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Robin Hood Is Getting a Gritty Origin Story Produced By Leonardo DiCaprio

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It’s been five whole years since we had a big feature film about Robin Hood, so at present there are multiple parties trying to bring us the next one. The latest to join the fray is Joby Harold, the guy behind Guy Ritchie’s upcoming King Arthur franchise. Titled Robin Hood: Origins, Harold’s script will be […]

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- Angie Han

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Will Smith Focused on Career, Not Box Office Results

21 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

You might not be able to take the schadenfreude out of the town – some in Hollywood love to root for a competitor’s heartaches – but you can take a bit of the town out of the man.

Will Smith said he will emotionally, and even physically, remove himself this weekend from the chatter over box office results for “Focus,” his first star turn since critics scoffed and most fans dodged 2013’s “After Earth.”

“I’m probably going to leave town for a week or so, so I don’t get sucked back into the machine,” Smith said before the premiere of the grifter pic this week. “I can’t allow the box office success, or the lack thereof, to determine my self-image.”

That’s no commentary on his feelings for Warner Bros. release “Focus,” which Smith touts as a genre-busting romp, with humor, drama and multiple plot turns. Projections suggest »


- James Rainey

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See Eddie Redmayne as Transgender Artist Lili Elbe in 'The Danish Girl' (Photo)

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Just days after Eddie Redmayne won the best actor Oscar for his performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, the British actor is undergoing another transformation for his latest film The Danish Girl. In the first look at Redmayne's portrayal of transgender artist Lili Elbe in the film, Working Title tweeted the below photo of Redmayne in character. Born as Einar Wegener, the Danish artist was the first man to undergo a sex-change operation. The film focuses on the love story between Wegener and his wife, Gerda Gottlieb, as he makes his pioneering journey to become a

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Watch: Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts Don't Want to Grow Up in 'While We're Young' Trailer

26 February 2015 11:38 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Noah Baumbach was at Sundance earlier this year with his latest Greta Gerwig collaboration "Mistress America," which was a hit with critics. Before Fox Searchlight releases that at some point this year, his ensemble comedy "While We're Young," which premiered at last year's Toronto International Film Festival, opens this spring via A24. Today the company has dropped the first full-length trailer for the film that stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a happily married middle-aged couple going through a collective midlife crisis. Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried co-star. In our review out of Toronto we called the film the filmmaker's "most accessible to date." Read More: Sundance Review: Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig's 'Mistress America' is an Endearing Screwball ComedyA24 release the film in select theaters on March 27 with plans to expand in April. Watch the new trailer below: »


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How a Near-Pristine 35mm Print of Orson Welles' 'Chimes at Midnight' Was Found

5 hours ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Distribpix Inc.'s Steven Morowitz and filmmaker Joel Bender have uncovered an "almost pristine" 35mm print of Orson Welles' "Falstaff, Chimes at Midnight," starring Welles himself as the titular knight, a bawdy, boozing flaneur lifted from Shakespeare's "Henry IV" plays and "Henry V." Long unavailable on home video formats due to legal tussles, "Chimes at Midnight" was found tucked among tens of thousands of pounds of film elements owned by Morowitz, who evidently had been sitting on the print for 20-plus years. "One thing is for sure and that is that the world wants a gorgeous and definitive release of Falstaff," he co-wrote on his blog with Bender. DCPs have floated around various retrospectives, and Bay Area cinephiles have caught a 16mm print of the film at the Pacific Film Archive. The uncut print takes up seven reels, which they took to a film lab for digital processing. But no restoration has been. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Cinequest at 25, from 'Batkid Begins' to Barco Escape

19 minutes ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Lead programmer Michael Rabehl, who has been with the fest since 1995, and his team of five have learned how to please this motley crew with such festival hits as Michael Fassbender western “Slow West” and "Madmen" writer Victor Levin's "5 to 7" as well as movies likely to please the large Asian and Hispanic contingents (“Traces of Sandlewood,” ”For Here or To Go”). But he also likes to push them with 2014 films like the elegant black-and-white Polish Oscar submission “Ida,” which went on to win the Academy Award, and its main rival, Argentinian comedy “Wild Tales,” which I suggested as the movie to play before my acceptance Wednesday of the fest’s Media Legacy Award. Audiences adored them both. This year the festival is screening 90 out of 800 feature and doc submissions and 120 out of 1600 shorts, which will qualify, as did 2014's “The Damkeeper,” for Academy consideration. The fest takes advantage of »


- Anne Thompson

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Box Office: Will Smith’s ‘Focus’ Heading for $23 Million Opening Weekend, ‘Fifty Shades’ Slipping

28 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Will Smith’s “Focus” is ending the box office dominance of of “Fifty Shades of Grey” with a moderate opening in the $21 to $23 million range at 3,323 locations this weekend.

While hardly dazzling, “Focus” won’t be a disaster for Warner Bros., unlike Smith’s 2013 sci-fi pic “After Earth” was for Sony. “Focus” — a combination of romantic comedy and heist caper — carries a $50 million price tag, or about a third of “After Earth.”

Early estimates placed “Focus” in line with expectations of a respectable launch, reinforced with a $900,000 opening on Thursday night. Margot Robbie, who debuted in “Wolf of Wall Street,” co -stars as a young con artist.

After stunning audiences with a record-setting opening weekend and easily winning its second session, “Fifty Shades” is fading fast and heading for about $10 million this weekend at the U.S. box office.

“Fifty Shades” tumbled 74% last weekend to $22.3 million so another steep decline is coming. »


- Dave McNary

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Robert Townsend Re-counting ‘Brewster’s Millions’

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The last time we checked on Brewster’s Millions, Richard Pryor and John Candy were rolling in it. That was 1985. Now Robert Townsend has signed on to direct a remake scripted by Michael William Schmidt and produced by Joseph and Jack Nasser. The story, based George Barr McCutcheon’s 1902 novel, centers on Monty Brewster, who is set to inherit $1 billion, with one key caveat: He must spend $100 million in one week or end up right back where he started – with nothing more… »


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Watch: Long Shots and Adrift Characters in the Films of Paul Thomas Anderson

41 minutes ago | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Not to go overboard with the Paul Thomas Anderson supercuts (but to go a little overboard with the Paul Thomas Anderson supercuts), here is a nice essay from Jacob T. Swinney that strings together a selection of long shots from the director’s first six films — a nice contrast to his application of close-ups in Boogie Nights. Emphasizing the unmoored nature of Anderson’s characters both psychologically and contextually, Swinney notes that “We are often presented with characters lost within the frame, and therefore have trouble connecting with said characters–we become isolated ourselves.” »

- Sarah Salovaara

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Ukranian Director Remains Locked Up, Tortured in Russian Prison (Guest Column)

43 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mike Downey, deputy chairman of the European Film Academy, is seeking to spread the word about Ukranian director Oleg Sentsov, who has been imprisoned on charges of terrorism.

The Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov first came to the attention of the international film world in 2012 with “Gamer,” which screened to great acclaim at Rotterdam Film Festival. Inspired by a computer and videogaming club for kids that Sentsov had founded, “Gamer” was shown in the Bright Future section of the festival for talented newcomers.

Today the “bright future” that Sentsov is looking at is 20 years in a Russian prison, accused of being a terrorist.

Sentsov was arrested in his home town of Simferopol, Crimea, in May 2014. Since then he has been tortured, locked up on false charges in Moscow’s notorious Lefortovo prison and refused access to representatives of the Ukrainian government.

A campaign by the European Film Academy for Sentsov’s release, »


- Mike Downey

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Listen: 70-Minute David Cronenberg Talk About ‘History Of Violence,’ His Unmade Formula One Racing Movie & More

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There’s a fascinating, if kind of depressing, look at bygone film economics in this recently reposted 2005 conversation with David Cronenberg by the Film Society Of Lincoln Center talking about “A History Of Violence.” The filmmaker, whose latest film, “Maps To The Stars,” hits theaters and VOD this weekend, says that earlier film, distributed by Focus Features, cost $32 million to make and another $30 million to market. Remember those days of prestige-y mid-sized studio movies? That era has mostly vanished, and pictures like “A History Of Violence” would likely have to settle for “Nightcrawler” money these days (it was made for $7 million). It’s an interesting hour-and-ten-minute conversation that touches upon myriad Cronenberg cinematic touchstones, like the critical backlash to “Crash” (the critic who was the most venomous to it is now dead), the way “Spider” seemed to die on the vine immediately (Martin Scorsese sent him a note a year after it was released congratulating. »

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Watch: 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Takes Flight with New Clips & Official Poster

50 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

"Game of Thrones" doesn't mess around when it comes to...well, pretty much anything, but certainly not with their marketing campaign. As the audience grows for HBO's medieval epic, so do the promotional endeavors. This year, we've seen an unprecedented trailer release via the first television series ever to screen in IMAX, clips, obscure online teases and now we've just received the official poster. The image below combines two of the series' biggest draws: dragons and Peter Dinklage. Tyrion looks into the eyes of Daenerys' dragon, and we sure hope he has a plan to get out of this one (not that the poster should be taken as a literal representation of what's to come). It's nevertheless a striking image, and one that many fans will have plastered in their dorm rooms or man caves. In case that wasn't enough for you, HBO also released two new clips from Season »


- Ben Travers

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SyFy to Honor Leonard Nimoy with 5-Hour Marathon of Career Highlights

52 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This Sunday, SyFy will be honoring sci-fi icon Leonard Nimoy by airing quite the sampler of some of his most well-loved appearances.  SyFy will kick off the morning with Nimoy's pre-"Star Trek" appearance in "A Quality of Mercy" (a popular, World War II-set episode of "The Twilight Zone"), before moving on to showcase his two-episode crossover stint on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," and then wrapping up the proceedings with "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country," a fitting end for the celebration of Nimoy's sci-fi career as it's the last "Star Trek" film to feature the original cast. The airing schedule for Sunday's five-hour tribute is as follows: 9am - "The Twilight Zone" - A Quality of Mercy 9:30am - "Star Trek: The Next Generation" - Unification: Part I 10:30am - "Star Trek: The Next Generation" - Unification: Part 2 11:30am - "Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country" Read. »


- Rosie Narasaki

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Film Review: ‘Zurich’

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An arrestingly broken-backed story structure offers more surprises than the story itself in “Zurich,” Dutch helmer Sacha Polak’s grim but glisteningly crafted sophomore feature. Confirming the promise of her remarkable 2012 debut “Hemel” without quite advancing upon it, this bisected study of a young woman cast adrift — physically and psychologically — by personal tragedy unfurls its tale of woe in furtively non-linear fashion, but it shouldn’t take viewers long to surmise the root of her trauma. Still, Polak’s formal nerve and frankly feminine perspective just about retrieve this Berlinale Forum selection from the realm of artsy miserablism. Distributors may regard “Zurich” with a degree of Swiss neutrality; festival programmers, however, are likely to reach out.

Despite alluring outward trappings and strong reviews that pitched it as a feminist spin on Steve McQueen’s “Shame,” “Hemel” received less international exposure than it deserved. With a less immediate premise and a »


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Finding Dory: What We Know So Far

54 minutes ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Sequels. A few years back, Pixar found themselves heavily involved in the sequels game. Toy Story 2 wasn.t the exception anymore. Cars begat Cars 2. Monsters Inc. gave way to Monsters University. A third and fourth Toy Story became realities. And now, Finding Nemo is getting a sequel. or, at least, a spinoff. Pixar.s summer release in 2016 will take audiences back into the water with everyone.s favorite forgetful fish. Finding Dory will reach theaters 12 years (!!) after 2003.s Finding Nemo introduced us to a nervous clown fish, his suffocated son, and the amnesic blue tang fish that helped them on their rescue mission. But what has changed between now and then? A lot, both on the screen, and off. Let.s dive in to Pixar.s latest sequel with our What We Know So Far guide to Pixar.s Finding Dory. Ellen Degeneres When Pixar decided to go »

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How to Improve the Independent Spirit Awards: Top Producers Weigh In

55 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The latest awards season is now officially over -- and with it, the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards' stunning decision to honor the higher-budgeted "Birdman" over "Boyhood" for Best Feature. The nonprofit organization's choice for best picture fell in lockstep with the Academy Awards the following night, a choice that left a bad taste with many in the industry, including Indiewire's Eric Kohn.  "Few could doubt that 'Boyhood' epitomized the notion of success in American independent film last year," Kohn wrote in his piece, "Why the Spirit Awards Need to Stop Mimicking the Oscars." "While 'Birdman' — a wildly enjoyable cinematic concoction, no doubt — was a far more refined production populated by celebrities and slick filmmaking trickery." True indies, he argued, are "left with the stinging reminder that money and exposure still win out." "Boyhood," distributed by IFC Films, was made for »


- Nigel M Smith

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Mining value from an Oscar win

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Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar win has thrown a new potential star into the ring as players in the independent space hustle to package films for Cannes and beyond.

Sales agents have long bemoaned the small pool of marketable talent that can galvanise pre-sales and represent value around the world.

The British actor’s Oscar coronation last Sunday for his lead role in The Theory Of Everything offers an opportunity to broaden the range of available star power in non-studio projects.

Indeed Redmayne and Oscar nominee and Birdman star Michael Keaton were on almost every talent list scrutinised by sales agents in the run-up to the Efm in Berlin.

Now every sales agent in the business will be approaching Redmayne’s representatives to see if he would be suited to whichever projects they may be sizing up.

Just as agents often demand higher salaries for clients who taste success at the Oscars, so sales agents »


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The value of an Oscar win

1 hour ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar win has thrown a new potential star into the ring as players in the independent space hustle to package films for Cannes and beyond.

Sales agents have long bemoaned the small pool of marketable talent that can galvanise pre-sales and represent value around the world.

The British actor’s Oscar coronation last Sunday for his lead role in The Theory Of Everything offers an opportunity to boost the available star power of desirable acting talent in non-studio projects.

Indeed Redmayne and Oscar nominee and Birdman star Michael Keaton were on almost every talent list scrutinised by sales agents in the run-up to the Efm in Berlin.

Now every sales agent in the business will be approaching Redmayne’s representatives to see if he would be suited to whichever projects they are sizing up.

Just as agents often demand higher salaries for clients who taste success at the Oscars, so sales agents »


- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Tom Ellis Cast as ‘Lucifer’ in Fox Series

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Fox has a new DC Comics-based series in development, but it’s something very different from the Batman origin story Gotham. Lucifer is based, perhaps loosely, upon the vision of the fallen angel seen in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series, and will follow the Morningstar to Los Angeles, where he helps cops solve crimes. (Seriously.) Now Tom Ellis (Rush) is […]

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- Russ Fischer

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Interview: ''71’ Director Yann Demange On Jack O’Connell, Northern Ireland & Not Being Able To Call His Film "Art"

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It’s taken a while to travel to U.S. shores, but this week, the remarkable, gripping "’71" arrives in theaters. In the wake of the film’s rapturous reception at Berlin 2014, a great deal of the discourse was devoted to its young star, Jack O’Connell, whose Next Big Thing status was crystallized by this film coming so hot on the heels of "Starred Up." But as we pointed out in our review, "’’71’ is more than just a performance showcase, delivering a gripping, at times almost unbearably tense, incredibly involving anti-war statement…if there’s any justice, it will be as much a breakout for its neophyte director as for its lead." That director is Yann Demange, a first-timer in the feature film stakes, but an experienced director in U.K. television prior to this sizzling debut. We got to talk to the affable, engaging, casually profane Demange (the f-bomb »

- Jessica Kiang

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