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Star Wars VII: Negative Reviews Have Been Few But Pointed

18 December 2015 6:39 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' with Daisy Ridley. 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens': Negative reviews have been few, but pointed Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently enjoying a 91 percent approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics. The average rating of the latest movie in the George Lucas-founded Star Wars franchise is 8.3/10. That's quite a bit higher than the Rt top critics' rating for The Force Awakens' three predecessors, all directed by Lucas – his first (and, to date, last) films since Star Wars back in 1977: Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith: 67 percent approval and 7/10 average. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones: 41 percent approval and 6.2/10 average. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace: 41 percent approval and 5.5/10 average. Gushing reviews have poured forth from both little-known online outlets and major publications. They're everywhere. Of course, there »

- Zac Gille

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From Nyong'o to Lucas: Newcomers and Veterans at the Premiere to End All Premieres

14 December 2015 8:33 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Premiere: Lupita Nyong'o. 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' premiere in Hollywood: A few images The most anticipated event since Nostradamus prophesied World War I, World War II, Climate Change Calamity, and Reality TV, Star Wars: The Force Awakens – brought to you not by George Lucas, but by Walt Disney (not the man, but the marketing & merchandising team) – is having its Milky Way premiere this evening right in the heart of Hollywood. If only the Paris Climate Talks had received this much media scrutiny and at least half – one tenth? – as much interest from the stormtrooping masses. So, tell us, how many pounds did Carrie Fisher really have to lose to fit into Princess Leia's costumes? 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Premiere: Mark Hamill. Boycott? What boycott? Shocking, but it seems like Star Wars: The Force Awakens will actually manage to »

- M.T. Philipe

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‘The Reflecting Skin’ Blu-ray Review

29 November 2015 7:43 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Jeremy CooperLindsay DuncanViggo MortensenSheila Moore, Duncan Fraser, David Longworth, Robert Koons, David Bloom, Evan Hall, Codie Lucas Wilbee, Sherry Bie | Written and Directed by Philip Ridley

The beauty of loving films is that no matter how many you’ve seen, there are so many out there still to be discovered… One of these for me was The Reflecting Skin which is being released this weel on Blu-ray. It’s a true hidden gem that needs to be seen…

The Reflecting Skin is set in the American Mid-west in the 1950s and takes the viewpoint of Seth Dove (Jeremy Cooper) who becomes obsessed with the fact that a widow, Dolphin Blue (Lindsay Duncan) is a vampire. When one of Seth’s friends is found dead, all eyes are on the boy’s father who has a history that puts him under suspicion and the pressure leads him to commit suicide. »

- Paul Metcalf

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‘Better Call Saul’s’ Julie Ann Emery Joins Chris Evans in Marc Webb’s ‘Gifted’ (Exclusive)

5 November 2015 12:32 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Julie Ann Emery, whose TV credits include “Better Call Saul” and the first season of FX’s “Fargo,” has joined Chris Evans in Marc Webb‘s “Gifted,” TheWrap has learned. Fox Searchlight will distribute “Gifted,” which is currently filming in Georgia. The movie co-stars Oscar winner Octavia Spencer and Tony winner Lindsay Duncan as well as Jenny Slate, Keir O’Donnell and young actress Mckenna Grace. Webb (“The Amazing Spider-Man”) directs from an original screenplay by Tom Flynn. Karen Lunder and Andy Cohen are producing “Gifted,” while Molly Allen, Glen Basner and Ben Browning serve as executive producers. Also Read: Emmy Breakout Bob Odenkirk on. »

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Production begins on Fox Searchlight’s 'Gifted'

14 October 2015 4:46 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Principal photography has commenced in Savannah and Tybee Island, Georgia, on the drama starring Chris Evans, Lindsay Duncan, Mckenna Grace, Jenny Slate and Octavia Spencer.

Marc Webb directs from an original screenplay by Tom Flynn about a single man trying to raise his child prodigy niece and fend off the ambitions of his formidable mother.

Karen Lunder and Andy Cohen are producing. Fox Searchlight president of production Claudia Lewis made the announcement on Wednesday. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Jenny Slate set to join Chris Evans for Gifted

15 September 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Actress and comedienne Jenny Slate is set to join the cast of Gifted, reports Variety.

The Obvious Child star will star opposite Captain America himself Chris Evans in the drama as well as Octavia Spencer (Snowpiercer), Lindsay Duncan (Birdman) and newcomer McKenna Grace. Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man) is in the director’s chair for this one.

Gifted “tells the story of Frank Adler (Evans), a single man raising his 7-year-old, intellectually gifted niece Mary off the grid in rural Florida. In an attempt to help her experience a “normal” upbringing, Frank enrolls her in school, attracting the unwanted attention of his scheming mother who fights for custody of the girl only to exploit her gifts for selfish reasons. A familial tug-of-war takes form as they attempt to decide what is best for this remarkable girl.”

No release date has been set for the film, but expect to see it »

- Scott J. Davis

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Casting: Essandoh, Woodard, Slate, Deutch

15 September 2015 12:01 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Bourne 5

Ato Essandoh ("Vinyl," "Elementary") has joined the cast of the Matt Damon-led fifth film in the Jason Bourne franchise. Paul Greengrass returns as helmer for the movie which recently began filming.

Character and plot details are under wraps. Julia Stiles, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Tommy Lee Jones also star in the film. [Source: Heat Vision]

Marvel's Luke Cage

Though long rumored, Marvel has finally confirmed Alfre Woodard has joined the cast of its third Netflix series "Luke Cage". Woodard will play Mariah Dillard, a local Harlem politician and cousin to Cornell 'Cottonmouth' Stokes (Mahershala Ali).

Her life is thrown into turmoil by Harlem's super-strong newest hero Luke Cage and Cottonmouth's nefarious acts. The series premieres in 2016 on Netflix. [Source: Twitter]

The Gifted

Jenny Slate ("Married") will star opposite Chris Evans in the Marc Webb-directed drama "Gifted" at Fox Searchlight. Octavia Spencer, Lindsay Duncan and McKenna Grace also star and filming begins this Fall. »

- Garth Franklin

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Jenny Slate Joins Chris Evans in Marc Webb’s ‘Gifted’ (Exclusive)

15 September 2015 11:09 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Married” actress Jenny Slate will star opposite Chris Evans in the Fox Searchlight drama “Gifted” with Marc Webb directing.

Slate also joins Octavia Spencer, Lindsay Duncan and newcomer McKenna Grace in the drama.

Scripted by Tom Flynn, “Gifted” tells the story of Frank Adler (Evans), a single man raising his 7-year-old, intellectually gifted niece Mary off the grid in rural Florida. In an attempt to help her experience a “normal” upbringing, Frank enrolls her in school, attracting the unwanted attention of his scheming mother who fights for custody of the girl only to exploit her gifts for selfish reasons. A familial tug-of-war takes form as they attempt to decide what is best for this remarkable girl.

Producers for “Gifted” include FilmNation’s Karen Lunder and Andy Cohen. Production is set to begin this fall.

Slate is currently filming the drama “Brain on Fire” opposite Chloe Grace Moretz, Thomas Mann and Tyler Perry. »

- Justin Kroll

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Jenny Slate Added To Gifted

15 September 2015 10:50 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

We already know that Chris Evans will swap his shield and superpowers for something a little more ordinary in Mark Webb’s Gifted. Now Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer, Lindsay Duncan and newcomer McKenna Grace will join him in the film.Gifted, written by Tom Flynn, is a drama about Frank Adler, a deliberate underachiever, who is raising his niece Mary (Grace), in rural Florida.  When he enrols her in school for the first time, she is labelled as gifted. All Frank wants is for Mary to have a normal life, but standing in his way is her mother Evelyn (Slate), who wants to exploit her abilities. So being proactive for once, he sues to win custody of the girl. Webb is looking to have that one shooting in the coming months.Slate, who scored praise for her performance in Obvious Child, has been working steadily recently. She’s currently filming »

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Academy Award Film Series: 'Alice' Is One of Burton's Very Worst Movies and a Travesty of Carroll's Classic

10 September 2015 4:28 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Alice in Wonderland' 2010 with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. 'Alice in Wonderland' 2010: Plenty of visuals, no substance In the interest of full disclosure, I should start this commentary on Alice in Wonderland by saying that I have never been a fan of Tim Burton's works. I've enjoyed a couple of his movies, but the vast majority of them I've found uninspiring and, really, quite boring. Burton's eye for unusual worlds, particularly in terms of art direction and costume design, is not lost on me. But how can I possibly find Tim Burton a great director when he continues to offer the same tricks, over and over again? True, Burton's stories and characters change from movie to movie. What he offers, however, does not. What's there beyond cool visuals? What's there beyond the neo-gothic atmosphere he offers in Batman, or the brilliantly rendered chocolate factory playhouse in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? »

- Nathan Donarum

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Netflix To Make More "Black Mirror" Eps

8 September 2015 8:50 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Netflix and Charlie Brooker, the creator of "Black Mirror," are reportedly nearing a deal to produce more episodes of the acclaimed British sci-fi anthology series.

The Radio Times says the Netflix is "understood to have agreed terms with Brooker and his independent production company House of Tomorrow to make 'multiple episodes' of the dystopian drama."

The theme of the series isn't wild aliens though - it's dark and sometimes satirical speculative stories set in modern society and dealing with the unanticipated consequences of new technologies.

One episode posits the idea of a world where you can replay everything you do, see or hear; another has a woman falling in love with the avatar of her dead boyfriend; yet another has the British Pm contemplating having sex with a pig on live national television in order to save a kidnapped Royal princess.

Only seven episodes have been produced overall - three »

- Garth Franklin

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Ten of the Best at FrightFest 2015

3 September 2015 6:11 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The August bank holiday weekend in London is always cause for celebration for horror fans as the FrightFest horror and genre film festival rolls into the city’s Leicester Square for four days of blood-spattered cinematic mayhem. This year saw the arrival of horror icon and star of Re-Animator and You’re Next, Barbara Crampton, as the Guest of Honour who starred in no less than five of the entries this year including festival favourite We Are Still Here. As always with film festivals it was a real mixed bag, with very few scares but a lot of laughs (some intentional, other not so much) as the filmmakers, many of them horror fans themselves, had a lot of fun playing with the tropes and clichés of the genre while others tried to put fresh new spins on some well-worn material. Here are a few of the highlights:

 

We Are Still Here »

- Liam Dunn

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Fantasia 2015: ‘The Reflecting Skin’ a gothic masterpiece that is criminally overlooked

24 July 2015 9:11 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Reflecting Skin

Directed by Philip Ridley

Written by Philip Ridley

1990, USA

The Reflecting Skin is not your average vampire movie. I’m not even sure if it is a vampire movie, nor am I sure the movie knows what it wants to be. Although, most people easily label it a psychological horror film, The Reflecting Skin is not a film that is easily pigeonholed. It appears to be a film about the trauma of growing up and more importantly, growing up with a dysfunctional family that is haunted by their past. And it’s all told in a series of twisted events.

This independent feature was the directorial debut of Philip Ridley, a British painter-illustrator-novelist who had supplied the script to Peter Medek’s mesmerizing 1990 gangster film The Krays. The Reflecting Skin was celebrated as one of the unique films of its year and received a good deal of favorable reviews. »

- Ricky

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Fantasia 2015 Review: 25 Years On, The Reflecting Skin Remains A Wonder

22 July 2015 3:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Seeing The Reflecting Skin for the first time, the 1990 film by Philip Ridley, starring Viggo Mortensen and Lindsay Duncan, one can't help but wonder how the hell the thing ever got made. I'd previously never even heard of the flick, surely a testament to my lack of knowledge about late century UK/Canadian co-productions. The film would have come out when I was in High School, but it's hard to see that in the year of Home Alone, Dances With Wolves and Total Recall this being the work I'd seek out. Yet with that context the films it most closely echoes are those from only a few years earlier - the sundrenched fields of Days of Heaven providing a more rural backdrop for the...

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Soda acquires cult classic 'The Reflecting Skin'

3 July 2015 5:41 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Philip Ridley’s 1990 horror featured Viggo Mortensen in one of his first starring roles.

Soda Pictures has acquired UK & Irish home video rights to Philip Ridley’s 1990 cult classic The Reflecting Skin, featuring Viggo Mortensen in one of his first starring roles and Scottish actress Lindsay Duncan.  

The UK/Canada co-production, which has never been released on DVD or Blu-Ray in the UK before, will be released by the Anglo-Canadian distributor in a special edition later this year.  

This release will be the worldwide video premiere of a new, director-approved high-definition transfer.  Exclusive bonus material is currently in production, including newly-filmed interviews with Ridley and Mortensen.

Further details, including release dates, will be announced in the lead-up to the restoration’s UK premiere at Film4 Frightfest in August, which was announced yesterday.

The Reflecting Skin played at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival and went on to win 11 international awards.  

Set in the Idaho farmlands of the 1950s, the film »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Masterpiece Drama 'Churchill's Secret' Assembles Sprawling Cast

22 June 2015 1:42 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Stewart Harcourt is adapting Jonathan Smith.'s recently published book "The Churchill Secret: Kbo," a two hour film to be directed by Charles Sturridge ("Where Angels Fear to Tread," "A Handful of Dust"), with Timothy Bricknell producing. Filming of ITV's "Churchill'.s Secret" begins this June in London and at Chartwell, the Churchill. family home in Kent. Set during the summer months of 1953, Winston Churchill., who has been elected Prime Minister for the second time., suffers a life-threatening stroke, which is kept secret from the world. The story is told from the point-of-view of his young nurse (Romola Garai) as Churchill battles to recover. His wife (Lindsay Duncan) hopes that the stroke will force him to retire, while his political friends and foes plot over who will succeed him. The adult Churchill children (Matthew Macfadyen as Randolph, Daisy Lewis as Mary, Rachael Stirling as Sarah and Tara »

- Anne Thompson

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Michael Gambon Is Winston Churchill In ITV Drama Headed To PBS’ Masterpiece

26 May 2015 7:55 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

To the pantheon of PBS projects about the Churchills, add Churchill’s Secret, which will star Michael Gambon as Sir Winston ChurchillLindsay Duncan co-stars as Clementine Churchill in this ITV project, based on Jonathan Smith's recently published book, The Churchill Secret: Kbo. Stewart Harcourt (Love & Marriage, Treasure Island, Poirot) is adapting and it’s scheduled to air on PBS in 2016. Churchill’s Secret is told from the point of view of Churchill’s nurse Millie… »

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Michael Gambon To Uncover "Churchill's Secret"

26 May 2015 6:40 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Harry Potter" series regular Michael Gambon is set to play Winston Churchill in ITV and Masterpiece’s feature-length telemovie "Churchill's Secret" which airs next year.

Set during the summer months of 1953, Churchill is now British Prime Minister for the second time when he suffers a life-threatening stroke that is kept secret from the world. At the same time his adult children descend on his home and tensions begin to surface.

The story follows his battle to recover as seen through the eyes of a young nurse named Millie Appleyard. Acclaimed British actress Lindsay Duncan will co-star as his long-suffering wife Clementine who hopes the stroke will force Winston to retire.

Stewart Harcourt will adapt the work from Jonathan Smith's book "The Churchill Secret: Kbo." Charles Sturridge ("Da Vinci's Demons") will helm while Timothy Bricknell will produce. Filming will begin next month in London, and at Chartwell in Kent.

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- Garth Franklin

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Dumbledore Actor Michael Gambon to Play Winston Churchill in ITV-Masterpiece Film

26 May 2015 6:22 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Michael Gambon, who was Professor Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movies, is to play Winston Churchill in ITV and Masterpiece’s feature-length film “Churchill’s Secret.” Lindsay Duncan co-stars as Clementine Churchill.

Set during the summer months of 1953, Churchill — now British Prime Minister for the second time and in his late 70s — suffers a life-threatening stroke, which is kept secret from the world. Told from the viewpoint of his young nurse, Millie Appleyard, the drama follows his battle to recover as his long-suffering wife, Clemmie, desperately hopes the stroke will force Winston to retire, while his political friends and foes plot to determine who will succeed him. Meanwhile, his adult children descend on his home, Chartwell, unsure if he will pull through, as tensions within his family begin to surface.

Filming will begin next month in London, and at Chartwell in Kent. The film will air in the U. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Michael Gambon to play Winston Churchill in ITV drama

26 May 2015 4:13 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Churchill’s Secret is based on Jonathan Smith’s book set in 1953, when the former prime minister had a stroke

Sir Michael Gambon is to play Winston Churchill in a new ITV drama about his final years in office opposite Lindsay Duncan as his wife, Clementine.

Churchill’s Secret is based on Jonathan Smith’s recently published book, The Churchill Secret: Kbo, set during the summer of 1953 when the then-peacetime prime minister had a stroke, which was kept secret from the world.

Related: Paloma Faith and Stanley Tucci to star in ITV's Peter Pan drama

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