20 items from 2014
Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them. Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady, The Devil Wears Prada, August: Osage County) portrays the Witch who wishes to reverse a curse so that her beauty may be restored. Emily Blunt (Looper, The Young Victoria, The Devil Wears Prada) is the Baker’s Wife, a childless woman who longs to be a mother. James Corden (Broadway’s One Man, Two Guvnors, The Three Musketeers, Gavin »
To celebrate the upcoming home entertainment release of the brutal and brilliant film Starred Up, we’ve teamed up with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment to offer 10 lucky winners the chance to win a pair of tickets to an exclusive screening of the film along with a Q&A with Screenwriter Jonathan Asser, hosted by Empire’s very own Damon Wise on Monday 4th August evening in Central London.
Starred Up which is out now on Digital HD and on Blu-ray/DVD on 4th August is the story of Eric (Jack O’Connell: This is England, Harry Brown, Eden Lake) – a teenager whose violent behaviour in a young persons’ borstal results in being ‘starred up’ to an adult prison where his father, Neville (Ben Mendelsohn: The Place Beyond the Pines, The Dark Knight Rises), is also an inmate. Caged amongst the older, more violent prisoners, Eric, disaffected and disengaged, »
- Dan Bullock
After his Dallas Buyers Club became one of the most critically lauded movies of 2o13, landing six Oscar nominations and winning two (for Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto’s performances), Jean-Marc Vallee quickly proved himself to be one of the most promising directors working today, and he looks set to return to the Oscar stage next year with Wild, a Reese Witherspoon-powered awards contender. How do you follow up two projects as impressive and intriguing as those? In Vallee’s case, he’s sticking to his guns with Demolition, a story of individuals struggling against seemingly insurmountable obstacles both internal and external.
Jake Gyllenhaal stars as “a young investment banker struggling to understand his emotional disconnect following the tragic death of his wife in an auto accident. As he tears apart his life in a distraught effort to see where he went wrong, he becomes obsessed with destruction.”
- Isaac Feldberg
Demonic possession movie number 36,149 is getting ready to compel you into watching it! Read on for the first artwork and word on the upcoming flick Forbidden Girl! Look for it on DVD August 12th from Inception Media Group.
From the Press Release
A young man must resist the seductive lure of an ancient witch or be condemned to an eternal life on the dark side in The Forbidden Girl, possessing DVD August 12th from Inception Media Group.
Toby (Peter Gadiot; "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," Night Wolf), a troubled young man who lost his girlfriend in a tragic accident, begins to put his life back together after spending years in a psychiatric institute. Upon his release, he takes a job tutoring a beautiful woman (Jytte-Merle Böhrnsen) who lives in her aunt’s lonely mansion.
When Toby suspects his student is possessed, his haunting memories return; and unexplainable, supernatural occurrences drive him from the house. »
- Steve Barton
Happy Trails. Fox Searchlight has debuted a lovely trailer for Jean-Marc Vallée's Wild, a drama adapted from Cheryl Strayed's book of the same name, starring Reese Witherspoon as a woman who takes a 1,100-mile solo hike as a way to recover from a loss and rekindle her own life. I had a feeling this might be kind of like Reese Witherspoon's 127 Hours, an adventure about one woman who endures the challenges of mother nature, and learns lots of life lessons along the way. This has somewhat of that feel, but goes to a few different places, thanks to tender filmmaking from Jean-Marc Vallée, who last made Dallas Buyers Club. Here's the first official trailer for Jean-Marc Vallée's Wild, in high def on Apple (via YouTube): Wild is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club, The Young Victoria), written by Nick Hornby (An Education, About a Boy, »
- Alex Billington
Last fall, we got an early first look at Reese Witherspoon in the adaptation of Wild, based on Cheryl Strayed's bestselling novel of the same name. The film hails from Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée, and it sounds like we might be getting a trailer soon, because the first poster has just been unveiled. It's a simple teaser that looks like it could be something akin to Cast Away or 127 Hours as Witherspoon plays a woman who decides to hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail all by herself in an effort to leave her self-destructive life and depression behind her. It's a likely Oscar contender. Look below! Here's the first poster for Jean-Marc Vallée's Wild from Imp Awards: Wild is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club, The Young Victoria), written by Nick Hornby (An Education, About a Boy, High Fidelity) and »
- Ethan Anderton
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
new to stream
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Death Proof: Kurt Russell, in a genius bit of casting, is serial killer Stuntman Mike, in Quentin Tarantino’s wickedly funny and smartly teasing grindhouse pastiche [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Downfall: audacious German film about Hitler’s final days, and source of the gone-viral clip in which the insane leader raves to his subordinates [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Inception: Christopher Nolan’s brilliantly twisty film is always good for another viewing [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] The Young Victoria: Emily Blunt is the English queen as a young woman, in love and not yet in mourning black [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Get Smart: cheerfully goofy, surprisingly James Bond-ishly exciting, but not so good »
- MaryAnn Johanson
He premiered a pair of films at Tiff this past September, of course his latest film Enemy works in twos, and a rarity in the film news cycle, two lead actresses (Amy Adams with Story Of Your Life) are now attached to his next next two film projects. Variety reports that Emily Blunt (who worked with Quebecois confrère Jean-Marc Vallee on The Young Victoria) is the first person to potentially star in Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario. Production is set to begin this summer.
Gist: Written by Taylor Sheridan, this focuses on the murky legal loophole that allows mercenaries to breach the border of Mexico to corral drug kingpins, as long as they are accompanied by a legitimate law officer. In this case, a female cop from Tucson accompanies two delta force-type rangers across the border to apprehend a drug lord. Once across the border, the cop finds she has stepped »
- Eric Lavallee
Agent 47 has revealed its first on-set look.
Rupert Friend can be seen in the photograph posted by IGN.
Friend has also featured in Pride & Prejudice and The Young Victoria.
Agent 47 is currently filming in Europe. »
Dallas Buyers Club, 2013.
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.
In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease.
The 1980’s. A decade famous for various reasons it was a historical hotspot: John Lennon was assassinated, Michael Jackson was King of the World, and the PG-13 rating came into effect in 1984. But in Dallas, with the AIDS virus still ongoing both in terms of the virus spreading and medicine still trying find a cure, the name of Ron Woodruff came to prominence, as did the tragic first deaths recorded in the Us.
Woodruff (Matthew McConaughey) was diagnosed in 1985, and was given a month to live. Shocked by the news, but not wholly surprised »
- Gary Collinson
The British prison drama had its UK bow at the London Film Festival – you can read our review here – and went on to lead the 2013 British Independent Film Awards with eight nominations.
Led by the emerging young actor Jack O’Connell (Skins, 300: Rise of an Empire), a new trailer has debuted online, as well as the UK quad poster via Empire, giving us a look at what promises to be a brutal and gritty drama.
Eric (newcomer Jack O’Connell) arrives at his new prison cell with his explosive temper intact. His first priority is to handcraft a weapon for protection against older inmates. But after a violent incident, Eric barely escapes a brutal punishment from the guards. He is saved only by Oliver, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Dallas Buyers Club was nominated for 6 Academy Awards this morning including:
Best Actor (Matthew McConaughey)
Best Supporting Actor (Jared Leto)
Best Film Editing (John Mac McMurphy & Martin Pensa)
Here are the reactions from the nominees.
“I am honored and grateful for this nomination. I love working in an industry and craft that inspires me daily and allows me to tell stories that translate humanities and move people. I share this with the entire Dallas Buyers Club family of filmmakers, cast, and crew — and the real-life Ron Woodroofs and Rayons who continue to fight and live with dignity. Thank you.”
“I am absolutely blown away by this incredible nomination. I never in my life thought I would have the opportunity to even write these words. »
- Michelle McCue
Jared Leto has a coffin in the living room of his Los Angeles home. Perhaps even stranger, he’s not sure exactly where it came from. “I think it’s from ‘Mr. Nobody,’ ” he says, referring to the recently released film he shot back in 2007. “But I can’t really remember.”
Leto’s eclectic taste in titles, along with his wide collection of unique art from all over the world — including a sculpture inspired by the Moloko Bar in “A Clockwork Orange” — reflects a man and artist who is not easy to pigeonhole.
His co-star in “Dallas Buyer’s Club” instantly discovered that about Leto when they first came face to face: “I met a performance artist,” Matthew McConaughey says. “He is not someone bound by one certain craft — acting, »
- Jenelle Riley
Golden Globe Award winner Matthew McConaughey (Mud, Magic Mike) delivers a career-defining performance as Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof in the "hugely entertaining" Dallas Buyers Club, the inspiring and powerful story of an imperfect man's fight for survival during an uncertain time in America (Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal). Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (The Young Victoria), Dallas Buyers Club arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD, & Digital HD with UltraViolet and On Demand on February 4, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof (McConaughey) sees his free-wheeling life overturned when he's diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. Determined to survive, Woodroof decides to take matters in his own hands by tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. After his journey to find a cure leads him to an unlikely ally in Rayon played by Golden Globe Award winner Jared Leto (Lord of War, »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 4, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
Drama biography movie Dallas Buyers Club scored high with critics and the few moviegoers who saw it in theaters, so make sure you check it out on disc.
Based on a trus story, the film stars Matthew McConaughey (Mud) as cowboy hustler Ron Woodroof, who, in 1985 Dallas, discovers he’s diagnosed as HIV-positive. Finding it difficult to get the drugs he needs, he find unconventional ways to get medication for him and other patients. His efforts unite a band of outcasts struggling for dignity and acceptance, including Rayon (Jared Leto, Lord of War).
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (The Young Victoria), Dallas Buyers Club also stars Jennifer Garner (The Odd Life of Timothy Green), Steve Zahn (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) and Denis O’Hare (TV’s American Horror Story).
The R-rated film grossed an impressive »
Award season is just hitting its stride, and ReelzChannel's programming is among the most recent recipients of recognition, including the epic miniseries World Without End. The Canadian Screen Awards have announced their nominations and World Without End received a total of 5 nominations, including Best Make-Up, Best Costume Design, Best Sound and Best International Drama. Composer Mychael Danna, who won a Primetime Emmy for his World Without End score last year, was also nominated for Best Original Score.
Based on author Ken Follett's novel, World Without End is the sequel to Pillars of the Earth, which also aired on Reelz. Set 157 years later, World Without End focused on the citizens of Kingsbridge during the start of the Hundred Year War and outbreak of the Black Plague. Charlotte Riley (The Duchess, Wuthering Heights), Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Young Victoria), and Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line, »
- Ryan Gowland
Walker was announced as the star of the video game adaptation last year, with plans to start filming after work on Fast & Furious 7.
However, the actor's death in a car crash last November has forced producers of the action movie to seek a new lead.
Variety reports that 32-year-old British actor is now in talks to star in the film, which will be directed by Aleksander Bach.
Friend is best known for roles in Pride & Prejudice and The Young Victoria.
Adjustments have also been made to Fast & Furious 7, which Walker was in the middle of filming before his death.
Producers of the successful franchise revealed last month that Walker's character will be retired, instead of killed off.
Catch up on all the latest TV and Movies releases in Digital Spy's Screen Time: »
Films such as Lincoln revitalised the genre by focusing on short periods, but are too many made, too soon?
For a genre that's been dismissed so many times, the biopic is in impertinently rude health. In the past six months in the UK – and only counting the ones about major public figures – we've had Behind the Candelabra, Renoir, Lovelace, Rush, Diana, Hannah Arendt, The Fifth Estate, One Chance, Saving Mr Banks, Kill Your Darlings, and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The next few weeks alone will grant us audiences with Solomon Northup (12 Years a Slave), Charles Dickens (The Invisible Woman) and Grace of Monaco.
Somewhere down the line, though, the biopic tightened up its act. The Mandela picture's cradle-to-the-grave trudge looks positively old-fashioned now; even 12 Years a Slave is a bit copperplate. The new-school, high-definition biopic goes for the essence, rather than a chronicle of events, focusing on a galvanising »
- Phil Hoad
Fast & Furious 7 wasn’t the only project that Paul Walker was working on before his unfortunate passing. The actor was poised to follow up the seventh Fast & Furious film with the actioner Agent 47, but THR reports that producers have now tapped Homeland star Rupert Friend to take over the role. The Fox International film is a reboot/sequel of sorts to the 2007 film Hitman and revolves around an elite, bald-headed assassin who sports a barcode on the back of his head. In Agent 47, the titular character is tasked with protecting a waitress targeted by a group known as the Syndicate, though she may be more than she seems. Commercials director Aleksander Bach is taking the helm from a script by Kyle Ward, Skip Woods, and Michael Finch. Friend has been shining recently as CIA operative Peter Quinn on the Showtime series Homeland, but his feature credits include Pride & Prejudice, »
- Adam Chitwood
Paul Walker had been attached to the project since February, and he had planned to shoot the project after he wrapped production on Fast & Furious 7. The actor tragically passed away in late November from injuries sustained in a car crash.
Aleksander Bach is making his feature directorial debut, working from a script by Michael Finch and Skip Woods, who wrote the 2007 video game adaptation Hitman, which made $100 million worldwide and starred Timothy Olyphant. No story details have been released, although the original movie and the video game follow an assassin known only as Agent 47, who has a barcode tattooed to the back of his head. The Square Enix video game series has sold more than 20 million units since the franchise was launched.
Rupert Friend's big screen credits include Pride & Prejudice, »
20 items from 2014
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