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Although the network tries to dress it up, Science Channel is merely exploring its inner geek with “Raiders, Raptors and Rebels: Behind the Magic of Ilm,” a synergistic celebration of George Lucas’ special-effects factory Industrial Light & Magic. Covering a lot of ground similar to a 2010 doc by Leslie Iwerks, the special proves slightly disjointed, simultaneously focusing on filmmaking breakthroughs introduced by Ilm, and how some of those early “Star Wars” creations, in particular, have actually gained a toehold with parallel real-world innovations. Breezy and mildly fun, it’s mostly an excuse to make watching old movie clips seem educational.
Narrated by Mark Hamill, the special comes from Lincoln Square Prods., an arm of ABC News — like Lucasfilm, part of the Disney empire. Yet while the Science niche invites a more technical approach to the conversation, the main thrust boils down to the evolution of visual effects, as one of Ilm staffer puts it, »
- Brian Lowry
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander star in this inventive sci-fi thriller from Alex Garland, the genius writer of "28 Days Later." Critics and audiences both gave this one the thumbs-up with "Ex Machina" currently boasting a 91 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. DVD/Blu-ray extras include a "Through the Looking Glass: Creating Ex Machina" 5-part featurette, SXSW Q&A with cast and crew, and eight behind-the-scenes vignettes.
This sequel to the 2012 charmer "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" stars the always engaging Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, and Dev Patel with the welcome addition of Richard Gere. Blu-ray extras include featurettes on "Returning to the Marigold Hotel," "Blossoming Relationships," "The Marigold Wedding," and "Filming in India. »
- Gina Carbone
It’s been some time since Johnny Depp graced our screens. He’s been a Hollywood icon for over 30 years and has starred in some of the biggest box office smashes in history as some of the most recognisable characters on our screens.
So much so that in a recent poll by Ladbrokes, he was voted the UK’s favourite current celebrity. Which is quite the accolade in a world of the Kardashians and Ryan Gosling.
Of course, that’s because he has a fantastic back catalogue of work, but what ranks up there amongst his best?
A Nightmare on Elm Street may have been Johnny Depp’s first role on the big screen, but he showed no sign of nerves with a magnificent performance as Glen Lantz, one of the main characters who experience the horrific nightmares of Freddy Krueger.
Depp was aged just 21 at the time, »
- The Hollywood News
Directed by John Madden
As the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for two fresh arrivals – Sonny pursues his expansionist dream of opening a second hotel.
This sequel to John Madden’s 2011 hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel had few requirements to fulfill. Of most importance, the stellar cast from the first film returned in force, bolstered by a handful of bright, new faces. The largely-British ensemble cast, extensively listed above, features actors whom it is a simple pleasure to watch. Bill Nighy (Pride) is a perennial charmer, and his relationship with the delightful Dame Judi Dench (Philomena) is only a recipe for success. The screen is stolen by »
- Jake Wilson
Fox Home Entertainment's hit sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is currently available on Digital HD formats, before its release on Blu-ray and DVD July 14. With any tourist destination like The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, travelers will post their reviews of the hotel on sites like Yelp and other travel websites. Today we have three exclusive photos which shows the reviews of this establishment by main characters Douglas (Bill Nighy), Evelyn (Judi Dench) and Guy (Richard Gere).
Check in again for more love and laughter as new arrival Richard Gere joins an all-star ensemble cast - including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel - returning for this heartwarming sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Now that his first venture has been proven successful, ever-confident Sonny (Dev Patel) is busy juggling plans for a second resort...as well as his own wedding. But his efforts »
'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl': Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow. 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' review: Mostly an enjoyable romp (Oscar Movie Series) Pirate movies were a Hollywood staple for about three decades, from the mid-'20s (The Sea Hawk, The Black Pirate) to the mid-to-late '50s (Moonfleet, The Buccaneer), when the genre, by then mostly relegated to B films, began to die down. Sporadic resurrections in the '80s and '90s turned out to be critical and commercial bombs (Pirates, Cutthroat Island), something that didn't bode well for the Walt Disney Company's $140 million-budgeted film "adaptation" of one of their theme-park rides. But Neptune's mood has apparently improved with the arrival of the new century. He smiled – grinned would be a more appropriate word – on the Gore Verbinski-directed Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, »
- Andre Soares
Available now on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital Download, we’ve got this new clip from The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Check out the clip below:
Unexpected Visitors from Ebba Blakeborough-Tait on Vimeo.
See Also: Details for the Blu-ray release of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel announced
Check in again for more love and laughter as new arrival Richard Gere joins an all-star ensemble cast — including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel — returning for this heartwarming sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel! Now that his first venture has been proven successful, ever-confident Sonny (Patel) is busy juggling plans for a second resort…as well as his own wedding. But his efforts are constantly hampered by hilarious complications, and in order to pull it all together, he’ll need a little help and encouragement from his resident friends.
Directed by John Madden, the comedy sequel stars »
- Luke Owen
Livia Firth is a committed activist who is looking towards the future. She is the founder of The Green Carpet Challenge, Creative Director of Eco-Age, and Oxfam Global Ambassador along with Bill Nighy, Helen Mirren, Annie Lennox, Desmond Tutu, Gael Garcia Bernal, Helena Christensen, and Colin Firth. At the Georgina Chapman, Harvey Weinstein, William Ivey Long, Cindy Sherman and Stella McCartney invitation screening of Andrew Morgan's The True Cost, organised by Peggy Siegal, Livia and I spoke about her role as The True Cost executive producer (credited as Livia Giuggioli), exposing myths, and what it means to connect the issues to work towards reversing brainwashing.
Vogue Fashion Director Tonne Goodman: "I know Livia and I know how thorough she is…" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Sir Christopher Lee, one of the world's most celebrated actors, has died at the age of 93.
In a career spanning seven decades, Sir Christopher had over 280 screen credits in film and TV, and brought some of cinema's most iconic characters to life - Dracula, Saruman, Mycroft Holmes, Count Dooku, Frankenstein's monster, The Wicker Man's Lord Summerisle and James Bond villain Scaramanga, to name just a few.
Take a look back at some of his most memorable career moments below:
1940s: Career beginnings with Rank
Sir Christopher Lee started his film career in the late 1940s following service in the Raf during World War II.
After the war ended, he turned down his old job at pharmaceutical company Beechams to train at the Rank Organisation's Company of Youth - nicknamed the 'Rank Charm School'.
He made his debut with gothic horror producers Hammer Films in The Curse of Frankenstein. »
Scott Rudin is having a good day. While rival Harvey Weinstein didn't even scare up a Tony nomination for his Broadway show "Finding Neverland," veteran theater producer Rudin's "Skylight" starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan took home the Tony for Best Drama Revival. And, Variety reported Monday, the top-flight New York-based movie producer (“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Captain Phillips,” “The Social Network,” “True Grit” and “The Queen,” among many others) is bowing to the inevitable and moving into television. Scott Rudin Productions has closed a three-year first-look deal with Fox Networks Group. Rudin will develop and produce TV properties for Fox Broadcasting, FX Networks and National Geographic Channel. Twentieth Century Fox TV will produced Fox projects, while FX Productions will produce for FX Networks and National Geographic Channel. This is a feather in the cap of Fox's Peter Rice, who got to know Rudin well when he was...
- Anne Thompson
Scott Rudin is having a good day. While rival Harvey Weinstein didn't even scare up a Tony nomination for his Broadway show "Finding Neverland," veteran theater producer Rudin's "Skylight" starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan took home the Tony for Best Drama Revival. And, Variety reported Monday, the top-flight New York-based movie producer (“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Captain Phillips,” “The Social Network,” “True Grit” and “The Queen,” among many others) is bowing to the inevitable and moving into television. Scott Rudin Productions has closed a three-year first-look deal with Fox Networks Group. Rudin will develop and produce TV properties for Fox Broadcasting, FX Networks and National Geographic Channel. Twentieth Century Fox TV will produced Fox projects, while FX Productions will produce for FX Networks and National Geographic Channel. This is a feather in the cap of Fox's Peter Rice, who got to know Rudin well when he was »
- Anne Thompson
After winning the Best Actress Oscar for Stephen Frears' 2006 "The Queen," Helen Mirren was reluctant to reprise the role but unable to turn down director Stephen Daldry and writer Peter Morgan when they wanted her to topline their Broadway play "The Audience." But it paid off, as Mirren and her costar Richard McCabe both took home acting honors for the play. Meanwhile, veteran Hollywood producer Scott Rudin took home Best Revival of a Play kudos for "Skylight," whose stars Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy walked away empty-handed. Rudin has also produced big Tony winners in the past, including "The Book of Mormon" and last year's revival of "Raisin in the Sun." Though Harvey Weinstein's "Finding Neverland" musical failed to nab any nominations, the movie mogul showed up anyway for Broadway's biggest party. Read More: Watch: Helen Mirren on Playing the Queen Again, and How Al Pacino Inspires Her (Video) Women won. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Last night at the 69th Tony Awards held at Radio City Music Hall, British stars conquered Broadway, winning three of the four Best Play Performance categories, Best Revival of a Play and Best Play.
Nominees Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, and Alessandro Nivola with their dates (mums) for the Tony Awards. The Elephant Man stars will be flying back to London today to continue their run in the revival of Bernard Pomerance's play at the Theatre Royal Haymarket through August 8. Photo: Alessandro Nivola
Simon Stephens' adaptation of Mark Haddon's mystery novel The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time won Best Play after newcomer Alex Sharp garnered Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. David Hare's Skylight, starring Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy, and Matthew Beard took home Best Revival of a Play. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
"Not too bad, if I say so myself..." If I may take a quote from this year's Best Musical winner as I went 20/24 with my predictions for this year's 2015 Tony Awards. Undoubtedly, the two big winners of the night were the musical Fun Home and the play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, both of which took home five awards including honors for their leading men, directors, and, of course, Best Musical/Play. Right behind those two was the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I, which picked up four awards, including Best Revival and for their long overdue leading lady Kelli O'Hara, who easily gave the best speech of the night (including dancing off the stage). I may predicted Tony co-host Kristin Chenoweth over her, but I am so happy to be wrong. yt id="MneMh2c-y0M" width="640" And what about Chenoweth »
- Mike Shutt
The 69th Annual Tony Awards honored Broadway's best and brightest on Sunday, June 7 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. A slew of star-studded nominees, including Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan, were in attendance as Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming shared the event's hosting duties. Find out the big winners below!
Fun Home - Winner
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Winner
Hand to God
Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two P
Best Revival of a Musical
The King and I - Winner
On the Twentieth Century
Best Revival of a Play
Skylight - Winner
This Is Our Youth
Best Direction of a Musical
Sam Gold, Fun Home - Winner
Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!
John Rando, On the Town
- Alana Altmann
On this Sunday, June 7, 2015, the British invasion of film and theatre stars who crossed the Atlantic to Broadway will be honoured during the 69th Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall, co-hosted by Scotland's own Alan Cumming. Helen Mirren and Richard McCabe for Peter Morgan's The Audience, Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy, and Matthew Beard for the revival of David Hare's Skylight, Ben Miles, Lydia Leonard, and Nathaniel Parker for Hilary Mantel and Mike Poulton's Wolf Hall Parts One & Two.
Even honorary Brits, Bradley Cooper, Alessandro Nivola and Patricia Clarkson, who are nominated and currently starring in the revival of Bernard Pomerance's The Elephant Man at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London through August 8 are flying in for the ceremony.
Alessandro wrote on Thursday when I inquired about their plans for the Tony Awards. He responded: "Hi - yes »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
With Tonys' perennial host, Neil Patrick Harris, down for the count after his celebrated turn as Hedwig (and his less celebrated hosting of the Academy Awards), we're in for something entirely new this Sunday. Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming will sing and dance their way through their co-hosting gig at this year’s Tony Awards, which recognizes achievement on Broadway during the 2014-2015 season. Nominees with film inclinations include Bradley Cooper, Bill Nighy, Helen Mirren, Carey Mulligan, Ken Watanabe, Elisabeth Moss, and a great many other familiar Hollywood faces appearing as presenters.
To pass the time until Sunday, we put together a list of our favourite movie Tonys as a celebration of the Tonys (and, to be honest, as a bit of a laugh). Who did we miss? No, Tony Soprano does not count. That’s TV.
Though you’d be crazy to pick Tony over Bernardo (or Riff), Tony was, »
- Sasha James
Here is something a bit different for Rope of Silicon. Sure, we have award predictions for the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes, but that makes sense, considering this is site is 95% about movies. But there are plenty of other stories out there being told in theaters that get plenty of respect. Except these are stories performed live right in front of your face. So, I took it upon myself to comb through the absurd amount of categories of the Tony Awards, which is this Sunday June 7, to give you my predictions on what will win. I am doing this not just because it is fun to predict things and hope I get them all right, though that is certainly part of it, but I also want to shed light on these projects that a lot of people don't know about. Film and television people often have on blinders when »
- Mike Shutt
Here’s the trailer for Suffragette, which reunites Meryl Streep and her BAFTA-nominated Iron Lady screenwriter Abi Morgan in Sarah Gavron’s drama about Britain’s long and sometimes violent move toward granting women the franchise beginning in the closing decade of the 19th century. Carey Mulligan is up for a Tony Award on Sunday for her performance in the acclaimed revival of David Hare’s Skylight, in which she co-stars with Bill Nighy and Matthew Beard. In the film, she… »
Like other intelligent women, Mulligan would much rather tread the boards than take yet another cookie-cutter role hanging on the arm of a fully-rounded leading man. She listened when her London agent Tor Befrage told her that she was in a good enough place to be able to turn down anything that she didn't feel she had to do because she couldn't bear the idea of someone else doing it. "I like taking time off," she told me in a phone interview on her day off from her Broadway hit "Skylight," for which she and Bill Nighy both scored Tony nominations. (It's a superb, must-see play.) Will Bathsheba earn her another Oscar nod? Reviews are strong, box office so far quite solid ($8.4 million domestic). While she took the plum role of Daisy opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Baz Luhrmann's lavishly appointed "The Great Gatsby" and worked for Oliver Stone on "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, »
- Anne Thompson
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