A Kickstarter page has been created for a project Rupert Grint is attached to, entitled Enemy of Man. It is a retelling of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and in order to be produced they need to raise $250,000. The film also stars Sean Bean(of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones fame) and Charles Dance (also from Game of Thrones.) The stars of the film came together to create an 8 minute proof of concept short film to help raise money to fully produce the film. The Kickstarter page states:
Our cast and crew that made this proof of concept a reality, helped bring it to life out of their love and dedication for the project and were not offered any financial incentive. They believed in the idea and the potential of what the project had to offer and we hope you do too.
There are various rewards given for each donation amount. Starting at $10 you get to see the 8 minute short, and if you go as high as $10,000 you will be a co-producer. Additionally, everyone pledging $15 or more will receive a digital copy of the film when (and if) it is released.
A description of the film is as follows
Enemy of Man is an ambitious feature length retelling of William Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy, Macbeth.
This will be the feature directorial debut of actor Vincent Regan. Vincent is no stranger to Shakespeare. Although known for such films as The Messenger, 300, and Troy, he is a veteran of the Royal Shakespeare and National theaters and has directed and acted in Macbeth on the London stage.
The Enemy of Man will have a unique cinematic quality, stripping back the dialogue and cranking up the action. It traverses a bleak, frozen landscape of shattered castles and pillaged towns, rendering the interior world that clouds Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s addled minds, as they sink deeper into their heart of darkness. A timeless masterpiece of war, ambition, betrayal, murder and ultimately, revenge.
A teaser trailer for the film has been released by the film’s Twitter:
The Kickstarter page includes an informational video which features a quick interview with Rupert and other crew members:
Filed Under: Rupert Grint
Christian Coulson, best known to Potter fans for his role as Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, will be participating in this month’s installment of The Meeting. It is a monthly comedy/variety show that honors a different celebrity for their contributions to gay culture. This month the show will honor the cult-favorite TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, on March 16 at Joe’s Pub. Tickets may be purchased here.
Some information on the show, thanks to Theatre Mania‘s interview with creator Justin Sayre, may be read below:
Filed Under: Christian Coulson
What is a typical show like?
If it’s a musical person, we try to pick from the cannon, [doing the songs] in a really interesting way. We did Cher months ago and Cole Escola got up and sang ”Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves” as a ballad, and it was amazing! For David Bowie, Joseph Keckler brought in a violin and a sound machine and made a really intimate song out a beautiful Bowie song. As far as the rest of the show, because it is topical, we have a little license [to] do skits about other things as well. We always try to keep it light and funny, but we’re never making fun of the people we honor. We’re really trying to be reverent because it means something to people.
How do you decide who to honor at The Meeting*?
At the core of the show, there’s this real sense of community. So it’s fun to pick something that’s cross-generational and all over the map so that we can get as many people excited about it as possible. The other thing to say is it’s never about imitation. It’s always about the interpretation of what they did. And that’s something that I think really sets the show apart.
Digital Spy reports that Mr Weasley actor Mark Williams will be the host of BBC One’s new game show, The Link, which has been scheduled to have 25 episodes. According to the article the show which pits three teams against each other and has them trying to find the link between questions.
Filed Under: Mark Williams
The quicker the teams can work out the connection between answers to four questions, the more links they can break – giving them the chance to win some money.
In the final round, the winning team members will battle it out to break a series of Super Links to take home a cash prize.
BBC daytime controller Damian Kavanagh said: “The Link appealed to us because of its innovative question style and challenging gameplay. Mark Williams will give the show a different flavor which we hope will delight the audience.”
A new featurette for Emma Watson’s upcoming Bible epic, Noah has been released and may be watched below. The film, which also stars Russell Crowe and Logan Lerman, hits theatres March 28th. Also, the Hollywood Reporter has revealed all future advertisements for the film will have the following disclosure so as not to offend the very religious:
Filed Under: Emma Watson
The film is inspired by the story of Noah. While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide. The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis.”
The first teaser for one of David Heyman’s new ventures, Paddington, has been released via Yahoo! Movies. Harry Potter actors Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent will be in the film as Mrs. Bird and Mr. Gruber with Colin Firth voicing the famous Paddington bear.
David Heyman commented on the film in an interview: “Paddington Bear is a universally loved character, and I have wanted to bring him to screen for some years. Michael Bond’s ‘Paddington’ books have such wit, wonder and charm. Essentially, Paddington’s story is that of an immigrant arriving in London and trying to find a home and a family. Above all, I love Paddington’s unique style of comedy.”
A couple synopsis for the film may be read below:
Filed Under: David Heyman, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters
Paddington has journeyed from Darkest Peru, wearing a duffle coat, hat and Wellington boots, carrying a suitcase containing an empty jar of marmalade and wearing a label around his neck that reads “Please look after this bear, thank you.” His arrival in the household of the Brown family leads to comic mishaps and misadventures for the well-meaning but accident-prone young bear.
The story follows a curious young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British who travels to London in search of a home. Lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family who offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed, until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.
For three weeks starting on April 4th (ending April 27th) you can Explore Feathers and Flight with Warner Bros. Studio Tour London which features a selection of owls, ravens, special effects equipment and feathered animatronics from the films showing how filmmakers brought feathered creatures to life on screen and created the illusion of flight. As is true of most of the tour’s special events, tickets must be pre-booked and all extra activities are included in the ticket price. A press release can be read below and you can view photos in the gallery.
Filed Under: Harry Potter Leavesden Tour
This April visitors to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter are invited to discover how filmmakers brought feathered creatures to life on screen and created the illusion of flight on the sets of the most successful film series of all time. From Friday 4th to Sunday 27th April, a selection of owls, ravens, special effects equipment and feathered animatronics will fill the attraction as part of its first ever Feathers and Flight feature.
Visitors will get the chance to pose for a photograph with the owl that played Harry Potter’s letter-delivering companion Hedwig as he sits outside 4 Privet Drive. The talented owls that played Ron Weasley’s tiny pet Pigwidgeon and the Weasley family owl Errol will be stationed along the wizarding street of Diagon Alley and crows and ravens that appeared in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban will demonstrate their acting skills in the Studio Tour’s backlot. In addition to watching live training demonstrations, visitors will discover how birds learnt to ‘act’ by taking a look at the equipment that was used on set.
Hair and Feather Supervisor Val Jones will lead an expert team to demonstrate the techniques that made winged wonders such as Buckbeak the Hippogriff and Fawkes the Phoenix a reality on screen. By individually inserting thousands of feathers, Val worked to create the Hippogriff’s feathery coat which helped transform it into a believable creature that really moved.
Visitors will be able to see the broomsticks of Fred and George Weasley, used during their escape in Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, in Hogwarts’ iconic Great Hall and the set will be decorated as it was for owl post delivery scenes. Specially-made broomsticks and letters, which were designed to be light enough for owls to carry, will be on display as well as a breakfast feast of racks of toast, cereal and jugs of juice.
- The Buckbeak that appeared curled up in Hagrid’s pumpkin patch was an animatronic; his wings, neck, eyes and beak all moved. In other scenes, the Hippogriff was created digitally by the Visual Effects team and the cast were given props – such as a beak on a stick – to interact with on set.
- The animatronic Fawkes was so realistic that even some members of the cast believed he was a real bird when they first saw him! It was only when the Creature Effects team moved the Phoenix using their control buttons that they realised he wasn’t.
- Contrary to popular belief, owls aren’t quite as wise as they are thought to be. They can take up to three months to learn what a raven or crow can learn in just one week.
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