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The Noteworthy: 25 March 2015

31 March 2015 12:01 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Edited by Adam CookAbove: Adam Nayman interviews Jauja director Lisandro Alonso for Reverse Shot. If like us you're excited to see James Wan's Furious 7, we recommend this piece by Orlando Whitfield from The White Review which surveys the franchise up to now. Filmmaker Robert Greene is not pleased with the HBO documentary series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. For AnOther, Mark Cousins has created a video tribute to Pier Paolo Pasolini. Above: Filmmaker Gina Telaroli has a new exhibition opening Friday March 27th (and runs until April 25th) at the 308 at 156 Project Artspace. It features an installation with her new film Silk Tatters and Johann Lurf's Twelve Tales Told, as well as video pieces that appropriate the work of Michael Mann, Tony Scott, John Carpenter. At Toronto Film Review, David Davidson takes a look at Cahiers du Cinéma's writing on Martin Scorsese during the eighties. »

- Notebook

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Kenneth Branagh on Thor franchise return: "Never say never"

30 March 2015 12:51 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sir Kenneth Branagh has said he that he will not rule out returning to Marvel's Thor franchise.

The filmmaker directed the first Thor movie, before handing the reigns over to Alan Taylor for Thor: The Dark World.

In a recent interview with Den of Geek, Branagh was quizzed on if he would consider directing a future Thor movie.

"I have seen more of the movies, and as I've said before, I had a good time there," he explained. "It was a really sort of pivotal moment to me doing Thor, and I like them. I like [producer] Kevin [Feige] very much. You know, you never say never."

He continued: "I think I couldn't begin to speak for the complications of their interweaving of this ever-expanding universe, which is totally fascinating to behold. But I think they're masters of their own destiny.

"They know what they want, and we all got on terribly well. »

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Magical opening for Cinderella

29 March 2015 5:05 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Kenneth Branagh.s sumptuous fairy tale Cinderella has enchanted Australian audiences over the weekend.

The tale as old as time (starring Lily James in the title role and our own Cate Blanchett as her wicked stepmother) scooped $4,321,814 over 271 screens in its opening weekend, which, including previews, takes its Australian box office to $4,757,185 thus far.

Unsurprisingly distributed by Disney, Branagh.s take on the magical fare has avoided the darkness of the Grimm version to deliver what The Guardian has described as .straight-faced sentimentality. with an .unfashionable absence of post-Enchanted irony.. Not that that.s a bad thing . The Daily Mail hails the production as .witty, charming and a delight for little girls everywhere..

Dystopian teen drama Insurgent fell by an average of 51 per cent in its second week of release, taking $2,073,925 over 269 screens. Distributed by eOne, the action-packed sequel to Divergent has amassed an Aus box office taking of $7,108.432.

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- Emily Blatchford

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Weekend Box Office: Dreamworks’ ‘Home’ takes top spot, ‘It Follows’ makes big impact in wide release

29 March 2015 3:46 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Home, the newest feature from animation studio Dreamworks, won the top spot in its opening weekend, beating out competitors with a $54 million opening. The total marks Dreamworks’ first box office top finish since Mr. Peabody and Sherman achieved the feat a year ago, and the studio’s first opening weekend victory since 2013’s The Croods. The PG-rated Home was joined at the top by fellow new opener and R-rated Get Hard, as the Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy took in $34.6 million in its opening weekend, good for a second place finish.

Among the rest of the films, the other big entry was the indie horror film It Follows. Distributors’ plans to forego a VOD opening this weekend in favour of taking the film to a wide theatrical release instead paid off, as the movie made $4 million in its expansion, finishing in fifth place on the chart with a $4 million total. »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Box Office: 'Home' is no. 1 as 'Get Hard' is Will Ferrell's biggest debut in five years

29 March 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The box office giveth and the box office taketh away, but this weekend was bountiful for four different movies. DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox's "Home" took the top spot with $54 million.  That's the biggest debut for Dwa since "Madagascar 3: Europe Most Want" in 2012 and the first real smash opening for the company since Fox became their distribution and marketing partner. This is a huge win for DreamWorks since "Home" is their only major release in 2015.  The family film also earned an A Cinemascore rating which means it should have good word of mouth with family audiences over the coming weeks.  Globally, the $135 million budgeted flick has earned $101.5 million so far. It's one of Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell's worst reviewed films of their careers, but audiences didn't seem to care as "Get Hard" took the second spot with $34.6 million.  The Warner Bros. release is actually Ferrell's biggest »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Rihanna's Home debuts top of Us box office, beats Get Hard

29 March 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Rihanna's Home has topped the Us box office in its debut weekend.

The children's animation that also stars Jim Parsons took $54m, beating Will Ferrell's comedy Get Hard.

Get Hard debuts to $34.6m, while last week's number one Insurgent falls to three with $22m.

Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella falls to four with $17.5m, as horror film It Follows climbs to number five.

Kingsman: The Secret Service earns $3m and falls to six, and Run All Night takes number seven.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel falls to number eight, as Do You Believe?'s $2.1m leaves it at number nine.

Finally, Sean Penn's The Gunman rounds out the top ten with earnings of $2m.

The Us weekend box office Top 10 for March 27-29 (studio estimates, all figures in Us dollars) is as follows:

1. (-) Home - $54,000,000

2. (-) Get Hard - $34,610,000

3. (1) The Divergent Series: Insurgent - $22,075,000

4. (2) Cinderella - $17,515,000

5. (19) It Follows »

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Box Office: Rihanna and J-Lo power 'Home' to no. 1 Friday over 'Get Hard'

28 March 2015 12:01 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

DreamWorks Animation only has one release in 2015, "Home."  Considering how much investors constantly scrutinize the studio that put a lot of pressure on the publicly traded company and its marketing and distribution partner, 20th Century Fox, to turn it into a hit.  After Friday's opening, CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg can take a huge sigh of relief. "Home" took the top spot on its opening day with $15.6 million.  Since pre-release polling indicated strong family interest (it's a CG animated movie) it should perform even better on Saturday and possibly even Sunday.  That means it could end up with $55-58 million over the three-day and become DreamWorks Animation's biggest opening since "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" earned $60 million in June 2012.  No matter where it falls, "Home's" opening takes some pressure off 20th Century Fox who consistently underperformed with Dwa Films domestically since "The Croods" was a surprise hit two years ago.  It's »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Movie Review – Cinderella (2015)

28 March 2015 3:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Cinderella, 2015.

Directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Starring Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Helena Bonham Carter, Hayley Atwell, Stellan Skarsgard, Ben Chaplin and Derek Jacobi.

Synopsis:

When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella’s fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.

Re-boot, Re-imagining, Re-telling, Re-make, Re-hash, regurgitation… There are a lot of “Re’s” in Hollywood lately, some of them work… (Dredd, Evil Dead, True Grit) and some of them don’t… (Spider-Man, Total Recall, any recent Tim Burton films). Unfortunately the latest uh… re-telling, I guess… Cinderella falls into the latter, but its not all bad…

We all know the story so I’m not going to bore you with the glass slipper routine, it’s just a shame that the makers of this »

- Martin Burgoyne

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Cinderella Review

28 March 2015 2:22 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

And so, Disney's trend of remaking their animated classics continues, and while previous examples, like Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent took liberties with their cartoon source material, director Kenneth Branagh takes a more traditional approach to the latest effort, Cinderella, keeping much of what we remember of the 1950 original in tact. There are slight tweaks here and there (the duke is a lot more slimy and weaselly this time round, and the step sisters are "ugly on the inside"), but it's with the choice to stick so rigidly to the source material (though it drops the musical elements), as well as sprinkling a liberal dose of Disney magic upon the production, that Branagh's vision of the classic fairy tale shines, essentially bringing the cartoon to life in the real world. I don't have to explain the plot, do I? It's all there: put upon heroine, wicked step mother, handsome prince, »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Cate Blanchett: 5 Awesome Performances And 5 That Sucked

27 March 2015 7:01 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Disney

Cate Blanchett breaths rarefied acting air as one of the most well-respected, most-decorated and just plain best performers of this or maybe any generation. Unlike a lot of her peers, too, she’s managed to build up that reputation by picking and choosing what jobs she takes on. There’s barely any total duffers in her back catalogue. She has discerning tastes.

Which means that, on the whole, when you watch a Cate Blanchett film you’re pretty much guaranteed both a brilliant, multi-layered and believable performance, but also a decent movie to match. A film that’s deserving of her mad acting skills. Plus she’s in How to Train Your Dragon 2, which was a nice surprise.

This weekend sees the release of Disney’s live action remake of Cinderella, from Shakespearean actor/Thor director Kenneth Branagh and starring Blanchett as Lady Tremaine – better known as Cindy’s Wicked Stepmother. »

- Tom Baker

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Cinderella, film review: Magnificent in parts, but Kenneth Branagh's magic begins to dissipate

27 March 2015 | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella is, in parts, magnificent. Its brilliant use of colour, its lavishly detailed production and costume design, the swirling score from Patrick Doyle and the sheer verve of the storytelling can't help but impress, even if it is only a few weeks since the same story was told on screen in the Stephen Sondheim adaptation Into the Woods. »

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‘Cinderella’ beats ‘Insurgent’ in social buzz

27 March 2015 5:29 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Live action fairytale moves ahead of Divergent sequel – but new Fast and Furious looks set to overtake.

Disney’s live action take on Cinderella dominated the competition in the latest social buzz chart with more than 11,400 comments ahead of its release in the UK this weekend, according to Way To Blue.

Nearly 16% of those comments – from March 19-25 – expressed intent to view the family film, directed by Kenneth Branagh. This means that those mentions across social media, news, forums and blogs looked to convert comments into box office.

It stole the march on Divergent sequel Insurgent, which generated nearly 8,800 comments, of which 23.5% expressed intent to view after a week on release.

Of the films coming soon, Fast & Furious 7 has the pedal to the metal, recording nearly 7,900 comments, of which 24% expressed intent to view after it is released in the UK on April 10. »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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‘Cinderalla’ beats ‘Insurgent’ in social buzz

27 March 2015 5:29 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Live action fairytale moves ahead of Divergent sequel – but new Fast and Furious looks set to overtake.

Disney’s live action take on Cinderella dominated the competition in the latest social buzz chart with more than 11,400 comments ahead of its release in the UK this weekend, according to Way To Blue.

Nearly 16% of those comments – from March 19-25 – expressed intent to view the family film, directed by Kenneth Branagh. This means that those mentions across social media, news, forums and blogs looked to convert comments into box office.

It stole the march on Divergent sequel Insurgent, which generated nearly 8,800 comments, of which 23.5% expressed intent to view after a week on release.

Of the films coming soon, Fast & Furious 7 has the pedal to the metal, recording nearly 7,900 comments, of which 24% expressed intent to view after it is released in the UK on April 10. »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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The Guardian Film Show: Cinderella, Wild Tales, The Face of an Angel and Get Hard - video reviews

27 March 2015 4:45 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Peter Bradshaw and Benjamin Lee join Henry Barnes for our weekly round-up of the big cinema releases. This week the team watch Kenneth Branagh sprinkle fairy dust on a new live action version of Cinderella; see Ordinary Joes turn extraordinarily violent in black comedy Wild Tales; follow Michael Winterbottom he dives into the press frenzy around the Meredith Kercher case in The Face of an Angel; and wince at Will Ferrell preparing for prison by stocking up on dick jokes in Get Hard. Plus interviews with the cast and crew of Cinderella

• Listen to the audio-only version of this week's show Continue reading »

- Henry Barnes, Peter Bradshaw, Benjamin Lee, Richard Sprenger, Catarina Monzani, Gabriel Edvy and Andrea Salvatici

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7 alternative Disney Princesses from Star Wars, Pretty Woman and more

27 March 2015 2:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A classic fairy tale is brought back to life this month with the release of Disney's new live-action Cinderella movie. Downton Abbey's Lily James is the latest star to become a Disney Princess, donning the glass slippers to take on the title role for director Kenneth Branagh.

Though Cinderella is very much a princess in the traditional mould, the ever-expanding Disney tendrils mean that new female characters are being inducted into the studio's roster all the time. The House of Mouse now owns Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar, and when you add the studio's Touchstone Pictures arm into the mix there's a wealth of memorable movies out there.

Everyone knows about Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora and the rest, but Digital Spy wants to highlight those who are part of the extended Disney Princess family. Read on to see our alternative choices below...

1. Princess Leia (Star Wars)

When news broke »

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Podcast #154: Kenneth Branagh

26 March 2015 5:04 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Don't worry everyone, there will be two interviews from the Empire Podcast team unleashed on the world this week - it's just that one, with Antonio Banderas, comes in its own special episode (up soon), while Kenneth Branagh is allowed to be king of the regular pod without any competition.So, in short, Sir Ken is the guest on this week's show, a show where one of us nearly dies, and there's a good deal of thought given to ways that Tom Cruise could die, depending on what happens with the next Mission Impossible movie. As ever, it makes sense in context, promise.P.S. You can check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. You can subscribe to the magazine here if you like it in paper form, or here if you prefer things digitally. »

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Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

26 March 2015 1:50 PM, PDT | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

In these days of Hunger Games, Avengers and 50 Shades of Grey, it may seem improbable that a traditional family fairy tale should top the Us box office charts. But that's what happened earlier this month, when Kenneth Branagh's $95m (£64m) live-action remake of Cinderella arrived in American cinemas, almost 65 years to the day since the release of the Disney animated classic. »

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Martin Scorsese Is Doing A Version Of Shakespeare's Macbeth, Expect Awesomeness

26 March 2015 1:25 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Macbeth is widely considered the darkest of William Shakespeare.s plays. Full of corruption, evil, unchecked ambition, and the consequences thereof, the material sounds like a perfect fit for a filmmaker like, oh, I don.t know, Martin Scorsese. He apparently agrees, as the Oscar-winning director of Raging Bull, Mean Streets, and Taxi Driver is mounting a film version of Shakespeare.s tragedy. While answering a question on BBC Radio.s show Kermode and Mayo.s Film Review, Sir Kenneth Branagh stated that he and Scorsese are indeed teaming up for a big screen adaptation of his acclaimed stage production of Macbeth. When he responded to a query from social media, the Thor director said: We will remount the production and all things being well Mr. Scorsese will direct a film version of that production. This sounds like an ideal match between material and artist to us, and we can »

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BAFTA to host Alan Rickman event

26 March 2015 3:35 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Veteran British actor, who recently directed his second feature A Little Chaos, to give on stage interview in London.

Actor Alan Rickman is to discuss his craft and career at a ‘BAFTA A Life in Pictures’ event in London on April 15.

The event, to be held at BAFTA’s HQ in London’s Piccadilly, is the latest in a series of onstage interviews in which some of the film world’s leading talent share insights into the experiences that helped them hone and develop their craft.

The series has hosted such figures as Kenneth Branagh, Cate Blanchett, Jim Broadbent, David Fincher, Tom Hanks, Ethan Hawke, Dustin Hoffman, Helen Mirren, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Quentin Tarantino, Emma Thompson and Ray Winstone.

Rickman began his acting career in theatre, where his credits include a Tony nomination for his performance in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

His feature film debut came in 1988 alongside Bruce Willis in [link »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Scorsese's 'Macbeth', Campbell is Ronnie in 'Fargo', Stiller Says No to Directing 'Good Will Hunting'

25 March 2015 11:07 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Roadside Attractions has picked up U.S. distribution rights to Roland Emmerich's Stonewall, a drama set against the 1969 Stonewall Riots when the gay community rioted against a police raid that took place at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. The film stars Jeremy Irvine, Caleb Landry Jones, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ron Perlman and Joey King. Deadline Speaking of Emmerich, he revealed on Twitter that Vivica A. Fox, recent star of Sharknado 2: The Second One, would be reprising her role as Jasmine Dubrow, the stripper with a heart of gold, in Independence Day 2. Fox took to Twitter with her own response. https://twitter.com/MsVivicaFox/status/580221878695899137 You want a Super Troopers sequelc Well, the Broken Lizard troupe is lining up Super Troopers 2, but they need your help via an IndieGoGo campaign looking for $2 million with $1.8 million raised as of this posting. 20th Century Fox is reportedly lined up to distribute. »

- Brad Brevet

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