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Danny Boyle has been growing up a lot since he broke on to the international scene with Trainspotting, make everything from a sci-fi epic (Sunshine) to a Best Picture winner (Slumdog Millionaire) to the opening ceremony of the Olympics. But odds are he's still really good at telling gritty stories about Scottish blokes who get wrapped up in crime
Welcome to the Punch posits McAvoy opposite always-stellar supporting player Mark Strong, who portrays Jacob Sternwood, the notorious aforementioned baddie who comes out of hiding to visit his ailing son in a London hospital. But just when officer Max Lewinsky thinks this case is closed, he discovers there's more to it than he ever imagined, and he and Sternwood will need to team up.
Just days ago we got a first look at the film that stars James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel. Already Trance has found a UK distributor in Pathé and Twentieth Century Fox, and will hit theaters there on March 27th. Fox Searchlight will be bringing the British feature Stateside...
It's a clever image that hints to the two separate films as well as the two distinct sides of the story. Take a look at how the poster works even if flipped upside down complete with matching credit text facing the right way. The only thing I really must ding this poster for is the confounding photoshopping.
I have bad news for all of you who started thinking of Star Trek/X-Men crossovers when it was announced that James McAvoy would be starring in director Bill Condon's upcoming Wikileaks movie alongside Benedict Cumberbatch - it turns out that Professor Xavier won't be involved with the true-life drama and has been replaced.
It sounds like the film will largely focus on the partnership between the two men, so it's unclear how Linney will fit in, or how large her role will be. But Linney joining pretty much any cast is a good thing, and with Bill Condon directing (stepping back into prestige fare after making three Twilight movies), he seems to be gathering up a stellar cast to support his fascinating story
Domscheit-Berg was much more than just an Assange biographer. He met Assange in 2007 and eventually became a spokesperson for WIkiLeaks and Assange's right-hand man, led by the belief that the two could change the world by accessing extremely sensitive information about world governments and exposing them. Domscheit-Berg left in 2010
Now it's up to us to figure out how this fits into last fall's news about Derek Haas and Michael Brandt writing the script, since A) there are two of them and not just "the writer" as Bekmambetov says, and B) if he came up with this idea a few weeks ago, what have they been working on for the last 9 months?
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.