Ben Whishaw

Adorable Brits Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson to Make ‘Paddington 2’ Even More Adorable, British

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by Charles Bramesco October 18, 2016 @ 9:02 AM
The feature-length Paddington movie came as a pleasant surprise to audiences in 2014, delivering good humor and warm pathos in the latest adventure from the beloved, shabbily-attired storybook character. As our adorable ursine hero made his way through the world in search of a home after leaving his native Peru, a new generation of youngsters were introduced to his kindness, can-do spirit, and unflagging love of marmalade. The healthy box-office grosses ($288.7 million ain't nothing to sneeze at, even if you're a sneezy, hijinks-prone bear) practically guaranteed a sequel, and a new casting notice today promises that the upcoming Paddington 2 will be cuddlier than ever.

Ben Whishaw in Talks to Join Emily Blunt in ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

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by Britt Hayes August 15, 2016 @ 5:09 PM
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In what is shaping up to be the most pleasant of Disney’s new live-action offerings, the consistently pleasant Ben Whishaw is in talks to join the similarly quite pleasing Emily Blunt and the equally personable Lin-Manuel Miranda in the indubitably enjoyable Mary Poppins sequel. It may be fairly unsurprising news, but that doesn’t make it any less wonderful.

A Week Prior to Release, A24 Delays ‘The Lobster’

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by Charles Bramesco March 2, 2016 @ 10:17 AM
Today, a small development that may have major ramifications down the line: Deadline reports that yesterday, fledgling film distributor A24 quietly struck the March 11 release date of The Lobster from their schedule, with plans to announce a new release date ‘shortly.’ (A24 recently took over distribution of the film from another company, Alchemy.) The Deadline item also takes care to note that the relatively young distribution outfit waltzed away from the Oscars on Sunday night with three key wins — Ex Machina picked up the Best Visual Effects prize, Amy Winehouse chronicle Amy snagged the Best Documentary Feature award, and their adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s novel Room earned Brie Larson the Best Actress Oscar. Though we’ll find out shortly, it smells a bit like A24 may be considering a release later in the year, to pose The Lobster as a possible awards contender.

Freddie Mercury Biopic Lands ‘Theory of Everything’ Writer, Still Eyeing Ben Whishaw

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by Britt Hayes November 18, 2015 @ 5:59 PM
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We haven’t heard much about the Freddie Mercury biopic since Sacha Baron Cohen dropped out of the project over disputes with the remaining Queen band members. Queen Films and producer Graham King are still trying to get the film off the ground, and have hired The Theory of Everything writer Anthony McCarten to draft a new version of the screenplay, while Ben Whishaw is reportedly the current top choice to play Mercury.

‘Spectre’ TV Spot Reveals New Footage, Plus Bond Gets Some Company in the Latest Poster

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by Britt Hayes September 13, 2015 @ 9:28 AM
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The newest TV spot for Spectre is short and sweet and straight to the point, but it does offer a little bit of new footage for fans clamoring to see more of the 24th James Bond film before it hits theaters. There’s some additional flashes of action, as well as looks at new characters played by Lea Seydoux and Christoph Waltz, the latter of whom is reportedly playing a new iteration of classic Bond foil Blofeld.

‘Paddington’ Trailer Gives the Mischievous Bear a New Voice, Is Totally Not Weird at All

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by Britt Hayes December 25, 2014 @ 6:25 PM
There's something weird about this 'Paddington' trailer, right? Not the change in Paddington's voice from Colin Firth to Ben Whishaw, but like, Paddington is kind of an aggressive and obnoxious bear -- not like the pleasant little bear who unwittingly gets into trouble in the books we remember from our childhood. But these days what kid wants to watch a movie about an animated bear that's the equivalent to kiddie tea and snuggles and Ambien?

Freddie Mercury Biopic Finds a Director, Confirms Ben Whishaw for Lead

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by Nick Romano December 10, 2013 @ 8:43 AM
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The Freddie Mercury biopic, backed by legendary band Queen, has hit its fair share of snags along the way to production, but now things are back on track. Dexter Fletcher, a British actor-turned-director who recently helmed the musical 'Sunshine on Leith,' has been tapped in to direct the film.

'Skyfall' Star Ben Whishaw Is Queen's Top Pick to Play Freddie Mercury

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by Nick Romano October 21, 2013 @ 10:45 AM
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Sacha Baron Cohen dropped out, Daniel Radcliffe was never in talks, so who's next in line to take Freddie Mercury's crown in the upcoming biopic? The band Queen, who's been behind the film every step of the way, has their pick; if everything works out, we could see 'Skyfall' star Ben Whishaw take the lead.

Retro Rental: It's Thanksgiving (American Style) With 'I'm Not There'

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by James Rocchi November 22, 2012 @ 3:00 PM
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[Each week, depending on what's in theaters, what's in the news or what's on his mind, film critic James Rocchi brings you The Retro Rental,  an older film on disc or download that connects with the here-and-now.]
There's always the very good question of what, exactly, to watch on Thanksgiving when you're relaxing at home and -- not to put too fine a point on it -- jammed to satiety with food. In the past, I've recommended all-American epics like 'A Bridge Too Far' or Mann's 'Last of the Mohicans,' but this year, I thought of a near-perfect Thanksgiving film -- shot through with the American century, as subject to as many views and interpretations as possible, and as non-linear and trippy as anyone wigged out on turkey-conveyed tryptophan and red wine could ask for: Todd Haynes' 2007 'I'm Not There.'