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Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch. Say it loud and there’s music playing. Say it soft and it’s almost like praying. Just mentioning these two actors’ names can cause a smile to light up the face of many a film enthusiast -- especially the female kind. Not since the‘60s, when such British acting imports as Peter O’Toole, Alan Bates, Oliver Reed and Albert Finney invaded Hollywood movies, has there been such an excitement over a pair of incredibly talented English chaps. Steven Spielberg helped to initiate the frenzy by casting both Hiddleston, 33, and Cumberbatch, 38, as World War I cavalry officers in 2011’s "War Horse" (their press interview together below). Ever since, these two good-looking, bright, self-effacing, plummy-voiced and highly talented London natives have racked up a slew of memorable performances, caused social media to be flooded with GIFs and clips of their antics (including their dancing ability »
- Susan Wloszczyna
Visual effects studio Industrial Light & Magic opens new London facility; unveils senior team.
Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) held a ceremony today marking the official opening of ILM London’s new building, located in central London, and recognizing the new research and development initiatives the company will be undertaking in the London office.
Participants at the ceremony included Chancellor George Osborne; Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy; Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy; Ilm president and general manager Lynwen Brennan; Ilm chief creative officer John Knoll; Ilm London’s director of operations, Sue Lyster; creative director Ben Morris; and animation director Michael Eames.
Brennan praised London for its “fantastic visual effects industry and rich talent pool made”, which made it “an ideal location to expand »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
By Anjelica Oswald
Set during the final months of World War II, Fury follows a tank commander (played by Brad Pitt) and his crew as they head into Nazi Germany as part of the Allies’ final push. The film also stars Logan Lerman, Shia Labeouf, John Bernthal and Michael Pena. The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy said the film is “a modern version of the sort of movie Hollywood turned out practically every week back in the 1940s and 1950s.” Fury opens Oct. 17.
Could Fury score a best picture nomination at the 87th Academy Awards? Both war biopics and fictional war films — about real wars or battles — have historically done well at the Oscars; however, the current projections show that the race will be a tight one. Here’s a look at some of the fictional war films that scored nominations for best picture:
War-themed best picture winners »
- Anjelica Oswald
Relativity has yet to announce a domestic release date for The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, but it will be hitting UK theatres on January 1 and as such a new trailer for the sequel has arrived. Serving as a follow-up to the 2012 film that starred Daniel Radcliffe and introduced audiences to the Eel Marsh House, the England-set sequel takes place in 1941, with London in the midst of the blitz, and two teachers evacuate a group of schoolchildren to the abandoned Eel Marsh House. Seeking safety from the bombs in the remote coastal location, the group instead find themselves facing an evil far more frightening when their arrival awakens the Woman in Black. Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), Helen McCrory (Skyfall) and Phoebe Fox (Switch) star with Tom Harper directing. Check out the latest The Woman in Black 2 trailer below. sb id="1043397" height="360" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
Universal’s screenings of Billy Elliot the Musical - Live became event cinema’s first number one at the UK box office last month.
Niels Swinkels, MD of UK & Ireland at Universal Pictures is to give the keynote speach at the Eca Conference on Oct 16, set to be held at the recently restored Genesis cinema in London.
It follows Universal’s live stream of Billy Elliot the Musical - Live from London’s Victoria Palace Theatre on Sept 28, which made $3.1m (£1.904m) at the UK box office, setting a new record for event cinema releases.
Based on figures from Rentrak, in terms of theatrical releases, Billy Elliot surpassed the previous best opening set by Nt Live: War Horse at $2.5m (£1.6m). War Horse is also currently the highest grossing theatre release at $4.6m (£2.7m).
Billy Elliot also debuted ahead of Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor which landed with $2.9m (£1.82m) last year. Due to Billy »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Simon Stephens’ stage adaptation of Mark Haddon's 2003 best-seller “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” wowed them in London two years ago. Brad Pitt optioned it for the movies, and on Thursday the play finally opened on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Let's begin with what “Curious Incident” is not theater-wise. It is not a big, empty shell of a play like the 2010 British flop-transfer “Enron” or the 2011 British hit-transfer “War Horse,” which was directed by Marianne Elliott, who distracted us from the flimsiness of Nick Stafford's play by offering up lots of humongous equine. »
- Robert Hofler
Universal Pictures has released a new trailer for the upcoming Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, which is directed by James Marsh (Man on Wire) and stars Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables) as the physicist and Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) as his first wife Jane Wilde.
Also featuring in the cast are Emily Watson (War Horse), David Thewlis (Harry Potter), Charlie Cox (Stardust), Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones), Tom Prior (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Charlotte Hope (Game of Thrones), Maxine Peake (Silk) and Adam Godley (Breaking Bad).
The Theory of Everything is set to open in the States on November 7th and will arrive here in the UK on January 2nd 2015.
- Gary Collinson
Denzel Washington might be a former Special Forces badass who takes on all comers in The Equalizer, but there’s one challenge he couldn’t handle: a ballet dancing boy. Yes, Billy Elliot The Musical – Live! bested Event Cinema records to score £1.9 million from a single showing, topping the thriller's entire weekend take.The live stream from Victoria Palace Theatre on September 28, which included a specially choreographed finale feature 25 former leads from the show took first place ahead of previous theatre-based champion, the Nt Live performance of War Horse, which galloped home with £1.6 million on its first showing. Billy even beat the hugely successful showing of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary episode The Day Of The Doctor, which took in £1.82 million last year.The Equalizer, meanwhile, took in £1.89 million from UK audiences. The success of Billy Elliot’s initial showing means that there will be encores in 250 cinemas across the »
The Event Cinema Association (Eca) has announced the nominations for its 2nd Annual Eca Awards. The ceremony will take place at the Eca Conference on Oct 16 at 17.30 the Genesis Cinema in London.
The awards recognize the achievements at the box office that the event cinema industry has made over the last 12 months, along with awarding excellence in two key areas – programming (aimed at content providers and distribution) and exhibition (for cinemas).
Nominations this year (May 31, 2013 - June 1, 2014) include the British Museum’s record-breaking Pompeii Live in June 2013, which although having emerged several years previously with its Leonardo Live exhibition and subsequent others by provider Exhibition on Screen (also nominated this year for its Manet exhibition) helped established the museum and gallery exhibition in cinema.
Other nominations include the Nt Live’s War Horse, along with the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The contenders for best TV drama are Love Child, Offspring, Rake, The Time of Our Lives and Wentworth.
The awards will be presented at the Palladium at Crown in Melbourne on November 18 as part of the 29th Screen Forever conference.
.This year we received the largest number of entries to date, highlighting the incredible contribution our production businesses make to the industry and the importance of the awards in recognising excellence »
- Don Groves
Having premiered at last years Frightfest, Dementamania is set for release next month. The film, directed by Kit Ryan and written by Anis Shlewet, follows a frustrated office worker who finds himself caught between the realms of his deranged imagination and the mundane reality of his everyday existence.
Frustrated with the social injustice he faces everyday and the bureaucratic culture of the office where he works, Edward Arkham (Samuel Robertson) is at boiling point. Although a successful analyst with a leading It consultancy, years of routine have taken their toll, and the unbearable daily monotony fuels his frustration and bitterness. When Edward is stung by a mysterious bug, it results in a painful and aggressive rash which unlocks the door to a secret world inside his head causing nightmarish fantasies to manifest themselves within vivid hallucinations. As the rash spreads and threatens to envelop his entire body, his visions become »
- Phil Wheat
Marvel fans who can’t get enough of the demigod Loki may be drawn to the massive monster franchise Legendary is cooking up, as it’s just been announced that Tom Hiddleston will play the lead role in the upcoming King Kong origins movie, Skull Island. A new director has also been attached to the film that will explore the seemingly prehistoric island teeming with colossal creatures.
Legendary announced today that Jordan Vogt-Roberts will direct Skull Island off a screenplay by Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein. Skull Island was revealed at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con during a surprising teaser video that concluded with an amped-up King Kong. In late July we reported that Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) had been offered the director’s chair for the project, but now it is Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) who will helm the large-scale adventure.
- Derek Anderson
Legendary Pictures announced today that Thor: The Dark World and Only Lovers Left Alive star Tom Hiddleston is in talks to star in the new King Kong film, Skull Island, with The Kings of Summer and You’re the Worst director Jordan Vogt-Roberts at the helm.
Unfortunately we still don’t know much about the project, though it will explore the titular island that King Kong and various other mysterious and monstrous creatures call home. Previous reports suggested that Attack the Block helmer Joe Cornish was on the studio’s mind for the directing job, but they must have found something special in Vogt-Roberts.
This is not the only high-profile project on Vogt-Roberts and Hiddleston’s plates, however. Vogt-Roberts is already signed on to direct Metal Gear Solid for Sony, though that project will likely get pushed aside for now. Hiddleston, on the other hand, has a few upcoming films on his slate, »
- James Garcia
Tom Hiddleston, who has gone onto gain worldwide fame playing Loki in Thor and Marvel's The Avengers, will take the lead in Skull Island. There are no further details about his character at this time.
Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who directed last summer's sleeper hit The Kings of Summer, is taking the reins on this jungle adventure which will delve into the many monsters occupying Skull Island. The director is behind the upcoming Metal Gear Solid movie for Sony, and helmed the pilot episode of FX's You're the Worst.
He announced himself as director with this tweet:
Honored to join the @Legendary family. Brace for Skull Island!! pic.twitter.com/wufi6ejNwE
— Jordan Vogt-Roberts (@VogtRoberts) September 16, 2014
Legendary announced its plans to make a feature film based on the cinematic origins of King Kong during this year's San Diego Comic Con with an original draft of the script by Max Borenstein. Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions. Universal Pictures will distribute the film on November 4, 2016.
Vogt-Roberts directed and executive produced the Sundance darling The Kings Of Summer. He has also directed the pilot and multiple episodes of FX's new series "You're the Worst" and is set to direct Metal Gear Solid for Sony. His other credits include directing the pilot of "Cocked" for Amazon Studios and directing and executive producing the concert documentary Nick Offerman: American Ham. He is represented by UTA, 3 Arts »
- Kellvin Chavez
After announcing Skull Island (a King Kong movie) at this year's Sdcc, fans have been anxious to know more about the upcoming creature feature from Legendary Pictures. Today they're finally giving out some details as they've confirmed a director for the project and also reveal that fan-favorite actor Tom Hiddleston (Loki in the Marvel Universe) will be starring in the film! Come inside to learn more!
From Legendary's Press Release:
Legendary announced its plans to make a feature film based on the cinematic origins of King Kong during this year’s San Diego Comic Con with an original draft of the script by Max Borenstein. Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions. Universal Pictures will distribute the film »
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Back in July, Universal Pictures acquired the worldwide rights to Angelina Jolie's third directorial effort, By the Sea, which reunites the actress with her husband Brad Pitt for the first time on screen since 2005's Mr. and Mrs. Smith. With production already under way, Entertainment Weekly has released the first three photos, featuring Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and their co-star Niels Arestrup. Check out the images below, then read on for more details from the director.
Production began September 8 in Malta, just a few weeks after Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt got married after a decade-long relationship. While no plot information was given in the July report, Entertainment Weekly has revealed the first story details below.
"Set in France during the mid-1970s, Jolie plays Vanessa, a former dancer, and Pitt is her husband Roland, an American writer. As they travel the country together, they seem to be growing apart, »
It looks like there are now two Angelina Jolie Oscar campaigns we have to think about. There's her WWII survivor story "Unbroken" coming in December, but the actress/director/screenwriter is already at work on her next movie "By The Sea," co-starring new husband Brad Pitt. And after only a week of shooting, the first images have arrived. And even more, there are some plot details as well. Here's the synopsis via EW: Set in France during the mid-1970s, Jolie plays Vanessa, a former dancer, and Pitt is her husband Roland, an American writer. As they travel the country together, they seem to be growing apart, but when they linger in one quiet, seaside town they begin to draw close to some of its more vibrant inhabitants, such as a local bar/café-keeper (War Horse and A Prophet‘s Niels Arestrup, pictured below) and hotel owner (Richard Bohringer, The Cook, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Newlyweds Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are revealed as a not-so-happily-married couple onscreen in the very first By the Sea images from their new film. Jolie wrote, produces, and is directing the feature, which takes place in 1970s France and revolves around a marriage that’s collapsing on itself. Jolie plays a former dancer and Pitt plays an American writer, and the story finds the disenchanted couple growing closer together in a quiet seaside town as they meet its inhabitants and begin sharing stories. Cinematographer Christian Berger (The White Ribbon) is shooting the film using mostly natural light, and the supporting cast includes Niels Arestrup (War Horse) and Richard Bohringer (The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover). Check out the first By the Sea images after the jump, along with an explanation from Jolie as to why she chose to set the film in the 1970s. The pic »
- Adam Chitwood
“But no man moved me till the tide / Went past my simple shoe /And past my apron and my belt / And past my bodice too / And made as he would eat me up / As wholly as a dew…”
Whether or not this poem by Emily Dickinson, published under the title By the Sea, served as inspiration for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s new film of the same name, the spirit seems to match up with its story of a woman caught in an undertow of passion and rejuvenation while visiting a seaside village with her husband.
- Anthony Breznican
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