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New Star Wars Picture Reveals Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma

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Star Wars Day is off and running, and hot on the heels of this morning’s fantastic looks at new Star Wars: The Force Awakens characters played by Adam Driver and Lupita Nyong’o is another photo that reveals yet another new character: Captain Phasma. Gwendoline Christie, who portrays Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones, plays Phasma in the film, who is an officer of the nefarious First Order. This being Star Wars and all we figured there’d be two villains, and it certainly looks as though Christie will be the other main baddie alongside Driver. Director J.J. Abrams previously revealed that the character of Phasma was originally written to be a man, but after thinking on it they all decided there was no reason the part couldn’t be rewritten as a woman. Christie has done wonderful work on Game of Thrones thus far, and it »


- Adam Chitwood

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Kevin Feige Answers Lingering Avengers: Age Of Ultron Questions

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Judging by this past weekend’s box office, some people saw Avengers: Age of Ultron. These people may also have questions about some of the film’s big reveals. While some plot points won’t be continued until further down the road in Phase Three (I expect Thor: Ragnarok to be huge in terms of setting up Infinity War), there are some moments from the movie that could use a bit of clarification. Producer and Marvel Studios President spoke to /Film about a couple of the movie’s head-scratching moments. First up, there’s the credits scene where Thanos retrieves the Infinity Gauntlet before saying “Fine. I’ll do it myself.” But wasn’t the Infinity Gauntlet in Odin’s throne room? [caption id="attachment_453565" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Marvel Studios[/caption] Feige wouldn’t say where Thanos got the gauntlet, but he didn’t have to break into the vault to steal it: »


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See Andrew Garfield in First Images from Martin Scorsese's 'Silence'

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Based on Shūsaku Endō's 1966 novel that follows Portuguese Jesuits who face violence and persecution while on a mission to remote 17th century Japan, "Silence" began shooting in January in Taiwan, which Ang Lee suggested as a location for Scorsese, and has now wrapped filming. The real work now begins for Scorsese and editor Thelma Schoonmaker. “I’ve wanted to make “Silence” for almost two decades, and it is finally a reality," said Martin Scorsese, whose film will be domestically distributed by Paramount, with foreign markets handled by AI Films/Im Global. "Silence,"one of our most anticipated films of the year, has now been slated for a 2016 release. Read More: How Scorsese and Schoonmaker Restored "The Tales of Hoffmann" "It’s a lifetime that the character of Father Rodrigues goes through that we witness," said Garfield at a press conference in Taiwan (video below). "It’s such an agonizing lifetime that he has to live. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Over 25 New Tomorrowland Pictures: George Clooney, Jetpacks and More

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As much as I want to see more of Tomorrowland itself, I'm glad that the Disney marketing team is steering clear of revealing too much about this "enigmatic place somewhere in time and space" prior to the release. (Minus the little bit revealed in those featurettes the other day.) A batch of new images from Tomorrowland just surfaced and while they don't reveal any mind-blowing new details, they still make me eager to discover what this place is all about and what George Clooney and Britt Robertson's characters have to do while they're there. Check out all of the new Tomorrowland pictures below. The film opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on May 22nd, and also stars Raffey Cassidy, Hugh LaurieTim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson. [caption id="attachment_453497" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Walt Disney Pictures[/caption] [caption id="attachment_453499" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Walt Disney Pictures[/caption] [caption id="attachment_453501" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Walt Disney Pictures[/caption] »


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Watch: Maika Monroe Makes That Awkward Call In 'It Follows' Parody Video

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I'm a bit surprised that the spring horror's hit "It Follows" hasn't spawned any major spoofs just yet. But perhaps hoping to beat the inevitable, members of the cast have teamed with Funny Or Die for "Just Calling To Say It Follows." Read More: Review: 'It Follows' Favors Mood Over Outright Scariness Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, and Daniel Zovatto get on the phone in the video to make that really awkward call to let the people they've slept with know that they might just have a demon stalking them. It's a fun little riff that turns one of the more serious elements of the film on its head. Check it out below. »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Edinburgh to open with Robert Carlyle's directorial debut

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The Legend Of Barney Thomson to world premiere at the 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff).

Robert Carlyle’s feature film directorial debut, The Legend Of Barney Thomson, is to open the 69th edition of the Festival on June17 , where it will receive its world premiere. 

Directed by and starring Carlyle alongside Emma Thompson and Ray Winstone, the Glasgow-set thriller will kick off the 12-day festival at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh. 

Co-stars includeTom Courtenay, Ashley Jensen, Martin Compston, Brian Pettifer, Kevin Guthrie, James Cosmo, Stephen McCole and Samuel Robertson, with a screenplay by Colin McLaren and Richard Cowan.

Trainspotting star Carlyle is an honorary patron of the festival and said: “After a career-long association with Eiff it gives me enormous pleasure to have The Legend Of Barney Thomson chosen as Opening Night film. It really is such an honour for me to have my first feature as director premiered here in Edinburgh at the Festival that has »


- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Lionsgate to invest in 25+ British films

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Lionsgate’s Zygi Kamasa commits to making “independent British films at the forefront of cinema worldwide”.

Lionsgate has pledged to finance and co-invest in up to 25 British independent films “with an increased production value” over the next four years.

The company has invested in and released more than 20 British features in the past three years with a combined production budget of more than $225m including Lasse Hallstrom’s Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt; Ralph FiennesThe Invisible Woman and Coriolanus; Mike Newell’s Great Expectations; and Jon S Baird’s Filth starring James McAvoy.

Lionsgate Europe CEO Zygi Kamasa, who recently signed a long-term deal to stay at the company, said of the move: “The UK is one of the most creatively exciting places in the world to be making movies right now and we want to help make independent British films be at the forefront of cinema worldwide.”

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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James Corden Helps Arnold Schwarzenegger Perform Film Career In 6 Minutes

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Very political late-night on CBS. While David Letterman hosted President Barack Obama, Late Late Show host James Corden hosted former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and they re-enacted 17 of his films in six minutes. After kicking things off with Conan The Barbarian, they worked their way through to The Expendables, where Arnold asked, “One, two or three?” and James correctly wondered, “What’s the difference?” Schwarzenegger had no answer: “I don’t know, I never… »


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The Tribe: the silent, violent deaf-school drama – video clip

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Miroslav Slaboshpytskiy's The Tribe takes place in a state-run Ukrainian school for the deaf. The film, which has neither dialogue nor music, follows a new pupil as he is inducted into the violent world of the school's social hierarchy. The Tribe, which debuted at Critics' Week in Cannes before a critically-acclaimed run at the London film festival, is released in the UK on 15 May Continue reading »

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Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon quits Twitter

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Whedon leaves the social media platform, after his Marvel blockbuster hits cinemas and generates criticism from some viewers

Joss Whedon, the director of current Marvel superhero smash hit Avengers: Age of Ultron, has quit Twitter and deleted his account.

In a final message he wrote: “Thank you to all the people who’ve been so kind and funny and inspiring up in here.” It comes as the Avengers sequel hits cinemas, and viewers have gone on to Twitter to vent frustrations with the film’s plotlines – from perceived sexism in its handling of Scarlett Johansson’s character Black Widow, to the depiction of lightning-fast superhero Quicksilver.

Yep. There is a "Tea Party" equivalent of progressivism/liberalism. And they just chased Joss Whedon off Twitter. Good job, guys. Ugh.

Related: Avengers: Age of Ultron scores second biggest opening ever at Us box office

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- Ben Beaumont-Thomas

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Lionsgate UK To Finance, Co-Invest in At Least 25 British Films Over Next Four Years

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Lionsgate UK chief exec Zygi Kamasa announced today the UK arm of the indie film and TV giant would be financing and co-investing in at least 25 British films over the next four years. The re-affirmation of Lionsgate’s commitment to British film comes after the company had invested in and released more than 20 British features with a combined production budget of over $225 million. Kamasa, who recently re-upped with the mini-major with enhanced responsibilities, has been… »


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Cannes: Media Luna Acquires ‘Talion,’ ‘There,’ ‘Duel’ (Exclusive)

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Madrid – In the run-up to the Cannes Film Market, where it will host 10 market screenings, Media Luna New Films has acquired world sales rights to Martin Tuta’s thriller “Talion,” drama “I Was There” and docudrama “The Duel of Wine.”

The new pick-ups boost Media Luna’s Latin American or Latino Cannes slate to a total of five movies. An ethics-questioning thriller “Talion” turns on a masked avenger dubbed “Mirubin” who abducts and tortures pedophiles, and it doesn’t matter if one is the city’s mayor. But this is a personal war that makes “Mirubin” a criminal, for some of the public at least.

A journalist, Amira, attempts to uncover the avenger’s true identity. That could be more because she’s needs a hot scoop to reboot her career than because of a sense of justice. Pic’s core theme is not pedophilia, nor its victims, but the »


- John Hopewell

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens characters revealed in Vanity Fair photos

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Film industry bible’s exclusive photos reveal character details of Adam Driver’s villain, Kylo Ren, and Lupita Nyong’o’s Maz Kanata, who will be created using CGI

We still don’t know who’s related to who, or what Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia have been doing in the three decades since 1983’s Return of the Jedi. But Vanity Fair has revealed some vital snippets of information about the characters played by Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley and Lupita Nyong’o in Jj Abrams’ forthcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Ahead of its new issue, which will feature a series of shots from the film’s Pinewood set by thephotographer Annie Leibovitz, the magazine has confirmed that Driver will play Kylo Ren – likely a villain, and the wielder of the triple-pronged lightsaber seen in early trailers. He is seen marshalling a pair of Stormtroopers loyal to »

- Ben Child

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Ryan Gosling eats cereal in Vine for meme creator – video

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Since 2013 the Scottish film-maker Ryan McHenry has built a huge viral audience for his Vines featuring the Hollywood star Ryan Gosling, in which the star appears to refuse to eat his cereal. Gosling had no involvement with the series, but when it was announced this week that McHenry had lost his battle with osteosarcoma, the actor paid tribute with a Vine of his own

A Ryan McHenry memorial fund has been opened to raise money for cancer research

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Lionsgate U.K. to Finance, Co-invest in Up to 25 British Independent Films in Four Years

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London — Lionsgate U.K. has unveiled plans to finance and co-invest in up to 25 British independent films over the next four years.

Lionsgate’s U.K. and European CEO Zygi Kamasa said Tuesday that the move would further strengthen the studio’s position as one of the leading co-financiers and distributors in the U.K.

Kamasa said: “The U.K. is one of the most creatively exciting places in the world to be making movies right now, and we want to help position independent British films at the forefront of cinema worldwide.”

In the past three years, Lionsgate U.K. has invested in and released more than 20 British features with a combined production budget of more than $225 million. Among the U.K. films that it has distributed recently are Alan Rickman’s “A Little Chaos,” starring Kate Winslet, Steven Knight’s “Locke,” starring Tom Hardy, and James Kent’s “Testament of Youth, »


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Film Review: ‘A Royal Night Out’

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“Why have a ballroom with no balls?” trilled Princess Anna in Disney’s 2013 smash “Frozen,” voicing the social (and perhaps sexual) yearnings of any number of repressed, restless princesses in the fairy-tale universe — as well as, if the delightful “A Royal Night Out” is to be believed, the young Queen Elizabeth II herself. Imagining the alternately raucous and romantic exploits of the future English monarch and her sister Margaret as they are let loose upon London for one wild night of Victory in Europe celebrations, Julian Jarrold’s brightly performed exercise in speculative history scores as a frothier, more feminine bookend to “The King’s Speech” — though it’s no less engaging or accomplished. With public interest in British princessdom at a convenient high due to a certain new arrival, this glossy Lionsgate release (less coincidentally timed to capitalize on Ve Day’s 70th anniversary) should ride a dual wave of topicality to royal B. »


- Guy Lodge

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A Cast of Kings S5E04 – Sons of the Harpy

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In this episode of “A Cast of Kings,” Joanna and David discuss the fourth episode of Season 5 of Game of Thrones, “Sons of the Harpy.” Thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Squarespace. Use promo code “castofkings” to get 10% off your first order! Read up on what’s up with the opening credits sequence to […]

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Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ To Wrap In Taiwan

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Martin Scorsese is in the final few days of shooting “Silence,” his historical drama about faith and religion. Some 14 weeks of photography in Taipei will be completed May 15.

At a press event in Taipei on Monday, Scorsese spoke of the long journey to making the film, which is based on Shusaku Endo’s novel “Silence” about God’s silence in the face of human suffering. Scorsese had prepared a draft of the screenplay as early as 1992, but said that the origins were deeper still.

“The subject matter presented by Shusaku Endo was in my life since I was very, very young. I was very much involved in religion, I was raised in a strong Catholic family,” Scorsese said.

While the book is set in 17th century Japan, Scorsese located the production in Taiwan, following an introduction by Ang Lee. It was entirely shot in the territory with various locations in Taipei (Yangmingshan, »


- Patrick Frater

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Gabbar is Back review – silly action film isn't nearly silly enough

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It stars action hero Akshay Kumar and it’s a box-office smash, but this thrill-free Bollywood thriller is a disaster

I’m just going to cut to the chase – Gabbar is Back is a film to be received with the same enthusiasm one would reserve for news that anti-vaxxers were engineering the return of whooping cough. That it’s given Bollywood its biggest box office opening this year says less about the film and more about the arid stretch that Hindi cinema has been experiencing in the past few months.

Billed as an “entertainer”, Gabbar is Back is a dismal affair, and about as entertaining as a concussion. Despite the title, it isn’t actually a sequel. It’s called Gabbar is Back just because. And, indeed, why should logic apply to the title when there’s no logic to other aspect of the film?

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- Faiza S Khan

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Jack Black's Student Film From High School Is Everything You'd Hope For

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Jack Black is one of those individuals that you simply assume was born a movie star. It.s just impossible to imagine him living a normal life and not flaunting his stuff and playing up to a camera. But, of course, like everyone else Jack Black had to hone his craft and spent several years developing his on-screen persona before he hit it big in Hollywood. And now early footage of Jack Black starring in a student film in the 1980s has emerged and it showcases the raw energy that has epitomized the comedian throughout his career. First things first: it turns out that Jack Black was a stone-cold fox during his years at Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California. While he.s mostly known now for being slightly rotund but still a national treasure, Black is stick-thin in Too Far From Norm, which was shot back in 1987 by director »

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