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• Stuart Heritage on which other same-surname movies should be greenlit
The British actors will star in The Time of Their Lives, a road movie in which Joan plays a former Hollywood star who escapes her London retirement home and travels to France for her ex-husband's funeral. Pauline plays a housewife with a failing marriage who joins the trip, and the pair become romantically embroiled with a reclusive Frenchman played by Franco Nero.
"I was very excited by the script, which was sent to me about one month ago, »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Former Dynasty star Collins is set to play Helen, a former Hollywood siren determined to gatecrash her ex-husband’s funeral at a glamorous French hideaway. Helen escapes her London retirement home with the help of Priscilla (Pauline Collins), a repressed English housewife stuck in a bad marriage.
Nero, whose prolific career includes the starring role in 1966 Western Django, will play a famous French recluse who becomes part of an uneasy love triangle with the two women.
Sarah Sulick produces for Bright Pictures, the company she set up with Roger Goldby to make his debut feature The Waiting Room, which premiered at Edinburgh and sold to Lionsgate in the UK, IFC Films in the »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Distributor: Summit Entertainment
An anti-bullying allegory writ on the largest possible scale, “Ender’s Game” frames an interstellar battle between mankind and pushy ant-like aliens, called Formics, in which Earth’s fate hinges on a tiny group of military cadets, most of whom haven’t even hit puberty yet. At face value, the film presents an electrifying star-wars scenario — that rare case where an epic space battle transpires entirely within the span of two hours — while at the same time managing to deliver a higher pedagogical message about tolerance, empathy and coping under pressure. Against considerable odds, this risky-sounding Orson Scott Card adaptation actually works, as director Gavin Hood pulls off the sort of teen-targeted franchise starter Summit was hoping for.
— Peter Debruge
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Distributor: Relativity Media
Month-old mashed potatoes wouldn’t leave behind as questionable an aftertaste as “Free Birds,” a »
- Variety Staff
It's been a while since we heard the name Alejandro Amenábar. After a terrific run of films including "Open Your Eyes," "The Others" and "The Sea Inside," the filmmaker stumbled slightly with his epic "Agora." But it looks like he's ready to return with a new film "Regression," which will star Ethan Hawke. Plot details are being kept secret for now, but it's being called an "elevated genre project," according to Variety, and one that will play with "our deepest primal fears." Production will begin next spring. Though he made his directorial debut last year with “Quartet,” Dustin Hoffman will be heading back in front of the camera in his first film appearance since 2010’s “Little Fockers.” Variety reports Hoffman will join Alfred Molina and Kathy Bates in the indie “Boychoir.” The film, written by “Source Code” scribe Ben Ripley and directed by Francois Girard, will focus “on a troubled »
- Cain Rodriguez
After his dalliance behind the camera on this year's Quartet, Dustin Hoffman has headed back to acting territory. He just finished Jon Favreau's Chef and has Esio Trot lined up, and added to that roster is now Boychoir, in which Hoffman will play an inspirational choir master. Alfred Molina and Kathy Bates will be listening in from the stalls.Francois Girard (The Red Violin) is the director of the indie drama, caling the shots on the story of a troubled 11 year-old given the opportunity to turn his life around through music. He has a fractious relationship with Hoffman's character at their New York school, but Hoffman, apparently, will refuse to let him squander his talent.Bates plays the headmistress, with Molina as another teacher. The hunt is currently on for an unknown to play the juvenile lead, although it sounds like most, if not all, of the rest of »
Dustin Hoffman has signed on to play the lead role in the indie film Boychoir.
Boychoir follows a troubled 11-year-old boy named Stet whose complex relationship with his Choir Master leads him to discover his love for music, Deadline reports.
Hoffman will portray the Choir Master Carvelle with bosses still looking to cast the young Stet.
Molina is slated to portray Hoffman's colleague with Bates on board to play the school's headmistress.
A release date for the indie drama has yet to be set.
Embankment Films is handling international sales and will introduce the film to international distributors at the American Film Market.
The story centers on a troubled and angry 11-year-old from the wrong side of the tracks who finds himself at an East Coast school, where he engages in a battle of wills with a demanding choir master, played by Hoffman, who recognizes a unique talent in the boy. Molina will play a teacher at the school, »
- Dave McNary
Genre: Horror | Drama
Original Broadcast Network: BBC America
Run time: Approximately 180 minutes (3 episodes)
Release date: October 8, 2013
Creator/Writer: Dominic Mitchell
Director: Jonny Campbell
In The Flesh, BBC America’s three-part series that Wired called “the thinking person’s Walking Dead,” is a unique take on a zombie apocalypse: what happens when humanity survives the uprising… and so do the zombies? When 18-year-old Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry, Anna Karenina, Quartet) committed suicide four years ago, his friends and family thought they’d never see him again – that is, until the dead began to rise. After a catastrophic war, imprisonment, and months of rehabilitation and medication, hoards of brain-craving undead have returned to a lucid state. The zombies, now known as Pds (Partially Deceased Syndrome) sufferers, are gradually being introduced back into a society that so recently fought them off for survival. For Kieren, returning home means confronting the community »
- Erin Willard
★★★★☆ Implanting the dark heart of Gothic cinema into his signature cinematic carcass of deadpan humour and beatnik contemplation, indie provocateur Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) is the story of two misanthropic vampires who have been in love for centuries, witnessing the humanist revival of classical art and literature and its sad decline into the vulgar and uncouth yield of contemporary populist culture. Vampires have never seemed as stylish and refined as they do here, inhibiting the poise and self-assurance of a Shoreditch hipster with the style and grace of classically-trained concert pianist.
Adam (Tom Hiddleston) is a musician who once gave Schubert a String Quartet, but is now a suicidal romantic who has chosen the derelict industrial wasteland of Detroit as his home. His wife, Eve (fellow Brit Tilda Swinton), lives in Tangier, surrounding herself with literature and cavorting with her old acquaintance, the English dramatist and poet »
- CineVue UK
Back in 2009, the studio acquired the Civil Rights leader's life rights and access to all of his copyrighted speeches, including his famous "I Have a Dream" speech, books and other works. It is the first film to be granted permission by Martin Luther King's family to use his intellectual property for a feature.
Kario Salem (Chasing Mavericks) wrote the screenplay, after spending three years doing research and interviews. Ronald Harwood (Quartet) wrote an earlier draft. It isn't known what aspects of Martin Luther King's life will be put on display in this feature.
Steven Spielberg is producing for DreamWorks, alongside Suzanne De Passe, Madison Jones and Sam Nappi. Several members of Martin Luther King's family are expected to be executive producers. No production schedule was given. »
Feature Ivan Radford 30 Sep 2013 - 07:03
You can tell immediately when you're watching a Woody Allen movie. Not just from the opening credits (Windsor Light Condensed on black title cards) but from the music. Woody loves the stuff - he'd rather play clarinet with his band than go to the Oscars. He loves it so much that he joins the list of directors such as Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese who are known for using popular, pre-existing music in their soundtracks. The man has directed an astonishing 43 films in his career. Just seven of those have original scores.
Comedian Billy Connolly has been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer and Parkinson's disease, according to a statement posted on his website. Connolly is set to star in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again. He recently appeared in Quartet and lent his voice to Disney-Pixar's Brave. He's famous in the U.K. for his stand-up comedy and initially achieved fame as a folk musician. Connolly underwent minor surgery after being diagnosed with the very early stages of prostate cancer and the operation was successful, the statement says. He's also "receiving the appropriate treatment"
- Hilary Lewis
BBC is going to drop two titles on DVD in time for the Halloween season. The following are expected to street on October 8th.
In the Flesh is a unique take on a zombie apocalypse: what happens when humanity survives the uprising… and so do the zombies? When 18-year-old Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry, Anna Karenina, Quartet) committed suicide four years ago, his friends and family thought they'd never see him again – that is, until the dead began to rise. After a catastrophic war, imprisonment, and months of rehabilitation and medication, hoards of brain-craving undead have returned to a lucid state.
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An outstanding cast does what it can to enliven “Mr. Morgan’s Last Love,” a mostly mawkish melodrama from “Mostly Martha” helmer Sandra Nettelbeck starring Michael Caine as a crusty Paris widower and Clemence Poesy as the sprightly dance instructor who brightens up his days. Though the basic elements would appear to be here for a geriatric crowdpleaser in the “Quartet”/”Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” vein, the pic’s funereal pacing and relentlessly downbeat tone hew closer to a watered-down TV-movie version of “Amour,” with a treacly Hans Zimmer score subbed for Schubert. Out Aug. 22 in Germany, this second try at an English-language crossover pic by the Teuton Nettelbeck should travel further than the first (2009’s little-seen Ashley Judd vehicle “Helen”), but won’t spark the word of mouth needed for more than middling arthouse biz.
Nettelbeck adapted “Mr. Morgan’s Last Love” from French novelist Francoise Dorner’s “La douceur assassine, »
- Scott Foundas
In the run-up to the late summer fest season, European powerhouse Wild Bunch has boarded Japanese auteur Hayao Miyazaki’s epic “The Wind Rises,” continuing its long-term relationships with both Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli.
Wild Bunch has taken international sales rights to “Rises,” while Disney will release the film in France.
“Rises,” which according to Wild Bunch co-founder Vincent Maraval “marks a major change in Miyazaki’s career,” bowed in Japan on July 20 and has been a local B.O. hit, grossing an estimated $57 million through Aug.15. It’s now set to roll out at Venice and Toronto, where it will have its North American premiere. It will also play at San Sebastian, Telluride and New York.
Miyazaki’s follow-up to “Ponyo,” “Rises” is loosely based on the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the engineer and designer of the Zero fighter plane, which was used by the Japanese army during World War II. »
- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell
Following its recent limited theatrical engagement in the Us, Dark Sky Films has announced a September release for Frankenstein’s Army on Blu-ray and DVD.
“Hot off the heels of it’s critically acclaimed theatrical release, Richard Raaphorst’s highly buzzed-about debut film, Frankenstein’S Army comes to Blu-ray and DVD from Mpi/Dark Sky Films on September 10, 2013.
In the dying days of World War II, a battalion of Russian soldiers find themselves lost in enemy territory in eastern Germany. One soldier (Alexander Mercury, The Golden Compass) has been ordered to make a propaganda film as the squadron makes its way across the wintry landscape, and what follows is a thrilling mix of found-footage shocks and classic horror. Stumbling upon a village decimated by an unseen terror, the Russians are lured into the secret lab of deranged scientist Viktor (Hellboy’s Karel Roden). Viktor has unearthed the journals of the legendary Dr. »
- Jonathan James
Dustin Hoffman had cancer -- emphasis on had.
"It was detected early and he has been surgically cured," the actor's rep revealed to People. "Dustin is feeling great and is in good health."
Hoffman, 75, certainly didn't let the diagnosis slow him down. He wrapped Jon Favreau's "Chef" last month, and he'll film the Roald Dahl adaptation "Esio Trot" in the fall and "Boys Choir" sometime this winter. He worked on his directorial debut, "Quartet," throughout 2012.
With "Quartet," which follows four elderly opera singers, Hoffman attempted to capture the emotional process of aging. "If we can put on the screen those feelings we have, the ups the downs, that's what I'm looking for," he explained to NPR earlier this year.
- Laura Larson
Tootsie star has undergone treatment for cancer after disease was diagnosed early
Actor Dustin Hoffman has undergone treatment for cancer, the Oscar-winner's publicist confirmed on Tuesday.
Hoffman's publicist, Jodi Gottlieb, declined to say what kind of cancer or when the Tootsie star was diagnosed.
The news was first reported by People Magazine, where Gottlieb said the cancer had been "detected early and he has been surgically cured."
The 75-year-old actor is set to undergo further preventative treatments to protect against the cancer returning, People reported.
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Luck may have been canceled, but fortune still shines on Dustin Hoffman. The two-time Oscar winner recently underwent successful treatment for cancer and has been "surgically cured" after doctors caught it early, his rep confirms to E! News. "Dustin is feeling great and is in good health," she says, adding that Hoffman will continue to undergo preventative treatment to minimize the chance of the cancer recurring. The rep did not specify what type of the disease Hoffman was battling. Regardless, we're happy to hear the good news, as first reported by People. The 75-year-old actor made his feature directorial debut last year with Quartet, and he recently wrapped the Jon »
Dustin Hoffman has been successfully treated for cancer, his rep Jodi Gottlieb tells People exclusively. "It was detected early and he has been surgically cured," she says. "Dustin is feeling great and is in good health." The two-time Oscar-winning actor and director, 75, will undergo doctor-recommended preventative treatments to minimize the chance of a recurrence in years to come. Gottlieb declined to disclose further information about Hoffman's cancer or treatments. Hoffman has spent the last year promoting his film, Quartet, which marked his directorial debut. He recently wrapped production on Jon Favreau's Chef in mid-July and is scheduled to begin »
- Julie Jordan
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