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Andy Serkis is spoilt for choice. He loves acting and, inevitably, performance capture and now adds directing to the list as Breathe, his first film as director to reach cinemas, opens in the UK this week. It’s based on the inspirational true story of Robin Cavendish (played by Andrew Garfield) who was diagnosed with polio in the 1950s, a time when the disease was regarded as a death sentence. Despite being given just three months to live and with the support of his determined wife, Diana (Claire Foy), he became one of the longest lived polio survivors in Great Britain.
The film opened this year’s London Film Festival and Serkis was fresh from the gala premiere when he spoke to Flickering Myth’s Freda Cooper about his own, very personal connection with the film and what it demonstrates about attitudes to disability. He also gives a taste of »
- Freda Cooper
Enter here for your chance to win a pair of run of engagement (Roe) passes to see the new film from director Andy Serkis, Breathe starring Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Tom Hollander, and Hugh Bonneville.
For your chance to receive two (2) Roe passes to see the new film Breathe, just look for the “Enter the Contest” box further down on this page. But hurry because there are a limited number of passes available and when they’re gone, they’re gone! The contest will end on Wednesday, October 25th at midnight.
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Breathe: For his directorial debut, Andy Serkis brings to life the inspiring true love story between Robin and Diana Cavendish (Academy Award® nominee Andrew Garfield, Golden Globe® winner Claire Foy), an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. When Robin is struck down by polio at the age »
Last month it was announced that The Crown’s Claire Foy has been cast as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Spider’s Web, and now comes word from Variety that Blade Runner 2049 star Sylvia Hoeks has signed on to play Lisbeth’s evil twin sister Camilla.
Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead, Don’t Breathe) is directing the film, which will reboot Sony’s Millennium franchise following the 2011 adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The script has been written by Alvarez, Jay Basu and Steven Knight, from David Lagercrantz’s novel of the same name.
Dutch actress Hoeks portrayed Luv in Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, and will next be seen in the Luc Besson scripted action thriller Renegades alongside Sullivan Stapleton, J.K. Simmons and Charlie Bewley.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web is set for release on October 5th 2018. »
- Gary Collinson
Fresh off of owning her role as Luv in Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049, Variety has announced exclusively that actress Sylvia Hoeks is in talks to join the cast of The Girl In The Spider's Web, a sequel to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Back in September, it was announced that Claire Foy had signed onto the thriller to star as Lisbeth Salander, the Dragon... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
Foy, who stars in the Netflix series “The Crown,” is on board to play Lisbeth Salander. The new installment of Sony Pictures’ Millennium franchise will commence production in January in Berlin and Stockholm. The film hits theaters on Oct. 19, 2018.
The studio had no comment on the casting. »
- Justin Kroll
Motion capture legend Andy Serkis steps behind the camera for Breathe. His directorial debut is not a special effects juggernaut, but a warm and uplifting film about love conquering tragedy. Breathe is the remarkable true story of Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield). He transcended debilitating paralysis with the steadfast support of his loving wife, Diana (Claire Foy). Their commitment to each other, and making life better for those similarly afflicted, is a joy to behold on screen.
The story begins in the late 1950's with Robin Cavendish meeting Diana Blacker at a summer party. A tea merchant with moderate means, Cavendish was smitten by Blacker's beauty. She was equally besotted by the handsome bachelor with a big smile and playful nature. Their whirlwind romance resulted in a quick marriage, much to the concern of her twin brothers (Tom Hollander); who had hoped for a wealthier suitor.
The fairy tale romance of »
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– The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that Academy Award–winning actor Helen Mirren will be honored at the 45th Chaplin Award Gala on Monday, April 30, 2018. A beloved figure of stage, screen, and television, Mirren has bestowed upon the world a series of iconic performances in a career spanning more than fifty years. The annual event will be attended by a host of notable guests and presenters and will include movie and interview clips, culminating in the presentation of the Chaplin Award.
“It is an honor and a pleasure for us to present Helen Mirren with our 45th Chaplin Award,” said Ann Tenenbaum, the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Board Chairman. “From housemaid to Queen and everything in between, Ms. Mirren has delivered masterful performances of complex characters, upending stereotype after stereotype along the way. »
- Kate Erbland
(l -r) Hugh Bonneville stars as Teddy Hall, Claire Foy and Andrew Garfield as Diana and Robin Cavendish, Harry Marcus as their son Jonathan (age 10) and Tom Hollander as David Blacker in Breathe, a Bleecker Street and Participant Media release.Credit: David Bloomer / Bleecker Street | Participant Media
Everyone wants to live life as they chose but in the 1950s, options were severely limited for someone paralyzed. At that time, paralysis usually meant a short life, confined to a hospital on a stationary breathing machine or in an iron lung. Being on a respirator meant not even being able to get about in a wheelchair. Robin Cavendish did not want that life, and thanks to his wife and friends, he did not have to live that way.
- Cate Marquis
Directed by Andy Serkis.
The inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. Their heartwarming celebration of human possibility marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis.
Andy Serkis is clearly a master at expressing emotion without the means to speak or emote like a regular human being (he is most famous for motion capture work, specifically as Caesar in the recent Planet of the Apes trilogy), so it only feels right that he doesn’t stray too far from his comfort zone with his directorial debut, Breathe. The film tells the true life story of Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield in a hugely limited physical role that he impresses in, assuredly thanks to both his natural talent »
- Robert Kojder
For his directorial debut with Breathe, Andy Serkis brings to life the inspiring true love story between Robin (Andrew Garfield) and Diana Cavendish (Claire Foy), an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. Bring the tissues for this one emotional roller coaster. A great date movie!
An amazing cast in this one with Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin and Jennifer Connelly, Only the Brave is based on the real-life Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group of firefighters who courageously battled one of the deadliest wildfires in history, the Yarnell Hill Fire, in order to save an Arizona town. Check this one out in IMAX! »
- Tanner Zipchen
Garfield takes on the true story of Robin Cavendish, a man who was diagnosed with polio at the age of twenty-eight and who became an advocate for the disabled. In order to play the role, Garfield had to try and understand what it would mean to be paralyzed. The film also follows the strength of his marriage with his wife Diane (Claire Foy), making this an incredible love story about perseverance in the face of tragedy.
You can hear all the details in our interview with Garfield, Claire Foy and first time director Andy Serkis below! Breathe opens at select Cineplex theatres on October 20th. Click here for tickets and showtimes! »
- Adriana Floridia
I love, love, love talking to Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy! Their chemistry off-screen is as palpable on-screen. The two are starring in the new romance biopic .Breathe. from director Andy Serkis. Garfield is Robin and Foy is Diana, they.re an adventurous couple who refuses to give in to a debilitating disease. Witness their love triumph above all else! The stars talk about their interest in making the film, and what would they do for love.
We all love Andy Serkis as an actor having breathed life into characters such as Gollum in .the Lord of the Rings. and .The Hobbit. and Caesar in the .Planet of the Apes. trilogy. In .Breathe,. Serkis is making his first big jump directing a full feature film with help from Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy.
I sat down with Serkis at the Toronto International Film Festival to get the inside scoop on making .Breathe..
Chicago – The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival has kicked off, and the first weekend has already unspooled. But what is coming up for the Week One as the Festival kicks into gear? HollywoodChicago.com’s Patrick McDonald and Jon Lennon Espino preview the films and events to put on your list.
Each review is designated by (Je) Jon Espino and (Pm) Patrick McDonald. For a Pdf connection to the complete schedule, click here.
Photo credit: Chicago International Film Festival
Master of motion capture Andy Serkis makes his directorial debut in the form of a love story that turns into an inspirational tale. Necessity is the mother of all invention, and this story shows us how Robin (Andrew Garfield) and Diana Cavendish (Claire Foy) turned their love – with the aid of white privilege and wealth – into hope for people with debilitating polio. Garfield delivers a fantastic performance, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected),” which debuted in competition in Cannes and scored fresh acclaim at the New York Film Festival, is a day-and-date Netflix release, so no numbers are reported. It’s likely that the family comedy starring Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman, who all did substantial press, played well enough at high-end theaters in New York and L.A. to take a bite out of its competitors.
Despite the lack of reported numbers, a glance at the pre-buy seating chart for the Landmark theater in West Los Angeles for Sunday shows in a theater with over 100 seats that are close to sellouts hours ahead of time suggests a weekend total that might be roughly $20,000 (roughly).That’s impressive for a film that any Netflix subscriber can see at home.
Other openers continued the string of movies about real people that are dominating the specialized release schedule. »
- Tom Brueggemann
More than a dozen new Specialty releases will crowd the fall box office this weekend, adding more heft to an already busy marketplace. Participant Media has two titles opening in theaters today, including Breathe (released with Bleecker Street) starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, as well as Human Flow by Chinese artist/activist/filmmaker Ai Weiwei. The company partnered with Amazon Studios on the documentary hitting theaters in New York and D.C. today. Fox… »
The last time I spoke to Claire Foy it was the night before her final day of shooting “The Crown.” She played Queen Elizabeth II for two seasons on Peter Morgan’s acclaimed Netflix series and earned Emmy, BAFTA, SAG Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for her performance. The second season debuts December 8, but in the meantime Foy is focused on her burgeoning movie career.
Foy plays Diana Cavendish, the wife of disabled persons advocate Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield) in Andy Serkis’ “Breathe.” It’s another impressive, if not period piece turn for the Brit even if the reviews are probably not as pleasant as U.S.
- Gregory Ellwood
There are cynics out there who snicker at any film, based on a true story, that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit at overcoming a physical handicap. I've been among the snickerers myself. But Breathe, the first film directed by motion-capture acting wizard Andy Serkis (Gollum, Snoke, King Kong, Caesar the ape), wore me down by the sheer force of its sincerity. Does the script by William Nicholson sometimes hit the sentiment pedal too hard? It does. But look at the tale it's telling.
Andrew Garfield gives a fierce, »
From its opening aerial shots, to the stylized font used to announce its title, it’s pretty clear that Andy Serkis’ Breathe is a throwback to a kind of movie Hollywood specialized in a very long time ago: the inspirational melodrama based on a true story that once would’ve starred Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. Breathe stars Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy as Robin and Diana Cavendish, respectively, the married couple who revolutionized the way in which the world saw people with disabilities. When we first meet them in the late 1950s, Robin is a bright eyed young man ready to conquer the world. He sets his eye on the beautiful Diana at a cricket game, and despite his friends suggesting she would never go for a guy like him, within the first ten minutes of the film they get married, she’s expecting a child, and he’s »
- Jose Solís
The new horror installment is taking a stab at the weekend’s top spot as it tracks for an opening weekend around $15 million to $20 million from 3,130 locations. The low-budget release is timed to Friday the 13th, and two weekends before Halloween. It will also open in 12 territories abroad, including Australia, Brazil, and Netherlands, with additional markets rolling out through November.
A horror spin on “Groundhog Day,” “Happy Death Day” centers on Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) as a woman who wakes up to the same day — her birthday — every day, and is murdered every time. Christopher B. Landon directed the film based on a script by Scott Lobdell.
Earlier this year in January, Blumhouse’s “Split” opened to a monster $40 million in January, and went on »
- Seth Kelley
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