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The album features original music by Patrick Doyle (“Brave,” “Thor”) marking the eleventh time Doyle has teamed with director Kenneth Branagh. The score was recorded at Air Lyndhurst Studio in London, and was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Shearman and produced by Maggie Rodford. The film arrives in theaters on March 13, 2015.
Patrick Doyle’s long-time creative collaboration with Branagh began in 1989 with “Henry V.” The film’s song ‘Non Nobis Domine’ was awarded the 1989 Ivor Novello Award for Best Film Theme. In 1991, they re-teamed for “Dead Again,” which earned Doyle a Golden Globe-nomination. Subsequent collaborations include “Frankenstein,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” “As You Like It,” “Hamlet” (for which Doyle received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score), “Sleuth,” and “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.”
- Michelle McCue
This article contains spoilers for the Harry Potter movies.
The Harry Potter films didn’t need to be good.
The books were already a phenomenon. Only Twilight and Dan Brown’s novels have resulted in midnight openings at bookshops across the world in recent years, and when you look at their film adaptations (Angels And Demons grossed nearly $500 million worldwide, despite being Angels And Demons), it’s clear: the Harry Potter films didn’t actually have to try that hard to be a success.
Across eight films, they told the story of death-magnet legend boy Harry Potter and his loyal flame-locked sidekick Ron as they courted whimsical oblivion on a roughly yearly basis, getting rescued repeatedly by Girl Guide/Wikipedia hybrid Hermione Granger. They »
Emma Watson, best known as Harry Potter’s bookish best friend Hermione Granger, announced that she will be Disney’s next princess – Belle! The Brown University graduate will be bringing her enviable combination of brains and beauty to Bill Condon’s live-action version of Beauty and the Beast.
Unfortunately, there hasn’t been an announcement about who will play the Beast to Emma’s “Beauty.”
Who will be the Beast? We went through all the working heartthrobs of Hollywood, and picked our top candidates for the role.
Can he sing? Yes. Chris starred in the adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods. Age: 34 (10 years older than Emma) Known For: Star Trek, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit We asked you on Facebook and Twitter who you’d like to be Disney’s next prince. Chris Pine was the popular choice. Two other Chrises – Hemsworth and Evans – were very close behind in the votes. »
- Sasha James
Exclusive: Fast-rising British actor Henry Lloyd-Hughes has been set to play tech whiz kid Allen Scott-Frank in Lionsgate’s heist sequel Now You See Me: The Second Act. Production is underway on the Jon M Chu-helmed pic that stars returning cast Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, and Michael Caine along with Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan and Jay Chou who are new to the franchise.
Scripted by Pete Chiarelli and Ed Solomon, the sequel picks up a year after the Four Horseman outwitted the FBI with their mind-bending tricks and as they come face-to-face with a new enemy who enlists them to pull off their most dangerous heist yet. The initial caper went on to gross over $350M worldwide in 2013. The Second Act has a June 2016 release date.
Lloyd-Hughes made a name for himself with the hugely popular UK TV comedy, The Inbetweeners, and also had a role in »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Exciting news this, it’s been announced that the tenth Doctor himself, David Tennant, will be taking on the role of a key villain in Marvel’s Aka Jessica Jones Netflix series. The news came yesterday from an official Marvel announcement, which confirmed Mr Tennant would be portraying ‘the villainous Kilgrave’ throughout the 13-episode series.
With this longer-form storytelling framework, we would expect more screentime for Tennant than his Doctor Who predecessor Christopher Eccleston got in Thor: The Dark World. He joins Krysten Ritter, who has already been confirmed as the title character Jessica Jones.
The announcement described Kilgrave as ‘an enigmatic figure from Jessica’s past, [whose] reappearance will send shockwaves through the former super hero’s world.’ This plays nicely into the traditional Jessica Jones bio which paints her as a hero-turned-detective, »
Time flies when you’re having fun, as they say, and it’s pretty difficult to believe that 2005 was already a decade ago. It was a time when George W. Bush was still President of the United States, Pope Benedict XVI was elected, and everyone started getting excited about the impending release of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Though not a particularly stand-out year in film overall, 2005 certainly wasn’t forgettable either: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire tore up the worldwide box office, Million Dollar Baby won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and Catwoman won the Razzie Award for Worst Picture. It also gave birth to a number of supremely iconic movies which, indeed, have now turned a decade old.
Why is it difficult to believe that these movies have hit the double-digit milestone? Perhaps they seem so relevant today that it doesn’t feel like much time has passed, »
- Jack Pooley
Welcome to 2015. Hopefully it’s better than 2014, which was not bad, but also not great. But maybe the pop culture this year won’t be any different from last year. How much can we really change in a year? Let’s start by asking a different question:
How far have we actually come in a decade? Let’s look back at 2005.
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In 2005, the biggest movie of the year was Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. This year, the biggest movie of the year will be...Star Wars: The Force Awakens, probably. And another of 2005’s biggest movies of the year was Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith. In 2015, we’ll watch Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie again in By the Sea (which Jolie directed).
But mostly, looking back, the biggest movies of 2005 are a blueprint for 2016: In 2005, we »
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