Pop star Rhianna filming scenes for the new 'Ocean's Eight' movie on the Streets of New York City, United States - Monday 7th November 2016
Since its true story is still so timely after some 150 years, we can forgive this film for being somewhat dull in the way the events are recounted. Solid acting helps give the characters some soulfulness, and the issues are things society is still grappling with. Writer-director Gary Ross (The Hunger Games) may struggle to maintain the momentum of the story with his fragmented script, but he recreates the period beautifully and makes sure that the ideas resonate.
It's set in 1862 Mississippi, as the American Civil War is in full force and medic Newton Knight (Matthew McConaughey) finds it increasingly difficult to serve in the Confederate Army. In addition to the rampant racism, he realises that this is little more than a class war: poor men fighting to help the rich maintain their wealth. So he abandons his post and returns home, where he assembles a ragtag militia from escaped slaves and deserters. Together, they claim that Jones County is a free state. Their battles with military forces and angry locals continue long after the war ends. But Newton and his second wife Rachel (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) keep fighting against the state's blatantly racist laws.
This story is intercut with another series of events 75 years later, as a descendant of Newton and Rachel fights a courtroom battle in which he's criminally charged with marrying a white woman, even though he's only one-eighth black. This sideroad has nothing to do with Newton's story, other than to connect it loosely to America's civil rights protests in the 1960s, so it drastically slows down the entire movie. There's a lot happening with Newton, but filmmaker Ross never quite lets a scene build up some momentum before cutting away to something else.
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Gary Ross - Free State Of Jones Photocall at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on May 11, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 11th May 2016
Gary Ross, Gugu Mbatha-Raw , Matthew Mcconaughey - STX Entertainment Presentation Following CinemaCon's "State of the Industry: Past, Present and Future at Caesar's Palace Resort and Casino - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Tuesday 12th April 2016
Gary Ross , Matthew Mcconaughey - STX Entertainment Presentation Following CinemaCon's "State of the Industry: Past, Present and Future at Caesar's Palace Resort and Casino at Caesar's Palace - Phoenix, Arizona, United States - Tuesday 12th April 2016
The brutal reality of war is those who often die and put their lives on the line are the ones who reap the smallest of rewards. If you're no longer fighting for your freedom, for some there's no point to continue risking your life. When Newton Knight is faced with the death of a young boy, it's enough for him to begin questioning exactly what and who he is fighting for.
Forced to go on the run Newton helps many folk on the way and also goes on a journey of self-discovery, one that leads him to fight a fight that's really worth dying for. With the help of some slaves, who are also on the run, Newton and the people of Jones County begin to fight back and take back the land from the wealthy and put it in the hands of the people.
Free State of Jones is based on the true story of Newton Knight and it directed by Gary Ross.
The 'Gravity' star will once again work with George Clooney on the re-make.
Sandra Bullock is to lead the cast of an all-female re-boot of the classic movie Ocean’s Eleven, according to a new report. The project will also see her re-unite with her Our Brand Is Crisis collaborator George Clooney, who will be taking up a production role.
It’s the latest example of Hollywood’s recent preference for re-booting old movies with a female cast, such as the upcoming Ghostbusters movie which stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, and the Marvel comic book adaptation Doctor Strange, which will feature Tilda Swinton as 'The Ancient One', a role that was originally thought to be occupied by a male actor.
Sandra Bullock will apparently be heading up an all-female re-make of 'Ocean's Eleven'
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The popular star will spearhead another literary adaptation
Jennifer Lawrence will star in the movie version of John Steinbeck’s East of Eden, and Hunger Games director Gary Ross will direct. The pair have proved to be a marketable duo with their work on the Hunger Games trilogy, and look to continue that success. Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer will produce.
Jennifer Lawrence in Hunger Games: Catching Fire
East of Eden, written by the Nobel Prize-winning author Steinbeck – an American hero of literature – is set in the Salinas California. The story takes place at the dawn of the 20th century through until the end of the First World War. It’s a character drama, exploring themes of success, depravity, guilt and freedom.
Jennifer Lawrence obviously liked working with Gary Ross as she is set to team up with the director once again in a film adaptation of 'East is Eden'.
Jennifer Lawrence has signed on to star in a film adaption of the 1952 novel 'East of Eden' that was originally written by American author John Steinbeck.
Deadline reports the 23 year old actress is reteaming with 'The Hunger Games' director, Gary Ross, who parted ways with entertainment company Lionsgate after the first instalment of the science fiction franchise. Universal Pictures are behind the novels transformation to the big screen as Brian Grazier and Image Entertainment will produce, with Anna Culp as executive producer.
The novel is set in Salinas Valleys California, just before the beginning of World War I and follows the path of two families, the Trasks and the Hamiltons, who loosely depict the biblical tale of Adam and Eve and the vicious rivalry of Cain and Abel.
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The Hunger Games cast impressed the 6500 strong audience at the San Diego Comic-Con. Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutchinson impressed fans with their playful chatter whilst the trailer was greeted with an overwhelmingly favourable response.
The Hunger Games Comic-Con 2013 panel was a huge success. Six of the upcoming sequel Catching Fire's actors sat on the panel. These included: Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen); Josh Hutcherson (Peeta); Jeffrey Wright (Beetee); Lenny Kravitz (Cinna) and Liam Hemsworth (Gale).
Jennifer Lawrence at 66th Cannes Film Festival screening of Catching Fire.
Lawrence impressed fans with her anecdotes of clumsiness and her gentle humour. She commented on the difficulties she faced whilst filming physical scenes, stating "running and trying not to hit myself in the face with my bow, those were my two greatest challenges." She also referenced one scene in which she wears -in a propaganda photograph shoot- a vast wedding dress: five feet in diameter. Of the costume she said it "was one of the hardest things I've done in my life".
In what was once North America, the ruling class demands an annual sacrifice of the 12 districts that once rebelled: each must select two teens, a boy and a girl, to battle in a wooded arena to the death, with the last one standing crowned victor. In the poor mining District 12, the tributes are ace archer Katniss (Lawrence) and muscly baker Peeta (Hutcherson), who forge an awkward friendship as they're thrust into the televised competition. Trained by Haymitch (Harrelson), promoted by Effie (Banks), groomed by Cinna (Kravitz), interviewed by Caesar (Tucci) - it's simply overwhelming.
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Computers are now the default tools of the animation world, of course, and animators have produced many stunning and even personal images using them. But the animation in Despereaux is hardly state-of-the-art, and so in exchange for that token modernity we get the same waxy, deformed humans a computer could've struggled with in the late nineties. The mammals fare a bit better, but the movie's limited charm comes from its old-fashioned, homespun quality, not CGI breeze rustling through tiny CGI mouse hairs.
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Whereas Truman brought TV to a man's life, Pleasantvillebrings two teenagers to a TV show. Hasn't this been done? Well, yes, in a real stinker called Stay Tuned (1992, with John Ritter and Pam Dawber), but hopefully the dismal idiocy of that film won't color (so to speak) your judgement on this one. The plot really can't be condensed into a "TV Guide"-style logline, which means it requires a little thought to get into, but that really only enhances the moviegoing experience.
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