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Tonight the fourth of five episodes of the BBC's miniseries "London Spy" airs, and there's a good chance if you don't live in the UK you had no idea the series even existed. But it does, and it's great and this is its synopsis: London Spy begins as the story of two young men, Danny (Ben Whishaw), gregarious, hedonistic, and romantic, falls in love with the asocial, enigmatic, brilliant Alex (Edward Holcroft). They live very different lives, Danny is from a world of clubbing and youthful excess, and Alex (it turns out) works for the Secret Intelligence Service, but just as they realize they are perfect for each other, Alex disappears. Danny, utterly ill-equipped to take on the world of espionage, decides to fight for the truth. Yes, it's a gay spy drama. But that's a reductive description, even if we admit that's what got us in the door. In the three episodes we've seen, »
- J.D. Borden
The low-budget production scheme has selected 12 projects and exceeded diversity target.
Film London Microwave has announced the shortlist of the 12 projects selected for its annual production and training scheme.
According to Film London, this year’s applications exceeded its diversity target of 50%. Over half of the teams who applied have a writer, director or producer from a black, Asian or minority ethnic (Bame) background.
The shortlisted projects and teams are:
Samurai Sword, Lab Ky Mo »
It might have received a mixed reception from fans and critics, but James Bond’s 24 adventure continues to rake in the cash at the box office, with Spectre pushing its global total beyond $750 million this weekend.
In the States, the film has earned $176.1 million and counting, adding $12.8 million this weekend to overtake both Casino Royale ($167 million) and Quantum of Solace ($168 million) and become the second biggest Bond film in that market after Skyfall – a feat it’s already achieved here in the UK, where it is currently the third highest grossing movie of all time behind Avatar and Skyfall.
See Also: Development on Bond 25 to begin in the Spring
Spectre is the sixth movie to surpass $750 million this year, joining the likes of Inside Out ($851.5 million), Minions ($1.157 billion), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.405 billion), Furious 7 ($1.515 billion) and Jurassic World ($1.669 billion).
- Gary Collinson
As we all know, biopics are catnip for Oscar voters, and tomorrow one of the most baity of the year opens in theaters…Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl. Starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander, the film is sure to be considered by Academy members across the board. Having seen it a while ago, I can vouch for the acting and the look of the movie, though Hooper’s direction is likely to be as divisive as it was previously in Les Miserables, along with The King’s Speech, to a lesser extent. That being said, it could very well wind up being the biggest biopic in contention this year, though that remains to be seen. Still, this is a player worth paying a lot of attention to, especially this week as it gets ready to hit theaters in limited release. Here’s a bit about the film, in case »
- Joey Magidson
Selling over one million units of the DVD and Blu-ray combined, and currently the highest selling DVD of 2015, Studiocanal is pleased to announce that the UK’s most beloved bear, Paddington, is back! Just in time for Christmas, this family favourite is out now as a limited edition 3D sleeve.
Following its box office success, the politest bear from Peru continues to break UK records for Studiocanal following a £37,878,025 million theatrical box office haul. The bear has also enjoyed huge success overseas, with the global box office currently standing at $263 million – with Japan still to release the film in early 2016 – making Paddington the most successful non-Studio family film ever.
Based on the best-selling series by British author Michael Bond, from an original screenplay by filmmaker Paul King (Bunny and the Bull, Mighty Boosh). A Heyday Films and Studiocanal production, PADDINGTONis directed by the twice BAFTA-nominated King, produced by multiple award-winning David Heyman (Gravity, »
- Paul Heath
Last week we got seven clips from director Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea [watch them here], and now Warner Bros. has debuted a new featurette for the film entitled ‘The Myth of Moby Dick’. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. “Heart of the Sea” reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, »
- Amie Cranswick
iGN recently interviewed actor Tom Holland at a press event for his latest film “In the Heart of the Sea”, directed by Ron Howard and starring Chris Hemsworth (“Rush”), Cillian Murphy (“Inception”), Ben Whishaw (“Spectre”), Brendan Gleeson (“Braveheart”), and Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”). Holland has been cast as the new Spider-Man who will make his first live-action appearance in next year’s Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War”; Holland is also set to star in a solo “Spider-Man” film directed by Jon Watts (“Cop Car”).
When asked about his take on the character, Holland said:
“It's very daunting, because obviously the first two guys were so great and they did such fantastic performances, so I've got quite a lot to follow. I think I'll have the help from the rest of the Marvel Universe and what's quite exciting is when you read these comics that he's in, he »
- J.B. Casas
In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. In The Heart Of The Sea reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade.
- Movie Geeks
Manuel here. Has it really been a year since the last time I gave thanks (not coincidentally with another pic of Ms Blanchett)? I feel as though I should be giving thanks in front of some sort of food, so imagine I’ve come with a full dozen donuts from Donut Time.
- For unabashedly queer Christmas flicks featuring fab ladies.
- For having had the chance to see over twenty-four films at the New York Film Festival (and having been in the same room as Kate Winslet!!)
- For Wiig, in all and every incarnation.
- For all the delicious food on Please Like Me, a show you should all be watching!
- For Mad Men’s beautiful and perfect ending.
- Manuel Betancourt
Who said acting is nothing more than reciting lines and collecting a paycheck? Sometimes it’s much more than that, with our latest exhibit being Chris Hemsworth (who usually has a stone-chiseled body to portray Marvel superhero Thor) and his emaciated new look he achieved as a form of method acting throughout the duration of filming In the Heart of the Sea.
This isn’t the first time a high-profile actor has shed weight for a role; Christian Bale is no stranger to these extreme lengths of getting into character, especially for the overlooked and under-appreciated film The Machinist.
It goes without saying that radically changing your diet routine like this cannot be healthy, but one must applaud the dedication of the performers and have nothing but utmost respect for sacrificing their health in the name of art. Now someone get Chris Hemsworth a few McDonald’s Big Macs!
- Robert Kojder
Title: Suffragette Director: Sarah Gavron Starring: Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw, Meryl Streep. BAFTA Award winner Sarah Gavron’s ‘Suffragette’ captures a determining moment in history directing the original screenplay by Emmy Award winner Abi Morgan. The stirring story centres on Maud (played by Carey Mulligan), a working wife and mother whose life is forever changed when she is secretly recruited to join the U.K.’s growing suffragette movement. Galvanised by the outlaw fugitive Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep), Maud becomes an activist for the cause alongside women from all walks of life. The A-list cast performs with grace and grit: Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and [ Read More ]
The post Suffragette Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Earlier this week we saw an extended promo [watch it here] for director Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea, and now Warner Bros. has released seven new clips for the upcoming survival tale; check them out below after the official synopsis…
See Also: Watch the final trailer for In the Heart of the Sea
In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. “Heart of the Sea” reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the »
- Amie Cranswick
Ahead of its Us release this coming week, a new clip and TV spot have arrived online for director Tom Hooper’s upcoming drama The Danish Girl, which stars Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander. Check them out below…
See Also: Watch the trailer for The Danish Girl
Based on the book by David Ebershoff, The Danish Girl is the remarkable love story inspired by the lives of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener (Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander), and directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables). Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.
The Danish Girl will open on November 27th in the States and on January 1st 2016 in the UK, with a cast that also includes Matthias Schoenaerts, Ben Whishaw, Amber Heard, Sebastian Koch, Emerald Fennell and Adrian Schiller.
- Amie Cranswick
Warner Bros. Pictures has released brand new, high-resolution photos from their upcoming film, In The Heart Of The Sea.
In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. In The Heart Of The Sea reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade. »
- Michelle McCue
Nothing like getting the gang back together after a successful entry. That seems to be the case for the Mission: Impossible franchise, and that includes doing something they’ve never done before.
Variety reports Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote and directed this year’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, is in talks to return in both capacities for the sixth entry. If McQuarrie agrees, he would be the first director in the franchise to return for a second entry.
On top of bringing McQuarrie back, Variety adds that stand-out Rebecca Ferguson could also be coming back for the next movie after the studio signed her for an option. Paramount is looking to turn around the next Mi film after Rogue Nation was such a runaway hit.
- Zach Dennis
Warner Bros. Pictures has released a final extended trailer for Ron Howard's epic new action adventure "In the Heart of the Sea," which focuses on the character of young Thomas Nickerson played by Tom Holland. The film is based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling book about the dramatic true journey of the Essex.
“In the Heart of the Sea” stars Chris Hemsworth (“The Avengers,” “Rush”) as the vessel’s veteran first mate Owen Chase; Benjamin Walker (“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”) as its inexperienced Captain, George Pollard; Cillian Murphy (“The Dark Knight Rises”) as second mate Matthew Joy; and Ben Whishaw (“Skyfall”) as novelist Herman Melville, whose inquiries into the event 30 years later helped bring the story to light.
Tom Holland (“The Impossible”) also stars as young seaman Tom Nickerson, and Brendan Gleeson (“Edge ofTomorrow”) as the same man, 30 years later. Spanish actor Jordi Mollá (“Riddick”) is the captain of another ship, »
- Kellvin Chavez
Gk Films’ biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury is starting to pick up some steam this week, as it’s been announced that The Theory Of Everything writer, Anthony McCarten, will be penning the script. Though the project is still untitled, apparently the studio is toying around with the idea of calling it Bohemian Rhapsody, which is obviously a nod to the band’s biggest song.
In terms of casting, Sacha Baron Cohen was attached for a long time, but departed a few years ago. The most recent name to be linked to the part was Ben Whishaw, and apparently, he’s still the first choice. While no deal has been made just yet, with the actor’s profile quickly rising, it’d be easy to see Gk Films snatching him up for their biopic.
Regardless of what happens, it’s clear that the project is picking up some serious »
- Josh Wilding
I honestly did not see The Theory of Everything, but I have to assume Stephen Hawking had a ton of pelvis-thrusting rock numbers that showcased his operatic voice and high-octane sexuality? I don't know who Stephen Hawking is. If so, that explains why Gk Films has hired The Theory of Everything scribe Anthony McCarten to pen a screenplay about the late, great Queen front man, potentially titled Bohemian Rhapsody. While Sacha Baron Cohen pulled out of the film back in 2013 over disputes with surviving Queen members, Deadline reports that Spectre actor Ben Whishaw has been mentioned to play Mercury. If he's not available, might Stephen Hawking be available? Again, I have no idea who he is or what he does. I'm just throwing that out there. »
- Halle Kiefer
A new writer has been found for the long-planned Freddie Mercury biopic. Anthony McCarten (The Theory Of Everything) has been hired by Gk Films to write the biopic of the late, legendary Queen frontman, and Spectre star Ben Whishaw is the hot favourite to play the lead.
The film is now being referred to as Bohemian Rhapsody, named after the famous Queen song. The film has had a host of big names attached to star in it in the past, the most recent being Sacha Baron-Cohen who, I feel, would have absolutely nailed it as Mercury. He departed the project citing ‘creating differences’ a little while back. The rumours were that Cohen was unhappy over the direction that the film was heading, and reportedly wanted to examine a few of the darker elements of the Queen story.
The film already has a draft by award-winning scribe Peter Morgan, »
- Paul Heath
A project we thought had been quietly shelved was the mooted biopic of Queen's legendary frontman, the late Freddie Mercury. At one stage, Dexter Fletcher was close to directing this one we understand, before departing the project.
Turns out the film is still happening.
Ben Whishaw remains the top choice to play Mercury (for a long time it was Sacha Baron Cohen who was set to play him, but he left in the end over creative differences), although he's not signed on the dotted line as of yet. But there is progress, as a fresh writer has been hired.
Anthony McCarten, who bagged an Oscar nomination for his The Theory Of Everything script, has joined the Freddie Mercury film, which is currently going by the name of Bohemian Rhapsody. No director is »
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