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Alejandro González Iñárritu Wants To Shoot 'The Revenant' In Sequence, Megan Ellison May Save Financially Troubled Pic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2014 5:58 PM
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Tom Hardy, Leonardo DiCaprio, THE REVENANT
With a prime opening slot for "Birdman" at the Venice Film Festival next month, things look to be going pretty well for Alejandro González Iñárritu, and he even has "The Revenant" with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy gearing up to shoot this fall. Or does he?

'Zero Dark Thirty' Duo Kathryn Bigelow & Mark Boal Planning Film On Controversial POW Bowe Bergdahl

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 16, 2014 4:14 PM
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Well, if there was ever any doubt, we can say now firmly that Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal are not afraid of controversy. The director/writer pair had a certain amount of backlash from "The Hurt Locker," but nothing compared to their follow-up "Zero Dark Thirty" — willfully misread by some as being pro-torture, and well-researched to the extent that some wanted to investigate where their sources come from.

Tom Hardy To Team With Kathryn Bigelow & Annapurna Pictures For ‘The True American’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 14, 2014 10:37 PM
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Tom Hardy, Bigelow
We’re wiped out from the influx of Cannes-related news, so don’t sue us, and please forgive the immense brevity. Annapurna Pictures is going to produce “The True American,” which has Tom Hardy ("The Dark Knight Rises," "Lawless") attached to star and Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty") attached to direct. Hell yes.

Annapurna Drops ‘Terminator: Genesis’; Josh Trank Denies Recent 'Fanstastic Four' Rumors; Kevin Smith Making Horror Anthology

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 24, 2014 6:35 PM
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A few bits and pieces of news are lying about from the tentpole/genre world this evening, so let’s get to them. The first is some potential trouble with the upcoming “Terminator: Genesis” film, a reboot of the “Terminator” franchise set to star Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, Jason Clarke as John Connor and potentially Jai Courtney among other candidates for the role of Kyle Reese. One of the major financiers on the project was Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, but Ellison’s company has dropped out as producer leaving her brother David's Skydance shingle and Paramount to foot the bill.

'Terminator' TV Series In The Works That Will Tie Into The Upcoming Reboot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 6, 2013 2:02 PM
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Even though America said, "No thanks, we'd rather not watch the 'Sarah Connor Chronicles,' " and even though as a franchise, "The Terminator" films stopped being worth watching in 1991, Megan Ellison and Hollywood are convinced that you really want more. So, they've reupped Arnold Schwarznegger to once again lumber around against the laws of physics and everything we know about the human body for a reboot coming in 2015 that will kick off a new trilogy. But it seems that's not all ...

Watch: Buy Jennifer Lawrence A Drink In TV Spot For 'American Hustle' With More New Footage

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 19, 2013 3:44 PM
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American Hustle, Jennifer Lawrence
So just how tight has the turnaround been on David O. Russell's "American Hustle"? "David was rewriting the screenplay while promoting 'Silver Linings [Playbook],' which is why he is able to have a film competing in back-to-back years," Megan Ellison told Deadline in one of her first published interviews. "And while really impressive, it definitely put on a lot of pressure; I’ve never seen a filmmaker who could burn the candle from both ends like he did. But everyone did a ton of work to prep the film, and we shot a 178-page script in 42 days." Damn.

'Games Of Thrones' & 'Thor: The Dark World' Director Alan Taylor To Helm 'Terminator 5'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2013 4:06 PM
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Alan Taylor has officially claimed the iron throne. The "Game of Thrones" director, whose big-budget Marvel project "Thor: The Dark World" opens this fall (the footage we saw at D23 was officially "quite good"), has been named the director of the next "Terminator" film from Annapurna Pictures and Paramount. The next entry in the time traveling cyborgs franchise is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2015, along with every other huge movie ever.

Weekend Box Office: 'The Croods' Notches Best Animated Opening Since November

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 24, 2013 11:33 AM
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Normally, we’re besieged by animated fare during all months, but not so far in 2013. The only animated film of the year thus far was “Escape From Planet Earth,” a production from The Weinstein Company that was treated like a last minute dump, posting numbers that only counted as a hit compared to the film’s small budget and meager ad campaign. Before that, DreamWorks kept “Rise of the Guardians” active in over 3,000 sparsely-attended engagements, though over the holidays it seemed kids would rather toss snowballs around than watch a weirdly oppressive, vaguely non-denominational holiday movie. Which meant that all Fox had to do was not embarrass themselves with “The Croods,” supplying the kids market with a 3D diversion that stands as the second biggest opening of the year, far ahead of the middling 'Guardians' debut.

Harmony Korine May Direct A Southern Crime Family Tale Next; Is Developing Projects With Annapurna Pictures

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 18, 2013 8:09 PM
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Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers" is a hit in limited release. In fact, the girls gone wild meets Korine's enfante terrible aesthetics flick, posted the biggest limited release of 2013 thus far — a per-theater average $90,000 making it the the 10th-highest average ever for a live-action film in limited release. Not too shabby. And while 'Breakers' opens in wide release this weekend via A24 pictures, Korine is already shoring up his next project.

Watch: Annapurna Pictures Sizzle Reel Celebrates 'The Master,' 'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'Lawless' & More

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 26, 2013 9:17 AM
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With the Oscars over, it looks like we are finally ready to stop talking about last year’s movies and keep our focus entirely on this year’s crop of films. Well, most of us are ready to do that. Annapurna Pictures has posted a nifty little sizzle reel on their site showcasing the collection of challenging adult dramas that they’ve released and/or have been involved with over the past year. This includes clips from "Lawless," "The Master," "Zero Dark Thirty," "Killing Them Softly," "Spring Breakers" (premiered in Venice last summer) and "The Grandmaster" (premiered in Berlin a few weeks ago), with the latter two set to be released theatrically this year. The reel is a must watch for fans of any or all of these films.

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