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"Birdman" flies into theaters this weekend, and with it comes one of the year's most finely tuned and vibrant ensembles. Indeed, as wonderful as Michael Keaton is in the leading role, and as much as actors like Edward Norton and Emma Stone stand out on the periphery, one of the unsung stories of the film is how well the cast jumped through the hoops of production, turning out an incredibly organic community performance. That was one of the main topics of discussion when I hopped on the phone with actress Andrea Riseborough recently. It was just hours before the film's big New York Film Festival premiere, which she said felt like a homecoming for all involved as they shot "Birdman" just a few blocks away at the St. James Theater in April of 2013. We talked about that camaraderie, the film's humanist theme of seeking love and approval and working with the likes of Keaton, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Over the past few months, we've featured some cool shorts and features from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, some of them fun with Patton Oswalt, others fascinating and informative with screenwriters like Dustin Lance Black. Well, the Screen Actors Guild also has a great collection of videos on the web too, many of them hours long, featuring engaging conversations that the SAG Foundation hosted with some of Hollywood's biggest and most talented stars. From Leonardo DiCaprio to Matt Damon and even a long talk with the late Robin Williams. There's a whole series of chats dating back a few years. Here's just some of the notable SAG Foundation conversations that caught our eye (via The Film Stage): There's also interviews with cast members from some popular TV shows like "Mad Men" and "Fargo" and more fun chats for "New Girl" and "Portlandia." You'll also find interviews with the likes of Colin Farrell, »
- Ethan Anderton
Filming will commence shortly on a trilogy of 90-minute episodes which will adapt the two remaining works by Henning Mankell featuring the character.
The first will be based on the 1993 novel "The White Lioness" which James Dormer ("Spooks") is adapting. The other two will be a two-part adaptation of Mankell's final novel "The Troubled Man" which Peter Harness ("Doctor Who") will adapt.
In a statement, Branagh says: "I always approach each series of Wallander with anticipation and excitement, but this last series of films contain some of the greatest challenges the character has ever faced. It's a privilege to try to meet them, and I look forward to a great Swedish Autumn working on Henning Mankell's masterly creation."
Branagh has played the role in nine TV »
- Garth Franklin
The film will centre around a CIA operative who is sent to Paris to 'deal with' a young con artist who is the prime suspect in a bombing on the metro.
When the attacks continue, the pair are forced into an alliance to stop the real terrorists.
Madden is best known for his role as Rob Stark in Game of Thrones.
StudioCanal is financing “Bastille Day” and will distribute it in France, Germany, the U.K., New Zealand and Australia, and is selling the rest of the world.
Developed by Anonymous Content, the movie follows a rogue U.S. CIA operative who is tasked with interrogating and eventually making a young American man, who’s also a con-artist, “disappear” in order to avoid embarrassment to the U.S. government after the American is linked as the »
- Justin Kroll
Fantasy embedded in folklore, brimming with romance, heroism and magical enchantments – fairy tales have been with us since the dawn of mankind’s imagination; handed down from generation to generation – first in the oral tradition, and later, in literature. The term ‘fairy tale’ was first coined by French writer Marie-Catherine Le Jumel de Barneville, Baroness d’Aulnoy in reference to her own work, and has since been adopted to encompass an entire genre, in which witches, trolls, giants, elves and sprites are not only commonplace, they often drive the action.
These days, when we think of fairy tales, we usually think of either the funky mash-ups of the Shrek franchise, or the ‘classic’ Disney movies – pretty young things, perfectly rendered in animation, twirling among helpful animals while singing with the voice of an angel. Those movies are somewhat dated now, however, and Hollywood seems keen to re-adjust that picture – remaking »
- Sarah Myles
Filmmakers have been obsessed with Frankenstein since James Whale brought Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel to life and instantly gave birth to an iconic monster franchise that remains a major priority for Universal. It’s one of the most important public domain properties in fiction, but reanimating the Green Guy into a worthy anti-hero isn’t easy. Everyone from Kenneth Branagh, Robert De Niro and Aaron Eckhart have discovered you need more than neck bolts to spark a good movie. The futility hasn’t stopped Candyman and Immortal Beloved director Bernard Rose, who’s returning to horror filmmaking with his own modern take on the Frankenstein legend. He shot his in downtown Los Angeles, with Xavier Samuel, Carrie-Anne Moss, Danny Huston, and Tony Todd starring in a Frankenfilm set against the backdrop of the contemporary 3D bio-printing revolution. “They’re already 3D-printing organs, so to actually print an entire human being »
- Jen Yamato
Mary Shelley’s estate is probably laughing all the way to the bank. The celebrated author’s gothic horror, Frankenstein, is a noted literary classic. And we all know what happens to popular novels. Yes, they wind up on the school curriculum. But more pertinently – they’re adapted for the big screen. Kenneth Branagh’s version flopped like a beached whale, even if some of its sequences were worthy of a punchier script. This year’s action horror reimagining, I, Frankenstein, didn’t fare much better either.
So, let’s see if the man whose 1992 chiller Candyman made everyone terrified of coat hooks, Bernard Rose, can finally get it right. Aye aye, kiddies, there’s gonna be another big-screen adaptation – and it’s just landed a leading man-ster.
- Gem Seddon
As things stand in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye is easily identifiable as the most under utilized character. He showed up for all of 30 seconds for a (admittedly fun) cameo in Kenneth Branagh's Thor, and then he was forced to do Loki's bidding while under hypnosis for most of Joss Whedon's The Avengers. The good news is that Marvel is aiming to correct this course in the upcoming The Avengers: Age of Ultron - but if you're anticipating a Hawkeye solo movie at any point, you probably shouldn't hold your breath. Why? Because it seems that Renner is actually quite okay with his somewhat limited role in the comic book movies at this point. Currently on the press tour promoting his new movie Kill The Messenger, the Academy Award-nominated star recently sat down with MTV, and during the chat the actor revealed that he doesn't »
Oscar-winning editor Martin Walsh to receive lifetime honour at the cinematography festival in Poland.
British editor Martin Walsh is to receive a lifetime achievement award at cinematography festival Camerimage (Nov 15-22) in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Walsh, who won an Academy Award for Best Film Editing in 2003 for Chicago, will be honoured with the Award to an Editor with Unique Visual Sensitivity.
After making his first foray into feature film editing on Sacred Heart (1985), The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (1989) and gangster drama The Krays (1990), he worked with director Iain Softley on Beatles drama Backbeat and Hackers, starring Angelina Jolie.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Chris Hemsworth to star in I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive; The Martian casts its female lead; Aubrey Plaza is voicing Grumpy Cat; Martin Campbell may direct Hunter Killer; and Liam Neeson eyes Tell No One.
I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive tells the tale of Toby “Doc ...
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- Anthony Taormina
Martin Walsh, the Oscar-winning editor of Chicago, will be honored this year with a lifetime achievement award at Poland's Camerimage festival, the world's leading festival for the technical art of filmmaking. Britain-born Walsh, whose editing credits also include Bridget Jones' Diary, Iris, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Kenneth Branagh's upcoming live-action Cinderella, will receive this year's Camerimage Award for an editor with a "unique visual sensitivity." Announcing the honor, the Camerimage festival called Walsh's work on Chicago, which he took nine months to cut, "an editing marvel. … The sequences of numerous songs,
- Scott Roxborough
Although the trailers and other marketing materials being utilized to sell "A Walk Among the Tombstones" will have you believing that it's another run-of-the-mill Liam Neeson thriller, it's not. The movie is intricate and beautifully done, with one of the finer Neeson performances in recent memory, a twisty crime movie plot (based on a Lawrence Block novel of the same name), and nary a superhero in sight. We recently got to chat with Scott Frank, the film's writer/director, who you might know from his long and illustrious resume that includes collaborating with Steven Spielberg ("Minority Report"), Steven Soderbergh ("Out of Sight") and several other people who aren't named Steven (including Jodie Foster, Kenneth Branagh, Barry Sonnenfeld and Aaron Sorkin). He's also one of the most sought after script doctors in Hollywood. During the course of the interview we talked about everything from the pressure of adapting well-known mystery novelists to the. »
- Drew Taylor
(Cbr) While his "Thor" co-star is gearing up to play country singer Hank Williams in the near future, Chris Hemsworth is backing a decidedly different take on the music legend. TheWrap reports the actor has signed on to produce and star in "I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive," based on the 2011 novel by singer Steve Earle. The story follows a fictionalized version of the “doctor” who contributed to Williams’ untimely death in 1953. Ten years later, the now morphine-addicted Toby “Doc” Ebersole is haunted by the country crooner’s ghost, who picks away at his conscience. While the producer role marks a new step in Hemsworth’s career, he’s not going into uncharted territory alone. "I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive" will be helmed by first-time writer-director Benjamin Grayson, who served as Kenneth Branagh’s assistant on "Thor." And as the project comes together, »
- Kiel Phegley, Comic Book Resources
Certain aspects of Hank Williams' life have caught the eyes of two brothers from the world of Asgard. Tom Hiddleston (Loki) is set to play Hank Williams in a biopic called I Saw the Light. Now Chris Hemsworth (Thor) is set to star in and produce a movie that revolves around the life of Williams' doctor, Doc Ebersole. The country singer must be popular is Asgard.
The movie is based on the novel by Steve Earle called I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive, and Benjamin Grayson will make his directorial debut with the indie film from a script that he wrote. Grayson was an assistant to Kenneth Branagh on the Thor production.
The story follows Toby “Doc” Ebersole, "who's haunted by the ghost of Hank Williams following his involvement in the country singer's mysterious death in 1953."
The title of the book and movie were taken from a 1952 song Williams co-wrote, »
- Joey Paur
In a move that could generate some inspired cross-cinematic synergy, Thor star Chris Hemsworth is attached to produce and headline the drama I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive. Based on the debut novel from actor and musician Steve Earle (The Wire), the film is about Doc Ebersole, a man struggling with his own demons many years after he was travelling with country star Hank Williams and the singer died.
Ebersole may have been the one to give Williams that fatal morphine dose, as the protagonist is also an addict who lost his medical license and lives in San Antonio’s red-light district. There, he performs some illegal abortions and other operations, and befriends Mexican immigrant Graciela, who has the power to heal others with the touch of her hand.
Ironically, there is currently a Hank Williams biopic in the works entitled I Saw the Light, where the »
- Jordan Adler
The novel tells the fictitious tale of Toby "Doc" Ebersole, who is haunted by the ghost of country music legend Hank Williams, after he was involved in the singer's death in 1953, which lead to his medical license being revoked. The story picks up 10 years later in the red light district of San Antonio, Texas, where Toby supports his morphine habit by performing illegal medical procedures, while still being visited by Hank's ghost. The project's title is spawned from a 1952 song that Hank Williams co-wrote, which was the last single to be released while he was alive.
He’s just been cast in a massive movie; the planned Legendary backed Skull Island, and he’ll also be playing Hank Williams in an upcoming project named I Saw The Light, and now it looks like his on-screen brother in the Thor movies, Chris Hemsworth, is all set to star in a similarly themed project named I’LL Never Get Out Of This World Alive.
The film will be based on the novel of the same name by Steve Earle. Here’s the synopsis.
Doc Ebersole lives with the ghost of Hank Williams—not just in the figurative sense, not just because he was one of the last people to see him alive, and not just because he is rumored to have given Hank the final morphine dose that killed him.
In 1963, ten years after Hank’s death, Doc himself is wracked by addiction. Having lost his license to practice medicine, »
- Paul Heath
While Tom Hiddleston prepares his potrayal of iconic musician Hank Williams, another Asgardian will tackle the story from a different angle. Chris Hemsworth has optioned Steve Earle's novel I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive and plans to produce and star in the film. Hemsworth will develop the film alongside Bejamin Grayson, who will script the project and make his directorial debut. Grayson has previously worked as an assistant to Kenneth Branagh on Thor and John Lee Hancock on Saving »
- Alex Maidy
Sunday Night at the Palladium: ITV, 7pm
Originally airing between 1955 and 1967, the iconic weekend variety show finally makes a return to our screens tonight, hosted by Stephen Mulhern.
A tribute to the late actor and director who passed away last month, this moving documentary sees Attenborough's peers from across the film industry lining up to discuss his genius.
The X Factor: ITV, 8pm
Who will be through to Boot Camp? That's the question on the minds of the judges, the audience and the auditionees themselves tonight, as they step up one by one onto the »
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