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Even before the credits had rolled on his second Doctor Who episode, Flatline, people were asking if writer Jamie Mathieson would be back for series 9 of the show. But Mathieson's path to Doctor Who goes right the way back to his original pitch in 2004, via a feature film screenplay (Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel, his writing on Being Human and a further, unsuccessful Who pitch.
A Doctor Who pitch meeting is fairly banal really. »
For some, movies are occasionally too violent, vulgar or plain boring to sit through. Ryan recalls some memorable cinema walk-outs...
For better or worse, there’s nothing quite like watching a movie in the cinema. There’s the sense that you’re all sharing a new experience. The feeling of expectancy when a movie the whole audience has been looking forward to seeing unfolds on the screen. The enjoyment of laughing in unison at a golden comic moment.
On the flip side, there’s the uniquely unpleasant sensation of a person behind you kicking the back of your seat. Or the horrendous human being who can’t resist checking his phone for the duration of a movie, meaning you end up having to ignore an eerie blue glow emanating from the corner of your eye for about 120 minutes.
Memories like these, whether good or bad, are all part of the cinema-going experience, »
Exclusive: French actress and model Stacy Martin has signed with Wme following her breakthrough turn in Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac: Vol. I and II opposite Shia Labeouf. The daring and baring performance saw Martin playing the younger version of Charlotte Gainsbourg’s “Joe,” the titular woman with an unquenchable libido, from ages 15-31 and nabbed her a nomination for Denmark’s Bodil Award for Best Actress. A newcomer to acting, Martin’s additional credits include Heidi Greensmith’s upcoming Winter, Matteo Garrone’s The Tale Of Tales, and Ben Wheatley’s High Rise. She’s also the face of fashion labels Rag & Bone and Miu Miu. Martin also is repped by 42 in the UK.
- Jen Yamato
After having worked in a supporting player capacity in Melancholia, Brady Corbet has turned to Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac for some creative persuasion in terms of casting some supporting players of his own. While there was a mention of this as of last week via the blogsphere, Screen Daily are the first to confirm the news that Stacy Martin will indeed star in The Childhood of a Leader — she will a French teacher to the film’s child protagonist which has yet to be revealed. The trade also reports that production has been pushed into the new year (January), but the biggest piece of news is that the legendary Scott Walker is composing an original soundtrack for the film.
- Eric Lavallee
The fresh-faced Stacy Martin bent over backwards (among other positions) to humanize "Young Joe," a companion to Charlotte Gainsbourg's character, in Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac." While this year's only two-part sex parable isn't earning much love in the way of awards buzz, the model-turned-actress made enough of an impression to catch filmmakers' eyes. Her latest projection pairs her with a leading man that will inevitably catapult her to the mainstream. That's the magic of Robert Pattinson. Screen Daily reports that Martin has joined the cast of "The Childhood of a Leader," the directorial debut of "Simon Killer" and "Clouds of Sils Maria" actor Brady Corbet. She'll costar alongside the previously cast Pattinson, Tim Roth and Berenice Bejo in the drama that's set to shoot this Janaury in Budapest. According to the announcement, "The Childhood of a Leader" is “a chilling fable about the rise of fascism in the 20th Century. »
- Matt Patches
The $5m feature is a collaboration between Swedish producer Helena Danielsson, Chris Coen from Unanimous Entertainment (UK) and Antoine de Clermont Tonnerre from Mact Productions (France). Co-producer is Ildiko Kemeny of Pioneer Pictures Hungary.
- email@example.com (Geoffrey Macnab)
Clint Mansell is a long ways away from his days as frontman of alt. rock band Pop Will Eat Itself. Since his first stab at it on Darren Aronofsky's "Pi," he has forged a singular career as a film composer, working on productions as varied as "Knockaround Guys," "Sahara," Moon" and "Stoker." But it seems whenever he comes back to the table with Aronofsky, that's when something magical happens. Mansell has worked with Aronofsky on each of the director's features — "Pi," "Requiem for a Dream," "The Fountain," "The Wrestler," "Black Swan" and now "Noah" — and you can tell talking to Mansell that the creative rapport they've managed to sustain is rare. Mansell is pretty straight-forward about what he wants out of this gig, and Aronofsky has always come across the same way. So it certainly makes sense that they would keep coming back to the well. We talked for »
- Kristopher Tapley
Opening this weekend is Dracula Untold. Directed by Gary Shore, the film stars Luke Evans as Vlad, a character based on Vlad the Impaler. When the Turkish ruler Mehmet (Dominic Cooper) threatens to take 1,000 boys from Transylvania including Vlad’s son, Vlad makes a desperate play to save them by becoming a vampire. The film also stars Sarah Gadon, Charles Dance, Art Parkinson, and Noah Huntley. For more on the film, watch a clip or read 50 things to know about Dracula Untold from our set visit. The other day in New York City I spoke with Luke Evans about the film. He talked about why Dracula has remained popular for generations, how the film is focused on Dracula's family and if that's one of the things that drew him to the project, the challenging shoot, using social media, Ben Wheatley's High Rise, and more. Hit the jump to watch. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The ABC’S Of Death 2
2012’s ABC’S Of Death was an interesting venture. Taking 26 directors and assigning each of them a different letter of the alphabet and letting them have at it might have seemed like a good idea (and to some it was), but it ended up falling somewhere closer to a misfire than a hit. Sure, there were great entries like Marcel Sarmiento’s “D is for Dogfight” and “U is for Unearthed” directed by Kill List director Ben Wheatley, but for every one of those, there were segments like “F is for Fart“. The premise of the anthology was an interesting one, but it just didn’t amount of a very even film. When it was announced that The ABC’S Of Death 2 would be soon coming, the exact word that came from a good amount of peoples’ mouths was “Oh.” With a new roster of filmmakers including E.L. Katz, »
- Jerry Smith
This site is gonna be changing soon, getting a whole new look. It’s a big deal, as it hasn’t done so since I first started reading it two years ago, probably more than that though. But Comic Execution won’t change. I like this format too much. While I’d certainly like to expand my coverage of comics at Destroy The Brain, I think we’re lacking in general coverage as is, so until we have a bit more in the way of contributors, don’t expect much else besides the column and the occasional interview. I’d love to offer things like previews or contests but it’s proving difficult to get publishers to play ball. I really wanted to do a feature on the Alien/Prometheus/Predator crossover but Dark Horse never responded so instead I’m just doing basic reviews. Which is kind of nice »
- Chris Melkus
You would think that after The ABC’s Of Death gathered so many of the most talented horror directors working in the business, that the well might be a little dry to go back for a second time around. ABC’s 2 proves that there are many talented voices working in the genre. The second entry may not have as many flashy names as the first did (Ben Wheatley, Ti West, Jason Eisener, and Adam Wingard), but it brings together a number of gifted directors that have started to break through in recent years and some that definitely should be well-known names.
What’s so great about ABC’s 2 is that there are so many highlights. Things kick off with a bang with the letter “A.” Quite literally actually. “A is for Amateur” is an entertaining blend of pipe-dream fantasy and reality that delivers a comedic blow to the head. Kristina Buozyte »
- Michael Haffner
The Duke of Burgundy, 2014.
Directed by Peter Strickland.
A relationship based on sadomasochism slowly begins to unravel.
The Duke of Burgundy…more like 50 Shades of Burgundy – amirite? Up top! Anyone?
That’s ok. This is a highbrow picture. One with credits for ‘Lingere’ and ‘Perfume’ and recurring, heavy-handed butterfly motifs. Crude comparisons to the last sadomasochistic breakthrough to the mainstream is probably a little reductive. At least it wasn’t an Anchorman joke.
You could have thought up a gazillion in that opening half hour, though. What a drag. I like a lesbian sadomasochistic relationships as much as the next guy, but straight-up, one-dimensional erotica, or lazily established relationships, or arty sex for arty sex’s sake (looking at you, Blue is the Warmest Colour) quickly grows tiresome. That’s when the 50 Shades joke first popped up, to cope with immense boredom. »
- Oliver Davis
Though 'Mad Men' comes to an end in April 2015, it's only the beginning for Elisabeth Moss. After successfully transitioning from child actress to respected thespian with her work on "West Wing," her layered, assertive performance as Peggy Olson has turned her into an in-demand, dramatic commodity. Deadline reports that Moss will costar alongside Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett in "Truth," a docudrama chronicling the botched "60 Minutes II" investigation of the "Killian documents." James Vanderbilt ("Zodiac," "White House Down") will write and direct the film, based on Mary Mapes’ 2005 memoir "Truth And Duty: The Press, The President, And The Privilege Of Power" After running four documents purporting George W. Bush's preferential treatment in the National Guard to help the sitting president avoid the Vietnam War draft, CBS, the "60 Minutes" staff, and reporter Dan Rather were left disgraced after the papers turned out to be fakes. Blowing up only »
- Matt Patches
Exclusive: Elisabeth Moss is set to join Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett in Truth, the film about the scandal that erupted after Dan Rather reported on 60 Minutes II that George W. Bush had gotten preferential treatment that put him in the Texas Air National Guard to avoid the Vietnam War draft. The ensuing scandal during Bush’s re-election campaign left Rather’s reputation in tatters and his key producer Mary Mapes fired.
James Vanderbilt, the A-list screenwriter behind the first two installments of The Amazing Spider-Man, is making his directorial debut on the pic, which is based on Mapes’ 2005 memoir Truth And Duty: The Press, The President, And The Privilege Of Power. Redford is aboard to play Rather and Blanchett will play Mapes. Moss will play CBS veteran Lucy Scott, now a journalism professor in Dallas, who is brought on board by Mapes as her new associate producer to “run point” on the story controversy. »
- The Deadline Team
One of the big upcoming projects on the slate of Legendary is its King Kong origin story, Skull Island. Announced at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year, the film is heading to cinemas in November 2016, with Max Borenstein penning the original screenplay for the film.
Now we learn of a couple of key new personnel additions. In front of the camera, Skull Island has lured in Tom Hiddleston to play the lead (having just finished work on Ben Wheatley's adaptation of J G Ballard's High-Rise). It's busy times for Hiddleston, as he's also set to play Hank Williams in the biopic I Saw The Light.
Marvel fans who can’t get enough of the demigod Loki may be drawn to the massive monster franchise Legendary is cooking up, as it’s just been announced that Tom Hiddleston will play the lead role in the upcoming King Kong origins movie, Skull Island. A new director has also been attached to the film that will explore the seemingly prehistoric island teeming with colossal creatures.
Legendary announced today that Jordan Vogt-Roberts will direct Skull Island off a screenplay by Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein. Skull Island was revealed at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con during a surprising teaser video that concluded with an amped-up King Kong. In late July we reported that Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) had been offered the director’s chair for the project, but now it is Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) who will helm the large-scale adventure.
- Derek Anderson
The British star and Comic-Con deity has signed on to Legendary Entertainment’s 2016 release with Jordan Vogt-Roberts on board to direct.
Legendary chief Thomas Tull announced the project and showed teaser footage at Comic-Con in July.
Vogt-Roberts directed and served as executive producer on the Sundance 2013 entry The Kings Of Summer.
Hiddleston famously stars as Loki for Marvel Studios and his upcoming releases include Legendary’s gothic horror Crimson Peak from Guillermo del Toro, Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of J G Ballard’s socially minded thriller High-Rise and Marc Abraham’s Hank Williams biopic I Saw The Light. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Legendary Pictures announced today that Thor: The Dark World and Only Lovers Left Alive star Tom Hiddleston is in talks to star in the new King Kong film, Skull Island, with The Kings of Summer and You’re the Worst director Jordan Vogt-Roberts at the helm.
Unfortunately we still don’t know much about the project, though it will explore the titular island that King Kong and various other mysterious and monstrous creatures call home. Previous reports suggested that Attack the Block helmer Joe Cornish was on the studio’s mind for the directing job, but they must have found something special in Vogt-Roberts.
This is not the only high-profile project on Vogt-Roberts and Hiddleston’s plates, however. Vogt-Roberts is already signed on to direct Metal Gear Solid for Sony, though that project will likely get pushed aside for now. Hiddleston, on the other hand, has a few upcoming films on his slate, »
- James Garcia
Legendary announced its plans to make a feature film based on the cinematic origins of King Kong during this year's San Diego Comic Con with an original draft of the script by Max Borenstein. Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions. Universal Pictures will distribute the film on November 4, 2016.
Vogt-Roberts directed and executive produced the Sundance darling The Kings Of Summer. He has also directed the pilot and multiple episodes of FX's new series "You're the Worst" and is set to direct Metal Gear Solid for Sony. His other credits include directing the pilot of "Cocked" for Amazon Studios and directing and executive producing the concert documentary Nick Offerman: American Ham. He is represented by UTA, 3 Arts »
- Kellvin Chavez
At this year’s Comic-Con, Legendary Pictures confirmed that along with Godzilla 2 they were developing a King Kong origin story called Skull Island. No additional details were revealed, though we have since learned that Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein would be penning the screenplay for this monster movie.
That has now been confirmed via press release today as the studio have announced that Jordan Vogt-Roberts is attached to direct Skull Island. He’s best known for popular Sundance film The Kings of Summer, but he’s also attached to Sony’s big screen adaptation of the Metal Gear Solid video game franchise.
Skull Island is set to be released on November 4th, 2016 and a brief (but rather vague) description of the film was included in the announcement. “Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences »
- Josh Wilding
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