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The movie everyone already hates finally had its trailer released yesterday, and I have to say I am enjoying what I am seeing. First, I should state that I am actually looking forward to this reboot. I know many have had issues with casting choices, potential script elements, and updates to characters—but I see a lot of those outcries as knee jerk overreactions. I understand that as fans we take ownership of the properties we enjoy. We take issue when people come in and start changing things from what we already know. It does not help when the people behind those changes are Fox who nearly destroyed the X-Men movie franchise with X-Men 3: The Last Stand and Wolverine: Origins. Not to mention the last time they made a Fantastic Four movie they took one of Marvel’s all-time greatest cosmic characters and made him into a giant cloud. »
- Dan Clark
London — BBC Films, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, will receive the outstanding British contribution to cinema award at the Ee British Academy Film Awards ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House on Feb. 8.
Previous recipients include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, the Harry Potter series of films, John Hurt and Tessa Ross. Last year’s recipient was Peter Greenaway.
Nik Powell, chairman of BAFTA’s film committee, said: “I cannot think of a more deserving institution for this award than BBC Films, unbelievably in its 25th year and with more than 250 predominantly British films in its catalog. With a wide range of films from populist British box office hits like ‘Billy Elliot’ and ‘Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie’ and an enviable collection of ground-breaking films, I hope that this award will be not simply a recognition of past and present achievements, »
- Leo Barraclough
BBC Films to receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the BAFTA Awards next week.
BBC Films is to receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the BAFTA Awards at London’s Royal Opera House on Feb 8.
The prize is presented annually in honour of Michael Balcon, with previous recipients including Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Mary Selway, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, Lewis Gilbert, the Harry Potter series of films, John Hurt and Tessa Ross.
Last year’s recipient was British writer-director Peter Greenaway.
Christine Langan, head of BBC Films, said: “For the past 25 years, great effort has gone into establishing BBC Films as a nurturing and collaborative home for filmmakers - one which showcases British talent to the world and deepens the impression of the »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
After waiting a long time for a look at something official from the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, we got some set snaps and the very first trailer all within the span of a few hours. Said trailer seems to have managed to silence a few naysayers, vindicate others who've been behind the film from the start, and also confirm some folk's opinion that it'll surely be a load of bollocks. The teaser begins with a voicover from House Of Cards' Reginald "Reg" E. Cathey, who plays Dr. Franklin Storm, the father of The Invisible Woman and The Human Torch. We get nice shots of most of the main cast (Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan), and a couple of brief glimpses of Toby Kebbell as Victor "Dr. Doom" Domashev. Will he accompany our heroes on their fateful mission? The trailer certainly suggests that he might. »
We’ve known about the Fantastic Four reboot for quite some time, but that hasn’t stopped it being a mysterious project which, until this week, we knew next to nothing about.
We knew that the cast, director and groundwork of the original 2005 film, and its 2007 sequel Rise Of The Silver Surfer, had been firmly thrown out in favour of a new visual look, some reimagining of the source material and an altogether more modern take on the Marvel comics property. Beyond that, many facets of the film remained a mystery.
Yet the reveal of the new trailer finally gave us a few more specifics. And here's what we know so far...
The behind the scenes team
Even these basic facts are a little complicated. While the question »
Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy. Fantastic Four stars Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as The Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan as The Human Torch, Jamie Bell as The Thing, and Toby Kebbell as Victor Domashev/Doctor Doom. Directed by Josh Trank and written by Simon Kinberg, The Fantastic Four is set to be released on August 7th, 2015! Can you guys spot any revealing Easter Eggs in the trailer? »
Secrecy in comic book movies is nothing new. In fact, it’s often a main theme in the films themselves, at least when it comes to superheroes. Secret identities and masked vigilantes are part and parcel with the whole shebang, as heroes dress up in costumes to protect themselves and their loved ones from bearing the brunt of the villains they p*ss off.
Not so much with The Fantastic Four, though. Marvel’s first family have always had codenames – Mr Fantastic, The Invisible Woman, The Human Torch, The Thing – but they’re all kind of just regular people with crazy powers. They’re accessible. They’re like celebrities. Everybody knows them.
All of which serves to make the secrecy surrounding the upcoming big screen reboot of The Fantastic Four all the more strange. After the shonky mid-noughties movies Fox are starting from scratch with a younger cast, great new director… »
- Tom Baker
Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy. The Fantastic Four stars Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as The Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan as The Human Torch, Jamie Bell as The Thing, and Toby Kebbell as Victor Domashev/Doctor Doom. Directed by Josh Trank and written by Simon Kinberg, The Fantastic Four is set to be released on August 7th, 2015. »
Conventional wisdom may have it that sheep are dumbest of all livestock, but the woolly ones’ wits get a collective sharpening in “Shaun the Sheep Movie,” a sweet-natured but cleverly off-kilter feature-length debut for Aardman Animations’ plucky farmyard hero. Retaining the gentle, non-verbal comedy and daffy sight gags of the popular stop-motion TV series — itself a loose spinoff from Aardman’s cherished “Wallace and Gromit” franchise — while assigning Shaun and his flock an urban escapade more expansive than their usual short-form gambols, the film should reward small fry and parents jaded by more synthetic kiddie toons. Hot off the runaway success of “Paddington” in Blighty, Studiocanal won’t quite match those numbers with its latest family treat, but should emerge with a healthy three bags full.
Originally introduced 20 years ago in the Oscar-winning “Wallace and Gromit” outing “A Close Shave,” diminutive sheep Shaun has since headlined more than 100 miniature adventures »
- Guy Lodge
It was reported yesterday that Felicity Jones, Tatiana Maslany, and Rooney Mara were all set to test for the lead female role in Gareth Edwards' 2016 Star Wars spinoff. However, it now appears as if we can add another name to that list. Rooney Mara's sister and House of Cards star Kate Mara! That would make a lot of sense, especially as she will have more than likely struck up a working relationship with Star Wars Rebels writer and producer Simon Kinberg (he's working on Josh Trank's 2018 spinoff and possibly this one too following Gary Whitta's departure) on the set of The Fantastic Four. Mara will play Susan Storm/The Invisible Woman in that controversial movie. There are still no plot details, but it's believed that it will focus on a group of bounty hunters hired by the Rebels to steal the plans of the first Death Star. »
In his review of the film, James Rocchi (The Wrap) says the film, “will have any thrillseekers in the theater clutching their armrest and shivering with imagined terrors.”
Black Sea is a suspenseful adventure thriller centering on a rogue submarine captain (two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law) who pulls together a misfit crew to go after a sunken treasure rumored to be lost in the depths of the Black Sea. As greed and desperation take control onboard their claustrophobic vessel, the increasing uncertainty of the mission causes the men to turn on each other to fight for their own survival.
Back Lot Music is issuing the digital soundtrack album for Black Sea, directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald, it was announced today. The soundtrack features 25 new score cues by composer Ilan Eshkeri. »
- Michelle McCue
While multiplex fantasy remains an extravagantly caped boys’ club, a stealthy gender inquiry is taking place in more specialized sci-fi territory, with Alex Garland’s brittle, beautiful “Ex Machina” its latest slyly thoughtful line of questioning. A worthy companion piece to “Under the Skin” and “Her” in its examination of what constitutes human and feminine identity — and whether those two concepts need always overlap — Garland’s long-anticipated directorial debut synthesizes a dizzy range of the writer’s philosophical preoccupations into a sleek, spare chamber piece: Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” redreamed as a 21st-century battle of the sexes. Exquisitely designed and electrically performed by Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson and particularly Oscar Isaac, this uncomplicated but subtly challenging film requires strong word of mouth from its January U.K. release (and its March SXSW premiere) if audiences abroad are to tap its porcelain surface.
“I’m hot on high-level abstraction,” brags 24-year-old »
- Guy Lodge
By Anjelica Oswald
The nominees for the 87th Academy Awards were announced this morning live from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills in a two-part announcement. Joining some Oscar veterans, such as Meryl Streep, Marion Cotillard and Wes Anderson, are a number of first-time Oscar nominees. Of the five nominees for actor in a lead role, only Bradley Cooper has been nominated before. Two actresses in a lead role and two actresses in a supporting role are newcomers and one director and one supporting actor have never been nominated before. First-time Oscar nominees include:
Morten Tyldum — Achievement in directing
The Norwegian filmmaker who helmed The Imitation Game earned a spot in the top five for best director. He was also nominated for a Hollywood Film Award. The film received eight nominations, including best picture. His film was also recognized by the Human Rights Campaign “for bringing the »
- Anjelica Oswald
While Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon -- an idea that came from the actor himself when, in 1994, he told Premiere magazine that he’s worked with everybody -- has become the ultimate trivia game, it may be time to re-think who’s actually at the nexus.
Thanks in large part to Friends -- the former NBC sitcom now streaming on Netflix -- Aniston worked with a number of stars well before they were famous. And in the years since the series ended, Aniston has shared the screen with a few but key number of A-listers. But it wasn’t until she earned a 2015 Golden Globe nomination for her role in Cake that we realized she’s practically worked with everyone in Hollywood.
Look: 2015 Golden Globe Nominees in Photos
Ahead of this year’s Golden Globes, we played »
14 items from 2015
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