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For the sixth consecutive year, thousands of movie lovers from around the globe descended upon Hollywood for the TCM Classic Film Festival. The 2015 festival took take place Thursday, March 26 – Sunday, March 29, 2015 and no matter your favorite genre, attendees were treated to an extensive lineup of great movies, appearances by legendary stars and filmmakers, fascinating presentations and panel discussions, special events and more.
Friday night’s screening of Apollo 13 was definitely one of the most exciting events of the festival. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Ron Howard’s impressive telling of the nearly doomed mission of the 3 astronauts aboard Apollo 13 looked as spectacular as the first time audiences saw it 20 years ago.
Host and long-time Nasa enthusiast Alex Trebek was on hand to introduce the film, as well as introduce fans in attendance to the real Captain Jim Lovell (played in the film by Tom Hanks). Also joining them on »
- Melissa Thompson
Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson and Daniel Bruhl star in "Alone in Berlin," an adaptation of Hans Fallada's novel about the true story of working class couple Otto and Anna Quangel who, after their son dies on the battlefield, stage a series of anonymous protests against the Nazi regime. Written by Achim von Borries, who cowrote the marvelous 2003 "Good Bye Lenin!" which also starred Bruhl, the film is directed by Swiss actor/filmmaker Vincent Perez. Former Focus Features head James Schamus is among the film's producers including X Filme’s Stefan Arndt and Uwe Schott and Master Movie’s Marco Pacchioni, and FilmWave’s Christian Grass and Paul Trijbits. Thompson also stars in the upcoming period piece "Effie Gray," and has "A Wak in the Woods," "Survivor" and "Adam Jones" coming up. Gleeson will be seen in Ron Howard's December adventure "In the Heart of the Sea" opposite Chris Hemsworth and Cillian. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
A classic fairy tale is brought back to life this month with the release of Disney's new live-action Cinderella movie. Downton Abbey's Lily James is the latest star to become a Disney Princess, donning the glass slippers to take on the title role for director Kenneth Branagh.
Though Cinderella is very much a princess in the traditional mould, the ever-expanding Disney tendrils mean that new female characters are being inducted into the studio's roster all the time. The House of Mouse now owns Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar, and when you add the studio's Touchstone Pictures arm into the mix there's a wealth of memorable movies out there.
Everyone knows about Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora and the rest, but Digital Spy wants to highlight those who are part of the extended Disney Princess family. Read on to see our alternative choices below...
1. Princess Leia (Star Wars)
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The new comedy "Get Hard" stars Kevin Hart as an unlikely coach who trains Will Ferrell for a stint in prison. In one scene, Hart insists that Ferrell go to a top La brunch spot and give oral sex to a random patron in the bathroom to learn -- I guess? -- the mechanics of prison rape. Yes, this movie equates consensual gay sexual activity with actual rape. Cut to Will Ferrell in a restaurant bathroom gagging at the sight of a penis for the amusement of a multiplex audience. Could it be the most homophobic scene in a comedy of the past ten years? It's certainly a candidate. To commemorate this weirdly ignorant movie, we've compiled a list: movies with homophobic scenes so blatant, they made us shudder. Sometimes a movie reeks of homophobia (See: that ol' heart-warmer "Cruising") and sometimes it's just a couple of moments in a »
- Louis Virtel
According to Cinelinx via /Film, a live-action Star Wars television show is secretly in development which will use the same sets constructed at Pinewood Studios in London. Reportedly, the show is in a holding pattern until the new Star Wars trilogy and the Star Wars spinoff films are all mapped out. The television show would then shoot between films, when Pinewood and the Star Wars sets were available. This plan is sounds fairly similar to Ron Howard's plan for a live-action adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower book series. This would not be the first time a live-action Star Wars TV show was in the development stage. Prior to Disney's acquisition of LucasFilm, George Lucas tried in vain to get a live-action Star Wars television program of the ground to no avail. Following Disney's purchase, ABC (owned by Disney) president Paul Lee stated that a Star Wars »
“Launch Control this is Houston. We are Go for launch.”
A harrowing moment in human history became an exhilarating cinematic event two decades ago when acclaimed director Ron Howard chronicled Nasa’s tense 1970 lunar mission crisis in the Oscar-nominated film Apollo 13.
To Nasa enthusiasts and Saturn V rocket experts, the launch sequence, along with James Horner’s emotional score, is the greatest in movie history.
Newly restored and remastered using the original high-resolution 35mm film elements, the commemorative edition comes with an array of bonus features including “Apollo 13: Twenty Years Later,” an all-new retrospective featuring exclusive interviews with director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer.
The restored version of Apollo 13 premieres on March 27 at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. »
- Michelle McCue
Filmed at Leavesden Studio near London and scripted by Stuart Beattie and Stephen Sommers, the plot follows Skarsgård.s Tarzan, who leaves. the jungles of Africa for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his wife Jane (Robbie).
When he is invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, he becomes a pawn in a deadly game of greed and revenge, masterminded by Belgian Captain Leon Rom (Waltz).
- Don Groves
Citing unnamed sources, Bloomberg reported Tuesday that the company is working with Moelis & Co. to raise the equity funding and with JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Rabobank Na to refinance and extend its credit facility beyond 2020.
Village Roadshow Pictures, which has a longstanding co-financing deal through Warner Bros., is 47% owned by Australia’s Village Roadshow Ltd. The parent company said last month that it was planning to boost its annual production to as many as 12 films a year.
- Dave McNary
To watch Champs, a new documentary about the world of boxing and three of its most prolific athletes, is to watch two very different kinds of films duke it out. The first is one chronicling the rags-to-riches stories of how Evander Holyfield, Bernard Hopkins and Mike Tyson battled a life of poverty and the continual threat of jail time to reinvent themselves as world champion boxers. However, despite intimate interviews with the athletes and inspiring stories of adversity, Champs also gives academics and sports journalists the time to analyze and criticize much of the sport, from crippling injuries to a lack of health and safety standards.
The two sides cancel each other out. In an attempt to achieve a well rounded discourse about the sport – one that reveals the hope, one that exposes the hurt – Champs turns into a simplistic documentary. Bret Marcus’s film is like a disjointed introductory »
- Jordan Adler
Paul Risker chats with Hostages star Ayelet Zurer…
In 2013 Ayelet Zurer was nominated for the Best Actress in a Drama Series category at the Israeli Television Academy Awards for both Shtisel and Bnei Aruba. The latter is more familiarly known to UK audiences as Hostages, which aired in BBC Four’s Saturday 9pm foreign drama prime time slot. It was for her performance as Dr. Yael Danon in Bnei Aruba/Hostages, a character only introduced to UK audiences in recent weeks that Zurer was awarded her second success at the Israeli Television Academy Awards; following on from her Best Actress award for BeTipul in 2005.
When Flickering Myth spoke with Zurer recently ahead of the series finale of Hostages and its UK home entertainment release she offered: “The more I grow up and mature into what I am supposed to be in this world I guess I understand that my interest »
- Gary Collinson
Brad Pitt's Plan B Productions have optioned the 1981 Stephen King short story The Jaunt for a feature adaptation. The production company has attached Andres Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti, the filmmakers behind the 2013 thriller Mama, to develop the adaptation, with Andres Muschietti possibly directing. As per his standard practice, Stephen King sold his option to the short story for just $1, with the filmmakers given a 90-day window to set a writer in place and make headway in the development process. If enough progress is made within that time frame, no more money changes hands, so look for this project to develop quickly.
The Jaunt was first published in Twilight Zone Magazine in 1981, but gained a more prominent following after it was included in his short story anthology Skeleton Crew in 1985. The futuristic plot takes place in the 24th Century, following a father who explains the rules of "Jaunting," a method »
As blunt and methodical as the now-soured sweet science that is its subject, director Bert Marcus’ “Champs” is the moviegoing opposite of a prize fight, a slick but not particularly stylish documentary that actually becomes more focused and energized in the late rounds. With the long-delayed Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao welterweight bout looming in early May, the timing is the best it can be for a limited Gotham release (in concert with VOD) of this clearly sincere but achingly cliched look at what’s good and bad about the sport and the society that sanctions it. Nearly a year after its debut at Tribeca, the item is best suited to cablers and other smallscreen outlets.
It’s no secret that boxing history is riddled with rags-to-riches stories in which a precious few talented and determined young men, more often than not plucked from poverty and molded by strong father figures, »
- Eddie Cockrell
Ron Howard is once again directing the film, which sees Oscar Winner Tom Hanks reprise his role as world-renowned symbologist Robert Langdon, with Oscar nominee Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Omar Sy (Untouchable) and Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi) joining the cast for the new film.
Inferno sees Langdon drawn into a conspiracy to unleash a deadly plague centered on Dante’s Inferno, the 14th century epic poem about the nine circles of hell. Foster is set to play a “scientist who is obsessed with Inferno and has also dreamed up a plot to solve the world’s overpopulation problem by releasing a virus.”
Set to start shooting this Spring, Inferno is set for release in October »
- Scott J. Davis
Director Ron Howard is about to lock in the perfect actor to play the villain in Inferno, the latest film based on the works of Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown. Ben Foster is in talks to play Bertrand Zobrist, a super-rich scientist who comes up with a terrifying plan to deal with the world’s […]
- Germain Lussier
Just one month after confirming the main cast for Sony Pictures' new Robert Langdon adaptation Inferno, Ben Foster is in talks to star in this sequel to the 2006 blockbuster The Da Vinci Code and 2009's Angels & Demons. Tom Hanks is reprising his role as Robert Langdon from the first two movies in this adaptation of Dan Brown's novel of the same name, which follows an unraveling conspiracy that centers on Dante Alighieri's classic poem Inferno, about the nine circles of hell.
Ben Foster is playing a villainous scientist obsessed with the novel, who is trying to hatch a scheme to unleash a virus that will solve the world's issues with overpopulation. Other confirmed cast members include Felicity Jones as Dr. Sienna Brooks, who helps Robert Langdon recover from amnesia after waking up in an Italian hospital, Omar Sy as Christoph Bruder, Irrfan Khan as Harry Sims, also known »
After solidifying most of the cast last month, Ron Howard's adaptation of Dan Brown's adventure thriller Inferno, one more key cast member has been added to the mix. Tom Hanks returns as Robert Langdon, the symbologist who always gets in over his head from The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons in a story that sees him suddenly waking up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, forcing him to team up with Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) to help recover his memories in order to prevent some psychopath from unleashing a global plague that is tied to the classic Dante's Inferno. Now Ben Foster is set to play the film's villain. THR reports Foster's role will be a genius scientist who is obsessed with the Inferno and has also dreamed up a plot to solve the world’s overpopulation by releasing a virus. Meanwhile, as we learned previously, »
- Ethan Anderton
Since he appeared in 2013’s Lone Survivor, Ben Foster has kept a relatively low profile on the movie front. However, a hectic tide of commitments has the actor poised to dominate multiplexes over the next year. For Icon he delivers a headline performance as Lance Armstrong in Stephen Frears’ biopic of the legendary sportsman, and he’s since completed work on Coast Guard drama The Finest Hours and video game adaptation Warcraft. Now THR reports Foster will venture to the dark side as the villain in Dan Brown adaptation Inferno.
The latest in a long line of major players attached, the actor will join Brown mainstay Tom Hanks. Hanks has played professor Robert Langdon twice previously and will reprise his role for the third Langdon-centric feature that’s ready to lens shortly with Ron Howard at the helm.
Set to follow Brown’s source novel closely, Inferno follows Langdon as »
- Gem Seddon
I’ll get this right out of the way; I’m a fan of Ron Howard’s ridiculous Robert Langdon films based on the books by Dan Brown. Sure they’re completely absurd and you feel a little dirty at the end but dammit, they’re a lot of fun and having Tom Hanks around certainly gives them a bit of much needed credibility. Ben Foster has just signed on to the latest film in the Robert Langdon series, Inferno, which already counts Tom Hanks, Felicity »
- Kevin Fraser
Ben Foster is in negotiations to play the villain in "Inferno," Sony and Imagine Entertainment's third film adaptation of a Dan Brown-penned Robert Langdon novel following "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels and Demons".
Tom Hanks reprises the role of Langdon and Ron Howard is back in the director's chair for the new film in which he is drawn into a conspiracy to unleash a deadly plague centered on Dante's Inferno, the 14th-century epic poem about the nine circles of Hell.
Foster will play a genius scientist who is obsessed with the Inferno and has also dreamed up a plot to solve the world’s overpopulation by releasing a virus.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Ben Foster is in negotiations to play a key villainous role in Inferno, Sony and Imagine Entertainment’s latest Dan Brown adaptation. Tom Hanks is once again starring as symbologist Robert Langdon and Ron Howard is back in the director’s chair. Felicity Jones, Omar Sy and Irrfan Khan also are in the cast. The story sees Langdon drawn into a conspiracy to unleash a deadly plague centered on Dante's Inferno, the 14th century epic poem about the nine circles of hell. Foster will play a genius scientist who is obsessed with Inferno and has also dreamed up a plot to solve the
- Borys Kit
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