17 items from 2015
Anton Chekhov’s classic 1896 play The Seagull is getting ready to take flight once more, now that Saoirse Ronan and Annette Bening have signed on to lead theatre and film director Michael Mayer’s new take on the tale.
Ant-Man‘s Corey Stoll and newcomer Billy Howe are also in the cast for the adaptation, which boasts a script by Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Karam (play Sons of the Prophet). Mayer is a versatile helmer best known for directing Broadway productions Spring Awakening back in 2007 and Hedwig and the Angry Inch last year. He was Tony-nominated for both and won for the former. As a film and television director, he helmed the family pic Flicka back in 2006 and also worked on NBC’s short-lived musical drama Smash.
- Isaac Feldberg
'The Fixer' movie with Alan Bates, Dirk Bogarde and Ian Holm (background) 'The Fixer' movie review: 1968 anti-Semitism drama wrecked by cast, direction, and writing In 1969, director John Frankenheimer declared that he felt "better about The Fixer than anything I've ever done in my life." Considering Frankenheimer's previous output – Seven Days in May, the much admired The Manchurian Candidate – it is hard to believe that the director was being anything but a good P.R. man for his latest release. Adapted from Bernard Malamud's National Book Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (itself based on the real story of Jewish brick-factory worker Menahem Mendel Beilis), The Fixer is an overlong, overblown, and overwrought contrivance that, albeit well meaning, carelessly misuses most of the talent involved while sadistically abusing the patience – and at times the intelligence – of its viewers. John Frankenheimer overindulges in 1960s kitsch John Frankenheimer »
- Andre Soares
Mark Wahlberg and wife Rhea Durham on the Oscars' Red Carpet Mark Wahlberg and wife Rhea Durham at the Academy Awards Mark Wahlberg and wife Rhea Durham in a red-and-golden outfit are pictured above on the 2011 Academy Awards' Red Carpet, just outside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony was held on Sunday, Feb. 27. Wahlberg, decades ago known as underwear model Marky Mark, was an Oscar nominee as one of the producers of Best Picture contender The Fighter – which ultimately lost to odds-on favorite The King's Speech. Mark Wahlberg was the only major player in the David O. Russell-directed boxing drama who failed to be nominated for an Academy Award in the acting categories. Co-stars Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, and Christian Bale were all shortlisted; Leo and Bale ended up winning in their respective supporting categories. Wahlberg, however, was a Best Supporting Actor nominee four years ago: for »
- D. Zhea
You never quite know what you're going to get when you venture Inside No. 9.
From a witch trial in the 17th century to the very human tragedy of a birthday party gone awry, series two took in the heartbreaking '12 Days of Christine', the chilling 'Cold Comfort' and more.
Digital Spy spoke to series co-creator, writer, performer and first-time director Shearsmith about how series two was crafted - and whether a third might be in the works.
There's been a great response to this series of Inside No. 9 - do you follow the reaction as it goes out?
"Yeah I do, it's great to see the reaction - especially because there's so many surprises, which happily we've managed »
Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter at the Academy Awards Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter on the Oscars' Red Carpet Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter sported matching hairdos upon their arrival at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Tim Burton's global blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, in which Helena Bonham Carter is one of the featured players (as the Red Queen), won Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Bonham Carter was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (as another queen, Elizabeth). Helena Bonham Carter: Career boosted by Oscar nomination Helena Bonham Carter's film career began in earnest in James Ivory's 1986 Best Picture Oscar nominee A Room with a View, in which she romanced Julian Sands. She kept on working without creating too much of a stir – e.g., Lady Jane, »
- D. Zhea
Shearsmith and Pemberton transport us to the 17th century for a witch trial this week in an episode high on quotability and absurdity...
This review contains spoilers.
2.3 The Trial Of Elizabeth Gadge.
“Sit in a theatre to see/A play of hopes and fears/While the orchestra breathes fitfully/The music of the spheres” – Quote from Witchfinder General (1968)
“It’s like The Crucible, but with a few extra gags thrown in” – Steve Pemberton on this week’s episode
The third instalment of this series of Inside No. 9 took us back to a perilous, and ridiculous, time in British history – the witch trials of the 17th century. In the small town of Little Happens, witchfinders Mr Warren (Shearsmith) and Mr Clarke (Pemberton) arrive to trial local woman Elizabeth Gadge for the crime of witchcraft. Employed by Justice of the Peace Sir Andrew Pike to find her guilty (or innocent. But, »
It may or may not end up being named Ascension as a report at the end of last month mentioned, but we do now know a few more solid details about the follow up to Tron: Legacy. With Joseph Kosinski once again directing and Garrett Hedlund confirmed to play Sam Flynn, Olivia Wilde will be back as Quorra.[Spoiler klaxon] Those who saw Tron: Legacy (and there were enough of you that Disney has been trying to compile a sequel since it came out in 2010) will know that the film ends with Sam escaping the Grid and bringing Quorra with him to the real world. From what Kosinski has said since, the new movie will deal with that situation and follow some other plot strands introduced, including the fact that Cillian Murphy made an appearance near the start as Edward Dillinger, Aka the son of Ed Dillinger, David Warner’s villain from the 1982 original. »
News of Tron 3 has always been in the background of major film talks since the release of Tron: Legacy back in 2010. It may have taken Disney a fair number of years to make a sequel to the 1982 cult classic, but plans for a third movie seemed have always been on the cards. It was reported earlier this month that Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski would be returning to helm the movie, and now it looks like we have a title.
According to Production Weekly’s Twitter feed, Tron 3 will be titled Tron: Ascension, and will start production this October in Vancouver.
Check out the tweet below:
Joseph Kosinski’s Tron: Ascension is planning to film in Vancouver from Early-October 2015 thru February 2016. http://t.co/ihBaFAc3O5
— Production Weekly (@prodweek) March 30, 2015
Also returning to the Tron world for Tron: Ascension is Garrett Hedlund as Sam Flynn, the son of »
- Luke Owen
I was not a huge fan of Tron: Legacy, but one thing I will say for it is I really enjoyed where it ended. In fact, as much as I thought the film itself was a bit of a dud, had it continued on for another two hours I think they might have had one hell of a great four hour film on their hands. That said, have you heard the news Tron 3 is looking at beginning production in Vancouver this Fallc Word broke earlier this month that Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy, Oblivion) was returning to direct after news first surfaced in the VanCity Buzz and seemed to be later confirmed by the trades. I reached out to Disney and they gave me the "we have no idea" response so I didn't write much else about it. However, today Production Weekly sent out a tweet reporting once again that »
- Brad Brevet
Earlier this month, we reported that Disney was going forward on a third Tron movie and that filming might begin as soon as this fall in Vancouver. Now Production Weekly that Tron 3 will be titled Tron: Ascension, and start a five-month shoot beginning October: Joseph Kosinski’s Tron: Ascension is planning to film in Vancouver from Early-October 2015 thru February 2016. http://t.co/ihBaFAc3O5— Production Weekly (@prodweek) March 30, 2015 Tron is such a weird franchise to continue. Considering all the properties Disney has at its disposal, I’m not sure why they would return to one that received a resounding “meh” when Tron: Legacy was released back in 2010. Joseph Kosinski’s film was a perfect case of style-over-substance, and now he’s coming back for presumably more black-and-neon antics. Tron: Legacy did throw out a few breadcrumbs for continuing the story. Notably, “Rinzler” was actually Tron, and Cillian Murphy had »
- Matt Goldberg
After stalling for a few years, steam continues to pick up on the next film in Disney's "Tron" franchise with Production Weekly reporting today that the movie has a title - "Tron: Ascension".
Joseph Kosinksi is reportedly back to direct and Garrett Hedlund is the only returning cast member at this point for the film, whether Cillian Murphy will reprise his uncredited cameo from "Tron Legacy" we'll have to wait and see.
Murphy did the part so that he could play the main villain of the third film, and a character who was the son of the first "Tron" film's villain Ed Dillinger (David Warner).
The new "Tron" film will shoot in Vancouver starting in October and carry on through until February.
Source: Rope of Silicon »
- Garth Franklin
Successful scripted comedy is, for the most part, built on firmly established characters that an audience grows to loathe, love or basically care one jot about. Which is why Inside No 9 is such a wonderful anomaly.
The BBC Two anthology series – written by Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith – invites the audience into six standalone and terrifyingly bonkers worlds where the only constant is the number on the door of the house / booth / train carriage.
The first episode in the returning series, which begins tonight, is every bit as farcical, dark and hilarious as the comedy we've come to expect from Pemberton and Shearsmith.
'La Couchette' sees irritable Dr Maxwell (Shearsmith) trying and failing to fall asleep on an overnight train from Paris to Bourg St Maurice. He has an important job interview the following morning at the World Health Organisation.
Any chance of actually getting to sleep is thwarted by »
The world of Doctor Who has changed greatly in the space of just 10 years. The cast and crew have almost completely been replaced since 2005, including a number of new actors to play the errant Time Lord and his companions.
But what has happened to the class of '05? Where are Rose and Mickey now? What is the writer of 'Dalek' up to? And where can you see more work from the director of 'Rose'?
Here it is then, your guide to the main players of Doctor Who series one.
After his three-month on-screen stint as the Doctor, Christopher Eccleston's career continued in much the same vein, taking in theatre, interesting television roles and the odd blockbuster.
Inside No. 9 returns to BBC Two on Thursday the 26th of March for six more ingenious genre slices of horror, suspense and psychology. Those who were rattled and gripped by the first round of half-hour plays from Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith know to expect to be skilfully sucker-punched with sharp, tricksy writing and well-drawn characters.
Viewers engrossed by the psychological character focus of series one’s Tom & Gerri, the jump scares of series finale The Harrowing, and the unexpected emotional sting of opener Sardines have lots to look forward to from the second series’ first brace of episodes. La Couchette and The 12 Days Of Christine tell the respective stories of a fraught overnight train journey and a woman plagued by a mysterious visitor, featuring guest roles from Mark Benton, »
Inside No 9 will return to BBC Two later this month.
A new series of twists and turns from @ReeceShearsmith and Steve Pemberton, #InsideNo9 returns Thursday 26 March. pic.twitter.com/2e2wQdvYFT
— BBC Two (@BBCTwo) March 11, 2015
Reece Shearsmith: 'TV commissioners fixate on things you don't care about'
The first series of Inside No 9 ran for »
Back in 2010, Disney released "Tron Legacy," hoping to give new life to an old franchise. The film earned $400 million worldwide on a budget of $170 million. Unfortunately, that was lower than what was needed to break even, which is why the studio abandoned all plans to move forward with a sequel. But now comes word that Disney reconsidered and will begin shooting the "Tron Legacy" sequel on October 5th in Vancouver. VanCity Buzz learned that Garrett Hedlund will reprise his role as Sam Flynn. It's not mentioned, however, whether Olivia Wilde will return as Quorra. "Joseph Kosinski," who directed "Tron Legacy," will return for "Tron 3." He previously spoke about where he would like to take the story, stating that Dillinger's son (Cillian Murphy) may have a bigger role in the third film. "Dillinger (David Warner) was a really important part of the first film and felt like an easy way to »
Alice Lowe, Alison Steadman, Claire Skinner, David Warner, Jane Horrocks, Jim Howick, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Mark Benton, Michele Dotrice, Paul Kaye and Tom Riley will also feature throughout the series.
Each story in the series will be set in a different location with new characters, including a sleeping car on a French train, a 17th century village and a volunteer call centre.
Making their joint directorial debut on two episodes of the series, Pemberton and Shearsmith said: "We are delighted to be handing over the keys to six new No. 9's, we hope they will amuse, shock, horrify and surprise... but not necessarily in that order.
"Once again we have »
17 items from 2015
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