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Don't miss the highly anticipated new season of Showtime's gothic horror series Penny Dreadful, created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, Gladiator), beginning this May. The new season of Penny Dreadful will find Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) and Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) forming a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own. Helen McCrory returns as Evelyn Poole (a.k.a. Madame Kali), the seductive spiritualist who will pose a unique threat to our protagonists this season »
- Pietro Filipponi
The Magnificent Seven, Wake, Snowden, and other movies have made recent film casting, screenwriting, and director news. These films come from movie studios primarily based in the United States. The castings, screenwriters, and directors are subject to change. Ali & Nino Connie Nielsen (Gladiator) has joined the cast of Asif Kapadia’s epic love story [...]
Continue reading: Film Casting: Magnificent Seven, Wake, Nicolas Cage in Snowden Film »
- Rollo Tomasi
London — Director Asif Kapadia has started to shoot “Ali & Nino,” which is produced by Kris Thykier, and adapted from Kurban Said’s novel by Christopher Hampton. Im Global is handling international sales.
Adam Bakri (“Omar”) and Maria Valverde (Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings”) will star as the titular star-crossed lovers, and will be joined by a cast that includes Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland,” “Criminal Minds,” “The Princess Bride”) and Connie Nielsen (“Nymphomaniac,” “Gladiator”), playing Nino’s parents Gregor and Tamar Kipiani.
Other cast include Riccardo Scamarcio (“Loose Canons,” “My Brother Is an Only Child”), Homayoun Ershadi (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Kite Runner”), Fakhraddin Manafov (“Try Not to Breathe,” “Good Bye, Southern City”), Assaad Bouab (“Days of Glory,” “Whatever Lola Wants”), Numan Acar (“Homeland”) and Halit Ergenc (“1001 Nights”).
Ali Khan and Nino Kipiani live in Baku, the cosmopolitan, oil-rich capital of Azerbaijan, which, at the beginning of the 20h century, »
- Leo Barraclough
Connie Nielsen (Gladiator) has joined the cast of Asif Kapadia’s epic love story Ali & Nino. Deadline previously broke the news that Maria Valverde (Exodus: Of Gods and Kings) and Mandy Patinkin (Homeland) would be starring opposite Adam Bakri (Omar) in the big screen adaptation of Kurban Said’s bestselling novel. Filming has commenced on the Christopher Hampton-scripted project. Kris Thykier (Woman in Gold) is producing with Leyla Aliyeva exec producing. Im Global is… »
This week Neil Calloway is wary of Neill Blomkamp’s Alien film…
When Neill Blomkamp released some of the artwork for his proposed Alien film, I was impressed – concept art for science fiction films is often better than the films themselves – and mentally filed it in my “great unmade films” drawer. It sat there alongside the Gladiator sequel scripted by Nick Cave, in which Russell Crowe’s character is resurrected and fights in various battles throughout history, Return of the Jedi directed by David Lynch (he was offered it, and turned it down because he did not want to helm a science fiction film where he was not in control of the material; ironically his next film would be an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune. I cannot imagine what Lynch’s version of Jabba’s Palace would look like) and the unmade Jurassic Park sequel that featured dinosaurs, obviously, »
- Neil Calloway
Warner Bros. recently acquired Russell Crowe's directorial debut The Water Diviner, the story of an Australian man (Crowe) who travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons. Today the studio has released the first trailer for the movie, which will be getting a limited release on April 24. Joining Crowe are Olga Kurylenko, Yilmaz Erdogan, Cem Yilmaz, Jai Courtney, Ryan Corr, James Fraser, Ben O'Toole, Jacqueline McKenzie and Isabel Lucas. You can check out the trailer as well as a much more detailed synopsis below. sb id="1456535" height="360" width="640" Academy Award winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator) makes his directorial debut on The Water Diviner, an epic and inspiring tale of one man's life-changing journey of discovery. Crowe also stars in the film as Australian farmer Joshua Connor, who, in 1919, goes in search of his three missing sons, last known to have fought against »
- Brad Brevet
After paying in the actor's homeland last winter, Russell Crowe is bringing his directorial debut The Water Diviner to theaters in the United States this spring, and the first trailer for the domestic release has just arrived. Crowe also takes the lead in the period drama as Australian farmer Joshua Connor, who, in 1919, goes in search of his three missing sons, last known to have fought against the Turks in the bloody Battle of Gallipoli. On his journey he encounters many who have come into contact with his sons, played by the likes of Olga Kurylenko and Dylan Georgiades, all who have suffered losses of their own. Watch! Here's the Us Trailer for Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner, originally from Apple: You can still watch the previous Australian trailer for The Water Diviner right here. The Water Diviner is directed by Russell Crowe (star of Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, »
- Ethan Anderton
Among our most anticipated foreign films (#27) for 2015, along with Pablo Larraín’s The Club, Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years has turned out to be among the most buzzed items at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. With trophyware not yet handed out, Variety reports that IFC’s Arianna Bocco has snagged the North American distrib rights for the Sundance Selects label.
Gist: Based on the short story by David Constantine and adapted by Haigh, Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay portray a couple in the middle of preparations for her 45th wedding anniversary when he receives news that the body of his old girlfriend, who died years earlier in a fatal accident in the Swiss Alps, has finally been found.
Do We Care?: We’ve been keeping close »
- Eric Lavallee
The Slap, an 8-episode recreation of an Australian miniseries, which is based on a popular novel, is NBC‘s latest attempt at “Event Television,” but it is a tricky, sloppy effort that purports to be an examination of, to varying degrees, “reality,” but in the sense that demands the quotation marks.
As the promos, and name, give away, the show revolves around what happens to a family when one moment, a slap, throws everything into turmoil. This leads us to, as we get toward the end of the show, a great many secrets being revealed.
There could hardly be more of a misrepresentation of what this show is about.
After watching the show’s trailer, and perhaps hearing a very basic outline, you might get the idea that the show is about trying to get past a horrible mistake. A child is shown to be rather unruly, and his parents »
- Marc Eastman
Inside Hans Zimmer's panoramic, wall-to-wall burgundy studio are claw-footed sofas, velvet armchairs, gilded bookshelves, dimly glowing lamps made from skulls, custom bedazzled guitars, a grand piano and, on a central coffee table, an unopened pack of Marlboro Lights. Collaborators bustle in and out of the room like Marx Brothers extras. It's as if this storied composer were moonlighting in a Transylvanian bordello. German-born Zimmer's lair at Remote Control Productions in Santa Monica has been his creative home-away-from-home since 2000, around the time he composed the stirring "Gladiator" score. But he never sleeps there, and takes time away from his work to do other things. Zimmer admittedly had a hell of a time at the Grammys last weekend, where he hopped onstage to shred guitar alongside "Despicable Me" pal Pharrell. "I am a rock 'n roller, and I'll always be a rock 'n roller," he said. But he also feels strongly about working. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The cast, which includes Zachary Quinto, Uma Thurman, Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton, Melissa George, Thomas Sadoski and Brian Cox, all gathered at the New Museum of Contemporary Art to celebrate the premiere of their eight-episode limited series. There, the stars proudly spoke about their critically lauded new show and offered their views on whether it’s ethically right or wrong to hit a child as a form of punishment.
“When I heard that ‘The Slap’ was being made into an American series, I was gagging to do it,” Newton told Variety, about the show which is based on Christos Tsiolkas’ 2008 novel of the same name, and was first adapted into an Australian series in 2011.
“It’s such a provocative story, and as a mother, »
- Paul Chi
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has this week announced the official release information for the Christmas blockbuster Exodus: Gods and Kings. The film, which has grossed over $262 million on its worldwide release, is set to be released in the Us on March 17th on both 2D and 3D Blu-ray.
You can view all technical specs below…
From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Alien) comes the epic adventure “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state-of-the-art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale, The Dark Knight Trilogy) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton, Warrior), setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
2D Blu-ray release contents:
Disc 1 – Blu-ray
- Scott J. Davis
Catch the full info below, and mark your calendars for this one.
On The Blu-ray 3D™ Collector’s Edition
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment tells the remarkable epic adventure of Moses in a spectacular display when Exodus: Gods And Kings hits Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™ and DVD March 17. Critically acclaimed performances from a brilliant ensemble cast, including Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Paul and Ben Kingsley, have helped catapult the film to nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in the worldwide box office 1.
- Marc Eastman
If you've never seen MGM's celebrated 1959 "Ben-Hur," starring Charlton Heston and an astonishing chariot race--remember, effects were special back then, not CGI --you're in for a treat. The winner of 11 Oscars still holds up. And after HBO's "Rome" and Ridley Scott's "Gladiator" (let's forget holiday flop "Exodus," shall we?) and the VFX toolkits available today, it's easy to see why a reboot is tempting. Luckily, MGM and partner Paramount have signed up a visually sophisticated director adept at rip-roaring action and VFX (see "Night Watch" and "Wanted"): Moscow-based director Timur Bekmambetov. "Boardwalk Empire" and "American Hustle" star Jack Huston is beefing up to take on the Heston role of Judah Ben-Hur, and principal photography on the new "Ben-Hur" (February 26, 2016) has begun in Rome and Matera, Italy. Also starring are Morgan Freeman as Ilderim, Toby »
- Anne Thompson
Helmer Ridley Scott has donated his collection of career memorabilia to USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.
The archive includes scripts, photographs, storyboards and host of other materials from his long career in film and TV, starting with his 1977 feature debut “The Duellists.”
“Ridley’s storied career is nearly unparalleled. He has traversed genres, and historical periods, mixed fantasy with biographical dramas, epics with small personal stories,” said USC Sca dean Elizabeth Daley. “There is no one like him, and his legacy of memorabilia will be kept close to our hearts for generations to come.”
“I continue to be impressed by »
- Cynthia Littleton
Ryan Gosling's a comedian! The sexy star crashed Russell Crowe's appearance at the Aacta Awards (the Australian version of the Oscars) on Thursday in Los Angeles. The 34-year-old is currently shooting "The Nice Guys" with Crowe in the L.A. area, so Russell was presenting the award for "Best Supporting Actor" over a live feed from the U.S. when the "Crazy, Stupid, Love" star decided to intrude. The entire encounter is hilarious, and Gosling does a pretty great Australian accent if you ask us -- check out the video above to see Ryan's unexpected cameo! The 50-year-old actor was getting ready to introduce the next award when Ryan randomly interrupted. "Hey you won, congratulations," Ryan said to Russell, before Crowe explained why he was doing a speech for the Aacta Awards. "No," Russell replied. "Oh, you lost? You were robbed. You win just by being nominated, you'll get it next time, »
- tooFab Staff
Double win marks the first time two films have shared Australia’s top film prize.Scroll down for full list of winners
Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner and Jennifer Kent thriller The Babadook have both won the Aacta (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) Award for best film, marking the first time that two titles have shared the country’s top film prize.
The event in Sydney, hosted this year by actresses Cate Blanchett and Deborah Mailman, is only the 4th annual Aacta Awards but they were the result of an overhaul of the AFI (Australian Film Institute) Awards, which were established in 1969.
The two winning films could not be more different from each other. Kent’s meticulously crafted low-budget claustrophobic thriller, The Babadook, is about a single mother who battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house.
- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)
By Anjelica Oswald
The Imitation Game features Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, a mathematician and computer science pioneer who, along with his fellow code-breakers, broke the Nazi Enigma code to help end World War II. Though Turing was hailed as a hero, he was eventually arrested and prosecuted for homosexuality, along with 49,000 other British men and women. Turing chose to be chemically castrated rather than face imprisonment, so he could continue his work, and it is believed that he committed suicide a few years later. Queen Elizabeth II posthumously pardoned Turing in 2013.
On Jan. 21, Stephen Fry led a discussion about the The Imitation Game following a screening of the film for BAFTA voters, discussed Queen Elizabeth’s pardon and suggested that the 49,000 persecuted men and women should be as well. Chad Griffin, the president of Human Rights Campaign, which is honoring The Imitation Game at its Human Rights Gala on Jan. »
- Anjelica Oswald
Simultaneously the dullest and the most insulting version of itself it could possibly be. If only it had managed to be campy, that’d be something… I’m “biast” (pro): have been a fan of Ridley Scott in the past…
I’m “biast” (con): …but not so much lately
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I think I’ve finally figured out what Exodus: Gods and Kings is all about. I don’t mean how it’s a painfully boring, too-literal adaptation of a Biblical fantasy that’s been told plenty often before, and was not calling out to be told again. I mean how it’s possible that Ridley Scott could have made such a stodgy flick, and one that’s utterly tone-deaf to modern sensibilities. Cuz Scott used to be ahead of the curve, not decades behind it: This is the guy who »
- MaryAnn Johanson
TCA 2015: Additionally, the broadcaster has ordered two new “Masterpiece” dramas and two documentary series on nuclear weapons
PBS has inked a co-production deal with BBC and BBC Worldwide, PBS’s president and CEO Paula A. Kerger announced during Monday’s Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena.
Additionally, the broadcaster has ordered a new Civil War drama series produced by Ridley Scott (“Gladiator”) and two new “Masterpiece” series. Also, PBS will produce two new documentary specials focusing on nuclear weapons.
Under the BBC pact, the companies plan to produce eight to 10 new specials to begin premiering as early as this summer. »
- Jethro Nededog
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