Cannes - The circus around the Cannes Film Festival is different than any other film festival in the world. It may be less Hollywood than Toronto and less audience-friendly than Sundance, but Cannes truly draws talent of all kinds from every corner of the globe. Only here could you be interviewing rising Australian filmmaking star David Michôd on a hotel rooftop deck while Kylie Minogue belts "Can't Get You Out of My Head" for a live French TV program across the street. And yes, like any good Aussie, he recognized Ms. Minogue immediately. Michôd burst on the scene in 2010 after "Animal Kingdom" became, arguably, Sundance's greatest foreign success of the past decade. Not only did it launch Michôd's career, but it earned star Jacki Weaver her first Academy Award nomination and long=deserved recognition outside of Australia. And directing an actor to an Oscar nomination in your first film is sort of big deal. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Image Entertainment, an Rlj Entertainment brand, brings you Devil's Knot, available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download on June 10, 2014. Based on the true story of the West Memphis Three, the film is directed by Academy Award Nominated Director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) and stars Academy Award Winners Colin Firth (The King's Speech) and Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) as well as Academy Award Nominee Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone), Golden Globe Nominee Mireille Enos (AMC's The Killing) and Stephen Moyer (HBO's True Blood).
May 5, 1993. West Memphis, Arkansas. Three young boys playing in the nearby woods never come home for dinner. In the rush to find and convict the killers, police focus on a trio of teenagers suspected of devil worship. As the mother of one of the murdered boys (Witherspoon) tries to come to grips with this unspeakable tragedy, she is desperate to believe that the killers have been »
Matthew Vaughn is no stranger to action movies. He gave the world the hyperviolent Kick-Ass and delivered X-Men: First Class, which was the refreshing kick the franchise needed to get back on track. And next up he's got Kingsman: The Secret Service, which turns Colin Firth into an action star. Yes, the stuttering, fancy fellow from The King's Speech can also kick a whole lot of ass, apparently. It's movie magic! Firth stars as an old-school James Bond-esque spy who begins training his nephew, a hipper, more street-smart chap, in the family business. That sort of conflicting personalities setup has all the makings of a cheeky, '90s buddy action comedy, but as you can see from the film's first trailer, the payoff looks way cooler than it sounds on...
- Peter Hall
One of the complaints that I continue to hear in some quarters regarding Gareth Edwards' "Godzilla" is that Alexandre Desplat's score is an overbearing one. I couldn't quite wrap my head around that idea given that we're dealing with a monster film here and a monstrous score certainly makes a lot of sense. Our own Drew McWeeny in his otherwise positive review, for instance, said the work was "heavy-handed and obvious in a way that really doesn't seem like [Desplat]," and that last bit maybe hits on why some people aren't liking what they're hearing. Desplat has picked up a slew of Oscar-nominations in a relatively short amount of time. He is easily the most ubiquitous composer working today, and he's become known for some really delicate, lovely work. Movies like "The Queen," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "The King's Speech" are great examples, or even non-Oscar-nominated »
- Kristopher Tapley
For me, Educating Yorkshire was the best factual programme this year: dramatic, moving and honest. In the specialist and single documentary categories, a film about Martin Luther King and Channel 4's televised murder trial shone
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There was one moment of television that stood head and shoulders over all others last year. It came in the final episode of Educating Yorkshire (Channel 4) when English teacher Matthew Burton helped a student, Musharaf Asghar, to overcome his stammer by getting him to recite a Margaret Atwood poem by wearing a pair of headphones. It was a stunning moment of television, one that was far more dramatic and moving than anything in The King's Speech by virtue of it being entirely real and uncontrived. For this scene alone, Educating Yorkshire deserves to »
- John Crace
As the tagline from the latest Atom Egoyan film, Devil's Knot (review), states, “They say the crimes were satanic. The truth may be scarier.” Based on the convictions of the men accused of the "West Memphis Three" murders, it focuses on the families and legal aspects of the case.
We recently chatted with director Egoyan about how he became involved in the project, which describes how Jessie Misskelley, Jr., Jason Baldwin, and Damien Echols (aka the West Memphis Three) were exonerated and released after serving nearly 20 years in prison.
He also touched on why he chose to focus on some lesser known principals from the case, the challenges of bringing this story to the screen, what he learned about the U.S. justice system while making the film, and more.
Dread Central: So, how did you first become aware of the West Memphis Three story, and what was it about »
- Staci Layne Wilson
The men known as the West Memphis Three were convicted as teenagers in 1994 of the heinous murders of three little boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. Jason Baldwin, who’s interviewed here, was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Jessie Misskelley, Jr., received a sentence of life imprisonment plus two 20-year sentences, and the so-called ringleader, Damien Echols, was given the death penalty.
During the trial the prosecution declared that the children were slain as part of a Satanic ritual. A number of documentaries have been based on the case, and celebrities, filmmakers, and musicians have spoken out in the belief that they are innocent. Finally, in 2010, the trio were released after striking an unusual legal deal.
Dread Central: One wonders… as someone who lived the story, »
- Staci Layne Wilson
The Weinstein Company has a pretty tight slate of prestige titles this year, a number of them likely set for the upcoming Oscar circuit. And indeed, today we're getting word that three of them are all lined up for prime awards season real estate on the release calendar, setting the stage for another slew of months in the trenches for Harvey and his team. Still, even a packed slate bursting with potential can be a bit of a burden. After all, the indie distributor is coming off a pretty busy but still skin-of-their-teeth Oscar season where a lack of overall campaign focus nearly cost them; for a while there, it was looking like none of TWC's many baity 2013 contenders was going to land a Best Picture nomination. But "Philomena" pulled it out, and I couldn't help but to congratulate Harvey at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards on the night of »
- Kristopher Tapley
Ender's Game helmer Gavin Hood is set to direct the upcoming thriller Eye in the Sky , Variety reports. Colin Firth is attached to star in the contemporary ensemble and is also producing through his Raindog Films. Scripted by Guy Hibbert, Eye in the Sky offers a look at modern day drone warfare, following a military Colonel with orders to take down a terrorist safe-house in Nairobi. Firth, who won an Academy Award for his performance in The King's Speech , has a number of diverse projects coming up, including the West Memphis Three tale Devil's Knot , Woody Allen's latest, Magic in the Moonlight , Matthew Vaughn's comic book adaptation The Secret Service and the children's book adaptation Paddington , for which he will lend his voice to the titular bear. Xavier »
Les Miserables director Tom Hooper and star Eddie Redmayne are set to reteam for The Danish Girl. Based on David Ebershoff's novel of the same name, The Danish Girl is a love story between Danish painters Einar Wegener and his wife Gerda Gottlieb. Not just a straight romantic picture, The Danish Girl also centers on the world's first sex-change operation. Wegener became the first man to undergo the operation, changing his name to Lili Elbe. Lucinda Coxon adapted the novel for the screenplay. Hit the jump for more. As THR reports, Hooper and Redmayne will reunite for The Danish Girl, which sees Redmayne playing Wegener in what promises to be a transformative and challenging role. Hooper, who won an Oscar for his direction of The King's Speech, hasn't announced his follow-up film to Les Miserables just yet, but he's now attached to this adaptation. Here's what he had to »
- Dave Trumbore
The King's Speech helmer Tom Hooper is set to again work alongside his Les Miserables star Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl . Deadline reports that Hooper will work from a script by Lucinda Coxon, adapting the novel by David Ebershoff. Published in 2001, it follows the life of artist Lili Elbe, who was among the first to ever undergo sexual reassignment surgery. The book is officially described as follows: Inspired by the true story of Danish painter Einar Wegener and his wife, this tender portrait of a marriage asks: What do you do when someone you love wants to change? It starts with a question, a simple favor asked of a husband by his wife on an afternoon chilled by the Baltic wind while both are painting in their studio. Her portrait model has canceled, and would he »
Sony Pictures Classics just unveiled a new photo from Woody Allen's latest film, called "Magic in the Moonlight," giving us a look at Colin Firth (The King's Speech) and Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man). Check it out below. Plot: Set in the 1920s in south of France, the romantic comedy is about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue. The new movie co-stars Marcia Gay Harden and Jacki Weaver, and is set to hit select theaters on July 25th. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard are featured in the first photos from the new William Shakespeare adaptation Macbeth. Michael Fassbender stars as the title character, a Scottish Lord who will do anything to become king, with Marion Cotillard portraying his wife, Lady MacBeth. This adaptation from director Justin Kurzel will retain the play's 11th Century setting and original dialogue. Take a look at the first photos, then read on for more details from Michael Fassbender.
During The Daily Mail's visit to the set, Michael Fassbender revealed that his title character is actually suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, an idea which director Justin Kurzel gave him.
"He's suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. It makes total sense, when you think about it. Justin set the seed of the idea in my head. This trauma is something we know about. In World War I they called it battle fatigue, and it »
Will Ben Affleck and David Fincher make a return to the Oscars next year? -Break- They could be contenders again for one of 2014's most anticipated films, "Gone Girl," based on the bestselling novel by Gillian Flynn, who also penned the screenplay. It opens on October 3, the same time of year that Fincher's "The Social Network" (2010) and Affleck's "Argo" (2012) opened before they went on to win multiple Oscars. Affleck is looking to win a third Oscar -- his first for acting following wins for Best Original Screenplay ("Good Will Hunting," 1997) and Best Picture ("Argo," 2012). However, Fincher is still in search of his first; he earned directing bids for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008) and "Social Network" (2010), losing the first to Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire") and the second to "The King's Speech" helmer Tom Hooper. W »
Luc plays Lawrence, an 18-year-old Chinese Australian who cheats in his high school final year exams and fails to get into medicine. Banished to stay with his uncle for the summer, Lawrence meets Spall.s the Professor, a colourful, ageing conman.
Lawrence begins a road trip with the Professor and his daughter Sarah (Lily Sullivan) as the Professor teaches Lawrence the art of swindling and cheating, while from Sarah he learns a hard lesson in unrequited love.
As Lawrence and the Professor plan their biggest scam, the teenager and Sarah plan a swindle of their own. and Lawrence is forced to make a choice between love, life and lies. Kat Stewart is cast as Sarah.s mother and Jacek Koman »
- Don Groves
Captain of the Gate will centre on Churchill's rise to power in the second world war, when he led his country against Hitler's regime. The screenplay is by Ben Kaplan, who has written about Us president Ronald Reagan for a History Channel film and worked on documentaries about Vietnam and the second world war.
Spacey is reportedly attached to the project, which is seeking a director. The double Oscar winner is experiencing something of a career renaissance, with Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for his role as a less well-respected politician: Francis Underwood in the Netflix drama House of Cards.
- Ben Child
The Oscar-winning actor currently plays a ruthless American politician on Netflix's House of Cards.
According to WENN, Spacey will portray Churchill in a film called Captain of the Gate.
The film will chronicle the famous prime minister's life, from his childhood to his rise to power in British politics.
Las Vegas - Every year the major studios present their upcoming slate to the nation's theater owners at CinemaCon (formerly ShoWest). It's commonplace for a studio head to bring out a few famous faces to drive home the point that they should get behind a particular movie or two. Tuesday morning, Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Pictures, had only one movie star waiting in the wings and it was a big one: Angelina Jolie. Langley's job was to pitch Universal's entire 2014 slate and tease 2015 by showcasing upcoming films such as "Fast and Furious 7," "The Minions," "Neighbors" and "Jurassic World." Jolie had only one job: convince theater owners that her new drama "Unbroken," which she directed, was worthy of their screens and in-theater promotional energy over the next nine months. The true story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who found himself captured by the Japanese during World War II, "Unbroken »
- Gregory Ellwood
Image Entertainment is bringing The Devil's Knot to us on May 9th, and right now we have several new images for you cats with a penchant for true crime cases. Guilty? Innocent? Give us your take on who committed these heinous crimes.
From Academy Award nominated director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) and starring Academy Award winner Colin Firth (The King's Speech) and Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), comes the true story of a crime that would grip a nation for almost two decades and that continues to be one of the most high-profile trials of all time. Based on the bestseller by Mara Leveritt, Devil's Knot recounts the trial and conviction of teenagers Damien Echols; Jessie Misskelley, Jr.; and Jason Baldwin in the savage murder of three 8-year-old boys in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas, in 1993.
Dubbed the so-called "West Memphis Three," the defendants, »
- Uncle Creepy
The worst thing anyone's said to me? 'Sorry old boy, but you've got leukaemia'
Timothy Spall, 57, was born in London. After studying at Rada, he joined Birmingham Rep and the RSC before being cast in the hit TV series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet in 1983. His movies include Mike Leigh's Life Is Sweet and Secrets & Lies, and Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd. He played Churchill in The King's Speech, Peter Taylor in The Damned United and Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter films. He is currently starring in PG Wodehouse's Blandings on BBC1. He is married with three children.
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I have had a tendency to sleepwalk in the past. I once woke up in the nude in a corridor of a hotel in Cornwall in the small hours of the morning. Oh, the cringing shame.
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