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Zack Snyder Defends Man Of Steel

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:09:42 GMT

Zack Snyder Defends Man Of Steel

'The thesis of Superman is consequences...'


The San Diego Comic-Con kicks off later this week, during which we can expect plenty from DC / Warner Bros. on Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. But in the meantime director Zack Snyder is already weighing in on the audience reaction to the previous Man Of Steel, suggesting in the process where the sequel might be headed. 

[Spoilers follow, for the three of you that haven't seen Man Of Steel] There were, we'd argue, two controversies at the end of Man Of Steel: the snapping of Zod's neck, and the 9/11 levels of destruction that Zod and Superman wreaked around Metropolis. It's the latter that Snyder is concerned with here. The problem most people had with the devastation was that the nascent Superman seemed unconcerned by the collateral damage of his super-pummelling. Not so, says the director: 

"I was surprised because that’s the thesis of Superman for me, that you can’t just have superheroes knock around and have there be no consequences. There are other superhero movies where they joke about how basically no one’s getting hurt. That’s not us. What is that message? That’s it’s okay that there’s this massive destruction with zero consequence for anyone?"

The implication there, as has been much predicted, is that Batman V Superman will explicitly count the Metropolis dead, who provide the impetus for the whole "versus" deal. 

"One of the things I liked was Zack’s idea of showing accountability and the consequences of violence and seeing that there are real people in those buildings,” says Ben Affleck, who you may have heard plays Snyder's Batman. “And in fact, one of those buildings was Bruce Wayne’s building so he knew people who died in that Black Zero event."

As we said, expect way more Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice action later in the week.

Teaser Trailer For Netflix's Lemony Snicket Series

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:38:45 GMT

Teaser Trailer For Netflix's Lemony Snicket Series

Something unfortunate is coming...

There's a pleasing level of total mystery surrounding Netflix's impending series based on Lemony Snicket's 13-book Series Of Unfortunate Events. We still don't know who's working on it either behind or in front of the camera, but it seems that one Eleanora Poe is responsible for the marketing campaign, and she's just released a teaser trailer. Warning: contains extreme spider violence.

Ms. Poe, readers of the gloomy tomes may remember, is the sister of Arthur Poe, the banker charged with managing the Quagmire fortune and the Baudelaire orphans' estate. So it's fitting that she should be stepping in to oversee their affairs in this regard.

The mournful ditty playing over the promo is a version of the Dresden Dolls' Missed Me, but note that the record on the gramophone is by Stephin Merritt's Snicket-influenced The Gothic Archies. There are plenty of visual gags and references like that included to ensnare the Snicket faithful, including a shadowy glimpse of the dastardly Count Olaf himself.

“On the search for fantastic material that appeals to both parents and kids, the first stop for generations of readers is A Series Of Unfortunate Events,” Netflix’s Cindy Holland said last year. “The world created by Lemony Snicket is unique, darkly funny, and relatable. We can’t wait to bring it to life for Netflix members.”

Snicket – the nom de plum character for author Daniel Handler – isn’t so sure. “I can’t believe it,” he said, from an undisclosed location. “After years of providing top-quality entertainment on demand, Netflix is risking its reputation and its success by associating itself with my dismaying and upsetting books.”

The series - which still doesn't even have a name - will cast its leaden pall on the streaming platform sometime in 2016.

Mark Wahlberg Joins Mile 22

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:21:21 GMT

Mark Wahlberg Joins Mile 22

Iko Uwais and Ronda Rousey already aboard


With Peter Berg already on board to produce the action thriller Mile 22, you might have wondered whether he’d reach out to Mark Wahlberg about a role. You’d be right to wonder, because Wahlberg is now locking down a deal to star in the film.

Word broke back in March that The Raid stalwart Iko Uwais and UFC champ-turned-actress Ronda Rousey were part of the film, which sees a CIA field officer (Wahlberg) and an Indonesian cop (Uwais) thrown together while transporting a compromised informant from the centre of the city to an airfield 22 miles away. En route, they have to contend with corrupt police and heavily armed locals, all of which we’d guess will make Uwais sigh, raise his fists and say, “not this again...”

How Rousey fits in remains to be seen, although we could see her as a member of the squad trying to make it to the plane. Berg had before opted to simply act as producer, but he’s now slipping into the director’s chair to bring Graham Roland’s script to life.  

Berg and Wahlberg are at work on real-life oilrig disaster drama Deepwater Horizon, which should be out next year. Uwais has been rumoured as playing some part in (and bringing his fight expertise to) Star Wars: The Force Awakens, while Rousey is attached to action thriller The Athena Project

Exclusive New Deadpool Image

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:21:20 GMT

Exclusive New Deadpool Image

Say hello to Negasonic Teenage Warhead

Deadpool's Negasonic Teenage Warhead meet Empire readers. Empire readers meet Negasonic Teenage Warhead. You’re going to get along famously. To add to Ryan Reynolds’ tweet a few months back introducing Deadpool’s new compadre, we have a new shot of the two of them together and up to minimum good.

Named after a track by ‘90s gonzo rock contenders Monster Magnet and created by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely in the comic-book run, Negasonic Teenage Warhead’s real name is Ellie Phimister. Her mutant powers may extend to telepathy, a skill she learnt under Emma Frost’s tutelage. If you think her codename is a little, well, out there, Kitty Pryde would probably agree. "Wow, we really have run out of names,” she jokes in one of the comics. Not, on this evidence, that you’d want to say that to her face. 

Newcomer Brianna Hildebrand plays Wade Wilson’s partner in crime, while Ryan Reynolds, of course, takes the blackly comic former special forces warrior-turned-mercenary. The movie will see him undergoing a rogue experiment as part of the Weapon X plan that leaves him brutally scarred but also boasting Wolverine-like healing powers. Armed with his new abilities and his pitch-dark sense of humour, he hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life, while taking on other bad guys as he does so.  

And according to producer Simon Kinberg’s pre-Comic Con comments, there’ll be no pussyfooting about in this adaptation. “Deadpool is a hard R,” he says. “It’s graphic. Nothing is taboo. You either commit to a truly outrageous boundary-pushing kind of movie or you don’t.”

Tim Miller is calling the shots for this one, working from a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Deadpool is scheduled for cinemas on February 4 next year.

Bryan Singer Teases New X-Men: Days Of Future Past Rogue Cut Footage

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:21:20 GMT

Bryan Singer Teases New X-Men: Days Of Future Past Rogue Cut Footage

'This is not just an extended edition...'

Pending its first public airing at Comic-Con next week, Bryan Singer has taken to the social medias with a brief, busy teaser for the new Rogue Cut of X-Men: Days Of Future Past. See how many new bits you can spot.

"This is not just an extended edition of X-Men: Days Of Future Past," says the director, "but an all-new version of the film." Writer/producer Simon Kinberg said previously that, “We want to give fans the fullest picture of the film – behind the camera, and in front of it. Every movie has scenes that are cut out, but not every movie has scenes cut out with such a beloved character.”

[Here be possible spoilers]. Empire has seen it, and we can confirm that it's 18 minutes longer than the theatrical version, and despite the Anna Paquin-centric title, surprisingly Rogue-light. "She gets rescued from the X-Mansion," reports our reviewer, "but only has a few short lines of dialogue. It's actually Magneto and Mystique who get more to do. Ian McKellen is central to a big, VFX-heavy sequence involving stabby Sentinels, while Mystique pops into the X-Mansion and has a roll-around with Beast. It gets very blue."

The new extra features the teaser teases for the Blu-ray include an hour-long documentary and a 30-minute group interview with most of the stars (but not Paquin).

As we said, X-Men: Days Of Future Past - The Rogue Cut gets its public premiere at Comic-Con in San Diego next week. The trailer gives July 14 as the release date for the Blu-ray and DVD, but in the UK we actually get it a day earlier on July 13. Take that, America!

New Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice Images

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:21:20 GMT

New Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice Images

Chinny reckoning

As the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con is now less than a week away, the studios are gearing up to show off what they have to offer in the worlds of science fiction, fantasy, romance, adventure and, of course, superheroics. With Marvel’s Cinematic Universe skipping this year (the TV shows will represent), Warner Bros. and DC are naturally going big with their efforts. Some new images from Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice have emerged via Entertainment Weekly. 


As you’ll know by now, the film finds Kal-El (Henry Cavill) going toe-to-toe (or cape-to-cowl) with Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) as a world-weary Batman decides that Superman is just too much of a threat to ignore. And while the idea of Bats taking on Supes would seem to be along the lines of a bicycle battling a tank, Wayne is coming loaded for alien bear, with a reinforced suit that enhances his strength and some handy Kryptonite for making the fight a little more equal.


Also present? Wonder Woman, played here by Gal Gadot, and seen in the picture swanking it up in Diana Prince mode, attracting the attention of Bruce. “I love the fact that there was this Thomas Crown Affair, Bond-y sexy scene that they wrote about two people who are pretending to be two different people who each know the secrets of the other person,” Affleck tells EW.


And of course, while Batman and Superman are destined to become besties (all right, colleagues) in the Justice League, there is a real threat present in the film, with Jesse Eisenberg playing classic villain Lex Luthor, here a billionaire who can apparently afford hair. Which will be gone soon enough. For more from the movie, head to EW’s site.

With Zack Snyder once again marshalling the madness and Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher and more expected on screen, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice will be out on March 25 next year.

Jurassic World Spends Fourth Weekend Atop The US Box Office

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:05:50 GMT

Jurassic World Spends Fourth Weekend Atop The US Box Office

Terminator Genisys makes do with third


The battle at the US box office was even closer this weekend, which saw America eating itself into a stupor, setting off all the fireworks and going to the movies for the Fourth of July holiday. But while the two big champs of the charts – Jurassic World and Inside Out – sparred for first place, the new arrivals performed more like a wet roman candle with a dodgy fuse. Yet despite Inside Out claiming the top spot for the five days, Jurassic World stomped the weekend, earning $43.8 million, according to studio estimates.

Jurassic World has now roared past $550 million in the States, with its domestic total now standing at $558.1 million and pushing it further past $1.3 billion globally. Inside Out was no slouch, however, outperforming the dinosaurs on daily takes during the week, and earning $30.1 million for the weekend, with $246 million as its domestic total with several big worldwide markets still set to open. And there’s always a chance the final figures could see Team Pixar triumphant for the weekend.

As for the newcomers, the news was less promising. Hurt by bad reviews, Terminator Genisys managed a disappointing $28.7 million weekend combined with an early weekday launch for $44.1 million, an opening which questions the future of the franchise somewhat. Still, we’d expect the need to make more movies before James Cameron retrieves the rights in 2019 will be enough encouragement.

Magic Mike XXL, on the other hand, had the benefit of a respected first film and mixed-to-positive reviews. But even decent word of mouth couldn’t get it past $11.6 million for the weekend and $26.6 million total. Still, Mike has an advantage Genisys does not: a much smaller budget, meaning the film is already approaching profitability. In fifth place, we find Ted 2 with $11 million, taking another hit after that low opening and only now scraping towards $60 million.

Sixth was family pooch adventure Max, which didn’t get as much of a boost from the patriotic weekend as Warner Bros. might have liked, but still made $6.6 million down in sixth. Spy slipped two places to seventh with $5.5 million, with the Paul Feig/Melissa McCarthy action comedy now sitting at $97.8 million and more than $200 million worldwide.

San Andreas fell to eighth with $3 million, with Sundance hit Me And Earl And The Dying Girl expanding its platform release, entering the top ten at ninth and earning $1.3 million for $4.4 million so far. Fellow indie Dope fell a few places to tenth, taking in $1 million. 

To see a dinosaur bite down on Arnold Schwarzenegger in the full chart listings, head to Box Office Mojo.


Latest Ant-Man Trailer Jumps Online

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 06:50:21 GMT

Latest Ant-Man Trailer Jumps Online

''We should call the Avengers...''

The buzz around Marvel’s latest has taken a turn for the positive of late and, as Ant-Man prepares to arrive in cinemas, the latest trailer has gone online. This is your chance to become the viewer... 

Michael Douglas’s scientist Hank Pym is the inventor of the suit that lets Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) shrink to insect size and run around a lot. Pym is the man who discovered the particles that let him miniaturize objects and people. He recruits Scott for a heroic heist that will let them both save not their own world, but everyone else’s. And for Scott, whose criminal record is lengthening, it’s a chance for him to be the hero his daughter sees. 

They’ll have to deal with Corey Stoll’s Darren Cross, who has his own plans for the tech with his more nefarious alter ego Yellowjacket. Also along for the ride are Evangeline Lilly, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Abby Ryder Fortson, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, Gregg Turkington, T.I., and John Slattery, who returns as Howard Stark in flashbacks.

Ant-Man will be out here and in the US on July 17. 

Hello Kitty Movie Planned

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 00:23:32 GMT

Hello Kitty Movie Planned

Cat's all, folks


Every famous character eventually gets their shot at a film, and given that pretenders such as Angry Birds are already squawking their way towards our screens, it’s perhaps only right that something with even more history should join the avalanche. Prepare thyself, then, for news that a Hello Kitty movie is in the works

It’s all part of a plan by “Japanese character and lifestyle business” – no sugar-coating there – Sanrio, which has the rights to the Kitty character and is looking to develop a movie for launch in 2019 around the world, which sort of makes it sound like Skynet’s big plan, if the malignant machine was aiming to swamp us with cute, stylised creatures, not destroy us with nuclear weapons.

Hello Kitty, which was originally initially known as “the white kitten with no name”, was created by Yuko Shimizu and introduced in Japan in 1975 before spreading globally in 1976. Oh, and she’s not technically a cat – she’s supposed to be a little girl named Kitty White, who was born in the London suburbs. She’s five apples high and weighs three apples, but you knew that already, right?

What she’ll be doing in the film is anyone’s guess, as no details have been released. But Sanrio – which makes billions from the rights – is looking to spend between $162-$242 million on this project.

Podcast 168: Hayley Atwell

Fri, 03 Jul 2015 14:36:39 GMT

Podcast 168: Hayley Atwell

Agent Carter, at your service

The charming and wonderful Hayley Atwell stops by the Empire Podcast booth for a lengthy chat about her Marvel TV series, Agent Carter, touching on mid-audition nausea and how she'd fight Empire if need be. Elsewhere, the team comes to terms with Terminator Genisys and the fourth Indiana Jones film (remember that?).

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Simon Kinberg Talks Deadpool

Thu, 02 Jul 2015 23:07:54 GMT

Simon Kinberg Talks Deadpool

''It’s graphic. Nothing is taboo...''


Given the big platform that is next week’s San Diego Comic-Con, Fox will naturally be taking the chance to hype Deadpool, which has Ryan Reynolds finally getting a proper crack at the wise-cracking, violent character. Entertainment Weekly has a new picture of the main man, with commentary from producer Simon Kinberg and director Tim Miller.

Deadpool features former Special Forces warrior-turned-mercenary Wade Wilson, who undergoes a rogue experiment as part of the Weapon X plan that leaves him brutally scarred but also boasting Wolverine-like healing powers. Armed with his new abilities and his pitch-dark sense of humour, he hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life, while taking on other bad guys as he does so.  

And according to Kinberg, it will, as Reynolds and the rest have been saying, stick to the mantra of grown-up (if not always mature) storytelling. “Deadpool is a hard R,” he says. “It’s graphic. Nothing is taboo. You either commit to a truly outrageous boundary-pushing kind of movie or you don’t.” 

Effects man/second unit director-turned-big-chair-occupier Miller is calling the shots for this one, working from a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. He’s been inspired by the work of David Fincher, for whom he created the credits sequence on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. “I felt Fight Club and Tyler Durden were good corollaries,” he says. “We are in strip clubs and dive bars and crappy apartments and far away from the shiny X-Men world.”  

Deadpool is scheduled to shoot into cinemas on February 5 next year. 

Hawk The Slayer To Return In A Sequel

Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:52:22 GMT

Hawk The Slayer To Return In A Sequel

Terry Marcel prepping Hawk The Hunter

Clearly it's a week for unexpected and belated sequels. A day after the news that Robin Hardy is prepping the final part of his Wicker Man trilogy, comes the revelation that Hawk The Slayer is also set to return, 35 years after his first adventure. Original director Terry Marcel, in cahoots with 2000AD publishers Rebellion, is about to launch a crowdfunding campaign for Hawk The Hunter.

Much beloved of VHS-era schoolboys, the 1980 Hawk starred John Terry (the guy from Lost, not the footballer) as the titular adventurer, with Jack Palance as his scenery-chewing evil older brother Voltan. Casting support came from Brit stalwarts like Bernard Bresslaw and Roy Kinnear. Voltan kills his father and kidnaps a nun. Hawk mounts a rescue mission with a sorceress, a dwarf, an elf, a giant with a big mallet, and the ancient power of the Sword Of Mind.

The details of Hawk The Hunter are sketchy at present, pending a full announcement by Marcel at FrightFest next month. We know that Marcel will be delegating the directing duties this time, but it's unclear who's replacing him; whether any cast is yet in place (although Ray Charleson seems possible - see below); or if this is the same film as Hawk The Destroyer, the unrealised sequel Marcel was already talking about thirty years ago. All - or at least more - will no doubt be revealed in due course. Update: Marcel has now announced on Hawk The Hunter's Facebook page that Rick Wakeman will be providing the soundtrack.

"Hawk the Slayer was important to me as a boy," says Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley, "and has remained an important touchstone for me now as an adult. It blazed a shining path of true sword and sorcery movie magic for others to follow. I am delighted, and slightly awed, to be part of the team helping to create more adventures for Hawk and his friends." 

"This is a dream come true," says Marcel. "I’m delighted to be working with a true fan of sword-and-sorcery whose talent means the possibilities for Hawk are endless – keep watching Hawk fans!"

Rebellion have also snapped up the games and publishing rights to the property. With exquisite timing, a new Hawk The Slayer Blu-ray is out on Monday from Network. We'll update on Hawk The Hunter shortly, following the kick-starting of the Kickstarter.

New Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp Trailer Online

Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:44:37 GMT

New Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp Trailer Online

Introducing Jon Hamm!

With the show arriving at the end of the month on Netflix, Wet Hot American Summer prequel First Day Of Camp has brought a full trailer online. And – joy! – it’s a thing of comedy beauty.

While the movie took place on the last day of camp in the summer of 1981, the show, as you might be able to guess, takes place on the first. And despite the idea of the Camp Firewood ensemble largely playing teenagers being part of the joke, they all look pretty darned good. 

Talking of, pretty much the entire original cast – which included Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, Bradley Cooper, Christopher Meloni, H. Jon Benjamin (who is promoted from voicing a can of veggies in the film to appearing in the series, seen giving out the rules of camp “no dry humping. No necking. No wet humping…”) and Molly Shannon – is back for this one, with a host of new additions that include Chris Pine, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Jason Schwartzman, Michaela Watkins, John Slattery, Josh Charles, Randall Park, Jayma Mays, Lake Bell, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel and Richard Schiff. 

Subtlety has never exactly been the name of the game for the Wet Hot team, and the series, based on the evidence of this trailer, aims to keep up the madness full tilt, including what appears to be an Under Siege/Steven Seagal parody plot for Meloni’s chef Gene and Paul Rudd’s Andy in typically boastful, rebellious form. The credit run at the end is something to behold. 


The series arrives on the streaming service on July 31. Best buy your insect repllent now. But don't spray it on Rudd. Because he's ANT-MAN. GEDDIT? ANYONE? HELLO? 

Stana Katic Ready For The Rendezvous

Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:29:01 GMT

Stana Katic Ready For The Rendezvous

Raza Jaffrey co-starring in the adventure film


Usually found tracking down criminals and romancing Nathan Fillion’s Richard Castle in TV’s Castle, Stana Katic has used her hiatus from the show to seek out a little adventure. She’s co-starring with Raza Jaffrey in Amin Matalqa’s pic The Rendezvous

According to Deadline, the film – adapted from Sarah Isaias’ book A New Song – is in the style of movies such as Romancing The Stone and North By Northwest. It finds an unlikely pair racing to find a sacred Dead Sea Scroll hidden in the ancient city of Petra, Jordan. 

The cameras have already rolled on the movie, which also features Alfonso Bassave, Ron Guttman, Glenn Fleshler, Darby Stanchfield and Nadim Sawalha, and was shot on location.

As to when the film will be out, that’s anyone’s guess, though it could show up before the end of the year. Katic will shortly be back on her TV day job and has also worked on romantic drama The Tourist. Jaffrey, who has appeared on Elementary, most recently shot US medical drama Code Black.

Exclusive First Trailer For Spanish Thriller Marshland

Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:21:12 GMT

Exclusive First Trailer For Spanish Thriller Marshland

The acclaimed serial killer mystery gets a poster too

Promising to do for Andalusia what Blue Ruin, Cold In July and the first season of True Detective did for the southern US, Goya-winner Marshland has a rural noir flavour that’s already impressed festivalgoers and critics. The Spanish thriller hits the UK in August and its promotional campaign has kicked off with a new trailer and an eye-catching new poster.

Marshland is set in 1980 during the country’s transition from the Franco era to democracy. Its premise sees two teenage girls disappearing and a pair of cops, Juan (Javier Gutiérrez) and Pedro (Raúl Arévalo), charged with tracking them down. Only, of course, there’s a serial killer involved. There’s always one.

The two homicide detectives have an uneasy relationship and plenty of their own demons, but director Alberto Rodriguez has by all accounts veered away from the odd-couple cop cliches that plague lesser thrillers to deliver an atmospheric, stylish Iberian slant on the genre.

Named for the region’s expanses of wetland, Rodriguez’s film has also drawn parallels with Argentinian Oscar-winner The Secret in Their Eyes. That one has just had the US remake treatment (the first trailer broke this week) and this might be another US execs will scrutinise for possible transplanting. If its success in Spain is anything to go by, Marshland will stand for itself.

If this takes your fancy - and Empire is on board to the tune of four stars - August 7 is the date to mark in your diary.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival 2015: Highlights And Round-Up

Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:32:46 GMT

The Edinburgh International Film Festival 2015: In Review

Inside Out and 45 Years take a bow

The sun has set on this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival, meaning that it's time for a spot of reflection. In general, there was a lot to like about the 2015 programme, which featured plenty of interesting titles and a variety of well-received choices. One Scottish film was given a critical kicking across the board — clue: it rhymes with 'Mottish Scussel'* — but aside from that, there were very few duds.
In terms of highlights, there is little doubt that this year’s most popular film was Inside Out, the latest animated feature from Pixar. Revolving around a young girl named Riley (voiced by Kaitlyn Dias), it tells a lovely story that cuts between the real world and the inside of Riley’s mind, which is visualised as a control room of sorts. Referred to as “Headquarters”, this area is populated by five personified emotions — including Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) — who try to guide Riley through the perils of everyday life.
What follows is a joyous feast of creativity and wit. Accompanied by a beautiful score from Michael Giacchino, Inside Out is surprisingly moving at times — witness Joy skating as she watches an old memory of Riley doing the same — while the story is dotted with clever gags. At one point, for example, Joy says that Facts (which are represented as small blocks) are easy to confuse with Opinions (also represented as small blocks) because they look extremely similar. Moments like this are scattered throughout, helping to create a funny, heartwarming experience that might just be Pixar’s finest film to date.
Speaking of fine films, the second festival title worth highlighting is Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years, which is best described as a slow-burning, low-key relationship drama. Set in the Norfolk countryside, it follows Kate (Charlotte Rampling) and Geoff (Tom Courtenay), a childless couple who are about to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary. As the party approaches, Geoff receives a letter about his long-dead ex-girlfriend — whom he dated before Kate — as it turns out that her body has finally been found. Kate is supportive at first, but after one or two upsetting revelations, she becomes consumed by feelings of resentment.
At this stage, it’s important to note that 45 Years isn’t the kind of film that involves shouty, melodramatic confrontations. Building towards a quietly devastating climax, it is a subtle, elegant, understated piece of work, which benefits from beautiful direction and two remarkable performances. Together, Rampling and Courtenay make for a compelling screen duo, offering a wholly convincing portrait of an ageing couple who have been together for a very long time. Rampling, in particular, has rarely been better, conveying an outwardly composed individual who is falling apart under the surface.
While we’re on the subject of composed individuals, it should be mentioned that this year also marked the arrival of new artistic director Mark Adams. Could his first EIFF have been better? Perhaps. But at the very least it was a solid, promising start to his tenure, and on the basis of the films mentioned above, next year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival can’t come soon enough.

Written by Stephen Carty

* Scottish Mussel

Exclusive First Look At Nicholas Hoult In Kill Your Friends

Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:17:15 GMT

Exclusive First Look At Nicholas Hoult In Kill Your Friends

How to get ahead in the record industry

One of our fastest rising young actors, Nicholas Hoult mainlined Mad Max: Fury Road with crazed energy as the shiny, chrome-faced Nux. He has X-Men: Apocalypse and Eran Creevy’s intriguing Autobahn on his dance card, but before either of those, Kill Your Friends will offer a showcase for his talents for black comedy. Here's a first look at him as Steven Stelfox in the upcoming adaptation of John Niven’s ‘90s-set novel, courtesy of the nice people at StudioCanal.

Set in the murky, often chemically enhanced world of the music industry circa the Britpop era, Kill Your Friends follows Hoult’s A&R man as he rides the Cool Britannia wave through its Blur vs Oasis high point and down a deep, dark hole. A sort of Filth or American Psycho for the music biz? Maybe. It’s just possible that Stelfox is as lacking in the milk of human kindness as Patrick Bateman and Bruce Robertson. Things definitely take a turn for the bloody when the 27 year-old hotshot turns to murder to get ahead of his peers.

It’s adapted by Niven himself, so expect none of the book’s acidic flavour to be diluted, with Black Mirror’s Owen Harris debuting behind the camera. Jim Piddock, James Corden, Austenland's Georgia King, Da Vinci's Demons' Tom Riley, Submarine's Craig Roberts, Half Of A Yellow Sun's Joseph Mawle and Bunny & The Bull's Edward Hogg also appear.

Kill Your Friends lands in the UK on November 6.

Neve Campbell Joins House Of Cards

Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:40:31 GMT

Neve Campbell Joins House Of Cards

Grand Old Party Of Five?

Since the Scream franchise bloodied its last blade, Neve Campbell has been seen most regularly on the smaller screen with turns in Grey's Anatomy, Mad Men and soon NBC’s Welcome To Sweden. As everyone knows, that’s no bad place to be as an actor these days, especially if you can leap onto a Netflix show like House Of Cards. Campbell is the latest name to be added to the roster for the show’s fourth season.

The Hollywood Reporter has Campbell appearing in a regular role, although Netflix is keeping her character details firmly under wraps.

While the critical consensus was that season three dipped slightly below the vaulted standards of the first two, you wouldn’t put it past Underwood to pull something truly Machiavellian out of the bag in the fourth. Kevin Spacey, of course, will return as a President with far more enemies than friends. Robin Wright is back as his wife Claire and the ever-loyal Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly) returns to clean up his boss’s many messes. No word on Freddy and his BBQ Joint.

Season four will land on Netflix in 2016.

Full Steve Jobs Trailer Takes The Stage

Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:54:03 GMT

Full Steve Jobs Trailer Takes The Stage

Michael Fassbender wants to show us something...

Back in May, the first teaser for Danny Boyle’s take on Apple man Steve Jobs was uploaded to the web. Now here comes trailer 2.0, a more rounded look at the movie and, if we’re honest, the most amazing, full-featured promo anyone has ever debute... Sorry. Got a little Jobs hyperbole on us there.

With a script by Aaron Sorkin based on Walter Isaacson’s biography of the man, Steve Jobs focuses on three big moments in his corporate life: the launch of the Mac; NeXT (which was introduced after he was removed from the company); and the iPod, the game-changing player he spearheaded after his triumphant return.

This new trailer has a lot more of the supporting cast around Michael Fassbender as Jobs: Seth Rogen’s Steve Wozniak questions his contributions to the original development of the early Apple machines, while Kate Winslet plays marketing chief Joanna Hoffman, one of the people who must wrangle Jobs’ deity-sized ego. Katherine Waterston is Jobs’ ex-girlfriend Chrisann Brennan, who confronts him over his negligent parenting of daughter Lisa (Perla Haney-Jardine), and Jeff Daniels is Apple executive John Sculley, who frequently clashed with Jobs. 

Will this show the full Steve, unveiling each side, the dark with the light? We’ll have to wait and see, but it certainly isn’t hiding the fact that he could be a chore to work for. 

Steve Jobs will be out on November 13. Then, the following year, a faster, smoother version of the movie will hit stores and we’ll all be annoyed that we got the original.

Fatal Attraction Miniseries In The Works

Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:23:04 GMT

Fatal Attraction Miniseries In The Works

Hop for your lives, bunnies!


In its continued effort to raid the archives for films it can rework for the small screen, Paramount TV has turned its eye towards one of the most influential psychosexual thrillers of the 1980s. Fatal Attraction is taking aim at our tellies.

Adrian Lyne’s 1987 film starred Michael Douglas as Dan Gallagher, a married man who cheats on his wife for a one-night stand with Alex Forrest (Glenn Close). But when Gallagher decides that’s all it will be, Forrest becomes obsessed with him, and starts stalking both Dan and his family, including wife Beth (Anne Archer). Things turn violent, and especially unfortunate for the Gallagher family rabbit, which ends up boiling in a pot on the stove.

The film launched a raft of imitators and now Mad Men veterans Maria and André Jacquemetton are on hand to figure out stretching the concept across what US TV refers to as an “event” series made up of hour-long episodes. No plot details have emerged yet, but it’ll likely focus on a similar situation in which a married man finds that his infidelity comes with a dangerous price. The embryonic show has attracted the interested of the Fox network in the US, and the first script is already underway.