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Microsoft and Remedy Entertainment have released a live-action trailer for the upcoming third-person action shooter Quantum Break, which features a cast that includes Shawn Ashmore (X-Men), Dominic Monaghan (The Lord of the Rings), Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones) and Lance Reddick (The Wire). Check it out here…
Watch Quantum Break brought to life as Jack Joyce is hunted by agents from Monarch Solutions while he mourns the loss of his brother. But time isn’t the same anymore. It’s broken. And it’s the only weapon Jack has to survive a world in chaos.
Quantum Break is set for release on April 5th.
- Gary Collinson
It’s no secret that studios crave popular books for possible feature adaptations, but there’s a reason why they stick to that strategy: It’s proven to work very well for them all through Hollywood’s history. Though diehard purists deride Peter Jackson‘s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy for changing some major characters and events, the director nevertheless adapted nearly 1,000 pages of dense fantasy into one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed film trilogies of all time, earning a perfect eleven Oscars from eleven nominations for “Return of the King.” After remaining on the New York Times best-seller list for. »
- Matt Hejl
Do not read on unless you’ve seen “Watch the Thrones,” the fourth episode of season three of “The 100.”
There has been much to like about the third season of “The 100.” As I watched the first four episodes, comparisons to “The Lord of the Rings” saga kept coming to mind. Visually, thematically and on a story level, this is the season in which “The 100” is expanding its universe, depicting a ragged but vibrant city and a whole host of fierce rivalries, showing formidable armies on the march, and depicting brief but nuanced moments of tenderness and connection between conflicted characters under a great deal of pressure.
I’ve seen some mixed opinions on the Murphy-Jaha storyline, but I’ve always enjoyed that odd-couple pairing and I’m willing to see where it goes. As a notable Season 1 Murphy doubter, I continue to be pleasantly surprised by how »
- Maureen Ryan
Oscar records are broken every year, especially among actors with many benchmarks relating to an actor’s age. In 2013, Emmanuelle Riva (“Amour”) broke a new record becoming the oldest nominee in the lead actress category at 85. Meanwhile, Quvenzhané Wallis (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) appeared alongside Riva as the youngest ever nominated at 9 years old. Here are some more record breakers featuring actors who received acting nominations after the age of 60! Gloria Stuart, “Titanic” (1997) (87 years, 221 days)Stuart holds the title as the oldest actor ever nominated for an Oscar. She received her single nomination in the supporting category at 87 for the James Cameron disaster epic, “Titanic.” Playing Rose DeWitt Bukater, Stuart narrates the film in the modern day detailing of her character’s experience and romance on the ship, as portrayed by Kate Winslet in flashbacks. Stuart ultimately lost the Oscar to Kim Basinger for “L.A. Confidential.” However, “Titanic »
The Notebook is the North American home for Locarno Film Festival Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian's blog. Chatrian has been writing thoughtful blog entries in Italian on Locarno's website since he took over as Director in late 2012, and now you can find the English translations here on the Notebook as they're published. The Locarno Film Festival will be taking place August 3 - 13. Howard Shore. © Benjamin Ealovega Film music is a subject that requires very delicate handling. As if music, more so even than sound itself, had arrived in the cinema with the table laid and the party already begun, requiring it therefore to be a very discreet guest.It makes little difference that we know that the movies – well before they became the talkies – needed musical accompaniment; it makes little difference that film music, whether by pioneering pianists or great composers, has given greater depth to the moving image and developed »
- Carlo Chatrian
We celebrate a century of huge and expensive film sets, from historical epics to sprawling fantasies and sci-fi action movies...
The advent of cinema saw the art of set design gradually spread its wings from the relative confines of the theatre. As movies established their own language and became ever more ambitious in the early part of the 20th century, so set designers were called on to create increasingly expansive and more detailed backdrops.
As the list of movies below proves, the construction of huge sets has been a major part of cinema for the past century. And with scale comes expense, as the recreation of ancient landmarks, futuristic cities or doomed ocean liners takes hundreds of artists, designers and crafty types months of labour to plan and construct. Often, these sets are on the screen for a few scant minutes before they're torn down and largely »
Read More: Memo to Distributors: Buy These 10 Movies From The 2015 Locarno Film Festival The 69th annual Locarno Film Festival will honor Howard Shore at this summer's festivities with the Nescens Vision Award. The award is given each year to a mastermind from the music world. Shore has been given the recognition for exemplifying "an intuitive feel for film and [a] know-how [that] has left its mark on film history." In addition to receiving the award during the festival, Shore will also give a masterclass, the date of which has yet to be announced. Shore's creative genius behind Peter Jackson's "The Lord of The Rings" franchise famously earned him three Academy Awards, two for score and one for best original song, but his legacy extends far beyond just Middle Earth. The legendary composer is an Officer de l'orde des Arts des Lettres de la France and was one of the original creators behind "Saturday Night Live, »
- Elle Leonsis
Co-written by Hosking and Toby Harvard, who previously co-wrote The ABCs Of Death 2 anthology segment G Is For Grandad, the film is produced by Daniel Noah, Josh C Waller, Elijah Wood (The Lord Of The Rings), Andy Starke (Kill List) and Ant Timpson (Turbo Kid), the film is executive produced by Tim League of Drafthouse Films and director Ben Wheatley (High-Rise).
In between profanity, flatulence, cellulite and grease the film follows a father and son who are competing for the attentions of the same woman. The unlikely pair earn their keep by giving ‘disco tours’ to gullible tourists, whilst at night one of them morphs into the greasy strangler, a grotesque »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
The Shannara Chronicles gang are left up a certain creek without a paddle by the end of this week's mostly entertaining episode...
This review contains spoilers.
If The Lord Of The Rings taught us anything, it’s never to take a shortcut through a snowy mountain fortress because you will end up falling into a chasm alongside a demon. Unfortunately no one informed the increasingly ragtag band of protagonists in The Shannara Chronicles of this golden rule as this week’s adventure marks a trip through Pykon, an old Elven outpost manned by Riff Raff from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
After an introductory dream sequence in which Amberle ends up snogging the demon overlord (it’s as funny as it sounds), the episode takes quite a while to really get going, initially dealing with several disparate plot threads that aren’t quite given the requisite time to make an impact. »
Celine Rattray, Trudie Styler and Charlotte Ubben’s Maven Pictures finances and produces Wilding, which tells of a girl who spends her entire childhood in a single room under the care of an enigmatic person known as Daddy.
The man raises his young charge to fear the world beyond her four walls with stories of a ferocious beast that roams outside. When she is freed at the age of 16 by a small-town sheriff the girl faces the biggest challenge of her life.
Germany’s Fritz Böhm marks his feature directorial debut on Wildling, which is in post. Im Global will show footage and handles sales through its Octane genre division. UTA Independent Film Group represents Us rights.
Powley (pictured) plays the youngster and shot to »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Association of Film Commissioners International has elected Kevin Jennings, executive manager of New Zealand’s Film Otago Southland, as its new chairman.
Jennings’ leadership of the Otago Southland film office has seen an array of big-budget feature film productions in New Zealand including the “Hobbit” trilogy, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “10,000 BC,” ” The Lord of the Rings,” “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Prince Caspian,” “Vertical Limit” and Sundance Channel’s “Top of the Lake.”
Statistics New Zealand has reported film production brings $20 million annually into the local economy.
New members on Afci’s Board of Directors include First Vice-Chairman, Nick Maniatis, Director of the New Mexico Film Office; Second Vice-Chairman, Sigmund Elias Holm, Western Norway Film Commissioner; Treasurer, Walea Contantinau, Film Commissioner for the Honolulu Film Office; and Pam Haynes, Director of West Virginia Film Office is Secretary.
The other board members: Silvia Echeverri, Colombian Film Commission; Denny Staggs, »
- Dave McNary
When Peter Jackson brought The Lord of the Rings to life on screen, he didn.t just create a blockbuster film franchise. He also added some legitimacy to fantasy movies and opened the door to a world of potential for the genre. For that reason, Lord of the Rings will likely always be the point of comparison for any future fantasy epics. So, how does Warcraft compare to Peter Jackson.s trilogy? Pretty damn well according to one of the films orcs, Clancy Brown. In Warcraft, Clancy Brown will play the role of Blackhand the war chief of the horde. When describing who his character was to IGN he, of course, used Lord of the Rings as his touchstone. However, he made sure to point out the way that his character was far superior to any of those orcs. Said the actor, They.re similar to the Lord of the »
It's unclear who Kinnaman is playing, but he joins season four newcomers including Neve Campbell and Colm Feore. This marks Kinnaman's first TV role since The Killing ended two years ago. [Source: The Live Feed]
Dennis Quaid, Michelle Fairley ("Game of Thrones"), Ken Stott ("The Lord of the Rings"), Robert Sheehan ("Misfits") and Parminder Nagra ("The Blacklist") have joined the cast of Pivot and Sky Atlantic's Arctic Circle mystery drama "Fortitude" for its second season.
The gang joins returning cast members Sofie Grabol, Richard Dormer, Luke Treadaway, Sienna Guillory, Darren Boyd, Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson, and Mia Jexen. In the film, a fresh murder rocks the community and plunges it into turmoil. [Source: The Live Feed]
Disney Xd has given a series order to the live-action sci-fi comedy series »
- Garth Franklin
Vin Diesel’s supernatural action thriller The Last Witch Hunter is coming to DVD and Blu-ray here in the UK on March 7th, with Entertainment One announcing that Zavvi is offering an exclusive Blu-ray steelbook of the movie.
Pre-order The Last Witch Hunter Via Amazon Us Or Amazon UK, Or Get The Steelbook Via Zavvi
Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious franchise, xXx, Riddick) heads up The Last Witch Hunter as Kaulder, the eponymous protagonist, alongside an acclaimed and mighty cast including; Oscar Winner© Michael Caine (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Kingsman: The Secret Service), a priest and Kaulder’s keeper, also known as the 36th ‘Dolan’; Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Sin City The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) is a young priest, who is chosen as the 37th Dolan; and Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Luther) plays Chloe, a young witch.
Hundreds of years ago, the »
- Gary Collinson
Saturday evening’s 22nd Annual SAG Awards proved that we have a real race on our hands for best picture. The night’s biggest prize, the best ensemble award, which has been awarded to 10 of the last 20 best pic winners, went to Spotlight.
Director Tom McCarthy’s drama about Boston Globe reporters investigating the Catholic Church’s child molestation scandal is led by performances from best supporting actor Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo, best supporting actress nom Rachel McAdams, and best actor nom last year, Michael Keaton. The film previously won the Critics’ Choice award for best picture.
Rival contenders The Big Short and The Revenant, took home best picture honors at the PGA Awards and Golden Globes, respectively, with The Martian also winning a best picture award (in the comedy/musical category) at the Golden Globes.
So, what does a best ensemble win at SAG »
- Patrick Shanley
It’s been rumoured for years that David Bowie had auditioned for a role in Peter Jackson’s epic fantasy trilogy The Lord of the Rings, and now it has been confirmed by Dominic Monaghan, who recalled seeing the legendary musician during his own audition for the role of Merry.
I was at the Hubbard’s, which is a pretty notorious casting agency office in London, doing an audition for Lord of the Rings, and when it ended I went over and talked to John Hubbard, who was running the audition, and he said, ‘Hey, it went really well. You should wait around for five or 10 mins. We’ll give you some feedback’,” Monaghan told The Huffington Post. “I thought, ‘Oh, Ok, cool, and I sat in the reception office. As I was reading a magazine waiting, David Bowie came in and signed his little list and went in. I »
- Gary Collinson
Warner Bros. and Tt Games have released a new trailer for Lego Dimensions, which sees the worlds of Back to the Future, Ghostbusters and Doctor Who colliding as Doc Brown, Dr. Peter Venkman and The Doctor find themselves crashing their respective vehicles and time machines at a crossroads. Cameos abound, including another doctor in Harleen Quinzel! Check it out here…
In the game, there is an ancient planet at the center of the Lego Multiverse inhabited by an evil mastermind, Lord Vortech. It is said that he who controls the Foundational Elements that this planet is built upon, controls all of the Multiverse. Lord Vortech has vowed to be that ruler, summoning characters from a variety of Lego worlds to help him find these building bricks of Lego civilization. Some have agreed, others have rebelled, and only the combined powers of the greatest Lego heroes can stop him.
When a »
- Gary Collinson
Tomorrow it will be time for the latest Lego video game to hit the shelves as Lego Marvel’s Avengers launches worldwide. And while the task of collecting the myriad mini-figures that are set to be available to unlock within the game is sure to be daunting enough, there are even ways of getting a few pieces of the action outside of the game as well.
In the UK, players buying Lego Marvel’s Avengers from Game stores will be able to get their hands on an exclusive mini-figure with the Silver Centurion Edition. This version of the game, available across the various platforms, will come bundled with an exclusive Iron Man mini-figure in his – you guessed it – Silver Centurion armour variation.
This is far from the first time that Game have had an exclusive Lego bundle available upon release, and their Lego The Lord Of The Rings editions cam »
- Gareth Cartwright
Following on from the casting of Corey Hawkins as former Army Ranger agent Eric Carter in the upcoming 24 revival, it has now been revealed that Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings, Homeland) is set to play the female lead in 24: Legacy.
Otto will play Rebecca Ingram, the “blazing smart former head of CTU. Now married to Senator John Donovan, Rebecca is struggling with second thoughts about having left counterterrorism agency.”
THR reports that the pilot revolves around Carter’s “return to the U.S. and the trouble that follows him back — compelling him to ask CTU for help in saving his life and stopping what potentially could be one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil.” »
- Gary Collinson
Earlier this month, we lost one of the greatest artists of the past century. David Bowie passed away at the age of 69. And he was best known for his music, which spanned many genres and influenced generations to come. But he was also an accomplished actor who worked under some of the biggest names in the business. Now comes word that David Bowie wanted to be a part of the epic sci-fi fantasy adventure The Lord of the Rings.
It isn't known which part David Bowie was eyeing. But it is speculated that he wanted to take on the role of Wizard Gandalf, eventually played by Sir Ian McKellen. In a recent interview with The Huffington Post, franchise star Dominic Monaghan, who plays the Hobbit Merry, confirms that David Bowie went in and auditioned for a role.
Dominic Monaghan had gone into Hubbard's casting agency, where he was told to »
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