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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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (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 »
"Yes, I'm doing War and Peace," she told Radio Times.
The series will air on BBC One in 2015.
Paul Dano has also been rumoured to star as Pierre Bezukhov, the love interest of James's Natasha.
War and Peace is set in 1805 during Alexander I's reign, following five aristocratic families and Napoleon's invasion in 1812.
Speaking to Digital Spy and others at the Downton Abbey launch, she said of McShera: "I »
As one of the most popular playwrights in the world, a number of Shakespeare’s works have been adapted for the big screen, with filmmakers such as Baz Luhrmann, Kenneth Branagh, and Joss Whedon drawing from Shakespeare’s material. Filmmaker Michael Almereyda himself added to the collection with 2000′s Hamlet, and his latest feature sees him returning to the Bard’s work. Adapting the play of the same name, the film is called Cymbeline, and Almereyda‘s Hamlet lead Ethan Hawke will joins him once again in this film. Cymbeline updates the setting from 16th century Britain to 21st century America, re-contextualising the play to focus on the fight between crooked cops and a biker gang. Joining Hawke onscreen is Ed Harris, Dakota Johnson, Anton Yelchin, and Milla Jovovich, and the film is set to be released in American theatres on January 23rd, 2015. A new trailer for the feature has »
- Deepayan Sengupta
British tough-guy actor Ray Winstone is to discuss his craft and career at a BAFTA A Life In Pictures event on Oct 5. The event will take place at BAFTA’s headquarters in London’s Piccadilly.
Winstone’s association with BAFTA goes back to 1980 when he was nominated for Most Promising Newcomer for one of his earliest roles in drama That Summer!.
The actor first made an impact in 1977 playing a young offender in the controversial television drama Scum. He went on to star in British cult classics Quadrophenia, Nil By Mouth (for which he received his second BAFTA nomination), The War Zone and Sexy Beast.
His TV work has included BAFTA-winning Great Expectations, Emmy-winning Henry VIII »
A new Frozen short film, with new songs, is arriving in spring of 2015...
Since Frozen went on to become the biggest animated film of all time, there have been consistent rumours about a Broadway show (which, in truth, remains likely to happen) and a possible sequel (which hasn't been ruled out, but also won't be happening quickly). However, directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck have been back in the world of Frozen, and have put together a new animated short by the name of Frozen Fever.
More as we hear it. »
Marvel are continuing to attract plaudits for looking beyond the conventional and predictable when selecting directors for their films. Whether recruiting directors from a predominantly small screen background, or those with prestigious Shakespearean adaptations on their CV, or those with left-field cult work in their recent past, it continues to work to great effect. As much of a shame as it is to see Edgar Wright move on from Ant-Man, he has been replaced with just as interesting a director in Peyton Reed, who has Yes Man, The Break-Up and TV’s The Weird Al Show on his resume.
What Marvel seem to appreciate is that a track record as a really good director is worth a lot more than a track record with big budgets, special effects or comic brook properties. Indeed, some really smart thinking seems to be going into tracing a thread from some of the thematic »
- Dave Roper
Believe it or not, films and television programmes added to Netflix and Amazon do have a tendency to expire and no longer be there after a while; this isn’t as publicised as when the titles in question are added though. So by the time you read this there are around 50 titles disappearing from Netflix.
If you have ever wanted to watch the 2002 version of The Count of Monte Cristo then you have probably missed your chance by now. What this does mean however is that probably next week Netflix will have added a whole raft of new stuff, I say new but it will probably be a mixture of catalogue and stuff from the last year. I know that the underrated Enders Game and the superior Hunger Games: Catching Fire is due there in September, I just don’t know when.
In other Netflix news, they made industry headlines »
- Chris Holt
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