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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
While the bulk of you may be waiting for the summer movie season to kick in on May 1st, here's an action flick that's done a pretty good job of flying under the radar. As you no doubt have noticed, Last Knights stars Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman, with the story following a fallen warrior who rises against a corrupt and sadistic ruler in order to avenge his dishonored master. Director Kazuaki Kiriya (Casshern) gives the action/drama some Asian flair, and you can check out some »
- Sean Wist
Lionsgate is diving into the genre of revenge films with “Last Knights,” starring Clive Owen, Morgan Freeman, Cliff Curtis, Shohreh Aghdashloo and Ayelet Zurer. The film, directed by Kazuaki Kiriya, features Owen as a warrior who has must fight for his master. “Academy Award® Nominee Clive Owen (Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Closer) 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) in this epic, sword-clashing adventure of loyalty, honor, and vengeance.” The film will come to [ Read More ]
The feudal action film centres on Owen portraying the knight Raiden, who has a fierce loyalty to his master Bartok (Morgan Freeman).
When Bartok is betrayed by a corrupt emperor (Peyman Moaadi), Raiden leads a group of knights into a battle of vengeance.
Last Knights's international cast includes Iranian actress Shohreh Aghdashloo (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters), Norwegian actor Aksel Hennie (Hercules), South Korea's Ahn Sung-ki (The Tower) and Italian star Giorgio Caputo (The Hideout).
Last Knights opens on April 3 in the Us. »
ComingSoon has exclusively unveiled the first poster for Last Knights, the new action-adventure film from Lionsgate.
Clive Owen (Closer, Blood Ties) stars as a fallen warrior who rises against a corrupt and sadistic ruler to avenge his dishonored master, played Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby, The Dark Knight Trilogy) in “this epic, sword-clashing adventure of loyalty, honor, and vengeance.”
Last Knights is directed by Kazuaki Kiriya (Casshern) and also stars Cliff Curtis (Training Day), Aksel Hennie (Hercules), Payman Maadi (Camp X-Ray), Ayelet Zurer (Man of Steel), Shohreh Aghdashloo (24), and Sung Ki Ahn (The Warrior).
- Scott J. Davis
Clive Owen will make his Broadway debut in a revival of Harold Pinter’s Old Times, directed by Tony Award winner Douglas Hodge (La Cage Aux Folles). Previews for the Roundabout Theatre Company production will begin September 17, followed by the official opening on October 15. "My first season with Roundabout included Old Times, our first Broadway season opened with The Homecoming and we opened the first Laura Pels Theatre with Moonlight,” said Roundabout artistic director… »
The 2015 Broadway season is shaping up to be another star-studded affair.
Clive Owen is the latest star headed to Broadway this season where he’ll star in Old Times directed by Tony Award winner Douglas Hodge. This is the 50-year-old acclaimed English actor’s first time on the NYC stage. He previously starred in a number of London productions, including Closer, which was later adapted for film starring him, Jude Law, Julia Roberts, and Natalie Portman.
The show, which opens Oct. 15, 2015, will be a part of Roundabout Theatre Company’s 50th anniversary season, which plans to honor Harold Pinter’s famed drama as part of its historic celebration.
Owen joins a slew of film and TV stars stepping out from behind the camera, including the previously »
Julianne Moore The "Still Alice" winner, hot off her awards season clean sweep for playing a linguistics professor with early-onset Alzheimer's, has wrapped Peter Sollett's ("Raising Victor Vargas") bio-drama "Freeheld." She plays real-life, trailblazing New Jersey copy Laurel Hester who, before dying in 2006, fought for pension benefits for domestic partners. Best Actor nominee Steve Carell costars. On November 20, she will reprise her "Hunger Games" role as sangfroid District 13 President Alma Coin in "Mockingjay - Part 2." Heading into pre-production is novelist and filmmaker Rebecca Miller's ("The Private Lives of Pippa Lee") Manhattan romantic comedy of manners "Maggie's Plan" opposite Greta Gerwig and Clive Owen, and Best Supporting Actor nominee Ethan Hawke. Eddie Redmayne The chuffed Best Actor winner for "The Theory of Everything" can currently be seen in the Wachowski-directed sci-fi bomb »
- Ryan Lattanzio
This post is brought to you in association with Casino Tropez…
The USA does gambling films like nowhere else. Movies such as Casino (1995), set in the bright lights of Las Vegas, or The Sting (1973), set in an atmospheric Chicago, are testament to this dominance. Yet, there are numerous gambling flicks from UK directors and many that are set in Britain. Here are five of the very best.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
This effervescent gambling flick’s humorous script catapulted Jason Statham to international stardom, and revamped the careers of a number of other talents. A disastrous London card game triggers a series of preposterous but highly entertaining events that see four friends get into serious trouble over a mammoth batch of weed, a stack of money and two antique shotguns. Lock, Stock gave director Guy Ritchie an international name that saw him direct many subsequent features – and come to the attention of Madonna, »
- Gary Collinson
The first big PlayStation 4 exclusive of 2015, The Order 1886 is a treat in some ways, not in others...
It’s probably somewhere around the first on-rails ‘stealth’ section (complete with super fun insta-death cutscenes if you get spotted) that we started lowering our expectations of The Order 1886. The second time round, just a few chapters later, all hopes for true greatness are abandoned. It’s a shame because this PS4 exclusive takes a pinch of werewolf, a smattering of steampunk and big dollop of the Knights of the Round Table to create an atmospheric alternate history of Victorian London.
A third-person shooter, The Order 1886 liberally borrows ideas from previous games to the point where it can feel like a checklist of conventions from the last decade or so. Lock-picking mini game – check! Sticky cover – check! Slow-mo shooting – check! You can even collect phonograph cylinders to uncover more of the back story! »
With the 2015 Oscars coming up this weekend, we go back ten years to see if the 2005 awards still hold up today...
It was during an interview with Mark Kermode that I asked him how long someone really needs to gestate on a film, and come up with a proper review. "About ten years", he said. I get his point. Each awards season, it's about, at best, what feels like the best film right then. Not the one that settles over a period of time, or shows you new things each time you watch it. But the one that you watched once, and affected you once. It's the only way, anyway, I can think of why A Beautiful Mind won a Best Picture Oscar.
This weekend, then, is the Academy Awards once more. And I thought it'd be worth rewinding ten years, to see whether the Academy's choices on February 27th »
Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman star in this action movie about a band of warrior seeking revenge for the death of their master. This is a trailer, possibly the first, for Last Knights. So this was shot more than two years ago and I doubt they spent most of that time in post-production because Last […]
Today we have the trailer for the upcoming "Last Knights" action adventure, starring Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman. Check it out below. Plot: A fallen warrior (Owen) rises against a corrupt and sadistic ruler to avenge his dishonored master (Freeman) in this epic, sword-clashing adventure of loyalty, honor, and vengeance. The new movie is directed by Kazuaki Kiriya (Goemon) and is set to be released on VOD and in select theaters on April 3rd. Trailer: »
The first exciting footage from the action thriller Last Knights has arrived. Kazuaki Kiriya, known for cult hits Goemon and Casshern, returns to direct Clive Owen, Morgan Freeman and an ensemble of up and coming actors in this tale that follows a group of warriors out to avenge their master.
Academy Award Nominee Clive Owen delivers an electrifying performance in Last Knights. He stars as a fallen warrior who rises against a corrupt and sadistic ruler to avenge his dishonored master, Academy Award Winner Morgan Freeman. This is an epic, sword-clashing adventure full of loyalty, honor, and vengeance.
Take a look at the first footage from Last Knights, which comes to select theaters and On Demand April 3. Will these fallen soldiers be able to rally and get revenge against this evil, all-ruling emperor? If you love a good swashbuckling tale full of swords and swinging fists, you won't want to miss this epic! »
When you have a film boasting the likes of Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman in the leads and it comes out straight to VOD and home video with a handful of theatrical dates thrown in to sweeten the pot ... well, something's gone badly wrong. So let's not have any illusions about the upcoming Last Knights being a particularly good film because the likelihood of that being the case is quite small. But, that said, the film is the English language debut of Casshern and Goemon director Kaz Kiriya, who very much knows his way around a pretty picture so there should at least be some quality visuals to enjoy.Academy Award® Nominee Clive Owen (Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Closer, 2004)...
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Once every decade or so, a dashing white guy warrior fights his way through a "Last" movie. In 1992, it was"Last of the Mohicans." 11 years later, "The Last Samurai." 12 years after that, we come to "Last Knights," a new action-fantasy-adventure epic starring Clive Owen as a fallen warrior and Morgan Freeman as either the sadistic ruler he is fighting or the master he is avenging. The trailer isn't too clear on that point, but does include the phrase "the wounds of honor are self-inflicted," which is undeniably awesome. (Side note: if some intelligent person would like to leave a comment verifying whether or not the word "cancer" existed in the Dark Ages, I'd kind of like to know!) "Last Knights" opens in select theaters and on demand April 3. Watch the castle-tastic trailer below: Read More: Watch: 'Whiplash' Gets Hilariously Parodied in 'Steel Whiplash' Short »
- Elizabeth Logan
Morgan Freeman and Clive Owen star in Japanese photographer-turned-filmmaker Kazuaki Kiriya's "Last Knights," which centers on a band of warriors who seek to avenge the loss of their master at the hands of a corrupt emperor. Owen plays Raiden, a hero who rises up with his men on a mission of revenge for their dishonored master, played by Freeman, and take on a corrupt ruler in Aksel Hennie. It's a project that's actually been sitting around for a few years (it was initially announced, and shot in 2012). Director Kiriya's last 2 films - "Goemon" (based on a Japanese folk legend that echoes the story of Robin Hood) and »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman are two of my favorite actors. While Freeman has garnered the critical acclaim and trophies to make any number of bad movies, Clive Owen has yet to maintain the A-list status deserving of his acting talents. Last Knights doesn't look like it will do much to turn that around for either of them. Directed by Kazuaki Kiriya (Casshern), Last Knights looks like a cross between King Arthur and the recent Nicolas Cage movie Outcast. Clive Owen plays Raiden, a »
- Alex Maidy
A trailer has been released 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 official synopsis…
A knight seeks vengeance when his lord is unjustly executed by a tyrannical emperor. Knight’s commander Raiden (Clive Owen) receives an honor above all else when Bartok (Morgan Freeman), his childless lord, names him as his heir. But his happiness is destroyed when the emperor’s evil emissary Mott (Aksel Hennie) forces him to behead his surrogate father, and casts him and his men out of their castle divested of all titles and livelihood. But even as the paranoid Mott seeks to erase any trace of the Bartok’s clan and legacy, Raiden secretly conspires an audacious plan to infiltrate Mott’s impenetrable fortes and exact revenge. »
- Gary Collinson
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