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Normally adaptations of the Bard’s works live in an immense shadow, confined by the rigid structure of his plays and thus consisting mostly of lengthy dialogue exchanges across a handful of sets. This approach has admittedly led to some great films (just take a trip down Kenneth Branagh’s filmography), but can also make it feel like we haven’t moved on that much from drunken revellers watching then-contemporary productions in a pre-fire Globe.
From the opening of Macbeth, Justin Kurzel makes clear that this is something different. There’s a text crawl providing contextual information that moves up to reveal wide landscape shots of a barren, unforgiving Scotland bathed in mist as three figures drolly prophesie the future, followed by an action sequence epic in scale and breath-taking in its majesty. Slow-motion shots punctuate the visceral battle, highlighting blood spurts, sword swings and character screams. It »
- Alex Leadbeater
In what may be one of Disney's best-matched castings to date, Reese Witherspoon is to play Tinker Bell in a new film.
Tink, which will focus on the story of Peter Pan's fairy companion, is the latest classic from the animation studio to be given the live-action treatment.
The movie is thought to be following in the footsteps of Disney's Sleeping Beauty spin-off Maleficent in that it will portray the untold story of the lead character.
Kenneth Branagh's live-action »
Disney have been having a field day of late reworking their animated back catalogue into live action blockbusters. Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella has been to the ball and left with wads of cash, and with Tim Burton announced as helmer for the transfer of Dumbo the House Of Mouse shows no signs of slowing down. Next to get the green light is a character who could well be mistaken for a green light herself – Tinker Bell!
The perpetually high-wattage Reese Witherspoon is to star in and produce Tink, a vehicle for Peter Pan’s tiny winged companion. Written by Victoria Strouse, it’s reportedly a period piece. J.M. Barrie’s source material evolved into a play and a novel in the early twentieth century.
- Steve Palace
Martin Scorsese is tackling William Shakespeare by way of Kenneth Branagh. Earlier this year, word begin to spread that Scorsese was looking to direct a film adaptation of Branagh’s Macbeth stage production. Now some interesting new details have emerged as the project moves forward. Get the latest on the Martin Scorsese Macbeth movie after the […]
- Angie Han
Earlier this year news came that Martin Scorsese was looking to tackle, in one way or another, an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Macbeth. Or rather, the scoop was that Scorsese was looking to direct an adaptation of Kenneth Branagh's stage adaptation of Macbeth, which Scorsese caught in New York and was apparently quite taken with. If that confuses you at all, you aren't alone, but hopefully this will clear things up a little. The Telegraph reports (via The Playlist) Scorsese's project will be more documentary than strict narrative adaptation, with the director filming Branagh's live production over the course of several weeks at the Leavesden Aerodrome, an airfield in Hertfordshire, England built during World War II. Branagh will reprise his role as the titular Macbeth, and he and Scorsese hope to reunite as many members of the production's original cast as possible including Alex Kingston ("Doctor Who"). This project is, »
- Jordan Benesh
For a while now, talk has been burbling about Martin Scorsese doing something with Kenneth Branagh's immersive stage production of "Macbeth," that takes place inches away from the faces of the audience (at least those in the first few rows). It hasn't been clear what Scorsese and Branagh would do or if it would even happen, but it seems something is percolating and it won't be quite as cinematic as you might've hoped. Read More: Leonardo DiCaprio Talks His Work With Martin Scorsese, Says He Wants More Movies Like 'Wolf Of Wall Street' & More The Telegraph reports that the "Macbeth" project will actually be more like a documentary, with Scorsese tracking Branagh and his team as they perform Shakespeare's work at the Second World War Leavesden Aerodrome. Branagh will reprise the title role, with other cast members to be determined, though the actor is hoping to reunite many of »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It’s not surprising that “Carol” was locked away in Hollywood’s development closet for 15 years. Based on Patricia Highsmith’s scandalous 1952 novel “The Price of Salt,” Todd Haynes’ latest movie is a double whammy by industry standards: it’s headlined by two women, who fall in love with each other.
The film, which stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, and premieres at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17, arrives at a pivotal, yet paradoxical, time for female-driven stories. There has been a string of hits this year that celebrate female empowerment — from “Insurgent” and “Fifty Shades of Grey” to “Cinderella,” and the upcoming “Trainwreck,” “Spy” and the final installment of “The Hunger Games.” That said, gender inequality both in front of and behind the camera is a hot-button issue in the global entertainment business.
As one of cinema’s most prominent stars, Blanchett, whose recent roles include the evil stepmother in “Cinderella, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Avengers: Age of Ultron has retained the Us box office after taking $77m in its second weekend.
The sequel - which has now taken a total of $264m - becomes the second highest opener of all time after its opening last week.
Ex Machina is up one to six with $3.4m, Disney's Home is up to five with $3m and Women in Gold is up to eight with $1.6m.
The Us weekend box office Top 10 for May 8-10 (studio estimates, all figures in Us dollars) is as follows: »
Baby Driver – directed by Ant-man evacuee Edgar Wright – sees Ansel Elgort up to his neck in trouble when he’s forced to work as a getaway driver for an underworld nasty. James is reportedly playing the woman he loves, who inevitably gets caught up in the rubber-burning mayhem.
Though she’s known for period fare like Downton Abbey, James has taken contemporary roles, most notably in sports feature Fast Girls. Wright’s latest should find her consolidating her rising star status and proving she can do more than waft about in impossibly tiny corsets. However before she does so, she’ll be appearing in Pride & Prejudice & Zombies.
Produced by Working Title and Big Talk in association with TriStar, Baby Driver marks something of a departure for the helmer, »
- Steve Palace
Edgar Wright's next film is set to be Baby Driver, which already has The Fault In Our Stars' Ansel Elgort on board in the lead role. Elgort will star as a getaway driver, one who relies on music soundtrack that he believes to be peerless.
The Hollywood Reporter has dug up just a little bit more detail on Elgort's character in the film, saying that he "is set to star as a young mute man who has an ear condition that forces him to constantly listen to music in order to drown out the constant ringing in his ears. His character is a driver for a group of bank robbers who goes on the run after a heist goes bad".
The cast has grown now too, with the news that Lily James - »
In a year ruled thus far by superhero mega-teams, fast and/or furious muscle cars stunts, and 50 shades of something, there.s one movie that has taken a quieter, majestic, family-friendly path to box-office dominance. It appears that Disney.s live-action rendition of Cinderella has managed to gracefully cross the $500 million mark with its global take. It is being reported that the abrupt strike of midnight would not affect how long the Kenneth Branagh directed live-action Cinderella managed to stay at the box-office ball. Released on March 13th, the film is currently sitting at $502.4 million worldwide. The milestone crossing places it amongst some big company for 2015.s highest global grossers at number four - just behind the still-growing numbers of Furious 7 at $1.4 billion, new entry, Avengers: Age of Ultron at $686.5 million, and February.s Fifty Shades of Grey with $569.5 million. The visually vivacious take on the classic Charles Perrault »
Yesterday, Disney's Cinderella crossed the $500M threshold at the global box office. Since its stellar $67.8M domestic debut March 13, Cinderella has taken in nearly $195M. That makes it the third highest grossing film of the year, thus far. Its international gross to date is more than $308M.
Cinderella most recently opened at #1 in its final international market, Japan, on April 25 with the biggest opening day and weekend of the year for a Western release. And it remained the #1 Western release in its second weekend. The film enjoyed a phenomenal performance in China with $71.1M, where it opened with $25M for the biggest March debut of all time. Other top markets include the U.K. ($29.2M), Japan, ($21.6M), Italy and Australia ($16.5M each), Brazil ($15.5M), and Mexico ($15.4M).
She nabbed her prince, settled down to live happily ever after, and just waltzed past an important box office milestone.
“Cinderella” crossed the $500 million mark at the global box office, Walt Disney Studios said Wednesday. Produced for $95 million, the fantasy romance is part of the company’s strategy to mine its catalog of animated classics for fresh live-action family films. In coming years, Disney will adhere to the formula, and it’s moving forward with live action versions of “The Jungle Book,” “Dumbo,” “Mulan,” “Pinocchio” and “Beauty and the Beast.”
“Cinderella” has taken in nearly $195 million domestically, while it has made more than $308 million internationally. Those are impressive numbers, although they pale in comparison to “Maleficent’s” $758.4 million global bounty or “Alice in Wonderland’s” $1 billion haul; both of those movies similarly used animated films as jumping off points.
- Brent Lang
Natalie Portman and husband-to-be Benjamin Millepied on the Red Carpet Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied at the Oscars Best Actress winner Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied (at the time, Portman's husband-to-be)* arrive at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Portman took home the Oscar for her performance as a mentally unstable ballerina in Darren Aronofsky's psychological drama Black Swan. An international box office hit, Black Swan was also a Best Picture nominee, ultimately losing the Oscar to Tom Hooper's The King's Speech. Besides Natalie Portman and dancer-choreographer Benjamin Millepied, also in the Black Swan cast are Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, Barbara Hershey, and Vincent Cassel. Portman's fellow Best Actress contenders were: Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right. Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine. Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole. Jennifer Lawrence for Winter's Bone. Natalie Portman had been previously nominated in »
- D. Zhea
Yesterday, Disney’s Cinderella crossed the $500M threshold at the global box office. Since its stellar $67.8M domestic debut March 13, Cinderella has taken in nearly $195M and is the third highest grossing film of the year. Its international gross to date is more than $308M.
Cinderella most recently opened at #1 in its final international market, Japan, on April 25 with the biggest opening day and weekend of the year for a Western release, and it remained the #1 Western release in its second weekend. The film enjoyed a phenomenal performance in China with $71.1M, where it opened with $25M for the biggest March debut of all time. Other top markets include the U.K. ($29.2M), Japan, ($21.6M), Italy and Australia ($16.5M each), Brazil ($15.5M), and Mexico ($15.4M).
- Michelle McCue
Disney’s “Cinderella” has crossed the $500 million threshold at the global box office. Since its stellar $67.8 million debut March 13, “Cinderella” has taken in nearly $195 million and is the third-highest grossing film of the year domestically. Its international gross to date is more than $308 million. Directed by Kenneth Branagh and scripted by Chris Weitz, “Cinderella” stars Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden and Helena Bonham Carter. It’s the second year in a row that Disney has scored big at the box office after dipping into its vault of classic fairy tales. Angelina Jolie‘s “Maleficent” conjured $758 million worldwide and »
- Todd Cunningham
Avengers: Age of Ultron has topped the Us Box Office after taking $187m in a massive opening weekend.
The sequel becomes the second highest opener of all time, beaten only by the first Avengers film.
Avengers: Age of Ultron has second-biggest selling single day of $84.5m
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 is at four with $5.5m, while Home rounds out the top five with $3.3m.
The Us weekend box office Top 10 for May 3-5 (studio estimates, all figures in Us dollars) is »
For the fourth straight weekend, the newest entry in the Fast & Furious franchise, James Wan’s Furious 7, took the top spot at the box office, adding another $18.3 million to its total earnings so far to bring its total domestic earnings to over $320 million, over 1.5 times that of 2015’s second highest domestic earner to date, Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella. The film was joined in the top three by a repeat performer and a new entry, as the Kevin James-starring Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 remained steady in second place with a total of $15.5 million. Rounding out the top three, however, was the Blake Lively-Ellen Burstyn starring The Age of Adaline, which garnered the third spot with $13.4 million in its opening weekend.
Among the rest of the box office, the horror feature Unfriended saw the biggest revenue decrease, dropping over 60% from its opening weekend gross to land in fifth place with $6.2 million. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »
- Jordan Benesh
For some reason, Hollywood fell in love with British actors again in the 1990s. Sparked by Alan Rickman's turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard at the back end of the 1980s, many movie villains were either Brits, or in the case of Cliffhanger, John Lithgow taking on the mannerisms of a British antagonist.
Yet in particular, Hollywood went recruiting British comedy talent, with faces then mainly - but not exclusively - known for their small screen work getting roles of various sizes in Hollywood productions. Here are some who racked up the air miles - starting with the man who arguably became one of the most successful...
Hugh Laurie - 101 Dalmatians
Laurie is a man of many talents, who ultimately cracked America with »
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