Set in the summer of 1984 – Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem. The Union seems embarrassed to receive their support. But the activists are not deterred. They decide to ignore the Union and go direct to the miners. They identify a mining village in deepest Wales and set off in a mini bus to make their donation in person. And so begins the extraordinary story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership.
Starring the likes of Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Joseph Gilgun, Paddy Considine, George MacKay, Ben Schnetzer, Sophie Evans, Jessie Cave, Freddie Fox, Faye Marsay, Adrian Palmer, Lasco Atkins and Shane Salter, ‘Pride’ opens in the UK and Ireland today (September 12th) and in the US on September 26th. The film is directed by Matthew Warchus
I can imagine that ‘Pride’ appealed to you on a number of levels: it’s an incredible true story, it’s hilarious, there’s great characters, and then there’s also the theme of social justice, Thatcher-era community activism, a look at trade union struggles and LGBT politics in Britain…?
Bill Nighy: You’re exactly right. If anything was ever a no brainer, this was it. The script came through the door, kind of unannounced. I read it cold and it made me laugh from start to finish. I laughed throughout. Good scripts are rare, and funny scripts are almost never. Also, even after I’d read it a number of times and I was studying it, I never got through it without crying at some point. It was one of the best scripts I’ve read in my life, and I really mean that. I was desperate to be in it and I loved playing this part. The two main themes are very close to my heart. If you were asked by your grandchildren, “What developments in your lifetime made you most proud to be around for?”, one of them would be the emancipation of gay men and women in my lifetime, and the other would be the civil rights movement in America.
Premiere Footage & 3 Clips From ‘Pride’ – Starring Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Paddy Considine, Dominic West…
The good folks over at Pathe have revealed these new clips from the uplifting British comedy-drama ‘Pride,’ which tells the extraordinary true story of two very different communities who unite to defend the same cause. Starring the likes of Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Joseph Gilgun, Paddy Considine, George MacKay, Ben Schnetzer, Sophie Evans, Jessie Cave, Freddie Fox, Faye Marsay, Adrian Palmer, Lasco Atkins and Shane Salter, ‘Pride’ opens in the UK and Ireland today (September 12th) and in the US on September 26th. The film is directed by Matthew Warchus, who’s set to take over from Kevin Spacey as artistic director of the Old Vic theatre. UPDATE: London premiere footage also added.
Reuniting ‘Silver Lining Playbook’ stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, ‘Serena’ is directed by Academy Award winner Susanne Bier (In a Better World) and boasts a stellar supporting cast in Sam Reid, Rhys Ifans, Toby Jones and Sean Harris. Opening in UK cinemas on October 24th, the film is based Ron Rash’s Shakespearean tragedy-style historical novel of the same name. Expect word on a US release date shortly.
North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s – George and Serena Pemberton, love-struck newly-weds, begin to build a timber empire. Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. However, once Serena discovers George’s hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, the Pemberton’s passionate marriage begins to unravel leading toward a dramatic reckoning.
This first image has been release online from ‘The Sea of Trees,’ the new film from Oscar-nominated director Gus Van Sant (Milk, Good Will Hunting ), starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey and Oscar nominees Naomi Watts and Ken Watanabe. McConaughey plays Arthur Brennan, who treks into Aokigahara, known as the Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan’s Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Having found the perfect place to die, Arthur encounters Takumi Nakamura (Watanabe), a Japanese man who has also lost his way. The two men begin a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms Arthur’s will to live and reconnects him to his love with his wife (Watts).
Lit Reactor reveal that James Franco has picked up the feature film rights to ‘Fight Club’ author Chuck Palahniuk’s 2007 novel ‘Rant.’ Palahniuk writes, “As of last night we’ve finalized a deal for James Franco to option my novel Rant. Details about the casting, shooting and a proposed release date will be forthcoming. Hurray. After the opportunity to work with Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Sam Rockwell, I can’t imagine a more exciting actor to work with than Franco.”
Currently filming an adaptation of Steve Erickson’s ‘Zeroville,’ James Franco’s literary adaptations to date include ‘The Sound And The Fury,’ ‘Child Of God,’ and ‘As I Lay Dying.’ At this moment in time it’s unclear if Franco will direct, act or produce the ‘Rant’ adaptation (it’s likely all three), so expect more details about this project soon. UPDATE: Deadline add that Franco is eyeing the title role and Pamela Romanowsky is set to write and direct the adaptation.
New Trailer For Tommy Lee Jones’ ‘The Homesman’ – Also Starring Hilary Swank, Hailee Steinfeld, Meryl Streep…
While Tommy Lee Jones directed the television film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Sunset Limited’ in 2011, his last theatrical feature film was 2005′s ‘The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.’ Later this year he’s got his next movie, the western drama ‘The Homesman,’ which opens on November 14th.
Adapted by Tommy Lee Jones himself from Glendon Swarthout‘s novel, the story follows him as a down-and-out man who gets recruited to take three women on an odyssey from Nebraska to Iowa. Alongside Jones, ‘The Homesman’ features a top-notch cast in Hilary Swank, Hailee Steinfeld, Meryl Streep, Tim Blake Nelson, James Spader, William Fichtner and Jesse Plemons, among others.