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  • Colin Firth Will Star in Kursk Submarine Disaster Film

    After Matthias Schoenaerts, Colin Firth is the second name in the cast list of the film based on the worst disaster in the history of the Russian Navy.

    As Variety reports, Firth is in negotiations to star in the picture, but the potential role has not been disclosed. Earlier, they reached an agreement with Matthias Schoenaerts (The Danish Girl - 2015).

    As planned, Kursk is directed by Thomas Vinterberg and written by Robart Rodat.

    Vinterberg is a Danish filmmaker, most famous for The Hunt (2012) and Far from the Madding Crowd (2015). Rodat is the screenwriter of the famous war blockbuster Saving Private Ryan (1998).

    Adapted from the novel "A Time to Die" by Robert Moore, Kursk would not only tell the tale of the explosion that caused the Russian submarine to sink in 2000 and the resulting attempt to survive far below the surface, but also the story of the sailors’ families above who battled political impediments to save their loved ones.

     

    Here’s the official synopsis of Moore’s novel, “A Time to Die: The Untold Story of the Kursk Tragedy” (via Amazon):

    “At 11:28 a.m. on Saturday, August 12, 2000, high in the Arctic Circle under the roiling surface of the unforgiving Barents Sea, Captain Gennady Lyachin was taking the Kursk, the pride of Russia’s elite Northern Fleet, through the last steps of firing a practice torpedo, part of an elaborate naval exercise.

    Suddenly, the torpedo exploded in a massive fireball, instantly incinerating all seven men in the submarine’s forward compartment. The horror, however, was just beginning. The full, gripping story of the remarkable drama inside the Kursk and of the desperate rescue efforts has never been told, until now.

    In A Time to Die, a critically acclaimed best-seller in the United Kingdom, international reporter Robert Moore, who covered the Kursk tragedy from Russia as it happened, draws on exclusive access he obtained to top Russian military figures in telling the inside story of the disaster with the factual depth of the best journalism and the compelling moment-by-moment tension of a thriller. He takes us right down inside the Kursk as two massive explosions, the second measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale, rip through compartment after compartment. Bringing the horror of the explosions vividly to life, he details the agonizing drama of the twenty-three men who survived as they fight against time to be rescued.

    In a journalistic coup, Moore obtained secret access to the Kursk’s highly restricted Arctic submarine base, and he makes the desolation of that forbidden world palpable on the page. As word of the tragedy breaks, he portrays the fear and growing rage of the families of the crew as they clamor for news of their loved ones and confront Vladimir Putin, Russia’s newly elected president.

    Moore also vividly re-creates the nail-biting tension of the heroic but deeply flawed Russian rescue efforts as men are sent down again and again, aboard antiquated mini-subs, in perilous attempts to get to the survivors. As Western rescuers are at last called in, Moore richly describes the fascinating world of the offshore divers who drop everything to make one last, desperate attempt to reach the trapped submariners.

    A Time to Die is a riveting, brilliantly researched account of the deadliest submarine disaster in history and its devastating human cost.”

     

    Later this year, the audience will meet Colin Firth again in Bridget Jones’s Baby, the third installment of the series about Bridget Jones. He is currently in the filming of The Golden Circle, the sequel of Kingsman.

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  • Deepwater Horizon’s Tragic and Touching Trailer about Family Sentiment

    The latest trailer of "Deepwater Horizon" makes the audience breathless and moved at the same time with its story about disasters and family sentiment.

    Back to the silver screen after the huge success of Lone Survivor, famous director Peter Berg and actor Mark Wahlberg will together "rebuild" the historical event Deepwater Horizon explosion taking place in 2010.

     

    Recently, the filmmakers have released a new trailer with a series of tragic scenes on the vast ocean. Not only that, the trailer also reveals many important details about the fierce battle the leading character, Mike, and other explorers have to go through.

    Deepwater Horizon opens gently with the scene of Mike's family. He works for a large company with millions of moving parts. And his responsibility is to make sure those parts work properly and effectively to bring back benefits for the company. Unfortunately, disaster strikes when a drilling rig explodes on April 20, 2010, killing 11 crewmembers, resulting in the biggest oil spill in U.S. history. Since then, the film becomes more and more fierce than ever.

     

     

     

     

    Especially, with an extremely genuine cinematic language, director Peter Berg leads us to the extreme emotions. The audience will be strongly impressed with the scene where the crewmembers fall down in that terrible fire. But during the darkest hours, courage leads the way for them. And we all are moved when Wahlberg's Mike shouts: "I will see them again, do you understand me?", referring to Felicia, his wife and Sydney, their daughter.

    But can their survival instinct, endurance and the limit of physical and mental suffering help them survive the disaster?

     

     

     

     

     The answer will hit theaters on Sept. 30. The film co-stars John Malkovich, Kurt Russell, Gina Rodriguez and Dylan O'Brien.

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  • Cars 3 Reveals the Concept Art and New Character

    The third installment of Cars series has just revealed the first images after a long period of silence.

     

    Debuting in 2006, the story about the red car Lightning McQueen joining the race for the first time was warmly welcomed by the audience. With the revenue of $462 million, Disney Pixar released the second installment in 2011 and earned more $560 million worldwide. Despite the mixed comments from the critics, Disney continues to introduce the third installment, expected to release in June, 2017.

    The first time audience could see logo and poster of Cars 3 is in Disney's D23 expo in August last year. Since then, there was no more news from the project, and today, the 2 images of the concept art were released. They are only the sketches of the scenes in the film, however, we can see a new character, yellow Cruz Ramirez.

     

    The plot this time around sees Lightning McQueen, voiced again by Owen Wilson, still in the world of racing, only this time, things are getting even tougher. As such, he needs a trainer, and she comes in the sleek, yellow Cruz Ramirez, a young Hispanic female race car who instructs Lightning McQueen, as this exclusive concept art depicts during a beach run.

    “Cruz Ramirez is trying to figure out how this old dog can learn some new tricks,” says Cars 3 director Brian Fee. “Think of where he’d be in his career now in real time. (McQueen) is not an old man, but he’s one of the older cars on the circuit with new rookies coming in. People start to wonder and ask when he might retire.”

     

    Fee adds that those questions grow louder after newcomer Jackson Storm beats him. “Jackson Storm is the face of these rookies who have come onto the scene. And McQueen is in a position where his entire racing generation is being pushed out. But it’s too early to be shown the door right now.”

    Cars 3 will feature McQueen with his signature Cars look and bring back familiar characters from the original's Radiator Springs, including tow-truck Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), girlfriend Sally Carrera (Bonnie Hunt) and auto-body shop owner Ramone (Cheech Marin).

    The story will stay in America, hitting historical race sites throughout the country.

     

    “This movie is a love letter to racing and the American way,” says Fee. “We’re inspired by the Americana you see traveling through the South where every small town has a dirt track.”

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  • Oscar-Winner Jeff Bridges Joins the Cast of Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    The series about spies Kingsman will release a sequel named Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and Oscar-winner Jeff Bridges has signed his name into the contract to join the cast recently.

    Jeff Bridges, who played The Dude in The Big Lebowski and won an Oscar for Crazy Heart, will appear in the film, he announced on Twitter.

     

    "The only golden circle I want vexing me is the one my glass leaves behind on the table," the image in the tweet says.

    Considering Bridges’ on-screen history with alcohol, this is the perfect image to announce his addition to the cast. In addition, this also gives us a hint as to who Bridges might be playing. His character hasn’t been officially named or even described, but we do know that Kingsman: The Golden Circle will see the devastated British spy organization teaming up with their American counterparts known as the Statesman. The American agents just so happen to have their center of operations disguised as a whiskey distillery. If I had to guess, Bridges is more than likely playing the head of the American agents, not unlike Michael Caine in the first movie.

    Bridges is just the latest to join it, the sequel already has the talents of Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, and Channing Tatum; alongside the returning Colin Firth, in the role of a (presumably) resurrected Harry Hart. It is already something special with Elton John making a rare turn as an actor. Mathew Vaughn also returns to direct the film.

    The spy spoof follow-up to 2014's Kingsman: The Secret Service will see Taron Egerton’s Eggsy head state-side with Mark Strong’s Merlin to work for secret US spy society Statesmen. Statesmen HQ is disguised as a whisky distillery and once there, Eggsy and Merlin will be tasked with defeating the villainous Poppy, Moore.

    Kingsman: The Golden Circle is expected to release on 16/06/2017.

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  • 'Ratchet & Clank' Star Bella Thorne Is 'Terrible' at Video Games

     

    A short list of the things Bella Thorne is on the brink of dominating: Hollywood, Instagram, television and, if possible, outer space. Just don't partner up with her in a video game challenge.

    Yes, even though the 18-year-old actress -- who made her name on the Disney Channel hit series "Shake It Up" and followed that with roles on the big screen including "Blended" and "The Duff" -- is giving voice to the Galactic Ranger Cora in the movie adaptation of the popular PlayStation game "Ratchet & Clank," she admits her personal gaming skills are sorely lacking.

    But that may be the only territory she has trouble conquering; Thorne's already become an in-demand actress (with no less than nine films planned for release within the next year), a teen style icon, a bestselling YA novelist, a recording artist and an Instagram star with over 11 million followers. She's also about to return to TV in a big way, teaming with "Pretty Little Liars" showrunner Marlene King for the upcoming Freeform series "Famous in Love."

    Moviefone caught up with the busy actor to discuss her new film and her future projects.

    Moviefone: What was it that got you excited to be a part of "Ratchet & Clank"?

    Bella Thorne: You know, I was really hoping that they would ask me to be in this video game, and they did. So that was so awesome. That's one of the main reasons why I took it, so that hopefully they would put me in it. I just always have wanted to be a part of the video game. I watched it growing up. I never played them because I was just really bad. I was terrible. But I thought they were dope, so I'd just watch my brother play them all the time.

    The only two that I'm actually good at are "Mortal Kombat" and "Grand Theft Auto." That's probably it.

    So once you got that invite, what did you fall in love with as far as your character, Cora, goes?

    I fell in love with her integrity, and the fact that she was just so in your face. So much attitude, totally down to kick butt. When you have that, it's awesome because it's very easy for me to play because that's me. Because that's totally me, by the way! It's already completely me, the character.

    I could easily be a Galactic Ranger. Somebody give me a chance! I'll go up into space!

    This is such an interesting and cool time in your career. What's it been like for you to get these opportunities and really stretch yourself in the various directions that you're going?

    I mean, I'm just so lucky. I'm lucky I get to do what I do, and I've been given the opportunity to do it. I'm all about playing different people and just being me. I love to step out of my comfort zone. Whenever I get to do something really interesting, I really have to pay attention and really just do my full -- my hardest that I can.

    "Famous in Love" got picked up to series at Freeform. You've already done the pilot. Tell me what was it about the show that made you say, "Yeah, I'm totally on board."

    Being able to be producer and getting creative credit. Marlene and I took this show from a book. We made this show and we were selling it, and we ended up selling it together to ABC. So being able to be in the pitch meetings was so cool. It was so cool because it was completely different for me. That was something that I had no experience in whatsoever. So the creative aspect of acting, everything that goes beyond the screen -- I got to learn all about it.

    Tell me a little bit about the actual storyline of the show.

    Well, when I read the book [by Rebecca Serle] originally -- it was a long time ago -- I thought it was cool that we show Hollywood [for] what it is. People think it's so glamorous and it's so perfect and everybody is so nice. And it's not. It's not that perfect. So it's cool when you're able to go behind and you know, show everything to everyone. So I'm glad to get to kind of open up that world.

    You know a little bit about being famous yourself. Are you comfortable with fame, or are there parts of it that you still have to wrap your head around?

    There's a lot of things in Hollywood. It depends on what kind of person you are, and if you're able to say "no." People might say that I'm a bitch because I don't let people push me around, or women are bitchy when they don't let people use them a certain way. But not true. If I was a guy saying the same thing, he'd be like, "Oh, that's a hot guy. He really sticks up for himself. He's so manly." But when it's a girl, it's the exact opposite.

    So I just say, "OK, let people call me bitchy. I'm going to take care of myself, though." I have people watching my back, but I have to do the same thing. I've got to be me all the time. Unless I'm doing a role, I can't ever not be me in the public eye because I don't want to do that.

    You have such a huge fan following and a big presence on social media. How would you like to continue to reach your audience as you go deeper into this adult phase of your career?

    With the audience, I mean, the most amazing thing would be to help somebody in life. As a human being, I feel like that's just your natural instinct -- to want to help someone. If you can, why wouldn't you? I don't understand why you wouldn't. So that's my main goal in life.

    I guess my goal for acting would probably be -- especially for the kind of roles I want to play -- number one, I'd be so down to play like a badass Marvel character. Any type of badass female in live-action, like Cora is in this movie. I also like playing roles that are very rebellious and real. So it's good when you really show teenagers for how they actually act and how they actually talk.

    Have you set your eye on a specific superhero or super villain character that you'd love to play?

    Honestly, if I could just play a female version of "Deadpool" -- any character that's a female version of Deadpool -- I'm so down!

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