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There’s something to be said about embracing your bad boy image, and doing it in style while you’re at it. Tom Hiddleston, Ben Kingsley, and Mark Strong, British actors who have found fame in Hollywood doing exactly just that, are the stars of car maker Jaguar’s new line of commercials where they promote the idea it’s good to be bad. And I’m sure driving around in a sleek Jaguar while you’re trying to rule the world doesn’t hurt, either. Check out the latest commercial for the campaign, which made its debut during Super Bowl Sunday earlier this year. That game wasn’t quite as good as the commercials, but the way the Seahawks utterly destroyed the Broncos did seem kind of, well, villainous, don’t you think? »
In Doha, there was once a buzzing festival and schemes to nurture local talent, but now much of the the money in the Qatari film business goes to projects elsewhere – such as the $55m co-production Black Gold
A video appearing to show Omar Sharif slapping a woman was not supposed to be the biggest story to come out of the 2011 Doha Tribeca film festival. The focus should have been on Black Gold, a $55m Qatari co-production – and arguably the most ambitious film shot in the Middle East since Lawrence of Arabia – which had had its world premiere just days earlier. To the irritation of the organisers, however, it was the right arm of the 1962 epic's octogenarian breakout star, incensed by a persistent fan, which stole the headlines.
Landing less than a year after this diminutive, gas-rich Gulf state contentiously won the right to host the 2022 World Cup, »
Whishaw, who played Q in the latest James Bond film Skyfall, will co-star with Billie Piper in Foxtrot, the first TV drama by acclaimed playwright Polly Stenham, about an ill-fated heist by an all-girl gang.
Perry will appear in The Dog Thrower, a near silent 30-minute comedy written and directed by Jon Ronson with a soundtrack by Belle and Sebastian. Delevingne will make her TV acting debut alongside Sylvia Syms in Timeless, written by Tim Firth, about a young woman whose fiance is serving in Afghanistan.
Other stars appearing in the latest Playhouse season include Jo Brand, who will star in Damned, »
- John Plunkett
Cara Delevingne will make her TV acting debut in a one-off Sky Arts drama called Timeless.
The model will have a lead role in the Playhouse Presents production, which tells the story of two women separated from their partners by war.
The description of the drama is as follows:
"Alice and Chloe may be generations apart but both share the pain of having been separated from their partners by war. Chloe's soldier fiancé is serving a term of duty in Afghanistan when an army official arrives at Alice's door.
The new series of Playhouse Presents, Sky's comedy and drama strand, returns in May on Sky Arts.
Other talent signed up »
Sky Arts HD is getting ready for its annual Playhouse Presents series which returns to the channel this May. The showcase is devoted to one-off comedies and dramas with talent lined up this year to include Matthew Perry, Billie Piper, Ben Wishaw, Mark Strong, Jo Brand, Simon Callow, Cara Delevingne, Lindsay Duncan, Kevin Eldon, Jane Horrocks, Daniel Mays, Sylvia Syms, Ashley Walters, Jason Watkins and Richard Wilson. Previous editions have had such names as Jon Hamm, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Thompson, Idris Elba and David Tennant. This year also involves the writing talents of Oscar-winner Peter Straughan, among others. Perry, who’s prepping his Odd Couple pilot at CBS, will make his UK TV comedy debut with The Dog Thrower, the story of a man who finds fame, then infamy, when he starts throwing his dog. It’s produced by Runaway Fridge. Among the other offerings, Piper and Whishaw will star in Foxtrot from Sprout Pictures, »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
And now another edition of "Where My Girls At?" which occurs whenever Nathaniel is longing for actresses who have temporarily gone missing. I'm focusing this one on the beauties we won't even be seeing at the Oscars this year.
Did you see this photo Jessica Chastain posted to her Facebook account?
Somehow I hadn't clocked this new project but it's an 1980s NY set thriller (so that explains the look) about an immigrant (one presumes that's Isaac, who seems to symbolize any "foreign" element these days to Hollywood) trying to capitalize on business opportunities but beware of Violence! Decay! Corruption! I miss Jes, don't you? I know that's insane since I saw her live »
- NATHANIEL R
Even the best football movies struggle to capture the sport's drama on film. The worst (and there are many) are truly abysmal
Why has cinema found football to be such a tricky customer? Football scenes in film and television are traditionally very awkward affairs, with the "defenders" tip-toeing nervously around the "attackers" as they advance, the goal finally coming via the sort of impractical flying volley you just never see on a real pitch. It's clearly very difficult to let someone score a script-dictated goal while pretending to try to stop them but, at the same time, trying not to look like you're pretending to try to stop them. Perhaps they teach it at Rada, who knows?
Furthermore, filmmakers have the challenge of adding a fictional big-screen gloss to what is already an overwhelmingly camera-friendly and consistently dramatic spectacle in its own right. Real-life football already has its own "script »
- Adam Hurrey
Earlier this month, The Weinstein Company reportedly paid $7 million (£4.3m) for the historical film, which is the first English language movie from director Morten Tyldum.
Speaking about his decision to acquire the rights to the film after seeing only 20 minutes of footage, Weinstein told Deadline: "It was easier in that we all knew the script and could see the level of performance Morten Tyldum got in his first English language film."
He praised Cumberbatch - who plays Alan Turing in the biopic - for finding the right balance of Turing's "vulnerability", "genius" and "arrogance".
"Alan Turing is not outwardly very sympathetic. He's brilliant, but the way that Benedict Cumberbatch played him showed us these guys found the right level of vulnerability, genius and the arrogance of the character, too.
"We felt »
Director: Morten Tyldum
Writer: Graham Moore
U.S. Distributor: The Weinstein Co.
This is Norwegian director Morten Tyldum’s highly anticipated follow-up to his international breakout success, 2011’s Headhunters. We’re happy to see him back with another dose of twisty suspense. If the film sounds familiar it’s because there was a 2001 film called Enigma, directed by Michael Apted that was, very loosely, based on the same mathematician. We’re certain Tyldum’s will usurp a superior status, especially considering the numbingly busy Benedict Cumberbatch is headlining.
Gist: English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing, helps crack the Enigma code during World War II.
Release Date: The Weinstein Co. were so confident about the title that they just grabbed it for a cool 7 million. Expect a nice, fat premiere slot at »
- Nicholas Bell
Bozo The Clown
Wagner Moura ("Elysium") is set to play one of the Brazilian versions of beloved children's TV personality Bozo the Clown in a new film about the character to be directed by "Elite Squad" editor Daniel Rezende.
Moura will most likely play actor Arlindo Barreto, the most famous Brazilian Bozo, who became a cocaine addict and ultimately a pentecostal preacher. [Source: Omelete]
Secrets and Lies
Juliette Lewis has scored the starring role in ABC's U.S. adaptation of the Australian drama mini-series "Secrets and Lies". Lewis plays Andrea Cornell, the formidable detective conducting the investigation.
Ryan Phillippe stars a loving father who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of the 4-year-old son of his neighbor when he finds the body whilst out for a jog. [Source: The Live Feed]
The Best of Me
- Garth Franklin
• Eva Longoria has signed on to star in the Blumhouse horror pic Visions, alongside Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers), Gillian Jacobs (Community), and Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels). Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) is also in talks to join the movie about a pregnant woman (Fisher) who’s haunted by visions of a “sinister hooded figure.” Kevin Greutert (Saw VI) is set to direct. Longoria, who plays Fisher’s character’s best friend in the film, recently wrapped the drama Frontera with Michael Pena and Ed Harris and is currently filming Demian Bichir’s Refugio. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
Sanaa Lathan will star opposite Mark Strong in an indie sci-fi movie titled Ad Inexplorata, to be written and directed by Mark Elijah Rosenberg, and produced by Beasts of the Southern Wild producers Josh Penn and Matt Parker. In the film, Strong will play a Nasa pilot who's on a one-way mission to Mars, while Lathan will play the Captain of one of four ships making the same trip. The project, which was developed at the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, is Strong's feature directorial debut. The filmmaker, who also happens to be founder of Rooftop Films, won the 2014 Sundance Institute/Nhk Award - an honor that supports filmmakers considered visionary, on their next »
- Natasha Greeves
This week I caught three movies in theaters, two I've already reviewed -- The Lego Movie and The Monuments Men -- and the other is Winter's Tale, which I don't think I'm able to review just yet, but I will say I was expecting something terrible and that's not what I got... I'll say more next week when it hits theaters. At home I watched Francois Truffaut's Jules and Jim on Criterion Blu-ray, which I reviewed and only two people, sadly commented... Hopefully more people come to the table with thoughts and opinions when I review Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent this coming week. I watched the new Criterion Blu-ray this week as well. Also, I finally saw Paul Thomas Anderson's Hard Eight, which played Sundance and Cannes in '96 before being released in the States in '97, the same year Anderson's Boogie Nights was released. In fact, »
- Brad Brevet
Directed by Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game centres on Alan Turing (Cumberbatch), who was one of the key figures involved in solving the Enigma Code which led to the Allies' defeat of the Nazis in World War II.
Turing went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war.
However, he was prosecuted and convicted by the UK government in 1952 when homosexual acts were still deemed illegal in the country.
The Weinstein Company beat five other competitors to acquire The Imitation Game after a 15-minute compilation of scenes was shown.
One of the likeliest awards contenders of 2014 now has a home.
In what's expected to be the highest price paid ever for U.S. rights on a movie at the European Film Market, The Weinstein Company has locked a $7 million deal for Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game".
Likely to be shaped as a potential major awards contender, Graham Moore penned the much-heralded screenplay about Alan Turing, a mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, computer scientist, criminally prosecuted and chemically castrated homosexual, and tortured soul who committed suicide by eating a cyanide-laced apple.
Turing was highly influential in the founding of computer science and artificial intelligence, along with devising techniques for breaking German ciphers during the Second World War.
Benedict Cumberbatch plays Turing while Keira Knightley, Mark Strong and Matthew Goode also star. Weinstein won against several bidders who made the deal after being shown a 20 minute compilation of scenes from the film. »
- Garth Franklin
Morten Tyldum (“Headhunters”) directed the project, based on the life story of crypotgrapher and mathematician Turing, who cracked the German “Enigma Code” during WWII and was later prosecuted by the British government in the early 1950s for being a homosexual.
CAA brokered the deal at Berlin, presenting a promo reel of scenes.
Warner Bros. originally developed the project after Graham Moore’s script landed at the top of the 2011 Black List. “The Imitation Game” is based on the biography “Alan Turing: The Enigma” by Andrew Hodges.
In September at the Toronto Film Festival, TWC also paid $7 million for U.S. rights to John Carney »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: In what I am told will go down as the highest price paid ever for U.S. rights on a movie at the European Film Market, The Weinstein Company has locked a deal to pay $7 million for The Imitation Game, the Graham Moore Black List script that Morten Tyldum directed with Benedict Cumberbatch playing Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. Keira Knightley also stars in a film that will be shaped as a major release for the next awards season. CAA brokered this deal based on a promo reel that had five bidders going after it hard before TWC just took it off the table, with the feeling that it has one of its major Oscar hopefuls for the next race. TWC currently has Philomena in the Best »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Deadline is reporting that, in a pre-emptive strike, Vertical Entertainment picked up North American rights to the Jaume Collet-Serra produced flick Mindscape from Ombra Films and StudioCanal on the eve of Efm, which kicked off today. Stay tuned for specific release information soon.
Mindscape, from the creative mind behind Orphan and Unknown, Jaume Collet-Serra, is directed by Jorge Dorado and stars Mark Strong ("Low Winter Sun"), Taissa Farmiga ("American Horror Story"), and Brian Cox (Trick 'r Treat).
Mindscape is a hypnotic psychological thriller about a man with an extraordinary ability to enter people's minds and manipulate their memory. When he takes on the case of a brilliant troubled teenager, he winds up in a dangerous game of seduction and betrayal that spirals out of control.
John (Strong) is a recently widowed man with »
- Uncle Creepy
The surprise announcement of 30-year-old Jesse Eisenberg being cast as Lex Luthor in the upcoming "Batman vs. Superman" at Warner Bros. Pictures has still left quite a few people rattled. Today, further details about the casting have emerged via THR.
Instead, they stuck with a 'next generation' mandate which meant a younger actor. Rumored names who were offered the role but passed include Joaquin Phoenix and "Girls" star Adam Driver, the latter due to scheduling conflicts. It's presently unknown if Eisenberg will shave his head for the role.
- Garth Franklin
Last week, Warner Bros. made the surprising announcement that 30-year-old Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as Lex Luthor in the highly-anticipated superhero sequel Batman Vs. Superman. Naturally, fanboys across the world reacted negatively to the casting, claiming that The Social Network star was simply not right for the role.
Today, new details have emerged about the logic behind the studio's casting, plus information about who else was up for the role, while Matt Damon reveals he has also been one of the lucky few to have seen Ben Affleck in his Batman costume.
Girls star Adam Driver was offered the Lex Luthor role, although he ultimately passed due to scheduling conflicts. Joaquin Phoenix, who was rumored for the role in December, also passed. Oddly enough, Adam Driver was rumored to play Batman's sidekick Nightwing back in November, although he denied any involvement a few weeks later.
When Warner Bros. first »
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