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"How the fuck did it come to this?" After drunkenly fighting an invading alien race in The World's End and saving Starfleet and San Francisco in Star Trek Into Darkness, this time Simon Pegg is getting a little more grounded in the comedic thriller Kill Me Three Times. In the film from Tiff this year, Pegg plays a mercurial assassin who iscovers he isn't the only person trying to kill the siren (Alice Braga) of a sun-drenched surfing town. Teresa Palmer, Callan Mulvey and Sullivan Stapleton all have supporting roles along with the Luke Hemsworth (yes, there's yet another one of those). Watch below! Here's the first trailer for Kriv Stenders' Kill Me Three Times from Magnet (via The Solid State): Kill Me Three Times is directed by Kriv Stenders (Australia's hit Red Dog) and written by newcomer James McFarlan. The story follows Simon Pegg as a professional assassin, »
- Ethan Anderton
Long in development, Relativity Studios' The Crow remake is finally gearing up for a spring start date. Acclaimed music video director Corin Hardy is set to take the helm, replacing F. Javier Gutiérrez. Actor Luke Evans is still not officially signed for the lead.
Corin Hardy is set to make his feature film directorial debut with the horror thriller The Hallow, about a family battling a demonic force in the woods. It will be in theaters sometime in 2015. He first achieved acclaim for his short Butterfly (which is included at the bottom of this story). He has also directed music videos for a vast array of artists, including Ed Sheeran, Biffy Clyro, Keane, Paolo Nutini and The Prodigy.
The end of the year is upon us, which means were going to start seeing a lot of Top 10 lists for 2014. We might as well start it off with a director that we all appreciate and admire — Edgar Wright. Just in case you need a reminder of what the director has done, there's Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World's End, and Scott Pilgrim. He has a great list here, and a few of them will be on my own. I've included a quote from the director on why he likes each one. Thanks to Esquire.
"How could anyone be unmoved by this film? It felt like several lives flashing before my eyes and I left the cinema wondering if I had done everything I could with the last 12 years of my life."
"This is one dazzling high-wire act of cinema. For 120 minutes, Birdman floats from comedy »
- Joey Paur
Set in early 1960s New York, it centres around a successful architect (Wilson) whose perfect life with his wife (Biel) is put in danger when he becomes obsessed with an unsolved murder.
He is pulled into a game of cat-and-mouse with a cunning killer, an ambitious detective and a woman he begins to fall for (Bennett).
The film is in production in Cleveland, Ohio. »
The plot is based on Patricia Highsmith's novel The Blunderer, centering on a successful man (Patrick Wilson) whose life begins to come apart when his wife (Jessica Biel) is found dead at the bottom of a cliff. He keeps making mistake after mistake as his once-perfect life keeps spiraling out of control. No details were given for Eddie Marsan's character.
Andy Goddard (Downton Abbey) is directing from an adapted screenplay by Susan Boyd, with Christine Vachon, David Hinojosa and Ted Hope producing. Nick Meyer, Marc Schaberg, Kelly McCormick, Stephen Hays, Peter Graham, Alexa Seligman, Jay Taylor, John Jencks and Joe Simpson are executive producing. Shooting has already started in Cincinatti.
Rosamund Pike nearly stole the show in David Fincher's "Gone Girl" but he stole the hearts of the Palm Springs International Film Festival's committee members. The actress is getting the Breakthrough Performance Award! Last year, "12 Years A Slave's" Lupita Nyong'o received the same award and walked all the way to Oscar glory!
Palm Springs, CA (November 21, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Rosamund Pike with the Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne and J.K. Simmons. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12.
.Rosamund Pike perfectly taps into Gillian Flynn.s »
Palm Springs: The place to be during Oscar season. The California town’s annual film festival is a hotbed of potential nominees, actors and actresses wrangled for speciality honors that amplify existing buzz. Currently receiving accolades from Palm Springs International Film Festival: Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything"), Julianne Moore ("Still Alice"), and J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash"). Time for another name: Rosamund Pike. She costarred in "Die Another Day," "Pride & Prejudice," The Rock's "Doom," "An Education," "Jack Reacher," and "The World's End," but it took "Gone Girl" to finally come into her own. At least according to the Psiff, who will honor the Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress at its annual Awards Gala. "Rosamund Pike perfectly taps into Gillian Flynn’s complex character from the novel 'Gone Girl’bringing to life the privileged, manipulative and calculating Amy Dunne. It’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role,” said Film Festival »
- Matt Patches
This winter will bring the final installment of Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit, which kept Martin Freeman busy for awhile, and has given him a promotional tour to look forward to every year for three years. In the meantime, in between those publicity engagements, he had time for The World's End, a new series of "Sherlock" and the first season of the anthology series "Fargo." Now the actor finally has time for a different project on the big screen again as THR reports the British actor is in talks to join Tina Fey in Taliban Shuffle, the adaptation of journalist Kim Barker's war memoir of the same name. More below! For those who haven't heard of the book, here's the official synopsis: When Kim Barker first arrived in Kabul as a journalist in 2002, she barely owned a passport, spoke only English and had little idea how »
- Ethan Anderton
BBC America released a first look image for Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, a seven-part original drama series based on the bestselling novel by British author Susanna Clarke, premiering in 2015. The series, set in a reimagined 19th century England, was adapted to the screen by Peter Harness (Wallander, Is Anybody There?) and directed by Toby Haynes (Dr. Who). It stars Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan, The World's End) as Jonathan Strange and Bertie Carvel (Les Misérables, Matilda) as Mr Norrell. The Hugo Award-winning novel, named Time's Novel of the Year when it was published in 2004, offers a fantastical alternate history of England »
- Carolyn Todd
With Gone Girl making a big splash at the box office and having some staying power over the past month and a half, it's time for Rosamund Pike to lock down her next project. Variety reports the star of Jack Reacher and The World's End is now in early talks to star in The Mountain Between Us, an adaptation of Charles Martin's book of the same name name set up at Fox 2000 & Chernin Entertainment. Previously Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) was going to star in the film with Pacific Rim's Charlie Hunnam, but she probably fell away since she's likely playing Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad at Warner Bros. next. Ashley (Pike) is a writer catching a flight from Salt Lake City and heading East for her wedding. Ben (Hunnam) is a doctor returning from a medical conference. When their flight is cancelled, the strangers agree to charter a ride. »
- Ethan Anderton
It’s almost the holiday season, and you know what that means -- a new "Doctor Who" Christmas special. Last year's special introduced viewers to the twelfth doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, so who knows what gift the BBC and wrier Stephen Moffat ("Sherlock") will be giving to fans. A new trailer shows the Doctor and Clara (Jenna Coleman) spending Christmas in the North Pole where they appear to run into a nasty, "Alien"-like creature and Santa Claus himself, played by "The World's End" and "Shaun of the Dead" Nick Frost. Watch it here: Other guest stars include Michael Troughton (the real-life son of the Second Doctor Patrick Troughton), Natalie Gumede ("Strictly Come Dancing"), Faye Marsay ("Pride"), and Nathan McMullen ("Misfits"). The 2014 Christmas Special will air on BBC America. »
- Dave Lewis
Remember when Disney announced that J.J. Abrams would direct Star Wars: Episode VII and all of Twitter lit up with lens flare jokes? (Not me. I made a Felicity joke.) Jacob T. Swinney thinks that (possible) overuse of the camera effect has led to an unfair devaluation of the camera effect. He writes,
Lens flares seem to catch a bad rap. While some are simply a stylistic element (and some are even mistakes), there are plenty of thoughtful and symbolic uses of light scattering through the lens. Here is a compilation showcasing the many different types and uses of lens flares in a variety of films.
To prove that, he has made this compilation of purposeful, thoughtful lens flares throughout cinematic history. Or actually, mostly recent films with a few older ones thrown in for cred. Still, he makes a compelling case. Abrams even makes the list. The supercut is »
- Mily Dunbar
Last time they paired up for a single, Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk got very lucky indeed. Now, the "Girl" singer has re-enlisted the French DJ duo for the video for their collaboration "Gust of Wind," which finds them entering some kind of enchanted forest full of fairy-like girls who dance around majestically in a scene recalling Zhang Yimou's "Hero" and "House of Flying Daggers" (minus the stabbing). Williams' hat is much smaller this time around, and he appears to have an Adidas logo on the seat of his pants. As for Daft Punk, they sort of show up, as represented by two giant, floating Easter Island-like stone heads. After rocking the refrain, they leave our planet for the eternal disco in the sky. Godspeed, Daft Punk. No drugs were used in the making of this video. Watch it here: The clip was directed by none other than Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead, »
- Dave Lewis
Some directors are more prolific than others: some knock out a movie a year, resulting in decidedly mixed quality (*cough* Woody Allen). Others make a couple of movies a decade if you're lucky. Still others fall somewhere in between, taking their time between projects and only going before cameras when they're ready. Edgar Wright is one such filmmaker: since 2004, he's released a film every three years, with "Shaun Of The Dead" that year, "Hot Fuzz" in 2007, "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" in 2010, and "The World's End" in 2013. Three years can feel like a big gap, and one of the reasons we were excited about his rendition of the Marvel superhero "Ant-Man" was that it meant that only two years would pass in between Wright pictures. But the filmmaker departed the project earlier this past summer, which seemed to doom us to an even longer wait than usual. Fortunately, something's arrived »
- Oliver Lyttelton
A lot of people see cinema as a way to capture reality. Quite frankly, I do not see it that way. It is an artificial medium, and everyone watching knows it. The capturing reality mindset is needed for some pictures, but it is not a hard and fast rule. I think filmmakers embracing film's artificiality can make for very interesting products. One of my favorite ways to highlight that is by directly breaking the fourth wall, a storytelling technique that addresses the audience in very a direct way. It can make them complicit in a nefarious plot. It can accuse them. It can bring them in on a joke. It is a very fun device to use, and, for the most part, it works when it's used. Below is a pretty fun supercut of breaking the fourth wall in movies. Here, though, breaking the fourth wall is translated as looking directly at the lens. »
- Mike Shutt
Rosamund Pike isn't necessarily a name you're familiar with now. But get familiar, because she's about to be a huge star. Pike has essayed small but memorable roles in "Pride and Prejudice" (interesting biographical aside: she was once engaged to this film's director, the insanely talented Joe Wright), "Jack Reacher," and "The World's End," but she was always just shy of landing that breakthrough role that would make her a household name.
As Amy Dunne, a woman who mysteriously vanishes on her fifth wedding anniversary (to a hunky, if somewhat untrustworthy, Ben Affleck), Pike is called upon to showcase a whole wealth of emotions and sides to her performance and she does so nimbly and with grace and humor. She is, in fact, amazing.
We got to sit down with Pike and talk about when she »
- Drew Taylor
A couple of nights ago, the New York Film Festival kicked off at Lincoln Center, with a starry, splashy premiere - "Gone Girl," the long-awaited adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling mystery (there were more than 3.5 million copies in print in the first year the book was published). Everyone was there, including stars Ben Affleck (who took some good-natured ribbing about his upcoming role as Batman during the post-film Q&A) and Rosamund Pike and director David Fincher. But the real star was, of course, the movie.
"Gone Girl," for those precious few who haven't read the book, concerns the disappearance of a beautiful wife (Pike) and the media scrutiny that zeroes in on her charming husband (Affleck). Did he murder her? Was she kidnapped? Or is there something altogether stranger going on? These are the questions that swirl around "Gone Girl," and as directed by Fincher ("Seven," "Zodiac," "The Social Network »
- Drew Taylor
Trailed earlier this year by Channel 4 as a "dystopian future festive tale that interweaves three stories", the Black Mirror Christmas special has a few casting gifts waiting under the tree for us, in the form of Mad Men's Jon Hamm, Game Of Thrones' Oona Chaplin, and Prometheus and The World's End's Rafe Spall.
Jon Hamm's character is to be the guiding thread through all three stories in the ninety-minute special, "binding them together into a suitably unsettling whole", according to the official press bumf. Hamm describes himself as a massive fan of the anthology series, which tells bleak, satirical tales "with a techno-paranoia bent".
Co-creator Charlie Brooker describes the show as a "horrible pageant" and himself as "revoltingly happy" about Hamm, Chaplin and Spall's casting in this year's festive episode, »
In a statement, Frost says: "I'm so thrilled to have been asked to guest in the Doctor Who Christmas special, I'm such a fan of the show. The read-through was very difficult for me; I wanted to keep stuffing my fingers into my ears and scream 'No spoilers!' - every day on set I've had to silence my internal fan boy squeals."
Showrunner Steven Moffat adds: "Frost at Christmas - it just makes sense! I worked with Nick on the Tintin movie many years ago and it's a real pleasure to lure him back to television for a ride on the Tardis."
- Garth Franklin
Nick Frost is one of three guest stars that will be appearing in the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special. Frost is best known for his work with Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright on films such as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End. The guy is a very funny and talented individual, and it's going to be so cool to see him enter the world of Doctor Who. The other two actors joining the special are Nathan McMullen (Misfits) and Michael Troughton, who played the second Doctor in the 1960s.
The news was revealed on Doctor Who's official Twitter feed with the following photo that came with the caption: "#DoctorWho Christmas Special guest stars #HoHoHo."
I can't wait to see what they have in store for the Christmas special this year!
- Joey Paur
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