Charlize Theron Takes Brad Pitt Role

Angelina Jolie must be pretty ticked off right now. Charlize Theron has not only swooped in to take a role originally lined up for Brad Pitt, but may also have beaten Angelina herself to the role too. The ‘Mad Max’ star is in talks to take the lead role from the previously much fancied candidate Brad Pitt in ‘The Gray Man’. This film is about a male CIA operative turned assassin who has to protect his children that he never knew existed. But here’s where it gets confusing, especially for script wizard Mark Greaney, who wrote the original ‘Gray Man’ series of books and has now been tasked with coming up with the screen adaptation for Sony Pictures. Good luck with the re-write Greaney, because the title ‘The Gray Man’ may be pretty redundant now. Will ‘The Gray Woman’ cut it? 

But it gets even more convoluted and crazy – Angelina Jolie was rumoured to be on the short list of actresses that just might pull this gender switch off. Jolie has a bunch of experience in that area, if you think back to her CIA stealth and twists movie ‘Salt’ which was originally written with a male protagonist in the lead role – none other than Tom Cruise. 

So what does all this mean? For women in Hollywood it’s great news. Because, as Sandra Bullock recently pointed out at the Toronto film festival, there are very few decent parts for strong female characters. Bullock takes the lead in ‘Our Brand Is Crisis’, which was produced by George Clooney and originally planned to star Clooney but guess what? That got gender inverted too. The bad news though, is that ‘Mad Max’ and Theron fans will have to accept that we ain’t gonna see Furiosa return any time soon.

Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz

Watch This Space: September 21 – 27

Welcome to your weekly go-to film guide – WatchThisSpace – where we recommend what to watch in the cinema and on the television, and remind you of those brilliant films hiding in your DVD collection.

IN THE CINEMA

It’s not a great week for cinematic releases, with the highlight likely to be Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson starring in the latest biopic to hit our screens, ‘Life’. James Dean is the subject of this movie, as we experience a couple of weeks of the famous actor’s life through the eyes of a photographer. Is DeHaan up to the job of playing one of history’s most iconic actors? We think there is enough potential here to warrant a trip to the cinema to find out.

Alternatively, Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon clash in ’99 Homes’, which quite frankly, looks and sounds pretty dull. We could be wrong, but it’s unlikely that Garfield being evicted from his home, then working for the realtor who forced him out (Shannon), will provide much more than mediocre drama. You’d be better off catching one of last week’s releases, ‘Everest’, which we can guarantee will blow you away.

ON THE TV

Monday 21:00 GMT: Michael Fassbender has certainly made a name for himself as one of the best actors working today. So, before he takes to the throne in ‘MacBeth’, or the phone in ‘Steve Jobs’, why not catch ‘300’ on ITV2, which was actually Fassbender’s first role in a feature-length cinema release. At the same time tonight, you could go for the 90s sci-fi thriller ‘Twelve Monkeys’, starring Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis, on Syfy.

Wednesday 23:05 GMT: We all know that Denzel Washington is a talented actor, and now he’s a talented producer, with his latest project ‘Shame’ having been added to the 2015 UrbanWorld Film Festival. However if you are more interested in simply watching him kick some ass, ‘Man On Fire’ is the film for you. See Washington at his best on Film4, satisfying the needs of all the action junkies out there.

Thursday 21:00 GMT: Winning just one Academy Award is no mean feat, but Clint Eastwood and ‘Million Dollar Baby’ managed to scoop all FOUR major awards in 2005. If that doesn’t stir you to switch to Sky Atlantic and enjoy this boxing drama, I don’t know what will.

Friday 21:00 GMT: Sticking with the ferocious female lead, see Saoirse Ronan make her big screen break in the action-packed ‘Hanna’ on E4. Like a young, female version of Jason Bourne, the titular anti-hero is one with a mysterious and intriguing backstory, and a long line of assassins waiting to hunt her down. If this doesn’t take your fancy, you can always head to ITV2 for the ultimate classic, ‘The Shawshank Redemption’, also at 21:00 GMT.

Sunday 17:05 GMT: What kind of people would we be if we didn’t offer something for the kids too? You know what, we don’t even need an answer, because we’ve got the little ones covered too. Hop on board ‘The Polar Express’ with ITV2, a beautifully animated film featuring the vocal talents of Tom Hanks.

DIG IT OUT

This is our favourite part of the WatchThisSpace section. We delve into our own DVD collection and pick out some amazing films, that may not instantly spring to mind when you’re stuck for inspiration to make your movie night a success. Maybe you’ve never seen a film that we pick – or even heard of them for that matter – but you’re gonna have to trust us on this one, and Dig It Out.

The Jungle Book: Disney really are going all out with their upcoming movie slate, and last week we were enthralled by the first trailer for Jon Favreau’s live-action reimagining of ‘The Jungle Book’. This was my favourite film as a child, so I am beyond excited for next year’s star-studded attempt. But, I cannot imagine anything improving the 1967 classic, so I say “forget about your worries and your strife” and settle down for some nostalgic, animated fun.

Saving Mr. Banks: In the same vein, Disney also announced plans to start work on a ‘Mary Poppins’ reboot/sequel, so what better time than now to dig out this 2013 effort. Emma Thompson wonderfully portrays P.L. Travers, the author and creator of the iconic nanny, whilst Tom Hanks features as Walt Disney himself. ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ is a delightful film that we think you will enjoy, and watching this film might even enlighten you as to what Travers herself would think about this recent news. 

Fruitvale Station: What a week it was for trailers huh? Rocky Balboa returns to our screens for ‘Creed’ in February of next year (Novemeber 2015 if you’re in the USA), where he becomes trainer to the son of his old friend and rival, Apollo Creed. Michael B Jordan will take to the ring for what is sure to be a hard-hitting performance, but did you know, Michael B Jordan and director, Ryan Coogler, have worked together before? Well, check out ‘Fruitvale Station’ for a hint of what the pair can do when they combine – a true story based on the tragic events leading to Oscar Grant III’s death on New Year’s Day, 2009.

Chronicle: So it’s no secret that Josh Trank’s ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot didn’t quite live up to expectations, with critics dedicating much of their summer to trashing the film.  However, I urge you not to discount Trank’s directing skills, as only a few years ago he directed this fantastic, sci-fi sleeper hit. This film takes a look at the results of three friends obtaining super powers after a strange discovery, showcasing just what Trank can do. If you needed more reason to dig it out, ‘Chronicle’ features star of this week’s ‘Life’, Dane DeHaan, in one of his best roles to date, and that man Michael B Jordan too.

This week’s WatchThisSpace was compiled by Jakob Lewis Barnes and special guest Hamish Calvert, of HCMovieReviews. Get more from HC by checking out his movie blog or his Twitter account.

Watch This Space: September 14 – 20

Welcome to your weekly go-to film guide – WatchThisSpace – where we recommend what to watch in the cinema and on the television, and remind you of those brilliant films hiding in your DVD collection.

IN THE CINEMA

Although it’s been released outside of the UK, and not received the best of reviews, we still think that ‘Aloha’ could be worth a trip to the cinema if you like your rom-coms. Starring Bradley Cooper as a military contractor who is stuck in the classic problem of having two women in his life. Alongside Cooper, we have Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams and John Krasinski and it’s hard to not be impressed by that cast.

Even more impressive though, is the cast for ‘Everest’, which boasts the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Keira Knightley and Josh Brolin. The trailers for this epic look pretty intense and harrowing, as we follow an expedition to the peak of Mount Everest, with disastrous results. Quite the contrast to the sunny skies Bradley Cooper and company will be enjoying, this endurance thriller may not be one for the faint-hearted but promises to be a spectacular visual experience.

ON THE TV

Monday 22:40 GMT: If you’ve enjoyed a double helping of Tom Hardy in his latest film ‘Legend’, you’ll be pleased to know that Film4 are showing ‘Bronson’ to get your week off to a smashing start. There may only be one Tom Hardy in this one, but his portrayal of Charles Bronson is more than enough, we promise.

Tuesday 23:05 GMT: Quentin Tarantino’s directing career is coming to an end after the much-anticipated ‘Hateful Eight’, so why not celebrate his career by watching one of his finest contributions to the world of cinema on Film4. ‘Inglorious Basterds’ follows Lieutenant Aldo Raine and his bunch of not-so-merry men as they plan a Nazi assassination in war torn France, 1944. Expect your typical, Tarantino spectacle of violence and dark comedy.

Wednesday 21:00 GMT: You may know Chris Hemsworth better for his role as Thor in the Avengers series, but the blonde brute’s most critically-acclaimed performance is most definitely his portrayal of legendary F1 driver James Hunt in ‘Rush’. Catch the fast-paced biopic on Film4.

Friday 21:00 GMT: E4 is bringing you the definition of Friday night television this week, in the form of alien flick ‘Independence Day’ – one of those films that is such easy watching, no matter how many times you’ve seen it before. Explosions, drama and the odd laugh thrown in too, sit back and see in the weekend in style.

Sunday 17:45 GMT: Brad Pitt is all over WatchThisSpace this week. This time, we urge you to settle down on Sunday evening and enjoy his performance in ‘The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button’ on Film4. Pitt stars opposite Cate Blanchett, as a man who ages backwards, whilst trying desperately to reconnect with the love of his life.

DIG IT OUT

This is our favourite part of the WatchThisSpace section. We delve into our own DVD collection and pick out some amazing films, that may not instantly spring to mind when you’re stuck for inspiration to make your movie night a success. Maybe you’ve never seen a film that we pick – or even heard of them for that matter – but you’re gonna have to trust us on this one, and Dig It Out.

Inception: Want more Tom Hardy? Okay, fine! It’s the man of the moment’s birthday on Tuesday, and we’ve pretty much exhausted all of his greatest roles in the past few weeks. One we haven’t covered though, is his more reserved and charming performance in Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi thriller ‘Inception’. In a stellar cast, Hardy still stands out as Eames – the cheeky forger who can take the form of anyone you want him to. Celebrate Mr. Hardy’s birthday with one of the best films of recent years, but don’t ponder the mysteries of Nolan’s multi-storey dream world too hard or you may end up with a bigger hangover than the birthday boy himself.

Se7en: David Fincher was recently announced as the director for the up and coming second installment of the Millennium Trilogy books – ‘The Girl Who Played With Fire.” Why not revisit one of Fincher’s previous works in ‘Se7en’; a film that has become a classic since it’s release back in 1995. Featuring one of cinemas finest and strangest villains in John Doe (Kevin Spacey), follow Somerset and Mills (Freeman & that man Pitt, again) as they hunt down the infamous serial killer, who seems to have a certain signature, when it comes to his murders.

The Beach: Danny Boyle confirmed last week that all systems are go on a ‘Trainspotting’ sequel, with the majority of the original cast signed on for the follow up. We would like to draw your attention to another of Boyle’s masterpieces, this time starring a young Leonardo DiCaprio filled with wanderlust, who finds himself in a near-perfect paradise. Or so he thinks! For some strange reason, this film has divided opinions since its release in 2000, but we absolutely love it and think you will too!

This Sporting Life: With the Rugby World Cup kicking off this week, we’re trying to get into the spirit of things here at JumpCut UK. As a result, we’re going to suggest a rugby themed film for you to dig out this week, but one that you may not have heard of before. ‘This Sporting Life’ is a British realist film from 1963, starring the late, great Richard Harris, and follows the story of a young miner-turned-rugby player as he struggles to ascertain a balance in his life between the aggressive sport and his domestic bliss, as the two begin to intertwine.

This week’s WatchThisSpace was compiled by Jakob Lewis Barnes and Nick Deal

You may have noticed that this week’s edition of WatchThisSpace is kinda male dominated. But before anyone berates us for discrimination, let us explain. If you head to our Twitter account @jumpcutUK this week, you will find our latest Twitter poll, which is aimed at deciding on the best female performance of the last 5 years (2010-2015). We thought it would strike a nice balance then, to focus on the guys on this side of our work. Never fear ladies, next month we have a special women’s edition of WatchThisSpace to celebrate the release of ‘Suffragette’.

World War Z Sequel Announced

The sequel to ‘World War Z’ starts shooting this autumn, with a June 2017 release date. Brad Pitt and his Plan B production company will once again be producing, but no definite word on whether or not Pitt will be reprising his role as Gerry Lane. Screenwriter Steven Knight isn’t giving anything away, but with recent credits like ‘Locke’ and ‘The Hundred Foot Journey’ he’s clearly on a roll. Spanish director J.A. Bayona (The Impossible and The Orphanage) is set to direct the sequel, which has yet to be named.

Written by Wan Tyszkiewicz

Watch This Space: May 11 – May 17

Welcome to our newest feature – WatchThisSpace – where we give you recommendations of films to watch in the cinema, on the television and those brilliant films hiding at the back of your DVD collection.

IN THE CINEMA

As most of you are well aware, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ opens this weekend. Charlize Theron has a buzz cut, Tom Hardy dons a mask AGAIN and George Miller is back to his weird and wonderful best after the happiest of ‘Happy Feet’ to bring us dystopian chaos of the most explosive and action-packed variety.

For most, a trip to the cinema this weekend will provide a very clear fork in the road; you either go for an abundance of gore and violence, or warm up your vocal chords and sing at the top of your voice with ‘Pitch Perfect 2’. Luckily for us, we love both, so we get double the fun this weekend.

ON TELEVISION

Monday 23:05 GMT: There are very few directors with such a legendary status as that of Alfred Hitchcock, whose diverse and unusual body of work boasts numerous classics. One of the most disturbing of these films is arguably ‘The Birds’ which you can catch over at Film4.

Tuesday 23:40 GMT: Denzel Washington is now 60 years old, and still an absolute badass. See him at his most formidable and dangerous best, with a hint of emotion in the 2004 great ‘Man On Fire’, again on Film4.

Thursday 22:00 GMT: Every week, there are plenty of war films we could recommend to you. As fantastic as it is, ‘The Great Escape’ is on TV every Sunday, without fail. So let More4 show you a different perspective to the war with Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Inglorious Basterds’.

Saturday 21:20 GMT: Comedy creations don’t come much better than Steve Coogan’s Alan Partridge. A timeless character who has improved with age. BBC2 brings us ‘Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa’, the feature length follow up that we so desperately needed. 

Sunday 15:00 GMT: The weekend is nearly over, so spend a couple of hours with the family and watch everyone’s favourite wild child, Lindsay Lohan, before she turned bad. ‘Parent Trap’ is delightful afternoon viewing on Channel 4.

DIG IT OUT

This is our favourite part of the WatchThisSpace section. We delve into our own DVD collection and pick out some amazing films, that may not instantly spring to mind when you’re stuck for inspiration to make your movie night a success. Maybe you’ve never seen a film that we pick – or even heard of them for that matter – but you’re gonna have to trust us on this one, and Dig It Out.

If election week has left you feeling militant, and ready to revolt, instead of setting a couple of bins on fire and engaging in a bit of casual looting, why not fight the man with some anti-establishment viewing:

A Clockwork Orange: Stanley Kubrick delivers a masterpiece in cinema history, with lead character Alex running around trying to defile pretty much everything in sight – so you don’t have to. The ultimate social menace.

Taxi Driver: Robert De Niro’s chilling monologues will say everything you wish you could. And just when you’re feeling disillusioned and frustrated, remember “we’re all fucked”.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: If you were old enough to vote, you probably don’t have to ask the parents for a sick day. Ferris did and look how much fun he had. So either way, run from the doldrums of normal life and have a crazy day.

This week’s WatchThisSpace was compiled by Jakob Lewis Barnes and Samuel James