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Harry Potter star relishes fresh challenge in Sofia Coppola movie about celebrity-obsessed thieves
If the Harry Potter franchise was one of the most overwhelming cinematic phenomena of recent history, the films' plucky Hermione, Emma Watson, shows no sign of being swamped by her past.
Speaking before the premiere, Watson said: "Harry Potter feels like such a long time ago; so much has happened in the last three or four years, but obviously it's still very present, it's still being played in people's living rooms. I'm not trying to run away from it … but it's that I've had such an amazing three or four years having a chance to transform into new roles and work with new creative people. »
- Charlotte Higgins
Emma Watson continued to shed her buttoned up Hermoine past by showing up to the premiere screening of The Bling Ring at the Cannes Film Festival in a very grown-up gown. The backless number drew cheers as she made her way into the theater alongside director Sofia Coppola. A trio of sparkling ear cuffs served as her (very expensive) bling.
Despite her edgy and much more adult roles in movies like The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and My Week With Marilyn, she insists that she’s not trying to merely escape her child-star past. ”I’m not trying to run away from it,” she said during a press conference at the festival. “I’m very proud of the work that I did. I’m just really enjoying having the chance to transform into new roles.”
To aid with her transformation into a valley girl in her latest movie, she »
- Jordan Runtagh
Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty, Warrior) and Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn, Shutter Island) are going to star in a remake of The Double Hour, an Italian film from 2009 directed by Giuseppe Capotondi.
Indigo Films' Nicola Giuliano, Vertigo Entertainment's Roy Lee and Journeyman Pictures' Paul Mezey are producing. Silver Reel Entertainment and Lotus Entertainment have partnered to finance and sell the film in Cannes.
Edgerton can next be seen in Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby with Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, which is due out in the UK on May 16th. He has also completed the thriller Felony with Jai Courtney and Melissa George, and is currently filming Jane Got a Gun with Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor. »
Top British actors Jason Flemyng and Dougray Scott are familiar faces to sci-fi fans, film buffs and telly addicts alike, so it’s only fitting that both will be special guests at this month’s festival of all things pop culture, McM London Comic Con!
After making his mark Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, Flemyng has gone on to star in a raft of major feature films, including X-men: First Class, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button and Clash Of The Titans, as well as a duo of Alan Moore comic book adaptations – From Hell and The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Meanwhile, notable TV roles include maverick ex-cop Danny Quinn in sci-fi show Primeval, and Charlie Brooker’s Emmy-wining series Black Mirror.
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Based about 9 miles southwest of central London, Twickenham Studios was built on the site of an old ice-skating rink that was acquired in 1912 by Dr. Ralph Jupp. One of the U.K.’s oldest surviving studios, the site opened in 1913. The studio’s first release, The House of Temperley, was released the same year and major stars including Ivor Novello, Dorothy Gish, Gladys Cooper, C. Aubrey Smith and Herbert Tree worked at Twickenham during the silent era.
Jupp was forced to sell the studio in 1920 due to financial and health problems. After the new owners went out of business in 1922 the studio was leased to various companies until Julius Hagen and Leslie Hiscott took over in 1928.
During the 1930s the studio produced a raft of “quota quickies,” low-budget features created to fill the quota requirement established by the Cinematograph Films Act of 1927. Such features were notoriously low quality but provided valuable training opportunities, »
- Robert Mitchell
Certainly the first box-office surprise hits of the year cam with the release of director Sam Raimi’s 3D fantasy adventure Oz The Great And Powerful. Adapted from the famed novel series by L Frank Baum, the Walt Disney-produced prequel to The Wizard Of Oz, will soon make its way onto the home entertainment DVD, Blu-ray and download formats to capture the magic once again and we have all the release details in the following press release.
Debuts On Disney Blu-ray™, Digital Download,
3D Blu-Ray™ And DVD On 1 July 2013
The fantastical family adventure “Oz The Great And Powerful” debuts on Disney Blu-ray™, Digital Download on iTunes, 3D Blu-ray™ and DVD on 1 July 2013. Audiences are invited to step into the enchanted and vibrant world of Oz to discover the story of small-time circus magician, Oscar Diggs, as he embarks on a quest to restore unity and peace to the land »
- Craig Hunter
The closest ever-lovely leading lady Michelle Williams has come to movie musicals is singing briefly (though prettily) as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn. (See above.) Still, The Daily Mail reports that the three-time Oscar nominated actress has been offered the lead role in an in-development remake of the 1959 movie musical South Pacific, which memorably starred Mitzi Gaynor as Ensign Nellie Forbush. There is also buzz that the filmmakers are looking to pursue "someone like Justin Timberlake" for the role of Lieutenant Cable. Rather than pulling inspiration from the Gaynor movie, author/screenwriter Lynn Grossman penned a "richly developed" script that harkens back to the source material for Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1949 Broadway production, a Pulitzer prize-winning novel by James Michener called Tales of the South Pacific. Songs like "There Is Nothing Like A Dame," "Some Enchanted Evening," "Bali Hai" and "I.m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta »
Many movie lovers have seen Ingmar Bergman's magical 1975 version of "The Magic Flute." But few have had a chance to check out Kenneth Branagh's 2006 take on the most popular Mozart opera. Well, that one is coming to theaters for the first time in the U.S. on June 9th. Emerging Networks will present the film with a libretto adapted by Stephen Fry and music arranged and conducted by James Conlon in 150 theaters on Sunday June 9th and Tuesday June 11th. Actor-director Branagh's film transplants Mozart’s 1791 fantasy opera to the eve of the First World War, starring Joseph Kaiser as Tamino and Amy Carson as the daughter of the Queen of the Night. Select theaters will also get a live Q-and-a session with Branagh via webcast from London after the film’s Sunday screening. (Individual theaters and show times here.) Branagh starred as Sir Laurence Olivier in "My Week with Marilyn, »
- Anne Thompson
Hermione actor of Harry Potter series switches to the vain and amoral as celebrity-fixated Hollywood gangster
Were she a real person rather than one of the protagonists of the most successful film franchises in history, Hermione Granger would in all likelihood blanch at the latest movie role taken on by Emma Watson.
The 23-year-old actor, who played the bookish Hermione across eight instalments and 11 years, is now the star of Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring, a dazed and subtly disturbing tale of real-life burglary, privilege and celebrity which is heading this month for the Cannes film festival.
The picture tells of a gang of teenagers preying on the Hollywood homes of stars such as Paris Hilton (who was singled out for repeat visits), Lindsay Lohan and Orlando Bloom. From these figures they swiped more than $3m (£1.9m) worth of cash and goods using only chutzpah and the internet: once »
- Ryan Gilbey
Pic tells the story of a father and son who set out to save Christmas: they must find Rudolph, travel to Lapland, befriend the elves and break Santa out of jail. The pic will be sold at Cannes by U.K.-based Altitude Film Sales, launched last year by Will Clarke and Mike Runagall.
Also on Altitude’s Cannes slate is helmer-scribe Leanne Pooley’s 3D docu-drama “Beyond the Edge,” about the 1953 conquest of Everest by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. Pic is produced by Matthew Metcalfe, production designer is Grant Major (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy) and the cinematographer is Richard Bluck (“Avatar,” “The Hobbit”).
- Leo Barraclough
Summer is almost officially here! Which means we all need to cool down, wash up and clean up our act. Only the way these 20 guys get scrubbed up leaves us feeling a teensy tiny bit dirty.
We’ve assembled a portfolio of 20 of our favorite foxy actors taking baths. Whether they’re surrounded by bubbles like Ryan Gosling in The Notebook, or soaking the natural way in a pond or lake like Eddie Redmayne in My Week With Marilyn, these guys are splashing into our fantasies. The only catch? No Pools. These boys will not be smelling like bleach–or the suntan lotion of the beach. These are bathing male beauties, and it takes all our self control not to jump through the screen to try to jump in with them.
[Photo Credit: The Notebook - New Line Cinema; Pride & Prejudice - BBC; Fight Club - 20th Century Fox; My Week With Marilyn - The Weinstein Company & BBC Films]
Related: The 25 Hottest People In The Rain »
- Meghan O'Keefe
Oz the Great and Powerful is coming home pretty quickly, and on June 11th you’ll be able to catch the magic. There’s plenty to recommend about this release just based on the film (catch our podcast review here), but here’s one that looks to be filled with interesting extras as well.
Not only are there several featurettes – catch the full list below – and a Second Screen offering, but you also get My Journey in Oz, a personal story produced and directed by James Franco. Something like a super production diary, this looks to be more than your normal bonus material. You can check out a clip of that extra below.
Unlike many recent releases, which seem to be showing a trend towards a downturn in bonus content, this one is packed. Music featurettes, character and creature featurettes, Zach Braff takes you behind-the-scenes of his own personal adventure working voice magic, »
- Marc Eastman
Video On Demand, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 11, 2013
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray $39.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $44.99, Blu-ray 3D Combo $44.99
Disney returns to Oz with a prequel this time in Oz the Great and Powerful.
Based on author Frank L. Baum’s classic children’s stories, the fantasy movie imagines how the illusionist Oz might have made it to the magical land.
Screenwriters Mitchell Kapner (The Whole Nine Yards) and David Lindsay-Abaire (Rise of the Gaurdians) start their story with Oscar Diggs (James Franco, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), a.k.a. the small-time circus magician Oz the Great and Powerful. He’s more con artist than magician, and when his dubious ethics push him into a hot air balloon to avoid a beating, Oz gets whisked away from dusty Kansas to a magical land.
In Oz, Diggs discovers that there’s a prophecy that »
Disney's Oz: The Great and Powerful will once again provide audiences with a magical entertainment experience when it debuts for in-home release on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital and On-Demand, June 11, 2013.
A must-own for any home entertainment collection, the Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) of Oz: The Great and Powerful brings the epic adventure to life with its vibrantly colorful picture and sound, and boasts a sensational variety of never-before-seen bonus materials including: "The Magic of Oz: The Great and Powerful Second Screen Feature" that provides viewers with an immersive opportunity to journey into the fantastical lands of Oz; James Franco's personal story of his journey to the land of Oz that is produced and directed by the Oscar nominated star himself; Golden Globe nominee Mila Kunis' makeup metamorphosis which is hosted by Academy Award-winning makeup artist Howard Berger; A back-stage journey through each of the »
There's no place like home video: Oz The Great and Powerful Blu-ray and DVD details have been released!
No need to click your heels together folks - your wish is coming true sooner than you think. Disney has released details on the upcoming Oz The Great and Powerful Blu-ray and DVD sets. It streets June 11 and the details straight from the House of Mouse follow, after this clip from the disc's special features:
Disney’s “Oz The Great and Powerful” will once again provide audiences with a magical entertainment experience when it debuts for in-home release on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, Digital and On-Demand, June 11, 2013.
A must-own for any home entertainment collection, the Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) of “Oz The Great and Powerful” brings the epic adventure to life with its vibrantly colorful picture and sound, and boasts a sensational variety of never-before-seen bonus materials including: “The »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Victor Medina)
We’ve received the first stills from the BBC’s 2014 lead Saturday or Sunday night (we believe) drama The Musketeers. Filming is well underway and now we’ve got the first official images of the cast together for the upcoming 10-part drama. The series is written by Adrian Hodges who wrote the excellent My Week With Marilyn but also the rather underwhelming Primeval. His new series follows the fortunes of The Musketeers, an elite band of soldiers operating in 17th century Paris and I’m actually glad to see lesser-known names in the lead roles.
They are D’Artagnan (Luke Pasqualino), Athos (Tom Burke), Aramis (Santiago Cabrera) and Porthos (Howard Charles) and will fight for what is just, regardless of personal risk. Check out the new stills here, don’t they look serious:
Adrian Hodges, had this to say about his new series and how it’s coming along:
- Dan Bullock
Netflix continues its exploration of proprietary content with Hemlock Grove, a mystery-horror series from the mind of splatter director Eli Roth (Inglourious Basterds). When a teenage girl is brutally murdered in the titular town, two unlikely allies band together to find her killer. Their search will uncover a local band of werewolves and secrets long thought buried by the elite of Hemlock Grove.
Though listed as the primary creative force behind Hemlock Grove, Roth will only direct the pilot and executive-produce the rest of the series. Deran Serafian (House M.D.) and T.J. Scott (Spartacus: War of the Damned) will handle directorial duties for the rest of the series. Hemlock Grove stars Famke Janssen (Taken 2), Bill Skarsgård (Anna Karenina), Landon Liboiron (Terra Nova), and Dougray Scott (My Week With Marilyn).
Click to continue reading ‘Hemlock Grove’ Red-Band Trailer: Gypsies, Werewolves, and Nazis
- Kyle Hembree
Emma Watson was the recipient of the MTV Movie Awards Trailblazer Award honor in La on Sunday night. The golden popcorn win was even sweeter, since her statue was presented to her by Eddie Redmayne and Logan Lerman. Emma costarred with Eddie in My Week With Marilyn and played opposite Logan in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Emma and Logan were also in the running for best kiss, though they lost out to Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, but Emma still has a shot at taking home the best female performance statue for her role in Perks. Emma may have skipped the MTV Movie Awards red carpet, but there were plenty of other stars posing for the cameras. Make sure to check them out and vote on your fashion and beauty favorites! View Slideshow › »
- Lauren Turner
Chicago – I’m always astonished when a filmmaker takes a fascinating figure immortalized in history and decides to explore one of the least interesting aspects of their life. “The Iron Lady” was so fixated on celebrating Margaret Thatcher’s gender that it ignored both her achievements and her controversies. “My Week with Marilyn” made the maddening decision to view its titular Hollywood icon through the perspective of a starry-eyed bore.
And now here’s “Hyde Park on Hudson,” a ghastly piece of would-be Oscar bait sure to offend every history buff eager to see a solid biopic (or, at the very least, character portrait) of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. This is a president whose policies are still a vital part of the national discourse today, and whose steadfast determination to pull America out of a hellacious Depression led to its transformation. Ed Asner has been touring the country in a one-man »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
'Who would play me in the film of my life? Robert Downey Jr'
Zoë Wanamaker, 63, was born in New York. The family moved to England because her father, actor Sam Wanamaker, was identified as a communist sympathiser in 1951, at the height of McCarthyism. After drama school, she went on to win Best Actress Olivier Awards for her 1979 role in Once In A Lifetime at the National Theatre and for playing Electra at the Donmar Warehouse the following year. On television, she starred in the hit sit-com My Family, and her films include 5 Children And It, Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone and My Week With Marilyn. She plays PG Wodehouse's wife in Wodehouse In Exile on BBC4 on Monday.
When were you happiest?
Getting married at Islington register office in 1994.
What is your greatest fear?
Losing my memory.
What is your earliest memory?
A donkey called Ali Baba when »
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