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Eddie Redmayne Chuffed For ‘Thomas The Tank Engine’

7 hours ago | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

His childlike glee was one of the highlights of this year’s Oscar ceremony and it seems Eddie Redmayne really is young at heart. Having secured Hollywood’s highest accolade, he’s jumped aboard a straight-to-dvd animated movie of evergreen kids’ favourite Thomas The Tank Engine.

With an unusual subtitle of Sodor’s Legend Of The Lost Treasure, the new production also stars John Hurt and Jamie Campbell Bower. Sodor is the fictional island location where the stories are set, though sounds for all the world like something out of Lord Of The Rings these days.

Created by the Rev W. Awdry in 1946, the brand has seen a few adaptations, most notably the TV series voiced by Ringo Starr. However its first and only feature length outing was Thomas And The Magic Railroad, a lamentable live action film starring Alec Baldwin and Peter Fonda.

Redmayne voices articulate train Ryan, and »

- Steve Palace

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John Boorman: The Hollywood Interview

27 February 2015 11:58 AM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

John Boorman: Memories of Queen and Country

By Alex Simon

John Boorman first made his name as a filmmaker to be reckoned with upon the release of 1967’s Point Blank, one of the seminal films of that decade. Classics such as Deliverance (1972), Excalibur (1981) and The Emerald Forest (1985) followed, with 1987’s Hope and Glory, Boorman’s personal memoir of growing up in Ww II London during the Blitz, being one of his career high points, garnering five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, as well as winning a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture (comedy) and sweeping that year’s BAFTAs in every major category.

2015 finds John Boorman, now 82, releasing what he says might be his swan song as a filmmaker, Queen and Country, the long-awaited sequel to Hope and Glory. The film finds Boorman’s alter ego Bill Rohan (Callum Turner) serving in the British army during the Korean War, »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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21th Century Fox’s European Pay-tv Giant Sky Ups Its Content Game

27 February 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rupert Murdoch’s recently reconfigured Sky paybox looks to have the makings to become a new force in the international TV drama landscape as it begins to flex its pan-European muscles.

At its foundation are 24 million subscribers and $16.7 billion in revenues created through the 2014 merger of the U.K.’s BSkyB and its sister companies in Italy and Germany. It has adopted a multiterritory release strategy, a la Netflix, for certain high-end (and pricier) projects and, to compete in international TV’s current scripted-content arms race, it has greenlit more complex productions aimed to travel.

“There are budgetary, logistical and temporal hurdles to be overcome before the new Sky can be viewed in the same way as an HBO or an AMC can,” cautioned London-based TV analyst Anna Stuart of research firm Ihs Technology, noting that the company still faces challenges as it seeks to become a major player. “But »

- Nick Vivarelli

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15 Famous People Who Turned Down Knighthoods

26 February 2015 10:28 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Myung Jung Kim/Pa Archive

Twice yearly Queen Elizabeth II, as monarch of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, publishes a list of the names of those she is going to bestow honours upon – including the people who are going to be knighted.

At New Year and on the Queen’s official birthday in June, the list of the new “sirs” and “dames” – as well as those receiving other appointments to the Order of the British Empire – are announced, with the most-recent group including actor John Hurt and ChildLine founder Esther Rantzen.

However, there is a prestigious list of names of those who have rejected the chance to be knighted – including some of the best-loved actors, musicians, artists, writers and inventors – for varying reasons, some to much acclaim, others to much criticism.

The majority of rejections have been made privately, although there are a select few examples whereby the person has »

- Chris Waugh

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Eddie Redmayne to voice new Thomas the Tank Engine film

26 February 2015 4:07 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Eddie Redmayne is to star in a new Thomas the Tank Engine film.

The Oscar-winning actor will lend his voice to Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, which is being released to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Thomas & Friends.

Redmayne will voice new engine Ryan, while John Hurt and Jamie Campbell Bower will also record for the film.

"I grew up loving to watch Thomas and his pals getting caught up in unexpected and mischievous adventures," Redmayne said.

"I jumped at the opportunity to get involved and what fun it was! I have never voiced an animated character before, and I had a complete blast."

Hurt, who plays Sailor John, added: "I remember watching Thomas the Tank Engine with my children when they were young and I'm delighted that it continues to appeal to each successive generation.

"I enjoy working vocally and have voiced many animated characters. Sailor John was »

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Eddie Redmayne to voice new Thomas the Tank Engine film

26 February 2015 4:07 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Eddie Redmayne is to star in a new Thomas the Tank Engine film.

The Oscar-winning actor will lend his voice to Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, which is being released to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Thomas & Friends.

Redmayne will voice new engine Ryan, while John Hurt and Jamie Campbell Bower will also record for the film.

"I grew up loving to watch Thomas and his pals getting caught up in unexpected and mischievous adventures," Redmayne said.

"I jumped at the opportunity to get involved and what fun it was! I have never voiced an animated character before, and I had a complete blast."

Hurt, who plays Sailor John, added: "I remember watching Thomas the Tank Engine with my children when they were young and I'm delighted that it continues to appeal to each successive generation.

"I enjoy working vocally and have voiced many animated characters. Sailor John was »

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New 'Alien' Movie Coming with Ridley Scott Producing, Neill Blomkamp Directing

18 February 2015 4:19 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just one month after director Neill Blomkamp shared his illustrations for a new Alien movie he was unofficially working on, the filmmaker revealed today that this will actually be his next project. The director revealed last week that he had this Alien movie in his head, while working in post-production on Chappie, commissioning a number of concept art illustrations featuring Alien star Sigourney Weaver as Ripley and Aliens actor Michael Biehn as Hicks. While he admitted that 20th Century Fox never knew about the artwork and his ideas for the movie, he hinted in recent interviews that the movie may actually happen. Now it seems that is the case, according to his brief message on Instagram earlier today, along with another illustration.

"Um... So I think it's officially my next film #alien"

Variety reports that Neill Blomkamp's Untitled Alien Sequel project is being developed separately from the 20th Century Fox sequel Prometheus 2, »

- MovieWeb

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Will Sigourney Weaver Return for New 'Alien' Movie?

11 February 2015 4:00 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After debuting concept art for an Alien movie he always wanted to make, Chappie director Neill Blomkamp revealed yesterday that the project may actually happen at 20th Century Fox. Some of the drawings featured Sigourney Weaver as Ripley, who is wearing a space jockey helmet in one illustration, and Aliens star Michael Biehn as Hicks. While also doing press for Chappie, Sigourney Weaver revealed that she would actually be interested in returning as Ripley, if this project ever comes to fruition.

"He kept sending me these brilliant designs and ideas and everything. We'll see what happens."

When asked if she felt there was more she wanted to explore with her beloved and iconic Ripley character, the actress had this to say.

"It's not that so much is that we just left it at such a creepy place, sort of stranded above Earth. I was quite happy to move onto other »

- MovieWeb

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Rhys Meyers thriller sold in Europe, Asia

9 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Carnaby inks multiple deals on espionage thriller.

London-based Carnaby International has inked deals on espionage thriller Damascus Cover, set to star Jonathan Rhys Meyers, John Hurt and Olivia Thirlby.

Deals have closed with Flins y Piniculas (Spain), Gulf Films (Middle East), Pt Prima Cinema (Indonesia), ​Discovery (Former Yugoslavia), Mountain Pictures (South Korea) and Kru Group (Malaysia).

Xeitgeist Entertainment Group has joined UK-based Big Book Media as investment and production partner on the film, about a veteran spy sent to Syria to smuggle a chemical weapons scientist and his family out of Damascus.

Xeitgeist founder Joe Thomas takes on a producer role alongside Hannah Leader (Lucky Number Slevin) and Huw Jones.

Principal photography on the Daniel Berk-directed feature got underway in Morocco last week. »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Buyers seek Rhys Meyers thriller

9 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Carnaby inks multiple deals on espionage thriller.

London-based Carnaby International has inked deals on espionage thriller Damascus Cover, set to star Jonathan Rhys Meyers, John Hurt and Olivia Thirlby.

Deals have closed with Flins y Piniculas (Spain), Gulf Films (Middle East), Pt Prima Cinema (Indonesia), ​Discovery (Former Yugoslavia), Mountain Pictures (South Korea) and Kru Group (Malaysia).

Xeitgeist Entertainment Group has joined UK-based Big Book Media as investment and production partner on the film, about a veteran spy sent to Syria to smuggle a chemical weapons scientist and his family out of Damascus.

Xeitgeist founder Joe Thomas takes on a producer role alongside Hannah Leader (Lucky Number Slevin) and Huw Jones.

Principal photography on the Daniel Berk-directed feature got underway in Morocco last week. »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Hot projects on Screenbase

9 February 2015 6:23 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Hot projects on Screenbase this week include German-Canadian co-production In The Lost Lands, twin brothers Mohammed Abou Nasser and Ahmad Abou Nasser’s Dégradé, spy-thriller Damascus Cover and documentary Tomorrow.

Fantasy adventure In The Lost Lands

Milla Jovovich will star alongside Justin Chatwin in this new feature based on short stories from the creator of Game Of Thrones. The German-Canadian co-production is directed by Constantin Werner.

The story revolves around a series of magical and fantastic tales centring on a sorceress in search of a spell, a warrior girl on a quest and a young barbarian who encounters a witch in a spacecraft.

Steve Hoban, Oliver Luer and Nico Bruinsma produce. Myriad Pictures chief Kirk D’Amico will serve as an executive producer.

Terrence Malick’s Voyage Of Time

Malick’s documentary features the voices of Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. Dede Gardner, Nicolas Gonda, Sarah Green, Grant Hill, Brad Pitt, Bill Pohlad and [link »

- maud.le-rest@sciencespo-toulouse.net (Maud Le Rest)

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Laika’s The Alchemist’s Letter Short Get A Trailer

6 February 2015 11:48 AM, PST | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Laika (Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls) is bringing an insanely-inventive short film, The Alchemist’s Letter, and this is a trailer you have to see. You aren’t going to get that much, but it already looks so good that it will have you begging for more.

Given what we’ve seen come out of the studio, you have to think that there is a great story to offer here as well, and this looks like a short that could expand the abilities and delivery of the medium in much the way that Pixar‘s forced-view effort has.

Get the info below, and check this trailer out.

Pixel Veil Productions Release Trailer For Animated Short Film, The Alchemist’S Letter New Dark Fairy Tale Narrated by Academy Award-Nominated John Hurt Takes Viewers on Richly Inventive Journey Through the Power of a Person’s Memories

Today, Pixel Veil Productions debuted the trailer »

- Marc Eastman

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Hey, Toronto! Win Tickets To Alex de la Iglesia's The Oxford Murders!

5 February 2015 7:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Hey, Toronto! Twitch is proud to present Dancing With The Devil - an extensive retrospective of Spanish maverick Alex de la Iglesia unspooling at the Tiff Bell Lightbox. Things continue this week with a February 8th screening of his The Oxford Murders and we want to give you tickets!De la Iglesia's second foray into English-language filmmaking stars Elijah Wood as Martin, an American student at Oxford who becomes involved in a string of mysterious murders that seem to involve his academic idol, legendary mathematician Arthur Seldom (John Hurt). When Martin discovers that the crimes seem to be planned according to mathematical sequences, he races to stop the killer's fatal, logical conclusion -- but as the sardonic Seldom insists, even mathematics cannot always give us the...

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Filming Begins On ‘Damascus Cover’ With Jonathan Rhys Meyers & Sir John Hurt

4 February 2015 2:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Even though they’ve got the tagline ‘Trust No One’ *coughs* X-Files *coughs*, the espionage thriller Damascus Cover has started production this week in Morocco and it stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers plus Olivia Thirlby, recently knighted Sir John Hurt, Igal Naor, Jurgen Prochnow and Navid Negahban.

Damascus Cover is based on best-selling 1977 novel by Howard Kaplan, with direction by Daniel Berk (Public Enemies), with a screenplay by Samantha Newton and Berk. It’s also been perfectly setup for Berlinale 2015, where they’ll be launching their sales pitch and spy thrillers are definitely still in-fashion at the moment. Producer, Hannah Leader had this to say:

Damascus Cover is a great script – believable and brilliant. The characters and situations are vividly drawn and the Middle East setting really brings to life this spellbinding moment in history, which is both topical and timely. With Daniel at the helm, it’s going to be a beautiful picture. »

- Dan Bullock

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Watch: 9-Minute Video Essay Explores The Grisly Chestburster Scene From 'Alien'

3 February 2015 9:18 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We’ve all been there. You eat and eat and eat, and your stomach gets so full, you feel as if you’re about to burst. Well, if you were Kane (played by John Hurt) in Ridley Scott’s “Alien,” then burst it did. Though, not exactly due to too much food. The “chestburster” scene from the 1979 film is one of cinema’s all time classics, and CineFix breaks down the mechanics and history behind it in this amazing new “Art of the Scene.” The nine-minute video starts with an introduction of the key players behind the “Alien” aesthetic, namely Scott, writers Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett, and designers Ron Cobb, Chris Foss, and H.R. Giger. Cobb, a former engineer, was largely responsible for the look of the Nostromo, the crew’s ship in the film. The dining room he helped bring about gave a sense of normalcy to the deep-space setting, »

- Zach Hollwedel

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers Set For Spy Thriller Damascus Cover

3 February 2015 9:03 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With the 65th Berlin Film festival primed to kick off later this week, we can readily expect studio execs to offer up their movies in a bid to secure those all-important distribution rights. And of those attendees is Daniel Zelik Berk’s Damascus Cover, which recently tapped The Tudors star Jonathan Rhys Meyers for the lead role.

Based on Howard Kaplan’s eponymous novel, the film will tell the true-life tale of a veteran spy (Rhys Meyers) who infiltrates a dangerous area in Syria in order to smuggle a chemical weapons scientist and his family out of the country. However, not all is what it seems after our protagonist partner is Awol before the mission can even begin, leaving Rhys Meyer’s character stranded and, in what is perhaps the movie’s most interesting sub-plot, caught in the midst of a possible conspiracy theory.

Set against the collapse of the »

- Michael Briers

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Casting: Fimmel, Eastwood, Abbott, Rush, Meyers

3 February 2015 3:07 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Maggie's Plan

Travis Fimmel ("Vikings") is set to join Greta Gerwig, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Ethan Hawke and Julianne Moore in Rebecca Miller's rom-com "Maggie’s Plan" for Round Films.

Fimmel will play the role of Gary about a young woman tries to make it on her own in New York City. Filming is slated to begin this month. [Source: Deadline]

Snowden

Scott Eastwood will join Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley in Oliver Stone's untitled film about Nsa leaker Edward Snowden for Open Road and Endgame. Eastwood will play an Nsa agent who leads the group. [Source: Deadline]

The Taliban Shuffle

Christopher Abbott ("Girls," "James White") has scored a role in Tina Fey's untitled project based on Kim Barker’s wartime memoir "The Taliban Shuffle" at Paramount Pictures. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are directing and shooting begins in New Mexico this month.

The dark comedy is fish-out-of-water experience about the »

- Garth Franklin

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Jonathan Rhys Myers to star in Damascus Cover

2 February 2015 5:15 PM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Jonathan Rhys Myers is to star in 'Damascus Cover'. The 'Mission Impossible III' star will take on the lead role in the espionage thriller, which is based on the 1977 novel by Howard Kaplan. He said: ''I'm enormously excited about this role. This was a hugely significant time in the conflict in the Middle East, post-cold war and with the collapse of the Berlin Wall when an amount of spies were redeployed to the Middle East, where the theatre of covert operations would now take precedence. ''With a highly thoughtful and intelligent script by Daniel Berk and Samantha Newton I'm thrilled to be a part of this project and can't wait to start shooting with a very gifted international cast and crew.'' The 37-year-old actor has already joined Olivia Thirlby, Sir John Hurt and others in Morocco, as filming begins in the African country this week. Speaking about her role, »

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers joins Middle East spy thriller Damascus Cover

2 February 2015 9:12 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jonathan Rhys Meyers will star in Damascus Cover.

The actor was announced for the Middle East spy thriller alongside a cast including Olivia Thirlby, John Hurt, Igal Naor and Navid Negahban.

Daniel Berk (Sometimes They Come Back... for More) will direct the film based on Howard Kaplan's 1977 novel.

The film is based on true events, and set in 1989 as the Berlin Wall falls.

It centres around a spy in Syria attempting to smuggle a chemical weapons scientist and his family out of the country.

"I'm enormously excited about this role," said Meyers.

"This was a hugely significant time in the conflict in the Middle East, post-Cold War and with the collapse of the Berlin Wall, when an amount of spies were redeployed to the Middle East, where the theatre of covert operations would now take precedence."

The actor will next be seen in Roland Emmerich's gay rights movie Stonewall. »

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Berlin: Jonathan Rhys Meyers to Star in ‘Damascus Cover’

2 February 2015 3:38 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Jonathan Rhys Meyers is to star in espionage thriller “Damascus Cover,” which starts production this week in Morocco. Carnaby Intl. launches worldwide sales in Berlin.

Pic’s cast also features Olivia Thirlby, John Hurt, Igal Naor, Jurgen Prochnow and Navid Negahban.

Film is based on Howard Kaplan’s best-selling 1977 novel. Set in 1989, the plot focuses on a veteran spy sent undercover in Syria to smuggle a chemical weapons scientist and his family out of Damascus. Within days of his arrival he realizes he’s being followed. His partner doesn’t show, his local contact disappears, and a group of men are trying to kill him. It’s not long before his routine mission unravels to reveal a string of murderous conspirators. The events and people in the script are based on true-life events.

The film is directed by Daniel Berk and produced by Hannah Leader for Big Book Media. »

- Leo Barraclough

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