10 Breaking Bits

10 Breaking Bits

“Escape Plan” TV spots, “Perfect Man” and “Grace of Monaco” trailers, “Far from Maddening Crowd” and “Imitation Game” kick off, “Leftovers” ordered at HBO, McGraw joins “Tomorrowland” and more..

1. Some new TV spots for “Escape Plan”, starring Sly and Ah-Nuld, are online :

2. Here’s something interesting for fans of the v-v-v-v-v-r-o-m! (or in my case ‘chug. pffft. weeeze’.)

Evolution of Formula One infographic from Carcraft.

3. Fox Searchlight Pictures announced that Thomas Vinterberg’s “Far from the Madding Crowd” has begun principal photography in the UK today, September 16th. The film stars Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen,Tom Sturridge and Juno Temple. The script was written by David Nicholls, author and screenwriter of “One Day” and “Starter for Ten.” Allon Reich and Andrew Macdonald of DNA Films are producing with Christine Langan of BBC Films executive producing. The film will shoot on location in Dorset, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and London. “I am excited to be working with DNA, Fox Searchlight and this talented cast and crew on “Far from the Madding Crowd”. It is a great privilege to bring such a wonderful piece of very English literature to the screen,” says Vinterberg. “Far from the Madding Crowd is one of the most enduring and captivating stories in English literature. David Nicholls’ script beautifully captures the heart of Hardy’s original and we are thrilled to be bringing it to the big screen with Thomas Vinterberg. It is very exciting to be working with Carey Mulligan again, as well as an exceptional cast and crew all round,” said Macdonald and Reich.

4. To celebrate the 16th season of South Park, available on DVD September 18, Stan, Cartman, Kyle and Kenny will be out and about in Sydney on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 between 12pm and 2pm. In an exclusive day out, the boys will be wandering Pitt Street mall in Sydney. Fans of the show are encouraged to head down and take photos of the outrageous characters and tweet using the hash tag #SouthParkSydney.

5. Country singing superstar and “Blind Side” second-fiddle Tim McGraw has joined the cast of Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland”.

6. The trailer for “A Perfect Man”, starring Liev Schreiber and Jeanne Tripplehorn, is online.

7. Damon Lindelof’s small-screen adaptation of the literary effort “The Leftovers” has snagged a 10-episode order at HBO.

8. Principal photography has began on “The Imitation Game”, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing. The pioneer of modern-day computing, Turing is credited with cracking the German Enigma code and the film is a nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. Turing, whose contributions and genius significantly shortened the war, saving thousands of lives, was the eventual victim of an unenlightened British Establishment, but his work and legacy live on. Cumberbatch (“The Fifth Estate“, “Star Trek Into Darkness“, and TV’s “Sherlock“) and Keira Knightley (BAFTA nominee for “Atonement”, Oscar® nominee for “Pride and Prejudice“) will star as Alan Turing and his close friend and fellow code-breaker Joan Clarke, alongside a top-notch cast, including Matthew Goode (“Stoker”, “A Single Man“), Mark Strong (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy“), Rory Kinnear (“Skyfall”), Charles Dance (“Gosford Park“, TV’s “Game of Thrones“), Allen Leech (“In Fear”, TV’s “Downton Abbey“) and Matthew Beard (“An Education“).

9. The first trailer for “Grace of Monaco” starring Nicole Kidman is online :

10. Leonardo DiCaprio will star in a biopic about Woodrow Wilson. The movie, which DiCaprio’s Appian Way will produce alongside Warner Bros, is based on A. Scott Berg’s “Wilson” biography.

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