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Production underway on All Roads Lead to Rome.
Claudia Cardinale (Once Upon a Time in the West), Rosie Day (The Seasoning House) and Raoul Bova (The Tourist) will round out the cast of the romantic comedy, directed by Ella Lemhagen from a screenplay by Cindy Myers, Josh Appignanesi and Ella Lemhagen.
Filming will take place in Italy, between Rome and Province, for six weeks.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Preposterous hamminess, ahoy! Yes, it’s Mortdecai, the decade’s cult classic to-be, landing with four new, moustachioed character posters. If you ever wondered what Gwyneth Paltrow looks like with a moustache – and, frankly, who hasn’t? – just hover your cursor over the strange-looking man with the blond hair below and click. With Johnny Depp in the title role and adapted from Kyril Bonfiglioli’s The Mortdecai Trilogy, the comedy-thriller looks like a goofy but goodhearted caper that shares some DNA with Charade, The Thin Man and Harry Enfield’s Playboys. Depp’s titular art dealer is thrown into a deadly world of raging Russians, lethal terrorists and MI5 agents, with only his wife (Paltrow) and a vast reserve of bonhomie to fall back on. Oh, and his manservant (Paul Bettany).Mortdecai is directed by Jurassic Park screenwriter director David Koepp, who most recently oversaw bike courier actioner Premium Rush. »
abstew here with some random thoughts on the just released new stills from the newest directorial effort of Oscar winner Angelina Jolie, By the Sea. EW received the exclusive pics (hence the magazine's watermark on the photos) and a mini-interview with the writer/director/producer and star that pairs her up on screen with new husband Brad Pitt (their first on-screen partnering since the film that brought them together and launched a million tabloid magazine covers, Mr. and Mrs. Smith). Set in the 1970's, Jolie stars as a former ballet dancer travelling France with her American husband (that would be Pitt, naturally). Their marriage is beginning to show signs of strain and they find themselves drawn to the inhabitants of a small costal town on their journeys...and comedy ensues! (But probably not):
Damn. I feel like they just announced this film was in the works and we already »
There are a number of surprises built into Kevin Smith's "Tusk," not the least of which is that it is, all things considered, eminently watchable. That's not faint praise, either. This is in many ways a ridiculous film, and well aware of itself. There are moments where you can practically hear Smith off-camera laughing at not just what's in front of the camera but also what's going to happen in the theater when people watch it. There is a glee to the filmmaking that is matched by a greater sense of control than I've seen from Smith before, and while I think the film is wildly uneven at times, I think that's also the point. I've always said that I grade a film based on how well I think it accomplishes what the filmmaker is trying to do, and in this case, I'd say Smith is fairly on his game. »
- Drew McWeeny
As detailed in fairly recent, candid interviews, Paul Bettany has been frustrated these last few years: the enormously talented British actor got stuck in poor Screen Gems actioners like "Legion" and "Priest," or in supporting starry flops like "The Tourist" or "Transcendence," with only the occasional "Margin Call" or "Blood" to remind us why we liked him so much in the first place. But he's finding his mojo once again: he's got another Johnny Depp team-up on the way next year with "Mortdecai," and after four voice-only credits in the Marvel movie universe, will appear in person as The Vision in next summer's mega-blockbuster "Avengers: Age Of Ultron." But first, he's about to show a whole new side by making his directorial debut at the Toronto International Film Festival with "Shelter." Starring Bettany's partner Jennifer Connelly and the great Anthony Mackie, it's an intriguing »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Johnny Depp's job just became a family affair.
Johnny Depp's job just became a family affair.
News: Johnny Depp Wants '100 More Kids'
This is the second installment of Smith's True North Trilogy, the first being Tusk. In addition to Depp and his daughter, the original cast of Tusk will return for Yoga Hosers, including Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Ralph Garman, Jennifer Schwalbach and Harley Morenstein.
Is Johnny Depp a movie star anymore? He is certainly famous, but he doesn’t have the box office clout he used to. The actor consistently does well internationally, but in the States, he hasn’t opened a major release in years, at least one that wasn’t already an established brand. Transcendence, The Lone Ranger, The Tourist, Dark Shadows and The Rum Diary all bombed here. Of course, the quality of those titles aren’t up there with his finer films, so that’s a slight hindrance. Maybe all Depp needs is simply a really good movie to win back moviegoers. Reuniting with writer/director David Koepp is a step in the right direction. The two collaborated on 2004′s Secret Window, which is an especially good Stephen King adaptation. It’s also one of the last times Depp pulled off playing an average joe. For some reason he couldn’t do the same in The Tourist and »
- Jack Giroux
The Angelina Jolie-headlined fairy tale fantasy is currently sitting on $715,019,000 worldwide, making it the third biggest earner of the year behind Transformers: Age of Extinction ($966.4 million) and X-Men: Days of Future Past ($739.5 million). In all, it’s the fifth film to reach the $700 million mark this year, with fellow Disney release Captain America: The Winter Soldier earning $713 million and Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 sitting on $706.3 million.
Directed by Robert Stromberg, Maleficent stars Angelina Jolie (The Tourist), Elle Fanning (Super 8), Sharlto Copley (Elysium), Imelda Staunton (The Pirates! Band of Misfits), Miranda Richardson (The Hours), Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises), and Lesley Manville (Romeo and Juliet). Read our reviews here, here and here.
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- Gary Collinson
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 2, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $40.99
The documentary For No Good Reason explores the life of British cartoon-artist Ralph Steadman, who is best known for caricatures he created alongside the work of longtime friend, journalist Hunter S. Thompson of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas fame (or infamy).
For No Good Reason was mainly shot on Steadman’s country estate with the artist’s pal Johnny Depp (The Tourist) serving as tour guide and narrator. The film, which incorporates archival footage, personal photographs, selections of the artist’s provocative and entertaining work and animated “updates” of said work, also features contributions from Terry Gilliam (Monty Python), Richard E. Grant (The Iron Lady), Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption) and Jann Wenner (co-founder and publisher of Rolling Stone), and features music from Slash, All-American Rejects, »
Good news for Disney this morning as Maleficent has crossed the $600 million mark, becoming the fourth movie in 2014 – and the first non-comic book movie – to do so.
Now in its fifth week of release, Maleficent has taken $205 million domestically and around $400 million in worldwide markets, which also makes this the biggest live-action success of Angelina Jolie’s career. The movie is now out in the majority of the major markets having taken roughly $40 million in China. It opens in Japan this weekend.
From Disney comes Maleficent—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army »
- Luke Owen
With Ant-Man now suddenly looking like a much shakier prospect sans Edgar Wright, there's now an element of added pressure for the similarly untested Doctor Strange standalone, which is likely to feature in Phase Three sometime after Ant-Man's 2015 release.
The character of Stephen Strange has been likened to Tony Stark - he's an arrogant neurosurgeon who's forced to find new purpose after his hands are mangled in an accident - with some reports suggesting that Strange is being pitched as the Marvel Universe's next "hub" character after Iron Man.
To sum up, they need one hell of an actor to fill this surgeon-turned-sorceror's shoes. We've rounded up five of the strongest contenders below, some of them genuinely in the mix, others just wishful thinking. Take a look through our list, »
To celebrate Jolie's big day, no doubt spent with partner Brad Pitt and their brood of six, we take a look back at the beautiful star's style evolution in pictures. From a sombre gothic through to androgynous cool and glamorous gowns - view her fashion transition below:
Angelina's first Oscars
At the Wallace premiere in 1997
A forlorn-looking Angelina Jolie wears dark smoky make-up with a matching hair band and a camel-coloured strapless dress, which looks as sombre as her mood, as she arrives at the George Wallace premiere in '97.
The Gia screening in '98
Angelina Jolie goes for gothic-style dark eye make-up and a plunging black dress with »
Despite the mediocre reviews, Disney’s Maleficent took an impressive $170.6 million over its opening weekend in all almost all of its global markets (the film opens in China and Japan in the coming weeks). Not only is this the biggest opening for an Angelina Jolie live-action movie, it also means that Disney has crossed the $2 billion mark in just five months.
Breaking it down, Maleficent took $70 million in the States and $100.6 million overseas.
Read our reviews here, here and here.
From Disney comes Maleficent—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. »
- Luke Owen
Maleficent topped this weekend’s box office chart in the Us, raking in a spectacular $70 million. That’s $10 million more than projections suggested, and $14 million more than a similarly themed Snow White And The Huntsman managed to bring in on the same weekend 2 years ago. The mixture of darker twists on family favourites is proving to be a real box office winner, with Oz The Great And Powerful also another successful film in that bracket. This also proved that Angelina Jolie is still a strong box office draw despite not having appeared in a major role since 2010′s The Tourist. Maleficent may experience a sharp drop off next week with the arrival of How To Train Your Dragon 2, which looks set to draw in parents and kiddies alike.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Another May weekend, another big number one debut. For the fifth weekend in a row, a new release has taken the number one spot at the box office. Two weeks ago, it was Godzilla and last weekend, X-Men: Days of Future Past. This weekend, it was the Walt Disney live-action fantasy Maleficent's time to shine. Angelina Jolie's first starring role in four years conjured up big numbers in its debut, easily beating the Seth MacFarlane comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West while knocking the wind out Marvel's money-making mutants.
Alice in Wonderland opened to $116 million four years ago and wound up earning $332 million domestically and one billion dollars worldwide. Suffice to say, Disney began to see dollar signs all over the possibilities of live-action variations of classic children's tales, such as The Wizard of Oz and Sleeping Beauty (Cinderella arrives in 2015). 2013's The Wizard of Oz prequel, »
We’re kicking off a new regular Sunday quiz feature here at Flickering Myth, and with Angelina Jolie returning to the screen this weekend as the Mistress of All Evil in Maleficent, we thought we’d get things underway by putting your knowledge of Disney villains to the test. So, if you think you know your Scar from your Shere Khan and your Hades from your Jafar, then take the quiz below and see if you can match all 20 Disney villains to their respective films…
Question 4 Hercules Aladdin The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Pinocchio
Question 5 Lady and the Tramp 101 Dalmations The Aristocats Frozen
- Gary Collinson
“Maleficent” cast a spell at the Friday box office to nab $24.2 million Stateside.
Disney’s Angelina Jolie-starrer looks to make magic this weekend to open to a stellar $68 million. If the estimate pans out, “Maleficent” will mark the highest-grossing live-action debut for Jolie — miles ahead of “Wanted,” which bowed to $50.9 million in 2008.
“Maleficent,” a live-action retelling of “Sleeping Beauty,” comes on the heels of several other Disney reimaginings: last year’s “Oz the Great and Powerful” bowed to $79.1 million and 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland” premiered to $116 million. The fantasy adventure won’t match those debuts as the pics launched »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Friday Am Update: Playing at over 3,000 locations, Maleficent earned a very strong $4.2 million on Thursday night. That's ahead of early shows for Alice in Wonderland ($3.9 million) and Oz The Great and Powerful ($2 million). It's worth noting that Alice and Oz were March releases that opened at midnight and 9 p.m., respectively, while Maleficent is a Summer release opening at 7 p.m. Among 2014 releases, that late Thursday debut is less than half of Captain America, Spider-Man and Godzilla, and is a bit lower than Divergent ($4.9 million). For the weekend, Maleficent should easily earn over $50 million.Forecast: On the final weekend of May, Maleficent faces off against Seth McFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West. The Disney fantasy, starring Angelina Jolie, will likely wind up in first place ahead of strong holdover X-Men: Days of Future Past.Maleficent is the latest CGI-heavy live-action fantasy from Disney. The company struck gold in 2010 with Alice in Wonderland, »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
The Walt Disney Studios release is on pace to hit $60 million when it opens domestically in 3,948 theaters on Friday, the majority of them offering 3D screenings. If tracking holds, it will mark the highest-grossing debut in Jolie’s live-action career, topping the $50.9 million earned by “Wanted” when it launched in 2008.
The $180 million-budgeted fantasy represents a big bet on Jolie’s star power. The film’s advertising features the actress front-and-center, and the movie gives her a juicy part, along with the opportunity to humanize the villain from “Sleeping Beauty.”
- Brent Lang
Ahead of its release this Friday, Walt Disney Pictures have dropped two new clips from Maleficent, the studio’s live-action retelling of the classic Sleeping Beauty, which sees Angelina Jolie returning to the screen for the first time since 2010 as she takes on the role of the Mistress of All Evil; check them out below via Stitch Kingdom….
From Disney comes Maleficent—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, »
- Gary Collinson
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