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First of all, an apology. We’ve had some technical issues on Flickering Myth this week and lost a few days worth of posts, which we’ve been working on restoring. Unfortunately one of those was The Week in Spandex, and sadly there’s just not the time to rewrite the article. However, considering this week has brought us some big superhero news – including »
- Gary Collinson
Sparse and austere, Rodrigo Garcia’s “Last Days In The Desert” is a meditative and moody look at fathers and sons through the eyes of Jesus as he vision quests through the desert seeking guidance from his own savior. While quiet and gorgeous to look at thanks to the stunning photography of Emmanuel Lubezki (“Birdman,” “The Tree Of Life”), Garcia’s drama is sometimes a little too whispered and distancing too impart much emotional or spiritual deliverance. A minimalist effort to be sure, Ewan McGregor stars as Yeshua (the Hebrew name for Jesus), fasting and wandering the desert for 40 days, trying to replenish his faith and find some answers. Feeling forsaken, he hasn’t heard from his father in a while, both literally and figuratively. Yeshua comes across the form of the devil (Ewan McGregor again), who fills his head with self-doubt and uncertainty. He also has hallucinatory, fever-ish dreams that suggest fear and entrapment, »
- Rodrigo Perez
Peter Debruge: Here we are, approaching the end of the Sundance Film Festival, and let me just say, having spent the last year attending festivals abroad, I miss American independent cinema, far too little of which lands overseas distribution. Sundance is the place where we can all stock up on all those squirrely, hard-to-categorize movies that come out between the blockbusters and cookie-cutter releases the rest of the year, and this year’s bounty leaves me optimistic — and for more reasons than just sheer entertainment value.
This is the most diverse Sundance lineup I can remember, featuring new films from black, Asian and Lgbt filmmakers set in their respective communities (“Dope,” “Seoul Searching” and “I Am Michael”), and while hardly a minority — except in Hollywood — a wealth of films directed by women, including the terrific, sexually liberated coming-of-age movie “The Diary of a Teenage Girl.”
But more interesting than that »
- Peter Debruge, Scott Foundas and Justin Chang
A reasonably engaging thriller, Son of a Gun is most notable for reminding us of that Ewan McGregor still possesses that irresistibly dangerous and edgy quality that propelled him to stardom in Shallow Grave and Trainspotting. It also serves as a calling card for the talents of Australian writer-director Julius Avery, who orchestrates several tense sequences that help to sustain our involvement in events.
Son of a Gun never quite capitalises on a bold beginning that's bathed in brutality and intrigue, as we enter the menacing confines of a prison through the eyes of 19-year-old Jr (Brenton Thwaites). Avery's tight framing and Jed Kurzel's suitably oppressive score amplify the intimidating environment for us alongside Jr, who soon comes under the protection of fellow inmate and Australia's most notorious criminal Brendan Lynch (McGregor »
The Weinstein Company secures sale of drama starring Helen Mirren, set to world premiere at Berlinale.
German distributor SquareOne Entertainment has acquired all German-speaking European rights, excluding Switzerland, to historical drama Woman In Gold from The Weinstein Company (TWC).
The deal was negotiated by Al Munteanu and Ingrid Pittana for SquareOne Entertainment with TWC.
Directed by Simon Curtis‘ (My Week With Marilyn), the film stars Oscar-winner Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds and Daniel Brühl. Co-stars include Charles Dance, Elizabeth McGovern, Katie Holmes and Max Irons.
The film will have its world premiere at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival (Feb 5-15) where the film debuts as a Berlinale Special Gala.
Playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell wrote Woman In Gold, which is produced by David M. Thompson for Origin Pictures and Kris Thykier, executive produced by Harvey and Bob Weinstein for TWC, and BBC Films’ Christine Langan.
It tells the true story of Maria Altmann (Mirren), an octogenarian Jewish refugee, who takes »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
London — German distributor SquareOne Entertainment has acquired all German-speaking European rights, excluding Switzerland, to Simon Curtis’ historical drama “Woman in Gold” from The Weinstein Company. The film will have its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, where it debuts as a Berlinale Special Gala.
Playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell wrote the screenplay. Pic is produced by David M. Thompson for Origin Pictures and Kris Thykier. It is executive produced by Harvey and Bob Weinstein for The Weinstein Company, and BBC Films’ Christine Langan.
“Woman in Gold” is the true story of a woman’s fight to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Mirren), starts her »
- Leo Barraclough
Mortdecai Movie Review
Mortdecai is ultimately a film held down by not knowing what it’s after. That means the film is planted firmly in the realm of being a theoretical failure, and you don’t overcome that easily. It’s either too silly,or not silly enough, and it seems a shame, because you’ve got a lot of talent here, and you have to guess that the novel (by Kyril Bonfiglioli) is brilliant.
Johnny Depp stars as Mortdecai, a difficult character to describe, largely because of the confusing aim. He’s got pieces of Clouseau in him, but he’s on the wrong side of the law, and his comedy draws far too much from his cleverness. He drops references in unusual circumstances that belie his education and upbringing, but he has a definite streak of foppishness to him as well, and at times he seems to be just plain idiotic. »
- Marc Eastman
Adapted from the book "The Ghost" by Robert Harris, this unnerving mystery is a return to form for Roman Polanski, thanks mainly to the cagey cat-and-mouse plot which plays into the director’s strongest suit. Ewan McGregor plays the titular scribe whose creeping paranoia turns out to be completely justified and Pierce Brosnan is the man who inspires much of that anxiety. »
- Trailers From Hell
"I don't think Ewan is as proud of his penis as most men who are as well-hung would -- or should -- or could be," Farrell jokes to the magazine. "I think that's the greatest demonstration of his innate humility, that he doesn't wear it like a badge of honor."
Photos: Stars In Their Underwear
Ewan, 43, is looking as handsome as ever on the cover of Nylon Guys, in which he also opens up about hanging with A-listers Angelina Jolie and Jude Law in the late '90s in London, when the actors were all on the brink of hitting the big time.
Nylon Magazine »
It's no secret that Ewan McGregor isn't afraid to bare all on the big screen. In fact, his penis has appeared in films such as Young Adam, Trainspotting, The Pillow Book and I Love You Philip Morris, to name a few. And if you've seen one of the aforementioned full-frontal scenes, then you're well aware that the 43-year-old is well-endowed—a fact which Colin Farrell had no trouble pointing out in a recent interview with Nylon magazine. "I don't think Ewan is as proud of his penis as most men who are as well hung would—or should—or could be," he joked of his Cassandra's Dream co-star. "I think that's the greatest demonstration of his innate »
The Paris Film Office was set up in 2002 as part of the Mission Cinema project launched the same year. Both are integrated within the city council, the Mairie de Paris. Their goal is to provide a one-stop shop for French and foreign professionals that will handle all logistical aspects required for shooting in the French capital — which is not only one of the world’s most highly filmed cities but also one of the busiest, meaning that shooting there requires careful preparation. Two permits are required for filming in Paris: one issued by the Paris Film Office and one by the Préfecture de Police, the city’s police authority.
Since its launch, the Paris Film Office has inked agreements to improve filming conditions in the capital and set up a bilingual website to help French and international productions to prepare shoots. The site provides images of key locations and information »
- Martin Dale
It doesn.t look like .ole Obi-Wan Kenobi will have a role when Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens hits this December. However, Ewan McGregor, who played the younger version of the grizzled Jedi and a veteran of some of the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy.s most seizure-inducing lightsaber battles, has some lightsaber-related criticism on the upcoming film.s most notable new weapon. While discussing his thoughts on Episode VII with Vanity Fair, McGregor brings up what is increasingly becoming the film.s 800 lb. gorilla in the new, quasi-medieval crossguard model lightsaber wielded by new character, Kylo Ren. His initial thought on the matter was that he was "a bit dubious," adding: It.s got a hilt now. You don.t need a hilt. If you know how to handle a lightsaber, like we did, you don.t need a hilt. That.s just one thing that I think »
When Johnny Depp‘s mustache comedy “Mortdecai” brought in less than $5 million on opening weekend, it marked the A-list actor’s fifth straight box office bomb. But he’s far from the only top billed actor to endure a tanker or two.
Also Read: 19 Biggest Box-Office Bombs and Bummers in 2014: From ‘The Giver’ to ‘Winter’s Tale’ (Photos)
- Travis Reilly and Todd Cunningham
Before Benedict Cumberbatch was announced as securing the role of Dr. Stephen Strange, it seemed that just about every actor in Hollywood was rumoured to be in contention for the lead in Marvel Studios’ Phase Three franchise launcher Doctor Strange.
Among the list of candidates was Ewan McGregor, and the British actor has confirmed that he was in the running for the Sorcerer Supreme during a chat with MTV News:
“I was into it. I thought it was exciting. I’m not a big comic guy so I didn’t know who Doctor Strange was, but I was intrigued by it and I like the idea of creating or being a superhero character. They didn’t [go with me], but it was fun to be part of the mix for a while.”
So, it seems McGregor is open to a superhero role should one come his way. Which character would you like to see him play? »
- Gary Collinson
Spilling secrets! Ewan McGregor spoke to Nylon Guys in its March 2015 cover story about his roles (past and present) and his wild Hollywood life, which somehow included commentary from a fellow celebrity, who had several (ahem!) gratuitous remarks about the actor. Colin Farrell, who costarred with the Scottish hunk in the 2007 thriller Cassandra's Dream, joked about McGregor being rather well-endowed. "I don’t think Ewan is as proud of his penis as most men who are as well hung would—or should—or could be," Farrell said, likening [...] »
Nathaniel reporting from Sundance with three quick takes
The biggest sale at Sundance was this no-stars comedy about three geeky high school seniors who are obsessed with 90s hip hops (that's a character detail and joke factory -- not the plot). Malcolm (Shameik Moore joyfully charismatic in the lead role) a Straight A student who dreams of Harvard and his two best friends Jib (Tony Revolori - just as strong as he was in Grand Budapest Hotel) and Diggy (Kiersey Clemons from Transparent in her feature debut) live in "The Bottoms" an impoverished crime-ridden neighborhood. Malcolm gets mixed up with Dom (Rakim Mayers aka A$AP Rocky), a local dope dealer, and soon the three friends are on the run from cops, drug dealers, gang members and continually out of frying pans and into other fires. The film it most reminded me of is Go (1999) for its parade of memorable characters, »
- NATHANIEL R
In an interesting discussion of something that could have been, Obi-Wan Kenobi was almost cast as Doctor Strange. Yes, Ewan McGregor, the actor who played the great Jedi warrior in the Star Wars prequels was actually at one point quite close to playing Marvel.s Sorcerer Supreme. And he has now looked back on his brief opportunity to nab the role. McGregor recently participated in an interview with MTV outdoors in a chilly, Hoth-like Utah during the Sundance Film Festival, when the topic shifted to the the brief rumor that the actor was once in the mix for the lead role in Marvel Studios' upcoming Doctor Strange. According to McGregor, the idea of donning the mantle of Marvel resident mystic was, indeed, something he was interested in pursuing. There was just one problem: his knowledge of comics could realistically be qualified with two fatal words, "jack" and "squat." As »
Ewan McGregor is ''still waiting'' to be asked to return to the 'Star Wars' franchise. The 43-year-old actor portrayed the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in prequel trilogy 'Episodes I to III' - which were released between 1999 and 2005 - but he has not been asked to be a part of 'Episode VII: The Force Awakens' and doesn't even know whether it would be a possibility. He admitted: ''I'm still waiting for the call! Seriously... But literally, I have had nothing. Nothing. ''And I don't even know how it could work, because I don't know what those stories are. ''I never discussed them with George [Lucas] when we made ours, so I have no idea what the three storylines are.'' And Ewan appeared to further talk himself out of a job when he admitted his return would affect continuity because Sir Alec Guinness played Kenobi in the original trilogy. He added to MTV News: ''I suppose, »
In Rodrigo García’s Last Days in the Desert, Ewan McGregor plays Jesus and the Devil, and he brings a surprising amount of sincerity to both seeker and snake. It sounds like stunt casting, but it’s not. Many of the Devil’s temptations, questions, and asides feel like they could be coming from within Yeshua, or “the Holy Man,” as he’s referred to in the film. The Devil toys with Jesus’ own insecurities — whether that’s meant metaphorically or literally, you can decide for yourself. Last Days in the Desert focuses almost entirely on the time Jesus spent in the desert before coming to Jerusalem, and the first words he utters are to the sky are, “Father, where are you?” This is a portrait of the prophet as a man of doubt.Jesus is looking for God, trying to find a way to communicate with Him. All he »
- Bilge Ebiri
Early critical praise bodes well for Sundance premiere "Last Days in the Desert," which had its first official screening over the weekend in Park City. Writer/director García moves from the tangled women's tales of his earlier films ("Nine Lives" and "Mother Child" among them) to this male-driven, imagined chapter of Jesus' 40 days of fasting and praying in the desert, where he confronts the Devil. Ewan McGregor plays both roles in this hotly buzzed drama lensed in just five weeks by "Birdman" cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, who reunites here with "The Tree of Life"'s Tye Sheridan, costarring alongside McGregor and Ciaran Hinds. Here's what critics are saying so far. While decidedly noncommercial, the film is likely to be a controversial gotta-see-it among Christians and adventuresome moviegoers. Screen Daily: "A powerfully meditative experience that grapples with themes of faith, destiny, death, and fathers and »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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