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Tiff 2017: ‘Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool’ Review: Paul McGuigan (2017)

Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool review: Paul McGuigan (Gangster No. 1, Lucky Number Slevin) brings this stunning portrait of love in the late 70s to screens. Will it be this year’s runaway Oscar success?

Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool review by Paul Heath.

Eon Productions choose their projects well. The company behind the James Bond movies rarely venture outside of that franchise, but when they do, you know you’re in for something special – and that is exactly what you get from Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, an absolute masterpiece in film-making.

Annette Benning plays Gloria Grahame, an ageing Oscar-winning actress who we meet in her dressing room preparing for a performance in a theatre somewhere in the north of England, Elton John’s ‘Song For Guy’ playing over the soundtrack. However, all is not well as she attempts to head to the stage,
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Has the next Bond director been found?

Well, in short, no. However, it looks like new directors are being considered and one of them is at the forefront of conversation is none other that Gangster No. 1, Sherlock and Lucky Number Slevin helmer Paul McGuigan.

The news of the Scottish helmer’s potential consideration comes via the pages of Indiewire who say that the producers are really rather impressed with McGuigan’s latest Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool. The film, which will be released by Lionsgate, stars Annette Bening and Jamie Bell and revolves around a romance which sparks between a young actor and a Hollywood leading lady.

According to Indiewire, the director, whose last work was Victor Frankenstein, is reportedly ‘under consideration’ for the high-profile Bond gig, following on from Sam Mendes, who helmed the last two films in the series, the massively successful Skyfall and Spectre. Obviously, there has been no word from
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James Bond 25 Targets Luke Cage Director Paul McGuigan

James Bond 25 Targets Luke Cage Director Paul McGuigan
As fans wait to see who'll control the James Bond franchise next, with a bidding war recently starting between five different studios, Eon Productions is trying to lock down their next director, as they also wait for Daniel Craig to commit to the movie as well. With Skyfall and Spectre director Sam Mendes long since bowing out, the producers are meeting with filmmakers, including Irish director Paul McGuigan, who is considered to be a top candidate for the job. Nothing is set in stone at this point, but writers Neil Purvis and Robert Wade are currently working on the script.

IndieWire broke the news of Paul McGuigan being in contention for the directorial gig, but it isn't known at this time what other contenders are also being considered. Eon Productions was reportedly so impressed with his work in the upcoming Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool with Annette Bening and Jamie Bell,
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Paul Bettany to Play the ‘Unabomber’ In Discovery Channel Scripted Series

Paul Bettany to Play the ‘Unabomber’ In Discovery Channel Scripted Series
Actor Paul Bettany (“Gangster No. 1”) has been cast as Ted Kaczynski, a.k.a. “The Unabomber,” in Discovery’s upcoming scripted series “Manifesto,” which will detail the downfall of one of the most infamous domestic terrorists in U.S. history.

Executive produced by Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti, Troy Searer, and Greg Yaitanes for Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti’s Trigger Street, the series will be directed by Yaitanes, who will also serve as showrunner, alongside a script written by Andrew Sodroski. The series will follow FBI profiler Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald and how he used old-school methods to track down the Unabomber.

The series marks Bettany’s first major leading role on U.S. television. He is known for his roles in films such as “A Knight’s Tale,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World,” “Dogville,” “Wimbledon,” and “The Da Vinci Code.” In addition, he
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Celebrating the movie roles of Eddie Marsan

Mark Harrison Oct 11, 2016

We salute the film work of one of Britain's very best, and most versatile, film actors: Mr Eddie Marsan...

Eddie Marsan isn't just one of the best British actors working today – he's also one of the busiest, appearing in all kinds of supporting roles in major movies, while also appearing on TV a lot, on both sides of the Atlantic. He was fantastic as the latter lead in BBC One's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell last year and he's also a regular on Showtime's Ray Donovan as Ray's brother Terry, an ex-boxer suffering from Parkinson's disease.

On the big screen though, it's Marsan's versatility that really makes him so watchable. He's had attention grabbing turns in minor roles in blockbusters like Hancock, Mission: Impossible III and Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes films, but he's also at home amongst a big ensemble in more serious fare like Spielberg
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‘The Secret Scripture’ review [Lff 2016]

The Secret Scripture review: Rooney Mara and Vanessa Redgrave head up an impressive cast in this new adaptation of the 2008 bestseller by Sebastian Barry.

The Secret Scripture review by Paul Heath, Lff 2016.

The Secret Scripture review

Jim Sheridan returns to his Irish roots after an American sabbatical with the likes of Brothers and the previous Get Rich Or Die Tryin’. In his first film in his homeland since 1998’s The Boxer (has it really been that long?) Sheridan focuses on the literary work of Sebastian Barry and his 2008 novel of the same name.

We begin the film alongside Eric Bana‘s psychiatrist Dr, Stephen Grene who is summoned to a rural part of Sligo, Ireland to assess the mental state of seventy-something in-patient Roseanne McNulty (Vanessa Redgrave). Lady Rose, as she is referred to, has resided at the Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital for nearly five decades and, now that the
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Protagonist, The Jokers, Backup team on UK-France co-pro 'The Devil Outside'

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Protagonist, The Jokers, Backup team on UK-France co-pro 'The Devil Outside'
Exclusive: First look at Andrew Hulme’s follow up to Cannes 2014 entry Snow In Paradise.

UK sales outfit Protagonist, riding high off the success of Toronto hit Lady Macbeth, has boarded world sales on Andrew Hulme’s recently wrapped crime-horror The Devil Outside.

Writer-director Hulme’s BFI-backed follow up to his 2014 Cannes Official Selection debut Snow In Paradise charts the story of a young boy (Robert) brought up in a world of evangelical Christianity that has taught him to look for signs and to believe that evil is waiting just outside the front door.

Caught between his mother, who’s determined to bring Jesus’s love to a dead mining town, and his best friend who has introduced him to teenage rebellion, Robert becomes embroiled in a spiritual tug of war as he tries to escape his religious beliefs. It’s then that he discovers a dead body in the woods and realises that God has sent
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"Captain America: Civil War" - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

From the movie review site, TheGoodTheBadandtheUgly.Ca, take a look @ "...the good, the bad and the ugly..." in Marvel Studios "Captain America: Civil War":

Michael Stevens, Sneakpeek.CA

For The Good

"Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of violence, action and 'mayhem',  Marvel Studios' 'Captain America: Civil War' finds 'Steve Rogers' (Chris Evans)  leading a new team of 'Avengers' in a 'Bourne'-looking, globe-hopping, bone-crunching follow-up to 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' (2014)...

"...integrating more Marvel superheroes into the cinematic universe including noble savage 'Black Panther' (Chadwick Boseman)...

"...and teenage, geeky 'Spider-Man' (Tom Holland).

"With frantic fighting sequences inspired by Jack Kirby, 'Cap' (Evans) engages like there's no tomorrow...

"...crashing through windows while bouncing his bullet-ricocheting shield off floors and walls...

"...skull-fracturing hordes of baddies, effortlessly somersaulting, breakfalling, kicking and punching his way through the throng. 

"'Steve Rogers', that skinny scrappy kid,
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First two episodes of Marvel’s Luke Cage directed by Paul McGuigan

With the second season of Daredevil now on Netflix, attention is starting to shift to the streaming services third Marvel show Luke Cage. We’ve already seen the official logo and the first teaser trailer, and now we have details on who directed the first two episodes, with Paul McGuigan making the announcement on Twitter…

@empiremagazine @LukeCage …don't tell anyone but I might have directed the pilot and second episode…just saying.

Paul McGuigan (@paul_mcguigan) March 19, 2016

The Scottish director has helmed such films as Gangster No. 1, Lucky Number Slevin and Victor Frankenstein, as well as episodes of Monroe, Scandal and Sherlock, including the pilot episode ‘A Study in Pink’.

After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage becomes a fugitive trying to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City. But he is soon pulled out of the shadows and
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Daniel Radcliffe says Max Landis's 'Victor Frankenstein' script was a little too Max Landis

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Daniel Radcliffe says Max Landis's 'Victor Frankenstein' script was a little too Max Landis
Daniel Radcliffe is beloved by millions, smart, unassuming, humble, verbose, and clear-headed about his fame. Fans will be relieved to know that he narrowly escaped being trampled by zebras and eaten by lions on the set of "Victor Frankenstein," in which he plays Igor, the hapless right-hand man to Dr. Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley's classic novel. The movie is a prequel of sorts. It is not about the monster, birthed from the reassembled parts of human corpses, but rather about the early relationship that develops between Frankenstein and his deformed assistant, not to mention a young trapeze artist played by "Downton Abbey" star Jessica Brown Findlay. Way back in 2014, I toured the set of the film at London's Shepperton Studios; during my visit they were shooting an early scene that at the circus, before Frankenstein takes Igor under his wing and removes his hump in a gruesome on-screen procedure (okay,
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Watch: Get Immortal With First Clip And New Images From 'Victor Frankenstein' With James McAvoy & Daniel Radcliffe

A blockbuster movie that also has something to say? The devil you say! Daniel Radcliffe, who co-stars in the upcoming "Victor Frankenstein" with James McAvoy, says the movie penned by Max Landis has some substance between the stitching. “I like the fact that it’s a studio movie with these big sets and sequences, but there’s also a cool intellectual debate going on. Our innate fear of technology and the fear of people who push it beyond where we’re comfortable with it going… feels like a nice combination,” the actor told Nylon. Read More: Review: 'I Frankenstein,' Starring Aaron Eckhart, Yvonne Strahovski & Bill Nighy In this clip from the film directed by Paul McGuigan (“Wicker Park,” "Gangster No. 1"), McAvoy's Victor Frankenstein almost freakishly enthuses about the possibilities of technology to make man immortal. Then he does a magic trick. "Victor Frankenstein" arrives on November 25th. Check
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It's alive! Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy star in new Victor Frankenstein trailer

It's alive! Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy star in new Victor Frankenstein trailer
This isn't your grandad's Frankenstein, this is Victor Frankenstein, with James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe making a monster come to life to the sound of The Doors in the new trailer for the rebooted horror classic.

McAvoy takes a break from playing the younger Professor X in the ongoing X-Men series, joining forces with fellow franchise veteran Radcliffe to play Victor and Igor respectively.

As you'll have seen from the trailer above, this is a glossy, slick take on Mary Shelley's immortal tale, though of course they can't resist a good "It's Alive!". Fingers crossed for a decent "Yes, master..." from the former Boy Who Lived once the film hits cinemas later this year.

Plus, there's more gigantic lever pulling than you've seen in the past decade. That's how science happens, kids.

Directed by Paul McGuigan, who previously brought us Lucky Number Slevin, Gangster No. 1 and Push, the
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Victor Frankenstein trailer debuts; McAvoy & Radcliffe star

Victor Frankenstein trailer’ McAvoy and Radcliffe reimagine a classic

Updated: We’ve now also posted the first poster for the film at the bottom of this post.

The first Victor Frankenstein trailer has arrived. The film stars James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe in a reimagining of the classic Mary Shelley tale.

Paul McGuigan, the excellent director that brought us Gangster No. 1 and Push directs the new movie, with Max Landis at the writing table.

Here’s the synopsis:

James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Daniel Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation.
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"Avengers: Age Of Ultron" - 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly'

From the movie review site "The Good, The Bad And The Ugly.Ca, take a look @ 'the good, the bad and the ugly' in director Joss Whedon's "Avengers" sequel, "Avengers: Age Of Ultron":

Michael Stevens For 'The Good':

"When 'Tony Stark' jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go 'awry' in Marvel Studios emotionally-charged, action-packed  "Avengers" sequel, "Avengers: Age Of Ultron"... 

"...with loads of frenetic action sequences bursting with colorfully costumed comic book superheroes...

"...flinging themselves into harms' way...

"...that would make Golden Age comics' artist Alex Schomburg proud...

"Elizabeth Olsen makes a fine debut as the wide-eyed and powerful, hex-casting 'Scarlet Witch', who weirdly mind-manipulates our heroes into facing their fears and unresolved traumas... 

"... providing a welcome opportunity for origins and flashbacks. 

"James Spader is suitably hard-edged, evil and comically wired as the jaded voice of the muscled 'Ultron'.

"Paul Bettany as the 'Vision', even though he was 'born yesterday',
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Here’s Your First Look At Radcliffe & McAvoy In ‘Victor Frankenstein’

Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy, two of Britain’s finest young actors, are currently shooting Victor Frankenstein with Gangster No. 1 (great movie) helmer Paul McGuigan, and today Empire have given us our first behind-the-scenes look at the new take on the Mary Shelley masterpiece.

McAvoy is playing the title role of the young scientist in the film, while Harry Potter alumni Radcliffe assumes the part of his assistant Igor.

“As much as the monster is his creation, Igor is his creation as well,” said McAvoy to the magaizing on set. “That was quite exciting. It’s funny, the script, but also really dark, in a cool way.”

You haven’t too long to wait for the movie, as it is released on October 2nd, 2015. Mark Gatiss, Jessica Brown Findlay and Andrew Scott also star. Max Landis wrote the script.

Check out the two new images above.

Source: Empire
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'Sons of Anarchy' director Paris Barclay on the premiere's 'ballet of death'

'Sons of Anarchy' director Paris Barclay on the premiere's 'ballet of death'
Sons of Anarchy’s season 7 premiere will be remembered for the brutality of the final scene, but as is so often the case with this show, there was also beauty in it. Exec producer Paris Barclay, who directed the episode, called into “News & Notes” on EW Radio (SiriusXM 105) and shared how the idea for a rainy night in Charming—a rare occurrence—came about. He always reads Kurt Sutter’s scripts slowly, so he can try to visualize what he’s created.

“Even though it wasn’t in the script, I just imagined it was raining for some unknown reason.
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Snow in Paradise’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Snow in Paradise’
With British cinema overrun as ever with grimy London gangland tales, there is precious little territory that hasn’t yet been covered within the genre: Even the narrative tension between crime and spirituality in “Snow in Paradise,” an ultra-brooding study of a small-time hoodlum’s conversion to Islam, feels less novel than it should do. A glum but not inauspicious directorial debut for accomplished editor Andrew Hulme, this obscurely titled thriller suffers from key scripting deficiencies for which its concentrated, low-hanging atmospherics and a hot-wired lead performance go only so far to compensate. An artsy proposition for genre aficionados and a coarse one for arthouses, “Paradise” may find itself in commercial purgatory even on home turf.

In 2012, Sally El Hosaini’s remarkable debut feature, “My Brother the Devil,” freshened up a story of East End gang warfare with a complex personal conflict over closeted sexuality and Muslim faith; warmly reviewed
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Review: 'Snow In Paradise' demolishes the myth of the glamorous UK gangster lifestyle

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Review: 'Snow In Paradise' demolishes the myth of the glamorous UK gangster lifestyle
Cannes -- Andrew Hulme is not a name that many film fans know, but you've more than likely seen his work. As an editor, he's worked on "The American," "Red Riding: 1974," 'Control," "Gangster No. 1," and "Lucky Number Slevin," among others, and he's also served as a second unit director on a few films. His directorial debut, "Snow In Paradise," made its appearance at Cannes today in the same timeslot that Ryan Gosling's "Lost River" played yesterday. It bummed me out to see that there were maybe a third as many people waiting to get into this one, and that was before I saw the movie. Afterwards, I'm doubly sorry, because it's a self-assured and sincere piece of work. Based loosely on the true life story of Martin Askew, this movie feels like a direct refutation of the romanticized myth of London's criminal underworld. How many films have you
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Blu-ray Review – Dom Hemingway (2013)

Dom Hemingway, 2013.

Written and Directed by Richard Shepard.

Starring Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir, Emilia Clarke, Jumayn Hunter, Madalina Diana Ghenea, Kerry Condon, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, and Jordan A. Nash.

Synopsis:

After spending 12 years in prison for keeping his mouth shut, notorious safe-cracker Dom Hemingway is back on the streets of London looking to collect what he’s owed.

At face value Dom Hemingway shouldn’t work. By 2013 the charm of cockney criminals has worn so thin you can see right through it thanks to imitations of Guy Ritchie’s early work; I’m referring to rubbish like Love, Honour, and Obey, Revolver, RocknRolla, Gangster No. 1 and anything starring Danny Dyer. The resurgence in these kinds of films since the late 90s has marred British cinema, so when I saw Jude Law was starring in a film about a cockney criminal, you can forgive me for wanting to give it a wide berth.
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Casting: Hoffman, Patrick, Chastain, Irons

The Cobbler

Dustin Hoffman and Steve Buscemi have joined the cast of Tom McCarthy's currently filming, off-beat drama "The Cobbler".

Adam Sandler plays a shoe repairman in New York who integrates himself into the lives of the people whose footwear he fixes. Dan Stevens and Method Man also star. [Source: The Wrap]

From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series

Robert Patrick, Madison Davenport, Brandon Soo Hoo and Eiza González have scored supporting roles in the ten-episode serialized drama series adaptation of "From Dusk Till Dawn" for the El Rey Network.

The first three will play the Fuller family, while González plays the stripper Santánico Pandemonium. The quartet join the already announced D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Jesse Garcia and Don Johnson. [Source: El Rey Network]

The Secret Scripture

Jessica Chastain and Vanessa Redgrave are set to play the younger and older versions of the lead character in a film adaptation of Sebastian Barry's award winning "The Secret Scripture.
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