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Warner Bros. has announced that its movie Jungle Book : Origins will be pushed back by a year. Initially the film was set for an October 2016 release but will now come out the following year in October 2017.
This is not the only Jungle Book movie in development, with Disney making a live-action version which will be directed by Jon Favreau and is set for release on October 15th 2015. Given this delay, it would seem that Warner Bros. wants to leave a bit more time in between the two movies.
Jungle Book: Origins will now be released 7 October 2017. Andy Serkis will direct the film and also star as the bear Baloo, while other cast members include Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan, Naomi Harris and Benedict Cumberbatch.
- Thomas Roach
First up there's the Warner Bros. Pictures version "Jungle Book: Origins" which mo-cap master Andy Serkis is slated to direct. Originally slated for an October 21st 2016 release, the film has now been pushed back a full year to an October 6th 2017 release. Warners has also moved the Gerard Butler-led environmental thriller "Geostorm" into that vacated 2016 slot.
That version is said to be the darker and more accurate to the book and adult-oriented version of the story. Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan, and Peter Mullan lend their voices to the film.
- Garth Franklin
Disney had already won in the race between it and Warner Bros. to develop and shoot a grounded reimagining of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, but today brings more bad news for WB’s take, titled Jungle Book: Origins. The studio has opted to push the Andy Serkis-directed take, which is still in very early stages of development, back almost a full year, from October 21, 2016, to October 6, 2017.
Sources say that the date change for Jungle Book: Origins shouldn’t be a cause for alarm. The 2016 date was more of a placeholder than anything else, and now that Serkis is securely in the director’s chair, the studio was happy to give him more time to work on the special effects-heavy project. The shift also puts »
- Isaac Feldberg
Andy Serkis’s take on Rudyard Kipling’s stories, The Jungle Book: Origins is on the move. Warner Bros. has announced that the ambitious film will move from its planned October, 2016 release date into an October, 2017 slot.You might have read in the current issue of Empire – out now and in digital formats too – about Serkis and his performance-capture facility The Imaginarium, where even now he's hard at work on the film, which will feature the voices and facial capture work of Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Jack Reynor, Eddie Marsan, Peter Mullan and Tom Hollander with a blend of live-action and CG creations.According to The Hollywood Reporter, the original date was more of a placeholder for the film, and the new slot means Serkis and his team have more time to develop everything. It does, however, mean that it will be even longer between his »
"Magic is not ended in England..."
We first heard news of this ambitious adaptation over a year ago, and it hasn't budged from our 'must-watch' list since then. The quality of Susanna Clarke's source material combined with the calibre of the creative team and cast will tell you why.
Peter Harness (Doctor Who, Wallander, Case Histories) has written the seven-part series, which was directed by Toby Haynes (Doctor Who, Sherlock, The Musketeers). In the two lead roles are Eddie Marsan as Mr Norrell, "quite a tolerable practical magician", and Bertie Carvel as Jonathan Strange, with support from Alice Englert, Charlotte Riley, Paul Kaye, Marc Warren and more.
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Documentarian Morgan Matthews’ feature debut "X+Y" played quietly at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival. The voters involved with this year’s British Independent Film Awards are clearly noticing something fest-goers overlooked. Based on Matthews’ own BBC documentary "Beautiful Young Minds," which followed the selection process and training of Britain's 2006 International Mathematical Olympiad team, "X+Y" stars "Hugo" and "Ender’s Game" actor Asa Butterfield as a young math whiz coping with his emotionally and logistically complex mind. The first trailer for the film plays like a mix between "A Beautiful Mind" and Mark Haddon’s novel "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," meaning the Bifa’s may not be the only ones prone to falling for it. Adding a bit of gravitas to the uplifting young adult story are Eddie Marsan, Rafe Spall, and the Academy Award-nominated Sally Hawkins, one of the most genuine actresses gracing screens »
- Matt Patches
• John C. Reilly will star in Les Cowboys alongside Finnegan Oldfield and Francois Damiens. The film marks the feature debut of Rust and Bone scribe Thomas Bidegain. Bidegain co-wrote the script with Noé Debré. The story follows a father (Damiens) who, along with his son (Oldfield), goes in search for his missing daughter; she disappears after beginning to date a young, Muslim fundamentalist man. They turn to American headhunter (Reilly) for help. [Variety] • Sam Trammell (The Fault in Our Stars) has signed on for Three Generations. Gaby Dellal is directing the film, which stars Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, and Susan Sarandon. »
- C. Molly Smith
"Did you know you can win medals for maths?" Yes, over in the United Kingdom, the subject is called "maths," and that's exactly what Asa Butterfield (Ender's Game) does to help him connect to a world he doesn't quite understand as a high-functioning autistic boy in the drama X+Y. Though it does have some hints of cheesiness and melodrama, there's a great supporting cast here that includes Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins and Eddie Marsan, seemingly elevating this to a genuinely inspirational story. It looks charming and and uplifting, and we hope it gets a release here in the United States next year. Watch below! Here's the new UK trailer for Morgan Matthews' X+Y from The Telegraph (via The Playlist): Watch the first trailer for Morgan Matthews' X+Y from the Tiff premiere right here. X+Y is directed by Morgan Matthews, a TV and documentary filmmaker of past, »
- Ethan Anderton
Asa Butterfield’s character doesn’t say much in this new trailer for X+Y, but he still manages to get you to root for him. Butterfield leads Morgan Matthews’ fiction feature directorial debut as Nathan, a math prodigy who’s diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. It isn’t until Nathan scores a spot on Great Britain’s team at the International Mathematics Olympiad where his abilities are celebrated that he comes to realize that he isn’t as weird as he once thought. This one didn’t get all that much attention at the Toronto International Film Festival, but anything I did read about it noted the film’s feel-good, rousing nature and those qualities are certainly present in this promo. Hit the jump to check out the new X+Y trailer. Unfortunately the film doesn’t have a Us release date just yet, but folks in »
- Perri Nemiroff
Laverne Cox, Kevin Hart, and Shonda Rhimes react to the Ferguson decision, Halle Berry goes extra lengths to ensure Gabriel Aubry won’t change their daughter’s appearance, Bette Midler slams a young pop star, and more of today’s First Dibs.
After a grand jury ruled that officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for shooting and killing Michael Brown, celebrities soon took to social media to react. [Variety]
By @janetmock "Our love is real. Our loss is real. Our lives are real. Our connections to one another are real. #blacklivesmatter As our forebear James Baldwin said: "To be a negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time" Please be safe in love + rage tonight and beyond. #mikebrown #ferguson #wematter" via @PhotoRepost_app
A photo posted by laverne cox (@lavernecox) on Nov 11, 2014 at 8:57pm Pst
Halle Berry reportedly »
- Taylor Ferber
Set in early 1960s New York, it centres around a successful architect (Wilson) whose perfect life with his wife (Biel) is put in danger when he becomes obsessed with an unsolved murder.
He is pulled into a game of cat-and-mouse with a cunning killer, an ambitious detective and a woman he begins to fall for (Bennett).
The film is in production in Cleveland, Ohio. »
Exclusive: Olivier Award-winning stage star Lesli Margherita has joined Taye Diggs and Topher Grace in One Shot, the movie musical about a failed performer-turned-stage manager (Grace) struggling to keep his latest show from imploding on opening night. Broadway and West End vet Margherita will play Brandy, a brassy resident chorus girl who makes a bet with the flamboyant Malcolm (Diggs) to see who’ll bed a hunky new cast member first. Margherita is currently on Broadway in Matilda as Matilda’s mother Mrs. Wormwood, a role she originated for the NYC cast. She won an Olivier for her turn in the Gypsy Kings musical Zorro and nabbed an Ovation Award for her performance in Kiss Me Kate in La. TV credits include Fame L.A.; she’s repped by Hartig/Hilepo Agency and Velocity Entertainment Partners.
- Jen Yamato
A new untitled murder mystery (formerly known as The Blunderer) starring Eddie Marsan, Patrick Wilson and Jessica Biel (pictured) is on its way, and we have the skinny right here. Read on! Variety is reporting that Andy Goddard, who helmed… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
As announced last May, Patrick Wilson and Jessica Biel are about to star in an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's murder mystery novel The Blunderer. Now, with shooting just underway, it's been revealed that they've been joined by Eddie Marsan. Haley Bennett is also in the cast of the film, under the watchful eye of director Andy Goddard (Set Fire To The Stars).The film is actually currently without a title, but we'll stick with The Blunderer until a replacement turns up. Highsmith's novel was first published in 1953, in between Strangers On A Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley. It involves successful architect Walter Stackhouse (Wilson), who's struggling in his marriage to the neurotic Clara (Biel) and finds his amorous attentions turning to music teacher Ellie.As his personal life unravels in various ways, he becomes obsessed with an unsolved murder. Digging deeper into the case, he comes to the »
The plot is based on Patricia Highsmith's novel The Blunderer, centering on a successful man (Patrick Wilson) whose life begins to come apart when his wife (Jessica Biel) is found dead at the bottom of a cliff. He keeps making mistake after mistake as his once-perfect life keeps spiraling out of control. No details were given for Eddie Marsan's character.
Andy Goddard (Downton Abbey) is directing from an adapted screenplay by Susan Boyd, with Christine Vachon, David Hinojosa and Ted Hope producing. Nick Meyer, Marc Schaberg, Kelly McCormick, Stephen Hays, Peter Graham, Alexa Seligman, Jay Taylor, John Jencks and Joe Simpson are executive producing. Shooting has already started in Cincinatti.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired rights for the UK, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand, Scandinavia, Canada, Spain, Portugal, South Africa, Benelux, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czech, Slovakia, former Yugoslavia, Greece, Cyprus and Iceland.
Andy Goddard makes his feature directorial debut and Killer Films’ Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa produce alongside Ted Hope and Sierra Pictures, which finances the project with 120dB Films and Electric Shadow.
Sierra / Affinity also licensed rights in Germany (Wild Bunch), Cis (Zao West), Switzerland (Ascot Films), Baltics (Acme), Thailand (Ipa), Middle East (Eagle), Israel (United King) and Asia pay TV (Star TV).
Sierra / Affinity has licensed Untitled Patricia Highsmith in more than 25 territories. CAA represents »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The project was unveiled at Cannes with Sierra/Affinity handling international sales and CAA overseeing the sale of the project domestically. The film has started production in Cincinnati.
Andy Goddard, who helmed the third season finale of “Downton Abbey,” is directing. He’s been attached to the project — formerly known as “The Blunderer” — since early last year. It’s based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel “The Blunderer.”
Highsmith’s novel is centered on a successful and handsome man (Wilson) who seems to have it »
- Dave McNary
Still Life screens at 6:55pm Saturday November 22nd at the Plaza Frontenac Theater as part of the St. Louis International Film Festival
Review by Dana Jung.
In art and photography, the term “still life” refers to a picture of inanimate objects frozen in time. There is no story, no sense of who the objects may belong to, or where they came from, or what may happen to them next. They are just there, possibly never having any human contact at all. The wonderful new film Still Life takes the concept of things seemingly without purpose or meaning, and creates a stirring portrait surprisingly full of emotional depth.
John (Eddie Marsan) is a dedicated civil servant whose job it is to arrange the funeral services for those poor souls who die alone, without immediate family or even friends to say final farewells to them. John is very thorough in his work, »
- Movie Geeks
A first-look picture from the BBC's upcoming fantasy series Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell has been unveiled.
The destinies of these two men become intertwined during the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution.
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell was filmed on location in Yorkshire, Croatia and Canada.
Androids, magic, parallel worlds, ghostly crime, and the apocalypse. Here’s a raft of new forthcoming UK sci-fi and fantasy TV…
The superhero genre may be taking up residence in cinemas for the foreseeable, and Game Of Thrones and The Walking Dead are leading Us TV's genre output, but what can fans of UK sci-fi and fantasy look forward to seeing on television over the next year?
There’s Doctor Who of course, which appears to be in rude health and going nowhere, a Christmas Special from Black Mirror, and a hint of new Red Dwarf on its way. (And of course, if there’s anything like justice in the world, the terrific In The Flesh will be recommissioned for a third series.)
If though, you’re thirsting for something new, 2015 is promising to deliver a handful of geek TV gems. We’ve scoured the new UK commission announcements for anything spooky, »
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