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Puzzle review – Kelly Macdonald sees the big picture in jigsaw indie

A suburban New York mother hemmed in by chores finds unfashionably analogue freedom in jigsaw puzzles in this modest yet touching drama

Compare how vital Kelly Macdonald was to 1996’s Trainspotting with her cursory presence in 2017’s boysy sequel, and you’ll have some sense of how the British film industry has underestimated her. Macdonald has always been a supremely sympathetic performer, but her mousy air may have been seen as a big-screen limitation. She scuttled round in subservient roles, before escaping pantry duty via HBO’s Boardwalk Empire: a wife part, yes, but one that proved steelier than first imagined over that five-season run. TV arcs bend towards their own form of justice.

Puzzle, the offbeat Us indie opening this year’s Edinburgh film festival, finds Macdonald tending house yet again – though here it’s an acknowledgement of wasted potential, a corner from which her character Agnes needs to be sprung.
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Ewan McGregor cast as adult Danny Torrance in The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep

Stephen King’s novels are going through something of a revival of late. Today casting news updates one of the new King adaptations with Trainspotting’s Ewan McGregor being cast as the adult Danny Torrance in The Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep.

The plot of the follow-up centres around Torrance, who still traumatised by the events that took place in the Overlook Hotel. He has become just like his murderous father (played by Jack Nicholson in the 1980 original), with lingering rage and a drinking problem that dulls his pain as well as his ‘shining’ powers.

Those powers return when he embraces sobriety and uses his gift to help the dying at a hospice. He establishes a psychic connection with a young girl who shares his extreme abilities, and who is being targeted by a group who make others like them suffer painful deaths in order to absorb their powers.

Also in
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The Shining Sequel Doctor Sleep Casts Ewan McGregor As Danny Torrance

Variety is reporting that Ewan McGregor, star of Trainspotting and FX’s Fargo, has agreed to play the grown-up Danny Torrance in The Shining sequel, Doctor Sleep. The casting has received Stephen King’s blessing, too, who first published the novel in 2013.

Keeping things within the King circle, we understand Doctor Sleep is being directed by Mike Flanagan, who previously dabbled in the author’s celebrated archives for Netflix hit Gerald’s Game.

For Doctor Sleep, though, it’s an entirely different story, as we check in on the troubled life of Danny Torrance (Redrum!) 40 years after his horrifying stay at the Overlook Hotel. The story also deep dives into his struggles with anger and alcoholism – the very same troubles which also afflicted his father, Jack, all those years ago.

This King project, along with Shining prequel Overlook Hotel, has been gestating in development for years at this point. But
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Reboots and Rebrands and Remakes, Oh My! What’s with the lack of originality these days?

Sade Green on reboots, rebrands and remakes…

There is a distinct lack of originality in the film industry at the moment. Perhaps that’s too harsh actually; there is a distinct lack of originality in Hollywood. The market is over run with sequels, spin-offs, reboots, rebrands, films-that-are-now-television-shows and the dreaded ‘late-sequel’. You know, that sequel that the studios have decided that we need over a decade after the first came out – it’s essentially pointless, but it makes them good money.

If we tried to devise a list of all of the pointless sequels, franchises, spin-offs and reboots, we could easily have a list of over a hundred films (way more actually), and of course, it is all a matter of opinion. Some may argue that the Rocky franchise, the Terminator franchise, The Fast and the Furious franchise, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, the Marvel franchise, the Jurassic Park/World franchise,
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Helena Bonham Carter and Angelina Jolie Rumored to Be Up For The Next James Bond Villain Role

It looks like Danny Boyle is looking to do something a little different for the James Bond franchise with Bond 25. According to Mirror, the next big bad Bond film villain will be a woman, and Helena Bonham Carter is rumored to be the actress they want in the role. 

If this is true, it wouldn't be the first time that Bonham Carter has played a villain. She was great as the sadistic witch Bellatrix ­Lestrange in the final four Harry Potter films. She's also taken on sinister roles in Dark Shadows and Alice in Wonderland

She would certainly make for an interesting Bond villain! She's played a lot of interesting and unique characters in her career. There are no details on who the villain could be, but I'm curious to see what exactly she would bring to a Bond villain! 

The report also says that Angelina Jolie is up for the role.
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James Bond 25 Officially Announced, Release Date Confirmed

With the picture’s star and director both firmly in place, temporarily calming years of will-they-won’t-they speculation and dream-team fantasizing, we now also have some official release dates for the next James Bond movie. The world famous spy’s 25th film will first be hitting UK cinemas on October 25th, 2019, followed two weeks later by a Us release on November 8th.

The first 007 flick since 2015’s Spectre, Bond 25 will see the return of Daniel Craig for his fifth outing in the role, though there was certainly a time when we didn’t think we’d see the day. Back in 2015, the actor infamously joked that he’d rather “slash [his] wrists” than play the character again. Craig changed his tune the following year, however, taking back his previous statements and saying at the The New Yorker Festival that he’s “got the best job in the world” and that
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‘Bond 25’: Danny Boyle Officially Directing; Filming Start Date Revealed

The particulars of James Bond 25 have been finalized, and everything’s now officially official. After years of rumors and guesswork, it was announced that Eon Productions—the owners of the Bond rights—has settled on Universal Pictures to handle international distribution of Bond 25, while the previously announced MGM Studios and Annapurna Pictures will handle domestic distribution. Moreover, Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire filmmaker Danny Boyle has been confirmed to be directing the film from an original screenplay by John Hodge (Trainspotting). Filming will begin on December 8th and the untitled sequel will be released in the U.K. on …
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Danny Boyle to Direct 25th James Bond Movie

James Bond franchise producers confirmed that director Danny Boyle will helm the upcoming 25th film in the spy series, taking over for Sam Mendes who exited the franchise after directing 2012's acclaimed Skyfall and 2016's Spectre.

Daniel Craig is also onboard to reprise the role of 007 in Bond 25 (not the official title). The film is scheduled for release on October 25th, 2019. The Oscar-winning Boyle and Craig previously shot a short 007 film that was included as part of the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony.

Screenwriter John Hodge – a frequent collaborator of
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Bond 25 Director Confirmed as Danny Boyle, Production With Daniel Craig Begins December 2018

Bond 25 Director Confirmed as Danny Boyle, Production With Daniel Craig Begins December 2018
It’s official: MGM and Annapurna will team up to distribute Bond 25 in the U.S. on November 8, 2019. Universal Pictures has won the lucrative rights to handle the film’s international distribution. Sony previously handled Bond distribtion, but it’s rights to the franchise expired after “Spectre” and set off a bidding war among studios. The next 007 installment will open in the U.K. first on October 25, 2019.

In addition to the confirmed distributors, 007 studio Eon Productions has also confirmed Danny Boyle will direct Bond 25, which will once again star Daniel Craig as the world’s most famous spy. Boyle has been a contender for several months now, with his hiring dependent on whether or not 007 producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli liked the script Boyle hatched with his “Trainspotting” screenwriter John Hodge.
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Danny Boyle finally confirmed to take the helm on Bond 25

After months of speculation, the news has finally been confirmed that Trainspotting and Sunshine man Danny Boyle will direct Bond 25, the next film in the James Bond series.

Boyle’s appointment was only guaranteed if the screenplay he submitted to series producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson impressed the duo. It now seems the pair are more than happy with the result. Boyle had co-written the draft alongside his T2 Trainspotting scribe, John Hodge, who will join him on the Bond team.

Also in the news – John Malkovich will play Poirot alongside Rupert Grint for the BBC’s Agatha Christie adaptation The ABC Murders

Both Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli described Boyle as “exceptionally talented“, they went on to say they were “delighted” to have him on board.

MGM board Charmain (who will be distributing the film in the Us), Kevin Ulrich, said: “We couldn’t be
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Universal wins international distribution rights to 'Bond 25'

Universal wins international distribution rights to 'Bond 25'
Danny Boyle confirmed as director; production to begin December 3.

In a huge win for Universal Pictures, the studio has struck a deal with Eon Productions and MGM to distribute Bond 25 internationally. Production is set to begin on December 3 ahead of a year-end 2019 global launch.

Bond 25 will open in the UK on October 25, 2019, and in the Us on November 8, 2019. MGM will release the film theatrically in the Us through its new joint venture with Annapurna Pictures, while Universal will handle international theatrical roll-out. It is understood Thursday’s announcement only relates to Bond 25.

MGM will retain digital and worldwide television distribution rights.
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The Evolution of Kelly Macdonald From Trainspotting to Now

Kelly Macdonald has come a long way from her role as underage seductress Diane in Trainspotting. Back then it might have been believed that she would find a few roles and then move on out of Hollywood’s spotlight, perhaps being seen as little more than a flash in the pan. But Kelly managed to hold onto her career and continued onward towards other roles that will be mentioned in just a bit. Initially she was working as a barmaid in Glasgow when she happened to notice a leaflet that had information about an open casting session for Trainspotting. That was

The Evolution of Kelly Macdonald From Trainspotting to Now
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Interview: Addison Heath and Jasmine Jakupi

Addison Heath is a multi-award winning writer, director and editor from Melbourne, Australia. After returning to Australia from a trip to Japan, he developed his early interest in filmmaking by creating the early shorts Brethren and Drive-By which got him noticed in the underground Australian film community. Moving on by directing full-length efforts Under a Kaleidoscope, Mondo Yakuza and The Perfect Nonsense, he honed by his skillset and his reputation for relentless and confrontational genre-bending efforts which pegged him as one of the most intriguing artists to watch in the scene alongside his jointly-owned production company, Black Forest Films.

Jasmine Jakupi is a multi-award winning production designer and producer born & raised in Melbourne, Australia. Whilst studying her Bachelor of Design (Interior Design) at Rmit, Jasmine started to focus on the medium of film. She is since known for her multi-faceted work on feature films Under A Kaleidoscope, Mondo Yakuza & The Perfect Nonsense.
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‘Patrick Melrose’ Bosses on the Journey to Showtime Limited Series, Telling a Tale of Abuse and Class

‘Patrick Melrose’ Bosses on the Journey to Showtime Limited Series, Telling a Tale of Abuse and Class
Class, privilege, wealth, abuse, recovery, drugs, drugs and more drugs. Showtime’s foray into scripted Saturday night series with the debut of “Patrick Melrose” has it all, including Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character.

Not that it was an easy road getting there.

The five-part miniseries is based on the semi-autobiographical novels from Edward St. Aubyn, and finally comes to television after spending half a decade in development. Not only was the task of translating St. Aubyn’s notoriously beautiful prose to the small screen a massive undertaking, but finding the right vehicle in which to tell the best-selling saga
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Film Review: The Path Leading to Love (2018) by Takayama Kohei

“I love you, but…”

When it comes to drug abuse or alcoholism, the mediums of film and literature certainly had their fair share of narratives concerning the issue, often either dramatizing or even romanticizing the topic. From the hard-boiled detectives played by Humphrey Bogart and their casual drinks in gloomy bars, the wacky characters of such films (and books) like “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” or “Trainspotting” or the unforgettable performance by Ray Milland in Billy Wilder’s “The Lost Weekend,” addiction and substance abuse can be regarded as two of the most discussed and portrayed themes within the arts.

The Path Leading to Love screened at Osaka Asian Film Festival, that will be on March 9th to 18th.

As Jason Maher points out in his review of “The Path Leading to Love,” all of these examples have come to associate the artist, or certain kinds of characters, with alcoholism,
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Cannes 2018: Serebrennikov's 'Leto' is an Awesome 80s Rock Tribute

There's always a few good Russian films at the Cannes Film Festival every year, but this is one of the best Russian films I've ever seen in the nine years I've been coming here. Leto, which translates to Summer, is the latest feature from Russian filmmaker Kirill Serebrennikov (who is currently under house arrest and unable to attend the festival). The B&W film is a tribute to 80s punk rock and musicians who break the rules and sing songs and make music despite the government saying they can't. I could describe Serebrennikov's Leto as a Soviet, 80s rock version of Inside Llewyn Davis meets Trainspotting, directed by a Russian Edgar Wright. It's awesome. And easily my favorite film at Cannes so far (it's only Day 3). The songs throughout, composed by a Russian band called Zveri, are excellent and I need a copy of this film's soundtrack already. Leto is a tribute to,
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Daniel Craig Scores Huge $25M Payday for James Bond 25?

Daniel Craig Scores Huge $25M Payday for James Bond 25?
Daniel Craig is reportedly being paid $25 million for his services on James Bond 25. While there are a great many of uncertainties in regards to the upcoming entry in the long-running franchise, it's certain that the actor is going to be taking home a massive paycheck for his final go as the iconic MI6 spy. This also makes him the highest-paid actor for a single movie in Hollywood right now, according to a new report that reveals what actors and actresses are commanding for their biggest movies.

The age of the movie star is largely dead, as moviegoers are much more concerned with franchises they care about and quality movies, as opposed to turning up to see a particular star. In the case of James Bond 25, that changes a lot. Daniel Craig's 007 is truly beloved and people want to see him go out on top. Not only that, but the actor
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Ewan McGregor to Star in Marc Forster’s Remake of French Classic ‘The Cow and I’ (Exclusive)

Ewan McGregor to Star in Marc Forster’s Remake of French Classic ‘The Cow and I’ (Exclusive)
Ewan McGregor will play a World War II prisoner of war who hatches a plan to use a cow to help him escape captivity and find his way across Germany to freedom. Marc Forster will direct “The Cow,” which is a remake of classic French comedy “The Cow and I,” with shooting set to begin in the fall.

WestEnd Films has boarded the picture and will introduce it to international buyers in Cannes. North American sales are being handled by Linda Lichter.

The original version, known in French as “La Vache et le Prisonnier,” was based on a novel by Jacques Antoine and directed by Henri Verneuil. Starring Fernandel, the film was a big hit locally in the late 1950s.

The English-language remake reunites McGregor with Forster after their recent collaboration on the upcoming Disney picture “Christopher Robin,” which will be released in the summer. The pair also worked together on 2005 movie “Stay.
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In Praise of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Robb Sheppard on Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas…

From Alan Moore’s Watchmen, to William S. Burrows’ Naked Lunch and Patrick Süskind’s Perfume, the term ‘unfilmable’ is used relatively reservedly regarding film adaptations.

Wherever the source material is deemed excessively avant-garde, narratively non-linear or aesthetically challenging, the unfilmable label is a badge of honour for the ‘out there’ film fan. As well as a precursory warning that the film might be, err…a bit shit.

When it came to adapting Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the unfilmable tag kept the film at arm’s length from progress or production for the best part of 25 years. It was hardly surprising: Gonzo journalist and drug dumpster Hunter S. Thompson’s 1971 dissection of the American Dream was propped up on vivid hallucinations, narcotic narration and a slab of immoral misbehaviour.

The book’s opening salvo of; “…huge bats, all swooping
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Kelly Macdonald's 'Puzzle' to Open Edinburgh Film Festival

Kelly Macdonald's 'Puzzle' to Open Edinburgh Film Festival
Puzzle, starring Kelly Macdonald, is set to open the 72nd edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

The film – which first bowed in Sundance – will have its international premiere on June 20 in Scotland, with Sony set to release the film across the U.K. later in the summer.

The directorial debut of Little Miss Sunshine producer Marc Turtletaub, Puzzle sees Trainspotting and Boardwalk Empire star Macdonald play Agnes, who has reached her early 40s without ever venturing far from home, family or the tight-knit immigrant community in which she was raised by her widowed father. But this all...
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