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Brosnan Can Be Proud of His 007

20 April 2014 7:33 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb…

This week had a free-for-all on Pierce Brosnan’s tenure as James Bond after he, himself, revealed it wasn’t “good enough”. Horatio Harrod conducted the interview for The Telegraph…

“His feelings towards the role are equivocal. “I felt I was caught in a time warp between Roger and Sean,” he says … He mock-shudders. “I have no desire to watch myself as James Bond. ‘Cause it’s just never good enough.” He laughs mirthlessly. “It’s a horrible feeling.”

Read the full interview here.

Soon after, The Guardian headlines an article on their blog as “The name’s Bland, not Bond: why Pierce Brosnan is right about his 007” and twitter was alight with ‘agreement’. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but Daniel Craig – though a brilliant James Bond – was a version created by the trends of the time (as Brosnan was). Casino Royale built »

- Simon Columb

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Will Cannes 2014 kick off the Oscar season for Bennett Miller, Mike Leigh and others?

18 April 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Ever since the Cannes International Film Festival knocked down a few walls between itself and the West in 2001 with festival director Thierry Frémaux coming on board to liven up the Croisette with more of a Hollywood acceptance, the connection between the annual May event and the awards season has become more pronounced. Films like Baz Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge!," Roman Polanski's "The Pianist," Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River," Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Babel" and David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence" all started their Oscar trajectories in the south of France, while others like Paul Greengrass' "United 93," Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" and "Midnight in Paris" and Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" got high profile beginnings out of Competition. A coveted Palme d'Or win sometimes leads to a significant boost in the Oscar season, even if no recipient of the festival's »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Watchmen's long journey from page to screen

17 April 2014 9:20 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Mark Harrison 22 Apr 2014 - 06:46

Alan Moore always said his graphic novel was unfilmable, and for a while, that almost looked true. Mark looks at attempts to adapt Watchmen

It's now been just over five years since Zack Snyder brought Watchmen, the acclaimed comic series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, to the big screen. Whatever you think of the final film, you could hardly say that the source material was easy to adapt.

Moore's thought-provoking script and Gibbons' detailed artwork came together to make one of the most acclaimed comic series ever created- frequently referred to as comics' answer to The Godfather. Some argue that the comic book movie genre got its Godfather with The Dark Knight in 2008, but studios were trying to adapt Watchmen long before that.

In fact, Hollywood's flirtations with the material date all the way back to the period when Tim Burton's Batman became a huge hit, »

- sarahd

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Martin Luther King Biopic 'Selma' Finds Its Coretta Scott King

13 April 2014 10:15 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Two major projects involving the life and times of Martin Luther King Jr. have tried and failed to make their way into production over the course of the last couple of years. First there was the Paul Greengrass project Memphis, which was passed on by Universal and Sony alike, only to go forward as an independent picture. Then there's Selma, a project formerly headed by Lee Daniels and star David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Help, Lee Daniel's The Butler) as Martin Luther King, Jr. After many starts and stops four years later, the project is still a go with another director and Oyelowo still in the lead, and now, The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop that the key role of Coretta Scott King has also been cast. Carmen Ejogo (Alex Cross, Sparkle, The Purge: Anarchy) has been signed to play Ms. King, who served »

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'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' is the most political (and subversive) superhero movie ever made

6 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

We spend a lot of time here on the internet talking about the Meaning of blockbuster movies, attempting to analyze what some new mega-successful PG-13 rated corporate-branded movie says about our culture or the age we live in. We do this maybe because blockbuster movies have become more interested in tackling weighty themes. (9/11 is all over the Christopher Nolan Batman movies and the J.J. Abrams Star Trek movies; conversely, it’s difficult to graft some larger mid-’90s topical narrative onto Star Trek: First Contact or Batman Forever.) But we also do this because blockbuster movies are popular, and »

- Darren Franich

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Paul Greengrass: British film industry must nurture young directors

2 April 2014 6:01 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Maker of Captain Phillips says emerging talent must be fostered if Britain's standing in world cinema is to be maintained

Captain Phillips director Paul Greengrass has warned the British film industry it will not maintain its position of excellence in world cinema if it does not protect emerging directors and allow them to develop over time.

"There's no question we have a fantastic opportunity right now," Greengrass told the Guardian. "Britain has never been stronger in terms of the talent we have right now but the point is that it is the product of a lot of work over a long period of time, and we have to think carefully about how we go from here. The difficulties young directors face is a real, real problem." »

- Andrew Pulver

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emma Thompson Get Cheeky at London’s Empire Awards

31 March 2014 8:37 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A talent downpour stormed Grosvenor House’s ballroom Sunday with the annual Empire Awards in London.

Who would win the Hero Award? There sat the Austrian Oak, Arnold Schwarzenegger, a traditional favorite. Or perhaps, Hugh Jackman?

Yet, with Tom Cruise in the house, the competition split wide open. As J.J. Abrams wisely pointed out though, “Giving Tom Cruise a hero award, it’s like giving a toy to Santa Claus. There’s no point.”

The result came from far left field, confirming that in the 21st century, it’s brains that rule above mere brawn, with Simon Pegg crowned as the night’s official hero.

Some things remain unchanged, as Emma Thompson’s winning wit brought her usual hilarity to the stage.

Scrutinising the Empire Awards’ evolution to its present showy affair, Thompson reminisced over the early trophies. ”The awards in those days were pretty much anything that came to hand, »

- Helen Jackson

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Hugh Jackman Wins "Empire Icon" At Jameson Empire Awards

31 March 2014 7:18 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

There were no "pure" CBMs in contention for any awards last night, but the likes of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug and Gravity did pretty well. Below you can check out Hugh Jackman's acceptance speech, along with the full list of winners (in bold) and nominees. Empire 25th Award: The Legend of Our Lifetime Tom Cruise Empire 25th Award: The Action Hero of Our Lifetime Arnold Schwarzenegger Empire Icon (presented by Jameson Irish Whiskey) Hugh Jackman Empire Hero Simon Pegg Empire Inspiration (presented by Mazda Motors UK) Paul Greengrass  Best Male Newcomer (presented by Tresor Paris)
 Aidan Turner (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug)
 Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
 George MacKay (Sunshine On Leith)
 Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis)
 Tye Sheridan (Mud)
 Will Poulter (We’re The Millers) Best Female Newcomer
 Margot Robbie (The Wolf Of Wall Street) Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is The Warmest Colour »

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Tom Cruise wins 'legend' award

31 March 2014 5:28 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Tom Cruise, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Hugh Jackman receive honorary awards at the Empire Awards.

The best films and filmmakers of the past year, as voted for by the public, were honoured in London last night at the 19th Jameson Empire Awards.

Empire bestowed two special Lifetime awards on star guests Tom Cruise and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Cruise was presented with Empire’s Legend of Our Lifetime award by Rosamund Pike and highlighted his work on Top Gun, Mission Impossible, Jerry Maguire and Interview with the Vampire.

The Action Hero of Our Lifetime award was given to Schwarzenegger who was honoured for his performances in movies including True Lies, The Terminator series and Total Recall.

Two further special awards were presented by Empire to Hugh Jackman and Simon Pegg. Jackman attended the ceremony to receive the Empire Icon award while Simon Pegg collected the Empire Hero award.

Pegg’s recent film The World’s End scooped Best British Film while »

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

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'Gravity' wins top Empire Awards, as Tom Cruise is named 'legend of our lifetime'

31 March 2014 12:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I think we can now emphatically put a lid on the 2013/14 awards season, as the Empire Awards -- voted on by the readers of the British film magazine -- took place in London last night. Unsurprisingly, given the magazine's inclination toward populist and genre fare, this is one ceremony where "Gravity" managed to trump "12 Years a Slave": Alfonso Cuaron's space adventure took Best Film and Best Director, while "Slave," which had received six nominations, won only Best Supporting Actor for Michael Fassbender. Unlike the BAFTAs, Empire wasn't prepared to consider "Gravity" for Best British Film -- that honor went to "The World's End." British loyalties emerged in the acting categories, as James McAvoy won Best Actor for "Filth," Emma Thompson won Best Actress for "Saving Mr. Banks" and Sally Hawkins won Best Supporting Actress for "Blue Jasmine." "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," which had led the field with seven nods, »

- Guy Lodge

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Jameson Empire Awards 2014: The Winners

30 March 2014 5:15 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The gongs have been handed over, the speeches have been given and host James Nesbitt has wrapped up the ceremony. Yes, the Jameson Empire Awards are, as we write this slowly winding down except for a few diehard party animals still keeping the flame alive. It was indeed a night to remember, even if some of the participants may not be able to do so. To jog any foggy memories, then, a quick listing of the winners from Sunday night.To say that this was our biggest Awards ever is an understatement. We had Tom Cruise, Hugh Jackman, Simon Pegg, Paul Greengrass, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emma Thompson and a wealth of other talent from across the film and telly spectrum in the room. Well-deserved awards went to the likes of Sally Hawkins, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, and even though he probably needs to build an extension to hold his awards haul, »

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Gravity, The Hobbit among major winners at Empire Awards 2014

30 March 2014 12:57 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Gravity and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug were among the major winners at the 2014 Jameson Empire Awards tonight (March 30).

Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity was named Best Film and Cuarón himself won the award for Best Director, while The Hobbit picked up prizes for Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Best Male Newcomer for Aidan Turner.

Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) and James McAvoy (Filth) triumphed in the leading acting categories, with Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave) and Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine) winning for their supporting roles.

Simon Pegg's The World's End was named Best British Film, while The Conjuring, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa also took home awards.

Meanwhile, Pegg, Hugh Jackman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Cruise and Paul Greengrass were honoured for their professional achievements.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Best Film presented by Sky Movies

· 12 Years A Slave

· Captain Phillips

· Gravity »

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Tom Wilkinson set to join Mlk biopic 'Selma' as President Lyndon Johnson

28 March 2014 1:02 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There's quite a lot of firepower already stacked up behind Ava DuVernay's Martin Luther King Jr. biopic "Selma." Brad Pitt and Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are producing (hot off a Best Picture Oscar win for "12 Years a Slave") along with Oprah Winfrey, and today, a new actor has been announced for the cast. The Wrap reports that Oscar nominee Tom Wilkinson ("In the Bedroom," "Michael Clayton") is in early talks to play President Lyndon B. Johnson in the film, which will star David Oyelowo ("Lee Daniels' The Butler") as King in the story of the landmark 1965 voting rights campaign. This is one of three Mlk films that have been in the works, the others being "Memphis" (penned by Paul Greengrass with Scott Rudin producing) and an Oliver Stone/Jamie Foxx project set up at DreamWorks that has the backing of the King family. Those projects were very slowly coming together, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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The big blockbusters of summer 2015

28 March 2014 4:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Simon Brew 31 Mar 2014 - 05:42

Blockbuster season is almost upon us, but what will next summer's big hitters be? Here's a roundup

Once upon a time, summer blockbuster season 2015 was set to be packed with the biggest collision of big franchises we'd ever seen together. However, one by one, lots of these films moved away to other dates. As such, you won't be seeing Star Wars: Episode VII, Pirates Of The Caribbean 5, Independence Day 2, Batman Vs Superman or Finding Dory in a cinema next summer.

But even with those films gone, there's still no shortage of huge movies battling for your cash in a year's time. And as is traditional for us at the start of summer blockbuster season, we've taken a look at what's coming up in 12 months' time.

We kick off at the start of April (although note that March has Kenneth Branagh’s live action Cinderella movie, »

- sarahd

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Listen: Paul Greengrass Talks His Career, State Of The Industry & More In 1-Hour BAFTA Lecture

20 March 2014 7:17 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Last Monday, “Captain Phillips” director Paul Greengrass gave an hour-long speech as part of the David Lean Lecture, an annual event held by BAFTA where they bring in some of the world’s greatest filmmakers. Greengrass talked about his early years and how he went from making documentaries in the UK to commercial films in Hollywood. And, on a serious note, he talked about the struggles that British directors have to face on a regular basis, as they constantly fight for control over their work. Greengrass’s passionate speech displayed a great concern for the future of UK cinema. He spent much time extolling the greatness of David Lean, but worried about “the David Leans of tomorrow.” Paul Greengrass told the audience at the lecture that directing movies is a futile, but worthwhile attempt to recapture the childhood experience of watching a movie. Greengrass’s passion for movies came from »

- Ken Guidry

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Paul Greengrass Talks Hollywood Anxiety, 'Difficult' Directors, Importance of Strong Guilds

18 March 2014 4:31 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

London -- BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated director Paul Greengrass talked up Hollywood, why the power of the U.S. filmmaking guilds should be applauded and explained that being "arsey" is an essential element in being a director. Delivering the David Lean Lecture on Tuesday at the British Academy's most prestigious film event and following in the footsteps of luminaries including Robert Altman, John Boorman, Oliver Stone, and Pedro Almodovar, Greengrass noted when the call came to go to Hollywood to shoot his first project there, The Bourne Supremacy in 2004, it filled him with anxiety. Greengrass, whose prior blend of

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- Stuart Kemp

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SXSW: A Jimi Hendrix movie without Jimi Hendrix music?

12 March 2014 2:14 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

In his directorial feature debut Jimi: All Is By My Side, John Ridley attempts the seemingly impossible. By zeroing in on the year before guitar giant Jimi Hendrix (played with grace by Outkast’s Andre Benjamin) skyrocketed into fame, Ridley — who just won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for 12 Years a Slave — tells the man’s story without the aid of his legendary music. (Hendrix’s estate refused, like it did with past directors such as Paul Greengrass and the Hughes brothers, to grant rights to the music.) Asked how Ridley will battle the reflexive disappointment Hendrix fans might feel »

- Karen Valby

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ICM Partners Signs Jimi Hendrix Estate And Will Spearhead First Authorized Biopic

11 March 2014 3:35 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Jimi Hendrix has become an ICM Partners client. The agency has signed Experience Hendrix LLC, the family-owned enterprise that controls the songs and rights of the legendary late guitar player. The agency’s first order of business: to amplify its client’s efforts to produce a feature film chronicling Hendrix’s life story. The film will be the very first to be authorized by and have the full cooperation of Experience Hendrix — and believe me, many actors and film companies will covet that opportunity. The company was founded by the guitarist’s father James “Al” Hendrix and now is helmed by Janie Hendrix, President and CEO and the sister of the guitar great, who died in 1970 after recording just four albums that were enough to make him arguably the greatest rocker to plug a guitar into an amp. I’ve written numerous times over the years about attempts by »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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Roadside Attractions Moves Behind Enemy Lines; Yann Demange’s ’71 Set for the Front Lines of 2015

11 March 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

THR reports that Roadside Attractions and the newly formed Black Label Media who are backing a trio of (Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition, Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario and Philippe Falardeau’s The Good Lie) in the works items from Quebecois auteurs turning toward American productions, will deploy Yann Demange’s break-out Berlin Film Fest debut for sometime early next year. Jack O’Connell (who dazzled in David Mackenzie’s raw drama Starred Up) toplines the thriller. When discussing timelines, ’71 appears to be a strong precursor event to Paul GreengrassBloody Sunday.

Gist: Written by Gregory Burke, this tells the tale of a young British soldier accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. It takes place over a single night, during which the soldier has to navigate solo in a deadly environment where he can’t tell friend from foe.

Worth Noting: Demange received a »

- Eric Lavallee

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Tsr Blog: ‘Non-Stop’ and Why It’s Safe for Movie Planes to Crash Again

7 March 2014 11:43 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Through films like Flightplan, Soul Plane, and White House Down, it has taken over a decade for Hollywood to arrive at Non-Stop.

Showing the vitality of Liam Neeson carrying a gun and a broken heart, Non-Stop recently gave the new action hero one of his biggest box office weekends so far. Involving an air marshal using a particular set of skills to hunt and kill someone threatening his plane (to paraphrase Taken), the film may seem like a generic Neeson actioner. But while his character might be a composite of previous roles, the anxiety he tackles within this film is fresh. Considering its box office success (and my mother’s intense experience in watching the movie), Non-Stop works efficiently as a thriller in 2014 because it provides viewers with imagery of in-flight chaos not seen since before 9/11. It is also the indication of a natural progression for how Hollywood films are »

- Nick Allen

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