13 items from 2013
Memory and identity are two of the more familiar themes filmmakers like to explore, and both rise to the surface in the upcoming British thriller "Trap For Cinderella," which finds two best friends brought together by nostalgia and torn apart by tragedy. Directed by Iain Softley ("Backbeat," "Hackers"), the film stars Tuppence Middleton, Alexandra Roach and Kerry Fox and tells the story of Mickey and Do, a photographer and bank clerk respectively and former childhood friends, who get reacquainted and return to the tranquil French villa where they spent so many happy summers together. But when a fire leaves Do dead and Micky badly burnt and blighted by amnesia, everything gets turned upside down. And as you'll see in this exclusive clip, past and present eerily overlap. "Trap For Cinderalla" opens in select theaters and will also be available to watch on Cable VOD, SundanceNOW and other digital outlets on Friday, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
★★★☆☆British director Iain Softley is something of a curio, having made films as diverse as Henry James adaptation The Wings of the Dove (1997) and the Angelina Jolie-starring cyberpunk thriller Hackers (1995). His latest film (another literary adaptation), Trap for Cinderella (2013), is awash with style and yet at the same time pays homage to the French New Wave with its over-boiled, but enjoyable, mystery-thriller narrative. Based on the novel by Sébastien Japrisot - dubbed the Graham Greene of French literature - the plot concerns a young, affluent fashionista, Micky (Tuppence Middleton), living in London's happening East End.
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- CineVue UK
"He's not a source, he's the head of a huge media empire, accountable to no one. And we put him there." The story of Julian Assange's relationship with the world at large, the media in general and the Guardian in particular was recently told in engrossing detail in Alex Gibney's documentary We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks. That film (which provoked an equally detailed response from its subject) concluded that Assange was an information freedom fighter who became overwhelmed by his own ego, descending into recklessness, deviousness and worse.
Now, amid the usual denunciations from the white-haired one, comes Bill Condon's more overtly dramatic but less piercing biopic. Based in part upon Daniel Domscheit-Berg's account of his time as Assange's partner at "the world's »
- Mark Kermode
"We Are Everyone" was a first for Elementary. From online hackers protecting a man who committed espionage to Watson trying out some online dating, there were some interesting twists and turns at every stop.
And Joan found a hottie! You go girl! Also, was that Moriarty's voice that I heard?
First off, excuse my headline, but I've been waiting for a reason to use this reference because of Jonny Lee Miller's role in the film Hackers. I'm incredibly thankful that I can finally say it and it sound sound cliche.
This was a particularly unique episode of Elementary being that it one was roughly based off of the real life Nsa leaker that has been all over the news the past few months. We won't really get into it because this isn't a political piece.
However, there was an added touch of the online hackers, or activist group, called »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Kate Brooks)
Whilst dancing and singing her way through the likes of 'Rock of Ages' and the recent 'Footloose' redo 25 year old star and all round hottie Julianne Hough (below) has been hired to star in Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures' new thriller 'Curve'. Hough is set to play a soon to be bride whom finds herself being chased down by a crazed hitchhiker. The flick comes courtesy of British director Iain Softley ('Hackers', 'The Skeleton Key') and adds to the ever-growing list of horror productions that Blumhouse seem to be churning out these days. And what's more reassuring is that most of it's been pretty damn good...so far. More on the project when we have it, so for now just enjoy some gratuitous time with Julianne below. »
We're living in a bit of a golden age of television right now, practically drowning in high-quality scripted shows. Think back to 1993, though: Quantum Leap was still on the air. So were Saved by the Bell, and Perfect Strangers. Walker, Texas Ranger and Beavis & Butthead made their collective debuts. It was a strange time, and the quality was spotty at best.
It was into that world, on 10 September, that Fox – desperate to secure a spot as the fourth major broadcast network in the Us television market – launched The X-Files. The show would last nine seasons, 202 episodes and two feature films and cement the careers of series creator Chris Carter and actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. (Not to forget writer Vince Gilligan, »
- Erin McCann
With a series of major Hollywood productions to his name, starring some of the biggest names in the industry such as Angelina Jolie and Kevin Spacey, director Iain Softley has returned to his roots somewhat with his latest picture Trap for Cinderella, and we were fortunate enough to speak to the filmmaker ahead of the films July 12 release.
The man behind the likes of K-pax, Inkheart and Hackers returns to his hometown of London, directing his first contemporary picture in the capital. He discusses the joys of working on a more modest sized production, and how important it is for a director to get casting right – having taken a risk with relative newcomers Tuppence Middleton and Alexandra taking on the lead roles. He also tells us of the importance is going in to Trap for Cinderella with as little knowledge as possible, while likening the role of film director to »
- Stefan Pape
Feature Sarah Dobbs 12 Jul 2013 - 05:39
Iain Softley is a filmmaker who’s hard to categorise. His career is pretty fascinating, because it’s almost impossible to predict what kind of film he’ll make next. His first film was a drama about the early career of the Beatles, which he followed with an unconventional action movie about computer hackers. Then he made a period drama. Then a weird sci-fi movie set in a mental hospital. Then a spooky horror film, and followed it up with a fantasy movie for kids. How many directors can you name who’ve made a series of films that diverse?
His new film, Trap For Cinderella, is yet another different kind of movie, and maybe one of the most difficult to categorise »
Hackers temporarily took over the Twitter breaking-news feed and mobile-alert system of E!, the celeb-focused cable network owned by NBCUniversal, and sent out several fake messages including one purporting to reveal that Justin Bieber was gay.
Group responsible for the hack apparently was the Syrian Electronic Army, the same collective that compromised Associated Press’s Twitter account last month and before that those of CBS, NPR and BBC. Bieber’s official Twitter feed as of late Saturday had not made any reference to the fake news alerts.
“Eonline’s breaking news Twitter and sms accounts were compromised today,” cabler said in a statement Saturday. “We’re working to have this resolved as quickly as possible and are fully investigating the incident. We apologize for any confusion that the erroneous news alerts may have caused.”
E!’s Twitter account was briefly suspended. Network sent an official tweet at 5:39 p.m. »
- Todd Spangler
Angelina Jolie once starred in a film called Hackers, and now she appears to have become the victim of one. It appears some enterprising cybercriminals hacked her personal data—along with that of Lady Gaga, Robert De Niro, Dennis Rodman and NRA advocate Wayne Lapierre among others—and posted those details on the web for the entire world to see. Per TMZ, which first reported the story, social security numbers, credit scores, phone numbers, mortgage payments, addresses and other private information stolen by the thieves appeared this week on a website which the FBI is now investigating. Hacked?! Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, Hillary Clinton & More Celebs' Personal Info Allegedly Posted »
If you're stoked on "Stoker," you can thank "Prison Break" star Wentworth Miller, who is making his screenwriting debut with the gothic Park Chan-wook affair. Miller wrote the script under a pseudonym, and the results ended up on the 2010 Black List of hot screenplays that weren't yet snagged by studios.
Wentworth, we hardly knew ye!
Miller isn't the only surprising star doing double-duty as a writer, either. He joins an impressive list of famous, Hollywood faces that wield a mean pen or, more likely, the latest version of Final Draft.
Her "Parks and Rec" alter ego Ann Perkins is "a beautiful tropical fish" and "a beautiful, rule-breaking moth," and even "a beautiful, talented, brilliant, powerful musk ox," on occasion, according to her Bff Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler). Off-screen, Rashida Jones is proving to be a rather formidable creative force as well. She and writing partner Will McCormack penned »
- Jenni Miller
This week Michael Gallagher's indie urban legend slasher Smiley arrives on DVD via Arc Entertainment. Gallagher's film explores the dangers of Internet chatting through a serial killer that can be summoned if given the proper command ("I did it for the lulz").
Smiley is a bit of Candyman meets Bloody Mary meets Hackers (minus Matthew Lillard's sweet braids of course); and Dread Central recently hopped on the phone with Gallagher to talk about what inspired the story, his experiences working with both his younger stars as well as the more seasoned actors including Roger Bart, Keith David and Liza Weil, and whether or not Smiley will strike fear into computers once again in a sequel.
Dread Central: It's funny to me just how much technology has changed society in the last ten years; it's even something you can see when watching movies. Was that something that resonated with »
It was announced today that Grindstone Entertainment has acquired North American rights in all media to the gritty thriller Once Upon A Time In Brooklyn (formally titled Goat) and will be released by Lionsgate Home Entertainment. In a separate deal, International rights have been acquired by Los Angeles-basedsales company, Recreation, helmed by founder and president Ariel Veneziano.
Produced by William DeMeo, Paul Borghese and newcomer Robyn K Bennett, written by DeMeo and Borghese who also directs the movie, Once Upon A Time In Brooklyn stars Golden Globe nominated and Emmy Award winning actor Armand Assante (American Gangster, HBO’s Gotti), Ice-t (New Jack City), Vincent Pastore (Goodfellas), Ja Rule (The Fast And The Furious), William DeMeo (The Sopranos), Cathy Moriaty (Raging Bull) and Paul Borghese (Transamerica).
The film tells the story of Bobby Baldano, who after serving several prison sentences, is finally out. Although desperate to honor his family who »
- Michelle McCue
13 items from 2013
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