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Remember that magical trip to London last month that I raved about? The agenda was actually interviews with The Danish Girl team and a few of those are coming up.
Director Tom Hooper's latest Oscar hopeful, about the unconventional marriage of artists Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander) and Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe (Eddie Redmayne) opens in select cities today with a nationwide release in the near future. First up is the leading lady himself, Eddie Redmayne, who headlines as Lili, one of the first trans women to undergo sex reassignment surgery in the early 20th Century. Eddie Redmayne could well be up for the Best Actor Oscar again
I spoke to Eddie for Towleroad about gender fluidity, his tireless press rounds these past two years, and my two favorite scenes in the movie. Here's a snippet that I know Tfe's awards fanatics will especially enjoy.
Your past few roles have »
- NATHANIEL R
Today kicks off our annual collection of the film, TV and game related bargains and sales on Amazon.com over the biggest shopping period of the year - the Black Friday sales weekend. The biggest discounts you'll see all year in Blu-ray films, Blu-ray TV boxsets and console game sales are now online, and below are the best selections on offer in these categories.
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- Garth Franklin
Sundance missed out on the opportunity to present Shotgun Stories (2007) to the world (Berlin landed the film instead) but made up for it for it with Jeff Nichols films number two Take Shelter (2011) and three Mud (2012). The filmmaker originally from Little Rock, Arkansas lined up a major studio gig for Midnight Special, re-teamed with Michael Shannon and added Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, young protag Jaeden Lieberher and Sam Shepard on the January shoot. Worth noting, that’s January of 2014. Unlike Take Shelter, a film that needed its own good dose of special effects, Warner Bros. has tried to figure out the best course of action to unveil this original piece. Tied with a March 18th, this is likely headed to SXSW (Dunst let slip out of the bag) but we’re thinking a special screening (Sundance’s way to incorporate a major studio film from auteurs working for »
- Eric Lavallee
The Kings of Tampa return in Magic Mike Xxl on DVD and Blu-ray™ on November 30 2015. To celebrate the release we’ve teamed up with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment to giveaway 3 copies.
Picking up the story three years after Mike (Channing Tatum) bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, Magic Mike Xxl finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them.
On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in Jacksonville and Savannah to renew old acquaintances and make new friends, Mike and the guys learn some new moves and shake off the past in surprising ways.
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- Laura Holmes
Next year will be huge for fans of both Marvel and DC Comics, with each studio launching two huge movies apiece. Marvel's Captain America: Civil War (May 6, 2016) will start the studio's Phase Three initiative, while Warner Bros. kick starts their own DC Comics Extended Universe with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (March 25, 2016). At the heart of the Dceu is Ben Affleck's Batman, a character who will share the screen with Superman (Henry Cavill) for the first time ever. Variety recently caught up with Ben Affleck, who acknowledges that there is an immense amount of pressure for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to succeed.
"I think there is a ton of pressure on it. I mean I would be bulls-ting you to say there isn't. You'll see next year they are going to have a great year. They are now developing probably the single greatest under-exploited IP asset in the entertainment business, »
Being that I don’t enjoy — and, by extension, bother with — much contemporary TV, perhaps you should take it with a grain of salt when I say that Sense8 is my favorite series in at least a decade, if not longer. Still, that prerequisite shouldn’t dull the effect of the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski‘s show — directed by the former pairing, Tom Tykwer, James McTeigue, and Dan Glass — which is immensely entertaining, always takes advantage of the endless number of possibilities its concept offers, and evinces a crucial understanding of the many opportunities afforded by long-form storytelling.
It’s also a formally accomplished bit of work, which is thanks in no small part to the helping hand of cinematographer John Toll. It might be surprising that the who shot The Thin Red Line, Braveheart, and Almost Famous would head to a conceptually bizarre sci-fi TV show, but his »
- Nick Newman
Read More: Watch: Love Transcends Gender For Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander in 'The Danish Girl' Trailer English ingendude Eddie Redmayne has never shied away from challenging material. Whether that means singing live one of Broadway's most iconic numbers take after take for Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables," physically transforming himself to mirror the Stephen Hawking's deteriorating health in James Marsh's "The Theory of Everything," or playing a grandiose extraterrestrial tyrant in Andy and Lana Wachowski's "Jupiter Ascending," Redmayne relishes the chance, and often thrives. Earlier this year, the Hawking biopic earned Redmayne his first Academy Award. And "Jupiter Ascending," well, it failed in theaters, but has cemented Redmayne new fans with his performance's cult appeal. He's following this up with his greatest artistic risk yet. Reteaming with Hooper for "The Danish »
- Kristy Puchko
For decades, the fabled studio of Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis maintained its dominance in the Hollywood pecking order, and held the promise of staying there — in recent years on the backs of such lucrative franchises as “Harry Potter” and “The Dark Knight.”
But in today’s high-stakes, competitive landscape, sustaining that lofty perch has proven excruciatingly difficult.
R. Kikuo Johnson for Variety
In the 2½ years since Tsujihara was named chairman and CEO, and took command of Warners’ massive ship, the company has been riding a sea of fundamental change. Entertainment is being consumed around the globe at record levels, but exactly when, where and how that happens has become more fluid in a rapidly shifting industry — making the job of any Hollywood chieftain more complex and perplexing than ever.
Consequently, Tsujihara »
- James Rainey and Cynthia Littleton
Here’s an interesting set of figures for you. Forbes has just published their list of the Biggest movie flops of 2015. There are some very pretty horrifying numbers here, and some of the titles have been in the press for their disappointing numbers as the worldwide box-office.
Forbes say that to compile their list of the biggest movie flops of 2015 they’ve used information from Box Office Mojo, IMDb and other sources to find worldwide box office and estimated production budgets. They ranked the films based on what percentage of their budgets they earned back at the theatre as of November 18th, 2015, and only looked at movies that opened in more than 2,000 theatres to screen out films that had small theatrical openings. »
- Paul Heath
All of creation is at stake. All of heaven is at war. Whoa! Summit has debuted the first epic trailer for Alex Proyas' Gods of Egypt, an action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt. The ensemble cast of Gods includes Gerard Butler as Set, God of the Desert; Brenton Thwaites as Bek, Thief of Legend; Chadwick Boseman as Thoth, God of Wisdom; Elodie Yung as Hathor, Goddess of Love; and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Horus, God of the Sky. This looks crazy, and I'm not sure I mean that in a good way. It sort of reminds me of some kind of weird mash-up between Jupiter Ascending and Exodus: Gods & Kings. There are so many epic shots, so many fantastical elements. I will say - they got me with those giant snakes. Here's the first official trailer for Alex Proyas' Gods of Egypt, in high def from Apple: »
- Alex Billington
Showtime has released the first image from Penny Dreadful‘s upcoming third season, and it features a straitjacketed Vanessa being comforted by psychiatrist Dr. Seward (newly-minted series regular Patti LuPone) in what looks like a padded cell. The network’s accompanying release says Seward is helping Eva Green’s tormented alter ego “battle “the evil forces she cannot seem to escape.”
One of the most famous memes about an actor in recent years has been about the number of times Sean Bean has died on screen. At one point, someone made a reel showing off the various ways his characters have met their demise - a clip which quickly became a viral sensation.
Now out doing promotion on TNT's "Legends," the actor has spoken with The Radio Times about being known as a guy who dies frequently on the screen. Turns out he's mostly amused by it all:
"I have died quite a few times to be fair. I've seen that reel of clips – it sounds a bit macabre, but I watched that back, and I'd forgotten some of the scenes I'd died in… (I don't) take it to heart... For some reason, the parts I play, like Boromir or Ned Stark, have a life online long afterwards. I keep seeing, »
- Garth Franklin
For anyone who was going through Harry Potter withdrawal, we have a cure.
Today new images from the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hit the internet, and it looks nothing short of marvelous.
For serious Harry Potter aficionados, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is the creature encyclopedia that acted as a supplement to those heavy-as-bricks Harry Potter novels we all lugged around as kids. Thank you to whoever’s brilliant idea it was to adapt this informational source into a film. It looks epic.
Eddie Redmayne stars as a “magizoologist”, a dreamy occupation that involves finding and documenting magical creatures. Despite playing very serious roles, such as his Oscar winning turn as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything or his upcoming performance as Lili Elbe, the first person to ever receive a sexual reassignment surgery in The Danish Girl, Redmayne sprinkles fun roles where he can. »
- Adriana Floridia
Does anyone in the film world have as much of an influence and remain more shadowy than a studio executive? You can throw out a couple of names, but that’s usually the extent of it, and to what ends they play a role in movies opening across the world are always up for debate — unless North Korea hacks their infrastructure and airs the dirty laundry. Whether it’s an attempt at transparency or a way of slyly promoting their upcoming releases, several of them — Sony’s Tom Rothman, Disney’s Alan Horn, Paramount’s Rob Moore, Universal’s Donna Langley, Fox’s Stacey Snider, and Lionsgate’s Rob Friedman — participated in a THR roundtable, forcing them to talk about what they’re doing.
I’m not certain as to what, exactly, you’ll get out of this, but I was fascinated by the balance between an admission of failure, »
- Nick Newman
“Our Brand is Crisis,” a political satire about a spin-doctor navigating a Latin American presidential election, is the worst wide release opening of Bullock’s career, sliding in below “Two If By Sea,” which opened to $4.7 million in 1996. It debuted to a dreadful $3.4 million across 2,202 locations. Warner Bros. distributed the $28 million production and co-financed the film with Participant Media.
Not that Cooper fared much better playing a down-and-out chef trying to score a comeback in “Burnt.” The Weinstein Company distributed the critically scorched dramedy, which made a meagre $5 million bowing across 2,900 theaters. It cost roughly $20 million »
- Brent Lang
It’s the first status report from the director’s all-new project in some time, and though he didn’t divulge the actress’ specific role, Besson was overjoyed to welcome the newcomer to the starry cast.
Rihanna is in Valerian!!!!! ….and she has a big part!! I’m Sooo excited!!!
A photo posted by @lucbesson on Oct 28, 2015 at 7:44am Pdt
Taking inspiration from Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières’ eyponymous graphic novel series, Besson will write and direct Valerian, itself billed as a grand space opera taking place in the 28th century. While there’s nary a mention of Rihann’s part, DeHaan and Delevingne will take point as Valerian and Laureline, respectively, while Clive Owen recently joined the cast as Commander Arün Filitt.
- Michael Briers
Channing Tatum has a reputation for being a very sexy dude. He's also known for his whip-smart comedy chops, which he's put on display in the 21 Jump Street movies. Now, he can add another talent to the list. And that's being able to scare kids better than the Boogey Man. Channeling his inner-Victor Salva, the actor looked like a real creep after climbing into what he at first thought was just an innocent child-friendly Halloween costume.
What was supposed to be a magical time of year turned into a real nightmare for Tatum's young daughter when he decided to drop by her Halloween carnival. The Hundred Acre Woods will never be the same after Channing Tatum decided to go with a store bought outfit, not having the time to make his own. The infamous bear certainly got a make-over, though we're not sure Christopher Robin or Piglet would approve. »
Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Bros. need Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice to be a hit. Not because it’s setting up their massive DC Extended Universe enterprise or that they’ve had a series of high profile bombs this year in the form of Jupiter Ascending and Pan (although those are both solid reasons), but because if it’s not a mega-smash-super-hit then it’ll probably lose money.
The latest rumour surrounding the film is that it’s cost Warners a whopping $410 million to make. That’s not a typo – $410 million. Working on the conventional assumption that marketing doubles that amount, Dawn Of Justice is going to have to make over $800 million just to break even. To put that in context, that’s more than the average total of both The Dark Knight Rises and Man Of Steel, the previous outings for Bats and Supes that were both highly anticipated in their own right. »
- Alex Leadbeater
Out on the home entertainment formats today is the thriller Survivor, which stars Milla Jovovich (The Resident Evil franchise), Pierce Brosnan (James Bond), Dylan McDermott (Olympus Has Fallen, Automata), Angela Bassett (Olympus Has Fallen), James D’Arcy (Jupiter Ascending, Cloud Atlas), Robert Forster (Jackie Brown) and Frances De La Tour (The Harry Potter Franchise).
To celebrate the release, we thought we’d take a look at this brilliant cast’s career to date… but first, here’s the synopsis…
“Survivor” is a thriller about a State Department employee newly posted to the American embassy in London, where she is charged with stopping terrorists from getting into the U.S. And that puts her in the line of fire: targeted for death, framed for crimes she didn’t commit, discredited and on the run. Now she must find a way to clear her name and stop a large-scale terrorist attack set »
- The Hollywood News
As usual, this year’s Oscar race for Best Makeup and Hairstyling features a wide array of character transformations, period detail and genre manifestations. While fantastical exhibitions have certainly been Academy favorites in the past, the award has gone to grounded work more often than not in recent years, with films like “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Dallas Buyers Club” and “The Iron Lady” walking away with the gold. So let’s start there with our analysis of this year’s field.
Tom Hooper’s “Les Misérables” won the prize a few years back. This year, his follow-up — “The Danish Girl” — provides another opportunity for designers to work in period trappings. But moreover, this story of trangender pioneer Lili Elbe offers up an on-screen metamorphosis as actor Eddie Redmayne portrays Elbe during her transition. Designer Jan Sewell has been BAFTA-nominated a number of times over the years, including a notice for »
- Kristopher Tapley
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