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Speaking at the Odessa Film Festival the producer of Sergey Mokritsky’s war drama Unbroken said that the project had now completed principal photography.
20th Century Fox and Universal are among the Us majors ¨in talks¨ to take on worldwide distribution for Sergey Mokritsky’s € 3.7m biopic/war drama Unbroken.
Speaking at this week’s Works in Progress showcase at the Odessa Film Industry Office, producer Egor Olesov of Kiev-based Kinorob said that the Ukrainian-Russian co-production - which had previously previously gone under the working title of The Battle Of Sevastopol - completed principal photography in Kiev on last Tuesday (July 15).
Expected to be a blockbuster success in Ukraine, the film recounts the story of student Lyudmila Pavilchenko who was a legendary sniper during the Second World War with 309 shots to her credit and later became friends with the First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
In an interview with Russia’s Ria-Novosti , producer Natalia Mokritskaya said that the film »
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Matthew Vaughn has become something of a go-to filmmaker for quality comic book movies, having worked on the well-received X-Men: First Class and the adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr's offbeat superhero adventure Kick-Ass.
Now he's back with Kingsman: The Secret Service, based on a concept he and Millar hatched together. Millar and Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons have already published the story as a comic book, and now Vaughn is working on the film version, which is less an adaptation than his own imagining of the original idea.
Vaughn has attracted a top cast, including Colin Firth and Mark Strong (who appeared together in a very different take on the spy genre, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) as well as Samuel L Jackson, Michael Caine and newcomer Taron Egerton.
The film centres around council estate kid Eggsy (Egerton), a young tearaway bailed out of jail by his late father's »
El Rey Network announced today that James Callis ("Battlestar Galactica," Bridget Jones' Diary) has been cast in a recurring role in the spy thriller, "Matador," premiering Tuesday, July 15th at 9:00 Pm Et/Pt. The 13-episode series, from writer/producer Roberto Orci, is the second scripted original to air on filmmaker Robert Rodriguez's English-language entertainment network. Rodriguez directs the series premiere. »
We don’t go to the cinema much, because we hate people. We also don’t go because there’s always the risk of accidentally going to see the wrong film. It's not helped by the fact that there's no way of telling until it’s too late, because there are no bloody opening credits on lots of modern films. And by the time you do realise, you’ve eaten all your popcorn and you can’t be bothered to move.
The movies on this list won’t give you that problem. These opening credits are perfect scene setters for the movies that follow, so you won’t have to worry about awkward popcorn wasting moments. It's not a top 50, rather a selection of 50 interesting credits sequences, »
The studio is currently seeking a new director, although Guillermo del Toro will still be involved as a producer, alongside Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan. The filmmaker also co-wrote the script alongside Andrew Davies (Bridget Jones's Diary, The Three Musketeers).
The filmmaker signed on to direct back in February 2012, although he was initially only set to produce before taking on the directorial duties. While no reason was given for his departure from the director's chair, the filmmaker does have a massive number of projects on his slate. He is currently in post-production on his haunted house thriller Crimson Peak, and he is also attached to Haunted Mansion 3D, Frankenstein and Dark Universe, although it isn't known which project will come next.
The earliest »
The hilarious new trailer for Paddington has arrived. (along with some pretty hilarious mock-horror memes that have gone viral.)
Paddington is adapted from Michael Bond’s books for children, which have been published in 40 languages and sold 35 million copies. The story is about a young bear from Peru who longs to visit England and decides to travel to London. He reaches the huge Paddington Station and realises he is lost and alone in a big city that was barely what he had expected, but a sympathetic family adopts him and he finds the peaceful haven he had dreamt about – until a taxidermist sets her sights on him.
The first ever live action film inspired by Bond’s best-selling books, stars BAFTA Award- nominee Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Iris, Notting hill) as Mr Brown, Academy Award-winner Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man, Bridget Jones’s Diary) as the »
- Michelle McCue
Judging by the reviews to date, this week's true crime drama Devil's Knot - which stars Firth as a private investigator looking into the case of the West Memphis Three - falls into the latter category. Which, given that Firth's co-stars include Reese Witherspoon, Amy Ryan and Dane DeHaan, is a pretty substantial disappointment.
But why linger on the negative? Instead, we've taken a look back on five of Firth's finest hours across the big and small screens.
Four years after his breakthrough role in Another Country (which just barely missed out on a spot in this list), Firth earned the first of many BAFTA nominations in Richard Eyre's Falklands War drama. He gives a raw and unflinching central performance »
BBC crime drama is the latest to face criticism over inaudible dialogue, after more than 2,000 complaints about Jamaica Inn
The writer of Quirke, the latest BBC drama to face complaints over inaudible, mumbled dialogue, has admitted watching it with the aid of subtitles.
Andrew Davies, one of the UK's best known screenwriters with credits including Pride and Prejudice, House of Cards and Bridget Jones Diary, said his wife had asked for subtitles to be turned on when they sat down to watch the BBC1 show, which airs on Sunday nights.
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- Jason Deans
Guess how often characters say "Don't die on me" in movies? Answer: more than I'm comfortable with. In this smash-cut, watch tons of movie characters recite the line with as much life-or-death urgency as you'd expect. So, which "Don't Die On Me" is the best? For sheer insanity, I'm going with Renee Zellweger's scary-ass caterwaul in "Cold Mountain." Still one of the weirdest picks for an Oscar ever. I actually bet she feels bad about it. We just don't live in a universe where Bridget Jones is an Oscar-winning character, even if she's more dynamic and real than most other big-screen heroines, so Renee Zellweger settled for a "serious" role in the abysmal "Cold Mountain" and won an Oscar using freaky screams. Truly, we are on the Edge Of Reason. »
- Louis Virtel
Earlier today I read Matt Singer's essay at The Dissolve about audience's attraction to the flabbiness of Seth Rogen (vote on our related poll!) in Neighbors. I like this essay which raises good points but it's depressing that no one ever extends this kind of enthusiasm or 'justify our love' ink to seeing less than perfect physical women on the screen.
Unrelated but coincidentally apt: On the bus home from my weekend in Boston on Sunday night the guy across from me was watching Bridget Jones's Diary on his laptop. I haven't seen it in years and years and every time I glanced over (I know it's not cool to eaveswatch but screens hypnotize me) I just thought "Zeéeeee* looks so pretty" Of course this is the movie wherein she was meant to be 'unattractive'.
Weight is a tricky emotionally loaded topic but the truth, at least according to me, »
- NATHANIEL R
Mark Gatiss will also reunite with Pemberton on the project, playing Raj Army veteran Major Benjy, while Pemberton will play Lucia's chief courtier Georgie Pillson.
Chancellor - who will play Lucia in the project - said: "I am thrilled to be playing the glorious Lucia. I hope I can do justice to Ef Benson's wonderful creations."
Richardson added: "I am so looking forward to a summer of hard work and I hope, great fun, working with the ensemble on Steve's masterly adaptation of Ef Benson's delicious confection. I cannot wait to get my teeth into Mapp... and of course, Lucia!"
Gatiss said of his role: "Ef Benson's tales of life in Tilling »
Happy Birthday, Renée Zellweger! The blond beauty is celebrating her 45th birthday today and in honor of the Bridget Jones star, we're taking a look back at her style transformation over her many years in Tinseltown. From her early days starring in Jerry McGuire to her more recent work in Cinderella Man, the thesp is no stranger to switching up her style while still looking stunning on each and every red carpet. In March, the actress made her first red carpet appearance in four months, looking gorgeous in a fitted black dress and matching peep toe pumps which she accessorized with classic pearls while wearing her hair up in a messy bun. But that's hardly the first time Zellweger has »
British romantic comedy scribe Richard Curtis (“Notting Hill,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Love Actually”) may have taken a detour from directing features, but he’s made a short video for the nonprofit org the Global Poverty Project to support its goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030. Curtis is a co-founder of Comic Relief and the org Make Poverty History. His film (shown below) showcases how far the world has come in the fight against poverty, and how far it still has to go.
“The dreams and ideals of our greatest heroes were always connected to the end of the immense injustice of extreme poverty,” Curtis said.
- Francesca Bacardi
Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida received the Skoda Film Prize for Best Film at Wiesbaden’s goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, which ended with the awards ceremony on Tuesday evening (April 15).
Ida, which had taken the prize for Best Narrative Film a day before at the Sarasota Film Festival in the Us, was released by Arsenal Film on 26 prints in German cinemas last Thursday (April 10) after opening goEast the previous evening.
The International Jury, headed by German-born producer Jan Harlan and including Russian actor Ivan Shvedoff, Ukrainian producer Dmytro Tiazhlov and Georgian film-maker Nana Ekvtimishvili and Hungarian film critic Ivan Forgacs, praised “a precise screenplay and the outstanding direction” of Pawlikowski’s Polish-language debut.
On announcing the winner, Harlan said that the whole jury was ¨agreed¨ and ¨elated¨ about giving the top honour to Pawlikowski’s film which includes a cash prize of € 10,000 for the producers.
Opus Film’s Ewa Puszczynska, the film’s »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
Thea Sharrock, the 30-something theater director with an impressive résumé that includes directing Daniel Radcliffe in Equus, Danny DeVito in Sunshine Boys, and Tom Hiddleston in the BBC miniseries The Hollow Crown, has set her eyes on Hollywood, signing a deal this week with MGM to direct Jojo Moyes best-selling novel Me Before You.
The distinctly British novel — about Louisa Clark, a lower-class woman working a dead-end job in a small town who begins caring for former high-powered banker Will Traynor after he’s paralyzed in a car accident — is the kind of book you’ll read in a weekend. »
- Nicole Sperling
Real-life BFFs Emily Mortimer (Newsroom) and Dolly Wells (Bridget Jones’s Diary) write and star on Doll & Em (Wednesdays at 10 p.m.), HBO’s latest L.A. meta-comedy about a movie star (Mortimer) who hires her childhood pal (Wells) as an assistant. (Possible alternate title: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Ladies!) But once you clear the velvet rope, it’s apparent that Doll and Em is, at its heart, a portrait of female friendship rather than a Hollywood confidential.
The comedy — which is partly improvised, but never reaches laugh-out-loud levels of funny — debuts with back-to-back episodes, and good thing, considering the premiere is a bit anemic. »
- Amy Wilkinson
Renee Zellweger hit the red carpet for the first time in four months for a good cause!The actress looked stunning on Tuesday at the event for "A Starry Evening of Music, Comedy & Surprises," presented by Ucsf Medical Center and The Painted Turtle, a camp for children with life threatening and chronic illnesses.The 44-year-old rocked a classic black dress and matching peep-toe heels, pulling her hair back into a messy up 'do. The blonde beauty posed for photos with Kathy Griffin and record producer Lou Adler. Other stars in attendance included Annette Bening, Josh Groban and "Glee" actress Amber Riley. So, what's next for Renee?She's rumored to be starring in the upcoming flick, "The Whole Truth" and is set to reprise her role as Bridget Jones in a third movie.What do you think of her red carpet ensemble? Sound off below, and click "Launch Gallery" above to »
- tooFab Staff
• Charlize Theron is set to produce and potentially star in Everything Nice, an adaptation of Ellen Shanman’s novel about an ad exec who gets fired, moves back in with her widowed father, starts a flirtation with an old flame, and ends up teaching life skills to sixth-grade girls. One True Thing and Admission scribe Karen Croner is penning the script for Universal. [Deadline]
• Uma Thurman is in negotiations to join Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg in the comedy American Ultra for director Nima Nourizadeh. The film follows a stoner who gets targeted by a sinister government operation. Thurman will play »
- Lindsey Bahr
“Please look after this Bear. Thank You.” For those of us who grew up reading the Paddington Books, get ready for the little bear to make his debut on the big screen.
Set for Oscar Season 2014 and a December release date, here’s the first teaser for the forthcoming family adventure Paddington.
The first ever live action film inspired by Bond’s best-selling books, will star BAFTA Award- nominee Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Iris, Notting hill) as Mr Brown, Academy Award-winner Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man, Bridget Jones’s Diary) as the voice of Paddington Bear and Academy Award-winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Rabbit Hole, Moulin Rouge) as the evil taxidermist determined to wreak her revenge. The cast are joined »
- Michelle McCue
Kodi Smit-McPhee, Harry Greenwood, Tom Budge, Lincoln Lewis, Matt Nable, Anthony Hayes, Lachy Hulme and Ashleigh Cummings are among the big ensemble cast announced today for the Endemol Australia/Nine Network miniseries Gallipoli.
A three-month shoot starts in and around Melbourne on March 17 with Glendyn Ivin (Beaconsfield, Puberty Blues) directing. The screenplay by Christopher Lee (Howzat! Kerry Packer.s War, Paper Giants, Rush, Police Rescue) is adapted from the best-selling book by Les Carlyon.
The producers are John Edwards (Howzat! Kerry Packer.s War, Beaconsfield, Paper Giants, and Offspring), Imogen Banks (Puberty Blues, Offspring) and Robert Connolly (producer of Balibo and The Boys, director of Underground: The Julian Assange Story, The Slap). Nine.s co-Heads of Drama Jo Rooney and Andy Ryan and Endemol Australia CEO Janeen Faithfull are executive producers. .Smit-McPhee plays 17-year-old Thomas .Tolly. Johnson, who lies about his age to enlist with his brother Bevan in the »
- Don Groves
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