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Cannes — Global sales and financing house WestEnd Films has acquired international rights to Woody Allen’s “Match Point” and “Scoop,” which further strengthens the company’s collection of Woody Allen films.
WestEnd already holds the rights to 10 Allen movies, including “Everyone Says I Love You,” “Sweet and Lowdown,” “Deconstructing Harry” and “Small Time Crooks.” The films topline such stars as Leonardo DiCaprio, Julia Roberts, Sean Penn, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal and Hugh Grant.
2005 movie “Match Point,” which stars Brian Cox, Matthew Goode, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Penelope Wilton, was nominated for an Oscar in 2006 for original screenplay. 2006 film “Scoop” stars Allen, Hugh Jackman, Johansson and Ian McShane.
WestEnd was co-founded by Eve Schoukroun, Maya Amsellem and Sharon Harel-Cohen, the founder of Capitol Films. Its line-up includes “Shepherds and Butchers” by Oliver Schmitz, starring Steve Coogan and Andrea Riseborough, »
- Leo Barraclough
After much speculation, Neil Calloway looks at some runners and riders to be the next 007…
This week came the frankly ridiculous news that David Beckham was being lined up to be the next James Bond. Now, it could be true, or it could just be that the British tabloid the Daily Star needed a front page, and one of their journalists noticed that Beckham had shot cameos for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Guy Ritchie’s forthcoming King Arthur movie. I know which I think is more likely.
As Bond has never been called on to take a free kick from just outside the box, it is fair to say that Beckham will not be donning a tuxedo and driving an Aston Martin anytime soon, but as the release of Spectre draws near, it’s worth looking at who will eventually replace Daniel Craig as 007.
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- Neil Calloway
If you've ever noticed a sexual tension between Downton Abbey characters Mary Crawley and Tom Branson, then it's just you.
Michelle Dockery has dismissed the chances of Mary ending up with her brother-in-law Tom by the end of the series, telling Digital Spy and others that any chemistry was purely accidental (but we're still hoping she's throwing us off the scent).
6 spoiler-free teasers for Downton Abbey's series 6 premiere
When asked if Tom and Mary might become an item, she said: "Absolutely not! We need to get rid of that rumour, he is very much her brother and always will be."
The actress also said that Mary will be focused on fixing herself rather than jumping into another relationship.
"With Mary it feels like this year she's struggling more with herself than relationships," she said.
"What I wanted was for the character to be content and happy in herself because »
To mark the release of deep sea thriller Pressure, out now on DVD/download starring Danny Huston, Matthew Goode, Joe Cole, Alan McKenna and Daisy Lowe, we take a look at the best deep sea thrillers of all time.
The Hunt For Red October (1990)
Director: John McTiernan
Das Boot (1981)
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954)
Director: Richard Fleischer
Director: Steven Spielberg
The Abyss (1989)
Director: James Cameron
The Big Blue (1988)
Director: Luc Besson
Director: Ron Scalpello
Director: Barry Levinson »
- Phil Wheat
The story centers on two car thieves, brothers, who journey to the south of France for new opportunities and wind up in the crosshairs of the local crime boss.
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- Garth Franklin
Sitting in the development garage since at least 2011, action project Overdrive has hardly lived up to its name so far, generating a lot of interest without actually gaining any momentum. Producer Pierre Morel and director Antonio Negret are hoping that will change now they have The Longest Ride’s Scott Eastwood on board to star.Assuming everything comes together this time, the film, written by Wanted’s Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, focuses on two American brothers who decide to push their car-thief career into top gear by heading to France. But they end up running afoul of a much more dangerous criminal. In its long road to the screen, the film has attracted several variations of the sibling duo with Alex Pettyfer and Matthew Goode, Karl Urban and Ben Barnes and Jamie Bell and Garrett Hedlund all loosely attached at one time or another, with the film passing through »
To celebrate the upcoming release of Pressure on DVD, available to rent and buy from 31st August, we’re giving 5 lucky WhatCulture readers the chance to win a copy courtesy of eOne.
Four deep sea saturation divers become stranded 650ft below the surface of the Indian Ocean after disaster strikes their ship. With the air in their bodies compressed to withstand the depth, surfacing too fast without decompressing is unthinkable and will lead to almost certain death. With their diving bell damaged, rescue uncertain and oxygen depleting, they are forced to work together to fight for their survival.
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- Laura Holmes
Despite a strong premise and solid acting, this subaquatic disaster drama is too much by-the-numbers
Danny Huston stars in this strenuously acted thriller, which sends four men to the bottom of the Indian Ocean in a diving bell to repair a gas pipeline. It’s a grim but lucrative job and they are under immense pressure from the ocean’s weight and, naturally, their own various emotional states. Engel (Huston) is haggard and haunted by his past; Mitchell (Matthew Goode) is a thoughtful, Bible-reading guy; Hurst (Alan McKenna) is burnt out from the job and Jones (Joe Cole) is a cocky youngster whose girlfriend has just had a baby.
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- Peter Bradshaw
Pressure review: A great concept that sadly lacks a genuine connection and would benefit immensely from more focused direction and a stronger script.
After recently enjoying the unexpectedly sturdy Black Sea, I had a lot of hope for Pressure as there have been some exciting ‘single location’ thrillers in the past few years. Frustratingly, this deep-sea diving drama sinks to the bottom both literally in its diving bell and creatively as it remarkably misses some huge potential.
Directed by Ron Scalpello, his second feature, the film focuses on four deep sea divers who get stuck 650ft below the surface of the Indian Ocean after a storm takes out their ship. This isn’t a spoiler as it’s the opening moments of the movie and there’s not much chance to build a background for any character.
Pressure is abundant with problematic issues that range from camerawork to awkward conversation. »
- Dan Bullock
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Question: Can you give some Grey’s Anatomy spoilers, specifically Arizona and Callie? —Barbara
Ausiello: Shonda Rhimes gave me some additional intel on the “exciting romances” Callie and Arizona will be embarking on in Season 12. For starters, their new squeezes will not be characters we’ve met before. Additionally, “They’re going to both be dating women,” Rhimes confirms, adding, “I do want to honor the fact that Callie is bisexual, and we’ve established that she’s dated guys. »
You should love Tom Ford, not because he's a fancy fashion designer, but because his terrific directorial debut, "A Single Man" starring Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, and Matthew Goode, was an impeccably crafted film, both gorgeous and emotionally soulful. Ford hasn’t made a movie since that 2009 picture, but he’s got a new one on the way, and everyone in Hollywood is clamoring to join the cast. Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal are set to star in the movie, and at one point the drama was attracting names like Joaquin Phoenix too. But it looks like the picture, titled “Nocturnal Animals,” couldn’t quite land him. Instead, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Michael Shannon have signed up. Read More: Tom Ford's Next Movie Is 'Nocturnal Animals,' George Clooney Producing, Plot Details Emerge Ford is writing and directing, and the drama is an adaptation of Austin Wright’s 1993 novel “Tony And Susan. »
- Edward Davis
An underwater thriller, titled Pressure, is releasing on several more formats, shortly. The film focuses on the dangers of this activity. This writer knows the dangers of diving, first hand; a diving accident almost ended this life early, several years ago. Another family member lost someone in fourty feet of water, through their diving charter business. Diving is both an unpredictable sport and business. In Pressure, events takes place in over 600' of water. Here, the dangers of diving are extreme. The film stars Danny Huston (21 Grams), Matthew Goode (Watchmen) and Joe Cole. The first exciting trailer for the film is hosted here. From the synopsis, four commercial divers are tasked with repairing an oil pipeline. In the Indian Ocean, disaster looms as their ship begins to sink. They are trapped below the water in a small craft, with only one way out - upwards! But, the deep pressure threatens the bends. »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
As far as high concepts go, Ben Kingsley and Ryan Reynolds playing the same person isn't a bad start. But this switcherooo turns out to be one of the least distracting elements of Tarsem Singh's slick, silly sci-fi Self/less, which gets a running start with smart ideas it can't follow through on.
Kingsley is Damian Hayes, a haughty and emotionally detached real estate tycoon with terminal cancer. Desperate to survive at any cost, he crosses paths with a shadowy scientist (Matthew Goode on enjoyably snakelike form) who offers him a radical new procedure known as shedding, whereby his consciousness is transferred into a healthy, lab-grown new body. What do I have to lose, he asks himself, because presumably he's never heard of Faust.
Related: Self/Less movie agrees with film history: immortality is a drag
There’s a Twilight Zone premise – though sadly no Twilight Zone brevity or script discipline – to this sci-fi thriller. Ben Kingsley is Damian, an ageing billionaire property magnate with a continuing hunger for deals, but also a dire cancer prognosis: he’s raging against cruel mortality. Then he discovers a creepy corporation run by a bespectacled technocrat called Albright (Matthew Goode) specialising in “shedding” for the super-rich: moving your mind and consciousness into a new twentysomething body: and Damian’s self is duly transplanted into a young hunk, played by Ryan Reynolds. Then he finds out this body was not, as promised, grown in a lab but belonged to someone else – a young soldier who sold it, sacrificing »
- Peter Bradshaw
In this excerpt from the Guardian film show Xan Brooks, Catherine Shoard and Peter Bradshaw watch Sir Ben Kingsley nab the body of Ryan Reynolds in Self/Less, a sci-fi thriller in which a dying billionaire implants his consciousness into a younger man with terrible consequences. Directed by Tarsem Singh and co-starring Natalie Martinez and Matthew Goode, Self/Less is released in the UK on Friday 17 July Continue reading »
- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Catherine Shoard, Zoran Trajkovic, Richard Sprenger, Henry Barnes and Andrea Salvatici
One of the last Enigma coding machines that the Nazis used to send encrypted messages during the Second World War has sold at auction.
The device was valued between £50,000 and £70,000 but sold for a whooping £149,000, Sotheby's told BBC News.
It's thought that the recent Imitation Game movie helped boost the Enigma's value, although it doesn't beat the $269,000 (£172,350) paid for another model in April.
The Nazis believed the Enigma machines were impossible to crack with 159,000,000,000,000,000,000 possible settings.
However, British scientist Alan Turing developed a machine of his own, the Bombe, to decipher the codes.
During the war, around 100,000 Engimas were in use but the Nazis destroyed most of them as they retreated.
A new number one entered the Us box office chart this weekend with those loveable yellow Minions slaying everything in their path to sit atop the charts with a massive opening.
The prequel to Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2, Minions took an estimated $115.2 million in its opening weekend, the second-highest of all time for an animated movie, just behind the $122.5 million taken by Shrek The Third in 2007 and above the $110.3 million that Toy Story 3 grossed in 2010. That includes a Friday gross of $46.2 million, the highest grossing opening day ever for an animated film.
Minions’ international total now stands at a huge $280.5 million after a second weekend of around $124 million, bringing its two week total to $395.7 million worldwide. A third Despicable Me, or indeed a Minions sequel, is now surely guaranteed after another massive box-office haul.
In other new release news this weekend, Blumhouse and Entertainment 360’s The Gallows opened to around $10 million, »
- Scott J. Davis
Directed by Tarsem Singh.
An extremely wealthy man, dying from cancer, undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man. But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body’s origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.
Self/less is one of those films that wants to be one thing, unfortunately is another thing, and as a result is two ideas clashing leaving behind a fragmented mess of a movie. Typically movies like this were usually always destined to be terrible but Self/less had the potential to be a provocative science-fiction thriller. The problem is that the science-fiction part (and pretty much everything interesting about the story) are ditched for an onslaught of generic action scenes, »
- Robert Kojder
From Nosferatu to Bowie and the new body-transplant thriller, eternal life is rarely a blessing but a neverending curse
Ever since Ponce de León landed in Florida in search of the mythic fountain of youth, the dream of limitless life has captivated the mind of mankind. Especially in Florida, where the ancients of the frigid northern wastes of the United States still emigrate en masse, on or about their sell-by dates, in hopes of retarding or halting the relentless depredations of time and gravity.
But as Matthew Goode tells an ageing Ben Kingsley in Self/Less: “Immortality has some side effects.” He’s not kidding. The immensely wealthy Damian (Kingsley) is invited – for a cool quarter-billion-dollar fee – to participate in a highly secret process whereby his entire consciousness will be decanted from his increasingly decrepit body and into the handsome, wrinkle-free form of Ryan Reynolds, thus ensuring a new lease on life. »
- John Patterson
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