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Every once in a while, life hands you an unexpected treat. In this particular case that treat is the new family adventure film Pan. You likely did not know you were even missing something in your children’s fairy tale catalog. That is, you probably never stopped to think, even after seeing Peter Pan in full on Disney style so many times, about how Peter became Peter in the first place. This movie answers that unasked question for us.
The film was directed by Joe Wright who is better know for more adult fare like Atonement (2007) and Pride and Prejudice (2005). The screenplay was written by Jason Fuchs who has only one kid’s film under his belt, Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012). How does this pairing of writer and director fare whilst trying to deliver a Peter Pan prequel? Quite well indeed.
Pan is the story of an orphan boy, named »
- Steven Gahm
Directed by Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice, Atonement) the film centers on Peter's first journey into Neverland. Hugh Jackman stars as the vicious Blackbeard, who is determined to hunt down the orphaned boy (Levi Miller), while Hook (Garrett Hedlund) and Tiger Lilly (Rooney Mara) fight to keep him safe.
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Well, who didn’t see this coming? Ahead of its debut in North America next week, pre-release tracking for Joe Wright’s Pan points to the Peter Pan origin story struggling to earn as much as $30 million during its opening weekend, a dismal amount for a movie Warner Bros. has sunk a lot of money into in terms of the production budget and marketing costs.
While it’s possible that Pan will be one of those movies which makes its money back overseas, a weak start in Australia last weekend doesn’t seem to point to that being the case. However, the fact that it opens pretty much everywhere throughout October (including China) could end up helping it a great deal.
Pan cost $150 million to produce and has an impressive cast which includes Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlun and Rooney Mara. It’s the first blockbuster for Wright after he helmed well-received movies like Atonement, »
- Josh Wilding
The best of L.A. theater creatives are getting their due. Nominees for the Ovation Awards were announced Sept. 24 and included the Ebony Repertory Theatre and the Center Theatre Group at the top of the list with 14 recognitions each. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts received 13 nominations for its productions including the soon-to-open Broadway production of Deaf West Theatre’s “Spring Awakening.” There are over 50 acting nominees in eight categories including lead actor and actress in a musical; lead actor and actress in a play; and featured actor in actress in a musical and a play. Nominated for best actress in a musical is Sandra Frank for “Spring Awakening,” which she’ll be performing on the Great White Way come Sept. 27. Also in the category are Christanna Rowader (“Ragtime”), Cori Kidder (“Always...Patsy Cline”), Vicki Lewis (“Billy Elliot the Musical”), Misty Cotton and Emily Lopez (“Carrie the Musical »
Carey Mulligan is the sort of actress who — mercifully — complicates “cute.” Her eyes are somehow as dewy as they are world-weary; her mouth has a tendency to go rogue mid-grin and transform into a vaguely impish smirk. Even with a perfect pixie cut (and a vocal cameo on a Belle & Sebastian album, to boot), Mulligan projects something tougher than twee. The characters she’s known for (Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, most notably) convey a complicated, expertly modulated blend of innocence and experience, joie de vivre and ennui. “I feel old,” sighs 16-year-old Jenny in An Education, the 2009 role for which Mulligan earned an Oscar nomination. “But not very wise.”Over the past decade, though — ever since she made her screen debut playing Keira Knightley’s sister in the 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice — the Westminster, England–born Mulligan has orchestrated her career with »
- Lindsay Zoladz
Summer’s over and it’s time to securely lock up the windows and draw the curtains, as the temperature gets colder and the light fades earlier. To ring in this darker time of year is the start of three-part supernatural mystery series Midwinter Of The Spirit, adapting Phil Rickman’s series of Merrily Watkins Mysteries to the screen. Setting us up for some scares, last night’s opener introduced ‘Deliverance Minister’ Merrily Watkins (Anna Maxwell-Martin) and the evil forces she’ll be battling against, as well as enough recognisable occult tropes to promise a compelling addition to the spooky drama genre.
Opening with shots of an elderly priest praying over a dying man in hospital intercut with a gang hunting someone in the woods, there was a flash of barbed wire, »
Joe Wright, the British director who, up until now has settled on bringing mainly period dramas like Pride and Prejudice and Atonement to the screen, focusses his talented sights on a retelling of the Peter Pan classic, which too can be wedged in that aforementioned genre, with the action taking place during World War II.
Pan is a brand new origin story written by Jason Fuchs, and was a screenplay that has appeared on the famous Blacklist, Hollywood’s list of the best of the best unmade screenplays. The action kicks off just before WWII, where Peter Pan’s mother Mary (Amanda Seyfried) is seen seemingly abandoning her newborn child at the gates of the Lambeth Home For Boys in south London. We very quickly skip forward 12 years to find Peter (newcomer »
- Paul Heath
Chicago – Director Robert Alaniz is a throwback to the maverick film director that completes his projects through hell or low budget. His latest film is his seventh as writer/director, called “Mind Over Mindy.” Larry Thomas – who portrayed the “Soup Nazi” on “Seinfeld” – is part of the cast that will join Alaniz at a Chicago Gala Screening of the film at the northwest side’s historic Patio Theater on September 19th, 2015.
“Mind Over Mindy” is a fantasy comedy, concerning a man named Tom (Steve Parks) who is engaged to be married, but obsesses so much about his 1989 high school girlfriend Mindy (Catherine McCafferty) that she appears in the present. The film also features Larry Thomas as a schizophrenic psychiatrist, and Jim O’Heir from “Parks and Recreation” as Tom’s car dealer boss.
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Director Robert Alaniz, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Peter Debruge: Looks like Toronto is the latest film festival to add a television section to its lineup. These days, everywhere from Sundance to SXSW to the Canadian “festival of festivals,” smallscreen content is getting a big push, which is intriguing — and even ironic — for all sorts of reasons (ironic because the state of distribution being what it is, many of the films in Toronto will end up trickling down to VOD, rather than ever getting a commercial theatrical run). On one hand, the trend isn’t exactly new: Classy longform features like “Carlos” (which premiered at Cannes in 2010), “Top of the Lake” (Sundance 2013) and “Olive Kitteridge” (Venice 2014) made their bows at top-tier film fests before going on to air as miniseries on Canal Plus, BBC Two and HBO, respectively.
But Toronto’s Primetime program — like SXSW’s Episodics, which launched last year — represents something different: Rather than expanding the »
- Justin Chang and Peter Debruge
Prithee, my lord, loosen our corsets and unbutton our breeches. This week has seen a new wave of period drama steam, from Natalie Dormer's BBC film The Scandalous Lady W to the furore about the 'pornographic' new adaptation of Lady Chatterley's Lover.
But they're hardly the first shows to bare historical breasts and bottoms. Here's our 9 favourite saucy costume dramas...
Ooh, Mr Darcy. We'll ease you in gently with the BBC's iconic 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries, fondly remembered for the scene in which Colin Firth's dashing hero takes a dip in the Pemberley lake and emerges to greet his unexpected guests, dripping like a dolphin in a wet T-shirt contest.
While it may have shocked your grandma, this is pretty tame stuff.
Classic 19th century literature isn't known for its portrayal of lesbian love but Sarah Waters set out to right this »
Inspired by console, computer, or arcade games, movies like Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Wreck It Ralph, and the Resident Evil franchise take us into the often unrealistic world of gaming, where double-sided axes are as popular as iPhones, dinosaurs are totally real, and Michael Cera is an action hero.
This weekend, Rupert Friend (Pride and Prejudice), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek Into Darkness), and Ciarán Hinds ("Game of Thrones," but also, like, everything) enter into the video game 'verse with Hitman: Agent 47.
To celebrate all things pixel-related, we threw together a supercut of some of our favourite video game movies. Watch the video below, and you’ll gain 43Xp, 87Hp, and the irresistible urge to run straight home and kill some Resident Evil zombies.
Continue? 10, 9, 8…
- Sasha James
Jane by the Sea will combine the life story of the Pride and Prejudice author with scenes from her books to illustrate her inspiration
The life of Jane Austen is being dramatised yet again in an upcoming film called Jane by the Sea, based on the novel by Carolyn V Murray.
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- Benjamin Lee
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Warner Bros. has released 4 new posters for their upcoming adventure film, Pan, spotlighting the main characters from the movie. There’s Hugh Jackman (X-Men: Days Of Future Past) as the villainous pirate Blackbeard, Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) as Tiger Lilly, Levi Miller as “the boy who wouldn’t grow up” himself, and Garret Hedlund (Tron Legacy) as James Hook – which is an appropriate name for a guy who will eventually lose a hand and have it replaced with… a hook.
Director Joe Wright (Hanna, Pride And Prejudice, Atonement) has promised fans a very different Peter Pan story, and from what we know thanks to the plot summary below, it definitely seems to be a fresh take on the early days of these characters.
Peter (Levi Miller) is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with an irrepressible rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage »
- Mark Cassidy
Arclight is seeking to co-ordinate a global day-and-date release at the end of this year. Distributors committed to theatrical outings with the picture include theatrical release Viswaas (India), Aqua Pinema (Turkey), Ram Indo (Vietnam), Pioneer (Philippines) and Pt Prima (Indonesia).
Producers have employed a similarly international crew. VFX is headed by supervisor Bruce Jones (“The Italian Job.” “Star Trek”), art director Ian Bailie, (“Atonement,” “Pride and Prejudice”) and Scott Winig as director of photography. Sound editing is supervised by Oscar-nominated Kami Asgar and Sean McCormack. Oscar-winning Mark Paterson (Les Miserables) did the final sound mix. »
- Patrick Frater
L.A. is a strange town. Where have I heard that statement before? It is unique in the
world – grown from the Hollywood seed, it has developed its own culture . . . and is,
in parts, quite dysfunctional.
A culture of creative paranoia. Did you know that an agent will not talk to anyone
unless he or she already knows that person, or there is a personal introduction.
Sound anything like Pride and Prejudice?
“Do I know you Miss Elizabeth?”
“We have yet to be introduced, Mr. Darcy.”
No one will read anything – forget a script - even an email – without a
recommendation from a trusted colleague. I pity the folk at 2000 Avenue of the Stars
when the unknown fireman tries to evacuate the building in a crisis.
“I’m sorry sir, the people on the 12th floor refuse to accept that you are a real
person. Do you have an appointment? »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital Only
The final chapter of Bilbo Baggins' "Hobbit" adventure is airing August 8 on HBO as part of its Saturday Night Movies. It'll be on HBO Now, the network's standalone streaming service, on the same day. So if you don't already have HBO as part of your cable package but want to watch the TV shows ("Game of Thrones," "True Detective," etc.) and movies, you can just order HBO Now to stream the content.
Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner star in this new Hulu Original series, which premieres August 5. Julie and Billy play more annoying and less successful versions of themselves -- aspiring comics living, working and struggling in NYC »
- Gina Carbone
"The enjoyment of a work of art, the acceptance of an irresistible illusion, constituting, to my sense, our highest experience of "luxury," the luxury is not greatest, by my consequent measure, when the work asks for as little attention as possible. It is greatest, it is delightfully, divinely great, when we feel the surface, like the thick ice of the skater's pond, bear without cracking the strongest pressure we throw on it. The sound of the crack one may recognise, but never surely to call it a luxury." —Henry James, from The Preface to The Wings of the Dove (1909) "[The critic’s] choice of best salami is a picture backed by studio build-up, agreement amongst his colleagues, a layout in Life mag (which makes it officially reasonable for an American award), and a list of ingredients that anyone’s unsophisticated aunt in Oakland can spot as comprising a distinguished film. This prize picture, »
- Greg Gerke
“Maggie, we need to talk about your strawberry jam cravings.”
Director Henry Hobson knew that the visual effects would be an important part of the final look of the film, Maggie. For a film with a modest budget, the success of the 250 visual effects shots would be essential for creating the realism he was determined to achieve.
The visual effects in Maggie were largely created by British visual effects veterans Cinesite, the experts behind films including San Andreas, Iron Man 3, Edge of Tomorrow, Skyfall, World War Z and the highly successful Harry Potter series. Their team of 60 created many of the shots in just over two months.
Henry Hobson, Director
“Coming from a visual effects world, I was very conscious of its potential benefits. »
- Oli Davis
As the battle between the government and the BBC rages on, Rowling and her legions of fans are using the hashtags #BackTheBBC and #BBCMemories to have their say.
We've rounded up some of the best tweets below:
That's an excellent idea. Let's see: Basil Brush, the Clangers, Monty Python, Blackadder... #BBCmemories https://t.co/7zjdYuXmHu
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) July 17, 2015
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) July 17, 2015
Saw the Good Life for the first time in ages the other day. Always reminds me of my mum. #BBCmemories https://t. »
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