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The 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival kicks off this evening with the European premiere of Breathe In, Drake Doremus’ dark family drama starring Felicity Jones and Guy Pearce, and then continues for a further eleven days until it draws to a close with the world premiere of John McKay’s romantic comedy Not Another Happy Ending.
The programme, which has been lovingly put together by Artistic Director Chris Fujiwara and his trusted team, contains all the necessary ingredients to appease both die-hard cinema fans and those simply looking to catch the next big thing a few weeks before anyone else. To find the films worth seeing though is a tricky task – something that this article could help with.
I’ve scoured the jam-packed programme and come up with ten films (included below with brief descriptions and screening details) that should not be missed:
The long awaited prequel to »
- Jamie Neish
Man of Steel box office to reach $150 million in North America today (photo: Dylan Sprayberry as the young Clark Kent in Man of Steel) Directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill in the title role, Man of Steel will undoubtedly pass the $150 million milestone at the North American box office on Tuesday, June 19, 2013. Partly boosted by 3D surcharges, after about four and a quarter days (including $12 million from Thursday evening screenings), Warner Bros.’ $225 million-budgeted Man of Steel has taken in $141.26 million from 4,207 Us/Canada locations, including $12.58 million on Monday as per Box Office Mojo. For comparison’s sake: From Friday-Monday, without the advantage of box-office-inflating 3D surcharges, Jon Favreau / Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man earned $105.55 million, or about $117 million today. So, if the 3D surcharges* are deducted from Man of Steel‘s Friday-to-Monday total, the 2013 Superman reboot would be left with $116.34 million. In other words, the $140 million-budgeted Iron Man »
- Zac Gille
Remember ten years ago when you would be in HMV looking at a DVD box set of something like The West Wing and then unfolding the twenty pound note in your pocket and wondering whether to part with all that cash for something you had never seen? You had just heard that someone somewhere liked it, but for that £30 you could get two films like Bad Boys 2 and Kill Bill volume 1!
These were difficult times my friends, and more often than not £30 would go down the drain and you would watch three episodes of whatever series it was and decide it wasn’t for you. Well thanks to modern technology and its mission to kill DVD, Blu-Ray and whatever other physical media dinosaur you prefer, this dilemma is a thing of the past.
Nowadays you can go onto Lovefilm, Netflix, BT Vision or whatever else and stream whole seasons of TV for almost nothing. »
- Chris Holt
Louis Leterrier’s Now You See Me is currently open in the Us, and opens in the UK on July 3rd. It stars Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher and Woody Harrelson as a team of magicians that perform in Las Vegas, wowing audiences whilst simultaneously robbing banks, sharing the proceeds with their audience. Whilst there have been numerous movies about witches, wizards and other fantasy magicians, there have been surprisingly few set around theatrical magicians.
Now You See Me isn’t the year’s first, though. Oz: The Great and Powerful featured Oz as a shady stage magician who had to use these skills to defeat an evil witch. There was more stage magic in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, a comedy telling the story of a duo of performing magicians who have a falling out. Whilst originally the tricks involved were going to be outrageous, impossible stunts, in the end David Copperfield »
- Barry Steele
Directed by Drake Doremus
Drake Doremus’s latest film, Breathe In, is a taut, emotional drama, starring Guy Pearce as a middle-aged high school music teacher who has never abandoned his dream of becoming a full-time musician. His character, Keith, is living in a state of continual but indifferent regret; despite having a loving wife (Amy Ryan), highly-achieving daughter (Mackenzie Davis) and beautiful house in upstate New York, he yearns for the exciting bohemian lifestyle of his youth, of which only his passion for music remains. The domestic inertia is broken when the family accept an English exchange student into their home, the 18-year-old piano prodigy, Sophie (Felicity Jones), who rekindles Keith’s romantic nostalgia and forces him to revaluate his responsibilities to his family and himself.
The effect that Sophie has on each member of the household is delicately handled, »
- Rob Dickie
Exclusive: Scoot McNairy is set star with Jude Law in Black Sea, the underwater adventure film for Focus Features that Kevin Macdonald is directing. Law plays a rogue skipper who gathers a crew and a submarine in order to search for sunken treasure in the Black Sea. McNairy plays an American who convinces the captain to undertake a mission, even though the skipper has been double crossed before and knows it could be a set-up. McNairy just wrapped David Michod’s The Rover with Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, and he starred alongside Michael Fassbender in Frank. The Argo star also has Twelve Years A Slave wrapped and just starred in the AMC pilot Halt And Catch Fire. McNairy is repped by Wme, The Group and Jackoway Tyerman. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Finally there's something positive to report regarding the sequel to Prometheus! Variety is reporting that Fox and Ridley Scott are getting closer to returning to space as Jack Paglen (Transcendence) is in talks to write the follow-up to last year’s sci-fi blockbuster, Prometheus!
In the original film archeologist couple Elizabeth Shaw (Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) discover a star map that they interpret as an invitation from humanity's forerunners, the “Engineers.” Determined to find out more about them, the couple board the scientific vessel Prometheus, created and funded by Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce), CEO of Weyland Corporation. Lead by mission director Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron) and monitored by Weyland’s android David (Michael Fassbender), the team of explorers »
- Uncle Creepy
A second Prometheus film is moving forward.
> Do the 'Prometheus' deleted scenes answer any questions?
Scott has given his approval to Paglen's treatment, an industry insider has claimed, and a formal deal is expected to follow quickly.
The film has grossed over $400 million (£254.5 million) worldwide.
Watch Rafe Spall talking to Digital Spy »
Warning: Spoilers Galore.
By not simply rolling to "The End," "They all lived happily ever after," etc. after Frodo made a three-pointer chucking The One Ring into Mount Doom, Peter Jackson set a pretty bad precedent in "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King." Every time it seemed like all was well and we were fading to credits, another five-minute scene would roll in. Toss in a few Oscars and you've got a bunch of blockbuster directors wanting to add 20 endings to their genre films, too.
With "Man of Steel" currently keeping people from validating their parking for way longer than they should, let's take a look at five recent flicks that just kept going and going and going ...
'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' (2011)
- Max Evry
Spoiler Alert: This blog is published ahead of the screening of Prometheus on Sky Showcase on Sunday at 8pm. Do not read if you have not seen the film and don't want to know anything about it.
"A king has his reign, and then he dies. It's inevitable" - Meredith Vickers
It is the year 2093. Mankind's plan to visit everything that cavemen point at in pictures has finally reached fruition, in tandem with Weyland Corp's top secret Operation Pretend to Be Dead But Really Just Hide on a Spaceship Even Though It Makes No Sense. Finally, we are about to answer humanity's most important questions. Who are we? Why are we here? Wouldn't it be cleverer to run away from that falling spaceship sideways? »
- Stuart Heritage
The House of Dior has officially confirmed ‘Twilight’ star Robert Pattinson as the new face of Dior Homme fragrance. Keep reading for more official news from the brand and to see the first pics of Rob’s sexy ad campaign.
On June 12, the mega brand announced in a press release: “The House of Dior is delighted to announce that actor Robert Pattinson is to be the new face of Dior Homme fragrance.” Keep reading for more dish on Rob’s new partnership!
Robert Pattinson For Dior Homme Fragrance — The Official Announcement
While Rob has been rumored to be the new face of Dior’s Men’s Fragrances since October of 2012, we are thrilled to reveal Dior’s official statement:
- Dory Larrabee
Some (actually quite a few) sci-fi films are more than just pieces of escapist entertainment. Some of them are freakin' prophets, don'tcha know, making predictions about what life will be like once we reach the year in which the particular film takes place.
Okay, it doesn't always work: when we reach 2015 in a couple of years, it's probably safe to say that there won't be the flying cars of "Back to the Future Part II." But who's to say our 2019 won't involve a Los Angeles that looks like New York City with a lot of Atari logos (as depicted in "Blade Runner") or that our 805,971 won't involve, uh, Guy Pearce (as depicted in "The Time Machine")?
Behold the (possible) future(s »
- NextMovie Staff
After an excellent start to the tenure of new artistic director Chris Fujiwara in 2012, the Edinburgh International Film Festival returns this June with a similarly promising, extremely eclectic line-up. Last summer I provided Sound on Sight’s first ever coverage of the event, the world’s longest continuously running film festival, and shall be continuing to do so in a few weeks time; the festival runs from June 19th to 30th.
Things kick off with the European premiere of Breathe In, following its debut at Sundance earlier this year. Drake Doremus’ follow-up to Like Crazy stars Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones, Amy Ryan and Kyle MacLachlan, and concerns the change in a family’s relationship dynamics when a foreign exchange student comes to stay. The closing gala film is romantic comedy Not Another Happy Ending, which receives its world premiere at the festival. The Glasgow-set film stars Doctor Who »
- Josh Slater-Williams
Lose Your Stars. Lose Your Money. Dust off, get up and make your movie. That’s the path of Shadow Dancer director James Marsh who reinvents showbiz crisis as a positive in order to make his period spy thriller set in Belfast during “The Troubles.” Shadow Dancer, in theaters starting Friday from Magnolia Pictures, tells the story of Collette (Andrea Riseborough), a reluctant Ira informer, and Mac (Clive Owen), the British intelligence officer who forces Colette to spy on her family. Riseborough and Owen are receiving good reviews for their lead roles but Marsh originally set out to make his adaptation of Tom Bradby’s novel with Rebecca Hall and Guy Pearce. Marsh says financial hiccups, production delays and subsequent scheduling conflicts forced him to seek out new actors but he’s convinced that all the setbacks and headaches ended up working out well for his movie. »
The Cannes Film Festival is possibly the most prestigious on the annual film calendar. And the Golden Palm, better known as the Palme d’Or, is the most prestigious film award of any kind (I believe). That includes the Academy Award for Best Picture. The Oscars, among others like the Golden Globes, are more commercial driven. Cannes is more focused on the craft or filmmakers than their appeal. The competition is stronger with a more diverse group of filmmakers. Don’t have an invitation? Sorry, but you literally need one.
A Palme d’Or loser isn’t just a film that didn’t win the award. To make the list, the film had to of been in competition. The award winners are the best of the best. In an elite group, a nomination is still prestigious. These are not upsets. The films on this list are not chosen because they »
- Matthew Curry
Having surpassed the box office haul of The Dark Knight Rises late last week to become the highest-grossing solo superhero movie, Marvel's Iron Man 3 has now moved above Skyfall, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Transformers: Dark of the Moon to crack the top five in the list of the biggest earners of all time.
Since rolling out across the globe from late April, Iron Man 3 has pulled in $367.5 million on home soil, as well as a stellar international take of $774.8 million to give Marvel's first Phase Two offering a global haul of $1.142 billion. The Robert Downey Jr.-headlined sequel has obviously benefited from the success of last year's The Avengers, and should now go on to exceed the total gross of both Iron Man and Iron Man 2 combined ($1.209 billion, if you're wondering). However, it could struggle to climb any further in the all time chart, »
- Flickering Myth
People have been coming out in droves to see Marvel's latest film, Iron Man 3. But, the film's success at the box office doesn't mean all is well. Moviegoers have been divided upon the film's big twist, which is Ben Kingsley's Mandarin isn't really the Mandarin. But in fact Trevor Slattery, a drunken British actor hired by Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) to give Evil a face. So, those rings that Trevor/Mandarin wears, are purely decorative. With that out of the way, let's appreciate some wonderfully beautiful and intricate designs for The Mandarin's rings, that were created by Andrea Dopaso. Near the end of Iron Man 3, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has the shrapnel surgically removed from his chest. Then the film cuts away to a scene of Tony placing a necklace, with a heart-shaped pendant, around Pepper Potts' neck. That piece of jewelry is actually supposed to »
As Iron Man 3 continues its meteoric climb up the all time box office chart (it's currently closing in on The Dark Knight Rises for eighth place), a selection of unused poster designs for the Marvel solo sequel have arrived online via ComicBookMovie; check them out below, and click any of the images for bigger versions:
Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly »
- Flickering Myth
Marvel’s latest Iron Man entry has caused quite a furore surrounding a pivotal plot twist that some just didn’t think worked as well as it should, and many believing it betrayed the spirit of the comic-book character. Now, I’m perhaps not as invested in the comic mythology as those passionate people but I can see where they’re coming from. Having said that, I had a blast with Robert Downey Jr.’s latest outing as Tony Stark.
If you’re still yet to see Iron Man 3, I suggest to race out to catch it before the beans are spilled and see if you have the same problems as those individuals. We at Thn are not ones for spoilers, even in our fantastic review Here, so you can rest easy and take in this stunning set of brooding unused poster artwork. Some ever so slightly tweaked, yet »
- Craig Hunter
Following General Zod’s warning on the Man Of Steel website, we have a new, massive, action-packed trailer. This one is entitled “Fate Of Your Planet,” so you know the stakes are high. Michael Shannon is throwing his hat into the ring for best villain of the summer. It might be tough to top Benedict Cumberbatch, or Guy Pearce, or Ben Kingsley, but I wouldn’t bet against the man.
Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Russell Crowe, Michael Kelly, Harry Lennix and Richard Schiff star in Zack Snyder’s WB film. It’s coming June 14th. »
- Andy Greene
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