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Get used to Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley in formal wear. The two British actors continue to receive nothing but good press for their latest film, director Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game, so their continued participation in the awards race's red carpets and ceremonies is all but assured.
Surprising no one, Cumberbatch is receiving the lion’s share of the accolades for his portrayal of Alan Turing, the British code-breaker who cracked the Enigma code. Turing’s life, a tragic one in the end due to the British government’s persecution of homosexuals, has all the elements of a good British thriller (and Oscar nominee): Bletchley Park, World War II, and wool suits.
The Imitation Game's supporting cast is also stacked, boasting the likes of Matthew Goode (Stoker), Mark Strong(Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”), and Allen Leech (“Downton Abbey”).
The film will »
- Sasha James
Following his English-language debut Stoker, Chan-wook Park is prepping another English-language film. The South Korean filmmaker is set to direct and develop Second Born, a twisted sci-fi thriller written by David Jagernauth. Hit the jump for more on the Chan wook Park Second Born project. Variety reports Second Born takes place in a futuristic world […]
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- Angie Han
Park Chan-wook, Korean director of the much lauded Vengeance Trilogy - Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance - has been attached to an upcoming sci-fi thriller Second Born, reports Variety. This will be his second English language feature film after 2013's thriller Stoker.Second Born is based on an original screenplay by David Jagernauth. The story "takes place in a futuristic world in which neural microchip implants are used to store one's consciousness, leading to black market body-swapping".The film will be produced by David Lancaster under his newly formed banner Rumble Films. Lancaster produced two recent and notable titles, Whiplash and Nightcrawler, for other production companies before forming his own. Park's short film and Stoker production partner Wonjo Jeong will produce as well. ...
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David Jagernauth wrote the original screenplay for Second Born. The story takes place in a futuristic world where neural microchip implants are able to store one's own consciousness. This leads to black market body-swapping.
Stoker was one of my favorite movies from last year and it proved that director Chan-wook Park is a master of his craft no matter what language he's working in. He essentially bested American Horror Story (Season 1, at least) at their own, ridiculous game with something so stylish it managed to be both wacky and beautiful at the same time. So I'm confident that Second Born will turn out rather well based on his involvement alone, even if the threadbare synopsis of the original script by David Jagernauth we have at this juncture points to something interesting rather than downright remarkable. Hit the jump for more on Chan-wook Park directing Second Born. Variety (who broke the story) has the synopsis for Second Born: “Second Born,” based on an original screenplay by David Jagernauth, takes place in a futuristic world in which neural microchip implants are used to store one’s consciousness, »
- Evan Dickson
After mastering his English language debut Stoker with the assuredness and deft hand of a true auteur, Park Chan-Wook will return to his native tongue for his upcoming feature, Fingersmith. That commitment aside, doesn’t mean the Oldboy director isn’t fielding offers stateside. According to Variety‘s breaking report today, the South Korean helmer will venture back to the dark side of human nature at some point, as he’s signed on to tackle futuristic sci-fi thriller, Second Born.
Based on an original spec script by newcomer David Jagernauth, the brief synopsis draws comparisons to a range of genre classics. Based on what we know thus far, Second Born will be “set in a futuristic world where consciousness is stored on computer chips and bodies are bought and sold on the black-market. A murdered cop is reborn in a stranger’s body in order to bring down a body-snatching »
- Gem Seddon
I will admit to having mixed feelings about Nicole Kidman. The actress has had some interesting roles in her varied career, but she’s only rarely proven herself to be more than just a pretty face. Her appearance in Stoker gave the lie to anyone who thinks she can’t act, but the ill-conceived Grace of Monaco showcased her ephemeral beauty and little else. Now, the actress is in talks to replace Gwyneth Paltrow in The Secret in Their Eyes, a remake of an Argentine thriller.
The Secret in Their Eyes tells the story of a retired attorney who turns back the clock on an unsolved case, seeking closure for it and his unrequited passion for his former superior. Writing a book about the case, he begins to uncover new and potentially damaging secrets about the past.
The original Argentine film was written and directed by Juan Jose Campanella and »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Things will get a little chilly during the Oct. 28 episode of “The Flash,” titled “Going Rogue,” which introduces one of the Scarlet Speedster’s most iconic and enduring villains: Captain Cold.
Cold, aka Leonard Snart, is played by “Prison Break” star Wentworth Miller, making his return to the small screen after a sojourn spent writing screenplays, including 2013’s gothic thriller “Stoker” and the upcoming “Disappointments Room.”
Speaking to Variety via email about what drew him back to television, Miller admitted, “I’d never heard of Captain Cold. But I’d heard of Greg Berlanti. I have a great deal of respect for what Greg’s accomplished, and I was interested in working with him in some capacity, as an actor or writer or both. So when the offer came in, I was open to coming on board even before I’d read the script. The fact that it was a »
- Laura Prudom
Vancouver, BC. Actor Wentworth Miller, the Golden Globe nominated star of "Prison Break," hasn't been seen all that much lately. You have to go back to a 2011 episode of "House" or "Resident Evil: Afterlife" to see Miller's last mainstream credits as an on-screen thespian. On the other hand, screenwriter Wentworth Miller has been quite busy. "Stoker" played at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and earned some of that year's most respectful reviews. "The Disappointments Room" has attracted a cast led by Kate Beckinsale and is expected to open next fall. Wentworth Miller, actor, will be back on-screen this week when he begins a key guest turn playing Leonard Snart -- bka Captain Cold -- on The CW's "The Flash." "I had not heard of Captain Cold before, but I had heard of Greg Berlanti, had a lot of respect for what he's achieved in this business, so I came in to »
- Daniel Fienberg
The 12th Asiana International Short Film Festival, one of South Korea's major events for the genre, will kick off next month under the auspices of filmmaker Park Chan-wook who will serve as jury chair. "I probably made the most number of short films out of all those directors out there," Park told reporters in Seoul. Though best known for directing the original Oldboy and Stoker, starring Nicole Kidman, Park most recently presented shorts made in collaboration with Italian fashion house Zegna and Korean brand Kolon Sport. He also won the 2011 Berlin Golden Bear for the best short film with
- Lee Hyo-won
With The Flash premiering tonight on the CW it was expert timing on the part of DC Comics' Cco Geoff Johns to let loose some images of Prison Break star (and Stoker screenwriter) Wentworth Miller as the villainous Captain Cold (aka Leonard Snart) on the upcoming show. I haven't read the comics so this look doesn't really let me down or lift me up, but it seems very much in keeping with the established aesthetic of the program so far (if you haven't seen the trailer here it is). The show also stars Grant Gustin, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Jesse L. Martin, Candice Patton, Tom Cavanagh, Rick Cosnett, and John Wesley Shipp with Robbie Amell, Wentworth Miller, and Clancy Brown slated as guest stars. The Flash premieres on The CW tonight October 7th at 8/7c. Hit the jump to check out the Captain Cold images of Wentworth Miller. What do you guys think? »
- Evan Dickson
On the next full moon, coinciding with Nycc Super Week, you can be one of the first to see Wolves at an exclusive fan event followed by a Q&A with writer/director David Hayter! The werewolf action-thriller stars Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class & Days of Future Past, Stoker), Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Conan the Barbarian), Merritt Patterson (Kid Cannabis, The Hole), Stephen McHattie (The Strain, Haunter) and John Pyper-Ferguson (The Last Ship, Alphas).
The screening will take place in Manhattan on Wednesday, October 8th at 8pm. Follow @BewareWolves on Twitter to find out how you and a guest can win passes to this special event! In order to attend, you must be 17 or older as Wolves is rated R for bloody violence throughout, and some sexuality.
Popular high school student Cayden Richards wakes from a horrific nightmare, only to realize that he’s living it… He is changing into something vicious, »
- ComicMix Staff
If you live in New York City or will be in town next week for the New York Comic Con, you can win tickets to a very cool event being held there, courtesy of Cinelinx!
David Hayter’s (writer of X-Men, X2, Watchmen) directorial debut Wolves is coming to Video On Demand nationwide October 16 and to select theaters November 14. The werewolf-themed horror flick is getting some solid buzz, and next Wednesday, October 8, a "Full-Moon Fan Event” with an advance screening of Wolves will be held in Manhattan, with Hayter attending to hold a Q&A! What better way to celebrate New York Comic Con Super Week than being the first to see Wolves!
Cinelinx has some tickets to the event in hand, and we want to give them to you! »
- email@example.com (Victor Medina)
Dracula Untold bites the UK box office this week, but are we reaching vampire overload, James wonders...
Drac is back (in, erm, black, but we're not going to crank AC/DC because it's cliché, it's anachronistic in this medieval setting and it might be mistaken as a reference to Iron Man). If you go to your local cinema this weekend you can see Dracula Untold which has Luke Evans vamping it up as the latest incarnation of the most infamous bloodsucker in cultural history.
Once the movie has been seen the title should be changed to 'Dracula Told' because then it won't be a story 'Untold' but, ah, I digress. The important thing to know is that audiences are going to get to enjoy a new movie expanding the Dracula mythos and this one has a lot to offer cinemagoers getting into the horror mindset in the Halloween month.
The New York Film Festival starts today, and with it critics and industry members will get their first look at Gone Girl and Inherent Vice, leaving only a few studio tent poles remaining throughout the fall. They’ll also get a renewed look at Mr. Turner, Foxcatcher, and Birdman, so expect those to be back in the conversation soon.
One of the most interesting barometers for predicting the race is Movie City News’ Gurus ‘O Gold chart, a poll of all the Oscar pundits to determine the top contenders to win. They made their picks before the festivals and now after them, and they’ve got Boyhood perched atop the pedestal with the sight-unseen Unbroken, Interstellar and Gone Girl rounding out the Top 10.
This week however, all the previous week’s ranking contenders are gone from the charts in this slow week between festivals. They’ll be back with a »
- Brian Welk
Tracks sounds like a slog, the true story of Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska) as she treks 1,700 miles across the Australian desert with four capricious camels and a black dog named Diggity. The journey, which spawned an article for National Geographic and a global bestseller, begins in April 1977 and lasts for nine arduous months. But hold on. The movie, which lasts a scant 112 minutes, is no mission for masochists. Tracks is an exhilarating adventure that opens up an unknown world to most of us and does it so well that we feel we're living it too. »
Exclusive: Gerald McRaney has joined the cast of Relativity’s The Disappointments Room. Kate Beckinsale stars in the psychological thriller as a woman who moves into a new house with her 5-year-old son only to discover a secret room within the attic where unimaginable horrors are accidentally unlocked. I Am Number Four and Eagle Eye helmer D.J. Caruso rewrote and is directing from an original script by Prison Break star Wentworth Miller, who penned last year’s gothic thriller Stoker.
Simon & Simon and Major Dad star McRaney is hot off small-screen runs on Netflix’s House Of Cards and the recently cancelled Longmire. He also appears in the upcoming Relativity romance The Best Of Me and stars opposite Will Smith in Warner Bros’ February crime-romance Focus. The Disappointments Room began filming this month and also stars Lucas Till and Mel Raido. Geyer Kosinski is producing, while Robbie Brenner oversees for the studio. »
- Jen Yamato
By Anjelica Oswald
The Toronto International Film Festival is known for showing some of the best films each year. Some of my personal favorite films have come out of Tiff, including Dallas Buyers Club (2013), Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012).
Trying to narrow down a list of films I am most excited to see from this year’s Tiff is a difficult process. After all, there are 393 films being shown. Based on plot summaries, entertaining trailers and actors I admire, I’ve managed to pick 10 films I am hoping to catch once they are publicly released.
The Judge // Tiff Premiere: Sept. 4
Dir. David Dobkin
The film follows Hank (Downey), a Chicago lawyer, who returns to his small, Indiana town in the wake of his mother’s death to find his estranged father (Duvall) accused of murder. »
- Anjelica Oswald
Australians in Film has named the judges for its new Gateway La script development program. Modelled on The Black List. and the UK's Brit List, the program will support the development of commercially successful, Australian-created television and movie screenplays for Us and international audiences. AiF president Simonne Overend said: "Gateway La presents a fantastic opportunity to make Australians in Film an even more supportive and useful resource for Australians living and working in the Us and will help Australian projects secure exposure to the best networks in the business, and our goal is to discover screenplays with strong global appeal." Overend, who runs Essential Media and Entertainment's La office,. will co-chair the program with Peter Lawson, executive VP of production and acquisitions at Open Road Films. The judges, who will review an .Aussie List. of up to 10 film and TV scripts from which between one and three winners will be chosen, »
- Don Groves
The film is to begin shooting early in 2015 with casting for the main leads currently in progress.
Waters’ novel is set in Victorian England and revolves around a young, female petty thief and an heiress who fall in love. Published in 2002, it was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In 2005, it was adapted for TV into a 2-part drama series for the BBC starring Sally Hawkins (“Happy-Go-Lucky”). Park will geographically and temporally relocate it to early 20th century Korea, when the country was under Japanese rule. The Korean title is “Agassi” which translates as ‘young lady.’
The film will be Park’s first Korean-language feature in 6 years, following 2009’s “Thirst” starring Song Kang-ho. In between he directed “Stoker,” with Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode, »
- Nemo Kim
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