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Whenever Steven Spielberg makes a movie, we pay attention – and when it was revealed that he’d be re-teaming with his Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal star Tom Hanks for his latest, an Untitled Cold War Thriller, we went from interested to excited. Add in that Ethan and Joel Coen penned the latest iteration of the script, working from an original draft from Matt Charman, and you’ve got the recipe for an absolutely terrific thriller. Now, Spielberg has enlisted the help of four other stars for major roles in the project.
Gone Baby Gone Oscar nominee Amy Ryan has come aboard as the wife of James Donovan (Hanks), “the CIA attorney who is thrust behind the Iron Curtain when he is sent to negotiate the release of captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers.” Also in talks for roles are Alan Alda (Little Miss Sunshine »
- Isaac Feldberg
One of the most exciting biopics coming to us this fall has to be Theory of Everything, from Man on Wire helmer James Marsh. Covering the early life of famed physicist Stephen Hawking, the movie stars Eddie Redmayne as Hawking and Felicity Jones as his wife Jane Wilde. Now, we’ve received our first look at the film, which you can check out below.
Granted, the shot of Hawking and Wilde on their wedding day is not the most exhilarating image we could have received, but it shows Redmayne and Jones in character, which for me will be the biggest draw for Theory of Everything. Both actors are tremendously talented up-and-comers who seem primed to top a future New A-List in Hollywood. Redmayne is probably best known to audiences for playing Marius in Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables, but he also had major roles in My Week with Marilyn opposite »
- Isaac Feldberg
As he collected his third Tony Award recently, for his performance in Twelfth Night, British actor Mark Rylance could not have anticipated the level of excitement that would fall upon him following the announcement of his casting in Steven Spielberg’s as-yet-untitled Cold War thriller. The DreamWorks project will mark his first real foray into big studio productions, despite huge success in the world of theatre.
With a script most recently re-worked by the legendary Coen Brothers, based on a pitch by Matt Charman (Suite Francaise), the story centres upon a successful American lawyer named James Donovan. He is drafted in by the CIA to negotiate the release of a U2 spy plane pilot, who was shot down over Russia, and is being held by the government. Academy Award winner Tom Hanks is attached to star as Donovan, though it is currently unknown which role Rylance will be taking.
- Sarah Myles
If you needed any confirmation about what Steven Spielberg‘s next movie will be, this could provide the news you’re looking for. Tom Hanks and Spielberg have been developing a true-life Cold War thriller, and a new actor has just signed on. Mark Rylance (Anonymous (above), The Other Boleyn Girl) will now play a role in […]
- Russ Fischer
Natalie Portman turns 33 this week, but the Oscar-winning actress has been appearing on the big and small screens since she was just 13 years old. To celebrate her birthday, we're taking a look back at the actress's most memorable roles on TV and film. She's played a precocious tween in movies like Beautiful Girls, royalty in films like Star Wars and The Other Boleyn Girl, and tons of other characters over the years, so let's reminisce. Source: 20th Century Fox »
- Becky Kirsch
Justin Chadwick has shown a love of delving into history to tell riveting true tales in his past films, The Other Boleyn Girl, The First Grader and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. All three of those efforts were excellent, which makes us excited that he’s going back in time to the 17th century for his next movie, titled Tulip Fever. Now, we have even more reason to be excited about the project, with news that Skyfall actress Judi Dench and Glee star Matthew Morrison have signed on for supporting roles, along with model Cara Delevingne and Cressida Bonas.
The actors join an already promising cast which includes Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Jack O’Connell, Holliday Grainger, Christoph Waltz and Zach Galifianakis. Set in 17th century Amsterdam, Tulip Fever tells the story of a married woman (Vikander) who, upon falling for the man (DeHaan) contracted to paint her portrait, begins a passionate affair with him. »
- Isaac Feldberg
• Zero Dark Thirty star Edgar Ramirez is in talks to replace Gerard Butler in the Point Break reboot as Bodhi, originally played by Patrick Swayze in Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 pic. “We consider Edgar one of the finest actors in the world today, and we are thrilled he will be creating a fresh new take on the iconic character of Bodhi,” Alcon principals Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson said in a statement. Luke Bracey will be playing undercover FBI agent Johnny Utah in the new take and Ericson Core is set to direct. [Variety]
- Lindsey Bahr
Cannes — Emma Thompson (“Saving Mr. Banks”), Daniel Bruhl (“Rush”) and Mark Rylance (“The Other Boleyn Girl”) have been confirmed to star in Vincent Perez’s “Alone in Berlin.” Alison Thompson’s Sunray Films is selling the film in Cannes.
X-Filme’s Stefan Arndt and Uwe Schott (“Cloud Atlas,” “Amour”), and Master Movie’s Marco Pacchioni (“Bluesbreaker,” “Bye Bye Blondie”) are producing, together with James Schamus (“Brokeback Mountain,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”), with a screenplay written by Achim von Borries (“Good Bye Lenin!”) and Perez.
The film will be co-produced by FilmWave’s Christian Grass and Paul Trijbits, who are also handling the U.K. rights. X-Filme retains the German rights and Master Movie the French rights, with Sunray Films handling international sales and distribution for all other territories. X Verleih, which is the distribution arm of X-Film, will release in Germany.
“Alone in Berlin” will start pre-production during the winter of 2014 in Germany. »
- Leo Barraclough
Other than the premieres of many high-profile and exciting films, the Cannes Film Festival is also host to a marketplace where production companies try to entice distributors—or just regular old financiers—to buy into projects. As a result, many news of castings or just plain brand-new films filter out of that glamorous place, and naturally we’ve rounded up a few of those items for your easy-reading pleasure below. First up, the long-brewing adaptation of Deborah Moggach’s “Tulip Fever” has added a trio of actors, one in particular being a surprising choice. Per Screen Daily rising star Jack O’Connell, "The Borgias" actress Holliday Grainger and—surprisingly—none other than Zach Galifianakis. Keep in mind that the novel is set in 1630s Amsterdam and “The Other Boleyn Girl” and “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom” director Justin Chadwick will helm the film from a Tom Stoppard screenplay. So yeah, »
- Cain Rodriguez
British star Eddie Redmayne has signed on to play Danish artist Einar Wegener in an upcoming biopic.
The film is based on the true story of Danish painter Einar Wegener and his wife Gerda. Wegener was one of the first men to undergo a series of operations to become a woman in 1930. The film will follow the harrowing journey the couple take until Einar becomes Lilli and her life thereafter.
This will be a rather challenging role for Redmayne who has earned his chops in period pieces such as The Other Boleyn Girl and television mini-series The Pillars Of The Earth and Tess Of The D’Urbervilles. Redmayne has not long finished filming the Theory Of Everything in which he played famous physicist Stephen Hawking, »
- Lucinda Holt
Today, since I’ve sort of liked mixing and making this Tuesday slot, I’m going to be continuing on with another new-ish series for you all here at the site, one that I started a few weeks ago. Basically, it’s a spinoff of the Spotlight on the Stars series that I normally do here. As a quick refresher for those not in the know, each week I look at an actor/actress/filmmaker that I’d like to celebrate in some kind of way. It could be due to something of theirs coming out that weekend (like in many of the cases so far, including today) or just because I feel they deserve to have a moment in the sun all their own, but each time it’ll be a bit of positivity about someone who I’d like to pay tribute to. Here, I’m going to »
- Joey Magidson
To mark the release of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom on 28th April, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
Inspired by the autobiography of the same name, Long Walk To Freedom stars Idris Elba (Luther, The Wire) in the title role and Naomie Harris (Skyfall) as Winnie Mandela, and was directed by Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl).
The film tells the story of a seemingly ordinary young Nelson Mandela, who grew up in the rural village of Qunu and was initiated in the way of his Xhosa tribe before moving on to study law and practice his trade in the country’s capital of Johannesburg.
The political fervor that Mandela was famous for came later, and was driven by the atrocities of the apartheid regime of the time – notably the infamous Sharpeville township massacre of 1960. After leading the military arm of the Anc in a »
Though there's not much in the way of plot details, we now know of at least one new character that's set to feature prominently in "Alice in Wonderland 2": The Mad Hatter's father.
TheWrap reports that Mark Rylance, an acclaimed British theater actor, is in talks to take the part. The character's name is Zanik Hightopp, the father of Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter, and like his zany son, Hightopp "cannot hide his bright-colored hair beneath a top hat," according to TheWrap.
In addition to a host of appearances in Shakespeare stage productions, Rylance is known for his selective film work, including parts in "The Other Boleyn Girl" and "Anonymous" and a role in the upcoming Sean Penn-starring "The Gunman. »
- Katie Roberts
The sequel to Disney’s 2010 live action reboot of Lewis Carroll’s famous children’s novel Alice in Wonderland – tentatively entitled Through The Looking Glass – has quietly been trudging along into pre-production without much fanfare as yet. However, It looks like we will all be seeing a new character come May 2016 in the guise of the Mad Hatter’s father, who is to be played by stage thespian Mark Rylance.
Rylance’s previous big screen outings are few and far between but include the likes of The Other Boleyn Girl, Anonymous and Intimacy. Much of his acting career has been spent on stage including various stints at the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre , London.
Set to return is Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter with Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat) the only previously announced new face due to appear as an unnamed villain. The movie is to be directed by »
- Gavin Logan
If Rylance and Disney strike a deal, the actor would play Zanik Hightopp, the Mad Hatter's father, The Wrap reports.
Details surrounding Hightopp and how he plays into the story are being kept under wraps.
Sacha Baron Cohen will play a villain named Time in the sequel.
Rylance's credits include The Other Boleyn Girl and Days and Nights.
Watch a clip from the first Alice in Wonderland below: »
Acclaimed stage actor Mark Rylance ("The Other Boleyn Girl," "Anonymous") is in talks to play the father of Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter character in "Through the Looking Glass," the sequel to Disney's 2010 "Alice in Wonderland" adaptation.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Plot and character details are being kept under wraps, but he joins a cast that also includes Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen and Sacha Baron Cohen as the unidentified villain. It isn't known how the Mad Hatter's father will figure into the story quite yet.
Although he is best known for his work on the stage, Mark Rylance's big-screen credits include The Other Boleyn Girl, Anonymous and the upcoming crime drama The Gunman, which hits theaters later this year.
Through the Looking Glass comes to theaters May 27th, »
Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter are all already confirmed to return for Disney's sequel to Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland. Now the rest of the Through The Looking Glass cast is filling out, with word coming in that Mark Rylance will make an appearance. James Bobin (The Muppets) is the director this time, and Variety seem confident that Rylance will be playing the father of Depp's Mad Hatter. Rylance is, for the record, three years older than Depp, which is some sort of testament to Depp's skincare regime, we guess.Since no such character appears in Lewis Carroll's book, we can safely assume (if we weren't already) that Bobin's film will play as fast and loose with source as Burton's. The first film was a peculiar mash-up of elements from both Alice books and original sequel elements. Where Through The Looking Glass will take us is currently anyone's guess. »
The Oscars inspire various emotions in film producers: suspense, elation, deflation … and relief. Whatever the outcome, award season is finally over. "They are very exciting, but it's got to the point where they take up a big chunk of the year," observes Christine Langan, head of BBC Films. "You're barely through the summer when the pundits are coming up with a programme of what to watch."
Still, she grants, for those outside the major studios, gongs can be a film's best friend. "Working in the independent sector, you're in the lunatic gang anyway, hoping for some magic – a really unusual story or a really knockout performance – so of course awards are important. They can prolong the life of your film, get it noticed, »
- Ben Walters
Do you feel the heat? Maybe that's just because the ever-busy Christoph Waltz has joined the promising drama "Tulip Fever." Co-starring Dane DeHaan and Alicia Vikander, Justin Chadwick ("The Other Boleyn Girl," "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom") will direct the adaptation of Deborah Moggach's novel that follows the affair between a man and a woman in 17th century Holland, during a period where tulip bulbs became hot trading items, with a single bulb selling for as much as ten times the average annual salary. Pre-production will start this April on The Weinstein Company film. [THR] Salma Hayek and Shohreh Aghdashloo have teamed up to star in the adaptation of Dalia Sofer's "The Septembers Of Shiraz." The based-on-a-true-story thriller "tells the story of a Jewish family caught in the Islamic revolution in 1981 Iran. The story centers on an imprisoned gem dealer, his despairing wife, their daughter—whose playmate's father is in the. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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