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Natalie Portman's 'Annihilation' Shows Off Creepy First Footage at CinemaCon
Annihilation made its way to CinemaCon on Tuesday, where moody footage debuted.
Portman's character gets emotional when her husband (Oscar Isaac) returns home after 12 months, but he's impassive, barely responding to her when she kisses him.
Readers of the adaptation of the acclaimed sci-fi novel from Jeff VanderMeer will know that when a person returns from their missions … they aren't quite themselves.
She presses him for details of his mission.
"I don't know where it was, or what it was," he says.
He drinks from water, and she sees blood on his glass. Soon, he's in an ambulance, »
- Aaron Couch
‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Producer Hints at End of Sony-Marvel Collaboration After Next Movie
Spider-Man fans excited about the webslinger’s second outing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — this summer’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” — might be in for a rude awakening. Co-producer Amy Pascal said at CinemaCon Tuesday that the titular character may not be part of the MCU for much longer.
Speaking with Cosmic Book News, Pascal — who was formerly Sony’s studio chief — speculated that after the already agreed-upon “Homecoming” sequel, Spider-Man might be restricted to appearing only in films from Sony, which holds the rights to the character.
“One of the things that I think is »
- Matt Pressberg
Matt Damon’s ‘Downsizing’ First Footage Puts American Life Literally Under a Microscope
Paramount surprised CinemaCon audiences on Tuesday with 10 minutes of Alexander Payne’s new drama “Downsizing,” a surprisingly high-concept movie from a filmmaker known for more grounded, down-to-earth moviemaking. How high-concept? Think a Payne-like version of “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.” In the clip, which got a very warm reception from the crowd in Vegas, Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig play a married couple who attend a presentation about literally shrinking themselves. The pitch is made by Neil Patrick Harris’ character, who has already shrunk himself and now lives in a stunning home, bigger than he could’ve ever dreamed of in the. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Elle Fanning’s Animated Film ‘Leap!’ Moves to Labor Day Weekend
“Leap!” is making the jump to Labor Day weekend.
The release date for Elle Fanning’s animated film is moving from April 21 to Sept. 4, The Weinstein Company announced on Tuesday.
TWC acquired U.S. rights to the film back in May of last year.
The Weinstein Company Schedules ‘Mary Magdalene,’ ‘The Current War’ for Awards Season
“Leap!” follows 11-year-old orphan Felicie (voiced by Fanning) and her best friend, Victor (Wolff), who dream of moving to Paris to become a dancer and inventor, respectively. The two run away together, and quickly learn that talent alone is not enough to overcome the obstacles in their way.
- Maane Khatchatourian
‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ Animated Film in the Works at STX
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- Dave McNary
Andrew Garfield to Star in Afghanistan War Drama 'Black Lion'
Andrew Garfield is set to star in Black Lion, a movie drama about a true-life Afghanistan war correspondent.
The pic, in development at Stay Gold Features after it acquired the property, is based on the true-life story of Carlos Mavroleon, a British aristocrat who went from being a Wall Street trader to working as a war correspondent.
Black Lion portrays Mavroleon in global conflict zones and on a final assignment for 60 Minutes, where he was tasked with sneaking into Afghan tribal territories immediately after President Bill Clinton’s 1998 missile strikes against the Bin Laden camps.
Mavroleon was one of »
- Etan Vlessing
Anne Hathaway’s ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ Remake Finds Director
The movie marks Addison’s big-screen directorial debut. Jac Schaeffer will write the screenplay.
Cave 76 Productions’ Roger Birnbaum and Wilson’s Camp Sugar Productions are producing.
The film gender-reverses the 1988 Frank Oz-directed comedy classic that starred Steve Martin and Michael Caine as con men who try to swindle an heiress. The ’80s film was itself a reboot of Ralph Levy’s 1964 movie “Bedtime Story,” starring Marlon Brando, David Niven, and Shirley Jones.
“Nasty Women” follows two female scam artists, one low-rent and the other high-class, who compete to swindle a naive tech prodigy out of his fortune. The title calls to mind Donald Trump’s insult to Hillary Clinton during the final presidential debate, a »
- Justin Kroll
‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’ Star Darlene Cates Dies at 69
Cates’ daughter, Sheri Cates Morgan, announced in a Facebook post that her mother died “peacefully in her sleep” on Sunday morning.
“We take comfort in knowing that she is no longer in pain and is in the arms of our Heavenly Father, breaking away only to dance with our Savior, Jesus,” the daughter wrote. “(Dancing was something she talked about loving to do ‘back in the day’!)” »
- Seth Kelley
Paramount’s ‘Amusement Park’ Movie to Become Nickelodeon TV Show After Theatrical Release
Paramount’s Motion Picture Group President Marc Evans announced that the studio’s 2018 animated release “Amusement Park” is headed to Nickelodeon as a TV series. The TV series is aiming to launch in 2019, said Nickelodeon Chief Marketing Officer Pam Kaufman, who joined Evans on stage at CinemaCon 2017 in Las Vegas Tuesday. The project is a Ilion Animation Studios production that Paramount will distribute, and has a voice cast that includes Mila Kunis, Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, Ken Jeong and Jeffrey Tambor. Also Read: Dwayne Johnson Calls 'Baywatch' Cast the 'Avengers of the Beach' Viacom CEO Bob Bakish gave »
- Matt Donnelly
Over-50 moviegoers make up one third of Us cinema admissions
Revealing statistics were revealed during this week’s CinemaCon.
Aarp announced on Wednesday their findings on a study examining the impact moviegoers ages 50 and older have on the movie business.
The study, titled The 50-plus Moviegoer, An Industry Segment That Should Not Be Ignored and conducted by marketing data analytics firm Movio on behalf of Aarp, was released during CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
According to the findings, more than 30 percent of all visits by moviegoers were made up by 50-plus adults.
“Theater owners and studios will benefit from the insight provided in this study, which demonstrates that this demographic cluster – the 50-plus – has the ability to significantly contribute to the success of movies at the domestic box office,” said Heather Nawrocki, director, Aarp Movies for Grownups.
“The 50-plus audience segment has disposable income, more leisure time and high loyalty to specific actors making this segment extremely valuable.”
The Aarp study highlighted an emerging genre referred to as “mature »
Cannes reveals 2017 poster
This year’s festival poster depicts a dancing Claudia Cardinale.
The Cannes Film Festival has revealed the poster for its upcoming 70th edition.
This year’s vibrant red design depicts a dancing Claudia Cardinale, the Italian actress known for her roles in Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2, Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard, Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West
According to Cardinale, the picture is from an unknown photographer and shows her dancing on a rooftop in Rome in 1959:
“I am honoured and proud to be flying the flag for the 70th Festival de Cannes,” she commented, “and delighted with this choice of photo. It’s the image I myself have of the Festival, of an event that illuminates everything around. That dance on the rooftops of Rome was back in 1959. No one remembers the photographer’s name… I’ve also forgotten it. But this photo reminds me of my origins, and of a time »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Grater)
Top TV execs to speak at Media Production show
The event, which takes place on 13-14 June at London’s Olympia, includes an exhibition of kit and services and a seminar programme covering pre-production, production, post-production and content delivery.
Two Brothers Pictures founders Harry and Jack Williams, who wrote and exec produced BBC1’s The Missing and BBC3’s Fleabag, will deliver an opening keynote in which they will explore their success, discuss how their recent and upcoming projects came about and share their thoughts on the creative industries.
Event director Charlotte Wheeler said: “We had a phenomenal launch in 2016, which saw 4,900 visitors attend the show and more than 150 speakers take part in our popular seminar programme.
“The move to »
Paramount , Disney And Stx Show Exhibitors Exactly What They Came To See With Help From Clooney, Damon And The Rock (Again!) – CinemaCon
CinemaCon came into full swing on Tuesday with presentations from Stx in the morning, Paramount in the afternoon, and Disney (including a screening of Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) in the evening, followed by an elaborate pirate-themed party. In between Stx once again threw a lunch at Mr. Chows for exhibitors that had them lining up to take selfies with a very patient and cooperative Jessica Chastain who is here in Vegas not only talking up Molly’s Gam… »
Ghost in the Shell review – Scarlett Johansson remake lacks mystery
Johansson does cyberbattle in a westernised reimagining of the Japanese anime classic that proves watchable but doesn’t have the spirit of the original
In all her un-nippled robotic nudity, Scarlett Johansson swoops down from a high building, ready to do cyberbattle with hackers, criminals, terrorists and the concept of human identity itself. Here is the top-dollar adaptation of the Masamune Shirow manga serial and the resulting 1995 anime gem by Mamoru Oshii.It has been standardised and westernised with hardly any actual Japanese characters left in it, and effectively reimagined as a superhero origin myth, with tropes derived from the existing templates laid down by Metropolis, Robocop, Blade Runner and Total Recall. The film incidentally makes some play with rudimentary Hawking-style robot voices. There are some stately cameos from Juliette Binoche and Takeshi Kitano.
It’s a spectacular movie, watchable in its way, but one which – quite apart from the »
- Peter Bradshaw
Thai Official Receives Hefty Jail Term For Bangkok Festival Corruption
Juthamas Siriwan, the Thai official who took bribes from the U.S. organizers of the now-defunct Bangkok International Film Festival, has been sentenced to 50 years in jail for corruption.
Siriwan was found guilty by the National Anti-Corruption Commission on Friday under abnormal wealth charges. Her trial took place today at the Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases.
Her daughter Jittisopa was also found guilty and received a 44-year sentence. The pair are also required to repay the $1.81 million (THB62 million) that the court said they had taken in kickbacks from U.S. film makers Gerald Green (“Rescue Dawn”) and his wife Patricia.
Siriwan was governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand and financier of the festival. The Greens paid her in order to obtain and retain the festival management contract between 2003 and 2006.
In 2009, the Greens were found guilty in a Los Angeles court of breaching the U.S. »
- Patrick Frater
‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Plays Well at CinemaCon 2017
Film franchises can be hard to sustain for a fifth installment, but Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” did not disappoint at CinemaCon on Tuesday night. While the crowd at the annual trade show in Las Vegas didn’t go so far as to give the film a standing ovation, the round of applause heard in the room made it clear that most in the audience felt the film met or exceeded their expectations. Directed by Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg, the film and hits theaters on May 26.
‘Blade Runner 2049’: Sony Comes Out Swinging With New Footage at CinemaCon
New, last-minute revelations helped build up excitement for the sequel, as Disney dropped a featurette early on Tuesday that confirmed what many fans had suspected, that the character of Henry (Brenton Thwaites) is in fact the son of Will Turner (Orlando Bloom).
“Dead Men Tell »
- Graham Winfrey
CinemaCon: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Pleases Exhibitors
Amid a myriad of slot machines at Caesars Palace, Disney’s showing of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” on Tuesday left exhibitors in an upbeat mood for representing close to a sure thing.
“That’s the movie people have been waiting for,” said one. “I loved the special effects and the story felt fresh.”
Disney’s presentation of the screening, which at the end of the second day of CinemaCon, started 30 minutes late as Paramount’s earlier presentation ran longer than scheduled. Disney’s distribution chief Dave Hollis first gave a short recap of the studio’s record year of $7.6 billion worldwide, noted that “Beauty and the Beast” had eclipsed $700 million and offered a relatively brief update of the upcoming slate.
No stars took the stage and Hollis did not engage in the typical CinemaCon hyperbole, though he did point out mater-of-factly that the four previous »
- Dave McNary
Cristian Mungiu: ‘We were called the sacrifice generation – and so were our parents'
He grew up in post-communist Romania and his films capture the fears of a society emerging from Soviet rule. Cristian Mungiu talks freedom, corruption and parenthood
Slight of stature and soft of voice, Cristian Mungiu is an unlikely leader of a cinematic revolution. But ever since his second film, the harrowing abortion drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, won the Palme d’Or at Cannes film festival in 2007, Mungiu has become the best-known director, and de facto leader, of a group of film-makers who emerged a decade ago from post-communist eastern Europe – and most particularly, the new wave that exploded from Romania, the country that experienced the toughest transition from Soviet domination in the late 1980s.
Now, almost 30 years after the revolution that led to 1,100 deaths and ended with the overthrow of Nicolae Ceaușescu, Mungiu has a new film in cinemas, only his third since that breakthrough a decade ago. Called Bacalaureat, »
- Andrew Pulver
Cinemacon: Disney Plays Hold ‘Em in Vegas, Announces ‘Wreck-It Ralph 2’ Details
Las Vegas — Disney can be forgiven for phoning it in.
Fresh off a $7 billion year at the global box office, the studio raced through its upcoming releases at a sprinter’s pace during a 12 and a half minute presentation at Cinemacon on Tuesday. There was no footage from “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” or “Thor Ragnarok.” Nor did Disney use the gathering of theater owners to debut a preview for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” the mere mention of which was enough to have the crowd at Caesar’s Palace whooping and clapping.
Most studios come to Cinemacon, the annual exhibition industry trade show unfolding this week in Las Vegas, armed with A-list actors, new trailers, and promotional art. Their presentations can stretch on for hours. Not so Disney, which likes to unveil that sort of thing at D23, its in-house fan event.
Despite the cursory effort, Disney distribution chief »
- Brent Lang
Darlene Cates dies aged 69: ‘Best acting mom I ever had,’ says Leonardo DiCaprio
Oscar-winning actor pays tribute to ‘endearing personality and incredible talent’ of What’s Eating Gilbert Grape co-star
The Oscar-winning actor worked with Cates on the 1993 film, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. Cates died in her sleep at her home in Forney, Texas, on Sunday, her family confirmed.
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- Staff and agencies
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