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Mark Rylance Teases the Opening of Christopher Nolan’s “Pure” and “Simple” War Drama ‘Dunkirk’

19 July 2016 7:04 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Known for his densely plotted features — from his break-out film Memento through his Dark Knight trilogy and even his sci-fi spectacles — perhaps Christopher Nolan is paring things down a bit on the page for World War II drama Dunkirk, which is currently in production. In a new interview from star Mark Rylance, he discusses the film’s “simple” and “pure” approach, as well as teasing the opening.

“Chris is the most serious and interesting filmmaker. Every great filmmaker at some moment makes a war film. But Chris’ script-writing is so brilliant that I think he has the potential to make a very, very powerful and simple, pure war film about a miraculous loss. I think it has the potential to be just a marvelous film,” Rylance tells Empire. “With some of those old war films you used to get a lot of build-up, you play the guessing game: who’s »

- Jordan Raup

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Mark Rylance praises Christopher Nolan’s “pure war film” Dunkirk

19 July 2016 6:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Fan favourite filmmaker Christopher Nolan is currently hard at work on production of Dunkirk, a World War II epic which chronicles Operation Dynamo – the 1940 evacuation of 330,000 Allied soldiers surrounded by advancing German forces on the beaches of Dunkirk.

During an appearance on the Empire Podcast (via Collider), Oscar-winning Mark Rylance has offered some praise for his director on the film, stating that be believes Nolan is crafting something very special.

“Chris is the most serious and interesting filmmaker. Every great filmmaker at some moment makes a war film. But Chris’ script-writing is so brilliant that I think he has the potential to make a very, very powerful and simple, pure war film about a miraculous loss. I think it has the potential to be just a marvelous film. With some of those old war films you used to get a lot of build-up, you play the guessing game: who’s »

- Gary Collinson

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Rylance Teases Chris Nolan's "Dunkirk"

18 July 2016 3:08 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

While next summer will be filled with the usual tentpoles made up of franchises and sequels, one of the biggest original works will be the latest effort from 'Dark Knight' trilogy director Christopher Nolan with the WW2 film "Dunkirk".

"Bridge of Spies" award winner Mark Rylance is one of the large ensemble assembled for the film and he tells Empire that Nolan is set to do something quite different from other films in the genre:

"Chris is the most serious and interesting filmmaker. Every great filmmaker at some moment makes a war film. But Chris' script-writing is so brilliant that I think he has the potential to make a very, very powerful and simple, pure war film about a miraculous loss. I think it has the potential to be just a marvelous film.

With some of those old war films you used to get a lot of build-up, you play »

- Garth Franklin

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Mark Rylance Champions Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk As A “Pure, Powerful” War Movie

18 July 2016 7:29 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Be it the pulse-pounding action of The Dark Knight trilogy or the mystical realism found in The Prestige, few would argue that Christopher Nolan’s movies hold the innate ability to visually enthral an audience, regardless of whether you’re a fan of the narrative content at the heart of the story.

Come 2017, that’s a trend that the filmmaker will look to uphold with Dunkirk, his WWII epic that chronicles the death-defying tale known as Operation Dynamo.

Currently lensing across northern France and parts of England, Dunkirk has piqued our curiosity for its awe-inspiring set photos, showcasing a huge infantry peppered across a ruined, war-torn beach – not to mention those reports suggesting Nolan and his team could be staging an action sequence that could well involve crashing a $5 million vintage WWII plane all in the name of pure, immersive cinema.

Unsurprisingly, Nolan’s latest will include a handful of IMAX sequences, »

- Michael Briers

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Christopher Nolan rejects CGI and will use real battleships for ‘Dunkirk’

14 July 2016 4:31 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Dunkirk film: Real battleships to be used on Christopher Nolan’s next film: Director decides against the use of CGI.

The Dunkirk film continues to shoot in northern France.

The Dunkirk film will star Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Nurphy and Harry Styles.

Christopher Nolan has refused to go for all out CGI for his next film, the World War II epic that will be Dunkirk, and will use real battleships for some scenes in the film, which is now shooting.

Of course, this news shouldn’t surprise you as Nolan hasn’t really used that much CGI in most of his big Hollywood movies that kicked off with Batman Begins all of the way back in 2006.

French nautical magazine Presse Océan, is reporting that Nolan is planning to use the French T-47 Class Destroyer, Maillé-Brézé for his WWII Dunkirk film, which will be towed to Saint-Nazaire in »

- Paul Heath

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Cafe Society

13 July 2016 12:38 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

In a summer of VFX crowdpleasers, it's a kick to find Woody Allen out there working with flesh-and-blood actors who deal with emotions that aren't computer generated. Café Society isn't peak Allen, in the manner of such recent high points as Midnight in Paris (2011) and Blue Jasmine (2013), but the film — which could be helpfully subtitled Manhattan v Hollywood — feels lively, lived-in and fallibly human. 

The time is the 1930s, the decade of Allen's birth. At a Tinseltown pool party, lit with old-school glamour by camera legend Vittorio Storaro, power agent »

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'Sif' Gets In "Shape"

13 July 2016 10:17 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ revealing images of actress Jaimie Alexander, aka Marvel Studios' 'Asgardian' warrior 'Sif' in a recent issue of "Shape" magazine:

Alexander's first major film role was in the horror feature "Rest Stop" (2006) followed by "Hallowed Ground" (2007).

She then played the character 'Jessi' on the ABC Family series "Kyle Xy",followed by guest roles on "CSI: Miami" and "Bones".

Alexander was cast as 'Sif' in Marvel Studios' live-action feature "Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh, released May 2011...

...then reprised the role in the sequel "Thor: The Dark World" and the TV series "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D."

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- Michael Stevens

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‘Catastrophe’: Rob Delaney & Sharon Horgan on Finding Dark Truths in Comedy (Consider This)

27 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Catastrophe” feels like a show built on magic — real magic. No, we’re not arguing co-creators Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan are sorcerers, cooking up potions to create great TV, but it’s undeniable that impossible elements collide into a beautiful reality in the duo’s Amazon original series.

As we noted in our glowing Season 2 review, the marriage of authentic dialogue with sparkling humor feels like a harmonious fusion of paradoxical crafts. Finding the balance between outrageously funny moments and deeply poignant stories — especially in a 30-minute comedy — is a tough trick to pull off, and no one has done it quite like co-creators Delaney and Horgan.

Below, the on-screen couple and real-life writing partners explain their particular process for breaking episodes, how humor can help audiences identify with deeply dramatic moments and where they got the idea to open Season 2 with — what else? — a beautiful magic trick.

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- Ben Travers

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Why Kenneth Branagh Loves Mysteries, from ‘Wallander’ to ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (Emmy Watch)

26 June 2016 10:01 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Kenneth Branagh fell into his love affair with the “Wallander” mysteries by Swedish author Henning Mankell (1948 – 2015) for “the sheer pleasure of the reading,” he told me over the phone. “It was novel by novel. I’m not usually a kind of completist in this regard, but each novel did send me to the next one, and I did read them in order, and I did find myself drawn in, hypnotically. I didn’t feel I’d met anyone quite like this before or this landscape.”

The novels are set in Sweden, in and around the town of Ystad, 35 miles south-east of the city of Malmö, in the southern province of Skåne. And that’s where the PBS Mystery series (four seasons, from 2009 through 2016) is also filmed. “It’s vast and flat,” said Branagh. “It has a strong regional dialect. It’s a curious, forgotten, unfashionable pocket of land. Over 60 percent »

- Anne Thompson

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Why Kenneth Branagh Loves Mysteries, from ‘Wallander’ to ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (Emmy Watch)

26 June 2016 10:01 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Kenneth Branagh fell into his love affair with the “Wallander” mysteries by Swedish author Henning Mankell (1948 – 2015) for “the sheer pleasure of the reading,” he told me over the phone. “It was novel by novel. I’m not usually a kind of completist in this regard, but each novel did send me to the next one, and I did read them in order, and I did find myself drawn in, hypnotically. I didn’t feel I’d met anyone quite like this before or this landscape.”

The novels are set in Sweden, in and around the town of Ystad, 35 miles south-east of the city of Malmö, in the southern province of Skåne. And that’s where the PBS Mystery series (four seasons, from 2009 through 2016) is also filmed. “It’s vast and flat,” said Branagh. “It has a strong regional dialect. It’s a curious, forgotten, unfashionable pocket of land. Over 60 percent »

- Anne Thompson

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Jerrod Carmichael on His Ultimate Goal For ‘The Carmichael Show’ and Why Stand-Up is Acting (Consider This)

23 June 2016 11:09 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The Carmichael Show,” on its face, feels very familiar: the laugh track; the multi-cam format; the family dynamic. But after watching any of the 19 aired episodes, it’s immediately clear how special — how important — the discussion being had every week is, especially for broadcast television.

Speaking truths is what matters to co-creator and star Jerrod Carmichael. The 29-year-old stand-up comedian is taking the observations, life lessons and general dialogue from his stage routines, dropping it into a group of opinionated people and finding honest answers to questions many people are asking every day. Oh, and he’s putting those crucial conversations on national television, and making them damn funny to boot.

IndieWire recently spoke with Carmichael about how he’s approached the transition from stand-up to acting and what drives the show from point to point, but first we dig into the topic of the season: Emmys.

There’s a lot of TV out there. »

- Ben Travers

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Alicia Vikander & Emma Stone Eyed To Star In Separate Agatha Christie Films

22 June 2016 10:47 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Agatha Christie is known as one of the best-selling novelist of all time, and now, both Sony and Paramount are developing two separate films about the author’s life. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony’s “Agatha Christie” is eyeing Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander to portray the English writer whose life “intersects with the likes of Sherlock Holmes writer Arthur Conan Doyle and Winston Churchill.”

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Over at Paramount, the studio’s film, “Agatha,” will focus on what happened to Christie during the 11 days she went missing in 1926. Their top choice to portray the literary sensation is Emma Stone.

But getting things started on these productions require the approval of Christie’s estate, a feat that is no easy task. It took Fox seven years to gain approval to have Kenneth Branagh develop the remake of “Murder on the Orient Express. »

- Liz Calvario

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Rival Christie Biopics Seek Vikander, Stone

22 June 2016 8:05 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Sony Pictures wants Alicia Vikander and Paramount Pictures is after Emma Stone with both being lined up to play mystery author Agatha Christie in rival biopics currently in the works at both studios.

Both projects are set during her early career. Sony's version with Vikander follows a proto-feminist Christie uninterested in a traditional wife role and finds her life intersecting with the likes of Arthur Conan Doyle and Winston Churchill. Paramount's version with Stone looks into the famed eleven days where the author went missing in 1926.

The projects are not to be confused with adaptations of her work such as the recent "And Then There Were None" mini-series, the upcoming "Witness for the Prosecution" mini-series, and Kenneth Branagh's new film adaptation of "Murder on the Orient Express" at 20th Century Fox which begins shooting in November.

The two studios require approval from the Christie estate before receiving a green light, »

- Garth Franklin

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Will Smith is very sorry for tricking you into seeing 'Wild Wild West'

21 June 2016 4:04 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Did you pay good money from your weekend job at Jamba Juice to see the universally-loathed 1999 adaptation of Wild Wild West, which one contemporary critic called “extremely stupid and incompetent” and another deemed a “colossal waste of talent”? If the answer is “yes,” then Will Smith is very, very sorry about that. In a roundup of the actor’s Tuesday talk at the Cannes Lions marketing conference (a.k.a. “the only truly global meeting-place for branded communications professionals to connect, share and discover,” whew!), THR reports that Smith “repeatedly brought up 1999's Wild Wild West as a personal low point,” and they aren’t kidding. Though the superstar has been involved in other notable stinkers such as The Legend of Bagger Vance and After Earth, he clearly holds a special place of unquenchable scorn in his heart for the millennial stinker, which saw him starring opposite such other slumming talents as Kevin Kline, »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Kenneth Branagh on the End of Masterpiece’s ‘Wallander’

14 June 2016 11:03 AM, PDT | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Kenneth Branagh talks to AwardsDaily TV about the complexity of Masterpiece’s Wallander and about finding the truth in portraying Alzheimer’s. There aren’t enough hours in the day »

- Clarence Moye

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Who should join Angelina Jolie in the Murder Cast?

13 June 2016 12:20 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Murtada here. Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express is being remade by Kenneth Branagh. He will direct and play the lead part of Belgian detective Hercule Poirot who’s investigating a murder that happens on the famous train as it is making its way across Europe. The novel has been adapted several times, most famously into an Oscar winning film in 1974 by Sidney Lumet and an all star cast, led by Albert Finney as Poirot. Angelina Jolie was announced as Mrs Hubbard, an American loquacious socialite, played in 1974 version by Lauren Bacall. It’s good casting as the part calls a star with lots of presence.

Even though I haven’t read the Christie novel, I have seen the movie version and a 2010 British TV version with Jessica Chastain right before she hit it big. The story lends itself to an all star cast as basically every character gets an intro, one big scene and gets to participate in the finale. And everyone has a secret of course so the parts are juicy and fun and not too taxing on the actors. Hopefully lots of entertaining actors will sign up.

Who would you cast? Our suggestions for some of the characters after the jump »

- Murtada Elfadl

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News Briefs: Angelina Jolie May Star in 'Murder on the Orient Express'

12 June 2016 8:40 PM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Murder on the Orient Express: Angelina Jolie is in early talks to star in Murder on the Orient Express. Last year we heard that Kenneth Branagh would direct the new big-screen version of Agatha Christie's novel, which takes place during a trip on a luxurious train, and now it's been confirmed that Branagh will also portray famed detective Hercule Poirot in the ensemble mystery. [Variety]   Ocean's Eleven: Elizabeth Banks may join the cast of the upcoming new version...

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Angelina Jolie could be boarding Murder on the Orient Express

10 June 2016 1:40 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Variety is reporting that Angelina Jolie (By The Sea) is in talks to join the cast of Murder on the Orient Express, a remake of the 1974 classic based on Agatha Christie’s novel.

Thor and Cinderella director Kenneth Branagh is helming the film as well as starring in the lead role of Hercule Poirot. Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Apocalypse), Ridley Scott (The Martian) and Mark Gordon (Steve Jobs) are producing alongside Branagh, with the script penned by Michael Green who has co-written upcoming sequel Blade Runner 2.

Christie’s classic novel was first published in 1934 and the story “revolves around a murder onboard the famous train. The film follows Belgian detective Poirot who’s tasked with solving the case — in which a number of passengers could potentially be the murderer.” If she signs on, Jolie will play Mrs. Hubbard, portrayed in the original film by Lauren Bacall.

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- Scott J. Davis

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Angelina Jolie Could Board Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Remake

10 June 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Fox’s Murder on the Orient Express remake has a long way to go if it hopes to catch up to the star power of Sidney Lumet’s 1974 version, which featured Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Sean Connery, Anthony Perkins, and Vanessa Redgrave. But getting Angelina Jolie on board is probably a good place to start. The […]

The post Angelina Jolie Could Board Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Remake appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Angelina Jolie in talks to star opposite Kenneth Branagh in Murder on the Orient Express

10 June 2016 1:05 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

We learned a while ago that Kenneth Branagh (Cinderella) is set to star in and direct a big screen adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, but the filmmaker may have now found a very impressive leading lady in the form of Angelina Jolie. She’s apparently circling the role of  Mrs. Harriet Hubbard, […]

The post Angelina Jolie in talks to star opposite Kenneth Branagh in Murder on the Orient Express appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- Josh Wilding

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