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Metrodome has picked up UK right for writer-director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s acclaimed Ukrainian drama ‘The Tribe,’ which won four prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, including the Critics’ Week Grand Prize. The film also recently won the “Sutherland Award” at the BFI London Film Festival, which is presented to the director of the “most original and imaginative first feature” at the Festival.
‘The Tribe’ charts the story of a deaf mute teenager who enters a specialized boarding school where, to survive, he becomes part of a wild organization – the tribe. His love for one of the concubines will unwillingly lead him to break all the unwritten rules within the Tribe’s hierarchy. The story is told purely through sign language without the use of subtitles or voiceover and features a cast comprised entirely of non-professional, deaf actors including leads Grigory Fesenko as Sergey and Yana Novikova as Anna. Expect word on a release date shortly.
Warner Bros. Pictures has teamed up with the Organization for Bat Conservation for National Save the Bats Week. The video below shows director Zack Snyder, Amy Adams, and Batman himself, Ben Affleck, telling us why it’s important to ave the Bats and how the production of ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ is helping out. Check out the video below and head on over to SaveBats.org and Facebook.com/savebats for more information. Save the Bats is a public action campaign aimed at preventing the decline of this important and beloved animal in our ecosystem.
UK Trailer For ‘Paddington’ – Starring Ben Whishaw As The Voice Of Paddington, Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman…
The good people over at StudioCanal and Heyday Films have sent over this new UK trailer for ‘Paddington.’ The cast for the first ever live-action film inspired by Micahel Bond’s best-selling books includes Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington, ‘Downton Abbey’ star Hugh Bonneville as Mr. Brown, and Nicole Kidman as an evil taxidermist determined to wreak her revenge. They are joined by Sally Hawkins as Mrs. Brown, Julie Walters as Mrs. Bird, the housekeeper, and Jim Broadbent as Mr. Gruber, the owner of the antiques shop. Finally, Michael Gambon and Imelda Staunton are voicing Paddington’s Uncle Pastuzo and Aunt Lucy. The film will still open in the UK on November 28th and in the US on January 16th.
Alright, I’m hugely excited for this one. While we await the release of the film’s first trailer, director Ava DuVernay has revealed this new look at David Oyewelo as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in ‘Selma.’ The much-buzzed about film will have a limited release in the US on Christmas day before opening wide on January 9th, 2015 – setting up a major Awards season push. ‘Selma’ will be released in UK cinemas on February 6th, 2015.
In related news, David Oyewelo has opened to History Extra about playing the legendary activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. On changing his appearance to play Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in ‘Selma,’ Oyewelo said, “…Martin Luther King did not look like someone who spent time at the gym, so because I regularly work out I had to make some changes! I had to gain two-and-a-half stone, shave my hairline back, and study how he moved. It was not at all fun – it was quite painful, actually! I was forcing myself to eat lasagne at 11pm to try to pile on the calories!”
It has just been announced that three-time Tony Award winner and two-time Olivier Award winner Mark Rylance has been tapped to play the title character in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book ‘The BFG.’ Spielberg will direct the film after he wraps an untitled Cold War thriller starring Tom Hanks (Rylance plays a supporting role in the Cold War film). The live-action ‘The BFG’ film will be based on the fantastical tale of a Big Friendly Giant who befriends a young orphan girl. Dahl’s book, illustrated by Quentin Blake, was first published in 1982. Melissa Mathison, who penned the script for ‘E.T.’, wrote the screenplay.
“As I witnessed on stage, Mark Rylance is a transformational actor,” Steven Spielberg said. “I am excited and thrilled that Mark will be making this journey with us to Giant Country. Everything about his career so far is about making the courageous choice, and I’m honored he has chosen The BFG as his next big screen performance.”
After months of speculation, Deadline are reporting that Benedict Cumberbatch is in negotiations to play the title role in Marvel Studio’s ‘Doctor Strange.’ The 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.
‘Sinister’ and ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose’ helmer Scott Derrickson is set to direct ‘Doctor Strange,’ and while unconfirmed, it seems that the film will arrive in cinemas on July 8th, 2016. Last month it was reported that Marvel Studios is in advanced negotiations to shoot ‘Doctor Strange’ at Pinewood-Shepperton. Prep is set to start at Shepperton in late 2014/early 2015, and a tentative shoot date has been mooted for May 2015. If this deal comes together, it would further reinforce the strong ties between Pinewood, Marvel and parent company Disney. Disney’s ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ is currently shooting at Pinewood, and ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ recently wrapped at Shepperton. Two of Marvel’s most recent movies, ‘Thor: The Dark World’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ also shot at Pinewood-Shepperton.