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Fincher quits 'Steve Jobs' pic in fee dispute

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 1:07pm

Prestigious director David Fincher has left Sony Pictures' high profile Steve Jobs film following a breakdown in talks. The dispute is over how the "Fight Club" director would be remunerated for his time in charge of the Steve Jobs biopic, with $10 million up front said to be his requirement, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Adapted from the Walter Isaacson biography and with the cooperation of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak secured, "Steve Jobs" was a tantalizing prospect coming from the same trio that brought Facebook film "The Social Network" to theaters. One of the anonymous sources who spoke to The Hollywood Reporter, and one with links to Sony's side of things, said that the amount requested was "ridiculous," adding that "he should be rewarded in success but not up front."


Trailer: 'Gone Girl' plots Affleck's descent

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:57pm

When Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) discovers that his wife has vanished, his mental model of their happy marriage soon starts to unravel under public scrutiny, in this David Fincher picture coming October 2014.


'Gone Girl' Trailer Debuts

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:14pm


Criterion Collection extends Hulu streaming deal

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 9:03am

NEW YORK (AP) — The Criterion Collection and Hulu have extended their deal to keep the video platform as the exclusive streaming home of Criterion's vast library of art house films.


China Film takes 1st stake in Hollywood movies

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 8:06am

HONG KONG (AP) — China's state-owned film distributor is making its first investment in Hollywood movies by taking a stake in two Legendary Entertainment productions.


Norway restores, donates 1927 silent film to China

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 8:01am
BEIJING (AP) — Norway donated a restored Chinese silent film from the 1920s to China's national film archive on Tuesday, despite a prolonged diplomatic chill between the countries over the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.

Norway restores, donates silent film to Beijing

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 7:13am
BEIJING (AP) — Norway has donated a restored Chinese silent film from the 1920s to China's national film archive, despite a prolonged chill in diplomatic ties between the countries.

Cannes 2014: official poster pays homage to Marcello Mastroianni

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 6:39am

The Italian actor remembered for his roles in "La Dolce Vita" and "8½" is featured on the poster for the 67th Cannes Film Festival. Created by Hervé Chigioni and Gilles Frappier for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, the poster features a photogram from Federico Fellini's "8½," which was presented in the Official Selection at Cannes in 1963. The choice of Marcello Mastroianni suggests organizers' desire to pay tribute to an actor whose name is inextricably linked to the Cannes Film Festival, where he won the Best Actor award twice for his performances in "The Pizza Triangle" (1970) and "Dark Eyes" (1987). The 67th Cannes Film Festival takes place from May 14-25.


'Fandry' wins Best Film at Indian Film Festival

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 6:35am

The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles has announced its slate of award winners, with "Fandry," a story of love across the class divide, taking the Grand Jury Award for Best Film.


Maker-Disney deal nears OK; Relativity's bid rejected

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 6:40pm

(Reuters) - YouTube network Maker Studios said on Monday a majority of shareholders had approved its purchase by Walt Disney Co, making clear it was not for sale to Relativity Media, which made a surprise bid of up to $1.1 billion for the company. Disney agreed to buy Maker on March 24 for $500 million in cash, a price that could rise to $950 million if Maker hits certain performance milestones. "The agreement has been approved by Maker Studios' Board of Directors and the majority of its shareholders and is expected to close in the next few weeks, subject to regulatory approval," Maker said in a statement on Monday.


'Captain America,' 'Rio 2' top box office

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 6:02pm
NEW YORK (AP) — In a springtime battle of sequels, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" stayed strong enough to narrowly triumph over the debut of "Rio 2."

'Transformers 4' to kick off new trilogy, says Bay

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:11pm

Film director Michael Bay has confirmed that "Transformers: Age of Extinction" will indeed mark the start of a new trilogy. Crucially, and unlike the rest of the robotic race, Lockdown isn't allied to the Autobots or the Decepticons. And that opens up a whole other gigantic world for Transformers.” And if you see "Transformers 4" upon its mid-July release, look out for Lockdown-related hints about the next two films, especially inside Gun Face's ship.


Cannes 2014: Rebecca Zlotowski to lead Critics' Week juries

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:01pm

The 33-year-old French filmmaker will preside over the juries dedicated to emerging talents during the International Critics' Week (May 15-23), one of the main parallel sections of the Cannes Film Festival, organizers announced Monday. The director behind "Dear Prudence" (2010) and "Grand Central" (2013), Rebecca Zlotowski will follow in the footsteps of Mia Hansen-Løve as the head judge in the competition for the Discovery Prize (Prix Découverte), awarded to a short film, and the Visionary Award (Prix Révélation), given to a feature. Zlotowski will be joined on the jury by British filmmaker Andrea Arnold, who was named president of the Grand Prize jury in late March.


James Franco to headline 'Michael'

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:53am

The actor and director will play a former gay activist turned anti-gay Christian pastor in this drama, Deadline.com reports.


Harrison Ford talks 'Blade Runner' sequel, 'Star Wars' and 'Raiders' scenes

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:51am

"Star Wars" and "Blade Runner" actor Harrisson Ford conducted an Ask Me Anything on Reddit over the weekend and answered a few choice questions about his past career and future aspirations. "The set for Blade Runner was maybe the hardest set I've ever worked on because I think we worked 50 nights in a row, and it was always raining," he recalled. That said, Ford still retains interest in a rumored sequel. "I'm quite curious and excited about seeing a new script for Blade Runner if in fact the opportunity would exist to do another," he revealed.


'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' trailer: Master Splinter makes his appearance

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:11am

Turtle sensei and wise old mutant rat Splinter narrates and makes a two-second appearance in the latest half-minute TV spot for the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie.


Gerard Butler to go into orbit in 'Geostorm'

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 9:58am

The Scottish actor is attached to headline the sci-fi adventure movie, The Hollywood Reporter indicates. According to the website, Gerard Butler will play an engineer specialized in satellite design. Produced by Skydance Productions in tandem with Warner Bros, "Geostorm" will be directed by Dean Devlin. One of Roland Emmerich's frequent collaborators, Devlin was a writer and co-producer on "Independence Day" (1996) and "Godzilla" (1998).


MTV Movie Awards big Hollywood studio plug-fest

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 9:07am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Last year, the MTV Movie Awards moved up its broadcast date from June to April to incorporate a summer movie plug-fest. Sunday night's show cemented that change as clips from anticipated blockbusters debuted at the madcap ceremony.


'Grandmaster' wins a dozen Hong Kong Film Awards

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 8:06am

HONG KONG (AP) — Wong Kar Wai's much lauded kung fu epic "The Grandmaster" won a record dozen honors at the Hong Kong Film Awards.


Johnny Depp to appear in Kevin Smith's next movie

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 6:46am

The actor and producer will take part in "Tusk," the forthcoming feature from the director who gained a cult following in the 1990s with "Clerks" and "Mallrats." News of Johnny Depp's involvement was revealed by Justin Long, the star of "Tusk," in an interview with Long-island.newsday.com. According to Thewrap.com, the 50-year-old actor will likely play a French Canadian police officer, Guy Lapointe, in this off-beat suspense movie.  Slated for release in late 2014 in the US, "Tusk" revolves around the investigation led by a journalist (Justin Long) into the intriguing life of Mr. Howe, an adventurer with a bizarre fascination with walruses.