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Mike Leigh’s ‘Mr. Turner’ is a look at the last quarter century of the iconic British painter J. M. W. Turner (Timothy Spall). Profoundly affected by the death of his esteemed father (Paul Jesson), loved by his housekeeper, Hannah Danby (Dorothy Atkinson), whom he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady (Marion Bailey) with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout all this, Turner travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty. This masterpiece of a film arrives in UK cinemas on October 31st and in the US on December 19th.
You’ve worked with Mike Leigh a number of times before ‘Mr. Turner,’ and I understand you had discussions with him about this project and you started painting lessons and researching several years before filming…?
Timothy Spall: Yes. Mike first spoke to me about this film seven years ago, and he told me not to tell anyone that he was going to make a film about Turner. And then a few years later I remember him saying to me, “Right, what are you doing? We’re going to make this film in three years time, two and a half years time. I’d like you to start painting.” I started in 2010, and we were looking to shoot the film in 2013, which we did. When I agreed to it he said, “Don’t get too excited, we haven’t got the money yet, we don’t know if it will happen or not, but in principle are you prepared to do it?” And I said, “Yes, of course.” I was thrilled when he asked me.
So I started to learn how to paint two years before I started rehearsing, and we rehearsed for six months. And a brilliant portrait artist called Tim Wright gave me lessons when I wasn’t working, and he took me through all of the disciplines up until the point I was actually able to do a full size copy of a Turner painting. When I wasn’t working I’d see him two, three times a week – he lived very for close to me. I got quite heavily involved with that. So on a practical level I prepared, and then obviously I researched a lot. The great thing that I think made us the perfect match is that he was a funny-looking, fat little man…. and so am I (laughs). But as far as his soul was concerned, that took a lot of research. There was a lot of research about his art and what his inspirations were – and that was a process of working with Mike and the other cast members.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Joins Will Smith, Gugu Mbatha-Raw & Alec Baldwin In Sony’s NFL Concussion Drama
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje has joined Will Smith, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Albert Brooks, Bitsie Tulloch and Alec Baldwin in the untitled project based on the GQ article “Game Brain” for Scott Free and Sony Pictures. ‘Parkland’ director Peter Landesman is on board to write and direct the film, which tackles the NFL’s concussion problem. Akinnuoye-Agbaje will play real-life NFL safety Dave Duerson, a four-time Pro Bowl pick who died in 2011 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. At his request, Duerson’s brain was sent to researchers, who determined that the athlete had suffered from the debilitating symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) caused by his football injuries.
The “Game Brain” article, which you can read here, was written by Jeanne Marie Laskas and follows Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith’s character), the forensic neuropathologist who single-handedly made the first discovery of CTE in a professional football player and brought awareness to the public. The story is described as a whistle-blower tale in the vein of ‘The Insider’ humanizing the price paid by professional athletes in impact sports — and the political, cultural and corporate interests that fuel the business of professional sports.
Legendary Pictures has revealed this first poster for Michael Mann’s ‘Blackhat’ (which previously went under the title ‘Cyber’). Set within the world of global cybercrime, the film follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei and Wang Leehom, ‘Blackhat’ opens on January 16th, 2015.
Art by Huy “Wee” Dinh.
Yesterday it was reported that Benedict Cumberbatch is in negotiations to play the title role in Marvel Studio’s ‘Doctor Strange,’ and while today’s massive Marvel announcement didn’t mention casting for the film, they did reveal that the film will open on November 4th, 2016. The Cumberbatch casting news comes after talks with Joaquin Phoenix around the time of Comic-Con went south, and Marvel went back to the drawing board. The likes of Tom Hardy, Oscar Isaac, Justin Theroux, Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell, Jake Gyllenhall, Keanu Reeves, Ethan Hawke and Jared Leto had all been linked to the role of the “Master of the Mystic Arts” with Cumberbatch.
Chadwick Boseman To Play Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’! ‘Captain Marvel’, ‘Inhumans’ & Two-Part ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Movies Also Announced
Finally! Long rumored to be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the studio has just officially confirmed that a ‘Black Panther’ movie will be a part of their “Phase 3″ lineup. Marvel also announced that rising star Chadwick Boseman (42, Get on Up) will play the title role, and the film will arrive on November 3rd, 2017. ‘Black Panther’ will feature the first black superhero to anchor a studio film since 2004’s ‘Blade: Trinity.’
Additionally, Marvel has announced ‘Captain Marvel,’ a two-part ‘Avengers’ film, and an ‘Inhumans’ movie, as well as titles for some previously announced movies. The studios upcoming slate after 2015’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and ‘Ant-Man’ is as follows: The third ‘Captain America’ movie, set for May 6th, 2016, has been titled ‘Captain America: Civil War.’ ‘Doctor Strange’ will arrive on November 4th, 2016 (there was no confirmation in regards to whether or not Benedict Cumberbatch will indeed play the title role). ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2′ is pegged for May 5th, 2017. The third ‘Thor’ movie has been titled ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ and will hits theaters on July 28th, 2017. As mentioned above ‘Black Panther’ arrives on November 3rd, 2017. ‘Captain Marvel’ follows that on July 6th, 2018. ‘Inhumans’ is set for November 2nd, 2018. Finally ‘Avengers: Infinity War – Part I’ hits cinemas on May 4th, 2018, followed by Part II on May 3rd, 2019.
This first trailer has arrived online for the romantic comedy ‘Comet,’ starring Emmy Rossum and Justin Long. The film, directed and written by Sam Esmail, follows Kimberly (Rossum) and Dell (Long), from their first meeting in a cemetery all the way through their unlikely 6-year relationship, leaping back and forth in time through five pivotal moments: their meeting; a fight at a friend’s wedding in Paris; a break up conversation after Dell has moved to New York; a reconnection on a train ride in California; and when Dell pops in on Kimberly unexpectedly in her home in the Hollywood Hills.