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Claire McCarthy is directing the project, which is an adaptation of Lisa Klein’s YA novel.
CAA, which packaged and arranged the financing, will represent the movie’s U.S. rights. Domestic and international rights will be sold at this month’s Cannes Film Festival.
While Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” focused on the Danish Prince seeking revenge on those who murdered his father, this new retelling spotlight Ophelia, the daughter of Claudius’ chief advisor who falls for Hamlet. Ridley will play the title character while Watts will portray Queen Gertrude.
Ridley has been busy building a slate of films to follow the »
- Justin Kroll
(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
Two-time Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts (Divergent series, The Impossible) and rising superstar Daisy Ridley (Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens) are in final negotiations to star in Ophelia, the highly-anticipated and dynamic reimagining of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” focusing on the untold story of Ophelia’s (Ridley) tragic romance with the prince and her relationship with his mother Queen Gertrude (Watts), it was announced today by Covert Media’s CEO Paul Hanson.
To be directed by Claire McCarthy (The Waiting City), Ophelia is based on the award winning novel by Lisa Klein and adapted for the screen by the acclaimed and award-winning writer Semi Chellas (“Mad Men,” “The Eleventh Hour”).
“Ophelia is brimming with youth-fueled charisma, exploring the nature of true love and beauty, and I’m so excited to bring this fresh mythic spin to Hamlet from a female perspective, »
- Michelle McCue
Director Morten Tyldum and writer Graham Moore, the team behind "The Imitation Game," are attached to a film adaptation of Moore's upcoming novel "The Last Days Of Night" which is currently out to financiers. Also onboard are Nora Grossman and Ido Ostrowsky as producers.
The film will deal with the rivalry between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse over plans to bring electricity to America, with the film essentially working as a courtroom drama. With Edison winning the race to the patent office, he sues his only remaining rival George Westinghouse for the unheard of sum of one billion dollars.
To defend himself, Westinghouse hires an untested twenty-six-year-old fresh out of Columbia Law School named Paul Cravath who must go up against the formidable, wily, and dangerous Edison and so takes greater and greater risks. Nikola Tesla, Alexander Graham Bell, Stanford White and other technological titans of the late 19th century »
- Garth Franklin
“For some reason, everything has become a metaphor,” writes recently widowed investment banker Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal) in the latest of a series of confessional letters to a vending machine customer service department. It’s an indication of how much this film talks down to its audience that screenwriter Bryan Sipe felt the need to spell this out to us. The story of a bereaved man who starts to dismantle household appliances and, later, buildings, the whole movie is a laboured metaphor: we get it, he’s falling apart. A deftly executed opening sequence notwithstanding, this is a disappointingly one note piece of direction from Jean-Marc Vallée, whose recent run of form with Dallas Buyers Club and Wild seems to have abruptly derailed. Perhaps the main redeeming factor is the assured performance from newcomer Judah Lewis, »
- Wendy Ide
A bunch of new stills are out from "Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn's latest feature "The Neon Demon" which premieres during the Cannes Film Festival next summer. Elle Fanning, Karl Glusman, Bella Heathcote, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee, Desmond Harrington, Christina Hendricks, and Keanu Reeves all star in the horror tale about an aspiring L.A. model who finds her youth and beauty the envy of the beauty-obsessed women around her. [Source: The Film Stage]
Disney Pictures has announced a June 7th Blu-ray, DVD and VOD release date for "Zootopia," their animated feature that has proven a smash with both audiences and critics - taking in $910 million at the global box office to date along with a stunning 98% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Lionsgate’s Boston Marathon bombing drama Stronger continues to build up its cast, with Flaked actress Frankie Shaw signing on in the role of Gail. Based on the nonfiction bestseller of the same name by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter, the film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Bauman, the working class Boston man who became the subject of a now-iconic photo after losing his legs in the attack. The story is a deeply personal account of his journey of recovery, examining his… »
Film Friday is The Hollywood News’ brand new weekly film show which will feature the week’s brand new releases in the UK, as well as looking at the pick of the pics currently showing at your local multiplex.
In this first episode of season two of Film Friday, we take a look at one of the biggest film releases of the year so far in Captain America Civil War. There’s also animated fun in Ratchet & Clank, the harrowing Son Of Saul, and the new Jake Gyllenhaal movie, Demolition.
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- Paul Heath
Tomorrow sees Toronto Film Festival favourite Demolition enter UK cinema. Jean-Marc Vallée’s latest is another example of his highly-tuned ability to bring searing human drama in the arena of overcoming adversity. This film follows his previous two huge successes, Wild and Dallas Buyers Club, and there is a definite emotional through line Vallée holds to here.
- Jon Lyus
After spending years imitating President George W. Bush on Saturday Night Live and on Broadway, Will Ferrell will be taking on another President. The actor has signed on to star in and produce Reagan, where he'll play U.S. President Ronald Reagan. The script by Mike Rosolio landed on The Black List last year as one of the best unproduced screenplays.
The story is described as a "hilarious political satire" by Variety, following Ronald Reagan as he falls into dementia at the start of his second term, when an ambitious intern is tasked with convincing the commander in chief that he is an actor playing the president in a movie. The script got so much buzz on The Black List that the company put on a live reading in Hollywood last month, with James Brolin reading the title role. The rest of the cast for that one-night-only live read included John Cho, »
★★★★☆ Jake Gyllenhaal has recently proved himself more than capable of carrying a film on his alternately emaciated or beefed-up shoulders. In Jean-Marc Vallée's Demolition they're characteristically broad and Gyllenhaal's performance is one of his finest to date; further proof of his ever-growing and impressively hirsute acting chops. Vallée's return to Toronto is a triumph at the level of Dallas Buyers Club, following the slight hiccup of last year's Wild. The French-Canadian certainly turns the quirk-o-meter up to eleven here with a tale that explores the effects of grief through a character unable to shed even a tear.
- CineVue UK
Much digital ink has been spilt discussing how was on the receiving end of Negan’s bat in the final moments of this year’s The Walking Dead. Several frontrunners emerge as the likely victim, including Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Abraham (Michael Cudlitz). But if AMC is staying as true to the source material as possible, the only person it should be is Glenn (Steven Yeun). After the irritating fake-out death earlier in the season, fans weren’t wanting to entertain the idea they’d gone through all that handwringing over Glenn’s fate for nothing. But perhaps we did. Earlier this week THR reported that Steven Yeun joined the cast of sci-fi flick Okja, directed by Boon Joon-Ho (Snowpiercer). Okja sounds appropriately bonkers. Starring Seohyun An as a girl who befriends Okja, a genetically manufactured pig, the plot follows her mission to retrieve her now giant pig after he »
- Donna Dickens
The Guardian film team’s round-up of Tuesday’s movie news
Your daily update of the latest news and reviews from the Guardian film team. Now showing: after The Huntsman: Winter’s War bombed in the Us, what other films have misfired this year? Also, a review of Jake Gyllenhaal’s new comedy drama Demolition.
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Leading independent sales house, Finecut has picked up international rights to “The Age of Shadows,” the new period action film by top Korean director Kim Jee-woon. The film is the first produced and presented in Korea by Warner Bros.
Previously known only by its Korean title “Mil-Jung,” the film is a 1920s set story of secret agents attempting to smuggle explosives in order to destroy facilities controlled by occupying Japanese forces. It stars Song Kang-ho as a Korean-born Japanese officer who has divided loyalties and Gong Yoo as the leader of the Korean resistance group.
The film is now in post-production ahead of a release later this year. Finecut will show footage of the incomplete movie in the Cannes Market next month. Song, star of “The Host” and “Snowpiercer,” also appears in “Train to Busan,” which plays in Cannes Midnight Screening section.
Kim previously directed “I Saw The Devil,” and “The Good, »
- Patrick Frater
Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition premiered to strong reviews last year at Toronto and this Friday it finally enters UK cinemas. Dealing with the harrowing aftermath of a tragic car crash, an unlikely connection is made between the bereaved and a stranger. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper and Judah Lewis. You can read our review
- Jon Lyus
Jean-Marc Vallée is the director of Wild and the Oscar-winning Dallas Buyers Club. His film Demolition is similarly affective. Not only were my eyes a little leaky on leaving the screening room, the security guard who had stayed in to watch the film had visibly puffy eyes.
“It makes me feel great and that I’m not alone,” Vallée admitted about making grown men cry. “That’s how I reacted when I finished reading Bryan [Sipe’s] script. And when I was cutting the film, I had the same emotion.”
This marks Vallée’s first collaboration with actor Jake Gyllenhaal. “I’ll work with him again. We’re looking for a project to attack.”
One of Demolition’s most striking scenes is when Gyllenhaal dances around New York »
- Oli Davis
Oli Davis chats to Judah Lewis about his role in Demolition with Jake Gyllenhaal, director McG’s upcoming The Babysitter, and just missing out to Tom Holland to play Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War…
Looking at Judah Lewis, it’s not immediately obvious whether he’s a boy or a girl. Director Jean-Marc Vallée has made much of this androgyny in their film Demolition. There, Lewis wears his hair long, and looks to have inherited the wardrobes of both David Bowie and Prince.
Demolition is a very musical film. Not a musical film, with songs and dances; rather, music is what brings the characters together. Even the casting process had a soundtrack, as Lewis recalled:
“[Vallée] actually made a playlist of six or seven songs, ranging from Rock to Jazz – the most contradictory genres of music – and he set it up so each of them played for about 5-10 seconds. »
- Oli Davis
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.
After the death of his wife, an emotionally numb man begins an unlikely friendship with a vending machine company’s customer service rep.
Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal) loses his wife in a car accident in Demolition’s opening scene. Yet as his tearful father-in-law Phil (the ever solid Chris Cooper) sets up a charitable trust in his daughter’s memory, Davis appears completely disinterested.
Demolition is a film about how different people deal with grief.
The first act is tough going. Not ‘tough going’ like the director’s previous film Dallas Buyers Club (about treating sufferers of the AIDS virus); ‘tough going’ like ‘oh Christ, we’re only 27 minutes in?!‘
Displacing his bereavement, Davis obsessively complains to a vending machine company. He’d bought a pack of M&Ms in one in the hospital when his wife died, »
- Oli Davis
Can you believe its been fifteen years since the release of Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko, the film which launched actor Jake Gyllenhaal? Since then Gyllenhaal, more than some of his peers, has been drawn to some dark and different projects. He has still hit a couple of speed bumps along the way – Prince of Persia: Sands of Time proved that Gyllenhaal isn’t cut out to be action hero, and his attempt at romantic comedies (Accidental Love, Love & Other Drugs) both died at the box office. Unlike most though, Gyllenhaal learns from his mistakes and Demolition is yet another bold choice from the actor. »
- Kat Hughes
I meet Jake Gyllenhaal in a makeshift production office in an industrial estate outside Boston, Massachusetts. He is bright-eyed and sitting in a bare corner room. He closes the door on his dog, a big Alsatian, which roams outside among a team of assistants staring at screens and eating lunch. He has been here for six months making Stronger, a film based on the life of Jeff Bauman, who lost his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing and then identified one of the killers, who he had stood next to in the crowd. Gyllenhaal, who has a legendary work ethic, is both starring in and producing the film. He’s got to know Bauman well. “The irony is that, however terrible the situation was, »
- Tim Adams
Steven Yeun, who plays Glenn on The Walking Dead, is one of the show's last remaining original series regulars. He’s one of the few characters who’s been around since Season One and he’s built up a loyal fan base in those years. The Season 6 finale ended on a massive cliffhanger where one unrevealed character was killed. That character is probably Glenn because Yeun has just signed on to star in another movie. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Steven Yeun has signed on to star in the next film by director Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer) called Okja. Also starring Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhall and Paul Dano, the film is about a young girl who befriends a genetically modified pig. After the pig grows to gigantic proportions, the corporation that created him takes him away, and the girl, now a teenager, mounts a rescue »
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