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Whether the success of “The Woman in Black” was down to it being Daniel Radcliffe’s first big post-'Potter' role or simply a yearning from audiences for old-school chilling horror, it performed well enough at the box office ($127 million worldwide) to justify a sequel. Anyone who saw the first film will know that a direct sequel wouldn’t be the easiest thing to pull off, so “The Woman in Black: Angel of Death” will pick up 40 years later during World War II at Eel Marsh House, and will focus on a new couple being haunted by the titular ghoul. And now it looks like the film has found that young couple. They’ll be played by “War Horse” star Jeremy Irvine, and the considerably less well-known Phoebe Fox. Irvine’s done pretty well for himself since “War Horse,” with leading roles in “Now Is Good” and “Great Expectations,” while »
- Joe Cunningham
Jeremy (represented by Hatton McEwan) shot to fame when he was cast as Albert in Steven Spielberg's War Horse. He has since starred alongside Dakota Fanning in Now Is Good and as Pip in the film adaptation of Great Expectations. He is currently filming The World Made Straight directed by David Burris. His recent film work includes A Night in Old Mexico with Robert Duval, and The Railway Man with Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman.
Rada-trained Phoebe Fox (represented by Curtis Brown) who was picked as one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow 2011 for her theatre performances, recently starred as Grace in ITV2 witch drama Switch.
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Julianne Hough's wide-ranging talents were first put on display as a dancer in shows like Show Me the Money and the ABC reality juggernaut Dancing with the Stars. It wasn't long before the silver screen came calling, as she landed roles in music-themed projects Burlesque, Footloose, and Rock of Ages. Julianne Hough's new drama Safe Haven gives fans both a glimpse at her dramatic acting chops, and a Nicholas Sparks adaptation that isn't just a straight-up romance.
The actress portrays Katie, a troubled young woman who flees from Boston to start fresh in a peaceful North Carolina town. When she finally starts to let her guard down, and gets closer with a local shopkeeper (Josh Duhamel), her dangerous past comes back to haunt her. I recently had the chance to speak »
We’re not claiming to be Dakota Fanning experts or anything. We like think of the five hours we spend each night watching her old movies and researching the veracity of her IMDb page as pleasure rather than business, but either way we know that Dakota Fanning’s much-touted nude scene in the upcoming film Very Good Girls is nowhere near her most scandalous cinematic moment. “Yeah, well, I’ve never done that before and I’m very newly allowed to do that,” the Breaking Dawn – Part 2 star told MTV about her nude sex scene. “I was newly 18, so yeah, it was, it’s kind of a sensitive thing, but it’s a part of life.” ” Added Dakota, “No one’s ever comfortable [doing love scenes].” Okay, fine, but how comfortable were we supposed to be watching Dakot’s other films?
Think about it: Dakota and Kristen Stewart smooched out for 2010′s The Runways, »
- Halle Kiefer
What the hell is Holy Motors (2012, Artificial Eye, 18) all about? Leos Carax's first feature film for more than a decade (following the commercial failure of Pola X) is a breathtakingly barking affair involving chimpanzees, aliens, computer graphics, talking limousines, false noses, Kylie Minogue channelling Jean Seberg and Eva Mendes being kidnapped by a familiar troll named Merde. "It's so weird!" breathes an incidental character ecstatically, and he's not kidding.
At the centre of it all is the mesmerising Denis Lavant, a fiery angel and existential artist who travels from location to location adopting quixotic personas (twisted beggar woman, scarred hitman, dying uncle, angry father) and performing real-life vignettes amid the great circus of screen life. From the earliest chronophotographic images of bodies in motion to virtual sex in mo-cap suits, Carax hurtles helter skelter through an urgent history of cinema, »
- Mark Kermode
It’s Monday, so we all know what that means! Yes, it’s time for another rundown of DVDs and Blu-ray’s hitting stores online and offline this week. It’s a very light week this week, so let us breakdown the new releases and highlight what you should – and shouldn’t – be buying from today, January 21st 2013.
Pick Of The Week
American Mary (DVD/Blu-ray)
One of the year’s most horrific highlights, American Mary tells the story of broke student Mary Mason (Katharine Isabelle) who grows disenchanted with medical school and the doctors she once idolised. The allure of easy money sends a desperate Mary through the gruesome world of underground surgeries but soon finds they leave more marks on her than the so-called freakish clientele… Smart, sexy, funny and utterly gorgeous to look at, American Mary features a standout lead performance from horror icon Katherine (Ginger Snaps) Isabelle, »
I sometimes wonder whether there are any stories out there we haven’t heard or seen already, because everything nowadays seems to be a book adaptation or a retelling of a different story. Now Is Good just happens to be both of those things. It has been adapted by writer/director Ol Parker from the book Before I Die, the plot of which is somewhat similar to films like Love Story and A Walk To Remember.
17 year old Tessa (Dakota Fanning) has leukaemia, and has recently decided to stop treatment, and just live the life she has left to its fullest. To do so, she makes a list of all the things she wants to do before she dies, such as take drugs, break the law, and have sex. However »
Dakota Fanning (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) and Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) star in the heartwarming romance Now Is Good, available on DVD January 8th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. A charming and moving story of a young woman (Fanning) who, after being told she has only a few months to live, decides to fill her remaining days with unexpected adventure, laughter and romance. Now Is Good is written and directed by Ol Parker (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), and co-stars Kaya Scodelario (TV.s .Skins), Olivia Williams (An Education) and Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum). Bonus features include deleted scenes as well an in-depth featurette .Making Moments: Creating Now Is Good,. a look behind-the-scenes at the creation of the film with filmmakers and cast.
Now Is Good is available Today on DVD: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009W21N7G/ref=s9_simh_gw_p74_d0_i1?pf »
- Movie Geeks
The girl-dying-of-cancer-who-falls-in-love story has been done before (people still tear up when you mention A Walk to Remember); but the British film Now Is Good broadens the scope of that story. Tessa (Dakota Fanning) is a 17-year-old with leukemia who has foregone treatment in order to live her life to the fullest. Turns out, her rebellious, carpe diem attitude is infectious and everyone around her begins to take control of their lives.
Her overly attendant father (Paddy Considine) must face what his life will be like without her (leading to a tear-infused revelation). Her overly absent mother (Olivia Williams) learns how to be a caring parent (after a disturbing nosebleed scene). Her best friend (Kaya Scodelario) encourages Tessa's lawbreaking behavior but soon realizes that she has a future she needs to think about. And the boy she falls in love with, Adam (Jeremy Irvine), learns how to overcome his depression. »
- John Keith
No one could have predicted just how successful The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel would prove to be at this point last year. A film about British pensioners retiring to a run-down hotel in India went on to become on of the most profitable films of 2012 and now finds itself in the thick of the awards race as the BAFTAs, Golden Globes and Oscars approach.
So, how is the awards season treating you so far?
It’s totally surreal to be honest with you. I’m jet-lagged because I just got back yesterday from the place where they keep flying me out to talk to people. So yes it’s surreal but it’s also very pleasant because it’s a complete surprise.
- Joe Cunningham
10 items from 2013
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