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‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ Teaser Coming Soon, Original Movie’s Teaser Almost Got Scrapped
This week saw the debut of the trailer for The Belko Experiment, a bloody action thriller written and produced by Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. With the arrival of that trailer, James Gunn sat down for a quick interview about how crafting a trailer for a movie like the forthcoming Guardians of the […]
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- Ethan Anderton
Don Calfa Dies: ‘Return Of The Living Dead’ Actor Was 76
Don Calfa, who played Ernie the embalmer in 1985’s The Return of the Living Dead, has died at age 76, Deadline confirmed. The actor, whose credits also include Weekend at Bernie's, Nickelodeon, Bugsy and New York, New York, died at his home in Yucca Valley, California. The death, two days before his December 3 birthday, was confirmed to Deadline by his publicist Michael Perez. Other credits include Foul Play, The Rose and 1941. Calfa, born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens… »
'Moana' To Repeat at #1 Over Post-Thanksgiving Weekend
Following the hustle and bustle of the extended, Thanksgiving weekend it makes sense this weekend would be a bit quieter. Set to repeat atop the weekend box office is Disney's Moana followed once again by WB's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as the rest of the field settles in below. The weekend features one new wide release in Bh Tilt's Incarnate, offering horror fans a little something as the lone horror film currently in wide release, while Freestyle issues the moderate release of the faith-based feature Believe. At the top, Moana should drop somewhere around 54% from its $56.6 million three-day weekend for a second weekend around $26 million pushing its domestic cume a couple million shy of $120 million by the end of the weekend. For comparison, Frozen dipped 53% following its record-breaking three-day wide release and Tangled dipped 55.7% after its $48.7 million Thanksgiving weekend three-day debut. In the runner-up position, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Warren Beatty Honored by Kirk Douglas, Don Cheadle at Santa Barbara Fete
Goleta, Calif. — Kirk Douglas, “Rules Don't Apply” star Lily Collins and Don Cheadle turned out to salute Warren Beatty at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Kirk Douglas Award celebration of the Hollywood legend Thursday night.
The honor, annually presented at a fundraising dinner for the festival, has previously gone to stars like Jane Fonda, Jessica Lange, Forest Whitaker, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris and John Travolta.
“I learned more and more each day that Warren pushes you beyond what you knew you were capable of,” Collins said after reading a series of observations she jotted in her diary while shooting Beatty’s latest film. “He challenges and inspires you beyond your wildest dreams.”
The 27-year-old rising star thanked Beatty for encouraging her “to let go, to be present, and enjoy all the details along the way. If you taught me one »
- Kristopher Tapley
Natalie Portman Is First Lady in Oscar-Hopeful ‘Jackie’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
Fox Searchlight's Jackie enters the Awards fray this weekend, with Oscar-winner Natalie Portman as Camelot matriarch Jacqueline Kennedy in the period surrounding the assassination of husband John F. Kennedy. The feature headlines a weekend that will have a fair number of Specialty releases vying for attention at the box office. Magnolia Pictures will open Nicolas Pesce's drama-horror The Eyes of My Mother in about a half-dozen cities theatrically in a day and date… »
Christine Woods, ‘Suicide Squad’s Karen Fukuhara & More Join ‘Sleight’ Team’s ‘Stray’
Exclusive: Christine Woods, Karen Fukuhara, Miyavi and Ross Partridge have joined the cast of Stray, a supernatural noir movie penned by Sleight scribes Jd Dillard and Alex Theurer and to be directed by commercials helmer Joe Sill in his feature debut. Dillard and Theurer will produce under their Engineer banner alongside Eric B. Fleischman and Sean Tabibian’s Diablo Entertainment, which is also financing. The team’s last film Sleight premiered at Sundance this year and… »
U.K.’s Jinga Films Acquires Brazil’s Spiritual Thriller ‘Our Evil’ for World Sales at Ventana Sur
“Our Evil” takes place in the underbelly of Sao Paolo, telling the story of a spiritualist who after receiving warning that a demonic power is coming to destroy his daughter’s soul, employs a serial killer in an effort to protect her.
The film begins as a standard slasher shock piece but takes a sharp turn as characters actions are given explanations and a more supernatural element, only hinted at in the first half of the film, is properly introduced and developed.
Galli uses the change in direction of the film to keep the audience guessing. “I think when you mix things up, you keep the audience always guessing and uncomfortable, like a violent scene and a soft song or a dark scene with elements of innocence, »
- Jamie Lang
Emma Stone Once Auditioned For Nickelodeon’s ‘All That’
This weekend, Emma Stone returns to Saturday Night Live to host the late night sketch show for a third time. However, she almost starred in an entirely different sketch comedy show much earlier in her career, one that would have had her crossing paths with a certain SNL cast member at a young age. While […]
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- Ethan Anderton
‘Bojack Horseman’ Creator Reveals The Email He Wrote to Convince Netflix To Do Near-Silent Episode
With the end of the year right around the corner, chances are you’ll be seeing numerous lists of the best television episodes of 2016, and chances are high that included on said lists will be “Fish Out Of Water” from “BoJack Horseman” Season 3. Told almost entirely without dialogue, the episode finds BoJack attending a film festival underwater and trying to get a baby sea horse back to his family (his oxygen helmet is broken, which is why he can’t communicate with anyone).
Read More: How ‘BoJack Horseman’ Achieved Perfection Without a Word
The episode is as much a reflection of BoJack’s self-sabatoging ego as it is a celebration of silent film storytelling (the thrills of Buster Keaton and the pathos of Charlie Chaplin are all flooded into the episode’s DNA), and while the episode is now considered one of the year’s best, it took some effort »
- Zack Sharf
‘Arrival’ Lands $100M+ At Global Box Office As Rollout, Awards Momentum Continue
Director Denis Villeneuve’s cerebral sci-fi pic Arrival has crossed the $100M mark at the worldwide box office. With $65.78M in North America and $35.13M internationally through Thursday, the current gross is $100.9M. The lyrical twist on the genre kicked off at the Venice Film Festival in September and has continued to find favor with audiences and awards bodies. Paramount acquired the film for North America in a then-record $20M deal at the start of the 2014 Cannes… »
‘Barbara’ & ‘Phoenix’ Director Christian Petzold To Helm Refugee Drama ‘Transit’
A trifecta of films — “Jerichow,” “Barbara,” and most recently, “Phoenix” — has turned German filmmaker Christian Petzold into an arthouse favorite. And the good news for fans is that his next movie is gearing up, and as always, it sounds promising.
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Petzold will direct an adaptation Anna Seghers‘s classic novel, “Transit.” Set at the cusp of WWII after Germany invades France, the story follows a man who escapes a Nazi concentration and flees to Marseilles, where he’s tasked with an assignment that will bring him an intimate understanding of the plight of refugees.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Bryan Fuller No Longer Involved in ‘Star Trek: Discovery’
A little over a month ago, Bryan Fuller stepped down as showrunner on CBS’s upcoming Star Trek: Discovery series, resulting in the internet making a sound akin to a balloon slowly deflating. After all, Star Trek has seen its ups and its downs, but surely it would’ve flourished under the watchful eye of the genius […]
- Jacob Hall
Oscars: ‘Rogue One,’ ‘Doctor Strange’ Make Cut As Academy Narrows Visual Effects Race
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has drawn up its shortlist of 20 films vying for Visual Effects Oscar nominations. As usual, the list is peppered with big-budget pics — some of which were massive hits (Deadpool, The Jungle Book, Fantastic Beasts, etc.), some that underperformed (Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Bfg, Independence Day: Resurgence) and a few that haven’t been released yet (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Passengers). Here is the full list… »
Oscars: ‘Rogue One,’ ‘Suicide Squad,’ ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Advance in Visual Effects Race
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Suicide Squad,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” and “The Jungle Book” are among the movies that could compete in the Oscar visual effects category. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Friday the 20 films that will advance in the race.
Here are all the pics that will compete in the VFX Oscar race:
“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
The Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee will narrow the list further to 10 for the bakeoff stage in a few weeks. »
- Maane Khatchatourian and Kristopher Tapley
Film, TV Shoots Adopt Environmentally Friendly Practices
It ain’t easy being green, but Hollywood’s film and TV productions are moving more and more toward eco-friendly practices on sets that not only help the planet, but also can save money.
Not too long ago such titles as “sustainability director” did not exist at studios. What a difference a few years make.
Oct. 7 at the Vancouver Intl. Film Festival, four sustainability execs from major Hollywood studios gathered to participate in a packed forum on sustainable production, with keynote speaker and “The X-Files” creator Chris Carter opening the one-day event.
“Vancouver will become a model for green production in North America,” Carter said. “When word gets out, productions will flock here. You’re going to have to build a wall. It will be huge, made out of recycled materials. And yes, the Americans are going to pay for it.”
The industry must be aware, Carter added, that what »
- Katherine Brodsky
Al Brodax Dead: ‘Yellow Submarine’ Feature Film Producer Was 90
Al Brodax, the TV cartoon producer who failed to impress The Beatles with his small-screen animated take on the band but won them over with the classic feature Yellow Submarine, died November 24 in Danbury, Conn. at age 90. Brodax’s death was announced on Facebook by his friend, the Beatle cartoon expert Mitchell Axelrod, and later confirmed by daughter Jessica Harris. Brodax had been an executive producer at King Features Syndicate in the early 1960s, churning out… »
Amy Adams’ ‘Arrival’ Tops $100 Million at Worldwide Box Office
Paramount’s sci-fi thriller “Arrival” has topped $100 million in worldwide box office in less than a month.
The film has grossed $65.8 million in the U.S. and Canada and $35.1 million internationally through Thursday. Paramount Pictures handled distribution in North America with FilmNation Entertainment as the international sales agent for all territories.
Film Review: ‘Arrival’
“Arrival” received 10 nominations on Thursday from the Critics’ Choice Awards, including for best picture, director, actress and adapted screenplay. Adams received the best actress award from the National Board of Review, which named the movie as one of its 10 best films of 2016.
“Arrival” has grossed $9.6 million in the U.K., making it the top grosser in that market for director Denis Villeneuve. It’s also achieved that distinction in Spain with a $2.5 million total and in Australia with $4.4 million to top Villeneuve’s “Sicario” in that market.
“Arrival” premiered at the Venice Film Festival and »
- Dave McNary
Women in Animation’s Initiatives Aim to Boost Female Creative Talent in the Biz
Animation is often seen as a part of the industry friendly to families and women because the longer production cycles for each feature – typically three to five years – mean more steady employment and opportunity to attend to life’s demands outside of filmmaking. But women still have a long way to go before they’re equally represented in animated features and television shows.
Statistics from the animation guild, Iatse 839, paint the picture for animators. Right now about 3,800 artists, writers and technicians work under the guild’s jurisdiction in and around Los Angeles and slightly more than 23% of this number are women. Roughly 18 months ago, around 21% were female, so the number is climbing a bit.
That’s still not fast enough for Women in Animation co-chair Marge Dean, who is working with the organization on a 50-50 by 2025 initiative that aims to see an equal split of jobs for men and »
- Karen Idelson
Disney Animation Veterans Ride the CG Tide With ‘Moana’
Ron Clements and John Musker have just about seen it all in their 30-some years at Disney. They are largely credited — as the creative powers behind 1989’s “The Little Mermaid” — with launching Disney’s animation renaissance following a period of less-than-successful films for the studio. Today, their seventh animated collaboration, “Moana,” is the writer-directors’ first CG-animated project; Jared Bush wrote the screenplay.
“Moana” tells the tale of a head-strong teen who defies her village’s ban on sailing the ocean in order to save them from destruction. The movie has been a learning experience for the seasoned veterans.
“We had to learn a whole new pipeline,” Musker says. “The way to get from script to storyboard is the same, but once you get into the production process, it is a different thing. It’s less linear.”
In hand-drawn animation, artists go from storyboards to drawing the sets and figuring out »
- Terry Flores
‘Escape from New York’ Remake Rumored to Be a Prequel, New Story Details Revealed
We’re coming up on 10 years of development on the Escape from New York remake that originated at New Line Cinema but now finds itself at 20th Century Fox. Over the years, we’ve seen various talents attached such as writers like Gary Whitta (Book of Eli) and Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down) involved, directors such […]
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- Ethan Anderton
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