Movies

Check Out ‘Doctor Who’ Star Karen Gillan in the Trailer for Her New Horror Flick ‘Oculus’

Former Doctor Who companion Karen Gillan has certainly kept herself busy since she exited the TARDIS back. And her goal appears to be trying roles in every kind of project. She’s since starred in an indie romantic comedy called Not Another Happy Ending and landed the role of a major sci-fi villain in upcoming Marvel tentpole Guardians of the Galaxy. She’s also playing the lead role in a creepy new horror film called Oculus, which has released its first official trailer.

Gillan, who rose to international fame as sidekick to Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor, stars as Kaylie Russell, a young woman who attempts to prove that her brother Tim did not murder their parents by insisting that the real culprit was a malevolent supernatural force that lurks in a particular mirror in their house, which may have also been responsible for the violent deaths of many others over the years.

Irish Films on the Horizon

As I was thinking about what I wanted to write for Saint Patrick’s Day, my internet searches kept bringing me back to the compelling Irish offerings that have been making the film festival circuit in recent months. The signs were there so I had no choice but to share some Emerald Isle film magic and highlight the actors to look out for in these productions.

Each of these films has multiple nominations for the 2014 Irish Film and Television Academy Awards. But if you’re expecting tales of The Troubles, famine or leprechauns among this list, think again. I’ve gathered a variety of intriguing stories that I wager feature a fair bit of masterful acting.

Some Highlights from the BAFTA 2014 Film Awards

With two weeks to go until the Oscars are presented, the British Academy Film Awards had their say this past weekend at London’s Royal Opera House with resident host Stephen Fry presiding. While you can check out the entire list of winners here, it would be a bit dull to go through each and every award and appearance of note. Therefore I have condensed the event into a few of my favorite moments.

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Watch: Alan Rickman and ‘Game of Thrones’’ Richard Madden in ‘A Promise’ Trailer

It seems safe to say that one of the breakout stars of the 2013 television season was Scottish actor Richard Madden or, as you probably know him, that guy who played Robb Stark on HBO series Game of Thrones and was the focal point of that episode that basically broke the internet for a couple of days after it aired.

But, not to worry – you’ll be able to get your King in the North fix at the local multiplex soon enough. Or at least, so we hope.

Madden is starring in new film called The Promise opposite the always awesome Alan Rickman and Parade's End star Rebecca Hall. The period drama follows the story of Karl Hoffmeister (Rickman), a stuffy but respected ailing factory owner in pre-World War I Germany. Hoffmeister comes to rely more and more on the help of an up-and-coming young man named Ludwig (Madden) to handle factory business. Ludwig finds himself irresistibly drawn to Hoffmeister’s young wife, particularly after he takes on a role as a live-in tutor for her young daughter.

Meet the 2014 BAFTA Nominees for the British Film of the Year – What Makes These Films Qualify?

Award season 2014 is in full swing and new nominations seem to be announced nearly every day. So far we’ve heard pronouncements from the Golden Globes, SAG awards, Critics Choice, and Independent Spirit…all leading to the Holy Grail of statuettes, the Oscar.

BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, has also announced its film nominations for the year just gone by and it’s a very international hodgepodge indeed. While Hollywood is still the Mecca of all things show business, the multi-national trend of moviemaking continues to gain momentum. Determining the actual country of origin of any given film is an increasingly complicated task. BAFTA and the British Film Institute have their own convoluted guidelines, including a culture test, which determine a movie’s Britishness. Let’s take a closer look at the BAFTA category of Outstanding British Film of the Year to discover what it takes to qualify.

First Image of Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in 'The Imitation Game'

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is well known for his ability to take on complicated genius-type characters, and he’s set to continue to that trend with his upcoming role as legendary British codebreaker Alan Turing in drama The Imitation Game. And he certainly looks perfectly cast!

The film’s official Twitter account shared the first image featuring Cumberbatch in character as Turing, in honor of the fact that the famous mathematician was given a posthumous royal pardon by Queen Elizabeth over his conviction for homosexual acts in the 1950s, in a victory for a long-running campaign, which had been attempting to have Turning pardoned since at least 2009.

Get a bigger look at Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game below.

Why British Rom-Com ‘Love Actually’ is the Best Christmas Movie Ever, Actually

The love actually poster, or most of it anyway. (Photo: Universal Pictures)

Apparently, there’s a fairly massive internet debate raging at the moment about the British holiday-themed romantic comedy Love Actually, its merits as a film, what it means about you as a person, woman, feminist, antifeminist or general human if you enjoy or don’t enjoy it, and whether or not it should be required viewing during the wider holiday season.

I can’t speak to many of the specifics in this unexpected socio-cultural online civil war, other than to say that Love Actually is probably my favorite Christmas movie. I watch it every year whilst I wrap presents on Christmas Eve. It makes me smile, and feel warm and fuzzy inside, and honestly, isn’t that what this time of year is supposed to be about in the first place? So, don’t expect a thesis-level defense of the film here – but, rather, a list of what it is I like so much about it.

Feel free to agree, disagree or leave me a list of what I ought to be watching instead in the comments.

'Only Lovers Left Alive' with Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton Gets US Release Date

Only Lovers Left Alive, the upcoming indie vampire romance from director Jim Jarmusch, has already done the film festival rounds – showing at Cannes, the Toronto Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, Sundance and more – and a lot of lucky people have already gotten to see it. However, the rest of us can finally breathe a sigh of relief because it has been officially given a US release date at last.

The film, which features internet darling and The Hollow Crown star Tom Hiddleston alongside Tilda Swinton, Anton Yelchin, John Hurt and Mia Wasikowska, will hit American theaters in limited release beginning April 11, 2014. Of course “limited release” generally tends to translate to “you’ll probably still have to wait a couple of weeks if you don’t live in New York or Los Angeles”, but at least we know it’s coming, eventually.

Dan Stevens' Film 'Summer in February' Gets an American Release Date

Are you already wondering what your January is going to look like now that Downton Abbey’s coming back without leading man Matthew Crawley? Not to worry though – you can still get your Dan Stevens fix this winter when his latest period drama (finally) gets a US release.

According to Variety, Tribeca Film has acquired the US rights to romantic drama Summer in February, which stars Stevens alongside Dominic Cooper and Emily Browning. The film is a period drama set on the eve of World War I and Stevens plays a character who is agonizing over his feelings regarding a woman he can’t have. Sound familiar? Yeah, this could prove a more than adequate Downton substitute for those of us suffering from Matthew withdrawal.

The film is based on the Jonathan Smith novel of the same name and tells the story of the dramatic real-life love triangle between painter Alfred Munnings (Cooper), his best friend Gilbert Evans (Stevens) and fellow artist Florence Carter-Wood (Browning).

Watch the trailer below.

‘Downton Abbey’s’ Dan Stevens to Play Lancelot for ‘Night at the Museum 3’

Life goes on, even once you leave Highclere Castle it would seem. Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens has kept pretty busy since departing the megahit costume drama – with roles in Wikileaks biopic The Fifth Estate, romantic drama Summer in February and crime drama A Walk Among the Tombstones, as well as some voicework on sci-fi CW series The Tomorrow People.

Now Stevens looks set to join the third installment of the family-friendly Night at the Museum series with Ben Stiller and Robin Williams, which basically follows the story of a night guard (Stiller) who discovers that all the exhibits in museums come to life after the buildings shut down. We know that security guard Larry will be headed to London for this go-round, so get your guesses as to the film’s location in early. My money’s on the Museum of Natural History, simply because the space is so gorgeous, but, on the other hand, you kind of can’t beat the British Museum in terms of sheer volume of neat things that could come to life.

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