We finally have our first look at ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E’ and ‘Ex Machina’ in the latest issue of Empire magazine. You can find two scans in our gallery!
VARIETY – James Kent’s “Testament of Youth” will world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival, where it plays as the Mayor of London’s Centerpiece Gala screening.
The pic, which is based on Vera Brittain’s memoir of World War I, stars Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Hayley Atwell, Emily Watson and Dominic West.
The film is one of 16 world premieres at the fest, which also include Carol Morley’s “The Falling,” Randall Wright’s “Hockney: A Life in Pictures” and Tom Harper’s “War Book.”
Among the Headline Gala screenings are the thriller “Whiplash,” about a young jazz drummer under the tutelage of a ruthless maestro, starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons, Jason Reitman’s “Men, Women & Children,” starring Adam Sandler and Ansel Elgort with a voiceover by Emma Thompson, and real-life drama “Wild,” starring Reese Witherspoon, adapted for the screen by Nick Hornby from Cheryl Strayed’s account of her 1,100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trails.
Other Gala screenings include Alan Rickman’s “A Little Chaos,” Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater,” Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy” and Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Winter Sleep.”
Alongside “The Falling,” the Official Competition lineup includes Peter Strickland’s “The Duke of Burgundy,” Daniel Barber’s “The Keeping Room,” Francois Ozon’s “The New Girlfriend,” Christian Petzold’s “Phoenix,” Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s “The President” and Julius Avery’s “Son of a Gun.”
As previously announced, the fest opens with “The Imitation Game,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, and ends with “Fury, which stars Brad Pitt.
I have added the first ‘Seventh Son’ high quality still featuring Alicia. Enjoy!
INDIEWIRE – Jeff Bridges was lured into the YA genre this year, but “The Big Lebowski” actor hasn’t had much luck so far. He played a big supporting role in summer’s YA film “The Giver,” but the movie was mostly met with indifference from audiences. Up next for Bridges is the adaptation of the YA fantasy sci-fi series “The Spook’s Apprentice,” retitled “Seventh Son” for the screen. Perhaps his fortunes will change, but the project is already looking like the unwanted stepchild of the YA movie genre. It’s changed studios, going from Legendary to Universal when the shingle parted ways with Warner Bros, and it’s been delayed for about two years now. A trailer for the film appeared well over a year ago, but now that it’s in the hands of Uni, a new, very different trailer has arrived.
The story centers around Tom Ward (Ben Barnes), a seventh son of a seventh son, and his adventures as the apprentice of the Spook (Bridges). Here’s the official synopsis:
In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order (Oscar® winner Jeff Bridges) travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son (Ben Barnes). Torn from his quiet life as a farmhand, the unlikely young hero embarks on a daring adventure with his battle-hardened mentor to vanquish a dark queen (Julianne Moore) and the army of supernatural assassins she has dispatched against their kingdom. Sergei Bodrov directed Seventh Son from a screenplay by Charles Leavitt and Steve Knight and a screen story by Matt Greenberg, based on the book series “The Last Apprentice” by Joseph Delaney. The film is produced by Basil Iwanyk, Thomas Tull and Lionel Wigram. Jon Jashni, Brent O’Connor and Alysia Cotter are executive producers, with Jillian Share and Erica Lee co-producing. The film will be released in 3D.
Co-starring Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander, Djimon Hounsou, Antje Traue and Olivia Williams, “Seventh Son” is set to land in theaters, after myriad delays, on February 6, 2015. Watch the new trailer below and let us know if you think this is something you’d pay to see.
Back in 2011, Alicia played Fragancia Fernandez in the Swedish film ‘Kronjuvelerna’ (also known as ‘The Crown Jewels’) alongside Bill Skarsgård and Björn Gustafsson. I have updated the gallery with Blu-Ray screencaptures, promotional pictures, productions stills and more.
Fragancia is arrested for the attempted murder of Richard Persson, the son of a powerful factory owner. During the interrogation her amazing and remarkable life story is revealed. We follow her through her impoverished childhood, her adolescence where she meets the great love of her life, ice hockey star Petterson-Jonsson and the lead up to the fatal night where the story begins.
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Watch below the trailer for ‘Son of a Gun’, in Australian cinemas October 16. I also replaced the first still featuring Alicia with high quality.
DEADLINE – BREAKING: DreamWorks has firmed a September start date in New Zealand and Australia on The Light Between Oceans, with Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, and Rachel Weisz starring and Derek Cianfrance directing his scripted adaptation of the M.L. Stedman novel. Heyday Films’ David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford are producing.
Pic takes place on a remote Australian island in the years following World War I, where a lighthouse keeper and his wife are faced with a moral dilemma when a boat washes ashore with a dead man and a 2-month-old infant. When they decide to raise the child as their own, the consequences of their choice are devastating.
SUPERHEROHYPE – Warner Bros. Pictures has shifted the release of their upcoming The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. Originally set for release on January 16, 2015, the film will now arrive seven months later on August 14.
Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. centers on CIA agent Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB agent Kuryakin (Armie Hammer). Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe.
Also starring Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Jared Harris, Hugh Grant and Luca Calvani, the film is directed by Guy Ritchie from a script he co-wrote with Lionel Wigram.
The new date puts The Man From U.N.C.L.E. up against Jared Hess’ untitled armored car project and the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton.
INDIEWIRE – Evidently skipping the fall film festival circuit and premiering in Australia later this month, the new Aussie crime drama “Son Of A Gun” is nonetheless on the way. The feature-length debut of award-winning short writer/director Julius Avery, ‘Son Of A Gun’ stars Ewan McGregor, Alicia Vikander and Brenton Thwaites.
New posters and photos of the movie surfaced late last night, revealing a heist picture focusing on a career criminal’s (a beardy McGregor) complicated relationship with his protegé (Thwaites). Here’s an IMDB synopsis, the contents of which is largely verified on the Cinefest Oz Film Festival site:
Locked up for a minor crime, 19 year old JR (Thwaites) quickly learns the harsh realities of prison life. Protection, if you can get it, is paramount. JR soon finds himself under the watchful eye of Australia’s most notorious criminal, Brendan Lynch (McGregor). But protection comes at a price. Lynch and his crew have plans for their young protegee. Upon release, JR must help secure Lynch’s freedom, staging a daring prison break. As a reward, he’s invited to join the crew as they plan a gold heist that promises to deliver millions. However, as things start to go wrong, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues. JR finds himself unsure of whom he can trust and on a collision course with his former mentor.
A24 has North American rights to the ‘Son Of A Gun,’ but if the film doesn’t turn up at the Toronto Film Festival as expected, it’s probably safe to assume a 2015 release.
TESTAMENT OF YOUTH is a searing story of love and war. Based on the classic First World War memoir, this is the incredible true story of one young woman’s struggle to survive the horrors of war, which robbed her of everyone and everything she held dear, but was ultimately unable to break her extraordinary spirit.
Vera Brittain, irrepressible, intelligent and free-minded, overcomes the prejudices of her family and hometown to win a scholarship to Oxford. With everything to live for, she falls in love with her brother’s close friend Roland Leighton as they go to University to pursue their literary dreams. But the First World War is looming and as the boys leave for the front Vera realises she cannot sit idly by as her peers fight for their country, so volunteers as a nurse. She works tirelessly, experiencing all the grief of war, as one by one her fiancé, her brother and their closest friends are all killed and the pillars of her world shattered. But, an indefatigable spirit, Vera endures and returns to Oxford, irrevocably changed, yet determined to create a world in which such a war can never take place again.