Update: Two very different trailers, one for the U.K. and one for the U.S., have been released, and I’ve included both below.
One of the films I’m most excited to see this fall is The Imitation Game, a dramatic thriller starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, a British cryptographer who helped crack Nazi codes during World War II but was later prosecuted for homosexuality, then a crime. The subject matter is obviously fascinating, and Cumberbatch is a highly talented actor, so all signs indicate that The Imitation Game may arrive as one of the year’s best films. Now, a teaser trailer has been revealed by Studiocanal, giving us our first real look at the tense historical thriller.
As the trailer shows, Turing’s main challenge is deciphering the German Enigma code, considered by many to be unbreakable. To this end, he enlists the help of »
- Isaac Feldberg
Legendary graphic novel writer Alan Moore (Watchmen, V For Vendetta) has called for fans to boycott the forthcoming Hercules movie directed by Brett Ratner (X:Men The Last Stand, Rush Hour), produced by Paramount/MGM and starring Dwayne Johnson. The latest adaptation of the Greek demigod is based on Radical Comics Hercules: The Thracian Wars written by longtime friend Scott Moore (no relation to Alan).
Alan Moore’s issue has nothing to do with the quality of the final piece or even how faithful it’s been to the original source material – like his similar qualms with his own graphic novel adaptations – it is simply to do with how his friend’s name – following his untimely death in March of this year – has been used to help promote the movie. Speaking to Bleeding Cool, Alan Moore explains that following unsuccessful negotiations regarding the rights of the comic books Scott Moore received »
- Gavin Logan
A month ago Academy Award winner Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) dropped out of Paul King’s adaptation of the beloved children’s book Paddington, saying that he no longer felt that his voice fit the part. His departure came just a few months before the iconic British bear’s winter release date, meaning King and co. needed to find a new voice actor quickly.
Whishaw told the Daily Mail that he had “no relationship to Paddington whatsoever” before being asked “quite out of the blue” to audition for the part, but in the grand scheme of »
- James Garcia
Matthew Vaughn has become something of a go-to filmmaker for quality comic book movies, having worked on the well-received X-Men: First Class and the adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr's offbeat superhero adventure Kick-Ass.
Now he's back with Kingsman: The Secret Service, based on a concept he and Millar hatched together. Millar and Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons have already published the story as a comic book, and now Vaughn is working on the film version, which is less an adaptation than his own imagining of the original idea.
Vaughn has attracted a top cast, including Colin Firth and Mark Strong (who appeared together in a very different take on the spy genre, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) as well as Samuel L Jackson, Michael Caine and newcomer Taron Egerton.
The film centres around council estate kid Eggsy (Egerton), a young tearaway bailed out of jail by his late father's »
Whether or not you agree with his recent comments in Playboy, there's no denying Gary Oldman is one of the great actors of our time.
Ever since breaking out in 1986's "Sid and Nancy" as the self-destructing Sex Pistol Sid Vicious, Oldman has transformed himself from one role to the next. A true chameleon, the actor changes his voice for every part and is nearly unrecognizable in films like "True Romance" (1993) and "The Contender" (2000). Despite his enormous influence among fellow actors, Oldman shuns the spotlight and has only once been nominated for an Oscar. Oldman turns in yet another stirring performance (despite limited screen time) in this summer's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes".
From his famous ex-wife to his rejection from a prestigious drama school, here are 27 things you probably don't know about Gary Oldman.
1. Gary Oldman was born on March 21, 1958 in London, England to Kathleen Cheriton and Leonard Bertram Oldman. »
- Jonny Black
Described as a “soccer hooligan action comedy,” Grimsby stars Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) as a British black-ops agent who is forced to go on the run and team up with his idiotic English football hooligan brother, played by Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen.
Cruz will reportedly play the film’s femme fatale, and joins The Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides co-star Ian McShane, Pitch Perfect‘s Rebel Wilson, Peaky Blinders‘ Annabelle Wallis, Homeland‘s David Harewood, Academy Award nominee Gabourey Sidibe (Precious), English comedian Johnny Vegas, and Isla Fisher (The Great Gatsby, Wedding Crashers).
Grimsby is currently filming, and is set to hit theaters on July 31st, 2015.
The post Penelope Cruz to play a femme fatale in »
- James Garcia
The actor - who died in February - plays the leader of a German anti-terrorism unit that is tasked with the capture of a Chechen (Grigoriy Dobrygin) who has shown up in Hamburg.
Gunter Bachmann (Hoffman) is aided by his loyal crew, but the true motives of the Chechen and an attorney (Rachel McAdams) who is protecting him become increasingly unclear.
Hoffman's final screen appearances will be in the upcoming Hunger Games sequels Mockingjay - Part 1 and Part 2.
A Most Wanted Man opens on July 25 in the Us and on September 5 in the UK. »
An absurdist mock epic that is hilarious, outrageous, and completely insane. It’s like a bonkers Swedish Forrest Gump. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Rarely has a film’s title been so bold, so bald, so straightforward, so lacking in pretense, pretension, or bullshit as that of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. To escape the dreadfully cheery imminent celebration of his 100th birthday, Allan Karlsson (Robert Gustafsson, who is actually only half that age) climbs out the window of the retirement home he was sentenced to after an unfortunate mishap with dynamite, and disappears. Not to our eyes, of course, only to those of the horrible busybodies in the home who want to limit his fun. Allan really likes blowing things up, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Before I Go to Sleep has released a new trailer.
Christine wakes every day with no knowledge of who she is, and only a series of videos and clues exist to help her fill in the gaps.
Kidman was most recently seen in Grace of Monaco.
Before I Go to Sleep will be released on September 5 in the UK and September 12 in the Us. »
Judging by footage like that from the new UK theatrical preview (see above), the forthcoming A Most Wanted Man bears a resemblance to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – another recent adaptation of author John le Carré’s spy drama literature – in terms of its narrative, themes and style. Even grizzled, constantly smoking, German spy chief Günther Bachmann (played by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman) appears to be a chip off the same block that gave rise to Gary Oldman’s George Smiley in Tinker Tailor. Not that we’re complaining, mind you, since another dive into the chilling pool of le Carré’s realistic spy games, sounds like an enticing proposition.
The trouble in A Most Wanted Man begins when Issa Karpov (Grioriy Dobrygin) – a half-Chechen, half Russian Muslim immigrant – inexplicably shows up half-dead in Hamburg, laying claim to his father’s vast, but ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Toh! has been calling out Brit Tom Hardy since "Bronson" as one of the most exciting actors working today. Hollywood casting directors too notice--Hardy landed back-to-back roles in Christopher Nolan's "Inception" and "The Dark Knight Rises" as well as "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and "Lawless." And Gavin O'Connor showcased him in fight film "Warrior" (see my video interview here). But it takes time for a great actor to reach audiences and become a real marquee draw. Hardy isn't a household name--yet. But anyone who tracks acting knows he has the right stuff. Make sure to check out Steven Knight’s intense man-in-a-car drama “Locke" (my interview here). Hardy's also collaborating with Knight (who created UK TV hit "Peaky Blinders") on the BBC series, "Taboo," executive produced by Ridley Scott. Hardy's coming up in a number of films at various stages of production. »
- Anne Thompson
Entertainment One have given us the first UK trailer for the highly anticipated A Most Wanted Man, the new film directed by Anton Corbijn (Control), and based on John le Carré’s celebrated spy thriller.
The film undoubtedly has extra interest as well due to the devastating death of Philip Seymour Hoffman and here, he looks utterly compelling, as always, and this one sees him teams up with a great cast that includes Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Daniel Brühl and Willem Dafoe.
We had a first clip for you back in January, and now this wonderfully atmospheric UK trailer. If you’re a fan of the likes of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, or The Constant Gardner, then you’re in the right place:
Present day Hamburg: a tortured and near-dead half-Chechen, half-Russian »
- Dan Bullock
We’re about a month away from Brett Ratner and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s take on the classic Greek hero Hercules, for better or worse. We’ve seen a full length trailer, but now have a new TV spot to share, which warns that man cannot escape his fate.
Johnson stars as Hercules, after the mythological events we know and love, when he’s forced to become a mercenary and travel across Greece, selling his services and legendary reputation for gold. But, when new threats arise, he must become the hero he once was and embrace his own myth.
Check out the new TV spot, which is packed with new footage and plenty of action, below the official synopsis…
Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend. Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. »
- James Garcia
Gary Oldman has had a long illustrious career. He's played everything from slimy bad guy with questionable taste in head gear (The Fifth Element) to espionage veteran (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) to Harry Potter's godfather. But behind that veneer of austerity apparently lurks a PR nightmare. Oldman recently sat down with Playboy for an interview — you can read the whole thing here — and around page four everything starts to unravel. The spiral of terrible soundbites accelerates until I can only imagine Oldman's people were practically vibrating with the suppressed urge to body slam him to the ground with soothing whispers of "Shhhhhhh, just stop talking." "How bad could it be?" I hear you ask. Judge for yourself. Presented virtually without comment, here are the choicest bits in their full, unedited glory. "I just think political correctness is crap. That’s what I think about it. I think it’s like, »
- Donna Dickens
• Tom Hiddleston will star (and sing) as Hank Williams in an upcoming biopic about the country legend. I Saw The Light will be directed by Marc Abraham (Flash of Genius), who adapted the script from Colin Escott’s biography of Williams. Quite different than his role in The Avengers, Hiddleston will sing from the entire Williams catalog, with songs like “Hey, Good Lookin’,” after the rights were secured through a deal with Sony Atv. The film will follow Williams’ rise to fame before dying of heart failure at age 29. [Deadline]
- Jake Perlman
Shooting is just now getting underway on Legend, a gangster movie which Brian Helgeland scripted and is directing for Working Title, and our first look at Locke actor Tom Hardy, who is playing the infamous Kray twins Ronnie and Reggie in the movie, has landed online (above).
Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Christopher Eccleston, Chazz Palminteri, Tara Fitzgerald and Taron Egerton are also starring in the film, which focuses on the rise and fall of the Kray twins in London through the 1950s and ’60s. It’s based on John Pearson’s book The Profession Of Violence.
We’re expecting to see Legend hit theaters sometime next year. It’s probable that Working Title will hand it a fall release date and make an Oscar push for Hardy, a star who has been rapidly gaining the admiration of the Academy thanks to his roles in films like Bronson, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Hugh Jackman has taken to his Instagram to reveal his new bald, bearded look for his upcoming role as the villainous pirate Blackbeard in director Joe Wright’s (Atonement) live-action Peter Pan original tale Pan…
Pan is set for release on July 17th 2015, with Levi Miller (The Spectacular Now) set to play the boy who never grew up alongside a cast that also includes Garrett Hedlund (Inside Llewyn Davis), Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Adeel Akhtar (Four Lions), Amanda Seyfried (A Million Ways to Die in the West), Nonso Anozie (Game of Thrones), Kathy Burke (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Jack Charles (Mystery Road), Taejoo Na (The Kick), Kurt Egyiawan (Skyfall), Lewis MacDougall and Leni Zieglmeier.
- Gary Collinson
After making a smashing English-language debut in 2001 with "The Others," Spanish director Alejandro Amenabar hasn't been quite as busy in Hollywood as one might have hoped. He returned to Spain for his follow-up, the euthanasia-themed biopic "The Sea Inside," and picked up the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for his efforts. In 2009, he returned to international filmmaking with the Rachel Weisz-starring historical drama "Agora," an ambitious but rather turgid affair that didn't find much of an audience. Since then, things have been rather quiet -- so it's good to see the writer-director returning to genre filmmaking with the Spanish-American co-production "Regression." The film, on which principal photography has just wrapped, stars Emma Watson and Ethan Hawke in a psychological thriller -- in the literal sense. Watson plays a young woman who accuses her father ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" star David Dencik) of sexual abuse; when he admits guilt but no recollection of the abuse, »
- Guy Lodge
In a major step-up in scale, Telefonica Studios, the production division of Spanish telco giant Telefonica, has boarded Academy Award winning Alejandro Amenabar’s upcoming “Regression,” starring Emma Watson and Ethan Hawke, which has just wrapped principal photography, having filmed on location in Toronto.
“Regression” is a The Weinstein Co.-Dimension release in the U.S.; FilmNation handles all world sales outside the U.S. Canada and Spain.
TWC-Dimension will open “Regression” in the U.S. on August 28, 2015.
Telefonica Studios will co-produce “Regression,” the new thriller from writer-director Alejandro Amenabar (“The Sea Inside,” “The Others”) headlined by a stellar cast including Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson.
“Regression” is also backed by Telefilm Canada.
Producers of Amenabar’s “Agora,” and many »
- John Hopewell
(Cbr) With Scott Derrickson on board to direct "Doctor Strange," all eyes of Agamotto -- including Comic Book Resources -- are turning to potential actors to play Marvel's Sorcerer Supreme. Deadline reports that two actors on Marvel's list for the good doctor are Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch. Hardy, of course, is no stranger to comic book movies, having played Batman's enemy Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises." He's also appeared in "Inception," "This Means War," "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and "Star Trek: Nemesis." Cumberbatch, meanwhile, was also in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and has a "Star Trek" film on his resume, "Star Trek Into Darkness." He also appeared in "The Fifth Estate," "August: Osage County" and the Oscar-winning "12 Years a Slave," and provided the voice of Smaug in the two "Hobbit" films. Doctor Strange was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, and first appeared in 1963's "Strange Tales" #110. The character's civilian identity, »
- JK Parkin, Comic Book Resources
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