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WATCH: Jennifer Lawrence plays spy in new trailer for Red Sparrow

The new trailer for Francis Lawrence’s Red Sparrow dropped on Monday, which sees him team up with Jennifer Lawrence who he directed in the last three Hunger Games movies.

The film sees Lawrence play a Russian ballerina who is forced into a Russian intelligence program in order to fund her mother’s healthcare.

Throughout the trailer, we see Lawrence in a number of disguises and on the murder trail as she also tackles a relationship with CIA agent, Joel Edgerton.

Red Sparrow also stars Matthias Schoenaerts, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeremy Irons and is set to be released this March.

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2018 Golden Globe Nominations

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association revealed the nominations for the 75th Golden Globe Awards this morning and they are as follows:

Best Motion Picture – Drama

“Call Me By Your Name”
“Dunkirk”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water”

Best Motion Picture – Comedy

“The Disaster Artist”
“Get Out”
“The Greatest Showman”
“Lady Bird”
“I, Tonya”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Jessica Chastain, “Molly’s Game”
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Meryl Streep, “The Post”
Michelle Williams, “All The Money In The World”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me By Your Name”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
Tom Hanks, “The Post”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy

Judi Dench, “Victoria & Abdul”
Hellen Mirren, “The Leisure Seeker”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Emma Stone, “Battle of the Sexes”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy

Steve Carell, “Battle of the Sexes”
James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Hugh Jackman, “The Greatest Showman”
Ansel Elgort, “Baby Driver”

Best Supporting Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, Musical or Comedy

Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”
Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Hong Chau, “Downsizing”

Best Supporting Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, Musical or Comedy

Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Armie Hammer, “Call Me By Your Name”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”

Best Director

Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”
Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”
Steven Spielberg, “The Post”
Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Ridley Scott, “All The Money in the World”

Best Screenplay

Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”
Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Liz Hannah, Josh Singer, “The Post”
Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor, “The Shape of Water”
“Molly’s Game”

Best Original Score

Hans Zimmer, “Dunkirk”
Johnny Greenwood, “Phantom Thread”
Alexandre Desplat, “The Shape of Water
Carter Burwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
John Williams, “The Post”

Best Original Song

“This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
“Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez
“Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson
“The Star” from “The Star,” Mariah Carey, Marc Shaiman
“Home” from “Ferdinand,” Nick Jonas, Justin Tranter, Nick Monson

Best Animated Feature Film

“The Breadwinner”
“Coco”
“Loving Vincent”
“The Boss Baby”
“Ferdinand”

Best Foreign Language Film

“A Fantastic Woman”
“Loveless”
“First They Killed My Father”
“In the Fade”
“The Square”

REVIEW: Jake Gyllenhaal pushes for Oscar in Stronger

One thing that Stronger does well is avoiding becoming the typically patriotic propaganda following a tragic event. There’s no doubting that Boston as a city and the United States as a nation came together after the devastating bombings in the 2013 Boston marathon. But far too many movies based on tragic real-life events are far too elaborate and nationalistic – the obvious examples being American Sniper and Patriots Day.

Where Stronger thrives is having the ability to look past the collective and focusing on a quite inspiring individual, Jeff Bauman, who suffered life changing injuries as a result of the incident.

The movie follows the memoirs of Bauman, a blue-collar everyday man who loses the bottom half of his legs following the bombings, and the resulting struggles he faces when rebuilding his life. The working-class Bauman must deal with his new hero-like status, not helped by his overpowering mother, Patty (Miranda Richardson) and his on and off relationship with his ex-girlfriend, Erin (Tatiana Maslany).

Stronger is almost the perfect movie for Gyllenhaal right now – the everyday, working-class character facing tragedy gives plenty for him to work with a remind us of what a brilliant actor he has become. And as we enter award season, his name is likely to be mentioned for his big-eyed, turmoil-fueled performance.

The acting is the best aspect of the movie, which won’t last too long in the memory. But there should also be a special mention for Miranda Richardson and Tatiana Maslany. Richardson, playing Jeff’s heavy-drinking mother who gets caught up in the hero status of her son, brings a lot of life to a tough, difficult character whilst Maslany plays the despairing ex-girlfriend who faces just as much struggle negotiating a strenuous relationship with Jeff.

Stronger should be commended for not milking the political aspect of the attack and instead focusing more on the aftermath of an individual and his struggles, whereas similar films insist on waving the red, white and blue. David Gordon-Green’s movie is a refreshing take on a real-life tragedy with strong performances and portrayed well enough.

 

James Franco announces superhero project

James Franco has confirmed he will produce and star in a superhero movie, but did not reveal the identity of the character it would be based on.

There have been reports that Fox has been working on a Marvel Comics movie based on Multiple Man.

“I do have a superhero that I am developing,” Franco told the Hollywood Reporter. “I don’t know how much I can say. But I will say I am producing and performing in it.

“It’s early stages. I think probably what I can say is, like anything, there’s a need to develop more.”

Franco mentioned that he was working on a number of different projects through Ramona Films, the company that he created with his brother, Dave.

“Our bottom line MO is, how can we push this into new ground? A little bit, but still make it entertaining? What I love about what Simon Kinberg and Fox and the X-Men people have done with Deadpool and Logan — it took a while to get there, maybe 10 years — but they are going to go hard R.

“And we’re going to take this superhero thing and really just push it into a new genre. So we’re working with Simon Kinberg on an X-Men property.”

Franco is currently receiving plaudits for his portrayal as Tommy Wiseau in The Room, which hits UK cinemas this Friday.

Who might replace Ben Affleck as Batman?

It has been widely reported that Ben Affleck will not be returning to play the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves’ The Batman. Although the actor didn’t actively suggest he would be leaving the role in an interview last week for USA Today, he did say it is something he is contemplating. He went on to suggest: “You don’t do it forever, so I want to find a graceful and cool way to segue out of (the role).”

Affleck didn’t offer any reason for his doubts over the future of the role, but one thing could be down to the poor reception critically for the DC movies he has featured in. He has now portrayed Bruce Wayne aka Batman three times in two years now (Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Justice League), but it’s looking increasingly likely that we will see someone new donning the cape in the stand-alone Batman movie. Here are some potential candidates for the role:

Jake Gyllenhaal

As it stands, Gyllenhaal is the favourite to don the cape after a report was released last week claiming he expressed interest in the role and even had meetings with director Reeves.

In the DCEU leaks section of Reddit an allegedly ‘incredibly reliable source at Warner Bros’ revealed “Gyllenhaal really wants the role, but the studio isn’t 100% sold on the idea yet.

Interestingly, the 36-year-old auditioned for the role of Batman in 2005 for Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins with the role of course going to Christian Bale instead.

Armie Hammer

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Having supposedly been chosen to play Batman in the 2008 version of Justice League that was scrapped, Hammer must surely feel that he has unfinished business when it comes to the role.

Hammer previously worked alongside Superman’s Henry Cavill in The Man From UNCLE where he portrayed a dark and dangerous spy which could work as some form of audition.

Colin Farrell

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In 2007, Will Smith’s I Am Legend featured a cool easter egg—a movie billboard layering the Batman and Superman logos together. This was when a Batman v Superman movie was originally planned – and Farrell was one of the front runners to play the Batman, despite Christian Bale filming The Dark Knight at that moment in time.

Farrell won’t be featuring in the next instalment of Fantastic Beasts, freeing up some time for him to possibly feature as the caped crusader, but at 41 years of age, it’s difficult to see him commit to the character.

Michael Fassbender

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It’s tough to see this one becoming a reality due to his commitments as Magneto in the X-Men franchise, but Fassbender would be a solid choice for the role.

His CV consists of some dark, gritty roles which have demonstrated why he would fit the ruthless persona of Bruce Wayne.

Again, at 40 years of age, it might be difficult for Fassbender to take on such a demanding character physically.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

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This is one of the more farfetched shouts but super-fan theories portray some form of logic. Morgan featured briefly in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice as Thomas Wayne, Bruce’s father.

One alternate timeline in the comics sees Thomas Wayne – not Bruce – become Batman. This theory does involves some form of time travel from The Flash which comic fans will be familiar with.

In addition, at 51, there’s little chance of Morgan being able to commit himself to the role – though fans of the TV series Negan would argue otherwise.

Keanu Reeves

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Somewhat of a wildcard in this list – especially considering how much of a factor age seems to be amongst the other candidates. But with that said, anyone who has watched Reeves resurrect his career in both John Wick films will know just how nimble the 53-year-old still is.

With John Wick 3 in the pipeline, it’s unlikely that Reeves would take on the role of Batman, but he has demonstrated that he would have been perfect for the role once upon a time.

 

Uma Thurman to Harvey Weinstein: ‘I’m glad it’s going slowly, you don’t deserve a bullet’

Uma Thurman yesterday launched a scathing attack on disgraced mogul, Harvey Weinstein, whilst wishing her Instagram followers a Happy Thanksgiving.

Footage was released earlier this month of the Pulp Fiction actress telling Access Hollywood: “I’ve learned that when I’ve spoken in anger I usually regret the way I express myself. So I’ve been waiting to feel less angry. And when I’m ready, I’ll say what I have to say.”

Her Instagram post yesterday was the first suggestion that she is now ready to tell all after including the #metoo hashtag, and going on to wish all her followers a Happy Thanksgiving “Except you Harvey, and all your wicked conspirators – I’m glad it’s going slowly – you don’t deserve a bullet”.

She ended the post, which included a picture of her character from Kill Bill, Beatrix Kiddo, with “stay tuned”, suggesting that she will soon reveal her story.

Check out the post in full below:

Hugh Jackman gets musical in new trailer for ‘The Greatest Showman’

The second trailer for the upcoming biographical musical drama, ‘The Greatest Showman’ debuted today, starring Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron.

The new trailer boasts one of the movie’s soundtracks which has been produced by the same guys who developed the brilliant music for ‘La La Land’ last year.

Following the real-life story, Jackman plays P. T. Barnum, who came from nothing and founded the circus that became the famous traveling Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The film looks at the difficulties he went through in order to make the show a worldwide phenomenon.

‘The Greatest Showman’ boasts a strong cast alongside Jackman and Efron, with Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya all featuring. It will be a directorial debut for Michael Gracey and the movie is being tipped for action during awards season.

‘The Greatest Showman’ hits cinemas in the UK on New Years Day.

17 Huge Movies Still To Come in 2017

Now that we are half way through November, it truly is starting to feel like the new year is in sight. But with a month and a half left of 2017, there is still plenty to look forward to in the movie world.

So grab your calendar and mark down the release dates of these huge films that are still to grace our cinemas this year:

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool – 16th November

Based on the incredible true story, a romance sparks between a young actor from Liverpool and an older Hollywood actress before things turn sour when the latter falls ill. ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’ stars Jamie Bell, Annette Benning and Julie Walters.

Justice League – 17th November

Bruce Wayne aka Batman gathers a team of super humans, including Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Aquaman and The Flash, when the world comes under threat. Directed by Batman vs Superman director Zack Snyder, Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Mamoa and many more.

Ingrid Goes West – 17th November

When a social media stalker moves to LA, she befriends an Instagram star in order to boost her own following but their relationship takes a turn when her dark secrets are revealed. Dark comedy starring Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen.

Read the review here

Good Time – 17th November

Robert Pattinson stars in this crime drama about a bank robber who spends the night trying to stop his mentally ill brother from being sent to Riker’s Island prison after a heist goes wrong. A nerve-racking thriller from the Safdie brothers.

Daddy’s Home 2 – 22nd November

Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell are back as the co-Dad’s who have to face the prospect of their own differing fathers during the Christmas holidays. The second instalment of this comedy stars Mel Gibson and John Lithgow as the intrusive fathers.

Battle of the Sexes – 24th November

Based around the true story of the 1973 tennis match between the World number one Billie-Jean King and ex-champ Bobby Riggs, this timely comedy/drama stars Emma Stone and Steve Carell and is directed by the pair behind Little Miss Sunshine, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.

Suburbicon – 24th November

Matt Damon and Julianne Moore star in this dark comedy about a family living in deep suburban America during the 1950s, but a number of violent acts begin to break out and emerge from the neighbourhood’s dark underbelly. Oscar Isaacs also star in George Clooney’s sixth outing as director.

The Disaster Artist – 1st December

James Franco stars and directs this true-story of Tommy Wiseau, the man who moved to Hollywood and finances, writes, stars and directs in ‘The Room’; a critically maligned movie that turned into a cult classic. Dave Franco and Seth Rogan also star.

Wonder – 1st December

Jacob Tremblay blew everyone away with his performance in 2015’s ‘Room’ and it looks like he might do the same again as he plays a young boy with facial deformities as he enters mainstream elementary school for the first time. Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson also star in this heartwarming drama.

Just Getting Started – 1st December

Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee-Jones star in this action comedy about a former FBI agent and an ex-mob lawyer who put their retirement aside in order to fend off a mob hit. Rene Russo also stars in this comedy from the director of ‘White Men Can’t Jump’.

Stronger – 8th December

‘Stronger’ is the inspirational real-life story of Jeff Bauman, a survivor of the 2013 Boston bombings who loses both his legs. After helping identify the attackers, Bauman embarks on his long and heroic rehabilitation with the support of his family. There are early Oscar calls for Jake Gyllenhaal who stars.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – 14th December

In 2015, ‘The Force Awakens’ put the Star Wars franchise back on the map and the follow up is one of the most anticipated films of the year. Director Rian Johnson announced last week that he plans a spin-off trilogy, but not before the latest instalment of the series drops with Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Mark Hamill all returning.

Ferdinand – 15th December

The latest animation from 20th Century Fox revolves around a warm hearted bull named Ferdinand who is wrongly mistaken for a dangerous beast and is taken from his home. Desperate to return to his family, he gathers a team together in order to escape captivity. John Cena and Kate McKinnon voice in this animated caper.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – 20th December

Dubbed as a separate entity to the Robin Williams original, this Jumanji is based on a four students who are zapped into a video game where they literally become the characters. Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillian and Jack Black star in this sequel/reboot of the nineties classic.

Pitch Perfect 3 – 20th December

For their last outing in the trilogy, the Bellas regroup following their world championships win and take on an overseas USO competition where they come against stiff opposition. Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and co all return for the much anticipated finale.

Molly’s Game – 26th December

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, best known for ‘The Social Network’ and ‘The Newsroom’, makes his directorial debut in this true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target. With Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom, this biographical drama also stars Idris Elba and Kevin Costner.

Hostiles – 29th December

Christian Bale stars as a 19th Century US Army captain who is tasked with escorting a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory to get back home. Rosamund Pike also stars in this western drama.

Please note that all release dates are UK based

Rebel Wilson claims sexual harassment

Australian actress Rebel Wilson is the latest star to reveal that she was the victim of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.

The Pitch Perfect actress posted a number of tweets on Saturday claiming that a male star had asked her to perform a sexual act in front of him and his friends who were filming on their phones.

She claims that she was later threatened by the representatives of the male star to “be nice and support” them after she contacted her agent and lawyer about the incident.

Wilson went on to tweet about a previous experience she had with a director in which she thought they had gone up to his hotel room to talk about comedy.

She went on to say that “nothing physical happened because the guy’s wife called and started abusing him over the phone for sleeping with actresses”.

The actress went on to say that she had the “ability to escape both incidents” but she did “realize that not everyone is as lucky” referring to the numerous cases that have recently been made public.

Wilson added: “If I witness this behaviour, whether it happens to me or someone I know, I will no longer be polite. Interpret that as you will”.

First look at Christian Bale as 19th Century US Army captain in ‘Hostiles’ trailer

The first trailer for director Scott Cooper’s new Western, ‘Hostiles’, dropped over the weekend, giving us a first look at Christian Bale in 19th Century America.

The film reunites Cooper and Bale who worked together on the brilliant ‘Out of the Furnace’.

Bale plays an army captain who is tasked with escorting a Cheyenne chief and his family through threatening territory, back to their home.

Rosamund Pike and Wes Studi also star in this late 19th century drama.

‘Hostiles’ hits cinemas on December 29.