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Mar 5

'Mr Holmes': Ian McKellen stars as Sherlock Holmes in first trailer

The first trailer for Mr Holmes has been released.

Based on Mitch Cullins' 2005 novel A Slight Trick Of The Mind, the film stars Ian McKellen as a more mature version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic detective, Sherlock Holmes, who is now 93 years old and struggling to enjoy his retirement.

The film's plot synopsis teases: "In 1947, the world famous sleuth has retired to a remote Sussex farmhouse, living in relative anonymity with only his housekeeper Mrs Munro and her young son Roger for company. Cantankerous, demanding and frustrated with the mis-representation of him in Watson's best-selling novels, he diverts his attention to an unsolved case. As the mystery deepens, Sherlock tries desperately to recall the events of 30 years ago that ultimately led to his retirement."

Laura Linney co-stars as housekeeper Mrs Munro, while newcomer Milo Parker plays 10-year-old Roger. The film's supporting cast also includes Frances de la Tour, Phil Davis and Roger Allam.

Watch the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: NME

Mar 4

Idris Elba's Beasts of No Nation to be boycotted by US cinemas

Idris Elba stars in Beasts of No Nation (image courtesy Neftlix)
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By Catherine Gee

Four major US cinema chains are planning to boycott Idris Elba’s new film Beasts of No Nation because it will be shown simultaneously on Netflix.

The streaming service bought the drama earlier this week for $12million, following a bidding war. But the cinema chains, named as AMC, Regal, Cinemark and Carmike, reportedly told Variety magazine that they will not screen the film because it will not honour the standard 90-day delay between a theatrical debut and a home entertainment release.

Beasts of No Nation is based on the novel by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala and tells the fictional story of a child soldier, played by newcomer Abraham Attah, who is removed from his family in order to fight a civil war.

It is written and directed by True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga, with Elba starring as the warlord who takes in the boy.

This is not the first time that major cinema chains have boycotted a film for this reason. The Netflix/Weinstein Company partnership on the sequel Crouching Tiger: The Green Destiny means that it will also not be shown by many cinemas when it is released in August.

Continue Reading at: Telegraph

Mar 3

Jennifer Lawrence to be war photographer for Steven Spielberg?

Actress Jennifer Lawrence might be working on war photographer Lynsey Addario biopic (image courtesy Irish Examiner / AP)
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Jennifer Lawrence could find herself on the other side of the lens, as she is in talks to play war photographer Lynsey Addario in an upcoming biopic.

The Oscar-winning actress is tipped to portray the Pulitzer Prize-winning photo journalist in the big-screen adaptation of her memoirs, It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life Of Love And War.

Steven Spielberg is in discussions to direct the film for Warner Bros, with Andrew Lazar producing, reported Deadline.

Lynsey’s memoir – which follows her expeditions to conflict areas including Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, Darfur, the Congo, and Haiti – has been a hot title since it featured as excerpts in the New York Times Magazine. It was published on February 5.

Continue Reading at: Irish Examiner

Mar 2

Will Smith's Focus dominates the box office as it topples 50 Shades of Grey from the top spot

By Ross Mcdonagh

Will Smith's romantic crime caper Focus managed to knock 50 Shades Of Grey of the top of the box office this weekend.

The film debuted at $19.1 - well below what Will Smith film's normally open at, but still enough to finally unseat the S&M phenomenon.

50 Shades has been domineeringly on top of the chart since its release of Valentine's day, and has raked in almost $500 million worldwide so far.

It is the highest February opening film of all time, and the extra $10.4 million it made at the North American box office this weekend saw it slip to fourth after two weeks at number one.

Replacing it is Focus, which stars Will Smith as Nicky Spurgeon, an experienced con-man who agrees to take a novice grifter - played by Margot Robbie - under his wing.

After a relationship they break-up, but run into each other three years later when they both attempt to con the same billionaire.

The Glenn Ficarra and John Requa directed movie has only made another $12 million in the foreign box office, bringing its total so far to just over $31 million - well short of its $50 million budget.

But according to Warner Bros, the flick should not be compared to Will Smith's usual 'blockbusters', and it will be a slower financial success.

'This was a midrange-budgeted movie, and the strong result reflected that,' distribution executive vice-president Jeff Goldstein told the Hollywood Reporter, adding: 'The severely inclement weather in the Midwest and the South played havoc at the box office.'

Will Smith is considered the most bankable man in Hollywood. He is the only actor to have eight consecutive films gross over $100 million in the domestic box office, and his movies have collectively earned over $6.6 billion to date.

Continue Reading at: Daiily Mail

Mar 1

Box Office: Will Smith's 'Focus' Wins Friday for $20M U.S. Debut

Margot Robbie (on top), and Will Smith in a still from the movie 'Focus' (image courtesy Frank Masi / Warner Bros.)
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by Pamela McClintock

Will Smith and Margot Robbie's R-rated romantic caper Focus is easily winning the box-office race in North America ahead of ruling champion Fifty Shades of Grey, which has topped the box office since Presidents Day weekend.

The Warner Bros. film grossed $6.5 million Friday from 3,323 theaters for a projected $20 million debut. Heading into the weekend, tracking suggested Focus would take in $22 million to $24 million.

Focus, earning a B CinemaScore, is the first test of Smith's star power since Sony's tentpole After Earth, which bombed in summer 2013 after opening to just $27.5 million. Focus is a much smaller film than a usual Smith tentpole, having cost $50 million to make after rebates.

Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, Focus is also opening in a number of markets overseas this weekend, boosting its bottom line.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Feb 28

Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek's Spock, dead at 83

Leonard Nimoy giving his iconic Vulcan salute - live long and prosper, indeed (image courtesy Reuters)

by AP

Leonard Nimoy, the actor, author and director best known for his portrayal of the ultra-logical character Spock in the TV series Star Trek, has died at the age of 83.

His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed to the New York Times that her husband died Friday morning at their Los Angeles home of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy said last year that he had been diagnosed with lung disease and was "doing OK."

Nimoy's poignant last tweet, sent on Feb. 22, reads, "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory."

Nimoy played Spock on the original Star Trek series from 1966 to 1969, and resurrected the iconic character in a host of subsequent movies, video games and cameo appearances spanning decades.

"I loved him like a brother," co-star William Shatner said Friday. "We will all miss his humour, his talent, and his capacity to love."

Click the Continue Reading at link to see the comprehensive look at Leonard Nimoy's career.

Continue Reading at: CBC

Feb 27

Harrison Ford, 72, to star in Blade Runner sequel - more than THREE decades after the original was a global box office smash

Harrison Ford in an image from 1982's 'Blade Runner' (image courtesy Everett Collection / Rex)

It is one of Hollywood's classic films.

So fans of Blade Runner will be delighted that Harrison Ford is set to reprise his role of Rick Deckard in a newly-announced sequel to the 1982 smash-hit.

The 72-year-old actor will return to the cult classic in the screenplay written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green and directed by 'Prisoners' filmmaker Denis Villeneuve.

The much-anticipated film will also see the return of Ridley Scott, who will produce the sci-fi sequel alongside Kosove and Johnson.

Producers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson said in a joint statement: 'We are honoured that Harrison is joining us on this journey with Denis Villeneuve, who is a singular talent, as we experienced personally on 'Prisoners'.

Continue Reading at: Daily Mail

Feb 26

Sigourney Weaver's Ripley return will pick up after 'Aliens', ignoring other sequels

by Rich Trenholm

We've all suffered through movies we wish we could strike from our memories -- and the new "Alien" movie is set to do that officially, writing off everything after "Aliens".

In a video seen by blogging site /FILM, director Neill Blomkamp and star Signourney Weaver confirmed during an interview with the UK's Sky Movies that they are working together on a new film in the "Alien" series. They also revealed that the film will fit into the series before the unpopular "Alien 3" and "Alien: Resurrection" sequels.

The chest-bursting, acid-dripping sci-fi horror series began with Ridley Scott's haunted-house-in-space chiller "Alien" in 1979, in which Weaver played ass-kicker Ellen Ripley. James Cameron directly continued Ripley's story in "Aliens" in 1986, albeit with a marked shift in tone.

David Fincher's "Alien 3" also took up Ripley's story, but dismayed fans by killing off the previous film's other survivors -- and to add insult to injury it was done offscreen, before Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 1997 "Alien Resurrection" brought Ripley back as a part-alien clone. The latter two films are certainly stylish and audacious exercises in science fiction, but fans have long considered them as being the point where the series lost its way in narrative terms.

So now it looks like Blomkamp is going to just pretend they never happened, a bit like how "Superman Returns" wrote off all the Superman movies after "Superman II".

Continue Reading at: cnet

Feb 25

Jessica Chastain Joins Chris Hemsworth in 'The Huntsman'

Actress Jessica Chastain has signed on to "The Huntsman" (image courtesy The Wrap)

By Linda Ge

"Snow White and the Huntsman" spinoff "The Huntsman" has added Jessica Chastain to star opposite Chris Hemsworth.

Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, who received an Academy Award nomination in Visual Effects for his work on 2012’s "Snow White and the Huntsman," which starred Kristen Stewart, Hemsworth and Charlize Theron, will be making his directorial debut on the follow-up.

Joe Roth is returning to produce, while Palak Patel will executive produce. Vice president of production Maradith Frenkel and creative executive Chloe Yellin will oversee the project for the studio.

The sequel expands the universe established in the first film to reveal how the fates of two characters, the Huntsman Eric (Hemsworth) and Ravenna (Theron), intersected before they met Snow White (Stewart). Theron will return, though Stewart likely will not. Nick Frost, who played a dwarf in the first film, is also expected to reprise his role.

Emily Blunt was recently cast to play the new villain, while details on Chastain's character reveal she will be Hemsworth's love interest.

Continue Reading at: The Wrap

Feb 25

Sony Pictures names new head of movie group

Sony's new motion picture chairman Tom Rothman (image courtesy Getty)

by AFP

Sony Pictures Entertainment on Tuesday named Tom Rothman as new chairman of its motion picture group, a major move after a massive cyberattack devastated the entertainment giant.

Rothman will succeed Amy Pascal, who said earlier this month she was stepping down in the wake of the hack.

Rothman joined Sony in 2013 and currently heads its TriStar unit. He previously ran Fox Filmed Entertainment from 2000-2012.

"Tom's creativity, strong talent relationships and track record of enduring films and commercial success are unparalleled in this industry and exactly what we are looking for to grow our film business," Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton said in a statement.

Rothman said he was "grateful and humbled" by the appointment.

Continue Reading at: The Citizen

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