13 items from 2015
Directed by Justin Kurzel
The final film in competition, Justin Kurzel’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth delivers a spectacle of dripping blood, slow-motion battle scenes, sprawling Scottish highlands and Michael Fassbender. Fassbender stars as the Scottish warrior turned regicide and paranoid monarch, who after a particularly bloody battle has a vision of three witches predicting he will be King of Scotland. Macbeth starts out as an honorable soldier loyal to King Duncan (David Thewlis) and decides to only become king the “natural way”. However, after imprudently sharing the witches’ prophecy with his wife, played by Marion Cotillard, Macbeth finds himself constrained by her ambitious power lust.
Finding the right balance between words and images is essential when adapting a Shakespearean play for the screen and Kurzel’s weapon of choice is the emphasis on the rugged, indomitable beauty of the Scottish landscape, »
- Zornitsa Staneva
— Festival de Cannes (@Festival_Cannes) May 23, 2015
Certainly, in the more than 400 years since its first publication, it has been one of the most frequently adapted; revived regularly on stage and re-envisioned time and again in the age of cinema and television.
In his review, Guy Lodge (Variety) praises the director’s “thrillingly elemental new adaptation. Fearsomely visceral and impeccably performed, it’s a brisk, bracing update, even as it remains exquisitely in period.”
- Michelle McCue
StudioCanal has announced an October 2 UK release date for Macbeth, ahead of its world premiere in Cannes on Saturday (May 23).
Shot on location in Scotland and England, Macbeth is Shakespeare’s story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire.
Producers are Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films (The King’s Speech) with Laura Hastings-Smith (Hunger). The film was developed by See-Saw Films and Film4 and is majority financed by StudioCanal with Film4. »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The festival program unveiled today includes 33 world premieres (including 22 shorts) and 135 Australian premieres (with 18 shorts) among 251 titles from 68 countries.
Among the other premieres will be Daina Reid.s The Secret River, Ruby Entertainment's. ABC-tv miniseries starring Oliver Jackson Cohen and Sarah Snook, and three Oz docs, Marc Eberle.s The Cambodian Space Project . Not Easy Rock .n. Roll, Steve Thomas. Freedom Stories and Lisa Nicol.s Wide Open Sky.
Festival director Nashen Moodley boasted. this year.s event will be far larger than 2014's when 183 films from 47 countries were screened, including 15 world premieres. The expansion is possible in part due to the addition of two new screening venues in Newtown and Liverpool.
As previously announced, Brendan Cowell »
- Don Groves
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Now here’s an intriguing collaboration as Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn and 12 Years A Slave, Shame and Hunger director Steve McQueen are working on a big-screen adaptation of Lynda La Plante’s series Widows.
La Plante’s mini-series originally aired in the UK in 1983 and follows four widows whose other-halves are killed when an armed robbery goes wrong. Getting together, they decide to gather all the information they know to try and pull off the heist themselves. It’s reportedly been a passion project for McQueen for a while now.
It sets up four huge roles for some leading ladies and with a mix of Flynn and McQueen is sure to have a dark, edgy thriller feel as both offer strong female empowerment and aren’t afraid to break the standard Hollywood mould, thankfully!
We’ll bring you all the latest of Widows as it develops and we’re »
- Dan Bullock
After jumping into the film world with her adaptation of her own work with Gone Girl, it seems like Gillian Flynn will be moving forward with a project that has her working with one of the latest directors to take home an Oscar for Best Picture.
Deadline reported on Friday that Flynn is set to co-write a heist thriller with 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen attached to write and direct. The thriller is based on the 2002 British miniseries Widows, which was written by Prime Suspect‘s Lynda La Plante. That mini focused on a caper gone wrong, where four armed robbers get killed in a failed heist attempt and their widows team to finish the job.
- Zach Dennis
Since 2013, Hunger helmer Steve McQueen has been developing a project for HBO that the cable giant has since qualified for a limited series order. McQueen will direct all six episodes of Codes Of Conduct, which Deadline dubs “an exploration of a young African-American man’s experience entering New York high society, with a past that might not be what it seems.” The director collaborated on the scripts with World War Z co-writer Matthew Michael Carnahan.
Casting on the series has already begun with a small-yet-impressive bunch of names now attached. Paul Dano, Helena Bonham Carter and Rebecca Hall will co-star with newcomer Devon Terrell set to lead. Codes Of Conduct will revolve around Terrell’s character, Beverly Snow, who is described as “a young man from Queens as talented as he is ambiguous. His self-confidence will enable him to break into the social circles of Manhattan’s elite, testing the »
- Gem Seddon
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Movies On Demand. Catch up on this year’s Awards Season contenders and past winners On Demand. Today's Throwback Thursday selection is "12 Years a Slave." This article originally ran during the 2013 awards season.]At this point, hardly anyone would mistake Steve McQueen -- the British-born, Amsterdam-based African-American director of "12 Years a Slave" -- with the late "Bullitt” star of the same name. The living McQueen started out as an acclaimed experimental shorts filmmaker before landing critical acclaim with his 2007 directorial debut "Hunger,” a spare, haunting portrait of an Ira fighter on a hunger strike during the late 1970's; he followed that up with another unsettling treatment of male physicality in crisis, the sex addiction drama "Shame.” Both movies starred Michael Fassbender as deeply troubled souls, and "12 Years a Slave” is no exception, though it has much bigger »
- Eric Kohn
At one time, 2015 was poised to be the biggest year at the movies in recorded cinematic history. But that was before Warner Bros. pushed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to 2016. Still, in the next twelve months, we'll be getting a new Star Wars movie, 2 Marvel adventures, a Terminator reboot, a Jurassic Park sequel, and a new 007. That's just the very tip top of this giant tasty cake. There are over a hundred big movies coming in 2015. We're taking a look at the best of the best. These are the movies you know you don't want to miss. Check it out as we delve into the 27 most anticipated movies of 2015!
1Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Release Date: December 18
Director: J.J. Abrams
What It's About: Continuing the Star Wars »
Back in November it was announced that Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings star Sean Bean is set to star in an upcoming six-part retelling of Mary Shelley’s Gothic horror classic Frankenstein, and now ITV has revealed the full cast and synopsis for the drama series The Frankenstein Chronicles.
Set in Georgian London in 1827, The Frankenstein Chronicles has been created by Emmy nominated director and writer Benjamin Ross (The Young Poisoner’s Handbook, Torte Bluma) and writer Barry Langford (Torte Bluma). In the drama’s opening sequences, the Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel (Tom Ward), following a successful operation by Thames River Police to apprehend a gang of opium smugglers, recruits Marlott (Sean Bean). As he stands on the water’s edge, Marlott makes a shocking discovery. The body of a dead child is washed up on the shore and on further examination of the corpse, he »
- Gary Collinson
Jennifer Lawrence has made a fast climb to the top. She has already worked with some of top actors and actresses in the game, including the likes of Bradley Cooper, Julianne Moore, Michael Fassbender and Robert De Niro, and has quickly become buds with one of the most sought-after filmmakers in the current business, David O. Russell. That said, there's always another door to be opened, and with the recent announcement that she will be teaming up with James Cameron, it looks like it's the Avatar mastermind who will be inviting her inside his cinematic abode. Recent reports show the Oscar-winning actress is re-teaming with Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence for the newly-announced film, entitled The Dive.a film which will be produced by Cameron. The film will tell the true story of freedivers Francisco "Pipin" Ferraras and his wife Audrey Mestre, who made headlines for their attempts to break »
After Gravity blew your eardrums out of the airlock in 2013 with its seamless mix of sound effects and music, it was hard to imagine a film wowing just as much the year after, but 2014 was a year in which movie soundtracks became, if anything, even more intricate, from films about the nature of being a musician to those that replicated the noise of human existence for alien senses.
Before 2014 becomes a distant ringing in the ears, here are the top 14 movie soundtracks of the year.
Once you've heard Mica Levi's soundtrack to Under the Skin, everything else sounds both disappointing and even more exciting. I say 'soundtrack' because, like the best movies, Jonathan Glazer's sci-fi understands that sound and music are two halves of the same hastily-conceived metaphor. »
13 items from 2015
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