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Stars: Jeremy Cooper, Lindsay Duncan, Viggo Mortensen, Sheila Moore, Duncan Fraser, David Longworth, Robert Koons, David Bloom, Evan Hall, Codie Lucas Wilbee, Sherry Bie | Written and Directed by Philip Ridley
The beauty of loving films is that no matter how many you’ve seen, there are so many out there still to be discovered… One of these for me was The Reflecting Skin which is being released this weel on Blu-ray. It’s a true hidden gem that needs to be seen…
The Reflecting Skin is set in the American Mid-west in the 1950s and takes the viewpoint of Seth Dove (Jeremy Cooper) who becomes obsessed with the fact that a widow, Dolphin Blue (Lindsay Duncan) is a vampire. When one of Seth’s friends is found dead, all eyes are on the boy’s father who has a history that puts him under suspicion and the pressure leads him to commit suicide. »
- Paul Metcalf
Still relatively new in the distrib game, Bleecker Street has been keen on including film fest premieres for their individual film release strategies and something tells me that Captain Fantastic could follow suit. Another film item I called a little too early for a 2015 Sundance showing, might be leaning towards a Sundance showing when we factor in that the filmmaker Matt Ross saw his debut film 28 Hotel Rooms receive some TLC from the festival. Recently named to Variety’s Top 10 Directors to Watch List, this stars Viggo Mortensen, Missi Pyle, Steve Zahn, Kathryn Hahn, George MacKay, Erin Moriarty and Frank Langella.
Gist: In the film, a father (Mortensen), devoted to teaching his six children how to live and survive in the deep forests of the Pacific Northwest, is forced to leave his self-created paradise. When confronted with the real world, he begins a journey that challenges his ideas of freedom »
- Eric Lavallee
Tie-in video games are nothing new in the moviemaking or televisual world. Through these spin-off products, we can play out adventures featuring our favourite characters without having to leave the house.
Most of the time, though, said characters don’t sound quite right. For financial reasons, you’ll often see a different voice cast step in to replace the overly expensive stars from the original film or TV version. Admittedly, these stand-ins do a very good job from time to time. But you can always tell the difference.
Sometimes, though, providing a rare treat for fans, actors can be convinced – by money, passion or a good script - to reprise their iconic film or TV characters once more for a video game adventure. Here are 32 games that featured instances of this incredibly fun phenomenon… »
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have more than “Twilight” in common. They have both played characters in signature films about the ’50s Beat Generation, which gave birth to hipster cool, the counter-culture and anti-establishment ethos. The ensemble cast of On the Road included Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Alice Braga, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge, Danny Morgan, Elisabeth Moss, Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen. ...Read More »
- Keith Girard
Based on a screenplay by Dan Wiedenhaupt, the story is set 20,000 years ago in Europe during the Upper Paleolithic period and centers on a young man’s quest to brave the inhospitable and dangerous conditions and find his way back to his tribe.
Plot details are not being disclosed at this time. Shooting is expected to begin in early 2016 in Iceland and Canada.
- Justin Kroll
With early November being prime real estate for the annual movie awards season, you might think the AFI Fest would be a vital springboard into the Oscar race. But the blunt truth is that the event hasn’t been much of a lucky charm.
Over the past decade, films that have gone to the fest looking to establish a wave of support, only to more or less crash on the rocks, include Emilio Estevez’s “Bobby,” Robert Redford’s “Lions for Lambs,” Edward Zwick’s “Defiance” and “Love & Other Drugs,” Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar,” Sacha Gervasi’s “Hitchcock,” John Lee Hancock’s “Saving Mr. Banks” and J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year,” to name a few.
This year, the festival — which kicks off Nov. 5 — boasts three compelling world premieres in opening night, centerpiece and closing night slots, respectively: Angelina Jolie’s “By the Sea,” Peter Landesman’s “Concussion »
- Kristopher Tapley
Mar Del Plata — One of Latin America’s most reputed actresses, Argentina’s Dolores Fonzi, lead of Cannes Critics’ Week winner “Paulina,” is attached to star in “The Future Ahead,” the feature debut of Constanza Novick (pictured), produced by Lisandro Alonso.
Set up at Alonso’s 4L Cine and Ignacio Sarchi’s 188 Cine, “Future,” in development, weighs in as a potential highlight – plus discovery of a new Argentine auteur – at LoboLab, the new co-production forum launched by Argentina’s Mar del Plata Festival, running Nov. 5-7.
An extended coming-of-age tale – and more mainstream than Alonso’s dazzling more radical fare – “The Future Ahead” charts the enduring friendship between Romina and Flor, from first love to first divorce.
“The film’s core is not so much women as women’s friendship, a bond which men find difficult »
- John Hopewell
Red Entertainment is developing an authorized biopic on Paralympic gold medalist Bradley Snyder with Robert Knott on board to script.
Red Sanders is producing the project, which will chronicle the life of the former U.S. Navy lieutenant who lost his eyesight while serving in Afghanistan.
One year after he lost his vision, he won two gold medals and one silver medal for the United States in swimming at the 2012 London Paralympic Games. Knott is closely working with Snyder. Production is expected to begin in the summer.
“My life’s great challenge came in the form of visual impairment, but we all face adversity,” said Snyder. “I hope my story will inspire people to adopt a positive outlook that enables them to courageously overcome their struggles.”
- Dave McNary
Good old London town is the greatest city on Earth. I realise that many of you out there will immediately disagree with me, but I don’t care. I don’t want to alienate you from these pages, but this is a fact. I’ve lived in a small town in the northern part of the Cotswolds in the UK for a large part of my life, and seven years ago this winter, this big beautiful place became my home. Since living here however, I’ve often thought that there was something seriously lacking, and now after sitting through the glorious Spectre, the 24th official James Bond film, which features some magnificent action sequences set in the capital is that ‘that thing that be lacking’ is a kick-ass $300 + million action movie… Spectre might have delivered that… »
- The Hollywood News
Cate Blanchett's in the hot seat! The Oscar-winning actress stopped by "Watch What Happens Live" on Tuesday, where she played a game of Plead the Fifth with host Andy Cohen. During the segment, Cohen asked Blanchett who she would marry, shag or kill out of "Lord of the Rings" costars Orlando Bloom, Elijah Woods and Viggo Mortensen -- and her answer was definitely surprising! "Shag Viggo," the "Blue Jasmine" star said without hesitation. "Who are the other two?" she hilariously asked after. "Elijah and Orlando," Cohen replied. "I'd marry Elijah," she said. "I'm sorry -- it's not that I want to kill Orlando but that's my only choice," she added. Later in the game, the blonde beauty also revealed which of her fellow Academy Award nominated actress she was most "annoyed" to lose the Oscar to. Andy began to list off the ladies names, which prompted Blanchett to admit, »
- tooFab Staff
Nicolas Cage isn't known for turning down roles, but in a recent interview, the actor revealed that he turned down the role of Aragorn in "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. The role eventually went to Viggo Mortensen. "There were different things going on in my life at the time that precluded me from being able to travel and be away from home for three years," he explained. "But the thing is about those movies, I can watch them. I can enjoy them as an audience member. I don't really watch my own movies. And so I genuinely do have the joy of watching these — especially with 'Lord of the Rings.'" "Lord of the Rings" became one of the biggest trilogies of all time. But Cage doesn't have any regrets about passing on the opportunity to be part of that. "I don't really have any regrets. I think regret is a waste of time, »
The role of Aragorn in Peter Jackson's trilogy of Lord Of The Rings films was ultimately taken on by Viggo Mortensen. He was a late replacement for Stuart Townsend, who left the role four days into shooting, when Jackson felt that the actor was too young for the part.
However, had history taken a different turn, then Aragorn may well have been played by Nicolas Cage.
In a new interview with Newsweek, Cage has revealed that he was offered the part by Peter Jackson, but had to turn the role down.
"There were different things going on in my life at the time that precluded me from being able to travel and be away from home for three years", he explained. Although he can see the upside of not »
Kirsten Dunst says the best opportunities for creative people in Hollywood today are on television, rather than in films. “People don’t go to the cinema unless it’s an event any more,” the actress said in an interview published Sunday by the U.K.’s Guardian. “The movie industry is in a weird place, for sure, and the creative people are blossoming on television.” Dunst is currently filming the second season of FX series “Fargo,” which is loosely based on the 1996 film of the same name from the Coen brothers. This season’s premiere is Monday, Oct. 12. Also Read: »
- Todd Cunningham
Nowadays, it's hard to image that Nicolas Cage would turn down any movie, let alone one guaranteed to be a massive blockbuster success. Especially when he's taking jobs in such dreck as Left Behind and Season of the Witch. But as it turns out, he passed up a key role in what is one of the biggest series of all time. Yes, he could have been Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
For the past few years, Nicolas Cage has had a rough go at choosing projects. He's appeared in one flop after the next, many of them going straight to VOD or home video (which isn't a bad thing in this day of streaming media, but in his case it has been). He won raves for his indie thriller Joe, and had a great cameo turn in Kick-Ass, but there hasn't been anything too memorable on his resume for sometime. »
Currently promoting his new film Pay the Ghost [read our review here], Nicolas Cage has been speaking to Newsweek about his desire to work with such directors as Paul Thomas Anderson and Quentin Tarantino in the future, as well as some of the roles he was offered over the years that for one reason or another he had to turn down.
“There certainly were movies that I probably would have benefited from if circumstances in my life allowed me to make them. Lord of the Rings. That trilogy. Aragorn. Or The Matrix. But the thing is about those movies, I can watch them. I can enjoy them as an audience member. I don’t really watch my own movies. »
- Scott J. Davis
Few movie companies in Europe have done more over the past decade to boost the high end of their national movie industries than Telecinco Cinema, the film production arm of Mediaset Espana, Spain’s biggest broadcast network group, which turns 15 this year.
Its top 10 movies, all co-produced with Spanish producers, have grossed nearly $600 million worldwide. They include Spain’s No. 1 B.O. title in 2012, Juan Antonio Bayona’s “The Impossible” ($54.5 million), and 2014’s chart-topper, “Spanish Affair” ($77.5 million), which grossed four times its nearest Hollywood rival, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” ($17.5 million) and helped Spanish films to a 24% domestic market share, their biggest since 1977.
Telecinco Cinema’s biggest hits point to the capacity of film companies outside the U.S. to make movies that can impact the international box office: “The Impossible” grossed $180 million worldwide, Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth” snagged $38 million (and three Academy Awards) in the U. »
- John Hopewell and Emiliano De Pablos
She then signed her first major beauty contract with 'Giorgio Armani Beauty'.
Her next films include "The Girl King" and "The 9th Life of Louis Drax".
"The whole discussion surrounding gender is something I have been fascinated with since I was in university taking womens' studies," said Gadon. "I think that is what really drives a lot of my work as an actress—especially those questions about identity: Who are we? How do we form ourselves?
"How a character moves in a garment is an external expression of their psyche. I’ve learned that I have so much to learn...I »
- Michael Stevens
Wim Wenders with Anne-Katrin Titze Photo: Claire Brunel
The director of recent documentaries Pina on the late great choreographer poet Pina Bausch and the Oscar nominated The Salt Of The Earth with Juliano Ribeiro Salgado on master photographer Sebastião Salgado, is in New York for Wim Wenders: Portraits Along The Road, the first stop for a major retrospective of his films. Wenders has many long-term collaborations along the way including Peter Handke and Nick Cave who will appear with Reda Kateb (great in David Oelhoffen's Albert Camus adaptation, Far From Men, opposite Viggo Mortensen) and Sophie Semin in his latest film, The Beautiful Days Of Aranjuez (Les Beaux Jours D’Aranjuez).
In the elevator on my way to meet Wim, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
To salute the release of American Ultra, we hunt down the subtle ways to spot an undercover agent on the big screen...
American Ultra - out in UK cinemas tomorrow - sees Jesse Eisenberg play a strung-out, stoner slacker, who as it happens is also a deep cover agent trained to be a lethal killing machine by the Us government. And when he’s marked for extermination, he stops getting high, and starts kicking ass and taking names.
From character pieces about the nature of identity to ludicrous third act reveals, the idea of someone going deep undercover has been a go-to trope in films for a very long time. But what if you are worried that someone around you could secretly be a deep cover agent? If so, here are some tips from the movies to spot if someone isn’t quite on the level.
They dress sharp
Production is shortly to officially begin on the next Jason Bourne movie adventure, that sees Matt Damon returning to play the role for the fourth time. Also returning for the thus-far unnamed Bourne 5 is director Paul Greengrass, who to date has helmed The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum in the series.
Joining Damon in the cast? We already know that Julia Stiles is back for this one, and Alicia Vikander and Tommy Lee Jones have both signed up for duty too. Now Variety reports that Vincent Kassel (Black Swan) has joined the cast too. His exact role isn't yet known, short of the fact that he's going to be play an assassin who's trying to take Jason Bourne out.
Bourne 5 is set to shoot in Greece and America, and it's due in cinemas »
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