20 items from 2013
Predestination.tells the story of a detective sent on a complex mission back in time to seek out his younger self and catch the one criminal who has eluded him his entire life..
Principal photography is currently underway at Docklands Studios and other locations around Melbourne..
Pinnacle Films will distribute in Australia and New Zealand. »
- Emily Blatchford
Having made a real name for himself in his feature debut, Richard Ayoade’s Submarine, Craig Roberts continues to impress with a slew of promising projects on his upcoming slate, including Dan Beers’ Premature with Alan Tudyk and Nicholas Stoller’s Townies with Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, and Rose Byrne. But before all that, we can look forward to seeing him star alongside the brilliant Charlotte Ritchie in Jamie Adams’ feature debut, Jolene: The Indie Folk Star.
Adams’ movie is eyeing a debut at Raindance this autumn, and is then set to tour the film at a handful of universities around the country in successive weeks, ahead of a DVD/VOD release around Christmas 2013. And with Jolene now approaching the end of post-production, we’ve got the brilliant first trailer to share.
Summer 2012, England and Wales.
Jolene (19), an indie folk star, is having trouble convincing her writing partner Benny (20) to become more commercial. »
- Kenji Lloyd
Gemma Chan made waves when she first appeared as a series regular on ITV’s Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, as the dominant Charlotte. It was a role that was born to grab the audience’s attention, but not only did it grab our attention…it squeezed us hard around the throat in some kind of asphyxiation ritual that we’re ashamed to admit to liking. This wasn’t the first time the stunning Gemma Chan had gone out of her way to try something different. Originally a law student, after graduation he decided to pursue her real passion of drama. After a stint as a model on Project Catwalk, she began picking up small but memorable roles on shows such as Doctor Who, The It Crowd, and Sherlock, as well as parts in films including Pimp and Submarine.
Now she’s set to star in Channel 4′s Dates, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Jamie and Laura are back, and now they’ve got the baby in tow. The second season opens with our non-couple in the thick of parenting, and few ideas about how to cope. They can’t even pick a name, and time’s running out, because everyone is involved in planning the Christening.
Pramface delivered a lot of laughs in the first season, and the truly ensemble show doesn’t let up for the second. A wonderfully clever series that makes great use of its entire cast, Pramface is a fast-paced vehicle that manages to explore not only the teenagers, but their parents as well, and strips away the varnish to show off how people really are. Well, sort of.
The first season’s drunken one-night stand that turned into teen pregnancy takes off, as I said, in the parenting trenches, but Jamie and Laura also have to deal with their friends, »
- Marc Eastman
Lee Pace ("The Hobbit," "Lincoln") is in final negotiations to play the villain in Disney and Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy". The identity of Pace's villainous character is being kept under wraps.
Pace was previously considered to play hero Peter Quill, aka Star Lord, a role that ultimately went to Chris Pratt. Shooting kicks off in June ahead of an August 2014 release. [Source: The Wrap]
Set in the waning days of the war, the story revolves around the five-man crew of an American tank named Fury that runs across a desperate German division. [Source: Heat Vision]
Woody Allen's Next
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- Garth Franklin
Rogen stars as a family man whose quiet suburban life is impacted by a rowdy local college fraternity, led by Efron's character.
Not enough people have watched 2010.s offbeat coming-of-age dramedy Submarine, the first feature film directed by British comedian/writer Richard Ayoade. A handful of the best, as well as zaniest British sitcoms of the past ten years have featured Ayoade in some capacity, and Submarine was a nice subdued version of his talents. On top of that its young star Craig Roberts turned out a brilliant performance, drawing comedy out of pathos as well as situational bits. Roberts should definitely add something different to the usual suspects of Nicholas Stoller.s upcoming comedy Townies, which already stars such names as Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, and recently added Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco and Rose Byrne to the cast. The plot . which sounds like something these guys are doing on a dare . concerns an ordinary family man (Rogen) and his wife (Byrne) whose life is becoming a constant Hell thanks to »
Nicholas Stoller’s “Townies,” announced last May, will pit Seth Rogen in an against-type role as a suburban family man against Zac Efron in an against-type role as a rowdy frat boy, two casting choices that we find positively titillating. News that Dave Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse had signed on broke last month, upping the ante. And now it seems that another potential frat brother has been cast. Craig Roberts, who some will recognize from Richard Ayoade’s directorial debut “Submarine,” is currently filming the project according to his talent agent, Curtis Brown. Roberts has also played smaller roles in “Jane Eyre” and the little-seen “Red Lights," but in "Submarine," he showed a sensitive and sly comic touch, which might be a nice texture to add in the mix here. We know that sticking a bunch of funny people in one place isn’t necessarily a recipe for comedy genius, »
- Tess Hofmann
Over the weekend came a new behind the scenes shot from Gareth Edwards' monstrous 'Godzilla' reboot plus a fresh piece of casting news. First off award winning British actress Sally Hawkins -below ('Made in Dagenham', 'Submarine') has joined the impressive cast that already features fellow co-stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson ('Kick-Ass 2'), Elizabeth Olsen ('Silent House'), Juliette Binoche and Bryan Cranston ('Breaking Bad'). In addition to the news a brief video clip featuring some military figures descending from an overhead helicopter popped up online. The shot was taken in Golden Ears Provincial Park in British Columbia, Canada and can be seen below. David Strathairn ('Lincoln'), Ken Watanabe ('Inception') and Richard T. Jones ('Event Horizon') also star. »
Hollywood has always played fast and loose with books – risking the author's wrath by changing plot and characters wholesale. Joe Dunthorne looks back on some memorable film cheats
At book readings, Stephen King sometimes tells a story about his "only preproduction discussion" for the 1980 film adaptation of The Shining. At seven in the morning, King was shaving in the bathroom when his wife ran in to tell him there was a call from London, it was Stanley Kubrick. Just the mention of the director's name was shock enough that when King went to the phone, he had a line of blood running down one cheek and the other was still white with foam. The first thing Kubrick said – and it's worth noting that King's growly impersonation makes him sound like a swamp creature – was: "I think stories of the supernatural are fundamentally optimistic, don't you? If there are ghosts then that means we survive death. »
- Joe Dunthorne
From Page To Screen | Bradford International Film Festival | Belfast International Film Festival | Italian Film Festival
From Page To Screen, Bridport
Curated by novelist Joe Dunthorne, this festival of literary adaptations takes in everything from Patricia Highsmith thrillers (Plein Soleil, Strangers On A Train) to comic-book films American Splendor and Ghost World, and films based on plays, like new vampire flick Byzantium, which comes with a masterclass from producer Stephen Woolley. Dunthorne introduces Richard Ayoade's adaptation of his own Submarine, and its key influence The Graduate, and there's a special screening of Kubrick's The Shining at the precarious, disused Burton Cliff Hotel.
Various venues, Wed to 14 Apr
Bradford International Film Festival
Bradford is rarely the first city that springs to mind when you think of British cinema, but it's home to our National Media Museum and is a Unesco City of Film, no less. And its festival is an embarrassment »
- Steve Rose
Check out the latest casting news below: Sally Hawkins (Submarine) has joined the cast of Gareth Edwards' Godzilla reboot, featuring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen. Adewale Akkinuoye-Agbaje (The Bourne Identity) has boarded Paul W.S. Anderson's Pompeii, starring Kit Harington, Emily Browning and Kiefer Sutherland. Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement. First up from Deadline comes word that Hawkins is the latest addition to Edwards' Godzilla. Hawkins takes the last lead role as a scientist in the monster-sized reboot that began shooting in Vancouver recently. The eclectic cast also features Ken Watanabe, David Strathairn and Juliette Binoche. Godzilla is slated to open May 16, 2014 in 3D. Hawkins' upcoming films include Phil Morrison's Almost Christmas with Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti, and Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. Variety reports that Akkinuoye-Agbaje will join Anderson's Pompeii as an enslaved gladiator who befriends the protagonist played by Harington. »
- Dave Trumbore
So, what do you get when you mix Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe and Juliette Binoche? Nope, not a Euro-flavored film about the intersecting lives of a multi-culti group of beautiful looking people living in, oh I dunno, Paris. Instead it's the cast of "Godzilla." And the ensemble has just gotten even more puzzling. Brit actress Sally Hawkins -- who put the happy-go-lucky in "Happy-Go-Lucky" and "Made In Dagenham," and featured in fare such as "Never Let Me Go," "Jane Eyre," "Submarine" and more -- has come aboard the picture. And that's all we can tell. The Gareth Edwards-directed picture is now shooting, but there are no details (though we bet it involves a monster and stuff getting exploded), so no idea what her role is at this point. But our guess is that the disaster in the movie maybe is globe-spanning in nature, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Made In Britain: Warp Films At 10, London
The Made In Britain initiative continues with a celebration of Warp Films, which has brought us such quintessentially British fare as This Is England, Four Lions, Submarine and Kill List. The company celebrated its 10th anniversary in its Sheffield hometown last year, and now brings its back catalogue to London, plus events including a Warp special of Adam Buxton's Bug and a special screening of Shane Meadows's Dead Man's Shoes at the Queen Elizabeth Hall this Friday, with live music from Jah Wobble and members of Unkle.
BFI Southbank, SE1, Fri to 30 Apr
Leeds Young Film Festival
Children's movies have found their expensively animated groove in today's cinema, but this festival usefully reminds those born in the 21st century what they've been missing. »
- Steve Rose
The Curzon Mayfair is set to play host to a reunion this coming Sunday afternoon. The cast of Joseph Losey’s The Servant are to be reunited as part of a special public-ticketed event organised by StudioCanal UK, marking the 50th Anniversary theatrical re-release of The Servant, which is out in cinemas today.
The screening will be introduced by director and actor Richard Ayoade (Submarine, The It Crowd). Directly after the screening cast members Fox, Craig and Miles will take to the stage to participate in a post screening question and answer session moderated by The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw.
Arguably one of the finest films of 1960s British cinema, The Servant was the first collaboration between Losey and Harold Pinter. It is a dark psychological tale built on social-tension and the changing dynamic of the relationship between young playboy Tony (James Fox) and his manservant Hugo (Dirk Bogarde). Losey »
- Flickering Myth
Writer-director Jon Kasdan discusses his high school romantic comedy The First Time, currently available on DVD
Writer-director Jon Kasdan has filmmaking in his blood, as the son of director Lawrence Kasdan (The Big Chill, Silverado), and the brother of Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story). After making his feature directorial debut with 2007's In the Land of Women, he brings us his follow-up The First Time, debuting today on DVD. This tale of high school love stars Dylan O'Brien as Dave, a young man who pines for the most popular girl in school (Victoria Justice), even though she only thinks of him as a friend. One day, Dave meets Aubrey (Britt Robertson), a girl from a nearby school who, through a series of awkward events, becomes Dave's true first love. I recently had the chance to speak with Jon Kasdan about his romantic comedy, and his first professional writing gig ever, »
One of the most prestigious awards to receive at the Ee British Academy Film Awards is the Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema and this year, they’ve announced their winner will be Tessa Ross. For those who don’t know, she’s a champion of the British film industry.
Tessa has nurtured filmmakers in their first feature films such as Stephen Daldry’s Billy Elliot, Chris Morris’ Four Lions, Steve McQueen’s Hunger, Paddy Considine’s Tyrannosaur, Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges, Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block, Sam Taylor-Wood’s Nowhere Boy and Richard Ayoade’s Submarine, amongst many others. She also has developed longstanding working relationships with established British filmmakers such as Danny Boyle, Shane Meadows, Mike Leigh, Michael Winterbottom, Roger Michell and Kevin Macdonald. Together they have worked on some of the most critically-acclaimed and award-winning films of the last decade including Slumdog Millionaire, The Last King of Scotland, »
- Dan Bullock
Cargese, described by Sky Arts as a "unique piece of poetic realism which mines the tragic seam of adolescent love and loss", will star Submarine star Craig Roberts, Offender star Joe Cole (represented by Troika) and 17 year old Avigail Tlalim (represented by United Agents) who made her TV debut last year in ITV's The Town.
The young cast play a group of disaffected teenagers in south London, with the Cargèse of the title being a village on the west coast of Corsica which is wistfully mentioned by one of the characters.
Written by award-winning playwright Simon Stephens, Cargese will air on Sky Arts 1 on 25 April 2013. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (ScreenTerrier)
Kylie Minogue and Doctor Who star Matt Smith are among those confirmed for Sky Arts' latest Playhouse Presents series. Minogue will appear alongside comedian Peter Serafinowicz, Mathew Horne and Homeland's David Harewood in Hey Diddly Dee, a dark comedy centred around a play about Andy Warhol. Minogue's character is said to be inspired by Edie Sedgwick, with Serafinowicz playing the Warhol character. Hey Diddly Dee will be directed by Hustle actor Marc Warren. Meanwhile, Smith will make his directorial debut with Cargese, described by the broadcaster as a drama which "mines the tragic seam of adolescent love and loss". Set in south London, Cargese will star Submarine actor Craig Roberts and is written by Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens (more) »
- By Kate Goodacre
Director: Richard Ayoade
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Submarine was the equivalent to hitting a homer in your very first major league at bat. Sharp, witty and layered, Richard Ayoade fired up round two quickly after and employed the services of Avi Korine (co-writer) thesps Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska and cinematographer Erik Wilson (Tyrannosaur, The Imposter).
Gist: The Double is billed as a funny and frightening story about an insignificant man driven to near breakdown by the appearance of his doppelganger. This modern retelling of Dostoyevsky’s novella sees Eisenberg playing a clerk who encounters a literal facsimile of himself working at his office. The doppelganger tries to take over his life and the film will »
- Eric Lavallee
20 items from 2013
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