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Crime doesn't pay. As Ernst Stavro Blofeld or Baron Greenback will attest, you can have all the hidden lairs, ruthless henchmen and tanks full of piranhas in the world, but you'll get your comeuppance in the end. Still, as Jaguar seems to be claiming, at least you can drive a shiny moll-magnet while working your nefarious schemes. As sales pitches go, having Ben Kingsley, Mark Strong and Tom Hiddleston sing the praises of British supervillains and their expensive motors makes a change from the usual mix of soft tops, soft rock and soft porn. But would you buy a flash car from these men? Strong utilised the persuasive power of a red-hot poker in The Long Firm, »
- Martin Horsfield
Oscar 2015 dates (Meryl Streep in ‘Into the Woods’) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC announced yesterday, April 17, 2014, the Oscar 2015 dates. The Academy Awards ceremony will air live on ABC on February 22, 2015 — or about ten days earlier than the Oscar 2014 ceremony. Key Oscar 2015 dates are as follows: Saturday, November 8, 2014 The Governors Awards (where Honorary awards are handed out). Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Official Screen Credits and music submissions due to the Academy. Monday, December 29, 2014 Oscar 2015 nominations voting begins 8 a.m. Pt. Thursday, January 8, 2015 Oscar 2015 nominations voting ends 5 p.m. Pt. Thursday, January 15, 2015 Oscar 2015 nominations announced. Monday, February 2, 2015 Oscar 2015 Nominees Luncheon. Friday, February 6, 2015 Final voting for the Oscar 2015 winners begins 8 a.m. Pt. Saturday, February 7, 2015 Scientific and Technical Awards. Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Final voting for the Oscar 2015 winners ends 5 p.m. Pt. Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015 87th Academy Awards begins 7 p.m. Et/ 4 p.m. Pt. As in previous years, the Oscar »
- Steve Montgomery
Los Angeles, April 16: Actor Mark Strong, who has once again teamed up with director Matthew Vaughn -- this time in "The Secret Service", enjoyed working in the film and says it has "a lot of fantastic set pieces in it".
"It was fantastic. Matthew has made four films now, all of which are terrific. He has a real eye and a fantastic touch. I love working with him. He is now a good friend," femalefirst.co.uk quoted Strong as saying.
"I thought the script was great, mad, funny, irreverent and a thrill a minute: There. »
- Diksha Singh
We already know that Mark Strong plays a good spy - his haunted field agent Jim Prideaux was a standout in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, as was his harassed CIA supervisor in Zero Dark Thirty - and he'll continue the trend with upcoming projects The Imitation Game and The Secret Service.
When Digital Spy caught up with Strong backstage at Sunday's Olivier Awards, he discussed his role as MI6 chief Stewart Menzies in The Imitation Game, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as pioneering World War II codebreaker Alan Turing.
"He was the guy who kind of set up the Secret Service after the war, and he has the overview," Strong explained. "He's the chap that's running everybody, all the spies, what's happening with decoding the Enigma machine. He's the guy with all the cards in his hand."
Watch the video above to see what Strong had to say about reuniting with »
American Horror Story's Taissa Farmiga takes a starring role in the upcoming psychological thriller Anna, hitting VOD and theaters on June 6th from Vertical Entertainment. Farmiga is joined in the film by Mark Strong and Brian Cox and, this morning, we're showing off a handful of exclusive photos which you can find in the gallery here.
- Ryan Turek
A few months ago, an excellent, drolly funny Jaguar Super Bowl advertisement posited that "in Hollywood movies, all the villains are played by Brits." Ben Kingsley, Mark Strong and Tom Hiddleston talked about how their precision, focus, stiff upper lips and, of course, the Jaguars they drove made them ideal for sinister roles. It was a fun ad, and now Jaguar's capitalized on its popularity with a follow-up featuring Hiddleston. Entering listening to a recording of one of Shakespeare's greatest villains, Richard II, Hiddleston expounds on what makes a great villain with maximum eloquence and venomous glee: staying one step ahead, wearing a suit that's "razor-sharp, like your wit," and more. Hiddleston even gets to tackle the "Richard II" monologue the ad opens with. Kudos to a fantastic ad campaign, with bonus points for avoiding the go-to Shakespeare villains (Iago, Richard III). Here's to hoping the next one features Strong or Kingsley reciting "Coriolanus. »
- Max O'Connell
Written by Jane Goldman and Mathew Vaughn
Directed by Matthew Vaughn
As the famous saying goes: ‘And now for something completely different.’
There are some films studios love to make and one of those particular genres is the superhero/comic book movie. Another thing studios love to put into their films is plenty of action, with epic battles pitting valiant heroes against nefarious and deadly villains. A slick, polished look as well as a clever editing to heighten the experience, funny dialogue, memorable supporting characters, all of these are equally staples of what Hollywood enjoys churning out, especially when producing films based on superheroes. Most, if not all of these elements are ready and present in Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass. However, the search for financial support within the studio system proved a bit more challenging than usual, the reason being that Kick-Ass, for all its tantalizing strengths, is »
- Edgar Chaput
Bloody Disgusting reports that the film will now be called simply Anna. On VOD and in theaters on June 6th via Vertical Entertainment, the film stars Mark Strong, “American Horror Story’s” Taissa Farmiga, and Brian Cox.
John (Strong) is a recently widowed man with the ability to enter people's memories. In the past John used his abilities to solve criminal cases, but after a stroke during a session gone wrong that left him incapacitated and financially broken, he is but a shell of his former self.
Desperate for an assignment, John asks his superior, Sebastian, for a new job. The case he receives is that of a troubled girl, Anna (Farmiga), who has begun a hunger strike. While the parameters of the job seem quite simple, »
- Uncle Creepy
Benedict Cumberbatch knows a thing or two about playing bad. (And brilliant. And both.) So it was a no-brainer to have the Jaguar spokesman lend his voice to the luxury car company’s new “Good to Be Bad” ad campaign.
The voiceover spot comes on the heels of Jaguar’s devilishly fun Super Bowl commercial featuring Tom Hiddleston, Ben Kingsley, and Mark Strong as very bad men enjoying the good life (or at least enjoying British-made modes of transportation).
Our only objection here is that we don’t actually get to see the Sherlock star in the new commercial. Well, »
- Amber Ray
Jaguar is giving Benedict Cumberbatch his turn to be bad in a car commercial. The "Sherlock" star narrates a new ad for the luxury car, following the Super Bowl commercial that starred Tom Hiddleston, Ben Kingsley and Mark Strong.
In case you don't remember, the earlier ad featured the three very British actors traveling around town in Jaguars and other intimidating vehicles, waxing poetic about being evil. With their cultured tones, the "It's good to be bad" slogan sounds particularly provocative.
Can Cumberbatch do the same in a solo effort? Of course he can! It helps that his commercial features a bunch of other luxury cars being intimidated by the Cumberbatch Jaguar.
This ad campaign may represent the pinnacle of sexy cars. »
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
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