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Director Steven Spielberg has been one of the most successful directors in Hollywood for four decades, with major commercial hits that have broken records at the box office. His latest film, Bridge of Spies, premiered Sunday night at the New York Film Festival and centers on an American lawyer (Tom Hanks) who is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a detained pilot from Soviet Russia.
Spielberg’s last collaboration to star Hanks, 2004’s dramedy The Terminal, failed to earn any nominations from the Academy, whilst their previous collaboration, 2002’s Catch Me If You Can, earned just two Oscar nominations (best supporting actor for Christopher Walken, best original score for John Williams) but was unable to take home either, despite positive reviews and large box office numbers.
Despite having won three Oscars in his career, and the multitude of iconic films that he has helmed, »
- Patrick Shanley
“Bridge of Spies” got the crowd to its feet at its world premiere screening Sunday at the New York Film Festival, with the audience giving a standing O to director Steven Spielberg and a cast led by Tom Hanks as the credits rolled.
“Half this movie is shot in New York,” he told the opening nighters. “The first half of this movie I dedicate to you. And then when I go to Berlin in a month, I’ll dedicate the second half to them.”
One of sequences that got audiences talking was the largely wordless opening sequence for which there’s no musical score — just the sounds of the city. “When I walk around the streets of New York, I don’t hear an orchestra,” he said in an interview. “I hear all the taxis and dogs and subways.”
New Yorkers will recognize familiar theater faces up on the screen »
- Gordon Cox
See Also: Watch the trailer for Sisters here
Sisters is set for release on on December 18th in the States and on March 11th 2016 in the UK, with Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) directing a cast that also includes Kate McKinnon (Ghostbusters), Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids), John Leguizamo (John Wick), Rachel Dratch (30 Rock), Madison Davenport (Noah), James Brolin (Catch Me If You Can) and Bobby Moynihan (Inside Out).
- Gary Collinson
Who is the Standing Man? That's a question the latest trailer from Bridge of Spies sets out to answer. DreamWorks Pictures and Fox 2000 Pictures have released this latest sneak peek via Entertainment Weekly. And it looks and feels like another classic drama from the two men who gave us Saving Private Ryan, The Terminal and Catch Me If You Can. The film is directed by three-time Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg, and stars two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks. The film will surely garner them each another nomination.
Set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, Bridge of Spies recounts the story of James Donovan (Tom Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen »
Disney’s remake pledges a return to the source: Pl Travers’ stories. Travers hated the 1964 movie, but it was more faithful to her books than she realised
When I was growing up, I had access to two VHS videos. One was The Snowman, the classic adaption of the Raymond Briggs cartoon, and the other was Mary Poppins. (I’m talking about the mid-1980s, when this represented an extraordinary range of options on top of Britain’s four terrestrial TV channels.) As a result, I watched Poppins probably 3,000 times; I know it from the first spit-spot to the umbrella’s final squawk. It is thanks to this movie that I still misuse the word “amortize” and, in times of stress, can be unaccountably soothed by the phrase “Shipyards, the mercantile”.
I was, therefore, interested to read this week of a new Poppins movie in the works, to be directed by »
- Emma Brockes
The first teaser poster for acclaimed filmmaker Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World has appeared online and you can view it right here…
Based on a play of the same name by Jean-Luc Lagarce, It’s Only the End of the World follows “a writer as he goes back to his hometown, intending on announcing his upcoming death to his family. However, as resentment soon rewrites the course of the afternoon, all attempts of empathy are sabotaged by people’s incapacity to listen and love.”
Marion Cotillard (Macbeth), Léa Seydoux (Spectre), Vincent Cassel (Black Swan), Nathalie Baye (Catch Me If You Can) and Gaspard Ulliel (Saint Laurent) star in the film, which is expect to arrive in 2016.
- Scott J. Davis
Bond back into action. Katniss drawing her final arrow. A double helping of Michael Fassbender. There's no need to mourn the end of summer blockbuster season with these big screen treats arriving in the coming months. Here are 12 films worth ducking into a warm cinema for this autumn.
Houston, Matt Damon has a problem! The Bourne star finds himself stranded on Mars after a manned mission to the red planet goes very, very wrong. Ridley Scott is the man behind the camera aiming to add another sci-fi classic to his CV (ie, more Alien less Prometheus).
2. Macbeth - October 2
The play that can not be named gets the big screen treatment as Michael Fassbender takes on the eponymous role and Marion Cotillard is his good lady wife. From the trailers this basically looks like Shakespeare crossed with 300 and Game of Thrones. Count us in.
3. The Walk »
When Ed Burns was a kid, he remembers his relatives giving him pictures of his great grandfather, these grainy black-and-white shots that hinted at a wild, we-make-our-own-rules-here past. "He's standing on the roof of his place in Hell's Kitchen, with giant scissors in his hand," the writer-director says, sipping a Guinness in a Tribeca bar near his home. "And he's about to cut the ears of his champion fighting pitbull, this beast with a muzzle on. I asked my dad, what's the deal here exactly? Seems the old man was in the trucking business, »
The apple clearly doesn’t fall far from the tree! Photos of Jack Nicholson's son, Ray, 23, at an event in the Hamptons on Saturday, Aug. 15, blew up on the Internet and only made our thirst for sizzling celeb offspring even stronger. Is it just Us, or is he looking a little like Leonardo DiCaprio circa Catch Me If You Can in his polka-dot short-sleeve button-up? Good thing Pierce Brosnan rose to the occasion by also bringing his brood of sons to the premiere of his movie [...] »
This year marks over 25 years since Hollywood superstar Leonardo DiCaprio made his acting debut. As a fresh faced, ambitious teen, DiCaprio appeared in several family soap operas in the early 1990s that had decent runs, including Parenthood and Growing Pains. A quarter of a century later and two Golden Globe wins for Best Actor (The Wolf of Wall Street in 2014 and The Aviator in 2005), DiCaprio has arguably become one of the most recognizable faces in the world, albeit sadly without that coveted Oscar win. Sealing his fate as a global heartthrob in age-old romantic drama Romeo + Juliet in 1996, then following it up next year with the blockbuster Titanic, Leo subsequently shot to stardom and worked with some of cinema’s finest directors, including Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino. Although a hard list to make given his impressive CV, here we take a look back some of his most remarkable roles. »
- Gary Collinson
Twenty years ago today, Bryan Singer, the director of the “good X-Men movies” (read: all of them except X3), and writer Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible – Rogue One) rounded up five thieves for the heist of the 90’s. It all starts out with a seemingly harmless lineup, but Keyser Söze – bogeyman of the criminal underworld – has very specific (and sinister) plans for The Usual Suspects’ Dean Keaton (Gabriel Byrne), McManus (Stephen Baldwin), Fenster (Benicio del Toro), Hockney (Kevin Pollak), and Verbal Kint (Kevin Spacey). Bonus points to Singer for casting Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad”’s Gus Fring), who looks ridiculously young as one of the FBI agents after Keyser Söze.
From pool sharks and grifters to tricksters, card cheats and American hustlers, here’s our rundown of the most memorable con artists in movie history.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
One of the finest fraudster films to ever »
- Daniel Bettridge
Disney’s very own Comic-Con, D23, was held at the weekend, and we pick through the awesome news and reveals from the event, including some huge Star Wars bombshells, and the return of a big name to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. All this, and Tom’s Trivia Three – Learn cool tidbits about Iron Man, Catch Me If You Can, and Cillian Murphy Reviews – Absolutely Anything.A critically acclaimed screen actor quotes lines from movies he hasn’t starred in – This week, our acclaimed actor takes on Harry Potter.News – Our epic round up of D23, and we discuss the news that Spectre will be James Bond’s origin story. Subscribe on iTunes – Click here (Click view in iTunes and the click Subscribe) If you’re already a subscriber, the latest episode is ready to download. iPhone / iPad Users– Click here to open your iTunes podcast app and click Subscribe! »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Steven Spielberg’s next film, spy thriller Bridge Of Spies, teams him up again with with his old Saving Private Ryan and The Terminal cohort Tom Hanks for what’s shaping up to be a heart-stopping Cold War thriller. It has a new poster that recalls the Saul Bass-inspired opening credits of another Hanks/Spielberg movie, Catch Me If You Can, and more recently that stylish falling man Mad Men aesthetic. It’s also got a big photo of Tom Hanks on it, which we’re always in favour of.May 1, 1960. While American moviegoers were watching David Niven and Doris Day hamming it up Please Don't Eat the Daisies, Us pilot Gary Powers’s U2 spy plane was plunging through Russian airspace after a Soviet Sam missile put pay to his covert mission. Next to the Cuban Missile Crisis, the incident's fallout brought America and the Soviet Union as »
As a comedy team, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey have always been perfect. They complement each other to such an extent that any instance of performance is instantly elevated by their pairing. From Saturday Night Live to the Golden Globes telecast – with 2004’s Mean Girls and 2008’s Baby Mama along the way – these two are never more effective than when they are locked in a game of verbal tennis with each other in some heightened, comedic situation. It is no surprise, then, that there has been a significant amount of anticipation for their next cinematic reunion – Sisters – which is due for release on December 18th 2015.
Directed by Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) and written by Paula Pell (Saturday Night Live) Sisters is essentially a ‘vehicle’ for this tag-team of hilarity – and indeed, it was written specifically for these two actresses to undertake. Starring as siblings Maura (Poehler) and Jane (Tina), the »
- Sarah Myles
Fey and Poehler have worked together on numerous films and projects over the years, including Mean Girls, Baby Mama and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. They also co-hosted the Golden Globes together for three straight years, from 2013 to 2015.
Sisters is about two disconnected sisters summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house. Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates, which turns into the cathartic rager that a bunch of ground-down adults really need.
The script for the film was penned by Paula Pell, who is another Saturday Night Live veteran. Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) directed a cast that includes such actors as Kate McKinnon (Ghostbusters), Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project), Maya Rudolph »
- Justin Cook
A new scribe has been tapped to write the Splinter Cell movie. According to Deadline, Frank John Hughes will pen the next draft of the script for the planned video game adaptation for New Regency and Ubisoft. Hughes only has two writing credits to his name (Dark Tourist, Leave), but as an actor, he's probably best known for his roles in Catch Me If You Can, Mr. Vincent,... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Aaron Tveit, you’re the one that Fox wants.
The Graceland leading man and Broadway actor will play Danny Zuko in the network’s live staging of Grease.
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As previously announced, Dancing With the Stars alum/actress Julianne Hough and High School Musical grad Vanessa Hudgens will headline the musical as Sandy and Rizzo, respectively. The cast also includes Scream Queens‘ Keke Palmer (as Marty Maraschino) and Big Time Rush‘s Carlos PenaVega (as Kenickie).
“I’m thrilled and honored to be joining this incredibly »
Wop bam boom! Fox's upcoming Grease Live special has found its Danny Zuko in none other than Aaron Tveit. The celebrated stage and screen star, 31, will take on the role once famously played by John Travolta. Tveit brings acclaimed musical prowess to the production, with previous Broadway roles in Next to Normal, Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can, and Wicked. The New York native also sang on the big screen in 2012's Les Miserables, starring as Enjolras in the Oscar-winning cast of Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell [...] »
Grease is the word for Aaron Tveit. The Graceland star has been cast as Danny Zuko in Fox's Grease Live, E! News has confirmed. "I'm thrilled and honored to be joining this incredibly talented team of actors in re-imagining this classic and beloved musical," Tveit said in a statement "Playing Danny Zuko is a dream role and I can't wait to be a part of all the fun that comes along with performing live on television." Carlos PenaVega of Big Time Rush will play Kenickie. Tveit, whose USA series is now in its third season, has appeared on Broadway in Wicked, Next to Normal and Catch Me If You Can. His other credits include Gossip Girl, Law and Order: Svu, The Good Wife and the »
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