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After a stunning turn in Boardwalk Empire Jack Huston is pretty hot property. He was recently cast in Pride And Prejudice And Zombies and now he taking on the lead role in a true epic. Ben-hur is set to be remade by Wanted and Night Watch director Timur Bekmambetov, for MGM and Paramount Studios. Based on the classic novel ‘Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ’, it follows a nobleman falsely accused of murdering a Roman soldier who endures years of slavery in order to return for his vengeance.
Originally starring Charlton Heston, the film is one of those rare occasions where a strong religious theme regarding faith doesn’t become too preachy nor encroach on a riveting story. The film set the bar for Academy Award wins with 11, a number that has only been equalled by Titantic and Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King. Huston joins Morgan Freeman »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
After news reached us earlier in the week that Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman is to star in Ted 2, it has emerged over the last 24 hours that the actor is keeping himself even busier, with word that the actor has become the first actor signed on to co-star ithe remake of Ben-Hur.
MGM and Paramount’s upcoming film, which is to be directed by Night Watch and Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov, will see Freeman play Ildarin, the man who trains Ben-Hur. Earlier in the month, rumours had spread that Loki/ Thor star Tom Hiddleston was being eyed for the lead role, but as of yet no official word on whether those rumours are true.
The new take on Ben-Hur was originally scripted by Keith Clarke (The Way Back), but has been having re-writes done by Academy Award-winner John Ridley, who wrote last year’s Best Picture winner 12 Years A Slave, and is »
- Scott Davis
His character is the fella who trains Ben-Hur, for the adaptation based Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ. The Way Back’s Keith Clarke wrote the original screenplay but it’s since been taken over and had a few rewrites by 12 Years A Slave’s John Ridley. You’ll know Bekmambetov’s work as it’s incredibly visceral and falls somewhere in-between Ridley Scott and Zack Snyder with the likes of Night Watch (2004) and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) – The latter being better than you’d think!
- Dan Bullock
Hot on the heels of joining the cast of Ted 2, Morgan Freeman has been announced as the first cast member of Timue Bekmambetov's (Night Watch, Wanted) Ben-Hur remake. Freeman will play Ildarin, the men who trains Ben-Hur. The title role has yet to be cast, but Tom Hiddleston was being eyed for the role last month, but no official decision has been announced yet. Written by Keith Clarke (The Way Back), with revisions from 12 Years a Slaves' John Ridley, Bekmambetov's no doubt incredibly stylish Ben-Hur is set for release on February 26th 2016. »
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Russian producer Wizart Animation has added announced the English voice cast for The Snow Queen 2, the 3D sequel to its 2012 CG animated feature.
The cast will include Sharlto Copley (District 9, Maleficent) as Orm, Bella Thorne (Blended) as Gerda, Isabelle Fuhrman (The Hunger Games, Orphan) as Alfida and Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones) as General Arrog. Thorn will also sing an original song for the film.
The film, directed and co-written by Alexey Tsitsilin, is set for a day-and-date this December 2014 release in more than 10 countries: UK (Signature Entertainment), Poland, Israel, South Korea, the former Yugoslavia countries, Baltic States, Middle East, Turkey, Malaysia and Thailand. It will be released in China in 2015.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Over the years, American novelist and screenwriter Richard Price has seen many of his works make smooth transitions from the page to the screen. His book The Wanderers was adapted by Philip Kaufman into a now-iconic coming-of-age film, and Spike Lee’s take on Clockers earned strong reviews. Additionally, Price’s work as a screenwriter has been highly successful – among his accolades are an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay (for The Color of Money) and a Writers Guild of America Award (for HBO’s The Wire, on which he served as a writer). Now, Sony is betting on Price’s ability to deliver another strong drama by entering talks to adapt his upcoming work The Whites.
- Isaac Feldberg
The Thor actor is said to be a firm favorite with Timur Bekmambetov to play Judah Ben-Hur, in the forthcoming screen adaption of Lee Wallace’s classic 1880 novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ. However, there are rumours that this might not come together at the moment due to Hiddleston’s other work commitments with I Saw The Light and High-rise.
Scheduled to be released in cinemas 2016, this new version of the film will follow the younger years of Jewish prince Judah, and his friend Messala, who both grew up in Jerusalem before the Roman Empire took over. The original Ben-hur was a silent film in 1925, which was then remade in 1959 starring Charlton Heston. The film had the biggest sets ever made for a film at the time, »
- Louise Tooth
Once a novel has already been adapted into a classic film, there’s understandably a lot of pushback against any attempts at another adaptation after that. Such is the case with Ben-Hur, the 1959 adaptation of Lew Wallace’s “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ”, which starred Charlton Heston as the eponymous Judah Ben-Hur, a wealthy Jewish merchant who is condemned to slavery by his childhood friend, Messala, a commander of the Roman garrison.
Ben-Hur held the record for most Academy Awards for decades, which means that the upcoming revamp from Night Watch director Timur Bekmambetov has quite a legacy to live up to. The spec script by Keith Clarke has recently been given a re-write by Oscar-winning 12 Years a ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
Philadelphia's Awesome Fest sounds… well… awesome. To be clear, though, it appears this is an evolution of the already-existent event, which is now being called The Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival. As you would expect with a name like that, Bruce Campbell will indeed be there as part of the four-day event in Rosemont, Il, where they'll also be screening a slate of horror titles curated by Scott Weinberg, horror maven and the resident critic at the just-killed FEARnet. They'll also have panels, and they've got some great ones planned. Overall, it looks like a really cool chance to see a fistful of the best of what indie horror has going on right now with bonuses that simply make the weekend better. From August 21 to August 24, you'll be able to check out some great films. How? Well, here's how they put it: Tickets for All screenings are free to attend »
- Drew McWeeny
Horror fans are in for a treat during Wizard World Chicago. It has been announced that the first ever Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival will coincide with Wizard World Chicago, featuring new horror films, special guests, and a screening of the first three Evil Dead movies:
“Rosemont, Il – July 31, 2014 – Philadelphia’s The Awesome Fest, in partnership with Wizard World Inc. and horror icon Bruce Campbell, announced today the first ever Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival, running August 21-24, 2014 in Rosemont, Il. The four-day event will coincide with Wizard World Chicago Comic Con and will feature the best in independent horror cinema with a full slate of film premieres, panels, special guests, movie marathons, and of course, Bruce Campbell!
- Jonathan James
English language film has long been a place for some of the greatest horror film directors of all time. All the way back to Alfred Hitchcock, we have seen the genre grow and develop sub-genres, thanks to the public’s ongoing thirst for fear and the possibility of danger around every turn. But, for every Saw or Hostel or terrible remake of classic English-language horror films, there are inventive, terrifying films made somewhere else that inspire and even outdo many of our best Western world horror films. This list will count down the fifty definitive horror films with a main language that isn’t English; some may have some English-language parts in them, but they are, for the most part, foreign. Enlighten yourself. Broaden your horizons. People can get murdered and tortured in every language.
50. Kuroneko (1968)
English Title: Black Cat
Directed by: Kaneto Shindo
- Joshua Gaul
In what was an eventful year on the world stage – the Olympic Games returned to the motherland, further unrest simmered in the Middle East and tragedy hit during the festive period as Southeast Asia was devastated by a tsunami – 2004 was also a rather fruitful time for cinema.
The comic book genre was showing some colour (Spider-Man 2), Oscar seeds were planted (Crash, Fahrenheit 9/11, Sideways), comedy hit a high (Dodgeball, 13 Going On 30) and world cinema continued to flourish (The Sea Inside, The Motorcycle Diaries, Night Watch). While it wasn’t all rosy – The Alamo was a big budget flop, Thunderbirds crashed and Catwoman happened - there are enough gems included on this forthcoming list to - hopefully – make reader slap their thighs and say, ‘golly, is that ten years old already?’.
Therefore, read, devour, enjoy and most of all be sure to comment with any other contenders that you feel could have made the list. »
- Shaun Davis
Warning: contains many, many A Song Of Ice And Fire spoilers all the way up to A Dance With Dragons.
A Song Of Ice And Fire readers are a curious people. Wise to the ways of our master, George R.R. Martin, we've grown suspicious over the years. In a saga where the same character can go by a dozen names, where identities are confused, hidden, and disguised, and where the dead can - quite literally - walk, we've learned not to take anything on trust. A character gets an axe to the head? They'll turn up a chapter later. A prophecy foretells certain doom? It's all in the interpretation. A young lad is called bastard and denied Lordly rights? He's probably the heir to the Seven Kingdoms. »
Leading Russian actor-director-producer Fyodor Bondarchuk has indicated that he is prepared to bleep out the obscenities in Valeria Gai Germanika’s new film Yes And Yes (Da I Da) to ensure its Russian theatrical release.
Speaking at a press conference at the Moscow International Film Festival (Miff) this morning (June 25) ahead of the European premiere of Yes And Yes in the Main Competition, Bondarchuk said that he ¨hoped¨ to get a distribution certificate for the film tomorrow.
“I don’t know about the cursing, but we have agreed to put in bleeps if there is no other way [for the film to be released] if the new obscenity law applies to this film,” said Bondarchuk.
“We are still waiting for clarification about the situation for films made before when the law comes into effect on July 1. I will know more on Thursday.”
With extensive use of swearwords - especially in the opening scenes in the apartment of Bohemian artists - and bottles of vodka »
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
While the lot of you are still reading and enjoying FM 273 (you Are, aren’t you?), it’s time to preview our yearly Kaiju Issue—which of course means we have welcomed Consulting Editor (and Big Wow! Special Guest) August Ragone on board to help us deliver a tribute of massive proportions…
Sixty Years Of Godzilla!
The image above, featuring Mothra, is only one of four special cover paintings by the extremely awesome Bob Eggleton (previously responsible for our Godzilla vs. Gamera, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, and Colossal Kaiju covers).
FM 274 will feature our exclusive Godzilla Timeline, featuring writeups and information on all 29 existing Godzilla films—plus a little interview with director Gareth Edwards about the new Warner Bros. film debuting in May.
Never fear, though, as there’s still plenty of material for people who haven’t learned to love Godzilla yet, including:
Enter The Dragon: Film legend and »
- Holly Interlandi
Game of Thrones is back! With some serious vengeance. Season four of HBO's mega-hit fantasy series premiered Sunday night, allowing fans to catch up with its many beloved and despised characters - well, at least the ones who aren't dead yet. Here's what we know now about the goings-on in Westeros and beyond: Obviously, there are huge spoilers below. Proceed at your own risk! King's LandingThe capital is bustling with anticipation ahead of King Joffrey's wedding to Margaery, who was previously married to his late uncle Renly. While she consults with her grandmother, House Tyrell's crafty matriarch Lady Olenna, over details, »
- Aaron Parsley
Paris– Marion Edwards, prexy of intl. TV at 20th Century Fox Television Distribution, Konstantin Ernst, CEO of Channel One Russia, TV and film producer, Herbert G. Kloiber, chairman and owner of Tele München Group and Tim Worner, CEO of Seven West Media, are set to receive the MipTV Medaille d’Honneur Award at the upcoming Cannes-set confab.
The Medaille d’Honneur was launched in 2013 on the occasion of MipTV’s 50th anniversary and is awarded to senior international execs who have made a significant contribution to the TV biz and the development of the international TV community.
Edwards oversees the licensing of all content produced by Twentieth Century Fox, Fox21, FX Production and Fox Television Studios to international premium pay, basic pay, and networks worldwide. Edwards also launched the international format division which has produced successful local versions of “Modern Family” (Chile & Israel), “Prison Break” (Russia) and “24” (India) and is »
- Elsa Keslassy
Some movies go from script to production to release with speed and ease. The Last Witch Hunter is not one of those movies. Originally announced back in early 2010 with Night Watch and Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov attached to direct, this fantasy adventure has been stewing in development hell since then – and is still waiting on a green light from Summit Entertainment.
In 2012, it was revealed that The Last Witch Hunter might have found the magic ingredient needed to get it cooking properly: Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) was said to be in talks for the lead role: an immortal witch hunter, who must track down a coven of witches ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
“Night Watch and Day Watch revealed the “Others,” an ancient race of supernatural beings—magicians, shape-shifters, vampires, and healers—who live among us and swear allegiance to either the Dark or the Light. For a millennium, these opponents have coexisted in an uneasy truce, guarding each other and tottering on the brink of war.
In Twilight Watch, the Others face their greatest threat yet. An ancient book of spells with the power to turn ordinary humans into Others has fallen into the wrong hands, threatening to destroy the precarious balance between the forces of Darkness and Light. Now the Night Watch and the Day Watch must cooperate to stop the culprit. Anton, the hero from Night Watch, »
- Jonathan James
In honor of "Game of Thrones" Season 3's arrival on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download, here's a refresher of where the HBO fantasy series left its central characters last season. With Season 4 premiering in a month and a half, it's a helpful reminder of where the story of "Game of Thrones" left off.
Dany found herself as powerful as she's ever been at the end of Season 3, with the slaves of Yunkai quickly accepting her as their "mhysa," or mother. With an army of Unsullied and three dragons at her back, it seems like nothing can stop her from overtaking Westeros. Interestingly enough, she decides to be a ruler in Season 4 instead.
After betraying Ygritte and the Wildlings and defecting back to the Night's Watch, Jon Snow's final moment in Season 3 showed him arriving back at Castle Black. He was in poor condition and probably a bit heartsick, »
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