Disney Pictures has debuted this first behind-the-scenes featurette for ‘Maleficent,’ the live action re-telling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. Lead by Angelina Jolie as Disney’s notorious evil queen, ‘Maleficent’ co-stars Elle Fanning as Aurora, and Sharlto Copley as Stefan, the half-human, half-fairy bastard son of the human king. In the film, Miranda Richardson plays Queen Ulla, a fairy queen who is Maleficent’s aunt – and dislikes her niece. Kenneth Cranham plays the human king who plots to conquer the fairy kingdom. Sam Riley takes the role of Diaval, a raven who changes into human form and is Maleficent’s right hand. Juno Temple, Imelda Staunton and Lesley Manville play the three pixie fairies in the tale.
Yahoo! Movies has revealed this new US trailer for James Gray’s period epic ‘The Immigrant.’ In search of a new start and the American dream, Ewa Cybulski (Marion Cotillard) and her sister Magda sail to New York in the early ’20s from their native Poland. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn and desperate to reunite with Magda, Ewa quickly falls prey to Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix), a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution.
The arrival of Orlando (Jeremy Renner) – a dashing stage magician who is also Bruno’s cousin – restores her self-belief and hopes for a brighter future, but she has not reckoned with Bruno’s jealousy. From writer-director James Gray, ‘The Immigrant’ opens in the US on May 2nd. Expect word on a UK release date shortly.
First Clip From Amma Asante’s ‘Belle’ – Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, Sarah Gadon….
Fox Searchlight Pictures has set loose this first clip from ‘Belle,’ which is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle. Directed by BAFTA Award winner Amma Asante and written by Misan Sagay, ‘Belle’ stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, Sarah Gadon, Penelope Wilton, Miranda Richardson, Tom Felton and Matthew Goode. The film, which is brilliant, is penciled in for a May 2nd release in the US and a June 13th bow in the UK.
‘Belle’ is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.
‘Batman Vs Superman': Zack Snyder Talks About Seeing The Superman, Batman & Wonder Woman Costumes Together & More
During a recent chinwag with Forbes, Zack Snyder revealed quite a few interesting tidbits of information about his ‘Man of Steel’ follow-up, the tentatively titled ‘Batman VS Superman.’ On the topic of what lead him to decide to include Batman in the film, he said, “I gotta be honest, it definitely was a thing that… after Man of Steel finished and we started talking about what would be in the next movie, I started subtly mentioning that it would be cool if he faced Batman. In the first meeting, it was like, “Maybe Batman?” Maybe at the end of the second movie, some Kryptonite gets delivered to Bruce Wayne’s house or something. Like in a cryptic way, that’s the first time we see him. But then, once you say it out loud, right? You’re in a story meeting talking about, like, who should [Superman] fight if he fought this giant alien threat Zod who was basically his equal physically, from his planet, fighting on our turf… You know, who to fight next? The problem is, once you say it out loud, then it’s kind of hard to go back, right? Once you say, “What about Batman?” then you realize, “Okay, that’s a cool idea. What else?” I mean, what do you say after that? …But I’m not gonna say at all that when I took the job to do Man of Steel that I did it in a subversive way to get to Batman. I really believe that only after contemplating who could face [Superman] did Batman come into the picture.”
Cannes: New Looks At Juliette Binoche & Kristen Stewart In ‘Clouds Of Sils Maria’ & 6 Images From Ken Loach’s ‘Jimmy’s Hall’
A couple of new images from two highly anticipated Cannes entries have hit the web this afternoon. First up, and following the release of six images earlier this week, a further three images have arrived online from Olivier Assayas’ ‘Clouds Of Sils Maria.’ The film is said to explore “middle age and that introspective period where one questions how they’ve spent their life so far and what they’ve accomplished.” The title refers to the Swiss setting, with Kristen Stewart playing the assistant to Juliette Binoche’s lead character, an actress who becomes obsessed with a young Hollywood starlet (Chloë Grace Moretz) playing the role that made the older actress famous when she was young. Lars Eidinger, Johnny Flynn and Brady Corbet co-star. Source: The Film Stage.
The full synopsis for ‘Clouds Of Sils Maria’ is follows: At the peak of her international career, Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years ago. But back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young girl who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. Now she is being asked to step into the other role, that of the older Helena.
Announced to premiere at Cannes earlier today, these first two images have landed online from Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut ‘Lost River’ (formerly titled ‘How to Catch a Monster’). Christina Hendricks, Iain De Caestecker, Saoirse Ronan, Ben Mendelsohn, Eva Mendes, Matt Smith and Rob Zabrecky star in the modern fantasy-drama, for which Gosling has also written the screenplay. ‘Lost River’ weaves elements of fantasy noir, and suspense into a modern day fairy tale. Set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, Billy (Hendricks), a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son, Bones, discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery, if their family is to survive.
‘Lost River’ marks Ryan Gosling’s first time writing and directing a feature film. Gosling is an Oscar nominated actor having starred in films including ‘The Place Beyond the Pines,’ ‘Drive,’ ‘Lars and the Real Girl,’ ‘Blue Valentine,’ ‘Gangster Squad’ and ‘Half Nelson,’ for which he received his Academy Award nomination. No release date has been set, yet expect to see ‘Lost River’ on the big screen later this year.