uk skins cast

Don’t underestimate those soapy teen shows. Because in 10 years, they may produce the era’s most promising Oscar-nominated actors.

Take Skins, for example. No, not the middling U.S. remake of the series that aired on MTV, but the original U.K. version which aired on E4 from 2007 through 2013. It was a grimy teen drama that inspired controversy with each of its drug-fueled, sexually charge storylines. But it also delved into deeper issues of mental illness, dysfunctional families, bullying, and suicide. While that makes Skins sound like no more than a British version of the teenage soap Degrassi — or worse, a sexy after-school special — the series never became too cloying. And that’s because of its stellar cast.

A cast that includes two Oscar nominees, an X-Men superhero, a YA dystopia star, and two Game of Thrones actors. We probably haven’t seen such a latent pool of talent since Freaks and Geeks.

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current war tiff

The last thing cinema needs right now is another movie about a brilliant man whose brilliance is expressed through being a stubborn jerk. We already have a wealth of these artist as needlessly mean, antisocial guy portraits, and to keep adding more at this point goes well beyond beating a dead horse.

But Me and Earl and the Dying Girl director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon manages to get some great milage by taking such a setup and approaching it through a deconstructed lense with The Current War. The brilliant jerk in question this time is none other than the Wizard of Menlo Park himself, Thomas Edison. Edison, that brilliant inventor and sometimes thief, is played by Benedict Cumberbatch, an actor who has made almost an entire career playing brilliant jerks. It’s typecasting to the nth degree, but it also works. Cumberbatch brings an amusing, detached air to Edison, playing the genius as an overly competitive, short-tempered savant who wants to slap his name on everything.
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Tolkien biopic

J.R.R. Tolkien, the architect of Middle-earth and the author of beloved novels like The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, both of which were famously adapted into live-action film trilogies, will provide the source material for yet another movie. But this one won’t be about a world that sprang from his imagination, but rather about his own life. A new report says that Mad Max: Fury Road and X-Men: First Class star Nicholas Hoult is the frontrunner to star in Tolkien.
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sand castle netflix

Two Brits don American — and in Henry Cavill‘s case, heavily Southern — accents to portray soldiers in the upcoming Netflix war drama, Sand Castle.

Set in 2003 during the occupation of Iraq, a group of American soldiers are tasked to repair a water pumping station in a dangerous rural village, but things don’t go quite as planned. Nicholas Hoult is the naive American private at the center of this drama, based on the experiences of screenwriter Chris Roessner, who “learns the true cost of war.”

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nicholas hoult x-men supernova

There are days when the nonsensical continuity of the X-Men movies makes me want to throw my hands up in the air and move into the desert and stop writing about comic book movies and there are days where I just shrug it all off because I’ll always take interesting experiments like Logan, Legion, and Deadpool over a coherent universe. Today, I feel like the latter, so it’s just amusing that Nicholas Hoult, who has starred in three X-Men movies, is only pretty sure that he’s in the next film that’s supposed to begin production this year. It’s good to know that the actors, like audience members, also aren’t quite sure what’s going on.

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Newness Review

Back in 2011, director Drake Doremus made a splash at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival with his indie romance Like Crazy, which won the Grand Jury Prize in the U.S. Dramatic category. Since then, his films Breathe In and Equals haven’t really reached the same level of praise. But with his latest work behind the camera that hit the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Doremus makes a valiant, respectable effort in his creation of a new honest portrait of love in the age of Tinder.

Newness focuses on a couple twentysomethings (Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa) who meet through a Tinder-style app called Winx. Both had a couple failed hooks-ups, and they decide to have a late night rendezvous with no strings attached. But after spending some time together, and eventually having sex, they fall for each other. That’s the kind of story that has been used to take up a whole hour and a half story, but for Newness, it’s just the first 15 minutes. For the rest of the movie, Doremus digs a little deeper.

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collide trailer

If you feel like you’ve been seeing trailers for Collide since 2015, you’d be right. Director Eran Creevy‘s crime thriller was a victim of Relativity Media’s bankruptcy and while Open Road Films scooped up the rights, the film has bounced around the release schedule like a ping pong ball in a car accident. After a series of delays (the most recent of which came this month), the film has seemingly settled on release date next month, which means that this new trailer is probably the last one we’ll see.

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x-men: Apocalypse deleted scene

20th Century Fox has released a new X-Men: Apocalypse deleted scene which shows how Tye Sheridan‘s character Scott Summers got his X-Men name Cyclops and also came into his iconic visor. Hit the jump to watch it now.

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X-Men Apocalypse Bloopers - James McAvoy

When you’re dealing with the end of the world, things can get deadly serious. But as you will see on the set of X-Men: Apocalypse, even in the face of grave danger, the cast makes plenty of time to get wacky. Bloopers are always an amusing part of the filmmaking process, but when then outtakes feature characters in full superhero wardrobe, they’re just that much more entertaining.

If you ever wanted to see Oscar Isaac dance in the creaky Apocalypse suit, Michael Fassbender flirt with James McAvoy, or Jennifer Lawrence elbow someone in the face, you can see all that and more in the X-Men Apocalypse bloopers reel after the jump. Read More »

Collide trailer

In Collide, Casey (Nicholas Hoult) must revisit his dark past to save the one he loves. That set up is very familiar, but Eran Creevy is a director capable of transcending tropes. Creevy’s sophomore effort as a filmmaker, Welcome to the Punch, is a story of hero and foe uniting, a potentially trite set up that makes for a refreshingly streamlined film with a reliance on practical action. His follow-up, Collide, which he co-wrote with F. Scott Frazier (xXx: The Return of Xander Cage), looks like another lean action-thriller from the director.

Below, watch the Collide trailer.

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