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Driving Force

17 December 2008 12:59 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

It is with a tinge of horror that we at Back Stage learn Eddie Marsan is driving himself to our interview in Los Angeles. Our concern is in part because the actor is English and in part because he plays the pathologically tense, deeply miserable, apparently psychotic driving instructor in Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky. When Marsan arrives here safely, we are relieved to learn he is a sensibly happy man. And as he shares his story with us, he articulately reveals how he has made his own luck by driving his career forward, thank you very much.It's not that he hasn’t been noticeable to hawk-eyed observers long before this film's October release in the U.S. This year alone he appeared as the cozy but slightly self-absorbed father in Paul Weiland's Sixty-Six, then had a world-class shoving contest with Will Smith in Hancock. But something about Marsan's »

- Dany Margolies

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Five Character Actors to Celebrate

16 December 2008 1:18 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Over the course of the coming weeks, end of year lists and kudos begin to dominate both print and web media.  Comeback and break-out stories along the lines of Mickey Rourke, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and heck, even James Franco are expected to pop up just about everywhere.  Not that there is anything wrong with that.  But rather than being drowned out by the chorus, this Twitch-o-Meter aims to highlight five actors who have been around for some time, usually popping up in character roles, or generally not quite getting the full recognition of the special qualities they bring to the films they ‘inhabit’ rather than simply ‘appear’ in. 

To put it another way, if it were 10 years ago, this list would look something like Mads Mikkelsen, Tadanobu Asano, Timothy Spall, Natascha McElhone and Philip Seymour Hoffman.  These are great character actors doing stand out work in small or even occasionally rare lead performances. »

- Kurt Halfyard

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'Sherlock Holmes,' 'Watchmen,' 'Terminator' and More in 2009 Warner Bros. Preview!

12 December 2008 11:48 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Watchmen, Sherlock Holmes and Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th

Photo: Warner Bros. Warner Bros. just sent over their 2009 picture preview and it is Huge. It includes 22 films and I have added a total of 40 new images from films including the following: Sherlock Holmes Final Destination: Death Trip 3D Where the Wild Things Are Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Terminator Salvation Watchmen The Informant Friday the 13th Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Whiteout Orphan Observe and Report He's Just Not That Into You The Hangover 17 Again My Sister's Keeper Shorts Under the Sea 3D The Box Untitled Clint Eastwood Project Ninja Assassin I have included a preview image, the release date, cast, director and synopsis for each film over the next six pages. The brand new, never-before-seen images for several of the releases can be previewed by clicking on the link accompanying each film. Remember, the links open in »

- Brad Brevet

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Julian Fellowes assembles 'Time' cast

7 October 2008 9:05 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

London -- A plethora of familiar faces will star alongside Maggie Smith and Timothy Spall in Julian Fellowes' sophomore feature, "From Time to Time."

The cast of the film, which begins shooting this week, includes Carice van Houten, Alex Etel, Pauline Collins, Eliza Bennett, Harriet Walter, Hugh Bonneville and Dominic West.

Oscar-winning scribe Fellowes is directing "Time" from his own screenplay.

The film is produced by Liz Trubridge, Paul Kingsley and Fellowes with Barnaby Thompson and James Spring executive producing for Ealing Studios.

Based on Lucy M. Boston's series of books "The Chimneys at Green Knowe," the family saga will be shot at Ealing Studios and on location in the U.K.

"Time" is an Ealing Studios presentation of a Lionhead Prods. film and is backed by Limelight and Prescience.

International sales are being handled by Ealing Studios International, with Delanic Films having already secured U.K. rights. »

- By Stuart Kemp

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"Appaloosa" La Premiere Photography!

26 September 2008 7:49 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Check out red carpet photos from La premiere of New Line Cinema's "Appaloosa" including Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, Renee Zellweger and more! The preem took place at the Academy Theater / Beverly Hills, CA. on September 18th. The film makes its expansion this weekend into 800+ venues. Also in the cast are Jeremy Irons, Timothy Spall, Lance Henriksen, Mike Watson, Rex Linn, Tom Bower, Boyd Kestner, Gabriel Marantz. Set in 1882 in the Old West territory of New Mexico, "Appaloosa" revolves around city marshal Virgil Cole (Harris) and his deputy and partner Everett Hitch (Mortensen), who have made their reputation as peacekeepers in the lawless towns springing up in the untamed land. »

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"Appaloosa" La Premiere Photography!

26 September 2008 7:49 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Check out red carpet photos from La premiere of New Line Cinema's "Appaloosa" including Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, Renee Zellweger and more! The preem took place at the Academy Theater / Beverly Hills, CA. on September 18th. The film makes its expansion this weekend into 800+ venues. Also in the cast are Jeremy Irons, Timothy Spall, Lance Henriksen, Mike Watson, Rex Linn, Tom Bower, Boyd Kestner, Gabriel Marantz. Set in 1882 in the Old West territory of New Mexico, "Appaloosa" revolves around city marshal Virgil Cole (Harris) and his deputy and partner Everett Hitch (Mortensen), who have made their reputation as peacekeepers in the lawless towns springing up in the untamed land. »

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"Appaloosa" La Premiere Photography!

26 September 2008 7:49 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Check out red carpet photos from La premiere of New Line Cinema's "Appaloosa" including Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, Renee Zellweger and more! The preem took place at the Academy Theater / Beverly Hills, CA. on September 18th. The film makes its expansion this weekend into 800+ venues. Also in the cast are Jeremy Irons, Timothy Spall, Lance Henriksen, Mike Watson, Rex Linn, Tom Bower, Boyd Kestner, Gabriel Marantz. Oscar nominee Viggo Mortensen ("Eastern Promises"), four-time Oscar nominee Ed Harris ("Pollock"), Academy Award winner Renee Zellweger ("Cold Mountain") and Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons ("Reversal of Fortune") star in the Western "Appaloosa," adapted from the Robert B. Parker novel. All images copyright© Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos Set in 1882 in the Old West territory of New Mexico, "Appaloosa" revolves around city marshal Virgil Cole (Harris) and his deputy and partner Everett Hitch (Mortensen), who have made their reputation as peacekeepers in the »

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"Appaloosa" La Premiere Photography!

26 September 2008 7:49 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Check out red carpet photos from La premiere of New Line Cinema's "Appaloosa" including Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, Renee Zellweger and more! The preem took place at the Academy Theater / Beverly Hills, CA. on September 18th. The film makes its expansion this weekend into 800+ venues. Also in the cast are Jeremy Irons, Timothy Spall, Lance Henriksen, Mike Watson, Rex Linn, Tom Bower, Boyd Kestner, Gabriel Marantz. Set in 1882 in the Old West territory of New Mexico, "Appaloosa" revolves around city marshal Virgil Cole (Harris) and his deputy and partner Everett Hitch (Mortensen), who have made their reputation as peacekeepers in the lawless towns springing up in the untamed land. »

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A New Hammer Horror Film! The Wake Wood begins shooting

23 September 2008 3:02 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

New Hammer horror film, The Wake Wood, started shooting on Monday in County Donegal, Ireland.  Marking the first horror feature from Hammer since 1976’s To The Devil A Daughter, this should be a fascinating project that (fingers crossed) may see Hammer rise to prominence once more with its distinctive, imaginative and thoroughly British creations. Directed by Irish-born David Keating and featuring a cast including The Wire’s Aidan Gillen and the magnificent Timothy Spall, the hairs should be tingling on the back of your neck already.

Hammer is something of a British institution; one that had fallen into decline over the past few decades, but is still remembered with a fondness similar to that felt for bank holiday favourites, the Carry On films. Except rather than chuckling cockney Barbara ‘Babs’ Windsor you get the debonair Christopher Lee in a slew of camp and gory horror flicks through the 50s and 60s. »

- James Dennis

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Hammer Films resurrected with 'Wake Wood'

23 September 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

London -- Legendary British production banner Hammer Films is back in the business of making pictures, with "The Wake Wood" going before cameras this week.

The label, owned by Jon de Mol's Dutch investment vehicle Cyrte Investments, is returning to the horror genre that made its name with "Wood" more than 30 years after it last produced a fright fest in 1976 with "To the Devil a Daughter."

Timothy Spall, Aidan Gillen and Eva Birthistle star in the movie, directed by David Keating from a screenplay he co-wrote with Brendan McCarthy, who came up with the original story.

It revolves around grieving parents who are given the opportunity to spend three more days with their only daughter after she is killed by a savage dog.

Hammer Films chairman and CEO Simon Oakes said Monday that the movie will shoot in Ireland and is backed by funds from the Irish Film Board. Vertigo Films has scared up U. »

- By Stuart Kemp

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Hammer Films Lives Again

22 September 2008 8:07 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Hammer Films is back in action as The Wake Wood begins principal photography this week. It’s the first of three new films from the current owner of the production entity. The original story was conceived by producer Brendan McCarthy who cowrote the screenplay with director David Keating (Where do I Begin?). Shooting will take place in Ireland. Vertigo Films has signed on to distribute the film in the United Kingdom in 2009 with a domestic release to likely follow.

The film stars Timothy Spall, Aidan Gillen and Eva Birthistle about parents who are mourning the loss of their daughter to an attack by a dog.  They are suddenly given an opportunity to have three more days with her.

They are also prepping to shoot the English version of the Swedish vampire tale Let the Right One In.  Following, according to Variety will be:

“The Resident, a chiller directed by Antti Jokinen »

- Robert Greenberger

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Hammer Films start shooting their first film for 30 years

22 September 2008 6:54 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

One of the greatest movie studios/ production houses ever to come out of Britain was the horror outfit Hammer, and the big news today is that the banner Hammer Films has started principal photography on its first feature in nearly three decades.

Variety reported the big news that THE WAKE WOOD has kicked off principal photography. The fiom, according to the trade, is a chiller about a couple grieving the death of their 9-year-old daughter who discover a pagan ritual that would allow them three more days with her.

Blighty's own Timothy Spall and Aiden Gillen (THE WIRE) star along with Eva Birthistle (MIDDLEMARCH) in the chiller. David Keating directs.

Shooting kicked off today (September 22nd) in Ireland, and the film is looking for a late 2009 release. »

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Casting Bites: Cage Becomes a Knight, Bilson is Stalked, & Spall Goes Horror

22 September 2008 5:32 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

We seem to be moving into the season of the Nicolas Cage. The actor has a slew of projects cooking up, and has just added another to the mix. The Hollywood Reporter posts that he's going to work with helmer Dominic Sena (Gone in Sixty Seconds) again on a new film called Season of the Witch. But this isn't a tale of pointy hats and black cats. Cage will be a "14th century knight transporting a girl suspected of being the witch behind the Black Plague" to some monks that can exorcise her demons. So basically, he's going to be all armor-clad in an on-the-ground version of Con Air. The new bad lieutenant in the 14th century! Can you dig it?

Meanwhile, Variety reports that ex O.C. star Rachel Bilson has signed on for a stalkeriffic-sounding indie romance called Waiting for Forever. The film will focus on "a young »

- Monika Bartyzel

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Hammer Films Begins Production on 'The Wake Wood'

22 September 2008 10:31 AM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

A huge update today on the official website for Hammer Films as they've announced their next feature film, THE WAKE WOOD, the first horror film they've produced since 1976's THE DEVIL'S DAUGHTER. Inside you'll find a very early production poster, along with details on the story, who will star and who's directing! David Keating is directing The Wake Wood from a screenplay he co-wrote with Brendan McCarthy, who came up with the original story. Brendan McCarthy is producing the film along with John McDonnell through their Fantastic Films banner. Simon Oakes and Guy East are Executive Producers. The cast includes Aidan Gillen (The Wire), Eva Birthistle (Middletown) and Timothy Spall (Harry Potter series, Sweeney Todd). »

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Hammer Films Begins Shooting Wake Wood

22 September 2008 4:54 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Principal photography commences today on Hammer Films’ first foray into making an original feature-length horror film since 1976’s To the Devil a Daughter (Beyond the Rave doesn’t count as it was made for the internet), the British studio announced. The film is called The Wake Wood and goes in front of cameras in County Donegal, Ireland with Vertigo Films already eyeballing it for a 2009 release in the UK.

David Keating is directing The Wake Wood from a script he co-wrote with Brendan McCarthy, and the story goes a little something like this: Still grieving the death of nine-year-old Alice – their only child – at the jaws of a crazed dog, vet Patrick and pharmacist Louise relocate to the remote town of Wake Wood where they learn of a pagan ritual that will allow them three more days with Alice. The couple find the idea disturbing and exciting in equal measure, »

- Johnny Butane

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Rio Bravo For Western

19 September 2008 9:48 AM, PDT | NYPost.com | See recent New York Post news »

There is perhaps no genre as full of pitfalls for contemporary filmmakers as the Western.

Last year's crop were either pretentious ("The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford") or ramped up the violence to absurd excess (the remake of "3:10 to Yuma").

Ed Harris, though, directs the old-school Western "Appaloosa" in a refreshingly straightforward style.

It's as no-nonsense as his lead performance as Virgil Cole, a leathery gunfighter with nerves of steel. He is hired by the city of Appaloosa in the New Mexico Territory. »

- By LOU LUMENICK

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Opening This Week: Dot-com days, period magicians, Eddie (sigh) Murphy

15 July 2008 4:59 PM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

By Neil Pedley

This week finds the U.S. Army bringing war games to a whole other level, a '60s sex icon getting an exposé, Ron Perlman returning as the defender of small fluffy kittens everywhere and Eddie Murphy taking cinema egotism to new heights.

"August"

After the warm reception his first feature "Xx/Xy" received at Sundance in 2002, director Austin Chick returned to the snowy slopes of Park City to debut his sophomore effort, which seemed to impress our own Matt Singer when he saw it in January. Assembling an noteworthy ensemble that includes the likes of Robin Tunney, Naomie Harris, Rip Torn and David Bowie, Chick follows Tom and Josh Sterling (Josh Hartnett and Adam Scott, respectively), two brothers desperately trying to right the sinking ship of their failing dot-com company in the weeks leading up to the devastating September 11th attacks.

Opens in New York.

"Days »

- Neil Pedley

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U.K.'s Delanic takes Julian Fellowes' 'Time'

23 June 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

LONDON -- Julian Fellowes' next movie project, "From Time to Time", has been picked up for U.K. distribution by fledgling indie distributor Delanic Films, sales house Ealing Studios International said Monday.

Fellowes' second film after "Gosford Park" also has sealed deals, with Hopscotch Films snapping up the rights for Australia and New Zealand, Odeon taking Greece, Castello Lopes securing Portugal and Shooting Stars taking the title in the Middle East.

Fellowes will direct from his own screenplay and is producing the film with Liz Trubridge and Paul Kingsley in their first venture together.

"Time", due to start shooting in the fall, counts Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, Hugh Bonneville, Anne Reid and Alex Etel in its lineup.

It centers on a boy's journey through time to discover his family's dramatic and mysterious past and is based on Lucy M Boston's book series "The Children of Green Knowe". »

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CinemaNX Makes a Deal with the Devil

18 May 2008 9:14 PM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

CinemaNX, the new film financing and production venture bankrolled by the Isle of Man, has commited to three projects, one of which is horror-themed. The urban horror movie Heartless is written and directed by Philip Ridley, and will star Jim Sturgess, Clemence Poesy, Noel Clarke and Timothy Spall. After a little research online we discovered that the film follows a young man makes a deal with the devil to become handsome, but then discovers there's a price for his good looks: he has to become a killer. »

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Ebertfest 2008: My heart is in Urbana

11 May 2008 1:44 PM, PDT | blogs.suntimes.com/ebert | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

The 10th Anniversary Ebertfest begins tonight in Urbana-Champaign. It is with some melancholy that I write these words on a legal pad in a hospital bed in Chicago. After consulting with my doctors, I have decided it may not be prudent to try to make the journey today with a fractured hip.

Sigh. I was really happy with this one. The films, the guests, the friends. Chaz, Nate Kohn, Mary Susan Britt and I had all the pieces in place. The only tweak I didn’t have time for was a proper full-length review of “Shotgun Stories.” It was on the to-do list. What I’m using now is what I wrote after seeing it at the Chicago Film Festival. The rest is almost a turn-key operation---the little festival that runs itself, with the help of countless volunteers.

It’s hard to express what it means to me that the festival is in my hometown. »

- Roger Ebert

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