8 items from 2015
"Insurgent," the second installment in Veronica Roth's "Divergent" trilogy, is a true middle book, and the adaptation is no exception. There's less background exposition and more plot twists and character development -- not to mention a cliffhanger ending. The movie follows Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) as they try to escape the clenches of Erudite leader Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet) and her Dauntless henchmen. On the run, Tris and Four realize they must form alliances -- with the neutral Amity, the Dauntless unwilling to follow Jeanine, and the Factionless led by the mysterious Evelyn (Naomi Watts), someone from Four's past. (In case you can't remember anything from the first movie, here are seven things to know before you see "Insurgent.")
"Insurgent" is rated PG-13 "for intense violence and action throughout, some sensuality, thematic elements and brief language." If you have an elementary-school-aged kid who read the books early, »
- Sandie Angulo Chen
Hot off the back of his Oscar win for scoring The Grand Budapest Hotel, one of composer Alexandre Desplat's upcoming assignments will be to go where John Williams has once trodden (not for the first time either, following his work on Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2). He's going to be scoring a Star Wars film.
Desplat has confirmed that he's in charge of the music for 2016's Star Wars: Rogue One, that Gareth Edwards is set to direct. Few plot details are known about the film, although it's expected to be set before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, and is rumoured to be a heist movie. Felicity Jones has already been confirmed to star in the film.
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As an addendum to last week's details about Gareth Edwards' Star Wars spin-off Rogue One, it's been revealed that Alexandre Desplat will be providing the score. John Williams will be busy with Episodes VII-ix, but he can't do everything. The French composer isn't a hugely leftfield choice, since he scored Edwards' Godzilla last year. He's also an avowed fan of Williams, citing him as a key influence on his career.He stepped into Williams' shoes once before, taking over the soundtrack duties for Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2. His prolific CV also includes The Imitation Game, Unbroken, Zero Dark Thirty, Rust And Bone, The Tree Of Life, the Twilight films, and three collaborations with Wes Anderson. He won an Oscar, a BAFTA and a Grammy this year for The Grand Budapest Hotel.Star Wars: Rogue One, which will presumably have much to do with X-Wing space acrobatics, »
Released today across various different markets, including the UK, Us and many European countries, Fifty Shades of Grey has finally been unleashed after months of anticipation. And despite its opening being only a few hours old, the film has already broken box-office records.
The film, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, took an estimated $3.7 million on Wednesday, which included $2.7 million in France, a record opening day for Universal Pictures, beating the previous record-holder Fast & Furious 6, not including inflation.
Fifty Shades of Grey is set to break many more records over the weekend, with its Us release set to be the biggest of all. Opening today in 3,645 North American cinemas, the most modest estimates for the film’s debut stand around $50 million, while others are suggesting that the tracking and early-ticket sales of the film will see it closer to the $80 million-$90 million, which will »
- Scott J. Davis
Watch the brand new trailer for Disney’s Cinderella.
The story of Cinderella follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new Stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family.
Soon, she is forced to become their servant, disrespected, covered in ashes and spitefully renamed Cinderella. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her, and she continues to remain positive, determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.”
When Ella meets a dashing stranger in the woods, unaware that he is really »
- Melissa Thompson
This article contains spoilers for the Harry Potter movies.
The Harry Potter films didn’t need to be good.
The books were already a phenomenon. Only Twilight and Dan Brown’s novels have resulted in midnight openings at bookshops across the world in recent years, and when you look at their film adaptations (Angels And Demons grossed nearly $500 million worldwide, despite being Angels And Demons), it’s clear: the Harry Potter films didn’t actually have to try that hard to be a success.
Across eight films, they told the story of death-magnet legend boy Harry Potter and his loyal flame-locked sidekick Ron as they courted whimsical oblivion on a roughly yearly basis, getting rescued repeatedly by Girl Guide/Wikipedia hybrid Hermione Granger. They »
It’s official: Katniss just kicked Guardians Of The Galaxy‘s butt. Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 hit $333.18M yesterday, seizing the title of highest-grossing film of 2014 away from the Marvel/Disney comic book film which has amassed $333.17M at the domestic box office. Further bolstering Mockingjay‘s title is that its bread wasn’t propped up by 3D or IMAX ticket pricing, the latter of which was the case with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ($424.7M). (However, sources say that Mockingjay – Part 1 did play about 350 non-imax-brand large-format venues where it grossed $10M).
This is all deja vu. In January 2014, Katniss overtook another Marvel superhero title, Iron Man 3, as 2013’s highest-grossing film. In its seventh week, Hunger Games: Catching Fire clicked past Iron Man 3‘s $409M before finaling its cume at $424.7M. But the records don’t stop there: This is the first time in »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
It’s hard to believe how much time has passed since the first film of the Harry Potter franchise hit cinemas. That was Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone (or Sorcerer’s Stone, depending on your location) way back in 2001, in what seems like another time now. When Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 closed out the series in 2011, fans were all but certain that they’d left the magical land of Harry Potter for the last time.
How wrong they were. Audiences will go back to that world to follow the adventures of Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, due out in 2016. Of course, that’s not going to be with Harry and the gang, but it is the same world, and frankly, the next best thing.
It’s the next step in a long journey for many young readers and film-goers »
- Jay Anderson
8 items from 2015
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