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Chicago – It’s little surprise that Jessica Chastain has received so much attention during this year’s awards season. Thanks to a series of release date delays, six of her films were released in 2011, each featuring an entirely different role for the strikingly versatile actress. From her slapstick pratfalls in “The Help” to her ethereal grace in “The Tree of Life,” Chastain displayed a remarkable range that has made it impossible for moviegoers to tear their eyes away from her.
In John Madden’s problematic espionage thriller, “The Debt,” Chastain proves to be every bit as mesmerizing, though the film suffers considerably whenever she’s offscreen. Based on Assaf Bernstein’s 2007 Israeli thriller, “Ha-Hov,” the film cuts back and forth in time as it follows three Mossad agents on their mission to capture a Nazi surgeon. Though the central action takes place in 1965, the film repeatedly jumps 31 years in the »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
D.J. Haza presents the next entry in his series of films to watch before you die...
Directed by Martin Scorsese.
Martin Scorsese’s gangster story Casino is based upon real-life crimes and lives of several mob figures operating in Las Vegas during it’s golden age. The story follows Ace (De Niro), a Jewish-American gambling handicapper who is called into Las Vegas to over see the running of the mobs casino. Ace is aided in his dealings by Nicky (Pesci), a mean and ruthless mob enforcer who’s job it is to make sure money is skimmed off the top in Vegas and that the local gangsters are kept in line. Ginger (Stone) is Ace’s troublesome wife who causes him nothing but grief, but he cant let go of.
What a difference a few months make! Back in early September we first heard about the BBC Two's upcoming docudrama The Girl, which chronicles director Alfred Hitchcock's obsessive relationship with his The Birds star Tippi Hedren. At the time there was one pair of names attached to star as Hitch and Hedren, but times have changed, and now we have two new names - Toby Jones and Sienna Miller, respectively.
Per Deadline the Wall to Wall Television production of The Girl will be produced by Amanda Jenks and executive produced by Leanne Klein for Wall to Wall and Lucy Richer at the BBC. Shooting starts this week in South Africa.
Miller (pictured, Stardust) is no doubt best known for her tempestuous relationship with actor Jude Law over many years while Jones has appeared in such films as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, The Rite, Captain America: The First Avenger, »
- The Woman In Black
Jane Goldman rules. With her great accent, awesome red hair, and big, beautiful...talent, she's becoming one of the most exciting screenwriters in Hollywood. She's co-written Stardust, Kick-Ass, The Debt and X-Men: First Class with Matthew Vaughn, she's got The Woman in Black starring Daniel Radcliffe  coming soon and now Deadline reports she's in talks to adapt the book Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, possibly for director  Tim Burton. Deadline 's article makes it clear that Burton hasn't completely committed to the project, but it's a priority for 20th Century Fox, especially because they hope Goldman will team with Vaughn to assist with the X-Men: First Class sequel . As per Russ's initial article  on Miss Peregrine, it's "the story of an old orphanage and its strange and possibly dangerous residents" and the original book, by Ransom Riggs blends that story with a bunch of old photographs that are »
- Germain Lussier
Before Neil Gaiman became known by film-going audiences for Coraline and Stardust and even before he was the god of fantasy and literary nerds everywhere, he wrote a script for an odd little BBC mini-series called Neverwhere. The novelization of the mini-series was his first novel written solo. (Gaiman had previous collaborated with Terry Pratchett on the apocalyptic satire Good Omens.) On its own, Neverwhere is a wonderfully imaginative mini-series with a wicked sense of humor and a dark sensibility. Viewing the mini-series in the larger context of his career so far, I could see a number of trends and traits that now define a Neil Gaiman work.
- Rachel Kolb
Two projects have new writers today, so we're hitting two birds with one stone. First, Deadline reports that Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn's writing partner credited for co-writing Stardust, Kick-Ass, The Debt, X-Men: First Class and The Woman in Black, is now adapting Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children for Fox. Tim Burton is circling the project, but obviously at the moment it's just being scripted. Elsewhere, Variety reports that Paramount has hired a writer to adapt Daniel LuVisi's graphic novel Last Man Standing, which we're already familiar with thanks to some badass visuals we featured a while ago. With Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, based on the novel by Ransom Riggs published this year, the adaptation has been in the works at 20th Century Fox ever since the book first hit shelves. The story follows a 16-year-old boy named Jacob, who stumbles upon a home »
- Alex Billington
We’re big fans of Jane Goldman here on HeyUGuys. Her work on Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class was both kick-ass and first class and while we’re waiting with breath baited to see her adaptation of Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black for Hammer Deadline have announced that she is in talks to adapt the novel Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.
Written by novelist and filmmaker Ransom Riggs the movie adaptation has Tim Burton ‘circling’ the project and it seems tailor-made for the director whose recent films have made a huge amount of money at the same time as making long time Burtonians irate. His Alice in Wonderland adaptation disappointed many, and perhaps there the expectations were too high; there was certainly something in Linda Woolverton’s script however the end result may not have matched the film the director’s fans were playing in their »
- Jon Lyus
As the pen behind "Stardust," "Kick-Ass," "X-Men: First Class" and the upcoming period horror flick "The Woman In Black," screenwriter Jane Goldman has established herself as one finest pens in the genre category. She's proven herself to be just as good (if not better) than the dudes who tend to dominate in the genre, and if all her goes well her next effort will be brought to big screen by none other than Tim Burton. Deadline reports that Goldman has been tasked with writing "Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children," that Burton is considering to direct. Based on the book by Ransom Riggs, the story centers on a sixteen-year-old named Jacob who, following a family tragedy, sets off to an abandoned orphanage in Wales that his grandfather told him tall tales about, claiming it housed children who levitate, hold fire and communicate via telekinesis. Not only does he discover the stories were true, »
Screenwriter Jane Goldman is close to landing a fairly high profile writing gig sans partner Matthew Vaughn. While Goldman’s past collaborations with Vaughn have included such excellent fare as Kick Ass, X-Men: First Class, and Stardust, Deadline reports that the scribe is in talks with 20th Century Fox to tackle the adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Written by Ransom Riggs, the novel centers on a 16-year-old who visits an orphanage that his grandfather told him stories about, only to discover that the residents may not be as harmless as he was led to believe. Inhabitants include a child whose feet never touched the ground, and another who could hold fire in her hands. Tim Burton is circling the project to direct, and I think Goldman is a fine choice to handle the script. This won’t be the scribe’s first outing without Vaughn, as »
- Adam Chitwood
To mark the release of BBC drama, Merlin Series 4 Volume 1 out now, Fremantle Home Entertainment have given 2 copies to give away on DVD. The series stars Colin Morgan, Angel Coulby, Bradley James, Katie McGrath, Anthony Head. You can order a copy here or scroll down to enter our competition to win one.
Merlin is back for a fourth series of the hit BBC adventure as Camelot stands on the brink of a golden age. But its birth will not be an easy one. For the forces of evil are gathering and the darkest hour is just before the dawn… This series sees the arrival of the fearless Knights of Camelot and a fantastic guest cast featuring Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones’ Diary, Harry Potter), Phil Davis (Doctor Who, Brighton Rock) and Nathaniel Parker (Stardust, The Chronicles of Narnia) as well as the return of Santiago Cabrera (Heroes, Che) as the dashing Lancelot. »
We've seen a couple trailers for The Woman in Black, the first film to feature Daniel Radcliffe in the post-Harry Potter stage of his career. But this new trailer, which clocks in at a very economical sixty seconds, is the best yet. It is just that economy that makes it work, as we're given just enough plot setup and hints of thrills and ghostly horror to let the film start to get its hooks in. Check it out below. The story(scripted by Jane Goldman (Stardust, Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) based on the ghost story novel by Susan Hill) seems like pretty simple stuff, but that's not a problem for a good supernatural thriller. I quite like the look of the film, and while I expect it will be much slower-paced than this trailer makes it out to be, the general tone seems to be in the right place. While »
- Russ Fischer
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, news will likely slow down the next few days. But in a last-minute release, CBS Films wants to make sure you go into the holiday with some unease. They’ve released a quick, new trailer for The Woman in Black, featuring the first post-Harry Potter role from Daniel Radcliffe.
James Watkins‘ horror film is written by Jane Goldman (Stardust, Kick-Ass, The Debt, X-Men: First Class) and based on Susan Hill‘s novel. The last few trailers have been shaping up to deliver one of the more promising films of early 2012. I’m always eager for films in the genre that don’t rely on gore, and this looks to fall into place. Check out the new post below for the film also starring Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer and Shaun Dooley.
Based on the classic ghost story, The Woman In Black tells the tale »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
We all know the importance of the director, they are the heart and soul of a film (in layman terms… we don’t want to go into the auteur theory here) and few have careers that flourish decade after decade, yet the Spielberg’s and the Scorsese’s are still going strong.
The future of cinema is folly to guess, but below are a list of ten of the best visionaries in the industry from the past eleven years, filmmakers I hope go on to define the 21st century. I’ve decided to look back on the last decade, and moving forward into the current, to see what filmmakers have made the greatest impressions and gone on to take the world by storm, with the future of cinema in the back of my mind.
Here’s a look at what new talent I think has grown and will flourish from »
- Adam Lock
Is author Neil Gaiman a fan of The Simpsons? He must be, because he is about to get animated for the long running Fox series. Hey, it isn’t even Halloween! And as if a Gaiman appearance wasn’t a big enough treat, his Facebook page is offering another goody. There’s a video snippet from his very funny guest appearance.
You can log on to Facebook and like The King of Fantasy on his page, or just give a click to watch the video clip. You’ll hear Gaiman feign an American accent. What I also find interesting is this chapter of The Simpsons seems to unfold as Homer and Bart join a Fantasy writing club. That’s awesome!
Check out our issue-by-issue journey and analysis through Gaiman’s Sandman Run.
Gaiman’s appearance will come to a TV near you on November 20th. »
- Sasha Nova
• As featured in our Las Vegas city guide
"One for all – and all for Kicks!" The original Rat Pack movie: Frank, Dino, Sammy, Joey and their finger-poppin', all-drinking, all-smoking coconspirators are present and politically incorrect, alongside a Dames' auxiliary comprised, swooningly, of Shirley MacLaine and Angie Dickinson. Eleven former paratroopers assemble to rob five Vegas casinos in a single night, carrying the loot away in garbage trucks. The cast filmed all day and schticked it up onstage at the Sands hotel nightly, so the movie has a tired, hungover feel to it, but the vanished Vegas of 1960 – the old Sahara and Riviera Hotels, and Bugsy Siegel's own Flamingo – shines forever on celluloid. »
- John Patterson
Happy Birthday to the man who has sparked many imaginations, inspired many readers (and writers) with everything from The Sandman, Stardust, American Gods, Neverwhere, Good Omens, Coraline, The Graveyard Book, and… I could really go on and on with this.
Multi-talented and Multi-Award winning author Neil Gaiman is 51 years young today, and we wish him the happiest of birthdays. Gaiman appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS this past Halloween night, along with his wife Amanda Palmer. Check out their appearance in the two clips below!
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“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before“ - Neil Gaiman
Make sure you jump over to Twitter and wish @neilhimself a Happy Birthday! »
- Jason Moore
Today a new poster and full plot synopsis for the upcoming action thriller The Cold Light of Day, starring Bruce Willis, Sigourney Weaver, and Henry Cavill (Immortals, Stardust), have been released. Here’s the official plot synopsis: When Will Shaw (Henry Cavill) arrives in Spain for a weeklong sailing vacation with his family, the stressed young [...]
Continue reading The Cold Light Of Day Poster and Synopsis on FilmoFilia.
- Allan Ford
Jason Flemyng has revealed that he played a part in getting Take That singers Gary Barlow and Mark Owen to visit the X-Men: First Class set. The actor, who plays Azazel in the superhero movie, said that director Matthew Vaughn wanted to meet the band when the pair were shooting Stardust in 2007. Flemyng told Digital Spy: "Mark Owen's a mate of mine, and I took him down on Stardust and set him up with Matt. That worked really well. "Matt wanted to meet [all of the Take That members], so I managed to do that." Flemyng added that Vaughn was keen to have the boyband back on set for X-Men: First Class. "Gary and Mark came down, and they (more) »
- By Ben Lee
With X-Men First Class finally available on Blu-Ray this week (check out our review here), we got a chance to talk to our favourite teleporting Devil-a-like, Jason Flemyng.
Given how many films the man’s been in over a 20 year long career, the hardest part of interviewing him is staying on the subject at hand and resisting the temptation to ask about Stardust, or Ironclad or Spice World.
Fortunately X-Men First Class, and Flemyng’s relationship with the film’s director Matthew Vaughn, are particularly interesting subjects. That said, we did find the time to ask whether we would be seeing Azazel again in an X-Sequel, and about his desire to produce films as well as act.
And if this doesn’t sate your desire for behind the scenes gossip on X-Men: First Class, check out Children of the Atom, the remarkably frank and forthright documentary on the Blu-Ray. It’s absolutely fascinating. »
- Ben Mortimer
Source: Empire Participating in a live chat with fans courtesy of Empire Magazine, the talented Jason Flemyng discussed X-Men: First Class, The League of Extraordinary Gentleman, and the difference between Guy Ritchie and Matthew Vaughn. @JonasRJakobsen: "Loved you in First Class! You had the most interesting fight scenes I must say. Any plans for a sequel that you know of?" Flemyng: I’d love to do a sequel. We shot enough fight sequences to do an Azazel fight movie. But I don’t think that’s going to happen. The film had to take $350 million worldwide to merit a sequel. It took $356 million, so watch this space... @Nadinehamsbrook: "What was it like being a 'superhero/mutant' in X-Men? Did you feel pressure becoming a part of a huge franchise?" Flemyng: I didn’t really understand what I was getting into. I’d done a lot of comic book adaptations like »
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