Deadline are reporting that composer Steven Price, who scored Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Gravity,’ has signed on to create the music for David Ayer‘s tentatively titled WWII tank film, ‘Fury,’ which stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jason Isaacs, Jon Bernthal and Michael Peña. Price previously scored Edgar Wright’s ‘The World’s End’ and Joe Cornish’s ‘Attack The Block.’ The WWII film will be released by Sony Pictures on November 12th, 2014.
“Steven Price’s fresh approach to scoring and his extraordinary creativity make him the perfect collaborator for my film,” said David Ayer. The film is set at the very end of World War II, in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
Behind-The-Scenes Tom Hanks Featurette For ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ – Also Starring Emma Thompson & Colin Farrell
Walt Disney Pictures has sent over this latest behind-the-scenes featurette for ‘Saving Mr. Banks,’ the account of Walt Disney’s twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to P.L. Travers’ popular novel, ‘Mary Poppins’, and the testy partnership the filmmaker develops with the author during the project’s pre-production in 1961. Two-time Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks plays Disney (the first time the entrepreneur has ever been depicted in a dramatic film) alongside fellow double Oscar-winner Emma Thompson in the role of Travers.
Before actually signing away the book’s rights, P.L. Travers’ demands for contractual script and character control circumvent not only Walt Disney’s vision for the film adaptation, but also those of the creative team of screenwriter Don DaGradi and sibling composers Richard and Robert Sherman, whose original score and song (Chim-Chim-Cher-ee) would go on to win Oscars at the 1965 ceremonies – the film won five awards of its thirteen nominations.
Acclaimed ‘Starred Up’ Set For March 21st In The UK – Starring Jack O’Connell, Ben Mendelsohn & Rupert Friend
‘Starred Up,’ which last week received eight BIFA nominations, more than any other film, will be released in cinemas in the UK and Ireland on March 21st, 2014, through Fox Searchlight Pictures. ‘Starred Up’ is the story of a young man, Eric (Jack O’Connell), who is prematurely transferred from a young offenders’ institution to adult jail for being too violent. As he struggles to assert himself against the prison officers and the other inmates, he has to confront his own father Nev (Ben Mendelsohn), a man who has spent most of his life in jail. As Eric forges allegiances with other prisoners, and learns that his rage can be overcome through his work with prison therapist Oliver (Rupert Friend), he discovers the new rules of survival. But there are forces at work that threaten to destroy him.
The film is directed by award-winning UK filmmaker David Mackenzie (Young Adam, Hallam Foe, Perfect Sense) from a screenplay written by first-time scriptwriter Jonathan Asser, who has a background in the prison system working as an innovative therapist. The title comes from the process of prematurely upgrading a teenager from a Young Offenders’ Institution to Adult Prison.
After a fantastic opening weekend that saw his sequel ‘The Best Man Holiday’ gross over $30 million in North America, Deadline are reporting that Malcolm D. Lee is negotiating a deal with Universal Pictures to write, direct and produce another installment of the hit ensemble romantic comedy. It took 14 years for Lee to come back with a sequel, but this one is going to happen much more quickly. Lee is rewriting to direct an untitled project for Fox Searchlight, but this clearly becomes a priority project for Universal as the $17 million budgeted sequel had the fifth-largest opening for an R-rated romantic comedy in Box Office history. It also received an A+ CinemaScore across all quadrants.
Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa and Regina Hall reprise their much loved roles in ‘The Best Man Holiday.’ Out now in the US, the film opens in the UK on November 29th.
The story for ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.
‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ sees Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth reprising their roles of Katniss, Peeta and Gale, with Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Willow Shields, Toby Jones and Woody Harrelson also returning to their respective roles. The likes of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, Lynn Cohen, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Maria Howell, E. Roger Mitchell, Alan Ritchson, Bruno Gunn, Meta Golding, Sam Claflin and Amanda Plummer join the “Hunger Games” film series for this sequel. Lionsgate will release ’The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ on November 21st in the UK and November 22nd in the US. Francis Lawrence directs.
The dark and confusing times we see in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ evolve Katniss to a new level of strength and maturity. The stakes are very different in this story….?
Jennifer Lawrence: Yeah, the stakes are different for her this time. In the first movie she was a hesitant hero who really just wanted to save her family, but now she has a bigger weight on her shoulders. She feels a responsibility to all of these people who are depending on her and yet, she is struggling with that, because it isn’t at all what she signed up for. This part of the story is bigger on a lot of levels because the Capitol has gone to some extreme measures, their policies are more brutal and then the Games are now a lot more deadly. The first games was all about entertainment and television, now there’s a lot going on behind-the-scenes. It’s an incredible story of a girl that doesn’t want to be a hero but she’s kind of forced to be, and she kind of turns into a futuristic Joan of Arc. It’s a very interesting struggle. I think it’s a wonderful message to show just how powerful one voice can be. It’s very easy as a society for us to just follow the feet in front of us and history does kind of repeat itself, and I think that it’s an important message for our younger generation to see how important they are into shaping our society and our future.
Open Road Films has debuted this new trailer for the 3D animated family film ‘The Nut Job,’ which is set for a January 17th, 2014 release date. Featuring the voice talents of Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl, Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Stephen Lang, Sarah Gadon and Jeff Dunham, ‘The Nut Job’ is described as “an action-packed comedy in fictional Oakton that follows the travails of Surly, a mischievous squirrel, and his rat friend Buddy, who plan a nut store heist of outrageous proportions and unwittingly find themselves embroiled in a much more complicated and hilarious adventure.” Directed by Peter Lepeniotis from a screenplay by Lorne Cameron and Lepeniotis, the film is based on Lepeniotis’ 2005 short film ‘Surly Squirrel.’