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Jose here. Agyness Deyn doesn’t have a very long list of screen credits, she played Aphrodite in Clash of the Titans, narrated a Rihanna video, and appeared in Pusher. That will undoubtedly change once directors see her gorgeous work in Terence Davies’ Sunset Song where she plays Chris Guthrie, a Scottish farm girl trying to fend for herself in the years before Wwi. It’s a performance made of composed emotion, endless inner strength, and an otherworldly quality that makes one think of great work by Olivia de Havilland and Ingrid Bergman.
Many people will know Ms. Deyn from her work as a model, back in the mid-aughts there wasn’t an issue of Vogue where she didn’t appear. With her pixie cut, effortless chic and strong personality she brought a “punk/rock” edge to modeling. Since 2012, she’s been focusing her attention on film and Sunset Song is her first leading role. »
Saban Films is closing a domestic deal for Colm McCarthy’s The Girl with All the Gifts. Adapted by M.R. Carey from his own novel of the same title, the post-apocalyptic thriller stars Gemma Arterton (Clash of the Titans), Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum), Glenn Close (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Sennia Nanua. The film is set in a dystopian world where a seemingly normal and very intelligent little girl lives in an underground army bunker with other children her… »
A chillingly crafted portrait of quiet menacing uncertainty. Balefully replicates the precariousness of not being able to trust one’s own instincts. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Yeah, they’re a little weird, but this is La.” That’s one way to dismiss the uncomfortable vibe at a Hollywood Hills dinner party, but is it the correct one? Will (Logan Marshall-Green: Madame Bovary) hadn’t heard from his ex, Eden (Tammy Blanchard: Moneyball), in several years when he receives an out-of-the-blue invitation, so here he is tonight with his new girlfriend, Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi: Miles Ahead), at the house where he used to live. The place is almost literally haunted for him — he and Eden lost their young son here, which precipitated their breakup — but she seems to have found an unorthodox way to »
- MaryAnn Johanson
By Tim Greaves
Numerous actors have occupied the role of Sherlock Holmes over the decades, some more suited to the shoes of author Arthur Conan Doyle's famous consulting detective than others. One of the finest portrayals is that by Ian Richardson. Yet, sadly, his is also one that is often overlooked, not leastways because he played the character just twice (in a pair of 1983 films made for television), but also because his light was to be quickly eclipsed a year later by the arrival on TV screens of Jeremy Brett, whose interpretation of Holmes is considered by many to be the definitive one.
Sy Weintraub – who produced several Tarzan movies throughout the 60s and was executive producer on the popular long-running Ron Ely TV series –teamed up with Otto Plaschkes (whose producer credits include Georgie Girl and The Holcroft Covenant) with the intention of making several Holmes adventures headlining Richardson. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Director Scott Derrickson delivered on-screen scares in Sinister and Deliver Us from Evil, and soon he’ll take viewers into a world filled with dark magic. Ahead of its November 4th premiere, the first trailer for Doctor Strange has been revealed, giving fans a look at Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of the neurosurgeon turned necromancer.
From the Previous Press Release: “Burbank, Calif. (November 24, 2015)—Marvel Studios announced today that production has begun on “Doctor Strange,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch (“Black Mass,” “The Imitation Game”), Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave,” “The Martian”), Rachel McAdams (“Southpaw,” “Sherlock Holmes”) and Michael Stuhlbarg (“Steve Jobs,” “A Serious Man”) with Mads Mikkelsen (“Clash of the Titans,” “Casino Royale”) and Academy Award® winner Tilda Swinton (“Michael Clayton,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”). The film, which opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016, is directed by Scott Derrickson (“Sinister,” “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”). The film will be shot in several locations around the world, »
- Derek Anderson
Directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Deliver Us From Evil) from a screenplay written by C. Robert Cargill and Jon Spaihts (and based on the character created by Steve Ditko), Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mads Mikkelsen, and Tilda Swinton. The film is set to hit theaters on November 4th.
From the Previous Press release: “Burbank, Calif. (November 24, 2015)—Marvel Studios announced today that production has begun on “Doctor Strange,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch (“Black Mass,” “The Imitation Game”), Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave,” “The Martian”), Rachel McAdams (“Southpaw,” “Sherlock Holmes”) and Michael Stuhlbarg (“Steve Jobs,” “A Serious Man”) with Mads Mikkelsen (“Clash of the Titans, »
- Derek Anderson
If the nuclear bomb was the great fear-inducing topic of the 20th century, then drone warfare is surely its equivalent in the 21st. Movies as mainstream as Captain America: Civil War and Jose Padhila’s RoboCop remake have dealt with the subject in a sci-fi context; Andrew Niccol’s claustrophobic Good Kill, starring Ethan Hawke, explored the psychological impact of remote strikes on the American pilot tasked with pulling the trigger.
Directed by Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ender’s Game), Eye In The Sky is an ensemble drama-thriller which ambitiously tries to tackle drone warfare from multiple angles: the various levels of politicians, generals and soldiers who authorise the use of missile strikes on targets thousands of miles away, and the spies, would-be »
Directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster, AMC’s The Killing) and starring Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious) in the titular role, Wonder Woman made her big screen debut this weekend in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice this past weekend, but the new film will mark her first time the character has headlined a feature film – though you’d be hard-pressed to top Lynda Carter’s formidable run as the character on TV.
Wonder Woman also stars Chris Pine (Star Trek) as Captain Steve Trevor, Robin Wright (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, House of Cards), Danny Huston (Clash of the Titans, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), David Thewlis (Harry Potter), Ewen Bremner (Snowpiercer), Saïd Taghmaoui (American Hustle), Elena Anaya (The Skin I Live In) and Lucy Davis (Shaun of the Dead). Check out the first image from the film below:
Wonder Woman is set to hit cinemas in Summer 2017. »
- Phil Wheat
Show co-creator D.B. Weiss talks about walking the tightrope of success and braving new narrative territory in the new season of HBO’s Game Of Thrones and Isaac Hempstead Wright sneaks the return of Bran Stark as the fantasy genre takes the spotlight in the new issue of Famous Monsters magazine, featuring new and exclusive interviews with the creative forces behind Captain America: Civil War, Warcraft, The Huntsman: Winter’S War, and Penny Dreadful. Plus, Harry Hamlin exclusively talks Clash Of The Titans, and The Howling director Joe Dante and star Dee Wallace remember their horror classic, on the 35th anniversary of both films.
Excerpts From The All-new D.B. Weiss Interview In FM #285:
The co-creator of Game Of Thrones talks about moving into uncharted narrative territory on the Emmy-winning HBO juggernaut and reveals “how the sausage is made” with learning-curve musings and new details in our exclusive Official FM Interview. »
- Cameron Hatheway
Gods Of Egypt’s poor performance may well have killed off the swords-and-sandal movie. But it’s far from the only Hollywood staple in mortal danger
Gods Of Egypt, the Gerard-Butler-starring fantasy epic that recently bombed at the box office was mainly notable for inspiring a brief spurt of Twitter outrage over the casting of Scottish and Australian actors as warring Egyptian deities. That rancour, however, obscured a no-less-intriguing story: the rumblings in the movie industry that, what with Gods Of Egypt’s worldwide gross of $72m on a budget of $140m, the fantasy epic had ceased to be a viable genre. In the wake of such duds as Wrath Of The Titans (which made $305m, almost $200m less than its predecessor, Clash Of The Titans) and box office flops Seventh Son and Vin Diesel’s Last Witch Hunter, it’s unlikely that we’ll ever see a muscle-bound Hollywood actor in a loincloth again. »
- Jonathan Bernstein
The highly anticipated thriller Feast Of Varanasi premiered to a packed audience on Saturday 5th March as part of the London Asian Film Festival in central London.
Attended by the main cast and crew including director Rajan Kumar Patel, Ashwath Bhatt, Holly Gilbert and award winning producer Caroline O Reilly, the dark thriller has received huge praise from critics and the audience alike. Guests included: The Mayor and Mayoress of Kingston Upon Thames, EastEnder’s star Nitin Ganatra, comedian and playwright Nigel Planer and actress Seeta Indrani.
Director Rajan Patel commented: “It was great to see so many people support Independent cinema. It’s so important for independent filmmakers to be given a platform to showcase their talent. The whole project from start to finish has been a real labour of love for everyone involved. I have had the good fortune to work with such a wonderful production team and »
- Press Releases
All right action fans, you won’t have to wait for Spring and Summer for a noisy, big body-count, big-screen bonanza. That’s because “Mr. Movie Mayhem” is back, yup Gerard Butler. Wait a minute, back? He was here just last week, starring in the CGI-heavy, fight-fest Gods Of Egypt! Well, in that one, he’s not truly the star, but a (gasp!) villain! His Set is almost an inverse of his big break-out role in 300 (ten years old now?) and Gods is a kind of a mash-up of the Spartan epic with the (unnecessary) remake of Clash Of The Titans. But it’s not really a sequel and it’s a near-bloodless PG-13. Not the case here. Just three years ago Butler scored again with the bloody and bombastic (almost a non-puppet companion to Team America: World Police) Olympus Has Fallen. This is not to be confused with that »
- Jim Batts
In this week’s roundup of the global box-office scene:
• Lionsgate claim they’re only exposed for $10m of overbudgeted fantasy epic
• Kung Fu Panda 3 becomes China’s highest grossing animation
An opening weekend of $14m (£10m) amounts to something of an embarrassment for Alex Proyas’s Gods of Egypt, already with egg on its suspiciously pale face after another controversy about cast ethnicity. But these sorts of flashy-looking-but-not-too-bright CGI romps – set in a kind of ahistorical fantasy version of ancient Egypt, where gods and mortals are on bantering terms – are set up to make their money in overseas markets. It’s had a disappointing start abroad, too, though, with $24.2m from 68 territories. Russia ($3.5m) and Brazil ($1.9m) – the kind of hotspots who can bulk out a good international run for second-tier fare – were mostly down on comparable films like »
- Phil Hoad
Alex Proyas just went nuclear.
In the early morning hours of Sunday, smack dab in the middle of a weekend where his new film Gods Of Egypt tanked hard at the box office, Proyas fired off an epic post against film critics. The film, which cost $140 million to make and only managed a $14 million opening weekend, was dogged by social activist types for white-washing ancient Egypt with a predominantly caucasian cast.
Here's his angry tirade, and then join me after for some analysis:
"Nothing Confirms Rampant Stupidity Faster...
Than reading reviews of my own movies. I usually try to avoid the experience - but this one takes the cake. Often, to my great amusement, a critic will mention my past films in glowing terms, when at the time those same films were savaged, as if to highlight the critic's flawed belief of my descent into mediocrity. You see, my dear fellow FBookers, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
There’s no surefire formula for success.
That lesson was brought painfully home to Lionsgate this weekend after “Gods of Egypt,” its $140 million fantasy epic, collapsed at the domestic box office, opening to a meagre $14 million. Its failure comes at a difficult time for the studio, which said goodbye to “The Hunger Games” last year and will end its “Divergent” series next year with the release of the final installment, “Ascendant.” They leave a gap that Lionsgate is still scrambling to fill.
“Lionsgate is in crisis mode,” said Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “If you look at what they’ve released so far this year, nothing has worked. They’ve had the opposite of the Midas touch right now.”
It’s not that the company hasn’t tried to find someone or something to fill Katniss Everdeen’s shoes. Just as they once talked of “Gods of Egypt »
- Brent Lang
With the 36th Golden Raspberry Awards happening tonight, it's fitting that 2016's biggest bomb (thus far) arrives in theaters. Gods of Egypt is being called a disaster for Lionsgate. And it's expected to only pull in between $13 and $13.7 million during its opening weekend. On the other hand, Deadpool is poised to win it's third straight weekend in a row.
There has been some controversy surrounding Gods of Egypt, with critics complaining about its whitewashed cast. The fantasy epic arrives amongst an Academy Awards show that is being boycotted for race discrimination. But one exhibitor told Deadline that the movie's failure to connect with audiences has nothing to do with the controversy or the #OscarsSoWhite Campaign. At the end of the day, it's speculated that audiences just didn't want a 'retread of Clash of the Titans'.
Gods of Egypt only earned a measly $4.7 million on Friday. Deadpool, a movie that »
Gods of Egypt is a silly, poorly acted CGI spectacle in the same vein as Clash of the Titans. It's hard to imagine this is a film from Alex Proyas. The Australian director is one of my favorites. Having made The Crow and Dark City, the most underrated science fiction film of all time. Gods of Egypt is disappointing on many levels; a half-hearted effort at best by Proyas. Here is a film about Egyptian gods, where the entire primary cast is white, except for a token appearance by Chadwick Boseman. I can only imagine the producers could never have predicted their release date would coincide with Oscar weekend, where the diversity issue has taken Hollywood by storm. That said, a diverse cast could not have saved this train wreck.
The story takes place in ancient Egypt where humans and gods live side by side in a paradise on the Nile. »
Due to hit theaters this coming weekend, today’s media dump is something of a last push for Lionsgate to drum up excitement for Alex Proyas’ (The Crow, Dark City) sword-and-sandals-and-fantasy epic, though even factoring in Gerard Butler’s larger-than-life performance as the relentless god of darkness, we remain unconvinced.
Falling into a similar camp as Warner’s bombastic Clash of the Titans – and its lowly sequel Wrath – the cinematic effects fuelling the ancient action are certainly easy on the eye. Still, it’s difficult to foresee a scenario where Proyas’ feature can rise above the scathing white-washing criticisms to make much of an impact at the box office.
In this spectacular action-adventure »
- Michael Briers
★★☆☆☆ Sacha Baron Cohen has found fame and notoriety playing out our collective prejudices in living, breathing form, in order to make us realise how untenable they are. Borat's social satire worked because of its mockumentary form; even as Baron Cohen played a ridiculous Kazakh journalist, he gained some all-too-true reactions from his interview subjects, showing an America too comfortable with its own bigotry. After Bruno and The Dictator, his next outrageous character is Nobby Grimsby, his new target James Bond and its suggestive/squeamish, middle-class treatment of sexuality. Except he's been cut and pasted into a sub-90 minute Johnny English sequel, starring Mark Strong and directed by the journeyman who brought us 2008's Incredible Hulk and the Clash of the Titans remake.
- CineVue UK
Most people thank (or blame) Ridley Scott's 1984 Macintosh ad for inventing the spectacle of the Super Bowl commercial, but the Independence Day spot that 20th Century Fox unleashed during the big game in 1996 was an equally significant milestone. Ever since 100 million Americans gawked at their televisions in awe as a massive alien spaceship blew up the White House, the football championship has become the ultimate launching pad for the next wave of spring and summer blockbusters. These days, it almost feels like there’s an entire Comic-Con worth of »
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