian

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Sweden enters Force Majeure to Oscar race

Film Industry News - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 15:28
Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure has been chosen to compete for an Academy Award nomination as Best Foreign-Language Feature.
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Guardians Of The Galaxy Stays Atop US Box Office

As Above, So Below is fourth on a sluggish holiday weekend

This summer is being labelled a disappointment at the American box office, down 15% from last year’s record breaker. Yet there remain some bright spots, including Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, which saw off new competition from a horror movie and Pierce Brosnan back in action, with Rocket Raccoon and the rest handily spending another weekend at the top of the charts.

Guardians, which is now officially the top grossing film in the US domestic charts, added $16.3 million this four-day Labor Day weekend for a $274.6 million running total. It’s also among the top movies worldwide, currently sitting in second after Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes for films still currently on release (Transformers: Age Of Extinction still rules the roost for the year so far.)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles clung to second place, earning $11.7 million this weekend, with YA romance If I Stay sticking around in third for $9.2 million and a $29.82 million total in the States to date. They forced the first of the week’s new arrivals, subterranean thriller As Above, So Below to launch in a disappointing third place, with middling reviews not helping its chances. It made $8.3 million. Jake Johnson/Damon Wayans Jr. comedy Let’s Be Cops continues to be a surprising success, slipping just one place to fifth and adding $8.2 Million for a running total of $57.3 million from a $17 million budget.

Pierce Brosnan couldn’t drum up much excitement with his Bourne-style new action thriller The November Man. Despite the production company already talking up a sequel, the film arrived sixth for $7.6 million. Inspirational drama When The Game Stands Tall fell to seventh with $5.6 million, while The Giver was eighth, taking in $5.2 million. Finally, we have The Hundred-Foot Journey at ninth cooking up $4.6 million and The Expendables 3 sliding rapidly down the charts to 10th for $3.5 million. Sly and co. have earned $33.1 million so far in the US.

To see a group of space-going misfits take on all challengers in the full chart listings, head to Box Office Mojo.








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Lars Von Trier Plans The House That Jack Built

The Nymphomaniac director's headed back to TV

It has been 20 years since controversial Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier first haunted television with the spooky supernatural fantasy series The Kingdom, which ran between 1994 and 1997. Now, according to production company TrustNordisk, he has a new idea in the works called The House The Jack Built.

Originally announced by producer Louise Vesh at a Nymphomaniac screening/press conference at the Venice Film Festival (where the writer/director was briefly present, but only via computer screen), the series is being kept a secret for now, but will, according to Vesh, be quite something to see. “I’m happy to announce that the next Lars von Trier project will be a TV series in the English language,” Vesh told the press. “He has a really, really good idea which I cannot tell more about right now. He wants a huge cast and from what I heard I’m sure that it will be something that you have never seen before and you will definitely never see it again.”

TrustNordisk’s statement added that the mysterious series is something von Trier plans to start writing soon and aims to shoot in late 2016. So we’ll have to wait for his latest televisual baby, but if it’s in any way as weird and entertaining as The Kingdom, it’ll be worth it.


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Kudos pacts with Honour producer

Film Industry News - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 14:57
Kudos is planning to produce more drama series told from a British Asian perspective after expanding a partnership with Parti Productions.
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Wild Bunch Benelux renamed September Film Distribution

Film Industry News - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 14:33
Name change follows move into co-production among other developments
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Telluride: Hilary Swank Angles for Another Shot at Oscar with 'The Homesman'

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 13:27

The 40-year-old already has two best actress statuettes on her shelf, and is in fine form as a woman trying to do "a man's job" in Tommy Lee Jones' western

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Lars Von Trier to Take On TV With 'The House That Jack Built'

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 13:08

The controversial director of 'Nymphomaniac' will start shooting on the series in 2016

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‘Gone With The Bullets’ Takes Aim At 'Transformers' China Record

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 13:05

Producers see Jiang Wen’s forthcoming action movie packing major domestic firepower

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