Red 2 has added Harry Potter star David Thewlis to its cast. The actor will portray an information dealer known as 'The Frog', who got his name after poisoning the Kremlin's water supply with a deadly Amazonian frog, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
- By Mark Langshaw
King Einon himself, David Thewlis, is the latest addition to the ever expanding cast of Red 2. He joins the returnees Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, and John Malkovich as well as newcomers Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lee Byung-Hun, Neal McDonough, and Anthony Hopkins. Thewlis will play The Frog, a dealer in information. Don’t worry my politically correct friends, he’s not playing a Frenchie, he got his nickname from poisoning the water in the Kremlin using an Amazonian frog. Bad David Thewlis! The plot of Red 2 will see Willis and chums go up against Hopkins’ “genius scientist who was locked up in an insane asylum.” Now where have I seen that role before?
Red 2 is scheduled for release 2nd August 2013.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Thewlis is well known to Harry Potter fans, as he played Professor Remus Lupin – a lycan with a heart of mush.
In Red 2 he’ll play a character called The Frog.
THR describes him:
“An information dealer who got his name by poisoning the water supply at the Kremlin using a poisonous Amazonian frog.”
Red 2 has a release date of August 2, 2013.
Source: THR »
- Matt Granados
The actor will portray an information dealer known as The Frog. He acquired that nickname after poisoning the water supply at the Kremlin with an exotic Amazonian frog. Red stars Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, and Mary-Louise Parker reprise their roles from the original, with new additions Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins, and Byung-hun Lee rounding out the cast.
Production is scheduled to begin later this fall in Montreal.
Red 2 comes to theaters August 2nd, 2013 and stars Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins, Byung-hun Lee, David Thewlis. The film is directed by Dean Parisot. »
David Thewlis is well known to the fans of fantasy movies thanks to his work as Remus Lupin in the series of Harry Potter films, but now he's getting set to introduce himself to fans of action movies. The actor has officially signed on to the cast of Red 2, the sequel to the Robert Schwentke-directed comic book adaptation from 2010. Thewlis will join a cast that includes returning stars Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich as well as newcomers Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones, as well as Byun-Hun Lee. According to THR, Thewlis will be playing a man known simply as The Frog, an "information dealer." The origin of his nickname comes from the time he poisioned the water at the Kremlin using an Amazonian frog. While the star hasn't had a hectic schedule since the end of the Harry Potter franchise last year, he has most »
You may know him as Remus Lupin from the Harry Potter films, but now David Thewlis is set to join another franchise. Thewlis will be a newcomer to Red 2, a sequel to director Robert Schwentke's 2010 actioner. Dean Parisot (Galaxy Queset) is taking the helm this time around, but original stars Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Mary-Louise Parker will be reprising their roles. Other new cast members include Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung-hun Lee, Neal McDonough and Anthony Hopkins. Hit the jump for more on Thewlis' character and a breakdown of the roles we know so far. Heat Vision reports that Thewlis will join Red 2 as "The Frog," a dealer of information. He got his unusual moniker by reportedly poisoning the Kremlin's water supply with an Amazonian frog. The Summit/Lionsgate action sequel will see Willis return as former CIA operative Frank Moses, with Mirren as Victoria and Malkovich as Marvin Boggs. »
- Dave Trumbore
With a new director in the form of Dean Parisot (Justified, The Good Wife), Red 2 has added even more actors to its impressive ensemble cast recently as everyone from Anthony Hopkins (Hannibal) to Neal McDonough (Captain America: The First Avenger) and Byung-hun Lee (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) have signed up to join the returning cast members. This instalment will see the retired C.I.A. Agents travelling across Europe to take on an all-new threat and will hopefully improve upon the so-so first movie. As you can see from the Tweet below, the news has just broken that David Thewlis has now joined the cast of the sequel as 'The Frog'. Stay tuned for further details! This just in: David Thewlis, Remus Lupin from Harry Potter, joining the cast of Red 2. Will play a character called The Frog.— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) September 7, 2012 Update: The Hollywood Reporter has now »
The already hefty ensemble for action/comedy sequel Red 2 is growing by one. Director Dean Parisot has zeroed in on Harry Potter veteran David Thewlis to tackle a small role.Thewlis is signed on to play The Frog, an information dealer and lowlife shyster who got his nickname after poisoning the water supply at the Kremlin with the venom of a poisonous Amazonian amphibian.He’ll be part of the sequel’s plot, which finds Bruce Willis’ Frank Moses, John Malkovich’s Marin Boggs and Helen Mirren’s Victoria brought out of hiding to deal with an even bigger threat than the one they faced last time, which will see them travelling in Europe as well as the Us.Fellow new arrivals this time include Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung-hun Lee and Neal McDonough.Parisot is looking to begin shooting later this autumn in Montreal. Jon and Erich Hoeber, »
David Thewlis, best known for playing Remus Lupin in the Harry Potter franchise, has signed on for Summit Entertainment's Red 2 , says a story at The Hollywood Reporter . He joins Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung-Hun Lee, Karl Urban and Neal McDonough in the ensemble action comedy, set to hit theaters on August 2, 2013. The project is being directed by Dean Parisot from a screenplay by Erich and Jon Hoeber, who wrote the script for the original Red , based in turn on a comic book by Warren Ellis and Cully Hammer. Red 2 brings back the team of retired CIA operatives as they use their old-school style to take on a new set of enemies all across Europe. Thewlis' role is said to be that of an information dealer »
This film about King Charles II and a fictional doctor flips messily from frippery and farting to 17th-century mental healthcare
Director: Michael Hoffman
Entertainment grade: C–
History grade: B
King Charles II was restored to the throne of England after the fall of the shortlived Commonwealth in 1660.
Dissolute fictional doctor Robert Merivel (Robert Downey Jr) has pawned his instruments, and must go to his father, a glover, for cash to get them back. His father agrees, reluctantly, on the grounds "that the son of a glovemaker should not be denied the use of those gifts that marked you as a physician before you could spell physic!" English spelling had been somewhat standardised by the King James Bible of 1611 (which spells "physic" as "physick", in "Learn before thou speak, and use physick or ever thou be sick", Apocrypha, Sir 1:19). Even so, bearing in mind that Samuel Johnson would »
- Alex von Tunzelmann
Ever since the birth of the concept in the early eighties, the prospect of a ‘Director’s Cut’ has become one of the most mouth watering morsels for film fanatics, a chance to glimpse an expanded version or in some cases a radically altered vision to their favorite movies. Whether it be the lengthening of an already acclaimed feature (Apocalypse Now Redux), or a total overhaul on the original (Superman II: The Donner Cut), the opportunity to claim even more entertainment, and insight, from a released film is too good to pass up.
However, for every second look that breathes new life or realizes unfulfilled potential for a film, there is the ill-judged revisit of pointless, self indulgent or apparently maliciously motivated proportions. Sometimes, a feature film pleads to be seen in its full light. Other times, it’s better left well alone.
Here is a look at six notable re-cuts, »
- Scott Patterson
This week: Elizabeth Olsen plays a young woman who helps her father and uncle prepare their boarded-up summer home only to become trapped inside with a killer in "Silent House," a low-budget horror movie originally said to be shot in one long, continuous take.
Also new this week is the romantic drama "The Deep Blue Sea" with Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston, the supernatural thriller "Monitor" with Noomi Rapace and the Blu-ray debut of 1996's "The Island of Dr. Moreau" starring Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer.
Box Office: $13 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 41% Rotten
Storyline: Elizabeth Olsen, the younger sister of the Olsen twins, plays a young woman, Sarah, who is helping her father and uncle clean out their secluded, boarded-up summer home in preparation for a renovation. After her uncle takes off to the nearest town, Sarah discovers her father badly injured upstairs and realizes to her »
- Robert DeSalvo
Craig here with this week's Take Three. Today: Toby Kebbell
Take One: War Horse (2011)
There’s a plethora of male British thespian talent in Steven Spielberg’s equine weepy War Horse: Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Mullen, Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Marsan, Liam Cunningham and David Thewlis all add their tuppence-worth to the tale of Joey the one-stallion battalion and his toilsome travels through Wwi. But Kebbell’s scenes, late in the film, were among the most subtly affecting. [Spoiler] Kebbel's 'Geordie Soldier' does more than keep watch from the trenches. He risks his life to free Joey from the barbed wire he’s trapped in, thus saving his life and eventually reuniting him with his real owner Albert (Jeremy Irvine). Waving the white flag, Kebbell’s brave soldier crosses the battle lines into No Man’s Land. A German soldier with a handy pair of wire-cutters joins him to further Joey’s wartime journey. »
- Craig Bloomfield
Last week saw the release of Alexander Payne’s Oscar-winning The Descendants and Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire, and this week brings to our shelves the other big winner at the Academy Awards three months ago, Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist, alongside (as ever) a slew of other brilliant films.
In tandem with the Universal 100th Anniversary Editions that have already started rolling out, Play begin releasing their exclusive Blu-ray Steelbooks of some of the films this week, and if you’re a fan of Universal’s recent and classic catalogue, you’ll definitely want to invest in more than a few of these, priced at a very reasonable £9.99. There’ll be more of these in the weeks and months to come, as well as non-100th Anniversary Steelbook re-releases, so keep your eyes peeled.
My personal picks of the week:
- Kenji Lloyd
Bonnie Wright is a busy bee. At the age of 21, she’s already a fast-rising star, thanks to her role as Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter series, as well as an in-demand model (fact: she won the cup for Most Edgy Look at last year’s Rodial Beautiful Awards). And now, having recently graduated from London College Of Communication, she’s turned her hand to filmmaking. Wright is in Cannes with her directorial debut, a short film called Separate We Come, Separate We Go, which she showed to Empire earlier today.The 11-minute tale of a young girl who lives in the Kentish coastal area of Dungeness with her depressed mum, it’s largely set outdoors, as Thea (Emily Dunham) goes for a stroll across eerie flats and encounters a mysterious man, played by David Thewlis. Sweet, gentle and assured, it’s an impressive first work from someone who clearly has ambition to burn. »
Harry Potter star Bonnie Wright's college work has been given a big boost after she showed off her directorial debut at the Cannes Film Festival in France.
Wright shot the movie on an $8,000 (£5,000) budget in Kent, south-east England as a graduate project for her degree at the London College of Communication - and the inspiration for the coastal film came from the star's childhood.
She tells Britain's Daily Telegraph, "It's a very unique area and an amazing stretch of land. Romney Marsh is an area where I spent a lot of time when I was a child. Growing up in a city such as London, it's so confined sometimes that as a child there is no feeling of a horizon, there's nothing beyond what you know.
"So for me I was so lucky to have that experience of spending a lot of time in open spaces such as Romney Marsh that I was able to gain that feeling of beyond. As a young child I was obsessed with horizons." »
Over the past few months, we’ve added a weekly Friday feature rounding up the new releases coming to the big screen each week, courtesy of our Mr. Rob Keeling, giving you a taste of all the brilliant(/not so brilliant) films entering your local cinemas at the weekend.
It recently occurred to me to start up a similar weekly feature, instead rounding up all* the films making their way to the shelves of your local video stores (and of course, increasingly, supermarkets) at the start of each week.
There are so many brilliant films often released in close proximity to each other that sometimes it’s just not possible to see everything you want to see on the big screen, not to mention the fact that not all films are released in a nearby cinema (particularly if you live outside of London). I’m a big believer in the »
- Kenji Lloyd
War Horse is based on the children’s novel by Michael Morpurgo, and has previously (and currently) has enjoyed universal praise as a highly successful and innovative stage play. The narrative follows Joey, a horse that is bought to work on grouchy Peter Mullan’s farm. There he becomes the companion of Mullan’s chirpy sprog, Albert (Irvine) and together the pair manages to save the family farm from the grasp of unpleasant landlord David Thewlis. Shortly after, the First World War breaks out and Joey is shipped off to fight in France. There »
- Jack Kirby
Directed by Luc Besson
Written by Rebecca Frayn
France, U.K., 2011
Actress Michelle Yeoh has come a long, long way in her career as an international star. That is not to say that her beginnings were paltry when compared to the status she has now attained, only that her filmmography spans a great many genres, genres that not always highlight similar skills from its actors. Supercop and Supercop 2, anyone? Then came along The Tai Chi Master, which co-starred Jet Li. At the turn of the millennium, there was the international sensation Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which saw her popularity sore through the roof on the international market (a leading lady role in the 007 adventure Tomorrow Never Dies did not hurt either). Finally, with Luc Besson’s The Lady, Yeoh gets her chance to star in a political biopic of rather epic proportions, the sort of film than »
- Edgar Chaput
At a key moment in Into the Abyss (2011, Revolver, 12), a quietly metaphysical inquiry into the awful realities of senseless murder and state-sanctioned execution, an off-camera Werner Herzog asks an apparently self-possessed prison chaplain to "tell me about an encounter with a squirrel".
The question, delivered with Herzog's trademark deadpan Bavarian drawl, seems to come from nowhere and to bear little relation to the ongoing discussion about the last hours of condemned inmates facing death by lethal injection. Yet as always with Herzog, there is an insightful intuition at work behind the apparent absurdity of his approach and a moment later the formerly guarded reverend (whose duties on death row await him even as he speaks) is in tears, talking of the sanctity and preciousness of life, however great or small, and apparently confronting the "ecstatic truth »
- Mark Kermode
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