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Edinburgh International Film Festival tops 50,000 admissions.
The 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) drew to a close on Sunday night (June 28) having screened 134 new features over the 12-day festival.
More than 50,000 admissions represent a 9% increase on 2014. An additional 14,600 people attended Eiff’s two weekends of outdoor screenings, as part of Film in the City.
Eiff sold tickets for its venues across the city, which included the festival’s home at Filmhouse, its venue partner Cineworld, and at Festival Theatre Edinburgh, the Traverse, Dominion Cinema, Odeon Lothian Road, Royal Lyceum Theatre and Belmont Filmhouse in Aberdeen.
Eiff CEO Ken Hay said his most “memorable moments” were “the spectacular opening night world premiere of The Legend Of Barney Thompson, Ewan McGregor’s sold out ‘In Person’ at the Lyceum, the skype Q&A with the stars of our Documentary Award Winning Film The Wolfpack, the sensational screening of Back To The Future with the Rsno performing the score live, and »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
After hearing some new details about the First Order Stormtroopers via their toy line earlier today, a promotional poster from said toyline has also hit the Internet thanks to this rather nice Twitter user.
Check out the poster below:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 18th and sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) in addition to Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o »
- Luke Owen
Following a load of leaked images from Star Wars: The Force Awakens last week, we got a new promotional banner for the movie which features Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and some Imperial Stormtroopers. Check out the promo banner here…
…Sticking with The Force Awakens for a moment as one of its stars Greg Grunberg (who we got our first look at last week) has been speaking about his experiences working on the movie – and even dropped some hints at the themes we can expect from J.J. Abrams’ new adventure into a galaxy far, far away. “I can only say »
- Luke Owen
10 Things You Might Not Know About Pixar's 'Inside Out' A Thing of Wonder Arthouse Audit: 'The Overnight' Leads Mixed Batch of Quality Openers David Lynch Recalls His Career-Long Collaboration with Designer Patricia Norris 'Deutschland 83,' 'The Americans,' and the End of an Era in TV Drama Ewan McGregor on Jesus, 'Star Wars,' 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Trainspotting 2' Emmy Voters: Our 2015 Nominations Wish List 'Felt' Is a Creepy Study of Female Victimhood and One of the Year's Most Disturbing Films Marvel Helps Sony Find a New Spider-Man, Director Remembering Oscar-Winning Composer James Horner Screen Talk: From Rose McGowan to Debating 'True Detective' 'Tab Hunter' Director Jeffrey Schwarz Takes Frameline Film Fest Award Top 10 Takeaways: Why 'Jurassic World' and 'Inside Out' Are Massive 'What Happened, Miss Simone?' Conjures the Demons Inside Soul's High Priestess When Sean Baker Shot 'Tangerine' on an iPhone, He Invented »
After the jump: The Chronicles of Narnia 4 script is finally complete Todd Solondz reveals his Dollhouse semi-sequel cast Ewan McGregor wants to do a Trainspotting sequel Vin Diesel wants Helen Mirren for Fast & Furious 8 Here’s why Will Smith opted out of Independence Day 2 The Jurassic Park theme shoots to the top of the […]
- Angie Han
The odds of successfully surviving Star Wars Bits is approximately 3,720 to 1. Here’s the lowdown on all the Star Wars goodies you can find out about after the jump: Go behind the scenes of Star Wars Rebels second season premiere Is Ben Mendelsohn in Star Wars: Rogue One or not? Ewan McGregor bashes Kylo […]
- Ethan Anderton
When news broke of Tom Holland's Spider-Man casting yesterday (June 23), the initial response was a push-back against the Brit actor. "Cbbc does Spidey." / "'Spider-Child' might be a more apt title…" / "He looks about 12!?" were just some of the comments on Holland, who at 19 is the youngest actor to take on the Peter Parker role by some distance.
Resistance is understandable - change is always hard and Andrew Garfield was well-liked in the role (even if his films were spotty) - but the complaints seem at odds with who Peter Parker actually is. Or, more specifically, the divergence between the web-slinging comic hero created by Stan Lee and his subsequent portrayals on the big screen.
First published in a 1962 issue of Marvel's Amazing Fantasy, Peter Parker was a classic audience surrogate, a figure whose high school exploits comic readers could easily identify with. Prior to Spider-Man, younger heroes had traditionally been sidekicks (Robin, »
The TV presenter explained at a Times+ event in London that he doesn't want to still be hosting his popular show when the only guests he can attract are the cast of Towie.
"You want to get out when people are still watching your show," said Norton. "You don't want it to be when people say, 'That is still on, that is still a thing?'
"This is the 18th year of me doing a chat show. We've been working up to this moment of being on BBC One on that prime Friday night slot, so we've always been inching forward in those 18 years.
"The thing no one wants is the inching backwards, where you're kind of going, 'Yes the cast of Towie can come on…' That's about retiring when you're on top. »
Tom Holland is Marvel's new web-slinger!
Tom Holland seen on Instagram, June 2015 (Instagram)
Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios announced that the 19-year-old British actor will star as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the next Spider-Man film, slated to hit theaters in 2017.
The actor is best known for his title role in "Billy Elliot the Musical" and the film, "The Impossible," where he played Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor's son. The young star also appeared in the TV mini-series, "Wolf Hall."
Photos: Tom Holland: Hollywood’s New Spider-Man
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The next Spider-Man….is British again.
Marvel announced on Tuesday that they would be finding someone across the pond to play Peter Parker in their upcoming reboot of Spider-Man and they have named The Impossible and Wolf Hall star Tom Holland for the part.
Holland doesn’t have an extensive resume with his biggest role (and first) coming beside Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts in The Impossible. He has also appeared in the television series, Wolf Hall, and is set to have a role in Ron Howard’s upcoming film, In The Heart of the Sea.
- Zach Dennis
Your new Spider-Man, Tom Holland, is a 19-year-old Gemini hailing from Kingston Upon Thames in southwest London who enjoys slow-motion flips and Taylor Swift. Most recently, he's appeared as Thomas Cromwell's son in Wolf Hall, but his first taste of fame came when he made his West End debut in Billy Elliot the Musical, which eventually led to a role in The Impossible opposite Naomi Watts. Here's some other tidbits about Holland that young girls and boys will surely swoon over in the coming years and when the new Spider-Man movie actually lands, on July 28, 2017. Consider this your digital Tiger Beat: 1. He's critically acclaimed! Holland made his feature-film debut to rave reviews. In 2012's The Impossible, he starred as Lucas, the son of Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, as the family struggles to survive the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004. Our critic Bilge Ebiri called him "excellent »
- E. Alex Jung
Star Wars prequel bashing has become something of its own sub genre over the years. While the blame for the less than stellar series has been laid at the feet of many a person (or gungan), one actor who has stayed remarkably clean is Ewan McGregor. His portrayal of the young Obi-Wan Kenobi is viewed by many (us included) as one of the highlights of the series. So when he says he.d be interested in returning to the role in future films, we.re hoping his phone is already ringing. In an interview with the U.K..s Daily Record McGregor isn.t even coy when asked about returning to the role of Obi-Wan for films that take place between the two trilogies, he wants it: I'd be happy to do the story from episodes three where I finish up and Alec Guinness starts. This isn.t just a »
Tom Holland, of Kingston upon Thames, Surrey will be the next actor to play New York’s favourite web-slinging son, Spider-Man, according to Variety.
Holland, who co-starred with Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor in Boxing Day tsunami drama The Impossible, was one of six teenage actors being considered for the role, three of whom were British. Among those he swung ahead of was rumoured front-runner Asa Butterfield, star of Hugo and Ender’s Game.
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- Henry Barnes
Yesterday we brought you some comments from Ewan McGregor suggesting that he’s keen to return as Obi-Wan Kenobi for a future Star Wars movie, and now the actor has been speaking about another of his former roles, revealing that he’s open to another outing as Mark Renton in the long-rumoured sequel to the 1996 cult classic Trainspotting.
“I would be up for it,” states McGregor. “I’ve said that to Danny [Boyle]. Everybody has talked about it and speculated about it, but I don’t if it’s happening yet. I’ve not seen a script and I don’t know if there is one. It’s been a long, long time.”
McGregor had previously distanced himself from any possible Trainspotting reunion, owing to a fallout between himself and Danny Boyle after he lost out on a role in The Beach to Leonardo DiCaprio. However, it seems that is all in the past now, »
- Gary Collinson
Ewan McGregor says he'd be very happy to return to the "Star Wars" franchise and is excited about J.J. Abrams upcoming "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". Appearing at the Edinburgh film Fest at the Lyceum Theatre (via The Daily Record), McGregor says:
"I'm excited as everyone else and am looking forward it seeing it. It's not a fanatical thing. I'm really pleased I'm part of the legacy of it and happy to see it and I've seen the trailer and it looks like they've absolutely nailed it."
With at least one of the anthology spin-off films looking to explore the period of events between the prequel and original trilogy, the possibility is there for McGregor to return as Obi-Wan Kenobi in some capacity. It's a possibility that McGregor is open to:
"I'd be happy to do the story from episodes three where I finish up and Alec Guinness starts. »
- Garth Franklin
Arguably the strongest part of the much-maligned Star Wars prequel movies was Ewan McGregor's turn as fan favorite Jedi Master, 'Obi-Wan Kenobi'. Ahead of the franchise's return to theatres with The Force Awakens this December, The Daily Record quizzed McGregor about how he felt about the new film. "I'm excited as everyone else and am looking forward it seeing it," the Scottish actor revealed, "It's not a fanatical thing. I'm really pleased I'm part of the legacy of it and happy to see it and I've seen the trailer and it looks like they've absolutely nailed it." Despite his early optimism, he did have one minor qualm - specifically regarding incoming Sith Lord Kylo Ren's weapon. "I'm not sure about the hilt on the lightsaber," he noted, "If you fight with a lightsaber properly you don't need one." It seems even the new lightsabers wont be enough to drive him away though, »
While Ewan McGregor has previously said that no one has reached out to him about reprising the role of Obi-wan Kenobi in one of the Star Wars Anthology films, the Scottish actor wants to be clear that he would not say no to such a project. At the recent Edinburgh Film Festival, McGregor was asked about the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He said he was happy to be a part of the Star Wars legacy and... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
Well before he famously failed to steer Anakin Skywalker away from the dark side of The Force in the Star Wars prequels, Ewan McGregor made his first big impact in Danny Boyle.s darkly humorous 1996 junkie romp, Trainspotting. Nearly two decades later, amidst some apparent bad blood with the director, the possibility of a return is promising. In an interview with a publication from his native land, The Scotsman, McGregor fielded the often-asked question regarding a Trainspotting sequel. Expressing that his long-held animosity with Danny Boyle has been left in the past, McGregor even expressed a willingness to jump on board the potential sequel. According to McGregor: I would be up for it, I.ve said that to Danny. Everybody has talked about it and speculated about it, but I don.t know if it.s happening yet. I.ve not seen a script and I don.t know if »
He said: “I think it might be extraordinary to see a sequel 20 years after the original.”
Ewan admitted he’d already spoken to the acclaimed director about making a ‘Trainspotting 2‘ movie, but insisted he doesn’t know whether it will happen.
He shared: “I would be up for it, I’ve said that to Danny.
“I haven’t seen any script yet or anything and I don’t know if there is one. There is a big idea that it might happen but I »
- Paul Heath
When a beloved franchise gets a new installment or update, it.s not unusual for fans to get flustered about changes, alterations, or new additions. However, I don.t know if anyone expected the sheer level of outrage and discussion generated by that new lightsaber that popped up briefly in the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Many have sounded off on the topic, and now former Jedi Knight Ewan McGregor has chimed in, stating why he is not a fan of this new design. Thompson on Hollywood caught up with the 44-year-old actor at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, where he.s supporting his Last Days in the Desert, where McGregor plays Jesus. When asked about The Force Awakens, while he said that J.J. Abrams captures the feel of the franchise in the first trailer, he added: But I.m not sure about the [crossguard] lightsaber. »
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