George Clooney and Bennett Miller Developing Drama Series About the 1990s Movie Business

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George Clooney did plenty of work in the world of television before breaking out in a big way with NBC’s ER in the mid 1990s, and now it appears that he’s keen on spearheading a TV series of his own.  Vulture reports that Clooney has teamed up with Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller and Rescue Me creator Peter Tolan to develop a one-hour comedic drama series that will “explore the movie business of the early 1990s.”  That is one hell of a creative trio behind-the-scenes, and the early 1990s is a fruitful period to explore.  It marked a turning point for the film business, as the studio-driven commercial projects of the late 1980s were threatened by the booming independent film movement with folks like Quentin Tarantino and Steven Soderbergh leading the charge.  More after the jump.

First Look at George Clooney in the Upcoming DOWNTON ABBEY Short Film

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It’s rare for a British period soap opera to become a cultural phenomenon, and it’s even rarer for it to net an A-list movie star.  Downton Abbey, arguably the silliest drama on television, is set to premiere a short film on their British network ITV over the holiday season to promote the network’s “Text Santa” charity initiative.  George Clooney will pitch in by making a guest appearance, although there are currently no details about his character or the size of his role.

A brief clip from the special has been released online, and it provides no further information other than Cora looking like she’s mistaken his character for Lord Gratham.  Or perhaps she’s just calling him “Dearest” because, let’s face it, George Clooney is everyone’s dearest.  Hit the jump to check out the Downton Abbey short film clip.  The movie will premiere on ITV on December 18th.  The show’s fifth season has already aired in the U.K., and will premiere in the U.S. on January 5th on PBS.

Jack O’Connell and Julia Roberts May Join George Clooney in Jodie Foster’s MONEY MONSTER

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Jack O’Connell is having quite the year thanks to Starred Up and ’71, and he’s still got Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken on the way as well, but apparently things are only going to get bigger for the 2014 breakout star.  A little over a week ago it was announced that O’Connell scored the lead role in Terry Gilliam’s long-awaited Don Quixote and now he might snatch up another high profile project to go along with it, Jodie Foster’s Money Monster.

O’Connell and Julia Roberts are both currently in negotiations to join George Clooney in the film for Tristar Pictures.  Hit the jump for more on Money Monster.

Coen Brothers’ HAIL, CAESAR! Set for Release on February 5, 2016

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Universal Pictures has set a Hail, Caesar! release date for the next film from writers/directors Joel and Ethan Coen.  The comedy has been slated for release on February 5, 2016, which marks the first 1st Quarter release date for a Coen Brothers film since 2004’s The Ladykillers.  The film takes place in 1950s Hollywood, during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age, and “follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.”  The incredible ensemble cast is led by Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, and Jonah Hill.  More on this curious choice of release date for Hail, Caesar! after the jump.

Brad Bird Talks Having to Pass on STAR WARS EPISODE VII to Finish TOMORROWLAND

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The New York Comic Con marked the true arrival of director Brad Bird‘s new film Tomorrowland upon the global conscience.  While the picture won’t be out until May 22nd, we hadn’t seen anything from the film at all until the trailer and poster popped up at NYCC and Bird (along with co-writer Damon Lindelof) started doing press.  During that press Bird was asked what it was like to have to turn down Star Wars: Episode VII in order to work on his new film with George Clooney.  What’s even more interesting about this exchange is that it seems like Bird was also up for Episode VIII if you break down the timetable of his comments.

Hit the jump for more on Brad Bird and Star Wars: Episode 7, which J.J. Abrams is of course currently shooting. The film stars John BoyegaDaisy RidleyHarrison FordAdam DriverMark HamillCarrie FisherLupita Nyong’o, Oscar IsaacDomhnall GleesonAndy SerkisGwendoline Christie, Miltos YerolemouPeter MayhewAnthony DanielsKenny Baker, and Max von Sydow.  It opens on December 18th, 2015.

TOMORROWLAND Comic-Con Panel Recap: George Clooney Makes First Comic-Con Appearance; Unveils Action-Packed Clip Loaded with Lasers and Robots

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We may be a little light on movies at New York Comic-Con this year, but Walt Disney Studios decided to go big by unveiling some never-before-seen material from Tomorrowland.  At first, we thought it was huge that we got to see the film’s brand new teaser trailer, but mere minutes after screening it at the Javits Center, the promo hit the web.  That couldn’t be right.  There had to be more, right?  Sure enough, Disney delivered.

You know how you only see that super short snippet of George Clooney in the teaser?  Clooney made his very first Comic-Con appearance at the Tomorrowland panel to give us more footage featuring his character.  Hit the jump for my Tomorrowland Comic-Con recap.

TOMORROWLAND Trailer and Poster: George Clooney Leads Brad Bird’s Ambitious Sci-Fi Film

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Disney has released the first Tomorrowland trailer for director Brad Bird’s mysterious new sci-fi film.  Scripted by Bird and Lost alum Damon Lindelof, the film stars George Clooney and revolves around “a bright, optimistic teen (Britt Robertson) bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment who embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as ‘Tomorrowland.’”  And the trailer is great, offering a simple scenario that hints at the film’s possibilities without spoiling too much.  I love Robertson’s reaction to the reveal.

Hit the jump to watch the Tomorrowland trailer and click here to check out Perri’s Comic-Con panel recap.  The film also stars Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw, and Kathryn HahnTomorrowland opens in theaters on May 22, 2015.  Now that I know what the heck this movie is I’m getting pretty excited for it.  So glad this teaser hints rather than spoils. 

First TOMORROWLAND Images Unveiled; Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof Reveal Story Details for Unique Sci-Fi Film

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Disney’s mysterious Tomorrowland has been one of the more curious projects percolating over the past couple over years, in no small part because it acts as The Incredibles and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol director Brad Bird’s second live-action feature and boasts a screenplay from Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof.  Plot details have been almost humorously non-existent, especially since production wrapped quite a while ago.  What we do know is that the film has a connection to the Disney theme park of the same name and stars George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, and Britt Robertson.  However, with more details poised to be unveiled at New York Comic-Con this weekend, the very first Tomorrowland images have arrived along with some exciting revelations from Bird and Lindelof about the pic.

Hit the jump to take a look at the first Tomorrowland images and to see what Bird and Lindelof have to say about this sci-fi/fantasy film and its connection to Walt Disney himself.

George Clooney to Direct Phone Hacking Scandal Movie for Sony

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After tackling World War II with this past February’s The Monuments Men, the multi-talented George Clooney has settled on his next directorial feature.  THR reports that Clooney will produce and direct an adaptation of journalist Nick Davies’ book Hack Attack (great title or greatest title?) for Sony Pictures, which chronicles the recent British phone hacking scandal that surrounded Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation empire.  In 2011, the company was caught hacking into the voicemails of everyone from celebrities to politicians to families of soldiers who perished in the Iraq War.  The unveiling of the scandal led to News of the World closing its doors after 168 years and a subsequent government investigation that lead to the arrest of the publication’s former executive editor Neil Wallis and former editor Rebekah Brooks.

More on the film, and Clooney’s upcoming slate, after the jump.

Josh Brolin to Reunite with Coen Brothers in HAIL, CAESAR!

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Josh Brolin is on quite a roll.  He recently joined Emily Blunt in director Denis Villeneuve’s (Prisoners) promising next film Sicario and just signed on to play the Big Bad Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy (and, by extension, the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe), and now he’s lining up a reunion with the Coen brothers.  Universal Pictures announced today (via The Wrap) that they will distribute the next film from writers/directors Joel and Ethan Coen, Hail, Caesar!, and in the announcement the studio revealed that Brolin will be starring in the film alongside previously announced George Clooney.  Hit the jump for more on the Coen brothers’ next film.

FANTASTIC MR. FOX Criterion Blu-ray Review

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Few filmmakers are better suited to the world of stop-motion animation than Wes Anderson.  The director has fine-tuned his visual aesthetic over the course of his career, bringing quick and stable camera movements, gorgeous set designs, and specific yet vibrant color palettes to the forefront of his signature style.  After a swell run films that made him one of the most exciting directors in the business, Anderson expanded his scope to the sea (Life Aquatic) and international locales (Darjeeling Limited) before diving into the world of stop-motion animation for his 2009 film Fantastic Mr. Fox.

The result is a highlight of an already impressive career, and the impeccable Roald Dahl adaptation is finally a part of the Criterion Collection.  Hit the jump for my Fantastic Mr. Fox Blu-ray review.

GRAVITY Blu-ray Review

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Gravity just won seven Oscars, including two for editor/director Alfonso Cuarón, and was a blockbuster at the box office, grossing over $270 Million domestic and over $700 million worldwide.  It was a theatrical experience, meant to be seen in 3D on Imax in a Dolby Atmos theater.  Which means it’s exactly the sort of film that might not be as much fun to watch at home.  So how does it fare on the small screen? Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star in the film, and my 2D version of Gravity Blu-ray review follows after the jump. 

George Clooney and Grant Heslov to Produce Remake of Norwegian Thriller PIONEER for Sony

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While their film The Monuments Men is currently playing in theaters, George Clooney and Grant Heslov will set their sights on a new project.  Sony is currently in negotiations to acquire the remake rights for Norwegian thriller Pioneer, with Clooney and Heslov producing through their Smokehouse company.  Directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg and starring Aksel Hennie, Wes Bentley and Stephen Lang, Pioneer centered on a worker laying oil pipeline in the North Sea.  When a tragic accident occurs, he attempts to determine its cause and soon finds himself at the center of a sinister conspiracy.  Hit the jump for more.

Excellent Criterion Collection Trailer for Wes Anderson’s FANTASTIC MR. FOX

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Wes Anderson has made many good films over the course of his career, but Fantastic Mr. Fox is among his best.  The 2009 stop-motion animated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s childrens book is an absolute delight from start to finish, and it’s finally getting a proper Criterion Collection release next week.  In anticipation of the Blu-ray/DVD dual format release, Criterion has put together a swell new trailer that offers a peek at some of the behind-the-scenes material that will be included on the Criterion disc.  The director-approved release includes the film’s digital master as well as a host of extras, including audio commentary, footage of the actors voicing the characters, an hour-long documentary about Dahl, and much more.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to see the full list of extras included on the Blu-ray, and click here to pre-order the disc.  Fantastic Mr. Fox Criterion Collection Blu-ray/DVD will be available starting February 18th.

Weekend Box Office: THE LEGO MOVIE Clicks with Giant $69.1 Million Debut; THE MONUMENTS MEN in Second with $22.7 Million

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It was clear that The LEGO Movie was going to be big, but ‘big’ in February usually means something different than at other times of the year.  Most projections had the animated film opening between $45 and $60 million.  Instead, the big screen debut of the classic toy brand earned an estimated $69.1 million from 3,775 locations.  That counts as big in any month, and stands as one of the best openings ever for an original animated feature.  The Monuments Men and Vampire Academy were also new this weekend, though only the former ended up successfully counterprogramming the LEGO juggernaut.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The LEGO Movie $69,110,000 $69.1
2.  The Monuments Men $22,700,000 $22.7
3.  Ride Along $9,400,000 $105.1
4.  Frozen $6,914,000 $368.6
5.  That Awkward Moment $5,400,000 $16.8
6.  Lone Survivor $5,300,000 $112.5
7.  Vampire Academy $4,100,000 $4.1
8.  The Nut Job $3,809,000 $55
9.  Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit $3,600,000 $44.4
10.  Labor Day $3,230,000 $10.1

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