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The 20th Jameson Empire Awards takes place in London this Sunday in a flurry of red carpet glamour and confetti-strewn celebration of the medium we all love. At the heart of the festivities will be acting great and national treasure Ralph Fiennes, the newly-announced recipient of this year’s Empire Legend award. The Suffolk-born actor follows in the footsteps of Helen Mirren, Tim Burton and Tom Cruise in collecting the accolade.Even by the vaulted standards of his 25-year career, Fiennes is experiencing a purple patch. A Golden Globe nominee for his exceptional comic turn as M. Gustave in The Grand Budapest Hotel, he’s also kicked-started his directorial career in fine style with contrasting period pieces, Coriolanus (2011) and The Invisible Woman (2013), in recent years.Fiennes, of course, is twice Oscar-nominated. He was first recognised by the Academy for his indelible depiction of SS commandant Amon Goeth in Schindler’s List, »
London — Actor-director Ralph Fiennes, who plays Voldemort in the “Harry Potter” franchise and M in the next James Bond film, will receive the Legend Award at the Jameson Empire Awards, which takes place in London on Sunday.
Fiennes, who has starred in more than 30 films, first came to international attention for his portrayal of the concentration camp commandant in “Schindler’s List,” for which he won the BAFTA and was Oscar nominated in 1994.
He was again nominated for an Academy Award in 1997 for “The English Patient.” He has received multiple BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations, most recently for his performance as the concierge M. Gustave in “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
His upcoming film projects include the Coen Brothers’ “Hail, Caesar!” and the new Bond installment “Spectre,” in which he plays M.
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- Leo Barraclough
The Grand Budapest Hotel star to collect honour at a ceremony this weekend.
Since his BAFTA-winning breakout performance in Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List (1993), Fiennes has starred in more than 30 films including The English Patient, the Harry Potter franchise, The Constant Gardener and The Reader.
More recently, his leading role as meticulous concierge M. Gustave in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel earned him BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations.
His upcoming film projects include the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar! and the new James Bond feature, Spectre, in which »
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In 1996, Lisa Marie stole "Mars Attacks" without ever speaking a word. Tim Burton's then-girlfriend and muse starred as "Martian Girl," an undercover spy from outer space sent to infiltrate the White House while wearing one of the tightest dresses and biggest wigs we've ever seen. With the film's 20th anniversary next year, toofab's Brian Particelli caught up with the actress at this year's SXSW -- where she was promoting her new horror flick "We Are Still Here." "I loved working on that, that was fun. I have a scar from the wig!" she reveals in a candid chat. "I got a hole in my head from that damn wig! It's always worth it, no complaints. Whatever it takes, just to get that picture." Marie added that she had to be "sewn into the dress" and couldn't sit (or go to the restroom!) during shooting. As for the memorable hair piece, »
- tooFab Staff
It is a momentous day for Sex and the City fans around the world as Sarah Jessica Parker celebrates her 50th birthday. While the role of Carrie Bradshaw made Sarah a fashion icon and a superstar, she has starred in a wide variety of films and television shows over four decades. Parker began her career as a child star on the stage in Annie, and has gone on to become an enduring fixture in pop culture.
Her movie career was launched with supporting roles in '80s teen comedies Footloose and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, but soon she grew into a leading lady with memorable roles in a string of early 1990s comedies. Parker might be best known for romantic comedies these days, but over the last 30 years she's impressed critics in roles as diverse a mystical witch, an egotistical talkshow host and the embodiment of a single woman of the 2000s. »
Hovering just under one billion dollars in worldwide gross, the final installment of Peter Jackson’s prequel trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies actually has the distinction of being the lowest grossing of the three films, though it’s quite close to 2013’s second installment, The Desolation of Smaug. Though each film has a distinctive leaning, beginning with the first installment’s predilection for overabundant exposition, followed by a mid-segment of breathless promises, and finally, a CGI explosion of endless battle sequences, its apparent that Jackson’s product was stretched beyond its narrative breaking point. To compare this to the wealth of material that supported the epic scope of his earlier Lord of the Rings trilogy simply points to the ways profit based zealotry has warped the sensibilities of mainstream film production.
Those familiar with J.R.R Tolkien’s novel that preceded the opus of the Fellowship »
- Nicholas Bell
Back in November, Screenterrier reported on the casting of Asa Butterfield as lead role Jacob, and Ella Purnell as Peculiar Child Emma Bloom, joining Eva Green in Tim Burton's Peregrine's Home For Peculiars, based upon the best-selling novel 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' by Ransom Riggs.
The unforgettable, thrilling and haunting tale centers on 16-year-old Jacob (played by Asa Butterfield), who follows clues that take him to a mysterious island, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores the abandoned bedrooms and hallways, he discovers that its former occupants were far more than peculiar; they possessed incredible powers. And they may still be alive.
Filming has now commenced and we can meet the young actors making up the rest of the cast of Peculiar Children, who all possess incredible powers.
Eight year old Pixie Davies plays little Bronwyn Buntley, »
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The actor died on Friday (March 20) at his home, his son Todd Mattox confirmed.
Writing on Facebook, Mattox said: "We said goodbye to my dad today. He spent his life making people feel good. Gregory Walcott, 1928-2015."
The actor is survived by his son Todd and his daughters Jina and Pam, as well as several grandchildren.
Watch the trailer for Plan 9 From Outer Space below: »
John Hurt, BFI Fellow and star of Brooks’ films including “A History of the World Part 1″ and “Spaceballs,” gave a citation at the event. Alan Yentob, also a BFI Fellow, interviewed Brooks in front of guests that included Terry Gilliam, Mike Leigh, Simon Pegg and Salman Rushdie.
The Fellowship is awarded by the BFI board of governors, and it is presented for outstanding achievement in film and television. Previous recipients include Ralph Fiennes, David Cronenberg, Judi Dench, Tim Burton, Martin Scorsese and Orson Welles.
Brooks said: “I am deeply honored to be the recipient of the BFI Fellowship and to be inducted into such distinguished company. When I was informed that I had been chosen, I was surprised and delighted. Not many Americans have been offered this prestigious award… »
- Leo Barraclough
Gregory Walcott, who starred in several movies in the ’50s and early ’60s including, perhaps most notably, the critically panned “Plan 9 From Outer Space,” has died, his son announced on Facebook. He was 87.
Walcott starred as pilot Jeff Trent in 1959’s “Plan 9 From Outer Space,” which is widely considered one of the worst films of all time. Despite its reputation, it gained a large cult following, which Walcott was reluctantly at the center of.
“I had done so many great films and worked with so many great directors that I didn’t want to be identified with such a piece of trash,” he said in a 1998 interview with Filmax magazine.
He starred alongside Bela Lugosi in the film. Lugosi, however, had died »
- Alex Stedman
The comedy great received the honour in person in London.
Us comedy writer, actor and director Mel Brooks has been awarded the highest honour of the British Film Institute (BFI), the BFI Fellowship, at a private dinner in London tonight (March 20).
Previous recipients include Sir Christopher Lee, Ralph Fiennes, David Cronenberg, Dame Judi Dench, Isabelle Huppert, Tim Burton, Martin Scorsese and Orson Welles. The honour is awarded by the BFI Board of Governors and is presented for outstanding achievement in film and television
Ahead of the presentation, Brooks said: “I am deeply honoured to be the recipient of the BFI Fellowship and to be inducted into such distinguished company.
“When I was informed that I had been chosen, I was surprised and delighted. Not many Americans have been offered this prestigious award…and for good reason.”
BFI chair Greg Dyke, who hosted the event, said of Brooks: “His brilliant wit and satire have continued to surprise and delight »
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Although Supergirl, Catwoman and Elektra are movies that exist, there are times when we wish they didn’t. To be honest, the ‘perfect’ female-headlined superhero movie is still the stuff of our cinematic dreams. Saying that, TV’s Agent Carter provided us with a brilliant example of bringing a female comic book character to the small screen earlier this year, which hopefully Hollywood will learn a lot from going forward.
Of course, Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel will be joining their respective cinematic universes soon, with Supergirl getting a pop at small screen success too. It looks like female comic book heroes will be getting the attention they deserve in the live action realm, finally.
This isn’t the first time the powers-that-be in Hollywood have tried to launch a slate of female superheroes, »
From a listener email, we also discussed The Interview, and the potential ramifications of the entire debacle.
The question of the week was actually about American Sniper, which we both had a mostly positive reaction to, but had a lot of problems with. If not for the abilities of the actors, I’m not sure this one would have managed to get past a 5 rating.
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- Marc Eastman
With Cinderella opening to sizeable business in the Us over the weekend, Disney's continued plan to bring classic animated stories to live action won't be slowing down. We've got a new Jungle Book film coming soon, whilst Tim Burton has been linked with directing Dumbo. And then there's the live action take on 1991's Beauty And The Beast, which will be going before the cameras shortly.
The cast for the film has fallen into place over the last week.
Emma Watson will be playing Belle, whilst Downton Abbey and The Guest star Dan Stevens is to be Beast. Luke Evans will be taking on the role of villainous Gaston, whilst Josh Gad is his sidekick LeFou. Belle's father, Maurice? That role has gone to Kevin Kline, and »
With the recent announcement confirming that Tim Burton will direct a live-action rendition of Dumbo, the venerable animated Disney tale about a young circus elephant whose big ears allows him to fly, expectations were certainly formed in the minds of a lot people. While the new Dumbo may be a computer-generated concoction (unless Burton's coaching elephants on acting), the news seemed to incite the animal organization PETA to express some expectations of their own regarding a certain aspect of the story. Apparently, the vintage Disney film’s ending is not meshing with their views, and the group is asking that it be changed. In a letter addressed specifically to director Tim Burton, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have latched on to the film’s plot centered on elephants in the circus to make a point about what could be done in the update »
Last week it was revealed that Tim Burton would direct Disney's remake of their classic Dumbo. Based on a script being drafted by Ehren Kruger, Dumbo would tell the story of the elephant with the over-sized ears who learns to fly. The movie remains one of the more traumatic films in the childhoods of many thanks to the mad elephant scenes and the torture at the hands of the circus handlers. Now it looks like some are hoping the new film can change these moments for a new generation. PETA »
- Alex Maidy
Opening to mostly mediocre reviews (read ours here), Disney’s Cinderella has had a whopping opening weekend.
Showing in just under 3,900 screens, Cinderella has taken $70 million domestically, with an extra $62.4 million from worldwide showings – giving it a grand total of $132.4 million, exceeding all expectations.
In terms of Disney’s other live-action reboots/sequels, Cinderella has achieved a bigger domestic opening than Maleficent… just. The hugely successful Maleficent (which grossed more than $600 million worldwide) opened to $69.4 million, but did have the advantage of being released in the more profitable June. However, it hasn’t quite reached the levels of Oz: The Great and Powerful ($79.1 million) or Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland ($116.1 million), both of which were released in March.
- Luke Owen
Disney’s live-action version of Cinderella was the belle of the North American multiplex ball this weekend while the latest Liam Neeson action flick Run All Night jogged its way to a weak second place finish. Thanks to the arrival of the Disney hit, the box office was up a huge 63% from last weekend and a healthy 20% from last year at this time. Business should continue to excel over the next couple of weeks with next Friday's arrival of the Divergent sequel Insurgent and Fast and Furious 7 two weeks after that.
For the third time in the past five years, the Mouse House has opened a fantasy feature in the month of March to summertime-like numbers. The trend began in 2010 with Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland, which earned a whopping $116 million and finished domestically with $331 million. 2013’s Oz: The Great and Powerful arrived on the scene with $79 million en »
Cinderella’s fairy godmother was clearly watching over her at the Us box office this weekend, as Disney’s latest ‘toon-to-live-action conversion job debuted with a huge $70 million domestically. With some international openings already under way, the film is up to more than $132 million worldwide, according to studio estimates.That’ll serve to bolster the studio’s efforts to turn its cartoon archive into more live-action adventures, with Beauty And The Beast, The Jungle Book, an Alice In Wonderland sequel and Dumbo (which Tim Burton is considering directing) all on the slate. And it probably didn’t hurt that the film also carried the first new Frozen material in a while, in the shape of short Frozen Fever. Do not underestimate the incredible drawing power of Arendelle…Liam Neeson didn’t fare as well, and probably wishes that he’d had a little magical intervention as his third action collaboration with director Jaume Collet-Serra, »
The Important News Disney annnounced Star Wars: Episode VIII will open in May 2017 and Star Wars: Rogue One is the title of the first standalone movie. Disney also officially announced Frozen 2. And John Lasseter will have a co-director for Toy Story 4. Channing Tatum and Chris Pratty may star in another Ghostbusters movie directed by the Russo brothers. Another Tron movie is moving forward. More Back to the Future music is on the way. Tim Burton will direct Disney's live-action Dumbo remake. Hawkeye will be in Captain America: Civil War. And Joel Kinnaman will definitely be in Suicide Squad. And Chris Pine might play Green Lantern. Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg and Bruce Willis will star in the next Woody Allen...
- Christopher Campbell
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