Beatrix Potter would have disapproved of the recent film adaptation of her book The Tale of Peter Rabbit, according to her biographer. Matthew Dennison, who wrote the biography Over the Hills and Far Away in 2016, said the beloved children’s author and illustrator had a very clear idea in her head of how her characters were represented in the books, and in merchandise. Dennison added that the film changes the essential character of its eponymous hero, voiced by James Corden: “Peter Rabbit emerges as a bully, and there really isn’t any evidence for that in the story,” he said.
The founder of the MeToo movement says the American network E! should not send Ryan Seacrest to cover the Oscars 2018 red carpet. “They really shouldn’t send him [to the Oscars],” Tarana Burke, who started the MeToo movement in the wake of multiple accusations against producer Harvey Weinstein, told Variety.
The Film Independent Spirit Awards winners have been announced — the winner of their best picture prize having taken the same trophy home at the Oscars for the past four years running. Get Out — the timely horror movie that has Hollywood floored — picked up the best picture award last night, strongly hinting that another outsider upset could storm tonight’s Oscars. Jordan Peel also took home best director.
Gary Oldman says playing Winston Churchill was ‘a wonderful ride’ as he gathers with nominees for Oscars
Despite its six nominations, Lawrence wasn’t convinced by Paul Thomas Anderson’s film Phantom Thread, telling comedian Marc Maron on his podcast WTF that she only lasted mere minutes before switching it off. Lawrence – a four-time Academy Award nominee who won the 2013 Best Actress award for The Silver Linings Playbook – said: “I got through about three minutes. Phantom Thread stars Best Actor nominee Daniel Day-Lewis – in what is expected to be his final screen role – as obsessive fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock who has an unconventional romance with a waitress (Vicky Krieps).
One was the playwright Arthur Miller, cast as the cold-hearted intellectual who never really loved Marilyn. After Monroe died from a suspected overdose aged 35 on 5 August 1962, there were reports she had been planning to remarry Joe, that she had left him an unfinished letter expressing hopes of making him happy again.
Netflix may have a far tougher task on their hands of firing Kevin Spacey from House of Cards than it first thought. Spacey was dropped by the streaming service - as well as his publicist and talent agency - after multiple allegations of sexual assault dating back as early as thirty years ago came to light. The decision threw the fate of the political drama's sixth and final season into uncertainty with the writers reportedly “racing against the clock” to eliminate his character, Frank Underwood, from scripts.
British Hollywood actor who fought Isil in Raqqa says he wanted revenge for attack on hometown of Manchester
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has explained why he made a joke about producer Harvey Weinstein while announcing the supporting actress nominations for the Oscars in 2013. Following the recent list of sexual assault and harassment allegations levied against Mr Weinstein, Mr MacFarlane explained his joke on Twitter. “In 2013, my friend and colleague Jessica Barth, with whom I worked on the Ted films, confided in me regarding her encounter with Harvey Weinstein and his attempted advances.
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Daniel Craig may be returning as James Bond in two new films, reports have suggested. A source reportedly told The Sun: “There was plenty of talk about who would be the next Bond but Barbara has managed to talk Daniel into two more films. Despite no official confirmation, Christoph Waltz and Dave Bautista are both expected to return as villains while Naomie Harris (Miss Moneypenny), Ben Whishaw (Q) and Rory Kinnear are all set to return.
The Star Wars universe is so vast in its mythologies and histories that it's easy for certain morsels of information to get buried under the weight of it all. For example, the fact that Carrie Fisher's Leia Organa had actually earned a PhD by the time she was 19. A part of her story that was actually revealed by George Lucas all the way back in 2004, on the director's commentary for A New Hope, but which has only recently surfaced on the internet thanks to Twitter user Becca Harrison.
Universal president of domestic distribution Nick Carpou told the Hollywood Reporter that while, in the past Hollywood has viewed films with black leads as having limited appeal, attitudes have changed. Jordan Peele's hit Get Out proved a box office success that attracted critical acclaim, as did the historical drama Hidden Figures, the latter of which was nominated for three Academy Awards and two Golden Globes. When Hidden Figures took the No.1 spot at the box office in its opening weekend, star Taraji P. Henson wrote on Instagram: "Most importantly this proves that PEOPLE LIKE GOOD MATERIAL.
Ben Affleck has become strangely evasive over his future as the DCEU's Batman after unconfirmed reports started circulating that he'd be stepping down from the role in the near future. There's been something of a snowballing effect with rumours over the past few months, growing out of the shadows of Batman vs Superman's critical lashing, and reaching a new peak when Affleck stepped down as director of The Batman solo film. War for the Planet of the Apes' Matt Reeves has since stepped in, essentially throwing Affleck's script out of the window and starting again.
The infamous Dunkirk extra who had one job - literally just ducking - and screwed it up did it not make it into the final cut.
It's a struggle to have sympathy for someone who's existed this long having never read or watched Harry Potter, sure, but Chris Chappell's story is certainly worth your time. Except, it wasn't quite Rowling's words he was reading, as his friend Shelley Zhang soon discovered. The version of the Order of the Phoenix he seemed to have acquired didn't quite align with what Zhang knew of the books: namely, that Dudley (Harry's cousin) doesn't jump off his school building while under the Imperious Curse, there are no graphic sex scenes between Harry and Hermione, and Draco and Ginny do not "fake a rape scene".
Thanks to the unstoppable power of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, Star Wars, the DC Extended Universe, the X-Men Universe, MonstersVerse, Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts, and Transformers-Verse, every Hollywood studio is clamouring for a hit franchise. Highlighting their lack of pure imagination is the new Willy Wonka film, reports indicating Warner Bros. are discussing potential for multiple sequels. Of course, studio bosses are seeking a charismatic actor to lead the series Robert Downey Jr. style, multiple publications stating that Ryan Gosling is being considered for the role.
As anyone who has been to the cinema recently will tell you, Hollywood are currently pumping out franchises and sequels like original concepts never existed. As a seeming result of “franchise fatigue”, each of these has underperformed to some degree in the United States, failing to match the only two blockbusters that have managed to do notably well this Summer: Wonder Woman and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The current state of cinema was been brought to a head over the weekend with the release of Despicable Me 3, the threequel opening to $72.4 million, down from an expected $85 million and below both Despicable Me 2 and spinoff Minions, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Tom Holland, the star of Spider-Man: Homecoming, has confirmed a fan theory linking the character to the Marvel Cinematic Universe from as early as 2010. The theory generated from a moment during the climax of Iron Man 2 where a small boy, dressed up as the Robert Downey Jr character, is about to be obliterated by a killer drone when the real Iron Man soars in, saves the day and hands all credit to the kid. Following the beat, fans surmised that this child could be a very young Peter Parker - a fact Holland confirmed to Huffington Post.
Daniel Day-Lewis, who has announced his retirement from acting, has never been the type of actor who could give an off-the-rack performance. It’s a tortuous metaphor but a fitting one considering that he once took a break from acting to work as a cobbler and that his final film role is in Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film Phantom Thread, set in the couture world of 1950s London. Take Martin Scorsese’s Gangs Of New York, in which he played Bill “the Butcher”.
Speaking at Sydney's Supanova Comic-Con via Skype, director Jon Watts appeared to confirm that there would be multiple post-credits scenes for the film, all of which would be "worth sticking around for", as reported by Twitter user Tyler James. It's likely they'll function largely as Doctor Strange's post-credits scenes did: one looked forward to Thor: Ragnarok in a scene between Strange and Thor directed by Taika Waititi, the other set up a possible Doctor Strange sequel with Chiwetel Ejiofor's Baron Mordo as the villain. Jon Watts confirms that Homecoming has after credit scenes that are definately "worth sticking around for" (Obviously).
One example of a project met with opposition from copyright holders is Anaxar, a $100,000 budget Star Trek fan-film that raised funds through Kickstarter. As a result, Paramount also issues a set of rules for those making Star Trek films in the future. When Tryangle Films debuted the trailer for their fan-made Harry Potter film — Voldemort: Origins of the Heir — earlier this week, accumulating millions of YouTube views, many wondered whether Warner Bros. would take issue.
Thanks to Star Wars and Jurassic Park being successfully continued after years away, dozens are studios are planning more reboot/sequels/potential franchises. Right now, for instance, Alien: Covenant, the sixth film in Ridley Scott’s series, sits atop the box office. Now, we can fully expect another Terminator film in the near future, despite Terminator Genisys having failed spectacularly at the box office.
Scotland Yard has performed an embarrassing u-turn after initially casting doubt on claims that Hollywood actor, Tom Hardy had chased down a thief in London. It had been reported that the film star who has appeared in a string of Hollywood blockbusters, including The Revenant and The Dark Knight Rises had apprehended a suspect after chasing him from the scene of a crash. In it's initial statement a Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Officers happened to be present at the time of the collision.