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Okay Actors, So Here’s a Job, VENGEANCE Is Calling! 

SCREENMANCER CASTING ALERT: This comes to us from Evolutionary Films. And, yes, it is in London — but you LA folks will go anywhere now that the Pound is down and everything is at Brexit prices right? They tell us VENGEANCE is an action-packed revenge thriller about an ex-special forces soldier turned contract killer, Gold, who returns to his home town when he discovers that his adoptive family have been murdered.

And the call goes out for 17-to-60 year olds, plus the proverbial Local Constable, of course a Coroner, it is a thriller after all. Also not-so-affable chums named Billy and Spider and such.

They start shooting next month in London, as mentioned, and will be holding castings on Thurs. June 30th, and Fri. July 1st, and Mon. July 4th.  Evolutionary will also be hosting a read-through of the screenplay to workshop and get feedback, as well as a re-call process.  The read-through will take place on Sat. July 9,  at Three Mills Studio .
Stats on Star-studded Casting First

 

CASTING BREAKDOWN

Actors who would like to be considered for a part in VENGEANCE should contact diane@evolutionaryfilms.com with your CV and a recent headshot/online showreel.  The casting breakdown is as follows:
 

HATCHER – 45-50, male, Screen combat experience essential. Supremely confident veteran special forces soldier. Movie villain-style ego.

BARNES – 25-30, female. Screen combat experience essential. Professional soldier, with the respect of her team. She’s all about the mission, and Hatcher’s personal guard dog.

DAN – 35-40, Caucasian male, Screen combat experience essential. Square-jawed hero who personifies integrity and dignity. Ex-Brother in arms with Gold.

MARSHALL – 30-35, male, Screen combat experience essential. Total psychopath, barely kept in check by the rest of his special forces team.

LAMBERT – 35-40, male, Screen combat experience essential. Professional, take-no-shit soldier, placed in charge of running the team’s drug running operation.

KEITH – 35-50, male, total scumbag with a victim complex. Uses Sandra as his personal dogsbody. Desperate to get his drugs business back.

ROSE – 25-30, Caucasian female, girl next door. Takes the responsibilities of running her family café and looking after her younger sister very seriously. Feels trapped in her own hometown as a result.

Nice stats on Employment in Acting and Gender for grins…
 

ETTIE – 60-70, Caucasian female, doting wife to Ettie, mother to Dan and adoptive mother to Gold.

STOCKWELL – 35-40, male, Screen combat experience essential. Professional soldier with a very, very short fuse. Takes it all personally.

VIOLET – 17, Caucasian female, Rose’s younger sister. Hates the town, hates working at the café, hates that her parents passed away. Hates/loves Rose. Constantly on her phone messaging her friends.

CORONER – 45-60, male, empathic medical practitioner.

LOCAL CONSTABLE – 30-40, male, a dead loss. 10 steps behind everyone else. A good, mostly silent comedic performance required.

BRUCE – 40-60, Caucasian male, brusque but friendly pub landlord. Doesn’t take Gold asking questions in his pub very well.

HAMMER – 30-40, Afro-caribbean male, the biggest, most muscular/bulkiest human alive. Needs to be able to look directly down at Gold.

SPIDER – 30-40, Caucasian male, people trafficking scumbag. Tattoo’d face/head.

BILLY – 28-35, Caucasian male, jaw-droppingly handsome, people-trafficking scumbag.

LESTER – 40-50, male, Screen combat experience essential. Twitchy, nervous people-trafficking scumbag.

NELSON – 35-40, Afro-caribbean male, the intimidating muscle of the people trafficking operation.

CARLY – 16-18, Caucasian female, an attractive college student, now in a state of drug-induced delirium, having been kidnapped.

MR DAVIES – 40-60, Caucasian male, wealthy, well dressed businessman

MRS DAVIS – 40-55, Caucasian female, wealthy, well dressed

YOUTH – 16 – 25, male or female, slightly twitchy, trying to play it cool but failing miserably.

Don’t you just love reading (between the lines on) breakdowns… as opposed to having one? But wait, annual salary by gender stats just so you know what you’re worth.

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Tom Cruise: Like Balls to The Wall in JACK REACHER, Seriously

SCREENMANCER TOM CRUISE ALERT: Hollywood’s first Billion Dollar BO Movie Star, a/k/a Tom Cruise is reaching for his inner bar-fighter again. JR_FL2_Small Yep, another adapt from the best-selling series authored by Lee Child, this one entitled Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. To quote our friends over at Paramount Pictures, “Two things are gonna happen in the next ninety seconds. First, you’re going to read this sentence. Second, you’re going to watch this trailer.” (Nothing like simple declarative sentences to get the blood up.)

So, here’s all the insider deets…

JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK is in theaters October 21, 2016. And they have their own pre-cooked hashtag #JackReacherMovie. Small TT_ JRThey also have Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/JackReacherMovie/,  plus in the works, advance on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jackreacher, with sexy Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jackreacher/. And even that old fashioned entity known as a website, Tom Cruise is baaaack.

Here’s interesting and fun stats on Mr. Mapother, uh, Mr. Cruise, or Keyser Söze, lol…

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Finding Dory, Gender Fluidity, Also Ellen DeGeneres & Some Sexy Stats

SCREENMANCER GENDER THEORY: Okay so, Screenmancer is all about Digerati for Digerati, thus here we will present an argument for the rise of gender fluidity and why this is important in the Digital Age via Finding Dory, the Disney movie that is currently blowing away box office records for biggest June opening ever.

We can thank Ellen DeGeneres for coming out with this hit, and coming out, you know, in other ways too. (Smiley face.) There’s a running theme in here, fluidity, fish, finding ourselves, plus it all works out. Now, free your mind, forget everything you know in the offline world, jump into this digital ocean.

Remember a time when all the nurseries were pink and blue awaiting You Know Who? Before the Digital Age, just about everything was set in stone, literally, offline brick-and-mortar even. Then came the commerce wave in 1999 that blew every business up the tornado of digital innovations? Well, now we are mostly up in The Cloud we know and love today. Along the way, real offline people lost their “given” and “surnames,” came up with crazy usernames and thereby became digital presences.

But what else happened with this transition behind the screens? You guessed it, gender became either unrelated or irrelevant to the User (note that is a gender neutral noun). Carl Jung, yes, that Jung, defined a process known as individuation. In “Jungian psychology, individuation is the process of transforming one’s psyche by bringing the personal and collective unconscious into conscious,” according to mindstructures.com.

In other words, our transition into Digerati consciousness may necessitate deep personalization not just in the hardware and software, but for users to define themselves as well. Something to think about. We fine tune ourselves as users as we fine tune our consciousness as digerati. You can tune a piano, but you can also tuna fish… okay, we tried. Now for the sexy stats, they are courtesy of Graphiq, which rocks in the visual search presentation department.

Go Find Your Inner Dory, that’s the moral of this story.

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Who Knew The PGA “Produced By Conference” Was So Cool, Like Morgan Freeman Cool

By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent

MorganHand16That’s not click-bait in the headline, and we will get to the Morgan Freeman Appreciation Society in a moment; but first Day One of the Produced By Conference held June 4-5 at Sony Studios by the Producers Guild of America (PGA).  It was nothing short of a rousing success yesterday. To a person, attendees gave it raves, whether from Arkansas or Iceland or Pasadena. The Infolist sponsor rep even claimed it was the only must-attend event on his calendar. You have Elizabeth Banks, the “285 Million Dollar Director,” in a Conversation With Max Handleman, her husband and producer on the PITCH PERFECT franchise. LizBanks16 Keith Arem, game designer, but also CEO of PCB Productions, known for “Call of Duty” and PHOENIX INCIDENT will give such a humorous and in-depth rundown on his viral marketing for UFO film PHOENIX that literally a group of fanboys and fangirls will swamp him outside at the break. Kathryn Schotthoefer, President of Heavenspot/M&C Saatchi, will tell a story about the perils of Twitter hell that is so funny, you’ve got to hear her say it. She’s talking about a famous actor from a famous TV series, name not included.  On Social Media, “hate is always going to be the loudest,” Schotthoeffer begins. “We had one incident when talent went off the rails. Someone had been drinking. Shit went bad! We were able to get to that person’s manager, who actually drove over to his house and took his phone away. Knowing when someone is volatile is key, because [Twitter] is people, right?”

Dalia Ganz, Director from Freeform (formerly known as ABC Family) also had a few gems. In talking “Pretty Little Liars,” she revealed, “Fandom wants to feel like they are responsible for the success of your series. We have squads. People like to be individuals, but they like to belong to squads… we are all part of one hashtag PLL squad.” Next you see Octavia Spencer fronting a panel, and this just gives you a taste of how well-organized and eclectic and brave the PGA seems for putting this together.

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IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA – Octavia Spencer speaks at the 8th Annual Produced By Conference presented by Producers Guild of America at Sony Pictures Studios on Saturday, June 4, 2016 in Culver City, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for Producers Guild of America/AP Images)

On a break outside at lunch, Pétur Sigurdsson from RVK Studios in Reykjavik has such a cool Game of Thrones shooting story from that frozen North that an entire lunch table is in rapt attention. He tells of blizzard conditions when one of the series directors , Alan Taylor, actually had to completely change locations on the fly, but managed to capture some genius moments for the Wall sequences on GOT. Then he adds how series creators David Benioff and D. B.Weiss liked to hang out and play cards. But then Sigurdsson drops the hammer for attendees, cuts to the chase, “we’re looking at a 25 percent tax credit now, it just went from 20 to 25 percent to shoot in Iceland.” Two guys hawking a “Vampire Western” tomorrow during the film pitch session, make a note of this. Aerial drones for cinematography seem all the rage at the swag tables, unfortunately no drones are in the gift bag.

Reasons To Really Like FX, Seriously…

Next FX bigwig John Landgraf with his “Fargo” producer Noah Hawley are introduced by Vance Van Petten (not of the TV family of actors, note the spelling difference), National Executive Director of the PGA. Van Petten’s questions are so good and so thoughtful that when you mention he could be a journalist and ask for a quote, he calmly says, “I don’t.” As in give quotes. But with a little prodding he says, “I’ll give you this. The best quote I heard was from John Landgraf.” VinceVP16He goes on to say, parsing here “you don’t imbue authority unless you delegate in every respect with responsibility. People will say they had the authority to sign off on this,” but taking responsibility for outcomes is a whole other aspect. Speaking of the well-respected and quotable John Landgraf, he almost stops the room with “I don’t like the winner-take-all model, The Google Model. They are a monopoly… They own everything and build a moat around it.” Although this sounds like a sucker punch for Silicon Valley, Landgraf is basically saying he is unconvinced there will be “an algorithm” for making the perfect filmed content. Also, his point is that  “studios have competition,” unlike Google, his parallel, so “there are many buyers for your new ideas.” Storytelling leads, you can define the vibrancy of your society by the quality of the storytelling.” Noah Hawley, sums up the creative flag-planting with “the fastest way to reinvent something is to tell it differently.” Think The Coen Brothers, that is. This is a perfect segue to Morgan Freeman, who will be introduced by his long-time friend/colleague producer Mark Gordon, who is full of zingers today. MorganLori16Lori McCready, Morgan’s CEO and co-founder of his production company Revelations, doesn’t just sit back on this panel, she jumps in the fray to correct a few Freeman anecdotes with “now can  I tell it?” Before you wonder about The Hand, Morgan Freeman’s gloved mystery, listen to him explain it after Mark Gordon gives this glowing over-the-top speech: “I have known Morgan and Lori for 20, 25 years, they are some of the two of the most wonderful people I’ve ever known and ever worked with. They are thoughtful ethical decent and funny and fun and charming and wonderful and really smart.” Freeman calmly peels off a wad and forks over a one dollar bill, yes $1 in American money to Mark, and says, “for all that shit you were talking.” You know right away, these two are going to have fun.  As far as the skin-colored glove Morgan wears, he admits “here’s the problem. I was in a car accident and the car did not have those bags that beat you up (airbags), but my left arm was beat up pretty badly. As a result I have, they said, stretched nerves. So as a result of the nerve damage I have (flared up) ulnar nerves. They call this pain fibromyalgic, it’s the same pain amputees get. It comes like a spasm, it just comes whenever it feels like it. But when they say ‘Action,’ I just go… f*ck.” And the pain apparently disappears during shooting, he insists. Some mention off-stage is made of medical marijuana. This is really a safe space and an intimate fun setting, despite the physical pain Morgan reveals that he lives with 24/7. He spends most of his time in Mississippi, while producing partner Lori McCreary, who is also President of the Producers Guild, lives in Los Angeles managing the business interests.

Enduring Magic of INVICTUS

In a touching aside, Lori reveals that “one of my proudest moments, in my 20-something years working with Morgan is INVICTUS, and showing it to Nelson Mandela. I will never forget it. My parents were there, we were watching him watching it.”(Mandela) turns to Morgan and says “perhaps people will remember me now.” There’s a little hush in the room, as Morgan Freeman, who has played everyone from God to Mandela to Batman’s inventor, shares that the Mandela experience was “one of my diamond encrusted moments in life, my favorite director directed the film — you know Clint Eastwood, right? I had the most fun playing Nelson Mandela that I ever had, and I really love what I do. When we shot the last frame, crew, actors, everybody looked at Clint and said ‘lets do it again.’ That was special.”

Mark Gordon, who rounds out the moment, adds “here’s another thing about Morgan and Lori, they make their films by hand. I know when Morgan and Lori are making a film or TV show (“Madam Secretary” is one of their TV series), they are 100-percent physically and emotionally committed to the film.” MarkGordonMF16Morgan Freeman, who is literally loved by everyone in the room and around the globe, adds that his approach will never change. “The minute you start changing the approach, you start changing the result, and that may not be for the better. I personally have this ‘fear’ of success. I mean when you’ve been doing this for a number of years and things start to escalate — you pushed a snowball and you pushed a snowball up a hill, you’re at the top of your game — and what if you can’t control it? You’re growing first, and the next thing you know you’ve outgrown yourself. You know what I mean?”

Morgan Freeman speaks at the 8th Annual Produced By Conference presented by Producers Guild of America held at Sony Picture Studios on Saturday, June 4, 2016, in Culver City, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision for Producers Guild of America/AP Images)

Morgan Freeman speaks at the 8th Annual Produced By Conference presented by Producers Guild of America held at Sony Picture Studios on Saturday, June 4, 2016, in Culver City, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision for Producers Guild of America/AP Images)

Freeman is talking about remaining Human Scale in the face of tremendous success, a piece of advice today’s actors could really benefit from, if they absorbed the enormity of this personal revelation. So that’s what you learn from Produced By, the really exciting and surprising conference from the PGA. If you hurry, you can still catch today’s session. For information and tickets, see www.ProducedByConference.com, follow them on Twitter with @Produced_By, #ProducedBy2016 and via www.facebook.com/ProducedByConference — you’ll be glad you did.

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Megan Fox – Still Super Hot, Still Swings To Teenage Mutant Turtle Music

SCREENMANCER TMNT2 ALERT: Los Angeles, CA – You know Megan Fox is still super hot, no matter what (or who) she does, and Fox is also known to swing to turtle music. That said, Paramount Records just let slip today that it will release the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS – Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on June 3rd, featuring the film’s original score by Steve Jablonsky (the “Transformers” franchise, “Pain and Gain”). The Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies film is being unleashed in theatres nationwide today. 

“The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise has some of the most unique and fun characters ever created, which makes it a great canvas for music. I enjoyed the challenge of creating new musical themes for these characters,” said Jablonsky. “One of my main goals was to have fun with the music, because that’s what the Turtles are all about; they could be fighting the craziest battle ever and still be cracking jokes. But the film also has a heart and a message, about being true to who you are. Out of the Shadows is a great combination of fun, action and heart.” You Know The Story, A Shell Game

Yes, Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo return to theaters this summer in “TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS” to battle bigger, bad-asser villains alongside April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell), who is actually funny. After super villain Shredder (Brian Tee) escapes custody, he joins forces with Guess-Who scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and two super-dummies henchmen, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (ripped WWE Superstar “Sheamus”), to deploy a diabolical plan to take over the world, or close proximity. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing a more-twisted evil-doer with worse intentions: the notorious Krang.

All About the Credits

From Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies. Produced by Michael Bay, p.g.a., Andrew Form, p.g.a., Brad Fuller, p.g.a., Galen Walker and Scott Mednick. Based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman. Written by Josh Appelbaum & André Nemec. Directed by Dave Green. Starring Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Laura Linney, Stephen Amell, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Brian Tee and Tyler Perry.

All About Steve

Steve Jablonsky has composed the music for many of Hollywood’s most successful films.  He previously composed the score for director Michael Bay’s blockbuster “Transformers” films:  “Transformers,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”  He also created the music for the director’s dark comedy, “Pain and Gain,” as well as his 2005 futuristic thriller, “The Island.”  In addition, Jablonsky composed the scores for Bay’s Platinum Dunes horror remakes “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Friday the 13th,” “The Hitcher,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “The Amityville Horror.” Jablonsky has also worked on multiple projects with director Peter Berg, including the action drama “Lone Survivor,” starring Mark Wahlberg and Taylor Kitsch, and the action adventure “Battleship,” starring Liam Neeson and Alexander Skarsgård.  He continues his collaboration with Berg on the action-thriller “Deepwater Horizon,” opening September 30.  Jablonsky also recently composed the score for the Keegan-Michael Key-Jordan Peele action comedy “Keanu.” Jablonsky’s additional film credits include the scores for the Vin Diesel-Elijah Wood actioner “The Last Witch Hunter”; Gavin Hood’s adventure “Ender’s Game,” starring Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield; Ruben Fleischer’s “Gangster Squad,” starring Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling; David Gordon Green’s comedy adventure “Your Highness,” starring James Franco, Natalie Portman and Danny McBride; and the Japanese anime film “Steamboy,” directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, as well as the documentaries “Origin Story” and “When Elephants Fight.” And, for television, Jablonsky wrote the music for the smash hit ABC series “Desperate Housewives.”   He also composed the score for the award-winning telefilm “Live From Baghdad,” as well as several series, including “Threat Matrix” and ESPN’s “Sports Century: The Century’s Greatest Athletes.”  He more recently scored the entire first season of NBC’s comedy, “You, Me and the Apocalypse.” With videogames becoming more innovative and sophisticated, so have their scores.  Jablonsky’s music can be heard in such top-selling games as “Gears of War: Judgment,” “Gears of War 2 & 3,” “Transformers: War for Cybertron,” “Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands,” “Transformers: The Game,” “The Sims 3” and “Command & Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath.”

Megan Fox in All Her Super Hotness

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Red Carpet Reveals: What Stars Depp, Brolin, Let Slip on Press Line & Katie Holmes Syndrome

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent

By now the “Disso Queen,” the nickname of Johnny Depp’s attorney Laura Wasser, has squared off against Amber Heard’s superhero-named legal eagle Samantha Spector in what looks to be A Divorce to Remember. But before allegations fly from both corners, the red carpet is where the first signs of trouble manifest. This is where being on the press line becomes an artform in reading star body language. JohnnyDeppHandWhen Depp appeared to collect a major life achievement award from Leonard Maltin in February, he was solo on the red carpet. Questions about Amber Heard’s whereabouts went unanswered, kind of down to mumbles. In fact, one could say Depp, 52, went from Trouble With Paradis, meaning long-time love Vanessa Paradis, 43, to Trouble in Paradise, meaning the current fracas with dishy Drive Angry star Amber Heard, who turned 30 in April. Angelina Jolie is reported to have been opposed to Heard from the beginning, especially the lack of pre-nup, so it’s no surprise that Depp has now retained Jolie’s former divorce lawyer Laura Wasser. “Dissolution” is the California word for divorce, hence this Disso Queen and opposing counsel Spector (both from Loyola Law School) have their battle to come on June 17, the next court date.

After Beds, Bets Are Being Made…

My money is on Wasser, because who couldn’t love a divorce attorney who went on the record with Interview Magazine in 2012 as quoting Samuel Johnson. As in, “My personal feelings on marriage? Samuel Johnson once said second marriages — although I could probably say this about any marriage — are about the triumph of hope over experience. I think that’s true. I don’t know that human beings were meant to mate for life or be monogamous.” HatterDepp16
Clearly Johnny Depp, JD to his friends, is in good hands. But those moments on the red carpet just stick in the memory, how the Black Mass star seemed reluctant to walk the press line, then makes direct eye contact and even collects a bouquet (huge security risk) from an elderly reporter across the velvet rope. This woman, in retrospect, may have reminded him of his ailing mother. For an A-Lister and franchise fronter, Jack Sparrow lost his persona for a moment and let you in, an unusual event for a movie star.

Right then it reminded of Josh Brolin, similar red carpet behavior before the story broke of his divorce from Diane Lane.  Son of well-liked actor James Brolin and step-son of Barbra Streisand, who adores Diane Lane, Brolin walked the red carpet for the 2009 WGA Awards for then-nominated movie Milk and exhibited the same Depp-like behavior, guarded and too available at the same time. BrolinLane16Diane Lane was noticeably absent from the red carpet. When asked about her, Josh Brolin evaded the issue deftly. Next time he is in the news, reports and photographs show that Brolin went off the rails briefly, in an eerie parallel to Johnny Depp’s current scenario, without the allegations of abuse, fortunately. In a relatively happy ending, Brolin is now engaged to his assistant, make that ex-assistant, Kathryn Boyd. And Diane Lane is the bigger star, so she wins.

All’s Fair in Love & Divorce

While the circumstances of Depp and Brolin’s relationships and marriage breakdown are very different, the red flags on the red carpet were the same. Oddly enough, when the news is good, as in the case of Jamie Kennedy, the red carpet behavior is the same. Kennedy was dating Jennifer Love Hewitt, but the news wasn’t broken yet. HewittKennedy16On the red carpet, Jennifer Love Hewitt was right behind him, as then co-star, but the proximity was too close. The next day Ryan Seacrest’s KISS-FM radio show broke the story about the dating, which ended within a year back in 2010.
But the big takeaway, besides the hiding in plain sight, was Jamie Kennedy’s admission in the aftermath about dating his more-famous ex: “People weren’t rooting for a good relationship,” he told Perez Hilton. “That was really hard to deal with. You see snarky headlines and eventually you just have to stop reading stuff.”

Looking Crass, Not Looking Glass?

Right now, and leading up to June 17, there is more bile than snark flying around in the Depp vs. Heard headlines. Disney is suffering bad box office for Depp-starrer Alice Through the Looking Glass; industry insiders, via The Hollywood Reporter for example, are doing a fair amount of hand-wringing, blaming Johnny Depp’s personal life (read: bad press) for the tanking BO. However, the real reflection staring back at Disney from the broken box office looking glass? The blank faces of movie-goers who are just done with recyquels (new word coined here!). Heard faces similar problems with the alleged ‘negative feedback’ coming back from her association and roles in Warner Bros’ DC Universe with an appearance in The Justice League and as a main player for the Aquaman franchise, in which she is inked to play Mera.

What Katie Did

KatieHolmes16Too bad Amber Heard didn’t read the fine print from the previous high-profile marriage meltdown, Tom Cruise vs. Katie Holmes. There should literally be a name for what happened to her, let’s call it The Katie Holmes Syndrome: meaning marrying a superstar will eclipse your career as the wife, and bury your career as the superstar’s ex. Both women gave up prime real estate in their 20’s for these mega-marriages. Holmes was already 28, but a repeat love-interest shoo-in for the Batman franchise. Which she skipped, then had to watch Maggie Gyllenhaal take over in what would become one of the biggest grossers of all time.

Consider also Michelle Williams’ career after Batman’s Heath Ledger faded. Williams was eclipsed by the bigger star and under a black cloud after The Joker‘s shock death, which literally sucked the life out of her career too. MichelleWilliams16 Heard was a huge sensation as evil-slaying hot mess Piper from sexy-psycho road movie Drive Angry with Nicolas Cage in 2011. She was 25 then, and already under Depp’s shadow. Instead of amping her career, the Johnny Depp association practically took her off the market in Hollywood. The moral of the story here is, to avoid Katie Holmes Syndrome, don’t marry the superstar if you want a career. Or simply hitch your wagon to a Star Waggon with your eyes wide open, shall we say.  Whatever the outcome, the first cracks, as mentioned, will happen on the carpet because Super Couples are literally attached at the hip for press junkets. You will be asked about your spouse, it’s a rule. Luckily, unlike TomKat and Brangelina, Depp and Heard never had a compound press moniker.

Always A Minor Hitch

Maybe it’s time for the studios to have a watcher on the red carpet to monitor tell-tale signs of personal upheavals. Or better yet, somewhere Depp’s Mortdecai co-star Gwyneth Paltrow is chuckling harder than Vanessa Paradis is said to be doing, because now the idea of “Conscious Uncoupling,” or a blood-less friendly divorce, seems like a welcome alternative. Ironically, Paltrow had to come forward to say that her marketing mind at goop, her online web lifestyle portal, had just used the term in a headline not even in the body copy of her divorce announcement. In fact, the real originator of the concept of Conscious Uncoupling, Pepper Potts had to admit, was psychologist Katherine Woodward Thomas. Woodward Thomas famously told The Telegraph, a UK newspaper, that “Gwyneth wasn’t aware I existed.” AmberHeard16The Conscious Uncoupling creator also said something at that time so telling that it applies to Depp vs. Heard, and likely to every celebrity divorce: “the grief of lost love is intensified by the sense of public shame and failure; of having your union judged and belittled.” It all starts to show when they’re called on the carpet, the dread carpet.

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Werner Herzog Opines All Things The Interwebs, “Lo and Behold…”

SCREENMANCER DIRECTOR ALERT:  Wildly creative filmmaker Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Fitzcarraldo) sums up his latest digital exploration with: “It is one of the biggest revolutions we as humans are experiencing.” WernerHerzog16Thus Werzog holds forth on the past, present and absent corporeal state of the constantly evolving future of the Interwebs in Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World. Working with NETSCOUT, a mover in real-time service assurance and cybersecurity, which came aboard as a producer and led him into a new world, Herzog conducted original interviews with cyberspace pioneers and prophets such as PayPal and Tesla co-founder Elon Musk, Internet protocol inventor Bob Kahn, and revered hacker/pioneer Kevin Mitnick. These provocative conversatons reveal the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works, from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and the very nature of how we conduct our personal relationships (read: Social Engineering, dating apps, etc.). Executive producer Jim McNiel adds, “It’s a journey even Werner, with his immense imagination and inquisitive mind, didn’t expect. Unless you have lived in the technology space, you don’t yet fully appreciate what dwells there.”

Wires On The Brain & on the Poster

Screenmancer Presents WIRED‘s Exclusive First Look via The Scene.

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WARCRAFT Invades ArcLight Hollywood: A Towering Orgrim Character Installation Now Thru June 16

ArcLight Cinemas brings the highly-anticipated WARCRAFT film to life in an epic touring in-theater experience

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SCREENMANCER EPIC ALERT, Los Angeles, CA: The battle begins as ArcLight CinemasLegendary, and Universal Pictures announce the launch of a traveling in-theater installation featuring a larger-than-life statue of Horde warrior Orgrim, one of the stars of this summer’s epic cinematic adventure WARCRAFT. Starting today, moviegoers throughout Southern California will have an opportunity to come face-to-face with the incredibly lifelike orc and his iconic weapon the Doomhammer, both crafted by WETA Workshop, known for their groundbreaking work on iconic films like The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies, as well as Mad Max: Fury Road.

The mighty Orgrim statue is over 10 feet tall and weighs in at 550 lbs. The character comes to our world from this summer’s highly anticipated movie based on one of the biggest fantasy franchises in entertainment history: Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft game series. Visitors to participating ArcLight Cinemas are sure to be captivated by the grand scale and intricate detail of this mythic WARCRAFT character.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring a character that lives in the imaginations of so many to physical life,” said Emily CastelLegendary CMO. “I cannot wait to see people’s reactions as they encounter this imposing character in their local theaters and become immersed in the magical world of the film.”

“Having a life-size Orgrim exhibit for our guests is an exciting part of the full ArcLight experience that we are proud to provide to our fellow movie-lovers,” said Gretchen McCourt, Executive Vice President, Cinema Programming, ArcLight Cinemas.

WARCRAFT will be released in 3D by Universal Pictures on Friday, June 10, 2016. Tickets and more information can be found at www.arclightcinemas.com.

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Backgrounder on the Film

From Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures comes WARCRAFT, an epic adventure of world-colliding conflict based on Blizzard Entertainment’s global phenomenon. 

The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people, and their home.  

So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.

Directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and written by Charles Leavitt and Jones, the film starring Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Rob Kazinsky and Daniel Wu is a Legendary Pictures, Blizzard Entertainment, and Atlas Entertainment production. 

The producers are Charles Roven, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Alex Gartner and Stuart Fenegan. Jillian Share, Brent O’Connor, Michael Morhaime and Paul Sams serve as executive producers. Rob Pardo, Chris Metzen, Nick Carpenter and Rebecca Steel Roven co-produce. WARCRAFT will be released by Universal Pictures.  www.warcraftmovie.com

Who Is Legendary?

Legendary is a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television and digital (Legendary Television and Digital Media) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to mainstream audiences with a targeted focus on the powerful fandom demographic. Through complete or joint ownership, Legendary has built a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment including some of the world’s most popular intellectual property. In aggregate, Legendary Pictures-associated productions have realized grosses of more than $12 billion worldwide at the box office. To learn more visit: www.legendary.com.

All Things ArcLight Cinemas…

ArcLight Cinemas, created by Pacific Theatres, a privately owned, Los Angeles-based company with 60 years of theatrical exhibition history throughout California, Hawaii and Washington is a premiere moviegoing experience with an unparalleled commitment to bringing a variety of rich cinematic content to moviegoers in all markets. ArcLight Cinemas operates eight theaters in California including Hollywood, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, El Segundo, Santa Monica, Culver City and La Jolla, as well as one theater in Bethesda, Md, Chicago and Glenview, Ill.  ArcLight also owns and operates the historic Cinerama Dome and programs the TCL Chinese Theatre and IMAX in Hollywood. Pacific Theatres currently operates theaters in Los Angeles that include The Grove and The Americana at Brand in Glendale, Calif. Additional information about ArcLight Cinemas is available at www.arclightcinemas.com/  

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Alex Gibney Has ZERO DAYS, a Stuxnet Doc, on Deck for July 8

SCREENMANCER CYBER/FILM ALERT: Here’s what we know so far — Magnolia Pictures, Participant Media and Showtime will release ZERO DAYS in Theaters, on Demand, on Amazon Video, and on iTunes July 8, 2016. ZERO DAYS is directed by Alex Gibney, the fanatically precise director who helmed STEVE JOBS: MAN IN THE MACHINE and won an Academy Award for 2008’s TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE.

Here’s a Screenmancer First Look

Directed and Written by Alex Gibney

Starring: Colonel Gary D. Brown, Eric Chien, Richard A. Clarke, General Michael Hayden, Olli Heinonen, Chris Inglis, Vitaly Kamluk, Eugene Kaspersky

Official description below…

Alex Gibney’s ZERO DAYS is a documentary thriller about the world of cyberwar. For the first time, the film tells the complete story of Stuxnet, a piece of self-replicating computer malware (known as a “worm” for its ability to burrow from computer to computer on its own) that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target. ZERO DAYS is the most comprehensive accounting to date of how a clandestine mission hatched by two allies with clashing agendas opened forever the Pandora’s Box of cyberwarfare. Beyond the technical aspects of the story, ZERO DAYS reveals a web of intrigue involving the CIA, the US Military’s new cyber command, Israel’s Mossad and Operations that include both espionage and covert assassinations but also a new generation of cyberweapons whose destructive power is matched only by Nuclear War.

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Pixel-Perfect BILAL Screened at Cannes 69th & Took a Few Years, 22 Countries to Create

SCREENMANCER ANIMATION ALERT: Recently Dubai’s first-ever CGI animation, BILAL, screened at the 69th Cannes International Film Festival, which featured an Animation Night on May 18. But the story behind BILAL, a 1400-year-old animated saga, is even more notable. The cast includes excellent actors Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (who played the yacht assassination target for Matt Damon in BOURNE IDENTITY), and Ian McShane from HBO’s “Game of Thrones” TV series, also PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEANBilalActor2BILAL had a sneak preview five months ago at the 3rd Ajyal Youth Festival, presented by the Doha Film Institute, in Doha, Qatar. This pixel-perfect, Disney-quality animation is said to have culled resources from 22 countries, tapping 327 creatives, in collaboration to complete on a budget of $30 M USD. Eponymous main character Bilal is actually based on a historic figure, a revered warrior, named Bilal bin Rabah. And who was he? “One of the most trusted companions of the Prophet Mohammed,” according to exhaustive research done by the film’s makers via Saudi-informed “forensic historians.”

What makes this film interesting is that you don’t necessarily have to know the backstory to appreciate the master-level craftsmanship on the CGI in BILAL. In fact, this project pays off the promise that ‘reality begins at 80 million polygons’ as coined by animation forefather Alvy Ray Smith, and really brings home the notion that this technology now has a life of its own as this fantastic tool available all over the world for people to tell make epic explorations.

When you watch this film, you see top drawer animation with a sincere message of “faith, hope and self-discovery inspired by the real life story,” as described by the filmmakers.

To quote them directly, “Director/producer Ayman Jamal said when casting the voice talent for the main characters they targeted the US because they wanted the actor playing Bilal ‘to be able to give an English and African accent and to convey the epic sense of the story inspired by real events that happened 1400 years ago.’” bilalarrow2American actor Jacob Latimore is teenage BILAL. According to Kidzworld, a portal for young actors, this Milwaukee native grew up with a love of Motown and singular gifts as a musician early on with a hit called “Superstar.” Which means he has the perfect voice control as a voice actor, not to mention his credits include roles in 2014’s RIDE ALONG (Kevin Hart, Ice Cube) and THE MAZE RUNNER, as well as a 2010 credit for VANISHING ON 7TH STREET. Over the course of this spirited and engaging film, Bilal’s character will age from 6 to 60 years old, and the intricate animation’s high-dollar production values make it a pleasure to sit through.

This is a multi-talent collaboration, as mentioned, with clever choices such as Atil Örvarsson, a composer from Iceland, to do the music. Örvarsson said he tried to “combine the archaelogical, historical nature of the story and make it accessible for an international audience. We used old instruments from the region and combined it with modern electronically synthesised music, we created themes for some of the characters and created a unique, other worldly sound for the witch doctor.”

Project point-person Jamal nailed the complexity of producing a movie of this scope in CGI, especially when the Dubai creative climate is more familiar with shorter projects. “The industry here is based on short movies and originally we wanted to work with an animation studio but we found there was no animation or CGI studio in the MENA region so we had to start the studio ourselves to make BILAL and that’s how we established Dubai-based Barajoun Studios.” BilalHugThe film itself was funded by individual investors from the Gulf Region, including Saudi Arabia with the Doha Film Institute. Expect BILAL to be on the radar this year, as Variety, Indiewire, Cartoon Brew, and Animation News have all tracked its progress thus far. Let’s hope this film has the harmonizing effect as intended, because the animation is truly pixel-perfect. Find out more about BILAL here, and watch for it to screen near you soon.

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