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‘Logan’ Black & Chrome Edition Might Be Coming
If you’ve been following the marketing campaign for “Logan,” you might’ve noticed that director James Mangold has shown a particular affinity for black-and-white photography. Many of the film’s first look photos were monochrome, and a promo clip for the movie released last month also played out in black-and-white. So, could we be getting the whole movie in grayscale?
Granted, it’s not much to go on, but a fan recently tweeted Mangold to ask if a black-and-white cut of “Logan” would ever see the light of day, to which the filmmaker replied simply, “Workin’ on it.”
@AdamMcDee Workin' on it.
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- Kevin Jagernauth
DreamWorks Pictures Makes Good On ‘Bad Cop, Bad Cop’ Spec With Fortune Feimster Attached To Star
Exclusive: DreamWorks Pictures is looking for a few bad men. The production company just picked up the spec screenplay Bad Cop, Bad Cop written by Fortune Feimster, Brian Jarvis and Jim Freeman, with Feimster attached to star. Scott Stuber’s Bluegrass Films is also in talks to produce as what is being billed as an R-rated action buddy comedy about two hapless cops who stumble on a case that exposes a conspiracy of corruption in their own precinct. This marks the second… »
Hiroyuki Sanada Cast In ‘The Catcher Was A Spy’; Talitha Bateman Boards ‘Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda’
Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada has boarded PalmStar/Animus Films’ WWII drama The Catcher Was A Spy, joining Paul Rudd, Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce, Paul Giamatti and Jeff Daniels. Ben Lewin is directing the film, which is based on Nicholas Dawidoff’s Nyt bestselling book. Robert Rodat wrote the screenplay and PalmStar Media fully financing with financial partner Windy Hill Pictures. The film is based on the true story of Moe Berg (Rudd) professional baseball… »
London Theater Pranks Audience by Playing ‘La La Land’ in a Screening of ‘Moonlight’
Following Sunday’s epic Academy Award gaffe that caused Warren Beatty to announce “La La Land” as the winner for Best Picture instead of “Moonlight,” London’s Rio Cinema pulled a very funny prank on moviegoers who went to see Barry Jenkins’ acclaimed drama. The staff played 20 seconds of Damien Chazelle’s musical comedy-drama immediately before playing the Oscar-winning film. The sold-out audience got the joke right away and burst into applause, as reported by Time Out London.
“It wasn’t the actual feature film, but a few seconds from a teaser trailer,’ the Rio’s duty manager told Time Out London. “Then we shut it down, and did a bit of fumbling to make it look like we made a mistake.”
- Yoselin Acevedo
Bella Thorne, Maude Apatow, Joel McHale Join Thriller ‘Assassination Nation’
“Assassination Nation” follows four teenage girls in a small suburb who become the focus of unwanted, worldwide media attention after their personal information is leaked by an anonymous hacker.
Producers are Foxtail Entertainment’s Matthew Malek and Anita Gou, Phantom Four’s David Goyer (“Batman v Superman”) and Kevin Turen, and Bron Studios’ Aaron L. Gilbert (“Fences”). Creative Wealth Media’s Jason Cloth and Andy Pollack are executive producers.
Malek and Gou launched Foxtail Entertainment last year with a pledge to explore edgy material and champion projects that highlight diversity. »
- Dave McNary
Nicholas Hoult Joins Emma Stone And Rachel Weisz In ‘The Favourite’
Exclusive: Nicholas Hoult has been cast in The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos' next film — a period drama The Favourite that stars the already reported Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. Hoult recently wrapped production on The Current War playing Nikola Tesla opposite Benedict Cumberbatch. He also plays J.D. Salinger in Rebel in the Rye which will be distributed through IFC this fall. In The Favourite, Hoult will play "Harley," the Tory party leader during the reign of… »
Sony’s Animated ‘Spider-Man’ Movie Adds Alex Hirsch as Story Contributor (Exclusive)
The new film is set to feature Miles Morales as webslinger instead of Peter Parker, marking the big-screen introduction of Marvel Comics’ black and Puerto Rican Spider-Man. The Miles Morales announcement was made by Sony Pictures Animation president Kristine Belson at a slate presentation last month at the Culver City, California studio.
- Umberto Gonzalez
Best Picture Winner ‘Moonlight’ to Expand to 1,500 U.S. Locations
A24 is nearly tripling the domestic run of “Moonlight” following its best picture Academy Award with the coming-of-age drama going into at least 1,500 theaters.
“Moonlight” played at 585 sites during the Feb. 24-26 weekend and grossed $591,201 in its 19th weekend, lifting the cumulative total to $22.1 million. The expansion will put “Moonlight” at its widest release, which previously had been 1,104 locations during the Jan. 27-29 weekend following the film’s eight Academy Award nominations.
Open Road expanded “Spotlight” from 685 to 1,227 sites last year following its best picture award. It took in $1.8 million in its 18th weekend to move its total gross to $41.6 million and wound up its run two months later with $45 million.
Mahershala Ali Becomes First Muslim Actor to Win an Oscar
- Dave McNary
Christopher Walken, Steve Coogan Join 'Irreplaceable You' (Exclusive)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Game of Thones actor Michiel Huisman are starring in the film that former Veep director and executive producer Stephanie Laing is helming. The story follows Abbie and Sam, who were soulmates since the age of 8 and were destined to be together forever until death got in the way.
Walken’s recent credits include Eddie the Eagle with »
- Rebecca Ford
Universal DreamWorks Animation Announces ‘Trolls 2’; Sets for April 10, 2020
The first film follows Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends after the Bergens invade Troll Village.
Watch the »
- Justin Kroll
Critic Armond White Ruins Perfect ‘Get Out’ Rotten Tomatoes Score
For days, Jordan Peele’s acclaimed “Get Out” enjoyed a perfect 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. But that’s over now, thanks to contrarian film critic Armond White. In his review of the film for the conservative National Review, White called “Get Out” a “get whitey” film that is “tailored to please the liberal status quo.” He criticized director Peele and actors Daniel Kaluuya and Lil Rel Howery for their portrayal of the protagonists, Chris and Rod, calling them “attitudes, not complex beings.” “Get Out” is a horror film in which a black man (Kaluuya) visits the mysterious family estate of his white girlfriend. »
- Jeremy Fuster
Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Rampage’ Casts ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Star P.J. Byrne
Producers are Flynn of Flynn Picture Company, John Rickard of Wrigley Pictures, and Hiram Garcia of Johnson’s own Seven Bucks Productions. Peyton is also producing through his Asap Entertainment banner. Johnson and Dany Garcia are executive producing, along with Marcus Viscidi and Jeff Fierson. Wendy Jacobson will co-produce on behalf of Flynn Picture.
New Line will release “Rampage” on April 20, 2018.
Byrne is currently starring in »
- Dave McNary
YouTube Aiming To Capture Cord Cutters With Web-tv Streaming Service
Drop the cable bill, YouTube has officially announced a new live-tv service. After years of negotiating with major networks, the video-sharing website detailed a new subscription service that allows users to stream up to 40 networks. Optimized for desktop or mobile, the service allows users to watch on any device.
At $35 a month, users will have access to a mix of premium broadcast and channels. This includes major networks like CBS, Espn, ABC, NBC and Fox.
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- Tess Bonn
Scott Stuber Eyes Top Netflix Production Job, Also Pursued by Paramount
Stuber is said to be more interested in the Netflix job, believing that it would give him more autonomy to make movies, while the Paramount job could involved a greenlight committee that would include Bakish and others.
Both Netflix and Paramount are said to be intent to fill the top jobs as soon as possible. The Netflix production post has been open since Pauline Fischer left the position in November. Grey left after a dozen years at Paramount, a studio that is now being run by a committee of executives that includes COO Andrew Gumpert, »
- James Rainey
Fox promotes Keith Feldman to president of worldwide home entertainment
The executive most recently served as president of worldwide distribution for the home entertainment division.
He will shape the distribution and marketing footprint for the division, overseeing Fox’s worldwide physical and digital transactional businesses.
Feldman will develop and implement Fox’s marketing and distribution strategy for enhanced formats including Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD and virtual reality.
He will drive strategic alignment and business growth of retail partners such as Amazon, Best Buy, Comcast, DirecTV, Google Play, iTunes, PlayStation, Sky, Target, Walmart, Vudu, and Xbox.
Feldman will continue to lead all home entertainment businesses for third party partners including DreamWorks Animation, eOne, EuropaCorp, Lucasfilm, MGM, Pathe, and Warner Brothers.
“Keith is an exceptional global executive that has boldly advanced our transactional businesses,” Dunn said.
“As we continue »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Michael Shannon and Richard Linklater Named Presenters for 2017 Texas Film Awards
Shannon will present an award to his longtime-friend and collaborator, director Jeff Nichols, while Linklater, who himself has deep roots in the Texas filmmaking scene as the Founder and Artistic Director of the Austin Film Society and a member of the Texas Film Hall of Fame, will present actress and singer Shirley MacLaine with a lifetime achievement award.
Shannon starred in Nichols’ first ever feature film, “Shotgun Stories,” and the duo have since collaborated on films such as “Take Shelter,” “Mud,” and “Midnight Special.” Their most recent work together was on the Oscar-nominated “Loving,” starring Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton as Mildred and Richard Loving, a mixed-race couple who are arrested for their marriage in Virginia and embark on a legal battle which would eventually lead them to the Supreme Court. »
- Will Thorne
Michael Shannon Sings ‘Russians’ by Sting on ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’
Michael Shannon, two-time Academy Award nominee and occasional internet meme, has given us yet another reminder of the singular quality that makes him Michael Shannon. The “Nocturnal Animals” actor (who received an Oscar nomination for his role) was on “The Tonight Show” last night, treating host Jimmy Fallon and everyone in attendance with a rendition of Sting’s “Russians.” Watch below.
Perhaps coincidentally, Sting was also in attendance at the Oscars a few nights ago, where he was nominated for his song “The Empty Chair.” Shannon’s impromptu performance was preceded by some of Shannon’s trademark humor — asked about his hobbies, the two-time Oscar nominee professes an affinity for taxidermy and skeeball. “I like a challenge,” Shannon said before belting the tune. Some relevant lyrics:
- Michael Nordine
‘Samurai Jack’ Review: Adult Swim Resurrects the Best Samurai of the 21st Century, and It’s Already an Action-Packed Masterpiece
Decades ago, the samurai warrior created a template for the modern action hero, inspiring silent western heroes and gunslinging detectives alike. So it follows that any modern take on the samurai really needs to prove its worth. Quentin Tarantino’s two-part “Kill Bill” charts the history of stylized action from the East to the West, but Genndy Tartakovsky’s “Samurai Jack” fuses them into a spectacular whole. The animated series originally aired on Cartoon Network between 2001 and 2004, but returns as a miniseries this March to conclude the story — and so far, it remains some of the best action-based storytelling out there. Exploiting the pliability of animation to its greatest potential, Tartakovsky transforms his influences into a hugely satisfying formula of his own making, delivering an action-packed masterpiece on par with the best of the genre.
For the uninitiated, the premise of “Samurai Jack” is relatively straightforward: In feudal Japan, a »
- Eric Kohn
Keith Feldman Promoted to Fox Worldwide Home Entertainment President
Fox has promoted Keith Feldman to president of worldwide home entertainment. He replaces Mike Dunn, who was promoted last year to be Fox’s president of product strategy and consumer business development.
In his new role, Feldman will oversee the sales and rental of Fox films and shows, both in their disc and digital forms. He will continue to report to Dunn.
His promotion comes as the home entertainment market is grappling with shifting consumer tastes — more people are streaming content than renting Blu-rays and DVDs. As part of that evolution, Feldman will work on new and emerging formats such as Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD and virtual reality, and will maintain relationships with retailers like Google Play, Walmart, and Amazon.
Feldman takes charge of a unit that has offices in 16 countries and that distributes products in more than 100 countries.
“Keith is an exceptional global executive that has boldly advanced our transactional businesses, »
- Brent Lang
‘Alien: Covenant’ Trailer Breakdown: New Planet, Same Problem
Last year, I visited the set of Alien: Covenant. Today, I was able to publish my observations, and I wrote all about the film’s gore and monsters, its cast of characters, its sets and costumes, and its connections to Prometheus. And then, like clockwork, a new trailer arrived, and you know what means – it’s time […]
- Jacob Hall
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