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Forget Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh. Bill Condon’s career really began with Gods and Monsters, for which he won the adapted screenplay Oscar. He would go on to receive another writing nomination, for Chicago, and over the past 15 years he’s directed award-worthy performances, some of them surprises, he’s drawn non-Twilight fans into that franchise, and he just released what’s looking to be the most successful musical of all time.
Obviously, after the massive opening weekend Condon had with Beauty and the Beast, he’s a filmmaker worth looking up to. He hasn’t always delivered hits or Academy favorites, but the director of such movies as Dreamgirls, Mr. Holmes, Kinsey, The Fifth Estate, and both parts of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn is a distinct talent in Hollywood, one who regularly makes a kind of pop prestige picture, or »
- Christopher Campbell
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This Past Weekend:
As expected, Legendary Pictures’ Kong: Skull Island won the weekend, and honestly, the Weekend Warrior’s original prediction of $61.6 million was pretty darn close to the movie’s opening weekend which ended up at $61 million. (Unfortunately, I chickened out on Thursday because my prediction was so much higher than all others and lowered it to $58 million, which was Still closer to than every other prediction last weekend.) Also, as expected (at least by me), Hugh Jackman’s Logan took a 2nd weekend tumble as has been the case with most X-Men movies, »
- Edward Douglas
Author: Stefan Pape
Few films released last year carried quite the same political message than Disney’s Zootropolis, as a studio that so often preaches positive messages in the realm of a family adventure movie. Beauty and the Beast is no different, and when we spoke to Bill Condon, the man at the helm of the live-action reimagining of the classic animation, he discussed why this is such an important, pertinent piece of cinema.
So, why the Beauty and the Beast story, and why now?
Honestly, it wasn’t a now, I’ve always wanted to, it’s just, to be perfectly frank, I heard they were doing it and I wanted to get involved with it. I didn’t go to them and say, ‘you should do Beauty and the Beast’, but having said that, it did feel to me that it had a continuing relevance with a lot of the themes. »
- Stefan Pape
Having played a significant role in the delivery of three of the most high profile musical feature films in recent years – namely Dreamgirls, Chicago, and the upcoming Beauty And The Beast – writer-director Bill Condon is now preparing to bring the big screen to Broadway, by signing on with Warner Bros Theatre Ventures to develop a stage production of A Star Is Born.
Condon’s pedigree brings a great deal of weight to this news. The Academy Award winner wrote the screenplays for Dreamgirls and Chicago – both of which were highly successful screen adaptations of hit Broadway musicals. He directed Dreamgirls himself, and returns to the feature film musical genre this year with Disney’s live-action re-make of Beauty And The Beast. In between, he sharpened his skill-set on a number of dramatic projects – such as The Twilight Saga and The Fifth Estate – before making his Braodway directorial debut in 2014 with Side Show. »
- Sarah Myles
8 March 2017 6:41 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Sound editor, designer and re-recording mixer Warren Shaw — who recently completed work on Disney’s live-action retelling of Beauty and the Beast — has joined audio postproduction company Formosa Group’s features division.
“We’re thrilled that Warren has joined Formosa Group,” said CEO Robert C. Rosenthal. “His talent, versatility, and »
- Carolyn Giardina
Who would have thought that the most successful alumni from “Downton Abbey” would be Dan Stevens? And, no, Maggie Smith doesn’t count. Stevens is having a peak 2017 even it took him a good five years to get there.
After leaving the popular period drama in 2012 Stevens earned raves for his performance in the indie “The Guest,” but mostly found himself landing supporting roles in disappointing fare such as Bill Condon’s “The Fifth Estate” or Scott Frank’s “A Walk Among Tombstones.” The past year has been something of a game changer for the 34-year-old actor.
- Gregory Ellwood
Simon Brew Mar 13, 2017
Very mild spoilers for Beauty & The Beast. Big spoilers for Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1
Brave man, Bill Condon. The director who has given us films as diverse as Candyman: Farewell To The Flesh, Dreamgirls, Gods And Monsters, two Twilight movies and Kinsey has turned his attention to the live action take on Disney’s 1991 classic, Beauty And The Beast. During his stop off in London to promote the movie, he spared us some time for a chat. Here’s how it went…
I’m your toughest crowd, I suspect. I always wondered what it’d be like if someone ever remade my favourite film and I had to interview them.
What’s you’re favourite film?
Er, the 1991 version of Beauty And The Beast.
Oooohhhhh. Well tell me the things you miss from the original film. »
Universal joins a group of investors in the film and television company that includes Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment, Entertainment One (eOne), and Alibaba Pictures. Universal became the distributor of Amblin films in late 2015 when Amblin Partners was launched as a successor to DreamWorks Studios.
The company had previously been housed at Disney, releasing hits like “Lincoln,” but also a string of misfires that included “Need for Speed,” “The Fifth Estate,” and last summer’s box office disaster “The Bfg,” which Spielberg also directed.
Universal did not disclose the size of the investment. A source close to the deal said that the studio never saw the alliance as a straight distribution deal. It always saw the pact with Amblin as a financial partnership, »
- Dave McNary and Brent Lang
Sneak Peek leaked set images from the new "Tomb Raider" feature, directed by Roar Uthaug, starring Alicia Vikander ("The Danish Girl") as 'Lara Croft', based on the 2013 video game by Crystal Dynamics, opening March 16, 2018:
Vikander trained as a ballet dancer at the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm and the School of American Ballet in New York.
She began her professional acting career appearing in Swedish television series, gaining recognition for her role as 'Josefin Björn-Tegebrandt' in the TV drama "Andra Avenyn" (2008–10).
Vikander made her feature film debut in "Pure" (2010), winning the 'Guldbagge Award' for 'Best Actress'.
...followed by the role of 'Queen Caroline Mathilde' in the Danish film "A Royal Affair", receiving a 'BAFTA Rising Star Award' nomination.
She then starred in the 2013 Swedish drama "Hotell" and in »
- Michael Stevens
Benedict Cumberbatch seems like he has a personal goal of playing every famous smart guy in history in movies. He’s played Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate, and was nominated for an Oscar in the acclaimed The Imitation Game. Now, he will be going even further back in time as Thomas Edison in The Current War, and you can see him in his fancy 19th century garb in the first image below! Doesn’t he... Read More »
- Matt Rooney
Vikander trained as a ballet dancer at the 'Royal Swedish Ballet School' in Stockholm and the 'School of American Ballet' in New York. She appeared in Swedish short films and TV series, gaining recognition in Northern Europe for her role as 'Josefin Björn-Tegebrandt' in the TV drama series "Andra Avenyn" (2008–10).
Vikander made her feature film debut in "Pure" (2010), played 'Princess Kitty' in "Anna Karenina" and 'Queen Caroline Mathilde' in the Danish feature "A Royal Affair", earning a 'BAFTA Rising Star Award' nomination. She then starred in the Swedish drama "Hotell" (2013) and appeared in "The Fifth Estate" (2013).
- Michael Stevens
With Sherlock all but confirmed to be over, it’s time for Benedict Cumberbatch to push full steam ahead with his film career. The actor is quickly becoming one of the hottest talents in Hollywood and thanks to a stunning Marvel Cinematic Universe debut as Doctor Strange, he’s well on his way to becoming a household name, too. Next up for him are two big, but very different projects, though each of them revolve around a war of sorts.
Of course, we’re talking about Avengers: Infinity War and The Current War. It’s the latter which is now in production, and keeping the actor from shooting his scenes in Marvel’s upcoming blockbuster. Though Joe and Anthony Russo’s superhero extravaganza is set to head in front of cameras next week, Cumberbatch’s commitments to The Current War mean that the filmmakers will be using a stand-in for him, »
- Mark Cassidy
12 items from 2017
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