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With no eliminations this weekend, the judges scores will be carried over onto next week when the first of our celebrity contestants will sashay away.
The X Factor: ITV, 8pm
The controversial Six Chair Challenge continues tonight in the second boot-camp episode of the weekend.
Tensions are running high and there are a few tears as contestants battle it out for a place at the judges' houses.
Tonight we return to Coal Hill School, the place where Doctor Who began some 50 years ago.
When events are set in motion that threaten the school, Clara (Jenna Coleman) is reluctant to welcome the appearance of their new eccentric, Scottish caretaker, especially if it means »
"The Hobbit" actor Dean O'Gorman has signed on to portray legendary actor Kirk Douglas in the upcoming biopic "Trumbo". Helen Mirren, John Goodman, Diane Lane, Michael Stuhlbarg, David James Elliott and Peter Mackenzie also star.
Bryan Cranston plays Dalton Trumbo, one of the highest-paid screenwriters in Hollywood during the 1940s and early 1950s who was blacklisted when he refused to testify in front of the House Un-American Activities Committte.
Kirk Douglas starred in and executive produced "Spartacus" and hired Trumbo to write the script. He also gave Trumbo credit under his own name, that gesture chipping away at the negative stigma placed on the blacklisted writers.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Bryan Cranston is starring as Dalton Trumbo, who was one of the highest-paid screenwriters in town during the 1940s and early 1950s. He became one of the blacklisted writers known as "The Hollywood 10" when he refused to testify in front of the House Un-American Activities Committte (Huac), forcing him to write under pseudonyms for several years.
Kirk Douglas both starred in and executive produced the 1960 epic Spartacus, where he hired Dalton Trumbo to write the script, and gave him credit under his own name. That gesture helped destroy the negative stigma placed on the blacklisted writers. The supporting cast also includes Helen Mirren, John Goodman, Diane Lane, Michael Stuhlbarg, David James Elliott and Peter Mackenzie.
• John Travolta, Kate Bosworth, and Devon Sawa have signed on to star in Life on the Line. David Hackl is directing the action drama, which tells the story of linemen who fix electric grids on high wires. The group finds it difficult to maintain relationships with the women they love until a storm threatens to destroy their lives. Primo Brown, Dylan Scott, and Peter Horton wrote the script. Marvin Peart and Phillip Glasser are producing. Chad Dubea is executive producing. Production begins next week in Vancouver for six weeks. The budget is about $10 to $12 million. [The Wrap]
• Peter Dinklage is attached to star in The Thicket, »
- C. Molly Smith
Trumbo has found its Kirk Douglas. Dean O’Gorman, who plays the dwarf Fili in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit adaptations, will portray the iconic actor in the Dalton Trumbo biopic starring Bryan Cranston. Jay Roach is directing the indie, which sees Cranston portraying the screenwriter who was blacklisted in Hollywood’s golden age for his ties to the Communist party. The movie already has David James Elliot playing Hollywood icon John Wayne, Michael Stuhlbarg as actor Edward G. Robinson. There’s also Diane Lane as Trumbo’s wife and Helen Mirren as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. The cast also includes John Goodman, Peter Mackenzie
- Borys Kit
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb….
With the return of Boardwalk Empire in the last fortnight, it is worth reminding ourselves that it was ultimately cancelled. Ryan Leas writes for The Concourse:
“It’s something of an inglorious exit—a truncated eight-episode run, a rushed time jump from 1924 to 1931 … Boardwalk Empire’s extravagant sets and period details made it expensive to maintain, and there’s no way to argue that HBO was getting the best possible return on that investment … Boardwalk’s de facto cancellation inspired little grief, and little surprise.”
Read the full article here.
Losing The Sopranos in 2007 was graceful and poetic. The final minute alone has been the subject of intense debate regarding the consequence of Tony’s actions. But from The Sopranos spawned two top-notch television series: Boardwalk Empire and Mad Men. The former led by Sopranos-producer Terence Winter and the latter by writer Matthew Weiner. »
- Simon Columb
Edward Zwick is a great filmmaker, but he rarely gives you subtlety. Some have criticized his medium-to-large-budget action films – titles that include Glory, Defiance and Blood Diamond – as too simplistic, which would have stained those efforts more if they were not so compelling and exciting. So, to hear that the director was behind a film about the introspective game of chess and its most famous player, the complex and controversial Bobby Fischer, was nerve-wracking. Would the film skimp on the nuances of the New York chess sensation? Could the Last Samurai director figure out a way to depict the game in an inventive way onscreen?
Well, although Zwick has still not managed to find a way to visually communicate the game of wits and cunning, he has still made a biopic and thriller that should entertain those who do not even know how to play chess. Pawn Sacrifice is a »
- Jordan Adler
Toronto — It’s quite remarkable that up until now there has never been a biopic on the life of Bobby Fischer, arguably the greatest chess player of the 20th Century. Yes, his name was used in the acclaimed 1993 film “Searching for Bobby Fischer,” but that referenced his potential successor. Fisher’s life and his greatest moment, a dramatic match against his Russian counterpart, are finally depicted in the new drama “Pawn Sacrifice,” which screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Fisher’s genius as a chess player first manifested at the age of 12 and by 13 he had become the youngest winner of the U.S. Junior Chess Championships. He enjoyed a spectacular rise as a master chess player and by 1957 he won the first of eight U.S. Championships (a competition he never lost). The world stage, on the other hand, was different. Rising to prominence at the height of the Cold War, »
- Gregory Ellwood
In advance of its world premiere tonight in Toronto, Pawn Sacrifice, Ed Zwick’s movie about erratic chess genius Bobby Fischer and his 1972 matchup with Soviet champion Boris Spassky, was picked up by Bleecker Street for a low seven figures price. Tobey Maguire, who stars as Fischer, worked for a decade to get the story on film, and Steven Knight, who recently wrote and directed the Tom Hardy drive-and-talk drama, Locke, wrote the script.
Fischer was a child prodigy who was also combustable, paranoid, rude, and antagonistic. He raged against Jews and Communists, and accused the Soviet and the international chess cabal, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pawn Sacrifice, 2014.
Directed by Edward Zwick.
American chess phenomenon Bobby Fischer squares off against his Russian rival Boris Spassky in the 1972 “Match of the Century” in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Archival news footage talks about the disappearance of Bobby Fischer who is competing for the World Championship of Chess against his Russian adversary Boris Spassky in Iceland. A torn apart hotel room where everything from telephones and lamps have be disassembled appears with a figure staring out the window which then transitions to a young boy looking at person in car taking a picture of his home; he runs to his mother who plants the seeds of paranoia in him which will grow with age.
The child becomes a Brooklyn teenager who demands complete silence when he is studying resulting in his mother leaving with her boyfriend to California. With every »
- Trevor Hogg
Editor’S Note: This is a capsule review. The full review will be released once the film hits theatres.
It speaks to the conceptual issues facing Cut Bank that, even if it didn’t feature Coen brothers actors Michael Stuhlbarg and Billy Bob Thornton, and the latter hadn’t recently starred in the recent Fargo TV series (which Cut Bank helmer Matt Shakman directed two episodes of), it would still play like a bad imitation of Coen small time crime. Making the jump from TV along with first-time feature writer Roberto Patino, Cut Bank is rife with screenwriting 101 plot points: fake bullets, an implausible get-rich quick scheme, and hokey small town stereotypes are all present and accounted for.
- Sam Woolf
Minor spoilers within, as the seven-year gap between seasons of “Boardwalk Empire” means that some of its historical characters have passed on. The world of 1931 is vastly different from 1924, when the roaring twenties were in full swing and fatcats like Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) were getting rich off of prohibition. Cut to seven years later, and the party’s over. The Great Depression has decimated the country and the landscape has totally changed. Nucky Thompson is now operating in Cuba, laying the groundwork to go legitimate as the end of prohibition approaches. Alongside Sally Wheet (Patricia Arquette), Nucky meets with a U.S. Senator to forge ties with the Cuban company behind Bacardi Rum. Meanwhile, since “Boardwalk Empire” and its creators choose not to toy with history the way Quentin Tarantino did with “Inglorious Basterds,” Arnold Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg) is out of the picture (murdered in 1928 after failing to pay »
- Rodrigo Perez
After watching Liz Garbus’ documentary Bobby Fischer Against the World several years ago and now Edward Zwick’s Pawn Sacrifice, I’m learning towards the conclusion that Bobby Fischer wasn’t an incredibly interesting human being, but we continue to study him because he had a big personality and was arguably the best chess player who ever lived. Many geniuses are labeled as “temperamental”, but sometimes their temperament leans towards some redeeming aspect of their personality. Bobby Fischer, as far as we can tell, did not have any, and even in Zwick’s dramatic retelling of Fischer’s career leading up to his famous 1972 world championship, there’s no shading. The Bobby Fischer of the popular conscious is still a mean guy who was phenomenal at chess, and Zwick has barely anything to add except some mildly interesting supporting characters and plenty of news clip montages. The film functions mostly »
- Matt Goldberg
With the Watergate scandal making headlines, America's involvement in the Vietnam War under scrutiny and the height of the Cold War upon a nation in desperate need of a win the country turns to an unlikely hero, chess player Bobby Fischer. Edward Zwick's Pawn Sacrifice builds to 1972's World Chess Championship between Fischer and defending champion, Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union, but not only is this a film about a great chess player in Fischer as well as the paranoid demons he faced, but of his upbringing, his obsessive nature and, of course, the politics surrounding Fischer's face-off against his Russian opponent. For the most part Pawn Sacrifice plays as a standard, true life sports story, building to the big game at the end and eventually closing with the details of the lead character's future beyond the events portrayed on the big screen. The fact Zwick was able »
- Brad Brevet
The moves are none too surprising but the psychological back-and-forth still compels attention in “Pawn Sacrifice,” director Edward Zwick’s conventionally well-crafted dramatization of the life of Bobby Fischer. Revisiting that astonishing moment when a world reeling from Vietnam and Watergate was held spellbound by an epic, emblematic 1972 chess match between Fischer and Soviet grandmaster Boris Spassky, , though Tobey Maguire’s angry, bristling lead performance does capture the man’s outsized personality in spades. An elegant if unrevealing title and the somewhat rarefied historical material may keep broad audience exposure at bay, but an enterprising distrib could court discerning grown-up interest.
Effectively a fictionalized companion piece to Liz Garbus’ 2011 documentary “Bobby Fischer Against the World,” Steven Knight’s screenplay is structured around an event that, rather remarkably, has never furnished a dramatic feature film before. Amid escalating Cold War tensions, the 1972 World Chess Championship in Reykjavik — dubbed “the Match of »
- Justin Chang
When the new, final season of Boardwalk Empire starts Sunday, the Roaring Twenties will be over. The Depression will will have set in, and the end of Prohibition will be just a couple of years away. That, however, doesn’t mean that the aftermath of the series’ fourth season won’t linger, even as the show settles into 1931.
In its past four seasons, Boardwalk Empire has proved that it is interested in the entirety of the sprawling gangster culture of the 1920s, not just Nucky Thompson’s bootlegging business. By moving the action to 1931, the show will most certainly contend with the changing crime landscape. »
- Esther Zuckerman
Usually, I wait until the end of each "Boardwalk Empire" season to speak with creator Terence Winter about all that happened. In the case of the gangster drama's fifth season, which debuts Sunday at 9 on HBO, a preliminary conversation was necessary. Not only is this going to be the show's final season — earlier than Winter had maybe once intended, but the one he wanted after realizing the direction he had taken the story — but it leaps seven years into the future for Nucky, Chalky, Margaret and the other surviving characters, landing them in 1931. Atlantic City and the rest of the country are still mired in the Great Depression, while Nucky and many of his partners are hearing rumblings that Prohibition may be repealed soon. I've seen the first three episodes of season 5, and though the show is dealing with a shorter order (8 episodes compared to the usual 12), they feel very »
- Alan Sepinwall
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
A24 and Directv have picked up U.S. rights to Matt Shakman's feature directorial debut, thriller "Cut Bank," which premiered at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival and will show before international audiences later this year in Toronto. Shakman's best known for his directorial work on the series "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," although he's also helmed episodes of "House M.D.," "Brothers & Sisters," "Psych" and "Fargo." "Cut Bank," written by Robert Patino ("Sons of Anarchy"), stars "Hunger Games" regular Liam Hemsworth as a high school athlete and auto mechanic who dreams of leaving his small Montana town along with his girlfriend (Teresa Palmer). John Malkovich, Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Dern, Michael Stuhlbarg and Oliver Platt also star. A24 and Directv plan a 2015 theatrical release for the film. This isn't the duo's first partnership--they teamed together on »
- Jacob Combs
A24, in conjunction with director Matt Shakman, the film's producers and in partnership with Directv, announced today that they have acquired all Us rights to Matt Shakman's directorial debut Cut Bank. The film had a successful Us premiere at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival and will next make its International debut at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
Written by Roberto Patino, Cut Bank is an exciting modern-day thriller with an incredible ensemble cast that includes Liam Hemsworth, John Malkovich, Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Dern, Teresa Palmer, Oliver Platt, and Michael Stuhlbarg.
Says Matt Shakman,
"I'm thrilled to team up with A24. Their smart, eclectic taste is inspiring. And their passion and plan for the film felt like the ideal way to bring it to the world. It's been a tremendously exciting journey with the best group of collaborators possible-from a brilliant script by Roberto Patino, to the incredible support »
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