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Mongrel picks up Grace of Monaco

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The Canadian distributor picked up rights to Olivier Dahan’s Cannes opening night film starring Nicole Kidman and Tim Roth from Stone Angels.
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Jessica Chastain Will Play Marilyn Monroe in 'Blonde'

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - 4 hours 7 min ago

Jessica Chastain is in negotiations to play big screen icon Marilyn Monroe in Blonde from director Andrew Dominik (Killing Them Softly, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford).

The filmmaker has been developing the project for several years, writing the adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' novel on spec, with Naomi Watts once attached to star back in 2010. The 700-page novel was first published in 2000, with the author drawing on historical and biographical sources to re-imagine the inner, poetic and spiritual life of this silver screen star, telling Norma Jeane Baker a.k.a. Marilyn Monroe's story in essentially her own voice, showing how she overcame the odds to achieve immense, global stardom in the 1950s. The book was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award in 2001, and it was also adapted into a 2001 TV mini-series starring Poppy Montgomery.

Brad Pitt, who starred in both of Andrew Dominik's feature films, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Killing Them Softly, is producing with his Plan B partner Dede Gardner. The actor-producer previously starred with Jessica Chastain in The Tree of Life, with insiders claiming that Brad Pitt was instrumental in convincing the actress to take on this challenging role.

Back in 2012, during our exclusive interview for Killing Them Softly, Andrew Dominik had this to say about the project.

"There's a movie called Blonde that I'm working on, which is based on a book by Joyce Carol Oates, and it's about the life of Marilyn Monroe. It's kind of a Grimm's fairy tale about a person who is kind of losing their way. The script has been written for awhile, but I'm sort of reworking it at the moment. I really want to do it. It's kind of like my dream project."

Production is scheduled to begin in August, although scheduling still has to be worked out with the actress' upcoming project The Zookeeper's Wife. Jessica Chastain will next be seen in Interstellar, arriving in theaters November 7, and she is currently shooting Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak.

Blonde comes to theaters in 2014 and stars Jessica Chastain. The film is directed by Andrew Dominik.

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'Flash Gordon' Movie in the Works at Fox (Exclusive)

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 4 hours 29 min ago

"Star Trek 3" scribes J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay will work off a treatment by George Nolfi to write the script.

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'Orange Is The New Black' Star Joins Indie Drama 'How He Fell in Love'

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 4 hours 44 min ago

Matt McGorry will appear opposite Amy Hargreaves in the film centering on a musician who has an affair with a married woman.

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'The Love Punch' Trailer Starring Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - 4 hours 49 min ago

Shot entirely on location in Paris, and Coye-la-For&#234t, France, The Love Punch tells the story of rekindled romance between a divorced couple and puts a new spin on "retirement" while taking a poke at modern day robber barons. Written and directed by Joel Hopkins (Last Chance Harvey) and starring Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan, the repartee between these celebrated actors, including the always entertaining Timothy Spall and Celia Imrie, is bouncy, fun and occasionally poignant as they all navigate middle age, and oh, try to steal a diamond necklace in the process. Check out the first trailer.

The Love Punch comes to theaters May 23rd, 2014 and stars Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan, Tuppence Middleton, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, Louise Bourgoin, Marisa Berenson, Laurent Lafitte. The film is directed by Joel Hopkins.

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Drew Barrymore Gives Birth to Second Daughter, Frankie


The 39-year-old actress and her husband, Will Kopelman, welcomed their second child on Tuesday. "Olive has a new little sister, and everyone is healthy and happy!" she said.

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No 'Frozen' Sequel Currently in Development at Disney

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Tue, 22/04/2014 - 22:47

While Frozen is the highest grossing animated film of all time, and the third highest grossing film of 2013, with a tally of $399 million domestically and over a billion dollars worldwide, Disney currently has no plans for a sequel. They are, instead, more focused on turning the animated fairy tale into a hit Broadway musical.

Disney CEO Alan Horn, speaking at the Bloomberg Business of Entertainment Breakfast, revealed this morning that a sequel hasn't even been discussed.

Disney currently has a lot of live action films on its plate, with Alan Horn talking Star Wars: Episode VII, Marvel movies that include Avengers: Age of Ultron and Guardians of the Galaxy, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. But no other animated films were put on the table during today's sitdown.

Right now, Disney has Big Hero 6 opening in Frozen's prime November holiday release slot this year. It is based on a Marvel comic book, and follows a group of superheroes that work for the government. They also have Zootopia scheduled for 2016, with three untitled animated, non-Pixar films on the docket between 2016 and 2018. Apparently none of these are Frozen 2.

While the future for a Frozen sequel seems unclear, its unlikely that the studio won't return to the lucrative property sometime in the near future. We'll probably see a sequel announced before year's end.

Frozen was released November 27th, 2013 and stars Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana, Alan Tudyk, Ciarán Hinds, Chris Williams. The film is directed by Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee.

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'Walking Dead' Actor Steven Yeun, Felicia Day Voicing Comic Adaptation 'Chew' (Exclusive)

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Tue, 22/04/2014 - 22:21

Jeff Krelitz is directing the animated feature about a "cibopath" detective who gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats.

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Tribeca: Bryan Cranston, Terence Winter Dissect the 'Euphoria' of Personable Villains

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Tue, 22/04/2014 - 21:53

The "Breaking Bad" star shared which scenes made his stomach turn, and the "Boardwalk Empire" showrunner listed what his onscreen psychopaths will never do.

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Lou Ferrigno Is Returning to Voice Hulk in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Tue, 22/04/2014 - 21:48

Mark Ruffalo might have portrayed Bruce Banner in 2012's Marvel's The Avengers, but when his character transformed into the Hulk, those roars and other sounds you heard coming from the Green Goliath were uttered by none other than Lou Ferrigno, who played the iconic character in the 1970s The Incredible Hulk TV series. Nuke the Fridge caught up with Lou Ferrigno at WonderCon over the weekend, where the iconic body builder confirmed that he will return to voice Hulk in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

In Marvel's The Avengers, Hulk only had one line of actual dialogue ("Puny God") which was delivered by Mark Ruffalo himself. Of course, since there is little to no information we have about the story for this Marvel Phase Two sequel, it isn't known if we will see more of Hulk, or if Bruce Banner well utilize most of the character's screen time. We've already seen some of Hulk's destruction in videos from the South Africa set, but it isn't known if Lou Ferrigno will have any dialogue this time around, or if that will all be handled by Mark Ruffalo.

Joss Whedon is directing from his own screenplay, with The Avengers (Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo) all returning, along with James Spader as the voice of Ultron, Paul Bettany as Vision, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlett Witch and Thomas Kretschmann as Baron Von Strucker.

Lou Ferrigno also provided the character's voice in 2003's Hulk and 2008's The Incredible Hulk.

Avengers: Age of Ultron comes to theaters May 1st, 2015 and stars Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Mark Ruffalo. The film is directed by Joss Whedon.

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Robert Downey Jr. Shares First 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Set Photo

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Tue, 22/04/2014 - 21:45

Less than two weeks ago, Robert Downey Jr. joined the social media world of Twitter, just before production started on Avengers: Age of Ultron. Today, the actor sent out the first official photo from the set, alongside executive producer Jeremy Latcham, both of whom are wearing reflective vests. Hopefully this will be just the first of many images the beloved actor releases during the production of director Joss Whedon's Marvel Phase Two sequel, arriving in theaters May 1, 2015.

You asked for it! My first tweet from the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron with exec producer @jlatcham. pic.twitter.com/ThwoLueMyT

— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) April 22, 2014

Production has already taken place in South Africa, Northern Italy and South Korea, with the bulk of shooting to take place at London's Pinewood Studios.

Avengers: Age of Ultron comes to theaters May 1st, 2015 and stars Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Mark Ruffalo. The film is directed by Joss Whedon.

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Bruce Lee's Personal Belongings to Be Auctioned Off

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Tue, 22/04/2014 - 21:35

Fans of one of the greatest icons of martial arts cinemas can buy clothing and equipment that was once owned by Bruce Lee.

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'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Featurette: Electro Vs. Spidey

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Tue, 22/04/2014 - 21:31

Sony Pictures has released a new featurette for director Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which focuses on Electro's (Jamie Foxx) powers and his struggles in capturing and killing Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield). After his transformation from mild geek Max Dillon, Electro awakens thirsty for power and travels to the well-lit area of Times Square, where he begins to feed off the numerous billboards and buildings pumping out electricity. This sets off Parker's spider-senses, and the battle is on! Watch as cast and crew delve into the history behind Electro and what he means as an adversary for Spidey. Then be sure to head to the theater, as this superhero sequel debuts in the states May 2.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 comes to theaters May 2nd, 2014 and stars Martin Sheen, Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, Dane DeHaan, Stan Lee, Sarah Gadon, Felicity Jones, Jamie Foxx. The film is directed by Marc Webb.

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Sentinels Are Unleashed in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' TV Spot

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Tue, 22/04/2014 - 21:23

20th Century Fox has released an action-packed new TV spot for X-Men: Days of Future Past, which finds an army of Sentinels being unleashed in a bid to destroy all mutants the world over. Watch as Wolverine extends his claws to fight one of the metal monstrosities mano a mano, along with scenes of Beast's transformation, Toad's tongue abilities, and Quicksilver's aptness at playing Pong back in the 70s.

X-Men: Days of Future Past comes to theaters May 23rd, 2014 and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Hugh Jackman, Evan Peters, James McAvoy, Ellen Page. The film is directed by Bryan Singer.

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Imax CEO Richard Gelfond's Compensation Falls in 2013

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Tue, 22/04/2014 - 21:18

The head of the giant screen exhibitor has also seen his pay from January 1, 2014 rise sharply over the next three years on a higher base salary and bonus.

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Tribeca: Kevin Spacey, 'Richard III' Co-Stars Talk 'House of Cards' Origins in Shakespeare Play

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Tue, 22/04/2014 - 21:16

Spacey, who was joined by actors from both the international stage show and the Netflix series, also revealed why he wanted to self-distribute the documentary.

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Jerry Bruckheimer Gives Update on 'Bad Boys 3' and 'National Treasure 3'

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Tue, 22/04/2014 - 20:43

Last week, producer Jerry Bruckheimer offered updates on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Beverly Hills Cop 4, but those are just two of his highly-anticipated projects that are currently in development. During a new interview with Collider, the producer offered updates on a pair of sequels, National Treasure 3 and Bad Boys 3.

Both projects have been in development for several years, even though their predecessors, 2007's National Treasure: Book of Secrets ($457 million worldwide) and 2003's Bad Boys II ($273 million worldwide) fared quite well at the box office. However, it still may be quite some time before we see either of these sequels in theaters.

Bad Boys 3 has been in the works for over 10 years, with Sony recently hiring screenwriter David Guggenheim (Safe House) to work on the script back in December. Jerry Bruckheimer revealed that the project's real problem has to deal with the timing being off, with Sony and stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, although it might have more momentum thanks to the success of Ride Along.

"It's so funny because we'll get Sony real excited to make the movie, and then Will (Smith) is off doing two movies. And then, Will will come back and be real excited about it, and Sony will say, 'Well, maybe it's not the time for this.' And then, Ride Along came out and was a big hit, and now they're all excited to make the movie, but Will is off doing something else. It's just trying to get everybody together to make it. But, we're working on the script. We have a lot of faith and hope that we'll do it."

What remains to be seen is whether or not Michael Bay will return to direct. He made his directorial debut with 1995's Bad Boys, and he also directed 2003's Bad Boys II. The filmmaker has already stated that his upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction will be his last movie in the franchise, and it isn't known what other projects he may have brewing, meaning it's possible that he could come back to direct this third installment.

Jon Turteltaub, who directed both National Treasure and National Treasure: Book of Secrets is still attached to direct National Treasure 3, and, according to Jerry Bruckheimer, they recently received the first act of the script.

"Those are the hardest movies to make because they're all based on clues. It's so difficult to work them out. But, we got a first act in [on Friday], and Jon [Turteltaub] was very excited about it and I'm very excited about it. Hopefully, the first act will lead into the second act and the third act, and we'll get this thing going."

Franchise star Nicolas Cage will return as treasure hunter Ben Gates, although it isn't known if Diane Kruger (Abigail) or Justin Bartha (Riley) will reprise their roles. Jon Turteltaub revealed in a previous interview last year that the movie will go into production within the next two years, so we'll have to wait and see when the script is ready.

Are you excited to see that both National Treasure 3 and Bad Boys 3 are still moving forward? Chime in with your thoughts below.

National Treasure 3 is in development and stars Nicolas Cage.

Bad Boys 3 comes to theaters in 2015 and stars Martin Lawrence, Will Smith.

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'Foxcatcher' with Steve Carell and Channing Tatum Gets November Release

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Tue, 22/04/2014 - 20:39

After being pushed out of its original December 20, 2013 release date last year, Sony Pictures has issued a November 14 release date for Foxcatcher, which stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo. The drama from director Bennett Miller will be going up against Relativity's Blackbird, Universal's Dumb and Dumber To and Sony's Fury.

Foxcatcher was considered to be an award season candidate when it was initially slated for release in December, depicting the true story of Jon Du Pont (Steve Carell) the unstable heir to the Du Pont chemical fortune, and his relationship with Olympic wrestlers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) which lead to a tragic murder. Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Michael Hall co-star.

In related news, Universal Pictures has issued a December 18, 2015 release date for The Nest, starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The comedy will go up against Disney/LucasFilm's highly-anticipated sci-fi sequel Star Wars: Episode VII and Sony's Inferno.

The story centers on two sisters (Tina Fey and Amy Poehler) who throw a huge party in their childhood home before it is sold. Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) is directing from a script by Paula Pell.

Foxcatcher comes to theaters in 2014 and stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave, Anthony Michael Hall. The film is directed by Bennett Miller.

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'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' Still Doesn't Have a Workable Script

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Tue, 22/04/2014 - 20:39

In a recent interview, Jerry Bruckheimer seemed pretty confident that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth film in the lucrative Disney franchise, was going to be in front of cameras before the end of 2014. That might not be the case, though, as Disney CEO Alan Horn claims there isn't even a script yet.

Speaking at the Tribeca Film Festival today in New York, Alan Horn gave this update on the sequel.

Disney Studios chief Alan Horn says he hasn't seen a #Pirates5 screenplay he's ready to greenlight yet

— Brent Lang (@BrentALang) April 22, 2014

"We haven't seen a screenplay yet that I've been able to sign off on... There's a lot of variables that effect the final outcome once it leaves the studio lot, so we are very careful."

This follows a report from March, where Disney chairman Bob Iger revealed at the studio's company shareholder meeting in Portland, Oregon, that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales had not been given the greenlight.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales was originally set to be released July 10, 2015, but was delayed so that directors Espen Sandberg and Joachim R&#248nning could revamp the script by Jeff Nathanson.

Johnny Depp is set to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow. Back in November, Christoph Waltz was rumored to be interested in playing the villainous Captain Brand, who battles Jack and his father Teague (Keith Richards) as they search for a mythical trident. That story was also said to feature a romantic interest for Jack in Carina Smyth, the 30-year-old daughter of Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush).

All of this may be scrapped at this point, as the studio struggles to come up with a workable story that will please fans of the long-running franchise. Jerry Bruckheimer did seem sure that Keith Richards would be back, presumably in his biggest role to date for the series.

Right now, it sounds highly unlikely that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be up and running anytime before 2015. No new release date has been issued by Disney. But hasn't abandoned all hope. About a 2014 start date, he relents,

"It's possible."

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales comes to theaters in 2016 and stars Johnny Depp. The film is directed by Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg.

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