December 21, 2010
Dan Brown Rewriting The Lost Symbol Script
Neither Tom Hanks nor Ron Howard are attached to Columbia Pictures' planned adaptation of Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol," but that hasn't stopped the studio from hiring Brown himself to take a crack at the script.
February 4, 2010
Columbia Starts Looking for The Lost Symbol
In news that should surprise no one, Columbia is getting the ball rolling on an adaptation of Dan Brown's "Da Vinci Code" sequel, "The Lost Symbol," and has hired Steven Knight to write the script.
April 21, 2009
Columbia Awaits Third Da Vinci Code Installment
Even as it gears up to promote the next installment in its "Da Vinci Code" franchise, "Angels and Demons," Columbia Pictures is making preparations for an adaptation of the next book in the series, "The Lost Symbol," which author Dan Brown is scheduled to release in September.
February 4, 2009
Exclusive: Inside Pinewood/Shepperton - A Photo Tour
Every year, the BAFTA film awards present a trophy for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema. Introduced in 1978, the award recognises an organisation or a person's career and influence on the British Film Industry. This year's recipient, announced today, is Pinewood/Shepperton, two of the British industry's most important film studios whose contribution to filmmaking has resulted in some of the greatest movies of all time. Under strict instruction not to let anyone working at the studios know about the award, RT spent a day last week touring Pinewood and Shepperton and learning a little more about these stalwarts of film.
November 26, 2007
Today's Negotiations To End The WGA Strike?
For the first time in over three weeks, things are looking up for Writers Guild of America (WGA) negotiations. Just in time for the holidays, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) and the WGA are meeting today to discuss negotiations.
November 21, 2007
Naomi Watts Joins Angels & Demons
The writers' strike might have temporarily halted production on Angels & Demons, but that hasn't stopped the filmmakers from filling out the cast around Tom Hanks.
October 25, 2007
Ron Howard Prepares to Unleash Angels & Demons
One of the many high-profile productions being affected by the looming writers' strike is Angels & Demons, the follow-up to The Da Vinci Code -- but if director Ron Howard and his fellow filmmakers have anything to say about it, their sequel's progress will be unimpeded.
August 2, 2007
Orlando Bloom Believes in Angels & Demons?
So, now that he's ostensibly finished with two of the biggest trilogies of the 21st century, what's next for Orlando Bloom? A few minor roles, perhaps? A low-budget film or two? Not by a long shot, according to Cinemablend's Josh Tyler, who claims to have the scoop on Bloom's next role.
April 27, 2007
Is Tom Hanks the $50 Million Man?
"Angels and Demons," the follow-up to the amazingly profitable "The Da Vinci Code," is shaping up to be one seriously expensive project -- thanks in large part to the (alleged) $50 million that Tom Hanks might be bringing home on the gig.
April 13, 2007
Howard & Hanks are Officially Back for the "Da Vinci" Sequel
Just a few days ago one of our sources reported that Tom Hanks had not only signed up for "Angels and Demons," but also that he'd be receiving the biggest actor's payday of all time. Now comes official word that director Ron Howard is returning for the "Da Vinci Code" prequel.
January 23, 2007
Razzie Nominations Announced!
The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation has issued its annual press release announcing the latest batch of Razzie nominees. In an ever-more-crowded field of bad scripts, bad acting, and all-around bad films, the Foundation has somehow managed to narrow its nominations down to a select few.
January 4, 2007
Overall Box Office Up More Than 3% from 2005
Total domestic box office showed a 3.4% climb in 2006, thanks mainly to semi-expensive profit-turners like "Talladega Nights," "The Break-Up," and "The Devil Wears Prada." And boy oh boy did Sony have a good year!
November 24, 2006
"Batman & Robin" Writer Gets $4 Million for "Da Vinci" Prequel
Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman is allegedly earning a $4 million dollar paycheck for his adaptation of Dan Brown's "Angels & Demons," which features the character played by Tom Hanks in an adventure that predates what went on in "The Da Vinci Code." Yeah, just like what happened with "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom."
October 2, 2006
Box Office Wrapup: Open Season Shoots Up #1 Opening
Ashton Kutcher ambushed the top two spots at the North American box office this weekend playing an animated mule and a Coast Guard rookie in Open Season and The Guardian, respectively. Both films enjoyed strong openings pumping in a combined $40M and helped the marketplace beat last year's levels for the first time in four weeks. The weekend's other new wide release, the comedy School for Scoundrels, saw more modest results with a fourth place bow.
August 24, 2006
New Line Signs Bettany & Fraser for "Inkheart"
New Line's just getting the ball rolling on their highly-anticipated "His Dark Materials" series -- and now they have an all-new potential trilogy to worry about. Chapter one of Cornelia Funke's series is called "Inkheart," and it looks like Brendan Fraser and Paul Bettany have been tapped as the lead guys.
July 17, 2006
Box Office Wrapup: Audiences Still Love Their Pirates
The Johnny Depp juggernaut Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest remained the most popular film in North America for a second weekend easily defending its box office crown against two new comedies that fought bitterly for the runnerup spot.
June 25, 2006
Box Office Wrapup: Sandler Fast Forwards to #1
Moviegoers grabbed their remote controls and flocked to the multiplexes this weekend to see Adam Sandler's latest comedy Click which became the comedian's eighth number one hit thanks to its $40M opening, according to estimates.
June 22, 2006
Fansite: Spielberg Will Not Direct "World of Warcraft"
It appears that Steven Spielberg will not have another movie with the words "war" and "world" in his filmography. A number of sources (including Rotten Tomatoes) reported earlier this week that Spielberg was attached to direct the film adaptation of the popular role playing game "World of Warcraft," something that the good folks at the fansite Spielbergfilms.com say is utterly incorrect.
June 11, 2006
Box Office Wrapup: "Cars" Parks Itself at #1
The Disney/Pixar animated film Cars raced past the competition to finish in first place at the North American box office. Though it did not open as strong as some of its predecessors, the toon easily outdistanced everything else in the current marketplace outselling the second place film by a three-to-one margin.
June 8, 2006
Box Office Preview: "Cars" Battles "Omen" at Theaters
Racing into theaters across North America, the computer animated film Cars aims to take over pole position this weekend targeting family audiences. Those looking for a good scare can instead choose The Omen which already launched on Tuesday with some frightening results. The frame's final new wide release is the Robert Altman comedy A Prairie Home Companion giving the weekend a wide assortment of titles for all audiences.
June 5, 2006
2006 MTV Movie Award Winners!
I was going to try to avoid the MTV Movie Awards winners until the broadcast on June 8th, but since we at RT like to bring you the movie news while it's still relevant ... OK, here they are!
June 5, 2006
"Da Vinci" Still an International Darling
It may have earned dismissals at Cannes and generally unenthusiastic reviews everywhere else, but that won't slow Ron Howard's "Da Vinci Code" down at the international box office. The religious thriller has already earned $410 million worldwide, which makes it one of the biggest global hits of all time.
June 4, 2006
Box Office Wrapup: Women Power "Break-Up" to #1
Nosy moviegoers just couldn't stay away from a high-profile lovers quarrel as the anti-romantic comedy The Break-Up starring Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston surprised the industry this weekend by opening at number one, shoving the comic book juggernaut X-Men: The Last Stand into second place in only its second weekend.
June 1, 2006
Box Office Preview: Jen and Vince Ready to Rumble
How much money will moviegoers spend on watching two celebrities yell and scream at each other for 106 minutes? That is the question that Universal, and the film industry in general, will be asking itself with the opening of The Break-Up, the new romantic comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston.
May 30, 2006
CANNES: So, When Can I See These Movies?
For those of you who have been following Rotten Tomatoes' coverage of the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, one major question may have crossed your mind: When will I get to see these movies? Well, some of them will be screened in the coming months, but for many others, their status is still up in the air.
May 26, 2006
Spielberg to Direct "Da Vinci" Prequel?
IGN FilmForce is sharing a particularly juicy piece of unsubstantiated movie gossip that indicates ... Steven Spielberg might be interested in directing Robert Langdon's pre-"Da Vinci" adventure, "Angels & Demons."
May 25, 2006
Box Office Preview: X-Men 3 Ready to Rock Memorial Day Weekend
Wolverine, Professor X, and the rest of their soul patrol will launch a full-scale attack on the North American box office this weekend as the gargantuan comic book film X-Men: The Last Stand invades the marketplace on Friday ready to dominate the long Memorial Day holiday weekend.
May 23, 2006
Goldsman Signs On for "Angels & Demons"
Yesterday we shared the news that the "Da Vinci Code" prequel was being discussed, and today comes word that screenwriter Akiva Goldsman will definitely be returning. (We can only hope he read some of the "Da Vinci" reviews.) No word yet on Ron Howard or Tom Hanks, but you just know they'll be back. Well, Hanks, anyway.
May 22, 2006
Already Plans for The Da Vinci Prequel
Well that was fast! Looks like Sony VP Jeff Blake wants to get back into business with novelist Dan Brown, and they're looking to bring Robert Langdon's pre-Da Vinci adventure, "Angels & Demons," to the silver screen. (As if this comes as a surprise to anyone.)
May 18, 2006
CANNES: "Da Vinci Code" Director and Cast Speak
"The Da Vinci Code" director Ron Howard and star Tom Hanks said they hope audiences will enjoy the film and that it will spark discussion, but it shouldn't be regarded as theology. The director and star, along with cast members Audrey Tautou, Jean Reno, Ian McKellen, Paul Bettany, Alfred Molina discussed the film at a press conference Tuesday.
May 18, 2006
Critical Consensus: "The Da Vinci Code" Is Dull
This week, a bunch of furry critters and a mean-looking wrestler playing a homicidal maniac (redundant?) compete with the seemingly unstoppable juggernaut that is "The Da Vinci Code" for your box office dollars. What do the critics have to say about these contenders?
May 17, 2006
CANNES: "The Da Vinci Code" Review
Dan Brown's novel "The Da Vinci Code" has the rep as a page-turner with more intellectual heft than your average pulp. So it comes as something of a surprise that Ron Howard's film adaptation, premiering at Cannes, is so stagnant. It feels more like a walk through a museum than a thriller about conspiracy that could shake Christianity to its very core.
May 17, 2006
CANNES: Festival Begins with "Da Vinci"
Day one of the Cannes Film Festival has begun, with last night's opening screening of "The Da Vinci Code," and the next eleven days promise even more glitz, big names, and world cinema on the Croisette's famed red carpet.
May 11, 2006
Bettany Not Too Likely to Play The Joker
To those of you who've chosen Paul Bettany (aka Mr. Jennifer Connelly) as the front-runner to play The Joker in "Batman Begins 2," well, you may be out of luck -- mainly because the guy's never even been approached regarding the role.
April 25, 2006
Tom Hanks Explains His "Da Vinci Code" Hairdo
One of the first things I thought while watching the first "Da Vinci Code" trailer was ... what's up with Tom Hanks' wacky hair? It doesn't look bad, exactly, but it's sure not the white-boy-afro we're all used to. So here, for everyone who simply has to know, is the straight scoop from Hanks himself ... on what's up with the hair.
April 18, 2006
"Da Vinci Code" Clips and Google Games
Thanks to ComingSoon.net for sharing a pair of Sony press releases, both of which bring some promo goodies from the hotly-anticipated big-screen adaptation of The Da Vinci Code. Head on over to the official DVC site for a quartet of short movie clips, or pop into Google and take part in their Code Quest!
April 5, 2006
"X-Men," "The Fountain" Added To Cannes Line-Up
Although we won't hear the official lineup for a few weeks, the early word on this year's Cannes Film Festival line-up has Hugh Jackman pulling double duty in two of the fest's big Hollywood titles, "X-Men: The Last Stand" and Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain."
March 21, 2006
Unlock the All-New "Da Vinci Code" Trailer
Click right here to check the much longer and more plot-centric trailer for Ron Howard's "The Da Vinci Code," which, as you may have heard by now, is a movie based on a fairly popular book. And it stars Tom Hanks.
March 15, 2006
ShoWest Day #1: Posters for Saw III, Da Vinci Code, Miami Vice, and Hundreds More!
ShoWest is a convention for people making movies and the people exhibiting them. That's all well and good, but since Rotten Tomatoes is not making nor exhibiting movies (as least to my knowledge), why are we here? "Cars." "Over the Hedge." "A Prairie Home Companion." "Akeelah and The Bee." Look forward to our reports, but in the mean time check out the hundreds of movie posters for upcoming 2006 films on display.
February 28, 2006
"Da Vinci Code" Goes to Court
So it seems a pair of authors are convinced that author Dan Brown stole his "Da Vinci Code" framework from their 1982 non-fiction book "Holy Blood, Holy Grail," and it seems like plaintiffs Michael Baigent & Richard Leigh make a pretty good argument.
January 23, 2006
"The Da Vinci Code" To Open Cannes
"The Da Vinci Code" will be the opening selection at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The film, directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, and Ian McKellen, is based on the bestseller novel by Dan Brown.
December 15, 2005
"Ghost Rider" Leaps from July '06 to February '07
Sony's rather expensive "Ghost Rider" adaptation, which stars Nicolas Cage as a flame-headed butt-kicker from beyond the grave, will now have a few extra months to work on his chopper. The studio recently announced that the Rider won't make his debut until early 2007.
December 14, 2005
Trailer Bulletin: The Da Vinci Code
The original teaser wasn't all that thrilling, but fans of Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" may want to stop off at our trailer page for links to the brand new theatrical trailer, and view the "Da Vinci Code" flipbook.
July 21, 2005
Tom Hanks Enlists in "Charlie Wilson's War"
Variety reports that once shooting wraps on "The Da Vinci Code," silver screen favorite Tom Hanks will star as real-life (and rather controversial) congressman Charlie Wilson in the Aaron Sorkin-scripted drama "Charlie Wilson's War."
May 31, 2005
In Other News...
Oscar winning director Oliver Stone had a Memorial Day weekend to remember as he was charged with a misdemeanor DUI and an unnamed drug charge late Friday night in Hollywood. Stone, who is known for his politically charged films, is developing a new crime drama, "The Night Watchman," ironically about police corruption.
May 19, 2005
Get a Year-Early Peek at "The Da Vinci Code"
The Quicktime Movie Trailers page brings the very first teaser for next year's "The Da Vinci Code." Based on the overwhelmingly popular novel by Dan Brown, "The Da Vinci Code" 'centers on one of the greatest mysteries of humankind, a 2000 year-old conspiracy, clues to which are encoded in the paintings of Leonardo Da Vinci.'
April 20, 2005
Two More Actors Try to Crack the "Da Vinci Code"
Variety brings news of two new additions to Ron Howard's upcoming "The Da Vinci Code." Already on board were Tom Hanks, Jean Reno, and Audrey Tautou, but those crafty casting directors were just getting started. Seems that both Sir Ian McKellen ("X-Men") and Alfred Molina ("Spider-Man 2") have recently signed on for a pair of supporting roles.
March 29, 2005
Howard & Grazer Snag Another "Power" Pitch
The always-busy team of director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer have just snagged the rights to yet another project they really dig. This one's called "The Power of Duff" and Variety says it's about "a TV news anchor whose grief over his father's death prompts him to pray aloud during newscasts. When his prayers begin getting answered, the newsman becomes a most controversial TV figure."
February 11, 2005
The Joke's on Akiva Goldsman
Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman may make his directorial debut with the adaptation of Dave King's novel, "The Ha-Ha," Variety reports. He will make his decision after reviewing the script, to be written by someone else. The story centers on a Vietnam vet who is unable to communicate normally after experiencing a severe blow to the head during the war.
January 24, 2005
Audrey Tautou, Not Sophie Marceau, Will Crack the "Da Vinci Code"
Looks like the previous story about Sophie Marceau joining the cast of "Da Vinci Code" was premature. It is Audrey Tautou who will star opposite Tom Hanks in Ron Howard's adaptation of "The Da Vinci Code," according to Variety. Tautou, the star of "A Very Long Engagement" and "Dirty Pretty Things," will take on the role of cryptographer Sophie Neveu.
December 12, 2004
Da Vinci Code Casting Rumor & Possible Novel Deviations
According to Entertainment Weekly, Julie Delpy (Before Sunset) is rumored to have a role in the film. It's probably for the role of Sophie Nevue, the talented French cryptologist who accompanies Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) in his journey to decipher the Da Vinci Code.