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The reverse crime drama continues, as the merciless Beeb spoof returns. Plus: Tilda Swinton dramatises the remarkable life and legacy of writer and archeologist Gertrude Bell
Frustrated by what she sees as a lack of police progress, teacher Laura (Joanne Froggatt) makes a social media attack against the man she has accused of rape, surgeon Andrew (Ioan Gruffudd). But far from empowering Laura as she hopes, this only causes her life to spin further out of control, to the extent the cops think she is becoming her “own worst enemy”. Meanwhile, stressed Andrew makes an error at work. A taut, cleverly constructed drama. Jonathan Wright
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- Jonathan Wright, Mark Gibbings-Jones, Sophie Harris, Ellen E Jones, David Stubbs, Ben Arnold, John Robinson, Paul Howlett
It was a beautiful validation for comic book fans everywhere when the Marvel Cinematic Universe grew so unstoppable that some of the trippiest and hardest-to-adapt characters were finally able to star in their own franchises, with A-list actors to boot. None have been weirder than Doctor Strange. And now, It's hard to imagine anyone other than Benedict Cumberbatch in the role of the Sorcerer Supreme, who Steve Ditko and Stan Lee introduced in the pages of Strange Tales back in the summer of 1963. But things could have turned out a lot different.
As things got cooking for Marvel's Phase 3, there were a slew of big name actors in contention for the magical role of Doctor Stephen Strange. And a few A listers came very close to signing that contract. As Marvel puts it, Benedict Cumberbatch was always the first choice. But we're not so sure about that, as one particular »
Nicole Kidman and cinematographer Edward Lachman have joined the roster of industry figures to be honored with tributes at the 2017 Gotham Awards, Independent Filmmaker Project’s annual ceremony focused on indie film.
Kidman will receive the evening’s actress tribute for a career that launched with Philip Noyce’s 1989 thriller “Dead Calm” and has included films “The Others,” “Moulin Rouge!,” “The Hours” (which won her an Oscar) and “Rabbit Hole.” She’s currently up for an Emmy for her performance in HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and is currently appearing in the new season of “Top of the Lake”; her upcoming bigscreen work includes Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled,” Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” and Neil Burger’s “The Upside” (which recently premiered at the Toronto Film Festival).
Al Gore, Jason Blum to Be Honored at 2017 Gotham Awards
Lachman wins the cinematography tribute for a long list of credits that includes films with »
- Gordon Cox
Skrein dropped out of the film project last month amid claims that the film was whitewashing the character (in the original comic series, Major Ben Aimio is described as a character of mixed Asian heritage).
"Last week it was announced that I would be playing Major Ben Daimio in the upcoming Hellboy reboot," he tweeted at the time. »
TNT's Snowpiercer reboot has enlisted the services of a Tony winner and Grammy nominee.
Based on the 2013 film starring Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton, Snowpiercer is described as a futuristic thriller set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland and the remnants of humanity inhabit a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival are questioned in this riveting television adaptation.
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- Lesley Goldberg
The studio was quick to replace Skrein after the actor exited the film in late August following public backlash, which reignited conversations about whitewashing in Hollywood, over him being cast in a role that was originally an Asian character in the comics.
Skrein’s casting follows similar recent controversies in which white actors have been set for roles originally portrayed by people of Asian descent. Scarlett Johansson’s casting as a Japanese human-cyborg in “Ghost in the Shell” caused an uproar earlier this year, as did Tilda Swinton’s role as the Ancient One in “Doctor Strange” — a character depicted as an Asian male in the comic source material.
- Justin Kroll
It didn’t take very long, but “It’ has already become a record-setting pop-culture phenomenon. The first teaser released in March became the most-watched trailer in 24 hours with 197 million views, but that was just the first record the Stephen King adaptation broke. After opening to $123 million this weekend, “It” now holds the record for the biggest debut for a horror film in history. Warner Brothers is sure to be overjoyed with these numbers, and now they must decide whether or not they want to give one of the biggest movies of 2017 an Oscar push.
Read More:Xavier Dolan Names ‘It’ His Favorite Movie of the Century: ‘This is What Entertainment Should Always Be’
The relationship between the Oscars and the horror genre is not a strong one. “The Silence of the Lambs” remains the only horror movie to win Best Picture, and Warner Brothers must know there’s already a »
- Zack Sharf
Robert Pattinson is one of 10 actors featured as an October cover star in W Magazine‘s “His-And-Hers” issue. The actor filmed W‘s “Screen Test” segment where he spilled details on his first kiss, landing his first major Hollywood role and those “Twilight” movies. Tracee Ellis Ross, Chris Hemsworth, Tilda Swinton, Jared Leto, Pharrell Williams, James […] »
- Aynslee Darmon
Anticipation for the new adaptation of Stephen King’s “It” has been at a fever pitch since its teaser trailer was released this year, but the film was in development as early as 2009. Now that it’s less than a week away from hitting theaters, take a moment to brush up on the film’s long history — and find out everything you need to know before seeing it.
Cary Fukunaga was originally set to follow “Beasts of No Nation” with his take on the classic horror novel, eventually dropping out for the same reason everyone else departs such projects: creative differences. “I was trying to make an unconventional horror film,” Fukunaga told Variety after working on the film for six years. “It didn »
- Michael Nordine
Though it hasn’t been advertised as such, “It” is meant to be the first of two movies exploring the effect that Pennywise the Clown has on a small group of friends in the fictional town of Derry, Maine. The one being released next week takes place when they’re children and, per the Stephen King novel, the next will take place three decades later. The sequel/follow-up hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, but director Andrés Muschietti may have just let slip that it is indeed happening.
Read More:‘It’ Early Reactions Praise Bill Skarsgård’s Performance as Pennywise the Clown, Call the Movie ‘Scary as S–t’
“No, ‘It 2’ è la mia priorità,” the helmer said during an interview with the Italian publication Bad Taste when asked whether his next project will be something called “Robotech.” “Dirigerò ‘Robotech,’ in caso, dopo” — or, in English, “No, ‘It 2’ is my priority. »
- Michael Nordine
Even before Jodie Whittaker was cast as the Thirteenth Doctor, we already had an inkling that Doctor Who would get its first ever female lead this time around. A number of famed actresses were linked with the role, including Fleabag‘s Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Olivia Colman, Tilda Swinton and more. It turns out some of them could well have actually auditioned for the part, too, as Whittaker has now confirmed that she was exclusively up against other women.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, the Broadchurch star revealed that new showrunner Chris Chibnall only ever considered casting a female for the next Doctor. That said, she still remains in the dark about who exactly was up for the job against her.
“I have no idea who, but I know I was up against other actresses. It was very much that [Chibnall] was auditioning people for the first female Doctor.”
Whittaker then touched base again »
- Christian Bone
The classic William Golding novel Lord of the Flies, which has been adapted twice for the big screen, will be adapted yet again, only this time, with a huge twist. Warner Bros. has finalized a deal with filmmakers Scott McGehee and David Siegel (What Maisie Knew) to write and direct a new version of Lord of the Files, which will have an all-female cast. The filmmakers will reportedly be incredibly faithful to the original novel, while, at the same time, gender-swapping all of the character.
Deadline reports that it took some time to get the film rights intact, since the whole situation is rather complicated. The original novel, which was published in 1954, was adapted into the 1963 film Lord of the Files, which starred James Aubrey, Tom Chapin and Hugh Edwards, and was directed by Peter Brook. Then in 1990, Castle Rock released a new adaptation from director Harry Hook, which starred »
Back in 1992, Sally Potter was a pretty big deal. She had just released “Orlando” to universal acclaim, which featured an exquisite performance from Tilda Swinton as the titular nobleman who moved through centuries of British history without aging. It was an ambitious film that put Potter on the map and gave us hope that she might be the next important voice in indie cinema. However, with every ensuing movie she made (“The Tango Lesson,” “The Man Who Cried,” “Yes,” “Rage,” “Ginger & Rosa“) it felt like she had hit her peek too early.
- Jordan Ruimy
The British actor, perhaps best known for his portrayal of villain Ajax in last year's blockbuster Deadpool, was met with praise from fans for his decision. He explained his reasoning in a poignant post to Twitter Monday.
"Last week it was announced that I would be playing Major Ben Daimio in the upcoming Hellboy reboot," he wrote. "I accepted the role unaware that the character in the original comics was of mixed Asian heritage. »
That’s what I said out loud when I read Ed Skrein’s statement about why he was walking away from the Hellboy reboot. If you hadn’t already heard, Skrein had been cast as Ben Daimio in the Hellboy reboot currently in pre-production. Like many characters adapted from comics, the ethnicity had been altered to accommodate an actor. Skrein stated that this was a piece of information he had been unaware of when accepting the role. After cries of ‘whitewashing’ from Social Justice Warriors and comic fans, Skrein looked into the issue and made an educated decision to walk away from the film.
Classy move, Ed Skrein.
The diversity argument in Hollywood has been around a while. It hardly takes a Rhodes Scholar or a MacArthur Grant winner to see that »
- Anghus Houvouras
Ed Skrein Photo: Gage Skidmore
"I accepted the role unaware that the character in the original comics was of mixed Asian heritage," he said. "There has been intense conversation and understandable upset sinmce that announcement, and I must do what I feel is right."
Skrein's decision comes in the wake of controversy over Scarlett Johansson's casting in Ghost In The Shell, which was mitigated somewhat when the original series creators said they were happy with the decision, but which highlighted a tendency for Hollywood to whitewash stories with Asian characters, also seen in recent years with the casting of Tilda Swinton in Doctor Strange and Benedict Cumberbatch in Star Trek Into Darkness.
A study by »
- Jennie Kermode
Last week we reported that Deadpool star Ed Skrein had been cast as Major Ben Daimio in the upcoming Hellboy reboot. The casting was met with some controversy, as the character is of Asian descent in the comics, with many calling out the creative team for whitewashing. Now, in a bit of a surprising move, the actor has left the project following the controversy in order for the role to be "cast appropriately."
Ed Skrein released a full statement regarding his departure from the Hellboy reboot on Twitter. It is made very clear that this was his decision and he is doing it because he feels it is the right thing to do. Here's what he had to say about it.
"Last week it was announced that I would be playing Major Ben Daimio in the upcoming Hellboy reboot. I accepted the role unaware that the character in the »
“It” screened in New York last night, and early reactions to the new adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novel will likely comfort everyone looking forward to the new film. It’s been called “creepy, bloody, super funny” and “scary as shit,” with several fans singling out Bill Skarsgård’s performance as Pennywise the Clown for praise. Here are some of the responses:
Read More:‘It’ Game Allows You to Experience the Terror of Pennywise the Clown in All His 8-Bit Glory
#ITMovie is everything I hoped for & more. Has heart, laughs & Tons of incredible scares. Fell in love w/ The Losers. Didn’t want it to end.
— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) August 26, 2017
I love the #ITMovie. It’s everything I wanted. Scary as shit, Skarsgard nails Pennywise, and the Losers are perfection.
— Haleigh Foutch (@HaleighFoutch) August 26, 2017
#ITMovie: a carnival funhouse of a film; loud, scary, funny. And best of all: it has heart. »
- Michael Nordine
It looks like Julianne Moore is going to have a good autumn. The Oscar winner has three films coming out — “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” “Wonderstruck,” and “Suburbicon” — and now The Hollywood Reporter writes that she will be honored at the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) 2017 film benefit. Moore will be celebrated with a gala dinner and tribute at the November 13 event.
In addition to the dinner and tribute, the MoMA will further recognize Moore with a film series of the actress’ work. Screenings will be held November 2–12.
“Julianne Moore is a fearless champion of risk-taking cinema,” MoMA film curator Rajendra Roy emphasized. “There appears to be no challenge she isn’t willing to tackle when it comes to upending expectations of what a ‘leading lady’ can or should do. She continues to inspire legions of actors around the world, and it is our honor to celebrate her phenomenal contributions to the art of film.”
The MoMA recently announced another women-centric event: “Powerfully Observant,” a retrospective of director Kelly Reichardt’s films. The series will run September 12–25, 2017 at The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters in New York.
Rebecca Miller’s “Maggie’s Plan” and “Freeheld” are among Moore’s recent film credits. The actress won a much-deserved Academy Award in 2015 for her portrayal of a woman with early-onset Alzheimer’s in “Still Alice.” Earlier this year, Moore took home the Giffoni Film Fest’s top prize, the Francois Truffaut Award, and signed on to topline a re-imagining of Sebastian Lelio’s “Gloria.”
“Bel Canto,” which will see Moore as a renowned opera singer taken hostage alongside government officials and diplomats in South America, is currently in post-production. The adaptation of Ann Patchett’s novel is expected to hit theaters sometime in 2018.
Julianne Moore Will Be Celebrated at 2017 MoMA Film Benefit was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
Hollywood just can't escape the whitewash controversy that has plagued many productions over the last couple of years. The latest movie to fall prey to this type of casting is the upcoming Hellboy Reboot. Deadpool star Ed Skrein has been cast as a character who is traditionally Japanese-American in the comics. And fans aren't having it. Nether is the media, who love to perpetuate these controversies.
Once titled Rise of the Blood Queen, the new Hellboy is going to introduce characters that were not in either of Guillermo Del Toro's big screen adaptations. And that includes Ben Daimio. In Mike Mignola's comic, the character's heritage has a heavy influence on his own personal story set against this fantastical backdrop. Casting a British actor in the role has set off a firestorm amongst the Asian American community, who are on high alert after Scarlett Johansson took the lead in »
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