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A low quality version of this trailer for Suite Francaise, a movie that was originally considered to be a possible Oscar contender at the beginning of the year, premiered last week, but now a high quality, HD version has arrived, previewing the World War II era feature starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Michelle Williams, Sam Riley and Matthias Schoenaerts among many, many others. Directed by Saul Dibb (The Duchess), the film is set in France, 1940, the first days of occupation, and the beautiful Lucile Angellier (Williams) is trapped in a stifled existence with her controlling mother-in-law (Thomas) as they both await news of her husband: a prisoner of war. Parisian refugees start to pour into their small town, soon followed by a regiment of German soldiers who take up residence in the villagers' own homes. Lucile initially tries to ignore Bruno von Falk (Schoenaerts), the handsome and refined German officer staying with them. »
- Brad Brevet
Keira Knightley is no stranger to period dramas, appearing in Pride and Prejudice, Anna Karenina, The Duchess, and many more. Even the film she is Oscar campaigning for now, The Imitation Game, is a period drama. Well, she has just signed on for another. This time, it is an adaptation of ?mile Zola's Therese Raquin. The catch is this adaptation is not on film. No, Knightley will be making her Broadway debut in a new stage version by British playwright Helen Edmundson. I am an unapologetic Keira Knightley fan. I think she has delivered some very impressive performances, particularly in Never Let Me Go and A Dangerous Method, and am curious to see how she fares as a stage actor. She has done a couple of productions in the West End, but with living in America and travel being expensive, I have not gotten to see them. She does have a very expressive, »
- Mike Shutt
Florence Foster Jenkins was the William Hung of the early 1900s. An objectively awful opera singer convinced of her own melodious quality, Jenkins concertized across New York City at her wealthy family’s expense. People couldn’t look away. Staging elaborate shows in opulent costumes, Jenkins sang Vivaldi and Strauss for audiences keeling over from disbelief. Her earnest brand of cacophony became so revered, she was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in 1944, at the age of 76. Sound like the makings for a biopic? Well, get ready for Meryl Streep as Florence Foster Jenkins. Deadline reports that the “Iron Lady” Best Actress-winner will star alongside Hugh Grant in “Florence,” a dramatization of the New York heiress’ odd musical career. Though its high art trashiness sounds like the makings of a John Waters film, “Philomena” director Stephen Frears will helm the feature. Nicholas Martin (BBC's "The Indian Doctor”) wrote the script. »
- Matt Patches
Philomena director Stephen Frears is reteaming with Pathé for another project about an eponymous real-life female protagonist. Currently in pre-production, Florence is the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress and socialite who coveted a career as a great opera singer, but who lacked any real ability. Meryl Streep is attached to play the title role with Hugh Grant also attached for the role of her partner and manager St Clair Bayfield. Bayfield was an aristocratic English actor who was determined to protect Florence from the truth that while the voice she heard in her head was beautiful, to everyone else it was hilariously awful.
Baz Bamigboye at the Daily Mail first tipped the news and Pathé International, which will begin sales at the AFM next month, has now confirmed details. The film has a script by Nicholas Martin which will tell Foster Jenkins’ story through to »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Today’s film is the 2010 short Tomato Soup. The film is written and directed by Gabriel Bisset-Smith, and stars Sol Smith, Zawe Ashton, and Hayley Atwell. Atwell has appeared in a number of feature films over the past decade, including Cassandra’s Dream, The Duchess, and Captain America: The First Avenger, as well as on television in The Pillars of the Earth and Black Mirror. Her newest film, titled Jimi: All Is by My Side, opened in limited release in American theatres this weekend, and she will also be seen in the titular role in the tv series Agent Carter, which will make its premiere in the 2014-2015 television season.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Global film and television studio Miramax announced today that it has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Mr. Holmes and will partner with Roadside Attractions on domestic theatrical distribution of the film. Directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Kinsey), Mr. Holmes stars Academy Award nominees Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings franchise, X-Men franchise) and Laura Linney (Kinsey, You Can Count on Me, The Savages).
Thomas J. Barrack, Jr., Chairman of Miramax, had this to say in his statement.
"Mr. Holmes is a smart, exciting film that has attracted the highest caliber director, cast and producers, and it is a perfect fit for Miramax. We are very pleased to acquire U.S. »
Other cast members in “Emperor,” directed by Lee Tamahori, include Paz Vega (“Talk to Her”), Gotz Otto (“Cloud Atlas”) Bill Skarsgard (“Anna Karenina”), Thomas Kretschmann (“Valkyrie”), Oliver Platt and Rutger Hauer.
The project was announced at Cannes with Brody and Tamahori attached. Shooting starts Sept. 1 in Prague and Ghent.
- Dave McNary
Keira reveals who she's crushing on.
Keira Knightley recently spoke to The Advocate to promote her new film Begin Again, in which she stars as a struggling singer-songwriter opposite Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine, when the notoriously shy British actress revealed her girl crush.
"I just watched The Punk Singer, the documentary about Kathleen Hanna from Bikini Kill, so I actually have to go with her," she shares. "She might be my top girl crush of all time, really. I love a riot grrrl."
Knightley, 29, also lets the magazine know that she's totally down for a lesbian sequel to her huge breakout 2002 film Bend It Like Beckham.
"This is the first I've heard of it, but that would've been exciting. It also would've meant a lot to so many young gay people," she says about the rumors that writer-director Gurinder Chadha originally envisioned »
The movie, which will shoot for seven weeks on location in London and on the south coast of England, also stars Laura Linney as Holmes’ housekeeper, Mrs. Munro.
Additional cast announced Thursday includes Hattie Morahan (“The Golden Compass,” “The Bank Job”), Patrick Kennedy (“War Horse,” “Atonement”), Hiroyuki Sanada (“The Wolverine,” “47 Ronin”), Roger Allam (“Tamara Drewe,” “The Book Thief”), Phil Davis (“Vera Drake,” “Notes on a Scandal”), Frances de la Tour (“The History Boys,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”), and Milo Parker (“Ghosthunters: On Icy Trails”), who plays Mrs. Munro’s son.
- Leo Barraclough
A Slight Trick of the Mind will now be titled Mr Holmes and filming will take place over seven weeks on location in London and on the South Coast of England, according to co-producers AI Film, Archer Gray, See-Saw Films and BBC Films.
McKellen himself tweeted the first image, which shows the actor made up and aged up to play Arthur Conan Doyle’s private detective aged 93.
As previously announced, Bill Condon will direct the film - reuniting him with McKellen after they made Gods and Monsters together in 1998 - and Laura Linney will play his housekeeper Mrs Munro. Linney worked with Condon on Kinsey in 2004 and The Fifth Estate in 2013 as »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
He’s been played by everyone from Benedict Cumberbatch to Max Headroom. Yet the latest incarnation of the world’s greatest detective is a choice that makes you wonder why he hasn’t been selected before. Sir Ian McKellen, fresh from his metallurgic activities in X-men: Days Of Future Past, has taken off his helmet and donned a Homberg to Tweet an image of himself in costume for the forthcoming Mr Holmes.
The pictorial solution is below…
@IanMcKellen: Over 70 actors have previously played Sherlock Holmes. Now he’s 93 years old and it’s my turn.
Previously known as A Slight Trick Of The Mind, the project reteams McKellen with Gods And Monsters director Bill Condon in the tale of a decidedly mature Sherlock in reflective mood over his extraordinary career and entanglements. One of the latter would surely be cast mate Laura Linney, in this adaptation of Mitch Cullin’s »
- Steve Palace
Ian McKellen has had no shortage of iconic roles throughout his storied career, from Magneto in X-Men: Days of Future Past to Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. It's possible that the actor may have found a way to top all of those roles with his next project Mr. Holmes, where he plays a 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes. Earlier today, the actor sent out the first photo from this drama to his Twitter followers, which you can take a look at below.
Over 70 actors have previously played Sherlock Holmes. Now he's 93 years old and it's my turn. #MrHolmespic.twitter.com/B9HkUgfkCv
— Ian McKellen (@IanMcKellen) July 9, 2014
The actor signed on to star as the legendary detective back in September, when the project was known as A Slight Trick of the Mind. The story is adapted from Mitch Cullin's novel, which is set in the year »
Exclusive: 47 Ronin and The Wolverine star Hiroyuki Sanada has been tapped to join Ian McKellen in A Slight Trick of the Mind, the drama about an aging Sherlock Holmes that Bill Condon is directing this summer in London. Sanada will play Umezaki, a Prickly Ash plant enthusiast who Holmes (McKellen) visits in Japan. He joins McKellen and Laura Linney as Holmes’ housekeeper, who with her young son is regaled with the tale of the unsolved mystery that ended Holmes’ career. Script was adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher (The Duchess, Casanova, Stage Beauty) from Mitch Cullin’s novel. Anne Carey is producing […] »
Far be it from me to make any grand sweeping statements on the year in film this early, but as of July 2014, I would argue it’s already been a fascinating year for scores. Just look at blockbusters. We’ve heard both the invigoratingly new and the depressingly dull. Ambitious combinations have even produced a commendable failure here and there. Hollywood studios almost always take the safe road in their big-budget franchises, but the music attached to those tentpoles feels less restrained and not nearly as beholden to manageable cliches.
Thus far we’ve had a tremendous grab bag in film music (and I say this as someone who hasn’t yet seen Under the Skin), but what’s been the best to come out of it? Without further ado…
Captain America: The Winter Soldier isn’t a great movie, but it »
- David Klein
Bill Condon’s next project, which will feature Ian McKellen playing the 93 year-old Sherlock Holmes dealing with the slow deterioration of his superior mental faculties, was once called A Slight Trick Of The Mind. Thanks to the actor’s twitter feed, we now know the title has been changed to Mr Holmes, and we have our first look at the venerable detective. Condon has collaborated on the screenplay with The Duchess’s Jeffrey Hatcher and they’ve worked from Mitch Cullin's novel, itself called A Slight Trick Of The Mind. The book takes place in 1947 when Holmes is 93, long retired to his Sussex beekeeping and frustrated by his diminishing power of recollection. He believes his bees' royal jelly is part of the secret of his longevity, and his further researches into the subject have recently taken him to post-war Japan. There he encounters the son of a former British »
To celebrate the DVD release of The Sea on 23rd June, we’re giving away a DVD of the film to three lucky winners.
Art historian Max Morden (Ciarán Hinds – Munich, Rome) returns to the sleepy seaside resort where he spent summers as a child after losing his wife (Sinéad Cusack – winner of Best Supporting Actress at IFTAs). Max lodges at a boarding house he once frequented, where frosty proprietor Miss Vavasour (Charlotte Rampling – The Verdict, The Duchess), and eccentric resident Blunden (Karl Johnson – The Illusionist, Rome), now reside. Before long – and despite protestations from his daughter Clare (Ruth Bradley – Grabbers, Primeval) – Max revisits the ghosts of his past.
Based on the Man Booker prize-winning novel by John Banville, The Sea is a haunting, uplifting, meditation on the human condition – at times elegiac, poetic, and nostalgic. A story of memory, love, loss, regret… and the persistent possibility of rebirth.
Academy Award winner Adrien Brody has committed to the lead role in Lee Tamahori’s upcoming period drama, Emperor, according to announcements by Corsan World Sales – the international film finance, production and sales company, who packaged the project for the Cannes Film Festival this year.
The script – featuring the work of Michael Thomas (The Devil’s Double) and Jeffrey Hatcher (The Duchess) – centres on Emperor Charles V, who ruled the Holy Roman Empire from 1519 – 1556. The production is described as presenting a view of a debauched world of manipulation, sex, wealth and treason. In a statement accompanying the announcement, Brody explained that he was keen to be involved:
“I have long admired Lee’s work, and [been] a fan since he blew me away with Once Were Warriors. The gritty and complex nature of his films, and the characters within them, haunt me to this day. When Lee approached me to play »
- Sarah Myles
Corsan is also handling international sales on the film, a period piece centering on Emperor Charles V, who was trying to hold together the Holy Roman Empire in the 16th century.
“Emperor” is written by Michael Thomas III (“The Devil’s Double”) and the script is adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher (“The Duchess”). Production begins in August in the Czech Republic and Belgium. Paradigm Talent Agency are supporting with casting.
- Carole Horst
After launching the funded producing shingle Fable House this morning, Adrien Brody has been set by Corsan to play the title role in Emperor, a revenge tale helmed by Once Were Warriors director Lee Tamahori. Brody will play the brilliant strategist Emperor Charles V, trying to hold together a fragmented Empire, in a 16th century world of wealth, debauchery, violent retaliations, sex, manipulation and treason. Corsan’s Paul Bruels is producing. The Devil’s Double scribe Michael Thomas III wrote the original script and Jeffrey Hatcher (The Duchess) is working on the latest draft. Filming starts August 2014, and the film shoots in both Czech Republic and Belgium. Corsan World Sales is handling sales on the project and Paradigm is selling North America. Corsan just teamed with Brody on the Paul Haggis-directed Third Person, which Sony Pictures Classics releases in June. Said Brody: “I have long admired Lee’s work »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Following the news that writer/director Bill Condon is to reunite with his Gods And Monsters star Ian McKellen for a film featuring Sherlock Holmes, it seems another reunion is on the cards. Condon’s Kinsey and The Fifth Estate star, Laura Linney, will now join the project, which is an adaptation of Mitch Cullin’s 2005 novel, A Slight Trick Of The Mind.
With the source material having been adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher (Casanova, The Duchess), along with Condon, the story depicts the character of Sherlock Holmes having reached his twilight years. He is frail and elderly, with an unreliable memory – but attempts to reflect on his life, and a particularly troubling unsolved case from decades previously. McKellen will play Holmes, while Linney has been cast as his housekeeper, Mrs Munro.
- Sarah Myles
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