StudioCanal and Heyday Films send word that that Michael Gambon and Imelda Staunton have joined the cast of ‘Paddington,’ bringing their voices to Paddington’s Uncle Pastuzo and Aunt Lucy. Paddington is being voiced by Ben Whishaw.
The cast for the first ever live-action film inspired by Micahel Bond’s best-selling books also includes ‘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. The film will still open in the UK on November 28th and in the US on December 25th. The World Premiere of ‘Paddington’ will be held at The Odeon Leicester Square on November 23rd.
“Levels Upon Levels” Featurette For Alejandro González Iñárritu’s ‘Birdman’ – Starring Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton…
From Fox Searchlight comes this behind-the-scenes featurette for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s (Babel, Biutiful, 21 Grams, Amores Perros) critically acclaimed black comedy, ‘Birdman’. Iñárritu co-wrote the script with Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo. The film stars Michael Keaton, Lindsay Duncan, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts.
‘Birdman’ tells the story of an actor (Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself. ‘Birdman’ hits theaters on October 17th in the US and January 2nd in the UK (hopefully that moves forward!). The film’s shot by academy award winning DP Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity, The Tree of Life).
From Focus Features comes these two clips from the true-life dramatic thriller ‘Kill the Messenger,’ which is led by Jeremy Renner (Marvel’s The Avengers, The Hurt locker, The Bourne Legacy). Opening in the US on October 10th in limited theaters, the movie will then expand on October 17th and again on October 24th. Josh Close, Rosemarie DeWitt, Andy Garcia, Lucas Hedges, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael K. Williams and Mary Elizabeth Winstead co-star in the Michael Cuesta-directed film.
“The City Shines Brightest At Night”: New Poster, 10 Images & A Critics TV Spot For ‘Nightcrawler’ – Starring Jake Gyllenhaal
‘Nightcrawler’ tells the story of a Jake Gyllenhaal’s character, a young man who finds a home in the nocturnal world of freelance crime journalism in Los Angeles. Opening on October 31st in the US and November 14th in the UK, ‘Nightcrawler’ is directed by Dan Gilroy (previous writing credits include ‘Real Steel,’ ‘The Fall,’ ‘The Bourne Legacy’) in his directorial debut. Alongside Gyllenhaal, the likes of Rene Russo, Bill Paxton and Riz Ahmed also star.
NIGHTCRAWLER is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling — where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou thrives. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, he becomes the star of his own story.
“The Tip Test” Clip From Justin Simien’s Acclaimed ‘Dear White People’ – Featuring Tessa Thompson & Tyler James Williams
Following yesterday’s first clip, this second clip has landed online for Justin Simien’s ‘Dear White People,’ which premiered at earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival to stellar reviews and a special jury award for breakthrough talent. Starring Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Kyle Gallner, Teyonah Parris, Brandon Bell, Malcolm Barrett, Brittany Curran, Justin Dobies, Marque Richardson, Dennis Haysbert and Peter Syversten, ‘Dear White People’ follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular “African American” themed party thrown by white students.
With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in “post-racial” America while weaving a universal story of forging one’s unique path in the world. ‘Dear White People’ opens on October 17th in the US. I got to see the film yesterday and I thought it was FANTASTIC, so fingers crossed there’s word on a UK release date shortly (it is showing at the London Film Festival on the 9th and 10th of October).
First Poster For Clint Eastwood’s ‘American Sniper’; Bradley Cooper Talks About Playing Navy SEAL Chris Kyle
Warner Bros. Pictures has unleashed this poster for Clint Eastwood’s Bradley Cooper-led ‘American Sniper.’ In the film, Cooper plays Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL who has the most confirmed sniper kills in U.S. military history. The book that the film is based on, ‘American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,’ spent 18 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and 13 weeks at #1.