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06/13/2016

New Mexico is getting another wave of heavy Hollywood hitters.

The film “Granite Mountain” will star Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch, James Badge Dale and Andie MacDowell.

“Granite Mountain” is based on the real-life Granite Mountain Hotshots, a firefighting squad that grew, against all odds, to become an elite group of wildland firefighters that courageously battled one of the worst wildfires in history — the Yarnell Hill Fire — to save an Arizona town.

The film will take an intimate look at the camaraderie of their daily lives, sacrifices and heroic moments.

According to the New Mexico Film Office, the film is being distributed by Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment.

The production will employ 190 New Mexico crew members, 40 New Mexico actors and about 1,300 New Mexico background talent.

Filming will take place in Santa Fe, Pajarito, White Rock, Nambe Pueblo, Los Alamos, Pecos and Las Vegas, N.M.

Production will also take place through early September and is slated to open on Sept. 22, 2017, according to the NM Film Office.

The film is being directed by Joseph Kosinski, who directed “Oblivion” and “Tron: Legacy.”

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06/08/2016

As Thanos, Josh Brolin has one of the sweetest gigs in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His character is mostly computer-generated, he’s only ever had a handful of lines, he has a cool rocket chair in Guardians Of The Galaxy, and he still gets to be the biggest villain in the whole universe. However, Avengers: Infinity War will make him get out of that rocket chair and actually do something for once, and it sounds like Brolin is really excited about the prospect of finally getting a chance to murder some superheroes.

Speaking with Moviefone (via IGN), Brolin said that he recently “sat at a table” and “listened to the [Infinity War] story from beginning to end,” which he seemed to be pretty happy with. He said that actors sometimes have to say something is “a great movie” or “a great experience” even though they don’t really mean it, but Infinity War “is the opposite.” He says the story is basically about Thanos “against everybody” and is “really fun” overall, adding that he was “blown away” by how “brilliant” it all was. He even claims that he “had goose pimples” for most of the time he was hearing the story, and he’s “pretty amazed” that he gets to be a part of it.

No plot details about Infinity War (which is reportedly just a working title) have been released, but it will most likely feature some of the same elements as Jim Starlin and George Pérez’s The Infinity Gauntlet comic. That story involved Thanos essentially becoming the supreme being of the entire universe, so it’s not especially surprising that the guy playing Thanos would be into that.

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06/01/2016

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate and Black Label Media are getting closer to a production start on Soldado, the second installment of the drug war thriller that began with 2015’s Sicario. I’m told that Stefano Sollima is the front-runner to direct the second installment and should have the job shortly, with talks expected to wrap up quickly. Denis Villenueve directed the first film. Sollima is the Italian director who has made a number of memorably gritty crime thrillers but is best known for directing the Italian miniseries Gomorra and the features Suburra and A.C.A.B. (All Cops Are Bastards). Soldado was scripted by Taylor Sheridan. Black Label Media and Lionsgate are co-financing.

The sequel focuses on Alejandro Gillick, the shadowy Man on Fire-like protagonist played by Benicio Del Toro, and Josh Brolin’s CIA agent Matt Graver, who in the first film established themselves as hellbent on hunting down cartel kingpins, no matter what. The script by Sheridan — who wrote the original — has been very well received. Gone is the principled FBI agent character played by Emily Blunt. The subject matter is very topical, as Gillick and Graver concern themselves with what is being smuggled across the border between Mexico and the U.S. in the tunnels used to move drugs and illegal immigrants. Those tunnels also can be used to bring terrorists into the U.S.

The sequel is being produced by Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk, Black Label’s Molly Smith and Thad and Trent Luckinbill, and Edward McDonnell. I’m told that the plan is to move into production by the fall and that the talent all has sparked to Sollima. Final meetings with the studio are happening shortly. Sollima is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

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04/20/2016

Thanos has been a part of the MCU for roughly four years now, having first shown up in a post-credits scene after the original Avengers movie back in 2012. That makes him easily the most heavily teased movie villain of all time, but eventually all that teasing will come to an end when Marvel’s The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 is released in May of 2018.

In the comic books, Thanos has been around even longer. He first appeared in the Iron Man comics back in 1973, but really came into his own as the main villain in the Infinity Gauntlet series upon which the two Infinity War movies are based. That means he will finally be moving out of the shadows and into leading man status in the movies as well. But will he be a compelling villain? Infinity War screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely think so.

The pair recently spoke to The Huffington Post about making Thanos the main villain of the Infinity War movies, and how four years of teases affect fan expectations of the character. When asked what he was looking forward to the most about the two films, McFeely immediately pointed to Thanos:

“It’s easy. Really giving him good scenes. You know, he’s never been the villain in any of the movies. He’s never been the main character in that way, so giving lots of good screen time to Thanos is paramount and pretty fun. He hasn’t had an amazing scene. I think it’s an advantage ultimately, right? Because people are anticipating this guy coming in and really delivering the goods. So, I think they’re eager, and we just have to deliver it. We don’t have to convince them that he’s gonna be interesting. We just have to execute what has been teased.”

out of the shadows and into leading man status in the movies as well. But will he be a compelling villain? Infinity War screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely think so.

Thanos will be played by Josh Brolin, a versatile actor who has more than proven himself in movies ranging from as far back as Goonies to his recent return to the world of the Coen Brothers with Hail, Caesar!. There is no doubt he brings some serious acting chops to the role, but the real question is whether or not Thanos will make a compelling villain. Although McFeely and Markus certainly vote yes, presenting interesting villains has not always been Marvel’s strong suit, at least not when it comes to the MCU. Reaction to Avengers: Age of Ultron was a mixed bag, even from its own director, and much of that had to do with Ultron himself. The burden is on Marvel to turn that around with Infinity War.

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04/03/2016

A sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s incredible cartel thriller Sicario is in “full development,” according to film’s producers. Not only that, but Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, and Josh Brolin are all “on board” to return.

S has once again been tagged to write the film. However, with Denis Villeneuve attached to helm Story Of Your Life and Blade Runner 2, it’s unlikely to return as director.

Said Black Label Media co-founder Trent Luckinbill in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, “You have such a great character with Benicio, who was as dark as he was and still so loved. That character resonates so well with audiences. People want to know what happened to him, so it’s a perfect foray for us to explore. Obviously we would love it if Denis could [direct]. He’s a busy man, but he’s certainly part of the process with us right now.”

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03/10/2016

The Marvel flick Avengers: Age of Ultron may have ended with Thanos vowing that he will take care of business himself, causing speculations that the Mad Titan will appear in Captain America: Civil War. However, it looks like Josh Brolin‘s villainous character will be taking a break from kicking Avenger butt!

Markus has an excellent explanation why Thanos will not appear in Captain America 3.

“Because we’ve got so much cosmic-ness waiting, we are more than happy to keep it waiting,” Markus said before explaining why we should wait a little longer before Thanos returns to the big screen.

“You know…Civil War is such a grounded argument, that you don’t want to go, [whispers] ‘Actually, that’s not very important because there’s a space man coming,'” he joked, adding that the arrival of Thanos is not a secret but the Avengers obviously have other things in mind.

“We all know there’s a space man coming, but it’s going to blow this argument out of the water if you bring it up so all that has to stay far enough away,” Markus concluded.

Although the fans already know about Thanos, this does not necessarily mean that Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and the rest of the Avengers are aware of the Mad Titan’s plans with the Infinity Stones. Although there is a possibility that Thor (Chris Hemsworth) might be on to him, the only characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe who have somehow encountered Thanos are in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Civil War might be completely Thanos-free, but Brolin’s Mad Titan will finally be getting in on the action in Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 and Part 2.

Captain America: Civil War is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo and will hit theaters on May 6.

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03/02/2016

Action movie tells the story of the deadliest day for firefighters since 9/11
Josh Brolin and Miles Teller are in talks to star in the firefighter action movie “No Exit,” TheWrap has learned.
“No Exit” is the true story of an Arizona firefighting unit called the Granite Mountain Hotshots, which returned just one of its 20 members in 2013’s Yarnell Hill Fire after a shift in wind forced a choice that resulted in the deadliest day for firefighters since 9/11.

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02/14/2016

Paramount Pictures has acquired U.S. distribution to George Clooney’s black comedy “Suburbicon,” starring Matt Damon, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin and Julianne Moore.

The film is expected to begin shooting this October in Los Angeles.

The announcement was made Saturday at the Berlin film Festival. The project came together on Feb. 1 when Teddy Schwartzman of Black Bear Pictures announced he would finance.

Joel and Ethan Coen have written the script for “Suburbicon,” which is currently in pre-production. Joel Silver will produce under his Silver Pictures banner alongside Clooney and Grant Heslov under their Smokehouse Pictures label, and Teddy Schwarzman for Black Bear Pictures. Clooney will direct.

The movie will be set in the quiet family town of “Suburbicon,” where the best and worst of humanity is hilariously reflected through the deeds of seemingly ordinary people. When a home invasion turns deadly, a picture-perfect family turns to blackmail, revenge and betrayal.

Clooney’s directing credits include “Monuments Men,” “Leatherheads,” “The Ides of March,” “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” and “Good Night and Good Luck.”

The Coen brothers wrote and directed “Hail, Caesar!,” which opened the Berlin Film Festival on Feb. 11. The cast includes Clooney as well as Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes and Jonah Hill.

Brad Grey, Paramount Pictures Chairman & CEO, said: “George has assembled a stellar project, starting with Joel and Ethan’s great script, a wildly talented cast lead by Matt and Julianne, and an extraordinary producing team with George, Grant, Joel and Teddy. We are both proud and excited to be releasing ‘Suburbicon’ in the U.S. and look forward to this picture with great anticipation.”

CAA handled the U.S. sale, with Bloom handling international sales at Berlin. Paramount’s Eben Davidson and attorney David Miercort represented the studio in the deal.

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