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“Dunkirk” is finally upon us after months of anticipation, and it’s clear the long wait has been worth it. IndieWire has named the WWII epic the best movie Christopher Nolan has ever made and a certain Oscar contender in the months ahead. As audiences nationwide get to discover why the film is such a monumental war epic, questions as to who exactly is in the cast are bound to come up.
Unlike Nolan’s recent star-driven efforts like “Inception” and “Interstellar,” “Dunkirk” features an eclectic mix of relative newcomers, Oscar winners and the director’s reliable collaborators. Getting a blend of known and unknown talent was crucial for Nolan, as including too many stars would’ve distracted from the urgent nature of the story. In following mostly fresh faces, Nolan is »
- Zack Sharf
You've probably heard a lot of buzz around the new Edgar Wright film, Baby Driver. The action flick follows Baby (Ansel Elgort), a talented young getaway driver who gets sucked into a life of crime working for a kingpin (Kevin Spacey) after being in a car accident as a child, which killed his parents and left him with a constant ringing in his ears that he blocks out by listening to music through his headphones. The film is getting fantastic reviews and even has a 95 percent critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but unfortunately I'm here to tell you it just doesn't live up to the hype. Don't get me wrong - Baby Driver has a lot of redeeming qualities. It has an awesome cast, including not only Elgort and Spacey, but also Jon Hamm, Lily James, Eiza González, and Jamie Foxx. It has a killer soundtrack that includes songs from Barry White, »
- Sarah Siegel
Chris here. Remember a few short years ago when Gary Oldman, after decades of brilliance, was finally an Oscar nominee for Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy? Well, it looks like he could be prepping another go of awards season, but this time it might be for a performance that finds the actor on the unrecognizable side of his chameleonic abilities. The last time he had this level of makeup on we got his delicious and underrated Dracula, but now Oldman is donning some impressive prosthetics to play Winston Churchill in Joe Wright's period piece Darkest Hour.
Though Joe Wright's previous period work like Atonement and Anna Karenina have sparked with some inventive presentation, for the trailer this looks like a little bit more of the familiar. No matter, considering Oldman is firing on all cylinders for some juicy dramatics as the Prime Minister - the actor is definitely the show here. »
- Chris Feil
Simon Brew Jul 14, 2017
We’ve already had the release of Churchill, starring Brian Cox. A film that without Brian Cox in it would have been a pretty forgettable movie. Director Joe Wright is next to have a go, though, with Darkest Hour, which lands in cinemas later this year. Well, that’s if you’re in the Us. Us in the UK have to wait until January 12th 2018, which sort of knackers my first paragraph up.
Onwards, though, for we have the first trailer and official synopsis for the movie. »
Oscar voters have long shown an affinity for World War II. Furthermore, members of the Academy make no secret how baity a good biopic is to them. Earlier, we finally got a Trailer for a film that checks off all of those boxes. It’s Darkest Hour, the Winston Churchill biopic that seems tailer made for awards season. As an added bonus, it features acclaimed actor Gary Oldman in the starring role, giving him a chance to truly contend for a statue, as he only has a single nomination to his credit so far. You can see the Trailer at the end of this piece, but as always, a bit of discussion is in order first. The movie looks at the time at the outset of the second World War, specifically as Winston Churchill (Oldman) became a comprise and unpopular choice for Prime Minister. Literally within days of taking the »
- Joey Magidson
Today was a big day in the TV world with Emmy nominations being announced (many of which went to stars known for their work on the big screen as well – Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Anthony Hopkins and Robert De Niro were among some of the lengthy list of nominees), but it also saw the release of some cool movie news.
Firstly, there’s a new trailer for American Assassin, which stars Dylan O’Brien as a highly-skilled counter-terrorism agent with the CIA. This trailer shows the character’s origins as a weaponized human, and shows a little of the action we can expect. American Assassin also stars Michael Keaton and Taylor Kitsch. Check out the new trailer below, and »
- Amanda Wood
In what will surely be one of this upcoming Oscar season’s more timely offerings, an extended trailer has just been released for the Gary Oldman–starring “Darkest Hour,” hitting theaters Nov. 22. Nearly unrecognizable in the film, Oldman will portray Winston Churchill, who became Prime Minister of Great Britain mere days before the start of World War II. Directed by Joe Wright (“Atonement”), the biographical feature will also star Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Ben Mendelsohn. Focus Features will handle distribution. Check out the new trailer below: Ready to land a gig on the big screen? Check out Backstage's film auditions! »
Get ready to fall in love with Abba all over again. “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” — the sequel to the smash hit 2008 flick “Mamma Mia” — is on the way. Much of the principal cast is returning, however, it looks like we’re going to get younger versions of their characters this time around too.
- Kevin Jagernauth
"You cannot reason with a tiger when your head is in its mouth!" Focus Features has unveiled the first trailer for Joe Wright's Darkest Hour, the second film this year about Winston Churchill (the other one is called Churchill starring Brian Cox). This is the film that stars the very talented Gary Oldman under heavy prosthetic as Winston Churchill, giving a powerful, commanding cigar-chomping performance. The focus in this film is on Churchill's first few days as Prime Minister, deciding whether or not to agree to a peace treaty with Nazi Germany or fight back and rally the troops. The cast includes Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn, Stephen Dillane, Kristin Scott Thomas, Charley Palmer Rothwell, Ronald Pickup, Nicholas Jones, Hannah Steele, Richard Lumsden, and Jeremy Child. This looks much, much better than the other Churchill film. And hopefully this will get Oldman an Oscar nomination - it definitely seems possible. »
- Alex Billington
Soldier, artist, hero…
“Do not let us speak of darker days; let us rather speak of sterner days. These are not dark days; these are great days—the greatest days our country has ever lived; and we must all thank God that we have been allowed, each of us according to our stations, to play a part in making these days memorable in the history of our race.” Winston Churchill, 29 October 1941.
If you’re a British history aficionado as well as a film buff, 2017 is your year at the cinemas.
Oldman’s look as the statesman is nothing short of amazing!
Here’s a list of the team »
- Michelle Hannett
Fall is around the corner, which means an onslaught of biopics and every so often, one of them manages to break the mold. We’re hoping this is the case for Darkest Hour, a new Winston Churchill biopic — not to be confused with the other one this year — with Gary Oldman in the lead role in a wild transformation. Ahead of a likely festival premiere before a November release, Focus Features have now released the first trailer.
Directed by Atonement and Anna Karenina‘s Joe Wright, Oldman has certainly transformed into the British Prime Minister and we hope the script by Anthony McCarten is a few steps above his milquetoast work in The Theory of Everything. Also starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup, and Ben Mendelsohn, check out the trailer below.
A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World War II as, »
- Jordan Raup
Author: Scott Davis
Directed by Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement), the film stars Academy Award Nominee Gary Oldman as the famous British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Rather than tell a typical biopic of the man, the film concentrates on a moment in time during the war where Churchill is trying to negotiate a peace treaty with Germany as well as trying to rally the nation against the Nazi forces heading across Europe.
Alongside Oldman are Lily James (Baby Driver), Stephen Dillane (The Crown), Kristen Scott-Thomas (Suite Francaise) and Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and is written by Andrew McCarten (The Theory of Everything, Bohemian Rhapsody). Working Title Films have produced the film.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, »
- Scott Davis
Winston Churchill is the hot ticket into the awards race right now. Following John Lithgow’s lauded turn as the Prime Minister of Great Britain in Netflix’s “The Crown,” for which he’s expected to earn an Emmy nomination, Gary Oldman is stepping into the politician’s shoes for Focus Features’ biopic “Darkest Hour,” and the role has all the makings of an Oscar contender. Historical figure? Check. Dramatic physical transformation? Check. Oldman was previously nominated for Best Actor in 2012 for “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy.”
Read More: 2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Actor
The official synopsis reads: “Within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: Exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, »
- Zack Sharf
Today, in setting yourself up for a needlessly difficult series of comparisons: Baby Driver star Lily James has signed on for the Mamma Mia! sequel, Here We Go Again, where she’ll play a younger version of Meryl Streep. Per Deadline, James has been cast as “Young Donna,” the earlier version of Streep’s worldly chanteuse, as she gets into various romantic scrapes with whoever’s stuck playing the younger versions of Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth.
Here We Go Again has already confirmed that much of the original movie’s cast—including Streep, Amanda Seyfried, and Christine Baranski—will return for the sequel, while Ol Parker, who helmed The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, is set to direct. The new film is expected to extend this unlikely franchise’s dive into Abba’s musical catalog, while also bringing back some of the first film’s biggest hits. »
- William Hughes
Baby Driver star Lily James is shifting gears and is set to test her singing talent in Universal’s upcoming movie musical sequel Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! She will join returning Mamma Mia! cast members Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, and Christine Baranski. James will play the role of “Young Donna” to Streep’s present-day Donna as the film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!… »
Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, and Amanda Seyfried are returning with Ol Parker writing and directing. James will play “Young Donna.” The film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present.
Littlestar’s Judy Craymer and Playtone’s Gary Goetzman, who produced the original, will re-team for the sequel. Craymer is also the creator and producer of the stage musical. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus are aboard again to provide music and lyrics and serve as executive producers.
Universal’s Senior VP of production Kristen Lowe and Creative Executive Lexi Barta will oversee production for the studio.
James, who is repped by UTA and Tavistock Wood, had been weighing a handful of big studio tentpoles over the »
- Justin Kroll
11 July 2017 11:36 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Cinderella is heading to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi.
Baby Driver star Lily James has signed on to star in Universal's sequel to Mamma Mia, the 2008 adaptation of the stage musical based on Abba songs that was one of the biggest hits in studio history, grossing more than $600 million worldwide.
- Rebecca Ford
Baby Driver is a fun movie that does not disappoint. Ansel Elgort stars as Baby, and he is captivating. The character is very eccentric, having been in a car accident that resulted in both his mother and father’s death, he is left with a ringing in his ears that forces him to constantly listen to music with earbuds. He develops an almost savant-like accuracy as a driver with the help of his noise-cancelling music. Doc (Kevin Spacey) is blackmailing Baby, as he was caught robbing Doc a few years earlier, by having him drive for heist after heist. Doc gives Baby only a small portion of the loot following each job, promising that his debt will soon be paid off. Unfortunately, this is simply not true. When Baby meets the love of his life one night at a diner – her name is Deborah and she is played by Lily James »
- Betsy Johnson
Edgar Wright‘s opening salvo into more mainstream films has everything you could want in a massive bite of action escapade, but it’s mashed together in a way that leaves the whole far less than the sum of the parts. That makes for a generally decent effort, and one that is hard to evaluate, because if you pick any particular piece, it’s hard to call it a flaw. Still, something about Wright’s ability to weave a complete picture is as problematic here as it has been in his other titles, like Shaun of the Dead and The World’s End, but in those gooftastic vehicles it hardly matters if you manage a serious level of cohesion.
- Marc Eastman
5 Reasons why you need to see Baby Driver5 Reasons why you need to see Baby DriverAdriana Floridia7/6/2017 10:46:00 PMDirector Edgar Wright is kind of a big deal. Although he may not be a household name yet, with his latest film, Baby Driver, surely even non-film aficionados will soon know who he is. Most famous for his "Cornetto" trilogy, comprising of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End, and all made with collaborators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, these three films are something of cult classics. He also directed the Toronto-set Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, which many consider a masterpiece of stylistic filmmaking. Baby Driver follows in its footsteps as an equally stylistic crime film about Baby (Ansel Elgort), a young getaway driver who's paying a debt to a mob boss (Kevin Spacey). It's a story we've seen before, but it has never quite unfolded like it does in Baby Driver, »
- Adriana Floridia
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