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To think: He could be making Prince of Persia 3 right now. »
- Kevin Lincoln
It was a beautiful validation for comic book fans everywhere when the Marvel Cinematic Universe grew so unstoppable that some of the trippiest and hardest-to-adapt characters were finally able to star in their own franchises, with A-list actors to boot. None have been weirder than Doctor Strange. And now, It's hard to imagine anyone other than Benedict Cumberbatch in the role of the Sorcerer Supreme, who Steve Ditko and Stan Lee introduced in the pages of Strange Tales back in the summer of 1963. But things could have turned out a lot different.
As things got cooking for Marvel's Phase 3, there were a slew of big name actors in contention for the magical role of Doctor Stephen Strange. And a few A listers came very close to signing that contract. As Marvel puts it, Benedict Cumberbatch was always the first choice. But we're not so sure about that, as one particular »
Not many actresses have managed to rebrand as successfully as Gemma Arterton. Just a few years back, and she was known mostly for her short-lived stint as a Bond girl, and for standing around delivering exposition in bad blockbusters like “Clash Of The Titans” and “Prince Of Persia.” But since then, Arterton’s been able to show us what she’s really capable of.
In the past few years, Arterton’s eschewed tentpoles for small, interesting indie movies in the U.S.
- Edward Davis
Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut “Molly’s Game” and David Gordon Green’s emotional drama “Stronger” landed at the Toronto Film Festival Friday, providing showcase true-life roles for Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal, respectively. The two stars, who are incidentally set to partner on screen together in Stephen Gaghan’s Tom Clancy adaptation “The Division,” could dive headlong into very different lead actor and actress Oscar races this year.
It’s been more than a decade since Gyllenhaal roped in a supporting actor nomination for his performance opposite Heath Ledger in Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain.” In the years since, he stumbled just enough (2010’s “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”) to recalibrate and maintain a true heading on roles that excite and challenge him. Indeed, that recalibration has become the actor’s ongoing narrative, as performances in films like “End of Watch,” “Prisoners,” “Enemy,” “Nightcrawler,” “Southpaw” and “Demolition,” among others, »
- Kristopher Tapley
I don't think I'm alone in my exhaustion of all the live-action remakes of beloved Disney cartoons - we also have Lion King, Mulan, and more on the way. But I can't deny I'm curious about Guy Ritchie's upcoming live-action Aladdin remake. For one, they actually went out of their way to cast ethnically diverse actors for the roles, which is a good start (we don't want to have another Prince Of Persia, Exodus: Gods And... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” is a proverb whose simple existence proves the fact impressionable souls will do so without fail. This monthly column focuses on the film industry’s willingness to capitalize on this truth, releasing one-sheets to serve as not representations of what audiences are to expect, but as propaganda to fill seats. Oftentimes they fail miserably.
The seasons are starting to mix as summer makes way towards fall. Sprinkled amongst the Hollywood blockbusters this September are five Toronto International Film Festival selections (not to mention Venice and Telluride)—some hitting your local cinema the week after they debut. And the coming months are only bringing more (as well as some holdovers from last fall such as The Limehouse Golem opening in limited release September 8).
Choose your selections wisely as some of what’s coming may still be talked about at the Oscars in 2018 while »
- Jared Mobarak
Based on the best-selling novel by Lissa Evans, the delightful and heartwarming period piece, Their Finest, arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD on July 11 from Lionsgate; Digital HD on June 30 and On Demand on July 11 from EuropaCorp.
Now you can own Their Finest Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has Four copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie co-starring Gemma Arterton (mine is Hansel And Gretel – Witch Hunters!). It’s so easy!
1. You Must Be A Us Resident. Prize Will Only Be Shipped To Us Addresses. No P.O. Boxes. No Duplicate Addresses.
2. Winners Will Be Chosen From All Qualifying Entries.
- Tom Stockman
Based on the best-selling novel by Lissa Evans, the delightful and heartwarming period piece, Their Finest, arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD on July 11 from Lionsgate; Digital HD on June 30 and On Demand on July 11 from EuropaCorp. From the producers of Brooklyn and Carol, Their Finest takes place in Britain during World War II and tells the story of a film crew as they create a movie to boost the country’s morale after the Blitz. Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Golden Globe winner Bill Nighy (2007, Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television, Gideon’s Daughter) lead an all-star cast in what Andrew Barker at Variety considers “a relentlessly charming romantic comedy.” Directed by Lone Scherfig (An Education, One Day), the Their Finest Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
1940, London, the Blitz. With England’s morale at stake, Catrin (Gemma Arterton), an untried screenwriter, works under fire with a makeshift cast and crew to make a film to lift the nation’s flagging spirits, and inspire America to join the war. Catrin and a fellow writer, Buckley (Sam Claflin), reluctantly joins forces with fading matinee idol Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy) on a movie to warm the hearts of the nation and capture the imagination of the American public.
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- Tom Stockman
Nearly two years after Elizabeth Banks was first sought to direct Sony's Charlie's Angels remake, the project is finally moving forward with new writers. The studio has brought on Narcos creators Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro to rewrite the script, which was first worked on by Evan Spiliotopoulos (Beauty and the Beast). While no cast members are in place yet, this report claims that Janelle Monae (Hidden Figures, Moonlight) is at the top of the studio's "wish list" for one of the Angels.
The Tracking Board reports that Sony wants at least one of the Angels to be black, and while Janelle Monae is at the top of the studio's list, casting hasn't even started yet since the script isn't finished. This report also claims that Sony will hand out a "prime 2019 release date" very soon for Charlie's Angels, although there is no indication as to what this date may be. »
A mere sampling of some the films mentioned in Feminist Frequency’s thorough history of Hollywood whitewashing: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Apache,” “Murder Over New York,” “Prince of Persia,” “Aloha,” “Gods of Egypt,” “Ghost in the Shell,” “Dr. Strange,” and “A Beautiful Mind.”
Read More: Whitewashing Isn’t the Only Problem for Asian American Actors, Who Must Play Offensive Stereotypes
Host Anita Sarkeesian walks us through these examples while laying out in simple terms just why such images are so harmful:
“One of the most insidious tools of white supremacy is its insistence on whiteness as the racial default or as an ethnic ’empty’ category. White people manage to exist in a kind of invisible zone, where they are assumed to not have a race or ethnicity. This allows whiteness to wear the cultural, religious, or social signifiers of other ethnic communities, as if they were merely accessories to be purchased at the mall. »
- Jude Dry
Let’s face it, Memorial Day weekend has pretty much been a dud in recent times. Last year, 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse underperformed to $79.8 million over four days, but Disney has really been hit hard over the four-day holiday with such expensive bombs as Alice Through The Looking Glass ($33.5M four-day, $77M domestic), Tomorrowland ($42.7M 4-day, $93M domestic) and Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time ($37.8M 4-day, $90.7M domestic). This year howver the tables… »
Kirsten Howard Louisa Mellor Chris Longo Aug 17, 2017
The cast and crew of The Handmaid's Tale have unveiled more of what we can expect to see happen in season 2...
A dystopian thriller based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale was an all-too-relevant hit for Hulu this year, and they quite quickly renewed the show for a second season.
Set in the near-future in the dystopian Republic of Gilead where women are subjected and stripped of their individualism, Handmaids are fertile young women who are forced to submit to ritualised rape and bear the children of the ruling class. The first season followed Offred, a handmaid, who pledged to survive and fight the unjust totalitarian rule.
A second season poses »
Although those early negotiations for Tim Burton’s Dumbo movie fizzled away into nothing, the Mouse House isn’t about to give up on Will Smith yet; Deadline reports today that the Suicide Squad star is circling the Genie role in Guy Ritchie’s live-action Aladdin movie.
Negotiations are ongoing, and the outlet cautions that, much like the meeting between Smith and Disney regarding Dumbo, these talks between actor and studio are in the early, early stages. Scheduling is one potential obstacle for Will Smith, given Aladdin is currently gearing up for an extensive, six-month shoot in London this summer. That’s not to say the former Fresh Prince will be required on set for the entire production – often times big-name stars will drop in and out when called upon – but given how instrumental the Genie is to Aladdin’s story, the Disney shoot may complicate Will Smith’s longstanding »
- Michael Briers
Starring Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine, the post-apocalyptic zombie thriller, The Girl With All The Gifts, arrives on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and Digital HD April 25 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film is currently available On Demand.
Step into a future dystopia when the post-apocalyptic zombie thriller, The Girl with All the Gifts, arrives on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and Digital HD April 25from Lionsgate. The film is currently available On Demand. Six-time Academy Award® nominee* Glenn Close stars alongside Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine in this story of society’s breakdown after the outbreak of an unprecedented plague. Hailed as “an effective, scary, and emotional zombie movie” by ComingSoon.net, it was shown during Midnight Madness at the2016 Toronto International Film Festival. Based on the critically acclaimed, Edgar Award-winning short story, “Iphigenia in Aulis“ by M. »
- Tom Stockman
For generations, video game movies have been the topic of hot debate across the four corners of the Internet, with many believing that the game-to-movie process is essentially cursed – and with a track record that includes Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Assassin’s Creed and the live-action Super Mario Bros. movie, you can hardly blame them.
But those failures have in no way quelled Hollywood’s enthusiasm, with Roar Uthaug’s upcoming Tomb Raider reboot being the next one to tumble off the production line. It’s currently slated for release in early 2018, and will introduce moviegoers to a brand new version of Lara Croft in Alicia Vikander. The Swedish actress is arguably one of the most sought-after stars in all of Hollywood, particularly after her Oscar win for The Danish Girl, so it’s small wonder why fans are haboring a sense of cautious optimism in anticipation of Tomb Raider. »
- Michael Briers
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Thea Sharrock may be following up a tragic romance with a gorilla story. The “Me Before You” director is in talks to helm Disney’s big screen adaptation of Katherine Applegate’s Newbery Medal winner “The One and Only Ivan.” Variety reports that Mike Newell (“Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”) was originally attached to the project, but is no longer involved, and Sharrock is being eyed to replace him.
Published in 2011, the book tells the story of a silverback gorilla named Ivan, “who is in a cage at a shopping center with an elderly elephant named Stella and a stray dog named Bob,” the source details. “When a baby elephant arrives, Ivan regains his memories and plans an escape to protect the new elephant from their abusive owner.” The book, illustrated by Patricia Castelao and told from the perspective of Ivan, is based on “the story of a gorilla named Ivan who spent 27 years in a Washington mall before being transferred to an Atlanta zoo.”
Last year’s “Me Before You” marked Sharrock’s feature debut. The film starred “Game of Thrones’” Emilia Clarke as a chronically under- and unemployed woman who accepts a job caring for and offering companionship to a disabled man (Sam Claflin, “The Hunger Games” franchise) despite the fact that she has no experience in the field. The tearjerker grossed over $207 million on a budget of $20 million.
Sharrock, a theater vet whose TV directing credits include “Call the Midwife” and “The Hollow Crown,” has also signed on to helm Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Kiera Cass’ 2012 Ya novel “The Selection.” The plot centers on a woman competing for a prince’s affections. No word on when we can expect either “The Selection” or “The One and Only Ivan.”
In an interview with Women and Hollywood, Sharrock said of women in the industry, “If a woman is the right person for the job, she should get the job, not because she’s a woman but she’s the right person for the job. But I find it staggering that in my career, I have never felt I got a job because I’m a woman. I’ve never approached things with that in my mind, but when you look at the numbers in movies, it’s absolutely staggering.”
Thea Sharrock Being Eyed to Direct “The One and Only Ivan” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
How big will Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” be?
Continuing to forge ahead after its record-breaking opening gross last weekend, the live-action remake should outgross three new releases by about 150 percent. It’s unfair to judge any of the new titles against juggernaut “Beauty,” which has already amassed $206 million (unprecedented for pre-May) in its first five days domestic, $428 million worldwide. This weekend “Beauty and the Beast” looks to fall somewhere in the $80-100 million range and should hit a staggering $300 million in its first ten days.
This makes it hard for any newcomers to make much impact.
Read More: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Is a Technological Marvel, But for Its Actors, the Challenge Was Daunting
After three straight »
- Tom Brueggemann
Stars: John Hennigan, Jamie Bernadette, Josh Fingerhut, Wayne ‘Crescendo’ Ward, Georgia Thompson, Terrance Richardson, Derek Russo, Jennifer Dorogi, Chloe Farnworth, Van White, Ashley Doris, Drew Davis-Wheeler, Lisa Goodman | Written by Scotty Mullen | Directed by Scott Wheeler
When an exploration for treasure goes wrong, the original Prince of Persia Sinbad accidentally releases The Furies, three beautiful but terrible ancient beings powerful enough to threaten life on Earth. Face to face with the living manifestation of rage, the legendary hero must destroy The Furies before time runs out, or witness the devastating consequences… Battling for their lives, Sinbad is the only one who can save them all from certain death, in a world where everything is against him.
The Asylum, and John Hennigan (aka wrestling star John Morrison), strike again. Back in 2014 we reviewed the Hennigan-starring mockbuster Hercules Reborn, and now the two come together again for a new take on the »
- Phil Wheat
With Guy Ritchie now set to direct Disney's highly-anticipated Aladdin remake, the studio is shifting into casting mode. A new casting call has surfaced, which reveals that rehearsals for both the Aladdin and Jasmine roles will take place next month, and that filming is slated to begin this summer. The casting notice may also put some fans at ease, since it's clear that Disney is looking for Middle Eastern actors, with the studio making good on its promise that the cast will not be "whitewashed."
Twitter user Dani Fernandez posted the casting notice, which reveals that the studio is looking for actors and actresses between the ages of 18 and 25, who "must be able to sing," with dance experience a plus. Filming is slated to begin this July, running through January 2018 in the UK, although it isn't specified which studio will be used for this live action adaptation. The fact that »
Hollywood has a real bad habit of casting white actors in non-white roles. It’s a trend that has its origins all the way to the beginning of filmmaking itself. However, if the past few years has been any indication, the trend is far from extinct. Movies like The Prince of Persia, Gods of Egypt, and Exodus: Gods and Kings are all examples of movies set in the Middle East that starred white actors in the lead role.
And don’t get us wrong. We get it. Hollywood likes money, and it’s hard to take risks. But it’s 2017, and the industry finally seems to understand that someone has to take these risks first. In recent months, Disney has been promising diversity in some of their upcoming live-action films like Mulan, which pretty much necessitate a non-white cast. Another big question mark has been the Aladdin film from director Guy Ritchie. »
- Joseph Medina
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