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Robin Hood Is Getting a Gritty Origin Story Produced By Leonardo DiCaprio
It’s been five whole years since we had a big feature film about Robin Hood, so at present there are multiple parties trying to bring us the next one. The latest to join the fray is Joby Harold, the guy behind Guy Ritchie’s upcoming King Arthur franchise. Titled Robin Hood: Origins, Harold’s script will be […]
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- Angie Han
Will Smith Focused on Career, Not Box Office Results
You might not be able to take the schadenfreude out of the town – some in Hollywood love to root for a competitor’s heartaches – but you can take a bit of the town out of the man.
Will Smith said he will emotionally, and even physically, remove himself this weekend from the chatter over box office results for “Focus,” his first star turn since critics scoffed and most fans dodged 2013’s “After Earth.”
“I’m probably going to leave town for a week or so, so I don’t get sucked back into the machine,” Smith said before the premiere of the grifter pic this week. “I can’t allow the box office success, or the lack thereof, to determine my self-image.”
- James Rainey
See Eddie Redmayne as Transgender Artist Lili Elbe in 'The Danish Girl' (Photo)
Just days after Eddie Redmayne won the best actor Oscar for his performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, the British actor is undergoing another transformation for his latest film The Danish Girl. In the first look at Redmayne's portrayal of transgender artist Lili Elbe in the film, Working Title tweeted the below photo of Redmayne in character. Born as Einar Wegener, the Danish artist was the first man to undergo a sex-change operation. The film focuses on the love story between Wegener and his wife, Gerda Gottlieb, as he makes his pioneering journey to become a
- Hilary Lewis
Watch: Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts Don't Want to Grow Up in 'While We're Young' Trailer
Noah Baumbach was at Sundance earlier this year with his latest Greta Gerwig collaboration "Mistress America," which was a hit with critics. Before Fox Searchlight releases that at some point this year, his ensemble comedy "While We're Young," which premiered at last year's Toronto International Film Festival, opens this spring via A24. Today the company has dropped the first full-length trailer for the film that stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a happily married middle-aged couple going through a collective midlife crisis. Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried co-star. In our review out of Toronto we called the film the filmmaker's "most accessible to date." Read More: Sundance Review: Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig's 'Mistress America' is an Endearing Screwball ComedyA24 release the film in select theaters on March 27 with plans to expand in April. Watch the new trailer below: »
- Nigel M Smith
How a Near-Pristine 35mm Print of Orson Welles' 'Chimes at Midnight' Was Found
Distribpix Inc.'s Steven Morowitz and filmmaker Joel Bender have uncovered an "almost pristine" 35mm print of Orson Welles' "Falstaff, Chimes at Midnight," starring Welles himself as the titular knight, a bawdy, boozing flaneur lifted from Shakespeare's "Henry IV" plays and "Henry V." Long unavailable on home video formats due to legal tussles, "Chimes at Midnight" was found tucked among tens of thousands of pounds of film elements owned by Morowitz, who evidently had been sitting on the print for 20-plus years. "One thing is for sure and that is that the world wants a gorgeous and definitive release of Falstaff," he co-wrote on his blog with Bender. DCPs have floated around various retrospectives, and Bay Area cinephiles have caught a 16mm print of the film at the Pacific Film Archive. The uncut print takes up seven reels, which they took to a film lab for digital processing. But no restoration has been. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Watch: Shakespeare Gets Rocked In New Trailer For 'Cymbeline' With Ethan Hawke, Dakota Johnson, Milla Jovovich, More
For a brief moment there, it looked like "Cymbeline" had changed titles to the super generic "Anarchy." But whatever happened, it looks like those behind the movie have decided to embrace its Shakespearean roots, and have launched a fiery new trailer for the flick that features no wigs or corsets, but plenty of guns. Michael Almereyda — who wrote and directed the 2000 reimagining of "Hamlet" — once again dips into the Bard's work, and rounds up Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, John Leguizamo, Penn Badgley, Dakota Johnson, Anton Yelchin, Bill Pullman, Delroy Lindo, and Kevin Corrigan for this tale of a brutal battle between corrupt cops and a biker gang. Things get violent and explosive, with shots being fired, and iambic pentameter tossed around too for good measure. Your English professor might not approve. "Cymbeline" arrives On Demand and in cinemas on March 13th. Here's our review. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Cannes Film Fest Sued by French Director
Verhoeven, a 73-year old director with two feature film credits, suing Cannes for “homophobia” because the festival did not select “Teenagers,” a gay drama dealing with terrorism, back in 2009.
The claim has been perceived by local journos as absurd since Cannes festival has supported many movies dealing with gay issues, notably Abdellatif Kechiche’s romance “Blue is the Warmest Color” which won a Palme d’Or.
Verhoeven’s lawsuit is reportedly the first ever filed against the high-profile festival.
“Teenagers” earned poor reviews but managed to win one nod for best narrative feature at the California film Awards.
- Elsa Keslassy
‘A Murder in the Park’ Documentary Bought by Sundance Selects
Producers are Andrew Hale and Rech. The film made its world premiere at the 2014 Doc NYC festival.
The story follows death row inmate Anthony Porter, whose life is saved through the efforts of a Northwestern University journalism class two days before his execution. The re-investigation into the crime for which Porter was convicted — a 1982 double homicide in a Chicago park — led to the discovery of Alstory Simon, whose confession exonerated Porter.
However, the filmmakers contend that Porter is actually guilty. Simon spent 15 years in prison before being freed last October by the state, which found that coercive tactics that were used in obtaining the confession that were “unacceptable by law enforcement standards.”
“Rech and Kimber have crafted an expertly made, utterly captivating examination of the ethics »
- Dave McNary
‘Supergirl’ Casting: Dean Cain, Helen Slater, and More Join CBS Series
The cast of Supergirl just got a little bit more super. Former Superman Dean Cain and former Supergirl Helen Slater have just joined the cast, along with David Harewood and Chyler Leigh. Get all the latest Supergirl casting updates after the jump. Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers, who like a certain other DC superhero, […]
- Angie Han
Palm Frites: Robin Campillo’s Eastern Boys
No matter the genre, you discover the imprimatur of the best classical Hollywood studio directors in all of their films—so posits the Auteur Theory. I accept the premise, with the proviso that it be applied, a bit differently, to the more distinctive non-Hollywood filmmakers, American or not. There’s a kernel of truth in the old saw that a director makes the same movie over and over. Robin Campillo is a French auteur, his work worthy of tracing a generic arc, even though he has directed only two films. In 2004, he made the profoundly disturbing low-budget horror flick They Came Back (Les […] »
- Howard Feinstein
Thor Admits “I Don’t Think We’re Going To Win This One” [Chris Hemsworth Avengers 2 Set Interview]
On June 12th 2014, I visited the London set of Avengers: Age of Ultron. In October, we posted our on set interviews with Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr. and director Joss Whedon. Today we’ve been given the green light to publish our interview with another Avenger: Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth. Here is a short snippet from Hemsworth explaining how the stakes in this […]
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- Peter Sciretta
Nicolas Winding Refn Talks 'My Life' Doc, What's Next, Dropping Studio Gigs & The Reaction To 'Only God Forgives'
This is a reprint of our interview from the 2014 Fantastic Fest. When it comes to documentaries that chart the making of a particular film, some of the very best have come from those closest to the filmmakers. The most towering achievement in this regard is probably "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse," an intense making-of documentary that follows Francis Ford Coppola and the bonkers production of "Apocalypse Now," which was co-authored by Coppola's wife, Eleanor. Following in Eleanor's footsteps is Liv Corfixen, the wife of "Drive" filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, who took to cataloguing the production of Refn's polarizing, Bangkok-set thriller "Only God Forgives," with "My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn." We had the chance to sit down with Refn and Corfixen at the recent Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. The documentary is an intimate portrait of frustration and familial unrest (since they had to move the family »
- Drew Taylor
Watch: Russell T Davies' Dramas 'Cucumber'/'Banana' to Premiere After 'RuPaul's Drag Race'
"Queer as Folk" fans, you're in luck -- Russell T Davies' ("Doctor Who") highly anticipated new interconnected dramas "Cucumber" and "Banana" will premiere March 2 on Logo, following the premiere of "RuPaul's Drag Race." The two interwoven drama series will explore the lives of 21st century gay life in Manchester, England. The hour long "Cucumber" follows Henry Best (Vincent Franklin) and his boyfriend of nine years, Lance Sullivan (Cyril Nri), while the half-hour long "Banana" follows the lives of the younger characters in Henry's world. In this clip from "Banana," we see one of the characters, Dean (Fisayo Akinade), experience something we've all done, whether we care to admit it or not: seeing an attractive stranger on public transport and promptly fantasizing about a life together. "Cucumber" and "Banana" also stars Julie Hesmondhalgh ("Coronation Street"), Freddie Fox »
- Jena Keahon
Limited Series Retells 'Star Wars' Episodes 1-6 Chronologically Through C-3Po & R2-D2's Eyes, With Lego
Let's make one thing clear: while Disney is restarting a franchise with "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," they are also using the Force to make mega money from merchandising. In 2010, a year in which no "Star Wars" movie was released and the sequels were a distant thought, Lucasfilm earned $510 million — half a billion — in revenue from "Star Wars" related sales. Now all that cheddar is coming to the House of Mouse, and you can bet accountants are having wet dreams about the kind of moola that will roll in for "Star Wars" branded stuff when 'The Force Awakens' arrives. But it's not just the movie that's gonna move product. Disney Xd and Lego will drop "Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales," a limited series of five, 22-minute episodes that will retell the first six "Star Wars" episodes through the eyes of C-3Po and R2-D2. And oh yeah, it will be done with Lego, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Rich Kids Do Bad Things
yt id="Es-jm4iDRRQ" width="500" I could have seen The Riot Club at the Toronto Film Festival last year, but I feel like it's a film I've seen too many times before. Am I wrong or are you seeing something different herec Filthy. Rich. Spoiled. Rotten. A band of overprivileged rich boys run wild in this savagely funny satire of money, sex and power. In the elite realm of Oxford University, no society is more exclusive than The Riot Club, the ultra-selective fraternity for Britain's most privileged sons. When he's recruited to join, down-to-earth first-year student Miles (Max Irons) is at first amused--but he's about to get a taste of upper-crust entitlement at its ugliest when a hedonistic night of drinking and drugs spins out of control. Based on the play "Posh" by Laura Wade. Directed by Lone Scherfig (An Education, One Day) Starring: Holliday Grainger, Douglas Booth, Natalie Dormer, »
- Brad Brevet
Bruce Lee Family Plans New Film Biopic
Exclusive: Bruce Lee, who became pound for pound the best action hero Hollywood has ever produced even though he died at age 32 when he was just getting started, is such an iconic figure that when his daughter Shannon held meetings with prospective Chinese production partners on a biopic, she was told that when it came to revered Chinese cultural heroes, her father was right up there with Confucius. Given Hollywood’s hot pursuit of projects that can draw a vast audience… »
How Leonard Nimoy Tried to Escape the Grip of Mr. Spock
Leonard Nimoy titled his 1977 autobiography “I Am Not Spock,” referencing the “Star Trek” role that, in its own way, became a pair of velvet handcuffs. Indeed, for actors, few parts better sum up the conundrum they can face – eager to find a steady part that propels them into the public consciousness, only to become at least partially shackled in terms of the doors that association closes.
Nimoy had bounced around in Westerns and smaller movie roles before landing the gig as Mr. Spock, the emotionless Vulcan. Even more than most of his “Star Trek” castmates, he seemed to chafe against some of the expectations the series engendered – amusingly spoofed in William Shatner’s mock “Get a life!” outburst at Trekkers on “Saturday Night Live” – before ostensibly resigning himself to them.
In that regard, there were always mixed feelings in seeing Nimoy drawn back into the franchise, although he wisely parlayed »
- Brian Lowry
Watch: SXSW Trailer for 'Uncle John' Ratchets Up Small Town Tensions (Exclusive)
First-time filmmaker Steven Piet takes his debut drama starring longtime character actor John Ashton to South by Southwest this March. This rural mystery was co-written by Piet and producer Erik Crary, who was also a producer on David Lynch's "Inland Empire." That may indicate the influences at play here. Official synopsis and an artfully tense Toh! exclusive trailer below: Dutch, a small town bully turned born again Christian, has gone missing. John, a loved and well-respected member of the community, is not a suspect, but has everything to do with it. Rumors and theories about Dutch’s fate are main topics of discussion all around town. Dutch’s younger brother, Danny, who shares the family’s bad reputation, has his own theory about the mystery and it centers on John. Meanwhile, John’s nephew, Ben, leads a life replete with snarky jokes and gourmet coffee as a hip Chicago motion graphics designer. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Peacock Productions Jumps With Brian Banks Into ‘Serial’-esque Real-Time True Crime Series Derby
Add NBC News’ Peacock Productions to the growing list of unscripted-tv producers trying to do their own iteration of the wildly successful Serial podcast. Peacock Prods’ hook? Its series will be developed with Brian Banks, whose life as a wrongly convicted man is being turned into a movie directed by Lee Daniels. Last August, Daniels announced he’d signed to The Brian Banks Story for Amy Baer's Gidden Media. Profiled in a 60 Minutes piece, Banks was a high school… »
Watch: Two New Clips From 'Game Of Thrones' Season 5 With Brienne, Podrick, Jon Snow And Mance
There are two kinds of people in this world: those who watch "Game Of Thrones," and those who don't. I actually haven't watched the series, for no reason other than I just never hopped on the wagon and now four seasons deep, it's a big chunk to catch up with. I will at some point, but probably not before season five starts. But for the rest of you, a couple of new clips have arrived. Granted, they are quite brief, with HBO keeping things secret as long as they can. But you can catch up with Brienne, Podrick, Jon Snow and Mance with the scenes told through the perspective of The Sight (see, I've done some reading up, at least), which is basically a prophetic ability some children in the world of the show have. So there you go. "Game Of Thrones" returns on April 12th. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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