Fox Searchlight has been developing a movie based on the life of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien for six years, and Tolkien is finally coming to theaters this May. And if you’re a fan of the author and you live in the Los Angeles area, you’re in luck: we’re holding a contest and giving away five pairs of tickets to a special early screening that will include a Q&A with the filmmakers and the cast. Read on to find out details about the screening and how you can win.
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Noah Hawley continues to be a busy man on both the small screen and the big screen. The Fargo and Legion creator is readying for his feature directorial debut with the upcoming Natalie Portman-starring Lucy in the Sky, and his next two projects seem like equally high-concept endeavors. The next two Noah Hawley new projects are a feature film under Fox Searchlight and a TV pilot for FX, both in collaboration with author Matthew Baker. The author’s short stories that have sparked major bidding battles in Hollywood over the past year, and both the film and TV pilot will be based off of those stories.
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“You got to see the vast celestial everything and it blew your mind, so now nothing makes sense.” Lucy in the Sky questions what happens when astronauts experience something literally out-of-this world, and return to Earth and all its humdrum activities. The feature film from Legion and Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley, making his directorial debut, looks as cerebral and trippy as that experience would be, anchored by a tremulous performance by Natalie Portman. See the Lucy in the Sky trailer below.
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Only ’90s kids will get this: in 1991, Julia Roberts starred in the trashy thriller Sleeping With the Enemy. It was kind of stupid, but in that highly watchable way. And it also ended up being a big hit. Now, Fox Searchlight has decided to develop a Sleeping With the Enemy remake, which will presumably update the film’s ’90s trappings for the 21st century. For instance: characters will probably have cell phones this time. And no one will be wearing acid wash jeans.
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J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the most beloved and respected authors of all time. Through his creation of the fantasy world known as Middle-earth, Tolkien gave readers a series of epic adventures in The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion and more. As we all know, several of Tolkien’s books have become major motion pictures, but now the man himself will have his story told on the big screen.
Tolkien is a new biopic from Fox Searchlight staring Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class, Warm Bodies) as the titular author. The first teaser trailer has arrived, and it looks like it will be Tolkien’s own Finding Neverland, mixing the biographical elements of his life with flashes to the fantasy worlds that the author seemingly imagined himself in. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 4th, 2019 by Fred Topel
After the Television Critics Association panel for What We Do In The Shadows, filmmaker Taika Waititi talked about his future with Marvel and the Star Wars streaming series The Mandalorian. But currently, Waititi is making the film Jojo Rabbit, in which Waititi himself stars as an imaginary Adolf Hitler. The director indicated he’d gone back to film some Jojo Rabbit reshoots but expects to be finished in the spring, in time for a fall release to coincide with awards season. Read More »
Don’t knock the Lord of the Rings nerd: the seminal high fantasy series was created by a young, hot man who apparently looked a lot like Nicholas Hoult. The Favourite actor stars in the upcoming biopic Tolkien as a young, good-looking J.R.R. Tolkien, the writer of The Lord of the Rings series and the highly imaginative creator of the world of elves, hobbits, and dragons that have captured the minds of generations. See the Tolkien first look below. Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, take a look behind the scenes of the Golden Globe nominated and likely soon-to-be Oscar-nominated film The Favourite. A batch of featurettes take a closer look at the film’s intricate and elegant production design, another shows off the incredible costume design bringing 18th century fashion to life, and the final shines a light on the award-worthy cast. Read More »
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Robert Redford may or may not be retiring from the acting business, but if he does, he leaves a spectacular swan song in his wake. And you could soon own that swan song on Blu-ray or DVD. The Old Man and the Gun, which stars Redford as an aging bank robber who pulls off an unprecedented string of heists across the country, is coming soon to home video. But if you’re still not convinced to buy this serene and soulful drama, Fox Searchlight has released an The Old Man and the Gun extended preview giving a sneak peek of the first 10 minutes of the David Lowery film.
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The Favourite is, predictably, a somewhat fictionalized telling of the story of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) and the rivalry between two of the most important women in her life: Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) and Abigail Masham (Emma Stone). But you might be surprised to learn that the latest work of darkly comedic idiosyncrasy from Yorgos Lanthimos is actually more faithful to history than most period dramas. When it comes to monarchy, truth is often stranger (and more absurd) than fiction, and the embellished bits of Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara’s screenplay only serve to enrich the true story on which The Favourite is based.
So exactly how much of The Favourite is fact, and how much is fiction? In this companion piece, we’ll explore the life of the real Queen Anne (including her ill health), the party politics at play in her court, her relationships with Sarah Churchill and Abigail Hill, the alleged love triangle between the three women, and the ultimate outcome.
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