Based on a true story, this stylishly produced British drama centres around two superbly involving characters whose real-life journey doesn't fit neatly into the usual formula. So the film continually surprises us with little details as it recounts a series of events over the course of about three years. Director Paul McGuigan (Sherlock) and writer Matt Greenhalgh (Nowhere Boy) cleverly keep the tone light with big emotional moments all along the way. And it's also a fascinating look at one of Hollywood's more uncomfortable truths.
It opens in 1981 Liverpool, when Oscar-winning actress Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening) collapses while preparing to perform in a play. In need of a place to recuperate, she reaches out to her much younger ex Peter (Jamie Bell), and asks to move in with his parents (Julie Walters and Kenneth Cranham). Seeing Gloria again, Peter takes a trip through his memories of their romance over the previous three years. They met in London when he was an aspiring actor, and he followed her to New York and Los Angeles before their relationship hit the rocks. He always wondered why she dumped him, but now he's starting to understand.
The way the flashbacks are woven into the main narrative is ingenious, as Peter literally walks into the past. This offers some powerful glimpses of the interconnections between them. It's not quite so necessary to eventually cut to Gloria's side of the story, although at least that offers a strikingly emotional final piece to the puzzle. Bening enjoyably makes Gloria a vain diva whose underlying insecurity makes her very likeable. Since she refuses to act her age, the gap between her and Peter never feels like an issue. And Bening develops terrific chemistry with Bell, who brings a beautifully understated rawness to Peter that's strikingly truthful. Bell gives a riveting performance that's never remotely obvious. And it's also terrific to see him reunite with Walters 17 years after Billy Elliot.
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The pair are finally wed after two years of dating.
It's a happy week for Kate Mara and Jamie Bell, who are celebrating life as newlyweds following their marriage recently after just 6 months of engagement. They confirmed their happy day with a snap on social media this week and the internet couldn't be happier for them.
Kate Mara and Jamie Bell at the Met Gala
Both Kate and Jamie posted the same blurry shot of themselves kissing at their wedding reception on Instagram yesterday (July 17th 2017), with Kate captioning the shot 'nuptials' and Jamie writing 'Me and Mrs B'. Few other details have been released regarding the special day.
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Jamie Bell takes a walk in Beverly Hills, California, United States - Tuesday 20th December 2016
The Marvel Comics adaptation has opened to extremely poor critical notices.
Director Josh Trank has taken action to distance himself from the critically derided reboot of Fantastic Four, appearing to claim that the studio, 20th Century Fox, was at fault for interfering with his “fantastic” vision of the movie.
The movie, which is the third such attempt to launch a big screen franchise out of the Marvel Comics tale, has been roundly panned by reviewers in the last couple of days since its August 4th premiere. Starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Michael B. Jordan and Toby Kebbell, it currently holds a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, making it the worst reviewed superhero movie of 2015 thusfar.
Toby Kebbell stars as the villain in the new 'Fantastic Four' movie
Until the special effects take over in the final act, this is an unusually gritty, grounded superhero thriller, with characters who are so believable that the wacky science almost seems to make sense. This is Marvel's very first franchise, and the filmmakers are unable to resist the pressure to indulge in an overblown finale, and the digital mayhem they give into is oddly unexciting. So as an origin story, this film is more involving than most, but the superhero action itself feels rather limp.
It opens as an exploration of the school friendship between the misunderstood genius Reed (Miles Teller) and junkyard bully Ben (Jamie Bell), whose teleportation science experiment gets them in trouble. But Dr Storm (Reg R. Cathey) sees that their work solves a problem he has encountered in his own experiments, so he brings Reed to New York to join his well-funded, high-tech team. Working with Victor (Toby Kebbell) and Storm's children Sue and Johnny (Kate Mara and Michael B. Jordan), Reed builds a full-size teleporter that succeeds in crossing over to another dimension. And Ben joins the crew for an illicit first voyage that goes spectacularly wrong, leaving Victor on the other side, while Reed, Ben, Sue and Johnny emerge with superpowers caused by altered DNA. The big boss (Tim Blake Nelson) immediately starts training them for military action, but Reed remains determined to make things right.
A strong cast helps all of this play out with remarkable introspection, letting each character develop an organic back-story that brings them together as an uneasy team. The inter-relationships are complex and engaging, veering from rivalry to camaraderie. Teller anchors the film with a layered performance as a smart, troubled guy who struggles to maintain friendships as he focusses on his work. Mara and Johnson add some feisty attitude, but it's Bell and Kebbell who provide the spark of personality that makes this crew so engaging. Then both of them become animated characters (Bell as The Thing and Kebbell as Dr Doom) without even a hint of the actors visible underneath. And the movie never quite recovers its momentum.
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After years of work and millions of dollars in funding, Dr. Storm has come up with nothing to show for all his work into interdimensional travel. That is, until the arrival of Reed Richards (Miles Teller), who demonstrates such an understanding of the science they are studying, that the project is finished shortly afterwards. Now Reed, Storm's children Susan (Kate Mara) and Johnny (Michael B. Jordan) and Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell) are sent to test the machine. But something goes wrong - having successfully travelled to another dimension, the four children are changed forever, in ways they never could have imagined.
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A trailer for the latest reboot of the Marvel Comic superheros has been released
The Fantastic Four is on its third theatrical reboot and, in this latest adaptation of the Marvel Comic superhero team, director Josh Trank is hoping to brush away the negativity of past attempts.
Marvel's newest reboot of the comic hero classic, The Fantastic Four, comes out in August
Starring Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Kate Mara as Susan Storm, Michael Jordan as Johnny Storm and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm this scientist quartet become fantastic after teleporting to an alternative universe which alters their physical form.
Continue reading: The Fantastic Four Sweep Into Town [Trailer + Pictures]
A teleportation experiment malfunctions, leaving four young scientists undoubtable irrecoverably changed. With the steady manifestation of superhuman abilities, the four come together in order to defend the world from an infamous and sinister villain, known only as Doom (Toby Kebbell). Now, the scientist fashion themselves as the first superhero team, with Reed Richards (Miles Teller) becoming Mr Fantastic, Susan Storm (Kate Mara) becoming The Invisible Woman, Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan) becoming The Human Torch, and Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell) becoming The Thing. Together, they must combine their abilities of elasticity, invisibility, spontaneous combustion, and being able to turn into a rock, in order to become The Fantastic Four.
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From 'Whiplash' to 'The Fantastic Four', we're looking forward to seeing more of Miles Teller.
Miles Teller first gained our attention as hedonistic ladies man Sutter in the 2013 rom-com 'The Spectacular Now', before going on to another comedy love story 'That Awkward Moment' earlier this year. Now, Miles Teller is exploring a range of projects over the coming months.
He was convincing as a rom-com fixture until he played the nasty piece of work Peter in 'Divergent', so now we're pretty sure his versatility renders him unpredictable. One look at his upcoming movie projects and you'd never think they were all starring the same guy.
Another Hollywood couple calls it quits, sadly this time it's Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell.
It's not usual for a Hollywood split to shock us, but the announcement that Evan Rachel Wood and husband Jamie Bell are separating after just 19 months of marriage did cause us to let out a slight gasp. Perhaps there was just some part of us that believed these two crazy kids would make it, despite the matching tattoos. After all, the pair welcomed their first child together just 10 months ago. But looking back over their relationship, maybe the signs of bad things to come where there from the get go for the young couple.
Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell have separated after just 19 months of marriage
The representative for the couple announced their separation via US Weekly, giving no clues as to the reason behind the split. In the statement, the usual Hollywood separation phrases were given, "mutual decision", "co-parenting" and of course "remain close friends" and it ended by saying that the two "love each other so much but it just wasn't right.”
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What took its toll on the actors' 19 month marriage?
Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell have split after just 19 months of marriage, a spokesperson has confirmed to Us Weekly. The couple have a 10 month-old son together who will be reportedly shared by both parents as they make their separation.
"Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell have decided to separate," the rep told Us."They both love and respect one another and will of course remain committed to co-parenting their son. This is a mutual decision and the two remain close friends."
A source added to the confirmation, saying "They love each other so much but it just wasn't right."
Continue reading: Evan Rachel Wood And Jamie Bell Split: Did Evan's Girl Crush Cause Rift?
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