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Guillermo del Toro Expects Good News On Pan's Labyrinth Musical

5:55 PM 10/12/2014 by Fred Topel
Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro has several upcoming movies in the works, including Crimson Peak, Pacific Rim 2 and a small independent movie he plans to make in between. He’s on television with FX’s series of The Strain, and he produced the animated film The Book of Life in theaters this week.

Zoe Saldana Expects Nina Simone Movie To Be Ready For Cannes 2015

5:38 PM 10/12/2014 by Fred Topel
Zoe Saldana
Zoe Saldana now has three franchises to her name: Avatar, Star Trek and Guardians of the Galaxy. Her passion project has been a biography of musician Nina Simone, and she’s wrapped filming on the movie Nina. She expects it to be ready for next year’s Cannes Film Festival. “We’re working on it and hopefully by Cannes of next year we’ll be walking down that red carpet with Nina,” Saldana said at a press conference for her animated film The Book of Life.

"Painkiller Jane" Will Be An R-Rated Wolverine

10:36 PM 10/5/2014 by Fred Topel
Jen and Sylvia Soska
The Twisted Twins, writer/directors Jen and Sylvia Soska, have had a whirlwind career since their second film, American Mary, swept horror film festivals. They were hired by WWE Studios to direct See No Evil 2 and another film Vendetta, and now they’ve landed the gig making a Painkiller Jane movie.

"Big Bad Wolves" Directors Postpone Palestine Film

10:11 PM 10/5/2014 by Fred Topel
Navot Papushado and Ahron Keshales
After their second film, Big Bad Wolves, was named the best movie of 2013 by Quentin Tarantino, Israeli directors Navot Papushado and Aharon Keshales planned to make their epic western Once Upon a Time in Palestine. Now they have decided to wait, because they are afraid their film would be manipulated by politicians on both sides. “It’s not we are afraid of what the reaction would be,” Papushado said.

Fantastic Fest Hit "Spring" Introduces A Brand New Movie Monster

4:21 PM 10/3/2014 by Fred Topel
Nadia Hilker in Spring
Spring was a hit at Fantastic Fest, winning an acting award for Lou Taylor Pucci. After festival screenings, Drafthouse Films announced it would distribute the film next year. The film stars Pucci as a man traveling in Italy who falls in love with a local girl (Nadia Hilker), who keeps her transformations hidden from him.

James Gunn Introduced Fantastic Fest to The Hive

3:54 PM 10/3/2014 by Fred Topel
The Hive
The Hive, the first feature film from Dave Yarovesky, premiered at Fantastic Fest. To help bring some attention to the film, Yarovesky’s filmmaker friend James Gunn attended the premiere and led a Q&A with Yarovesky after the film. “It’s a blast,” Gunn said of the film. “It’s an amazing looking film and it’s probably the most horrifying love story I’ve ever seen.”

Christian Bale Watched Life of Brian To Prepare for Exodus: Gods and Kings

3:34 PM 10/3/2014 by Fred Topel
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Christian Bale is playing Moses in Ridley Scott’s biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings. At a Los Angeles event showing early footage from the film, Bale spoke about taking on the role of Moses. He surprised the press when he revealed his biggest inspiration was the Monty Python biblical spoof.

Miles Teller Details Fantastic Four Injury

1:43 PM 10/2/2014 by Fred Topel
Miles Teller
Miles Teller was at a press conference today for his new movie Whiplash, the Sundance, Cannes, TIFF and New York Film Festival hit. In the film, Teller plays a jazz drummer who endures physical and emotional trauma for his art. The film’s theme reminded him of an injury he sustained practicing his art, playing Reed Richards in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. “When I was filming The Fantastic Four, I took a big chunk out of my finger,” Teller said.

New Film Reveals Behind the Scenes Disaster of Dr. Moreau

8:44 PM 9/29/2014 by Fred Topel
Richard Stanley trying to make The Island of Dr. Moreau
The 1996 remake of The Island of Dr. Moreau was not a big hit, and Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer were known to be difficult. However, the degree to which the film was a disaster in the making has now been chronicled in the documentary Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr.

Nightcrawler Turns Jake Gyllenhaal Into A Coyote

8:11 PM 9/29/2014 by Fred Topel
Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler
After playing the Toronto International Film Festival, Nightcrawler made it’s U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin last week. Writer/director Dan Gilroy was at the screening to speak about the film after. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a freelance videographer capturing horrific accidents and crimes to sell to local TV news.

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