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Maybe she's born with it. Maybe it's witchcraft.
You see, one of Hollywood's worst-kept secrets is that Beckinsale Does Not Age. Unlike us mere mortals, over the course of her two-decade career, Ms. Beckinsale has simply refused to allow time to alter her appearance. As a result, the internet (and my brain) have come up with several theories to explain her permanent, goddess-like presence. Here's a sampling:
1. She's an alien. I have no proof of this, but I stand by it.
2. She lives in an alternate dimension, one that allows her to be seen in ours but where the laws of time and space do not apply -- like "Interstellar" for beautiful people. Neil deGrasse Tyson would approve. »
- Tim Hayne
★★★☆☆ Michael Winterbottom's latest feature, The Face of an Angel (2014), explores the intersection of beauty, youth, sex and violent crime. Inspired by Amanda Knox's alleged murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Italy, Winterbottom offers a perceptive, but at times plodding, take on the media's sensationalised coverage of her trial. Thomas Lang (Daniel Bruhl) arrives in Italy to research and write his next film. He meets Simone Ford (Kate Beckinsale), a journalist who been following the trial of American student Jessica Fuller, imprisoned for the murder of her flatmate Elizabeth Pryce (Sai Bennett). Thomas hopes to adapt Simone's book on the case. "Make it fiction," she urges him.
- CineVue UK
Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and one of his holding companies have been hit with a lawsuit over a multimillion-dollar defaulted vendor payment, according to documents filed Wednesday in New York State Supreme Court. Rka Film Financing, in which Kavanaugh owns a 10 percent stake, claimed that the executive and his subsidiary River Birch Fund failed to pay $7.5 million allotted for the promotion of upcoming Relativity releases such as Kristen Wiig’s “Mastermind” and Kate Beckinsale’s “The Disappointments Room.” In light of the default on payment, which was due June 29, Rka is demanding that Kavanaugh forfeit his 10 percent equity »
- Matt Donnelly
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart team up in this comedy about a rich hedge-fund manager who is sentenced to San Quentin; desperate for tips on how to survive prison, he looks for help from a black businessman, assuming he'll know what to do. That's not racist at all! As it turns out, Hart's businessman has never even had a parking ticket, so it's the blind leading the blind. The Blu-ray has tons of extras, including an unrated cut of the film, a gag reel, deleted scenes, and these featurettes: "Just Put Your Lips Together and Blow," "Get Hard Line-o-Ramas," "The Kevin Hart Workout," "Face Off with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart," "-Ferrell Fighting," "A Date with John Mayer, »
- Gina Carbone
“Metropolitan” will open Aug. 7 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City, followed by a launch in Los Angeles seven days later and a national rollout throughout the late summer and fall.
Stillman’s screenplay received an Oscar nomination, and the film had a solid box office performance, grossing nearly $3 million domestically.
- Dave McNary
Robin Williams voices Dennis the Dog in his final film role.
Absolutely Anything launches in UK cinemas on August 14. »
Featuring a stellar British cast including Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, David Thewlis, Brendan Gleeson, Jason Flemyng, Academy Award® Winner Sir Ben Kingsley and two‐time Academy Award® Winner Sir Michael Caine and directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinist, Transsiberian) Stonehearst Asylum is a gothic psychological thriller based on a short story by Edgar Allen Poe.
When Edward (Sturgess), a young doctor fresh out of college, arrives at Stonehearst Asylum in search of an apprentice position, he is warmly welcomed by the superintendent, Dr Lamb (Kingsley) and his “staff”, including Finn (Thewlis) and a mesmerising woman by the name of Eliza Graves (Beckinsale).
Edward is intrigued by Lamb’s modern methods until a series of unusual events lead him to make a horrifying discovery, exposing Lamb’s utopia and proving that no-one is who or what they appear to be.
Stonehearst Asylum is out on DVD and Blu-ray on 22nd June »
- Gary Collinson
Stars: Jim Sturgess, Kate Beckinsale, Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley, Brendan Gleeson, David Thewlis, Jason Flemyng, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Sinéad Cusack, Edmund Kingsley, Ciara Flynn, Christopher Fulford | Written by Joe Gangemi | Directed by Brad Anderson
If you were told about a film based on an Edgar Allen Poe short story with stars including Kate Beckinsale, Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley and Brendan Gleeson I’d be surprised if your interest wasn’t peeked. Stoneheart Asylum (aka Eliza Graves) is just that… based on The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether by Poe it tells the tale of an Asylum where not all is as it seems.
When Edward Newgate (Jim Sturgess) a medical school graduate arrives at Stonehearst Asylum he finds himself transfixed by Eliza Graves (Kate Beckinsale) a patient supposedly suffering from “Hysteria.” Working under Dr. Silas Lamb (Ben Kingsley) he finds himself impressed with the doctor’s unconventional methods of treatment. »
- Paul Metcalf
“You can’t tell the truth unless you make it a fiction,” says journalist Simone Ford (Kate Beckinsale) to filmmaker Thomas Lang (Daniel Bruhl) in Michael Winterbottom’s The Face of An Angel. Since the film itself is a fictionalized re-telling of the events surrounding the Amanda Knox murder trial, we can presume that she’s talking both to the character onscreen and to the audience – trying to justify the movie we’re watching as a necessary re-imagining of a real incident about which many people have strong feelings.The rough outline of the events presented in the film is superficially similar to the 2007 Knox case, which captured the world’s headlines for a few years: A young American student and her Italian boyfriend are accused of brutally killing her flatmate, with a confusing soup of evidence – much of it circumstantial, little of it forensic – gathered by incompetent cops. An opportunistic, »
- Bilge Ebiri
“You can’t tell the truth unless you make it a fiction,” says journalist Simone Ford (Kate Beckinsale) to filmmaker Thomas Lang (Daniel Bruhl) in Michael Winterbottom’s The Face of an Angel. And since the film itself is a fictionalized retelling of the events surrounding the Amanda Knox murder trial, we can presume that she’s talking both to the character onscreen and to the audience — trying to justify the movie we’re watching as a necessary reimagining of a real incident about which many people have strong feelings.The rough outlines of the case presented in the film are superficially similar to the 2007 Knox case, which so captured the world’s headlines for a few years: A young American student and her Italian boyfriend are accused of brutally killing her flatmate, amid a confusing soup of evidence — much of it circumstantial, little of it forensic — gathered by incompetent cops. »
- Bilge Ebiri
Ahead of its release this summer, a new poster and teaser video have arrived online for director Terry Jones’ upcoming romantic comedy Absolutely Anything starring Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale and the late Robin Williams; check them out below…
Neil Clarke, a schoolteacher, suddenly discovers he has magical powers. In fact, with the wave of his hand, he can make absolutely anything happen. From wiping out a particularly disruptive class (and then bringing them – and anyone else who has ever died! – back to life), to turning his best mate into the kind of man women would not only die for, but would worship to the ends of the earth and back. The only snag is getting the words right and of course, knowing what he really wants. Mishap after mishap finally leads him to the ultimate conundrum that all men dread and at which many have failed; should he choose the girl or the dog… »
- Gary Collinson
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
London — The Czech Republic is making adjustments to its production incentives to make it easier for studio films and other big-budget productions to access the cash rebate.
The country offers filmmakers who shoot there a 20% rebate on the Czech production costs and 10% on above-the-line expenses. The Czech Cinematography Fund, which administers the program, has allocated approximately $49 million to 71 film and television projects that are shooting this year and next.
Ludmila Claussova, the Czech film commissioner, is meeting with studio executives and independent producers in Los Angeles this week to present the benefits of the enhanced production rebates. The Consulate General of the Czech Republic and the Czech Film Commission hosted a discussion on the topic Wednesday at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.
The rebate will no longer be subject to a yearly cap. Producers will be able to register at any time and immediately receive a »
- Leo Barraclough
After hitting the festival circuit last fall, "The Face of an Angel" is gearing up for its stateside theatrical release. Read More: Watch: The Amanda Knox Case Gets the Film Treatment in Exclusive Clip from 'The Face of an Angel' The mystery-thriller, which is based on the murder trial of Amanda Knox, comes from acclaimed director Michael Winterbottom ("The Trip") and centers on Simone (Kate Beckinsale), a journalist, and Thomas (Daniel Brühl), a documentary filmmaker. Despite their differing sensibilities, they come together to explore the story of a murder and chase after its prime suspect. In an exclusive clip (posted above), Thomas confides in Simone that he doesn't want to tell the story the easy way. As he puts it, "I don't want to make a film about fear or death or killing. I want to make a film about love." Promising to provide a fresh perspective on the infamous Knox trial, »
- David Canfield
In the beginning there was David O Russell's Nailed, a political comedy which began filming in 2008 and, after a disastrous string of financing problems, seemingly died two years later. Deciding to cut his losses, a frustrated Russell abandoned the project in 2010 and moved onto Oscar glory with The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle.
But like Rasputin, Nailed has lingered on without Russell's involvement. Missing pieces have been shot and put in place, and the finished film - now called Accidental Love - is credited to one Stephen Greene, an Alan Smithee-like pseudonym. The result is a fitfully amusing farce that can't begin to hide the scars of its troubled production.
Jessica Biel stars as Alice, an 25-year-old small-town waitress who's caught the eye of vain local cop, »
Featuring a stellar British cast including Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, David Thewlis, Brendan Gleeson, Jason Flemyng, Academy Award Winner Sir Ben Kingsley and two‐time Academy Award Winner Sir Michael Caine and directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinist, Transsiberian) Stonehearst Asylum is a gothic psychological thriller based on a short story by Edgar Allen Poe.
When Edward (Sturgess), a young doctor fresh out of college, arrives at Stonehearst Asylum in search of an apprentice position, he is warmly welcomed by the superintendent, Dr Lamb (Kingsley) and his “staff”, including Finn (Thewlis) and a mesmerising woman by the name of Eliza Graves (Beckinsale). Edward is intrigued by Lamb’s modern methods until a series of unusual events lead him to make a horrifying discovery, exposing Lamb’s utopia and proving that no-one is who or what they appear to be.
Stonehearst Asylum is out on DVD and Blu-ray on 22nd June »
- Phil Wheat
Filmmakers love to put murder mysteries on the big screen, which makes it no surprise that director Michael Winterbottom (who is mostly known for The Trip and The Trip to Italy) has done so in his latest feature The Face of an Angel. Here’s the official synopsis:
The Face Of An Angel tells the story of a journalist and a filmmaker as they lose themselves in a notorious murder case they are covering. Based on true events, a riveting account of the controversial case of an American student accused of murder in Italy.
While the trailer is a little hard to follow, Daniel Bruhl and Kate Beckinsale make an interesting pair as the journalist and filmmaker who cover the murder case in Italy. Cara Delevingne also stars in the film, but it’s not quite clear what her role is, only that she and Daniel Bruhl get involved with each other at some point. »
These days, the notion of blind justice is an aspirational ideal rather than an actual reality. The minute a sizzling story hits the headlines, the truth depends on which light you choose to shine on the facts. The more high profile the case, the more distorted and blurred the lines become, and that's what Michael Winterbottom investigates in "The Face Of An Angel." Starring Daniel Brühl, Cara Delevingne, and Kate Beckinsale, the film is inspired by the Amanda Knox story, and follows a movie director who travels to Italy to investigate the case of a young student accused of murder for an upcoming movie. But he sees a whole other side of things after befriending an international journalist and falling into a relationship with a young bartender, and as it goes on, Winterbottom's film is less interested in the murder that kicks off the chain of the events than in »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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You may have seen what the stars were up to over Memorial Day weekend on social media, but there was another A-list bash you need to check out. Producer Joel Silver threw his annual Monday party in Malibu, CA, bringing out more celebrities than you can count. Gwyneth Paltrow arrived separately from her ex Chris Martin, while Kate Hudson mingled with pals in a white cutout suit. January Jones, Diane Kruger, and Minnie Driver made appearances as did Kate Beckinsale and her husband, Len Wiseman, and Courteney Cox and her fiancé, Johnny McDaid. Tobey Maguire and his wife, Jennifer Meyer, were there with their kids, while Gwen Stefani had her little ones along as well. Read through to see all the famous faces, and then check out who showed up last year and what the guest list looked like in 2013. »
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