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From A Wizard to A Corpse: Shannon on Daniel Radcliffe

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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

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Film Review: Bastille Day

27 April 2016 11:40 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆ 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.

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- CineVue UK

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Bastille Day review – tall terror tale minus the prejudice

23 April 2016 11:59 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The latest terrorist thriller sees Idris Elba and Richard Madden racing through a ridiculous plot without the film resorting to crass stereotypes

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

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Bastille Day Review

22 April 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

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 »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Exclusive interview with Bastille Day director James Watkins

21 April 2016 12:45 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With the release of Bastille Day only a day away, Flickering Myth’s Scott J. Davis was lucky enough to sit down with the film’s director James Watkins to discuss the action thriller.

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

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James Watkins interview: Bastille Day, Idris Elba, Statham

21 April 2016 4:21 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Director James Watkins chats about Bastille Day, working with Idris Elba and the difficulties of shooting smaller-budget action...

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 »

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Film Review: ‘Bastille Day’

19 April 2016 3:45 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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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Watch Idris Elba in a Rooftop Chase Sequence in a First Clip from 'Bastille Day'

7 April 2016 9:16 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Well, we continue to talk of seeing Idris Elba in more leading man roles (especially in action movies), and this is one of those rare instances where he gets to shine a bit, in that capacity. The actor stars in a Paris-set thriller titled "Bastille Day," that will see him battle terrorists in the City of Light, in a project from Vendome Pictures and Anonymous Content, with James Watkins ("The Woman in Black") directing, from a script penned by Andrew Baldwin (he also scripted a "Bourne" sequel, which I suppose should give you some idea of what to expect from "Bastille Day"). Co-starring Richard Madden, the story follows Michael Mason (Madden), »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch: Tim Burton’s ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ Gets First Trailer

15 March 2016 3:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tim Burton is back in the director’s chair for “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” which got its first trailer on Tuesday.

Burton, along with screenwriter Jane Goldman (“The Woman in Black”), brings to the screen the story about unconventional children who possess incredible powers. It’s based on the critically acclaimed and bestselling young adult book of the same name.

Fans of the book will notice a few differences between the novels and movies just by watching the new trailer – Olive instead of Emma seems to be Jacob’s closer friend and Emma wields air instead of fire.

The cast is led by one of Burton’s former collaborators, Eva Green (“Dark Shadows”), who plays the titular character of Miss Peregrine, the owner of a children’s home and a shape-shifter of sorts. Asa Butterfield (“Hugo,” “Ender’s Game”) plays Jacob, a seemingly ordinary boy who stumbles »

- Maria Cavassuto

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Miss peregrine trailer unleashed!

15 March 2016 12:48 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

We’re all peculiar here, no? Well, maybe not as peculiar as some of Miss Peregrine’s menagerie of children. But we’re Monster Kids at heart.

So, having reveled in Ransom Riggs’ best-selling trilogy of Peculiar novels, I’m beside myself in anticipation of the film adaptation of the first in the series, Miss Peregrine’S Home For Peculiar Children. The talent involved is more than enough for hopefulness! It’s got Tim Burton at the helm! And it stars one of the best character actresses of our time, Eva Green, playing a particular movie-star-beautiful version of the titular Miss Peregrine, along with Asa Butterfield (Hugo, Nanny McPhee Returns), Kim Dickens (Fear The Walking Dead, Hollow Man), six-time Emmy winner Allison Janney, Oscar winner Judi Dench and workhorse Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers, Robocop, 1408, practically everything else filmed in the last three decades). That’s a lotta onscreen talent! »

- Harker Jones

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Idris Elba Takes Aim In New Poster For Parisian Thriller Bastille Day

9 March 2016 2:44 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Having headlined British crime drama Luther for three seasons, Idris Elba simply disappears into the role of a gruff and steely secret agent, and that’s exactly the archetype he’ll be portraying in James Watkins’ Parisian thriller, Bastille Day.

Watkins, best known for helming Eden Lake and Daniel Radcliffe-fronted horror flick The Woman In Black, is switching gears to dip his toe in the spy thriller genre. Elba, meanwhile, leads the charge as Sean Briar, the CIA’s top dog that’s dispatched on a mission to the French capital, only to unearth a seedy conspiracy that stretches far above anything he could’ve imagined.

In his journey, Briar crosses paths with professional trickster Michael Mason – played by Richard Madden of Game of Thrones – eventually deciding to team up with the crook to form an unlikely team.

Bastille Day will open on April 22 in the United Kingdom. Kelly Reilly »

- Michael Briers

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With Law Comes Order in First Poster for Idris Elba Actioner 'Bastille Day'

9 March 2016 8:44 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Well, we continue to talk of seeing Idris Elba in more leading man roles (especially in action movies), and this is one of those rare instances where he gets to shine a bit, in that capacity. The actor stars in a Paris-set thriller titled "Bastille Day," that will see him battle terrorists in the City of Light, in a project from Vendome Pictures and Anonymous Content, with James Watkins ("The Woman in Black") directing, from a script penned by Andrew Baldwin (he also scripted a "Bourne" sequel, which I suppose should give you some idea of what to expect from "Bastille Day"). Co-starring Richard Madden, the story follows Michael Mason »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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The first poster for ‘Bastille Day’ starring Idris Elba arrives

9 March 2016 2:33 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Empire magazine have come up trumps with this first poster for the upcoming Idris Elba thriller Bastille Day. The film also stars Game Of Thrones actor Richard Madden, and is directed by Eden Lake and The Woman In Black helmer James Watkins.

Looks awesome. Here’s the plot.

Michael Mason (Richard Madden, Game Of Thrones) is an American pickpocket living in Paris who finds himself hunted by the CIA when he steals a bag that contains more than just a wallet. Sean Briar (Idris Elba, Luther, Prometheus), the field agent on the case, soon realizes that Michael is just a pawn in a much bigger game and is also his best asset to uncover a large-scale conspiracy.

Going against commands, Briar recruits Michael to use his expert pickpocketing skills to help quickly track down the source of the corruption. As a 24hr thrill ride ensues, the unlikely duo discover they »

- Paul Heath

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Titan and Hammer join forces for new comic line

22 February 2016 2:03 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Titan Comics have announced this weekend that, beginning this Halloween 2016, they will team up with world-renowned Hammer to breathe new life into some of their iconic characters. Announced at ComicsPRO retailer summit in Portland, Oregon, the partnership will see the publication of brand-new comic stories featuring classic Hammer properties, as well as wholly original Hammer stories, produced by Titan. Editor David Leach said:

At Titan Comics we’re howling at the moon over this bold new collaboration! Hammer is the home of some of the most groundbreaking horror and genre films in motion picture history. Together we’re going to make some terrifyingly good comics.

Founded in 1934, the legendary British studio Hammer Films produced hundreds of motion pictures across many genres including science fiction, psychological and supernatural thrillers, films noir and even historical epics. However, the famous brand gained its worldwide reputation – and became hugely impactful across popular culture – with »

- Phil Wheat

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Trailer For Idris Elba’s Bastille Day

17 February 2016 6:58 AM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

The Woman in Black director James Watkins is trading in horror for action with Bastille Day, with Idris Elba and Richard Madden (better known as Game of Throne’s Robb Stark) as a mismatched (aren’t they always?) CIA agent and pickpocket who uncover a conspiracy that sends them on an action packed thrill ride across Paris. Let’s put aside that the leads are affecting odd American accents (especially when you consider they are two British actor in a British production), Elba leading his own action thriller is one hell of a prospect, and he and Madden make for a fun and charming central pairing. Bastille Day hits screens in Ireland and the U.K. on April 22nd. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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'Bastille Day' Trailer Shows Why Idris Elba Should Be James Bond

16 February 2016 11:43 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in 2014, a rumor surfaced that Idris Elba was being sought to play the new James Bond, after Daniel Craig leaves the 007 franchise. While it has never been confirmed that Sony and MGM have been considering Idris Elba to take over as the iconic secret agent, fans will get to see the actor display his spy skills in a new action-thriller entitled Bastille Day. StudioCanal UK has released a new international trailer featuring the first action-packed footage.

The story centers on Michael Mason (Richard Madden, Game of Thrones), an American pickpocket living in Paris who finds himself in the hands of the CIA when he steals a bag that contains more than just a wallet. Sean Briar (Idris Elba, Avengers: Age of Ultron), the field agent on the case, soon realizes that Michael is just a pawn in a much bigger game and is also his best asset to uncover »

- MovieWeb

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First Trailer for French Action Movie 'Bastille Day' Starring Idris Elba

16 February 2016 7:18 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"You really should think about anger management. You're reckless, and irresponsible, you can't just run and start firing." Studiocanal UK has debuted an official trailer for the French action movie Bastille Day, starring the always-awesome Idris Elba as a former CIA agent who goes to Paris, France to help with an anti-terrorism mission. However, as the quote above mentions, he seems to be more reckless than helpful. The cast includes Kelly Reilly and Charlotte Le Bon. This looks like it has some solid action, but more than anything it's great to watch Idris Elba kickin' some ass. I'm interested in checking this out. Take a look. Here's the first trailer for James Watkins & Jill Gagé's Bastille Day, direct from YouTube: A young artist and former CIA agent embark on an anti-terrorist mission in France. Featuring Richard Madden, Charlotte Le Bon, Alexander Cooper, Anatol Yusef, José Garcia. Bastille Day is »

- Alex Billington

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Idris Elba Is "Reckless & Irresponsible" in Trailer for Paris-Set Thriller, 'Bastille Day'

16 February 2016 5:42 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Well, we continue to talk of seeing Idris Elba in more leading man roles (especially in action movies), and this is one of those rare instances where he gets to shine a bit, in that capacity. The actor stars in a Paris-set thriller titled "Bastille Day," that will see him battle terrorists in the City of Light, in a project from Vendome Pictures and Anonymous Content, with James Watkins ("The Woman in Black") directing, from a script penned by Andrew Baldwin (he also scripted a "Bourne" sequel, which I suppose should give you some idea of what to expect from "Bastille Day"). Co-starring Richard Madden, the story follows Michael Mason »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch: Action Erupts In First Trailer For 'Bastille Day' Starring Idris Elba

16 February 2016 5:03 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While Idris Elba seems perpetually poised to become the next huge thing, with the internet pushing for him to become the next James Bond, and a string of blockbusters on the way including "The Jungle Book," "Finding Dory," "Star Trek Beyond," and likely "The Dark Tower" — not to mention ongoing acclaim for his turn in "Beasts Of No Nation" — the actor still has to do meat-and-potatoes work from time to time. For example, last year he had a role in the already forgotten Sean Penn flick "The Gunman," and this year he tops the regular-looking action movie, "Bastille Day." Read More: Consider This: Is #OscarsSoWhite A Symptom Of Movies Losing (Even More) Ground To TV? Directed by James Watkins ("Eden Lake," "The Woman In Black"), and co-starring Richard Madden, Charlotte Le Bon, Jose Garcia, and Kelly Reilly, the film follows a CIA agent who teams with a pickpocket to uncover corruption and. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Idris Elba Goes on a Rampage in First Trailer For ‘Bastille Day’

16 February 2016 4:10 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

While America has Independence Day, the French celebrate Bastille Day 10 days later and this year they’ll have a film of the same title. Rather than depicting the Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789 — the basis of the French holiday — it’s a straight-up, modern-day action feature starring Idris Elba.

Coming from The Woman in Black director James Watkins, the film follows the Beasts of No Nation star as a CIA agent who helps a pickpocket (Richard Madden) uncover a larger conspiracy. Set for a release in the April in the U.K., Focus Features has yet to set a U.S. date but one can hopefully expect it by the end of the year. Also starring Charlotte Le BonEriq Ebouaney and José Garcia, check out the trailer below.

Michael Mason (Richard Madden, Game Of Thrones) is an American pickpocket living in Paris who finds himself in the hands »

- Jordan Raup

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