Shocker: Tom Cruise Exits ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.;’ Warner Bros Recasting For Fall Start
Exclusive: Tom Cruise has exited as the lead in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., the remake of the classic TV series that Guy Ritchie will direct for Warner Bros. Cruise was scheduled to star in the film with Armie Hammer, but he has stepped out of the picture to focus on producing and starring in Mission: Impossible 5. Paramount and Skydance are now planning to begin shooting the latest installment of that franchise before year’s end. Warner Bros has a script they like, and a top director who’s expecting to direct U.N.C.L.E. in the fall. The timing proved too difficult and so Cruise stepped out to focus on M:I5. Warner Bros will now go hard looking for the lead of this movie, which is inspired by the original TV series ran from 1964-68, with Robert Vaughan and David McCallum playing Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
‘The Great Gatsby’ Hits $100 Million in the U.S.
Not bad, old sport.
“Gatsby,” directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, has taken in an additional $64.4 million overseas for a worldwide cume of $164.4 million with major markets such as Australia, Mexico, Brazil and Japan yet to open.
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“We all congratulate Baz and his amazing cast and crew on the success of the film which will continue to enjoy the lucrative summer play time,” WB distribution prexy Dan Fellman said in a statement.
Sue Kroll, prexy of worldwide marketing added, “We had the benefit of a wonderful collaboration with this extraordinary director and his cast and team. The film Baz put together, with its modern yet timeless feel, including its surprising musical mix, gave »
- Stuart Oldham
We've Seen Fox's 'Sleepy Hollow' - Should You?
It is hard to get excited about Sleepy Hollow when you hear the premise: Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman are transported to modern-day Sleepy Hollow, where Ichabod teams with a local cop to uncover a National Treasure-like mystery in order to stop the apocalypse. It sounds pretty ridiculous. With only the pilot to judge on, I am not prepared to make a final call, but I will admit that I was more engaging and less ridiculous than the logline would suggest.
Ichabod Crane wakes in a cave, 250 years after being wounded during the Revolutionary War. The Headless Horseman has been “resurrected” too, and wastes no time killing the sheriff in his pursuit to get a horse. Ichabod, found wandering in the street, is immediately considered the prime suspect. After an interrogation and polygraph leave the police no closer to an arrest, it is pretty clear that Ichabod is »
- Alyse Wax
The hottest French film star of 2013: Omar Sy
Intouchables (known as Untouchable in the UK) is the most successful French-language film ever made. And just as the previous title-holder, Amélie, turned Audrey Tautou into an international star, so Intouchables is having the same effect on Omar Sy. But where Tautou, gamine and Gallic, belongs to a highly bankable tradition, Sy is a one-off, at least for now. He's the country's first black superstar.
The fourth of eight children raised in the banlieue by Senegalese Mauritian parents, the 35-year-old is France's darling: as well as winning best actor at the 2011 Césars, he was voted the nation's most popular person in a poll for Le Journal du Dimanche. A hefty share of the $269m raked in by Intouchables must be attributable to his smile.
It helps that there is some overlap between Sy's rags-to-riches »
- Ryan Gilbey
The hottest French films of 2013
This year's Cannes film festival showcased a crop of French films that are well worth looking out for when hit the UK
Lovers of French cinema have plenty to look forward to. At the Cannes film festival we were treated to an intensely French spectacle, certain to be released in British cinemas very soon: Jeune Et Jolie, or Young And Beautiful, by François Ozon, the story of a young woman's sexual awakening. Perhaps only French cinema could get away with this trope, but the performance by newcomer Marine Vacth is tremendous, and the cameo by Charlotte Rampling is enjoyably bizarre.
Marion Cotillard is one of the best actors in the world; her face conveys emotions and thoughts with miraculous clarity and sympathy. This year, she is starring in The Immigrant , the new film from American auteur James Gray, which is sure to be a draw for all those who love this great French performer. »
- Peter Bradshaw
Why marathon productions are big among the YouTube generation | Kirsty Lang
The popularity of epic theatre and film projects shows audiences are hungry for a deeper experience than Twitter can offer
Two artistic marathons are taking place this weekend. Theatregoers at the Norfolk and Norwich festival will sit through a 12-hour experimental play called Life and Times, which chronicles the life of an ordinary young woman in the Us. And in Brighton, film fans will watch the final four-hour instalment of Berlin Alexanderplatz, Fassbinder's 15-and-a-half-hour adaptation of one of Germany's best-loved novels. Ticket sales for both events have been good.
Gatz, an eight-hour production in which every single word of The Great Gatsby is read out on stage, was a sellout when it opened in London last summer with the kind of rave reviews Baz Luhrmann can only dream of for his film.
There is nothing new about marathon shows. Peter Brook's Mahabharata was nine hours, and Wagner's Ring Cycle »
- Kirsty Lang
Confessions of an Indiana Jones Virgin: Allison Watches Raiders Of The Lost Ark for the First Time
First of all, what was the MPAA like in the past? This movie has a PG rating? As I heard someone say recently, "PG in the 80s translates to a light R now." Nazi faces melt off, a man gets cut into pieces by a propeller blade, there are innumerable corpses and there's a foul-mouthed broad smoking and drinking … if I was 10 years old I would be losing my mind right now (with excitement). Actually, my current self was pretty excited, too. Raiders of the Lost Ark caught me immediately with a classic, old Hollywood shot of Our Hero Indy (Harrison Ford) emerging from the shadows. The music, the shot -- everything was a classic set up of "this is the good guy, and he's going to save the day." What's not to like? Then there are three corpses in the first ten minutes. Bring me some more popcorn. This just got real. »
- Allison Keene
This week's new DVD & Blu-ray
At the start of the 90s, Us independent cinema was unrecognisable from the beast it later became. Few films broke out of the small arthouse circuit, the only celebrity you'd ever see at Sundance (where this movie was a Grand Jury prize nominee in 1990) was Robert Redford, and the roost was ruled by barely a handful of directors, such as Jim Jarmusch, Steven Soderbergh, Hal Hartley and later Richard Linklater. Of that small bunch, it was Hartley who perhaps took most of the acclaim, yet he never really broke out of the indie ghetto.
Even amid such unique voices Hartley's stood out. He arrived virtually fully formed with his first feature, The Unbelievable Truth. Drenched in ambiguity and wit, it is a strangely comedic drama that casually plays with movie tropes. »
- Phelim O'Neill
This week's new film events
Picnic Cinema | Selected III | The Stone Roses: Made Of Stone + Q&A | Tyneside Cinema Anniversary
Picnic Cinema, Keswick & various venues
As the name suggests, this new initiative is aimed at those prepared to go a little further for their outdoor movie experience – outside the city centre, even. This Saturday, it's a secluded meadow in the Lake District's spectacular Whinlatter Forest, where intrepid fans can bring a picnic (and camping chairs and other appropriate outdoor gear) and watch Danny Boyle's student flatshare classic Shallow Grave. If that's not hardcore enough, though, hold out for Picnic Cinema's campover screenings in atmospheric spots across the north of England over the summer months, including 28 Days Later in Grizedale Forest, and Bram Stoker's Dracula at the "haunted" Muncaster Castle.
Various venues, Sat to 24 Aug
Selected III, Nottingham, Brighton, Newcastle upon Tyne, Glasgow, Liverpool & London
It's never easy to keep abreast of artists working in film, »
- Steve Rose
The Hangover Part III, Something In The Air, Epic 3D: this week's new films
Here we go again, ostensibly for the last time, and if this doesn't capture the magic of the first Hangover it's at least less offensive than the second, which isn't much of a recommendation. An intervention over Alan's mental health and the hunt for Mr Chow is what sets in motion the Wtf escapades and male bonding this time, but it all feels a little forced and familiar. If anything, the "wolf pack" is now too tame.
Something In The Air (15)
Assayas gets beyond the cliches of France's young, post-1968 revolutionaries, »
- Steve Rose
Cannes Palm Dog Award Goes to Liberace’s Blind Poodle
Baby Boy, the partially-sighted poodle who appears in “Behind the Candelabra,” has been named the top dog of the Cannes Film Festival as winner of the Palm Dog award.
Judged by film critics, the prize is not an official part of the festival, but is independently-awarded like other prizes such as the Queer Palm. In the film, Liberace and Scott Thorson, played by Matt Damon, are brought together when they care for the ailing poodle. The pianist had several dogs at his kitschy Las Vegas mansion.
Though Baby Boy was not able to attend the Friday ceremony, he will receive a Creature Clothes trophy collar.
Judge Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian newspaper told the Associated Press that it also “has been a year of canine suffering and pain, »
- Pat Saperstein
Cannes Festival Review: ’3X3D’
In order to thrive, stereoscopic cinema desperately needs some wild, artistic directors to jump in and experiment with the format, and so the prospect of a portmanteau film featuring 3D shorts by Peter Greenaway, Jean-Luc Godard and Edgar Pera is reason enough to get excited. Alas, the enthusiasm dies there, as “3X3D” amounts to little more than a vanity commission to celebrate the EU selecting Guimaraes, Portugal, as its European Capital of Culture for 2012. Too narrowly targeted to generate much interest abroad, this disappointing group effort won’t travel much beyond Guimaraes, except to wrap the Critics’ Week at Cannes.
Open to sampling the new technology, Greenaway has the most fun with the format, playing with split-screen, transitions, floating text and visual effects as he does circles around Guimaraes’ sprawling Palace of the Dukes of Braganza. Actors dressed as key figures associated with the city appear around various corners, »
- Peter Debruge
Sony Classics Picks Up Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’
Leslie Felperin wrote in the Cannes review for Variety: “Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston have empathic chemistry as the leads, and the pic is a smidge more commercial than Jarmusch’s meandering previous effort, ‘The Limits of Control.’ But it still feels like an in-joke intended only for select acolytes, »
- Dave McNary
Cannes Deal: Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up Jarmusch's 'Only Lovers Left Alive,' Starring Swinton
"It would take a stake through the heart to keep Barker, Bernard and Leiner away from a good movie,” said producer Jeremy Thomas as Cannes 2013 drew to a close. Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American rights to Thomas and Jim Jarmusch's competition title "Only Lovers Left Alive," starring Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton, which played well for the press corps Friday in advance of its Saturday Cannes gala premiere. The film was produced by Thomas's Recorded Picture Company and Reinhard Brundig's Pandora Film. Christos Konstantakopoulos of Fairilo House served as executive producer. Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin and Jeffrey Wright also star in "Only Left Alive," which is set in Detroit and Tangier and involves both vampires and guitars. The film's synopsis is below: It follows an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, who reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. »
- Anne Thompson
Walking With Dinosaurs Trailer Shows Dinos On The Move
This Christmas, 20th Century Fox and Reliance Entertainment will bring Walking with Dinosaurs into theaters, a 3D film that promises to let viewers truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. I'm guessing cold and scary. What sets the latest trailer apart from the international trailer released earlier this month is the narration. The 2-minute international trailer is narrated by an omniscient trailer voice, while this new one puts us into the mind of the lead character, a dinosaur traveling with his family to find a new home. There's a bit of a Land Before Time quality to the story, in its mentioned focus on dinosaurs in search for a place that's presumably more habitable than wherever they were, but the 3D animation jumps out at us as one of the key features in this new dinosaur story. And from what we've seen so far, »
Jim Jarmusch's Tilda Swinton Vampire Pic 'Only Lovers Left Alive' Heads From Cannes To Sony Classics
A day before its official premiere in Cannes, Jim Jarmusch's "Only Lovers Left Alive" has been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics for U.S. Release. Starring Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin and Jeffrey Wright, the film follows a love story between two vampires (played by Swinton and Hiddleston). Full press release below. Check out this review on The Playlist. New York (May 24, 2013) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American rights to Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, which will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival tomorrow in the In Competition section. The film was produced by Jeremy Thomas of Recorded Picture Company and Reinhard Brundig of Pandora Film. Christos Konstantakopoulos of Fairilo House served as executive producer. Starring Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin and Jeffrey Wright, Only Lovers Left Alive takes place. »
- Peter Knegt
Cannes: Spc Sinks Teeth Into Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’
Sony Pictures Classics acquired North American rights to Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, the vampire pic that premieres tomorrow at Cannes in the In Competition section. The film was produced by Jeremy Thomas of Recorded Picture Company and Reinhard Brundig of Pandora Film. Christos Konstantakopoulos of Fairilo House served as executive producer. Starring Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin and Jeffrey Wright, Only Lovers Left Alive takes place against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier and follows an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, who reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister. “It would take a stake through the heart to keep Barker, Bernard and Leiner away from a good movie,” stated Producer JeremyThomas. Thorsten Schumacher »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
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