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That quiet turn in First Class means it feels like it's been forever since McAvoy was onscreen--well, that and his starring role in Robert Redford's The Conspirator, which absolutely nobody saw. So it's good to hear that not only does he have the British indies Filth and Welcome to the Punch coming later this year
Four years ago, British writer/director Eran Creevy made a name for himself with his debut film Shifty. The independently made, gritty crime drama marked the arrival of an important new presence on the U.K. film scene. The feature even ended up being nominated, despite its insanely low budget, for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer at the BAFTAs.
I love Christmas as much as the next person, probably more than the next person, but it takes a lot to start get me excited about the holiday when I haven't even figured out what i want to dress as for Halloween. Lucky for the people at Sony Pictures who are trying to promote Arthur Christmas, they've sent James McAvoy to do the job
The lead character of Irvine Welsh's Filth sounds like a dream job for any actor. Bruce Robertson is a Scottish cop and misanthrope who is addicted to sex and drugs and would rather spend his days pranking his fellow police offers than doing his job. It's nothing you wouldn't expect from the author of Trainspotting, but what performer wouldn't want to try their hand at playing someone like that?
Here's the thing: First Class is actually pretty awesome. The '60s period setting works beautifully on both a thematic and visual level. It focuses on the most interesting relationship in X-mythology, that between Charles Xavier and Erik "Magneto" Lehnsherr. It portrays Charles as a swinging ladies' man who picks up chicks using evolutionary biology and says "groovy" a lot.
As Boyle snaps crucial pieces into place for his developing feature Trance, a bank-heist-gone-wrong thriller, casting rumors continue to swirl. While James McAvoy reportedly is locked into the role of Simon, Twitch Film says Boyle wants Colin Firth to take Fassbender’s place in the role of Aiden.
There will be 13 deleted scenes on the First Class DVD, according to the BBFC’s site. Just don’t expect a lot more insight into the finished product, as the site says all 13, collectively, will run just under 14 minutes and reportedly would revolve around Rose Byrne’s character Moira MacTaggart and her relationship with James McAvoy’s Charles Xavier.
While details about the character and plot are slim, McAvoy would play a man named Simon who is somehow involved in the bank-heist-gone-wrong. While the reason isn't mentioned, Fassbender dropped out of the project, though, considering his heavy workload, it wouldn't be too surprising if the reason was scheduling issues.
Riseborough, who had parts in both Made in Dagenham and Mark Romanek’s moody Never Let Me Go, has been cast opposite X-Men: First Class star James McAvoy in the British crime drama Welcome to the Punch. No word yet on who the actress would play.
Both McAvoy and Fassbender have been turning in fierce, hugely varied performances in smaller movies for several years now, the kind that gets critics murmuring amongst themselves "Who is this guy?"
Try as we might to steer you in the direction of quality films, it is all too common that the dumbest titles make all the money the box office has to offer. Just look at the past two weekends: despite only a third of critics actually liking the movies, both Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and The Hangover Part II opened at number one and both have already made more than $100 million.
Jim Lemley, the producing partner of Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov, recently said they’d still like to tell more stories from that gun-toting universe (adapted from Mark Millar’s comic book series) and have not ruled out Jolie’s participation. The actress, however, has said in the past that she would not return for potential sequels, so Lemley said they’re circling is big enough that the franchise could move forward without her.
Ryan Gosling had been in mind at one point to play the lead role, a journalist based on Gervasi himself, but has since backed away. Peter Dinklage has apparently already done screen tests as Villechaize, which is excellent news not only because Dinklage is the only prominent dwarf actor working today
Here's a brief word of advice to movie marketers regarding the evolution of the movie poster in the last decade or so: just because Photoshop exists, does not mean you have to overuse it. Of course it’s going to get used for some touching up and to add some neat text and whatnot
I talked to McAvoy on the phone earlier this week about the research that went into starring in The Conspirator, how he got over his initial terror of Redford, and why this particular segment of history resonates with him. We touched very briefly on X-Men: First Class at the end
Wright has been very vocal about wanting McAvoy for the film, but it's been unclear if McAvoy's schedule would cooperate; based on what he told me it seems that's still very much up in the air.
The director seems to be deliberately describing Welcome to the Punch in a vague way, so it's hard to know what kind of role McAvoy might wind up playing, but I'm rooting for something shady and villainous
Cumberbatch actually makes this even more of an Atonement reunion, having played the actual rapist who goes off scot free when Ronan's character Briony accuses McAvoy instead. The British actor has been working steadily for years in all kinds of films you might recognize him in
Up until now, the key behind the marketing for X-Men: First Class has been making sure that absolutely everyone knows that it's a prequel starring Charles Xavier before he became Professor X and Erik Lehnsherr before he became Magneto. But one of the coolest things about the film is that it will be a period piece, set in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Now they are finally embracing it.
Though Hanna, a modern-day action thriller with strong fairy tale elements, is a bit of a departure from the polished period world of Atonement, Anna Karenina gets Wright back to what he established early as his wheelhouse. It's a classic story that's building a phenomenal cast
While chatting up Insidious, Byrne took the time to update us on the new X-Men film, her experience making it, her affection for how universal the X-Men world is, and even her plans for potential sequels. Check it all out in the video clip below
Last we heard from the live-action, English-language Akira remake, things weren't looking so great. The script was being re-written by Steve Kloves and Mila Kunis bailed to be in Oz: The Great and Powerful. Even worse, director Albert Hughes found himself headbutting with the head of Warner Bros., who apparently called Brad Pitt to try and get him cast in the film.
Last Monday saw the release of two international posters for X-Men: First Class. While it seemed as though they were going a bit overboard with the "this is a prequel!" bit, I did like the overall design and the use of reflections. So what are they giving us on the domestic front? Absolute horribleness.
Whether you know him has Mr. Tumnus from The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, Dr. Nicholas Garrigan in The Last King of Scotland, Robbie Turner in
If you've been following the site for the better part of the last week you know that the Sundance Film Festival is in full swing down in Park City, Utah. In operation since 1978 with the great Robert Redford