I’d imagine that just about everyone who saw the final Twilight movie wondered why scenes featuring baby Renesmee used a CG infant. I certainly did. Despite being part of a weird film that caps off a weird series, that digital baby seemed way out of place.
That solution to putting the character on screen wasn’t always the plan. Producers commissioned an animatronic baby to use for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, and even filmed a few scenes with it. But the thing was so unsettlingly odd that director Bill Condon cut it from the picture. How creepy is the doll? So much so that everyone on set dubbed it “Chuckesmee,” after the demon doll Chucky from the Child’s Play films. See some wonderful footage below. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, September 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
Over a century since he first appeared in print, Sherlock Holmes is, if anything, more popular than ever. BBC’s Sherlock and CBS’ Elementary offer dueling visions of the famed detective in present-day London and New York, respectively, while Robert Downey Jr. plays a less modern, more Iron Man-y version of him in the Warner Bros. movie franchise.
Now the iconic British character is being reimagined yet again, this time by an iconic British actor. Ian McKellen will play a retired Sherlock Holmes for Bill Condon‘s A Slight Trick of the Mind, based on the novel by Mitch Cullin. Hit the jump for plot details and more.
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The first trailer for Bill Condon‘s The Fifth Estate, has just been released. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange, the October 18th release dramatizes the rise, and fall of the controversial website Wikileaks. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
We’ll be hearing arguments over which film really deserved the Best Picture Oscar for months, if not years, to come, but if the Razzie results are any indication there’s a firm consensus on which movie was the worst of 2012.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II swept this year’s proceedings, as seven out of their record-tying eleven nominations turned into wins. Keep in mind that that’s eleven nominations out of ten categories — that’s how bad Razzie voters thought this thing was. That’s My Boy and Battleship got a little love (hate?) as well. Hit the jump to read the winners.
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Posted on Friday, January 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
Finding the right balance between fact and fiction is a tough trick for any “based on a true story” movie to pull off, but at least the subjects of, say, Lincoln (or Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, if you prefer) aren’t actually around to comment on their portrayal. For movies about public figures who are still alive and well, criticism from their real-life subjects often comes with the territory.
Two upcoming biopics about controversial figures have recently come into view, and it appears that the people depicted in them aren’t so thrilled with Hollywood’s versions of events. In a series of emails, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak called Joshua Michael Stern‘s jOBS “totally wrong,” though he expressed his hopes that the film would at least be “fun and entertaining.” Meanwhile, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had much harsher words for Bill Condon‘s The Fifth Estate, which he blasted as a “massive propaganda attack.” Read their comments after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
Julian Assange has been hailed as a hero by some and decried as a villain by others, so it seems just about perfect that Bill Condon‘s WikiLeaks movie stars an actor who can play both. As principal photography on the film, now titled The Fifth Estate, gets underway, the first photo of Benedict Cumberbatch as the WikiLeaks founder and Daniel Brühl as his former right-hand man Daniel Domscheit-Berg has been revealed.
Meanwhile, the film has also rounded out its casting with Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi (In the Loop), and Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones). Dan Stevens and Alicia Vikander have been attached since earlier this winter. In addition, DreamWorks has finally confirmed a fall 2013 release date, putting the film squarely in the middle of prestige-pic season. Check out the photo and get all the new details after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, December 20th, 2012 by Angie Han
It seems like every studio in Hollywood is rushing to get a Julian Assange / WikiLeaks movie out there, but one of the first out of the gate will be from Bill Condon. As the film hurtles toward a January start date, it’s picked up a new title and a new star.
Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens has just signed on for the film, which is now going by the title The Man Who Sold the World. Stevens joins a hot cast that also includes Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina), Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds), and Benedict Cumberbatch as Assange. More after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 by Angie Han
It looks like James McAvoy won’t be reuniting with his Atonement and Starter for 10 co-star Benedict Cumberbatch after all. Earlier this month, we learned that McAvoy had signed on for Bill Condon‘s WikiLeaks movie in the role of Daniel Domscheit-Berg, right-hand man to Julian Assange (Cumberbatch). Unfortunately, negotiations have now broken down over McAvoy’s commitment to X-Men: Days of Future Past.
But the news isn’t without a silver lining. Replacing McAvoy in the part will be Daniel Brühl, best known in the U.S. for playing Nazi soldier Fredrick Zoller in Inglourious Basterds. More details after the jump.
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In the final act of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, as primary characters face horrific fates and a Highlander film’s worth of decapitations flickered on the screen, I struggled to wrap my head around a realization: I might have to convince some of my friends to see this movie. For someone who has sat through — I might even hyperbolize “endured” — the previous four films, this was new. Enjoyment. Enthusiasm. The battle scene hinted at in the image above is exactly the sort of thing films such as the entire Underworld series have struggled to create. Here, it’s tossed off with seemingly little effort.
But then there’s the movie wrapped around that sequence. This is still Twilight, full of gravely serious vampires far better at posing with faces full of concern than than they are to be at actually sucking blood. Is this, the last film in the series, any good? No, not really.
But this time — and this is important — everyone involved, from director Bill Condon on down, finally seems to be in on the joke. I’d swear that Michael Sheen, playing the leader of dire vampire enforcement clan the Volturi, was running lines from Rocky Horror in his head. A pair of Transylvanian guys (or are they characters cut from Sprockets?) throw so much Lugosi into their voice that they’re nearly unintelligible, to oddly funny effect. And a CG baby is used when a perfectly normal human baby would have worked just as well. Seriously: a CG baby. That alone nearly merits a curiosity viewing. Read More »