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'The Twilight Saga' Will Continue with Short Film Contest

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - 7 hours 33 min ago

As part of its ongoing effort to enhance its diverse portfolio of premium content, Lionsgate, a premier next generation global content leader, is teaming with Facebook, the prestigious Women In Film organization, the crowdsourcing platform Tongal and best-selling Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer to create and manage a social media campaign to develop and produce a series of short films directed by aspiring female filmmakers. The campaign, called The Storytellers - New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga, will include films based on a broad spectrum of characters from the Twilight universe, with guidance provided by Meyer's encyclopedic The Twilight Saga: Official Illustrated Guide.

The campaign will center on a multiphase contest culminating in the selection of at least five aspiring female filmmakers to direct short films based on characters from the Twilight universe. The films will be produced and directed with the mentorship of a blue chip panel of advisors, which will ultimately select the winning shorts that will premiere exclusively on the Facebook platform next year. The star-studded group of female panelists will include Stephenie Meyer, actress Kristen Stewart, Academy Award winners Kate Winslet and Octavia Spencer, Jennifer Lee, the award-winning writer and one of the directors of Disney's global blockbuster Frozen, Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, Emmy Award-winning actress Julie Bowen, and Women In Film President Cathy Schulman.

Five winning shorts will be financed through production advances, and fans will help select a grand prize winning filmmaker who will receive a cash prize and career opportunities. The short film development and production process will involve extensive fan engagement on the Facebook and Tongal platforms.

Facebook Vice President of Partnerships Dan Rose had this to say in a statement.

"More people than ever before are creating, discovering and engaging with videos on Facebook. This collaboration with Stephenie Meyer, Lionsgate and Women In Film is a great opportunity to engage Twilight's massive global audience on Facebook through an innovative premium video program."

Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer and Vice Chairman Michael Burns also offered their own joint statement.

"We're delighted to expand our longstanding relationship with Stephenie and confident that her participation in the Twilight short films campaign will add an exciting new dimension to the incredible world she has created as an author and producer. Our partnership with Facebook and Women In Film underscores the opportunities for growing our franchises in exciting new directions, and we're pleased to introduce fresh creative talent to the Twilight universe as part of our commitment to female empowerment in front of and behind the camera."

WIF President Cathy Schulman had this to say in her own statement.

"Accessing Hollywood is a momentous challenge, especially for aspiring female filmmakers, so I'm thrilled that Women In Film has been invited to join Stephenie Meyer, Lionsgate and Facebook to empower new storytellers with diverse voices. Women In Film is proud to help recruit and mentor female filmmakers as part of a project that illustrates the power of a beloved book and movie franchise to lessen the gender gap in our film community and provide a platform for women's perspectives to be seen and heard."

Author Stephenie Meyer revealed she hopes this initiative gives more women a chance to have their work put on display.

"The female voice is something that has become more and more important to me as I've worked in the film industry. I'm honored to be working with Women In Film, Lionsgate, and Facebook on a project dedicated to giving more women a chance to be heard creatively."

Twilight was released November 21st, 2008 and stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Cam Gigandet, Ashley Greene, Christian Serratos. The film is directed by Catherine Hardwicke.

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Rihanna Wanted for 'Bond 24' Role and Theme Song?

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - 7 hours 55 min ago

With production now set to begin this December, Eon Productions has reportedly approached Grammy-winning pop star Rihanna for a cameo appearance in Bond 24.

Here's what an unidentified source told British tabloid The Sunday Mirror, claiming that the Barbados native is a huge fan of the James Bond franchise.

"Rihanna is a big fan of the Bond films and has always loved the idea of appearing in one. She didn't even need to think about it, she knows she wants to do it. She's really excited."

Rihanna made her feature film debut in the 2012 action-adventure Battleship. She also played herself in last year's comedy hit This Is the End and appeared in the documentaries Katy Perry: Part of Me and Bettie Page Reveals All. The actress-singer also lends her voice to DreamWorks Animation's Home, in theaters next March.

It's possible that Eon Productions may also want Rihanna to sing the theme song for Bond 24, along with the cameo role. The last actress/singer to pull double duty by both singing the theme song and appearing in a James Bond film was Madonna in 2002's Die Another Day, which marked Pierce Brosnan's last stint as 007.

The 007 producers have always gone after top-notch talent to perform James Bond theme songs. Adele took home both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the title song Skyfall.

Bond 24 comes to theaters November 6th, 2015 and stars Ralph Fiennes, Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw. The film is directed by Sam Mendes.

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New 'Horrible Bosses 2' Trailer Shows Awkward Sex Therapy Session

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 8 hours 42 min ago

The three heroes are not familiar with the phrase "jack shit"

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'Breakfast at Tiffany's': Read THR's 1961 Review

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 9 hours 16 min ago

Celebrate Truman Capote's birthday with a look back at the classic adaptation

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'Zombieland' Sequel Shuffles Forward With 'Godzilla' Writer

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 10 hours 17 min ago

The deal comes five years after the first film's release

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First Look at 'The Water Diviner,' Russell Crowe's Directorial Debut

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 10 hours 18 min ago

The First World War drama will be released on Boxing Day in Australia

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Third 'Horrible Bosses 2' Trailer Brings New Footage!

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - 10 hours 36 min ago

Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day and Jason Bateman are back for Horrible Bosses 2, as Warner Bros. debuts a new full-length trailer stuffed to the brim with never-before-seen footage.

Now that Nick, Dale and Kurt have gotten rid of their Horrible Bosses, they are starting up their own business. Watch as they introduce the Shower Buddy with less than enthusiastic results. They do manage to secure a financier, but their product is soon ripped-off, and they find themselves in over their heads yet again.

Launching their own business doesn't deliver the same results as they thought it would, and soon, the three would-be entrepreneurs are hatching a misguided plan to kidnap their investor's adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company. Along for the ride are killer-for hire Motherf*cker Jones, Dr. Julia Harris and mean ol' boss Dave Harken.

Check out this latest look at the upcoming comedy, which is in theaters this November. Will the guys be able to pull off the perfect kidnapping? Or will they be defeated at every single turn? Featuring Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx.

Horrible Bosses 2 comes to theaters November 26th, 2014 and stars Chris Pine, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jason Bateman, Christoph Waltz, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx. The film is directed by Sean Anders.

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'Zombieland 2' Moves Forward with Director Ruben Fleischer

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - 11 hours 17 min ago

After years of floundering in development, Sony Pictures is moving forward with Zombieland 2, hiring screenwriter Dave Callaham (Godzilla) to write the screenplay.

Ruben Fleischer, who directed the 2009 original hit Zombieland, is supervising the writing process and he will return to direct, although his deal isn't finalized at this time. No story details have been given, and it isn't immediately clear if the original Zombieland cast, which includes Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin, will reprise their roles.

Original Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick revealed in February 2010 that the sequel will be in 3D, but it isn't known if Sony is still planning on going down that route. The writers finished their script in September 2010, but we haven't heard anything about the project since then.

Dave Callaham received a story credit on this year's blockbuster Godzilla, and his other credits include The Expendables, The Expendables 2 and The Expendables 3.

Zombieland 2 is in development . The film is directed by Ruben Fleischer.

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'Wild Tales' Director Damian Szifron Signs With WME (Exclusive)

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The festival favorite is Argentina's Oscar foreign-language entry

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'Fantastic Four' Reboot Is Different from Original in Every Way

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - 11 hours 37 min ago

If the rumored plot details released last week are any indication, 20th Century Fox's The Fantastic Four will be much different than its predecessor, 2005's Fantastic Four. Miles Teller, who stars as Reed Richards, a.k.a. Mr. Fantastic, recently shed new light on the reboot, claiming that this story is much different in every aspect, while comparing its grounded tone to another 20th Century Fox superhero adventure, X-Men: First Class

"It's different in every way. All those actors were a lot older, their characters were in different places. The tone of this film is completely different: We don't have (original Fantastic Four star) Michael Chiklis in a big Styrofoam thing, and I think that [a more grounded approach] is what people are into - X-Men: First Class is doing that. You're dealing with these characters but you're making them real people in how they exist day-to-day. People wanted it to be taken more seriously than the kind of Dick Tracy, kitschy, overly comic-book world."

The young actor also addresses concerns of "superhero fatigue," since the film will be opening after Marvel movies such as Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man, not to mention other big-budget affairs like Jurassic World and Terminator Genisys. When asked if he thinks audiences may be tired of superheroes by the time The Fantastic Four opens next August, Miles Teller had this to say.

"At the end of the day, it depends on the product. Guardians of the Galaxy was a really fresh take on it, I think people responded to that. In terms of where we are in the schedule, we're playing the same weekend they were playing. But it's a big summer: You've got Avengers, and my buddy [Whiplash co-star J.K. Simmons] is in Terminator, and you got Jurassic World. There's a ton of movies out there, so if people have an appetite for it, they'll see a couple, and if not, maybe they'll just see one."

The Fantastic Four is currently in post-production, and with the release date just under a year away, it isn't clear when fans may get their first look at footage or even official photos from this superhero reboot. Will you be looking forward to The Fantastic Four?

The Fantastic Four comes to theaters August 7th, 2015 and stars Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Tim Blake Nelson, Reg E. Cathey. The film is directed by Josh Trank.

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Big Headed For TV

Rush Hour will also become a show

Well-known movie titles spawning TV series have clearly become a big thing across the pond. On the heels of Fargo’s success comes news that not one but two films will be reborn on the small screen. First up: word of a show based on the 1988 Tom Hanks comedy Big.

The original finds Hanks as Josh, a lad who just wishes he could grow up faster. He makes a wish at a Zoltar sideshow machine and he’s soon dealing with being a boy in a grown man’s body. Cue giant piano floors and funny feelings about ladies.

Quite how the film will be converted for TV remains to be seen, though according to Deadline, “the series will be loosely based on the movie and will explore what it means to be an adult, what it means to be a kid, and how in today’s world those two things are more confused than ever.” And it’s in the hands of people who know how to create entertaining blends of comedy and emotion, since the show will come from Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce, who last brought the late, lamented sitcom Enlisted to screens across the pond.

In related TV news – partly related because it’ll be co-created by Bill Lawrence, Biegel’s old Scrubs/Cougar Town boss – Warner Bros. TV is looking to turn Brett Ratner’s Rush Hour films into a series.

Lawrence will work with Blake McCormick (another Cougar Town veteran) to write a series that takes the basic concept from the films – a by-the-book Hong Kong police officer is assigned to follow a case in Los Angeles, where he reluctantly joins forces with a cocky, talkative black LAPD officer. Can the concept work on a weekly basis? We may find out next year…

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Tetris Movie In The Works

We're not kidding

The list of seemingly silly titles we can crack wise about when a new brand-mining film is announced grows shorter with every day. Add to the roster Tetris, which is now kicking off a journey to the big screen via Threshold Entertainment.

Yes, the game first unleashed upon the world in 1984 by Soviet game-designer Alexey Pajitnov and perhaps made most famous by Nintendo’s Game Boy, is looking to become the next potential block-buster. (Sorry).

It sounds a little ridiculous given the seemingly limited narrative opportunities – and the fact it has been spoofed more than once. Yet CEO Larry Kasanoff tells the Wall Street Journal that his company has big plans for the idea, including a story in place that has yet to be revealed. “This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page,” he says. “We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes.”

And his ambitions are bigger than one film. “Brands are the new stars of Hollywood,” he says. “We have a story behind Tetris which makes it a much more imaginative thing. We certainly have the canvas for location-based entertainment based on the epicness.” Tetris: The Theme Park, anyone? There are no studios, writers or directors attached yet, so we’ll see if this becomes the next Lego Movie or labours in limbo alongside Asteroids. All involved will no doubt be hoping that Adam Sandler's latest, Pixels, gets the nostalgia juices flowing ready for this one.

Oh, and EARWORM.

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Alec Baldwin And Kevin Spacey Set For Boss Baby

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DreamWorks Animation has been suffering a little of late, with more misses than hits. It’ll no doubt be hoping for better things from one of its more reliable talents, Madagascar co-director Tom McGrath with Boss Baby, which now boasts the vocal chops of Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey.

With Austin Powers co-writer Michael McCullers loosely adapting Maria Frazzee’s picture book, Boss Baby finds a seven-year-old boy becoming jealous of the attention lavished upon his smart-talking, briefcase-sporting baby brother (Baldwin).

Looking to win back his parents’ affection, the older discovers a secret plot by the CEO of Puppy Co. (Spacey) that threatens to destroy the balance of love in the world. It turns out that the brash baby executive that has finagled his way into the family like a cuckoo is the focus of the plan – and the brothers will have to work together to stop the scheme and prove love is an infinite force.

McGrath is directing alone this time, aiming at a March 18, 2016 release in the States.

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David Fincher Will Direct The First Season Of HBO's Utopia

He'll be busy next year...

Out and about plugging his latest film, Gone Girl, David Fincher has also been talking up his plans – announced earlier this year – to produce an adaptation of Channel 4’s conspiracy series Utopia. He’ll be even more involved than we thought, as he’s aiming to direct all the episodes of the HBO version’s first season.

Utopia, in case you didn’t see the Channel 4 original, set things in motion with the discovery of a manuscript for a legendary graphic novel known as The Utopia Experiments, long shrouded in mystery. When a small group of previously unconnected people unite in their shared interest, things take a much darker turn.

Because they are by no means the only ones interested in the manuscript. Targeted swiftly and relentlessly by a murderous organisation known as The Network, the terrified group are left with only one option if they want to survive: they have to run.

“I like the characters – I love Dennis Kelly’s honesty and affinity for the nerds,” Fincher tells The Guardian. “I mean, I’ve always been a bit of a junior conspiracy theorist ‘cos I don’t have time to connect them all! But it’s nice to see that somebody has.” Unlike House Of Cards, where he shot the first two episodes, established the series’ look and then handed off the job to other directors, he’s going to replicate Cary Fukunaga’s True Detective trick and shoot all of Utopia’s initial run across 2015, working from a script by Gone Girl novelist (and screenwriter) Gillian Flynn. Gone Girl itself lands on Friday.

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Tak3n Trailer Smashes Online

It ends here

Blimey. Now we know why Team Taken – please don’t make us keep calling it Tak3n – were keeping quiet about the plot for the third outing of The Bryan Mills’ Special Skills ‘N’ Kills Jamboree – they’re going dark. Check out what we mean in the first trailer for the film. 

In this one, Bryan (Liam Neeson) is seemingly happy, in a good place with daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) and closer than ever to reconciling with ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen). But then something terrible happens – Lenore is taken away for good and Bryan is the prime suspect in her murder.

Pursued by the CIA, the FBI and the police (seems like a lot of manpower to us, but then, this is Mills), across Los Angeles, he goes on the run to track down the real killers and introduce them to his particular brand of vengeful, rage-driven justice. At the same time, he also has to protect Kim…

{Taken 3 Posters}

With Forest Whitaker, Jon Gries, Leland Order, Sam Spruell, Dougray Scott and Andrew Howard all aboard, the sequel will land in the UK on January 8.

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We The Economy series ready to launch

Film Industry News - Tue, 30/09/2014 - 22:25
Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan are preparing a series of shorts based on the economy, including the directorial debut of former Focus Features CEO James Schamus.
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First Look at Matthew McConaughey in 'Sea of Trees'

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Tue, 30/09/2014 - 22:04

Two-time Oscar nominated director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) has wrapped principal photography on The Sea of Trees, which filmed on location in Japan and Massachusetts, starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar, Mud, The Wolf of Wall Street), Ken Watanabe (Inception, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Samurai) and two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible, 21 Grams, King Kong, Mulholland Dr.). The cast also includes actors Katie Aselton (star of FX's The League) and Jordan Gavaris (Orphan Black).

Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) treks into Aokigahara, known as the The Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan's Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Having found the perfect place to die, Arthur encounters Takumi Nakamura (Watanabe), a Japanese man who has also lost his way. The two men begin a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms Arthur's will to live and reconnects him to his love with his wife ({PErhjyuvp1Gouv).

The producers of The Sea of Trees are Gil Netter, nominated for Oscars for Life of Pi and The Blind Side, Ken Kao (The Nice Guys, Rampart, Knight of Cups, Silence), Kevin Halloran (Million Dollar Arm, Parental Guidance, Water for Elephants). Also producing are F. Gary Gray, Brian Dobbins, Allen Fischer and Chris Sparling, based on the original screenplay written by Chris Sparling (Buried).

Alex Walton and Ken Kao's international sales, production and financing company, BLOOM, launched and introduced The Sea of Trees to buyers in Cannes, and by the end of the festival had virtually sold out the world. Postproduction work is now underway in Los Angeles.

The Sea of Trees was filmed on location in the Kanto region of Japan, including Tokyo, Kanagawa and Shizuoka prefectures as well as within Aokigahara (aka The Sea of Trees) located at the foothills of Mt. Fuji in Japan's Yamanashi prefecture.

Principal photography commenced in Massachusetts, late July on location in Purgatory Chasm, Ashland State Park, Blackstone State Park, Douglas State Park, F. Gilbert Hills State Park and the Worcester area: Clark University, Worcester Municipal Airport and One Exchange Place, where the film's production office was also based. The City of Worcester's Cultural Development Office, Worcester Police Department, Department of public works and Business Assistance provided local location support for the production.

Gus Van Sant's creative team on The Sea of Trees includes editor Pietro Scalia who garnered Oscars for his work on both JFK and Black Hawk Down and was Oscar nominated for Good Will Hunting and Gladiator, director of photography Kasper Tuxen (Beginners), Emmy nominated production designer Alex DiGerlando (Beasts of the Southern Wild, HBO's True Detective), Oscar nominated costume designer Danny Glicker (Milk, Up in the Air) and makeup department head Felicity Bowring (The Bourne Legacy, The Social Network). The music supervisor for The Sea of Trees is KCRW's twice Grammy nominated Chris Douridas known in the motion picture industry for his work on Grosse Pointe Blank, American Beauty, As Good As It Gets, Heat, One Hour Photo, Down With Love, The Girl Next Door, The Chumscrubber, Northern Exposure, Shrek 2, the Austin Powers series and upcoming, Ride.

Take a look at the first photo from Sea of Trees below, featuring Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe.

The Sea of Trees is in development and stars Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe, Naomi Watts, Katie Aselton, Jordan Gavaris. The film is directed by Gus Van Sant.

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