18 items from 2016
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The film had its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival to a standing ovation and rave reviews.
The upcoming thriller about a top secret military operation that escalates into international crisis opens in select theaters Friday, March 11.
Barkhad Abdi stars as Jama Farah.
- Michelle McCue
Exclusive: FilmNation moved quickly to acquire Leverage, a New York-set legal thriller spec script by Oliver Kramer. FilmNation made the deal in a competitive situation and now will move to package it. If Kramer’s name is familiar, it’s because he was the former head of film for Raindog Films, Colin Firth’s London-based production company. This is his first script. Set in the summer of 1974, it wraps a murder mystery around the beginnings of modern Wall Street… »
Eye In The Sky pictures: The thriller arrives in U.S. cinemas in March, and in the UK in April.
A new batch of Eye In The Sky pictures have been released. The upcoming film is the final on-screen performance from Alan Rickman, and also stars Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Barkhad Abdi, Jeremy Northam, Iain Glen and Phoebe Fox.
Eye In The Sky stars Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell, a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from “capture” to “kill.” But as American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone, triggering an international dispute reaching the highest levels of Us and British government over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare. »
- Paul Heath
The love story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy has been told again and again onscreen, and each adaptation has in its own way addressed themes of class, social etiquette and romance that Jane Austen wove into the 1813 classic, Pride and Prejudice. But now Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, in theaters Feb. 5, introduces a whole new slew of themes: the undead, for example, and martial arts and lots and lots of blood and gore. The film has Cinderella star Lily James playing Elizabeth, who in this version just happens to be leading a small army of sword-toting society women in »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
A Russian soldier in the buff on War and Peace is just another notch on the bedpost of TV nakedness – and proof that a penis can still prick people’s attention
Two decades ago, the screenwriter Andrew Davies gave Colin Firth a skinny-dipping scene in a BBC TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. It has become YouTube’s most popular man-in-water footage that doesn’t involve Tom Daley. Now Davies, in his current BBC1 version of War and Peace, has gone for what is technically known as a longer shot. On Sunday night, a Russian soldier, walking out of a lake, revealed a flash of penis 26 minutes after 9pm – the time known, with unusual appropriateness in this case, as the “watershed” for family viewing.
This shift of a couple of inches between the Austen and Tolstoy adaptations marks another notch on television’s bedpost of flesh-flashing.
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- Mark Lawson
The film, which begins production later this month, focuses on the end of Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti’s life. Tucci is directing from his own script, based on James Lord’s book “A Giacometti Portrait” in which Lord — a young American writer — studied Giacometti as he painted Lord’s picture in 1964.
Giacometti died in 1966 in Switzerland. He’s best remembered for his stark and surrealistic sculptures.
Producers are Gail Egan for Potboiler alongside Nik Bower for Riverstone Pictures and Ilann Girard. Deepak Nayar is an executive producer and the film is produced in association with Olive Productions, Lowsun Productions and Arsam International.
Sales launched at the Cannes Film Festival in May. HanWay Films will handle international sales at the Berlin Film Festival with CAA handling the U.S.
Riverstone was »
- Dave McNary
Kingsman 2, the sequel to Matthew Vaughn’s 2015 sleeper hit Kingsman: The Secret Service, is set to begin filming later this year, and while the film will most likely include another eccentric villain and more brutal but comical action, the people behind the production presumably want to surprise viewers the same way they did with the first film, which means information on the project has been few and far between.
However, Taron Egerton, who played the main character Eggsy in The Secret Service and will be returning for the sequel, seems very exciting about the upcoming film and dropped an update while promoting his new movie, Eddie the Eagle, at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
During an interview with Collider he said, “With Kingsman, we’re shooting in the summer at present. There’s a script, it’s brilliant. Obviously there’s only so much I can say but what I »
- Justin Cook
Last year's Kingsman: The Secret Service was a surprise hit. While no one expected it to flop, of course, folks didn't know what to expect. It was based on a graphic novel that hadn't crossed over into the mainstream. It was Rated-r. It starred a fresh face in Taron Egerton and a gentlemen most people associate with either stuffy British dramas or Bridget Jones movies, Colin Firth. So when it came out to mostly-positive reviews, and earned a global haul of $410 million, there was much to celebrate.
Naturally, talk of a sequel sparked, and soon thereafter a follow-up became official. Not much news has come from the production since, but Egerton recently chatted with Collider about what's in store for fans longing for Kingsman 2.
With 'Kingsman,' we’re shooting in the summer at present. There’s a script, it’s brilliant. Obviously there’s only so much I »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
The continued blood-soaked battles between neck-chomping culebras and those who hunt them are collected in the second season Blu-ray / DVD of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, as well as the Amazon exclusive home media release that includes both seasons of the Robert Rodriguez series:
Press Release: The Original Crime Drama, Executive Produced by Robert Rodriguez, Swoops Into Retail in a Loaded 3-Disc Set (Blu-ray/DVD) Featuring All 10 Episodes from Season Two, Audio Commentary from Rodriguez, Cast & Crew, 13 Featurettes, "After Dusk: Inside the Episode" Segments - and More!
Also Available Will Be From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series - The Complete Seasons One & Two, Exclusively at Amazon
Street Date: February 2, 2016
Blu-ray/DVD Srp: $49.98/$39.98
Spun off from Robert Rodriguez's cult classic film franchise, Season One of Miramax/El Rey Network's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series centered on bank robber Seth Gecko (D.J. Cotrona) and his violent, »
- Derek Anderson
Once such a conspicuous totem of idealized literacy that poor Charlie Brown was forced to read it over winter vacation, Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace remains a core element of the literary canon, but it's likely that fewer people than ever are pretending to have read the book. Perhaps that will change with the new miniseries adaptation of War and Peace, airing in four two-hour episodes on A&E, Lifetime and History, starting Monday (Jan. 18) night. Written in its totality by Andrew Davies (the beloved Colin Firth Pride and Prejudice) and directed by Tom Harper, this new War and
- Daniel Fienberg
The Broadcast Film Critics Association handed out their Critics’ Choice Awards last evening in Los Angeles and is the first awards ceremony since the Academy released their official nominations last Thursday.
Those looking to the Critics’ Choice Awards in hopes of fleshing out their Oscar predictions will notice a few differences between last week’s Golden Globes and Sunday’s awards in the major categories. Most notably is the fact that Spotlight won best picture after being entirely shut out by the HFPA at the Globes.
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Sylvester Stallone (Creed), and Brie Larson (Room) all repeated their Globes success with acting wins, but Swedish actress Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) took home the best supporting actress award in lieu of Kate Winslet’s (Steve Jobs) win the week before.
- Patrick Shanley
Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 11-21) has added nine titles to its Competition line-up, bringing the current total to 14 (the full Competition programme will be announced soon, according to the fest).
The new additions include The Commune, marking the first time Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt, Far From The Madding Crowd) has been in Competition at Berlin since Submarino in 2010. The film centres on a Danish commune in the 1970s and will be released in Denmark this weekend (Jan 14).
French director Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden) has been selected with her drama Things to Come, starring Isabelle Huppert as a woman embarking on a new life after her husband leaves her for another woman. The film will world premiere at Berlin.
Another world premiere will be documentary Fire at Sea, capturing life on »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
We’ve reached the near mid-point of this Definitive List; 20 down, 30 to go. As we move forward, the story of “boy meets girl” becomes more complicated, as plenty of stumbling blocks stand in the way: lack of experience, insecurity, unsupportive parents, and, as in most cases, ego. So, when we watch all these films, what do we learn? Hundreds of romantic comedies end happily, but none end in the same way. Perhaps there’s a method to the madness, but the more we tread through these highlights, the more it’s clear that to make an impact, you have to change the game or perfect the existing one.
#30. Bull Durham (1988)
Baseball movies had worn out their welcome a bit in the mid-80s and audiences weren’t clamoring for a romantic comedy based around the national pastime. Enter writer/director Ron Shelton, who decided to write a film based on »
- Joshua Gaul
Film-tv powerhouse Studiocanal, Europe’s biggest film production company, is powering up key talent relations in France – cast and producers – acquiring worldwide rights to four new Gallic titles –“Down By Love,” “Kalinka,” “Five” and “French Cuisine.”
Move marks part of Studiocanal’s drive to consolidate its position as a top distributor in France, one of the world’s biggest international markets. A top-echelon European sales agent whose recent line-up Liam Neeson starrer “The Commuter,” an untitled James Marsh Project with Colin Firth, Nick Park’s “Early Man,” and “Mon Roi,” a 2015 Cannes best actress winner for Emmanuel Bercot, Studiocanal is also positioning as a prime source for international markets of more commercially-skewed French movies – some prime festival fare, some straight-to-market – as it brings on a new generation of French directorial talent.
- John Hopewell
Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from “capture” to “kill.” But as American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone, triggering an international dispute reaching the highest levels of Us and British government over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare.
- Michelle McCue
During his three-year stint as Golden Globes host from 2010-2012, Ricky Gervais earned a reputation for being politically incorrect and aggressive with his humor. Oh, how he treasured that edgy badge of dishonor: "I guarantee they will not invite me back," the comedian predicted after his last gig. Now that Gervais returns this Sunday, plenty of people are wagering how he'll bite the hand that feeds him. But other than an obsession with his penis (and others), his off-color "offensive" humor can now seem rather quaint.
As the 54-year-old British writer-producer told The Hollywood Reporter, »
This morning, Mindy Kaling tweeted a link to a list of her favorite romantic comedies, apparently an idea suggested to her by her friend (?) B.J. Novak (#It'sComplicated). Mindy posted her top nine, begging the question: What's the tenth?? There are a lot of Mindy classics on here, including You've Got Mail and Bridget Jones's Diary, but then, straight out of left field (ha ha!), A League of Their Own! Is that movie even a rom-com? Seems to fall less in the Romantic Comedy category and more in the category of Movies With a Strong Female League. Is it a romance between sisters? A romance between friends? A romance between Bill Pullman limping back from the war and Geena Davis? Decide for yourself. Here's the full list: Bridget Jones' DiaryA movie as good as the book, and in some ways even better because Hugh Grant and Colin Firth were better »
- Emma Barrie
London-born Boyega most recently played the lead role of Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens while Larson starred in drama Room, a performance that has positioned her as a frontrunner for the best actress Oscar.
Johnson’s breakthrough role came early in 2015 playing the female lead in Fifty Shades Of Grey while Egerton took on his most high-profile role last year opposite Colin Firth in Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Egerton, Boyega and Powley are all Screen International Stars of Tomorrow, in 2014, 2011 and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
18 items from 2016
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