18 items from 2015
The first images of Nicholas Hoult in Kill Your Friends have been released, exclusively via Empire. Following on from his rousing success in Mad Max: Fury Road and before stepping into X-Men: Apocalypse, Hoult will star as Stephen Stelfox, a 27-year-old A&R man. Stelfox is a man powered by cocaine, alcohol and prostitutes, attempting to carve out a career in the London music industry as he tries to find the next massive hit.
Black Mirror director Owen Harris is set to direct as his first feature, with Jim Piddock (Family Tree) playing Derek Summers, the managing direct of Stelfox’s record label. James Corden (Into the Woods) is also reportedly attached to the picture, playing a character named Waters.
Kill Your Friends is set for release November 6th. »
- Jake Wilson
Right off the bat, let’s just concede that Top Gear is now our primary national barometer. If it is in crisis, Britain is in crisis. For reasons that may never be fathomed, the motoring show joins the health of Marks & Spencer sales and the porosity of Manchester United’s back four as key indicators of Where We Are At as a country.
Maddeningly, some people still haven’t got the memo. Interviewing Tony Hall on his programme last Sunday, Andrew Marr completely let the BBC director general off the hook, questioning him for what felt like a mere 37 minutes on the matter of Top Gear. Disappointing, Marr: I accept you asked 98.7% of all possible questions relating to the programme in its past and future incarnations, »
- Marina Hyde
Traditionally known for its glitzy backdrop, red carpets and press junkets, the seaside Monte Carlo TV Film Festival,created 55 ago by the principality of Monaco’s Prince Rainier III, is benefiting from the rising popularity of TV drama, luring more and more film talent and filmmakers, notably from Europe, where local TV industries are flourishing.
Since taking the helm two years ago, CEO Laurent Puons, a Monaco native and former pro boxer, says he has been working hard to reposition the festival as a relevant industry event, emphasizing the importance of the international competition, bringing in high-profile industry figures and scoring prestigious series’ world premieres.
Although it’s scheduled just two months after Mip TV, the festival has managed to host world premieres of shows like “Crossing Lines” and “CSI: Cyber” and will this year showcase the European premiere of “Aquarius” as well as the French premieres of “Empire” (set »
- Elsa Keslassy
The bright, brilliant fashion of the 1980s has often been captured on film – the over-the-top nature of the clothes lends itself beautifully to cinema, with some of the most iconic outfits of all time captured in this era. To celebrate the home entertainment release of A Most Violent Year, in which Jessica Chastain showcases an incredible array of 1980s-era Armani, we take a look at other films which demonstrate the fashion of the decade.
Richard Ayoade’s comedy drama stars Craig Roberts as 15 year-old Oliver Tate, who has two major ambitions – to lose his virginity to the beautiful Jordana (Yamin Paige), and to save his parents’ rocky relationship (a task made all the more difficult when his mother’s ex-lover reappears in their lives). Costume designer Charlotte Walters does a brilliant job of capturing the wonderfully quirky take on the classic coming-of-age tale, dressing the young cast in a wonderful array of duffle coats, »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
The movie is directed by Owen Harris and written by John Niven, based on his 2008 novel. Producers are Gregor Cameron, Will Clarke of Altitude Film and Len Blavatnik of AI Film and Warner Music Group.
“Kill Your Friends” is set in the 1990s and centers on a 27-year-old A&R man slashing and burning his way through London’s music industry while freely indulging in an unending orgy of self-gratification. With the hits drying up, the only way he’s going to salvage his sagging career is by becoming even more brutal.
The movie’s soundtrack includes songs from Radiohead, »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Kill Your Friends, Return to Sender among pick-ups.
Ascot Elite has acquired a trio of films for German-speaking Europe including UK thriller Kill Your Friends from Altitude.
The outfit also acquired thriller Return to Sender from Voltage for German-speaking Europe including all Switzerland.
Ascot has also taken all rights in German-speaking Europe, excluding Switzerland, for the French comedy Bis from Europacorp.
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Exclusive: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has closed a worldwide rights deal for the untitled film that Kelly Reichardt just wrapped in Montana. Starring Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams, Rosanna Arquette, James LeGros, Jared Harris and Lily Gladstone, the film is a series of vignettes that revolve around the lives of people in small-town Montana. Reichardt wrote the script based on short stories by Maile Meloy. Reichardt previously directed Night Moves… »
Random House announced Wednesday that they will publish a memoir written by Patricia Arquette. The Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning actress will focus on her life growing up in the storied Arquette family, which includes “Pulp Fiction” actress Rosanna Arquette and “Scream” star David Arquette. Arquette will also write about being a single mother at the age of 20 and her experience as a woman in Hollywood. She made waves at the Academy Awards when she spoke in favor of wage equality during her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress. See Photos: Oscars 2015 Winners: ‘Birdman,’ ‘Grand Budapest,’ Eddie Remayne, »
- Joe Otterson
Two of director Luc Besson’s most acclaimed films are getting the Blu-ray steelbook treatment over at UK web-based distributor Zavvi, with both Nikita and The Big Blue set for release this month with exclusive editions.
Limited to a 2,000-steelbook run, the films are set for release a week apart from each other, with The Big Blue released on March 16th, with Nikita released a week later on March 23rd. And while no special features or technical specifications have been announced yet, it’s a safe bet that the new versions will contain the features on the 2009 Studio Canal editions.
The Big Blue, released in 1988, stars Jean-Marc Barr (Breaking the Waves), Rosanna Arquette (Pulp Fiction) and Jean Reno (Leon); Nikita (La Femme Nikita) followed in 1990, and stars Anne Parillaud (The Man in the Iron Mask) and Tcheky Karyo (Goldeneye).
- Scott J. Davis
Arquette has been the prohibitive favorite in the field since the awards season started, winning trophies at BAFTA, SAG, the Critics Choice, the Golden Globes and the Spirits.
Arquette, 46, was often cited by critics as one of the key factors in Richard Linklater’s groundbreaking film, shot in a dozen different segments between 2002 and 2013. Her portrayal of Olivia Evans managed to encapsulate the hopes and disappointments of her generation, portrayed with a transcendent honesty without frills.
- Dave McNary
Nothing like the support of your family! Dakota Johnson brought a special guest to the 87th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday night -- her gorgeous mother, Melanie Griffith. The "Fifty Shades of Grey" actress, who will be presenting an award during the star-studded show, looked red hot in a fiery one-shoulder Saint Laurent gown. But it was her 57-year-old mom who stole the spotlight in a striking long-sleeved black dress with sexy, square neckline. During an interview with ABC's Lara Spencer, Dakota got a little snippy with her mom when they were talking about her racy movie. "Will you be seeing the movie," the host asked Griffith. "No, well maybe," she replied. When the veteran actress elaborated, her daughter snapped back at her. Check out the clip above to see the classic mother-daughter moment! Dakota and Melanie aren't the only stars to the Oscars a family affair! Patricia Arquette, who »
- tooFab Staff
Madonna can join Britney Spears, Celine Dion and Penn & Teller as top earner Las Vegas acts, as Britain’s hip Radio 1 has issued a ban on the 56 year-old mother for being ‘irrelevant and old’ for its younger listeners, relegating her to Mor (middle of the road) status..Madonna burst on to the music scene hard and fast in the 1980’s with her hypnotic, daring for the times music videos that teleported her from MTV top requested star to worldwide megastar status, winning her a role in the hot 1985 film “Desperately Seeking Susan” with Rosanna Arquette. In the same […] »
- April Neale
The film is in post and Spotlight aims to introduce sales in Cannes.
“The whole team at Spotlight is thriller to be working with Sydon to bring this amazing film to the attention to buyers worldwide,” said McCombs.
“We are excited to be working with Spotlight,” said Pulera. “Their passion and excitement towards this project, combined with their understanding of the worldwide market, gives us the confidence that a producer needs.”
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Ben Kingsley has joined the cast of Wake opposite Bruce Willis. John Pogue directs the action thriller about a sociopath with no fear (Willis), who returns to his childhood home on a remote island for his brother’s wake. When the island comes under siege, he must save the very family that banished him from his ancestral home years ago. Michael Benaroya, Tobin Armbrust, David Alpert and Chris Cowles are producing. International Film Trust is handling international sales in Berlin at the European Film Market. CAA is representing domestic rights. …
Arclight Films has acquired worldwide rights to Frank And Lola, starring Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots. Writer-director Matthew Ross’s romantic thriller also stars Michael Nyqvist, Justin Long, Rosanna Arquette and Emmanuelle Devos. The film was produced by Parts & Labor, The Supply Company and Lola Pictures. Preferred Content and Killer Films are executive producers. The film was fully financed and »
- Ali Jaafar
Arclight Films represents all rights outside of North America, while CAA and Wme Global are co-representing North America.
The story follows the love affair between a Las Vegas chef and a promising fashion designer that is badly derailed when the woman’s past and present demons resurface.
The film, which is now in post-production, was produced by Parts & Labor, the Supply Company and Lola Pictures. Preferred Content and Killer Films are executive producers. The film was fully financed and produced in association with Great Point Media, »
- Patrick Frater
She is described as “a shrewd and chic businesswoman” and should be a challenge for movie stalwart Holmes, who made her name on the small screen in Dawson’s Creek. She returned properly to TV in 2011 for The Kennedys mini series (a sequel to which is coming next year) but this recurring role is an interesting change of pace. The actress was most recently seen in The Giver.
Entering production for its third season, Ray Donovan concerns a “fixer” for the great and good in Los Angeles who has to juggle the personal and the professional whilst keeping one step ahead of an ever-inquisitive FBI. In the past it’s boasted an array of meaty acting names, such as James Woods, Elliott Gould and Rosanna Arquette. »
- Steve Palace
Stars: Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Sean Combs, Frank Langella, Sam Elliot, Rosanna Arquette, Terry Crews, Tom Welling, Ellen Burstyn | Written by Scott Rothman, Rajiv Joseph | Directed by Ivan Reitman
Ok, so it’s fair to say I’m not a sports guy. I hated playing sports in high school, I don’t watch sports on TV (well apart from the odd Superbowl on Channel 4 back when I was a teenager) and I certainly would never choose to watch sports over a movie. But what about sports movies? I’m a sucker for them! Of course it helped that I had a parent who loved the feel-good underdog stories that many a sports flick was essentially built around. Thanks to my mum I grew up watching sports movies such as Major League, Lucas, Field of Dreams, Hoosiers, The Mighty Ducks and many more…
But in recent years it »
- Phil Wheat
UK cinema in 2015 has plenty to recommend it. Here are 36 UK films of all genres to look forward to this year…
Dig past the litterfall of Kray Brothers biopics and tales of nubile teens on camping trips gone wrong, and you’ll unearth plenty for the UK film industry to boast about in 2015. From sci-fi romps and thrillers like Robot Overlords and Ex Machina to dramas like High-Rise, comedies like War On Everyone, spy flicks like Spectre and kids’ films like Bill, there’s no shortage of inventive, highly promising cinema coming from these isles.
We’ve included a few choice co-productions in 2015’s pick of the year’s most interesting-looking pictures, which bolsters our list in both size and breadth (and mostly means we Brits can claim partial credit for ace-sounding dystopian flick The Lobster).
In alphabetical order then, here are the 36 UK (or UK-ish) movies we’re excited about seeing this year… »
18 items from 2015
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