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Rehearsal For Murder review by Katey Thompson, September 2016.
Rehearsal For Murder review
Alex Ferns plays Alex Dennison, a writer who returns a year to the day to the theatre where a tragedy occurs during the opening night of his play. Alex’s leading lady and also his fiancée Monica Wells, (ably played by Susie Amy) dies unexpectedly after the opening night party, and the police have to determine whether her death is suicide or not…
The play uses familiar techniques to create suspense and intrigue along with a huge number of red herrings. Bella Lamb (Anita Harris) is the glamorous producer who is bank-rolling the production. There is the obligatory starlet Karen Daniels (Sophie Powel) who is in Monica Welles’ shadow. As to whodunnit? Well, of course »
- Katey Thompson
Daniel Radcliffe is no stranger to genre movies. In fact, most of his career has revolved around the weird, supernatural and down right scary. His next movie is the thriller Jungle, based on a true story. We have a first look at the actor, alone facing god knows what as he treks into a secluded area of the Amazon.
Daniel Radcliffe won't be trudging through this dangerous Jungle by himself. Joining him are Thomas Kretschmann ( best known for Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Alex Russell (seen in such genre fare as Chronicle, The Host and Carrie). The movie is directed by Greg McLean, who has been in the news a lot lately for his James Gunn-penned thriller The Belko Experiment. Bloody Disgusting brings this debut image from Jungle, which has a disheveled Daniel Radcliffe concerned about something far off in the distance.
Jungle is based on the memoir Lost »
Bloody Disgusting has your first look at The Woman In Black, Harry Potter and Horns‘s Daniel Radcliffe in Jungle, the latest genre offering from Greg McLean (The Darkness, Wolf Creek, Rogue and the upcoming The Belko Experiment). Thomas Kretschmann (Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Alex Russell (Chronicle, The Host and Carrie) co-star in thriller that’s based on the memoir of the same name […] »
As Harry Potter and the Cursed Child continues to wow fans of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World on the stage, The New York Daily News is reported that Warner Bros. is keen to approach Daniel Radcliffe about reprising the role of Harry Potter for a trilogy of films based upon the two-part play.
“Warners is secretly working on getting the movie rights and a screenplay settled, and of course in their minds only one man should be Harry,” claims the site’s ‘source’. “However he has made it clear that his mind is certainly not focused on returning to the role anytime soon — and that could be until he hits 40. Daniel had that job for over a decade with huge success and critical acclaim, but since then he has really established himself as a very strong actor with films like The Woman in Black and his Broadway work. He doesn »
- Gary Collinson
Back in March, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling shot down rumors that a movie adaptation of her new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was happening, but that may not be true anymore. This story, the eighth in the Harry Potter canon, was conceived specifically for the stage, with this new play debuting earlier this summer in London's West End. Today we have a new rumor that Daniel Radcliffe himself is being sought by Warner Bros. to reprise his iconic role as Harry Potter for a big-screen version of this play.
This new report from New York Daily News has not been confirmed by J.K. Rowling or Warner Bros. The source claimed that the studio wants to debut the movie as early as 2020. Here's what the site's unidentified insider had to say about what Warner Bros. is doing to make this movie adaptation happen.
"Warners is secretly working on »
It's beginning to seem like the Harry Potter craze will never end -- and that's not necessarily a bad thing!
The Harry Potter book series ended back in 2007, nearly ten years ago, and four years later, in 2011, the film series came to its own climactic conclusion. In the time between then and now, we've seen the opening of two Harry Potter-themed parks, the release of several little short stories written by author J.K. Rowling herself, the production of the first of three spinoff films, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and the opening of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play in England.
Fandom for this franchise never truly ended, and there's no indication that it's going to do so any time soon. For a while, all the momentum for the Wizarding World -- at least on the film front -- seemed to be skewing towards the »
- Joseph Medina
Harry Potter is back in the news lately, thanks to the theatrical production Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, still selling out the Palace Theatre in London, as well as a new trio of short books by J.K. Rowling about the Harry Potter universe that will be published next month, not to forget the prequel movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, due in theaters on November 18. But what about the stars of the fim series? In the five years since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Daniel Radcliffe has established himself in the indie film world as the star of The Woman in Black, Kill Your Darlings, Horns and this year's Swiss Army Man and Imperium. He's also dabbled in bigger budgeted studio fare like Victor Frankenstein and Now You See Me 2. Emma...
- Peter Martin
The narrative is always the same: Daniel Radcliffe is doing something that’s not “Harry Potter”! Since his formative (both personally and professionally) “Harry Potter” days, the British actor has consistently mixed up his roles, jumping from ambitious turns on Broadway to offbeat offerings like this year’s “Swiss Army Man” and 2013’s “Horns,” to a handful of studio outings like “Now You See Me 2” to the occasional drama like “Kill Your Darlings.” He’s found time to do television (“A Young Doctor’s Notebook”) and animation (“Bojack Horseman”). He starred in a seriously successful horror film (“The Woman in Black”) and matched wits with Zoe Kazan in the charming rom-com “What If.”
And still, the story remains: Daniel Radcliffe is doing something that’s not “Harry Potter”! For his latest film, Daniel Ragussis’ crime drama “Imperium,” Radcliffe is again doing something different, playing an FBI agent who goes »
- Kate Erbland
Following the international success of Luther and The Night Manager, the BBC and BBC Worldwide are continuing their run of hard-hitting drama with global appeal by setting James Norton (War & Peace) as the lead actor in the upcoming McMafia. The story is inspired by the novel, written by Misha Glenny, and presents a globetrotting tale that charts the far-reaching ramifications of criminality.
Created by Hossein Amini (Drive) and James Watkins (The Woman In Black, Bastille Day), McMafia will follow British man Alex Godman (Norton), whose parents have a history of involvement with the Russian mafia. His new, legitimate lifestyle is threatened by that past, however, and he is forced to confront those criminal elements in order to save those he loves. The story is designed to examine the relationship between the corporate and the criminal, and how that relationship has changed as a result of globalization.
The development of McMafia »
- Sarah Myles
Busy British actor James Norton has been cast as the lead in BBC One’s upcoming epic event series, McMafia. Inspired by Misha Glenny's bestselling book, the hard-hitting look at global crime and its far reaching influence is created by Hossein Amini (Drive) and James Watkins (The Woman In Black). Deadline previously revealed that the BBC had greenlit the series; Watkins has now confirmed he will direct all eight episodes. The fast-paced thriller is billed as epic and… »
Being a child star in one of the biggest film franchises of all time can't be an easy feat. However, Daniel Radcliffe, who most may know as Harry Potter, has made bold and beautiful decisions after playing the famous wizard for a decade.
Today, Daniel turns twenty-seven, and we want to celebrate the last five years in which he's put away his wand, and instead has dazzled us in new and exciting ways that we honestly never could have anticipated. A young actor who keeps surprising us with his role choice - as in his latest film, Swiss Army Man, where he literally plays a corpse - Radcliffe has cast his own magical spell on us, and we've been entranced ever since we »
- Adriana Floridia
“Bastille Day,” which centers on a CIA agent trying to counter a bombing in France, was released in an estimated 233 cinemas Wednesday, just a day before the truck attack that unfolded in Nice during celebrations of the actual Bastille Day, one of the country’s most important holidays. Release of the movie had already been postponed following the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris last November.
- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell
At 26, Daniel Radcliffe has fans to last him a lifetime, but now is the time to recognize him as one of the great actors working today. Chosen from droves of adorable English schoolchildren, Radcliffe was plucked from obscurity to play “The Boy Who Lives” in a fleet of “Harry Potter” blockbusters. Shouldering the weight of global fame and intense fandom, he made the treacherous crossing from child star to respected thespian by challenging himself with naked and vulnerable Broadway turn in “Equus,” a dark comedy TV series “The Young Doctor’s Notebook,” and the role of a young Allen Ginsburg in the biopic “Kill Your Darlings.” In comedies “Trainwreck” and “Victor Frankenstein” as well as the horrific “The Woman in Black” and “Horns,” we’ve witnessed Radcliffe’s emergence as a dynamic and daring young actor who is bankable if not a guaranteed marquee draw.
With his latest, “Swiss Army Man, »
- Kristy Puchko
When I was in 8th grade, I remember hearing about a book that was coming out called Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’S Stone, and like all good Christian schools do, the book was immediately banned. Being a young one who was always interested in the dark side of life, I knew I had to have this book. Now, this article isn’t about Harry Potter (Lord knows I could write a million articles on that) but the actor who would later become the iconic character: Daniel Radcliffe.
Having been a total Harry Potter nerd and reading each book as they came out (from 8th grade up until around the age of 22) and becoming obsessed with the films, I wondered what Radcliffe would do after the series was through. Would he always be known for Harry Potter or would he fade into obscurity? Luckily for me, and his millions of fans, »
- Shannon McGrew
★★☆☆☆ British director James Watkins has labelled his latest big screen effort a fun, Friday night cinematic ride. Aspiring to Walter Hill's 1982 unorthodox buddy movie 48 Hrs, which starred Nick Nolte and a baby-faced Eddie Murphy as cop and con respectively, Bastille Day represents a marked change in direction after acclaimed horror-chillers Eden Lake and The Woman in Black. If expectations of Watkins' third feature are kept within the boundaries of wham-bam-thank- you-ma'am generic action thrills and spills, audiences should be satisfied enough, but as pulse-raising as it is to see Idris Elba let loose as a gun-wielding CIA agent on the streets of Paris there remains a lot that that is highly problematic here.
- CineVue UK
British director James Watkins follows Eden Lake and The Woman in Black with this Parisian thriller about a “reckless, insubordinate and irresponsible” CIA agent (Idris Elba), first tracking and then teaming up with a light-fingered pickpocket (Richard Madden) as terror-fuelled unrest mounts in the run-up to France’s 14 July celebrations. The plot is absurd, but at least Bastille Day sidesteps the xenophobic caricatures of London Has Fallen, preferring to subvert rather than celebrate broiling prejudices. Crunchy fights and a vertiginous rooftop chase crank up the action, while viral videos and hashtagged calls to arms lend an illusion of modernity to the old-fashioned proceedings.
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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
The last time we saw director James Watkins step behind the camera, he was scaring up a storm with 2012’s The Woman in Black. For his follow-up, Bastille Day, he’s changing tack quite a bit with a fast paced actioner that has one foot firmly in the 80’s, back when hero cops played by no one’s rules, not even their own. We find ourselves in Paris, days before France’s national holiday, and the city is a powder keg of political and racial tensions after American pickpocket Michael Mason (Games of Thrones’ Richard Madden) snatches the wrong bag, and inadvertently becomes number one suspect in a terrorist bombing. Enter no nonsense CIA agent Sean Briar (Idris Elba), who is tasked with bringing Mason in for questioning. Soon catching up with quarry, Briar realises something’s rotten in France’s capital, and he and Mason team up to get »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Watkins, who made his name with dark thrillers such as The Woman in Black and Eden Lake, was always keen to do an action film such as this one, telling FM: “Lots of influences from 70’s movies: French Connection obviously in Idris’ character, that kind of maverick, no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners-cop. There’s Popeye Doyle, there’s Dirty Harry, Lee Marvin in Point Blank was a massive reference… And 48 Hours also in terms of their relationship. I wanted to action to play real but there were lighter moments. I told Idris to watch Midnight Run!”
The director also spoke about filming in Paris, the influence of the Bourne movies on the film, and also mentioned what he sees »
- Scott J. Davis
James Watkins burst onto the filmmaking scene in 2008, with his Michael Fassbender-starring thriller Eden Lake. He followed this with more scariness in 2012, helming the big screen version of The Woman In Black with Daniel Radcliffe at its heart.
His latest movie is Bastille Day,a pacey action flick that casts Idris Elba as a CIA agent and Richard Madden as a morally murky pickpocket who winds up at the centre of a terrorist attack in Paris. The two are thrust together on a quest to stop the next strike, with plenty of barbed banter and thrilling chases cropping up as they attempt to do so.
Shortly after seeing the film, I shared 15 minutes with Mr Watkins in a posh London hotel room. He was a lovely chap, as »
As fans continue their push for Idris Elba to fill Daniel Craig’s 007-sized shoes, they could point to far worse case studies for his suitability than “Bastille Day.” The hulking East Londoner may sport a Generican accent as a rogue CIA agent in James Watkins’ efficiently entertaining terrorist thriller, but in all other respects, he proves himself fighting fit for action-franchise duty: gravelly enough to lend this absurd Paris-set romp some gravitas, though he can wink and kick ass at the same time. While the pic pairs him with an affable partner in “Game of Thrones” alum Richard Madden, the standard-issue script doesn’t give their burgeoning buddy dynamic much kindling; instead, it’s Watkins’ lean, keen instinct for choreographing and cutting action set pieces that keeps “Bastille Day” afloat. Even if auds don’t exactly storm the gates, it’ll march on in ancillary.
Mere months after the tragic events of last November, »
- Guy Lodge
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