Tilda Swinton Memoria Permanently In Cinemas

Indie film distributor Neon has confirmed an unusual strategy for the release of Tilda Swinton starring film Memoria. The film is set to debut in American cinemas from 26th December and according to Neon will permanently and exclusively be available there on the big screen.
The ambitious plan is to have the film only play on one screen each week, endlessly touring from city to city across America.
Speaking of the plans star Swinton said

“Memoria is the perfect film for this moment, Big cinema or bust… Throughout the universe in perpetuity”

Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul added

“For Memoria the cinema experience is crucial or maybe the only way. Let’s embrace the darkness and dream, one at a time”.

Despite the unique plans for a permanent USA release the film has been acquired in other international territories by streaming service MUBI and it will also premiere at the BFI London Film festival in London.

Colin Firth Operation Mincemeat Trailer

World War II drama Operation Mincemeat depicts the real life efforts of British Intelligence to sensationally trick the German military command by planting false information in papers on a dead body of a British soldier left to wash ashore in enemy controlled waters.

Shakespeare In Love and Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Director John Madden helms the  project with Colin Firth and Matthew McFadyen playing the real life duo who initially concocted the elaborate scheme to deceive the Nazi War machine at a crucial moment in World War II.

The film also stars Johnny Flynn as Bond author and real life intelligence officer Ian Fleming, alongside Penelope Wilton, Jason Issacs, Kelly MacDonald and Simon Russell Beale.

Check out the official trailer below with the film due to wash ashore into in UK cinemas in January 2022…

Tim Federle Directing Sister Act 3

In 2020 Disney previously announced to investors plans to make a third Sister Act movie with star Whoopi Goldberg returning to the iconic franchise to both star and produce. It has now been confirmed who will helm the project. Tim Federle the director of High School Musical The Series will be taking control of the project.

Apparently Federle has continued to impress the studio with his recent work on the still yet to be released Better Nate Than Never  making them confident that he’s a safe pair of hands to guide the admittedly unexpected sequel to fruition.

The plot of the new Sister Act film has not yet been specifically revealed, but obvious speculation is that Whoopi Goldberg’s Deloris will be finding herself once more in some form of trouble alongside the nuns and students of St Katherine’s Roman Catholic Church.

Tyler Perry is also attached to produce the project with ambitions for the finished film to make it’s debut on Disney + at some point in 2023 or early 2024.

Ridley Scott Says Gladiator 2 Ready To Go

Veteran director Ridley Scott 83 has insisted that the long awaited and seemingly unlikely sequel to his iconic Russell Crowe action epic Gladiator is ready to go and will be his next project once his current Napoleon project wraps.

Already in 2021 the director responsible for iconic classics like Alien and Blade Runner added two new films to his ever growing catalog, with both The Last Duel and House of Gucci releasing in October and November respectively.

After five decades his drive seems as high as ever with a Gladiator follow up apparently set to launch into production as soon as Kitbag, his current period project completes.

Ever since the original Gladiator film catapulted Russell Crowe to action superstardom and became an undisputed instant classic there have been eager plans for a sequel. Previous ideas for the project had Russell Crowe set to reprise his role as Maximus, either by exploring his backstory and rise through the ranks of the roman army, or perhaps seeing him literally reincarnated to return him from the afterlife.

Those rumoured plans are now decades old so it remains to be seen to what extent Crowe and Maximus will feature in the sequel project or whether it will merely be a the story of entirely new gladiators entering the fabled blood stained battlefield of the coliseum, perhaps during the rule of a very different emperor.

In either case Scott has confirmed that he has people polishing a script of some sort now.

“I’m already having [the next] Gladiator written now, so when I’ve done Napoleon, Gladiator will be ready to go.”

Wonka Musical Prequel Cast Grows

The cast of Director Paul King’s musical prequel Wonka continues to grow as cameras start rolling. The latest announced additions to the line-up include Rowan Atkinson, Olivia Coleman and Sally Hawkins. Timothee Chalamet is firmly in place in the lead role playing Roald Dahl’s ironically weird and wonderful chocolate factory owner in his younger days.

Paddington director King has already packed his supporting cast with familiar faces such as Tom Davis, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Simon Farnaby, Matt Lucas, Paterson Joseph, Rich Fulcher, Jim Carter and Keegan-Michael Key.

The vast line up of actors will be accompanied by a soundtrack provided by The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon, giving at least some indication of the musical style the prequel may be adopting.

The official announcement of the unexpected prequel project had this to say about its intentions to explore the backstory of one of Roald Dahl’s most iconic character, going even further beyond the reimagined backstory provided by Tim Burton’s most recent big screen incarnation of the character with Johnny Depp.

The announcement claims the new film will explore

“Vivid, mythical beginnings of the imaginative young inventor before he becomes the renowned scrumdiddlyumptious Mozart of chocolate”

The film will be arriving in cinemas 17 March 2023 so this is one sweet treat that may take some time to prepare.