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Are Movies Too Loud? Hugh Grant Says ‘Joker’ Screening ‘Unendurable’ Because of Sound

Following the September 2017 release of horror blockbuster “It,” IndieWire’s Chris O’Falt criticized the movie for turning up the volume in order to create jump scares. “Back in the day, scary movies made frightened viewers cover their eyes,” O’Falt wrote. “Today, younger audiences know better: They cover their ears.” O’Falt’s “It” criticism asked whether or not movies are getting too loud for their own good, a question that is once again on moviegoers’ minds because of Hugh Grant and the record-breaking comic book movie “Joker.”

Grant, whose career has bounced back lately thanks to roles in “Paddington 2” and “A Very English Scandal,” took to social media after seeing “Joker” to say he was unhappy with his experience because the film’s sound was unbearable. As Grant put it, “Am I old or is the cinema Much Too Loud? Unendurable. Pointless.”

The actor took his complaint to Vue Cinemas,
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Jeff Daniels to Play James Comey — with Brendan Gleeson as Donald Trump — in CBS Limited Series

Jeff Daniels to Play James Comey — with Brendan Gleeson as Donald Trump — in CBS Limited Series
Following his iconic role as Knuckles McGinty in “nicecore” phenomenon “Paddington 2” (and proving he’s a fan of IndieWire), Brendan Gleeson will flex his acting range by portraying one of the worst individuals on the planet. Gleeson has been cast as sitting president Donald Trump in a CBS adaptation of James Comey’s bestselling book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.” Jeff Daniels — hot off an acclaimed turn of his own in Aaron Sorkin’s stage adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird” — will play the author, attorney, and former FBI director.

Billy Ray, the writer-director behind “Shattered Glass,” “Breach,” and, most recently, the canceled Amazon drama “The Last Tycoon,” will write and direct the four-part limited series. The rest of the cast includes Michael Kelly as Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and Jennifer Ehle playing Patrice Comey.

Produced by CBS Studios, it has not yet been decided if
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The Gentlemen Trailer: McConaughey Is Up to No Good in Guy Ritchie's Ensemble Action Movie

  • MovieWeb
Stx Entertainment has released the first trailer for The Gentlemen. This is the latest from Guy Ritchie, who seems to be back to his old ways after having spent the last decade making big studio blockbusters, such as last year's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and this year's live-action Aladdin remake for Disney. Not to mention his pair of Sherlock Holmes movies, as well as The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. Here, the filmmaker has assembled an A-list ensemble, led by Matthew McConaughey, in what looks to be a crime flick in the vein of some of his early works, such as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

Right off the bat, this trailer makes it clear Guy Ritchie is very much back to his old ways. It feels cut from the same cloth as Snatch. What we're seeing here positions this as a criminal power struggle between Matthew McConaughey and
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Actors, Screenwriters, Casting Directors Sign Up to Support BAFTA’s Elevate Program (Exclusive)

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Actors, Screenwriters, Casting Directors Sign Up to Support BAFTA’s Elevate Program (Exclusive)
A number of industry experts with experience in front of and behind the camera have signed up to work with BAFTA on its Elevate program, which aims to support professionals from underrepresented groups and help them reach the next stage of their careers.

Now in its third year, Elevate will focus this time around on actors who are seeking to make headway in the world of high-end TV. Previous editions have supported writers, and female directors.

Years and Years” star Ruth Madely has signed on as an industry consultant for this year’s scheme, as have “Broadchurch’s” Georgina Campbell and “Informer’s” Sunetra Sarker.

Casting directors Kharmel Cochrane, whose credits include “The Lighthouse” and “The End of the F***ing World,” and Lauren Evans, who has worked on projects including “Taboo” and “Paddington 2,” will also serve as consultants for Elevate.

The roster of experts is rounded out by
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Disney Strikes Long-Term Deal With Pinewood Studios

  • The Wrap
Disney has reached a new long-term deal with Pinewood Studios to continue using the entirety of their Buckinghamshire studio space, a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed to TheWrap. The deal is reported to last through 2029.

Pinewood has been a major partner in Disney’s rise to blockbuster domination. Much of the studio filming for Disney’s “Star Wars” films — including their upcoming film “The Rise of Skywalker” — took place at the British backlot located 20 miles from Central London. Other Disney films shot there include last year’s “Mary Poppins Returns” and Marvel films like “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

Also Read: Fall Box Office Preview: Can 'Star Wars,' 'Frozen' and 'Jumanji' Sequels Boost Sluggish 2019 Totals?

Paddington 2,” “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” and “Rocketman” were also shot on the main lot. In addition, Pinewood has provided filming space in Shepperton — where Netflix recently signed a
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‘Paddington 2’ is Hugh Grant’s Best Movie, According to Hugh Grant

‘Paddington 2’ is Hugh Grant’s Best Movie, According to Hugh Grant
Everyone loves Paddington 2. The sweet-natured, utterly charming family comedy features an incredibly polite bear, Brendan Gleeson playing a character named Knuckles McGinty, and of course, Hugh Grant as highly theatrical villain Phoenix Buchanan. Grant’s career is long and storied, but if you’re curious as to what the actor thinks is the best movie he’s ever been in, […]

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Daily Podcast: Star Wars, Marvel TV, Searching 2, Star Wars, Snake Eyes, CBS/Viacom Merger & Angry Birds 2

Daily Podcast: Star Wars, Marvel TV, Searching 2, Star Wars, Snake Eyes, CBS/Viacom Merger & Angry Birds 2
On the August 14 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by senior writer Ben Pearson, and writer Chris Evangelista to discuss the latest film and TV news, including Marvel television, Paddington 2, Searching 2, Star Wars, Snake Eyes, CBS/Viacom, and Angry Birds 2. In the News: Ben: Marvel TV is Developing […]

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Disney’s ‘Cruella’ Casts Joel Fry as Jasper (Exclusive)

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Disney’s ‘Cruella’ Casts Joel Fry as Jasper (Exclusive)
Joel Fry is set to play Jasper in Disney’s “Cruella,” a live-action origin story based on the classic “101 Dalmatians” villain Cruella de Vil.

In the original cartoon, Jasper was one of the bumbling crooks who along with his cohort Horace, kidnapped the 101 dalmatians for Cruela Dev Vil. Paul Walter Hauser will be playing Horace in the upcoming film. Emma Stone is portraying Cruella De Vil, the villain who is obsessed with capturing the titular puppies. The cast also includes Emma Thompson.

Cruella,” directed by “I, Tonya” filmmaker Craig Gillespie, will hit theaters Dec. 23, 2020.

Tony McNamara penned the most recent version of the script, with Dana Fox having written a previous draft. Marc Platt, Kristin Burr and Andrew Gunn are producing the film.

Live-action adaptations of Disney classics have continued to be a major money-maker for the studio with “Aladdin” and “The Lion King” both crossing the billion dollar
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Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville To Star In Netflix Holiday Family Musical

Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville To Star In Netflix Holiday Family Musical
Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville has joined the cast of Netflix’s first live-action original musical Jingle Jangle.

Bonneville will star alongside Forest Whitaker in the holiday film about a toymaker and a magical invention. The cast also includes Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele), Phylicia Rashad (A Raisin in the Sun), Tony winner Anika Noni Rose (Caroline, or Change), and newcomer Madalen Mills.

The event holiday musical tale, which is being produced by John Legend’s Get Lifted Film Co, is set in a cobblestone world come to life, with an embattled toymaker (Whitaker), his precocious granddaughter (Mills), and a magical invention, that if they can get it working in time for the holidays, could change their lives forever.

Bonneville is starring in the forthcoming Downton Abbey feature film and was recently in Paddington 2.

In addition to Get Lifted’s Mike Jackson and Legend, producers are 260 Degrees Entertainment’s David E. Talbert,
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Hugh Grant Says He’s ‘Too Old’ for Rom-Coms Now – ‘And Thank God’

This story originally appeared in the Movies & Limited Series issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

In a recent sketch, James Corden impersonated Hugh Grant in moments from three separate classic romantic comedies. Corden threw on a messy brown wig and did identical impressions of a sheepish, stammering leading man in riffs on “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Notting Hill” and “Bridget Jones’s Diary.”

But in 2019, that Hugh Grant is gone, replaced by a sly but still smirking gentleman. Grant’s performance in “A Very English Scandal” may momentarily remind you of the innate likability we’ve seen in Grant’s rom-coms. But what’s new is the imposing physicality and sinister, even villainous side he unlocks. And Grant is enjoying playing the bad guy for a change.

“I don’t get offered romantic comedies anymore,” Grant said. “And thank God. I’m too old. And it’s lovely to be doing some different stuff.
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Hugh Grant Says He’s 'Too Old and Ugly' to Do Romantic Comedies Anymore

Hugh Grant Says He’s 'Too Old and Ugly' to Do Romantic Comedies Anymore
Don’t expect to see Hugh Grant in an upcoming rom-com.

During the The Hollywood Reporter’s drama actor roundtable — which also featured actors Richard Madden, Billy Porter, Diego Luna, Sam Rockwell and Stephan James — Grant, 58, was asked if he had an “inferiority complex” from always starring in romantic comedies, and he confessed that he felt he was no longer cut out for those roles.

“Well, yes, but less now because I’ve gotten too old and ugly and fat to do them anymore, so now I’ve done other things, and I’ve got marginally less self-hatred,” he answered with a laugh.
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Hugh Grant Explores His Dark Side in ‘A Very English Scandal’

Hugh Grant Explores His Dark Side in ‘A Very English Scandal’
When Hugh Grant visited my office a few weeks ago, I told him the last time I interviewed him was for Entertainment Weekly on his breakout 1994 movie “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” That was the first of several Richard Curtis-written roles that cemented his career trajectory as what he calls a “dishy leading man.”

Cut to his mid-50s, when Grant has broken out of that box into a series of roles that showcase his wide range of skills: the tap-dancing villain in “Paddington 2,” the conflicted husband opposite Meryl Streep in the title role “Florence Foster Jenkins,” and most recently, the role of the murderous, closeted politician Jeremy Thorpe in another Stephen Frears project, “A Very English Scandal” (BBC/Amazon Studios), which scored Grant a Golden Globe nomination en route to the Emmys.

Anne Thompson: I got a kick out of watching you have a great time in “Paddington 2.
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Hugh Grant Explores His Dark Side in ‘A Very English Scandal’

Hugh Grant Explores His Dark Side in ‘A Very English Scandal’
When Hugh Grant visited my office a few weeks ago, I told him the last time I interviewed him was for Entertainment Weekly on his breakout 1994 movie “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” That was the first of several Richard Curtis-written roles that cemented his career trajectory as what he calls a “dishy leading man.”

Cut to his mid-50s, when Grant has broken out of that box into a series of roles that showcase his wide range of skills: the tap-dancing villain in “Paddington 2,” the conflicted husband opposite Meryl Streep in the title role “Florence Foster Jenkins,” and most recently, the role of the murderous, closeted politician Jeremy Thorpe in another Stephen Frears project, “A Very English Scandal” (BBC/Amazon Studios), which scored Grant a Golden Globe nomination en route to the Emmys.

Anne Thompson: I got a kick out of watching you have a great time in “Paddington 2.
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‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ Review: A Silly and Sweet Sequel That Should Be Put on a Leash

‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ Review: A Silly and Sweet Sequel That Should Be Put on a Leash
There are, somehow, three entire plotlines that drive Chris Renaud’s fizzy, frequently silly “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” a worthy if slightly less delightful sequel to the director’s 2016 animated hit. First, there’s the life-lesson-heavy story that centers around ostensible franchise star Max as he deals with crippling anxiety after a major life change. Then, there’s the wacky tale of Max’s love interest (go with it), bubbly Pomeranian Gidget (Jenny Slate), tasked with caring for Max’s cherished toy while he embarks on a trip, only to lose it in a terrifying apartment filled with cats.

So far, so cute, but there’s the third story: Bonzo bunny Snowball (Kevin Hart), believing he is an actual superhero, joins forces with newbie Shih Tzu Daisy (Tiffany Haddish) to save an abused white tiger cub from a very, very evil circus. For a franchise that’s literally
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Exclusive Interview – Visual Effects Supervisor Stuart Penn on Avengers: Endgame

Harrison Abbott chats with Avengers: Endgame Visual Effects Supervisor Stuart Penn

Having contributed to the dazzling special effects of Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man 3 and The Dark Knight, Stuart Penn is no stranger to big screen comic-book extravaganzas. That being said, he’s dipped his toes into plenty of other genres over the years, including sleek sci-fis (Alien: Covenant), epic fantasies (King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword) and even lovable family flicks (Paddington 2).

His borad expertise and vast technical knowledge make him one of the most sought after minds in his field. An asset to any project he gets involved in, he has rightly gained a lot of attention for his award-winning work on Gravity, where he drew upon his background as a physicist in order to pioneer groundbreaking motion control technology. Did we mention he also has a PhD? Because, yeah, he has a PhD.
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Hugh Grant (‘A Very English Scandal’) on the ‘absurdity’ and ‘pain’ of politician Jeremy Thorpe [Exclusive Video Interview]

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Hugh Grant (‘A Very English Scandal’) on the ‘absurdity’ and ‘pain’ of politician Jeremy Thorpe [Exclusive Video Interview]
“The whole nation was loving it,” recalls Hugh Grant of the real-life political intrigue that inspired “A Very English Scandal.” Grant, who was a teenager at the time the events were unfolding in 1979, remembers it being a “fabulous comedy-drama unfolding in front of us. It had this brilliant sort of ‘Monty Python’ aspect to it because it was really about the absurdity of the British establishment.” Powerful men “ran the country, and if they got into trouble, they backed each other up and hushed up their scandals.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Grant above or listen to the audio version below.

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The Amazon limited series recounts the shocking true story of British Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe (Grant), who was accused of a conspiracy to murder his gay ex-lover, Norman Scott (Ben Whishaw). It was directed by Stephen Frears,
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Director Stephen Frears on winning a BAFTA for ‘A Very English Scandal’: ‘I hope you’re as lucky as I am!’

Director Stephen Frears on winning a BAFTA for ‘A Very English Scandal’: ‘I hope you’re as lucky as I am!’
Director Stephen Frears is a man of few words. Quite notoriously, actually. After winning a BAFTA on April 28 for his helming of the limited series “A Very English Scandal,” he zoomed through the photography line, begrudgingly posing only for two or three photos with his golden mask. And then he ambled for our brief interview, handing his BAFTA to a PR person without a second look as if it were an empty glass of champagne.

Frears has quite a workmanlike attitude toward filmmaking. This attitude, while not rude, does result in some startlingly honest answers, He tells it how it is. “A Very English Scandal,” was “very, very good fun, a very easy job. And I cannot stress easy enough. It was very well-written, we had very good actors, all of the nominees from our show who won tonight thoroughly deserve it. The others were robbed.” he says flashing a rare smile.
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Godzilla: King of the Monsters gets new poster

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures have released a brand-new, stunning poster – highlighting the titular monster – for the upcoming film, Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Check it out here…

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The third instalment in the MonsterVerse franchise sees members of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch face off against Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, and the three-headed King Ghidorah.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is directed by Michael Dougherty with a cast including Kyle Chandler (Bloodline), Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring), Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Bradley Whitford (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Sally Hawkins (Paddington 2), and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones). The film is set to be released on 31st May.

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Vivendi Posts 10% Increase in Q1 Revenue, Bolstered by Universal Music Group

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Bolstered by the performance of Universal Music Group, Vivendi posted a 10.7% year-on increase in revenue to €3.4 billion ($3.8 billion) during the first quarter of 2019, the company reported Monday.

Vivendi said the company’s first quarter results were boosted by the growth of Universal Music Group whose revenues went up by 18.8% to €1.5 billion ($1.7 billion), as well as by the consolidation of Editis, the leading French-language publishing group, which Vivendi acquired in January.

Higher subscription and streaming revenues (+28.1%) as well as strong physical sales allowed Umg’s first-quarter recorded music revenues to rise by 19.2% compared to the same period last year. Recorded music bestsellers included new releases from Ariana Grande, the Japanese band back number and Billie Eilish, as well as continued sales of the soundtrack to “A Star Is Born” and multiple albums from Queen. The rise in subscription and streaming revenues countered the drop in digital sales (mostly downloads), which were
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Five Of The Best Movies To Stream On Amazon In April

Spring is here; the weather is getting better and better and the nights are getting longer. Despite the urge to get out in the fresh air, there are still reasons to stay in and fire up the streaming box. In this new, regular, monthly feature, we’ll look at the best films now playing on both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Here are five of the best currently playing on Amazon, some old, some brand new.

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Guava Island

This film only arrived on Amazon this past weekend, its content an absolute mystery. Before it landed at just after 8am on Saturday morning, all we knew of Guava Island was that it starred Donald Glover (Solo: A Star Wars Story) and pop icon Rihanna. Set in Cuba, the film is a described as a tropical thriller, and is directed by Hiro Murai. The film initially debuted at the Coachella festival in Palm Springs,
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