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Tim here. The mission statement of this column is “something to do with animation” (I suck at writing mission statements), which would seemingly preclude me from taking part in Celebrating Sandra Week here at the Film Experience.
But wait! As it turns out, there was exactly one time that Sandra Bullock voiced an animated character, in 1998’s The Prince of Egypt (as opposed to Gravity, where she was the only thing onscreen that wasn’t animated).
An adaptation of the Biblical story of Exodus, this was only the second film ever released by DreamWorks Animation (after 16 years, it remains one of their best). It was also the second DreamWorks film to favor a voice cast chosen for marquee value over skills in voice acting, building on a tradition that the studio would proudly continue for the rest of its existence. And in this case, it continues the longstanding Hollywood habit »
- Tim Brayton
Even though production has been delayed on Bond 24 until December, the producers are still working to secure locations for the new 007 adventure. MI6 reports that Luciano Sovena, the new head of the Lazio Film Commission, has met with Bond 24 to secure an important shoot in Rome for an action-packed car chase.
Here's what Luciano Sovena had to say to members of the Italian press, although it's clear that nothing is finalized yet.
"I met the producers of the Bond series, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, and we discussed the project. One of the key scenes, among the most spectacular in the film, will be a car chase in Via Quattro Fontane. I'm already excited. I hope that the City streamlines the procedures for the granting of permits, it would be a shame to miss this great opportunity because of the bureaucracy."
The Via Quattro Fontane translates into The Four Fountains, »
Lazio Film Commission President Luciano Sovena has revealed that a key sequence from the next film in the James Bond franchise is set to be shot in Rome. MI6-hq has transcribed the key quote from various Italian press sources:
"I met the producers of the Bond series, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, and we discussed the project. One of the key scenes, among the most spectacular in the film, will be a car chase in Via Quattro Fontane.
I'm already excited. I hope that the City streamlines the procedures for the granting of permits, it would be a shame to miss this great opportunity because of the bureaucracy."
Production on the new Bond film is slated to begin in December this year following a brief delay due to script re-writes.
- Garth Franklin
#10. The Grand Budapest Hotel
Without a doubt, Anderson’s darkest film to date, this also has to be the richest and most complex of his films. A starry supporting cast whirls around the delectable Ralph Fiennes, treading throughout the director’s glorious off beat style. By now, many perhaps take Anderson’s visual mastery for granted, or even dismiss him, yet his work has only become more thrillingly accomplished.
A film completely set in a moving car with only the visage of Tom Hardy to interact with disembodied voices (one of which is Olivia Colman)? Abandon all fear of tediousness as you experience one of the most inventive and engaging experiments you’ll see this year. Hardy, if you’ve seen Bronson, obviously has no hard time sharing the screen with himself, and while it’s a more subdued performance here, this one’s not to miss.
#8. Burning Bush »
- Nicholas Bell
The knock on the Academy Awards throughout the years always seem to be how certain actors, directors and films are snubbed in favor of other chosen nominations. Sometimes the justification for these overlooked selections in performances and motion pictures are warranted. Many will agree that a lot of injustices have been committed based on how some Oscar-worthy selections were slighted.
Has anyone ever considered the equal possibilities of omission when one Oscar nominee wins the golden statuette over another nominee that one thought was more deserving for the victory? There have been numerous instances when observers who have witnessed an Oscar win thought that their competitor should have received it instead. It is only human nature to have an opinion as to feel who should have claimed Oscar gold as opposed to the fellow nominee that actually accomplished the goal.
Let us look at the top ten instances where it »
- Frank Ochieng
Featuring a show-stopping cast, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) recounts the adventures of M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), a legendary and enigmatic concierge at a world famous European hotel, and Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori), the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend during the wars. Told by an older Zero (F. Murray Abraham) in retrospect to a young writer (Jude Law) we learn the history of The Grand Budapest Hotel. To celebrate the home entertainment release Anderson's latest, we have Two DVD copies of The Grand Budapest Hotel to give away. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
There has always been an understated rivalry between the mediums of movies and television. Many years ago it was even thought as being somewhat of a drastic career letdown if actors/actresses from film decided to depart for the landscape of television. The truth is that for some performers that had stalled or uneventful momentum in motion pictures that the concept of “slumming it” in television actually saved their show business profession. Hence, the boob tube made them relevant whereas the big screen had unceremoniously passed them by.
However, there is also a mutual respect that cinema and television share that go hand in hand when shaping our appreciation for entertainment on both the big and small screen. When movies depict the aspects of the TV world giving a sociological, psychological or emotional perspective then it is not so uncool to be a proud couch potato after all, right? Let »
- Frank Ochieng
Actors hailing Caesar. Scarlett Johannson and Jonah Hill are in talks to join the cast of Hail Caesar, the next film from the Coen brothers. Already signed up to the movie, a comedy set in 1950s Hollywood, are Josh Brolin and George Clooney; Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and Hill’s 22 Jump Street co-star Channing Tatum are also in talks to star. »
Are you getting restless about all these halfway posts? We're almost done. The Power of List compels me. There's one more halfway post to go that's basically 'The Oscar Charts are Updated!' as the coding problem I mentioned is fixed and the updates are happening behind the scenes as you read this. We must get all this halfway business behind us by Saturday morning so that we can ape out all weekend with Andy Serkis & Co and start this second half of the year off right.
The Greatest Performances Of 2014's First Half
Best Leading Actress: Keira Knightley does her most relaxed and fluid work ever in Begin Again as a musician at a crossroads, never letting any one aspect of the character's situation pigeonhole her emotional responses; Agata Kulesza is an abrasive and evasive presence in her first scenes in Ida as a cynical woman who is »
- NATHANIEL R
“Hail, Caesar!” is shaping up as one of the Coen brothers’s finest ensembles. A few weeks after securing Ralph Fiennes, Channing Tatum, and Tilda Swinton — who are joining already-cast alumni George Clooney and Josh Brolin — the production has, according to Variety, two promising additions. Following a brief collaboration with the Coens on 2001’s “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” Scarlett Johansson is negotiating toclimb on board "Hail Caesar!" along with Jonah Hill, who would return to orbit with his “Jump Street” co-star Tatum. True to some rumored behind-the-scenes shifts made on “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Johansson — here said to have a small part — would portray “an actress who suddenly becomes pregnant as her film is about to go into production.” Details on Hill’s potential involvement are sketchy. A story of classic Hollywood that we can only expect will have plenty of the siblings’ bite, “Hail, Caesar!” puts »
- Nick Newman
Scarlett Johansson is in talk to join the Coen brothers' next big film project Hail Ceasar!. Jonah Hill also announced on Twitter that he has been cast in the film, saying, "Hail, Caesar! So damn excited to get to work with the Coen Brothers!"
The film follows a 1950s Hollywood fixer named Eddie Mannix who is working to keep a studio’s stars in line. If cast, Johansson will play an actress "who suddenly becomes pregnant as her film is about to go into production." Hill's part in the story has not been revealed yet.
The film is expected to go into production this fall. Here's a more detailed description of the story from the initial announcement:
"The famed 1950s private investigator who worked for Confidential magazine »
- Joey Paur
Movie News - Scarlett Johansson is being lined up to star in 'Hail Caesar!' The actress is in talks to join the Coen brothers' new movie alongside confirmed cast members Josh Brolin and George Clooney. The 'Match Point' star is expecting her first child with French journalist Romain Dauriac and will incorporate her pregnancy into the storyline since she is expected to play an actress who suddenly discovers she's with child. Funnyman Jonah Hill is also reported to be negotiating a part in the 1950s set comedy, Variety reports, although details of his role are being kept under wraps. Meanwhile, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes were all recently revealed to be close to joining the movie's line-up. The story follows a Hollywood fixer in the 1950s who works to keep a film studio's actors in line. 'Hail Caesar!' goes into production this »
The Coen brothers have added another couple of names to the cast of their upcoming film Hail, Caesar!, with Scarlett Johannson (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Jonah Hill (22 Jump Street) signing on to the long-gestating project.
Johansson and Hill join the previously announced George Clooney (Gravity), Josh Brolin (Oldboy), Channing Tatum (22 Jump Street), Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer) and Ralph Fiennes (Skyfall) in the film, which is set during Hollywood’s Golden Age and sees Clooney as a “fixer” responsible for keeping celebrity scandals out of the press.
Hail, Caesar! is set to start filming later this year, for a release in 2015.
Source: The Playlist
- Gary Collinson
As if you need any more reason to get excited for Joel and Ethan Coen's Hail, Caesar!, the cast seems to be growing exponentially. The lovely Scarlett Johansson has been reported to be looking at a role, and now it seems as if Jonah Hill is in negotiations to star as well. Hill would be joining George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and Channing Tatum. The story itself is that of a 1950s Hollywood fixer, Eddie Mannix (Clooney), who spends his days looking over and »
- Sean Wist
Wes Anderson’s critically acclaimed The Grand Budapest Hotel is available now Digital HD on 30 June and Blu-ray and DVD now from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, and we’ve got a great exclusive clip to share with you!
With a show stopping cast, The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of M Gustave (Ralph Fiennes: Skyfall, The Invisible Woman), a legendary and enigmatic concierge at the famous European hotel and Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori: The Perfect Game), the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend during the wars. Told by an older Zero (F Murray Abraham: Amadeus, Scarface) in retrospect to a young writer (Jude Law: Sherlock Holmes, The Holiday) we learn the history of it all.
It’s undoubtedly one of the best films I’ve seen this year, so highly recommend picking up a copy! Here’s that clip that explores what it »
- Dan Bullock
Add a second handsome thespian to Carole Radziwill's little black book! The Real Housewives of New York City star—who famously dated George Clooney—also had a summer romance with English actor Ralph Fiennes. On the July 8 episode of the hit Bravo reality show, the author hinted that a passage in her new book, The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating, was inspired by her real-life romance with The Grand Budapest Hotel actor. "It was long ago and far away … over a summer I was living in [...] »
The pair are the latest in a growing list of high-profile actors connected to the George Clooney-starring period piece, reports Variety.
The comedy follows a fixer named Eddie Mannix who protected the stars of 1950s Hollywood.
Johansson will play an actress who reveals that she is pregnant just as her new film is about to begin production. Hill's role is yet to be revealed.
Johansson will next be seen in Lucy. Hill most recently reunited with Tatum in 22 Jump Street.
Hail Caesar! will begin shooting in the autumn. »
No, it’s not the title of another Planet Of The Apes movie, but the latest movie from Joel and Ethan Coen (who write and direct) Hail, Caesar is set to have an absolutely top notch cast. It’s a period comedy about a fixer (think Ray Donovan…sort of) who worked for the Hollywood Studios in the 1950s. Jonah Hill is currently in negotiations to join the likes of George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton. Oh, and Scarlett Johansson is having a chat about signing on as well. Can you imagine how awesome this cast would be, spouting out Coen dialogue? In a 1950’s Coen envisioned Hollywood! Take our money! Now! »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill are the latest actors to join the Coen Brothers film Hail Caesar. The period comedy would reunite Hill with his 22 Jump Street co-star Channing Tatum, who is also set to star. The film also includes George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes.
Hail Caesar tells the story of a man named Eddie Mannix in his job as a Hollywood fixer in the 1950s. Johansson will play an actress who becomes pregnant just before production begins on a major movie. As a side note, earlier this year Johansson revealed that she was pregnant so the role seems fitting for her current situation. As for Hill, his role has yet to be revealed.
The Coen Brothers plan to make this film later this year.
- Laura Frances
Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill are both in talks to join the Coen brothers' forthcoming Hollywood Golden Age flick Hail Caesar!, about a fixer who helps keep movie studios' stars in line. The impressive cast already includes George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, and Ralph Fiennes. In a fine example of art imitating life, Johansson would play an actress who suddenly gets pregnant when her film is about to begin production. Still no word on what character Hill will play — Channing Tatum's Bff, perhaps? »
- Anna Silman
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