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The drama “The Danish Girl” is one of those projects that has been around in many, many different incarnations for several years. In almost every iteration, two women were cast in the story of Lili Elbe, the 1920s Danish artist who was one of the first recipients of sexual reassignment surgery. Versions of the film had Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman in the leads, Gwyneth Paltrow and Marion Cotillard were attached at one point, and several of Hollywood’s most sought after leading ladies were involved (directors Tomas Alfredson, Lasse Hallstrom, and Bill Condon were also set to helm too). But the project took on a new direction when Academy Award-winner Tom Hooper(“The King’s Speech”) took on the mantle. Instead of two female leads, one of them undergoing surgery to become a man, Hooper decided to cast Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) as Elbe, which seems »
- Edward Davis
An Instagram post from Josh Gad (Frozen) has confirmed that he has finished filming his scenes in 2017’s live-action Beauty and the Beast film. The picture shows him embracing co-star Luke Evans (Dracula Untold) on a snowy set for the film. The caption reads, “That’s a wrap! Will miss the cast of #beautyandthebeast especially my brilliant Gaston #LukeEvans.” See it here…
In the film, Gad plays Lefou, the bumbling sidekick to the arrogant and egotistical Gaston, who is played by Evans.
Along with those two, Emma Watson (Harry Potter) and Dan Stevens (The Guest) will star as Belle and the Beast respectively, with Ian McKellen (X-Men: Days of Future Past) as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) as Mrs. Potts, Kevin Kline (Last Vegas) as Belle’s father Maurice, Audra McDonald (Private Practice) as Garderobe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle) as Plumette, Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games) as Cadenza and »
- Justin Cook
The Jungle Book aside, next up on Disney's slate of live-action remakes of classic animated films is Beauty And The Beast. Directed by Bill Condon, Beauty has a ridiculously stellar ensemble consisting of Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Emma Thompson, Kevin Kline, Dan Stevens, Ian McKellen and Stanley Tucci. The cast has been pretty vocal about the progress of this film, and it looks like filming has... Read More »
- Sean Wist
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair promoting his new film, "Mr. Holmes," Condon also dished about his work on "Beast," which is currently in production. According to the director, the film was almost completely different when he first signed on: Disney originally didn't want it to be a musical. Sounds ridiculous, right? Condon thought so, too.
"I said, 'With all due respect, I think you're crazy,'" Condon recalled of his conversation with the studio. "'The songs are too good. You're going to spend all this time making a huge, gorgeous live-action "Beauty and the Beast" and not do "Be Our Guest"?'"
Aside from that major redirection (thank god for Condon putting his foot down), not much will »
- Katie Roberts
Kristen Stewart impressed the director with her ''vampire orgasm'' in 'Twilight'. Bill Condon - who was at the helm of the final two instalments of the film adaption, 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Parts 1 and 2' - has revealed he was impressed with how she acted in a particular scene. He said: ''I'd been a fan of Kristen's before Breaking Dawn, and I loved working with her. She's incredibly smart and committed, she played such a range of emotions across a single film, from wedding jitters to death throes to vampire orgasm - I mean, if you can pull that off, you can do anything.'' And whilst 'Twilight' has seen its fair share of critics, Bill is glad he got the chance to ''channel his love of classic horror films'' into the flick. He told Vanity Fair magazine: ''One of the reasons I wanted to do 'Breaking Dawn »
It came down to something of a photo finish, but Walt Disney Studios' "Ant-Man" held on to the top spot at the box office for the second weekend in a row. Newcomer "Pixels," which was expected to take the crown, ended up making just $765,000 less and Marvel's miniature hero remained on top. "Ant-Man" dropped an Ok 56.7% from its initial frame earning $24.7 million for $106 million overall domestic. At this point it is just $8 million ahead of where "The Incredible Hulk" was during its run in 2008. That Marvel Studios and Universal Studios collaboration ended up with $134.8 million. At this point, it appears as though "Ant-Man" will top out around $150 million domestic. "Pixels" opened to a flat studio estimate of $24 million which likely means it will come in under when actuals are released on Monday. Sony Pictures attempted to hide polarizing star Adam Sandler's involvement, but the marketing may have had »
- Gregory Ellwood
Critics have long despised his films, but the appeal of the Adam Sandler comedy label amongst wider audiences seems to be on the wane too. Despite a fun high-concept, the critically derided Sandler-led "Pixels" opened this weekend to $24 million and second place.
It fell behind Disney's "Ant-Man" which scored first place and $24.8 million in its second outing, bringing it to a $106.1 million stateside haul. Both films opened in the wake of a cinema shooting in Louisiana which saw three deaths and nine injuries, and has prompted discussion of consumers steering clear of cinemas.
Two other new films opened. Fox's "Paper Towns," the next film from social media celeb and "The Fault in Our Stars" author John Green, opened to $12.5 million which was only about half what was projected. The $12 million budget means it'll be profitable, but it certainly hasn't gone past the core base like 'Fault' seemed to.
The other »
- Garth Franklin
Billy Ray, the screenwriter best known for co-adapting The Hunger Games for the big screen and for his Oscar-nominated Captain Phillips script, has claimed the final seat on the Academy of Motion Picture’s 51-member board of governors, the Academy announced on Friday. Ray originally was one of four candidates seeking to become one of the three reps of the Academy’s writers branch, replacing incumbent Bill Condon, who did not seek re-election. The others were Larry Karaszewski, James Schamus and Dana Stevens. Voting took place between from June 24 through July 2. On July 10, the Academy
- Scott Feinberg
It looks lovely and Ian McKellen is amazing, of course, but it’s not very Holmesian. I suspect Holmes himself would snort in derision at its sentimentality. I’m “biast” (pro): big fan of Sherlock Holmes and Ian McKellen
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I love Sherlock Holmes in all his many incarnations, and when I heard that director Bill Condon was making a movie about an elderly Holmes played by Ian McKellan, I cheered. The two had previously collaborated on the wonderful Gods and Monsters — about the classic Frankenstein filmmaker James Whale in his later years — so this new film was bound to be great, wasn’t it? I was a tad sorry to learn that Mr. Holmes, though based on a novel, was not based on the fabulous Mary Russell »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Set in post-World War II England, the drama follows the sleuth post retirement at the age of 93. With his memory fading, Holmes (Ian McKellen) struggles to make sense of the his past – including the haunting conclusion of his final case.
At the New York premiere for the film, McKellen spoke with us about portraying the iconic detective and capturing his declining mental state. He was also joined by friend and fellow Lgbt rights activist George Takei, who discussed his his admiration for the Oscar-winner.
Check out what both actors had to say in the video above and be sure to catch Mr. Holmes as it’s now playing in theatres! »
- Justine Browning
It's something of a crime that the great Carter Burwell has never won an Oscar, let alone been nominated, because it's hard to imagine some of the movies he's worked on without his musical touch. He's done memorable work for the Coen Brothers in films like "Fargo" and "Miller's Crossing," and his talents run wide, working on everything from Spike Jonze's singular "Where The Wild Things Are" to blockbuster "The Twilight Saga — Breaking Dawn." And his latest effort is another move in an interesting direction with Bill Condon's "Mr. Holmes." Led by Ian McKellen as the famed detective, the story follows the elderly crime solver who embarks on a mission to solve one last case. It's a journey that will see him confront issues of memory, aging, and legacy. And as you'll hear below in this exclusive preview, Burwell brings a sensitive touch with his compositions for the movie. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Could have called this one – as Disney plumbs the depths of its animated catalog in order to maximize the number of live-action remakes and re-imaginings it can send into theaters, 1963 animated fantasy The Sword in the Stone has been anointed as the latest title to receive an update.
Bryan Cogman, who has written episodes of HBO’s high fantasy epic Game of Thrones, will pen the script for the project, which Brigham Taylor (Disney’s upcoming Jungle Book remake) is attached to produce.
The Sword in the Stone occupies a bittersweet place in Disney history, as it was the latest animated offering to be released before Walt Disney’s death. Centering on a young King Arthur as he learned the responsibilities of being a monarch from wizened sorcerer Merlin, it was commercially successful and received solid reviews upon its release, despite drawing nowhere near the acclaim of some other Disney titles. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Two films aimed squarely at older audiences took different opening routes this week. Bill Condon's "Mr. Holmes" scored a strong initial response across the country in big and smaller cities as well as upscale suburban runs. "Irrational Man," Woody Allen's annual summer release, got a decent start in New York and Los Angeles, not boosted by rave reviews. Meantime, "The Stanford Prison Experiment" impressed with a surprisingly strong two-theater result as it prepares to add Video on Demand this Friday. Once again, an Indian film opened strong without any notice from top newspapers or other non-Indian-focused media. Far more depressing for those who care about foreign-language movies lacking a strong ethnic base is the total absence of any review in the Los Angeles Times -- not even an online link -- for Roy Andersson's Venice Golden Lion-award-winner "A Pigeon Sat on a Bench Contemplating Its Existence." Distributor Magnolia did its part. »
- Tom Brueggemann
[Update] Ant-Man opened to $57.2M (was $58M) at the domestic box office, slightly under its projected $60-$65M opening, becoming the 12th film in Marvel's Cinematic Universe to open at #1. On 3,856 screens the film's per screen take was $14,840 (was $15,051). It's a good thing that the Paul Rudd superhero film has an "A" CinemaScore as that's the lowest per-screen average of any of the 12 films. Coming in just slightly above Ant-Man is 2008's The Incredible Hulk ($15,810 per) Thor ($16,618) and Captain America: The First Avenger ($17,512). Disney/Marvel's marketing team must be given some kudos though. Even given the strong Marvel brand, the challenges of marketing a character unknown to the public at large, whose power is getting really tiny and controlling ants, was obvious. They wryly dealt with it head-on in their first trailer, where Paul Rudd's character asks if "it's too late to change the name," a scene that, though this »
- Keith Simanton <email@example.com>
The BBC show starring Benedict Cumberbatch; the CBS series starring Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller; the Guy Ritchie movies starring Robert Downey Jr.: The speed at which Sherlock Holmes has become a thing again never ceases to shock this particular Sherlockian. Once upon a time, the detective was a musty, dusty figure, vaguely familiar to the public at large but fixated upon by a small coterie of Victoriana-obsessed irregulars. Interest in him occasionally flared up — the 1980s PBS series starring Jeremy Brett and the 1940s films starring Basil Rathbone were two high points — but never anything like this. Sherlock Holmes is totally cool again, which warms my dorky heart.In Bill Condon’s Mr. Holmes, Ian McKellen gives one of his finest performances, as an aging Holmes reflecting on the past and contending with his legacy. The film clearly owes some debt to the recent rise in interest »
- Bilge Ebiri
Miramax and its library of more than 700 films is up for sale again, with Thomas Barrack’s Colony Capital and Qatar Holding meeting with bankers to handle the transaction, an individual with knowledge of the situation told The Wrap on Friday. Colony Capital, Qatar Holding and billionaire Ron Tutor purchased Miramax from Disney for $660 million in 2010 before Qatar Holding bought out Tutor’s stake, though the new owners have done little to grow the value of the company despite investments in several new films. While Miramax just released Bill Condon’s Sherlock Holmes movie “Mr. Holmes” starring Ian McKellen and has two. »
- Jeff Sneider
Elegantly executed through sincere emotions, graceful maturity and tremendously striking performances, Mr. Holmes is a wonderful return-to-form for director Bill Condon. Following a series of disappointing efforts like the muddled The Fifth Estate and exasperating The Twilight Series: Breaking Dawn movies, the filmmaker channels what made him such a haunting force, further humanizing Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary fictional figure and quaintly extenuating his character's story with tons of heart, wit and poise. Based on Mitch Cullin's 2005 novel "A Slight Trick of the Mind", this iteration of Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) finds the notorious detective in 1947, 93-years-old and living under the exaggerated shadow created by his late partner Watson's pen. With a failing mind and continuously haunted by the one mystery he couldn't solve, the retired celebrity returns from Hiroshima, Japan to once again live under the care of his housekeeper Mrs. Munro (Laura Linney) and her young son »
- Will Ashton
Chicago – Sherlock Holmes is the most famous fictional detective in literary history, and his character adaptation into movies, TV and other media shows no sign of slowing down. But what if Holmes were real, and lived as an old man past World War II? This scenario is explored in “Mr. Holmes.”
This story is adapted from a novel by Mitch Cullin (“A Slight Trick of the Mind”), one of the many writers over the years that have extended the Holmes legacy of the detective’s creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes’ power of deduction, reasoning and extensive knowledge has fascinated several generations of readers, movie goers and Benedict Cumberbatch fans (he plays Holmes on the popular BBC-tv modern adaptation). “Mr. Holmes” has all of the joy and mystery of the character, portrayed as a 93-year-old by Sir Ian McKellen. The film ponders end-of-lifetime issues, including morality, self-worth and even loneliness for the detective, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Written for the screen by Jeffrey Hatcher
Directed by Bill Condon
Sherlock Holmes is a character so ingrained in our cultural imagination that it’s hard to think up any new spin on him. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle invented a character who became an archetype, even for procedural television, as the airwaves are still littered with brilliant assholes who owe their very existence to the original detective of 221B Baker Street.
Mr. Holmes, the latest depiction of Holmes, directed by Bill Condon and based on Mitch Cullin’s novel A Slight Trick of the Mind, manages to find new ground by emphasizing the character’s vulnerability and, thus, his humanity. Ian McKellen plays an aged Holmes past his mental prime, struggling against encroaching senility to remember the conclusion to his final mystery. The enigmatic case unfolds only as quickly as Holmes can remember it, which is to say, »
- Jeff Rindskopf
Lets add another entry to the long, long list of feature films concerning the fictional character that’s been in more movies than any other (perhaps this new one will put him past Dracula, or at least in a tie with the Count). Just who is it? To evoke the old cliché, it’s elementary, film fans, for it’s none other than “the world’s greatest detective”, Sherlock Holmes. Most recently director Guy Ritchie cast Robert Downey, Jr. in two big screen blockbusters set at the start of the 20th century (while Sherlock jumped to the modern-day for TV shows on CBS and the BBC). This new film is also set in the 20th century, but our sleuth is not the bare-chested, bare-knuckle brawler from the Ritchie flicks. No, this is set in the middle of said century, with our hero well, well past normal retirement age. Sir Ian McKellen, »
- Jim Batts
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