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There have arguably been bigger stars in television history than the late James Garner, but none who ever made it look quite so easy. Garner, who reportedly died in his home on Saturday at the age of 86, first hit it big in 1957 with "Maverick," a comical Western in which he played Bret Maverick, a Wild West cardsharp who was as quick on the draw as he was with a quip. At a time when TV was dominated by Westerns — and very solemn ones, at that — Garner was happy to play the same material lighter, to occasionally be the clown or the guy who gets punched in the face, and yet always made it clear that Maverick could easily kill you if he wanted to — it just wasn't his preferred way of doing things. Garner left Maverick after only a few seasons (and had spent much of that time alternating episodes »
- Alan Sepinwall
Alcon Entertainment’s action-thriller Point Break, starring Édgar Ramírez, Luke Bracey, Ray Winstone, Teresa Palmer and Delroy Lindo, begins principal photography today, it was announced by Alcon principals Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
The production will film on four continents, including North America, Europe, South America and Asia, and features stunts performed by the world’s top extreme sports athletes, as opposed to stunt performers. Locations set for filming include Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, Mexico, Venezuela, French Polynesia, India and the United States. Alcon will release through its output deal with Warner Bros. Pictures.
Ericson Core (“Invincible”) is directing from Kurt Wimmer’s (“Salt,” “Law Abiding Citizen”) screenplay. Ramírez (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Che: Part One”) stars as Bodhi and Bracey (“G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” upcoming “The Best of Me”) will portray Johnny Utah.
In “Point Break, »
- Michelle McCue
Wonderful true story about a mixed-race woman raised in an aristocratic British family in the late 18th century; like the best Jane Austen romance with an angry social conscience. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m hungry for stories about women
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Warning: I am about to get sweary about a genteel romantic costume drama.
To everyone who has ever said or believed that white men built the world on their own and bestowed civilization on the rest of us? Fuck you. To anyone who has ever said or believed that the stories of women and everyone not-white haven’t been told because they’re not worth telling because, obvs, they did nothing significant? Fuck you.
That the stories of women and nonwhite people — and nonwhite women! — have been erased from the history books does not »
- MaryAnn Johanson
If you needed any confirmation about what Steven Spielberg‘s next movie will be, this could provide the news you’re looking for. Tom Hanks and Spielberg have been developing a true-life Cold War thriller, and a new actor has just signed on. Mark Rylance (Anonymous (above), The Other Boleyn Girl) will now play a role in […]
- Russ Fischer
Irvine portrays a young man in New York caught up during the 1969 Stonewall Riots, considered the starting point for the modern gay civil rights movement. The cast includes Jonny Beauchamp, Caleb Landry Jones, Karl Glusman, Vlademir Alexis, and Alexandre Nachi.
The script is written by Jon Robin Baitz.
- Dave McNary
Principal photography has begun on Roland Emmerich's drama Stonewall. The film stars Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) as a young runaway who finds his way to the Stonewall Inn and is eventually swept up in events that would lead to the historic 1969 Stonewall Riots, which were a turning point in gay civil rights. Although Emmerich is known for being able to blow stuff up real good, his first historical drama, Anonymous, wasn't bad, and Stonewall has been a passion project for the director some time. It's always admirable when a filmmaker breaks away from his or her comfort zone, and the story of the Stonewall Riots is definitely one worth telling. Hit the jump for the press release, which also reveals that Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Dracula), Joey King (White House Down), and Ron Perlman have joined the cast. Here's the press release: Production Commences On Centropolis Entertainment’S Stonewall Directed »
- Matt Goldberg
Roland Emmerich's directorial career has spanned all sorts of genre entertainment from historical epics like The Patriot and 10,000 BC to scifi blockbusters Independence Day, 2012, The Day After Tomorrow, and Godzilla. But through his three decade career, he has made one lone drama film. 2011's Anonymous was a period film about conspiracy theories surrounding who wrote the plays of William Shakespeare. Now, Emmerich is preparing to make the sequel to Independence Day but not before trying »
- Alex Maidy
The Wrap is reporting Rhys Ifans has joined James Bobin's (The Muppets) Alice In Wonderland sequel, and the actor will play the Mad Hatter's father, Zanik Hightopp. Mark Rylance (Anonymous, Blitz) was previously in talks to play the character, but Rhys Ifans will play the Hatter Dad in Alice In Wonderland 2. Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Mia Wasikowska will reprise their roles from the first film, and the sequel will also star Sacha Baron Cohen as the villain Time. »
- Jesse Giroux
The story will focus on the events surrounding the last days before his untimely death at the age of 39 in 1953 in New York, which included multiple visits to the White Horse Tavern in Greenwich Village.
Ifans, a native of Wales, has appeared recently in “Anonymous, “The Five-Year Engagement” and “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Malkovich and Luna collaborated on “Chavez” with Luna directing and Malkovich starring.
Malkovich appeared last year in “Warm Bodies” and “Red 2.”
- Dave McNary
When you get down to it, the career of Roland Emmerich (White House Down) has been essentially critic-proof. Much like contemporary Michael Bay (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Emmerich has spent decades making movies that have been (largely) rejected by film literati, but also generated impressive box office returns.
Thus, the German-born director’s clout remains constant despite the under-performance of projects such as Anonymous and White House Down. Though he will soon be tackling the historical/political drama Stonewall and the long-discussed sequel(s) to Independence Day, Emmerich may also have cast his eye even further out with the acquisition of the rights to Maya Lord, a historical novel.
Deadline shares the scoop that Emmerich’s production company, Centropolis ...
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- Kyle Hembree
The last time Roland Emmerich delved into history, the world was faced with Anonymous, which ended up a controversial look at Shakespeare’s work. It seems he’s happy living in the past at the moment, because he’s preparing to direct 1960s-set gay rights drama Stonewall and may go even further back via his option on John Coe Robbins’ novel Maya Lord.Robbins’ book is set in 1511 and is based on the true story of Gonzalo Guerrero, who was shipwrecked and found himself washed ashore on an unknown part of what was then the New World. He and his fellow Spanish shipmate survivors were captured and enslaved by a Mayan tribe, and Guerrero ended up embracing the Mayan culture. When one of his fellow captives escaped and joined up with the invading forces led by Cortes, Guerrero became a Mayan warlord and defended his adopted people.According to Deadline, »
Best known for his roles in X-Men: First Class and Antiviral, Caleb Landry Jones is a young star on the rise. He’s got an impressive slate of films coming up (God’s Pocket, Low Down) and today, he’s added one more in the form of Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall.
Already set to star Jeremy Irvine as Danny, a “a young man who experiences a political awakening during the Stonewall riots,” the film will see Jones co-star as Orphan Annie, “an eccentric gay street hustler who participates alongside Danny in the uprising.”
If you couldn’t already tell, Stonewall will focus on the riot that broke out on June 28, 1969 at the titular inn, where gay and lesbian patrons stood up to police who raided the bar.
- Matt Joseph
Though there's not much in the way of plot details, we now know of at least one new character that's set to feature prominently in "Alice in Wonderland 2": The Mad Hatter's father.
TheWrap reports that Mark Rylance, an acclaimed British theater actor, is in talks to take the part. The character's name is Zanik Hightopp, the father of Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter, and like his zany son, Hightopp "cannot hide his bright-colored hair beneath a top hat," according to TheWrap.
In addition to a host of appearances in Shakespeare stage productions, Rylance is known for his selective film work, including parts in "The Other Boleyn Girl" and "Anonymous" and a role in the upcoming Sean Penn-starring "The Gunman. »
- Katie Roberts
The sequel to Disney’s 2010 live action reboot of Lewis Carroll’s famous children’s novel Alice in Wonderland – tentatively entitled Through The Looking Glass – has quietly been trudging along into pre-production without much fanfare as yet. However, It looks like we will all be seeing a new character come May 2016 in the guise of the Mad Hatter’s father, who is to be played by stage thespian Mark Rylance.
Rylance’s previous big screen outings are few and far between but include the likes of The Other Boleyn Girl, Anonymous and Intimacy. Much of his acting career has been spent on stage including various stints at the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre , London.
Set to return is Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter with Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat) the only previously announced new face due to appear as an unnamed villain. The movie is to be directed by »
- Gavin Logan
We already know that Johnny Depp will return as the Mad Hatter in Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" sequel, called "Through the Looking Glass." And now comes word that his character will have a father. The studio is currently in talks with Mark Rylance to join the film as Mad Hatter's dad. Rylance is best known for his work on stage, but has appeared in such films as "Anonymous" and the upcoming "The Gunman," starring Sean Penn. "Through the Looking Glass" will be directed by James Bobin (The Muppets) and will bring back Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Helena Bonham Carter as the evil Red Queen. It's set to hit theaters on May 27th, 2016. »
Though we don't know much about the Alice in Wonderland sequel developing at Disney, other than it will be called Through the Looking Glass and feature the return of Mia Wasikowska in the title role along with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, we might have a hint of what's to come with the latest casting reveal. Variety has word that stage actor Mark Rylance is currently in talks to play the father of Depp's looney, top hatted character. Of course, without any plot details, we're unsure just how integral the actor will be in the progression of the sequel's story. More below! Rylance is best known for theater work, but he can be seen in Roland Emmerich's Anonymous (a movie that I completely forgot about until this very moment) and the forthcoming thriller The Gunman with Sean Penn. Through the »
- Ethan Anderton
Acclaimed stage actor Mark Rylance ("The Other Boleyn Girl," "Anonymous") is in talks to play the father of Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter character in "Through the Looking Glass," the sequel to Disney's 2010 "Alice in Wonderland" adaptation.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Plot and character details are being kept under wraps, but he joins a cast that also includes Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen and Sacha Baron Cohen as the unidentified villain. It isn't known how the Mad Hatter's father will figure into the story quite yet.
Although he is best known for his work on the stage, Mark Rylance's big-screen credits include The Other Boleyn Girl, Anonymous and the upcoming crime drama The Gunman, which hits theaters later this year.
Through the Looking Glass comes to theaters May 27th, »
Roland Emmerich will direct Jeremy Irvine in "Stonewall"Roland Emmerich is a size queen. I had the world's shortest interview with him while he was promoting Anonymous, a rare trip away from the ginormous epic blockbuster spectacles he prefers to make. But that was, in its own peculiar academic-enraging way, also supersized with CGI and a lusty embrace of conspiracy theories. In fact he ended our interview defending the size of his pictures.
It has to be big or I don't like it."
My mind raced back to that interview today when the news broke that Emmerich plans to make a drama about the Stonewall riots which poured gasoline on the then tiny embers of the gay rights movement. He'll film Stonewall before embarking on the long gestating Independence Day sequels. Young beauty Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, The Railway Man) has the lead role as a man who has a »
- NATHANIEL R
Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter are all already confirmed to return for Disney's sequel to Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland. Now the rest of the Through The Looking Glass cast is filling out, with word coming in that Mark Rylance will make an appearance. James Bobin (The Muppets) is the director this time, and Variety seem confident that Rylance will be playing the father of Depp's Mad Hatter. Rylance is, for the record, three years older than Depp, which is some sort of testament to Depp's skincare regime, we guess.Since no such character appears in Lewis Carroll's book, we can safely assume (if we weren't already) that Bobin's film will play as fast and loose with source as Burton's. The first film was a peculiar mash-up of elements from both Alice books and original sequel elements. Where Through The Looking Glass will take us is currently anyone's guess. »
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