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Having recently wrapped “Fantastic Four,” in which he plays the evil Doctor Doom, Toby Kebbell may have found another bad boy role.
Based on Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ,” the epic drama follows a falsely accused nobleman who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him. Kebbell will play that best friend, who was portrayed by Stephen Boyd in the 1959 classic.
The pic arrives in theaters Feb. 26, 2016.
“Ben-Hur” joins the long list of Hollywood’s recent interest in biblical stories that have »
- Justin Kroll
Back in 2012, before Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence co-starred in David O. Russell's Oscar-winning "Silver Linings Playbook" and its follow-up "American Hustle," the duo shot period drama "Serena," which was once going to star Angelina Jolie with director Darren Aronofsky. Oscar-winning Danish auteur Susanne Bier ("A Better World") took the helm for producers Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner's 2929 Productions, and has been delayed trying to finish it. Based on Ron Rash's 2008 novel, the film is set in 1929 North Carolina and follows George and Serena Pemberton, ambitious newlyweds with their hearts set on a timber empire. They become obsessed with success, and their lives take a Shakespearean turn when Serena finds that she can't get pregnant and tries to harm her husband's illegitimate son. Why the delays? "Once it finished shooting we've all been busy," Bier told me in Toronto, which invited "Serena," »
- Anne Thompson
The film is based on Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ,” and follows a falsely accused nobleman who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him.
The pic is set to bow on Feb. 26, 2016.
“Ben-Hur” joins the long list of Hollywood’s recent interest in biblical stories that have either bowed or are set to bow in the next couple of years. Paramount had already seen success from this genre with “Noah,” Darren Aronofsky »
- Justin Kroll
20. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
So…drugs, right? Based on Hunter S. Thompson’s 1971 novel of the same title, Fear and Loathing stars Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro as Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo, respectively. The pair is heading to Sin City, speeding through the Nevada desert, under the influence of mescaline. From there, the film is series a bizarre hallucinations seen through the eyes of Duke. So, we jump from hotel room to hotel room, all of the action a blur of what is happening and what really isn’t. Throughout the course of the film, Duke and/or Gonzo ingest the following drugs: mescaline, sunshine acid, diethyl ether, LSD, cocaine, and adenochrome (probably more). Duke – who is a Thompson stand-in – is supposed to be writing an article before heading back to Los Angeles, but tends to get sidetracked quite a bit. In »
- Joshua Gaul
Back in 2012, right after "Silver Linings Playbook" but before the funny wig free-for-all of "American Hustle," Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence teamed for "Serena," a historical drama from Oscar-winning Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier. And then... nothing. Late last year it was reported that the movie was nearing completion and being shopped to potential buyers (the delay was blamed on a painfully exacting editorial process that lasted more than 18 months) but there's still no domestic release date lined up (yet). There is, however, a trailer released ahead of the London Film Festival (happening in November), so at least we now know what the movie is all about (via Vulture).
The movie is a sweeping period romance and stars Cooper as a logging baron, with Lawrence playing his new wife. Back when Angelina Jolie and Darren Aronofsky were attached to the project, it seemed more focused on her "descent into madness," because »
- Drew Taylor
You likely know the narrative of “Serena” already— a project so hot Angelina Jolie and Darren Aronofsky were once attached to it. The final iteration came together with a talented creative core: Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier (“What We Lost In The Fire,” “After The Wedding”), and A-listers Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. But filming finished in the summer of 2012, and the movie was mired in post-production for 18 months. Bier has since released "Love Is All You Need" (2012) and shot, finished and debuted "A Second Chance," starring “Game Of Thrones” star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (it already screened in at the Toronto International Film Festival this past week, read our review here). But in all that time, “Serena” has failed to see the light of day. But that’s set to change soon. The movie will debut at the London Film Festival next month and will open in UK theaters October 24. “Serena” is »
- Edward Davis
In The Town That Dreaded Sundown, a copycat of the Phantom Killer who struck 66 years ago reignites the Moonlight Murders in a small Texas town. And in Horns, a man suspected of killing his girlfriend wakes up to find horns jutting from his forehead, thus bringing a little hell on Earth. These two films are among those joining the 10th anniversary celebration of Austin’s Fantastic Fest.
The Hive, It Follows, Everly, and Open Windows are also included in the recently announced final wave of programming for Fantastic Fest, which takes place September 18th-25th in Austin, Texas. We have the official press release with full details:
Austin, TX – Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - “Fantastic Fest celebrates its 10th Anniversary with its biggest year yet with 80 exciting films including 22 World Premieres, 43 North American & Us Premiere screenings and 38 short films. The final wave includes Horns, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, The Hive, It Follows, »
- Derek Anderson
"Oh, dear. Scientists."
So could the reaction be confronting this year's Toronto International Film Festival, where two of the most lauded and talked-about films are portraits of elite mathematical minds, courtesy of Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne. In The Theory of Everything, Redmayne plays theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking; in The Imitation Game, Cumberbatch plays British mathematician and World War II code breaker Alan Turing.
After glowing receptions in Toronto, both films are expected to be major players on Hollywood's awards circuit this fall following their theatrical openings. (Theory is due out Nov. 7. Imitation Game follows two weeks later.) Redmayne and Cumberbatch are already calculated by pundits to be favorites for a best-actor Oscar nomination.
"A lot of people talk about »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
I guess it was news that "The Gambler" was getting a limited release in December to qualify for awards. This has been in the cards for a while now. Maybe it was all about settling on a date (or even some soul-searching at Paramount, which will be releasing a bunch of movies over a six-month stretch). The date: Dec. 16. The film is a remake of the 1974 James Caan drama with Mark Wahlberg in the lead. Wahlberg is pretty important to the studio as of late, anchoring the billion-dollar blockbuster "Transformers: Age of Extinction" and whatnot. He dropped a significant amount of weight for the role and could certainly become part of an already over-stuffed Best Actor converstion. But the way I hear it, John Goodman is someone to at least pay attention to in supporting, too. So take all that for what it's worth in early September. The film was »
- Kristopher Tapley
With the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' finally firing on all cylinders the project from director Burr Steers ('Igby Goes Down') has managed to nab another cast mate. 'Noah' star Douglas Booth (below), who played the eldest lad Shem in Darren Aronofsky's biblical vision, will take the role Mr. Bingley. Booth will line up alongside Sam Riley, Lily James ('Downton Abbey') and the ever gorgeous Bella Heathcote ('Dark Shadows'). The British actor can also be seen next year in the Wachowski brothers latest sci-fi epic 'Jupiter Ascending'. »
Seth Grahame-Smith’s zombie parody of the classic Jane Austen novel, Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, was released five years ago. Granted, time doesn’t matter when it comes to adaptations. If the material is strong then it’ll last through the flippant fads of the public. With Smith’s comedy novel, the same logic applies.
This project has been in development since its publication, but now we can rejoice, as the five year drought of action has come to an end! Today another casting announcement has landed, and it comes in the form of British actor Douglas Booth signing on.
The mash-up novel follows heroine Elizabeth Bennet, who has to contend with men in high-waisted trousers and stiff upper lips And hordes of the undead. Booth has signed on to play Bingley L, “the good natured and wealthy pal of Mr. Darcy.” This could be the role that puts »
- Gem Seddon
Exclusive: British actor Douglas Booth is joining the cast of the classic lit mash-up Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, adapted from Seth Grahame-Smith’s parody novel. The send-up of Jane Austen’s 1813 book tracks the adventures of heroine Elizabeth Bennet but adds hordes of the undead to her Regency-era English existence.
Booth starred opposite Hailey Steinfeld in Romeo & Juliet and most was recently onscreen in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. He also has a role in the Wachowskis’ 2015 sci-fier Jupiter Ascending. In the Burr Steers-helmed Pride And Prejudice And Zombies he’ll play Bingley. L, the good-natured and wealthy pal of Mr. Darcy. Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote and Jack Huston also star in the film produced by Brian Oliver, Allison Shearmur, Sean McKittrick, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch, Tyler Thompson and Marc Butan. Sierra/Affinity is producing with Cross Creek Pictures will handle foreign sales. Booth is repped by »
- Jen Yamato
British tough-guy actor Ray Winstone is to discuss his craft and career at a BAFTA A Life In Pictures event on Oct 5. The event will take place at BAFTA’s headquarters in London’s Piccadilly.
Winstone’s association with BAFTA goes back to 1980 when he was nominated for Most Promising Newcomer for one of his earliest roles in drama That Summer!.
The actor first made an impact in 1977 playing a young offender in the controversial television drama Scum. He went on to star in British cult classics Quadrophenia, Nil By Mouth (for which he received his second BAFTA nomination), The War Zone and Sexy Beast.
His TV work has included BAFTA-winning Great Expectations, Emmy-winning Henry VIII »
The new kudo will be presented during the festival’s Maverick Awards ceremony by Tom Quinn, the co-president of Radius-twc, the distributor of low-budget horror film “Creep.” At the same event, Darren Aronofsky will take home Woodstock’s longstanding annual Maverick Award.
Duplass earns Woodstock’s new laurel for a career as a producer, writer, director and actor on films including “The One I Love,” “The Skeleton Twins,” “Your Sister’s Sister” and “Safety Not Guaranteed,” as well as movies on which he collaborated with his brother Jay including “The Puffy Chair” and “Cyrus.” The Duplass brother are also at work on upcoming HBO series “Togetherness.”
The 2014 Woodstock Film Festival runs Oct. 15-19 in upstate New York, with the Maverick »
- Gordon Cox
We may be in the golden age of superhero cinema, but here are some DC movies that never made it…
Naysayers would have you believe that Hollywood chucks bucket-loads of cash at any old comic book movie pitch that happens to float through their corner-office window, get stuck to their shoe or come to them miraculously as an on-the-toilet epiphany.
However, this is not the case, particularly with DC comics characters. While some films that do get made may seem like bog-fodder (oh hey, Green Lantern), there are plenty of comic adaptation pitches, in-development scripts and passion projects that have ended up not getting made for various reasons.
We had a rummage through the aeons of DC cinema history (also known as extensive Googling) and pulled together all the comic book movie projects we could find that ended up in the bin of crushed dreams for Batman, Superman and more. »
Darren Aronofsky's got another flood on his hands after this year's "Noah": he's executive producing an HBO adaptation of Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam trilogy, set in the middle of the 21st century after a so-called Waterless Flood that nearly wipes all of humanity off the planet. In the Canadian author's trilogy--"Oryx and Crake," "The Year of the Flood" and "MaddAddam"--corporations have replaced governments and genetic modification is all the rage. As Vulture reported today in a conversation with the author, Atwood will be a consulting producer on the project, and has been a part of the extensive planning process to determine the show's structure. But she has no plans to write an episode: "I'm too old," she told the website. "I think my role as a consultant is to stay alive until they finish it, so I can actually see it!" When asked by Vulture's Jennifer »
- Jacob Combs
Academy Award-nominated director John Stevenson of Kung Fu Panda fame will direct Unified Pictures first CG-animated feature, inspired by the story of Noah's Ark. The catch this time around is that tells the story from the point of view of the animals because of course it does. I suppose the Darren Aronofsky take on Noah this year may not have satisfied everyone’s hunger for more "great flood" storytelling. Here’s the synopsis: The story »
- Graham McMorrow
If you’re an independent film company looking to make the first leap into producing a CG-animated feature, you’re going to want to find an experienced director to make it. Such is the case with Unified Pictures, which has hired DreamWorks Animation veteran John Stevenson to tackle a comedy version of the Noah’s Ark story.While Darren Aronofsky brought the Biblical tale to the screen with doomy dramatic style this year, Unified is looking to instead focus on the animals’ adventures. Our hero is an outcast aardvark named Gilbert, who has greatness thrust upon him when he becomes the reluctant leader of a group of rag-tag animals who must get to the Ark before the flood arrives. As they make their perilous journey across the land, they learn to work together, and Gilbert, surrounded by pairs, figures out that one doesn’t have to be the loneliest number. »
Before he would attract Hollywood's attention with "Sin City" and "300" —both graphic novels adapted into feature films, the former seeing a sequel released this year ("Sin City: A Dame To Kill For" opens on Friday)— Frank Miller had spent 20 years as a blue-chip comic book creator. Given the keys to the Batman franchise in the '80s, Miller's "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" and "Batman: Year One" were widely believed to have reinvented the character, with those works undoubtedly serving as the template for Christopher Nolan's take on the comic hero. (Darren Aronofsky tried to make 'Year One' before "Batman Begins" but couldn't get it moving, and in 2011 an animated version of the graphic novel was released on home video). And speaking recently with Playboy, Miller revealed his inspiration for making Bruce Wayne older, more grizzled and more vengeful. "Well, you do get crabbier as you get older. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In celebration of Film4 Frightfest – the truly unique horror festival which showcases the best and most extreme in the genre from around the globe – we at HeyUGuys have compiled a list of the ten best psychological horror films; the titles which burrow themselves into your thoughts, the ones which make a quick glance in the mirror into a surging shot of fear and anxiety.
The films which prove you don’t need buckets of blood and barrels of guts to truly shock and spook your audience. So without further ado, let’s get started. Film4 Frightfest runs between 21st and 25th August at Vue West End London – all of our coverage is right here.
Undoubtedly amongst Alfred Hitchcock’s most unfairly underrated films, Marnie saw the end of his era with Tippi Hedren and the pair barely spoke once filming wrapped. Whilst this is in parts a romance and a thriller, »
- Chris Haydon
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