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The "Men in Black" franchise is known for many things, but one thing it has been shy on has been developing interesting roles for women.
We had Emma Thompson's chief in the third, and both Lara Flynn Boyle's villainess and Rosario Dawson's love interest in the second, but the only actress who truly had a proper character in the trilogy was Linda Fiorentino's medical examiner Laurel Weaver in the first - a character that disappeared in the sequels.
Now, four years after the last film, franchise producer Laurie MacDonald says the next film in the series plans to not only revive but reboot the sci-fi comedy franchise, and one way they intend to do it is by introducing a female lead.
MacDonald tells BBC Newsbeat the film will star a "prominent woman in black" and that the story would also start afresh:
"We sort of looked »
- Garth Franklin
London — Chiwetel Ejiofor will be honored at the British Independent Film Awards on Dec. 6. He will receive the Richard Harris Award, which recognizes an outstanding contribution to British film by an actor.
Jared Harris, Harris’ son, commented: “Although the recipients of this award have all been embraced by the establishment, they all came from outside it, fought their way in on the strength of their talent, claimed their place and changed the status quo: a journey that describes Chiwetel’s career perfectly. His talent is immense, it has brought him deserved worldwide recognition, and he is in his prime.”
- Leo Barraclough
“I am so happy this award is going to Chiwetel,” said Jared Harris, son of Richard Harris. “Although the recipients of this award have all been embraced by the establishment, they all came from outside it, fought their way in on the strength of their talent, claimed their place and changed the status quo. A journey which describes Chiwetel’s career perfectly. His talent is immense, it has brought him deserved worldwide recognition, and he is in his prime! I hope this award inspires British filmmakers to take advantage of him and build films around his talent.”
- Gary Collinson
British star of 12 Years A Slave to receive Richard Harris Award.
The award, introduced in 2002 in honour of actor Richard Harris, recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor. Previous winners have included John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Julie Walters and Emma Thompson in 2014.
A statement from the festival said Ejiofor had been selected to receive the honour “in recognition of his exceptional service to the film industry, not just here in the UK but internationally as an ambassador for British film”.
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Title: Burnt Director: John Wells Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Emma Thompson, Daniel Bruhl, Omar Sy, Matthew Rhys, Alicia Vikander, Riccardo Scamarcio, Lily James. Despite the initial intriguing premise of a villainous protagonist, ‘Burnt’ turns out to be a recipe for disaster. And John Wells’ half-baked idea turns sour. The story is about a tormented Chef: Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) had it all and lost it. The former Enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene had earned two Michelin stars and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive star, Jones will need to leave his bad habits [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Gravitas Ventures has obtained the U.S. rights to Robert Carlyle's directorial debut Deadline, "Barney Thomson," reports Known overseas as "The Legend of Barney Thomson," the comedic thriller stars Emma Thompson, Ray Winstone, Tom Courtenay and Carlyle himself. Richard Cowan and Colin McLaren wrote the adaptation based upon Douglas Lindsay's "The Barbershop Seven" book series. The story follows an awkward barber named Barney Thomson, who is stuck in a mediocre life with his crude mother. Everything changes, however, when he stumbles into the life of a serial killer. The film debuted at the Edinburgh Film Festival and won the Best Film prize at the BAFTA Scotland Awards last week, with Thompson named Best Actress. The film was financed by Westerkirk Capital, Creative Scotland and Telefilm Canada and is a Canadian/UK co-production. Myriad is handling worldwide sales. The deal was negotiated by Gravitas founder and CEO Nolan »
- Jeremy Berkowitz
Exclusive: Gravitas Ventures has acquired U.S. rights to Barney Thomson, the comedic thriller starring and helmed by Robert Carlyle in his feature directorial debut. Carlyle and Emma Thompson lead a cast that includes Ray Winstone and Tom Courtenay. The pic world premiered on the opening night of the Edinburgh Film Festival. Gravitas plans a February 2 VOD bow followed by a theatrical release March 11. The film, known overseas as The Legend Of Barney Thomson, won the Best… »
The film, which is released on DVD today, tells the story of a hapless barber who becomes an accidental murderer. It was named best film - beating 16 Years Till Summer and What We Did On Our Holiday - and also saw Emma Thompson walk off with the prize for best actress.
- Amber Wilkinson
It is a film that has inspired people to act, to work and to raise awareness of the human rights tragedy of human and child trafficking and sex slavery. We are talking about the hard hitting film Sold. Based on Patricia McCormick’s book of the same name, the award winning film tells the unforgettable story of a girl who risks everything for freedom after being trafficked from her mountain village in Nepal to a prison brothel in India. Sold places the audience in her shoes to give voice to the millions of children who disappear every year. Directed by Jeffrey D Brown and Produced by Emma Thompson, Sold stars Gillian Anderson, David Arquette, Seema Biswas, Sushmita Mukerjee, Tillotama Shome, Parambrata Chatterjee, Priyanka Bose, Ankur Vikal and many others. The film had its premiere at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and has gone on to affect audience at more than 25 films festivals. »
- Stacey Yount
Let me tell you something about Adam Jones.
Adam Jones is the protagonist of Burnt, the new movie starring Bradley Cooper. Burnt has been a long time in the works, having been around at least as long as Chef, the Jon Favreau movie about a chef who loses everything and starts over again, which usurped the title of this project. Burnt has a very similar premise, though unlike Favreau's film, it is unfortunately centred around a character as inherently unlikeable as Adam Jones.
Adam Jones (Cooper) is a chef who was disgraced after tanking his Parisian restaurant and getting lost in a spiral of drug abuse. Two years on, he manipulates his former business partner Tony (Daniel Brühl) into giving him control over another restaurant as he attempts a comeback. He's off drugs now, »
Uma Thurman is best known for her grungy, cult-status work with Quentin Tarantino, first on Pulp Fiction (1994) as the defiant, chain-smoking sex symbol Mia Wallace, then the revenge-hungry Bride in 2003’s Kill Bill. Her new film, Burnt, released in cinemas today, sees Thurman return as feisty restaurant critic Simone Forth, alongside a decent cast of Hollywood household names including Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and Emma Thompson. Here’s our rundown of her five best movie moments.
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- Jessica Labhart
The Titanic actress’s glittering career will be recognised in a BAFTA event this December.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) will honour Kate Winslet with A Life In Pictures career retrospective on December 4 this year.
The event, to be hosted at BAFTA’s headquarters in London, will involve the actress discussing a glittering career in film that began with Heavenly Creatures (1994) and involved star turns in global hits such as James Cameron’s Titanic (1997).
Bradley Cooper isn't the type who can't stand the heat of the kitchen; he actually craves it in Burnt. The movie is an unusually pitched portrait of a culinary genius from the Gordon Ramsay school of shouty chefs who needs to learn to, like, chill out. But that high energy never fully translates to the screen.
There's nothing wrong with Cooper's performance. He's still got that dangerous spark about him, an air of unpredictability that has made him fun to watch since Silver Linings Playbook and he confidently leads a talented international cast as the cranky cooksmith, Adam Jones. He arrives in London after a period of reflection, having alienated everyone he's ever known thanks to a years-long bender on booze and coke. He's sober now, but here's the thing: he's still a bit of a git.
Jones twists arms to become resident chef at the prestigious Langham working for »
Bradley Cooper has certainly proven his acting chops and portrayed some very memorable characters throughout the course of his thriving career, in some of which he led his infamous wolfpack to Vegas, played a financial wizard, a famous sniper, a bi-polar teacher, and an over-ambitious FBI agent. In his next film Burnt, he sucessfully and bravely takes on the role of a talented, yet deeply troubled, yet determined Michelin star chef. As if his fans needed any more reason to be smitten, he not only oozes charm, but the sexy actor also speaks French, is an advocate for wage equality for women and can cook too. Yes, please!
Starring alongside Sienna Miller, Daniel Bruhl, Sam Keeley, Uma Thurman, Matthew Rhys and Emma Thompson, Bradley shines in this role, as he must make peace with a dark past and endless burnt bridges (no pun intended) and redeem himself. The star studded cast, »
- Jenny Karakaya
The reviews have been undercooked, the buzz has been underseasoned, and the puns will keep coming this weekend when the box office reports roll in for Bradley Cooper's "Burnt." But The Weinstein Company is making one last mild play for the movie with a final trailer. Read More: Review: 'Burnt' Starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Daniel Bruhl, Omar Sy, And More It's a bit of an odd one as it collects extended moments with each of the cast members. And that's fine for folks like Daniel Bruhl, Omar Sy, Emma Thompson, and Sienna Miller, who factor heavily into the story of a bad boy chef looking to put this demons behind him. But it's positively bizarre for folks like Lily James (whose entire appearance in the movie is essentially the excerpted scene in the promo) and Uma Thurman (who has an equally tiny role). As I noted in my review, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Bradley Cooper’s “Burnt” has cooked up a modest $250,000 in Thursday night previews while “Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse” scared up $140,000 at 690 locations, portending a mild Halloween weekend at the U.S. box office.
The Weinstein Co. is giving “Burnt” the largest opening of this weekend’s trio of newcomers, with 3,003 locations. TWC is launching Sandra Bullock’s “Our Brand Is Crisis” at 2,202 sites and Paramount is debuting “Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse” at 1,509 theaters.
Forecasts have pegged “Burnt” for a $7 million launch, edging “Crisis” at $6 million. “Scouts Guide” is expected to come in at about $4 million.
Warner Bros. did not offer Thursday night showings for “Crisis.”
With Halloween on a Saturday — typically the strongest day for moviegoing — box office activity is expected to slack with holdovers “The Martian” and “Goosebumps” in a tight race for first place. Fox’s space adventure should bring in $10 million in its fifth weekend, »
- Dave McNary
Chef Boyardee: Wells Fails with Filmmaking Recipe
For his third film outing, director John Wells delves into the catty universe of high-end cuisine with Burnt (formerly titled Adam Jones for its lead character) with the same square generalities formulating the emotionless energy of previous dramas August: Osage County and The Company Men. Bradley Cooper once again plays a smug playboy, one of those confused personalities charged with simultaneous duties as narcissistic tyrant and charismatic romantic lead.
Attempting to extol the high-stakes wheeling and dealing of the fine-dining universe, it’s a film professing to depict the elegance and privilege of a specific scene but couldn’t be any more thanklessly banal. Much like another Bradley Cooper vehicle, the literary minded The Words (2012), the subject matter is sidelined by standard issue formulaic tropes, satisfying every conceivable audience expectation.
A once revered two-star Michelin rated chef, Adam Jones (Cooper), sucks down his »
- Nicholas Bell
By Cate Marquis
With the success of last summer’s surprise hit Chef, it was inevitable there would be more movies about professional cooking. The nation seems obsessed with chefs right now, and shows about professional cooking and kitchens dominate TV programming. Burnt stars Bradley Cooper as a once successful chef at a top Paris restaurant, who lost it all and is now trying for a comeback, with the help of sous chef Sienna Miller. But while Chef charmed audiences with a look into how real professional kitchens work, Burnt goes another route – the reality-show version where temper tantrums trump actual cooking. Those who love chef Gordon Ramsay’s screaming antics will be entertained by Burnt’s over-the-top kitchen melodrama. In fact, Ramsey coached Cooper for the film.
Cooper plays Adam Jones, a talented but hot-tempered young chef who ran his own Paris restaurant and earned two coveted Michelin stars »
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Ahead of its Us release this Friday the final trailer has arrived online for John Wells’ culinary comedy Burnt which sees Bradley Cooper leading a cast that also includes Sienna Miller, Omar Sy, Daniel Bruhl, Matthew Rhys, Uma Thurman, Alicia Vikander and Emma Thompson. You can check it out below after the official synopsis…
Chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) had it all – and lost it. A two-star Michelin rockstar with the bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything different every time out, and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive Michelin star though, he’ll need the best of the best on his side, including the beautiful Helene (Sienna Miller). Burnt is a remarkably funny and emotional story about the love of food, »
- Amie Cranswick
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