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Exclusive: British director Tom Harper has sharply criticised the British Board Of Film Classification (BBFC) over its decision to give his Hammer horror sequel The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death a 15 certificate.
Speaking in Rotterdam, where his political drama War Book opened Iffr last night, Harper questioned the grounds on which the classification for the horror sequel was made.
“Personally, I was disappointed it (Angel Of Death) was a 15,” Harper told Screen. “There was no blood, no swearing. Obviously, there are some uncomfortable scenes within it. It was always intended to be a 12A.”
The director said the filmmakers were presented by the BBFC with a “whole long list of - to my opinion - questionable reasons” as to why Angel Of Death was made a 15 rather than a 12A.
According to Harper, one of the moments highlighted by the BBFC was “a lady appears behind a door and a door slams”.
“I have no »
- email@example.com (Geoffrey Macnab)
While promoting his new family movie Paddington, producer David Heyman offered an update on his Vertigo Comics adaptation Fables, revealing that Kick-Ass screenwriter Jane Goldman has signed on to pen a new draft of the screenplay. Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) is still attached to direct, and is overseeing this new script by Goldman. Here's what the producer had to say in an interview with Comic Book Resources.
"Jane Goldman is working on a draft as we speak. Nikolaj Arcel is attached [to direct]. He did a draft, and now he's supervising Jane, who's doing a draft. Hoping that it'll come in and we'll be able to move to the next stage. All these things always take longer than you want. And Fables is not easy, by any means, but I think it'll be pretty great."
Any fan of comic book movies should know the name of screen writer Jane Goldman. She's already proven she's adept at adaptions of comic-book properties, such as Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, and the upcoming Kingsman: The Secret Service (all with her frequent partner in crime, director Matthew Vaughn), as well as making quite the name outside of the comic book genre by penning Stardust and The Woman in Black. Now, Empire are reporting she has signed on as scribe for the long announced adaption of Vertigo's, DC's mature readers imprint, Fables, which imagines a world where not only are fairy tale characters real, they also live among us, with all their powers intact, in the magically camouflaged New York neighbourhood, Fabletown. With A Royal Affair's Nikolaj Arcel at the helm, Jeremy Slater (The Lazarus Effect, The Fantastic Four) was originally on board, and it is unknown how much of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
It's been a good 18 months since we last heard any news about the film adaptation of DC/Vertigo Comics' Fables. At that point Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) had just come aboard as director, with Jeremy Slater (The Lazarus Effect and the new Fantastic Four) writing the script. Since then it's been eerily quiet, but producer David Heyman has just revealed that development is ongoing, and that Jane Goldman is now taking a crack at the screenplay.Goldman is, of course, no stranger to putting comics on the screen, having previously written Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class and the incoming Kingsman: The Secret Service. She also penned the adaptations of Neil Gaiman's Stardust and Susan Hill's The Woman In Black, with more than a modicum of success."Jane is working on a draft of Fables as we speak," says Heyman. "Nik Arcel [who's still attached to direct] did a draft, and now he’s supervising Jane, »
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 9th to Sunday 11th January 2015…
Despite taking a pasting from critics, Liam Neeson’s third outing as former CIA agent Bryan Mills proved to be a hit with audiences as Taken 3 took the UK box office by storm with an opening weekend of $£6.71 million, including £926k in preview screenings. This is down on its predecessor’s haul of £7.38 million (with £1.19 million in previews), but it’s still a great return for the action threequel – although sadly it will probably mean we’re going to get a fourth.
Disney’s musical fairy tale Into the Woods opened on Friday, and just managed to beat competition from The Theory of Everything (which was on its second weekend) to claim second place with £2,476,409. Meanwhile, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher opened in sixth place, with the drama earning £877,408 across the three-day weekend. »
- Gary Collinson
Taken 3 has topped the UK box office on its debut weekend on release.
The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (-) Taken 3 - £6,714,530
2. (-) Into the Woods - £2,476.409
3. (1) The Theory of Everything - £2,462,191
4. (2) The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - £1,276,109
5. (3) Paddington - £1,268,785
6. (-) Foxcatcher - £877,408
7. (4) The Woman in Black: Angel of Death - £837,653
8. (7) Birdman - £826,316
9. (5) Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb - »
★★☆☆☆If one genre above all others is suffering from over saturation it is the horror genre. You can barely go a couple of weeks nowadays without seeing posters going for the latest offering shimmying its way down the genre conveyor belt claiming to be the "scariest film of the year" or "the most frightening you'll ever see". While they remain relatively inexpensive to make, the general cinema populous can't get enough, blessing such films with monster opening weekends and sequels or spin-offs flying into production almost immediately. One such example is The Woman in Black: Angel of Death (2014) which seeks to capitalise on the success of the Daniel Radcliffe-starring original of 2012.
- CineVue UK
Liam Neeson and “Taken 3” went out with a loud bang at the box office this weekend, opening to a better-than-expected $40.4 million as the highly regarded civil rights drama “Selma” stumbled in its national expansion.
The final installment of the EuropaCorp vengeance movie franchise that turned the 62-year-old Neeson into an action star knocked “The Hobbit” out of the top spot after three weeks with the second-best January opening ever, and easily outpaced the weekend’s other wide opener, the awards hopeful “Selma.”
- Todd Cunningham
The final installment of the vengeance series that turned the 62-year-old Neeson into an action hero six years ago opened at No. 1 Friday with an estimated $14.7 million. That projects to a muscular three-day total north of $35 million for 20th Century Fox’s “Taken 3,” which was produced and financed by EuropaCorp,, and it will knock “The Hobbit” out of the top spot after three weeks and easily outpace the weekend’s other wide opener, »
- Todd Cunningham
In the first week in January, The Woman in Black: Angel of Death made a respectable $15.8m at the box office, and is now quietly fading from our collective memories forever. Thus, another year of proud cinematic tradition is complete. Seriously, that’s actually a tradition. Each January, on the first box-office weekend of the year, comes a new horror movie. More often than not, that film is extremely cruddy (“extremely cruddy” being extremely generous, “hated by every single person who saw it” might be more accurate). And it’s usually the only new film to hit theaters that weekend — the only competition coming from the last holdovers of Christmas prestige season. It’s not the most cherished tradition, but it’s tradition nonetheless. And it’s a phenomenon that really doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Just why, exactly, has January become a low quality micro-Halloween? Let’s find out. First »
- Adam Bellotto
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th January 2015…
After three weeks atop the UK box office chart, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has been dethroned by The Theory of Everything, with the Eddie Redmayne-headlined Stephen Hawking biopic pulling in £3,749,293 to take first place in its opening weekend.
Joining The Theory of Everything in the top ten were two other newcomers, with Hammer’s horror sequel The Woman in Black: Angel of Death claiming fourth with £2,431,823, and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman opening in seventh with £1,524,667.
Meanwhile, in its sixth weekend of release, Paddington added an impressive £2.8 million, pushing its haul to £30.82 million to date, which makes it the fifth-highest grossing movie of 2014 here in the UK.
Number one this time last year: American Hustle
1. The Theory of Everything, £3,749,293 weekend (New)
- Gary Collinson
We are still waiting for 20th Century Fox to release an official image from their Fantastic Four reboot. While we wait, we at least know who will be composing the music for Josh Trank's 2015 superhero film. Fox has hired composer Marco Beltrami, who is best known for scoring 3:10 to Yuma, Resident Evil, The Woman In Black, Scream, and The Hurt Locker. The film will star Kate Mara ("House of Cards") as Invisible Woman/Sue Storm, Michael B. Jordan ("Chronicle") as Johnny Storm/Human Torch, Jamie Bell ("Billy Elliot") as Ben Grimm/The Thing, Miles Teller ("Divergent") as Reed Richards /Mr. Fantastic, Tim Blake Nelson ("O Brother, Where Art Thou?") as Harvey Elder/Mole Man and Toby Kebbell as Victor Domashev/Doom. The script was written by Simon Kinberg ("X-Men: Days of Future Past"). »
The Theory of Everything has topped the UK box office on its first weekend on release.
The Hobbit finale, which has now surpassed £36 million in lifetime grosses in the UK, sits in second place ahead of Paddington. The family movie has now earned more than £30 million in the UK, marking an impressive haul for the StudioCanal release.
The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (-) The Theory of Everything - £3,749,293
UK cinema in 2015 has plenty to recommend it. Here are 36 UK films of all genres to look forward to this year…
Dig past the litterfall of Kray Brothers biopics and tales of nubile teens on camping trips gone wrong, and you’ll unearth plenty for the UK film industry to boast about in 2015. From sci-fi romps and thrillers like Robot Overlords and Ex Machina to dramas like High-Rise, comedies like War On Everyone, spy flicks like Spectre and kids’ films like Bill, there’s no shortage of inventive, highly promising cinema coming from these isles.
We’ve included a few choice co-productions in 2015’s pick of the year’s most interesting-looking pictures, which bolsters our list in both size and breadth (and mostly means we Brits can claim partial credit for ace-sounding dystopian flick The Lobster).
In alphabetical order then, here are the 36 UK (or UK-ish) movies we’re excited about seeing this year… »
Iffr is to open on Jan 21 with the international premiere of Tom Harper’s political thriller War Book, the story of a war game between a group of government officials which reaches boiling point and, as their hypothetical global crisis escalates, the fragility of everyday life and those who govern it is brutally exposed.
The film stars Ben Chaplin, Sophie Okonedo, Phoebe Fox and Shaun Evans. Harper, whose latest feature The Woman In Black: Angel of Death is currently on release, will present the film in Rotterdam with writer Jack Thorne.
Iffr will also screen the Dutch premiere of Jc Chandor’s A Most Violent Year as its closing night film on Jan 31. Set in New York City 1981, the film revolves around an ambitious immigrant who fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
As expected, the first weekend of 2015 belonged mainly to holiday holdovers. Like the two Hobbit features before it, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies remained in first place for a third consecutive weekend. Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth finale also crossed the $200 million mark in domestic earnings on Friday, putting it between An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug after 19 days. The weekend’s only major new release, The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, opened in fourth place with a relatively strong $15.1 million. Title Weekend Total 1. The Hobbit 3 $21,910,000 $220.7 2. Into the Woods $19,066,000 $91.2 3. Unbroken $18,358,000 $87.8 4. The Woman in Black 2 $15,145,000 $15.1 5. Night at the Museum 3 $14,450,000 $89.7 6. Annie $11,400,000 $72.6 7. The Imitation Game $8,111,000 $30.8 8. Mockingjay – Part 1 $7,700,000 $323.8 9. The Gambler $6,300,000 $27.5 10. Big Hero 6 $4,816,000 $211.2 Full story after the jump. 2015’s inaugural weekend was up 8% over the same frame in 2014 – a propitious sign for a year that promises so much box office bounty (Star Wars, Pixar, The Avengers, »
- Nicole Pedersen
As we enter the doldrums of January, Peter Jackson's “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” remains king at the box-office with the project staying in the top spot for a third consecutive weekend.
The seemingly last film Jackson will make in his Middle Earth saga scored $21.9 million and now sits on a total of $220.8 million domestic and a further $457 million globally.
Musical "Into the Woods" and historical drama "Unbroken" came in close behind with $19.1 million and $18.4 million respectively. Both have managed a domestic haul of around $90 million each so far.
The Daniel Radcliffe-led supernatural spooker "The Woman in Black" opened to good reviews and a very strong $20.8 million domestic opening back in 2012. This year's follow-up "The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death", the sole new wide release this past week, opened to poor reviews and fourth place but with a stronger than expected $15.1 million opening. »
- Garth Franklin
Chalk up another weekend #1 for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies as the final "movie" in Peter Jackson's trilogy has now made it three in a row. This weekend it dipped only 46% for a three-day total of $21.7 million, bringing its domestic cume to $220.6 million. That's better than The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and just behind An Unexpected Journey. In second was the weekend's lone, wide release newcomer, The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, which managed a decent $15 million (51% of which came from Friday alone), but the "C" CinemaScore suggests we won't be hearing from this one for too long. As for comparing to the first one, this result may be fine, but it's still down 27% from the previous. Perhaps Daniel Radcliffe is a bit of a drawc Woman in Black 2 only managed a fourth place finish with Into the Woods dropping only 38.6% for a $18.7 million second weekend, »
- Brad Brevet
As well as reviving Hammer films and proving there was more to Daniel Radcliffe than a certain boy wizard, Edwardian era set The Woman in Black expertly told an old school ghost story, proving there was more to modern horror than buckets of gore and cheap scares. As is the way with horror movies, a sequel has arrived, and try as hard as it might, it can't shake being a tired re-hash of the original. The period setting is kept for the sequel, but we're now thrust forward forty years to World War II, and Eel Marsh House is now in a serious state of disrepair, being used to house evacuated school children. Teacher Eve Parkins (Phoebe Fox) senses something is wrong about the house, and soon comes face to face with the spectral Woman in Black, who sets her sights on one of her charges, the orphaned Edward (Oaklee »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
With only one new title in theatres, the domestic box office will continue to be dominated by holdover titles this weekend, most notably The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The finale to Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy took in an estimated $8.3 million yesterday and is now poised to capture first place for a third straight weekend. That equals the records of the first two Hobbit films though, after 17 days, Five Armies has now earned more in its North American run than The Desolation of Smaug did at the same point last year. The lone new release entering 2015’s inaugural frame was The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death. The sequel to CBS Film’s 2012 horror sleeper earned an estimated $7.7 million from 2,602 locations on Friday, including $1.5 million from Thursday previews. Full story and Friday’s top five films after the jump. Ever since The Devil Inside opened to »
- Nicole Pedersen
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