Judd Apatow

After chronicling the love lives of romantically ambivalent men from every conceivable angle, Judd Apatow is branching out this year by chronicling the love life of a romantically ambivalent woman in Trainwreck. Now his latest new project will take him much further afield, all the way to the front lines of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.

Apatow is currently working on an adaptation of Redeployment*, Phil Klay‘s National Book Award-winning short story collection about American soldiers at war and at home. More on the Judd Apatow Redeployment movie after the jump.

* Update: To clarify, Apatow calls his new movie with Klay “an original screenplay.” However, it’s clear the project has very similar themes as Redeployment even if it isn’t a direct adaptation. Original story follows.

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Channing Tatum in Jupiter Ascending

The title “The Forever War” might was well refer to the process of getting the movie made. An adaptation of Joe Haldeman’s 1974 sci-fi novel has been in the works for many years, but now it finally seems to be taking a big step forward.

A bidding war has broken out among major studios for the movie, which has Channing Tatum attached to star, Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Doctor Strange) on board to write, and Roy Lee (The Lego Movie) set to produce. Get the latest details on the Forever War movie after the jump.

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Rogue One Riz Ahmed

The first Star Wars Anthology film, Rogue One, to be directed by Gareth Edwards, is sounding like an anomaly in the Star Wars lineup. The movie has been positioned explicitly as a war film, and the teaser trailer shown at Star Wars Celebration featured a vibe that is more serious, even adult, than any other Star Wars project to date. And there’s the cast, which is so far led by Felicity Jones, who we know plays a Rebel fighter.

Now Riz Ahmed (above, with Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler) is reported to be in the Rogue One cast as well. Additionally, Sam Claflin is reportedly circling a role. Read More »

Ang Lee 120 frames

Twenty-four frames per second has served us just fine for almost a hundred years. Modern technology, however, always strives for more, and filmmakers recently began to experiment with a higher frame rate. Shooting at higher frame rates would, in theory, make a moving image more realistic (because more info is being fed to us) and make it much more open to manipulation.

James Cameron is considering making the Avatar sequels in a higher frame rate and we all know Peter Jackson shot The Hobbit trilogy in 48 frames per second. That experiment is considered a failure because of the public outcry against the result, but I’m sure Jackson himself is happy with the raw results, even if audiences never saw it the way he intended.

Now, another filmmaker who has been flirting with high frame rate is taking a dive into that world. Sony executives confirmed that Ang Lee will shoot his next project, the Iraq war film Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, at 120 frames per second. Read the Ang Lee 120 frames news below. Read More »

Kristen Stewart in Clouds of Sils Maria

Kristen Stewart was a polarizing figure in her Twilight days, in part because Twilight was itself so polarizing. But she has managed to build a pretty solid career outside of that franchise, even becoming the first American actress ever to win a César Award earlier this year for Clouds of Sils Maria.

Her latest high-profile gig puts has her working with Ang Lee, for the upcoming adaptation of Ben Fountain‘s bestselling Iraq War novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Steve Martin, Garrett Hedlund, and Joe Alwyn also star. Get all the details on the Kristen Stewart Ang Lee project after the jump. Read More »

Free State of Jones photo

Below you’ll find the first official image of a grimy, cautious Matthew McConaughey on the battlefield in the film The Free State of Jones. Directed by Gary Ross, the Civil War drama features McConaughey as Newton Knight, who leads the residents of Jones County, Mississippi in a bid to secede from the Confederacy. The film also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell, and Mahershala Ali. Check out the full Free State of Jones photo below. Read More »

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Since the release of Zero Dark Thirty, director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal have been working on a project called Triple Frontier, based on the crime-ridden border intersection of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. But that project, set up at Paramount, hasn’t quite ignited into an actual film. Now there’s a report that Triple Frontier has been pushed aside altogether, and that the next film from Bigelow and Boal will be the story of Bowe Bergdahl, the US Army Sergeant captured by the Taliban and held for five years before being released in a controversial prisoner exchange in 2014. Read More »

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Lionsgate has acquired the big screen rights to Fantasy Flight Games’ popular sci-fi strategy board and miniature game series Dust and announced that Rawson Marshall Thurber will be directing the movie adaptation for producer Dan Lin (The Lego Movie, Sherlock Holmes).

I almost included this game in my list of board game movies that Hollywood should make next, but did not know enough about the game itself. I’ve never played it, but the art has always stood out to me. The story is set in an alternate history steampunk-themed version of the 1940s where World War II never ended and the world is divided into three sides: the Allies (the US, the Commonwealth, and the French colonies); the Axis (not led by Hitler); and the SSU, a union of the USSR and China. In this landscape the discovery of a new alien resource allows our scientists to create cool-looking combat mechs for this new battle.

Find out more about the Dust game movie adaptation after the jump.

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Netflix buys Beasts of No Nation

Netflix is rapidly pushing to move from streaming original movies and TV series to putting actual films in theaters, and has now hammered out a deal for a potential 2015 awards season contender.

Beasts of No Nation, starring Idris Elba, is the new film from Cary Fukunaga, who made Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre before taking HBO by storm when he directed the first season of True Detective. Now the company is closing a deal to acquire Fukunaga’s film. “Netflix buys Beasts of No Nation” may not seem like a huge headline, but it marks a decisive evolution in the company’s strategy. Read More »