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In 2011 that film was Oscar winner The King's Speech. Now he is Oscar-tipped again for Les Misérables. Here the 'tough guy' director, who made his first film while still at school, talks about the epic he sees as a timeless 'anthem for the dispossessed'
It was almost two years ago that I first met Tom Hooper. He was with Colin Firth, and their film, The King's Speech – which Hooper directed and in which Firth starred – was weeks away from winning its Oscars. It was a heady occasion. An excitable Hooper did most of the talking (Firth detests interviews) and the film – about the struggle George VI had with his speech impediment when he came to the throne in 1936 – became the unlikely winner that delighted everyone who saw it: an impossible act to follow.
And yet, today, Hooper is attempting to trump it on an epic scale. He has taken on »
- Kate Kellaway
Warner Bros. has released their 2013 preview, which showcases their slate of movies for the new year. The studio's new releases include Gangster Squad, Bullet to the Head, Beautiful Creatures, Jack the Giant Slayer, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, 42, The Great Gatsby, The Hangover Part III, Man of Steel, Pacific Rim, The Conjuring, 300: Rise of an Empire, We're the Millers, Getaway, Prisoners, The Seventh Son, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and Gravity.
Gangster Squad - January 11th
Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and-if he has his way-every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It's enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop. »
Photo: Warner Bros. Warner Bros. just sent over several new images from 14 of their 18 upcoming 2013 releases. The films included in the preview are the Jackie Robinson story 42, the sequel to Zack Snyder's breakout feature 300: Rise of an Empire, the adaptation of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's Beautiful Creatures, the Sylvester Stallone actioner Bullet to the Head, the James Wan thriller The Conjuring, the late '40s mob tale Gangster Squad, Getaway, Alfonso Cuaron's still undated sci-fi feature Gravity, Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, the final chapter in the comedy trilogy The Hangover Part III, the second part in the newly launched Hobbit franchise The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Slayer, Zack Snyder's Superman feature Man of Steel, Guillermo del Toro's monsters vs. robots feature Pacific Rim, Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners, the supernatural feature The Seventh Son »
- Brad Brevet
Award-winning filmmaker Sergei Bodrov directs. The Seventh Son stars Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart, Iron Man), Oscar® nominee Julianne Moore (Far From Heaven, The Hours), and Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia films). The film’s international cast also includes Alicia Vikander (The Crown Jewels), Antje Traue (Pandorum, upcoming Man of Steel), Olivia Williams (Hanna), and Kit Harington (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”).
Look for the flick in theatres on October 18, 2013.
In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more. Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) is a knight who had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) centuries ago. »
- Uncle Creepy
In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more. Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) is a knight who had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), centuries ago. But now she has escaped and is seeking vengeance. Summoning her followers of every incarnation, Mother Malkin is preparing to unleash her terrible wrath on an unsuspecting world. Only one thing stands in her way: Master Gregory. In a deadly reunion, Gregory comes face to face with the evil he always feared would someday return. Now he has only until the next full moon to do what usually takes years: train his new apprentice, Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) to fight a dark magic unlike any other. Man’s only hope lies in the seventh son of a seventh son. Starring Ben Barnes, »
Here's our first look at Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore in the fantasy adventure film The Seventh Son. The movie was previously titled The Last Apprentice, which is based on the The Wardstone Chronicles book series by Joseph Delaney.
Bridges plays Master John Gregory, known as a "Spook" who imprisons an evil witch named Mother Malkin (Moore) uses some kind of crazy blood magic. I've seen Bridges play a lot of different characters over the years, and wear a lot of crazy outfits. But I don't recall ever seeing him dressed up as a medieval exorcist. That being said... he looks awesomely badass! Here's what the actor had to say about his character in an interview with USA Today,
He's an interesting cat. He's appreciated for keeping evil away, but he's also a frightening figure to the townspeople. When you mess around with darkness, some of that gets in you, »
- Joey Paur
Among the many books getting the feature film treatment in the coming year is Joseph Delaney's The Spook's Apprentice, or in the U.S., The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch, which is going by the title The Seventh Son for the film adaptation, directed by Sergey Brodrov. A couple of photos have made their way online, which give us a look at some of the leads, including Jeff Bridges as Master Gregory and Ben Barnes as the titled Seventh Son, Tom Ward. The first in a series of fantasy novels, The Spook's Apprentice introduces us to Tom Ward, a kid (in the book, he's twelve) who is the seventh son of a seventh son, which makes him eligible for apprenticeship under the local "Spook," Master Gregory, whose job it is to rid the villages of evil. USA Today shared a couple of photos for the film, the first »
Young adult fiction is booming right now and the fever for young adult movies is so hot among Hollywood executives.
One of the upcoming films in the vein of a fast-growing Ya fiction genre is The Seventh Son fantasy adventure, which is directed by Sergei Bodrov and based on Joseph Delaney’s ‘The Spook’s Apprentice’ novel.
Well, Warner Bros. has released the first images featuring Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore. Wearing medieval costume the Oscar-winning actor plays an aging knight, Master John Gregory who trains a youngster Tom (Barnes) to help him keep evil at bay and their fight to defeat the evil witch, Mother Malkin (Moore) and her followers.
Bridges recently explained his warrior character:
He’s an interesting cat. He’s appreciated for keeping evil away, but he’s also a frightening figure to the townspeople. When you mess around with darkness, some of that gets in you, »
- Nick Martin
Thanks to USA Today, we have the first photos of Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Ben Barnes from the upcoming "Seventh Son" fantasy adventure, which is directed Sergei Bodrov and based on Joseph Delaney's "The Spook's Apprentice" novel. The new movie is set to hit theaters on October 18th, 2013. Plot: Master John Gregory (Bridges) is a "Spook" who imprisoned the evil witch Mother Malkin (Moore) centuries ago. Gregory is getting older and the apprentices he keeps trying to recruit don't last very long, which becomes a serious problem for him when Malkin escapes and gathers her followers for one momentous attack. A Spook's apprentice can only be the seventh son of a seventh son, and after Gregory's last one is killed, he finds new backup in Tom Ward (Barnes) to help him fend off their supernatural enemies. Photos: (click to enlarge) »
When I heard Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore were reuniting, I was of course hoping for a The Big Lebowski reunion. However, their latest effort couldn’t be further from that seminal piece of work. Seventh Son is a fantasy adventure based on a Young Adult novel. Bridges plays a knight, Master John Gregory, who recruits a seventh son of a seventh son as his apprentice. Together they must battle Moore’s Mother Malkin, a witch whom was imprisoned centuries earlier.
Fantasy films are always difficult to set apart on their plots alone, so I’ll wait for a trailer before making a judgement as to whether this is something to be excited for. Bridges certainly seems excited, discussing his role and wearing those costumes:
He’s an interesting cat. He’s appreciated for keeping evil away, but he’s also a frightening figure to the townspeople. When you mess around with darkness, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Warner Bros. has released the first images from their upcoming fantasy-adventure film, Seventh Son. The plot follows mystical knight Father Gregory (Jeff Bridges) and his apprentice Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) and their fight to defeat the evil witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) and her followers. The title comes Ward's character who is the "seventh son of a seventh son" and thus has special "chosen one" powers. Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Olivia Williams, Djimon Hounsou, Kit Harington, Antje Traue, and Alicia Vikander. Seventh Son opens October 18, 2013. Images via USA Today. Here's the official synopsis for Seventh Son. In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more. Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) is a knight who had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), centuries ago. »
- Matt Goldberg
The Monkeys’ work for Oak milk drink dominated the top prizes at the Creative Strategy Awards.
Planner Fabio Buresti won the grand prix and new brand or advertiser categories while The Monkeys was also named strategic agency of the year.
The awards are organised every two years by the Account Planning group, which is part of The Communications Council.
Established Service Brands
Bmf Rob Chandler Commonwealth Bank – Investorville
Naked Adam Ferrier, Matt Houltham & John Halpin - Art Series Hotel
New Brand Or Advertiser
The Monkeys Fabio Buresti Oak – Flavoured Milk
Public Service & Charity
303Lowe Derry Simpson, Bart Hodgen Office of Road Safety, Wa
Established Product Brands
George Patterson Y&R Meredith Simpson, »
Now in production in Newport, Wales, this year's "Doctor Who" Christmas Special is set to introduce Jenna-Louise Coleman as the Doctor's new companion, Clara and, as revealed earlier this week , will feature guest appearances by Richard E Grant and Tom Ward. Photos from the production are now online, revealing a Victorian setting for the adventure and in addition to shots of Coleman and Ward, the presence of "Life on Mars" star Liz White and the return Catrin Stewart's Jenny, Neve McIntosh's Vastra and Dan Starkey's Strax (all of whom last appeared in "A Good Man Goes to War"). There's still no official airdate for the beginning of the seventh modern season, but the still-untitled Christmas Special will be the sixth new episode to air. Click on »
Yes, I know it could a spoiler in the title but really, it’s just a terrible play on words. However *Character Spoiler Alert* from Thn as we’ve discovered there are some set photos with certain familiar faces roaming the web. Any Doctor Who fan will know that usually, it’s very rare to see any behind-the-scenes photos before the series is released but the Christmas special (Episode 6 of Series 7) can be a different beast, with stars clambering for their moment to get into the Tardis. It’s already been announced that Brit acting hero Richard E Grant will play a part and there is also intrigue in space and time over which specific role, what do you think?
Add your comments below but just before, here are those stills…let the ideas of plot begin!
It’s safe to say that a Victorian theme going with Tom Ward »
- Dan Bullock
Casting news for this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special has already begun to creep out, doing its job of eliciting excitement for the holiday event. Already we’ve heard the special would be the episode the Doctor is introduced to his new companion, played by the adorable Jenna-Louise Coleman, but there will of course be other guest stars. Richard E. Grant and Tom Ward have both been cast, which means we can begin the speculation as to who will be playing who, what kind of hijinks we can expect, and just how Christmasy can we expect this to be.
As reported by EW.com, you can expect to see Grant – interestingly, he played the Doctor once in a 2003 animated special, “Scream of the Shalka” – as the new villain in the special. Just look at that face of his. He doesn’t look like he would do well playing a good guy. »
- Brody Gibson
Watch out, CeCe!
According to TVLine, Parker Posey has been cast as a "shot girl" at a party thrown in an honor of the removal of Schmidt's penis cast in the Season 2 premiere of "New Girl."
Leslie Mann, who was originally cast, had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.
In other casting news ...
Tyra Banks has named her "America's Next Top Model" mentors. Alicia Keys and Tyler Perry are set to make appearances as mentors on the modeling series, while Shenae Grimes will serve as a photographer on one of the photo shoots. [TV Guide]
Odette Annable is headed to "Banshee." Annable will play a Native American assassin with »
- Leigh Weingus
Grant has previously played 'The Doctor' twice but not on the official show - once in an online animated series and once in a 1996 Comic Relief sketch. [Source: The BBC]
Lance Reddick ("Fringe") is in negotiations to join the cast of Roland Emmerich's action drama "White House Down" at Sony Pictures. Reddick will play Colonel Janowitz, who serves as the handle for the Speaker of the House (Richard Jenkins).
Channing Tatum stars as a Secret Service agent who leaps into action to defend the U.S. president when a paramilitary group storms the White House. [Source: Variety]
Sheen previously played »
- Garth Franklin
After releasing the epic promo image and trailer for Season 7 of "Doctor Who," the BBC has announced some new casting for the "Doctor Who" Christmas episode. Here's the press release: Richard E Grant and Tom Ward join cast of Doctor Who Christmas Special Filming of 2012's Doctor Who Christmas episode starts this week with two big film and television stars joining the show. Richard E Grant, actor, author and director, has starred in over 80 film and television hits including Withnail And I, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Jack & Sarah, Gosford Park and The Iron Lady. On joining the show, Richard says: "I played Doctor Who in the digital animated Scream Of The Shalka and I'm honoured to be in the Christmas Special." Tom Ward, who has starred »
Gpy&R Melbourne has launched a new campaign for Heinz Beanz.
The campaign, which carries the tagline ‘Bust out the Beanz’, is a call for Australians to rediscover the famous food that is often left in the cupboard.
Tom Ward, head of strategy and insights at Gpy&R, said: “We didn’t need to convince people to buy baked beans, or even Heinz Beanz. Every day Heinz Beanz move off the supermarket shelf, into the trolly and into the cupboard. The problem is that all too often that is where they stay, to the point that people will sometimes end up with two or three cans tucked away.”
The campaign breaks on Sunday, and runs until the end of the year.
Agency: Gpy&R Melbourne Ecd: Ben Coulson Creative Director »
- Robin Hicks
VancouverFilm.Net reports that principal photography continues on director Sergei Bodrov's Vancouver-lensed, Warners/Legendary fantasy action feature "Seventh Son", based on the book "The Spook’s Apprentice" by author Joseph Delaney.
As VancouverFilm first reported in its March 2012 film production update, the new movie started shooting March 19.
"...in a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more. Master 'Gregory' (Bridges) is a knight who had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch, 'Mother Malkin' (Moore), centuries ago. But now she has escaped and is seeking vengeance. Summoning her followers of every incarnation, Mother Malkin is preparing to unleash her terrible wrath on an unsuspecting world. Only one thing stands in her way: Master Gregory.
"In a deadly reunion, »
- Michael Stevens
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