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London — BBC Films, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary at a party in London today, has revealed its latest slate, which includes new projects from the directors of “The Theory of Everything” and “The Lunchbox,” as well as films by Armando Iannucci and Ricky Gervais.
James Marsh, the director of “The Theory of Everything,” is helming a film recounting the true story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst, and his attempt to win the first single-handed round-the-world yacht race in 1968. Pic is produced by Blueprint Pictures; it is written by Scott Z. Burns and stars Colin Firth.
Ritesh Batra, who helmed “The Lunchbox,” will direct an adaptation of Julian Barnes’ Man Booker Prize-winning novel “The Sense of an Ending.” The adaptation is the debut screenplay of playwright Nick Payne, whose play “Constellations” has recently been on Broadway starring Jake Gyllenhaal. The film tells the story of Tony Webster, whose comfortable world »
- Leo Barraclough
The slate of projects was revealed during an event in London to celebrate the 25th birthday of BBC Films, whose first first theatrical production, Truly Madly Deeply, directed by Anthony Minghella, was released in 1990.
The adaptation is the debut screenplay of award-winning playwright Nick Payne and tells the story of Tony Webster, whose comfortable world is rocked to its foundations by the emergence of an explosive letter from his careless youth.
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Stop trying to make Dredd 2 happen. It’s not going to happen. That's basically the latest word to come from the first film’s screenwriter, Alex Garland. Fans have been vocal about their desire for a sequel, after they saw Karl Urban shoot up the place in Pete Travis’ 2012 film. Like an Iron Man 4 or another solo Hulk movie, we’ll believe it when we see it, but Garland doesn’t believe we’ll see anything for quite some time. In an interview with Collider for his directorial debut, Ex Machina, Garland was pretty blunt in suggesting fans scratch their plans to Kickstart this into ignition. Though he found the film to be "creatively satisfying," and he hoped the same for his colleagues, he referred to the story of Dredd as "that of a failed movie. Both times, »
Director: Pierre Morel; Screenwriter: Don MacPherson, Pete Travis, Sean Penn; Starring: Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Javier Bardem, Mark Rylance, Ray Winstone, Jasmine Trinca; Running time: 115 mins; Certificate: 15
There used to be a time when nothing was more cringe-worthy than a middle-aged action hero. Remember Roger Moore smooching Bond Girls 30 years his junior in the twilight years of his 007 reign? Or Sean Connery trying to recapture the glory days next to Catherine Zeta-Jones in Entrapment? That was then and this is now.
The slightly creaking older leading man is now a sizeable mini-industry in itself, primarily thanks to Liam Neeson's Bryan Mills in the Taken series. Beyond that Denzel Washington had The Equalizer, Kevin Costner had 3 Days to Kills and every action icon you remember from the '80s united for The Expendables.
The latest seasoned star to throw his hat into the still-got-lead-in-the-pencil ring is Sean Penn, teaming with »
The Gunman Open Road Films Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer for Shockya. Grade: B Director: Pierre Morel Screenwriter: Don MacPherson and Pete Travis. Based on The Prone Gunman, a Novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette Cast: Sean Penn, Jasmine Trinca, Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance, Peter Franzén, Idris Elba, Opens: March 20, 2015 Martin Terrier (Sean Penn) leads a double life. By mornings and evenings he is a humanitarian aid worker who “does good” in Congo, and has a great time palling around in the local bar with his co-workers and girlfriend Annie (Jasmine Trinca). By late night he is an “assassin-for-hire”, shooting any target on command without asking questions. [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
The Gunman Open Road Films Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: C+ Director: Pierre Morel Screenwriter: Don MacPherson, Pete Travis, Sean Penn. Novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette Cast: Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance, Jasmine Trinca, Peter Franzén, Javier Bardem Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 3/5/15 Opens: March 20, 2015 If you choose to be a hit-man, you’re are selecting a risky profession. Not only can you be killed by the folks you’re gunning for. You’re even more likely to be done in by the very people who pay you for the simple reason that after the deed in done, who needs the only [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Thomas McCarthy's The Cobbler hits theaters this weekend, though you wouldn't likely know it considering I haven't even received an email about it and that's no big surprise after the savaging it received at the Toronto Film Festival last year. However, something good has come out of its release, which is a sit down with Adam Sandler's co-star in the film, Method Man. Speaking with Rotten Tomatoes (via FilmDrunk), Method Man revealed his top five (six) favorite films and it's not necessarily the list that's so great (though trust me, you aren't likely to guess them), but more his explanations. First, the list: Frailty (dir. Bill Paxton) The Station Agent (dir. Thomas McCarthy) Napoleon Dynamite (dir. Jared Hess) Snow On Tha Bluff (dir. Damon Russell) The Raid / Dredd (dir. Gareth Evans / Pete Travis) Now the best explanation for why he liked any of these movies comes with his explanation for Napoleon Dynamite, »
- Brad Brevet
“The Guns, Man” might have been a more apt title for “The Gunman,” given how much of Pierre Morel’s latest passport-brandishing shoot-‘em-up is dedicated to showcasing Sean Penn’s unexpectedly ripped physique. Sadly, Penn’s veiny, sweat-glazed biceps are the most objectively impressive feature of this rote, humorless thriller, a distinctly unconvincing attempt to refashion the star — who also co-wrote and produced — as a middle-aged action hero in the Liam Neeson mold. Covering similar stylistic territory to Morel’s megahit “Taken,” with notional political context tacked on to fit its leading man’s public persona, this curious blend of exploitation pic and vanity project certainly won’t be inaugurating an equivalent franchise, but may hit its target in ancillary.
- Guy Lodge
Fans of 2012’s Dredd haven’t yet given up on their quest to get a sequel greenlit for the gritty, dystopian actioner, despite the original’s lackluster box office returns. The noise “Dredd-heads” have been making, including an international Day of Dredd, has been significant enough to draw reactions from stars Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby, both of whom urged fans to keep on fighting. Now, executive producer Adi Shankar has taken a break from making bootleg riffs on other properties to provide an update on the situation.
Giving viewers a crash course in movie financing, Shankar explains the road to Dredd 2 would be paved with some huge obstacles. What it really boils down to is convincing distributors around the world to get on board (despite the fact that they lost money on the first movie) by slashing the budget, recruiting a big name director who can fill seats »
- Isaac Feldberg
There have already been a couple of trailers for Sean Penn’s swerve into Liam-Neeson-in-Taken-style action thrillers with The Gunman, courtesy of the franchise’s own Pierre Morel. Here comes the third example ahead of the movie’s arrival in March.Penn plays Jim Terrier, a former special forces-type still haunted by the things he did when he was on active duty. And one particular mission is itching at his conscience, a job that was supposed to help people, but ended up more in tragedy than triumph.So when he decides to find out what really happened, he becomes the target of his former fellow shooters and bosses, with the likes of Mark Rylance, Idris Elba and Javier Bardem clouding the picture with different degrees of sinisterness. Ray Winstone, his old mucker, and his girlfriend Jasmine Trinca are probably going to regret getting involved.With a script by »
Sean Penn: Honorary César goes Hollywood – again (photo: Sean Penn in '21 Grams') Sean Penn, 54, will receive the 2015 Honorary César (César d'Honneur), the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts has announced. That means the French Academy's powers-that-be are once again trying to make the Prix César ceremony relevant to the American media. Their tactic is to hand out the career award to a widely known and relatively young – i.e., media friendly – Hollywood celebrity. (Scroll down for more such examples.) In the words of the French Academy, Honorary César 2015 recipient Sean Penn is a "living legend" and "a stand-alone icon in American cinema." It has also hailed the two-time Best Actor Oscar winner as a "mythical actor, a politically active personality and an exceptional director." Penn will be honored at the César Awards ceremony on Feb. 20, 2015. Sean Penn movies Sean Penn movies range from the teen comedy »
- Steve Montgomery
After giving new life to the zombie and space opera genres with the Danny Boyle-directed duo of “28 Days Later” and “Sunshine” and devastatingly adapting Kazuo Ishiguro’s “Never Let Me Go” for Mark Romanek, it seemed inevitable that screenwriter Alex Garland would eventually find his way into the director’s chair (especially after those rumors that he took over from credited helmer Pete Travis in the editing room of “Dredd,” which he also wrote). What was less inevitable is that Garland’s directorial debut “Ex Machina” would be any good: if the film fell flat, he’d be far from the first scribe to unsuccessfully attempt directing. As such, it’s extremely pleasurable to report that the picture is a triumph: it's arguably Garland’s tightest and most fascinating screenplay to date, brought to life with meticulous filmmaking and sensational performances. It's the first great film of 2015. Like his earlier work, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
They didn’t make our final Top 100 cut, but here is a list of foreign film titles that are on our radar for 2015. We being with…
198. Kills on Wheels – Dir. Attila Till
197. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend – Dir. Yuen Woo-ping
193. Flaskepost – Dir. Nikolaj Arcel
192. The Lady in the Van – Dir. Nicolas Hytner
191. Zoom – Dir. Pedro Morelli
190. Away from the Sea – Dir. Imanol Uribe
188. Ulrike’s Brain – Dir. Bruce La Bruce
187. Tsunami – Dir. Jacques Deschamps
186. And Your Sister? – Dir. Marion Vernoux
185. There Was Las Vegas – Dir. Alexandre Castas
183. Stepne – Dir. Maryna Vroda
182. Irreplaceable – Dir. Olivier Masset-Depasse
181. Histoire de Judas Iscariot – Dir. Rabah Ameur-Zaimeche
180. The First, the Last – Dir. Bouli Lanners
179. Selection Officielle – Dir. Jacques Richard
178. Desierto – Dir. »
- Nicholas Bell
13 items from 2015
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