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Funko have revealed a new batch of their Pop! bobbleheads, this time based on characters from Thor: The Dark World. You'll have your chance to get your hands on Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Odin (Anthony Hopkins), Heimdall (Idris Elba) and fan favourite Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. guest star Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander). Which of these do you guys most like the look of? You can check out Dancing Groot by clicking here and Howard the Duck can be found by clicking here. »
A year ago this week it was announced that Jonathan Nolan will act as showrunner and writer alongside Lisa Joy on a new HBO series based on Michael Crichton’s book and cult classic film Westworld. Busiest man in the world J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot cohorts Bryan Burk and Jerry Weintraub will also produce the new series. Variety reported that the HBO rendition of Westworld is described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”
Something must have happened to Crichton at a theme park in his youth because Westworld is his first of two theme park disaster stories, the second being Jurassic Park. Westworld is the story of a Disney World-like park with multiple themed sections inhabited by lifelike androids that allow guests to act out their wildest fantasies. Of course there is a malfunction and the robots go rogue. »
- Max Molinaro
The sheer amount of talent attached to the Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy-scripted project is astonishing - Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood, Miranda Otto, and Rodrigo Santoro and more have all signed onboard.
So what is it about this story of adult amusement park populated by lifelike robots that's not just drawing them in but getting them to sign multiyear deals? The Live Feed may have found one answer.
According to their sources, the androids in the film can be killed off and return with completely different personas. As a result, actors are allowed to play many characters in the same season.
- Garth Franklin
This story first appeared in the Sept. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. HBO's Westworld is building an A-list ensemble cast — despite the fact that most of the actors will play robots. Actually, that's the allure. Based on Michael Crichton's 1973 film and written by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, the pilot stars Anthony Hopkins in his first series-regular role as an inventor who runs an adult amusement park populated by lifelike robots. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter these androids — played by castmembers including James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton — can be
- Lesley Goldberg
The three-time Oscar nominee for Gladiator, Walk the Line, and The Master has been mentioned before as one of the contenders for the role of Dr. Stephen Strange, but Collider reported today that Phoenix is in final talks and sources close to the film confirm to EW he is their top choice for the role.
Marvel did not immediately respond to request for official comment, but studio president Kevin Feige has long talked »
- Anthony Breznican
Four interesting tidbits coming atcha that we neglected to discuss for multiple reasons. If you hadn't yet heard them, they'll feel like brand new news to you.
In what is clearly understood to be an awards-traction move, Jon Favreau's sleeper hit Chef will be coming back to theaters this Friday in wide release. I'm not sure it has the critical oomph to win any nominations and it didn't have the box office size to make that a non-issue (a la gargantuan hits like My Big Fat Greek Wedding) but could it sleeper hit its way into, say, The Screenplay race? I'm realizing I neglected to consider it at all there which is an obvious mistake. I had a really good time watching it with friends though; it's an easy sit and safe for diverse groups of viewers. My favorite visual was ScarJo eating a bowl of pasta but my »
- NATHANIEL R
More4 will broadcast a special tribute to Lord Richard Attenborough tonight (August 26).
The one-off programme will look back at the career of the actor and director, who died aged 90 on Sunday (August 24).
"He was Deputy Chairman from 1982 to 1987, having turned down the Chairmanship as he was busy making Ghandi. He was then »
When Oscar glory comes knocking for a successful Hollywood actor, it must be hugely tempting when the chance arrives for them to reprise that award-winning role. But while sequels and reboots are a common enough sight in the movie industry these days, examples of stars who've returned to their Oscar-winning roles are relatively few and far between.
The reason, perhaps, is because it's so difficult to recapture the creative lightning in a bottle that led to the Oscar win in the first place. Nevertheless, some actors do occasionally take up the offer and return to the filmmaking well. And as the list below proves, the results can sometimes be highly accomplished - though seldom quite as powerful and fresh as the films they're following...
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Attenborough's role in the 1963 classic The Great Escape gained him international acclaim.
The film industry has lost another legend with the passing of Lord Richard Attenborough, who was one of the pioneers in successfully carving out dual careers as both actor and director. Attenborough was a familiar face as an acclaimed character actor in British films in the post-wwii era but gained international stardom in director John Sturges' 1963 WWII classic The Great Escape. (Attenborough's co-star in that film, James Garner, passed away last month). Attenborough also co-starred with Steve McQueen in that film and would reunite with him in director Robert Wise's sprawling 1966 epic The Sand Pebbles, which would earn Attenborough a Golden Globe award and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He directed his first film in 1969, a big-budget anti-war musical Oh! What a Lovely War. In 1972, he directed the ambitious screen biography of Churchill, Young Winston. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Richard Attenborough, the acclaimed British actor and director who made the Oscar-winning epic Gandhi, died on Sunday at the age of 90. His son shared the news with the BBC, which reports that Attenborough had been in poor health for many years.
British Prime Minister David Cameron praised the beloved filmmaker in a Tweet on Sunday afternoon. "His acting in 'Brighton Rock' was brilliant, his directing of 'Gandhi' was stunning - Richard Attenborough was one of the greats of cinema."
Attenborough was born in 1923 in Cambridge, England »
Lord Richard Attenborough was an Oscar winner. In fact he had two Oscars for both producing and directing 1982’s elegant epic biopic, Gandhi. But considering the breadth of his career not only in those capacities, but particularly as an actor, it is astounding to me that the Gandhi wins represented his only nominations in a six-decade career that memorably started with the British World War II classic In Which We Serve in 1942. As an actor, Attenborough deserved far better than he got from the Academy.
It’s almost criminal, for instance, that he was overlooked in 1964 for his creepy performance in Seance on a Wet Afternoon as Billy, the weak, complicit husband who gets involved in a kidnapping so his wife, played by the great Kim Stanley, could become famous as a psychic.
Stanley got a richly deserved Best Actress nomination that year but Attenborough, who also produced the film, »
- Pete Hammond
According to the BAFTA biography:
His directorial debut was a screen version of the hit musical Oh! What A Lovely War (1969) and later directed two epic period films: Young Winston (1972) and A Bridge Too Far (1977). He won two BAFTAs and two Oscars in 1982 for producing and directing the historical epic, Gandhi, his life’s ambition. He received a BAFTA Fellowship in 1983.
His other films as director and producer include Chaplin (1992) and Shadowlands (1993). Both films starred Anthony Hopkins, who appeared in another three films for Attenborough. He also directed the screen version of musical A Chorus Line (1985) and the apartheid drama Cry Freedom (1987). He was nominated »
- Movie Geeks
Oscar-winning filmmaker and actor Richard Attenborough, who delighted cinema audiences across some six decades, has died, according to his son. He was 90 years old. According to the BBC, Attenborough had been in a nursing home with his wife for a number of years, and he had been bound to a wheelchair following a fall six years ago. Attenborough began his career in front of the camera, drawing raves for work in films like John Boulting's "Brighton Rock" in 1947, John Sturges' "The Great Escape" and Robert Wise's "The Sand Pebbles" opposite Steve McQueen, as well as Richard Fleischer's Oscar-nominated "Doctor Dolittle" opposite Rex Harrison. He transitioned to directing with ease with the Golden Globe-winning "Oh! What a Lovely War" in 1969 and developed a keen interest in history and biopics with his work. More accolades came for the Winston Churchill early years tale "Young Winston" in 1972, star-studded World »
- Kristopher Tapley
In 1993 legendary actor Richard Attenborough helped us all believe that dinosaurs could once again peacefully walk the Earth in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park. It is with a heavy heart that we report today he is no longer with us.
The BBC is reporting that Attenborough, who played the lovable if not a little bit mad John Hammond in the movie, has passed on at the age of 90 (he would have been 91 on the 29th of this month).
Confined to a wheelchair after suffering a stroke in 2008, Attenborough has finally found peace and we have no doubt he has brought every ounce of his wisdom and charm to the heavens above.
He will be sorely missed. At this time Dread Central would like to extend our deepest of sympathies to Richard's friends, »
- Steve Barton
Richard Attenborough, who was honored for his helming and production of the 1982 Oscar best picture “Gandhi” but was best known to American audiences for his role in Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park” and its first sequel as park creator John Hammond, died on Sunday, his son tells BBC News. He was 90.
The stocky British filmmaker was awarded a life peerage by Queen Elizabeth II in 1993 for his stage work and for his efforts behind and in front of the camera to promote British cinema.
While Attenborough had been a prominent character actor in his native country since the early 1940s, he also achieved much as a producer, motion picture executive and cultural impresario. At various times he was chairman of the British Film Institute, Channel 4, Goldcrest Films, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and Capital Radio and a director of the Young Vic and the British Film Institute. In the late ’70s, »
- Carmel Dagan
With a sneering, scenery-chewing Al Pacino and a breakout turn from Charlize Theron, The Devil’s Advocate remains a popular watch on cable. However, that successful film could have a more permanent place in the minds of TV watchers, as NBC is now developing a drama series based on the legal thriller from 1997. Arnold Kopelson (producer of the film) and The West Wing‘s John Wells are in talks to produce the series.
Like the film, The Devil’s Advocate series will focus on a rising lawyer who joins a firm run by Satan. Keanu Reeves played the public defender in Taylor Hackford’s film, while Al Pacino got to play the Devil, spouting juicy one liners about how vanity was definitely his favorite sin. The network already has a pilot ready to be filmed, written by Matt Venne (A&E’s Bag of Bones), but there is no guarantee NBC will pick it up, »
- Jordan Adler
Fans of HBO should be happy to know that Westworld‘s cast is growing. Over the weekend Miranda Otto was announced and confirmed. She will play the role of a ruthless quality assurance department head named Virginia Pittman. The series is based on a film by the great, late writer Michael Crichton. The series will follow the lives of people living in a fake “reality” with a future promising nothing more than sin. Miranda will be joining the likes of James Marsden, Thadie Newton, Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood.
HBO is shameless in trying to win over big names and stars. The network is trying to stay on top as other movie networks catch on. Westworld will easily keep them on top, but they are working hard to lock that spot in. So far they have only announced the cast and producing/directing teams. The show will likely premier »
- Sarah Peel
Clearly the new trend is to not only bring one-popular television shows to the big screen, but now to bring movies to the small screen. We've seen some success with "Fargo" and "Hannibal" or, if not success, certainly some rabid fanbases. Right now HBO is developing a series adaptation of Westworld with a massive ensemble cast that includes Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Miranda Otto, Thandie Newton, Shannon Woodward, James Marsden and Kyle Bornheimer, NBC is setting their sites on The Devil's Advocate, the 1997 feature from director Taylor Hackford that starred Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves and Charlize Threron. amz asin="B00860YHRS" size="small"Deadline reports producers John Wells and Arnold Kopelson are bringing the show to NBC with a teleplay written by Matt Venne ("Bag of Bones", "The Exorcism of Molly Harley"), bringing back to life the movie that centered on a public »
- Brad Brevet
The delightful Thandie Newton ('Crash') is the latest addition to the outstanding cast of HBO's new adaptation of Michael Crichton's 'Westworld'. Newton, who currently stars in DirecTV's detective series 'Rogue', is set to play Maeve Millay, a 'beautiful and razor-sharp woman with a genius for reading people and a knack for survival. Maeve is the Westworld madame whose seen-it-all-before worldview is about to be truly challenged.' Interestingly enough 'Rogue' was renewed very recently so should we assume that Newton's part in 'Westworld' won't be a major role but possibly just a brief episode arc? Either that or the gorgeous 41-year old star (below) is upping her workload...You go girl! Newton joins Anthony Hopkins ('Silence of the Lambs'), Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden ('X-Men: Days of Future Past'), Jeffrey Wright ('Source Code')and more. »
Miranda Otto is the latest name to join the cast of HBO and Bad Robot's "Westworld". The Hollywood Reporter today brings word that the Lord of the Rings star will join Sir Anthony Hopkins, James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Ed Harris, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, Eddie Rouse, Kyle Bornheimer, and Simon Quarterman for the new TV series, inspired by the 1973 film. »
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