Downton Abbey fans may be a tad surprised by Dan Stevens’ recent choice in roles, which include a gun-toting Kentucky army veteran in the bananas action movie The Guest (out Sept. 17) and a New York drug dealer in the Liam Neeson-starring private eye thriller, A Walk Among the Tombstones (out Sept. 19). But such projects are very much in the wheelhouse of the man who spent three years playing the period drama’s dashing Matthew Crawley, as this writer discovered when he recently met with the actor for a feature in this week’s Entertainment Weekly. “I’m a genre fan,” he explained, over dinner at a restaurant close to where the British actor now lives in Brooklyn.
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Hand-drawn animation needs a hero, and the latest project to champion the technique is an upstart steampunk adventure overseen by a group of veteran Disney and DreamWorks artists.
Hullabaloo is the Victorian era sci-fi story of Veronica Daring, a young scientist who goes on a quest to find her kidnapped inventor father. The title refers not just to the ruckus she causes, but is the codename for her secret, crime-fighting identity.
To complete her mission, Hullabaloo’s going to need friends, cunning, intelligence, and — in the real world, at least — some money. That’s where Indiegogo comes in with a fundraising campaign by creator James Lopez to raise $80,000 to produce a proof-of-concept short.
The dream: a full-length, hand-drawn feature film — something none of the major film studios plan to make in the foreseeable future.
The Dowdle brothers talk about shooting their horror-thriller 'As Above So Below' in the Paris catacombs
Ah, Paris. City of love, romance—and a terrifying network of skull-filled catacombs where filmmaking brothers Drew and John Erick Dowdle shot their new horror-thriller As Above So Below. “It is an extremely creepy place,” says director John Erick (Quarantine, Devil). “It really tweaks at the mind. You go down there and your pulse slows. It’s really weird.”
Last summer, Jon Stewart left his post on The Daily Show to shoot his debut film, Rosewater. Now, Stewart and Open World Films are giving viewers a look at his take on journalist Maziar Bahari’s memoir Then They Came for Me with the film’s first trailer.
In the trailer, the London-based Bahari, played by Gael García Bernal, leaves his pregnant fiancée to cover the 2009 Iranian presidential election. Bahari is then captured and tortured for 118 days, believed to be a spy by his interrogator. The film’s name comes from Bahari’s statement that the only distinctive feature of his captor, who kept him blindfolded, was that he smelled of rosewater. In an ironic twist, Bahari’s real-life interview on Stewart’s show was used as evidence by his captors of Bahari’s guilt, though the film looks to be too serious in tone to play up that plot point.
From the trailer, it seems Stewart’s directorial debut will use real-life news footage to ground the scenes Stewart shot, which were filmed in Jordan. Much of the trailer showcases snippets of Bahari’s introduction into the country and the torture he suffered.
Rosewater opens on Nov. 7, but will first be screened at the Telluride Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival.
Would you cut off your own foot to see Saw back on the big screen? If so, you’re crazy—but, also, here are some glad tidings. Lionsgate announced today that, to mark the 10th anniversary of director James Wan’s franchise-inaugurating horror movie, the film will return to cinemas on Oct. 31, with select screenings the night before.
If the story of skateboarding siblings Tas and Ben Pappas were an attempted trick jump, it would feature a remarkable ascent and a horrible, deadly landing.
How did a low budget horror movie about a diminutive Irish monster spawn five sequels, a new reboot, and the career of Jennifer Aniston? EW tracks the deranged history of the Leprechaun franchise.
British actor Warwick Davis says he has “specific” fans—well-wishers who want to discuss just one of the several fantasy franchises in which he has appeared. “People talk about Star Wars, people talk about Harry Potter,” he explains, “and people talk about Leprechaun.”
Teen tearjerker If I Stay (Cinema Score: A-) set the pace at the box office on Friday, but Guardians of the Galaxy may have enough fuel left to pass it and top the box office by Sunday night.
If I Stay, based on the novel of the same name by Gayle Forman and starring Chloë Grace Moretz, proved a draw for young audiences. Its $6.8 million opening day put it ahead of Marvel’s latest blockbuster, which added an estimated $4.8 million to its domestic total of $239.1 million. But tracking suggests the lead for the YA adaptation directed by R.J. Cutler may not hold up over the next two days.
Coming in at No. 3 was the pizza-loving pack in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with an estimated $4.54 million. Starring Megan Fox and Will Arnett, the comic book reboot has held strong for three weeks running, and its domestic total stands at an estimated $133.3 million. And there may be more in store for the half-shell heroes: the film has yet to open in international markets including Korea (Aug. 28), Spain and the U.K. (Oct. 17), and Japan (Dec. 19).
Fox comedy Let’s Be Cops came in at No. 4 with $3.2 million, bringing its domestic total to an estimated $35.7 million—a boon for a film that cost a reported $17 million to produce. When the Game Stands Tall, a biopic about an inspirational high school football coach played by Jim Caviezel. The sports flick took in $3 million, rounding out the top five. But it still outpaced disappointing newcomer Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For (Cinema Score B-), which came in at No. 6 with an estimated $2.6 million from 2,750 locations.
Here are the top five films:
1. If I Stay - $6.83 million (new)
2. Guardians of the Galaxy - $4.83 million ($239. 1 million total domestic total)
3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $4.54 million ($133.3 million total domestic total)
4. Let’s Be Cops – $3.23 million ($37.5 million domestic total)
5. When The Game Stands Tall – $3.0 million (new)
Behind Sin City 2 at No. 7 was The Weinstein Company’s The Giver at an estimated $2.1 million, followed by The Expendables 3 with $1.9 million (its estimated domestic gross currently stands at $22.8 million). Foodie flick The Hundred-Foot Journey brought in $1.6 million on Friday, bringing its estimated domestic gross to $28.8 million.
Check back Sunday for full weekend estimates.
One of the oddest tales this writer has ever reported on involves 1996’s box-office bomb The Island of Dr. Moreau, the third big-screen adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel about a scientist who tries to turn animals into people. The movie was a passion project of director Richard Stanley who had made a splash with his debut movie, the sci-fi action film Hardware, and who assembled a remarkable cast for his Moreau, which included Val Kilmer, Marlon Brando, David Thewlis, Fairuza Balk, and Ron Perlman. After just a few days of principal photography, he was fired from the film and ultimately replaced by veteran auteur John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate), but allegedly returned to haunt the set disguised as one of Moreau’s semi-human beasts. Despite, or more likely because of, such dedication to the cause, Stanley hasn’t made a feature film since, and sci-fi fans have been left to ponder what might have happened with both the film and his career had he been left in charge of the project.
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