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Nothing kicks the rumour mill into gear quite like Star Wars. As anticipation builds ahead of the The Force Awakens's December release, every piece of Force Awakens gossip pinballs around the web faster than the Millennium Falcon doing the Kessel Run.
But which possess the Force and which are pure Bantha poop? Here are seven huge (and potentially spoilerific) Star Wars rumours to chew over.
1. Darth Vader (and Hayden Christensen) is back from the dead
George Lucas's digital tinkering with the Star Wars trilogy resulted in Hayden Christensen taking original Return of the Jedi actor Sebastian Shaw's place as the ghostly Anakin, and according to Making Star Wars he'll be the permanent (albeit heavily scarred) face of Luke's dad throughout the new films.
The charred remains of Vader's helmet were shown in the trailer for The Force Awakens, suggesting that the character's presence will be strongly felt - »
Earlier this month, Daniel Craig spoke out about his interpretation of 007, saying that his Bond "is not as sexist and misogynistic as [earlier incarnations]". Well, Pierce Brosnan doesn't think James Bond is a sexist. So there.
"I never thought of him like that," says Brosnan, speaking exclusively to Digital Spy. "I saw him as a solitary, enigmatic character."
But he does agree with Craig on the "very f**king lonely, great sadness" front - to an extent:
"I saw him as a fellow who carries a certain amount of pain and angst. Deep down as someone who's quite troubled, and solitary - [though] Ian Fleming really doesn't give you a lot to hang your hat on.
"There's a lovely sequence in [the books] where Bond is on a flight and there is terrible turbulence and he's shaking in his shoes, from turbulence. 'The drink, the drink, give me the drink'."
Back in 1995's GoldenEye, the »
Based on Carrie Ryan’s New York Times best-seller, the story is set “sometime in the future,” in a world where most of the human race has been taken by a bloodthirsty virus that leaves them roaming the planet as cannibals. Mary (Williams) seeks a world beyond the fenced-off village of survivors. The survival of the human race soon becomes dependent upon her success in leading a ragtag group through the dark depths of the Forest of Hands and Teeth.
“I am so incredibly excited to be stepping into the ‘Forest’ and collaborating with such a brilliant creative mind as Doug’s,” Maberly said. “We can’t wait to bring Ryan’s fantastical world to life and »
- Justin Kroll
This BFI year’s Luminous charity auction, which aims to raise funding for the UK’s national film collection archive, will this year offer bidders a trip to the 2016 Venince Film Festival opening gala, the chance to walk the red carpet at the UK premiere of The Danish Girl, a private screening at BFI Southbank with Mel Brooks and a walk-on part in the upcoming Paddington 2.
Other prizes include the chance to join Ken Loach in the editing suite as he works on his latest film, a seat in the royal box at the 2016 Fa Cup final and a trip to the 2016 Cannes Film festival, including tickets to the opening film and two night’s stay on a yacht.
The auction is a part of the BFI’s Luminous fundraising gala, which will take »
"When he explained, 'No I want you to be a Bond girl, you are going to be somebody that Bond is attracted to', I couldn't believe it."
The actress added: "Me doing this really is a victory for women everywhere.
"I am 50, and I think the oldest Bond girl before me was 39, so I'm breaking that by 11 years. That for me is a sign »
A run of recent Hollywood hits has inspired an acting course for transgender performers
From Coronation Street to Orange is the New Black and the latest Eddie Redmayne film, The Danish Girl, a run of mainstream dramas has centred on the physical and emotional obstacles facing people who have moved, or are in transition, from one gender to another. The traditional depictions of comedy drag characters or transvestite psychopaths are no longer acceptable to writers or audiences. But, repeatedly, the biggest of these transgender roles have gone to non-trans male or female actors, who are then rewarded for their efforts with Oscar nominations and Baftas.
But times are changing. This weekend, transgender students enrolled on a groundbreaking acting course that could revolutionise the representation of trans experiences on stage and screen. The course is the first of its kind and is being run by London’s prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, »
- Vanessa Thorpe Arts and media correspondent
For many, Tomorrow Never Dies is the forgotten middle child of the Brosnan era. Neither as loved as Goldeneye, nor reviled as Die Another Day, and it doesn’t have Christmas Jones. A muscular, accomplished outing that certainly deserves the prefix 'action' before any mention of 'thriller', Tomorrow Never Dies is the moment Brosnan hit his stride and simultaneously fell over. Great chases, hissable villains and one of the brightest of Bond’s flames in Paris Carver keep this viewer happy. The over-explosive climax and reluctance to experiment hint at trouble ahead.
The villain: I think Rupert’s gonna sue somebody… The antipodean qualities of megalomaniac media mogul Elliot Carver have only grown more pronounced over time. He’s a fine villain in his own right, with that fine »
Note: the following contains major spoilers for Skyfall.
With the towering success of Skyfall, it's fair to say that Eon Productions have set themselves a tough act to follow. Making $1.18bn worldwide, Skyfall wasn't only the biggest Bond film to date, but also ranks among the biggest films of all time. It was about the best 50th birthday present the franchise could have hoped for.
If what we've heard is true, however, Skyfall could have been rather different.
You'll probably remember Skyfall's final act: Bond (Daniel Craig, of course) and M (Judi Dench) speed off in an old Aston DB5 and head to Skyfall Lodge, Bond's ancestral home. There, Bond stands reflectively over the graves of his parents, and meets Kincade (Albert Finney), the lodge's groundskeeper and Bond's childhood mentor. Together, the three »
Romeo and Juliet and The Entertainer, also from The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's Plays at the Garrick season, will be screened live as well.
Dench will star as Paulina and Branagh will play Leontes in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, which will be broadcast live from London's Garrick theatre at 7pm on November 25.
He will then direct John Osborneʼs The Entertainer from August 20 until November 12.
Broadcast dates for Romeo and Juliet and The Entertainer have yet to be revealed. Watch a trailer for the three productions below.
Branagh said: "In 2015, where theatre making and film making meet is exciting, the cinema »
Picturehouse Entertainment is partnering with The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company to bring three productions from the latter’s Plays at the Garrick season to the big screen.
The first production will be The Winter’s Tale, starring Branagh and Judi Dench, which will be distributed by Picturehouse to more than 1300 cinemas globally.
This will be followed by Romeo And Juliet, starring Lily James, Richard Madden and Dereck Jacobi and John Osborne’s 1957 play The Entertainer, also starring Branagh, with dates for both screenings to be announced in November.
Kenneth Branagh said: “In 2015, where theatre making and film making meet is exciting. The cinema broadcasts of our plays hope to experiment boldly. We have a team of people who are experienced in both worlds. The potential »
The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, and so begins a flurry of activity, premieres, some movies that will surprise and others that will disappoint. One picture with the biggest question mark around it is Stephen Frears' "The Program." It's been in the can for a while, but the premiere will take place this weekend, and the first two clips have arrived online. Read More: Venice Review: Stephen Frears' 'Philomena' Starring Judi Dench & Steve Coogan Ben Foster leads the movie as disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, in this movie chronicling the champion's fall from grace. In these two clips, we see him practice lying in the mirror about testing positive for using performance enhancing drugs, and then dancing around a question posed by journalist David Walsh, played by Chris O'Dowd. "The Program" has been picked up for North American release by eOne. No release date has been set, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Brooks has two new features in development. One is an adaptation of Alex Miller’s novel, Lovesong. This is the story of a relationship and marriage between a young Australian man and a Tunisian woman.
The project is currently being financed and cast.
Brooks is also plotting a comedy-musical, Not Quite Waiting In The Wings. Also scripted by Tilson, it is described by Brooks as a story “about the folly of human endeavour.”
It centres on an amateur troupe’s courageous but faltering attempt to mount a Gilbert and Sullivan opera.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoffrey Macnab)
The first teaser promo has arrived online for Tim Burton’s new film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and we have it for you here…
From visionary director Tim Burton, and based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable motion picture experience. When his beloved grandfather leaves Jake clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers…and their powerful enemies. Ultimately, Jake discovers that only his own special “peculiarity” can save his new friends.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is set for release on March 4th 2016, with a cast that includes Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Chris O’Dowd, Allison Janney, Terence Stamp, Kim Dickens, Rupert Everett, Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson. »
- Gary Collinson
This article contains spoilers for Goldeneye.
Goldeneye: a mostly triumphant return after an extended absence. Far from perfect but its flaws are overwhelmed by the sheer brio of the whole thing, especially once former Bond bestie Alec Trevelyan finally shows face. The reliance on gadgets is just about right (the exploding pen got a Skyfall namecheck) and the action is reliably entertaining. At least provided you can enjoy a tank chase through Moscow - which this writer certainly can. Probably the most loved of the Brosnan Bonds, although arguably Tomorrow Never Dies is a more coherent film (we'll be coming to that one next, of course). But this one had a lot riding on it. After six years it was do or die - »
Tim Burton is at the helm of the big-screen version of Ransom Riggs's novel Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, so you know that means it's going to be insane. The first teaser for the film, however, is a surprisingly subtle nod to Loop Day, a "holiday" which takes place on Sept. 3 in the book. For anyone who has read it, this is a great little Easter Egg. Everyone else, wait for the full trailer. Asa Butterfield, Eva Green, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Kim Dickens, Judi Dench, and Samuel L. Jackson all star in the movie, out on March 4, 2016. »
The first teaser trailer has been released for Tim Burton's "Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children" but funnily enough doesn't include any actual footage from the movie. Instead, the clip ties in to the film's story and the Ransom Riggs novel upon which the movie is based.
- Garth Franklin
While September 3 may seem like any ordinary day for most people, it holds special significance for fans of Ransom Riggs' beloved novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. In the book, September 3 is "Loop Day," so 20th Century Fox put a new video together to celebrate this occasion, in honor of the upcoming adaptation that hits theaters on March 4, 2016. This video comes just a few months after director Tim Burton shared the official title treatment.
In the original novel, Miss Peregrine's home is situated in a time loop in September 3, 1940, with the clocks resetting every day just before her island home was bombed by German forces. The video below may be confusing without this context, but there is certainly a method behind its bizarre madness. This video doesn't include any actual footage from the movie, but hopefully the first trailer will arrive any day now.
From visionary director Tim Burton, »
After being attached to the project for a good couple of years, it came as something of a surprise when director Cary Fukunaga suddenly departed the new two-film adaptation of Stephen King's It. Fukunaga, who has just helmed Netflix's first original feature film Beasts Of No Nation, was said to have left over "creative differences", with some sources suggesting the growing budget was to blame.
Yet chatting to Variety, Fukunaga has put his side of the story.
"I was trying to make an unconventional horror film. It didn’t fit into the algorithm of what they knew they could spend and make money back on based on not offending their standard genre audience", he explained.
"Our budget was perfectly fine. We were always hovering at the $32 million mark, which was their budget. »
"I think you're a sexist, misogynist dinosaur, a relic of the Cold War." - M (Judi Dench) to James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) in "Goldeneye" Guess what, M? James Bond actually agrees with you! Or rather, Daniel Craig does in a new interview with Esquire, where the current Bond star calls historical portrayals of the spy -- yes -- "sexist and misogynistic." Is he the first 007 to refer to the character as such? Hard to say, but it's a pretty bold (and honest) statement from a man who is still actively playing the womanizing spy on screen. (Note: this is not the first Bond controversy to break today.) “Hopefully, my Bond is not as sexist and misogynistic as [earlier incarnations]," said Craig in the interview.. "The world has changed. I am certainly not that person. But he is, and so what does that mean? It means you cast great actresses and make the »
- Chris Eggertsen
Oscar-winning Australian actor and theatre director to be honoured at London film festival for her outstanding achievement in film
Australian actor Cate Blanchett is to be awarded a BFI Fellowship by the UK’s lead film agency, the British Film Institute, at this year’s London film festival.
The BFI Fellowship – not to be confused with a similarly titled honour given by Bafta (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts) – is a lifetime achievement award given by the BFI board of governors and presented for “outstanding achievement in film and television”. There have been some 80 previous recipients, including Al Pacino, Judi Dench, Mike Leigh and, most recently, Mel Brooks.
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- Andrew Pulver
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