While we normally don't care about the personal lives of celebrities, it's different when something in the gossip arena effects the production of an anticipated film. In this case, E! News has learned that Scarlett Johansson is pregnant, and many are already wondering that what means for her recurring role as Black Widow in the Marvel cinematic universe, mainly for The Avengers: Age of Ultron already in production. Thankfully, the film won't be delayed and Johansson's role won't be reduced, but the production schedule will shift to fasttrack any scenes involving the actress so she can be finished before her due date gets closer.
Back in January, we learned that King Kong and Stalingrad star Thomas Kretschmann had signed on for a villain role in The Avengers: Age of Ultron as Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, Nazi officer who becomes one of the heads of HYDRA, the terrorist group from Captain America: The First Avenger. Now it sounds like Kretschmann will be sticking around the Marvel universe for more than one film as an interview with THR has the actor revealing "I have a multi-picture deal which means I will not only appear in [Age of Ultron], but they’re planning with me for a longer period of time.” Sounds like set up for Captain America 3.
After a bidding war between Universal, Warner Bros., and Sony Pictures, it's the latter studio that has come out on top to pick up a spec script called Winter's Knight. Following in the footsteps of recent revisionist fairytales like Snow White and the Huntsman or developing historical adventures around figures like Isaac Newton and Leonardo da Vinci, the film would tell the origin of Saint Nicholas and Christmas, by way of a Viking-esque tale written by newcomers Ben Lustig & Jake Thornton. The deal at Sony also included Kon-Tiki helmers Joachim Ronning & Espen Sandberg, who will also do Pirates of the Caribbean 5.
The 86th Academy Awards are upon us and it's time to watch the show and announce the winners of the most prestigious award in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony is being broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre with another returning, exuberant host - Ellen DeGeneres. Last year featured a vivid and memorable set of movies, from Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity to Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave to Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street to Spike Jonze's Her to David O. Russell's American Hustle to Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips as the key contenders, among many others. Who will win? Time to finally find out at the 2014 Oscars. The full list below will be updated with winners marked as they're announced live tonight - refresh for updates.
Read on for the complete list of 2014 Oscar nominees & winners. Let us know what you think of the results!
This will be updated throughout the night to reflect the winners as revealed. Additionally, I might be adding a small bit of editorial commentary beneath each category. Winners are highlighted in BOLD below.
Few filmmakers leave a legacy behind in cinema that will last generations, and even fewer have a career that truly spans decades. French director Alain Resnais was one of those rarities behind the camera whose career began way back in 1946 and lasted up until his death on Saturday in Paris at age 91 (as reported by New York Times), not too long after his last film The Life of Riley premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February. The filmmaker never won an Oscar, but took home a BAFTA, saw several nominations and wins at the César Awards in France, and countless accolades at the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals. More below.
The Independent Spirit Awards are an annual award given in the name of independent film, featuring plenty of those little indies which deserve the honor and recognition that, this year, they might not receive at the Oscars. The 2014 winners were announced Saturday before the Oscars, via EW.com, at a ceremony in rainy Santa Monica. The big winner this year was Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, which swept the ceremony and took home a total of five wins from Best Feature to Best Director to Best Cinematography. These all always my favorite awards because they always get them right, including even Blue is the Warmest Color for Best International and Jared Leto for Supporting. Read on for the full list of Indie Spirit winners.
Good news cinephiles - A24 has arranged release dates for two their upcoming summer/fall releases. The first is David Michod's The Rover, a gritty post-apocalyptic western starring Guy Pearce, which we teased a few weeks ago. The film now has an official release date of July 18, 2014 right smack in the middle of this summer, setting it up to play throughout August as it opens limited. The film will probably play in Cannes, or may just go straight to theaters if they're that confident in it. On the flip side, Lynn Shelton's smart new comedy Laggies with Keira Knightley, which premiered at Sundance, is set for a late September release.
It's been 11 years since The Matrix Revolutions mostly disappointed us with an unsatisfying and predictable end to what began as a revolutionary sci-fi action flick. The Wachowski siblings changed the action genre, making bullet time the hot new trend, and slow-motion action all the rage, and the script was original, mind-blowing, and totally worthy of the patented Keanu Reeves, "Whoa." However, Warner Bros. hasn't gotten anything worthwhile in box office terms from the filmmaking team with both Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas bombing hard. So what's next? How about jacking back into The Matrix for a new trilogy?
As the start of production on Universal's franchise revival Jurassic World looms closer, the cast is filling out rather nicely. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard have a couple of lead roles with Jake Johnson also along in some capacity, and they'll be joined by younger stars Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer) and Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3). Now the dinosaur adventure from Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow has a bad guy with Deadline announcing Vincent D'Onofrio (Men in Black, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent) has landed the role on a villain. However, we don't know why he's a bad guy without any plot details.
We already know that the next mission for James Bond will hit theaters on November 6th, 2015, but we've been waiting to hear when the film might actually begin production. Now if we can believe the new "M" in the Daniel Craig led section of this longstanding British spy franchise, then we finally have that information. Speaking with MTV News, Ralph Fiennes, currently making the rounds for The Grand Budapest Hotel, said that James Bond 24 will head into production this fall. Fiennes said, "It's meant to start shooting in October," however, the actor adds, "I haven't read a script yet, so I can't tell you much."
We've seen the spectacular short films All's Fair and Valibation from A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas director Todd Strauss-Schulson, but we've been waiting on his next feature film for a little while now. Finally, Variety has word that his horror comedy The Final Girls is coming together at Sony Pictures after New Line took too long to get it off the ground. We're excited because the story begins by following a girl grieving the loss of her mother, a well-known scream queen of the 1980's, not unlike a young Jamie Lee Curtis. But suddenly, the girl and her friends are sucked into the world of her mother's iconic horror film.
After bringing us The LEGO Movie, Warner Bros. has picked up the rights to another building block property with the intention of crafting a feature film. Deadline has word that the studio has picked up Minecraft, the popular building block video game from Sweden. And though The LEGO Movie producer Roy Lee is developing the project through his Vertigo Entertainment banner, this will actually be a live-action film. For those who don't know about Minecraft, it's an open-world, sandbox environment video game where players mess around in a world composed of virtual blocks, almost like 3D pixels. More below!
Though director Marc Webb was recently pegged to take on The Amazing Spider-Man 3, making him the sole director in the rebooted comic book franchise, he also has his eye on shooting a film that doesn't involved the webhead. Deadline has word that 20th Century Fox has picked up a book called Cold Comfort (aka How to Catch a Russian Spy) and will develop the film as a directing vehicle for Webb. For now the subject of the book is keeping their identity a secret, because it's the true account of an American civilian turned self-taught spy, who worked with the FBI to bring down a Russian intelligence agent on US soil.
With the super-sized, R-rated version of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues hitting theaters tomorrow, Adam McKay was asked by Empire about the possibility of Ron Burgundy returning yet again. And while many filmmakers would probably play coy or leave it open-ended for another film, McKay thinks Ron Burgundy is finished. The director said, "It was great to do it and it was so fun to work with those guys again, but I think that’s it for Ron Burgundy. There’s nothing more fun to me than new characters and a new world. And now we’re releasing this alt version, we’re totally satisfied. No Anchorman 3.” More below!