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Treehouse Pictures is fully financing the film, which Gordon has shepherded from its inception.
The movie is based on Roessner’s experience as a machine gunner in Iraq’s Sunni Triangle. The story centers on Matt Ocre (Hoult), who is part of a mission to repair a broken water system in the dangerous and unstable Iraqi village of Baqubah. While the people of Baghdad welcome the Americans as saviors, the villagers resist their presence and Matt and his unit must try to convince the »
- Justin Kroll
Exclusive: Luke Evans and Henry Cavill have joined Nicholas Hoult in Sand Castle, the war drama being directed by Fernando Coimbra (Narcos) based on the screenplay by Chris Roessner. Roessner was previously Mark Gordon’s assistant and his former boss is producing with Treehouse Pictures’ Justin Nappi and 42’s Ben Pugh. Shooting is now set to start November 2. Set in Iraq circa 2003, the pic is based on Roessner's experience as a machine gunner in Iraq’s Sunni… »
Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, Keeley Hawes, Sienna Guillory, Reece Shearsmith, James Purefoy, Stacy Martin, Alexandra Weaver | Based on the Novel by Jg Ballard | Screenplay by Amy Jump | Directed by Ben Wheatley
First we’re given a glimpse at the end of the story we’re about to see unfold: Tom Hiddleston’s neurosurgeon Robert Laing, calmly sifting through the filth-strewn hallways of his tower block, encountering a dead man with a TV smashed over his head and cooking a dog’s leg. This is director Ben Wheatley and screenwriter Amy Jump’s subtle way of telling us that this isn’t where we’re going as a society, despite High-Rise ostensibly being a period piece; it’s where we are right now, and we better get comfortable.
Discomfort is the main order of the day, though, as Wheatley’s adaptation of Jg »
- Mark Allen
When Paul Walker tragically lost his life at the end of 2013, the end of the Fast and Furious franchise seemed inevitable. Surely the seventh film would be wrapped up with a fitting tribute to the star and everyone would move on?
Thanks to a behemoth box office haul – perhaps propelled by sentimentality and morbid intrigue surrounding Walker’s death – the nitrous-fuelled series smashed those expectations with the announcement that Vin Diesel would return.
Beyond that – and the !*$%umption that the title will be some sort of variation on Fast & Furious 8 – little concrete information is known. Occasionally Diesel will stoke the fires by dropping interesting morsels, but there’s a distinctly mysterious air about the hotly-anticipated eighth film. Which is a strange thing to say, given the lack of precedent for franchises that go beyond 3 or 4 without sucking increasingly.
10. The Villain Will Be As Big As Denzel Washington »
- Simon Gallagher
What if the party never ends? More importantly, what if the guests actually want to drive themselves to the point of no return? This is one of many ideas that takes up occupancy in Ben Wheatley’s masterful new work. High-rise is about excess to a crazy level. The characters, situated in their little microcosms on each floor are practically begging for the apocalypse. They are boozing and pushing themselves past the point of depravity because… well… what else is there.? No one wants to return to reality the next morning. When the drinks run dry and the record plays its last tune, do we really want to go back to a sense of normality?
Dr. Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston) has just moved into a new building designed by architect Anthony Royal (Jeremy Irons) – a wealthy hermit who takes up residence on the top floor of the multi-story building. In fact, »
- Michael Haffner
It’s in the above moment that Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise comes together as a gloriously morose deconstruction of society, instead of a contained bit of apocalyptic psychosis brought upon by wealth, greed, and lonely isolation. Wheatley’s J.G. Ballard adaptation is utterly sophisticated madness – barbarism of the highest order, if you will. Contained in the walls of a towering, concrete high-rise is an experiment come-to-life, as we study how the human mind copes with being locked away from civilized humanity, and how morals crumble given the slightest manipulation of hierarchical class systems. Wheatley has an eye for regal destruction, as he plots out a dystopian nightmare that’s brought on by either a raging apocalypse outside the structure’s walls, or the absolute savagery of man – how optimistic are you about our society? »
- Matt Donato
Things just keep on getting worse for Relativity’s remake of The Crow. After losing both Luke Evans and Jack Huston, the studio’s bankruptcy threw the movie into further chaos, but they’re still attempting to forge ahead with the project despite the fact that many of those working on it behind the scenes have also now left.
The latest issue is the possible departure of of director Corin Hardy. With Relativity preparing for the sale of the company, The Crow is obviously among the projects which will be shopped around, but producer Edward R. Pressman has filed an objection about them including this movie as one of their assets. That’s despite the fact that they’ve so far invested over $7 million in it and hold the rights to not only a remake, but also sequels and prequels if they so choose.
It basically comes down to the »
- Josh Wilding
An adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s same-named novel, Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise premiered earlier this month at the Toronto International Film Festival, and we’re itching to get our hands on a trailer and/or some clips. For now, a new image will have… Continue Reading →
- John Squires
As producer Jeremy Thomas told us back in 2013, High-Rise has had a long journey to the screen. Ten years, in fact. The great Nic Roeg might have made the J.G. Ballard adaptation, but it’s fallen into the more-than-capable hands of Ben Wheatley. The new issue of Empire – on sale right now – debuts a new shot from the film below. Ladies, gentlemen and mild-manner janitors: we give you Luke Evans’ fiery filmmaker Wilder, no doubt up to minimal good.It was Thomas’ son who alerted him to the Wheatley’s passion for Ballard’s dystopia. The upshot, skipping forward a few years, is a film that sees the Sightseers man overseeing a cast involving Evans, Tom Hiddleston, James Purefoy, Sienna Guillory and Jeremy Irons.Set in 1975, High-Rise documents the shocking breakdown of class and social structures within a brand-new high-tech London apartment building as its residents, including the detached doctor »
If you're a fan of "The Prisoner," I have a feeling you're going to really like Ben Wheatley's "High-Rise," adapted from the J.G. Ballard novel. One of the things I learned early on about "The Prisoner" was that it is not for everyone. While I love the look of the world and the way the stories are told and the heightened sense of reality, I have seen enough people reject the entire thing outright to get that it is a particular taste. When you're talking about adapting the work of British novelist J.G. Ballard into film, you're automatically starting from a place outside the mainstream. He wasn't writing books like Michael Crichton, hoping for a film deal to turn his barely-more-than-an-outline into a big summer blockbuster. Ballard wrote end-of-the-world science-fiction and he dealt with the darkest corners of the human heart in work like "The Atrocity Exhibition" or "Crash, »
- Drew McWeeny
But it looks like the actor is as much in the dark as us as to when or even if we will see Thor's wicked stepbrother make his return to the big screen.
Answering a question about whether he thinks Loki will go down the route of flawed, complex anti-hero or all-out villain, he told Coming Soon: "You know, I don't know.
"I think I won't be able to help it if I ever play him again, and I just don't know when that's gonna happen, if that's gonna happen. I would never lose his dimension, but it's so interesting.
"I've talked with Chris Hemsworth, how those characters have changed as we've changed. It's five years ago since I »
Sienna Miller was accompanied by her two sexy costars, Luke Evans and Tom Hiddleston, for the Tuesday premiere of High Rise at the San Sebastian International Film Festival in Spain. The trio stunned on the red carpet, but the real highlight of the night was their cute interactions. Earlier in the day, the group attended a photocall for the film, where Sienna chose a checked Victoria Beckham dress straight from the New York Fashion Week runway. While Sienna didn't make it to NYC for the fashion fun, she did attend Monday's Burberry show during London Fashion Week. Keep reading to see more photos from the group's fun red carpet outing, then see what Luke recently told us about Emma Watson. »
- Monica Sisavat
Susanna Reid and David Beckham. It's happened before and, since his most recent appearance on the couch, viewers have suggested that she's been flirting with him again (to be fair, he was the one to say she was wearing an "amazing" dress).
Susanna's actually said before that she hates being called a flirt, and fair enough. But there are plenty of other reasons to love her:
1. She is a proper fan girl
Witness her interview with Luke Evans, when she asked what it was like biting people (for a vampire film, obviously) and he offered to demonstrate. Giggles and 'I can't believe this is my life' looks - we totally relate. How refreshing to see someone completely and utterly failing to play it cool.
2. She bloody loves a fart joke
After a suspicious rasp from Richard Arnold, Susanna gets the giggles so badly she can barely say her next link. »
We've been eating up every detail we can get our hands on about Disney's upcoming live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, but there's still nary a new photo or trailer to tide us over. However, we do have a little treat, courtesy of Luke Evans, who plays Gaston in the film. We caught up with Evans at the Toronto Film Festival, and when asked about his experience working with Emma Watson, he couldn't stop gushing. "She's wonderful. I love Emma, she's a wonderful woman," Evans told us. "She encapsulates everything a Disney princess should be in a 21st century film about a Disney princess. She's a strong woman. She brings something to Belle that I wasn't expecting, and the scenes we have together are really special. " »
- Becky Kirsch
Closer to the Gods: Cult Author Meets Cult Director in Wheatley’s Latest Dish
Destined to be overlooked as a visually impressive but significant creative failure, Ben Wheatley’s maddening High-Rise is a stylistic exercise of considerable merit, belonging to a dying tradition of complex, even confounding cinema forced to scrabble for appreciative audiences from future generations. Of course, those familiar with the source text from author J.G. Ballard, an author last significantly adapted by David Cronenberg with 1996’s infamous Crash, should already be expecting a certain elusive appeal.
Channeling a number of British auteurs who churned out experimental narratives in the golden age of the 70s, Wheatley’s film excitingly recalls works of Ken Russell, Nicolas Roeg, and John Boorman, directors who broke new ground with challenging titles, often dismissed upon release, reconstituted decades later by cultish devotees. In essence, a thinly veiled metaphor of class warfare and the »
- Nicholas Bell
Next year, two live action films arrive from Disney that have roots somewhere in its animated movies. The loosest linked is Alice Through The Looking Glass, the follow up to 2010’s Alice In Wonderland movie (James Bobin has taken on the director's chair this time, instead of Tim Burton). Then there’s Pete’s Dragon, which is turning up late summer.
And then in 2017, there’s the small matter of Beauty And The Beast. The live action take on one of Disney’s best animated films is in post-production now, with director Bill Condon in the edit suite putting his film together. Not much imagery from the film has turned up online so far, but the first glimpse of the redesigned beast has come in the form of a crew T-shirt, »
This was not the 40th edition of the “Festival of Festivals” that Toronto was hoping for. The 2015 Toronto International Festival began with legal issues forcing the Aretha Franklin concert documentary “Amazing Grace” to cancel its opening night slot and has pretty much ended with the withdraw of the Amber Heard drama “London Fields” after director Matthew Cullen took the film’s producers to court claiming (among other things) that they re-edited the film without his input. Considering how weak the world premieres were overall this year it was par the course for a festival’s whose opening weekend was colder and rainier than in recent memory. Granted, There were certainly a lot of good movies that screened at the fest this year, but almost every single one of them debuted somewhere else. That’s not good for an event that considers itself one of the premier film festivals in the world. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Tickets officially went on sale today for the BFI London Film Festival. I’m so excited to be returning to the capital to personally attend this year’s fest, which officially kicks off on October 7th. Here, we take a look at the top ten films to see.
While we couldn’t include all of the films that we would have liked to, these are the definite must-sees this year – so grab your tickets while you can…
Yorgos Lanthimos brings his comedy drama The Lobster to this year’s festival. The film stars Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz and is set in the near future where folks are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days, or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods. Out there, right? The buzz was good from Cannes earlier this year, and we’re looking forward »
- Paul Heath
Why is March 17, 2017 so far away? That's how long we have to wait for Bill Condon's live-action "Beauty and the Beast," starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, and we're even more excited and impatient after hearing new teases from Luke Evans. No one hypes like Gaston, and he did his movie proud in a video interview with Collider. It's clear he adores Josh Gad -- his bromance buddy who plays LeFou to his own Gaston -- and he said they both sang live on set, in addition to being pre-recorded along with the rest of the cast.
Speaking of music, Luke also talked about the movie's two new songs from Alan Menken and Tim Rice, which will join the original Disney songs. Apparently fans should prepare for some instant classics -- to be sung over and over again for years.
Here's how Luke put it:
I'm lucky enough to »
- Gina Carbone
Harry Potter.s Emma Watson stars as Belle in Disney.s upcoming live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, and you can bet there will be singing involved. The question is, will it be all pre-recorded tunes, or did the actors sing them live on the set. Luke Evans, who plays the Disney princess. narcissistic suitor Gaston, recently dished on his musicality during the Toronto International Film Festival. Speaking with Collider, the actor revealed that, while the cast recorded every song, they also had the opportunity to sing on set. He said, We pre-recorded every [song], but some of us sang live on set as well, during the takes. We were mic.d and they recorded that and I think afterward, in sound, they.ll be able to choose whether the live version is better than the pre-recorded version. We.ll never know! Luke Evans clearly preferred this method, as »
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