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Celia Rowlson-Hall has the body of a tomboy, the brain of a feminist and an imagination quite unlike anyone else. In her dance-based, dreamlike feature debut, the svelte young woman tends to appear either draped in an oversized pink T-shirt or stripped down to a pair of men’s Y-front briefs and matching wifebeater. Rowlson-Hall’s bony, almost prepubescent look suggests androgyny, not motherhood, and yet “Ma” imagines this budding performance artist as a modern-day Virgin Mary — a mute and potentially miraculous mother figure who makes an allegorical pilgrimage to Las Vegas, where she delivers (and subsequently abandons) an infant of possibly divine provenance. “Ma” is a specialty item even by festival standards, and yet without so much as uttering a word, this microbudget labor of love augurs an exciting new voice.
One of the more intriguing talents to have emerged from the North Carolina School of the Arts in »
- Peter Debruge
It was revealed earlier this week that Obama would be appearing on TV adventure man Bear Grylls's show Running Wild, where he'll be joining the ranks of Kate Winslet and Channing Tatum to test his wilderness prowess in the great outdoors. The two of them partook in a three-day trip to Alaska, which served as a convenient backdrop to survey the impact of climate change on the state. As you can see from the newly released photos posted by the White House, our commander-in-chief isn't above taking some classic "dad on vacation" snaps.We'll forgive the dad selfie faux pas of leaving the finger in the shot. Hiking pants, a tasteful windbreaker, and protective shades? Straight out of the travel-dad look book. He wants you to draw him like one of your French dads. The episode will be airing on NBC later this year. »
- Devon Ivie
To salute the release of American Ultra, we hunt down the subtle ways to spot an undercover agent on the big screen...
American Ultra - out in UK cinemas tomorrow - sees Jesse Eisenberg play a strung-out, stoner slacker, who as it happens is also a deep cover agent trained to be a lethal killing machine by the Us government. And when he’s marked for extermination, he stops getting high, and starts kicking ass and taking names.
From character pieces about the nature of identity to ludicrous third act reveals, the idea of someone going deep undercover has been a go-to trope in films for a very long time. But what if you are worried that someone around you could secretly be a deep cover agent? If so, here are some tips from the movies to spot if someone isn’t quite on the level.
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James Woods in 'Videodrome.' James Woods in $10 million Twitter lawsuit feud: Crassly vocal right-wing actor goes after two crassly vocal users who attacked him In a letter dated Aug. 21, '15, Twitter attorney Ryan Mrazik ridiculed Surf's Up and Scary Movie 2 actor James Woods, while also highlighting the potentially dangerous precedent of a $10 million lawsuit the 68-year-old entertainer filed against a Twitter user last July. The lawsuit was followed by a subpoena demanding that the social media giant reveal the user's identity and that of another user with whom Woods has been embroiled in the (generally) no-holds-barred Twitterverse. In case you're unfamiliar with the name, these days the two-time Oscar-nominated Woods is best known for a supporting role as a right-wing sociopath in Roland Emmerich's thriller White House Down, starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx (as a liberal-minded U.S. president despised by Woods' character), and for his relentless, »
- Zac Gille
Summer 2015 had a lot to offer, a lot to lose sleep over, and a lot to learn from. It gave us hope that the next summer could be even better, and that Hollywood blockbusters still have some life in them yet. Before back to school this month, here are nine lessons we took away from this summer at the movies.
Lesson #1: Mad Max: Fury Road reset the bar for action movies – Zach Dennis
In a summer overrun by dinosaurs and emotive minds, the real kings of the season busted through the Australian apocalypse on top of supercharged cars with a chrome-infused vengeance. In a summer where nostalgia boomed, a new film that will influence the future was born — and it was born on the Fury Road.
Good movies are invigorating, and nothing awoke everyone’s passion like Mad Max: Fury Road did. It wasn’t just classic fun tied »
This weekend, "Straight Outta Compton" enjoyed a three-peat atop the box office chart, easily defeating three new wide releases. Which means that the end of summer is, sadly, finally here. So it's time to assess what will probably be Hollywood's most lucrative summer ever. Here are the winners and losers of the season.
Winner: The Overall Domestic Box Office
As of Sunday, the total summer take stands at $4.72 billion. That's up 14 percent from last year at this time, and slightly ahead of the $4.63 billion earned by August 30 of 2013, the previous record-holding summer.
Loser: Movie Stars
Arguably, only one of the summer's top 10 movies (Tom Cruise's "Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation") depended a lot on star power to sell tickets. The rest (including "Jurassic World," "Avengers: Age of Ultron," "Minions," "Pitch Perfect 2," "Ant-Man," "Mad Max: Fury Road," and "Straight Outta Compton") were sold based on their ensemble casts or their premises. »
- Gary Susman
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Blade, Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Luke Cage, X-Men: Apocalypse, Gambit, Fantastic Four, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel 2, Batman, Suicide Squad, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Vixen, Supergirl, Booster Gold, Heroes Reborn and more…
Marvel’s first Phase Three offering Captain America: Civil War wrapped production this week, after which a selection of promotional art arrived online, showing which characters will be joining Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man’s (Robert Downey Jr.) “teams” in the big superhero face-off. We’ll not spoil them, but you can take a look at the promo art yourself here, and click here to read Jeremy Renner’s comments on which side Hawkeye is on. »
- Gary Collinson
No makeup necessary! Jenna Dewan Tatum showed off her flawless complexion on Wednesday when she snapped a selfie sans makeup and showed she is a natural beauty, fresh face and all. "Your love got me looking so crazy right now @shapewithangela Best butt kicking inspirational workout as always!," she captioned the Instagram snap. In the photo, the actress shows off her glowing skin as she makes a silly face for the camera after leaving her workout. The star works a head of slightly disheveled hair and looks absolutely gorgeous! Channing Tatum's other half is no stranger to a make-up free selfie or two, but when she does get dolled up, her glam game is always on point. Earlier this month, the "Step Up" actress stepped out for the 5th annual Celebration of Dance Gala in a sexy white cut-out dress that she paired with tousled waves, a smokey bronze eye and a pink lip. »
- tooFab Staff
Ahead of American Ultra's arrival in UK cinemas, here's our pick of the 25 finest, sneakiest secret agents in film...
Operatives. Spies. Moles. Infiltrators. Secret agents go by many names. In fact, Britain's national security agency doesn't even call them agents - they're covert human intelligence sources, or simply “officers".
Whatever we choose to call them, secret agents lead necessarily furtive and obscure lives - so obscure that most of what we know about them is defined by what we've seen and read in books and movies.
During the Cold War, the image of the secret agent as a well-groomed sophisticate in a suit proliferated all over the world, and even in the high-tech landscape of the 21st century, that image still stands - just look at such movies as Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and, of course, the Bond franchise. But secret agents can come in many other guises, »
Gambit: Lea Seydoux, who co-stars in the upcoming James Bond adventure Spectre (above), has been offered the lead role in Gambit opposite Channing Tatum. The X-Men spinoff centers on a mutant who can control kinetic energy at will, making him an exceptional cardshark and thief. If things work out, Seydoux would play a longtime love with psychic powers who has a tempestuous relationship with Gambit over the years. [Deadline] The Girl on the Train: Haley Bennett (The Equalizer) has nabbed a key role in The Girl on the Train, the upcoming big-screen adaptation of the bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins. The psychological thriller is thrown into motion when a passenger on a commuter train (Emily Blunt) notices that a woman with whom her husband had an affair (Bennett) has...
- Peter Martin
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Seydoux, who also stars in the new James Bond film Spectre , is said to have beaten out Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) and Mad Max: Fury Road star Abbey Lee for the role of Belladonna Boudreaux, although Ferguson is reported to have turned down the role to star in The Girl On the Train with Emily Blunt.
Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher) plays the lead mutant in the film, which is directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and will see Seydoux as Gambit’s childhood love who gains powers of her own when she grows up and becomes head of the Assassin’s Guild.
Expect more casting for the film to be announced soon. Gambit is set for release on October 6th, »
- Scott J. Davis
Gambit isn’t the most prominent character in the X-Men universe, but since his debut in 1990, he’s definitely become a firm fan favourite.
A thief hailing from New Orleans, the character’s a charmer with the ability to charge objects via telekinesis, thus rendering them explosive. That often includes using playing cards as projectiles, but he also exercises extreme proficiency in hand to hand combat. He’s the match of almost any other mutant out there.
Gambit made his big-screen bow in 2009’s X-Men: Origins Wolverine, portrayed by Friday Night Lights star Taylor Kitsch. The actor received fair notices for his work, but the film itself was heavily derided, leading to a complete rethink from Fox regarding a potential spin-off adventure. Eventually, after campaigning for the part, Channing Tatum was cast as Kitsch’s replacement, but that’s not all there is to know about this iteration of the beloved mutant. »
- Daniel Kelly
...and then there was one. Earlier this month it was reported that Lea Seydoux ("Spectre," "Blue Is The Warmest Color"), Rebecca Ferguson ("Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation"), and Abbey Lee ("Mad Max: Fury Road," "The Neon Demon") were all in the mix to join Channing Tatum in "Gambit." However, as August draws to a close, only one remains standing. Deadline reports that Seydoux has received the offer for the role of Belladonna Boudreaux in Marvel's next superhero movie. Rupert Wyatt will direct the pic about the Louisiana mutant, with Seydoux playing Gambit's longtime love, who has her own unique set of skills and also rolls with the Assassin's Guild. Presumably all will go well, and Seydoux will sign on. Production on the film begins this fall. "Gambit" opens on October 7, 2016. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After co-winning the Palme d’Or for her turn in the sultry French drama Blue Is the Warmest Color, Léa Seydoux doesn't seem to be having trouble landing roles in franchise blockbusters. The newest Bond Girl has now been offered the part of Bella Donna Boudreaux in the Channing Tatum–starring Gambit, according to Deadline. The role was highly sought-after, with Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation), and Seydoux on the short list; Ferguson dropped out to take a role in Tate Taylor’s The Girl on the Train, and the role went to Seydoux. Bella Donna, who also goes by Belladonna, Belle, and Bel, first appeared in X-Men in 1992. A childhood friend of Gambit and a deft assassin, she has similar energy-generating powers (though she doesn't throw playing cards at people). She eventually married the Cajun card-thrower before hiring someone to murder him. »
- Greg Cwik
In adulthood, the two become bitter enemies after Bella assumes leadership from her father as head of the 'Assassin's Guild', while Remy leads the 'Thieve's Guild'.
Her powers include Astral Projection, Blast Power, Magic (voodoo) and Stealth.
She is also able to release 'plasmic' energy from her hands. While the full extent of her 'psionic' powers have yet to be revealed, she is able to gain access to the 'Astral Plane'....
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek 'Bella Donna'...
- Michael Stevens
Lea Seydoux has been offered a role alongside Channing Tatum in the 'X-Men' spin-off 'Gambit'. The 30-year-old actress - who's also set to appear in the new James Bond movie 'Spectre' - appears to have secured the coveted role of Belladonna Boudreaux in the Rupert Wyatt-directed movie. Lea overcame stiff competition for the part from the likes of 'Mad Max: Fury Road' star Abbey Lee and Rebecca Ferguson of 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' to be offered the role, Deadline reports. This comes shortly after Lea described her casting in 'Spectre' as a ''dream'' and revealed she held a meeting with director Sam Mendes that saw her secure the part. She recalled: ''Sam invited me for lunch and said, 'Do you want to be part of the film?' And I said yes. ''But for me it wasn't really real. I felt I was in a dream. So I was, »
Spectre and Blue Is the Warmest Colour star Léa Seydoux has been offered the role of Bella Donna Boudreaux, a character who first encounters Gambit when they were both children and later heads up the Assassins Guild.
Ferguson allegedly withdrew from the running after being offered one of the lead roles in the big-screen adaptation of The Girl on the Train.
X-Men spin-off Gambit is adding Lea Seydoux to its cast...
After a bit of umming ahhing, Channing Tatum finally signed up over the summer to produce and star in the upcoming X-Men spin-off, Gambit. Rupert Wyatt (Snow White And The Huntsman) is directing the new movie, which is set to go into production this autumn.
A week or two back, the shortlist for the lead female role surfaced, with Mad Max: Fury Road's Abbey Lee, Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation's Rebecca Ferguson and Spectre's Lea Seydoux reported to be the final three.
She's going to be playing Belladonna Boudreaux - Bella to her mates - in the new movie. Gambit is in cinemas on »
Gambit: Lea Seydoux, who costars in the upcoming James Bond adventure Spectre (above), has been offered the lead role in Gambit opposite Channing Tatum. The X-Men spin-off centers on a mutant who can control kinetic energy at will, making him an exceptional card shark and thief. If things work out, Seydoux would play a longtime love with psychic powers who has a tempestuous relationship with Gambit over the years. [Deadline] The Girl on the Train: Haley Bennett (The...
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