Some of the most interesting movie news from the past few days:
· Roger Ebert, the acclaimed film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times who wrote over 300 movie reviews last year has died of cancer—just days after he announced that he would enter a proto-retirement. Ebert spent 46 years on the job as the Sun-Times' chief critic, and had planned instead to focus on reviewing only the movies he wanted. The full announcement (released prior to his death) is here. Read the Sun-Times' obituary here.
· Another example of just how rapidly the film industry is changing and innovating: Fujifilm, the Japanese photography and digital imaging company, has announced that it will stop production of its Motion Picture film products, including color positive film and color negative film. Read their full press release here.
· Brad Pitt is in talks to join David Ayer's upcoming World War II action movie Fury, about a five-man American tank crew. Read more here.
· Danny Boyle, director of 127 Hours, 28 Days Later, Trainspotting and the acclaimed Slumdog Millionaire, and the new thriller Trance (which opens tomorrow), has turned down the opportunity to direct the next Bond movie. Read more about his reasoning here.
· Ever wanted to be in a movie? The versatile director Robert Rodriguez (whose work ranges from the Spy Kids franchise to Grindhouse) is employing a new interactive casting feature, and you just could nab a part in his upcoming Two Scoops project! Read how to apply here.