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‘Darkest Hour’ Review: Gary Oldman Gives Us a Fearsome, Oscar-Worthy Churchill

‘Darkest Hour’ Review: Gary Oldman Gives Us a Fearsome, Oscar-Worthy Churchill
Gary Oldman is one of the greatest actors on the planet – and he proves it again as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, director Joe Wright's rip-roaring take on the celebrated Prime Minister's first tumultuous month in office in May, 1940, when France and Belgium are a whisper away from surrendering to Hitler and Great Britain may be next. (How I'd love to see Oldman's take on the Fuhrer).

The British actor, 59, has played real people before, from Sid Vicious (Sid and Nancy) to Lee Harvey Oswald (JFK). But his Churchill is something different.
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Film News Roundup: Alexandra Shipp in Talks for ‘Shaft’ Sequel

Film News Roundup: Alexandra Shipp in Talks for ‘Shaft’ Sequel
In today’s film news roundup, Alexandra Shipp is in talks to join the “Shaft” sequel, the Palm Springs Film Festival honors Gary Oldman and Norm Newberry gets an Art Directors Guild award.

Casting

Alexandra Shipp is in negotiations to star in New Line’s “Shaft” sequel opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Jessie T. Usher as father and son.

Tim Story is directing from a script by Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow. Jackson is reprising the role he played in the 2000 “Shaft” reboot of the original 1971 blaxploitation film, starring Richard Roundtree.

Usher portrays an FBI agent and a cyber expert, and the partnership with his father is an uneasy collision of old school meets new school. Producers are John Davis and Barris. New Line will have North American rights and Netflix will have international rights.

Production is due to commence in December. Shipp’s credits include “Straight Outta Compton” and “X-Men: Apocalypse” and she stars in the
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‘The Mercy’ Trailer: Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz Sail the High Seas

The Theory of Everything and Man on Wire director James Marsh is once again looking back to history for his next film. In The Mercy, he’s shipping Colin Firth around the globe as infamous yachting fraud Donald Crowhurst, who sent falsified reports of his location as his vastly underprepared crew tried to stay the course.

Also starring Rachel Weisz, the first trailer has now arrived ahead of a February release in the United Kingdom. With a mix of romance and adventure, hopefully it has more of a bite than Marsh’s last film. Lionsgate haven’t set a U.S. release date yet, but one see the preview below.

Following his Academy Award® nominated film The Theory of Everything, James Marsh directs the incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth), an amateur sailor who competed in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the
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Review: Paddington 2 (2017)

Isn’t it amazing how expectations can change so quickly and colossally? Back when Paddington was scheduled to hit cinemas in 2014, it was the subject of much concern for a great number of audiences. A CG/Live-Action adaptation of the beloved books by the late great Michael Bond, the film frighteningly had people expecting another Garfield: The Movie, Yogi Bear or The Smurfs. Pre-release the film was blitzed by cynicism and negativity, from rumours surrounding Colin Firth leaving the project, to the first photo of Paddington being deemed creepy and curiously inspiring an online trend of editing poor old Paddington into classic horror movies. Such a tidal wave of pessimism though was met with a wave breaker of charm, as Paddington shocked audiences by being not only good but a magical, masterful, family film with lots to say about acceptance, goodwill and finding a place you can call a home.
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Gary Oldman, Joe Wright, and ‘Darkest Hour’: How to Make a Nontraditional, Oscar-Ready, and Prescient Biopic

Gary Oldman, Joe Wright, and ‘Darkest Hour’: How to Make a Nontraditional, Oscar-Ready, and Prescient Biopic
Four years ago, Oscar-nominated “The Theory of Everything” screenwriter Anthony McCarten sat down for a pint with an old chum in a country pub. What next? his friend asked. McCarten threw out a few ideas — no response. What else do you have?

Well, there was one that was really intimidating, McCarten said, about Winston Churchill. His friend replied, “Do that one. We need a portrait of leadership.”

That was before Brexit, before Trump, so it seems incredibly prescient. But really, when have we not needed leadership? “We’re living in extraordinary times, all the time,” McCarten said. “The issues that assail us are perennial. They haven’t changed since the Greeks picked up a pen.”

A hit at the fall festivals (Metascore: 72), “Darkest Hour” (Focus Features, November 22) is poised to deliver Gary Oldman a Best Actor Oscar as Winston Churchill. But as a World War II talky companion piece to silent action epic “Dunkirk,
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Gary Oldman, Joe Wright, and ‘Darkest Hour’: How to Make a Nontraditional, Oscar-Ready, and Prescient Biopic

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Gary Oldman, Joe Wright, and ‘Darkest Hour’: How to Make a Nontraditional, Oscar-Ready, and Prescient Biopic
Four years ago, Oscar-nominated “The Theory of Everything” screenwriter Anthony McCarten sat down for a pint with an old chum in a country pub. What next? his friend asked. McCarten threw out a few ideas — no response. What else do you have?

Well, there was one that was really intimidating, McCarten said, about Winston Churchill. His friend replied, “Do that one. We need a portrait of leadership.”

That was before Brexit, before Trump, so it seems incredibly prescient. But really, when have we not needed leadership? “We’re living in extraordinary times, all the time,” McCarten said. “The issues that assail us are perennial. They haven’t changed since the Greeks picked up a pen.”

A hit at the fall festivals (Metascore: 72), “Darkest Hour” (Focus Features, November 22) is poised to deliver Gary Oldman a Best Actor Oscar as Winston Churchill. But as a World War II talky companion piece to silent action epic “Dunkirk,
See full article at Indiewire »

The Mercy: first trailer for Colin Firth & Rachel Weisz's latest

Simon Brew Nov 17, 2017

From the director of The Theory Of Everything comes The Mercy. Here's the first trailer...

Heading into UK cinemas on February 9th 2018 is The Mercy, the new film from The Theory Of Everything director James Marsh. Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz headline this one, and we've got the first trailer and an official synopsis to bring to you.

We'd best get down to work, then. Trailer first...

And here's the synopsis...

Following his Academy Award® winning film The Theory of Everything, James Marsh directs the incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth, The King’s Speech, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Railway Man), an amateur sailor who competed in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping. With an unfinished boat and his business and house on the line, Donald leaves his wife,
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Colin Firth: "The Mercy"

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Sneak Peek new footage from "The Mercy", the upcoming Brit biographical drama, directed by James Marsh and written by Scott Z. Burns, based on a true story, starring Colin Firth ("Kingsman: The Secret Service"), Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, Ken Stott and Jonathan Bailey, opening February 9, 2018 in the UK:

"...'The Mercy', follows the disastrous attempt by amateur sailor 'Donald Crowhurst' (Firth) to complete the 'Sunday Times Golden Globe Race' in 1968 and his subsequent attempts to cover up his failure.

Cast also includes Adrian Schiller, Oliver Maltman, Kit Connor, Eleanor Stagg, Andrew Buchan and Geoff Bladon.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Mercy"...
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Colin Firth Learns How to Sail in First UK Trailer for Drama 'The Mercy'

"Leave your doubts with us here on the shore. Take your dreams out to sea." StudioCanal UK has debuted an official UK trailer for an indie drama titled The Mercy, which tells the story of a humble man who takes an unfinished boat on a race around the world in an adventure on his own. This tells the triumphant, inspiring, incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst, an amateur sailor who decided to take on the task of competing in the 1968 Golden Globe Race - sailing around the world solo. Colin Firth stars as Crowhurts, and the cast includes Rachel Weisz as his wife Clare Crowhurst, along with David Thewlis, Jonathan Bailey, Tim Downie, Andrew Buchan, Genevieve Gaunt, Adrian Schiller. It looks like everything you'd expect for one of these biopics, and it will surely be entertaining to watch. Firth is always remarkable. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for James Marsh's The Mercy,
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Watch The First Trailer For ‘The Mercy’, Starring Colin Firth & Rachel Weisz

Studiocanal has released the very first trailer for the upcoming The Mercy, which will roll into cinemas next year.

Following his Academy Award® winning film The Theory of Everything, James Marsh directs the incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth, The King’s Speech, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Railway Man), an amateur sailor who competed in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping. With an unfinished boat and his business and house on the line, Donald leaves his wife, Clare (Rachel Weitz, The Light Between Oceans, The Lobster) and their children behind, hesitantly embarking on an adventure on his boat the Teignmouth Electron.

Co-starring David Thewlis (Anomalisa, The Theory of Everything) and Ken Stott (‘War & Peace’, The Hobbit), and produced by Blueprint Pictures (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, In Bruges), the story
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First poster and trailer for The Mercy starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz

The first poster and trailer have debuted for the upcoming drama The Mercy. Directed by James Marsh, the film is based on the true story of Donald Crowhurst’s disastrous attempt to become the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping while competing in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. Colin Firth stars in the lead role as the amatuer sailor alongside Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, and Ken Stott; take a look at the poster and trailer below, along with the official synopsis and some first look images…

Following his Academy Award® winning film The Theory of Everything, James Marsh directs the incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth, The King’s Speech, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Railway Man), an amateur sailor who competed in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping.
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‘A Quiet Place’ Trailer: Emily Blunt Faces Terror

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By the time 2018 rolls around, John Kraskinski is hoping you’ll see him as more than just Jim Halpert from “The Office.” He’ll be going into action mode over at Amazon, leading “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” and he also takes the lead in “A Quiet Place,” which sees him go Full Beard for what looks like a pretty cool thriller.

Read More: ‘The Mercy’ Trailer: Colin Firth Gets Washed Away

Starring Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds, with Krasinski himself in one of the lead roles and directing, it’s a terrific teaser that shows a lot without revealing anything.

Continue reading ‘A Quiet Place’ Trailer: Emily Blunt Faces Terror at The Playlist.
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Spotlight: Small Steps Project's Celebrity Supporters

Small Steps Project is a humanitarian organisation and UK registered charity dedicated to supporting children around the world who live on rubbish dumps and survive from scavenging. Small Steps Project aims to raise awareness, through film, of the unacceptable hardships that they face.

The organisation delivers shoes, hygiene kits and emergency aid to protect children in the dump environment, followed by sustainable solutions to enable children to take small steps off rubbish dumps and into education.

Celebrity supporters

Small Steps Project has 158 known supporters, including Elton John, Annie Lennox, and George Clooney

Areas of work ChildrenPoverty Read more about Small Steps Project's work and celebrity supporters. Related articles Colin Firth Donates Shoes To Celebrity Charity AuctionCelebrity Shoe Auction Kicks Off For CharityCelebrity Shoes Go Under The Hammer At Charity EventCelebrities Bare Their Soles At Charity Shoe AuctionSmall Steps Project To Host Celebrity Shoe Auction This Week

Are you organizing an event which celebrities will attend?
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‘The Mercy’ Trailer: Colin Firth Gets Washed Away

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Once upon a time, “The Mercy” had the makings of an Oscar player. With a cast led by Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz, tackling a true story directed by James Marsh (“The Theory Of Everything,” “Man On Wire”), the ingredients were there for something special. However, the film — which started shooting in early 2015 — has been conspicuously quiet and hasn’t appeared at any prestigious festivals.

Continue reading ‘The Mercy’ Trailer: Colin Firth Gets Washed Away at The Playlist.
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James Franco on ‘The Disaster Artist’ and How He Conquered His Fear of Failure

James Franco on ‘The Disaster Artist’ and How He Conquered His Fear of Failure
James Franco is almost over the hill. On a recent Los Angeles afternoon, as he climbs up a steep path on a hike to Griffith Observatory, he starts ruminating about his life. “I realize, ‘James, you’re 40,’” says the actor, who is actually 39. “I have achieved all the things that I dreamed when I was younger. And realizing, ‘Oh, those things are not going to fill the hole.’” As he approaches this milestone, he says he’s not afraid to slow down and focus, after bouncing from one project to the next for most of his life: “Do fewer things, and do things that you really love, and give them the attention they deserve.”

For Franco, a constant state of frenzy has been a shield, to protect him from failure. “It was a defense mechanism,” he says. “If I do a lot of things and one of them comes out and people don’t like it, I’m
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Kingsman 2 Blu-ray/DVD release date and bonus features

Kirsten Howard Nov 10, 2017

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is heading for a home release in January. Here are the details...

Ahoy! We bring you news that Matthew Vaughn's sequel to his ludicrous 2014 Bond-esque spy caper Kingsman: The Secret Service is now available to pre-order on 4k Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD, ahead of its release here in the UK on the 29th of January, 2018.

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Re-teaming the likes of Mark Strong, Colin Firth and Taron Egerton with new players Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore, we didn't take as much of a shine to The Golden Circle as we did the first film. If you found yourself a little more keen on it than us, however, you may be curious to know what special bits and bobs
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Kingsman: The Golden Circle Suits Up on Blu-Ray Next Month

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The crazy spy action of Kingsman: The Golden Circle is ready to come home on Blu-ray/4K Ultra HD this December, as 20th Century Fox has announced the home release along with all the special features. Come inside to learn more.

Matthew Vaughn's over the top sequel to one of the most exciting spy movies in recent years, Kingsman, is ready to suit up on the small screen. This morning, Fox has announced the Blu-ray/4K/digital release will arrive on December 12th, making this an ideal stocking stuffer for the movie/comic lover on your shopping list:

Rejoin the world’s most elite secret service when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases Kingsman: The Golden Circle on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-rayTM and DVD December 12. Director Matthew Vaughn returns to helm the sequel in his signature kick-ass style, with stars Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Mark Strong reprising the
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89 review – on-the-ball doc revisits Arsenal's last-minute glory

Star players and Nick ‘Fever Pitch’ Hornby recall the nail-biting thrills in this nostalgic account of the north London club’s triumphant 1988-89 season

An easy-going, watchable documentary about one of the great feelgood-underdog stories in the history of British sport. After being written off as boring, boring failures, Arsenal Fc triumphed against Liverpool at Anfield in the final match of the 1988-89 season.

It was a uniquely important era that included the horror of Hillsborough and preceded the great resurgence of football with Italia 90. And of course the great Arsenalaissance of ’89 was made mythic by Nick Hornby in his classic memoir Fever Pitch: the 1997 movie version starring Colin Firth actually made the Liverpool v Arsenal match its euphoric finale, in tandem with its romance plot, and there is almost a tension in this film waiting for Hornby to make his talking-head appearance, and then afterwards something anticlimactic, knowing
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AFM: Mid-Market Generating Mix of Optimism and Uncertainty

AFM: Mid-Market Generating Mix of Optimism and Uncertainty
As the 38th American Film Market reaches the half-way point, a mixed picture has emerged that reflects the profound changes in the movie industry.

Buyers offer the usual refrain about the seeming lack of big buzz titles as the industry continues to reel from fresh revelations in Hollywood’s sexual assault scandal — a topic that dominated conversations at Afm headquarters at the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica. Additionally, domestic box office for 2017 has been lagging by an alarming 5%.

But notable deals have closed, such as Paramount’s announcement Friday that it was buying the comedy “The Book Club,” starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen; Emmy winner Uzo Aduba joining the drama “The Virginian”; and Lionsgate buying five Studiocanal titles include Liam Neeson’s “Hard Powder” and the Colin Firth-Rachel Weisz drama “The Mercy.”

Michael Ryan, partner at London-based Gfm Films and chairman of Afm organizer Independent Film and Television Alliance, admits
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Lionsgate, Studiocanal In Multi-Year, Multi-Picture U.S. Distribution Deal – Afm

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Lionsgate, Studiocanal In Multi-Year, Multi-Picture U.S. Distribution Deal – Afm
Lionsgate and Studiocanal have expanded their relationship with a multi-year, multi-picture distribution deal that will see the former release five of the European group’s titles in the U.S. Among the next group of films that Lionsgate will distribute domestically are animated sequel Shaun The Sheep Movie 2; Liam Neeson action thriller Hard Powder; and adventure tale The Mercy with Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz. The pact also encompasses two “major” Studiocanal properties…
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