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For this week’s new spotlight piece, I wanted to cite an A-lister who doesn’t quite get the credit that she deserves. That lovely lady is none other than Keira Knightley, an Academy Award nominated actress mostly known for her period piece work but capable of far more than that. In fact, she proved that earlier this year, as I’ll mention below. Regardless, she’s very talented and someone still on the upswing of her career, so she made perfect sense as the latest honoree in this series. As such, the spotlight is now shining on her today. Knightley got her start with some British television and a tiny part in the film Innocent Lies, but the first place you’d likely have seen her is in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, where she had a small but noticeable part. There was a bit more »
- Joey Magidson
• Penelope Cruz will star opposite Ben Stiller in Zoolander 2. Stiller is directing from a script by Justin Theroux, and will produce alongside Stuart Cornfeld for Red Hour. Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson are rumored to be reprising their roles as Mugatu and Hansel, respectively. [Deadline] • Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield are in talks for the World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge. Gibson would direct the film with Garfield in the role of Private First Class Desmond T. Doss, a war hero who won the Congressional Medal of Honor, two Bronze Stars, and three Purple Hearts. Doss saved 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa, »
- C. Molly Smith
Who’s tough enough to not only battle with Jax Teller, but to do so while decked out in the finest period garb? Sadly, we’re not referring to a Sons Of Anarchy/Game Of Thrones spinoff, but instead, we’re talking about Guy Ritchie’s Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur. With Sons leading man Charlie Hunnam fixed for the titular role of King Arthur, the quest has now begun to locate him a suitable adversary. Which, according to Variety, may be none other than Jude Law.
Ritchie and Law have previously worked together on the director’s Sherlock Holmes franchise, which saddled Law in the witty sidekick category as Dr. Watson. For the medieval reboot, it’s looking like Law will be honing in on his darker side as he’s being sought to play the leading villain. There’s no word on who specifically that baddie will be, »
- Gem Seddon
Remember Keira Knightley's topless photo spread for Interview magazine (link Nsfw)? Well, it turns out that she had a very particular set of demands for the shoot - and it isn't what you'd think. Keira opened up about the shoot (which ran in Interview's Nsfw September issue) during a recent interview, saying that she purposefully stripped down on the condition that the magazine didn't alter the pictures. "I've had my body manipulated so many different times for so many different reasons, whether it's paparazzi photographers or for film posters," she said. "That shoot was one of the ones where I said: 'Ok, I'm fine doing the topless shot so long as you don't make them any bigger or retouch.' Because it does feel important to say it really doesn't matter what shape you are." Keira continued, "I think women's bodies are a battleground, and photography is partly to blame. »
Keira Knightley posed topless for one of six covers of Interview magazine's September 2014 issue, but now she's revealing why she made the bold move for the photo shoot.
The 29-year-old actress bares all (in some Nsfw pics) inside the mag, telling British paper The Times, that she bared all in an effort to show what she looks like without any re-touching.
"I've had my body manipulated so many different times for so many different reasons, whether it's paparazzi photographers or for film posters," Keira shared in the new interview.
"That [shoot] was one of the ones where I said: 'Ok, I'm fine doing the topless shot so long as you don't make them any bigger or retouch.' Because it does feel important to say it really doesn't matter what shape you are."
News: Keira Knightley Went To Prom With A Girl!
In 2004, an image of Keira on a King Arthur movie poster stirred up controversy after it was »
Uncle Owen might not have been a huge part of the Star Wars universe, but he had an important role in Luke’s pre-Jedi life, in the space between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Joel Edgerton, who played Owen Lars in the prequel films, thinks there’s a story to be told about Owen during those years. Will it be told in the proposed Obi Wan spin-off (or spin-offs)?
Owen Lars—better known as Luke Skywalker’s cantankerous Uncle Owen in A New Hope—is not one of the most popular Star Wars characters, and his total on-screen time during the three films he appeared in was probably less than 10 minutes. However, there is someone who wants to see a lot more of him, and that’s Joel Edgerton, who played a young Owen in Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith. Edgerton thinks Owen »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
The Equalizer, 2014.
Directed by Antoine Fuqua.
A man believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and has dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her.
There’s a scene towards the end of The Equalizer where the stakes should be at their highest. The bad guy is about to kill an innocent man and, right on cue, in walks our hero, Denzel Washington. Water pours down from the sprinkler system overhead, he has a nail gun raised and poised to pull the trigger. The entire scene takes place in slow motion, the thunderous and obnoxious score blasts out, and I believe »
- Gary Collinson
Antoine Fuqua is a filmmaker I have always admired and respected, not only for his skill behind the camera, but for the diversity of projects he undertakes. After cutting his teeth by directing a number of iconic music videos in the 1990s, including Coolio's "Gangster's Paradise," Prince's "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World," and Toni Braxton's "Another Sad Love Song," Antoine Fuqua transitioned into features with The Replacement Killers and Bait before his breakout hit Training Day, where he directed Denzel Washington to a Best Actor Oscar.
From there, he took on a number of vastly different films such as the war drama Tears of the Sun, the medieval epic King Arthur, the grounded action-packed adaptation Shooter (which I still think is vastly underrated), the urban crime drama Brooklyn's Finest and last year's big-budget action-thriller Olympus Has Fallen.
It's a knight to remember as Clive Owen heads the round table in Antoine 'Training Day' Fuqua's rousing reinvention of the legend of King Arthur. Ray Winstone, Ioan Gruffudd and Hugh Dancy assist their liege while Keira Knightley's woad-daubed Guinevere fights by his side like the love child of Lara Croft and Braveheart. Stephen Dillane conjures up a good Merlin and the stunning battle on ice is a standout set-piece. »
Warner Brothers’ Sherlock Holmes and Snatch director Guy Ritchie’s ambitious six-film King Arthur project has finally found its two leads. According to Deadline, Sons of Anarchy and Pacific Rim star Charlie Hunnam will play Arthur, while Variety reports that Godzilla and Avengers: Age of Ultron actress Elizabeth Olsen is in negotiations to play the female lead, Guinevere.
Written by Joby Harold (Awake) and produced by Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend, Lone Survivor), King Arthur also stars Idris Elba as Arthur’s Merlin-like mentor, and is slated to hit theaters on July 22, 2016.
- James Garcia
Disney released “King Arthur” in 2004 starring Clive Owen and Keira Knightley. Warners had been developing an “Arthur and Lancelot” project with David Dobkin directing and Kit Harington starring, but the project never made it into production.
Hunnam is repped by CAA and Brillstein.
The Deadline.com site first reported the news about Hunnam.
- Dave McNary and Justin Kroll
Deadline report that the Son of Anarchy himself, Charlie Hunnam, has been lined up to star as the good King Arthur Pendragon in Guy Ritchie's take on the legendary tale, which is now officially titled Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur. Apparently Hunnam is now in final negotiations, and a deal looks like a sure thing. The project also has Cbm fave and Hunnam's Pacific Rim costar Idris Elba on board, and although the Thor: The Dark World actor was originally said to be playing a character called Bedivere, Deadline reckon it'll actually be Merlin the Wizard! The site also confirm that WB are planning a six film saga. There have been various movies, comics and tv shows based around Arthurian legend over the years, including the underrated Camelot and the mediocre Disney produced flick with Clive Owen in the title role. The most successful take was arguably John Boorman »
Aside from "King Arthur," filmmaker Antoine Fuqua is known for making action films that earn their R rating. "Shooter," "Training Day," "Olympus Has Fallen," "The Replacement Killers" and "Tears from the Sun" all deserve that rating because he doesn't compromise and rarely glorifies the violence.
The same holds true for his upcoming cinematic reboot of "The Equalizer" franchise. The Denzel Washington-led film has been labelled a "hard R" and Fuqua spoke with Collider on the set about why that's the case:
"I'm a product of older filmmakers I guess, the past where you get to make movies and scenes are what they are. You know if you think about Scorsese back in the day when he was making Taxi Driver, or Coppola or Frankenheimer, Sidney Lumet, they're making films where you witness violence in a real way.
And sometimes violence in a very real way is much faster and »
- Garth Franklin
The term “box office poison” is one synonymous with actors who, for a multitude of reasons, just can’t seem to catch a break. Despite each of these performers having a significant enough profile with audiences, there’s something about them that just doesn’t entice people to go catch their latest movies, and as a result, they’ve endured a string of financially unsuccessful efforts, regardless of the critical acclaim they may have acquired (in some cases, at least).
Hiring these actors will, for the most part, result in a movie failing to gather any financial traction whatsoever, and while we can’t discount the fact that some of these actors willfully picked art over commerce, there’s no denying the fact that a string of monetary flops will do little to help any actor’s career.
Some of these performers are at least lucky enough to do well from animated fare, »
- Jack Pooley
The Killing was an American remake from AMC based on the nordic noir show popularised over here by showings on BBC 4. The Us version moved things to Seattle where it rained constantly and revolved around the murder of Rosie Larson. Unfairly compared to Twin Peaks when it debuted, it was nonetheless something of a hit on Channel 4 for at least two seasons. I lost track of it around the mid-point of season two, not because I didn’t like it, I enjoyed it lots despite its grimness but it became impossible to keep up with the weekly scheduled showings and 4Od was, and still is not very good. From what I hear season two wrapped up the murder of Larson and season three moved on to a new mystery which was just as gripping.
The reason I mention this anyway is that like Arrested Development, Netflix has picked up »
- Chris Holt
Idris Elba is in talks to join the cast of Warner Bros' "King Arthur," playing a Merlin-like character who trains and mentors Arthur. An actor has yet to be cast for the title role. Guy Ritchie is attached to direct the movie, from a script penned by Joby Harold, with Akiva Goldsman and Tory Tunnell producing. This King Arthur story follow a long line of King Arthur movies over the years, including one directed by our man Antoine Fuqua, in 2004, which starred Clive Owen as the title character. In Arthurian legend, Merlin, in short, is King Arthur's adviser, a prophet, bard and a magician. Catch the busy Monsieur Elba next, playing a bad guy, in the Will »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Here we have our first bit of casting news for Guy Ritchie's King Arthur movie, which will be officially titled Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur. The Wrap report that Cbm fave Idris Elba is in negotiations to play the role of a Knight named Bedivere, "Arthur's father's right-hand man who takes it upon himself to train the young warrior for battle as he learns his true destiny." It was rumored that WB were looking at Ritchie to bring a six-film take on the classic tale to the screen, but if that is the case there's no mention of it here. There have been various movies, comics and tv shows based around Arthurian legend over the years, including the underrated Camelot and the mediocre Disney produced flick with Clive Owen in the title role. The most successful take was arguably John Boorman's Excalibur back in 1981. Akiva Goldsman and »
Sources say that Elba would play a Merlin-esque figure who trains and mentors Arthur.
Plot details are under wraps with the film set to bow on July 22, 2016.
Warners had always planned to go out with a straight offer for Elba’s role, but for the part of Arthur, the plan is to begin putting out test offers next week to actors who would test the first week of August.
Ritchie has been meeting with actors over the past few months, and sources say some of the thesps had expected to receive those offers soon, though their identities are still unknown.
- Justin Kroll
Though the second installment of Summit Entertainment’s Divergent series, titled Insurgent, is still shooting in Atlanta and isn’t due to hit theaters until next March, producers are already kicking threequel Allegiant – Part 1 into gear by recruiting Noah Oppenheim to script the entry, which will serve as the franchise’s penultimate installment.
It’s not too surprising that Summit is being aggressive with Allegiant – Part 1, which handles roughly half of Veronica Roth’s trilogy capper, considering that the dystopian action/adventure is due to open in 2016, just one year after Insurgent. What is a little odd is that scribe Akiva Goldsman (Winter’s Tale), who re-wrote Brian Duffield’s original script for the second installment, hasn’t been asked back, at least not yet. Perhaps producers feel that the franchise could use a fresh new voice, or maybe Goldsman just doesn’t have the time. He’s already plenty busy, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Director Antoine Fuqua is known for delivering on his violent action movies, whether they be with swords in King Arthur, the military elite in Tears of the Sun or the Secret Service in Olympus Has Fallen. The one that earned him the most recognition however is 2001′s Training Day which scored a pair of Oscar nominations for its two leads and a win for Denzel Washington.
This September, we finally get to see the product of Fuqua and Washington working together again in The Equalizer, a “hard R” action movie based on the ’80s TV show of the same name where Robert McCall, an ex-cia operative hidden away in self-retirement is forced back in, using his special ops training to do right by ...
- Rob Keyes
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