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What's It About? Judi Dench stars as an Irish woman who wants to find the son she gave birth to as a teen sent to live in a convent; Steve Coogan co-stars as the posh journalist who wants to write a story about her journey.
Why We're In: Based on a true story about Philomena Lee's travels to find her long-lost son, this is a sweet drama with moments of levity, thanks to the chemistry between Coogan and Dench.
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What's It About? Ah, yes. Another tale by Lars von Trier about tormented love, sex, and religion! Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson play newlyweds who are forced into some rather extreme circumstances after he's paralyzed while working on an oil rig.
Why We're In: This tragic tale gets the full Criterion treatment, including select »
- Jenni Miller
Though it’s been six weeks since the Oscars were handed out, we’re now finally getting a chance to see one of the nominees for Best Animated Feature. It’s good news for fans of the “hand-drawn” style of animation that’s seems to have fallen a bit out of favor here in the states. Yes, like the other nominee The Wind Rises, this comes to us from overseas. Wind was produced in Japan, while this film, Ernest & Celestine comes to our shores from France, with a bit of help from Belgium. Although both films eschew the rounded almost 3D figures rendered by CGI, they couldn’t be more different in tone and subject matter. Miyazaki’s masterwork is based on the life of a real person who played an important role in World War II. E&S explores the friendship of a bear and a mouse. But although »
- Jim Batts
Loners and outcasts have no greater cinematic patron saint than Jim Jarmusch, the fiercely independent writer-director who's spent over three decades chronicling urban fringe-dwellers, road trippers, rockabilly tourists, Zen hitmen and, now, vampires. The 60-year-old filmmaker's latest, Only Lovers Left Alive, centers on a centuries-old couple (played by Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston) who like their Type O served neat, though its a far cry from the recent wave of vampire chic; it's really a languorous romance in which two lovers struggle with immortality-engendered ennui. It may be Jarmusch's first foray into horror films, »
Today in history... April 11, 1979, Idi Amin Dada, the military dictator and President of Uganda from 1971 to 1979, is deposed, as rebels in exile backed by Tanzanian forces, seize control of the country. Several hundred thousand people are believed to have been killed during his brutal 8-year regime. Amin died August 16th, 2003, in Saudi Arabia, where he'd been living in exile since 1979. As far as onscreen depictions of Amin, many of you are likely most familiar with Forest Whitaker's interpretation of Amin in the 2006 film, The Last King of Scotland, for which he earned an Academy Award. But if I may instead/also direct your »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Forest Whitaker seems to be drifting back into the spotlight. Last year, he led the hit "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and appeared in support in "Out Of The Furnace," and now he has a bonafide arthouse world film with the Berlin International Film Festival-approved “Two Men In Town.” Helmed by “Outside The Law” director Rachid Bouchareb, the film’s French trailer has arrived online ahead of its release in that country and you won’t need to know French to watch it. Despite being an English-language film and being set in New Mexico, the Whitaker-starring film—which includes Harvey Keitel, Ellen Burstyn, Brenda Blethyn and Luis Guzman— will be released by Cohen Media Group later this year. The Bouchareb-helmed film, based on Jose Giovanni’s 1973 film of the same name, falls neatly into the ex-con-trying-to-go-straight subgenre albeit with some stellar cinematography which you can glimpse in the newly released trailer. »
- Cain Rodriguez
After earning acclaim for his crime drama Outside the Law, director Rachid Bouchareb‘s latest effort finds him mining Alain Delon and Jean Gabin‘s 1973 drama Two Men in Town. Taking the role of a recently-freed inmate in this remake is Forest Whitaker, whose character clashes with Harvel Keitel‘s Sheriff of the New Mexico town where the former character now resides. [...] »
- Leonard Pearce
Orlando Bloom unveiled his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday (April 2), with the help of his son Flynn.
The actor described his 3-year-old child as "the real star in [his] life" as they attended the ceremony together.
The actor also paid tribute to his mother and father, as well as mentioning his ex-partner Miranda Kerr - from whom he announced his separation in October after six years together.
"No support can happen or even feel vaguely this sweet, without the support of family and good friends," he said, before going on to thank "Miranda, for giving [him] the greatest gift of all - [his] son".
On bringing Flynn to the ceremony, Bloom told E!: "I got a star »
He’s famed for his iconic roles as Legolas in Lord Of The Rings and Will Turner in Pirates Of The Caribbean, as well as smaller roles in Ned Kelly and Elizabethtown, and now Brit actor Orlando Bloom has got one of those famous stars on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame!
The ceremony was for the 2,521st star on the famous walk, and attended by the awesome Forest Whitaker and director David Leveaux who spoke at the event. As you probably didn’t get a chance to watch the Orlando get his deserved star, you can watch it via this link right here – it starts at about 11:28 but the link will guide you!
It’s also a great time for Mr Bloom as The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug is released on Blu-ray and DVD on April 7th and he plays a vital part in proceedings.
Check out the »
- Dan Bullock
Gyllenhaal will star as Billy 'The Great' Hope, a title-winning left-handed prizefighter whose victory is marred by a tragedy.
He must get his life back on track and regain the respect of his young daughter.
Whitaker will play Titus 'Tick' Willis, a former prizefighter who had to retire after losing an eye.
The actor was most recently seen in Lee Daniels' The Butler.
Eminem was previously attached to star in Southpaw before he was replaced by Gyllenhaal. »
• Amy Adams (American Hustle) is in early talks to star in Story of Your Life, a sci-fi thriller based on a Ted Chiang short story about a linguist who is hired to determine whether the aliens who have just landed on Earth are a threat. During her communication with the visitors, she beings to experience visions that help her determine why they are there. Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) will direct off of a script from Eric Heisserer (Final Destination 5). [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
Forest Whitaker is in talks to jump in the ring with Jake Gyllenhaal in Antoine Fuqua's boxing drama Southpaw. Penned by Eminem (who was originally set to star in the movie, before being replaced by Gyllenhaal) and Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, the film will tell the story of a left-handed welterweight boxer who becomes a champion, before experiencing tragedy, and later finds the determination to make a comeback. The project is set up at The Weinstein Company.Whitaker will play a character named Titus ‘Tick’ Willis, a former fighter forced to retire after losing an eye. His plans to return to the sport, but as a trainer, are »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Talk about stealing Daddy's spotlight! Orlando Bloom's ridiculously adorable son, Flynn, pretty much did just that when his father received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday. Yep. Sporting a 'do similar to his pop and dressed just as stylishly, the 3-year-old simply killed us with cuteness as he stood by Bloom's side during the entire ceremony. And while his ex, Miranda Kerr, was not on hand, Bloom nevertheless acknowledged her while speaking to those in attendance by thanking her for giving him the best gift—their son. Guest speakers included Forest Whitaker and David Leveaux, who directed Bloom in the Broadway production of Romeo and »
Orlando Bloom was awarded with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in La on Wednesday and got high-profile support from his friend and Zulu costar Forest Whitaker. Also joining Orlando on the red carpet was his 3-year-old son, Flynn, who adorably helped unveil his dad's star before they posed for a series of sweet photos together. Little Flynn is growing up fast, and Orlando recently revealed his desire for Flynn to experience "living at home in England," adding, "I want to have as much input and influence on his life as I can." While Orlando was celebrating his big achievement in La, his ex-wife Miranda Kerr is staying busy overseas; the model has been promoting her Reebok Skyscape sneakers in Tokyo all week and also made headlines when sexy photos from her recent British GQ issue were released. Along with the steamy snaps, Miranda got candid about sex »
- Brittney Stephens
Finally, a trailer for a project we've been tracking since August 2011, when it was first announced. Forest Whitaker teams up with Oscar-nominated Algerian filmmaker Rachid Bouchareb to star in the first film in a trilogy of English-language films that will explore the complex relationship between the west and the Arab world. "The questions I'm asking in my movies here in America are 'Where are we?' and 'Where are we going?' and 'Why do we need to have hope in this relationship?'" the director of Hors la Loi (Outside the Law), his most recent work, and London River before that (both films we've covered on S&A) said. The film made its World Premiere at the Berlin »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Having been quietly developing the film project since 2011, director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) has begun expanding the cast list of his upcoming movie, Southpaw. With Jake Gyllenhaal already confirmed for the lead role, Forest Whitaker is now in talks to join him.
Southpaw is a boxing movie that charts the professional rise of a welterweight boxing champion, while he endures a variety of personal tragedies. Originally intended as a vehicle for Eminem (Marshall Mathers), after the success of 8 Mile, the screenplay is written by Sons Of Anarchy creator, Kurt Sutter. Gyllenhaal will play the boxing champion, while Forest Whitaker is eyeing the role of his trainer – a former fighter himself, now mentor to the younger champion.
The potential addition of Whitaker to this project elevates it to a new level. A Jake Gyllenhaal boxing drama is already interesting, but Forest Whitaker brings with him a presence and gravitas that is all-too-rare in modern cinema. »
- Sarah Myles
We’ve got a couple of casting announcements to attend to this evening. First up, The Wrap reports that Forest Whitaker is in talks to star opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in director Antoine Fuqua’s (Training Day) boxing drama Southpaw. The story revolves around a left-handed boxer who wins a title but suffers various tragedies in his personal life, all while trying to win back the love of his daughter. Gyllenhaal plays the titular fighter, while Whitaker will fill the other lead as a former fighter who now works as a trainer. The script was penned by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter and at one point had Eminem attached to star. Production begins this summer. Hit the jump for casting news concerning the Jennifer Aniston indie Cake. Additionally, The Wrap reports that the cast of director Daniel Barnz’s (Won’t Back Down) indie Cake will be filled out by Anna Kendrick, »
- Adam Chitwood
San Andreas 3D
Johnson plays a rescue worker trying to save his ex-wife and daughter during the largest earthquake in California history. [Source: Deadline]
Daniel Craig plays a skilled defense attorney who fights to get his conflicted and emotionally »
- Garth Franklin
Oscar winner Forest Whitaker is in negotiations to star opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in Antoine Fuqua's boxing drama “Southpaw,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. A representative for The Weinstein Company did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Gyllenhaal is set to play Billy “The Great” Hope, a left-handed prizefighter who wins a title but suffers a tragedy soon after and must put his life back together to earn the respect of his young daughter. Also read: Forest Whitaker Goes Psycho on Anthony Mackie in ‘Repentance’ Trailer (Video) Whitaker is making a deal to play the other lead of Titus. »
- Jeff Sneider
Top 10 Ryan Lambie 2 Apr 2014 - 06:07
An all-star cast hunt down a female alien in 1995's Species. Here are 10 remarkable things about this very strange film...
Nb: this article contains some saucy language and imagery that may be considered not safe for work.
Director Jonathan Glazer's Under The Skin took a B-movie concept - that of the female alien seductress - and turned it into an arthouse masterpiece starring Scarlett Johansson. 1995's Species, on the other hand, positively revels in its trashiness, with a mutating lady monster (played by Natasha Henstridge) scurrying around Los Angeles and attempting to copulate with its populace.
At the time of release, your humble writer went to a local cinema to watch Species with a group of friends, purely on the basis that it featured some creature designs by Swiss artist Hr Giger - most commonly noted for his work on the classic Alien. »
Grace, Liam Neeson, and Famke Janssen are set to reprise their roles while Forest Whitaker has also joined the cast. Luc Besson will produce the film which begins production next week. [Source: Variety]
Neve Campbell ("Scream") has scored a voice role in Lawrence Guterman's CG animated feature "Bremen Town Musicians". This reimagining of the Russian folk tale and Brothers Grimm story about an incompetent wizard's search across space and time for the greatest musical troupe in creation.
Campbell will portray Princess Lielle, who is betrothed to the narcissistic Duke Henri (Jeffrey Wright), trapped in a gilded cage and dreaming of freedom from a life she never wanted. [Source: Heat Vision]
- Garth Franklin
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