12 items from 2016
Thank you all for your kindnesses and rudenesses. I've really enjoyed it. I hope you can get along to see Nt Live on Thursday. Keep it real. Protect and serve.
Kristina Wilde asks:
I was lucky enough to see Dangerous Liaisons from the front row last Saturday and was completely thrilled. Who or what did you study to get into the mindset of Valmont, and is he comparable to any of your modern characters?
Unfortunately I think he's comparable to most of my modern characters! I hope I'm not getting into a rut. I read a lot about the Marquis de Sade, who was a preoccupation of Laclos, and like Valmont, had a warped view of love, »
- Guardian Staff
Avatar's Sam Worthington is not done with epic, military science fiction just yet. Last year it was announced that he would star alongside the lovely and talented UK actress Ruth Wilson (The Affair, Luther) in an ambitious project called The Titan.
The film, which sees Worthington's family "relocated in order to take part in a ground-breaking experiment of man’s genetic evolution into space," promises to take on big themes. It is based on an original story by Arash Amel (Grace of Monaco), and written by Max Hurwitz (AMC's Hell on Wheels).
Hotshot Air Force pilot, Rick Janssen (Sam Worthington), is chosen for a military experiment that will create a human bei [Continued ...] »
After making a big splash in the original film arena with the likes of "Beasts of No Nation," "The Ridiculous 6" and "Manson Family Vacation" last year, streaming giant Netflix has used the eve of the Sundance Film Festival to announce several more films it has on the way.
The company has come on board to finance and distribute five titles, along with acquiring the worldwide streaming rights to the Iranian horror movie "Under the Shadow" which premieres at the festival tomorrow night. Set during the bloodshed of the Iran-Iraq War in 1988, Babak Anvari helms that Farsi-language story which follows a mother and daughter who start to believe their home is haunted by a djinn.
- Garth Franklin
Netflix has expanded its movie slate by coming on board to finance and distribute five titles — “Amateur,” “Arq,” “Clinical,” “I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House” and “Underground.”
The fast-growing distributor confirmed the deals Wednesday on the eve of the Sundance Film Festival. Since the start of 2016, Netflix has acquired rights to Paul Rudd’s “The Fundamentals of Caring” and Ellen Page’s “Tallulah” on Jan. 12.
The streaming giant, better known for backing original television shows such as “House of Cards” and “Daredevil,” released child soldier drama “Beasts of No Nation,” “Manson Family Vacation” and Adam Sandler comedy “The Ridiculous 6” last year. Upcoming movies include “War Machine” with Brad Pitt, “Jadotville” with Jamie Dornan, “Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday” and a sequel to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”
- Dave McNary
Deadline is reporting that Ruth Wilson (The Affair) will lead the cast in I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House, the next horror film from February's Osgood Perkins. She will be joined by Bob Balaban (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom) and Lucy Boynton (February, Miss Potter)I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House follows Lily (Wilson), a young nurse hired to care for elderly Helen Bloom, a best-selling author of ghost stories who has chosen to live out her final days in her beloved country home - a home that holds an horrific ghost story of its own.Perkins is directing his own script and shooting will begin conveniently enough in February just over in Ottawa, Canada. He is working with...
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Ruth Wilson, Bob Balaban and Lucy Boynton have been cast in Osgood Perkins’ horror film I Am The Pretty Thing that Lives in the House. The film is Perkins’follow-up to February, the well-reviewed horror film from the Toronto Film Festival that was acquired by A24 and DirecTV. The film is about a young nurse named Lily (Wilson) who is hired as caretaker for Helen Bloom, an elderly best-selling author of ghost stories as she lives out her final days in her beloved country… »
Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson (“The Affair”) is set to star in Osgood Perkins’ supernatural thriller “I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House.” Oscar-nominated actor Bob Balaban (“Moonrise Kingdom”) will co-star alongside Lucy Boynton, who co-starred in Perkins’ directorial debut “February.” “I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House” follows Lily (Wilson), a young nurse hired to care for elderly Helen Bloom, a best-selling author of ghost stories who has chosen to live out her final days in her beloved country home — a home that holds a horrific ghost story of its own. Also Read: Emma. »
- Jeff Sneider
Idris Elba will reprise his role as Luther in a one-off parody episode of the hit BBC series for Sport Relief - a biennial charity event from Comic Relief, in association with BBC Sport, which brings together the worlds of sport and entertainment to raise money to help vulnerable people in both the UK and the world's poorest countries. "This year, for Sport Relief, Luther will be appearing in a totally different light. I am so proud to be lending my support to this cause again," Elba said. "I hope that you will enjoy the different side of Luther." For the "Luther" parody, Elba will reunite with co-star Ruth Wilson, who plays nemesis Alice Morgan in the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Idris Elba will reprise his role as Luther in a one-off parody episode of the hit BBC series for Sport Relief - a biennial charity event from Comic Relief, in association with BBC Sport, which brings together the worlds of sport and entertainment to raise money to help vulnerable people in both the UK and the world's poorest countries. "This year, for Sport Relief, Luther will be appearing in a totally different light. I am so proud to be lending my support to this cause again," Elba said. "I hope that you will enjoy the different side of Luther." For the "Luther" parody, Elba will reunite with co-star Ruth Wilson, who plays nemesis Alice Morgan in the BBC One crime drama. The pair will be joined by Lenny Henry, former England footballers Rio Ferdinand and Ian Wright, boxer David Haye, Olympians Denise Lewis and Louis Smith and actress Cecilia Noble. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Tabitha Stephens is celebrating a big birthday today, though age 50 is probably not over-the-hill territory for a half-witch. It was 50 years ago today that “Bewitched” aired the episode “And Then There Were Three,” when Samantha and Darrin’s baby girl, Tabitha, is born. “Bewitched” star Elizabeth Montgomery was pregnant off-camera too during the show’s second season: her second son was born in October of 1965. On many TV shows, the birth of a baby has marked the beginning of the end of the show, as the young newcomer shatters the chemistry of the original cast or dilutes the a show’s premise. Not so for “Bewitched.” Viewers loved Tabitha and all the delightful storylines brought on by a child discovering her powers in a mortal home. The show ultimately aired for eight seasons. After several babies portrayed the growing Tabitha, Erin Murphy played the Stephens daughter for six years on the hit ’60s sitcom. »
- Emily Rome
Director: John Cameron Mitchell
This year marks the welcome return of John Cameron Mitchell with How to Talk to Girls at Parties. His latest is a sci-fi period piece about an alien going through a mysterious rite of passage and how meeting two young inhabitants of 1970s London suburb Croyden potentially changes her destiny (and this is based on a short story by Neil Gaiman). Mitchell casts Elle Fanning and collaborates once again with Nicole Kidman, who headlined his last feature, 2010’s Rabbit Hole. This sounds like Mitchell’s most fantastical effort since his iconic 2001 debut, Hedwig and the Angry Inch—so we’re equally enthused for a soundtrack aiming to invent a new genre of music termed ‘extraterrestrial dance’ in the A24 release.
Production Co.: HanWay Films, »
- Nicholas Bell
Among the sequels and reboots, there are also some exciting-looking original sci-fi films to look forward to in 2016. And here they are...
Did you see Coherence? Or maybe Predestination? They’re but two examples of relatively low-budget, original genre films that were both beautifully made and endlessly watchable. What they lacked in expensive special effects they more than made up for in mesmerising concepts and superb performances, whether it was from a cast of relative unknowns in Coherence or the perfect pairing of Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook in Predestination.
Only time will tell whether 2016 will play host to films as good as those, but we have to say, there are some potentially great sci-fi films on the horizon this year. Some have generous budgets and top-line casts, others are independently produced. For different reasons, all look well worth keeping an eye on...
Even in the distant future, »
12 items from 2016
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