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Eddie The Eagle Super Bowl spot: The biopic lands in U.S. cinemas in February, and the UK in April.
The Eddie The Eagle Super Bowl spot has landed online ahead of Sunday’s big game. The film actually debuts in U.S. cinemas later this month, though won’t see British cinemas until April. We were lucky enough to see the film earlier this week, and you can read our five-star Eddie The Eagle review at the end of the link.
Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself – even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making »
- Paul Heath
Movies are meant to transport you, taking you out of your everyday life and providing two hours of sheer escapism. The whole “leave your brain at the door” mentality that pervades the target audience of the explosion-centric films of Michael Bay and his ilk may be a little off-point (how do you go to the cinema and not look to be engaged?), but the idea of getting enraptured in the world on screen – be that a cosmic space saga or an intimate personal drama – that you forget everything else is a potent one.
So when a big celebrity rears their head in a clearly purposed hat-tip to the audience it can all be a bit surprising. There you are, absent-mindedly enjoying Hook, basking in how not as awful as Pan it is, and then all of a sudden you have Glenn Close stood about dressed as a man?! What? »
- Alex Leadbeater
Looks like Kevin James is going to be leading a Netflix original film, and despite the above featured image, it is a not a Paul Blart: Mall Cop movie. The streaming service has announced today that the actor/comedian will be heading the film entitled True Memoirs Of An International Assassin.
The film's synopsis is as follows:
"A mild-mannered would-be author gets mistaken for a killer-for-hire when his fictional novel about an international assassin is published as a true story. The book is a huge success and he is suddenly kidnapped and taken to Venezuela and forced into an assassination plot."
While I feel no particular way or another about this film, I'm very interested to see the online interest. Given James' »
- Joseph Medina
Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards’ name is firmly steeped in Olympic history for his efforts at the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada in 1988. If you’re unfamiliar with the story, it all starts in the quiet Gloucestershire town of Cheltenham in the late 1970s, where a young boy dreams of glory at the Olympics. After quickly realising that he hasn’t got the ability to compete at the highest level in the big summer games, young Eddie switches sports for the winter type, and in particular, downhill skiing. »
- Paul Heath
For a few years now, Hollywood has been trying to reboot "Masters Of The Universe," and make the 1987 version with Dolph Lundgren a distant memory. Back in 2012, Jon M. Chu ("G.I. Joe: Retaliation") was tapped to direct, but left a little while later. Then in 2014, a shortlist of directors emerged for the project including Mike Cahill (“Another Earth”), Jeff Wadlow ("Kick-Ass 2"), Chris McKay (“The Lego Batman Movie”), and Harald Zwart (“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones"), but not much movement happened on that. However, the project now has someone at the helm, and it's not much more exciting than any of those names. Read More: 5 Iconic '90s Music Videos Directed By McG Three letter wonder McG ("Charlie's Angels," "3 Days To Kill") is in talks to direct "Masters Of The Universe." Alex Litvak and Mike Finch (who paired on 2010's "Predators") penned »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Even though Doctor Strange has been filming since November, it's never too late to add a new cast member. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that The Martian star Benedict Wong has signed on to play the Sorcerer Supreme's aptly-named sidekick, Wong. It isn't known if he just recently joined the cast, or if he was part of the production when filming started last year.
Wong has a long history in the Marvel Comics, making his debut in in 1963's "Strange Tales" #110. In the comics, Wong was a disciple of the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) who was sent to America to assist Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) during his journey of learning the mystical arts. The character also performs healing duties and assists with occult matters. One of his primary duties is looking after the Doctor's body while he is astral projecting into other planes of existence.
Benedict Wong joins a cast »
Following the first screening of Deadpool last night (which was met with overwhelmingly positive reviews from fans in attendance), Ryan Reynolds took part in a Q&A which saw him shed some light on both this character and possibly the future of R-Rated superhero movies at Fox.
Asked how he feels Deadpool could change the game in more adult orientated adaptations getting the green light, he revealed:
“I think it has to [open the door for more R-rated superhero movies], I hope so. There are a lot of superhero movies out there on the market. It’s a genre unto itself. I personally would like to see more rated R ones. I just think it’s time. We’ll see if this holds. Hollywood shamefully copycats every movie that works – so if this does work, you’ll probably see more rated R films!”
So, with that in mind, what kind of R-Rated superhero movie does Reynolds think could follow Deadpool? »
- Josh Wilding
Once upon a time, back in 2004, Christian Bale lost an awful lot of weight to take on the lead role in The Machinist. Straight afterwards, he had to bulk up to play Batman in 2005's Batman Begins. And since then, the actor has been willing to add or lose weight, depending on the role.
Bale had been earmarked to play the car maker, for the movie that begins shooting this spring. Yet Deadline reports that Bale has had to back out, due to the short time frame that gives him to gain the weight required for the role.
Director Michael Mann is now on the hunt for a new actor to take on the role, »
The Sundance Institute is including a touch of Cannes this week as the likes of Pippa Bianco (her short Share was the 2015 winner of Cannes Cinefondation), Alistair Banks Griffin (Two Gates of Sleep premiered in Directors’ Fortnight in 2010), and the Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza tandem (from Critics’ Week Grand Prize in 2013 for Salvo) are among the dozen selected projects for the 2016 January Screenwriters Lab. The immersive, five-day writers’ workshop takes place just prior to the festival at the Sundance Resort in Utah, January 15-20. Look for several of these projects to one day break into not only Sundance, but other major film fests. Here are the selected people & projects:
The projects and fellows selected for the 2016 January Screenwriters Lab are:
In a near-abandoned subdivision west of Houston, a wayward teen runs headlong into her equally willful and unforgiving neighbor, »
- Eric Lavallee
"I'm so free now," said the 18-year old former child actress. "I don’t know what happened, but when I turned 17, this huge weight was lifted off my shoulders.
"I'm so open. I have a good time. I don’t worry about what people say about me. I know who I am, who I want to be, what I want to portray myself as, what I want people to think of me..."
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- Michael Stevens
10 items from 2016
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