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Rumor: Could Bill Condon Direct Disney’s Live-Action Beauty And The Beast?

11 April 2014 1:35 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Though it’s taken a few years to come to fruition, Disney’s billion-dollar-grossing Alice in Wonderland kicked off a new trend for the studio in 2010.  It has slowly been working on live-action adaptations of some of the studio’s classic animated films, and we’ll see the next one this May in the form of Maleficent, which tells the Sleeping Beauty story from the villain’s point of view.  After that, we have Kenneth Branagh’s live-action Cinderella set for release in March 2015, Jon Favreau is directing a live-action take on The Jungle Book for release in October 2015, and there is also a redo of Beauty and the Beast in the works. While Disney set a writer on Beauty and the Beast early last year, we haven’t heard much more about the project in the interim.  However, if a new report is to be believed, the studio may »

- Adam Chitwood

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Q&A: Producer Colin Callender On His Next Chapter, Converging Theater, Film & Television And Taking On Harry Potter

4 April 2014 1:21 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Colin Callender‘s first producing effort, a nine-hour TV adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s stage production of The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby launched UK’s Channel 4 and won him his first Emmy in 1983. After a stint as an independent producer in his native Britain, Callender joined HBO where he shepherded films and miniseries like Angels In America, John Adams, Maria Full Of Grace and American Splendor to the tune of 104 Emmy Awards, 29 Golden Globes, 3 Oscars, and top awards at the Sundance Film Festival. Since leaving HBO in 2008, he has kept a low profile. Having started his career in theater, as stage manager at London’s Royal Court Theatre, Callender returned to his roots and built a theater slate during a break from television because of a three-year non-compete with HBO. His first play ever as a producer was Nora Ephron‘s Lucky Guy starring Tom Hanks, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Review: Season 1 Of 'Doll & Em' A Low Key, Charming Look At Friendship And Celebrity

4 April 2014 7:04 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The word "famous" probably isn't one that you would use to describe Emily Mortimer. Respected and talented, her impressive range of work includes movies with folks like Martin Scorsese, David Mamet, Woody Allen, Kenneth Branagh, Nicole Holofcener and more, and though you would probably recognize her on the street, her name might not ring many bells with the average filmgoer. Which is what makes the premise of "Doll & Em" all the more clever, with Mortimer playing a fictionalized version of herself, that uses the backdrop of Hollywood to tell a story not about the business necessarily, but about how the dynamics of friendship can be strained when one of them is living out her dreams and the other....well, isn't. The concept is simple, when Dolly Wells (Mortimer's real life best friend, and co-creator and co-writer of the show) breaks up with her longtime boyfriend, Emily flies her in from London to L. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: Season 1 Of 'Doll & Em' A Low Key, Charming Look At Friendship And Celebrity

4 April 2014 7:04 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The word "famous" probably isn't one that you would use to describe Emily Mortimer. Respected and talented, her impressive range of work includes movies with folks like Martin Scorsese, David Mamet, Woody Allen, Kenneth Branagh, Nicole Holofcener and more, and though you would probably recognize her on the street, her name might not ring many bells with the average filmgoer. Which is what makes the premise of "Doll & Em" all the more clever, with Mortimer playing a fictionalized version of herself, that uses the backdrop of Hollywood to tell a story not about the business necessarily, but about how the dynamics of friendship can be strained when one of them is living out her dreams and the other....well, isn't. The concept is simple, when Dolly Wells (Mortimer's real life best friend, and co-creator and co-writer of the show) breaks up with her longtime boyfriend, Emily flies her in from London to L. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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How did 'Community' and 'Arrested Development' get the Russos to 'Captain America 2'?

3 April 2014 1:12 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

When you look back at it, Marvel Studios has almost always taken the unconventional route when it comes to picking the directors for their movies. When most Hollywood studios would select the proven blockbuster director, indie darling or recent Oscar nominee looking for a payday Marvel has always gone in a different, um, direction. It started with Jon Favreau on "Iron Man." The former "Swingers" star and "Elf" helmer was coming off "Zathura," a critically lauded kids flick that was a bomb at the box office. Kenneth Branagh, on the other hand, had been in director's jail following four misfires in 10 years. "Thor" turned out to be his best film since 1996's "Hamlet." Joss Whedon was a geek icon for his legendary TV show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and had major comic book cred after dabbling in writing Astonishing X-Men," but studios weren't banging down his door after "Serenity" fizzled in theaters. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Stellan Skarsgard Talks Nymphomaniac, Working with Director Lars Von Trier, Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella, the Six-Part BBC Series River, and More

31 March 2014 10:01 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

From filmmaker Lars von Trier, Nymphomaniac: Volume I tells the story of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a woman that considers herself to be a nymphomaniac, discovered badly beaten in an alley by Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard), an older bachelor who takes her into his home and listens to her recount various sexual encounters of her adolescence and young adulthood.  In Volume II, the story picks up with Joe’s adulthood and a journey that leads to darker complications.  Both films contain graphic depictions of sexuality, to a degree that’s uncommon for a mainstream feature. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Stellan Skarsgard talked about how Lars Von Trier presented this film to him by calling it a porno, that there’s nothing that would get him to turn down a Von Trier film, how the experience of working with the director has changed over the years, that it felt »

- Christina Radish

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20 actors who almost got the part: Katniss, Loki, Bond, Batman

29 March 2014 2:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

With rumours flying about a new Indiana Jones and Disney reportedly closing in on their final choices for Jj Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII, the Hollywood casting machine is operating at an even higher temperature than usual.

You'll be familiar with some of these near-misses, but others are frankly astonishing. Which rapper almost took Matt Damon's role in Elysium? Which former Friends star was the first choice to front Men in Black? And why is Leonardo DiCaprio Christian Bale's nemesis? Read on...

Al Pacino - Star Wars

Pacino revealed during a Q&A session last year that the role of roguish smuggler Han Solo was "his for the taking" back in the '70s, but he turned it down because he didn't understand the script. Harrison Ford made the role iconic and ended up having his own issues with Lucas's script, famously telling the director "You can type this s**t, »

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The big blockbusters of summer 2015

28 March 2014 4:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Simon Brew 31 Mar 2014 - 05:42

Blockbuster season is almost upon us, but what will next summer's big hitters be? Here's a roundup

Once upon a time, summer blockbuster season 2015 was set to be packed with the biggest collision of big franchises we'd ever seen together. However, one by one, lots of these films moved away to other dates. As such, you won't be seeing Star Wars: Episode VII, Pirates Of The Caribbean 5, Independence Day 2, Batman Vs Superman or Finding Dory in a cinema next summer.

But even with those films gone, there's still no shortage of huge movies battling for your cash in a year's time. And as is traditional for us at the start of summer blockbuster season, we've taken a look at what's coming up in 12 months' time.

We kick off at the start of April (although note that March has Kenneth Branagh’s live action Cinderella movie, »

- sarahd

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CinemaCon 2014: First Footage of Disney’s Live-Action ‘Cinderella Movie’

26 March 2014 11:42 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Simply gorgeous.

Walt Disney Studios presented some first look footage of its live-action movie version of “Cinderella” at CinemaCon this week. In this version, Lily James plays Cinderella with Cate Blanchett as Lady Tremaine and Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother.

One of the most revealing things about the footage is that the live-action film will not have playful sing-along songs like its cartoon predecessor.

There are animated mice, but it didn’t seem to speak in the footage. There is a wonderful magical scene turning a pumpkin into a carriage. The best part of the footage is with the various costumes shown in the footage—especially at the royal ball.

The storyline delves deeper into Cinderella’s background, including a little backstory of her parents and who gave her the name Cinderella. Director Kenneth Branagh may have successfully turned this classic fairytale into a beautiful romantic film.

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- Gig Patta

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Disney shows new footage from Pixar's 'Inside Out' and 'Cinderella'

26 March 2014 10:38 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Las Vegas - Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn presented the upcoming slate of new movies for Walt Disney Pictures, Marvel Studios, Pixar, DreamWorks Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios to the nation's theater owners on Wednesday morning and what was purposely not discussed was just as interesting as what was previewed. Brad Bird's "Tomorrowland"? The title was never spoken out loud. It just appeared on the studio's release schedule. Rob Marshall's star-filled adaptation of the acclaimed Broadway musical "Into the Woods"?  Some character posters of each of the main stars in action and it was deemed "The Avengers of Fairy Tales" (cue composer Steven Sondheim gagging at the comparison), but that's it. "Big Hero 6"? One new image of concept art and confirmation it takes place in "San Franshisko" (a combination of S.F. and Tokyo) and centers on boy, his robot and their crime fighting friends. Oh, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella Brings The Fairy Tale To Life At CinemaCon

26 March 2014 11:56 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

While Kenneth Branagh became best known as a director for his big screen adaptations of William Shakespeare.s greatest works, in the last few years he has done his part to completely shake up his own reputation. He got a taste of fantasy adventure with Thor in 2011, and tried his hand at political intrigue with Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit earlier this year. For his next feature, he's tackling fairy tales with Cinderella. We still have nearly a full year before we get to see how his adaptation of the classic tale will turn out, but earlier today we got a very special sneak peek of the movie with a special screening of footage shown during the Walt Disney Studios presentation at CinemaCon. Kicking off with the classic "Once Upon A Time" voice over narration, the footage began with shots of a young girl named Ella living what seems to be »

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Kenneth Branagh and Julian Mitchell: how we made Another Country

25 March 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Writer Julian Mitchell and actor Kenneth Branagh remember the struggle to mount a risky anti-establishment play, and how Rupert Everett did his best to spice it up

Julian Mitchell, writer

In 1979, when Mrs Thatcher stood up in the Commons and announced that the third man in the Burgess and Maclean spy case was Anthony Blunt, lots of people wrote articles and books saying how easy it must have been for these men to go over to Russia. But their reasoning didn't explain it to me. There's a great difference between betraying your country and wanting to change the world.

What wasn't really mentioned was that almost all the men involved were gay – though I'm not sure we said "gay" back then – and had all been to the same kind of public school. I'd been at Winchester myself. Though I hadn't been rebellious, I knew the oppressive way boarding school can work on people, »

- Nancy Groves

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'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' Blu-ray and DVD Arrive June 10th

24 March 2014 10:52 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Hailed as "a superb action thriller" (Scott Mantz, "Access Hollywood") and "taut, tense and terrific" (Bill Bregoli, CBS Radio), the thrill-packed Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is called into action on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and VOD June 10, 2014 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Delivering "a new beginning for the Tom Clancy thriller fan" (Steve Weintraub, Collider.com), Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is "a terrific reimagining" (Dan Casey, Nerdist) of the legendary hero's evolution from soldier to analyst to full-fledged operative. "Kevin Costner and Chris Pine are awesome together" (Steve Weintraub, Collider.com) as a CIA veteran and a new recruit who uncover a terrorist plot to devastate the United States. Directed by and also starring Kenneth Branagh, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is the latest "smart, intense, exciting and very entertaining" (Scott Mantz, "Access Hollywood") adventure from the director of Thor.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack »

- MovieWeb

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Emma Thompson: the A-lister who sets her own rules | the Observer profile

23 March 2014 1:28 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Fresh from a triumph in New York, one of our most extravagantly talented stars will soon unveil one of her most cherished projects to date, Effie, a film about John Ruskin – lawyers permitting.

Picture gallery here

It was only a matter of time until the BBC broadcast images of Emma Thompson's downstairs lavatory. The combination of her larky sense of humour and love of a theatrical flourish made it somehow inevitable. And so last month it came to pass. The actress, having been overlooked for an Oscar nomination, was televised at her home receiving a "Mark"; a golden statuette in the likeness of the Observer's film critic, which was offered in recognition of her screen portrayal of the author of Mary Poppins, Pamela Travers.

She was, Kermode said, "sheer perfection in the complex role of 'Mrs Pl', never allowing the author to descend into crotchety caricature, constantly suggesting a »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Review

21 March 2014 2:10 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Sebastian Stan, Hayley Atwell, Emily VanCamp, Dominic Cooper, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Toby Jones | Written by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely | Directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Back in 2011, when Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor: No Subtitle Required were released, I approached Cap’s first film with considerably more optimism than I did for his Norse buddy’s feature. As it turned out, I rather preferred Kenneth Branagh’s brilliantly ridiculous glam metal movie to the ever so slightly dull origin story of The First Avenger. Thor has already had his sequel, a film that pleasingly retained its predecessor’s sense of silliness. I ask rhetorically, can Captain America: The Winter Soldier improve on the workman-like first film?

We catch up with Cap (Chris Evans), who is going on missions for S.H.I.E.L.D, avoiding »

- Jack Kirby

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Blu-ray, DVD Release – Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

19 March 2014 3:34 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 10, 2014

Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99

Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment

Chris Pine (Star Trek: Into Darkness) takes on novelist Tom Clancy‘s popular CIA operative in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

The movie goes back to the beginning of Jack Ryan’s career, re-imagining his rise from soldier to analyst to full-fledged operative. He uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.

Kevin Costner (Hatfields & McCoys) and Keira Knightley (Anna Karenina) also star in the film, as well as Sir Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn) playing the villain.

Kenneth Branagh also directed Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, hot off his success helming Thor. This thriller didn’t get quite as good a reception, though. Shadow Recruit garnered mixed reviews from both critics and moviegoers. Richard Roeper called the movie “the very definition of an Ok thriller.” And the film earned $50.3 million in theaters, »

- Sam

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Buf at 30: Visual Effects Magicians Turn to Conjuring Content

19 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With a track record spanning more than 80 feature films and almost 1,000 commercials, Buf Compagnie is diversifying its revenue sources and forging long-term partnerships by positioning itself as a co-producer rather than just a standard vfx shop.

The change began when Buf produced Oscar-nominated short “Even Pigeons Go to Heaven” in 2007 and launched Angele & Fine Productions, named after founder Pierre Buffin’s daughters, to line-produce international projects that are serviced by Buf under France’s Trip tax rebate scheme. Titles have included “Thor,” “The Grandmaster” and “Odd Thomas.”

The company also operates two L.A. production arms: Angele Productions for live-action projects and Fine Productions for animation.

In 2012, Buf established post houses in Montreal and Brussels to access local tax shelters.

Its first project via the Brussels unit was Nicolas Bary’s €12 million ($16 million) dark comedy, “The Scapegoat,” which bowed in France last October.

Co-productions include “Toby Alone,” with Amber Entertainment, »

- Martin Dale

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I was too bossy for Kenneth Branagh: Emma Thompson

19 March 2014 1:21 AM, PDT | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Los Angeles, March 19: Actress Emma Thompson has opened up about the failure of her first marriage to Kenneth Branagh, revealing that she was a little too "bossy" for the actor-director.

Now married to her "Sense & Sensibility" co-star Greg Wise, Thompson says that her six-year marriage to Branagh was doomed because she was very demanding.

"I'm a bit bossy, and I have to say some people find it quite difficult to deal with. Mentioning no names, but my first husband," contactmusic.come quoted Thompson as saying.

Ians »

- Diksha Singh

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Marvelous Da7e #37: Oh The (In)Humanity!

12 March 2014 9:34 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Welcome to Issue #37 of The Marvelous Da7e!

This week we’re going to have to unleash spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron and up through last night’s Marvel’s Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. I’m guessing that’s probably your bag, but in case it isn’t, I’ll put the advertising/fun info-graphic right up front.

In hopes you BuyCostumes(dot com), and in honor of next week’s ABC Marvel special that will give us a look at Age of Ultron, here’s a fun Avengers info-graphic.

Yay!

Ok, onto the real talk.

When Agent Coulson asked Lady Sif what alien races were blue on last night’s Agents of Acronym, I had two primary reactions: 1) suck it, people who thought it was an Atlantean. Not while Namor’s screen rights are elsewhere! and 2) oh, I hope she says Kree. »

- Da7e

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Z-Cars actor Jimmy Ellis dies, aged 82

10 March 2014 3:29 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Z-Cars star Jimmy Ellis has died, aged 82.

The Northern Irish actor was best known for playing Bert Lynch in the police drama, which aired from 1962 to 1978.

He died following a stroke at Lincoln Hospital on Saturday morning (March 8).

His son Toto told BBC News of his father's death: "It was sad to watch him slip away. The last words he heard were that he was a hero, a legend and we all loved him.

"He blazed a trail for Northern Ireland actors, in that he was the first character not to change his accent. Dad was so proud of his roots and his beliefs."

Ellis was also known for playing Norman Martin in the BBC's Billy trilogy of plays in the 1980s, alongside a young Kenneth Branagh.

Branagh said of his former co-star: "I was blessed to begin my career working with him, and I will never forget his generosity to me. »

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