From what’s been revealed thus far, Left Behind appears to have two key qualities of a classic Nicolas Cage film: All the dialogue is either whispered or screamed, and everything in the movie is on fire. But in case that wasn’t enough to attract audiences, the film’s promotional campaign has enlisted the help of the prince of evil whose entire world is on fire—Satan.
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Disney is taking its live-action Beauty and the Beast into full YA territory.
Two sources confirm to EW that the author/screenwriter/director of indie teen bible Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky will step aboard to script a new draft of Beauty, adapted from its 1991 animated form to an updated live-action version. The news follows the June announcement that Bill Condon, who most recently directed Twilight’s final two chapters, would helm the new version that will include music from the iconic animated feature as well as Disney’s long-running Broadway musical. The original draft was written by Evan Spiliotopoulos (Hercules, Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure).
Disney declined to comment on the news. But it’s clear that the studio is looking to capitalize on the success it found earlier this year with the Angelina Jolie film Maleficent, which grossed $240 million in the U.S. and more than $500 million overseas. READ FULL STORY
Saturday afternoon, hundreds of industry friends and colleagues arrived at San Francisco’s Curran Theatre to celebrate Robin Williams’ life in a private memorial, EW confirms.
According to People, the actor was celebrated with remembrances by Billy Crystal, who hosted the tribute, Whoopi Goldberg, Bonnie Hunt, and his longtime personal assistant and friend Rebecca Erwin Spencer. Other attendees included Mork & Mindy costar Pam Dawber, George Lucas, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Bette Midler, Penny Marshall, Ben Stiller, Marlo Thomas, and Eddie Izzard.
Stevie Wonder led a musical tribute with San Francisco’s GLIDE Ensemble and Change Band, as video tributes of the late actor played on screens in the room. Williams’ widow, Susan Schneider ,and his children Cody, Zelda, and Zak each spoke individually about Williams. A reception followed at the Westin St. Francis Hotel.
Williams passed away on Aug. 11 at the age of 63.
Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington’s revival of The Equalizer is poised to rule the box office this weekend. The film is based on the 1980s television series of the same name—and favorite show of Max Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street—but Fuqua and Washington have put a modern twist on the classic thriller.
In The Two Faces of January—a sumptuous adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1964 novel of the same name that opens Friday—Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst portray Chester and Colette MacFarland, a golden couple embarked on a whistle-stop tour of southern Europe’s most glittering capitals.
Exuding wealth, privilege, and a uniquely American post-war pluck, the immaculately turned-out jet-setters’ fortunes grind to an abrupt halt in Athens where they meet an American tour guide named Rydal (Oscar Isaac)—an expat grifter with a straw fedora and palpable lust for Colette.
An accidental murder sets the three on the run together through the islands of Greece and, later, Turkey. As the authorities begin to close in, their allegiance to one another grows increasingly strained and—as with the best movies in the film noir canon—no one turns out to be who they initially seemed. “It’s nice to play someone with secrets,” says Mortensen. “I’m playing a con man who’s also a jealous husband. He’s got a lot of hidden fears. It’s a real banquet for an actor.”
Speaking from Spain’s San Sebastian Film Festival earlier this week (where he was promoting Jauja, the period drama Mortensen stars and co-produced), the actor voiced high praise for Hossein Amini, screenwriter of such films as The Wings of the Dove and Drive, who makes his directorial debut with Two Faces of January. READ FULL STORY
Since Disney revealed its first animated Marvel film, Big Hero 6, the plump robot Baymax has been at the heart of the promotional campaign. His presence has steadily grown from trailer to poster to clip, and the upcoming release’s latest trailer isn’t just heavy on the Baymax love. It makes him the star.
Frank director Lenny Abrahamson has found his latest project, and it will reunite him with the company behind his Michael Fassbender-starring film.
EW has confirmed, as Deadline reported, that Element Pictures has acquired the film and television rights to Laird Hunt’s novel Neverhome and has brought in Abrahamson to direct. Neverhome, which released earlier this month, tells the story of Ash Thompson, a farmer’s wife who becomes a Union soldier during the American Civil War. Thompson disguises herself as a man and goes on to become a hero during the war.
Before he brings Neverhome to the big screen, however, Abrahamson will first complete work on an adaptation of the 2010 novel Room, also with Element Pictures.
Aaron Paul’s career has shown no signs of slowing down—you could say he has a Need for Speed—with several film roles lined up through the rest of 2014 and into 2015. And on Tuesday, Miramax announced another project in the works for the “Breaking Bad” actor.
Paul has been cast in the upcoming The 9th Life of Louis Drax, joining Jamie Dornan. Paul will play the title character’s father, Peter, who is at the center of a criminal investigation following his son’s near-fatal accident on his ninth birthday.
Louis Drax himself has not been cast, but Dornan will play Dr. Allan Pascal, who tries to uncover the mysteries surrounding the accident in what becomes a supernatural thriller.
Drax is set to release in 2015 and will be helmed by Horns director Alexandre Aja. The film is based on Liz Jensen’s novel of the same name.
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