all is true trailer

All the world was a stage for William Shakespeare — but what happens when the curtains drop and the stage burns down? He uneasily retires to a life in the country with a neglected family and broken relationships — at least, that’s what Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming period drama All Is True assumes about the legendary playwright’s mysterious twilight years.

Not much is known about the Shakespeare’s uncertain final years, a topic that has long intrigued Branagh, who has always wanted to explore the playwright’s forgotten period. And he does as both the star and director of All Is True, which also stars Judi Dench and Ian McKellen. Watch the All Is True trailer below.

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kenneth branagh artemis fowl

On the set of Artemis Fowl in London, Kenneth Branagh paces a cramped old English study, filled to the brim with funky baubles and trinkets. He’s in the midst of directing Disney’s long-awaited adaptation of Eoin Colfer‘s fantasy novel, the first in a series of eight books that were devoured by thousands of young readers growing up in the early 2000s. I was one of those fans — my old paperback copies of the Artemis Fowl books are still tattered from the intense speed with which I tore through them. They’re no Harry Potter knock-offs like many reviewers at the time had brushed them off as, but could maybe be labeled as an urban fantasy series for the cool, alternative kids who thought Harry was too vanilla.

So I was eager to talk to Branagh about his upcoming feature adaptation of Artemis Fowl, which is set to hit theaters on August 9, 2019. Based on the first 2001 entry in Colfer’s Artemis Fowl series, the story follows a 12-year-old boy genius and aspiring criminal mastermind named Artemis II who kidnaps a fairy to find his missing father.

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Artemis Fowl trailer

A boy genius is on his way to fill the hole that a certain boy wizard left seven years ago. Though Artemis Fowlbased on the popular series of the same name by Eoin Colfer, has long deserved a big-screen adaptation in its own right.

The newest live-action film from Disney and Murder on the Orient Express director Kenneth Branagh, Artemis Fowl is a magical urban fantasy that follows a 12-year-old Irish boy genius who hatches an impossible scheme: to kidnap a fairy and ransom it for gold. But this is more than just a childish flight of fancy, the titular Artemis has discovered a sprawling world of fairies, leprechauns (or rather, LEPrecons), and tech-savvy centaurs that could aid him in his grand scheme for wealth and family.

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death on the nile cast

Gal Gadot is the first big name in talks to join the Death on the Nile cast. The follow-up to 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express will bring back Kenneth Branagh and his glorious mustache as Agatha Christie’s famous detective Hercule Poirot. Branagh will also direct again. More on the Death on the Nile cast below.

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Four Great Marvel Movie Audio Commentaries

Marvel commentaries

Marvel has been a giant machine conquering the global box-office ever since they kicked down Hollywood’s door a decade ago with Iron Man. In less than 10 years, Marvel President Kevin Feige and all involved made the Marvel logo mean something to audiences everywhere. It’s quite an extraordinary feat, one that couldn’t have been pulled off without the long, long list of great talent they’ve hired. That talent also produces some fun audio commentaries.

Marvel’s finest movies, like this weekend’s Black Panther, have struck a balance between art and commerce, and that’s a running theme throughout the commentaries for Marvel’s movies: trying to make a popcorn movie with taste, substance, and above all, character. There’s very little talk of special effects, as most of the conversations revolve around character, but maybe that’s not surprising since the Disney-owned studio has always maintained the characters are the stars of these movies. Years of work went into getting these superheroes right, which you can hear all about in some of the Marvel commentaries recommended below.

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Predator release date

20th Century Fox has shuffled around some release dates, so break out your calendars.

Shane Black‘s The Predator, previously set for August, is now set for September. Robert Rodriguez‘s Alita: Battle Angel, once expected to arrive in July, has been pushed to December. Kenneth Branagh‘s Murder on the Orient Express follow-up Death on the Nile will now open in November 2019.

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murder on orient express

Murder on the Orient Express, your mom’s favorite movie of the year, has been a quiet beast at the box office. The $55 million film is about to cross $100 million at the domestic box office and has grossed $311 million worldwide. It’s a sleeper hit, a movie for older audiences that kept its nose to the ground and became a blockbuster while the kids were off arguing about Justice League and Star Wars. Of course they’re making a sequel.

Now, director and star Kenneth Branagh is saying that this could open the door to an Agatha Christie cinematic universe. And while that collection of words may give you a headache, the truth is that he’s totally correct.

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artemis fowl casting

It’s been a long time coming, but we’re finally getting an Artemis Fowl movie.

Nearly a decade after the Harry Potter-inspired children’s fantasy phenomenon breathed its last fiery breath, and on the tail end of the fading YA dystopian craze, Artemis Fowl is coming. And it has a pretty impressive cast and crew. Kenneth Branagh will be taking the helm of the Disney adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s children’s book series, which follows the manipulative child genius Artemis Fowl as he kidnaps an elf to ransom her for a fortune. It’s a pretty unforgiving role for any child actor, but after months of searching, Branagh and his team have finally landed on a newcomer to play the role of the cunning, slightly cruel, and compelling protagonist.

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Murder on the Orient Express sequel

Ready for the Agatha Christie cinematic universe? If you enjoyed Kenneth Branagh‘s recent big screen take on Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, here’s some good news: a sequel is now in the works in the form of Death on the Nile. Branagh is expected to helm Death on the Nile, which will be the next adventure featuring Christie’s intrepid detective, Hercule Poirot. More details about the Murder on the Orient Express sequel are below.

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murder on the orient express featurette

Kenneth Branagh‘s glorious mustache is not the only thing that the actor-director is doing old-school in his feature film adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express.

The director and star of the 2017 adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic novel is taking painstaking means to give audiences as authentic and immersive experience as possible. That means a return to the days of yore, when filmmakers used film cameras and not digital. A new Murder on the Orient Express featurette dives into Branagh’s process, and the joy it gives actors to perform without a green screen.

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