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Light House – November Programme




As the James Bond hype machine begins to slow down with 007’s latest instalment SPECTRE, the month of November is jam-packed with awards season contenders looking to gain their own licence to thrill Midland audiences.

In an audacious high-wire act already dissected through James Marsh’s Man On Wire, the story of artiste Philippe Petit is given the Hollywood treatment by Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Don Jon) and Cast Away director Robert Zemeckis with The Walk.

Following on from a successful premiere at Light House in October whilst boasting cameo appearances from Wolves legend Steve Bull and former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, Youtube sensation and ‘Lazy Cow Syndrome’ sufferer Doreen graces the big-screen. Staying within the UK, Looking creator Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years will be returning after much demand as Dame Maggie Smith helps to bring another cherished Alan Bennett work to life, with The Lady In The Van.

Through two much-anticipated efforts from John Crowley (Boy A) and Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven), we are transported back to the 1950’s with Brooklyn led by Saoirse Ronan (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Cate Blanchett/Rooney Mara romance Carol. Elsewhere, director Danny Boyle (Trance) takes another bite out of a familiar Apple story with Steve Jobs, played by Michael Fassbender (Macbeth) and Dane Dehaan (Kill Your Darlings) embodies the original Rebel Without A Cause James Dean in Life.

Here is the full November line-up:

SPECTRE (Sam Mendes): Sunday 1st November – Thursday 12th November

Suffragette (Sarah Gavron): Sunday 1st November – Thursday 5th November

Life (Anton Corbijn): Friday 6th November – Monday 9th November

He Named Me Malala (Davis Guggenheim): Friday 6th November – Thursday 12th November

45 Years (Andrew Haigh): Friday 13th November – Monday 16th November

The Walk (Robert Zemeckis): Friday 13th November – Thursday 19th November

Under Milk Wood (Kevin Allen): Saturday 14th November – Thursday 19th November

Doreen The Movie (David Tristram): Friday 13th November – Wednesday 18th November

The Lady In The Van (Nicholas Hynter): Friday 20th November – Thursday 3rd December

Burnt (John Wells) – Friday 20th November – Thursday 26th November 

Brooklyn (John Crowley) – Friday 27th November – Thursday 3rd December

Steve Jobs (Danny Boyle): Friday 4th December – Thursday 10th December

Carol (Todd Haynes) – Friday 4th December – Thursday 10th December

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Dave Bautista Still Not Letting It Go, Sarcastically Thanks Disney For Firing James Gunn



Blade Runner 2049‘s Dave Bautista has been easily the most vocal critic of Disney Studios following their decision to terminate director James Gunn’s contract for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and the actor – who portrays Drax the Destroyer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – is refusing to let it go.

Gunn lost his job when alt-right keyboard warriors dug up decade-old tweets of his that made darkly-humorous jokes about taboo subjects such as child molestation and rape in what Gunn has since called a “juvenile” attempt “to shock”. It’s believed that the alt-right ‘cybernazis’ who targeted Gunn did so in ‘retaliation’ for his staunch opposition to the United States’ controversial President, Donald Trump.

As such, Batista made a distinctly unsubtle dig at his employers, whilst quoting the Commander in Chief:

Bautista was last seen in Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War and is still contractually obliged to appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which is currently seeking a new director.

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Rosamund Pike Says She Was Asked To Strip For Her Die Another Day Audition



In the wake of the #MeToo movement, many in Hollywood have felt galvanised by the support and culture of understanding that seems to have now replaced the Boys’ Club attitudes of old, and have revealed glimpses into the seedy world of casting. Now, Gone Girl actress Rosamund Pike has revealed that she was asked to strip for her audition for Pierce Brosnan’s much-maligned final flick as the legendary super-spy James Bond, Die Another Day – and that refusing actually won her a part.

“My first audition was for a Bond film, and I remember them saying I was to drop my dress and appear in my underwear,” Pike said in an interview with Audible, “On the day, I don’t know how I got the resolve and strength of mind, but I just thought, ‘Actually, sod that, if they’re gonna see me in my underwear, they better give me the job.’ So, I thought, ‘There’s no way I’m going to take off a dress in the audition for this tape to be sent around Los Angeles and to be judged on that.’”

Reportedly Pike had showed up to the audition, which required formal wear, in a silk gown that had previously belonged to her grandmother.

The costume designer told her, “‘That’s a very beautiful dress, but, in Bond films, we wear things a little more like this,’ and she held up three pieces of string. I realised I was in a completely different world and way out of my depth. So, I put on this shimmering sheath, or whatever the order of the day was, but I didn’t drop it.”

The Hostiles actress then explained that her refusal earned her the respect of the producers, and she was cast as femme fatale Miranda Frost.

Rosamund Pike can next be seen as legendary war correspondent Marie Colvin, in Matthew Heineman’s forthcoming A Private War.

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Thomas Mann Signs On For Disney’s Live-Action Lady and the Tramp Remake



Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’s Thomas Mann has joined the cast of Disney’s forthcoming live-action remake of their 1955 animated classic Lady and the Tramp as Jim Dear, Variety is reporting..

Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok) and Justin Theroux (American Psycho) will voice the titular canines, which will be hybrid digital creations. Dope’s Kiersey Clemons has already signed on to portray Darling, the wife of Jim Dear. Mann and Clemons’ roles will be firmly live-action – the upper-class owners of Lady who cast her aside upon the arrival of their infant child. Benedict Wong and Ashley Jensen also round out the voice cast as Bull and Jackie, respectively.

Lady and the Tramp will premiere on Disney’s upcoming streaming service, which is presently untitled, alongside a live-action Star Wars television show helmed by Iron Man’s Jon Favreau. Lady and the Tramp is to be directed by The Lego Ninjago Movie’s Charlie Bean, and is eyeing a 2019 release date.

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