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[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "Still Life," is available now On Demand. Here's an exclusive clip.] Uberto Pasolini "Still Life" follows the story of Jon May (Eddie Marsan), a funeral officer and public servant responsible for burying those without relatives. "As he struggles to proved dignity in death to those who had lost it in life, he tenderly writes eulogies and carefully chooses music to accompany the funerals. But he always fails in his attempts to have someone present, leaving him alone to witness his "clients'" last journeys on earth. When an unknown neighbor dies alone and friendless, John May takes on his case as a final assignment. Overcoming rejections and dead ends, he travels across the country tracking down Billy Stoke's scattered family and forgotten friends, to ensure his will not be another unattended, cheerless »
- Casey Cipriani
Universal Pictures is moving forward with a sequel to its "Snow White and the Huntsman," which grossed almost $400 million worldwide back in 2012. The new movie is called "The Huntsman" and will focus on the title character, played by Chris Hemsworth (Thor). We already know that Kristen Stewart won't return as the Snow White and now comes word that the film will bring back only two dwarves. According to Deadline, Eddie Marsan ("Ray Donovan") is too busy, while Nick Frost and Toby Jones never agreed to return for a second installment. It has yet to be revealed which two dwarves will make an appearance. "The Huntsman" will co-star Charlize Theron as evil queen Ravenna, and possibly Emily Blunt as a villain. It will be directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, who earned an Oscar nomination in the visual effects category for his work on the first film. The new movie is set to hit theaters on April 22nd, »
Geoffrey Rush is set to play composer and lyricist Lionel Bart for the musical feature "Consider Yourself" at BBC Films. Bart wrote the score for "Oliver!," the legendary musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist".
Bart was an untrained musician who couldn’t read or write music and yet became the first person to have three West End musicals running and at one point was earning more in song royalties than the Beatles. Even so, he still managed to lose it all.
Vadim Jean directs the project which boasts a superb British cast including Stephen Fry, Olivia Colman, Eddie Marsan, Matt Lucas, Michelle Dockery and Al Weaver. Award-winning composer Elliot Davis penned the script while Jean and Paul Brooks are producing.
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- Garth Franklin
Good Universe will launch international sales next week at the Berlin Film Festival.
Vadim Jean (“Breaking the Bank”) is directing the musical drama about the life of composer-lyricist Bart, best known for writing the score for “Oliver!”
Elliot Davis, whose credits include “Loserville: The Musical,” is on board to write the script. He and Martin Koch, who won a Tony for “Billy Elliot the Musical,” will write the music and original score.
Weaver will play young Bart, a prodigy who could neither read nor write music. Rush will portray the older version of the composer, who lost his fortune after backing a string of flops.
- Dave McNary
• Penelope Cruz and Diane Kruger are in final negotiations for This Man, This Woman. Isabel Coixet is directing from a script by Frederic Raphael. The story follows Matt Heller and Martha Parks (Cruz), a former romantic item who look back on their roller coaster past when they run into each other on a plane. Kruger takes the role of a talk show host, Kirsty Sachs, who has an affair with Heller, and alters his relationship with Parks as a result. [Deadline] • Geoffrey Rush will star as Lionel Bart in Vadim Jean's musical feature, Consider Yourself. Bart was a composer and »
- C. Molly Smith
The developing Oliver Twist film has nothing to do with the famous musical, but those with a love for its show tunes can take heart. Director Vadim Jean is preparing a musical biopic of Oliver!'s composer and lyricist Lionel Bart. Geoffrey Rush has just signed on to play Bart in Consider Yourself, and he'll be joined in the cast by Stephen Fry, Olivia Colman, Eddie Marsan, Matt Lucas and Michelle Dockery. Al Weaver will play Bart / Rush as a younger man.Bart's is a rags-to-riches-to-rags story, more or less. From inauspicious beginnings in Stepney, he became one of the most successful songwriters in Britain, despite no formal musical training. Starting out writing pop hits (Cliff Richard's Living Doll was one of Bart's) he eventually moved on to musical theatre, and became the first person ever to have three West End productions running at the same time. Later productions like Twang! »
Exclusive: Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech) will play composer-lyricist Lionel Bart, who famously wrote the score for Oliver!, in Vadim Jean’s musical feature Consider Yourself. Joining Rush is a stellar cast including Stephen Fry (Sherlock Holmes), Olivia Colman (Broadchurch), Eddie Marsan (Snow White And The Huntsman), Matt Lucas (Alice In Wonderland), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) and Al Weaver (Marie Antoinette) as the younger Bart.
Consider Yourself (the title comes from one of the best-known songs from Oliver!, Bart’s musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist) tells the story of an untrained musician who couldn’t read or write music and yet became the first person to have three West End musicals running. At one point in the early 1960’s, Bart was earning more in song royalties than the Beatles — and still managed to lose it all. The film charts his rise and fall, using Bart’s catalogue of songs, »
- Ali Jaafar
Snow White and the Huntsman 2 seemed ridiculous to begin with. It cut out the Snow White part and is simply being called The Huntsman. I mean, that can happen when one of the worst parts of your movie is Snow White herself. But now that the film has a solid release date of April 22, 2016, two more familiar faces revealed they won.t be returning. Actually three, but two of them didn.t really want to be involved. We.re referring to three of the seven dwarves, the ones played by Simon Pegg.s comedy buddy Nick Frost, Toby Jones of the Captain America films, and Ray Donovan.s Eddie Marsan. Marsan was already unlikely to return because of his television duties, but Deadline reports that the other two did not agree to the terms. Instead the trade states that The Huntsman will only feature three members of the fairy tale »
Forget seven—or eight—dwarves. The follow-up film to Snow White and the Huntsman, will reportedly only have two. According to Deadline, The Huntsman will only feature two dwarves—the original movie featured eight. Nick Frost, Toby Jones, and Eddie Marsan, all of whom played dwarves in the first film, will not be returning to their roles, Deadline reported. Snow White and the Huntsman was criticized for not casting little people in the film, and instead digitally altering average-height actors. »
- Esther Zuckerman
The sequel to "Snow White and the Huntsman" already won't feature Kristen Stewart's Snow White. Now, Deadline reports, most of her seven dwarves are getting axed, too. Only two dwarves will be in the "The Huntsman," though it's unclear exactly which two.
It is known that Nick Frost ("Cuban Fury"), Toby Jones ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier") and Eddie Marsan ("Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows") will definitely not be in the movie. Marsan has a scheduling conflict with his work on Showtime's "Ray Donovan." And Bob Hoskins died last year, so he won't be part of the project either.
"The Huntsman" is a prequel that will show the titular character (Chris Hemsworth) and Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) crossing paths before the events of the first movie. Emily Blunt is on board to play a villain, reportedly a Snow Queen who is Ravenna's sister.
"The Huntsman" is set to »
- Kelly Woo
In the continuing saga of the sequel no one asked for, The Huntsman will lose more than Snow White and a director. It looks as if many of the dwarfs will be a no-show as well. Word on the street is that two will return, although it's kinda up in the air as to which ones. We do know that Nick Frost, Eddie Marsan and Toby Jones will not be reprising their roles this time around, whether it be due to scheduling or just plain disinterest. At this point, The Huntsman has little to do »
- Sean Wist
At this point, watching the development of The Huntsman has become something of a sport. The sequel to 2012’s phenomenally successful Snow White And The Huntsman is now a case-study in what can be achieved when Universal has the commitment of two stars, a confirmed release date, and then just holds on tight.
When the first film opened to great fanfare and financial success, the idea of a sequel was immediately and predictably bandied about. The main cast – Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron – was on board and happy to return. Then came a wave of high profile controversy surrounding Stewart and the film’s director, Rupert Sanders – which led to both of them stepping away from the project. But, with Hemsworth and Theron still attached, a release date was set for April 22nd 2016, and attentions turned to the development of a screenplay, without Snow White in it.
- Sarah Myles
Deadline reports that only two of the seven dwarves from the first film will be back, though which dwarves they are is still unclear. Three of them though - actors Nick Frost, Toby Jones and Eddie Marsan - are Not going to return.
- Garth Franklin
Universal Pictures is currently moving forward with The Huntsman, a sequel to their 2012 action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman that will primarily focus on Chris Hemsworth's title character and Charlize Theron as the evil Ravenna, with Emily Blunt also in talks for an unspecified villain role. We already know that Kristen Stewart is not returning as Snow White, but a new report from Deadline reveals that Nick Frost, Toby Jones and Eddie Marsan, who played three of the seven dwarfs in Snow White and the Huntsman, will not be back for the follow-up.
The sequel will only feature two of the dwarfs, although it isn't entirely clear yet which two they will be. Eddie Marsan was forced to bow out due to schedule complications with Showtime's Ray Donovan, while both Nick Frost and Toby Jones "appear not to have agreed on terms for the second installment." The remaining dwarfs »
Nick Frost ("Shaun Of The Dead"), Toby Jones ("Captain America: The First Avenger") and Eddie Marsan ("The World's End") will not reprise their Snow White & The Huntsman roles in Cedric Nicolas-Troyan's The Huntsman, according to Deadline. In fact, only two dwaves will be back for the follow-up. Who are they? Deadline doesn't know at this time. Well, you count out Bob Hoskins too. The actor passed away shortly after the film came out. That leaves Ian McShane, Johnny Harris, Ray Winstone and Brian Gleeson as possibilities to return. Deadline did provide reasons as to why Frost, Jones and Marsan aren't coming back. Marsan was never a consideration. His schedule is too busy based on his role in the Showtime series, Ray Donovan. As for Frost and Jones, they couldn't agree on the terms Universal offered them. Boo! The sequel sends the Huntsman on a quest to find the magic »
It sounds like a George Rr Martin title, but a dearth of dwarves is apparently the situation in The Huntsman, the follow-up to Snow White And The Huntsman. There's no Snow White this time, but there's also a scarcity of the little fellas.Given that The Huntsman is a prequel, taking place well before Snow White encountered the dwarves in the first place, we might have guessed this anyway. If you're raving about the decision, however, rest assured that at least two of the previous eight (yes, there were eight, rather breaking with Disney tradition) will appear again.Which two? That's unclear at this stage. Bob Hoskins is sadly no longer with us, while Deadline reports that Nick Frost, Toby Jones and Eddie Marsan are all already out of the running for various reasons. That leaves Ian McShane, Ray Winstone, Johnny Harris and Brian Gleeson as the four actors possibly still drawing straws with Universal. »
Exclusive: It’s not just Snow White who’ll be missing from Universal’s The Huntsman. Most of the seven dwarves won’t be in the film either, Deadline has learned.
Nick Frost (Cuban Fury), Toby Jones (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows) won’t be reprising their roles as the pint-sized companions from 2012’s Snow White And The Huntsman. That’s partly due to the fact that The Huntsman will only feature two dwarves, and it is still unclear who they will be. Marsan never was in the mix to return due to scheduling conflicts with his role on Showtime’s Ray Donovan, while Frost and Jones appear not to have agreed on terms to return for the second installment.
- Ali Jaafar
She’ll be a “major guest star” on the Liev Schreiber series, cable channel touts
“Ray Donovan” is a hit for Showtime, and is its second highest-rated drama, »
- Tony Maglio
Ray Donovan has to be one of my favourite shows on TV at the moment. The unrelenting, tense action and brilliant storylines in a show headed by the rather watchable Liev Schreiber, makes it unmissale every week. Production on season three is just about to get underway in Los Angeles, and news reaches us this morning that one of Britain’s great character actors has joined the cast.
Ian McShane, who has appeared in the likes of Hercules, Sexy Beast, Cuban Fury and the legendary TV series Deadwood, which pretty much catapulted him to Hollywood notoriety, will play a billionaire movie producer in the next season who hires Schreiber’s Donovan to help him get out of a bit of a pickle.
Shooting on »
- Paul Heath
Golden Globe winner guest stars on Season 3 as a billionaire movie producer who comes to Ray (Liev Schreiber) for help
The Golden Globe-winning actor will guest star as Malcolm Finney, a rich and famous movie producer who hires Ray (Liev Schreiber) to help his family out during a potentially catastrphoic situation, in a season-long arc on the pay-cable drama.
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- Travis Reilly
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