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There has been a change of plans and a change of character for Hrithik Roshan. Previously the news was that Hrithik is set to play Hamlet in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s upcoming production. However, it has now been confirmed that Hrithik will not be playing Hamlet but will be donning an Uttar Pradesh accent for another film Dhulia is directing. According to Daily Bhaskar, Dhulia revealed: “Hrithik and I are doing a film together. It will start in June 2013. But it is not ‘Hamlet’ as reported in the press. We are doing something else together.” This film will be set in North India and is based on a semi-rural fable of violence and drama.
Hamlet is Shakespeare’s longest play with just over 4,000 lines and tells the tale of tragic prince Hamlet, who seeks revenge for his father’s murder. It has been adapted in over fifty television and film productions – in fact, »
- Aashi Gahlot
Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing has been on the festival circuit since September, but no other festival has made ado about the film quite like the Seattle International Film Festival, where Much Ado screened for a crowd of 3,000 on Thursday.
The Shakespeare adaptation – which Whedon shot in a 12-day stealth production at his house during what was supposed to be his post-Avengers vacation – kicked off the festival for its opening night at Seattle’s McCaw Hall in what became a record-breaking event shortly after ticket sales opened. The gala screening and party sold out in six hours on »
- Emily Rome
Marvel hero's latest outing becomes the second most successful comic-book film in history after outstripping The Dark Knight
Iron Man 3 has passed the $1bn mark at the global box office, less than four weeks after it first hit cinemas.
The superhero sequel has also become the second highest-grossing comic book film of all time after passing The Dark Knight, which pulled in $1.004bn in 2008. Starring Robert Downey Jr in what has become the actor's signature role as Iron Man/Tony Stark, Shane Black's film will now take aim at its predecessor in Marvel Studios' series of superhero movies, last year's The Avengers.
Joss Whedon's ensemble outing, which featured Iron Man alongside the Hulk, Captain America and Thor, made it to $1bn in just 19 days and eventually racked up $1.5bn, the third highest gross of all time. By contrast, Iron Man 3 reached the figure in 24 days. »
- Ben Child
Quite the team is being put together for a new film that revolves around a JFK assassination conspiracy. Cate Blanchett has committed to starring in writer/director David Mamet’s “Hitchcockian nailbiter” Blackbird. The film centers on a woman named Janet who travels to Los Angeles for her grandfather’s funeral, and while there she discovers that the Hollywood visual effects artist used to moonlight for U.S. special ops agencies. As the story progresses, “her grandfather’s well-kept secrets become a threat to her, forcing Janet to discover the truth about a man who dedicated his life to making illusion reality.” Hit the jump for more. News of Blackbird comes courtesy of Variety, who reports that the film will shoot in Sydney. This is just one of a couple of JFK films currently in development, as production is already underway on Parkland, which centers on the events that took »
- Adam Chitwood
Based about 9 miles southwest of central London, Twickenham Studios was built on the site of an old ice-skating rink that was acquired in 1912 by Dr. Ralph Jupp. One of the U.K.’s oldest surviving studios, the site opened in 1913. The studio’s first release, The House of Temperley, was released the same year and major stars including Ivor Novello, Dorothy Gish, Gladys Cooper, C. Aubrey Smith and Herbert Tree worked at Twickenham during the silent era.
Jupp was forced to sell the studio in 1920 due to financial and health problems. After the new owners went out of business in 1922 the studio was leased to various companies until Julius Hagen and Leslie Hiscott took over in 1928.
During the 1930s the studio produced a raft of “quota quickies,” low-budget features created to fill the quota requirement established by the Cinematograph Films Act of 1927. Such features were notoriously low quality but provided valuable training opportunities, »
- Robert Mitchell
The Wrap reports that Pine's role in the comedy thriller is being kept under wraps.
Wilson's character is described as a down-on-his-luck chauffeur who agrees to drive around a mysterious billionaire in a bid to get out of debt.
Pine will next appear in the title role in Kenneth Branagh's Jack Ryan reboot.
Cate Blanchett in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine"Today is Cate Blanchett's birthday and since we just celebrated her Oscar-winning altar ego Katharine Hepburn, why not extend the love? As longtime readers know I have been notoriously cool on the Aussie star over the years equating her work with the kind of "click click click" technique-first acting that Meryl Streep was sometimes discredited for early on. But since I actually think it's interesting to hear other people talk about their favorite perfromances from actors they don't naturally respond to, I hope it will be interesting to you to hear the things I do love about Cate the to-others Great. Cate was Everywhere throughout the Aughts aggravating me with her ubiquity (I have issues with this in general, I know. It's not just Cate but Hollywood's tendency, especially in the past decade, to put the same actors in every movie »
- NATHANIEL R
Throughout the 30 years of the Troubles – and even after – TV was reluctant to explore the divisions of Northern Ireland. Can the new BBC2 crime drama face up to the issues?
In The Fall, which began on Monday night, Gillian Anderson, displaying her Streepian facility with accents, plays an English detective from the Metropolitan police who is sent to review an unsolved murder investigation in Belfast. And Alan Cubbitt's five-part thriller marks the latest phase in one of the most historically fraught issues in British broadcasting: the question of how Northern Ireland should be depicted on screen.
At various times in its history, it has been a piece of luck for the BBC to be generally known by its initials rather than the full trading name: the British Broadcasting Corporation. A current problem, for example, is what it means to be an officially British broadcaster in an era of increased independence for Scotland, »
- Mark Lawson
Last week, "The Great Gatsby" director Baz Luhrmann sparked a frenzy of Internet speculation when he reportedly remarked that he'd like to team up with Leonardo DiCaprio on a film adaptation of "Hamlet".
"What else could we possibly do as a follow-up?" he told a red-carpet reporter for The Hollywood Reporter, while cautioning, "It's just a dream at this point."
On Friday, however, Luhrmann told The Huffington Post that his comments had been "misreported."
"Someone said, 'Where does Leonardo go from here?' And I just said, 'After Gatsby, the only way up is Hamlet,'" Luhrmann said. Even then, however, he refused to rule out the possibility of making the film: "Be careful," he said, "one can never say never."
"The Great Gatsby" is Luhrmann's second collaboration with DiCaprio. Their previous effort, 1996's "Romeo + Juliet," has become a cult classic among romantics of a certain stripe.
- Mike Hogan
Happy Mother’s Day to all the Shockya.com moms out there! Sadly we can’t send everyone flowers, but would you settle for a little Rob Stark and Adam Scott to celebrate the holiday? The “Game of Thrones” King of the North, Richard Madden, was just recruited to play the prince in Kenneth Branagh’s “Cinderella” while “Hot Tub Time Machine” will likely swap John Cusack for Adam Scott in the sequel. In other dashing Hollywood heartthrob news, Tom Cruise just locked himself in for another round of “Mission: Impossible” and Ewan McGregor is the latest A-lister to join the seemingly forever troubled “Jane Got a Gun.” Ready for the details on the [ Read More ]
The post Movie News Cheat Sheet: No Jp 4 Just Yet, Divergent Expected To Continue appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Perri Nemiroff
Earlier this month we told you that Lily James (Downton Abbey) had been cast as the lead in Disney’s live action film, Cinderella, which is being directed by Kenneth Branagh. She joined previously cast Cate Blanchett (The Hobbit) who will be playing the witch, and it looks like a prince has been cast to join them.
Richard Madden is no stranger to playing parts of royalty, with his current role being Robb Stark in Game of Thrones. Now, according to Variety, he has secured the prince character opposite Lily James‘ Cinderella.
- Jess Orso
In the wake of the illustrious The Great Gatsby, Leonardo DiCaprio may reportedly be teaming up with Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann once again -- this time for the ultimate classic Shakespearean tale Hamlet.
Pics: The Great Gatsby World Premiere
Taking on Shakespeare would hardly be anything new for Luhrmann and DiCaprio -- who first worked together in 1996 for the film version of Romeo and Juliet -- one of DiCaprio's first break out roles as a leading man. And now with an American classic like Gatsby added to their resumes, when asked by The Hollywood Reporter what the dynamic duo will work on next, Luhrmann tells THR, "Hamlet. To me, Gatsby is the American Hamlet. What else could we possibly do as a follow-up?"
DiCaprio gives life to the role of F. Scott Fitzgerald's love stricken anti-hero, Jay Gatsby, in the film version of the 1927 iconic novel of the same name, which also stars »
Many movie lovers have seen Ingmar Bergman's magical 1975 version of "The Magic Flute." But few have had a chance to check out Kenneth Branagh's 2006 take on the most popular Mozart opera. Well, that one is coming to theaters for the first time in the U.S. on June 9th. Emerging Networks will present the film with a libretto adapted by Stephen Fry and music arranged and conducted by James Conlon in 150 theaters on Sunday June 9th and Tuesday June 11th. Actor-director Branagh's film transplants Mozart’s 1791 fantasy opera to the eve of the First World War, starring Joseph Kaiser as Tamino and Amy Carson as the daughter of the Queen of the Night. Select theaters will also get a live Q-and-a session with Branagh via webcast from London after the film’s Sunday screening. (Individual theaters and show times here.) Branagh starred as Sir Laurence Olivier in "My Week with Marilyn, »
- Anne Thompson
Richard Madden cast in Cinderella. The casting of Richard Madden in Cinderella (2014) answers the question of who will play the male lead character in the Kenneth Branagh directed film. Richard Madden will be joined in Cinderella by Lily James and Cate Blanchett. We previously reported on Lily James casting in the film here:
- Rollo Tomasi
‘Games of Thrones’ star Richard Madden has signed on to star as Prince Charming in Disney’s upcoming live adaptation of ‘Cinderella.’ The 27-year-old Scottish actor will appear alongside ‘Downton Abbey’ star Lily James, who has been cast as the titular hero in the romance fantasy. Cate Blanchett has also been announced to portray Cinderella’s evil stepmother, Lady Tremaine. ‘Cinderella,’ which is expected to hit theaters next year, will be helmed by ‘Thor‘ director Kenneth Branagh. The romance fantasy is expected to begin filming this fall in London. The live action version of ‘Cinderella’ was first greenlit by Disney in May 2010, in the wake of the studio’s success with Tim [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
The film was set to star Anne Hathaway in the lead, who is coming off the back of her Oscar-winning performance in Les Misérables. We recently heard that Hathaway had signed on to reunite with Christopher Nolan for the director’s next film, Interstellar. And it turns out that the role has forced her to exit Shelton’s Laggies, which is a real shame.
Fortunately, all is still well for the film, with EW reporting that Keira Knightley is in talks to take the lead in Hathaway’s place.
Laggies tells the story of a young woman who reacts to her boyfriend’s marriage proposal by pretending to go on a business retreat while she actually hunkers down with a new 16-year old friend »
- Kenji Lloyd
Game of Thrones actor Richard Madden, who plays Robb Stark on the HBO drama, is set to play the Prince in Disney's live-action adaptation of Cinderella. The movie is being directed by Kenneth Branagh (Thor) from a script written by Chris Weitz and Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada). Madden will join Downton Abbey actress Lily James who is playing the title character, and Cate Blanchett who has perfectly been cast as the villainous stepmother.
It's hard to imagine any of these Game of Thrones actors in a light and fluffy Disney movie, but Madden is a solid actor, who will do a fine job as the Prince in it. I'm curious to see what this movie is going to end up looking like visually. Branagh full heartedly embraced (some say overused) the Dutch angle heavily used in comics when making Thor. It will be interesting to see what »
- Joey Paur
Australian director reveals desire to follow Romeo + Juliet and The Great Gatsby with a third DiCaprio-driven film adaptation
The Australian director handed DiCaprio his significant breakthrough as a leading man by casting him as Romeo in his vivid 1996 film version of Shakespeare's play, Romeo + Juliet, and they recently reunited for Luhrmann's latest film, The Great Gatsby, with DiCaprio playing F Scott Fitzgerald's all-American antihero.
Now, Luhrmann has revealed his intention to hand the 38-year-old actor the most sought-after role in drama. Asked what his next collaboration with DiCaprio would be, Luhrmann told the Hollywood Reporter: "Hamlet. To me, Gatsby is the American Hamlet. What else could we possibly do as a follow-up?
There is nothing concrete in place, »
- Matt Trueman
Actor who portrays Robb Stark in hit TV series will play opposite Lily James in Disney's live-action version of the classic folk tale
Disney's big budget, live-action take on Cinderella appears to be following in the footsteps of Tim Burton's $1bn Alice in Wonderland fantasy as director Kenneth Branagh puts together a mostly British cast. With Downton Abbey's Lily James already cast in the title role, the Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Game of Thrones' Richard Madden will play her prince.
Madden, who plays Robb Stark in the highly-rated HBO fantasy series, will take the role which, as tradition demanded, was named Prince Charming in the 1950 Disney animated version of the tale. Cate Blanchett has been cast as the wicked stepmother.
- Ben Child
At the end of April we reported that Lily James (Downton Abbey) was to take the lead for Walt Disney Pictures live-action version of Cinderella. Rumours were also floating around that Game Of Thrones star Richard Madden was to play her Prince Charming…and it’s been confirmed!
James and Madden will be directed by acting legend Kenneth Branagh, with Cate Blanchett featuring as the wicked step-mother. Live-action fairytales seem to go one of two ways (other examples include Red Riding Hood, Hansel And Gretel Witch Hunters, Jack The Giant Slayer) but with Branagh taking the reigns this could be brilliant!
Cinderella is expected to start filming in October, with an estimated release date of Christmas 2014.
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
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