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The quality of the animation in this musical comedy may not be up to Pixar standards, but the story and characters are thoroughly endearing. And the music is fabulous. As it follows a group of likeable animals through a variety of plots and adventures, there's plenty for everyone in the audience to connect with. So even if the climactic action mayhem gets a bit ridiculous, the movie keeps us laughing. And it also makes us want to get up on that stage and belt out a few numbers.
It's set in a city populated by animals. Buster (voiced by Matthew McConaughey) is a koala who has been obsessed with musical theatre since he saw the diva Nana (Jennifer Hudson then Jennifer Saunders) perform when he was a child. So he grew up and bought the theatre. Now with audiences waning, he stages a musical competition to save the theatre. In the auditions, he selects his finalists: anarchist porcupine Ash (Scarlett Johansson), jazzy mafioso mouse Mike (Seth MacFarlane) and silky voiced gorilla Johnny (Taron Egerton). He also teams up two pigs as a double-act: frazzled housewife Rosita (Reese Witherspoon) and German dancer Gunter (Nick Kroll). There's also golden-voiced elephant Meena (Tori Kelly), who's too shy to face the audience so takes a role backstage. Of course, nothing goes as planned.
The key conflict comes from Buster's frantic efforts to avoid bankruptcy, plus rather half-hearted action subplots involving a gang of bears and Johnny's criminally minded relatives. These generate quite a bit of tension that erupts into rather outrageously destructive slapstick along the way. More interesting are the personal journeys of the various contestants, especially as Ash, Meena and Johnny all discover their voices and Rosita finds inventive ways to balance her long-lost career with her role as a mother to 25 rambunctious piglets. Yes, the film is rather crowded with characters and storylines, and the animation looks plasticky, but everything comes together cleverly,
Continue reading: Sing Review
It will be the singer’s first non-cameo film role since 1975’s ‘Tommy’.
Elton John has confirmed he will have a role in the upcoming sequel to British spy comedy Kingsman, The Golden Circle. The singer was first rumoured to be appearing in the film last month and his confirmation comes just as shooting on the sequel has begun in London.
Elton John has confirmed he will have a role in sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
On Instagram John posted a parody poster which featured his iconic star glasses in Union Jack colours, along with the phrase ‘Wednesday night's alright for fighting’, a reference to his 1973 hit ‘Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)’.
Continue reading: Elton John Confirms He Will Star In 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle'
Based on the true story of an unapologetic underdog who never won anything, this British comedy is a shameless crowd-pleaser. Eddie Edwards won the hearts of fans worldwide by coming in dead last at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, and the cast and crew follow his journey with buckets of humour and emotion, plus some seriously exhilarating ski jumping. And like its central character, the film is awkward, good-hearted and impossible not to love.
Eddie (Taron Egerton) grew up obsessed with becoming an Olympian even though he has no talent for sport. He manages to become a regional downhill skiing champion, but is so annoying that the head of the British Olympics Team (Tim McInnerny) changes the rules to disqualify him. So at 22 he instead decides to become Britain's only ski jumper. He moves to Germany to train on his own, meeting the jaded ex-jumper Bronson (Hugh Jackman) and persistently convincing him to offer some coaching tips. And as the Olympics officials keep raising the bar for membership on the team, Eddie improves just enough to qualify. His father (Keith Allen) thinks he should give up, but his mother (Jo Hartley) quietly offers support. And it's Eddie's sheer tenacity that gets him to Calgary.
Director Dexter Fletcher (Wild Bill) tells this story as a high-energy comedy centred on a dorky young man who simply won't take no for an answer. Egerton plays Eddie with perhaps too many physical tics, but exudes so much goofy charm that it's easy to see how he won over the people around him, and the global audience watching the Olympics. His interaction with everyone he meets on this journey is barbed and hilarious, and his joy at each small achievement is infections. Egerton also generates terrific chemistry with Jackman in one of his most enjoyable roles yet. It's hugely entertaining to watch this grouchy loser be begrudgingly coaxed out of his shell by Eddie's boundless enthusiasm.
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'Eddie The Eagle' actor 'flattered' by new rumours.
He's in the headlines at the moment for portraying legendary UK ski-jumper Eddie the Eagle in the film of the same name, but it seems young Taron Egerton could be reaching new heights with his next acting role as reports fly that he is being considered for the role of Han Solo in a new 'Star Wars' prequel.
Taron Egerton would like to play Han Solo
And why not? He's got the charm and more than enough boldness to play the 'Star Wars' hero, who was originally (and recently in 'The Force Awakens') played by Harrison Ford. It seems the idea of such a major part has put a smile on Egerton's face.
Continue reading: Taron Egerton Responds To Han Solo Rumours
The shortlist for the next Han Solo has reportedly narrowed, after a search involving more than 2,500 actors.
We could soon find out who will be playing the young Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars spin-off movie scheduled for release in 2018. After a search that is said to have included more 2,500 actors, The Hollywood Reporter writes that the list is now down to just three names: Alden Ehrenreich, Jack Reynor and Taron Egerton.
Other names who have been mentioned in connection with the role include, Whiplash and Divergent star Miles Teller, The Fault in Our Stars’ Ansel Elgort, who also appears in the Divergent movies and Emory Cohen, who starred in Brooklyn.
But let’s take a closer look at the rumoured top three contenders...
To play the title role in Eddie the Eagle, 26-year-old English actor Taron Egerton underwent a physical transformation that's unusual for a rising star.
After setting the screen alight in films like Kingsman and Legend, he had to change everything about his appearance to play Eddie: adopting an underbite and wearing glasses that were so thick that he had trouble walking around the film sets.
But he loved the challenge. "For an actor to have the chance to go and play something that's far away from yourself physically, and also in terms of personality, is so much fun," he says. "It's slightly terrifying that you won't live up to it, but it's just the most creatively satisfying challenge. Obviously, having researched Eddie and finding out what he looks like and what he was about, to step into his shoes was just wonderful."
Continue reading: Taron Egerton Sees Himself In Eddie The Eagle
Buster Moon is one of the good guys, he's a koala who's lived his life for the theatre he loves. His sunny disposition is somewhat hindered at the thought of his once great and popular theatre being lost. In need of making money, Buster must come up with an idea to save his theatre - and if it can be helped, also encourage the animals of his home town also become enthusiastic about live entertainment.
Buster's secretary accidentally advertises a singing contest to the residents, the flyer explains that they're looking for a fantastic new talent and the winner of the competition will win 100,000 dollars! Buster finds his theatre is once again the centre of a bustling metropolis and goes ahead with the auditions.
There's a few standout performers including a mom who's life revolves around her 25 piglets, a gorilla who's trying to break away from a bad way of life and a small mouse who might be small but has all the wits and sneaky ambition of the other contestants combined!
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Which young superstar deserves this year's accolade?
The nominations are in! Who will follow in the footsteps of Jack O'Connell as 2016's Rising Star Award winner at the Bafta Film Awards in February? This year's bunch of 20-something A-listers are making waves for all the right reasons in the movie industry, but we'll find out just who has come out on top at the ceremony in London on February 14th 2016.
Here's the five nominees:
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From spy to ski-jumper, Taron Egerton is cementing a successful future.
One actor who's making waves in the film world right now is British star Taron Egerton, who was named Best Male Newcomer at the Empire Awards earlier this year for his role in the critically acclaimed spy comedy 'Kingsman: The Secret Service'. Now he's returning as the UK's favourite underdog in 'Eddie The Eagle'.
Taron Egerton stars in 'Eddie The Eagle'
The Welsh star made his onscreen debut in a short film called 'Pop', following his graduation from RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) in 2012. At just 21 he landed the Stephen Sondheim Society 'Student Performer of the Year' award and became a member of the National Youth Theatre.
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Even when Michael Edwards was a small boy, he had huge ambition. Whenever the Olympics were on the TV Eddie would gleefully watch and admire the athletes and their abilities, it was the catalyst that drove Eddie to become a household name.
Though he was a strong skier, Eddie had zero knowledge or ability when it came to Ski jump, but the lack of competition was his in. Eddie decided that he too was going to become an Olympic athlete, HE would appear and represent his country at the winter games.
With no sponsors and everything working against him, Eddie begins training. Accident after accident, bad run after bad run - Eddie tirelessly continues with his quest to somehow reach his goal. Whatever the outcome of Eddie's journey, he's sure to change the sport and the winter Olympics forever.
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The up and coming actress will star opposite Taron Egerton in the new take on Robin Hood.
Eve Hewson has just landed the coveted role of Maid Marian in upcoming movie, Robin Hood: Origins. The Irish actress, whose father is U2 frontman Bono, is said to have beaten over 100 hopefuls to land the part, opposite Taron Egerton.
Eve Hewson will play Marian in Robin Hood: Origins.
Deadline confirmed the news writing that Hewson landed the part in the the Otto Bathurst-directed film that will go into production next summer right after Taron Egerton stars in the sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Written and directed with a rakish swagger, and featuring two full-on performances from Tom Hardy, this true London gangster drama is hugely entertaining, even if it feels undercooked. Aside from that generic title, the film basically has no plot at all, and it strips real-life people of their complexity. It's as if the filmmakers were afraid to challenge the audience in any way. But the edgy mix of comedy and violence is riveting.
The events recounted took place over about two years in the early 1960s, although the film's anecdotal structure makes it feel more like a decade. As it begins, the fearsome young Kray brothers (both played by Tom Hardy) are consolidating their gangland grip on East London and expanding around the city, with their next target being South London boss Charlie Richardson (Paul Bettany). Reggie Kray is the tough-minded businessman, while identical twin Ronnie is a terrifying thug who happens to be openly gay at a time when being so was illegal. As they blatantly manipulate the rule of law, a Scotland Yard inspector (Christopher Ecclestone) is desperately looking for a way to take them down. Meanwhile, Reggie is romancing the 16-year-old Frances (Emily Browning), much to the annoyance of her imperious mother (Tara Fitzgerald).
The tumultuous relationship between Reggie and Frances is the only thing that adds a sense of narrative momentum to the film. Otherwise, it's a series of set-pieces that take a darkly humorous approach to family clashes and criminal violence. Writer-director Brian Helgeland infuses even the grisliest brutality with an amusing smirk, which makes the movie much more engaging than expected. And Hardy storms through the film with real charisma in both roles, as the steely, magnetic Reggie and the more unstable, fearsome Ronnie. Both performances are scene-stealing, nicely conveying how these men managed to hold the entire city in their grip, even though they were only in their early 30s at the time.
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The Eddie the Eagle biopic has taken on somewhat of a poetic license.
Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, the celebrated British ski-jumper, says an upcoming film of his life is largely "made up" and is only 10% accurate. Eddie the Eagle is directed by Sunshine on Leith's Dexter Flecher and stars the Hollywood actor Taron Egerton.
Welsh actor Taron Egerton will play Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards
Edwards became internationally renowned after becoming the first ever Brit to compete in an Olympic ski-jumping event. Edwards finished last in both the 70m and 90m ski jump events at the 1988 games in Canada. His jam-jar glasses to his far-sighted vision and general clumsiness made him an unlikely celebrity in both the US and UK.
Continue reading: Eddie The Eagle: "Dexter Fletcher Film Is Only 10% Accurate"
The Matthew Vaughn-directed film, a success around the world, is reportedly getting a sequel according to insiders.
Having quietly accumulated global box office takings of over $400 million, the successful spy adventure film Kingsman: The Secret Service has apparently been given the green light for a sequel.
According to movie news website The Wrap, sources closely involved with the film have strongly hinted that a follow-up is in development at Fox. While there’s not been an official confirmation by the studio, any timetable or suggestions of who will appear in it, a sequel would make sense given the huge interest shown in the first one.
Samuel L Jackson, Michael Caine and Taron Egerton starred alongside leading man Colin Firth in the surprise hit from earlier this year, which was an adaptation of a comic book by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar entitled ‘The Secret Service’.
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Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, London was at the mercy of the terrifying Kray twins (Tom Hardy). Reggie Kray was forced to spend most of his life holding back his identical twin brother, Ronnie, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. As acclaimed night club owners and feared gangsters, the two twins were seen to own London, and lived a life of glitz and glamour, as well as blood and brutality. That is, until Detective Superintendent Leonard "Nipper" Read (Christopher Eccleston) took the task of bringing two of the most powerful and dangerous criminals in the city's history to justice, by any means necessary.
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Moving away from the 'X-Men' franchise in favour of a Bond-franchise celebration paid off for director Matthew Vaughn - in part, due to Colin Firth's suit.
People were shocked when Matthew Vaughn abandoned work on X-Men: Days of Future Past to work on an adaptation of an unknown comic book called 'Kingsman: The Secret Service'. But with the film now in cinemas, it seems like a rather obvious choice for him, as it allows him to do the same thing for the 'James Bond' genre that he previously did for superheroes with 'Kick-Ass'. Namely, he plays with the formula, both grounding and exaggerating the premise while refusing to water down the material for pre-teens, as most studio movies do.
Vaughn loved making 'X-Men: First Class', but says getting away from the studio system was a big motivation, since no one would be telling him what to do. "It was just me and my mates going off and making a film," he says. "And 'Kingsman' is the kind of film I'd really like to watch."
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With virtually the same tone as they used in their superhero spoof Kick-Ass, filmmakers Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman take another riotously adult approach to pastiche, this time tackling the James Bond genre. Essentially they have made a 007 movie that refuses to tone itself down for the PG-13 audience, indulging in the profanity and excessive violence other films shy away from. So it doesn't really matter if the plot itself isn't quite as rebellious as it pretends to be.
Kingsman is a top-secret spy agency located in a Saville Row tailor, beholden to no corporation or government. Led by Arthur and Merlin (Michael Caine and Mark Strong), these gentlemanly super-agents use the names of the knights of the Round Table. And when one of them dies, they know it's time to get with the times and recruit someone young and hip. So they set up a rigorous school for trainees, with one lucky graduate set to earn a spot at the table. Harry, aka Galahad (Colin Firth), chooses rough East End teen Eggsy (Taron Egerton) as his candidate. The son of a former agent, Eggsy shows considerable promise even if he lacks the expected refinement. Then just before the final selection is made, they discover that mobile phone billionaire Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) is up to something nefarious. So Eggsy and fellow rookie Roxy (Sophie Cookson) kick into action to figure out what he's up to, and stop him.
Despite constant reminders that "this isn't that kind of movie", it clearly is. Every Bond element is here, including the crazed villain with an elaborate lair and a technically augmented sidekick (Sofia Boutella's vicious blade-footed henchwoman Gazelle). The only difference is that where Bond hints cheekily at violence and sex, Vaughn and Goldman go for it. This film is packed with outrageous, over-the-top carnage and intensely rude dialogue, delivered with relish by the expert cast. Firth, Caine and Strong are terrific at combining tweedy propriety with public schoolboy naughtiness, while Jackson merrily plays around with Valentine's god-complex.
Continue reading: Kingsman: The Secret Service Review
A classic British memoir gets the full costume drama treatment with this beautifully crafted World War I drama, although it never quite transcends the "beloved book" tone, remaining so worthy that it only rarely springs to life. The acting is sharp, as is the filmmaking, so it's frustrating that there's so little in the film that resonates with present-day audiences. And as the story sinks into a murky gloom, it's difficult for audiences to stay engaged.
Based on Vera Brittain's iconic memoir, the story opens in 1914, as Vera (Alicia Vikander) begs her parents (Emily Watson and Dominic West) to let her sit entrance exams at Oxford, which simply isn't the done thing for a proper young woman. She also has to convince them to let her brother Edward (Taron Egerton) sign up for military service in response to the conflict breaking out in Europe. But Vera is shocked when her sweetheart Roland (Kit Harington) also decides to enlist along with two close friends (Colin Morgan and Jonathan Bailey). Suddenly the war seems far too close to home for her. So she's provoked to leave university and volunteer as a nurse, serving in both England and France while the war rages around her.
The film's opening section contains a beautiful spark of hopefulness as these young people face the possibilities ahead of them, revelling in their education and then deciding to do their duty for their country. The rising-star cast packs the characters with cheeky humour, high energy and, yes, suitably repressed Britishness. But of course the realities of WWI change everything. Vikander handles this mood-swing very nicely, conveying Vera's resilience as she is bombarded with intense emotions. Her chemistry with Harington is strong, packed with passion. And the surrounding cast is terrific, even if most of the roles are relatively slight. The stand-outs are Richardson as a prickly Oxford professor and Atwell as a feisty fellow nurse.
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Vera Brittain is an extraordinarily talented young woman who battles the odds to land herself a scholarship at Oxford University despite the attitudes of all the people around her frowning upon her desire to enter into a career in literature. Her life becomes even more promising when she falls for her brother's best friend Roland Leighton. However, the war is becoming ever closer and he is forced to abandon his own prestigious studies in favour of the frontline. Filled with grief over Roland's life-threatening circumstances, she decides to make the decision of a lifetime and leave her dreams behind. Instead, she decides to volunteer as a nurse for the sea of wounded troops that are yet to pour back into the country. Even as all that she holds dear are quickly annihilated by the vicious First World War, her determination keeps her focused on making the best of such horrors.
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A young teen with an incredible IQ and first-rate academic performance takes the wrong path in life by getting involved in drugs and petty crime. He is caught by police during one dramatic car chase but is released unexpectedly by Secret Service agent Uncle Jack. Jack sees a lot of potential in the kid and introduces him to the world of International Intelligence. Initially impressed by the gadgetry and glamour of the Service, Uncle Jack introduces him to a new division: the Kingsman. There’s a job going for the brightest young adults in the country and Jack wants his new recruit to prove himself against the upper class kids who rival him. It soon becomes clear, though, that the world of Intelligence is not just a fun game when the training starts getting intensely scary.
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