Things seem to be moving forward again on the long-in-the-works Tupac biopic, as Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films is teaming with Morgan Creek Productions to co-finance and co-produce ‘Tupac,’ creating a new urgency for the long-gestating biopic on the hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur. They are working with a script by Eddie Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft, and a new draft is expected in two weeks.
The movie has nearly come together in several previous incarnations with numerous directors and actors circling. Now that the money is in place, they will set a filmmaker quickly and begin casting up the film. They haven’t decided on whether to get an established young actor to play the rapper, or to make a discovery. ‘Tupac’ will be produced by James G. Robinson, David Robinson and LT Hutton along with Randall Emmett and George Furla. The film will be executive produced by Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur. Production is scheduled to begin in February in Atlanta.
Deadline are reporting that Cate Blanchett is set to make her feature directorial debut with an adaptation of the Herman Koch novel ‘The Dinner.’ ‘The Messenger’ writer Oren Moverman is adapting the psychological thriller which explores just how far some parents might go to protect their children. It is unclear at this moment in time if Blanchett will star in the film. First published in Amsterdam in 2009, ‘The Dinner’ reached the New York Times Bestseller list and has been translated into a dozen languages.
Cate Blanchett has been honing her directing chops on the stage. She spent the last five years as co-artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company alongside her husband, playwright Andrew Upton. She directed playwright David Harrower’s ‘Blackbird’ and Joan Didion’s memoir ‘The Year Of Magical Thinking.’ She won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for ‘The Aviator’ and has been nominated for ‘Elizabeth,’ ‘Notes On A Scandal’ and ‘I’m Not There,’ the latter of which Moverman penned for director Todd Haynes. The synopsis for the novel is as follows.
Following the first set of images from ‘Fast & Furious 7,’ Vin Diesel has again took to his hugely popular Facebook account to reveal these latest image from the set of James Wan’s ‘Fast & Furious 7.’ “The first week of filming,” Diesel writes, “has been both intense and surreal… P.s. One from set… a more somber moment in Our Saga…”
No plot details have been unveiled yet, except that the film will return to Los Angeles after the previous five films were set in other locations. Newcomers to the cast reportedly include the likes of Ronda Rousey, Tony Jaa, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell, Jason Statham and Djimon Hounsou, while the likes of Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Lucas Black, Ludacris and Jordana Brewstar are returning. This May’s ‘Fast & Furious 6′ is the highest grossing film for Universal Pictures, having made more than $750 million at the worldwide box office. Expect more news about ’Fast & Furious 7′ shortly.
Lionsgate has released this new collection of images from ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.’ The film 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.
iTunes Movie Trailers has revealed this new US trailer for ‘Blue is the Warmest Color.’ Co-written and directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ won the top honor at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the Palme d’Or. The film is set to be released in France on October 9th, in the US on October 25th, and in the UK from November 15th.
‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ centers on a 15-year-old girl named Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) who is climbing to adulthood and dreams of experiencing her first love. A handsome male classmate (Jeremie Laheurte) falls for her hard, but an unsettling erotic reverie upsets the romance before it begins. Adèle imagines that the mysterious, blue-haired girl she encountered in the street slips into her bed and possesses her with an overwhelming pleasure. That blue-haired girl is a confident older art student named Emma (Léa Seydoux), who will soon enter Adèle’s life for real, making way for an intense and complicated love story that spans a decade and is touchingly universal in its depiction.
Paramount Pictures has revealed this first poster for ‘Labor Day,’ the latest flick from Academy Award-nominated writer-director Jason Reitman (Young Adult, Up in the Air, Juno). Lead by Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, ’Labor Day’ is based on Joyce Maynard’s novel of the same name. The film opens on December 25th.
‘Labor Day’ centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict. The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape them for the rest of their lives.