18 items from 2015
Warning: contains very mild spoilers for Daredevil.
Charlie Cox - you either know him as Daredevil’s brooding lawyer/vigilante Matt Murdock, Boardwalk Empire’s Ira volunteer Owen Sleater, and/or Tristan Thorn from the criminally underrated family film Stardust.
Here’s the interview in full…
I was here yesterday for the Avengers interviews, have you had a chance to see the new movie yet?
Not yet, I’m very excited to. Is it good?
It’s very good. And because I’ve been watching that, and binging Daredevil at a similar time, I was wondering if you think »
Occasionally, a movie villain will pause for a moment to deliver a brief story or anecdote. And often, these apparently incidental tales tell us a lot about an antagonist's state of mind, experiences or warped worldview.
We've compiled a selection of 20 here. Some of them are blackly funny. Many are disturbing. One or two are even moving. The first one's very strange. All of them bring something unique to each particular film in which they appear, and all of them are laced with a delicious hint of menace.
20. Xander - Enemies Closer (2013)
"When I was a little boy at my grandmama's place, she had a lovely goose. I named her Edith, after the French singer Edith Piaf..."
We begin with a delightfully weird story from Peter Hyams' 2013 thriller, »
Celebrity chef and peripatetic TV host Anthony Bourdain is credited as an executive producer of “Bone in the Throat,” a free adaptation of his novel about ambitious restaurateurs and minor-league Mafiosi in Manhattan’s Little Italy, so one must presume he approved of director/co-scripter Graham Henman’s decision to reconstitute the source material as a seriocomic tale of haute cuisine and criminal activity in East London. But the shifts in locale and characterization may not be for every taste: Although entertaining in fits and starts, the filmization too often has the flavor of a reheated leftover from the Guy Ritchie menu. Audiences aren’t likely to sample this middling concoction until it’s served in home-screen platforms.
The plot pivots on the aspirations of Will Reeves (Ed Westwick), the white sheep of a family of mob minions. Will has set his sights on the straight life of a master chef, »
- Joe Leydon
Today we have the first photo of Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim) as King Arthur on the UK set of the upcoming "Knights of the Round Table" film, which is directed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, Snatch). Check it out below. Plot: The bold new story introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur . and with it, his future. Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur is forced to make some hard choices. Throwing in with the Resistance and a mysterious young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to master the sword, face down his demons and unite the people to defeat the tyrant Vortigern, who stole his crown and murdered his parents, and become King. The new movie is the first installment in a planned six-film series. »
Just yesterday, we brought you the first set photo from Guy Ritchie’s medieval epic Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, which found star Charlie Hunnam posing opposite the director on the first day of production. Now, Warner Bros. has unsheathed a synopsis for the pic, which will serve to launch a franchise of six blockbuster films, all to be spun out of Arthurian lore.
According to the studio, which does not mention the official title of the film despite it being previously referred to as Knights of the Roundtable, Ritchie’s take will unfurl thusly:
The bold new story introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur—and with it, his future. Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur is forced to make some hard choices. »
- Isaac Feldberg
As we await the arrival of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. this August (the first trailer doesn't look half bad), director Guy Ritchie is already in production on his next film, the medieval action drama Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur. Taking the title role is "Sons of Anarchy" and Pacific Rim star Charlie Hunnam, and we get a glimpse at the actor in the role as Ritchie has just posted a photo from the set of the film, showing off a set in the middle of the woods. No sign of any of the other cast members yet, but we're bound to get a look at them later this year since the film is already slated for release next summer. Look! Here's a first look at Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur from Guy Ritchie's Twitter: First day on Kort. pic.twitter.com/JPv8esPDnu »
- Ethan Anderton
Every journey begins with one solitary step. For Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow, their ambitious Arthurian legend franchise which is set to spawn six films took its first tentative trots forward today. Guy Ritchie’s medieval fantasy reboot, Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur has officially entered production, and has been marked by the now-mandatory First Day of Production Tweet.
The first snapshot was posted to Ritchie’s Twitter along with the brief caption: “First day on Kort.” Standing beside the director is his leading man, Sons Of Anarchy‘s Charlie Hunnam. The British actor nabbed the lead role of Arthur last year, and has since been joined by Astrid Berges-Frisbey as Guinevere and Eric Bana as Arthur’s father Uther Pendragon. Up in the air and as-yet unconfirmed are Djimon Hounsou, who was tapped for a “mentor-like” role after Idris Elba left that spot vacant, and Jude Law, who »
- Gem Seddon
Daniel J. Harris on indie filmmakers, fear and procrastination…
Every aspiring filmmaker on the planet thinks that they have a great idea, great script, a unique story and way of telling it that engages audiences. Otherwise – why would we bother? You must have belief in your own ability – right?
Well, yes and no. In order to give up everything and burn all other bridges to pursue a career as a filmmaker you need to have the minerals – to quote Guy Ritchie’s Snatch. But, as artists we’re insecure and often fragile. Sometimes we don’t want to let go of our little story, or let too many people hear about it for fear of ridicule or rejection. We tell ourselves it’s a great story and it’ll make a great film. But…. Maybe it needs a little more work. Or perhaps… the time isn’t right. Or maybe »
- Gary Collinson
This post is brought to you in association with Casino Tropez…
The USA does gambling films like nowhere else. Movies such as Casino (1995), set in the bright lights of Las Vegas, or The Sting (1973), set in an atmospheric Chicago, are testament to this dominance. Yet, there are numerous gambling flicks from UK directors and many that are set in Britain. Here are five of the very best.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
This effervescent gambling flick’s humorous script catapulted Jason Statham to international stardom, and revamped the careers of a number of other talents. A disastrous London card game triggers a series of preposterous but highly entertaining events that see four friends get into serious trouble over a mammoth batch of weed, a stack of money and two antique shotguns. Lock, Stock gave director Guy Ritchie an international name that saw him direct many subsequent features – and come to the attention of Madonna, »
- Gary Collinson
The Boardwalk Empire actor on the brilliance of The Sopranos, Venice in winter and taking the kids to see Kasabian
Actor Stephen Graham, 41, was born in Kirkby, Liverpool, and got his breakthrough role in 2000, when Guy Ritchie cast him as Tommy in gangster film Snatch. Since then, he has played Combo in Shane Meadows’s Bafta-winning This Is England film and TV series and Al Capone in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. He has also appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Gangs of New York. He is married to fellow actor Hannah Walters, with whom he has two children. His next role is in crime drama Hyena, released in the UK on 6 March.
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- Ralph Jones
How much of a The Man from U.N.C.L.E. fan am I?
Need I add, this is in my wallet?
So when I heard Guy Ritchie got the nod to bring us a new film, I was ready to believe. But of course, this is not only the man who brought us Snatch and the Sherlock Holmes movies, but the remake of Swept Away.
When I first heard that Tom Cruise had been cast as Napoleon Solo, I was not happy. Not because of any lack of talent on the couch-jumper, but because he was already connected to the Mission Impossible franchise, and I thought it was a bit much all for him.
- Vinnie Bartilucci
So, Superman and The Lone Ranger meet in a bar and the result is ... well, rather a lot different than what I expect would have happened if Steven Soderbergh had directed this thing as originally planned but the first trailer for Guy Ritchie's The Man From Uncle is here and it would appear that between this and Kingsman: The Secret Service - directed, of course, by Ritchie's Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch producer Matthew Vaughn - it would appear that there's a move afoot to make the whole espionage thing into a bit of good, escapist fun again. Cue socio-political commentary are harder to sell to audiences these days here.Henry Cavill ("Man of Steel") stars as Napoleon Solo opposite Armie Hammer...
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Today we have the first trailer for the upcoming "The Man From Uncle" film, which is based on a 1960s TV show and stars Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) And Armie Hammer (The Social Network). Check out the trailer and the poster below. Plot: Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, "The Man from Uncle" centers on CIA agent Solo (Cavill) and Kgb agent Kuryakin (Hammer). Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo's only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe. The new »
UK production outfit Evolution Pictures is readying a number of features including actor Jason Flemyng’s directorial debut Reign Of Blood, a vampire action film written by Danny King, BAFTA-nominated in 2011 for drama Wild Bill.
Production is set to begin in summer 2015 with casting currently underway.
Flemyng is best known for roles in Guy Ritchie films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, blockbusters including X-Men: First Class and Clash of the Titans, and more recent features Gemma Bovary and Sunshine on Leith. He also starred in Will Bill.
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Back in November it was announced that Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings star Sean Bean is set to star in an upcoming six-part retelling of Mary Shelley’s Gothic horror classic Frankenstein, and now ITV has revealed the full cast and synopsis for the drama series The Frankenstein Chronicles.
Set in Georgian London in 1827, The Frankenstein Chronicles has been created by Emmy nominated director and writer Benjamin Ross (The Young Poisoner’s Handbook, Torte Bluma) and writer Barry Langford (Torte Bluma). In the drama’s opening sequences, the Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel (Tom Ward), following a successful operation by Thames River Police to apprehend a gang of opium smugglers, recruits Marlott (Sean Bean). As he stands on the water’s edge, Marlott makes a shocking discovery. The body of a dead child is washed up on the shore and on further examination of the corpse, he »
- Gary Collinson
The cast of ITV's The Frankenstein Chronicles has been announced.
Sean Bean will star as Inspector John Marlott, who will pursue a terrifying foe through 1827 London, in what is described as a mix of the investigative and horror genres.
The six-part period drama sees Marlott recruited by Home Secretary Robert Peel after an assembly of body parts is discovered, arranged in a bizarre attempt at a human form.
He soon finds himself tracking down a dangerous and unhinged killer.
Also appearing in the series will be Snatch star Robbie Gee, Cilla's Ed Stoppard, Anna Maxwell Martin, Charlie Creed-Miles, Elliot Cowan, Hugh O'Conor, Joe Tucker, Lalor Roddy, Patrick Fitzsymons, Richie Campbell, Ryan Sampson, Samuel West, Shaun Mason, Steve Wilson, Steven Berkoff, Stuart Graham, Tom Ward and Vanessa Kirby.
ITV director of drama Steve November »
Last month brought the first official image from this year's classic television adaptation The Man from U.N.C.L.E. starring Man of Steel lead Henry Cavill and Lone Ranger star Armie Hammer. We're still waiting for some kind of teaser trailer (though the film doesn't arrive until August, so we might be waiting a little while). But in the meantime, a second photo of our leading men has popped up, and it gives us a little comedic flare from the film directed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, Snatch). It features Cavill and Hammer on a scooter, presumably somewhere in Europe, maybe in the middle of a chase. Look below! Here's the new photo from Guy Ritchie's The Man from U.N.C.L.E. from USA Today: At the height of the Cold War, CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavil) and Kgb agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) must put aside longstanding hostilities to team up »
- Ethan Anderton
The four-week series follows the adventures of a dashing knight, Galavant (Joshua Sasse), as he attempts to rescue his true love, Madalena (Mallory Jansen), from the clutches of the evil King Richard (Timothy Omundson). Galavant teams up with his squire Sid (Luke Youngblood) and Isabella (Karen David), a princess looking to save her parents from King Richard’s dungeons.
See photos: The Only 8 Western Comedies That Hollywood Has Made Since 1990
“It’s the dream »
- Itay Hod
18 items from 2015
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