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The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death movie review: orphan blech

31 December 2014 11:25 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Thinks it’s hitting notes of subconscious dread, but it’s just swinging a sledgehammer of tropes and hoping one of them sticks. (Spoiler: None do.) I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): wasn’t enamored of the first film

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

We know why the 2012 Woman in Black watered down the scares from the long-running West End stage play it was adapted from: Because it was starring Daniel Radcliffe (even though he was too young for the role), and it couldn’t afford to exclude the Harry Potter crowd from its potential audience. But what’s the sequel’s excuse? Not adapted from anything — certainly not a play that remains, almost 20 years later, one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen anywhere — it doesn’t feature any stars of global kiddie-flavored blockbusters. This may be slightly more intense that the first film, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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AFM: New Distributors Energize Indie Market

5 November 2014 10:08 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With the seven major studios devoting increasing focus on tentpoles, the indie sector is seeing a welcome emergence of new distributors.

The biggest splash this year has come from 6-month-old Saban Films, which bought three films — John Travolta’s “The Forger,” Taylor Lautner’s “Tracers” and Hayden Christensen’s “American Heist” — at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival. That’s been a tonic to the volatile world of independent producers.

The label is looking for mid-range commercial fare and the occasional prestige title — such as “The Homesman,” starring Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank, which it acquired at Cannes. It’s the first release from Saban Films, opening Nov. 14 as awards season gains traction, and should send a message to the industry.

“Releasing ‘The Homesman’ shows that we’re in this seriously,” Saban Films president Bill Bromiley says.

Another upstart making waves is Broad Green Pictures, which picked up “99 Homes,” starring »

- Carole Horst

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The Riot Club movie review: bad boys never lose

18 September 2014 12:41 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Hooray for a good old-fashioned rich-bastard bashing. But they get the last laugh: These guys are the future masters of the universe. Hooray. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read (or seen) the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Hooray for a good old-fashioned rich-bastard bashing. Oh, don’t worry: They don’t have feelings, and even if they did, they wouldn’t care what us poor proles think of them. Anyway, they’ll get the last laugh: One of these guys is probably a future U.K. Prime Minister. Fictionally speaking, of course. Not at all based on the notorious Oxford University secret society the Bullingdon Club (David Cameron is a former member), this is a completely 100-percent made-up tale of Oxford’s Riot Club, a literal old boys club whose overprivileged, underhuman members enjoy »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Make a Date with The Woman in Black: Angel of Death

11 September 2014 11:54 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Last week Relativity closed a seven-figure deal for U.S. distribution rights to The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, and today we have a release date. Look for the film in theaters on January 30, 2015.

The Woman in Black: Angel of Death stars Phoebe Fox in her first leading role in a feature film. Fox is joined by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, Great Expectations, The Railway Man), the award-winning Helen McCrory (Skyfall, Hugo, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows), and rising star Oaklee Pendergast (The Impossible).

To be released by eOne in the UK on Friday, February 13, 2015, the film is directed by Tom Harper and was shot at multiple locations throughout England and Pinewood Studios.

Hammer is looking to take the franchise route with The Woman in Black, starting with this one, which is set 40 years after the events of the original film.

Synopsis

England, 1941. With London in the midst of the blitz, »

- Steve Barton

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Kyle Gallner Witnesses Chris Pine's 'Finest Hours' as Shooting Begins

9 September 2014 9:01 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Disney had already slated Chris Pine and Casey Affleck to star in their thrilling drama The Finest Hours, the story set back in 1952 and based on the non-fiction book of the same name about how two oil tankers were split in two, dumping all 84 of their crew members into the swirling sea, caught in the middle of a nor'easter, a macro-scale storm along the upper East Coast of the Us and Atlantic Canada. On a small lifeboat faced with freezing cold and 70-foot high waves, four members of the Coast Guard set out to rescue the more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the vessel. Now producion has begun in Quincy and Chatham, Massachusetts and two more cast members have been revealed as the cameras start rolling. The press release from Disney reveals that Holliday Grainger (Great Expectations, Anna Karenina, Jane Eyre) will have an unspecified role in the film that »

- Ethan Anderton

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Relativity Scares Up The Woman in Black: Angel of Death

4 September 2014 3:12 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The Toronto International Film Festival is just getting under way, and already distro news has emerged. Deadline is reporting that Relativity has closed a seven-figure deal for U.S. distribution rights to The Woman in Black: Angel of Death.

Hammer is looking to take the franchise route with The Woman in Black, starting with this one, which is set 40 years after the events of the original film. "If your second's successful, then your third, then you've got a franchise," said Hammer CEO Simon Oakes in a previous interview.

"I just don't believe in the notion that you can press a button and create a franchise, but, I mean, I'm definitely planning 3 and 4…"

The Woman in Black: Angel of Death stars Phoebe Fox in her first leading role in a feature film. Fox is joined by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, Great Expectations, The Railway Man), the award-winning Helen McCrory (Skyfall, Hugo, »

- Steve Barton

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Jeremy Irvine Thriller ‘World Made Straight’ Gets U.S. Distribution

27 August 2014 12:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Millennium Entertainment has acquired all domestic rights for the coming-of-age thriller “The World Made Straight,” starring Jeremy Irvine.

Millenium will release the film theatrically in the U.S. in February.

It’s the first deal for the company since its Aug. 19 announcement that its catalog and distribution platform has been sold to management team and private investment firm Virgo Investment Group.

The World Made Straight” also stars Minka Kelly, Noah Wyle, Adelaide Clemens and Haley Joel Osment. David Burris (“Survivor”) directed from Shane Danielsen’s script, based on the novel by Ron Rash.

Myriad Pictures is handling world sales on the film.

Set in a rural community heavy with a dark past and dangerous present, the movie follows a rebellious young man as he struggles to decide between the troubled path he is on and the chance at a new life.

The soundtrack includes tracks by Glen Hansard, Ellie Goulding and Steve Earle. »

- Dave McNary

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Jeremy Irvine, Minka Kelly Thriller ‘The World Made Straight’ Acquired by Millennium

27 August 2014 11:06 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Millennium Entertainment announced the acquisition of Jeremy Irvine and Minka Kelly‘s coming of age thriller “The World Made Straight” on Wednesday. The film, directed by Emmy-nominee David Burris and based on a novel by New York Times best-selling author Ron Rash and adapted by Shane Danielsen, also stars Noah Wyle, Haley Joel Osment and Adelaide Clemens. The plot centers around Irvine (“War Horse,” “Great Expectations”), who stars as Travis, a heavily conflicted rebellious young man in a dangerous rural setting. Also read: ‘War Horse’ Star Jeremy Irvine to Lead Roland Emmerich's Gay Rights Drama “The World Made Straight” was produced by Todd Labarowski. »

- Travis Reilly

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Lady Chatterley's Lover

22 August 2014 10:01 AM, PDT | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

Holliday Grainger and Richard Madden are set to star in Jed Mercurio’s adaptation of Dh Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover for BBC One.The 90-minute drama which will be directed by Mercurio to air on BBC One as part of its ambitious season of classic 20th century literature next year.Holliday Grainger (represented by Troika) will play Lady Chatterley with James Norton as her war-wounded husband Sir Clifford Chatterley. Holliday played Estella in the film adaptation of Great Expectations and will shortly be seen in The Riot Club, the film adaptation of the West End play Posh, and as an ugly sister in Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella.Game of Thrones star Richard Madden (also represented by Troika) will play gamekeeper Oliver Mellors. He has also recently wrapped on Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella in which he plays Prince Charming.

Jed Mercurio, writer and director, says: “I'm hugely flattered that »

- noreply@blogger.com (ScreenTerrier)

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The Woman in Black: Angel of Death Teaser Trailer Comes Haunting

21 August 2014 11:15 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Hammer has revealed the official and first UK teaser trailer for its upcoming sequel to The Woman in Black, entitled The Woman in Black: Angel of Death. Check it out right here!

Hammer is looking to take the franchise route with The Woman in Black starting with this one which is set 40 years after the events of the original film. "If your second's successful, then your third, then you've got a franchise," said Hammer CEO Simon Oakes in a previous interview. "I just don't believe in the notion that you can press a button and create a franchise, but, I mean, I'm definitely planning 3 and 4…"

The Woman in Black: Angel of Death stars Phoebe Fox in her first leading role in a feature film. Fox is joined by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, Great Expectations, The Railway Man), the award-winning Helen McCrory (Skyfall, Hugo, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows), and »

- Steve Barton

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Paddington Finds His Voice

18 July 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

Update: Paddington Bear has a new voice. The filmmakers determined the voice of Colin Firth (Mamma Mia!, Nanny McPhee) sounded too grown up for such a young stuffed bear. So, they searched for a new voice for the traveler from Peru and landed on Ben Whishaw, who plays Q in the new James Bond movies and played doomed poet John Keats in Bright Star. Luckily, Paddington is still on track to charm us, scheduled to open now on Christmas Day.Nov. 15, 2013 - Paddington will be in theaters next Christmas, the release date is set for Dec. 12, 2014.

Sept. 13, 2013 - Paddington Bear, the polite and proper stuffed animal from Peru, will get his chance at movie stardom thanks to David Heyman, the producer of the Harry Potter movies. Colin Firth, who won an Academy Award for playing King George VI in The King's Speech, will be the voice of Paddington in this »

- tara@kidspickflicks.com (Tara the Mom)

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Emily Browning Stars in Stuart Murdoch's 'God Help the Girl' Trailer

17 July 2014 1:05 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"God help the girl, she needs all the help she can get!" Dang, this looks good! An early teaser trailer for Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch's directorial debut pop musical God Help the Girl, which premiere at Sundance 2014 this January. Emily Browning (from Sucker Punch, Sleeping Beauty, Pompeii) stars along with Olly Alexander (from Great Expectations) and Hannah Murray (from "Game of Thrones") as three friends who form a pop group in the bohemian fantasia of Glasgow's West End. It looks like so much fun, with an vintage vibe to it and lots of smiling, goofy, sing-songy moments to it - which make quite an impact in this 70 second teaser trailer. This might be a must watch if pop music is your thing. Fire this up! Here's the first teaser trailer for Stuart Murdoch's God Help the Girl, from Apple (via The Film Stage): God Help the Girl »

- Alex Billington

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Welcome to the Academy. 10 Interesting Invitations

26 June 2014 1:10 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The Academy welcomes its new members at an invite only event in September, just as we begin to feel the rumblings of Oscar buzz everywhere.

While not every person nominated for the first time for an Oscar in any given year is invited to join the next year (isn't that weird?) it's common practice that they are. So new names like Lupita Nyong'o, Barkhad Abdi, and more established actors like Sally Hawkins and June Squibb will all be voting for the first time this coming season after walking the red carpets as nominees. That's expected. What's far more interesting is the people invited in any given year that have not been nominated.

Here are ten names I want to highlight because they're interesting invitations for one reason or another.

Sean Bobbitt - Cinematographer (12 Years a Slave) - egregiously snubbed last year which might have done it but that's not his only beautifully shot film. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Main Street in Mainland China Pickup Pact

21 May 2014 4:28 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

California-based Main Street Films has pacted with Hong Kong investment fund Crown Brand Corporation to acquire films for distribution in Greater China.

The two will also co-produce family-oriented and romantic comedy films and television productions for North America and Chinese-speaking regions.

The deal was announced in Cannes by Main Street Films chairman Craig Chang and president Harrison Kordestani.

Main Street has already begun acquiring all rights to some 15 films. Recent acquisitions include Mike Newell’s “Great Expectations,” and a quartet of recent Taiwanese titles including mystery “For Love is Sin,” “The Spin Kid,” 3D concert feature film “Mayday 3Dna,” and romantic comedy “The Soul of Bread.”

The first film to be distributed under the deal will be announced this summer.

Crown Brand Corporation, founded in 2013, describes itself as “a privately held, diversified financial services firm.”

Main Street is a production, acquisition, and distribution outfit that since its 2007 inception has been »

- Patrick Frater

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Toby Jones, John C. Reilly Join Matteo Garrone Pic (Exclusive)

14 May 2014 10:37 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Italo auteur Matteo Garrone (“Gomorra”) has added Toby Jones, John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson, Stacey Martin (“Nymphomaniac”) and Bebe Cave (“Great Expectations”) to previously announced key cast Salma Hayek and Vincent Cassel of his English-language fantasy/horror “The Tale of Tales,” which starts shooting in Sicily today.

Based on fairy tale collection “The Tale of Tales” by 17th century Italian author Giambattista Basile, Garrone’s ambitious English-language debut is also kicking off world sales in Cannes where the pic is being sold by HanWay.

“Tale of Tales” joins recent HanWay acquisitions including “High-Rise” by Ben Wheatley, Julian Jarrold’s “Girls’ Night Out” and Lone Scherfig’s “Posh.”

Garrone co-wrote the story and screenplay with Edoardo Albinati, Ugo Chiti and Massimo Gaudioso. It’s been adapted into English by Dante scholar and translator Virginia Jewiss.

Jeremy Thomas is the artistic producer of Garrone’s gothic “Tales,” which, like “Gomorra,” will interweave »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Godzilla movie review: sympathy for Gojira

12 May 2014 1:28 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Elegantly updates the King of All Monsters for the 21st century in ways that have moved with the global zeitgeist. But Hollywood’s tedious myopia means the movie as a whole isn’t quite so beautiful. I’m “biast” (pro): I’ve been eager to see what Gareth Edwards would do with a budget

I’m “biast” (con): I’m increasingly leery of reboots

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

It’s been 60 years since Ishirô Honda unleashed Godzilla, his cinematic metaphor for the dangers of nuclear weapons — and how they had already ravaged Japan — upon the world. As timescales for reboots go, two generations sounds about right. (We’re going to pretend that 1998 did not happen.) And 2014’s simply, elegantly titled Godzilla goes about updating the King of All Monsters for the 21st century in ways that work beautifully and have moved in tandem with the global zeitgeist. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Win The Railway Man on Blu-ray

28 April 2014 1:57 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of the Railway Man on 5th May, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky (Burning Man), The Railway Man tells the story of Eric Lomax (Jeremy Irvine, Great Expectations, War Horse), serving in the Second World War when he is captured and held prisoner by the Japanese. Brutally tortured and forced, along with his fellow captives, to build the Thai-Burma Railway, he is left traumatised and uncommunicative for years to come, despite the best efforts of his wife (Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy, Stoker).

Many years later, an older Lomax (Colin Firth, The King’s Speech) resolves to track down one of his torturers, Takashi Nagase (Hiroyuki Sanada, 47 Ronin, The Wolverine), hoping to find the answers that will enable him to finally let go of the hatred he has felt throughout his life.

 Please note: This competition is open to »

- Competitions

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The Railway Man review: a derailment on the line

17 April 2014 7:29 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Almost entirely ignores the amazing aspect of this true story that makes it worth telling, and even the very good performances point us in another direction than the intended one. I’m “biast” (pro): like the cast; enjoy stories about WWII

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The Railway Man starts out like a sweet little romance, when Colin Firth meets Nicole Kidman, somewhere near Edinburgh in 1980, on a train he’s only on because his encyclopedic knowledge of train schedules is allowing him to compensate for an unexpected delay in his travel plans. “I’m not a trainspotter,” he assures her — and us — not that most prototypical of British nerds; “I’m a railway enthusiast.” Later, he is able to contrive a second meeting with her because of his, yes, trainspotting superpower. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Jeremy Irvine Climbs Aboard Stonewall, Roland Emmerich’s New Passion Project

9 April 2014 3:13 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Jeremy Irvine is a British actor who always seems to be on the cusp of breaking out internationally, but doesn’t quite manage to do so. The actor snagged the male lead in the big-screen version of War Horse and a 2012 adaptation of Great Expectations, and is drawing rave reviews for a supporting role in this April’s The Railway Man, also starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. Thankfully, his anonymity could soon change, as Irvine is now joining the cast of Stonewall, a new film from Independence Day director Roland Emmerich.

Although Emmerich’s career is most synonymous with laying the world to apocalyptic destruction (2012, The Day After Tomorrow), the director has also made historical dramas like The Patriot and Anonymous. Stonewall will be a passion project for Emmerich, who is openly gay and an activist for Lgbt rights.

The title pays reference to the Stonewall Inn, a gay »

- Jordan Adler

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Tom Hardy Joins BBC's Period Gangster Drama 'Peaky Blinders,' Starring Cillian Murphy

14 February 2014 10:42 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Some day the BBC series "Peaky Blinders," which was recently acquired by the Weinstein Company for U.S. distribution, will make its way here to some network or streaming platform. For now, fans will be pleased to learn that the critically acclaimed gangster drama has added Tom Hardy ("Inception," "The Dark Knight Rises") to its already stellar cast. Hardy, who reunites with the show's creator Steven Knight after their collaboration on the upcoming feature film "Locke," will play a charismatic leader who presents a unique opportunity to protagonist Tommy Shelby, played by Golden Globe nominee Cillian Murphy ("Batman Begins," "28 Days Later"). Season two of the show will see the Shelby family expanding their empire as the 1920s begin to roar. In addition to Hardy and Murphy, the cast includes Paul Anderson ("Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows"), Joe Cole ("Now Is Good"), Iddo Goldberg ("Defiance"), Sophie Rundle ("Great Expectations") and Sam Neill ("Jurassic Park, »

- Ziyad Saadi

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