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Omar Sharif in 'Doctor Zhivago.' Egyptian star Omar Sharif, 'The Karate Kid' producer Jerry Weintraub: Brief career recaps A little late in the game – and following the longish Theodore Bikel article posted yesterday – below are brief career recaps of a couple of film veterans who died in July 2015: actor Omar Sharif and producer Jerry Weintraub. A follow-up post will offer an overview of the career of peplum (sword-and-sandal movie) actor Jacques Sernas, whose passing earlier this month has been all but ignored by the myopic English-language media. Omar Sharif: Film career beginnings in North Africa The death of Egyptian film actor Omar Sharif at age 83 following a heart attack on July 10 would have been ignored by the English-language media (especially in the U.S.) as well had Sharif remained a star within the Arabic-speaking world. After all, an "international" star is only worth remembering »
- Andre Soares
Fans are used to seeing Charlie Hunnam play gritty motorcycle gang president Jax Taylor in "Sons of Anarchy," but now, he's transforming, once again, into a medieval king in "Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur." Entertainment Weekly is giving us our first look at the hunky leading man as King Arthur in Guy Richie's retelling of the classic tale -- and we're loving his movie makeover. Richie explains that he's giving his King an update, telling the mag, "I think where the pitfall has often been is trying to make King Arthur bland and nice, and nice and bland. The two qualities make rather compatible bed companions. Unfortunately, they’re not interesting to watch." "Luke Skywalker was always the most uninteresting character in Star Wars because he’s the good guy," he continues. "Good guys are boring." Hunnam knows a thing or two about playing the bad guy, which is »
- tooFab Staff
Guy Ritchie returns to cinemas next month with the dashing and well-dressed spy caper "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," but recently the man has been hard at work on his July 2016 film - "Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur".
The first in a proposed series of films that will retell the Arthurian story, Charlie Hunnam takes on the title role of the 6th century king who is said to have defended Britain against Saxon invaders. Today, EW has posted the first official photos related to the film - a featured photo spread with Hunnam sporting his look in the film along with his sword Excalibur.
Ritchie says this version of Arthur is different from previous incarnations: "I think where the pitfall has often been is trying to make King Arthur bland and nice, and nice and bland. The two qualities make rather compatible bed companions. Unfortunately, they're not interesting to watch. »
- Garth Franklin
In the article, Ritchie and Hunnam offer up a few words on how they plan to reinvent the Arthurian legend:
“I think where the pitfall has often been is trying to make King Arthur bland and nice, and nice and bland,” states Ritchie. “The two qualities make rather compatible bed companions. Unfortunately, they’re not interesting to watch. Luke Skywalker was always the most uninteresting character in Star Wars because he’s the good guy. Good guys are boring.”
“He’s a little bit rough around the edges, but he’s basically a survivor. He’s a hustler,” adds Hunnam. “He’s a street kid. There’s definitely a harder edge to him than people would imagine. »
- Gary Collinson
Entertainment Weekly have provided us with our very first look at Sons Of Anarchy actor Charlie Hunnam as King Arthur in Guy Ritchie’s ‘in-production’ movie of the same name. The film sounds interesting as within the magazine, Hunnam spoke about the iconic character, and how Richie’s version will be different from anything we’ve seen before.
Here’s what he had to say.
“[Arthur is] a little bit rough around the edges, but he’s basically a survivor. He’s a hustler. He’s a street kid. There’s definitely a harder edge to him than people would imagine. It’s sort of classic Guy Ritchie stuff.”
… and here is EW’s cover with Hunnam as the medieval legend plastered across the front of it..
According to the interviews contained in the magazine, Ritchie’s version of the King Arthur legend will feature “giant snakes, massive war elephants, and a »
- Paul Heath
This past week, Disney announced they are moving forward on a live-action remake of their classic animated adventure The Sword in the Stone. The story follows a young King Arthur as Merlin teaches him how to become a powerful leader. Warner Bros. is going to get their first, though, with their powerful medieval fantasy thriller Knights of the Round Table. Shooting has continued in England throughout this past year, and now Entertainment Weekly has our first look at it's leading man.
Charlie Hunnam plays the title monarch in Knights of the Round Table. The former Sons of Anarchy star proudly shows off his massive sword while lounging in, on and around the set of director Guy Ritchie's latest attempt to rebuff an ancient legend. It follows his other reboots Sherlock Holmes, which found much success with Robert Downey Jr. in the lead, and this summer's as yet unproven TV adaptation, »
Chris Cooper ranks the Marvel Cinematic Universe…
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (McU) is now at twelve films. It’s huge, with connecting story lines and teases stretching out for years to come. Ant-Man marks the end of Marvel’s ‘Phase 2Two’, with ‘Phase Three’ kicking off with Captain America: Civil War next year.
You know how the internet loves a list, and even more so one that can anger those with their pants on a bit too tight. So here we are, the Marvel films ranked from 12 to 1.
I’ve not spoken to one person who agrees completely, and I don’t expect any of you either! My wife is still giving me crap about were I’ve put Iron Man 3 two years later. So it’s a good exercise in kicking the hornets nest and seeing who disagrees most vehemently.
Obviously I’ve had more time some to »
- Chris Cooper
We often find ourselves wondering how it is a particular actor got to where they are today. How does an Oscar winner or a Golden Globe winner start their career? For many well-known actors, the way they got their start may be a surprise.
Being able to make people laugh is an integral part of acting, so it makes sense that many great actors got their start doing stand-up comedy. This type of career starter might be expected from some, but many actors that we now consider dramatic actually got their big break doing comedy.
This week, we get to see another film by an actor that started by doing (and still does) stand-up. »
- Amanda Wood
Everyone loves a good storm movie. Everything from Twister to The Perfect Storm has gone down as classics of the medium. There’s just something about the uncontrollable aspect of Nature that makes for really great film.
Another entry into the storm movie genre will be bowing next year, titled The Finest Hours. Based on the true story of a daring coast guard rescue during a brutal snowstorm, The Finest Hours takes place in 1952 New England. Naturally, the entire cast broke out their best Boston accent to do the story justice.
Chris Pine plays the brave coast guard who sets out to rescue the men stranded upon a destroyed tanker, while Eric Bana and Ben Foster join his team. Boston native Casey Affleck stars as a stranded crewmember, and Holliday Grainger plays Chris Pine’s suitably worried girlfriend.
Catch The Finest Hours in Cineplex theatres January 29th, 2016, and check out the trailer below! »
- Amanda Wood
Hollywood and audiences alike have long held a fascination with dramas on the high seas. It doesn't matter if they're entirely fictitious (The Poseidon Adventure, Life of Pi) or based on a true story (The Perfect Storm), there's just something about men and women trying to survive while the ocean rages around them that people love. In the next few months we'll actually be getting two movies that fit the bill. First up is In The Heart of the Sea, directed by Ron Howard and hitting theaters on December 11, 2015. And now today gives us the first trailer for The Finest Hours, starring Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Holliday Grainger, and Eric Bana and hitting theaters on January 29, 2016. Directed by Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl), The Finest Hours takes...
- Peter Hall
Today we have the trailer for the upcoming "The Finest Hours" thriller, starring Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Eric Bana and Casey Affleck. Check it out below. Plot: In February of 1952, one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast struck New England, damaging an oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod and literally ripping it in half. On a small lifeboat faced with frigid temperatures and 70-foot high waves, four members of the Coast Guard set out to rescue more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the rapidly-sinking vessel. The new movie is directed by Craig Gillespie (Fright Night) and is set to hit theaters on January 29th, 2016. Trailer: »
From director Craig Gillepsie, The Finest Hours is the remarkable true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history. Presented in Digital 3D and IMAX 3D, the film will transport audiences to the heart of the action, creating a fully-immersive cinematic experience on an epic scale.
On February 18, 1952, a massive nor’easter struck New England, pummeling towns along the Eastern seaboard and wreaking havoc on the ships caught in its deadly path, including the SS Pendleton, a T-2 oil tanker bound for Boston, which was literally ripped in half, trapping more than 30 sailors inside its rapidly-sinking stern.
As the senior officer on board, first assistant engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) soon realizes it is up to him to take charge of the frightened crew and »
- Michelle McCue
In February of 1952, one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast of America struck New England, damaging an oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod, literally ripping it in half and putting the lives of the thirty sailors on board in grave danger. What followed was the most daring rescue in Coast Guard history as a four man team set out to save them. This heroic tale is coming to the big screen with Disney’s The Finest Hours, and the first trailer promises something pretty fantastic. First off, the cast. Chris Pine, Eric Bana, Ben Foster, Casey Affleck, Holiday Granger. Everybody involved is an incredible talent who put in exceptional performances in whatever they appear, and they promise to navigate the power and emotion of this story with ease. Also, the scale of The Finest Hours is amazing, offering a tremendous amount of tension alongside the eye popping set pieces. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Directed by Craig Gillespie (Million Dollar Arm, Lars and the Real Girl), The Finest Hour is a true story of a dangerous rescue mission staged by the Boston Coast Guard in 1952. Chris Pine dons a thick accent for his role as a Coast Guard agent sent out into the storm to rescue a rapidly sinking tanker that’s been cut in half by the treacherous conditions, and Casey Affleck is the captain in charge of keeping the remaining members of his crew safe. Here’s the full synopsis:
On February 18, 1952, a massive nor’easter struck New England, pummeling towns along the Eastern seaboard and wreaking havoc on the ships caught in its deadly path, including the SS Pendleton, a T-2 oil tanker bound for Boston, which was literally ripped in half, trapping more than 30 sailors inside its rapidly-sinking stern. As the senior officer on board, first assistant engineer Ray Sybert »
- Brian Welk
Based on a true story, the film is set in 1952 in the wake of a treacherous storm that rips a T-2 oil tanker in half, leaving more than 30 sailors trapped inside. While first assistant engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) musters the courage to take control out at sea, Coast Guard Captain Bernie Webber (Pine) sets out in a wooden lifeboat to save the crew.
From massive crashing waves to Pine’s romantic interest (played by Holliday Grainger) asserting agency in a room full of men, the leads must face multiple forms of fear to survive. In the trailer’s opening scene, Grainger foreshadows the film’s dramatic crux: “It scares me at night, that’s all,” she says, referring to the water. “You can’t see what’s underneath.” Pine replies in a heavy Boston accent, »
- Seth Kelley
Watch the new trailer for the heroic action-thriller The Finest Hours, the extraordinary true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history. Presented in Digital 3D and Imax 3D, the film transports audiences to the heart of the action, creating a fully-immersive cinematic experience on an epic scale. Directed by Craig Gillespie, The Finest Hours features an all-star ensemble cast led by Chris Pine, Casey Affleck and Eric Bana.
A heroic action-thriller, The Finest Hours takes place on February 18, 1952, when a massive nor'easter struck New England, pummeling towns along the Eastern seaboard and wreaking havoc on the ships caught in its deadly path, including the SS Pendleton, a T-2 oil tanker bound for Boston, which was literally ripped in half, trapping more than 30 sailors inside its rapidly-sinking stern. As the senior officer on board, first assistant engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) soon realizes it is up to »
Following yesterday’s release of the poster for the upcoming action-thriller, the first trailer for Disney’s The Finest Hours has arrived online. The film is based on the true story of what has been called the greatest small boat rescue in the history of the Coast Guard.
In February of 1952, one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast struck New England, damaging an oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod and literally ripping it in half. On a small lifeboat faced with frigid temperatures and 70-foot high waves, four members of the Coast Guard set out to rescue the more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the rapidly-sinking vessel. “The Finest Hours” is the story of their heroic mission, which is still considered the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history.
- Justin Cook
Real-life stories of heroism have long been a staple of big movies, and now here comes another with the first trailer for The Finest Hours.Set in 1952, the film finds the shore of Cape Cod in New England battered by one of the most disastrous storms ever to hit the East Coast of the Us. As a massive oil tanker is caught and literally ripped apart by the waves and the wind, a brave Coast Guard crew heads out to rescue the sailors still trapped aboard the rapidly sinking vessel. But the job will not be an easy one, especially given the treacherous conditions.Chris Pine, more used to charting the depths of space as the captain of Star Trek’s Enterprise than navigating giant waves, here leads his team into danger at the behest of Eric Bana’s commander, while his fiancée (Holliday Grainger) demands the return of the crew, »
"I'm not giving up on him! Not on my watch." Disney has unveiled the first trailer for The Finest Hours, a Coast Guard drama about the most daring rescue mission in U.S. Coast Guard history. Chris Pine stars, along with Ben Foster, Eric Bana, Holliday Grainger and Graham McTavish. This trailer definitely has a Perfect Storm vibe to it, but there's also some history to the story since this takes place in the 1950s. It actually looks pretty good, with some strong performances, but there are a few odd scenes tossed in that I'm just not sure what to make of yet. I'm curious to take a look. Always down for inspirational tales of tenacity. Here's the first official trailer for Craig Gillespie's The Finest Hours, direct from YouTube: The Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil »
- Alex Billington
Imagine The Perfect Storm, if Chris Pine were in it instead of George Clooney. Save for some plot details, that's essentially what you're about to see in The Finest Hours' trailer. Disney's upcoming action movie is based on the true story of one of the most dangerous rescues in the history of the Coast Guard. Casey Affleck plays the first assistant engineer of a gigantic oil tanker that is ripped apart in the wake of a massive storm, while Pine stars as the Coast Guard captain tasked with going out into impossibly rough waters to save the crew. Stand by for insane wave footage. The movie, costarring Eric Bana and Ben Foster, will be out on Jan. 29, 2016. »
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