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Created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, graphic novel focuses on the preacher of a Texas town, who is struggling to get by and is driven only by his strong moral sense. When the city is decimated by an otherworldly force, he embarks on a journey across the country to take on the evil.
Supernatural project is a departure for Mendes, who is best known for tackling suburban angst in such films as "American Beauty" and the upcoming Leonardo DiCaprio-Kate Winslet starrer "Revolutionary Road."
But Mendes isn’t new to the world of comicbooks: His drama "Road to Perdition" was also adapted from a graphic novel.
Neal Moritz ("I Am Legend") is producing through his Sony-based Original Film banner alongside Kickstart Prods.’ Jason Netter ("Wanted"). Ken Levin and Ori Marmur exec produce.
Columbia is also developing another Ennis comicbook, "The Boys," which Moritz and Netter are producing together.
The 75-issue "Preacher" series, which ran from 1995-2000, has been lauded with numerous kudos, including four Eisner Awards.
In addition to starring in "Iron Man 2," Downey has agreed to return as billionaire Tony Stark and his crime-fighting alter ego in "The Avengers" and a third "Iron Man" installment, guaranteeing the thesp a superhero-sized payday and his own ongoing franchise as part of a four-picture deal with the comicbook company.
Jon Favreau, who is set to helm the second "Iron Man" pic, will also exec produce "The Avengers," which is skedded for release on July 15, 2011. Pic will unite the Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Incredible Hulk characters.
Company confirmed that Don Cheadle will replace Terrence Howard as Col. James Rhodes in the "Iron Man" sequels. Cheadle will also appear in "The Avengers."
Marvel has long refused to confirm until now whether Downey or Favreau were back for "Iron Man 2" even though both have been forthcoming about their plans for the sequel, which will bow May 7, 2010.
"Iron Man" has earned $578 million worldwide.
Given the sizable haul, Marvel needed to lock down Downey for future pics. Thesp’s been filling up his dance card with projects. He’s currently lensing Warner Bros.’ "Sherlock Holmes," which could also turn into a new franchise for Downey. Either way, deals put Downey front and center in a major tentpole each year through 2012.
Marvel will self-finance and produce its upcoming slate with Paramount distribbing the pics.
October 28, 2008
Man on Wire
Mark Herman – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Steve McQueen – Hunger
Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire
Shane Meadows – Somers Town
Garth Jennings – Son of Rambow
-THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]
James Watkins – Eden Lake
Rupert Wyatt – The Escapist
Steve McQueen – Hunger
Martin McDonagh – In Bruges
Eran Creevy – Shifty
Enda Walsh, Steve McQueen – Hunger
Martin McDonagh – In Bruges
Simon Beaufoy – Slumdog Millionaire
Paul Fraser – Somers Town
Garth Jennings – Son of Rambow
Vera Farmiga – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Samantha Morton – The Daisy Chain
Keira Knightley – The Duchess
Kelly Reilly – Eden Lake
Sally Hawkins – Happy-Go-Lucky
Michael Fassbender – Hunger
Colin Farrell – In Bruges
Brendan Gleeson – In Bruges
Riz Ahmed – Shifty
Thomas Turgoose – Somers Town
-BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Emma Thompson – Brideshead Revisited
Hayley Atwell – The Duchess
Kristin Scott Thomas – Easy Virtue
Sienna Miller – The Edge of Love
Alexis Zegerman – Happy-Go-Lucky
-BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Ralph Fiennes – The Duchess
Eddie Marsan – Happy-Go-Lucky
Liam Cunningham – Hunger
Ralph Fiennes – In Bruges
Daniel Mays– Shifty
-MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER
Asa Butterfield – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Dev Patel – Slumdog Millionaire
Ayush Mahesh Khedekar – Slumdog Millionaire
Bill Milner – Son of Rambow
Will Poulter – Son of Rambow
-BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION
The Daisy Chain
One Day Removals
-BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
Wardrobe – Michael O’Connor – The Duchess
Cinematography – Sean Bobbitt – Hunger
Editing – Jon Gregory – In Bruges
Music – Harry Escott, Molly Nyman – Shifty
Cinematography – Anthony Dod Mantle – Slumdog Millionaire
A Complete History of My Sexual Failures
Man on Wire
Of Time and The City
Three Miles North of Molkom
-BEST BRITISH SHORT
Alex And Her Arse Truck
Love Does Grow On Trees
-BEST FOREIGN FILM
The Diving Bell & The Butterfly
I’ve Loved You So Long
Waltz With Bashir
-THE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD (for outstanding contribution to British Film)
-THE VARIETY AWARD
October 27, 2008
Here's a tidbit from the interview:
GB: Could you see actually yourself not making the third Batman film?
NOLAN: Well ... let me think how to put this. There are two things to be said. One is the emphasis on story. What’s the story? Is there a story that’s going to keep me emotionally invested for the couple of years that it will take to make another one? That’s the overriding question. On a more superficial level, I have to ask the question: How many good third movies in a franchise can people name? [Laughs.] At the same time, in taking on the second one, we had the challenge of trying to make a great second movie, and there haven't been too many of those either. It’s all about the story really. If the story is there, everything is possible. I hope that was a suitably slippery answer.
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“The movie is still being finished, but we were so excited to show DOUBT and help our friends at AFI FEST and the American Film Institute at the same time. We couldn’t possibly pass up the opportunity,” said Miramax president Daniel Battsek.
“We are grateful to Miramax Films and producers Scott Rudin and Mark Roybal for providing AFI the honor of premiering this highly anticipated, unfinished version of DOUBT. There is no doubt that bringing together Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams in concert with the extraordinary talents of writer/director John Patrick Shanley promises an evening that will celebrate the finest in American film,” said Rose Kuo, AFI FEST Artistic Director
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Let's suppose that Quantum of Solace is a critical hit. It receives a 90-94 percent on Rottentomatoes, and has a metacritic score between 80-85. Let's also suppose that it makes a ton of money. Somewhere along the lines of 500-600 million worldwide. Given the current status of the Dark Knight as a potential best picture nominee, would Quantum of Solace be afforded the same "potential best picture" treatment? Or, is this treatment only reserved for the Dark Knight?
Let's be honest, who's going to go see Saw V this weekend? I'm definitely not making the same mistake twice, but I am sure some of you are prepared to make an event out of this disgusting, grossly popular(?) franchise. It will undoubtedly be the No. 1 grossing movie in America unless people are tired (let's hope) of this franchise. But, if Max Payne can win the box office, this one will too.
October 20, 2008
Look at the list and voice your opinions of which ones should make it...We will take all your thoughts into consideration.
Burn After Reading
Happy Go Lucky
I've Loved You So Long
Nothing But the Truth
Rachel Getting Married
Synecdoche, New York
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Body of Lies
Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Horton Hears a Who!
Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Miracle at St. Anna
October 18, 2008
-Would The Dark Knight or Wall-E be able to break through their supposed glass ceilings for nods? Let us know!
October 17, 2008
But the most important thing to consider is his chance at the win. I doubt he'd have a shot at beating The Wrestler's Mickey Rourke, or Milk's Sean Penn, or Frost/Nixon's Frank Langella in the Best Actor race. But in the supporting category, his strongest likely competitor is Doubt's Philip Seymour Hoffman, coincidentally the man who defeated Ledger for Best Actor the only other time Ledger was nominated, for Brokeback Mountain. While Hoffman's Capote performance was the sure bet back then, this time it could be a true toss-up.
Inglourious Basterds begins in German-occupied France, where Shosanna Dreyfus (Mélanie Laurent) witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz). Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris, where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema.
Elsewhere in Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) organizes a group of Jewish soldiers to engage in targeted acts of retribution. Known to their enemy as “The Basterds,” Raine’s squad joins German actress and undercover agent Bridget Von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger) on a mission to take down the leaders of The Third Reich. Fates converge under a cinema marquee, where Shosanna is poised to carry out a revenge plan of her own.
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1. Run scene? check!
2. Potential to make over 100 million even if it seems a little sappy? check!
3. At least 1 hot woman? check!
4. A summer release date? Well, no. But, we have to give it to Will Smith for making the impossible possible. Or, we can just give him 20 million dollars a movie.
October 13, 2008
With the nation keeping an eye on the see-sawing stock market, Fox is ready to revisit if greed is indeed good by pushing anew with its "Wall Street" sequel, titled "Money Never Sleeps."Allan Loeb has been tapped to write the script in what is being described as a page one rewrite. The logline is being kept under wraps, though it will feature the character of Gordon Gekko, the corporate raider character immortalized by Michael Douglas in the 1987 Oliver Stone film. Douglas, who won an Oscar for the role, is interested in reprising the character but will make his decision of whether to return based on the script. Ed Pressman, who produced the original, is producing the sequel. Loeb, repped by CAA, wrote "Things We Lost in the Fire" and "21" and created the TV show "New Amsterdam."
Scott intended to follow those films with "The Forever War," but rights complications delayed his plans for more than two decades.
The film will be produced by Scott Free. Vince Gerardis and Ralph Vicinanza will exec produce. Their company, Created By, reps Haldeman and spent the last decade trying to get back the rights.
"I first pursued ‘Forever War’ 25 years ago, and the book has only grown more timely and relevant since," Scott told Daily Variety. "It’s a science-fiction epic, a bit of ‘The Odyssey’ by way of ‘Blade Runner,’ built upon a brilliant, disorienting premise."
Book revolves around a soldier who battles an enemy in deep space for only a few months, only to return home to a planet he doesn’t recognize some 20 years later, Scott said.
"The Forever War" rights were acquired right after publication by f/x titan Richard Edlund, who spent $400,000 of his own money and intended to make the book his directorial debut. The book became an iconic sci-fi title but Edlund, who won two Oscars — including one for visual effects on "Raiders of the Lost Ark" — never got "The Forever War" off the ground. After a Sci Fi Channel miniseries stalled, Scott became interested again and Edlund was ready to make a deal. It took six months to secure all the rights.
Scott Free and Fox 2000’s Elizabeth Gabler and Rodney Ferrell will hire a writer immediately. Scott, whose "Body of Lies" was released Friday, next plans to direct "Nottingham," starring Russell Crowe. He has several other projects percolating that include the thriller "Child 44," for which Richard Price just penned a script, and "Gucci," about the internecine squabbles within the fashion family that led to the murder of Maurizio Gucci. That Fox 2000 pic has a new draft by Charles Randolph.
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Weinstein and Rudin have never gotten along. They clashed over Daldry's 2002 "The Hours," also written by David Hare, and again over the post-production schedule of "The Reader."
Rudin, the winner of the best picture Oscar for last year's "No Country for Old Men," had first tried to push the World War II romance starring Kate Winslet back to 2009, because he didn't want to campaign for an Oscar along with "Doubt" and "Revolutionary Road," which also stars Winslet.
Rudin fought hard to get more post-production time and support for his director, who is prepping the November 13 opening of the musical "Billy Elliot" on Broadway. When Weinstein insisted on holding Daldry to his promise to release the movie in 2008 if it tested well enough in previews, Rudin and Daldry finally agreed to deliver the film for a Dec. 12 release.
The battle over getting Daldry more weeks of editing time and moving scoring sessions to New York grew so intense that both sides hired top-notch legal counsel, who sent a series of high-pitched letters that were leaked to the press, along with Daldry's heartfelt pleas to Weinstein for more editing time.
"We have given Stephen Daldry every resource to finish the picture and will continue to do so," said one Weinstein Co. spokeswoman.
During the battle, both sides have tried to invoke the post-mortem support of late producers Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella.
The Weinstein Co. described the situation as "unfolding" and said that another producer on the pic, Donna Gigliotti ("Shakespeare in Love") was "capable of finishing the movie."
-We'll see what this means for the film...
-Is the world ready for a cancer comedy? Seth Rogen and Mandate Pictures think so.Mandate has picked up "I'm With Cancer," a comedic autobiographical spec written by Will Reiser that Rogen will produce with his writing-producing partner Evan Goldberg and Ben Karlin ("The Daily Show With Jon Stewart").Rogen also will have a supporting role in the film."Cancer" is Reiser's account of his struggle to beat cancer, with the story centering on a 25-year-old who finds out he has the disease. Reiser was a producer and field producer on HBO's "Da Ali G Show" and VH1's "Best Week Ever." He works with Karlin at Super Ego Industries, the HBO-based shingle that Karlin set up in 2007. Reiser also will exec produce "Cancer."Nathan Kahane and Tendo Nagenda will oversee the project for Mandate, which is fast-tracking the project and hopes to go out to directors this month. "Cancer" reteams Rogen and Goldberg with Mandate, for whom they are writing and producing the end-of-the-world comedy "Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse." (Rogen also is attached to star in the project, which continues Mandate's push into comedy after the massive success of "Juno.") The duo are working on Sony's "The Green Hornet" remake that will star Rogen and which Stephen Chow will direct. Karlin, repped by UTA and 3 Arts Entertainment, has won nine Emmys as writer, head writer and exec producer of "The Daily Show" and as a co-creator/executive producer of "The Colbert Report." Rogen and Goldberg are repped by UTA. Rogen is additionally repped by Principal Entertainment. Reiser is with UTA and Thruline Entertainment.
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Romero wrote the new film and began shooting this week in Ontario.
Plot involves inhabitants of an isolated island off the North American coast who find their relatives rising from the dead to eat their kin. The leaders of the island feud over whether or not to kill their reanimated relatives or preserve them in hopes of finding a cure.
Cast includes Alan Van Sprang, Kenneth Welsh, Kathleen Munroe, Devon Bostick, Richard Fitzpatrick, Stefano Colacitti and Athena Karkanis.
Paula Devonshire is producing. Romero is exec producer along with Peter Grunwald, D.J. Carson and Artfire Films' Ara Katz, Art Spigel and Dan Fireman. Voltage Pictures is handling international sales, and Cinetic Media will sell domestic.