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In the past few years, Luke Evans has gone from virtual unknown to an international star.
The actor left his mark on the London Theatre, starring in several musicals before making his big screen debut in "Clash of the Titans." Since the 2010 film, Evans has starred in over a dozen movies, including hit franchises "The Hobbit," as Bard the Bowman, and "Fast & Furious," where he played an evil mastermind in the sixth installment. This fall, Evans stars as Vlad Tepes in the blockbuster "Dracula Untold."
2. Evans was raised as a Jehovah's Witness, but left the religion when he was just 16.
3. At the same age, he also left school to pursue a singing and acting career.
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- Jonny Black
"Go big or go home": A skateboarder mindset, a Sarah Palin slogan, the name of a "Parks & Recreation" episode," and now, the guiding mantra of Russell Crowe's directorial debut, "The Water Diviner." Via the magic of Twitter, Crowe debuted the first trailer for the war drama, a shiny blockbuster reminiscent of the high-impact Hollywood productions that shaped the actor's career. When it's not blowing up World War I battlefields, it's swelling with emotional power strings. Written by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios (both involved with Guy Pearce's "Jack Irish" movies), "The Water Diviner" follows a father from New Zealand who flocks to Turkey to find his two sons, gone missing after the 1915 Battle of Gallipoli. Working with remaining troops (including an Australian Liuetentn played by Jai Courtney), Crowe's Connor burrows into the mystery, which appears to flash back and forth between his search and his son's time in the trenches. »
- Matt Patches
By Anjelica Oswald
Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance as a sleazy freelance TV reporter determined to go to any length in search of crime footage in Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler could get him “recognized as one of the most daring actors working in Hollywood today” and has been called some of the “best work of his career.” With this type of praise, award contention usually follows, but historically speaking, “genre films” don’t fare well at the Oscars. It’s not impossible for films that deviate from the Oscar norm — biopics, period pieces or dramas — to secure Oscar nominations for the actors involved, but looking back through the years, from 2000 to the present, shows that these films constitute a lower percentage of overall nominees.
Musicals are a type of “genre film” that actors have managed to score Oscar nominations for, though they have had more difficulty doing so since the late 60s. »
- Anjelica Oswald
Game of Thrones actor Richard Dormer and Harry Potter's Michael Gambon can be seen in a second promo for the crime thriller, which also stars Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) and Johnny Harris (the This Is England series).
Fortitude centres on a mysterious death in the Arctic Circle and has been shot on location in Iceland and the UK.
Gotham, Peaky Blinders, The Flash: 17 autumn TV shows »
In terms of manipulating an audience, few things are more reliable than sick or imperiled kids. With that as a given, Fox’s “Red Band Society” labors to feel uplifting, not depressing, by filtering a “The Breakfast Club”-like erosion of high-school caste systems through the leveling effect of a potentially fatal diagnosis. Narrated by a young boy in a coma (a device somewhere between “Reversal of Fortune” and “The Lovely Bones”), the pilot doesn’t do enough to establish these archetypal characters — adults or children. And there’s cause to doubt whether the show will have the time to effectively bridge that gap.
Developed by Margaret Nagle from a Spanish series, and counting the very busy Steven Spielberg among its producers, the program operates on two tracks: focusing on the children brought together by illness — creating an environment, as one helpfully notes, where “the walls break down” — and on »
- Brian Lowry
Read our Toronto International Film Festival review here.
Good Kill reunites Niccol with his Gattaca and Lord of War star Ethan Hawke, who portrays a drone pilot operating out of Las Vegas who begins to question the value of fighting in such a disconnected war. The rest of the cast includes X-Men: First Class stars January Jones and Zoe Kravitz alongside Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jake Abel (The Lovely Bones).
- Gary Collinson
Continuing our coverage of director John Suit’s feature The Scribbler (due out on September 19th via XLrator Media), here’s our interview from the set with the film’s lead, actress Katie Cassidy. Read on.
We visited the set of The Scribbler, an adaptation of the 2006 graphic novel of the same name scripted by Daniel Schaffer, back in June of 2012 while the production was shooting day eighteen of twenty at the infamous Linda Vista Community Hospital in downtown L.A.
Starring Cassidy (“Supernatural”, A Nightmare on Elm Street), Garret Dillahunt (The Last House on the Left), Michelle Trachtenberg (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Eliza Dushku (Wrong Turn, Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Gina Gershon (Killer Joe), Michael Imperioli (The Lovely Bones), Billy Campbell (“The Killing”), Sasha Grey (The Girlfriend Experience) and Ashlynn Yennie (The Human Centipede), The Scribbler centers on Suki (Cassidy), a young woman confronting her destructive mental illness.
Sitting down with Cassidy, »
- Sean Decker
To mark the release of The Sopranos 15th anniversary complete series on 8th September, we’ve been given 1 boxset to give away.
Tony Soprano (Gandolfini) is the head of two families and sometimes the pressure is too much to bear. As head of the Sopranos crime family, he deals with conniving underbosses, rival families, and the occasional dead body. As husband to his wife, Carmela, and father to his two children, Meadow and Anthony Jr., he deals with financial difficulties, infidelity, and trying to keep his “professional” life from colliding with his family life.
In addition to the outstanding performance from Gandolfini, The Sopranos features a critically acclaimed cast including Lorraine Bracco (Goodfellas, The Basketball Diaries) as Tony’s therapist Dr Jennifer Melfi, Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie, Copland) as Tony’s wife Carmela Soprano, and his mobster pals Michael Imperioli (Goodfellas, The Lovely Bones) as Christopher Moltisanti and Steve Schirripa »
Releasing September 19th through XLrator Media, the sci-fi action-thriller is an adaptation of the 2006 Image Comics graphic novel of the same name. Directed by John Suits and scripted by Daniel Schaffer, the production at the time was shooting day eighteen of twenty at the Linda Vista Community Hospital in downtown L.A.
Starring Katie Cassidy (“Supernatural”, A Nightmare on Elm Street), Garret Dillahunt (The Last House on the Left), Michelle Trachtenberg (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Eliza Dushku (Wrong Turn, Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Gina Gershon (Killer Joe), Michael Imperioli (The Lovely Bones), Billy Campbell (“The Killing”), Sasha Grey (The Girlfriend Experience) and Ashlynn Yennie (The Human Centipede), The Scribbler centers on Suki (Cassidy), a »
- Sean Decker
Virtually nobody at the start of the summer movie season predicted that the biggest film at the North American box office this summer would be Guardians of the Galaxy. It was a film full of mostly unknown characters that was opening in August in the normally dreadful-at-the-box-office genre of sci-fi comedy. Now, after a summer of muted returns for some of the most anticipated movies, all box office prognosticators look like a bunch of suckers.
Guardians of the Galaxy is officially the highest-grossing domestic film of 2014 – surpassing Captain America: The Winter Soldier, another Marvel film – and will probably remain so until Katniss Everdeen heats up the screen in November. It is also the biggest Marvel movie ever to not feature Peter Parker or Tony Stark. It kept its unstoppable box-office run going this weekend, too, taking in $16.3 million and the #1 spot. That is a tiny 5% drop from its gross last weekend, »
- Jordan Adler
Andreef grew up in Whakatane and studied film in Ireland and Sydney, where she lived for 30 years. Her director training began when she worked for Jane Campion for five years, starting with Sweetie through to The Piano.
She wrote and directed three shorts, Excursion To The Bridge of Friendship, The Gap and Shooting The Breeze, before making her feature debut in 1999 on Soft Fruit, which screened in Critics. Week in Cannes.
She was a partner in production company Toi-Toi Films for 16 years and taught screenwriting and direction at the Sydney Film School, Sydney University and Uts. Ashton began his film career in the early 1990s at Hoyts Corp, involved »
- Don Groves
A horrific road accident leaves a teenage girl stranded between life and death in “If I Stay,” a life-flashing-before-her-eyes melodrama that similarly hovers in a weird limbo between sensitivity and clumsiness. Out-of-body experiences and gooey romantic interludes aside, this adaptation of Gayle Forman’s 2009 bestseller hinges on the sort of relatably horrific worst-nightmare scenario that naturally invites, and rewards, a certain level of viewer empathy. But while many in the audience may well find themselves getting misty-eyed as the screen fades to white and softly crooned rock tunes flood the soundtrack, the overall execution is so pedestrian that it’s possible to feel more moved by the filmmakers’ good intentions than by the actual emotional content onscreen. Warner Bros.’ attempt to cash in on the current craze for mortality-obsessed Ya material — call it “The Fault in Our Cars” — should enjoy decent B.O. staying power among the book’s fans and beyond. »
- Justin Chang
A new mind-f#cking trailer for John Suits' 'The Scribbler' has been unleashed by XLrator Media. The gorgeous Katie Cassidy -below ('Arrow', 'Kill For Me') stars as Suki, a woman with multiple personalities who tries out an experimental machine to help cure her 'issues'. The movie is based on the 2006 graphic novel by Dan Schaffer and looks like it'll certainly bring the pages of the original to life. 'The Scribbler' also stars Michelle Trachtenberg ('Gossip Girl'), Eliza Dushku ('Dollhouse'), Gina Gershon ('Bound'), Sasha Grey ('Would You Rather') and Ashlynn Yennie ('The Human Centipede (First Sequence)'). Garret Dillahunt ('Winter's Bone'), Michael Imperioli ('The Lovely Bones'), Billy Campbell ('The Killing') and Kunal Nayyar ('The Big Bang Theory'). Check out the trailer below. »
Tammy Girl: Falcone’s Debut a Tepid Turkey
Rex Reed might have been better served to save his wayward disparagements about the cinematic talents of Melissa McCarthy for her turn in Tammy, even though his cacomorphobia and repellant misogyny would still have been best left for a conversation amongst a likeminded coterie. After box office hits with Identity Thief and The Heat in 2013, McCarthy’s star power has afforded her the chance to get her own vehicles off the ground. Pity then that her first major venture, co-written and directed by husband Ben Falcone, is so miserably underwhelming. Reminiscent of how Chris Farley’s comedic talents were often squandered on sub-par projects in the 90’s, McCarthy seems intent to repeat the trashy lass formula that’s served her so well, but her eponymous protagonist grates rather than skates above the mediocrity of the material.
Recently fired from her job in a fast food joint, »
- Nicholas Bell
They're talented, individual, but could, possibly, do with a bit of editorial guidance. Could these directors use a boss, we wonder?
In truth, we're a bit frightened about this one. Several times in pub/coffee shop/cider drinking in the park conversations, we've chatted about film directors who perhaps have got too powerful, that they seem to be able to get their own way without having someone to call bullshit on them - be it a good boss, or a very good friend that they trust and listen to.
This can be a very good thing. After all, we want film directors to be free to tell their stories. We don't want studio suits calling the shots. And some directors use their independence wondefully well, without losing what bought it to them in the first place (so, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, Robert Zemeckis and such like).
A new UK one-sheet for the return of those Hasbro heroes the 'Transformers' has landed. The poster gives us another look at the freshened up Optimus Prime and the trio of main cast members new to the franchise; Mark Wahlberg ('Ted'), Nicola Peltz ('Bates Motel') and Jack Reynor. The next chapter in the semi-rebooted series kicks off in theatres in a few weeks time hoping to revive some Autobot attention from audiences. The fourth installment also stars Stanley Tucci ('The Lovely Bones'), Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing ('Resident Evil: Retribution'), Titus Welliver ('Lost') and Kelsey Grammer ('X-Men: The Last Stand'). Check out the new poster below. »
Thirteen years since the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, star Viggo Mortensen isn’t holding back in expressing his true feelings for the Peter Jackson trilogy. In a candid interview with The Telegraph, the 55-year-old actor calls the process of making the epic films an epic disaster.
Mortensen, who portrayed Aragorn in the trilogy, says Jackson and producers “were in a lot of trouble” before the first film proved to be a massive hit with both critics and moviegoers. “Officially, could say that he was finished in December 2000 — he’d shot all three »
- Amber Ray
Viggo Mortensen was never interested in returning for "The Hobbit" trilogy. He claims the reason is because his character doesn't appear in the books, but it seems that another reason is that he's not a fan of "Lord of the Rings." Actually, he likes the first film. But since director Peter Jackson blew most of his budget on it, there was a delay to finish the trilogy. And once more money was allocated, it was a rush to the finish line, with most of the effort going to special effects. "It was very confusing, we were going at such a pace, and they had so many units shooting, it was really insane," Mortensen explained. "In the first movie, yes, there's Rivendell, and Mordor, but there's sort of an organic quality to it, actors acting with each other, and real landscapes; it's grittier. The second movie already started ballooning, for my taste, »
Most filmmakers love technical toys, and Peter Jackson is a shining example of that. The New Zealand director aggressively pursues the latest in technology for his films, sometimes resulting in advancements for filmmaking across the board. Mostly it works, pretty much everything Weta has done has been gold for example, but sometimes it doesn't such as the push for higher frame rates.
The worry with any director who loves playing with new toys is if those toys are enough of a distraction that they interfere and/or hamper the narrative they are trying to convey. When the tech stops becoming a tool used for a function and starts being used just for the sake of being used, the result is often bloat or far more important aspects of the film (script, performances, pacing, etc.) suffering a quality drop from lack of adequate attention. The "Star Wars" prequels serve as an excellent example of that problem. »
- Garth Franklin
In an interview with The Guardian, Viggo Mortensen has gotten directly to the point when it comes to Peter Jackson and his films, particularly everything since The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring up to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. He's not exactly saying anything new as he notes Jackson's increasing interest and use of advanced filmmaking technology and how he believes it has replaced his earlier, more subtle work: Mortensen thinks - rightly - that The Fellowship of the Ring turned out the best of the three, perhaps largely because it was shot in one go. "It was very confusing, we were going at such a pace, and they had so many units shooting, it was really insane. But it's true that the first script was better organised," he says. "Also, Peter was always a geek in terms of technology but, once he had the means to do it, »
- Brad Brevet
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