18 items from 2015
If you're betting on "Boyhood" to win big at the upcoming Academy Awards, think again! Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" was deemed to be the big Oscar frontrunner but a double-dose of guild awards over the weekend tamed those prospects down. First, the Producers Guild of America gave their top honor to Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman," and the Screen Actors Guild followed suit!
"Birdman" took home the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture award! But, since the movie is about acting, this award is just fitting.
My biggest surprise, and it'a welcome surprise indeed, was "The Theory of Everything's" Eddie Redmayne taking home the Outstanding Male Actor trophy. Sorry Michael Keaton! I think Redmayne truly gave the Performance of the Year award!
One of the most enduring and captivating figures of all time unveils his beginnings in Dracula Untold, a gorgeously realized, never before seen, story of the legendary vampire’s origin story. Dracula Untold debuts on Digital HD on January 20, 2015 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, including Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™, and On Demand February 3, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Legendary Pictures.
For almost a century, the legend of Dracula has mesmerized audiences with the story of a charismatic royal who feasts on the blood of innocents after the sun goes down. Dracula Untold reveals the man behind the myth in the thrilling, action-packed tale of Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia (Luke Evans – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Fast & Furious 6), who makes a terrifying deal with a supernatural ally that will allow him to save his family and his country – at the cost of his soul. »
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Amongst this years Screen Actors Guild Award winners are Eddie Redmayne, who won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Steven Hawking in The Theory of Everything, Birdman, which took home Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and Orange Is the New Black, whose star Uzo Uduba claimed the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series category.
Redmayne, dedicated his award to sufferers of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Als), the illness which Hawking himself suffers from. He also went on to congratulate fellow actors such as Bradley Cooper, David Oyelowo and Timothy Spall.
It has been a big weekend for Birdman, which not only won best ensemble »
- Alfie Nobes
The Screen Actors Guild handed out the 21st annual SAG Awards Sunday night live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Here is a rundown of all the nominees and winners as they are announced. And be sure to re-live our live blog of the show here! Theatrical Motion Pictures Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Steve Carell / John du Pont – "Foxcatcher" (Sony Pictures Classics) Benedict Cumberbatch / Alan Turing – "The Imitation Game" (The Weinstein Company) Jake Gyllenhaal / Louis Bloom – "Nightcrawler" (Open Road Films) Michael Keaton / Riggan – "Birdman" (Fox Searchlight Pictures) **Eddie Redmayne / Stephen Hawking – "The Theory Of Everything" (Focus Features)** - Winner Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Jennifer Aniston / Claire Bennett – "Cake" (Cinelou Films) Felicity Jones / Jane Hawking – "The Theory Of Everything" (Focus Features) **Julianne Moore / Alice Howland-Jones – "Still Alice" (Sony Pictures Classics)** - Winner Rosamund Pike / Amy Dunne – "Gone Girl »
- Kristopher Tapley
Leo Hannewijk, festival director at Film by the Sea in Vlissingen, has taken up a new, additional role as film commissioner in Zeeland.
His appointment comes as film activity in the region is intensifying, partly in response to the new Dutch cash rebate incentive introduced last year.
Recent films to have shot in Zeeland include Berlinale title Confetti Harvest, the first feature by Tallulah H. Schwab and Sergio Herman, Fucking Perfect, a feature doc about the titular master chef who decides to let go of his three-star restaurant Oud Sluis in the region in order to fulfill his dreams.
Also shooting in the region was Roel Reiné’s epic seafaring costume drama Michiel De Ruyter, starring Charles Dance, Frank Lammers and Rutger Hauer. A Film will be giving Michiel De Ruyter a 150-copy release in the Netherlands later this month.
Hannewijk and his colleagues in Zeeland will be meeting with Reiné next week to have talks about making »
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Benedict Cumberbatch is most widely known for his leading role as the title character in the massively popular "Sherlock" series, but after this awards season he may be known more for his portrayl of Alan Turing in "The Imitation Game." Cumberbatch has been nominated for both the Screen Actors Guild Award and Academy Award for Best Actor, and he isn't the only one from the cast that's been recognized. Keria Knightley has been nominated for a Best Supporting Actress for the Oscars, and also was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for SAG. The cast, featuring Matthew Good, Mark Strong, Allen Leech, Charles Dance, has also been recognized by SAG, as its picked up a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. "I have the perfect cast,” Director Morton Tyldum said. “It’s impossible to look away from Mark Strong »
Ranking any franchise is a personal and difficult process, but the Alien series represents its own challenges. Were you more affected by the intimate shocks of the 1979 original, or the more action-led 1986 sequel? Were you impressed by Alien 3's commitment to its bleak tone, or irked by its soupy darkness?
You're sure to have your own opinions as to how the Alien movies should be ranked, though we'd wager that, like us, you'd place the Alien Vs Predator spin-offs quite far down the list. But then there's Ridley Scott's prequel, Prometheus, a film some might rank far above Jean-Pierre Jeunet's quirky Alien Resurrection, and perhaps even David Fincher's Alien 3.
Accepting, then, that the ranking below is very much down to personal taste, »
The cast of "The Imitation Game" boasts names like Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, and Allen Leech, and judging by their recent nominations, they may want to prepare a speech or two. The film was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Cumberbatch, who plays the lead role of Alan Turing in the film, was also nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, and Knightley was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for her portryal of Joan Clarke. Based on the book "Alan Turing: The Enigma," the film is a dramatic portrayal of the life and work of one of Turing, one of World War II's greatest unsung heroes, and what some call the father of computer engineering. In "The Imitation Game" Turing leads »
How do you find a killer that doesn't exist? Tom Hardy sets out to answer that question in the official poster for the crime thriller Child 44. The actor stars as a disgraced cop who suddenly finds himself in the middle of an investigation he could have never predicted.
Based on the best-selling novel by Tom Rob Smith, the compelling new thriller, Child 44, is sure to leave a riveting impact on audiences nationwide come April 17th, 2015! A politically-charged serial killer drama set in 1953 Soviet Russia, Child 44 chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace), as a traitor.
One of the more intriguing sounding of the pre-Summer films this year is Daniel Espinosa's "Child 44," the film adaptation of the first book in Tom Rob Smith's acclaimed trilogy which is set in Stalinist-era Russia.
Tom Hardy plays a Soviet police officer investigating a serial killer who is targeting children. But as he digs deeper into the case, his own government begins to suspect him of treason when a colleague frames him. Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Charles Dance, Vincent Cassell, Tara Fitzgerald, Paddy Considine and Fares Fares also star in the film with the trailer due out shortly.
Today though, the first one-sheet for the film has been released through Hitfix and you can check it out below. The movie hits cinemas on April 17th:
Source: Hitfix »
- Garth Franklin
Child 44 looks like it will promise moody drama and solid turns from such respected acting types as Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace and Tom Hardy. We’d put good money on the first trailer making its way online soon, especially since the poster for the film has arrived via Hitfix. Adapted from the first of a book trilogy by Tom Rob Smith, Child 44 finds Soviet police officer Hardy investigating a serial killer who is targeting children. But as he digs deeper into the case, his own government begins to suspect him of treason when a colleague frames him. Rapace is playing his conflicted wife and Gary Oldman is the chief of police eventually assigned to who investigate Hardy.Safe House director Daniel Espinosa is behind this one, working up a tale of paranoia, treachery and crime that is loosely based on real events. With Richard Price handling script chores and Joel Kinnaman, »
Thanks to HitFix, we’ve got a look at the first poster for Child 44, director Daniel Espinosa’s (Safe House) adaptation of Rob Smith’s 2008 Soviet-era crime thriller Child 44, which stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and Gary Oldman…
In a country ruled by fear, no one is innocent. Stalin’s Soviet Union is an official paradise, where citizens live free from crime and fear only one thing: the all-powerful state. Defending this system is idealistic security officer Leo Demidov, a war hero who believes in the iron fist of the law. But when a murderer starts to kill at will and Leo dares to investigate, the State’s obedient servant finds himself demoted and exiled. Now, with only his wife at his side, Leo must fight to uncover shocking truths about a killer-and a country where “crime” doesn’t exist.
Child 44 is set for release on April 17th in the UK, »
- Gary Collinson
Yesterday, we reported that HBO has delayed their special IMAX screenings for the hit series Game of Thrones by one week, from January 23 to January 29, due to "high levels of consumer demand." With just one day left until tickets go on sale, IMAX has released two limited edition posters that will be given away to the fans who attend these screenings. This will be the first-ever presentation of a television program in IMAX theatres, featuring two episodes from Season 4 of Game of Thrones followed by the worldwide debut of the series' Season 5 sneak-peek preview created exclusively for IMAX. Be warned, though, if you aren't caught up with Season 4, there will be some spoilers revealed in the posters, so check the out at your own risk.
The first 300 IMAX ticket holders for the Thursday night opening show time (January 29 at 10pm) at participating IMAX theatres will receive a commemorative Game of Thrones »
Due to high levels of consumer demand, IMAX Corporation and HBO today announced that the first-ever presentation of a television program in IMAX theatres, featuring two episodes from Season 4 of Game of Thrones followed by the worldwide debut of the series' Season 5 sneak-peek preview created exclusively for IMAX, will now launch one week later on Thursday, January 29 beginning at 10 p.m. and extend through February 5. The date change allows for an expanded roll-out of screens to upwards of 200 IMAX theatres.
Tickets will officially go on sale on IMAX.com/GameOfThrones starting Friday, January 16. To date, confirmed cities include Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, New York, San Antonio, Seattle, Toronto and Washington, D.C., to name a few. A full list of venues is available on the website and fans can check local listings in the coming days for more available IMAX locations.
BBC America has released a new photo from the upcoming third season of "Orphan Black," a shot showcasing the clone 'Rudy' (aka. 'Scarface'). Justin Chatwin and James Frain join the third season of the show, Frain plays an antagonist while Chatwin plays a new character in Alison's world. [Source: Variety]
Netflix is reportedly dropping many of its BBC series from its subscription streaming service at the end of the month. Amongst those that will vanish from the service are the likes of "Doctor Who" (reboot & classic), "Luther," "Torchwood," "Top Gear," "Wallander," "Fawlty Towers," "Blackadder," "Mi-5" (aka. "Spooks"), "Primeval," "Red Dwarf," "Copper," "Fawlty Towers" and the original "House of Cards". [Source: What's on Netflix]
Vampire Diaries/Teen Titans
"The Vampire Diaries” showrunner Julie Plec has confirmed that actor Steven R. McQueen is leaving as a series regular in the fourteenth episode. Plec confirms the departure is not a death scene, leaving room for him to return. »
- Garth Franklin
Starks, Lannisters, Dorne, The Iron Islands... here's everything we know so far about Game Of Thrones season 5...
Warning: contains spoilers for Game Of Thrones season 4 and A Song Of Ice And Fire.
Another New Year has come with 2015 - a calendar question mark that sparkles with new possibilities, hopes dreams, and endless optimism for a future not yet written.
But all we can say is: yeah, yeah, yeah. Is it time for Game Of Thrones to come back yet?
Yes, it’s only been about seven months since Game Of Thrones’ fourth season wrapped up with Arya sailing off into the deep blue sea towards Braavos. But the fact that season five is barely less than half a year away does not mean we cannot start getting hyped and excited now. With the new season already well into its shooting schedule, and cast members seemingly doing interviews around the clock, »
Awards season contender “The Imitation Game” is the latest opportunity for esteemed stage, TV and film thesp Charles Dance to make malevolence look utterly polished and tasteful. The Brit made his proper stage debut 40 years ago with the Royal Shakespeare Company, after sharing music hall stages with several English vaudeville greats.
In 1976, you were touring America with the Royal Shakespeare Company and went on for Alan Howard in Brooklyn.
I was doing supporting roles in productions such as “Henry IV” and “Henry V” and Ben Kingsley’s “Hamlet” and was the understudy for Alan. I got the call at 4 in the afternoon that Alan had taken ill and I’d be performing (in “Henry V”) in his place. It scared the shit out of me.
How’d that turn out?
I got into the “Once more unto the breach” speech — the one everyone knows — and I went stone dead in the middle of it. »
- Steven Gaydos
Michael Stevens for 'The Good':
"...'The Imitation Game' is a fast-paced thriller based on a true story, starring actor Benedict Cumberbatch in a sympathetic (sometimes pitiful) turn as English mathematician 'Alan Turing', whose calculated efforts at breaking the 'Third Reich's 'enigma' code, turned the tide for the Allies in WWII.
"Mark Strong is a reassuring presence as 'Stewart Menzies', the sly head of 'MI6'.
"Charles Dance is suitably crusty as battle-worn, cynical 'Commander Denniston'.
"Keira Knightley as math whiz 'Joan Clarke' does her job as a 'feminist' romantic interest for Turing (?!) and is pleasing (as usual) to look at..."
Graf Orlok for 'The Bad':
"Michael, I agree that Keira Knightley does get some nice close-ups of her pouty lips, »
- Michael Stevens
18 items from 2015
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