Fletch Reboot Finds New Life As Relativity Closes
Some reboots are destined to fail, while others manage to make a name for themselves in no time flat. And then there are those reboots that seem destined to spend their lives in limbo, transferring from studio to studio, waiting to either happen or not. One of the most infamous examples of a franchise in serious limbo is Fletch, which has transferred from Miramax to Warner Bros, and most recently to Relativity. With their impending bankruptcy forcing their hand, the studio is shuffling their deck and looking for a partner to help them play the Fletch card once and for all. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, a new Fletch film could be part of a potential deal that would keep Relativity active through corporate restructuring and the recruitment of some new investing blood. The plan so far is to keep Masterminds and Kidnap on the studio's »
Stefania Owen Is ‘All We Had’ For Katie Holmes
Stefania Owen has joined Katie Holmes’ directorial debut, All We Had, set to play the daughter of the main character, portrayed by Holmes. Based on the novel by Annie Weatherwax, the coming of age story set during the worldwide financial crisis of 2008 concerns a single mother and her teenage daughter, who find a new home and hope for their future when they move to the small town of Grand River, Ohio. Holmes optioned the book prior to publication in 2014. The script is… »
Who Felicity Jones May Be Playing In Star Wars: Rogue One
The Star Wars universe is expanding in a big, big way. In addition to the Episode films like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we’re getting a series of standalone Anthology movies, starting with Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars: Rogue One. Production on that chapter in the history of that far, far away galaxy is getting ready to commence, and we don’t know much except that Felicity Jones is going to be the female lead. A new report, however, may have some details about her character. There are big potential spoilers beyond this point, you’ve been warned. Also, this is a very soft rumor, so make of it what you will. On today’s episode of Meet the Movie Press, Heroic Hollywood scooper Umberto Gonzalez was the guest and dropped what could be a huge bit of news about Jones’ role. You should »
Beverly Hills Cop 4 Is Not Dead Yet
We haven't seen detective Axel Foley on the big screen for more than 20 years, not since 1994's Beverly Hills Cop 3. Almost the entire time after that there have been reports that Beverly Hills Cop 4 could actually happen. And as we live and breathe, here in 2015, the project is still not dead, at least according to Brett Ratner. Pumping the National Geographic Channel series Breakthrough, where he directed one episode, Ratner appeared at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. Slashfilm caught up with the multi-hyphenate writer-director-producer, and one of the things they talked to him about was Beverly Hills Cop 4. He confirmed that this is indeed still in the works, and when asked about where they're at, he said: Working on the script, working on the script. It's a longer process. It's not easy. A lot of pressure on that one In addition to »
White God; Good Kill; Woman in Gold; Insurgent; La Jetée; Sans Soleil; Level Five; The Case of the Grinning Cat – review
There are films about dogs that are expressly for dog lovers, films about dogs designed to needle cynophobics, and then there’s White God (Metrodome, 15), a film about dogs that snappishly ticks both boxes while not really being about dogs at all. Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó opens his extraordinary warping of the age-old romance between man and mutt with an indelible image: a vast, saliva-spilling pack of street dogs rampages through the streets of Hungary, trailing a 13-year-old slip of a girl on a bicycle. Whether she’s leading or running from them remains to be seen; dog-human relations are inverted several times over in the course of this sharp-incisored fable.
We gradually learn that the kid (fierce young talent Zsófia Psotta) has been separated from her beloved mongrel, »
- Guy Lodge
Montreal-Born ‘Turbo Kid’ Gets Rowdy Hometown Welcome at Fantasia
The audiences at the Fantasia Film Festival are famously vocal when it comes to showing their approval for genre-movie gore, action and all-around creativity: When the lights go down, they meow like a roomful of anxious kittens, and when cars (or heads) explode onscreen, so do the ovations and laughter in the room.
The directors of ’80s-tastic sci-fi homage “Turbo Kid” knew to expect such energy going into their Quebec premiere, but they weren’t prepared for just how excited the Montreal audiences would be to see their BMX-riding “Mad Max” tribute. At one point, a character tosses an old VHS cassette onto the campfire for warmth, and the room may as well have lost its collective mind.
After all, this was a movie custom-tailored to play that room. “Turbo Kid” may have debuted six months earlier as a midnight movie at Sundance, but co-helmers Anouk Whissell, her husband Francois Simard »
- Peter Debruge
RADiUS-twc Pacts With Amazon Prime For Early VOD On ‘Macbeth’
The Weinstein Company’s multi-platform distribution sibling RADiUS-twc has made a deal that gives Amazon Prime limited exclusive streaming rights to Justin Kurzel’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth relatively quickly after the movie’s theatrical opening in December. Michael Fassbinder stars as the title character and Marion Cotillard plays Lady Macbeth. The Weinstein Company hasn’t set a specific theatrical date for Macbeth other than it will be in December, and the… »
China Has Record July at the Box Office
The Chinese box office sector enjoyed its biggest July of all time with a record $898 million (RMB5.49 billion) take. Ticket sales hit 159 million.
China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television said on Saturday that the July performance lifted the cash total so far this year to RMB25.9 billion.
That compares with the $4.82 billion (RMB29.6 billion) in the full 12 months of 2014. It seems likely that the 2014 total will be overtaken in late August or early September.
Chinese authorities have been operating a blackout period, or “domestic film protection month,” since June 19. During this time major foreign films are not allowed new releases. And Sapprft reported that Chinese films accounted for more than 95% of the July total. Hits “Monster Hunt,” “Pancake Man” and “Monkey King: Hero Is Back” drove the total.
While the blackout periods are regarded by Hollywood studios as government-orchestrated distortions of the Chinese cinema market, »
- Patrick Frater
The Jammed rewatched: indie thriller that became a runaway Aussie success
The gritty story about Melbourne’s sex slaves started small but became an acclaimed local hit, with powerful performances and dramatic pacing
The very concept of an independent film – one financed outside the traditional system, usually with little to no guarantee of distribution – is a concerning proposition in Australia. There is a sense locally made films battle upstream from the start, fighting for eyeballs against a backdrop of diminished market share and inundation of foreign content.
The release of writer-director Dee McLachlan’s riveting 2007 thriller The Jammed, a fictitious examination of Melbourne sex slaves told with shocking street-level realism, embodied the excitement in discovering a great indie but warned of the heightened challenges such films face in finding an audience. McLachlan’s fast-paced exposé came perilously close to plummeting into instant obscurity, but ultimately achieved one of the most inspiring success stories of any locally made independent film.
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- Luke Buckmaster
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