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Patrick Schwarzenegger Joins Alice Eve and Thomas Jane in Sci-Fi Thriller Warning

Patrick Schwarzenegger Joins Alice Eve and Thomas Jane in Sci-Fi Thriller Warning
Arnold Schwarzenegger's son Patrick Schwarzenegger has just snagged an all-new role in director Agata Alexander's upcoming sci-fi thriller Warning co-starring Annabelle Wallis, Alice Eve, Alex Pettyfer, and the one and only Thomas Jane. Filming is now underway over in Poland, which is being described as - wait for it - a sci-fi thriller that explores the meaning of life when disparate lives collide in interweaving stories set in the near-future earth. Huh. Okay. Sounds... intense. All jokes aside, the movie marks the feature debut of Hard Day of the Dead and Hard Summer music video director Agata Alexander who co-wrote the original screenplay along with Rob Michaelson and actor, comedian, voice-over artist, musician, and award-winning impressionist Jason Kaye.

Patrick Schwarzenegger will be joing one killer cast which at the time of this writing includes the above-mentioned star power of Annabelle Wallis, Alice Eve, Alex Pettyfer, and the one and only Thomas Jane.
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Alex Rider Teen Spy TV Series Reveals its Cast

Joseph Baxter Apr 24, 2019

Anthony Horowitz’s teen spy novel franchise, Alex Rider, is coming to television.

The Alex Rider Ya literary franchise is about to step into the realm of television.

Back in July 2018, U.K.-based indie company Eleventh Hour Films received a major boost to its spec project from Sony Pictures Television, having landed the rights to bring British author Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider books to the small screen.

The television project will manifest as an eight-episode offering on a network/platform to be determined, adapting the second book in Horowitz’s novel series, Point Blanc.

Alex Rider TV Series Cast

Otto Farrant will star as the titular teen spy, Alex Rider, winning the role in the culmination of a wide star search, reports Deadline. It’s a major step up for Farrant, who recently appeared opposite Ruth Wilson in the BBC One miniseries, Mrs. Wilson, having
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Alex Rider is heading to the small screen

Variety is reporting that Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider is heading to the small screen, with Eleventh Hour Films and ITV tapping Guy Burt (Borgia) to develop a TV series based upon the teen super spy.

The Alex Rider book series launched in 2000, and has went on to sell over 16 million copies worldwide. The TV series will skew older than the teenage target audience of the books, and will be presented as event dramas for family audiences.

“[Burt] is cleverly expanding the characters whilst staying true to the spirit of the original novels to ensure that the series will appeal to both loyal fans and a new generation of viewers,” said Horowitz.

The series was previously adapted for the big screen in 2006, with Alex Pettyfer starring in Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker, based upon the first book in the series.
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Elvis & Nixon review

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Kevin Spacey is Nixon and Michael Shannon is Elvis in this slightly disjointed but often very fun drama...

If you were to draw up a list of likely actors to play Elvis, I’d wager that Michael Shannon wouldn’t come particularly high up in the rankings. His acting chops are well proven, but he comes with an enigmatic energy which is so quintessentially Shannon that it would be hard for the viewer to shake that and truly believe they’re watching The King.

This was my worry going into Elvis & Nixon, and this is still how I feel after Elvis & Nixon. But that isn’t to say that there weren’t moments of fun in between. True, I never suspended my disbelief long enough to forget that I was watching General Zod as Elvis - with all the wiry Shannon eccentricities and not much of the “uh,
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Watch the trailer for Kicking Off starring Warren Brown and Greg McHugh

Arriving in cinemas on the April 21st and on DVD on April 25th is Kicking Off, a football-centred comedy starring Warren Brown, Greg McHugh and Alistair Petrie, and we have the trailer for you below…

Despite a mare of a season, loyal fans Wigsy (Warren Brown) and Cliff (Greg McHugh) join the thousands of adoring supporters each Saturday in the terraces to sing and cheer their boys to victory. But today is different. Today is important. Win: they stay up. Lose: they go down. In the dying moments of the match, unbelievable elation as their team score is immediately followed by unbelievable deflation as the Ref (Alistair Petrie) disallows the goal. This, compounded by a moody goal at the other end, sends the losing supporters into a rioting frenzy. Disenfranchised by the impotency of the rioting hooligans to cause any real change, but determined to right this injustice, Wigsy and
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Anthony Horowitz webchat – post your questions now

The writer was online to answer questions about James Bond, Sherlock Holmes, Foyle’s War and whether he is ever mistaken for David Walliams (he’s not)

2.06pm GMT

And finally, philipphilip99 asks:

Have you ever given up on a novel? If so, why?

Great last question. Generally I don't start a book until I know everything about it, including the fact that it's probably worth writing. Frankly, life's too short to write ten or twenty thousand words and then throw them away. I'm currently writing a new novel, Magpie Murders, and I'm 90,000 words in. In fact, I'm off now to write the next chapter (my biggest fear being that I'll be run over by a bus on the way home).

Can I thank everyone for these great questions - it's been a real pleasure doing this with the Guardian. And thanks also to the fastest typist on the planet
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18 films that took their inspiration from James Bond movies

Bourne and Mission: Impossible, right back to Harry Palmer and Danger Diabolik - meet the many pretenders to James Bond's throne...

Since 1962, the James Bond franchise has come to define the spy genre, for good or ill. More broadly, every thriller and action film that comes out now either uses them as inspiration, or attempts to ignore or re-work the tropes that have come to be associated with the series.

Coming off the release of Kingsman: The Secret Service, and with the release of a new Bond film this year, now seems like the perfect time to take a look at a sample of the films which have been inspired by James Bond — either as homages, parodies or reactions.

The Ipcress File (1965)

Produced by James Bond producer Harry Saltzman as a more grounded alternative to the largesse of Bond, The Ipcress File is more concerned with the intricacies of real spy-work — the endless paperwork,
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13 British comedy stars lured to Hollywood in the 1990s

Hollywood went hunting for lots of British comedy talent in the 1990s - and lured the likes of Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson...

For some reason, Hollywood fell in love with British actors again in the 1990s. Sparked by Alan Rickman's turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard at the back end of the 1980s, many movie villains were either Brits, or in the case of Cliffhanger, John Lithgow taking on the mannerisms of a British antagonist.

Yet in particular, Hollywood went recruiting British comedy talent, with faces then mainly - but not exclusively - known for their small screen work getting roles of various sizes in Hollywood productions. Here are some who racked up the air miles - starting with the man who arguably became one of the most successful...

Hugh Laurie - 101 Dalmatians

Laurie is a man of many talents, who ultimately cracked America with
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9 franchise-starting young adult films that struggled

For every Harry Potter or Hunger Games series, there are those franchises that didn't quite set the world on fire...

Since Insurgent came out, I’ve been thinking about those less fortunate: the franchise wannabes. While Divergent may have succeeded financially, (a film that rode on the coat-tails of the even more lucrative The Hunger Games franchise) there are others who didn’t quite make it into the movie world’s big leagues. These are the franchise-starters that flopped, the films produced with the optimistic hope that they will bring in the readies and kick-start Hollywood’s latest franchise. Worse luck for them, really.

For the sake of simplicity, this list will zero in on Ya franchise-starters, films adapted from a young adult novel or with that audience in mind. There are plenty of more mature films that struggled such as Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time, The A-Team
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It’s Showtime For Gerard Depardieu In Wwi Drama

Gerard Depardieu will be joining the cast of new Hungarian drama It’S Showtime, Siberia.

The film follows a group of POWs in a Siberian camp during Wwi, who put on an old musical (stage show The Czardash Princess, which was first performed in 1915).

Depardieu is not the only big name connected to the project. Sarah Bolger (Stormbreaker, The Tudors) stars as a singer and Jamie Campbell Bower as the conductor. Academy Award winning director Robert Dornhelm (documentary The Children Of Theatre Street) will be behind the camera.

It’S Showtime Siberia sounds like a mixture of Life Is Beautiful and Timberlake Wertenbaker’s stage drama Our Country’s Good, both of which explore the use of art and humour in the face of extreme adversity and dehumanisation. The former follows a father’s attempts to “rescue” his son from the reality of the concentration camp they’ve been sent
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Watch: 8 Clips From Halle Berry's Former Awards Season Bait 'Frankie & Alice'

A 1970s set drama about a young black woman suffering from personality disorder? If that doesn't tick a few obvious Oscar boxes, we don't know what does, and Halle Berry certainly thought she'd have another shot at an award. Way back in 2010, "Frankie & Alice" was being positioned as a contender, but it barely made ripple and wound up sitting on a shelf for four years awaiting the light of day. Well, that day arrives this weekend and eight clips have dropped to compel you to give in to your curiosity. This story centers on a young woman with a personality disorder who struggles to contain her racist alter-ego, with Stellan Skarsgård, Chandra Wilson and Phylicia Rashad supporting and Geoffrey Sax ("White Noise," "Alex Rider: Stormbreaker") behind the camera. That does sound good on paper but good movies don't generally sit on a shelf for four years only to quietly hit
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Watch: Trailer For Halle Berry's Former Oscar Contender 'Frankie & Alice'

Once upon a time, way, way back in 2010, Halle Berry was gunning for her second Oscar nomination (after winning for "Monster's Ball") with "Frankie & Alice." At the time, it was an indie film without a major studio behind it, but that didn't deter the actress, who was hoping her turn as a mentally ill woman would garner some attention. It didn't. Now here we are four years later, with the movie quietly headed to theaters.  Co-starring Stellan Skarsgård, Chandra Wilson and Phylicia Rashad, and directed by Geoffrey Sax ("White Noise," "Alex Rider: Stormbreaker"), the 1970s-set drama centers on a young woman with a personality disorder (Berry) who struggles to contain her racist alter-ego. And the first trailer reveals that there is nothing particularly subtle about this one, with Berry mostly flailing her arms and running around as her hidden personality rises to the surface when dramatically necessary. Sometimes, things sit on a shelf for a.
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'Homeland's Damian Lewis to play Nicole Kidman's love interest in Werner Herzog's 'Queen of the Desert'

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"Homeland" star Damian Lewis just landed an exciting film role. He's joined Werner Herzog's new drama "Queen of the Desert," which is a biopic about the life of Gertrude Bell.

Already lined up for the role of Bell is Nicole Kidman. Lewis will play her love interest, Lt. Col. Charles Doughty-Wylie, Deadline reports. In real life, Doughty-Wylie was a married but unhappy British war hero who engaged in an affair with Bell for two years which was committed through love letters until his death.

Production on "Queen of the Desert" is slated to begin in December. Though Lewis is best known for his role in "Homeland," the Brit has had his fair share of film roles. Most recently he starred in "Romeo and Juliet" is Lord Capulet, but he also was in the comedy "Your Highness," the teen action flick "Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker" and the Jennifer Lopez movie "An Unfinished Life.
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Damian Lewis To Star Opposite Nicole Kidman’s ‘Queen of the Desert’

The Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning British actor Damian Lewis is best known for his roles in popular series Band Of Brothers and Homeland, and much less so for his part in the dreadful and blasphemous (to the source material) Stormbreaker. That comment wasn’t too relevant, but I found my old Stormbreaker DVD yesterday and nearly cried from the memories. It’s now in a pile ready to go to the charity shop, from where some poor sod will purchase it and regret the decision for life. But at least I’ll be rid of it.

Random tangent aside, the brilliant Damian Lewis is set to star opposite Nicole Kidman in Queen Of The Desert, directed by Werner Herzog (Bad Lieutenant). The true-story film follows Kidman as archaeologist, writer and spy Gertrude Bell who, in the early 20th century, traveled throughout the Middle East and became an influential political officer in modern Iraq.
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Two New Names in Jj Abrams Star Wars.

Actress Rachel Hurd-Wood has reportedly been auditioning for the role of Princess Leia’s daughter in Jj. Abrams up coming Star War’s sequels. She’s relatively unknown but for her work in Peter Pan and Tomorrow When The War Began, but she could certainly be a genetic cross between Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. Which is assumedly what they’re going for. While she’s not been cast as yet, Latino Review has reported that her involvement is “…confirmed via representation and other solid sources“.

Another name roused is British actor Alex Pettyfer, star of Alex Rider:Stormbreaker and Magic Mike. He appears to be and most probably is a test tube grown clone of Dolph Lundgren. No word has been given on his role but it seems likely to be the son of Luke Skywalker, which Ryan Gosling has recently turned down.

With Lucasfilm set reveal another casting decision soon,
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Band of Brothers – Where are they now?

Twelve years ago, HBO put to screen a miniseries that was one part Television event, one part historical drama, which had the considerable backing of executive producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks and the hype of being something of a spiritual successor to their highly acclaimed war film Saving Private Ryan. Through ten one hour long episodes, essentially using TV as a medium to explore a vast and epic journey through the Second World War that would simply be impossible to map on the big screen, and with Stephen E Ambrose’s critically acclaimed non-fiction book as source material and a huge cast representing a collective of real world heroes, one of the most ambitious storytelling exercises the small screen has ever mounted was brought to life. The result was much fanfare, both critically and among the masses, a recurring trope that continues to this day, and the fledgling start
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Peter Jackson to Shoot The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun in 2013

Peter Jackson to Shoot The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun in 2013
Director Peter Jackson will take a break from Middle Earth next year to shoot The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun. The filmmaker revealed during a Belgian press tour for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey that he hopes to shoot the performance capture sequel in 2013 for a 2015 release.

We reported last October that Peter Jackson will direct this sequel after he finishes work on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which at the time was only slated to be a two-part film. Now that he has a full-blown trilogy, with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug debuting next December and The Hobbit: There and Back Again closing out the series in December 2014, it leaves one to wonder where this busy filmmaker will find time in his schedule for a follow-up to last year's The Adventures of Tintin, directed by Steven Spielberg.

We reported last April that Anthony Horowitz (Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker
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Magic Mike Review: Charming and Dramatically Satisfying

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Easily the best film ever made about male strippers, Magic Mike is yet another feather in the cap of not only director Steven Soderbergh – who again proves himself adept at yet another genre – but star Channing Tatum, whose miraculous career turnaround this year is truly something to marvel at.

Finally appearing to realise the promise of his standout work in 2006’s A Guide to Recognising Your Saints, Tatum emerges as a source of both uproarious comedy and gravitas here, playing the titular Mike, a stripper who takes young drifter Adam (Alex Pettyfer) under his wing. Working with manager Dallas (Matthew McConaughey), the strip troupe teaches Adam everything they know, while Mike yearns to kick-start his life’s passion – a one-of-a-kind furnishings company – and quit the business altogether.

Though shrewdly marketed as lightweight fare for a girl’s night out, Magic Mike is in fact a far
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Magic Mike Review

There will be those who dismiss Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike outright for shamelessly pandering to straight women by delivering a film filled with hunky men getting naked. There’s more to the film than that, of course, but it is the primary draw, and some will see it as a needless exercise in sexual objectification.

As counterpoint, I submit the phrase “male gaze,” feminist Laura Mulvey’s infamous theory about how media is framed from the eyes of heterosexual men. It is an omnipresent trait of Hollywood films and American TV that women must be beautiful, scantily clad, and visually objectified to extremely heightened degrees while men dress and move, for the most part, like normal men. Take any summer blockbuster released this year, and you will see my point. Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, for instance, was the only member of The Avengers whose costume was entirely designed
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Alex Pettyfer Joins Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Deadline is reporting that actor Alex Pettyfer, who can next be seen in Magic Mike, will be joining Lee Daniels‘ upcoming film The Butler. He’ll be taking on the role of Thomas Westphall and he’ll join an already stellar cast that includes Forest Whitaker, David Oyelowo, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Oprah Winfrey, Minka Kelly, Cuba Gooding Jr, Terrance Howard, and Lenny Kravitz.

Not much is known about Pettyfer’s character aside from the fact that he’ll “appear early in the life of Forest Whitaker’s character and has a pivotal influence on the rest of that character’s life.” It’s pretty vague but it definitely sounds like the character will be of some importance.

While I’ve never been a fan of Pettyfer as an actor, despite him trying quite hard to make it big with potential franchise starters like I Am Number Four and Alex Rider: Stormbreaker,
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