Review: 'Cinderella' conjures some new magic from a classic tale

Review: 'Cinderella' conjures some new magic from a classic tale

HitFix
B
Readers
n/a
Kenneth Branagh conjures some new magic from a classic tale

Over the past half decade Walt Disney Studios has spent a great deal of time and money to create live action versions of some of their own animated classics.  While these films have performed at the box office, creatively they were often lacking.  The studio may have finally found its own fairy godmother in the form of director Kenneth Branagh and his new adaptation of “Cinderella.”

Read Full Post
Hugh Jackman just couldn't get that mullet to grow fast enough for 'Chappie'

Hugh Jackman just couldn't get that mullet to grow fast enough for 'Chappie'

The first of two rare villainous roles this year for the Aussie

NEW YORK - Since bursting onto the international scene in "X-Men" 15 years ago, Hugh Jackman has almost always played the hero.  It appears 2015 will be the one year where he goes against type.  This summer he'll bring Blackbeard the Pirate to life in Joe Wright's "Pan," but first he makes Dev Patel's life hellish in Neill Blomkamp's "Chappie" which opens on Friday.

Read Full Post
Kristen Stewart continues her own path with new Kelly Reichardt film

Kristen Stewart continues her own path with new Kelly Reichardt film

Cesar winner sticking to indies...for now

Did you know that Kristen Stewart made history a week ago? The 24-year-old actress became the first American woman to win a prestigious Cesar Award, France's own version of the Academy Award. She also won it for an English-speaking role.  Think about that for a second.  This honor hasn't been bestowed upon Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams, Sigourney Weaver, Natalie Portman, Glenn Close, Susan Sarandon or any other globally acclaimed American actress over the past 30 years. No, it was Kristen Stewart who broke the French's reticence to reward anyone but their own.  Stewart, an actress who continues to (mostly) put studio work behind her following a string of acclaimed performance in indie films over the past year.  That career path continues with her next endeavor, the "Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project,"

Read Full Post
Remembering the filmmaking talents of Leonard Nimoy

Remembering the filmmaking talents of Leonard Nimoy

His work behind the camera lives on in many ways

Leonard Nimoy will be remembered for many things. Foremost is creating an iconic character known the world over, but his contributions to the world of entertainment go far beyond what he achieved in front of the camera. He was also a writer, an artist and a director. As a filmmaker, he actually helmed two of the biggest hits of the 1980s, "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" and "Three Men and a Baby." If moviegoers should have any regrets for Nimoy it's that he only made a few more films after those blockbusters. But his legacy lives on in many ways. It certainly lives on with me.

Read Full Post
First Look: Eddie Redmayne goes from Oscar to 'The Danish Girl'

First Look: Eddie Redmayne goes from Oscar to 'The Danish Girl'

Could the 'Theory of Everything' star go back to back?

It took a long time to get off the ground, but the big screen adaptation of David Ebershoff's novel "The Danish Girl" is finally in production.  The fictionalized account Lili Elbe's life features Eddie Redmanye in the title role and reunites him with his "Les Miserables" director Tom Hooper.  The first image of this year's Best Actor winner as Elbe has now been revealed.

Read Full Post
New Awards Season Rules: Would more nominees help solve the Oscars' diversity problem?

New Awards Season Rules: Would more nominees help solve the Oscars' diversity problem?

Has it come to having Meryl ask Tina and Amy to host?

Excuse us if we go out on a limb here, but something tells us the collective brain trust at The Academy is glad this awards season has mercifully come to an end.

Read Full Post
'Chappie's' Sigourney Weaver thinks the new 'Ghostbusters' is 'awesome'

'Chappie's' Sigourney Weaver thinks the new 'Ghostbusters' is 'awesome'

And, yes, she's a big Neill Blomkamp fan

NEW YORK - Sigourney Weaver's long and illustrious career has allowed her the opportunity to work with some of the greatest directors of all-time.  Ridley Scott, James Cameron, David Fincher, Ang Lee, Roman Polanski, Mike Nichols and Peter Weir, just to name a few.  A number of those filmmakers have excelled in breaking down the conventions of science fiction in a number of modern day classics she's been lucky to be a part of (or, perhaps they were lucky to have her?) As Weaver notes, "it's a pretty short list" and therefore surprise then that she chose to appear in Neill Blomkamp's latest endeavor, "Chappie."

Read Full Post
Exclusive: Timothy Dalton is in pain in new 'Penny Dreadful' character posters

Exclusive: Timothy Dalton is in pain in new 'Penny Dreadful' character posters

Plus: Sembe looks to the heavens

Many TV viewers are counting the days for the return of "Game of Thrones" or "Mad Men."  Those are fine programs that I'll certainly enjoy every week, but the series I'm dying to return to television?  "Penny Dreadful."

Read Full Post
Has 'The Huntsman' made Jessica Chastain the Queen of Comic-Con 2015?

Has 'The Huntsman' made Jessica Chastain the Queen of Comic-Con 2015?

Oscar nominee's glorious run with Sci-Fi and Fantasy continues

Is there any actress who appears as though she's having the time of her life than Jessica Chastain?  The two-time Academy Award nominee has joined Amy Adams as the next great American actress ready to be coronated for her body of work, but clearly isn't relegating herself to prestige fare.  Today, Deadline reported that Chastain is joining Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron in "The Huntsman," and, quite honestly, the news made us smile.

Read Full Post
'Birdman' puts Fox Searchlight and New Regency at the top of the Oscar mountain

'Birdman' puts Fox Searchlight and New Regency at the top of the Oscar mountain

Some major takeaways for all the players in the awards season game

The ripples from the 87th Academy Awards will be felt for years to come. Most are positive, some are negative, but beyond a disappointingly long and unfunny telecast this wasn't an Oscar season that will be forgotten anytime soon.

Read Full Post