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‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2': All Signs Point to WWE Star Sheamus as Rocksteady
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” fans are speculating that WWE superstar Sheamus has been cast as Shredder’s mutant sidekick Rocksteady, and there’s a lot of evidence supporting the claim. The wrestler appeared in some leaked photos from the set alongside Gary Anthony Williams, who has been cast as Bebop, another one of Shredder’s mutant henchmen. Williams, still in human form, was rocking his character’s classic mohawk, while sitting next to Sheamus dressed in punk attire. In addition, Sheamus posted a picture (below) on his official Twitter account in which he appears with Williams, Shredder actor Brian Tee, »
- Joe Otterson
Box Office: ‘San Andreas’ Shakes Up $3.1 Million Thursday Night
Cameron Crowe’s “Aloha” generated a modest $500,000 at 2,275 locations in preview showings on Thursday night, in line with expectations that the Sony comedy-drama will open with in a range of $8 million to $12 million.
Warner Bros.’ 3D “San Andreas,” depicting a massive earthquake in California, is expected to take first place by a wide margin this weekend with about $40 million at 3,777 locations. Village Roadshow Pictures co-financed and co-produced “San Andreas” with Warners for $110 million with much of the movie shot in Australia to take advantage of government incentives.
Johnson plays a helicopter pilot seeking his daughter — portrayed by Alexandra Daddario — in the aftermath of the mega-quake. “San Andreas” is directed by Brad Peyton, who also helmed Johnson in New Line’s “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. »
- Dave McNary
Cannes: Why Jeremy Saulnier Didn't Make a Studio Movie After 'Blue Ruin'
Read More: How Jeremy Saulnier Went From Corporate Videos to Premiering 'Blue Ruin' at Cannes When Jeremy Saulnier arrived at the Cannes Film Festival's Directors Fortnight in 2013 to premiere his tense revenge thriller "Blue Ruin," he was at the end of a long road. Having worked for years producing corporate videos while developing his career as a cinematographer on sleeper hits like "Putty Hill" and "Septien," Saulnier had completed just one feature as a director — 2007's Slamdance-winning "Murder Party" — and struggled for years to get another one off the ground. It was worth the wait: "Blue Ruin" scored a lucrative distribution deal with Radius-twc, struck a chord with genre fans around the world, and suddenly turned Saulnier into a in demand director. However, despite the many offers that came his way, Saulnier once again paved his own path. This month, he was back at Cannes with his follow-up, »
- Eric Kohn
George R.R. Martin Bows Out of 'Game of Thrones' Season 6
Once again, George R.R. Martin will not be contributing a script to the next season of "Game of Thrones." Instead he will focus on his novel, "The Winds of Winter," which he hopes to finish before the sixth season of the series debuts on HBO next year. He's also pulling back on media appearances, and will skip San Diego's Comic-Con in July. Though he did pen episodes for the first four seasons, Martin did not provide a script for season five, currently in mid-swing, either. He told Entertainment Weekly: “Maybe I’m being overly optimistic about how quickly I can finish ... But I canceled two convention appearances, I’m turning down a lot more interviews—anything I can do to clear my decks and get this done.” Good or bad news for fans? Fellow scriptwriters David Benioff, Db Weiss and Bryan Cogman will have to carry the torch without him. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Jason Statham Says 'Layer Cake' Sequel 'Viva La Madness' Will Shoot In 2016
You may have forgotten, as I totally did, that a couple of years back, it was announced that Jason Statham would be starring in "Viva La Madness," the sequel to Matthew Vaughn's breakout film "Layer Cake," which made a star out of Daniel Craig. Not much has been heard about the project since, but according to Statham, it's all systems go "J.J. Connelly's written a great book called 'Viva La Madness,' and we're taking that book and doing something great with it," the actor told Digital Spy about about the sequel novel, penned by the original author. "He's such a talented writer. The book was incredible. I loved 'Layer Cake' and this is, if anything, better. The chance to work with someone of that caliber, to do something back home, it's the most exciting thing on my plate. We're doing it next year, and it's full steam ahead. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Watch: Bruce Campbell is Back in Bloody New 'Ash vs. Evil Dead' Teaser
Though there's no sign of the boom stick, Ash seems well-prepped to again take on the Deadites in this brief but bloody new teaser. From the minds of original creator Sam Raimi, star Bruce Campell and producer Rob Topert comes "Ash vs. Evil Dead," the Starz horror series set to pick up 30 years after we last saw the chainsaw-wielding monster murderet do what he does best. Reprising his role as the titular Ash, Campbell resurfaces in the series as an aging stockboy who's been trying to avoid anything meaningful since he last conquered evil. But when a Deadite plague threatens mankind, out comes Ash's most lethal weapons: the chainsaw, boom stick and sarcastic comments. "Ash vs. Evil Dead" premieres this fall on Starz with Lucy Lawless as a mysterious figure who suspects Ash is the source of all evil. Pablo Simon Bolivar becomes our hero's new sidekick, but Jill Marie Jones »
- Ben Travers
The Safdie Brothers on Melding Fiction and Documentary in 'Heaven Knows What'
With its raw depiction of young junkies looking for their next fix on the mean streets of New York, "Heaven Knows What" wowed audiences at the Venice, Toronto and New York Film Festivals earlier this year. Brothers Josh and Benny Safdie wrote the screenplay with Ronald Bronstein, the star of their 2009 film "Go Get Some Rosemary," which was called "Daddy Longlegs" when it screened at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Read More: Review: Caleb Landry Jones Anchors The Safdie Brothers' Must-See Junkie Drama 'Heaven Knows What' It's almost hard to fathom that "Heaven Knows What" even had a script since the film, which is based on star Arielle Holmes' unpublished memoir about her life as a young addict and her obsession with boyfriend Ilya, blends documentary elements with fictional storytelling. Though the film brings to mind Jerry Schatzberg's 1971 film "Panic in Needle Park" and was shot around the same locations, »
- Paula Bernstein
Evil Dead TV Show: Ash Is Back in New Ash Vs. Evil Dead Trailer
He’s back, baby. Starz has released a new teaser trailer for the highly anticipated Evil Dead TV show Ash vs. Evil Dead, and it’s a wonderful enticement of the fun to come. Executive produced by Evil Dead creators Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and star Bruce Campbell, the series is the latest entry in the Evil Dead franchise and finds Ash once again battling a Deadite plague after 30 years of avoiding responsibility, maturity, and the terrors of the Evil Dead. Raimi co-wrote the first episode with Ivan Raimi and Tom Spezialy and is also directing the ep, which is currently in production in New Zealand. Campbell is joined in the 10-episode first season by Lucy Lawless as a mysterious figure who thinks Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks, Ray Santiago (Touch) as an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick, Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar »
- Adam Chitwood
Interview: Josh & Benny Safdie Talk ‘Heaven Knows What,’ The Drug Of Drama And More
Editor's Note: This interview originally ran November 2014 during the Tokyo Film Festival. When we met Josh and Benny Safdie in a plush bar in Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills (it’s a dirty job but someone’s gotta do it) they were fresh off the stage having just picked up not only the Grand Prix of the Tokyo International Film Festival 2014 for “Heaven Knows What,” (review here) but also the Best Director gong too. (This meant that, happily, as we discuss below, in addition to other prizes, they got two fancy watches from sponsor Seiko and didn’t have to work out how to divvy up just the one). The two have worked together on and off, but mostly on, for nearly a decade. Their first co-directed feature was 2009's “Daddy Longlegs,” and since then they’ve become well-known on the festival arthouse circuit, mostly with a series of short films. »
- Jessica Kiang
Watch: Guillermo del Toro Unburies a 1981 Cult Horror Classic You Might Have Missed
Mendocino, Ca. stands in for Potter’s Bluff, New England, another small-town-with-a-deadly-secret in Gary Sherman’s stylish cult horror classic. Jack Albertson, in his final role, is memorable as the music-loving town mortician and d.p. Steven Poster supplies some chilling images. Ripe for rediscovery. Read More: Guillermo del Toro Feted at San Francisco Film Fest: "I saw my first corpse at age 4" (Video) »
- Trailers From Hell
Saudi Entrepreneur Hani Farsi Opens Door for Arab Women Filmmakers
While studies show that prospects for women directors are stunted in Hollywood, a program backed by a Saudi entrepreneur will create opportunities in the U.S. for Arab female filmmakers. In fact, according to the news from Cannes last week, Arab women are increasingly stepping out on the global stage in the business of moviemaking.
On May 19, Saudi philanthropist and film producer Hani Farsi announced a partnership with UCLA to fund a program that will offer three full four-year scholarships to Arab women, through the school of Theater, Film and Television, to earn graduate degrees in directing.
“I think we can bring about social change through this,” Farsi said at Cannes where, as co-owner of French distribution and sales company Le Pacte, he had eight films for sale this year, including Nanni Moretti’s “My Mother.”
Since 2007, Farsi also has been producing and distributing movies with Arab and Muslim themes via his Corniche Pictures. »
- Nick Vivarelli
‘King of B’s’ Roger Corman Remembers His Stint as an Agent
Few filmmakers have impacted American cinema as indelibly as Roger Corman, the self-proclaimed “King of the B’s” and the man who famously made low-budget, long-shelf-life moneymakers, ranging from “Little Shop of Horrors” to the pic that first conjured the billion-dollar title “The Fast and the Furious” 60 years ago. Variety first noted Corman during his short stint as a rep with the Dick Hyland Literary Agency.
You studied engineering at Stanford, but you found work as an agent in Hollywood?
Of all the graduates of the Stanford engineering program, I must have had the worst paying job of anyone. I was a $32.50-a-week messenger at Fox. When I heard there was an opening for an assistant to Dick Hyland, I took it.
Who was your top client?
I was trying to become a writer, and I wrote a script called “The House in the Sea.” I sold my own script »
- Steven Gaydos
What The Rock’s Been Cooking: A Dwayne Johnson Retrospective
The key moment in the acting career of Dwayne Johnson is an obvious one that occurs not very long into The Rundown, the 2003 adventure film that paired him with the intermittently watchable Seann William Scott. As Johnson’s character, a “retrieval expert”, walks into a club to collect one of his charges, Arnold Schwarzenegger, playing himself for all we know, tips his hat to Johnson and simply says, “Good luck.” It’s a blessing, first of all, from the undisputed king of action film braggadocio, but it’s also a warning, a signal to strap in for what will be an arduous career of getting critically lambasted on the regular despite being popular as all get out. The funny thing is that Johnson has never seemed to struggle in his career, even when his talents have been used for the childish (Planet 51) or the downright reprehensible (Be Cool). Johnson »
- Chris Cabin
Modern Theaters, Hit Local Movies Push Mexico Box Office to New Heights
With more plush, modern theaters, as well as local producers catering to the crowd, Mexico is becoming an emerging powerhouse at the box office — and that’s good news for the U.S. studios.
In the first quarter of 2015, Mexico turnstiles registered a 15.2% rise over the same period in 2014, totaling some $65 million. A more important number is ticket sales, which rose 9%, to more than 89 million in the first three months of the year, with Hollywood hits “Furious 7,” “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” and “Cinderella” accounting for 25 million of those admissions.
The nation has proven to be a strong outlet for tentpoles. “Furious 7” leads Mexican wickets this year, with $48 million. But the week’s top draw, “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” is gaining fast, knocking on the 700 million peso mark ($46 million). And “Mad Max: Fury Road” sped out to just under $3 million in its first week, on sales of nearly 800,000 tickets. »
- James Young
James Marsden, Rosario Dawson join Bron’s ‘Henchmen’
Production on Henchmen is underway at the company’s studios in Burnaby and Duncan, British Columbia. Gary Sanchez Productions, which came aboard last August, is no longer involved with the project due to scheduling conflicts.
Nathan Fillion, Jane Krakowski, Rob Riggle, Craig Robinson and Will Sasso have also signed on to the story about a ‘fallen henchman’ in a world of super-villains who must find his inner hero to rescue a new recruit and win the girl.
eOne holds Canadian rights and Wme Global represents sales for the rest of the world.
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- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
William Fichtner Gets Rank Of General In ‘Independence Day’ Sequel
Exclusive: William Fichtner has taken a lead role in Independence Day 2. Actually, he has signed with Fox to play a top general in that film and take an even larger role in the two films that will follow. This comes after Fichtner joined the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. He has been doing such good work for so long as a character actor — Heat, The Perfect Storm and Black Hawk Down are just a few — it’s hard to begrudge him taking that next step in big tentpole… »
Mad Max: Savage Road Trailer Reveals New Video Game
Mad Max: Fury Road Fever has overtaken the world, and it feels good. While the movie didn’t come close to the astronomical box office of a superhero movie or shared universe film, it continues to have solid legs and perform impressively for an R-rated semi-reboot of a decades old franchise. It really does seem like Fury Road is destined to be one of those touchstone movies that inspires young folks to become filmmakers, and it’s already solidified itself as an instant classic. So in the spirit of Fury Road Madness, PlayStation has revealed the story trailer for the upcoming tie-in video game Mad Max: Savage Road. The game looks to be only tangentially connected to George Miller’s masterpiece, as the titular Max is very much modeled on Mel Gibson’s iteration of the character and the storyline is quite different. There are, however, plenty of War Boys. »
- Adam Chitwood
Get Baked With New Photos & Green Band Trailer For ‘American Ultra’ Starring Jesse Eisenberg & Kristen Stewart
Sometimes movies just pop up on the schedule out of nowhere. Sure, we all knew that “American Ultra” starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart was coming, but Lionsgate whipped out its August release date suddenly only a few weeks ago. No matter, the stoner-action comedy is on its way and it looks like a blast of fun energy. Here’s the official synopsis: American Ultra is a fast-paced action comedy about Mike (Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down. Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye, as his secret past comes back to haunt him, Mike is thrust into the middle of a deadly government operation and is forced to summon his inner action-hero in order to survive. Read More: Jesse Eisenberg And Kristen Stewart »
- Edward Davis
Vote for Project of the Week: Will It Be 'My Enemy, My Brother,' 'According to My Mother' or 'Haikus on a Plum Tree'?
It's time to vote for this week's Project of the Week. Who will it be? Take a look at the projects in the running and select the one you'd most like to see. The winning filmmaker will receive a digital distribution consultation from SnagFilms and will become a candidate for the March Project of the Month. That winner will be awarded with a creative consultation from the fine folks at the Tribeca Film Institute and will be in the running for Project of the Year. Since Monday May 25 was Memorial Day, this week there are only three projects up for Project of the Week. They are listed below (with descriptions courtesy of the filmmakers). You can vote at the bottom of the page. My Enemy, My Brother: The true story of two enemies turned blood-brothers; help us journey to Iraq and Iran to find their missing families. According to My »
Jessica Chastain and Amy Schumer to Costar in Weinstein Comedy? Yes, Please
In Fall 2014, Weinstein sealed the deal on "Plus One," a female-driven comedy written by April Prosser and produced by Gloria Sanchez Productions, which is dedicated to women-led film and TV projects, alongside executives Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Now, it's confirmed that Jessica Chastain will star in this comedy about a woman, Rachel, who comes out of a long-term relationship only to realize all her friends have married off and there’s no one single left to go out with — except Summer, the loud, sexually over-sharing wild card who is now Rachel’s only option for a wing woman. Read More: Amy Schumer Says “If You’re Against Feminism, You’re a Crazy Person” According to The Tracking Board, the studio wants shameless, filter-free and unapologetic comedian Amy Schumer to costar. (It's nobody's guess which role she'd play.) That's because Schumer is everywhere these days. She is unabashed »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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