The BFI has announced that British actor Tom Hiddleston has become its first official BFI Ambassador. As the champion for film in the UK, the BFI’s charitable cause is to create a flourishing film culture and to drive the success of the industry. Tom’s new Ambassador role will be a life-cause to advocate for British film and the BFI’s vital work in building the next generation of film talent and film lovers in the UK.
Tom’s film career is testament to the medium of film as an art form in all its glory. In parallel to starring in Hollywood blockbuster hits – including Thor, The Avengers and War Horse, Tom has been a committed artistic influence in the development of British film, working with key British filmmakers including Joanna Hogg (Archipelago), Terence Davies (The Deep Blue Sea) and Ben Wheatley, who’s upcoming film High Rise stars Tom and is premiering at the BFI London Film Festival on Friday 9th October.
Tom Hiddleston said:
‘Film is an art form – one of the most powerful, accessible, democratic and transformative in our society. It allows us to see the world around us, and the lives of others. It plays a vital role in establishing our national identity and gives us confidence as a nation. The BFI looks after the most significant collection of film and television in the world. It should be treasured and protected, in the same way we treasure and protect all our great cultural collections, from art and music, to libraries and museums. The BFI’s mission is to ensure that our film culture is kept alive, and to inspire the next generation of film talent. It’s the reason the BFI exists and why I am committed to being a BFI Ambassador.’
Amanda Nevill, BFI CEO said
‘Tom is a hugely admired and influential actor who understands the full breadth of film culture. He moves fluidly from starring in the world’s most successful blockbusters to remaining engaged with – and loyal to – emerging British filmmakers where he is admiringly bold and risk taking in his choices. This potent combination demonstrates Tom’s innate understanding that greatness in film rests upon deep cultural foundations – something that Britain is exporting to the world. Tom will be an enormous boost to the BFI and I want to thank him for taking on this extremely important role on behalf of British film.’
A lifelong supporter of the BFI, Tom will help raise awareness of the BFI’s key activities as a cultural charity including its film programmes, film education, film preservation at the BFI National Archive and BFI led initiatives to build the next generation of film talent such as the BFI Film Academy.]]>
George Miller is already unsurprisingly in talks with Warner Bros. to make at least one follow up to the surprisingly good Mad Max reboot starring Tom Hardy as rugged post-apocalyptic road warrior Max Rockatansky. Miller has revealed that he is in talks with Warner Bros about adapting at least one of two potential scripts he already has prepared.
“After Fury Road was delayed we had dug down deep into the backstory, not only of the characters, but of every vehicle. How the steering wheels became religious artifacts, and things like that. So we ended up with two scripts, without really trying. We’re talking to the studio about it as we speak, but which one of the two stories will happen next, I’m not so sure.”
It’s hardly a surprise given the overwhelming positive critical response and solid global box office performance that the studio are eager to give Miller and Hardy another joy ride in the desert. Whether or not Charlize Theron’s scene stealing Furiosa returns is another less certain proposition.
Having hauled in over a billion dollars with Transformers: Age of Extinction Paramount now has a ten year plan for continuing the lucrative franchise until Optimus Prime turns to rust. Transformers 5 was already in development, but now Transformers 6,7 and 8 are also being plotted. The studio is even exploring plans for additional spin-offs.
Steven J. Davis the head of Transformers toy manufacturers Hasbro had this to say about the news.
“We just finished an incredible experience, We decided that we wanted to plot out the next ten years of the Transformers franchise.”
Academy award winner Akiva Goldsman has apparently been guiding a huge team of writers on a three month mission to plot of the future of the brand. That team apparently includes Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down); Robert Kirkman (Walking Dead); Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man); Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk);Christina Hodson (Shut In); Lindsay Beer (the developing Short Circuit remake); Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari (Haunt); Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2); Steven DeKnight (Daredevil); and Geneva Robertson-Dworet.
As Davis makes clear
“They plotted out the next ten years of Transformers. Similarly, we are doing the same in television and in digital. So stay tuned, Transformers 5 is on its way, and 6 and 7 and 8.”
Transformers 5 will be arriving in cinemas in 2017, giving fans a first taste of what they an expect for a decade of intergalactic robotic civil war.]]>
Warner Bros has confirmed that Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter writer Seth Grahame-Smith will make his directing debut with the The Flash. He will also be at least partly responsible for writing the project after the studio recently had Lego movie duo Phil Lord and Chis Miller produce a treatment for the movie. The trio are also currently working on a lego batman movie together.
The film is set for release in march 2018 with Ezra Miller set to play fastest man alive Barry Allen. Dc has already had considerable success with the character in the tv series currently tied into their ever expanding small screen universe. The show interconnects with Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow.
It will be interesting to see how armed with bigger budget the movie seeks to surpass the high production values of the series. The studio will certainly be hoping that the film will prove more successful than past disastrous DC Adaptations like Green Lantern.]]>
BRIDGE OF SPIES, the latest collaboration from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, received a standing ovation last night at the film’s World Premiere at the New York Film Festival, and Twentieth Century Fox is delighted to share a selection of images from the event.
Filmmakers and cast in attendance at the premiere included Steven Spielberg (with Kate Capshaw), Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan, Mark Rylance (with Claire Van Kampen), Sebastian Koch, Eve Hewson, Alan Alda, Austin Stowell (with Nina Dobrev) and Screenwriter Matt Charman. Guests included Ed Burns and Christy Turlington, Jessica Capshaw and Sasha Spielberg.
Gallery of Images from the World Premiere Below:
From 21st October Pepsi will join the growing list of companies cashing in on fan enthusiasm for the Back To The Future franchise by making a limited release of Pepsi Perfect, the fictitious future cola of choice featured in the 1989 Robert Zemeckis time travelling classic.
Pepsi are releasing a limited edition of 6,500 bottles which will be available for about $20 each online or at promotional events at the New York Comic Con.
Fake advert below for the expensive movie themed beverage:]]>
Marvel has reportedly hired Taika Waititi to direct Thor sequel Thor Ragnarok. Taika is the little known New Zealander behind cooky comedy Eagle vs Shark and vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows. He’s also responsible for breaking records in his native New Zealand with his comedy drama Boy.
In front of the camera he played Hal Jordan’s best friend opposite Ryan Reynolds in the somewhat disastrous Green Lantern movie. Marvel will be hoping that he at least learnt from his DC experience how not to mess up a special effects driven superhero blockbuster.
The news follows the recent Marvel trend of appointing lesser known talents in favour of more established and expensive directors. It’s ether motivated by an inspiring commitment to new talent or a desire to ensure that directors follow the well honed Marvel formula.]]>
The 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express has announced the international stars and filmmakers attending this years’ Festival. Updated and confirmed line-ups for gala presentations are:
SUFRAGETTE: Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw, Romola Garai, Samuel West and writer Abi Morgan join Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham-Carter, Meryl Streep, Sarah Gavron.
STEVE JOBS: Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, Katherine Waterston and writer Aaron Sorkin join Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Danny Boyle.
HIGH-RISE: Luke Evans, Sienna Miller, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy, Peter Ferdinando, Sienna Guillory, Enzo Cilenti, Augustus Prew, Stacy Martin join Tom Hiddleston, Ben Wheatley.
CAROL: writer Phyllis Nagy joins Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Todd Haynes.
TRUMBO: John Goodman joins Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren.
BLACK MASS: Benedict Cumberbatch, Scott Cooper.
BROOKLYN: Saoirse Ronan, John Crowley, Nick Hornby, Colm Toíbín.
THE LADY IN THE VAN: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Nicholas Hytner, Alan Bennett.
A BIGGER SPLASH: Luca Guadagnino.
THE LOBSTER: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Yorgos Lanthimos
THE PROGRAM: Chris O’Dowd, Ben Foster, Stephen Frears
BRAND A SECOND COMING: Ondi Timoner
BEEBA BOYS: Gulshan Grover joins Randeep Hooda, Deepa Mehta
BONE TOMAHAWK: S. Craig Zahler
THE IDOL: Mohammed Assaf joins Hany Abu-Assad
THE FORBIDDEN ROOM: Guy Maddin
HE NAMED ME MALALA: Davis Guggenheim
TRUTH: Cate Blanchett and James Vanderbilt.
Filmmakers and actors supporting their work in Official Competition for Best Film include:
11 MINUTES – dir. Jerzy Skolimowski
BEASTS OF NO NATION – dir. Cary Fukunaga, Uzodinma Iweala
CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR (RAK TI KHON KAEN) – dir. Apitchatpong Weerasethakul
CHEVALIER – dir. Athina Rachel Tsangari
THE DAUGHTER – dir. Simon Stone
DESIERTO – dir. Jonás Cuarón
EVOLUTION – dir. Lucile Hadžihalilović
OFFICE – dir. Johnnie To, act./wri./prod. Sylvia Chang
ROOM – dir. Lenny Abrahamson, act. Brie Larson
SON OF SAUL (SAUL FIA) – dir. Lázló Nemes, act. Levente Molnár
SUNSET SONG – dir. Terence Davies, act. Agyness Deyn
TANGERINE – dir. Sean Baker; act. Mya Taylor
VERY BIG SHOT – dir. Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya
Filmmakers and actors supporting their work in First Feature Competition for the Sutherland Award include:
3000 NIGHTS – dir. Mai Masri, act. Mayisa Abd El Hadi
BANG GANG (A MODERN LOVE STORY) – (BANG GANG (UNE HISTOIRE D’AMOUR MODERNE) – dir. Eva Husson, act. Finnegan Oldfield
THE HERE AFTER (EFTERSKALV) – dir. Magnus von Horn
KRISHA – dir. Trey Edward Shults
LAMB – dir. Yared Zeleke
LIGHT YEARS – dir. Esther May Campbell
PARTISAN – dir. Ariel Kleiman
PAULA – dir. Eugenio Canevari, act. Denise Labbate
TANNA – dir. Bentley Dean
THE WAIT – dir. Piero Messina
WEDDING DOLL – dir. Nitzan Gilady
THE WITCH – dir. Robert Eggers
Directors supporting their work in Documentary Competition for the Grierson Award include:
(BE)LONGING (VOLTA À TERRA) – dir. João Pedro Plácido
CENSORED VOICES – dir. Mor Loushy
THE FEAR OF 13 – dir. David Sington
FRAME BY FRAME – dir. Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli
JIA ZHANGKE, A GUY FROM FENYANG (JIA ZHANGKE, UM HOMEM DE FENYANG) – dir. Walter Salles, subj. Jia Zhangkee
MR. GAGA – dir. Tomer Heymann
THE PEARL BUTTON – dir. Patricio Guzman
PUBLIC HOUSE – dir. Sarah Turner
SHERPA – dir. Jennifer Peedom
SOMETHING BETTER TO COME – dir. Hanna Polak
Directors supporting their work in the Short Film Award include:
EDMOND – Nina Gantz
LILI – An van Dienderen
MOTHER(S) – Maïmouna Doucouré
OPERATOR – Caroline Bartleet
OVER – Jörn Threlfall
RED MOON RISING – Vivienne Dick
Further actors and filmmakers presenting their work at the Festival include: 35MM: THE QUAYS MEET CHRISTOPHER NOLAN: Christopher Nolan, Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay; AFERIM!: Radu Jude; THE AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS: Bernard MacMahon, Bettye Lavette; ASSASSINATION: Dong-hoon Choi; BLOOD OF MY BLOOD: Piergiorgio Bellocchio; BURN BURN BURN: Chanya Button, Laura Carmichael, Jack Farthing, Chloe Pirrie; CELESTIAL CAMEL: Jury Feting; CHEMSEX: William Fairman, Max Gogarty; CLOSET MONSTER: Stephen Dunn; THE CLUB: Pablo Larraín; COUPLE IN A HOLE: Kate Dickie, Tom Geens; COWBOYS: Thomas Bidegain; DEPARTURE: Andrew Steggall; DHEEPAN: Jacques Audiard, DON’T GROW UP: Thierry Poiraud; ELEPHANT DAYS: James Caddick, James Cronin, Orlando Weeks; FIFTY: Biyi Bandele; FROM AFAR: Lorenzo Vigas; GREEN ROOM: Jeremy Saulnier; HEART OF A DOG: Laurie Anderson; I AM BELFAST: Mark Cousins; THE INVITATION: Karyn Kusama; IXCANUL (VOLCANO): Jayro Bustamante; LISTEN TO ME MARLON: Stevan Riley; THE MEMORY OF JUSTICE: Marcel Ophuls; MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART: Jia Zhangke, Zhao Tao; MURMER OF THE HEARTS: Sylvia Chang; MY GOLDEN DAYS: Arnaud Desplechin; MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE: John Dower, Louis Theroux; MY NAZI LEGACY: David Evans, Phillipe Sands; NICOLA CONSTANTINO: THE ARTEFACTA: Nicola Costantino , Natalie Cristiani; THE ONES BELOW: David Farr; OUR LITTLE SISTER: Hirokazu Kore-Eda; QUEEN OF EARTH: Alex Ross Perry; RATTER: Branden Kramer; REMAINDER: Omer Fast; REMEMBER: Atom Egoyan; SEMBENE!: Samba Gadjigo; THE SKY TREMBLES AND THE EARTH IS AFRAID AND THE TWO EYES ARE NOT BROTHERS: Ben Rivers; THE SURVIVALIST: Stephen Fingleton; A TALE OF THREE CITIES: Mabel Cheung, Alex Law; TAKE ME TO THE RIVER: Matt Sobel; (T)ERROR: David Felix Sutcliffe; THEY WILL HAVE TO KILL US FIRST: Johanna Schwartz; TRUMAN: Cesc Gay; VALLEY OF LOVE: Guillaume Nicloux; VICTORIA: Sebastian Schipper; WAVE VS. SHORE: Martin Štrba; WHAT WE BECOME: Troels Lyby; THE WAVE: Roar Uthaug and YOUTH: Paolo Sorrentino.]]>
This is the official first image of Renee Zellweger in character as Bridget Jones for Bridget Jones’s Baby, the third film in the series based on Helen Fielding’s hapless heroine.
Director Sharon Maguire returns to the franchise after being responsible for the far superior first effort, before the sequel’s somewhat ill advised trip to the Edge of Reason. The plot of the new film remains undisclosed as it has already been confirmed that the film will not in fact be based on Helen Fielding’s third book Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy. The book infuriated fans by killing off Mark Darcy to leave Bridget a single mum with a toyboy boyfriend.
Colin Firth will to the considerable relief of fans reprise his role as Mark Darcy in the new film. Hugh Grant won’t return as sleazy love rial Daniel Cleaver. Instead Patrick Dempsey joins the cast in an unspecified role which will likely provide the necessary romantic complications.
It remains to be seen whether or not Bridget Jones doe sin fact have a baby or just a very unhealthy love for her iPad as the teaser image implies…
Producer Ivan Reitman and Sony are reportedly developing an animated Ghostbusters movie. Paul Feig’s live action franchise reboot starring Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy is already currently in post-production, set for relase next summer.
The studio seems determined to make the most of their potentially lucrative franchise. Another live action Ghostbusters film is already in development with Captain America directing duo Joe & Anthony Russo working with writer Drew Pearce.
It’s unclear whether the new animated project would be related to Paul Feig’s female lead effort, the original films or perhaps an entirely new expansion for the ever growing Ghostbusters universe.
It’s already being speculated that the use of animation could be a way to allow the aging stars of the original series like Dan Aykroyd, Sigounrey Weaver and Bill Murray to reprise their younger roles more extensively. However such a scenario seems unlikely.]]>