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If Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were alive, I.ve no doubt he.d be thrilled with all the attention his iconic detective Sherlock Holmes is getting these days. Holmes has been the recent subject of hit movies with Robert Downey Jr., a popular BBC dramatic series, and the CBS show Elementary, which finds Watson gender-flipped into Lucy Liu. However, there.s even more Holmes-ian goodness on the horizon with the recent announcement that Miramax has acquired domestic distribution rights to Bill Condon.s Mr. Holmes. The new feature reunites Oscar-winning director Condon with Gods and Monsters collaborator Ian McKellen to tell a tale of an older Holmes who wants to take one last crack at solving a case that confounded even him. Laura Linney co-stars. The script is based on Mitch Cullin's award-winning novel, A Slight Trick of the Mind. Plot details reveal that an elderly Holmes spends the »
Global film and television studio Miramax announced today that it has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Mr. Holmes and will partner with Roadside Attractions on domestic theatrical distribution of the film. Directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Kinsey), Mr. Holmes stars Academy Award nominees Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings franchise, X-Men franchise) and Laura Linney (Kinsey, You Can Count on Me, The Savages).
Thomas J. Barrack, Jr., Chairman of Miramax, had this to say in his statement.
"Mr. Holmes is a smart, exciting film that has attracted the highest caliber director, cast and producers, and it is a perfect fit for Miramax. We are very pleased to acquire U.S. »
Remember Miramax? That was Harvey and Bob Weinstein's storied company named after their parents. Disney made the brothers leave it behind when they started The Weinstein Co. Since Qatar Holding purchased Miramax in 2010 (with the investor group led by Miramax Chairman Thomas J. Barrack, Jr.’s Colony Capital) Miramax has largely been a library and more recently a television and co-production play. Well, Hollywood veteran Zanne Devine, Miramax's Executive Vice President, Production and Development, is waking up the little studio, partnering with indie distributor Roadside Attractions on acquiring U.S. rights to Bill Condon’s “Mr. Holmes,” starring Ian McKellen and Laura Linney, which is in post-production. The "Gods and Monsters" team of Condon and McKellen have reunited to bring us yet another take on Sherlock Holmes-- the elder, as opposed to Benedict Cumberbatch or Robert Downey, Jr.'s recent younger »
- Anne Thompson
Better quality photos have emerged of Henry Cavill in Clark Kent mode on the set of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice". The pics sees him sporting his signature glasses as the character. [Source: Twitter]
Currently in post-production following a seven-week shoot in England, the project stars Ian McKellen as an aging Sherlock Holmes who revisits an unsolved case which forced him into retirement. [Source: Variety]
Stevens himself has been asked about the report, the actor dismissing them with a laugh saying: "I just heard [the rumours] this morning. It's »
- Garth Franklin
Miramax has acquired all Us distribution rights to Mr Holmes and will partner with Roadside Attractions on domestic theatrical distribution of the film.
Thomas J. Barrack, Jr., chairman of Miramax, described the feature as “a smart, exciting film”.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Miramax announced today that it has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Mr. Holmes and will partner with Roadside Attractions on domestic theatrical distribution of the film. Directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Kinsey), Mr. Holmes stars Academy Award nominees Ian McKellen ("The Lord of the Rings" and "X-Men" films) and Laura Linney (Kinsey, You Can Count on Me, The Savages). »
Sherlock Holmes is enjoying quite a resurgence, and not just the younger version of the deliberative detective: Miramax has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to “Mr. Holmes,” which imagines him in his later years. It will partner with Roadside Attractions on domestic theatrical distribution of the film. Directed by Academy-Award winner Bill Condon and starring Academy Award nominees Ian McKellen and Laura Linney, the film, currently in post-production, is based on the award-winning Mitch Cullin novel “A Slight Trick of the Mind.” The screenplay was written by Jeffrey Hatcher. “‘Mr. Holmes’ is a smart, exciting film that has attracted the highest-caliber director, »
- Gina Hall
The film, currently in post-production following a seven-week shoot in England, re-teams McKellen with director Bill Condon, a decade and a half after their collaboration on “Gods and Monsters.” Laura Linney also stars.
Producers are Anne Carey (“The American”) of Archer Gray Productions and “The King’s Speech” producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films. Executive producers are Aviv Giladi and Len Blavatnik of AI Film, Christine Langan on behalf of BBC Films, which is also co-financing, and Amy Nauiokas for Archer Gray.
The film is set in 1947 when an aging Sherlock Holmes returns from Japan, »
- Dave McNary
Breaking: Miramax acquired U.S. distribution rights to the Bill Condon-directed Mr. Holmes, and Roadside Attractions will handle the domestic release. The film reunites Condon with his Gods And Monsters star Ian McKellen, who stars with Laura Linney. Pic’s an adaptation of the Mitch Cullin novel A Slight Trick Of The Mind, and Jeffrey Hatcher scripted. Pic’s in post.
Miramax chairman Thomas J. Barrack Jr called Mr Holmes a “‘smart, exciting film that has attracted the highest caliber director, cast and producers, and it is a perfect fit for Miramax.” Said Roadside co-prexy Eric d’Arbeloff: “Bill Condon and Ian McKellen’s collaboration on ‘Gods and Monsters’ continues to inspire us, so we are very excited to join with Miramax in releasing ‘Mr. Holmes,’ their fantastic take on the world’s favorite master sleuth.”
- Mike Fleming Jr
Continuing to ramp up, a reinvigorated Miramax has acquired all U.S. rights to Bill Condon's unique Sherlock Holmes tale Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellan and Laura Linney. Miramax will partner with Roadside Attractions on the theatrical release of the movie, now in post-production. The British film, previously titled A Slight Trick of the Mind, is a new take on the iconic detective. Set in 1947, an aging Holmes returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside
- Pamela McClintock
Believe it or not, films and television programmes added to Netflix and Amazon do have a tendency to expire and no longer be there after a while; this isn’t as publicised as when the titles in question are added though. So by the time you read this there are around 50 titles disappearing from Netflix.
If you have ever wanted to watch the 2002 version of The Count of Monte Cristo then you have probably missed your chance by now. What this does mean however is that probably next week Netflix will have added a whole raft of new stuff, I say new but it will probably be a mixture of catalogue and stuff from the last year. I know that the underrated Enders Game and the superior Hunger Games: Catching Fire is due there in September, I just don’t know when.
In other Netflix news, they made industry headlines »
- Chris Holt
Telluride — In recent years, Journalists have come under siege all across the world from governments trying to minimize their influence either through subtle or not-so subtle means. One of the more dramatic instances in recent memory was chronicled in Maziar Bahari's 2011 memoir "Then They Came for Me" which has been adapted into the new film "Rosewater." The film, with director Jon Stewart on hand, debuted Friday night at the 2014 Telluride Film Festival. "They Came For Me" depicted the 118 days the noted reporter and documentary filmmaker spent in an Iranian jail after being falsely accused of acting as a spy for Western powers. The London-based Bahari had returned to Tehran to cover the 2009 presidential election where Mir-Hossein Mousavi was providing a revolutionary challenge to the president at the time, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Controversy reigned after the latter was announced the victor prompting millions of Iranians to protest the results in cities across the Islamic state. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Over the weekend, director Lee Daniels and producer Oprah Winfrey confirmed that Mike Epps has been set to star as legendary comedian Richard Pryor in the upcoming biopic Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?. Take a look at the tweets from the director and producer below, then read on for more details.
Get ready y'all- #MikeEpps as #RichardPryorpic.twitter.com/0sothu7yVB
— lee daniels (@leedanielsent) August 24, 2014
@leedanielsent , @therealmikeepps , and me just finished a great 1st read session. #RichardPryorMoviehttp://t.co/WHw6HQkaxr
Earlier this month it was reported that Mike Epps (The Hangover, Sparkle) had an explosive screen test for the role of Richard Pryor in The Weinstein Company’s upcoming biopic of the legendary comedian, and now director Lee Daniels (The Butler) has taken to Twitter to confirm his casting, with Epps set to star alongside Oprah Winfrey…
Several actors have been under consideration for the role of Pryor over the years, including Michael B. Jordan, Nick Cannon and Marlon Wayans, with the latter actually signed on to the film when it was at Sony, with Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) then set to direct. As it happens, the biopic won’t be the first time we see Epps as Pryor, as he is set to appear as the late comic in Cynthia Mort’s upcoming Nina Simone biopic Nina, whihc is currently in post-production.
- Gary Collinson
One film that was beloved by some children of the 1970s and 1980s was "Young Sherlock Holmes," Barry Levinson's 1985 feature starring 19-year-old Scottish actor Nicholas Rowe as the Baker Street Detective. In that film, the character first meets John Watson at a boarding school and together they solve a mystery.
Almost three decades later, filmmaker Bill Condon is at work on "Mr. Holmes" - a film adaptation of Mitch Cullin's novel "A Slight Trick Of The Mind". This take explores the other side of Holmes' life - as a long retired 93-year-old beekeeper growing frustrated as his mental faculties have begun to fade.
The legendary Sir Ian McKellen is playing the elderly Holmes, but today Empire reports that the now 47-year-old Rowe is also onboard to cameo as Sherlock Holmes. Even more surprising, he won't be appearing as a younger version of McKellen's Holmes in flashback either.
You see in the 1947-set film, »
- Garth Franklin
When die-hard Sherlockians - or Holmesians, depending on your taste - hear the name Nicholas Rowe, they're bound to think of the Scottish actor's turn as the young Sherlock Holmes in Young Sherlock Holmes, the 1985 movie directed by Barry Levinson and written by Christopher Columbus. Most thought his days as Holmes ended then when he was 19, but thanks to an ingenious cameo in next year's Mr Holmes, he will return as the great consulting detective at the age of 47... in a rather wonderful fashion.The story of Mr Holmes, which director Bill Condon adapted with Jeffrey Hatcher from Mitch Cullin's novel A Slight Trick Of The Mind, takes place in 1947 when Holmes is 93, long retired to his Sussex beekeeping and frustrated by his diminishing power of recollection. Within this world, Holmes is as famous as you'd expect, and has had movies made of his life. It's in one of these films, »
• It looks like Mike Epps may finally get the chance to play legendary stand-up comedian Richard Pryor after all. The comic has emerged as the front-runner to play the part in a biopic for The Weinstein Company directed by Lee Daniels (The Butler). Epps was previously signed on to play Pryor back in 2005 and met with the late comedian while he was still alive to prepare for the role, but that project fell through. Epps reportedly beat out actors Michael B. Jordan, Nick Cannon, and Marlon Wayans after Wayans had also been previously attached to another Pryor film, this one »
- Jake Perlman
Back in January, it was being widely reported that Michael B. Jordan and Marlon Wayans were the two front-runners to play comedian Richard Pryor in the upcoming biopic Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said? (though the title may have now changed). While both are still in contention, it looks like comedian Mike Epps has found his way to the front of the pack after an explosive audition won over everyone involved with the film.
Originally set to be directed by Bill Condon, Lee Daniels is now at the helm of this drama that will look at the tumultuous early days of Richard Pryor and his meteoric rise to stardom. Eddie Murphy had been interested in taking the lead at one point. The movie is now set up at The Weinstein Company.
Exclusive: After blowing away everybody with his audition, actor-comic Mike Epps has emerged as the front-runner to star as Richard Pryor in the biopic that Lee Daniels will direct at The Weinstein Company. Daniels has been in TWC headquarters working with and auditioning a group of young actors that has included Epps, Michael B. Jordan, Marlon Wayans, and Nick Cannon, with Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway the names I’ve heard to play Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor. I can only imagine what it must mean to several of these guys to get the role and play the stand-up comedian they grew up revering before they themselves succeeded onstage. It’s especially poignant for Epps and Wayans, because each one was signed to play Pryor in prior incarnations of the movie that fell apart.
Wayans had the job in the last version of the comic legend’s story when »
- Mike Fleming Jr
‘Camp X-Ray’ trailer 2014: Kristen Stewart and Payman Maadi in Guantanamo’s ‘war zone’ (photo: Kristen Stewart in ‘Camp X-Ray’) The official Camp X-Ray trailer is out. "Make no mistake about it. This is a war zone," a male voice tells the recruits (and us) at the start of the movie trailer, set in Guantanamo’s temporary detention center Camp X-Ray. A "war zone" in more ways than one; he’s referring not only to the physical danger faced by the U.S. military guards (and their Muslim prisoners — or rather, "detainees"), but also, and more ominously, to a war of minds and mindsets between the two groups, who may have more in common with each other than is apparent on the surface. Private Amy Cole aka Kristen Stewart is forewarned: "You can talk to ‘em, but do not let these guys learn anything about you. Do not let them get inside your head. »
- Andre Soares
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