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The 59Th BFI London Film Festival Announces Full 2015 Programme
You can peruse the programme at your leisure here.
The programme for the 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. BFI London Film Festival is Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals. It introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience. The Festival provides an essential platform for films seeking global success; and promotes the careers of British and international filmmakers through its industry and awards programmes. With this year’s industry programme stronger than ever, offering international filmmakers and leaders a programme of insightful events covering every area of the film industry Lff positions London as the world’s leading creative city.
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With the full line-up for this year’s 59th BFI London Film Festival set to be unveiled on Tuesday, September 1st, Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis looks ahead to the festival with some of the films that may be part of the extensive programme.
We’ve already had confirmation that Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep, is opening the festival on Wednesday October 7th, with Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic starring Michael Fassbender closing the festival. Todd Haynes’ acclaimed Carol with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara and James Vanderbilt’s Truth, also starring Blanchett opposite Robert Redford, part of the festival’s gala presentations. So what other treats are in store for the famous festival? Here are some of the film’s we may be lucky enough to see this October…
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
A massive success upon its debut at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, »
- Scott J. Davis
Here’s the best indie film news of the week: A Prophet and Dheepan director Jacques Audiard is now going to direct the adaptation of a weird, funny, and touching Western novel called The Sisters Brothers. I love this book, which is set during the Gold Rush of 1851, and follows a violent pair of siblings as their […]
- Russ Fischer
"Robert Pattinson is attached to play the lead role in Claire Denis’s upcoming English-language sci-fi film, written with British writer Zadie Smith," reports Screen's Andreas Wiseman. More projects in the works: Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer are writing a comedy together. John C. Reilly will star in Jacques Audiard's English-language debut. Barry Jenkins is working on his first feature since Medicine for Melancholy (2008). Plus Mia Hansen-Løve's The Future with Isabelle Huppert, Robert De Niro as Bernie Madoff, Bryan Cranston teams with James Franco and more. » - David Hudson »
See Also: Casting call for Kong: Skull Island reveals plot details
Jordon Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) is directing Kong: Skull Island, while the cast includes Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers), Brie Larson (Short Term 12), Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction), John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) and Tom Wilkinson (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).
Kong: Skull Island is set for release on March 10th, 2017.
- Gary Collinson
Jason Mitchell, who plays Easy-e in this weekend’s big opener in the UK, Straight Outta Compton, is in negotiations to join the cast of Kong: Skull Island. If he takes on the job, he will join the already cast Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and fellow ‘Compton’ star Corey Hawkins in the film, which kicks off shooting very soon.
Not much is known about the flick yet, other than that it follows “a team of explorers who venture into the mysterious, creature-laden isle that is also the home of the king of the apes.”
- Paul Heath
Speaking on radio station Rtl whilst promoting his new film Dheepan, the 63-year-old director announced his intention to make an English-language film and that Reilly, famed for his roles in Boogie Nights, Magnolia and Step Brothers, will be his star.
The film will be an adaptation of author Patrick deWitt’s 2011 novel The Sisters Brothers, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The novel tells the story of “two brothers hired to murder a prospector during the California Gold Rush. They travel from Oregon City to San Francisco, only to find out that the man they’ve been sent to kill may have something better to offer.” The book has received numerous awards in Canada and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. »
- Scott J. Davis
Fresh off his breakout role as rapper Eazy-e in F. Gary Gray's critically acclaimed biopic Straight Outta Compton, actor Jason Mitchell has signed on for a role in Universal & Legendary's upcoming monster epic Kong: Skull Island, which hits theaters March 10, 2017 and is being helmed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings Of Summer) with a script from Derek Connolly (Jurassic World). According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mitchell will portray an easy going pilot, who will likely be a part of the crew of explorers that find themselves on the mysterious Skull Island, which coincidentally is also the residence of the king of the apes Kong. This move reunites Mitchell with his Compton co-star Corey Hawkins (Iron Man 3). He also joins a cast that already features Tom Hiddleston (Thor), Brie Larson (21 Jump Street), Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers), John C. Reilly (Guardians Of The Galaxy), and Tom Wilkinson (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol »
If you saw Straight Outta Compton and really enjoyed the chemistry between Dr. Dre and Eazy-e, you're definitely going to want to check out Jordan Vogt-Roberts's Kong: Skull Island when it comes to theaters in 2017. This is because it's been revealed that actor Jason Mitchell will be joining his Compton co-star Corey Hawkins in the blockbuster. Hawkins has been a part of the Kong: Skull Island cast for a few weeks now, but The Hollywood Reporter now says that Mitchell is in talks to reteam with him on the feature. They're the two latest talents to join an excellent cast, as the ensemble also includes Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Toby Kebbell. There's also been talk about Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly taking the roles departed by J.K. Simmons and Michael Keaton earlier thus summer, but there has not yet been any confirmation one way or the »
At the rate we’re going, Kong: Skull Island could end up a full-fledged Straight Outta Compton reunion. With Corey Hawkins already aboard the adventure film, Compton co-star Jason Mitchell is now set to sign on to the cast. With Hawkins, Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and other recent recruit Toby Kebbell locked in, Mitchell is, according to The Hollywood Reporter, in negotiations to play a wise-cracking pilot. Little else is known about the film’s story right now, but we do at least know that it sees a brave (or foolhardy) group heading to the fog-shrouded, mysterious titular island, home to the world’s biggest, angriest ape and a whole host of other creatures. As they venture deeper within the place, they encounter yet more surprises.Jordan Vogt-Roberts is in charge of marshalling the monster mash, working from a script that has seen work by Max Borenstein, John Gatins, Dan Gilroy and, »
Not one to waste too much time in development between projects (he is just as prolific as the Dardennes with a film output of a feature every three years), Jacques Audiard spilled some Far West beans on what would be his eighth directorial outing: his first English language project, his first western and one starring John C. Reilly. It’s been a signature, “auteur friendly” kind of year for Reilly with parts in Sundance preemed Entertainment and Cannes trio Tale of Tales, The Lobster and Thomas Bidegain’s Les Cowboys (see trailer below). Bidegain the scribe on Audiard’s films since 2009’s Un prophète undoubtably became a creative facilitator of sorts, as THR reports (via radio station Rtl) that Reilly and Palme d’Or winner Audiard will team on The Sisters Brothers. Reilly grabbed this novel’s film rights back in 2011. The French filmmaker is currently working on a rewrite. »
- Eric Lavallee
Jacques Audiard, director of such festival favorites as The Beat That My Heart Skipped, Rust and Bone and A Prophet, is saddling up for his English-language debut with The Sisters Brothers, and The Hollywood Reporter now brings word that John C. Reilly is attached to star in the drama.
Adapted from Patrick deWitt’s novel of the same name, the project will unfold around Eli and Charlie Sisters, two highly-skilled hitmen on the hunt of a priceless prospector that has been stolen from their boss. A western at heart, Audiard’s latest has our attention based purely on the director’s résumé alone. After all, his acclaimed Parisian drama Dheepan won the coveted Palme d’Or award during Cannes earlier this year, and we’re excited to see how the filmmaker tackles his maiden English-language film.
Having optioned the award-winning novel along with his production company, Reilly is likely to »
- Michael Briers
A Prophet and Rust And Bone director Jacques Audiard is set to make his English-language debut with The Sisters Brothers, an adaptation of the 2011 Patrick deWitt historical novel of the same name. The Palme d’Or-winning French filmmaker announced the news yesterday on a radio station while promoting his latest movie Dheepan, and Audiard also says John C. Reilly will star as one of the leads, although... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Based on Canadian writer Patrick deWitt's 2011 novel, this will be the filmmaker's first project in English and the first working with Hollywood talent.
The film follows two brothers hired to murder a prospector during the California Gold Rush - only to find out that the man they've been sent to kill may have something better to offer.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Following modern French classics like The Beat That My Heart Skipped, A Prophet, Rust & Bone and Dheepan, Jacques Audiard is set to make his English-language debut. He'll direct a Western adapted from Patrick DeWitt's novel The Sisters Brothers. John C. Reilly has signed up to lead the cast.DeWitt's book, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2011, revolves around the colourfully named gold prospector Hermann Kermit Warm, who's being pursued across 1000 miles of 1850s Oregon desert to San Francisco by the notorious assassins Eli and Charlie Sisters. Except Eli is having a personal crisis and beginning to doubt the longevity of his chosen career. And Hermann might have a better offer...Audiard announced the project on French radio station Rtl yesterday morning, so further details on the production set-up are unforthcoming so far. He said The Sisters Brothers chimed with him for having similar themes - principally survival in »
1993's Super Mario Bros. was such a disaster that Nintendo decided to never again adapt any of its video games into movies. But the long wait for their vast catalogue of characters to hit the big screen may finally be reaching its end. Nintendo's creative mastermind Shigeru Miyamoto has opened up to Fortune about the future of the company. And he states that they are slowly, but surely, becoming more open to the idea of movies based on their product.
Shortly after the 1993 release of Super Mario Bros., the company made the decision to carefully guard its characters, a move that has latest 15 years and counting. Some called it a genius play in the wake of one video game movie adaptation flop after the next. But convergence is more prominent in entertainment today than it ever was, and the fact that younger audiences are constantly using a multitude of platforms, »
He recently menaced the Fantastic Four from another dimension, and he.s played a sinister bonobo in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Now it looks like Toby Kebbell is going to put his particular set of skills to good use as he.s joining another angry monkey movie: Kong: Skull Island. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 33-year-old Kebbell is in negotiations to join the cast of the latest King Kong-centric adventure. If he does indeed climb aboard, he.ll join the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, and Corey Hawkins, who have already signed on, and potentially Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly, who have been linked to project as well in recent days. There are no details about his potential role at this point, but I.m going to come right out and ask this: is Toby Kebbell playing King Kong? This is pure »
Director: Phil Joanou
Running Time: 134 mins approx.
Sean Penn and Gary Oldman are long-established in the movie firmament, but they were once young guys who fired on all cylinders in edgier fare. An opportunity to remind viewers of this has presented itself with the release of State Of Grace on Blu-ray. A well-made crime thriller set in Hell’s Kitchen, it caught a few actors on their way up the ladder, from Ed Harris to John Turturro.
Penn plays Terry Noonan, who returns to the New York neighbourhood he grew up in looking for employment. This means rekindling his relationship with the Flannerys, an Irish family with whom he was intimately involved. Best »
- Steve Palace
Fresh from his role as Doctor Doom in Fantastic Four, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that British actor Toby Kebbell is in talks to join Universal and Legendary Pictures’ upcoming King Kong follow-up Kong: Skull Island.
Kebbell would join an ever-increasing cast that so far includes Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers), Brie Larson (Short Term 12) and Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton). Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction), John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) and Tom Wilkinson (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) are also in talks to star.
- Gary Collinson
If your film features a giant ape, it makes sense to hire an actor with a bit of experience in the simian department. There’s no indication that Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Toby Kebbell will be back in performance capture gear for Kong: Skull Island, though. He’s just the latest recruit for Jordan Vogt-Roberts monster movie, which already boasts Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Corey Hawkins among its cast, and may end up adding John C. Reilly, Tom Wilkinson and Samuel L. Jackson.The film, which aims to kick off shooting late in October in Hawaii, finds an expedition headed to the mysterious, misty island, with the explorers looking to unlock its secrets, including the titular giant ape. Jurassic World co-writer Derek Connolly was recently hired to take a new pass at the script before it heads in front of cameras.Kebbell has been in demand of late, »
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