Rejecting from the filming of "The Bourne Legacy" Paul Greengrass for a year can’t decide on his next project. It seems that Sony studio has chances to get a director in the drama about Somali pirates. The main hero will be the captain of the vessel "Maersk Alabama" Richard Phillips, played by Tom Hanks.
To list all projects for which undertook Paul Greengrass for the last year doesn’t make sense. In February, the director received approval from Universal to film the drama "Memphis" about the assassination of Martin Luther King, but in April the studio has refused from the project.
Now the name Greengrass is on the list of possible directors for the film adaptation of the memoirs of Richard Phillips of the abduction of his pirates. After liberation, Richard wrote a book called "Captain's duty: Somali pirates, naval commandos and dangerous days in the sea". Action will be based on real events.
April 8, 2009, Somali pirates seized the ship Maersk Alabama, owned by Danish company, brought to Kenya humanitarian assistance. The crew of a container was recruited in America, so the U.S. immediately took up the release of their citizens. To the aid of "Alabama" came warship "Colin Wright" but the captain of the Maersk has left in pirates. He was let several days later.
Now the director is negotiating. In any case, "Memphis" should not become an obstacle for a movie about the captain-hero. Deadline argues that the scenario of "Memphis" is excellent, so that the director must be able to participate in is adaptation.
Tom Hanks agreed to play Phillips in March of this year, after reading the script from Billy Ray, author of "Illusions of Flight" and "State of Play". Producers of the film are a crew from "Social network": Scott Rudin, Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti.
Hanks, in the nearest future, will work in the epic "Cloud Atlas". Filming should begin in September, so that the actor has time to work on a project that is likely to become the next Paul Greengrass movie.
When Darren Aronofsky was 13 years old, he won a poetry contest the UN, wrote a poem about the end of the world through the eyes of Noah built the ark. Thus began an obsession with the future director of the Biblical character, which eventually evolved into a comic and now may be the film. Aronofsky looks for funding for a grand project of Noah, and his script ruled John Logan.
In November 2006, the director told that he was working on the epic on a biblical theme. The idea to make a movie about Noah, Darren nurtured since grade 7, after the very victory at poetry contest of the UN.
"The action develops during the end of the world, and Noah's Ark -the most famous ship in the world after "Titanic" - said Aronofsky in September 2008. - In my opinion, it's time to raise this issue, since all that is happening on the planet, leading us to an ecological apocalypse. Noah was the first general counsel of the environment and indeed an interesting character. Hopefully I will succeed. "
Then, three years ago, Aronofsky had already had a script and said that to the project is attributed a famous Hollywood actor. However, none of the studio was interested in films about Noah. The director kept his head and announced the launch of the work of comics on the current scenario.
Graphic novel will be released in November of 2012, and it will look like, you can see right now:
It would not be the first appeal of director to the comic book - a graphic novel published by Vertigo for "Fountain" was released in 2005, before the premiere.
Now, "Noah" is even closer to realization. Screenwriter of "Gladiator," "The Aviator" and "Abraham Lincoln" John Logan overwrites the existing work of Aronofsky. The company New Regency is seriously considering funding, and several Hollywood majors, including Paramount and Fox, can also help with money. Given that the "Black Swan" collected in world hire more than 300 million dollars, the studios have become comfortable with the big-budget projects of Aronofsky. The cost of the new project of director is 130 million. In this case, "Noah" is positioned as a movie rated R, without any likelihood of reducing it to the children's PG-13.
Woody Allen's new movie "Midnight in Paris" is so well shows itself in the American box office, the studio Sony Pictures Classic has decided to extend the release to 944 theaters.
It can’t be said that the movies of Woody Allen are in great demand. In the U.S., his films have received limited release - an average of 500 copies. Of course there are exceptions. For example, the comedy "Something More" came out in 1033 theaters, but earned very little - only 3.2 million dollars. The most cash on the tape Allen's home is "Hannah and Her Sisters" - the film has collected in the U.S. 40 million.
"Midnight in Paris" was the opening film of the 64th Cannes Film Festival, where it received incredibly warm reviews from critics. Last year, Woody brought on the Croisette his tape, "You meet a tall dark stranger", but it was met coolly.
In May 20, Sony Pictures Classic has released "Midnight in Paris" in six theaters. The film almost immediately set a record for time between copies at the U.S. box office, which amounted to 99,834 dollars. For comparison: the time between a copy of "Pirates of the Caribbean 4" in the first rolling weekend amounted to 21,697 dollars. The second week of "Midnight" came in 58 cinemas in the third - at 147. And this week, 944 rooms in America will show Woody’s film.
"This is not the only one of the best films of Woody Allen - said Michael Barker of Sony Pictures Classic. - It also became the perfect alternative to big studio projects".
Studio bosses believe that the secret of "Midnight" is simple: Paris is shown in the movie just the way it was seen or want to see the audience.
In addition, Owen Wilson played the average American guy, with whom the viewer can easily associate themselves. Plus, critics praising the film, although on their voices lately rarely pay attention.
One of the highest-grossing films of Woody Allen in the last decade, is the picture "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" in the United States has collected 23.2 million dollars. Maximum number of comedy screens was 726.
"Midnight in Paris" with a budget of 30 million has already earned a worldwide box 22.6 million dollars, 7.4 million of them in America, where the film is just three and a half weeks.
Association of Television Journalists, recently separated from the Film Critics Association has announced nominees for its newly created awards - Critics' Choice Television Awards. Winners will be announced in June 20.
Among the series Modern Family unconditionally leads with six nominations. ABC comedy helped lead the list of the leaders among the channels - a total of 16 nominations. Among the cable in front of AMC and FX - to 9.
- Best Drama Series
Friday Night Lights
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
The Walking Dead
- Best actor (drama)
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)
Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
Timothy Olyphant (Justified)
- Best actress (drama)
Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights)
Mireille Enos (The Killing)
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy)
Anna Torv (Fringe)
- Best second plan actor (drama)
Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)
Walton Goggins (Justified)
Shawn Hatosy (Southland)
John Noble (Fringe)
Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire)
John Slattery (Mad Men)
- Best second plan actress (drama)
Michelle Forbes (The Killing)
Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
Margo Martindale (Justified)
Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire)
Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)
Chloë Sevigny (Big Love)
- Best comedy series
The Big Bang Theory
Parks and Recreation
- Best actor (comedy)
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Steve Carell (The Office)
Louis C.K. (Louie)
Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
Joel McHale (Community)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
- Best actress (comedy)
Courteney Cox (Cougar Town)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Patricia Heaton (The Middle)
Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
- Best second plan actor (comedy)
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation)
Ed O’Neill (Modern Family)
Danny Pudi (Community)
Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
- Best second plan actress (comedy)
Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)
Jane Lynch (Glee)
Busy Philipps (Cougar Town)
Eden Sher (The Middle)
Sofía Vergara (Modern Family)
The draft of Louis Leterrier about the jugglers, bandits called "Now You See Me" was replaced by the concept. At first it was assumed that in the lead roles will be involved actors like Colin Firth and Jim Carrey, but now Summit Entertainment and director of "Clash of the Titans" have found younger stars: Jesse Eisenberg and Jake Gyllenhaal received offers to star in the film.
The studio initially applied also to Hugh Grant and Sasha Baron Cohen, but the decision to shoot the young stars has deleted their names from the list. However, the word "young" applies to the actors at Eisenberg, was nominated for an Oscar for "Social network", and 30-year-old Jake Gyllenhaal - for "Brokeback Mountain."
"Now you seen me" will tell about a world-famous magician, who during his performances performed daring robberies. Also, to the project may be involved, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Olivia Wilde and the Frenchwoman Melanie Laurent.
If one of the actors in the end will not be in Leterrier project, it will be the result of the lack of tricks in real-life Hollywood: the trick with combining work schedules is fairly complicated. This summer, Eisenberg goes to Italy to star in "Bop Decameron" from Woody Allen, as well as considering a proposal by Noah Baumbach to star in the comedy "While we're young." Jesse became known for the drama Baumbach, "Squid and the Whale".
Gyllenhaal currently is shooting in the thriller "End of watch" from director of "Street Kings" David Ayer. Schedule of the actor is a little more freely, because Jake was out of the "Moonlight" project of Doug Lyman.
The studio bought the Summit application scenario of Boaz Yakin and Edward Rico last June, and in February of this year reached an agreement with Louis Leterrier on directing. Among the producers of the project will also appear writers of Star Trek Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
One of Hollywood's hottest screenwriters Dan Fogelman has a directorial debut at the arena. He will shoot a film titled "Imagine". The main role is asking to play Al Pacino: the actor offered the role of older rock musician who receives an unexpected letter from the past.
The letter's author himself is John Lennon, who was the idol of the protagonist and who he wrote more than forty years ago. After receiving a word from the past, a former musician decides to change his life for the better.
Project for some time is in development. At some stage it has been attributed to Steve Carell - the comedian was not averse to play the son of the protagonist. However, due to different schedules Carell from the movie was out, but stayed on as a producer: his company, Carousel Productions shoots "Imagine" for the studio Warner.
Dan Fogelman became known, thanks to the animated scenarios project "Cars", "V" and "Tangled", as well as for the film "Fred Claus, Santa's brother". This year comes a comedy, "Crazy, Stupid Love," which also wrote Fogelman.
Now screenwriter is busy filming the comedy "My mothers’ Curse" - a film with Seth Rogena and Barbra Streisand puts Anne Fletcher. Streisand, served as the prototype of the character's mother by Dan Fogelman.
Al Pacino recently agreed to star in the role of mafia crime drama in Barry Levinson's "Gotti: Three Generations." Also, the actor assigned to the HBO movie about the producers fillet Spector David Memeta. It is expected that Pacino will appear in a small role in the comedy "Jack and Jill" with Adam Sandler.
The former star of rock music is increasingly interested filmmakers. In particular, at the recent Cannes Film Festival premiered the drama by Paolo Sorrentino, "This must be the place", with starring Sean Penn.
Playing Charles Xavier in the Matthew Vaughn film "X-Men: First Class" James McAvoy in a telephone interview with LA Times said he was ready to lose his hair and sense of humor, about a possible sequel and his onscreen buddy Magneto.
According to director Matthew Vaughn and producer, Bryan Singer, are scheduled two more parts to the new film "X-Men: First Class", an event that will flow smoothly chronologically in the original movie "X-Men" and its sequels. This means that for two films by Charles Xavier from the attractive and cheerful young man will have become a serious thinker with a bare skull - "sexless monk," as call it McEvoy.
"Ideally, there should be a storyline that links all three films, and by the end of the last you are ready to the story of "X-Men". It would be nice to shoot two pieces with interesting plot. In the "First Class" Magneto survived his major metamorphosis, found himself. Life of Charles, too, varies dramatically, and he tries to cope with it. But one question still remains: how he lost his hair? In the comics, everything is clear: he became bald in his early youth when he activated his abilities. It is clear that we didn’t go this way and now can’t start the second film with me bald in the first frame. In addition, we would have lost a tempting opportunity to come up with some great explanation of how Charles has lost his hair. Do not know yet what it will be - we need to get serious about this issue ... Maybe he used dubious Australian shampoo?"
What McAvoy had heard about the sequel.
"Gossip and hover around. All I know is that if the movie will bring cash, studio definitely wants a sequel. So far the reaction of critics was positive. But I do not think that just solve all charges. I hope that if the studio still decides to shoot a sequel, it would mean that they have found a good story. Despite the fact that in the past I've played in a couple of stupid movies, I'm glad I was a part of a team that passionately wanted to bring his idea to the screen without worrying about profit."
"We all want to make money, but we had a great idea and a cool story. The idea was to explore and find out what implored fans to understand the tiny fragments of past films, when Sir Patrick and Sir Ian meet each other. I think the idea is to create a film based on the mysteries of their past relationships, and inspired us all and me in particular".
Vaughn is not one who keeps his mouth shut, and McAvoy admits that already have heard and read some of the options for continuing stories (e.g., a delicious idea about the role of Magneto in the Kennedy assassination). He likes the attitude and energy producer, but he believes that some secrets yet should be carefully protected.
"I have a million ideas. I know that we are with Michael on the same wavelength and we will consider the possibility until the end to keep the same relationship between our heroes. One distinguishes our film from the former: there, Magneto was a villain and Professor X and the other people X - positive; in the "First Class" is not. Everything difficult, complex, and therefore we must continue to keep this level. The next movie, if it happens, should not start as if nothing happened, though, they're still friends. But it must be like the first trilogy of films, except that the action occurs in the 60's. If we shoot a sequel, let us not make of Magneto villain. Of course, he is still the guy and he has a difficult character, but if the movie will turn black and white, we lose what is so valuable in the "First Class" ... In the comics Magneto is coming, then leaves, sometimes they are on friendly terms with Charles. In the first movie (if you're a fan, then you remember) Patrick Stewart said: "Eric Lensher helped me build Cerebro", which for Professor X is a kind of Death Star. And like the Death Star in all the other films, it is always either built or destroyed".
Studio DreamWorks invited Reese Witherspoon to the lead role in the romantic comedy "Who Invited Her?" - About a woman who claimed no demand for hangover party.
Comedies about gay orgies before the wedding are in a recent demand by the public, so that Hollywood goes towards the viewer and the dollar. "Hangover II" gathered in worldwide box office already 343 million dollars, and "Bridesmaids" became a hit in the U.S. box office, earning over one hundred million.
DreamWorks is not trying to stay away and gets an application scenario to Sasha Rothchild entitled "Who invited her?" Rothchild - author of "How to get divorce by 30 years" - in March this year released an article on one of the sites, which spoke about her experience of stay at his friend's hangover party in the company of 27 men.
"Some Josh friends knew me, but others saw me, immediately shouted: "Who invited her"- says Sasha. - I have long had to convince the guys that I do not spy and do not intend to report on what is happening to their wives and girlfriends".
However, in a DreamWorks film, the situation is slightly changed. Main character is asking for hangover party, so her appearance in men's company will be a consequence of her own perseverance. Produce the project is going Reese Witherspoon, she's likely will star in the title role.
The script writes Sasha Rothchild. A film based on her book "How to get divorce by 30 years" is going to shoot studio Universal.
The last film starring Reese Witherspoon, a circus drama "Water for Elephants" has collected in world box office $106 million.
In the spaghetti western "Django Unchained" the role of an evil slave owner Calvin Candy, who is languishing in the possession of the protagonist's wife, will be given to Leonardo DiCaprio. Quentin Tarantino wanted to make another DiCaprio in "Inglorious Bustards", but to work with an actor can only now.
Tarantino has long been trying to get to his movie a star of "Inception". For DiCaprio has been intended the role of Colonel Landa in "Inglorious Bustards", but eventually it was taken by Christoph Waltz. Ironically, now Waltz again got the role, designed by Leo - it is considered that the role of Dr. Schultz in "Django Unchained" was also written for DiCaprio, but the actor refused, Quentin rewrote it, adding dialogue in German.
According to information from different sources, negotiations with DiCaprio had already reached the finish.
The actor will be taken off in Tarantino movie with very high probability, much more than Will Smith, who was tipped for the lead role. Smith's attempts have taken too much time, so now from the camp of Tarantino are heard the names of other candidates. Among them - Jamie Foxx, Idris Elba and Chris Tucker.
Django on a plot of Quentin Tarantino - a slave, which became free and wanted to find his wife-slave. To help him will German mercenary Dr. King Schultz, whom will play Christoph Waltz.
If DiCaprio signs up to the shooting of Quentin Tarantino, it expects almost the same lush and vibrant role as the drum in "Bustards". Kelvin Candy - a charming and charismatic, but brutal slave owner. He holds Hilda - a wife of Django. So the main hero will encounter with Mr. Candy in person. One of the best slaves of Kelvin is Steven, played by Samuel L Jackson. This is a shrewd manipulator, which enjoys immense credit of the owner trust.
Leonardo DiCaprio has recently finished filming in a drama directed by Clint Eastwood "J. Edgar", where he played the first boss of the FBI.
Columbia studio has acquired the rights to produce remake and sequel of Japanese movie "Big Man Japan". Producer of the project was listed Neal H. Moritz, on account of which the franchise "Fast and the Furious" and "XXx", as well as a new film by Brian Singer's "Jack – the giant killer" and a remake of the thriller "Total Recall".
The Japanese original is an exercise in style "mocumentary" - a fake of documentary. The protagonist, a tired man over forty named Daisato may go up and fight the giant monsters attacking Japanese cities. All the precursors were Daisato national pride, but modern inhabitants of the hero don’t appreciate. Meanwhile, the poor have enough problems. Fighting monsters is not glued, the agent insisted that the giant wore advertising; Grandpa Alzheimer's disease, besides old boy is transformed into a huge old man in dirty underwear, and the family at all ashamed Daisato.
Script writer, director and leading actor was listed well-known Japanese comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto. Premiere of Big Man Japan took place in the director's biweekly at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007. Painting, parodies popular stereotypes about Japan- From Godzilla to the modern entertainment industry, was released in 2009 in the United States, but once on the video, where he acquired a cult status.
The script will write Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay. The duo has worked on projects such as "Tuxedo", "Aeon Flux" and "Clash of the Titans." Manfredi and Hay have recently completed work on the screenplay for the film adaptation of comic book RIPD, one of producers in which is a Neal H. Moritz.