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Studios Lining Up Opposing Agatha Christie Biopics with Emma Stone and Alicia Vikander

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Murder-mystery novelist Agatha Christie.

Same-subject movies coming out at the same time aren’t necessarily unheard of; Deep Impact and Armageddon (May and July, 1998), Dante’s Peak and Volcano (February and April 1997), Mission to Mars and Red Planet (March and November 2000), The Illusionist and The Prestige (August and October 2006). Now a new pair of movies will be joining the list, focused around the life of famous murder-mystery author Agatha Christie. Paramount has signed Oscar-nominee Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man, Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) to star as Christie during her 11 day disappearance in 1926. Sony, however, has signed Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl) to star in Sony’s production, which focuses on the author’s youthful days as a pro-feminist supporter. Continue reading

‘The Hunger Games: MockingJay-Part 2’ To Be Released In 3D-IMAX

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Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games (2012).

The Hunger Games film franchise will be wrapping up this November with Mockingjay-Part 2, and for the first time in the whole series, movie-goers will be able to see it in IMAX 3D. While the first two installments, The Hunger Games and Catching Fire saw release on IMAX screens, last year’s Mockingjay-Part 1 was not released on IMAX or 3D, at least not in the United States. Audiences in China, however, were able to see Mockingjay-Part 1 in 3D, and since the response was so positive, Lionsgate has decided to release Part 2 in 3D as well, so director Francis Lawrence has added another task to his post-production checklist, according to Lawrence the new format will only help to improve the quality of the movie, but I guess it will be up to the fans to decide whether or not it improves upon the earlier films or not. Mockingjay-Part 2 opens in theaters this November 20th, and stars Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle), Josh Hutcherson (Bridge To Terabithia, Escobar: Paradise Lost), Liam Hemsworth (Empire State, Paranoia), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote, A Most Wanted Man), and Woody Harrelson (No Country For Old Men, Zombieland).

Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’ Opening In Theaters January 9th


The latest project from acclaimed writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, The Master) is opening in theaters this Friday, January 9th, and I think it will probably be one of the better releases since Interstellar back in November, give-or-take a few exceptions. Adapted by Anderson from the novel by Thomas Pynchon, the film follows outlandish private investigator Larry “Doc” Sportello across 1970s Los Angeles as he investigates the death of his ex-girlfriend. Joaquin Phoenix (Signs, Walk The Line) and Josh Brolin (No Country For Old Men, Men In Black 3) are leading the cast that also includes Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Martin Short, and Benicio Del Toro. Anderson’s last film, The Master, received three Academy Award nominations and three Golden Globe nominations, all for Best Actor (Joaquin Phoenix), Best Supporting Actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman), and Best Supporting Actress (Amy Adams), and before that, There Will Be Blood won two Oscars in 2008 for Best Actor (Daniel Day Lewis) and Best Cinematography (Robert Elswit), so needless to say, this director knows what he’s doing. Check out the trailer here on MADE, then seriously consider seeing this one on the big screen.

Chris Rock’s New Comedy ‘Top Five’ Opens In Theaters December 12th


The new comedy from comedic writer/director Chris Rock will be opening in theaters on December 12th and critics are hailing the film as “Chris Rock’s ‘Annie Hall’,” (Jordan Hoffman, Vanity Fair Magazine). With an all-star cast that includes Adam Sandler (Happy Gilmore, Grown-Ups), Rosario Dawson (Men In Black 3, Sin City), Kevin Hart (This Is The End, Think Like A Man), Gabrielle Union (Bad Boys 2, Cadillac Records), Whoopi Goldberg (Sister Act, Ghost), Tracy Morgan (30 Rock, Cop Out), and Cedric The Entertainer (The Steve Harvey Show, Barbershop), the film follows a comedian trying to break into a serious acting career by taking advantage of his reality-TV-star fiancee’s idea to broadcast their wedding on live television. Watch the trailer here on MADE, then go check it out on December 12th.

Universal Picks Up Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs Biopic With Michael Fassbender

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Having been dropped from development at Sony Pictures, director Danny Boyle‘s upcoming Steve Jobs biopic from screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has now been picked up by Universal Pictures for $30 million. Michael Fassbender is attached to lead the film and now Natalie Portman is in talks to take an unknown major role in the movie. The script will follow a sixteen year span that sees the release of three major apple projects, and according to Sorkin will largely incorporate material from seven other major characters like John Sculley and Joanna Hoffman. With the supporting cast beginning to be filled in, and a major distributor backing the project, we should see production start to pick up on this one. As to how excited audiences will be for another Steve Jobs movie? That’s anybody’s guess, really.

Michelle Monaghan Joins Cast Of ‘Pixels’ With Adam Sandler

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Last week we told you that Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage would be joining the cast of Adam Sandler’s upcoming comedy adventure, Pixels, from director Chris Columbus (Harry Potter 1 & 2, Home Alone). The film will follow a group of experts who are recruited to protect New York City from a group of invading 1980’s video-game characters. Adam Sandler and Kevin James will be part of the cast, plus Dinklage and Josh Gad, and now it has also been announced that actress Michelle Monaghan (Eagle Eye, Gone Baby Gone) will also be joining the cast. Monaghan has just wrapped up the premiere season of True Detective on HBO with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, and is currently filming The Best of Me with director Michael Hoffman. Pixels is still in the pre-production period and is expected to be released some time in 2015. We’ll keep an eye out for more cast members as they fill in further in production.

Director James Wan Will Use CGI and Body Doubles To Bring Back Paul Walker

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We recently heard that Universal would be picking up production on Fast & Furious 7 this Spring, after the project was put on pause for several months following the unexpected death of Paul Walker. According to a source at the New York Daily News, director James Wan will be using a combination of CGI and hired body doubles to bring Walker back to the screen; actors will stand in Walker’s place and play the role for the camera, and then Walker’s face will be superimposed on the double’s face in post-production. This technique was also recently announced as being used in the latest Hunger Games installment, Mockingjay, following the death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman last month. Fast & Furious 7 still has a couple of months of filming on the schedule before the film can be ready for the editing room, and the release date has been pushed back to April, 2015. Let’s hope it turns out an appropriate homage to Walker’s life and work. It may well be the last Fast & Furious we see hit the big screen.

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Will Digitially Recreate Hoffman For Crucial Scene

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Last week we learned of the tragic and unexpected death of Academy Award winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. The actor was found dead in New York City from an apparent drug overdose, leaving Hollywood with one less talent for the screen, and leaving an unfinished blockbuster incomplete before his untimely passing. Since the news hit Hollywood, the filmmakers behind The Hunger Games film trilogy have been planning out how to complete the last installment in the film series, Mockingjay. Lionsgate Films released a statement last week saying that it would not be necessary to recast Hoffman since the actor had already completed a majority of his scenes for the movie, but there is still one important scene left to be filmed, and the filmmakers have decided to digitally recreate the actor on screen. This will be done not only with computer graphics and voice modification techniques, but also by using camera angles that focus on the other characters present in the scene, and not so heavily focused on Hoffman. While I hope the endeavor proves successful, let’s hope Hollywood doesn’t do what they’re best at and begin a new wave of deceased actors starring in modern day movies. Deceased music icons like Tupac and Jim Morrison are already being brought back to life for concert tours via modern holograms, and that’s already pushing it.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Will Not Re-Cast Hoffman

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Following the unexpected death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, many questions were thrown up in the air regarding how the film studios were going to approach the remaining two-part production on the third Hunger Games film, Mockingjay. Lionsgate has now released a statement saying that Hoffman’s role as Plutarch Heavensbee will not be replaced because the actor had actually already completed his work on both projects, which are still set for release this and the following November, 2014 and 2015. While Hoffman had mostly wrapped up work on these two films, his second directorial film, Ezekiel Moss, which is still in pre-production and which had just cast Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams in the lead roles, is now in a standstill mode until the film can be distributed or the producers can figure out how next to approach it. We’ll keep an eye out for more news on the project.

Oscar Winner Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead At 46

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Yesterday the film industry was struck by another terrible tragedy. Just two months following the sudden death of Paul Walker, Oscar winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his apartment in New York City yesterday from what is believed to be a drug overdose. The 46 year old actor leaves behind a legacy of characters including a spoiled prep student in Scent of a Woman, a mistrusted priest in Doubt, the Rock n Roll critic Lester Bangs in Almost Famous, the smart yet energetic clown Dusty in Twister, and the troubled writer Truman Capote in Bennett Miller’s oscar-winning biopic. Hoffman won an Oscar and Golden Globe for his portrayal of Truman Capote in 2006, and has been nominated for a total of four Oscars and four Globes for his roles in Doubt, Charlie Wilson’s War, The Savages, and his most recent picture, The Master in 2012. The actor has also played parts in Punch-Drunk Love, The Big Lebowski, Patch Adams, Along Came Polly, and Mission: Impossible 3. His most recent projects included two selections at this years Sundance Festival: A Most Wanted Man and God’s Pocket. The actor also played a part in the latest installment of The Hunger Games series, Catching Fire. The role is expected to be a part of the third film, so along with several other in-development roles Hoffman was expected to take, the studios/filmmakers will have to find other actors to take his place. Hoffman is succeeded by his three children, Cooper, Tallulah, and Willa with longtime girlfriend Mimi O’Donnell. Hoffman’s contribution to film, as well as his personal talent and admiration for his art will truly be missed in the future.