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In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. “Heart of the Sea” reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea »
- Gary Collinson
Netflix has a many, many films, shows and documentaries to watch. A lot of them you will know are there - great Netflix Originals like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and Better Call Saul - but there is even more to discover that you might not think or even know to look for.
Here are some of our favourite Netflix hidden gems:
Animator Don Hertzfeldt is a Digital Spy favourite, first coming to our attention with the bizarre, irreverent, melancholic and frequently obscene short Rejected. There is something undeniably beautiful behind the strangeness of the characters and scenarios he brings to life.
His first feature film, It's Such a Beautiful Day, spins together his previously released trilogy into a touching black comedy about hapless Bill and his hilarious, humdrum existence.
Chances are, this Netflix Original documentary will offer your »
Founded in 2003, the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival continues to lead the way in the presentation of outstanding Irish and International film. Over the past thirteen years the Festival has hosted over 500 major guests along the way ranging from Irish mega stars Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Cillian Murphy, Daniel Day Lewis, U2 to Hollywood A-listers Al Pacino, Mark Wahlberg, Glenn Close, Joss Whedon, Danny DeVito and Richard Dreyfuss. The Festival has screened world cinema from 52 different countries, a total of almost 1,500 films, of which 300 were Irish features including world premieres of Once, Ondine, In Bruges, Calvary, The Stag, and The Secret of Kells. In addition there has been a vibrant, ongoing programming of International out of Festival events with huge talents Ben Affleck, Quentin Tarantino, Bryan Cranston and Ennio Morricone. Academy award winning actor Russell Crowe will attend the festival next month to »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
It occurs to me that I may have been a little harsh on Julian Sands. For whatever reason I failed to buy into his portrayal of Dr Gerald Crane, feeling that there was no inherent threat, fear or sense of foreboding. In ‘The Scarecrow’ the metaphorical penny dropped and I was granted an epiphany of sorts. Coloured by Cillian Murphy’s interpretation I had brought certain preconceptions with me. I considered him nothing more than a glorified bogeyman with no rhyme or reason, rampaging through Gotham toxin in hand. That I made no allowances for backstory, or considered for one minute that Sands and his performance were merely understated building blocks was an oversight. For this I believe there should be some form of recompense.
What we have here is an episode which is subtle in its development and makes comments upon relationships, »
- Gary Collinson
Okay, just because a famous director puts his or her name on a movie, doesn't necessarily give it a mark of quality. And Martin Scorsese himself is an example of that, as he put his stamp on the critically-slammed crime flick "The Revenge Of The Green Dragons" last year. That being said, it looks like he's course correcting in a big way. Scorsese will executive produced Ben Wheatley's "Free Fire." The ever-busy Wheatley — who is currently in post-production on "High Rise" — will lens the flick, starring Luke Evans, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde and Michael Smiley later this year. Set in Boston in 1978, and inspired by films like "The Killing," "The Big Combo, "The Driver," "Le Samourai," "The French Connection," "Goodfellas," "Casino," "Hard Boiled," "Reservoir Dogs," "The Getaway" and more, the story kicks off when "a meeting in a »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Robert Pattinson and Carice van Houten ("Game of Thrones") are set to join Mia Wasikowska and Guy Pearce in the thriller "Brimstone". Martin Koolhoven ("Winter in Wartime") penned and directs the film which begins shooting in May.
Pattinson will play an outlaw who has a crucial influence on this tale of retribution. Wasikowska plays Liz, a heroine on the run from her past and pursued by a diabolical Preacher (Pearce). [Source: Screen
Salt and Fire
German actress Veronica Ferres ("Klimt") is set to star in Werner Herzog's romantic thriller "Salt And Fire" which begins shooting in April around the Bolivian salt flats. Herzog wrote the script and will produce.
The story follows a scientist in South America who clashes with the head of the corporation responsible for an ecological disaster. When she learns of the potential eruption of a super volcano in the region, the scientist teams up with her »
- Garth Franklin
In one of the banner deals to go down at the 2015 Berlin Fest, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (Spwa) has acquired a clutch of territories including Australia/New Zealand, Latin America, Scandinavia, Spain, Eastern Europe and select other markets on Ben Wheatley’s upcoming action thriller “Free Fire.”
“Free Fire” tells the story of the aftermath of a gun deal gone horribly wrong.
Studiocanal has U.K. rights to the film, Protagonist Pictures is selling international and Wme Global is handling its U.S. domestic sale.
The first film from Wheatley to be set in the U.S., “Free Fire” is scheduled for a spring start.
Andy Starke produces for Starke and Wheatley’s Rook Films; Film4 co-finances. Protagonist brought »
- John Hopewell
On Friday, we brought you an exclusive look at General Sir Thomas Of The Royal Hiddelstonians in Ben Wheatley’s latest, High-Rise. There is exciting news to report about the director’s next film, crime thriller Free Fire. In a move that should boost the Sightseers filmmaker’s already growing profile in America, Martin Scorsese has come aboard as an executive producer.Free Fire is described as a hard-boiled crime film set in 1970s Boston. A secluded meeting between two gangs in a warehouse suddenly explodes into a shoot-out and a fight for survival. Wheatley already has Luke Evans, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Williams and regular collaborator Michael Smiley aboard to star, and intends to start the cameras rolling in a few months. Knowing the director, he’s probably got three more movies ready to go after that.And while he’s cited some of Scorsese’s output such »
Exclusive: Martin Scorsese has joined action film as an exec.
Kill List director Wheatley, currently in post-production on anticipated dystopian thriller High Rise, has cited Scorsese’s Goodfellas and Casino as influences for Free Fire, a hard-boiled crime movie set in 1978 Boston in which a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival.
Scorsese previously lent his name to the Us release campaign of Wheatley’s A Field In England, calling it “Audacious and wildly brilliant. A stunning cinematic experience.”
“I wouldn »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
London — The Berlin Film Festival has revealed the names of the international jury, which is presided over by Darren Aronofsky, as previously announced. The international jury decides who receives the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the Berlinale competition.
The other members of the jury will be “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, “Rush” actor Daniel Bruhl, “Snowpiercer” director Bong Joon-ho, “Hannibal” producer Martha De Laurentiis, “The Milk of Sorrow” director Claudia Llosa, and “Amelie” actress Audrey Tautou.
Weiner is the creator, executive producer and writer of television series “Mad Men,” whose seventh and last season is running in the U.S. To date, he has received nine Emmys, two Baftas, three Golden Globes and numerous WGA awards. As a director, he has been nominated twice by the DGA for his work behind the camera. “Are You Here,” starring Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler, marks his feature film debut as a writer, »
- Leo Barraclough
Having made a name for himself on Channel 4’s epic teen drama Skins it was only a matter of time before the film world took notice of Jack O’Connell’. One of his earlier film roles was as the king of the killer chavs in Eden Lake. A film which had O’Connell and his friends stalk middle-class Michael Fassbender and his wife as they went on a relaxing camping trip. Since then O’Connell has graced our screens in a variety of genres with last year (2014 in case you’ve forgotten already) featuring many chances to see Jack on the big screen as he starred in 300: Rise Of An Empire, Starred Up, ’71 and Unbroken.
We recently interviewed Jack O’Connell about his Ee Rising Star BAFTA nomination and the young actor seemed to be taking it all in his stride, apparently happy to speak to a fellow Midlander. »
- Kat Smith
Relativity and director Corin Hardy are searching for a new star for “The Crow” reboot, as Luke Evans has officially exited the project to pursue other projects, his publicist has confirmed to TheWrap.
Relativity declined to comment for this story.
With comic book movies all the rage these days, “The Crow” is a high-profile project in Relativity’s development stable. The reboot was seen as having plenty of potential given the original film’s status as a cult classic.
- Jeff Sneider
Mateo Gil, co-writer of Alejandro Amenabar’s Oscar-winning “The Sea Inside” and director of Sam Shepard starrer “Blackthorn,” will go into production Monday on his third feature, “Project Lazarus,” a U.S.-set sci-fi love story starring Tom Hughes (“About Time”), Charlotte le Bon (“The Walk,” “Yves Saint Laurent”), Oona Chaplin (“Games of Thrones”) and Barry Ward (“Jimmy’s Hall”).
Also penned by Gil, also a co-scribe on Amenabar’s “Open Your Eyes” and “Agora,” “Project Lazarus” is produced by Ibon Cormenzana for Barcelona’s Arcadia Motion Pictures, which backed Claudia Llosa’s Berlin Competition player “Aloft,” with Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy and Melanie Laurent, a Sony Pictures Classics pick-up for North and Latin America. A co-producer on “Blackthorn” and Isabelle Coixet’s 2015 Berlin opener “Nobody Wants the Night, »
- John Hopewell
Allow me to introduce you to best TV show you've never heard of. About to finish its second season on British TV screens, Peaky Blinders has found its Us home on Netflix, and trust me when I say you need to add this Popsugar UK favorite to your watch list. On paper, Peaky Blinders shouldn't work, even in its home country. A story about working class gangs in Birmingham (not the one in Alabama) in the early 1900s doesn't seem like something with mass appeal. But by writing a killer script and pulling together a cast of internationally renowned talent (including Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, and Helen McCrory), writer Stephen Knight has created something very cool indeed. Peaky Blinders is everything the BBC does best when it comes to drama. It's smart, witty, gritty, and beautiful. Based on true stories of a gang who stitched razor blades into the peaks »
2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the Ee Rising Star BAFTA Award, an accolade which has set a standard for identifying talent destined for future film stardom. Don’t believe us? Well the first winner of the award back in 2006 was James McAvoy, and just look at what he has achieved since. Other previous winners have included Eva Green in 2007, Shia Labeouf in 2008, Noel Clarke in 2009, Kristen Stewart in 2010, Tom Hardy in 2011, Adam Deacon in 2012, Juno Temple in 2013 and Will Poulter won last year.
The nominees are selected by a jury who shift through hundreds of suggestions made by BAFTA members. This year’s jury included Deputy Chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee, Pippa Harris, Star Trek: Into Darkness actress Alice Eve, director Dexter Fletcher, and Casting Director Nina Gold. »
- Kat Smith
Knight's also the creator of Netflix Brit import "Peaky Blinders," a seedily atmospheric turn-of-the-century look at gangster life. (Our review here.) Charismatic tar Cillian Murphy used to be able to walk around in New York unrecognized but can't do it anymore. One obsessed fan is Snoop Dog, who Knight recently took out in London. "He told me how he related to his experience with gang culture," he says. "It's been one of those things that's gone off like a rocket. He says it's going down so well with black people that they are getting into the way of dressing. The same thing happened here on the East End, people dressed like Peaky, wearing caps." Knight wrote Bleecker Street Media's upcoming Ed Zwick chess thriller "Pawn Sacrifice," starring Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer and Liev Schreiber as Boris Spassky, which played well at Toronto. He's writing the treatment for the sequel »
- Anne Thompson
The story that inspired Herman Melville.s Moby Dick was scheduled to hit the big screens in just a few months, on March 13, 2015. The film, entitled In the Heart of the Sea starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy and Tom Holland looks to be a breathtaking adventure filled with sea, survival, and a massive whale. But, director of the film, Ron Howard decided to push back the release even though the film is ready to go in hopes that a winter date will inspire more people to go to the theaters and see the film. Ron Howard, who has brought us an array of stunning films from Cinderella Man to How the Grinch Stole Christmas to A Beautiful Mind has directed and produced many critically-acclaimed films, so why he wants to change the date of the release is a bit confusing. He told The Hollywood Reporter that the pushback is due »
Though most of us are still focused on this year’s Oscars, the nominations for which were announced earlier this morning (Rip The Lego Movie), Warner Bros. is already making a bid for next year’s awards, having shifted Ron Howard’s whaling thriller In the Heart of the Sea from March 13th to the much more Oscar-friendly date of December 11th.
Perhaps we all should have expected the move – March never really seemed like the appropriate time to drop the Chris Hemsworth starrer, which has all the trappings of a prestige pic. It’s based on a bestselling book – Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea – and centers on a fascinating historical event, the sinking of the whaleship Essex in 1820 and her crew’s fight for survival at sea.
Warner Bros. obviously thinks Howard’s film has a fighting chance of breaking into next year’s Oscar race. »
- Isaac Feldberg
I must admit that I was a bit weirded out by Claudia Llosa's Milk of Sorrow a few years ago (all I'll say is vagina potato) but that coming of age/sexual awakening story, as strange as it was, has stuck with me in a way that most movies don't. Now the Peruvian born director is getting set to unleash her latest project into the world and it has the potential to be just as memorable though maybe not as strange.
Aloft stars Jennifer Connelly, a renowned healer, who is brought together with her gown son (Cillian Murphy) who she abandoned 20 years earlier. An artist, played by Mélanie Laurent, is responsible for tracking down the young man.
The trailer for the drama is a time hopping, non-linear affair that doesn't reveal much of the story but considering Llosa's pre [Continued ...] »
Ron Howard’s film In the Heart of the Sea has been delayed from March until December. The film, which stars Chris Hemsworth, was originally going to open on March 13. Warner Bros. Pictures has moved the Liam Neeson thriller Run All Night to that date from its original April 17 date. This move was probably made so the film will be competitive in the next awards season.
In the Heart of the Sea tells the story of the whaling ship, the Essex, which was attacked by a sperm whale in 1820, leaving its crew stranded at sea for 90 days.
Other cast members include Ben Wishaw as the famous writer Herman Melville (who wrote Moby Dick), Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Tom Holland, Frank Dillane and San Keeley. Stay tuned for additional details.
In the Heart of the Sea is set for release on December 11, 2015.
Source: The Wrap »
- Munir Abedrabbo
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