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Dwayne Johnson's DC Villain Black Adam Getting His Own Movie
New Line and DC Entertainment are doubling down on comic book hero Shazam!
New Line, which has been for over a decade developing a movie on the long-time DC character, will develop concurrently a movie centering on Black Adam, with Dwayne Johnson attached to star as Shazam’s arch-nemesis.
The move stems from last week’s high level meeting with Johnson and DC Films co-head and comics author Geoff Johns, after which Johnson took to social media to promise “hope, optimism & fun.”
But on a deeper level, the meeting led to a reconfiguring of the Shazam! movie. Johnson has been »
- Borys Kit
Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ Sequel Gets Summer Release Date
The sequel, directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, comes 11 years after “An Inconvenient Truth.” It follows Gore as he continues his decades-long fight to build a more sustainable future for our planet.
“An Inconvenient Truth,” directed by Davis Guggenheim, premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and won two Oscars — best documentary feature and best original song. The film grossed $49.8 million worldwide.
Gore and Skoll will also appear on »
- Dave McNary
Stephen Gaghan to Write and Direct Video Game Adaptation ‘The Division’
Stephen Gaghan, the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind “Traffic” and “Syriana,” will write and direct video game adaptation “The Division,” Ubisoft Motion Pictures announced Thursday. The film will star Jake Gyllenhaal, who is also producing, and Jessica Chastain. Based on Ubisoft’s hit game “Tom Clancy‘s The Division,” the film is set in the aftermath of a small pox pandemic in dystopian New York. In the game, which set the Ubisoft record for highest first-day sales in company history, players attempt to rebuild, investigate and fight crime in the city. Plot details of the big-screen adaptation have been kept under wraps. »
- Greg Gilman
Anne Hathaway Is A Monster In First Trailer For ‘Colossal’
“Colossal” comes loaded the kind of premise you might be inclined to immediately write off: Anne Hathaway is a down-on-her-luck woman who discovers she can manifest a Godzilla type monster halfway around the world, and wreak all kinds of havoc. I know, I know, but having seen the movie at Tiff last fall, I can tell you that there’s a lot more going on than meets the eye.
Directed by Nacho Vigalondo (“Timecrimes,” “Open Windows“), and co-starring Jason Sudeikis, Tim Blake Nelson, and Dan Stevens, the movie starts off quirky but soon reveals a much darker core, with some rich themes really resonating.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Miguel Ferrer Dies: ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ & ‘Crossing Jordan’ Star Was 61
Miguel Ferrer, who had played Owen Granger on NCIS: Los Angeles since 2012 and co-starred with Jill Hennessy on CBS’ Crossing Jordan, died today of cancer. He was 61. Ferrer launched his career in the early 1980s with small guest shots on such series as Magnum, P.I., CHiPS and Cagney & Lacey and features including Heartbreaker, The Man Who Wasn’t There and Star Trek: III: The Search for Spock. We would go on to focus mostly on TV throughout that decade before landing the… »
Berlinale: Cinema Management Group Boards Peruvian Animated Feature ‘Ainbo’
Beverly Hills-based Cinema Management Group (Cmg) has acquired international sales rights to 3D animation feature “Ainbo,”produced by Lima-based Tunche Films and a standout animated feature project at Ventana Sur’s new Animation! film-tv market in early December.
Cmg will introduce “Ainbo” to buyers at next month’s Berlinale European Film Market.
Picking up “Ainbo,” Cmg continues to drive into select world cinema animation movies as animators in emerging markets seek to populate the minds of their young audiences with indigenous elements – rites, mythological characters, lush landscapes – which can complement highly popular Hollywood toon blockbusters, avidly consumed by local audiences.
International animation also aims often highlights key issues – ecology, diversity – whose importance doesn’t end at national borders.
A consequence is that the animated movies produced around the world can also command an audience outside their country of origin precisely because their local elements have large international appeal offering fresh, »
- John Hopewell
A Slice of Southern Life: Dp Dustin Lane on Dayveon
Hailed one of Filmmaker‘s 25 New Faces in 2016, Amman Abbasi makes his Sundance and feature film debut with Dayveon. The film stars Devin Blackmon as a 13-year-old kid coping with the violent death of his older brother in small-town Arkansas. Given the setting, age of the characters and Abbasi’s lyrical approach to the story, the film has strong echoes of George Washington by David Gordon Green, who served as an executive producer here. Below, Filmmaker speaks with Dayveon Dp Dustin Lane about his connection to the American South, shooting in a small town and his visual approach to this story. Filmmaker: How […] »
- Filmmaker Staff
Lost Footage Of Marilyn Monroe In ‘The Seven Year Itch’ Emerges
For the family of Jules Schuback, furrier by trade and amateur cameraman, it must have been quite a shock to unearth a lost cinematic treasure in the family patriarch’s back room. In 2004 while preparing to move, three minutes of footage of Marilyn Monroe on the infamous subway gate from cinema classic “The Seven Year Itch,”was discovered in a grocery bag stuffed with old film by Schuback’s family.
- Elizabeth MacLeod
What’s Your Gut: Are The Oscars Headed For A ‘Hollywood Ending’?
Back in 2000, we self-appointed geniuses at Inside.com built an elaborate statistical tracker for Oscar contenders. We measured factors large and small—hair color, past awards record, relatives in the business, daily publicity breaks, whatever. Then we turned the crank once a day, and assigned a numerical score to the pictures, actors and filmmakers. On the advice of Michael Hirschorn, one of Inside's founders, we ran the point system all the way out to the first decimal… »
Brazilian Filmmaker Kleber Mendonca Filho Inks With ICM Partners
Exclusive: ICM Partners has signed Brazilian writer-director Kleber Mendonca Filho, whose second feature film Aquarius starring Sonia Braga played in competition at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival to critical acclaim. Filho started out as a film critic and eventually ended up writing, directing, producing, and editing several short films before making his feature film debut with the 2012 pic Neighboring Sounds. Aquarius centers on a 65-year-old widow (Braga) who is the last… »
Robert Redford Sanguine About Donald Trump But “Depressed” About Partisan Politics At Sundance Opening Presser
"Presidents come and go, the pendulum swings back and forth," said Robert Redford today at the opening of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. "We try to stay away from politics we stay focused on the stories of the filmmakers," the low key Oscar winner and recent Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient added at the opening press conference of Sff'17 of the festival’s role in the Age of Donald Trump "There was a time when two sides worked together and that makes me depressed… »
2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Animated Short
This year a record 69 animated short films vied for an Oscar nomination, with ten making the shortlist.
For six years, Disney or Pixar has been nominated in the category every year, and won twice (“Paperman” and “Feast”). This year both studios have films on the shortlist, “Inner Workings” (Disney) and “Piper” (Pixar). Other animated shorts included in the 10 are Robert Valley’s “Pear Cider and Cigarettes,” Franck Dion’s “The Head Vanishes” and Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj’s “Borrowed Time.”
Read More: 2017 Oscars: Record 70 Animated Shorts Vie for Shortlist of Ten
After December screenings in La, NY, London and San Francisco, Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members selected five nominees to be announced on Tuesday, January 24.
The 10 animated short films, along with their production companies and trailer, are below in alphabetical order:
- Anne Thompson
Paramount Taps Chinese Investors for $1 Billion Infusion
Paramount Pictures Chairman & CEO Brad Grey, Shanghai Film Group Chairman Ren Zhonglun, and Huahua Media Chairman Wang Kefei made the joint announcement Thursday. The trio met in Shanghai in November to finalize terms of the deal.
The three entities said they will work closely together in a spirit of cooperation and will actively seek opportunities for co-productions. Shanghai Film Group and Huahua Media will open and jointly maintain an office on the Paramount lot starting later this year.
“Shanghai Film Group’s long and successful history as a prolific studio, coupled with Huahua’s strong track-record in the Chinese market and its growing reach globally, make this a natural and powerful move for Paramount,” said Grey. “We look forward to working with these two highly-respected entertainment industry leaders, »
- Dave McNary
Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson Are The ‘Nasty Women’ In MGM’s ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ Remake
Exclusive: MGM is in talks with Anne Hathaway to team with Rebel Wilson in Nasty Women, the title of the Jac Schaeffer-scripted remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. The comedy gender-reverses the 1988 Frank Oz-directed film that starred Steve Martin and Michael Caine as con men who try to swindle an heiress. The title is clever, given the awareness it received when Donald Trump gave Hillary Clinton that moniker during the presidential debates. Hathaway and Wilson play the… »
Sundance Under Trump? Robert Redford Says ‘We Stay Away From Politics’
Robert Redford said the Sundance Film Festival won’t change its mission under the presidency of Donald Trump. Instead, the non-profit organization that puts on the gathering will remain committed to supporting and nurturing young artists, not in making political points.
“We stay away from politics,” said Redford at the opening press conference at this year’s film festival. He added, “We stay focused on the stories being told by artists…we don’t play advocacy.”
Trump’s inauguration takes place Friday, in the second day of this year’s festival. A protest march is planned on Saturday in Park City, Utah, but the Sundance Institute is not playing a role in organizing that event. Still the incoming president looms large at the indie film gathering. Trump and the entertainment industry have maintained a hostile posture. Major stars have refused to perform at his inauguration ceremony and Trump has lashed »
- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh
‘My Life As A Zucchini’ Trailer: Will Forte & Ellen Page Voice English-Language Version
Gkids has released the trailer for the English-language version to the French animated film My Life as a Zucchini featuring the voices of Will Forte, Nick Offerman, Ellen Page and Amy Sedaris. Helmed by Swiss director Claude Barras, the film was nominated for a Golden Globe and was selected as Switzerland’s entry for the Foreign Language Film Oscar. Here’s the synopsis: After his mother’s sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies… »
Playback: Damien Chazelle on ‘La La Land,’ ‘First Man’ and Daring to Dream
On this week’s episode, Jenelle Riley and I welcome back Variety Senior VP and Features Awards Editor Tim Gray to bat around some final predictions thoughts with Oscar nominations right around the corner next week. How will the actress race pan out? Was “Silence” seen by enough voters to have a presence? There are a lot of questions remaining as we head into the final phase one weekend.
Later on (27:50) I’m talking to the man of the hour, “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle. His film is fresh off a record-breaking sweep of the Golden Globes and sits poised to net the most Oscar nominations next week.
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- Kristopher Tapley
DC Films Gives Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam His Own Movie
As Warner Bros. continues to adjust and adapt their upcoming slate of superhero movies, it seems they’re pivoting toward spinoffs pretty hard. DC Films came out of the gate as the anti-Marvel, cramming boatloads of characters into “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” and “Suicide Squad,” but are now turning the other way. Ben Affleck is brewing “The Batman,” Margot Robbie is powering the Harley Quinn-led “Gotham City Sirens,” and now WB and DC want to make sure they are maximizing their use of one of the biggest stars on the planet.
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- Kevin Jagernauth
Dwayne Johnson’s DC Villain Black Adam to Get His Own Spinoff
After announcing plans to make a “Shazam” movie with Dwayne Johnson attached to play the antagonist Black Adam, New Line and DC have now decided to expand the property with a second film.
New Line first announced the project in the fall of 2014 with Johnson on board to star and Darren Lemke set to pen the script. After a successful meeting with Johnson, the studio has decided to add a spinoff film to the universe that will focus on Johnson’s character.
The DC comics character Shazam, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, is the alter ego of a boy named Billy Batson. By saying the word “Shazam,” Batson can transform into a superhero. Black Adam is Shazam’s arch nemesis, and is a character that Johnson has been eyeing for some time.
New Line has not named a writer or director for the spinoff.
Johnson is currently filming “Ballers” Season »
- Justin Kroll
Dwayne Johnson Will Star in a ‘Black Adam’ Standalone Movie (In Addition to ‘Shazam’)
Warner Bros. and New Line are so excited to see Dwayne Johnson in Shazam!, they’ve decided they want to do it twice. The DC Comics-based feature has reportedly been split into two different films. One will be Shazam, as previously announced, and the other will be a Black Adam standalone movie starring Johnson. Johnson has been attached to play […]
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- Angie Han
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