6 items from 2016
If you were hoping to see Zac Efron put on a blond wig and dress up as Kirsten Dunst in Bring It On at some point in your lifetime, prepare yourself for greatness. The actor appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden on Sunday night after the Super Bowl with his Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates costars Adam DeVine and Anna Kendrick to accomplish one very daunting task: sum up the entire history of sports movies in less than seven minutes. In the same vein as fellow late-night host Jimmy Fallon's "History of Rap" video, Corden's "History of Sports" tackles everything from Bad News Bears and Varsity Blues to The Sandlot and Bend It Like Beckham. No movie was safe from their hilariously spot-on impersonations, so check it out above! »
- Quinn Keaney
If you've ever fantasized about James Corden wearing nothing but a whipped cream bikini, you're in luck. For the Late Late Show's post-Super Bowl episode Sunday night, the host got actors Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick and Adam DeVine to help him recreate the best cinematic tributes to athleticism in a skit called "History of Sports Movies in 7 Minutes" - including Ali Larter's sweet seduction scene from 1999's Varsity Blues. "Uh ... we cut this bit," Efron, 28, said as Corden, 37, sauntered in front of the green screen in a blonde wig (and not much else). "Right. It's still a treat for the ladies, »
- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston
The love story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy has been told again and again onscreen, and each adaptation has in its own way addressed themes of class, social etiquette and romance that Jane Austen wove into the 1813 classic, Pride and Prejudice. But now Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, in theaters Feb. 5, introduces a whole new slew of themes: the undead, for example, and martial arts and lots and lots of blood and gore. The film has Cinderella star Lily James playing Elizabeth, who in this version just happens to be leading a small army of sword-toting society women in »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
Jasper M. de Gier will relaunch the company, which was declared insolvent 13 years ago.
The Dutch entrepreneur and investor Jasper M. de Gier has resurrected the former Neuer Markt player Helkon Media Ag to produce European feature films and TV series.
The Munich-based predecessor, which was founded in 1991 by the late Werner Koenig and Martin Heldmann and finally wound up in 2003 after prolonged insolvency proceedings, was launched this week in Berlin by de Gier’s Luxembourg-based financial investment company de Gier & Co.
De Gier had been working since 2007 on reviving the remnants of the former Helkon empire.
¨Our goal is to pick up where the old Helkon left off, i.e. to enable the new Helkon to connect to the success of its predecessor, which ran into difficulties after the tragic death of Werner Koenig in November 2000 and the collapse of the Neuer Markt,¨ said De Gier.
The reincarnation will focus on film production, film distribution »
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
Gurinder Chadha is over the moon. The stage version of her 2002 cult hit Bend It Like Beckham about a sassy Punjabi girl who wants to play football in London, has taken the London stage by storm. Last week the staged version of Bend It Like Beckham won big at the prestigious Critics' Circle Theatre Awards. Gurinder's staged film adaptation won for Best Musical.
Gurinder was thrilled to share the stage with the legendary Judi Dench. And now the filmmaker will bring the stage version of Bend It Like Beckham to India. Speaking from London, the ecstatic Gurinder says, "Our show is a wonderful example of what a diverse and culturally rich country England is. To be recognized and celebrated by the top critics of our national press is extremely gratifying."
After the heartening response in Britain, Gurinder is all set for India. "Critics and audiences have loved the show in »
- Subhash K. Jha
Project is based on the memoir of author Helga Schneider.
Filming will continue for three weeks before moving to London and Vienna. The production will last five weeks.
Based on the memoir of Helga Schneider, the story follows the emotional journeys of four generations of women from the same family and how they suffer from a trauma created during the Second World War.
The script was written by Polly Steele (Lena: The Bride of Ice), who will also direct, and will star Stevenson as Schneider alongside Jodhi May (The Last of the Mohicans) and Lucy Boynton (Sing Street, Life in Squares).
New cast members announced include Éva Magyar (X-Men: First Class), Abhin Galeya (Exodus: Gods And Kings), Stanley Weber (The First Day of the Rest of Your Life), Simona Hughes (Woman In Gold) and Elizabeth Webster (Cockneys vs Zombies).
6 items from 2016
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