Spotlight Pictures has acquired international rights to the romance Tar starring James Franco, Mila Kunis and Jessica Chastain.
Tar is based on a poetry collection by Pulitzer prize-winning poet CK Williams. The film blends adaptations of 12 poems to create a lyrical road trip through Williams’ life.
Franco stars as Williams, while Kunis plays his wife Catherine and Chastain portrays his mother. Rounding out the cast are Zach Braff, Henry Hopper and Bruce Campbell.
“We are thrilled to be working with Rabbit Bandini Productions and introducing such a beautiful, high-profile film to our buyers in Cannes,” said president of international sales for Spotlight Pictures Scott Bedno.
Carlos Rincon at Spotlight Pictures brokered the deal with Vince Jolivette and Miles Levy for Rabbit Bandini Productions.
The plot for “Jupiter Ascending” has been revealed by cinemablend.com.
The movie will be released on July 25th, 2014.
With expectations of a box-office bonanza this weekend, Disney is already planning a sequel to Oz the Great and Powerful, THR has confirmed.
Mitchell Kapner has been hired to write a script for the follow-up, which would continue the adventures of Oz, played by James Franco.
Kapner came up with the concept and ideas for the origin story of Oz, basing it on the classic L. Frank Baum books, pitching it to producer Joe Roth, who set it up at Disney, and writing the initial drafts. He shares screenwriting credit with David Lindsay-Abaire, who came on board later in the process.
Roth would be back as producer.
The movie stars Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams. Sam Raimi directed the fantasy tentpole, which, despite getting lukewarm reviews, is tracking to open at in the $80 million to $90 million range this weekend. That should go a long way toward off-setting the mega-budget, which was far north of $200 million.
Before Oz, Kapner wrote The Whole Nine Yards and its sequel, The Whole Ten Yards, and also worked on the action movie Romeo Must Die. He is repped by Gersh and Fineman Entertainment.
Planning for sequels to tentpoles has become increasingly the norm in Hollywood, with movies ranging from Snow White and Huntsman to comedies such as the Hangover series engaging in the practice.
Sam Raimi’s “Oz the Great and Powerful” gives each of the Ozian ladies her turn in the spotlight. Benevolent witch Glinda (Michelle Williams) floats in her bubble and rules over the Munchkins, Quadlings and Tinkers. Silver-tongued Evanora (Rachel Weisz) orchestrates the running of the Emerald City. And Theodora, portrayed by Mila Kunis, is a naive young woman who finds herself lovestruck by mysterious stranger Oscar “Oz” Diggs (James Franco).
For Kunis, the role represented a chance to once again act with Franco, one of her “dearest, closest friends,” she said, and to work with Raimi — a director she has long admired.
“Sam is the most collaborative director I’ve ever worked with,” she said. “He wears a suit every day to work out of respect to the crew …. He is willing to hear other people’s opinions, and he doesn’t come in with an ego or self-righteousness.”
The visually opulent film was a massive production — a new experience for Kunis, who had “never done anything of this size or magnitude,” she said.
That’s not to say she’s inexperienced. The 29-year-old Ukraine-born actress has been acting since she was a child. Kunis made a name for herself playing shallow cheerleader Jackie Burkhart on “That ’70s Show” — a role she landed at age 14. Soon after she began voicing Meg Griffin on “Family Guy,” then she turned heads in 2008 when she played the love interest in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” Kunis’ performance opposite Natalie Portman in Darren Aronofsky’s 2010 art-house hit “Black Swan” earned her supporting actress nominations for Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards.
Hero Complex caught up with Kunis for five questions about “Oz the Great and Powerful,” which opens in theaters this weekend.
Beware: Spoilers lie ahead.
The nominations for the 2013 MTV Movie Awards were announced earlier today and Mila Kunis and the film “Ted” have received nominations!
Fans can vote for Mila and the movie at MTV.com until April 13, 2013!
Chris interviews Mila Kunis about her latest film Oz, the Great and Powerful, touching upon lad bombs watching Watford play and a certain chicken restaurant.
Last week, Mila Kunis was photographed in both Moscow and London at events promoting “Oz The Great and Powerful”. I have just added 601 HQ and MQ images from the events into our photo gallery!
You can watch the entire video from “The Graham Norton Show” that featured Mila Kunis below!
Ever since the casting of Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, and Mila Kunis as the witches of Oz, eager fans of the upcoming Oz The Great and Powerful have been wondering which witch is which. Or, more specifically, which witch is the infamous evil one. The answer remains somewhat elusive as the March 8 release date approaches.
In a new clip, Evanora (Weisz) and Theodora (Kunis) appear to be arguing over the danger of Theodora’s decision to bring Oscar (James Franco) to Oz. But while many assumed Kunis or Weisz would secretly turn out to be the green-faced Witch of the West, the new clip seems to suggest that there may be yet another witch in Oz’s midst. And we’re not talking about Glinda, either.
Check out the preview — which also showcases Theodora’s powerful temper — below:
Responsibly mined colored gemstones are Mila Kunis’ best friend.
Decked out in dazzling green Gemfields emerald earrings by Fernando Jorge and an exquisite Gemfields emerald ring designed by Victor Velyan, Kunis sat down with ET’s Brooke Anderson to talk about her partnership with Gemfields jewels, a corporation she says renewed her faith in gem mining.
“They take so much pride in their work and they take such good care of their employees,” gushed Kunis of her partnership with Gemfields, a luxury company that produces amethysts, emeralds, and rubies all the while ensuring that their employees in Africa make a living wage and enjoy simple necessities such as electricity and running water.
Since recently taking her leave from high-profile beauty contract, the actress says she wasn’t too keen to put her name behind another company.
“I’ve done that once before and it’s one of the hardest things to do … to pitch a product you don’t stand by,” said Kunis. “The short of it is, I went and visited [Gemfields] in Africa and they are one of the most loveliest companies I had had the pleasure of actually touring, let alone being a part of. They take care of their community, they put up schools, and they teach the people how to farm vegetables. I mean it sounds so dated and so simple, but very rarely do people take the time. They say they do, and on paper they do, but in real life they don’t.”
Watch the video for more, including stunning shots from Kunis’ newly launched campaign.