Like me, every year you may hear about the Film Festivals on the news and say hey, that sounds cool, all those movie stars going to these events. But you wonder what is the idea, what is the role of the festival? How long have they been around and where did they start? This article will take a brief look at film festivals and their role in the movie industry.
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"24" Movie May Still Happen
Keifer Sutherland as Jack Bauer in '24'
Before 20th Century Fox brought back "24" with "24: Live Another Day," there were plenty of talks to develop a movie based on the popular TV series. That never happened, but now those talks have started again.
According to TVLine, Imagine Entertainment has put together a pitch to bring to the studio. Apparently everyone is happy with how "24: Live Another Day" has been performing, which is why Imagine believes Fox may want to continue the franchise on the big screen.
But Fox may want to continue the actual TV series. Back in July, the studio expressed interest in doing so. Whether a movie or a continuation of the show happens, it's clear that "24" is far from finished.
Guardians of the Galaxy is the top film at the box office: Number one movie in 2014
Sure it was going to be big, but this big? (image courtesy Marvel)
by Vamien McKalin
Thought Guardians of the Galaxy was out for the count once Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came out and took the top spot at the box office? Think again son, the Disney/Marvel space epic has regained the number one spot and has stood there for the second weekend running.
To make things even more interesting, Guardians of the Galaxy has now become the number one movie of the year, and we doubt any other film that is expected to be released before the end of the year will be capable of dethroning this surprise hit.
In just three days, Guardians of the Galaxy managed to draw $16.3 million in the United States and Canada. Overall, however, the film has grossed $274.6 million, surpassing Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It's very surprising because this is a new film with characters attempting to establish themselves in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so to see it surpassing films with already established characters is quite shocking.
At second place, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is still there, surprisingly. Honestly, we thought this movie would have fallen off the radar by now since it is terrible. So far, the film has a cumulative total of $162.4 million, which is a sure fire sign that a sequel will definitely happen in the coming years. Come to think of it, a sequel was announced for 2017.
At third spot, the Warner Bros. made romantic film, If I Stay is doing well for a low-budget film. It has so far amassed a total of $29.8 million, and could go on to achieve upwards of $40 million before it boils down to nothing.
US actor Adam Driver arrives for the screening of the movie "Hungry Hearts" in Venice (image courtesy AFP)
The first rule of Venice is, you don't talk about Star Wars.
Cast members of the forthcoming Episode VII who are in the Italian city for the Venice Film Festival are keeping mum about details of the ultra-anticipated movie.
British actress Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones and Commander Lyme in two Hunger Games movies, joked at a Vanity Fair-sponsored party that Star Wars producers had gone to extraordinary lengths to maintain secrecy. "There's snipers trained on us right now," she said.
Adam Driver, in Venice with festival entry Hungry Hearts, was similarly terse when asked what it was like to walk onto the Star Wars set for the first time.
Director James Gunn Comments on "Guardians of the Galaxy" Becoming Highest Grossing Movie of 2014
Marvel took a huge risk with "Guardians of the Galaxy," since the characters weren't well known, two of them were a raccoon and a tree, and the entire film has a comedic tone.
The gamble paid off, because "Guardians of the Galaxy" is now the highest-grossing 2014 film in North America. By the time it ends its theatrical run, it will gross around $300 million domestically. Plus, it still has an impressive 92% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.
Now that it's one of the biggest successes of the year, director James Gunn posted a statement:
"To quote my favorite little monstrosity, 'Oh... Yeah.'
And although io9 may be right, that people like the movie because it's funny, I like to believe it's because WE GAVE A SH*T. You aren't numbers to us. You deserve to be given something we the creators believe in and that isn't just seeking a big opening weekend. I love my characters, I care about the quality of the movie, and Marvel was cool enough to let us take some risks."
Telluride: The Movies the Hottest Filmmakers Want to See
Jon Stewart at the Patron Brunch (courtesy THR)
by Scott Feinberg
As the Telluride Film Festival got under way this morning, high-profile festival-goers cited such films as Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, and Foxcatcher, with Steve Carrell and Channing Tatum, as high on their list of must-see movies.
To kick off the Labor Day weekend event, filmmakers, press and big-money supporters gathered for the annual Patron Brunch at Gray Head, a private residence high in the mountains about 20 minutes outside of town. Despite the sweltering heat, Michael Barker, whose Sony Pictures Classics is distributing Foxcatcher, donned a wrestling sweatshirt bearing the movie's title; Jon Stewart, here with his directorial debut Rosewater, gamely posed for selfies with people serving bagels and lox; and Laura Linney, who met her husband Marc Schauer ten years ago at Telluride, cradled their new baby boy.
As they and dozens of other boldfaced names took in the breathtaking views and sampled the sumptuous buffet tables, they talked with The Hollywood Reporter about which films, beyond their own, they were most excited about seeing. Screenings kick off this afternoon with the Patron Preview, which The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed will be the world premiere of Fox Searchlight's Oscar hopeful Wild.
Abigail Breslin And Arnold Schwarzenegger Are Going To Zombify Your 2015
by Kat Rosenfield
The best new zombie movie you've never heard of is coming to theaters sooner than expected, thanks to some speedy snapping-up by Lionsgate.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio purchased rights for "Maggie," starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin as a father and daughter living through the zombie apocalypse, at the last minute before its scheduled premiere at the Toronto Film Festival this week. Instead, the movie will make its way into theaters across North America sometime in the first half of 2015 - which makes it one to put on your must-watch list for next year. Here's why:
"Maggie" promises all the usual horrors of the zombie genre, but with a subversive twist. In this story, Breslin's character is infected with the zombie plague and trying to ready herself for the end with the help of her father, who won't leave her side - making it less a survivalist thriller, and more a dramatic study of a family facing down its doom.
[Plus] with Schwarzenegger's reputation as a go-to guy for action heroics with an occasional side of physical comedy, it's nice to see him take a role in which he can take a break from punching things and actually, like, emote. Although on the downside, this also means that "Maggie" will probably not include a scene in which Arnold delivers deadpan one-liners while mowing down zombies with a machine gun attached to a bigger machine gun attached to a muscle car.
Chris Hemsworth joins cast for National Lampoon's Vacation reboot
Chris Hemsworth will try his hand at comedy in the National Lampoon reboot (image courtesy Rex)
By Ben Travis
Chris Hemsworth will be putting down Thor's hammer for a short while as he tries his hand at comedy. The Australian star of Marvel's Avengers films has been cast in the reboot of the National Lampoon's Vacation series.
Hemsworth joins the previously-announced Ed Helms (The Hangover) and Christina Applegate (Anchorman), who will take the lead roles in the film. Helms will play Rusty Griswold, the son of Chevy Chase's character from the original films, Clark Griswold. Applegate will play his wife, while Hemsworth will play Rusty's brother-in-law, Stone Crandall.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hemsworth, who has tackled comic books films, drama (Rush) and horror (The Cabin in the Woods), "has been itching to do a comedy for a while". The Thor films notably feature a lot of humour, though this will be Hemsworth's first foray into outright comedy.
Behind the film are several members of the team behind 2011's Horrible Bosses. That film's writing duo, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, will be writing and directing the National Lampoon reboot, which will also star Charlie Day in a cameo role as a river-rafting teacher.
The film is pitched as both a sequel and a reboot of the original film series, which sees Rusty Griswold take his family on a holiday similar to the ones he went on with his family as a child. Chevy Chase will reportedly make a cameo appearance as Clark Griswold.
Richard Attenborough in 'Flight of the Phoenix' in 1965 (image courtesy Wikipedia)
Acclaimed actor and Oscar-winning director Richard Attenborough, whose film career on both sides of the camera spanned 60 years, has died. He was 90.
The actor's son, Michael Attenborough told the BBC that his father died Sunday.
Among his most famous works were the 1982 Indian epic Gandhi, which went on to win eight Oscars including best director and best film, and the science fiction adventure Jurassic Park. But those achievements were just two of many highlights in his distinguished career.
Attenborough was one of the most familiar faces on the British arts scene, appearing in many major Hollywood films and also directing a series of movies. He was also known for his extensive work as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, the United Nations children's fund, and other humanitarian causes
British Prime Minister David Cameron issued a statement calling Attenborough "one of the greats of cinema."
"His acting in Brighton Rock was brilliant, his directing of Gandhi was stunning," Cameron said.
Attenborough won an Academy Award for best director with Gandhi in 1982, only one of many highlights of a distinguished career as actor and director.
The first trailer of Kate Winslet's 'Insurgent' to release with 'The Hunger Games'
The first trailer for Divergent sequel 'Insurgent' will be unveiled this November in screening of 'The Hunger Games Mockingjay'.
'Insurgent' starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet [pictured], is currently filming in Atlanta and Chicago for release in March 2015.
According to media reports, "Lionsgate Entertainment Corp. CEO Jon Feltheimer shared his thoughts on the trailer unveiling saying; With the first 'Insurgent' trailer slated to debut with the release of 'Mockingjay' in November, skyrocketing book sales, a stellar home entertainment launch and stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Ansel Elgort generating ever increasing online buzz, I think you can understand why we believe that the 'Divergent' series is becoming very special".
The author has recently released another novel in the franchise, 'A Divergent Collection' which is a series of short stories. Lionsgate are keen to adapt the story so people could be seeing a total of five 'Divergent' movies over the coming years.
Tom Cruise (centre) and crew on the set of Mission Impossible 5 due out Dec 25th 2015 (image courtesy inentertainment / JoBlo)
by James Marriott
We have been hearing quite a bit about the fifth movie in the Mission Impossible franchise lately, as we now know that Ving Rhames will be reprising his IMF role, we know Alec Baldwin will be the CIA and IMF head, and will also [assume] the return of Jeremy Renner as Brandt.
Previously we also heard that Mission Impossible 5 has been shooting at a few well-known locations in London, including the House of Commons, but the new movie is also shooting elsewhere.
Several first images from the set of Mission Impossible 5 have now become available, showing Tom Cruise as top IMF agent Ethan Hunt atop the Vienna State Opera House, reports Joblo.
Just what Cruise and crew are doing on the Vienna State Opera House, is unclear, but he could be working on a spectacular stunt of some kind that usually happens in Mission Impossible movies.
Bill Murray to get his own day at this year's TIFF (image courtesy PA)
Put the date in your diaries – September 5 is Bill Murray Day.
The star is so beloved by fans worldwide that he is to have a special day dedicated to him and his works at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
On the day, film fans can attend free public screenings of three of the Oscar-nominated funnyman’s most-loved comedies – Stripes, Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters – ahead of the world premiere of the 63-year-old actor’s latest film, St Vincent, directed by Theodore Melfi.
Those who attend all three screenings can win tickets to walk the red carpet of the St Vincent premiere alongside Bill himself.
In St Vincent Bill plays a grumpy, hedonistic war veteran who befriends his young next door neighbour when he is struggling to cope with his parents’ divorce.
Al Pacino, Kate Winslet, Robert Downey Jr. make TIFF guestlist
Al Pacino as A.J. Manglehorn in a scene from the film 'David Manglehorn,' directed by David Gordon Green
Bill Murray, Kate Winslet, Denzel Washington, Robert Downey Jr., Steve Carell, Reese Witherspoon and Al Pacino are among the A-listers headed to next month's Toronto International Film Festival.
Also gracing the guest list are Tina Fey, Dustin Hoffman, Jennifer Aniston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Octavia Spencer, Ben Stiller, Channing Tatum, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall, John Travolta and Adam Sandler.
The festival revealed its highly anticipated roster Tuesday as it announced the final slate of films bound for the movie marathon, bringing the total to 285 features and 108 shorts.
New films include "St. Vincent," directed by Theodore Melfi and starring Murray as a retired curmudgeon with a taste for booze and gambling who befriends the 12-year-old son of his next-door neighbour (Melissa McCarthy).
James Franco's "The Sound and the Fury," based on the classic William Faulkner novel, will have its North American premiere in Toronto. Franco, who directed and stars in the film, will also attend the fest.
"It's a really strong line-up. We're thrilled with it," said artistic director Cameron Bailey, who touted the festival's international selections as well as its North American films.