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WATCH: Ryan Gosling takes us to the moon in trailer for First Man

Sometimes you can tell that a film is going to be epic before you’ve even seen it and this is one of those films.

First Man has all the ingredients needed to be special – one of the most talented director’s on the scene in Damien Chazelle and a lead filled by one of Hollywood’s hottest properties in Ryan Gosling.

Mix that with the incredible true story behind Buzz Aldrin and the historical journey to becoming the first man to walk on the moon and you’ve got yourself something to very much look forward to.

With the first trailer for First Man being released yesterday, we get a taste of what we’re dealing with – and it doesn’t disappoint. Check it out below:

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10 Facts you might not know about Citizen Kane

It’s 77 years since one of the greatest American films ever made was screened for the first time in New York. Orson Welles’ mystery drama ‘Citizen Kane’ is still considered by many to be the best movie to ever come out of Hollywood due to it’s creative expression and artistic innovation.

It was the movie to set new standards in the film making business and is the reason why it is regarded so highly nearly eight decades on from its release. Here are 10 things you may not have known about arguably the greatest movie ever made:

Orson Welles was just 25 when he co-wrote, starred in, produced and directed the film, his first feature.

The movie’s protagonist, Charles Foster Kane, was inspired by newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst. Co-writer, Herman J. Mankiewicz, created Kane’s dialogue using lines from Hearst’s own writing and speeches.

As a result, Hearst was angered by the film and even went to some length to stop it being released. He accused Welles of being a communist, which at the time was enough of a label to tarnish anyone’s reputation in Hollywood and even prompt Government investigation.

Kane’s estate int he movie, Xanadu, was based on Hearst castle, Hearst’s extravagant mansion in San Simeon, California.

In 2015, 74 years after its release, the movie screened at Heart Castle for the very first time. The benefit screening consisted of 60 attendees, with tickets costing $1,000 each.

Considered the best movie of all time, Citizen Kane only won a single Academy Awards: Best Screenplay, despite being nominated for nine in total.

Welles was injured twice during the filming of the movie. Starring as Kane himself, Welles badly cut his left hand during a scene in which he is trashing a room. He also suffered a chipped ankle after tripping whilst filming a dramatic scene where he chases his rivals down some stairs. He was forced to reschedule some of his scenes and direct from a wheelchair for two weeks.

The cinematography was revolutionary. Welles, along with cinematographer Gregg Toland, perfected the technique of “deep focus,” keeping every object in the foreground, centre and background in simultaneous focus.

In 1982, one of the “Rosebud” sleds from the film was put up for auction at Sotheby’s in New York City. The buyer was director Steven Spielberg. Though some of the “Rosebud” sleds were burned during production as part of the final scene, it’s still unclear if Spielberg’s copy is the only one remaining.

Welles gave himself caffeine poisoning during production. He drank a reported 30 cups of coffee per day and switched to tea but he ended up drinking so much that his skin began to change colour. He also would eat meals consisting of three large steaks and sides.

Jack Whitehall joins Dwayne Johnson for Disney movie

British comedian and actor, Jack Whitehall, will join Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt for Disney’s upcoming movie, “The Jungle Cruise”.

Whitehall will play the key role of Blunt’s brother in the movie which is based on the classic theme park attraction.

Disney plans to make the movie in a similar vein to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, with Jaume Collet-Serra directing and Logan writer, Michael Green, penning the latest draft.

Tom Hardy to play famous mob boss in biopic

Having played both notorious London gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray in 2015’s Legend, Tom Hardy is set to get back to the crime scene – this time to play Al Capone in the upcoming biopic ‘Fonzo’.

The movie follows the life of legendary mob boss Capone as a 47-year-old following his 10 year stint in prison and his problems with dementia and the demons of his violent past.

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Chronicle and Fantastic Four (2015) director Josh Trank is helming the project which will also star Matt Dillon and Linda Cardenilli.

Hardy was the best thing about Legend and it’s no surprise that he is the go to man when casting a violent gangster. That said, he will need to seriously alter his image and body shape if he in order to accurately portray the porky Capone.

But hey, if Hollywood can turn Gary Oldman into Winstone Churchill and win him an Oscar, anything’s possible!

Chris Evans to leave role of Captain America

Chris Evans looks set to be hanging up his shield after claiming that he wants to leave the Captain America role before being axed from it.

The actor recently told the New York Times that he plans to leave the Marvel Universe after ‘Avengers 4’, which is set to be released next year.

In a profile piece for the newspaper, Evans said: “You want to get off the train before they push you off.”

Marvel co-star, Robert Downey Jr, had previously suggested that he will feel lost when Evans left the project.

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He said: “I feel like my instinct would be to bust his jaw.

“All I know is that there’s something about being on camera with Evans. I hate to say it, but I don’t know what I’m gonna do when he’s not Cap anymore.

“I look at him and think this is the truest, most down moral psychology I’ve ever seen and then they go, ‘Cut!’ and Chris is like, ‘Hey buddy, I gotta get out of here’.”

Evans filmed Avengers 3 & 4 back to back last year and he admitted that this autumn’s reshoots will be his last outing in the red, white and blue suit.

So long, Cap.

Christopher Nolan predicts surprise Best Picture nomination at next year’s Oscars

Sunday’s Oscar ceremony produced a number of positive talking points on an otherwise successful night celebrating the best of everything film.

One movie that was mentioned on the regular throughout the night and indeed for the last few months, is Black Panther.

The latest Marvel release received incredible critic reviews and fan reaction as well as offering a voice for diversity in film.

Furthermore, legendary director Christopher Nolan offered his thoughts on the movie on Deadline’s Oscar round-up, claiming that he believes “Black Panther will among the Best Picture nominees in 2019”.

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Although a superhero movie has never been nominated for an Oscar outside of the technical awards before, Logan broke that duck this year when it was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Additionally, there was plenty of suggestion that Wonder Woman would be nominated for a big prize, though that never surfaced.

Deadline claimed that a Disney executive had spoken about how hard they were pushing for Black Panther to be nominated, while another Disney contender comes in the shape of Mary Poppins Returns, starring Emily Blunt.

REVIEW: Lady Bird flies high as Greta Gerwig makes directorial debut

The most charming aspect about Lady Bird is the idea that there is no great twist or typical structure to the movie, but instead is a catalogue of engaging moments.

Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut is a refreshing blend of her quirky, indie roots and commercial, mainstream familiarities which is roughly based on her own story. Yet Lady Bird is also a film that everyone can relate to and enjoy whether they are male or female and regardless of age.

The brilliant Saoirse Ronan plays Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, a teenager growing up in Sacramento in 2002. Throughout the movie we follow her journey through the late stages of a Catholic school, her first exploits with the opposite sex, and her general coming of age growing up in a family struggling financially. Most importantly though, we are introduced to the incredibly strained relationship with her mother (Laurie Metcalf), summed up in the opening scene of the movie.

It is this relationship that is the backbone of the movie, and Metcalf is the perfect counter to Ronan’s punchy character. It seems like it will be a shootout between Metcalf and Kristin Scott Thomas (Darkest Hour) for Best Supporting Actress. Special mention must also go to Tracy Metts who plays Lady Bird’s gentle, depressed father.

Gerwig tells this story so genuinely and honestly that it is so relatable for so many people who would have had similar struggles at that stage of their lives. Yet there is a quirky teenage charm to it all that is very much down to her and the movie’s cast who are all on top form. Lady Bird guarantees laughs and tears, but will leave you with an overwhelming feeling of melancholic warmth.

 

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”

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.

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: