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Speaking to Variety at this year’s Marrakech film festival, British actor Jeremy Irons talked about his roles in movies set for 2015 or beyond: Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman,” in which he plays butler Alfred; romantic drama “The Correspondence,” from Giuseppe Tornatore (“Cinema Paradiso”), in which he co-stars with Blake Lively; and Ben Wheatley’s “High Rise,” based on J. G. Ballard’s novel.
He was amused by the idea that he’s being once again typecast as a professor in Tornatore’s first English-language pic, clarifying that he will actually play an astrophysicist.
In relation to Wheatley’s political thriller, “High Rise,” in which he co-stars with Sienna Miller, he confided that U.K. producer Jeremy Thomas asked him why he never stars in British independent films. He said that he accepted the role because he was won over by the young director, who believes strongly in the project. »
- Martin Dale
Duncan chats to Luke Evans about stunts, green screens, and being turned into a toy
Spoilers ahead for The Hobbit movies…
Having been a fan of Luke Evans's work for some years now, it was a strange coincidence that after finally getting a chance to interview him for Dracula Untold a few months back in October, we were almost immediately offered another chance for a catch up for the release of The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies, which is finally unleashed on the 12th December.
The timing couldn’t be better though, as if there was one part of the trilogy to discuss all things Bard the Bowman, it was this one. After Peter Jackson controversially decided to end The Desolation Of Smaug on a cliff-hanger, it left poor Bard trapped in a jail and postponed his rightful moment to shine with his face off against the titular dragon, »
Middle East distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment has finalized deals for 26 films from the Afm, including Oliver Stone’s Untitled Snowden Project starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, action-thriller Blood Father with Mel Gibson and Studio Ghibli’s When Marnie Was There, all from Wild Bunch.
Front Row continued to cement its long-standing relationships with the likes of Protagonist Pictures and HanWay Films, acquiring the former’s upcoming Ben Wheatley action film Free Fire, Rob Zombie’s 31, David Farr-directed horror The Ones Below and the untitled Joshua Marston drama with Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon.
From HanWay, Front Row secured Thai Boxing action film A Prayer Before Dawn, set to star Charlie Hunnam, The Limehouse Golem, written by Jane Goldman and the Kinks’ biopic You Really Got Me, produced by Jeremy Thomas.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Hyena is a British thriller that should tickle the fancy of fans of Kill List, The Long Good Friday, Filth and another punchy crime fare. Overseen by Mona Lisa’s Stephen Woolley and his production partner Elizabeth Karlsen - as well as Number 9 Films' Jo Laurie - it has a new UK trailer that’s debuting right here. Click below to watch it in full. Director Gerard Johnson’s last film, Tony, saw Peter Ferdinando playing a serial killer who did very nasty things to people before dumping them into the Thames. This time around he’s on the other side of the law. Well, supposedly. As Michael Logan, a police officer with a drug habit and the loosest sense of morality on the Met, he’s up against a bunch of Albanian gangsters even more crooked than he is. “An anti-hero for our times” is how the film bills him. »
They’ve got Ben Wheatley for the opener?! If you’ve seen any of Wheatley’s work you’ll know why I was surprised and you’ll know why I was excited. It’s individual, witty and intelligent. It’s sort of the *opposite* of Love & Monsters (no I’m never letting it drop). We were promised something darker, moodier, scarier – perhaps...
- James Lomond
The Doctor Who series 8 disc release features a wealth of bonus material including the terrific Earth Conquest doc. Here's Pete's verdict...
If you’re reading this review, then there’s a good chance that you’ve both seen the twelve episodes that make up Peter Capaldi’s debut series and know exactly what we’re going to say about them. Series 8 of Doctor Who has been hailed by many as the best in several years, and one of the best since the show’s revival in 2005. It’s a verdict that we here at Den of Geek find it hard to argue with, frankly. From the light-hearted opener Deep Breath to the action-packed and slightly bonkers finale Death In Heaven, with thought-provoking episodes like Listen and Kill The Moon along the way, Series 8 has been a confident start to a brand new era for the world’s longest-running sci-fi programme. »
Looking for some less mainstream sci-fi films in the year ahead? Then here's our list of 10 genre movies to look out for in 2015...
If you've been keeping an eye on next year's schedules, you'll probably already know about some of the major sci-fi films due for release in 2015. Ridley Scott will leave Matt Damon stranded on the red planet in The Martian. Colin Trevorrow will unleash a new breed of dinosaurs in Jurassic World. George Miller will be bringing us his belated Mad Max sequel Fury Road, Neill Blomkamp will show off his robot sci-fi comedy Chappie, and then, of course, there's Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
But what about the smaller genre films, the ones that don't have the marketing budget of, say, Disney's Tomorrowland, or the brand recognition of Star Wars? Those are the kinds of films we're focusing on here: the lower budget, »
Read what Steven Moffat had to say about series 8 at the same event, here.
Since wrapping on Doctor Who episodes Deep Breath and Into The Dalek, director Ben Wheatley has been busy making his latest feature, an adaptation of J.G Ballard’s High Rise. Until now, his filming schedule on High Rise precluded any appearances at the the public events surrounding Deep Breath, so it was a genuine treat to see him talk at this week’s Rts Doctor Who: Anatomy Of A Hit event. Along with Steven Moffat, Millenium FX artist Rob Mayor and Who producers Brian Minchin and Nikki Wilson, Wheatley shared his experiences of making Peter Capaldi’s first full episodes as the Doctor…
On how he became involved in directing Doctor Who »
Warning: contains spoilers for Doctor Who series 8.
When an opportunity arose to hear Steven Moffat dissect Doctor Who’s recently concluded series 8 over the course of a ninety-minute Q&A, we straightened our imaginary bow-tie and went along. Not only did the Rts Doctor Who: Anatomy Of A Hit event include the showrunner, but also producers Nikki Wilson and Brian Minchin, director Ben Wheatley and Millennium FX artist Rob Mayor.
Chaired by Heat Magazine’s Boyd Hilton, conversation ranged from Missy, to Daleks, lying and the absolute joy that is Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. We learned that Michelle Gomez turned down the first series 8 role she was offered before accepting the part of Missy, that Peter Capaldi used clips of Billy Connolly’s “ranting old »
The directors of Doctor Who's latest series brought back the scares in a big way. Well, fear is a superpower...
Warning: contains spoilers for every episode of the eighth series of Doctor Who.
“Darker” and “edgier” are buzz words that have been applied to countless Hollywood sequels, but the eighth series actually lived up to that promise and by September, the tabloid press were dispensing think-pieces about whether or not it had become too scary for children (“scary” here standing in for “complicated” in Smith's era and “heretical” when David Tennant got a lift off a couple of angel robots in Voyage Of The Damned.)
All moral panics aside, this series brought back the scares in a big, bad way. »
Peeping Tom: Vigalondo’s Virtual Voyeurism Thriller Too Wrapped Up in Tech
In the barest possible sense, Nacho Vigalondo’s latest film, Open Windows, can perhaps be described as Hitchcockian due to the fact that it concerns a voyeuristic male utilizing an opportunity to secretly observe a beautiful female a la a modernized Rear Window sort of set-up. Whether homage or coincidence, parallels with Hitchcock die out past Vigalondo’s log line and instead the film becomes yet another vehicle for an Elijah Wood protagonist to be manipulated in highly unlikely and increasingly silly fashion. Though Vigalondo has a rather inspired visual template for the unfolding of the narrative, much like the earlier release of technologically inspired Dutch film App, it’s a design that will only serve to hopelessly date the film which relays its tale via webcams in rudimentary form, making it also reminiscent of that multiple simultaneous perspective Mike Figgis film, »
- Nicholas Bell
Ben Wheatley (along with writer/editor Amy Jump) has developed a career as one of the UK’s best up and coming directors. But he’s about to make the transition to shooting a film in the Us. His next film Free Fire will be an “action shootout movie” with Luke Evans in the lead role and a healthy influence from Sam […]
- Russ Fischer
"Kill List," "Sightseers" and "A Field in England" director Ben Wheatley will at last make his way across the pond to shoot "Free Fall," a hardboiled crime thriller that is the Brit provocateur's first Us production. Welshman Luke Evans (recently in "Dracula Untold") will take the lead in this $10 million gangster picture about an east coast arms deal gone horribly awry in 1978 Boston. The rest of the impressive cast so far includes Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde and Wheatley righthand man Michael Smiley, who played a British soldier turned contract killer in Wheatley's brain-bending 2011 horror movie "Kill List." Wheatley is no genre moviemaking virgin. In a new interview with The Guardian, he promises a thriller in the vein of Sam Peckinpah, classic Bogie noirs, Scorsese, "Le Samourai" and "The French Connection." "'Free Fire' will take you and stick you in the middle of the »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Halloween is upon us. Satisfy your taste for the weird, curious, disturbing and life-scarring with these eight independent horror films available to stream. "The Babadook" (2014) In this nerve-ratcheting haunted house tale by way of Roman Polanski's "Repulsion," Essie Davis gives a breakthrough performance as a woman struggling to cope with-- and even love -- her disturbed six-year-old son. What begins as a gloomy mother-son drama with etchings of "We Need to Talk About Kevin" goes horrifically bat-shit after he opens a creepy children's book portending doom and bloodshed for both of them. The film's classic haunted-house premise is scary, but the bone-chiller is its believable depiction of a broken woman slowly going insane. The film scooped up prizes at Fantastic Fest in September and hits DirecTV on demand Friday, October 31 before hitting theaters November 28. "A Field in England" (2013) Ben Wheatley's "A Field in »
- Ryan Lattanzio
What next for Ben Wheatley? With production wrapped on his adaptation of Jg Ballard's High Rise the prolific UK auteur will be moving next into the action arena with Free Fire.An original script revolving around a 1978 arms deal gone wrong, Free Fire will be introduced for international sales by Protagonist Pictures at the upcoming Afm with a cast that includes Luke Evans, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde and Michael Smiley. Which is, as the kids say, one hell of a cast.Here's how Screen International pitches the story:The story is set in Boston in 1978. Wilde plays Justine, a woman who has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Murphy, Smiley) and a gang led by Hammer and Evans who are...
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The Dracula Untold actor stars in the film about an arms deal that goes wrong.
Free Fire is set in Boston in 1978 and begins with a gang who are selling a stash of guns.
The story follows Justine, a woman who interrupts the meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen and the gang of arms dealers.
When shots are fired in the handover, a heart-stopping game of survival ensues.
Evans has been cast as one of the gang leaders.
While we await the release of his adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s High-Rise, British filmmaker Ben Wheatley has announced details of his next film – and his first set in the U.S. – Free Fire, which will star Luke Evans (Dracula Untold), Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger), Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins) and Olivia Wilde (Her), along with Wheatley regular Michael Smiley (Kill List).
“The idea for Free Fire came from my love of hard-boiled crime movies; from The Asphalt Jungle, The Big Sleep, The Killing and The Big Combo through The Driver, Le Samourai and The French Connection, to the modern cycle of Goodfellas, Casino, Hard Boiled and Reservoir Dogs,” said Wheatley. “Free Fire will take you and stick you in the middle of the action. I want the film to have the stylish, no-nonsense feel that you get in Peckinpah’s The Getaway. It’s a modern ‘70s movie. Muscular, »
- Gary Collinson
• Megan Fox will take the female lead in Zeroville, starring opposite James Franco, who is also directing. Adapted from the novel by Steve Erickson, the story follows a film-obsessed man (Franco) who arrives in Hollywood in 1969, hoping to break in to the business just as the industry is at a major turning point. Fox will play a Hollywood starlet with an uneasy past who becomes the romantic interest and obsession of Franco’s character. Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Will Ferrell, Jacki Weaver, and Horatio Sanz also star. Vince Jolivette of Rabbit Bandini is producing along with Caroline Aragon, »
- C. Molly Smith
Luke Evans, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde and Michael Smiley are set to star in Ben Wheatley's action movie “Free Fire,” which will be the director's first film set in the U.S., it was announced Friday. Protagonist Pictures is launching pre-sales at Afm for the movie, which has a $10 million budget. Set in Bostin in 1978, story chronicles an arms deal that goes wrong and turns into a shootout. Wilde plays Justine, a woman who has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Murphy, Smiley) and a gang led by Hammer and Evans who are selling. »
- Jeff Sneider
You may not know the name Ben Wheatley yet, but the British filmmaker has gotten quite a bit of buzz previously for his films Sightseers and Kill List. His next film will be an adaptation of High Rise starring Tom Hiddleston, but after that, he's coming to the United States for his next film. THR has word that Wheatley is set to direct a 1970s crime drama called Free Fire, and he has quite the cast assembled to star in it. The project is on sale at the American Film Market and is touting Olivia Wilde (Rush), Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6), Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins) and also Armie Hammer (The Social Network). The film is based on an original idea by Wheatley, and that's what we like to hear: "The idea for Free Fire came from my love of hard-boiled crime movies; from 'The Asphalt Jungle,' 'The Big Sleep, »
- Ethan Anderton
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