18 items from 2017
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Jude Law, who’s always been hard to pin down, and his title role in HBO Emmy Contender “The Young Pope” is no exception.
Bottom Line: As he embraces his mid-40s, Jude Law has morphed from British golden boy to globally bankable character actor. His range is wide, from tragic robot Gigolo Joe in Steven Spielberg’s “A.I.” to Robert Downey, Jr.’s comedy sidekick Dr. Watson in Guy Ritchie’s blockbuster “Sherlock Holmes” franchise. Still stunningly handsome, Law is gaining grit and gravitas as he gets older. But there’s a sense he’s still holding back.
- Anne Thompson
It might still be summer, but for distributors hoping to make a splash in the upcoming awards season that means it’s time to get the ball rolling. And so we have the first trailer for Fox Searchlight’s “Goodbye Christopher Robin,” directed by Simon Curtis and starring Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie.
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Taking a page from the playbook of “Finding Neverland,” itself an Oscar darling with seven nominations and one win for Best Score, “Goodbye Christopher Robin” tells the true story of A.A. Milne, the creator of “Winnie the Pooh.” His relationship with his son, Christopher, inspired the beloved character, which helped England find comfort after Wwi. Robbie plays Milnes’ wife, Daphne, while Kelly McDonald stars as Christopher’s nanny, Robin.
Curtis is no stranger to awards season. He was behind the camera »
- Zack Sharf
Sony Pictures has unveiled a new trailer for their highly-anticipated action-comedy Baby Driver, which showcases a modern-day remix of a classic song. The trailer itself is dubbed "TeKillYah," because the footage is set to a remix of The Champs' iconic 1958 song "Tequila," which children of the 1980s will certainly remember from Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. Much like the movie is set to the soundtrack of young Baby (Ansel Elgort), this trailer is perfectly in sync with this "TeKillYah" remix.
Sony Pictures debuted this new trailer on YouTube today, which also features a number of glowing quotes from some of the nation's critics, one of whom states that this movie "uses music the way the rest of us use air." It's clear that this "TeKillYah" remix is actually used in the movie, with a new scene featuring this bank robbing crew meeting an associate, who asks what Baby is listening to. When »
"You're looking for clues, but you're missing all the signs." The Weinstein Company has unveiled an official trailer for the indie thriller Wind River, the feature directorial debut of screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (of Sicario and Hell or High Water previously). This film is a "snow-noir" thriller about a murder mystery set in the snowy mountains of Wyoming, mostly around an Indian Reservation where the locals clash with the government authorities. Jeremy Renner stars, with Elizabeth Olsen as a FBI agent sent to investigate. The cast includes Jon Bernthal, Martin Sensmeier, Julia Jones, Kelsey Asbille, Graham Greene, and Gil Birmingham. I first saw this at the Sundance Film Festival and loved it - saying in my review that "Sheridan is as talented of a director as he is a screenwriter." It's also showing at the Cannes Film Festival. Here's the first official trailer (+ fan poster) for Taylor Sheridan's Wind River, »
- Alex Billington
Exclusive: Vertical Entertainment inks deal with Goldcrest.
Director Jonathan Hopkins’ movie is being lined up for a theatrical release in the Us in Q4, 2017.
Richard Hobley and Hopkins’ screenplay charts the story of Alice (Maggie Q), a rationally minded sleep doctor, who is forced to abandon scientific reason and accept a family is being terrorised by a parasitic demon which paralyses victims as they sleep.
The 2017 slate includes Blind, starring Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore, and Dylan McDermott; Cate Shortland’s Berlin Syndrome starring Teresa Palmer and Max Riemelt; and Toa Fraser’s 6 Days, starring Abbie Cornish, Jamie Bell, and Mark Strong »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
The film is scheduled to begin production in mid-May in Puerto Rico. 13 Films is handling worldwide sales and will present the title to buyers this month during the Marché du Film at the Cannes Film Festival.
Paul Kampf’s Equitas Entertainment is producing. Producers are Paul Kampf, Holly Levow, Tom Sperry, and Luillo Ruiz from the Pimienta Film Company in Puerto Rico. Megan Messmer is co-producer with Equitas Entertainment. Executive producers are Walter Josten, Tannaz Anisi, and Greg Schenz.
Kampf is directing from his own script, described as a revenge thriller wrapped around a love story with the question of the sacrifices made for love. The cast also includes Juana Acosta and Fernanda Urrejola.
Kampf, Levow and Sperry launched Equitas Entertainment last year as »
- Dave McNary
Another month has passed. It’s now May, part of the second third of the year, and hopefully the point where 2017 kicks into cinematic gear. That may or may not be the case, depending on how the month goes, but as the summer blockbuster season fast approaches, we’re left to ponder such things. Upon first glance, May isn’t looking too promising, but anything is possible. Below you will see ten films opening this month that I think are worth making time for. Some I’ve seen, some I haven’t, but they’re all hitting over the coming weeks. Take a gander and cross your fingers that some exceed expectations… Here now are May’s best cinematic bets: 10. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – Did anyone ask for this blockbuster? Nope, didn’t think so. And yet, here it is. For what it’s worth, the filmmaker delivering this one is Guy Ritchie, »
- Joey Magidson
Block’s best known for serving as the founder and CEO of production company-financier Qed. Prior to that, Block was the president of Artisan Entertainment and headed West Coast operations for ICM.
“Bill’s extensive experience across numerous platforms, combined with his deep knowledge of the industry, makes him outstandingly qualified to propel Miramax into this new and transformative world of distribution, content and sales,” said Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Chairman of Miramax and beIN Media Group. “Miramax is committed to expand production and acquisitions in film and television and Bill’s strong leadership will surely lead Miramax successfully into the future, and we are thrilled to have him on board.”
- Dave McNary
A delirious blend of high-octane action, razor-sharp political satire and full-throttle mayhem, Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 is the highly anticipated reboot of the cult classic Death Race 2000 (which itself was remade in 2008) . The film straps viewers into the driver’s seat of the ultimate auto showdown, a blood-splattered no-holds-barred virtual-reality show that gleefully pits hardened road warriors against each other — and their audience.
Legendary filmmaking icon, Roger Corman, is back with his most outrageous film yet in this sensational, action-packed and darkly humorous reboot of the original Death Race 2000! It’s the year 2050 and America is controlled by an all-powerful corporate government ruled by The Chairman (Malcolm McDowell). The masses have been brainwashed with violent virtual-reality entertainment. The event of the year is the Death Race, in which a motley crew of violent drivers compete in a cross-country road race, scoring points for shamelessly running people »
- Phil Wheat
After easily conquering highly-anticipated sequels Fifty Shades Darker and John Wick 2, Lego Batman Movie has its sights set on three more newcomers hitting theaters this weekend, to retain its box office crown. The animated spin-off will go up against Universal's big budget action epic The Great Wall, starring Matt Damon, Warner Bros.' comedy Fist Fight starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day and 20th Century Fox's A Cure For Wellness starring Dane DeHaan. We're predicting that, at least for this weekend, The Lego Batman Movie finds a way to stay on top at the box office, with a projected $29.6 million.
One reason that The Lego Batman Movie will likely stay on top is because it will still be playing in hundreds of more theaters than any of these newcomers. The Lego Batman Movie debuted in 4,088 theaters last weekend, a number that will likely remain unchanged this Friday, with Box Office »
Jenny Morrill Feb 20, 2017
Round The Horne is touring around the UK. We went. We laughed. A lot.
New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
2017 sees another run of the Round The Horne 50th anniversary tour by the Apollo Theatre Company, where the classic Radio 4 show is brought to life by a brilliantly authentic cast of voice actors.
If you've never heard Round The Horne, you're missing a staple of British comedy. The show ran from 1965-1968, and pushed the boundaries of acceptable humour with its blend of double entendres, camp comedy and general silliness.
The staple cast included Kenneth Horne, Betty Marsden, Hugh Paddick, Kenneth Williams, and announcer Douglas Smith. Smith's involvement is made funnier in contrast to his other well known role as a Radio 4 announcer. The original show featured musical accompaniment by Edwin Braden and the Hornblowers, and later The Max Harris Group. For the anniversary show, musical and sound effect »
In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces. Today, we have the very first clip from Wolverine 3, which introduces a new friend of Logan's.
A group of rednecks roll up on Mr. Morrison, a new ally of Wolverine's played by Eriq La Salle. Apparently, he's been trespassing on a Texas pump house where Wolverine has been staying. Morrison makes it quite clear that he has an agreement with the previous owner of the property. The leader of this small gang of backwoods militia assures Morrison that 'previous' is the operative word. That's when Logan steps in.
Wolverine, clad in nothing more than a white wife-beater and jeans, tells the gang to go play 'oakie-dickhead' somewhere else. »
Now that 20th Century Fox's Logan is getting closer and closer, hitting theaters in just over a month, fans are preparing for what will be Hugh Jackman's last performance in a Wolverine movie. There have been plenty of questions swirling around this project, including what year the movie takes place in, which James Mangold recently confirmed is 2029, five years after the X-Men: Days of Future Past prologue. Among the other mysteries swirling about is the peculiar fact that Patrick Stewart's Professor X actually has hair in this movie. But it turns out there is actually a perfectly good explanation for that as well.
It has long been confirmed that Professor X has grown quite ill in Logan, and Hugh Jackman's title character has seen better days as well, in this story partially based on the iconic Old Man Logan comics. We have reported in the past that »
Back in May, producer Simon Kinberg confirmed that production was under way on Logan, the final Wolverine movie starring Hugh Jackman. And that the movie will be R-rated. Today, James Mangold announced on social media that the MPAA has awarded an R rating for Logan, while explaining why this particular rating was handed out. Here's what the filmmaker had to say in a brief Twitter statement..
"Official: Please be advised that Logan has been rated R for 'strong brutal violence and language throughout, and for brief nudity.'"
The filmmaker wouldn't offer more details about the rating on Twitter, including which cast members go nude in the film. The strong language was teased a few months ago when James Mangold released a photo featuring the second page of the Logan screenplay, containing a number of "f-bombs" and a scene where Logan is being beaten by a group known as the Bangers. »
A few weeks ago, 20th Century Fox launched a viral website offering fans a special postcard featuring one of 1974 frames from the final Logan trailer. Those postcards were sent out last week, with star Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold sharing the first and last frames. Today, we have word that this trailer debuts Thursday, January 19, and that it will in fact be a full trailer, reportedly clocking in at two minutes and 21 seconds.
Trailer Track spotted a Facebook listing by Fox Taiwan, which revealed the final Logan trailer will drop on Thursday, January 19. Some fans were concerned that the final trailer will be quite short, since 1,974 frames comes in an at just under 90 seconds. The German agency Fsk recently rated the new trailer, revealing that the runtime is two minutes and 21 seconds. Much like the October trailer launch, there have been two separate trailers that have been rated, so »
As the countdown continues towards Logan hitting theaters on March 3, fans have been treated to a number of new Logan photos by director James Mangold, through his Twitter account. Over the weekend, the filmmaker shared three new images, featuring Hugh Jackman's Logan, Patrick Stewart's Professor X and Dafne Keen's X-23. The director also released a statement to the fans, who keep asking him when the new trailer will arrive. Here's what the filmmaker had to say in a series of tweets.
"To all asking directors (like me) to drop a trailer, please know, its not like we sit on them waiting for best worded tweet to move us. Directors have influence over many things. Even dates. But the dates chosen for a trailer drop are result of much corporate planning. And once these dates are set, there is nothing that is going to make a worldwide distribution machine change course. »
A few weeks ago, just before the New Year was rung in, 20th Century Fox launched a Logan website that not only teased the final trailer is coming soon, but offered 1,974 lucky fans a chance to own their own special piece of the trailer itself. The website was entitled 1974 frames of Logan, which gave fans a chance to sign up and receive a limited edition postcard that features one of the 1974 frames in this impending sneak peek. As it turns out, star Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold received the first and last postcard frames, which they both shared today through social media.
At almost exactly the same time this morning, both Hugh Jackman and James Mangold took to Twitter to share their postcard frames. James Mangold had the very first frame, which shows the outline of Logan's Chrysler 300 limousine, although we can't see the full vehicle. You may »
Team Nancy and Jonathan!
The cast of Stranger Things quickly became inseparable after filming season 1 of the hit Netflix series, and while much of the attention might be focused on Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and her crew, the slightly older costars are just as close.
Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton, who play Nancy Wheeler and Jonathan Byers, respectively, were spotted jetting out of Lax together on Monday — further fueling romance rumors that certain fans are clinging to.
Of course, they could very well just be good friends. As evidenced by their Instagram accounts, Dyer, 19, Heaton, 22, and Joe Keery, 24, who plays Steve Harrington, »
- Aurelie Corinthios
18 items from 2017
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