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How wonderful it is to be a British actor in this post-Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter era. Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Slayer (previously known as Jack the Giant Killer) is the kind of movie that even 15 years ago would have had some swaggering Hollywood A-lister parachuted into the lead, complete with incongruous accent and La swagger. Keanu Reeves, perhaps, or if we were really unlucky one of the lesser Baldwins.
In the wake of the aforementioned fantasy blockbusters, it's fairly obvious to anyone with half a brain that Us audiences quite like their fantasy epics served up with British accents. Jack the Giant Slayer, the latest trailer for »
- Ben Child
Gone are the days of a mangled production history – A Single Shot must have started and stopped a couple of times, switched casts before helmer David M. Rosenthal (Janie Jones) along with thesps Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Melissa Leo, Jeffrey Wright, Jason Isaacs, Kelly Reilly, Joe Anderson and Ophelia Lovibond were lassoed in March of this year. The book to film adaptation of Matthew F. Jones’s novel – a crime thriller filmed in Vancouver comes equipped with Cinematographer Eduard Grau (A Single Man), Composer Atli Örvarsson (The Burning Plain) , Production Designer David Brisbin (In the Cut), and Editor Dan Robinson (Daniel Mulloy’s short film filmography).
Gist: The tragic death of a beautiful young girl starts a tense and atmospheric game of cat and mouse between hunter John Moon and the hardened backwater criminals out for his blood.
- Eric Lavallee
Nicholas Hoult is fast becoming and young actor on the rise throughout Hollywood. Following acclaimed roles in The Weather Man and A Single Man, he found himself thrust into the mainstream with the excellent X-men: First Class and (unfortunately) Clash Of The Titans. He’s currently shooting George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road opposite Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron but romantic zombie drama Warm Bodies will mark his first lead role before Bryan Singer’s forthcoming fantasy blockbuster, Jack The Giant Killer.
Here we have the first trailer for the Jonathan Levine-directed undead love story, which sees Hoult’s walking dead corpse ‘R’, fall for the stunning Teresa Palmer’s Julie after saving her from a zombie onslaught.
- Craig Hunter
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After two seasons of working on a webseries called The Slope, I’m onto my first feature film. So far I’ve learnt that making a film is a lot like making a webseries, only it takes several years longer, costs 100 thousand times more and every time you have an idea you have to run it by 20 people until you eventually decide to cut it all together.
Short content for the web is especially fun because it has that instant gratification that comes with sharing content with an audience so quickly. A film, not so much. That’s why I thought that blogging for AfterEllen.com about the experience would be a natural solution to this creative constipation.
The film is called Disposable Lovers. It’s a gay Annie Hall that picks up where The Slope left off, with my character rebounding from the heartbreak of a lifetime. »
- Desiree Akhavan
Bryan Singer’s fairy tale re-telling Jack the Giant Killer made our original list for Most Anticipated Movies of 2012, thanks in part to the involvement of the X-Men director – not to mention, a fun teaser trailer hinting at an action-packed fantasy adventure boasting a solid cast headed by Nicholas Hoult (A Single Man, X-Men: First Class).
However, when David Dobkin’s Arthur & Lancelot hit a snag during pre-production, Warner Bros. decided to push Jack back to March 2013 (to replace Arthur as the studio’s big release that month). Warner Bros. is expected to re-initiate the marketing for Singer’s film in the near future, possibly attaching a new trailer with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey this December.
In the meantime, the studio has announced that Jack the Giant Killer is now going under the ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Jack The Giant Killer. Remember that movie? Directed by Bryan Singer? Starring Nicholas Hoult (X-men: First Class, A Single Man), Ian McShane, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Eddie Marsan, and Bill Nighy as the main giant? Repeatedly delayed? Already has a trailer (see below) and everything? Well it's still coming, only now the title and release date have slightly changed. Jack The Giant Killer has now, for reasons unknown, changed its name to Jack The Giant »
- Alejandro Stepenberg
Tom Ford is a dad!
The fashion designer and his partner, journalist Richard Buckley, ”are proud to announce the birth of their son, Alexander John Buckley Ford, born in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 23,” his rep tells People.
Ford, 51, is often credited with the turnaround of Gucci during his 10-year run as creative director of the label, a role which ended in 2004. He and Buckley, 64, have been together since 1986.
“If I have children, no one will know about it until the child is born. And no one will ever see the child because I certainly wouldn’t »
The film, which boasts a screenplay written by Academy Award winners Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (Burn After Reading), centres on an art curator (Firth) who recruits an eccentric rodeo queen (Diaz) in a bid to con his abusive boss (Rickman) into buying a fake Monet.
Gambit will hit U.K. cinema screens on November 21.
Watch the trailer below:
- Jamie Neish
Brace yourselves. This list of the Top 100 Greatest Gay Movies is probably going to generate some howls of protest thanks to a rather major upset in the rankings. Frankly, one that surprised the hell out of us here at AfterElton.
But before we get to that, an introduction. A few weeks ago we asked AfterElton readers to submit up to ten of their favorite films by write-in vote. We conducted a similar poll several years ago, but a lot has happened culturally since then, and a number of worthy movies of gay interest have been released. We wanted to see how your list of favorites had changed.
We also wanted to expand our list to 100 from the top 50 we had done previously. We figured there were finally enough quality gay films to justify the expansion. And we wanted to break out gay documentaries onto their own list (You'll find the »
- AfterElton.com Staff
Looking for a must-see list of great gay documentaries? We've got you covered. We recently asked our readers to nominate up to five of their favorite documentary films via write-in vote. Thousands responded and we tabulated the results to bring you the top 25 here. All of these films are definitely worth a look and to help you learn more about titles you might not be familiar with, we've included trailers, links to reviews, official film websites and more. Plus, for three of the titles we've even embedded the full movie thanks to the Logo Docs library.
So here they are, the 25 Greatest Gay Documentaries. Which ones have you already seen? Which ones do you need to see?
25. Saint of 9/11
Summary: Sir Ian McKellen narrates this inspiring portrait of Father Mychal Judge, a New York City Fire Department Chaplain who wrestled with his sexuality, his genuine dedication to life as a priest, »
- AfterElton.com Staff
Like the great John Slattery before him, Michael Pitt has sort of established himself as a man of period productions. There was Boardwalk Empire, we have You Can’t Win to look forward to, and he’s now going back to the old days of Hollywood. The old, old days.
Per Deadline’s word, it’s been announced that Pitt will co-star in The First, a recently-developed biopic of silent film star Mary Pickford; the talent is locked to play her first husband, Owen Moore. Although previous reports had named Lily Rabe (All Good Things, American Horror Story) as director Jennifer DeLia‘s main star, it’s since been announced that Ryan Simpkins (A Single Man) will also play the icon — only, in her younger years. (Flashback scenes, I’d wager.) It’s a fine pair of choices, with Pitt, in particular, standing out. Much as his early work would »
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Inspired by his experiences as a young man in 1930s Germany, author Christopher Isherwood (who was born on a day like today in 1904) created Sally Bowles as a symbol of the joyful decadence of the era. Sally first appeared in a novella carrying her name and then appeared once more in Goodbye Berlin, Isherwood's most famous work. Although Isherwood created many other memorable characters, (he wrote A Single Man) Sally remains the most iconic of his creations, having won awards and accolades for actresses who played her like Julie Harris (who won her first Tony playing her) and most famously Liza Minnelli who brought her to life in the musical Cabaret.
Why not celebrate Isherwood by rewatching Bob Fosse's masterpiece? Who are your favorite Isherwood characters? Which of his stories would you like to see as a movie? »
There's no shortage of films opening this weekend, but many will be disappointments if you go in with high expectations. The safest bet is Chris Kenneally's doc "Side by Side," which is both a treat for film buffs and a primer for anyone looking to get behind a camera in today's fast-changing digital landscape. Also getting strong reviews is Craig Zobel's Sundance entry "Compliance," which is suitably disturbing given the true story behind it, but its real-life grittiness is undermined by casting an actress who looks like a stripper to play a small town teenage girl. "The Awakening," while it certainly has its flaws, marks a cinematically satisfying debut from director Nick Murphy. Starring Rebecca Hall and the "The Wire"'s Dominic West, the film is gorgeously lensed (on 35mm) in stunning texturaly period settings by Eduard Grau ("A Single Man"). David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" is a »
- Sophia Savage
She Ain’t Afraid ‘a No Ghosts: Rebecca Hall’s Deadening Vehicle a Snoozer
UK director Nick Murphy, previously known for his dabbling in television, snags Rebecca Hall for his film debut, The Awakening, a gothic ghost story set between the two World Wars. Unfortunately, the film’s tagline, “Sometimes dead does not mean gone,” potentially refers to its overall delivery, and sometimes a theatrical release does not equate to noteworthy.
Hoax exposer and ghost debunker Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall) wiles her days away crusading against tricking con artists claiming to speak to the dead. She recently lost her fiancé in the trenches of World War I, and some of her motivation stems from proving to herself that she will never be able to correspond with her lost love from the other side. On one gloomy day, she’s visited by a handsome stranger (Dominic West), who has read her national bestseller, »
- Nicholas Bell
Now that Bret Easton Ellis has conceded that he wasn’t chosen to write the screen adaptation to Fifty Shades of Grey, you may have thought that his hyperactive tweets about E L James’ best-seller, the upcoming movie, his casting thoughts, his first choice for director, more of his casting thoughts, would finally subside. But Ellis has not gone quietly. On Wednesday, he followed up his announcement that the film’s producers were no longer considering him by provoking fans with a string of tweets that claimed Matt Bomer could never be cast as Christian Grey, the controlling sexual dynamo »
- Jeff Labrecque
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that legendary filmmakers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, co-founders and Co-Chairmen of The Weinstein Company, will be honored with the 2013 Milestone Award. The award will be presented to the Weinsteins at the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The Milestone Award is the Guild.s highest honor recognizing an individual or team who has made historic contributions to the entertainment industry. In the past, the Producers Guild has paid tribute to such industry leaders as Clint Eastwood, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg, Walt Disney, James Cameron, Ron Meyer and last year.s 2012 recipient Leslie Moonves, among others.
“Beginning in the late 1970s with Miramax Films and continuing through today with The Weinstein Company, Bob and Harvey consistently seek out, nurture and help bring audiences the stories that others are often afraid to tell,. said Producers Guild »
- Michelle McCue
Brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, two of the film industry's most respected and feared producers, are being honored at the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, January 26, 2013, with the 2013 Milestone Award. The duo, of course, is the team behind Miramax Films, and have since gone on to co-chair their new company, The Weinstein Company, which has been around since 2005. Bob also heads the genre label Dimension Films, which he started in 1993. The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films have been behind films like "Grindhouse," "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," "Halloween," "A Single Man," "Inglourious Basterds," "The King's Speech" and "The Artist." At Miramax, the company named after the Weinstein's parents, Miriam and Max, the duo released "The Aviator," "Gangs of New York," "The Hours," "Good Will Hunting," "Chicago" and more. »
- Bryce J. Renninger
Nitin Sawhney has become a sought-after film composer through successful scores for Nike adverts and BBC's Human Planet TV series. This summer, in conjunction with Network Releasing and the BFI, Sawhney has composed a new score for Alfred Hitchcock's 1926 silent film The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog. I cannot help but smile at the apt timing of this release during the summer whereby sun is the last weather we Londoners are expecting - fog is much more likely. In addition to this, the film stars Ivor Novello as a man suspected of being the serial killer known as (how perfect is this in 2012...) 'The Avenger'. The film harks back to Hitchcock's roots in German Expressionism as he uses angular shots and reflects the mental states of the characters in the arrangement »
Fox Searchlight has picked a March 1, 2013 release date for "Stoker," the same day as Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium." Directed by Park Chan-wook ("Oldboy") and scripted by Wentworth Miller, the film features Mia Wasikowska ("Jane Eyre," "Alice in Wonderland"), Matthew Goode ("A Single Man," "Brideshead Revisited"), Dermot Mulroney ("My Best Friend's Wedding," "The Grey"), Jacki Weaver ("Animal Kingdom") and Nicole Kidman ("The Hours," "The Others"). Check out the synopsis below. After India's (Wasikowska's) father dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie (Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother (Kidman). Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated »
- Sophia Savage
Yahoo just announced that animated series Electric City starring Tom Hanks will make its global debut on July 17. The action-packed sci-fi adventure series features Hanks, Jeanne Tripplehorn (Big Love, Grey Gardens), Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men), Ginnifer Goodwin (Walk The Line, A Single Man, He's Just Not That Into You), Jason Antoon, Chris Parnell, Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Georg Stanford Brown. Yahoo is promising a "first-of-its-kind 360 degree online interaction of digital, social, mobile, and gaming media" to bring Hank's vision to a global audience. It's more than just a string of buzzwords, however. Beyond being shown on Yahoo Screen, the show will be supported by a "deeply immersive" interactive online experience that features non-linear storytelling guided by a 3-D interactive map, opportunities to explore character back stories, and play games related to the series' plot. "Yahoo! could not be more thrilled to be the digital partner for this unparalleled, »
- Drew Baldwin
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