Skylight, starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy, is headed for Broadway this spring. The show, written by David Hare and directed by two-time Tony winner Stephen Daldry, will begin previews at the John Golden Theatre on March 16, followed by an official opening on April 2. The limited engagement also features Matthew Beard and spans 13 weeks, through June 14. The revival follows high-school teacher Kyra Hollis (Mulligan) as she receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, successful restaurateur and recent widower Tom Sergeant (Nighy), at her shabby apartment. Things were once very different. Raised in upper-middle-
- Ashley Lee
The sold-out London production of David Hare’s critically acclaimed Skylight will try its luck on Broadway with the same two stars who packed the house in the West End this summer.
Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy will reprise their roles in Tony-winning director Stephen Daldry’s production of Skylight, opening April 2 at the John Golden Theatre. Previews for the 13-week limited engagement will begin on March 16, with a slated end date of June 14.
Mulligan plays Kyra Hollis, a schoolteacher who receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, recently widowed restaurateur Tom Sergeant (Nighy). On a cold London night, »
- Marc Snetiker
Matthew Warchus's widely acclaimed comedy-drama follows a group of gay and lesbian activists who band together to raise money for the families of miners during the 1984 strike.
Scott plays the quietly wounded Gethin, a Welsh-born gay man who relocated to London after coming out because of a lack of acceptance in his hometown.
After the National Union of Mineworkers decline the group's offer of support, the activists take their donations directly to a small Welsh mining village, prompting Gethin to return home for the first time in years.
Pride is released in the UK on September 12, and in the Us on September 19. »
Star Bill Nighy and writer Stephen Beresford tell Steve Rose about their new film, Pride, based on the true story of a group of gay and lesbian activists who arrive in a Welsh mining town in support of the 1984 coal strike. Nighy plays miner Cliff, heading an all-star ensemble cast including Imelda Staunton, Dominic West and Paddy Considine. Pride is in UK cinemas on Friday Continue reading »
- Guardian Staff
It’s always a pleasure to see a British film not only live up to the potential of the cast and the crew, but to surpass all expectations in such a dazzling, humble manner is a treat indeed.
Pride, the new film from director Matthew Warchus and writer Stephen Beresford, premiered in London this evening and we were on the carpet to catch those in attendance. The film tells the strange and wonderful tale of a curious alliance formed in the 80s between a group of Lgbt activists and the miners affected by the government’s brutal policies. This is a recipe for great things, with a tangible sense of joy, and a very funny script, making the most of the unusual bedfellow.
- Jon Lyus
One of I, Frankenstein's biggest sins was that the creature effects, especially with regard to Frankenstein's monster, were pretty run of the mill. Back in the beginning effects artist Vincent J. Guastini had the reins of this bad boy, but unfortunately it was steered out of his hands.
Now Guastini has uploaded an effects/concept reel of what his vision for the film's creatures would have been like. Gotta say it... we like it so much better. What a shock. Check it out for yourselves, and weigh in below.
About I, Frankenstein
From the producers of Underworld, I, Frankenstein follows Frankenstein's monster (Aaron Eckhart) as he becomes involved in a war between two immortal clans. Also starring Bill Nighy (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest), Yvonne Strahovski (TV's "Chuck," TV's "Dexter"), Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, »
- Steve Barton
If you pick up Bungie’s highly anticipated new game Destiny this September, you might hear some familiar voices on your journey across the universe. The voice cast is stacked with actors from much-loved TV shows like Firefly and The Walking Dead, lending their voices to a number of characters players will interact with in Destiny’s sci-fi universe.
One of those actors is Lance Reddick, of The Wire and Fringe fame. Reddick voices a character named Commander Zavala, who will give players who choose the game’s Titan specialization their marching orders. It’s not Reddick’s first video »
- Joshua Rivera
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
It’s only been two years since the last instalment but Lakeshore want to get a new broom in to clear away any cobwebs from the Underworld series and let new blood have a go on the cinematic jugular. Cory Goodman (whose upcoming project is The Last Witch Hunter with Vin Diesel) is charged with breathing fresh life into the vampires vs werewolves saga. Though known as a high octane blend of Lycan-on-undead action with bucketfuls of blood and bullets, the franchise is also famous for finding star Kate Beckinsale her life partner (writer/director Len Wiseman) and giving pasty-faced roles to cheque-collecting British thesps such as Bill Nighy and Sir Derek Jacobi.
Beckinsale appeared in three of the four chapters (with number three Rise Of The Lycans a prequel) and while it is unclear whether she will feature or be rebooted out the door it’s obvious her butt-kicking »
- Steve Palace
2003 saw an unlikely milestone emerge in the form of the supernatural horror/action genre-blend franchise, Underworld. The vampires vs. werewolves flick featured an untested creative team (Len Wiseman and Kevin Grevioux) shepherding a collection of unlikely action stars, which included theatrically trained actors like Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex) and Bill Nighy (Harry Potter); a pretty-boy leading man in Scott Speedman (Felicity); and Kate Beckinsale, who – at that point – seemed as far from an action star as one could be.
Despite the unlikely players in the mix, Underworld‘s genre-blend premise sold with audiences, thus launching a 2006 sequel (Underworld: Evolution), a 2009 prequel (Rise of the Lycans) and a 3D soft reboot in 2012 (Underworld: Awakening); not to mention sister films ...
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- Kofi Outlaw
Cory Goodman ("Priest," "The Last Witch Hunter") has been hired to write the script for the reinvention of the franchise which began with Len Wiseman's 2003 film starring Kate Beckinsale, Bill Nighy, Michael Sheen and Scott Speedman.
The film was followed up by a 2006 sequel, a 2009 prequel, and another 2012 sequel. That most recent sequel was the biggest earner in the series with $160 million worldwide, while the franchise on the whole has made $458 million worldwide.
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- Garth Franklin
Kate Beckinsale starred as the vampire "death dealer" Selene in the first Underworld, which debuted in 2003 and followed the war between the vampires and their sworn enemies, the lycans, a.k.a. werewolves.
The actress returned for the sequel Underworld: Evolution in 2006, although she did not star in the 2009 prequel Underworld 3: The Rise of The Lycans, which featured Michael Sheen and Rhona Mitra. 2012's Underworld Awakening was the final feature within the franchise, which has earned $458.2 million worldwide through all four movies.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
The latest issue of Empire Magazine sports the first two official photos from Guy Ritchie's upcoming big screen adaptation of the 1960s TV series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. Click here for both.
Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher," about the unhealthy relationship between Olympian wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and eccentric billionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell), is still one of the year's potential awards favourites. At one time though, the film could have looked quite different.
In a recent interview with Vulture, Miller admits that in the early stages of assembling the film back around 2006/2007, he had considered Ryan Gosling and Bill Nighy for the leads and had also talked to Heath Ledger.
Out of the Dark
Vertical Entertainment has taken U.S. rights to Participant Media's supernatural thriller "Out of »
- Garth Franklin
I'm ecstatic I'll finally be seeing Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher at the Toronto Film Festival, beginning on September 4, which is to say in less than two weeks from now. Today a new poster for the film has premiered and along with that, over at Vulture they have profiled the upcoming release which stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, though that wasn't always in intention. The Vulture piece reveals Miller first started working on the script for Foxcatcher in 2007 with Dave Eggers and at the time was thnking of Ryan Gosling and Bill Nighy for the leads, and also spoke with Heath Ledger for a role. But things quickly changed after seeing the 2006 feature A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints. E. Max Frye who was ultimately credited with the screenplay alongside Dan Futterman remembers Miller's light bulb moment saying, "I remember Bennett saying, 'This is the guy! He even has a mixed-martial-arts background! »
- Brad Brevet
"Pride" may not be on your radar, but it should be. It debuted this spring at the Cannes' Directors' Fortnight where the film swept us off our feet, with Oliver Lyttelton calling it in his review, "a prime display of a rousing crowd-pleaser done right." The movie is headed stateside to the Toronto International Film Festival where it will make its North American premiere, and with trailers and clips now online, there's no better way to see what it's all about. Theater director Matthew Warchus gets behind the camera for this one, rounds up a terrific ensemble of talent — Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott, Joseph Gilgun, George MacKay and Ben Schnetzer — and tells the unlikely true story of Lgbt activists and mining union groups coming together to form Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners to battle the policies of Margaret Thatcher in '80s-era England. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Britain, 1984. Times are troubled. Burrowed away in her Downing Street lair, Thatcher regards mining communities with suspicious eyes. In the 1970s, the powerful National Union of Mineworkers called a series of devastatingly successful strikes, ultimately bringing down the government. In Thatcher’s mind, union power was anathema: an anti-democratic, anti-capitalist threat to bottom lines and the power of the state.
So she hatched a plan: force the miners into a strike and then target their weak spots with surgical precision. She mobilized the media, militarized the police and granted sops to smaller unions (preventing them from joining the miners in solidarity), leaving mining communities isolated and embattled.
While this occupied the front pages of newspapers, another front raged on with less publicity: the battle for gay rights. Thatcher’s government was notoriously homophobic; she was personally vehemently opposed to even the concept of homosexuality, famously saying “children who need to »
- David James
Al Pacino (Heat) will be starting off the 2014 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival at Charity Gala on September 3rd with an intimate on-stage conversation; however, the Oscar-winner will not be alone as other celebrities will be descending upon the city. A much loved comedian will be honoured two days later as Bill Murray Day will see the screenings of Ghostbusters (1984), Stripes (1981) and Groundhog Day (1993) plus the World Premiere of his latest cinematic performance in St. Vincent Theodore Melfi where he portrays a boozing and gambling curmudgeon who establishes an unusual friendship with a newly transplanted 12 year old boy in Brooklyn.
Outside of Pacino and Murray, the festivities will include in-depth conversations with filmmakers David Thorpe, Julie Taymor, Antoine Fuqua and Jon Stewart; actors Robert Duvall, Denzel Washington, Reese Witherspoon, Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche; and journalists Maziar Bahari and Dan Savage. “The Mavericks programme offers Festivalgoers an exclusive »
- Trevor Hogg
Pride tells the true story of a group of gay rights activists who, through the "Pits and Perverts" campaign, joined up with miners to demonstrate against Thatcher. In this clip, Joe (George Mackay), gets his first real taste of protest. Pride, which also stars Bill Nighy, Paddy Considine and Imelda Staunton, is released in the UK on 12 September
Pride - review from Cannes Continue reading »
- Guardian Staff
A variety of stars across TV, theatre and film have written to all major UK broadcasters calling for increased ethnic diversity on British TV and behind the camera.
Signatories on the letter, published in The Guardian today, include Lenny Henry, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Richard Curtis, Russell T Davies, Idris Elba, Neil Gaiman, David Harewood, Harry Hill, Terry Jones, Asif Kapadia, Doreen Lawrence, Jimmy McGovern, Phyllida Lloyd, Bill Nighy, Lynda La Plante, Alan Sugar, Meera Syal and Emma Thompson, among others.
Read the letter to The Guardian in full
The recipients of the letter were BBC director general Tony Hall, ITV chief executive Adam Crozier, Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham, BSkyB chief executive Jeremy Darroch and Philippe Dauman, chief executive of new Channel 5 owner Viacom.
"We are dismayed at the poor numbers of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (Bame) people both on our screens and working behind the camera," the letter reads. »
Film fanatics and star gazers, your time is now. Well...almost now. More precisely, your time Will be September 4 - 14. That's when the A-list glitterati, with their films in tow, descend on downtown Hogtown as they flock to the Toronto International Film Festival.
As has become the norm, the list of Tiff-bound talent is both long and impressive. From movie stars to rock royalty, there'll be no shortage of bold-faced names to look out for. On the movie side of things, some big stars set to attend this year include Robert Downey Jr., Ryan Reynolds, Kate Winslet, Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Benedict Cumberbatch, Steve Carell, Jane Fonda, Tina Fey, Robert Pattinson and Bill Murray.
As if those weren't enough names to keep you busy, let's not forget the masses of talented filmmakers making Toronto their temporary home during the festival. Among the big-named directors set to make an appearance are David Cronenberg, »
- Emma Badame
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