It’s surprising how many films get made where the moral of the movie is completely contradicted by the film itself, but nobody involved in making it seems to have realised that. And that’s the problem with Postman Pat: The Movie, a film where the central character has to remember to appreciate the small things in life that the original 80s TV show handled so well – where the most pressing issue was a lost sheep – but then sets it within a movie that’s noisy and bombastic, and has little to do with the gentleness of the series it’s based on. [Read more…]
There were actually relatively few episodes of the original 1981 stop-motion TV series Postman Pat made, but it became immensely popular with kids, which resulted in endless re-runs as well as new series in the 1990s and 2000s.
It’s stayed in the public consciousness that mow a CGI movie is coming, and now we can get our first taste with the trailer.
The film sees the Greendale postman (and his cat Jess, of course) getting involved in an X Factor type programme, while looking far more sparkly and CG than he used to. Postman Pat: The Movie is released in UK cinemas on May 23rd and is voiced by actors including Stephen Mangan, David Tennant and Rupert Grint. [Read more…]
Charlie Countryman certainly has a good cast, including Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Rupert Grint, Vincent D’Onofrio, John Hurt, Til Schweiger and The Inbetweeners’ James Buckley. Now a new red band trailer for the film has arrive, showing just how out of hands things get for LaBeouf’s character.
Here’s the brief synopsis for the film, which was once titled The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman: ‘Traveling abroad, Charlie Countryman falls for Gabi, a Romanian beauty whose unreachable heart has its origins in Nigel, her violent, charismatic ex. As the darkness of Gabi’s past increasingly envelops him, Charlie resolves to win her heart, or die trying.’
Fredrik Bond maked his feature directorial debut with the movie, which is out in the US in November. [Read more…]
Director Randall Miller has pulled together a great cast for CBGB, with the likes of Alan Rickman, Rupert Grint, Malin Akerman, Ashley Greene, Kerry Bishé, Johnny Galecki, Donal Logue, Ryan Hurst, Justin Bartha and Bradley Whitford and quite a few more.
The movie is about the famed (and now sadly closed) CBGB punk rock club in New York City, following Hilly Kristal (Alan Rickman), who wants to start a club for country, bluegrass and blues (the CBGB of the club’s name) but found it difficult to get acts, and so ended up allowing the likes of The Ramones and Blondie to play, helping give punk a foothold in America.
Along with Rickman, Ashley Greene plays his daughter, while Joel David Moore, Julian Acosta and Steven Schub are three of the Ramones; Malin Akerman is Debbie Harry; Mickey Sumner is Patti Smith; Rupert Grint will be Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome; and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins is Iggy Pop. And that’s only a few of the actors taking on classic punk acts.
The film should be out later this year. [Read more…]
The first quad poster for CBGB has arrived, giving us a look the cast, which includes Alan Rickman, Rupert Grint, Malin Akerman, Ashley Greene, Kerry Bishé, Johnny Galecki and quite a few more.
Randall Miller directs this drama that takes fans inside the famed CBGB punk rock club in New York City. The film is a biopic of Hilly Kristal (Alan Rickman), who wanted to start a club for country, bluegrass and blues (the CBGB of the club’s name) but found it difficult to get acts, and so ended up allowing the likes of The Ramones and Blondie to play, helping give punk a foothold in America.
Along with Rickman, Ashley Greene plays his daughter, while Joel David Moore, Julian Acosta and Steven Schub are three of the Ramones; Malin Akerman is Debbie Harry; Mickey Sumner is Patti Smith; Rupert Grint will be Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome; and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins is Iggy Pop.
The film should be out later this year.
Last week Alan Rickman signed up to play CBGB founder Hilly Kristal, shortly followed by Rupert Grint as one of the musicians who helped make the New York club famous, Now director Randall Miller has added a new list of actors to the film, including Malin Akerman, Stana Katic, Joel David Moore, Julian Acosta, Richard De Klerk, Josh Zuckerman, John Holstrom, Ryan Hurst and Estelle Harris.
The film is a biopic of Kristal, who in the late 1970s sought to create a venue for county, bluegrass and blues music (the CBGB of the name) in New York. However, after acts playing that music were tough to find, Kristal allowed local performers to play. That decision was precipitous, as the club soon became ground zero for rock & roll as well as punk, launching the careers of performers such as The Ramones, Blondie and Patti Smith.
Variety reports that Akerman is set to play the iconic lead singer of Blondie, Debbie Harry. Julian Acosta will be Johnny Ramone, with Joel David Moore as his brother, Joey. THR adds that Stana Katic is set to play producer Genya Raven, who was also the lead singer of Goldie & The Gingerbreads. De Klerk will be CBGB soundman Taxi, Hurst is Mad Mountain and Harris will be Kristal’s mother, Bertha.
Shooting starts next month.
While Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson have been lining up movie roles, things have been quieter on the Rupert Grint front. However now the young actor has booked two roles, according to Variety, as he’ll appear in Fredrik Bond’s The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman and Randall Miller’s CBGB.
In The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, Shia LaBeouf stars as Charlie Countryman, who is just a normal guy until he falls in love with the one girl who will probably get him killed. When Charlie meets the absolutely irresistible Gabi she’s already been claimed by Nigel, an insanely violent crime boss with a gang of thugs at his disposal. It isn’t known exactly who grint will play.
CBGB recently booked Alan Rickman to CBGB club owner Hilly Kristal. The film follows the New York City club’s impact on the underground music scene, where it almost inadvertently gave birth to punk. Grint will play Cheetah Chrome of the Dead Boys, who played a prominent role during the club’s rise.
The biopic of Dennis Wilson, The Drummer, gets a little closer to the screen, with Variety reporting that Chloe Moretz and Rupert Grint have signed up to star alongside the already cast Aaron Eckhart and Vera Farmiga.
Eckhart will play The Beach Boys drummer Wilson, with the film focusing on the last six years of his life. Dennis is generally seen as the dark horse of the Beach Boys, but the last few years of his life saw him stepping into the limelight and releasing a solo album, Pacific Ocean Blue, in 1977 (Eckhart will apparently record his own versions of songs from that record, and classically trained pianist Farmiga is set to make her own music as well, as Fleetwood Mac singer Christine McVie, who was romantically involved with Dennis).
However he was also battling with drug and alcohol problems and eventually drowned whilst swimming drunk. Chloe Moretz will play Brian Wilson’s daughter, Jennifer, while Rupert Grint is playing Stan Shapiro, a mail room intern at William Morris who befriends Dennis Wilson.
Randall Miller (Bottle Shock) is directing with production scheduled to begin June 15th.
One of the most unique things about the Harry Potter series is how it managed to keep the same group of actors throughout its entire run, and not only that, but it saw many of them grow up from kids into adults.
With the release of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 on DVD & Blu-ray, we thought it was the opportune moment to take a look exactly how Harry has aged from a little kid to a young man through the movies, and how we’ve been able to follow his journey through a truly extraordinary series of film.
Just click the first image below and then use you right cursor to see Harry grow up through the eight flicks.
Harry Potter has undoubtedly been one of the greatest phenomenons in movie history. It’s managed eight films without a dud, grossed more cash than any other franchise in history, and perhaps most impressively has kept nearly all the same actors throughout its run. It’s been a part of many people’s lives for a full decade, especially those who’ve grown up alongside Harry and co. Indeed, when I saw Deathly Hallows Part 2 in the cinemas I was sat behind a university-aged young man who announced as the end credits began to roll, “Well, that’s my childhood over.” [Read more…]