Colin Farrell has been cast as a wizard in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’.
Colin Farrell has joined the cast of the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The 39-year-old actor will play a wizard in the upcoming film, due to be released in 2016.
Colin Farrell at a screening of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet in Los Angeles in July 2015.
A classic British memoir gets the full costume drama treatment with this beautifully crafted World War I drama, although it never quite transcends the "beloved book" tone, remaining so worthy that it only rarely springs to life. The acting is sharp, as is the filmmaking, so it's frustrating that there's so little in the film that resonates with present-day audiences. And as the story sinks into a murky gloom, it's difficult for audiences to stay engaged.
Based on Vera Brittain's iconic memoir, the story opens in 1914, as Vera (Alicia Vikander) begs her parents (Emily Watson and Dominic West) to let her sit entrance exams at Oxford, which simply isn't the done thing for a proper young woman. She also has to convince them to let her brother Edward (Taron Egerton) sign up for military service in response to the conflict breaking out in Europe. But Vera is shocked when her sweetheart Roland (Kit Harington) also decides to enlist along with two close friends (Colin Morgan and Jonathan Bailey). Suddenly the war seems far too close to home for her. So she's provoked to leave university and volunteer as a nurse, serving in both England and France while the war rages around her.
The film's opening section contains a beautiful spark of hopefulness as these young people face the possibilities ahead of them, revelling in their education and then deciding to do their duty for their country. The rising-star cast packs the characters with cheeky humour, high energy and, yes, suitably repressed Britishness. But of course the realities of WWI change everything. Vikander handles this mood-swing very nicely, conveying Vera's resilience as she is bombarded with intense emotions. Her chemistry with Harington is strong, packed with passion. And the surrounding cast is terrific, even if most of the roles are relatively slight. The stand-outs are Richardson as a prickly Oxford professor and Atwell as a feisty fellow nurse.
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It's difficult not to go into a movie like this with a sense of dread, as the beloved children's book becomes a live-action movie with a digitally animated, eerily realistic-looking bear. Thankfully, the task of filmmaking was given to the inventive Paul King (of Mighty Boosh fame), who made the charmingly surreal 2009 comedy Bunny and the Bull and brings a refreshingly unexpected comical sensibility to liven up this film's family-friendly formula.
It starts in darkest Peru, where a young bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) has been raised by his aunt and uncle (Imelda Staunton and Michael Gambon), who learned about London from a British explorer. Now in need of a new home, the youngster heads across the sea and takes the name of Paddington Station when he meets the Brown family: over-cautious dad (Hugh Bonneville), over-curious mum (Sally Hawkins), sulking teen Judy (Madeleine Harris), inventive pre-teen Jonathan (Samuel Joslin) and feisty relative Mrs Bird (Julie Walters). As they help him find the explorer, he has a series of adventures, unaware that the taxidermist Millicent (Nicole Kidman) is on his trail, determined to add him to the species on exhibition at the Natural History Museum.
This Cruella De Vil-style subplot would be seriously annoying if King ever let it take over the movie, but it always remains secondary to Paddington's mayhem-causing behaviour and his bonding with the Browns. It also provides some genuine tension in a climactic action sequence in the museum. But most of the film is dedicated to Paddington's comically ridiculous antics, and Whishaw voices him with just the right mixture of curiosity and hapless mischief to make him irresistible.
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David Heyman - Photographs of a variety of stars as they took to the red carpet for the world premiere of 'Paddington' which was held at the Odeon cinema in London, United Kingdom - Sunday 23rd November 2014
It wasn't all about the onscreen stars at the 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala in New York; a few highly respected directors and producers also showed their faces at the event including 'Gravity' producer David Heyman and 'Her' director Spike Jonze.
Harry Potter producer set to work on the 'Temple Run' project.
It’s easy to see how games like Bioshock and Deus Ex end up in the news for possible film adaptions, but it’s more difficult to imagine Temple Run – a game that literally involves running and turning – translating successfully from the realm of handheld gaming to the silver screen.
A Temple Run film could be on the way...
But it looks like we won’t need to imagine it, as the popular iPhone/Android game is set to follow Angry Birds into the movie business. In many ways, it’s not really going to be a Temple Run film, per-say, rather an Indiana Jones-style adventure film using the Temple Run franchise to give it a boost from fans of the franchise.
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'Harry Potter' producer David Heyman has targeted mobile game 'Temple Run' as his next big movie project.
'Harry Potter' producer David Heyman is bringing 'Temple Run' to the big screen.
The film maven - who is behind the blockbuster wizarding series and also produced the recently released space thriller 'Gravity' - and film studio Warner Bros. are in talks to acquire the rights to the popular mobile game.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film would centre on an explorer, who, after stealing an idol from a temple, is chased by demonic forces.
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More like a 91-minute thrill-ride than an astronaut adventure movie, this tour de force throws us out into space without a safety line then thrills us with a series of near misses that take our breath away. Along the way, Sandra Bullock gets to deliver one of her best-ever performances while filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron wows us with his seamless technical wizardry. So even if the plot feels naggingly implausible, we hang on for dear life.
It begins during a Space Shuttle mission to repair the Hubble Telescope with the cheeky team leader Kowalski (Clooney) and nervous rookie Dr Stone (Bullock). Then after the Russians destroy a distant satellite, the field of debris gathers momentum and knocks out communications before sweeping Kowalski and Stone away from the shuttle and the rest of the crew. Tethered together, they decide to make their way to the International Space Station for help. But they only have 90 minutes before they intersect with the debris storm again. And both power and oxygen are running out.
Earth looks so beautiful floating just below them that we are continually taken aback by the fact that this is essentially a horror movie set in the silent weightlessness of space. Every sequence is carefully staged to ratchet up the suspense, which sometimes begins to feel a little overwrought as it continually comes down to another last-gasp moment. But Bullock plays this especially well, letting us identify with her panic and tenacity. By contrast, Clooney is sarcastic and comical, cheering her up with ridiculous anecdotes as he tries to spark her survival instinct.
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Daniel Radcliffe has revealed he is open to reprising his most famous role as Harry Potter in spin-off movie, 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'.
Daniel Radcliffe would be open to a cameo in the new 'Harry Potter' spin-off movie.
Author J.K. Rowling is set to pen a script based on her book 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' - which is one of the textbooks Harry and his pals studied at Hogwarts school of wizardry in the films - and the actor thinks it would be fun to have the movie take place in the same timeline as the 'Harry Potter' movies so the two could overlap in an indiscreet way.
Quizzed if he would be interested in cameo in the film, Radcliffe explained he'd be open to the idea if the protagonist of the new film - a magical explorer - had a chance encounter with his famous wizard.
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Emma Watson is attached to star in a new fantasy film franchise from Warner Bros. and her 'Harry Potter' producer David Heyman.
Emma Watson is to star in a new fantasy franchise.
The 'Bling Ring' actress is set to reunite with 'Harry Potter' producer David Heyman and Warner Bros., the studio behind the lauded wizarding movies, for a new series of films which have been described as a female version of fantasy franchise 'Game of Thrones', reports Variety.
The movies will be based on Erika Johansen's upcoming book trilogy, 'Queen of the Tearling', about 19-year-old princess Kelsea Glynn - to be played by Watson - who attempts to reclaim her late mother's kingdom, the Tearling, from the clutches of an evil witch called the Red Queen.
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Steve Carell is set to show his more serious side in new movie 'Dogs of Babel'.
Steve Carell is set to star in 'Dogs of Babel'.
The 48-year-old funnyman is in talks with producers to showcase his more serious side in the big screen adaptation of Carolyn Parkhurst's 2003 novel.
The movie tells the story of a linguistics professor - set to be played by Steve - who arrives home one day to find his wife dead in the backyard and while police rule her death as an accident, the man isn't convinced. So as the couple's dog is the only witness, he attempts to teach the animal to speak so he can discover the truth.
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