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Benjamin Walker Joins Nicholas Sparks’ ‘The Choice’ for Lionsgate

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Benjamin Walker has been cast as the lead character in Lionsgate’s romance-drama “The Choice” based on the Nicholas Sparks novel.

Walker, last seen in HBO series “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight,” will portray Travis Parker. He will star next in Ron Howard’s “Heart of the Sea.”

The screenplay adaptation was written by Bryan Sipe.

Sparks and Theresa Park are partnering with Peter Safran to produce and finance the film, the first independent feature from Nicholas Sparks Productions. Lionsgate’s Jason Constantine and Eda Kowan will oversee the project for the studio.

The Choice” is set in a small coastal town where Parker ends up pursuing a relationship with his new neighbor, leading to a journey that neither could have foreseen.

Eight of Sparks’ books have been made into films, including “The Notebook,” “Message in a Bottle,” “A Walk to Remember,” “Dear John” and “The Lucky One.””The Best of Me »


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Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey to voice star in 'Boss Baby'

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Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey have signed on to voice star in DreamWorks Animation’s Boss Baby, EW has confirmed.

Tom McGrath (Madagascar, Megamind) will direct the film from a script by Michael McCullers (Austin Powers). The film was inspired by Marla Frazee’s picture book of the same name.

Baldwin will voice the titular character, a briefcase-carrying baby who sparks jealousy in his 7-year-old brother, Tim. Threatened by the new arrival, Tim attempts to win his parents’ sole affection. In the process, he uncovers a secret plot by the CEO of Puppy Co. (voiced by Spacey) that could ruin »


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We The Economy series ready to launch

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Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan are preparing a series of shorts based on the economy, including the directorial debut of former Focus Features CEO James Schamus.

We The Economy will comprise 20 shorts and the cast of actors and voice-over artists includes Amy Poehler, Sarah Silverman, Werner Herzog, Maya Rudolph, Adam Goldberg and Bob Balaban.

Series directors include Schamus (pictured), Spurlock, Steve James, Marshall Curry, Catherine Hardwicke, Ramin Bahrani, Jessica Yu and Joey Berlinger.

The series will launch across all digital platforms on October 21.

“At its core, the vision of this project is to fuse artistry and storytelling with economic expertise to engage the public in a truly informed dialogue about the Us economy,” said Vulcan Productions general manager and creative director Carole Tomko.

“This esteemed group of artists and thinkers galvanises our mission of bringing innovation to the public discourse about the economy, and empowering people to make better economic choices in their »


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Brett Ratner and Bill Lawrence Developing Rush Hour TV Show

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Hot on the heels of the news that Fox is developing a TV series adaptation of the 1988 film Big comes word that a Rush Hour TV show is also in development—and from another Cougar Town executive producer, no less.  Deadline reports that director Brett Ratner and TV vet Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Cougar Town) have closed a deal with Warner Bros. TV to co-write and executive produce an hourlong action comedy adaptation of the Rush Hour franchise.  Ratner directed all three films in the series, which was essentially a trio of buddy cop action-comedies revolving around a straight-laced Hong Kong cop (Jackie Chan) who is paired with a cocky, fast-talking Lapd officer (Chris Tucker).  More on the Rush Hour TV show after the jump. Per Deadline, the plan for the Rush Hour TV show is to stay close to the premise of the first film, revolving around the oddball pairing of the two cops. »

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‘Hundred-Foot Journey’ Actor Options Anjan Sundaram’s First Book ‘Stringer’

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The Hundred-Foot Journey” thesp Manish Dayal has optioned Anjan Sundaram’s first book “Stringer: A Reporter’s Year in the Congo” and is attached to star.

He optioned it along with Laura Hersh and Dan Spilo of Industry Entertainment, who will join him as producers.

The book follows Sundaram, a Yale graduate who turned down a job at Goldman Sachs to work as a freelance stringer in the Congo for 18 months.

Dayal will begin looking for a writer to adapt the project.

He is repped by UTA and Industry Entertainment.

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Watch: First Trailer For Russell Crowe’s Directorial Debut ‘The Water Diviner’ Co-Starring Olga Kurylenko & Jai Courtney

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Over the years, Russell Crowe's worked with some big names, Ridley Scott, Ron Howard, Darren Aronofsky, Peter Weir, Curtis Hanson, Sam Raimi and more. So obviously the actor’s picked up a thing or two. While Crowe’s helmed documentaries, videos, he's never directed a feature-length narrative effort until now. Titled “The Water Diviner,” Crowe’s directorial feature debut is a historical drama set in 1919 about an Australian man who travels to Turkey four years after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons— one of them reported missing in action. The film stars Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko, Jai Courtney, Cem Yılmaz and Yılmaz Erdoğan and we haven’t heard much about it since it was first announced last year. But written by Andrew Anastasios and Andrew Knight the Weinstein Company took domestic rights to the film during Cannes after watching 12 minutes of footage that unspooled in the buyers market. »

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‘Orphan Black’ Actor Jordan Gavaris Joins Matthew McConaughey in ‘Sea of Trees’

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Orphan Black” star Jordan Gavaris has been added to the cast of “Sea of Trees,” opposite Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts.

Gus Van Sant is wrapping principal photography on the drama, filmed on location in Japan and Massachusetts.

McConaughey and Watanabe portray men on a journey of reflection and survival in the Aokigahara, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan’s Mount Fuji where a reportedly large amount of suicides occur. Watts plays McConaughey’s wife.

Producers are Gil Netter, Ken Kao, Kevin Halloran, F. Gary Gray, Brian Dobbins, Allen Fischer and Chris Sparling, who wrote the screenplay.

Alex Walton and Ken Kao’s sales, production and financing company Bloom introduced “The Sea of Trees” to buyers Cannes and by the end of the festival had sold out the world. Post-production is under way in Los Angeles.

 

 

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Matt Bomer Joins The Nice Guys; Keegan-Michael Key and Regina Hall in Vacation Reboot; Pierce Brosnan to Create Designer Drug in Urge

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How about some more casting news?  Here’s what’s coming at a glance: Matt Bomer just joined Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in The Nice Guys. New Line’s Vacation reboot just picked up Keegan-Michael Key and Regina Hall. Pierce Brosnan is locked to headline Urge for first-time feature director Aaron Kaufman. Hit the jump for more on all three films. Shane Black’s been working on The Nice Guys for a while now, over five years in fact, but ever since news broke that Gosling and Crowe were involved, things have been moving along steadily.  Warner Bros. picked up the film back in July, gave it a June 17, 2016 release date last month and now Black is busy loading up the cast.  He added The Leftover’s Margaret Qualley to the roster two weeks ago and now, according to Deadline, Bomer is in as well. The story takes place »

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Watch: Trailer For Dark Drug Comedy 'The Mule' Starring Hugo Weaving, Angus Sampson & Leigh Whannel

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It can be easy to be consumed by American cinema, to the point that it's sometimes difficult to peek through the noise and look abroad at the quality offerings from around the world. But one movie that has been quietly making a fuss on the festival circuit is "The Mule," and now a pretty great first trailer is here to makes a strong case that this is one to track down. Starring Angus Sampson (who also co-wrote, and co-directed the movie), Hugo Weaving and Leigh Whannel, the crime comedy boasts a deceptively simple concept: a man is detained by police after being suspected of smuggling drugs inside his body. He's help for a week by the cops as they wait for him to shit out of the evidence, but the man uh, holds it in, for reasons that go far beyond the room where he's being detained. And we have to say, »

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5 Reasons Batman v Superman May Let Wayne Manor Fall To Ruins

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We.ve heard all kinds of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice rumors over the last year, from stories about Robin to a possible cameo from Aquaman, but the latest talk is all about Bruce Wayne.s mansion. New reports have been circulating saying that production on Batman v Superman is getting ready to shoot scenes in what could wind up being Wayne Manor. This story, however, comes with a twist. The house that is said to be in use is a rather decrepit old brick building with boarded windows and an unkempt lawn. Obviously this isn.t a typical description of the stately manor from DC Comics, but it could tell us something interesting about what Zack Snyder and his crew are doing with their incarnation of Dark Knight. If that run-down old mansion is actually Wayne Manor, what does that potentially say about the plot of Batman v »

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Contest: Win Sundance Documentary 'Ivory Towers' On Blu-Ray

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Each year, lots of quality documentaries arrive at the Sundance Film Festival, but many don't get the love they need after the festivities in Park City come to a close. One such movie is "Ivory Tower." But today we've got a chance for you to own the film that caught our eye at the beginning of the year.  Directed by Andrew Rossi, the doc investigates the rising cost of a college education that has created massive student debt, all while graduates struggle to find employment in their field. It's a complex subject, but as our review notes, this is "compelling viewing, particularly if you feel close to the crisis" that faces many leaving high school and seeking higher education. It's an intriguing topic, and we've got some Blu-ray copies of "Ivory Tower" for a few lucky readers. How can you grab one?  Follow us on Twitter and tweet the following: »

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Page 2: Star Wars, Shining, Totoro, David Lynch, Transformers, GoT, Frozen, Mindy Kaling, Doctor Who

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Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. Header Photo: Lightsaber Replacement Keys: […]

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Sea Of Trees wraps shoot

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Gus Van Sant has concluded principal photography in location in Japan and Massachusetts on Bloom sales title The Sea Of Trees.

Mathew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts star in the story of a suicidal man who journeys to the notorious Aokigahara forest in Japan, where he has a life-changing encounter.

The cast also includes Katie Aselton and Jordan Gavaris.

Part of the shoot took place in Aokigahara at the foothills of Mt Fuji. Post-production work is now underway in Los Angeles.  

Gil Netter, Bloom co-head Ken Kao, Kevin Halloran, F Gary Gray, Brian Dobbins, Allen Fischer and Chris Sparling produce. Sparling wrote the original screenplay.

Alex Walton and Kao’s international sales, production and financing company Bloom launched pre-sales on The Sea Of Trees in Cannes and sold out most of the world. »


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For the Love of Wayne: Shorter Doc Fundraiser Attracts A-List Jazz Talent

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Imagine being entertained by a revolving house band that includes Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding, Marcus Miller, Terri Lyne Carrington, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Corinne Bailey Rae. Those were just a few of the jazz talents who played to a backyard crowd of donors at the “Zero Gravity Live” event Sunday night at the Bel Air home of Dr. Frank and Shelley Litvack.

The affair — a kind of exclusive, high-end crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the documentary in the making “Wayne Shorter: Zero Gravity” via fiscal sponsor, the non-profit Pasadena Arts Council — drew approximately 170 patrons of the arts who pledged $250,000-$300,000 in donations to finish the movie, from which interviews and performance clips were shown as part of the dinner/program.

The endeavor could serve as a new model for financing movies, that is if your subject inspires the kind of admiration and support that Shorter enjoys. And »


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Exclusive Chef Food Truck Graphics Celebrate Jon Favreau’s Filmography in Pun-Tastic Fashion

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After making three films on a very large scale (Iron ManIron Man 2, and Cowboys & Aliens), director Jon Favreau opted to go much smaller on his most recent feature, Chef.  The result is a character-centric dramedy about a man who starts up a food truck business in the hopes of reconnecting with his family and getting back in touch with his artistic freedom.  In conjunction of Chef’s release on Blu-ray and DVD today, we here at Collider have been provided with four exclusive Chef food truck graphics that bring the punnery to Favreau’s filmography.  Stop by the Elf Eatery for some breakfast food, or hit up the Swingers truck for cocktails and wings. Take a look at the Chef food truck graphics after the jump, and click here to buy the film on Blu-ray. [gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="362974,362975,362976,362977"]

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AMC Joins Opposition To ‘Crouching Tiger 2′; IMAX Chief Urges Theaters To Reconsider

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The No. 2 chain, AMC Entertainment, just joined other major exhibitors that say they won’t offer Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend on their IMAX screens next year when it simultaneously debuts on Netflix. “We license just the technology from IMAX,” AMC says. “Only AMC and [its parent company] Wanda decide what programming plays in our respective theatres. No one has approached us to license this made-for-video sequel in the U.S. or China, so one must assume the screens IMAX committed are in science centers and aquariums.”

The No. 1 exhibition chain, Regal, said this morning that it won’t  show the movie. Carmike joined the fray, saying it’s “committed to an exclusive theatrical release” and therefore is “opposed to showing day and date releases at our entertainment complexes.”  Europe’s Cineworld, the continent’s top IMAX operator, also joined the opposition: “We bring our customers the IMAX experience as the complete opposite of home entertainment, »


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Gregory Segal Heading Indie Heretic Films

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Independent production company Heretic Films has named producer and entertainment attorney Gregory Segal as its new president.

Segal has represented the company as its attorney on “Low Down,” starring Elle Fanning and John Hawkes, Kevin Pollak’s upcoming documentary “Misery Loves Comedy,” and Slamdance Audience Award winner “Copenhagen.”

“Greg brings Heretic extensive experience in all phases of independent film production, as well as a keen knowledge of film finance and domestic and international film distribution,” said CEO Burton Ritchie.

Pollak is part of the executive team at Heretic and is making his feature film directing debut with “Misery.”  Heretic recently premiered the dark comedy “Welcome to Me,” starring Kristin Wiig, at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Segal’s recent work as a producer includes TV pilot “Elwood,” starring Ron Perlman and D.B. Sweeney, and the comedy feature “Should’ve Been Romeo.”

 

 

 

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Befilmiff launches as buyer showcase

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Exclusive: New York-based festival veteran Laurence Asseraf is launching the invite-only Be Film International Features Festival as a platform to enable global films to find Us distribution.

This year’s inaugural event runs from October 24-26 in New York and will feature global films with a focus on Argentina.

“What we are trying to accomplish here, is bring home, in an intimate, relaxed, but highly professional setting certain foreign films that might have escaped the eyes of Us distributors while on their tour to all major festivals abroad,” said Asseraf (pictured).

“I knew Argentina very well since I lived there as a child,” said the French industry veteran, who also founded Be Film The Underground Film Festival. “Their cinema is very European and speaks to the world.”

The Argentinian Consulate will sponsor the opening night reception.

The line-up of screenings includes:

Muerte En Buenos Aires (Argentina) – Natalia Meta’s 1980s set mystery-drama in Buenos Aires starring [link=nm »


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Befilmiff launches as film showcase

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Exclusive: New York-based festival veteran Laurence Asseraf is launching the invite-only Be Film International Features Festival as a platform to enable global films to find Us distribution.

This year’s inaugural event runs from October 24-26 in New York and will feature global films with a focus on Argentina.

“What we are trying to accomplish here, is bring home, in an intimate, relaxed, but highly professional setting certain foreign films that might have escaped the eyes of Us distributors while on their tour to all major festivals abroad,” said Asseraf (pictured).

“I knew Argentina very well since I lived there as a child,” said the French industry veteran, who also founded Be Film The Underground Film Festival. “Their cinema is very European and speaks to the world.”

The Argentinian Consulate will sponsor the opening night reception.

The line-up of screenings includes:

Muerte En Buenos Aires (Argentina) – Natalia Meta’s 1980s set mystery-drama in Buenos Aires starring [link=nm »


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Uncover the Details of Rfk’s Secret Mutation Prior to the X-men: Days Of Future Past DVD Release

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Thanks to X-Men: Days of Future Past we know that President John F. Kennedy was a mutant.  Magneto (Michael Fassbender) tried to save him, but he was apprehended before he could stop Lee Harvey Oswald’s bullet.  When Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Professor X (James McAvoy), Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and Quicksilver (Evan Peters) broke him out of a Pentagon prison, Magneto insisted that he tried to save JFK because he was “one of us.” What if Robert F. Kennedy was a mutant as well?  According to the X-Men viral campaign, “Kennedy Curse,” he was and he was assassinated because of it.  Hit the jump to see more from Rfk’s "Mutants Are Among Us" file.  X-Men: Days of Future Past is currently available digitally and will arrive on DVD and Blu-ray on October 14th Rfk had the ability to absorb memories from those around him making it a challenge to be amongst crowds. »

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