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By Fred Blosser
Stories about domineering fathers and neglected offspring are at least as old as the Bible and Shakespeare. Gilles Legrand’s “You Will Be My Son” (2012) is a worthy addition to the genre.
Paul de Marseul (Niels Arestrup) is distressed to learn that his friend Francois Amelot (Patrick Chesnais) has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Paul is the wealthy owner of a French vineyard, and Francois has served for more than 30 years as his estate manager: “a fancy name for winemaker,” Francois comments. When Francois announces that he’s too weak from his illness to begin the new production season, Paul’s son Martin (Lorant Deutsch) steps up, eager to take on the responsibility. He handles sales for the company, and he knows Francois’ routine through years of observation. But Paul has no faith in Martin’s abilities as a vintner, and the two men moreover have a strained personal relationship. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Narrowing down the talents and charms of one Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch to just five is no easy task. Though it may seem like the 38-year-old Brit actor has only recently come on the scene, thanks to his sit-up-and-take-notice, pitch-perfect performance as Sherlock Holmes, dedicated fans know better. Though he's undoubtedly experiencing the kind of golden moment most actors would gladly give their right arm (and possibly a leg) for, the London-born, recently engaged thesp has been a jobbing actor for more than a decade and a critically-acclaimed one for almost as long.
From his BAFTA-nominated performances in "Hawking" (2004) and "Small Island" (2009), to charismatic but smaller turns in Starter For 10 (2006) and Atonement (2007), Cumberbatch was already making a name for himself before he was approached to audition for the titular role in Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss's modern BBC look at Conan Doyle's famous detective. The role marked »
- Emma Badame
Exclusive: Olivier Award-winning stage star Lesli Margherita has joined Taye Diggs and Topher Grace in One Shot, the movie musical about a failed performer-turned-stage manager (Grace) struggling to keep his latest show from imploding on opening night. Broadway and West End vet Margherita will play Brandy, a brassy resident chorus girl who makes a bet with the flamboyant Malcolm (Diggs) to see who’ll bed a hunky new cast member first. Margherita is currently on Broadway in Matilda as Matilda’s mother Mrs. Wormwood, a role she originated for the NYC cast. She won an Olivier for her turn in the Gypsy Kings musical Zorro and nabbed an Ovation Award for her performance in Kiss Me Kate in La. TV credits include Fame L.A.; she’s repped by Hartig/Hilepo Agency and Velocity Entertainment Partners.
- Jen Yamato
The project was unveiled at Cannes with Sierra/Affinity handling international sales and CAA overseeing the sale of the project domestically. The film has started production in Cincinnati.
Andy Goddard, who helmed the third season finale of “Downton Abbey,” is directing. He’s been attached to the project — formerly known as “The Blunderer” — since early last year. It’s based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel “The Blunderer.”
Highsmith’s novel is centered on a successful and handsome man (Wilson) who seems to have it »
- Dave McNary
The beginning of the end is nigh for Hunger Games fans – Mockingjay: Part 1 is out in cinemas now, and for our money it's the best in the series yet.
Fans of Suzanne Collins' book trilogy and the Lionsgate adaptations are about as dedicated as they come, as we discovered earlier this month at the film's world premiere in London.
But we've set ourselves the challenge of uncovering a few tidbits that might not be widely known. Below are 17 things you probably never knew about The Hunger Games.
1. The three-fingered salute has become iconic for Hunger Games fans, first seen as a gesture of solidarity in District 12 and later adopted by Katniss as a revolutionary gesture. But its significance reached new levels this year when the salute was adopted as a form of silent resistance by protestors in Thailand this year, and subsequently banned by the military.
2. Author Suzanne Collins »
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is available now to Buy & Keep on Sky Store.
Digital Spy has partnered with Sky Store to take you behind the incredible performance capture visual effects of the film and introduce you to the unseen stars of the blockbuster sequel. Read on to meet the actors behind Koba, Blue Eyes, Maurice and more.
Andy Serkis as Caesar
The face of performance capture technology, Andy Serkis has brought to life digital characters as wide-ranging as Gollum from The Lord of the Rings, Captain Haddock in The Adventures of Tintin and King Kong.
In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes he plays Caesar for a second time, leading the primate uprising against mankind. Dawn is without question Serkis's finest performance capture turn to-date.
Toby Kebbell as Koba
Second in command to Caesar is ferocious ape Koba, who favours an aggressive and violent revolution as »
Benedict Cumberbatch began to take Hollywood by storm as no other debonair Englishman has done since the early days of Ralph Fiennes, around 2010, when he landed the title role in BBC's modern take on "Sherlock." The following year, he started a string of memorable supporting roles with "Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy" and "War Horse," and in the year after that he turned critics' heads with an Emmy-nominated turn in "Parade's End." That was two years ago, and since then he's been in five feature films (including "Star Trek Into Darkness" as every Trekkie's favorite villain, Khan) and lent his multi-million-dollar-worth vocal chords to a number of projects (including Peter Jackson's ‘Hobbit’ trilogy as every Tolkienite's favorite dragon, Smaug). And that's not all. He has a walloping nine projects in development, including the third season of "Sherlock," and a venture into yet another cherished universe as every Marvel fans »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
The ITV reality show attracted an average audience of 10.07 million viewers (41.2%) at 9pm, with an added 240,000 (1.5%) on +1. It peaked at 10.56m at around 10pm.
However, this is the show's lowest-rated launch show for several years. It is down around 1.5m from last year's average ratings of 11.54m, and down from 2012's 10.26m.
Earlier, The X Factor - featuring the first play of Band Aid 30 - climbed by over a million from last week to 8.20m (31.9%) at 8pm (158k/0.6% on +1). This is the first time the show has attracted over 8m viewers in four weeks.
Meanwhile, Keep It in the Family attracted 2.78m (11.6%) at 7pm (109k/0.4%), while ITV2's Xtra Factor brought in 251k (1.0%) at 9pm.
Benedict Cumberbatch has been known to do an Alan Rickman impression on occasion, and previously did an embarrassingly accurate Jar Jar Binks voice. Tom Hiddleston, on the other hand, is quite well known for busting out countless celebrity impressions whenever he makes the press and talk show rounds. In this interview Cumberbatch did with MTV, he gives his War Horse co-star a run for his money, doing as many imitations as possible in 60-seconds in order to promote his new film The Imitation Game. During the 60-seconds he does an impression of Hiddleston, as well as John Malkovich, Sean Connery, Jack Nicholson, Owen Wilson, Michael Caine, Matthew McConaughey, Taylor Swift, and more.
Below the video of Cumberbatch, I’ve also embedded a small compilation of Hiddleston doing numerous impressions. You can watch both videos and let us know which remarkably suave and debonair Brit you think does better impressions. I'd »
- Eli Reyes
Grandeur often rules the day in Best Production Design, which awards the men and women responsible for a movie's set design and construction. The category typically favors period pieces, though at least one fantasy title tends to find a home every year. It is rare for truly contemporary films to be nominated. However, the category is more open to fantasy and contemporary pieces than its cousin Best Costume Design. (Last year was the first year the costume designers had their own branch, but no easily discernible new trends could be observed in my opinion.) Recent years have also suggested openness to CGI-complemented work ("Life of Pi" and "Gravity" immediately jump to mind). On that note, it's worth mentioning that the Art Directors Guild has implemented a new rule somewhat under the radar for its precursor awards this season. According to the new provision, period films must now have the majority »
- Gerard Kennedy
We have an exclusive poster to debut today for director David Burris’ adaptation of the Ron Rash novel The World Made Straight. The film takes place in a rural Appalachian community haunted by the legacy of a Civil War massacre and stars Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) as a young man who finds himself caught between the violence of the past and the evils of the present. Fallen Skies star and E.R. alum Noah Wyle also stars in the film alongside Haley Joel Osment, Minka Kelly, Adelaide Clements, and Steve Earle, and this poster hints at the dangerous nature of the Appalachian community that affects the ensemble. Check out the World Made Straight poster after the jump. The dramatic thriller opens in theaters and VOD on January 9, 2015. Here’s a synopsis for The World Made Straight: In a rural Appalachian community haunted by the legacy of a Civil War massacre, »
- Adam Chitwood
These are among the highlights of the ABC.s 2015 line-up unveiled today by director of television Richard Finlayson. .The breadth and depth of our slate reflects the quality of Australian independent production,. Finlayson told If.
The executive acknowledges producers are fearful of the impact of looming budget cuts to be imposed by the federal government but says, .We know the cuts cast a pall of uncertainty but we are getting on with the process of commissioning as best we can. By and large it is business as usual.. Micallef will star in The Ex-pm as Australia.s third longest-serving Prime Minister who has far too much time on his hands and no one to waste it on in a Cjz »
- Don Groves
<< Back to Holiday 2014 ForecastUnbrokenRelease Date: December 25th Studio: UniversalGenre: War DramaDirector: Angelina JolieWriters: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen and Richard Lagravenese and William NicholsonCast: Jack O'Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney, Alex Russell, Finn Wittrock, Takamasa IshiharaStudio Description: A chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini (Jack O'Connell), an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. Analysis: Movies set during the second World War can be a tough sell: so far this year, The Monuments Men fell short of $80 million, while Fury will likely wind up below that mark as well. Both of those movies had considerable on-screen starpower, which is something that Unbroken lacks.Unbroken does, however, have some pretty serious credentials behind the camera. Angelina Jolie doesn't much of a track record as a director*her first movie, In the Land of Blood and Money, wasn't particularly commercial*but she is undeniably »
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When’s that comic book movie coming out, with the ant-sized man? This and all similar questions answered in our comic book movie calendar.
Comic book fans of the world - were you planning on spending your spare cash on anything other than cinema visits and DVD box-sets for the next six years? Well tough, because Hollywood has other ideas.
Ever since Bryan Singer’s X-Men movie jump-started the comic book movie trend in 2000 (building on the stellar work of Richard Donner and Tim Burton in the decades prior), Fox, Sony, Warner Bros., Disney and Marvel Studios have all been repeatedly cashing-in on the resurgent popularity of capes, cowls and anything ending in ‘Man’.
Now, the sheer size of the comic book movie-making world has reached a critical mass. There are now seven such films (at least) slated for every year between 2016 and 2019. There’s also a few confirmed for 2020 already, »
By Anjelica Oswald
As we head into the final two months of the year, there are still a number of Oscar contenders that won’t be released — or even be seen — until December.
Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken and Rob Marshall’s Into the Woods will premiere on Christmas Day. Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper will have a limited release on Christmas before expanding to more theaters Jan 16.
Exodus: Gods and Kings, which is set for a Dec. 12 release, had a 37-minute press screening in September before the film was completed.
It was recently announced that a 30-minute first-look screening of Selma, the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic that centers on the Civil Rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, will take place at AFI Fest before its limited release on Dec. 25. But if Selma isn’t yet ready for it’s December release, it »
- Anjelica Oswald
Another all over the board episode as Laremy and I discuss reactions to last week's Marvel conversation, examine the idea of reviewing Interstellar as an Oscar movie, taking a look at the slow Halloween box office for horror, listing off this week's new DVD and Blu-ray releases, your questions and a few games. Hope you enjoy! If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option is a new way of leaving »
- Brad Brevet
Brother to Brother: O’Connor’s Rudimentary Look at Familial Ravages in WWII
His first film since that ill-advised 2001 remake of Sweet November, which sought to rekindle interest in possible on-screen chemistry between Charlize Theron and Keanu Reeves, Irish director Pat O’Connor revisits darker, historical themes with Private Peaceful, a WWII tale as told through the eyes of two brothers from Devon. It’s perhaps the most serious subject O’Connor has tackled since some of his more celebrated 80s titles, like the Ira romance thriller Cal (1984) which nabbed Helen Mirren one of her two Best Actress wins at Cannes. And yet, while it’s great to find O’Connor avoiding the type of soapy schmaltz he careened into during his last several features, his dip into the over explored WWII era never manages to register as emotionally, thematically, or narratively resonant.
Private Tommo (George MacKay) sits in a British army cell, »
- Nicholas Bell
When your name is Steven Spielberg, you can afford to be choosey with your projects. Even better, you can afford to be patient. When a Spielberg film drops off the map for a while, it doesn't necessarily mean it's dead- like it might with other directors. It just means that he's taking a step back to get it right, as opposed to just racing forward with something that's half-baked. Such is the case with Robopocalypse, the sci-fi flick that Spielberg has long been linked to bringing to the big screen.
We almost got this thing years ago. He had slated production to begin once he was finished with War Horse. Well, as you might have noticed, War Horse came out in 2011 and we still don't have any Spielbergian robots storming our screens. The director, seemingly dissatisfied with the state of the script, and the studio- alarmed by what it would »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
BBC Worldwide North America announced today the acquisition of Queen And Country, the latest film by five-time Academy Award nominated director and writer John Boorman (Hope and Glory, Excalibur, The General, Deliverance), securing all rights in North America.
The film, which Boorman has announced will be his last, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2014 and was acquired after making its North American debut during Film Comment’s special screening at the 52nd New York Film Festival earlier this month.
Queen And Country introduces Callum Turner (Ripper Street, Borgias) to the big screen and also stars one of Variety’s “Top 10 Actors to Watch” Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class), David Thewlis (War Horse, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and Vanessa Kirby (About Time). Featuring cinematography from Seamus Deasy (Neverland, When the Sky Falls) and set design by Academy Award nominee Anthony Pratt (The Phantom of the Opera, »
- Michelle McCue
Two British privates named Peaceful fight side by side in the trenches of World War I, and both face the wrath of their superior officers in a court-martial. Director Pat O'Connor constructs Private Peaceful as a mystery, using flashbacks to reveal the intertwined lives of brothers Charlie (Jack O'Connell) and Tommo (George MacKay) as one of them awaits the firing squad. Both the young-adult novel by Michael Morpurgo (War Horse) and screenwriter Simon Reade's 2004 stage adaptation employ the first-person narrative of teenage Tommo, and the director's decision to open up the story to other perspectives makes this Private Peaceful feel more shaded and mature, with echoes of O'Connor's wistful A Month in the Country and haunting Cal (whose John L »
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