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See Also: The Last Witch Hunter sequel already in development
See Also: First poster and trailer for The Last Witch Hunter
New York City hides many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us. Condemned to a life of immortality, the last witch hunter, Kaulder (Vin Diesel), is all that stands between humanity and a new reign by the most horrifying and powerful witches in history, including the Queen Witch who will stop at nothing to reclaim her throne.
- Gary Collinson
Glenda Jackson: Actress and former Labour MP. Two-time Oscar winner and former Labour MP Glenda Jackson returns to acting Two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson set aside her acting career after becoming a Labour Party MP in 1992. Four years ago, Jackson, who represented the Greater London constituency of Hampstead and Highgate, announced that she would stand down the 2015 general election – which, somewhat controversially, was won by right-wing prime minister David Cameron's Conservative party. The silver lining: following a two-decade-plus break, Glenda Jackson is returning to acting. Now, Jackson isn't – for the time being – returning to acting in front of the camera. The 79-year-old is to be featured in the Radio 4 series Emile Zola: Blood, Sex and Money, described on their website as a “mash-up” adaptation of 20 Emile Zola novels collectively known as "Les Rougon-Macquart." Part 1 of the three-part Radio 4 series will be broadcast daily during an »
- Andre Soares
As 2015 hits the halfway mark, it’s encouraging that so many upcoming films look promising — because so far, the Oscar possibilities are meager, to say the least.
Once again, fact-based dramas will dominate awards buzz. There are at least 14 with scheduled dates, and another three possibilities for this year. Six of these earn the highest possible praise: People from rival studios like them.
That roster includes “Black Mass,” starring Johnny Depp as Boston mob kingpin Whitey Bulger; “Concussion,” about the NFL’s efforts to deny the repercussions of players’ repeated concussions; “Spotlight,” with Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams as the Boston Globe reporters who uncovered child abuse in the Catholic Church; “Trumbo,” about Dalton Trumbo and the House Un-American Activities Committee; “Truth,” the Dan Rather-George W. Bush scandal pic; and “The Walk,” about high-wire artist Philippe Petit, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Other reality-based pics that are »
- Tim Gray
From spoofs to point-and-click adventure games, here are 10 of the most memorable unusual incarnations of Sherlock Holmes...
We don’t know a great deal about the content of the 90-minute Sherlock special set to air later this year, but one thing has emerged from the set photos and tantalising titbits of information we’ve seen so far. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson will be in nineteenth-century garb, pitching them back into the setting of the legendary detective’s original adventures: 1895, to be precise. Why that happens is as yet unclear, but all will be revealed.
For those still craving their Holmes fix in the meantime, the new film Mr. Holmes offers us Ian McKellen’s take on the character, musing upon an old case as he looks back on his long career from the vantage point of retirement. Jonny Lee Miller’s ultra-modern, Us-based Sherlock will be entering his fourth »
"As a former guest, genuine fan and regular pest of Sunday Brunch via Twitter, I'm chuffed to be asked to co-host with Simon whilst Tim heads off to Glastonbury to 'break in his new wellies'," Vegas said.
"The lads have a great synergy, but even the strongest of relationships can benefit from time apart. I've sensed for a while now that Simon has been wanting to spend time with other people.
"I mean, look at how he behaved with fellow chef Michael Caine, he was practically throwing himself at him! Can you blame Tim for running off to a music festival to drown his sorrows in organic cider?"
He continued: "Now I don't want the production team to feel like »
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
Us actor Richard Gere is to receive the highest honour of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Kviff) during its 50th anniversary edition, which runs July 3-11.
Gere, star of American Gigalo, Pretty Woman and Chicago, will receive the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema at the festival in the Czech spa town.
This year’s Kviff will open with Time Out Of Mind, starring Gere who will present the film alongside director Oren Moverman and co-star Jena Malone. The psychological drama follows a man seeking a way to reach his estranged daughter.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
London — The Karlovy Vary Film Festival, which is Central and Eastern Europe’s leading film event, is to honor Richard Gere. The actor will receive the festival’s highest award, the Crystal Globe for outstanding contribution to world cinema.
The festival, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, will open with Oren Moverman’s “Time Out of Mind,” in which Gere plays a homeless person in today’s New York, whose only hope in an otherwise desperate existence is to try to find reconciliation with his long estranged daughter. Gere will be joined on the red carpet by Moverman and actress Jena Malone, who plays Johanna Mason in the “Hunger Games” franchise.
Among Gere’s standout movies cited by the festival include his breakthrough performances in Paul Schrader’s “American Gigolo” and Taylor Hackford’s “An Officer and a Gentleman,” which brought him his first nomination for a Golden Globe »
- Leo Barraclough
Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s. But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans. The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures. Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The »
- Andre Soares
Today, we're pleased to debut some exclusive animated artwork for Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service designed to educate you the ways of the gentleman spy. As Colin Firth's Harry Hart tutors Eggsy (Taron Egerton) in the manners and principles of the Kingsman, so these "bespoke" lessons teach you Murderous Mixology, Keeping Clean While Getting Your Hands Dirty, and Dressing to Kill (including how to kick the shit out of someone with only your belt for a weapon). Basically, how to be a completely lethal badass without ever losing your refined edge. The clips don't have a whole lot to do with the film itself, but they're a fun bit of in-world marketing that capture the film's odd juxtaposition of brutal violence and dapper manners. Check out the new Kingsman art below. Kingsman: The Secret Service is now available on blu-ray. The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, »
- Haleigh Foutch
U.S. film fans probably know actress Marthe Keller from such ’70s hits as “Marathon Man” and “Black Sunday,” or perhaps Claude Lelouch’s “And Now My Love.” True aficionados are likely to recall her Garbo-esque role in Billy Wilder’s “Fedora” or in Nikita Mikhalkov’s Oscar-nommed “Dark Eyes.” But European audiences have seen her work without a pause since, most recently in Barbet Schroeder’s “Amnesia,” which bowed in Cannes, and earned the Swiss-born actress some of the best notices of her career. Variety first spotted Keller in the Michael Caine spy thriller “Funeral in Berlin” in 1966.
“Funeral in Berlin” was a big Hollywood film. How was the experience?
I was so young, I literally didn’t know what I was doing there. I came in one day and saw a beautiful woman getting made up and dressed for my character, so I thought, “This is it. I’ve been fired. »
- Steven Gaydos
Diesel revealed on his Facebook feed this week that Lionsgate has approached him about a sequel, ahead of The Last Witch Hunter's October release.
"So the studio apparently is so excited by the Last Witch Hunter - The Axe and Cross franchise... that they are already commencing on the next one," he wrote.
"The first one doesn't hit theaters until October 23rd, yet they want me to commit and already block out time to film it. As always, I love to hear your feedback."
So the studio apparently is so excited by the Last Witch Hunter - The Axe and Cross franchise... that they are already...
Posted by Vin Diesel on Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Diesel has the lead role in The Last Witch Hunter as humanity's last hope against »
Vin Diesel loves his franchises doesn’t he? Riddick, Furious, Gotg, The Pacifier (just kidding!) Very rarely will a Vin Diesel character just have room for one movie. Well now comes the news that the studio behind his upcoming supernatural, fantasy flick The Last Witch Hunter have already started planning the sequel.
The movie isn’t actually released until October but the studio are so confident it will be a hit that they’ve asked Diesel to commit to at least one more movie.
The actor confirmed the news via his Facebook page:
“So the studio apparently is so excited by The Last Witch Hunter – The Axe and Cross franchise… that they are already commencing on the next one. The first one doesn’t hit theaters until October 23rd, yet they want me to commit and already block out time to film it. As always, I love to hear your feedback… »
- Gavin Logan
As if Vin Diesel didn't have enough franchises to juggle already. He's already got, in various stages of production, the likes of Fast & Furious 8, xXx 3 and Riddick 4 to slot in. And now it seems as though plans are already afoot for a sequel to his next film, The Last Witch Hunter.
In The Last Witch Hunter, Diesel plays Kaulder, a warrior who, well, slays witches. He manages to defeat the powerful Queen Witch, but just before she dies, she puts a curse of immortality on Kaulder. Move forward to today, and separated from his family, Kaulder has spent centuries hunting down witches. Inevitably, there's a sizeable challenge ahead of him in the movie.
Diesel made the announcement Wednesday on his Facebook page: “So the studio apparently is so excited by the Last Witch Hunter – The Axe and Cross franchise… that they are already commencing on the next one. The first one doesn’t hit theaters until October 23rd, yet they want me to commit and already block out time to film it.”
Diesel went on to ask fans for feedback on the issue.
“The Last Witch Hunter” story follows Diesel as the titular witch hunter character, Kaulder, who has partnered with his enemy, a witch, to stop a plague on humanity unleashed by the covens of New York City. Armed with only a sword, he tells an adversary at one point in the trailer, “Here’s what you don’t understand — one »
- Dave McNary
This week, Neil Calloway looks at why soccer movies tend to bomb at the box office…
The timing could not have been better; name recognition could not have been higher, it was the perfect time to release a film about an organisation that dominated the headlines for the past few weeks. It doesn’t always work out like that, though, and United Passions, the film telling the story of FIFA, made a miserly $918 dollars during its opening weekend. That’s not a typo. That’s nine hundred and eighteen dollars. Turns out there is such a thing as bad publicity.
In fairness, the film was only released on ten screens, but a screen average of just over $90 does not bode well for a film that cost somewhere between $25 and $32 million dollars, with FIFA itself putting up around $17 million of the budget. On a limited release elsewhere in the world (as well as FIFA, »
- Neil Calloway
Ron Moody in 'Oliver!' movie. Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' actor nominated for an Oscar dead at 91 (Note: This Ron Moody article is currently being revised.) Two well-regarded, nonagenarian British performers have died in the last few days: 93-year-old Christopher Lee (June 7, '15), best known for his many portrayals of Dracula and assorted movie villains and weirdos, from the title role in The Mummy to Dr. Catheter in Gremlins 2: The New Batch. 91-year-old Ron Moody (yesterday, June 11), among whose infrequent film appearances was the role of Fagin, the grotesque adult leader of a gang of boy petty thieves, in the 1968 Best Picture Academy Award-winning musical Oliver!, which also earned him a Best Actor nomination. Having been featured in nearly 200 movies and, most importantly, having had his mainstream appeal resurrected by way of the villainous Saruman in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies (and various associated merchandising, »
- Andre Soares
Could Matthew Vaughn break his streak and actually follow one of his films with a sequel?
It seems like that could happen, according to an interview he did with Yahoo on Thursday. Vaughn told the site that he is working on a script for a sequel to his hit spy film, Kingsman: The Secret Service, with directing being a possibility.
“I’m writing it next door at the moment. If I think I can get the script good enough, then we are making it,” he said. “We are doing our damndest to make that happen.”
Kingsman was a bonafide hit to the tune of $403 million worldwide and a sequel was assumed once the movie went over so well with audiences. The first film starred Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Michael Caine, and introduced Taron Edgerton to the public and was a homage to the spy movies of the 70s and 80s. »
- Zach Dennis
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
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