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Martin Freeman on First ‘Sherlock’ Audition: ‘They Thought I Was a Moody Prick’

27 August 2015 9:27 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Edinburgh — Martin Freeman has revealed how his first audition to play Doctor Watson in the BBC’s “Sherlock” didn’t go according to plan.

Interviewed at the Edinburgh Television Festival, the British star revealed that he had to be invited back for a second audition before he was offered the part opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in one of the most successful TV series of recent times.

“I had to do two auditions before I got the role,” he recalled to interviewer Mark Lawson. “My agent told me they hated me and thought I was a moody prick. … I went back again and read with Ben.”

The rest, as they say, is TV history. Or not quite. Because the original “Sherlock” pilot was rejected and had to be reshot as a 90-minute episode.

“It seemed a bit, silly, but happily I was extremely wrong,” said Freeman, who had landed his first TV »

- Steve Clarke

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Picturehouse Targets U.S. With Documentary ‘World’

4 August 2015 8:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Blighty’s largest arthouse exhibition chain, Picturehouse Cinemas, and its niche distribution label Picturehouse Entertainment, is the latest outfit to set its sights on the other side of the pond with its first U.S. theatrical release, documentary “How to Change the World,” skedded for September. The docu, directed by Jerry Rothwell, chronicles the early days of the modern eco-movement.

It’s a specialized film that requires a careful release, and Picturehouse intends to do just that by sticking to a tried and tested model that has already proven successful for some of the company’s previous releases: live-event cinema.

On Sept. 9, Picturehouse will screen the doc across 400 U.S. cinemas (presented with Fathom Events stateside) and 150 in the U.K., followed by a satellite Q&A with Rothwell, fashion designer and Greenpeace supporter Vivienne Westwood and other guests. The event will unspool in Blighty first but will be recorded »

- Diana Lodderhose

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Dolph!! Masters Of The Universe Screens Wednesday Night at Schlafly Bottleworks

2 August 2015 8:21 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“Where are they? Where are your friends now? Tell me about the loneliness of good, He-Man. Is it equal to the loneliness of evil?”

You never know what’s brewing at Webster University’s Strange Brew cult film series. It’s always the first Wednesday evening of every month, and they always come up with some cult classic to show while enjoying some good food and great suds. The fun happens at Schlafly Bottleworks Restaurant and Bar in Maplewood (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, Mo 63143).

Master Of The Universe starring Dolph Lundgren as ‘He-Man’ wasn’t given a chance back when it was released in 1987 simply because it was based on a toy. Nowadays, with big-budget epics based on video games and other playthings (Transformers, Legos, Battleship)being a common occurrence, you’d think people would be a bit more open-minded. It’s true that Masters Of The Universe »

- Tom Stockman

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Comic-Con 2015 Interviews: Lily James, Matt Smith & More Talk Pride And Prejudice And Zombies

16 July 2015 3:51 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

On February 5th, manners will meet the macabre in Screen GemsPride and Prejudice and Zombies, the upcoming film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel of the same name. At Comic-Con last week, Daily Dead participated in roundtable interviews with the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies director and cast, who discussed the film's physicality, investable characters, formidable zombies, and much more.

Writer/director Burr Steers on his vision for the film:

Burr Steers: It was actually something I knew was out there because a lot of people had taken shots at trying to get it made. I looked at it and had a take on it that I was really confident would work. I went in there and rewrote it, and made it happen.

I saw it in my mind the way you'd approach a play. We'd set up this alternate world where there's a zombie pandemic that »

- Derek Anderson

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The Machine, El Pantera & Kill Shakespeare in development for TV

9 July 2015 11:04 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Android sci-fi flick The Machine is becoming a TV show at Universal, as are two more comics - El Pantera and Kill Shakespeare...

Universal Cable Productions' push into geeky genres was already massive (see: their alliance with Dark Horse Comics, for a start), and now it’s got even bigger. Reports yesterday from Comic-Con enlightened us about three new geek-friendly properties on Universal’s TV slate.

First up – The Machine. The low-budget British sci-fi film from writer-director Caradog James, which starred Caity Lotz, will be adapted into a television series for Syfy. As The Hollywood Reporter puts it, The Machine ‘follows a brilliant computer programmer, desperate to save his terminally ill daughter, who creates the first-ever piece of self-aware artificial intelligence. But things go terribly wrong with the technology.’

(If you haven't seen The Machine yet, it's extremely good and well worth tracking down.)

Secondly, popular 1970s Mexican comic »

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Universal bringing The Machine, Kill Shakespeare and El Pantera to the small screen

9 July 2015 9:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Earlier this week Universal Cable Productions announced that it had reached a deal with Dark Horse to adapt the comic book series The Umbrella Academy, Harrow County, Concrete and Back-Up for the small screen, and now it has been announced that Ucp has acquired three more properties in the British sci-fi The Machine, Idw Publishing’s Kill Shakespeare and the 1970s Mexican comic book and TV show El Pantera.

The Machine TV series will be written by Caradog James (Little White Lies), with John Giwa-Amu (The Silent Storm) producing. The story follows a brilliant computer programmer, desperate to save his terminally ill daughter, who creates the first-ever piece of self-aware artificial intelligence.  But things go terribly wrong when the technology, designed to help injured soldiers, is hijacked by the government and used to create the ultimate robotic weapon.

Based on the popular 1970s Mexican comic book and hit Spanish language TV series adapted by Televisa, »

- Gary Collinson

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"El Pantera," "Machine" To Become TV Series

8 July 2015 8:57 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Universal Cable Productions has announced several new projects for its genre development slate, one of which being an adaptation of the 1970s Mexican comic "El Pantera" which Warren Ellis will pen and Gale Anne Hurd will executive produce.

The vigilante crime drama is set on the U.S.-Mexico border and follows a young and newly appointed head of police and his friend as they create an alter ego to rid the city of the Mexican mob.

Also in the works is a Syfy series adaptation of British cult film "The Machine". That film follows a brilliant computer programmer who creates the first-ever piece of self-aware artificial intelligence in a desperate attempt to save his sick daughter - things go awry when the Government get involved. Caradog James, who wrote and directed the film, will pen the TV adaptation.

Finally there's "Kill Shakespeare" which sees the playwright's most famous tragic hero characters (Hamlet, »

- Garth Franklin

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Gale Anne Hurd, Warren Ellis Adapting Comic ‘El Pantera’ for Ucp

8 July 2015 9:05 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Just in time for Comic-Con, Universal Cable Productions has announced that several new projects have been added to its genre development slate.

These include an adaptation of the 1970s Mexican comic and Televisa’s Spanish-language TV series “El Pantera.” It will be penned by graphic novelist Warren Ellis and exec produced by “Walking Dead’s” Gale Anne Hurd through the overall deal Ucp has with her Valhalla Entertainment shingle.

The subject is a topical one. A vigilante crime drama set on the U.S.-Mexico border, it follows a young, newly appointed head of police and his friend as they create an alter ego to rid the city of the Mexican mob. Televisa USA will co-produce with Ucp.

Ucp is also adapting the British cult film “The Machine” into a scripted series for Syfy. The story starts with a brilliant computer programmer who creates the first-ever piece of self-aware artificial »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Is Kristen Stewart funny?

25 June 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg are a couple in love -- and possibly death. I'm on the set of "American Ultra," the Max Landis-scripted, Nima Nourizadeh-directed comedic action film that stars Stewart and Eisenberg as Phoebe and Mike, a slacker couple being pursued by heavily-armed contract killers. The reason? Mike is in fact a highly-trained government agent (with amnesia!) who's been marked as a "liability" and targeted for assassination. We get to see some of the action go down on the film's New Orleans set, a warehouse that's been partially converted into a small-town grocery store. When we arrive they're in the midst of shooting a fight scene that sees Mike engaging in brutal, bloody battle with a number of enemies through aisles labeled "Fresh Produce," "Electronics," "Chips" and "Cleaning Products." In one corner of the warehouse, a giant green screen has been set up that in post »

- Chris Eggertsen

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The Conversation: Drew Morton and Landon Palmer Discuss ‘Star 80′

20 June 2015 8:59 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Conversation is a feature at Sound on Sight bringing together Drew Morton and Landon Palmer in a passionate debate about cinema new and old. For their sixth piece, they discuss Bob Fosse’s film Star 80 (1983).

Drew’S Take:

To say that Bob Fosse’s Star 80 (1983) has a bad reputation is a bit of an understatement. Even after the critical and commercial success of his previous hit All That Jazz (1979), 20th Century Fox executives turned their backs on Fosse. Less than three years after the rape and murder of Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten (to say nothing of the necrophilia), a film dramatization seemed to be in poor taste. To magnify the discomfort, Fosse not only left the filming of the grim finale for last – keeping his two lead actors in the dark – but decided to film in the actual house and bedroom the crimes occurred in. The grim »

- Landon Palmer

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Richard Loncraine Begins Finding Your Feet

26 May 2015 5:02 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Hot off 5 Flights Up, which stars Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton, director Richard Loncraine will return to home shores for his next film, Finding Your Feet. The rom-com about a woman on the verge of retirement stems from a screenplay by Nick Moorcroft (Burke & Hare, St. Trinians) and Meg Leonard, who makes her debut as a writer here.The retiree at the centre of the story is an aspirationally middle class snob who finds herself in reduced circumstances, much to her chagrin. Her world is further turned upside down when she comes into the orbit of her formerly estranged boho sister, who lives on a council estate. A senior citizens dance group is involved. Bonding and reconciliation probably ensue.“Good stories are hard to find, and great one’s all but impossible," says Loncraine, who previously made Wimbledon and the Ian McKellen version of Richard III. "Sometimes you get lucky. »

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Richard Loncraine to direct ‘Finding Your Feet’

26 May 2015 4:23 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Wimbledon director most recently made 5 Flights Up starring Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton.

Richard Loncraine has signed on to direct romantic comedy Finding Your Feet, centred on a woman whose life is turned upside-down as she enters retirement.

The film is written by Meg Leonard and Nick Moorcroft (Urban Hymn, St. Trinian’s) and is produced by Dashishah Global Film Production, Eclipse Films and Powder Keg Pictures.

The shoot is scheduled to start in October on location in London and Venice. Regular Loncraine collaborator Irene Lamb is casting. 

Loncraine, perhaps best known for directing Ian McKellen in Richard III (1995) and romcom Wimbledon (2004), most recently made 5 Flights Up, starring Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton, which was released in the Us earlier this month, distributed by Focus.

Finding Your Feet follows a middle class, judgmental snob who finds her aspirational world turned upside down as she approaches retirement. Unable to deal with the “shame” of her predicament she goes »

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

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Vote now: Can 8 of our favourite fictional Prime Ministers beat the real one?

8 May 2015 3:31 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

As Britain digests the results of its General Election, a look back at some of the most memorable prime ministers from TV and the movies reveals a bunch only marginally more disconcerting than some of the real-life options.

Operating on a scale from complete idiocy through to full-blown murderous villainy, were they actually on the ballot paper, you'd probably do well to think twice before putting an X in their box. But you can be sure of one terrifying thought - someone out there would.

So who would you vote for, given the choice between the real prime minister and 8 of TV and film's most memorable premiers? Find out more about our fictional candidates below...

1. Baldrick in Blackadder: Back and Forth

Baldrick became an MP in a rotten borough during the opening episode of Blackadder the Third, mainly thanks to the help of a campaign partner who's especially keen to »

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Vote now: Can 8 of our favourite fictional Prime Ministers beat the real one?

8 May 2015 3:31 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

As Britain digests the results of its General Election, a look back at some of the most memorable prime ministers from TV and the movies reveals a bunch only marginally more disconcerting than some of the real-life options.

Operating on a scale from complete idiocy through to full-blown murderous villainy, were they actually on the ballot paper, you'd probably do well to think twice before putting an X in their box. But you can be sure of one terrifying thought - someone out there would.

So who would you vote for, given the choice between the real prime minister and 8 of TV and film's most memorable premiers? Find out more about our fictional candidates below...

1. Baldrick in Blackadder: Back and Forth

Baldrick became an MP in a rotten borough during the opening episode of Blackadder the Third, mainly thanks to the help of a campaign partner who's especially keen to »

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Watch: Orson Welles' 'Falstaff Chimes of Midnight' Re-Release Trailer

4 May 2015 11:25 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"That villainous abominable misleader of youth!" It's him, Orson Welles! Ha! Mr. Bongo has debuted a fun new trailer for Orson Welles classic Falstaff Chimes of Midnight, or just Chimes of Midnight, the legendary filmmaker/actor's ambitious take on Shakespeare's Henry IV. Well, Chimes of Midnight is really Welles adaptation of his play Five Kings which was an attempt to combine Shakespeare's works Henry IV, V, VI and Richard III into a single play. "One of the most radical and groundbreaking of all Shakespeare adaptations, Chimes at Midnight was Orson Welles’ favourite of his films" and is now getting a restored re-release (in cinemas in the UK) for its 50th anniversary. Fire up the old footage in the new trailer below. Here's the new re-release trailer for Orson Welles' Falstaff Chimes of Midnight, found via The Playlist: Orson Welles' Falstaff Chimes of Midnight was first released in 1965, though »

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Watch: Trailer For Restored, 50th Anniversary Release Of Orson Welles’ Masterpiece 'Falstaff Chimes at Midnight'

4 May 2015 9:46 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Orson Welles called his 1965 William Shakespeare epic “Falstaff Chimes of Midnight” his favorite amongst his films. Based on Welles’ play called “Five Kings,” which attempted to squeeze in Shakespeare’s “Henry IV, V, VI”, as well as his “Richard III” into a single play, “Falstaff Chimes of Midnight” is considered by critics and film buffs to be Welles’ final masterpiece (at least until "The Other Side Of The Wind" finally comes out). Well, perhaps his last fictional masterpiece, since his excellent documentary “F For Fake” was made almost a decade later. Read More: Watch: The 10 Trailers To Orson Welles' 10 Favorite Films Up until this year, it was very hard to find a home video copy of the film stateside, but now things are getting slightly easier. Fans of Welles’ epic had to shell out big bucks for a European DVD with an apparently muddy transfer. Fortunately, “Falstaff Chimes of »

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3D in the 21st Century. "Beowulf": Who’s Afraid of The Volume?

4 May 2015 6:58 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"The difference between traditional and technical images, then, would be this: the first are observations of objects, the second computations of concepts. The first arise through depiction, the second through a peculiar hallucinatory power that has lost its faith in rules." —Vilém Flusser, "Into the Universe of Technical Images" Lately I often find myself, usually in squalid municipal airport bars in Douglas, Arizona or Butte, Montana, having the following exchange:q: “Is there anything you don’t hate about the movies?”A: “Yeah. Bob Zemeckis.”  Which seems like, I guess, an indefensible position, now that he’s burned through the brave sordid purgatory of his infamous mo-cap period and not quite gnawed his way out. Ah, the thankless fate of the pioneer. History will absolve you, Robert. But, alas, here’s Beowulf. The most interesting filmmaker of his time, Zemeckis’s 2007 fulminant data explosion & puppet show got some stupid mixed reviews when it came out. »

- Uncas Blythe

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5 Flights Up Movie Review

3 May 2015 9:05 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

5 Flights Up Focus World Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Director: Richard Loncraine Screenwriter:  Charlie Peters, based on novel “Heroic Measures” by Jill Climent Cast:  Morgan Freeman, Diane Keaton, Cynthia Nixon, Claire van der Boom, Korey Jackson, Carrie Preston Screened at: Universal, NYC, 3/31/15 Opens:  May 8, 2015 Director Richard Loncraine, whose résumé includes the likes of Shakespeare’s “Richard III,” evokes considerable tension from his cast in “5 Flights Up,” but here’s the surprise.  The tension does not come from watching the timer on a bomb clicking toward zero while the good guys work frantically to debate which wires to cut with 2  [ Read More ]

The post 5 Flights Up Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Harvey Karten

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In Defense Of... Masters of the Universe, Dolph Lundgren's fantasy flop

3 May 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

When Masters of the Universe was pitched to financiers by infamously grandstanding Cannon Films execs Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, it was described as "the Star Wars of the '80s".

Though they seemed to have forgotten we already had two pretty good Star Wars films in the 1980s, you can't really blame Golan and Globus for trying – a decade into their run at Cannon, they needed a big hit to rescue the company from financial ruin. They put everything they had into Masters of the Universe and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, and when both flopped, it spelled the beginning of the end for Cannon Films.

Still, they sort of delivered on that Star Wars promise. With its laser guns and Earth-set plot, Masters of the Universe certainly bears little resemblance to the popular cartoon series it shares part of a title with (Filmation's iconic He-Man and the »

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25 underrated 1990s movie soundtracks

28 April 2015 3:02 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Muppet Treasure Island to Speed, we take a look at the 90s soundtracks that deserve another listen...

Ah, the 1990s. The decade that brought us The Lion King. Titanic. Quentin Tarantino. That wordless bathroom scene in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. Angelo Badalamenti's Twin Peaks. Duel of the Fates from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. In the Mood for Love.

It was a good 10 years for film music, no doubt.

But scratch the surface of 1991 through 1999 and there are tons of good scores ready to spring a surprise on your ears. Some were attached to sorely underrated movies, others were overshadowed by wildly successful ones, and some have simply been forgotten in the passage of time.

Here, in no particular order, are the top 25 underappreciated film soundtracks from the 1990s.

1. Chaplin - John Barry

Okay, let's start with a big one. Richard Attenborough. Robert Downey Jr. John Barry. »

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