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Cannes Atelier to host 15

Film Industry News - 5 hours 11 min ago
The 2015 Cinefoundation Atelier will host 15 projects from 14 countries.
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Alibaba Buys $380 Million Stake in Chinese Production Firm Enlight

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 5 hours 36 min ago

The purchase makes the Chinese e-commerce giant Enlight's second-biggest shareholder and underlines Alibaba's ambitions to expand in the booming Chinese film sector.

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Steven Spielberg's New Film Now Titled Bridge Of Spies

Cold war thriller is untitled no longer

Steven Spielberg completed shooting on his Untitled Cold War Thriller last year without ever settling on a name. That appears now to have changed, however, since screenwriter Marc Platt has casually revealed that it's actually called Bridge Of Spies. Tom Hanks stars in the film, which boasts a screenplay begun by Matt Charman and overhauled by the Coen Brothers.

The story is based on the true-life tale of James Donovan (Hanks); a lawyer who was pushed headfirst into the Cold War during the 1960s when he had to negotiate for the release of downed U2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers after the airman was shot down over Russia.

The title as it now stands refers to the popular Cold War nickname for what's now the Glienicke Bridge connecting Wannsee and Potsdam: East and West Germany at the time the film is set. Its official name then was the Bridge Of Unity, but it garnered its alternate moniker due to its notoriety as a prisoner exchange point for Western and Soviet powers.

Hanks' supporting cast for the film includes Amy Ryan, Alan Alda, Austin Stowell, Billy Magnussen and the suddenly ubiquitous Mark Rylance. It's also just been revealed that Spielberg's regular honcho John Williams will be composing the score.

Filming took place in Berlin and New York, and Bridge Of Spies is out in the UK on October 9.

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British Author Jeffrey Archer Accuses Bollywood of Plagiarism

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 6 hours 20 min ago

But he is still open to an Indian partner to adapt his book 'Only Time Will Tell' for which he is due to meet Hollywood players.

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'Doraemon' Anime Film Scores Big in Asia with Record Hong Kong Run

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 7 hours 54 min ago

20 percent of its $86 million box office has come overseas, unusually high for a Japanese film.

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Chris Rock Slams Jackie Robinson Biopic '42': "It Was a Piece of Shit" (Video)

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 8 hours 48 min ago

"Any civil rights movie, there's two heroes: There's the black hero — and the white person who's equally as important," the star said about the 2013 film.

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Steve Martin Joins Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

He's part of the cast for Ang Lee's latest

Now that Ang Lee has found his main man in newcomer Joe Alwyn, he’s locking in the rest of the cast for his latest, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Steve Martin is set to co-star alongside Garrett Hedlund.

Adapted by Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy from Ben Fountain's book, the story follows the titular 19-year-old soldier (Alwyn), who along with his squad has survived a tough battle in Iraq that made headlines and turned the troops into instant celebrities.

Shipped home for a promotional tour by the army, they’re scheduled to return to combat after the final engagement of the trip, a halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day American football game in Texas. As the game progresses, we see flashbacks to what Billy and his platoon endured in the heat of battle.

Deadline’s report on the casting makes no mention of what role Martin or Hedlund will play, though they’re apparently key parts of the story. Lee aims to start shooting this one in April.

Martin, last seen in bird spotting comedy drama The Big Year, is back on the big screen this month – well, his voice is, at least – in DreamWorks Animation’s Home, out March 20. Hedlund will be seen in Pan (July 17) and William Monahan’s Mojave, which has yet to find a release berth. 

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'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Reveals Raina's Inhuman Form

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - 12 hours 8 min ago

Shortly before the Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 midseason premiere Aftershocks ended, Marvel debuted an official reveal of Riana's Inhuman transformation. This first look gives us a very clear idea of what actress Ruth Negga has become on the show. If you're waiting for the West Coast premiere, trust us, it isn't pretty!

In Aftershocks, Coulson's team must deal with the consequences of their war with Hydra as shocking revelations threaten to tear them apart. Hydra makes a dangerous move that may involve a traitor in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s midst. This all leads into the exciting action of next week's episode Who You Really Are, which debuts on March 10th.

Fans have been waiting to see Raina's Inhuman transformation on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ever since it was first teased at the end of the December midseason finale What They Become. Many speculated that this would be an incarnation of the Savage Land's Raina from the Marvel comic books. Others believed she would be revealed as Naja, a new character in the Inhumans comic series. While it hasn't been made immediately clear, it seems like the later is more likely. Take a look at tell us what you think:

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode 2.11, "Aftershocks" stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Kyle MacLachlan, Henry Simmons, Adrian Pasdar, Simon Kassianides, Donzaleigh Abernathy, Chloe Bennet}.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode 2.10, "What They Become"

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New 'Avengers 2' Trailer Teaser: Quicksilver Takes Out Captain America!

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - 12 hours 8 min ago

Tonight's episode of Entertainment Tonight featured an extensive report from the set of Marvel's highly-anticipated Phase Two sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, which shows plenty of new footage, including a brief glimpse of Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) using his super-speed to punch Captain America (Chris Evans) square in the face. We also see Quicksilver's sister, Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) using her persuasive mind-control techniques on Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson).

Marvel Studios presents Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

In case you have to watch that Quicksilver/Cap punch over and over again, you can do so in one of the looped videos below, and there is also another puzzling bit of footage that should be examined. Towards the beginning of ET's piece, there is a brief glimpse of what appears to be a shadowy figure who may be showing off some Wolverine-style claws, but it's too dark to tell for sure, and the footage only lasts for a few seconds, if that. At any rate, you can take a look at the ET report below, and stay tuned for the full Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer debuting on Thursday, March 6, during the series premiere of American Crime on ABC.


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Who's ready for the new 'AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON' trailer on THURSDAY?

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What. The. Fuck. Is. This.

— Superhero Feed (@SuperheroFeed) March 4, 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron comes to theaters May 1st, 2015 and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner. The film is directed by Joss Whedon.

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'Independence Day 2' Gets Jeff Goldblum & Liam Hemsworth

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - 13 hours 5 min ago

Director Roland Emmerich revealed on his personal Facebook page today that Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum and Jessie Usher have signed on for roles in Independence Day 2. Naturally, Jeff Goldblum will be reprising his role as David Levinson from the original 1996 blockbuster Independence Day, but the filmmaker would not say who the other actors are playing. However, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Jessie Usher will play the son of Will Smith's Captain Stephen Hiller from the original movie in a central role.

It's worth noting that, in the original Independence Day, Stephen Hiller's girlfriend Jasmine Dubrow (Vivica A. Fox) had a young son named Dylan (Ross Bagley), although Stephen was not the father. It's possible that Jessie Usher may be playing Dylan, 20 years later, since it wasn't known if Hiller had children or not. As for Liam Hemsworth, the actor was rumored to be up for the lead role back in January, but no details regarding his character have surfaced. Will Smith will not be back as Stephen Hiller in the sequel.

No story details have been released yet, but Roland Emmerich will direct from a script most recently written by Carter Blanchard, with previous drafts written by Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin and James Vanderbilt. The director will also produce alongside Dean Devlin and Harald Kloser. We reported in January that production is scheduled to begin in May, but that has yet to be confirmed at this time.

Liam Hemsworth will next be seen in Cut Bank and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, while Jeff Goldblum is coming off roles in The Grand Budapest Hotel and Mortdecai. Jessie Usher is the lead of Starz's basketball series Survivor's Remorse, which premiered in October and has been renewed for a second season, set to air later this year. On the big screen he recently starred in When the Game Stands Tall. Roland Emmerich added on his Facebook page that his producing partner Harald Kloser, "noticed Jessie in between sets of pushups at the gym and gave him an audition. As they say, the rest is history!"

ID Forever - Part 1 comes to theaters June 24th, 2016 and stars Jeff Goldblum, Jessie Usher, Liam Hemsworth. The film is directed by Roland Emmerich.

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Independence Day 2 Adds Jessie Usher

As Will Smith's son

Back in 1996, Independence Day helped Will Smith’s career explode further on to the big screen. He’s not planning to be back for the sequel (as of right now, at least), but director Roland Emmerich has found someone to carry the torch. Jessie Usher will star as the son of Smith's Captain Steven Hiller in the new film.

Details on the sequel, which may end up being titled Independence Day 2 or ID Forever, are scarce at the moment, though it’ll no doubt feature a return engagement with the resource-coveting alien menace that humanity saw off last time. Casting-wise, it’s still being kept quiet, though Liam Hemsworth has been offered a role and looks set to sign on as the son-in-law of Bill Pullman's former President  Whitmore and there is talk of Pullman and Jeff Goldblum coming back for a second round. As Hiller's son – assuming The Hollywood Reporter's story pans out – Usher will be a key part of the cast. Carter Blanchard has written the most recent draft of the script and the studio set a June 24, 2016 release date late last year.

Usher has appeared in films such as Beautiful Boy and When The Game Stands Tall and is the star of recent basketball-focused drama Survivor’s Remorse on US network Starz. 

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'Spider-Man' Rumors Are False Says 'Maze Runner' Star

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - 13 hours 31 min ago

Shortly after it was announced that Sony Pictures and Marvel had agreed to share Spider-Man, with a new actor taking over the role from Andrew Garfield, it was rumored that The Maze Runner star Dylan O'Brien and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: Lightning Thief headliner Logan Lerman were the two front runners for Peter Parker. Both actors are 23, with Sony and Marvel said to be looking at someone who can play 'high school age'. While the youthful Dylan O'Brien appears to fit the bill, the actor told BuzzFeed that he hasn't heard anything about the role.

"Professionally, I haven't heard anything about it. I've only heard from, like, [rumors] online. It feels so weird to say. It's so funny. My friends from New Jersey are calling me. They're like, what are you not telling me, dude?! Spider-Man?! It makes me feel bad because I'm, like, disappointing a big chunk of fans across the nation. You can tell them that it's not true."

While the rumor may not be 'true' yet, that doesn't mean Dylan O'Brien has turned his nose up at the part. Far from it. He would love to play Peter Parker, and loves being mentioned alongside Logan Lerman:

"It's nothing but flattering. It's never something I would want to get myself excited about, since I know I haven't heard about it from a professional standpoint. I've always wanted to play Peter Parker, obviously. I feel like any actor my age, that's, like, a big thing. And my name being tossed with Logan Lerman's is the coolest thing ever, too. I just think that kid is [frick]ing fantastic. It's really just, you know, I guess I'll see if I even hear about it? But thank you, internet, for giving me false hope!"

At this time, it isn't even quite clear if Peter Parker will be the focus of the Spider-Man reboot, with some rumors claiming that Sony and Marvel are looking for a non-white actor to play an African-American or Latino version of the character. Its possible that the new movie will revolve around Miles Morales, a half-Latino, half-African American teen who assumed the Spider-Man identity in the comic books. However it plays out, right now, it doesn't sound like Dylan O'Brien is up for the part. But then again, he could just be playing coy.

Spider-Man comes to theaters July 28th, 2017. The film is directed by Marc Webb.

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Bryan Singer Takes on 'Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Adaptation

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - 14 hours 3 min ago

Bryan Singer has signed on to produce an adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein's 1966 sci-fi novel The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress for 20th Century Fox, which recently picked up the movie rights. Arrow producer Marc Guggenheim is writing the screenplay adaptation, which will be entitled Uprising. It isn't clear at this time if Bryan Singer is directing the project, or if he will only serve as a producer.

The original novel centers on a lunar colony which plans a revolt against Earth. The book was nominated for the 1966 Nebula Award, which goes to the best sci-fi and fantasy novels published in the U.S., and it won the Hugo Award for best sci-fi novel in 1967. There were two planned adaptations of the beloved book in the past. DreamWorks had a script by Terry Elliott and Terry Rossio, and later Phoenix Pictures tried to mount an adaptation with David Heyman. Neither version ever came to fruition, with the book's rights eventually reverting back to the author's estate, before they were recently picked up by 20th Century Fox.

Lloyd Braun of Whalerock Industries and Thor Halvorssen are producing alongside Bryan Singer, with Andrew Mittman and Jason Taylor executive producing. No production schedule was given at this time. A number of Robert A. Heinlein have been adapted for movies and TV, including Project Moon Base (1953), the TV miniseries The Puppet Masters (1994) and Starship Troopers (1997).

Uprising comes to theaters in 2017.

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Adam Scott Joins Krampus

David Kouchner and Allison Tolman also find festive horror

Cast your mind back to last May when we learned that Trick ‘R Treat writer/director Michael Dougherty was planning to haunt another holiday with festive horror comedy Krampus. He’s been busy rounding up actors for the film, with Adam Scott, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Emjay Anthony and Stefania Owen all signed on.

Krampus, co-written by the director with Todd Casey and Zach Shields, will keep the focus on the Pagan demon that punishes the wicked and makes a meal (literally) of naughty children. Anthony, last seen as Jon Favreau’s son in Chef, will be the main target of the creature and the hero of the film. Scott and Koechner will be fathers whose children have gone mysteriously missing, with Owen as Scott’s daughter. There’s no word on what role Tolman, who won plaudits for her role in the Fargo TV series, is playing.

Scott, who recently wrapped up work on Parks And Recreation, is returning to big screens on April 10 with Hot Tub Time Machine 2. He’ll next show up in indies The Overnight and Sleeping With Other People plus Boston crime drama Black Mass, which stars Johnny Depp. Koechner was part of the cast for Cheap Thrills and has Scouts Vs. Zombies and Hell & Back making their way through post-production. Owen was part of the cast for Sex And The City prequel The Carrie Diaries and appeared in The Lovely Bones

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David Denman Set For 13 Hours

As a sniper

Michael Bay is continuing to build the cast he needs for true-life thriller 13 Hours. He’s just added actor David Denman to the ensemble as he prepares to kick off shooting next month

Written by Chuck Hogan, the script adapts Mitchell Zuckoff’s book 13 Hours: The Inside Account Of What Really Happened In Benghazi. The focus will be on six members of a security team who fought to defend the US State Department Special Mission Compound in Libya when terrorists attacked the place. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and one of the compound’s workers died in the initial assault and two contractors were killed during another attack on a nearby CIA facility. 

John Krasinski – who worked with Denman on the US version of The Office – is starring alongside James Badge Dale, Max Martini and Pablo Schreiber, with Denman recruited as an elite sniper named Boon.

In addition to The Office, Denman has also been seen in After Earth, Men, Women & Children and Smart People. He’s just worked on Joel Edgerton’s as yet untitled directorial debut and will report for duty on the 13 Hours set this April, with Bay scheduled to film in Malta and Morocco. 

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Community Season Six Trailer Online

The Age Of Yahoo is upon us

Though it looked for a moment as though cult sitcom Community might never achieve the hashtagged fan dream of six seasons and a movie, the show has survived thanks to a pickup by Yahoo, which has moved the show to its Screen service online ready for launch later this month. Now the Avengers-spoofing trailer for the sixth season has arrived. 

From the evidence of this, Greendale Community College is just as wacky and weird as ever, with plenty of the usual madness on display. The trailer somewhat naturally foregrounds the bigger comedy concepts and pop culture references that show creator Dan Harmon and his team have become adept at whisking into a satisfying whole, though hopefully the new episodes will retain the emotional underpinning that has been a key component. 

With remaining regulars Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Jim Rash, Dani Pudi and Ken Jeong on full display here, there’s also a chance to briefly meet new faces Keith David and Paget Brewster, the latter introduced to the group by Rash’s Dean Pelton as “the new Shirley”, referencing the departure of Yvette Nicole Brown. "The corset loosens a little bit," Harmon said of the series’ new home earlier this year. "There's a little, tiny bit more Britishness to the comedy. It's a little freer." While Yahoo will kick off the first two of the 13-episode run online on March 17, UK viewers will be able to watch on TV via Sony Entertainment Television from March 18. 

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Bryan Singer Adapting The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress

He'll tackle the Robert A. Heinlein book

He might be knee-deep in preparations for production on his latest foray into the mutant world of the X-Men with Apocalypse, but Bryan Singer is keeping one eye out for potential other projects. He’s now attached to direct an adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein’s science fiction tome The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress.

Marc Guggenheim, best known at the moment for working on shows such as Arrow and The Flash, will write the script drawn from Heinlein’s 1966 novel.

The plot finds a lunar colony deciding that it really doesn’t want to be ruled by Earth and the political/military fallout that comes with the choice to revolt. Heinlein was nominated for the Nebula award and took home the Hugo Award for best science fiction novel in 1967.

And given how popular his work has been as fodder for screen adaptations – think The Puppet Masters and Starship Troopers – this is a title that has aroused interest in the past, with DreamWorks hiring Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio at one point and then Phoenix Pictures and Paddington producer David Heyman taking a crack, to no avail.

20th Century Fox is behind this latest effort after picking up the rights, and the studio will be hoping Singer has a little more success with this latest effort. At least, that is, once he’s finished Apocalypse, which is scheduled to start shooting in April and is set for a May 19 release next year.

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Amy Schumer Trades Favors for Sex in MTV Movie Awards Promo

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - 14 hours 27 min ago

Anthony Mackie isn't quite prepared for the costs of winning a Golden Popcorn.

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron Character Posters Fly In

Update: Make room for Cap!

UPDATE: Mark Ruffalo got in on the action by Tweeting out the Hulk's character poster. And here's Samuel L. Jackson, who delivered Black Widow and Thor. Jeremy Renner got into the action via Whosay, putting Hawkeye's poster online.  Plus... "On your left!" Here comes Chris Evans with Cap's poster. 

With just two months to go until Avengers: Age Of Ultron arrives on these shores, the promotional campaign is kicking up into shock and awe levels. Yesterday brought the main one-sheet for the movie, but if that was a little crowded for your tastes, Robert Downey Jr. has slipped into his Mark 360 Twitter suit to deliver an Iron Man-centric image. {Avengers: Age Of Ultron Character Posters}

We firmly expect more images to arrive in the following days (and possibly weeks – this is a big cast), but of course it figures that Tony Stark would go first: he’s not going to let anyone steal his spotlight, no matter how well Chris Evans’ Captain America managed to get prominent placement on the main poster. Oh, and Downey also mentions some big announcement coming down the pipe – the next trailer, perhaps?

The plot, as you’ll likely know by now, finds malevolent machine intelligence Ultron (voiced and performed by James Spader along with a team of CG experts) posing a terrible threat to Stark, Cap, Banner and the rest – not only is it powerful enough to reduce large swathes of the world to rubble, it also helps sprout the lingering seeds of discontent between the Avengers themselves, which could well tear them apart from within. 

Back on heroic duty again are Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie). They’ll need all the resources at their disposal to tackle Ultron plus troublemaking powered twins Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson).

Joss Whedon is back marshalling this one, and the film also features the likes of Don Cheadle, Andy Serkis, Paul Bettany, Hayley Atwell and Thomas Kretschmann. Avengers: Age Of Ultron will be out in the UK on April 23.

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