17 items from 2015
Even Kate Winslet carrying her sewing machine like a gunfighter’s pistol can’t redeem this unbearable patchwork of comedy and tragedy
There’s something chokingly terrible about this film, with its two-hour accumulation of sentimentality building to a pure, clanging wrongness in the tonally misjudged mix of unfunny smalltown comedy and unconvincing smalltown tragedy. Kate Winslet does her best, but there’s nothing she can do with this unbearable and unbearably long movie. She plays Myrtle Dunnage, returning to her dusty Australian hometown in the early 1950s: she is a fashionista, a dressmaker with experience of Paris and Milan: haughty, glorious and glamorous, carrying her Singer sewing machine like a gunfighter with his pistol. It seems the mean-minded, petty population drove her out of town when she was just a kid, for reasons finally and tiresomely revealed in flashback. So now she has a score to settle with one and all, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Alfred Molina (Chocolat), Dylan Baker (The Good Wife, Spider-Man 2 & 3), Al Madrigal (About A Boy, The Daily Show), Jon Daly (The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, Kroll Show), Robert Forster (Jackie Brown), and Cathy Moriarty (Raging Bull) are set as guest stars for Showtime's dark comedy pilot I'm Dying Up Here. Molina, Baker, Madrigal and Daly will recur if the pilot goes to series. Written and executive produced by Dave Flebotte and executive produced by Jim Carrey, I'm Dyi… »
Barker takes over from Kevin Trehy, who will become a vice-chair.
Guy Barker has been appointed the new chair of the Production Guild of Great Britain, stepping up from the position of treasurer.
Barker takes over from Kevin Trehy, who has served in the position since 2005.
Lara Sargent, director of software and accounting company Sargent-Disc, has been appointed teasurer.
Barker has acted as a financial controller and production accountant across numerous major UK productions, including recent release The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Red 2.
Barker said: “As the UK’s film and television production sector continues to grow and excel in producing high quality and successful home-grown and international productions so does the Production »
Marvel surprised everybody recently with the unexpected revelation of a new Ant-Man and the Wasp movie (juggling around some release dates while it's at it).
But that wasn't all - snuck in with the big news was the announcement that it's also pegged three 2020 dates for more films (on May 1, July 10, and November 6). But what films? Thor 4? Iron Man and Pepper Pots? We have to know!
And while we wait impatiently, here are some educated guesses as to what Marvel might be cooking, and the odds of them coming to pass:
It seems almost impossible that at least one of these three films won't be a sequel, probably to one of the newer properties.
Walden Media, producer of such hit films as “The Chronicles of Narnia” series, “Bridge to Terabithia,” “Charlotte’s Web,” and the “Journey to the Center of the Earth” series, will co-finance and co-produce DreamWorks Studios’ upcoming film A Dog’S Purpose.
Based on the best-selling novel, “A Dog’s Purpose” is an inspirational story of one devoted dog finding his purpose in the lives of the humans he loves.
Dennis Quaid (“Far From Heaven,” “The Rookie”), Britt Robertson (“Tomorrowland,” “Delivery Man”), K.J. Apa (“Shortland Street”), Juliet Rylance (“The Knick,” “Frances Ha”) and Peggy Lipton (“Mod Squad,” “Twin Peaks”) join the film, which is being directed by Academy Award nominated director Lasse Hallstrom (“The Hundred-Foot Journey,” “Chocolat”).
Based on the beloved book by W. Bruce Cameron, the screenplay was written by Cameron & Cathryn Michon and Audrey Wells. Gavin Polone is producing with Alan Blomquist and Mark Sourian serving as executive producers. »
- Michelle McCue
Exclusive: The English-language thriller is among several exciting Colombian projects in development revealed to Screendaily at the Bogota Audiovisual Market .
Dog Eat Dog director Moreno’s Black River tells the story of an Englishman who travels to the Amazon in search of his kidnapped father only to discover he was involved in criminal activities.
Diego Ramirez’s Colombian outfit 64-a is co-producing the project with Hugo Heppell of Hugo Films in the UK. “We are looking to shoot the film in the Amazon next year,” said Ramirez, who has several more English-language projects on his slate.
These include the $6m 18th Century-set Half Man (Media Hombre), also written and to be directed by Moreno. The story tells of the Battle of Cartagena de Indias in Colombia, in which the forces of Vice-Admiral Edward Vernon engage the Spanish under Admiral Blas de Lezo.
“It will be an epic Ridley Scott-type film, which we’re also »
- email@example.com (Chris Evans)
When I first reviewed Welcome to Sweden (review here), I was not only nervous about the idea of someone getting a gig by virtue of being Amy Poehler’s brother, but also because the show seemed to be working such a “European” sense of comedy, that I wasn’t sure it would play well to American audiences.
It may have worked out that despite somewhat surprising success, the show remains a bit niche, but Greg Poehler won me over pretty quickly. Based on Greg’s real experiences living in Sweden, the show is a charmingly-envisioned culture clash that wonderfully avoids trying too hard for the comedy.
The story revolves around Greg, who has fallen in love with Emma (Josephine Bornebusch) and decides to relocate with her so that she can take a job back in Sweden. He had a solid job as an investment broker, with a lot of high profile clients, »
- Marc Eastman
So which Will Ferrell are we getting in the upcoming "Tom's Dad"? Are we getting the comedian who sorta flopped this past spring with "Get Hard"? Or the man who likes to dabble in indie dramas from time to time? Well, even though it's described as a comedy, it sounds like we'll see both in the upcoming movie directed by the always safe and reliable Lasse Hallström ("Chocolat," "The Cider House Rules," "The Hundred-Foot Journey"). Read More: Review: 'Get Hard' With Will Ferrell And Kevin Hart Martin Casella penned the screenplay for this '60s set tale about that follows Arthur (Ferrell), a struggling nightclub performer hoping to make it big with his stage act involving circus animals. He is forced to reconnect with his estranged 12-year old son, Tom, when his ex-wife departs on a three week trip, leaving the pair to rekindle their father-son relationship. So yes, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Box office winner and Golden Globe nominee Will Ferrell (Get Hard, Anchorman 1 and 2) will star in the comedy Tom’S Dad to be directed by Oscar nominated director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, The Hundred-foot Journey).
Principal photography on the feature film is slated to begin early next year, with further casting underway.
Set in 1960s Nevada, Arthur (Ferrell) is a struggling nightclub performer hoping to make it big with his stage act involving circus animals. He is forced to reconnect with his estranged 12-year old son, Tom, when his ex-wife departs on a three week trip, leaving the pair to rekindle their father-son relationship.
It was announced today by producers Joni Levin and Keith Clarke (The Way Back, upcoming Ben Hur) of Point Blank Productions, Christi Dembrowski and Johnny Depp of Infinitum Nihil (Hugo, Rum Diary, Dark Shadows) and Arsenal’s John Ptak (Let Me In, »
- Michelle McCue
Actor Will Ferrell is lining up a curious new project. It was announced today that he is set to star in the comedy Tom’s Dad for director Lasse Hallström, the filmmaker behind The Cider House Rules and Chocolat. The film takes place in 1960s Nevada and revolves around a struggling nightclub performer hoping to make it big with his stage act featuring circus animals (yes, Ferrell will play a circus ringleader). He is subsequently forced to reconnect with his estranged 12-year-old son when his ex-wife departs on a three-week trip, leaving the two to rekindle their relationship. Martin Casella (One Night Stand) penned the original screenplay. Further casting is currently underway with the aim to start production in early 2016. Hallström’s been doing his fair share of Nicholas Sparks movies as of late, helming Dear John and Safe Haven, as well as last year’s Helen Mirren-fronted The Hundred-Foot Journey. »
- Adam Chitwood
Director: Lasse Hallström
Running Time: 122 Minutes
In The Hundred-foot Journey director Lasse Hallström explores how opening a new food-related business in a small French village causes plenty of drama, just like in his film Chocolat (2000). Based on the novel by Richard C. Morais, the story centres around the Kadam family from India, who drift around Europe after fleeing from their home and restaurant after it was burnt down. When they eventually arrive in France, they believe their Indian restaurant could work among the traditional French cuisine on offer to the locals but it isn’t an easy ride for Papa (Om Puri) and his family, as they coincidentally set up their restaurant just across from Madame Mallory’s (Helen Mirren) high-class establishment.
The idea of bringing Indian food and culture to France, who are famous all »
- Louise Tooth
The awards world was hit with a bombshell on Tuesday afternoon after news broke that a "significant faction" of the Academy wants the Best Picture field returned to just five nominees. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the old guard feels the current system has made the honor less prestigious and are using the low ratings of last month's telecast as proof that the expanded field doesn't work. The issue may be addressed as soon as the next Board of Governors meeting on March 24. Let me take a breath and prepare my reaction while you ponder this Hail Mary of a justification for a moment. (O.K., I'm ready.) Y'all crazy. First, let's discuss the "prestige" argument, shall we? In 2009 the Best Picture field was increased to 10 nominees because of the horror (i.e. embarrassment) that the out-of-touch membership had snubbed popular and critically acclaimed blockbusters such as "Wall-e" and "The Dark Knight. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Since making his movie debut as Harrison Ford's doomed sidekick in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Alfred Molina has appeared in everything from critically-acclaimed dramas like Prick Up Your Ears to Hollywood blockbusters ranging from Species to Spider-Man 2.
His latest film, Love Is Strange, centres on a long-term gay couple who are forced to live apart while they search for a new home. It opens on February 13, a canny piece of counter-programming to the omnipresent Fifty Shades of Grey. To mark the occasion, Digital Spy took a trip down memory lane with Molina to speak to him about the roles that defined his career.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) - Satipo
"My very first time in front of a camera! I knew nothing, the only thing I knew about filmmaking was the fact that films got made at all. I knew nothing about the technique of film; I was very, »
Aka Jessica Jones is shaping up to be a geek dream – firstly Marvel announced that Don’t Trust The B- In Appartment 23 star Krysten Ritter would be their latest comedy-star-to-hero casting gamble (in the title role), swiftly following-up with the news that David Tennant would play the villainous Purple Man.
As you might have guessed, she will play what’s been described as a ‘no-nonsense woman who could prove a powerful ally to Jessica.’ That’s if – minor plot point alert! – ‘Jessica doesn’t completely alienate her first.’ There aren't many clues there, but, as ever, the lack of a character name suggests she is someone significant in Marvel lore.
If dodging bullets isn’t your thing, you »
Moss plays a no-nonsense woman who could prove a powerful ally to Jessica...if Jessica doesn’t completely alienate her first.
Moss will star opposite Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), David Tennant (Kilgrave), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), and Rachael Taylor (Patricia “Trish” Walker) in the Netflix original series. “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones” was developed by Executive Producer/Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg.
“Throughout her career, Carrie-Anne has embodied a wide range of characters in a compelling and relatable way and I have no doubt she will bring that talent to A.K.A. Jessica Jones.”
Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer/Marvel’s Head of Television added:
“Carrie-Anne has proven her ability to play complex characters with deep and layered inner lives. Her interaction with Jessica Jones »
- Kellvin Chavez
Marvel and Netflix are proud to announce that Carrie-Anne Moss will star in Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones, an all-new 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015 following Marvel's Daredevil. Moss plays a no-nonsense woman who could prove a powerful ally to Jessica... if Jessica doesn't completely alienate her first. Moss will star opposite Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), David Tennant (Kilgrave), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), and Rachael Taylor (Patricia "Trish" Walker) in the Netflix original series. Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones was developed by Executive Producer/Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, who had this to say about the casting in a statement.
"Throughout her career, Carrie-Anne has embodied a wide range of characters in a compelling and relatable way and I have no doubt she will bring that talent to A.K.A. Jessica Jones."
Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer/Marvel's Head of Television, had this to say in his statement.
"Carrie-Anne has proven her ability to play »
“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a fairy tale—but not your average fairy tale. It’s a madcap musical with a princess who has sworn off love, a vulnerable villain, a slightly nutty Sugar Plum Fairy, a tenacious and big-hearted elf, a mischievous imp, and a knight who is no Prince Charming.
“Strange Magic” welcomes an extraordinary roster of voice talent, including Alan Cumming (CBS’ “The Good Wife,” Broadway’s “Cabaret”) as Bog King, Evan Rachel Wood (“The Ides of March“) as feisty fairy Marianne, Elijah Kelley (“Hairspray,” “Lee Daniels’The Butler”) as lovelorn elf Sunny, newcomer Meredith Anne Bull as Marianne’s lovesick sister Dawn, »
- Michelle McCue
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