19 items from 2015
Hot projects new to Screenbase include Nicolas Winding Refn feature The Neon Demon, Pope Francis biopic Francisco, Brady Corbet’s directorial debut The Childhood Of A Leader and a new adaptation by Wim Wenders.Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon
Principal photography will begin in Los Angeles on March 30. Gaumont and Wild Bunch are co-selling the title.
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- email@example.com (Maud Le Rest)
Eggsy’s Game: Vaughn’s Hyperviolent Reinterpretation of the Super Spy Caper
While a release in February doesn’t speak highly of Twentieth Century Fox’s hopes for the beginning of a new, lucrative franchise, it seems the studio is attempting a bit of reverse psychology with its release of Matthew Vaughn’s clumsily titled Kingsman: The Secret Service. Bringing back farfetched ridiculousness to the super spy genre, Vaughn is going for a dirty, sexy, funny version of the antics usually on display in James Bond (and it features two cast members from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy….though comparison with that title ends there). Viciously, even shockingly violent at times for a studio feature, there’s a certain amount of refreshment to be had from Vaughn’s decidedly adult treatment of material that was originally the comic book “The Secret Service.” But its inescapable layers of self-awareness, paired with its »
- Nicholas Bell
Slow-burning stories of emotional and political intricacy need time to develop – and they’re all the better for it
While the main terrors of getting older are physical and professional, there is one cultural dread – the fear that a once-loved entertainment will lose its appeal, like a country that disappoints on revisiting. Each time Smiley’s People comes around, I hesitate to watch, just in case its greatness has faded. But its latest repeat run – which concluded on Tuesday night on BBC4 – has confirmed that this 1982 adaptation of John le Carré’s 1979 novel is among the most beautiful and enduring achievements of TV drama.
Although slightly less celebrated than an earlier book and BBC serial featuring the spy George Smiley, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – partly because that novel has had a recent lavish movie makeover – Smiley’s People is slightly the better of the two small-screen le Carrés, mainly because Alec Guinness, »
- Mark Lawson
After dozens of advanced screenings nationwide over the past month, Matthew Vaughn’s spy comedy “Kingsman: The Secret Service” is finally hitting Us theaters this weekend (read our A- review here) and a new espionage-themed supercut has arrived online to get you in the sneaky mood. Titled “For Your Eyes Only” and edited by Cineplex Movies, the three-minute supercut focuses mostly on modern spy movies, which means less “The Spy Who Came In From The Cold” and more “Salt.” Some of the movies that make appearances include both the Matt Damon and Jeremy Renner “Bourne” flicks, “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” the “Mission: Impossible” series, every iteration of James Bond (minus George Lazenby, or at least he wasn’t easily spotted), “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “The American” and, perplexingly, the Nazi-Tom Cruise-with-an-eyepatch-starring “Valkyrie,” which in our opinion is far closer to a war thriller than a spy one, covert operations. »
- Cain Rodriguez
Dominic West (Pride), David Tennant (What We Did On Our Holiday) and Stacy Martin (Nymphomaniac) are to star in Glasgow-set drama-thriller I Feel Fine, which writer-director Lynne Ramsay and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy producer Robyn Slovo are executive-producing.
Set in the unforgiving streets of 1980s Glasgow the film will chart the story of teenager Jonny White who becomes embroiled in crime and drug addiction.
When a bounty is placed on his head for a crime he didn’t commit, White must get to the safe haven of rehab in order to stay »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
With his posh accent and perfect manners, Colin Firth always seemed like the ideal casting for a dapper British spy. We caught a glimpse of this in his turn as the “Tailor” in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy in 2011. Firth trades in Tinker Tailor’s Gary Oldman for Michael Caine as his spy superior, adding a little bit of punk and circumstance to the genre with Kingsman: The Secret Service and newcomer Taran Egerton.
Egerton has called Firth “badass” more than once in his interviews leading up to the film’s release date, and just from the trailers alone, we can’t help but agree that Firth’s Kingsman tongue-in-cheek, gun-toting, ass-kicking role looks nothing like anything the former Mr. Darcy has ever done.
Kingsman: The Secret Service hits theatres on February 13, and also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong – another Tinker Tailor addition – Star Wars’ Mark Hamill, and Jack Davenport from Pirates of the Caribbean. »
- Sasha James
Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors, Mission: Impossible III) is set to take the lead in spy thriller Damascus Cover, producers said Monday. Production starts this week in Morocco. Rhys Meyers was announced alongside fellow castmembers Olivia Thirlby (Juno, No Strings Attached), John Hurt (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Alien), Igal Naor (Green Zone, Munich) and Navid Negahban (Homeland). The film is being produced by U.K.-based Big Book Media, while Carnaby International will launch global sales in Berlin. Read more Roland Emmerich Gay-Rights Drama 'Stonewall' Gets International Sales Firm Directed by Daniel Berk, whose previous outing as director was
- Alex Ritman
Benedict Cumberbatch has received nominations at all of the major awards ceremonies for portraying Alan Turing – the British mathematician who helped end World War II by cracking the enigma code, but was eventually driven to suicide by the U.K.’s archaic laws against homosexuality and nearly scrubbed from history books – in The Imitation Game. Benedict Cumberbatch On […]
- Chelsea Regan
Have you checked out the new offerings on Netflix this month? The whole series of Friends was added a couple weeks ago, but there are new options being added throughout the month, like controversial comedy The Interview, which was just announced as Netflix's latest get. And this week, you can now see the new season of The Fall, starring Fifty Shades of Grey's Jamie Dornan, and Benedict Cumberbatch in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. See what else is new in January! »
In the movie, Hardy plays Leo Demidov, a member of the Soviet military police in 1950’s Moscow. After his colleague’s son is found dead, Demidov becomes convinced the child was murdered. He investigates, only to be told by a superior (played by Vincent Cassel) that “murder is strictly a capitalist disease.”
Also Read: 10 ‘True Detective’ Acting Teams We Want to See Next (Photos)
With his investigation effectively shut down, Hardy’s character can only sit by and watch »
- Joe Otterson
Tom Hardy rejoins forces with Gary Oldman for their fourth collaboration after The Dark Knight Rises, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Lawless, in murder mystery Child 44. The film sees a hunt for a prolific serial killer in Soviet Russia, where many claim murder just doesn’t happen. Directed by Daniel Espinosa, who graduated to Hollywood with his 2010 hit Safe House, the film looks incredibly tense, with the cold landscape adding to the atmosphere of the film.
We love a bit of Gary Oldman, especially when putting on an accent, and the duo of Oldman and Hardy hasn’t let us down before. Joining them are the likes of Charles Dance, Noomi Rapace, and Vincent Cassel, as well as Oldman’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes co-star Jason Clarke. It’s quite the international cast and we can’t wait to see Tom Rob Smith’s novel hit the big screen. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Based on the bestselling novel by Tom Rob Smith, Child 44 sees Hardy as disgraced secret police agent after refusing to denounce his wife Raisa (Noomi Rapace) as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow for his refusal, Demidov joins forces with General Mikhail Nesterov (Gary Oldman) to investigate a series of brutal child murders during the Stalin era. But it’s not going to be easy: Demidov’s rival Vasili (Joel Kinnaman) threatens a system-wide cover-up, insisting that there’s no crime in Stalin’s paradise society.
The first trailer for Daniel Espinosa’s film looks to promise some explosive action sequences. The film is a reunion of sorts for Hardy- Child 44 marks his second time collaborating with Noomi Rapace after having appeared together in last fall’s The Drop. »
- Rachel West
International actuals took their time arriving after the long holiday weekend in the U.S. Most studios have now reported, and in some cases have included grosses through Monday. There were no massive fluctuations, but some of the Oscar nominees including The Theory Of Everything, Boyhood and Birdman enjoyed nice bumps in holdover markets. Figures have also been added below for Jason Statham’s Wild Card, which opened to a strong hand in France, two weeks ahead of its domestic debut.
Figures for the above films have been updated below along with: Taken 3, Seventh Son, Big Hero 6, Penguins Of Madagascar, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, American Sniper, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Into The Woods, Unbroken, Ouija, Blackhat, Dumb And Dumber To, Horrible Bosses, Honig Im Kopf, Gone Girl, Let’s Be Cops, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Will Henry VIII be Emmy winner Damian Lewis' first, great post-Nick Brody role? Directed by Peter Kosminsky and written by Peter Straughan (one half of the Oscar-nominated "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" duo), this six-part BBC drama adaptation of Hilary Mantel's hit novels "Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up the Bodies" will broadcast stateside on PBS April 5. Lewis plays the eighth Henry opposite top-shelf Shakespeare thespian Mark Rylance, playing the King's ruthless counselor Thomas Cromwell. Claire Foy, Mark Gatiss, Charity Wakefield, Joanne Whalley and Jonathan Pryce, who was recently seen as a narcissistic asshole professor in Alex Ross Perry's "Listen Up Philip," head up the sprawling cast. The series' producers and star recently held court at the TV Critics Association's winter press junket, revealing that the series will turn on the dark heart of Cromwell with all the trappings of TV's greatest antiheroes: think Walter White, Don Draper, Rust »
- Ryan Lattanzio
A Most Wanted Man, 2014.
Directed by Anton Corbijn.
A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror.
With this release Corbijn has once again proven himself to be a director with no small amount of style. Ever since his feature debut with 2007’s powerful and understated Ian Curtis biopic Control, the Dutch photographer and music video director has brought a tremendous amount of fluidity and depth of style to his body of work. This, a measured and considered adaptation of John Le Carre’s 2008 stirring liberal response to the ongoing – and currently escalating – war on terror is a fascinating and artful take on the spy movie genre.
Similarities can and have been drawn between this terrifically moving piece and another recent Le »
- Robert W Monk
The Imitation Game, which garnered eight Oscar nominations on Thursday, has reached a global box office cume north of $102.3M. That includes an estimated $50.8M in North America through today, and an international estimate of $51.5M, per FilmNation. The current international frame was worth $6.6M with five new territories added including Belgium and Sweden. Among the key markets still to bow are Germany, France, Brazil and Russia.
“This is a wonderful milestone for The Imitation Game,” says producer Teddy Schwarzman of Black Bear Pictures. “We made this independent film for a fraction of a studio budget, and no one involved ever imagined a day like today. It is a testament to our director, Morten Tyldum, screenwriter Graham Moore, our wonderful ensemble cast, and the hardest working crew imaginable, who came together to ensure Alan Turing’s legacy could find a much deserved place in history. Audiences worldwide are now ensuring this becomes a reality. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Considering it is the halfway point in this current decade of ours, 2014 is about as good a time as many to begin making "Best of the Decade (So Far)" lists -- which I have actually attempted to do over on Letterboxd -- and it seems the fine folks over at streaming site and film blog Fandor agree, as just yesterday video essayist Kevin B. Lee posted a video that counts down the 26 best films of the decade so far, as determined by a poll he took of "290 film critics and movie lovers on Twitter and Facebook." Lee took to Slate yesterday to explain the results a bit more in-depth, including the importance of social media played in the poll, how Cannes was a better predictor than the Oscars, how movies' fortunes rise and fall over time, and more. It's an interesting read, so if you want to check it out, »
- Jordan Benesh
2Nd Update: : International actuals are in from most of the studios with a few figure shifts. The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies came in higher than projected with a total $54M weekend and a cume of $504.65M. Disney’s Into The Woods, previously at a projected $1M for the weekend, nearly doubled that to take a confirmed $1.7M. In Italy, Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper was above its estimated record-breaking haul with $7.1M on 425 screens and the best per-screen average in the market. There’s also a new local movie record in fast-growing Vietnam — see the key market round-ups below for more on that one.
Figures have been updated throughout for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Penguins Of Madagascar, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, Big Hero 6, Into The Woods, Seventh Son, Taken 3, American Sniper, The Water Diviner, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Will Henry VIII be Emmy winner Damian Lewis' first, great post-Nick Brody role? Directed by Peter Kosminsky and written by Peter Straughan (one half of the Oscar-nominated "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" duo), this six-part BBC drama adaptation of Hilary Mantel's novels "Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up the Bodies" will broadcast stateside on PBS April 5. Lewis plays the eighth Henry opposite top-shelf Shakespeare thespian Mark Rylance, playing the King's ruthless counselor Thomas Cromwell. Claire Foy, Mark Gatiss, Charity Wakefield, Joanne Whalley and Jonathan Pryce, who was recently seen as a narcissistic asshole professor in Alex Ross Perry's "Listen Up Philip," head up the sprawling cast. Lewis also has Werner Herzog's "Queen of the Desert," starring Nicole Kidman as writer-archaeologist Gertrude Bell and Robert Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence, coming down the pike. "Wolf Hall" premieres across the pond on BBC Two this »
- Ryan Lattanzio
19 items from 2015
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