As Hollywood continues to reboot countless old properties, it’s easy to think that the days of original and surprising storytelling are long behind us. But these films prove that Hollywood still has a few tricks up its sleeve, ones that have kept us talking for years, and have cemented their place in film history.
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Producers are shopping star-driven spy packages with filmmaker attachments to studios. This summer, while audiences were waiting to see whether Daniel Craig would return for Bond 25 (he'll suit up for his fifth film), the company behind the series was planning its first non-Bond feature.
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Previous recipients of the award include Benedict Cumberbatch, Jude Law, Kenneth Branagh, Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson, Paul Greengrass, Daniel Craig, Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet and Naomie Harris, who was last year’s honoree.
Steven Gaydos, Variety’s Vice President and Executive Editor, said: “In the 30 years since Gary Oldman galvanized global film audiences with his portrayal of punk rocker Sid Vicious in ‘Sid and Nancy,’ Oldman has blazed a path as one of international cinema’s most versatile and valued actors. From blockbusters to American indie classics and U.K. masterworks, Oldman has been a force of nature who’s brought life to a stunning variety of characters across all genres of film
Thankfully, my cinematic adventures in the theatre have been an enjoyable ride for the most part. Whether that was due to a film being so good that it had the ability to totally immerse me in it’s world or seeing a movie with an upbeat crowd of people, well, there are numerous considerations I could have picked from. In this piece I’m going to be talking about five theatre experiences that turned out to be memorable for both worthwhile reasons,
The film will feature numerous short romance stories, directed by Fernando Eimbcke, Dennis Gansel, Massy Tadjedin, Peter Chelsom, Til Schweiger, Justin Franklin, Dani Levy and Dianna Agron, with Josef Rusnak helming the transition sequence to tie all of the segments together.
Tatum, who is serving as executive producer on the YouTube Red Series Step Up: High Water with her husband and Step Up co-star Channing Tatum, will feature in the film alongside the previously announced Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Jim Sturgess, Mickey Rourke, Diego Luna, Orlando Bloom, Sophie Turner, Jack Huston, Patrick Dempsey and Renee Zellweger.
Plot details for the as-yet-untitled project are being kept under wraps, and a director is yet to become attached. The film is however being produced by K Period Media, the production company behind Manchester By the Sea, with Knightley set to production alongside Nora Grossman and Ido Ostrowsky (The Imitation Game) and Kimberly Steward and Josh Godfrey of K Period Media.
The Oscar-nominated Knightley has several projects in the pipeline, including dramas The Aftermath and Colette, and Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.
Keira Knightley will return to the spy world, set to star in an indie drama from the company behind Manchester By The Sea.
Keira Knightly has run the blockbuster cinematic gamut over the years, including spy movies, with her co-starring role, opposite Benedict Cumberbatch, in the 2014 biopic The Imitation Game and, in that same year, opposite Chris Pine in the attempted Tom Clancy movie franchise restart Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Now, she’s set to bank another spy movie, this time from the indie company known for the acclaimed drama, Manchester By The Sea.
K Period Media, the independent production company primarily behind Manchester By The Sea, has locked down Knightley to star in an untitled spy drama. The mystery movie will be based on a script by Camilla Blackett, a screenwriter primarily known from the realm of television with U.S. sitcom work on ABC’s
Keira Knightley is joining the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Blake Lively, and Daisy Ridley, all of whom are playing spies in upcoming films. Variety reports that the two-time Oscar nominee has signed on to topline and produce an untitled indie spy movie from K Period Media that will almost certainly see her using her brains and brawn to take out enemies.
The plot of the project isn’t known and a director hasn’t been announced yet. TV scribe Camilla Blackett, whose credits include “Fresh Off the Boat,” “New Girl,” and “The Newsroom,” penned the script.
Producers joining Knightley include Bristol Automotive’s Nora Grossman (“The Imitation Game”) and K Period Media’s Kimberly Steward (“Manchester by the Sea”).
“In the workplace, the only issues I’ve had with competitiveness has been from males, and it’s males who don’t like younger women, and often have issues with women who are senior to them,” Blackett has said. “That’s the most mind-boggling thing: having this level of entitlement where they feel they can express that. Like, this is your boss! Whether she has a vagina has nothing to do with it. I’ve had nothing but really supportive women around me, work-wise,” she emphasized. “Working with women, you just get so much shit done. There’s a lack of ego and posturing. All the filibustering you get from other writers in the writers’ room, it’s always men.”
Knightley received Oscar nods for her roles in “The Imitation Game” and “Pride & Prejudice.” Among her upcoming projects is “Colette,” a biopic based on the life of French writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (who used the pen name Colette). In 1948, Colette was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature. But she didn’t get recognition for her writing initially — her first husband, Willy Gauthier-Villars, took all the credit. Rumor has it that Gauthier-Villars, a well-known publisher and author, locked his wife up and forced her to write novels under his name.
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Camilla Blackett — who has written for the TV shows Fresh Off the Boat, New Girl and The Newsroom — wrote the script on which the film is based. A director is not yet attached.
Knightley will also produce the currently untitled movie with K Period Media’s Kimberly Steward and Josh Godfrey and Bristol Automotive’s Nora Grossman and Ido Ostrowsky.
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The film will be based on an original script written by Camilla Blackett (“Newsroom,” “New Girl”). A director isn’t attached yet.
Knightley will produce the still-untitled independent movie along with Bristol Automotive’s Nora Grossman and Ido Ostrowsky (“The Imitation Game”); and K Period Media’s Kimberly Steward and Josh Godfrey.
Since making a splash at Sundance 2016 with “Manchester by the Sea,” K Period Media — which was founded by Steward — has become one of the buzziest new producing houses in town for prestige pictures.
The company’s slate includes “Conversion,” a drama about a Midwestern family grappling with the sexual orientation of their son; “The True Adventures of Wolfboy,” starring Jaeden Lieberher and John Turturro; “Charlatan,” starring Matt Damon as a real-life 20th century doctor with questionable surgical
A bad franchise retreads the elements from the first offering without really making any effort to show us anything new or to deepen our affection for the character(s).
This summer, sadly, we have been presented with several misfires starting with Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) was a breath of fresh air when he first stepped ashore many, many years ago. But the tipsy captain with the heart of gold and squishy moral code is pretty much the same here, film number five. We’re learning nothing new about him, we’re seeing him do nothing we haven’t seen before and frankly, we’re bored.
Visually, Dead Men Tell No Tales, is fine.
The drama sees Cumberbatch and Trainspotting‘s Kelly Macdonald as Stephen and Julie Lewis, a children’s author and his estranged wife whose young daughter goes missing on an everyday trip to the supermarket. The drama then explores their grief, with the trailer leaving it ambiguous whether the couple’s visions of their daughter are just in their minds or are the result of something more supernatural. It promises to be a harrowing depiction of death and loss and we can’t wait to see more.
As fans will know, this is the second time that Cumberbatch has starred in an adaptation of one of Ian McEwan’s novels.
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