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Jessica Chastain in talks for Ridley Scott sci-fi drama The Martian – Movies News – Digital Spy


The Ridley Scott-directed film stars Matt Damon as NASA astronaut Mark Watney, stranded on Mars after his crewmates are forced to evacuate and travel back to Earth.

71st annual Golden Globe Awards: Jessica Chastain

The Zero Dark Thirty actress and Bridesmaids star Kristen Wiig are currently in talks to appear in the intergalactic drama, reports Variety. Drew Goddard has written the screenplay for the film.Filming will begin in November, with Jordan and Bucharest scouted as potential locations for shooting. Chastain recently criticized Marvel and Hollywood in general for not giving Scarlett Johansson’s popular Avengers character Black Widow her own solo movie.

As many of my fans know, Redheads are my kryptonite. So I’m looking forward to seeing Jessica in this new Sci-Fi film alongside Damon and Wiig! Check out the trailer below, and be sure to visit our friends at Digital Spy! ~Nyrhalahotep

 

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Finally! #Stargate coming back to life with film trilogy reboot! | Blastr


Finally! Stargate coming back to life with film trilogy reboot!

Trent Moore Thursday, September 5, 2013 – 4:14pm

A whole lot of sci-fi fans have been bummed ever since the most recent Stargate series, Universe, went off the air a few years ago. Well, we have some good news: The franchise is coming back to the big screen.

But it won’t be a continuation of Stargate SG-1, Atlantis or Universe. Heck, it won’t even be connected to the original 1994 film that started it all. Get ready for a reboot.

Director Roland Emmerich has revealed that he is prepping a trilogy of new Stargate films meant to reboot the franchise. Originally Emmerich had envisioned Stargate as the first part of a trilogy — but MGM opted to make Stargate SG-1 instead, which ran for a decade and led to the two additional TV spinoffs.

Now that the franchise has been dormant a few years, Emmerich decided it was time to come back and give it another shot. Though the rebooted trilogy could borrow from some of his original plans, Emmerich was quick to point out that the new films will not be connected to the original Stargate film, noting “the actors look totally different … it would not work.”

The films will almost certainly not connect to the SG-1 universe, either, since Emmerich has never really been a huge fan of the small-screen version of the franchise. To this day, he maintains it is not a “canon” continuation from his film.

Here’s what he told Digital Spy:

“We went to MGM, who has the rights, and proposed to them to do a sequel, but as a reboot… and reboot it as a movie and then do three parts. Pretty soon we’ll have to look for a writer and start.”

via Finally! Stargate coming back to life with film trilogy reboot | Blastr.

 

Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling Team Up for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Film Series! – ComingSoon.net


Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling Team Up for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Film Series!

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Source: Warner Bros. Pictures

September 12, 2013

Warner Bros. Entertainment today announced an expanded creative partnership with world-renowned, best-selling author J.K. Rowling. At the center of the partnership is a new film series from Rowling’s world of witches and wizards, inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and the adventures of the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander. The announcement was made by Kevin Tsujihara, Chief Executive Officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be an original story and will mark Rowling’s screenwriting debut. It is planned as the first picture in a new film series. Set in the wizarding world, the story will feature magical creatures and characters, some of which will be familiar to devoted Harry Potter fans.

“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ into a film,” said Rowling. “I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.

As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.

Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.

I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”

“We are incredibly honored that Jo has chosen to partner with Warner Bros. on this exciting new exploration of the world of wizardry which has been tremendously successful across all of our businesses,” said Tsujihara. “She is an extraordinary writer, who ignited a reading revolution around the world, which then became an unprecedented film phenomenon. We know that audiences will be as excited as we are to see what her brilliant and boundless imagination conjures up for us.”

via Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling Team Up for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Film Series! – ComingSoon.net.

 

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Sundance Channel Acquires Zombie Film “The Returned.”


SUNDANCE CHANNEL ACQUIRES CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FRENCH ZOMBIE SENSATION “THE RETURNED”

Series to Premiere on Sundance Channel on Halloween at 9PM ET/PT

 

"Les Revenants" from the eight-part French series which the US broadcast is based.

“Les Revenants” from the eight-part French series which the US broadcast is based.

 

New York – September 10, 2013  Sundance Channel announced today that it has acquired US broadcast rights to the supernatural drama “The Returned” from Music Box Films.

The eight-part French series distributed by Zodiak Rights was created by Fabrice Gobert and is based on the feature film “Les Revenants” by Robin Campillo.  It will premiere on Sundance Channel on Halloween, Thursday, October 31st at 9PM ET/PT. It will air every Thursday night at 9PM.

The critically received series was a smash hit for France’s Canal+ and the UK’s Channel 4. The New York Times recently profiled outstanding foreign drama series and pronounced it “fresh and unexpected.” The Independent wrote “’The Returned” is actually one of the greatest, creepiest, most compelling shows brought to TV screens in 2013,” and The Daily Telegraph commented, “Probably the most stylish thing you’ll see on TV this year.

“We decided to take zombies to a new and utterly original level— we made them French!” stated Sarah Barnett, President of Sundance Channel. “‘The Returned’ is smart entertainment that shocks and entertains at every turn. We think our audience will love how this series grounds the supernatural in deeply human emotions.”

In an idyllic French mountain town, a seemingly random collection of people find themselves in a state of confusion as they attempt to return to their homes. What they don’t know yet is that they have been dead for several years, and no one is expecting them back. As they struggle to reintegrate with their families and past lovers, buried secrets emerge and new mysteries develop as they grapple with a miraculous and sinister new reality.  But it seems they are not the only ones to have returned from the dead. Their arrival coincides with a series of gruesome murders which bear a chilling resemblance to the work of a serial killer from the past. The series was produced by Caroline Benjo, Jimmy Desmarais and Carole Scotta from Haut et Court.

“‘The Returned’ epitomizes the very best of the crop of outstanding international television productions finding its way onto US screens,” says William Schopf, President of Music Box Films. “We couldn’t be more excited about working with our partners at the Sundance Channel to introduce this extraordinary series to American audiences.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to bring this phenomenal series to the North American audience”, says Marc Nowak, General Manager Zodiak Rights (Paris). “This is a sign the U.S. TV market is opening up to French drama and that the independent production and distribution companies need to continue to innovate and create original fiction to succeed internationally.”

“We are proud that Sundance Channel chose ‘The Returned’ for their audience,” says Caroline Benjo, Haut et Court producer. “Sundance Channel represents a landmark in independent programming, airing bold and innovative TV projects from all over the world. We couldn’t have dreamt being in better hands.”

Following on the heels of Emmy®-nominated “Top of the Lake” and critically acclaimed original scripted series “Rectify,” “The Returned” marks a continued commitment by Sundance Channel to offer daring original entertainment. This series precedes the debut of the network’s second fully owned original scripted series, “The Red Road,” in 2014. The channel will also premiere a second season of the critically-acclaimed “Rectify,” as well as the original mini-series “The Honourable Woman,” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and co-produced with BBC Worldwide.

 

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Harry Potter Turns 33! You, the Fans, Gave Us 33 Reasons Why You Love Him! | Fan Voice


Harry Potter Turns 33! You, the Fans, Gave Us 33 Reasons Why You Love Him!

BY JENNA BUSCH | JUL 31, 2013

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Harry Potter is one of my all-time favorite book and film series. I’m still reeling from the fact that eight films managed to take a book series I love and actually make me love it even more. According to the interwebs, today is Harry’s 33rd birthday. In honor of the event, I solicited some fan love on my Twitter feed and my Facebook and Google+ pages. Here is what you had to say about the boy wizard.

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@elguapo1: “I love Harry Potter because he exists in a world that fuels the imaginations of both children and adults the world over.”

@bonniegrrl: “Harry Potter was more than just the underdog wizard kid with a bad childhood. He showed us that even when life hands you lemons you can still turn it around and make Polyjuice Potion. Though everything and everyone seemed to be against him, he still had his friends to pull him through the darkness. I will always love him for never giving up and for always standing up for what’s right, which isn’t easy when you’re a teenager with a price on your head.”

@BSGesus: ” I love how the books are structured to go through each season. Summer to Spring. There is nothing like Autumn at Hogwarts.”

@WH_Woolhat: “When the Sorting Hat yells out “Hufflepuff” in the movies, I laugh every time”

@geekgirldiva: “I love Harry’s bravery. No matter how scared he is, he fights anyway. For his friends, for his family, for Hogwarts. Without question.”

@evildorina: “Not only has J. K. Rowling created wonderful, complex role models, but she’s also come up with a world as dark as our own. I think we can all relate to the fear Harry and his friends live through every day. As we get older, we learn that life isn’t magical, we’re not invincible, and our loved ones won’t be here forever. Rowling reminds us that life is still worth living, there are always people out there worth fighting for, and we can beat the darkness.”

@DavinCleary: “I love Harry Potter because even though I was in my late twenties when I started reading the series, it makes you feel like you are a kid, seeing the magical world through Harry’s eyes.”

@thestephthorpe: “He brought out the child in all of us. Both kids & adults alike could experience & share this wondrous new world together through his eyes. He always tried to do the right thing, even when it seemed hopeless”

Bryan Hardbarger: “Aside from the painfully obvious reasons why this story is so amazing… like the character development, the films lush landscapes and rich effects is the simple fact that J. K. Rowling’s writing sent countless numbers of children and adults alike to sit down and READ. Bless her, and her talents, her imagination, her determination and influence on so many to persevere through the hardest times. She created an entire world in our imaginations, full of hope and friendship, laughter and tears. We fell in love with SO many of her individual creations, I for one have been forever enriched by her work. If I ever see J. K. in person, I owe her the biggest and most heartfelt hug!”

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Edgar Wright Confirms Hank Pym in ‘Ant-Man’ | /Film


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Edgar Wright Confirms Hank Pym in ‘Ant-Man’Posted on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 by Angie HanThis weekend’s big reveal that the Avengers sequel would be titled Avengers: Age of Ultron immediately got comics geeks wondering what that meant for Ant-Man.

In the books, Ultron is created by Hank Pym a.k.a. Ant-Man — but in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man isn’t due out until after Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters.Whedon clarified soon afterward that they’d be “doing our own version of the origin story for Ultron,” which would not involve Hank Pym. But don’t worry, Wright has asserted that he’ll still crop up when Ant-Man hits later that same year.

Hit the jump to get the latest info.io9 was able to confirm in an interview with Wright that we’d get to meet Hank Pym in Ant-Man. That’s not really a shocker, since I think most people figured as much.

See the full story via Edgar Wright Confirms Hank Pym in ‘Ant-Man’ | /Film.

 

J.J. Abrams to Possibly Direct Star Wars: Episode VII | TrekNews.net


J.J. Abrams to Possibly Direct Star Wars: Episode VII

Following last week’s surprising merger of Lucasfilm and Disney, it has already been announced that three new Star Wars films are already planned.

With Star Wars: Episode VII scheduled to begin filming sometime in 2014 and release the following year, the search for a director has become a top priority for the Disney team. The official Star Wars website has already reported that award-winning writer Michael Arndt has been tapped to write the screenplay.

As pre-production of Star Wars: Episode VII begins, Lucasfilm has confirmed that award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay for the new Star Wars film. As revealed in the ongoing video series posted here on StarWars.com, Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas have begun story conferences with Arndt.

According to Vulture, some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including Star Trek‘s J.J. Abrams, The Incredibles‘ Brad Bird and Raiders Of The Lost Ark‘s Steven Spielberg will (or possibly have already) receive a 40-something page treatment of the film to gauge their interest in taking on the directing duties for the film.

UPDATE:

Hollywood Life recently discussed the possibility of directing the next Star Wars film with J.J. Abrams during an interview. While Abrams plays down the possibility, he doesn’t entirely rule it out.

Look, Star Wars is one of my favorite movies of all time. I frankly feel that – I almost feel that, in a weird way, the opportunity for whomever it is to direct that movie, it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series. I was never a big Star Trek fan growing up, so for me, working on Star Trek didn’t have any of that, you know, almost fatal sacrilege, and so, I am looking forward more then anyone to the next iterations of Star Wars, but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!

We’ll have more on this story as it develops.

J.J. Abrams to Possibly Direct Star Wars: Episode VII | Star Trek News | TrekNews.net.

 

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