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And so, at the very last, the mighty Hollow Crown had a decent, and decently dull, head to sit on, at least until the next Henry, and then Wolf Hall could get going. But it can have sat on no head more preposterously fascinating, of course, than that of Richard III, via Shakespeare’s depiction of whom the BBC last night drew a solid line beneath its latest triumph.
Here was thrilling and unpatronising Shakespeare acted in blazing fashion for the BBC
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- Euan Ferguson
To say the first trailer for Star Trek Beyond went down like a led balloon would be a Hindenberg-sized understatement. An outcry from Star Trek fans billowed out of a Beastie Boys-laden blast of action which seemed to appeal much more in the direction of director Justin Lin’s Fast & Furious fandom than the Trek faithful themselves, and even writer/co-star Simon Pegg subtly voiced his own displeasure. I’ve written at length about my scepticism for the 50th anniversary big screen Trek outing, and the third for the recast Captain James T. Kirk and his crew, but the second trailer released this weekend has already done a fair bit of good in assuaging the fears of Trek fans worried the bombastic, plotless lessons of Star Trek Into Darkness may have not been learned.
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- Tony Black
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is no longer a strange experiment in the world of filmmaking. It is now a very well oiled machine that has produced 13 blockbuster films that have grossed a combined total of more than $10 billion worldwide. And in a lot of ways as the McU enters phase 3, it is really just getting started. With lots of new characters being introduced over the coming years and lots of corners of the Marvel Universe barely even touched on, if even explored at all, Kevin Feige and Co. have a lot coming our way over the next handful of years. Now that Captain America: Civil War is out to the delight of both critics and fans, it is time to focus on bringing the next brand new hero into the McU, and that hero is Doctor Strange.
Not even two years ago, many people had concerns about Marvel being able »
London — Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Steve Coogan are among 290 actors, directors, writers, musicians and other leading lights of the world of entertainment, the arts and culture calling for the U.K. to remain part of the European Union in an open letter published on British news sites Friday.
Britons vote in a June 23 referendum on whether to withdraw from the E.U., and the letter is the latest effort by those against a “Brexit” to sway public opinion. Polls show the vote too close to call.
Among the other actors signing the letter, derided as “luvvies” by the right-wing Daily Mail, are Helena Bonham Carter, “12 Years a Slave” star Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patrick Stewart and “The Wire” star Dominic West.
The letter states: “From the smallest gallery to the biggest blockbuster, many of us have worked on projects that would never have happened without vital E. »
- Leo Barraclough
Directed by Andrew Steggall.
Beatrice (Stevenson) is in the middle of a separation from her husband and is trying to work out how to live life on her own terms. Together with her son, Elliot (Lawther) they have come to their holiday home in the French countryside where they are getting ready to pack up and sell the house. Whilst on the trip, Elliot meets the handsome French bad boy, Clément (Brossard) and he begins to work through the dawning of his own sexuality and alienation from his mother.
An instant favourite of mine and definitely one of my top 10 of the year, Departure is a masterpiece, visually and textually gorgeous. The script is phenomenal, the kind you can pick apart for hours after seeing the film, so nuanced that, if it hadn’t been a film, »
- Kat Kourbeti
Hot dispatch from the rumor mill - we were contacted by a source close to Doctor Strange with a character name for Mad Mikkelsen's character. I was hoping that it would be “Kaecilius,” because that is what I had been telling all of you for awhile and - Boom - that was the name that we got.
Who knows how on we were with the whole sub-atomic particles and general breakdown of how Doctor Strange plays out in the first and second acts, but knowing that Kaecilius and his followers show up in the film from this report and the trailer, I’m feeling pretty good about the direction Doctor Strange is moving in.
Of course, the new question is how much will this Kaecilius have in common with the comic book version of Kaecilius who is a disciple of Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor’s character). Not a lot about Mordo has been officially revealed, »
While his first movie hasn’t even come out yet, it sure looks like Doctor Strange has his next flick already lined up, and it’s gonna be a big one. In an interview with Collider, The Avengers: Infinity War writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely sure seemed to indicate the character played by Benedict Cumberbatch will join that project. While discussing the scheduling challenges of the Marvel movies, McFeely said, “The scheduling has got to be a nightmare. You can't just say 'Benedict Cumberbatch' - or whoever - 'come to Atlanta for nine months.' You know. It can't work that way." News of the good doctor potentially joining Infinity War comes just days after Markus and McFeely hinted that Rocket Raccoon would also be in the movie. The flick will be directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, the directors of Captain America: Civil War and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. »
- David Eckstein
That’s according to the writer-director-actor himself, who revealed the tonal differences with Disney and Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book in an interview with Vulture. There, Serkis likened Origins‘ target audience to that of Fox’s lucrative Apes franchise, bringing it closer to the tone found in Kipling’s original story.
As such, it seems safe to assume the 2018 release will be aligning itself with a PG-13 rating, and here the performance maestro touched base on how it’ll differ from this year’s The Jungle Book.
“Ours is for a slightly older audience,” Serkis said. “It’s a PG-13, more a kind of ‘Apes’ movie, a slightly darker take, closer to Rudyard Kipling’s. It’s great to scare kids in a safe environment because it’s an important part of development, »
- Michael Briers
The BBC has announced that Toby Jones (The Mist, Captain America: The First Avenger) will star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as the villain in Season 4 of Sherlock. The network didn't release any details on his character, however he will make his debut in the second episode of the three-episode series. Jones says he is "excited and intrigued by the character I shall be... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
In the wake of the success of Disney's "Jungle Book" film, you wouldn't think another adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's tale would be required. Nevertheless, director Andy Serkis is progressing with that and has spoken with Vulture this week about how a much more adult tone distinguishes his mo-cap version from Favreau's more family-friendly take:
"Ours is for a slightly older audience. It's a PG-13, more a kind of 'Apes' movie, a slightly darker take, closer to Rudyard Kipling's. It's great to scare kids in a safe environment because it's an important part of development, and we all loved to be scared as kids, so we shouldn't overly protect them. Kids are so sophisticated, and that is why our 'Jungle Book' is quite dark.
It's a story of an outsider, someone who is trying to accept the laws and customs of a particular way of living and »
- Garth Franklin
Jones, who voiced Dobby the House Elf in the Harry Potter feature films, joins stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes) and Martin Freeman (Dr. John Watson), and Amanda Abbington (Mary Morstan). No word who Jones will play, but co-creator Steven Moffat teases he will be, "...bringing to life one of Doyle’s finest villains."
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Series four begins with the nation’s favourite detective, the mercurial Sherlock Holmes, back once more on British soil, as Doctor Watson and his wife, Mary, prepare for their biggest ever challenge – becoming parents for the first time.
- Thomas Roach
Perhaps lost in the overwhelming success of Disney’s The Jungle Book (and the inevitable announcement of a sequel) is the fact that there’s another Jungle Book movie that’s just been filmed. But director Andy Serkis said people shouldn’t expect to see the same movie as the one that Jon Favreau just made. "It's a PG-13, more a kind of Apes [Planet of the Apes] movie, a slightly darker take, closer to Rudyard Kipling’s,” Serkis told Vulture. "It’s great to scare kids in a safe environment because it’s an important part of development, and we all loved to be scared as kids, so we shouldn’t overly protect them." Jungle Book is Serkis’ directorial debut, but don’t think the motion capture king would pass on being in front of the camera as well. He’ll play Baloo alongside Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Benedict Cumberbatch. Andy Serkis »
- David Eckstein
Now poised to put Holmes and Watson – Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman returning in their respective roles – back on the case, attempting to solve the seemingly unsolvable, no further details were release regarding Jones’ malevolent role (surprise!), though we do understand his character won’t make an appearance until season 4’s second episode.
Welcoming the casting of Jones, series co-creator Stephen Moffat did tease that he was “delighted to have Toby Jones on board, bringing to life one of Doyle’s finest villains;” while fellow showrunner Mark Gatiss added, “we’re thrilled to welcome one of our finest actors to the Sherlock family. I know Toby will embrace the part with true relish.”
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- Michael Briers
“I’m excited and intrigued by the character I shall be playing in ‘Sherlock,’” said Jones in a statement.
Co-creator, writer and exec producer Stevan Moffat said: “Delighted to have Toby Jones on board, bringing to life one of Doyle’s finest villains.”
Co-creator, writer and exec producer Mark Gattis added: “We’re thrilled to welcome one of our finest actors to the ‘Sherlock’ family. I know Toby will embrace the part with true relish.”
Last month it was announced that »
- Diana Lodderhose
Jones will play one of Arthur Conan Doyle’s greatest villains in the second of the new three-part series of the acclaimed drama, which began filming on Monday.
Related: BBC's Sherlock to feature female director for first time in season four
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- John Plunkett
Screen International and the BFI London Film Festival have announced a three-year partnership to jointly unveil the UK and Ireland’s newest and most exciting actors, directors, writers and producers, to the industry at the Festival.
It builds on the success of a partnership struck last year, which saw the Screen International Screen Stars of Tomorrow launch during the 2015 BFI London Film Festival.
This year’s selected actors, directors, writers and producers will be revealed by Screen and the Lff at an event in London’s West End during the first weekend of the festival, which runs October 5-16.
Stars of Tomorrow will celebrate its 13th anniversary this year. It has a significant track record in identifying future stars since its first edition in 2004, which named James McAvoy, Benedict Cumberbatch and Emily Blunt, followed by Oscar »
Part two of the BBC’s Wars of the Roses series was a visual treat led by a brooding Benedict Cumberbatch, but poignancy was among the script’s many casualties
Last week’s opening episode of the Hollow Crown’s Wars of the Roses cycle on the BBC was magnificent. In the second part, which was beautifully filmed by Dominic Cooke, baronial power struggles gave way to the chaos of civil war and we got a seemingly endless cycle of blood-soaked battles, blazing buildings, severed heads and brutal dismemberments. The medical realism was impressive but, ultimately, a bit wearing.
Compression is part of the problem. We lose big chunks of the text, such as the whole of the Jack Cade rebellion from the latter stages of Shakespeare’s middle play, Henry VI, Part 2: that’s important because it shows how mutiny spreads like a cancer through the kingdom.
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- Michael Billington
Word of Freeman’s casting surfaces from Cannes, where Bankside is handling international sales. First hatched by Aussie filmmakers Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke as a seven-minute short, Cargo is rooted in a world ravaged by a zombie apocalypse, with THR noting that Freeman is in line to play “a father who must try save his infant child at all costs. When he becomes infected following a violent attack and with only 48 hours before he transforms into one of the very creatures he’s fought to evade, Andy sets out on a precarious journey to find a new guardian.”
Howling and Ramke are poised to make their feature-length debut with the project, ensuring that the essence of the pair’s short film remains intact as it shoots for the big screen. »
- Michael Briers
Exclusive: The Hobbit star to topline zombie thriller from The Babadook producer; Bankside launches sales.
Bankside is launching international sales on the project in Cannes and has pre-sold UK rights to Icon Film Distribution, which had success at the local box office with The Babadook. Umbrella Entertainment will release in Australia/New Zealand.
The feature is based on Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling’s short of the same name, which clocked more than 10 million views on YouTube. Howling will direct with fellow first-time feature director Ramke, who has also written the script.
Freeman, who stars alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in hit BBC series Sherlock, will play a father who, stranded in rural Australia in the aftermath of a violent pandemic and, infected himself, desperately seeks a new home for his infant child and a means to protect her from »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
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