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The way film composer and former Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman tells it, his whole career boils down to two words: "Fuck it." He muttered that philosophical phrase when he offered an opportunity to write his first movie score – for director Tim Burton's feature debut, Pee-wee's Big Adventure – and the musician said it again when given the chance to perform his now-impressive catalog of symphonic cinematic creations in his "Music From the Films of Tim Burton" concert series.
The shows, which opened in London in 2013 and will kick off »
Meryl Streep is attempting to revive the debate over the Equal Rights Amendment, a proposal that gained steam during the dawn of the feminist movement in the 1970s, but never acquired the necessary votes to add it to the U.S. Constitution. Streep, however, isn’t totally selfless. She’s also promoting her new movie, “Suffragette.” Sarah Gavron directs based on a script by Abi Morgan. The film also stars Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson and Anne-Marie Duff. ...Read More »
Read More: What We Learned from Watching (Almost) the Entire Criterion Collection A mixture of equally romantic and creative dramas will become available for cinephiles in the Criterion Collection's September 2015 collection. All of the films will be released on Blu-ray and DVD and will include special bonus features such as interviews with stars like Agnieszka Holland, Edward Woodward, Pierce Brosnan and Helena Bonham Carter. Check out all of the titles hitting the Criterion Collection in September below: Synopses are courtesy of Criterion. "The Blind Chance" (1981) Before he stunned the cinematic world with the epic "The Decalogue and the "Three Colors" trilogy, the great Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski made his first work of metaphysical genius, "Blind Chance," a compelling drama about the difficulty of reconciling political ideals with personal happiness. This unforgettable film follows Witek (a magnetic Boguslaw Linda), a »
- Kaeli Van Cott
London — The British Film Institute has appointed Mary Burke as senior production and development executive at the BFI Film Fund. Burke joins from Warp Films, where she is an executive producer and board member.
The BFI is the U.K.’s largest public investor in film, with more than £30 million ($46.5 million) in funding to invest each year. Burke’s role will be to identify and support a diverse range of British feature film projects, working closely with writers, directors and producers across development and production.
Burke’s producer credits include “Bunny and the Bull,” the 2009 feature debut from Paul King, who went on to direct “Paddington,” the U.K.’s most successful independent film of 2014; “Submarine,” the feature BAFTA and Bifa-winning debut of Richard Ayoade, which premiered at Toronto Film Festival in 2010; Paul Wright’s “For Those in Peril,” which premiered in Critics’ Week at Cannes in 2013; “Berberian Sound Studio, »
- Leo Barraclough
Burke will take a senior editorial role at the BFI - identifying and supporting a range of new British feature film projects, and working closely with writers, directors and producers across development and production.
A recipient of two BAFTAs and two BIFAs, Burke’s producer credits include Bunny and the Bull, the 2009 feature debut from Paul King who went on last year to direct Paddington; Richard Ayoade’s Submarine; Paul Wright’s 2013 Cannes title For Those in Peril; Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio; and Chris Waitt documentary A Complete History of My Sexual Failures.
Burke is currently executive producer and board member at Warp Films, where she has worked in a variety of production and development roles since »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Sir Christopher Lee, one of the world's most celebrated actors, has died at the age of 93.
In a career spanning seven decades, Sir Christopher had over 280 screen credits in film and TV, and brought some of cinema's most iconic characters to life - Dracula, Saruman, Mycroft Holmes, Count Dooku, Frankenstein's monster, The Wicker Man's Lord Summerisle and James Bond villain Scaramanga, to name just a few.
Take a look back at some of his most memorable career moments below:
1940s: Career beginnings with Rank
Sir Christopher Lee started his film career in the late 1940s following service in the Raf during World War II.
After the war ended, he turned down his old job at pharmaceutical company Beechams to train at the Rank Organisation's Company of Youth - nicknamed the 'Rank Charm School'.
He made his debut with gothic horror producers Hammer Films in The Curse of Frankenstein. »
Today's ratings bulletin is a mixed bag beginning with an R-rating for Oliver Hirschbiegel's new movie 13 Minutes, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year and will be released by Sony Classics later this year. The pic, also known as Elser, seems to be getting much higher marks than the Downfall director's Hollywood outing, Invasion, way back in 2007 and the all-but-ignored Diana a couple years ago. Next is Legend which gets an R-rating as we would expect as Tom Hardy takes on the dual role of playing London's most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ron Kray. Two PG-13 ratings of note, one for Masterminds and the other for Suffragette. The first is a comedy, the other is an awards season contender. I've listed the two ensemble casts below... I'm pretty sure you'll be able to match them up appropriately: Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, »
- Brad Brevet
Steven DeKnight, showrunner on the first season of Marvel's "Daredevil" for Netflix, has joined the massive Transformers writers room that's being assembled. Christina Hodson and Lindsay Beer where the previous additions to Akiva Goldsman's efforts alongside Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man 2), Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk), Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man) and "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman. A report from Forbes says the writers are responsible for writing treatments and pitching their stories to the producers suggesting up to twelve pitches will likely be under consideration. So far we've heard rumors of a Bumblebee origin story, an origin story focused on the Transformers home planet of Cybertron and "Beast Wars" movies. There's even a behind-the-scenes video from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 of a character dressed up as Bumblebee in the film during a parade scene suggesting not that the actual Bumblebee shows up, »
- Brad Brevet
Another year goes by and we hear about yet another attempt by Warner Bros. to bring the classic anime movie, Akira, to the big screen. The project has seen a revival at the studio as they've hired a new writer to pen the script. Come inside to learn more.
Warner Bros. has been trying to make an Akira movie happen for a long time now. Every other year or so, we seem to get new information on it, from a new director, to casting rumors, to it being scrapped completely. Once again, the project is back from the dead, as Warner Bros. has hired Marco J. Ramirez (who's the show-runner on the next season of Daredevil) to pen the script. As reported by THR:
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
After a long delay, we may be finally getting a live action adaptation of one of the greatest Japanese animated movies and manga ever made: Akira.
Katsuhiro Otomo’s adaptation of his own manga back in 1988 told the story of a bike gang leader involved in a secret government project, and for years a live-action version of the story has been in the works.
The Wrap reported Monday that Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way is picking Akira back up off the shelf, producing the project with the help of a writer behind Netflix’s Daredevil series, Marco Ramirez. Though details are scarce, Ramirez is intended to take a new stab at the script, which has previously suffered setbacks and criticisms from the actors and producers involved and gone through several iterations.
- Brian Welk
For better or worse, it looks like we might finally be getting that live-action Akira movie we've been promised/threatened with since Warner Bros. acquired the rights back in 2008. THR report that the movie is back on with Daredevil scribe (who'll take over as co-showrunner with Doug Petrie for season 2) Marco J. Ramirez as writer. Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira is arguably the most popular manga of all time, and there have been several attempts to adapt the material for the big screen. Jaume Collet-Serra came closest in 2012 with the likes of Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Ken Watanabe and Helena Bonham Carter all in talks for the lead roles, but script and budget issues led to the plug being pulled. The story focuses on two members of a bike gang, Kaneda and Tetsuo, who become enemies when the latter develops unstable psychic abilities. That's only barely scratching the surface of the »
The controversial live-action Akira film is back again, with Warner Bros taking a fresh stab at bringing it to the screen.
Warner acquired the rights to Katsuhiro Otomo's legendary manga in 2008, and has since been fighting to bring it to the big screen.
The filmmaker said earlier in the year that there had been no movement in getting Akira off the ground.
Ramirez was a writer on FX's Sons of Anarchy.
Fans have been upset by the now traditional move to whitewash the original story, which is set in Neo Tokyo in 2019.
For a less controversial take on Akira, »
The seemingly-dead Hollywood remake of Akira is back on, with Marco J Ramirez hired by Warner Bros to pen a script.
One of Hollywood's on-off projects of the last five years or so has been the attempt to bring a live action remake of Akira to the big screen. The rights to a new take on the classic anime have been in the hands of Warner Bros since 2008, and more recently, Jaume Collet-Sera (Non-Stop) was set to direct. Furthermore, potential cast members included Garret Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Ken Watanabe and Helena Bonham Carter.
However, Akira fell apart again after that, with budget issues the main problem. And whilst some preparatory work had been done on the movie, Warner Bros opted to cut its losses. At least for the time being.
For we now learn that Akira is coming back to life. The studio has hired Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner »
The newest movie from Brick Lane director Sarah Gavron tells the true story of the British suffrage movement from the turn of the 20th century.
Three-time Academy Award winner Streep portrays the suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, a key figure in helping women gain the vote in the UK.
Suffragette will open this year's BFI London Film Festival, with a cinema release to follow on October 23 in the Us and October 30 in the UK. »
A new UK trailer has arrived online for the upcoming historical drama Suffragette, which is inspired by the British women’s suffrage movement the film stars Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw and Brendan Gleeson. Take a look at the trailer below…
“Suffragette” is a moving drama that will empower all who are striving for equal rights in our own day and age. The stirring story, inspired by the early-20th-century campaign by the suffragettes for the right of women to vote, centers on Maud (played by Carey Mulligan), a working wife and mother who comes to realize that she must fight for her dignity both at home and in her workplace. Realizing that she is not alone, she becomes an activist alongside other brave women from all walks of life. The early efforts at resistance were passive but as the women faced increasingly aggressive police action, »
- Gary Collinson
Who wouldn’t join a movement led by Meryl Streep?
Streep is joined by Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter in the first trailer for Suffragette. The film is directed by Sarah Gavron from script by Abi Morgan and also stars Ben Whishaw and Brendan Gleeson.
Suffragette is the story of the struggle for women’s suffrage in early 20th-century Great Britain. Mulligan plays Maud, a young working mother who joins the Women’s Social and Political Union to campaign for the right to vote. Streep will portray Emmeline Pankhurst, a real-life founder of the Wspu and controversial leader who encouraged militant tactics.
The film is set to open the London Film Festival and looks like it will be the leader for this year’s feel good historical British story following The King’s Speech, The Iron Lady, The Theory of Everything, and The Imitation Game. The story sounds interesting »
- Zach Dennis
All hail Queen Meryl! Call us impartial, but we'll let you call us much worse before we attempt to hide our undying affection for Meryl Streep. We'll see literally anything that she acts in, so it's just icing on the cake when the actress pairs up with an amazing cast or script. (Although, does she really ever go wrong?) This time around, it appears that she's done both with Suffragette. Streep may be the biggest name attached to the film chronicling the fight for the women's vote, but she's just one part of a total cinematic dream team that includes Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter. The flick's trailer dropped today and it has us feeling all kinds of girl power »
Warner Bros. is revving up the engines again for Akira. Marco J. Ramirez, the scribe who will be co-showrunning the second season of Netflix’s Daredevil, will write Akira, the Warner Bros. long-in-the-works adaptation of the Japanese manga classic. Andrew Lazar (American Sniper) and Leonardo DiCaprio’s shingle Appian Way are producing the adaptation, which has faced plenty of ups and downs since Warners acquired the rights to the manga in 2008. While numerous writers, directors and stars darted to and from the project, the closest it came to getting made was in 2012 when Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Ken Watanabe and Helena Bonham Carter were in various stages of dealmaking. Jaume Collet-Serra was to direct when the plug was
- Borys Kit
(The festival follows Cannes with an opener directed by a woman.) It's billed as the European premiere, which means that the eagerly awaited Focus Features release will not premiere at Venice but likely will turn up at Telluride, Toronto and/or New York. Now's the time the festivals are seeing rough cuts of movies heading for the awards corridor and making plays for competitive gala slots. Telluride is an increasing favorite with the talent, who don't have to pack their designer finery or walk a red carpet or participate in press conferences and junkets. But Toronto and New York pack a major media wallop for serious awards contenders. And La's AFI Fest waits for the films that get out of the editing room late, like last year's "American Sniper" and "Selma." Mulligan and her co-stars Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep will attend the London opening night gala. Brendan Gleeson, »
- Anne Thompson
The film, which is inspired by true events, explores Britain’s long and violent journey toward granting women the right to vote in the early 20th century. Directed by Sarah Gavron, “Suffragette” reunites Streep with her “Iron Lady” screenwriter Abi Morgan.
The intense drama, which also stars Helena Bonham Carter, centers on Maud (Mulligan), a working wife and mother whose life is upended when she joins the U.K.’s growing suffragette movement, which heads underground following increased police aggression.
“Suffragette” will open the 59th BFI London Film Festival on October 7. It hits theaters on October 23 and expands nationwide by Thanksgiving.
- Maane Khatchatourian
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