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'Prometheus' Sequel Shows Signs Of Life
Whether you like it or not, it looks like a sequel to "Prometheus" is coming our way. At least, that's what a new article from Variety suggests.
Word of Fox and the producers' intention to quickly follow-up the $400 worldwide hit spread just months after the original film debuted, with THR naming 2014 or 2015 as potential targets.
Even though those date now seem unrealistic considering how long it takes a project like "Prometheus" to get going, there is progress. Variety is reporting that Jack Palgen, who wrote "Dark Knight" cinematographer Wally Pfister's directorial debut, "Transcendence," which stars Johnny Depp, has been hired to write the script.
A writer announcement has been expected for some time, ever since Damon Lindelof announced that he would not be returning to write the screenplay for the sequel. That announcement resulted in a gossipy story about how producers were pissed because Lindelof wrote them into a corner. »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
Alison Brie, Justin Chatwin, Colin Hanks In ‘No Stranger Than Love’ (Exclusive)
Brie portrays a high school art teacher in the small town. She is about to begin an affair with the married high school football coach, played by Hanks, who disappears down a an inter-dimensional hole that opens up in her living room floor. »
- Dave McNary
Paramount- Montecito Sets Black List Scribes Eyal Podell & Jonathan Stewart To Script ‘Juliet’
Exclusive: Montecito and Paramount have tapped scribes Eyal Podell & Jonathan Stewart to write Juliet, based on the book by Anne Fortier. Tree Line’s Cathy Konrad will produce with Montecito. The project was set up in fall, 2011 for James Mangold to direct. In the book, a young woman learns that the legend of Romeo & Juliet is actually real, and that Shakespeare’s version was simply the most popular retelling. More compelling is that she is Juliet’s direct descendant, but was kept in the dark to protect her. Podell & Stewart are coming on the project hot after having their script Seuss reach the second slot on the latest Black List. They are represented by Verve and Industry Entertainment. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Liv Tyler to Co-Star in Damon Lindelof’s HBO Pilot The Leftovers; John Hurt Joins Guillermo del Toro’s FX Series The Strain
A couple of highly promising casting decisions have been made regarding two exciting upcoming pilots. First up, Liv Tyler has signed on to co-star in Damon Lindelof’s HBO potential series The Leftovers. Based on the book of the same name by Tom Perotta, the story takes place after the Rapture, centering on the people in a small town that didn’t make the cut. Justin Theroux is already set as the show’s lead, but Deadline reports that Tyler will be co-starring as Meg, a young woman on the verge of getting married who becomes a target for recruitment by members of an enigmatic cult. Peter Berg is directing the pilot and Christopher Eccleston, Ann Dowd, Amanda Warren, and Carrie Coon are also set to star. Hit the jump for news concerning a Hellboy alum joining Guillermo del Toro’s potential new series The Strain. Additionally, FX has announced »
- Adam Chitwood
‘Monsters U’ Makes Billy Crystal Feel Young
Disney’s premiere for Pixar’s “Monsters University” at the El Capitan theater turned Hollywood Boulevard into a blue-and-white tailgate party, complete with a marching band and cheer squad, themed around the scare school in the prequel that brings back Billy Crystal and John Goodman as younger versions of their characters from “Monsters, Inc.”
Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, as well as “Teen Beach Movie’s” Garrett Clayton, walked the blue carpet June 17 along with Sean Hayes, Bobby Moynihan and John Ratzenberger who voice characters in the follow-up.
According to Crystal, the film “makes you feel how you felt when you were 17 or 18, when everything was possible.” He was able to watch the first film with his kids. Now with the prequel, “I can see it with my kids and grandkids.” »
- Marc Graser
Film Review: ‘The Closed Circuit’
Inspired by real events, “The Closed Circuit” is a compelling, strongly performed political thriller about greed and corruption in contempo Gdansk, Poland, where some high-flying new entrepreneurs fall victim to the machinations of the city’s entrenched powers. One of the highest-grossing films of the year on home turf, this latest film from helmer Ryszard Bugajski (“Interrogation”) is traveling to independent venues in North America via new U.S. distributor Society Films.
The action begins in 2003, as young businessmen Piotr Maj (Robert Olech), Marek Stawski (Przemyslaw Sadowski) and Grzegorz Rybarcyzk (Jaroslaw Kopaczewski) throw a grand fete to open their new factory. They’re partners in a fast-growing, highly successful company called Navar, which produces high-tech electronics using state-of-the-art equipment from Denmark.
Lurking on the fringes of the festivities like some malevolent spider is district prosecutor Andrzej Kostrzewa (Janusz Gajos). A Communist Party stalwart from way back, Kostrzewa is a master »
- Alissa Simon
'Prometheus' sequel hires a new writer
It’s been almost exactly one year since the Alien pseudo-prequel Prometheus fascinated and infuriated audiences with its mixture of gorgeous visuals and confusing character decisions. Although the film set up a sequel, there hasn’t been much news, besides the revelation that screenwriter Damon Lindelof would not be returning — possibly because he’d like to spend just one summer not reading a nonstop parade of nerd-rage tweets.
But Fox is not letting the project die. EW has confirmed the news originally reported by Variety that screenwriter Jack Paglen has stepped onboard the project. Paglen wrote the upcoming sci-fi film Transcendence, »
- Darren Franich
Watch The First Episode of Showtime’s ‘Ray Donovan’ Online
As antiheroes go, it’s tough to find one more “anti” than Dexter Morgan. He’s a serial killer, for God’s sake. But he can’t stick around Showtime forever, so this summer, he’ll help usher another shady character into the channel’s lineup. Following Dexter on Sunday nights this month will be Ray Donovan, starring Liev Schreiber as [...] »
- Angie Han
Meet the 2013 Rooftop Filmmakers #7: Matt Johnson Blurs the Line Between Fiction and Reality in 'The Dirties'
Matt Johnson is a film student from Toronto. Prior to making "The Dirties," he made a webshow called "Nirvana The Band The Show" alongside the same group of collaborators. In addition to directing "The Dirties," Johnson also stars as a bullied, filmmaking teen. What it's about: Two best friends are making an insane action movie about killing all the bullies in their school. When the idea comes up to actually kill their tormentors the line between fiction and reality starts to bend and twist. On the challenges: "Finding the money to make a film that seems so tasteless on paper. We ended up shooting it with 1/10th our intended budget and had to improvise every level of production." What's next: "We're making another fake doc about the Apollo missions in the 1960s." Indiewire invited Rooftop Films 2013 Summer Series directors to tell us about their films, including the challenges they faced and what they're doing next. »
Meet the 2013 Rooftop Filmmakers #8: Casimir Nozkowski Parts With His Comic Book Past in 'Childhood Sale'
Casimir Nozkowski is a writer/director and the co-founder of the Internets Celebrities, an injustice-exposing documentary group. He also sits on Rooftop Films' board of directors. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, the Av Club, and on the Brian Lehrer Show, to name a few. Nozkowski's recent work includes the short, "Andrew Sarris: Critic in Focus" which premiered at the 2011 Telluride Film Festival and screened at Moma in September 2012 and the short "Caffe Capri," which screened at the 2013 Brooklyn Film Festival. He also writes and produces promotion for "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad." What it's about: I collected comics when I was a kid. And I had a lot. When circumstances forced me to liquidate my collection, my only question was how. Ebay: too much trouble. Throwing them out: too sad. An epic stoop sale that I could film? Just right. On the challenges: »
‘Jurassic Park 4′ to Arrive in 2015
2015 is beginning to fill up with major franchises as sources confirm to Variety that “Jurassic Park 4″ is moving to 2015.
No exact date has been set yet but the next installment was originally slated to bow next June but had to push because the schedule was too tight and work was still being done on the script. Universal would not comment but at a recent licensing trade show in Las Vegas, a poster was on display for the movie which included a 2015 release.
See Also: Universal Delays Production on “Jurassic Park 4″
Sources have told Variety that Steven Spielberg, who is exec producing the pic, is currently in town working with producers and director Colin Trevorrow on the script before he jumps into pre-production on his directing job “American Sniper.”
When an exact date is set, the film will join a list of franchises bowing in 2015 that already includes “The Avengers 2, »
- Justin Kroll
Rupert Murdoch splits empire but keeps faith in tomorrow's newspapers
Mogul to hive off entertainment and publishing assets but believes newspaper businesses will emerge stronger than ever
Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation will be split in half on Wednesday as the mogul hopes to build two new empires out of his vast portfolio of assets. It is likely to prove the octogenarian's final major corporate move, and once again he is betting he has seen an opportunity others have missed.
The profitable entertainment assets – including the 20th Century Fox movie studio and the Fox broadcast network in the Us – will form 21st Century Fox.
The company's publishing assets, including HarperCollins and its troubled newspaper division, will trade under the old News Corp name.
Shareholders have long pressed for a split, disenchanted with the returns from publishing, particularly newspapers, as the shift to digital readership eats into profits. Murdoch resisted but caved in after the phone-hacking scandal shook his company to its foundations, »
- Dominic Rushe
Producers line up George Jones biopic
28 Entertainment principals announced on Tuesday  that they have acquired the life rights to country music legend George Jones and his wife Nancy.
The story will cover Jones’ battle with alcoholism and drug abuse and the career-saving relationship with his
The musician, who scored 14 number one hits and was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1992, had been collaborating with the filmmakers before he died in April aged 81.
“George had hoped to see the movie before he passed and worked with me to make sure the story was complete,” said Dennis L Baxter, who wrote the screenplay and will produce alongside Entertainment’s Jay Hoffman and Brian A Hoffman. Jones’ wife Nancy will serve as executive producer and consults on the project.
“We are huge fans of George and his music and look forward to working closely with Nancy as we bring his life to the big screen,” said Jay Hoffman.
Chris Corabi negotiated »
Preview Review: ‘Frozen’ Teaser
Disney’s first look for “Frozen” is everything you’d want from a toon teaser: An entertaining, self-contained scene that gives a taste of the characters and tone of the film without getting bogged down in trying to sell audiences on the plot itself. Ideally, a promo like this would play almost like a stand-alone animated short. The problem, unfortunately, is that it simply isn’t very charming.
In the early trailer launched today on Weather.com, a misshapen snowman toddles out on snowball legs, smells a flower and sneezes, sending his carrot nose flying across an icy pond, where he competes with a moose to save the disembodied vegetable from becoming an afternoon snack. The clear inspiration for such a teaser is the entertaining Scrat short that launched the “Ice Age” franchise, suggesting that a greedy pre-squirrel was responsible for the avalanche that kicks off that story.
- Peter Debruge
Patricia Clarkson Joins The Maze Runner
Patricia Clarkson won me over the moment she looked into John Coffey's eyes and told him, "I dreamed you were wandering in the dark. And so was I. And we found each other. We found each other in the dark." And then, more than a decade after The Green Mile hit theaters, she won me over again in Easy A when - playing the role of the mother to Emma Stone's Olive - she admitted quite candidly to her daughter that she had a horrible reputation when she was younger and that she slept with a whole bunch of people. "Mostly guys." Clarkson is one of those actors who owns a role, and she can be incredibly charming in the process. That may or may not come in handy for her part in The Maze Runner. The feature adaptation of James Dashner's novel has already begun production, »
Joe Wright Is Out, Dean Parisot Is Up For Houdini Biopic
Few famous figures have a reputation as multi-faceted as magician Harry Houdini. Sure, he was best known for being a showman and stunt performer who could dazzle audiences with his extraordinary escape acts from handcuffs, straitjackets, ropes, chains, and other claustrophobic confinements. But he was also an actor (albeit a failed one), an aviator, and a passionate debunker of people claiming to be psychics and mediums. Basically, there's enough fascinating stuff in the life of Houdini to fill a string of movies (which may explain why four are in development), and yet Summit Entertainment has been struggling to get their biopic going for years. Summit first began developing their Houdini project back in 2009, after purchasing the movie rights to the William Kalush and Larry Sloman's book The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero, which posits that in addition to all the vocations listed above, Houdini »
Diy Monster Makers: More 'Homemade Horror' from Gabe Lapeer
Back in February, we kicked off our Diy Monster Makers feature series with a look at the work of uniquely talented artist Gabe Lapeer, a sculptor, graphic designer and illustrator who had launched a Facebook page to showcase his custom designs, sculptures and action figures “with a slant towards the dark and gruesome.” Now you've got more opportunities to purchase Lapeer's twisted creations through his “Homemade Horror” store on Storenvy. The inventive genre-bending “Karbonite Killers” series is still available (sold both as single figures and sets), as well as the “Custom Crazies” figures, a line of hand-painted cast resin miniatures (most under 6”) with custom bases, all signed by the artist. The collection includes Belial from Basket Case, various “Crites” from Critters, the title beasties from Troll and Ghoulies, and kid victim “Little Buddy” from Halloween III.
Online availability of these items is very limited (the creature from “The Crate” in »
- Gregory Burkart
Stranger begins Toronto shoot
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Do You Care About Frame Rates? Douglas Trumbull Has A New Short Film He Wants To Show You In 120fps
"2001: A Space Odyssey," "Blade Runner," "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind," "The Tree Of Life"...the resume of VFX legend Douglas Trumbull pretty much speaks for itself. But he's also been a filmmaker as well, helming two oddities from the '70s and '80s -- "Silent Running" and "Brainstorm" (the latter notable for being the film Natalie Wood died while making) -- but hasn't done anything since except for a few shorts and some theme park stuff. But he's got some big plans...if the technology can arrive to make it happen... Trumbull has quietly been assembling a short film entitled "Ufotog," a new ten-minute movie about a photographer trying to snap a photo of a UFO or something that is boasting some big, orgasmic tech details for those of you who are into that sort of thing. You see, it was shot in 4K 3D, on 3D »
- Kevin Jagernauth
This Supposed 'Man of Steel' Controversy is Ridiculous
If there's one thing defenders of all superhero movies will tell you it's that they don't live up under scrutiny. Yes, even your precious The Dark Knight has some major issues, which is when someone will stand up and say, "It's just a movie!" Touche. However, a loud group on the Internet has grown upset over the climactic finale in Man of Steel over a moment where Superman (Henry Cavill) decides the only way he can prevent Zod (Michael Shannon) from killing a family of Metropolis citizens with his heat vision (first world problems, amirite!) is by snapping his neck. Therein lies the horror and, yes, we'll get to the question of why four people matter more than an entire city. Now, if you're like me, you found the moment in the film rather interesting as an alien being, trying to come to grips with his existence on an alien world, »
- Brad Brevet
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