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Perhaps the only news of note this week is that in a move echoing what they did with Breaking Bad, Netflix has swooped in and gained rights to the TV series of From Dusk Til Dawn made in the states for Robert Rodriguez’s new El Rey network cable channel. Netflix will stream the episodes the day after they air in the states every week, curiously they are still billing this as ‘A Netflix Original’ when this isn’t the case necessarily. I have no idea as to the quality of this, the film From Dusk Til Dawn was one of my favourites when I was a teenager but how you drag that out into a ten part TV show I don’t know, let alone a possible second series. I watched the trailer and it looks solid and well-made as opposed to a cheap cash in and features Don Johnson »
- Chris Holt
The Annie musical – inspired by Harold Gray’s Little Orphan Annie comic strip (which debuted in 1924) – has been around since the latest 1970s; multiple film and TV adaptations have sprung up over the decades since then, including John Huston’s 1982 movie (starring the likes of Albert Finney, Carol Burnett and Tim Curry) and Disney’s 1999 made-for-tv feature of the same name (featuring Kathy Bates, Victor Garber and Alan Cumming).
Annie (2014) is a full-blown modernization of the original musical, complete with new (read: contemporized) renditions of famous tunes like “Tomorrow” and “Hard-Knock Life” (supervised by Jay-z), in ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Sony Pictures has debuted the first trailer for Annie , which doesn't hit theaters until December 19. Directed by Will Gluck the new version stars Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale and Cameron Diaz. The Broadway musical "Annie" was based upon the popular comic strip and radio show, "Little Orphan Annie" and features songs with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin and a book by Thomas Meehan. The show originally opened in 1977, and immediately became a hit, winning seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. In 1982, Columbia Pictures released a film adaptation directed by John Huston and starring Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters, Tim Curry, and Aileen Quinn as Annie. »
Scottish actor Christopher Malcolm, who was a regular screen presence through the early seventies through the late eighties, and a cast regular on hit British comedy Absolutely Fabulous, died today at the age of 67. His passing was confirmed by his daughter, playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, via Twitter. Today the world lost a beautiful, brilliant man. My dad Christopher Malcolm left peacefully and with dignity. He will always be my hero. X — morgan lloyd malcolm (@mogster) February 15, 2014 In addition to his television and film roles, Malcolm was an accomplished, classically trained Shakespearean actor, beginning his career with the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company in England. He performed in standards like “Macbeth” and ”Hamlet,” though his push to mainstream audiences came during his appearance as Brad Majors in The Royal Court Theatre’s original run of “The Rocky Horror Show” in 1973. While a number of the stage cast transitioned to Jim Sharman’s big screen adaptation, The Rocky Horror Picture Show »
- Dustin Hucks
Director Cary Fukunaga really made an impact on teh cinematic world with his film Sin Nombre, but it’s his latest stint as the director of incredible TV show True Detetctive starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson that’s cemented his name on the map. As Collider sat down to speak with the director about the show, they asked a few questions concerning the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s It. Although previously made into a fantastic mini-series with Tim Curry fantastically capturing demonic clown Pennywise, it has never made it to theatres. Fukunaga’s adaptation will be a two-parter for the cinema and he also dropped some info during his interview:
I am in the midst of rewriting the first script now. We’re not working on the second part yet. The first script is just about the kids. It’s more like Goonies meets a horror film.
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News Simon Brew 12 Feb 2014 - 07:01
Here's a project that's been rumoured for a while that looks like it may soon be happening: a new take on Stephen King's It. Already adapted successfully for television, with Tim Curry taking on one of his best roles as Pennywise the clown (we got a video release in the UK of the whole thing edited into one three hour production), the new It is on the radar of director Cary Fukunaga.
Fukunaga has thus far brought Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre to the big screen, and on the smaller one he's been winning acclaim for his work on True Detective. He's currently working on a low budget film with Idris Elba called Beasts Of No Nation. But after that? It may well be on the agenda. »
A couple of years ago director Cary Fukunaga was set to write and direct a feature film adaptation of Stephen King's incredible horror novel It. Fukunaga has directed films such as Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre, but most recently he's been working on the incredible HBO series True Detective. It looks like the director is finally going to get around to getting It into production. It could very well be his next film, which would be great because this movie needs to happen!
Producer Dan Lin gave an update on the film during an interview with Collider saying,
"Cary Fukunaga is writing and directing Stephen King’s It for me, and I’m really excited for that. So I’m hoping that’ll be his next movie after the indie he’s shooting in Africa. So I love what he did with True Detective. I think it’s a »
- Joey Paur
I just want everyone to know that it is really hard for me to bring myself to write any articles pertaining to the adaptation of Stephen King.s It. We know the mini-series with Tim Curry is the thing of nightmares but it.s beyond that. It caused my fear of clowns, and then Killer Clowns From Outer Space made it worse. Thanks, Mom. Anyway, the last we heard of the adaptation was in 2012 when it was initially announced that True Detective.s Cary Fukunaga would direct and helm. Well, at the »
- Niki Stephens
How I Live Now comes to the small screen on Monday 10th February. The film was released in cinemas during the tail end of last summer and in doing so found itself lost among some of the bigger budget movies but with its imminent Home Entertainment release, all this is set to change.
Directed by Kevin Macdonald (whom we spoke to earlier this week), the film stars Saoirse Ronan and George MacKay as Daisy and Eddie, cousins who meet and fall in love just as Britain faces war. It is very much a film of two halves with the first being full of love, vibrancy and sunshine and the second being bleak and dark in tone.
- Kat Smith
Stop what you’re doing and take a moment to wish the brilliant, cross-dressing comedian Eddie Izzard a happy birthday. The man is a British national treasure, and I’m flabbergasted that he hasn’t been knighted already. Eddie is like a super-combo of Monty Python and Tim Curry in Rocky Horror Picture Show. Even if the queen isn’t a fan of his stand-up, she’s got to tip her tastefully conservative hat to how good he looks in a Chinese silk qipao. It’s a crime that he isn’t cast in more movies. Remember Mystery Men? Oh, »
- JoJo Marshall
Feature Mark Harrison 3 Feb 2014 - 06:26
As much as the 2015 of Back To The Future Part II has been lampooned in internet memes, truth can sometimes be stranger than fiction. Is it entirely unreasonable to expect that 30 years from right now, we'll have flying cars, hoverboards and 19 Jaws movies? Maybe, maybe not.
Given their track record for accuracy, it's doubtful that Robert Zemeckis and co could ever have foreseen themselves doing a stage musical version of Back To The Future around the time of the film's 30th anniversary, but sure enough, they announced one last week. It's coming to the West End next year, as we reported here.
The Power Of Love, Earth Angel and Johnny B. Goode are all essential musical moments from the original film, »
It was on a dreary night in January that yet another studio beheld the accomplishment of its toils with the release of I, Frankenstein, the latest film inspired by Mary Shelley’s pivotal novel, as well as Kevin Grevioux’s comic.
Monsters have always been big business in the movie industry. While Shelley may have called hers “creature” or “wretch”, calling into question its wickedness, Hollywood doesn’t always have such a sympathetic view.
So as I, Frankenstein lurches into cinemas, we decided it might be time to take stock of the highs and lows of Man’s overreaching pride, with six crazy creations from film, stage, and the small screen.
1. Frankenstein (1931)
No discussion of Frankenstein could be complete without James Whale’s renowned interpretation from 1931. Boris Karloff’s rendition of the creature is the make-up job that launched a thousand parodies, rip-offs and Halloween costumes. But it’s no wonder. »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
The 2014 Academy Award nominations were announced this week and the relative snubbing of Captain Phillips, Saving Mr Banks, Inside Llewyn Davis and GI Joe: Retaliation is going to have us all cursing the Academy and discussing the actual quality of American Hustle until about May.
Nonetheless one of the great tragedies of my life is that I cannot actually watch absolutely everything ever that comes out and try as I might to rectify this, there simply are not enough hours in the day. There are a couple of films available on the streaming services that have just been nominated for academy awards this week which I have not had a chance to see thus far.
Those films are; The Square, nominated for Best Documentary Feature and now available on Netflix. The Square is about the uprising in Egypt in early 2011 that made the news around the world and the circumstances around this. »
- Chris Holt
Review Rob Kemp 19 Jan 2014 - 22:00
Rob checks out the first episode of the BBC's new adventure drama, The Musketeers...
So the BBC has a problem. What can it use to plug the hole left by one of its most successful series? Step forward, The Musketeers.
The show's well-edited trailers have promised big budget period action and drama imbued with a style and energy that should attract even those who may feel uninspired by yet another adaptation of Dumas’ classic. However, punchy trailers do not a good show make, so the question remains; does the BBC still have a problem?
In some ways, The Musketeers would seem like a safe choice. It’s material that has been endlessly copied, re-imagined and revamped and with such wide popularity there is already a high level of recognition and understanding. People sitting down to watch this show are going to know exactly what they’re going to get. »
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The End Of A Robert Pattinson/Kristen Stewart Era!: The home that "The Twilight Saga's" Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart shared has sold. The 27-year-old sold his Los Feliz home for $6.375 million - he originally bought it for $6.275 million in September 2011. After Kristen was photographed making out with her "Snow White and The Huntsman" director, she moved out in July 2012. The three bedroom and three-and-a-half bath (which also includes an amazing pool, garden and views of Los Angeles) was previously owned by Tim Curry, Noah Wyle and ...
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Perhaps it just held too many bad memories. Robert Pattinson has sold the Spanish-style home in L.A.'s Los Feliz neighborhood that he shared with Kristen Stewart when their world came crashing down following her tryst with director Rupert Sanders. Stewart moved out when the scandal broke in the summer of 2012, and Pattinson himself later decamped to a rental in Beverly Hills. But on Tuesday, the Twilight actor, 27, finally sold the house for $6.375 million, according to Redfin. He had bought it for $6.275 million in September 2011, and listed it this past October for $6.75 million. Built in 1922, the 4,026-sq.-ft., hacienda-style »
- Tim Nudd
Have you ever wondered how Santa managed to deliver gifts to every house in a single night? Well, Saving Santa answers this very question: time travel. But we’re not the only ones wondering how he does it. Neville Baddington (Tim Curry), a billionaire eager to inherit his mother’s (Joan Collins) Quickest Airborne Delivery company, is hell-bent on discovering Santa’s (Tim Conway) secret as well.
Finding Santa, however, isn’t so easy. The North Pole has an elaborate cloaking system to protect them from the outside world. But, when a hapless inventor elf, Bernard (Martin Freeman), presents his latest device to the board, he causes a citywide blackout. Ever-vigilant Neville pounces on this opportunity to invade and steal Santa’s secret. Just barely avoiding capture, Bernard snags the time travel device, hoping he can use it to fix everything. (But if you’ve seen Lost then you know that whatever happened, »
- John Keith
17 items from 2014
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