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Universal Pictures has announced that filming has wrapped on Dad’s Army, the upcoming feature remake of the beloved British comedy series, and the film has been given a UK release date of February 5th, 2016.
“We are proud to bring Dad’s Army to cinema audiences early 2016. This feature film re-imagining of the characters from the original comedy series, which remains a cultural heritage, is sure to please all audiences. We cannot wait to see sold-out cinemas enjoy the antics of timeless creations like Captain Mainwaring, Sergeant Wilson and their platoon and discover other characters both familiar and new.”
Here’s the official synopsis…
It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard is low. Their new mission then – to patrol the Dover army base – is a great »
- Gary Collinson
Jude Law never quite hit the leading man status that everyone anticipated he would reach, but that has not stopped him from having something of a McConaussance in the last few years. Despite the high profile Watson role in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes films, Law has been mostly appearing in smaller thrillers like Steven Soderbergh's Contagion and Side Effects, the animated Rise Of The Guardians, the excellent Dom Hemingway, and the upcoming Black Sea. Law may find his stock becoming more »
- Alex Maidy
Bennett Miller is a filmmaker who knows a good true story when he sees one. The director, who got his start with the documentary "The Cruise," and then directed the critically adored, Oscar-strewn films "Capote" and "Moneyball," both of which were based on real life accounts of very different events (the making of Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood" and then something involving math and baseball). For his latest film, "Foxcatcher," Miller once again dips into the reservoir of real life tragedy to come up with his dramatic inspiration.
"Foxcatcher" is based on a famous incident in 1996 when John Du Pont (played in the film by Steve Carell), a multimillionaire weirdo, murdered Mark Schultz (played by Mark Ruffalo), an Olympic wrestler, on his vast estate (named Foxcatcher). Du Pont fancied himself a wrestling fanatic (and amateur coach) and wanted to will a team to Olympic glory basically through money and weird encouragement. »
- Drew Taylor
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When Foxcatcher arrives in theaters this weekend — the dark, true-life drama about the murder of Olympic wrestling champion Dave Schultz (played by Mark Ruffalo) — it may leave you with a looming question, “Wait, is that really Channing Tatum?” No, not just because Tatum — like his co-star Steve Carell (who plays eccentric millionaire and Schultz’s murderer, John du Pont) — is virtually unrecognizable due to the film’s stunning physical transformations. It’s because Tatum, as the tortured Olympic wrestler (and Dave’s brother) Mark Schultz, reaches staggering new heights as an actor.
The star of Step Up, White House Down, 21 Jump Street, and Magic Mike, among others, not only turns out one of this year’s most harrowing performances, but one of the very best. Even Tatum’s biggest naysayers (yes, they exist) will be blown away by the actor’s emotionally and physically daunting work in Foxcatcher. »
In a pre-American Film Market movie, Open Road Films has launched an expansion into international sales and distribution with FilmNation Entertainment.
Open Road touted the deal as making it a “one-stop shop” for filmmakers seeking worldwide distribution and said it will be able to provide equity and bank financing for productions. It will also continue to acquire films for distribution in the United States.
“As Open Road Films grows, expanding our domestic footprint to international sales was a natural progression,” Ortenberg said.
Open Road was launched in 2011 by AMC Theatres and Regal Entertainment Group. Its top grosser was “The Nut Job” with $98 million; other notable titles include “The Host,” “Killer Elite,” “The Grey” and “Side Effects.”
News was first reported by Deadline.com. »
- Dave McNary
The stigma of a movie being released in the first few months of the year seems to be fading. Steven Soderbergh's "Side Effects" hit in February 2013, Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel" arrived this past March, and Michael Mann's "Blackhat" is coming next January. And now, a pair of auteurs are also looking at a winter release. Universal has set the Coen Brothers' "Hail, Caesar!" with a February 5, 2016 release. The starry comedy now has an official synopsis too. Check out all the details in the press release below. ----- Universal Pictures’ Hail, Caesar! will be released on Friday, February 5, 2016. About Hail, Caesar! Four-time Oscar®-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, True Grit,Fargo) write and direct Hail, Caesar!, an all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood's Golden Age. Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
I enjoyed several of this year's panels at Austin Film Festival, with my only complaint being how to choose between concurrent sessions. The quality and diversity of conversations and panels were superb.
My highlight was "Science Fiction versus Science Fact" on Friday, when Scott Z. Burns (Side Effects, Contagion), Eric Heisserer (Hours, The Thing) and Ashley Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class) discussed the fictional future we see onscreen and how they've addressed unknown possibilities in their own screenwriting.
Burns spoke about preparing for Contagion by approaching it as if science fiction movie by asking experts, "Tell me what's possible? What hasn't happened yet?" He emphasized the importance of research first -- "it's a phenomenal procrastination tool, and you can get amazing gems for narrative" -- citing cell phone jammers as an example of how authorities plan to control the flow of information during crisis, which makes for a good dramatic point. »
- Debbie Cerda
AwesomenessTV impressed us last week with the news of a pop-up storefront. The McN only continues to surprise with the announcement of its new young adult publishing division, Awesomeness Ink. On October 14, 2014, the publishing imprint released its first two books in both digital and ebook format, based on two of AwesomenessTV’s hit web series. The romantic mystery Runaways (penned by series creator Beth Szymkowski) and family drama-based Side Effects (written by young adult author Jen Calonita) will entertain current fans of both series with new plots and character development. The novels will also serve as an introductory point for new readers previously unfamiliar with the AwesomenessTV series. “Teen lit is a huge category and with Awesomeness Ink we are creating a platform for creators focused on the written word in the same way we have served video creators with the AwesomenessTV,” said Brett Bouttier, Chief Operating Officer at AwesomenessTV, »
- Bree Brouwer
Filming is underway in New Orleans on David Gordon Green's feature adaptation of the 2005 political campaign doc of the same name. In her first live-action feature film appearance since "Gravity," Sandra Bullock plays retired political consultant "Calamity" Jane Bodine. She's pulled back into the game by a team of Americans tasked with getting an unpopular Bolivian president reelected. The campaign gets chaotic when Billy Bob Thornton shows up as the opposition — and, as we learn, he's also Jane's worst enemy. The film's top drawer cast includes Anthony Mackie (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”), Scoot McNairy (“Gone Girl,” “Argo”), Zoe Kazan (“Ruby Sparks”), Ann Dowd (“Side Effects,” HBO’s “The Leftovers”), Reynaldo Pacheco (“Beginners”), Dominic Flores (“Rampart”), Louis Arcella (NBC’s “The Blacklist”), Octavio Gómez Berríos (“Che: Part One”) and Joaquim de Almeida (“Fast Five”). Green, who has deftly carried projects both indie ("George »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Filming is underway in New Orleans on director David Gordon Green’s (“Pineapple Express,” “George Washington”) feature adaptation of the critically acclaimed 2005 documentary Our Brand Is Crisis, starring Oscar winners Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”) and Billy Bob Thornton (“Sling Blade”).
When a group of American consultants accept the challenge of getting an unpopular Bolivian president re-elected, they realize they need help. Tracking down retired maverick political consultant Jane Bodine (Bullock) to her cabin in the woods, they persuade her to lead the team—a decision they quickly come to regret, as “Calamity” Jane begins to live up to her nickname, unleashing her very own brand of chaos on the campaign.
Just as all seems lost, the loathsome Pat Candy (Thornton), Jane’s worst enemy, arrives in town to work for the opposition. Suddenly things become personal and as the battle begins the consultants get to see Jane the legend in action. »
- Michelle McCue
The cast of a long-rumoured film based on classic British comedy series Dad’s Army has been revealed.
Toby Jones, best known for roles in The Hunger Games and Harry Potter franchises, will take the leading role of Captain Mainwaring, a stiff-upper-lipped veteran who oversees the Home Guard in a small village toward the end of the Second World War.
Both were previously rumoured to be attached to the project, an adaptation of a BBC comedy series than ran from 1968-77, but Catherine Zeta Jones is newly attached to the film as journalist Rose Winters.
The all-star British cast will also include Tom Courtenay as Corporal Jones, Harry Potter »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Growing up, one of my favourite things to do was sit at my grandparents house and tuck down for an episode of the brilliant BBC sitcom Dad’s Army on a Saturday night. Week in. Week out. I think it was one of the first shows that I watched religiously, from beginning to end content lay, and absolutely loved sharing the many laughs contained throughout with my Grandad.
A new film is in the works, and today the full cast for it was revealed. Bill Nighy will head up a 2015 version of Dad’S Army as Wilson, along with Catherine Zeta Jones (Rose), Toby Jones (Manwaring), The Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison (Pike), Tom Courtenay as Corporal Jones, Michael Gambon as Godfrey, Danny Mays as (Walker), Bill Paterson (Fraser), Sarah Lancashire , Alison Steadman, Mark Gatiss and Annette Crosbie.
Shooting on the project is set to start this month in Yorkshire, England. »
- Paul Heath
Oliver Parker will direct a British cast in a feature film based on characters from popular British TV comedy Dad's Army, including Bill Nighy (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Love Actually), Catherine Zeta Jones (Side Effects, Chicago, The Legend of Zorro) and Toby Jones (The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows). Universal Pictures International, through its division Universal Pictures International Production has acquired worldwide rights to the film. The feature film is written by Hamish McColl, directed by Oliver Parker (Johnny English Rebornand produced by Damian Jones. It is Universal Pictures presentation of a DJ Films production. The
- Georg Szalai
News was released just yesterday that indie distributor A24 secured a $50 million line of credit, which it will use "to build out its film distribution business and finance initiatives in complementary industry verticals, it said." This is a studio responsible for films such as Under the Skin, Enemy, The Rover, Locke and more from this year alone. And while there may have been some misses in their lineup, they are a studio showing they aren't afraid of a little risk. While A24 isn't distributing Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler, they are one of the few younger studios along with Nightcrawler distributor Open Road willing to release features that might otherwise be forgotten. Already this year Open Road has brought us Chef and will later deliver Jon Stewart's Rosewater and while they are more likely to also bring us something like A Haunted House 2 than A24, they also distributed Steven Soderbergh »
- Brad Brevet
Zeta-Jones' casting as Griselda Blanco in The Godmother was announced Wednesday by Deadline. Eva Sørhaug will direct the film from a script penned by Frank Baldwin. Daniela Cretu is producing, while Nicholas Piliggi will serve as the executive producer on the picture.
The film will trace Griselda’s rise to the upper ranks of the Medellin drug cartel in Colombia. As the only woman to achieve such power in the cartel, she was a ruthless kingpin. Throughout her dominance in the 70s and 80s, Griselda hired numerous assassinations, earning her among other more sinister nicknames, the title of Cocaine Godmother.
Griselda started selling cocaine in New York City in the early 70s, traveled back to Colombia after an indictment and eventually to Miami, where she »
Giselda Blanco was the only woman to ever rise through the ranks of Colombian's notorious Medellin cartel, a feared figure during the drug wars that exploded in Miami during the 1970s and 1980s. She was said to have ordered hundreds of assassinations to attain her grip on the drug trade, which earned her nicknames such as La Madrina, Black Widow, and the Cocaine Godmother. Her story was also told in the 2006 Magnolia Pictures documentary Cocaine Cowboys.
Blanco was born in Cartegena, Colombia, spending her childhood as a teenage runaway and prostitute before emigrating to New York City. Along with her husband, she started a cocaine business before she was forced to flee back to Colombia to escape federal charges. Blanco later resurfaced in Miami, where she set up a drug network between Los Angeles, »
Exclusive: Catherine Zeta-Jones, nominated for a Golden Globe for her turn as the ruthless wife of a drug lord in 2000’s Traffic, has landed an even juicier role in the true story crime biopic The Godmother. In a new film directed by Norwegian helmer Eva Sørhaug (90 Minutes, Cold Lunch) Zeta-Jones will play real life kingpin Griselda Blanco, the first and only woman to rise to the higher echelons of Colombia’s Medellin drug cartel.
Blanco was a fearsome figure at the center of the Miami drug wars of the 1970s and ’80s depicted in the 2006 Magnolia Pictures-released documentary Cocaine Cowboys. Her reign of terror, in which she’s suspected to have ordered hundreds of assassinations to stay in money and power, was so vicious and violent that it earned her the nicknames La Madrina, Black Widow, and the Cocaine Godmother.
Blanco was also one of the biggest success stories »
- Jen Yamato
While it may be some time before we see a new film from "retired" director Steven Soderbergh, his latest experiment on the website Extension765.com may be the closest thing we get. The filmmaker posted a new black and white "silent" cut of the 1981 classic Raiders of the Lost Ark, which has absolutely no dialogue, but does feature music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross scores for The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Earlier this year, he cut together mash-ups of both the original version of Psycho and the 1998 remake on the website.
"(Note: This posting is for educational purposes only.)
I'm assuming the phrase "staging" came out of the theatre world, »
10. Altered States (1980)
Directed by: Ken Russell
Is it a horror film? Many of Ken Russell’s films could be argued as such, but there’s enough in Altered States that makes it less horror and more science fiction/psychological thriller. Based on the novel by Paddy Chayefsky, Altered States introduced the world to William Hurt (and also featured the film debut of Drew Barrymore). Edward Jessup (Hurt) is studying schizophrenia, but branches out into sensory deprivation experimentation with a floating tank. Eventually, he travels to Mexico to visit a tribe that provides him with an extract which he begins to take before his trips into the flotation tank, resulting in bizarre imagery and eventual physical devolution, once to a primitive man and to a near primordial blob. Side effects start to occur, causing Edward to suffer from episodes of partial regression even without the hallucinogenic drug. Russell’s direction shifts »
- Joshua Gaul
In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
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