Cannes Adds Roman Polanski’s ‘Based On A True Story’ & More Films To Lineup

The Cannes Film Festival has just made a handful of additions to its Official Selection, including Roman Polanski’s Based On A True Story (D’Après Une Histoire Vraie) which will screen out of competition. The Eva Green-starrer had been tipped to be part of the lineup originally announced on April 13, and its inclusion today comes during a time when the director’s 40-year-old child sex conviction is again in the U.S. courts.

This may be seen as a bold move by the festival, although it has consistently supported the helmer who resides largely in France. He was last in competition with 2013’s Venus In Fur and won the Palme d’Or for 2002’s The Pianist.

Based On A True Story is based on the novel by Delphine de Vigan and co-scripted by Olivier Assayas. It’s centered on a writer who gets involved with an obsessive admirer after the release of her latest book. Polanski’s wife Emmanuelle Seigner also stars with Vincent Perez.

With Polanski such a fixture in Cannes — and France — over the years, it will be interesting to see if this film’s presence on the Croisette has a new resonance given the current headlines. The director, who has been in and out of courts these past several years as prosecutors have sought his extradition to the U.S. over the 1977 case, was the subject of an outcry here back in January when he was named honorary president of the César Awards (France’s equivalent to the Oscar), but ended up pulling out after French women’s groups threatened protest.

Leaving aside the controversy, let’s also note that added to the lineup is Ruben Ostlund’s The Square. The film will screen in competition. This is the next from the director of 2014’s lauded and Foreign Language Oscar-shortlisted Force Majeure which many felt was snubbed when it came to nominations. He moves up to competition from Un Certain Regard.

Added to UCR this year are La Cordillera by Santiago Mitre and Walking Past The Future by Li Ruijun. Barbet Schroeder is getting a Special Screening berth with Le Vénérable W., as is Carré 35 from Éric Caravaca.

Cannes has also added a tribute to André Téchiné including his latest film, Nos Années Folles; a Children’s Screening of Zombillénium d’Arthur by Pins and Alexis Ducord; and an event with concert and film by Tony Gatliff.


D23 2017 Features Marvel, Star Wars & Disney Animation Panels

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club has announced the lineup of the most highly anticipated presentations at D23 Expo 2017, July 14-16. The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, will kick off the Expo on Friday morning, July 14. Later that same day, The Walt Disney Studios will give fans a sneak peek at all the latest from Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar. On Saturday morning, The Walt Disney Studios will preview the coming slate of live-action films from Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm.

Then, on Saturday afternoon, fans will get a preview of what’s in store at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts during a presentation hosted by Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek. Sunday afternoon, Disney Legend Alan Menken will take fans on a musical journey during an all-new concert. These Expo favorites will take place in “Hall D23,” the 6,800-seat venue located in Hall D of the Anaheim Convention Center. The schedule of Hall D23 Events and Presentations are as follows, with all events subject to change.

The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, July 14. The ceremony, hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, will once again honor those visionaries and artists who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy. This year’s recipients are: Carrie Fisher, Clyde “Gerry” Geronimi, Manuel Gonzales, Mark Hamill, Wayne Jackson, Stan Lee, Garry Marshall, Julie Taymor, and Oprah Winfrey.

The Walt Disney Studios will present a behind-the-scenes look at its blockbuster collection of upcoming films in two jam-packed Hall D23 sessions. At 2:30 p.m. on Friday, fans will discover what’s on the drawing board for the acclaimed filmmakers at Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios. On Saturday at 10:30 a.m., Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm showcase the Studios’ exciting slate of live-action films. As always, attendees will be treated to exclusive footage, special guest appearances, and more! It’s possible that the Saturday morning panel will feature a sneak peek at upcoming Star Wars movies like The Last Jedi or perhaps the Han Solo spin-off, but that hasn’t been confirmed yet.

On Saturday, July 15, at 3 p.m., step into the worlds of magic of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts with Chairman Bob Chapek to find out what’s new and what’s next for resorts around the globe. To round out the weekend, Disney Legend Alan Menken will perform his exciting new one-man show, A Whole New World of Alan Menken. The eight-time Oscar-winner introduced new generations to musicals through such box office hits as Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Enchanted and Tangled, as well as the Broadway shows Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act, Newsies, and A Bronx Tale, as well as the ABC television series Galavant. Menken will perform his own music and share entertaining anecdotes about his unrivaled career during the show, which will be performed Sunday, July 16, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. in Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Tickets for D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for a one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3-9. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission and $53 for children 3-9. Multi-day tickets are also available. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit D23 Expo The Ultimate Disney Fan Event brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event, which will take place July 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. For the latest D23 Expo 2017 news, visit Presentations, talent, and schedule subject to change. To join the D23 Expo conversation, be sure to follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube, and use the hashtag #D23Expo.


See Wonder Woman Every Day with Regal’s Ultimate Ticket

Regal Entertainment Group has announced today their Ultimate Ticket promotion for the upcoming Wonder Woman movie. Starting today, fans can purchase their Ultimate Ticket for Wonder Woman, which allows them to see Wonder Woman once per day, for every day of the theatrical release. Here’s what Regal had to say about this Ultimate Ticket, which will cost $100.

“This one-of-a-kind collectible ticket features Wonder Woman‘s world famous double W logo laser cut and etched into textured anodized steel. Each card is personalized with the cardholders ship to name inscribed permanently on the back. Guests with the Regal Wonder Woman Ultimate Ticket receive ONE ticket to ONE showtime on each business day during the initial release of Wonder Woman at Regal theatres. Accepted for all film formats, including RPX and IMAX. No other film title will be substituted for any reason. Available exclusively at”

For members of the Regal Crown Club, you can earn 10,000 credits with each Ultimate Ticket purchase, but not everyone will be able to buy one of these limited edition cards. Regal is only selling 1,000 of these Ultimate Tickets, so if you want to see Wonder Woman in theaters every day this summer, then you better act fast. You can purchase these tickets by clicking the link above, and fans should allow between three to four weeks for shipping.

Earlier this month, box office analysts predicted that Wonder Woman could pull in upwards of $80 million during its box office opening weekend. While that figure is still a far cry from the $166.1 million debut of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice or the $133.6 million opening weekend of Suicide Squad, both of those movies suffered drastic drops in their second weekends, and it’s possible that Wonder Woman may have more longevity. Both Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad were trashed by the critics, though, but many critics found Gal Gadot’s portrayal of Wonder Woman as one of the highlights of BvS, so we’ll have to see how critics respond to this stand alone Wonder Woman movie.

We also reported earlier this month that Warner Bros. isn’t planning a Wonder Woman sequel, but that may change if the movie overperforms at the box office. Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny. The supporting cast includes Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui, Elena Anaya, Connie Nielsen and Lucy Davis. Take a look at this promo ad for the Wonder Woman Ultimate Ticket at Regal Theaters.

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World War Z 2 Moves Forward with Director David Fincher

The fate of Paramount’s World War Z 2 has been left up in the air for the past few months, after the studio pulled the zombie sequel from its release schedule and delayed the movie indefinitely. A lot has changed between now and then, with the studio getting a new CEO in Jim Gianopulos, with sources claiming that Paramount is closing in on a deal with director David Fincher to take the helm and direct. The studio hasn’t issued an official green light for the sequel yet, but that is expected to happen in the weeks ahead.

Variety reports that Paramount is eyeing a production start in the first quarter of 2018, although the studio hasn’t announced any release plans thus far. We first reported about David Fincher’s potential involvement back in August, with producer/star Brad Pitt reportedly “zeroing in” on David Fincher as his top choice to direct the sequel. However, plans for this project were pushed back due to Brad Pitt’s divorce with Angelina Jolie. After then-CEO Brad Grey indefinitely delayed the sequel, most had wondered if it would ever come to fruition, but that has changed now that Jim Gianapulos has taken over.

Back in February, a source revealed that David Fincher “really wants to direct” Brad Pitt in this movie, which would reunite the actor and director for a fourth time, following their work on Se7en, Fight Club and most recently The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It would also mark a return to the big screen for the director, who hasn’t made a film since 2014′s Gone Girl, although he has been keeping busy on the small screen, producing and directing Netflix’s House of Cards and Mindhunters, while developing a number of other TV projects such as Utopia. If a deal is finalized, this would also mark a rare sequel for the director.

After cutting his teeth directing a number of music videos, such as Madonna’s Express Yourself, Aerosmith’s Janey’s Got a Gun and many more, David Fincher made his directorial debut with 20th Century Fox’s Alien 3, the studio’s much-maligned sci-fi horror sequel that was widely panned by critics. The filmmaker has reportedly been wary of sequels ever since then, but he has always been open to any ideas brought to him by Brad Pitt. The director and star almost worked together on a remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, but it never materialized.

This project would also mark a reunion for David Fincher and Jim Gianopulos, who gave his last feature film Gone Girl the green light when he was the CEO at 20th Century Fox. The script for World War Z 2 has been worked on by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises), with Dennis Kelly (Black Sea) providing a rewrite, but it isn’t known if another writer will be brought on board. The original World War Z, which starred Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale and Matthew Fox, earned $202.3 million domestically and $540 million worldwide, from a $190 million production budget.


Ewan McGregor Is Christopher Robin in Winnie the Pooh Movie

With Disney setting Marc Forster to direct the studio’s live-action Christopher Robin movie, the studio has now found its leading man. Ewan McGregor has signed on to play the title character, who has long since grown up from his days in the 100 Acre Wood, and is now a businessman with a family of his own. The studio has also brought in writer Allison Schroeder, who is coming off an Oscar nomination for her work in Hidden Figures, is coming aboard to work on the script.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news on this casting, with the actor set to play the grown-up Christopher Robin who has “lost his sense of imagination,” since he is now solely focused on his work and being successful. While the Winnie the Pooh character isn’t mentioned in The Hollywood Reporter’s piece, previous reports revealed that Winnie The Pooh actually comes back to visit the adult Christopher Robin, since he needs help finding his friends, but this visit comes at the worst possible time for Christopher, since he is close to losing his wife and daughter because he’s too focused on his work.

The original script for Disney’s live-action movie was written by Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip), with Tom McCarthy (Spotlight) writing a later draft of the script. Now with Allison Schroeder taking over the writing duties, it remains to be seen how much of the original story will change, or if a new approach will be taken. Brigham Taylor (The Jungle Book) will produce for Disney, which hasn’t set a release date at this time. Then again, with the cast now beginning to be formed, perhaps the studio will set a release date soon.

Author A.A. Milne named the Christopher Robin character after his own son, Christopher Robin Milne, with the character appearing in his 1926 book Winnie the Pooh and the 1928 follow-up The House at Pooh’s Corner, along with several poems. The character would then appear in the animated TV series The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and the 2011 animated film Winnie the Pooh. The author is the subject of a new biopic himself, entitled Goodbye Christopher Robin, which stars Domhnall Gleeson as A.A. Milne, Margot Robbie as his wife and Will Tilston as Christopher Robin.

Ewen McGregor can currently be seen in theaters in two vastly different movies, the Disney blockbuster Beauty and the Beast, where he voices the candelabra Lumierre, and Trainspotting 2, where he reprised his iconic character Renton. He also stars on FX’s hit anthology series Fargo, playing the dual role of Minnesota twin brothers Emmit Stussy and Ray Stussy. He will next be seen in The Land of Sometimes and Zoe, which are both in pre-production. Hopefully we’ll hear more about Christopher Robin soon, now that the lead character has been cast.


The Wonders from That Thing You Do! Reunited on Stage in LA

The fictional band from Tom Hanks’ 1996 movie That Thing You Do! reunited in Los Angeles last night to perform their hit song “That Thing You Do.” The Wonders were persuaded to reunite and perform at the Roxy last night for the Goddamn Comedy Jam with Bill Burr by Josh Adam Myers. Ethan Embry (The Bass Player), Jonathon Schaech (singer Jimmy), and Tom Everett Scott (Shades the Drummer) got up on stage to perform their hit single from the movie with a backing band and the crowd loved it. Steve Zahn, the guitar player in the band, was not able to attend so the guitar player of the backup band made a mask of Zahn’s face. Tom Hanks played the role of the band’s manager and was also not in attendance.

Various social media posts show the actors having a blast playing their hit single. Ethan Embry, when interviewed for the 20th anniversary of the movie told Entertainment Weekly that he was sick of the song. Here’s what he had to say in his interview with EW.

“I hate that song. I remember it reached that point of, like, ‘I can’t play this song one more time.’”

It is rumored that actors would playfully punch people on the set while filming who were caught whispering the tune. Hate it or not, the band clearly loved reuniting and playing That Thing You Do! for the first time in over 20 years.

That Thing You Do! was written by Hanks in 30 days while he was on a press tour to promote 1994′s Forrest Gump. The movie, set in 1964, follows a garage band’s rise to fame and the trials and tribulations of being in a one hit wonder rock band. Hanks had the actors learn to play their respective instruments while filming, which gave the movie a sense of authenticity. The song “That Thing You Do” was written by Adam Schlesinger of the band Fountains of Wayne and went on to reach number 41 on the Billboard charts and snag a Grammy nomination. The soundtrack included songs written by Hanks and Schlesinger and also cracked the Billboard charts. Not bad for a fictional band.

Hanks made sure to put references to The Beatles in That Thing You Do!, even modeling his character, Andy White as the band’s manager after Beatles manager, Brian Epstein. Andy White was the studio drummer who played on the Beatles first single, “Love Me Do.” The band’s sound was influenced by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, as well as the Dave Clark 5. Keen listeners can hear the influence while listening to the movie soundtrack.

That Thing You Do! was a moderate success at the box office in 1996, bringing in $35.5 million worldwide and a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While it seems last night’s Wonders reunion was a one off, we hope that other fictional bands take notice. Wyld Stallyns, Crucial Taunt, Cap’n Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters would make a great package tour.


Alien: Covenant Prologue Video Shows Prometheus Aftermath

Happy Alien Day, everyone! And what would Alien Day be this year without some brand new stuff related to the highly-anticipated next installment of the Alien franchise, Alien: Covenant? Don’t worry, Fox has us covered on that front in a big way, as they have released a brand new prologue for Alien: Covenant that finally shows us what happened to Elizabeth Shaw and David after the events of Prometheus.

Credit where credit is due, Fox and Ridley Scott are doing a great job of putting together a very compelling marketing campaign for this movie without having to give the whole thing away. They’re still giving plenty of it away, but seemingly not all of it. Fox released this new prologue, titled “The Crossing,” as part of the Alien Day festivities and it is a huge deal. At least for those who like to know more about the Alien mythology, which is really what these new Alien movies are all about.

“The Crossing, an official prologue short to Alien: Covenant, reveals what happened to crew members Dr. Elizabeth Shaw and the synthetic David after the events of Prometheus. Set aboard an abandoned Engineer vessel, Dr. Shaw repairs David as they continue their search for humanity’s creators.”

In the video, we see Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) repairing David (Michael Fassbender), who was pretty close to scrap by the end of the movie. David provides the voiceover for the video, which is for some reason very unsettling, but it does teach us an awful lot about the events that occurred between Prometheus and Alien: Covenant. More and more it is looking like David is going to wind up playing arguably the biggest role in what threatens the humans in Alien: Covenant and, since it is a prequel to the original movies, pretty much everyone who ever met their demise at the hands (or mouths) of a Xenomorph.

This is the second Alien prologue video that Fox has released for Alien: Covenant, like the first one, which showed the crew before they enter cryosleep aboard the Covenant ship on their journey, this will not appear in the movie. It is meant to serve as a bit of setup for the movie and helps to satiate our appetites before Alien: Covenant hits theaters, without having to show us actual footage from the movie. This video does lead up to something we have seen in one of the promo photos that was released, which makes it look like David has developed a bit of a dark streak.

Prometheus disappointed quite a few people when it was released, but the more and more we see about Alien: Covenant makes it seem like that movie was extremely necessary and that it could wind up looking better in hindsight. The cast for Alien: Covenant includes Michael Fassbender, James Franco, Demian Bechir, Danny McBride, Katherine Waterston and Billy Crudup. Alien: Covenant is directed by Ridley Scott and is set for release on May 19. Be sure to check out the brand new prologue for yourself below.

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Orion & Samuel Goldwyn Nab Philippa Lowthorpe’s ‘Swallows And Amazons’

Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films have secured the North American rights to director Philippa Lowthorpe’s Swallows and Amazons, the film based on the classic 1930s children’s novel by Arthur Ransome.

Rafe Spall (The Big Short) stars, along with Andrew Scott (Sherlock) and Kelly
Macdonald (No Country for Old Men) in the tale four children who escape the summer tedium by camping on a remote lake island. As Goldwyn Films describes, “But when they arrive, they discover they may not be alone and a desperate yet whimsical battle for ownership of the island ensues, where both skill and luck play a hand. Simultaneously, the dangers of an adult world, on the
brink of war, encroach on their paradise and intertwine with their lives, in the form of a mysterious pair of Russian spies hot on the tail of the enigmatic Jim Turner.”

“I believe it’s important to bring a good family film to the market, and that’s what I found in Swallows and Amazons,” said Peter Goldwyn, President of Samuel Goldwyn Films. “The film has a talented cast, and I know this will be a classic like
the original book.”

The film was written by Andrea Gibb and produced by Harbour Pictures’
Nicholas Barton and BBC Films’ Joe Oppenheimer, with producers Harbour Pictures Productions in association with HanWay Films, Studio Canal, BBC FILMS, BFI, Screen Yorkshire, Electric Shadow Company and Maiden Investments.

The deal was negotiated by Peter Goldwyn on behalf of Samuel Goldwyn Films and Mark Lane of HanWay Films on behalf of the filmmakers.

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