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Simon Columb with five films you can sneak in at Christmas…
Hurrah! The holidays are upon us! The snow is (not) falling and the mulled wine is (expensively) available! What a joyous time! Ring the bells! Set time aside and join in the age-old tradition of Christmas film-watching around the toasty fire. Of course your niece will recommend Frozen and your sibling, harking back to your shared childhood, will select Home Alone, but surely Flickering Myth readers of the world can choose something a little more niche. Something that not only reflects our sense of Christmas cheer but something that will share our film intellect. No need for Scrooged, The Muppets Christmas Carol or It’s a Wonderful Life – here is a yuletide selection of alternative Christmas films that add a little class to the annual viewing…
- Simon Columb
Murder mysteries are so commonplace on TV that each week offers seemingly dozens of them on police procedural series and detective shows. But in the movies, whodunits are surprisingly rare, and really good ones rarer still. There's really only a handful of movies that excel in offering the viewer the pleasure of solving the crime along with a charismatic sleuth, often with an all-star cast of suspects hamming it up as they try not to appear guilty.
One of the best was "Murder on the Orient Express," released 40 years ago this week, on November 24, 1974. Like many films adapted from Agatha Christie novels, this one featured an eccentric but meticulous investigator (in this case, Albert Finney as Belgian epicure Hercule Poirot), a glamorous and claustrophobic setting (here, the famous luxury train from Istanbul to Paris), and a tricky murder plot with an outrageous solution. The film won an Oscar for passenger »
- Gary Susman
Set in 1970s Los Angeles, the story follows a private eye (Ryan Gosling) and a hired leg-breaker (Russell Crowe) who must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star.
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- Garth Franklin
The crackling energy that Lethal Weapon scribe Shane Black brought to his two directorial efforts, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3, have us eagerly anticipating his next film, 1970s-set detective noir The Nice Guys. On top of Black’s involvement, we’re also excited by the fact that Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling have secured the lead roles of two unlikely partners who team up to solve unusual crimes. And today, our anticipation just grew again, with word that the talented Jack Kilmer has joined in a supporting role.
Kilmer, who landed on the map with his gripping performance in Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto, will play Chet, a young film projectionist who is a friend and confidante of Amelia (Margaret Qualley, HBO’s The Leftovers), the missing girl at the film’s center. He proves vital to a private eye named March (Gosling) and a hired leg-breaker »
- Isaac Feldberg
Palo Alto actor Jack Kilmer has joined Warner Bros. and Silver Pictures' detective thriller Nice Guys, starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. The Shane Black-helmed movie is set in 1970s Los Angeles. It follows a private eye (Gosling) and a hired leg-breaker (Crowe) who must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. Matt Bomer, Kim Basinger and Beau Knapp also star. Kilmer, who just signed with CAA, will play Chet, a young film projectionist who is a friend and confidante of Amelia (Margaret Qualley), the missing
- Rebecca Ford
Exclusive: Elvis & Nixon is hitting the road internationally with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, which led strong foreign sales on the hot Afm title by taking multiple territories including Eastern Europe, Latin America, Portugal, Spain and Scandinavia. Alex Walton’s Bloom introduced the true-tale drama starring Oscar nominee Michael Shannon and Oscar winner Kevin Spacey to buyers this week in Santa Monica.
Elvis & Nixon centers on the historic meeting between Elvis Presley (Shannon) and President Richard Nixon (Spacey), when the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll came to the White House the morning of December 21, 1970. The two men, both at the height of their powers and conscious that they could not stay on top forever, shared one famous private moment in the Oval Office during which Elvis asked to be sworn in as a federal agent.
- Jen Yamato
British distributor Icon Film is ramping up its 2015 slate with the addition of Ben Younger's boxing drama Bleed for This. Icon recently picked up Shane Black's detective thriller The Nice Guys starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, which Warner Bros. is releasing stateside, as well as Noah Baumbach's While We're Young starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts. Bleed for This, which Boiler Room director Younger co-wrote with Pippa Bianco, is a biopic of five-time world champion boxer Vinny Pazienza, who recovered from a near-fatal accident to return to triumph in the ring. Miles Teller, who will
- Scott Roxborough
Icon Film Distribution has acquired several new titles for UK distribution.
They include Ben Younger’s Bleed For This starring Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart in the story of champion boxer Vinny Pazienza as he recovers from a car accident. Younger (Boiler Room) co-wrote with Pippa Bianco. Martin Scorsese executive produces and The Solution sells internationaly. Younger also produces with Bruce Cohen, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Chad Verdi and Noah Kraft.
Icon also bought live action family feature A Bollywoof Tale to be directed by Racing Stripes and Underdog director Frederik Du Chau and starring Kunal Nayyar from the hit Us TV show The Big Bang Theory. The story follows a London spaniel who is set to move with his family to Delhi; but he gets separated during the journey and turns to help from a street dog and a cow. The »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Afm: Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling's Nice Guys Sells Out Around the Globe Warner Bros. had already nabbed North American rights to director Shane Black's high-profile project. (Read the story here.) A24, DirecTV Nab Gillian Flynn Adaptation Dark Places (Exclusive) Charlize Theron plays a woman who survived the brutal killing of her family as a child (Read the story here.) Afm: Kevin Smith and Johnny Depp's Yoga Hosers Sells in Multiple Countries (Exclusive) Depp stars opposite his daughter and Kevin Smith's daughter in the 'Tusk' spin-off (Read the story here.) Click here to download the Day 4 Pdf. Previous days: Download the
- THR Staff
Director Shane Black's upcoming The Nice Guys, starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, is popular around the world. Alex Walton and Ken Kao's new sales and financing company, Bloom, has all but sold out of Nice Guys internationally. Foreign distributors were eager to get in on the high-profile project, from Kao's production company, Waypoint Entertainment, and Joel Silver's Silver Pictures. Warner Bros. has already scooped up North American rights, and will release the detective thriller in the U.S. on June 17, 2016, a prime summer berth. Set in 1970s Los Angeles, Nice Guys stars Gosling as down-on-
- Pamela McClintock
• Kevin Bacon is in talks for Jungle. The thriller is based on the true story of Yossi Ghinsberg, who penned a memoir about his dangerous trip to the Amazon jungle where he was accompanied by two friends and a mysterious guide. If the deal goes through, Bacon will play the Austrian guide, Karl. Greg McLean, whom Bacon worked with on 6 Miranda Drive, will direct. Justin Monjo adapted Ghinsberg's 2005 book for the screen. The film will begin shooting early next year in Australia and Colombia. In addition to the film, Ghinsberg's story also inspired the one-hour Discovery Channel docu-drama series, I Shouldn't Be Alive. »
- C. Molly Smith
Edmund Kingsley is set for his first lead role in writer-director Andrew Martin’s debut feature Capsule. The son of Oscar winner Ben Kingsley will play an experienced fighter pilot who is in command of Britain’s first manned mission to space at the height of the Cold War. He ends alone in space with a malfunctioning capsule, limited contact with the UK, unusual communication with the U.S. and some unorthodox communication with Soviet Russia. The cast also includes Lisa Greenwood and Joseph Baird. The film is produced by Paul D. Forrest and executive produced by Mohammed Patel, Omar Qamar, Stuart Wilkins and Waseem Zaman. Kingsley’s credits include Hugo, Stonehurst Asylum and TV’s The Borgias and Endeavour. He is repped by Independent Talent Group.
- The Deadline Team
Michael Apted directs the story of a CIA interrogator who must thwart a biological attack on London after she inadvertently provides information to terrorists.
Rights have also gone in Indonesia (Pt Amero), Israel (United King), Latin America (Sun), Middle East (Italia), Spain (Tripictures) and Turkey (Italia).
“Buyers truly resonated with Unlocked as it is an exceptional package,” said Walton. “Between the calibre of talent, filmmakers, and fresh script it really has all the components to make a successful and commercial film worldwide.”
Peter O’Brien wrote the screenplay and Lorenzo di Bonaventura produces »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Academy Award Nominee Michael Shannon (Man Of Steel, Revolutionary Road) will star as Elvis Presley alongside two-time Academy Award Winner Kevin Spacey (American Beauty, The Usual Suspects) who will star as Richard Nixon in the extraordinary true story Elvis & Nixon.
Two men at the height of their powers, conscious they could not stay on top forever, both ripped with fear of the inevitable, sharing one famous private moment in the Oval office. Elvis & Nixon recounts the morning of December 21st 1970, when the King of Rock’ n Roll (Michael Shannon) showed up on the White House lawn to request a meeting with the most powerful man in the world, President Richard Nixon (Kevin Spacey). He had a very urgent request: to be sworn in as an undercover Federal Agent at large. »
- Michelle McCue
Exclusive: Historical drama Elvis & Nixon has set two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey to play President Richard Nixon opposite Oscar nominee Michael Shannon as rock ‘n’ roller Elvis Presley as the reconfigured project hits Afm this week. Written by actor Cary Elwes with Hanala and Joey Sagal, Elvis & Nixon centers on the historic 1970 meeting between King and the president that famously yielded one of the more curious White House photo ops in pop culture history.
Liza Johnson (Hateship Loveship, Return) is directing Elvis & Nixon, which The Butler’s Cassian Elwes is producing with Holly Wiersma. Byron Wetzel is executive producing alongside Tim Smith and Paul Brett for Prescience, which is backing the project. Bloom’s Alex Walton and Ken Kao are taking Elvis & Nixon to foreign buyers at Afm. CAA and Elwes are co-repping domestic rights.
More about that meeting: On the morning of December 21, 1970, Presley showed up on the White »
- Jen Yamato
The Marvel Cinematic Universe got a lot bigger this week, after the studio announced their full Phase Three slate through 2019, which will have a whopping nine movies. This phase will be properly set up by next year's Avengers: Age of Ultron, the ending of which will alter the superhero team's lineup.
Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Tony Stark, spoke about how the events of Iron Man 3, where he removed the Arc reactor and destroyed all of his Iron Man suits, helps set up Avengers: Age of Ultron, in a new interview with Marvel.com.
"I thought that the third Iron Man was about [Tony] transcending his dependence on the merits of continuing to wear your wound. That was what [director] Shane [Black] and I thought was the real win, that he throws that thing that had become a dependency away. Because that was the question I was always asking, why doesn't »
An official press announcement has not been released yet, but according to Yaya Alafia's Instagram account, it looks like Alafia has joined the cast of the action drama "The Good Guys," written and directed by Shane Black ("Iron Man 3") and produced by Joel Silver. Alafia posted the following set picture with the caption "Keeping busy. Giving thanks and praise <3 #setlife," and which includes her very own chair, joined by those of Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, who star in the Los Angeles-set film during the 1970's. In "The Good Guys", Gosling plays a detective who is hired by a gangster (Crowe) to search for a missing girl. Conflict arises »
- Vanessa Martinez
After Kevin Feige unveiled the Marvel Phase Three slate earlier today, the producer and Marvel Studios president held a Q&A session with members of the press, where he touched on rumors of Iron Man 4, Spider-Man joining the McU, and revealed why this event was held today, less than two weeks after DC unveiled their own superhero movie slate. The Marvel president also addressed Doctor Strange/Benedict Cumberbatch casting rumors, when fans will first see Black Panther, and much more.
We've broken down some of the more notable quotes, and you can also check out the full video of the 20-minute Q&A session.
"If there are more years after 2019, then there will be more possibilities. I hope there are more years."
Kevin Feige On the Timing Of This Announcement
"We wanted to do this at Comic-Con this year, and things were not set. »
One of the first things we saw as we stepped out of our bus on the Shepperton Studios lot outside of London was a golf cart carrying Captain America. Suffice it to say, spending a day with The Avengers is very strange. While I've attended set visits for many of the films that make up the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I did not visit the set of "The Avengers." I've met each of the individual members of the team, many of them in costume as these characters, but there's something different about being on a set with all of them at once. Between now and the May release of "Avengers: Age Of Ultron," the mega-sequel to one of the biggest films of all time, we'll have a number of reports from the set, where I joined a large group of journalists to not only watch a key scene from the film being shot, »
- Drew McWeeny
Apparently, part of Ryan Gosling's daddy duties is to grow some manly facial hair. The new parent made his post-baby debut today when he returned to work on his film The Nice Guys in Atlanta, and we couldn't help but notice that 'stache on his face! Perhaps being a father has given him less time to groom his face? Or maybe his character in the movie calls for some upper lip fur? Or! Maybe Gosling is getting a head start on Movember?! Either way, it's Ryan Gosling and he looks perfect. The Shane Black-helmed flick is set in 1970s Los Angeles and follows a private eye (Gosling) and a muscle-for-hire (Russell Crowe) who must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the »
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