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HBO's Westworld adaptation continues to add to its already impressive cast. Four-time Oscar nominee Ed Harris has landed a pivotal role in the premium cable network's adaptation of the sci-fi hit, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Inspired by Michael Crichton's 1973 feature film, the drama is billed as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin. Harris (The Hours, Pollock, The Truman Show, Apollo 13) will star as The Man in Black, described as the distillation of pure villainy into one man. He joins a cast that includes Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel
- Lesley Goldberg
Is Nicole Kidman taking style tips from husband Keith Urban?The actress was spotted in NYC on Monday rocking a short, brunette 'do, a far cry form Nicole's usually long and lighter tresses. The new look is for Kidman's role in "The Family Fang," meaning she's probably wearing a wig. Is it just us, or is the look reminiscent of her hubby's trademark shag? Nic and Jason Bateman play a brother and sister duo in the film, based on Kevin Wilson's bestselling book of the same name. Kidman, 47, is no stranger to transforming her looks for a role.She famously wore a prosthetic nose for her role in "The Hours," where she also donned another brunette wig. Kidman picked up an Oscar for the flick, where she played Virginia Woolf.What do you think of Nicole's latest makeover? Sound off below! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Few filmmakers have the Oscar pedigree of Stephen Daldry, whose past works include Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (all of which have been nominated for Best Picture and/or Best Director). And so, though his upcoming film Trash doesn’t yet have a U.S. release date, it would be foolhardy to count it out of this year’s awards race.
In the film, scripted by Richard Curtis (About Time), “three poverty-stricken boys who discover something unusual, mysterious, and dangerous in a city dump.” The latest trailer for Trash, released through Universal Pictures Brazil, certainly maintains the thrilling, adventurous vibe that the film’s first preview gave off.
Though I can honestly claim to understand less than one-fifth of this international trailer, the Slumdog Millionaire-esque tone and impressive visuals paint Trash as another fascinating work from Daldry. And with Rooney Mara and »
- Isaac Feldberg
Stephen Daldry also talks about his new Netflix-backed series, his first foray into episodic TV.
Daldry, speaking at the Motovun Film Festival in Croatia this weekend, said: “The reason I made this film is because it’s about the underbelly, the difficult side of Rio, the underexposed side of Rio.”
Trash, which is slate for its world premiere at the Rio Film Festival in October, is now in the final stages of post production for Peapie Films, Working Title and Universal. It follows the story of impoverished kids who scavenge on a trash heap in Rio who get embroiled in a political scandal when they find an important item in the trash.
Daldrey spent three years on and off in Rio. “It’s a country I feel in love with, they believe »
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The Angelina Jolie-headlined fairy tale fantasy is currently sitting on $715,019,000 worldwide, making it the third biggest earner of the year behind Transformers: Age of Extinction ($966.4 million) and X-Men: Days of Future Past ($739.5 million). In all, it’s the fifth film to reach the $700 million mark this year, with fellow Disney release Captain America: The Winter Soldier earning $713 million and Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 sitting on $706.3 million.
Directed by Robert Stromberg, Maleficent stars Angelina Jolie (The Tourist), Elle Fanning (Super 8), Sharlto Copley (Elysium), Imelda Staunton (The Pirates! Band of Misfits), Miranda Richardson (The Hours), Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises), and Lesley Manville (Romeo and Juliet). Read our reviews here, here and here.
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- Gary Collinson
We’ve heard very, very little about the latest film from Oscar favorite Stephen Daldry, who previously directed Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (every film the director has been involved with has either been nominated for Best Director or Best Picture), but today brings the arrival of the first trailer for Trash, certainly a grittier and more unconventional venture from the helmer.
The movie, based on the book by Andy Mulligan, and scripted by About Time screenwriter Richard Curtis, tells the story of three street kids who survive by rummaging through a huge trash fill on the outskirts of a major city, searching through human waste and filth in hopes of finding food and other items necessary for their survival. One day, one of them finds a small leather bag with a wallet with some money and an ID card, a folded-up map, »
- Isaac Feldberg
The first trailer for Trash, the new film by Stephen Daldry (The Hours, Billy Elliot) and written by Richard Curtis (About Time) from the book by Andy Mulligan, has been released online, and you can view it below…
Build as a possible Oscar contender come awards season, Trash stars Rooney Mara (Her) and Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now) in a story of three street kids who survive by picking through a mostly human waste-filled garbage dump on the outskirts of a large city. One day, one of them finds a small leather bag with a wallet with some money and an ID card, a folded-up map, and a key. A police officer offers them a reward for this parcel but that makes them realize something’s amiss, and they decide to hang on to it. That decision puts them in danger and they’re soon on a mission, having to lie, »
- Scott Davis
Warner Bros. Pictures/NBC
Casting Harry Potter had to have been a little bit like playing Russian Roulette. You’re bringing in a group of largely untested child actors, and praying to the Cinema God that not only will they commit to an eight film series, but that they’ll grow into talented individuals and not get beaten by an ugly stick on their way through puberty. They dodged a bullet with the main trio, with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint all turning out perfectly fine. They’ve got good heads on their shoulders and seem remarkably mature in their ability to pick roles that will work for them as adults.
But what about the rest of the cast? Because they weren’t just casting Harry, Ron, and Hermione — they had a school full of students to fill. So what happens to the actors who are part of such a huge franchise, »
- Audrey Fox
It's the 1969 Academy Awards, and Walter Matthau and a tuxedo-clad chimp present John Chambers with an honorary Oscar for his work on Planet of the Apes. Viewed in retrospect it's one of the more surreal presentations in the ceremony's history, but this was something of a landmark event for the industry. It was only the second time the Academy had dished out a prize to make-up artists (William J Tuttle won four years earlier for 7 Faces of Dr Lao), and it highlighted the growing importance of Hollywood's backstage creative artists.
Fast-forward 45 years and prosthetics are giving way to digital pixels - for characters that require a complexity of movement and expression, performance capture technology gives a director the scope to execute their vision by marrying an actor's performance with visual effects. In its basic form, the actor will strap on a bodysuit that's wired up to a computer. All their »
From the press release:
Al Pacino’s Salomé and Wilde Salomé based on Oscar Wilde’s play, are to get a UK release as part of a very special event at BFI Southbank, London. The two films produced by Barry Navidi (The Merchant of Venice) and Robert Fox (The Hours), will be presented together on Sunday 21st September and followed by a Q&A with Academy Award winner Al Pacino that will be broadcast live via satellite to cinemas across the UK and Ireland. The unique event will be hosted by Stephen Fry.
Salomé is Oscar Wilde’s most controversial work, banned in London in the late 19th Century. This scintillating tale of lust, greed and revenge follows the legend of King Herod and his lust for his young stepdaughter, Salomé, and her sexual baiting of John the Baptist. Wilde’s adaptation has spawned multiple stage productions including an opera by Richard Strauss, »
- Luke Owen
Director: Stephen Daldry
Synopsis: On a cold London evening, teacher Kyra Hollis receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant, a successful restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their relationship only to find themselves stuck in a battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.
This revival of the play sees Nighy return to the role of Tom Sergeant, the part he took over from Michael Gambon in its original 1996 National Theatre run. What makes this new production even more special is Carey Mulligan in her West End debut as Kyra Hollis. That’s not the end of the top talent either as Stephen Daldry directs, »
- Dan Bullock
Good news for Disney this morning as Maleficent has crossed the $600 million mark, becoming the fourth movie in 2014 – and the first non-comic book movie – to do so.
Now in its fifth week of release, Maleficent has taken $205 million domestically and around $400 million in worldwide markets, which also makes this the biggest live-action success of Angelina Jolie’s career. The movie is now out in the majority of the major markets having taken roughly $40 million in China. It opens in Japan this weekend.
From Disney comes Maleficent—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army »
- Luke Owen
Kidman's first Vanity Fair appearance in 1990 with the "Dead Calm" look
I can still hear her saying it...
Nathaniel. It's Nicole!"
...t'was one of my all time favorite life moments, interviewing her. Today twitter informed me that it was my 7th birthday there. By their count I'm almost old enough to start obsessing on movies. And, as Graham pointed out, that means I joined Twitter on Nicole Kidman's birthday. Was this intentional? I can't recall. For our faux shared anniversary, Catarina challenged me to share my single favorite Nicole Kidman photograph. Just one? I've selected seven in keeping with my twitter age.
My top seven (at the moment) are after the jump but before we get there, I just want to say that this challenge led me to Kidman pictures I'd never seen before like this one with Ed Harris from Bruce Weber! They didn't have any scenes together »
- NATHANIEL R
The Railway Man flew a little too under the radar, but hopefully we can make up for that when it comes home on August 12th. The Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman vehicle based on the memoir of Eric Lomax had a lot of critics talking, but wasn’t quite the sort of thing to become the number one water cooler subject.
Such is the way of dramas about prisoners of war, especially long after the fact, but this one has a lot to recommend, not least just any chance to see Colin Firth. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like we’re exactly overloaded with special features, but you probably can’t expect too much here. Get the full info below, and be sure to check out the trailer above.
- Marc Eastman
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
Vulture Peter Dinklage's high school yearbook folder -- Mullet!
The Wire a definitive ranking of Tom Cruise's leading ladies post-Kidman
Mnpp Bradley Cooper gets the hose again
THR ewww, Forrest Gump is going IMAX for a 20th anniversary rerelease. 'and that's all i have to say about that'
Above Average every superhero movie (by which they mean mostly Spider-Man) in one take
Critic Wire smart piece re: the ongoing story / speculation of why film critics are losing their jobs
- NATHANIEL R
London – Al Pacino’s films Salome and Wilde Salome based on Oscar Wilde’s play, are to be screened back-to-back and followed with a Q&A with the Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker. The two movies will make their U.K. bows as part of a special event at the British Film Institute Southbank complex. The two films, produced by Barry Navidi (The Merchant of Venice) and Robert Fox (The Hours), will be presented together September 21. Photos: Tony Awards 2014: The Nominees The Pacino Q&A will be broadcast live via satellite to cinemas across the U.K. and Ireland and the
- Stuart Kemp
Madrid — Los Bragas, run by actress-producer-turned-director Alice Braga (“Elysium,” “I Am Legend,” “City of God”) and writer-director Felipe Braga (“Trash,” “Latitudes”), is seeking international broadcast TV outlets for “A Vida Fora dos Campos,” an intimate web/TV portrait of Brazilian soccer player Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. which marks Alice Braga’s directorial debut.
As the world girds up for June’s FIFA World Cup soccer tourney, “A Vida” (literally “Off-Field Life”) digital build takes soccer coverage to new levels.
Packing two seasons of six five-to-six minute episodes, first seen as web-segs, “A Vida” is produced by Njr, Neymar Jr.’s own label, and Los Bragas, marking Neymar Jr.’s entry into production. In April, using the content, the partners launched a Neymar Jr. YouTube channel, the first with original content co-produced by a soccer player himself, said Felipe Braga.
On June 11, the eve of the World Cup’s opening »
- John Hopewell
There are countless missed opportunities in Grace of Monaco, a sponsorship deal with Ferrero Rocher being chief among them. Like the choccies doled out by that cheapnik ambassador, this portrait of Grace Kelly 'the royal years' aspires to refinement and class when, in reality, it's just an afternoon sugar buzz for bored housewives. No wonder the Cannes glitterati turned up their noses, but you don't have to be a connoisseur to know this is a pile of Nutella.
What was Nicole Kidman thinking? For one thing she is two decades too old to be playing Grace Kelly from the late '50s to early '60s (the star was only 26 when she went from Hollywood's High Society to the House of Grimaldi). Kidman does »
Despite the mediocre reviews, Disney’s Maleficent took an impressive $170.6 million over its opening weekend in all almost all of its global markets (the film opens in China and Japan in the coming weeks). Not only is this the biggest opening for an Angelina Jolie live-action movie, it also means that Disney has crossed the $2 billion mark in just five months.
Breaking it down, Maleficent took $70 million in the States and $100.6 million overseas.
Read our reviews here, here and here.
From Disney comes Maleficent—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. »
- Luke Owen
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