Briefly: Warner Bros. has just given release dates to two upcoming Oscar hopefuls. Clint Eastwood‘s musical adaptation of the hit Broadway show, Jersey Boys, will be released next summer, on June 20, 2014.
Ben Affleck‘s follow-up to Argo, the Dennis Lehane adaptation Live By Night, will be released December 25, 2015. That means he’ll shoot it after playing Batman in Batman vs. Superman, which has a release date set for five months prior to the new Live By Night date. You can read more about the projects at those links.
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Posted on Friday, November 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
As a director, Richard Curtis has had a pretty enviable career. His debut Love, Actually is a bona fide Christmas classic at this point, and he’s brought even the most hardened film critics to tears with his latest, About Time. Nevertheless, he’s ready to be done with the whole directing thing.
Curtis has stated in various interviews that he “probably” won’t helm any more movies from here on out — though to the relief of romcom lovers everywhere, he seems open to the idea of continuing to write. Find out why he’s done making movies after the jump.
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The director of Borat and former writer of Star Wars Episode VII are teaming up to bring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte into nature. Larry Charles (Borat, Seinfeld) will direct A Walk in the Woods, based on the memoir by Bill Bryson. Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) adapted the screenplay which follows a travel writer (Redford) who decides to hike the Appalachian Trail with a former high-school friend (Nolte). Read More »
Posted on Thursday, October 31st, 2013 by Angie Han
Good news for fans of Ender’s Game who don’t want their movie ticket dollars lining the pockets of notorious homophobe: They won’t. After all that controversy over author Orson Scott Card‘s extreme conservative views, a new report indicates that Card doesn’t actually stand to make any money off of Gavin Hood‘s film, and never did.
However, devotees of Card’s story aren’t totally in the clear. Card is still profiting from sales of his original novel, which has climbed to the top of the New York Times bestseller list in advance of the film’s release. Hit the jump to learn why Card won’t rake in any of that sweet box office dough.
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Next month’s release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has an interesting parallel to the film itself. When the original movie came out, expectations were high but impressive results raised them even higher. Because of that success, the release of the second film has fans and executives alike expecting nothing short of a mega-blockbuster. Sounds a lot like the film’s characters. Katniss and Peeta were thrust into the spotlight out of obscurity but after ultimate victory, their second trip to the arena is magnified one hundred fold.
To film something with huge expectations both on, and off, screen, director Francis Lawrence reportedly spend about $50 million more than Gary Ross did on the original film. One of those budget bumps was because of filming with IMAX cameras and, below, you can read about the budget and see the new IMAX poster. Read More »
Having seen and really enjoyed Thor: The Dark World, I can safely say I don’t remember one single 3D element. And I saw it in 3D. The glasses didn’t hurt or enhance the experience, and maybe Marvel knows that. So to get fans to pony up the extra few bucks for the 3D screenings of the film, out November 8, they’re attaching a five minute preview of next year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier to 3D screenings only. Read More »
Briefly: Now that the drama is over, Drama is finally back. Entourage creator Doug Ellin tweeted what several of his stars had been saying over the weekend. All deals have been signed and the movie version of the hit Hollywood-based HBO show is finally a go.
Vince (Adrian Grenier), E (Kevin Connolly), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) and, yes, Drama (Kevin Dillon) will all now receive backend deals on the $30 million film. Filming will start as planned in January once Jeremy Piven (whose original deal started all the problems) finishes filming his PBS show, Mr. Selfridge. Cue the Jane’s Addiction. [Twitter, Deadline]
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