*** In Cannes for the 20th anniversary of his classic, “Pulp Fiction”, Quentin Tarantino called digital projection “the death of cinema”, expressing his love of 35MM and lamenting that the movie was the only film screened in that format at this year’s festival. He added the quote, “I’m hoping that while this generation is quite hopeless, that the next one will demand the real thing”. Ouch.
*** Box Office Insider didn’t think it could be any more excited about the Johnny Depp starrer, “Black Mass”, the upcoming drama centering around Boston crime figure Whitey Bulger, but we find that we are now downright giddy that our favorite actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, has come aboard in the role of Bulger brother, Billy, who ran the Massachusetts State Senate for years while his brother was inflicting terror on the Italian Patriarca crime family and virtually anyone else who stood in his way. Growing up in Boston in the 70’s and 80’s, the Bulger Brothers were as famous as Bobby Orr, Yaz and the wicked bad blizzard of ’78. Rounding out this cinematic Gang of Three is Joel Edgerton, who will portray disgraced FBI agent John Connelly. Warners will release the film in 2015.
*** Samuel Goldwyn has tossed its hat into the faith based film derby in securing US rights to “The Song”, a contemporary, music drivern take on the Old Testament, starring Alan Powell of the successful Christian band Anthem Lights. The movie comes out September 26th.
*** Relativity Media announced last week that they will enter the Indian market with a $100 million joint venture with B4U to create and distribute Relativity films for India and other Hindi territories. The first co-venture production is “The Best Of Me”, wherein the company will shoot two versions of the same story, one for American audiences (this version stars James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan) and one for Hindi audiences.
*** The Batman/Superman movie finally has a title. It’s…trumpets please!…”Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice”. The chances of the “Dawn of Justice” part ever landing on a theatre marquee are slim to none (and Slim just caught the bus).
*** After a divided Cannes reaction (I really am trying to be nice with that characterization), Warner Brothers has decided to sell Ryan Gosling’s “Lost River” to an independent distributor. I’ve already said enough about this film in a prior article so I’ll shut up now.
*** Edgar Wright has officially dropped out as director of the Paul Rudd superhero movie, “Ant-Man, due to those pesky “creative differences”. Well, maybe this frees him up to have another crack at a fourth Simon Pegg/Nick Frost film.
*** “Godzilla” director Gareth Edwards will direct the stand alone 3D “Star Wars” spinoff to be released by Disney on December 16, 2016.