Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: Antoine Fuqua is now confirmed to direct Denzel Washington in a remake of The Magnificent Seven. More details on the Denzel Washington Magnificent Seven remake, after the jump.
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Quentin Tarantino has programed small film events before, but the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles is about to become the filmmaker’s full-time, ongoing movie program. Unfortunately, the transition isn’t a seamless one, and is also not without some controversy. Read More »
He’s definitely not Morgan Freeman, but soon Zac Efron will be Driving Dick Kelly. The Neighbors star has just signed on to star in the raunchy comedy with the legendary Robert De Niro. Formerly titled “Dirty Grandpa,” the film is about a recently widowed Army vet (De Niro) who convinces his lame grandson (Efron) to bring him to Spring Break.
Dan Mazer, a producer on Borat, Bruno, The Dictator and Ali G, will direct from a script by John Phillips. Jeff Daniels and Michael Douglas had been circling the lead role when the film was at Universal, but it’s now out on its own looking for funding and distribution. Read More »
With the summer of 2015 all but set, eyes have quickly turned to the summer of 2016. Most of the talk has been about Batman v Superman and Captain America 3, but don’t forget there’s another major superhero film coming mere weeks after those. It’s X-Men Apocalypse, the sequel to the massive hit X-Men Days of Future Past, which was the #4 movie of the summer grossing over $230 million domestic and $745 million worldwide.
The sequel is currently slated for release May 27, 2016 and the script has been in progress all summer. Now, a report in a Canadian newspaper confirms filming will commence in April 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Read more about X-Men Apocalypse filming below. Read More »
Filmmakers who’ve dreamed of working on the kind of frightening sets Guillermo del Toro is known for will now have their chance. Del Toro is judging a new contest, presented by Legendary Pictures and YouTube, that’ll allow filmmakers to visit specially created horror sets at YouTube locations in New York, Los Angeles, London and Tokyo. The results will then be uploaded to YouTube and a select few will get consultations with Del Toro. One lucky winner will even get a development deal. It’s a pretty fantastic opportunity for horror filmmakers and it takes place between September 22 and October 28, 2014.
Below, read the full details of the Guillermo del Toro YouTube contest, see examples of the sets and watch del Toro describe the whole thing. Read More »
Rumors exploded all over the internet Tuesday that the legendary HBO series, The Wire, was being remastered into high definition for an upcoming marathon. Well, sorry to burst the bubble of all you Bubbles fans out there, but the statement is only half true. HBO has confirmed that, yes, the David Simon series – which originally aired and was released on DVD in standard definition, full screen – is in the process of being remastered for high definition widescreen. Unfortunately, that process is still ongoing and will most certainly not begin airing later this month as rumored. Read More »
A new panoramic process, the modern version of Cinerama, is on the immediate horizon. The ultra-wide screen projection process Cinerama had a brief heyday in the ’50s, when the 146° arc of the Cinerama screen was one of several challenges to television mounted by studios and theater owners. Now, giant-screen exhibition is limited to IMAX, a few dome projections, and special event setups such as the Warner Bros. domination of Hall H at Comic Con, where fully half the hall was wrapped in projection screens.
A company called Barco is now pushing a display tech it calls Escape, in which two additional screens are positioned on either side of a primary cinema screen to create a panoramic image. Now, the first Escape auditoriums are being finished, and The Maze Runner will be the first film to take advantage of them, starting September 19. Read More »
For some, Joshua Oppenheimer‘s film The Act of Killing failing to win the Oscar for Best Documentary was the biggest travesty of awards season. The fascinating, frightening look inside the minds of the men responsible for the mass slaughter of hundreds of thousands in Indonesia was one of the most jaw-dropping films of the year. Not only because of its subject matter, but because the filmmaker actually got the film made at all. In the end, it definitely felt like there was more to this story. Now the director is returning to the subject, from a different angle.
A companion piece called The Look of Silence is about to hit the fall festival circuit and Drafthouse Films and Participant Media just picked up the U.S. rights. The film, set for 2015 release, will tell the same story as The Act of Killing from the opposite side of the violence — that is, from the perspective of the victims who not only live with the horror, but are forced to live near the people who committed the killings.
Read more about The Look of Silence, executive produced by Errol Morris, Werner Herzog and André Singer, and see the poster below. Read More »
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