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Ever since his walk-on, one-line bit-part in a second season episode of Arrested Development, Armie Hammer has been seeking his niche. Momentum has built in fits and starts, with notable turns in The Social Network and J. Edgar particularly providing an opportunity to flex dramatic muscle. However, it is only now – with The Man From U.N.C.L.E in cinemas – that Hammer has truly come into his own, delivering a performance as a Russian agent that is utterly flawless. It is therefore unsurprising that high profile jobs are now flowing his way, and the latest is confirmed as a supporting role in Nocturnal Animals.
Written and directed by Tom Ford (A Single Man), the film will be an adaptation of the 1993 novel Tony And Susan, by Austin Wright. Nocturnal Animals is the name of the book-within-the-book, which drives the action of the story – as part-time English teacher and »
- Sarah Myles
Today, David Fincher turns 53, and he probably wishes his summer had gone a bit better. The director saw two projects fall apart at HBO — "Videosyncrazy" and "Utopia" — and it's unclear what his next move might be. So, let's take a trip back to a happier time in the filmmaker's life. Read More: 4-Minutes Supercut Takes You Through The Films Of David Fincher In honor of the director's birthday, Film Society Lincoln Center dug into the archives and posted an hour-long talk with the director from the New York Film Festival in 2010. It was there that Fincher premiered "The Social Network," and, of course, the talk centers around that film. But it also touches upon the craft of acting, his career, and much more. Needless to say, fans will want take a break this afternoon and give it a listen. So turn up the speakers and click play below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Aside from supporting roles in Band of Brothers and evocative British realism drama Fish Tank, you’d be forgiven for not knowing who Michael Fassbender was prior to 2008. Less than a decade later, though, the German–Irish star has shouldered his way into Hollywood’s pantheon, and his stature will only continue to grow over the next two to three years thanks to roles in Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth – and indeed Assassin’s Creed – along with Ridley Scott’s sci-fi sequel, Prometheus 2.
Before all of that, however, Fassbender’s latest and much-talked about role will be playing the titular, flawed visionary for Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic, and only today Universal has released a pensive new poster for the Oscar-tipped drama. It’s a beautifully clean, minimalist side-portrait of the lead character, which trumpets the film’s ensemble cast as much as it casts its protagonist in isolation. »
- Michael Briers
Forget your $250 million budgets and A-list megastars, sometimes all you need to make a good film is a bit of creative thinking and passion for your characters (intellectual property rights optional).
With feature-length fan film Star Trek: Renegades setting fandom abuzz, here's a host of unauthorised movies that put Hollywood to shame.
1. Batman battles Predator
Back in the Dark Knight's movie wilderness years (thanks for that, George Clooney!), short Batman: Dead End made waves online thanks to a mega-twist that saw the Caped Crusader in a rain-soaked showdown against a Predator. If it bleeds, Batman can kill it.
2. A Judge gets back in the saddle
A tepid box office showing from 2012's Dredd means a sequel is probably never going to happen. However, hardcore fans had their thirst quenched by the moody Judge Minty, about an ageing Mega City One Judge striding through the Cursed Earth. Think of this as »
Universal has debuted a poster for Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs film, which is about to premiere and start earning real buzz with critics/journalists. I've heard from numerous places that the film will be premiering at the Telluride Film Festival over Labor Day, and it will also play at the New York Film Festival in October. We've already seen a couple of trailers so far, and it looks way better than I was expecting, though I'm very curious to see how much of an influence Boyle had. Since I'm perhaps more intrigued by Sorkin's script than anything else. Michael Fassbender plays the iconic black-turtleneck-wearing tech innovator Steve Jobs. Here's the newest official Us poster for Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs film, direct from Universal. Thoughts? You can also still watch the full-length trailer for Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs right here, if you're interested. Steve Jobs is directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, »
- Alex Billington
'Sinister 2' poster. 'American Ultra,' 'Hitman: Agent 47' and 'Sinister 2': Weekend box office bombs American Ultra, Hitman: Agent 47, and Sinister 2 are the new entries at the North American box office this weekend, Aug. 21-23, '15. All three of them are expected to underperform – with American Ultra having a particularly disastrous bow, especially for a movie starring Best Actor Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and former Twilight star Kristen Stewart. Whether you blame it on a glut of movies targeting the same audience, a lack of major box office draws, or poor reviews, only one of the debutantes is expected to score more than $10 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters by Sunday evening. 'Sinister 2' According to early estimates found at Deadline.com, Ciarán Foy's Sinister 2 will lead the pack of newcomers with »
- Zac Gille
Brands on Facebook should start planning their future content strategies with animated GIFs in mind. The massive social network and online video contender has introduced the ability for some brands to start including the looping image format in posts on their company’s official Pages.
According to The Next Web, Facebook is beta testing animated GIFs on Pages run by select content partners. So far, Facebook has given Wendy’s, BuzzFeed, and Coca-Cola-owned Brazilian brand Kuat the ability to post GIFs to their Pages. The social network is also allowing some brands to use animated GIFs as boosted posts within a Page, and Adweek reports some brands can also use GIFs as promoted posts which will show up in users’ News Feeds.
"GIFs can be a fun and compelling way to communicate, so we've started testing Gif support in posts and boosted posts for a small percentage of Facebook Pages, »
- Bree Brouwer
Some fans have complained about the addition of long hair to the DC villain in a recent trailer, despite previous teaser images hinting at a traditionally-bald Luthor.
Is General Zod back from the dead in Batman v Superman?
Everything we know so far about Batman v Superman: Spoilers, trailer and latest rumours
During an interview with IGN, Eisenberg was asked to respond to the backlash over his Batman v Superman character's luscious locks.
"People get upset because they feel a connection to it," he replied. "But the movie's great, so they'll be happy when they see it.
"I understand feeling ownership over something, but once they see the movie they'll see how great it is."
He was also coy when asked if »
Film makers wishing to explore the life of celebrated individuals can often be thwarted by the lack of material, particularly when said individual is a most private person who did not make themselves easily accessible. And often those closest, be they family or long-time friends “circle the wagons” around this potential cinematic subject. This may have been a big problem for the people behind this new film, a look at the all-too brief life of celebrated, but very private, writer David Foster Wallace. Fortunately access was granted via David Lipsky and his best seller “Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself”. But as you’ll see, this film is not the standard movie bio, not a “rags to riches”, birth to stardom tale. It’s the story of the friendship between the two Daves, struck up in just a few short days, specifically at The End Of The Tour. »
- Jim Batts
'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' 2015: Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' movie is a domestic box office bomb: Will it be saved by international filmgoers? Directed by Sherlock Holmes' Guy Ritchie and toplining Man of Steel star Henry Cavill and The Lone Ranger costar Armie Hammer, the Warner Bros. release The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has been a domestic box office disaster, performing about 25 percent below – already quite modest – expectations. (See also: “'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Movie: Bigger Box Office Flop Than Expected.”) This past weekend, the $80 million-budget The Man from U.N.C.L.E. collected a meager $13.42 million from 3,638 North American theaters, averaging $3,689 per site. After five days out, the big-screen reboot of the popular 1960s television series starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum has taken in a mere $16.77 million. For comparison's sake: »
- Zac Gille
Kristen Stewart attended the Los Angeles premiere of her new film "American Ultra" on Tuesday night. She stars in the action comedy as the live-in girlfriend of an aimless stoner (Jesse Eisenberg) who doesn't know he's really a highly trained sleeper agent. Eisenberg is a past Oscar nominee for his performance in "The Social Network" (2010), but Stewart has yet to contend for moviedom's top honor. Whether or not "American Ultra" proves to be an Oscar film, she has another chance this year with "Clouds of Sils Maria." Do you think she'll win for that Gallic import? Vote in our poll below. -Break- Does Kristen Stewart deserve an Oscar? Discuss this year's race in our forums In "Clouds of Sils Maria," which opened on April 10 in the Us, Stewart plays the assistant to an insecure actress (Juliette Binoche) who is unsure about whether she should revisit the play that made her a star. »
Box Office Sabermetrics is a weekly column that will attempt to apply the statistical analysis Sabermetrics, used in Baseball, to the box office results each weekend.
There are a few things of note going on in the top 10 this past weekend, first and foremost that Straight Outta Compton just made a ton of money. Like, nearly-twice-its-budget-just-domestically ton of money. It’s set the new domestic box office record for an R-Rated opening in August. That’s great for many reasons: a bright future for its young stars, F. Gary Gray is relevant again, and hopefully this will encourage more high-profile films about the rap and hip-hop community.
But looking down the list, something is amiss with the low receipts for The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which means that’s two straight franchise starters that have bombed for star Armie Hammer. A very disconcerting question arises: Is Armie Hammer suffering from the Taylor Kitsch syndrome? »
- Dylan Griffin
Over the years, New York City has played host to a great many love stories in film including the likes of last year’s critically-acclaimed Love is Strange and Woody Allen’s beloved Annie Hall. Now, director Todd Haynes is taking a stab at Big Apple romance with this year’s Carol, which sees The Social Network‘s Rooney Mara fall under the spell of Cate Blanchett’s titular, affluent lady in 1950s NYC.
Lifted from the pages of Patricia Highsmith’s adorned novel The Price of Salt, the story has Mara and Blanchett’s characters come from very different socio-economic backgrounds. The former, Mara, will assume the role of Therese Belivet, a clerk simply trying to make ends meet when she meets Blanchett’s titular woman, who is trapped in a warped, loveless relationship. Defying convention, the pair soon find themselves in the throes of a passionate love affair, »
- Michael Briers
Even with theaters' heightened security and the controversy regarding the film's dismissal of Dr. Dre's well-documented treatment of women, F. Gary Gray's N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton owned its competition this weekend, nabbing $56.1 million. Music biopics tend to falter critically and commercially (Walk the Line notwithstanding), and the film's biggest name, Paul Giamatti, is just a supporting player, so Compton's massive success is impressive, especially considering its competition included Cruise and two different superhero movies. Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation made a comparatively paltry $17.3 million in its third week, bringing its domestic total to $138.4 million so far. Guy Ritchie's The Man From U.N.C.L.E., starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, did even worse, only making $13.5 million in its opening weekend. Hammer, who portrayed the Winklevoss twins in David Fincher's The Social Network in 2010, has a poor track record with blockbusters: He starred as the title character in The »
- Greg Cwik
'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' with Henry Cavill. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' box office: Hollywood's third domestic bomb in a row Right on the heels of Chris Columbus-Adam Sandler's Pixels and Josh Trank's Fantastic Four comes The Man from U.N.C.L.E., a big screen adaptation of the 1960s television series, directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Man of Steel hero Henry Cavill and The Lone Ranger costar Armie Hammer. (See updated follow-up post: “'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Movie Box Office: Bigger Bomb Than Expected.”) Budgeted at a reported $88 million, to date Pixels has collected a mere $61.11 million in North America. Overseas things are a little better: an estimated $73.6 million as of Aug. 9, for a worldwide total of approx. $134.71 million. Sounds profitable? Well, not yet. First of all, let's not forget that distributor »
- Zac Gille
You might notice something familiar about the poster for Stephen Frears’s upcoming Lance Armstrong biopic The Program. To the left of Ben Foster’s face are the words “Champion Hero Legend Cheat,” and while this effectively articulates what makes the disgraced cyclist such a compelling figure, the inspiration for the tag line is instantly recognisable. Like so many other efforts from recent years, The Program arguably owes a debt to the most surprisingly influential movie poster of the past decade: Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg was likewise represented on the poster for 2010’s The Social Network as “Punk Prophet Genius Billionaire Traitor.”
- Jason Ward
Earlier this week Marvel tickled our anticipatory-buds with a shot of Tom Holland in action on the set of Captain America: Civil War as the third cinematic iteration of Spider-Man. For that movie at least, it looks like the character will be adopting a more aesthetically grass-roots approach to fighting crime, which marks a nice change of pace.
His immediate predecessor also seems down with the situation. Talking to Et Online, Andrew Garfield had the following to say about Spidey and his thoughts concerning Holland:
“It feels lovely, especially because Tom Holland is a really, really great actor. He was in this movie The Impossible and he was just this incredibly powerful, sensitive, just wonderful young actor…I’m just really excited to just be a fan again as opposed to bearing the weight of it,”
That’s a lovely, professional way to address what’s essentially a job loss. »
- Daniel Kelly
It.s .The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. versus .Straight Outta Compton. at the box-office this weekend. .U.N.C.L.E. is based on the popular 1960s TV series. This one stars Henry Cavill as an American spy and Armie Hammer as his Russian counterpart. It.s directed by Guy Ritchie. .Straight Outta Compton. is the big-screen docu-drama of the rise and fall of N.W.A. Which one is my pick of the week? Take a look!
Official .The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. Synopsis
Henry Cavill ("Man of Steel") stars as Napoleon Solo opposite Armie Hammer ("The Social Network") as Illya Kuryakin in director Guy Ritchie's "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," a fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series. Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." centers on CIA agent Solo and Kgb agent Kuryakin. »
This week the 1960s television series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. gets a big screen update starring Armie Hammer (The Social Network) and Henry Cavill (Man of Steel), and yet another 1960s television adaptation is on the way in 2016 with the British comedy Dad’s Army. Based on the series of the same name from the […]
The post ‘Dad’s Army’ Teaser: The UK TV Film Adaptation Enlists Some Kooky Soldiers appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
You remember them from such shows as “Even Stevens” “Lizzie McGuire,” or even “The All-New Mickey Mouse Club,” but today these actors are better than ever. Justin TimberlakeAlthough best known for his music, Timberlake has blown audiences away as a frequent host on “Saturday Night Live,” as well as in “The Social Network” and “Bad Teacher.” Beginning as a cast member on “The All-New Mickey Mouse Club” from 1993–1995, Timberlake got great training for a career in entertainment. Zac EfronEfron owes his now-flourishing career to “High School Musical.” The film became an overnight sensation, catapulting the triple threat to the A-list along with his fellow cast mates. Now he’s a veritable movie star, appearing in big-budget flicks including “17 Again,” “Charlie St. Cloud,” “That Awkward Moment,” and “Neighbors.” Hilary DuffWhat was so fundamentally great about Duff’s performance on “Lizzie McGuire” was her ability to ground a character in ordinary circumstances and make her endlessly relatable. »
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