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Las Vegas - It's not an understatement to suggest that since they last presented their wares to the world's theater owners Sony Pictures has had a pretty dramatic 12 months . December's North Korean hacking scandal made the release of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's "The Interview" a global news story where the studio and exhibitors blamed each other for not screening the film in mainstream theaters. And, frankly, when Potus gets involved there better be a lot of water under that bridge to put all that behind you. Five months later Sony has a new Chairman (Tom Rothman) and, luckily, much better films to help heal some delicate wounds. The studio didn't have the star power to rival previous presenters Paramount and Warner Bros, but they did bring a lot of new footage and also made some news. First, let's get to the news. Sony revealed that a new "Jump »
- Gregory Ellwood
James Bond may be operating off the reservation based on footage of “Spectre” that Sony teased as part of its CinemaCon presentation Wednesday to theater owners.
The brief scene finds 007 (Daniel Craig) in his sparsely furnished apartment with Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris), as she alludes to an event that happened in “Mexico” that left many in Mi-4 thinking Bond went “one step too far.”
She goes on to say, “I think you’ve got a secret. Something you won’t tell any one because you don’t trust anyone.”
The sexual tension between them is palpable and for a moment it appears that Bond may kiss his fellow agent. But there are also suggestions of a greater danger, with Bond referencing a “pale king” he must grapple with in Mexico.
There was also a key plot detail revealed that Sony asked audience members not to spoil.
Sony is distributing the Eon and MGM release. »
- Brent Lang
Following its Us premiere last weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival, the romantic comedy Man Up has been picked up by Saban Films, who will distribute the film in North America.
Directed by Ben Palmer, (The Inbetweeners Movie), the film stars Bell as Nancy, a single woman who is mistaken for Jack’s (Pegg) blind date under the clock at Waterloo Station, but decides to take fate into her hands and just go with it. Olivia Williams (Sabotage), Ophelia Lovibond (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Rory Kinnear (Skyfall) co-star.
Saban Films launched last year and picked up Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman from EuropaCorp. They have since picked up the U.S. rights to such films as How To Make Love Like An Englishman starring Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba; The Forger starring John Travolta and The Trust starring Nicolas Cage.
Man Up debuts in the UK on May 29th. »
- Scott J. Davis
Last month we saw a trailer for director Antoine Fuqua’s latest offering, the boxing drama Southpaw [watch it here], and now we’ve got a look at the first poster featuring Jake Gyllenhaal as prizefighter Billy ‘The Great’ Hope…
“From director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and writers Kurt Sutter (Sons Of Anarchy) and Richard Wenk (The Mechanic) comes Southpaw – the story of Billy “The Great” Hope, Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World. When tragedy strikes and he loses it all, Billy enters the battle of his life as he struggles to become a contender once again and win back those he loves.”
Southpaw is set for release on July 31st and stars Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler), Rachel McAdams (A Most Wanted Man), Rita Ora (Fifty Shades of Grey), Naomie Harris (Skyfall), Forest Whitaker (Out of the Furnace), 50 Cent (Real Steel) and Victor Ortiz (The Expendables 3).
- Gary Collinson
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer released on Twitter the first photo of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning (“Kon-Tiki”).
The fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia.
Johnny Depp is joined by Oscar winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Skyfall”), Kaya Scodelario (“The Maze Runner,” British television’s “Skins”), Brenton Thwaites (“Maleficent,” “The Giver”) and Golshifteh Farahani (“The Patience Stone,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings”).
Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, »
- Michelle McCue
Code number 007 is on the mind of fans as they anticipate the new Bond film which is expected to be released this year.
Commander James Bond, Cmg, Rn is a fictional character created by novelist and British journalist Ian Fleming in 1952. Bond is a Secret Service agent who is a composite based upon a number of commandos known by Ian Fleming during his service in the Naval Intelligence Division during World War II. The character’s name was appropriated by Fleming from American ornithologist James Bond. The code number 007 is from one of the key achievements of British naval intelligence, breaking the German diplomatic code in World War I.
Fleming’s fiction character appeared in a series of twelve novels, two short story collections, a number of continuation novels, and over twenty Bond films. Spanning more than half of a century, there have been several actors who played James Bond on the big screen. »
- Gary Collinson
Walt Disney Pictures has released the first image from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the upcoming fifth instalment of the blockbuster adventure series, and of course it features Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow…
Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is set for release on July 7th, 2017, with the returning Johnny Depp (Jack Sparrow), Geoffrey Rush (Barbossa), Kevin R. McNally (Joshamee Gibbs) and Stephen Graham (Scrum) joined »
- Gary Collinson
If IMAX is the future of movies, the company is really going to show it with Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland. While the director didn’t shoot in native IMAX, his film will be presented entirely in an expanded aspect ratio when it is released on May 22. Sam Mendes’ Skyfall did something similar; it was shown in a 1.9:1 […]
- Germain Lussier
Giving both the film and the filmmakers some extra breathing room, Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure Pan has been moved from its previous July 24th opening to fall and will begin its global launch with the new domestic release date of October 9, 2015.
In making the announcement, Fellman said, “We wanted to give ‘Pan’ the space to extend its theatrical run, so taking it out of the cluttered summer season made the most sense. Moving the film to the heart of the fall will allow us more time to screen the picture, enabling us to capitalize on what we anticipate will be strong word of mouth.”
Kwan Vandenberg added, “Peter Pan is a beloved figure the world over, and the fall corridor is perfect for this epic adventure story that »
- Michelle McCue
Giving both the film and the filmmakers some extra breathing room, the opening date of Warner Bros. Pictures' action adventure Pan has been moved to fall and will begin its global launch with the new domestic release date of October 9, 2015. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President, International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. Pan will now go up against Relativity's Kidnap and Universal's Steve Jobs on October 9. Here's what Dan Fellman had to say in a statement.
"We wanted to give Pan the space to extend its theatrical run, so taking it out of the cluttered summer season made the most sense. Moving the film to the heart of the fall will allow us more time to screen the picture, enabling us to capitalize on what we anticipate will be strong word of mouth."
Veronika Kwan Vandenberg added her own statement.
In honour of The Times’ film critic Kevin Maher’s list of iconic movie rebels, we take a look at what it truly takes to make a tough guy in cinema.
What constitutes a tough guy, as in ‘man’, on film is usually a traditional interpretation of masculinity. There is always room for the sensitive hero in a sweater and slacks, but for those who watch movies as ingrained wish fulfilment, the sexy and sweaty man’s man needs suitable attire to reflect his personality. But it is not just about the garments themselves. A jacket is a jacket, but a leather jacket is a symbol. A wax jacket on the other hand is enlightened – the reformist hero.
Waxed cotton is fantastic stuff. Essentially it is a treated fabric, albeit one that needs regular re-covering to ensure longevity. The result is a lightweight, versatile material that, although not especially warm, »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
Eager to strike while the hot-button topic steals the headlines in the UK ahead of the general election on May 9, Focus Features has debuted the first teaser for political drama Suffragette, which sees Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep taking a stand for women’s rights during the early 1900s.
As a matter of fact, the studio has even gone so far as to incorporate the marketing for the real-life drama with the #VotingMatters campaign, intertwining the old with the new. Not only that, with close to 9 million women not taking part in the vote in 2010, there’s greater impetus to attract more to the polling stations on this occasion, and Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) will be hoping to offer up a hard-hitting perspective on the matter through her cinematic analogy.
Following Mulligan’s feminist Maud, a hard working mother, the film will orbit around her realization that she must take »
- Michael Briers
Occasionally, a movie villain will pause for a moment to deliver a brief story or anecdote. And often, these apparently incidental tales tell us a lot about an antagonist's state of mind, experiences or warped worldview.
We've compiled a selection of 20 here. Some of them are blackly funny. Many are disturbing. One or two are even moving. The first one's very strange. All of them bring something unique to each particular film in which they appear, and all of them are laced with a delicious hint of menace.
20. Xander - Enemies Closer (2013)
"When I was a little boy at my grandmama's place, she had a lovely goose. I named her Edith, after the French singer Edith Piaf..."
We begin with a delightfully weird story from Peter Hyams' 2013 thriller, »
Pan is set for release on July 17th 2015, with Joe Wright (Atonement) directing a cast that includes Levi Miller (The Spectacular Now), Hugh Jackman (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Garrett Hedlund (Inside Llewyn Davis), Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Adeel Akhtar (Four Lions), Amanda Seyfried (A Million Ways to Die in the West), Nonso Anozie (Game of Thrones), Kathy Burke (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Jack Charles (Mystery Road), Taejoo Na (The Kick), Kurt Egyiawan (Skyfall), Lewis MacDougall and Leni Zieglmeier.
- Gary Collinson
It seems that Christoph Waltz is sticking to his story. On the very day that the cast for Spectre was officially unveiled, actor Christoph Waltz revealed that his character was called Franz Oberhauser, despite many believing he would play the classic Bond villain Blofeld. Since then he has denied playing Blofeld several times, but since the release of the first teaser trailer many fans are sure that his character is indeed super spy’s arch nemesis.
In an interview with GQ, Waltz was once again asked if he is playing Blofeld to which he responded, “That is absolutely untrue. That rumour started on the Internet, and the Internet is a pest. The name of my character is Franz Oberhauser.”
- Thomas Roach
Christopher Waltz may have already poured cold water over speculation that attributed his Spectre role with that of Bond arch nemesis Blofeld, but following the release of the spy thriller’s tantailizing first teaser, which had him sitting at the head of what can only be the main headquarters of the titular organization, fan interest in Ernst Stavro raised its head once more.
But according to the actor himself, that conjecture is “absolutely untrue,” as he tackled the Blofeld talk head on in an interview with GQ, where he insisted that his villain’s name is Oberhauser, as the marketing campaign has repeatedly stated.
“That is absolutely untrue. That rumour started on the internet, and the internet is a pest. The name of my character is Franz Oberhauser.”
Whether this proves to be a clandestine cover-up in the vein of Star Trek Into Darkness‘ John Harrison (later to be revealed »
- Michael Briers
"That is absolutely untrue. That rumour started on the Internet, and the Internet is a pest. The name of my character is Franz Oberhauser." ~ Christoph Waltz (GQ) Sure, Christoph. Sure. It has long been rumored two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz is playing the head of Spectre, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, and not his character's credited name, Franz Oberhauser, in the upcoming 24th James Bond film Spectre, due in theaters Nov. 6. You can understand why people would think this. Waltz is playing a villain, and the title of the movie is Spectre. You would expect the villain in a movie with the title of the source of one of Bond's greatest foes would be Blofeld. Waltz, in an interview with GQ, wanted to quash those rumors... although, I doubt anyone will stop believing this after his comments. Him being Blofeld just makes too much sense every way you look at it. »
- Mike Shutt
He said it before and he's saying it again. Despite the teaser suggesting as such, actor Christoph Waltz has once again denied that he will play classic Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the upcoming James Bond film "Spectre".
Speaking with British GQ, Waltz says: "That is absolutely untrue. That rumor started on the Internet, and the Internet is a pest. The name of my character is Franz Oberhauser."
Potential Spoilers Ahead
It is indeed confirmed that Waltz is playing Franz Oberhauser in the film, but many suspect this will be a cheat ala Henri Ducard/Ra's al Ghul in "Batman Begins" or John Harrison/Khan Noonien Singh in "Star Trek Into Darkness". This franchise saw it as well in "Skyfall" with Naomie Harris saying only pre-release that she was an agent named Eve. This was despite rumors to the contrary she was Miss Moneypenny, rumors that turned out to »
- Garth Franklin
When a franchise like the James Bond series reaches a certain age, your hits are bound to be met in fair measure by your flops. Ask any James Bond fan who their favorite Bond was, and they.ll most certainly tell you who their least favorite was in the same breath. Thankfully, Sam Mendes didn.t incur such wrath with his 50th anniversary spectacular known as Skyfall, and judging by the remarks of his Spectre collaborator Christoph Waltz, he won.t be lying down on the job any time soon. This month.s British edition of GQ has a particularly awesome spread with the two-time Academy Award winner, and latest Bond villain, as Waltz talks about his own misgivings about taking the role of Franz Oberhaeuser in Spectre. Like any good actor, he was obviously nervous, but ultimately the quality of the product inspired him to say yes, as he »
The trailer reveals him in shadow, sitting at a table beneath which he could conceivably be stroking a white cat. He is the sinister new bad guy in a film called Spectre, which reintroduces the Special Executive For Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge And Extortion into the James Bond franchise. There has, understandably, been much speculation that Christoph Waltz will be revealed to be a certain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in this year's 24th Bond movie. But Waltz is categorically insisting that this isn't so."That is absolutely untrue," Waltz told GQ. "That rumour started on the internet, and the internet is a pest. The name of my character is Franz Oberhauser."Attentive readers may recall that Naomie Harris similarly told Empire flat-out pre-Skyfall that she wasn't playing Miss Moneypenny. You may also cast your minds back to the time Benedict Cumberbatch absolutely was not playing Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness. »
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