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Rome Film Festival: Spandau Ballet to Present New Documentary

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 13:16

The Italian event will coincide with the band's new album launch

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Jada Pinkett Smith Confirms 'Magic Mike XXL' Role

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 13:09

"There was a character written for a male that they wanted to turn into a female"

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Father, Million Miles win top Encounters awards

Film Industry News - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 13:01
Winning films will now be put forward for selection for the BAFTAs and Oscars.
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Nick Frost Heads To Doctor Who

For this year's Christmas episode

The recent incarnations of Doctor Who are bigger and flashier than the classic versions, but even so the team tends to pull out extra stops for the annual Christmas episode. And in terms of guest stars, this year is no different with Nick Frost, Michael Troughton, Natalie Gumede, Faye Marsay and Nathan McMullen set to appear.

No details have been revealed about what will happen in the show itself, though Peter Capaldi’s Doctor and companion Clara (Jenna Coleman) will no doubt be facing something unusual and, in keeping with most of the previous specials, unusually festive. It’ll be interesting to see whether writer/producer Steven Moffat goes with a dark Christmas tale this year, especially since Capaldi’s Doctor seems to be more likely to deliver coal in stockings rather than presents. Michael Troughton, incidentally, is the son of second Doctor actor Patrick Troughton. 

“I'm so thrilled to have been asked to guest in the Doctor Who Christmas Special, I'm such a fan of the show,” Frost tells the BBC. "The read-through was very difficult for me; I wanted to keep stuffing my fingers into my ears and scream 'No spoilers!' Every day on set I’ve had to silence my internal fan-boy squeals!"

“Frost at Christmas – it just makes sense! I worked with Nick on the Tintin movie many years ago and it's a real pleasure to lure him back to television for a ride on the TARDIS,” says Moffat.

The show will air, unsurprisingly, on Christmas Day on BBC One. Frost, meanwhile, can be heard in The Boxtrolls, which is on screens now. He’ll show up in road trip comedy Unfinished Business on March 6 next year.

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Supergirl Headed To The Small Screen

US network CBS picks up a show from the pages of DC

Much like the current blockbuster landscape, there is a glut of superhero-based shows hitting the airwaves as the new TV season kicks off across the pond. In addition to the established Arrow, we have Agent Carter, The Flash, Batman prequel story Gotham and Constantine all gearing up, while Netflix works on their inter-connected Defenders series. Now US network CBS is looking to get into the action, commissioning a series based on Supergirl from prolific producer Greg Berlanti.

The writer/show-runner, who has already ushered Arrow on to screens and is part of the team introducing The Flash, is teaming up with former Chuck producer Ali Adler (who also worked on short-lived Michael Chiklis superhero show No Ordinary Family) to bring the show to life.

It’ll follow Kara Zor-El, Kal-El’s cousin, who escaped Krypton as he did and ended up on Earth. Initially unwilling to acknowledge her powers, she starts to come into her own in her mid-20s and accept her heroic destiny. Her story was told in the 1984 Supergirl film, though that really wasn’t much of a high point for all involved despite the presence of Peter O'Toole. With luck, the series will be able to dig a little deeper.

For more info on several of the new TV shows arriving, check out the current Empire (on shelves for only a few more days), which has an extensive preview about various heroes and their adventures.

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Angelina Jolie Will Direct Poaching Tale Africa

She's set to tackle another true-life story

With her second directorial effort Unbroken set to hit cinemas later this year, Angelina Jolie is already at work on her third, By The Sea which co-stars hubby Brad Pitt. Now she has locked in a fourth, targeting another true-life story with Africa.

Eric Roth has written the script, based on the true story of paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey and his battle with the ivory poachers who threatened the African elephant population. The emotional story appears to be part of a trend in Hollywood at the moment: Tom Hardy, Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio are all developing another anti-poaching drama. But Jolie’s attachment to this Skydance Productions films means it could have an even higher profile.

“I’ve felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life, and was taken with Eric’s beautiful script about a man drawn into the violent conflict with elephant poachers who emerged with a deeper understanding of man’s footprint and a profound sense of responsibility for the world around him,” Jolie says in a statement carried by Variety.

She has Unbroken cinematographer Roger Deakins already on board, so you know it's going to look spectacular, but other details will likely have to wait until she’s finished on By The Sea.

Unbroken, the story of Olympic sprinter and World War II POW Louis Zamperini, heads to UK cinemas on December 26.

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Vanishing director George Sluizer dies

Film Industry News - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 12:39
Dutch director was best known for The Vanishing and River Phoenix’s last film, Dark Blood.
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Oscars: Thailand Selects 'Teacher's Diary' for Foreign-Language Category

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 12:28

The romantic drama is about two lonely teachers in rural Thailand

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Abu Dhabi unveils Emirates competition films

Film Industry News - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 12:12
Women directors make up 70% of competition films.
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Gods reigns supreme in Gdynia

Film Industry News - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 11:53
Lukasz Palkowski’s Gods was the big winner at this year’s annual showcase of Polish cinema at the Gdynia Film Festival which ended with a gala awards ceremony at the weekend.
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Doll in the Ceiling begins shoot

Film Industry News - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 11:42
Revenge thriller marks first Norway-Canada co-production in 15 years.
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Stephen Fry, 'Game of Thrones' Stars Join U.K. Drama Overseen by Martin Scorsese

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 11:37

'Tomorrow' is being directed by Scorsese's longtime script supervisor, Martha Pinson

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Gary Whitta Hired To Write Mark Millar Adaptation

From Star Wars to Starlight

Though his first two produced scripts, Book Of Eli and last year’s After Earth, didn’t exactly score a lot of critical or, in Earth’s case, commercial love, Gary Whitta is still winning big jobs. He’s at work on one of the Star Wars spin-off films with Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards and has just landed the gig scripting the adaptation of Mark Millar’s Starlight for Fox.

Created by Millar and artist Goran Parlov, the new title, which hit stores in March, is a blend of Flash Gordon and The Dark Knight Returns. Its follows a Gordon-like space hero who saved the universe from a diabolical villain 35 years ago, but returned home to Earth to discover no-one believed his tales of derring-do.

Dining on ashes, he shrugged off the disappointment, fell in love and got married. Now, decades later, older and with kids of his own, he’s called back to action when his old rocket shows up with a warning that the enemy has returned.

Simon Kinberg, who has been helping to shepherd both Fox’s superhero efforts with X-Men: Days Of Future Past and Disney’s new Star Wars universe as a writer and producer, will be overseeing the work on this one alongside Steve Asbell.

Whitta’s Star Wars effort is scheduled for December 16, 2016, but there’s still no word on which character it’ll focus on. Obi-Wan, perhaps? Boba Fett? 2-1B’s medical school days? Hmm, probably not the latter. We look forward to finding out.

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Caton-Jones drama begins shoot

Film Industry News - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 11:23
EXCLUSIVE: Shirley Henderson, Letitia Wright, Isabella Laughland star; Metro International to sell.
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Japan Box Office: 'Apes' Opens Behind Samurai Film

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 11:12

'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'Lucy' also remain in the top 10

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David Ayer May Send The Suicide Squad Into Battle

The Fury director is considering DC Entertainment's film

His current film follows the heroic, conflicted crew of a World War II tank. But for a potential next film, Fury director David Ayer may focus more on villains. He’s considering directing an adaptation of DC's Suicide Squad for Warner Bros.

The studio and its comics partner has had Justin Marks at work on a script for a couple of years now, quietly developing the idea. But they went even quieter when the focus switched to the Justice League films.

Now, with Supes, Bats and co. chugging away healthily towards the screen, talk has turned back to the Squad, who were first drawn together – and often called Task Force X – by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru in 1959, with John Ostrander forming a more modern version.

The comics' concept finds villains such as Deadshot, King Shark, Captain Boomerang and Harley Quinn given a chance for redemption by undertaking dangerous missions for the government.

Though it’s clearly early days and yet to be officially confirmed by Warners, the studio has a lot of release dates to fill and Suicide Squad could be a solid counterpoint to the square-jawed, mopey heroics of the Justice League.

Ayer’s Fury, which stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman, is set to arrive here on October 24.

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India Needs Film Commissions to Attract More Foreign Shoots, Study Finds

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 10:58

The report also says the country needs to offer more incentives to boost location shoots

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Considering Oliver Stone's Latest

He may play Edward Snowden

Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be on our screens later next year playing real-life high-wire walker Philippe Petit in The Walk. And he’s seriously considering another based-on-reality role for Oliver Stone, reportedly circling the lead in the director’s Edward Snowden film.

Stone and producer Moritz Borman have bought up two prime sources for their film, Time Of The Octopus, a novel by Snowden’s Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena, giving him access to the story of the whistle blower who reluctantly sought asylum in Russia and had to wait to see if the country would grant it. The filmmakers also have the option on Guardian journalist Luke Hardin’s book The Snowden Files: The Inside Story Of The World’s Most Wanted Man.

Pitched as a thriller, Stone’s film will chart the experiences of Snowden, the whistleblowing National Security Agency contractor who began leaking classified documents to former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald in June 2013. Snowden, currently stuck in Russia after the US cancelled his passport, has become a polarizing figure between those – such as the director himself – who consider him a patriotic hero, and those who feel he’s a traitor.

With a December start date pencilled in for shooting to kick off in Munich, Stone clearly wants to get out ahead of any competition, including Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, who have their own project bubbling away based on Greenwald’s own upcoming book.

The risk will be in tackling a story that has still to fully crystalize and which is so recent that it could end up inspiring as much antipathy as interest, a fate that partly befell Julian Assange story The Fifth Estate.

As for Robert Zemeckis' The Walk, that hits our cinemas on October 2, 2015.

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The Maze Runner Sprints To The Top Of The US Box Office

A Walk Among The Tombstones strolls in second

Liam Neeson may have delivered a joking promise to his former Love Actually co-star and current Maze Runner actor Thomas Brodie Sangster that his new thriller A Walk Among The Tombstones would outrun the teen novel adaptation, but it’s Neeson left puffing along in second place. The film based on James Dashner’s book crossed the finish line first at the US box office this weekend.

The Maze Runner, helped by opening on nearly a thousand more screens, much more promotion and a youth audience-friendly cast, took the top spot with $32.5 million, which given that the studio is already deep into pre-production on the sequel, Maze Runner: Scorch Trials (now dated for Sep 18, 2015), must come as a relief to 20th Century Fox. It might not compare to the runaway successes such as Twilight or The Hunger Games (it opened to a lower figure than Divergent), but it’s a healthy enough sign that the franchise has taken off.

A Walk Among The Tombstones, meanwhile, saw Neeson back in action, albeit with a little more grit than the likes of Taken or Non-Stop. Still, it appears that US audiences are more keen on the silly stuff, because Tombstones could only muster $13.1 million, well below expectations. Still, that was enough to see off Shawn Levy’s latest, dysfunctional family comedy drama This Is Where I Leave You which, despite a solid cast, only opened to $11.8 million.

Last week’s champ, No Good Deed, took a tumble to fourth place, adding $10.2 million for a $40.1 million total so far. Dolphin Tale 2 sank three places to fifth with $9 million.

Guardians Of The Galaxy was down to sixth, earning $5.1 million as it began its slow march from the charts in anticipation of future big Blu-ray sales. The Marvel adventure crossed $313.6 million in the US this weekend and is up past $632.2 million worldwide. Let’s Be Cops was seventh with $2.7 million, while Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fell to eighth with $2.6 million. Tom Hardy drama The Drop slipped to ninth and $2 million, just ahead of If I Stay, which earned $1.8 million.

To see a bunch of teenagers use their particular set to skills to outpace Liam Neeson in the full chart listings, head to Box Office Mojo.

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