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Oh, they just grow up so fast! It was just a little over a year ago when the world saw a boyish Rocco Ritchie joining his famous mom Madonna on stage during her Mdna tour, but now he's all grown up! Although he's still just 13 years old, Rocco has been letting the world know that he's not just a little boy anymore through his Instagram photos, with snapshots of Guy Ritchie's son traveling, doing parkour and participating in philanthropic projects. One photo that both Madonna and Rocco posted to Instagram Tuesday, showed the mother-son duo having a great time while dancing together at an event. "Photobomb much @madonna," he wrote in the caption. Earlier that day, Rocco posted »
Rocco Ritchie, Madonna's son with Guy Ritchie, isn't a little boy anymore. The 13-year-old's Instagram account provides a snapshot into his life, which is filled with travel, parkour and participating in philanthropic projects. In a shot that Madonna and Rocco both posted to Instagram Tuesday, the two appear to be dancing, with Rocco standing a few inches taller than the Queen of Pop. "Photobomb much @madonna," he writes in the caption. In another photo from Tuesday that shows Madonna in the background, Rocco turns up his collar and tries out some dance moves, adding the comment, "Oh….. My turn »
- Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
Director Bryan Singer, the man behind X1, X2, producer/story writer of First Class, and now director once again of X-Men: Days of Future Past (aka all the good X-Movies), took to Twitter on Thursday to announce the release date for the next X-Men film. At 4:22Pm, he Tweeted, simply: “#Xmen #Apocalypse 2016!” Then two minutes later, Exhibitor Relations followed up with this:
This was a bold announcement because it not only revealed the release date, but it also informs us of a movie that had never even been discussed before. Unlike Marvel Studios, which has its well-publicized “Phases,” and a fairly transparent release schedule for the next few years, 20th Century Fox tends to announce their films one by one. This time, perhaps emboldened by all the superhero buzz in the air thanks to a new Spider-Man trailer and the Wonder Woman announcement on Wednesday, Fox came out with this sudden one-two punch. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Warner Bros UK Gears Up For Creative Talent Initiative Warner Bros UK has recruited its first group of scholars, apprentices and trainees for the inaugural season of Warner Bros Creative Talent. The first selection will participate in the program to gain industry insight and work experience across Warner’s UK film, TV, games and theater operations. The initiative is part of Warner Bros’ long-term commitment to the UK’s creative industries. Among the first folks chosen to take part are students Rienkje Attoh, Sam Coleman and Sam Hughes who are receiving the first Prince William Scholarships supported by BAFTA and Warner Bros. Four others will work as camera trainees and sound trainees on Ron Howard’s Heart Of The Sea and Guy Ritchie’s Man From U.N.C.L.E. More information on the program is available here. Hugh Bonneville Back As Ian Fletcher In BBC’s ‘W1A »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
We said a few days ago that news from the Batman vs. Superman camp has been quiet while talking about the Kent Farm photos, so it's about time someone came out in an interview to talk about the "controversial" casting of Ben Affleck as The Dark Knight.
"I’m sure he’ll be fantastic, above all else, and as a filmmaker he’s got his own style, you know, he’s not copying anyone else. And he’s also sort of been tenacious in his career. He’s had ups followed by downs and now he’s very up again and I think that requires and shows a very special strength of character, and it’s something I enjoy working with because jobs »
Film-makers have tried sex, murder and intrigue, and yet that most intellectual of spectator sports remains remarkably difficult to depict on screen
• Computer Chess: watch the trailer
Throw a rock at the sports genre and you'll hit a film about baseball or football, or hockey, or racing. Odds are, you won't strike a film about chess. Chess isn't generally considered a stadium filler (although it can be). It's perceived as a game for eccentric intellectuals and elderly historians. It doesn't have the glamour or sex appeal of more sedentary sports, such as pool, as demonstrated by Paul Newman in The Hustler. Chess won't even fit snugly in to other genre films, where the banality of cards, for example, naturally lends itself to a seedy, gambling gangster underworld (Rounders), the exotic highlife of a casino (Casino Royale), or even more piquant, a combo »
The 55-year-old singer and her son with Guy Ritchie have set off for Haiti together to support Penn's J/P Haitian Relief Organization, the New York Post reported.
The '4 Minutes' hitmaker has also been posting pics of her trip on Instagram, as she surveys relief efforts by the 53-year-old actor's organization and others. (Ani) »
- Meeta Kabra
The gangster film is a staple part of the British cinema diet. Who can resist watching a few dodgy geezers shooting each other, whilst trading witty insults and still finding time for some banter and birds in between? Whilst the format of the genre has remained largely the same over the years, it was refreshed in the modern day through Guy Ritchie, who made a few solid films that have a fond place in the heart of many a cinema goer. The downside of this, however, is that it inspired an array of copycat films, from filmmakers who simply thought that jumping on the band wagon by adopting a certain style meant instant success. Enter Who Needs Enemies, perhaps the biggest culprit of them all.
This atrociously written, lazy film may as well be a collection of outtakes from every gangster film ever made, with scenes thought too poor to »
- Nia Childs
More than 100 prominent people from literature, the arts, science, academia, human rights and the law have signed a declaration urging newspaper and magazine publishers to embrace the royal charter system of press regulation.
They join people who have been victims of press misbehaviour in arguing that charter will give "vital protection to the vulnerable" from abuse of power by the press.
Among the writers and playwrights are Alan Bennett, William Boyd, Alan Ayckbourn, Tom Stoppard, Monica Ali, Helen Fielding, Michael Frayn, Ian McEwan, A C Grayling, David Hare, Alan Hollinghurst, Jk Rowling, Salman Rushdie, »
- Roy Greenslade
There's nothing like a good cause to bring exes together. Following 2010's devastating earthquake in Haiti, actor Sean Penn has been working closely with the J/P Haitian Relief Organization to help rebuild the country and save the lives of its people. This week the Oscar winner's famous ex-wife Madonna, 55, has joined him in the ravaged country with her son Rocco Ritchie, 13. Together they're working to help with the relief efforts and documenting some of their journey on Instagram. Rocco (the superstar's son with her second husband, director Guy Ritchie) posted a [...] »
In the deceptively entertaining new thriller "Homefront," Jason Statham plays a man who relocates to the Tennessee Williams-y deep south, with his young daughter, after the death of his wife. Thinking that he left his life of law enforcement behind (in the movie's prologue, you see him embedded with a group of deadly, meth-dealing bikers), he instead runs afoul of a small-time gangster named Gator (played by James Franco) and finds himself fighting for his life.
Moviefone chatted with Statham about what drew him to the material, with a script written by Sylvester Stallone from the novel by Chuck Hogan ("The Town," Guillermo del Toro's upcoming TV series "The Strain"), how he maintains what a "Jason Statham movie" is expected to be, and what we should be expecting from "Fast & Furious 7," "Expendables 3," and "Crank 3." It should also be noted that, for such a tough guy, he's unexpectedly warm and inviting, »
- Drew Taylor
Oliver Davis counts down the best ever casino films...
5. Ocean’s Eleven
It’s got more stars than a sky-gazing evening with Brian Cox, Ocean’s Eleven was a dream team-up movie with as-yet-unmatched ‘name’ power.
George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts…even Bernie Mac, the 2001 remake even surpassed Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.’s original. Flashy, Soderbergh-slick and with a twisting Las Vegas casino heist climax, Ocean’s Eleven was successful enough to spawn two sequels…which makes the current Ocean’s count around 36.
At the Casino Royale, James Bond (Daniel Craig) is up against Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) in a high-stakes game of poker. It’s so tense, the bad guy cries blood. Which is how all villains should weep.
The casino setting is a Bond movie staple, so it’s a smart convention to embrace for Craig’s first outing as the character. »
- Gary Collinson
Emma Thompson stars in the new (and very favorably reviewed) Saving Mr. Banks, in which she plays Mary Poppins‘ protective author P.L. Travers. And thank God, because she nails the damn role. In fact, Thompson is so consistent onscreen and such a legend of cinema that it’s hard to believe we’ve only been watching her for 25 years. Hell, unless you saw Henry V, you were almost certainly introduced to her in the ’90s. For a legend, she’s moved quickly.
And today, I suggest another layer to her legacy: Gay Icon. Here are five reasons the marvelous double Oscar-winner should be sanctified in the name of gay adoration.
1. Every gay man has a favorite Emma Thompson role.
- Louis Virtel
In a world were the latest official announcement on Star Wars: Episode VII is that R2-D2 will be in the film, we can all be a little thankful for unintentional reveals such as these. Character actor Jason Flemyng, probably most well known for appearing in Guy Ritchie's films and as Azazel in X-Men: First Class , has posted a page from the script of Star Wars: Episode VII to his Instagram account. Flemyng captioned the image with "Pint of Stella and "Star Wars" script! That's me sorted till 5!" and later mentioned in the comments "Let me clarify!!! Audition!!!" Though it's not exactly readable, you can check out the image below. To be directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: Episode VII is rumored to focus on a new generation of »
• Jason Statham: five best moments
In the film, Connolly's unnamed criminal protagonist is revived after apparently suffering a fatal gunshot wound at the end of Layer Cake. It is not known why Craig, now the star of James Bond, has not returned to the role. But it should offer Statham the chance to return to the type of grimy British »
- Ben Child
Arguably the role that launched Daniel Craig’s career, arriving two years before Casino Royale rebooted James Bond, the unnamed protagonist in Layer Cake is set to return to the screen with Jason Statham acquiring the rights to J.J. Connolly’s follow-up novel, Viva La Madness.
Deadline reports that Statham and his manager/producing partner Steve Chasman (The Transporter, Blitz) have bought the rights to Connolly’s novel, published back in 2011, with Connolly set to pen the script, as he did with Matthew Vaughn’s original Layer Cake adaptation.
The sequel arrived in print just over a decade after Layer Cake hit the shelves, and with Vaughn’s film hitting theatres in 2004, four years after the novel was published, let’s hope that it won’t be long before Viva La Madness hits screens.
Coming via Amazon, here’s the synopsis for the original novel:
The authentic voice of British gangster fiction, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Anything that puts Jason Statham back in the gangland territory of Snatch and Lock Stock is music to my ears. The bald Brit, next to be seen in action-thriller Homefront, has acquired the big-screen rights of J.J. Connolly’s follow-up novel to Layer Cake, alongside manager and producing partner Steve Chasman.
Layer Cake was a terrific, darkly comic and violent thriller adapted by the author Connelly and led by Daniel Craig as an unnamed rising hotshot in the London criminal underworld. It marked Matthew Vaughn as a talent to watch after making an impressive directorial bow and as we know, just as his pal Guy Ritchie, has gone on to make name for himself in Hollywood.
Connolly will again pen the screenplay from his own novel Viva La Madness, with Statham playing the same, seemingly doomed character we last saw take bullet from Ben Whishaw. He’s one of only »
- Craig Hunter
Exclusive: Jason Statham and his manager and producing partner Steve Chasman have acquired rights to the J.J. Connolly novel Viva La Madness. That is Connolly’s follow-up novel to Layer Cake. Just as he did with the the Matthew Vaughn-directed film that starred Daniel Craig, Connolly again is turning his novel into a script. Connolly never names his chief protagonist anti-hero, but Statham will play the same nameless character we last saw trying to survive a gunshot wound in Layer Cake. It took Connolly more than a decade to follow that tale. Here, his protagonist is looking for a beach to land on in retirement, but instead he gets involved with trans-Atlantic drug deals, money laundering, high-tech electronic fraud, London lowlifes and Venezuelan drug cartels. Statham and Chasman will test the idea that a protagonist can play the same character in different movies, the way that everyone from from Mel Gibson to Lee Marvin, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Richard Shepard is an actor’s director. He has worked with Richard Gere, Pierce Brosnan and, now, Jude Law. He directed the pilot episode of Ugly Betty, episodes of 30 Rock and multiple episodes of Lena Dunham’s Girls. Dom Hemingway, is Shepard’s glorious, character-driven London gangster film featuring Jude Law as the Dom himself with Richard E. Grant playing his right-hand man. When I sat with Shepard, considering how unique Jude Law’s character is, I asked him where the titular Dom Hemingway came from:
Richard Shepard: What part of my dark brain did he come from? I wanted to make a movie in London and I wanted to make a movie about someone getting out of jail. I had to find the character. Who is this person? I was struggling with it. I wrote the first scene »
- Gary Collinson
A threequel is most elementary—at least if you ask Jude Law. The 40-year-old British star, who plays Dr. John Watson to Robert Downey Jr.'s Sherlock Holmes, has revealed that a third installment to director Guy Ritchie's film series based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's eccentric London detective could be in the offing. "We had a meeting earlier this year, the three of us, and I think it's being written now," Law told Digital Spy recently. "Warner Bros. have still got to agree to pay for it…I think they want to!" Another Sherlock Holmes mystery hasn't officially been announced yet. But Richie did sign a deal to helm a new entry last year and is »
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