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Well, who didn’t see this coming? Ahead of its debut in North America next week, pre-release tracking for Joe Wright’s Pan points to the Peter Pan origin story struggling to earn as much as $30 million during its opening weekend, a dismal amount for a movie Warner Bros. has sunk a lot of money into in terms of the production budget and marketing costs.
While it’s possible that Pan will be one of those movies which makes its money back overseas, a weak start in Australia last weekend doesn’t seem to point to that being the case. However, the fact that it opens pretty much everywhere throughout October (including China) could end up helping it a great deal.
Pan cost $150 million to produce and has an impressive cast which includes Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlun and Rooney Mara. It’s the first blockbuster for Wright after he helmed well-received movies like Atonement, »
- Josh Wilding
From director Joe Wright (“Atonement,” “Pride & Prejudice”) comes Pan, a live-action feature presenting a wholly original adventure about the beginnings of the beloved characters created by J.M. Barrie.
Peter (Levi Miller) is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with an irrepressible rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage where he has lived his whole life those qualities do not exactly fly. Then one incredible night, Peter is whisked away from the orphanage and spirited off to a world of pirates, warriors and fairies called Neverland.
There, he finds amazing adventures and fights life-or-death battles while trying to uncover the secret of his mother, who left him at the orphanage so long ago, and his rightful place in this magical land. Teamed with the warrior Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and a new friend named James Hook (Garrett Hedlund), Peter must defeat the ruthless pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) to save Neverland and discover »
- Movie Geeks
Interviewed by Reuters, the British film-maker behind Pride & Prejudice and Atonement touched only lightly on the petition against Mara’s employment which has so far garnered more than 94,000 signatures. It calls for studio Warner Bros to stop “casting white actors to play people of colour” and flags up Tiger Lily’s Native American identity in Jm Barrie’s 1911 novel Peter and Wendy, as well as in the 1953 Walt Disney animated film Peter Pan.
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- Ben Child
In anticipation of the release of Joe Wright’s Peter Pan origin story Pan, Screen Junkies has given the Honest Trailer treatment to the Walt Disney animated classic that’s Sway more racist than you remember! Check it out here…
See Also: Watch previous Honest Trailers here
Pan is set for release on October 9th in the Us and October 16th in the UK, with Joe Wright (Atonement) directing a cast that includes Hugh Jackman, Levi Miller, Rooney Mara, Garrett Hedlund, Cara Delevingne, Adeel Akhtar, Amanda Seyfried, Nonso Anozie, Kathy Burke, Jack Charles, Taejoo Na, Kurt Egyiawan, Lewis MacDougall and Leni Zieglmeier.
- Gary Collinson
If you enjoy your horror films with a side of socio-political subtext and aren't squeamish about displays of extreme gore, I would highly recommend Eli Roth's upcoming cannibal flick "The Green Inferno." It's sick and twisted, but it's got more on its mind than cheap shocks. Also, Stephen King loved it. Whatever your taste, Roth can always be counted on for smart and honest observations, and during today's Reddit Ama the modern horror master didn't disappoint. See below for all the highlights from the online chat. 1. He agrees with Quentin Tarantino about "It Follows." @Burke211: What did you think of It Follows? @EliRoth[S]: Awesome but I agree with what Quentin said. I wished it followed its own logic. He should call it "It Follows (but not its own rules during the pool and movie theater scenes). Love the director though. I'm just nipicking it now in retrospect, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Peter Pan is one of those films that we’re going to live with, in one form or another, every few years… forever. Knowing this, when news hits of another one, we put on a brave face and hope for something that won’t overly disappoint. Well, many of us also hope that it won’t aim for a completely crazy spin that has very little to do with the original story.
Now you wonder if you weren’t wishing for the wrong thing all along.
Pan is closing in, and there’s a new of images from the production that really sell the fantasy. Take a look.
- Marc Eastman
Joe Wright, the British director who, up until now has settled on bringing mainly period dramas like Pride and Prejudice and Atonement to the screen, focusses his talented sights on a retelling of the Peter Pan classic, which too can be wedged in that aforementioned genre, with the action taking place during World War II.
Pan is a brand new origin story written by Jason Fuchs, and was a screenplay that has appeared on the famous Blacklist, Hollywood’s list of the best of the best unmade screenplays. The action kicks off just before WWII, where Peter Pan’s mother Mary (Amanda Seyfried) is seen seemingly abandoning her newborn child at the gates of the Lambeth Home For Boys in south London. We very quickly skip forward 12 years to find Peter (newcomer »
- Paul Heath
“My initial instinctive approach to the score, which our director, Baltasar Kormákur, liked and encouraged me to follow, was to have a calling voice, a distant siren call,” explained Marianelli. “It is at the same time a voice that represents the ancient goddess-like mountain, but also a luring and irresistible calling to one’s own destiny.”
Marianelli’s musical “siren call” was performed by singer Melanie Pappenheim. “The same tune that I wrote for Melanie was also played by two wonderful string players in many variations—Caroline Dale and David La Page, with whom I also have worked on several other movies,” he said. “There were also moments »
- Michelle McCue
Narrowing down the talents and charms of one Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch to just five is no easy task. Though it may seem like the 38-year-old Brit actor has only recently come on the scene, thanks to his sit-up-and-take-notice, pitch-perfect performance as Sherlock Holmes, dedicated fans know better. Though he's undoubtedly experiencing the kind of golden moment most actors would gladly give their right arm (and possibly a leg) for, the London-born, recently engaged thesp has been a jobbing actor for more than a decade and a critically-acclaimed one for almost as long.
From his BAFTA-nominated performances in "Hawking" (2004) and "Small Island" (2009), to charismatic but smaller turns in Starter For 10 (2006) and Atonement (2007), Cumberbatch was already making a name for himself before he was approached to audition for the titular role in Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss's modern BBC look at Conan Doyle's famous detective. The role marked »
- Emma Badame
Saoirse Ronan has been wowing on screen since the tender age of 13 when she earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance in the WWII-set Atonement. With her latest turn as Irish immigrant Eillis inBrooklyn, the young actress once again finds her name mentioned in line with Oscar talk surrounding the film’s Canadian premiere at Tiff.
In the film, based on Colm Toibin’s novel of the same name, Eillis is a young girl in the 1950s who seeks new opportunities in Brooklyn, away from her family and friends back in her small Irish village. On her own for the first time, Eillis encounters more of the world than she could have expected, especially when it comes to a flirtatiously sweet Italian man named Tony (Emory Cohen) who captures more than just her eye. When a tragedy brings her back to Ireland, she must choose not only between her »
- Rachel West
Pan arrives in cinemas Oct 16th and to celebrate, you have the chance to win tickets to the World Premiere in London at Odeon Leicester Square on Sept 20th.
Not only will you be able to watch this thrilling film ahead of its release, but the exclusive star-studded event will be attended by the Pan’s amazing cast, including Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara, Garrett Hedlund, Levi Miller and director Joe Wright.
From director Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice) comes Pan a live-action feature presenting a wholly original adventure about the beginnings of the beloved characters created by J.M. Barrie. Peter (Levi Miller) is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with an irrepressible rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage where he has lived his whole life those qualities do not exactly fly. Then one incredible night, Peter is whisked away from the orphanage and spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, »
- Paul Heath
The 59Th BFI London Film Festival Announces Full 2015 Programme
You can peruse the programme at your leisure here.
The programme for the 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. BFI London Film Festival is Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals. It introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience. The Festival provides an essential platform for films seeking global success; and promotes the careers of British and international filmmakers through its industry and awards programmes. With this year’s industry programme stronger than ever, offering international filmmakers and leaders a programme of insightful events covering every area of the film industry Lff positions London as the world’s leading creative city.
The Festival will screen a »
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers boosted the responsibilities of two Brits in its London office by promoting Simon Greenaway to senior director, membership U.K. and continental Europe, and David Ryan Jordan to director, membership for the region.
Both Greenaway, who will lead the membership team for the performing rights organization, and Jordan will report to Neil Gaffney, Ascap senior VP, international affairs.
“Simon and David both bring sweeping experience and insight to their work with music creators in the U.K. and across Europe,” said Gaffney in a statement. “Simon Greenaway is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist with a wide range of credits in music for recordings, film, television and advertising. David Ryan Jordan, as well, is a songwriter and musician of note. Each of them has a sterling network of contacts and will continue to bolster Ascap’s U.K. and Continental European repertory.”
According to Ascap, »
- Steve Chagollan
To mark the release of Mosters: Dark Continent on 31st August, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray. Directed by Tom Green (Misfits), Executive Produced by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) and starring Johnny Harris (Atonement, Snow White and the Huntsman, War Horse), Joe Dempsie (Skins, Game of Thrones, The Damned United) and
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Warner Bros. has released 4 new posters for their upcoming adventure film, Pan, spotlighting the main characters from the movie. There’s Hugh Jackman (X-Men: Days Of Future Past) as the villainous pirate Blackbeard, Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) as Tiger Lilly, Levi Miller as “the boy who wouldn’t grow up” himself, and Garret Hedlund (Tron Legacy) as James Hook – which is an appropriate name for a guy who will eventually lose a hand and have it replaced with… a hook.
Director Joe Wright (Hanna, Pride And Prejudice, Atonement) has promised fans a very different Peter Pan story, and from what we know thanks to the plot summary below, it definitely seems to be a fresh take on the early days of these characters.
Peter (Levi Miller) is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with an irrepressible rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage »
- Mark Cassidy
Arclight is seeking to co-ordinate a global day-and-date release at the end of this year. Distributors committed to theatrical outings with the picture include theatrical release Viswaas (India), Aqua Pinema (Turkey), Ram Indo (Vietnam), Pioneer (Philippines) and Pt Prima (Indonesia).
Producers have employed a similarly international crew. VFX is headed by supervisor Bruce Jones (“The Italian Job.” “Star Trek”), art director Ian Bailie, (“Atonement,” “Pride and Prejudice”) and Scott Winig as director of photography. Sound editing is supervised by Oscar-nominated Kami Asgar and Sean McCormack. Oscar-winning Mark Paterson (Les Miserables) did the final sound mix. »
- Patrick Frater
The four main stars of the upcoming Peter Pan origin story Pan are front and center on new character posters for the film. The posters (via Fandango) show Levi Miller as Peter Pan, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, Garrett Hedlund as Hook and Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard. See them all below…
Peter (Levi Miller) is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with an irrepressible rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage where he has lived his whole life those qualities do not exactly fly. Then one incredible night, Peter is whisked away from the orphanage and spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors and fairies called Neverland. There, he finds amazing adventures »
- Justin Cook
Joe Wright ("Anna Karenina," "Atonement") has applied his renowned theatrical flair to "Pan" (October 9), setting it during World War II and melding it with bits of Harry Potter, "Oliver!" and Steven Spielberg. But judging from the 20 minutes of footage screened on Friday, it's fantastical as well, with flying Pirate ships and oceans in the sky. It's sure to be one of the buzzy Oscar craft contenders for cinematography (Seamus McGarvey and John Mathieson), production design (Aline Bonetto) and costume design (Jacqueline Durran, who's already won for "Anna Karenina"). It's an origin story about the boy who refuses to grow up in which "enemies become friends and friends become enemies." In Wright's version (scripted by Jason Fuchs), however, Pan's (Levi Miller) a mischievous 12-year-old orphan, who escapes to Neverland and helps lead a revolt as the chosen one against Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman). He enslaves the Lost Boys »
- Bill Desowitz
London — “Downton Abbey’s” Michelle Dockery, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter and Emily Mortimer have joined the cast of “The Sense of an Ending,” which stars the previously announced Jim Broadbent.
Rampling’s recent credits include “45 Years,” for which she won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, while Mortimer appeared in Martin Scorsese’s movies “Hugo” and “Shutter Island,” and Aaron Sorkin’s TV drama “The Newsroom.” Walter has been in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Babel” and Joe Wright’s “Atonement.”
Playwright Nick Payne wrote the screenplay, which was adapted from the 2011 Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Julian Barnes. The film is directed by Ritesh Batra, who helmed BAFTA-nominated “The Lunchbox.” It starts to shoot on Aug. 16. Shooting takes place over seven weeks on location in London and Bristol.
- Leo Barraclough
It looks lovely and Ian McKellen is amazing, of course, but it’s not very Holmesian. I suspect Holmes himself would snort in derision at its sentimentality. I’m “biast” (pro): big fan of Sherlock Holmes and Ian McKellen
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I love Sherlock Holmes in all his many incarnations, and when I heard that director Bill Condon was making a movie about an elderly Holmes played by Ian McKellan, I cheered. The two had previously collaborated on the wonderful Gods and Monsters — about the classic Frankenstein filmmaker James Whale in his later years — so this new film was bound to be great, wasn’t it? I was a tad sorry to learn that Mr. Holmes, though based on a novel, was not based on the fabulous Mary Russell »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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