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After making headlines and history with Get Out, which made writer-director Jordan Peele the first African-American filmmaker to make more than $100 million domestic ($149.5 million) in his directorial debut, the director is now wanted for a big-budget follow-up. A new report reveals that Warner Bros. is "aggressively courting" Jordan Peele to take the reins on their long-gestating Akira adaptation, which has been through various stages of development since 2008. While nothing is set in stone at this time, Warner Bros. is said to be making a move to lock the comedian down.
The Tracking Board broke the news from CinemaCon, which comes just a week after rumors surfaced that Daniel Espinosa (Life) and David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) were in contention to take over this project, but now it seems the studio is seriously eyeing Jordan Peele. While the site's sources claim that the talks have been encouraging, reps for both the »
It’s been revealed that Kyle Gallner (American Sniper, The Finest Hours), Alan Ritchson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Hunger Games), Billy Zane (Titanic, Tombstone) and Shaun Toub (Iron Man, “Homeland”) have joined the cast of Writer/Director Eric Bress’ supernatural psychological… Continue Reading →
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- Jonathan Barkan
Kyle Gallner, Alan Ritchson, Billy Zane, and Shaun Toub have joined the cast of “Ghosts of War,” an upcoming psychological thriller. The film follows five American soldiers tasked with guarding a French chateau at the end of World War II. The home was previously occupied by Nazi commanders, and the soldiers soon find that there is a terrifying, supernatural force within its walls.
The actors join a cast that includes Brenton Thwaites (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”), Theo Rossi (“Sons of Anarchy”), and Skylar Astin of the Pitch Perfect franchise. The five soldiers will be played by Thwaites, Rossi, Astin, Gallner, and Ritchson. Zane will play an undisclosed role. Toub’s character is called Mr. Helwig.
Eric Bress (“The Butterfly Effect”) writes and directs the film. Principal photography has commenced in Bulgaria. Miscellaneous Entertainment’s D. Todd Shepherd, Shelley Madison, and Joe Simpson are producing and »
- Brent Lang
Hedge fund manager and former Goldman Sachs Cio Steve Mnuchin is now Donald Trump’s Secretary of the Treasury. He’s also got plenty of investments in Hollywood — his company Ratpac-Dune Entertainment has helped fund quite a few movies over the last 13 years. Here are all the films for which Mnuchin has an executive producer credit. “The Lego Movie” (2014) “Winter’s Tale” (2014) “American Sniper” (2014) Also Read: All 18 Movies and Shows Steve Bannon Wrote, Directed or Produced (Photos) “Annabelle” (2014) “Edge of Tomorrow” (2014) “This is Where I Leave You” (2014) “Inherent Vice” (2014) Also Read: Steven Mnuchin Confirmed as Treasury Secretary “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015) “Run All Night” (2015) “Get. »
- Phil Hornshaw
Based on David Finkel’s 2013 book, “Thank You for Your Service” follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield. The cast includes Haley Bennett, Amy Schumer, Joe Cole, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar Dorsey, and Jayson Warner Smith.
- Dave McNary
Universal will release DreamWorks Pictures' Thank You For Your Service, about a group of U.S. soldiers who battle Ptsd upon their return from Iraq, on October 27. Pic marks the directorial debut of American Sniper scribe Jason Hall and is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by David Finkel, which Hall adapted. It centers on a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war… »
DreamWorks Pictures’ “Thank You For Your Service” starring Miles Teller and Amy Schumer will be released on Oct. 27, 2017. The film also stars Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar J. Dorsey and Jayson Warner Smith. Jason Hall, who wrote the screenplay for “American Sniper,” makes his directorial debut with this project and also wrote the script. Jon Kilik will produce the film, while Ann Ruark will executive produce. Also Read: Blame Trolls for Amy Schumer's Negative Reviews The drama is based on the bestselling book by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author David Finkel. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Sneak Peek footage, images and synopsis from the upcoming Amazon Studios' action adventure feature "The Lost City of Z", written and directed by James Gray, based on the 2009 book of the same name by author David Grann, starring Charlie Hunnam ("Sons Of Anarchy") and Robert Pattinson ("Twilight"), Tom Holland ("Spider-Man") and Sienna Miller ("American Sniper") opening in North America, April 14, 2017:
"...British explorer 'Percy Fawcett' (Hunnam), journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region.
"Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as 'savages', the determined Fawcett — supported by his devoted wife (Miller), son (Holland) and aide-de-camp (Pattinson) — returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925..."
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- Michael Stevens
There is certainly no shortage of hype swirling around Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which was bolstered even further last month when reports surfaced that the superhero sequel scored a rare perfect 100 during a recent test screening, which had never been achieved with any Marvel Studios movie before. Earlier today, perhaps playing into his own movie's hype, Chris Pratt decided to release a hilarious statement regarding Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which makes a few humble claims about the movie. Here's what the actor, in character as Star-Lord, had to say in his statement below.
"On May 5th the greatest movie in the history of movies is coming. There has never been and will never again be a movie like this. Seriously. Ever heard of Citizen Kane? We're much better. Seriously. Our movie just tested at over one million points. Rotten tomatoes already has it at 234% fresh. #GotGVol »
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out….but mostly movies.
This Past Weekend:
It was absolutely no surprise that Hugh Jackman’s last Wolverine movie Logan would top the box office, but it actually ended up doing even better than my prediction when actual numbers came in, grossing $88.3 million over the weekend. That makes it the fourth highest X-Movie opening (including Deadpool) but also the biggest R-rated opening for March, defeating 300’s once-impressive $70 million opening. It’s also the fourth highest R-rated opening of all time after Deadpool, The Matrix Reloaded and American Sniper.
- Edward Douglas
Update: Monday, 3/6/17: Looks like Logan had more in him on Sunday than Fox was guess-timating. Actuals have come in at $88.4 million this last weekend (was $85.3 million), with the film easing off of Saturday only 23% and a stellar $21,717 per screen average. So Fox's predicted $21.3 million Sunday take was actually $24.1 million. That puts the James Mangold picture in 4th place for the biggest R-rated opening weekends of all time, now ahead of The Hangover, Part II at $86 million in 2011, and just behind American Sniper with $89.2 million in 2015.*End Update Fox's Logan may be about old age and winding things down but the film's potent $85.3 million take over the weekend proves there's life in the old Wolverine yet. While it wasn't the biggest R-rated opening weekend of all time, (Deadpool, who snuck into theaters in a preview/snippet with Logan, still claims that title) everyone involved has to be pleased with the results. »
- Keith Simanton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
It's capable of bringing down a T-Rex in prehistoric times, so just imagine the meal it could have with a modern-day menu. The massive Megalodon shark from Steve Alten's 1997 novel, Meg, will finally come to life on film via Warner Bros., but viewers now have a bit longer of a wait to see the ultimate apex predator make its splash on the big screen.
Multiple sources, including Variety, report that Meg will now be released in theaters (in 3D and IMAX) on August 10th, 2018, moving it several months from its previous March 2nd slot.
Directed by Jon Turteltaub (Last Vegas, National Treasure) and featuring a cast that includes Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Cliff Curtis, Rainn Wilson, and Ruby Rose, filming on Meg began last October in New Zealand, with shooting on the project also being done in China.
Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates, check out the »
- Derek Anderson
Giancarlo Giannini and The Lost City of Z‘s Sienna Miller are the latest stars to climb aboard The Catcher Was a Spy, Ben Lewin’s WWII drama poised to take the incredible true story of former Mlb player Moe Berg and pitch it for the big screen.
Deadline has the scoop, confirming that Giannini and Miller now join an ensemble comprised of Ant-Man‘s Paul Rudd, Guy Pearce, Paul Giamatti and Jeff Daniels. Dawidoff’s biography, The Catcher Was A Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg, has been labeled as the primary source of inspiration, creatively speaking, as it tells the story of Berg’s double life as a multilingual pro baseball player, who spent his time away from the field operating as an agent for the Office of Strategic Services – the U.S. intelligence agency that went on to become the CIA we know today – during »
- Michael Briers
By: Carson Blackwelder
The best sound editing category is going to be tough to call at this year’s Oscars, but the race is boiling down to Hacksaw Ridge versus La La Land. While we won’t know who won the Academy’s favor until Sunday, we already know the Motion Picture Sound Editors have honored these two films — among others — at their annual Golden Reel Awards. How often does this society of sound editors predict the corresponding category at the Academy Awards? Let’s take a look and find out.
Nominated alongside Hacksaw Ridge and La La Land in the best sound editing category at this year’s Oscars are Arrival, Sully, and Deepwater Horizon. The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg predicts that Damien Chazelle’s modern musical will take home the trophy by overtaking Mel Gibson’s big Hollywood return. »
- Carson Blackwelder
The Hollywood community is in mourning once again, only this time, for a young man who passed far before his prime. Trevor Habberstad, a stuntman and stunt coordinator who most recently worked on X-Men: Apocalypse, Doctor Strange and Passengers, passed away on Sunday at the age of 27. The stuntman succumbed to a rare form of cancer. Trevor Habberstad was on a family vacation in Hawaii last year when he began to feel stomach pain that doctors initially thought was appendicitis, but after another evaluation, it was revealed that he actually had gastric cancer.
Jeff Habberstad, Trevor's father and a stuntman/stunt coordinator as well, told Khts News in their hometown of Santa Clarita, California that they just found out about a week and a half ago that the cancer had spread into the late stuntman's brain. Jeff Habberstad served as a stunt coordinator for director Bryan Singer on 2014's »
Simon Brew Feb 24, 2017
It’s Oscar weekend! But how well do the Academy Award choices of ten years ago hold up? We’ve taken a look...
The Academy Awards are the highest profile snapshot of what films are highly rated within 12 months of their release. What they can’t predict, however, is how well regarded their choices will age, and only time can tell you that. Which is why I thought it’d be interesting to go back a decade, and see how the winners of the 79th Academy Awards, handed out on February 25th 2007, stack up ten years on…
Best Picture: The Departed
The first trailer has arrived for American Sniper 2 — err, sorry — Shooter 2 — no, sorry — Mine! Starring Armie Hammer — coming off what looks to be his best performance yet in Call Me By Your Name — the military thriller follows his sniper Mike who, after a failed assassination, is stranded in the desert with a slew of hostiles and pretty awful weather.
Coming from writing/directing duo the Fabio‘s Resinaro and Guaglione, the trailer boasts some confident cinematography and a seemingly dedicated performance from Hammer. Set for a release in less than two months, see the trailer below, along with a poster and synopsis.
This action-packed military thriller stars Armie Hammer (Free Fire, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) as a U.S. soldier who, stranded in the desert for 52 hours after a mission falls apart, must fight for survival against his enemies, the hostile environment, and the creeping psychological toll of his treacherous situation. »
- Mike Mazzanti
‘La La Land’ (Courtesy: Lionsgate)
By: Carson Blackwelder
Not only has La La Land made history by tying the record for the most Oscar nominations ever, but it also has the honor of being the first-ever musical nominated in the best sound editing category. With breaking boundaries for the genre, Damien Chazelle’s song-and-dance masterpiece could also become the first musical to actually win the trophy in this little-known category. Let’s do a deep dive and try to figure out how the Academy will react to La La Land in regards to this specific race.
As mentioned above, La La Land is breaking new ground for musicals in the best sound editing category and is up against Arrival, Deepwater Horizon, Hacksaw Ridge, and Sully. That being said, it’s also keeping with the trend of musicals being nominated in the best sound mixing category. While no musical »
- Carson Blackwelder
Ang Lee's latest film is an unconventional film being distributed, on the whole, in a very conventional way...
In the race to set forth the future of cinema through various technological advances, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk feels like a major casualty. Once tipped for the Oscar race, the latest film from Ang Lee has bombed at the worldwide box office and been all but ignored by critics and awards bodies. This is partly due to complications in exhibiting the film in its intended format, because cinemas haven't adapted for this war drama as they did for major blockbusters of recent years.
Avatar successfully made the case for 3D, like the gift of fire from James Cameron to studio arsonists who post-converted every tentpole movie in sight, while Peter Jackson's Hobbit films were less successful in pioneering higher frame rates, inadvertently exposing the actors' make-up and making the audience dizzy. »
Lewy Buck previews the Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 Open Beta…
Over the past few years I’ve developed a bit of a soft spot for betas, it feels as though you are watching the game build and develop right in front of you and you can’t help but experience a sense of attachment when the issues you brought up in the beta are fixed in the full release. So when I had the chance to play the Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 Beta I was eager to get stuck in as the game had been on my ‘to buy’ list for some time, the first two games in the series from Ci Games were solid first person shooters and I remember clearly how great the games visuals were and with the current advancement in PC hardware I was excited to see how the series had improved. Check out my video preview for Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 below… »
- Lewy Buck
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