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Aug 30

'Bourne 5' Update: Matt Damon Spills Plot Details; Filming Begins Next Week

Actor Matt Damon to start filming on new 'Bourne' movie (image courtesy Getty)

by Chery Mae Panganuron

Matt Damon regains his role as the spy Jason Bourne for the first time since "The Bourne Ultimatum" in 2007 after sitting out 2012's "The Bourne Legacy."

As of the moment, the only thing we know about the upcoming movie is that the story will revolve around Jason Bourne. The upcoming film will be the fourth time for Damon to star in the franchise.

Jason Bourne will begin to roll under the camera of director Paul Greengrass' camera next week.

In an interview with Buzz Feed, Damon was asked about what the viewers can expect in terms of "Bourne 5" plot and location which he is co-writing together with Paul Greengrass and Christopher Rouse.

"We always looked at those movies as really about the Bush presidency, and so we kind of had to wait for the world to change."

"Without giving too much of it away, it's Bourne through an austerity-riddled Europe and in a post-Snowden world," Damon said.

"It seems like enough has changed, you know? There are all these kinds of arguments about spying and civil liberties and the nature of democracy."

According to Los Angeles Film, rumors have surfaced about a possible crossover between the two main characters of Matt Damon and Jeremy Renner.

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Aug 28

Star Wars: The Force Awakens footage shows lightsaber-wielding John Boyega

by Ben Child

The first footage of Britain's John Boyega wielding a lightsaber as rogue stormtrooper Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens has hit the web, sparking furious online debate from fans.

The footage, premiered via Instagram's new landscape video format, shows Boyega involved in what appears to be a lazer sword battle with Adam Driver's nefarious Kylo Ren. Finn carries a blue lightsaber, while Ren wields the red "crossguard" or "crucifix" device seen in earlier trailers.

Bloggers and fans have speculated that Boyega might be carrying the blue lightsaber which was once owned by Anakin Skywalker and later obtained by his son Luke from Obi-Wan Kenobe in 1977's Star Wars - then later lost in a battle with his father (now Darth Vader) in 1980's The Empire Strikes Back. A similar weapon was seen being handed from one hand to another in an earlier trailer.

Finn's use of a lightsaber would usually suggest he boasts Force skills, as either a Jedi or a Sith, though the cyborg General Grievous was able to wield multiple lightswords in the prequel trilogy without being named as a member of either order. Finn's battle with the Vader-obsessed Ren, who appears to be The Force Awakens' primary villain, also suggests Boyega has been cast as the new film's primary hero alongside the returning Harrison Ford (Han Solo).

See the short clip here:

Continue Reading at: The Guardian

Aug 27

Dead rats anyone? Hollywood gets creative to promote movies

Actor Matt Damon showing his hands after printing them in cement at the Jet Propulsion Lab's Mars Yard (image courtesy Reuters / NASA)

by Piya Sinha-Roy, Reuters

Want to create buzz for a space movie? Take journalists to a real NASA lab. Promoting a horror film? Order up taxidermied rats and have zombies deliver them.

Hollywood studios are going to ever more creative lengths to attract attention in a jam-packed entertainment market where social media plays a key role in promoting content.

For Matt Damon's October film "The Martian," in which an astronaut is stranded on Mars, 20th Century Fox Studios hosted a media day last week at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California just to promote a trailer.

Journalists got a sneak peek at the first 50 minutes of the film, toured the lab and interviewed Damon at its Mission Control which is usually reserved for scientists working on operations such as landing the Curiosity rover on Mars in 2012.

"We're in a world with a very crowded marketplace," said "The Martian" producer Aditya Sood. "We want to make sure that people get the message that the movie's coming out."

After the media day, "The Martian" trailer became one of the top entertainment news stories, garnering 4.8 million views on Facebook and 3.3 million views on YouTube in just 48 hours.

Continue Reading at: Philly.com

Aug 25

Who's headed to TIFF? Johnny Depp, Sandra Bullock and Matt Damon - for starters

Actor Johnny Depp is expected at this year's Toronto International Film Festival (image courtesy Reuters)

The streets of Toronto will look a bit like the finer roads of Los Angeles next month, thanks to a huge influx of stars heading to the Toronto International Film Festival. Johnny Depp, Sandra Bullock, Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and Anna Kendrick are just a few of the hundreds of actors and filmmakers set to attend this year's festival, organizers revealed Tuesday.

The announcement was the final part of TIFF's summer-long programming unveiling, and confirms world premieres from such acclaimed directors as Ridley Scott (The Martian), David Gordon Green (Our Brand Is Crisis), Stephen Frears (The Program) and Michael Moore (Where to Invade Next).

Other performers scheduled to attend include Kevin Bacon, Monica Bellucci, Benicio Del Toro, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jessica Chastain, Bryan Cranston and Win Butler and members of Arcade Fire.

"It's always a huge job putting it all together, but when it’s done and the selection is locked and the book finally drops, we are all thrilled," said TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey. "This being our 40th anniversary, we’re both looking back and ahead, and making plans for the future."

Continue Reading at: The Globe and Mail

Aug 24

Straight Outta Compton again leads box office with $26.8M

by The Associated Press

Straight Outta Compton easily maintained its box-office lead with an estimated $26.8 million US in ticket sales over a sleepy late summer weekend at North American multiplexes, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Universal's N.W.A biopic, a much buzzed-about hit, dominated over the late August releases that often characterize Hollywood's dog days of summer. It has now made $111.5 million US in two weeks, and continued to drive moviegoers, both male and female, despite renewed charges of misogyny in N.W.A lyrics and the film overlooking claims of Dr. Dre's abuse of women.

In a statement Friday, the rapper and producer of Straight Outta Compton said: "I apologize to the women I've hurt. I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives."

Of the weekend's new releases, the low-budget horror sequel Sinister 2 fared best, opening with an estimated $10.6 million for the Blumhouse production - well below the $18 million the 2012 original debuted with. The result was good enough for third place, behind Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, which made $11.7 million in its fourth weekend of release.

Fox's assassin thriller Hitman: Agent 47, the second attempt in eight years to adapt the popular video game, disappointed with $8.2 million. It will hope to do better abroad, where the 2007 original made $60.3 million. It began with $8.5 million over the weekend internationally.

Lionsgate's stoner action-comedy American Ultra, starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, also failed to spark much interest, opening with $5.5 million.

Continue Reading at: CBC

Aug 23

Colin Trevorrow Comments Spark Discussion On Women in Hollywood

by Ross A. Lincoln

In a year that has already been filled with controversy about the gender imbalance in Hollywood, newly-minted Star Wars: Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow has sparked intense criticism and some discussion in comments on Twitter that even he admits might be "naive".

The fracas started on Wednesday with a Los Angeles Times article noting the mixed results studios have seen in 2015 bumping untested directors from obscurity to tentpoles. Asked about criticisms that studios are taking huge chances with male directors but not extending the the same opportunity to female directors, Trevorrow drew some criticism for taking such talk personally, and for attributing the disparity in part to a lack of interest in big budget studio films on the part of up and coming women.

"Obviously it's very lopsided, and hopefully it's going to change as time goes on. But it hurts my feelings when I'm used as an example of white, male privilege," the Jurassic World helmer said. "I know many of the female filmmakers who are being referred to in these articles. These women are being offered these kinds of movies, but they’re choosing not to make them."

Trevorrow might be referring here to Selma director Ava DuVernay, who admitted earlier this summer that she had spoken to Disney/Marvel about potentially directing Black Panther. She passed due to unspecified creative differences that suggested similarities to Edgar Wright's reasons for bolting from Ant-Man in 2014. "I think it makes [female directors] seem like victims to suggest that they're not getting the opportunities and not artists who know very clearly what kind of stories they want to tell and what films they want to make," he continued. "To me, that's the reality."

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Continue Reading at: Deadline

Aug 20

Jennifer Lawrence ranked highest-paid actress but men still prevail

Actress at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con in July (image courtesy Reuters)

"Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence on Thursday topped a Forbes list of the world's highest-paid actresses, earning some $52 million in the past year but still far behind the best paid actor.

Lawrence, who won an Oscar in 2013 for her role in "Silver Linings Playbook," also had income for being the face of French fashion and beauty company Dior but her combined earnings came nowhere close to the estimated $80 million of "Iron Man" star Robert Downey Jr. He topped Forbes list earlier in August of the highest paid male actors.

Lawrence, 25, made headlines last year when hacked Sony Pictures emails revealed she earned a lower cut of profits from the movie "American Hustle" than her male counterparts.

Forbes noted that only four of the women on this year's highest-paid list, which takes into account earnings from movies, television, endorsements and other sources, made more than $20 million while 21 male actors reached that level.

Lawrence towered above Scarlett Johansson, second on the actress list with an estimated $35.5 million, and "Mike & Molly" star Melissa McCarthy with $23 million, Forbes said.

Actresses rounding out the top five on the Forbes list were China's Bingbing Fan who appeared in "X-Men: Days of Future Past" ($21 million), and former "Friends" star Jennifer Aniston ($16.5 million), who also earns money from promoting cosmetics and bottled water.

Last year’s top-earning actress, Sandra Bullock, saw her payday drop to $8 million from $51 million after a quiet 12 months.

Continue Reading at: Reuters

Aug 19

The Martian trailer: the mission to save Matt Damon begins

by Kwame Opam

No matter how brilliant and resourceful you are, being stranded alone on Mars is a nightmare. That's the plight of NASA botanist Mark Watney (Matt Damon) in the upcoming space epic The Martian, and in the film's latest trailer we get another close look at his struggle to survive. After a freak accident maroons him on the Red Planet, he must learn how to grow food while he waits for rescue. Thankfully, his colleagues back on Earth concoct a plan to make it back to him and bring him home, but the risk of losing one of their own is extremely high. All this looks pretty exciting. We just have one question: is anyone else getting a Watchmen vibe from this trailer?

Watch it here:

Continue Reading at: The Verge

Aug 17

Straight Outta Compton goes to top of box office

Director F. Gary Gray, left, and Dr. Dre attend the Los Angeles premiere of 'Straight Outta Compton' after-party in Los Angeles on Aug. 10 (image courtesy Invision / AP)

by The Associated Press

The boys from Compton smashed opening weekend expectations, while the stylish The Man From U.N.C.L.E. struggled to find its footing.

Universal's N.W.A. biopic earned an astonishing $56.1 million US in its debut, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Director F. Gary Gray's well-received film charts the formation and rise of the influential rap group. It cost just $29 million US to produce.

N.W.A. members Dr. Dre and Ice Cube served as producers on the film, which has Ice Cube's real son O'Shea Jackson Jr. playing his father. Dr. Dre also released the companion piece Compton, - his first new album in 16 years.

Nick Carpou, Universal's president of domestic distribution, said they were "elated" with the results. Universal had previously predicted a very conservative $25 to $30 million opening.


Meanwhile, Warner Bros. PG-13-rated adaptation of the 1960s television series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. debuted in third place, behind Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, with a sluggish $13.5 million.

"I was hoping for a little higher number, quite frankly," said Jeff Goldstein, executive vice president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros. The goal had been a modest $15 million. The period spy thriller will have an uphill battle to make up its $80 million production budget.

Continue Reading at: CBC

Aug 16

Star Wars: Episode IX hires Jurassic World's Colin Trevorrow to direct

Director Colin Trevorrow to direct Star Wars: Episode IX (image courtesy AP)

The ninth instalment will conclude the third trilogy of movies that begins with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is out in cinemas in December.

Episode IX is set for release in 2019, but initial work with production artists will begin later this year.

Trevorrow wrote and directed Jurassic World, which has taken more than $1.5bn (£960m) at the global box office.

Prior to that, he had only made one feature film - the 2012 indie comedy Safety Not Guaranteed.

Lucasfilm's president Kathleen Kennedy described the 38-year-old as "an incredible talent".

"Colin is someone I've been interested in working with ever since I saw Safety Not Guaranteed," she said.

"The power of that film paired with the enormous success of Jurassic World speaks volumes about his abilities both as a storyteller and skilled film-maker."

Continue Reading at: BBC

Aug 16

Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Harrison Ford joins JJ Abrams and cast at D23 Expo

Screen cap from video of Star Wars presentation at the Disney Expo with Harrison Ford (yellow shirt), JJ Abrams (left of Ford) and other cast and crew members (image courtesy Getty)

JJ Abrams and the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens have fuelled excitement for the film, ahead of its December release, at a fan event in California.

Harrison Ford also made a surprise appearance at the D23 Expo in Anaheim.

Disney executives used the event to announce plans for two Star Wars-themed lands to be built at California's Disneyland and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Continue Reading at: BBC

Aug 16

Captain America: Civil War's first epic trailer causes meltdown at Disney 23 Expo

First official trailer of the new Captain America film is shown at the Disney D23 Expo (image courtesy Getty)

By Rebecca Merriman

The first official trailer for Captain America: Civil War caused a frenzy when it was revealed at Disney 23 Expo on Saturday.

Chris Evans (Captain America) and Anthony Mackie (Falcon) flew in from Germany, where they're in the final week of shooting the movie, to present a first look with a very excited Evans telling the pumped up crowd: "It's so good. I love it."

And they really did. The epic four minute trailer has yet to make it online, but from the reaction of the audience, Marvel have once again upped their game, with the Hollywood Reporter claiming the crowd went "full-on Hulk" after the Captain America taster.

Continue Reading at: Mirror

Aug 15

Disney teases 'Finding Dory,' 'Toy Story 4,' Dia de los Muertos movie at fan convention

Photo from the 2015 Disney fan convention (image courtesy Disney)

by Lindsey Bahr, AP

Beanstalks will grow, animals will walk upright, oceans will part, a forgetful fish will remember her family, and toys will fall in love in Disney and Pixar Animation's upcoming films.

The studio previewed its animation slate and made a number of announcements at the fan convention D23 Expo on Friday, with special appearances from some voice actors including Ellen DeGeneres and Dwayne Johnson.

John Lasseter, the chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, hosted the presentation, where he announced a Jack and the Beanstalk adaptation, "Gigantic," and the title of their Dia de los Muertos film, "Coco." It was also revealed that Shakira would be both providing an original song for and voicing a character in "Zootopia."

"Gigantic" director Nathan Greno ("Tangled") said his film would be the definitive version of the fairy tale -- with a few spins, including the addition of a 60-foot tall, 11-year-old girl who Jack meets when he climbs up the beanstalk. "Frozen" songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who penned the hit "Let It Go," will be writing the songs.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was there as well to preview the South Pacific-set "Moana," out Nov. 23, 2016, which follows a high spirited, 16-year-old princess 2000 years ago. As an act of rebellion, she sets sail to a fabled island with the tattooed demi-god Maui (Johnson).

Directors Ron Clements and John Musker ("The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin") and Johnson teased concept footage and spoke about their extensive consultation with local anthropologists and archaeologists to ensure they accurately represented the area. They also took great pains to characterize what the ocean means to the culture. In the film, it functions as Moana's spiritual companion.

Continue Reading at: The Toronto Sun

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