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Exclusive Godzilla IMAX poster roars in

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:30:00 GMT

It's only a matter of weeks until Godzilla stomps into cinemas, and we've just landed an exclusive look at the big fella's IMAX poster.

Directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters), the film reboots the classic movie monster, who goes on a destructive rampage once more.

Attempting to bring him down are Aaron Taylor-Johnson's navy officer and Bryan Cranston's nuclear physicist.

We took a look at some of the film earlier this year and were left seriously wowed. Check out our Godzilla footage reaction here.

Check out the IMAX poster below...

[Click the poster above for a high-res version]

Godzilla opens in the UK on 15 May 2015.

Japanese trailer for X-Men: Days Of Future Past arrives online: watch now

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:03:00 GMT

A new Japanese trailer for X-Men: Days Of Future Past has arrived online, featuring a few new snippets of footage, as mutants and Sentinels go head to head.

There are some great new action shots to savour here, including a new clip of Iceman going toe to toe with one of the giant robots designed to squash the mutant "threat".

We also get a very brief look at the young Magneto flying amid the Sentinels. But is he fighting them or controlling them? Or both?

Take a look at the new trailer, below…

The clashes with the Sentinels look to provide some of the most spectacular action sequences of the franchise so far, as all the various mutant factions team up to face down their common foe.

Directed by Bryan Singer and co-starring Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, X-Men: Days Of Future Past will open in the UK on 22 May 2014.

Disney lines up Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong'o for The Jungle Book

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:45:00 GMT

Jon Favreau's adaptation of The Jungle Book could be about to land some more star power, with Heat Vision reporting that Disney is in talks with both Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong'o.

Both actors have been lined up to lend their voices to the forthcoming project, which already has Idris Elba in place to voice the tiger, Shere Khan.

Johansson is expected to lend her sultry tones to Kaa, the hypnotic python, while Nyong'o has been earmarked to voice Rakcha, the mother wolf who looks after Mowgli.

Favreau's film will be a hybrid of live-action and CGI, although it remains unclear whether the film will make the same use of motion-capture as is being favoured by Warner's competing adaptation, to be directed by Andy Serkis.

Production is set to get underway in the coming months, with The Jungle Book set to open in the US on 29 October 2015.

Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel star in new trailer for Sex Tape: watch now

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:21:00 GMT

A new trailer has arrived online for Sex Tape, in which Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel inadvertently post a private video onto the internet, for the whole world to see.

This is the unfortunate side-effect of an ill-fated attempt by the couple to spice up their sex life, with all their friends and family suddenly copied in to their nighttime shenanigans.

Needless to say, it's a bit awkward. But unfortunately, getting the video removed from The Cloud proves to be trickier than anticipated…

Take a look at the new trailer, below...

"If the mailman has seen my vagina, we're moving," might be one of our favourite lines of the year. Seems like a pretty good maxim to live by…

Directed by Jake Kasdan and co-starring Rob Lowe, Rob Corddry and Ellie Kemper, Sex Tape will open in the UK on 5 September 2014.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in new trailer for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For: watch now

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:07:00 GMT

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For has released a brand new trailer online, featuring the same blend of sleaze and slaughter that worked so well in the original.

A battered and bruised Joseph Gordon-Levitt gets a few new scenes here, while Jessica Alba's Nancy clearly has a new bunch of problems in the form of a wild-eyed Ray Liotta.

Meanwhile, there are also returns from Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis, while Josh Brolin replaces Clive Owen as the facially reconstructed Dwight McCarthy.

Take a look at the new trailer, below…

Not a lot of plot detail to sink your teeth into there, but as a snapshot of the tone and look of the film, it gets the job done pretty effectively.

Directed by Robert Rodriguez and co-starring Rosario Dawson, Dennis Haysbert and Jeremy Piven, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For will open in the UK on 29 August 2014.

First on-set images from Jurassic World arrive online

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:47:00 GMT

The first on-set images from Jurassic World have arrived online, giving us our first glimpse of the shoot currently taking place in Hawaii.

As you'd expect, the first few images don't give a huge amount away, but they do provide a first look at Bryce Dallas Howard's character, as well as an ominously damaged construction van.

Meanwhile, it sounds as though director Colin Trevorrow is throwing himself into proceedings with gusto, fully allowing himself to be caught up in the magic of the shoot…

"Yesterday I was under a construction crane with Chris Pratt, covered with dirt, eyeballing the exact height of the dinosaur trying to kill him,” says the director. “We both cracked up laughing. Sometimes you just have to stop and let the joy take over."

Directed by Trevorrow and co-starring Judy Greer, Vincent D'Onofrio and Irrfan Khan, Jurassic World will open in the UK on 12 June 2015.

Exclusive bad-ass Emily Blunt poster for Edge Of Tomorrow

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:59:00 GMT

With Edge Of Tomorrow just around the corner, we've landed an exclusive new poster showing off Emily Blunt in full-on action mode.

A futuristic sci-fi, the film sees Blunt playing soldier Rita, who's involved in a war against evil aliens.

She's caught up in a sinister time loop affecting hero Lt Bill Cage (Tom Cruise), who's forced to relive the same event over and over again, Groundhog Day-style.

And as you can see from the poster, things are not looking good for the humans. Sing it with us now... the Louvre, the Louvre, the Louvre is on fire!

Anyway, we checked out 20 minutes of the film in March, read what we thought of it here.

Check out the poster below...

[Click the poster above for a high-res version]

Edge Of Tomorrow opens in the UK on 30 May 2014.

Enter our amazing Godzilla competition!

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:40:00 GMT


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Godzilla hits UK cinemas 15 May 2014.


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Lou Ferrigno to voice Hulk in Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:35:00 GMT

Long-time Hulk actor/voice artist Lou Ferrigno has confirmed that he'll be back to voice the green giant again in Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age Of Ultron.

Don't worry, though, Hulk won't be attempting to rival Tony Stark in the blabbermouth stakes – Ferrigno is onboard to provide Hulk's signature ground-shaking roars.

Ferrigno previously played Hulk on screen in two TV shows called The Incredible Hulk (one in the '70s, the other in the '90s), plus numerous standalone movies including The Death Of The Incredible Hulk.

He also voiced everybody's favourite trouser-buster in Ed Norton reboot The Incredible Hulk as well as Avengers Assemble (though that "puny god" line was actually spoken by Mark Ruffalo).

Avengers: Age Of Ultron opens in the UK on 24 April 2015.

Denzel Washington looks badass in first images from The Equalizer

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:07:00 GMT

Sony has released the first two images from The Equalizer, in which Denzel Washington plays former covert ops officer turned avenging angel, McCall.

The new images show Washington in full-on badass mode, posing with a firearm in the pouring rain, and escorting Chloë Grace Moretz’s vulnerable teen through a pitch-black Boston night.

The film is based upon an ‘80s TV show of the same name, but according to Washington, it’s the story’s big-screen qualities that drew him to the project.

“It’s a classic story, the innocent girl and the guy coming in to save the day and kick some butt,” says Washington. “You’ll get some popcorn and escape for a couple of hours.”

Directed by Antoine Fuqua and co-starring Melissa Leo, Marton Csokas, and Haley Bennett, The Equalizer will open in the UK on 10 October 2014.

Gone Girl author talks differences between book and film

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:33:00 GMT

Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn has commented on reports that the screenplay she has penned for the forthcoming movie adaptation makes wholesale changes to her original story, describing them as “greatly exaggerated.”

Earlier this year, reports were quoting Ben Affleck as saying Flynn had “literally thrown that third act out and started from scratch”, but according to the author, this is misleading.

“Those reports have been greatly exaggerated!” says Flynn. “Of course, the script has to be different from the book in some ways - you have to find a way to externalize all those internal thoughts and you have to do more with less room.”

“But the mood, tone and spirit of the book are very much intact,” she continues. “I've been very involved in the film and loved it. Working with David Fincher is pretty much the best place to start for a screenwriter.”

That said, it’s worth noticing that she doesn’t explicitly deny changing the ending for the movie version, which should keep people guessing right until the credits roll…

Directed by Fincher and co-starring Affleck and Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl will open in the UK on 3 October 2014.

Roberto Orci hoping to replace J.J. Abrams as Star Trek 3 director

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:09:00 GMT

Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have been Hollywood’s go-to writing partnership for a raft of major blockbuster pictures over the past decade or so, but the pair are now parting ways to pursue directorial careers.

With Kurtzman already having directed 2012’s People Like Us, Orci is now keen to make Star Trek 3 his directorial debut, having worked with Kurtzman on the scripts for the previous two films.

Variety reports that Orci has been lobbying hard to step into Abrams’ shoes, with Abrams himself a firm advocate of his talents. However, Paramount is thought to be unsure at this stage, and weighing up all available options.

Joe Cornish had reportedly already been approached by the studio, only to turn it down due to concerns over stepping into what he perceived as somebody else’s franchise.

Meanwhile, Orci and Kurtzman’s split will not be absolute, with the duo still set to collaborate on small-screen projects like Sleepy Hollow and Hawaii Five-0.

Jessica Chastain to play Marilyn Monroe in new biopic

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:56:00 GMT

Jessica Chastain could be about to step into the shoes of a silver screen icon, with The Wrap reporting that she is in discussions to play Marilyn Monroe in a new biopic.

According to the report, Chastain is nearing a deal to star in Blonde, Andrew Dominik’s adaptation of the Joyce Carole Oates biography of the same name.

Naomi Watts had initially been attached to play Monroe, but recently departed the project, freeing things up for Chastain to step into the breach.

Produced by Brad Pitt, Dominik claims this version of the Monroe story will come together as a “sprawling, emotional nightmare, fairy-tale type movie”, which certainly sounds more interesting than your run of the mill biopic.

With a Dominik-penned script already in place, production on Blonde is set to begin this summer, ahead of a planned release date in 2015.

Fox planning Flash Gordon remake

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:44:00 GMT

Fox is planning a remake of Flash Gordon, with THR reporting that the studio has snapped up the rights to the classic sci-fi comic-book.

Famously adapted by Mike Hodges back in 1980, Flash Gordon follows the adventures of the titular space adventurer, as he sets about thwarting the nefarious schemes of the evil Ming the Merciless.

It seems that Fox has decided that now’s the time to give the story an update, with Star Trek 3 writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay currently hard at work on a script.

No word as yet regarding the storyline they will be focusing on, but with the title first published some 80 years ago, they’ve got plenty of source material to choose from.

Now all we need is a band willing and able to cover Queen’s title theme. What are The Darkness up to these days?

Marc Webb teases J. Jonah Jameson appearance in Amazing Spider-Man 3

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:37:00 GMT

Marc Webb has teased a possible appearance by J. Jonah Jameson in The Amazing Spider-Man 3, although he concedes that following J.K. Simmons’ performance will be a tough ask…

Simmons stole the show as the apoplectic editor of The Daily Bugle in Sam Raimi’s Spidey trilogy, but Webb is still keen to work the character into the next film if at all possible.

“I like the idea very much of him coming up in the next film,” says Webb. “It was more easy to accept a new Spider-Man than someone who could outdo J.K. Simmons in that role, he is so iconic.”

“That's something we've really talked about. Obviously I love that character because he poses such an interesting dilemma for Spider-Man. The answer is I don't know, but I think you can expect to see him in the future.”

With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 currently in cinemas, the third film in the series (and the last under Webb’s stewardship) will open in the UK on 27 May 2016.

Watch the first five minutes of How To Train Your Dragon 2 online

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:27:00 GMT

Dreamworks Animation has released a new clip online from How To Train Your Dragon 2, featuring the first five minutes of the finished film as it will appear in cinemas.

The opening scenes provides a quick refresher on the dragon-tastic community of Berk, where dragon-racing is very much the pastime of choice for the adrenaline-fuelled locals.

However, Hiccup and Toothless aren’t joining in the fun and games as they’re off on another adventure, exploring a whole new world of dragon-based excitement!

Take a look at the new clip, below…

Even on the small screen, those flying sequences are truly exhilarating, particularly when Hiccup decides to try out some freefalling…

Directed by Dean DeBlois and co-starring the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler and Cate Blanchett, How To Train Your Dragon 2 will open in the UK on 4 July 2014.

New Star Wars films won’t draw on expanded universe

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:00:00 GMT

Simon Kinberg is currently working on a script for one of the forthcoming Star Wars spin-offs, but according to the screenwriter, the main series of films will not draw upon the expanded universe.

“You know, it’s not off-limits, and it’s certainly inspiring,” says Kinberg of the expanded universe material. “I’m working on an animated show for [Lucasfilm] as well, Star Wars: Rebels, that will take inspiration from everywhere.”

“But…” he continues, “I know for the movies, the canon is the canon, and the canon is the six films that exist.”

Which isn’t to say that Lucasfilm isn’t keen to develop the expanded universe further, and indeed, Kinberg’s spin-off will do just that… it just won’t feed directly into the main series.

Directed by J.J. Abrams and starring Adam Driver, Star Wars: Episode VII will open in the UK on 18 December 2015.

Richard Donner says Steven Spielberg has a story for Goonies 2

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:48:00 GMT

Richard Donner has reconfirmed that a sequel to The Goonies is in the pipeline, and has revealed that Steven Spielberg has an idea in place for the new plot.

“Hopefully we’re gonna get this done,” said Donner in an interview with TMZ. “Steven [Spielberg] came up with the idea of doing a sequel after 30 years… you don’t do it without him.”

“And then he came up with the storyline,” continues Donner, who is also set to return to the director’s chair for the new film. “He’s right on.”

As for who might return from the original cast, it had previously been suggested that all the key players will be up for it, although Donner is phlegmatic on the issue.

“God knows,” said the director when asked who will be back on board. “It’s up to them. If they have any sense, they will, and if they don’t they won’t.”

Danny Boyle in discussions to direct Steve Jobs biopic

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:33:00 GMT

Sony looks to have found a replacement for David Fincher to direct its forthcoming Steve Jobs biopic, with Danny Boyle reportedly in talks to join the project.

Fincher had long been attached to the film, although he recently dropped out of proceedings, reportedly over a pay dispute.

According to THR, Boyle is now in negotiations with the studio, and is thought to have already contacted Leonardo DiCaprio with a view to signing him up for the leading role.

Fincher had earmarked Christian Bale to play the part, but it seems as though Boyle is keen to re-team with his old The Beach star for another go-around.

With a script from Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin, the film will follow Jobs through three key points in his career, as he prepares to launch three major Apple products. A release date has yet to be confirmed.

Patrick Stewart to return for X-Men: Apocalypse?

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:41:00 GMT

Having not filled the famous wheelchair for the better part of a decade, one of the primary pleasures of X-Men: Days Of Future Past will surely be the return of Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier.

And while the star may have been away from the X-Men franchise for a little while, it sounds as though this latest outing may not be his final appearance in the role…

“I don’t see why not,” said Stewart when asked whether he might reappear in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse. “That is one of the blessings about fantasy and science fiction. You’re never really dead. I would love to come back and do some more.”

Now while that could potentially be read as a Days Of Future Past spoiler, we’d suggest that Stewart is referring to his apparent resurrection at the end of The Last Stand. In any case, he certainly seems keen for more…

“There might be something else,” continued Stewart, when pressed on future X-Men projects. “A little bird has whispered that there might be something X-Men-related.”

One to watch out for when X-Men: Apocalypse opens in the UK on 19 May 2016…

Fantastic Four reboot will pitch tone between Spider-Man and Chronicle

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:27:00 GMT

Simon Kinberg has been discussing what we can expect from Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot, and has stressed that the tone of the film will be less cartoonish than previous adaptations.

“It’s a much more grounded, gritty, realistic movie than the last couple movies,” says Kinberg. “If I had to say, the tone of it would be somewhere on the spectrum between Spider-Man and Chronicle."

“The other movies were even further on the spectrum of being goofy and fun than Spider-Man,” continued Kinberg, before clarifying that he was referring to the Sam Raimi trilogy of Spidey films.

“Josh Trank’s instincts are to be as realistic and grounded and real with this stuff as possible,” says the producer. “In many ways I would say it’s definitely more of a drama than comedy.”

Directed by Trank and co-starring Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell and Miles Teller, The Fantastic Four will open in the UK on 18 June 2015.

First clip arrives online from Star Wars: Rebels: watch now

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:13:00 GMT

The first clip has arrived online from animated series Star Wars: Rebels, featuring badass pilot Hera taking on a pair of marauding TIE Fighters.

The new clip shows Hera at the controls of the Ghost, the rebel ship, as it comes under attack from Imperial forces. And since her co-pilot is nowhere to be seen, she has to pull double-duty on weapons and steering…

Helpfully she’s got a crotchety little droid on hand to burble and beep in the background, before rapping his hands over his little tin head. Awww.

Take a look at the new clip, below…

Everybody enjoys a grumbling astromech, even if he doesn’t seem to be the most constructive of space companions. We’re sure he’ll come into his own, further down the line…

Featuring the vocal talents of Freddie Prinze Jr. and Vanessa Marshall, Star Wars: Rebels will air in the US this autumn, with a UK release date yet to be confirmed.

New Godzilla spot gives a good look at the monster: watch now

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:54:00 GMT

A new TV spot for Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla remake has arrived online, giving us our clearest look yet at the titular beast.

The new spot spends most of its 30-second runtime focusing on the film’s human players, as Bryan Cranston is torn away from his family and Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are tearfully parted.

However, the money-shot comes right at the end, with Godzilla rearing up in front of the camera and emitting an almighty roar.

Take a look at the new spot, below…

Rather impressive isn’t he? And while we’ve enjoyed the attempts to keep the big bad under wraps up until now, it’s more than a little exciting to finally see him in all his glory.

Directed by Edwards and co-starring Juliette Binoche, Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins, Godzilla will open in the UK on 15 May 2014.

Simon Kinberg clarifies Rogue’s involvement in Days Of Future Past

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:37:00 GMT

X-Men: Days Of Future Past screenwriter and producer, Simon Kinberg, has been discussing Rogue’s involvement in the film, explaining why her scenes were cut from the finished script.

“It’s kind of a hard question,” said Kinberg, when grilled by Crave on the subject. “We shot with Anna [Paquin] a big subplot in the movie and we watched it in the movie and then we cut it out of the movie because, she’s great in it and it was well shot, but it just didn’t fit the film.”

“It was a subplot that I created sort of as an appendage to the movie because I wanted to do something else that didn’t serve the main plot of the film.”

“I just wanted to see Ian [McKellen] and Patrick [Stewart] on a mission together,” he continues. “So I took them away from the main plot of the movie so that they could go off and do something, and she was the MacGuffin of that mission.”

“I can’t speak to any other rumours about any other way she could appear in the film, but I can tell you that the main plot that we shot with her, we pulled out of the movie.”

However, we do know that Rogue will still be appearing in a cameo of some variety, with reports having suggested that the scene she does appear in is too crucial to be cut. Which seems odd, if she was only to be involved in a side-plot...

Curiouser and curiouser. We’ll find out for sure when the film opens in the UK on 22 May 2014.

Maisie Williams talks playing Arya in Game Of Thrones Season 4

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:33:00 GMT

In issue 219 of Total Film magazine, Game Of Thrones star Maisie Williams discusses how Arya has changed throughout the show so far.

Inside the issue - which is available for just £1.99 on your iPad - Williams reveals that the character has evolved massively since she first auditioned for the role.

"I feel like I'm playing a completely different Arya to the one I auditioned with," the 17-year-old tells Total Film.

"She was constantly taking the piss out of [her sister] Sansa, having a laugh and telling it as it is.

"Now I feel that's stripped away and it progresses in Season 4. She's slowly losing that loveableness about her and turning into something quite different."

Game Of Thrones Season 4 is now showing on Sky Atlantic HD.

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