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Earlier this week it was revealed that Steve McQueen will direct a movie about the actor, singer and activist Paul Robeson. Today we hear that the Turner Prize and Oscar winner will reteam with ’12 Years a Slave’ producer and financier New Regency on a big-screen adaptation of the British TV series ‘Widows.’ Sources say the film, which McQueen will write and direct, will mark his follow-up to the Oscar Best Picture-winner ’12 Years a Slave.’ The plan is to be in pre-production by the end of this year on the heist thriller, which won’t be titled ‘Widows.’ McQueen’s Robeson project will likely follow.
See-Saw Films’ Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, who previously worked with Steve McQueen on ‘Hunger,’ ‘Shame’ and his upcoming HBO series ‘Codes of Conduct,’ will produce alongside McQueen. The ‘Widows’ series, which first aired in the UK in 1983, has been a passion project for the director, with its themes of female empowerment. The series kicked off when three armed robbers are killed during a heist. They are survived by their widows, who use a cache of books detailing the men’s past robberies to pull off a raid themselves. The film will diverge from the series in that it will be contemporary set in a US city and feature four widows. The original six-part series was written by Lynda La Plante (Prime Suspect).
This first image has arrived online from the crime thriller ‘Green Room,’ writer-director Jeremy Saulnier’s follow-up to his acclaimed revenge movie ‘Blue Ruin.’ ‘Green Room’ centers on a punk band who witness a murder committed by a group of racist skinheads. They’re subsequently trapped in the green room by the gang, who intent on eliminating all witnesses. Patrick Stewart stars as Darcy Banker, an unflinching and industrial leader of a ferocious white supremacist gang.
Universal Pictures has released, via The Ellen Show, this first trailer for ‘Pitch Perfect 2.’ Starring the likes of Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Ester Dean, Kelley Jakle, Elizabeth Banks, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Hailee Steinfeld, Katey Sagalr and Chrissie Fit, the film is set to open on May 15th, 2015. Elizabeth Banks is making her directorial debut on ‘Pitch Perfect 2.’
‘Pitch Perfect’ centered on a freshman (Anna Kendrick) who reluctantly joins a college acappella group called the Bellas and leads it to the finals. The movie grossed more than $115 million worldwide on a $17 million budget. It also over-performed in ancillary markets with the studio estimating it generated roughly $135 million in physical and digital home entertainment sales across North America to date, making it one of the top-performing DVD and VOD titles of 2013. Kay Cannon, who penned the original ‘Pitch Perfect,’ wrote the screenplay for the sequel.
Mike Nichols, who won an Oscar for directing the 1967 film ‘The Graduate,’ has died aged 83. Nichols was also Oscar nominated for his work on ‘Working Girl,’ ‘The Remains of the Day,’ ‘Silkwood’ and ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’. He was one of only 12 people to win all four major US entertainment awards: an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. His other honors included the Lincoln Center Gala Tribute in 1999, the National Medal of Arts in 2001, the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2010.
Behind-The-Scenes “Actors’ Bootcamp” Featurette For Russell Crowe’s Directorial Debut ‘The Water Diviner’
Entertainment One has debuted this behind-the-scenes featurette for Russell Crowe’s directorial debut ‘The Water Diviner,’ which is set four years after the devastating battle of Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. In the film, Australian farmer Connor (Crowe) travels to Istanbul to discover the fate of his sons, reported missing in action, where he forges a relationship with the beautiful Turkish woman (Olga Kurylenko) who owns the hotel in which he stays. Holding on to hope, and with the help of a Turkish officer, Connor embarks on a journey across the country to find the truth about the fate of his sons.
The supporting cast for ‘The Water Diviner’ includes Yilmaz Erdogan, Cem Yilmaz, Jai Courtney, Steve Bastoni, Isabel Lucas, Ryan Corr, Dan Wyllie, Damon Herriman, Jacqueline McKenzie, Michael Dorman, Megan Gale, and Dylan Georgiades. The screenplay is by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios. Cinematography is by Andrew Lesnie. ‘The Water Diviner’ is slated for release in Australia and New Zealand on December 26th. It opens on April 3rd in the UK and April 24th in the US.
Screen Gems has set loose this new poster for Jeremy Garelick’s comedy ‘The Wedding Ringer.’ Led by Kevin Hart and Josh Gad, the film arrives in cinemas on January 16th in the US and February 20th in the UK. The likes of Kaley Cuoco, Affion Crockett, Jorge Garcia, Dan Gill, Corey Holcomb, Ken Howard, Colin Kane, Cloris Leachman, Jenifer Lewis, Alan Ritchson, Mimi Rogers, Ignacio Serricchio, Aaron Takahashi, Olivia Thirlby and Nicky Whelan co-star.
Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is a loveable but socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy.