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With this year marking the 60th anniversary of Tom Ripley's debut, it seems fitting that a significant new screen project should be in the works. Much filmed already, this time he's heading to television, with Television 360 and Endemol Shine Studios joining forces to adapt all five of Patricia Highsmith's macabre crime novels.Not the alien-fighting kind, Highsmith's Ripley is a con-artist and serial killer, living the high life courtesy of a stolen inheritance, a wealthy father-in-law and a lucrative sideline in art forgery. Suave and sophisticated, he's completely without conscience and can't even remember his bodycount (it's actually a modest ten, with a handful of other deaths indirectly attributable to him). The books he appears in, published between 1955 and 1991, are The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley's Game, The Boy Who Followed Ripley and Ripley Under Water. The first was adapted as Purple Moon with Alain Delon »
Guymon Casady ("Game of Thrones") and Ben Forkner ("The Killing Room") will executive produce and are aiming to get a major filmmaker and actor onboard the project before they shop it around premium cable networks or streaming services.
The plan with the series is to expand and explore the "depth, sophistication and complexity" of the Tom Ripley character. Both the first book "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and the third book "Ripley's Game" have seen two big screen adaptations a piece, whilst the second novel "Ripley Under Ground" was adapted once. Matt Damon, John Malkovich, Dennis Hopper, Barry Pepper and Alain Delon have all previously played the character.
The final two books, "The Boy Who Followed Ripley" and "Ripley Under Water, »
- Garth Franklin
With the James Bond series in another period of decline, The Bourne Identity introduced the world to a newer, more lethal brand of spy thriller in 2002. However, even the best spies tend to make mistakes, and leave it to Jeremy at Cinema Sins to pick apart how Jason tends to act like he was Bourne yesterday. Released via the official YouTube channel of Cinema Sins itself, this look at The Bourne Identity does manage to shed some light on problems that one wouldn't tend to notice if they were too busy getting caught up in all of the slick action that Doug Liman included in his only entry in the Bourne series. Interestingly enough, for an assassin who's as skilled and dangerous as Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is built up to be throughout the film's world building process, he makes some key tactical errors that do make his job a »
His last few films has seen him stay on Earth, but Ridley Scott is heading to a far away world again (but not as far away as he is used to) with The Martian, based on Andy Weir’s 2012 novel about an astronaut (Matt Damon) stranded and left to fend for himself on the red planet after a storm sees the rest of his science team forced to abandon their mission of exploration. Empire have the first images from the movie, which show Damon’s Mark Watney in the middle of his hostile environment. Released: 27th November »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Playbill interviews Laura Benanti
Variety the charming animated fable Song of the Sea takes Best Picture at the Irish Film Awards. Have you seen it yet? It was very nearly my favorite of last year's animated pictures.
Guardian interviews Vincent Cassell on his disturbing Australian drama Partisan with a look back at his now-classic breakthrough in La Haine (which might get a sequel)
Variety critics hash out the best and worst of Cannes together with the most fascinating split being on Hou Hsiao Hsien's The Assassin which Debruge finds "impenetrable" and for which Chang expresses rapturous love. (Note: they also seem to admire Carol more than love it - which is why I've always been less bullish than most early Oscar prognosticators in assuming AMPAS's future love for it)
- NATHANIEL R
It's fitting that Clint Eastwood and John Wayne both have the same birthday week. (Wayne, who died in 1979, was born May 26, 1907, while Eastwood turns 85 on May 31). After all, these two all-American actors' careers span the history of that most American of movie genres, the western.
Both iconic actors were top box office draws for decades, both seldom stretched from their familiar personas, and both played macho, conservative cowboy heroes who let their firearms do most of the talking. Each represented one of two very different strains of western, the traditional and the revisionist.
As a birthday present to Hollywood's biggest heroes of the Wild West, here are the top 57 westerns you need to see.
57. 'Meek's Cutoff' (2010)
Indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt and her frequent leading lady, Michelle Williams, are the talents behind this sparse, docudrama about an 1845 wagon train whose Oregon Trail journey goes horribly awry. It's an intense »
- Gary Susman
Matt Damon had a rough ride up in space in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar last year, so you’d think the last thing he’d want to do is suit up and blast off again. However that’s exactly what he’s done, heading to the Red Planet under the direction of another cinematic visionary – Ridley Scott.
People Magazine and Entertainment Weekly have released a capsule full of snaps from the upcoming adaptation of Andy Weir’s novel The Martian, following astronaut/nut Mark Watney. He becomes trapped on Mars after a storm, and a Robinson Crusoe-esque tale unfolds as Earth unites behind an audacious attempt to bring him back. Check out the sandy goodness below…
If you’re going to go to one of the harshest environments in the galaxy, it may as well be with Scott, who certainly knows how to line a lens!
Here Damon is understandably depressed. »
- Steve Palace
Sneak Peek new images from director Ridley Scott's upcoming 3D science-fiction feature, "The Martian", written by Drew Goddard, based on the novel of the same name by author Andy Weir, opening November 25, 2015:
"...during a manned mission to Mars, 'Astronaut Mark Watney' is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived, finding himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet.
"With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
"He knows, however, that even if his survival was somehow made known, there is no conceivable prospect for a rescue..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek fan-made trailers supporting "The Martian"...
- Michael Stevens
Based on a best-selling novel by Andy Weir, and helmed by director Ridley Scott, the cast includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.
The film will be released in 3D on November 25, 2015.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
Millions of miles away, Nasa and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, »
- Michelle McCue
The Martian: Our first look at Matt Damon in Ridley Scott's sci-fi drama The Martian reveals him in full space-suited glory. Damon stars as a scientist who is left behind on Mars when his team, believing him to be dead, evacuates the planet ahead of a life-threatening storm. Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels, and Kristen Wiig also star; the movie will land in theaters on November 25. [Empire] Amy Schumer: With her first starring vehicle, Trainwreck, heading for release on July 17, Amy Schumer has lined up her next yet-to-be -titled project. It's described as an action comedy that revolves around a mother and her daughter, "trapped in a vacation gone wrong." Schumer will rewrite the script with her sister Kim Caramele; Paul Feig...
- Peter Martin
Alicia Vikander has been rising the ranks, and I think we should all be grateful for that. From A Royal Affair and Anna Karenina to this year's terrific Ex Machina, she is easily one of those people who I will see whatever she is in. Well, it looks like she is entering the big-budget blockbuster mode with a couple of projects. And why wouldn't shec I want those checks too. She is in talks to join the Michael Fassbender-led adaptation of the popular video game Assassin's Creed and Matt Damon/Paul Greengrass's return to the Bourne franchise. Double-dipping. Good on ya, Alicia (we are on a first-name basis, Fyi). These being added to her schedule will most likely have her drop out of The Circle, starring Tom Hanks and to be directed by James Ponsoldt. That is disappointing because I really enjoy Ponsoldt's work, especially The Spectacular Now »
- Mike Shutt
Yesterday we brought you the first batch of stills from Ridley Scott’s new sci-fi The Martian starring Matt Damon, and now thanks to EW and People we’ve got even more stills from the film, which sees Damon as an astronaut stranded on his own on the surface of Mars…
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, Nasa and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, »
- Gary Collinson
Seems like Matt Damon just can’t get enough of being stranded in space.
He’s back in a futuristic-looking spacesuit to play pioneering astronaut Mark Watney in The Martian, a tale of survival on the Red Planet helmed by veteran director Ridley Scott. Damon’s character gets left behind on Mars after a brutal storm, and has to survive until Nasa can figure out a way to get him home.
We already know Matt Damon can do stuck-alone-in-space, as he proved in his treacherous Interstellar cameo last year. This time there’s no Matthew McConaughey to come rescue him, but the cast includes the very capable Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels, Sebastian Stan, Kate Mara, Donald Glover, Sean Bean, Kristen Wiig and Michael Pena.
The new photos released seem to follow the source novel by Andy Weir pretty closely, and we’re interested to see how the usually »
- Amanda Wood
Andy Weir’s acclaimed sci-fi novel is creeping ever closer to its big-screen debut, with Empire releasing a trio of images from Ridley Scott’s The Martian that sees Matt Damon stranded on the red planet and an awful long way from home.
Stepping into the dusty, Nasa-approved shoes of one Mark Watney, Damon will play a member of a manned mission to Mars who is inadvertently left behind after he is presumed dead following a raging storm. Billed as a survival story, Watney, armed with little more than his wit and will, must engineer a means of contacting mission control in order to find a way back to our pale blue dot.
Joining the esteemed actor for the galactic voyage are Jessica Chastain, »
- Michael Briers
20th Century Fox has released more The Martian images online after releasing the first few this past weekend. Based on Andy Weir’s self-published 2012 novel of the same name, the movie revolves around an astronaut who finds himself stranded on Mars after he is injured and presumed dead by his team. With limited resources and a finite amount of time before his oxygen runs out, Mark Watney (Matt Damon) must use the power of science to keep himself alive on the red planet. I’m really hoping that director Ridley Scott breaks his streak of making disappointing movies and just churns out another good one, but this story has a lot of potential. Based on what little we’re seeing so far, it looks good, and I especially like the hodgepodge design of Watney’s spacesuit. Check out the new The Martian images below, which includes a first look at Kristen Wiig’s character, »
- Matt Goldberg
After playing an astronaut stranded on a frozen planet in Interstellar, Matt Damon is heading back into space with the starring role in The Martian. And, once again, he plays an astronaut left to fend for himself on another planet. This guy just can't catch a break. The first look at the highly anticipated Ridley Scott film has arrived in the form of a batch of images, featuring Damon and the star-studded cast investigating the Red Planet. Empire magazine was the first to start releasing photos of The Martian, but since then Entertainment Weekly and People magazine entered the fray. In the film, Damon plays astronaut Mark Watley, who, along with a team of scientists, is exploring and conducting experiments on Mars. Due to a freak storm, the team is forced to evacuate, but Watley is injured and is left behind to fend for himself. You can see his despair »
"Any survival story is fascinating. I think of it as a 21st century Robinson Crusoe,” Ridley Scott tells Empire about his upcoming "The Martian." But frankly, putting this cast in any kind of movie would have our attention. Matt Damon, Jeff Daniels, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Mackenzie Davis, Sean Bean, Donald Glover and Naomi Scott make up the ensemble of this one, and following the first look over the weekend, another batch has arrived. The latest go at sci-fi from Scott is based on the book by Andy Weir, with a script penned by Drew Goddard (“Daredevil,” “The Cabin In The Woods”). The story follows an astronaut who is left stranded on a Martian colony and struggles to survive, while back on Earth, Nasa tries to mount a rescue mission. It seems Damon has trouble being left alone on distant planets in sci-fi movies these days. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After yesterday's reveal of the first photo, we now have a bunch of new photos from Ridley Scott's "The Martian," starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels, Mackenzie Davis, Sean Bean, and Donald Glover. Check everything out below and watch the movie in theaters on November 25th. Plot: Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive . and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, »
Alicia Vikander has been busy already this year and still has a few films left on her schedule for 2015. She’s now looking ahead to future projects, and appears set to keep the big titles rolling in, entering talks to co-star in the next Bourne film and with Michael Fassbender in game adaptation Assassin’s Creed.According to Deadline, she’s in line to play a role alongside Matt Damon, who decided a while ago to return to the franchise alongside director Paul Greengrass, with shooting scheduled for this year and a planned July 29, 2016 release date already on the books. Little is known about what Jason Bourne will be up to in the next chapter of his life, but we presume a lot of running, scrapping and driving incredibly dangerously while the camera jitters like a kitten on a caffeine high will be part of it.And then there’s Assassin’s Creed, »
Having signed on to appear alongside Tom Hanks in The Circle eariler this month, Deadline is reporting that Alicia Vikander (Ex_Machina) may leave the project, but is instead lining up another two high profile pics.
According to the site, the Swedish actress is in talks to appear alongside Matt Damon in the upcoming fifth Bourne movie, while she’s also in negotiations for a role in Assassin’s Creed, which is set to star Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.
- Gary Collinson
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