Paramount+ seems like one of the younger streaming services on the scene, even though it’s just a rebranded versions of CBS All Access with a beefier library of movies and TV shows. However, only now is the Viacom-owned streamer trying to run with the big dogs in their production of original content. In fact, when 2022 rolls around, Paramount+ has plans to release one original movie every single week, and they’re getting a head start by debuting Antoine Fuqua‘s movie Infinite, starring Mark Wahlberg and Chiwetel Ejiofor, this summer. Read More »
Chiwetel Ejiofor has already been set to lead The Man Who Fell to Earth, a TV series adaptation of the novel and film of the same name that recently moved from Paramount+ over to Showtime. Now the cast is expanding with Skyfall actress Naomie Harris and Westworld co-star Jimmi Simpson. Find out who they’re playing below. Read More »
In 2019, we learned that CBS All Access was developing a TV adaptation of The Man Who Fell to Earth, based on Walter Tevis’s 1963 novel and Nicolas Roeg’s 1976 sci-fi cult classic film version. That streaming service is being rebranded to Paramount+, but the show is still in the works – and it has now found its star.
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, Doctor Strange) will play a new alien character who lands on Earth. That news – especially the latter half of it – is probably music to the ears of people who are especially fond of David Bowie’s performance in the original movie. But while Bowie’s work will undoubtedly loom over this production, at least Ejiofor has room to do his own thing without having to portray that same exact character. Read More »
Doug Liman resists paths of convention. The director, who’s always prided himself as a rule-breaker, typically doesn’t follow trends but establishes them. Look at The Bourne Identity, Swingers, and even Mr. & Mrs. Smith – other movies have tried to copy their success. Once again, Liman ventured into uncharted territory with Locked Down.
Liman shot the heist movie, which is more of a relationship drama, during the ongoing lockdown in London. There is a third act heist involving the garish Harrods department store, but it’s not the main focus of the HBO Max release. The first 90 minutes of Locked Down are a suitably, dizzyingly claustrophobic experience that depicts a couple crumbling during the pandemic.
It was only months ago when Liman started shooting the Steven Knight-written movie, which was quickly filmed, edited, and sold to HBO Max. As Liman stated, the surreal experience began when he flew his “little prop plane” over the Atlantic on a two-day journey to London.
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We’re still squarely in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, but that hasn’t stopped filmmakers and television creators from digging into the timely and relevant drama brought about by the global disaster. HBO Max is the latest to enter the fray.
Though we’ve been dreading the influx of indie dramas and comedies set in the age of coronavirus, Locked Down from Mr. and Mrs. Smith director Doug Liman actually doesn’t look half-bad. That’s mostly because, even though it’s set up as a struggling quarantined relationship dramedy between Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor, it’s actually a heist movie. Watch the Locked Down trailer to see what we’re dealing with. Read More »
Gina Prince-Bythewood is a director known for authenticity and intimacy. In Beyond the Lights, Love & Basketball, and Disappearing Acts, audiences feel how close she is to her characters, their dreams, and their conflicts. That’s a part of what makes her new Netflix movie, The Old Guard, stand far apart from the typical action movie.
Prince-Bythewood, who’s the first black woman to direct a comic book movie, tells an ensemble story with The Old Guard in which the characters are as fully-realized as the propulsive fight scenes. The Old Guard is what you get when a director knows her characters inside and out. What may very well be the only big action movie we see all summer is a movie driven by character, not setpieces.
Recently, we spoke to Prince-Bythewood about crafting the setpieces, the pains of writing, and how her experiences as an athlete drive her as a filmmaker.
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In a time when science is considered opinion and a political game piece, it’s heartwarming to find a film that celebrates ingenuity inspired by a love of science and learning. Marking the directorial debut from actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, Children of Men, Doctor Strange), The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is the true life story of 13-year-old William Kamkwamba (newcomer Maxwell Simba), who lives with his family in the African nation of Malawi. He’s a good student in his village’s private school, but when land issues and no rain lead to a poor harvest and eventually famine, William is forced to drop out of school because his family can no longer afford to send him.
After doing the necessary research using book “borrowed” from the school library, William approaches his father (played by the director, who also adapted Kamkwamba’s book) with the idea of building the windmill in order to power and irrigation system that the village could use to kick start growing again. His father is initially resistant, but after watching many villagers starving to death (with many others opting to leave or selling their land to the corrupt government), he agrees to let the boy try his experiment with the help of many of the locals.
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Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, Doctor Strange) wrote, directed, and stars in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, a testament to the power of education and science and a movie that feels like a revolutionary act in 2019 America. As world leaders continue to ignore climate change, Ejiofor’s movie provides a sliver of hope through a true story of resilience and ingenuity in the face of overwhelming odds. Read More »
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Chiwetel Ejiofor makes his feature directorial debut with The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, the inspiring true story of a 13-year-old boy who develops a method to, as the title says, “harness the wind” to bring water to his famine-struck village in Malawi. See The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind trailer below.
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Production has finally begun on Disney’s Maleficent 2, the long-awaited sequel to the Sleeping Beauty remake starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning. With this production start news comes confirmation that Michelle Pfeiffer has officially joined the cast, along with other new casting announcements.
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