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'Saint Joan': Constance Cummings as the George Bernard Shaw heroine Constance Cummings on stage: George Bernard Shaw, William Shakespeare and Benn W. Levy (See previous post: "Constance Cummings: Actress Went from Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill.") In the mid-1930s, Constance Cummings landed the title roles in two of husband Benn W. Levy's stage adaptations: Levy and Hubert Griffith's Young Madame Conti (1936), from Bruno Frank's original, which was presented on both sides of the Atlantic. (On Broadway, the play had a brief run in spring 1937 at the Music Box Theatre.) The Theatre Guild-produced Madame Bovary (1937), from the Gustave Flaubert novel, staged in late fall at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre. Referring to the London production of Young Madame Conti, The Sunday Times critic James Agate wrote that the American actress had made "a roaring success out of what in other hands might so easily have been an inarticulate, »
- Andre Soares
'JFK' movie with Kevin Costner as Jim Garrison 'JFK' assassination movie: Gripping political drama gives added meaning to 'Rewriting History' If it's an Oliver Stone film, it must be bombastic, sentimental, clunky, and controversial. With the exception of "clunky," JFK is all of the above. It is also riveting, earnest, dishonest, moving, irritating, paranoid, and, more frequently than one might expect, outright brilliant. In sum, Oliver Stone's 1991 political thriller about a determined district attorney's investigation of the assassination of U.S. president John F. Kennedy is a slick piece of propaganda that mostly works both dramatically and cinematically. If only some of the facts hadn't gotten trampled on the way to film illustriousness. With the exception of John Williams' overemphatic score – Oliver Stone films need anything but overemphasis – JFK's technical and artistic details are put in place to extraordinary effect. Joe Hutshing and Pietro Scalia's editing »
- Andre Soares
The announcement of a new series on NBC focused on famed fictional serial killer and cannibal Dr. Hannibal Lecter left many individuals wary. The news of the involvement of Bryan Fuller, however, who had previously garnered praise for his work on Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls, assuaged some, as did the casting of Mads Mikkelsen in the titular role of Hannibal Lecter, a role previously played by the likes of Anthony Hopkins and Brian Cox.
Two seasons in, the show, titled Hannibal, has garnered critical and commercial acclaim from many quarters. With the second season ending with the fate of numerous characters up in the air, fans anticipating the third season premiere, which is set for Thursday, June 4th at 10 pm Et. Ahead of said premiere, a new trailer for the show has been released, highlighting the praise it has received. The trailer can be seen below.
The post ‘Hannibal’ season »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, in town with a slate that includes Anthony Hopkins thriller Go With Me, has closed a $20m production facility with First Republic Bank (Frb) to finance the second season of TNT show The Librarians.
The funding is part of an overall $75m credit line spanning three years to allow Electric to expand its film, TV and sales operations.
Devlin (pictured) recently wrapped on his feature directorial debut Geostorm, which Warner Bros will distribute in October 2016.
Devlin produces »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Electric has closed a $20 million production facility with the bank to finance the second season of the TNT show “The Librarians,” starring Rebecca Romijn, Christian Kane and John Larroquette and featuring Noah Wyle. Production is slated to begin in June.
Electric has now closed over $75 million in financing with First Republic Bank in the past three years to facilitate Electric’s expansion of its operations in TV and feature film production, along with growth of its worldwide sales arm.
- Dave McNary
The production financing package consists of gap financing and cash-flowed pre-sales. Film Bridge will handle international sales at Cannes.
Scheduled for release in 2016 by Lionsgate, “Beyond Deceit” tells the story of an ambitious young lawyer who takes on a case against a ruthless executive of a pharmaceutical company — and finds himself drawn into a murder case in which he is the prime suspect. Production recently wrapped in New Orleans.
“Beyond Deceit” marks the feature directorial debut of Shintaro Shimosawa. Josh Duhamel, Alice Eve, Malin Ackerman, Byung-Hun Lee and Julia Stiles also star. Barry Brooker and Stan Wertlieb are the executive producers.
- Dave McNary
Refresh for latest…Pacific Mercantile Bank announced today that it has provided Mike and Marty Productions with financing for Anthony Hopkins-Al Pacino legal thriller Beyond Deceit. Pacific Mercantile's production financing package consists of gap financing and cash-flowed pre-sales. The film tells the story of an ambitious young lawyer who takes on a big case against a ruthless executive of a pharmaceutical company, only to find himself drawn into a murder case in which… »
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For a country with a dragon on its flag, it’s crazy how underrated Wales seems to be. We’ve given the world Tom Jones, Anthony Hopkins, and Alex Jones (you’re welcome), and yet it still feels like the Welsh don’t get the respect they deserve. We even had a James Bond once!
A small city, Cardiff is rich in ancient history, but also a modern place with almost everything you could possibly want on hand. Throw in the fact that it’s one of the best cities in the world for sports thanks to the Welsh rugby team and Millennium Stadium, and there really is something for everyone. You’ll also find it tough to find anywhere with a better selection of places to eat, and the multicultural feel means there’s more than just Welsh lamb.
However, as much as Cardiff has going for it, »
- Josh Wilding
Annette Bening and Warren Beatty on the Oscars' Red Carpet Best Actress nominee Annette Bening and husband Warren Beatty Smiling radiantly, Best Actress Academy Award nominee Annette Bening and husband Warren Beatty are seen above as they arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre, located in the world-renowned (but locally not all that prestigious) Los Angeles suburb of Hollywood. Annette Bening was in the running for her performance as a lesbian companion/wife to Julianne Moore and mother/adoptive mother of Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson in Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right. Bening lost the Best Actress Oscar to Natalie Portman for her mentally unbalanced ballerina in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. See also: Pregnant Natalie Portman on the Oscars' Red Carpet. Annette Bening: Four Oscar nominations The Kids Are All Right was Annette Bening's fourth Academy Award nomination. »
- D. Zhea
Among the more critically acclaimed shows of the past few years has been the NBC series Hannibal. Created by Bryan Fuller, the show follows the early life of Dr. Hannibal Lecter, expanding on the story from novelist Thomas Harris’ series of books. Mads Mikkelsen steps into the role previously occupied by Brian Cox and Anthony Hopkins, with Hugh Dancy and Laurence Fishburne amongst the supporting cast.
The end of the show’s second season saw Will Graham and the rest of the FBI clue in to Dr. Lecter’s true nature, leading to a confrontation that left the fate of many key individuals of the show up in the air. Now a new teaser for the upcoming third season has been released. The third season has already seen a major shakeup, with the recasting of the character of Mason Verger.
Hannibal makes its third season premiere on June 4th at 10 pm Et. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man, Spider-Man, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Daredevil, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, The Punisher, X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine 3, Suicide Squad, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Lucifer, Constantine, Gotham, Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles, Dial H For Hero, Powers and more…
A week after its international release, Avengers: Age of Ultron hit North American cinemas last Thursday, with the superhero blockbuster pulling in a domestic opening weekend of $191.3 million, the second biggest of all time after its 2012 predecessor. The Joss Whedon-directed sequel comfortably retained top spot at the box office here in the UK, and is fast closing on Fast & Furious 7 to become the biggest earner of the year so far on these shores; internationally, it was »
- Gary Collinson
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Though the war for quality programming between HBO and Netflix still rages, the premium cable network can claim victory in this battle. HBO has won a bidding war for David E. Kelley’s limited series Big Little Lies, to star Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon.
Based on the book by Liane Moriarty, which was published in July of last year, the series will tell the dark, twisted tale of three women, all with children at the same preschool in an Australian suburb, whose lives converge and collide in unexpected ways, with deadly results. Moriary’s book was a No. 1 New York Times bestseller, and Kidman and Witherspoon have been eyeing the project to star in since August, when their respective Blossom Films and Pacific Standard banners optioned the rights.
- Isaac Feldberg
Scarlett Johansson Oscar dress Scarlett Johansson at the Oscars Looking great in a long purple dress, Scarlett Johansson displays her tight-fitting costume and bare back at the 83rd Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Oscar 2011 co-host and Best Actor nominee James Franco (for Danny Boyle's 127 Hours) thus introduced Johansson and fellow Oscar presenter Matthew McConaughey: "I am six degrees of Kevin Bacon away from our next two presenters. Figure it out on the Internet." Well, if you're lucky. Some have remarked that Franco was a more effective Oscar host online, where he tweeted some of the evening's to-dos, than on the stage of the Kodak Theatre. His fellow equally panned Oscarcast host was actress Anne Hathaway. Scarlett Johansson movies Scarlett Johansson has been featured in more than 40 films since her debut at age 10 in Rob Reiner's North, back in 1994. Johansson, in fact, »
- D. Zhea
Captain America: Civil War: Emily VanCamp will reprise her role as Agent 13 in Captain America: Civil War. VanCamp, who is finishing up a successful four-season run on TV's Revenge, first appeared briefly as the gun-handy character in Captain America: Winter Soldier, using the alias Kate. It's not yet clear how big her role will be in the movie, which is due in theaters on May 6, 2016. [Deadline] Beyond Deceit: Al Pacino and Anthony Hopkins are featured in the first photo from legal thriller Beyond Deceit. Pacino plays a mentor for ambitious attorney Josh Duhamel, who accepts a case against Hopkins, a "ruthless pharmaceutical company executive," before becoming a murder suspect himself. The movie marks the first time that the two Academy Award...
- Peter Martin
Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney on the Red Carpet Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney Oscars photo Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre at (almost) the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in downtown Hollywood. Ruffalo was a 2011 Best Supporting Actor nominee for his role as a chauvinistic male slob who disrupts the family life of a lesbian couple in Lisa Cholodenko's Best Picture contender The Kids Are All Right. The dramatic comedy co-stars Best Actress nominee Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Josh Hutcherson, and Mia Wasikowska. This was Ruffalo's first Academy Award nomination. As it turned out, The Kids Are All Right didn't win a single statuette on Sunday night. But at the 2011 Spirit Awards held the day before, Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg's screenplay was chosen as the best of the year among independent films. »
- D. Zhea
Captain America: Civil War: Emily VanCamp will reprise her role as Agent 13 in Captain America: Civil War. VanCamp, who is finishing up a successful four-season run on TV's Revenge, first appeared briefly as the gun-handy character in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, using the alias Kate. It's not yet clear how big her role will be in the movie, which is due in theaters on May 6, 2016. [Deadline] Beyond Deceit: Al Pacino and Anthony Hopkins are featured in the...
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Natalie Portman and husband-to-be Benjamin Millepied on the Red Carpet Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied at the Oscars Best Actress winner Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied (at the time, Portman's husband-to-be)* arrive at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Portman took home the Oscar for her performance as a mentally unstable ballerina in Darren Aronofsky's psychological drama Black Swan. An international box office hit, Black Swan was also a Best Picture nominee, ultimately losing the Oscar to Tom Hooper's The King's Speech. Besides Natalie Portman and dancer-choreographer Benjamin Millepied, also in the Black Swan cast are Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, Barbara Hershey, and Vincent Cassel. Portman's fellow Best Actress contenders were: Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right. Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine. Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole. Jennifer Lawrence for Winter's Bone. Natalie Portman had been previously nominated in »
- D. Zhea
Last week Joss Whedon discussed his decision to leave Tom Hiddleston’s scene as Loki in Avengers: Age of Ultron on the cutting room floor, and now the director has spoken a little about the God of Mischief’s cameo and what it entailed during an interview with Empire.
“[Loki’s] so important to the mythos, and they’re like, ‘We can’t get Tom. We can’t make a deal. You can have Idris!’ I was like, ‘Oh, I love Idris! This is great!’ And then I talked to Tom, saying, ‘Just so you know, I feel bad not telling you, and I would never pressure you, but I really feel like it would be great if you could do this…’ And they’re like, ‘But we already have Idris!’ And again, I had no problem there. Everybody’s in! [The scene] even had a little reference to the fact that he’s taken the throne, »
- Gary Collinson
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."
The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »
- Gary Susman
Last week, director Joss Whedon confirmed that Tom Hiddelston's Loki did appear in an Avengers: Age of Ultron scene, but it was eventually cut from the final film. The director explained that he "understood the decision," which hinted that it wasn't his call to excise Loki from the adventure. During his chat with the Empire Film Podcast, Joss Whedon says that he wanted Loki to appear in Thor's (Chris Hemsworth) dream sequence, which was caused by Scarlet Witch's (Elizabeth Olsen) mind-bending powers.
"In Thor's dream, I thought, 'who's going to walk him through his dream?' and it's gotta be Loki, he's so important to the mythos. But [Marvel] are like, 'We can't get Tom [Hiddleston], we can't make a deal. You can have Idris [Elba]. I was like, 'Oh, I love Idris! This is great!' And then I talked to Tom and said, 'I would never pressure you, but »
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