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By Anjelica Oswald
As films make the festival circuit this fall, some of the cast and crew members are busy traveling with the movies, attending premieres and promoting their work. A number of actors visiting Toronto this year are there with multiple films, and this isn’t an uncommon occurrence.
- Anjelica Oswald
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).
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.
England, 1941. With London in the midst of the blitz, »
- Steve Barton
It takes a lot these days to create a movie thriller that is somewhat original and fresh. There are so many well-worn set-ups that every so often, we need something slightly unusual to shake the genre up a bit. That may be what we have to look forward to with The Reach, which made an appearance at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and is now sealing a $2 million deal for the Us distribution rights.
The film stars Michael Douglas as Madec – a high-profile corporate lawyer whose intimidating skill in the courtroom is matched by his cold precision as a hunter. Obtaining a rare permit to spend seven days hunting big game in the Mojave Desert, Madec hires the quiet, conservative young Ben (Jeremy Irvine) as a guide, but finds his retreat takes a turn for the darker when he accidentally shoots an innocent man and realizes Ben won’t be helping him cover it up. »
- Sarah Myles
A simple listing, duplicated from the homepage, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails.
new Us/Can Sep 09 streaming only Edge of Tomorrow (aka Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow) Frank A Million Ways to Die in the West dvd/streaming Captain America: The Winter Soldier A Long Way Down Nebraska Teenage God’s Pocket Brick Mansions Palo Alto Borgman Fed Up Korengal (aka Battle Company Korengal) Who Is Dayani Cristal? Words and Pictures new UK Sep 08 streaming only In Secret They Came Together A Touch of Sin The Two Faces of January 300: Rise of an Empire dvd/streaming Blue Ruin A Thousand Times Good Night Bad Neighbours (aka Neighbors) Brick Mansions Plastic A Single Shot The Angriest Man in Brooklyn Concussion Some Velvet Morning
more recent releases Us/Can streaming »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Cinema has long held a fascination with memories, from the different ways they can be manipulated (Inception, Total Recall) to how crucial they can be in defining who we are (Memento, The Bourne Identity). Before I Go to Sleep slots into the latter grouping; As directed by Rowan Joffé it’s a well-performed and solidly engaging thriller, but it won’t be joining the distinguished pantheon the aforementioned films reside in any time soon.
Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by S.J. Watson Before I Go to Sleep focuses on Christine Lucas (Nicole Kidman), who wakes up with no memory of her existence beyond her early 20’s after she was involved in an accident. She is told this and more information about her life every morning by her weary husband Ben (Colin Firth, reuniting with his The Railway Man co-star). She is also called each day by Dr. »
- Amon Warmann
Academy Award Winner Michael Douglas (Ant-Man, The Reach, Behind the Candelabra, Wall Street) and Orlando Bloom (The Hobbit franchise; the Lord of the Rings franchise; the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) will join star Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Child 44, Prometheus) in Unlocked, with Lorenzo Dibonaventura (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Salt, Red, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) producing alongside Georgina Townsley and Erik Howsam.
Alex Walton and Ken Kao’s Bloom will handle international sales on the new thriller directed by Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) and based on a screenplay by Peter O’Brien.
With principal photography beginning on November 3, Unlocked tells the story of a »
- Michelle McCue
British director Michael Apted will direct from a screenplay by Peter O’Brien.
Rapace will play a CIA interrogator who unwittingly provides information to terrorists — triggering a race against the clock to stop a biological warfare attack on London. She became attached to the project earlier this year.
Bloom will be seen next in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” Douglas was most recently seen in “And So It Goes” and is filming “Ant-Man.” Rapace stars in crime-drama “The Drop,” which screened Saturday at Toronto in the Special Presentations section, »
- Dave McNary
When it finally collapses under the weight of its own preposterousness, this would-be elegant thriller becomes a cheap retrograde melodrama. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
And here I was all excited about an stylish and elegant thriller with a woman at its center, with a vaguely science-fictional conceit that works as a potent metaphor for some women’s unpleasant romantic experience. Except that was only the first half of the movie. And then Before I Go to Sleep had to throw that all away.
Ten years ago, 40ish Christine (Nicole Kidman: Grace of Monaco, The Railway Man) had an accident that left her with a weird form of amnesia: she can only remember stuff that happened today. Every morning when she wakes up, her »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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
The scenes shared by Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman in The Railway Man earlier this year were the highlights by far of an otherwise disappointing picture. Both stars are excellent independently of one another, but there's clearly something about pairing them up that lifts the work of both.
The two share a lot more screen time in Before I Go To Sleep, writer/director Rowan Joffe's adaptation of the apparently strong book by S J Watson. In fact, they're in each other's arms as the movie opens, although we quickly learn that all is not well. Kidman's character, Christine Lucas, is suffering from memory loss after an unexplained incident. Each day, Firth's Ben Lucas needs to remind her of where she is, who he is, and her recent history. »
“Before I Go To Sleep” is a risky title for a genre exercise intended to keep viewers bolt upright in their seats, handing mirthful critics a ready-made punchline at the first sign of lethargy. The good news is that Rowan Joffe’s adaptation of S.J. Watson’s 2011 publishing phenom is far from a snooze; the bad news is that it’s the film’s escalating, po-faced ludicrousness that holds our attention. Starring a typically hard-working Nicole Kidman as a short-term amnesiac unsure whether she’s being played by her husband, her shrink or both, With David Fincher’s similarly targeted “Gone Girl” already siphoning its buzz, this dopey diversion will need the novel’s fans to turn out en masse to avoid being forgotten by morning.
A planned Halloween release Stateside — weeks after the film’s Sept. 5 release in Blighty and elsewhere — might lead auds to expect an out-and-out frightfest, »
- Guy Lodge
Reteamed once again with Colin Firth, her co-star in The Railway Man, Nicole Kidman stars as an amnesia victim whose brain resets back to 13 years ago after each night’s slumber in the decidedly average psychological thriller Before I Go to Sleep. Writer-director Rowan Joffe’s adaptation of S.J. Watson’s bestseller honors the lurid spirit of the page-turner enough to satisfy fans, but he doesn’t transmute the material into something richer and deeper the way, say, Alfred Hitchcock could, despite the film’s many Hitchcockian nods. Opening in Britain on Sept. 5 and then Stateside in October, this
- Leslie Felperin
Lawrence co-leads the film along with her American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook co-star Bradley Cooper. The film hits UK cinemas on October 24, but still lacks a release date in the United States. The film went through an extensive 18-month editing process, and has failed to pick up a Us distributor. That means that despite a great cast and meaty dramatic material, Serena likely won’t have a chance to pick up any Academy Award nominations this fall, and may someday quietly get a direct-to-home video release in the States.
Directed by Susanne Bier (director of the 2010 Oscar winner Best Foreign Film, In A Better World), Serena stars Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man), Sean Harris (Prometheus), Sam Reid (The Railway Man), Toby Jones »
- James Garcia
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.
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.
- Dave McNary
Hammer Films and Entertainment One have debuted the first teaser trailer for The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, director Tom Harper’s follow-up to the Daniel Radcliffe-headlined 2012 horror smash The Woman in Black.
Picking up the story some four decades later, Angel of Death says goodbye to Radcliffe, instead featuring a cast that includes Phoebe Fox (Switch), Jeremy Irvine (The Railway Man), Helen McCrory (Penny Dreadful), Adrian Rawlins (Harry Potter), Oaklee Pendergast (The Impossible), Amelia Pidgeon (3096 Days) and Jude Wright (Spy).
Here’s the official synopsis, followed by the trailer below…
As bombs rain down on London during the Blitz of World War II, a group of school children are evacuated with Eve, their young and beautiful schoolteacher, to the safety of the English countryside. Taken to an old and empty estate, cut-off by a causeway from the mainland, they are left at Eel Marsh House.
One by »
- Gary Collinson
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
The Screen Awards 2014 shortlist has been announced, with Fox/Fox Searchlight leading the nominations with a combined 13 nominations and Lionsgate UK following closely with 12 nods.
Starred Up, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Frank each received double nominations.
The shortlist will now be debated by an independent jury of industry experts, who select the final winners. The Awards will be given out on October 23 at The Brewery in London.
Screen International Editor Wendy Mitchell said: “We were thrilled with the calibre and diversity of entries for the Screen Awards this year. Our expert jury of industry experts now selects the winners and they »
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy held on to the top two spots at the box office this weekend, handily defeating the disappointing Expendables 3.The Top 12 earned an estimated $128.8 million this weekend, which is up six percent from the same frame last year. This August remains on track to be the biggest ever at the domestic box office with around $1 billion.Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fell 57 percent to an estimated $28.4 million. The movie avoided the 60-percent-plus drop of many of Summer 2014's blockbusters, which is a solid win considering the poor reviews and mixed word-of-mouth. Turtles has so far earned $117.6 million, and will pass G.I. Joe: Retaliation ($122.5 million) in the next few days.In its third weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy eased 41 percent to $24.7 million. On Saturday, it eclipsed Thor: The Dark World's domestic total; with $222.3 million in the bank already, Guardians is going to have »
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When will our beloved Kidman return to us? For someone who works so consistently, doesn't it seem like it's hard to find Nicole Kidman in a movie theater? Grace of Monaco keeps threatening to arrive but never does leaving us to wonder if it will ever play in regular movie theaters after its shaming at Cannes (that place can be brutal). Any big dreams for the quality of Paddington (it comes from charming source material at least) her Christmas film, have been dashed by that hateful slapstick trailer and Colin Firth's exit as the voice. The wait is soon over though. For those of you who missed The Railway Man in theaters, it's just out on DVD and Blu-Ray. [Warning: Nicole's part is small enough that when the climax arrives, she's literally a blurry figure in the background.]
Next up though is the thriller Before I Go To Sleep which has a new poster (above) and a new release date: Halloween to be exact. Let's just hope it's »
- NATHANIEL R
Based on the worldwide best-selling novel by S.J. Watson, Before I Go To Sleep is the story of a woman (Kidman) who wakes up every day with no memory as the result of a traumatic accident in her past.
One day, terrifying new truths begin to emerge that make her question everything she thinks she knows about her life – as well as everyone in it, including her doctor (Strong) and even her husband (Firth).
Firth and Kidman starred earlier this year in the drama The Railway Man.
- Michelle McCue
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