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The line-up for the 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) has been unveiled this morning by new artistic director Mark Adams.
This year’s Eiff (June 17-28) will comprise 164 features from 36 countries, including 24 world premieres, eight international premieres, 16 European premieres and 84 UK premieres.
Highlights including the UK premiere of Asif Kapadia’s documentary Amy, about the life of singer Amy Winehouse; the latest Disney-Pixar animation Inside Out; Arnold Schwarzenegger in zombie drama Maggie; comedy The D-Train, starring Jack Black and James Marsden; and a biopic of The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, Love & Mercy, in which John Cusack and Paul Dano play different aged versions of the musician.
Classic Screenings will include a rare outing for Noel Marshall’s Roar, a cult 1981 big cat movie.
This year’s Eiff will present »
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New on Netflix this June: "Sense8," the new sci-fi drama from Andy and Lana Wachowski ("The Matrix" trilogy) and "Babylon 5" creator J. Michael Straczynski, in which eight strangers suddenly find themselves mysteriously connected. Also, look for the return of Netflix original series "Orange Is the New Black" on June 12.
As for movies, you won't want to miss Jake Gyllenhaal's terrifyingly great turn in "Nightcrawler." Also new: "Life of Crime" and "Cake" with Jennifer Aniston; Philip Seymour Hoffman's last completed film, the spy thriller "A Most Wanted Man"; Gina Prince-Bythewood's acclaimed film "Beyond the Lights" starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw as a rising singer; not to mention the critically panned "Grace of Monaco," starring Nicole Kidman as Princess Grace.
Below is a full rundown of what's new on Netflix in June 2015, provided by Netflix. As always, all titles and dates are subject to change. We've also go you covered »
- Sharon Knolle
Set during the Civil War, The Free State of Jones tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers and with the assistance of local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. His marriage to a former slave, Rachel, and his subsequent establishment of a mixed race community was unique in the post-war South. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.
- Scott J. Davis
After spending a few years in development (and taking time out to direct the first Hunger Games film), Gary Ross has finally had the chance to work on one of his passion projects. New images from the film, The Free State Of Jones, are now online. Matthew McConaughey stars in the American Civil War drama, playing real-life advocate Newton Knight. A Mississippi man who had been a loyal Confederate recruit, he defected from the army and took a group of like-minded troops with him to create the Free State of Jones. Knight later married a slave (Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s Rachel), creating one of the first ever publicised mixed race unions in the South, fought against the Confederates from within his new state and led a daring raid to free children who were still enslaved following the end of the conflict.Stx Entertainment is backing this one, which Ross wrote as well as directed. »
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Stx Entertainment and Im Global’s financial partnership for civil war drama Free State of Jones is beginning to bear fruit, as the studios have unveiled a pair of new stills for Gary Ross’ feature that showcase Interstellar star Matthew McConaughey in action.
For the film, he’ll assume the role of Newton Knight, a confederate soldier who spearheads one of the largest, and most significant rebellions in the bloody history of the four-year battle. Opposite McConaughey for the film is Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights), a slave named Rachel who wins the heart of the iconic protagonist, paving the way for one of the first mixed-race marriages in the state. Rachel’s relationship with Newton has been documented as one of the defining periods of his life, and it’ll be fascinating to see that play out on the big screen under Ross’ astute eye. »
- Michael Briers
Two more The Free State of Jones images have landed online. Written and directed by four-time Oscar-nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games), the Civil War movie is based on the true story of Newt Knight (Matthew McConaughey), a Southern farmer who led a rebellion against the Confederacy during the Civil War. It’s a fascinating story that stretches into his marriage with a former slave (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the establishment of a mixed-raced community in the South, and Knight’s continued efforts through Reconstruction. While I’m definitely excited to see how Ross will follow up The Hunger Games and this is a fascinating story, I hope it doesn’t fall into the “White Savior” trap. Check out The Free State of Jones images below. The film opens March 11, 2016 and also stars Keri Russell and Mahershala Ali. [caption id="attachment_448789" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Stx Entertainment[/caption] [caption id="attachment_448793" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Stx Entertainment[/caption] Here’s the official »
- Matt Goldberg
McGregor will play Lumiere, the confident, show-stealing maitre d’/candelabra, who gets his own solo in catchy tune Be Our Guest. Ewan is no stranger to singing, having blown minds in the 2001 musical drama Moulin Rouge.
It’s not like Beauty And The Beast needs much more star power. If a deal is made he’ll be featuring alongside Emma Watson (Belle), Dan Stevens (Beast/Prince), Luke Evans (Gaston), Josh Gad (Le Fou), Ian McKellen (Cogsworth), Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts), Kevin Kline (Maurice), Stanley Tucci (Cadenza), Audra McDonald (Garderobe), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Plumette) and Adrian Schiller (Monsieur D’Arque). Now that’s a cast!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
With the majority of leading parts already filled, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Disney had all but finished casting duties on its upcoming live-action retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Yesterday brought news that Ewan McGregor was in negotiations to play Lumiere, meaning that the Scottish actor would join an ensemble cast that consists of Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, and Luke Evans, not to mention Dan Stevens and Emma Watson as the titular, besotted duo.
However, Variety brings word that there is still space for The Hunger Games star Stanley Tucci, who has reportedly signed on a new character known as Cadenza, the grand piano in Bill Condon’s modern rendition. Aside from that not, not much was disclosed about the nature of this novel addition, though Variety’s report claims Cadenza is a neurotic maestro — not unlike Tucci’s Caesar Flickerman, then.
Speaking of which, the actor »
- Michael Briers
After the first look at Gary Ross‘ Civil War drama The Free State of Jones, we now have more images from the 2016-bound film starring Matthew McConaughey. Also including Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell, and Mahershala Ali, the story follows our lead as a Mississippi farmer who brought forth a southern rebellion against the Confederates during the Civil War. Following those we […] »
- Jordan Raup
According to Variety, the actor has signed up to play the new role of Cadenza, a neurotic grand piano.
Beauty and the Beast will debut on March 17, 2017. »
McGregor will play the Beast's (Dan Stevens) charming maitre'd Lumière, according to TheWrap.
The ensemble cast of characters populating the world of Beauty and the Beast includes Josh Gad as Gaston's dopey sidekick Lefou, Emma Thompson as friendly cook Mrs Potts, and Sir Ian McKellen as the butler Cogsworth.
Beauty and the Beast will debut on March 17, 2017. »
Ladies and gentleman, it is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we proudly present your Lumiere! It was announced today that Scottish actor Ewan McGregor is in final negotiations to join the already epic cast of Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast as none other than the head candlestick, Lumiere.
Rumours had been swirling online that a certain Oscar-winning French actor was the obvious candidate for the role, but today it was announced that McGregor is in line to join Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, and Luke Evans as part of the Beast’s castle-folk alongside Emma Thompson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Audra McDonald. Josh Gad is also on board the project as Gaston’s right-hand man Le Fou, and Kevin Kline who will play Belle’s father, “crazy, old” Maurice in director Bill Condon’s film, due in theatres in 2017.
The internet exploded with feelings at the news of his impending casting. »
- Rachel West
Ewan McGregor is the latest in a long line of A-list talent set to join Disney’s star-studded Beauty And The Beast adaptation. The live-action riff on the studio’s 1991 animated smash kicked off production last week, so it stands to reason that the final casting announcements would begin to surface.
Per THR, McGregor is now in the last stages of sealing a deal to play Lumiere. It’s not described as a leading role – as they’ve all been secured – but it is a major supporting turn. Those of you desperate for more of McGregor’s sonorous delights, as witnessed in Moulin Rouge, should still find plenty to be happy about here. Lumiere is in the Prince’s employ as his head maitre d’, who is struck by the curse which befalls the Prince’s abode and transformed into a candelabra. He is set to perform as part of »
- Gem Seddon
Just when you thought the cast for Disney’s new, live-action Beauty And the Beast had reached peak cool, along come the two new additions. Ewan McGregor has scored the plum human-turned-singing object role as candlestick Lumiere, while Stanley Tucci is on board to play a character new for this film, warbling grand piano Cadenza. It's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights...Bill Condon is behind the camera for the film, which takes the 1991 animated version as its main inspiration. Emma Watson is Belle, the beauty who wins the heart of The Beast (Dan Stevens), a prince who is living under an evil spell. Also part of the cast are Luke Evans as Gaston, the cruel, jealous suitor who also hopes to win Belle’s heart, his bumbling servant Le Fou, played by Josh Gad and Kevin Kline as Belle’s father, Maurice.And among »
Disney's live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast has finally rounded out its primary cast. Lumiere, the candlestick who gets to perform the musical's fan favorite number "Be Our Guest", will be played by Ewan McGregor, marking his return to movie musicals after 2001's Best Picture nominee Moulin Rouge! (I'm still surprised that movie was nominated for Best Picture). That film may not be the greatest, though quite a bit of fun, but Ewan McGregor showed he knows how to act and sing. Obviously, Christian in that movie is a very different character than Lumiere, which is a comic character part. I think of McGregor as the leading man type, but this could be an interesting part for him, and I'm quite interested to see if he pulls it off. He joins the previously announced star studded cast that features Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, »
- Mike Shutt
It's officially happening! Josh Gad took to Instagram to share the first cast photo from Disney's live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast." "Can't wait for you to be our guest," he cleverly captioned the cute candid. The selfie shows Gad (Lefou) mugging for the camera with costars Dan Stevens (The Beast), Emma Watson (Belle), Luke Evans (Gaston) and Kevin Kline (Maurice). Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen and the recently-cast Gugu Mbatha-Raw were noticeably absent from the pic above, but they'll be playing The Beast's enchanted household items Mrs. Potts, Cogsworth and Plumette. Watson, who is celebrating her 25th birthday today, recently talked to Total Film about landing the coveted role of Belle. "I've never had to [sing] for a film before, and I think people will be interested to see me do something very different like that," the "Harry Potter" alum admitted. "It gives me a different challenge, really. That's terrifying in and of itself! »
- tooFab Staff
Yesterday, we got our first look at the cast of Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast remake. Josh Gad, who plays Le Fou, shared a selfie that included himself alongside co-stars Emma Watson (Belle), Luke Evans (Gaston), Dan Stevens (Beast) and Kevin Kline (Maurice). Missing from the photo was Ian McKellen, who stars as the Beast's butler turned alarm clock Cogsworth. To make up for that, he has reported back from the set with an in-depth account of the first table read.
Beauty and the Beast will begin shooting in London very soon under the direction of Bill Condon, best known for musicals Chicago and Dreamgirls. Also participating in the cast read were Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Plumette), though they were not pictured. The only primary character from the animated version that hasn't been cast yet is Lumiere, voiced by Jerry Orbach in the 1991 movie.
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The actor posted a partial cast selfie to Instagram earlier today (on what also happens to be star Emma Watson’s 25th birthday) and the movie already looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun!
The only cast members missing are Emma Thompson who stars as Mrs. Potts, Gugu Mbatha-Raw who is playing Plumette, and Audra McDonald as the wardrobe Madame de la Grande Bouche. Rumours have been swirling that Oscar winner Jean Dujardin has been eyed for the role of Lumiere and we have to admit, that would pretty much be perfect casting. It was just confirmed »
- Rachel West
The magic is already happening on the set of Disney's live-action movie "Beauty and the Beast." Josh Gad, who will play LeFou, shared this Instagram photo on April 14, writing, "Can't wait for you to be our guest":
Can't wait for you to be our guest.
A photo posted by Josh Gad (@joshgad) on Apr 14, 2015 at 11:37am Pdt
This cast just keeps getting better. Emma Thompson will play Mrs. Potts and Sir Ian McKellen was recently announced as Cogsworth. Audra McDonald and Gugu Mbatha-Raw are also co-starring, and we can't wait to hear who else might be joining this crew.
The movie is slated for a March 17, 2017 release, which is a long time to wait, but hopefully »
- Gina Carbone
Disney's live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is quickly putting its cast together, with production slated to begin next month at Shepperton Studios in London. Earlier today, star Josh Gad, (Le Fou) shared a photo on his Instagram page, where he is pictured alongside co-stars Emma Watson (Belle), Luke Evans (Gaston), Dan Stevens (Beast) and Kevin Kline (Maurice). While it isn't exactly know where this photo was taken, Josh Gad added the caption, "Can't wait for you to be our guest," which is obviously a nod to the famous "Be Our Guest" song from the original 1991 animated version of Beauty and the Beast.
Other cast members who aren't pictured include Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts), Ian McKellen (Cogsworth) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Plumette). It isn't known how many roles have yet to be filled, but one of the primary characters from the animated version that hasn't been cast is Lumiere, »
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