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Eric Bana to Fake Front Line War Reporting in Ricky Gervais’ Special Correspondents
With films like Deliver Us from Evil, Lone Survivor and Hanna on his resume, it’s easy to forget that Eric Bana kicked off his career with the sketch comedy series, Full Frontal. However, Bana is about to step back into the comedy realm for a brand new movie called Special Correspondents. It’s being described as a satirical comedy drama and will feature Bana as an arrogant New York radio journalist who pretends he’s reporting from the front lines of war. Ricky Gervais penned the script and is set to direct the film as well. Production is scheduled to begin in the Spring of 2015 in New York and Vancouver. Hit the jump for more on Special Correspondents. This is a pretty clever idea. Sure it’d take some serious legwork and research to pull one over on the public, but really, what’s to stop someone from faking »
- Perri Nemiroff
Alex Garland to Write and Direct Enviro-Horror Thriller Annihilation
Just yesterday, the trailer debuted for 28 Days Later, Dredd, and Sunshine writer Alex Garland’s directorial debut, the fantastic-looking sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, and now Garland is lining up another incredibly promising directorial project. Variety reports that he has been tapped by Paramount to write and direct an adaptation of the first book in Jeff VanderMeer’s excellent Southern Reach trilogy, Annihilation. The books are at once terrifying and incredibly compelling, with each novel written from a different perspective and with a unique authorial voice. The first book, Annihilation, follows the expedition of four women who are sent into the mysterious “Area X”, a portion of land in the United States that has been secretly quarantined due to abnormal activity. They are the twelfth expedition sent into Area X. The second ended in mass suicide, the third in a hail of gunfire as the members turned on one another, and »
- Adam Chitwood
‘Nightcrawler’ Spooks Up $515k In Thursday Sneaks: Box Office Update
Updated Friday 9:23 a.m.: Nightcrawler crept to a half-million head start in the weekend box office. The Jake Gyllenhaal thriller collected $515k in screenings that began at 7 p.m. in some markets. It’s nowhere near the Thursday haul of Dracula Untold, which sucked up $1.3 million earlier this month. But for an $8.5 million pic, the opening is solid-if-unspectacular.
The question is whether Gyllenhaal will continue to establish himself as a solid lead in dark thrillers. He’s anchored Zodiac and End of Watch to solid debuts, and exits suggest audiences are reacting to this one they way they did last year’s excellent Gyllenhaal kidnap film Prisoners, which debuted to $20.8 million last year. But that movie had the added star power of Hugh Jackman.
The Halloween weekend won’t offer much of a social media push for Dan Gilroy’s first feature film. RelishMix said R-rated flick has »
- Scott Bowles
Ansel Elgort, Brenton Thwaites, and More in the Mix for Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 Role
Slowly but surely, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is coming together. While the film was initially delayed over script concerns, it’s now firmly back on track with production set to begin early next year in Australia under the direction of Kon-Tiki helmers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg. We recently learned that Javier Bardem is in talks to play the film’s villain, a Ghost Pirate, and now word comes that casting is set to begin for a “dashing young lead” character. After Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley exited the franchise following the third installment At World’s End, Disney introduced two new young leads in On Stranger Tides as played by Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Astrid Berges-Frisbey (I Origins). Their story concluded in that film, but it’s no surprise that Disney is again looking to add some young blood to the upcoming fifth installment. »
- Adam Chitwood
‘Midnight Rider': New Photos Show Crew On Train Tracks Before Sarah Jones Death
Never-before-seen photos show the last known images of Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones on the Georgia set where she lost her life in February. In one, Jones (in green) is seen slating a shot with actor William Hurt lying in the hospital bed that later was laid across train tracks and struck, leaving Jones dead and several others injured. Another shows the crew with equipment on the south end of the Doctortown train trestle moments after a train has passed. Jones also is seen walking along train tracks with Hurt and actor Wyatt Russell, who were set to play Gregg and Duane Allman, respectively. The photos were obtained by ABC News, which is dedicating tonight’s episode of 20/20 to the Midnight Rider tragedy, new details of which came to light this week in a Deadline exclusive report detailing the discoveries of Osha’s federal investigation. The episode airs 10 tonight. »
- Jen Yamato
Watch Sofia Coppola’s Adorable Gap Holiday Campaign
I know, I know: Halloween is way too early for Christmas marketing. But these charming Gap spots directed by Sofia Coppola don’t beat you over the head with their Christmas-iness. If anything, the unifying theme really seems to be “sweaters,” and that’s something we can get behind in these chilly fall days. Besides, you can think […]
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- Angie Han
Watch: Arcade Fire's Horror Short Film 'Festi' Featuring Andrew Garfield, James Murphy, Peter Gabriel, Slash And More
Before you head out to whatever spooky event you have planned tonight, Arcade Fire have a little treat to share. The band, having wrapped their massive world tour for Reflektor, aren't done sharing a few more goodies with fans. And a pretty nice one has landed today. The Montreal based band has dropped "Festi," a twenty-minute horror short. It's a gleefully bonkers, lo-fi production, starring the band, that centers around Win Butler's 27th birthday and bunch of scary, wacky stuff that happens. But perhaps more notable than the "plot," is the brace of faces that pop by including Peter Gabriel, Slash, The National, Fleet Foxes, James Murphy and Andrew Garfield. And oh, Terrence Malick gets a special thanks. Halloween treats don't get much more endearingly random this, so square away some time and click below. [Pitchfork] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Qed to sell Magic City feature
Mitch Glazer, who created the Starz drama series, will write and direct the 1962-set tale of a Miami Beach hotel owner fighting to succeed against a backdrop of gangsters, hoteliers, spies and socialites.
Glazer most recently wrote and produced with Qed the upcoming 2015 release Rock The Kasbah. He previously directed Passion Play and has written such films as Scrooged, The Recruit and Great Expectations.
“Mitch is a fantastic creative partner and we’re thrilled to collaborate with him again,” said Qed CEO Bill Block. “We loved Magic City the series and know that with Mitch’s sensational script and this outstanding »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Why Theaters Are Refusing to Book Godard's Moneymaking 3D 'Goodbye to Language'
Jean-Luc Godard's 3D "Goodbye to Language" grossed $11,448 in two New York theaters in its first two days after opening Wednesday. With a per screen average for $5,724, it beat films with far higher ad buys and advance theater bookings from companies such as Fox Searchlight ("Dom Hemingway"), Sony Pictures Classics ("Kill Your Darlings"), Cohen Media ("My Old Lady") and Paramount ("Men, Women and Children") over the past year. "Goodbye to Language" was topped by Weinstein's "Yves Saint Laurent"--just barely. NPR's story on the film details the way Godard playfully expanded the use of 3D with never before seen effects. That's why there's so much interest in seeing it. Yet despite this initial success, the film has not managed to find bookings in key markets like Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and Washington. And that means, despite strong reviews and now a strong start, its future for many »
- Tom Brueggemann
Magic City Movie in Development with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Bruce Willis, and Bill Murray
Many similarly themed shows came and went in the wake of Mad Men’s success, and one such series was Starz’s Magic City. The show took place in 1959 Miami and revolved around a club owner, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who is forced to make a deal with a mobster. It ran for two seasons on the network, but it is now getting new life in the form of a Magic City movie. Variety reports that creator Mitch Glazer will direct a feature film iteration of the show, with Morgan, Danny Huston, Olga Kurylenko, and Kelly Lynch poised to reprise their roles from the series. Moreover, Bruce Willis and Bill Murray are being added to the mix as new characters, though specifics aren't provided at this time. The Magic City movie will be set in 1962 and once again revolve around Morgan’s Miami club owner. Further details are unknown, »
- Adam Chitwood
Rob Zombie Shoots ’31′ in February
Rob Zombie launched a crowdfunding campaign for a new film, 31, earlier this year. (The film’s title, perhaps obviously, references Halloween, but this is not a Halloween film.) That campaign, despite launching with an undefined financial goal, was evidently a success. Now Zombie is pushing forward with international sales planned for the American Film Market, […]
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- Russ Fischer
New Look At David Oyelowo As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In ‘Selma'; 30 Minutes Of Footage To Debut At AFI Fest
There are no sure things in this year's Oscar race, and with a handful of movies still in play, one that could change the game in a big way is Ava DuVernay's "Selma." It's being turned around a tight timeline—filming only started this summer—but the filmmaker is working fast and will show off the first footage in just a few weeks. AFI Fest has announced that 30 minutes of "Selma" will screen on Tuesday, November 11th, followed by a talk with producers Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner, DuVernay, and star David Oyelowo. To look at this another way, you can tell how hard the folks behind the movie are pushing for Oscar with the talent they're rolling out to present the movie. Get ready prognosticators. And until you can see the movie for yourself, this new image of Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King (via Flicks »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Afm: 6 Sales To Rep Foreign on Claudia Trevi Bio ‘Gloria’ (Exclusive)
Driving into two of Mexico’s biggest 2014 hits, or one of its biggest B.O. plays for 2015, Marina Fuentes’ 6 Sales has acquired international sales rights to “Gloria,” an upcoming U.S. release by Bob Berney’s Picturehouse. Universal Pictures Intl. (Upi) has already picked up for Latin America.
6 Sales has also acquired scarefare hit “Darker than the Night 3D,” and “Cantinflas” which, distributed by Pantelion, and punching $6.4 million Stateside, is currently the highest-grossing foreign-language film in the U.S. this year.
Upi’s will release “Gloria” on around 1,000 screen bow on Jan. 1 in Mexico. Picturehouse’s release is scheduled for first quarter 2015.”Gloria” producers are Rio’s Negro’s Matthias Ehrenberg, one of Mexico’s most established new wave producers, plus Rio Negro partner Ricardo Kleinbaum, Barrie M. Osbourne (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy), Alan B. Curtiss (“Master and Commander”) and pic’s director Christian Keller,
- John Hopewell
Interview: ‘Nightcrawler’ Director Dan Gilroy on Manipulation and Ditching the Character Arc
It’s rare to see a directorial debut that is a total home run, but that’s Nightcrawler in a nutshell. The film’s writer/director, Dan Gilroy, is not, however, some rookie who got lucky. He’s been a screenwriter for years, with credits on films like The Fall, Real Steel and The Bourne Legacy. He was the writer […]
- Russ Fischer
Gone Girl Is Now David Fincher’s Highest Grossing Film Domestically
In case you needed further proof that Gone Girl is a bona fide hit, the film has now become director David Fincher’s highest grossing film on the domestic charts. With a domestic total of $127.8 million and climbing, the satirical thriller has surpassed Fincher’s previous victor of the domestic charts, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which topped out at $127.5 million. It’s an impressive feat to be sure, and while anticipation was certainly high due to the popularity of author Gillian Flynn’s novel, it helps that Fincher’s film manages to be wildly entertaining, bitingly funny, and somewhat terrifying at the same time. So where does Gone Girl rank in relation to Fincher’s filmography on the worldwide charts, and how does Fincher’s oeuvre fall in line as a whole? Find out after the jump. Gone Girl’s worldwide box office total currently stands at an impressive $254.9 million, »
- Adam Chitwood
Ian Fraser, Music Director, Arranger Who Worked With Julie Andrews, Dies at 81
Ian Fraser, whose 11 Emmy Awards and 21 additional nominations made him the most-honored musician in television history, died of complications from cancer Friday morning at his home in Los Angeles. He was 81.
All of Fraser’s Emmy noms and wins were in the music direction category, for supervising and conducting television specials, including 14 of the annual “Christmas in Washington” events over the past 30 years.
Fraser was also in his 10th term as a governor of the Television Academy. He conducted the 1984, 1993 and 2002 Emmy shows, as well as the 1984 Oscar telecast, and served as musical director for many of the TV Academy’s Hall of Fame ceremonies.
Fraser was born in Hove, England, in 1933, and served in the Royal Artillery band »
- Jon Burlingame
Kathy Bates Smoked Weed With These Famous Co-Stars During A Recent Movie
Ah, this sort of explains what happened on Tammy. Everyone on the set was totally high, so they thought all the jokes were hysterical. Only, when the movie opened, no one was laughing. That.s the new theory born of Kathy Bates. confession that the actresses in Tammy shared "some good shit" while filming the comedy. even if they might not have inhaled. (Wink, wink.) The pot-smoking-gun was dropped during a "Plead the Fifth" segment on Bravo.s Watch What Happens Live, hosted by Andy Cohen. The host asked Kathy Bates who was the bigger pothead: Matthew McConaughey, who she acted alongside in Failure to Launch; or Susan Sarandon, whom she starred with in Tammy. And Bates shed her Misery by revealing that there was plenty of outstanding wacky tobacky on the Tammy set. She shared: "Is this going to get him in trouble legally? Is this going to get »
Watch: Keira Knightley Impresses Benedict Cumberbatch In Clip From 'The Imitation Game' Plus New Pics
We know it's Halloween, you're putting the finishing touches on your costume, and the last thing you want to do is think about the Oscar race. But for the studios, there's not a moment to waste, and every minute counts if you want awards season gold. Today a new clip from the hotly buzzed "The Imitation Game" has arrived. Directed by Morten Tyldum, and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, the film tells the true story of genius mathematician Alan Turing, who helped break the German Enigma code during World War II. But he didn't do it entirely alone, with Knightley's character also part of the team, and in this scene we see her impress the unflappable Turing. We'll see if this one has the legs for Oscar glory over the coming weeks and months, but for now check it out the clip and pics below, and watch "The Imitation Game »
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Leviathan’ Scores Double Win At Abu Dhabi Film Fest
Russian auteur Andrey Zvyagintsev’s stinging satire “Leviathan,” about how messed up Russia is under Vladimir Putin, was the big winner at the 8th Abu Dhabi Film Festival, taking the top Black Pearl Award, while its protag, Alexey Serebryakov, scored the best actor nod. The black social comedy’s win at Abu Dhabi comes after “Leviathan” recently emerged victorious at the London Film Festival.
Russia scored twice with Alexander Konstantinovich Kott’s “Test,” a silent love story set against the backdrop of Russia’s first hydrogen bomb tests, scooping the Special Jury nod. “Test” previously took the top prize at the Kinotavr Film Festival in Sochi.
“Memories on Stone,” a drama about two childhood friends on a quest to make a movie about genocide in post-Saddam Kurdistan, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple Share Favorite Halloween Costumes at ‘Horns’ L.A. Premiere
Many in the cast and crew celebrated the Los Angeles premiere of “Horns” on Thursday by wearing Halloween costumes at the Arclight Hollywood. Some celebs’ outfits really made an impression, with the costumes ranging from a Roman god to skeletons to forest fairies.
Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple, the stars of the dark thriller, did not arrive to the carpet in costume. After seeing an especially elaborate costume, they joked with one another and Radcliffe said, “Oh, look he’s trumping us.”
— Jordyn Alyse Holman (@JordynJournals) October 31, 2014
The costumes were a fitting complement to the film’s plot, which is rooted in religious and dark symbolism.
“The script was so original,” Radcliffe explained. “We live in a world with some very homogenous films and this was so distinct »
- Jordyn Holman
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