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"She’s definitely heart-before-head and just dives into things almost without thinking," actress Juliet Rylance says during a recent webcam chat with Gold Derby (watch below) about her character Cornelia Robertson on the "The Knick." Rylance stars opposite Clive Owen on the hospital drama, which aired its first season last fall on Cinemax. Related video: Clive Owen on his 'dangerous and edgy' medical drama 'The Knick' Despite the show’s 1900 setting, Rylance plays a character with liberal views on race, abortion and women in the workplace. "I feel like a lot of the issues that Cornelia faces, bizarrely, are still relevant today," Rylance laments, which makes Cornelia not so different from more modern roles on the actress’ résumé. "She has to be very buttoned up. There is social etiquette of what’s expected from her and, obviously, she has to behave in a certain way, but there’..." »
Prince Harry struck some emotional gold during his visit to New Zealand ... where he ran into a former teacher who holds a special place in his heart. After his reaction to the unexpected reunion ... Harry could be the coolest Brit on Earth -- if that damn Clive Owen would just give him a chance. Read more »
- TMZ Staff
Film, TV and games companies have big plans for legendary tights-wearer Robin Hood. Here’s our primer on all the new versions…
Note: we've taken images from old Robin Hood projects because these new films and things, um, don't exist yet. Maximum geek points to whoever can remember what they're all from.
You don’t need us to remind you, but these days Hollywood and TV executives seem to have one target in mind – big franchises, hopefully with spin-offs and tie-ins galore across all possible forms of media.
An interesting consequence of all this is that the entertainment industry has begun looking beyond capes and cowls in their ‘what can we make a franchise out of?’ discussions. ‘What about other sorts of legendary characters?’ you can imagine them asking, before a big eureka moment… ‘What about Robin bloody Hood?!’
Almost simultaneously, it seems like every studio in Hollywood has latched »
Natalie Portman and husband-to-be Benjamin Millepied on the Red Carpet Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied at the Oscars Best Actress winner Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied (at the time, Portman's husband-to-be)* arrive at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Portman took home the Oscar for her performance as a mentally unstable ballerina in Darren Aronofsky's psychological drama Black Swan. An international box office hit, Black Swan was also a Best Picture nominee, ultimately losing the Oscar to Tom Hooper's The King's Speech. Besides Natalie Portman and dancer-choreographer Benjamin Millepied, also in the Black Swan cast are Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, Barbara Hershey, and Vincent Cassel. Portman's fellow Best Actress contenders were: Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right. Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine. Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole. Jennifer Lawrence for Winter's Bone. Natalie Portman had been previously nominated in »
- D. Zhea
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Check here for a complete list of our essays. Just one glance at the Oscar nominees for 1998 might make it seem less a questionable choice for “best year in film” — and more an insane one. Instead of a 1974 – The Godfather II, The Conversation, Chinatown, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, etc – or even a 1994, where Shawshank, Quiz Show, and Pulp Fiction lost to Gump – you choose a year where the Oscars would allow Roberto Benigni to climb atop both the figurative and literal chairs of the Shrine? Fine, step away from the Oscars. Would you still celebrate a year that saw not one, but two movies about asteroids threatening the Earth? A year that saw such scars carved across cinematic history as Patch Adams, My Giant, Stepmom, and Krippendorf’s Tribe? It bears repeating: Krippendorf’S Tribe? »
- Michael Oates Palmer
As well as the BBC series, there’s now another TV take on Robin Hood on the way (based on The Outlaw Chronicles books)…
We’ve reported before on the Robin Hood: Origins movie that is in the works with Lionsgate and Leonardo DiCaprio’s company. There’s also the BBC America TV series Nottingham (with its bizarre premise) in development.
Now, there’s another Robin Hood project on the way – a TV series from FremantleMedia (specifically their North American branch), based on The Outlaw Chronicles novels by British author Angus Donald.
FremantleMedia is a bit of a behemoth, with everything from The Bill to The X-Factor - and Wizards Vs. Aliens, on a geekier note – coming from their UK team. We’d expect this series to be a bigger budget affair, though, to be honest, if the American market is the target.
Michael Koyves – who’s dabbled in the Middle Ages before, »
In three Mexican cities along the Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo, the Riviera Maya Film Festival launches its annual program of free screenings for the public. Most theaters in the region screen commercial films, but Rmff believes that people deserve to see other kinds of movies, and so the festival brings films from many of the heavy hitters: Cannes, Toronto, Berlin and Venice among them. Riviera Maya has managed to attract some starry talent, too. And why not? It's in a temperate environment, away from the flash bulbs of Hollywood. Last year the red carpet rolled out for Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Gyllenhaal, and in the past the festival has recruited Ethan Hawke, Clive Owen, Susan Sarandon, Patricia Arquette, Stephen Dorff, Vanessa Hudgens and Christian Slater. The festival also has its own Lab, which bolsters emerging independent film projects and invites "work-in-progress" screenings, giving filmmakers a chance »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Hugh Jackman has played Logan aka Wolverine in seven different films. It’s an impressive number that will shortly increase with a third solo Wolverine film and possibly X-Men:Apocalypse, although at the time of writing he has yet to be officially cast. A few other names are snapping at the heels of Jackman, notably the cast of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you include the forthcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, Chris Evans has played Captain America four times (five if you include his appearance as Loki using magic to look like the first Avenger in Thor: The Dark World), Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth have portrayed Black Widow and Thor respectively four times each whilst the King of the McU, Robert Downey Jr. has made an impressive six appearances as Iron Man/Tony Stark (including his post-credit appearance in The Incredible Hulk).
Unfortunately for Hugh Jackman, as far as this article is concerned, »
- Brendan Bergmanski
Stars: Clive Owen, Morgan Freeman, Aksel Hennie, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Ahn Sung-ki, Giorgio Caputo, Daniel Adegboyega, Shohreh Aghdashloo, James Babson, Brian Caspe, Cliff Curtis, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ayelet Zurer | Written by Michael Konyves, Dove Sussman | Directed by Kazuaki Kiriya
Set in an age of honour and justice by the sword, Last Knights tells the story of Raiden (Owen) – a fallen warrior who must rise up against a corrupt and sadistic ruler to avenge Bartok (Freeman), his dishonoured master. Think of the film as something akin to Seven Samurai but set in the middle ages and you’ll be somewhere close.
If I’m honest, I’m not the biggest fan of historical epics – give me a down and dirty, straight to DVD schlockfest over one any day. However when said historical epic the English language debut of famed Japanese director Kazuaki Kiriya (Casshern, Goemon), I can’t help but put my prejudices aside. »
- Phil Wheat
★★☆☆☆ Over a decade on from the success of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings films, fantasy is still proving a crowd pleasing genre both in cinemas and on television. Game of Thrones continues to dominate the small screen, while Jackson's own Hobbit trilogy is a multi-billion dollar success despite being anathema to many fans of the original films. Hoping to continue in this vein is Last Knights (2015), perhaps more medieval than Middle Earth but clearly aiming for similarities in tone and theme. Clive Owen takes the lead, playing a knight who gathers his comrades for revenge when his master is killed by a corrupt nobleman (Aksel Hennie).
- CineVue UK
Last Knights, 2015.
Directed by Kazuaki Kiriya.
Academy Award Nominee Clive Owen delivers an electrifying performance as a fallen warrior who rises against a corrupt and sadistic ruler to avenge his dishonored master, Academy Award Winner Morgan Freeman in this epic, sword-clashing adventure of loyalty, honor, and vengeance.
If Blockbuster was still a feature of the high street, you would find Last Knights at the bottom of the bargain bin next to a 90s Jennifer Lopez rom-com. Director Kazuaki Kiriya squanders a fairly impressive cast-who frankly look more interested in what they’re going to have for dinner than the source material-and creates a film impressively humourless, dull and painfully mediocre.
Morgan Freeman stars as Bartok, a wise leader with a hankering for motivational speeches, who after 20 minutes dies after all but teasing a corrupt minister »
- Gary Collinson
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 10th April to Sunday 12th April 2015…
Despite four new enteries cracking the top ten, none could put up any kind of challenge to reigning box office champ Fast & Furious 7, with the latest instalment in the action franchise adding another £5.4 million to push its UK haul of £26.25 million after just two weekends. Small potatoes really when it’s already hit $800 million worldwide…
Turning to the new releases and The Duff claimed fourth place with £891,691, although that included four extra days of previews, having opened on Easter Monday. The Keanu Reeves action thriller John Wick debuted in sixth with £539,602, followed by Woman in Gold in seventh with £494,512 and comedy sequel Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 in eigth with £480,158.
Number one this time last year: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
1. Fast & Furious 7, £5,407,918 weekend; £26,250,373 total (2 weeks)
2. Cinderella, £1,785,864 weekend; £15,190,144 total (3 weeks)
3. Home, »
- Gary Collinson
Ahead of its release next Friday, a new trailer has arrived online for the medieval actioner Last Knights which sees Clive Owen as a knight leading a band of warriors looking to avenge the loss of their dishonoured master (Morgan Freeman); check it out below after the UK artwork and official synopsis…
Academy Award® Nominee Clive Owen (Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Closer, 2004) delivers an electrifying performance as a fallen warrior who rises against a corrupt and sadistic ruler to avenge his dishonored master, Academy Award® Winner Morgan Freeman (Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Million Dollar Baby, 2004) in this epic, sword-clashing adventure of loyalty, honor, and vengeance.
- Gary Collinson
Bartok (Morgan Freeman) reveals that his protege Raiden (Clive Owen) will inherit his lands in our exclusive clip from Last Knights, arriving in theaters and on VOD formats April 3. Set in a nameless feudal society, Last Knights tells the timeless tale of a fallen warrior and his enduring loyalty to the master who redeemed him from the despair of his dark past. The film follows Commander Raiden (Clive Owen) and his band of warriors as they wage battle against the corrupt ruler Geza Mott to avenge the unjust death of their honorable leader Lord Bartok (Morgan Freeman).
Commander Raiden was the living, breathing embodiment of the ancient code of the sword but the era of the warrior was ending as battle and honor were being replaced by stifling protocol and devious politics. After being summoned by the reigning Emperor's nefarious minister Geza Mott, Raiden's master, Lord Bartok, defiantly takes the »
About Last Knight: Kiriya’s Culture Club Reimagining of the Feudal System
It’s unclear for who or for what reason Japanese director Kazuaki Kiriya decided to undertake his English language debut, Last Knights, a convoluted pseudo-revenge flick that plays like some very watered down version of the classic 47 Ronin mythos but reconstituted within a parallel universe’s sci-fi inspired Crusades tale. A gig is a gig, so we can’t blame the poo poo platter of multicultural actors portraying peoples we’re supposed to believe all resided in the same place (not to mention, fought for the same cause), each with varying degrees of accented and/or broken English. Incredibly flaccid and late staged action sequences following a baffling revenge plot don’t help matters, except maybe to say that even if the world had known an age of such incredible diversity we still wouldn’t be able to all just get along. »
- Nicholas Bell
We've had First Knight, now prepare for Last Knights, an altogether more doom-laden, Game Of Thrones-like affair in which Clive Owen gets early-medieval in the name of vengeance and there’s minimal jousting. The film has a new trailer and poster to share below.brightcove.createExperiences();A mash-up of European epics and Japanese samurai adventure (overseen by a veteran of the latter), Last Knights introduces Owen as Raiden, member of a warrior caste in service to a worthy nobleman played by Morgan Freeman. All’s well in this unnamed if wintry land until Headhunters’ Aksel Hennie appears as the emperor’s emissary and skulls start getting seriously dugged.Hennie is the big bad here, boasting a snarly visage, terrible villain hair and a sinister henchmen in Tsuyoshi Ihara (Letters From Iwo Jima). Behind you can say “get busy living or get busy dying”, Morgan has got busy dying and Owen »
The glum revenge epic Last Knights is a timeworn tale that, when you squint, looks like the future. Established Hollywood stars Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman are there onscreen clutching swords and intoning dramatic pledges of fealty and death. But the money for the film came from South Korea — and in the movie business, money is always the A-plot.
In Asia, South Korean culture reigns supreme. Its pop albums and makeup styles are even cropping up — illegally — on the streets of Pyongyang. Last Knights is Seoul's first big step toward making movies for the rest of the world. It's shot in English, filmed in the Czech Republic, and every frame of it is a round-the-globe mash-up. The director, Kazuaki Kiriya, is Japanese. The producers are from »
Plot: A group of knights, led by the noble Raiden (Clive Owen) avenge their master's (Morgan Freeman) disgrace as the hands of a tyrant (Aksel Hennie). Review: Well, this is a weird one. You'd think that a large-scale fantasy epic starring Morgan Freeman and Clive Owen would get a higher-profile release than the quiet VOD bow it's getting Friday . and sure enough the final product hints at a somewhat uneven production history. Directed by Japanese director Kazuaki Kiriya, the helmer »
- Chris Bumbray
What better way to round off the end of March than with landing a job! Here are eight casting notices from the past week listed on Backstage! Jodie Foster’S “Money Monster”Casting director Allison Hall is seeking background performers for Jodie Foster’s feature film. Business types, protester types, and NYC onlookers are the roles needing to be filled. Professional pay will be provided for the nonunion actors. The film about a Wall Street expert who has a fan turn on him after he doles out bad advice shoots April 10 and 11 in New York City. Applicants must have full day and possibly night-time availability. “Strawberry Jam”Shooting out of Orange County, Calif. this short film is seeking two leads—one male and one female—to tell the story of a young man trying to piece his life together after a psychotic break. The film will be shot on the Red camera. »
About 20 minutes or so into the bizarre European/Asian/Middle Eastern fusion cuisine that is “Last Knights,” Morgan Freeman delivers a speech as only Morgan Freeman can — the sort of blazingly eloquent, morally fiery declaration of principles that usually precedes a character’s righteous victory or his agonizing defeat. Freeman exits far too soon, but his presence is enough to momentarily jog your interest in this cut-rate, off-Hollywood debut for Japanese action helmer Kaz I Kiriya, starring Clive Owen as a medieval fighter who seeks to avenge his master’s death. Rapidly tilting into so-clever-it’s-stupid territory, the story hinges on the sort of dramatic plot twist that exists mainly to delay the inevitable bloodletting for as long as possible, though when it finally arrives, the mayhem is engaging enough on its own workmanlike terms. Following a brief theatrical window, the Lionsgate release should swing and parry its way into respectable VOD play. »
- Justin Chang
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