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Journalist-turned-documentarian Adam Sjoberg’s new documentary, ‘Shake the Dust,’ sprawls across four countries to chronicle the stories of young hip-hop fans. To teenagers in South America, Africa and Asia, the cultural movement isn’t about fame or fortune – it’s about hope and their individual power. Sjoberg discovers that through break dancing, young people are enacting social change around the globe.
Producer David Jacobson, who recently co-produced Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler,’ is spearheading ‘Shake the Dust’ along with Adam Sjoberg’s Loose Luggage Media and in association with Dave Stewart’s Weapons of Mass Entertainment and Wild Hair Media. Having left a stamp on the hip-hop world – he’s perhaps my favorite hip hop artist/rapper of all-time, Nas is on board as executive producer. He’ll also provide original music for the film.
Huffington Post has revealed this latest character poster for ‘Divergent,’ the first installment of the futuristic action-adventure trilogy based on Veronica Roth’s The New York Times bestselling novels. Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen, Ray Stevenson, Mekhi Phifer and Amy Newbold, ‘Divergent’ is set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior (Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late.
The film, a futuristic action adventure, is directed by Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist) from a script by Vanessa Taylor. The original draft of the script was written by Evan Daugherty. Summit will release the film theatrically on March 21st, 2014. The official synopsis for Veronica Roth’s ‘Divergent’ novel can be read below the film’s previously released character posters.
‘Batman Vs. Superman’ Artwork To Debut During This Saturday’s (November 9th) ‘Man Of Steel’ Fan Event?
Kevin Smith, who will host the ‘Man Of Steel’ fan event this Saturday with Zack Snyder, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams, has teased that we’ll be seeing some official artwork from Snyder’s ‘Man Of Steel’ sequel on the latest episode of his Hollywood Babble-On podcast. “They’re doing a special on Yahoo that I’m hosting, Zack Snyder is the featured guest, but it’s all about Man of Steel. So it’s me, Zack Snyder, Amy Adams, Henry Cavill is on video from London or he may even be on set with us, and then there’s some Michael Shannon stuff. So it’s an hour long, it’s free, it’s on the internet, but it’s just kind of to be like ‘Hey, Man of Steel is coming out!’ But there’s two things, there might be announcements during this show and the one thing I do know is there’s artwork going to be on this show that may or may not have something to do with a movie that’s coming up.” Smith then confirms that he is indeed alluding to the tentatively titled ’Batman vs Superman.’ Quotes via CS.
Warner Bros and Yahoo! Movies bring this special online fan event to your computer screens to celebrate the home video release of ‘Man of Steel.’ The event kicks off at 9:00am PST/12:00pm EST/5:00pm GMT, so be sure to tune in. Fans can send their questions to @ManOfSteel_UK or at www.facebook.com/ManOfSteelUK using #AskManofSteel for a chance to have them answered during the live event. ‘Man of Steel’ will land on DVD, Blu-ray and download on November 12th in the US and December 2nd in the UK.
Walt Disney Studios and Studio Ghibli have release this US poster for ‘The Wind Rises’ (風立ちぬ, Kaze Tachinu), the new animated film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Ponyo). The film is slated for limited release in North American theaters on February 21st, 2014, and expanded release on February 28th, 2014, under the Touchstone Pictures banner. ‘The Wind Rises’ is said to be the final film directed by the retiring legendary filmmaker. Expect word on the film’s UK release shortly.
In ‘The Wind Rises,’ Jiro – inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni – dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes. Nearsighted from a young age and thus unable to become a pilot, Jiro joins the aircraft division of a major Japanese engineering company in 1927. His genius is soon recognized, and he grows to become one of the world’s most accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, and depicts key historical events that deeply affected the course of Jiro’s life, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan’s plunge into war. He meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo. A tremendous innovator, Jiro leads the aviation world into the future. Miyazaki pays tribute to engineer Jiro Horikoshi and author Tatsuo Hori in his creation of the fictional character Jiro - the center of the epic tale of love, perseverance, and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world.
Following the announcement that the ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ and ’Toy Story 3′ screenwriter Michael Arndt is no longer attached to J.J. Abrams’ ‘Star Wars: Episode VII,’ Abrams told Deadline. “It became clear that given the time frame and given the process and the way the thing was going that working with Larry in this way was going to get us where we need to be and when we needed to be.”
Oscar winner Michael Arndt had previously been on board as writing the script based on treatments he had drafted. On October 24th, it was announced that J.J. Abrams would take over the writing of the script for the upcoming new ‘Star Wars’ pic with ‘Empire Strikes Back’ co-writer Lawrence Kasdan. “Working with Larry Kasdan, especially on a Star Wars movie is kind of unbeatable,” Abrams told Deadline. “Working with Michael was a wonderful experience and I couldn’t be a bigger fan of his or adore him more, He’s a wonderful guy and was incredibly helpful in the process,” Abrams said of Arndt. The director also noted that while he and Kasdan have taken over the script for the first of the three new ‘Star Wars’ films that Disney has planned over the next few years, “that doesn’t preclude working with Michael again in the future.” Abrams added, “he is one of the best writers around.”
Empire has unveiled these first looks at Oscar Isaac and Garret Hedlund in the thriller ‘Mojave.’ William Monahan is directing the feature from his original screenplay. ‘Mojave’ is described as an “intense two-hander about a man who escapes into the desert only to encounter a doppelganger-like antagonist and subsequently enter a vortex of criminality and violence.” Louise Bourgion and Walton Goggins co-star.
Oscar Isaac most recently completed filming the lead role in the independent film ‘Therese Raquin’ with Elizabeth Olsen and Jessica Lange, as well as Joel and Ethan Coen’s ‘Inside Llewyn Davis.’ His recent features also include ‘The Bourne Legacy,’ ‘Drive’ opposite Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan, Zack Snyder’s ‘Sucker Punch’ and ‘Revenge for Jolly!’ Garrett Hedlund will next be seen as one of the leads in ‘Lullaby’ with Amy Adams and Terrence Howard, and alongside Isaac in ‘Inside Llewn Davis.’ His previous credits include ‘TRON: Legacy’ and ‘On The Road.’