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In his 2015 film Youth, Italian film-maker Paolo Sorrentino used Harvey Keitel’s character Mick as a mouthpiece, delivering a diatribe about the war between film and TV through the ageing director’s dialogue. “This is cinema, and that’s just television!” he tells his muse. “Television is shit!” Her ominous response? “Television is the future, Mick.”
Smash cut to the beginning of 2017 and Sorrentino’s unveiling The Young Pope, perhaps his most opulent vision to date – in 10 parts on HBO. He’s just one of the many artists making a mass exodus from the cinema to TV, lured by the promises of handsome budgets, greater creative control, and the wider canvas of extended run times. Danish enfant terrible Nicolas Winding Refn »
- Charles Bramesco
Taraji P Henson leads a strong ensemble in Hidden Figures, a story of Nasa's past that makes for compelling and important cinema.
Cinema is good at this. At finding little known stories, and shining a beacon of light on them. In the case of Hidden Figures, arriving in UK cinemas off the back of Oscar nominations and a $100m+ gross at the Us box office, author Margot Lee Shetterly got there first; it’s her best seller that’s the basis of this excellent film. The movie adaptation does it proud.
The story here focuses on the space race in the early 1960s, specifically the moment where it looked as if Russia had firmly seized the initiative. As Nasa was struggling to get an American into space, Russia was having far more success, and the pressure was duly on.
That pressure in part fell on the shoulders of Al Harrison »
The end of award season is just around the corner. With that in mind, I can now exclusively report that Taraji P. Henson, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Beckinsale, Janelle Monae, Issa Rae and Aubrey Plaza have signed on to present at the 32nd Film Independent Spirit Awards on Feb. 25. They join previously announced presenters Jon Hamm, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Édgar Ramírez and Danny McBride. American Honey, Chronic, Jackie, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight are nominated for best feature. Best female lead contenders include Annette Bening (20th Century Women), Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Sasha Lane (American Honey), Ruth Negga (Loving) and Natalie Portman (Jackie). Casey Affleck »
Fox and AMC Theatres have set free screenings for “Hidden Figures” on Feb. 18 in 14 U.S. cities to celebrate Black History Month.
The film — starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe — tells the story of three female, African American Nasa mathematicians during the Space Race of the 1960s. “Hidden Figures” has been nominated for three Academy Awards, including best picture and best supporting actress for Spencer’s portrayal of Dorothy Vaughan.
The drama has continued out-performing forecasts at the box office and has topped $144 million in the U.S. The screenings are intended to build broader awareness of the true story on which the film is based.
Fox and AMC Theatres have also invited school and community groups, and non-profit organizations to apply for additional special screenings to be held in their towns.
- Dave McNary
Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, Glen Powell | Written by Theodore Melfi, Allison Schroeder | Directed by Theodore Melfi
1961. Yuri Gagarin is about to leave Earth, and Alan Shepherd is not far behind. The USA is desperate to beat the Russians into space. But in Hidden Figures, global politics take a back seat – this isn’t a film about a Space Race, but the slow marathon to social equality. The revolution is through “math” and engineering. Those who cringe at the sound of chalk on blackboards, beware: Hidden Figures contains some serious equation-based grandstanding.
Katherine (Taraji P. Henson), Mary (Janelle Monáe) and Dorothy (Octavia Spencer) work at the segregated “West Group” at Nasa. Mary is a wannabe engineer. Dorothy yearns to be a supervisor, a job she already commands but for the title and the pay. And Katherine – once »
- Rupert Harvey
“Ghost of New Orleans,” written by Gerald Dipego and Justin Dipego, offers up a New Orleans-set thriller with a supernatural twist. Directed by Predrag Antonijevic (“Savior”), the film stars Josh Lucas, Terrence Howard, Lake Bell, Sharon Leal and Cary Elwes.
As the film’s official synopsis states, the film follows “a disgraced detective (Josh Lucas) [who] has a supernatural encounter which leads him to investigate the murder of a beautiful cellist (Lake Bell) that unlocks the truth behind her mysterious death.” Creepy.
In our exclusive clip, witness the mysterious allure of Drag Hammerman (Howard) as he playfully woos Molly (Deborah Ann Woll), a waitress at a bar with aspirations for greater things (perhaps even of the supernatural variety).
Check it out below. »
- Kerry Levielle
Hidden Figures, 2016.
Directed by Theodore Melfi.
Hidden Figures explores the role of Katherine G Johnson and her contribution to Nasa in their space race with the Russians, during a time of segregation, civil rights struggle and cultural change. How she breached a staunchly white male workplace, and through mathematics, became the first African American woman in Sixties America to help put men in orbit.
With three Oscar nominations including Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Motion Picture, Hidden Figures invites expectations. Taken from a book by Margot Lee Shetterly and co-written by director Theodore Melfi with Allison Schroeder. It’s funny, feisty and heartfelt.
Charting the rise of Katherine G Johnson engagingly play by Taraji P Henson, from maths prodigy to chief number cruncher at Nasa during America’s space race. »
- Amie Cranswick
Hidden Figures review
Arriving in UK cinemas following a successful awards campaign that saw the film nominated for a Best Picture gong at the 2017 Academy Awards, Hidden Figures tells the untold story of a group of African-America women who helped propel John Glenn into orbit in the 1960s.
Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson are three names that will probably not register in memory of those that were around to remember the first time an American man was rocketed to space, but, as the title of the film suggest, were indeed three women who contributed hugely to the Friendship 7 mission of 1962. The three mathematicians are played in the film by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer »
- Paul Heath
Exclusive: Adrianne Palicki Has a Hilarious Spa Day in 'Baby Baby Baby'
"No longer engaged," Palicki said when asked about her 2014 engagement. "Things happen. I called off the wedding in 2015. There were some major issues in our relationship that I ignored."
"[I] realized only a couple months before the wedding that sometimes people aren't meant to be together and it's Ok to walk away," she added.
Palicki also revealed that she’s currently single, but that she’s been staying busy by focusing on her career. Last year, she graced the small screen on Marvel's Most Wanted, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Seth Green's animated comedy, Robot Chicken. Her film, Baby, Baby, Baby, is currently available on DVD and On-Demand.
"I've taken the time since to just really be on my »
Billed as a female-led, Jason Bourne-styled thriller, Michael Apted’s new film “Unlocked” sets burgeoning action star Noomi Rapace as the unwitting key player in a major terrorism plot, with bonus Orlando Bloom to boot.
“Unlocked” follows the story of Alice Racine (Rapace), a CIA interrogator, whose mission becomes compromised after she is tricked into giving terrorists vital information. Her mistake may put an American target in London at risk of a major biological terrorist attack. Alice has to team up with an MI5 agent, played by Bloom, to investigate the infiltration and prevent the attack.
- Yoselin Acevedo
Elle Fanning has been commanding attention with films like “The Neon Demon,” “20th Century Women” and “The Beguiled” (which debuted its first trailer this week). Now, the 18-year-old is taking center stage in the biopic “Mary Shelley,” about the esteemed “Frankenstein” author.
The Hollywood Reporter shared the first photo from the upcoming film directed by Saudi filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour. The image shows the actress sitting in a graveyard next to her mother Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin’s tombstone, with a book and pencil in hand. See the image here.
Previously titled “Storm in the Stars,” the drama follows the author’s early relationship with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and the work of writing her masterpiece. It also co-stars Douglas Booth, Bel Powley, Maisie Williams, Joanne Froggatt and Tom Sturridge.
Al-Mansour is best »
- Liz Calvario
“Running Wild” follows the story of Stella Davis (Dorian Brown Pham), a beautiful young woman whose husband dies in a car accident. After becoming a widow, Stella saves her ranch by working with a group of convicts. Watch an exclusive clip below.
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The clip shows the moment Stella meets the group that will help her save her ranch. Their crimes range from tax evasion and online fraud to possession of firearms, vehicular homicide and grand larceny. While working with these convicts, Stella finds herself facing prejudice, greed and bureaucracy.
The cast includes Sharon Stone (“Basic Instinct”), Tommy Flanagan (“Gladiator”), Jason Lewis (“Sex in the City”), and Tom Williamson (“All Cheerleaders Die”). Flanagan plays the leader of the convicts, and Stone is the villain of the story.
- Yoselin Acevedo
War is inevitable in Season 2 of Wgn America’s hit series “Underground.”
The critically acclaimed drama returns this March to continue telling the harrowing story of the struggle for freedom within a divided America on the brink of civil war. Ahead of its release, the official Season 2 trailer has been released, along with several new photos, which feature each side fighting to have their own justice.
“We make ourselves free by the choices we make,” says a character off-screen in the sneak peek below.
The 10-episode second season picks up in the aftermath of the Macon 7’s daring attempt to stage the greatest escape in history. With the help of legendary abolitionist Harriet Tubman and her famous Underground Railroad, the group of American heroes continue their journey to freedom.
Season 2 features new and returning cast, »
- Liz Calvario
Author: Jon Lyus
With a name to ring a dozen Hollywood bells every time it’s spoken a new film from Sofia Coppola will always bring a measure of excitement. The last film she produced was the Netflix Holiday special A Very Murray Christmas, which she directed and co-wrote with Bill Murray and Mitch Glazer. Before that she stood in the eye of the Californian fame hurricane with 2013’s The Bling Ring, which followed the languid Somewhere from 2010. Today her new film, The Beguiled, had its first trailer revealed and we’re a million miles from Tinseltown.
The film was adapted by Coppola from Thomas Cullinan 1966’s novel A Painted Devil and Don Siegel’s own cinematic adaptation of the story in 1971 (a film which shares the name The Beguiled). The stage is set in 1863, during the American Civil War, at an all-girls boarding school in Mississippi. An injured Union »
- Jon Lyus
Simon Brew Feb 9, 2017
Now, though, Sofia Coppola is bringing something different to the material. She’s recruited a cast that features Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. And the wraps are beginning to come off the new The Beguiled.
The first trailer for the film has landed, and you can get a look right here…
The Beguiled lands in UK cinemas on June 23rd in the UK. »
Entertainment Weekly have released the first batch of photos from Sofia Coppola’s upcoming The Beguiled. We also have the first trailer for adaptation of the 1966 Thomas Cullinan novel, which was previously adapted into a film in 1973.
The story follows a wounded Yankee soldier who, after finding refuge in an isolated girls’ school in the South towards the end of the war, becomes the object of the young women’s sexual fantasies. The soldier manipulates the situation for his own gratification, but when he refuses to completely comply with the girls’ wishes, they make it very difficult for him to leave.
Check out the very first photos below as well as that first teaser trailer.
- Paul Heath
Acclaimed writer/director Sofia Coppola brings you a seductive thriller starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning. Focus Features will release The Beguiled in select cities on June 23, 2017, expanding to more theaters on June 30, 2017.
The Beguiled unfolds in a girls’ school in the state of Virginia in 1864. As the Civil War rages, The Miss Martha Farnsworth Seminary for Young Ladies has been sheltered from the outside world— until the day a wounded Union soldier is discovered nearby and taken in.
Oona Laurence (who starred on Broadway in Matilda and on-screen in Pete’s Dragon, Bad Moms, and Southpaw), Emma Howard (Transparent), Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys) and Addison Riecke (The Thundermans) Also Star.
- Michelle McCue
8 February 2017 5:16 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Coppola's movie, the second film version of the story of a Union soldier (Colin Farrell) who charms his way into a Confederate girls boarding school, reunites the filmmaker with stars Kirsten Dunst — who portrayed the eponymous Marie Antoinette in Coppola's 2006 period drama and 1999's The Virgin Suicides — and Elle Fanning, who starred alongside Stephen Dorff in 2010's Somewhere. Oscar nominee Nicole Kidman also stars as the school's headmaster.
An earlier adaptation of the story was made in 1971 and »
- Patrick Shanley
Colin Farrell is under siege by a bunch of Southern belles in the first official teaser trailer for Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled,” a remake of the 1971 drama that starred Clint Eastwood. (Watch the new teaser above.) “The Beguiled” also stars Elle Fanning, Angourie Rice, Nicole Kidman, and Kirsten Dunst. Coppola’s 2017 version marks her third collaboration with star Kirsten Dunst. “The Beguiled” is set in a Confederate girls’ boarding school during the American Civil War, where things are turned upside down by the arrival of a wounded Union soldier, John McBurney (Colin Farrell, taking over for Eastwood). Nicole Kidman plays Martha Farnsworth, »
- Umberto Gonzalez
"If you could have anything in the world, what would it be?" "To be taken far away from here..." Focus Features has unveiled the teaser trailer for Sofia Coppola's latest film, titled The Beguiled, adapted from Thomas Cullinan's Southern Gothic novel. Set during the Civil War, an injured Union soldier ends up being nursed back to life inside a girls' boarding school in the Confederate south. Colin Farrell plays the soldier, and the cast includes Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, and Oona Laurence. While at first this seems like a simple love story, the twist is that the girls eventually turn on him, and there's that crazy funny line that Farrell shouts at the end of this trailer that is already being turned into a meme online. Here's the first official teaser trailer for Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled, direct from Focus' YouTube: While imprisoned in a Confederate girls' boarding school, »
- Alex Billington
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