8 items from 2013
Blue Sky Studios may be plucky underdogs when measured next to the brilliance of Pixar, but their ongoing Ice Age series and 2011's Rio show they know a thing or two about putting together bright and buoyant animated adventures.
Their latest offering Epic takes inspiration from William Joyce's book The Leaf Men and the Grave Good Bugs, bringing to life a miniature forest world populated by warriors riding atop hummingbirds, an evil tribe of Boggans led by Mandrake (Christoph Waltz) and a Mother Nature ruler called Queen Tara (voiced by Beyoncé).
There's a human component to the story, too, with Amanda Seyfried providing the viewer entry point as teen Mary Katherine (she prefers to go by Mk). The death of Mk's mother »
Originally titled The Maiden Heist and debuted in the UK way back in 2009 at the Edinburgh Film Festival, The Heist comes from director Peter Hewitt who helmed one of my all-time favourite films, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, but who has been stuck in kids movie purgatory ever since, directing The Borrowers, Garfield, and Thunderpants amongst others.
The Heist sees Hewitt team with three of Hollywood’s best actors: Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walken, and William H. Macy in what can best be described as a modern-day Ealing comedy. The film tells the story of art gallery security guard Roger who spends his days transfixed by a painting called The Lonely Maiden. When he discovers that the gallery has sold the entire wing of art to »
- Phil Wheat
★★☆☆☆ Crime capers have long been a staple element of the cinematic diet and often lent additional frivolity by charging a group amateurs with pulling of required larceny. That is very much the case in the unimaginatively titled comedy The Heist (2009) helmed by the director of Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) and The Borrowers (1997), Peter Hewitt. It's never particularly inventive stuff, though it adds an nicely original motive for the central robbery and has a trio of more-than-reliable performers as the bungling thieves that keep proceedings humorous, if never getting anywhere close to being uproariously funny.
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- CineVue UK
After bringing back the bumbling British spy to the big screen in Johnny English Reborn (the character was more popular in the UK), director Oliver Parker is getting back to period drama. With films like Dorian Gray in his past as well, Deadline reports Parker is heading to World War II with Dunkirk, a film based on the battle of the same name. As part of the Battle of France, the story takes place during the defense, evacuation and rescue of 200,000 British troops and 140,000 French troops as the Germans advanced. What makes this all the morning interesting is the civilians who used small boats to carry all the troops across the English Channel in this battle that is said to be one of the turning points in the war. More below! Deadline says the script comes from an unlikely source as Gavin Scott, the man behind family films like Small Soldiers »
- Ethan Anderton
The Dunkirk evacuation, one of the biggest course changing moments of World War II, is set to be brought to the big screen in a new movie from Working Title UK.
Deadline say Oliver Parker is attached to direct Dunkirk, a spec script from Gavin Scott that will re-tell the story of courage from those British civilians who over nine days in May 1940 used hundreds of small boats to cross the English Channel to rescue 200,000 British and 140,000 French troops from the advancing Germans. In British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s immortal We shall fight them on the beaches speech on June 4th, he hailed the rescue mission as a “miracle of deliverance”.
For Parker, this will be his most mature film for a while having previously shot the oddball adaptation of Dorian Gray and the two farcical comedies St. Trinian’s and most recently Johnny English Reborn, the latter which »
- Matt Holmes
Oliver Parker has inked a deal with Working Title UK to direct the upcoming historical project titled Dunkirk.
Written by Gavin Scott, the film tells the story of the courageous British civilians who rescued countless British and French troops during World War II. The battles that took place gave allies the advantage during the war.
A production date has not been set. »
Exclusive: Working Title UK has acquired Dunkirk, a spec script by Gavin Scott that has Oliver Parker attached to direct. The script chronicles the courage of British civilians, men and women who used small boats to cross the English Channel and rescue 200,000 British troops and 140,000 French troops from the advancing Germans. Dunkirk was one of the battles that changed the course of WWII. Scott wrote the script and brought to Parker, whose credits include Dorian Gray, and Johnny English Reborn. Scott’s script work includes Small Soldiers and The Borrowers and series that include Young Indiana Jones. He’s currently teamed with Terry Jones on an adaptation of Good Omens, the Neil Gaiman/Terry Pratchett comic novel. He and Jones also scripted Absolutely Anything, which Jones is directing with his Monty Python mates and Robin Williams. Scott is repped by Original Artists in the Us and Linda Seifert Management in the UK, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Oliver Parker has signed on to direct Dunkirk with Working Title UK, Deadline reports. The film, based on the historic World War II battle, was written by Gavin Scott. Parker's previous directing credits include St. Trinian's , Dorian Gray and, most recently, Johnny English Reborn . Although the latter film performed modestly at the domestic box office with just over $8.3 million, it was a major success internationally, grossing $160 million. Scott, meanwhile, was the screenwriter on family-friendly features like Small Soldiers and The Borrowers . He also scripted several episodes of "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles." (Photo Credit: WENN.com) »
8 items from 2013
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