14 items from 2016
This week, Neil Calloway argues that tax, language and excellent locations mean London is currently the best place to make films…
With the release this week of the trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, eagle-eyed viewers noticed that Canary Wharf Underground Station was standing in for the Death Star in some shots. Now, anyone who has ever been stuck on the tube during rush hour can relate to the Underground being an evil engineering project designed to destroy people, but it also reminded the world that London has become probably the top destination for blockbuster film-makers.
Of course, films have always been shot in and around London, but in recent years more and more films have been shot in the capital, including films not set there (which, given that the Death Star is near Yavin and not on the Isle of Dogs, would include Rogue One). The 2012 adaptation »
- Neil Calloway
Following the 2011 release of Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Disney has been slowly and quietly putting together the latest in the Pirates franchise, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Filming for the sequel has reportedly finished, though according to Deadline, directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg have "have gone back to add an extra big set-piece scene." In addition, that set piece has reportedly been built around musical artist Paul McCartney.
That's right. It looks like Paul McCartney has joined the film Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and will therefore be a part of the series canon. This, of course, wouldn't be the first time the series has added a rock star to their cast list. From the beginning, actor Johnny Depp was very vocal about the fact that he based his portrayal of Jack Sparrow on Keith Richards' mannerisms, »
- Joseph Medina
Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones) will no longer be the only famous rocker to have popped up in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, as a new report from Deadline states that music legend Paul McCartney (The Beatles) has signed on for a small role in 2017’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Supposedly, directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg and producer Jerry Bruckheimer decided to do some additional shooting after wrapping production on the film and now have an “extra big set-piece scene” built around McCartney.
McCartney doesn’t have a ton of acting experience outside of his Beatle-related films from the 60s; since then, he has mainly just made cameos on TV shows such as 30 Rock and Bojack Horseman.
Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth installment in the long-running film series, which stars Johnny Depp as the boozy Captain Jack Sparrow, a character »
- Justin Cook
The musician is the key component of the scene, a Disney spokesman said. No further details have been released.
“Dead Man Tell No Tales” is the fifth installment of the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise, starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa and Javier Bardem as Captain Salazar. Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario play new characters and Orlando Bloom returns as Will Turner.
The film will be released May 26, 2017.
The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood. »
- Dave McNary
Not all reshoots are bad. Especially when they allow you to bring one of The Beatles into your big blockbuster. Even though Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has wrapped, directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg have gone back to shoot a massive action set piece. And guess what? This additional scene will include the one and only Paul McCartney!
The new scene is reportedly built around Paul McCartney's new character, which will be introduced for the first time in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Deadline reports that the iconic musician, sometimes actor, only quietly joined the movie. He slides into a cast that includes Johnny Depp returning as the legendary pirate Captain Jack Sparrow alongside Geoffrey Rush, Martin Klebba, Orlando Bloom, Kaya Scodelario and Brenton Thwaites. Javier Bardem is playing the villain, Captain Salazar, this time out.
At this time, Paul McCartney »
Starz and FremantleMedia North America announced today that Ian McShane (“Deadwood,” “Ray Donovan”) has been cast as Mr. Wednesday in the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, American Gods. The series will begin shooting in April.
Neil Gaiman said
“When you write a beloved character (beloved with, or despite, or because of all his faults) like Mr. Wednesday, you get to watch the internet trying to cast the role. I've seen a hundred names suggested, but few make me grin like Ian McShane does. I've already been lucky enough to have him in one film (he was bright blue in it, animated, and probably Polish). Now I count myself even luckier: he's made the journey from ‘Lovejoy’ to ‘American Gods.’ Yesterday was Super Tuesday. Today is Wonderful Wednesday.”
“Actor. Icon. And now god. It is a goddamn delight to »
- Kellvin Chavez
UK distribution outfit Vertigo Releasing has picked up UK rights to Thomas Napper’s boxing drama Jawbone.
As previously revealed by Screen, Johnny Harris (This Is England ’86) penned the film’s screenplay and also stars alongside Ray Winstone (Sexy Beast) and Michael Smiley (Kill List), while musician Paul Weller is composing the score.
Ian McShane (Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) has since joined the ensemble cast of the drama, which tells the story of a former youth boxing champion who, after hitting rock bottom, returns to his childhood boxing club.
Retired boxer Barry McGuigan and trainer Shane McGuigan are consulting on the film to prepare Harris for his role.
London-based Independent »
Former companion Jenna Coleman and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke are amongst a cavalcade of British talent featuring in the new trailer for the film adaptation of Jojo Moyes bestseller Me Before You. The film sees Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) play Will, a man who survives a motorcycle accident...
- Andrew Reynolds
You’ve probably noticed the influx of live action fairytales gracing cinemas in recent years. This isn’t about to stop any time soon, since re-spinning a recognisable fantastical yarn with real people instead of animated ones always makes big money for the studio behind it.
This process has become so popular that there are currently more of these live action fairytales in production than Marvel Studios, DC Entertainment or Star Wars movies. That’s a lot of films. (A whopping 21 by our count.)
Although it wadsn’t the first movie of this kind, Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland – and its worldwide gross of over a billion dollars – can surely take the credit for kick-starting this trend. Here are all the in-development movies trying to repeat its success, »
Disney has announced to new release dates for two of their upcoming, highly anticipated films from two of its major franchises.
Star Wars: Episode VIII, originally scheduled for release on May 26, 2017, will now debut on December 15, 2017. The move follows the extraordinary success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was the first Star Wars movie to premiere in December. In the popular holiday moviegoing corridor, it smashed numerous records, including biggest domestic and global debuts of all time as well as the biggest domestic second and third weekends, en route to becoming the highest grossing domestic release of all time with over $861M and the third biggest global release ever with $1.887B.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: Episode VIII is currently in pre-production and will begin principal photography in London next month. Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman will produce and J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski, and Jason McGatlin will executive produce. »
- Melissa Thompson
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, has moved up from its July 7, 2017 date and will now be released on May 26, 2017. The franchise’s previous installment, titled “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” also debuted in May. Since its 2011 release, it has grossed over $1 billion globally. Geoffrey Rush will reprise his role as Captain Barbossa and Orlando Bloom will return as Will Turner. Javier Bardem has been cast as Captain Salazar. Also Read: First Look at Johnny Depp All Tied Up in 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
This morning, The Walt Disney Studios announced new release dates for upcoming films from two of its major franchises. Star Wars: Episode VIII, originally scheduled for release on May 26, 2017, will now debut on December 15, 2017. The move follows the extraordinary success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was the first Star Wars movie to premiere in December. In the popular holiday moviegoing corridor, it smashed numerous records, including biggest domestic and global debuts of all time as well as the biggest domestic second and third weekends, en route to becoming the highest grossing domestic release of all time with over $861M and the third biggest global release ever with $1.887B.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: Episode VIII is currently in pre-production and will begin principal photography in London next month. Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman will produce and J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski, and Jason D. McGatlin will executive produce. »
Star Wars: The Force Awakens saw an overseas bump on Wednesday of $13.1M, topping Tuesday’s $13M take and bringing the offshore cume to $812.2M. As expected, it has now become the No. 11 movie of all time at the international box office. To get there, it zipped past Skyfall, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Iron Man 3. With $9M separating it from Minions, it should enter the all-time offshore Top 10 when today’s grosses are tallied. After becoming the No. 1… »
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has passed a trio of titles — “Iron Man 3,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and “Skyfall” — to take the 11th spot on the all-time international box office chart.
Disney made the announcement Thursday, a day after it trumpeted that the seventh “Star Wars” film had set a new record as the top domestic movie of all time, topping the $760.5 million record set by “Avatar.”
“The Force Awakens” took in $6.2 million domestically on Wednesday, its 20th day of release, for a total of $764.4 million. The international gross grew by $13.1 million Wednesday to push the total to $812.2 million — $6 million ahead of “Iron Man 3” and $10 million behind “Minions” for the 10th spot.
The worldwide total has hit $1.576 billion — just $100 million short of matching “Jurassic World” for third place on the worldwide chart. “Avatar” sit at the top with $2.79 billion, followed by “Titanic” at $2.19 billion.
“The Force Awakens, »
- Dave McNary
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