9 items from 2015
Last week, it was leaked and subsequently confirmed that Jason Statham was in deep negotiations to play the villain Bullseye on the upcoming season 2 of Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix. This news was probably the greatest moment of my whole life. Then not even 48 hours later, the talks broke down for whatever mystical Hollywood reason. Statham would not be playing the iconic villain of Bullseye, which was probably the saddest moment of my whole life, because we missed out on an opportunity to watch Statham be an action villain again.
The only thing better than Action Hero Jason Statham is Action Villain Jason Statham, and that’s a side of him that only 2 films have explored to date with 11 years between the two. We could have gotten up to Thirteen Whole Hours of Action Villain Jason Statham, and even more so on a show that had surprisingly great and excitingly choreographed action scenes. »
- Dylan Griffin
Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters — these are the relationships given preferential treatment in the film world. But when those pairings are switched, danger lurks around the corner. Be it horror films like "Sleepwalkers" and "Psycho" or lighter fare like "The Graduate" and "Throw Momma From the Train," strong bonds between mothers and sons or fathers and daughters can lead to complications later on for both parties. "Nightingale" — the new film acquired by HBO from director Elliott Lester ("Blitz") and first-time screenwriter Frederick Mensch — fits snugly into this latter grouping, as half a film filled with volatile relieved repression and half without any new ground to cover. Read More: 'Selma' Star David Oyelowo Gets Frank About Race in Hollywood It's fitting, really, that only one of two offending parties is shown throughout the 82-minute feature. "Nightingale" is a one-man show, with 2014 breakout »
- Ben Travers
Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters — these are the relationships given preferential treatment in the film world. But when those pairings are switched, danger lurks around the corner. Be it horror films like "Sleepwalkers" and "Psycho" or lighter fare like "The Graduate" and "Throw Momma From the Train," strong bonds between mothers and sons or fathers and daughters can lead to complications later on for both parties. "Nightingale" — the new film acquired by HBO from director Elliott Lester ("Blitz") and first-time screenwriter Frederick Mensch — fits snugly into this latter grouping, as half a film filled with volatile relieved repression and half without any new ground to cover. Read More: 'Selma' Star David Oyelowo Gets Frank About Race in Hollywood It's fitting, really, that only one of two offending parties is shown throughout the 82-minute feature. "Nightingale" is a one-man show, with 2014 breakout...
- Ben Travers
On Yon Bloomy Spray: Oyelowo Dominates Lester’s One Set Drama
Director Elliott Lester, best known for his 2011 Jason Statham offering, Blitz, adapts firstime screenwriter Frederick Mensch’s character study Nightingale for the big screen, to surprisingly compelling effect. Cinched into the cozy house of its main character, we witness first hand the unraveling of a mind after a dastard deed. As we’re never really allowed to travel outside of these confines, it sometimes feels like the filmed version of a play. Slight visual texturing aside, everything takes a backseat to a masterful performance from David Oyelowo, the driving force of every single minute of film, a space never shared with any other physical actor. It’s a meaty, multifaceted role, something nearly extinct in modern climes where multiple intersections of storylines stomp all over any given narrative.
Peter Snowden (Oyelowo) is an incredibly lonely and persistently overwrought person. »
- Nicholas Bell
“John Wick” directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski are attached to helm “The Coldest City” from Kurt Johnstad’s script. Theron plays a spy in the late 1980s dealing with the aftermath of the murder of an underground MI6 officer.
Universal Pictures International has bought Australia/New Zealand, Benelux, China, France, Germany, Italy, Latin America, Switzerland and the U.K. DeaPlaneta acquired Spain, and Freeman Distribution/Monlith/Blitz bought Eastern Europe.
Sierra/Affinity said Cannes has represented the strongest market in its history with sales of five other titles, including Marc Forster’s drama “All I See Is You,” starring Blake Lively and Jason Clarke. “All Is See” sold to Eagle Pictures in Italy and Main Title Pictures in South Korea.
- Dave McNary
“We have been strategically building our company and platform in order to capitalise on these kinds of moments,” said Meyer.
Marc Forster will direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with Sean Conway. Blake Lively, Jason Clarke, Ahna O’Reilly, Wes Chatham, Miguel Fernandez and Danny Huston star and Sc International Pictures, Link Entertainment, 2Dux2 and Wing And A Prayer Pictures produce.
The Coldest City starring Charlize Theron will open in the Us via Focus Features. David Leitch and Chad Stahelski will direct the spy thriller from Denver and Delilah Productions, Oni Press, Sierra Pictures drama from Kurt Johnstad’s screenplay.
Universal Pictures International Productions has picked up the »
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Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy head up the cast of the romantic comedy about a young woman screenwriter during the Blitz in London, which is set to start shooting late summer. It is an adaptation of Lissa Evans’s 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction nominated novel.
Hanway are handling worldwide sales in Cannes.
Zygi Kamasa, Lionsgate UK CEO, who will executive produce together with BBC Films’ Christine Langan, said: “A project such as this with a visionary director, established producing team and impressive British cast cements the fact that British cinema is thriving and we’re thrilled »
- email@example.com (Sarah Cooper)
Cannes — Lionsgate has taken U.K. rights to “Their Finest Hour and a Half,” which Lone Scherfig (“The Riot Club,” “An Education”) will direct. The pic will star Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy.
The romantic comedy, which is set in the early 1940s, combines the quick-fire repartee of a screwball battle of the sexes infused with the reality of filmmaking under threat of invasion and London in the Blitz. It’s a witty and warm-hearted portrayal of a young woman screenwriter finding her way in matters of life, death and the heart.
BBC Films has developed and will co-finance the film, which is being produced by Number 9 Films and Wildgaze Films, led by Stephen Woolley (“Carol”) and Amanda Posey (“Brooklyn,” “An Education”). It has been adapted for the screen by Gaby Chiappe from Lissa Evans’s novel. Zygi Kamasa of Lionsgate U.K. and Christine Langan and »
- Leo Barraclough
There's no escaping your own mind. HBO has debuted a trailer for their upcoming premiere Nightingale, a feature film starring David Oyelowo in a one-man drama directed by Elliott Lester. Oyelowo plays a mentally unbalanced war veteran who becomes so obsessed with an impending dinner appointment with it old friend that it drives him mad. Many will agree that Oyelowo should've received an Oscar nomination for his performance in Selma last year, but he's a very talented guy and I'm sure he'll prove himself again and again, with roles like this one showing how great he is. I'm curious to check this out - give the trailer a look. Here's the official trailer for Elliott Lester's Nightingale, direct from HBO's YouTube: A lonely war veteran psychologically unravels ahead of an old friend's impending visit. Nightingale is the latest film from commercials director Elliot Lester, of the action film Blitz previously. »
- Alex Billington
9 items from 2015
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