Channing Tatum to Play Wolf-Human Hybrid 


No, Channing Tatum will not steal the Wolverine title from Hugh Jackman but the actor is going to play a wolf-human hybrid for the Wachowskis' "Jupiter Ascending." Filming is underway right now and Tatum is co-starring with Mila Kunis. We told you back in April that "Jupiter" is about:

Being the Queen of the Universe! The Wachowski Siblings have started shooting the new sci-fi film "Jupiter Ascending" starring Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Eddie Redmayne, Tuppence Middleton, Doona Bae, James D’Arcy, and Sean Bean.

Like a sci-fi twist on "Cinderella," Kunis stars as Jupiter Jones, Russian immigrant who scrubs toilets for a living but then discovers that she is next in line to be the Queen of the Universe! How quaint!


While promoting his upcoming action flick "White House Down," Tatum revealed to Movieline that he's a "splice" and they are "essentially built in a test tube. I'm a hybrid wolf and human. And half albino, so I'm a little defective."

The actor further revealed that Lana and Andy Wachowski are doing inventive work inside the camera and the CG world. Well, we were all mesmerized by "The Matrix" when it first came out, and a little bit for "Cloud Atlas" so I can't wait to see "Jupiter Ascending" when it comes out July 25, 2014.

Here's the full press release from Warner Bros. about the film:

Filming is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ “Jupiter Ascending,” an original science fiction epic adventure from filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski. Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis star in the film, which began shooting at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden on April 2, 2013.

From the streets of Chicago to far flung galaxies whirling through space, “Jupiter Ascending” was conceived and written by the Wachowskis, who are also directing. Award-winning producer Grant Hill, with whom the writer/directors have collaborated since “The Matrix” Trilogy, is producing the film together with the Wachowskis. Roberto Malerba and Bruce Berman are serving as executive producers.

Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along – her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

Channing Tatum (“Magic Mike”) and Mila Kunis (“Oz the Great and Powerful”) lead an international cast that also includes Sean Bean (“The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy), Eddie Redmayne (“Les Misérables”), Douglas Booth (“LOL”), Tuppence Middleton (TV’s “The Lady Vanishes”), Doona Bae (“Cloud Atlas”), James D’Arcy (“Hitchcock”) and Tim Pigott-Smith (“Alice in Wonderland”).

Behind the scenes, “Jupiter Ascending” reunites the Wachowskis with their longstanding collaborators, who most recently worked with them on “Cloud Atlas.” They include Oscar®-winning cinematographer John Toll (“Braveheart,” “Legends of the Fall”); production designer Hugh Bateup; editor Alexander Berner; costume designer Kym Barrett; and makeup and hair designer Jeremy Woodhead. “Jupiter Ascending” will showcase the kind of cutting-edge visual effects that have become the benchmarks of the Wachowskis’ films. Dan Glass (“Batman Begins,” “Cloud Atlas”) is the film’s visual effects supervisor, a post he has occupied for the Wachowskis since “The Matrix” Trilogy. Additionally, John Gaeta, the visual effects Oscar® winner behind “The Matrix,” is contributing to the visual effects design.

The production will remain in the UK at the studios through June, at which time filming will move to Chicago for completion.

“Jupiter Ascending” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.


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Complete Winners of 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival Awards 


"Mother, I Love You" and "Code Black" were the big winners at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival awards. "Mother, I Love You" won Best Narrative Feature while "Code Black" took home the Best Documentary Award.

Here's the complete list of winners of the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival awards:

DIRECTV Narrative Award (for Best Narrative Feature)
Mother, I Love You directed by Janis Nords

DIRECTV Documentary Award (for Best Documentary Feature)
Code Black directed by Ryan McGarry

Best Performance in the Narrative Competition
Geetanjali Thapa in Kamar K.M’s I.D.

Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
Short Term 12, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton

Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, directed by Grace Lee

Audience Award for Best International Feature
Wadjda, directed by Haifaa Al Mansour

HONOLULU FILM OFFICE AWARD for Best Narrative Short Film
Walker directed by Tsai Ming-Liang

HONOLULU FILM OFFICE AWARD for Best Documentary Short Film
Stone directed by Kevin Jerome Everson

HONOLULU FILM OFFICE AWARD for Best Animated/Experimental Short Film
Oh Willy… directed by Emma De Sweaf, Marc James Roels

Audience Award for Best Short Film
Grandpa and Me and a Helicopter to Heaven directed by Åsa Blanck and Johan Palmgren

Audience Award for Best Music Video
Katachi directed by Kijek/Adamski

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"Monsters University" Tops Box-Office with $82 Million; "Man of Steel" Still Unbeatable Overseas 


Monsters beat zombies and Superman at the domestic box-office. Disney/Pixar's prequel to "Monsters Inc.," "Monsters University" claimed the No. 1 position with $82 million in the U.S. and $54.5 million internationally.

Overseas, "Man of Steel" sold $89 million worth of box-office tickets but must settle to No. 3 domestically with $41.2 million. Starring Henry Cavill as our favorite Man of Steel, the Zack Snyder-directed film has grossed $210 million in the U.S. in just 11 days and a super worldwide total of $398.3 million. Wow!

At No. 2 was the Brad Pitt zombie flick "World War Z" from director Marc Forster. Based on the book by Max Brooks, "World War Z" made $66 million at the domestic box-office and $45.8 million internationally.

The comedy "This is the End" starring Seth Rogen, James Franco, and Jonah Hill finished in fourth place with $13 million while Summit's "Now You See Me" continued its magical box-office performance at No. 5 with $7.87 million. The crime thriller has made $94.4 million at the domestic box-office for a worldwide total of $134.4.

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office films for the weekend of June 21st:

1. "Monsters University," $82 million ($54.5 million international).

2. "World War Z," $66 million ($45.8 million international).

3. "Man of Steel," $41.2 million ($89 million international).

4. "This Is the End," $13 million.

5. "Now You See Me," $7.87 million ($6.6 million international).

6. "Fast & Furious 6," $4.7 million ($11.2 million international).

7. "The Internship," $3.43 million ($3.2 million international).

8. "The Purge," $3.41 million ($1.1 million international).

9. "Star Trek: Into Darkness," $3 million ($4.9 million international).

10. "Iron Man 3," $2.2 million ($400,000 international).

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And here's the international box-office estimates:

1. "Man of Steel," $89 million.

2. "Monsters University," $54.5 million.

3. "World War Z," $45.8 million.

4. "After Earth," $13.4 million.

5. "Fast & Furious 6," $11.2 million.

6. "The Hangover Part III," $8.6 million.

7. "Now You See Me," $6.6 million.

8. "Despicable Me 2," $6.4 million.

9. "The Great Gatsby," $5.5 million.

10. "Star Trek: Into Darkness," $4.9 million.

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Anna Kendrick In Talks to Play Cinderella in "Into the Woods" 


Anna Kendrick may soon join Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, and Chris Pine in the big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical, "Into the Woods." According to the Hollywood Reporter, the actress is in talks to play Cinderella in the Disney production with Rob Marshall ("Chicago," "Nine") attached to direct.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine (who also wrote the screenplay), "Into the Woods" is a hodge podge of classic fairy tales that feature a childless couple, Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt), who must go into the woods to lift a family curse by an evil witch (Meryl Streep). Along the way, the Baker and his wife encounter Rapunzel, Cinderella (Kendrick), and Little Red Riding Hood.

Depp will play the sexy and charismatic Big Bad Wolf, while Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal will play a pair of self-involved princes. Tracy Ullman and Christine Baranski complete the announced cast.

Kendrick, who's currently shooting "The Last 5 Years," Richard LaGravenese's adaptation of the musical, will be perfect as Cinderella. The actress, enjoying Top 40 success with her hit song "Cups," has been acting in Broadway musicals from a young age. And she rocked it at last year's "Pitch Perfect!"

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“Monsters University” & “World War Z” Movie Reviews – Which One is My Pick of the Week? 


It’s monsters versus zombies at the box-office this weekend as “Monsters University” and “World War Z” duke it out for your hard-earned money. In “Monsters University,” Billy Crystal (Mike) and John Goodman (Sullivan) return to embody their beloved characters. This time it’s college, and this is where it all began.

In “World War Z” from director Marc Forster (“Quantum of Solace,” “Monster’s Ball”), Brad Pitt is our accidental hero, Gerry Lane, who must race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic. Is “World War Z’ worthy of its source material – the popular novel by Max Brooks? Take a look at my review below:



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