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Idris Elba stars in the Paris-set thriller that will see him battle terrorists in the City of Light, in a project from Vendome Pictures and Anonymous Content, scripted by Andrew Baldwin, with James Watkins ("The Woman in Black") attached to direct, from a script penned by Andrew Baldwin (who currently penning "The Bourne Betrayal") and John Hodge ("Trainspotting"), with Philippe Rousselet for Vendome Pictures, and Steve Golin, David Kanter and Bard Dorros for Anonymous Content all producing. After stopping at the Cannes Film Market (Marche Du Film) in May, where Focus Features picked up North American »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Madrid – As both Hollywood agents and indie distributors fight increasingly shy of committing clients and money respectively to movies coming on to the market only part-financed, one of the huge attractions of Studiocanal movies is that, fully financing the net budgets on its projects, the films the Euro film-tv group says it will make it makes.
Also, it has skin in the game, distributing its movies directly in usually all of four key markets, forming its “home” territories: U.K., France, Germany, Australia/New Zealand.
Exhibit A: Idris Elba starrer “Bastille Day,” a Paris-set action thriller produced by Philippe Rousselet’s Vendome Pictures (“Source Code”) and Steve Golin’s Anonymous Content (“Babel,” “True Detective”) directed by James Watkins (“The Woman in Black,” “Eden Lake”), and to be distributed in North America by Focus Features, in one of the highest-profile deals at this May’s Cannes Festival.
Toplining Elba, star of U. »
- John Hopewell
The shoot will continue in Paris for four weeks before moving to London until mid-December.
The story centres on a rogue CIA agent in Paris who teams up with a con artist to thwart a terror attack.
StudioCanal is fully financing the film, handles international sales, and will distribute Bastille Day in its territories: France, UK, Germany, Australia and New-Zealand.
Focus Features acquired »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Son of a Gun, 2014
Directed by Julius Avery.
An incarcerated career criminal offers protection to a young inmate who has to return the favour by orchestrating his prison escape upon being released and assisting in a multimillion dollar gold heist.
A 19 year old felon is sent to prison for a six month term where he encounters a notorious bank robber serving a two decade sentence who is impressed by his fearlessness in approaching him and thwarting a sexual assault of an inmate. With the looming threat of the sexual predators turning their attention towards him, the teenager is offered protection by the career criminal in exchange of arranging a daring helicopter prison escape.
While hiding from the authorities, an opportunity for a multimillion dollar gold heist is presented to the wanted outlaws; they »
- Trevor Hogg
Captain America 3 can’t have the entire spotlight now can it? Earlier this month we learned that Joaquin Phoenix was no longer up for the title role in Scott Derrickson's Doctor Strange. We also had the Ethan Hawke rumor and heard Keanu Reeves's thoughts on the whole idea. It was only a matter of time before a new name was thrown out there and this time it’s Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace). Badass Digest claims that Ewan »
- Graham McMorrow
Best British movies of all time? (Image: a young Michael Caine in 'Get Carter') Ten years ago, Get Carter, starring Michael Caine as a dangerous-looking London gangster (see photo above), was selected as the United Kingdom's very best movie of all time according to 25 British film critics polled by Total Film magazine. To say that Mike Hodges' 1971 thriller was a surprising choice would be an understatement. I mean, not a David Lean epic or an early Alfred Hitchcock thriller? What a difference ten years make. On Total Film's 2014 list, published last May, Get Carter was no. 44 among the magazine's Top 50 best British movies of all time. How could that be? Well, first of all, people would be very naive if they took such lists seriously, whether we're talking Total Film, the British Film Institute, or, to keep things British, Sight & Sound magazine. Second, whereas Total Film's 2004 list was the result of a 25-critic consensus, »
- Andre Soares
Winchester joins DNA TV as head of TV development having overseen script development for British crime drama series Midsomer Murders.
He worked with writers including Margaret Atwood, Lucy Kirkwood, Jack Lothian and the recent Bafta and Rts Award winners Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan and Marlon Smith after being appointed by the All3Media-owned indie Bentley in 2012.
A former Hat Trick Productions and Tiger Aspect exec, Winchester worked as a script editor for Mammoth Screen on shows including Lewis, Bouquet of Barbed Wire and Margot. He also developed Lewis prequel Endeavour for ITV.
DNA owner Andrew Macdonald said: “We are looking forward to building a vibrant British TV business with Tom.”
Winchester said: “DNA »
Ahead of the 58th BFI London Film Festival, American Express has teamed up with some of Britain’s most influential movie bloggers – including us – to produce a new bank of film trivia celebrating British cinemas rich history.
“There’s so much to celebrate about British film, from iconic locations, multi-award winning production and creative teams to some of the world’s best loved stars,” states Melissa Weber, Vice President Brand and Communications, American Express “People love talking about film and this list should fuel some great discussion, enabling people across the country to get into the spirit of this year’s Film Festival.”
A selection of the facts have been turned into Vine videos to be hosted on Twitter via @AmexUK, using #BritFilmTrivia and will be calling for enthusiasts to trade their favourite facts. Meanwhile, a video has been released with Alex Zane, which you can see below, along with a selection of the trivia… »
- Gary Collinson
"This has been a long time coming," said Boyle. "There’s always been this long term plan for Trainspotting 2', if John can produce a decent enough script. I don’t think there will be any barriers to Ewan or any of the cast coming back.
"I think they’ll want to know that the parts are good so they don’t feel like they are letting anyone down. The reason for doing it again is that people cherish the original, people remember it or have caught up with it if they never saw because they were younger. So you want to »
- Michael Stevens
Irvine Welsh made his reputation with both the novel and the filmed version of Trainspotting, with the latter creating the cinematic language that has been borrowed by every adaptation of his work that’s followed. The most recent big screen Welsh adaptation is Filth, which was written for the screen and directed by Jon S. Baird and stars James McAvoy as Detective Bruce Robertson, a corrupt cop who’s got some issues at home and in the workforce. But where it has some of the flash of Trainspotting, it seems more like a Chuck Palahniuk adaptation, replete with a terrible third act twist. My review of the Filth Blu-ray follows after the jump. The film opens with Bruce’s wife Carole (Shauna Macdonald) who suggests that she loves her husband, but hopes that by teasing his desires he will become the next Detective Inspector. She then she goes out for »
- Andre Dellamorte
Though Charlie Hunnam is about to ride off into the sunset with the final season of his FX series Sons of Anarchy this fall, the actor has emerged as director Guy Ritchie's top choice to play the title character in Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur. We reported last month that Idris Elba is playing Bedivere, the right-hand man of Arthur's father who teaches the young man how to fight and how to lead an army.
Charlie Hunnam is in final negotiations for the project, which will be the first in a series of six movies that we first reported on back in January. Joby Harold (Edge of Tomorrow) wrote the script for the first movie, which lays the groundwork for this epic six-movie franchise. No story details have been released thus far.
Exclusive: Going into his seventh and final season as the prince of the motorcycle club in Sons Of Anarchy, Charlie Hunnam will next have the opportunity to rise to king. Hunnam is director Guy Ritchie’s choice to play King Arthur in the epic Warner Bros project hatched by Joby Harold and intended to span six films. Harold wrote the first script and Akiva Goldsman is producing through Weed Road with Harold and Tory Tunnell through Safehouse Pictures, and Ritchie’s partner Lionel Wigram. Hunnam is in final negotiations to play the man who pulls the sword from the stone.
If you ever doubted whether Hunnam made the right call passing on playing Christian Grey in Fifty Shades Of Grey, well, this story then is mean to convince you he is in pretty good shape. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
I rarely get alone time in my current living situation, which can sometimes make it difficult to get into the proper head space for writing. As an artist, I’m already heavily critical of what I’m working on, so it’s helpful to be able to release some anxiety though music. Besides inducing a creative break, music has the power to be therapeutic. So needless to say, I have a large catalog that gets me through both the ups and downs. When I’m trying to make sense of the insanity that is my brain, it’s the missing link. The following are ten songs that serve as a score to my thoughts and struggles, which eventually fuel my creativity. -Josh
- Josh Soriano
Director Jon Favreau is already in production on his nearly entirely CG-animated The Jungle Book for Disney, but Warner Bros. has now filled out the cast for its own adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling story. Andy Serkis directs the terribly titled Jungle Book: Origins, and fresh off the news that Benedict Cumberbatch will be voicing Shere Khan, THR reports that Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan, and Peter Mullan have joined the cast. Moreover, Bad Words star Rohan Chand has been selected to fill the live-action role of Mowgli. The film will be a mix of motion-capture, CG animation, and live-action with Serkis also set to star as Baloo. Hit the jump to find out who the aforementioned actors will be playing in Jungle Book: Origins. Per THR, Bale is onboard to voice the role of Begheera the panther, Blanchett will voice Kaa the sinister python, »
- Adam Chitwood
Opening this weekend is the big screen adaptation of Lois Lowry’s The Giver. The 1993 Young Adult novel has quickly become a favorite among readers in the 20 years since it’s been published. While the adaptation is getting mixed reviews, there have been a number of stellar film adaptations that have surpassed readers’ expectations. With that in mind, we oriented our Netflix streaming guide around the best of book-to-film transformations.
Of Total Film’s 50 Greatest Book Movie Adaptations, we found 10 options worth streaming, plus a bonus: The Hunger Games — a film that relates purely based on the idea of being a dystopian novel turn big budget movie starring pretty young things.
Total Film’s greatest change from book to film: “Different story threads are told in the novel by a variety of characters, whereas Renton is »
- Stacy Lambe
Since I’ve previously indulged in Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting on numerous occasions, happily stumbling through my very first drug-fueled Irvine Welsh adaptation, Filth isn’t exactly a surprising endeavor by any means. Granted, it’s an absolutely bonkers character study injected with heaping mounds of Columbia’s finest and enough sexual expression to make Hugh Hefner blush, but this is signature Welsh material. Filth isn’t a Danny Boyle flick though, so questions surrounding relative newbie Jon S. Baird’s ability to capture the same “controlled” insanity immediately arise – which he confidently dismisses after a raucous introduction.
Filth is far more than a Scottish dark comedy about the most crooked cop in history, as Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy) slowly reveals an entire army of inner demons over the course of this sinisterly tragic downward spiral. Everything starts out cheekily enough when Robertson reveals his plan to sabotage every other »
- Matt Donato
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 12, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time
Riff-Raff, Loach’s first comedy, concerns a gang of itinerant construction workers (including Trainspotting’s Robert Carlyle) laboring under unspeakable conditions on luxury homes for London’s wealthy. Raining Stones, a Jury Prize-winner at the Cannes Film Festival, is about an earnest man (Bruce Jones) driven to desperate measures in an effort to buy his daughter a First Communion dress.
Both films feature scores by Stewart Copeland, which are offered on an isolated music and effects track.
As supplier Twilight Time prints up only 3,000 copies of each title, the time to order your Blu-ray discs directly from distributor Screen Archives is Now!
BBC America has acquired A Poet in New York, a film about Dylan Thomas’ final days. The drama is written by Andrew Davies, BBC’s venerable screenwriter most acclaimed for the 1995 Pride and Prejudice as well as more recent well-received series like House of Cards and Little Dorrit. It features several beloved BBC actors, with Tom Hollander (Rev., Pride and Prejudice) as Dylan Thomas and Essie Davis (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) as his wife. Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting, Page Eight), and Phoebe Fox (Switch, New Tricks) co-star.
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“One of the most renowned poets in the world, Dylan Thomas is the creator of some of the most memorable lines in the English language. Known for his wild, hard-drinking lifestyle as well as his brilliance, his »
- Claire Hellar
House of Lies star Don Cheadle has been trying to get a movie about iconic jazz musician Miles Davis made since 2006, and now the pieces are finally falling into place. Cheadle will play the icon and make his directorial debut on the film, the title of which has been changed from Kill The Trumpet Player to Miles Ahead. Trainspotting actor Ewan McGregor will also star, and now, Short Term 12 breakout Keith Stanfield has come aboard as well to take on the third lead role.
Rather than focusing on Davis’s life as a whole, Miles Ahead “chronicles a few dangerous days in Davis’ life as the jazz icon (Cheadle) teams with a Rolling Stone journalist (McGregor) to hunt down a stolen recording intended to reignite his career.” Stanfield will play Junior, a young and impressionable trumpet player known for having a short fuse, who gets mixed up in the burglary. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Actor Robert Carlyle is making his directorial debut on the new horror comedy The Legend of Barney Thomson (formerly The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson), and we have the first image from the set for you. Check it out!
Myriad Pictures announced Tuesday that principal photography has begun in the UK on the darkly humorous film which will star two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks, Sense and Sensibility), Ray Winstone (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Departed, Hugo), and Carlyle, who will also play the title role.
The script is based on a widely popular series of novels by Douglas Lindsay and was adapted for the screen by BAFTA award-winner Colin McLaren (Donkeys) and Richard Cowan. Myriad Pictures is handling worldwide sales on the film.
In The Legend of Barney Thomson, Carlyle plays the title character, a downtrodden Glaswegian barber who inadvertently stumbles into serial murder, with both absurd and macabre consequences. »
- Steve Barton
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