Biopics have been a staple in global cinema for decades, but have seemingly become more prevalent over the past few years. In fact, it’s gotten to the point that established actors who haven’t played a real person at some point early in their career are few and far between. And here’s a news flash: based on this sample, most actors seem to really enjoy it. Will Smith has already earned two Oscar nominations for his portraits of real people, first with Muhammad Ali in “Ali,” then as Chris Gardner in “The Pursuit of Happyness.” And he’s back in the race this year as Dr. Bennet Omalu, who battled the NFL to expose a football-related brain trauma in “Concussion.”
Another case in point, Kate Winslet. The Oscar winner has portrayed five historical figures to date and could barely contain her enthusiasm describing the research that went into »
- Gregory Ellwood
X-Men: First Class didn't really take itself too seriously on the whole, and contained a few intentionally silly moments anyway - but the scene described by James McAvoy in the following video interview might have taken things to a new level of corniness altogether! It saw McAvoy's Charles Xavier and Michael Fassbender's Erik Lehnsherr take on an unnamed brute that was apparently too stupid for the Professor's mind-control powers to work on. So, with Magneto also at a disadvantage with no metal in the room, the duo decide to take him on hand-to-hand. Have a watch for yourselves to find out what happens next. This scene has to exist somewhere, and I for one hope we get to see it one day. Both McAvoy and Fassbender will return for X-Men: Apocalypse next May. »
In this year's lead acting Oscar races, two hot matchups are looming on the horizon: Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Revenant") vs. Michael Fassbender ("Steve Jobs") for Best Actor and Jennifer Lawrence ("Joy") vs. Brie Larson ("Room") for Best Actress. Which horses are our Editors betting on to win? (Watch our video slugfest below or click here if you are on a mobile device.) Click here to watch our Editors' Best Picture slugfest -Break- Gold Derby founder Tom O'Neil moderates our new round-table smackdown that includes executive editor Paul Sheehan, managing editor Chris Beachum and senior editors Daniel Montgomery and Marcus James Dixon. For Best Actor, O'Neil notes, "We have four Gold Derby editors here who are predicting Leo DiCaprio to win," despite his film "The Revenant" not being screened yet for critics. While that may sound loony, Sheehan defends his pick by recall »
One of the stand-out sequences of X-men: Days Of Future Past was when Quicksilver (Evan Peters) displayed his powers in a remarkable ultra slow-mo scene which had him saving the lives of Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). As Quicksilver will be a part of the upcoming X-men: Apocalypse, it's only natural that Bryan Singer would want to... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
With an amazing ensemble cast from both X-Men trilogies, some may have been surprised that the most memorable moment from X-Men: Days of Future Past involved one of the few brand new cast members. Fans were introduced to Evan Peters' Quicksilver in last summer's blockbuster, and many are still talking about the super slow motion scene where he hilariously disarms a group of Pentagon guards. Quicksilver will be back in next year's X-Men: Apocalypse, and during an interview with Collider, Evan Peters teased that his speedy character will have an even bigger scene.
"Yeah, Quicksilver does his thing again, in the new film. It's bigger, longer and more detailed. I think it's an amazing sequence that they've put together. Just filming it, I was like, 'Oh, my god!' I think we shot for 22 days of second unit, working on the sequence, which is amazing. It's so cool to »
One of the reasons Evan Peters' Quicksilver was such a scene stealer in "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" is that the character didn't overstay his welcome. Limited in screentime, the role mostly revolved around the key sequence in which his character helped break a young Magneto (Michael Fassbender) out of a holding cell in the basement of the Pentagon.
When Peters was confirmed to return for the upcoming "X-Men: Apocalypse," we knew his role would be expanded for the next film. By how much was the question, and in a new interview with Collider he reveals that his part once again includes a key sequence - albeit one both larger in scale and ambition:
"Yeah, Quicksilver does his thing again, in the new film. It's bigger, longer and more detailed. I think it's an amazing sequence that they've put together. Just filming it, I was like, 'Oh, my god! »
- Garth Franklin
Heyday Television will create content in both the UK and USA, which NBCUniversal will then distribute.
The company, Heyday Television, will produce programming in both the UK and USA, which will then be distributed by NBCUniversal across multiple platforms including network, cable and Svod.
NBC has committed to broadcasting the first two series that come out of the venture on its network.
Michael Edelstein, NBCUniversal international studios president, said: “David Heyman has created some of the most memorable and successful movies of our time. We look forward to helping David bring his passion and creativity to global television audiences for years to come.”
Heyman added: “I look forward to calling on many of the film relationships I’ve developed »
Biggest Jumps In Oscar Predictions This Week Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Revenant") finally recaptured the lead in the Best Actor Oscar race from Michael Fassbender ("Steve Jobs"). This five-time Oscar also-ran started off this awards season far out in front for his performance as a frontiersman bent on revenge in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's revisionist Western. First to overtake him was Eddie Redmayne ("The Danish Girl"), then Johnny Depp ("Black Mass") and finally Fassbender who by early October had a lead among our experts of 11 to 4 over Leo. -Break- DiCaprio has rallied and now has the backing of 11 of the 22 experts at Gold Derby (Oscarwatchers at Yahoo, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, etc.). That's up by one from last week and boosts his odds of winning to 3-to-1 (from 10-to-3). Five weeks ago, Matt Damon didn't even make the top five for his performance in the blockbuste...' »
The 2015 British Independent Film Awards nominations have been announced and "The Lobster,"Macbeth," and "45 Years" led the pack! But where's Eddie Redmayne who is soooo good in "The Danish Girl?" At least his co-star, Alicia Vikander, received a nod for Best Actress.
Winners will be announced on December 6th. Here's the complete list of nominees of The Moët British Independent Film Awards
Best British Independent Film
Asif Kapadia, .Amy.
Alex Garland, .Ex Machina.
Andrew Haigh, .45 Years.
Yorgos Lanthimos, .The Lobster.
Justin Kurzel, .Macbeth.
Tom Courtenay, .45 Years.
Colin Farrell, .The Lobster.
Michael Fassbender, .Macbeth.
Tom Hardy, .Legend.
Tom Hiddleston, .High-Rise.
Marion Cotillard, .Macbeth.
Carey Mulligan, .Suffragette.
Charlotte Rampling, .45 Years.
Saoirse Ronan, .Brooklyn.
Alicia Vikander, .The Danish Girl.
Best Supporting Actor
Luke Evans, .High-Rise.
Brendan Gleeson, .Suffragette.
Domhnall Gleeson, .Brooklyn.
Sean Harris, .Macbeth.
Ben Whishaw, .The Lobster.
Best Supporting Actress
After 23 studio releases, master filmmaker Ridley Scott begins each new project the exact same way. The iconic director, whose fall blockbuster “The Martian” has earned Scott his best reviews in years, still sits down and sketches out every single shot in his movies the old-fashioned way — on paper.
“I start quick on pencil and then I fill in with these gray felt tips with a fine felt tip. I do the whole film,” Scott says. “ ‘Black Hawk Down,’ that was a nightmare, 11 cameras. I’d do each fragment of what I wanted. There were three cameras in each corner. So, I would just put my head down and sketch, ‘This, this, this, this.’”
Scott’s approach appears to be consistent over the years, but many of his peers, such as Todd Haynes and Danny Boyle, have their own perspective on tackling new films. Haynes took on the directing duties of »
- Gregory Ellwood
When the final credits rolled on Ridley Scott’s Prometheus in 2012, the cloying sensation was not of wondrous, terrifying stories still to be told, but of writers having just painted themselves into a corner.
We watched as Noomi Rapace’s wide-eyed space archaeologist Elizabeth Shaw blasted off in a commandeered alien ship, her stated aim being to find the home planet of the Engineers. Her only companion on the journey was a severed head belonging to David (Michael Fassbender), a character she enjoyed a fractious relationship with, to say the least.
The galactic adventures of an archaeologist and her pet severed head doesn’t, at least to our ears, sound like the most exciting premise for a sequel. And even Prometheus’ fan-baiting final shot, »
We posted this late last night on our Twitter feed, but we thought we’d share it with you here on the main site too. We posted early yesterday morning that Ridley Scott had mentioned that the Prometheus 2 project is now called Alien: Covenant. Well, that appears to be true as 20th Century Fox reveal the full title treatment, synopsis and release date.
First the title treatment, followed by the rest.
As you can see, it’s pretty basic, but does throw back to Scott’s 1970’s original, and we love it! Here’s the synopsis.
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in Alien with Alien: Covenant, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the »
- Paul Heath
Earlier this month, we reported that director Bryan Singer is returning to Montreal for reshoots on his upcoming superhero adventure X-Men: Apocalypse, which is slated for release on May 27, 2016. After that sequel hits theaters, many have wondered what 20th Century Fox has planned for the X-Men franchise, since this adventure will close out the current trilogy that includes 2011's X-Men: First Class and last year's X-Men: Days of Future Past. Today we have a new report from Journal de Montreal, which claims that Bryan Singer is coming back to Montreal in 2017 to direct a new X-Men film that will hit theaters in 2018.
No plot details were revealed for X-Men 7, but this report claims that Bryan Singer will open its production offices in November 2016 at Montreal's Mel's Studios, to prep for a shoot that will begin sometime in 2017. Mel Studios' Michel Trudel spent last week in Los Angeles, where he finalized »
If you thought Deadline wag Pete Hammond and I got fiesty while dishing the Oscar race for Best Picture (watch that video), be prepared for a knock-down clash in our newest video on Best Actor. Watch below -- or click this link to view at YouTube if you're on a mobile device. Sure, we haven't seen "The Revenant" yet, so it's tough to size up the realistic hopes of Leonardo DiCaprio to finally catch up with elusive academy gold after five defeats (four for acting, one for producing). But that doesn't stop me from trying -- or Pete from decrying the lunacy of the attempt. Watch Pete Hammond and Tom O'Neil clash over Oscar predictions for Best Picture -Break- Grab a ringside seat as we also come out swinging over the odds on many performances we have seen like Johnny Depp ("Black Mass"), Michael Fassbender ("Steve Jobs"), Eddie Redmayne ("The Danish Girl »
If Journal De Montreal is to be believed, Bryan Singer is set to return to the city of Montreal in early 2017 to shoot the seventh instalment of Fox’s main X-Men series.
Assuming the report is accurate, the film will be Singer’s fifth X-Men outing as director after the 2000 original, 2003’s X2: X-Men United, last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past and next year’s upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse.
Singer has recently revealed that he is set to helm an adaptation of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which he’ll presumably shoot before the next X-Men movie.
X-Men: Apocalypse is set for release on May 19th, 2016 in the UK and May 27th, 2016 in the States. The cast includes X-Men veterans James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Evan Peters »
- Gary Collinson
In fact Fox has released a title treatment which you can see below, has set an October 6th 2017 release date for the film, and offered a new official synopsis:
"Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in Alien with Alien: Covenant, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with Prometheus - and connects directly to Scott's 1979 seminal work of science fiction.
Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world - whose sole inhabitant is the 'synthetic' David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition."
- Garth Franklin
When it comes to Alien news, very few stories have changed as much as Ridley Scott’s has. Somewhere between Prometheus and now, we’ve gotten news that he was going to fully return to the Alien universe in ways that a lot of us hoped he would with the 2012 film. That eventually led to him saying it wouldn’t connect to the universe that he gave us with 1979’s Alien, then it would connect and would not only be called Alien: Paradise Lost but would be the second part in an Alien prequel trilogy. Well, it’s now official, Alien: Paradise Lost has been renamed Alien: Covenant and will hit theaters on October 6th, 2017.
The crew at 20th Century Fox sent us the official synopsis for the film. What do you fright fanatics think? Will this one be what fans hoped for with Prometheus, or should Fox have »
- Jerry Smith
Only hours after I posted my latest set of Golden Globe predictions on Friday, word came down the pike that the two main contenders for the Best Supporting Actress prize wouldn’t be in the running. Yes, both Rooney Mara (for Carol) and Alicia Vikander (for The Danish Girl) have had their candidacies switches from Supporting to Lead. As such, both are now hoping for nominations in Best Actress in a Drama instead. The other change? I have to tinker a bit with my Golden Globe predictions, which I’ve done now. One is more important than the other, but both led to this update, so there’s that… Essentially, this affects not only the Best Supporting Actress race, but potentially both of the Best Actress fields as well (though likely only Best Actress – Drama). With the Supporting Actress lineup, when you remove surefire nominees like Mara and Vikander, it »
- Joey Magidson
As we reported earlier today, Alien: Covenant is the official title of Ridley Scott's Prometheus sequel. 20th Century Fox has revealed the official logo and release date, with the film arriving in October, 2017. They've also shared the first synopsis. And it reveals what could be a startling revelation. Is Noomi Rapace's Elizabeth Shaw dead? And is she not coming back? Here is the official synopsis, which gives away the basic plot.
"Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise. But it actually turns out to be a dark, dangerous world. And the sole inhabitant is the "synthetic" David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition."
This arrived from an official press release that came directly from 20th Century Fox. As you can see, only Michael Fassbender is confirmed to return, »
"...bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship 'Covenant' discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise...
"Alien: Covenant" will be released October 6, 2017.
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- Michael Stevens
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