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Japan's involvement and subsequent denial in its atrocities of World War II has always been a difficult point to convey. The Railway Man, which is based on the incredible true account of soldier Eric Lomax, attempts to tell this story and honour his book and memory. Unfortunately the results are so middling and inadequate compared to the book, and so emotionless compared to the phenomenal searing tones of director Jonathan Teplitzky's previous work Burning Man, that it lets the complex story down considerably.The setting could be any time and place, given the lack of period detail, but it is in fact years after the war. Teplitzky's eye for vivid and emotional colour certainly does not go astray and from dreary England to exotic jungle, the colour...
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Sky Movies customers, don't miss the chance to see Colin Firth in the extraordinary true story The Railway Man for free, weeks before its release in the new year. This powerful drama is based on the acclaimed memoir by World War II veteran Eric Lomax, a railway enthusiast who suffered a horrific ordeal at the hands of the Japanese as a prisoner-of-war in Thailand. Decades later, Eric (Firth) is still haunted by the experience. »
The Railway Man will now open across the UK on Jan 10, through Lionsgate. It recently received its UK premiere in London’s Leicester Square, following its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
It was originally slated for release in the first week of the year and its move will see it avoid clashing with Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which is set for release on Jan 3.
It is based on the best-selling memoir of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who is tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labour camp during World War II. Decades later, Lomax discovers that the Japanese interpreter he holds responsible for much of his »
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Kim Kardashian made a fan’s dream come true when she invited the fan to sit with her in the VIP section during Kanye West‘s Yeezus Concert. The fan documented the night on twitter. [Us Magazine] Nicole Kidman stars in the film, The Railway Man, about the Death Railway in Thailand. Kidman visited the site of the Death Railway and felt the presence of ghosts. [PerezHilton] Penelope Cruz might be a chic Spanish mega-star, but she’s obsessed with the show, Sex and the City. “I’m an expert on it and can answer any question about any character.” [People] It looks like Fox might be trying to make the X-Men franchise into the new Avengers. Luckily there are a bunch of individual titles like Deadpool or Mystique that could work as films. »
- Meghan O'Keefe
The producers of Australian prison drama Convict aim to cash in on the growing trend to stage special screenings with key cast conducting Q&A sessions.
They.re so confident the film will resonate with males aged 18-35, the nationwide release begins in the highly competitive January corridor.
.We.ll be the only Australian film showing on Australia Day,. says executive producer John Tedesco, forgetting Jonathan Teplitzky.s The Railway Man, which bows on Boxing Day and, based on the reviews at the Toronto festival, should have a long run.
Tedesco.s Gold Marquee Films is co-distributing the film with The Backlot Studios. The primary outlet is United Cinemas in Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland and Wa.
Pinnacle will release the film on DVD and VOD on April 1, departing from the customary 120-day holdback between theatrical and home entertainment. Tedesco says United.s management »
- Don Groves
Following on from the trailer, which you can find at the bottom of the page, a new clip and some fresh images for The Railway Man, starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and Jeremy Irvine have arrived online.Based on his best-selling memoir, The Railway Man tells the extraordinary and epic true story of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer (Irvine) who is tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labour camp during World War II. Decades later, Lomax discovers that the Japanese interpreter he holds responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him, and his haunting past. With Colin Firth playing Lomax as an older man, and Kidman as his supportive, moral-compass wife, it’s a tale of fear and forgiveness, pain and dealing with the past. Jonathan Teplitzky directed, working from a script by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Andy Paterson. »
London’s Leicester Square played host to the UK premiere of Jonathan Teplitzky’s latest film, the stirring true-life World War II drama The Railway Man, starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and Jeremy Irvine.
The cast and crew were on hand this evening to talk up the film which was adapted from the autobiography by Eric Lomax who died last October at the age of 93.
We will be adding to the video interviews below through the evening. We begin with Mr. Colin Firth.
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- Jon Lyus
The combined B.O. tally of the Australian films and documentaries released theatrically this year will fall far short of 2012.s $47.9 million.
Through last Sunday, the 24 local titles had raked in about $37.5 million, according to If.s estimates. Only four titles earned more than $1 million and of those, Goddess. result was generally regarded as soft. Excluding Baz Luhrmann.s The Great Gatsby, which amassed $28.2 million to rank as the fifth-highest Australian grosser of all time, and Tim Winton.s The Turning, the per-picture grosses vary from modest to skimpy.
To be fair, the eight lowest-ranked titles had limited playing time and three, Uncharted Waters, Circle of Lies and Lasseter.s Bones, had Q&A screenings.
Australian B.O. takings should not be seen as the sole barometer of each film's success, given many have multiple viewings on VOD, pay-tv and free-to-air TV. Festival exposure and critical acclaim are also important, »
- Don Groves
Are individual character movie posters out of hand? That's what film critic and columnist Kate Erbland believes, and earlier this week she published an editorial at Film.com referring to this marketing trend as "dumb" and sometimes "laughable." She does have a point that there is an overbearing glut right now, to the point that many unwarranted movies are being sold with multiple one-sheets to accomodate every piece of their ensemble cast. The Railway Man, which I'd never even heard of, indeed does not deserve character posters. And it is probably true, as is hinted by a graphic designer Erbland quotes, that this instance in particular is a matter of agents pushing their talent above being mere pieces in a single advertisement. It probably helps ease...
- Christopher Campbell
Colin Firth is not a chap you usually associate with death and mayhem, though that seems to be changing, at least cinematically, with the darker tones of The Railway Man and playing a spy in Matthew Vaughn’s The Secret Service. He’s now on to star in Three To Kill, which will boast the directorial efforts of Christopher McQuarrie.From the sounds of the plot, which will be adapted from Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel, Firth’s character won’t actually be the one doing the murderising in this case. He’s set to play a disillusioned businessman visiting the French coast who unwittingly witnesses a murder.When the two sociopaths who pulled off the killing decide to bump off anyone that could tie them to the crime, they start relentlessly hunting our hero. Manchette’s book has already hopped between formats once: Jacques Tardi turned it into a graphic »
The first trailer has been released for the West Memphis Three film, Devil's Knot. The movie tells the true story Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley, who were wrongly convicted for the May 1993 killings of three 8-year-old boys from West Memphis, Ark. 18 years later they were finally released from prison. I've been following their story for years. There has been a series of documentaries made about the story, and now we have this feature film.
The movie was directed by Atom Egoyan, and it stars Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Dane DeHaan, Mireille Enos, Bruce Greenwood, Elias Koteas, Stephen Moyer, and Amy Ryan. The movie premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival where it was met with mixed reviews, but it looks to me like it's going to be a solid film. Here's the detailed synopsis.
Atom Egoyan dramatizes the fallout from the notorious 1993 West Memphis murders, focusing on the »
- Joey Paur
Shooting started last week on The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, the next instalment of the most successful British horror film of all time.
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death stars Phoebe Fox as Eve, in her first leading role in a feature film. Rada-trained Phoebe (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. She previously worked with director Tom Harper on War Book alongside Sophie Okonedo, and will also be seen in Aisling Walsh’s Dylan Thomas project A Poet in New York with Tom Hollander and BBC’s The Musketeers.
Phoebe is joined by Jeremy Irvine (represented by Hatton McEwan) playing Harry. Jeremy shot to fame when he was cast as Albert in Steven Spielberg's War Horse. He has since starred alongside Dakota Fanning in »
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The projects will be in the running to tap a funding cashpool of more than $50,000 to bolster development and production budgets.
London -- Sixteen projects from various territories in the Middle East and North Africa, including Morocco, Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Palestine, have been picked to take part in the co-production market for regional filmmakers during the upcoming Dubai International Film Festival (Diff).
The Dubai Film Connection (Dfc), now in its seventh year, aims to introduce Arab filmmakers to international film backers and organizations and offers over $100,000 in project seed funding.
Since its inception, the Dfc, whose mandate is to raise the visibility of Arab filmmakers and stimulate the growth of film production originating from the Arab world, has resulted in 35 films being completed -- with a further five in various stages of production. »
- Stuart Kemp
"I don’t really make decisions," said Kidman.
"I go with the flow. If I were a strategically minded person, I think I would have a far different career. But I would be more outlandish if I could."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Nicole Kidman for "V" magazine...
- Michael Stevens
Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada, recently seen in The Wolverine, is set to co-star opposite Halle Berry in CBS’ upcoming summer drama series Extant, from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and CBS Studios. Created by Mickey Fisher, it centers on an astronaut (Berry) who returns home from a year-long solo mission in space and tries to reconnect with her husband and son in their everyday life. Her experiences in space and home lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history. Sanada will play a wealthy technological genius who put his wealth to work privatizing the world’s space programs into a single entity. The actor — repped by CAA, Axon Entertainment, Lighthouse Entertainment and Sheppard, Mullin — just finished voicing a character in Universal’s Despicable Me Minions spinoff and will next be seen as the chief Samurai Oishi in Universal Pictures’ 47 Ronin and the Weinstein Co’s The Railway Man. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death stars Phoebe Fox in her first leading role in a feature film, having previously worked with Tom Harper on War Book. 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).
The Woman in Black: Angel Of Death continues the original film’s story: four decades have passed since Arthur Kipps, as played by Daniel Radcliffe, travelled to Eel Marsh House – and now, a group of children are evacuated with their teachers from the perils of Blitz-era London. The group soon awakens Eel Marsh House’s darkest inhabitant.
Directed by Tom Harper (The Scouting Book For Boys, War Book, ‘Peaky Blinders’), the screenplay by Jon Croker (Desert Dancer) is based on an original story outline by Susan Hill, author of The Woman in Black. »
- Phil Wheat
When Steven Spielberg handpicks an actor to hang an entire movie on, there are great expectations placed upon their performance and subsequent success. Luckily for us all, Jeremy Irvine's post-War Horse career has been as gripping and exciting as his Oscar-nominated, tear-inducing film debut.
Following the little-seen, but simply wonderful, Now Is Good, Irvine stars as Pip in Mike Newell's retelling of Shakespeare's Great Expectations. And while the film is set in the 1800s, there's a marvelous modernity infused throughout that elevates it above your standard classic literary adaptation. ETonline chatted with the rising star about taking on this iconic role, how he brought something new to the seventh version of Pip and which of his upcoming roles he's most excited for audiences to see.
ETonline: What appealed to you about this incarnation?
Jeremy Irvine: There have been a few TV adaptations, and that modernized movie, but there hasn't »
This week featured the latest trailers for two of the most anticipated sequels of the year, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. New trailers for next year's remake of RoboCop and the upcoming Colin Firth drama The Railway Man were also released, and we got a broodingly violent first glimpse at the anticipated sequel to 2011's The Raid, The Raid: Berandal.
Digital Spy looks at the best trailers from this week.
There's danger, more danger, and some Legolas in the latest trailer for the second instalment of the Hobbit trilogy. The sneak peak was released as part of a worldwide fan event that director Peter Jackson held earlier this week, as Bilbo Baggins continues on his adventure with the dwarves to recover their gold back from evil dragon Smaug (voiced by a grizzly Benedict Cumberbatch).
Hammer, an Exclusive Media company, and Entertainment One (eOne) today announced that filming has begun on The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death, the next installment of the most successful British horror film of all time. To be released by eOne in the UK on Friday, February 13, 2015, the film will be directed by Tom Harper and will shoot at multiple locations throughout England and Pinewood Studios.
The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death stars Phoebe Fox in her first leading role in a feature film. Having previously worked with Tom Harper on War Book alongside Sophie Okonedo, she will also be seen in Aisling Walsh’s Dylan Thomas project, A Poet in New York, with Tom Hollander and BBC’s ‘The Musketeers’. 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 »
- Michelle McCue
Legendary British production company Hammer Films has been experiencing a big time revival in the last several years, with last year's The Woman in Black scaring up big numbers at the box office.
The titular ghost returns in The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, which has just begun production. Read on for all the spooky details!
From the Press Release
Hammer, an Exclusive Media company, and Entertainment One (eOne) announce that filming has begun on The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, the next installment of the most successful British horror film of all time. To be released by eOne in the UK on Friday 13th February 2015, the film will be directed by Tom Harper and will shoot at multiple locations throughout England and Pinewood Studios.
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