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Baird, El Hosaini to direct Babylon series

Film Industry News - 5 hours 46 min ago
Sam Bain & Jesse Armstrong’s TV series is shooting in and around London for a six-part series this autumn.
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New Trailer For Paul Haggis' Third Person

Run! Liam Neeson is back in Paris

As a director, Paul Haggis is known for his multi-threaded narratives that rarely want for melodrama or “big” moments. His Crash still polarises and he’s back with another sweeping drama, Third Person, that extends the canvas to global dimensions and boasts a cast including Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, James Franco and Mila Kunis. Heck, even Kim Basinger turns out for this one. Watch the new trailer below.

Neeson plays a novelist who leaves his wife (Basinger) to shack up with Wilde’s character in Paris. For the writer, it’s an autumnal romance that could have far-reaching consequences, a predicament that Franco and Kunis’s warring ex-couple are already facing in the second plot thread. That pair, an artist and actress respectively, are vying for custody of their six year-old son.

The third element sees Adrien Brody involved with a Roma woman (Moran Atias) whose daughter has fallen into the grubby maw of people traffickers. Hmm, if only there was someone else in the film who could help with that...

All six are foregrounded in this new Japanese poster. The US version, meanwhile, opts for the visual metaphor of Wilde's character trailing the pages of her lover's novel. But is she his muse or just a naughty person in need of recycling lessons? {Third Person Posters}

Third Person gets a metropolitan US release on June 20. No word on a UK launch yet.


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Summer Box-Office Forecast: Studio-by-Studio Breakdown

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 6 hours 11 min ago

Warners is without a sure thing, Universal pushed back "Fast & Furious 7" and a flurry of untested titles will vie to become the next tentpole franchise.

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How Long Will Tyler Perry's Break From Movies Last?

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 6 hours 11 min ago

After splitting with Lionsgate, the prolific filmmaker says his focus will be on TV for the foreseeable future, but one source predicts the hiatus won't last long.

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Jose Padilha To Make A Nazi-Hunting Revenge Tale

He's attached to Nekome

Having largely survived the trial by executive notes, critics and audiences that was making his first Hollywood film with the RoboCop remake, Jose Padilha is busy setting up potential new projects, albeit ones where he will have a little more control. He’s now picked Nekome, a post-World War II action pitch from John Hlavin, to potentially direct.

Padilha’s Cold Mountain company is working with producer Eric Newman to develop the film for StudioCanal. Hlavin, who wrote Underworld Awakening and has several unproduced scripts floating around different development pools, cooked up the idea, which takes its name from the Yiddish word for revenge. The setting is the days shortly after the conflict, with two young Holocaust survivors sent to Brazil to hunt down the Nazis who ran their concentration camp.

Given his experience working in his home country for the much-praised Elite Squad films, it’s not surprising to see Padilha back on familiar turf for this one. There’s no word on when it might shoot, however, and the director is already busy on a new, untitled drama for Netflix with Elite Squad’s Wagner Moura playing drug lord Pablo Escobar.








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New fund backs Jackie Chan’s Dragon Blade

Film Industry News - 6 hours 28 min ago
Jackie Chan is set to star in Daniel Lee’s period action epic Dragon Blade, to be financed by start-up film fund Beijing Cultural Assets Chinese Film & Television Fund.
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Kaleidoscope picks up Road

Film Industry News - 6 hours 29 min ago
Narrated by Liam Neeson, the documentary [pictured] opened this year’s Belfast Film Festival.
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Cannes 2014 line-up revealed

Film News From Total Film Magazine - 6 hours 45 min ago

The official line-up for Cannes 2014 has been revealed.

As ever, it's a varied and exciting bunch, mixing up established and classic festival directors with intriguing new mainstream projects.

The biggest and most obvious showdown will be between two of the most esteemed British directors working today, as Ken Loach presents what's said to be his final feature film Jimmy's Hall - up against Mike Leigh, who'll be in attendance with biopic Mr. Turner about painter JMW Turner starring Timothy Spall. 

Both will compete for the Palme d'Or, with a line-up consisting of a total of 18 films.

Other big names in the competition include David Cronenberg (with the Robert Pattinson-starring Map to the Stars), Jean-Luc Godard (who'll present Goodbye to Language), Tommy Lee Jones' second directorial effort The Homesman (a Western starring Hilary Swank), Olivier Assayas' Sils Maria (starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Juliette Binoche), the Bennett Miller-directed Foxcatcher (which stars Steve Carell in his darkest role yet), and the already announced Nicole Kidman-starring biopic Grace of Monaco.

In the Un Certain Regard category, the most notable inclusion is Ryan Gosling's directorial debut How to Catch a Monster.

And finally, out of competition, Dean DeBlois' How to Train Your Dragon 2 will celebrate Dreamworks Studio's 20th anniversary, while many will be excited by David 'Animal Kingdom' Michod's sci-fi Western The Rover which also stars Robert Pattinson. 

The 67th Cannes festival will run from 14 - 25 May 2014 - and the lovely official poster can be seen below.

 






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Cannes Fest Director Comments on 'Persona Non Grata' T-Shirt Lars von Trier Wore in Berlin

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 7 hours 22 min ago

Thierry Fremaux says he called the controversial Danish filmmaker and asked him for his own T-shirt.

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Cannes Film Festival 2014 line-up

Film Industry News - 8 hours 7 min ago
The Official Selection for the 66th Cannes Film Festival has been unveiled in Paris.
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Virgil rocks with Bruno Wizard

Film Industry News - 8 hours 31 min ago
EXCLUSIVE: Elisabeth Rasmussen directs story of British punk rocker.
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See An X-Men: Days Of Future Past Sting On Amazing Spider-Man 2

Wait, what?

It's not exactly unusual for superheroes to team up. Spider-Man and the X-Men have done so on numerous occasions in the comics, so it should come as no surprise that they are doing so again - sort of - on the big screen. But surprise! There is an X-Men: Days Of Future Past clip in the credits of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which marks a possible new era of collaboration between competing studios with Fox and Sony working together.

Now this isn't a post-credits sting as we've seen before in the Marvel universe, setting up some sort of crossover between the two worlds. Rather, it's a clip from the X-film that gives us a taste of the action we're in for. We've been told by Sony that the clip will be attached to the film in the UK.

The scene featured sees Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique, Lucas Till's Havok and Evan Jonigkeit's Toad taking on William Stryker (Josh Helman) and his military men. Without wishing to spoil anything, let's just say that Mystique once again demonstrates her formidable fighting skills in the brief segment.

Presumably there have been significant negotiations leading to this point, and the comic nerd in all of us hopes that someone said, over coffee during a break in the meeting, "Hey, how about we get these crazy kids together properly?" At the very least, this could lead to, next time, content being filmed expressly for this sort of crossover activity.

Neither is this the first attempt at co-operation between studios sharing the Marvel universe: there were early talks to have the Oscorp building appear in the New York skyline of Avengers, perhaps envisioning an exchange where Stark Tower would show up behind Spidey. However, this clip is still a step towards a unified Marvel theory universe, which would be unspeakably cool - even if it is unlikely to happen anytime soon. 

Variety managed to ferret out the real reason for the sting’s presence – a deal between Fox and Sony over Marc Webb’s services. Turns out that Webb still owes Fox Searchlight a film in his contract after (500) Days Of Summer and in order for him to sign on to make the second (and third) Spidey movies, Sony agreed to the free plug for Days Of Future Past.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is out in the UK today. It hits US cinemas on May 2. X-Men: Days Of Future Past arrives on May 22 here and May 23 across the Pond.


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Star Trek Writers To Reboot Flash Gordon

Gordon's alive!

What do you mean, "Flash Gordon approaching?" Well, after some years of varying development hells, and a short-lived Sci-Fi Channel TV series in 2008, it looks as if the pulp space hero is in the initial stages of a journey back to the big screen. Their source is unclear, but the impetuous boys (and girl) at Film Divider believe that JD Payne and Patrick McKay, currently at work on the third modern Star Trek film, are also writing an ambitious new Flash Gordon adventure.

Flash Gordon made his debut in newspaper comic strips drawn by Alex Raymond in the 1930s, and was initially conceived explicitly as competition for the then very popular Buck Rogers. Gordon was a polo-playing Yale graduate who, with companions Dale Arden and Dr Hans Zarkov, initially headed into space to find the source of some meteors bombarding Earth. Their first encounter with Ming The Merciless - the alien gitface behind the meteors - would not be their last, and their continuing adventures on the planet Mongo would see them also encountering hawk-man Prince Vultan and the rulers of various jungle, ice and undersea kingdoms.

Gordon was immediately picked up for three Saturday morning film serials starring Buster Crabbe (also briefly Buck Rogers and Tarzan) between 1936 and 1940. Slightly more recently and perhaps most famously, of course, there was the 1980 movie camp-fest with the mad Queen soundtrack, starring Sam J. Jones as Gordon, Max Von Sydow as Ming, and a particularly mental Brian Blessed as Vultan. 

Payne and McKay's connection to JJ Abrams' Bad Robot includes adapting the novel Boilerplate as well as their work on the Star Trek threequel, but whether Flash has a home there, or elsewhere, or is merely a spec script the pair have developed on their own is unclear at the moment. They also have action scripts Goliath and Deadliest Warrior floating in development at, respectively, Temple Hill and Paramount.

Their take on Flash Gordon is apparently (predictably) to rescue him from his current reputation as something stupid but much loved (see Sam Jones' recent turn in Ted), and restore his reputation as a more serious adventurer. He is, after all, the metallist man alive, come to save us all, with his constant thrash. Oh no, wait, that's Thrash Gordon. That's someone else.

The world didn't seem quite ready for John Carter. Are we up for a new Flash Gordon? Give us your thoughts in the comments below, and we'll let you know when and if this story develops further. 








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David Koechner To Lead Scouts Vs. Zombies

Ging gang zombie zombie zombie gonna eatcha

Lumbering through development hell since at least 2010, zom-com Scouts Vs. Zombies is finally heading into production. Last we heard (a year ago), Tropic Thunder and Men In Black 3 writer Etan Cohen was directing, but he's since been replaced by Christopher Landon, who most recently made Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and wrote 2007's Disturbia. The film also now has its scout leader, in the jocular form of Champ Kind himself, David Koechner.

As you might surmise from the title, Scouts Vs. Zombies finds a troop of bob-a-jobbers facing down a horde of flesh-craving types on a camping trip. They’ll need all their survival skills to avoid becoming the zombies’ latest meal, and to help save their small town.

Carrie Evans and Emi Mochizuki wrote the original script, which hit the 2010 Black List and attracted interest from Race To Witch Mountain director Andy Fickman. He’s still involved, but only as producer, with a subsequent screenplay draft knocked out by Lona Williams (Drop Dead Gorgeous). Cohen's name no longer appears anywhere in connection with the film.

Koechner, meanwhile, obviously has a cracking comedy heritage, including Anchorman's aforementioned Mr Kind, and credits on The Office and American Dad. But as of recently, he's not a stranger to horror either: there was Piranha 3DD, and his turn in E.L. Katz' brilliant Cheap Thrills is a thing of deep joy, both humorous and utterly sinister. We're thinking simply "humorous" will be the emphasis this time around though. Nobody wants a sinister scout leader.

Scouts Vs. Zombies is currently in pre-production, with shooting set to start on May 8.


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Watch Live as the Cannes Film Festival Announces Its Lineup (Video)

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 9 hours 16 min ago

The press conference announcing the official selection for the world's most prestigious film festival gets underway at approximately 11 a.m. in Paris.

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First Trailer For Eli Roth's Green Inferno

Stomachs rumble in the jungle

The film debuted at TIFF last autumn, but aside from the odd still and a lot of talk from Eli Roth, non-festival audiences haven't yet experienced much of The Green Inferno. That's sort of of changed this morning with the arrival of the first trailer, but given its - appropriately for the title - green-band nature, there's still not too much to see here. Prepare for another Roth lesson in never going travelling. Stay in your homes, kids.

Roth's tribute to the gonzo Italian likes of Ruggero Deodato and Umberto Lenzi sees a group of student activists head deep into the Peruvian jungle and face the threat of being eaten alive at the hands of a hungry indigent tribe. 

Sticking to Roth's penchant for a clever marketing hook, you'll notice the trailer is at pains to point out that Green Inferno stars a Peruvian rainforest tribe that's never been filmed before. Roth has been keen for everyone to know this all through the project's development. 

"We travelled deep into the Amazon, like Aguirre," he told Empire a year or so ago. "We found a village with no electricity or running water, where most of the young children and the elders had never seen a movie or television before. We brought a generator and showed them [Deodato's infamous] Cannibal Holocaust to see how badly it would freak them out, but they laughed and thought it was the funniest thing they’d ever seen, and after that about 80 people signed up to be in the movie!”

A sequel, Beyond The Green Inferno, is already in the works, to be directed by Roth's Aftershock collaborator Nicolas Lopez. There's no UK release date for the first instalment yet, but it's out in the States on September 14.








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Rogue will appear in X-Men: Days Of Future Past after all

Film News From Total Film Magazine - 10 hours 42 min ago

Rogue fans rejoice, as Vulture has confirmed that the energy-absorbing mutant has not been cut from X-Men: Days Of Future Past after all.

Anna Paquin was always going to be a minor player in the new film, but it had seemed that she would be missing altogether when Bryan Singer described her involvement as "extraneous".

However, he had teased that she would still be appearing in some capacity, and now Vulture reports that a Rogue cameo is still very much a part of the finished film.

Without going into too much detail, it transpires that Rogue's involvement is pivotal to the film's plot, without her actually being on screen for very long. We won't spoil any more, although all the details are over on Vulture

The report also claims that there will be other cameos along the way. Will Ray Park's Toad get another go-around? We'll have to wait and see, when the film opens in the UK on 22 May 2014.








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Oliver Stone slams co-pros at Beijing

Film Industry News - 11 hours 18 min ago
Oliver Stone was characteristically outspoken on the second day of the Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF), challenging China to rethink international co-productions and start making films that examine its past.
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Fox developing Mrs. Doubtfire 2

Film News From Total Film Magazine - 11 hours 25 min ago

Fox is developing a sequel to Mrs. Doubtfire, some 21 years after the first film scored a whopping $219 million at the US box office.

According to The Wrap, Elf screenwriter David Berenbaum has penned a script, with Robin Williams set to return in the title role and Chris Columbus also on board to direct.

The studio had initially tried to kick-start a sequel back in 2001, although it took until 2006 for a completed script to emerge, at which point it was rejected by Williams.

Nothing more has happened on the project since then, but the wheels definitely seem to be turning now, with Williams set to don the house-dress and rollers once more.

No plot details have been confirmed as yet, but we'd imagine that there might be grandchildren involved somewhere in the mix. Flaming false breasts, ahoy!








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