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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
My first thought on how to describe Filth, which opens Friday for a nightly late-night run at Violet Crown, was that it felt something like Trainspotting meets Fight Club. Then I saw the credits and learned indeed it was based on the novel by Irvine Welsh, who also wrote Trainspotting. (I watched the movie before seeing any publicity materials that clearly indicate this fact.) That it stars James McAvoy (who bears some resemblance to Ewan McGregor) following a self-destructive path of crime and debauchery plays into this comparison.
Filth begins with a murder, which Bruce (McAvoy) is assigned to investigate. Success will lead to a promotion, which Bruce is hell-bent on achieving in hope of winning back the love of his estranged wife and eliciting the return of her and their child. Possessed of a mean streak, however, he spends more time pranking his fellow police in hope of ruining »
- Mike Saulters
Danny Boyle, director of "Trainspotting," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "127 Hours," will judge a short film competition that's part of the Shuffle arts festival. Shuffle, which will take place July 31-August 4, is a music, film and arts festival that takes place right outside of London. It showcases a series of events that will be centered around the themes of death, nature and survival. The short film competition, one of the first programs to be announced for the festival, invites filmmakers to submit a short film under these three categories: Science and Imagination, the City and Young People (under the age of 25). Some of the prizes include a chance to see how the director works as well as the chance to fly to California and New York to receive a once-in-a-lifetime filmmaking opportunity. More information on prizes will be revealed at a later date. "Shuffle is the most fun anyone can have in »
- Eric Eidelstein
This week sees the premiere of Jon S. Baird's Filth, an adaptation of the novel by Irvine Welsh, him of Trainspotting fame. The film stars James McAvoy as a corrupt and addicted police detective, who screws everything and everyone to get his shot at a promotion. But as one of the supporting actors, we see the great Eddie Marsan pop up, and he will be the subject of this quiz! Eddie Marsan is one of those actors who you've seen plenty of times, often without being able to put a name to the face. Which is a bit surprising, as he has a very remarkable and recognizable face, leprechaun-ish even. And he's not exactly a bland actor either. When necessary, he melts into his role,...
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It's hard to believe Angelina Jolie has been a fixture of Hollywood for almost 20 years now.
Ever since breaking out in the late '90s with a string of critically-acclaimed performances, the actress quickly established herself as an international star. Between headlining hits like "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" and directing passion projects like "In the Land of Blood and Honey," Jolie is perhaps the biggest Hollywood spokesperson of humanitarian efforts worldwide. This summer, however, Jolie can be seen taking a wicked turn in Disney's "Maleficent" -- a re-imagining of "Sleeping Beauty" from the villain's point-of-view.
From her Oscar-winning godfather to her curiosity with blood, here are 33 things you probably don't know about Angelina Jolie.
2. The actress was born Angelina Jolie Voight, but she legally dropped her surname "Voight" in 2002.
- Jonny Black
If you consider James McAvoy to be a heartthrob, get ready to have your heart broken. In Jon S. Baird's extremely dark comedy "Filth," based on a novel by "Trainspotting" writer Irvine Welsh, the "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and "Atonement" star plays Bruce Robertson, a detective you don't want to cross. When he's not doing his job (which is barely ever), Robertson beds minors, does every drug imaginable, and partakes in some seriously kinky sex with women who can stomach the guy. The role marks a huge leap for the Scottish actor in a direction his fans probably never saw coming. Robertson is as unleashed as characters come, and McAvoy doesn't hold back in bringing Welsh's grotesque creation to the screen. You have to see it to believe it. Indiewire spoke with the actor about the career-redefining performance. "Filth" opens May 30 in select theaters and is currently available to view on video-on-demand platforms. »
- Nigel M Smith
Bong Joon-ho's 'Snowpiercer' lands in theatres in just a few weeks time and ahead of its anticipated arrival the Weinstein Company have unveiled yet another trailer for the futuristic tale. The flick is based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob and was adapted by both Boon and co-writer Kelly Masterson. The movie stars Chris Evans ('Avengers Assemble'), Tilda Swinton ('Vanilla Sky'), Jamie Bell ('King Kong'), Song Kangho ('Thirst'), Ko Asung ('The Host'), John Hurt ('Dr Who') and Luke Pasqualino ('Skins'). 'Snowpiercer' also stars Ewen Bremner ('Trainspotting'), Octavia Spencer ('The Help'), Alison Pill and Ed Harris. Check out the new trailer below. »
Bad Detective: Baird Adapts Welsh for (Sometimes) Outrageous Effect
Danny Boyle’s 1996 classic Trainspotting set the bar for Irvine Welsh adaptations (Boyle is apparently at work on a sequel), and several filmmakers afterward have followed in his footsteps without the same success. But director Jon S. Baird’s sophomore film, Filth comes close to the same wild energy and outrageous affection with the help of a notable cast and an uncomfortable turn from a sallow James McAvoy. Certainly, the film isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, a loosely followed plot frittered away on episodic craziness that only becomes more compounded as the film progresses. But despite the crassness, the degradation, and various other offensive counts that rightfully earns the story title, there’s an undeniably enduring quality to Baird’s adaptation as something you won’t be soon to forget, filled with moments that, by the surprisingly pithy final frames, »
- Nicholas Bell
One thing we resolved early on, having read around on the subject a little: to try, try, try to get through just the first sentence of our review of “Filth,” the Jon S. Baird-directed adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel, without mentioning “Trainspotting.” So, obviously, we’re pretty disappointed with ourselves. But disappointment is somewhat the order of the day, unfortunately, as it’s a comparison that occurred to us, not often to the benefit of "Filth," throughout our viewing of the film. However, Danny Boyle’s modern classic doth bestride the world of the Irvine Welsh adaptation like a colossus, its shadow seemingly impossible to escape from, so there is a glass-half-full way of looking at it: “Filth” is undoubtedly better than also-rans “The Acid House” and “Ecstasy.” In fact, when it comes to capturing some of the gonzo, amoral, substance-fueled verve that Welsh’s novels can display, »
- Jessica Kiang
I imagine that, like many moviegoers this summer, you might be excited to see Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past." And you should be. It's a pretty great installment of a franchise that has seen its ups and downs, and at its center, actors Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy make for a brilliant combination. But, uh — pssst! — McAvoy has another movie coming out this summer, and it features his most electrifying, committed and passionate work as an actor to date. That movie is called "Filth," and it's sitting there waiting to be watched via video-on-demand services if you're eager to see it now. It'll make its way to theaters a week after "X-Men" if you prefer the big screen, but however you manage to view it, you're going to be met with a creative and daring burst from director Jon S. Baird (adapting a novel by »
- Kristopher Tapley
It’s Memorial Day weekend — the unofficial start of summer — and the holiday’s top movies at the box-office will likely be X-Men, Godzilla, and Adam Sandler’s Blended, with Spider-Man 2 still swinging through multiplexes. Ever since Jaws sunk its teeth into the sweltering months of 1975, summer has been blockbuster season, and studios now jockey years in advance to lock up the best dates between Memorial Day and Labor Day for their big-budget blockbusters. A few of them turn out to be quite good, but just about all of them tend to be very, very loud.
Perhaps your eyes »
- Jeff Labrecque
Though most of the chatter about James McAvoy this week will be in regards to his role in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, the actor actually has another film releasing this month as well. Expanding on May 30th (it’s already begun its limited run), Jon S. Baird’s Filth is a far cry from 20 Century Fox’s superhero outing, but it’s an equally impressive film that features the Scottish actor like you’ve never seen him before.
In Filth, which is an adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s (the man who wrote Trainspotting) novel of the same name, James McAvoy plays Bruce Robertson, a “bipolar, bigoted junkie cop” who is just about the most repulsive man you’ll ever meet. Choosing to spend his time dabbling in drugs, alcohol and sexually abusive relationships, the film follows his attempts to receive a coveted promotion to Detective Inspector »
- Justine Browning
Catch the scurrilous black comedy Filth half-price before it does a runner out of Sky Store. When Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh's scabrous tale of the world's worst copper got the movie treatment, you knew it wouldn't be pretty. But little can prepare for you this coke 'n' booze-fuelled blast through the Christmas period of James McAvoy's particularly unwell policeman Bruce Robertson. »
To judge by the opening credits and marketing, Filth is supposed to be a dark comedy about Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy), a "bad lieutenant" (he's actually a detective, but I figured I'd get the comparison out of the way early) in a Scottish constabulary who's manipulating his peers as he jockeys for a promotion to Detective Inspector. To go along with that he's a drug addict and sexual deviant with violent tendencies. Going in, I know I'm supposed to see this as darkly comic, the fact I didn't find it funny at all pretty much sums up my experience. Writer/director Jon S. Baird, adapting the Irvine Welsh novel, may have something comical for the first 5-10 minutes, but once the actual plot gets underway this is a dark psychological drama that gets bogged down in tonal issues, resulting in tedium. Given the fact it's adapted from a Welsh novel, »
- Brad Brevet
Earlier this week, James Franco got a lot of people buzzing when he publicly called out the producers of Spring Breakers: The Second Coming, a sequel to the Harmony Korine-directed cult hit. The actor alleged that the follow-up was not being done with Korine’s permission and denounced it on his Instagram page, saying it would be “a terrible film.” Now, producers Chris and Robert Hanley of Muse Productions, and Jordan Gertner of Hero Productions, all three of whom are collaborating with Wild Bunch on Spring Breakers: The Second Coming, are firing back.
Speaking exclusively with Variety about the subject, the trio didn’t pull any punches in dissing Franco for his comments. Referencing the actor’s long track record of sequels or reimaginings, including Oz the Great and Powerful, Spider-Man and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Chris Hanley had none too kind words for Franco:
- Isaac Feldberg
R, 1 Hr., 53 Mins.
The makings of a grand historical epic –sweeping drama, personal tragedy, real-life heroism –are all there in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 2006 novel about the Nigerian civil war of the late 1960s. But instead of distilling the book, the movie races through it, leaving great performances (notably by Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton as a wealthy, emotionally complicated couple) overwhelmed by the unrelenting march of heart-wrenching moments. B –Adam Markovitz
Ai Weiwei The Fake Case
Not Rated, 1 Hr., 29 Mins.
The daring Beijing artist is shown at rest in quiet »
- EW staff
James Franco talks a lot about artistic integrity and vision. But there are at least a few people who are publicly calling Bs on the actor: The producers he slammed for making a sequel to Spring Breakers without his consent.
Let’s rewind: Earlier this month, production company Wild Bunch announced it was working with Muse Productions, which was behind the first film, on Spring Breakers: The Second Coming. “It’s not a direct sequel, although there are allusions to some of the characters in the original,” said Wild Bunch co-chief Vincent Maraval. The follow-up, written by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting »
- Amber Ray
With their Muse Productions company hanging on such edgy fare as “American Psycho,” “Freeway,” “Buffalo 66″ and “Spring Breakers,” producers Chris and Roberta Hanley are no strangers to controversy, however there’s something in the spring air this year that has gotten them more than their share of colorful press.
Earlier this month, former business partner on the Harmony Korine-directed hit pic “Spring Breakers” Wicks Walker sued Muse and fellow producer Jordan Gertner of Hero Entertainment for breach of contract.
This week, as the Hanleys and Gertner were landing in Cannes to start tubthumping several projects, including the upcoming sequel, “Spring Breakers: The Second Coming,” their star of the original picture took to Instagram to denounce the sequel as “not being done with Harmony Korine or my consent,” acidly adding, “it will be a horrible film.”
The Hanleys and Gertner spoke to Variety exclusively about this Franco dustup, giving back »
- Steven Gaydos
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