BBC’s Sherlock is technically, a TV show. But with episodes that are the length of a film, and two stars, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, who have become major movie actors, the show might as well be a movie. The point being: it takes an unusual bit of scheduling to create.
The second season aired over a year ago in the UK and 10 months ago in the US, climaxing in a major cliffhanger. Since then, thanks in large part to Netflix, more and more people are finding out about this fascinating and entertaining show, and all are anxiously waiting new episodes.
The wait has been long, and will continue to be long, but there’s hope on the horizon. The stars are back and the third season will begin filming next week. Read more below. Read More »
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Even before the conclusion of the Harry Potter franchise, Daniel Radcliffe was making a valiant effort to prove himself as an actor. He performed on Broadway, in independent dramas, psychological thrillers, and now he’s likely to play his most different role yet. Radcliffe is in talks to play Igor, the lead character of Max Landis‘ unique take on Frankenstein. Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin) is set to direct. Read more below. Read More »
Director Paul McGuigan has a respectable history in features, having made films like Gangster No. 1, Wicker Park, and Push. But his best work of late has been on television, where he’s done four of the existing six episodes of the BBC series Sherlock. (Only one of which was one of the series two lesser episodes: The Hounds of Baskerville. Can’t wait for the arguments about that statement to start in the comments…)
Now McGuigan is teaming up with his Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch to craft a film about Brian “The Fifth Beatle” Epstein, who managed The Beatles from the band’s signing in ’61 to Epstein’s death of an overdose in ’67. Cumberbatch will play Epstein. Read More »
Looks like Maggie Gyllenhaal will play alongside her husband Peter Sarsgaard in a biopic of bluegrass pioneer Bill Munroe. She told ScreenCrave she’d been in the film about “Bill Monroe, who invented Blue Grass music had a kind of Sid and Nancy style affair with this woman Bessie Lee Mauldin throughout his life… T-Bone Burnett’s going to do the music and Callie Khouri who wrote Thelma & Louise wrote the script so we’re going to do that together.”
After the break, Scott Speedman takes a vow, Josh Hartnett may reunite with Paul McGuigan, and Real Steel adds one more. Read More »
It’s a good week for Stephen Fry. He was part of Craig Ferguson‘s successful ‘experiment’ to do an episode of The Late Late Show with no audience, for one. Highly recommend watching that, as their nearly hour-long chat was a great bit of television.
And Fry’s film Hallelujiah!, about the composer George Frideric Handel and his enduring work Messiah, first announced in 2008, has been given some development funding by the UK Film Council. So it should be moving forward. Fry is co-writing that one with Nick Adams, and was originally announced as director. I hope that remains the case.
Finally, the writer/actor/director is working with comic book writer Grant Morrison and film director Paul McGuigan (Gangster No. 1, Push) on a TV show that McGuigan calls “Twin Peaks meets Brigadoon.” Wait, what? Why does that sound so fantastic? Read More »
Posted on Friday, February 6th, 2009 by David Chen
Some critics thought that Paul McGuigan’s last film, Lucky Number Slevin (2006), was too much style over substance, and while they might have had a point, I found myself energized by the promise that that small, Tarantino-esque film showed of its director. With Push, a thriller/action(?) film about people with special abilities, McGuigan is really branching out into new territory that his filmography hasn’t really hinted at before. Does he make the transition successfully? Or should you give Push a wide berth?
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Let’s face it. As far as superpowers go, the ability to move things with your brain is pretty awesome. Sure, flying is cool, turning invisible would have fun benefits, and super-strength could always come in handy. Plus it’s a lot cooler than all the “problem” superpowers, like having your entire body burst into flame, turning into some disgusting creature, or having your power be that you’re just extremely fat, and bouncy, like the Blob.
It’s just not the first power that leaps into people’s minds when they get asked, “If you could have one superpower, what would it be?” Maybe because that other stuff is too sexy. However, it’s the real thinking man or woman who chooses telekinesis, because once you realize the full potential of that power, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. As the telekinetic Push opens up this weekend, read on for an ultra-brief history of telekinesis, and find out how it’s affected cinematic history.
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Posted on Friday, January 23rd, 2009 by David Chen
Am I the only one who’s moderately looking forward to Paul McGuigan’s Push? Granted, the premise is strikingly similar to Heroes, but to me, it looked like a movie version of Heroes without all the terrible campiness, dialogue, and acting. Plus, Paul McGuigan‘s Lucky Number Slevin, while not a great film, showed a lot of promise. Still, the premise of the film (i.e. that there are people with super powers among us, and that the government is trying to harness their abilities for its own ends) is easy to make a complete mess out of, so I’m cautiously optimistic at best.
In any case, a new Push clip has surfaced online at Apple. This clip, “Psychic Shodown,” is of a battle between Nick Gant (Chris Evans), a second-generation telekinetic (AKA “mover”) with an enemy mover. While it starts out somewhat interestingly, it quickly devolves into the two of them punching each other using psychic-enhanced fist bubbles. Hit the jump to see the clip, and let us know what you think in the comments.
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